Recent GETS, casual winter co*de and D&D gift swap!

Hey cutie! How’re you? My eczema has been really bad this past week so I haven’t been able to wear any makeup 😭 so I’ve decided that I’m not going to doll up until Christmas day (as I’d be so upset if I had a flare up on Christmas morning!)

Anyway, today I had a little meet up in the park with my friends where we exchanged our secret santa gifts. We play D&d every week so decided to do a D&d theme!

Cosy winter co*des + blog day with Isobel

I woke up at 4.30am and couldn’t sleep so I decided to write this blog post instead! This is the first time I’m blogging on my phone… It feels strange but I’m really hoping it’ll make things a lot easier! I quickly want to share with you my blog day with my bestie Isobel. We used to do these once a month but it’s been impossible during lockdown. We are now out of lockdown but things aren’t really back to normal so we tried our best!

Recent Co*de + Our Christmas Living Room

Good morning cutie ♡ I’m so happy that I have the time to finally write this post! A few weeks ago, right near to the middle of November, I decided to put up all of the Christmas decorations to create the cosiest living room ever. I don’t know about you but this year I’m putting my 100% into the Christmas cheer (usually I just do the tree very last minute and that’s it) because it’s the only thing I can look forward to during lockdown. I’ve actually filmed my whole process over on my YouTube channel which I’ve shared below, but I added more decorations since then, so here are some pictures of how it looks (although now my cat has proceeded to knock off a few decorations from the tree…)

Out with the New, In with the Old

So, I sort of snapped.

Over the past few months I’ve been feeling more and more unsettled about this blog. It was painful to admit that I just fell out of love with it. It became less of my blog and more of a website. A resource for newbie gyaru. With every post my blog was becoming less personal and I just… Lost myself, I guess.

If you’ve been around for a few years you would’ve known that back in the day I treated this blog as a sort of online diary. I would share the recent things I bought, of my days out in London meeting other people in the gyaru community, and any pictures from tumblr that I found particularly inspiring. There wasn’t really anything SEO-worthy and the blog posts weren’t very long, just things that were on my mind at the time that I wanted to get down on (digital) paper.

And, gosh, I missed that. I missed that so much.

But I was quite alone in the blogging world and I didn’t really know how much I missed that until more and more blogs began popping up in the gyaru community, and when I started reading old blog posts again. Everyone just sounded so carefree and it was such a breath of fresh air. And every time I read one of their posts, I began to hate my blog even more until it got to the point where I couldn’t even look at it.

This brought me to nearly abandoning this blog. To keep it still running, of course, but to start a very basic blog on the side where I am free to write whatever I want. But then I got frustrated. I mean: why couldn’t I do that on this blog? Why do I have to create something new?

And so I decided to change absolutely everything. I stripped back my blog template, switched up on the way I introduced myself. The words “I’m here to help you on your gyaru journey” sounded a bit… I don’t know, it didn’t feel right. Once upon a time that was true, I did want to help and I still do, but I started to feel the heavy pressure of having to consistently provide helpful content all of the time. Makeup tutorials, hair tutorials, styling posts… It all got a little bit too much for me.

In the end, all I wanted to do was to write and share my gyaru life! To be carefree again! To not constantly compare myself to the big-shot bloggers out there who were turning their blogs into a full time job and were always posting out incredibly helpful content. This blog is just my hobby, something I should find joy in. I shouldn’t have to feel like I had to post content, but to want to post content.

Gosh I rambled quite a lot didn’t I?

TL;DR – Baaaaaaaasically this blog looks very different now, and my blog posts will be very different, too. It’ll take a while to break out of the “oh my gosh I need to create professional pinterest-worthy content” mindset but I will try my best!

Wish me luck ♡

Lizzie xx

Bake with Me for Christmas! Hobnobs Toffee Apple Crumble + Gingerbread Biscuits

I’ll tell you a secret… I am terrible at baking. Like, I haven’t baked anything in maybe 10 years now? The last time my hubby and I baked we used two boxes of Brownie mix and thought that because we used two, it meant we had to put it in the oven for twice as long and, well, as you can imagine, it didn’t go so well haha. But I was really determined to bake some Christmas treats and tick it off of my Christmas bucket list! So I found two super easy recipes: 1) A Toffee Apple Crumble with Hobnobs and 2) Easy Gingerbread Biscuits. I was so excited!

