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.
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.
I’d like to say that I was organised this Christmas but that would be a huge fat lie and I’m a terrible liar. While everyone else was putting up their Christmas trees, I was waiting for my decorations to arrive and was being a lazy slob. That’s when I realised that I had a Christmas part to attend to the following weekend and thought, “you know what would look great with my outfit? A Christmas tree”. Soon I was dragging myself to town and going down countless aisles to pick up whatever pink decorations I could find. Annoying thing was that the decorations I was waiting for arrived the day after the party (typical) so I snapped some photos with my Christmas outfit and took some more later when it was complete and you know what? It looks magical!
I remember it as clear as day; me and my friend were sitting at a bar with our new housemate, and we were having a right giggle when our new roomie suddenly leant forwards and said “Haven’t you noticed that Lizzie has bunny rabbit teeth?” I was slightly intoxicated at the time but I remember my stomach dropping and my happiness faltering. Why would they say that, right in front of me? Luckily my friend just laughed it off and started pointing out our roomie’s imperfections while I just sat there trying to think of the best way to recover.
I don’t care what anyone else says, they can make as many Harry Potter related films as they want and I’ll be happy. Who cares if it’s a money-making-machine? J.K Rowling is as magical as her books, I adore the world of witches and wizards, so any excuse to be absorbed into it is good for me. Reading Harry Potter is just perfect for winter – I can snuggle up in bed with a cup of hot chocolate and I’m satisfied. It’s a bonus if I can do that in front of a toasty fire, but seeing as I don’t have one… hot chocolate will do.
Halloween is here. As soon as the clock struck 12am on October 1st I was bringing out all of my Halloween decorations and the rest of my rokku gyaru wardrobe. Not that I had much of a chance to channel dark witchy vibes – it’s been so cold lately that I’ve been wearing chunky sweaters that had hidden any hint of witchy goodness.
The past couple of weeks have been heaven for me; all of the UK brands were bringing out their Halloween collections as well as the local supermarkets. A friend had asked if I was shopping for Halloween when they peeked at my screen but I secretly admitted that it was more for everyday wear. Another friend gave me these awesome pair of bat tights, and that together with my bat headband and vampire top I became the crazy bat lady.
I am so glad that I didn’t throw out any of my rokku clothes in the end because October definitely brings out my dark side. I blame it on Halloween. It’s my favourite season of the year (joint with Christmas) and I can’t wait to get dressed up for it! I have so many ideas… Have you got any plans on what you’re going to wear this year? I’m tempted to buy a lot of Halloween stuff when it all goes on sale for my rokku wardrobe… Sure, some of the stuff isn’t technically “rokku”, but whatever.
I’m starting to become more comfortable with myself after numerous Lush baths and walks through the countryside. I have been struggling to find balance a lot this past year – I have work, my art on the side as well as my blog, and trying to juggle all that whilst maintaining a social life is an absolute nightmare. The main cause of my stress? The yearning for perfection. I want to do better in all aspects of life and believed that my current state wasn’t good enough. I was racing against time to try and achieve everything and more and was becoming burnt out.
My other half always tells me that I’m way too hard on myself and he’s right, but I just can’t get out of this mindset. I am a lot better now though, which is amazing! I’ll do my best to do my best without being ill and stressed out. I know that I probably won’t be able to do everything at once, so I’m taking baby steps!
If you have any tips for me, then please let me know in the comments below! Now let’s go out and get spooky!
Until next Sunday ♡
Acid-washed jeans are the best things to jazz up a simple outfit; every time I feel like I’m in a slump I just slip on a pair of these babies and it instantly improves my mood. I haven’t been wearing it lately because it’s been unusually hot in the U.K. (the horror) but I just can’t wait for it to get a little cooler so that I can whack them on!
So while I patiently wait for that day to come I have decided that it was time to do another one of my “One Item Five Ways” posts. I really look forward to doing these, and I guess I could class them as a series now! If there’s anything you would like to see me experiment with then please let me know in the comments below.
