Friday, 31 May 2019

May 2019 Kawaii & Geeky Wishlist

Hello guys! I hope you've all been having a lovely week! Here comes the end of another month... I know I'm probably starting to sound like a broken record, but I literally cannot get over just how quickly this year seems to be flying by. Like how it is June tomorrow? HOW?? Well, since it's the last day of the month, it is wishlist time :) I have actually been lusting over quite a lot of things this month, so it was challenging to narrow them down for today's post, but I did it! And I hope you all enjoy reading! 

1. Build-A-Bear Psyduck Plushie YAY! I was hoping that the release of the Detective Pikachu would inspire the Build-A-Bear Workshop to release more Pokemon plushies! I mean, they could have been planning to make a Psyduck all along but since this little cutie was one of the main Pokemon characters in the new movie, I think it was the best time for them to introduce him to their Pokemon collection. I have always thought Psyduck was adorable, but to be honest he was a kind of forgettable character when I watched the anime series as a kid. However the one in the movie was so relatable for someone with anxiety, like myself, and I think he might actually be my spirit animal XD so now I need this plush! It's available with the sweetest little raincoat and hat too! 

2. Funko Pop! Vinyl Harry Potter Fawkes figure Funko have just released some new Pop! Vinyl's of characters from Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire and to be honest I want them all! It was tough to decide which to share on my wishlist, but in the end, I just had to choose the Fawkes figure, because it's so unique and epic-looking, especially with the flames! I have been hoping for so long to see Fawkes as a Pop! and when Funko started making Fantastic Beasts figures, I knew it was only a matter of time before we got Dumbledore's fabulous Phoenix. The other Pops released along with Fawkes were: Professor Trelawney, Viktor Krum, Fleur Delacour, Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter (all of the students are wearing their Yule Ball outfits!). 

3. Pokemon Detective Pikachu Plush Keychain I was considering picking up some of the new merchandise that the Japanese Pokemon Center released for the new Detective Pikachu movie last month, but I ended spending my money on playing ichiban kuji instead (it's so addictive!). After going to see Detective Pikachu at the cinema with my best friend though, I immediately had a mighty need to get myself this plush keychain, as I really enjoyed the movie! Since I already have my big Pikachu from Build-A-Bear, I just want to get myself a little plushie of the super cute detective! I hope I can buy this keychain soon :) 

4. TokiDoki Cactus Bunnies Blind Box I am in love with these new blind boxes!! If you've been a regular reader of my blog for a while now, you will know that I am a toy collector and hobbyist toy photographer, and that I have a slight obsession with figures by the Italian brand TokiDoki! One of my absolute favourite collections by them has always been their Cactus characters. In fact, I came across a Hello Kitty X TokiDoki cactus collaboration plush when I was a teenager that I adored and that is how I first learnt about the brand :) Well, TokiDoki are apparently mind-readers! I have been thinking for ages now that there should be a rabbit version of the Cactus figures, to join the cat and dog collections already available... they have finally answered my prayers. I NEED THEM ALL! 

5. Set of 3 Dragon Pin Badges How gorgeous are these pins!? They are part of a collection that was inspired by Game of Thrones, and to be honest, I would love to own all of the pins! The collection was designed as a collaboration between the Black Wanda Shop and Mongane Brret Shop, and this set of three dragons is my favourite of the lot. They are just so pretty, and I love dragons so much! They are currently out of stock, but they will be restocking soon and I really hope I manage to get them! I love how simplistic the design of the dragons are and the pastel colours used. I also think it's awesome that you get three pins for only £14, that you can wear separately or altogether. 

