Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Kingdom Hearts Merch Available In The UK!

Hi lovelies! With the new Kingdom Hearts game due out in the UK at the end of this month, I thought I'd put together a little guide to some of the official merchandise that's available over here. Although we don't get as much merch as Japan or the US, with the the imminent arrival of KH3 there are lots of brand spankin' new pieces around at the moment so here are my favourites:
First up, EMP have a great range of Kingdom Hearts merch including some rare and exclusive Funko Pops! My favourites are the Toy Story Sora (#3 - £12.99) and the Christmas Town Sora (#5 - UPDATE: sold out). As well as the normal sized Funkos, they also have Mystery Mini Blind Boxes (#10 - £6.99). Just look at that lil' Mickey! They also have some great Kingdom Hearts apparel such as this Kingdom Hearts 3 Logo Watch (#9 - £24.99) and T-Shirt (#1 - £14.99). This would be so perfect in an oversized size for snuggling up and playing Kingdom Hearts all day long!

If you've always dreamed of having your own Keyblade, GAME sell replica Kingdom and Darkside Keyblades (#8 - £39.99 each). I don't think I've ever needed anything more! They also stock these adorable little Shadow Heartless plushes (#6 - £34.99) which would look so lovely on a Kingdom Hearts-themed shelf! These are both out of stock online but are still available in some physical stores.

Forbidden Planet also have lots of of Kingdom Hearts merchandise, such as these cute-as-heck figural keyrings (#2 - £4.49) and they also stock the graphic novels of the series and volume 1 (#7) is just £5.99! And last but not least, Edge Magazine have the stunning Kingdom Hearts 3 game artwork for the cover of their February 2019 issue (#4)! What's even better is it's a UK magazine so if you can't track one down in stores, they're only £6 delivered online!

Has anyone else got Kingdom Hearts fever at the moment? Less than three weeks to go now!


Wednesday, 2 January 2019

My Ranking of 2018's Disney Films

Hi lovelies, I'm back! While 2018 was not a good year for me (hence the blogging break!) it was a very good year for Disney with the release of 11 brand spankin' new films by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures! There was so many big, important releases in 2018 as well as a few lower-key but cute as heck films so I thought sharing a little ranking would be the perfect way to reflect. So from favourite to least-favourite, here are my thoughts on last year's Disney films:

1. Coco
Although this was a 2017 release for a lot of people, the UK didn't get Coco until 2018 but oh my goodness was it worth the wait! I just fell head over heels in love right from the opening sequence and it's one of those films that has stayed with me ever since. I don't think I can hear the words "remember me" in conversation now without wanting to burst into tears!

2. Mary Poppins Returns
Well I'm not going to lie, I spent the last 10 minutes of the film sobbing because of how magical it was! I was so nervous about seeing it but I really needn't have been! Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda was just PRACTICALLY PERFECT in every way.

3. Black Panther
I found this one hardest to write about because where do you start with a film like Black Panther?! This film was like a bolt of lightning, it looked good from the trailer but the actual film, HOLY MOLY did it strike me back! I don't think anything I can say will do this film justice, you just need to see it for yourself!

4. Incredibles 2
For me Incredibles 2 had the exact same feel to it as the first film.It's the perfect sequel and oh so funny! Those 14 years were definitely worth the wait!

5. Solo: A Star Wars Story
This is another film I was a little apprehensive in seeing as I was a bit disappointed by the previous standalone Star Wars film, Rogue One, but I was very pleasantly surprised! I think it was such a great backstory for both Han Solo and Chewbacca and I thought Alden Ehrenreich was the perfect casting.

6. Ralph Breaks The Internet
Okay but THAT PRINCESS SCENE GUYS. Oh my goodness did Disney deliver on that! I think that single scene slayed the entire Disney fandom this year haha! Unfortunately I didn't enjoy the film as a whole as much as Wreck-It Ralph as I thought it went on a wee bit too long but it was still a very solid sequel and I had a lot of fun watching it.

7. The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
I wanted to love this film so much and while I enjoyed the imagery and character design (candy floss hair? UM YES) it seemed to get a little lost and confused at times. However I still thought it was a really cute and magical lil' watch and I can definitely see it becoming a Christmas tradition to watch this film every December!

