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Top 10 Disney Princess Merch from EMP

If you’ve ever dreamed about being a Disney Princess then this blog is for you! I’ve selected my top 10 favourite items from EMP’s wide range of Disney Princess merchandise. If you see something on this list you like then click on the picture and it will take you the item on the EMP website. No matter what age you are, you can never have enough Disney Princess merch!

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1. Disney by Couture Kingdom – Elsa Ice Crystal Necklace

Starting off this list is a piece of jewellery that even Elsa would be jealous of. This Elsa Ice Crystal necklace from Couture Kingdom is plated with white gold and comes with an adjustable chain. It’s so beautiful and will definitely catch the attention of your peers.

 

2. Snow White Hair Tie

I don’t know about you guys but I own a lot of scrunchies.  They’re useful and super cute and this set of Snow White scrunchies are no exception. If you love Snow White then check out my previous blog where I take you through a step by step tutorial on how to achieve Snow White’s iconic makeup look.

 

3. Cinderella’s Carriage (Pop! Rides) Vinyl Figure 78 Funko Pop!

I always loved how beautiful Cinderella’s carriage was and wished I had one of my own. Although this Funko Pop Carriage is a lot smaller than what I wished for, I still absolutely love it. This set comes with the carriage and two horses, all with incredible detail. Great for both children and adults.

 

4. Flowers Swimsuit

With the weather being so hot at the moment, a swimsuit is an important part of your wardrobe, even if you are just sitting in a paddling pool in the garden. I absolutely love the deep red colour of this Beauty and the Beast inspired swimsuit and the rose detailing around the top and back is beautiful.

 

5. Loungefly – Blue or Pink Mini backpacks

This backpack with reversible sequins is perfect for the people who can’t decide between blue and pink, just like Aurora. It comes with adjustable straps and hidden details on the inside.

 

6. Ariel Hair Masks

I know I’m not the only one who wishes they had hair like Ariel’s from The Little Mermaid. This deep conditioning hair mask is all you need to get beautiful flowing locks like Ariel. Apply to towel-dried hair, leave it for around 5 minutes, rinse it off and then you’re done.

 

7. Magic Lamp Teapot

If you’ve ever wanted to own a magic lamp, then this is the item for you. This tea set comes with the magic lamp pot and two glasses, each detailed with images of Jasmin and Aladdin. It’s the perfect addition to any Disney Princess themed tea party.

 

8. Never Stop Dreaming Jeans Jacket

This jean jacket is perfect for the Disney Princess lovers who have a rock chic style. This piece comes covered in detail, from the beading on the shoulder area to the print on the back and arm. It’s definitely one of my favourites on this list.

 

9. Ariel, Jasmine, Belle and Sleeping Beauty Face masks

If you’re starting to arrange more social distanced gatherings with your friends, why not try out these face masks. Everyone can become a different Disney Princess and they leave your skin feeling super soft.

 

10. Tiana – Prom Medium-length dress

Last on the list is this beautiful Tiana prom dress. This dress is one of the six in the Disney Princess prom dress range at EMP. There are also dresses in the style of Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Aurora and Belle. I chose Tiana’s one to be in my top 10 as I love it’s soft green colour and the stunning silver waterlilies at the hem.

 

If you didn’t see something you liked in this top 10 list then check out the wide range of other Disney Princess merch from EMP here.

 

Chloe Berrell

 

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Top 10 EMP Summer Fashion Essentials For Women

Although we may not be going on holiday as much as we had hoped for in summer this year, I still believe we can look stylish while enjoying the sun at home. Which is why I’ve picked my top 10 favourite EMP summer fashion items for all the lovely women looking to enjoy the 2020 summer in style.

1. Phoenix Long Dress

Although this summer maxi dress is part of the Harry Potter collection, I think the design is completely versatile and will be loved by both HP fan and non-HP fans. The dress is super comfy and comes with incredible details like the small metal pendant and beads on the drawstring.

2. Beetlejuice Shorts

As I’m a big Beetlejuice fan, I just had to include these shorts in the list. These stylish Beetlejuice shorts are embroidered with brilliant details that reference the film and come with detachable suspenders. Perfect if you’re looking for a pair of shorts you can wear in many different ways.

3. Cherie 50´s Skirt

This is the perfect summer skirt for the people who love the 50’s style. This knee-length skirt is detailed with this really cute cherry pattern and is made from 100% cotton, the perfect light and airy material for any summer day.

4. Dakota Pinafore Dress

This really cute pinafore dress can either be dressed up with a bright colour top and accessories or (if you enjoy wearing all black like me) can be left as a simple piece. The crossed back adds extra detail and the straps are adjustable.

