Adventure Time : Leeds & Maxmoefoe Meet-up

Monday, 28 April 2014

The day was the 12th of April and it's the day I venture out of Newcastle and to Leeds. Apart from Norwich & Holy Island, I've never been out of the UK nor have I visited anywhere else. The main reason for going is, Max Stanley, aka Maxmoefoe. An Australian youtuber. He wrote on his facebook that he would be doing a meet & greet in London, Leeds and Liverpool. Gutted that he could only do these cities, we booked mega bus tickets to travel to and from Leeds. It cost us only £30 for the both of us. I was so happy that Max would be my first youtuber to meet. Emma Blackery being my second in May.
The journey started at 6.45am and I'm not a morning person at all. We woke up at 4am which gave us plenty of time to get ready and check to see where the bus stops. When the bus arrived the driver made a joke about how the trip was yesterday and I slapped him on the arm for being horrible and giving us a heart attack. It took us about 2 and a bit hours to get to Leeds. We watched the film R.I.P.D which was good for a movie that I never heard of. It has Ryan Reynolds in it. check it out.

Upon arriving we took a snap of me outside the bus station to post to facebook as we hadn't really told anyone we would be "popping" to Leeds. And then we ducked into the outdoor market. I felt that I knew where we were going from the start due to checking maps. We had a gander at everything and wondered into the indoor market and oh boy did I start spending money in there. I found pretty tins for 10p each! I bought four of them and one was mermaid themed which I shall be giving to Claire. :)
After that we went explording into the town centre and I walked past a really pretty shop called Memphis Belle. There were butterfly tights in the display but they had non left inside so I bought a pair of tattoo tights for £6.99. Check them out on facebook!

We then headed down the street and saw a McNoodleKing which really tickled me. We then shopped in places we would normally shop in Newcastle. Poundland, Primark, Forbidden Planet and Candy Hero. We don't have a candy hero in Newcastle so this was such an awesome opportunity to get ton of sweets.
We popped into McDonalds using the free big mac monopoly card and then ended up winning a free mcflurry! Ronald McDonald was entertaining the children too. He was a skinny creep. While shopping in Primark I picked up some kitty kat nails, a floral thermal mug and a packet of bracelets. Primark has a ton of stuff that I want and will have to buy the rest later. I already had about 4 bags full of stuff and it wasn't even 11am! Forbidden Planet was abit bigger than Newcastle and was more organised. I stood there for about 20 minutes deciding on a new pop vinyl. Eventually I chose BOO from Monsters Inc. We also popped into CEX but nothing took my fancy. We ended up in Starbuck to use the plug sockets for the phone until it was time to group at the park where I made friends with a pidgeon. He sat alot next to us.

An hour ticked by and I was watching a just married couple take there wedding photos in the park and then it started to rain. 4pm arrived and on the dot Max and his girlfriend Xantia turned the corner. We took a big group photo and xantias Polaroid kept breaking. We were the only 24 and 25 year olds at the meet-up but Max and Xantia recognized  me from all the tweets and instagram comments we had sent to each other over the past months. Finally it was my turn to say hello after a long wait. I forgot to get a hug from Max tho but I warned him that the pop vinyls I had were not his and if he could sign them we held them up to take photos with and it really looks like Max was trying to pinch one of them. We also gave him a gift to open on his mailtime videos which I will put here later. While all this was happening, Xantia was filming us and I got a photo with her too and asked her to sign the pop vinyls as well. They were both such sweethearts, Max even liked the fact there were no penises in his mail. After the meet-up we went back to starbucks to drink a cuppa while waiting for the phone to charge again so we can watch something on the way back and we had another trip into McDonalds for dinner (fattie alert) (Excuse the chubby face below /derp derp)

I'm so happy to have come to a great city (Tony even said he would live here) and meet such a great couple. Thank you Max and Xantia for a great afternoon. Next time I shall be meeting Michelle in Leeds.
And we've decided to do mini Adventures once a month using the mega bus. Next time we shall be visiting Scotland. :)
I have plenty more photos but this is just it for now :P

Check out Max's Youtube Channels:

What other cities should I visit?


Review: Grey Ray Stationary

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Hello bloggerrinos! Ahhh. Who doesn't love a bit of stationary? And a life hack every now and again. Well, Grey Ray's drawing out and protective pencil caps are just that. An awesome artist hack. But  Jess.. No one really uses pencils these days. Pish Posh! Of Course they do! Especially drawers! I wish I knew of these when I was in high school! I'd always find the stubby pencils in the bottom of the box that the teacher handed over or my pencil getting covered in Doritos dust that accidentally fell into my bag after stuffing them into it after lunch and rushing to class.

