Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Giveaway Time! -> Blippo

Today I have some great news for those of you that were very excited about my recent Blippo review. Because they are back with a new batch of items, this time for a giveaway!

One winner will receive a pack of caramel panda cookies, a pink OMG kerychain and some watermelon hair clips.

Good luck!

Monday, April 13, 2015

"I rock mom jeans, cat earrings, extrapolate my feelings..."

There's really no excuse for waiting so long to post this fantastic video. I found it last year and have been coming back to it quite often since. Not only is it a catchy song with a great message, but the video is also absolutely wonderful!

Even if you weren't aware of it, I'm sure you've heard Mary Lambert singing in Macklemore's amazing Same Love. Another great song with a great message! Anyway, she's so nice and genuine in interviews too, so check her out!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Review: Blippo

The Kawaii Box is a lovely subscription service I got to review at the end of last year. Their makers also run an online shop called Blippo. It is full of cute things, four of which I got sent to review for your you today. Let's get started!

Blippo carries a lot of different squishy charms. When I got my Kawaii Box I got a cute Rilakkuma, and this time around they sent me this adorable panda. It reminds me a lot of a mochi, because of the shape.

More pandas! Because I also received these chocolate cookie balls. They have a soft almond filling on the inside and a cute panda design on the outside. They were tasty too! Needless to say, I ate them and they're all gone now...

Apart from pandas you will also find a lot of nail art supplies on Blippo. Fake nails, nail polish, rhinestones, stickers… you name it. I received some little heart sequins. They can be put on wet nails polish and under a clear top coat, after the base layer has dried. The packaging shows that you can also use it for crafts or other decoration.

And finally, something very cool…! We all know the iconic Hello Kitty ears and bow. They've been used in all sorts of designs, but they work exceptionally well in these "beauty scissors". I've always known them as nail scissors, but perhaps they turn out to be a lot more versatile than I've given them credit for in the past. Time will tell.

Lastly, they also tucked a complimentary key chain into my review package, which was a very sweet touch.

Final Verdict

As you can see everything was really cute! And overall my two experiences with Blippo (and Kawaii Box too) have been absolutely wonderful! The shipping is not only free worldwide, but it's also always a lot faster than I expect, everything is packaged securely, and there is just something so friendly about the company in general.

So if you love kawaii items, Blippo is an excellent service to use. Especially if you otherwise have a hard time getting your hands on cute things from Japan. I've found them to be affordable, reliable and just plain cute!

P.S. I've been given these items for review, but haven't received any money or other incentive to write any opinions other than how I really feel about the products.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

"L'amour est comme l'oiseau de Twitter…"

Being a blogger, it is perhaps strange that I have very mixed feelings about the internet. I absolutely love the blogging community, but do think that other social media are heading in a scary direction. This animation shows that so well.

I've never been extremely fond of Stromae, but I really do appreciate he is using his fame to send out a wake-up call like this. The music video is beautifully made too! And the story makes such a great  -and haunting- full circle at the end. But what else would you expect from the maker of the amazing animation gem that is Les Triplettes de Belleville?!

P.S. If your French isn't as strong either, you can get this extra in-depth translation of the entire song here.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Lovely Movies: In the Land of Women

This movie gets quite mediocre ratings online, but I think that mostly has to do with wrong assumptions. If you look at the poster/DVD, you'll expect it to be some sort of teenage high-school love story. Well, think again, my friend.

There is some romance in it, but to me that's not the main focus at all. It's much more about profound human connections. On one end of the spectrum there are family ties, on the other, short-lived but life-altering friendships.

I first saw this on a plane, never forgot it, and actually just saw it for the third or forth time. It struck a chord with me even more this time around. There is just something very honest and profound in this story. And well, Meg Ryan.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Plans & Goals: April

April is tends to be an exciting month for me. It's when we usually have at least some summery weather and there's my birthday as well as the national holiday King's Day (formerly known as Queen's Day). This month I hope to:

  • Enjoy lots of fruit and a bit of ice cream.
  • Really follow through on my new blog plans.
  • Do an exciting review!
  • Go to the first concert I've seen in ages.
  • Do something fun and impulsive.
  • Visit some sort of farmers or crafts market again.
  • Sell/donate a bunch of stuff.
  • Tidy my wardrobe.
  • And have a great time on my birthday!

What do you hope April has in store for you?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Making Things Better: Introduction

Lately I've been changing and consciously making some lifestyle changes. Since I find it important -for both me and you- to have Blue Eyed Night owl reflect the things that excite me in real life, this blog will have to change with me.

I won't do a complete 180 or say farewell to the topics I currently write about, but I will be introducing some new posts on top of that. About life, organizing, habits etc. Things that are making my life better or easier. Interviews and TedTalks that struck a chord with me. And probably a lot of other wonderful things I have yet to discover.

Hopefully it will inspire positive change in others that feel the need to shake things up as well.
Feel free to leave questions, tips or thoughts in the comments of any of these posts:)


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