Monday, 28 December 2015

My Ten Most Wanted Funko Pop! Figures

As I'm already collecting Tsum Tsums, Disney Classics DVDs *and* Disney pins, I've been trying to stop myself from collecting these cute little figurines from Funko. However as I've already managed to accumulate four of these guys, I don't think I can prevent myself from buying any more now! So here are my top ten most wanted Funko Pop! figures:
1. FROZEN - CORONATION ANNA
2. INSIDE OUT - SADNESS
3. HARRY POTTER - HERMIONE GRANGER
4. BIG HERO 6 - HONEY LEMON
5. STAR WARS - BB-8
6. ONCE UPON A TIME - SNOW WHITE
7. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - MRS POTTS AND CHIP
8. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON - TOOTHLESS
9. PRIDE + PREJUDICE + ZOMBIES - ELIZABETH BENNET
10. ALICE IN WONDERLAND - ALICE

Although I already own the Pop! figure of Anna in her winter outfit, Anna's Coronation dress is my favourite outfit of hers and I'd love to cosplay in it some day so I think I'll definitely have to add this one to my collection too. And for the adorableness factor, I've got my eye on BB-8, Mrs Potts and Chip and Toothless. I pretty much fell in love with BB-8 after watching The Force Awakens, and until I can afford one of the super cute BB-8 robotic droids by Sphero, this little Pop! figure should satisfy my BB-8 cravings!

I think I'll have to wait until I see Pride + Prejudice + Zombies first, but as long as the film is at least half-decent, I can't turn down the opportunity to own an Austen-based figure. Elizabeth Bennet is one of my all-time favourite heroines (even without the zombie fighting badass-ery!) so I was really excited to see these Funko was making these figures! And finally, I'm a huge fan of Disney's animated Alice In Wonderland, I used to watch the film over and over again when I was little, so I'll have to add Alice to my collection at some point too.

Do you own any Pop! figures? Which ones do you want the most?

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Sunday, 20 December 2015

What I Got For Christmas

* Before I begin this post I should just post a little disclaimer - I know these posts tend to be a little controversial but I personally really like looking at other people's Christmas and Birthday hauls! So I'm really sorry if I offend anyone with this post but that isn't my intention, I promise! *

I know it's a bit early to be doing a 'what I got for Christmas' post but I've recently started exchanging Disney giftboxes with the oh-so-lovely Heidi (a.k.a @frozentsum on Instagram) and we've already both opened the Christmas boxes we sent each other so I thought I'd share these now!

I couldn't fit it in the first picture but how adorable is this Tsum Tsum bowl from the Disney Store? I can't wait to use this for my breakfast cereal to add a bit of Disney sparkle to my mornings! I'm also in love with this Rapunzel Christmas decoration. I've had my eye on these Sketchbook collection of decorations for a while now so I was very excited to unwrap this one! I'm definitely going to have to track down a few more of these. And finally I was so grateful to receive another addition to my Disney Classics DVD collection. I haven't seen Bambi in years so I'll have to take a trip down memory lane soon with this one!

Hope you're all having a lovely last week in the run up to Christmas! In typical me fashion I've still got cards to buy, presents to wrap and things to be posted tomorrow in a mad dash to make the last post before Christmas... Ooops!

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Sunday, 29 November 2015

My Disney Confessions

Hello! Today I'm going to be admitting five Disney-related confessions that make me question my status as a true Disney fan! I got the inspiration for this post from the lovely Sarah at Belle's Moments who first came up with this idea. You can see Sarah's original post: here.

