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Birthday Wish List

I always see bloggers put together Birthday wish lists. However, in all my years of blogging, I have never completed one. As it is my birthday at the end of the month. I thought it was time to rectify this and produce a wish list of things I want for my birthday or that I will end up buying for myself over the autumn.

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My Birthday Wish List 2018

Birthday Wish List 2018

  1. Navy Floral Bomber Jacket
    Even since I saw Killing Eve, I have obsessed with getting an embroidered bomber jacket. Whilst I loved the green version Villanelle wore. I think this blue one as it’s more practical for me as I wear a lot of blue.
  2. BB-8 Keepcup
    As you know I love drinking coffee when I am on my adventures. I am also concerned about the environment. Being a caffeine addict should stop me. So I am trying to carry a reusable mug with me more often.
  3. Wonder Woman or Harry Potter Alex and Ani Bracelet.
    I have received an Alex and Ani bracelet on several recent birthdays, one was brought from me in New York and another Princess Leia one. They also have collections based in DC comics and Harry Potter. I’d love another bracelet this year, but am having trouble picking just one.
  4. Batgirl: A Celebration of 50 Years
    I have always loved the earlier Batgirl comics, I think it’s because those are the ones I started reading. That’s why I was excited about this “Celebrations” book. As it collects some of the classic Batgirl storylines, combined with newer Birds of Prey and New 52 storylines.
  5. Spectrum Makeup Brushes
    I recently discovered the Spectrum store in Carnaby Street and it became my favourite shop! Downstairs they sell amazing makeup brushes and bags, based in Disney characters of Mean Girls. Upstairs is a coffee shop, which is an Instagrammer’s dream! I fell in love with so many things in the store including these brushes.
  6. Danielle Nicole Ravenclaw Clutch
    I keep seeing Danielle Nicole bags on Instagram, with designs based on Disney character and Harry Potter, they are the height of geek chic. When I saw the Hogwarts’ house collection, I fell in love. What an amazing way to show your ‘house pride.’ I adore both the uniform crossbody bag or this house badge clutch. But in the end, I feel the clutch is more subtle.
  7. Kikki-K Personal Planner
    I have used the Bullet Journal system for as my personal organisation over the last few years. However, I am toying with the idea of going back to a planner. Especially, after reading Boho Berry’s post. I love the set up she has used combining a traditional Filofax and Bullet Journal.
  8. Satchel in chestnut
    For years, I’ve loved with satchels, I have had a red Cambridge Satchel for the last several years and it’s still going strong. However, I want a smaller version for running around. I love the classic look of chestnut leather, plus you now have the option of magnetic clasps under the buckles for ease of access.
  9. Puma Kimino Trainers
    Jason is addicted to trainers, whereas I seem to just replace my converse every few years. However, I think his addiction is rubbing off on me. Recently, I have been drawn to other styles. First Adidas Stan Smiths and now these embroidered Puma ones.
  10. Little Miss Caffeine mug
    You can never have too many coffee mugs, right? I know the Little Miss Blogger version is hugely popular at the moment. But as I have never felt like a proper blogger! I thought the Miss Caffeine version was more me!

Is it anyone else’s birthday this month?
Any fellow Scorpions?
Do you create a birthday wish list?
Let me know in the comments below.

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Afternoon Tea at Home

To celebrate Afternoon Tea Week, I thought I would put together a few products for you to have your own geeky afternoon tea at home. With the rise in popularity of afternoon tea, there are so many great products to chose from. Also as tea parties feature both Alice in Wonderland and Beauty and the Beast, there are some great tea related products based on these franchises available.

How to Host your own Afternoon Tea at Home with a Twist

Afternoon Tea at Home with a Twist!

Good Food has some great ideas for hosting your own afternoon tea at home, from decorating tips to what to serve. Pinterest is also a great place to search for geekier recipe ideas. In my Pinspiration series, I have featured Stranger Things cupcakesHulk cake pops and Captain America cookies. All of these be great for the pastry course of your afternoon tea. Alternatively, you can also look for a macaroon or mini pie recipes.Afternoon Tea at Home with a Twist

Milk Jug // Sugar Bowl // Cake Stand // Tea Cup
Tardis Teapot // Harry Potter Tea Set // R2-D2 Teapot
BB-8 Tea Set for One // Tea Infuser // Cake Stand

During an Afternoon Tea, cakes are served on a tiered cake stand.  Like the whimsical Alice in Wonderland cake stand from the V&A Museum. Yet, as I discovered when research quirkier teas in London. Hotels are getting more creative with their stands using old records and even books as serving boards. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative the Disney have some cute disposable tiered cake stands. Which come with matching disposable tablecloths and napkins.

The great thing about afternoon tea is there are no hard and fast rules. You could have a matching tea set like this Harry Potter one, or opt for a mismatch of china cups. Taking inspiration from the Mad Hatter’s tea party you could have an ill-sorted collection of plates and cups, and carry this even further with mismatched chairs.

