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Kitsch, Kawaii & Retro- A Glimpse In To My Collections

For awhile now I’ve been toying with the idea of writing about some of my collections. Collecting is a big hobby of mine and I find a lot of joy in it – if you follow me over on Instagram you’ll probably already be quite familiar with some of the things I covet and hoard because I’m forever posting photos. But for some reason I’ve remained relatively quiet about them on my blog. I guess I didn’t think many people would be interested but as this is such a big passion of mine I thought it would be fun to write about (and photograph!) And when it’s all said and done this is my little space on the internet, I really have to stay true to myself!

So today I’m going to give you a little glimpse in to my Kitsch, Kawaii and Retro collections. I can’t show you everything as I’d be here all day! But I’ll show you some of my favourite pieces and explain why I love them so!

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October 2017 – Monthly Favourites

October has been one of the busiest months of my life. Between moving house, working full-time and taking part in Blogtober, I’ve barely had the time to process it all. That said, it has been an exciting month – full of new and happy memories. As it is slowly coming to a close (I can hardly believe how quickly the month has passed!) I thought I would share my favourite things with you.

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May Favourites

May has been another super-busy month but not without lots of things to celebrate! This post is a little later than I originally intended, but we went on holiday so I’ve been super busy! Anyway here’s what I have been loving throughout May:

The return of Lucky Dip Club, My Rainbow Life box RRP: £15

I know I mentioned it in my previous April Lust List but this time it’s actually here! May saw the official release of the Lucky Dip Club in its’ new format; My Rainbow Life! The box features one super-cute and functional item that has been collaborated on with an equally cool indie artist plus the much loved subscriber mag ‘Girl Planet’. The great thing about the new format is that you get something you’ll actually use as opposed to lots of little bits and bobs that you might not. This months fun and functional surprise was a little treat tray. The idea behind it is that it can fit two treats (perhaps a hot drink and a yummy snack) and it’s there to remind you to TREAT YO SELF. And let’s be honest, we could all do with treating ourselves a little more. Well, probably not me. I probably treat myself too much but, whatever. Obviously my treat tray is going to be used for one thing and one thing only- hello handy bath time aide! Also, I have a feature in this months mag, just sayin’.

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Montagne Jeunesse Candyfloss Scrub RRP: £1 from Primark

If you’ve been following my blog for a little while you’ll know I love the Montagne Jeunesse face masks. The Candyfloss scrub is for sure one of my favourites. It smells incredible and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. The perfect sweet treat for tired skin!

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Baby Bee Enamel Pin RRP $12 from Wawe Studio

I absolutely adore enamel pins and have a sizeable collection of my own. This super-cute Baby Bee pin from Wawe Studio combines my two greatest loves; bumble bees and kewpies! I just had to have it. It came packaged really well with some art postcards and a little pom pom – adorable!

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Into The Water Book by Paula Hawkins RRP £10 from Waterstones

Into The Water is the highly anticipated second novel by Paula Hawkins. Following on from the monumental success of The Girl On The Train was obviously going to be no small feat but, I’m actually really impressed with this book.  At first it is a little confusing getting to grips with all the characters as the story is told through multiple viewpoints. After awhile though it wasn’t a problem and I found that the different characters all added something to the story.

Into The Water opens with Nel Abbott’s death in the infamous drowning pool. It follows on to the tell the stories of her sister, her daughter, the policemen and women working on her case and the lives of those around her. It’s an intriguing story to say the least and, whilst it’s nothing at all like The Girl On The Train, I think it’s brilliant in its own right. Definitely worth a read.

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Sonny Angel Sky Colour Series RRP £7.95 from Didi Inspired

When the Sky Colour Series Sonny Angels were announced I have to say, I was super excited! The last set (Easter) were nice enough but nothing special. In all honesty the designs/colours left me feeling a little disappointed (so much so they didn’t even make it in to my monthly favourites?!). So it was a pleasant surprise to have something super-cute to bridge the gap until Halloween rolls around again.  Sky Colour Sonny’s feature cute weather-related hats such as rain, thunder, rainbow etc and they seem to be replacing the usual Summer series which features tanned Sonny Angel in holiday-themed hats and T-Shirts. I much prefer these as they are adorable.