5. Jungle T-Shirt

This Lilo and Stitch off the shoulder t-shirt is adorable! It comes in this beautiful dark green/blue colour and the flower print is both on the front and the back. Not to mention the super cute embroidered Stitch on the chest.

6. Stay At Home Festival 2020

This is a very important T-Shirt to get for summer 2020. The festival-style lineup on the back is a funny take on lockdown and a positive way to remember this time. This T-Shirt would look really cool paired with shorts.

7. Scales Bikini Set

Although a lot of us won’t be able to get to a beach anytime soon, this bikini is still a must-have. This ‘The Little Mermaid’ bikini is exclusive to EMP and comes in this gorgeous lilac-green metallic colour. The bottoms have a mermaid scale pattern and the top is designed in this beautiful seashell shape.

8. Roses Slipper

These are the perfect summer sliders for daytime wear. The super comfy material will have you wearing them all day and the rose details add a pretty feminine look. The perfect addition to any casual outfit.

9. Camoscio High Heel

If you’re looking for a summer shoe that’s a bit less casual, then this is the one for you. This shoe comes with a heel height of 9.5 cm and a rounded toe cap. Perfect for dressing up any summer outfit.

10. Golden Sun Sunglasses

Every summer outfit needs a pair of sunglasses and the gorgeous gold coloured lenses attracted me to this pair immediately. With an EMP engraving at the end of the arm and contained in an EMP sunglasses case, these sunglasses are a must-have summer accessory for everyone.

 

Chloe Berrell

EMP, Fashion, Movies, Special

How To Look Like A Disney Princess: Snow White

With us all being stuck in isolation at the minute, a lot of us are struggling to find activities to do to fill the time. However, have you ever thought about turning yourself into a Disney Princess? Well, I certainly have so I decided to take you guys through how I transformed myself into Snow White using makeup. This step by step guide will show you how to achieve the look shown above, including the products and techniques I used.

*DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional make up artist, I just enjoy experimenting with makeup and have been practising for a few years. All these steps can be adjusted to suit you however you like. Makeup has no rules so just have fun! :)* 

Step 1: Before you start, make sure your skin is cleansed and moisturised. I’m currently using the Simple Kind to Skin Day Cream. Next, I use my Benefit The POREfessional Pearl Primer and massage it in using my fingertips. 

Step 2: After that, I use my L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24HR Freshwear Foundation (mine’s in the shade Porcelain) with my real techniques brush (I’ve searched the whole internet but I can’t find the name of this brush if anyone knows please leave it in the comments). I use one pump on the back of my hand, dip my brush in and blend the product into my skin using circular motions. Remember to blend it under the chin as well.

Step 3: To ensure the foundation is blended into the skin nicely, I gently pat my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge around the face. 

Step 4: Next, I use my Makeup Revolution Conceal And Define Concealer (mine’s in the shade C0.5) and place it under the eyes, on my forehead, on my chin and on the tip of my nose to brighten those areas and around the bottom of my nose to reduce the redness there. I blend that in using one of these really cute Real Techniques Mini Miracle Complexion Sponges.

Step 5: This bit may seem a bit weird at first and I know I look crazy but just trust me. I took the concealer and placed it on top of my eyebrows and blended it in using the Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Step 6: Time to set it all in place. I’m using the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in shade 003 Peach Glow with a large fluffy powder brush, this one is from Avon. Instead of sweeping the brush over the skin, I gently press the brush into my face. This technique will not move the foundation and concealer and will leave a flawless matte finish. I also make sure to go over the eyebrows as well.

Step 7: Snow White has quite a strong pink blush so to mimic this, I use the Makeup Revolution Blusher Reloader in the shade Pink Lady. As you can see, I dropped mine and it broke which I’m really gutted about but it still works fine. I took this on a smaller fluffy brush from Avon and swept it in circular motions starting from the apple of my cheek and then moving it along my cheekbone. Don’t be afraid to use a lot of this product if you’re looking to accurately mimic Snow White’s look. You may think you look like a clown at first but it will all come together in the end. I actually decided to put some more blush on later in the tutorial as I didn’t put enough on in the step.

 

Step 8: Next I used a white eye pencil (this one is from Rimmel London) and ran it through my eyebrows. I then set it again using the Stay Matte Powder and the Mini Miracle Complexion Sponge. This technique is to ensure that my natural eyebrows are as covered as they can be for the next step.

Step 9: Eyebrows! Now, this is definitely not how I would do my eyebrows normally but this is a really good way to get those thin curved eyebrows that Snow White has. Start by drawing three dots near the top of your natural eyebrow, one where you would like the eyebrow to start, the second where you would like the curve to be and the last where you would like the tail to end. To do this I’m using the Morphe Micro Brow Pencil in the shade Mocha. Connect the dots by drawing a thin line using your pencil. 

