Sunday Snaps: Fully Vaccinated Edition!

From brand new bikes and months, to vaccines and ice cream, this has been a whirlwind of a week!!

Kawaii face mask, bowl of ice cream, and a I'm COVID-19 Vaccinated sticker!

I found myself taking lots of pictures and thought it would be a good time to bring back Sunday Snaps on this blog as it’s just a fun way of capturing little moments in my life that Instagram doesn’t always cover. When I started this blog it was with the full intent of sharing fun “week in the life” posts frequently, and I haven’t been overly consistent I’ll admit ~ but it’s time to bring some happy fun times back!

Can you believe it’s JULY? Half of this year has zipped by!

Hello Kitty calendar - July 2021

Work was b-u-s-y BUSY!!! I’m still working from home so I didn’t really have much of a chance to get up from my desk at all as it was end of quarter in the corporate world. Genuinely felt like Aggretsuko most of the time. Perhaps I should take up heavy metal ;).

Aggretsuko by Sanrio!

Accomplished a lot so I did end up splurging on myself and bought a BIKE! This is Amelia Pedalia the Cruiser and I’m in love!

I spent ALL DAY Thursday, which was a day off here in Canada, putting her together. Hopefully some fun cruises down the street will help me calm down a bit on the stressful days.

I was able to squeeze in some very early morning exercise and met up with my good pal – Licorice von Boots the Cat! He happily accepted some scratches.

And spotted this little sweetie in the forest! Mama was watching me closely and I kept my distance of course. Little baby was curious.

Today I got my second dose of COVID vaccine (Moderna).

I haven’t really been out at all during the pandemic, so I don’t usually get to get to put together outfits as much anymore so dressing up a bit was FUN!

Had a craving for ice cream before I left, so I threw on an ice cream brooch and my absolutely adorable Loungefly Pokemon Ice Cream bag! A couple of people complimented how cheery I looked so I thought that was fun!

I got it from EBGames (Gamespot in the US)!

I didn’t have any side effects with the first dose of the vaccine, so fingers crossed for the same thing this time. Feeling great so far!

I’m looking forward to many more adventures in a couple of weeks when I can safely get out.

Until next time, Erika! xoxo

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Strawberry Cupcake Hats Forever!

It is minus 14 celsius with windchill right now, and snow is in the forecast for this afternoon! Winter is on definitely on its way~ but I’m not sour about it. In fact… I’m excited because I can top my outfits office with cute warm accessories!! To celebrate (I might be the only one!), I knitted myself a cute new toque. Cupcake themed, because what else could make you smile in the middle of a blizzard!?

This was a super quick knit that I worked on during my downtime at work yesterday. I opted for Super Bulky yarn which makes it really thick and toasty for Canadian winters. The toque is in three parts, which I did freestyle, or without a pattern: the liner, the frosting, and the strawberry, and then sewn up at the end.

The yellow cupcake liner is ribbed in Lion Brands’ Hometown Glory (Super Bulky) in Pittsburgh Yellow. I ended up knitting it short side down – so it ended up looking like a long skinny scarf just so I could get the exact length for my head.

The pink is Lion Brands’ Neon Pink. I think the colours are so delicious together! It’s then topped off with a bright red strawberry.

It may be chilly outside, but that shouldn’t stop you from dressing super sweet!

My Ravelry is here if you’re looking for any knitting buddies. 🙂

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 17: Outfit of the Day!

Slightly late with my post, as usual! :’) Yesterday’s October Blogging Challenge prompt was Outfit of the Day! Perfect timing too, as it happened to coincide with the Sweetest Day of the Year ~ well according to the internet! Apparently Sweetest Day is all about giving candies to loves and friends, and I thought that was cute. We definitely need more LOVE and sweets in October!

So I used Sweetest Day as my outfit inspo! The dress was my very first ever Lolita dress from Bodyline which I thought would fit perfectly! Can never pass up an opportunity for frills and sweets!

Dress: Bodyline

Tights: Ardene

Jumper: Thrifted

Shoes: Thrifted

Bag: I believe off of Wish a couple of years ago. Was a nice surprise to find a bunch of sweets I had stashed in there! Apparently I haven’t used it in a while!

