Yumi's Sweet Japan Goods Store and Japanese Shopping Service

Today I am writing about this cute ねこにゃん cat Nintendo 3DS XL case (or "3DS LL" case as they are called in Japan) from CYBERGadget, a Japanese gaming goods/accessories manufacturing company. This case is a silicone 3DS XL case with cute cat ears and features. So not only does the case protect the 3DS XL, it also makes it look cute... or makes you look like a crazy cat guy (or lady).

I wanted the black cat CYBERgadget nekonyan Nintendo 3DS XL case.
As you can see I think it goes with my phone case so well too!?

You can see the 3DS XL's camera are the eyes of this cat! How cute!
This also leaves all the sockets etc accessible, so no need to take the case off.

Not only was this packaged in the original sealed packaging and wrapped neatly, there was a cute free gift of cute and tasty Rilakkuma furikake... actually it's so cute we haven't eaten yet, haha!

Of course, it's really difficult to buy this kind of thing from the UK, so many places I looked the price was so inflated and had no idea of the level of service etc so I ordered from eBay and the cheapest/best value price there was Yumi's shop Japanese Goods Essence ! There are lots of cute or "kawaii" goods available in Yumi's shop on eBay. Alternatively if you don't see what you are looking for there, Yumi has opened up a storeenvy and working on her own website too:

And last but not least, Yumi has told me she is setting up her own JAPANESE SHOPPING SERVICE now! Here are the details I have been sent about it.


I ask 2 times of separate payments. First, before purchase, 2nd, after purchase.

1st time------------------------------------
*The amount of your items.

  • Up to -5,000yen---$10.00
  • 5,001-10,000yen---$15.00
  • 10,001-15,000yen---$20.00
  • 15,001-20,000yen---$25.00
  • 20,001-40,000yen---$25.00 + $1.00 per 1,000 yen up
  • 40,001yen- ---$45.00 + $0.50 per 1,000 yen up

*+$2.00 per additional order 
*Shipping within Japan----if free shipping, it will be "0".
(Actual postal charge from seller to my place.)
*Bank fee - A flat $2.00 fee per order (if from the 2 shops, needs x2).

2nd time------------------------------------

*Shipping to your home - Actual postal charge to your home.
*Transaction fee (paypal fee)  - 5% of the total.

As you can see, Yumi will only make the commission on the entire product, which is a lot less percentage than most shopping services charge and no hidden costs, the entire process is as above! If you do partake in the shopping service or buy from Yumi's shops, please say chyphens sent you! Thanks and enjoy!

chyphens' THANK YOU FOLLOWERS giveaway!

graze box discount friendcode - free boxes

I hope this link works - I started with Graze again after many many years to get me back in the routine of eating healthy while my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is too bad to let me go out to buy fresh and healthy things every day. With Graze boxes, I get to have lots of different little portions of healthy snacks to try, no need to buy huge packets and then find they go off so quickly or actually they're not as good as I remember...

With my friendcode if you sign up you get a pretty good deal. Usually you get the first box free, right? For some reason with my friendcode you get the FIRST, FIFTH and TENTH boxes totally free, postage is included! An amazing deal, isn't it?

Each box costs £3.99 and you can choose what kind of box you want and how regularly you want it delivered. You can even have holidays booked in so you won't be charged for any wasted or unwanted boxes. You can also deliver to multiple addresses, or book "one off" boxes!

It also has dietary preferences so if like me you cannot eat spicy food, or if you are vegetarian, just go to the dietary preference page and you will be able to remove all the things you can't eat with just one click, saves going through page after page hunting out the items you cannot eat!

Another bonus is if you sign up and then decide it's not for you... just cancel. It's pay-as-you-go, you are only charged per box shipped, not tied into a huge contract like so many other delivery companies. Why not try it? Especially if you're getting in shape for summer conventions - cut out that Pocky, eat healthy, haha!

Thanks for reading!

radio silence

Sorry for the radio silence. Since Ifrit has passed away I haven't felt much like doing anything. I hope to change that now and get back into the swing of things with some reviews and photographs heading your way!

Thanks for understanding.

review: lost mannequin sid rucksack

Recently Lost Mannequin had a sale on to celebrate hitting a certain amount of page likes, and since I've had my eye on their Black Winged Sid Backpack but could never justify it to myself with university costs etc, I jumped at the chance to get it! I actually received this item in 9 days from payment and I am located in the UK. How fast is that!?

