Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Just a few months ago I swore I would never pitch to a brand or business. Despite reading countless posts on how great and important it is to do, I was convinced I'd never do it. What would I say? What if they say no? What if they share the email with all their employees and laugh at me? I instantly became racked with fear at just the thought of contacting a brand in hopes of collaborating, but then something changed.

I'm not even sure what it was exactly that made me change my mind, but I remember one day thinking that I really, really wanted to work with this specific brand. I browsed their website and found a section about possible collaborations, and I eventually mustered up the courage to send an email.

That first email was pretty bad. Whilst I explained who I was, what I had in mind, and how much I admire their products perfectly well, I didn't include any links to my blog or social media accounts (doh!), nor did I mention any of my statistic or growth rate (double doh!). Honestly, it's no wonder they never got back to me. I sounded so naive, plus I wasn't really offering them anything that was going to benefit them. 

It's unfortunate as I really do love that brand and their products, but I can always try again after some time has passed and my online reach has improved. Since that first blunder, I have gotten a lot better at crafting pitching emails. I make sure that each one is unique as I don't want it to seem like I'm contacting just anyone in hopes of collaborating, because that's not what I'm doing. I am taking notes of brands and businesses that I personally admire and reaching out to them. 

A lot of them are really big brands that work with much bigger bloggers than me, but I believe in aiming for the best. Believe me, I know how nerve-wracking it is to reach out to the people you admire, but it's so, so worth it, let me tell you why:


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It Shows Confidence 
Confidence is an attractive quality. People who are confident within themselves convince you to be confident in them, too. If a brand sees that you're confident enough about yourself and your work for you to track them down and say "you need to work with me", then they'll think that you are worth looking into. Just remember to include all the reasons why you admire them and why you wish to work with them as well, because just saying how great you are (which I'm sure you are!) and how much you can benefit their company will seem a little arrogant.

It BOOSTS Confidence
That first email is always the hardest, but just like anything in life, it gets easier with practice. You learn what sounds better, what things to include, what things to leave out, and it gets easier to talk yourself up. Once you get your first positive response, you'll be over the moon, which will only motivate you more to continue reaching out to the brands you admire. It really creates a snowball effect, but in the best way!

People Don't Know What You Want Unless You Ask
This seems like such a simple thought, but many people don't really consider it. You can continue checking your email every day, wondering why brands aren't reaching out to you, or you can get the ball rolling and ask yourself. Working with bloggers is still quite a new area for a lot of brands, so many of them may not even be thinking about the benefits of it until you contact them. 

It's important to reach out to brands that you know work with bloggers, and brands that you haven't yet seen work with bloggers, as you may be the one to open them up to a whole new kind of advertising and collaboration - you're sure to have your name remembered after that!



At The Very Least, It Can't Hurt
Once again very simple, but it's this thought that helped convince me to start pitching to brands the most. Think about it: what's the worst that can happen? They say no? They don't reply? Is that really that bad? You simply delete the email (or, if you like me and like to hold onto rejections and personal failures as a way to measure growth, then just move it into another folder) and move on. If they have offered you any advice or reasons why they haven't chosen you, then take them into consideration and continue to work on yourself, your content, and your pitching emails. Practice really does make perfect!

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I really hope this post inspires someone to start pitching to brands, as I truly believe that if I can do it, anyone can. Imagine all the amazing opportunities you might be missing out on simply because you haven't asked! Isn't that scary to think about?! To those of you who do regularly pitch to brands, feel free to leave some advice and/or success stories in the comments below to help encourage those who are still on the fence about the whole thing!

Until next time,
Indya xx

Monday, 22 January 2018

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You guys, this may be one of my favourite treats I've ever made. I'm guessing most of you have heard of "That Pink Door" in Palm Springs by now. Heck, I'm 12, 890 kilometres away from it and I still know what it is! If you haven't, it's this gorgeous pink door on someone's home in Palm Springs that looks like a chocolate bar - although I'm not sure if it's actually meant to.




I haven't been able to forget about it since I first heard of it. A pastel pink front door is definitely on my bucket list for when I own my own house, but for now, I thought I could show my affection for this lovely piece of architecture by turning it into one of my favourite things in the world: cookies!


