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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Taking a Break

It's going to be awhile until I make another post. Most likely the wait won't be any longer than a few days. All my post ideas involve me taking photographs, which I can't do at the moment. The camera I use ate up all the batteries (yes, it's that outdated). Anyhow, I'll back on when I get some batteries.

I don't want to leave you empty-handed so here's the first episode of Samurai Pizza Cats. Why? Because I said so. That's why.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spank Boys!

Boys in my Spank!? It's more likely than you think.
Every once in a while on the Spank! shop girl's blogs or in a Kera street snap I see him...The illusive Spank! boy. He's often in a leather jacket or pastel cardigan. He wears his pants tight and tucked into retro hi-tops. He looks both cute and fearless.
I'm all for gender equality, so today I'm all about giving a shout out to my male counterparts!

Spank! Boys
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As you can see, there is more than one pic of Tsun. I seriously spent all day on the Spank! shop girl's blogs and this was all I could come up with. I couldn't find any of the Kera street snaps I previously saw, either. T_T If you find any pics of Spank! or fairy kei boys please show me!
Get the Look
Many of these items are not from fairy kei brands. This is just my interpretation of men's Spank! style and fairy kei fashion and some things that I think would make cute outfits.
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1.American Apparel (unisex), 2.Drakes London, 3. AC/DC Rag, 4.Chocomint, 5. Swimmer, 6.Chocomint (ring), 7. Jansport, 8.typical motorcycle jacket (a shorter one may be better), 9.Topman, 10. Reebok, 11. Topman,
12. Braintree Clothing (women's- can still work), 13. Casio, 14. Listen Flavor, 15. Urban Outfitters, 16.Piknic, 17. TruffleShuffle, 18.Double Decker, 19. Reebok,, 21. TruffleShuffle, 22. AC/DC Rag, 23. Truffle Shuffle, 24. Spank!, 25.Fred Flare, 26., 27.Spank!, 28.Spank!, 29. Chocomint,

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Fairy Kei Checklist

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Fairy Kei Checklist
Hello again, my friends! I'm sorry it's been so long since I've last posted! I've been having troubles deciding what will and will not be on my blog. Today I decided that one of the things I do want on Fairy Kei Every Day is a checklist. I was inspired by the "Mori Girl Checklist" and the "Lolita Checklist" from Lolita Charm. Sooo, without further ado, I bring to you the "Fairy Kei Checklist":
  • Loves vintage toys with hidden secrets.
  • Scoffs at the term "age appropriate" .
  • Loves Cindy Lauper
  • Agrees that "girls just wanna' have fun!"
  • Thinks a scarf can never be too long.
  • Doesn't mind being "the cute and quirky girl".
  • Liked scrunchies before they made a comeback.
  • Wears "grandma shirts" because she finds them oddly charming, not ironic.
  • Wears vintage prescription glasses with the lenses popped out.
  • Loves deco (especially sweets), but makes her own with a pastel-pop twist.
  • Puts her makeup in a Caboodle.
  • Loves unusual scented items.
  • Is a thrifty shopper.
  • Likes to incorporate sweet lolita, especially Angelic Pretty.
  • Has fun piling on Chocomint or 6% accessories.
  • It may be a well kept secret, but she likely was once a lolita or decora-chan.
  • Buys candy solely on it's packaging.
  • Material of choice can be described as "moko moko".
  • Prefers acrylic to finer materials.
  • Thinks pajama tops and petticoats can be main components of an outfit.
  • Wishes she had "My Little Pony hair".
  • Prefers things that glow, change color, light up, have hidden compartments, etc.
  • Chooses polka dots over stripes.
  • Still writes in a paper diary.
  • Wears a backpack outside of school.
  • Loves items disguised as other objects.
  • Sneakers and boots go with EVERYTHING!
  • Secretly wishes she could still fit into her childhood clothes.
  • Wishes shoe companies made light-up shoes for adults.
  • Thinks everything is cuter with bows.
  • Her friends say she looks like she's from the 80's.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Craft Tutorial #1

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Knitting Bows
If you love Spank!, you may have already noticed their adorable knitted bows that adorn some of their items. If you haven't started knitting yet, a knitted bow is an ideal beginner project! It's just as easy to make as a scarf but much faster, so you won't get discouraged. Below are the videos that helped me learn how to knit!

Just fast forward past the casting on part on this one. The last video is better for that.

I recommend using large needles for your first knit. They are easier to use. However, too large of needles will make your bow flimsy and silly-looking. My needles are 8.0mm and I think they are perfect for starting off. I also recommend using wooden needles. The yarn is less likely to slip off. You should also use a very basic yarn* that is not too rough (scratchy wool) or too soft (baby blanket yarn).