8. Christopher Robin
What a dang wholesome film. This movie definitely had that heartwarming Winnie the Pooh feel to it - a perfect Sunday afternoon watch!

9. A Wrinkle In Time
Although this is far down on my list, I did really enjoy this film! It sadly was another one that got a little lost at times but it was filled with so much heart and adventure and there were so many great quotes in it too. Definitely worth a watch!

10. Avengers: Infinity War
I know, I KNOW. I'm sorry but I just wasn't a fan. It felt like a filler film to get the storyline from the previous films to the final film. And that ending... NOPE. I'm still very much a fan of the Avengers though so I'm looking forward to the last film this year!

You may notice that Ant-Man and the Wasp is missing from this list and that's because I'm running behind on a lot of my Marvel films I'm afraid - I've not even seen the first Ant-Man film yet! I've heard lots of good things about the both of them so I'm hoping to get to them soon.

Do you agree with my ranking? Let me know which 2018 Disney films you enjoyed the most!

GIFs 1, 2, 5 and 6 from Tenor
GIFs 3, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 from GIPHY

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Mary Poppins and the Return of the Merch

Hi lovelies! So it's been A MINUTE since I last posted. I'd been taking a break to just focus on Instagram as 2018 has been throwing me curveballs right, left and centre but I've decided I want to get back into blogging in 2019! Until then I've had Mary Poppins fever recently with the new film hitting cinemas in just a few weeks! As always with a Disney film release, there's lots of lovely new merchandise so I've been scouring the internet to find my favourite practically perfect pieces. Here are my top picks:

Couture Kingdom have been killing it with their new Mary Poppins collection. There's so many pieces I need in my life but my favourites have to be their Anything Can Happen Bangle (#5 - £45) and the London Skyline Necklace (#7 - £45). I'm dying over the little Mary flying into London on the necklace, what a cute lil' detail!

ShopDisney of course have lots of new Mary goodies on offer like this lovely Disney Store Umbrella Necklace (#4 - £13) and as an avid hoarder of Disney shopping bags, I've also got my eye on the Disney Store Mary Poppins Returns Resuable Shopper (#3 - £3). EMP also have a wonderful selection of merch for the upcoming film including four new Funko Pops! I love the Mary Poppins with Bag (#9 - £12.99) one especially - that cute little polka dot shirt! There's also this Umbrella T-Shirt (#6 - £16.99) which would be perfect to wear to the cinema.

Another Disney thing I can't help but collecting is mugs and this A Spoonful of Sugar one from TruffleShuffle (#1 - £9.99) is my favourite I've come across! I'm also so in love with their Practically Perfect In Every Way Umbrella (#2 - £24.99). How perfect would this look peeking out of an umbrella stand? And last but not least, I've actually never got round to reading any of the Mary Poppins books so this beautiful Book Collection from The Book People (#8 - £6.99) is exactly what I need! Those vintage-looking striped covers though.

Mary Poppins Returns releases in the UK on 21st December. We've got our tickets booked for New Year's Day and I can't think of a better way to start the year off!


Thursday, 9 August 2018

5 Books I'd Recommend To Disney Fans

Hi lovelies! The lovely Stacey from Weird and Wonderful Things and I are both huge fans of Disney and bookworms at heart so we thought we'd do a little collaboration to combine the two! Although Disney itself publishes lots of their own wonderful books, there's so many non-Disney books that also give you that magical feeling so today we're sharing a few books that we think Disney fans would love! I've linked the Goodreads page with each of my recommendations so you can find out a little more about them/see the cover etc. Also just a warning, I'm terrible at describing books but I'm trying my best! How I ever used to be a book blogger, I honestly don't know...!

1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
This had been on my to-read list for literally years and I finally got round to reading it this year and it certainly didn't disappoint! Cinder is a young adult, futuristic re-telling of the classic Cinderella fairytale which is set in Asia. It's got to be the freshest take on Cinderella I've ever come across and it works so well! This is actually part of a series where every book is based around a fairytale story and I can't wait to read the rest.

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
If I could only recommend that you pick up one book from this list, it would be this one! This is another retelling, although this time it's Beauty and the Beast. ACOTAR is my favourite genre ever, high fantasy, and it's one of those books that you will just not be able to put down! If you do read this book, just a lilttle warning - it has some mature content so this would only be suitable for older readers and the start of the book is tough-going but once you've gotten through that, the book gets very good, very quickly!

3. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
This is definitely one of those books that has that Disney kind of magic to it! I actually found out about this book from watching the Studio Ghibli adaptation of it and it's such a lovely, whimsical story. I actually did a little review of this book a while ago so if you'd like to know a little more about it, you can find my review here.

4. Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn
I'm currently reading this one right now and while it's not the most perfect book ever, it's such an adorable story... It's like The Princess Diaries meets Harry Potter! It has a gay element to the story too and without spoiling anything, the relationship between the two characters is so dang cute! This would be the perfect light read for a summer holiday.

5. The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill
And last but not least is The Surface Breaks which has been described as a "feminist reimagining of The Little Mermaid" and GIRL am I here for that! I haven't had the chance to read this properly yet but this honestly sounds so wonderful and I think it's something a lot of other Disney fans will love too. Seriously, so much YES to all these young adult retellings of Disney fairytales!
I hope you've found something new to add to your reading list. If you know of any other books like these PLEASE hit me up with your recommendations. I need to add more books like these to my reading list!

Remember to check out Stacey's post to see which books she's recommended too!


Sunday, 29 July 2018

How To Prepare For Bedtime Like A Disney Princess

Hi lovelies! The lovely Mandy from Mandy Jean World and I have teamed up to share some "get ready" routines based on some of our favourite Disney Princesses! As Aurora is the Queen of beauty sleep I thought I'd share some tips on how to prepare for a night's sleep that even Sleeping Beauty herself would be jealous of!

Last year I started my current shifts at work where I have to be in work for 7 in the morning (sometimes 6!) so that means I really had to get my sleep routine down in the evening. I haven't quite managed to stick to this yet, but when I do it really works wonders so I hope this helps anyone who's struggling with sleep at the moment!
Step one: face mask
Nothing helps me relax in the evenings like a lil' pampering! I'm obsessed with face masks at the moment as they're a fairly low-maintenance way to boost your skin. My next one to try out is this Sleeping Beauty-themed one from Mad Beauty and I can't wait to give it a go!
Step two: make a cup of tea
There are lots of different teas out there that can aid sleep but my current favourite is lavender tea. As well as being caffeine-free, lavender helps reduce anxiety so it's perfect to help you wind-down before bed. If it's cold outside I have it hot but if it's warm night I brew it in a little hot water which I then top up with cold water and ice so you can have it all year round!

Step three: set alarms and put away any electronic devices
You've probably heard this a million times over but electronic devices really do disrupt sleep so I try to set my alarms and then put my phone away about an hour before I go to sleep. If you can, set up a "do not disturb" setting on your phone so you don't get any notifications going off overnight and waking you up!

Step four: read
Next I settle down with a good book. I remember reading a statistic somewhere that just 5 minutes of reading helps you to de-stress so I always try to read even just a little before bedtime as it puts me in a much better mindframe for sleep. I usually read with a candle burning and the window open and it's so relaxing!
Step five: sleep!
It's finally sleep time! Unfortunately I have anxiety and it often bubbles up when I'm trying to sleep so if I find my mind is still racing then I give my pillow a good spritz with a lavender spray. Both my boyfriend and I swear by this stuff as it's such a soothing, calming scent! This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray also works wonders but any lavender spray should have the same effect.

I really hope this helps anyone who's been having trouble with their sleep recently! Let me know if you think I've missed anything that works for you, I need all the help I can get with sleep...!

Remember to check out Mandy's Princess-perfect Rapunzel makeup tutorial!


Thursday, 5 July 2018

My Current Grail Disney Items Wishlist

Hi lovelies! The problem with being a Disney fan is that most of us always have a wishlist longer than a novel of the various Disney items we *need* in our life... The Disney fandom honestly has to be the most expensive fandom to be in! So the lovely Lize from Lize in Disneyland thought we'd collaborate and share the merch that is top of our respective wishlists at the moment! You can see what made Lize's list here. Let's begin!

Disney Showcase Live Action Cinderella
If you've followed me for a while, or if you're a fan of the film, you might know that my blog is named after the live action Cinderella ("have courage and be kind") so this gorgeous Showcase figurine has been on my wishlist for the longest time! It's so beautifully done and I love that it's her iconic ball dress - I was mesmerised by it from the moment it first appeared on screen! I will definitely have to add this to my collection soon.

