Saturday, October 24, 2015

Halloween Nails

I wasn't planning on having my nails done for Halloween this year. It all started with a simple design from a talented nail artist from Kawaii Nails in Tustin, California. When I first saw the picture on Instagram, I thought it was a perfect yet simple design for Halloween.

I have always wanted to have my nails painted all black and it felt like perfect timing for a spooky season in October. 


Magic in progress

When I get fascinated by a simple design, I won't be able to stop thinking about it. While I was making an appointment with my favorite nail artist at Marie Nails in Koreatown, I just knew I had to have that nail design replicated.

Spooky yet glamour fun

And I did just that -- my nails are black and ready to celebrate Halloween. Mika did an excellent job as usual. The details that Mika added are exquisite. When my hands move, my eye catches a glimmer of shine. The black matted nails match perfectly with the zombie and skeleton Hello Kitty art. Simple but fun. 

Having my nails done makes me get into the spirit of the holidays even more. I feel ready to head on to the end of the year and face a new beginning. I'm looking forward to next year's Halloween nail design to try out.

Happy Halloween!

Pen Review: Pentel Vicuna

Lately, if you stepped into a Sanrio boutique store, you will notice that the pens have gotten a "makeover" change. It has a different appearance and feel to it since it looks like an ordinary office stationery ballpoint pen, but with a kawaii touch added to it.

I bought this pen pictured above -- thinking that it's cute and something to use at my office desk. As a pen, it did it's job. Writes on paper perfectly. No ink smears. A regular office pen. 

It was through an accident that I discovered that the image design on the pen can be easily erased by water. I bought this pen for one reason only and that was because it had Hello Kitty on it. It had a Sanrio brand on it. 

I had accidentally spilled water on my desk and this Pentel collaborated pen had been nearby. I had assumed that the kawaii design print on the pen was permanent. Simply having water on it and wiping it dry to have the design disappear-- makes the pen seem like it was a waste of a product. I wanted a Hello Kitty pen with cute images to last forever. 

With the images off, it was just an ordinary plain blue pen. I felt like I wasted my money. I think I will just stick to the pens that are cutely decorated all over like I have been buying over the years from Sanrio. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Best Sanrio Collectibles for 2015

To sum it up for this year, it was all a blur for me. Time came and sped by me while I went on and about my daily life.

While I am still a collector at heart-- along the way, I have accumulated more Sanrio items to add to my collection. As I trade my old storage bins for newer and sturdier water proof bins, I have been trying to conserve and make more room for my ever growing collection. It hasn't been easy trying to find more space, but I needed to think long term plans until I can find a more appropriate way of displaying everything in the future.

While I was planning my future, two major Sanrio events has happened: The Sanrio Festival tour and Hong Kong's Sanrio Game Master event. 

It might not be as good as Hello Kitty Con, but it was another exciting adventure to take on with open arms. 

With these two smaller events have passed, there are two items that stood out for me this year. There wasn't anything outstanding from the Festival tour, but there is one item that came from Hong Kong's Sanrio Game Master.

Sanrio Game Master 2015 Monopoly
1000 pcs only

It's the first ever Monopoly with **not** just ONLY Hello Kitty!

Tokidoki's Kittypatra
Released Mid-October 

A work of art that needed to be loved and shared with fans of all ages

This masterpiece of such grandness is the holy grail to all shrines out there -- well, for Hello Kitty collectors out there if you have to be specific about it. The Queen has risen and it puts a whole new meaning to our love for the kitty. We all have been blessed by Sanrio and Tokidoki for the splendid wonder that they have graced upon us all. 

So HK lovers, kneel before the Queen and pay your respects. Show her your love because this fandom is going on a whole newer level of obsession. 


It feels like it has been a long time coming with these few months flying by so fast. You would think that it was just recently that we celebrated the holidays and now, we're upon that time again.

Surprisingly this year, I have found myself feeling the holiday spirit even more so than the past couple of years. I want to celebrate and spread the joy. Whenever I hear festive music, my feet starts tapping away to the beat. It's infectious, isn't it? 

Wait and see...
I'll get you into the spirit for this holiday season.

Trick or Meow
You know Halloween is coming when you see many stores decorating for the event. I'm very happy that Sanrio has decided to join in on the fun by releasing Halloween themed plushes. 

My work desk kittified for Halloween

It would be even more amazing if Sanrio had gone all out for this holiday season with more Sanrio characters decor. I'm not talking about just plushes. When you decorate for a holiday, the average consumers do not depend on plushes. The options to decorate for the holidays are a wide range of different decor available to us. The exception with Sanrio is that they don't think big. Why depend on plushes to decorate? Is it a budget thing?

When I was decorating my desk, I knew these two little plushes was not enough, so I bought and added small black spiders. Now, I wish these little spiders had a Hello Kitty face in the front, along with other Sanrio buddie spider version friends. Little things like these would have made a big statement that "yeah, I'm a lover for Sanrio-- but, aren't these spiders the cutest-scary things that you've ever seen?"

Another thing that would have been different is a Halloween HK pumpkin like the one on my desk. There must be others out there with the mindset of "think outside the box" kind of deal. I just see too much dependence on plushes to decorate a specific theme. Whether it being a holiday or a "Not Married Anymore" theme party, there should be other type of decor that is fun and wild to buy from Sanrio. 

Hopefully, one day Sanrio fans can decorate with more options available. I'd love to see how creative they can get without the dependence on plushes for decor.