I contacted Grey Ray to review their new stationary and I was like "helllooooo there" as you do. The drawing out tool is a little nifty device that extends that stubby pencil you cannot live without. Making it a lot easier to get the last life out of that pencil that you used to write " I <3 Ryan Gosling" all over your art notebook in year 11. Whether it's a coloured pencil or not these will just pop into the tool as if you just placed a pencil topper onto it!

I love drawing and as soon as I realized what I had in front of me, I thought it was such an awesome idea.
I also got Pencil Protectors. Perhaps you are always breaking them in your bag while you rush to your next lesson after an intense drawing class but other than that I have no use for these. They are pretty cool but I'd prefer the Drawing Out tool to the protectors. It's pretty much an all in one tool for a pencil holder and protector as it comes with a lid.

I'd loved the idea of this and will definitely be using it for when my pencils are short while I'm sketching.
Thank you Grey Ray for sending these unique products to me.

You can check out Grey Ray here. They've just brought out a Drawing Folio which is a mash of a sketch book and portfolio!

Have you come across any unique stationary tools or just tools in general? Are you an artist, would you use these? let me know!


Charity Shop Finds: Books & Summer Dress

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The sun is shining, I had money in the bank. So Tony and I decided to do a spot of food shopping and a walk around which lead us into some charity shops. The first shop I found the book One Day, which is one of the books I've been wanting to read lately. It was only 99p. ;)

One Day by David Nicholls
"15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. From the author of the massive bestseller STARTER FOR TEN"

I'm looking forward to reading this! I then walked into another charity shop and bought Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. It's my first John Green book and I haven't read The Fault in our Stars. Shock horror. It seems everyone and their mother these days has read that book. It was £2! 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson By John Green and David Levithan
"One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, teenager Will Grayson crosses paths with . . . Will Grayson! Two teens with the same name who run in two very different circles suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions. Culminating in epic turns-of-heart on both of their parts, they team up to produce the most fabulous musical ever to grace the high-school stage."

I love how this is a story about a teenager who meets another person with the same name. I don't think I've ever come across someone who isn't slightly amazed by the fact that another person has the same name as you, especially a celebrity. I'm Jess Robinson. It's such a common name so it's hardly anything special but if you have an uncommon name then its fascinating. Yet we always get that one person who will ask if we are related. I'm not related to any other Jess Robinson and I'm not instantly related to anyone with the name Robinson. However I do like being a juice drink!  I have high expectations of a John Green novel. Let me know if you've read this book or any books I've bought!

And lastly for my mini book haul, I bought Eat, Pray, Love. Another book I've wanted to read. I've heard such good things about this and even holded off watching the film until I got my hands on a copy of the book. And waahla! I've found it for £1! As Raj from Big Bang Theory says. " It will change your life.. " 

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
"It's 3 a.m. and Elizabeth Gilbert is sobbing on the bathroom floor. She's in her thirties, she has a husband, a house, they're trying for a baby - and she doesn't want any of it. A bitter divorce and a turbulent love affair later, she emerges battered and bewildered and realises it is time to pursue her own journey in search of three things she has been missing: pleasure, devotion and balance. So she travels to Rome, where she learns Italian from handsome, brown-eyed identical twins and gains twenty-five pounds, an ashram in India, where she finds that enlightenment entails getting up in the middle of the night to scrub the temple floor, and Bali where a toothless medicine man of indeterminate age offers her a new path to peace: simply sit still and smile. And slowly happiness begins to creep up on her."

I'm looking forward to all of these books and will be marking them off my Good Reads list too! 
And lastly. I spotted a beautiful floral summer dress for £4 and noticed it was from Primark. I can't wait to team this dress up with some grey leggings (or non at all) and some cute shoes. 
I'm excited for summer and I'm excited for what it has to bring. Tony and I are even thinking of volunteering for working in one of our local charities, just to do something on days where we don't have plans! If you jump. I jump.

What have you found in a charity shop? Any new books I should read this summer, let me know! :D


The Wedding Diaries: Paper Theme's Save The Date Cards

Saturday, 5 April 2014

I snapped up the opportunity to review some wedding stationary when the opportunity arose on twitter. I'm getting married in August and I haven't even sent out save the date cards yet, so this was perfect. My cards were made and sent by Paper Themes. They are a personalised wedding stationary shop. When choosing my design, it was so hard as there were so many beautiful designs but I finally chose the whimsical design which showcases a beautiful birdcage on the cover. And since I have a birdcage tattooed on my shoulder, I thought it was a perfect match. Inside is a beautiful font made to look hand written. If you are getting married soon and would like to try some free samples, they offer them on the website.

