Showing posts with label Tartankawaii. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tartankawaii. Show all posts

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Hey girl, where you been? Its Convention time!

Hey, ah-ha so I know am super lacking in blog posts. But I do this for a reason. I want to blog about interesting things as well as doing reviews. I think going out and doing things makes a blog post interesting instead of living behind the computer screen and blogging every day. Also I have my 'To Do List' written out and this is at the top of it . Not to mention every other thing I still have to do or tie up with lose ends. Any way! If any of you wanted to know what I've been up to,  then here it is.

This Month is the start of conventions for me this year and since the start of the year I been working on ideas to cosplay at Comic conventions that are local to me. I am missing so many this year due to a wedding on the other family side. (Yes am pouting about it. Not Kawaii at all but gurl gotta stand up for her thing yuno. *Kawaii bitch right here*) So thanks to this family event I will be missing at least 5 days worth of conventions, with the way travel has worked out and such. Pretty gutted. So might as well take the chance to enjoy all the local ones as much as I can.
(Am also getting a kawaii outfit to wear to the wedding btw as an attempt to make up for missing these conventions so yay!)








The 1st convention I was at , was Dee Con. I been going there for 3 years now and every time the event gets so busy and so many turn up for it. I was working as press coverage for Cyten.co.uk and you can see my write up  and soon ( PROMISE) video footage I  have been fighting  working on , for youtube. It was rather crowded but thankfully the weather was cloudy but dry so most of the time I spent outside . I got to meet up with my fellow cosplayers and fashion friends and had lots of fun. I was in cosplay as Ash, from pokemon. I was super shocked to have many ask me if I was ''Tartan from youtube'' and being asked to have my photo taken with them. A very odd and surreal experience for me! 

The next  convention was Edinburgh Comic Con, which was something I went to last year under a different name. I went more for fun and to see if much had changed, This year there was so many other folks . Much more busy than when I was there. So much more cosplay too.
I cosplayed as well - more of a causal cosplay to be honest but it was lots of fun. In the space of five mins I was being asked to have photos taken and then to have this most of the time while at the event. It was very odd. This time I took my poi even though the weather was showers and windy . I kept hope to use them. Which I did. Over all the event was lots of fun.




Talking of poi, this is something I just started doing for maybe for 2 months now.
I wanted to learn something new, I saw fire spinning and was amazed by it, poi is the same thing but no fire. I got a few sets of poi now , tails , scarf and LED ones.
I was super lucky to learn a few moves to use when the sun came out at the event so I braved the chilly weather and got not only a stunning photo by a photographer but some footage of me spinning which the link you can find on my youtube video of the event.



So yeah I have been pretty busy and I have so much to catch up on but thought it was time for a blog post!
Any way here is more photo spam for you all! Till next time, laters.
Tartan
xox








Thank you to all of you who took my photo and posed with me!
Copyright to the photographers.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

A Cotton Jelly Clothing Review


Hey cute things!

Do I have a treat of a review for you all today!
I have got some goodies that have come in the post the other day and I could not wait to share them with you. This is a sponsored review from Cotton Jelly an online streetwear fashion label based in Leicester, UK. I have heard of these guys before through a facebook page that I followed and what sparked my interest was the fact they are based in the UK, they had a great sense of fashion when it comes to new idea's trends and style oh and 2 words... HELLO KITTY!

When I spied not only do they do women wear of Hello Kitty they do men wear too.  So I have ordered from Cotton Jelly as a customer as well as being sponsored for this review. Going back to the men wear, I was delighted my dreams came true! I could finally let him share the love for hello kitty too by me getting  a loving and charming gift for my hubby ( last Christmas there.) to wear at his free will  by force and then put on the puppy eyes to make him feel bad if he did not put it on,cause am sure he really do love Hello Kitty as much as I do and he would  ,will wear it to work.  
In my defence the top is pretty tasteful and yes he wore it to work- am sure his team  at work thought it was super kawaii (staff were laughing on the floor of his work.) So I have been a past customer with Cotton Jelly so I can give you a insight to the website and how it works too!

