Showing posts with label style. Show all posts
Showing posts with label style. Show all posts

Monday, 28 July 2014

Hyper Japan 2014

Hyper Japan! The UK's biggest Japanese culture convention. Held often twice a year in London.
This year was my 1st time at Hyper Japan. Something I saved up for and put aside my time just to go. I am going to spilt up my post in two, Day one and Day two. Because there is so much to show and tell. I went both Friday and Saturday. (Blog post is image heavy )

Day One:t ( A run through of what to find and discover at Hyper Japan.)
 Wow , even over a hour or so before the event there was a queue, the sun was belting down on all those in the queue and it was so hot! Any way once the doors were open it did not take long for the room to fill up, in no time there was people everywhere. The first thing you are greeted by is the huge character Chopper , signs for each area hanging from the ceiling and a sea of vendors. One main stage at the right rear and 2 smaller stages. Each one full of performers, music, fashion and even someKawaii robots. To be really honest I did not know where to start so as there was so much to take in.

There was a huge Games area from Arcade games to trying out, the WiiU and the 3DS. Am pretty old school with my consoles- lol- So I gave my best at having a go of the newer consoles and failed miserably. It was pretty fun, there was a lot of hard core gamers and so much going on in this one small area of the event. If you went walking about that area you had the chance to meet and greet Mario, Luigi , Pac-man and Pikachu Mascots, I missed Pikachu...I was so gutted but never mind! Please excuse my bad photo of me with Mario and Luigi, Hubby took it and my face is hidden in shadow! - eeep-







Game's were not the only high technology at the event! There was a on screen Domo Kun ( a Japanese TV mascot for the Channel NHK,) that you could get your photo taken with and a small section of the most adorable looking robots ever to. Adding to the musical element was Hyper Vocaloid.




Monday, 24 February 2014

Kawaii Interview time with Kelsey (Kimono time)

Its time for a other Kawaii interview with some one I find is very interesting and very kawaii! Kimono time  who is a Jpop dancer on youtube! so lets get on with the interview!


Hello , Hi there Kelsey, please do tell us more about yourself!
Hello, my name's Kelsey! I'm a teeny arpakasso obsessed hobbit from yorkshire and I love dressing and being inspired by jfashion!http://www.youtube.com/kimonotime
N'aww lol to cute , First off when and how did you get into Kawaii culture?

I think it would probably be after I saw Gwen Stefani and I looked up Harajuku girls. I became obsessed with the fashion and I'd look at pictures on google all the time, wishing I could look as cool!
What did you find that appealed to you in Kawaii Culture?
It's just so different to anything I see in my everyday life. I'm quite an energetic and expressive person and I feel like the kawaii culture and it's fashion really fits my personality.
What do Kawaii mean to you?
To me, it means embracing yourself fully and not being afraid to be who you want to be! Sometimes it can mean cute, but there are so many ways a person can be cute! 

I love your dress sense,(its super kawaii) and  your style can you tell us more about it and do you have any tips on how to achieve it ?

Thank you so much! ^^
I never really know what my style truly is. I just wear what I want. But there always seems to be a hint of cute in there somewhere! I'm really inspired by the street style in harajuku and japan, and I like to mix it with some U.K styles sometimes too. .To get inspiration, I look on tumblr, or instagram at street snaps. 
I love mixing styles
And I really enjoy expressing things I love through my outfits, for example pizza!

Wow cool, 
What styles would you say influence you?
Mostly street styles, but I love pretty pastel styles like fairy kei too.
Where do you like to shop for your style?
I get a lot of stuff online, mainly ebay, I also love thrifting and charity shopping. A lot of my clothes are from the U.K high street too.

How do others react to your Kawaii styles?
Sometimes I get some stares in public, but I don't really mind. I used to be scared because I thought everyone was making fun of me, but actually, I'm surprised because every person that has spoken to me in public are always interested and ask me where I get my things from. I especially love wearing kawaii styles in London! I see people smiling, and whether it's a mocking smile or a genuine smile, it makes me feel happy that my style made someone smile that day!

