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Spring Shironuri Inspiration

Shironuri, A living art

Shironuri is an incredible fashion – in fact, fashion isn’t an appropriate term. Living art is a far better description of this style. The model who really brought this style to my attention was Minori, widely seen as the trend-setter of the Shironuri fashion style.

In and of itself, Shironuri means ‘painted in white’ and refers to the traditional makeup pratice of Kabuki actors and Geisha. This body art has since been adopted into the modern age with new and interesting twists. Minori is known for her infusions of nature and colour co-ordinations into the style. The fashion side can be influenced from all sides – decora, fairy kei, mori, gyaru – all of these styles can be incorporated into shironuri.

So here are my absolute favourites to get you into gear for Spring – chock full of flowers, pastels, petals and light! POSITIVE SHIRONURI!!

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I’m working on a few tutorials, and keeping POSITIVE!! Have you tried out shironuri? I’d love to see your photos, my wonderful bunny-children!!

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Gyaru on a Budget – everything£5.com

I LOVE A BARGAIN!!

Who doesn’t? If you can get something cheaper, it’s a win situation for you – especially when it comes to looks that add up if you stay true to your favourite brands. So how can you cut some of the corners and not have to compromise over the style or design? Does cheap really have to LOOK cheap?

Generally speaking, no, it doesn’t. With the right research and leg-work, you can source most fashion cheaper – and that doesn’t necessarily mean poorer quality. However, it’s something to keep in mind – cheaper fashion means cheap production costs which CAN affect the quality. CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED WITH A GLITTER WARNING-STICK.

Once such website that suffers the dreaded Hit or Miss label is http://www.everything5pounds.com/. I’ve ordered shoes from this website, and one pair destroyed themselves after walking in them for 3 weeks, and the other pair are one of the sturdiest pairs I think I’ve ever bought. And they go with everything. And all for just a fiver! BARGAIN!!! So I can imagine this same Hit or Miss logic applies to the clothes. With that in mind, here’s my pick of the latest stuff from the site. If you buy anything, let me know and we can get reviewing en-masse! GYARU POWER!!!

Clothing to make you less naked

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Baby Doll Tunic (Both Colours): http://www.everything5pounds.com/baby-doll-tunic-p-34927.html?ii=13859

This dress will be perfect for layering and modifying, also great for Cult Party Kei style.

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Flared Skirt (both colours): http://www.everything5pounds.com/embossed-flared-skirt-p-36434.html?ii=17505

Nice simple skirt in pastel colours, easy to layer and match with your outfit.

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Large Floral Tunic (both colours): http://www.everything5pounds.com/large-floral-tunic-p-31770.html?ii=6728

I could see this with a thick white belt around the middle and layered with a base skirt.

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Stud Trousers: http://www.everything5pounds.com/diamante-stud-embellished-trousers-p-39313.html?ii=25543

I can’t get over how gorgeous the mint green trousers are. And they’re studded. Lush.

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Unicorn Jumper: http://www.everything5pounds.com/mettallic-unicorn-print-sweater-p-40530.html

Pop Icon Dress: http://www.everything5pounds.com/embellished-lace-collar-icon-tunic-p-35106.html?ii=14511

What’s not to love about unicorns? Especially bling unicorns?? Also, Blue Lady Gaga dress. I think it’s nice. I think.

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Pink Frill Bolero: http://www.everything5pounds.com/twist-trim-bolero-p-35442.html?ii=15414

Crochet Crop Top: http://www.everything5pounds.com/open-crochet-crop-p-30366.html?ii=5593

I can’t wait to a) have the abs to wear the crochet top and b)wear the crochet top in summer. The bolero can be used across the spectrum – Lolita, Gyaru, Cult Party Kei – you name it.

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Cross Jumper: http://www.everything5pounds.com/sequin-cross-pullover-p-38130.html

Halter-neck Dress: http://www.everything5pounds.com/ruffle-halterneck-scarf-print-dress-p-35828.html?ii=16590

Another perfect dress for the summer – great for Hime-Gyarus out there. And nothing says Cult Party like a cross jumper.

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SHOES!!

MY FAVOURITE PART EVER. SHOES, GIVE ME ALL THE SHOES!!! No seriously, I need all of these shoes. Little Known Tip: When buying cheap shoes, avoid wedge boots. The wedges are glued on very simply, and the wedge part itself won’t be made of anything solid, meaning once the wedge inevitably comes away from the shoe itself, a cobbler (old-school word for a shoe-mender) won’t be able to nail it in and fix it. Mourn the death of the boots.