So with that fun story out the way lets get on with the review!
I was invited to pick some items so clearly I picked the Hello Kitty items which you can find on the website.. here at cottonjelly.com, You go to the 'Brands' Section. The website is really easy to use and navigate.If you sign up with them you will get a small discount too!



Most of the items are tops for both men and women and I think there is a childrens range coming out soon! (Yay the whole Kawaii family ~we could all match!!) 
So what did I get , well this is what came by delivery man, A black bubble wrap jiffy bag, with a positive inspired quote on the back of it too.

Inside was a letter from the team who seem like a pretty awesome bunch and stickers for the company links and logo . And my items of course. Now I went for a M size cause they look rather tight but they are soft and stretchy, so I could of worn a small but am not a fan of things clinging to my body also I like my stuff a little baggy , all the sizing is on the website and easy to find but a M is a UK 12 and a S is a UK 10 for us Ladies! I would say these are good sized products .

Each top has a cute Hello Kitty design's for both men and women by Cotton Jelly ,which are approved and licensed with Sanrio. The other little beauty about these tops is the can be personalised! So OF course I had to get some done! And what better way that using the word Kawaii on the areas to be personalised. ( Yes - I also got hubby's name on his , that way he will never lose it or be able to disown the fact he has a hello kitty top. haha....) 
Mainly the personalised bit is either on the front or the back of the top and in the inner neck but my items had a '' THANK YOU from CJ (cottonjelly.)'' Which I thought was pretty smart and cute!



This is the top with KITTY all over it in black white and red. 
Its super soft to the touch and very sporty looking but of course can be used for every day wear , its not super kawaii in your face , so you can use this a lot with that hint of Kawaii to your outfit!
this is what I really like about this top. Being a mature  Kawaii Mommy is hard to keep on a low profile! But I love the fact its got my personalised Kawaii on it too hehe! OH and and and!!!
The back of the top! Check it out! everything on the back has its well back 'side' to it too!
I love this attention to detail!



The other top is a simple top with Hello Kitty's face with a moustache in a simple design. This top puts a smile on my face the whole moustache thing makes me laugh, again this is a simple white top with kitty her bow and her tash on the top , On the back it has small design to the back of the neck and a slogan saying '' Real men wear hello kitty !! Just like my hubby's one on the back! Its soft to touch and its a great top for being a little more cute or edgy in style but more of a causal cute which is perfect again for those days when you are not full on super Kawaii , or those dress down cool days with a fave top paired with skinny jeans and hello kitty vans of course!






The other top is a other Hello Kitty one ( of course!) This one is a bit more cuter! Its crammed packed with the Kitty Crew! You have all her family and friends on the front around the neck shoulders and chest and on the back too. It has a minty blue polka dot design on the top as well adding more cuteness to the top ,It is more colourful compared to the others and again its got my personalised bit on the back of Kawaii!







I thought since I show you the mens top as well , I really like the design on the mens top for the ' Real men wear Hello Kitty '' Range its pretty cool.  Hello Kitty it is actually supporting a full beard of Kitty's bows!
And when I did order his top of course I went ahead and treated myself to the crop top in pink of Hello Kitty which I fell in love with the sizing is a little different for the crop tops but this is a M size too and fits well. So it has my fave things on one top, Pink, animal print and Hello Kitty and on the back it has a 14 with you guessed it Kawaii on it.



Over all, I love Cotton Jelly products and its not limited to Hello Kitty so there is something for every one and every style. I found that they are durable products, wash well  and keep shape. They are unique and stylish . The price reflects the product quality. The whole process to order and such was all top scores everything came on time for ordering back there at Christmas and everything was well packed and presented. I am giving them a 10 Outta 10 for everything! What a Glowing report!

