Friday, January 17, 2014

Strapya-World/Hamee Guide and Haul ٩(●˙▿˙●)۶…⋆ฺ

Some of you may have seen my recent video on my November haul from Strapya-World or my post on tumblr. I talk about some basic tips for buying on Strapya and give my opinion on their Rilakkuma goods. (Plus you can see my Natural Time Rilakkumas!!!~~Going to do a collection video soon)

But for this blog post, I'd like to do my first Shopping Guide post. I'll show you everything I've bought from them, and additionally, give you a more indepth intro to Strapya.

Bo's Strapya Kirino keychain as a Christmas tree ornament. 

It's a great way to use your keychains and not wear them out. 

Strapya's Products:

Keychains, squishies, and other phone accessories are common. You can often buy really funny bizarre things. You can also sometimes have personalized Japanese style keychains. Subscribe to their newsletter to always be informed of new products. This is the best way to find out about new Rement sets or Rilakkuma goods. Right now, they are carrying Rilakuloset, and Natural Time Rilakkuma plushies.

Tips for getting the best deal: 

Strapya offers a point system. Each time you order, you earn points. So next time (say you earned 15 points last time) you can take 15 yen off! (Which is about 15 cents) It's not always much, but it helps! Subscribe to their newsletters and facebook page to get the latest on their sales. They sometimes have very interesting ways to earn a percentage off coupon code. I remember one time I played a game on their website about finishing Kiroiitori's homework assignment! They often have great Christmas time sales. Their clearanced goods are also a good place to check. Fukubukoro bags often get clearanced low as well. HOWEVER, don't wait on the Rilakkuma plushies or Rement sets--in my experience these can get sold out, and not return. Their prices on Rilakkuma are only slightly raised. (So this is a great place to buy Rilakkuma plush!!) And sales on these precious cuties probably won't happen often ;)

Strapya offers different shipping options based on your location. To North America, there is EMS (3-5ish business days) and AirMail (6-14 days). I always use AirMail. Never had a problem yet, and with Strapya, it has been delivered in 7 days in many cases. Plus, I usually only spend 4-5 bucks on shipping. Here is Strapya's full details on shipping.

Next, here are my previous orders!

Strapya offers many custom keychains. Photo credit to Strapya-World. 

My first order was a custom made keychain I gave to Bo. They still have similar items. I designed it to say Bo and Mary in Japanese. It was very well-made (but payed about $20 with shipping), however, as all keychains go, it got dirty over time. (6/11/2011)

My second order was a joint order with Bo. He got a cute Kirino (Ore no Imouto) keychain (See pictured above in shopping guide), and I got a huge Rilakkuma pink pom pom keychain, Rilakkuma plush square box and also a Korilakkuma ID card lanyard/neck strap. We used a 20% coupon, too, with a total of $35. Everything was great! The Kirino did get dirty, so we now just keep it for display. My Rilakkuma keychain, lanyard, and box I still use to this day! (9/14/2011)

My adorable plush box kuma <3 

Keychain & lanyard 

I splurged for my birthday and bought the Rilakkuma 10th Birthday Cake ReMent set!! This was my first Rement set. I also bought the Rement display case too. This time, I also got a 20% coupon! And spent $59. (4/25/13)

My last couple orders I will bunch together. Video here. (12/2013)

They include:
Kiiroitori/Rilakkuma/Korilakkuma ("Leopard") Natural time ($58), 
Rilakkuma & Korilakkuma mini Natural time keychains + Moomin cell phone charm + two Rilakkuma honey/pancake rulers ($32), 
Rilakkuloset (Rilakkuma closet) Bee Rilakkuma set, and Squirrel Korilakkuma set ($42). 

I'm so happy with these orders. Their prices are right on, and I only pay a couple more bucks per kuma for shipping/their slight price raise. (In Japan, I believe many kumas run for about $17...Check your authentic kuma's original tags, and it will show the yen price.)

Please tell me about your experience with Strapya/Hamee!! Share your pictures of your purchases, I would totally love to see. Also~~ if you have any tips for buying Rilakkuma, I always am looking for options!

My first Rilakkuloset kumas!! They are the S set that include the bears. 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Kawaii Christmas Gifts!! ヽ(^Д^)ノ

Merry Christmas!!! I did a lot of the wrapping this year, so I made them super cute! I guess the holidays are over, but I got this cute paper at WalMart. They had several different Hello Kitty patterns. Target also had cute huge gift bags in their dollar section (big snowman pictured). My kawaii gift wrapping video has more DIY ideas too. ^.^

I got my mom some fun things from Marshalls and Macys, and I got my dad some cool Japanese Moomin keychains from Strapya and a DIY camera kit from J-list.

Bo was super crazy this Christmas. He got me a ton of cute magazines from CD Japan (doing a Japanese magazine guide video soon!) and also...dun dun dun...a pretty Rilakkuma ring from Japan!! It is so cute, and the packaging is adorable as well. You can find it here at Rakuten.

 My parents surprised Bo with a PS4!! They basically got it a day or so before Christmas just by luck. :3 Bo was super shocked!!


I got 2 Rilakkuloset rilakkumas and 2 Rilakkuloset outfits. The outfits come separate from the bears, but Strapya had a great deal that included both. (Strapya is a good place to buy Rilakkuma at a low price, but they don't always have them available) I also got some cute socks (including Hello Kitty ones!) from Forever 21!

Rilakkuma and I enjoyed some Neuhaus chocolates together too ^.^

It was a really good Christmas! 

I'll be uploading the blog with Bo and I very soon.

What did you get for Christmas?

(´ ▽`).。o♡ Mary

Kawaii Christmas Eve!!!

So over the last few weeks leading up to Christmas, I had been posting a series about kawaii Christmas DIY ideas! (Including, cute wrapping ideas, and kawaii christmas tree ideas) But I have yet to post about our Christmas celebration at home. (Bo stays with my family over the holidays)

In Japan eating Christmas cake and having KFC is kind of the thing to do. So Bo and I decided to start some new traditions (he loves KFC, especially the ones in China). We picked up KFC on Christmas Eve, and I also made a Japanese style Christmas cake (last year I posted a video tutorial here). 

We also stopped at Dunkin Donuts for some cute holiday themed donuts for Christmas morning! (Dunkin is the closest thing to Japan's adorable Mister Donut seasonal donuts....)

So it was a really fun Christmas Eve. These pictures I edited in Snapeee (its a really cool Asian version of Instagram), I just wish I could directly post to tumblr from Snapeee.

My mom's co-worker gave her that really cute holly decorated mug. For some reason, I just love the cute pattern! Macy's had a similar holiday design in their clearanced out sale after Christmas. (So I got a set!!)

Christmas post coming soon!!

(´ ▽`).。o♡ Mary

Welcome to My Blog!! (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

Hello!! I'm Mary and I am obsessed with everything kawaii. (´∀`)♡ 

I post videos on Youtube about kawaii things (it's kind of a variety) including Rilakkuma, anime, figures, kawaii DIY, cosplay and animal crossing. My boyfriend-fiance-husband, Bo, sometimes is in my videos too! He is super into anime and Japanese games. I met Bo when he was an international student from China and we share a common interest in Japan. ^.^

I hope you enjoy my blog~ I have a tumblr that I love to post on, but I'm really looking forward to writing longer posts. Feel free to leave me comments for suggestions on future posts or videos!!

(´ ▽`).。o♡ Mary