Step 10: I cleaned up any mistakes by taking a bit of the Conceal And Define Concealer on the back of my hand and using a Real Techniques Detailer Brush to dip in the concealer and slowly run over the top of the brow.

Step 11: Now onto eyes! I start by taking natural in the Morphe 15D Day Slayer Palette as a transition colour to go in the crease of the eyelid. I apply this using a soft back and forth motion with my BH Cosmetics 101 Blending Brush. As Snow White has rounded eyes, I ensure not to brush the colour out any further than where my eye ends and to focus it mainly in the centre of the crease. This will give the illusion of a more rounded eye.

Step 12: Next, I’m taking my Makeup Revolution Forever Flawless Fire Palette and dipping a smaller blending brush into the colour Volcanic. I then sweep this colour back and forth on the lid. Then, I take the colour Burn on the same brush and focus that colour on the outer third of the eye, ensuring I blend the colours toward the centre of the eyelid to enhance that rounded shape.

 

Step 13: Taking the BH cosmetics 105 Pencil Brush and the shade Burn, I blend the colour in the centre under my eye.

Step 14: If you are uncomfortable with applying eyeliner to your waterline then you can skip this step. Start by using your index finger to gently pull down on the skin just below your eye. Take a sharpened, clean brown eye pencil (This is the LA Girl Eyeliner In the shade Medium Brown) and run it calmly along the waterline. P.S. I apologise for how strange I look in these pictures

Step 15: Next, I line the upper lash line using my Morphe Gel Liner in the shade Jet. I personally prefer using gel eyeliners for this step but if you prefer liquid or felt tip, then that’s absolutely fine. I take a bit on my Real Techniques Definer Brush and apply it by looking down in my mirror. I’ve made the liner in the centre of the lash line a little bit thicker than on the edges to compliment the rounded eye shape we’re trying to achieve.

Step 16: Then, I’m using my favourite mascara the Benefit Bad Gal Bang on my upper eyelashes. Don’t apply any mascara to the bottom lashes. If you don’t want to wear false eyelashes then you can leave the eye makeup here and move onto step 18.

Step 17: For false eyelashes, I chose the House Of Lashes Etheral Mini set. These natural-looking eyelashes are perfect for this pretty princess look. I use these with my Duo 2 in 1 Brush On Striplash Adhesive. Before you apply, ensure the eyelashes are trimmed to fit your eye size. Always trim from the outer corner of the lash. Then, hold your lashes with a pair of tweezers and run a layer of lash glue along the strip of the lash. Wait 30 seconds for the glue to dry up a bit and go tacky (you can shake the lash or blow on the glue if you are impatient like me). Look down into your mirror and gently place the lash as close to the lash line as you can. Make sure you push the inner and outer corners into place. Repeat on the other eye. 

Step 18: Now for one of the most important steps in any Snow White look, the red lip! Firstly, I take the Maybelline Colour Sensational lip liner in Brick Red and line my lips in a similar shape to Snow White’s. I then use the lipliner to fill in the rest of the lip. I then take the Makeup Revolution Creme Lip in the shade Destiny 133 and run it over the top of the lip liner. Taking a tissue, I blot the lips to ensure I don’t get lipstick on my teeth. To finish the look, I take my Soap And Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL Lip Gloss over the top of the red lip.

 

 

Grab a wig and a dress and there you go! You’ve transformed into Snow White 🙂

Complete your look and with this and more Disney & Snow White merch! Check it out here.

 

Chloe Berrell

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Must-see movies to watch this October in the run-up to Halloween 2019

Halloween is my favourite holiday ever! I’m one of those people that start thinking about their costume mid-summer and share “is it Halloween yet” memes in May – if you follow our Instagram you might have noticed – soz!

I just LOVE being creepy and there’s nothing as exciting as spooky season for me and the build up to it is just magical (even more than Christmas, my birthday, 4 puppies with red ribbons and a trip to Disneyland all together!) – cause basically Halloween is not just a day – it’s a season:


Just think of the autumn colours, leaves on the floor, pumpkin spice lattes… It’s also more socially accepted to wear black or dark lipsticks and be pale (let’s face it – when you’re too pale in summer you will always get that person making jokes about your skin tone to which you have to politely answer with a fake smile and a “funny, very funny! Never heard the joke about vampires/burning/or if I’m Marilyn Manson’s daughter before”) and it’s an excuse to buy new cosy jumpers and hoodies, boots and coats.
Plus the colder weather doesn’t make you feel as guilty for spending your evenings or days off indoors gaming, reading or watching horror movies to get into a creepy mood and look for Halloween outfit inspo.

