Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Tsubasa Masuwaka & Naoki Umeda

Back in October 2011 I posted this post about Tsubasa Masuwaka and her husband, Naoki Umeda. There were rumours back then that they would be splitting up but they didn't and continued their relationship!

Which is why that I was surprised to read that the couple had filed for divorce on Tsubasa's blog!

Now, we all know Tsubasa is gyaru royalty but I'm so sad for her, Naoki and Rion. I can only hope that the split is the best thing for them and that maybe they can go against the odds and still remain friends (especially for the sake of Rion, their child).

It's always really sad when a relationship breaks downand I can only sincerely hope that the two of them are happier with this decision.

What did you guys think when you heard the news? I was shocked!

Monday, 14 January 2013

Snooty Fobs & My Mother

A few weeks ago I stopped by Newcastle's Vivienne Westwood store in order to treat myself. I've been a good girl and worked hard all year; sometimes it's nice to treat myself.

I have a bit of a funny story!

For those of you who don't know, if you don't look as though you have a lot of cash to splash the shop staff at these stores will look down on you. When we went in we had to open the door (this is relevant okay) by ourselves and the shop staff looked both my mum and I up and down and blew us off.

Unbeknownst to them I was going to splash out so I paid little to no attention to them. If they want to be rude, let them! They'll get their just desserts one day!

Now, let me tell you about the store. It's large and quite quiet so everyone's talking in hushed whispers. A lot of things are behind glass cases but they have security staff on the doors just in case people like... try and run out with a shoe or something. I don't know! The shop staff were also watching us like a hawk because they were judgemental little gits.

Don't they know not to judge a book by it's cover?

Anyway, I pick up a bag and it was kind of love at first sight. I loved the bag, the bag loved me. Money was no object. I had to own this bag even if it killed me.

Look! Isn't it gorgeous?

So I've picked up this bag and I'm feeling pretty satisfied with myself. And then I hear it.

From the other side of the quiet shop my mother is like, "RACHAEL COME HERE QUICK." Now, I don't know what she's spotted. It could be anything. Like, expensive anything.

Now, let me tell you about my mother. She's a wonderful, charming lady who acts more 18 than 41. She gets excitable easily and sometimes I have to worry about her!! She also hates it when people act snooty and well, the shop staff had been acting snooty so you can imagine that she's really trying to show off.

What she's found is the purses. By the time I've gone over to her she's got the guy taking a purse out and I'm like, "Yes it's lovely. How much is it?"

And the guy is like, "£130," so I'm thinking WOAH I DON'T NEED THIS I COULD BUY SOMETHING ELSE WITH THIS.

My mother? "WE'LL TAKE IT."

Is it lovely?


Is my mother a bad influence?


...I wish I had more opportunities to use such an expensive purse. I'm very wary because what if it gets stolen? What an excellent purchase, brilliant decision Rachie.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Christmas 2012

I've been really late with my blog posts so I'm hoping to catch up soon!

Christmas 2012 was fairly boring. My family and I are close so it was almost as though it was a regular day to us (with presents!). I must have been a good girl this year as Santa was very kind to me! ...Although I've also been told I have too much money of my own so everyone decided to buy me things.

I received:

~ Mr. Kandee shoes
~ Irregular Choice shoes
~ Nail art pens
~ Scruffy Little Cat phone case
~ 2 boxes of Lush bath bombs
~ 2 sets of pyjamas
~ Lady Gaga's Fame perfume
~ A lot of Xbox games!
~ Body Shop stuff
~ an iTunes gift voucher
~ Deco'd headphones
~ A dress

I was a very lucky girl!

These are the Irregular Choice shoes. They're so comfortable and have perfect foot support. I was really surprised at just how comfortable they are!

These are the Mr. Kandee shoes. They came in their own dust bags and I had a look on their website and they weren't the cheapest so I'm grateful to my family for buying me these shoes. At the moment, my ankle is very weak so I keep falling over a lot so I can't wear them until it's stronger. It's a shame, isn't it?

What I wore! I always think this blouse makes me look a little fat but I have a BMI of 19.2 so I can't help it. At least I'm healthy! The jeans are corset jeans and are ridiculously comfy to wear, like, you don't understand!!

Blouse: Lipsy
Hair Bow: Miss Selfridges
Jeans: eBay (surprise!)
Jewellery: Miss Selfridges
Shoes (not pictured): Litas by Jeffery Campbell

My sister and I. I wasn't wearing too much make-up because my step-dad was yelling at me to hurry up haha. By the way my sister was a much darker colour in real life! She'd had a spray tan done by Rebecca who used to be in Geordie Shore and she went really dark!

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and New Year!

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

2012 in Review

Happy New Year!

Ah, it's kind of weird to be talking about what happened last year when I have outstanding posts from six months ago to still post but with it being the start of 2013 it only felt appropriate to.

2012 was an interesting year. It had both ups and downs. The last few weeks were pretty bad because my mood just hit rock bottom but it's been a genuinely positive year. I broke out of doing mundane things day after day and tried to live a little. So, lets have a year in review!

  • Nothing much happened!
  • I just enjoyed the Christmas after glow and bought some products that are usually out of my budget because I could.
  • I also found myself purchasing Lush skincare products which was the start of frequent visits to Lush.

  • My Gyaru month! I did three core posts on gyaru. People seemed to really like them so I wrote some more!
  • My old laptop began to blow smoke out. I used my Jimmy Choo shoe fund in order to replace her and nicknamed her 'Clara'.
  • I rebranded by blog from Hippogrape to CLARA-NEE and redid the layout. It was very stressful!
  • My 20th birthday was this month! To celebrate I visited Disneyland Paris and had so much fun.
  • I stopped chomping on my nails on the day of my 20th birthday. Brilliant!

  • I started my 'Blog of the Week' feature which ran for a few weeks.
  • My old Blackberry contract ended so I upgraded to an iPhone 4, which has honestly been one of the best investments I've made. I genuinely adore my phone!
  • I actually don't remember too much of March for some reason. Good things probably happened!

  • I SAW THE HUNGER GAMES and I was so happy! I... ugh, what a perfect movie!
  • I attended Kitacon and cosplayed! It was ridiculously great. I'm so sad that it's not running in 2013.
  • I griped terribly at all of the summer clothing. It was just so bad, you know?

  • May was a tricky month. A lot happened. I refrained from posting a lot about my personal life as it was a very bad time for me.
  • I first started taking a strong doze of anti-depressants this month. For the firs time in many years I was able to see myself properly in a mirror and think positively. I didn't reveal this because it felt embarrassing at the time that I had crumbled so much that I needed to become another statistic but I have been so lucky to have a doctor who I can easily work with until I make a full recovery.

  • I went to Edinburgh in the searing heat. I didn't get sunburnt, surely I should get some sort of award for this?
  • I made my 100th blog post and received a Lovely Blog Award and a Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you so much, everyone!
  • I booked an appointment to have my eyes lasered by Optical Express.

  • I didn't blog too much because I had my laser eye surgery and spent most of the time being banned from wearing make-up which can really kill a girl's mood!

    Let's just face it. I didn't do much at the end of the year. My blogging interest fizzled out a little because I started writing a lot and playing a lot of video games. It's shameful, I know! It's not my fault I really like Saints Row!