Sunday, 24 July 2016

All Hyped Up: Hyper Japan Festival 2016!

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If I had to choose between all of the conventions in the world, it would have to be Hyper Japan. It's the perfect place for all those Japan-lovers out there whether you're into fashion, "kawaii" culture, food, manga, or just Japan in general... They have everything you could possibly imagine. I can't explain how excited I was for it - I've spent the previous month figuring out what to wear and organising everything. I also bought those Sailor Moon nails I've been eyeing up from my last blog post, and couldn't wait to pair it with my new MA*RS dress! Pssst, I'll be doing a review on the nails very shortly.

The event was held at Olympia this time round (much better than last winter's) so all of the stalls were back to back and I didn't have to walk for miles to go from one place to the other. It was super hot at the venue and it felt like I didn't have enough time to visit each and every stall, however I did have plenty of time to catch up with friends! I saw so many people there and it made me miss being able to travel to London on a whim. What made me really happy was that a few people approached me saying that they read my blog and followed me on instagram/fb. It was the happiest feeling ever and I'm so glad you read my blog!
I brought my DSLR with me so that I could get used to snapping photos, but my love was taking most of them as 90% of the pictures were of me and my friends. Whoops! Maybe I could have more practice the next time round.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Cuteness Overload: Agejo & Himekaji Summer Wishlist!


Lately I've been trying to sprinkle a bit of cuteness into my everyday life - I rotate phone cases every so often and my colleagues at work always comment on them saying how cute they are which makes me really happy! My next step is to start wearing false nails or make my natural ones look pretty, so I've been looking around on the internet and found these Sailor Moon nails by LhouraiisShop which led me to make a cute wishlist for the summer.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Agejo Gyaru on a Budget

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image source: ma*rs

I've been staring at this screen for goodness knows how long trying to think of the best way to explain how to do agejo gyaru on the budget, but the lines between doing that and just gyaru on a budget in general is quite blurred as many of the same things apply. I wrote about how to do gyaru on a budget a few years ago and I still follow those pointers, so I have decided instead to create outfits for less than £100 to give you an idea on how to put everything together with a few tips at the end!

To give you a breakdown of agejo - it is one of the sexier styles of gyaru and well known for its lacy stockings & "lingerie" aspects, but over the past couple of years it has toned down to what we now know as ane agejo. I'm going to be creating coords that could work with both styles - after all, you could simply tone these outfits down and your hair and makeup to make it go from agejo to ane agejo. To make it easier I've also labelled which ones are better for work/uni/college/etc, days out and nights out.


Sunday, 3 July 2016

Is That... The Sun?! June Gyaru Meet!

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Hayfever sucks when you're gyaru - everytime I tried to line my waterline & touch up my eye makeup it just washes away with tears and boy I got frustrated. It was for a once in a blue moon kind of event; I was going to a gyaru meet! This made me think back to all of those years ago where I'll be going out nearly every month to see my gyaru friends but work life has gotten in the way so I really needed to look my very best this time. The old excitement of looking for inspiration on tumblr returned, and I also tried out a new hairstyle for the first time in a very long time.

The plan was to go for a picnic but as soon as we saw that it was going to be stormy we opted out and instead headed to Mr. Taro for some food. I absolutely love this place, but this time I only got some gyoza as I had a cheeky McDonalds on the train beforehand (bad, I know, but I was so hungry!). There were only three of us at the time so we waited at Mr. Taro before giving up and heading over to Art Box in Covent Garden. I was really happy when I saw that Tofu Cute were opening a section within the store in London and it didn't take long to persuade Amber & Emma to go there. 

Sunday, 26 June 2016

One Item Five Ways: Floral Denim Shirt

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Summer is finally here in the U.K. Shocking, right? I can't actually remember the last time we had a proper summer so I'm making the most of the warm(er) weather. But everytime summer comes around I find myself itching to buy new clothes and I'm trying my very hardest not to splurge too much and to find ways to make do with what I already have. I'm also trying to find ways to do gyaru without buying brand because I can't bear the thought of shipping and custom fees... Luckily this year I'm achieving my goal of doing more gyaru-kei style (which is a surprise as I'm such a brand whore) and it's quite refreshing!

Today I'm featuring this floral detailed denim shirt from Primark. I've been wanting to buy a cute denim shirt for ages but couldn't seem to find one until I clapped eyes on this beauty. Sure it's cheap and probably won't last long, but it's good enough for now. Anyway, onto the one item five ways!

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