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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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Primark Disney Pajamas Haul

(Also featuring the White Rabbit Tsum Tsum I bought from Clintons that day!)

So, I popped into Primark for a quick look around their pajama section a little while ago and somehow managed to leave with four new sets of pajamas and a pair of leggings... Ooops. Primark are really on the ball at the moment with their Disney merchandise - there was so many more sets that I could have bought! I also love how they've been packaging their Disney pajamas with this cute Disney ribbon. These sets would make such lovely Christmas presents!
Bambi pajama set - £10
Princess leggings - £8
Frozen pajama set - £5 (in the sale)
Bambi and Thumper fleece pajama set - £11
Alice In Wonderland pajama set - £11

Just how cute? I especially love the Princess leggings with the lace at the bottom. There's a nightshirt to match it which wasn't there that day although I determined to track it down! The Bambi and Thumper fleece pajamas are *so* warm and snuggly as well. They have these sets with a range of Disney characters on so I'd definitely recommend picking up a set to get you through the Winter. Although I'm loving this late summer weather we've having I'm almost looking forward to cold weather so I can curl up in these!

Have you been buying any Disney bits from Primark recently? Let me know in the comments below!

 
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Hello!

Hello! For my first post I thought I'd do a little welcome post about me and my plans for this blog! So firstly, my name is Hannah, I'm 24 years old and I'm currently studying Psychology at university. I've had a few other blogs before this one (Cutes and Fruits & Tea avec Books) but those blogs tended to be based around only one one thing or another and I felt like I wasn't blogging about everything I wanted to be talking about! Therefore for this blog I want to include everything I love, so for the moment this will probably involve books, Disney (especially Tsum Tsums!), beauty and outfit posts!

I hope you enjoy my little blog!

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