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Low Maintenance Gyaru

Low Maintenance Gyaru

gyaru blogger, lizzie bee, jfashion

The first thing I fell in love with when I first discovered gyaru was how easy it was to incorporate it into everyday life. Back then EGG magazine was huge, and it was all about wearing casual attire and amping it up with amazing hair and makeup. It was, all in all, pretty low maintenance but effortlessly gyaru, and I loved that.

A few years down the line it got more and more complicated to do. Straight hair wasn’t really done much and was replaced with elaborate curls and really exaggerated makeup. I would like to say that it wasn’t because of Black Diamond or of outside opinions, but it really was. People didn’t think of others as gyaru anymore unless they looked like they were out of Black Diamond or very dramatic in their style. The everyday gyaru died because we were pressurising everyone to look over-the-top.

casual gyaru coord

shakespeare's house, stratford

Sweater: DaTuRa

Top: Skinny Lip (I think)

Jeans & boots: Boohoo

casual gaijin gyaru

I admit that I felt the same, too. I didn’t really think you were gyaru unless you had the full gyaru makeup on and styled hair. Wearing MA*RS with casual makeup? Erm, hell no! I started taking ages to get ready in the mornings and at one point it would take me 2 hours just to be dolled up to go to the cinema.

And it was such a waste of time.

I’ve learnt that time is of the essence as I got older, and I caught onto the ‘toning down’ trend. At first I hated it, but now I can’t get enough of it. It was almost as if we are going back to the older gyaru stages where we would wear ‘ordinary’ clothes and just lightly curled our hair and were called gyaru. And I love it.

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It doesn’t matter if you are over-the-top or super-toned-down, all maintenances of gyaru is still gyaru. You can be gyaru with elaborate curls, but you can also be gyaru with straightened hair. You can be gyaru if you’re head-to-toe in brand but can also be gyaru with offbrand items. We have to be more accepting of the ‘casual’ styles in order for the gyaru community to grow bigger again. Make it easier to wear for other people, and more people will join.

What do you think? Would you class yourself as a high-maintence gyaru, or a low-maintence one? (I’m definitely a bit of both, but in this instance I am a very low-maintence gyaru!)

Lizzie Bee xx

This post was inspired by Vanilla Bear.

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Am I Too Old For Gyaru & Jfashion?

Am I Too Old For Gyaru & Jfashion?

carefree gaijin gyaru

The other day it suddenly hit me that I was going to turn 30 in a few years. 30. To me, my thirties would mean settling down in my own home, having a stable job and scariest of all… Children. I am not emotionally nor financially stable for any of that yet, and can’t even look after myself properly let another a mini version of myself. It’s absolutely terrifying, especially when it means that I would probably be too old for gyaru.

Driving Down Memory Lane: My Favourite Gyaru Outfits of All Time

Driving Down Memory Lane: My Favourite Gyaru Outfits of All Time

I never thought I would feel it, but I feel old – I can’t keep up with the cool kids anymore and it’s like I’m going through my gyaru granny stage. I wrote in a previous post that I feel like I’m becoming super boring and that I didn’t know what my personal style is anymore. This feeling then pushed me to look back at my old posts and I spent a couple of hours just picking out my favourite outfits. It sparked so many memories – like the time I was on the Hyper Japan catwalk for the very first time, when I did an elegant but rocky look, and when I first started getting into agejo. I have so many good memories of gyaru that I can’t let it go.

So I picked out a few of my favourite outfits and have showcased them below to remind myself that even though I might feel boring, I had a pretty damn good evolution. I’ve grown so much and even though right now I don’t see it, I know that I am more comfortable than I ever was. I’m so much happier.

*post edited: 18th Aug 2021*

2020

Cute pink himekaji outfit for Autumn by hellolizziebee
Hyper Japan Summer 2017

Hyper Japan Summer 2017

UK gaijin gyaru

So, Hyper Japan was amazing as per (even if the venue was a total maze). I got to see all of my friends, spend money that I should be saving, and took part in the fashion show… I couldn’t have asked for more! It took me ages to go to sleep the night before because I was so excited to see everyone.

Introducing… UK Gyaru Circle, QueenE!

Introducing… UK Gyaru Circle, QueenE!

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QueenE gyarusa! Pic taken by Rachel

I have some really exciting news to tell you… Wib and I have created a gyaru circle! I mentioned in one of my previous posts that one of the things I missed the most about gyaru was being in a circle and getting that sense of belonging, and my wish was granted. We decided to call it QueenE (initially we were going to be called Queenie) in honour of our dear Queen Elizabeth! I’m so excited to see how it goes, and so far we’ve decided that we’ll host meets once a month in all areas of the UK.

Hyper Japan’s Christmas Market 2015!

Hyper Japan’s Christmas Market 2015!

tofu cute, hyper japan christmas market 2015
Secretly plotting to take this alpaca away…

I can’t believe it’s December already! I am so unprepared for this month – I’ve got tons of Christmas presents & decorations to buy and I’ve no idea what to get for everyone! It sucks… But I’m sure I’ll figure something out!

Speaking of Christmas… Last weekend I went to Hyper Japan’s Christmas Market! I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time – since their last one which I blogged about – but I didn’t know until a week beforehand that I made it onto the fashion show, so let’s just say that it was very last minute! It kind of annoyed me how unorganised they were but… I’ll talk about that later. The fashion show was okay in the end and even though I was only gyaru on stage I didn’t let it get me down because I was able to see all of my amazing friends ♡

A New Direction? Mermaid Princess!

A New Direction? Mermaid Princess!

mermaid, princess, mahoukei, jfashion, kawaii

Life has been quite… Hectic for me lately. I’m going through an emotional roller-coaster at the moment which was triggered by my stupid eye. To cut the story short; my eye went poop and my self-esteem went down. Thank goodness I have really supportive friends! I don’t know what I would do without you peeps.

This has really affected the “gyaru me” because gyaru is very make-up orientated, but I took this chance to look at other Japanese fashion styles. I haven’t pinpointed the one I like yet but I’m loving pastels and mermaids and general magical stuff lately! I went shopping with my friend Amy last weekend and bought this super cute mermaid blouse & pastel pink jeans, and I wore it to her birthday party.

So here goes… A new me! (Maybe?) I’m calling this my mermaid princess look tehe.

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