Quirky little gifts from Old English Company

It’s been a while since I’ve written about anything delightfully quirky so I thought I’d give y’all a little treat for your eyeballs – and perhaps a bit of gift giving inspiration! Old English Company are a stationery and homeware brand who create simple but stylishly quirky hand lettered designs, from prints and cards to mugs and pillowcases.

Having a little browse around I found some stuff that makes me happy, so I thought I would share that happy.

Everything is better in pyjamas

Everything is better in pyjamas. Who knew pillowcases were so wise? I totally support this statement and as I went to work in my pyjamas on Halloween I can confirm that this is 100% true.

Another saying I can totally get on board with would be this one – when life gives you lemons make a gin and tonic – on this lovely little coaster perfect for resting a cool glass of G&T on.

If anyone wants me I’ll be right over here in my PJs drinking gin and tonic ok?

When life gives you lemons make a gin and tonic

Of course I’m going to have to include something travel related in here too aren’t I? I love this print of Australia (and you know how much I love Australia!). I like that it has various places in Australia written inside the shape of the country. So clever!

Quirky little gifts from Old English Company

And for my animal loving peeps there’s some super cute tiger stuff to adorn yourself and your surroundings with, including these pins. I can’t decide which one I like best out of the two below… infact there’s quite a few enamel pins that take my fancy!

Old English Company enamel pins - tiger themed
But it just so happens that Old English Company are running a competition to WIN some rather fierce heart-shaped pins. So if you fancy adorning yourself in something new and shiny then follow this link to win a set of enamel pins – competition closes 30th May 2018.

Good Luck!

 

Travel inspired gifts PLUS GIVEAWAY!

Time to Take a Map Necklace

If you’re familiar with this blog then you will know that I am a big fan of quirky jewellery and anything travel-related. Combine the two and you get Comuse Travels – an online store run by California-based husband and wife duo Neel and Dawn Bulchandani.

Neel and Dawn love travel and they love inspiring others to travel too, working together they “champion the dreams of others in tangible ways via advocating travel, adventure, discovery, wonder, whimsy and the imminently hopeful reality that every person can be a positive change agent for their environment and the world.” – which I absolutely love!

After browsing Comuse Travels’ website, I pretty much realised my entire Christmas wish list (hey I’m a sucker for anything map print!) so when they offered me one of their Time to Take a Map Necklaces to review I jumped at the chance!

comuse travels world map necklace

A little touch that I adored is that each order comes with a poem written by the creators of Comuse themselves who, as well as being passionate travellers, are also keen poets. In fact, every item on comusetravels.com has a poem as part of its description.

gold world map necklace

I wore this necklace to work the other day and it did receive quite a few compliments – I work with a bunch of travel loving ladies, mostly in their 20s and 30s, who are also total magpies when it comes to pretty things. It makes a subtle statement and although gold is not normally my colour, it looks fabulous against a simple black outfit!

So, if you fancy putting some travel on then keep reading as together with Comuse I have not one, but TWO of these Time to Take a Map Necklaces to give away. All you have to do is follow Quirky Little Planet and Comuse Travels on twitter and then retweet the competition tweet!

Competition closes at midday BST on Sunday 20th September 2015.

Not only that, I am offering my readers 15% off all Comuse Travels orders until 31st December 2015. Just simply use the unique promo code: QuirkyLittlePlanet

Good luck and happy travels!

time to take a map necklace

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Comuse Travels but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Terms & Conditions: 
1. The prize consists of a ‘Time to Take a Map’ necklace and there will be two winners, receiving one necklace each. 2. The prize is non transferable, non refundable and there is no cash alternative. 3. Entries must be made via following Quirky Little Planet and Comuse Travels on twitter and retweeting the competition tweet. 4. The competition closes Midday British Summer Time on Sunday 20th September 2015. 5. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason. 6. These Terms and Conditions are correct at time of being published but may be subject to change without notice. 7. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Gorgeous gifts for globetrotters

Gorgeous gifts for globetrotters!

It’s been a little quiet on the blog for the past week but that’s because I have been preoccupied… it was my birthday the other day you see. I had a great day and received lots of lovely gifts, many of which were travel themed, which has inspired me to write this post about gorgeous gifts for globetrotters!

Bon Voyage bag

Bon Voyage handbag from Accessorize

This was actually a pre-birthday present I bought for myself, but it got quite a few favourites and retweets on my twitter that I couldn’t not include it here. I have always wanted a vintage suitcase covered in stickers so this is the next best thing! It comes with a shoulder strap too so you don’t have to carry it like a suitcase if you don’t want to.

£29 from Accessorize

Gandys flipflops

gandys flipflops

After being inspired by Rob Forkan (co-founder of Gandys) at the Destinations Show, I had a look at the different flipflop designs and fell in love with these map print ones. Money from every sale goes towards building children’s homes for orphans in places such as India and Sri Lanka.

gandys flipflops and box

Even the box and the logo are beautiful.

£22 from Gandys

Travel journal

I wanted a cute journal to keep a diary for my upcoming travels and couldn’t find much more perfect than this map print journal by Wild & Wolf. It’s A6 in size so small enough to carry around too.

