Showing posts with label ask me anything. Show all posts
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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, 25 November 2012

Make up and Why I wear it.



On the facebook group Kawaii Bloggers that I created I saw a blog entry that was really interesting and I wanted to take part and do a similar post about make-up.
Make up, not every one can leave the house with out make up on,some like to use it to express themselves too,I have seen some wonder make up skills online and to me make up can help enhance the beauty one already has.
I love make up but I can go for days with out any on at all,maybe its cause Im a stay at home mummy and it dont bother me even if I have to run out to the shop for milk ect.

So to start off, you've got to upload a photo of your face with only one side of your make-done, the other side has to be natural. Editing your natural beauty side is not allowed!
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