Hey cutie! How are you? 你好小可爱! I’m so happy that I finally have time to write a blog post (I’ve had a crazy busy week (；￣Д￣) ). Anyway, I was going through all of my super old blog posts of past UK gal meets and… I really, really miss taking purikura. I’m thankful to be able to create “fake” puri but it’s just not the same as trying to cram into a tiny photo booth with everyone o(〒﹏〒)o BUT this has also made me super inspired to create more fake puri, and to also write this post where I collect aaaaaall of my old purikura! And try to write as much as I can remember about each one ♡ Okay, let’s go!
Warning: there’s going to be a looooooot of pictures tehehe.
♡ 2011 ♡
This marked the very first time I took purikura and it was also the very first time I went to London! My boyfriend came with me as he was staying over that weekend and my eyes opened to the gyaru lifestyle. Unfortunately this is the only photo I have of it…
I remember the excitement building as I stood grasping onto the train handles, counting down the stops on the Yamanote line to Shibuya. I have been waiting for this moment ever since I found out about gyaru – it is the birthplace of gyaru after all, and I couldn’t wait to be walking along Shibuya crossing in front of my beloved Shibuya 109. After we stepped off at Shibuya station I whizzed straight to see Hachiko, the world’s most loyal dog! The story about how he waited for his master years after his death at Shibuya station is one of my favourites, and struck several heartstrings when I finally saw the statue in person.
And then it was time to join the crowd of people at Shibuya crossing to walk towards the beacon of all things gyaru – Shibuya 109. And I was extremely disappointed.
Hey everyone! How are you today? I was so happy to see a lot of positive reactions from my last post “What Gyaru Means to Me“. It really means a lot that you guys are so supportive, and looking at my old posts reminded me of the early excitement of discovering a new style. When I saw gyaru I knew that I had finally found “me”! I’m so happy that that excitement hasn’t died down! Gyaru is so amazing.
I’ve been dressing in gyaru more recently which is good because while I was at uni I missed out on dolling up quite a lot, especially when I started working… So it was really refreshing! I also went to some meetups this past week.
been doing quite a lot recently… Now that uni is over I finally have
more time to see my friends! I was going to do these posts separately
but then my blog would be so behind and I’d get annoyed at myself, tehe.
♡ Meeting up with Charli~ ♡
So the first “meet” I had was with my bby Charli ♡ It had been ages since I saw her, and I missed her so much ( •̣̣̣̣̣̥́௰•̣̣̣̣̣̥̀ )♡
We didn’t meet up until much later because the trains were being an
absolute pain, but we did have time to eat some yummy food, take
purikura & some photos! Guess who was the one pulling disgusting
faces? (Idk how she puts up with me :P)
She’s so cute (⑅ ॣ•͈ᴗ•͈ ॣ)
My makeup & outfit~ please excuse my boring makeup ( •̣̣̣̣̣̥́௰•̣̣̣̣̣̥̀ ) I had a teeny-tiny cut under my eye
which didn’t help, so skipped out on the lower lashes. Eurgh it felt so
strange! I went for a red & black theme and wore one of my favourite tees and my red lippy ♡
Top: Forever21 / Skirt: New Look / Socks: Primark / Acc: Miss Selfridge & Claire’s Accessories
♡ Day Out with Chewiee & Marie ♡
I met up with Chewiee & Marie I decided to try out himekaji again
because I’m falling more and more in love with that style! I’m hoping to
wear it more often in between agejo & other styles, and I’m going
to try and slowly get into hime gyaru. If only I had the money ( •̣̣̣̣̣̥́௰•̣̣̣̣̣̥̀ ) I spent it all over the summer holidays! Boo ( •̣̣̣̣̣̥́௰•̣̣̣̣̣̥̀ )
did the usual take purikura & eat delicious food but this time we
also did some karaoke! It was quite funny because it started off with
the stereotypical karaoke songs which then slowly turned into Japanese
screamo & Within Temptation 😛 It was so fun!
I uploaded some photos of my outfit & make in my previous post here.
I had Korean Bibimbap! I think that’s what it’s called anyway… It was yummy!
They were absolutely gorgeous in d.i.a, and I wish I wore d.i.a so that I could match ;_; Next time, maybe?