6. Banpresto Hermione Granger QPosket figure Aren't QPoskets just the loveliest figures!? I have always loved them, but ever since I bought my first one from Japan Award last year, I cannot resist wanting more! (If you're interested, you can check out my first QPosket here). Most of the ones I've seen have been of Disney characters, and a few DC ones, but recently, the Harry Potter ones have been brought to my attention. I wish there was a Luna Lovegood version, but Hermione is still a fabulous character and this Qposket of her with book in hand is fantastic! She's unfortunately out of stock on the website I use at the moment, but as soon as she's back in stock, I'm gonna snap her up :) 

7. Safely Endangered Comics by Chris McCoy I'm so happy that there's now going to be a book filled with the Safely Endangered Comics! These marvellous illustrations by artist Chris McCoy never fail to make me giggle, and I feel like I'm in need of something to inspire happiness in my life to look at everytime I require a pick-me-up. Who else loves the Safely Endangered artwork? If you haven't seen it, you have to check them out! You can find them on Instagram and Tumblr

8. Vans X Harry Potter Ravenclaw trainers Okay, so these shoes aren't even out yet, but ever since I heard about them, they have been on my wishlist so I thought I'd include them and bring them to your attention! I have always loved when Vans has done collaborations with my favourite franchises... I've had/have some Hello Kitty vans, Disney ones, Nintendo ones, and now they are going to be releasing a line for one of my most beloved franchises, Harry Potter :D There's going to be a different design and style of trainer for each of the Hogwarts Houses. I have to admit that I was  a little 'worried' when I first heard about them, that the Ravenclaw one would have a massive Raven printed on the side of the shoe or something... and if you're a fellow Potterhead, you'll likely be as annoyed as I am that so many companies seem to think that the emblem for Ravenclaw house is a Raven. It's super annoying! Even some of the official Warner Bros merch has a Raven instead of an Eagle... I'll stop now before I get carried away with my nerdy ranting :D But yeah, even though these Vans shoes might have a tiny Raven symbol somewhere, they are mostly safe from this mistake as far as I can see, and I am a big fan of the design they've gone for. I think they are the best shoes from all of the four House designs available, and I'm not just saying that because I'm a Ravenclaw, haha. I am in need of some new shoes, so I am looking forward to their release. 

Thankyou for reading! 


What's on your wishlist this month? 
What have you been buying lately? I'd love to know! 


Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Kirby Gem Pusher Arcade Game

Hey lovelies! Okay, so this post has taken me forever to share (oops)! I have been really looking forward to writing it though, and to showing you guys what I won when I played a Japanese gem pusher game for the first time! Well, the game that Japan Award played for me :D I hope you all enjoy reading about this popular arcade game and all of my super cute prizes! 

A photo of a Nintendo Kirby keychain and some shiny plastic gems

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll have likely seen me posting about the awesomeness that is Japan Award before. It's one of my absolute favourite YouTube channels, filled with a mix of Ichiban Kuji ticket openings and Japanese arcade game plays. If you love all things kawaii and otaku culture related, then you have to check their channel out. Horacio and Lin who run Japan Award are so lovely and are amazing at using their 'Kuji crusher' abilities to pull all of the best prizes! I have played kuji lotteries (You can learn more about ichiban kuji by checking out my post here!) through them many many times now... I think I might be addicted XD But after watching them play the wonderful arcade games that Japan has to offer, I could no longer resist asking them to play for me! 

Gem pusher games are really popular and it's no surprise because they are filled with colourful, aesthetically-pleasing gems that are so eye-catching and tempt you to play :D They are usually themed, featuring prizes for a specific franchise, such as the Kirby one Japan Award played for me, but some are just filled with lots of different adorable things! The aim of the game is to scoop up as many gems as you can, dropping them onto a 'shelf' that works very similar to our 2p machines here in England. The more gems you pick up, the higher chance you have to pushing off the prizes! Anyway, I don't know if I'm explaining this very well, so I'll share the video to my game below so you can see how it works and what I win! Or you can keep reading, but you should totally check out the video afterwards because gem pushers are so fun and Horacio's commentary as he plays is great!! :) 

So before I show off my absolutely adorable prizes, I just wanted to tell you guys a little more information. To play the Kirby gem pusher game, I paid $30 US Dollars, which works out according to PayPal at just a little over £25! I opted to play with only 20 coins since it was my first time playing and I just wanted to experience the game :) A lot of the gem pusher machines give you one extra turn if you put 5 coins in too, so that's fantastic! So without further ado, let's take a look at my prizes!

