January 26, 2015

* Sponsor Review * Korilakkuma hoodie blanket

Hi again friends! I'm posting two days in a row, that's even more surprising than me posting regularly haha, but I will be working until nighttime tomorrow and I know myself well enough to know I will never bring myself to blog after a long evening of working haha. I think you won't mind reading this review a day ahead of time however since it's a super cute one. From the title you already know it's about one of my favorite Japanese characters ever - Korilakkuma the little partner to the relax bear Rilakkuma.

I was approached by Yesstyle with the opportunity to review some products from their Iswas series, and even amongst all the amazingly cute products this Korilakkuma product stood out to me! Iswas is a lifestyle goods brand from South Korea, meaning they offer a wide variety of items that you utilize in daily life. They have pouches, pencils, notebooks, utensils, pillows, slippers etc all with a touch of whimsy and cuteness! They also have tie ins with characters, Rilakkuma being just one of them. Make sure to look over the Iswas product page to discover more adorable goodies.

When I first saw this Korilakkuma hooded blanket, I thought it would be a perfect item for me haha. One because it's at the top of my list of beloved characters, and two because I keep the heat quite low in my apartment to save money haha! Which means I usually need a blanket covering me to stay comfortable. How great is a hooded blanket then? It covers your body and head, the place where most of your heat escapes so this blanket will keep you extra cozy :D

As I opened the blanket I was immediately impressed with the quality of the construction, Korilakkuma's face is all in order and easily recognizable. The pink trimming runs along every edge of the blanket and is very even, plus it even has Korilakkuma's little red button to help secure the blanket in place around your shoulders. That's a very handy feature as you can move around, do your chores etc, without worrying about it dropping off and you freezing (well probably you won't freeze unless you keep it cold like me haha!)

The material isn't super luxurious, but it is soft and traps body heat well. One thing I did notice was a strong plastic smell to the blanket, so I recommend taking it out of the package promptly and airing it out a couple days before you plan to wear it. Yesstyle also recommends laying the blanket across your lap and using the hood part as a hand warmer, that sounds really smart to me so I'll be using that tip myself! I read a couple other people stating they found the blanket small, I found no problem wearing the hood even with a wig as you can see.

It could also be a quick costume :D

I expected to like this hoodie blanket, and I was not disappointed! It's very cute to look at and wear, it keeps you properly warm and looks nice draped on your sofa when not in use. I also forsee this as a great item for days you feel like looking cute but are feeling too lazy to get dressed up haha :D

Once again, I want to say that I've only had positive experiences with Yesstyle, they always answer me promptly and explain thoroughly. They pack the items very securely and safely, shipping takes just as long as you would expect coming from Asia, but it's not slow. Check out these items to complete your comfy night in!

January 25, 2015

Curl Up Cafe, a curly kitty cafe!

Good evening everyone, this post got delayed a day or two but after another full week of working by friday night I was like "nope, I'm not doing anything!" That mentality extended into Saturday, then today... But, I figured, I shall recoup no more and get down to business haha! It's been sometime since I last wrote about Japan, what a shame cause it's fun for me to share my experience and hopefully lead people to exploring new places in Tokyo. On the other hand it's also good that I'm stretching it out as I keep hoping I'll go back and get some new blog fodder... we'll see!

Inside Curl Up Cafe
Without any more introduction, let's get into it. Today I am going to introduce a new Cat Cafe I visited during my 8th trip to Japan, I've written about some other more well known cafes before. However, Curl Up Cafe is not a chain or as well known, maybe a bit off the beaten track but certainly worth the train fare with its atmosphere and charming kitty stars!

My friend booked tickets for us to visit Curl Up Cafe, and I was very excited naturally as I love cat cafes and seeing new places. This cafe in particular is a bit smaller than others I have been two and lists it's occupancy at just 8 people. Which you will understand when you get there as the interaction room (there's a waiting room in the front where you can just sit and have a drink) is close quarters and more than 8 people would make it hard to relax/play with the cats. If you want to make sure of your spot, call ahead and make a reservation. They are closed mondays.

