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Kawaii Club – Anime x Lifestyle Crossover!


Another month has gone by and it is time to review my July Ookii Parcel from Kawaii Club Ookii Box, a Keep It Secret UK Subscription service. As you might have noticed on my Twitter, things have been a little crazy lately what with the launch of my first three colouring books for adults published through Orion, so it has taken me a little while to get around to reviewing last month’s parcel. In fact – you now only have one more week until the August parcels are sent out, so sign up if you would like to grab one of these awesome Kawaii Club boxes this month.

As always, in the interest of honesty I will say that I am the Social Media & Support Manager over at Keep It Secret so I am sent these for an honest review as part of working for the company. All opinions of the items are my own though and I mostly just love showing you guys the super secret surprises that we ship off every month.

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The theme of this month’s Ookii Parcel was ‘Anime x Lifestyle Crossover’ and this was definitely a must have for anyone looking for some cute and kawaii fashion essentials. Personally I found this to be the weakest parcel for me so far, just simply because I don’t wear jewelry (so the earrings and choker were sadly wasted on me) and I have locks (so the hair clips are a little too tight and have teeth which would sadly damage them – I do wear hair clips some times, but tend to look for looser fitting friendlier ones). That being said, it is still a lovely selection of items and my loss is your gain as I will be giving away the hair clips, choker and earrings to one lucky commenter! (Keep reading for more info!)

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One pair of ‘Harajuku’ knee high socks – I am a HUGE knee high sock fan! I go to a lot of festivals and just love wearing knee high socks under my wellies. These would also look adorable with a Lolita skirt or if you were going for a fairy kei pastel goth look. The material is lovely and sturdy and stretchy meaning the sizing is quite flexible.

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One pair of cherry hair clips – I do wish I could wear these as they are very cute and good enough to eat. The clips are plastic but nice and strong so would do as a cute accessory, or practical hair clip to pull back a nice amount of hair. Perfect if you want to look sugar and spice with a cherry on top (literally).

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One No Face (Spirited Away) brooch clip – This is my favourite item in this month’s box, a gorgeous little Spirited Away brooch. I love this film and everything Studio Ghibli, so this is a lovely addition to my growing collection of pins and badges.

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One pink love heart faux leather choker necklace – As I said earlier, sadly I don’t actually wear jewelry (and on the very rare occasion that I do, it tends to be wood, plastic or leather and always without metal – I know – a metal head without the metal – weird) but this is a lovely little choker again adding to the pastel goth look of the socks. There is also something kind of Sailor Moon about the style…

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One pair of silhouette Sailor Moon Dangle Earrings – …Speaking of Sailor Moon. These dangle earrings are perfect for any Sailor Moon fan, but also have a lovely design to them which works well even if you don’t watch the series as it’s quite a nice little art nouveau style figure – I mean, they don’t have to know it’s , right?


Well, I promised you goodies and that is what I shall give you. If you would like a chance to win the Sailor Moon Dangle Earrings, pink love heart faux leather choker necklace and pair of cherry hair clips, courtesy of the awesome guys at Keep It Secret, all you have to do is visit their website and tell me one of your favourite items in their store and why in the comments below!

I will draw a random winner on Monday 10th August (any comments after 9am on that day will not be counted). Comments will count at the time you posted them, not the time they are moderated so don’t worry about missing out.

So, get visiting Keep It Secret and keep it kawaii!


Wednesday Wish List – Totoro Time


Wednesday Wish List – Totoro Time


Those of you who know me well may have noticed I have a slight… itsy bitsy… okay HUGE obsession with ‘My Neighbour Totoro’. Even though ‘Spirited Away’ remains my all time favourite Studio Ghibli film (so far – I mean, there are a lot of them), I just love the character of Totoro and his little tororo friends. My partner and I actually have plushies of the grey, blue and white totoros above our bed and occasionally I come home to discover they have been on some fun adventures. They’ve even left me notes when I come home after a hard weekend of conventions (They’re in my mister’s handwriting, but that can be forged right?)

You can see some of my own Totoro Fan Art here and even buy yourself a print of it, should you so wish, on my Etsy Store. But for now, here are some of my favourite Totoro related pieces from around the web for my Wednesday Wish List.


Totoro Sweater Jacket 100% hand knit from pure merino wool by AnnaWoolMagic on Etsy – £137.56

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Starting with this gorgeous cardigan/sweater from Etsy. I believe it is actually one of a kind (or she only has one in stock) which is why the hefty price tag, but when you see the amount of work put into hand crafting this, that’s not really surprising. I love big baggy cardigans, especially over skirts and tights, so this would see a whole lot of use out of some one like me. Not exactly a Summer choice, but still a beautiful find.


Studio Ghibli Spirited Away Sootball Slouch style jumper by ZenohTee on Etsy – £22.99

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As a ‘larger up top’ kind of gal, I find off the shoulder numbers to be incredible flattering, I also like the look of the length of the sleeves on this piece (I’m a fingerless gloves lover, so long sleeves are a good replacement for those sometimes). The design is cute and fun and can be classed as either ‘Spirited Away’ (the sweets in the top soot sprite’s hand) or ‘Totoro’ so that makes me happy. There is also a soot sprite on the back right shoulder.


All 3 Posters – my neighbor totoro, princess mononoke, spirited away – papercut style print – ghibli, movie poster, wall art, decor by BigBadRobot on Etsy – £16.75+

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I really love the design of these paper cut-out prints. They are stylized enough that you don’t even have to be a Ghibli fan to enjoy them. A very stylish and classic way to put some Totoro love on your walls. If you like the style of this print you should definitely check out the Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away Prints that come along with it, they are gorgeous.


Totoro in the Mountain Art Print by YouCouCou on Society6 – Variety of Prices and sizes

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I don’t know what it is about this piece, but I really just love Totoro’s expression! There’s something imposing and Godzilla-like about this poster whilst also retaining the cute kawaii nature of the characters.


Totoro Soot Sprite Slippers – Available to Bid on EBay

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As some one who works at home, slippers are a must have and these are just awesome! Look at their little faces! There is also a range of Totoro slippers too, but I am not a fan of the Totoro smiling plushie/onesie style that I see around, I prefer his cute quizzical look.


We Are The Children Who Never Grow Up’ Vest Top – Available to bid on EBay

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My one and only ‘Summer’ piece of the bunch, but the bright colours and floaty material definitely make up for it. The quote kind of sums up why I love Totoro so much – it is just a gloriously innocent children’s film that makes you feel like a kid again.


Don’t forget to check out my own Totoro artwork on Etsy. You can even earn £5 off your first purchase on Etsy here. What is your favourite Studio Ghibli film? Also, is there a character or film/TV series/book etc, that you always have to buy the merch for whenever you see it? Leave a comment below…