Choosing and editing your design, couldn't be more easier. You input what you want the card to say. Not only do they do stationary but Paper Themes also do favour boxes and wedding accessories such a confetti, post boxes and balloons.

When they arrived I wasn't expecting such a lovely box. I was so impressed and it made me all giddy inside. And then I looked inside the box and gasped at my gorgeous new cards which were wrapped in paper. I couldn't wait to see inside and start writing out names. Such great quality cards. I can't wait to go back and buy my wedding invites!

Ta Ra

Garlands of Ellfi ; I'm a cat... duh!

Friday, 4 April 2014

Let it go, Let it gooooooo. The cold never bothered me anyway.

I got a lovely package from Garlands of Ellfi the other day. Inside were some lovely black rose kitty ears that I had requested. And two Frozen inspired bows which were some lovely extras! I feel like Elsa with the blue bow in my hair. :D Elle & Steph, who run Garlands of Ellfi always produce amazing quality products for such low prices. And their hair accessories are the perfect accessory for summer! If you ask, they will do custom hair bands for you. ;)

I have nothing but love for them and this shop. You should check them out on Facebook , you can find all their links on there. :D

What is your favorite hair accessory?


Loot Crate March 2014 - Titan

This is a long over due post. I did a unboxing video on my youtube channel a while ago but since I'm still not comfortable with videos yet, hence why I haven't really shown anyone. 
I wasn't too excited with this box at first. But since realising that Titanfall is basically Call of Duty. I took a shine to it. I love shoot 'em up multiplayer so I would love to try out Titanfall.
Attack on Titan is not really known in my household and I got my first manga book, so thank you loot crate for that. There was green saltwater taffy in honor of St Paddy's Day but we ate that.

What was in the box this month?

- Titan Fall T-Shirt
- Titan Fall Sweatband
- Titan Fall Lanyard
- Loot Crate Badge
- Attack on Titanfall Manga Book
- Saltwater Taffy
- E Guide to Titan Fall
- Attack on Titan Fall Magnet

I'm happy with this box for this month. I got introduced to new things which is always good. Next month is Dragon and it's going to have Game of Thrones exclusive items! :D I really need to watch GoT.

Here is my video of the unboxing;

The Wedding Diaries: Wonder Show Pt2 The Goodie Bag

Good Morning, Good Evening & Good Night.
Welcome to part 2 of The Wedding Diaries. I previously wrote about my time at the Wedding Wonder Show in Newcastle. And I mentioned that I got a goodie bag. This is what was in the bag.

Oh Abigail " I Do" "Me Too" Pin Badges
These are super cute badges. I love pin badges and I can't wait to cheekily pin these onto us at the wedding party or just as a memento in my wedding box I wanna keep. Check out Oh Abigail on Facebook.

Elmis Hand and Nail Cream
A perfect handbag sized sample was popped into these goodie bags. Most goodies were aimed at weight loss or getting rid of those wrinkles. Are they trying to say something about me?

The Slender Blend
A weight loss milkshake in Vanilla. I haven't tried this yet!

Bubbles Champagne Bottle
These are adorable. I really want some for my favour boxes!

Bride To Be Tote Bag
Such a nice little gift. Perfect for keeping extras in while getting ready for the wedding :D

This isn't pictured, but I got a little bag of confetti which were dry flowers and they were beautiful.

Love Hearts Candy
Not pictured as my hubby- to-be ate them.

Weight Watchers Chocolate Bar
Not pictured because we both ate our free bars of chocolate. They were yummy!

Champagne Favour Box
I really wasn't sure what this was at first. And not the type of favour box I would want. Not pictured because it was hard to photograph.

LOTS of Leaflets & Magazines.
Every corner I took, they handed me leaflets, I even got an envelope full at one point. The magazines are lovely to flick through and get some ideas from.

Once again, it was a great experience and I cannot wait to get the rest of my wedding items sorted!


Barry M Nail Polishes

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

It seems these days that all I'm buying is a ton of nail polishes. When Barry M stops making lovely nail polishes, that will be the day I stop buying them! I couldn't resist the 2 for £6 in Superdrug. So I bought another polish from the Aquarium collection, this is called Mermaid and I swatched it on top of my thumb. It's so puuuurdy.
I also bought a lovely nude from the Gelly Hi Shine collection. Perfect for those summer days where I just want to look natural.

Next polishes will be a nice lilac colour and possibly another aquarium nail varnish. ^_^

What nail polishes have you bought lately?