As you may have guessed by now, I love making and decorating sugar cookies; they are delicious, and there's so much you can do with them! I got the idea for these ones as I was browsing my Instagram (lots of people do that, right? Browse their own Instagram accounts?) and saw this photo from the time I used my pink Candy Melts in my mini chocolate bar mould, and it instantly reminded me of That Pink Door! 
These little cuties were super easy to make considering how great they look, and would be perfect at any Palm Springs and/or Summer-themed party 😋

Ingredients/Tools:

♡ Square sugar cookies
♡ Angled spatula(s)
♡ Pink candy melts
♡ Royal icing, both piping and flooding consistencies
♡ Toothpick
♡ Piping bags
♡ Green food dye
♡ Pearl sprinkles
Mini chocolate bar mould




Directions:

1. Melt your Candy Melts in the microwave, pour into the chocolate moulds, then place them in the fridge to set. They won't take long.

2. Spoon about 10% of your royal icing into a separable bowl and put aside. Pipe the outsides of each cookie with your piping icing and let that set before flooding the centres. Leave a small bit of icing in the bowl to use as a glue for the decorations later. Place the cookies in the fridge so the icing sets quicker.


3. Once your Candy Melts and icing have both set, carefully pop the melts out of the mould, spread a thin layer of royal icing on the back, and place them at the bottom middle of your cookie. Do this with all your pink doors.


4. Get a small amount of white royal icing on a toothpick, dab it into your pearl sprinkles and place them in the middle right section of your pink doors. If you'd like to have the handle like the actual pink door has, you could always pipe a tiny line of white royal icing directly onto your door, but I didn't think of that until after 😅


5. Colour your small bowl of icing that we put to the side a light green. I drew pictures of how I wanted the trees to look (I think they might actually be a type of cactus, but from here on out I will be calling them "trees"), then placed some baking paper over the top and piped onto that, following the lines I had drawn, but if you think you can do it freehand, then go ahead! Once you've piped your trees, place the baking paper in the fridge until the icing sets.


6. Carefully peel of the icing trees and put a tiny dab of royal icing on the back to stick them to your cookies. Place one little tree on both sides of each door and then you're done! How easy was that?!





After making these my head was instantly filled with ideas of other That Pink Door-related posts I could do, but I'll try to spread them out so you won't get too sick of seeing it  😂  Have you guys - particularly those who DON'T live in America - heard of That Pink Door? Do you think it deserves all the hype it gets? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Indya xx
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Friday, 19 January 2018

I am hesitant to even type this as I really don't want to jinx anything, but here it is anyway: I honestly feel like I will never run out of ideas for blog posts. I don't mean for that to sound cocky, it's just that there is so much that I want to and see and create in this life that I can't imagine ever feeling bored or unsure of what to do next. 



However, I had read many posts from bloggers who have claimed to feel the same way for a long time - years, even - and eventually found themselves at a dead end, and that sounds terrifying. So, I am planning ahead. I am writing this post for my future self who might need it some day, and for those of you reading this who might need it today. These are some great ways that I brainstorm my blog content; I hope you find something that might help you out!

ANSWER YOUR OWN QUESTIONS

Whenever I read these kinds of posts, people always say that listen to what others are asking you - or Google, or Quora - and answer those questions, and whilst that's a great idea, you should also start answering your own questions! My post about how to save money as a DIY blogger was inspired by myself. 

I had asked both Twitter and Instagram if you guys preferred to read DIY posts or recipes, and on both platforms DIY projects won by quite a bit. That left me feeling a bit down as I thought about how much easier and cheaper recipe posts were to make, but I knew I couldn't let down my audience, so I decided to make notes of how to save money as a DIY-er, and I got a great post out of it. Don't forget to listen to yourself!

THINK OF YOUR GENRES AND THEMES

I guess these are two very similar terms, but I think of them differently when I'm brainstorming blog post ideas. Whenever I need a new idea, I write down a list of genres - cookies, pillows, cupcakes, pinatas, etc - and then I think of the themes I am loving - tv shows, holidays, "That Pink Door", etc - and I mix and match the two together. 

I made both the disco ball cookies and cake pops on the same day since disco balls were on my mind and I wanted to create them in multiple ways. Right after I made the sushi roll pillow, I thought it'd be awesome to make sushi roll cake pops, so I begun planning them too (that post will be up later this month!). It's pretty easy to take a theme you love and run with it, and it's a lot of fun too!



RANDOMISE YOUR THOUGHTS

Just like the last point, with this one you make a list of the things you like to create and another of the things you like to look at, chuck them in a word randomiser and see what comes out! The very first time I did this I was playing around with flavours and recipe ideas, and I got "fairy floss" and "cupcake", which eventually turned into my fairy floss-filled cupcakes. This was my first original recipe and one of my favourite creations of all times. I've had some more pretty good word combinations since I started doing this, plus it's a lot of fun!