So on the run up to Halloween I just love to keep some free time in my evenings or weekends to snuggle up with a fluffy blanket and cosy pyjamas and simply eat tonnes of junk food and watch all my favourite creepy/spooky or simply Halloweeny movies. Plus let’s say it, it’s great to avoid people and not have to be sociable from time to time:

Here’s a list of the movies you MUST see to get in the right mindset for the best night of the year! I’ve tried to keep the list mixed, with a variety of horror movies, animations, comedy horror etc.

 

The Shining (1980)

The Shining, a film based on Stephen King’s horror novel is simply a masterpiece – I’m sure I don’t need to sell it to you! And any occasion is good to re-watch this Stanley Kubrick wonder featuring an outstanding Jack Nicholson and a series of creepy scenes that are simply perfect to get you into Spooky Mood – Room 237, the Grady daughters, Danny and his tricycle are waiting for you at the Overlook Hotel.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Who said that Halloween movies have to be scary and bloody forcing you to sleep with the light on for a week??? You can get in the perfect Halloween spirit with something light and funny like Hocus Pocus. Of one thing we’re sure – this Disney classic featuring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as The Sanderson sisters is going to make you laugh!

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

I used to be terrified of this movie growing up – and even if I’ve seen it a few times in the years I “watched” most of it hiding behind a pillow. I think this year is going to be easier to watch this Wes Craven classic (and enjoy the short appearance of Johnny Depp) thanks to Rick and Morty! I can’t un-see Scary Terry now – “You can run but you can’t hide, bi***!”. Sorry Freddy Krueger.

Check our A Nightmare on Elm Street merch here.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Like every good little Goth growing up I must have watched this Tim Burton classic at least 784837 times!
At some point I had a DVD that gave me the option of changing the language and I remember watching it in Italian, Spanish and French out of curiosity to see if the songs sounded better (the Italian ones are pretty cool, sang by an Italian singer called Renato Zero who looks just like Professor Snape! Google it if you don’t trust me).

But the best version of the song ‘This is Halloween’ is not in Italian, Spanish or French. And it’s not even the original… it’s this awesome cover by Marilyn Manson taken from the album Nightmare Revisited.

 

Check our The Nightmare Before Christmas merch here.

The Addams Family (1991)

There are many reasons why I LOVE this movie: it’s extremely funny thanks to its dark humour, Angelica Huston as Morticia Addams and Christina Ricci’s Wednesday simply mirror exactly how I feel towards people 98% of the time and gifted the world with meme material for the rest of our lives. You’re welcome, Internet.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Oh dear Tim Burton, thank you for this movie! It’s simply one of the greatest movies of all time.
Did you know that Winona Ryder and Johnny Depp were happily engaged at the time they were filming this movie? That probably helped portraying the love and connection between Edward and Kim.
Also, am I the only one that is still upset about these two breaking up?!? #WinonaForever.

Coraline (2009)

Simply a great movie – brilliant soundtrack, bizarre characters, interesting story and creepy villain… the perfect recipe for a Halloweeny movie.

I’ve dressed up as the Coraline doll a few times for Halloween – any excuse to wear a yellow raincoat!

 

Casper (1995)

Do I need to say spoiler alert if I talk about the ending of a movie that came out 24 years ago? I will just in case – ***SPOILER ALERT***

Ok, let’s talk! Casper shouldn’t be a kids’ movie, kids’ movies should have a happy ending right? This is like if in Beauty and the Beast the Beast dies despite Belle crying and saying she loves him. Not cool. Not cool…

But still, a classic and a must see this Halloween. Just keep some tissues nearby.


The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Growing up I was TERRIFIED of clowns thanks to my older brother who let me watch IT with him when I was only 5 years old – thanks bro! Even now I’m still scared of clowns but I got over how terrifying Pennywise the Dancing Clown is thanks to The Rocky Horror Picture Show! To see Tim Curry (aka Pennywise in the original IT movie) dancing and singing in fishnet tights and heels as Dr. Frank-N-Furter made it impossible for me to take Pennywise seriously again.

This cult classic is a must see, not scary, but great fun!

Check our IT – The Movie merch here.

The Exorcist (1973)

Absolutely terrifying, still makes me jump despite how many times I’ve seen it.
Even scarier when you find out it’s based on real life events and start reading all the urban legends about the set and the movie itself being cursed

Beetlejuice (1988)

Once again thank you Tim Burton for another brilliant movie! Beetlejuice turned 30 last year and it’s still a must see! And what a cast: Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Catherine O’Hara (the mum from Home Alone in case you didn’t know) and Winona Ryder as Lydia are simply amazing! And it gives us so many ideas for Halloween costumes

Check our Beetlejuice merch here.

