This week I decided to put more effort into the way I dress as I’ve been living in jogging bottoms and comfy clothes for the past year or so (blame the pandemic okay??)
In case you’re new on this blog (if so, welcome!) I wanna’ say that I have eczema around my eyes so it’s not possible for me to wear makeup, so I won’t label the following looks as gyaru, just gyaru-inspired!
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You know you’re a blogger during lockdown when you’re blogging about things that happened in February. Yep, these outfit photos were taken at the Grow & Glow Event – where I met my blogger pal Tanya for the very first time, and also my idol Vix Meldrew! The event was MIND-BLOWING, but in the run up to it I was super nervous. So I whacked on my favourite outfit – this super cute pastel hoodie and my trusty zebra print skirt – put on my brave face, and marched right in.
As soon as I stepped out into the sunshine and onto the cobble-stone streets, surrounded by beautiful French architecture, I knew I made the right choice to wear my Clueless inspired outfit (with a gyaru twist, of course!). I’ve got to hand it to my friend Nini who actually persuaded me to wear it, and who also styled my hair in two cute little buns resting on either side of my head. I haven’t felt this cute in so long and was excited to be roaming the winding streets and tasting Bordeaux wine.
The last time I did a ‘Get the Look’ post was back in 2012. Yep, 2012. That’s a really long time ago (especially in the blogger world) and I remember just how encouraging it was to be able to mimic a gyaru brand outfit with items from the UK (or, in worst case scenarios, eBay). So I was overjoyed to read that you really wanted to see something like this again on my blog and this – along with my ‘one item five ways‘ – is going to be another series that I’m bringing back. After all, my main purpose on this blog is to help fellow gaijin gyaru out in their gyaru journey!
Today we’re looking at this ane agejo outfit modelled by Tomomi, a MA*RS shop staff gal (gosh I can’t actually remember how long she’s been working there…) and she is the perfect example for Ane Agejo – for looking sexy but also classy! This outfit is ideal for those at work, so let’s dive right in.
I rarely wear crop tops, and when I do my midriff is usually covered up, so when I saw this gorgeous crop top from Tobi* I took the leap and paired it with some “high waisted” jeans as an effort to cover up that part of skin but ultimately failed. But instead of feeling horribly exposed, I felt amazing.
I had a super fun week this week, you wanna’ know why? Because it was my birthday! Obviously not for the whole week but you get my meaning. It was the first time in a while that I actually had a “party” because for the past few years I’ve either been abroad or my friends were working etc, so I was really looking forward to just hanging out and having fun on my birthday.
My “pre-birthday” event was a barbecue at my house, and oh my gosh it was such a fun evening! I only had a few close friends and my boyfriend, so it was really cosy. I had so much food that I felt like I was having a food baby! I’m drooling at the thought of the delicious barbecued piri chicken… Yum.
I couldn’t decide whether to do agejo or himekaji so for my “pre-birthday” event I went for a really soft himekaji look, and for my birthday I wore agejo. I’m falling in love with Liz Lisa even more everyday (it still can’t beat MA*RS, but it’s getting there). This dress was, once again, sponsored by the wonderful Kawaii Gyaru Shop who I would totally recommend 100%. I noticed that they had some gorgeous My Melody bags as well to all those who are interested in sweet styles such as hime! ♡ Enter the code LIZBEE to get a discount! ♡
After we were all filled to the brim with delicious food my mum brought out the cake and everyone sang happy birthday! It was such a pretty cake that I almost didn’t want to eat it, but cake is cake after all and I couldn’t resist.
My family and friends took the opportune moment to bombard me with those party poppers, so this was my hairstyle over the next few eyes. Sexy, right?
My Actual Birthday…
I actually relaxed a lot more on my actual birthday-day but nevertheless I dressed up in my favourite MA*RS set. I couldn’t decide whether to have my hair up or down but in the evening when I went out for a meal I had it down.
Now I’m not usually the type to display all of my presents because I don’t really see the big deal of it, but I can’t help but show off this little beauty that my boyfriend bought for me! I tried not to take too many pictures with it because the film is super expensive.
So in the evening I went out for a meal with my friends to this new Chinese restaurant which was quite local, and I took advantage of my Chinese-speaking skills and spoke Chinese to the waiters. You should’ve seen their faces! They were so surprised! It took them a while to get used to it haha. I ordered some beef noodle soup and oh my gosh it was amazing!
All of these photos were taken by one of my friends~
Blowing out the candles of my 2nd birthday cake, tehehe
I don’t know what my boyfriend was doing but… He was funny 😛
And that was it for my “birthday” celebrations! I really enjoyed spending time with my family and friends and I felt so girly wearing himekaji & sweet agejo. Hopefully I can do more of these two styles before it gets too cold!
Hey everyone! How are you?
I’ve had a fantastic week (and weekend) so far; I’m back at home with my family and friends and I didn’t realise how much I’ve missed everyone until I had to drive home. I just couldn’t wait to get past all of the traffic! I guess home really is where the heart is.
I spent the first few days meeting my old friends and having good quality catch-up time, and what’s better to catch up then over some shopping and iced coffee? Below are my three outfits on the days that I went out!