I have a few friends that are into the same style as me but my other friends and my family are used to it, since I've always been a little bit out there. My mum is always asking me if she's kawaii!
Wow that is very interesting!
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?

Yes! I love experimenting with my look, it's never the same! I'm obsessed with wigs too, they can give you a completely different look!
Do you have any 'can not live with out' items that are Kawaii?
My platform shoes and my wigs! Also, bows, I couldn't live without bows!

What kind or anime or manga do you like and what would you recommend to some one?
I'm not actually a huge anime or manga fan. But one of my favourites is Chobits because she's a cute android, who doesn't like cute androids?? It's such a heart warming story!

What kind of Music do you listen too?

I listen to lots of Jpop and Kpop. My favourite artists are Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and 2NE1. But I also love pop music in the U.K and U.S too. I love pop music!
Who would you pick Sanrio or San X its a tough question ^^!

I think it has to be San X ! All the characters look so cuddly!
Photo by *Sparkles/Beckii

And who would you say is your most loved Kawaii Character?

I love the Mameshiba's! I wish they were real things!
*^* me too!!
What has been your most creative project to date?

I entered a harajuku fashion show, and I decided to make a cord from a theme. I chose Monsters VS Aliens theme!
Do you have a Kawaii Idol or some one that inspires you?
Yes, I have quite a few!
But some of them are Kyary Pamyu Pamyu( I can't wait to see her in London!), Ayumi Seto, Kozue Akimoto and I love the instagrammer Andiautumn.
Do you have a Kawaii Idol or some one that inspires you?
Yes, I have quite a few!
But some of them are Kyary Pamyu Pamyu( I can't wait to see her in London!), Ayumi Seto, Kozue Akimoto and I love the instagrammer Andiautumn.


If you could go anywhere for a day where would you go and what would you do?
This is very obvious, but I've never been to Japan, so I would take a huge empty suitcase with me and go crazy in Harajuku.

Hehe - okay am your very own Kawaii fairy and I can grant you 3 wishes! What can I make happen for you?!
Ok, I'm going to keep them kawaii related~
1. A trip to Japan with all my friends!
2. That I could meet Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and perform with her on stage (I'm a huge fan!)
3. That is was the law that everytime someone woke up an arpakasso would appear and tell you when you woke up how kawaii you are and shout words of encouragement, to make you happy for the day! ~

Thank you so much for the interview! 
Kelsey ~<3 <3

(I added all the images in the attachments ^^)

This was the cutest interview I've ever had haha! Thank you!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Kawaii Interview Time with Misadoll

Its Kawaii interview time every cutie! Today we have a very cute person to interview and they have so much to share with us that we are going to jump right into the interview! huhuh!
so lets get to it - Yattaa!

Hi , Hi please do tell us more about yourself!

 Hello!~ My name is Misadoll! I'm 23, and I work in video games production. Aside from that, I own a Japanese-inspired fashion brand Pastel Doll (https://www.facebook.com/pasteldoll666?fref=ts)  with my friends Kaidoll and Celestiadoll. I love Lolita Fashion, and I also really like Creepy Cute styles. 

Can you remember when and how did you get into Kawaii culture?

 Since I was a little girl, I've played video games, so I think those were the gateway into understanding more about Japanese culture and being interested in Japan generally. I started having an interest in anime, and later on in my life I started taking Japanese classes. After visiting Japan when I was 20, I was really hooked <3 It's a beautiful place and it's full of kawaii culture!

Hehe so your a Kawaii addict too?!
What did you find that appealed to you in Kawaii Culture?

copyright Pastel Doll
I like sweet things, and I think Lolita fashion is very elegant and beautiful. For me, it seems like kawaii culture builds communities of people with similar interests, and I think it's that sense of community that appeals to be me too.