Donnie Darko (2001):

Donnie Darko is one of my favourite movies of all time! And my huge crush on Jake Gyllenhaal doesn’t even play a part in rating this movie so highly! It’s simply brilliant… From the film’s story to its incredible soundtrack, cast and acting.

And the list could go on and on… Just to name a few:
Carrie (1976) or the remake from 2013
The Craft (1996)
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Halloween (1978)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Ghostbusters (1984)
ParaNorman (2012)
Poltergeist (1982)
Scream (1996)
Practical Magic (1998)
Friday the 13th
(1980)
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Frankenweenie (2012)

And without forgetting all the James Wan movies like The Nun, The Conjuring 1 & 2, Insidious 1, 2 & 3, Annabelle 1 & 2, Lights Out and all the Saw films. This man is an evil genius!

 

What about you? What are your must-see movies to watch in the run-up to Halloween?
We haven’t listed them? Comment below.

 

Popcorn ready? Have you checked under the bed and in the wardrobe? Everything clear?
Good let’s start this Halloween movie marathon.


Check our movies & TV merch here!

Need inspiration for your Halloween 2018 look? Check out our huge Halloween range and costume ideas here.

Happy Halloween,
🖤🎃☠️👻🦇
Elena x

Fashion, Special

Guest Blog: Chelsea O’Brien’s guide to Maternity Fashion!

 

At EMP, we work with lots of talented bloggers covering all genres from alternative fashion and Rock & Metal to Harry Potter , Disney and superheroes . Now it would be selfish to keep these talents to ourselves and didn’t share them with our lovely readers!

Today’s blog is a special one because it’s covering our lovely influencer Chelsea O’Brien’s (aka: @MummaBabyDoll ) pregnancy journey and what she wore to stay both comfortable and on brand with her awesome image! Without further ado, lets kick off Chelsea’s blog post!

2 Weeks

It’s late o’clock in the day and I’ve just finished up my daily routine of streaming to my nearly 40k followers on Twitch. For the past few years my job has been sitting at a desk making my way up into the Entertainment business, however today I got news that the next 9 months are going to be completely different. My apartment is going to be accident proofed, my mood swings are going to be crazy but more worryingly, my wardrobe is going to change. All the new clothes from EMP that I only just received for Christmas are no longer going to fit because today I found out…

I’m finally pregnant.

 

12 Weeks

 

I’m finally showing – my wardrobe needs an emergency makeover. I turn on my computer and Google: emp.co.uk and do a quick search for ‘Maternity Fashion’. I’ve been a loyal customer of EMP for 4 years now, even wearing their clothes in my first magazine feature.

As expected, a variety of fashionable maternity clothes stare back at me with all their unique ‘growing room’ abilities. Pregnancy can be difficult for a lot of women due to the changes it makes to your body. Many of my friends that have had children expressed that they needed to keep buying new clothes over and over again because “Maternity Clothes are uncomfortable and easy to grow out of.”

I’ve never had a problem with uncomfortable clothes from EMP, which is why I am here now looking at their website for the clothes that I would be wearing for the next 6 months. I pick out my first three tops:

 

Ultrasound Metal Hand Baby

Cool Mom t-shirt

 

It`s Not For Me! It`s For The Baby!

 

 

“Cool” Mom is an understatement – I’m also “Comfy” Mom and “Why would anyone go anywhere else for their Maternity Clothes” Mom. I didn’t need to worry about comfort or size with these tops, they fit and feel perfect.

My close friend just found out that she’s pregnant too – I know exactly what I’m getting her for her birthday.

 

20 Weeks

It’s time for our ‘Gender Reveal’ party. I’ve just received a package in the post that has my party attire folded neatly away inside. I can’t wait to see the reactions of my friends and family when they find out what I’m having.

I appear downstairs wearing my Which Gender? Boy or Girl? T-shirt . I’m proud to show off my top as everyone keeps complimenting me about my fashion. “Comfort and looks good?!” one of my friends exclaimed. They can’t believe the quality in just a single item of clothing – wait until they see my wardrobe…

 

34 Weeks

 

It’s the spookiest night of the year! I’m pairing up with my little girl, Rhivér for our joint Halloween costume. Using my Baby On Board long-sleeve shirt , partnered with some spooky face paint, we quickly become the highlight of the party.

 

38 Weeks

It’s almost time. I look to my side and see my ‘Hospital Bag’ all packed and ready to go with all the essentials, including our little girl’s first outfit. My emotions are all over the place but I’m mostly filled with excitement. Excited to get back to my normal size (mainly so I can explore all the new outfits that EMP have released this year), excited to be able to touch my toes for the first time in months but of course, I’m mostly excited to come home with another member of my growing family.

