Friday, October 18, 2019

Hello Kitty Cafe: LAS VEGAS

With the new Cafe debuting at a new location, I decided months ago to book a flight out there to Las Vegas for my birthday.

I wouldn't have made any plans to visit this shipping container, unless there is something special that they have exclusive to this location. Without real Sanrio art food, it was just another shipping container with a Hello Kitty art wall for selfies.

I think they knew it, too, because they stepped up their game for this new location. 

Next to NYNY casino and Beerhaus

LOCATION: MGM's The Park Vegas
CITY: Las Vegas, NV
TYPE: Metal shipping container
Specialties: Sanrio art desserts
Debut: July 12, 2019
Duration: 2019 TBA

The shipping container is as neon pink as shown in the many pictures taken and posted on Instagram. And, just as many female visitors (during the weekends), dragging along family members and their male partners. Not a lot of fan boys out here. 

When the Las Vegas Cafe teased fans with real authentic art food, I literally screamed in excitement. I was like -- FINALLY!!

I know this marketing strategy is their last resort because the other shipping containers, kiosks, and mini cafes did not do so well in long term status. The evidence are in the closing of their other temporary locations.

I don't know why it took them this long to bring out real honest to god art food. Surely, it was no brainer that the Sanrio fans were waiting for it. I still say stingy and stubborn because they wanted to stay on the "casual art" campaign.

When your desserts and drinks are nothing to rave about, then they bring out the real gems because they want to stay in business. Remember, they don't care about the fans. They only care about the money. It's a fact.

If they truly thought about the fans, they would have brought out the real art food since the very start of this whole Cafe business.

I visited, took video & picture selfies, and ordered all my favorite Sanrio character art food creations. Well, desserts to be frank. I came to splurge like a Sanrio Collector would do so on special occasions. 

Before I started to taste everything, I have to mention that I have crossed off something major on my Bucket List of things to accomplish. I have accomplished in finding my FIRST ever Keroppi art food and documenting it!

The Keroppi macaron and donut were both so cute and brag worthy! I was literally on cloud nine in my fascination with having these Sanrio desserts right in front of me to enjoy.

If you have a sweet tooth, then you would enjoy everything that I bought. As for me, I do enjoy sweets, but only to a certain degree. After the first bite of the Keroppi donut, I had to give it away to my brother. It was just too sweet for me. It had an inside green cream filling that was a bit of an overkill on my tastebuds.

The sugar cookie was yummy and surprisingly, not stale at all. Unfortunately, the macarons are just average in taste. There was no crisp to them. It's a good sweet dessert to have and brag.

And, I saved the best for last...

The strawberry pastry is the best overall in the selections provided. At the first bite, it was pure heaven. It was very crunchy and the sweet flavors were all there to jump out at you. I felt a little bad at destroying it, but I had fun documenting my first two bites into it. 

My first ever Hello Kitty pastry down for the count on my Sanrio Bucket list.

Just a bit of a warning though, it gets a bit too much of the strawberry jelly at the end. You'll need lots of napkins to remove the excess jelly in order to finish it. This was one of the items that I did not share with my brother.  >.<

As I ended my trip with a smile, I won't be officially giving this shipping container a review star rating because it's not an official brick-and-mortar location. If this location gets a "permanent" residency, then I'll be back to do an official review. Hopefully, it'll come with a bar and tea service as well. 

Hello Kitty Birthday Nails: PRINCESS KITTY

When you plan a very special birthday weekend, then you must have your nails done by a professional technician. I did just that in preparation to celebrate my upcoming birthday.

For this year's Birthday theme, I was going for a Princess nail design. Here is what I call: Princess Kitty nails.

Last year, I kept my nail design very simple. This year, I pushed the details a little further. It worked out nicely.

I still wanted some elegance to my Birthday nail design, so I chose a necklace style and stones as a feminine fashion statement. I'm a girly girl, who loves being a woman and wants to flaunt her very girly nails to the world.

As you can see above, Marie Nails did an excellent job with my nails. Mixing Hello Kitty and very classy upscale nail art is what I live for these days. I'm always wanting to see if I can push the details a little further without going too overboard in design.

This year, I decided to add a crown on Hello Kitty and to make it a bit more special. My nail artist, Sayaka, brilliantly came up with the idea to add crystal stones below the crown. It was the perfect touch on something fancy.

