28.1.14

A Fairy in Tokyo ♪ Day 2 (Part2)


What year is it? 2014?! ALREADY?!
Oh boy, I didn't forget you guys but I completely forgot the time, to say the least!

But instead of the usual explanations and excuses I'd rather continue where I stopped last time and show you what other things I saw on my 2nd day in Tokyo.
As you might remember from my last post, we've been to Laforet, a huge mall filled with all your favourite stores. After our walk around there our little field trip took us to Daiso.
Maybe you already heard of that store, it has a pretty cool concept because it carries all kinds of goods from stationary to kitchen supplies and everything is very cheap, with prices starting as low as 100yen (which currently equals roughly 1$).

Now, we also have such things as 1€ stores here in good old Germany and I know there are similar stores in many other countries as well but the wide range of items they carried and the fact a lot of them were adorably cute on top of that, was really overwhelming. We only spend what felt like a very short time there, because you kind of lose track of time in this store. I could've probably stayed in there for days, still discovering new, cute things to drop my money on.


All of these things are really just an excerpt of the huge variety of things at Daiso, just some of my favourites.

After leaving the paradise of cheap goods we went to Avantgarde, another store located in Harajuku. It's not only famous because its owner has the tallest mohawk in the whole wild world but also for it extraordinary tattoo tights!



TIGHTS! TIGHTS! TIGHTS!
I think I've never seen so many tights at once in a single place, I loved them ALL!

But not only was this place home to possibly the hottest leg-wear ever, it also had some really rad decorations around.

"Can I keep these?" These Campbell platform heels were to die for!
Lastly, we even got to take a picture with the master himself:



Our next stops through Harajuku took us to Nadia as well as 6%DOKIDOKI, some more absolute and utter favourites of mine!


Two super adorable staff girls!
Outside of the 6%DOKIDOKI store
I even got to take a picture with the very well known and lovely staff girl and shops own model Yuka!
I sadly didn't get around to take many pictures in or outside the store as it was slowly getting darker outside all ready but let me tell you, I was incredible happy I was able to visit this store. I really admire all the design work which is joined all around this label and I'm more than happy to call a few things from there my own, haha~


Next up was Kiddie Land! A big, big, big department store that carries products of all your favourite character goods, whether it'd be Hello Kitty, Disney all-stars, Rilakkuma or some of the many, many others. Trust me, they have everything.
Though I didn't really take many pictures here (Kaila got that covered for me haha), I did stumble across something...


At first I got hit on by this terribly odd creature but then - 

I stumbled across my one true love, Banana-san! Don't mind the dopey look on my face, I got lovestruck!


Our last stroll through the dark, yet light-flooded, streets of Tokyo took us to a candy store! And not just any, it was actually a Candy manufacturer and we had the pleasure to watch them closely, producing a batch of sweet robot candy.




Actually, I don't think I've ever seen how these kind of sweets are made, so it was really exciting and funny to watch. In the end we even got to try the tiny robots and they tasted robo-tasticly delicious!
In this store they sell all sorts of different coloured and patterned sweets and we were lucky to be gifted some for our travel home, how jolly! But to be honest, these are almost too gorgeous to simply eat away, as mouth-watering as they are.


This would also take me to the end of day 2! But there's still plenty to show you and as long as it may take, I promise you will get around to see it!
Hope you all had a wonderful start into this week, I'm looking forward to see you around next time ♥
Mio~


14.10.13

A Fairy in Tokyo ♪ Day 2 (Part1)



Hey cuties, I'm back again to continue my little documentary on Tokyo!
How have you all been? It's October already and it's getting so autumn-y these days, I just love it. Even though I like all seasons, autumn has got to be my favourite.

Enough of the chit-chat for now, though, let's get straight to the point. I know what you want to see and I will deliver only for you ♥ 
But mind you, this is going to be picture heavy. And I mean REALLY picture heavy. I picked out almost 100 photographs from that day because we saw so, so, so many lovely things then. To ease it up a little I will put them under a cut though and split this into two parts, so lean back and enjoy!
April 19th was one of the days with the tightest schedule but because of this it was also very, very lovely as we got around to see many different places. Our day started at about 7am, when we headed to Sendagaya to have our fitting and rehearsal for the KAWAii MATSURi!
If you followed our adventures from the Kawaii.i Facebook Page  and gallery, you already know that the five of us got to model for some magazines there and on that day it was the first time to see all that was going to happen there. 
When we arrived at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium there were already a few strikingly fashionable people outside and and as we got inside the room was filled up with the models I've only seen in magazines before. I think that was certainly one of the many magic moments I felt while I was on the trip.

Our little group waiting to get to work! ✩
Precious Marie and Stella the cutie ♥


After waiting a little we got to see the lovely outfits that were picked for us, were to try them on and also rehearsed the way we would walk and act on stage which was really exciting for me! The stage was so much bigger than I expected it to be and this whole place was really big.


After some little nice lunch we took the train to get to Ikebukuro and were introduced to a very neat place!



We visited a place called CLUXTA which is kind of like a beauty balon but which such an extraordinary concept that I kind of wish I had one like it in my town as well.

The salon itself is run by Panasonic and looks fairly normal at first. They have many beauty goods installed from make-up to electronic but the twist is that you will not get a beauty treatment there but can actually rent a space there for a small fee to treat yourself and use their products. It's something that is used my many different kind of people such as school girls as well as business women who use it to get ready to go out after school or to refreshen themselves for the next business meet. It's a very unique location I think and it comes in very handy when you are on a tight schedule.

Once there, we got introduced to the many different products they keep there and were offered to try some on ourselves.