ABSORB MORE - OR LESS - CONTENT

This one depends on how much content you absorb, and how it affects you. I absorb a lot of content, but I have never felt that it brings me down. I follow and read over 120 blogs, and I am always looking for more because I am inspired by other humans and their worlds. I can't get enough of other people's minds, I love seeing people create from their heart and it always inspires me to do more - but not everyone is like that. 

Many bloggers say that reading too many blogs messes with their own thought process and affects how they produce content, so if you're struggling to get any posts written, it may have something to do with the amount of content you are absorbing in your day-to-day life.

WRITE WITHOUT THE GOAL OF PUBLISHING

Sometimes it's hard to get the right words out because your mind is full of others one that need to be let out first. Sometimes, you need to vent, or to experiment, or to just get your thoughts onto paper (or screen) before you have any idea what might become of them. So often I'll start writing a lengthy, not-very-well-read post about the many thoughts that are clouding my head, and half-way through it I'll have an epiphany and will suddenly be inspired to write another, much better post. Remember that you don't have to publish everything you write, but it is a good idea to write anything that you're feeling. Once you've let that feeling out, it's a lot easier to let it go and move on.

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Do you struggle with coming up with content ideas? If so, let us know what ways you have learnt to overcome it! You never know how much help your advice could be to someone who is stuck in a rut.

Until next time,
Indya xx
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Like most people - especially creative types - I am very hard on myself. I set high expectations for myself, and am often shattered when I don't live up to them, but I honestly think I'm getting better at being nicer to myself. I am acknowledging my achievements more than my failures, and I am learning to accept the fact that I can't do everything perfectly on the first try.



When I step back and take a look at where I am compared to where I've been, my self growth is pretty incredible. I don't mean to sound like a broken record by bringing up how I was raised to believe that I couldn't do anything in life - and, therefore, was never taught any basic skills, such as cooking and laundry - but it's something that has hindered me in ways that I am only starting to realise now.

So I decided to make a change. When you go 20 years thinking you 100% cannot do something, you don't even bother trying, but for me, this year is all about trying new things. It's about proving that I can do anything I set my mind to; that I can be the person I want to be so badly - and that begins with recognising how far I have come already. 

For someone who didn't use an oven or stove before she was already legally an adult, the fact that I now have a blog that focuses a lot on baking and creating in the kitchen is mind-blowing to me. One recipe post that always stands out in my mind is my fairy floss-filled cupcakes that I made back in June 2017. 

It marked so many firsts for me: it was my first original recipe, it was my first photo shoot that I was actually proud of, and it was my first recipe post that actually looked like something you would want to eat! 😂  So when Photowall contacted me and offered to send me a canvas print of the design of my choice, it was a no-brainer what photo I would choose. 

Once I sent them my photo and dimensions, I expected to have to wait a while since it was coming from Sweden, but I was wrong! I got an email on the 18th of December saying that my order was going to print, I got another on the 20th saying my delivery was on its way, and then it arrived on the 24th - talk about service!




Their canvas prints come with a DIY frame, which you'll know is right up my alley. I've been wanting to work on bigger things that are outside of my usual projects, and this was the perfect thing for me to try out. It came with hand screws so no power tools were needed, which I was super happy about it as I am not ready to begin using those yet! 

The instructions were really simple to follow, but unfortunately two of the screw holes on the frame were a few millimetres off so we couldn't completely secure one of the corner brackets, but there was still 14 other screws holding the frame together so we weren't too worried. and it ended up being fine! It's still super sturdy as is.

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Now that my print is on display, I feel even more motivated to move forward and work on my abilities. It is the perfect reminder that I do have good ideas, and that I am able to create something out of nothing, and that is something really exciting to realise about yourself. The only thing that stands in my way is myself, and I am no longer going to do that. Here's to celebrating all your personal successes, and using them as inspiration to try new things more often! We've got this ✨

Until next time,
Indya xx

As mentioned above, Photowall were kind enough to send me this print in exchange for a mention on my blog. I chose which photo I wanted and the size, and all words and opinion are my own as always! 

Photowall were also kind enough to give me a discount code for you guys to use! For 20% off your order, just use the code "thesmalladventurercampaign2018". This code is valid until the 28th of February. I'm not making money off this code or anything, it's just a bonus for you guys!

