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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Fashion | Hogwarts comes to Primark

Hey guys, currently eating pancakes and watching films whilst writing this and couldn't think of better way to enjoy a lazy Sunday night! Today's post is a must for the excited muggle inside you as every Harry Potter fan will be heading to a Primark store near them asap. They've just released a whole range of clothes, bags, jewellery, shoes, homeware and more. I headed to my local Primark to check out what was in store for us muggles and ended up buying quite a few things. I always find that stores have different stock and you can find some real gems if you in the right place at the right time. Literally. You have to purchase it the day you see it as you'll probably never set eyes on the item again if you don't. Anyway, lets get on with my Harry Potter haul.

There isn't a lot this time, but i'd rather buy things i'd use a lot rather than have them sit in the back of my wardrobe forever, waiting to be worn. First up is this supersoft, cosy, thin jumper that's supposed to be part of a pyjama set. I plan on wearing it with jeans or leggings for a comfy day. I love the Hogwarts castle on the front. It's very oversized, loose and sort of has a bat-wing style to it which is perfect for relaxing!
 Next up is the cosy dressing gown. Inside its warm and toasty and features house logo's including the Hogwarts crest and marauders map. This is perfect for lounging about in and has large pockets too which is handy for putting excess snacks and your phone in when you've run out of hands. I love the tags on all the items in this range as it adds a nice touch eg. H.Potter on the label, or the Hogwarts acceptance letter paper tag.
Last but not least is the cutest slippers in the form of Hedwig the Snowy Owl. How cute!! I saw them on the day of the Harry Potter launch in stores, but decided not to get them as i'd bought all the things above, socks and the bedcover. Yeah.. I kind of went on a bit of a shopping spree that day, oops. I've been looking out for them ever since and had doubts I'd never find them again. Someone must have been looking out for me as I returned the bedcover due to the colours not matching with the theme of my room and they appeared in the corner of the store, on the floor -the last pair.. in my size!! I just had to have them! How adorable are the mini wings and tail on them!? I love them so much, I think this may have been my favourite purchase of all three. What has been your favourite item from the Harry Potter range? Until next time.. 

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Lifestyle | Bedroom makeover

   Hello, hello! So I've been enjoying some well earned time off. It's been lovely to just sit, chill out for a while. I've also been busy giving my bedroom a complete makeover. It hasn't had a full re vamp since I started secondary school and that was a long time ago! So, I grabbed my laptop and started scrolling through Pinterest, google and Instagram finding as many pictures, colours and styles I liked. I knew I wanted it to be mature but very feminine and went for Kate Spade inspired colours - pink, white and gold. I had a set price for the renovations but also wanted to try and make use of the furniture I already had. I was lucky that most of my furniture was white so was able to keep the essentials like the wardrobe/chest of drawers and just added the bed and wooden flooring. Something to look out for, as this along with the bed frame and mattress can be expensive and will take up the majority of your budget. I also planned where things could go and if I would have room to add more furniture. I found floating shelves extremely useful as I have a lot of collectibles/snowglobes that I like to display and these are a perfect space saver. Before my room was dark, cluttered and felt tiny. Now its spacious, light, cosy and as minimalistic as I can get it.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Walt Disney World | Magic Kingdom

  After years of dreaming about going to Disney - the park that completely stole my heart was the magical and all round dreamy Magic Kingdom. Magic, excitement and wonder fill the park along with an added soundtrack to your life for the next two weeks and plenty of places to explore. The happiest place on earth (well for me anyway) where you can go and just enjoy the moment. Magic Kingdom is by far my favourite park out of the four and is the best in my opinion. It's full of magic, princesses, the iconic castle and the excited child in me couldn't wait to explore. This is the first and the last park I went to on both arrival and departure. Streets full of colour, happiness, fantasy, balloons and photographers waiting to capture your first moments in the park as you make your way to the top of Main Street to view the most beautiful Cinderella castle. The three year old inside of me got a bit emotional at the fact that I was actually in the place I'd wanted to go for years. On Main Street, colour fills the space with a variety of shops, restaurants, and merchandise. Some of the displays in the shop windows actually moved and was set like scenes from memorable films throughout the years. Very original and brought the Disney magic to life that little bit more.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Lifestyle | The Making of Harry Potter

Last week I visited The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Brothers in London. I admit - I've visited there around 5/6 times since its opening, but haven't had the chance, the time or the money to re visit since the Hogwarts Express was revealed. With the Forbidden Forest being the new feature, I took along my trusty family member (my dad) to save me from the evil clutches of Aragog and his minions. (Basically to come and protect me. Yes, the fear is real). You have to pre-book tickets and also have an allocated time slot. Trust me, this is the best way of doing it so you can actually see everything instead of pushing your way through the excited crowds. My favourite sets are the Great Hall, Diagon Alley, the Hogwarts bridge, the big pendulum styled clock that was shown in 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkerban' and of course Hogwarts itself. Apart from the ginormous sets and elaborate props along the way, you can also see how the creatures in the film were brought to life through CGI technology and special effects, along with the different camera tricks and techniques. I find this part interesting and also based my dissertation around this so it's always a favourite room of mine. It's intriguing to see and watch some of the characters being brought to life both in reality and on screen. The whole tour takes around 3/3 and a half hours, but you can take longer if you'd like. Hours of exploration, amazement, wonder and magic.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Fashion | Kate Spade New York x Minnie Mouse

When I heard one of my favourite designers - Kate Spade New York - had a store in Disney Springs, the excitement was real. Then I heard they had teamed up with Disney to create a collection even Minnie Mouse herself would love. Fabulous! Kate Spade New York uses fun, bright and bold colours as well as polka dots and stripes to create unique and very girly products. The brand encourages customers to 'Live Colourfully' and play around with their own personal style. After all, everyone is different. Kate Spade stood out to me as it was original, unique and very girly. I am now able to incorporate bold colours and individuality into my daily outfits through accessories like bags and shoes as well as injecting princess vibes and beautiful gold, white and polka dot themes throughout my bedroom.