Saturday, 20 October 2018

Get the Look: Ane Agejo at Work

The last time I did a 'Get the Look' post was back in 2012. Yep, 2012. That's a really long time ago (especially in the blogger world) and I remember just how encouraging it was to be able to mimic a gyaru brand outfit with items from the UK (or, in worst case scenarios, eBay). So I was overjoyed to read that you really wanted to see something like this again on my blog and this - along with my 'one item five ways' - is going to be another series that I'm bringing back. After all, my main purpose on this blog is to help fellow gaijin gyaru out in their gyaru journey!

Today we're looking at this ane agejo outfit modelled by Tomomi, a MA*RS shop staff gal (gosh I can't actually remember how long she's been working there...) and she is the perfect example for Ane Agejo - for looking sexy but also classy! This outfit is ideal for those at work, so let's dive right in.


Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Be Your Own Gyaru Inspiration

"What even is gyaru?" I hear people say whenever I tell them about this Japanese fashion. Sometimes I brush it off and say, "it's just this Japanese fashion" and let them divulge at their own pace (usually they then follow it with "where you look like an anime doll?" which is very frustrating). Other times I hop onto Google for some inspiration to show them what I mean but then realise that I don't look anything like the first few pictures of Black Diamond that pop up... And when I finally found one, the stranger has lost interest by then so I just put my phone away. 

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Saturday, 6 October 2018

6 Months On - Wedding FAQ

wedding photo collection from Printiki

Gosh, 6 months already. How and when did that happen? It seemed like only yesterday that I was walking (well, more like marching) down the aisle and became a wife that I can hardly believe I am writing this right now. So much has happened since then... So I've decided to put together a list of frequently asked wedding questions that you sent to me over on instagram and have answered them below. Enjoy!


Saturday, 29 September 2018

Tips on Wearing Gyaru in Public

Tips on how to wear gyaru in public

Gyaru, like other Japanese fashion styles, isn't exactly "normal". Sure, we can get away with jeans and t-shirts but there's something about us that sets us apart from Western fashion. Maybe it's the over-the-top makeup, the curly hair, or the flashy nails... Whatever it is, it makes people look back and wonder "what the hell are they doing?"

I've had to deal with more and more ignorant people the more dramatic my style became. It allowed me to grow thicker skin and boy I'm so glad it did because I was a right nervous wreck when I first started! Even now it's still quite nerve-wracking to be decked out in MA*RS, but my style has toned down because of my laziness so it's not quite so bad anymore. Here are some tips I've learnt over the years on wearing gyaru it in public!


Sunday, 23 September 2018

I'm A Hobbyist Blogger + Proud Of It

Proud to be a hobbyist blogger

Okay, I fucked up, again. I allowed myself to get down in the dumps because my lil' blog over here wasn't get enough attention as I wanted it to. It got so bad that I was stressing myself out and just piling lots of things onto my to-do list, and my searches were filled with stuff like 'how to grow your blog' and 'how to get more pageviews'. It was triggered when someone posted in a group "can you please help me grow my blog because I only get 200-300 pageviews a day?".


People are right - comparison is the thief of joy and it stole all of my happiness right then. Gosh, I was so far away from that! What is wrong with my blog? Is it worth even blogging any more? I know I shouldn't be moaning because people have different measurements of success, but it really got to me. I was lost focus of what I wanted to do because I was feeling so upset that I wasn't good enough. Again.


Saturday, 8 September 2018

Gyaru Work Inspiration

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Depending on your job, gyaru doesn't have to end when your work life begins. There are plenty of ways to incorporate it into your everyday if you can't wear gyaru at work, but this blog post is going to give you some inspo if you are able to wear it. It'll be split into three categories: outfits, hair, and makeup!


