Showing posts with label Interview. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Interview. Show all posts

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Marshmallow Dreams Maids


Hello every Cutie, 

Today I have a super Kawaii interview with The Marshmallow Dreams Cafe Maid's! Today am talking to
Head Maid Keara Chan or as her Maids call her Manger or Mama Chan/ Kira Chan. Kyaaa- Wow that is a lot of nicknames!


Not only is Maid Kira super Kawaii , she has lived in Japan, while teaching English. After coming Home from Japan she decided to recreate a Japanese attraction of the cute Maid cafes based in Scotland and its starting to prove very popular already.  A cute set up with a small team of maids well there is 12 of these cutie's, that attend expo's and conventions around Scotland .


So Let's get to know more about the Marshmallow Dreams Cafe maids with Kira Chan! Yatta!
copyright Princess peachie/MarshmallowDreamMaidsCafe

Kira Chan,first off thank you for taking part in the Kawaii time interview!
Can you tell us a little about yourself and about staying in Japan?

Hi everyone! I'm a 23 year old Post Grad Publishing student from Glasgow. 

I lived in Japan for a year where I taught English. I stayed two hours from Tokyo in a lovely, rural area called Gunma. I was lucky enough to meet many friends and see much of Japan that most tourists don't get to see!

Okay not every one knows of these Maid Cafes are, So can you tell us what a Maid cafe is for those who have never heard of them?

Very simply, a Maid Cafe is somewhere you can go and relax while being served with kawaii girls dressed up as maids! Japanese love everything to do with France, and the idea of butler and maid cafes came from there. It is completely innocent and enjoyed by both female and males alike!
They usually serve basic comfort food decorated cutely.


Ah okay ! Did you go to a Japanese Maid cafe in Japan ,what was your experience like?

I went to a few Maid Cafes, and I really enjoyed the experience! As the rumours say, you don't go to a Maid Cafe for the food, but their sundaes are great! Sadly it is restricted to take photos in many of these cafes.

Okay so why did you decide- Japanese cafe maids and what was your motivation and inspiration?

I had always liked the idea of opening a Maid Cafe in Scotland because in the last five years cosplay has become very popular. There are a lot of events and conventions happening, especially in Glasgow.
I had planned to wait a few years, but after being asked my friend to run a Maid Cafe at Shiwasu-con last December, I realised there was a demand for a Maid Cafe in Scotland!

My inspiration comes from the cute maids in Akihabara and one of my favourite animes, Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Ah! *nods* So how did the'' Marshmallow Dreams Maids'' get their name?

I was toying with different names, similar to Lolita dresses, which are always very cute and elegant. I wanted to use the Japanese word "yume" which means dream. My friend was talking about a song about Marshmallows, and the two just came together! Marshmallow Dreams! It sounds soft, fluffy and cute, just like our maids!


Kyaa that is way to cute! What is your set up like when you have a Cafe? And can you tell us what to expect from coming to see you and the maids at an event or convention.


We try to imitate the Maid Cafes of Akihabara as closely as possible. We greet the customers with "Okaerinasaimase, goshujin-sama/ojou-sama!" which means "Welcome home, master/ my lady!"
This is the traditional Maid Cafe greeting. We then seat our customers and tell them about our menu- we usually have three different types of cafe and three different types of tea. I make cupcakes for the cafe, and our maid Jamm-chan makes other cakes.
We decorate the guest's plate with a sauce of their choice, for example chocolate or strawberry. We then do a special "moe" chant over the food before they are allowed to eat it. Each maid will have their own moe chant to fit their personality!
While the guests are relaxing, we play games with them- such as Janken (Japanese rock, paper, scissors), noughts and crosses or a question game where they try and guess something about the maid serving them.
Once the customer has finished, we escort them from the cafe and bow, wishing them a safe journey home.
Our maids also say other things in Japanese, such as thank you!


Oh wow that sounds like so much fun! eee~
How many maids do you have on the team and what sort of customers do you get?


We currently have 12 maids including myself. I am very lucky to have so many cute maids on the team, each has her own distinctive style!
We get many customers- some know what we do, others want to find out. We have been visited by groups of friends, couples, and people on their own.
At our first event we had some guys who were very confused by what was going on! It's funny to see different people's reactions.


And Are you all dressed the same or can the maids wear other colours?


At the moment we all dress differently. The maids wear their own costumes, but we are working hard so we can buy a matching Marshmallow Dreams uniform for everyone!

Aww so cute - Can't wait to see these new outfits!
Do the Maids have characteristics and different personality when they are being maids ?


Yes. The maids have the option of being themselves or changing their personality. It's only natural to act a little different in that environment. Personally I act a lot cuter and more confident!


How would you like to see the Marshmallow Dreams maids cafe in say a year's time and then in 3 years time?

Our goal for a year's time is to have our matching maid uniform.
Three year's time is a long while away! But I would like to think we would be much more well known on social media, serve at many events and conventions in the UK, and hold our own regular cafe event.




Sounds like a good plan,Tell us what would be your ideal dream Cafe set up be ?