Summer is finally here in the U.K. Shocking, right? I can’t actually remember the last time we had a proper summer so I’m making the most of the warm(er) weather. But everytime summer comes around I find myself itching to buy new clothes and I’m trying my very hardest not to splurge too much and to find ways to make do with what I already have. I’m also trying to find ways to do gyaru without buying brand because I can’t bear the thought of shipping and custom fees… Luckily this year I’m achieving my goal of doing more gyaru-kei style (which is a surprise as I’m such a brand whore) and it’s quite refreshing!
Today I’m featuring this floral detailed denim shirt from Primark. I’ve been wanting to buy a cute denim shirt for ages but couldn’t seem to find one until I clapped eyes on this beauty. Sure it’s cheap and probably won’t last long, but it’s good enough for now. Anyway, onto the one item five ways!
It’s amazing how your clothes can affect your mental and physical state; as soon as I put on a cute dress I suddenly feel very positive and princess-y, and that’s exactly how I felt when I put on my new Liz Lisa dress from Kawaii Gyaru Shop*. Gosh I can’t tell you how in awe I am of it – I mean, look at that print! Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful it is.
All of my Liz Lisa is beautiful but this one has by far topped it. Sorry, my other Liz Lisa clothes, but it looks like I’m going to try and wear this as many times as I can. Luckily it’s been getting so hot in the UK so hopefully that will happen!
One of my best friend’s, Amy, was having a birthday tea party and I just couldn’t resist wearing this dress. I mean come on, a tea party, you can’t get anymore princess-y than that. I kept my fingers crossed that it wouldn’t rain and luckily it didn’t, and I had such a great day. We drank tea, ate scones with jam and cream, and took lots of photos! I actually prefer these kind of gatherings to the partying type – I just get so exhausted with all that drinking that I’ll only last an hour at a nightclub. Oops.
Dress: Liz Lisa via Kawaii Gyaru Shop (discount code: LIZBEE) / Accessories: Claire’s Accessories & Primark / Heels: Sweet Soul Shop
It feels like ages since I had the chance to relax. Life has been hectic lately and I can feel myself running into exhaustion because I just can’t stop working. Even outside of work I find myself drawing for my 100 day project and I’m worried that I’ll get ill again from overworking. I’m stuck in that mindset that if I don’t do work than I’m wasting my time. It really sucks but I’m trying to relax by taking bubble baths and the like, but it’s not working…
Hopefully I can find a method soon! Does anyone have anything they could recommend?
Until next Sunday ♡
*Kawaii Gyaru Shop discount code: LIZBEE. All pics taken by either James or Amy.
One thing I loved about this winter was that I stepped out of my comfort zone and wore pastel shades. I used to only wear dark shades for winter, but as the days are already dull it’s nice to add a spot of colour.
I went to Finland recently with my love and boy it was cold! There’s winter, and then there’s Finnish winter. Luckily I packed lots of fluffy sweaters and thermals – I don’t know how I would’ve survived otherwise! I’m hoping to do some more posts of my holiday in future but I might spread them out over the next couple of months.
This was one of my favourite outfits from my holiday, I felt like such an Easter bunny, so fluffy and cuddly! I was inspired by one of my outfits I put together in my One Outfit Five Ways post, but layered it up for the cold weather.
I’m quite sad that I won’t be able to wear fluffy sweaters anymore now that it’s getting warmer here in the UK, but I’m really keen on adding some more pastels to my spring & summer wardrobe! It’ll also allow me to try out different colours for makeup, taking inspiration from Fairy Kei. Fairy Kei and Gyaru is actually a really cute mix. Although I won’t go Fairy Kei all the way I just love the way they put their outfits together, so I took a trip to Tumblr and put together a small moodboard:
A perfect example of a gyaru doing this mix is Emika Kanda. She looks adorable!
I just can’t wait to try this out! It looks so fun and it’ll be nice to bring a bit more colour into my wardrobe and general makeup. I’ve been sticking to a lot of brown and black shades for my eyeshadow, so it’ll be nice to experiment with blues and pinks.