Wild and Wolf travel journal

£8 from John Lewis

The Book of Everything

Lonely Planet Book of Everything

I must confess, I have a bit of an addiction to coffee table travel books. I am running out of bookshelf space, but perhaps one day I will write a blog post about all of them. The Lonely Planet Book of Everything is a fun and factual book about, well, almost everything. It’s definitely a dip in, dip out sort of book but there’s some pretty useful stuff in there (how to survive a shark attack for example because you never know!).

There’s also stuff like the Northern Lights

Lonely Planet Book of Everything

Or even Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Lonely Planet Book of Everything

£14.99 from Lonely Planet

Globetrotting Percy sweets

Marks and Spencer Globetrotting Percy sweets

Need some sweeties for the road? Grab a bag of Globetrotting Percy jellies. Percy Pig is a bit of a mascot for Marks & Spencer and there are several different types of Percy sweets you can buy, including vegetarian options.

Available in store at Marks & Spencer

Disney Pixar Up pin

Disney Pixar 'Up' pin badge

Not strictly travel themed but if you’ve seen the move Up you’ll know that the characters go on a great adventure. I was actually looking for this pin when I went to Disneyland Paris but I couldn’t find it as I think it may have been a limited edition promotional item or something but my clever husband managed to track one down from who knows where – and I love it!

Note: all items featured in this post were gifted to me by family, apart from the handbag which was from myself to myself. Prices and availability correct at time of publishing.

My Disney Haul!

So as you know, I was lucky enough to visit Disneyland Paris twice this year so I thought I would share with you my Disney haul. I also bought some of these goodies when I visited Orlando a couple of years ago but I’m pretty sure most of this stuff is available at any Disney park.

Collectables

alice-in-wonderland-snowglobe

Disney have so many adorable snow globes! In all honesty I liked them all, but I owed it to my younger self to purchase the Alice in Wonderland one simply because this was one of my all-time favourite films as a child (still is!). I’m not really someone who tends to collect a lot of ornaments but I can imagine there are a few people out there with an impressive collection of Disney snow globes, they’re all so beautiful.

grape-soda-pin-from-disney-up

Disney Pins are also quite collectable, the parks even have Cast Members who offer pin trading although I don’t know a lot about it since this is the first pin I’ve bought. I really wanted something Up related because I adore that movie. Unfortunately there is a severe lack of Up merchandise available. I really wanted something with the house and balloons on but all I could find was this grape soda pin, like the one Ellie gave to Carl in the film.

Pocket money purchases

disney-keyrings

Not everything at Disney has to cost an arm and a leg, there are plenty of smaller purchases to be had, for example these keyrings. The one on the left was bought at World of Disney in Downtown Disney, Orlando and celebrates the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney World. The one on the right was bought at Disneyland Paris because I really wanted something with the castle on it. Which leads me to…

disney-magnets

I think I have an obsession with the Disney castle because as well as the keyring, I also bought a castle fridge magnet. And although I’m not someone who collects “collectable stuff” as such, I do tend to buy a fridge magnet of some sort whenever I go on holiday, so the one on the right was bought at Walt Disney World Florida (founded 1971).

The Mickey merch

steamboat-willie-mickey-mouse-souvenirs

No one can leave “The Happiest Place On Earth” without some kind of Mickey merchandise, so here are a couple of beauties we picked up at the World of Disney store in Orlando – black and white vintage style Mickeys! The bobble-head sculpture is based on the cartoon that Mickey made his debut, Steamboat Willie. And the other is just a rather cute cuddly toy. Which leads me to…

Another cuddly toy!

lotso-bear-from-toy-story-3

This is Lotso from Toy Story 3, he was bought in the Buzz Lightyear gift shop at Disneyland Paris. He wasn’t a favourite character or anything (I totally love Ken in TS3!) but he’s ever so cuddly and he smells of strawberries!!

The meaningful souvenir

minnie-mickey-proposal

Ok so it might sound cheesy or it might sound incredibly cute but we bought this ornament in Downtown Disney Orlando (I think it was The Art of Disney Store) because my (now) husband proposed to me in Florida. He didn’t do it at the theme parks or anything but it seemed an appropriate memento to have.

The must-have

minnie-mouse-ears

Last but not least, no Disney park shopping trip is complete without Minnie Mouse ears! They’ve had several wears already and I look forward to the next!

Cheap as chips!

Continuing on with the souvenir/Las Vegas theme from my previous post, here is a super cool souvenir idea for when visiting the bright lights of Vegas…

…$1 poker chips!

poker face

As the hotels and casinos ARE where most of the attractions are at, you’re likely to be visiting a fair few during your stay. Head over to the casino counter and ask to buy a $1 poker chip. Some cashiers may even pick a nice clean one out for you. One cashier even got the wet wipes out and cleaned one up for me, how thoughtful!

This is a fun souvenir that can cost anything from $1 upwards… it’s up to you how many casinos you decide to visit. My clever man decided that rather than letting the chips just sit around in a box, he would make art from them – how very inspiring! And why didn’t I think of that?

What a great reminder of our fantastic time in Sin City!