It would be my dream to have a Cafe decorated very cutely, possibly with a Hello Kitty theme! We would serve afternoon tea as well as traditional Maid Cafe food like omurice!
I would love to have a cafe joined together with a 2nd hand Japanese fashion shop, like Closet Child. 





Wow,well every one! There you have had a cute insight to the kawaii world of the  Marshmallow Dreams Maids!
It sounds like a super fun service that will be popping up around and about in Scotland's Events and conventions. 
The Team of maids all look adorable and I cant wait to see what creative and cuteness they plan to bring to the cafe events. And you guys do not need to wait long for the next up coming event this year in June. 
Event details found here!
However,  If you can not make that event then you can keep up to date with all them Maids on Facebook here  and they have their own website which is also found on this link here!

I hope you all enjoyed the Interview every one and hope to see you at a Marshmallow Maid cafe event soon!

Tartan 





Friday, 21 February 2014

Kawaii Interview time with Raine


Hello every cutie! Hope you are all well! Today I have a Kawaii interview with the lovely Raine!

I do apologise my blog has been rather silent due to not being able to upload much , as my laptop is away for repairs! 
Am also struggling to see and use this machine and I am left here hoping that my lap top will be ready sometime next week *sobs* I really miss it! So until I will try and get as many as my back logged post up. Now let's get on  with the interview!
Today we are interviewing Raine, who likes Manba Japanese styles. Lets get on with the interview!



So Raine ,First off when and how did you get into Kawaii culture?

It was when I moved to America when I was younger. That was when I discovered anime/manga. The first friend I made through my parents was into the Japanese culture. She introduced me to kawaii anime/manga. I was introduced to cute characters as well as cute fashions. From there I looked at magazines, discovered more styles. It wasn't until I moved back to London that I learnt about other subcategories of kawaii style. I investigated and tried out various styles until I found out where I stood.


What did you find are the things that appealed to you in Kawaii Culture?
The fun colours, the various fun styles. You could combine so many accessories and different clothing styles. With the Kawaii Culture you're unlimited to what you want to do. There really isn't so much of a what you can/can't do which is great. To be a part of the kawaii culture is such an enjoyment unlike being part of a different style culture. 

Ah I see!, So what does Kawaii mean to you?
Being Kawaii to me means enjoying the cute side of life. It's bringing out your inner child, not being afraid of them. Life doesn't have to be black and white. It's about enjoying as you only have one life to live. Kawaii is something that everyone can do and experience. That's what Kawaii means to me. 


Great! Do you have a fashion that you would say is Kawaii and can you tell us a bit more about it?
My fashion that I consider to be Kawaii is Manba. It's got the brightness and fun qualities of being a kawaii fan. The pastel colours that could belong with fairy kei along with bright neon colours. Two of my favourite types of colours. There is also the vibrant makeup that goes along with the style that helps you to stand out even more against the crowd. I think being Manba means that you have a lot more fun and greatly express your kawaii self. 

WOW, ooh okay and What advise would you give readers to finding their styles?
Explore! Don't just find one style and stick to it, you've got to keep an open mind. If all of a sudden you find that the style you've been trying out isn't for you then don't give up. Move onto something else. Experiment as well. Take bits from one style and see if you can mix it up with the new style you're trying out.  I would also say don't go buying everything at once. 
When you're trying to find your style, it doesn't mean you have to buy an excessive amount. It could be that the style you tried didn't work and then you've just spent lots of money on clothes you wouldn't wear again. Maybe about 5 clothes items would be a good start. A good amount to also mix and match to see what works for you.  

Can you tell us where do you shop for your style and is it easy to find things?
For my style I usually go to thrift stores and see what I can find. With some of my old clothes, I sometimes alter them and create something new. Camden Town is one of my favourite places to look for clothes and accessories to add to my collection. I also buy my stuff from online such as ebay, etsy and storeenvy.

What brands of make up do you like?
I'm not a fan of super heavy foundations and such so I stick to light brands such as Natural from Boots and Bare Minerals. I don't like spending a ridiculous amount on cosmetics if I can help it so I usually go for store brands. 

What styles would you say influence you?
Manba and Fairy Kei. I like to try to mix the two of them together when I can.  

How do you feel when wearing your outfits or kawaii things?
Relaxed and happy. I feel so comfortable and myself. I don't have to worry about how others see me as I know how I feel when I have my outfit and kawaii items around and that's what's important to me. 


Since being into Kawaii Culture would you say the way you do some things like your hair and make up, have they changed over time?
My makeup style has changed a lot but hair wise the only thing to change has been my hair colour. I have also gotten a preference to wearing wigs rather than dealing with my actual hair. 

Heehee, What kind or anime or manga do you like and what would you recommend to some one?  
I'm really open minded when it comes to anime/manga. I do however prefer ones with a bit of sci-fi, action/adventure in them. I usually always suggest Gundam Wing as a anime to watch for those who love sci-fi.

Do you like any Japanese Cute Music what do you listen too?
Don't listen to much cute music. If I do it's usually the openings or closing themes to animes. The only Cute Japanese artist I can say that I listen to Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. 

