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July 2017 Favourites

Hey guys so I know i’m quite a bit late to my monthly favourites, but better late than never? as the saying goes 😀

July was such a fun and busy month for me, I had Hyper Japan and I was also really busy coming up with new flavours and recipes for doughnuts and cakes.

Over the month I purchased a few things that I thought I’d share with you all, I’ll list shops and links below too so if you want to purchase the items you can! My favourite products are in no way endorsed or sponsored by the brands, I just love these products and wanted to share them.

So lets start with my one and only favourite food item this month. As some of you may know if you’ve read my recipes page, I am vegan and my favourite alternative milks, are Almond, rice and coconut milk. So when I discovered this amazing Almond and coconut milk I was freaking out, not to mention that my very sensitive stomach and gut can’t handle a lot of brands milks because they put thickening ingredients in such as carrageenan, Pip and Nut is my favourite almond butter brand, I especially love their almond and coconut butter!
When I was in Sainsbury’s I noticed they had released three different types of almond milk; Almond, Almond and coconut and Almond and honey. The Almond and coconut screamed out at me! I was definitely drawn in by the ingredients list, there’s no extra nasties in there, no added sugar and everything is very tummy friendly!
It is slightly more on the pricey side than other almond and coconut milks out there, costing £2 instead of the others costing £1.50, however you’re definitely paying for quality in this product. Despite it being thinner texture, it’s really creamy and so full of flavour! I’ve been adding it into my smoothies in the morning to add extra flavour and it’s become my favourite milk! I did take a look online and found some stores selling it for a lot cheaper than Sainsbury’s were, so I think i’m going to do an online order and bulk buy! it’s definitely worth looking around.

LINKS:

PIP AND NUT

SAINSBURYS PIP AND NUTS MILK

 

So moving on to non food related items. I found this beautiful plush, soft faux fur pink bunny bag in Claire’s accessories….have you ever been in love with a bag? because honestly I think I might be. This bag is so perfectly me, that I squealed when I saw it. It’s incredible soft but is also water proof on the inside.
I’d recently been looking for a bag as my gorgeous Care Bears large plush bag from Iron fist clothing had recently deceased. I loved the size of the iron fist bag, it was perfect for food shopping to put my groceries in, whilst maintaining my kawaii aesthetic. This plush bag despite being adorable is practical too as it’s a large rucksack and so perfect for grocery shopping. This makes it both adorable and practical and was a must have!
I bought this bag for £25 in the Claire’s sale, but I know that the RRP is £35. Keep an eye out for sales though, as it may go in there again!

LINKS:

CLAIRE’S ACCESSORIES

 

These gorgeous buys were a purchase from Hyper Japan, on the Roxie Sweetheart stall. I love Roxie sweetheart and I already have a lot of her hair pieces, jewelry and clothing. Every time Hyper Japan comes round I always look forward to seeing what new pieces she has and have already been eyeing up some pieces online prior to the event. Her statement bows have been on my want list for a good long while, but when she released the holographic range I knew now was the time to invest. Of course being obsessed with chokers I couldn’t leave the matching choker behind! they’re a match made in holographic kawaii heaven and I’m incredibly happy with my purchases! The quality as always is above and beyond, and they really finish off each outfit I’ve worn them with. (see Brighton pride blog entry for my first look with the bow)
the bow costs £18 and the choker costs £16.

LINK:

Roxie Sweetheart 

Another purchase from Hyper Japan was this adorable Cinnamon roll note book. I am obsessed with note books (what girl isn’t right?) there’s something about writing lists in perfectly cute note books that makes me feel really pleased with myself and feel really accomplished even if it’s just a shopping list. The official Sanrio and artbox collab was absolutely perfect they had so many adorable things to pick from, but nothing seemed more perfect than this note book. The front cover is slightly embossed with the little cinnamon roll scenes, and it feels really luxurious under your fingers. On the inside the pages have lots of lines and little kawaii pictures, perfect for writing all your secrets down into. This note book cost £5 from Artbox.