How are you celebrating Afternoon Tea Week?
What themed Afternoon Tea would you like to have?
Let me know in the comments below.

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Updated Christmas Eve Box

A few years ago, I wrote about our adult version of Christmas Eve box. Our Christmas Eve tradition now involves relaxing at home, ordering a takeaway and having a few drinks. A calm night before the big day. So I create a special parcel for the evening. Think of it as a grown-up version of the boxes designed for children. The box is filled with pyjamas, movies to watch and cocktails!

This Year’s Christmas Eve Box

Christmas Eve Box

Deadpool Pyjamas // Wonder Woman Pyjamas // Espresso Martini // Book
Ornament // Cocktail Set // Box

Each year, I like to add a new ornament to our Christmas tree, something related to the previous 12 months, a souvenir from a vacation, something a little more personal. Or like this year, a geeky one relating to one of our favourite films of the year. I love this Wonder Woman Ornament kit from LexiCorp.

A recent UK Poll recently declared Die Hard isn’t a Christmas movie, well in our house we disagree. Our traditional Christmas Eve movie night involves a trilogy of Muppet’s Christmas CarolNational Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and ends with Die Hard. When I saw this illustration book based on Die Hard featured on Nerdist, I had to order a copy to include in the Christmas box.

As you know I am a coffee addict and an Espresso Martini is my go-to cocktail. Unfortunately, I am can’t see to perfect my recipe to make them at home. I have a few tried pre-mixed cocktails, but this year I thought I would try the Tipplesworth mixer. I also love this Espresso Martini gift set, which includes a cocktail shaker and martini glasses.

Do you have any traditions for Christmas Eve? What are your favourite Christmas Movies? Do you think Die Hard is a Christmas movie? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Stranger Things Must Haves

Without a doubt, one of the huge success stories of 2016 was Stranger Things. For the months, fans have waited for the next season. So many questions were left unanswered. Hopefully, later this week, we will get some resolutions. To mark the release of the second season of Stranger Things. I thought I would put together a few of my must-haves for any fans of the Netflix show.

Stranger Things Must-Haves

Stranger Things Must Haves
Hawkins Stripe T-Shirt // Vynl Figure // Book of Barb
Visit Hawkins T-Shirt // Backpack // Monopoly
Frozen Waffles // Poster T-Shirt // Pin // Mug

Last month, a Stranger Things t-shirt appeared on the Louis Vuitton catwalk during Paris Fashion Week. This week, Topshop has a pop-up store featuring sets from the show as well as selling their new Stranger Things range. Providing the show is really on trend at the moment! #geekchic

It was hard for me to pick just one t-shirt. But as I said they are this season’s all-important fashion item, so I have included three! I love the vintage feel of this Hawkins Power & Light shirt from Topshop. Similarly with the “Visit Hawkins” tee, or you can go for the classic poster t-shirt.

It was a shock to me, to discovered that there aren’t any official books related to Stranger Things. Why hasn’t someone turned it to a graphic novel? I did find a few unofficial book and thing cute Book of Barbs, which is full of 80’s geekiness.

Everyone loves a Pop Funko figure, but  I do like some of the newer vinyl collectibles. This pair of VYNL figures is so cute, Eleven with her Eggos and my favourite Barb! Speaking of Eggos, we can’t actually get Eggos in the U.K. (shocking I know), but you can get Bird’s Eye Toaster Waffles, which I believe are similar and ideal for a snack whilst binge-watching season two.

Stranger Things Must Haves

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Gift Guide: Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Gift Guide

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As the Wonder Woman movie is finally getting released on DVD and Blu Ray this week. I thought I would put together a gift guide of some of the Wonder Woman merchandise available. I have written before, how I impressed I was with the amount of merchandise DC Comics have created. Whilst, it still isn’t ideal it is an improvement on other franchises.

Den of Geek wrote an amazing article over the summer highlighting the problem with the Wonder Woman merchandise. And the problems Star Wars and Marvel fans have faced. I know the amount of girly products available might offend some people. I don’t mind it. In fact, I love it when cosmetic companies have collaborations with geeky fandom. Like the MAC Wonder Woman range from a few years ago or the Covergirl and Star Wars collection. Yet, it is pointing out the lack of Wonder Woman merchandise for non-girly fans!

Wonder Woman Gift Guide

Wonder Woman Gift Guide
Wrap Bracelet // Cross Body Bag // Mug
Nail Wraps // Shopping Tote // Top
Mason Jar // Make-Up Bag

What do you think of the girlier merchandise? Do you like geeky themed make-up or jewellery? Or would do you prefer to buy Lego sets and action figures?

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Star Wars Gift Guide

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For May the Fourth, I created a guide of some of my favourite Star Wars themed merchandise. It used to be as a Star Wars Fangirl if you wanted to express your fandom it was restrictive. You could wear a patch or badge. Maybefind a keyring. Or wear unisex t-shirt, which was often unflattering.

