Happy Halloween everyone! I’m so happy that it’s finally here, but also sad because now we only have a day or two left of it before it’s deemed unacceptable to be spooky. It’s crazy how that happens, but that’s life – apart from those who (like me) believe that Halloween is everyday and you should be allowed to express yourself no matter what! I feel like one of those creatures in The Nightmare Before Christmas; now it’s only 364 days until next Halloween!
|(Left to right) Me, Fii & Han! Pic by Han|
“Shop ’til you drop” was a bit of an understatement for me yesterday when I met up with the two lovely bloggers Fii and Han. I’ve never done so much shopping in my life and did I feel guilty? Not one bit! The cheapest kind of therapy is retail therapy, and I revelled in it (although I should probably stop using that excuse now…)
It was the perfect day for shopping – it was pouring it down with rain. Normally I hate the rain but there’s nothing better than staying indoors for the whole day drooling over beautiful clothes when it’s raining outside. When I last went shopping for that gal meet I was sweating all of my makeup off (not pretty) and I felt all horrible and sticky (even worse) so yep, rain was good! Luckily it didn’t ruin our outfits – I was decked in my Liz Lisa top & jeans from Kawaii Gyaru Shop*, Han in her Liz Lisa dress, and Fii in her kfashion attire.
|Me & Kei (and the kitty cat who photobombed!)|
If there’s one resolution I’ve made this year that I’ve stuck to is that I have seen my friends more often than ever. Every time I arrange something with my gal pals I would anticipate it days before – planning my outfit and making sure that everything is perfect for the big day. Because it is a big day for me; I love seeing them so much! And it isn’t just because we’re into the same fashion but because we get along really well and have interests outside of that. Nothing is better than just taking selfies, chilling out and singing along to some really cheesy karaoke.
I feel like it’s still not enough, however, so I make the most out of the times that I do see them and my love for gyaru grows. I wouldn’t be meeting this amazing bunch of loonies if it wasn’t for that fashion, and I am forever grateful for it. Me and my friends have talked about our life after gyaru but I don’t think I could ever cut it off completely. It’s a lifestyle, and I want to keep it that way for as long as I can.
Nothing can compare to spending your birthday with your loved ones. I used to go on holiday over the duration of my birthday but you just don’t get that warm feeling you have when you’re surrounded by the people you care about.
My birthday started off quite hectic as I was stressing out trying to get everything sorted and decorated. Luckily my other half as well as a couple of my friends helped me out (if you’re reading this – thank you so much!). I couldn’t have spent it with better people and I’m so happy that it went really smoothly. Wearing my new favourite dress that I bought especially for the occasion definitely boosted my happy meter! I mean, the birthday gal just has to look good, don’t you think?
Dear Younger Me,
Life is fleeting. You’ll lose people you thought were invincible and it’s going to hurt. Bad. It’ll hurt so much that you can’t breathe but you can survive this. Smother those who mean the most to you with love and do all that you can to make them happy. That person you dismissed as annoying or irritating because they’re always there is perhaps one of the most important people in the world.
Lately I’ve been trying to sprinkle a bit of cuteness into my everyday life – I rotate phone cases every so often and my colleagues at work always comment on them saying how cute they are which makes me really happy! My next step is to start wearing false nails or make my natural ones look pretty, so I’ve been looking around on the internet and found these Sailor Moon nails by LhouraiisShop which led me to make a cute wishlist for the summer.
Hayfever sucks when you’re gyaru – everytime I tried to line my waterline & touch up my eye makeup it just washes away with tears and boy I got frustrated. It was for a once in a blue moon kind of event; I was going to a gyaru meet! This made me think back to all of those years ago where I’ll be going out nearly every month to see my gyaru friends but work life has gotten in the way so I really needed to look my very best this time. The old excitement of looking for inspiration on tumblr returned, and I also tried out a new hairstyle for the first time in a very long time.
The plan was to go for a picnic but as soon as we saw that it was going to be stormy we opted out and instead headed to Mr. Taro for some food. I absolutely love this place, but this time I only got some gyoza as I had a cheeky McDonalds on the train beforehand (bad, I know, but I was so hungry!). There were only three of us at the time so we waited at Mr. Taro before giving up and heading over to Art Box in Covent Garden. I was really happy when I saw that Tofu Cute were opening a section within the store in London and it didn’t take long to persuade Wib & Emma to go there.
And, as expected, I did do a little shopping in there because how could you not buy anything when you visit such a cute store? I wasn’t the only guilty shopper there – Wib also bought some super cute stationery! At this point Melissa joined us and we all made our merry way to the karaoke place for the rest of the meet.
|My buys! A Rilakumma flannel, Little Twin Stars coin purse, some puccho sweets & gudetama tissues (to make me feel better about my hayfever)|
I really miss gyaru meets; I used to go to them all of the time but the gyaru comm has pretty much died in the UK so it rarely happens nowadays. Me & my friends try hard to organise meets but it’s difficult with a limited amount of people and if plans get cancelled last minute. But we’ll try out best! Do you have this problem in your area? Have you ever organised a gal meet?
Until next Sunday! ♡
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.
I have never actually done one of these posts before because a) my bags tend to be pretty messy and b) I’m such a chameleon so I rarely use the same bag for more than a week. I change bags depending on my outfit, and most of the time they’re stashed in a corner somewhere with a pile of forgotten receipts (update: I have now tidied that corner and there are no more receipts, yay!).
I really wanted to do one this time especially because now I can finally bring out my prettier bags as the weather is warmer. I just love my My Melody bag* – I’m a huge fan of Sanrio and My Melody is one of my favourite characters alongside Hello Kitty and Little Twin Stars.
Oops, I did it again… I bought more MA*RS.
