Hello everybody! Today is Friday so I hope this post gives you some fashionspiration! Meet Joanne, a lolita who is not only into collecting beautiful pieces and making pretty coords but also has her own brand called ‘Rocking Horse Designs’. So let’s find out more!
What I like most about Joanne’s outfits are the colours! I like how she puts various colours together in a way that they complement eachother perfectly. I also like the way she matches her accessories. Above are three of my favourite outfits of hers. In the first she is wearing ‘Miracle Candy’ from Angelic Pretty, and she really brings out the reds in the print and carries on the candy theme with that adorable lollipop clip! I also love her ‘Dreaming Macaron’ coord, the yellows and pinks go really well together. And lastly, an outfit definitely fit for a Jubilee meetup!
Joanne’s brand ‘Rocking Horse Designs’ has all types of clothes including Lolita and Fairy Kei. There are dresses, salopettes, capes, skirts and all sorts up for sale. There are also cute accessories like the Hello Kitty necklaces pictured below! Some of my favourite pieces would be this pink fairy kei pinafore and this adorable sailor-style dress. Here is the etsy so you can check out the products for yourself too.
Unfortunately next week I won’t be able to post as I’ll be taking some very important exams! In the meantime you can take a look at previous Friday Fashionistas if you like! Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
It’s more than 6 months until the next HYPER JAPAN and I’m already super excited! In the meantime, let’s meet a new fashionista! I met loads of lovely people at the ‘Kitty and the Bulldog’ display meet at the Victoria and Albert museum (post to come soon), Florrie being one of them. She has a really unique style and her blog is just great.
Her coordinations are always full of colour! She uses lots of different shades, mainly of pastel colours, to make her outfits bright and interesting, not just in Lolita but in her everyday wear as well. I was surprised she buys from such a range of places, from Japanese fashion brands to vintage and other lucky finds. It is amazing how she matches it all together perfectly. I picked two of my favourite outfits from her blog.
Left: I love the coat, Middle: the vintage bolero is just lovely, Right: what amazing shoes!
Aside from being a fashion enthusiast, Florrie is also a blogger, as well as being an artist and portrait painter. Her blog Intrinsically Florrie focuses on her fashion finds, the latest trends and anything else she finds interesting. I particularly like this post on cardigans, it’s always great to find such cute things in high street shops. There are many other fascinating posts, it is very fun to read!
Don’t forget you can win super cute phone cases for Blackberry, iPhone 3 and iPhone 4 by just following the instructions here. I hope you will all enter! Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
I’m expecting an exciting package in the mail soon related to a new competition in the next couple of months, so look out for that! In the meantime, here is this week’s stylish fashionista. You might recognise Rebecca, or Finny as she is more commonly known, from last year’s Kawaii Star contest. She really is a lovely girl, it was great to meet her through the competition! So let’s find out more about Fashionable Finny!
Rebecca is mainly into different types of Lolita styles, such as OTT sweet, old school sweet and shiro Lolita. She has recently got into gothic lolita too. Her coordinations are really well put together and very pretty! I went through and picked two that I particularly liked. I love the first for being simple yet very elegant and cute, and the second I just love the bunny ears! It really gives the outfit an OTT feel with all the other adorable accessories.
Her blog Fun with Finny takes you on an adventure exploring all sorts of J-culture events, as well as reviews and her other life experiences. If you’d like to see her reports of HJ2011 and HJ2012, just click the links! It also has some posts about websites such as Chocomint, and tales of her trip to Hong Kong (I particularly liked the post on the food… mmmm)! Only three days left to enter the Roxie Sweetheart contest everyone, so get entering. Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
How relieved I am it’s Friday! Time to relax and get some fashion ideas from my latest Friday Fashionista post. Terri lives in Scotland and is mainly into classic lolita. She says she has had an interest in Japanese culture for as long as she can remember, including the fashion, and this shows in her perfect coordinations. So let’s find out a little bit more about her!
Each of her outfits are very unique and elegant. Places where she gets her dresses include Innocent World, Akane & Alois, Mille Fleur and R-series. She is great at putting colours together just right and finding accessories that match her outfits down to the tee. It’s no wonder she has her own popular blog, Lolita Logs, where she shares information about her lifestyle as well as product reviews. She even has a Youtube account with reviews and her own Lolita transformation process!
I had a look through all her outfits to pick my favourites and, although it was a very hard decision, it would have to be these two pictured above! With the first I love the black and yellow combination, it isn’t something you see often, and Terri has really pulled it off. The flower tights also match the print perfectly. And I just love the second for its sophisticated simplicity, and the hairstyle just looks fab.
