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!

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

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Kawaii DIY Valentines Ideas Felt Hearts


Hello Cuties - again here is my last post for the run up for Valentines day! 
I will be doing all my backing and chocolate making on the Thursday so its all freshly made for the 14th to give to my Valentines. I wonder if I will get many cards ( Heehee!!) Yea right! I will  Lucky to even get a card! (n_n)But this post again like the last one can be altered to what you want to use it for!
Today let's make Hanging felt hearts!
(sorry for the crappy Phone photos I cant load up any Camera ones at this time.)
Yay..What you will need is the following.
Sheets of Red felt
A heart template or shape to use as a guide
A pencil to trace the shape on the felt.
A needle
Thread
Scissors.

To start with you should get your heart shaper template and trace around it on the red felts. You do not need to use heart as you can pick any shape you want but cause is near Valentines day I picked hearts. Also they are very cute too. You can pick any colour of felts for your hearts as well so don't let what I have picked limit you in any way. Once you have traced out your shapes you will need the scissors for cutting them out.

Once you have cut them all out I made about 12 single hearts and paired them up to make them double sided, *DON'T throw away any scrap felt!* I paired up the hearts with the pencil showing on the outside and then took my thread and needle and started to do a simple stitch around them but not completely sewing them up, as I then turned them inside out.
Using the left over felts I used that to stuff the insides of my hearts making them into tiny plushie hearts. Make sure you cut up the extra felts into smaller pieces so they fit into the hearts hehe. Then finish sewing up the cute little heart. (^.~) Kawaii!

Do this with your paired up hearts and you should then have 6 plushie cute hearts. Know with the thread you will want to cut a long piece for string them all together as well. So make sure you have plenty thread.Starting with the first heart string it from the top of the heart in the middle and then thread on the second one from the bottom and the top. That way it will swing about less when hung. And then do the same with the rest till you get to the last one. Once at the top make sure to loop your thread and then its ready for hanging up!

Like I already said you don't have to stick with my guidelines of shape and colour. Why not make some stars or Clouds or what about rainbow coloured felts. Also you could add any sort of extra decorations for extra Kawaii fun!

I cant wait to see every one making Kawaii valentines ideas!
Feel free to send me pictures of your Kawaii Valentines DIY's I bet they are super cute.

Till next time!
<3 Stay cute.
Tartan.



Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Kawaii Valentines chocolate Ideas

Hello Cuties, Here is a second post for you all (this give us a small brake from doing interviews all the time!) I just wanted to say that I am working on a tiny laptop so my post will be a bit short and to the point.I do hope you enjoy this kawaii idea and give this a try (^_^)
This Kawaii DIY Idea is super cute and its also super yummy, you dont even need to wait till valentines day to makes these and you can make them as gifts for others too!
They are also super easy to make and super cute.



You will need, Some Chocolate for melting.I used both white and milk chocolate
2 bowls for each Chocolate and spoons.
Mould shapes eg, hearts.
Candy foils for wrapping and a cute food bag to gift them in.



Melt your Chocolate in the Mirco-wave (its easy this way to check every 10 sec while it melts to stop it from burning!) >w< huhuh I found out the hard way, burnt chocolate is not nice nyaa!
^_^;
Stir the chocolate well, and put the melted chocolate into its moulds, Why not add some Silver candy balls or sprinkles for extra kawaii-ness before you add the chocolate to the moulds. (these will in effect appear on the top of your mould shapes when ready.) Once all the chocolate is in all the moulds pop it in the fridge! Check them after a while and once they are solid again its time to pop them out the moulds and get ready to add any extra decorations and wrap them.


And once they are all wrapped up put them in their cute food or gift bag, Or even make a cute box to give them to your Valentines <3 As you can see I added lots of Red to wrap and gift mine up. As well as super cute food bags. These will look so cute with your Valentines Hearts with messages inside too!
One more post coming up!
Stay Kawaii!!



Monday, 10 February 2014

Kawaii Valentines heart with secret message!