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Two gorgeous pink shoes, I’m loving the bling of the glitter pair.
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I’m not a huge fan of the bright pink palattes, but I know many gyarus that are, and add that little chain detail and you’ve got some awesome ankle boots. And those flame wedges – nothing more really needs to be said. VROOOOM.
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I thought I’d pick a brown pair with an edge – feathers! Because why not.
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Some sensible shoes for when you’re feeling sensible. So for me, never. Cute pink though.
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Futuristic Cyber-punk Gyaru – HERE WE COME! Take me to your fashion leader…
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I am blown away by these. Blown. Away. Like a carrier bag on the wind. I’m gone.
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A classic Gyaru style strappy sandal all for a fiver. Need to order these and will review.
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I love these and they’re perfect for the UK’s inevitable wet weather in April. Who said you had to look dowdy battling downpours?
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My Rokku-Gyaru sense is tingling… CAN IT BE? Skull motif heels? BEAT ME DOWN WITH MY EYELASHES AND CALL ME BETTY!!!

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Accessories

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Twist Lock Clutch (both colours): http://www.everything5pounds.com/textured-twist-lock-p-40121.html?ii=30081

A very cute clutch, easy to DIY and make extra-cute. Good backup if you’re expensive clutch ever gives way.

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Top Belt: http://www.everything5pounds.com/sides-buckle-chains-belt-p-6935.html?ii=252

Middle Belt: http://www.everything5pounds.com/perforated-trim-faux-croc-skin-belt-p-5879.html?ii=201

Bottom Belt: http://www.everything5pounds.com/studs-disc-embellished-faux-leather-belt-p-5881.html?ii=202

Waist belts are an absolute must-have, instantly creates shape and flatters most outfits.

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Pink Fleece CUTE!: http://www.everything5pounds.com/fleeced-scarf-mitten-p-23011.html?ii=2599

Pink Fluffy Headband: http://www.everything5pounds.com/faux-headband-p-37198.html?ii=18743

We’re still in the middle of winter, everyone, protect your bonce and keep warm!

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Butterfly Bag: http://www.everything5pounds.com/woven-butterfly-embellished-shoulder-p-40472.html?ii=32844

Stunning, stunning bag!! I’ll be snapping this one up 😀

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I’ll be doing a haul of everything£5 hopefully in the next couple of months, so I can give you a run-down of quality and wear. Have any of you guys bought any bits from them before? How were they? Would you recommend buying from them? Would love to hear from you!!

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Sailor Moon Painted Custom Shoes – Work In Progress

My first attempt at painting shoes…

So I’ve been working on a pair of custom Sailor Moon shoes on and of for a couple of months, and thought I’d post my work-in-progress! Still a long way off, and I’m not sure when I’m going to get the chance to finish them, but my feet will instantly power up once they’re done.

Actually, I forgot. These shoes are a size 4. DAMN MY SIZE 5 HUMAN PAWS!

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The first shoe as you can see is of Sailor Moon and the Inner Senshi, with Luna and her cutesplosion kitty family. Plan is for the other shoe to have Tuxedo Kamen, the Outer Senshi and the talismans (if I can get them to fit).

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Also, if this post look spazzy, I’ll fix it when I’m on a proper computer with a screen and keyboard and dancing hula girl USB toy. I’m trying out the WordPress app on my iPhone. COME ON MOBILE TECHNOLOGY!!

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Let me know what you guys think! I’ll post an update when they’re all done, don’t know exactly what I’ll do with them as they’re not my size, but I’m sure someone would like them – maybe a giveaway? HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYONE!!

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2015 UK Conventions and Events – ALL IN ONE PLACE! and Love Live School Idol Project

Your Year Planner for UK Events that YOU REALLY MUST GO TO!

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So now that the New Year’s madness has past us, and we’re very nearly into the second week of January, it’s time to get ORGANISED! I always find at this time of year previously I’ve been frustrated because I can’t find out the dates and locations of the anime/manga events and conventions in one place so I can write them all down in my own diary. So to take out that frustration for myself, and anyone else that may also have early convention anxiety, I’ve made a printable planner for everyone with the major convention dates and locations all written on! In one place! A reference guide!

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And that makes me creepy levels of happy. OCD organisation glee.

One little hiccup I’m encountering is that at this point I can’t find any of the smaller events that may be going on through the year – specifically Japanese Fashion meet-ups, so if you’re running an event, let me know so I can update the planner and more people can get to it! And then we can MAKE MORE CUTE! You know it makes sense. Plus it’s better for the smaller fashion events to have more people because then more events get organised, which means more opportunities to SQUEE and drink coffee and wear awesome dresses. Which is really just a win-win for everyone. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
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Just click on the image, and you should be taken to my Photobucket, where you can download it – It’s A4, so don’t worry about re-sizing, I sorted that all out beforehand. TIME-SAVING JIGGLE.

