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New In Fandom | May/June 2019

May June Fandom 2019

Calling All Witches (£9.99 – 1st June) | Prisoner of Azkaban: House Editions (£7.99 – 13th June) | Prisoner of Azkaban: House Hardback (13th June – £14.99) | Tardis Scarf (£12.99) | Captain Marvel Patch T-Shirt (£14.99 – 3rd May) | Captain Marvel Loungefly Bag (£67.99) | Avengers: Endgame Tech Suit Hoodie (£58.49 – 5th May) | The Princess, The Scoundrel and The Farm Boy (£5.99 – 23rd June)

Another month, another question of how on earth it has gone so quick! It’s almost May and so much is coming out in all the different fandoms I love! I decided to push together May and June because you can never go wrong with a 2 for 1 bundle like this! Between books and fashion, we’re going to be very spoiled!

Calling All Witches

I’ve been waiting for a book like this for a long time and wish it was longer than 96 pages! I’d always hoped that the ladies of Harry Potter would finally get more love and now they do! From Hermione Granger to Tina Goldstein, we’ll be getting a bunch of our favourite witches to fawn over!

Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban (House Editions)

You guys know that I’ve been adoring all of the House editions of the Potter books! I’ve gotten all the editions for Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets so it’s no surprise that I’ve pre-ordered the Hufflepuff copies of Prisoner of Azkaban! Think we can get June here faster please?

Tardis Scarf

I used to adore buying scarves when I was younger but lost interest for a while since I could never find any others that went with what I chose to wear! That said, look at this Tardis scarf!! It’s the perfect blue and I adore all of the teeny Tardis scattered all over! It feels like it’s very space-themed too which fits Doctor Who perfectly.

Captain Marvel Patch T-Shirt

With Avengers: Endgame out in cinemas, I had to include some Captain Marvel items in what is coming out in the next couple of months! I don’t own as many fandom t-shirts as I’d like and I love the look of this one! It feels like very 90s band and everyone should fan over Carol purely because Brie Larson makes her very bad-ass!

Captain Marvel Loungefly Bag

Lately I’ve seen so much about the brand ‘Loungefly’ who creates these incredible nerdy bags that I wish I could own! A couple of my friends own some Disney ones and, when I saw this Captain Marvel one, I fell in love! Wouldn’t be able to afford almost £68 but I can still admire from afar! If you have the money and love this, can I share ownership? Haha!

Avengers: Endgame Tech Suit Hoodie

You don’t have to have seen Avengers: Endgame to what to own this comfy-looking hoodie! I won’t say why this tech suit is super important but I love any excuse to buy a nerdy hoodie! I’m actually hoping to buy a Hufflepuff one from the Studio Tour soon to keep myself all snug when the British weather goes a little psycho!

The Princess, The Scoundrel and The Farm Boy

I didn’t even know that this book was coming out and, now that I do, I need it on my book shelf! I love the meeting between Princess Leia, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker! It’s full of action, sass and the start of a beautiful trio! If this plot doesn’t get you interested, there is also Power of the Dark Side and So You Want To Be A Jedi!

What fandom items are you looking forward to in May and June?

Fandom

My Game of Thrones Wishlist

Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones: The Storyboards (£30) | Daenerys Targaryen Figure (£20.99) | Arya Stark Figure (£20.99) | GoT Urban Decay Eye Palette (£45) | Daenerys Funko Pop (£24.99) | GoT 24/7 Eye Pencil (£16 each) | GoT Vice Lipstick (£17.50 each) | GoT Makeup Vault (£198) | Adidas Ultraboost x Game of Thrones (£149.95)

Is it really a surprise that I’m writing up a Game of Thrones wish-list after seeing the first two episodes? I’ve been wanting to do one of these for a long time and, with so much Game of Thrones merchandise out there, I finally got my chance to write this! I had loads of fun looking around at the different items available and I may or may not have been listening to the soundtrack as I was doing it!