EMP’s Maternity clothing has made such a positive impact in my life this year, making this pregnancy 10x more comfortable for me. The worry of having a new wardrobe was blown out of existence as soon as I received my first 2 tops. By this point, I own over 70% of EMP’s Maternity and baby/kids merchandise.

Even my ‘Going Home’ clothes include a Bambi jumper and Varsity jacket to match my daughters first outfit. We’re going to make a great looking pair as we take our first steps out into the World together.

 

 

 

Thank you, EMP.

Signing Off,

Chelsea O’Brien aka: MummaBabyDoll (Instagram: @MummaBabyDoll)

 

 

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Gift ideas for a TV series and movie addict!

Finding Xmas presents for your friends and loved ones can be a pain sometimes and the risk of getting stressed out and gradually turning into The Grinch is pretty high! And that would suck as you’d be killing the Christmas spirit… kind of defeating the whole purpose of getting gifts in the first place right?!? It should be a pleasure and a way to show your dear ones that you care and thought about them – not a dreadful task you can’t wait to get done with.

Luckily if you’re looking for the perfect gift for a TV series and movie lover, the hunt for it could be easier than you think (and quite fun thanks to the variety of fan merch that exists out there…)

My personal suggestion is not to stress worrying about sizes or “right fits” and to play it safe with these (and more) homeware gift ideas for a TV show and Film nerd – including Funko POP!s, home decorations, posters, doormats, pillows, lamps, accessories and MORE!

I’ve picked a selection of my favourite items from some of the cult TV programs and big screen classics and must sees!

Let’s start with gift ideas for a TV series addict:

 

STRANGER THINGS

The trailer for Stranger Things S3 went live a few days ago and we know that “in the summer of 1985, the adventure continues” – but here we literally can’t wait for summer 2019 to see what’s happening next to Eleven and the rest of the Hawkins’ gang.

This Xmas you can ease the pain of the wait for a Stranger Things fan by gifting them one of the following items/must haves:

                  

 

Demogorgon (chase edition possible) Funko POP – Vinyl figure 428 / Damn Good Babysitter – Steve Harrington poster / Steve with bandana Funko POP – Vinyl Figure 642

Coffee and Contemplation mug / Stranger Things: Music from the Neftlix Original Series – Vinyl (2 LP) / Friends don’t lie mug

 

THE WALKING DEAD

The Walking Dead is one of those TV series that you either LOVE or HATE and don’t want to invest time on.

I am personally fully addicted to it and I’ve been faithful to the show despite the ups and downs of some episodes/seasons and the fact that they keep killing all my favourite characters 🙁 (even if they’re alive and well in the comics – RIP Carl).

If you know someone who’s as passionate about this show as me these items are going to make a killer present:

                  

Negan’s Lucille – take it like a champ baseball bat / TWD Monopoly
Negan & Rick blanket / Walker Hand mug

 

 

SUPERNATURAL

Supernatural is a GREAT show. No wonder it’s still going after 14 seasons (yeah FOURTEEN – not a typo instead of a 4 or a 10). The recipe of the show includes all you need for it to be a success: humour, drama, intensity, passion, suspense and just to make everything even better it has 2 extremely handsome main characters (raise your hand if you have a crush on Dean Winchester <3)… Supernatural just has it all!

So if you’re looking for a gift for a fan of the Winchester brothers’ adventures you’re in the right place:

Sam and Dean – heat change mug / Anti Possession – Set of 2 pillow cases
Supernatural – slippers / Castiel – stuffed figurine


FRIENDS

Possibly one of the funniest TV series EVER, FRIENDS is an absolute evergreen – and thanks to Netflix and the 90s nostalgia there’s now a huge hype around it, giving us the chance to put our hands on some great merch!

Show your friends that you’re always there for them with one of these awesome presents:

Joey Tribbiani Funko POP! – Vinyl Figure 701 / How you doin’? – mugFriends logo – socks

 

 

GAME OF THRONES

So, winter is here… but ironically we have to wait until April 2019 for the final season of GOT! Whether your friend is rooting for house Stark, Targaryen, Lannister or Tyrell (or the Night King… why not?) to be sitting on the Iron Throne at the end of everything, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect gift for them here. Just a little something to help them get through winter and keep the hype up until the long awaited S9XE01 airs:

 

  

House Stark – Baking Mould / House Targaryen mug / Night’s Watch beer jug
Stark, Targaryen, Lannister, Tyrell sigils shot glasses set

 

RICK AND MORTY

Rick and Morty is without a doubt one of the most disturbing and yet brilliant TV series out there – big fan! Extremely clever in its borderline nonsense, Rick and Morty gives space and freedom to a huge selection of crazy and outrageous merchandise.