OK, so events run-down of each, what’s there, what to expect, can you dress as a llama, do they sell crack*, all of the important things you need to know:

DIGI-CON: Up-and-coming convention with LOADS of guests, lots of cosplay and comic artists, cosplay competitions all throughout the weekend. A bit last minute, I know, tickets are £15 which is reasonable for a 2-day event, but at least you’ll get an event in January, which isn’t the norm.

MIDLANDS COMIC-CON: The Midlands location for the Comic-Con which began in London, runs for a single day. Cosplay and masquerade, as well as some big-name dealers, so you can get your dose of cute and fashion. Buy in advance for a priority ticket and guarantee your early entry and no queueing for £12, or risk it for a biscuit and buy on-the-door tickets for £8. Risk huge queues and crying.

ANIMANGA POP: £10.56 a ticket as all the early bird tickets have been snapped up. Scarlett Young will be performing, so prepare for some cute dancing. That means you’ll need to get your dancing shoes on. Yes you. Dancing shoes. On. Now.

MAJIKKON: LOLITA-LOUNGE. Yep, already sold. Cakes, teas, bring and buy, workshops, nail art. Yep, definitely sold. There’s other stuff too, but Lolita Lounge. £10 for the day ticket – SEE YOU THERE.

MINAMI-CON: I’m afraid if you don’t have a ticket now, then you’ll have to level-up with your patience and hit the waiting list. It’s currently got 65 people on that list, so buckle down and pray. Sorry folks.

NFCC (Newcastle Film and Comic Con): Looks like the Newcastle reboot of the London Film and Comic Con, so expect similar. Early bird day ticket is £12, weekend early bird is £20, guarantees your early entry and shorter (if any) queues. Cosplay, lots of big-name guests, and photo shoot sessions to get a good shot of your costume or outfit.

YORKSHIRE COSPLAY CON: As the name says on the tin – this is for you cosplay lovers out there. Early bird adult ticket is a steal at £7 for the day.

AME-CHIBI: Ame-Chibi is a new version of Ame-Con, which used to run in the summer. This Spring-time reboot promises to be much of the same, but in a smaller venue. So dancing, bring and buys, cosplay, anime, manga, games, fashion meet-ups, cake, silliness, fun, and maybe booze. It’s £47.50 not including your accommodation, so pricier than the rest, but there’s a reason it’s so popular. GET IN QUICK OR RISK THE WAITING LIST OF DOOM!

PLAY-CON: Not a well known one, but if you love retro games and cosplay, then head up to Blackpool! Adult SUPERPASS is £30 for the three days, and all the games you can get. And then out on the town to ride rollercoasters until you puke. Ah, bliss.

LONDON COMIC-CON: The Grand-Daddy of the events, formerly the London Expo, you can’t miss this event. Cosplay galore, fashion meet-ups, and only a stone’s throw away from Central London, plus all the shopping you could want. £45 for the whole weekend – buy early and save yourself some pennies that can be spent on plushie llamas.

MANCHESTER COMIC-CON: A two-day sibling of the London and Midlands variety, expect similar. Weekend ticket is £22 if you book early.

SUNNY-CON: £30 for your weekend pass, what’s not to love about a convention by the sea?! Cosplay and fashion meet-ups, the rest is still to be confirmed.

LFCC (London Film and Comic Con): This long-running event boasts some HUGE names in Sci-Fi and film – but if that’s not your cup of tea, it has a massive selection of dealers to go shopping instead. Expect to see Tofu Cute and Tokyo Toys there. With a lovely update from my friend Emma, ticket price for all 3 days is £40.

HYPER JAPAN: Ticket prices to be confirmed, but you absolutely CANNOT miss this event! Idols, singers and groups from Japan perform daily here, fashion shows, workshops, food, shopping, kimono, lolita, gyaru and so much more. If you pick only one event to do this year – do this one. I BET THAT ON MY FINEST SPORK!

DOKI-DOKI FESTIVAL: Early bird ticket is £12, guarantees early entry, or standard ticket (also in advance… not confusing at all) for £10. I assume the early birds get let in early, and the standards have to languish outside, or sleep in for an extra half an hour. I know what I’d choose. DON’T BE A FOOL. Guests and events to be confirmed, but I should imagine cosplay, shopping, dealers, the usual.

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Aaaaand finally… First (and so far best) game of the year

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Twitter Beauties Sapphy-Sei and Lio suggested this game to me. Two words.

THANK YOU.

Actually, three words.

THANK YOU FOREVER.

It’s available for iPhone, and it’s free. You play the organiser of a School Idol Club, sorting out their practices and live shows. The gameplay is effectively a dancing beat-matching game for your fingers, which doesn’t sound particularly exciting until you hear how ridiculously catchy the music is. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions normally, but I will make this one: I WILL COVER THESE SONGS ON YOUTUBE.