I had an iced tea and my friend had a strawberry yogurt drink

The 90 minute course, including one drink is 1620Y which I find to be quite reasonable. They will also give you a small cookie or biscuit with your drink! Like I mentioned the atmosphere is very lovely, the decor reflects the owners tastes well while still being airy and modern. It has more of a cafe feel than other cat cafes I've been to, which can feel more like just a recreation room sometimes. It was a bit tight for me with my shyness, but you can grab a corner there are plenty of cats to go around!

One of the unique features of Curl Up Cafe are it's signature LaPerm cats. This type of cat has a very curly and luxurious coats, so you will enjoy petting them. Furthermore, the owner has shown her cats and they are award winners! Most cats you see in cat cafes are pure breeds, but how often do you interact with show cats haha :D

I found some of the cats to be much more active than the usual cat cafe kitties, and some were laying about as normal. Luckily a couple of cats I actually played with and it was very fun for me to interact with a cat a lot. However some cats in the cafe were not interested in interactions and I heard a lot of hissing or growling, so just make sure not approach a cat who warns you or stick to just taking pictures!

Overall I really enjoyed Curl Up cafe, I hope they will get more attention from tourists. It's not a central spot like some others, but you will be very happy you took the extra time heading over there!

Meguro-ku, Tokyo Haramachi 1-chome 7-4
Take the Tokyu Meguro line to Nishikoyama station, It's about a 1-2 minute walk from the station. MAP

January 20, 2015

* Sponsor Review * Pyropet Kisa cat candle

Good evening again friends, how refreshing to write again - I'm really trying to keep up to date this time hehe. I'm really tired from a long work day but I am excited to share with you all the great reviews I am sitting on. Today's review is a bit different than my usual cosmetics or fashion items but no less cute so I think you'll enjoy it! I was approached by UncommonGoods.com to review some of their unique and lovely products, their assortment is particularly great for gift giving. Check out their gifts for wives, or here for gifts for mom to browse really sweet items that appeal to us ladies!

Besides having a great stock of items I've never seen before, they specialize in handcrafted goods. Many of their items you'll see on UncommonGoods are created by artisans or small businesses, I personally feel supporting entrepreneurs is a very important issue so retailers who stock handmade items especially lovely. They also support non-profit agencies, run workshops and pay their workers a liveable wage.

I ended up choosing an item from the Home Gifts section - a Kisa cat candle which I have seen here and there on social media so I was curious about how it is in real life.The Kisa cat candle comes from the Pyro Pets line created by Thorunn Arnadottir, A feature of the UncommonGoods website I appreciated is the Maker information snipits they give in the item descriptions, it's great to know a bit about the person who has created the items.

Thorunn's style and taste really show through with her Kisa cat candle, the design is very clean with it's angular plains in soft white or pink wax. But once you burn the candle you reveal a metal cat skeleton underneath. It's a very clever and cheeky element that makes this candle stand out against others out there! Even after you have used up the candle you still have a cute metal sculpture to display on your shelf. Take a look at the video below to see how the candle works!

I think this candle is really cute either way - melted or solid, but I plan on not burning it simply because I love the pink color haha. I really love how simple the candle looks, but it has such a cute feeling. Like adult cute. It's molded very well, I didn't find any air bubbles, and it's very solid in the hand. UncommonGoods packaged it amazingly as well, secured tightly in a large box with lots of bubblepack the Kisa cat arrived to me without even one ding in it.

It's such a cute candle!
Overall I'm extremely pleased by the Kisa cat candle, it looks really beautiful on my vanity table and it could work in a wide variety of interior decor. I would certainly give it as a gift to any of my girlfriends! And if I had to buy for a man in my life Uncommon goods carries gifts for husbands here as well, or personalized gifts for everyone. Their service was good, they always replied to me and the shipping was super fast.