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Fjallraven Kanken Backpack RRP £65 from My Kanken Bag.com

Prior to going on holiday I decided to get a new “travel” bag. One that would be suitable for carrying books, makeup and the essentials. I have wanted a Fjallraven Kanken bag for ages so decided to go with that as I wanted something hardwearing and long lasting; something that could accompany me on many adventures. This bag is super cute, comfortable to wear and really spacious! I got mine in Ochre which is pretty much mustard yellow. I definitely recommend this bag if you travel a lot.

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Space Girl bath bomb from the Lush Kitchen

And last but not least I was really loving the throwback Space Girl bath bomb from the Lush Kitchen. It smells super-sweet and it’s a great all rounder. For more info on it you can catch my haul post here!

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What have you been loving in May?

January Lust List

The festivities are well and truly over. January is a difficult month -it’s hard to conjure up any sense of magic in the frozen mornings and rainy afternoons when there’s no fairy lights and tinsel to accompany the abysmal weather. It’s a terrible month, and it’s not hard to see why they call our reaction to it the ‘January blues’.

But let’s not let our pessimism run away with us. It’s not all bad. Here are my personal highlights of the month and the things that have kept me excited.

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Didi Inspired Gifts and Toys Shop Review

If you follow me over on the ‘gram, you’ll know that my latest obsession is Sonny Angels – a cute, miniature kewpie doll with fun headgear that hails from Japan. I bought a couple a few months ago and from there it spiralled. I have a nice collection of them now (but no home for them so if anyone can link me to some fun shelving that’d be great) and it is ever-growing. These little toys are highly collectable and secret versions command good money. I don’t care about all that though – I just love their cute little faces!

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In a previous post I mentioned one of my favourite shops to buy these little guys from; Retro Kids. In this post I’d like to mention another – Didi Inspired Gifts and Toys which you can find here. Didi Inspired Gifts and Toys is an independent online shop run by the lovely Fiona. This shop is amazing for Sonny Angels (and other cute collectables) so if you’re looking to grow your collection I really can’t recommend it enough. As always with these types of posts, I’m shouting out Didi Inspired because it is an indie, small business that provides amazing service. If you don’t already you really should start – shop small.

 I first discovered Didi Inspired through eBay as Fiona has a shop over on there too. I had been searching in vain for the elusive Sonny Angel Halloween series and just couldn’t find it anywhere – so I hopped on over to eBay and to my luck found that Didi Inspired sold the series. From there I realised that there was also a site, and it was filled with Angel goodness!

I have lost count now how many times I have shopped at Didi Inspired but I am so impressed with the service I have received every time. Firstly, Fiona is very helpful, accommodating and just a lovely woman to chat to – and that’s something I really value and look for in small business. If you have a query Fiona will get back to you promptly and she’s always happy to help. Delivery is always very prompt also, another biggie for me as I’m super impatient! Everything is always packaged well and Fiona always leaves a little note of thanks and discount code for the next time. It’s small details like these that make you feel valued as a customer (and of course, want to come back to shop again!)

The last order I made with Didi Inspired was for an entire box of Sonny Angel Animal Series one. I was really excited to discover that these were on sale at the quite frankly amazing price of £59.99 – I think this is the cheapest you’ll find these anywhere online. Naturally when I saw the price I had to get them! If you’d like a whole box of Sonny goodness you grab one here! But please don’t grab them all as I would like to come back for more!

Anyway, my order arrived wrapped up securely and I was surprised and delighted to discover Fiona had thrown in a little freebie parrot! I love a good freebie so this discovery literally made my day. As I say, I have been shopping with Didi Inspired very frequently (so don’t expect a freebie with every order!)

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The contents of my order

 

 

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What a …kewpie pie 😉

Inside one full series box you will get 12 individual boxes. These should, in theory contain one of each of the series. However you could get lucky with a secret. I do like the secrets but I’m not usually that lucky and anyway, I love having the full set. You can imagine how excited I was to open 12 of these little guys!

