Kawaii: Embracing the Cute

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Does its cuteness overwhelm?
That’ll be Kawaii
Kawaii, a haiku, by me.

Following on from my previous Kawaii post, I’ve come across a few more Kawaii pieces to cheer up my existence.

I found a couple of bargain Kawaii-like pieces in Shoe Zone of all places. I’m not sure the bag constitutes Kawaii, I think it’s more pretty than Kawaii (what do you think?), but the owl wallet definitely gets my approval.

Now my ‘Soot Sprite’ has a place to hang.

I got these adorbz stickers from Amazon. They were pretty cheap, so they were just an add on to my main order. What I didn’t realise was they were getting shipped from Asia. It took them nearly a fortnight to turn up!

I also splurged (inadvertently) on a Pusheen reusable bottle. I say inadvertently because I bought it from Claire’s Accessories and there was no price on it. It wasn’t until it got tilled through that I had the “how much???” moment. But hey, if it helps cut my use of disposable plastic bottles to help save the planet then its worth it. And actually, in the end, it pays for itself via tap refills.

That’s pretty much all I’ve collected so far. With university module payments coming up (ugh!), I’m gonna be cutting my expenditure back for a few months … unless I see something I simply can’t live without.

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Kawaii: A New-Found Love

The night is dark and full of terrors, so why not kawaii?

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Kawaii
kəˈwʌɪ
adjective: (in the context of Japanese popular culture) cute.
“she paints elephants that are extremely kawaii”
noun: the quality of being cute, or items that are cute.
“even in a cosmopolitan city like Tokyo, kawaii is everywhere”
[Thank you Google]

No, but seriously, I love the idea of Japan’s Kawaii. Not so much the girly, frilly outfits, because as a woman knocking on 40’s door, I’d look pretty horrendous dolled up in Lolita fashion, but it’s the little things I like. I want to add a splash of kawaii to me and my surroundings, to brighten my existence, without making my world look like Hello Kitty’s thrown up in it.

So I’ve set myself the task of adding touches of kawaii to my day-to-day life, but (and here’s the important thing) without breaking the bank.

My first stop was The Range (a UK general purpose store). I mainly went to find some cute stickers for my bullet journal, but I stumbled across a pack of adorable owl pencil sharpeners. That’s proper kawaii right there!

I then stumbled across this little fellow in Matalan of all places. I’ve seen Spirited Away, so as soon as I saw it I thought, “Soot Sprite!”

Oh, and WHSmith stocks some adorable kitty pencil top erasers that are way too cute to use. Here’s mine checking out the exercise section of my journal.

I’ve also recently found a couple of bargain pieces in Shoe Zone of all places, namely a bag and wallet, which I’ll share in my next Kawaii post. For now, I urge you to brighten your life and embrace the cute!