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Kawaii Time! Anime Special


In June I received my second ever Kawaii Club Ookii Box, a Keep It Secret UK Subscription service. I have now been working with Keep It Secret for a little over two months and am enjoying every second. As I am their new Social Media Manager I should probably take this moment to share with you the AWESOME Kawaii Picnic SALE going on over at KeepItSecret.co.uk  where all Lifestyle items are up  to 25% OFF. Perfect for your Kawaii Kitchens!

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Anyway, enough shameless advertising, let’s get back to what you all came here to see… CUTE THINGS! 


The theme of this June’s Ookii Parcel was ‘Anime Special’ and on that point it most definitely delivered! the Oookii customers also had the added extras of some ULTRA RARE figurines which is always exciting. If you want to take part in next month’s subscription, simply click here  to be directed to their website.

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The first thing that struck me about this month’s box was that there were much larger gifts than last months, including a few very substantial plushies!

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Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z and Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac… plus a surprise Summer Gift of Totoro! You can’t get much more anime than that.

We will start with the ULTRA RARE Chibi Style Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac anime figurine. This surprise box could have been a number of different characters…

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… and here is the one that I got!

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This Dragon Ball Z Kai figurine is very classic with it’s own little stand.

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Moving on to Sailor Moon we have this super cute Sailor Moon plushie doll.

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And large Luna Cat plush doll…

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…And finally Artemis white cat plush key chain.

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And, ironically my favourite little addition to this box (as it is also the smallest), this gorgeous little Totoro figurine which was a Summer Surprise gift! What did you get in yours?


Overall I LOVED this month’s box. The gifts for June were a lot more substantial than normal with some lovely rare pieces as well as larger plushies. Considering that a monthly subscription box from Kawaii Club only costs £19.99 and the Luna Cat Plush alone would probably go for about £10 in the shops, this is a brilliant investment. Having the mix of different animes is always a plus too.

I missed getting Pocky this month I will admit, but as Keep It Secret UK are currently adding a whole bunch of new flavours to their store, I can understand that they’re not giving away stock quite yet. Maybe next month. Speaking of next month – what would you like to see? Any theories as to the next theme? 

Personally I can’t wait for the guys to do a stationery month! With all of their beautiful new stationery stock including stickers, washi tape and cutesie erasers, it would be really fun to see a small selestion of those in the next box.


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…


Wednesday Wish List – Etsy Highlights


Wednesday Wish List – Etsy Special

Well, at the moment I can safely say that the top of my wish list is for my internet to be working again! My phone line and broadband have both been down now for 14 days because of a ‘common’ fault all the way in Chatham of all places! So, I am currently writing my Wednesday Wish List from the lovely home of my partner while I leech internet from him for the umpteenth time this week (Thank you mister!) If you guys have been following my Facebook Page you may have noticed that last week marked my first week as an Etsy seller! That’s right, I have finally taken the plunge into the wonderful world of Etsy and so far I am loving it. (You can check out my online store here if you like) So, I thought I would ring in the occasion with an Etsy themed Wednesday Wish List. So, here are a few of the fun things I have found so far while introducing myself to the site.


Totoro & Pangur Bán Cat (Studio Ghibli / Miyazaki x Secret of Kells Crossover) Art Nouveau 10×20 Poster – £7.97

https://www.etsy.com/listing/155315545/totoro-pangur-ban-cat-studio-ghibli?ref=favs_view_2

Starting off with a piece of beautiful art (which is the primary reason I love Etsy) depicting one of my favourite little characters, Totoro. I love how illustrative this is and the watercolour look. I would personally love to have a copy of this up on my wall. And at only £7.97 for a poster print, this is a steal for any Miyazaki fan.


Snails Shell Candles Handmade Eco-friendly Reusable Candles – Choose Your Scent – Set of 6 – £6.13

https://www.etsy.com/listing/108740773/snails-shell-candles-handmade-eco?ref=favs_view_18

I have been finding a lot of snail shells around this year, and while this might make me sorta sad (poor little guys), this is a beautiful and unique way to preserve them. I’m also a bit of a pyromaniac so I love covering my house in candles (one of the great things about being a Pagan – SO many candles in the house). These would be perfect for an Earthen altar set up or just a pretty alternative to tea-lights.


Plum Octo Hair Clip – £2.85

https://www.etsy.com/listing/97041599/plum-octo-hair-clip?ref=favs_view_15

There are a whole bunch of these designs from the same seller in varying colours, but I probably like the plum colour best (if anything it would go well with neon blue). I love the shapes and design of octopus art. Ever since working on Viceroy’s ‘The Deep’ set and drawing different forms of octopii, I have loved the style and intricacy of tentacles. They lend themselves really well to art nouveau, which may be another reason I love them.


Octopus Pendant – Green Pink and Blue Pastel Striped Glass – £22.06

https://www.etsy.com/listing/127852884/octopus-pendant-green-pink-and-blue?ref=favs_view_1

Sticking with the Octopus theme, I found this sweet little pendant which would also act well as a small statue or figurine. The colours in the glass are gorgeous and I love his cute little face. not sure if I would wear it as a pendant myself or would prefer to display it, but the good thing about it being glass is I would be able to wear it if I wanted to (Remember my weird aversion to metal? Yeah – works with jewelry too)


Gothic Tote Bag (with Plain Lining) – Michael Miller Fabric – Handmade for You – £36.99

https://www.etsy.com/listing/127083881/gothic-tote-bag-with-plain-lining?ref=favs_view_2

Ending on a gloriously Gothic note; I LOVE the fabric design of this tote bag. I wish I was still and English Literature student because I would blatantly use this bag to carry my gothic horror novels or Poe anthology! That being said, it is still the perfect bag for Hallowe’en or when I am just in a bit of a Wednesday Addams kind of mood.


Well, that’s it for my first dive into the wonderful world of Etsy. No doubt I will be able to create all sorts of themes from products on this site alone, but next week I will be preparing for my first LAN of the year so expect a video game oriented post. In the mean time, why not check out my own Etsy Store and see if anything there is to your liking and I will speak to you all soon.