I didn’t mean for it to happen – I found myself yearning for their newer collections after finding peace with the fact that they’re toning down, and before I knew it I bought a few pieces. I managed to sell a few of my old collections to justify buying new things, and I didn’t feel bad for it. Their older collections just don’t have the same effect on me like they used to, and I haven’t been able to wear them because they’re unsuitable for work.
I was good and didn’t buy too much, but as soon as my items arrived I had to wear them right away. The weather has improved so much over here and it was finally time to wear pretty dresses! Aside from MA*RS I bought a DaTuRa top and several things from the Sanrio store, and I also bought a dress that’s perfect for the kyabajo style but I had forgotten to take a picture of it! However I do have pics of me wearing it which you’ll see after some pics of my buys.
|Left to right: MA*RS dress / Sanrio polaroids / eBay belt / DaTuRa top / MA*RS skirt / MA*RS dress / F&F hair clips / Sanrio photobook & gift from friend|
And here are my outfits!
|Dress: Offbrand / Shoes: Sweet Soul Shop / Necklace: Gift from a friend / Accessories: Primark & F&F|
|My bby Chewiee & I|
|Dress: MA*RS / Belt: eBay / Heels: Dorothy Perkins / Accessories: Forever21 & Claire’s Accessories|
It felt so good to be wearing agejo again. Lately I’ve been feeling really bad because my blog name is “Lizzie Bee // Everyday Agejo Gyaru” and I haven’t been wearing agejo a lot lately. I didn’t deserve to have that title, and I was so close to deleting it off my blog when I realised that I just needed to give myself time to adapt. I am a real life butterfly – I just need time to adapt with whatever direction I’m going on and slowly build up a new wardrobe. I don’t think I’m alone in saying that 99% of the time I’m in a style crisis (well, I hope not anyway!)
Until next Sunday ♡
|Cute shoes squad|
The other weekend I took a trip to the beautiful town of Oxford to meet up with my friend Lee, and we couldn’t have picked a better day for it. It was the hottest day we’ve had all year and it was so sunny! I loved it. I felt like I could just close my eyes and enjoy the delicate sunshine on my shoulders and ended up having a really blissful day. We were two himekaji (casual princesses) strolling through the little lanes, spotting lots of pretty buildings, and relaxing in Christ Church meadow… But the sunshine didn’t last (typical of British weather) and it started pouring it down with rain, so we sought shelter in a hotel restaurant to have some cream tea before heading to Lee’s house for film-and-face-mask time. Ever After which is now my favourite Cinderella adaptation!
|Oxford city centre – I love spotting old Tudor buildings!|
|Christ Church Cathedral|
|Spotted some people doing punting! I’ve only seen this in films so it was pretty cool to see in real life|
|Lee & I (she’s so adorable!)|
|Eurgh, the lighting makes my face looks horrid OTL|
Makeup & outfit details
|Dress: Bobon21 / Shoes & sunglasses: eBay / Hair bows: Claire’s Accessories / Accessories: Forever21 & Primark|
So I found myself decked out in himekaji – don’t you find that you have a summer gyaru style and a winter one? I’m usually dressed in agejo throughout autumn and winter but as soon as the spring flowers bloom I’m in himekaji. I guess that’s why my wardrobe is super crazy; I just can’t decide which part I like the most? Do you ever get like that or is it just me?
Nevertheless I’m trying to find a nice compromise between himekaji and agejo but it isn’t easy as they’re two completely different styles, and I have been thinking about my “Baby Steps to Hime Gyaru” post but I don’t think I’ll do that after all. We’ll see how it goes! I hope I’m not the only person suffering from two separate wardrobe personalities haha.
Anyway, that’s all for today! I really can’t wait to spend another day in Oxford in himekaji again. I guess this means I should start buying more tehe!
Until next Sunday, cuties ♡
I’m so happy that spring is finally here – I haven’t felt so energetic in ages! It’s weird how much a little bit of sunlight could affect my everyday life. Only downside is that my hayfever is slowly creeping forwards, and my eyes have been super itchy for the past week.
I’ve got so many plans for this spring and I can’t wait to get them done and dusted! I celebrated the coming of spring by doing a little retail therapy with my friends Amy & Lulu. It’s been ages since I went and I couldn’t wait to see all of the spring collections. It was the first time I dug out some of my spring wear – yay for warmer weather!
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.
|Pic credit: Philipp @ Gyaru Lovers Events|
It was the 5th international gyaru weekend last weekend and boy it was fun. There was lots of drinking, eating pizza, and karaoke and gosh it was awesome. I’m not much of a party person but it was so much fun!
Our weekend started when me, Chewiee and Sarah left the UK on Friday morning. We left really early because there were some delays on the underground, so it was like seeing some well-dressed zombies with suitcases trailing behind them. I, unfortunately, was ill so I was fully dosed up on pain killers (what timing eh?) Luckily the tube was okay and I had a bit of a nap on the flight there, and soon we were on our way to our hotel in Frankfurt. I’ve never been so relieved to see a hotel room before! We had a few hours to kill so we lazed around before putting makeup on. It was like watching a transformation from a caterpillar to a butterfly.
|Pic from Kei|
I can’t believe how cold it’s been over here lately! My wardrobe is not prepared for this kind of weather, so I guess that means I just have to buy more clothes (tehehe). Apparently it’s only going to get colder so fingers crossed that we might actually see a bit of snow over here.
Luckily it wasn’t so cold on the day of the New Year’s UK gal meet! It’s been ages since I’ve been to a meet, and I was so surprised to see how many people there were. I don’t feel so alone after all ♡ Could this mean that the UK gal scene is back? I really hope so! There were lots of new faces as well but it was so nice that people actually made the effort to meet up. I only wish that I was able to stay for more than one day because it would’ve been nice to spend more time getting to know each other. Maybe next time!