Kawaii Artists

Gemma Correll

Posted on July 19, 2016 by

Recently I celebrated my birthday and I was gifted cat themed gifts a plenty – naturally! One of my favorite gifts I received was the book 100 Reasons to Panic About Being A Cat Lady illustrated by one of my fave artists Gemma Correll.

Gemma Correll

While this book is on the small size (perfect for tucking into a purse) of is packed with lots of cute cat lady humor and art. If you are a fan of Gemma Correll’s art or cats you need this book. If you are new to Gemma Correll’s art work here are some of my other favorite pieces by her.

Gemma Correll

Stick this magnet near your desk at your 9 to 5 job as a reminder that you can get things done!

Gemma Correll

Iron this patch onto a bag or jacket – let the world know how much you love cats!

Gemma Correll

Carry a few lovely things in this pouch that is perfectly suited to bring a smile to your face and fit into a tote bag for on the go.

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I need to keep a stack of these Cat Lady cards on my desk to send to my cat loving lady friends.

Featured Posts, Kawaii Reviews, Subscription Boxes

YumeTwins Subscription Box Review

Posted on July 18, 2016 by

YumeTwins review

There’s been a lot of new Japanese candy boxes lately so it’s nice to see something different with a box full of kawaii. YumeTwins is a new monthly subscription box from TokyoTreat full  of everything kawaii and cute! You can expect to receive plushies and squishies, collectible keychains and figures, stationery and accessories.

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Even the box is adorable in a pretty lavender colour covered in kawaii illustrations. The contents are themed around yume kawaii culture – “a mixture of cuteness, fairytales and, importantly, a touch of darkness (yami)!” They also promise that all items are fully licensed merchandise from Japanese brands.

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There’s only one size of box which contains 8-10 items. Inside I found a Sailor Moon plushie, Kamio mini towel, Prism Paradise heart case, Funassyi diorama stickers, Kamio mini panda memo pad, Gudetama coin purse & charm and C’est bon star ring.

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The main item is one of 4 Sailor Moon plush dolls. I’ve still never seen Sailor Moon (I know! It’s on my list) so I had to check and this is Sailor Neptune. It’s a really good quality plushie as she sits up by herself and has lots of cute details on her clothes.

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Look at those adorable big eyes! Usually with plushies like this there are some loose threads and wonky bits but she really is perfect.

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Gudetama is super popular just now and there are two items in the box. The coin purse is nice quality and really colourful and shiny with a super cute design. I love blind boxes, even though I never get the one I want most. Gudetama with a moustache is very SCK though.

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If you like pink pretty things you’ll love this box. I really like how everything is themed and not just a random assortment of stuff. The little hand towel is really thick with cute embroidered details and great for carrying around or decorating your bathroom. The ring is another blind box and while made of plastic it’s a sparkly fun little extra.

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The compact has a mirror inside plus a compartment that would be handy for jewellery, hairbands or other things that get lost in your bag, or just for your emergency sweets (they’re included in the box).

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I’ve never been that keen on Funassyi but she was all over the place in Japan and won me over. This sticker set is actually my favourite thing in the box. You get all these cute puffy stickers and a diorama too.

YumeTwins

It’s made of very glossy card so you can arrange your stickers however you like to make a display. I think it’s really cute and love the 3D popups.

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Stationery fans also get a mini memo pad with a cute mochi panda design. It’s got two different page designs inside and is perfect for sending little notes to friends.

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You also get a cute full colour booklet with details of all the items in the box plus contests and fashion articles.

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I would say this is definitely the best kawaii subscription box I’ve seen. The themes are well done and all the items are high quality from brands like Sanrio, Rement and Kamio, with Amuse, San-x, Neko Atsume, Pusheen and Ghibli items hinted at for future boxes. I especially liked that you get the fun of opening your box, plus the surprise of blind boxes too. It really feels like a little shopping spree on Harajuku’s Takeshita Street.

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As with TokyoTreat boxes, all subscribers are entered to win a special YumePrize box with extra special items. This is what’s up for grabs in August, where the theme is Lovable Animals and includes an Alpacasso plushie and Pom Pom Purin.

You can sign up now for August and get 20% off your first box if you use the code SAVE20 before the end of July. Subscriptions are $29.99 per month including shipping worldwide, with discounts for longer subscriptions.

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Don’t forget you can still enter to win a YumeTwins box in our giveaway.

(Box was provided for review by YumeTwins but this is my honest review and the photos are my own)

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Super Cute Sponsor News + Hyper Japan

Posted on July 16, 2016 by

kawaii depot

Kawaii Depot have just added lots of cute new Jetoy cat stationery including this amazing notebook. There are also some great offers on including free US shipping, up to 15% off and a chance to win a kawaii grab bag for sharing your order on Instagram. Check the special offers page for details.

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Yozo Craft have just added loads of kawaii sticker sheets and packs including this sweet unicorn design. Every order earns points to spend on future orders.

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I’m having a Summer Sale at my Asking For Trouble shop with 40% off polymer stamps and some bargains on notebooks, glow in the dark ghost brooches and slightly flawed items.

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SCK’s Nicolette will be at Hyper Japan tomorrow so say hi if you see her. There are still tickets available if you want to hang out with Nintendo, Tofu Cute and Domokun and enjoy hundreds of amazing stalls and activities. Nic will be sharing photos on the SCK Instagram throughout the day so check it out if you can’t be there.

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And don’t forget to enter our Pipsticks sticker giveaway – ends Tuesday!

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Events

Design Festa Tokyo

Posted on July 15, 2016 by

design festa

One of the highlights of my Japan trip was returning to Design Festa, a huge weekend event for art, craft and design. It’s crammed full of hundreds of stalls with local designer makers selling their wares and, being Japan, it’s all ultra kawaii. Here’s a look at my favourite makers that I couldn’t resist buying from.

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My favourite stall was Shiho Hanko who was selling these adorable spoons. How could anyone possibly resist? She also has a range of stamps, brooches, badges and more and you can follow her on Instagram.

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Meeting Mochi Usagi (the mascot for Niigata) was a highlight of my last visit so I was pleased to see there was a merch stall. The creator also has a new set of mochi cats characters, which are super cute.

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The language barrier was no issue at Gunya Nyanko where I spent a good 5 minutes giggling with the stall owner over her bendy cats. You can use them as cable ties, to keep your earbuds in control or just to wrap around a pen (or finger!) and they come in all different colours and breeds. Watch the cute video too!

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I was happy to see lots of cute bunnies at Design Festa, especially those of Fuwa Apa (fluffy apartment!). I could have bought everything.

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Since the arrival of the postman is the highlight of my day, I loved these postal worker animal characters. The artist is Neyu and they have an Instagram as ny_img.

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And finally, teeny tiny sculptures on the top of pins by R Gallery! These were so amazing to look at – I wish there were more photos online.

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Want to see what I bought? Check out my post at Asking For Trouble.

(stall photos by the makers and Design Festa)