So if you have not checked them out already, then you are going to need all the links!
Online website-http://cottonjelly.com/
Instagram- http://instagram.com/cottonjellylt

Don't forget I will be featuring these on my instagram and youtube later next week!
Tartan xox

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Tartan's top five Kawaii Christmas Shops Guide

Hey every one! Yuno what can be super hard? Buying for a loved one or a friend who is super Kawaii , they can be super tough to buy for! So I made up a list of Kawaii items that I think would make a super kawaii gift for the Kawaii cutie that has everything already! I also have done my best to stick to UK retailers as already Christmas is sneaking right up on us! Kyaaa~

Straight in at number 5 am going to show you Kawaii Club Subscription brought to you by Keep secret , Keep it Kawaii. Based here in the UK! This is a great idea for any Kawaii lover, You can pick the kind of Subscription  you want and then get it addressed to the person to the box and every month is a surprise! With goodies all the way from Japan and from licensed companies this will not disappoint!


At number 4 check out Cutesy Kinky for a full range of Kawaii Fashion from cute fairy kei to Lolita outfits. Not only that you can find a range of cosplay and other Kawaii bits and bobs , which are great for stocking fillers and small gifts for giving. I am loving the new Kawaii Winter range full of warm cosy looking hoodies ! Not only will you stay super warm you will look super Kawaii at the same time! You can find so many cute outfits here!

In at number 3 and a personal fave shop of mine will be the lovely and cute Frilly Pops who can be found on Esty. The owner is the queen of pom poms and puts my own home made ones to pom pom shame. You can get the most adorable pom pom earring and even garlands to make any Kawaii lover fall in love with such a cute gift! From wearing them to displaying them in your very own kawaii space! These will be a hit for those who like to stand out from the crowd and are super quirky earrings to wear~ I must have at least 5 pairs of these adorable earrings!


Coming in at number 2 I decided to pick ArtBox a other  online based UK retailer and what I adore about ArtBox is the FREE shipping and little extras that you can add to your basket as a gift! Find your Kawaii Cards and items here. I have a soft spot for all the Soft toys and the Plush dolls!

And in at number 1 I am picking a small business called ILoveCrafty. A really sassy and trendy yet Kawaii online store that I have also used, I have used all the shops listed here. And I love the designs and the owners style here.  I have a few items and love them dearly. From really being a mermaid to crazy cat lady items there is something for every one. I have to admit the Donut stuff is so cute a mix of yummy food ( I love iced donuts!)  cute pastels and dash of glitter is so adorable!



I hope my small shop guide will help you with your christmas shopping guys!
Later, Tartan xox



Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Tartan , Kawaii and the BBC

Hey , guess what. So last week the word Kawaii was added to the English Directory was announced. Which is pretty cool- I saw a program about how they 'add' words to the directory and its something to do with how often the word is used verbally and in text via social media and the internet ..( Big brother really is watching!)  The program was rather interesting itself but hooray for KAWAII!  I wonder if they counted the amount of times I use it?! huhuh!?

So any way a reporter from the BBC wanted to do a written feature on Kawaii and through the great vines of contacts. I found my self making a telephone appointment for a interview the following day.

I was excited but oh my goodness I was really nervous, What would they ask? What would they like to know, What if I screw up?! What if I looked like a fool... - gahh!!
Yup I did not sleep well that night but after the school run the next day I awaited my phone call.



I really did not need to worry, My phone call was just some questions and my thoughts and feelings on Kawaii. I did not really know what sort of angle they were after for the feature so I did my very best. I mostly wanted to paint Kawaii in the best light possible and make it interesting to some one who has never heard of it or might of wondered what it is. We spoke about fashion and Kawaii Culture as well. 
After words I got a lovely email back thanking me . Which was very sweet.

And here is the final feature, with myself and the UK company Cutesy Kink a online fashion store. 
I think I did well.





Am very pleased to see that Kawaii is getting some sort of notice and appreciation.
As well I hope its the start of something exciting and a wave of Kawaii movement.

I find it really sweet that because its to do with the BBC I have family suddenly taken a interest my personal love for Kawaii. I some times wonder if its time for me to take a step up and venture down a path with my Kawaii passions.

What do you think?
Till next time! Keep it Kawaii xox