Monday, 6 July 2015

iconemesis : gemma correll pugs case for iphones*

I don't know about you, but I'm slightly obsessed with phone cases. As the owner of an iPhone (ugh, sorry about how pretentious that sounds!) I'm always terrified of dropping it, and there's also the problem of the dreaded unsightly fingerprints all over the back of it. So when Iconemesis very kindly offered me the chance at trying one of their cases it was definitely a big yes!

Iconemesis are a brand that launched back in 2011 and they collaborate with a host of artists/illustrators to create an eclectic range of cases for iPhones. I've seen so many positive comments all over various social media platforms so I was very excited to be able to test out one of their fabulous cases.

There is such a lovely range of cases, and I was torn between so many of them, but in the end I went for the Gemma Correll Pugs Case* which is a colourful and funky little number and just so happens to be the design of one of my favourite illustrators. The first thing that impressed me was that the design is printed onto the case so sharply and professionally. I've bought cases in the past that were more expensive than this one is priced (usually £15 but is currently reduced to £10!) and the quality of them has been terrible in comparison. This one is just so glossy, smooth and sturdy. It also fits my phone like a glove leaving it feeling much less vulnerable if I do end up dropping it, yet at the same time it's hardly any bulkier.

So far I've had my case on for just under two weeks and it still looks as good as when I took it out of it's box, whereas some previous cases have looked grubby after a couple of days! If you have an iPhone 5c, 5s, 6 or 6 Plus then I'd definitely recommend taking a look at the Iconemesis website.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

cat therapy : a colouring book for adults

A colouring book? For adults? Yep, that seems to be the new craze lately. I'd imagine some people may scoff at the idea and think it's childish but after giving one a try it's safe to say that I'm firmly on board.

You may or may not know that I suffer with anxiety and panic attacks. These can be especially bad at night time and I can find it difficult to get to sleep as I'll have what feels like a million thoughts running through my mind. I've tried many things to help including various 'techniques' I've read online, some herbal medications, etc etc and none have really helped. The Cat Therapy book offers relaxation and stress-relief and I've found that it really does what it says on the tin. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this is some miracle cure because I don't think there's such a thing, but this book (and any other colouring book I'd imagine) just helps me to calm my mind and I can go into a relaxing little world until I feel like I can try getting to sleep.

The book itself is around A5 size and has a different, beautiful cat-inspired design on each page, with some spread out over two. There are lots of different illustrators who contributed to this book so the designs are all wonderfully different. There are cats (duh!), paw prints, leopard print, mandalas and so much more. I personally use colouring pencils but the pages are quite thick so it's possible that you could use felt tip pens if you wanted. It's a hardback book and my only niggle is that it can get a little tricky as you colour towards the spine and this then means that the spine doesn't look perfect any more but that doesn't bother me too much.

I'd recommend this book to any cat lovers in life who could do with a bit of a de-stressing tool every now and again, or even for anyone who just wants to add in a bit more creativeness when they get a spare bit of time.

What do you think of colouring in as an adult? Have you tried any books yourself?
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