Sunday, 29 March 2015

Kawaii Special - Pretty Cure!


The biggest and brightest Magical Girl franchise of the last decade has to be Pretty Cure! Also known as PreCure, it began in 2004 with Futawari wa Pretty Cure and each year there has been a new series, with the latest being this year's Go! Princess PreCure.  There are over 500 episodes of the anime, 18 films, 14 video games and even an arcade machine! PreCure is a true Kawaii phenomenon!!

The franchise follows the well-established pattern for Magical Girl shows; normal girls granted magical super powers to transform into super Kawaii and colourful super heroes to help them fight evil monsters!  In the case of PreCure, the theme, heroes and monsters change every series - themes have included flowers, music, fashion and more!

My love for PreCure began during our trip to Japan in 2010 - while we were there we saw super Kawaii toys of Magical Girls and saw a few episodes of the anime Heartcatch Pretty Cure!, the seventh PreCure series.  The theme of the show is flowers and the main character is the super Kawaii Cure Blossom! <3 Cure Blossom is probably my favourite of all the PreCure characters! 

Of course, there was lots of merchandise for Heartcatch PreCure!, here's what I picked up in Tokyo and online...

Here's some pendant size charms of Cure Blossom:



Cure Blossom's pose in the second one is super Kawaii!!

Here's a Cure Moonlight charm I got in Tokyo:


You can also get larger figures of the Cures, here's my Cure Blossom figure:


I love the super cute heart-shaped stand! <3

I won this plush from a UFO Catcher - I just had to try my luck when I saw Cure Blossom plushes in the game cabinet!!


From Suite Pretty Cure♪, the music themed Pretty Cure, I have these charms of the pink Magical Girl of that series, Cure Melody! 


I also have these Cure Melody card sleeves for when we are playing Kawaii CCGs ^^


From the ninth series, Smile Pretty Cure!, I was lucky enough to receive a collection of charms of all of the Magical Girls from this fairy tale themed series!


The details on these charms are so good and the colours are super Kawaii!! These can be used in all sorts of Decora outfits either individually or together!

First up is the leader, Cure Happy! ^^


Next is Cure Sunny!


Here's Cure Peace looking super excited!


Now we have Cure March:


Finally from Smile Pretty Cure! is the elegant Cure Beauty:


Happiness Charge Pretty Cure! celebrated 10 years since Futari wa Pretty Cure first aired, and is themed around fashion and romance. <3 

I've got two charms from this series, first is Cure Lovely:


And I also have one of her form changes, Cherry Flamenco:


I'm looking forward to finding Kawaii charms and other items from the series that started in February 2015, Go! Princess PrettyCure.  Here's a little snippet from this newest PreCure!




It looks super Kawaii!! <3

I hope you have enjoyed this introduction Kawaii Special to the world of Pretty Cure! Who is your favourite Cure?

Catch you later Kawaiisters!! ^^

Saturday, 28 March 2015

And the winner is..........

To celebrate my blog's 1st Birthday I held a week long Birthday Cupcake Treasure Hunt! When the Hunt closed this morning, I wrote all the correct entries on paper and put them into a suitably Kawaii hat and drew out a name!

I can now announce the winner of the hunt is:


Congratulations to Charlotte for finding all the right posts that had a Birthday Cupcake on them! And thank you to everyone else who entered the hunt! I hope you enjoyed it and come back for the next one!

Catch you later Kawaiisters!! ^^

Monday, 23 March 2015

Life in the Kawaii Lane's 1st Birthday!! ^^

Today is my blog's 1st Birthday! And to celebrate I made it a cake!


Yes, a whole year ago today I started sharing my little world of Kawaiiness ^^

When I started this, I hoped to make some new friends that shared my love of Kawaii and to help spread Kawaii knowledge worldwide! I didn't imagine just how far this would reach but to date I have had over 14,000 hits from 74 countries from across the globe! Mr suggested it would be fun to keep track of where people were visiting from and so we started to log where hits were coming from on this map!


I just love seeing you all visit from so far and so wide and hope you keep coming back!

In the last year I have posted about all sorts of things, such as seller reviews, events, brand reviews and music, and in the next year I will be sharing even more Kawaiiness including my next trip to Tokyo! As well as posting on my blog, I also share Kawaiiness on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, so make sure you check them out too! ^^

To thank all my blog visitors for reading my posts, I have set up a little Kawaii treasure hunt ^^. I have hidden 3 Birthday Cupcakes on my blog and one lucky hunter will win this Kawaii lot:


The prize consists of a Princess Peach art print and Kawaii badge by Brogan Coral, a pack of strawberry Pocky, a mini Rosy Wooly charm from Tofu Cute, and a Hatsune Miku Graphig!! ^^

To enter, all you have to do is find the 3 posts on my blog that have a special Treasure Hunt Birthday Cupcake on them (not this one though!), and email the titles of the 3 posts and your name to pinkuiropixie@gmail.com. The hunt closes at 9am GMT on Saturday 28th March 2015 any entries received after then will not be included in the draw (sorry!). All entries that have emailed a list of all 3 correct post titles will be put in a hat and the winner will be drawn!

TREASURE HUNT COMPETITION HAS ENDED!