I casted on 6 stitches and made 9 rows for the little bows. For the big bows, I casted on 14 stitches and did 19 rows. To bunch up the bows, I just wrapped yarn around the middle and tied it into a knot on the back. Bobby pins and headbands work best for putting the bows in your hair and I recommend safety pins to temporarily put them on your clothing.

*no crazy, stringy, confetti-lint madness

Monday, March 15, 2010

Wishlist #1

Spring 2010 Wishlist!

It's almost that time of year. For many people here in the states it seems like this harsh winter will never end, but don't let that get you down! I've complied a list of adorable items that I would love in my spring wardrobe. I made sure to put in something for everyone, with a range of different suppliers/brands. I also separated my wishlist into two different categories: one for girls/ boys on a budget (i.e. me), and another for shoppers interested in brand/botique goods from Japan. I hope you love these as much as I do!
Affordable Adorable!
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1. American Apparel, 2. AC/DC Rag, 3. Bodyline, 4. Bodyline, 5. Chocomint ,
6.Refuse to be Usual, 7.
Etsy seller pechepastel,
Ebay seller zeestees4u,
Etsy seller CutWithTheCakeKnife
, 10. Swimmer, 11. Sugarpop Clothing,
12. Refuse to be Usual, 13. Infanta, 14. Modcloth, 15.Sugarpop Clothing ,
16.Swimmer (ipod case),
17. Ribbon Holic (Cocomint)
Brand or Bust!

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1) 6% Doki Doki, 2. 6% Doki Doki, 3. Angelic Pretty, 4. Angelic Pretty, 5. Listen Flavor, 6. Milk, 7. ReebokxMilkfed, 8.Milk, 9.Nile Perch, 10. Spank!, 11) Spank!, 12) Spank!


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Hello everyone and welcome to Fairy Kei's first post! My name is Kitty and I am an avid fairy kei admirer and enthusiast. I check Live Journal's Pop Kei community as well as Spank's shop staff blogs daily. However, lately I feel like something has been missing and that something is a Western-based blog about fairy kei/ Spank! style in general. Today I have decided to break the silence in the Western blogsphere and shout my love for fairy kei!
If you are not (yet) a fan of fairy kei, let my explain it to you. "Fairy kei" or literally, "fairy style" is a Japanese fashion genre taking inspiration from American Children's pop culture from the 80's and early 90's. According to Tokyo New Tribe Sebastian Masudea, a fashion producer, set the grounds for Fairy Kei fashion when he opened his boutique 6% Doki Doki in 1996. Later in 2004 a vintage store named Spank! opened up in Kouenji. They sold American clothing from the 1980's as well as origional handmade goods. They later opened up sister shops Ticket to Darling and Spank Me! Many people consider Spank! to be fairy kei, however Spank! owner, Tabuchi (aka Tavuchi) said in an interview that Spank! is not fairy kei but is it's own unique style. Other Fairy Kei shops of interest are Nile Perch, Mania Q, and B Be Bee. There are also many shops that sell Fairy kei items but not exclusively, for example; Listen Flavor, Swimmer, AC/DC Rags, Milk, Chocomint, Bodyline, and many more.
Fairy Kei fashion can take many forms, however it tends to keep to a pastel pallet, with pastel pink and lilac as almost essentials. Black, White, red, neon colors, as well as other colors are often but not always added to the look. As with many Japanese fashion genres, layers are prevalent. Petticoats, panniers, rompers, and baby doll tops layered over t-shirts are extremely popular in the fashion. Bows, conversation hearts, confetti, polka dots, pastel cartoon animals, teddy bears, ice cream, unicorns, carosousels, and popular 80's plush toys (i.e. Carebears, Popples, and Yum Yums) are all popular Fairy Kei imagery. Fairy kei also has sub genres such as Fairy deco and Fairy loli but I will cover those later.
Overall, interest in Fairy Kei outside of Japan is growing fast. Luckily for myself and many other North Americans, like Americana and heritage fashion, many Spank! items are imported to Japan from America, making it an easy to achieve look. I get my fairy kei clothes almost exclusively from thift stores and ebay. Spank! and Nile Perch-style items also happen to be very easy to make! I will have tutorials later. Anyhow, thank you for reading and I hope you check this new blog often!

Great links to check out:


Notable Fairy kei enthusiasts:
Spank! Girls Tabuchi, Maga, Saki, Eric, Asami, Maasa, and Nachiko
6% Doki Doki shop girls Reika and Yuka
Ambassador of Kawaii Culture Yu Kimura (Peep4U lead singer and Kera model)
Amo (Kera and Angelic Pretty model)