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Monday, 15 January 2018

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After being really happy with my disco ball cookies that I made for New Year's, I knew I had to turn something else into disco balls as well. I'd already seen cupcakes, donut holes, and a big disco ball cake on various blogs so I steered clear of those items. It wasn't until I made a batch of cake pops for another recipe that I realised how amazing they would look as disco balls, so I immediately started working on them.



Let me just warn you that these are much more difficult than the disco cookies. There's a lot of cutting, shaping, "glueing", and holding. In other words, you need a lot of patience, but I definitely think the outcome is worth it. Imagine throwing a party and having actual edible disco balls. I know I'd love it!

Ingredients/Tools:

♡ Your favourite cake pop recipe
Cake pop sticks
♡ White chocolate melts
♡ White fondant
♡ Wilton Silver Color Mist
♡ Small bowl of water + a skewer
♡ Something to stick the cake pops into, such as a foam board

Directions:

1. Melt your white chocolate melts in 30 second intervals in the microwave. Dip the end of your cake pop stick into the melted chocolate, then slide the stick into 3/4 of the cake pop. Repeat this for the remaining pops, then leave until the chocolate has set and your sticks are firmly in place.

2. Pick up one of your cake pops and carefully dip it into your bowl of melted white chocolate until the entire cake is covered. Place the stick into your foam board, then continue coating the rest of your cake pops in white chocolate. Put the foam board in the fridge to speed up the chocolate setting.

3. Spray your cake pops with your Wilton Silver Color Mist. This doesn't need to be perfect as we are going to cover them in fondant. This step just ensures that any gaps between the fondant will still appear silver.

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4. Roll out your fondant until it is a few millimetres thick, then cut it into small squares of rectangles. Dip your skewer into your bowl of water, then dab or spread a tiny amount of water onto one of your fondant squares, then place that side onto your cake pop. The water makes the fondant sticky so that it will stay on the cake pop.

5. Continue adding water to each fondant square and adding them to your cake pops. I begun at the very top and tried to position them all in a neat line both across and downwards, but it's quite difficult. You may also need to hold the fondant squares that are on the sides of the cake pop in place until the fondant sticks to them properly, to avoid any sliding. 

Remember that disco balls are often quite poorly made (or is that just all the disco balls that I encounter? Ha), so don't stress too much about the placement of your fondant squares.

6. Once all your pops are covered in fondant, pick up one at a time and spray the entire pop with your Color Mist, twisting by the stick as you go to ensure an even coating. I recommend doing this outside or over a bin or pile of paper towels are this stuff gets everywhere quite easily, and may leave stains.



7. Stick your pops back into the board as you spray them, then leave them to dry - and you're done! Putting each fondant square on is quite a tedious task, but the result is so worth it, in my opinion. Just make sure that you have plenty of time to create these so you're not in a rush and stressed! Above all else, remember to have fun when creating in the kitchen ☺️

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Have you ever made cake pops before? Do you prefer to make the "proper" way, or just use a regular cake recipe in some cake pop moulds? As I am all for doing things the simple way, it's probably no surprise that I choose to just make a regular ol' vanilla cake in a mould 😜

Until next time,
Indya xx
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Friday, 12 January 2018

I ran polls on both Twitter and Instagram asking you guys if you preferred to read DIY projects or recipes, and I was quite surprised to find that DIY projects won by far on both polls. As much as I love making DIY projects, I was a little down when I discovered that as recipes are so much easier and cheaper to make, which got me thinking: How can I save money on my DIY projects? 



As I made some mental notes of ways I could do that, I realised that some of you who enjoy making DIY projects at home might be wondering the same thing, so I decided to compile some of my ideas into a post for you! 
These are very simple, but still effective, ideas on how to scrimp and save here and there when creating, and I hope to expand on it in the future as I think of more. If you have any ideas of your own, feel free to leave them in the comments! I'm sure others would appreciate your contribution - I know I will!

ALWAYS THINK LIKE A DIY-ER


What I mean by this is: think about the multiple uses that one item can have. An old cereal box could be turned into a piñata, a foam board that came with a package could double as a cake pop stand (that's what I did, anyway). I always hang onto things that I think might be useful one day, and I am always glad that I did. I'm actually thinking of writing a post about all the unexpected things you should hold onto to use on your future projects, so keep your eyes peeled for that!


BE RESOURCEFUL AND STINGY


I am never one to shy away from my self-professed stinginess, especially not when it comes to DIY projects. I save every scrap bit of paper, felt and any other item that I think might come in handy in the future - and it always does. I've made three pillows from the leftover pink material that I used for my donut skirt alone! I also enjoy browsing the secondhand clothes racks for plain shirts and pants so that I can use their material for smaller sewing projects. There's always a cheaper way to do things, and there's nothing wrong with being a little thrifty!


TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SPECIAL OCCASIONS


Over our four and a half years together, Daniel and I have celebrated many birthdays, anniversaries, Christmases, Valentine's Days and Easters. Every now and then I'll ask for something more tradition such as a piece of jewellery, but most of the time, I ask for something that I really want, even if it seems like a strange gift. 


For Christmas Daniel bought me a ton of crafting supplies that I had picked out, which saved me money whilst also not costing him too much, and now I have heaps of new items to play with. Instead of saying "I don't know" every time someone asks what to buy you, just be honest and say: I want craft supplies!



CREATE IN BATCHES


Of course, this will all depend on what you like to create, but I've found that this works with many different hobbies. Some afternoons I'll sit down and watch a few episodes of a TV show and sew together a couple of pillows. You can also paint, make pinatas, and even sketch out other project ideas whilst doing the same thing. I know a lot of people say "don't multitask!" but I am all about mixing business with pleasure so I do this kind of thing all the time. 


I find this practice really helps my creative juices flow and that, as soon as I have finished one item, I immediately want to create more, so I do honestly believe that this makes me more productive. I also do the same thing when I'm baking. I always, always, always make way too many cookies, so now I plan out a few different designs every time I whip up a new batch. It's a great way to get a heap of content done in one day, and to ensure you don't waste any cookies!


DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE PARTS THAT PEOPLE WON'T SEE


This seems a little shady even as I'm writing it, but I've heard plenty of other DIY bloggers say the same thing so I don't feel bad about doing it anymore, and that is this: don't worry about the parts that people won't see. Since the piñatas I make are just for me, they don't need to be perfect. I don't fill them with candy, and I don't decorate the back of them. No one will ever see it, and therefore it will just be a waste of materials that I could use for something else. Once again, this will differ depending on what exactly you are creating, but if all that matters is the front, then only worry about the front. Don't stress yourself over parts that don't matter!


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Crafting can be an expensive hobby, especially when you're into multiple different mediums and you don't sell any of your items so you aren't making any money from them, but I love it so much that it's worth every penny. I'm going to keep working towards a future where I DO get paid to create, but until then, I'm going to try and be as frugal as I can! Do you have any tips on how to save money as a creative?

Until next time,
Indya xx

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

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Despite only appearing once in the manga and anime, Chibiusa's alter ego Black Lady has quite a large fan base. I was a fan of her before I had even read the Black Moon Arc purely because of how awesome she looks. I love her pink hair and her provocative clothing, and it's cool to see a completely different side to Chibiusa. 

I still can't get past the kissing-her-dad thing, though. I know it was about power and control, and not actually being into her dad, but it was still a little too much for me. Regardless, I still love Black Lady and knew I had to create a recipe inspired by her. 



I usually like to base my Sailor Moon recipes off the names of their attacks, but as far as I know, Black Lady doesn't have any attacks with actual names, so I decided to create something that looked like her instead. Even though I didn't include her face, any true Sailor Moon fan would be able to tell who this is straight away by the hair, as it's such an iconic feature of her character.

Ingredients/Tools:

♡ Cake of your choice
♡ Royal icing, coloured deep purple, enough to ice an entire cake
Fondant rolling pin
♡ Pink fondant
♡ Angled spatula
 Fondant carving tools
♡ Baking paper
♡ White paper and pencil

Directions:
1. Cover the entire cake in royal icing and put it in the fridge to set. You could also use buttercream icing, but I wanted a really smooth finish and knew that would be easier to achieve with royal icing.

2. Either drawn the outline of Black Lady's hair onto your paper freehand, or trace a photo that you found online, ensuring that your design will fit nicely on your cake.



3. Place your baking paper on top of your drawing of her hair. I made mine a little longer than the photo so that I could roll the fondant out directly onto the baking paper as it is non-stick. 

Get two small-ish balls on fondant, roll them out flat, then carve out the shape of her hair buns with your fondant tools. Carefully slide your angled spatula underneath one bun at a time to lift them up, then place them on top of your drawing.

4. Get a bigger chunk of your fondant and roll it into an oval shape, then carve out her fringe, using your drawing as a guide. If you're having trouble cutting the fondant with your tools for this part, use a small knife instead, then smooth over any harsh edges with the flat side of one of your fondant tools. 


Carefully slide your angled spatula underneath to lift it up, then place it on top of your drawing. You may want to alter the shape of your buns so that they sit flush against this piece.