Game of Thrones Storyboards Book

I can blame Lord of the Rings for this! After seeing a couple of features on a DVD showcasing how they used storyboards to map out scenes and special effects, I’ve had a real interest into how they’re created! I’m definitely interested how the designers did the dragon moments and, of course, all of the gory scenes you have to close your eyes at. (Yep, I’m a wuss but I still love the show! The red wedding….*shudder*)

Daenerys Targaryen and arya stark Figures

Even though I don’t own any yet, I have a love for realistic looking figures like these! They’re just so cool and detailed to look at! They’re like having mini versions of the real people! Considering some of the figures out there, these are actually really cheap!

Daenerys Iron Throne Funko Pop

I already own a couple of Daenerys funko pops but you can’t say no to one like this! Look at our dragon mama! She looks super regal on that throne! Part of me kind of hopes that she’s the one who claims it for her own yet a small part really hope that Arya does! Who would you want to sit?

GoT 24/7 Eyeliner (Dragon Smoke & The Night King) | GoT Vice Lipstick (Sansa Stark, Daenerys Targaryen, White Walker & Lannister Gold)

I might be horrendous at makeup but the two things I do love (when I try to attempt) are eyeliners and lipstick! These creations are breath-taking and fit for anyone of any House! I love how playful the eyeliners seem with the colour choices and I may have to get The Night King when I’m next near an Urban Decay store. As for the lipsticks, they’re currently all sold out BUT in awe of the two red shades (Daenerys and White Walker)! I think all nobility would be able to pull of these!

Adidas Ultraboost x Game of Thrones Shoes

I couldn’t have a wishlist with at least one fashion item and my eyes have been drawn to these bad boys for a while! They are super expensive but you get the choice of choosing the House colours that your family follows (I’m clearly a Stark! haha!) and I love shoes that can fit your feet like a glove without any added discomfort!

What Game of Thrones items would you want to own?

Lifestyle

What Is Important To Me About Easter

Happy Easter, everyone!! I hope you haven’t succumbed to any chocolate comas or been beaten badly during an amazing Easter egg hunt. As you can imagine, Easter means different things to different people. For Christians it’s the Resurrection of Christ and for Judaism it’s the start of Passover. It’s different for everyone!

Easter( Image Credit )

You might not know but I am a Christian. Not a very devout one since I don’t go to church too often but I still do believe that Jesus came back to life for a reason. Along with that, I happen to love chocolate! I definitely inherited my dad’s sweet tooth (which probably explained why he didn’t have any top teeth! haha)

I never really did anything with my family during Easter.

Maybe I did the odd egg hunt with my cousins but it wasn’t something that we focused on heavily since we’re a scattered family and pretty small.

It wasn’t until I was older that it started to have a different meaning along with Spring overall. I guess I see this time of year like I see New Year: a new beginning. A new season brings all the adorable baby animals, better weather and the chance to start fresh. At least in my eyes. I’m always looking for times when I can restart especially try to squash any bad habits I picked up over the winter.

Easter makes me think of what has happened in my life over the last 4 months; the good and the bad.

So far I’ve had a bit of a rough start to the year with my mental health preventing me from doing a number of things along with my fibromyalgia. I haven’t let them stop being doing everything and have been proud of myself for even taking myself out of my flat, to the library and even to Matlock last month. That was a big step on my part!

Next week I’m actually heading to the Warner Bro Tour London down in Watford with Ali and Emmie and I’m so freaking excited!! It’s been forever since I’ve been at the Tour and between the new Gringotts area to look at and just hanging out with my Potter sisters! It’s been way too long!

What do you find important about Easter?

Fandom Harry Potter

Being A Grown Fan Who Loves YA Fandoms

YA

Something that I’ve discovered growing up as a fan is that there are lot of people who feel that once you reach a certain age, you have to stop loving a fandom. If you grow out of loving something, then that I can understand but if you still love something but are told that you’re too old, that I don’t get. I’ve been reading so much recently how adults are almost preventing teens from reading YA because they’re seen in the section so I want to chat about what I think about being a grown up who loves YA fandoms.

