Friday, 18 April 2014

Kawaii culture comes to Sydney!


Hello everyone!

I wanna tell you about the exciting new boutique opening up at Purikura Photoland here in Sydney. Purikura Photoland (known to many as 'Caps' because of it's location in Capitol Square) has been the best place in Sydney to play UFO catchers and take purikura sticker photos since 1999. I've been a frequent visitor for many years- but my lack of luck when it came to winning prizes was leaving me empty handed once it was time to go home. Finally, there is a boutique in the middle of Photoland bringing all sorts of licensed goodies- without having to catch them first! The boutique is currently unnamed (you're welcome to suggest something to me if you have a good idea!) and is run by friendly staff with the sole goal of bringing the best of kawaii culture to Sydney.  I'm super excited about their limited Easter Collection Showbags!

A total of 3 showbags are currently available:
Deluxe Hello Kitty

Deluxe My Melody

Kids' Hello Kitty
(The scented bubble blower is so much fun!)

I have a My Melody showbag with me today so I can show you what's inside!


All the goodies come inside a reusable canvas tote. I can confirm everything is official- I'm crazy about  the Sanrio license sticker!

The tote has a zip at the top and a small pocket inside so your traintickets/keys/phone are still easy to get to. I feel like this is gonna be a go-to bag for me when travelling.

Here is everything inside!

I love these slippers. They say they're an adult size 26cm on the tag but I'd call them free size, as most slippers are. Both me and my mum fit in them fine even though my feet are much smaller than hers. They're super soft and warm- I won't lie, I'm wearing them as I write this.



This small pouch is the same design as the tote. It would be cool to take some make up in this pouch and use the tote for your pajamas and go to a sleepover! It's the perfect size for a lipgloss, a powder compact and maybe some sneaky q-tips (you don't carry them with you? just me? okay.)

These little post it notes are far too cute. Great for using on a calendar if you don't wanna ruin the paper or labelling just about anything.

I had never actually used a mug lid before- but they're kind of perfect. No more spilling my coffee while carrying it to the table, no more drinks going cold because I forgot about them in another room. The size is also really good- I tried it on my smallest mug and my largest mug and it worked great with both!




These showbags are limited, so pick one up as soon as you can!
I'm really excited about the future of this boutique. I hope you are too!
If you want to find out more about this boutique as it grows, you can like Purikura Photoland on facebook here. You can also join in on the discussion on Hello Kitty Loves Australia.

Til next!







Sunday, 30 March 2014

Taffa Loves Juizy Woozy!

Hi again all! Today I will be reviewing 3 items from Indonesian clothing brand Juizy Woozy that they were kind enough to send to me! I love these clothes because they're heavily influenced by cartoon styles, food, and Japanese kawaii culture. What more could a Taffa ask for?
First off, the staff I spoke to was really nice and sweet and got the package to me super fast! I'm not used to packages arriving within 3 or 4 days so it was a really pleasant surprise for me!

First item: Usagi bag





I wanted to get my hands on the bunny bag because it reminded me of Swimmers bunny bag that came out in 2011- super quirky and super cute. I like big bags that I can fit make up, my big headphones, and my Nintendo DS into- and this bag does that! For it being well-made, super cute, and spacious I give it
(missing a star for the stain on the inside)
I also like how the white is pearlescent- adds a little something extra that canvas or cotton couldn't.
I'm really looking forward to coordinating this bag with both all white outfits as well as colourful ones.


Second item: Ice cream top (free-size)


Check out my wings!! This is actually two tops, a singlet and the jumper top. The yellow top is thin, thinner than a normal t-shirt, which makes it good to wear alone in summer or layer in winter. I am wearing it over a dress without the singlet underneath.
Both pieces are soft and the design is crazy adorable. I want a cartoon about my life drawn in this style!





The third item I received was a surprise! I did not choose this top but I totally love it- how do you know me so well Juizy Woozy! Pink, cherries, bows, glitter- you can't go wrong.
I don't know how I feel about the back of the top looking like a shirt a 7 year old boy should be wearing, though. Some people might like it but it's not really my style. I'll probably wear jackets with this top a lot.



I totally wish the cow logo on the tag was a peel sticker. I may have spent a good 10 minutes trying to peel it off the cardboard so I could have a super cute cow on my laptop.

If you want some of these super cute clothes (and I'm sure you do) head to Juizy Woozy's facebook page and have a look at what else they have to offer! There are hooded tops, custom painted shoes, charm bracelets and more for you to sink your sweet tooth into.

Til next!


Sunday, 9 February 2014

A Day At The Rock'n'Roll Markets!

Yo yo yo what is up blogspot!!

Today I went to the Sydney Rock'n'Roll Alternative Markets for the second time ever, with my best friend Bonnie and fiance Adam. Just like last time I went, I had a super great time, bought lots of great stuff and met lots of cool and creative people!
My favourite stall as always is Cutie Pop Creations / Sutairus shared stall.

Bonnie and I with Katie and Tamara, owners of Sutairu and CPC respectively.


Not only are these two girls super sweet, but their designs and creations are to die for. Sutairu specialises in 'ethereal with an edge', with products ranging from flower crowns to slime covered hoop earrings. Check out their instagram!
CPC on the other hand delivers pure tooth ache kawaii in the form of resin necklaces, earrings and rings with yummy sprinkles and/or glitter inside! Tamara also has a tonne of adorable bows, cufflinks and coinpurses to sink your sweet tooth into. Check out her webstore! Tamara is always super sweet and all of the items I own from her are super durable as well as gosh darn cute to boot.


I love you Cutie Pop Creations!!

After catching up with Katie and Tamara (and nipping some goodies for ourselves) we checked out what the other stalls had on offer. As to be expected there was a lot of vintage clothing, rockabilly style goods such as 50's style dresses and cardigans, and even comic books. I was not, however, expecting to find a nail artist!


The first thing Aubrey from Quirky Nails said to me was 'You look like you came from a cartoon.' Already excited from the smell of nail varnish, I enthusiastically replied: 'I am!'
After chatting for a while about everything from Japanese nail salons we wish we could visit to My Melody and Little Twin Stars I decided I wanted two little cupcakes painted on my ring fingers. Aubrey was super fun to talk to and she's extremely talented!

My new (and old) CPC rings and my fresh 'Quirkified' nails!

I was totally over the moon at this point. Sparkles, cupcakes, nail art! How could this possibly get any better for me?
A make up stall full of My Little Pony dolls and Cupies. That's how.


I wanted to speak to Emma-lee of The Makeup Wardrobe practically the entire day, but every time I passed her stall she was in the middle of doing someones makeup! I finally got to chat to her just before I left  the markets and it was worth the wait. We had a lot in common and I'm looking forward to visiting her store/studio in Newtown! She told me it 'looked like Harajuku had thrown up on it' and I was sold from thereon in.

The Makeup Wardrobe stocks Lime Crime products, as well as various make up and costume goods including eye contacts, hair dye and fake blood.

All in all it was a super fun day and the stalls had something for everyone- band posters, clothing, art, shoes, food, books, hair products... the list goes on! If you live in Sydney I would definitely recommend attending these markets even if you don't think you're that into alternative or rockabilly things. Entry is only $5 and you're bound to find something super cool- and one of a kind!

I'm happily exhausted now so I'm gonna get into bed with a movie. Probably a 90's cheerleader one knowing me.
PS, have you guys been keeping up with the winter olympics? I suddenly care about them because there's a super cute snowboarder called Yuki Kadono there. He's so smiley!

Til next!
~Taffa

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