1. I've only been to a Disney park once (it was Disneyland Paris) and I can barely remember anything from it as I was so young! I shall however be rectifying this next year with at least a visit to the Hong Kong Disneyland but I'd also love to go back to Disneyland Paris in 2016 as well!
2. I know a lot of people will hate me for this but although I really do like The Little Mermaid & Beauty and the Beast, I don't love them  (*cowers in the corner*). There's just so many other Disney films I like in preference, sorry!
3. Similar to one of Sarah's confessions on her post - although I'm collecting the Disney Classics DVD collection, I don't intend to collect every film. There's a good number of them that I haven't seen and aren't really in any rush to see so I'm only buying the ones I know and love!
4. I still haven't seen Up because I'm scared of how sad it will be!
5. I like to pretend that Pocahontas 2 never happened. Pocahontas + John Smith forever. NO OTHER JOHNS ALLOWED. NOPE. NO. NEVER HAPPENED.

Does anyone share any of my confessions? What would your confessions be?

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Thursday, 26 November 2015

Disney Christmas Gift Ideas For £10 And Under

With Christmas coming up very quickly (seriously, where did November go?!) I thought I'd share a few of my favourite Disney-related gifts that I've spotted around recently. All of these are less than £10 each so they're perfect if you're on a bit of a budget like me!

1. INSIDE OUT JOURNAL, THE DISNEY STORE - £9.06
2. DISNEY PRINCESS BOYPANTS, TOPSHOP - £4
3. CINDERELLA LIP SHIMMER, MARKS AND SPENCER - £3
4. FROZEN ELSA SKETCH MUG, THE DISNEY STORE - £7.95
5. MINI NURSE BAYMAX TSUM TSUM, CLINTON CARDS - £3.50
6. POP! VINYL INSIDE OUT SADNESS, THE DISNEY STORE - £9.95
7. MINNIE MOUSE BACK PACK, PRIMARK - £10
8. DISNEY PRINCESS ART THERAPY COLOURING BOOK, AMAZON - £8.75
9. PASCAL MINI BEAN BAG, THE DISNEY STORE - £7.95

1. Although it's a bit pricey (I'm used to paying about £3 for a notebook!) this journal is worth every penny. There's so much detail on the inside and it's separated into sections with artwork of all five emotions on. The perfect gift for any students in your life!

2. I've got a quite a few of these boypants from Topshop and they are so cute and comfy. They come in a range of designs and they're on offer for 3 for £10 so they'd be great stocking fillers.

3. The design on these lip balms is so adorable! They come in three gorgeous Cinderlla-y designs including the one above which has a clock face design and "home before midnight" on. 

4. This mug would be perfect for any Frozen fan. The artwork is so beautiful and for less than £8 you can't really go wrong!

5. When I'm feeling particularly anxious about anything I take my mini Baymax Tsum Tsum with me as he's small enough to fit into my bag or coat pocket (and to think I'll be 25 next year...). Clinton Cards have just released the Big Hero 6 Tsum Tsum collection so if you've got someone with a lot of stress or worry in their life, a mini Baymax might be the perfect companion!

6. If you hunt around you can usually get Pop! Vinyls for around £10 and there's so many Disney characters to choose from so you're sure to be able to find something to suit the person you're buying for! They'd be great to give to someone to put on their desk at work, or to fill in spaces on DVD/bookshelves.

7. This Minnie Mouse back pack is such a bargain for only £10! Plus I like that the design isn't particularly in-your-face Disney, this could make a great gift for someone who has got a trip to the parks planned for 2016!

8. It's a colouring book. For adults. That lets you colour in Disney Princess pictures. Need I say more?!

9. I actually have this Pascal teddy myself and he really is so cute! He's also the perfect size for cosplaying - I used him for my Halloween Rapunzel costume and he fit perfectly on my shoulder!

Hope these ideas help with your Christmas shopping!

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Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Review: COLAB Paris Dry Shampoo

My go-to dry shampoo has always been Batiste as it leaves my hair looking full, thick and refreshed, however it comes with a major downside as their normal formula leaves a white residue in my dark hair which is difficult to blend in and the formula for dark hair leaves brown powder all over my hands and around my hairline. So when I heard of COLAB's range of dry shampoo which claims to leave no white residue in your hair I was really excited to try it! They come in a range of different scents based on cities around the world - London, New York, Paris, Rio and Tokyo. I'm obsessed with Paris (my room is covered in Paris-related things as well as Disney merchandise) so I knew I had to try that one.

