Sunday, 28 May 2017

Introducing... UK Gyaru Circle, QueenE!

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QueenE gyarusa! Pic taken by Rachel

I have some really exciting news to tell you... Amber and I have created a gyaru circle! I mentioned in one of my previous posts that one of the things I missed the most about gyaru was being in a circle and getting that sense of belonging, and my wish was granted. We decided to call it QueenE (initially we were going to be called Queenie) in honour of our dear Queen Elizabeth! I'm so excited to see how it goes, and so far we've decided that we'll host meets once a month in all areas of the UK.

Our first meet as a circle was hosted in London, and luckily all of our members were there (Amber, Kei, Rachel, Laura and I) and there were some other gyaru there that I hadn't seen in a long time, as well as some newbies! Everyone looked so good. We dined on some delicious Korean food, shopped at Japan Centre, before heading to Namco arcade to play some games and bowling.


Sunday, 21 May 2017

I Left My Heart in Tokyo: Gyaru Life in Shibuya!

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I remember the excitement building as I stood grasping onto the train handles, counting down the stops on the Yamanote line to Shibuya. I have been waiting for this moment ever since I found out about gyaru - it is the birthplace of gyaru after all, and I couldn't wait to be walking along Shibuya crossing in front of my beloved Shibuya 109. After we stepped off at Shibuya station I whizzed straight to see Hachiko, the world's most loyal dog! The story about how he waited for his master years after his death at Shibuya station is one of my favourites, and struck several heartstrings when I finally saw the statue in person.

And then it was time to join the crowd of people at Shibuya crossing to walk towards the beacon of all things gyaru - Shibuya 109. And I was extremely disappointed.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Mini Life Update

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Hello, hey, hi. It's been a while since I've been able to have a proper sit down chat with you so I thought it was time we did this before I get into doing more of my posts on Japan (how exciting). Right now I'm nursing an awful cough that was actually caused by my hayfever but I'm trying to get my thoughts together for this post.

The past couple of months has been... Hectic, to say the least. I've got so many new obstacles thrown in my way and I find myself tripping up most of the time, but I'm slowly getting back on my feet. Every time I accomplish something, more problems crop up, but I'm doing my best! I'm still battling all of the things that I said I would no longer care about, and it won't be a quick turnaround, but I'll get there.

Because I know that I'm a rambler, I'm going to separate everything into sections for you peeps to skim through if necessary.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Chasing Cherry Blossoms

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Cherry blossoms are my favourite flower; there's just something so beautiful about their ephemeral state and it was the thing I was looking forward to the most during our stay in Japan. You could imagine my dismay when we arrived and it was too cold for them to bloom... It wasn't until our very last few days here that they started to blossom, and so we went to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace and it seemed like we weren't the only ones, however, and soon all of the spots surrounding the trees were taken.

Luckily I learnt from the last time I took outfit photos outdoors that I didn't have a lot of time, so again we adopted the mindset that we'd take no more than ten photos and then that was it. I put on my newest ma*rs dress on (which I'm in love with, by the way) and couldn't have picked a better day for it. It was lovely and sunny, and so worth getting hayfever over.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

My Japan Haul - DaTuRa, MA*RS, Sanrio and Many More

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I've been to Japan and haven't bought a thing... Said no one ever! And trust me, I am still on the road to financial recovery despite it being over a month since I've been in the magical land of Hello Kitty and matcha KitKat. It was so worth it, though, and I had been saving for this moment for a long time...

When I look back at the things I bought I kind of wish I had bought more, but it was physically impossible to fit any more into my suitcase. My suitcase weighed 17kg before and then 23kg after. Oops. I've made the decision, however, to buy more things over from Japan. It might not be good economically but their clothes are just so much nicer and I want to keep supporting my gyaru brands from afar!

In the meantime, though, let's delve into my Japan haul a.k.a the part where I sold my soul.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

What I Miss About Gyaru

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Throwback to JEWEL's first gyaru meet!
To say that gyaru has changed in the last few years is an understatement; nowadays it's totally unrecognisable, but hints of the old scene still lurks within the makeup. I've been watching this all happen and I used to get so riled up about how it isn't what it once was but now I've learnt that it'll never be like that again, and what we've got to do is just adapt with the times and see how it goes.

There are still a few things that I miss, though, and at the last gyaru meet Amber and I were chatting about everything that we missed about it. Thus I've compiled a little list of the top five things that I miss!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Chilling with Hello Kitty - My Trip to Sanrio Puroland!

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I first fell in love with Hello Kitty when I was around 8 years old, sporting a little red and white t-shirt with her face emblazoned against it. But like all things do, I grew out of love with it, until it reappeared in my late teens and has stuck around ever since.