Hello there! I’m Daisy, I’m in my 30s and here are some fandoms that I like and could be considered too young for me:

  • Harry Potter
  • Disney
  • YA books
  • Miraculous Ladybug
  • Pokemon

You’re probably looking at that list and thinking ‘I like that and I’m in my 20s/30s! I’m not too old!’. Believe me, there will be at least one person out there that will find you one day and tell you otherwise and it’s crazy!

I was once at my local Tesco wearing a Tweetie-Pie t-shirt and, when I was at the checkouts, the older man serving me looked at the t-shirt and said “Don’t you think you’re a little old to be wearing a t-shirt like that? You’re a woman who looks in her 20s wearing a cartoon”. I was stunned and wondered if I’d heard him properly. I immediately told him that it didn’t matter whether I was too young or too old I liked Disney and that I would appreciate it if he kept those opinions to himself.

My mum said I should have reported him for being rude but I didn’t see the point. It was the last time I wore that t-shirt regardless of what I’d told him. It’s not the first time I’ve been judged for liking something that others think is too young for my age and it won’t be the last! You wouldn’t believe how many times I’ve had people looking over at any grownup in the YA section or looking at Disney clothes at Primark!

I try to be patient with these people and explain my reasons for loving what I do.

Like so many other people my age, I grew up with fandoms like Harry Potter, Disney and Pokemon so is it really a surprise that I still love them to this day. I have had moments when I have wondered whether I am too old to like them but I’ve started to understand that I shouldn’t have to. If these make me happy, then there is nothing wrong! I

I don’t particularly care what others think. They’re entitled to their opinion but it won’t stop me loving these fandoms. I will still wear Harry Potter t-shirts/hoodies out to the shops, I was still watching Disney films and sing the songs, I was still want kid films at the cinema and feel all fuzzy on the inside and I will still buy children’s and YA books.

Why?

I love them.

Never let others dictate what you should or shouldn’t love if it makes you happy. Age is nothing but a number! Now, if you don’t mind, I’m off to the kids section on Netflix to re-watch The Dragon Prince!

What are your thoughts about grown-ups liking younger fandoms? What fandoms do you love?

Mental Health

Interview with Eggtooth | Daisy Interviews

Eggtooth

Back in March, the lovely Grace Latter tweeted out about an amazing company called Eggtooth which just screamed me! It would have been great if there had been something like this when I was at school because suffering with mental health at school is not a lot of fun.

Eggtoth are “a brilliantly innovative and creative counselling organisation who don’t just help people of all ages (but particularly the young’uns) with their mental health, but also with employment opportunities and nurturing their creativity.” (Thanks Grace for this beautiful explanation!)

The two directors of Eggtooth, Sally and Laura, were kind enough to let me send them questions and anyone who lets me ask has to be great, right? Haha.

1. Where did the name ‘Eggtooth come from? It sounds amazing and creepy at the same time!

An Eggtooth develops whilst the chick is within the egg and is primarily used to help the chick break into the air sac within the egg. Egg shells are porous and allow the movement of oxygen into an egg but towards the end of the incubation period this flow of air is insufficient for the chick to ‘breathe’. The chick, using its egg tooth, will then break through the membrane of the egg and into the air sac where sufficient oxygen can be found. It is then that the chick will use the egg tooth to break out of the shell, known as pipping. After a little while it falls off as it’s not needed anymore.

2. I read that you trained to be an actor at Rose Bruford (that’s the dream for me!). Did your training give you any insights into mental health and to the people who needed help?

I loved Rose Bruford it was an amazing 3 years and the main thing I learnt was resilience, resourcefulness and adaptability. A lot of the drama students were fragile and it’s been really interesting to see who has stayed with an acting career and who decided to change tack and do something different. I was there from 1990 -1993!

3. What has been the response to Eggtooth’s influence in schools?

Back in 2012 it took an innovative school to take us on. It was the senior leaders that really appreciated there were some serious needs of students that were not being met and they knew it would take a very different approach to address those needs. Fast forward 7 years and it’s only fairly recently that creative therapeutic approaches are now taken seriously.

