I tend to get a lot of questions such as “where do you buy all of your cute stuff from?” “I don’t shop online is there anywhere else that sells kawaii?” Etc…
Obviously most of the time I use the internet but from time to time I hit the high street & I am a firm believer that if you look your find kawaii pretty much everywhere & anywhere. It’s all about just knowing where to look.
Of course the UK’s favourites for kawaii is ArtBox (But they only tend to be near main cities I tend to find.) & Paperchase.
My favourite place to always look for super kawaii goodies are local Chinese stores.
Now I know that most people get intimidated going in as its out of their comfort zone, with all of the “weird” products & food. But seriously I tend to find it the gem of all high street shops when it comes to kawaii.
Heres my kawaii high street loot from Monday:
Kawaii teddy towels, flannels, stickers, bags, stationary, Hello Kitty capsules, corn snacks, and of course some Paperchase cuteness. (They had so much on sale!)
I was really thrilled to find Momiji Hello Kitty in the Chinese store, they had such a great selection, from the dolls, purses, zip bags, and key rings… As you can see I just couldn’t resist myself I had to grab a few pieces. I was really impressed with the key rings as they’re double-sided & overall really good quality.
My last purchase was a kawaii panda chocolate apple! (Shop cute eat cute?) I was saving this baby all day to kick back with a cup of tea and marvel at my kawaiiness. Well I just stare and organise a lot haha!
If you don’t have any Chinese stores near you, you can still find tons of kawaii in your local town or city, here’s a basic shopping guide of where to pick yourself up some kawaii no matter where you live:
WHSmiths sells lots of Hello Kitty stationary and cute tins, Claire’s accessories or Accessorize are an obvious option for cute stickers & jewellery. Super markets are becoming more and more Hello Kitty friendly in the last couple of years, so always keep your eyes peeled when you’re doing your local shop. Then you’ve got your TopShop,(Hello Kitty) H&M, (Hello Kitty & Little Star Twins.) WaterStones for manga, Hello Kitty & finally HMV for anime and the odd bit of Hello Kitty. Gosh I really could go on with the list but I don’t want to bore you!
Then again these are only the easiest places to look without going to much of your way on your usual shopping expeditions.
Well there you have it, there are of course tons of “alternative” stores and other shops among the high street to search…But once you start looking, your become much more susceptible to it. I hardly go anywhere these days without seeing something cute! I really do spose the more you look the more your find whether you mean to or not
I’ll be back tomorrow, I’ve got tons of posts and pictures for this week.