I really do hope I can see these girlies a lot more, together with the rest of the members from our Gal Unit JEWEL! <3
♡ Work Meal ♡
of my work colleagues is leaving to go to uni so we arranged to have a
meal together! Luckily I managed to get let off work a bit earlier so
that I had more time to do my makeup. This time I went for an elegant
agejo look as I was still in a bit of a rush.
I realised that I haven’t actually worn this dress since last year. Whoops!
It was a lovely afternoon; I had just taken some photos for my beauty review (which you can see in my previous post) and was about to take off my makeup and hibernate in bed when I got a text Chewiee asking if I could meet up with her in London. My friend Amber was free and wanted to see me! She had been in England for about a week now but unfortunately I wasn’t able to meet her because of work… So I was really happy that I had the chance to meet her before she flew back home! I quickly caught the next train to London and before I knew it I was sipping bubble tea and waiting for them all to arrive.
Hey everyone! How’s your Easter been so far? I’m absolutely loving mine; I’m currently stuffing my face with my Malteaser Easter egg and it’s so divine. I can actually eat as much chocolate as I want without feeling overly guilty about it because everyone else is doing the same not that I don’t stuff myself with chocolate on other days.
Speaking of Easter… I was off to London again last weekend to meet a few of my friends for the Easter gyaru meet! There were only four of us but I still had lots of fun nonetheless. It was actually really well-timed as I’ve been under a lot of stress because of uni work so I really needed an excuse to get dolled up and go out.
I went for a more himekaji look this time which was really refreshing and brought back memories of when I first got interested in gal. Himekaji was what made me get into the fashion and I used to always want to look like the models of Liz Lisa… But then I changed and tried out all of the other styles so now I’m back to the very beginning.
dress: Miss Selfridge / belt: New Look / socks: New Look / shoes: Forever21
Thank goodness it was sunny that day otherwise this whole look would’ve gone down the drain! It being sunny really improved my mood so as soon as I stepped out of the house I was already feeling good. After I met up with Chewiee and Kei we headed off to Suki, a Japanese restaurant, for some food. I was absolutely starving at this point so I ate quite a lot haha. Unfortunately I did start to feel a little queasy (and I later figured out when I got home that I had food poisoning, joy). We then went to take some purikura which made me forget about how queasy I felt and I just let myself go and we did lots of silly poses (shown at the top of this post). I can’t really remember the last time I took purikura but I think it was in January when I met up with Chewiee. We had lots of fun and just went crazy! Kuri joined us later on so we had to take more purikura with her! Gosh I need to take some more the next time I go to London.
I think this purikura kind of unleashed our crazy side because then we took quite a few horrifying selfies… And Kei recorded a video but I didn’t know she was videoing hahaha. I’ll let the photos explain what happened for the rest of the meet 😀
Me, Kei & Chewiee!
Tempura ramen from Suki was amazing despite feeling sick afterwards!
Aren’t these waffles so pretty? If only I liked them (but the ice cream was pretty good too)
After that I had to head home as I was super tired and had to go to work the next morning. I had so much fun hanging out with these girlies… Can’t believe I ate so much (and took many crazy photos).
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and rest of the Easter break! Eat all of the chocolate!
Well hello there you sexy thang (Think I kind of scared Chewiee)
After the meet in January me and Chewiee decided to meet up as we realised that we haven’t actually hung out together before! It’s crazy because we’ve known each other for a while and have been talking a lot more recently.
It was a shame that the weather was so sh*tty because I would’ve loved to have worn my MA*RS socks! I really want to buy the ones where there’s only pink lace at the top but I can’t find any anywhere. Sigh. Oh yeah I guess I am breaking my buying-no-mars-anymore rule because I kind of ordered quite a lot of MA*RS a couple of weeks ago… I’m just fed up of forcing myself not to buy the stuff that I want! I’m going to be careful and only spend what I can afford, but I’m going to have fun at the same time.
Aaaaaand as you can guess, I dressed up in MA*RS! Can’t seem to get enough of the brand. Could it be that I’m… A MA*RS gal? *_*
Warning: Lots of awesome photos!
We met up in London and hung around Chinatown eating lots of gorgeous food, taking purikura, and hanging out in Las Vegas where we played lots of pool! I’ve never really played pool before so Chewiee had to teach me, but soon I was getting the hang of it. Doesn’t mean I won or anything though… I was pretty bad. We had some drinks afterwards but for some strange reason that only made me really tired… o_o
Chewiee is certainly enjoying her food
After that we headed to Chewiee’s house and watched Girl’s Life while she curled my hair. On one side of my hair she used straighteners – I think I’ve got the hang of it now – and the other side she used curlers. Now the experiment began… I had my fingers crossed! Getting so tired of my curls dying almost instantly.