A figure of Nintendo Kirby holding a star-wand, sitting on gems

Ta-da! Here is the first prize that Japan Award pushed off the shelf and into our winning pile! I've decided to show you all my prizes in the order that they were won, just in case you'd prefer to read VS watching the video :) How flippin' cute is this Kirby figure with his star-wand!! He's so happy and I love that he's got such a cheeky facial expression. He is the biggest and heaviest of all of the figures I won, and could totally be used as a little paper weight or something. I love how bright the yellow of the star-wand is, it stands out so much. This Kirby just looks so round and huggable, don't you think? 

A figure of Nintendo Kirby dressed as a housemaid

Cleaner Kirby to the rescue! I don't know why but this little Kirby's starry bandana reminds me of a super hero, haha! Cleaner Kirby is on his way to save the day and help out the world with their mess :D He's gonna sweep crime under the rug! I'm getting a little carried away with myself now... but oh my gosh, isn't he the cutest with his little broomstick!? Maybe he's a wizard Kirby, disguising himself as a cleaner. As you can see this Kirby sets off my overactive imagination, and I just love it so much! He has much a unique design, and I'm so over the moon to add him to my toy collection. It's a very light figure in contrast the winking Kirby above, and I think it's awesome that there's so much variety in the gem pusher machines. 

A photo of a Nintendo Kirby keychain, surrounded by gems

Yay! How amazing that I won a Kirby keychain!! I really like that it has the label too to show that it's official Nintendo merchandise. The quality of this keychain is fantastic, the rubber coating is so smooth and the keychain is just overall really well-made. I like that the chain itself is green, since that's my favourite colour. I am a little worried that these types of chains will come loose though and that my Kirby will fall off (because it is pretty heavy for such a tiny chain), if I put it onto one of my bags, so I will probably just keep it displayed in my bedroom as decoration :) I love it so much that I don't want it to get all ruined. My favourite thing about this keychain's design is that Kirby is holding his little hands up to his cheeks, and with those rosy pink cheeks, it looks to me like he's blushing and is trying to hide the fact with hands because he's embarrassed! So kawaii! It reminds me of my shy self :D I blush a lot, haha. 

Two Nintendo Kirby figures holding star-wands and sitting on plastic gems

Move over Little Twin Stars, there's a new starry duo in town! :D I got another of these brilliant star-wand Kirby's as my fourth prize, and that's okay! I'm more than happy to win two of these figures because they are so nice. I was also thinking about doing a giveaway so all of my lovely readers have the chance to win and bring some Kirby cuteness into their lives :) Let me know if you want me to do a giveaway! 

A Nintendo Kirby figure holding a pink heart

JUST LOOK HOW CUTE THIS KIRBY IS!! During Japan Award's video, Horacio called this little heart-holding cutie 'Romantic Kirby' and now I cannot name him anything else XD Say hello to tiny Romantic Kirby, who's on his way to steal your heart! All I can say about it is that he's the most adorable Kirby I have ever seen. His face looks so happy and excited, and the way his feet are designed make it look like he's running towards you to say 'look at my heart!'. This figure is another marvellous addition to my toy collection, as he will be perfect for Valentine's Day photography. Oh and he's very light and hollow too, like the cleaner Kirby. 

A Nintendo Kirby figural keychain and plastic pink gems

The sixth and final prize that Japan Award won for me is the sweet little Kirby keychain, who is the first thing you see at the start of today's post! His design is the classic Kirby that we all know and love. As much as I love all of Kirby's forms, there's just something special about the simplistic design of original Kirby. Just like the other keychain, he's made of the same high quality, and super soft, material, is very well-made and comes with the official Nintendo tag. The chain for this one is pink though, which matches perfectly with Kirby since he's pink. Something that I love about both the keychains is how bold and vibrant the colours are... especially Kirby's red feet, they really grab your attention, as well as the blue in his eyes. 