It arrived in time for me to take it to Kitacon (an anime/cosplay convention here in the UK), and it comfortably fit all this inside:
  • MacBook Pro 13" in its case and charger
  • iPhone and charger
  • Camera and charger
  • Nintendo 3DS XL and charger
  • 2 Cosplay Make-Up Bags
  • 2 Boxes of Coscards
  • Sewing kit 
  • Bag of medication
  • Headphones
  • Wallet
  • Keys (Has a clip to hang keys from inside!)
So much space inside really, and so many individual pockets with secure fastenings. Some people said they found a smell when opening the packaging so I was prepared to air it out for days but... didn't notice anything like this whatsoever! It was completely ready to use and I was so grateful for it arriving in time as it stored so much and the straps are so comfortable and hard wearing as padded and adjustable!

It really feels a worthy investment and I'm so glad I bought this. Now my greedy eyes are tempted looking at some of their other stock... hmm...

Thanks for reading!

birmingham rag market: little italy & stockings shop

Today I'm going to write about some places in Birmingham, some "hidden treasures" of some cool clothing and accessories that you can find in Birmingham, UK. Please let me know if you find this kind of thing interesting as I'm hoping to do a series of these of online and offline guides of where to find fantastic things.

First of all, as it's coming up to Halloween (I love spooky things!), a lot of my friends are posting about doing "guro lolita" to celebrate October, the Halloween month, so I thought some of these buys may be interesting! Of course there's lovely stuff for every day. I'm not sure of the name of this stall, but as well as socks, tights and stockings it sells bags and leggings too.

The shop lies in the middle of Birmingham Rag Market.
White tights with blood splatters, tattoo tights, snake skeleton tights.

More tattoo tights and also crossbone tights and batty bat tights!

Tattoo tights again - a delicately drawn little black cat,
this would make a subtle interesting addition to an outfit!

2 spoopy "It's a Mystery" ghostie tights, here you can see prices!
They also had tights with veins and arteries
(not pictured here), the kind sold on RTBU for £10+
Here you can see the prices are £3.99-£4.99 with some even 3 for £10!

More tattoo tights (look at this gorgeous patterns!) and for you
Alice in Wonderland fans, or just you card sharks, over knee thick stockings
with card suits print and a little bow with an ace on the top! Cute.

Secondly, and most excitingly to me, a lovely lady named Norma has opened her dream shop in Birmingham Rag Market, the name of the shop is Little Italy. I unfortunately forgot to take photographs there, but I hope to go back and take more. Damien bought a gorgeous jacket for an aristocratic style from Little Italy, and I think soon he'll post about it on his blog.

Norma is a lovely friendly lady and Little Italy has just opened, so while stock is a little limited (some things had already sold out yesterday, the first day of being open!), I'm sure soon they'll have lots more stock and lots more variety soon. Little Italy's clothes are, obviously, all made in Italy to the highest quality and Norma herself spends time doing quality control checking how well the items are sewn which is amazing dedication, much more attention to detail is spent there than in high street shops!

Some of the places Little Italy's clothes are sourced from are the same companies that produce clothes for All Saints - but without the large price tag attached. The styles Little Italy stocks varies and can be combined in all different ways, it's all about the layering! Excitingly, it's all soft neutrals, blacks to greys to greens and browns and would be absolutely perfect for a gypsy, boho look or for fans of Japanese fashion, this is your place to shop for dolly kei or mori kei fashion as there are so many deconstructed items in soft flowing materials with unusual trims or neck lines - some with gorgeous faux fur edging.Some of the boleros, shrugs and cardigans would be perfect for aristocratic or lolita looks too, it is all very versatile.

I've been asked to be a personal shopper to a close friend and I cannot wait to take her there and dress her up like a little mori-kei forest girl! Definitely going back to take photographs so I can share it with you!

review: sheinside cat sweatshirt

Just to post about an amazing sweater I recently ordered from Sheinside. Don't let the name fool you - as any good alternative guy knows, the most fashionable places are womens shops. We're stuck with slogan t-shirts and straight leg jeans. So on with the review! I ordered this item on 02/09/2012 and received it on 12/09/2012, amazingly fast shipping. I was still waiting on some zips I ordered from the UK in this time, so I was shocked (in a good way) how fast the shipping was.

less than £15 delivered!

I really liked the way this was packaged, it came neatly folded in a reusable zip lock bag with the shop name "Sheinside" printed on it, inside the standard plastic packaging wrap. We recycle/reuse all packaging here, so this is all useful. You can see Ifrit helping me unwrap this as he is a nosy little face. Another great thing about the postage is I got a tracking number and was told how to log in and track my item, which again, with free shipping is pretty nifty.

The quality of the item is brilliant for the price, think how much Primark sweaters are nowdays! You can see it in my lookbook above. I'd say for disposable fashion this is great. The colour is vibrant, the fabric is really soft, if you are reading this debating buying this jumper I would say go for it. Especially if you haven't bought from Sheinside before - new members get 15% off making it even cheaper!

I already have my eye on my next purchases from there...!