The tought question here but who would you pick Sanrio or San X ?
San X. I've only really started to love the Sanrio characters. When I was first introduced to the Kawaii world my friend introduced me to San X first. I would buy everything with San X characters on it especially a lot of stationary for school. 

And who would you say is your most loved Kawaii Character?
That's difficult to say because I don't have just one. I love Sanrio, San X and another of my favourites is Disney. I can't just have the one most loved as I love them all equally. If I had to choose one however...I would definitely go with Disney's Stitch. 

Have you made or created your own Kawaii inspired stuff? (eg cosplay, outfit, deco-den ect ect .)
Nails and cute little figures made out of polymer clay. I stopped because I'm not a very D.I.Y person though I am getting into it a little more. I have plans to make my own cosplays and one day I would like to create my own outfit. 

Awesome ,Where is your most fave place to shop for Kawaii ?
YesStyle.com That site has so many kawaii clothes and accessories that I wish I could have. From time to time I like to buy items from there. All of which I can incorporate to my style.

Do you have a Kawaii Idol or some one that inspires you?

I have several. For the fairy kei style I would say that Fetsu-Chan is my all time favourite person to look to for inspiration. She's so cute and her style is just too amazing to describe. I love the fact that she's so creative when it come to mix and match. 

For the Manba style I look to the old group Angeleek. Each member of that group has their own interpretation of the style and it's great to see that even though they all share the same style the all somehow make it suitable for themselves in their own way.

And finally if I was a kawaii fairy and could grant you 3 wishes -What would you wish for ?

My 3 Kawaii wishes would be for me to be able to incorporate my kawaii style into everything that I do. That I would be able to be more Kawaii D.I.Y. and to make loads of Kawaii styled friends.  


Hehe! 


Thank you so much for your time and taking part in the interview Raine! It was great to know more about you and your own kawaii style!


Tartan <3 xox

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Kawaii Interview with Elegant Poupée

Hey every one- I hope you are all looking forward to my Kawaii Interviews with kind hearted Kawaii souls around the world who have wanted to take part !
Today we have the very elegant Lolita Sapphira , A British Lolita who is know living in Japan!Got to say I do like reading up on her blog, and I like her elegant Lolita style , She is so Kawaii!
so when I got a  message from her wanting to take part and that she reads my blog *waves* I was a bit blown away. So here we go lets get on with the interview then!
Hello Sapphira and thank you for taking part in my Kawaii series of interviews!
Lets get started!
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Sapphira, I am from West Sussex in the UK and I now live in
Tokyo, Japan. I'm a classical lolita and my favourite brands are
Innocent World and Jane Marple.