A handful of pink plastic gems, from a Japanese arcade machine

Before I conclude my post, I just wanted to mention the gems themselves! I think it's so cool that you also win a handful of these fabulous gems to take home with you along with any prizes you win. I have a bag full of them, and I know that lots of people wouldn't really know what to do with all of these random gems, but not only are they great to fill up a bowl with and sit your prizes in to display them, but as a toy photographer, I can also use them as props! They are shiny and I love the classic diamond cut shape that the majority of the gems are. Most of the gems in the Kirby machine that Japan Award found were pink, because Kirby himself is pink, but there are various colours themes and some machines include an array of different colours. I am kind of tempted to play lots of gem pusher games just to start a rainbow collection of gems, haha! What would you do with all these gems if you played? 

A row of Nintendo Kirby figures

Three Nintendo Kirby figures in a row

So here are some photos of my new Kirby gang all together! I just adore how bright and colourful and cheerful they all look lined up side-by-side, and I cannot wait to find somewhere in my bedroom to display them! It was very fun playing a gem pusher arcade game for the first time, and I think £25 for all of these figures (plus so many gems) is such a fantastic price. I feel like those Kirby keychains alone would cost at least £6 to buy online, so I'm really happy to get six lovely figures all the way from Japan! 

Being able to watch Japan Award playing live/on video is what makes the experience more fun as well, and is so much better than just buying prizes from Japanese arcades by-proxy online. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you all which figure is my favourite! It was very tough to decide, but I think it might have to be cleaner Kirby just because he is so unique, closely followed by the second keyring I won, with the classic Kirby design. Which prize do you like best? So this was my first gem pusher haul, but it definitely won't be my last. I hope you all enjoyed today's post!

Thankyou for reading!


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Friday, 17 May 2019

Eurovision 2019 Top 5

Happy Friday! If you are  a fellow European, then you'll probably be aware that it's almost time for the biggest music event across the continent, the Eurovision Song Contest! The final will take place on 18th May, this Saturday, and will host performances from 26 countries, all hoping to be the winner of this years contest. It is being held in Tel Aviv, the second biggest city in Israel, as they won in 2018- yes, there are a few non-European countries that compete :) A lot of people across Europe tune in to watch the grand finale, but not everyone knows about the semi finals, which happen during the week leading up to the contest. Forty-one countries entered for 2019, and six of those go automatically into the final. These six include the host country's song and the songs of what fans called 'The Big 5'- the countries that make the most financial contributions to the ESC: Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Spain. All of the remaining entrants were split amongst two semi final's, seventeen in one and eighteen in the other. Only ten acts make through at the end of each semi final! This always means that us Eurofans might lose some of our most beloved songs T_T The semi finals are very stressful indeed! 

Whenever I've blogged about Eurovision in the past, I've discussed all of my favourite contenders of the year whether they've made it to the final or not, but this time round I chose to wait until the qualifiers were decided, and to talk to you guys about my Top 5 of the lot :) I hope you all enjoy reading, and that I can bring some wonderful new music into your lives! And you should all totally watch the finale, because the ESC is fabulous and is the only contest in the world where you will get such a mix of genres and styles, and multiple cultures and languages coming together It's AMAZING! 

KEIINO- 'Spirit in the Sky'

This song has been my absolute favourite entry since all of the participating countries' songs were released, and I was so relieved when they made it through Semi Final 2 yesterday... I literally screamed and managed to scare the dog XD I just love everything about the song! My favourite part has to be the traditional Sami vocals and lyrics, because they are so unique and I am a big fan of traditional/ethnic folk music. I also really like how upbeat the song is, with it being a mix of electropop and dance. It makes me feel so uplifted after I've listened to it! 

One of the singers in Keiino, Alexandra Rotan has an especially lovely and sweet voice, which is another reason why I love this song. The imagery in the official music video and in their staging, of the Northern Lights is very appealing to me, and gives the song an overall magical feel. The song even mentions fairies at one point, so you can bet the fantasy fan in me fell in love with the song because of this, as well as because of the animals in the band's logo. I have even gotten myself some cute little ears to wear in support of Norway, when I go to my best friend's Eurovision party tomorrow! 