To complete the design, I had the technician add a sparkly bow to the second Kitty art nail. It was a move that completed my fashion statement fix that I wanted to incorporate in my nail design. Lastly, I love that on one hand, there's a red bow Hello Kitty and on the opposite, it's a pink bow kitty.


This nail creation is one of my favorite Hello Kitty nail art. Unfortunately, next year I'll be focusing on another Halloween theme nails, instead of a Birthday theme.

I hope that I have inspired you to get very cute Sanrio theme nail art. Until then, have fun with all the kawaii art out there.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

2016 Best Sanrio Merchandise

Here is a look back on the merchandise that Sanrio has released in 2016. The list highlights the best merchandise for that particular year. 



These collectibles are very special gifts that can bring joy to a Collector. For in 2016, Sanrio released a more high end glass wall clock. It was tastefully elegant in a cute way. 





The most unique kind of gift was presented during the holiday season -- a Christmas dancing kitty plush. It danced around and around in circles, in tune to an upbeat holiday tune. 


If you wanted something larger from Sanrio, your best bet would be these two items: A luggage and a bean bag. If you are very much into kawaii fashion trends, then Sanrio's line of luggages will suit your needs. What a purrfect way to travel, right?





It's things like these that make me appreciate Sanrio so much more. Not only are they cute, but they're very useful in our everyday lives. When I buy things, I'm always very picky because I don't like to spend my money away and later, regret it. These are the designs that I have been waiting patiently for years.



These banks are a fan favorite among Collectors. The coin pouch purses turned into a ceramic coin bank is another creative homage to the original first Hello Kitty item, the coin purse (pouch).

Desktop Items

Some retro and classic characters - mix them together and what do you get? Some really cute decor. 


Cr: Sanrio Arcadia

These LED lights are something useful to add a different element to your shrine display. It gives off a feeling that you have something more in your collection than just one type item of Sanrio. You now have an LED light that you can't get everyday from the boutique store. It's one of a kind merchandise. 

You've reached the end of the 2016 list. These items are chosen carefully to showcase the best of the best from Sanrio Japan. Hope your collection grows as you continue on your journey of collecting!

Happy Hunting!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Top 25 Sanrio Characters Ranked

Here is my list of the best ranked characters ever created by Sanrio. 

Starting with their most successful character, Hello Kitty -- the list follows the ranking of these unique characters designed for a very special kawaii world. Sanrio has created a world building story full of these characters to keep us all entertained and fascinated for years to come. 

Have you joined our world of kawaii yet?

1.    Hello Kitty

I wonder if Sanrio had first made another character that wasn't Hello Kitty, would that character be the ultimate popular character of all of Sanrio's history?

No matter the answer -- what can't be defeated is that Hello Kitty is universally liked by so many people. She is the kind of character that can be both cute and cool at the same time.

She's our favorite gal pal!

2.    Little Twin Stars

There really is something special about these set of twins. Maybe it's because they have similar humanized features and they are not an animal to worship. 

Their background history makes the twins even more mysterious and full of fairytales. They're stars in the heavens -- with similar semantics that they appear like angels to us from down below. 

And, who doesn't want fairytales? Royalty, rainbows, fashionistas and unicorns are what we like!

Can you really not see their potential for greatness?

3.    My Melody

There is no denying that My Melody can win as much hearts as Hello Kitty. It's why she has so much long standing power in the kawaii world. It doesn't hurt that she is always dressed up in pink colors as of this era. She's the epitome of kawaii. 

4.    Pompompurin

Purin has risen up in the ranks very quickly and has caught my eye on more than several occasions. What a sneakly little fellow, isn't he? His collection line of series are so darn adorable that I want to grab him up and give him a big hug. 

5.    Cinnamoroll

He was always in the background, flying around and covered in cuteness. You could say that he slowly came into his popularity by perseverance and it doesn't hurt that his tail is shaped like a cinnamon roll snack.  

6.    Pochacco

Pochacco is old-school classics on kawaii. You can never go wrong with that chubby cute face. He may be a pup, but he sure doesn't look like an animal version and that's what special about this Sanrio character. He's a cartoon character that is quite adorable, don't you agree?

7.    Keroppi

He will always be loved for Sanrio's unique kawaii version of a frog. He is in essence of what represents Sanrio to this day. Keroppi is such a beloved character that you can't ever imagine not having him in your life. Every time you step in a Sanrio store, Keroppi will always be waiting to be discovered by new Collectors for all generations to come. 

