Hey cutie! How are you? So today I decided to create a little blog post about other gyaru bloggers outside of Japan, because there’s been a huge gyaru blog boom over the past few months (and honestly I’m just so so happy). ꒰* ॢꈍ◡ꈍ ॢ꒱.*˚‧♡ I will be frequently updating this list if new blogs crop up, and will put a link to this either in my navigation bar or sidebar. Okay, let’s go!
It hit me the other day that in March 2011, I was sat in front of my laptop and writing up my first ever blog post on this blog. Yep, March 2011. These past 8 years have just flown by and gone are the days where I took crap selfies on an equally crap phone, and said things like ‘zomg’ and ‘yesh’ (ew, how embarrassing). And I never thought I’d still be blogging about gyaru!
But the blogging world has changed a lot in those years, too, where more people are doing it as a full-time job (something I never dreamed would happen) and it’s getting a bit more crowded, but in a good way! I recently asked over my insta what you wanted to know about gyaru blogging, and have put them all below. Enjoy!
Galentine’s Day (the day before Valentine’s Day where you celebrate with your best gal friends) is fast approaching, and there’s nothing better than getting a lil’ something to remind them how important they are to you! To make it even more special, why not purchase a Galentine’s gift from a small business? Not only will you be giving something more personal, but you’re also supporting an individual (and, speaking from experience, it really does make their day). These ideas would be perfect for your gyaru friend or just those interested in the wonderful world of Japanese fashion.
My 2018, although amazing, had been a bit all over the place as I didn’t have any idea what I wanted or what I was doing. It wasn’t until I wrote about my dream life that I was able to reset my focus, so I want everything about this year to head towards it. Instead of writing resolutions (as I never seem to be able to actually do them) I’ve created a little 2019 check list like I did a couple of years ago… And this is a list that I can’t wait to tick off!
Okay, I admit it – I will put my hands up and say that I don’t talk a lot about gyaruo on this blog, and that’s because I don’t really know much about them. I’ve only met a handful of gyaruo/gyaruo (the male equivalent of gyaru) and, sadly, we only have one in the U.K. (my gal Amber who occasionally does it from time-to-time). So I had a lil’ chat with my friend, Wes, about his life as a gyaruo! I’m going to call this as part of my “Interview with a Gyaru(o) series!” (Catchy, right?) Let’s begin…
Instagram makes the world go around – and I’m obsessed! I don’t know how many hours I spend on the app but it’s enough to know that I might have a problem… My favourite place has to be instagram stories, as I can shamelessly share my bare-faced selfies and videos of my cat.
It’s also the place where I love filling out templates and tagging my friends to do the same so that I could get to know them a little bit more. So I’ve created some gyaru instagram stories templates for you all to use at your heart’s desire. Just save the picture and upload it to your stories (and maybe give me a lil’ tag so that I could check it out!). I also have them available on instagram over at hellolizziebee.
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.
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!
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?
Hello m’dears, it is your gyaru granny speaking. I’ve been into gyaru for nearly 10 years now and it has evolved so much during that time, so it can seem a bit overwhelming to come across it as a beginner as there’s so much to take in. Here are my top tips to help you out on your journey as a gaijin gyaru!