This one rotated weirdly and kind of reminded me of a little caterpillar
Listening to instructions...
...for the products we tried
Evaaaaa~

All of the electronics we got to use there were ones I've never tried or seen in my life, which was exciting! The big Oval one was a machine that would give you different types of facial treatments using steam and such which was strange but comfy, feeling the hot air coming out of it. Kind of like a miniature sauna. There was also one to clean up pores, a pulsing device to stimulate the face and one to massage your skin in order to slim your face or legs for example. I think the last one was my favourite because the rotating gummy things on it just felt pretty nice.




After visiting the place we all got a lovely present from them, an electronic lash curler! It was something I've never tried before and I was really surprised of how well it worked. But I will talk about it in another entry~


Our next stop took us to La Foret in Harajuku!
And this is also where the massive picspam starts to please follow the cut for all that's next~

17.9.13

A Fairy in Tokyo ♪ Day 1



Hellow!
I know, I know, I was going to write about this earlier but despite having "uni break" (aka the time when you finish everything that's left over from the last semester) I don't have much time for anything at all. Daily life struggles, work and university things add up way too easily.

Nonetheless, I've come to talk a little bit about my first day in Tokyo to continue my little series.

I didn't take many pictures that day since I got the habit to lock away pretty much all my electronics when traveling so I only have some from when I got there.

I started off in Bremen in the morning to say good bye to good old Germany after a quick stop in Frankfurt to get on a different plane. There I had a little time off to get me something to drink and wander around the airport when I spotted a lovely lolita around - Marie!

We were both a little hesitant at first because neither of us knew if we would be heading to the same destination but it turned out we were! So lucky for us, we already got to meet so early and got to take the same plane, that was really a lovely start!
On the plane however, I slept quite some time (like I always do, haha!) and to not get such a bad jet lag.

Once we landed at the Narita Airport we were warmly welcomed by those who invited us so kindly (and who are, by the way, so dearly missed now). I was so, so excited to meet everyone and look! Who's that? A gyaru girl? We also met Stella there, the next member of us five Kawaii Leaders!
Our first task was to take a few shots and takes for the show before we took a taxi to the heart of Tokyo where our Hotel was: Shibuya!
I remember just how awfully excited I was to be there. Right where I always wanted to be, in the midst of one of the biggest cities in the world - it was amazing!



Here's my outfit for the day, more casual than anything but I wanted to be comfy while being on the plane, hence the lack of a wig~

Once at the hotel we got to take a little rest and a nap before driving to NHK's headquarters for our first meeting with EVERYONE!



From left to right you can see Marie, little old me, Stella, Eva and Kaila!

It was the same time we all saw each other and it was really lovely to meet all of these girls. Even if we didn't know each other before, I think we grew together so much in these few days and in the end it was more than hard to say good bye.
However, on the first meet-up we discussed some things about the schedule for our week together, things about the program, got cute little cameras (thank you so much again NHK & Panasonic! ♥  ♥) and exchanged some first chats to get to know each other.

After that we headed to have dinner at a beautiful Japanese style restaurant with the most delicious food and such a beautiful atmosphere!



Lastly the five of us together in the restaurant and the obligatory food pictures~

It may have been a day with a little schedule but it was still a long and extremely exciting day for all of us I think! Especially getting to know each other and joking around on our first evening together was overly lovely and I still feel so blessed to have been able to spend time with lovely people like that.

Next time some more adventures from Tokyo!

Much love,
Mio  


23.5.13

A Fairy in Tokyo ♪



Hello cuties! ♥

I'm BACK! Back with some news that may interest you~
The hiatus is over, at least for now!

Why?
Because I got quite some things I'd like to share with you, beginning with this post.
It's been quite a while and in all of this time I haven't been just busy with university, work and my general life but I was also lucky to spent the time of my life. The title might have already given you a little hint and those of you who are carefully following my tumblr and facebook have already heard the news.



I've been to Tokyo!
Thanks to Kawaii.i who have chosen me to be one of their 5 Kawaii Leaders, I got to see the city of my dreams. And even though I had to tone down my pastel business so much due to my daily schedule I was able to dress up in my favourite clothes every day over there. It was truly, truly, truly the best time I ever had and it was even better because of all the people I got to meet there.

So in the upcoming posts I will write more about my journey around the globe and will tell you all the stories I can tell you ♪

As for now, let me introduce this project to you a little more~


"Kawaii Leaders" is, like I already mentioned above, a project that was brought to life by Kawaii.i which produces the TV program "Kawaii International" on NHK International. They were looking for girls to represent Japanese kawaii culture and fashion from Japan to the world and vice versa. 

Our group consisted of Stella from Indonesia, Marie from France, Kaila from the Philippines, Eva from Hong Kong and me, Mio from Germany and while I'm at it I got to say I miss them so much, it's ridiculous. These four girls were really so much fun to be around and I'm so, so grateful for having been with them on this tour. But also being invited to be a part of this whole thing was the amazing and I wish I could just go back now. Because we experienced so many great thing but also since everyone on the team was plain wonderful and it was a fairly tearful farewell in the end.

However, and here comes the hopefully cool part for you, there is going to be a whole episode of Kawaii International on our adventures in Tokyo THIS WEEKEND! ♥

Yep! If you're interested in what we've been up to over there, please tune in!
Here's the schedule:

In Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) it's:

May 25, Saturday 15:10/19:10/23:10
May 26, Sunday 03:10/07:10/11:10

So please convert your accurate time and go to Kawaii.i's webpage to see our program!

In the meantime you can also check out their Facebook page to find looooots and lots of pictures from all the days we spent in that huge city and also for Kaila's Kawaii.i Giveaway!

Hope to see you again soon and I hope you will enjoy the show as well as my upcoming reports. Until then please take care ♪
Mio~


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