(copyright Elegant Poupée.) Sapphira looks so Kawaii!
First off when and how did you get into Kawaii culture? The band MALICE MIZER was the starting point for me. I discovered them when I was in sixth form (high school) and from that I began to learn more about Japanese bands, fashion, anime, art etc. I also decided that I wanted to live in Japan someday! What did you find that appealed to you in Kawaii Culture? Ever since I can remember I was always interested in old fashioned and romantic things. As a child my favourite books were Anne of Green Gables, Little Women and The Secret Garden, and I still love them and read them to this day.The thing I like best about kawaii culture is the celebration of innocence and sweetness that we don't have a chance to see or enjoy much these days in the West. What do Kawaii mean to you personally ? To me, it's about expressing the best part of yourself. As we already know, you are a very elegant Lolita, Which I would say its a Kawaii fashion in many ways, In what way would you say its Kawaii to you? The kawaii point of classical lolita is it's subtlety and gentleness. It doesn't stand out as much as it's sister styles like gothic lolita or sweet lolita, but it has a quiet cuteness. How do you feel when wearing your outfits or kawaii things? Happy! Since being into lolita would you say the way you do some things likes of your hair and make up ,Have they changed over time? The biggest change was my fringe (bangs). I had one when I was small and grew it out before starting secondary school. When I started to like Japanese fashion I noticed that most girls have fringes and I really liked how it looked, so I cut one for myself. These days I still love fringes and I'm still carefully cultivating mine! What would you say is your most ''must have'' make up item and why? For me it's blusher/cheek. Pink cheeks look so cute and doll-like! When I do my makeup I always leave the cheeks until last, I feel like it's the finishing touch that really makes a difference. How are you enjoying life in Japan? It's wonderful! Every day I feel so lucky and glad to be living here. What have been your highlights while being in Japan?
The best parts have been attending the Innocent World 15th Anniversary Fashion Party, being featured in the KERA snap and also a GLB snap, and doing a one day shop staff at Fushigi no Mori no Youhinten (Fairy wish shop). These are all dreams come true! How much would you say does the UK differ when it comes to cute/Kawaii in Japan.? In Japan, kawaii is part of every day life. All sorts of things come in cute packages, from eye drops to battery chargers. Each ward/prefecture has it's own kawaii mascot, and clothing generally has a more cute look, even casual, everyday clothing. In the UK, cuteness basically just associated with children and old ladies, whereas in Japan it's for everyone. Here is a question for you would you say Japan is more accepting about Kawaii things than the UK.? Yes, I think so. Kawaii is a Japanese concept and we don't have the same way of thinking in the UK. Having said that I still received mostly positive reactions to my way of dressing from people in the UK, even if they had no idea what sort of style it was, and I have had some bad reactions from some Japanese people when I said I liked lolita fashion... so of course it varies from person to person. Generally speaking though, if you don't go to an extreme like lolita, I would say Japan is more accepting of kawaii things. If you could recommend a Kawaii place or venue to see in Japan what you suggest? I would definitely recommend Disney Sea. The buildings are really beautiful and you truly feel like you're in another world. Although you might think that as this is Disney you won't be getting a very Japanese experience, actually there is only one Disney Sea so it is unique to Japan. There are two special characters for Disney Sea, Duffy and Shellie May who are very cute teddy bears. You can only get their merchandise there! Also, Disney merchandise in Japan is specially made for that market and includes a lot of items aimed at adults like homeware, accessories, clothing etc that is so much cuter than what you can get in other countries. Woah it sounds so wonderful!*takes notes* What kind or anime or manga do you like and what would you recommend to some one? I like anime with beautiful visuals and an interesting story, especially with a historical angle. Versailles no Bara, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Gankutsuou, and Mononoke are some of my favourite series. If you haven't seen it already, I would recommend Versailles no Bara because it's a classic, and even though it blends fact and fiction it brings history to life in a very vivid way. Do you like any Japanese Cute Music what do you listen too that readers might like to check out? I like Kokusyoku Sumire! I think they are cute and very talented, not only with their music but also their image. Their sound is quite unusual so at first I found it a bit strange, but after a few listens I really got into it. Here a tough question for you...Who would you pick Sanrio or San X San X. I especially like Kutusita Nyanko, and generally the colours San X use are a bit more subtle and gentle than Sanrio's so it appeals to my classical taste. YAY I love Kutusita Nyanko too!
But who would you say is your most loved Kawaii Character ? I love Regent-kun (Kapibara-san's friend). He dyes his fur purple to stand out from the other capybaras and makes motorcycle sounds as he walks along. I really like his rebel spirit and his sense of style. I live near a motorcycle shop so I think about him every time I pass there! I also love Duffy (Disney Sea mascot), he's the cutest teddy bear ever! Kyaa those charaters sound so cute!! Have you made or created your own Kawaii inspired stuff and can you tell us more about it? (eg cosplay,corrd's outfit, deco-den ect ect .) I like to make hair accessories and customise hats. In the future I want to start making dolls and also to make more clothes. Wow, I look forward to seeing those..Do you have a Kawaii Idol or some one that inspires you? I admire Sachi from Kokusyoku Sumire very much. Looking at her pictures inspired me to become a lolita, and I still think she the most perfect person to wear the style. And finally ,If I was a Kawaii Fairy and could gran you 3 wishes what would you wish for ! My first wish would be that my fringe would always be perfect, even in a wind storm. My second wish would be for magic eyelash glue that doesn't come unstuck until you want it to, and then would simply fall off when you blink. My third wish would be for super flexible arms so I could do various kawaii hairstyles more easily! Thank you very much for interviewing me, I really enjoyed answering these questions and they made me think of some things I hadn't considered before about the nature of kawaii and classical lolita. Thank you so much for taking part  Sapphira!
If you loved my Kawaii Interview with Sapphira then you can catch up with her and her Kawaii adventures on Facebook and her Blog! If you want to take part in a Kawaii Interview with me and be featured on my blog give me a shout on Tartan Kawaii's Facebook.

Stay Kawaii
<3 Tartan xox

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Kawaii Interview time!

Hey every one today I have a interesting post for you all, I will be doing a few of these Kawaii Interviews with many volunteers around the world who wanted to take part! This is my way of getting others thoughts and feeling on Kawaii Culture to share with you.
Today am interviewing some one who is a lolita and Kawaii fan in the UK. Every one meet Suzanne!
So let's get on with the interview! Nyaa!

Hey there Suzanne, Thank you so much for taking part lets start with your set of Questions, I can not wait to hear your answer's . This is going to be so much fun!!

Suzanne looks so Kawaii even her pets are super cute too! Kyaa!



First off when and how did you get into Kawaii culture?

I have always loved Japan from as long as I can remember. I can remember my parents travelling there when I was just tiny about 4 or 5. I cherished the gifts they brought me back from there and I loved everything Japanese from that point on. I attended high school in Michigan, USA in the 80s and I was in love with J-Pop idols like Seiko Matsuda. I especially loved their cute fashion sense and use of adorable accessories. I travelled to Japan later in my life and I loved Harajuku street fashion especially. I knew then that I had kawaii in my soul! My first Hello Kitty item was purchased by my great-aunt (my grandfather’s sister) who got me a stationary set in like 1981!

Woaah! That so interesting, What did you find that appealed to you in Kawaii Culture?

I think mostly the colours, characters and just overall emphasis on cuteness is the draw for me. I love that is innocent, childlike and just completely adorable. When I see kawaii things I feel happy!

