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A Girl for All Time – Lydia

The second doll I own from the ‘A Girl for All Time’ series is Lydia Peyton, who is from the Georgian era and comes from the same family that began with Matilda Marchmont. If you haven’t read my review of Matilda then please do so, but for anyone that hasn’t, the A Girl for All Time company has both dolls and books to do with historical eras of the UK and starts off with the Tudor era. The base line of dolls all come from the same family, but the company is working on expanding their range.

lydia_offer_dress_1024x1024Lydia Peyton is from the Georgian era (as previously mentioned) but instead of being a full UK girl, she goes to Boston. She doesn’t have a book out yet, although I hope soon she will have one so I do not really know as much about her history, but as a doll she is lovely. She’s a 16 inch doll with somewhat articulated joints and shes amazing for play and photography (although I only do the latter option) and she also makes appearances on my photography Instagram. I got her for Christmas a couple of years ago, but on the website she is £89.99 which I know seems like a lot but both she and her clothes are very well made and designed with such detail. Her clothes are all very detailed and beautiful and I own both the outfit she comes in and her riding outfit, both very high quality.

I definitely recommend this line for anyone who is into collecting or photography or history and even the books are wonderful and although they are more expensive I have seen that they are great for kids and they’re beautiful little things as well. I couldn’t recommend them enough!

-Laura

A Girl for All Time – Matilda

I’ve previously written about the books, and now it is time for me to write about the dolls themselves. For those of you who do not know about this brand, ‘A Girl for All Time’ is a brand of books and dolls based in the UK that represent historical eras, and the main line of dolls all come from the same family, starting off with the beautiful Matilda Marchmont, a lovely little girl from the Tudor era, who is also the cousin of Katherine Howard (the 5th wife of King Henry VIII).

matilda_cut_out_offer_dress_e9a854ab-477e-43d1-a0ca-a5ab45f18bf2_1024x1024Now I’m someone who is really interested in Tudor history, and I also do love photography a lot so these 16 inch dolls were perfect. The usual website price for Matilda is £69.99 and I managed to get her on Amazon for £25! All of their dolls and clothes are very specially made and designed and I think are more towards adult collectors even though children are definitely able to play with these dolls as they are such high quality, but I will also admit now, for adult collectors or photographers, this line of dolls are fantastic. They have such a lovely expression on their faces and are very very beautiful and with each doll you can see that they are related in some way.

Matilda is definitely my favourite because of where she comes from and she honestly has such a lovely little face and is amazing to take photos of (she makes a few appearances on my photography Instagram) and her outfits (she comes with her basic Tudor outfit but others are available) her so high quality. My favourite I think is her ballgown and mask, she looks so beautiful and the mask can make her look very mysterious.

If you are a collector/photographer/history enthusiast then I would definitely recommend looking into the brand, or even just reading the books. I think they’d be a great way of getting children more into history as well although they’re a lot more expensive than other brands of dolls, but I believe that they are well and truly worth every penny!

-Laura

Review – eBay iPad Mini Case

On the 8th of May I bought a rose gold case from eBay for £3.89 and it arrived on the 10th of May. I bought it because I loved the colour (it matches my phone and watch) and it reminded me of a better version of the Apple smart covers. So, what are my thoughts?

71eiiuviupl-_sx425_Well to start with, it is a two-part case. You first put the front on, like any other Smart Cover (like the official Apple ones), and then click the backing on, which also helps keep the magnetically attached front from falling off, and gives the appearance that the case is one piece. The back is slightly transparent, so you can see the Apple logo, and the colour looks great! Especially if you have a silver iPad like I do.