Don’t forget to enter the competition to win Roxie Sweetheart jewellery, ending in 10 days! Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
It’s almost the weekend! While I stare at everything in the Tofu Cute snacks section, I’ll introduce this week’s fashionista! Rosanna wears various styles and at HYPER JAPAN I often saw her manning the Tofu Cute stand as part of the team behind it. So let’s find out some more about her fashionable coordinations and also a bit about Tofu Cute!
Rosanna dresses in many styles including lolita and fairy kei. She coordinates colour perfectly and wears some very pretty accessories! My favourite outfit of hers would have to be how she coordinated the Macaron OP from Emily Temple Cute. The cute little leg warmers and hairstyle really complete the look, I love it! I also like the way she has used a belt and petticoat with the dress to make it more cupcake shaped.
My favourite outfit. Photo taken by Steffi Santiago
Tofu Cute started up in June 2010 and sells everything from adorable accessories and stationary to all sorts of snacks from Japan! I bought my favourite Rilakkuma purse from there. Recently they have also started to stock fashion items such as socks and dresses. My favourite products would have to be the oreo mirror and the panda biscuits. So cute!
Photos from the Tofu Cute flickr
Stay tuned for much more from Scarlett’s world of cute! Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
It’s Friday and even better for those of us at college or school it’s finally the Easter holidays! So here’s this week’s fashionista to inspire you to try out a new style during the break. Shani is a daily mori-girl, which a subculture from Japan. Let’s find out some more!
Mori literally means ‘forest’ in Japanese, and wearers of the style aim to look like forest wanderers, with loose dresses in natural colours, vintage accessories and sometimes deer prints or flowers too. It is a very soft and relaxed look. The term mori-girl is thought to have started in around 2006 on online communities and has since spread to become a popular street fashion in Japan.
Mori-girl images from google images
At the HJ2012 fashion show Shani showed off her mori-girl style with some branches adorned with flowers in her hair, a beautiful long dress and some really cute accessories. She really did look like she’d come straight from the forest, I loved her outfit. Her hair also fitted the look perfectly. If this post interested you, she has her own daily mori-girl blog that you can follow to see what she gets up to. I heard she has even been on a TV program in this style!
Left: Taken by Anarchy Photography, Right: Shani and Mya Taken by Freedom photography
Well, I know what fashion I’ll be trying over the holidays! Post coming soon about a metal band with a ‘kawaii’ twist plus my Nanoblock review! Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
Anyone interested in UK fashion brands ? I’ve already introduced you to Icing Sugar and this time I’ll be showing you Bunny de Coeur, one of the owners being this week’s fashionista Bunny! She wears a mixture of styles including otome and classic Lolita. Let’s find out some more about the company and her style!
‘Otome kei’, literally meaning young woman or maiden, is a very pretty and elegant style which is more toned down and casual: with cute bags, cardigans and printed dresses seeming to be running themes. Emily Temple Cute is perhaps one of the most well known otome brands. It’s a much more mature looking style that can be interpreted in different ways as long as it focuses on elegance and femininity. At the HJ2012 fashion show Bunny wore a lovely otome coordination using an Innocent World skirt, she looked lovely! I really love the pale colours used, the little bunny clips from Now,Voyager and the birdcage necklace from Roxie Sweetheart were so cute!
Both pictures taken by Roxie Sweetheart’s Michelle
The brand Bunny de Coeur is relatively new and stocks a very nice range of collaboration skirts with Pin Candy as well as adorable accessories and much more. With different colours and prints available the skirts are perfect for classic Lolita coordinations, or could be used with other outfits too. For those of you who like kigurumis, there is a very cute tabby cat one I’ve had my eyes on at their website! The company makes extra effort to support UK industries by insuring all their products have been manufactured in the UK. So if you’re on the hunt for some cute stuff for your wardrobe you can check out their website!
Photos taken from the website
Video on the Milky Way cafe to come! Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
Top image taken by Saoirse Clohessy
What I found most interesting about the fashion show was discovering exciting styles I never even knew existed. Until HYPER JAPAN 2012 I had never heard of Cult Party kei, worn by the lovely Aimi at the show! Aimi is into this recent fashion as well as different types of Lolita and other street styles from Japan. So let’s find out all about it!
