Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Funko Pop! Vinyl Rubeus Hagrid and Ron Weasley

I've always been a bookworm and when I was younger I was absolutely captivated by the Harry Potter books, by the time the first Harry Potter film came out back in 2001 (do you feel old now?) I had my nose stuck in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I even became one of those people who went to midnight book launches and screenings, no shame. Admittedly, I lost my Harry Potter vibe for a while, but I was still thrilled when Funko finally decided to add the franchise to their list. The characters that they've made available in vinyl form includes; Harry (there are a few variations of him), Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore, Snape, Voldemort and a big ol' Hagrid.

I buy a lot of my Pop! Vinyls from Zavvi as they usually have pretty good offers on them. There's almost always the 2 for £20 deal on, which is a good one to watch as they're constantly adding new Pops into the offer when they run it. I was having a browse last week when I noticed that they'd added all of the Harry Potter ones into it. Picking which 2 I wanted was a bit of a chore. I definitely had to get Hagrid because he retails at £16.99 by himself, so I wasn't going to miss out on that bargain, plus he's a big animal loving softy. I love the fact that he has his pink umbrella with him, it's the ultimate accessory. I also got Ron because he's a personal favourite of mine, you've got to love the comic relief. Most people won't find anything particularly outstanding about him, but I love the texture in his hair and he even has his taped up wand. Plus, who doesn't love a ginger? 

I've recently started to re-read the books and I'm in the middle of planning to go on the WB Studio Tour for my birthday in January, so I'm currently in a Harry Potter overload and these Pops are just encouraging my obsession. Are you a Potterhead? Tweet me or leave a comment and let me know!


Thursday, 17 September 2015

How to Beat the Graduate Blues

I've been overwhelmed by the amount of posts that have been popping up all over the place that are really supportive of those who are about to step into the world of university life for the very first time. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for supporting the new generation of freshers, but what about those who have already been through the entire higher education experience and only got a lousy t-shirt? That's right, I'm talking about people like me: graduates. I attended Edge Hill University between 2010 and 2013 and completed a degree in Film Studies. Shortly after graduating I got a job in retail with the intention of saving up and going back to uni to complete a Masters Degree. However, it's two years down the line, I'm still stuck in the 9-5 world and sometimes it's hard to see a post-uni silver lining, so I thought that I'd post some tips for my fellow graduates on how to stay cheery.

1. Don't regret your choice of course. I know that a lot of people get down over what they chose to study. I studied ICT and Business at college and whilst these were deemed the more 'suitable' options to continue with by my family, I couldn't face dedicating three years of my life to something that I couldn't stand. Picking a course that I loved made the biggest difference and, whilst it hasn't got me my dream job just yet, I loved every second of studying a subject that I'm so passionate about.

2. Keep looking forward. It's also good to remember that despite what subject your degree may have been in you can always fall back on further education, a graduate scheme, or a PGCE. They may not get you jobs in your dream field, but they're still likely to lead to careers that are better than a bog standard job. I've found that exploring different career paths and routes to take for the future leaves me feeling quite positive.

3. Avoid Facebook around September/October. I know that asking people to abstain from social media for a couple of months is a ridiculous request in 2015, but you wouldn't believe how much this can help. These two months specifically can be a killer, because you'll be bombarded with posts from friends who are extremely hyped to be either starting or returning to university and it can be a massive downer. 

4. Invest your new found free time in hobbies. As much as I loved being at uni I can't lie and say that it didn't completely eat into my free time. When I was at college, and wasn't particularly bothered about studying for exams on the ins and outs of business, I had an abundance of hobbies. I was an absolute bookworm, I was constantly glued to my PS3, and as you can already tell by this post, I loved watching films and taking trips to the cinema. Besides watching films for my course, and maybe the odd cinema night, I didn't really have any time to dedicate time to my hobbies and it did start to grind on me a little bit. The first thing that I did when I finished uni was buy a bulk load of kindle books in order to lose myself for a few weeks and it was so nice to read something that wasn't as dense as anything that Freud and co had written.

5. Keep in contact with your uni friends. Since I was on a course that also acted as a hobby outside of academia it meant that a lot of my course mates were passionate about the same films and directors as I was and we bonded really easily. I can definitely say that I met some of the greatest, likeminded people when I was at uni and no matter how far away they are they always know how to make me feel better.

I hope that these tips help my fellow graduates! Let me know your top tips for keeping your head above water post-uni!


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Aladdin Tsum Tsum Collection

I got my first Tsum Tsum back in February when I went to Leeds for the weekend, I saw a lot of fuss outside of Clinton Cards and it turned out that I'd stumbled upon the launch of Disney's first wave of the loveable little bean bags. I came out with Marie from The Aristocats (I've had a lifelong obsession with the sassy kitten) and, after reading the tag, I assumed that she was for wiping phone/gadget screens. How wrong was I?

I actually hadn't bothered with Tsum Tsums since buying Marie, but when I went into the Disney store to stock up on Sadness merchandise after seeing Inside Out last month I saw that there was an Aladdin Tsum collection and I had to get in on the action. Aladdin is easily one of my favourite Disney films, it's got; a loveable hero, a sassy Princess with an adorable tiger, an even sassier parrot, a camp villain and my hero Robin Williams as the Genie.

I managed to get Genie, Jafar and the Sultan from the Disney store and don't get me wrong, they're adorable and everything, but I've recently seen Jasmine rise in the ranks of my favourite Disney princesses, so it was only right that I should order her online. And, being a cat lady, I had to order a lovely Rajah to sit with her. However, in the process of all of the Jasmine excitement I forgot to order an Aladdin (oops!), so I'll have to see if he's still around when I order my next lot of Tsums! Iago and Abu are also available.

What do you think of the Aladdin collection? Are you a Tsum Tsum fan? Leave a comment or send me a tweet!

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