Can you tell me what do 'Kawaii' mean to you?

To me, kawaii is obviously cuteness but it also sort of a freedom. By freedom, I mean it is very freeing to feel like you can dress, accessorise and be as cute as you want to be! Kawaii culture seems to transcend barriers that are present in many fashions, such as age, sex, size, race, religion – kawaii is completely non-judgemental and can be adapted to suit your own personal style very easily. I believe that with kawaii anyone can be themselves and the fashion is about going outside the norm and doing it in a way that expresses your cuteness!

Do you have a fashion that you would say is Kawaii and can you tell us a bit more about it?

My fashion is probably a mix of different Lolita styles (mainly sweet, classic, princess) with a touch of Fairy Kei mixed in. I adore pastel prints and sweet themes but I also appreciate the simple designs of a classic Lolita look too.

What styles would you say influence you?

I would have to say Lolita and decoden are my favourite style types but I do love the looks of Fairy and Visual Kei styles as well. The pastel colours and cute themes on the clothing and accessories just draw me. There are designers I love as well like Anna Sui (who is also from Detroit) and she makes the amazing things! I am also influenced by Japanese Lolita brands like Angelic Pretty and Baby the Stars Shine Bright. Bodyline has many pieces that I like and it is a good place to start for staples to build your wardrobe in a cost effective way. Bodyline and Fan+Friend also offer many larger size to fit our Western body types.

How do you feel when wearing your outfits or kawaii things?

Wearing kawaii fashions and accessories make me feel happy and put me in a fun mood. I feel confident and pretty when I wear kawaii things.

HeeheeKawaii!!,
Since being into Kawaii Culture would you say the way you do some things likes of your hair and make up ,Have they changed over time?
Overall my style has not changed a great deal. I still like the same basic things (pastel colours and sweet things with a slight touch of bling). I have had some train wreck co-ords and I have looked like Lolita roadkill on occasion, but hey we all get it wrong sometimes!

Part of the beauty of the fashion is that anything goes and you have the freedom to be what you want! So it you can have fun with fashion! I think that fashion is meant to be fun and whimsical! Who wants to look like everyone else anyway? Not me!

Okay, What kind or anime or manga do you like and what would you recommend to some one?
I used to adore manga – especially those with romantic story lines but anime has to be my favourite! I remember seeing anime productions from Studio Ghibli and later Akira in the late 80s and just thought they were incredible. I don’t think there has been one anime production from Studio Ghibli that I have disliked! I would recommend any of their films to anyone who has not watched anime before. My Neighbour Totoro is the best place to start but all of the productions by this team are very unique and lovely! I would also recommend an iPhone/iPad/iPod app called Anime Lib (short for anime library). That app is amazing and has thousands of anime series titles you can watch directly from your Apple device without downloading it streams well via wifi or 3G with no annoying buffering.

Do you like any Japanese Cute Music, what do you listen too?
I like a lot of the older stuff like Seiko and Nana Kitade as they were what I grew up listening to. I also like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Koda Kumi and Perfume and many others. I quite often to listen to Kawaii Radio which is sponsored by Keep-it-Secret (who have an amazing Kawaii Club – for anyone reading this that has not joined it, you should).

Who would you pick Sanrio or San X (the 2 most well known Kawaii Characters companies in Japan.) I know its a very hard Question this...
I do love them both so that is a hard question! I guess I would have to Sanrio because I do love Hello Kitty and all of her friends!

And who would you say is your most loved Kawaii Character?
Hello Kitty and Chococat! I love them both so much!!! 

Yay! for Hello Kitty.
Have you made or created your own Kawaii inspired stuff? (eg cosplay, outfit, deco-den ect ect .)
I have not really made much myself apart from the odd skirt or headbow but I commission a lot of pieces from UK businesses such as:
  • 8th Sin Creations – for lovely accessories and amazing decoden and Laura is expanding to clothing now and I was the first person she made a JSK for and she is currently making me a cosplay outfit to be shown off on FB soon and at MCM London!
  • Stocking Shock – for lovely Lolita everything! Fuchsia is an amazing seamstress/designer.
  • Amehsaurus Handmade Accessories – Ameh does cute litte custom pieces and one off designs – many of which are very kawaii!
  • Rocking Horse Designs – for cute JSKs or skirts in many character prints.
  • Facebook sales sites like Lolita Sales UK are a good places to find exact things you want at decent prices but read things carefully to avoid disappointment! I recently bought the most beautiful Angelic Pretty JSK but it is like WAY too small for me – because I did not read the post properly so read and ask questions to be sure you are getting what you want.

I have completely transformed my boring office at work to a den of kawaiiness! I am quite proud of it and it remains a work in progress! Tartan, you are featured on my door in a super kawaii outfit! I love going to work in a fun office and I am very fortunate that my boss understands my creative side! I feel happy at work and love being in there – so in a roundabout way it makes me more productive at work. Keep an eye on my FB album because I have just commissioned some pieces form 8th Sin Creations which will be added shortly!