Overall it smells AMAZING - the Paris one is a really pretty, sweet floral scent which I could still smell in my hair for hours after using it and it really does leave no white residue. I was a bit skeptical whether it would actually be 'invisible' as the bottle claims but I couldn't see any hint of residue! However while it did absorb oil it didn't give any texture to my hair which left it looking flat and lifeless. Unfortunately based on this I'll still have to stick with Batiste for now as even though I find the powder hard to blend in, it makes my hair look so clean and refreshed. If COLAB could just find a way to make their formula texturising as well then they'd have the perfect dry shampoo. But until then, the hunt for the perfect dry shampoo is still on!


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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Tsum Tsum Tuesday: November 2015

Olaf Frozen Fever Tsum Tsum bag set - £19.95
Mickey Mouse and Friends Christmas Tsum Tsum set - £24.95
Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, Nana & Tinker Bell Mini Tsum Tsums - £3 each

Yesterday was possibly one of my favourite Tsum Tsum Tuesdays ever, although my bank account probably isn't feeling the same way...! If you're not familiar with Tsum Tsum Tuesday, on the 1st Tuesday of every month the Disney Store releases at least one new collection of Tsums, however this month it was four new collections plus one re-release! The new collections were Peter Pan, mega Tsum Tsums, the Frozen Fever bag set and the Christmas collection. Plus the Inside Out Tsums were re-released - so a very expensive month!

Luckily I already have all the Inside Out Tsums that I was after and I don't have the space for the mega Tsum Tsums (they're well over 1 metre long!) so that left only three collections to buy from. I'd been looking forward to the Frozen Fever set ever since I'd heard of it. I'm not a fan of Tsum Tsum bags but the minis inside are so adorable! Look at little Sven with that carrot in his mouth, aaaah. And of course I had to get my hands on a Snowgie. I know a lot of people are probably sick of Frozen by now but these are such a lovely little set and the detail on them is so great!

I was also only planning on getting Mickey, Minnie and Pluto from the Christmas collection but as they ended up being in a box set, rather than individuals, I ended up buying that set too! I love their matching scarves and Pluto's candy cane. Lastly, I also picked up a few of the Peter Pan Tsums. I'm not the biggest Peter Pan fan but I still love the film so I couldn't pass these up. I wasn't planning on getting Michael Darling but when I caught sight of the teddy bear sewn into the side of his pajamas - OH MY GOSH. I'm so pleased with all these Tsums, the design on all of them is brilliant!

Next month's release luckily appears to be only one collection,Winnie the Pooh, so at least I won't have to fork out this much again next time!

Did anyone else pick up any Tsums yesterday? Which ones were your favourites?


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Tuesday, 13 October 2015

The Inside Out Book Tag

I was tagged on my previous blog (Tea avec Books) by the lovely Faridah @ She Who Writes to do the Inside Out Book Tag! Faridah did tag me quite a while ago but I wanted to wait until I'd set up this new blog so sorry for the delay! 

