Kawaii Shop | Mystery Kawaii & Candy haul unboxing

Blippo Kawaii shop is exactly what it sounds like, an on-line store selling a massive variety of kawaii merchandise with the added bonus of selling candy too with free basic shipping to the UK! If you’ve been reading my blog for a few years, you’ll remember that one of the kawaii subscription boxes I used to get was from the same company.

Blippo have recently started selling Fukubukuro lucky bags for candy, stationary and kawaii items and so my Bestie and I decided to do a joint order for some, as we really wanted to know what was in them! We opted to buy one kawaii and one candy mystery bag together and share the contents of between us. Seeing as we were placing an order anyway we took the chance to order a few other things we’d wanted to try as well.
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Japan Holiday!! Day 1

Hey Lovelies,

I’ve recently returned from one of the best vacations I’ve ever had. Ever since I was a teenager I’ve wanted to visit Japan – I’ve a longstanding fascination with the country, from it’s history and language to culture. This year I was lucky enough to finally go there!

We timed our visit around the end of March – hoping that we’d catch some of the Cherry Blossoms and that the weather would be warmish but not sweltering. (We visited China/Hong Kong in May and found the humidity very hard!) Booking the holiday was fairly easy – we used Expedia to make things simple so we could book the hotel and flights in one go. As we were visiting Tokyo we wanted for a hotel that had great transport connections and a more central location – so we went for the Century Southern Tower. This hotel is located in Shinjuku, right next to Shinjuku station! It’s also a drop off for the airports Friendly Limousine Bus service so you can either use this service for ¥1,230 which is roughly £8.70 (At time of writing) which we decided to do.

Flights wise we went with ANA (All Nippon Airways) and flew in to Haneda, Tokyo. I’d really recommend this airline; the staff were really lovely from the moment we checked in till the moment we disembarked the plane. At 12 hours from Heathrow airport in London, the flight isn’t for the feint hearted but fortunately ANA’s selection of films and media is more than enough to keep you occupied for most of the flight.

I know people always complain about airplane food, but honestly, I was impressed with both the meals we had!

After landing in Haneda, collecting our luggage and going through security we went to find the ticket machines to buy the bus tickets but happened to spot a manned counter in the airport so bought tickets from the desk. Heading towards our bus stop Mr Lock stopped to use an ATM – did you know Japanese ATM’s speak to you? I thought that was pretty awesome!  There’s also a very handy button to switch the language on screen to English. Whilst I can speak a little basic Japanese, reading it is a very different matter! Finding the bus stops was very easy – destinations are in English as well as Japanese on the departure boards over head (If you check the Limo Bus website before you travel it’ll tell you which number bus stop you need to get to your destination and the rough travel time).

It took roughly an hour and a half to get to the hotel, which was fine – after traveling 12 hours on a plane with very little sleep (our flight left at 7:00pm) it was nice not to worry about having to navigate the train system. Even better, as it was raining the bus stops right outside the hotel door so we and our luggage didn’t get soaked either.

The Century Southern hotel has a lovely entrance way. The hotel actually starts on the 20th floor so we took the elevator up and got an amazing view of the walkway below and the department stores opposite. Check in was super simple, we were given our room keys and breakfast coupons – I’d recommend adding the breakfast on; it’s about £20 a person per day, but it’s very handy to have at least one set meal a day. Breakfast is served in the hotels restaurant – Tribeks – the view from here is amazing, on a clear day you can see Mount Fuji in the distance! The food available for breakfasts consists of the usual hotel offerings, with added omelette station and more traditional Japanese breakfast foods such as horse mackerel, natto and rice. I’d highly recommend the Banana juice – it’s milk, bananas, honey and lemon and it’s delicious – I’ve tried to replicate it since arriving home and I just can’t get it quite right! The hotel also has a bar (we didn’t visit this, but it seemed like it was very popular!) and a small convince store where you can pick up any small forgotten bits and different foods/snacks and drinks.

