Thursday, 2 June 2011

Bargain of the day - Japanese Inspired Stationary

japanese stationary

I was wondering round a local discount store when I spotted this adorable stationary set by chance. It was only £1.59 so i decided to buy it.

It has little geishas and kokeshi dolls all over the notebook with butterflies, cats and flowers. There is also a rubber in the shape of a fan, a pencil sharpener with the girls printed on it, and a pencil with the girls on it also, and a clear pink pen and ruler. These all came in a little plastic ziplock bag with a little geisha tag on it.

For £1.59 it is a really cute and good set. I have needed a pad for my lists and recipes and this will do nicely. I am also going back to uni in September so any stationary is good, especially when it is good value! :D

japanese stationary

Monday, 16 May 2011

Radley Lintott Wheeled Holdall

radley lintott weekender

This is such a great holdall. It isn't too big or too small, and it has the option of wheeling it or carrying it. It was £129 RRP, however I got it for £66! It's hard to get any weekender for that price, never mind a Radley! . It has 2 big pockets on the front and a big zip pocket on the back. It has a zip up pocket on the size which hides the handle which can be extended to make it into a wheely case. I love that the handle can be retracted and hidden. This is in my 2nd picture, the zipped up bit is where the handle is. And it has both silent wheels, and little feet to stop the fabric getting dirty. This is in my third photo. . I love the colours, the flowers, the polka dots and the little scotty dogs on this design! It is so cute and feminine! I have been looking for weekenders for over a year now and nothing has fit the bill, it's been too big or too small, not had a wheely option or it has just been a horrible design or quality. So I am glad to have found this which ticks all the boxes.

radley lintott weekender 3

Radley Green/Teal Aviator Sunglasses

radley green/teal aviator sunglasses

As soon as I saw these I had to have them! They were supposed to be £60 but I got them on sale for £19, so then there was no excuse not to get them! . These are green and teal, they have no frame so they look less imposing on the face, and they have little purple and orange flowers holding the legs to the glass, which is really cute and unusual. They are UV 400 so they absorb 100% of the suns harmful rays, however they surprisingly don't make every thing look teal, it just looks less bright. . These come with the usual bronze and polka dotty oversized case (which is probably too oversized as it takes up so much room), which is very hard and protective of the glasses. . They are really good quality for £19, but I don't think they would have been worth £60 looking at the finish, as there are flaws such as a gap between the first half of the leg and the second half of the leg, and one leg has more of a gap then the other. They also had a little (very little) scratch on them, but for the price I got them for I can't complain, and it isn't too visible and doesn't affect vision, but when you look closely it is still there!

The New iPod Nano; The Pros & Bugs!

iPods have pretty much revolutionised the way we listen to music! I mean having all your music collection in your pocket is, when you think about it, such an amazing thing, especially since now it is expanded to photos and movies, and music videos... I mean where will it end? Soon we won't need earphones as it will be beaming the music straight into your head... watch this space!

Today I am focussing on the new iPod Nano, which is a very clever piece of technology for it's size! It is the convenient size of a shuffle however you have so many more functions at your disposal! You can do playlists, it has the genius function, you can play by artist and you just have so much more control over what you listen to then you do with a shuffle, even though you can shuffle with the Nano as well. Of course there is a huge price difference, over £100 price difference!

Now, this new Nano comes in many colours, so there is one to suit everyone, it has a pedometer so while running and listening to your running playlist you can also count your steps (genius idea or what!?), it even has an inbuilt radio. It has everything but your kitchen sink in this thing!