And the waiting game begins…
Surprisingly my curls actually lasted until the next morning but it was definitely the straighteners that worked the best! As I didn’t really have much time to get ready I just put my hair to one side and curled the rest of my hair.
Then it was off to get some delicious food at Pizza Express and Chewiee’s boyfriend joined us as well. We had a really good time playing pool and taking purikura! I’ve taken so much purikura this weekend, it’s unbelievable. Because of this I decided to get both an Oyster card and purikura membership card (even though the Oyster is pretty much useless as I don’t live in London, but it was cute).
With Antony’s cat! So cute!
Yummy dough balls
Mini chocolate fudge cake & hot chocolate
This yummy Chinese-dish thing? Can’t remember what it’s called
Posing at the pool table
Tried out Calpis for the first time! It’s so yummy!
This is basically what we did the whole weekend and it was so much fun! I really enjoyed myself. I would love to live in London because it’s such an amazing place and you can literally do anything there. I miss having a Chinese supermarket nearby. Sigh.
Hey! How’s your week been so far? The past few weeks of stress and lack of sleep was totally worth it; I managed to finish my projects a couple of weeks early, and I celebrated it by going to a gal meet! It was my friend Jada’s birthday some time ago so we wanted to do a gal meet as well as a birthday meet and it was so much fun. We had some bubble tea, took purikura (something that’s now obligatory for a gal meet in my opinion), and then went off to do some karaoke! It was actually really relaxing because before I knew it I had to head home. I wish I could’ve stayed for longer… Stupid trains and their engineering work.
How was your Christmas holidays? Did you eat lots of food? I did! I swear I’ve never eaten so much food in my life, and that’s pretty hard to beat as I tend to eat a lot everyday… But wow I’m still stuffed from my delicious Christmas dinner that my mum cooked up (we have roast duck and pancakes for Christmas instead of turkey).
My Christmas holiday was quite a long one but it was just so good! I wanted to write a post including everything I did around Christmas, so please excuse the abundance of photos and writing~ But there’s no point splitting this up into lots of mini posts because it’ll be 2014 before we know it.
The first Christmas event was the day I went to see Charli! I missed her terribly, as I hadn’t seen her that much at the October MCM Expo so it was lovely to spend a couple of hours trotting around London with her.
We decided to take some purikura as it had been a really long time! I think that it is a tad expensive, but as we were splitting it in half it wasn’t so bad. Although their scanner broke so I’ve only got photos of the purikura half I had </3
The whole set~
Then we headed to our favourite restaurant, Suki! The food is so good for the price we pay, so I was really happy to be finally sitting down munching on gorgeous ramen. If anyone’s heading to London one day, you should definitely try this place out! It’s a Japanese restaurant and it’s amazing!
After that it got dark surprisingly quickly so instead of heading to Stratford Westfield we just had a look around Chinatown and the surrounding area, mainly because it was absolutely freezing and we didn’t feel like going shopping. London was incredibly busy, so we were pretty exhausted even just walking around for a bit as we had to continuously dodge around people who were obviously rushing for their last-minute Christmas presents.
At one of the shops there Charli got me a gorgeous alpaca as a Christmas present! I was absolutely delighted as I adore alpacas, and I’m going to name this one Honey after Charli Honey (her blog name) <3
I got her some Korean black pearl face masks for her Christmas present, and now I’m thinking that I really ought to pamper myself a little bit! I never have time to relax with all of the uni work and work stuff I had to do, but I’d love it if I just had one day a week to do something relaxing… What do you do to relax on your days off? Or are you like me and is a workaholic (hahaha).
That was it for our Christmas meetup! Even though we didn’t see each other until later – I had uni work to do and she had work – I still had lots of fun. I missed her so much!
Okay, now onto event number two! I drove home for Christmas after work and was just so happy to be with the ones I loved. It had been ages since I saw everyone so I spent most of Christmas with my family and my boyfriend.
We didn’t do much on Christmas Eve as I was absolutely knackered from driving, but on Christmas day we dolled up and watched lots of movies! The one we watched in particular was Monsters University. I love that film!
