Sunday, 28 May 2017

Magical Harts One Year Anniversary ~ Dreams, Triumphs and Reflections

Hi cuties!

If you told me a year ago that I'd be selling my crafts online and sharing my passion and designing my little heart out I would probably say "yeah, in my dreams".

But fast forward a year and I can say yes, I am doing this. Not in my dreams and I'm doing this with someone I love and cherish. My twin Amy ♥

Every story has a beginning, so lets start from there. Me and sis have always loved being creative together. Either through doing cute Japanese fashion inspired looks, blogging and creating small accessories. My life dream is to have our own fashion brand with my twin. Twin being the essential part. As continued to grow and get more inspired through different J fashion styles my dream to open a shop with my sister were trying to burst through the seems.

Twinny and me as babies.

But I doubted myself. My sister can sew, she goes to university doing a fashion degree.  Me? Well I've never said it before but I feel like I can share this now. I someone who stays at home because I struggle with a mental illness. I'm not ashamed, and I feel good about sharing this now. Just because your mentally ill doesn't mean that you can't do nothing and aren't talented.

Amy would come home from a day of university and teach me how to sew and teach me a lot of different techniques and slowly because of her I began to see that we really could do this, we could have our own shop. But we first needed a name.

We were really heavily inspired by Japanese street fashion but for me especially it was magical girls. Sailor moon, Card Captor Sakura, Tokyo Mew Mew I could go on and on. I love the brightness and the hyper cuteness of their outfits and looks. School girls by day, protecting the world by night it is pure girl power. So the name Magical Harts came around and it felt like a perfect fit.


My belief in the shop kept growing stronger and stronger as we came up with original designs and patterns each time making sure there wasn't any flaws and that we felt like they were strong and sturdy enough.


We wanted to start off with some accessories but have more plans to expand our shop further and further. We started off small, but then added hats and necklaces, scarves, and more. Seeing the product in my hands when I finished felt so rewarding. Like I made this, I put in my time and effort and made this. And oh boy when we started making our first sales, I felt euphoric.

I felt validated. I was enjoying myself and loved sharing my passion with other people. I felt like I could actually do something and whilst sure there is a lot of hard work that goes into running the shop and sometimes there are quieter times this has gave me a belief system like no other.

We are currently planning and making mock ups of more items and pieces to add to the store. And looking into other areas too. Amy, I love you so much and I'm so glad that we can share this together. You are my creativity ♥

I didn't do this blog to brag though, not at all. I wanted to share my experience in the hope that it might help someone. You are talented, and you should go for that dream you have big or small. There are learning curves and things you learn through experience but you can do it. If I didn't go for it I really think I'd still be in that down bad space. Sure I still struggle at times but I'm so much more positive now. I approach things with a can do attitude and if I doubt myself I can look at the items I've made and pictures of customers enjoying their items. 

If you want to leave any comments asking about how we went about opening our store online or anything else please do.

And remember, I believe in you ♥

Clairey xoxo

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Monday, 22 May 2017

W*C x Esther Loves You Wishlist!


Hi Cuties!

W*C used to be a gyaru brand with over the top cuteness and Kumatan cardigans (As seen in our haul here) But as gyaru died out so did W*C, until recently! It's now come back with a super cute clothing and Esther Loves You collaborations. 

Speaking of which they have a new series of it coming out soon! Starting 5/26 at 19:00 for the online shop and 6/2 for the stores and here's what I'm dreaming of getting ~


Esther Kim Face Shoulder Bag Pouch - 3229 yen
It's small but perfect for layering and who doesn't want a lilac bunny face.


Esther Kim shirt - 4309 yen
This shirt has two colourways which have different prints but I chose the pink, I love the motifs on this one. 


Esther Kim Rose Print T shirt - 2149 yen 
W*C are doing a lot of simple cute print tees recently and this is another one, perfect for casual coords



 Esther Kim Embroidered Shirt - 2149 yen
Another Simple but cute shirt! I love wearing casual shirts at the minute as it makes me feel cute all the time.

Here's the link to the W*C Esther Loves You Collab 

What do you think of this Collaboration? Are you wanting to get anything?

Stay Cute xxxxxxxxxxx

Amy 

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