Sunday, 15 April 2018

Low Maintenance Gyaru

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The first thing I fell in love with when I first discovered gyaru was how easy it was to incorporate it into everyday life. Back then EGG magazine was huge, and it was all about wearing casual attire and amping it up with amazing hair and makeup. It was, all in all, pretty low maintenance but effortlessly gyaru, and I loved that.

A few years down the line it got more and more complicated to do. Straight hair wasn't really done much and was replaced with elaborate curls and really exaggerated makeup. I would like to say that it wasn't because of Black Diamond or of outside opinions, but it really was. People didn't think of others as gyaru anymore unless they looked like they were out of Black Diamond or very dramatic in their style. The everyday gyaru died because we were pressurising everyone to look over-the-top.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

What I've Learnt from My First Blogger Event

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Yes, your girl Lizzie here went to her first ever blogger event. It's not like it's taken me over 7 years since I've started to do blogging, but let's not think about that. I finally managed to tick off one of my main blogging goals and I'm so happy about it!

How did it happen? Well, I saw that the lovely Ting posted that there was going to be a sort of small blogging event at Accessorize in the Bullring, Birmingham, and that they were looking for a few fashion bloggers to come along. I thought, well what the heck, and applied right away. 

A few weeks later I found myself nervously stuffing my face with a beef burger from Burger King, patiently waiting for the time to brush myself up and go to Accessorize. I kept checking my messages to see if anyone else had turned up, so there were a few awkward moments where I was eyeing up other people to figure out if they were bloggers or not. Luckily I got the blogger-vibe from Chloe who looked equally as lost as I did, but before long we were gathered into the centre of the store to start our blogging event.


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Sunday, 4 March 2018

Maybe You're Just Not Good Enough (But That's Okay)

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It was the late summer of 2016 when I discovered that there was a thriving blogging community on twitter. I had been blogging for around 6 years by then but yet I felt like such a newbie when I began to have a good look at other blogs outside the ones that were already on my reading list. I mean, these were really good blogs. Their content was great, their photos were top notch, and all around they seemed like they really knew what they were talking about. Then I discovered another blog, and then another, and before I knew it I was hooked.


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Sunday, 25 February 2018

One Item Five Ways: White Bejewelled DaTuRa Hoodie

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Aaaand I'm back with another 'one item five ways' post! It's been a while since I've last written one of these (nearly a year?) and I'm honestly ashamed of myself. But this year will be different! Call it the whole 'new year, new me' vibe that I've still got going, but I promise that I will do more of these this year.

Without further ado, this 'one item five ways' post will be focussed on this gorgeous white bejewelled hoodie from one of my favourite gyaru brands, DaTuRa. You can easily do any of the below outfits with just an ordinary white hoodie. So here goes!

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Top 10 Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan

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I don't care how many times I've said it, but I absolutely loved going to Japan. It was my dream holiday destination ever since I fell in love with gyaru/Japanese fashion, and definitely in my top five favourite places of all time. I've written a few blog posts about my trip (as I stayed in both Kyoto and Tokyo), but here are my top things to do in Tokyo.

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Love Yo' Self

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When people talk about self-love and in "loving yourself" I always thought it meant a trip to the nearby city centre and shopping to your heart's content. It's something that I still think about (because you can't deny that treating yourself to a new dress certainly lifts your mood) however nowadays, it's something so much more. Loving yourself could be treating yourself to material goods, but it could also mean being happy with the things you're doing.

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Sunday, 4 February 2018

Gyaru False Lashes + Where to Buy Them

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Aah, false lashes. What on earth would us gyaru do without them? I remember when I first started this Japanese fashion and I was trawling through Boots to find the cheapest lashes... But back then they were hard to find. Nowadays it's so easy to find 'normal' false lashes that we no longer have to fork out an extortionate amount on shipping etc for just a pack.

But quite a lot of good ol' gyaru lash brands have died. The shops I used to buy them from no longer exist (RIP Ichibankao and Japan Gift Bay). But no fear! I had a perusal and bought from a few shops, and below are the ones I would recommend.

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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Am I Too Old For Gyaru & Jfashion?

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The other day it suddenly hit me that I was going to turn 30 in a few years. 30. To me, my thirties would mean settling down in my own home, having a stable job and scariest of all... Children. I am not emotionally nor financially stable for any of that yet, and can't even look after myself properly let another a mini version of myself. It's absolutely terrifying, especially when it means that I would probably be too old for gyaru.

Be too old for gyaru. I never thought I'd say that, especially because a few years ago I wrote a post on all of the things you can still be/do with gyaru. One of them was that you can still be gyaru when you're older, but at the moment I am a bit lost with how I feel about that. I think it's hard to feel in the "gyaru mood" when it's not as easy to get Japanese clothes over here in the West than it would be in, well, Japan.

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

5 Bloggers You Need to Check Out

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Bloggers make the world go around. They're people/places that I can always rely on for an honest review and provide such an infinite amount of inspiration to kick anyone out of the blogging slump. Here are 5 of my favourites, and I'm really happy to call some of them my friends (ew, super cheesy). In all seriousness though - you need to know these blogging babes, and here they are...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Driving Down Memory Lane: My Favourite Gyaru Outfits of All Time

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I never thought I would feel it, but I feel old - I can't keep up with the cool kids anymore and it's like I'm going through my gyaru granny stage. I wrote in a previous post that I feel like I'm becoming super boring and that I didn't know what my personal style is anymore. This feeling then pushed me to look back at my old posts and I spent a couple of hours just picking out my favourite outfits. It sparked so many memories - like the time I was on the Hyper Japan catwalk for the very first time, when I did an elegant but rocky look, and when I first started getting into agejo. I have so many good memories of gyaru that I can't let it go.

So I picked out a few of my favourite outfits and have showcased them below to remind myself that even though I might feel boring, I had a pretty damn good evolution. I've grown so much and even though right now I don't see it, I know that I am more comfortable than I ever was. I'm so much happier.

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Art of Letting Go

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Letting go is hard, especially when it comes to the things you love. I still keep all of my old toys from when I was younger because I can't bear to shove them up into the attic or sell them to another person. I tell myself that my favourite ice-cream flavour is still mint and chocolate chip but in reality I do love a good old vanilla ice-cream.

Some things are harder to let go of that old toys, and what makes it worse is the belief that all things are everlasting. When you feel something changing you do the stupid thing of trying to fix things when they can't really be fixed and even if you are able to keep that friend/hobby/favourite ice-cream flavour, it's just not the same anymore.

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