Friday Favorites: Pumpkins everywhere!

TGIF my dear readers! Not only does this mark the start of a Halloween themed weekend for me (going to see the il_570xN.832279338_iuitGoosebumps movie AND checking out Spirit Halloween) but it also marks another set of Friday Favorites!

Keeping in theme with the season, this collection of items is going to be themed around pumpkins! I love pumpkins! The shape, the colour, everything you can do with them, they are just the epitome of fall for me.

1.) Pumpkin Snowglobe Necklace

A fall snowglobe is just a great idea to me. Leaves falling instead of snow? Sign me up! While looking for something of this ilk on Etsy, I ended up finding a particularly adorable necklace. I love it’s vintage appeal and I will likely end up picking this item up sooner or il_570xN.848601595_o27slater.

2.) Pumpkin Spice Latte Sweater

Yes I am one of those stereotypical white girls who likes Pumpkin Spice Lattes in the fall. To be frank I like pumpkin flavored everything. I am also one of those girls who likes baggy sweaters as long as they have cute prints

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My family owns three lovely cats, two black and one white. Each of them likes to sleep in their own separate areas. My cat Duchess, the white one, sleeps in boxes (preferably ones that are two small); Gideon sleeps on people (if they move – God help them); finally Iggy, likes to sleep in a comfy pumpkin shaped bed from Pet Smart.il_570xN.811601513_kkyr

4.) Glass Pumpkins

When I have my own home in the future, I plan on decorating the hell out of it for different seasons. My family used to do something along the lines of il_570xN.841018988_5thzthis when I was younger but I found that as everyone got older, decorating for everything but Christmas and Halloween at my Dad’s, was pushed to the wayside. These adorable Glass Pumpkins would be an adorable fall decorating piece … or all year. I DO like pumpkins.

5.) Halloween Pumpkin Scarf

It is a scarf with pumpkins on them … what else is there to say?

Next Friday we will be taking a look at Black Cat themed items to continue the Halloween Friday Favorite theme!

Sunday Review: Jem and The Holograms

I grew up in the 90’s. That means I grew up in a childhood surrounded by the Spice Girls, The Magic School Bus and reading Goosebumps. I was exposed to anime through the power of Sailor Moon and was a kid when the best movies Disney ever made all came out. It also meant that I was exposed to the power of Blockbuster and renting retro movies and shows. I got to see some pretty great movies that way … and some crappy ones. One in particular really caught my eye as having potential for a great reboot and thank god it received it!

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Jem and the Holograms was officially released in March of 2015 by IDW Publishing with writer Kelly Thompson (Storykiller, The Girl Who Would Be King) and artist Sophie Campbell (Glory, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) on the helm of this remake of the classic 80’s television series that combined camp and kitsch into

In the original Jem and the Holograms, Jerrica Benton was the daughter of a wealthy deceased music producer who used the power of the holographic computer Synergy to create the alter-ego ‘Jem’ to hide who she was from the public and create some bubblegum coated pop with her ‘sisters’. In this 21st Century re-write, Jerrica Benton creates her alter-ego Jem for an entirely different reason: the girl has some series stage fright.

This wouldn’t be such a big deal if it wasn’t for the fact that she and her band mates Aja, Shana and Kimber wanted to compete in an online competition to face off against punk-rockers The Misfits in a battle of the bands style competition. The simple battle of the band premise is amped up (pun not intended) when a romance blossoms between Kimber and Misfits member Stormer, leading for questions of loyalty to be thrown about as fast as the insults are between the two very different, yet very similar bands.

The series has already received rave reviews on most sites (Tumblr in particular) for it’s amazing art, great outfits, good storytelling and nods to other forms of popular culture. But what is really turning heads is the diversity that has been included in the cast. Both the Holograms and Misfits are made of a real mixture of personalities and body types, giving every reader an opportunity to see their body type portrayed in a comic book, something seriously lacking in both Western and Japanese comics. Another great new upgrade was the inclusion of a truly adorable lesbian relationship and

If you are looking for a brightly coloured comic romp would definitely recommend picking up and falling head over awesome heels for IDW’s 21st century remake of an 80’s classic.

Shana, Aja, Kimber, Jerrica, Pizzaz, Stormer, Jetta, Roxy and the ultimate obsessed fan Clash after a stick first meeting.

Shana, Aja, Kimber, Jerrica, Pizzaz, Stormer, Jetta, Roxy and the ultimate obsessed fan Clash after a stick first meeting.

Friday Favorites: Bring on the Bats!

