Wednesday, May 8, 2013

This Blog's true destiny has been discovered

Yeah. I realized that all along it wasn't a kawaii blog I wanted to run, but a vintage 80's/90's nostalgia blog. So I will maybe be abandoning this one, because literally everything I wanted to write about it was some sort of 80's or 90's thing! So I'm pretty much up and moving this blog to Chica Cherry Cola, a nostalgia blog.

This way I have the freeodom to write about whatever I would like without feeling confined to only blogging about the kawaii.

I guess I was never kawaii after all? But that's OK, because I'm pretty awesome anyways.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Creepy Cute: Kawaii Bats

One of the biggest trends in the world of kawaii at the moment is creepy cute! Which can mean any sort of cute thing that has a creepy element to it such as spikes, eyeballs, bones, bats, or any other campy spooky thing done up in a rainbow of pastels. My personal favorite creepy cute motif is the bat! Luckily tons of other people love cute bats too because there are lots of places to shop for adorable sparkly pastel bats to add to pretty much any outfit.

glittery bat hair clip from nerdy little secrets
From Nerdy Little Secrets on Etsy
Creepy cute fake nails with bats and eyeballs by kawaii claws
From Kawaii Claws on Etsy
Blue glittery bat necklace from Rara's Jewels
From Rara's Jewels on Etsy

Flying bat necklace from Cute Parade
From Cute Parade on Etsy
The thing I love best about all these pastel bat accessories is that you can pretty much find any accessory or clothing item with bats on them! From hair accessories to fake nails to jewelry. There's even clothes!
Fluffy bat sweater from Magic Circle Clothing
From Magic Circle on Etsy
I love cute pastel bats so much that I've even added them to a pair of tights I offer in my own shop! I really hope to make more bat themed tights in the future too, but for now I have different color options of this one particular pair.
Ophanim pastel bat tights
From my own shop, Ophanim.
I absolutely love the fact that you could potentially wear bats from your head to your toes! I also love how, despite the fact that bat shapes are generally pretty universal, and there's only so many different pastel colors, so many people have come up with so many unique takes on such a simple design!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Retro Push Button Japanese Pencil Cases

Pretty exciting on the outside.
I know that pencil cases probably aren't the most exciting thing in the world, but I'm secretly sort of in love with them. You see, when I was little in the early-to-mid 90's, it was all the rage at my elementary school to have a really ridiculous pencil case that had buttons on them that made various gadgets pop out. The coolest cases were pastel colored and had blobby animal mascots on them. This trend was on it's way out by the time our grubby little hands got a hold on these pencil cases, so their popularity was quick lived amongst my age group.

But even more amazing on the inside! Photo from Flickr.

I, of course, was not one of these cool kids with the magic push button pencil cases, but these ridiculous cases sort of stuck with me over the years and I have been trying to hunt one down. Unfortunately they tend be outside of my pencil case budget since everyone else tends to be nostalgic for them as well and are quick to snap them up when they pop up on Ebay. Even the new ones ("Deluxe Pencil Case" they are often called) on Amazon are going to cost about $25 after shipping, which is probably twice the amount that I've spent on pencils in the last decade. 

Check out how deluxe this is! On Amazon.

I'm pretty content with just looking at them online though, as there are a number of retro pencil case collectors out there who share a pretty impressive Flicker pool, and push button cases are sprinkled throughout the pool. But I still do dream of the day when I happen to visit a flea market that has one of these excessive exorcises in pencil holding for a cheap price.
Some of them were a bit more deluxe than others. From Flickr.

Some were relatively simple. From Flickr.
For a change, have some mint green! From Flickr.
The more I stare at them in their dreamy pink push button wonderfulness, the more I talk myself into thinking that I need a crazy place to put my pencils and I'm honestly probably going to give into my nostalgia one day and and just spend the $30 one of these is going to cost me. As far as collections goes, it's not the most pocket-emptying one you could have, it's just the fact that I know that some of these weren't that expensive back when they first came out, and I'm sure there are hundreds the world over just gathering dust in the backs of closets just waiting to be discovered again!

That's one of those blobby pastel animals I mentioned. From Flickr.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Mattel's Spectra: Barbie's Distant Space-Cousin With More Awesome Fashion Sense

Let's start this blog out with some rambling about some super old school cute toys! First though, let's side track a little bit so I can talk about myself: I love toys. Especially a) weird toys, b) plastic character toys and c) scifi stuff. I actually never really played with Barbies when I was little, and never really got into that whole thing even later but I was really excited to stumble across Mattel's Spectra online a few weeks ago because it fulfills all of my "OMG I really want this!" needs, it's weird, from outer space, and it's a little plastic person (Not too big into retro plush or animals really). A little plastic person to obsess over and pose goofily on a shelf or table somewhere. As an added bonus, as soon as I saw a picture of it, a great and ancient mystery was solved. The mystery of "WTF is up with this weird pink-bodied robot Barbie?" that either my sister and I, or one of our friends, used to have when we were little. Mystery solved, she's not Barbie's subservient robot friend, but rather some distant space-cousin!

Mattel 1987 Spectra doll gang

My absolute favorite thing about this line of dolls is their amazing fashion sense. They're dressed in uber 80's outfits that look a bit like if Madonna (of that decade, obviously) descended from space. It's all glittery lace and iridescent organza in all the colors that didn't make the cut for Barbies various prom dresses. It's pretty much exactly like if we blasted a bunch of teens from the 1980's into distant space and then checked on them in a couple hundred years to see what sort of society they built. Obviously, it is a pretty awesome society, because, hey what could ever go wrong with a plan like that?

Mattel's 1987 Spectra dolls
Photo from Flickr
One of the major bummers about this particular line is the second hand online price. I sincerely doubt that everyone is hurrying to the internet to buy these as fast as they pop up on ebay, but ebay seems to be loaded with a few sellers who've managed to get loads and loads of these still in box (complete with giant markdown stickers for $4 on them) and are selling them for around $60. I don't really have a problem with this normally, hey, it's their giant box of discount space Barbies, they can sell them for whatever they want, but checking out the sold listings, these are largely going unsold. There are a handful of them that ended up selling for about $30, and a ton that sold for $15, but all that remains are the overpriced boxes. Unfortunately, like most retro fashion dolls, the out-of-box ones tend to be pretty beat up and are generally nude, dirty, and have matted hair (Hey, Spectra, I'm not going to judge what you've been doing these past 25+ years...) and aren't exactly very appealing for the prices people are trying to sell them for. I guess I'm going to have to take my search to yard sales and Goodwills for Lacy Spacy Out-of-this-World doll.

You can find some more info about Spectra and her futuristic friends here:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Hello and welcome to my first post! Will there be more, and if so, for how long? Who knows! Probably until I get bored with this. I just sometimes feel so compelled to start a blog, just to abandon it later. Sure, I could start a Tumblr, but eh, I never pay much attention to individual Tumblrs, so I assume no one else does. I also don't want to just slip into the habit of having yet another reblog Tumblr.

So, instead, I started this blog, lovingly called Hail Kawaii, to just sort of fritter around on and talk about cute things, because every random cute thing I obsess over doesn't exactly fit on my Lolita blog. I also felt the need to make a completely pastel and ridiculously kawaii layout.

What exactly does Hail Kawaii mean? Nothing really, honestly. I drew that goofy little cute Satan goat a while ago and just have really liked the phrase I decided needed to go with it.