Accessories: The cake slice headband and donut brooch were made by me, and then various other trinkets, and of course the Ring Pop!

And just for fun, a surprise Sugar vs. sugar attack!!

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October Blogging Challenge! Day 3: Outfit of the Day

I finally bought myself a full-length mirror so I’m absolutely ecstatic about being able to use it to share my outfit of the day photos!!

I kind of drove myself a little silly trying to decide what was going to be my FIRST mirror OOTD pick ~ shouldn’t it be special to showcase my kind of wild sense of style?! Maybe it’s a bit appropriate that Mad Hatter Day is right around the corner on October 6th, which is on Tuesday! The Mad Hatter is of course the host of the wild tea parties over in Wonderland and one of my favourite characters ever!

So in celebration, a quick and bonkers Mad Hatter inspired outfit!:

Stripes galore, clashing colours, twirly whirly hair, topsy tipsy teatime and of course topped off with a tilted tophat!

The dress is one of my favourite vintage thrift finds ever, and it was easy to throw on stripey socks, a BIG bow, and of course the hat tops it all off (doesn’t everyone just have a top hat kicking around just in case? You should!)

“We’re all quite mad here. You’ll fit right in!”

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Ai-Kon 2019 Haul!

This past weekend was my second trip to Ai-Kon, the annual anime convention in my lovely city of Winnipeg, Canada! I went last year and was dying to go back immediately afterwards!

I was only able to go on the Friday this year because of other plans, but I was going to make my most of my couple of hours there. Fortunately my office is just a couple of blocks away so I was able to pop over at lunch to get registered (while getting caught in a torrential downpour!) and check it out quick. Then the moment it was hometime, I ran back over to get the fun started!

I decided to dress as casual Usagi Tsukino (the civilian identity of the one and only Sailor Moon!) for an extra fun-vention and so that I could sneakily wear it to work and not have to change after! I’ve always loved Usagi’s day to day outfits in the anime because they are so easy to put together, and I had everything I needed for this one and could also play undercover as Sailor Moon. Well, sort of – the odango might have given me away a little!

My big reason for going to conventions – aside from being surrounded by a sea of other happy like-minded people – is the marketplace! I’m a big collector of everything kawaii and plushie, and having it all out in front of me is my idea of paradise!

I went a bit plushie crazy and adopted *cough* 10 new friends! Unicorns and Lopeusa’s and Korilakkumas, oh my!

Hard to believe I only got TWO Pokemon things ~ Espeon and Ditto as Sylveon. There were a lot of vendors selling Pokemon plush this year, so yay for my self control because I wanted SO MANY!

My favourite find of the day was Kojika no Latte  – a little deer plush made by Amuse! I’ve been wanting her for a very long time and couldn’t even find one on ebay so I almost passed out (fawns are my favourite :3). Finding some Molang things was cool too, because I don’t have anything of him yet.

That Unicorn no Cony is MASSIVE and so snuggly. The best thing was me struggling with her half way through downtown trying to catch the bus after!

I also found these mega cute Sanrio buttons! I was so excited to find Keroppi and Chococat pins (my favourite character!).

I also picked up a blind box! It’s a Re-Ment Sanrio snowglobe. I have terrible luck with these to be honest and always get the one that I don’t really prefer… Nothing changes! I ended up getting Marroncream ~ she’s a sweet little French bunny girl which is one of the lesser known Sanrio characters. She’s actually growing on me a bit after learning more about her so I promise the initial disappointment has passed!

Last but not least, the SWEETS! *_*

I’m still working on opening them all! The Sakura Sake Kitkits are unfortunately a bit of a disappointment :/ They smell overwhelmingly like sake, but only have the faintest Sakura taste. They’re quite refreshing, but not really what I thought. Japanese Kitkats are always very hit and miss anyways ~ but I love testing them! So far, the strawberry shake sweets and the Fujiya Milky x Sanrio chocolates are my favourite.

It was a great day! Will definitely be back next year and hope to take in more of the panels and experiences over the full weekend.

As a side note, I think I might expand my blog into reviews of toys and Japanese sweets because I adore them to a ridiculous degree. So watch out! 🙂 xoxo

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