Thursday, 23 February 2017

My favourite Disney collaborations

My favourite emails always have 'Disney' in the subject line. One specific email category is always guaranteed to make me smile... new Disney collaborations!

I love it when my favourite brands work with Disney to create exciting new products which just happen to be perfect for me (and for my Instagram account). However, the only difficulty comes when I have to narrow down my wishlist to one or two items. These collaborations tend to be a bit pricey and my bank account would have a hissy fit if I let myself buy EVERYTHING I wanted to.

Here are some of my favourite Disney collaborations... 

Disney x Cath Kidston 

I was really excited when I heard about Cath Kidston's collaboration with Disney as I could definitely see the potential for some beautiful new designs. The first collection (Winnie the Pooh) was released on the day of my operation last September which meant it wasn't on my radar at the time, but my lovely work colleagues clubbed together and bought a few items for me which I absolutely adore. They bought the overnight bag, mug, bed socks and passport cover, and my friend Sarah also bought a little make up bag for me from the collection.

When the second collection (Mickey and Minnie) launched, I made sure I was sitting at my laptop ready to order my favourite items the second they went live. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite that simple. A few of the items I wanted sold out within seconds, it took me approximately three hours to order three items, and one of the items they sent me was the wrong one and had to be returned! However, putting those irritations aside, I do really love my notebook and little coin purse (which I actually use to store my earphones rather than coins). I'm now eagerly awaiting the details of their next collaboration!

Disney Pixar x Vans

I quite literally screeched with excitement when the email announcing the Disney Pixar x Vans collaboration landed in my inbox. I love everything about Toy Story and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to buy a pair of Vans trainers for the first time. After much deliberation, I bought the beautiful Woody and Bo Peep trainers and I'm in love. The trainers are such good quality with a fantastic level of detail and, crucially, they're just as comfy as my trusty Converse!

Disney x Pandora 

I've already blogged about my Disney Pandora bracelet but it's definitely amazing enough to warrant another mention. I started my Pandora collection a few months before our trip to Walt Disney World in 2015 and I was spoilt for choice when I decided to buy a couple of Disney charms as holiday souvenirs. I eventually narrowed it down to the classic Walt Disney World charm and the Mickey pendant charm, then decided to buy more when we went back in 2016 because I'm so in love with this collaboration. I bought the bracelet, the clips, the Belle charm and the Minnie charm as part of a great discounted deal, and my parents-in-law bought the Mickey swirls charm and the Minnie headband charm a few weeks later. I can't wait to go back to Florida in April to add another charm to my Disney-themed bracelet!

What's your favourite Disney collaboration? 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

New thing every week in 2016 #5

This is the final post in my 'new thing every week in 2016' series - read the first post here to find out what the series is all about.

It was a rollercoaster of a year but I'm glad I still managed to record one new thing every week throughout everything that happened. Just like my 'Best bits of 2016' post, this series has shown me that it wasn't ALL bad.

Read on to find out what I got up to between 14th October and 31st December 2016...

Week 42: Went on a theatre break to London to see Aladdin

Week 43: Blogged about my health to raise awareness

Week 44: Went to the cinema before midday

Week 45: Went to the 'Making of Harry Potter' studio in Watford

Week 46: Ate at a Toby Carvery

Week 47: Bought the New Look delivery pass

Week 48: Ate at Juno Lounge

Week 49: Had a Lindt advent calendar

Week 50: Bought a Christmas jumper

Week 51: Drank Prosecco in the street at my work Christmas party

Week 52: Ate red cabbage at home as part of our belated Christmas dinner for just the two of us

I've already started compiling all the new things I've done in 2017, so I'm looking forward to repeating this series next year! 

Thursday, 9 February 2017

New thing every week in 2016 #4

This is the fourth post in my 'New thing every week in 2016' series - read the first post here to find out what it's all about. The ten weeks I'm focusing on for this post were really difficult ones to look back on as, preceded by a month of worrying and waiting, my cancer diagnosis crashed into my life during Week 34. The nature of some of this post's entries means there are quite a few which don't have any images to go with them, for obvious reasons!

Read on to find out what new things, both good and bad, happened in my life between 29th July and 13th October...

Week 31: Spent the day in Abergavenny

Week 32: Went to our local Harvester for a drink

Week 33: Went on a day trip to North Wales for a work meeting

Week 34: Received a free gift in Pandora after making a couple of purchases at their special event

Week 35: Went to Romeo's by the Sea for our wedding anniversary

Week 36: Stayed in Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Week 37: Ate dinner at the Yachtsman Steakhouse

Week 38: Had an ECG (as part of my pre-op assessment) 

Week 40: Ordered a treat for myself from the Pandora website (I've always shopped in store before!)

Week 41: Ordered some more treats for myself from ASOS

As you can see, I did quite a bit of online shopping while I was recovering from my surgery... I think you'll all agree it was needed! Check back in a few days for the final instalment in my 'new thing every week in 2016' series. 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

New thing every week in 2016 #3

Welcome to the third post in my 'New thing every week in 2016' series! You can read the first post here and the second post here.

The ten weeks I've focused on for this post went from some big highs to a pretty big low which meant it was a difficult post to write. I turned 30 on 4th June which resulted in a lovely few weeks where I felt truly happy but, unfortunately, my health nightmare started on 15th July.

Read on to find out what I got up to between 20th May and 28th July...

Week 21: Drove around North Wales on my own for a few days on a work trip

Week 22: Ate at the Bear Inn in Clarks Village

Week 23: Got the bus to Cardiff Bay (and turned 30!)

Week 24: Did a Future Learn course on the European Union 

Week 25: Went bowling with a 3 year old

Week 26: Ordered a takeaway from Prezzo

Week 27: Went to Kaspa's

Week 28: Did my first Weekend Warrior challenge on the Fitbit

Week 29: Went to Southampton with Neil

Week 30: Received my first pair of earrings from Clogau 

I already know the next ten weeks will be difficult ones to look back on because I'm painfully aware of what happened next in the rollercoaster ride of 2016. However, on the bright side, the next post will include a holiday to Florida! Check back for the next instalment in a few days.