Hello Cuties, Well its February and that means Valentines day.
So when you are stuck for ideas and want to make them Kawaii you have come to the right place.


So, I was feeling creative and make a Kawaii idea, I also am feeling the lows of having to save for my camera and did not want to spend much money on St. Valentines Day. Also I wanted to make my gift personal to my loved one.So here is a How to make a Valentines Heart with a secret message!

All you need for this idea is a few Craft supplies and with miss chibi bean having an abundance of '' Makes things'' as she calls it , I had the following at hand...Origami Paper, Stick on Gems and left over Christmas ribbon, the one that looks so neat and pretty on gifts but is a nightmare to take off to get to unwrapping your christmas gifts . You will also need a hole puncher too.



So step 1~ is the tricky part and takes a bit of time here~

Making a Origami Heart I made a double sided one which can be found Here!! So you would make one of these with your Origami paper (or coloured paper cut to size.)


Step 2~Take the hole punch and make a hole

Step 3~  Thread the ribbon or gift wrap ribbon through the hole and make a bow.

Step 4~ Use a Sticky Gem or other decorative item and stick it on the bow to secure it.

Step 5~ Add a small piece of paper with your message on it , slide it into the folds of the heart to keep it safe and taaa-daaa!

You have a small kawaii love heart with a secret message for a loved one or admirer. 
Chhuuuu!!



These are just so Kawaii!!







I also have some more Kawaii Valentines ideas that I shall post up next time!

Stay Kawaii!




Friday, 7 February 2014

Kawaii Photography

Hey every cutie, how are you all?
Well ,by know you would have noticed that I've added a new section on my blog of photography. Or if you have not look at the tabs at the top of my blog.
So this year is my year of a new adventure and project, I cant tell you to much about it..well cause I have not really done much with the project so far. Why?
Because I have not been to any conventions yet!  To be fair this years 1st convention will not be till the end of March in which I will be working on my other project too. However it gives me a great opportunity to get a taste on my photography project , which will be taking as many Kawaii photos as possible.
This year I enrolled in a few work shops in my local area and already have one under my belt and even with the basic knowledge applied to my photos of late they have improved vastly.  Am also lucky to have 2 willing models one being my cat and of course Chibi bean. There will be a vast change in my photos for the blog as am using it as practice and am very lucky to live in a area that is some what very pretty and lots of wild birds can be found some which are a bit shy... or you can find some who love to pose .Kawaii!

Last month I got my new Camera , I shall be working with a easy entry level DSLR Nikon 3200. Its a nice camera. I have lots to learn and have lots of time to prepare for conventions and any photo shoots I will be attending. Am super excited  and I can not wait ...Kyaaaah really can not wait for this year to get ready to roll !As well as getting my camera I will be building on my kit am only working with the bog standard lens for now.

So I will be at lots of convention's  mostly in scotland. I will be darting about for snapping away photos, I will be looking for Cosplayer's Fashion lover's and those who just look really Kawaii and cool looking as well as Kawaii products and Cute stalls so if you do recognise me please give me a shout ''Hey Tartan.'' gets my attention.  Also I have started up a Photography page '' Tartan Le Cuirot Photography,''on Facebook to act as a mini portfolio and that way you can all have a look and tag yourself! Yay!

This weekend is my 1st weekend out and about with my Camera in the city, Am hoping to take lots of photos around the city and looking for kawaii things to photograph. Also there is alot of interesting things in the city to look for. I wanted to mix my 2 passions of Kawaii and taking photos together and with my creative flare I hope I will make some great images. So I am going to be really busy!
Until then , here is my all time favourite photo I have taken with my old camera, Of the little blue Totoro gazing out the window for some adventure....

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Kawaii Interview time with Spiffykidd


Hey every cutie!
By know you are will have read a couple of interviews and I hope you are all enjoying them. This time I have the owner from Suger Trampoline. A Kawaii Esty Store found here and here As I said we will be interviewing the owner Spiffykidd today. So lets get to it!