Saturday, 1 September 2018

Our Perfect Honeymoon in Marrakesh, Morocco

honeymoon, marrakesh, marrakech, morocco, camel riding, camel safari

Our honeymoon in Marrakesh/Marrakech (Morocco) couldn't come soon enough. It was a time where I could finally let my hair down and relax after the wedding - and man I really needed it! I was so exhausted from the wedding that I was actually a little bit ill during the first couple of days of our newly wedded life, so any excuse to just lie in the sunbed reading a book was perfect for me. But the adventurer in me did kick in after the second day, and I couldn't wait to explore!


Saturday, 25 August 2018

I'm Finally Comfortable With My Gyaru Style + It Feels Amazing

I'm finally comfortable in my gyaru style + it feels amazing

I’ve always wanted to be no.1; when I first joined gyaru I wanted to be the best gaijin gyaru in the U.K., and a few years later it changed to wanting to be the best agejo in the world. My aims were pretty high so I bought as many MA*RS items that my greedy hands could get a hold of, and for a time I believed that I was the best and that I was happy. I tried hard - perhaps too hard - and I called it the golden age of my gyaru life. 


Saturday, 18 August 2018

Summer Lovin' - Cute Gyaru/Jfashion Wishlist!

cute gyaru and jfashion wishlist for the summer

Hey cuties! Long time no wishlist post? It's been such a long time since I've done a wishlist post - my last one was in Christmas 2016 - and since then my spending habits have spiralled almost out of control. Organising my own wedding didn't help my budget, but now I'm suffering from the aftermath of it.

So instead of doing lots of impulse shopping I've decided to do a cute little jfashion wishlist to help me figure out what I really, really want. 


Saturday, 11 August 2018

The Introverted Gyaru

the introverted gyaru

It's a strange concept, isn't it, the thought of an introverted gyaru? Gyaru are always portrayed as out-going and fun-loving in the media, but I'm so far away from that. It used to get me down quite a lot as I felt that my introverted nature meant that I wasn't a "real gyaru", but the older I got the less I cared. I just preferred to be in the comfort of my home with my husband and my cat than out partying, it's as simple as that.


Saturday, 4 August 2018

Dear Internet - I Love You

My dear Internet,

Do you remember when we first met? I was so alone at home, wanting to go out with my friends but, alas, it was a school night so I was left with nothing to do. But then you came along and changed my life in so many ways... So I guess I could begin this letter by saying "thank you - I think you might have saved my life."


Saturday, 28 July 2018

60 Gyaru Blog Post Ideas

60 Gyaru Blog Post Ideas

I miss gyaru blogging. Back when I first started in 2010 the blogging scene was booming; almost every gyaru out there had a blog, but then instagram/tumblr/twitter/fb rolled around and people found it easier to upload pictures than to write posts about them.

But I still have hope that some will return, or that new ones will crop up, so I've written a post on 60 gyaru blog post ideas to help give you a little boost!


Saturday, 21 July 2018

Mission I'm-Possible: Creating the Life I Love

Mission I'm-Possible: Creating the Life I Love

I’ve never been one of those people who have had yearly goals, let alone 5 year plans, and so I’ve been going about my days without really knowing what I wanted in life. Sure, I listened to an endless amount of podcasts on growing my blog & Etsy store - helloooo Jenna Kutcher - but real, solid goals? Nah. 

I didn’t think anything of it until I started feeling more unsatisfied with my current state. I had switched from my usual, happy-go-lucky self to a grumpy grandma who missed “the good old days”. I wasn’t shifting anything, nor progressing, and to put it simply, I felt like I wasn’t living the life I loved.

Did I really want to continue living like this? Being grumpy all of the time? Never being happy with where I am?

Hell no.


Saturday, 14 July 2018

Summer Festival Kawaii Box Review (+ Giveaway!)

summer festival kawaii box review, kawaii fashion

Life is like a box of kawaii... You never know what you're going to get!
Well, that's how I feel every time I receive a box from the lovely people at Kawaii Box*. It's one of the things that I look forward to the most and I love the element of surprise.

This month - the Summer Festival box - did not disappoint. It was bursting with kawaii/cute goodies and I couldn't wait to write this post! What's even better is that Kawaii Box and I are hosting a giveaway where you can win one of these amazing boxes! Find out more at the bottom of this post.