I won’t be writing out the recipes here because I’ll just be copying and pasting from other people’s websites, so I’ve linked to the recipes I’ve used. Okay, let’s bake!

My Christmas Bucket List!

One of my favourite things outside of gyaru is the holiday season! And this year I seem to be 10000x more enthusiastic about Christmas. Just the thought of eating yummy Christmas food (helloooooo pigs in blankets) and spending time with my family just fills me with so much joy! Obviously things are going to be a little different this year (cheers, Covid) but I’m going to try my best to stay positive! So I’ve decided to put together a little Christmas bucket list that I want to tick off before the clock strikes on December 25th. Let’s go!

Exciting News! A New Queen in Our Gyarusa!

Hey cutie! How are you? I’m sorry about how negative I was in my last post… and thank you so much for your kind words. Today is going to be a lot more positive because we have a new queen in our Gyaru circle (aka Gyarusa)* – Risa! I’m so happy that she’s joined QueenE and can’t wait to do more meets in the North of England once things have calmed down a little bit.  I created a quick purikura to celebrate this special occasion! 

Let’s Cook Katsu Curry! S&B Virtual Curry Party

Hey cutie! How are you? I had the most AMAZING weekend last weekend! I managed to film my himekaji haul (that I’ve wanted to do for so long) and I also joined a virtual cooking class with Hyper Japan and Sozai Cooking School where we cooked Katsu curry together using a curry block from S&B. I went for chicken but Kinu Yukawa, the chef, also showed me how to do a vegan recipe so I will also share that down below, too. I also decided to dress up a little bit for it and… I felt really cute haha. Right, let’s start cooking!

Gyaru Room Tour!

Hey cutie! How are you? We are now in our second lockdown which means that it’s going to be even longer until I can see my friends and family again and to be honest I’m really upset about it… So I’m going to throw myself into another lockdown project to keep me going! Last time we completely redecorated our bedroom, and today I want to do a lil’ gyaru room tour with you! Honestly I’m so happy with our room and it’s finally looking how I always wanted it to look. So let me show you around…

Is Himekaji Even Gyaru Anymore?

Hey cutie! How are you? Sooo I’ve been really back and forth with this blog post because I’ve found it really hard to illustrate my thoughts about how I feel about himekaji. Do you remember the post I wrote a couple of years ago about himekaji vs the Liz Lisa girl? Well, I want to address that again because since then I have discovered and accepted a few things.

Cute and Spooky! Our Halloween Living Room Decor

Hey cutie! How are you? Last night we finally put up our Halloween decorations! I’ve been feeling really down lately because I wasn’t in the mood for Halloween (as usually I’d have all of the decorations up at the end of September) so I kind of forced myself to put them all up haha. I’m so glad I did though because now I’m feeling SO much better about it. So here’s our Halloween living room decor!

Feelin’ Cute and Cosy! Day Out with Isobel

A few weeks ago I hung out with my friend Isobel to take some blog pics, go shopping, and eat yummy Italian food! It was really sunny but cold that day, so I decided to wear some cosy himekaji outfits. The other day I felt inspired to start building up my himekaji wardrobe again but I’m finding it quite tricky not to just buy Liz Lisa… Plus, I’m not a huge fan of the new stuff, so it looks like I’ll be heading down the secondhand route! I might try and buy some stuff from Ank Rouge if I find anything cute (again, the old collections).

Celebrating My Birthday in Lockdown!

Who knew I’d be celebrating my birthday in lockdown? Yep, we are still currently stuck in this pandemic (after 5 months!) though lockdown restrictions have eased and people are slowly returning to work and shops/restaurants are opening again. I was really looking forward to going out somewhere nice after being cooped up inside for so long! So here’s how I celebrated my birthday in lockdown.