January 17, 2015

Coordinate post! All my outfits last month

Hi and good evening! I'm staying on track with blogging, yay, honestly its kinda hard with a fulltime schedule. I guess that's a big part of why I stopped blogging in 2013 besides being so down, I admit I feel jealous of bloggers who don't work. But when I see my bank account increase every week I feel a little better haha. My fashion tastes have gotten more expensive these past couple of months, so besides my bills I also need my fulltime work to feed my hobbies. It's too bad people need to work to buy their hobby items, but then don't have the time to enjoy them!

Anyhow, I did mean to post all these outfits last month as I was wearing them, but time's been going so quicklyv- December was particularly short. I really want to share my outfits so I thought I'd just lump them all together and use just one pic per outfit so it doesn't get too overwhelming. These outfits show off my current taste quite well, I feel like I can finally express my taste as I feel and imagine it. That's a really exciting feeling, so I hope you'll like the looks I'm putting together now as well.

top: Rosarymoon
skirt: Gap
shoes: DIY
knit: no brand
top: lilLilly
skirt: no brand
shoes: ASOS
top: Target
skirt: Missguided
shoes: Ninewest
top: Kriss Soonik
inner: Monlily
skirt: Missguided
shoes: DIY
cardigan: Monlily
skirt: handmade
shoes: Mojo Moxy
top: Titty&co
skirt: Forever21
shoes: Kimchi Blue
 I still need to work on taking my outfit photos, I have a remote now so that makes it a lot easier however the distance between me and the camera is not quite far enough (a wall is in the way) and I can't see a handle of the angles. I'm not sure why but my face gets even more elongated, I'm planning on getting a photo backdrop and maybe that will make figuring out angles and such easier. Well I hope I'll get some time to take more outfit pictures soon, but I'll be doing some really cool reviews in the mean time so stay tuned!

January 14, 2015

* Sponsor Review * Born Pretty Lip Gloss Silk Luster Tint

Good evening everyone! I am blogging after a long boring day of training, so I feel quite proud of myself. I do have to enjoy this training time however, because once I start working I think I will be quite stressed, overall I'd rather be bored than stressed out haha. But I am glad to be blogging again and I will make my best effort to stay productive and not fall prey to ennui :D This evening I am bringing you a new review, Born Pretty kindly approached me again to review some of their items and I believe I picked out some cute ones you'll enjoy seeing!

What attracted me initially to this Lip Tint was the packaging, the super cute panda and pink coloring really caught my eye. Although it's what's inside what counts in regards to cosmetics, I appreciate when makers put effort into making the packing appealing as well. This lip tint is available in 8 trendy and flattering colors, ranging from pink, beige and berry tones, so you'll be able to pick a shade that suits you. I chose color #5 because I know darker blue tone shades look nice with my skin, Here is the official description from the Born Pretty site:

Special crystal embellish formula, make your lips become crystal glorious, lasting glossy. It is very comfortable, the effect is sexy and rich levels. It will activate the lips as gentle as a jade, and send out the vanilla flavor. It can nourish smooth full real your lips, make it seems more health and crystal and moist . This product also contains vitamin E to play a better protection effect.

This Lip Tint is a light weight formula, it applies so smoothly and easily to the lips. It's very soft but at the same time it's not sticky at all. What I dislike about many lipsticks and glosses is the stickiness, I feel very aware of wearing something on my mouth, but I did not expirence that at all with this product. I was able to build up to my desired opacity by swiping the Lip Tint on three times, with one swipe you get a subtle but glowy color. After applying the Lip Tint I simply dabbed the excess away to make the color even.

The tube itself makes it very easy to use as well, I've seen more brands go with the twist up tube format lately and I can certainly see the reasoning behind it. Born Pretty recommends using a cotton swab or brush to apply this Lip Tint, but it works so easily directly from the tube so you can just throw it in your bag and reapply on the go. Plus all your friends will be jealous of how cute your lipstick is haha!

Overall I'm really satisfied by this lip tint gloss! It is a lot more opaque than I expected and the formula is of very good quality. I think the price is appropriate for what you get, and the packaging really makes it stand out against similarly priced drug store lipsticks.

Make sure to use my code "CZH10" at Born Pretty checkout to receive 10% your order!
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