Link:

Artbox 

another Cinnamon roll item from Artbox at Hyper Japan. This wasn’t a purchase I made, but a purchase my partner bought for me. I was having cuddles with this cutie around the shop but decided not to get it, but as a surprise my partner grabbed him for me. He is the softest plush I own and is the perfect squish for cuddling. I adore his little blush cheeks, I think it adds an extra Kawaii essence to this already adorable plush. I’m so glad that I have him to cuddle, he’s perfect if you feel sad and need some cheering up! If you want to grab one check the Artbox link above. I believe that Cinnamon roll cost £30.

An item not from Hyper Japan is this wonderful sports bra. I had several other sports bras that I’d bought from places like sports direct, I’d never really thought about the quality of them, but would get irritated at the fit on them.
I needed some new work out tops, so I headed into HnM to have a browse, whilst I was browsing I came across this white sports bra. It has “take time” written on it, which I thought was a really cute sentiment, it wasn’t until I started feeling the bra itself that I decided it had to be mine. This sports bra is like a the comfiest cuddle your boobs have ever had. The fabric is so soft when i got it home I put it on and refused to take it off. The HnM gods have blessed our boobs ladies! and what’s better still is that at the gym it still feels wonderful! the straps are really comfortable and adjustable so you can get them into place, your boobs are being cuddled by what feels like angel wings, soft but not suffocating, breathable yet in tact. I would highly recommend heading to your local HnM and looking at their sports wear section, I threw away most of my other sports bras and will be buying a couple more from HnM. I do not remember the exact cost of my sports bra but I believe it cost £16.

LINKS:

HnM

Browsing Asda last month in the home section I came across this super cute CareBears mug, I love that it’s vintage carebears and true to the 80’s. the picture all the way round is really gorgeous and is true to original carebears through and through. This has become my favourite cup to have my mint tea in, it’s the perfect thickness around the outside where you place your mouth, and it feels so smooth and lovely. Best of all this mug cost Just £3 from Asda.

LINK:

CARE BEARS MUG

Lastly for my July favourites; I just had to have this gorgeous kitsch wipe proof tablecloth, It’s going to be perfect when I host my cake picnics or tea parties. I love the beautiful desserts that are pictured, I can’t wait to show my own cakes off on it! I also bought the matching glass chopping board too, they’re both a match made in heaven and were a complete bargain too! Both were from Asda home section. The tablecloth cost £6 only and the glass board cost £4, be sure to grab yours soon before they sell out!

LINK:

TABLE CLOTH
CHOPPING BOARD

 

That’s all for my July favourites, I hope that you liked it all! let me know below if you go out and grab any of these bits, and let me know your favourites for July too. Don’t forget to subscribe for updates you can do that by filling in your email at the side! <3

 

 

BRIGHTON PRIDE 2017

 

Brighton Pride is one of the biggest events in Brighton. Every summer when pride comes around the whole city wakes up and joins together to have one of the biggest celebratory Pride parties in the uk.

*fun fact* Brighton is the unofficial Gay Captial of the UK.

 

(drag queen Fuchsia Von Steel walking in Brighton Pride parade.)

Brighton Pride means different things to different people, but for me it’s the acknowledgement that love is love, regardless of whom you are. It’s a chance for people who have struggled with their identities and sexuality to be surrounded by like minded people and for everyone to come together and celebrate all the hardships that they’ve had to over come in society and just know that we are all accepted.

whether you’re gay, straight, queer, bi, pansexual, transgender or anyone in between acceptance of everyone is something that is worth fighting for and it’s wonderful to live in a country where this is so readily accepted.