Hatari- 'Hatrið mun sigra'

This song is another that has been one of my favourites from the moment I heard it; its had to hold 2nd place for me just because of my love for Keiino's song, but it is very close to being joint 1st place to be honest! The genre of the song is right up my street, and is my preferred type of music in general, however we don't usually get much metal/rock/punk songs entering the Eurovision. I have Finland's 2006 entry, 'Hard Rock Hallelujah' by Lordi to thank for kickstarting my love for the contest back when I was in my early teens :) 

This song is so epic! It is a mix of electro-dance music and rock, so it's no surprise that I adore it (I am also a big fan of electro-dance music). The beautiful chorus sang by band member Klemens is so unique-sounding, I don't know how to describe what I think about it... it almost sounds surreal and otherworldly; I don't know if that makes sense but have a listen to see for yourself if you get what I mean XD The verses are very powerful and I love that it is performed in Icelandic. 

As far as the aesthetic goes, Hatari are considered to be rather controversial as they bring BDSM to the stage, and their performance and overall look is very leather/latex/bondage-filled. If you've been a regular reader of my blog for a while, you will likely have seen some of my posts related to my own sexual preferences and being into BDSM, so as you can imagine, Hatari certainly appeals to me, with their style being both kink-orientated and alternative. It's refreshing to see something different entering the contest, especially when it gets so many people talking about taboo topics and I like that Hatari are 'breaking the mould', so to speak! 

John Lundvik- 'Too Late For Love'

Every year, my friends & I get together to watch the Swedish National finals for their Eurovision pre-selection, where the country decides who they will send to the finale to represent them. We are usually very invested in the Melodifestivalen shows (the name for the Swedish pre-selection), and watch all six shows! This year my favourite to win for Sweden was John Lundvik and I was thrilled when he won! I am so happy that he made it through the semi final stage and will be performing his beautiful song in Tel Aviv tomorrow night :) 

The song itself is fabulous! The voices of John accompanied by his amazing backing-vocalists, 'The Mamas', are stunning and sound so perfect together! The lyrics of the song have a classic theme, are very relatable and have a feel-good vibe about them! 'Too Late For Love' is another song that makes me feel really happy after listening to it, it is very soulful. I cannot help singing along at the top of my lungs. John himself is also gorgeous ;) I think this song has a very good chance of winning the show tomorrow; it is certainly high up in the odds. 

Luca Hänni- 'She Got Me'

One of the main reasons why I love this song is because of charisma of the singer, Luca Hänni. He has such a cheeky persona, and just comes across on stage like he's got swag :D haha, I never thought I'd use that word in a sentence! But yeah, the way he dances just puts me in the mood to dance myself and makes the song that much more entertaining! The lyrics are upbeat and it is the perfect song to party to, so I can't wait to hear it during the finals at the Eurovision party I'm attending. I guarantee that drunk me will hear it and think that I am the best dancer ever as I attempt to dance along with Luca XD

Miki- 'La Venda'

This song is just so fun! It instantly makes me want to jump up and down along with Miki and his dancers. It's so energetic and another song that just screams party time!! I really love that it is performed in Spanish, and I wish that all the songs entered were sung in their native language to be honest. The message of the lyrics is wonderful; the title 'La Venda' translates to 'the blindfold' and the song is about removing the blindfold that is prejudice and hate, to find happiness and love for others and yourself. It's a spectacular song and it has that summer-time feel to it, which just spreads joy to all who hear it! 

So those of my Top 5 favourite entries that have qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest this year and will be performing in the final (although Spain is one of the 'Big 5' that I mentioned previously, so they went straight into the final!). They are all brilliant songs and I will be routing for all of them tomorrow, especially Norway, Iceland & Sweden! I thought I'd end my post by letting you guys know the other five songs that make up my Top 10, so that you can go and check those out if you want to :) In order: Chingiz- 'Truth' (Azerbaijan), Duncan Laurence- 'Arcade' (The Netherlands), Lake Malawi- 'Friend of a Friend' (Czech Republic), Sergey Lazarev- 'Scream' (Russia), and Victor Crone- 'Storm' (Estonia). 