And without further ado... Let's look at what I received this month!


Saturday, 7 July 2018

Have Your Cake And Eat It, Too: How to Be Multi-Passionate

afternoon tea, eating cake, scones and cream

There seems to be quite a trend in finding one's "niche"; whether that be in the blogging community or outside of it, people are always telling others that they should just stick to one thing and focus on that rather than be a Jill of all trades.

This really sucks for people like me who get easily bored. Sticking to just one thing isn't possible. For me, life is like afternoon tea; it has many tiers filled with lots of sweet surprises. Are you really going to stick to just the one level - the sandwiches on the bottom - when you have this whole platter of cakes in front of you? To stick to just one passion, because that's what people tell you to do?

Well I say screw that, I want to have my cake and eat it, too.


Saturday, 30 June 2018

Wedding Traditions We Ditched at the Altar

wedding, ettington park hotel, ryan and sara photography

Let me tell you a secret - weddings in real life are nothing compared to the ones in films/movies. Shocking, right? I don't know how they managed to make it so exciting in the films but let me tell you, the missed out the key part - just how stressful managing everything can be!

There were a few traditions that we decided to ditch at the altar to make the wedding process a lot smoother.


Saturday, 23 June 2018

Proud to be Me

proud to be me, mixed race, blogger

The first time I remember experiencing racism was when I was in primary school and my friends were tugging back their eyelids and saying look! They're now "Chinese". I didn't understand at the time and just laughed along. Because they were my friends, they knew I was half Chinese, so they wouldn't be racist, right?


Saturday, 16 June 2018

Top Tips for Newbie Gaijin Gyaru

gaijin gyaru meets black diamond gyaru

Hello m'dears, it is your gaijin gyaru granny speaking. Well, that's how I feel anyway - because did you know that I've been into this Japanese fashion for nearly 8 years? Shocker. But gyaru is forever changing so there's always something new to learn, and even now I will put my hands up and admit that I still suck at styling my hair. It's something that I've grown to accept, so I focus my efforts more on trying to help others - such as yourself - into this wonderful world of gyaru.

There have been many obstacles along the way, so I have gathered my top tips to help you out on your path as a newbie gaijin gyaru.


Saturday, 9 June 2018

My Happiness Menu

funny happy gyaru

One day I was driving along minding my own business when my ears pricked up at the sound of "the happiness menu". It was on a podcast (maybe the Creative Pep Talk?) and they talked about it being a list of things that make you happy. 

So I imagined my life as a dining place. It would be one of those ice-cream parlours with super pink walls and lots of cute little chairs. 80s pop music will be blasting on the radio and I would probably be doing some embarrassing dance moves behind the counter. And my Happiness Menu? It would be pink set in gold foil lettering - I'm extra, I know - with little heart illustrations. But what's on the menu? Well, let's find out...


Saturday, 2 June 2018

30 Places to Explore Before I'm 30

travel blogger, holiday packing, 30 places to explore

When I was growing up my parents made it our yearly goal to go on holiday. It didn’t matter how far or how close it was, but we would pack our bags and travel for a couple of weeks to a whole new place. As I grew up and moved out for university it all changed. I travelled a lot less - so much so that for a few years I didn’t go anywhere at all.

But now I’ve been hit by the wanderlust bug, hard. I just want to go out and explore! I’ve been scrolling endlessly through travel blogs and came across Kirsty’s post on '30 countries before 30' and it really inspired me to write this post.

So here it is - my ultimate list. I’ll put a little heart next to the places I’ve been and things I've done (that I might revisit one day).


Saturday, 26 May 2018

My Life Mantras

happy blogger, lifestyle blogger, japanese fashion, lizzie bee

As much as I hate how saturated inspirational quote are, sometimes I can’t help but feel like they’re the only thing that can get me through a difficult day. It really is a love/hate relationship! There are a few quotes, however, that I can’t bring myself to hate no matter how hard I try. I call them my life mantras.