What styles do you like to mix with gyaru? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next Sunday! ♡
I can finally say that I’m now a himekaji gyaru. It sounds weird saying it like that – himekaji gyaru, it doesn’t really flow well but then again just saying “himekaji” sounds weird too. Like himekaji what, exactly? Oh well what I want to say is that I’ve finally accepted that himekaji might just be the style I’m looking for. It’s perfect for going out with friends and even for work which is all I seem to do these days!
But himekaji is still quite difficult for me in winter, so Stephanie suggested I try out this gorgeous red knit! I was going to go ahead with that when my eyes clapped on this equally gorgeous blouse. A couple of weeks later they arrived on my doorstep (you probably recognise these babies in my haul post). I swear it feels like Christmas every time I open a package – especially when I know there’s Liz Lisa inside. I couldn’t wait to wear everything!
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Everything was packed neatly and she had even thrown in a pair of over-the-knee socks (pictured in my haul post) as well as a My Melody plushie which was really nice of her! The sweater was quite bulky but oh so soft, and the lace top that came with it was pretty. I was a bit worried as I’m not really into wearing lace without something underneath as my skin could get a bit irritated by it, so I made note of it for when I do wear it.
The blouse was beautiful but looked quite short – the lace part goes down to my waist where it is then just a layer of chiffon, so it might not be suitable to wear right now. It looks easy to wear though as it’s quite stretchy and very soft – I could probably bundle this up and it wouldn’t ruin it.
Sweater: Kawaii Gyaru Shop (coupon code: LIZBEE) / Skirt: Miss Selfridge / Boots: Liz Lisa Replica / Accessories: Muse & Claire’s Accessories
01 | The Red Knit
Oh my gosh it was SO WARM. It was perfect because it’s been quite cold over here in England and all I needed to wear was the lace vest that came with it underneath and I was fine. Normally my skin would get irritated if I don’t wear long sleeves but this one was okay – the knit was surprisingly soft. I just love the lace and ribbon details on the side and did I mention that it came with a lace vest? (We’re pretty much getting two items for one…) I’ve worn this a few times since Valentine’s day and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who’s battling those cold winter seasons. They also come in different colours which is amazing!
02 | The Floral Blouse
It took me a while to actually wear this blouse because it’s not really the right weather for it, so I waited until I went shopping with my friend Lee and I was right – it is still a bit too cold to wear it so I paired it with my white fluffy hoodie. My stomach kept getting cold because of the thinner material, so this blouse is definitely for those warm winter days. The sleeves also come up a bit short but not too short that I felt stupid which I think was helped by the fact that they were in the thinner material. Thank goodness for the elasticated cuffs! Nevertheless it is super cute. I just love the peter pan collar and the floral details on the blouse.
That’s all for now cuties! I hope you liked this post and that it fed your Liz Lisa-needs haha. Don’t forget to check out Kawaii Gyaru Shop for more awesome Liz Lisa (and many more brands!) and use my code LIZBEE if anything takes your fancy. Go on, treat yo’self.
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I’ve been aiming to do gyaru at least once a week ever since I entered the “real world”. So far so good – it makes me really look forward to my “dolling-up” days and I feel more motivated to do things when I make an effort to look good. How weird is that?
But my gyaru looks have really toned down as I haven’t attended any meets and all I have been doing lately is shopping, eating or just hanging out with my friends so I’ve never really had a reason to go all-out. I had promised myself never to tone down, but now I’ve come to terms with it and accepted it for what it is. That’s life I suppose.
Here are a few outfits I’ve done during January and February. My gyaru self is evolving as I started not giving a crap about fitting into a substyle and just doing what I want to do. My main focus is to wear whatever I want but then do gyaru makeup & hair. I think it’s better for me that way.
Oh My Sweet Days
I’m not really one for slouchy sweaters but I can’t get enough of this sweater. It’s not really the warmest thing in the world so I saved it for the warmest winter day before I could wear it. What I loved most about it were the little white bows – they looked so cute! I really liked my makeup that day even though I did what I usually did, but it somehow looks different? I don’t know, the mysteries of makeup.