Cult Party kei comes straight from the streets of Harajuku, a fashion world that always seems to be evolving and adapting, producing unique new styles all the time. It actually began in a shop called Cult Party that stocked dolly-kei clothing, and they formed their own style. Now called The Virgin Mary it is a popular spot in Harajuku for the followers of Cult Party as well as Grimoire and Cabaret. However, as Aimi explains in her blog post, unlike some other fashions you don’t need to buy from Japanese companies to get the look, and it can be achieved through buying from shops in the UK. The fashion itself is a balance of cute vintage charm with gothic elements and splashes of red, the crucifix being an item that is heavily featured in many outfits.
Some of my favourite Cult Party kei outfits from a search on tumblr
At the Sunday fashion show Aimi took to the stage in a fab Cult Party outfit. I absolutely love the mix of the pale colours with the handmade crucifix and deep red accessories to add a darker edge to it. I think ‘creepy cute’ is absolutely the best way to describe it. And what I found most interesting is that her outfit was mostly from UK shops like Primark! Everything about it was just so individual and unique. I think I may have to try out this fashion some time and ask her for some tips, it just looks so great and fun!
Aimi at the fashion show! Left image taken by Roxie Sweetheart’s Michelle
Do you guys like ice cream? I hope so, because my videos of the Milky Way café in Tokyo are coming up, as well as a piece about Deer oh Deer’s adorable new collection! Also apologies if some of you are having trouble seeing images on the blog recently, I’m slowly moving them all to flickr, so that problem should soon be resolved. Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
Top photo taken by Fleur Challis photography
It’s already been two weeks since HYPER JAPAN, and I’m sure most of us are wishing we were back there watching the stage events, buying cute things and eating yummy food. Hopefully this post will make you feel like you’re still watching the Japanese street fashion show! Kairi from Wales is into all sorts of fashion, so let’s find out some more about this fabulous fashionista!
At HJ2011 Kairi and Rachel took to the stage as a sweet Lolita pair in OTT accessories from head to toe, including some gorgeous cake clips from Now,Voyager. For the HJ2012 fashion show they were a fairy-kei pair and they both looked fantastic! Kairi’s outfit took influences from both fairy and pop kei. Both these styles are heavily themed around the 80s, however fairy kei makes more use of pastel colours compared to the bolder colours of pop-kei. Popular brands for both these styles include SPANK! and 6%DOKIDOKI. My favourite part of the coordinate had to be the GameBoy necklace! It was just so awesome.
Left: Photography by Pat Lyttle, Right: Kairi explaining her style in the fashion show
The salopette Kairi wore is part of her ‘Candyholic’ fashion project – being the creative and talented person she is she can easily transform old unwanted pieces into very trendy items. This time was no exception, she completely edited it herself using posca pens, hand cut glitter motifs, rhinestones, beads… and even old children’s jewellery! I can reveal it cost her less than £10 to create the outfit and accessories. As well as looking amazing in the fashion she also sends out a personal style statement, a “retaliation against disposable fashion culture”.
All very interesting! Join me again next Friday for another fashionista, plus a tour of Hello Kitty’s Kawaii Paradise to come! Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ
Top photo taken by Sam Peach
After a few weeks, Friday Fashionista is back, and I’ve got an absolute style queen for you today! Emma, or ‘Memz’, is a Lolita who mostly wears sweet and classic styles. Her outfits are always sophisticated, very well thought out and everything goes together perfectly. She played a big part in the Lolita scene at HYPER JAPAN. So what did she get up to?
Left: Emma in the Saturday fashion show, photo by Kieran Kerrigan, Right: Emma and Katie as a pair on Sunday
Emma showed off her beautiful and elegant coordinations in both fashion shows over the HYPER JAPAN weekend. On the Saturday she took to the stage in Angelic Pretty’s ‘Pastel a La Mode’, and she added a great vintage touch with her headdress. Sunday saw her in a style mixing classic and sweet – wearing the very pretty ‘Lotta’ jumperskirt from Innocent World. Companies such as Now, Voyager and Roxie Sweetheart helped to complete each of the models’ outfits with accessories.
Left: Emma, Tania and Beckii posing for a photo, taken by Steffi Santiago, Right: Taken by Kieran Kerrigan
Another highlight from the weekend was Emma’s fashion installation, an area with excellently made medical sculptures based on Lolita fashion (I particularly liked the syringe birthday cake and the macaron mountain). She is a very talented arts student and this shows in her work. You could also put on a Baby the Stars Shine Bright apron and get made up by the Lolita nurses, I had my makeup done for the Sunday fashion show and it looked fab!
Videos of the Cat Café in Shinjuku coming next, I know all you cat lovers have been looking forward to it. Stay tuned for more from the world of cute! Bye bye ~ ☆ﾐ(o*･ω･)ﾉ