4. What more do you think schools could be doing to help those students with mental health?

I think schools do so much already. Or at least are given responsibility for so much.  I think recently it was put forward by government that schools and the NHS should be doing more to prevent knife crime.

Unless you work directly for a school, it’s very difficult to appreciate how challenging it can be. When emphasis is put on targets and data as opposed to relationships, there will always be limitations to how effective a school can be. It takes courage to put the emphasis on the relationships with students as the most important aspect of education because this may have an impact on exam data!

5. Grace mentioned that you were nominated for the National Lottery’s People’s Project! Congrats! Why do you think people should vote for Eggtooth?

Yes we’ve been nominated for the People’s Project!

There is absolutely nothing like The Egg – it’s a fully funded therapeutic offer and the client can choose their therapy – we have a Art, Music, animal assisted and soon drama and outdoor therapy available – we also provide a travel buddy if needed who will transport them to and from their therapy appointment- same buddy for the whole time they are in therapy.

6. Is there anything else you’d like to say to the readers of my little blog?

We are 7 years old now and feel that our work is finally getting noticed

We also have a beautiful and supportive arts mentoring project called Incubate and at the mo we have around 50+ musicians that are all emerging artists and some have had access to mentoring by professional musicians.

Next step is Hatch – a stunning restaurant with top training opportunities for young chefs, front of house and business trainees.

Thank you so much to the ladies of Eggtooth for being so lovely and answering my questions! If you have time, please go and vote for them at The People’s Project and check out their different social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!

Do you think there should be more of an effort to teach students more about mental health?

Lifestyle

30 Page Ideas For Your Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal

One of my favourite things to do when I’m relaxing is to either attempt a page in my bullet journal or even watching Plan With Me videos on Youtube. I’m so creatively challenged when it comes to drawing or creating the amazing font designs I see other people making with their pens. I might even share some of my favourite journalling vloggers on my list!

If you haven’t the title of today’s post, I’m going to be helping anyone struggling with ideas on how to fill the pages of their bullet journal.

  • People tell me I’m good at… (any compliments you receive)
  • Ideas for Self Care (you can get some ideas from my last post! c;)
  • One Step at a Time (a daily steps you walk tracker)
  • Savings Thermometer
  • Netflix Show Ratings
  • When did I last… (jotting down dates of any daily/weekly/monthly habits)
  • The highlight of my day…
  • Things that make me happy
  • Annual Cleaning Schedule
  • Social media passwords
  • What’s for dinner (meal ideas in ingredients)
  • Packing List (for any upcoming or future holidays)
  • Habits to kill and habits to grow (things you want to stop/improve)
  • Sleep Log
  • Anxiety Log (jot down anything that triggered you)
  • My Morning Routine
  • Dream Holiday Wishlist
  • Health Tracker
  • To Read/Books Read
  • Washi Tape Gallery
  • Bullet Journal Routine
  • Favourite Quotes
  • Dream Journal
  • Life Achievements
  • School Supply List
  • Baby Name List
  • Pinterest Ideas (things you want to try)
  • Period Tracker (sorry, boys!)
  • Brain Dump (whatever is going on inside your head)
  • Favourite Vloggers List (like Boho Berry)

I might try some of these ideas myself! I might not be able to draw but I still have fun with my little pages and it’s my journal so there! Haha!

What other bullet journal page ideas would you use?

Mental Health

Wellness/Self Care Gift Guide

self care

Mental health is a big part of my life and my blog even though I wished it wasn’t. I’m constantly battling against the anxiety building up inside me or my depression dragging me into the dark. I love the fact that some mental health sufferers refer to themselves as ‘warriors’ and it’s so true! We battle against the enemy within out minds so no wonder we’re always exhausted by the time we’ve finished work, done our errands or even just taking that first step out of bed.

It’s why everyone needs a little self care in their lives and, after being inspired by Paula’s gift guide, it was only right that I created my own!