5. Get two long strips of fondant and roll them so they are as flat as your other pieces. Carve out both of her pigtails, ensuring that you add a slight curve to them as Black Lady's hair is definitely not straight. 

If I was more skilled at using fondant, I would have made her pigtails far more curly. Carefully slide your angled spatula under each pigtail and place them underneath the buns, once again altering any necessary pieces so that the pigtails and the buns sit nicely together.




6. Once you've carved out all the necessary pieces and are happy with their placing, it's time to add them to your cake. Make sure that your royal icing is completely set, then slide your angled spatula underneath the fringe piece of fondant, and place that on the top middle of your cake, ensuring that you leave enough room for the buns to sit above it.

7. Carefully slide your angled spatula underneath each bun, one at a time, then place them on the cake. Do the same for both pigtails, then you're done! Be very carefully not to stab your icing with any of your tools (or your nails!) as it will ruin the smooth finish of the icing.

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Considering how much I love Black Lady, I only own two things relating to her, and their both pins. You can see the one from Adam Grey Shop in my second pin collection post, but my other one from Akuma Press arrived after that post went up. 

I really hope they release a Black Lady Pop Vinyl as I will be ALL OVER THAT, but until then I'll work on my Chibiusa collection as her shelf in my collection is emptier than the other inner Scouts. 

Once my shelves start getting a little more full, I'll be sure to do an updated collection post as the photos from my last one were not the best, plus the way I have everything displayed now is so much better. 

It was impossible not to get any reflections when taking photos of the icing in the cake 😅

For now, if you're in need of some more Sailor Moon content, be sure to check out my Chibi Moon Compact piñata and my fairy floss-filled cupcakes that were inspired by one of Chibiusa's attacks. They're two my most popular posts and, even though she's a brat, everyone loves Chibiusa 😜

Until next time,
Indya xx

Monday, 8 January 2018

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I adore all things cute, that's no secret. So, when I discovered that there's a plethora of subscription boxes filled with adorable items who love to work with bloggers, I was over the moon! I couldn't think of anything better than being sent a literal box of happiness and sharing it here on the blog. I did some research and chose the subscription box that matched my interests the best: Kawaii Box!

I liked that Kawaii Box features a range stationery items, accessories, and even a sample of sweets. I have never received a subscription box or anything like it before, so I was a little nervous about the randomness of it all. What if I didn't like anything I received?! Well, I can honestly tell you that I am genuinely happy with every single item I received! The Kawaii Box is exactly what it claims to be: a box full of cute items. As long as you like "cute", you'll like Kawaii Box!



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First up I'd like to talk about the stationery items, since I know so many of you will love them too. I received alphabet stickers, adorable sticky notes (which are some of my FAVOURITE things to have on my desk!), and a bunch of corgi stickers - ALL of which will go to great use as I adore scrapbooking, and am currently working on a memory book for 2017!



Next we have some of my favourite items: keychains, and candy-themed accessories! I adore all three of these things. The unicorn keychain will match my unicorn handbag perfectly, the squishy ice cream fits in perfectly with all of my ice cream home decor pieces, and I love any way to incorporated my love of food - candy, in particular - into my everyday life!



These last three items are absolutely adorable. The bunny ears pen will definitely go to good use, and will also make me smile whenever I see it sitting in my pen holder on my desk. The adorable forest animals purse was an instant love of mine, and it fits in with the rest of my purses and bags so well!

And, of course, the strawberry chocolate hearts. I was so excited to try these as I've seen people go crazy for Japanese candy, but also nervous because I have no idea what's in them! 😂  Whatever they are made of, they're delicious and made me even more determined to make a trip to Japan in the near-ish future so I can experience more of their kawaii items, delicious treats, and general culture. Plus, the fact that it's the home of two of my favourite things in the world - Pokemon and Sailor Moon - certainly helps.



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Kawaii Box were also kind enough to offer one of my lucky readers the chance to win their own Kawaii Box for free! If you'd like a box of cuteness delivered to your doorstep, just enter the giveaway below. I wish you the best of luck! ☺️

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I am so happy to have been chosen to receive a Kawaii Box in exchange for this review. My smile continued to grow larger with every item I pulled out of the box! As cliche as it may sound, it was honestly like opening a box of sunshine. 

If you'd like to go ahead and order yourself a Kawaii Box you can do so by clicking here! Each time someone purchases a box from that link, I get $5 off my next order! You surely don't want to deny me more kawaii items, do you?! 😜

Until next time,
Indya xx