Now that has all changed. Design companies like Loungefly are working with Lucasfilm. Together they are creating innovative accessories for the female market. Independent Designers can also create interesting items to sell on Etsy, or t-shirt du jour websites like Teepublic. So today, fangirls can express themselves everyday in many ways.

Jacket // Make-up Pouch // Charm
Necklace// Collared Top // Wrap Bracelet
Coin Purse // Scarf

Jewellery is one of my favourite ways to show off my love of Star Wars. Everytime I wear my Love and Madness opening crawl cuff, I get compliments. I also adore their Leia necklace in discreet enough to wear to work and still show off your fandom.

I recently discovered the UK-based website EMP are selling some of the Her Universe collection. Including the 40th anniversary Bomber Jacket. Before, I have had to order direct from American website, paying as much in postage and customs, as I did for the dress. So I was to see some items available here. I hope EMP start selling more items in the future.

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Gift Guide: Beauty & the Beast

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To mark the release of the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast, tie-in merchandise has filled the high street stores. Whilst you might expect to see children’s dress-up clothes or playsets. Actually, this merchandise caters for Disney fans of all ages.

Cushion // Mirror // Phone Cover
Sweatshirt // Mug
Charm // Make-up Bag // Candle Holder

The Disney Store has lovely range including, a compact mirror and phone cover. My favourite item in their collection is the sweatshirt. Clinton’s cards have used their floral Beauty and the Beast pattern on various products including this cushion. Online Retro store Truffle Shuffle have the full range of Disney Couture jewellery and some cute smaller items like this make-up bag.

I can’t talk about Beauty and the Beast merchandise without mentioning the now famous Primark purse. This purse based on “Chip” has caused a stir on social media. I wasn’t luckily enough to find one, but am still hunting in my local store.

Have you seen an amazing Beauty and the Beast merchandise in store? Did you buy anything to add to your collection? Were you lucky enough to find one the Chip purses?

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5FF: Galentine’s Day Gifts

I actually wrote about Galentine’s Day before, how I hoped it would become more popular and some gift ideas I had seen on Pinterest. This year for Fandom Friday I have put together the five galentine’s day gifts, I would like to give (or receive) this Galentine’s Day.

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5FF Galentine's Day Gifts

Five Galentine’s Day Gifts
  1. Bracelet
    At high school, my friends and I loved to make friendship bracelets. We would stack dozens of them on our wrists. Nowadays, I still love stacking bracelets, but opt for mixing bracelets made from semi-precious beads, with traditional cotton bracelets or and a simple silver bangle.
  2. Planner Stickers
    Currently, all my friends are obsessed with planners or bullet journals. Being a stationary addict myself, I love planner stickers. These “Girl Night Out” are the prefect way to mark your Galentine’s Day Brunch or girly night out in your planner.
  3. BFF Pin
    Who doesn’t love a some flair? Everyone seems to love wearing a pin or three at the moment. Normally, I buy pins based on my fandoms or geeky loves, but this BFF Conversation Heart pin is lovely. I just wish I could find a Love Heart (the UK Conversation Hearts) version.
  4. Candle
    Candles are my go to gift. They can seem like a quick and easy gift, but can spend ages sniffing all the candles in the store. Although the Jo Malone’s candles can be a little on the pricey side, the scent fills the whole of the downstairs of our house. Plus they seem to last a lot longer than cheaper candles.
  5. Card
    Finally, to go with all your Galentine’s Day gifts you need a card. The fabulous card also included a few Lesley Knope quotes!

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Thank you The Nerdy Girlie & Super Space Chick for creating Fandom Friday check out their blogs for more information. Or follow the #fandom5 or #5fandomfriday on Twitter.

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Book Lovers Gift Idea

My husband and I used to write a lifestyle blog together (someday I hope we will start it up again). One of series of posts we wrote about were gift guides and I loved complying these posts. Next month, both my mum and sister are celebrating their birthdays. As part of their presents I am planning on getting them Kindle vouchers but I wanted to them a little something extra. Partly inspired by some of my favourite instagrammers I put together this gift guide for Book Lovers.

Gift ideas for Book LoversLocket // Bookmarks // Candle
Colouring Book // Book Bag // Pin
Pencils // Tee // Mug

The Frostbread Candles and Happy Hello Co. Magnetic Bookmarks are available for several of fandoms so these can be tailored for gift giving. I think I might be tempted to do some themed gift baskets soon. I first saw this Librarian Tee on The Loony Logophile‘s blog, in her everyday Librarian cosplay and fell in love – isn’t it perfect! When I saw the mug on instagram, I knew I had to include it as it sums up my recent obsession!

Finally, if you want the ultimate gift for a book lover, how about treating them to a vacation in a bookstore! The Open Book in Scotland offers an airbnb rental in a bookstore where you can help run the shop during your stay.

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