Whether you suffer with mental health or are someone who wants to help a friend/family member to discover self care, then I really hope that these little items give you some ideas. Though the one free thing you can give them is a comforting presence. It’s not easy for people to sit and hear that it’s ‘going to be okay’. Simply being there with them, being that shoulder to cry on, that little listening here. It’s the best gift you give!

Slip Silk Eye Mask

This is something I need to add to my own self care. When there are days when everything is too much such as noises and light from my window, I always tug under the duvet to ease everything. It makes such a difference to have that option to block out the world around you until you’re ready to see it. Sleep is something that a lot of people struggle with (me included) but this mask and a few other things can help!

Ren & Now To Sleep Pillow Spray

Like the eye mask above, this Sleep Pillow spray is amazing!! I managed to get a small sample of it from a friend and the gorgeous smell that took over my pillow was perfect for night-time. My anxiety hits me so much harder before bed (super annoying) so I will literally try everything to get to sleep earlier!

This Works Deep Sleep Bath Soak

Where is the best place to relax? A lot of people would say the bathroom where you can dim the lights, maybe put up a candle, play something from Spotify and relax. It won’t be just me who has awful aches through my body from the tension especially around my shoulders and neck. I wish I could get a massage but a relaxing soak would help too! Haha.

Pomegranate Noir Travel Candle

What better candle to use in your self care relaxation than to burn a Jo Malone candle! They do get pretty expensive but this mini travel candle is definitely more affordable! You can burn this while you’re in the bath or burn it while you’re reading.

The calm app

I’ve been using this app to help me sleep for a few months now and I’m actually loving it! Can’t afford the premium but I still love being able to close my eyes and listen to relaxing music or birdsong! My mind goes extra crazy at bedtime and, if it’s too quiet, then it takes advantage! Thanks for the help, Calm!

Owning It: Your Bulls**t-Free Guide To Living With Anxiety

The last thing on my gift guide is this amazing book! Even when you are really struggling with your anxiety, sometimes you just need to not take yourself seriously and Caroline Foran’s book is perfect! It does what other mental health books do in terms of explaining what anxiety is and ways you can help it, but she does it with style! She has the kind of humour you can’t help but smile at and that smile means it works!

What self care gifts would you give to someone struggling?

Books Lifestyle

Why I Prefer Getting Library Books Instead Of Buying

library

Ever since I’ve started reviewing books on here, part of me thought I would have to constantly buy books to keep things recent but no! I checked out the online catalog of my local library one day to see if it possibly had any new books in and they did!! You have to realise that my library is pretty small so to have any new anything is a big deal!

Anyone who is a lover of books will know how expensive books can be! I once saw quite a short-looking novel that I thought would be relatively cheap and it was actually £14.99! If you bought every single book you were interested in, you’d become broke very, vert quickly!

That is why I’ve been choosing more and more to forego buying books and instead supporting my library by taking out titles from them. Another reason why I’m using them is due to something I discovered last year. My local council announced that they wanted to close some of the smallest libraries, change run from paid librarians to volunteers and even give access to the bigger ones after-hours.

Why they thought that latter idea was a good one I have no clue!

People tried to petition against it but it’s happening in the next couple of months. I’ve been going to this library and our town branch since I was 8, thanks to my dad’s love for reading and it hasn’t changed that much at all! Other than the self-service checkouts and move around of the front desk, it is still the same and I love that! When so much changes in life, you kind of reach out towards the bits that don’t.

The ladies on the front desk remember your name, always offer you a smile, help you find books that you can’t seem to find and they don’t judge you when you constantly lose your library card (for the 13th time…yeah…I think mine end up with my lost socks!).

I also learned a new fact the other day from an author friend who told me that you can still support authors by getting their books from your library! If it proves popular, then they might get more of them into your district or sequels may happen. I never knew this was a thing but it was!

Do you prefer buying books or taking them out of a library?

Lifestyle

How I Felt Being Diagnosed With ASD

ASD

Back in November I spoke about my autism/ASD diagnosis and the journey towards it. I hinted at the diagnosis being a relief after so many years of being different but I thought, since it is World Autism Awareness Week, that I would chat more in detail about why it was a relief.