It’s still freezing here in the UK but because it’s been feeling more like Spring I wanted to wear something with Spring elements, and settled for lighter colours. I love this hoodie because it’s just so cosy, I felt like a little lamb!
Hoodie: Unknown / Jeans: Reveal / Bag & shoes: eBay / Accessories: Primark
This was the first time I tried mixing up pastels, and oh my gosh I loved it! I never felt so magical and it was only emphasised with my unicorn necklace from Roxie Sweetheart. I can’t wait to wear pastels again – especially pinks and purples!
I had such a bad hair day and couldn’t for the life of me decide what to do with my hair but in the end I just went with soft curls. One day I’ll wear this outfit again but with bigger hair and heavier makeup. I need to experiment with pastel shades for my makeup!
That’s all for today! I have actually dressed up more than what this post is showing but it’s been dotted around my other posts such as my outfits for my Kawaii Gyaru Shop review (which will be up next week!). So I have been dressing up, promise! ;D
Until next Sunday! ♡
I was looking through my blog when I realised that it’s been ages since I had done one of these posts, and I’m trying very hard not to splurge so I think it’s time for another one! I’m going to make it my goal to do one of these every month. Not only will this save me from spending but it’ll help me figure out how to make do with what I have.
This time I’m going to do five outfits with this gorgeous fluffy baby pink skirt from Missguided. Honestly I feel so barbie-like when I wear this, it’s amazing. The only downside to this skirt was that it got fluff everywhere – quite a lot of my clothes that this has been in contact with is covered with the stuff! Nevertheless it’s super cute, and I’m really glad that I bought it in the end as Missguided haven’t brought out any cute items since. Maybe one day…
Ever get that feeling where you don’t really fit into a particular style? I’ve been feeling this for so long that it’s become normal for me. I have tried sticking to one style, but the more I told myself to do that, the more I rebelled against it until it got to a point where I was a chaotic mess. I just couldn’t make my mind up! I kept creating posts saying, “from now on I’m going to do X style!” But then I changed drastically almost as soon as I posted it. It was so annoying!
So now I’ve come to terms with what I truly am – a style chameleon. I’ve always known I was one but I didn’t really want to face it… Accepting this made me feel so much better! Don’t get me wrong, I do envy gyaru who strongly stick to one style and rock it, but that didn’t work out for me. Agejo was the only style that lasted more than a few days (it actually turned into a few years) and I’m still going strong with it but I tend to dabble with other styles every now and then.
I’ve been in a rut in terms of Christmas spirit; I don’t know why, but I just don’t feel the cheer this year. I used to love Christmas but now I find myself enjoying Halloween more… It got to the point where I was so fed up with how I was feeling that I forced myself to dress up and go Christmas tree hunting. I haven’t actually bought a Christmas tree before (apart from my mini one which I got for £1 from Poundland) so I was totally unprepared. I ended up red-faced with stress but I managed to get one in the end. The final result was a beautiful pink and white tree, topped with some Hello Kitty baubles that I got as an early Christmas present from my boyfriend’s mum.
Setting up the tree jump-started my Christmas mood, and soon I was singing along to “Fairytale of New York” which really helped me get motivated to dress up for my first Christmas meal of the year! This is where I realised that I hadn’t actually bought a Christmas jumper, whoops. I made do by wearing fluffy things and my pompom hairbands ♡
Fast-forward to a week later, I was getting more into the Christmas mood but I still had no jumper ^^” But I didn’t care, I wanted to dress up! Kawaii Gyaru Shop kindly sent me these adorable Santa-cat tights and I just had to wear them. They’re so so cute! I love them!
Oh and yes I got my hair cut! I wasn’t too sure whether to have it cut but I got fed up of it being trapped in car doors. I’m still not used to it… It’s so short ;_; But I love my fringe! What do you think? ^///////^
That’s all for today folks! I hope you’ve been feeling more Christmas-y than I have…