*NOTE this was supposed to be posted yesterday BUT internet issues pushed it back to today*

Today marks the very first of my newly planned ‘Friday Favorite’ segment. The basic idea behind these posts will be me taking a look at particular items (clothing, jewellery or anything else that catches my eye) all that are based on a particular theme or topic. So one week I may do stuff related to a series like Batman, while others will be based on an idea like ‘Steampunk’ or ‘Retro’.

This first post though is going to be about one of my favorite animals – the bat! I love these flying foxes of doom! They are just so cute and misunderstood.

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For any of my dear readers who live in Canada, or know anything about Canada, then you will know that here in Canada it tends to be cold from about mid-October (or earlier) all the way through to April. That means us canucks need scarves! For me this scarf takes the form of an adorable purple bat scarf! This particular item was found on Etsy, though sadly the creator no longer has them available.

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Last year at Spirit Halloween I spotted an adorable. I was reluctant to buy it though as I was unsure about the quality so I didn’t buy it and maaaan do I regret it! It is such a cute little outfit that I would happily wear around the house or even casually at a convention. Thankfully it is available again this year so I plan on snatching it up!

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It is no secret that I love Sourpuss clothing. They have great prices on items that really fit my gothy-retro fashion choices. My first ever purchase found me leaving with two items: this gorgeous flowey top that is no longer available and my Sourpuss Batty Sweater Black. Super warm with a great v-neck neckline, this shirt is a staple in my cooler weather wardrobe

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In my humble opinion, do wardrobe is complete without a bat necklace, so one of these had to be on my list. This particular bat necklace is once again from Sourpuss clothing, though really it is pretty to find adorable bat necklaces

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It was only fair that the final item on this list was the stuffed animal who started my obsession with bats. Presenting Batty from the TY Beanie Baby collection. Batty actually comes in two sizes, the regular small Beanie Baby size and a larger one, I have the larger version!

Return of the Sunday Reviews: Mahou Shoujo Site

If I say the term ‘magical girl’ what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the classic overly long transformation sequences of Sailor Moon? The sickly sweetness of Pretty Cure? Or when you fall in love with Mami Tomoe only to watch her head get bitten off? In the Mahou Shoujo genre, Puella Magi Madoka Magica was a game changer. It took a primarily sweet and playful genre and turned it completely on its head, opening up a new world for the genre. A world where being a magical girl is not really something you want.

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Main characters Aya Asagiri and Tsuyuno Yatsumura, likely wishing they were in a different series.

One of the new contenders for the messed up magical girl crown are the girls of Mahou Shoujo Site, a Supernatural psychological horror from Sato Kentarou. Released in 2013, Mahou Shoujo Site is the second work of Kentarou who burst onto the manga scene the year before with Mahou Shoujo of the End.

This still ongoing,series follows Asagiri Aya, a sweet bundle of joy who eats a lot and has great friends who help her through the trials of High school life! One day she meets a magical cat who … no wait, that is Sailor Moon, let me try this again.

Asagiri Aya is a girl who is viciously bullied every day at school (think stuff like threatened rape and forced to eat garbage) and then goes home to be the punching bag of her psychotic older brother, Kaname. After a particularly vicious day, an image of a strange girl shows up on her computer and offers her ‘Magical Power’. Before she knows what she is doing, she clicks yes. The next day a pink, toy looking gun shows up in her school locker … as you can guess this weapon is anything BUT innocent.

With the help of her mysterious classmate (it’s always a mysterious classmate)Tsuyuno Yatsumura, she learns more about the screwed up job she has signed herself up for and that she is not alone in her new abilities. Like more cheerful magical girl series, the girls of Mahou Shoujo Site all have their own abilities based on their toy-like weapons. That is pretty much where the similarities end. In this manga an MP3 stops time, a toy gun teleports people to random locations, a yo-yo slices through metal and a razor blade lets the blood of its user heal others.

Dark, gritty and often messed up, Sato uses his talents for drawing cute anime girls to pull you in and then his skills as a writer to slap you in the face with the absurdity of the world he has created. This series touches on a lot of really adult topics including rape, child molestation, cutting, suicide, bullying and torture, and it definitely isn’t a manga for someone who is easily shaken by gore or triggered.

However, like all magical girl series before it, Mahou Shoujo Site does put a lot of emphasis into the power of friendship and how good friends can help you through even the darkest of life’s moments. The characters are all highly likable with great back stories and interesting personalities that ensure that you always have someone you are cheering on, whether it be against those who have hurt them in the past or against the new situations they find themselves in as a magical girl.

If you were a fan of Puella Magi Madoka Magica or just enjoy any series that leaves you a little shaken and questioning what you just read, all while pulling you back in to keep reading, then I would definitely suggest you check out Mahou Shoujo Site.

Swearing in a magical girl series!? For shaaaaame!

Swearing in a magical girl series!? For shaaaaame!