Cute Characters

Itty Bittys Mini Plushies

Posted on January 19, 2017 by

itty bittys

I recently bought a few Itty Bittys after seeing them online and wanting my own tiny plush cuties. I have known about them and collected a few over the years but was not aware of all the new ones that came out. Itty Bittys plushies are palm sized but bring a big smile. They are made with soft fabric and are lightly weighted with beans so they stand up for display.

hello kitty itty bittys

I got myself Hello Kitty of course! If a small size does not do it for you, go for the jumbo plush if you have the room.

itty bittys

I also bought myself Draculaura (Monster High). We both like hearts, vegan food and spooky cute things!

rainbow brite itty bittys

There are plenty of current pop culture Itty Bitties to choose from and some of my childhood faves like Rainbow Brite. Do you have any favorites?

Giveaways

Your 2016 Kawaii Favourites & Giveaway

Posted on January 18, 2017 by

We weren’t able to do the SCK Awards this year but I’d still love to hear about your favourite kawaii characters, shops, makers and more. The SCK review box has been filling up again so let’s have a giveaway!

subscription boxes

Two lucky winners will receive a surprise package of kawaii plush, stationery, accessories, Japanese snacks and more including items we reviewed from Doki Doki Crate, TokyoTreatKawaii Box and yes, even a couple of things from my Pusheen Box!

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment below telling us your #1 favourite of 2016 for 2 or more of the following categories:

  • Favourite Kawaii Character
  • Favourite Kawaii Online Shop
  • Favourite Kawaii Designer/Maker
  • Favourite Kawaii YouTube Channel
  • Favourite Subscription Box
  • Most Kawaii Person Of 2016

You can check the SCK Awards results from 2015 if you’d like some ideas. We won’t be counting up the votes – it’s just for fun and to give us some ideas for new posts this year.

PLEASE READ BEFORE ENTERING:

  • If you are under 16, please check with a parent or guardian before entering.
  • By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions.
  • This giveaway is open worldwide.

The giveaway closes on Tuesday 31st January and we’ll pick the winners at random. Good luck!

Books, Zines & Comics, Kawaii Reviews

Miki Takei and Pokemon Coloring Books Review

Posted on January 17, 2017 by

I recently ordered two coloring books from Japan that are equally cute, so I thought it might be nice to review them both.

coloring books

First up is the Colors Make You Happy coloring book, by Miki Takei, You can also find it under the Japanese title: Kawaii Dreamy Fantasy Coloring.

Colors Make You Happy coloring book

On the first couple of pages Miki explains some coloring techniques with photos. This certainly came in handy since I’m not that experienced at coloring yet.

Colors Make You Happy coloring book

The books contains 31 double sided pages with art, so there are 62 pages that you can color in. The pages are medium thick and they handle color pencils well, but I’m almost certain that markers will bleed through.

Colors Make You Happy coloring book

On the pages you’ll find cute animals such as cats, bunnies and unicorns. The art has got a very romantic touch to it and is most suited for soft or pastel colors. The details are great, they are neither too small nor too big.

Colors Make You Happy coloring book

There are also a couple of spreads in the book with girls in a romantic setting. They are so cute! I only fear that it will be difficult to color in close to the seam of the book.

Colors Make You Happy is available at CD Japan for $11 and OtakuMode for $16.99 excluding shipping costs. I can highly recommend the book and look forward to coloring more pages.

Pokemon Coloring Book

The Pokemon Coloring Book was something that I just had to buy, being an avid Pokemon Go player (^_^). The great thing about this book is that it’s really aimed at adults; there are plenty of details in the drawings.

The first and last (glossy) pages of the book show sample images, that you can use as reference or as postcards. The Pokemon book contains 24 pages to color in, with one large spread in the middle. So it’s smaller and thinner than the Miki Takei book, but that does make it easier to flatten the pages. The paper is also medium thick and suited for pencils.

Pokemon Coloring Book

My photos don’t really do justice to the artwork, which is very nice and subtle. It shows Pokemon in their natural habitat, but also at the circus and surrounded by frilly kawaii items.

At the time of writing the Pokemon Coloring Book is out of stock at J-List but it is also available from Amazon Japan.

Look What I've Got!

My Cutest Christmas Presents

Posted on January 16, 2017 by

epoch usagi gachapon

I got some super cute gifts for Christmas, mostly from Nicolette. It’s handy having a sister you send to kawaii events in London! This tiny bunny gachapon figurine was probably my favourite – he’s basically King Bunny of the Cake.

epoch usagi cafe gachapon

I managed to track the whole set down online and they’re all so adorable, though I think I got the best one. There’s a few available on eBay just now or try searching for Epoch Rabbit Cake Shop.

milkbun

Also adorable and tiny is this Pikachu DS charm by Milkbun. It even has a cute Pokemon game screen inside!

carlos and sakura

Maqaroon is a super successful YouTuber these days, but Joanna used to be a manga artist and these Carlos & Sakura comics are almost 10 years old! There are two short comics in each featuring Carlos the grumpy hedgehog and Sakura the sweet bunny. You can pick these up, and more of Joanna’s manga, at Sweatdrop.

kirakiradoodles

I also did a fun swap with KiraKiraDoodles and got a box full of cute things including a Spooky McCute pin & print, Totoro charm and lots of stickers. You can find all these in Kira’s Etsy Shop.

rabi dango

You can see some more of my presents on my own blog including this grumpy Rabi-Dango. What cute things did you get for Christmas?

Fashion & Beauty

Oh K!

Posted on January 13, 2017 by

I’ve seen a few cute products by Korean beauty brand Oh K! online (and got the pink cat trinket dish that Natasja wrote about on SCK for Christmas!) but I was very happy to see that high street shops like Paperchase and Accessorize are now stocking them so I could have a look in person.

oh k!

The packaging is absolutely adorable – I have never wanted a face mask so badly before. You can get ones that turn you into a panda too!

oh k!

Nicolette got this manicure set for Christmas, which included everything she needed for kawaii nails. It’s just £5 at ASOS just now.

oh k!

If you need a new make up bag, or just a cute place to store your bits and pieces, this kitty pouch is hard to resist.

oh k!

Or how about this black cat mug? Its cheeks glow pink when you add a hot drink!

oh k!

There’s also some cute stationery available, like this set of coloured pencils.

If you’re near a bigger Paperchase branch, make sure to go in and have a look at the cuteness. Otherwise you can order online from Paperchase, ASOSAccessorize and more, many of which have international shipping available.