If your friend or loved one has picked up lots of random catch phrases like “it’s time to get schwifty” or “wubba lubba dub dub” or “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, biatch!” or they keep screaming “Pickle RIIIIIIICK” – then you have no choice but to get them a Rick and Morty Xmas gift, whether it makes sense to you or not:

Portal blanket / Get Swhwifty door mat / Get Schwifty hip flask
Pickle Rick Funko POP! – Vinyl Figure 333 / Meeseeks – Gift Box

 

You can find more TV series merch here – including great series like Breaking Bad, Doctor Who, Outlanders, Riverdale, Sons of Anarchy, Star Trek Discovery etc.

Not so much into TV series? No problem, let’s talk about some of the most popular movies out there!

 

 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS

One of my favourite film series without question is The Lord of the Rings – thanks J. R. R. Tolkien for writing this masterpiece <3 and to the casting director for picking Orlando Bloom as Legolas!

This Xmas give a precious gift to a Lord of the Rings fan:

One Ring – mug set / You Shall Not Pass – door mat / Elrond Funko POP! – Vinyl Figure 635

 

 

DEADPOOL

Do I even have to sell it to you? Deadpool is simply brilliant and any fan of the movies/comics surely has a great sense of humour… so why don’t you spice things up a bit and go for a fun gift like one of these? Ryan Reynolds would approve:

Deadpool – wall clock / Deadpool – Camble guy mobile holder / Cheerleader Deadpool Funko POP! – Vinyl figure 325

 

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Finding a gift for a fan of these brilliant Marvel movies/comics is pretty easy. I’m only going to say one word… GROOT.

No come on, I’m only joking (or am I?)… Our huge Guardians of the Galaxy merch range include other awesome items without solely focusing on the cutest tree ever:

Awesome Mix – door mat / Groot – cable guy mobile holder / Awesome Mix Vol. 2 LP

 

 

AQUAMAN

Jason Momoa as Aquaman was surely an interesting casting decision, “slightly” differing from the comic character, but it surely paid off! Surprisingly I don’t see Khal Drogo while looking at Momoa’s great performance and James Wan did an incredible job. It’s been interesting to see him directing something different and stepping away from horror movies for the first time in a while.

A fan on the Aquaman comics and movie (or actor :P) is going to love any of these:

NYCC 2018 – Arhur Curry Funko POP! – Vinyl Figure 243 / Aquaman Poster / Aquaman Logo socks

 

STAR WARS

I’m a BIG Star Wars geek and I love everything Darth Vader – so getting a Xmas present for me is really not that hard (just in case my Secret Santa is reading LOL). We have a HUGE selection of merch that is going to make any fan of the saga happy – whether they’d join the Dark Side or stick with the Jedi.

From adorable (but slightly annoying) Porgs, to all your favourite droids and more:

Darth Vader – A6 notebook / Lenticular Clock /
Yoda neck pillow / Porg oven glove set

 

You can of course find more movies and film series merch here – including awesome movies like Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, Jurassic Park, The Grinch, IT, Gremlins, Minions, and a HUMONGOUS selection of Disney, DC and Marvel movies…

Elena x

Fashion, Gifts, Special

Gift Ideas for Alternative Fashion Lovers

 

Typically, fashion for the Christmas season is either all about sparkly dresses for the inevitable run of Christmas parties or big wooly jumpers for mince pies with your nan. But spare a thought for those alternative types among us for whom sequins and glitter are about as alien as death metal is to your aunty Sue. If you have a Gothic type or alternative fashion fan among your nearest and dearest, then look no further for some easy gift ideas that are sure to hit the mark this Christmas.

 

For him

 

EMP Signature Collection Iron Maiden Sneakers

Everyone needs a good pair of Converse or sneakers. In fact, the more the merrier. If you know someone who basically lives in their Converse, check out our EMP exclusive sneakers with designs from loads of metal bands and TV series. These Iron Maiden sneakers have a grungy feel thanks to their graffiti-style design and are perfect for fans of the band. They’re basically a must have at gigs or festivals too.

Devil’s Plaything Boxers

 

 

I know, I know. You don’t want to be that person who always gives underwear and socks. But hear me out. There’s a good reason why pants and socks make great gifts – they’re on budget, everyone needs them, and most guys never remember to buy them for themselves. But forget tighty-whities and embarrassing ‘comedy’ prints. Instead at least amplify the cool factor with these skull and rockhand designs from EMP’s Black Premium label. This set offers three different designs made from comfy and fresh cotton. All black too, of course. If you have to give pants, at least give cool pants.