 

This is the second time I have attended Brighton Pride despite having lived in Brighton for nearly 6 years. Previous years I had found the over whelming crowds of people and hustle and bustle in the streets to be too overwhelming, but as I live fairly central I have the wonderful reassurance of being able to pop home to the comforts of my own home and have some restpite if needed. That in mind this year was the first year I was able to watch Brighton parade, something that had been on my Brighton bucket list for awhile, every year I had always had the intention to watch it, but as the crowds start drawing in the over all fear of people being all around me and needing to escape would become too overwhelming. This year I started the day off leaving about 11.30am to go and meet up with some of my friends, we watched the parade quite near to Preston Park which is where the main Pride event partakes. I was so excited to be watching my first parade and it definitely didn’t disappoint, the atmosphere felt incredibly warming, everyone so over joyed and big smiles were all around, everyone in the crowd and in the parade alike were dressed up, rainbow flags were hung everywhere, cheesy music playing and lots and lots of dancing and singing. It felt so wonderful to see how everyone expressed themselves, and seeing people of all ages together in unity.

 

(I love this photo it perfectly sums up the beautiful atmostphere)

 

 

Of course there’s a lot more to pride than just the parade, in fact there are so many things to do at pride that it’s hard to know what to choose to do. I was doing pride on a budget this year and managed to spend only about £10, which included my fries for dinner. Pride on a budget is a lot easier than you could imagine, Of course the parade is free to watch and it’s even free to march too if you’re happy with walking the journey. So whether you want to be an active participant or watch and show love and support from the sidelines, it’s an absolute must! we didn’t really have a set plan of what we wanted to do but there’s so many things to do and see that all you need to do is walk around and see what is on. The whole city becomes alive and so you’re never far from anything interesting.

 

After the parade we headed back to my house to re-coup our thoughts and then headed out for a late lunch, I was with a group of friends that had never tried a Grubbs burger, so we headed there and then sat down in the sunshine and ate.

 

(bow is from Roxie Sweetheart, top is from HnM, skirt and sunglasses are from ebay, and faux fur shrug is from Heresy clothing dangling star clip 6%dokidoki, sanrio cinnamon roll socks sanrioXartbox collab, little twin star platforms YRU.)

 

After eating we went for a wonder around, we found a drum and bass street party that someone had set up from the outside of their house. There were loads of people raving in the streets and people Mc-ing on microphones to the drum and bass DJ, no judgement by anyone just sheer joy, laughing and dancing.

 

We then headed to the caroline of Brunswick for A bitter sour drag show. I’ve been to a fair few of these events and they never fail to have me creasing up with laughter. Bitter sour is presented by two wonderful drag queens Cherry Fakewell and Count addiction who are sisters like no other; they’re the darkest and tackiest dragtastic duo you’ve ever seen, Cherry fakewell excels in adding slutty yet surprisingly sweet elements to cosplay drag whilst Count addiction is full on dark, dirty and grungey in his theatrical drag.

 

This Brighton pride marked the 1 year anniversary of bitter sour and they pulled out an extraordinary show! they presented the past, present and future of their sister hood. Show casing incredible drag queens and kings with huge diversity such as Fuchsia Von Steel, Rob from finance, Roxie Cleopatra and loads more. Each of the acts had something really unique about them whether it was their incredible humor, dirty sass, or brilliant mockery towards the media on LGBTQ rights. So if you’re heading to Brighton Pride next year make sure you don’t miss out on this incredible show! you can also catch their shows quarterly through the year so keep your eyes peeled.

(above Fuchsia Von Steel performing at bitter sour)

So as Pride was coming to the end I found myself reflecting back on the day, over all I love pride and what it stands for, I love that I could be with my wonderful friends and all around us there was love everywhere- whether is was between friends sharing cuddles and laughs or between lovers holding hands and kissing, there is no doubt that pride is a time to get together and celebrate our diversities, but it also dawned on me that there are a couple of things that I wish I could change. Every pride the City becomes a huge waste tip as people become more and more drunk they abandon ship and start leaving rubbish every where, smashed bottles and broken glass cover the streets (I even had glass go into my foot this year) Sirens are always close by with police cars racing around and ambulances not far behind them. I know lots of people who do not enjoy pride because it’s become an excuse for people to drink during the day and end up in fights or binge drink and end up in hospital. Is this really what pride is now? an excuse just to have one big expensive party? I was able to do pride on a budget, but when you start looking into the main pride events it can become very commercial and can be very expensive.