Friday, 18 May 2018

What I Love About the Gaijin Gyaru + Jfashion Community

gaijin gyaru, jfashion, uk gyaru, fairy kei, kawaii fashion

Aah, the gaijin gyaru community. Where do I start? Well, it was one of the first things I discovered when I started out doing gyaru and I've never looked back. Maybe it's the sunshine (as Summer always calls to us gyaru) or the fact that I went to a gyaru meet recently - I can't seem to get enough of gyaru and the online and local community! Here are the reasons why I love the jfashion comm...


Saturday, 12 May 2018

Lifestyle Review: My New Husband

old english company, review, young couple

I have received a new husband; perfectly packaged in a grey suit, waistcoat and with the cutest smile. He was someone that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, and seeing as it's been a few weeks since I've received him I thought it was time to write a little review on my experience so far. You can get your own husband from 'Man'Soon (found next to Accessorize), a brilliant place that I would highly recommend. So, here are my thoughts!


Sunday, 6 May 2018

Is Being Gyaru Lonely?

gaijin gyaru, lizzie bee, gyaru blogger

I know what you're thinking - Is it even possible to feel lonely doing/being gyaru? Gyaru is, after all, a fashion, so how can you feel lonely by just wearing different clothes?

For me, gyaru is more than that. It's what made me fall in love with Japan in general and accept my 'kawaii' side unapologetically. I don't think I'd ever have the courage to use Rilakumma stationery at work if it wasn't for gyaru (even though gyaru technically doesn't have anything to do with it). Gyaru gives such a confidence boost, and the makeup is my war paint.


Sunday, 29 April 2018

Dear Diary - Today I Married the One I Love

wedding day, lizzie bee wedding

Dear diary,
Today I married the one I love.

I didn't believe it when people said that weddings were just a huge, happy blur, but ours really was. It was as if time didn't really exist for us and everything was done at our own pace. There wasn't any sense of urgency or rush, and we even had time to eat (something that people said we wouldn't have time to). It was, as cheesy as it sounds, the best day of my life. And I'm getting major wedding blues already.


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Cute Ways to Transform Your Desk Space (+ Giveaway!)

cute desk, kawaii desk accessories, kawaii box review

I have never been known to have a tidy desk. You'd usually find it drowned under masses of paper, sketchpads, books, with my phone somewhere amongst the mess. It wasn't until I moved in with my love that I wanted to put more of an effort into making my desk space really cute, and I try to do the same at work. So I've put together a list of cute ways to transform your desk space if you're a lil' bit stuck on what to do.


Sunday, 15 April 2018

Low Maintenance Gyaru

gyaru blogger, lizzie bee, jfashion

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.


Sunday, 11 March 2018

What I've Learnt from My First Blogger Event

birmingham bloggers, accessorize bullring, blogger event

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.


Sunday, 4 March 2018

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

jfashion blogger, fashion blogger, lizzie bee

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.


Sunday, 25 February 2018

One Item Five Ways: White Bejewelled DaTuRa Hoodie

bejewelled white DaTuRa hoodie

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!


Sunday, 18 February 2018

Top 10 Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan

maid cafe, cute dessert, kawaii ice cream, maidreamin

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.


Sunday, 11 February 2018

Love Yo' Self

heart confetti, valentine's day room decor

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.


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Gyaru False Lashes + Where to Buy Them

false lashes collection, japanese lashes, gyaru lashes

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.


Sunday, 28 January 2018

Am I Too Old For Gyaru & Jfashion?

carefree gaijin gyaru

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.


Sunday, 21 January 2018

5 Bloggers You Need to Check Out

my favourite bloggers, bloggers, fashion bloggers, lifestyle bloggers

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...


Sunday, 14 January 2018

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

favourite gyaru outfits of all time, gyaru outfit, agejo, lizzie bee, jfashion

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.


Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Art of Letting Go

the art of letting go, personal, lifestyle blogger

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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