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  • Care Bears and My Little Pony at Primark!

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    So if you’re into kawaii style, be it something specific like Fairy Kei or just random quirky clothes, shopping can be a pain. I know this because, well, I am. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of days I do give in to society and dress like a grown up. But other days, my aim is to look like (as someone once eloquently described Harajuku style to me) “as if Japan threw up on me.”

    Imagine my delight whn I went to the new Primark in Leeds in the Trinity Centre. No only was it new, clean, and spacious, without wrestling customers and clothing strewn on the floor, but it was full of clothes I LOVED. I had to reign myself in and not buy the whole store, but I did cherry pick a few bits and bobs to show you guys :-)

    They’re going on a bit of a My Little Pony bender at the moment. There are jumpers, t-shirts, and pants - be warned this is old school MLP though, the one from my childhood. I don’t care, I just like My Little Pony! There’s also a lot of Care Bears stuff, and leggings with brightly coloured patterns and sweets all over them. And for those of you who are after pastels, they have pastel knitwear GALORE! Get yourselves to Primark!!!


    All photographs belong to Primark except the My Little Pony Pants, which I photographed.

  • How I make the twobadbananas packaging

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    Oh hai there everyone! I know that one of the things people like to read about online is the behind the scenes action! I thought that one of the things that might interest everyone is how I make up the packaging that all the twobadbananas jewellery comes in.

    Firstly I start off with buying the cardboard blanks from a manufacturer. I’m aware that whilst the packaging is nice, especially if given as a gift, the ultimate “consumable” is my jewellery. I don’t want to be unnecessarily wasteful, so I use card packets made from environmentally friendly recycled card stock. I chose this lovely sky blue colour to match the theming of the website.

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    Next up, I stick double sided sticky tape on the flap of every single packet, and trim it by hand. It takes a while, but actually, has never driven me mad yet, even when I’m prepping for fairs such as HyperJapan (soooooo much packaging!).

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    Then I stick the official twobadbananas logo stickers on to the bottom left corner of each packet. I hand drew the bananas (Frank and Terry) myself and then messed around with the drawing in photoshop until I made my logo. It took a long time and I still don’t know how I did it! I am very pleased with the end result though. I get the stickers printed by an online company who cut them to the custom shape I require.

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    This last picture is of my friend Emzlebub. She helped me make up all the packaging she is holding in preparation for last years’ HyperJapan event. Don’t worry, I plied her with cake as a thank you :-)

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    I keep the packets flat so they’re easier to store, and then it’s a simple case of making them up into the proper shape when I’m ready to use them :-) Sometimes I add tissue paper to the inside, and I always add other embellishments to my parcels when I’m sending them out… but to find out what, you’ll have to place an order ;-)

  • twobadbananas at HyperJapan 2013

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    Greetings my lovely flowerpots! Today is my birthday, so after being SUPER exciting and going to Homebase to buy dust sheets (we’re having new windows in our house tomorrow) and having tea at Frankie and Benny’s, I thought I’d use some of my “down-time” to write you all a little review of HyperJapan 2013.

    Above you can see a picture of my stall in all its glory. I feel like I get better and better at the display each time I do it. I’m planning a blog post on how I made my nifty new cloud display boards soon. But for now I can regale you with the delights of HyperJapan 2013.

    This year saw the event move to Earls Court 2, its biggest venue yet. With the stage attractions including Yun*Chi, Geisha Sayuki, and the fantastic Siro-A, there were a plethora of tasty food stalls to sample, an entire gaming area, as well as stalls selling everything from Japanese cosmetics to cuddly Alpaca plushies.

    Despite being tied to the stall a lot of the time, I did manage to take quite a few pics, all of which went on the twobadbananas twitter account, and I’ve cherry picked my faves for the blog. The next photo is of my favourite Cosplayer at the event. This little dude ROCKED! When I have kids, I hope they are half as cool as him!

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    Of course I did buy myself a couple of treats, all from the lovely Emumu at the Kawaii Kollective. She’s got a fantastic selection of Kigs, super cute knick knack zakka, and Arpakasso (Alpaca Plushies). I bought myself a cat straw hat, and two pairs of Hello Kitty glasses, and this cheekie chappie came to look at my stall. I just had to take a photo of him because my boyfriend and my lovely helper Emma are from Scotland!

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    We met up with old friends Cakes With Faces, Roxie Sweetheart, Miwary, and Something Kawaii, and made new friends with Phantasy Phones, who make jaw dropping decoden phone cases. Miwa from Miwary was lucky enough to get interviewed TWICE, whilst Amy from Cakes With Faces got interviewed once, and Jarvis Cocker came to her stall and bought a t-shirt for his son!!!

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    Jarvis Cocker may not have been to my stall, but I did meet some absolutely lovely customers who were lovely to chat to and said such nice things to me about my jewellery, including this chap who was a dentist and thought that the Molly the Molar necklace was the best thing he’d ever seen! I also made contacts with people running future events, such as the Brighton Japan Festival, and the Clothes Show Live (eeek!). Probably my most unusual visitor was a member of Siro-A - when not on stage they took to promoting their show by wandering round the venue perfoming mime whilst wearing giant paper tubes! They were a great hit with everyone both on and off-stage, and everyone affectionately referred to them as “Tube-Men!”

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    Thanks for reading, and if I met you there, thanks for coming to say hi! It was lovely to meet you :-) A special thank you too to @Emzlebub who was my willing helper and partner in crime for the weekend, I couldn’t have done it without her! I’m already looking forward to next year!