But to go to her world? That was a dream that soon became reality when I found myself walking down the pathway to Puroland, the home of all of the Sanrio characters that you could ever think of. We followed all of the incredibly obvious signs on where to go (e.g. the Hello Kitty banners, Sanrio town map, Pompompurin signs at the train station... You couldn't really miss it) and after taking the typical snap of me looking like an excitable puppy in front of Puroland, we went in. Cinnamoroll was the star of the show as it was his 15th anniversary and everything was so on point - from the staff to the benches to the decor in general. 

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Searching for the Perfect Photo

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This was the first time that I took outfit photos outside the comfort of my home, and I learnt three very important things: one, that I was so awkward when it came to posing; two, that I get terribly nervous when taking outfit shots outdoors; and three, that white shoes will never look clean after some walking. I couldn't help but feel that everyone was staring at me and thinking that I was being that ditsy chick just trying to get a picture in front of some cherry blossoms like a typical tourist (I was in Japan, after all) so this time I just asked my other half to take ten photos in total before settling down on the grass to enjoy the sight of cherry blossoms before I got too flustered.

The thing was these were actually pretty good

Somehow taking less than ten photos and having a time limit actually meant that I had a good selection of photos. In my previous outfit posts I probably took around 20 - 50 and most were awful, but here I didn't have time to mess around so I just rushed it. And hey, I actually smiled! I never do that, but wow I should really do that again.

Could this be it? Have I found the solution in my search for taking the perfect photo?

Sunday, 19 March 2017

That's Real Neat: The Real Neat Blog Award

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Soooo my friend over at love, maisie (hey girl hey) gave me "The Real Neat Blog Award" which is pretty awesome. Thanks so much, Maisie! So now it's my turn to go up to the podium, say thanks to all of my wonderful family and friends, and answer my nominated questions before picking the next lucky winners of The Real Neat Blog Award...

Sunday, 12 March 2017

My Blogging Highlights


Can you believe that this time six years ago I was a budding blogger who couldn't wait to get their thoughts down on paper? I've come a long way since then and even though I cringe slightly when I looked back at old posts, I haven't the heart to delete them as they're a reminder of why I started. Sure my photos were badly taken on an even worse camera phone, but who cares?

I was starting to get really emotional about this blog; despite my ups and downs I am really, really happy that I decided to blog. If it wasn't for blogging I wouldn't have met so many amazing people and wouldn't have a clue about SEO (I still don't really have a clue about it) and it's just such a good way to get all of my chaotic thoughts out of my head. I feel so much lighter if I write everything down!

So I decided to compile all of my blogging highlights, whether it's to do with my blog or what my blog lead me to do if that makes sense (it probably doesn't). I've done my best to do this in time order, but some things might've gotten messed up!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Easy Gyaru Hair & Makeup Tutorials Part Two

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Despite everything, I still hold onto the hope that maybe, just maybe, my skin would magically recover and I can be that dream everyday gyaru that I wanted to be. It's a really fragile hope, but the other day I was going back through my archives and rediscovered my post on Easy Gyaru Makeup & Hair Tutorials. Lots of links were missing so I had to update it, and this made me think - why not create another post? A part 2?

And that's exactly what I am doing! So below you'll find some more of my long-forgotten collection, and hopefully this will give you ideas on easy makeup and hair tutorials suitable for the every day life.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

A Day in the Life of a Gyaru

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I might have said this a million times on my blog already, but gyaru makes up a huge part of my life. I don't do the makeup everyday (because of allergies and eczema etc) and so I treasure gyaru meets. I realise that some of you are quite new to this blog and probably don't know what I'm on about ("what the hell is gyaru, Lizzie?") so in this post I'm going to show you what a day in the life of a gyaru is from the last meet I went to.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

One Item Five Ways: Boohoo Tulle Maxi Skirt

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I've always been a fan of maxi skirts; when I was younger I used to have this long white one that I would wear whenever possible, but then my taste changed and I haven't looked at a maxi skirt since. That is until I noticed them cropping up in Japanese fashion, and I was so tempted to get one right away but decided to wait patiently for it to appear in Western stores.

A few months down the line they arrived on the scene, and when I saw this white mesh skirt on Boohoo I knew I just had to get it, and BAM it was in my wardrobe. It's amazing how versatile this skirt can be so it wasn't that hard to come up with five different combinations for it, all of varying styles. You got your larme kei and your gyaru kei, both super easy to wear in your everyday life. It provides the perfect amount of layers for those cold days but it's also light enough for Spring. I love it! 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

To My Favourite Human

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I didn't think much of you when we first met; you were a pretty ordinary guy with an ordinary life, and I was actually quite sick of boys at that time because they were always the same. No matter how pretty they were they were predictable to the core (from the guys I knew of anyway) and it was a bit boring. I thus decided that I couldn't be bothered to have a guy in my life and would rather just do my own thing and be my own favourite human.

