Saturday, 24 May 2014

Room revamp!

This is gonna be a fairly long image-heavy post, just warning you now!

So if you follow me on just about any social networking platform you've probably heard me talk about redoing my bedroom. I've been in this tiny bedroom since late 2011 and although I settled in, I never really fully owned the space. My furniture didn't match, and I had too much of it- you could barely fit two people in the room at the same time (which sucked because I like to have friends stay over a lot). There was also a lot of stuff that was outdated as far as my personality was concerned- a lot of black and grey, unwanted gifts, and school books I shoved away when I left high school 3 years ago. I finally decided it all needed to change about a month ago- and today I can happily say the remodelling has been a success!

Not only did I replace all the furniture in my room, I was able to throw out/donate a lot of stuff I didn't want or need anymore which was a really refreshing feeling. I feel like I've started anew, and so close to my 20th birthday it was really called for.

I'll start off by talking about one of my favourite new furniture pieces, something I've wanted for a really long time- a vanity table!

I bought this table second-hand on Gumtree, an Australian classifieds website. I had previously found my pink bike on this site so I was confident I'd be able to find what I was looking for. The vision I had was of a white vanity table that wasn't necessarily vintage or antique, but the one I found was even more than I could ever wish for. Pastel pink, gorgeously detailed and the perfect size. I paid $125 for it.

They key to redesigning my room was to figure out how to store and display my things in smart ways. Rather than having multiple sets of shelves or drawers on the floor, I have made use of under-bed storage and wall shelving. This left more floor space and generally made the room look larger. I also took down the 8 or 9 posters I had up as they were closing in the space.

Another thing I added was these 4 hooks on the wall for hanging bags, as I have a fair few and didn't have anywhere to store them previously. It doubles as a cute way to display them as well.

The bed (which pulls out into a double bed), bedspread, wall hooks, cloud lamp, flower lamp, floating shelves and coffee table are all from Ikea. Many of my plush toys are from Zakka House (shameless promotion, I work there!). I buy Japanese magazines from Kinokuniya, and Korean albums from Media Asia.

You can see what my room looked like when I first moved in here, and what it looked like a year ago here.
And of course if you're having trouble viewing the photos you can click 'em to make 'em bigger.

I'm done now!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Digital Mixed Media

Took a break from making dumb Block B edits to make even dumber edits of myself.
Tools: Photoshop, Tumblr

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!

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