Hey cutie! How’re you? So a few weekends ago (well, more like a month ago… Oops) my hubby and I joined Sozai Cooking School where we cooked Sukiyaki together! I cooked Katsu Curry with them last time and I had SO much fun so I was really looking forward to this. I’m glad that my hubby joined me though because there was no way that I was able to cook it all by myself.
OMG GALS, I’M SO HAPPY!!!! My present from my Secret Santa arrived today, and my Santa was none other than the lovely Georgie! I was completely taken by surprise when the postman knocked on the door, but when I saw that it was for me I was like “???????” and then I opened it and saw Georgie’s lil’ note and I was so happy! 💖
Hey cutie! How are you? Sorry I haven’t really been that active lately… I went through a serious burnout after Christmas so I’ve been doing my best to relax as possible! I’ve also been trying to make our kitchen super cute (you can read my inspiration post here) and it’s going to require a lot of work. I really hope I can show you some pictures at the end of the month!
Anyway, me and my hubby have been making bubble waffles as one of the things I received for Christmas was a bubble waffle maker! We tried to do it with marshmallows but… Well… The marshmallows melted way too quickly haha. Next time I want to try it with whipped cream and mochi, or maybe chocolate or something.
Hey cutie, and happy new year! I originally wanted to dress up to celebrate the new year but instead I’ve spent the day being super lazy and binge watching the Discovery of Witches haha. But today I thought I’d write up some goals for 2021! I’m really hoping this year will be kinder to me than last year (which you can read about over here).
Okay, let’s go! 👌
It’s taken me so long to write this post because I just couldn’t really bear myself to write it lol. This year has been HORRIBLE (duh, state the obvious Lizzie) so to be honest I was going to skip writing this 2020 recap buuuuut I’m going to do it for old time’s sake. So, here goes!
2020 was the year I basically lost myself… But then found myself again (thank goodness). And it all started with a lovely app called TikTok. Oh, and lockdown, of course.
I can’t believe Christmas is over already… The days went so quickly! 😭 But I had such a lovely time seeing our family 💖 So here’s how I celebrated Christmas 💖
Hey cutie 💕 Today I want to share with you some Christmas gifts I received in the mail, so it’ll be a very short and sweet post! I can’t believe it’ll be Christmas in only 3 days… 😱
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!
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!
I wanted to quickly write this post while I’m on my lunch break as I’ve been feeling really nostalgic now that my blog is all nice and pretty and SIMPLE! So I decided to go back and look at how my blog used to look like when I first started (which was nearly 10 years ago!) I can already tell that it’s going to be cringey lol.
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…)
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 ♡
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!
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!
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!