It feels surprisingly high quality for the price. The actual Smart Cover part feels really nice, I feel as if my screen is definitely protected and I have no worries of it slipping about or off and damaging my screen. The back is just a standard plastic clip-on case, so you can’t really go wrong there, but it is a smooth texture and feels very nice. The entire iPad feels protected. Because the case is so thin, my iPad still remains to be a light and portable device, which is great considering the old case made it feel so heavy and bulky, yet I feel as if both cases offered the same amount of protection, and if anything I think this current case feels more high quality, and from memory I think it was a fair bit cheaper! This case probably isn’t the best for travelling with if you’re more worried about it getting damaged in any way just because it is so thin with a magnetic cover, so I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re particularly panicky, but my iPad stays at home the majority of the time (apart from when I go to my boyfriends house and when I brought it to school a couple of times) so I don’t have to worry too much about travelling, but if you are someone to travels with your iPad a lot, you may prefer a bulkier case for that. If you’re someone like me who only takes it with you occasionally and it stays at home the majority of the time, then this case is definitely for you and I’ve seen it available in a variety of colours. I do recommend this case and I think it was a great deal!

-Laura

Review – iPad Mini

So as a tech lover, and more specifically an Apple tech lover, of course at some stage in my life I had to own an iPad. I got the mini option pre-owned a long time ago but have only recently really started going on it again. More for blogging and photo editing and kinda using it as a little thing to draw with. I wanted an iPad because of the bigger screen and for editing and drawing and reading if I so desired (even though I have a kindle for that!!) and I just find it really fun to use. Since I am a small person I think the iPad Mini is the best option for me, and I honestly think the other iPads are just too big, especially for me, and I have found them in the past to be a little heavy and bulky with a case on. My iPad as of right now has a very worn out flip case, and I definitely need to get that changed, but even with a more bulky case on, it’s not too bad and weighs very little, I really think the Mini is best for portability, and it’ll easily fit in any handbag or schoolbag.

 

1429446_R_Z001AAs a whole this is a really enjoyable device and I feel like I need to be using it more often and I kinda feel bad that I neglected it for so long, but now it is getting the love and use that the little thing deserves. I will most often be using it for reading, YouTube, games and photo editing and maybe occasionally using it for blog posts like I am right now. Yup, to test this device’s capability with WordPress I am typing the review of the iPad Mini on the iPad Mini. I wouldn’t say many people would find an iPad to be a necessity in their lives, but if you feel like you want one and know you’d get a fair bit of use out of it to be worth the money you pay (as these things can be pricey at times) then I highly recommend one, it is a lovely little device with a high variety of uses. Let me know what you think of it if you have one!

-Laura

A Girl For All Time – Books

For anyone who does not know of the company ‘A Girl For All Time’, it’s a company that makes both dolls and books about a particular family tree throughout history. They have dolls from the Tudor era, Victorian era, Georgian era and World War 2, the 60’s, and they’re expanding their line even more, but it focuses in more on British history. I’ll admit I own 2 of the dolls, but I also own 3 books (the books are all by Sandra Goldbacher) and I love the company.

IMG_2211The 3 books I own are Matilda’s Secret, Amelia’s Inheritance and Clementine’s Winter and I have read them all. They’re short stories that are probably more aimed at children but they’re lovely little stories to go along with the dolls. They all link together in some way because of the family tree, and currently it starts off with the beautiful Tudor girl named Matilda, who has kinda started off a family heirloom and is related to Katherine Howard, the 5th wife of Henry VIII. It’s interesting to see how these sections of history have been portrayed, especially with the War and the Tudor era, which are two not particularly pleasant parts of history, especially when discussing Henry VIII, but they’re also made child-friendly.

 

Overall, if you love history, or own any of the dolls from the range, I highly recommend picking up the books to go along with it. I’ll definitely be getting more books as they become out. They are wonderful!

-Laura

Aliexpress – Is it trustworthy? 

Over my years of using the internet and developing my addiction to online shopping, I’ve seen many people wonder about Aliexpress. It’s a website with so much stuff on it to buy and a lot of the time it is extremely cheap. Many people I’ve seen are reluctant to use it and don’t trust it because of how cheap it is and that it’s mainly from China and it doesn’t use anything like PayPal, so you haven’t got that to back you up if anything happens to go wrong.