Can you tell us what do word Kawaii mean to you ?

 Kawaii is something girls in Japan say A LOT. Kawaii is just the general essence of all things cute! I think it can apply to many different fashion styles, pieces of art, clothing and people! It's nice to hear such a positive word has become so popular <3

I love the sound of the word Kawaii myself , can you tell us what Kawaii styles would you say influence you and what would you say is your style?

I can never really settle on a particular style, and so I've got a mishmash of many subcultures in my wardrobe! My main fashion type is Lolita fashion and more recently, the Creepy Cute/Pastel Goth style. I also really like Fairy Kei, and have a fondness for Gyaru because it's a more grown up fashion. I love Ma*rs!

Where do you like to shop for your kawaii styles? ^^

 I usually buy a bunch of clothes in Japan and bring them back - Harajuku and Shibuya are amazing for cute fashion! I like Angelic Pretty for Lolita Fashion, and I own some items from GLAD NEWS and Ma*rs. And since I own Pastel Doll, I get all of my wigs from our store! <3 

WOAAH! that is so cool! Also I heard you won a model contest lately can you tell us more about it?

I did! It was all very exciting! Tokyo Royale is a store in Manchester specialising in alternative fashion, and they also have a range of Japan-inspired fashions. They hosted a modelling competition to be the face of the  brand, and to my surprise I won the contest! I was over the moon and very shocked, haha. I had a photoshoot with them not so long ago and it was really fun, I got to try on all sorts of cute clothes, and the other girls were really lovely too.

Sounds great congratulations , Can you give us a insight to what other Kawaii projects do you have planned?

For now my focus will be on Pastel Doll, I'm really excited to launch the store with my friends and I'm hoping people will really like our products. I want to bring this element of kawaii style to the UK and across the world! I love wigs, and I think ours are something new so I can't wait to show them to everyone. Stay tuned as we'll be launching sometime in the coming months!

OH can not wait to see how that works out for you *Excited* .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?

 I would say so definitely! Originally, I was a goth and only wore black, so becoming interesting in kawaii fashion has definitely changed my style a lot! My hair is very long at the moment with milky tea highlights, but over the years I've had many unnatural styles. My make-up is a little more subtle now for daily wear but when I'm going out or doing a cosplay, I bring out the circle lenses and lashes! 

Ah okay then do you have any 'can not live with out' items that are Kawaii?

 I have to say, I'm very fond of my pink Pokemon lunchbox from the Pokemon Centre in Japan. It's a little bento box, so I use it to take my lunch to work, haha. That's an example of a kawaii item I use everyday!

Kawaii- So where do you shop for Kawaii goodies?

 For goodies such as sweeties I usually head to Tofu Cute! Also, Artbox have a lot of cute things. I also really love Paperchase which is hugely popular at the minute and they have lots of cute stationary. 

What kind or anime or manga do you like and what would you recommend to some one?

 I'm hugely into girly anime, so I like romance stories. I really like Skip Beat because it's fun, dramatic, and the main character seems really relatable and realistic! I also like Stepping on Roses which is a lot more fantasy based. Love Com is great because it's really funny! And finally I'd recommend Peach Girl because it's a classic love triangle story!

Can you tell us music what do you listen too?

I used to do a radio show called Moshi Moshi and it specialised in J-pop and K-pop so those are my favourites! I like all the typical bands like 2NE1, Girls Generation, 4minute, Perfume, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu etc. I listen pretty much exclusively to these bands but I do like some other artists like Pretty Reckless and Porcelain Black.

Wow thats a lot of great music! Who would you pick Sanrio or San X ?

Sanrio <3 I went to Sanrioland, and omg the sparkles!

Haha!Am super jealous Sanrioland
!!! Okay And who would you say is your most loved Kawaii Character?