8.    Badtz-Maru

What can you say about this tough little fellow? Bad ass comes to mind. Someone playful and who breaks the rules all the time. This is what I think of this penguin character. 

His character is pretty popular from what I hear and he is somewhat always upfront and center with the popular Sanrio character lineup.

Do you think snarky fits his character?

9.    Tuxedo Sam

Adorable comes to mind when I think about Tuxie. This penguin is the definition of cute. As one of the many classic characters enriched in Sanrio history, Tuxedo Sam has shown us that he still has power to draw in fans. He sure knows how to make his fans go gaga for his collection series. 

10.  Chococat

Unlike Hello Kitty, Chococat appears to have a more of a cat appearance than his predecessor. It still has the cartoon personality features, but the character stands out from the rest of the other kawaii characters. This character's collection series always reminded me of a sweet play on yellow and brown colors. It really was a cute combination.

11.  Kuromi

I wonder how many mischievous escapades has she been into lately? As the cousin and rival to My Melody, this character is quite popular with most of the punk and goth scenes. Also, I feel that the character gives off a strong pop rock girly vibe. If I had to choose, I'd pick to have Kuromi in my corner to defend me. 

12.  Sugarbunnies

These characters were so very popular that a Japanese anime series was developed. It's darn cute bunnies. Enough said.

13.  Pekkle

The Donald Duck version in a kawaii world, except that he's more of a cool jock or tomboy type. I never noticed this character when I was a child, but now that I'm older -- nostalgia comes into play with this character from my childhood memories. One of the main characters casted on the cute cartoon series when I was a child. 

14.  Pippo

Why do I considered this pig as one of the best characters that Sanrio has ever created?

First of all, look at that round piggy face with the cute snout. Tell me that you can resist that cute character for long? Plus, I have searched through the many Sanrio characters created and majority of them that are not listed here-- are not adorably sweet in appearance.

15.  Hummingmint

As one of the newer characters, this pretty fawn has got to be one of the sweetest creation ever. The pastel play of light colors match with the girly vibe that it's going for and succeeding. It reminds me of young-at-heart in girly tones. So very sweet. 

16.  Marumofubiyori

New generation of cute. What more can be said of this character than it screams of being cute? I see Sanrio has given the character a nickname as I believed not everyone can remember such a long name. When I pass this character, I'll have to cover my eyes from the temptations. 

Ooo, so evil of Sanrio, right-- to make such cute characters!

17. Mewkledreamy

I never imagined all that purple would make me sit up and take notice of this new character. I love it! The color scheme of the new character collection series has me wanting that new plush. It's so hard to resist. Have you seen this new character collection? So very girly and sweet. 

I want everything!

18. Hangyodon

It has come to my attention that this character is Sanrio's hidden treasure. Very cute, but in a unique way. It's different that I'm not used to seeing a fish as a character. It's very appealing, but I have too many characters on my list for collecting. Temptations are a killer.

19. Charmmy Kitty

This pet cat can be often mistaken for Hello Kitty if one is not up to date with Sanrio. As a stand alone character, the series collection is pretty-in-pink. Another girly collection that I have fallen victim to in the past. I bought this very girly yet fancy large handbag that I fell in love at first sight. I didn't care that it was not Hello Kitty. All it mattered that it was going to be mine forever.

20.  Spottie Dottie

This character is considered one of the least popular characters, but I always remembered it as being one of the main characters released in the Sanrio stores of the early 90s. I have never collected her, but it brings up such nostalgia memories of the good old days. 

21. Monkichi

One of the more unique characters that Sanrio has created. It's set apart in colors that aren't in pastels. Another hidden gem for Sanrio on something different.

22.  Marron Cream

This character design has a pretty kawaii old fashion feel to it. The collection series so far stands out from pretty much all the other Sanrio characters. It's very girly, but unique in it's character.

23.  Wish Me Mell

A rabbit created to target young girls. Another character that has a girly vibe. I keep hearing "Easter" in my head when I see this character. 

24.  Bonbonribbon

It's a pink rabbit with bows. Pink works in Sanrio's favor for most of their kawaii characters.

25.  Gudetama

A different kind of cute when I see this character. Can you call it cute? It's certainly not adorably cute. Is this a new wave of different generation of characters for Sanrio?

This concludes the best characters created by Sanrio.