So yes, download it. It will be the best thing you did in January. Unless of course you cure poverty, AIDS, cancer or save orphans from a fire during January. In which case, the planet says “Ta very much”. And I’ll give you a cookie.

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*lolita crack, like plushie llamas, cake and glitter

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Cult Party Kei Winter Inspiration

One of the newest Japanese styles to me, along with Shironuri, that I’m completely and utterly head-over-heels in love with is Cult Party Kei. Not too dissimilar from the English style that was in fashion a few years back, ‘Shabby Chic’, Cult Party Kei is all about the layering! Put some lace on that and WHAM-BAM, you have a Cult Party influence. The layering is not just an aesthetic, in this chilly season, it’s very practical and will keep you snug and toasty even if Jack Frost is successfully punching everyone in the face. Common motifs are religious iconography, crosses in particular – RED crosses specially. You bangin’ if you have a red cross.

Cult Party Kei is really a floaty, mysterious, sweet way of dressing. I love it because you can throw a bit of goth into it and you still look very feminine rather than RARRRGH LOOK AT MY SKULLS. There’s also a slap-dash of Fairy Kei in there, and Shironuri makeup looks INCREDIBLE in CPK. It’s simple to start – white or cream base and then build, build, build! The idea is to create a whimsical image, like a fairytale.

So here’s a collection of my all-time favourite CPK inspiration specifically for winter – gotta bundle it up, BABY IT’S COOOOOOOLD OUTSIDE!

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And finally, finish that look off with some CPK makeup. Pink under the cheeks, and delicate eye makeup complete your look. The tutorial by The Chokelate is perfect to get you started!

Let’s see your CPK co-ords for this winter, my fluffballs of great justice and fashion! Also, get those questions in and get chatting fashion!!

Credits: Tokyo Fashion

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Cute Bento Boxes… THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF

Cute Bento boxes

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Cute bento… how many times have I wanted to have someone wake me up in the morning to hand me a gorgeously hand-crafted bento lunchbox, so I can run out of the house kawaii-style shouting ‘ITTE KIMASU!’ at the top of my lungs REGARDLESS if I’m understood or not? Yep, not even once. THAT WILL NEVER STOP MY DREAMS. TT_TT

But every so often I love to daydream and stare at photos and live the aforementioned scene over and over in my head with various elements added. Toast hanging from my mouth, killer bees chasing me, being followed by my Magical Mascot Character who talks but I haven’t discovered that just yet but will do once I get to school and some kind of demon attacks my entire class, at which point I power up and spin around naked while new clothes appear and doom glitter is rained down upon said demon, and yet I must retain my anonymity, and so magical mascot makes everyone forget with a swish of the MAGIC TAIL and then I eat my amazing cute bento with Hello Kitty chopsticks and a Tee-hee thrown in for good measure.

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Ah, dreams.

So here are some of my favourite cute bentos and a brilliant tutorial on making your own kawaii bento box!

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Those pandas… HELP ME O.O THOSE PANDAS! And kitty-onigiri… I feel the kawaii squish monster descending upon me. CAN I EAT THEM ALL YET??

MY FAVOURITE BENTO SUPPLIERS:

http://en.bentoandco.com/

Sleek and easy-to-use-website, great prices!

http://www.from-japan-with-love.com/ourshop/cat_886484-Bento-Boxes-And-Accessories-35-Off.html

Having a sale on at the moment – do you need any more excuse to pick up something cute to eat out of?

http://www.tofucute.com/bento-kitchen~c1_604.html

And Tofu Cute ALWAYS delivers the cute, look no further for bento boxes that make you all squishy inside!

If you make a kawaii bento, link me and I will dribble over it for the next year! Huuuuungry…..

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Eeeeek….. A blog!

EEEK! …A BLOG!!

I’ve had this blog a long time, uhm-ing and ah-ing over which direction to take it, what I was doing at the time, and then I’d inevitably get distracted by either cookies or glitter and then -WHAM BAM- still no start of blog in sight….

Well no more, procrastination brain! Today we start a new kawaii-filled journey! With chocolate sprinkles and stuff on it too, with a side of strawberry ice-cream TO FINISH IT OFF.

Wait, this isn’t about a finish – this is about a start! So to bless this first post (and hopefully to punch my procrastination brain into a semblence of a routine) I shall bless it with the power of TAMAGO NIGIRI CAT.

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GO MY FELINE SUSHI CHARM! FLEE WILDLY INTO THE BLOG WORLD AND BRING ME PROSPERITY IN THE FORM OF CHOCOLATE MICE AND PASTEL COLOURS!