A few rules:

- the treasure hunt is open to Kawaiisters world wide!
- if you are under 18 you must gain parental permission before entering.
- the winners name will be announced on this blog once the winner is drawn.
- entries can be under a nickname but if you win I will need your real name and address in an email for posting you the prize!
- I will not share your contact email or addresses with any one else and they will only be used for this treasure hunt!
- once I have posted the prize to the winner I cannot take responsibility for what may happen with the post.
- late entries will not be included in the draw (sorry again)
- if the winner does not send me their contact name and address within a week of me contacting them then a new winner will be drawn.
- this post is not one of the 3 in the hunt!

Good Luck Kawaiisters!! ^^
Pinkuiropixie X

Sunday, 22 March 2015

MCM Birmingham March 2015 ^^

This weekend was the 2nd MCM event of 2015, a full weekend in Birmingham! ^^ Being very local to Birmingham, MCM at the NEC is a must for me and the Mr! We chose to go to just one of the days this weekend and were at the event yesterday.


We arrived at the event nice and early with our priority tickets and couldn't wait to get inside! As you can see we were amongst some of the first in there and this was our view from the front of the queue:


First stop inside of the Con had to be Tokyo Toys! They announced on their Facebook that the first three people to visit their stall and say 'I love Coco Monkey' won a Coco Monkey plush! (Coco Monkey is Tokyo Toys mascot!). So as soon as they removed the barriers Mr and I headed straight for them, and guess what........ I WAS ONE OF THE LUCKY THREE!!!! Here I am with the other lucky winners and the manager of Tokyo Toys! (I'm in the pink jacket ^^)


And here is the super Kawaii Coco Monkey I won!!


Well worth getting in early for!! ^^ After this we went for a walk around the stalls to do some shopping. As we are saving for our Tokyo trip we have agreed a set amount of pocket money a month, which this month, we took to MCM! Here is what I got with my pocket money ^^:

First I came across a stall selling Pusheen items and grabbed my self this super cute hand pouch! The tail is attached to the end of the zip and you can secure the zip by clipping the end of the tail onto the bag to keep your Kawaii items extra secure!


Then I got myself a Pusheen Unicorn clip on charm, if you follow my Facebook you will have seen me share these a few months ago, they're super Kawaii!!


I can't wait to take this out on my bag! Will brighten any gloomy day up don't you think?!
I also grabbed myself this must-have Sailor Moon lanyard:


This will definitely help make work a bit more Kawaii!! Next I found this super Kawaii stall called Cherryloco! They had all sorts of super cute accessories and I couldn't resist their Soot Sprite ones! I picked myself up these necklaces:


Super Kawaii isn't it!! There are 4 Soot Sprites on this lovely black chunky chain which I love! I also picked up this more Decora necklace:


This one features Soot Sprites and the stars are Konpeito candy! They are super cute and will Decora up any outfit! I can't wait to wear them! I also picked up these matching earrings:


Again, I can't wait to wear these!! I've wanted Soot Sprite accessories for ages and these are super high quality and well worth the money! The lady running the stall was super friendly so definitely a recommended seller!! You can find more of her items on her site Cherryloco. All her designs are super cute and have an alternative edge! ^^

Next I picked up a few more Tokidoki figures (I wouldn't be me if I didn't ^^):

Here is Rudy from the Punkstar range!


And here is SANDy from the Cactus Friends range:


They have joined the rest of their friends on show in my living room! ^^ Next Mr spotted a Funko figure we have wanted for ages, GROOT!!


Not just any Groot, it's the Dancing Groot!! ^^ And with Groot we just had to get Rocket Racoon!! I love Rocket! <3

So they were my pocket money purchases from the Con. After shopping I got my camera and started scouting super Kawaii people. There were so many different types of cosplay on show, more than I think we have seen before! So here are my favourites of the bunch:

Here are a few Sweet Lolitas I came across sporting super Kawaii outfits! ^^




Here are some super Kawaii cosplayers that I came across. I'm not exactly sure who they were cosplaying so if you know please leave me a comment!



Mr and I are big Harry Potter fans, so I just had to get a pic of this couple, it's Sirius Snape and Bellatrix Lestrange!


Then I came across this super cute couple! It's Rapunzel and Flynn!


Here is an awesome couple of ladies dressed as Thor and Loki!


Such awesome outfits!! Next I came across my favourite Disney Princess, Vanellope! I just had to get her pic!!


Then I came across this super cute Alice from American McGee's Alice:


Then I came across these Kawaii friends dressed as Banana(wo)man and Captain America! Super Sparkly!!


I was catching up on my Street Passes when Dry Bones from Super Mario came strolling past ^^


Also found this super cute lady dressed as Ariel and carrying a super Kawaii Flounder plush!


So they were the Kawaii collection. As it's a con and we're big geeks, I just had to grab some snaps of the non Kawaii cisplayers too! Here is Indiana Jones with old school Captain America!


Here's Darth Maul posing for a pic for me!


Here is a podracer from Star Wars:


And an R5 Unit that was strolling round us in the cosplay registration area ^^


And last but not least, General Grievous:


So that was the year's first MCM Birmingham! We had an awesome time and can't wait for the November one where we might actually cosplay >< ^^ for now, on to Hyper Japan!

Catch you later Kawaiisters!! ^^