I got this Liz Lisa dress from Kawaii Gyaru Shop* late last year as a little ‘welcome’ gift to when summer finally comes around. I waited for what seemed like ages, and the weather slowly began to pick up but it still wasn’t warm enough until finally we hit the end of May and it was time to wear it. It was Sod’s Law that I began to notice things that I would’ve changed in this outfit; like the fact I had a hair bobble on my wrist instead of pearl bracelets, and that this outfit would probably look super cute with a boat hat and with my hair in plaits instead of waves. I think it’s generally the life of a fashion blogger to notice these things, but at least I’ll be more prepared when I wear this again in future!
The thing I love about gyaru is that it’s adaptable; no matter what fashion throws at us, we can always incorporate it into our own unique style. I’ve seen so many Japanese gyaru that I idolised back in the day (and still do) who have grown into elegant young women, but still carrying a hint of that gyaru vibe. I want to be like that – to be growing old but never growing out of gyaru.
|(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.
Summer is finally here in the U.K. Shocking, right? I can’t actually remember the last time we had a proper summer so I’m making the most of the warm(er) weather. But everytime summer comes around I find myself itching to buy new clothes and I’m trying my very hardest not to splurge too much and to find ways to make do with what I already have. I’m also trying to find ways to do gyaru without buying brand because I can’t bear the thought of shipping and custom fees… Luckily this year I’m achieving my goal of doing more gyaru-kei style (which is a surprise as I’m such a brand whore) and it’s quite refreshing!
Today I’m featuring this floral detailed denim shirt from Primark. I’ve been wanting to buy a cute denim shirt for ages but couldn’t seem to find one until I clapped eyes on this beauty. Sure it’s cheap and probably won’t last long, but it’s good enough for now. Anyway, onto the one item five ways!
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.
Did you know that Liz Lisa was the first brand I fell in love with, when I first found out about gyaru? It started when I found a picture of Yui Kanno wearing it for a winter collection (I can’t remember which year) and from then on I was asking around to see if I can buy anything. Back then it was really hard to get branded items, unless you got it second hand from a friend, and I didn’t really have a job because I was too young so my chances of having Liz Lisa were slipping… To all newbie gals – you are incredibly lucky that there are now more options to get branded items, for some of us it was a luxury and a 1/1000000 chance. Thank goodness for shops like Kawaii Gyaru Shop*! I don’t know what to do without it ♡
I’m still slowly building my Liz Lisa wardrobe but one of my goals next year is to wear more of it. I think it’s because it’s so different to my usual agejo style that I can’t seem to get enough of it! My first stage is to be able to wear it in winter, and when Steph suggested this fleece Liz Lisa dress I fell in love. Within a couple of weeks it arrived on my doorstep and I couldn’t wait to try it on! I also received some cute Christmas cat tights which I took a picture of in my previous post.
♡ Enter the code LIZBEE to get a special discount! ♡
Hey cuties! How are you today? I’m so happy because my Liz Lisa set from Kawaii Gyaru Shop arrived the other day! I’ve been eying it up for a while, so couldn’t hold back from opening it as soon as it came through the door. I wasn’t disappointed; it is as gorgeous as it looks in photos, perhaps even more beautiful!
So I got everything planned for the day where I can take photos wearing it, I even decided what kind of makeup and hair stye I wanted to do until I woke up that morning and found myself with a puffy left eye. Not cool.
That wasn’t going to stop me though! Et voila, here are my photos!
I’m so happy that everyone liked my haul post – I’m going to try and do more in future but next time I’ll save the links to everything I buy! eBay has saved my life, and I’ll definitely shop from there from now on (with the occasional cheeky shop elsewhere).
For now, I just want to work with what I’ve got! I have so many clothes, so why is it so hard to put an outfit together? To help me out a bit I’ve decided to do a “one item in five ways” post like they did in the old gyaru magazines. It’ll help me become more creative with my clothes and save me from buying something that I already have. In this post I’m going to create five different outfits for my Liz Lisa skirt! I’m in love with it, and I’m so glad that I’ve managed to get the complete set from Kawaii Gyaru Shop.
Hey cuties! How are you all? ♡
It’s been so cold over here in the UK! I’m actually finding it quite difficult to write this post because my hands are so cold ;_; But it’s okay, I’ve got some tea to warm me up 😀
Today I want to show you these gorgeous dresses that I got from Kawaii Gyaru Shop! The owner, Stephanie, is a god-send. She knew exactly what I wanted and I can’t thank her enough for her kindness!
The dresses that I’m going to show you are both from the brand Liz Lisa, and as predicted, they are absolutely beautiful!
♡ Enter the code LIZBEE to get a special discount! ♡
|Left: Liz Lisa Organdy Tunic & Sukapan Set, Right: Liz Lisa Velour Winter Floral Dress|
♡ Liz Lisa Organdy Tunic and Sukapan Set ♡
The first one I tried was the Liz Lisa Organdy Tunic and Sukapan Set. When I saw it I knew I had to get it, so I was really excited when she told me that she had a white one in stock!
When I opened it I was amazed by the detail on the material – it reminded me of the patterns on wedding dresses, and it was like I was thrown into a fairytale! I felt like such a princess tehe. There is a tie on the back so you could have it however tight/loose you wanted, with a zip on the side to make it easier to put on.
The skirt has an elastic waist which was quite generous, so that was easy to slip onto. What I didn’t know was that it had built in shorts – this is a definite positive for me because I always get worried of flashing my knickers… So if you don’t like wearing short skirts, this is perfect for you!
Because the set was made from more than one layer it was actually a bit thicker than I expected, so I think that you could get away with wearing it on cooler spring days. However I got really cold in this outfit so I decided to try and show you that you can wear it when it’s cold too!
To layer it up I just wore some thick black tights and made sure there were other black elements to my outfit. Here I changed my jewellery, but a small black clutch bag would complete it.
♡ Liz Lisa Velour Winter Floral Dress ♡
Now this dress is absolutely perfect for winter; it’s made from velour which is a heavier material, but what makes it so thick is that it’s fully lined. Instead of having any zips it has shirring around the back and below the bust which made it really easy to slip into. It’s very stretchy so great for plus-sized gals!
This is actually one of the very few dresses that I have that can be worn both on the shoulder or off, but I much prefer it when it fell just off the shoulders. It added a hint of sexiness, but looks very cute at the same time!
♡ Overall ♡
All in all, I would highly recommend these two items! I fell in love as soon as I took them out of the packaging (which was done perfectly, by the way) and I can’t wait to wear them more often! Kawaii Gyaru Shop shipped out my items in less than a day after I placed my order… WITH a tracking number! How cool is that? And I received everything in around two weeks; that’s from it being shipped from America to the UK!
Kawaii Gyaru Shop has tons of nice clothes on her store, you should totally check it out!
Until next time my cuties ♡
Lizzie Bee xx
p.s. Please note that although this is a sponsored review, these thoughts were entirely my own!
I was going through my gyaru wardrobe one day when I realised just how much it has expanded over the past year or two. It’s crazy! It made me think about all of the money I spent and I sincerely apologise, Bank, for breaking you repeatedly. I promise I won’t spend as much over the next week year or so! This brought me back to my gyaru wardrobe post that I wrote back in 2012 ♡ link ♡ so I think it’s time that I update it and see where my style has taken me!