Pride is what you make it. Don’t forget the core to what makes pride, don’t forget what the generations before us have had to endure for us to be here celebrating now, don’t forget about the less liberal Countries in the world where it’s not so easily as accepted, drink responsibly but party hard and most of all be considerate to your surroundings and especially to each other!

 

 

 

Hyper Japan Summer 2017

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! This is my first blog post and I’m incredibly excited to start sharing my adventures with you.
And what a place to start. This past weekend I attended a wonderful event called Hyper Japan. For those of you who do not know, Hyper Japan is a Japanese culture event that is hosted twice a year. It brings a taste of Japan to London and shares the latest in food, gaming, fashion, Cosplay, music and more! There’s loads to do for all ages and each person will have a unique experience and will be able to take away something different.

 

I love Hyper Japan, I’ve been attending on and off for the past four years, and I’ve even had a stall there with my boutique, Plastic and Bows. There’s a certain vibe to the event that makes it different from others I’ve been to; Everyone is really friendly, it’s really well organised and there’s so much to see and do that I never feel bored. My favourite part about Hyper Japan has to be the live stage and, of course, the shopping which is perfect for picking up something unique and discovering new brands!

This year I went for the full day on Saturday with my partner Ali. We wanted to focus mainly on the live acts and performers as there were so many that we wanted to see. I really love The Tobacco Docks as a venue for live performers; you go into a room and it’s just like going to watch a gig with one of your favourite bands. It’s really dark in there with black-out curtains so that you can see the stage really well and you don’t have interference from outside lighting. I think It works really well. In previous years they’ve held Hyper Japan in Kensington Olympia and the O2; for me, these venue’s didn’t work as well for live performers due to the open space.

So who did we see? We started off the day seeing Moso Calibration, they’re a super cute J-pop girl group, they have super cute videos and a unique style! They were a really fun way to start the day, they had loads of energy on stage and were Kawaii with a rock chic edge! You can check out their YouTube here: Moso Callibration

 

 

After Moso Calibration we had some time to kill so we decided to start looking round the stalls and went to see some of our friends. As much as I love the Tobacco Docks as a venue for the live performers, if any of you haven’t been there before, it’s one of the most confusing venues to work your way around! I’ve been a couple of times and each time I’ve successfully managed to get lost, whilst missing out tons of stalls and then discovering them much later on with not much time to go round. The place is completely maze like, but I feel like next time I might be able to get my bearings (third time lucky maybe?). That aside we did manage to find Roxie Sweetheart, Artbox, Tofu Cute and the Dreamy Bows stalls that were close by. All these stalls are super Kawaii and absolutely dreamy to look at and some of my favourite stalls at Hyper Japan! I may have even treated myself to one or two things from Artbox and Roxie Sweetheart!

 

(caught in the act shopping- so many pretty things, I couldn’t choose)

 

(Ali being a kawaii alien at the art box stall, Ali is wearing a Cyberdog playsuit and Eyes cropped tee, with cyberdog alien gloves and Demonia Stacks. The ears are by Plastic and Bows, )

 

(I’m wearing my sailor moon dress that I purchased from Dreamy bows last summer at hyper Japan, My sanrio YRU cut out shoes, falling star clip from 6%DokiDoki (you can now purchase 6% from Dreamy bows!) choker and hair clips from Roxie Sweetheart.)