So, as with the five emotions from Disney's Inside Out (Joy, Disgust, Fear, Sadness & Anger) this book tag consists of choosing five books in answer to a question based around one of these emotions. Naturally, being a Tsum Tsum obsessive, I had to take pictures of the books with my Inside Out Tsums! If you'd like to see Faridah's answers for this tag you can do so here. Let's begin!
1. Which book brings you the most joy?
Life With A Sprinkle of Glitter by Louise Pentland
A lot of books have bought me joy but the most recent one was definitely Louis Pentland (a.k.a. Sprinkleofglitter on YouTube)'s first book. It's filled with so much happiness and positivity, you can't help feeling much more upbeat after reading a chapter or two.
2. Which book grossed you out the most?
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
I've been wanting to read this book for a while now. It's a true story about the origin of certain viruses such as Ebola, however as a person who is incredibly queasy (I actually fainted/was sick while a doctor explained my boyfriend's appendectomy to him...) I'm a bit nervous about getting stuck in! Especially as Stephen King is quoted on the front cover saying the book is "one of the most horrifying things I've read in my entire life"...
3. A book that scared you more than anything?
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
I remember being absolutely scared stiff whilst reading about Dementors when I was younger and I don't think I've come across anything more terrifying in a book since! As you can probably tell from this choice, I don't read horror books!
4. What book made you cry the hardest?
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
It's so easy to make me cry - I even cry when people are happy in ADVERTS. Seriously. However I hardly ever seem to cry at books! This book, on the other hand, is one of the exceptions. I don't want to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read this trilogy but THAT ENDING. But if you can get your hands on these books I really recommend it, The Infernal Devices is probably one of my favourite ever series.
5. What book annoyed you?
To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
I don't like to bash books but I couldn't think of anything else for this question. This is a very popular book so I know I'm definitely in the minority with this, but the main character annoyed me so much. It just seemed like throughout the book she really could not make up her mind so while I did start out enjoying the book, I was so annoyed by the main character in the end that I just couldn't get onboard with the storyline.

Thanks again to Faridah for tagging me to do this - this was really fun! I'm not sure who to tag so if you'd like to take part you can use me as your tagger!

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Saturday, 3 October 2015

London + Disney Store & Ladurée Haul

Last Sunday the boyfriend and I travelled to London for the day as a pre-birthday treat for me! I haven't been to London in years and as there aren't any Disney Stores left where I live I was especially excited to go. Our first stop once we arrived was the Oxford Street Disney Store which I believe is the biggest Disney Store in Europe, and it really was so magical. I'm a huge fan of the 2015 live action Cinderella film so I was glad they still had the carriage and slipper on display. As you can see from the pictures above I even queued up behind all the little kids to have my picture taken in the carriage #NoShame.

The boyfriend had kindly said beforehand that part of my birthday present was going to be a gift card to the Disney Store so I ended up having a mini spree in the Oxford Street store and managed to spend up all of the gift card and a decent chunk of my Student Finance... Ooops. It's probably a blessing in disguise really that I can't visit a Disney Store on a regular basis!
DISNEY FAIRYTALE COLLECTION ELSA AND HANS MUG - £10.95
DISNEY FAIRYTALE COLLECTION RAPUNZEL AND MOTHER GOTHEL JOURNAL - £12.95
MEDIUM MINNIE TSUM TSUM - £10
MINI GOOFY TSUM TSUM - £3
MINI DAISY DUCK TSUM TSUM - £3
MINI PLUTO TSUM TSUM - £3
PASCAL PLUSH - £7.95
BAYMAX PLUSH - £12.95
CINDERELLA ORNAMENT - £15
MINNIE BOW PRINT CIRCLE SCARF - £19.95

I'd had an eye on a few things from the Disney Fairytale Collection ever since they appeared online and I waited until we were going to London so I could see them in person. I ended up getting an Elsa and Hans mug and a Rapunzel and Mother Gothel journal. The artwork on these is so beautiful, I could easily have bought the whole collection of mugs!

Being a bit of a Tsum Tsum obessive I *had* to pick up some Tsums as well. I chose a medium Minnie as she was just too adorable to leave behind and I also bought a couple of minis from the core collection that I didn't have. And because four plushies in one shopping trip clearly is not enough, I also bought a Pascal and a Baymax plush. I'd love to someday do a cosplay of Rapunzel so I thought this little Pascal would be perfect for that (and also, he's just downright adorable) and I'd wanted a Baymax teddy for a while and as this one was so soft and cuddly, he had to come too! Lastly I bought this gorgeous Cinderella ornament and Minnie bow print scarf as these were both things that I'd also had my eye on from the Disney Store website.
After my Oxford Street spending madness was over we then visited Harrods. We had a look round the Harrods Disney Store (I managed to restrain myself to leaving with just photos and not purchases this time!) and then we visited the Christmas shop, the Harrods gift shop and finally the Ladurée cafe.
BOX OF 8 LADUREÉ COFFEE MACARONS - £14.40
MAQAROON LILAC ROSE CHARM BRACELET - £19.95
LADUREÉ KEYRING - £29.95