I'm gonna go classic here and say Hello Kitty. I own so many kitty items it's unreal (I doubt as much as you thought Tartan!) * Tartan Laughs out loud and grins*
 My favourite character would probably be Sonic x Hello Kitty which is a plush character I won in Segaland. 

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

 I think Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is amazing because she's built up a whole unique style and brand for herself. I also really love Sugarpill, because the way they built up their business is very inspiring especially for us as we are starting a business too! 

If you could go anywhere for a day where would you go and what would you do?

Well I would kinda have to say somewhere crazy, like the moon. My friend Celestiadoll loves space, so maybe she'd want to come too! 

Am your KAwaii Fairy and I want to know what would you wish for if you were granted 3 Kawaii wishes?

-To spread kawaii culture around the world! 
-For my kawaii business to do well <3 
-And of course, world peace! I couldn't leave that one out.

Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me! <3

Well thats our Kawaii interview wrapped up with Misadoll! Check out the links below for the store and more about Misadoll and her
Projects!

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Stay cute or die trying!


Hey cute things!
I hope you are all well. Last November I took advantage of Black Friday thanks to online shopping and found a shop called Stay Cute or Tokyo Hardcore on Facebook.
Any way I was delighted to get my order in the mail today!This time of year I have so much coming in the mail from orders for Christmas form family or to family,Birthday gifts for chibi bean, stuff for the house and your daily stuff, that you use all the time and the I've just ran out of it stuff.... and  of course My own kawaii shopping for the blog - oh boy the post man is super busy!! No wonder am broke so quickly at midway through the month! 
 But hey once everything is out the way this month I can use next year to save up for a 3DS and a DSLR and a class I want to sign up for next year ! 

Ah the Kawaii Life its a hard one.*nods* So lets get on with my un-boxing from Stay Cute.


My Parcel took about 2 weeks to arrive to the UK. Which I more a less expected and it was easy enough to order.


I was a bit disappointed to find that my order was not really presented in some way, However the main thing is that everything was safe and sound in the box.   I was happy to get my order as I had been looking forward to it.


It was the slogan  Stay Cute or Die Trying that I thought was so funny espicaly when my excuse for every thing is '' Aww but its cute!'' And I say Cute and Kawaii all the time haha!


I got myself the very cute snap back hat, It has Stay Cute on it with a dripping style text and a really nice clash on the hat with the flowers. Which works really well together. The hat is really good quality and made well and looks great when worn with my normal hair and wigs.


I went for the top in a bigger size as I love my over sized style tops and you can layer them in winter to keep you cosy! I really like the top its got 3 quarter length on the sleeves. Again the top is made well and really good quality material and the printed texted on it is super clear.  And looks really trendy on and works well with the Hat too!It make a really nice overall look rather street like looking but still sweet and cute at the same time.  Over all am very pleased with my order.
I took a while to customize my wigs so that I had really puffy looking hair , so I might do a small video of that once I get myself a new tripod for filming.



You can find all the links here!
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/STAYCUTEXO
Twitter
https://twitter.com/staycutexo
Instagram
http://instagram.com/staycutexo
Website
http://instagram.com/staycutexo

Till next time


Tartan
xox

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

New Wig Set


Hey Cuties!
Today my wig order came in, its not much of a order but am super happy cause its come right in time for the maid cafe am helping out at on saturday! I was worried my blonde in pink wig was gona tie me down with weight of the clip ins. 
which would annoy me and there is way to much hair I think it would just not work...So when Lockshop announced the new set in stock I was happy to see it was a short bob style wig with 2 clip ins. That you can add to the bob style and make it look extra kawaii!

They come in a range of colours I loved the Honey one but I knew I already had a base bob from the Candy Curl set in Pink Cherry so instead of buying a whole set I got the clip in's only and took a leap of faith that they would match in shade. 

All the colours are very nice and pretty  and you could mix and match the clip ins with the same base shade with the other wigs from the Lockshop.
So lets take a look at the photos!