I also want to mention another song that was absolutely robbed and didn't qualifier for the finals, and would have definitely been in my Top 5 if it did! And that is Hungary's entry 'Az én apám' by Joci Pápai. It's such a lovely song and Joci, who has performed at the Eurovision finals before, has such a stunning voice, so I can't recommend his music enough :) Let me know guys which was your favourite song that I've featured in today's post; I'd love to hear your opinions!

Thankyou for reading! 


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Sunday, 12 May 2019

Prestige Flowers Review

Hi everyone! I have flowers on the brain so much lately! One of my favourite things about Springtime is all of the flowers popping up everywhere, and I'm so happy that I can now get outside more and do flower photography :) I took lots of photos of the bouquet that I got my mom for Mother's Day and they've just been sitting around on my laptop for over a month, so I thought I'd put them to good use and share a review! I'd never ordered flowers online before so I wasn't sure what to expect, but being a spoonie means my ability to go out is limited and so I had to look for alternative ways to get a nice gift that didn't require a shopping trip into town. After a search around on google, I came across Prestige Flowers and not only did their bouquets look gorgeous but they also had great reviews, and I wanted to give them a go. Here's my experience... 

Packaging from Prestige Flowers

Firstly, I'd like to talk about the packaging and presentation of the bouquet I ordered. One of my main concerns I had about ordering flowers over the internet would be that when they arrived, they would not be all in one piece. I'd seen lots of photos around online in the past of bouquets arriving in this way and people being unable to give them as presents to their loved ones. I ordered my flowers at the last possible date to ensure they arrived before Mother's Day as it took me a few days to decide on which bouquet to go for and make my decision about placing an order in general, and so I was anxious that I wouldn't be able to get another gift in time if they did end up being damaged upon delivery, oops. 

However, I was very delighted to receive a beautiful bouquet, packaged very well and shipped in a big pretty box too. I am such a sucker for detail and I love when companies put effort into the design of their packaging, and I love the monochrome flower print on Prestige Flowers' Box! Inside the box, the space was big enough so that the flowers were not squashed but small enough to prevent them moving around in transit. The bouquet itself was plastic wrapped to keep it protected. I forgot to get a photo of how everything looked inside the box, but it's a 10/10 for packaging and presentation from me! 

A photo of a spring time mother's day bouquet from Prestige Flowers

So here's the bouquet that I purchased from Prestige Flowers... look how gorgeous it is!! The product that I settled on was called 'Best Mum', but after re-visiting the website when planning this post, I discovered that it is usually called the 'Pink Blossom' bouquet. I ended up choosing this one as it includes Chrysanthemums, which are one of my mom's favourite species of flower. The other flowers that make up the Pink Blossom bouquet are: snapdragons, roses, gypsophilia (more commonly known as 'baby's breath'), topped off with a single orchid flower. It was such a pretty mix of flowers, that looked perfect together! The bouquet also included one of those fancy picks, a sparkly butterfly on a stick, which made a lovely addition to the finished product :) I was really happy with how the bouquet looked and I couldn't wait to give it to my mom! 

The bouquets by Prestige Flowers are available in a standard, medium or large size, and I opted for a standard one. All bouquets come with a free gift, a little box of handmade chocolate truffles. I think this is brilliant!! They also come with a sachet of 'premium flower feed' that can be added to water to help the flowers last longer. I added a message card to my order, and that was 50p, so altogether I paid £23.49 for my bouquet which includes the £5.80 next day delivery fee too. For just over £20 to get a gorgeous bunch of flowers, a box of truffles and quick delivery (you can even select the day you want it to be delivered), I thought that this was a fabulous price! Anyhow, let's take a closer look at the flowers! 