Along with my many other obsessions, I'm also in love with Paris and all things Parisian, including macarons, so the Ladurée cafe had been at the top of my most-wanted places to visit for a while. The boyfriend isn't the biggest fan of macarons so I didn't want to subject him to eating in the cafe so we just visited one of the counters in the cafe where you could buy macarons to go and a few merchandise bits. I'd not actually had macarons from Ladurée before but coffee are my favourite flavour of macarons and the Ladurée ones certainly didn't disappoint. I'll definitely have to buy a larger box next time I visit London!

Lastly I also bought this beautiful keyring which I'm planning on attaching to one of my bags and this unbelievably cute little macaron charm bracelet. The bracelet didn't come from the Ladurée cafe but the Ladurée/macaron-themed stand in the Harrods gift shop. It's not actually made by Ladurée, but a little jewellery brand called 'Maqaroon'. I've looked them up online since and they make lots of macaron jewellery and a few other other adorable pieces. I've already got my eye on two more of these bracelets to match! If you're a fan of macarons/cute jewellery pieces I'd definitely recommend looking them up.

Please excuse my ridiculous spending, I promise I'm not usually this bad!
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Friday, 2 October 2015

Five Books To Help You Through University/School

I don't know about you but I'm definitely one of those people that gets stressed easily so university can be very challenging for me, especially when all the deadlines seem to be piling up! However over my past two years at uni I've picked up some things which have helped me become more organised and de-stressed so I thought I'd share them on here in the hope of helping someone else like me!
1. A book to de-stress
Nature Colouring Book by Hamlyn Publishers

These adult colouring books are everywhere at the moment! One of my friends said these actually really worked for her as a de-stress method so I've bought one in preparation for moments of high stress at uni this year. I plan to keep it nearby me when writing essays and revising!
2. A book to keep you up to date
Laulima 18-Month Diary by Paperblanks

Having a planner last year was a life saver for me. I used my planner to keep track of assignment hand-in dates, lectures and workshop times, exam dates and student finance payments. This was so incredibly useful as it helped me keep on top of everything and I never fell into that nasty situation where an assignment or exam cropped up out of the blue!
3. A book to help you keep calm
Calm by Michael Acton Smith

I saw someone on Instagram recommend this book as a tool for achieving calmness and I can't wait to get stuck into it. It's filled with activities and ideas which you can pick and choose as you please, designed to help you create a bit of peace and space in your life. As someone who had about five breakdowns from uni stress last year (the second year is apparently the toughest year on our course, okay?! Haha), this is definitely something I'm going to be trying out!
4. A book to keep you organised
Bird notepad by Paperchase

I'm a huge list-writer but for some reason I haven't really utilised them for uni before so my plan for this year is to keep a notepad by me whilst at uni. That way, I can write a list of the things I need to do throughout the day so I hopefully don't end up forgetting anything important. This will also be really useful for writing essays as well because I'm very guilty of getting up in the middle of an essay and going for a break without writing down what I needed to do next and losing my train of thought!
5. A book for pleasure
Have Courage, Be Kind: The Tale of Cinderella by Brittany Candau

And lastly, another great way to de-stress comes from reading any book you like! I saw a fact sheet online last year about all the benefits reading brings you, which I can't seem to find again now, but the gist of it was that reading a book for pleasure even for a short period of time can really help your stress levels. So this year I'm going to make sure I always have a good fiction book on me, that way I can read it on the bus home from uni and hopefully shake off all the stress from the day!

How do you keep organised and stress-free? Let me know if you have any tips because I could always use some more, haha!

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