When I was a kid, I didn’t know at first that I was different. I thought everyone was like me but it wasn’t until I started school and was bullied for being quiet that I realised how different I was. There were so many moments that I could think of that subtly set me out for the other kids such as preferring my own company, hating certain noises/lights, finding it hard to make friends with others and a few other things.

I had never heard of Aspergers before and it wasn’t until I heard about these signs that I connected not only myself to them but the few people I had hung out with at school! It’s amazing how you find like-minded people without knowing it!

Part of me wished that my ASD had been looked into more when I was a lot younger because it would have meant I could have gotten more help both in and out of school. Unfortunately autism wasn’t as looked into with girls since my assessor told me that it was more common in boys.

Primary school was a nightmare. I had one teacher who repeatedly kept me at break times for not talking in class or ‘working well in a group’. This always upset me because I always did my best in class and my grades/reports showed that but this teacher seemed to think I was being awkward on purpose. My secondary school teachers believed that I was too quiet as well and actually sent me on social occasions outside school to get me to talk but I don’t hold it against them for trying to help me socially. I’m glad that they did force me to be more social with other students.

Another thing secondary school introduced me to was acting which I still adore to this day!

Knowing that I was quirky for a reason and that I wasn’t just being awkward (yep, a small part of me had believed that teacher from years ago) was a major relief. I had this solid reason that I can now use if things get too much for me and finally get the support that I was so desperate for.

If you are reading this and believe you could be on the ASD spectrum, then you have to check out the National Autistic Society for all the information you could ever need about autism. I found this site super helpful after the assessment as I still had a bunch of questions about the condition and what I could do next.

What were your first feelings when you were diagnosed?

Books

What Shall I Be Reading In April? | Daisy’s TBR

april tbr

I’ve really been getting into my book posts lately and they’re so much fun to do since I love reading different YA books. If you’re missing my more fandom posts, don’t worry! I’m planning to write more over the next few weeks! Today I’m chatting about my April TBR (to be read) and the books I’m looking forward to checking out.

indigo donut (patrice lawrence)

When Indigo and Bailey meet at sixth form, serious sparks fly. But when Bailey becomes the target of a homeless man who seems to know more about Indigo than is normal, Bailey is forced to make a choice he should never have to make. 

This book has literally been calling to me over and over for the last month every time I checked out the teen section at my local library. I’ve never read anything by Patrice Lawrence before even though I’ve heard about her a lot from other book friends. The plot reminded me a little of a film Noel Clarke would make (hint hint) so I’ll let you know how it goes!

The Boy At The Back Of The Class (Onjali Q. Rauf)

There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He’s nine years old (just like me), but he’s very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn’t like sweets – not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite! But then I learned the truth: Ahmet really isn’t very strange at all. He’s a refugee who’s run away from a War. 

Another book that I’ve had my eye on for a bit! It was actually a book-seller at Waterstones who recommended this to me since they knew I loved YA/children’s books. This book sounds like it will be so adorable, sad and amazing at the same time and it must be good since it recently won the Blue Peter Book Award and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize! It has been a long time since a book made me cry so let’s see, shall we?

april tbr

The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

Okay, I’m so late to the party with this book! I haven’t even see the film either! It wasn’t that I was avoiding it. It’s just that so much went on in the year it came out that I didn’t even register it until recently. I’ve seen so many things on TV about the Black Lives Matter movement that it intrigued me! After reading, I might watch the film too since it has KJ Apa in it! Haha!

Nowhere On Earth (Nick Lake)

It starts with a plane crash. There are survivors: a teenage girl and her little brother. They are running from something. But what? Then the men arrive. They are hunting the girl and boy. And-And that’s all we can tell you …

I adore a good mystery! I can never ever solve them but books that make you think or have you on the edge of your seat are so much fun! No names are given and the synopsis is super short. What a great way to push a person to read a book!

Those are all my April TBR! Hopefully I’ll be able to put up some reviews on them over the next few weeks and hope that I don’t have to DNF (did not finish) them. I’ve only had a couple this year!

What is on your list to read this month?