Our room was on the 24th floor – we had amazing views on the clear days – you could see Tokyo Skytree!  Every floor of the hotel has an ice machine and a drinks vending machine which came in very handy after a long day of walking about. The room it’s self was very lovely, and I thought it was quite big (I’d been warned Tokyo hotel rooms can be quite small) but we had an ensuite, a kingsize bed, chaise lounge and a table and at no point did it feel small or cramped. The rooms also had laptop sized safes and small under counter fridge for storing your own food and drink which I thought was a nice touch. Bottled water was provided daily for free and they even leave you a set of sleeping robes!

The first night we were so tired we decided to have a little wander around the area outside the hotel, buy some food for dinner and head to bed. As it was still raining we didn’t head too far away, but did you know, when it rains in Tokyo they put out umbrella stands for drying and bagging your umbrella? This is such a good idea and stops puddles of water accumulating from peoples umbrellas! I was very impressed that the bags seem to be recycled after use too.

We decided on trying to get some dinner from the food hall in the Tokyu hands store opposite the hotel. The food hall in Tokyu hands is amazing, it’s a lively, fun, colourful place! There’s all sorts to be found in there from fresh food and ingredients to ready made bento, bakery goods, steamed buns and deep fried tasty things! We even spotted some American candy on sale.

But, you guys, the second we decided on buying something, all Japanese I knew vanished out of my head!! I think was so worried about offending someone by saying the wrong thing my mind just went blank, but, I did manage in the end! Most of the separate stalls have their own till, but the main grocery part had separate tills to pay for items. We ended up with some very tasty salmon onigiri, fried lotus roots and a pack of sakura doryaki. (These were so good, I wish I’d bought more of them!) Having triumphed and managed to buy some super yummy food, we headed back to the hotel for our first night in Japan to eat and sleep!

So lovelies, that rounds up our trip out and first evening in Tokyo! Next up, adventures in Shibuya and Harajuku!

Ta-ta for now,

50 Shades of khaki – Or how I ruined my hair!

Hello Lovelies,

Today’s story is a very long tale of woe, self-inflicted woe at that. I have spent many, many years doing various things to my hair including, but not limited to dreadlocks, weave-in extensions, micro-ring extensions, dying it half the colours under the sun and have never had a problem. I am careful, I research lots and I try and take good care of my hair. My most recent adventure was purple. I loved my purple hair but there was an issue. My hair grows at a ridiculous rate. It’s also very naturally very dark brown so I’d always have dark roots showing with-in a week of bleaching and dying. Because of these factors I was only getting a week or two max of my hair looking fab and bleaching it every other week just wasn’t an option because I like having hair and there was no doubt that it would be ending up in a pile on the floor if I did, even with the add-ins I’d used. There was also a cost factor, even though my hair was just below my shoulders I needed 3 tubs of dye each time. So with much reluctance I decided I should go back to my natural colour, or as close to it as I could to give my hair a well deserved break. Or, at least that was the plan. Continue reading →

Romance Manga Reviews

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Today I have something super fun for you! An interview with my adorable and very long time friend who runs Romance Manga Reviews over on Facebook. I love reading manga (actually I love reading full stop) but romance genres are one of my favourites as theres such a big variety of them.

So let’s have a chat with Romance Manga Reviews!

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Lee Stafford CoCo LoCo Wonderball wand review

Hello Lovelies!

I know what you’re thinking, two posts in one week?! Surprise! I’m hoping to get back to 3x a week, so get ready for more fun an adventure with me!

CoCo LoCo wonderball

Over the last 15 years, I have searched high and low for a curling wand that will deal with my hair; I hate to think how many different ones I have tried. For reference, I have longer than shoulder length hair – it’s quite thick, does whatever it likes, is pretty much poker straight and really requires a LOT of effort to get it to do anything remotely interesting. My previous, ancient Babyliss curling tongs are completely useless on it now which is why I was looking for a replacement in the first place and had been eyeing up the Wonderball. For starters, it looked awesome with its rose gold and pink colours, had added coconut oil in the wand and promised to give either curls or waves depending on whether you wrapped the hair around the balls or in the grooves – Ideal! I had already purchased the Lee Stafford CoCo Loco Blow and Go Nuts hair dryer and a few other products from the CoCo LoCo range and had already been impressed, so when I was offered the opportunity to review theses for a fair and unbiased review I jumped at the chance.

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