Me & my gorgeous sister!
I was so ridiculously spoilt this year! I got a gorgeous new bag, jewellery, clothes, a personalised, calendar, some DVDs, chocolate… And lots more! I was going to take a photo of everything out of the bag but I really, really couldn’t be bothered. Eating lots of chocolate has made me lazy D:
My outfit & look for the day:
(wooow my sister’s mirror was so dusty…)
Dress, hoodie & jewellery: MA*RS | Belt: GOLDS Infinity
Tights: Select | Boots: Dorothy Perkins
I didn’t bother to do my hair that day because 1) I woke up pretty late and 2) I was bursting to open presents and really couldn’t be bothered. I literally jumped onto everyone’s bed to wake them up… I’m not a child, I swear.
Christmas event number 3: Boxing Day! Boxing Day is the British equivalent to Black Friday, and it’s where all the sales start. I literally rolled out of bed, and went out to town to hunt done some bargain items but I ended up only buying one thing that was actually in the sale. There was just nothing left for me to buy! I guess that means I have more money to spend later on…
Oh wow that’s a terrible photo! I’m so sorry!
My sister, mum and I then treated ourselves to some food at Pizza Hut and boy it was filling! I can never seem to eat more than a couple of slices of pizza before I feel full, and yet I could eat a mountain of Sunday Roast dinner. Hmm.
I’m not actually going to upload a picture of my outfit as it was really, really plain… The only pretty thing was the MA*RS skirt, and the sweater made me look all weird… Sorry guys!
Anyways, I guess that’s all for now! Sorry for the rambling and the never-ending list of photos… But I just wanted to do everything Christmas-related in one post so that I can move onto the new year. I’m just so excited! Are you?
I can’t believe how the summer holidays have flown by! It’s been a weeks since my holiday in Germany (which I still have to write about), my birthday is long gone, and you know what? I enjoyed every second of it. This summer holiday has definitely been the best I’ve had in ages because I’ve been able to actually arrange and attend meets as well as visit my family a hell of a lot more.
Me and my lovely friend Tania decided to meet up to do a MA*RS day just two days after meeting for my birthday gal meet, and went as “twins”! I had so much fun, and it was lovely just being able to spend a day eating, chatting, and taking lots of purikura.
In order of the “twinning” to work we tried to figure out what MA*RS clothes we had that were similar but unfortunately we didn’t have any, so instead we planned to have the same hairstyle (curled pigtails) and wear the same headband!
We met up at this bubble tea place; I was a bit early so I had this gorgeous bubble tea (that I can’t remember the name of ;_;) and some spicy fried tofu!
Sipping on my milk tea as I wait!
When Tania arrived we headed out to get some food because I was a greedy git hahaha. She took me to this restaurant that did massive – and I mean massive – portions. Just take a look at mine!
After our lunch we went to take some purikura!
It seems like the purikura place in London is still yet to close down, but it’s obvious that it’s going to. Most of the booths had been packed away but luckily our beloved Japanese booth was still there <3
It’s so hard to choose my favourites so here are my top three!
And the rest of them… We took two sets because they were on a special offer and chose to get the bigger ones instead of the usual 16.
I really enjoyed taking puri with her! We messed around quite a lot and pulled silly poses and it was so much fun! I love those kind of puris <3
Me & My Bby Tania <3333
Because it was still pretty early (ish) we thought a little shopping spree was in order so headed out to Camden Town. I didn’t get anything because I’m desperately trying to save money (which is so not happening right now) and I didn’t really see anything I liked. Tania bought some really cute cat tops and sweater though that I wish I had bought in the end! Oh well.
My feet then started to hurt after a while so we went to a nearby coffee place to have a drink and we were there for aaaaages talking about the most random of things! We soon realised that it was getting really late so we went back to the station and headed home.
On the train home I was thinking about my addiction to MA*RS and realised that I really should stop buying that stuff. Ever since I started buying MA*RS I began to think that it was the only way to dress agejo when that’s totally not right! I need to figure out some “everyday agejo” coords that doesn’t rely heavily on MA*RS… For the sake of my bank and my addiction!
So if anyone sees me buying more MA*RS after this week (I had cheekily bought some MA*RS bags and purse) then gimme’ a slap on the wrist! Haha.