You are probably thinking "Wow this thing is perfect!!" however, unfortunately it is not. It has a bug, a pretty big bug, and that is that you can't switch it off. So, they thought they would put a pedometer in this thing, yet didn't think to put an OFF button on it. Unfortunately, my Dad learnt this the hard way. He has a graphite 16gb Nano that he got for Christmas. He thought pressing the "sleep/wake" button switched it off, however no, when asleep the Nano will still be using battery power and you need to charge it up loads, as while asleep the battery runs out. I thought this to be really silly and thought there must be a way to switch it off and so googled it to try and find the answer! However, the only way to switch it off is to hold all 3 top buttons down until a black screen with yellow writing comes up, and that screen gives the option to turn the Nano off. However this is probably the equivalent of crashing your computer (switching the off button without properly shutting it down). But what else is there to do? You can't leave it running all the time, or when you need it most it will need charging...again! So this is a massive set back for the Nano!

The second drawback to this otherwise fabulous piece of equipment, is that the battery life (even when you figure out how to switch it off) is pretty poor, but I have noticed this on all Apple products (laptops, iPods, iPhones, though I don't know about the iPad, please fill me in). So the battery isn't going to last you a long time if you use it a lot on a daily basis, you will probably need to charge it on a daily basis. . Charging on a daily basis wouldn't be so bad if you have a charger, however this doesn't come with a charger. And this brings us onto my 3rd complaint! After spending that amount of money on a product, it sucks that the only way to charge it is to switch on your computer and charge it through your computer, so you have to leave your computer on for ages, just to charge it up, which probably uses more electricity then if you had a charger. Would it kill them to put the plug in there with it instead of having to buy it separately, so you are forking out yet more money to Apple?? .

So, are the bugs worth dealing with for the pros? Could you live with these drawbacks? And do you think all you need should be included in the set, rather then having to buy important parts of it separately?

Pandora; Queen Bee Charm

Pandora queen bee 1

This is my 3rd charm. I just couldn't wait to get this one!! In my last post on my "I Love You" charm, I love mentioned that I love two tone charms, silver with a bit of gold detail, so this bee charm for me was a must! . This is a smiley little bee with a 14ct gold crown (which I think is such a cute idea), and she has little legs, arms and antenae which I think make her so cute, and of course her stripes which is detailed by oxidising, and she has a shaped pointed (but a rounded point) bum to make it look like she has a sting. . She looks so sweet and happy with her little crown on! I guess there isn't really any deep or significant meaning as to why I bought this charm, however she just makes me smile when I look at her and her cheery little face, and she is just so cute!! If only real bees were that cute, I probably wouldn't dislike them as much!!

Pandora queen bee 2

Momiji Dolls

momiji kokeshi doll

I never knew about Momiji dolls until my uni housemate bought me one for my birthday (it's pictured above), and I really love it. Her name is called Giggles 2. Momiji dolls have a little hole in the base where you can store a personal message to the person you are giving the doll to, so Momiji call them "message dolls". . These figures are quite dear considering their size (£9.95 each) and the fact they are just little plastic kokeshi dolls (I think they are plastic), however the designs are so cute. I'm also not impressed that they add £1 if you put a message in the doll, since it is a message doll I think it should be included, and also sometimes the message is difficult to get out and you need a pin to ease the paper out. However, they have a regular line and they have special edition collections such as Hello Kitty along who couldn't love that?? . I could have a million of these in my room, it is so hard which one to pick to buy first! Definitely take a look at Momiji dolls if you haven't already! :D

Pandora; I Love You Charm

Pandora I Love You Charm

This is the second charm I got. I got this off my boyfriend for Valentine's Day! . This is a silver charm with a 14ct gold cute little heart on one side, and on the other 3 sides it has I, Love & You. This is a really cute charm, and I love the two-tone charms. . More than anything this means a lot to me as it reminds me of my boyfriend and how sweet he is, and it reminds me I'm loved andthat he is a special person to me. It always makes me feel better to look at it while he is away, as it feels like I have something of him with me always! . Best Valentine's present ever! It will be with me forever :] . This retails at £60, so it is a little dearer but it has both gold and silver. He is naughty and spent too much on me just for valentines!! But it is a beautiful charm, and I really love it!

Pandora I Love You Charm