Funko Pop
Halloween Town Sora
I've recently started playing Kingdom Hearts and true to my addictive personality, I naturally want to buy all of the merch, including this Halloween Town Sora! I'm a huge fan of Halloween too so this is the perfect crossover for me!

Walt Disney World Christmas 2016 Mug
This was a really hard pick because I've always got a list as long as my arm for grail mugs but this Christmas one has to be at the top! I posted a while ago about how I narrowly missed out on getting it from the Disney Store and it's haunted me ever since! It's the most beautiful Christmas Disney mugs I've ever seen and I so badly want to get my paws on it!

Snow Globe
Disneyland Paris Rapunzel Snow Globe
Another item I missed out on whilst it was on the Disney Store website, argh! I don't own a single Disney snow globe which makes me so sad - snow globes are so gosh darn magical! This Rapunzel one is my most wanted one as Punzie is always my favourite gal and little Pascal is just so adorable in the globe itself! Hopefully I'll be able to track this down on eBay someday.

Loungefly Minnie Mouse Sequined Mini Backpack
This is a very new one but it was like love as first sight... In the backpack form! This ridiculously shiny is currently only available in the US but I'm hoping and praying that it finds its way over here too because it's literally my dream bag... Rose gold, sequins and Minnie Mouse?! HELL YES GIRL.

Walt Disney World Castle
This Lego Castle is an absolute dream! It's a couple of hundred pounds so it will probably always stay a dream for me haha but I've recently got into building Lego - does anyone else find it oddly therapeutic?! - and this would definitely keep me happy for a good number of hours! Plus what a gorgeous display piece it would be once it was finished!

Those are my current favourties! Do you share any of these or do you even own some of these yourself (ngl I'll be very jealous)? Let me know in the comments below!


Friday, 29 June 2018

7 Disney Songs That Always Make Me Happy*

Hi lovelies! I've teamed up with Panasonic to share seven of my favourite Disney songs that never fail to make me happy! Nothing brings a smile to my face quite like belting out Disney songs and with a Panasonic Waterproof Bluetooth speaker, what better way to start your day than singing along in the shower to these feel-good anthems! I've chosen these songs from all over the Disney universe so there might be a few new discoveries, alongside some classics too!

1. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Mary Poppins
I defy a single person to listen to this song without getting a smile on their face! The oh-so-lovely Julie Andrews recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show and proved that she could still say "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" backwards even now... Practically perfect in every way!

2. Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride - Lilo & Stitch
Although the Lilo & Stitch soundtrack is packed full of iconic songs, this particular classic is a favourite of mine as the Hawaiian singing always transports me to a warmer climate!

3. My Year - ZOMBIES
While it may be the most recent Disney Channel Original Movie, ZOMBIES has soared straight into my list of favourites for it's crazily catchy soundtrack. I absolutely love "My Year" in particular though because it's such a positive, feel-good song. It's definitely a must for any Disney playlist.

4. You're Welcome - Moana
Another film with a brilliant soundtrack! While most songs from Moana leave me all teary because ALL OF THE FEELS, it's impossible to not feel good after listening to the oh-so-sassy "You're Welcome". At the very least you won't be able to resist cracking a smile from attempting the rap from this song! I can't keep up even when I'm reading the lyrics!

5. Wind In My Hair - Tangled: The Series
Composed by Disney legend Alan Menken for the Disney Channel's brilliant Tangled: The Series, "Wind In My Hair" is just as good, if not better, than any of the original songs from the film itself! Even my non-Disney-loving-boyfriend can't help singing along to this when it comes on in the car!

6. Dream Big, Princess
This total power anthem that Disney released for their Dream Big Princess campaign is criminally unheard of! It's such an inspiring and empowering song, whenever I need a little motivation this is always my go-to!

7. When Can I See You Again? - Wreck-It Ralph
And finally, this has to be the most upbeat Disney song of all! It's such a fun song that you just can't help but dance to. Fingers crossed Owl City return with a new song for Wreck-It Ralph 2!

Did I miss any of your favourite feel-good Disney songs? Let me know in the comments below, I'm always looking to add more songs to my playlist!

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