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Amazing Etsy shops you must check out!

I love surfing around Etsy for unique and amazing pretties. It’s one of those websites that is just SO DAMN VAST, and it can feel like you’re giving yourself eye strain by endlessly scrolling through all the gorgeous stuff. Yes, Etsy gets a bad rep for being expensive – but it’s all handmade! You want to pay fairly for the product you’re getting, don’t you? Plus, most Etsy sellers I speak to are really awesome and would be the sort of person you could have a glitter fight with. Even the goths. Black glitter in that case, followed by copious amounts of sacrificial blood. And then more glitter.

So do something amazing and support these amazing creators below by checking out their stuff and shop for TEH PRETTIES!

Nails

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CandyOverdose

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Candy Overdose is perfect for your 3D nail needs – each of the sets have been lovingly designed with bright colours and the cutest little cabochons. It’s about £12 for a set, a great price for a handmade set. Also available are some cute pastel necklaces, phone cases and lip butters.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/AuroraDecora

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THOSE. HOGWARTS. NAILS. The second I saw them I think I fell off my unicorn. Even though I would technically be in Slytherin was I in the Potter-verse, I’m far more drawn to the vivid colours of that Ravenclaw set. An absolute must for Potter-loonies. NAIL-ART-PATRONUM! (Visual image of glowing nails flying towards the enemy)

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Headpieces/Headdresses/Hairbands/Clips

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LoliMillie

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Loli Millie do the cutest kitsch hairbands which would go well with Cult Party Kei, Shironuri, Fairy Kei, Lolita, Gyaru and more. Prices are around £12 for a headband – and they’re all handmade. GIVING THEM AWAY!!!!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/LittleBanshees

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These bows are the absolute CUTEST!! I’ve got a bit of a thing for the key motif, so anything vaguely goth-y, featuring keys, gets my bow-senses tingling. Bow-sense? That’s found right behind the SQUEEE brain button. Don’t set them both off at the same time, that’s how Hello Kitty was born. The bows go for around £8.

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Clothing, Shoes and Accessories

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Cyanidekissx

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Cyanide Kiss take Geek Chic to the max, mainly featuring some gorgeous dresses for the superhero inclined, but also sell a good range of gothic and retro-inspired dresses. £45 for a handmade dress – epically cheaper than branded dresses and you’ll get a OOAK.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/zefora

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A fairy-kei and pastel-lovers paradise! Everything sold here is KAWAII to the MAX – pastels, brights, cute characters, lovehearts, sweeties. Accessories start from £8 up to £20.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MedusaCouture

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I love the clothes, but not the logo – I have a severe phobia of jellyfish, even right now I’m writing this part without looking at the actual picture. So I REALLY love the clothes, otherwise I wouldn’t risk putting the photos up AT ALL!! Everything is handmade and gorgeous through and through. With the handmade element, the price is higher – £95 for a skirt. Urgh, jellyfish, urgh, WHY DO YOU EXIST, YOU JELLY-BASED HARBRINGERS OF DEATH.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MadModesty

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Not only can I not get over the cuteness of the Unicorn-kitty eyes – but their model is GORGEOUS!! Everything from T-shirts to tote bags, and all around a tenner! Will be ordering from them when I have sufficient pennies and then a haul is in order!!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/CrudeThings

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Each piece made by this creative and inspiring designer is handmade, and runs the shop all alone! What’s a trooper!! Perfect for gyarus, decora, visual kei and pastel goths, you’ll definitely find something to fall in love with here! As is handmade, is more on the expensive side – look to be spending about £13 for the arm warmers above, but more than worth the extra cost!!

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If anyone has any reviews of the above sellers – leave a comment below! SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP, MY MARSHMALLOW FLUFFIES!

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Christmas Tree Inspiration!

Christmas Tree Inspiration!

