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Kawaii Club – Back 2 School Special!


 

Yet another month has gone by and it is time to review my August Ookii Parcel from Kawaii Club Ookii Box, a Keep It Secret UK Subscription service.

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.


This month’s box theme was ‘Back 2 School’ and I have to say that this was my favourite box from Kawaii Club so far. I have always been a sucker for cute stationery and Keep It Secret have really out done themselves with the range of gorgeous treats on offer this month. With the launch of Kamio Stationery products over on their website, now is a great time to fill your pencil case with some cute erasers, sharpeners, pens and pencils, just in time for the start of the new school term (or, if you’re like me, for every day use and to just make you smile).

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The items in this month’s box are both adorable and incredibly useful, with a mix of washi tape, stickers, stamps and pencils.

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This cute masking tape measure 1.6m in all and features this adorable little bear. Needless to say some of my Etsy packages being sent out over the next few weeks will have a little kawaii love keeping them together.

 

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This transparent wallet is A4 in size and shows a chibi picture of No-Face from Spirited Away, one of my favourite Studio Ghibli films. This wallet is ideal to keep your artwork (or homework protected) and I’m sure that little soot mote won’t get dirt on your work.

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I haven’t had a secret diary in a very long time, but this Okitoki padlocked notebook might just convince me to start one again (pretty sure I’ve grown out of the AC 4 KR ((Keanu Reeves FYI)) stage, but hey he’s still a hottie).

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What do you get the girl who draws colouring books for a living? Why a set of coloured pencils of course. These cute pocket size pencils are ideal for taking on long road trips, holiday or just out in the garden while you colour in your copy of Colour Me Mindful (shameless plug – not even ashamed).

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I LOVED these pens when I was a kid so I am super stoked to have one again. They are just so wonderfully comfortable to use and incredibly practical, I mean, who wants to carry around 8 biro pens when you can just have one?

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I only recently became acquainted with Sumikkogurashi while I was visiting London and I have to say, I am very much in love with these tiny little mochi animals. So, the fact that I can now stick them anywhere makes me very happy.

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What Kawaii stationery set would be complete without the wonder that is Hello Kitty? This bento box of tiny rubber stamps is lovely and the stamps are clear and press well. A lovely way to decorate your diary so those school days don’t seem so boring.

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I love Sentimental Circus and actually have a few notebooks and stickers from their brand from visiting various Japanese stores over the years, so this giant paperclip/bookmark is a perfect way to round of my collection.

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Just to give you a quick sneak peek of the stamps and biro pen in action (not to mention a final little plug for Kawaii Club and Keep It Secret UKDon’t forget to sign up for next month to see what they have in store for you. I’m going to go and use these lovely gifts to help re-organise my week. 


London and Baby Metal


Yesterday the mister and I traveled down to London to see Baby Metal live in concert and stopped in a few fun places on the way…


A few months ago it was announced that internet sensation and all round awesome fun feel good metal band Baby Metal would be coming to Sonisphere Festival. Now, the mister and I had already decided not to go to any festivals this year as we are saving our money for bigger exciting things, but this kind of threw us for six as we did actually really want to see them. But, being the celever so-n-so’s that we are, we figured there was no way they would be coming all the way over to the UK for one gig (on what was at the time set to be a small stage – I think they upgraded because of how popular they are). So, we waited and before you knew it they had announced another UK date in London’s Electric Ballroom. I was one of the first people to bag a ticket (before they AGAIN had to change venues to the larger Kentish Town Forum because they were so popular!) If you want to see what everyone was so excited about, check this out.

A full review of the gig will be available on Chaos Hour‘s new Music section tomorrow [Edit: Now available to read here], but for now just know that this was the most fun I have had at a gig in a long time! I could not stop smiling. The excitement of the girls was infectious and it was just such darn happy metal music with even some reggae and hip hop influences thrown in and a whole lot of tongue in cheek fun that we just had an amazing time! I ended up buying a tee shirt (which is generally a sign that I have converted to true fan – I don’t like wearing band tees for bands I don’t actively love) and we stopped off in Chinatown for some fun goodies before we headed home.

It was a long day overall. We had to get up early to catch the National Express and were met with every form of human rudeness along the way (which does nothing for your mood), not to mention not being able to sit next to each other for the 2 hour journey. But, it was all worth it. We wandered around Covent Garden and Camden and took in the sights, we even stopped into Cyber Dog, Tokyo Toys and Gekko (some of my favourite stores) and while I was adamant on not spending too much (I could always quite easily buy a new wardrobe in Camden), I did end up getting a really cute wrap around belt with pockets and attached purple/blue crocheted skirt, which will be ideal to wear over my leggings or skirts for conventions.

We ended up having lunch in Camden market and I tried some lovely Polish food. I’ve never really tried it (beyond the hot dogs/sausages you get in Polskiskleps) and it was really nice. There was a wonderful sweetness to it that made it perfect comfort food and it was in no way greasy like I expected, considering it was just meat in a bread roll. We also later had a dumpling from my favourite little dumpling-stop in Leicester Square – perfect street food for wandering around Covent Garden and watching street performers. We even managed to stop into a couple of different comic shops, including Orbital Comics which has, by far, one of the best independent comic book sections I have ever seen! We even saw a few familiar ‘faces’.

All in all it was a great day out and I would definitely go to see Baby Metal again. Hell the mister wanted to see them again as soon as they finished! A really fun gig and a lovely touristy day. Can’t wait to come back to the city again at the end of the week for London Film and Comic Con, albeit in a bit more of a business frame of mind.


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I tried to get Paddy to bury the hatchet with Teemo… he wasn’t having it.

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My favourite little dumpling store! I used to stop by here for dinner every now and then when I worked in London.

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Spotted some of Andrew Hinklebottom’s pin up art ‘in the wild’ at Orbital Comics.

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Had to take a moment when I saw this. Made me very sad for future generations who won’t even know what a Twinky is… Also… I miss Egon.

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Spotted a certain comic with a familiar signature. Gods bless Fernando Ruiz – I do miss his teachings.

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In true ‘blog’ tradition, I finally have a picture of my food. So – here you go!

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Sadly my phone ran out of battery before the actual gig – so here are my spoils from the day.

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Find of the day definitely goes to these – flavoured Oreos! Birthday cake batter (with sprinkles!) and vanilla milkshake!