I have used Aliexpress for a variety of things over the years, and have bought things like stationary, jewellery and a few make-up type things (not cosmetics!!) and I’ve honestly never had a problem. If I’ve had issues like things are taking ages to ship or if I have any questions about items, I’ve been able to contact sellers and they have been very helpful and have responded quickly. I’ve not yet had anything not arrive or arrive broken or anything like that, so I’ve never had to deal with refunds but I would think that it would be easy to do, as sellers do seem very helpful and willing to make their customers happy.

Aliexpress does have a buyer protection program, so I guess that if you do have some issues with sellers and they’re refusing to give a refund or help you for whatever reason, you can probably get Aliexpress directly involved, like you can with eBay. Personally, considering the variety of things I have bought, I would have expected to have had issues but all the sellers I’ve bought from are really good, even the quality of the products are great.

I do have tips for Aliexpress though for anyone who wants to buy from there for the first time. My first tip is to look at the feedback. I am always looking at the feedback for items. The feedback can include pictures as well which is something I always prefer checking, and I even provide photo feedback for items I have purchased, which may help other potential buyers. My second tip is pick items that have lots of people buying them. On Aliexpress you are told how many people have put it in a wishlist and how many people have purchased it. I combine both the good reviews with the amount of people buying the product before I purchase something and that may be why I’ve had no issues. I’ve only bought things with barely any reviews a couple of times and that was with a ring and a fake blotterazzi (originally by beautyblender) and I think a washi tape as well and I had no issues but that was probably because there was great seller feedback. I’m not too fussed about the amount of purchases on a product if the seller has got great feedback and has had other items sell a lot with good feedback. Combining those together means I’ve had no issues with Aliexpress and hopefully it’ll continue to mean I have no issues with it.

But, do I find Aliexpress to overall be a trustworthy website? Definitely, as long as you buy from the right sellers and read the descriptions and reviews carefully. Aliexpress is a wonderful website to buy from and everything is great prices. But be warned, these items are coming from China and can possibly take a month or so to arrive. But I do recommend it, and please if anyone does use it, be careful and I hope my little tips were useful.

-Laura

Opinion on the PS Vita

Hopefully everyone knows about the PS Vita, but for anyone who doesn’t, it’s a portable, handheld console made by Sony (PlayStation) that was originally released in 2011. Its kind of been forgotten or abandoned, as honestly there don’t seem to be that many games for it, or at least many big-name games for it.

I own 5 games for the vita, a couple of which I purchased pre-owned at fairly cheap prices from various places (Amazon, eBay, CEX). For anyone wondering, I own the Michael Jackson Experience, Minecraft, Little Big Planet, Mortal Kombat and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens and they are all games I really enjoy.

Honestly I love handheld consoles a lot, and this is one of my favourites, in my opinion it is a huuuuge step up from the PSP, (PlayStation Portable) which is something I used to enjoy quite a lot. I will admit I don’t use this console as much because I am so addicted to my 3DS, but I have recently been going on it more often and I’m really enjoying it. The games run so smoothly and the graphics are so amazing.

My favourite game for it is probably Little Big Planet because it’s so cute and is just perfect for the Vita. I’m not great at it just because I’m a little clumsy with my fingers and end up doing the wrong thing, but in all it’s really enjoyable and I think a variety of ages would enjoy it. I’m an 18 year old girl and I love it, I’ve loved the games since I was younger and I know a few males that enjoy them too, which shows it’s kinda for everyone! Like I said before, the graphics are really good and nice and for games like Little Big Planet it just makes everything more cute and detailed, and in games like Mortal Kombat you really see the graphic content in full, which is both interesting but also a little gross!

Overall, with the Vita, it’s a really fun handheld and I wish Sony did more for it because it’s so amazing, I love how it has a touch-screen and that there’s a touch pad on the back and I have quite small hands yet it’s so comfortable to hold. I really enjoy it and if anyone has a Vita, please let me know any games you enjoy as I’m looking into finding more interesting games for it!

-Laura