This was my outfit where I met up with my friend Annie, and perhaps the first time I wore “proper” makeup in a long time. As you can see, I couldn’t stay away from MA*RS for long. I’ve decided that it’s going to be hard to completely avoid it so I’m going to keep on wearing it until I’ve built up my hime wardrobe. It was on this day that I started my shopping spree… Whoops.
I put my hair up because it got way too hot with it down… Summer is definitely here!
Lace & Frills
And this was my outfit when I went to see “The Fault in Our Stars” with my sister! I wore my new shorts and top because it was way too hot to wear the dress with it. I also wore my new shoes as well (which I adore, by the way).
I haven’t really done this sort of style before… It was really “sweet”, but I really like it! It’s completely different to what I usually wear. I followed one of the tutorials in my post “Easy Gyaru Makeup & Hair Tutorials” as I didn’t have time to style it dramatically.
Blouse: New Look / Shorts: Spreepicky / Socks: Primark /
Shoes: Sweet Soul Shop / Acc: Primark & eBay
I know I’m a bit behind but… Have you guys seen “The Fault in Our Stars”? I read the book so I knew it was going to happen but I still blubbed like a baby. I cried so much that my lower lashes were hanging halfway down my face. Not a good look.
This was another “sweet” coord where I wore my Liz Lisa dress kindly sponsored by Kawaii Gyaru Shop! I love it so so much, thank you sweetie ♥ ♡ Enter the code LIZBEE to get a discount! ♡
So a little bit about the dress… It’s absolutely adorable. I felt like a doll pairing it with my new heeled brogues and lace socks, and it wasn’t too hot to wear at all despite it having two layers (which is great because then that means it isn’t see-through!) It’s really good for that casual-sweet style, and so I wore it when I met up with my friend for a meal and catch-up.
♥ Kawaii Gyaru Shop♥ sells lots and lots of cute Liz Lisa clothes as well as Sanrio accessories!
You should check them out! They are really nice and the owner is so lovely to talk to, and I think she has great taste. So go, buy! Tehehehe. ♡ Don’t forget to enter the code LIZBEE to get a discount! ♡
Anyway, I guess that’s all for today. I hope you like my outfits! Have a lovely rest of the week, and I’ll see you next Sunday! Ciao~ ♥
I am so sorry that I wasn’t able to post last week (but would you let me off because I posted it on my FB? Hahaha). I was just so caught up with uni work that I didn’t have the time to dress up nice or do anything about blogging so I had to take a break. But now that uni is over I feel a bit… Empty. I have been studying for most of my life and now I feel like I feel lost in reverie.
With spring finally approaching I’ve been itching to buy some new clothes. I know, I know, I’m very naughty for even thinking about it but I’ve been drooling over the whole cream and white combination. I want to escape from the black and pink that I’ve been wearing so much over winter!
So I wore it for what might well be the last time on a shopping trip to London with my girl Pixie! It’s been ages since I last saw her and as I might not see her that much anymore I was dying to have at least one final shopping spree and catch up with her. We spent the whole day eating, chatting and shopping and it was amazing.
This was my original look & outfit for the day but I changed right at the last minute because I wasn’t really feeling very agejo-fabulous so instead I opted for a more casual version. I was dying to try on this bow that my friend Amy made me, and it went really well with my lovely MA*RS replica skirt (because replicas aren’t always that bad) with this white fluffy sweater that I, surprisingly, got from Primark! Oh the things you can find there… Even though it’s dirt cheap you’d think it’ll be a really crap quality but I was pleasantly surprised.
When we got there we noticed that there was a new Chinese dim sum so we just had to try it out! The food was delicious, and one of the waiters there was trying to flirt with us (how cute) but we were too concentrated on the gorgeous food. The dessert was even better! I’m drooling as I think about it.
Spot the Pixie tehe~
Gorgeous Dim Sum!
Then it was time to go shopping and oh my gosh it was the most successful shopping trip ever. I actually bought stuff. I never buy stuff on shopping trips! I got my cream colour palette that I had been dreaming of as well as a pretty cool cap that I think would go well with my oraora outfits.
After our few hours of shopping we then went to this Mexican restaurant where we ate more delicious food! I’m still not that great with Mexican it seems as I couldn’t finish my dish! It was yummy though, and I wouldn’t mind going there again.
As I was really enjoying myself I soon forgot that Game of Thrones was gonna’ show on TV! I’m a hardcore GoT fan so this is a new record for me. I didn’t mind though because I tried to make the most of my time with Pixie (eurgh that sounds so pathetic, doesn’t it?)
Anyway, that’s all I have to say about my shopping spree! I guess that it isn’t really a spree as that probably includes around 10 or more items but it’s a spree for me!
Me & Pixie!
Hope you have a lovely weekend! And enjoy the sun, woohoo!
Is it just me or has the whole clock-going-forward thing really set you in a good mood? It has for me, as it’s a reminder that spring is creeping closer. I am so happy that I no longer have to wear long boring coats and 10000000x sweaters.
I’ve been really digging statement t-shirts this spring which is really weird because I used to think that they were ever so boring and unoriginal, but this dollar t-shirt really got me into them. I’ve got about three of such t-shirts now and I keep flicking between them but today I’m wearing this dollar one with my gorgeous high-waisted shorts that only Miss Selfridge can do.