Brand Ambassador, Representative

Rep experience with British Book Art


Company: British Book Art

Months: October and November, 2018

Do you have a hobby that you wish you could spend the whole day doing?
I wish I could spend my days drawing and crocheting. I wish I could spend more time on my arts page Anan Creates.

Ever since I discovered the Britishbookart account, I have been in awe with the concept. Abbie goes hunting for books that are unsellable. She then carefully separates the pages and uses the appropriate page for the art that she has in mind. Some of the proceeds also go to cancer research. How awesome is that! I was chosen to rep for Britisbookart for the 2 months of October and November, 2018. This was my first time as a rep but Abbie was so sweet and helpful that I had a great time.

She offered to make an original art work for me of my choice. It was such a special thing that I knew I had to get something from Gilmore Girls for it. I requested for Rory Gilmore holding a stack of books with the quote “what she tackles she conquers”. Abbie made my Rory Gilmore painting on a page of Pride and Prejudice. It is very difficult to find any merchandise related to Gilmore Girls in India. I was lucky that Abbie is a GG fan herself. She captured Rory’s spirit beautifully.

The ‘Hogwarts in Autumn’ is a print on the Death Day Party page from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The Hogwarts castle is a wonderful addition to my Harry Potter paraphernalia. Being the huge Potterhead, I can never have enough of HP related merch. It is these handpicked pages that make the paintings feel special. She also sent to me a bookmark featuring Mathilda sitting on a pile of books wondering what to read next. It perfectly describes most of us bibliophiles with unruly TBRs.

Abbie has original art, art prints, cushion covers and bookmarks on her etsy store. She is open to customisation too.  She makes a wide variety of bookmarks customised to exactly what you have in mind. Abbie is the nicest person and I really enjoyed my time being a rep for her.

If you could have any merchandise customised, what would you pick?

Tell me in the comments below or on my Instagram @the_food_and_book_life

Brand Ambassador, Representative, subscription box

Book Subscription Box- IAAK Harry’s Wondrous World July Box


Curator: IAAK

Month: July, 2018

Theme: Harry’s Wondrous World

Price: Rs. 2799/-

Harry’s Wondrous World IAAK July Box

As you know I started by Subscription box journey with Books N Beyond in September 2017. I then subscribed to the Aurora Box of Dreams October box, The IAAK December box and the Aurora Box of Dreams January box. I had decided that I would stop subscribing for a while because they don’t come cheap and I felt like I had spent a bit too much on merchandise ever since I started bookstagramming. But July being my birthday month, I wanted to gift something to myself. July is also Harry Potter month and I love that it coincides with my birthday. I wanted to combine the two and when I saw that IAAK had a Harry Potter themed box for July, I jumped at the chance… Or I should have because by the time I actually went on their website to order, the boxes had been sold out. But the birthday luck was with me and they reopened bookings due to popular demand and I made sure that I ordered mine in time and I just couldn’t wait to receive the box.

I ordered the premium box which promised to have a Five Star Funko, a Funko Plush and other officially licensed HP goodies while the Standard box did not have the Funko Plush. According to their sneak peaks, the Funko Plush were a choice between Hermione, Dumbledore, Dobby, Harry, Ron and Voldemort. IAAK was nice enough to ask us to comment on their post asking about our choices and I gave mine as Hermione, Dobby or Voldy.

For the Five Star Funko, the choices were Hermione with a book, wand, and feather; Harry with a Hogwarts letter, wand, and Hedwig; Dumbledore with Fawkes and a wand; Ron with Scabbers, a wand, and a chocolate frog; and Hagrid with a cake and his pink umbrella. I chose Hermione here. The boxes were to be shipped during the last week of July and I was to go on a holiday in the first week of August. So I was hoping against hope that I receive the box before I left and before my birthday month got over and I did! Ah the bliss when things work out for a change!

Here is what the box contained-

  1. A 5 Star Funko Hermione complete with a wand, a feather and a ‘Hogwarts: A History’ book. Typical Hermione!
  2. A Dobby Funko Plushie. He is cuter than what any of us imagined in the books and the Dobby from the movies! I love him.

    The Funko Products
  3. A blind Funko Keychain where mine had Hedwig. So tiny and cute!
  4. Stickers by @enchanted.marks in the shape of Hagrid, Hagrid’s famous cake and a baby Mandrake.
  5. Dumbledore’s Army sign-up sheet, group photographs, Daily Prophet and prints from @enchanted.marks again.

    Goodies from Enchanted Marks
  6. A hologram notebook with Harry Potter’s profile overlaid with symbolism from the Potter world.
  7. Cork coasters representing all four Hogwarts houses (I’m Gryffindor BTW).
  8. Harry Potter stationary kit that contained a pen, a pencil, an eraser, a sharpener and a scale. Where was this when I was in school?!

Harry Potter Stationary and House Pride Coasters

I loved all of the goodies and as always, the customer service by IAAK was impeccable.

I had a great birthday month anticipating and then opening and reveling in all the Harry Potter-ness. IAAK is soon to turn one and I can’t wait to see what they have planned for us in the future.

Have you subscribed to boxes yet?

What are your favourites?

Tell me in the comments below or on my Instagram @the_food_and_book_life