And then you came along and... Well, nothing changed. At first. anyway.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Good as Gold: Lush "Golden Wonder" Gift Box Review

Lush golden wonder gift box, bath bombs

Aah Lush, why can't I get enough of you? In all fairness I had been good and have avoided buying Lush for a few months now, but then I received this beauty "Golden Wonder" as a Christmas present and it makes me want to buy more! Inside were two bath bombs, one called Golden Wonder and the other Star Dust. It made me feel heavenly just looking at the label.

There wasn't really much of a description for the Golden Wonder bath bomb, but the Star Dust is a "soothing vanilla mixed with fragrant rosewood". I had very high expectations for both of them - especially the Golden Wonder - and I accidentally managed to get some gold glitter on my camera, oops.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Gyaru Nail Art Inspiration for Valentine's Day

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Hands up if you have no idea what to wear for Valentine's Day? Yep, me neither, but lately I've gone back to drooling over endless Instagram feeds of Japanese nail salons and it makes me really want to make mine pretty for the special day (even though I have no idea what to wear). Nails made me feel so complete - especially when it came to gyaru - and since I've been so out of touch with it lately I think a set of beautiful, sparkly nails would do the trick! I wish I could just waltz into a salon to get my nails done every week but alas that's not going to happen.

What I can do, however, is create inspirational mood boards of Valentine's Day gyaru nails. I love creating mood boards and it's been a while since I've done one so I was eager to do this again. Hopefully it'll also provide you with that Valentine's inspiration even if you're spending the day at home pampering yourself like the queen you are.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Nobody Cares

nobody cares, killstar, rokku gyaru

Once again I'm caught in the middle of a style crisis; on some days I want to be all pink and fluffy, and on others I want to be dark and witchy (so in gyaru terms it's agejo/himekaji vs rokku gyaru). If I could ever win an award it would be for having the most indecisive and inconsistent style, a gyaru chameleon. Normally I would just go with the flow and jump at the opportunity to try new things but one day I got so sick of it that I behaved like a stroppy child and just sat with my arms crossed trying to figure out what to wear.

And then I did the thing. Y'know, the part where I would ask people's advice hoping that they would say something that would make me feel better.

Thing was that they liked both which was kind of frustrating yet deeply satisfying. That's when I realised that I probably shouldn't have done that because no one actually cares about silly things like what I should be wearing today, and to be honest, I shouldn't either, but here I am still asking for people's opinions. It doesn't just happen in terms of fashion but in life too - I'm too busy caring about what everyone else thinks that I dismiss my own judgement.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Ravenclaw Rebel at the House of MinaLima

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Yup, I dressed up as a Ravenclaw again, but could you really blame me for doing so on the day that my friends and I went on a trip to the House of MinaLima? Where they've filled in every nook and cranny of a super old house with everything graphic design and Harry Potter? It's crazy to think that even a simple video shot of Harry's trunk had to be well thought of, from the designs of his school books to his house crest. Kudos to Miraphora (Mina) and Eduardo (Lima) for designing these - they are as magical as the world they designed.

I was in heaven; I'm a big lover of both graphic design and Harry Potter and it was so cool to pick out the little things such as the differences between newspaper clippings from The Daily Prophet and The New York Ghost. I was with one of my other design friends and together we scaled the whole house, sometimes exclaiming "look at this gold foiling!" or "look at how they used negative space!" And yep I definitely bought a print of the Ravenclaw crest from there... How could you leave without one? I wish I bought some of their postcards now to serve as mini prints but alas, I didn't want to splurge too much in one go. 

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! Introducing Hello Lizzie Bee

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Lately I have been feeling like this blog came to a standstill; I have been blogging for so long but it feels as if I'm still new to the scene. It was only a year ago that I found out about blogging communities on Twitter and realised how crazy cool everyone was, and how competitive blogging is. Everyone wants to be noticed but why read a blog when you could simply "like" or "share" a photo? Social media has killed the blogging star.

Yet despite all that the community still thrives and has its own little world, and that world is amazing. I get hit by this feeling that I'm not good enough, and worse still, that I'm all alone even when surrounded by people. All of my friends that I knew back when gyaru blogging was at its prime have left because of real life getting in the way.

So why can't I just move on?

Sunday, 1 January 2017

New Year Who Dis? 2017 To-Do List!

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The year ended as it began; with my friends and family, because no matter how good or bad the year was, as long as I've got them then nothing else matters. It will end and begin on a high, what more could I ask for?
2016 was... Interesting, to say the least, but that's so last year (haha) and now it's time to focus on 2017! I have to admit that I did not stick to my last year's resolutions at all. And you know what? I don't think I'm going to stick to them this year either. Making resolutions sucks because you get this false sense of hope that you'll be a better person but you end up just staying the same. Oops.

Instead I've made a to-do list for 2017 because I just love ticking things off, especially when it's things that are super easy to do which makes me feel like I've achieved something. The first thing on my list was to enter the year looking as glamorous as can be, and what better than to dress up like a gothic princess-in-training? I've fallen in love with my dark side and couldn't wait to find the chance to wear this gorgeous velvet dress I picked up from Quiz.