First off, when and how did you get into Kawaii culture?
I first discovered kawaii culture when I was about fourteen or fifteen. I saw pictures of people at Harajuku station on various social networking sites such as Bebo (haha, I know!), and pictures of people trying to emulate the different styles, and I was immediately hooked!
Ahh I see! What did you find that appealed to you in Kawaii Culture?
I loved all the different colours and interesting styles. It was refreshing to me that the idea was to be cute rather than "sexy", as with mainstream fashion, which I never really felt comfortable in. The meetup aspect drew me in, too. I didn't used to have much of a social life, but through the shared interest of kawaii fashion I've managed to meet so many amazing people.

Please tell us ,what does Kawaii mean to you?

For me, kawaii means that you can be cute, edgy, and individual! There are no limitations to what you can do, and you can be as creative as possible.
Do you have a fashion that you would say is Kawaii and can you tell us a bit more about it?
I dress in sweet lolita a lot of the time. It's basically a style where you dress in pretty, fancy dresses, puffed out with petticoats, and finished off with accessories. I love it!

Kawaii!! What styles would you say influence you?

I take inspiration from all the different lolita styles, and I also really love fairy kei/Spank! style, and cult party kei. I try to be open to appreciating as many different styles as possible, as inspiration can come from the unlikeliest of places.
How do you feel when wearing your outfits or kawaii things?
I feel really happy and confident. It gives me an immediate boost because I feel it's when I look my best and can truly be myself. The best feeling is when you're all dressed up for, in my case, a lolita meetup, and everyone else is also wearing kawaii things.You feel such a sense of belonging.
That is so nice to hear about being happy and being one's self,
Since being into Kawaii Culture, would you say the way you do some things like  your hair and makeup have changed over time?

Definitely. I never really used to bother much with hair styles or makeup, but I've gradually put more effort into my appearance. I prefer being this way! It's made me more passionate about fashion in general, and helped to unlock the creative side of me I'd forgotten about.
What kind of anime or manga do you like and what would you recommend to someone?
I was never really into manga or anime but I did love the Peach Girl anime! It's incredibly intense and ott to watch, and definitely gets the adrenaline pumping due to the ridiculous situations!
Oh I will check that one out , Do you like any cute Japanese music? What do you listen to?
I absolutely adore Moon Kana! She makes both heavy music, and adorable, sugary tunes that make you feel really good about yourself! She used to model for the Gothic & Lolita Bible, and I loved her quirky twist on lolita fashion, which her music really complements. And of course, I also love Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Her outfits and videos really get the imagination going as they transport you to the ultimate kawaii paradise!

Here's the hard question....Who would you pick-- Sanrio or San X ?

I would definitely pick Sanrio!
And who would you say is your most loved Kawaii Character?
I love Hello Kitty! How can you not? She's so simple but totally adorable.
I agree she is totally adorable!
Have you made or created your own Kawaii inspired stuff? (eg cosplay, outfit, deco-den ect ect .)

Yes. I actually make and sell kawaii accessories such as hair bows, collars, and jewellery! I also try to support other indie brands. I like that anyone can contribute to kawaii fashions, or kawaii-fy their lives as "kawaii" really is accessible to everyone.
Do you have a Kawaii Idol or someone that inspires you?
I am quite inspired by Tavuchi, owner of Spank! I love the aesthetic of her shop, and the idea of reselling vintage pieces which have been customised. I am also inspired by Kumamiki and admire the hard work she has put in to launch her brand, Party Baby.
Okay am a Kawaii magical Fairy  and I shall grant you 3 wishes....What would you wish for?
1. To acquire all of my dream dresses!
2. To visit Japan for some kawaii shopping!
3. Most of all, to have a successful kawaii indie brand!

Thank you so much SpiffyKidd for taking part it was so interesting getting to know you and your store.
I hope you all enjoyed the interview!!! 
Stay tuned for much more coming this month!


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