 

Sound Check Denim Jacket

 

 

Denim jackets are a wardrobe staple, and for good reason. This design from RED by EMP won’t just keep you warm but also looks really cool. The black denim jacket also has a detachable sweater hood which is ideal for the colder months and can be removed for warmer days. See, versatile! The slightly faded wash is really on trend, too. A simple black jacket is always a safe bet as a gift as it’s pretty guaranteed to match well with the recipient’s existing wardrobe and style, and can be worn for years to come.

 

Black Sabbath Tour T-shirt

 

 

If in doubt, a T-shirt is a fail-safe option. And this Black Sabbath Tour T-shirt from EMP’s Signature Collection is a great example of T-shirt that’s unique, stylish and perfect for an alternative look. It’s a well-known fact that throwing on a rock or metal band T-shirt gives instant edge to any outfit, even if you don’t actually listen to the band in question (Ramones, anyone?)… Of course this tee is ideal for fans of the classic band, but its vintage look is definitely in style in any case and will really elevate a casual outfit, especially with jeans and heavy-duty black boots.

Silver Thor’s Hammer Ring

 

 

When it comes to jewellery and accessories for men, it can be a bit tricky to know what’s going to be well received. For some inspiration, check out the range by cult brand etNox, who have loads of seriously cool and individual pieces to choose from. In general, think Celtic, Nordic or Gothic. This Silver Thor’s Hammer Ring is a really chunky and weighty ring with runic carvings around the edge and a Norse design. Everyone needs something extra to add interest to their outfit, and a couple of unique pieces of jewellery are a must-have for any alternative fashion lover.

 

Vanish Hood Hooded Sweater

 

 

It’s winter, after all, so it definitely makes sense to gift warm and cosy items rather than clothing that will have to wait until summer. But for those who wouldn’t be seen dead in a knitted jumper, a casual hoodie is a great choice. This Vanish Hood Hooded Sweater isn’t your typical boring hoodie though. Of course it’s black, with ribbed detailing on the cuffs. But it also has a cool little feature that makes it a bit more interesting, in the form of a pull-up collar with a skull print, that can keep your face warm as well as making you look pretty spooky. It also has generously-sized kangaroo pockets as you’d expect from any good hoodie.

 

 

For her

 

Ruah Vered Necklace

 

 

For a lower-budget gift or a little something extra, Gothic-inspired jewellery is the perfect finishing touch to any alternative look. To find the perfect piece, look no further than the Alchemy Gothic collection at EMP, where there are simply dozens of stunning pieces at surprisingly cheap prices. Just one gorgeous example is this Ruah Vered Necklace which features a thorny black rose entwined through a Gothic-style star shape. The matching earrings are also available if you want to make a full set. This necklace is sure to look perfect when combined with pretty much any black top or dress.

 

Bone Leggings

 

 

These Bone Leggings from Fashion Victim are both fun and flattering. A healthy dose of skulls and bones belongs in any Goth-girl or alternative chick’s wardrobe, and I feel that these quirky leggings strike the right balance and will pair really well with a long top and boots. Whether at a gig or just as a statement piece, these leggings are super versatile and useful too.

Don’t Know Where To Go T-shirt

 

 

When alternative meets Disney. Know an alternative girl who’s also into Disney? Why not combine the two with this adorable yet suitably dark Alice t-shirt? Alice has always had her darker side (did anyone else play American McGee’s delightfully twisted Alice in Wonderland game back in the day?), and this t-shirt captures that with this Gothic print and insightful quote: “If you don’t know where you want to go then it doesn’t matter which path you take.” This addition to an outfit pairs much better with black boots and Gothic accessories than with twee headbands and patent pumps.

 

Angel City Cardigan

 

 

For anyone who likes their clothes both dark and stylish, EMP’s very own brand Black Premium should be your go-to for creating cool looks for either gigs and festivals or everyday wear. At this cold time of year, a practical and cosy cardigan certainly make a great gift, and this Angel City Cardigan has the added bonus of looking pretty cool as well as being comfy and warm. The subtle all-over skulls and flowers print and the black lace segment at the top elevate this cardigan from practical to really eye-catching.

 

Destroyed Knitted Sweater

 

 

Know someone who thinks jumpers are boring or just for old people? Prove them wrong with this seriously cool Destroyed Knitted Sweater by alternative brand forplay. The jumper has a flatteringly fitted shape and a completely destroyed look. Of course your grandma is going to be desperately trying to mend it, so probably save it for the next night out or event. A jumper is a must for the winter season, but there’s no reason it can’t have a bit of a rock n’ roll attitude.

 

If you didn’t find anything you like then never fear! We have over 20,000 products in the EMP store, so why not browse through our alternative clothing for women or men, or check out our gift finder to find the perfect present!