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It’s the beginning of December and that means CHRISTMAS TREES!! If you’re anything like me, you will have spent the past month obsessing over the theme of this Christmas, making mood boards, generally squee-ing whenever anyone mentions Christmas (or you remember Christmas is coming scaring everyone around you), and/or blurting out Christmas items you see in shop windows like you have seasonal festive Tourettes (again, scaring everyone around you). So if you’re stuck or you’re like me, you just like looking at pictures of Christmas trees and losing half your working day, then I’ve got a few different themes to help you get started! #kawaiichristmas

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Kawaii pink tree inspiration

The pink tree has quite a following now, which means you can pick up the pink bases quite cheaply from a lot of different retailers, and is PERFECT for decorating with your favourite kawaii items! Kawaii Le Cuirot of staysuperkawaii.blogspot.co.uk has done an amaaaazing job on her kawaii tree: http://staysuperkawaii.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/hello-kitty-christmas-cute-decorations.html

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As you can see, there is a no-holds-barred element to pink trees – got a cute plushie? PUT THAT ON! Printout of a cupcake? GET ON MAH TREE! Earrings you don’t wear anymore? PURPOSE FOUND. Luckily this means that it shouldn’t cost you loads of money to really go OTT with the tree decorating, as half the stuff you’ll already own! It’s just a case of balancing it all out with some well-placed baubles.

Small pink tree base (£7): http://www.diy.com/departments/3ft-pink-christmas-tree/766764_BQ.prd

Small white tree base (£5.99) : http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/christmas-shop/artificial-christmas-trees/3ft-white-geneva-christmas-tree-081241 

Large white tree base (£19.99) : http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/christmas-shop/artificial-christmas-trees/5ft-white-shimmer-christmas-tree-081436

Selection of cute string lights!! : https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SHARPEandLIGHTs

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Blue tree inspiration! (I’m not Frozen obsessed at all…)

Blue based Christmas trees are very hard to come by, and if you do find them, they’re pain-inducingly expensive, so your best bet is to go for a snow-effect tree, or a white tree – that way you’ll make sure your blue decorations really stand out. I’ll be uploading my tutorial on getting a snow-effect on your tree for £3 rather than paying through the roof for a pre-made one – so watch this space, my Christmas lovers!

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Common motifs for the blue effect (or the LET IT GOOOOO effect as I like to call it… once again, not Frozen obsessed) are snowflakes, pinecones, snow generally, and if the last picture is to be believed, snowmen dressed as babies, which I think is a must-have. Stock up on white ribbon, and some standard blue and silver baubles and your base is ready to go – you can always customise them later (tutorial to come)!

Blue Decoration Collection from Wilko (UK): http://www.wilko.com/odyssey-decoration-collection/icat/odyssey-dec-collection#esp_pg=1 

Snow Effect Christmas Tree (£59.99): http://www.therange.co.uk/2.1m-slim-lapland-flocked-spruce-christmas-tree-7ft/snow-trees/the-range/fcp-product/58986

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Nice and red and ‘sort of’ traditional trees

I say ‘sort of’ because I’m not really hugely into traditional style trees myself, but these are probably as close as I’ll ever get to a traditional tree, and it’s best to out up some inspiration for red trees as so many of you love it 🙂 As with the blue trees, red artificial trees are rare, so the best bases to go for are the white base, or the normal green base (with or without the snow effect, up to you). Red is a very strong colour, so balance it out with some well-placed white decorations. Or go completely loony and go Charlie and the Chocolate Factory themed like the bottom-left tree!
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6ft Green Artifical Tree from Wilko (UK) (£20): http://www.wilko.com/invt/0322331

Red Decoration Collection from Wilko (UK): http://www.wilko.com/pixie-decoration-collection/icat/pixie-dec-collection#esp_pg=1

Red Tree Topper from Homebase: http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/christmas-shop/christmas-tree-decorations/glittered-red-star-tree-topper-275732

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Aaand, some random inspiration!

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I SUMMON YOU GLOVE-TREE TO DO MY EVIL MERRY BIDDING…. HO HO HO!! FINGER-LICKIN’ CHRISTMAS

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Nyan-cat tree, a stroke of absolute genius. I salute you, clever meme-loving Christmas friend.

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And obligatory cat-picture, of course. If I was a fuzzy feline, I too would attempt to stage dive the tree. You’re my hero, Cat God of Christmas Rock.

So Christmas-obsessives out there – let me see your trees! ESPECIALLY IF THEY’RE KAWAII!! Spread the Kawaii Christmas luuuurve about and don’t forget to check back for the upcoming tutorials!

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