WOW!! Your office sounds so cool!
Do you have a Kawaii Idol or some one that inspires you?
OMG! There are so many people that inspire me! Where do I begin? Many of my friends inspire me everyday! My best friend Adele is amazing and always looks gorgeous. Her co-ords always match perfectly and she pays close attention to detail. She is my inspiration to make my co-ords as perfect as I can. Adele recently won first place in the Fruits Catwalk at J-Con (2013)!

 My friend Laura has amazing sense of style and is a gothic Lolita princess, not to mention she is stunningly beautiful like a model! Laura is my go to person for anything decoden! She is the queen of amazing decoden creations!!!
You, Tartan, I love your style! You are kawaii and put your personal stamp on things with some hip hop edginess. ( 
 OMG REALLY ME?!.) 

 Venusangelic is amazing for makeup and hair tutorials; I get some great ideas from her. I also love to read Intrinsically Florrie, which is a great blog written by Florrie Clarke. It is witty and cute and has loads of good ideas in it. Plus Florrie always looks amazing mixing Lolita and vintage pieces so that she resembles a Chanel model most of time. She is a very inspirational Lolita for sure!


Okay let's Play a game . Am a Kawaii Fairy...What would you wish for if you were granted 3 Kawaii wishes?I guess they would be to be instantly smaller so I could wear more fashions direct from Japan, to have enough money to afford to go to Japan twice a year for holidays and remain happy and kawaii in spirit for the rest of my life!  This has been a super fun discussion with you, as it taken me back to my kawaii beginnings! Thanks Tartan. Stay super kawaii always!!!

N'aaaw Thank's Suzanne I really am thankful for you taking part and getting to know you much more too!


I hope you all enjoyed getting to know one other Kawaii lover and Fan on my blog.
If you want to take part in the Kawaii Interview with me please do contact me by email or on facebook okay! I cant wait to hear from you all!
<3 Tartan xox



Thursday, 7 February 2013

A Interview with Tartan Kawaii


WHOAA!
I was not kidding when I told you about things happing this year for me!
 Tom from Eye strane and I got together with a interview, I was super excited to take part cause, Well I never had a interview done about me...unless it was for a job of course, So I wanted to send you the link to the interview to check it out! 
He- He

Thank you so much Tom for giving me this chance to featured on your website!
*^__^* 
Check out the interview Here at Eye strane!

Sqweee!


Till next time 



Tartan xxx



Wednesday, 7 November 2012

BubbleGumCandyCane

Whaa! check out this Esty shop that has found its way to me,sweet sugary goodness and Kawaii overload.




''BubblegumCandycane offers super cute, dependable lolita/decora/fairy kei inspired accessories that will instantly cute up any outfit! Whether you're looking for a finishing touch to an elaborate co-ord or simply want to add a dash of cuteness to a casual outfit, there's something for everyone! ''

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Tartan meets Rainbowholic


Welcome to the Stay super Kawaii Interview,today I introduce to you Rainbowholic,this adorable young lady of sweetness,charm and of course full of Kawaii is Miss Kaila!!!

all images belong to rainbowholic

A girl who loves  and adores Rainbows and bright colour Kawaii things.
I came across Kaila Chan and her Blog on Facebook I read about her and her story,dreams and hopes.

I felt a part of me related to her and her dreams of Japan
(As I also would love to visit Japan from a young age).
She is an inspiration of mine and I  thinks she is SUPER KAWAII!

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And she is achieving so much,She is creating a Kawaii movement with her projects, Blog, DIY-Kawaii and with the help of her fans Who lover her dearly.

Tartan Kawaii  Meets Kawaii Ambassador Kaila  

Just saying could you imagen the crazy kawaii-ness we would get up to if we were to meet up in person  LOL!
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all images belong to rainbowholic


Hi there Kaila chan I'm very excited to have you be in my Blog interview,
I am a bit of a fan of yours and your blog!
so I am feeling a bit star stuck
*@__@*



Can you tell us when you started to reach your dreams and why?

I started to make a move when I finally took Japanese language lessons every Saturday during my sophomore year in college. I was just starting with my major subjects back then so it was really stressful for me but thankfully, I still managed to learn the basics of Nihongo. My older brother who has been living in Japan for almost 8 or 9 years would be biggest influencer in making me so decided that I should pursue my "Japanese dream". My family and I all witnessed how my brother established himself in a country so foreign and so out-of-reach for a struggling family like us.

 He really inspired me a lot that is why even though I had to finish four years of university first (got my first Japanse visa rejected along the way), I really went 1000% in reaching this dream. I tried applying for scholarships, etc. but I failed all of those huhuhu.
We both come from a big family that had a lot of drama (my dad was fired from his job, my mom had illness, one of my brothers got severely depressed) and I learned and matured a lot from that.. and I guess you can tell that my darkest days as a child / teenage really shaped me to be this optimistic / "gambatteru hito" (always doing her best) person.
 I'm a tough girl!

^__^
(We are glad you are a tough girl with a kawaii heart  it makes you,well you <3 )

What inspired you to make a Blog to share your adventures?