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I guess you’re wondering who I got? Well, the full series duh! Here’s the line up…

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Frog, monkey, rabbit, elephant
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Lion, Koala, Crocodile, Dalmation
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Panda, Tiger, Leopard, Cockerel

And the full Animal series one line up together:

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The usual suspects!

I had another fantastic shopping experience with Didi Inspired and was very happy with my order. In case you were wondering, the little rabbit is my favourite!

Didi Inspired Gifts and Toys doesn’t just sell Sonny Angels though, it’s packed full of cute collectables and goodies for children and adults alike. Some of my personal favourites:

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Okay. One more Sonny Angel. But this isn’t a regular one – it’s part of the Artist Collection and it’s a lot larger. £20.99 (it’s on my birthday wishlist)
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Super cute Bumble Bee Money Box by Kiddiwinks £9.99
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Adorable Moofia collectables from Toki Doki £9.20
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How adorable is this little guy?! Range of Smitties cuddly plushes £8.50
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Pick up a baby penguin plush (adorably squinty eyes included) for £6.50

 

Happy shopping people – if you grab yourself something lovely please let Fiona know I sent you!

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Please note, I have not been paid or gifted to write this post, I have done so of my own accord because I have had a great experience and want to support this shop. Where this is not the case I will always express so within the post. If you would like me to review your shop you can get in touch at prettylittlefinch@hotmail.com

Retro Kids review

 

It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged- almost two months I think (I won’t bore you with the details just yet.) But today I thought I’d write a review of an amazing little shop I have recently discovered. This shop is Retro Kids and if you’d like to have a browse you can do so here

A little bit of background. Retro Kids does what it says on the tin. It caters to kids (big and small) who have a taste for retro toys, gifts and homewares. I am a big fan of anything vintage-inspired and I absolutely love independent little shops. This one is a small family business and as I’ve explained in previous posts, I really think it’s important to shop small and support local.

I first discovered Retro Kids as I was searching for Sonny Angels online. If you’ve never heard of Sonny Angels, they are little collectable figurines – hailing from Japan. A modern take on the traditional Kewpie doll, these little guys feature fun headgear such as vegetables, fruit, animal and so on. There are lots of different series to collect and they come in blind boxes meaning whatever you pick will be a surprise – something which I find seriously addicting! Anyway, I stumbled across Retro Kids because they sell these little Sonny Angels at the best price I could find on the internet.

Priced at £5.95 per box, these little cuties are a serious bargain! I’ve since shopped with R.K on multiple occasions and have had a fantastic experience each time so thought it was worth shouting about!

On this particular experience I ordered four Sonny Angels. Two from the vegetable series and two from animal series version one. I opted for next day delivery and it arrived promptly on time. The packages were all wrapped up in the most gorgeous retro-inspired striped paper bags and came with a free little bag of sweets and a thoughtful handwritten note. For me this really differentiates the service you receive from indie shops to the big boys.  Everything felt very personal, thought out and it was like receiving a gift from a friend which I adored- the small things can really make such a big difference to the whole shopping experience.

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Retro sweeties- yay!
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Sonny Angels come in little boxes and wrapped in blind bags

So I’m sure you must be wondering – what did I get?!

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Crinkly little blind bags – it’s a surprise!

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This was a very lucky set ! from the vegetable series I got the little cabbage and the sweet potato, and from the animal series I got the elephant and lion. As you can imagine I was incredibly happy with my little haul!

Retro Kids isn’t just great for Sonny Angels however. It has so many wonderful toys and collectables that are perfect for your children or, if like me you’re an overgrown child – yourself! Below I’ve taken some of my favourite picks from the website. Beware, you may just want to buy everything.

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A cute storage solution for your collectables – £19
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Lapin & me woodland doll – £15.95
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Cute ice-cream lamp £11.50
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Adorable sweet heart dolls £16.95

Please note, I have not been paid or gifted to write this post, I have done so of my own accord because I have had a great experience and want to support this shop. Where this is not the case I will always express so within the post. If you would like me to review your shop you can get in touch at prettylittlefinch@hotmail.com