All wrapped up pretty!



My new Clip in's in the shade Cherry Pink I adore that shade!
Wonder, who that fuzzy creature is to the side?! A clue to my next blog post maybe?!



Yup I got the ring too, I had been looking at it for some time and since I had the funds for it, I went ahead and ordered it too . I do not have many statement rings.

Again I used the cheaper method of shipping and I've not had any issues with shipping with this company at all - All my wigs but 2 have come form the lockshop. 


So this is the base wig  from Candy curls and these are the clip in's that are the same shade, As you can see they match. (Yay!) Again ive had the Candy curls set since they came out and compared to a brand new item from the lockshop the base wig is still as soft and silky as the clip in's. Which means I must be looking after my wigs well and the lockshop wigs are great products. 



Worn right out of the bag, You can keep them in the shape they are in. Or you can brush them out and or back comb them. I will be keeping mine in shape for the maid cafe. I might give them a back comb for my other J-Fashion styles.



The ring is adorable , its a free size so it fits every one by adjusting the back.
Sound out the letters and the symbol and its says Cutie-pie. You cant see from this picture but the ring has some glitter on the lilac colour.
Nyaaa!!




I am not wearing much make up today as during the week, I do not always have time hehe. I love my cute red lip tints though! They are great for Casual days and quickness!
Am super happy with my new clip in's, I can not wait to wear them as Maid Tartan and also what creative ideas I can come up with them.
I might think about the Honey set, but then I will have to wait till after Christmas as I've asked Santa for a Lockshop wig, hehe.

Have you tried Lockshop yet?  What wigs do you like?





Tartan
xox



Friday, 22 November 2013

Is Kawaii hitting Topshop?


Hey Cuties,
So its not very often I will buy Glossy Magazines. I normally will pick up Hello Kitty or Peppa Pig for chibi bean or Neo Mag for myself but today I saw a offer on 3 magazines and bought them and found that one of them had a feature on Top Shop's new designer range .. my mouth fell open when I saw this stuff. I had to do a double take!
So I thought I would show you some of the stuff I found!
Some of the Range by Meadham Kirchhoff is uhum...bright and not really my style but what sprung to mind was Pastels and Kawaii with the other pieces.
Am sure you Fairy kei and pastel /White Goths, Decora , Magical girls are going to love some of this stuff!

Okay, Okay.This one I fell in love with it but am a complete sucker for pink animal print ..huhu so cute!
But here is the other stuff below that I want to show you!


As you can see its a mix of pastels and very flowing items. I really love those shoes those are just crazy! I would not wear them myself but I bet they would look adorable on a sweet lolita! There is a Baby doll style dress and even cute Skirts to be found.


There is a ton of cute pastel shade tights and very cute cherry themed socks that are utterly adorable!
The blouse is also so Kawaii and I would love to see some of the j-fashion enthusiast's online collaborating it in with their own styles! Maybe some on could send me a photo - I so would show it on the Facebook Page. I bet it would look so Kawaii.



Check out these cute hold ups! nyaa so sweet. hehe.

I have to admit the price tag is rather high for myself but then I would want to spend my money on other things hehe! (or maybe save up for that lush top...*plots*)
Since this was on the higher gloss fashion magazines I wonder how long till the others take on pastel shades and cute looks.Am rather shocked its in a ''High Street'' Shop but its rather nice to see the High street explore new trends (okay, not new to us J-Fashion lovers.) But yea..you get my drift.
I wonder if the public are ready to take on Kawaii Fashions now that it is slowly being seen more and more with J-Fashion lover's and stylish idol's daring to be different.

Do you want to see more Kawaii in ''normal/casual'' high street fashion?
Would you like to see more people dress more Kawaii? Or do you think that the style here in the UK is to mature for dressing in Kawaii styles?
I'd love to hear your views on this so comment below...


Find the ink to the Topshop range ... HERE..