Actually, I started Rainbowholic around a year or so before I went to Japan. I used to own another personal website (which I started when I was 14? 15?) then moved to Rainbowholic afterwards. When I was in college, I tried my best updating it regularly but my course (Advertising Management) really took all of my time.... so I thought I should just wait for the day when I could finally see Japan in my own eyes. After that, I had a lot of good experiences and funny discoveries here in the land of the rising sun and I couldn't stop sharing about those! I got a lot of positive feedback and those really encouraged me to bring Japan closer to my readers and make them feel that they are also with me with my photo-heavy posts.

What do you love the most about living in Japan and how would you describe it?

There are so many good things about living in Japan but what I love most about Japan would be-- safety.
If ever you accidentally leave your bag/wallet in a train or somewhere else,Japanese people in general would not even bother to take it home.. instead, they would return it to the train staff. Also, walking alone in the middle of the night is not a scary thing to do... if it were another place, you can encounter robbers, snatchers or even rapists..? "
@_@

What would you recommend to any one to go see if they went to Japan?

Of course, I would recommend them to visit HARAJUKU!! It's the most interesting place in Tokyo because you can experience traditional Japan by visiting the Meiji shrine and witness the latest fashion trends in Takeshita Dori.

(*Takes notes*)


What the most Fun DIY-Kawaii thing you have made and what was the most challenging ?

The most fun DIY-Kawaii / Kawaii DIY would be the Rainbowholic Kuruma-chan (Kuruma=car)!
It's craaaazy!

image belongs to Rainbowholic

(Here is a photo! I love this Car @_@)

I love your Kawaii wheels that you used as a project can you tell us more about it?


About the kawaii wheels / Rainbowholic Kuruma-chan, it's actually a big group effort between my brother + our friends and me.
Since I've been doing an all-out promotion for Rainbowholic, we figured we should do something people have not witnessed before.
My brother and his wife even went back to Philippines to purchase the cheaper reflector stickers / decals because having our own design / itasha made would cost us 500% more or something like that. For less than a week, we worked on the car every single night until sunrise (since it was so HOT during summer afternoons)… and after we finished it, we had a Rainbowholic Ruckus parade in Harajuku~!

Link: See HERE!

I heard your hoping to adopt a puppy has that progressed any further?

Actually, I was very disappointed because the small dog that I wanted wasn't available any more when I applied. :"( I'd still consider adopting a puppy in the future but it would still require monetary means and currently.. I'm broke (spent it on a Hongkong trip >_<). But yeah, I still dream of owning a chocolate toy poodle!!

(KAWAII!!!!!)

Aww I hope you get your Dream puppy soon!
What's the sweetest thing a Fan has done for you and the oddest?


All of my readers are sweet but the sweetest thing that one did would be sending me a package full of letters how I had inspired her + handmade goodies and souvenirs from places she went.
 It was very touching that I weeped! Haha~

As for the oddest, I don't think I have received any odd gift yet.. :P

(Aww how sweet ^__^)

Who would you say your fashion inspiration comes from?

My fashion inspiration comes from many Japanese-related influences
(such as the kawaii character + oldskool anime culture).. also, whenever I browse through Japanese magazines such as Kera or Popteen, I also get inspiration from those.
 My fashion style is very moody so for me, it's a bit hard to tell where I really get inspired from.

What up coming projects can you share with us?

The new Rainbowholic website that I've been preparing for a month! Watch out for that since I'll be doing the coding on my own :D

(Is excited to see this,Maybe you could revamp my Blog..hehe)


Is there any other places in the world you would like to visit?

I would love to visit Paris, Seoul, Bangkok… and the list goes on! I plan to travel around the world someday =)

What your animes and mangas at the moment?

I started ONE PIECE a few months ago but I had to pause it for a while because.. it's bad for productivity hahaha.
 I used to read manga's but now, I love watching Korean dramas and movie's more (yep!).

What fashion trends do you predict that may reach over my way?(UK USA EURO)

I think that tattoo tights would be the next big trend there (haven't seen many Western look book-ers wearing those tights).
(You know I think we will be seeing those tights very soon too!)

Where do you see your self in the next few years?


In the next few years, Rainbowholic may become an actual brand / shop here in Tokyo. Seems impossible but every dream is an insane one anyway. Hehe~


And what other Dreams would you like to reach for ?

I would love to become a creative entrepreneur or a boss of my own in the future.
My ultimate dream is to go home / travel every now and then without worrying for my air plane fare.

Thank you so much for giving us some of your Kawaii time Kaila-Chan,
I am really looking forward to all your new adventures!

You can all keep up with Kaila aka Rainbowholic giving her some Twitter Love and catch up on Rainbowholic Facebook.

Stay super Kawaii
Tartan
x



Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Tartan meets the lovely Peach Nia



This is the 1st Kawaii Interview on Stay super kawaii,who I will be interveiwing Peach Nia a stunning lady with class and a huge love for animals.Please be gentle its my 1st ever Blog Interview!


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''My name is Peach Nia
I live in the north of England with my lovely husband and furbabies.
 I am a huge animal lover, vegetarian and love to make things!

