プリクラ for your phone!

My own personal ‘purikura’
プリクラ (purikura) is the name given to the photo-booths and pictures well known and loved in Japan. Why are they so popular? Purikura machines allow you to take a variety of pictures with different backdrops and lighting, afterwards you are given the chance to decorate the final photos.
As they gain popularity worldwide (they’re in a city near you!) mobile app stores have seen an increase in the amount of ‘purikura apps’.
Here is a small review of my current favourite purikura app; DecoPic
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I’m not a fan of a lot of the purikura apps on the app store as I find they’re all pretty similar, but DecoPic intrigued me as the stamps, frames etc are very close to the ones used in the machines in Japan.

Once you have chosen to take a picture or use one from your album (awww look at my cute puppy), you can move and scale it to your needs. Then you have the option of adding lots of pretty, sparkly things.

Options include:

Art filters – much like instagram etc.
Not something you would find on a regular purikura machine. Obviously an addition that is aimed at the current ‘filter’ trend hitting the app stores.

Frames – a varied and not bad selection.

Stamps – 15 pages worth, all of which are just like the stamps you find on the machines in Japan.

Message – add messages such as ‘Today’s coordinate’ & ‘I love you’.

Pen – various colours/styles of pen to write by freehand.
Text – various styles and a selection of colours to write by text.

When adding a message, stamp, text etc. there is the option of: resizing, rotating, moving and undoing the item. 
Finally, when you click ‘save’ the photo is automatically stored in your photo album and you have the option of sharing it with the community, or Facebook/Twitter etc.
I like the categories they have used for the stamps, messages and borders (feminine, blogger, vintage and more) – giving you the chance to pick your item depending on your mood/the feeling of the photo. There is also an ‘event’ category, which changes throughout the year.
With over 300 design options, if you want an app to decorate your photos with that is easy-to-use, authentic to the machines and FREE, then this is the one for you!

Want your own personal purikura photobooth on your iPhone/Android?

 

If anyone knows if it is on any other app stores please let me know.

Yo! You like Sushi?

Yo Sushi; Lemon&Green Tea, Veggie Gyoza, Tofu Salad & Tofu Katsu Curry
A Yo! Sushi date with the fiancé 
Contrary to what my selection may have told you I am not a vegetarian
I often find the originality and health benefits of a vegetarian diet win me over though when I am browsing a menu. That’s not to say I don’t like meat, I’m just not a big fan. Anyway my decision was correct this time, as the whole meal was absolutely delicious. I am craving the ‘Cruncy Tofu Salad’ already!

Girl Time

Shopping and food with the girls

On Wednesday I spent the day with Toni, Alanna and Claire.
I know you’ve seen and heard about these lovely ladies before on here – I never make a trip home without seeing them. So we caught up over coffee this time, before hitting the Sales and grabbing a bite to eat. I bought a few items (from: Zara, Topshop, H&M) and had my first ‘Nando’s’ (not that impressive, shame), all in great company.
I was also lucky enough to be given a free drink in Starbucks.
The person behind me in the queue received their drink before mine and I guess I must have looked particularly parched as the barista was kind enough to make my drink quickly and then give me a voucher for a free one! 
Thank you Starbucks for reminding me why I love you!!

Welcome to my world…

Do you all remember when I was living in Paris and I posted about my room?
Well I thought I would update you with my space in my current accommodation, here in England.
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Cosmetic & Beauty products, British fashion magazines & Accessories

Decorations, Japanese fashion magazines & letters from friends

Wardrobe decoration

I have a lot more space in the accommodation I choose this year.
I just have enough space for my laptop on my desk which is littered with fashion magazines, jewellery, cosmetics and beauty products. There are also several items of decoration from travelling or just things that caught my eye. 
Since taking these pictures I’ve already accumulated more items. I don’t know how I do it.
No pictures inside my wardrobe this time as I want to do a clear out in the New Year, which means a tidier and more organised wardrobe for me…and maybe some sales for you?

I want to see your rooms!!

Lush Cupcake Event

In October a few friends and I went to a specially arranged ‘Cupcake Event’ at our local Lush store. I’m a big fan of Lush, as you already know, and cupcakes, of course. The event drew us in with it’s offer of a free facial, make your own face mask and decorate your own cupcake.
And of course a nice chat with the Lush shop staff, always a pleasure.
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Friends getting facials, their colourful array of bath bombs & some cupcakes
&& the sparkly cupcake I decorated!
Shhh…it’s supposed to be a rose.
The chocolate & peppermint face mask I made & I also bought some toner tabs and a shower bomb.

The event was so much fun, and perfect for a girly evening out. My tomboy-ish friend even commented on how she had ‘enjoyed being so girly, but it had probably filled [her] quota for the month’. Girly-ness aside, the facials were very relaxing and it was so much fun making our own face masks and decorating cupcakes. Not to mention I chatted for ages with the lovely shop staff. We discussed; shopping trends, Lush in Japan, their latest gift boxes and how they were designed, and much more…

I can’t wait for the next Lush event!

The Mystery Teahouse

I’m a big lover of tea. Of course, I’m English!
So when my friend and I found ‘The Mystery Teahouse‘ we were intrigued.
We’ve been back several times since, as you can tell by the photos.
TMT is in one word, enchanting.
The owners are adorable and the tea (tons to choose from) is amazing. I’m not a tea snob but I do prefer tea leaves, and a nice teapot too. They also offer Eastern European food which compliments the menu perfectly.
I’ve been introduced to teas & flavours I never knew existed.
My personal favourite has to be the South American ‘Yerba Maté‘ which has some wonderful health benefits…and you have to drink it through a metal straw! 
I drank: Cinnamon & Apple, Yerba Mate; Amanda Lemon, Caramel Passion
I ate: Zurek (a Polish soup) & Ukranian Beetroot soup.

Meet with Le Samispoon♔

Last month I met with my ex-uni & forever Starbucks buddy Le Samispoon, as she shall fondly be referred to.
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A freak Indian Summer meant it was almost unbearably hot for us Brits.
It also meant I got to pull out my sheer, sleeveless shirt.

Leeds Corn Exhchange & Cath Kidston store.
Present for myself, and a diary & tissues for my bf in Japan.
Irresistable cupcakes, which we managed to resist…?!
Tofu bento, finishing with green tea infused ice cream in ‘Little Tokyo’ where the food tastes as good as the restaurant looks…which is amazing by the way.
A final photo taken on the train home and edited with an oh-so high-tech iPhone purikura app. Make-up less, with a super cheesy grin which had to be censored.
Random fact: After a long day I will remove my make-up the first chance I get.