Tuesday, 31 May 2016

MCM Comic Con London

Hope you all had a brilliant bank holiday weekend.

I had a great weekend and I was definitely sad to have to go back to work this morning. Over the past few years I have decided May is fast becoming one of my favourite months of the year, not only is there the bank holiday but for me it also starts to feel like summer. And who can complain about that?!

So this weekend was a first for me as the Ginge & I took ourselves off to the MCM Comic Con in London with some friends. I went to our town's local version of comic con a couple of years ago which was pretty good, but I was not prepared at all for the scale of this show!

It was held at the ExCel London over three days and if you enjoy the more *ahem* geekier side of things then get yourself down there next time. There is stall after stall of amazing memorabilia, comics, artwork, jewellery and clothing. Not the mention the amazing cosplay costumes you see walking around. I admit the Ginge and I did not get dressed up for the day, knowing us it would have been a last minute job and I would have kicked myself for having a naff costume compared to the other people wandering around! But here we are doing an Iron Man meet & greet! Haha!

For those of you who don't like a bit of blood & gore, I suggest you look away now...


There was a Fear the Walking Dead stand where you could take part in games to win prizes, and sitting right there at the front was this guy...

He didn't seem to be having too much fun, you know, missing half of his body and all!
But the make up was crazy good! I didn't actually realise this was an actor until I got up close and he moved!

Now for a lot of people a trip to Comic Con apparently goes hand in hand with the depletion of your bank accounts, and although I didn't spend much money at all I did come away with a few things.

First purchase was for our new flat. We chucked away all our old naff fridge magnets and said we would only replace them with ones from places we'd been. Being a rabbit lover how could I resist these magents from Bubba Loves. 

Bubba Loves is a collection of art based around Bubba the bunny and all the things he loves. You can buy prints, canvases and fridge magnets featuring the little guy and his favourite things. We obviously went for The Terminator & Captain America!

My second purchase of the day was from a jewellery & homeware brand Snikt & Bamf. Their stall was geek jewellery heaven, I could've spent all my money at there but as it was only ten minutes into the day I thought I'd be good! So I bought a £5 mystery bag and came out with this acrylic heart necklace, a Wolverine compact mirror, Spiderman stickers as well as a whole load of sweets. The sweets didn't make it to the photo stage... sorry!

I've since been onto the website and I have so much on my jewellery wish list, like this, this  and THIS! I'm hoping with our anniversary coming up the Ginge might feel inclined to bestow a Snikt & Bamf gift upon me!

Obviously the day couldn't go by without me purchasing something dinosaur related, and because I didn't want to disappoint anyone I went ahead bought these beauties!

Dinosaur. Pyjama. Trousers. 

That's right! These brightly coloured (some might say 'garish!') pj bottoms are by David & Goliath, a brand I fondly remember from my teen grunger years! Their designs still make me smile and luckily it wasn't just t shirts they were selling that day, but hoodies, leggings and pj trousers too. 
I can't see any pyjama trousers on their own website but you can get some here at Chicks Rule

I am sorry that I didn't take any pictures of the fantastic cosplayers that were at Comic Con - it really is one of the best things you see as you walk around, but I found myself wanting to take in the atmosphere and everything around me rather than being behind my camera. And what is life for if not enjoyment?!  Who knows, maybe next year I'd get involved myself!

Another thing I took away from the day was the fact there seemed to be quite a lot of small independent brands, artists and illustrators with their own stands. The amount of talent in that place was crazy! The Ginge even bought some comics from some independent illustrators. It's great to know that these guys are getting to show their art to a wider audience.

I've probably missed out some very important details about Comic Con, like perhaps the fact there are guest speakers (The guys from The Big Bang Theory were there on Sunday!), people signing autographs, games testing and so much more. So if you have a spare day next time Comic Con is on I would definitely recommend the trip. Even if just to mooch around and buy some pj trousers!

If you're interested, click the links below to have a look at the brands I shopped at at Comic Con

Em x

Saturday, 28 May 2016

London in the 1980's

I definitely feel I am getting behind the times in certain things.
I have only recently discovered and started using the "Save Link" button on my Facebook. 

Yep. An app I use everyday and I had no idea that button existed.
Can't tell you how many times I would try to remember where I'd seen a certain article, only to go back to the page later and have to scroll through posts upon posts until I found what I was looking for... or not be able find it at all. But no more! I can't get enough of this 'Save Link' button now!

So thanks to that handy little button, here's a link I saved a couple of weeks ago and thought I would share with you. The website Handpicked has shared a selection of photos of London in the 1980s. It's a good insight into what the buildings, streets, the general public and even a few celebrities of the era looked like.

My favourite image is this one...

Total Mod Icons! 

Click the link below to take a look at the other images


Em x

Monday, 23 May 2016

Home Sweet Home

So we did it...

 The Ginge & I finally moved in and are settled in our new flat!

Despite being busy and tiring the move itself ran pretty smoothly. The exception being when our sofa got stuck in our hallway and we had to remove a door and use considerable force to get it into the living room! But apart from that I'm glad to say all went well. Needless to say if we ever move again the sofa will be staying put or coming out in pieces!

Now I normally feel a little odd about sharing a lot of personal information or pictures online (you never know who's reading!) but here's a little sneak peek of our new bedroom. We went for a bit of a crazy jungle themed wallpaper but the colours in it are beautiful and we got some gorgeous coloured curtains that perfectly match the blue in the wallpaper.

I honestly say I'm completely in love with our little home. Our pictures and photos are on the walls and everything is in it's proper place. I've even completed a mini sewing project in the form of these black sequin & quilted cushion covers for our bedroom. They're double sided so the sequins are on show during the day and the quilted side is purely for comfort purposes at night! 

It's been a crazy few weeks as I actually started a new job the a few days before we moved so it's been nice to let the dust to settle for a bit, but I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds in our home sweet home.

Em x

P.S. If you like our crazy jungle wallpaper you can get it from B&Q - Just click here!