Being such a huge animal lover I loathe animal testing.

I try to educate people about this kindly, without the horror stories or upsetting images, instead through kindness, love and education.


Being a crafty gal I love the idea of creating our own cruelty free products and living as chemical free in our home as we can.I adore making things, all manner of things and all manner of crafts. 

I fell in love with all the japanese cuteness 10 years ago, the fake food with faces theme really captured me. 


My crafts developed so much that I finally had my own website called dollyday.co.uk selling my cute handmade jewellery of fake chocolates and cupcakes etc. I loved it. Sadly due to illness I had to close my site so now I tend to create for friends and family and recently make things for charity which I love.

I like to dip my toe in as many crafts and give them a whirl. 


I can sew, sculpt clay, use resin, crochet and knit although I am a begginer in the last two.Through my blog I also adore to promote other women and companies that really inspire me with their creations.''



Hello Peach,Thank you so much for being my 1st Kawaii person to interview!


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 We would love to get to know you more can you tell us more about your furbabies?



I have three gorgeous moggies (Cuba, luna and Oreo)
I have two amazing Chihuahuas (Captain and Levi) They are my babies.
I don't have human children but I feel I have my furry kids and spoil them rotten!! 

They have taught me a lot about love, forgiveness and compassion and how to play!
They astound me, they have such a zest for life and endless love to give.
We can learn so very much from animals.






How do you do your part to help all animals and their charity's?


A portion of my Husband's wages each month go to our charity The Dog's Trust, a wonderful organisation that helps a great deal of dogs get rehomed. 
They never put a healthy dog down and I love the amazing work they do, the education they give out all for dog's health and happiness.


I give to the PDSA, which is a very special charity that helps people on low incomes with vet treatment for their animals. 
There are PDSA hospitals dotted around the country and all funded by donations, no government help, so it really is super important to help them. 
Without them the people on lower incomes could not afford to take their pets to the vets, so those animals would suffer, die or end up in a shelter, so it really is close to my heart to help them.
What I would like to do is create a line of goods (handmade) where all the profits made go to these charities I have mentioned and more animal charities. I would love to fundraise too. I have a few ideas. I'm just getting started.


In What  other ways can we do our bit to help animal Charity's?

I am a big advocator of using cruelty free products.
 I won't go into details but animals are tested on in such vile ways!
;~;
So I use natural ingredients in my home to clean it, like Vinegar, bicarbonate of soda etc. 
I make my own products many times.
I educate others about it on my blog and I support The Hadwen Trust, a very special trust that fights for humane non animal medical testing.
They do such fantastic work, really worth giving support to, if you care for animals.

Tell us, when did you start getting into crafting?

I sadly fell ill with Fibromyalgia a decade ago, so couldn't work. I have a very active mind so crafting was a pefect way to occupy my mind/hands and keep me out of mischeif!
Clay and felt were my first mediums. I made all fake food related items, like cupcakes, chocolates etc.

When was the 1st time you came across the word Kawaii and when did
 you fall in love with Kawaii fake faces with Kawaii expressions?

I first came accross it (the word kawaii ) about 9 years ago online, along with "sweet lolita" and "Japan" etc, I then found out all about the wondeful cuteness of Japan, with all the sweet "food with faces" fake food jewellery and sweetness of fashions, which at the time was a huge relief from all the over sexual images in popular culture.
 The sweet ruffles, cute smiles, knee high socks, it all was very "me" I fell in love with it all. I didn't want to look "sexy" I wanted to look "cute" It aligned with who I was perfectly.








Do you like any anime or anime films?

I love Anime! My favorite is Spirited Away...My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo. I have a lot of anime I am yet to see though!
I find the animation just beautiful, real eye candy and the stories are magical. They are a great way to escape into fantasy worlds. I just adore them.


Tell me what is your favourite Colour?

My most favorite colour is turquoise. I love it as a hair colour, in clothing, to look at I find it very calming.


Where do you see your self in the next 5 years?

In the next five years I would be thrilled if I had created a line of handmade goods for charity that sell well.
I would love to be doing very well with fundraising.
I would also love to be moved to Brighton by then too.
I would love to be illustrating by then.
Whatever I do and wherever I am in five years.
I and sure it will be where I am supposed to be.


Oh my you are going to be very busy then !
What would you like to achieve one day and what's you biggest Dream?

I have many dreams! I would love to be able to illustrate, be a graphic designer. 
My passionate dream is to really make a difference to animals somehow. 
I want to make a difference in the world! 


Peach you have so much passion for your animals,nothing makes me sad hearing about all those Kawaii animals have no voice to stand up to the abuse and treatment they have to go through.
TT_TT
So Lets give what we can to some charity's that Peach Nia Supports!
Links :

http://alovelylittledeer.blogspot.co.uk/

https://twitter.com/lovelylildeer

http://www.flickr.com/photos/dollyday/sets/72157624328803553/


http://www.pdsa.org.uk/


http://www.drhadwentrust.org/


http://www.dogstrust.org.uk/


http://www.leapingbunny.org/



Stay super Kawaii

Tartan
x