Postage: ❤❤❤❤❤
Service: ❤❤❤❤❤
Price: ❤❤❤❤❤
Quality: ❤❤❤❤❤
Overall: ❤❤❤❤❤
5/5 highly recommended
will order again! 

clubbing ootd dump #one

I think like a lot of people, when clubbing/going out for an occasion, I tend to wear a lot more extravagant things than day to day. I don't really like to be "attention grabby", but I do like to be OTT, so for me, the only "safe" time to dress up like the nutter I am is when lots of other people are dressed up too!

I really enjoy wearing theme outfits with friends, all dressing up on a similar theme or kind of making the outfit around a character of sorts, even if it's purely invented at the time. I guess I just find it a fun break from the norm, and why not.

We (Damien, Finlay and I) went out (aiming to go to Eddie's) as er... shironuri kigurumi. It works well as a phrase, right? We didn't really have all the stuff to do shironuri but it was a fun first try. I think wearing the kigurumi made it even more funny. I wore my Nyanpire kigurumi D got me a couple of Christmases ago (I think the second time I've worn it cos I'm so scared of ruining it...!)

I stole a couple of these photographs from Finlay's blog.
As you can see, getting ready with kittens makes it 10x more difficult...!

A week later, Finlay told us a trad-goth night was on at Eddie's for the first time so we thought LET'S TRY IT. D is a big fan of trad-goth vs newer goth and I have no clue so I backcombed an old wig, wore lots of block and was drunk enough to try putting "Adam and the Ants"-esque tribal markings on my face haha. Unfortunately too drunk to draw in straight lines.

...is D doing the hula? I like how serious faced I am at trying to take the photo.

Unfortunately not many people were having a dance (apart from this bloke that I called a pirate and he got well annoyed about it cos apparently it meant I didn't know good music. I wasn't the one dressed as a pirate though!) so the following text exchange happened while some people who I will not name were having a secret para-para session:

I text this photo of the packed dance floor to D and got this reply

Apparently White Zombie and Tammtien Talkathon Rammstein were playing upstairs!

That Saturday night I was still drunk from Friday (I am such a lightweight, it's great) and decided to dress up as I have no idea... a prince of gay perhaps?

I hate how my astigmatism really shows up and gives me derp eyes in lenses haha!

Outfit Rundown
Horns: Grand-Young @ Taobao
Wig: Grand-Young @ Taobao
Necklace/headpiece: Primark
Collar tips: eBay
Shirt: Primark
Faux fur scarf: H&M (pinned to waistcoat)
Waistcoat: Primark
Trousers: ??? From D
Boots: Second hand

It is fun to try and create extravagant outfits from many little bits and pieces! Have you ever surprised yourself with an outfit combination that worked better than expected? Thanks for looking!

ootd dump #one

Hello! Sorry for the inactivity, been having lots of tests done at the doctors and finally got referred to a specialist clinic! So here, lazily, is some of my favourite outfits from the past month or so. Pictures make a good update, right?

tee: boy london x long clothing
jeans: h&m
socks: topman
trainers: asos

tee: taobao
harem pants: taobao
hitops: asos

denim jacket: secondhand/self-customised
hoodie: topman
t-shirt: h&m
jeans: h&m
hitops: asos

denim jacket: secondhand/self-customised
raglan: disturbia
trousers: taobao
boots: off a market stall

sandals: primark (in the sale!)
fag: not mine

Also if anyone knows any male bloggers more posting about style, I'd be interested to follow! I'm already following a few guys but I think a couple deleted their blogs, perhaps.

Thanks for looking!

review: wig care products shampoo + conditioner

Finally, I post! I have a lot of reviews I want to do as I feel they would be of help, er, but here's an easy one to get started. I've been looking for good wig care products for a while for costume wigs, most I have used I would not recommend (other than the one amazing spray from zephyr wigs japan which was a free gift), so finally I'm glad to find something to recommend.

Recently we went to City Hair & Beauty, one of my favourite wig shops here in Birmingham - the benefits of living in a big city! - looking for wigs to use for upcoming costumes/to get an idea of how colours looked irl. We actually found two perfect wigs at really good prices, so I recommend visiting there.
I picked up fibre care (from the brand hairaisers) shampoo & conditioner for synthetic wigs/fibre hairpieces for £2.99 each. I think this is a good price as online it appears to retail for around £7.00 each. The shampoo and conditioner just smells clean and fresh, not too strong or overpowering and not too (my main worry) floral. 

The wig I decided to work on: My 2-D wig used for DoYaThing and Plastic Beach. I was unhappy with this wig from a styling point of view as I was recommended a new, cheaper styling product. After reading many good reviews I tried it against my better judgement and urgh, did not hold at all well and made the wig look sticky and greasy. I wanted to wash that out straight away, and any residue of costume make-up! As you can see, these products worked perfectly. No remains of make-up, no gross cloggy leftover product, and the wig is left soft and shiny and smells fresh and clean!