A photo of a big pink crysanthamum in a bouquet from Prestige Flowers

A photo of crysanthamums in a bouquet by Prestige Flowers

A photo of babys breath flowers, in a bouquet from Prestige Flowers

A photo of an orchid, amongst a bouquet from Prestige Flowers

Looking back at these photographs makes me so happy because I remember how impressed I was with the bouquet and how much my mom loved it! It was really photogenic and looked gorgeous as soon as we removed the plastic wrap and added it into a glass vase. The colours were so vibrant and the overall quality of the flowers was great! If there was anything that I would have liked a little more of in this bouquet, it would have to be more pink. Although there were pink flowers, the majority of the bouquet was made up of green and white blossoms vs pink blossoms, but regardless of this, I was still made up with the appearance of the bouquet :) 

I'm not sure if you guys noticed this, but can you make out the green plastic instead of a stem on the orchid? The singular flower arrived as just a head with a little bit of stem remaining, which was added into what I can only describe as a tube filled with water. This was attached to a green plastic stick, which was used to display the flower in replace of a long stem. I had never seen anything like this before! I can only assume that this method of displaying the singular flower keeps it looking fresher for longer. Have any of you seen these before? Here's a close up of the tube thingie...    

A photo of a bouquet of flowers by Prestige Flowers

I don't know about you but I think it's super cool! We've decided that we are totally going to keep it to see if we can re-use it in summer for displaying bigger singular flower heads that we have picked from our garden. It really did work in keeping the orchid fresh and looking great for at least a week! Overall the bouquet remained in fabulous condition for a week, but was still looking pretty good when it was approaching almost two weeks after Mother's Day (although the roses were the first flowers to drop their petals and we removed them as they did). I thought that by ordering the flowers in the post, they wouldn't last as long as when we pick flowers from our garden, however they lasted just as long and it was lovely to have them brightening up the living room for several days after Mother's Day :) 

A photo of a glittery butterfly pick in a bouquet of flowers

A photo showing a pink rose amongst a bouquet of flowers

A photo showing a box of chocolate truffles and a flower bouquet care guide

A photo showing four chocolate truffles, a free gift from Prestige Flowers

*nom* Yay for freebies! Especially when they are food freebies! With my order came a little flower care guide that just explained how to care for three of the main flowers that I assume the company sells, including roses, and then on the back there was a general step-by-step on how to care for any bouquet in the best way. Also in the box, along with my flowers, there was a coupon for £5 off my next order, as well as my box of handmade truffles! How awesome though that they give you these, so that you can gift your loved ones two things for the price of one!! My mom let me try one, and they were very nice. 

When purchasing a bouquet, there are some options available on the website to add various gifts to your order, such as a glass vase for £5.99. They are pretty pricey in my opinion, but they would cost around the same if purchased in a florist or a gift shop such as Clintons, and it's not too bad if you want to get an addition last minute gift along with your bouquet. I didn't opt for any of these, but as I mentioned earlier, I added a 50p message card to my order. It's always nice to have a little card nestled in amongst a bunch of flowers, usually attached to a stick. My bouquet came with a stick thing that I guessed might be to attach the message card, however we couldn't figure how it attached so we just ended up using a bit of cellotape to attach it in the end :D 

The only downsides to my order were pretty minor but they were that the little card was made of very flimsy paper/card, which was a shame when you can pick up a 39p greeting card from Card Factory that is printed onto better quality card, and also that the personalised message printed inside was very small. It would have been better if the company would have enlarged the font as I only wrote a small message, and it was fairly difficult for my mom to read without the help of her reading glasses. By printing the message small, they didn't utilise the space much, but these issues are not very significant and they didn't really change my opinion of the service and product quality. 

A photo of a bunch of flowers by Prestige Flowers

All in all, I loved the bouquet and I was happy with my first experience of ordering flowers online. I would definitely shop with Prestige Flowers again in the future, and I would recommend them if you're looking to get your friends or family a pretty present :) My Pink Blossom bouquet arrived in excellent condition and looked so lovely. Even though my mom loves chrysanthemums, I think her favourite flower was the orchid and that was my favourite of the bunch too. It was just so pristine and eye-catching, and I thought the tube thing was interesting! Which is your favourite flower in the bouquet? I hope you all enjoyed my review guys, and Thanks Prestige Flowers for putting a smile on my mom's face! :)

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