 

 

Ali and I continued to wander round and we went to play in the gaming room, we played a new game coming out called Pokemon Tekken. I’ve recently kindled a huge love for Pokemon after playing Pokemon Go a lot last summer. I know..I know I’m so far behind on the gaming front, I loved the cartoon as a child but hadn’t ever had a console to play the games on before, and Pokemon go was my first chance to have a go at playing anything Pokemon and I loved it! I’m a huge lover of Tekken too and when I saw a game combining the two I was really excited to try! My over-all impression? I was really unimpressed with some characters due to their speed but once I selected a faster playing character I quite enjoyed the game. I wouldn’t say it was my favourite fighting game but I did really enjoy how colourful it was and if I was able to play it again in the future I’d definitely give it another go to fully get to grips with how to play and all the secret moves, which i think would add a lot more enjoyment to the game playing element.

 

 

 

 

Later on we caught the end of the Decora transformation that Dreamy Bows set up with Kurebayashii, who is a Super Kawaii Decora girl from Japan. Decora is a harajuku street style featuring bright colours and tons of hair and body accessories. They transformed a model they had into a Super Kawaii Decora girl, using lots of stickers and bright make up, and adorable Decora clothing and accessories. Kurebayashii did a collaboration with Dreamy Bows; the range was absolutely adorable! but i forgot to pick up any of the items up! doh! 🙁

 

(above the end of the Dreamy bows fashion show)

 

After this Dreamy Bows presented a fashion show, they showcased lots of different Japanese street styles such as Fairy Kei, Larme Kei, Lolita, Decora and Ganguro. Everyone looked absolutely amazing and I loved seeing how unique everyone’s looks came together. Kurebayashiii also gave a live performance, singing music from her band as well as the theme tune for Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid which is one of my favourite animes! I was so excited when she sang this especially looking as adorbale as she did in all her Decora. Such a wonderful and kawaii surprise <3

 

After lunch time the second section commenced. Ali and I started the afternoon off with an incredible Dj, dance and visual projection act called Kaien. I think these were one of my favourite acts of the day! Kaien uses EDM (electronic dance music) along with live dancers and a projection screen, which they use to project holograms. The collaboration of all three made for an amazing experience! The dancers used Japanese features to dance with such as fans, nunchucks, and geisha silk robes and the overall effect was simply stunning!

 

(Above is Reol performing)

As the day went on we went and watched the amazing Reol. I’ve recently only discovered Reol, but They are incredibly popular and famous in Japan. As a huge J-pop group this was their first debut in the UK, and they certainly did not let us down! The room was packed out and they gave an incredible live performance. Reol had so much energy and even though she was dancing she continued to sing live perfectly, whilst they had amazing visuals from videos they have released. Over all an incredible performance.

 

(official Sanrio Merch collab with Artbox)

During the course of the day we also went and explored the food stalls, but due to having so many allergies I normally take my own food, So I home prepped some sushi of my own, but Ali ate some delicious looking Aubergine “chips”. We also, much later in the day, found all the other stalls that we had been missing. Like I mentioned above, the venue takes some getting used to and it’s really easy to get lost. It was really wonderful to see so many new sellers there this year. I picked up tons of business cards and I’m sure I will buying lots of beautiful things from them and will do reviews on them when I have them! so keep your eyes peeled!

 

(above is a new stall i discovered called Cry Baby, they’re not currently online, but keep your eyes peeled, her stuff was stunning)

One thing that we were disappointed with; we really wanted to go and do the virtual reality death note experience, however the tickets to it went really quickly, and due to the venue being so confusing we didn’t find it until half way through the second half of the event, and by this time…you’ve guessed it, it had completely all been booked up! so we didn’t get to do this, and this was one of the things top on our list! that being said, we had a really wonderful day all round! and we met so many wonderful people.

 

I highly recommend Hyper Japan as an event! Lots of people get really dressed up and showcase their Cosplays or general Japanese street styles. Even if dressing up isn’t for you, it’s a great event to go and wander round with tons to do and see!
So until next time, I hope you’ve enjoyed my taste of Hyper Japan. <3

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