Sanrio Small Gift Crate – Friendship

The second crate for Sanrio’s collaboration with Loot Crate is Friendship. Sanrio was founded with the purpose of social communication. They wanted their brand to connect people, nurture friendships, and bring happiness to the world. This makes complete sense since their products constantly bring smiles to those that have them, and also when they share them with others. I received 7 items in this crate. All of them are exclusive to this subscription and are absolutely adorable.

 

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What’s inside:

Hello Kitty & Dear Daniel Mamepuchi Plush Set – These two make the cutest couple. And those outfits! I’m not an avid collector of these Tsum Tsum-like toys, but I’ll consider them an exception.

Hello Kitty & Mimmy Letter Set – The one thing I loved bringing back from any trip to the Sanrio store was stationary. This set comes with a writing pad, die cut pad, stickers, and envelopes. It’s everything you need to get your snail mail on.

Little Twin Stars Infinity Scarf – A great thing about this subscription is that it includes wearable items. Even better when they come in my favorite color (yes, I love black). The material of the scarf is lightweight, and the foiled design adds a nice touch.

Little Twin Stars Stackable Mugs – I have a small mug collection at home, and these will be an awesome addition to it. Although there aren’t any warnings written on the box on how to use them, I’ll play it safe and only hand wash them and not use them in the microwave.

My Melody Charm and Friendship Trinket – This exclusive charm can be attached to the Hello Kitty key chain from the first crate or used by itself. Each crate shipped included a small tape dispenser (colors and characters varied). Funny thing is I also received the same one a while back from a friend.

Patty & Jimmy Enamel Pin Set – According to their bio on Sanrio’s website, Patty & Jimmy are from Kansas city. Patty is the athletic one and loves playing sports, while Jimmy is more of the nerdy type and enjoys studying, chess, and playing board games. This 3 inch pin set is the largest I own (I also like collecting pins).

This subscription costs $39.99 USD (includes shipping) before tax, includes merchandise worth $75, and crates are shipped within the US and also internationally to select countries 4 times per year. Subscribers can choose from 3 different subscription plans. For more information on those options and to learn more about the Small Gift crate, visit Loot Crate’s site.

Sanrio Small Gift Crate by Loot Crate

If you’re a fan of the super cute world of Sanrio, then you may/may not have heard that they now have a collaboration with Loot Crate for a quarterly box subscription. Those that subscribe will receive a box containing $75 worth of Sanrio merchandise. The first of these crates was shipped this month, and I was very excited to receive it.

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Kawaii overload!!!

 

What’s inside:

Hello Kitty bag charm – The iconic kitty herself holds a huge red bow in this charm that you can attach to anything you want.

Hello Kitty sparkle figure – This was one of the teaser items shown on social media to promote this crate. Her outfit is a metallic blue and silver glitter adds an extra dazzle to this exclusive collectible.

Hello Sanrio notebook – Inside of this notebook is an adorable sticker sheet featuring various Sanrio characters. The pages themselves are almost too cute to write in. Almost. I also like how there’s a stretch band on the side of it to keep everything together.

Hello Sanrio Friends pen – This deserves a “yay” because it’s a black ink ballpoint pen (my favorite), and hopefully it doesn’t smudge on my hand when I use it. A good amount of Sanrio’s pens come with charms attached to them. The 3 character one with this is an added bonus.

Hello Sanrio scented erasers – Man, I used to lurve the scented erasers I’d buy from my local store and bring them to school. My favorites always smelled like bubble gum, but these are strawberry scented. I felt pretty nostalgic when I saw these.

Hello Sanrio Pouch – Yet another item in this box with a 3 character charm. No complaints here though, especially since it has my favorite character Badtz Maru on it! I don’t have  a main purpose for this bag, so for now it holds the small items I received in the crate.

Hello Sanrio Pocket Tee – If you’ve subscribed to any Loot Crate, they’ve always been known to include shirts in most if not all of their boxes. I’m glad they’ve decided to add apparel as well to this one. I really wish I could carry these cuties in my pocket. Not weird at all, right?

Gudetama extra – Anyone remember having some type of trinket taped to your Sanrio bag whenever you made a purchase? I loved the different ones I would get. I liked this even more because I’ve gotten a bit attached to this lazy egg character over the summer. This is just another addition to the small collection of items I have of it.

The price for this crate is $39.99 USD (includes shipping) before tax, and crates are sent within the US and also internationally to select countries 4 times per year. There hasn’t been any word of the first crate selling out, so you might be able to get a hold of it if you like what you’ve seen in this post. There are 3 subscription plans to choose from for this crate. You can get information on them and find out more about the Small Gift Crate on Loot Crate’s site.

Colourpop x Hello Kitty Haul

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to hear about this collab with Colourpop and Hello Kitty. The collection released at the beginning of the month and I made sure to pick up a few items. Since I follow the brand on social media, I was able to check out the products beforehand. Most of the shades looked a bit too bright for my liking, so I didn’t put much of a dent in my wallet as a result (which I’m very happy about).

Here’s what I purchased:

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Lippie Stix in Konnichiwa (mid-tone cool blue pink with creme finish)

Ultra Satin Lip in Tiny Chum (baby nude pink)

Hello Kitty Makeup Bag 

The items are too cute with the packaging and bow imprint on the Lippie Stix caps and liquid lip wand handles. Unfortunately, I failed to show that the makeup bag has a cute red bow as the zipper pull, but you can see it here. Most of the collection is still available for purchase on Colourpop’s site.

Review – Dokidoki by Japan Crate

Japan Crate is known for their monthly subscription boxes that contain a variety of Japanese snacks and beverages. Recently they’ve released a new line of crates designed for those who are into all things kawaii (Japanese for “cute”). Their first box from this subscription is an overload of just that. Take a look!

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So much kawaii in one box. I almost can’t even…

Here are the contents in more detail:

  • Panda sleep mask
  • Nya-kuma plush – It’s basically Rilakkuma dressed as a cat.
  • Alpacasso coin purse
  • Hello Kitty blind box figure – There were 5 possible characters. I was happy to have gotten the Hip Hop one. 😀
  • Charizard Pikachu necklace – As a Pikachu fan, I totally approve of this.
  • Totoro desk calendar
  • Totoro zipper pouch
  • Chibi Totoro
  • Henshin Awa Jelly DIY kit

Notice the 3 items from Totoro in there? I felt like they read my mind with this box because I love this Studio Ghibli character! It was also nice that they included at least 1 type of edible item in there. I actually made the jelly over the weekend.

I was a bit skeptical at first when putting this together. Probably because I’m so used to good ‘ole Jell-o and waiting for it to set. Not with this stuff. It was grape flavored, and actually pretty good.

For $30/month (with free shipping within the US), this isn’t too bad of a subscription, especially if you don’t mind a monthly dose of cuteness. I might stay with it for at least one more.

 

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Visits the Bay Area

It’s been quite another interesting Saturday. Why? I’ve been up since near 7 this morning to head over to Japantown. This weekend kicks off the Cherry Blossom Festival in SF, but that actually wasn’t what I was in the area for. Nope, it was to see the Hello Kitty Cafe truck make its way to the Bay Area for the first time ever. I give myself a nice pat on the back for checking beforehand where the truck was going to be located. The HK Cafe account on Facebook and Twitter didn’t go into specific details, but the best estimate came from the SF Cherry Blossom Festival site itself. I was close enough to where the spot was when a group of 3 girls walked by and stopped where I was. I asked if they were here for the truck, to which they all replied “Yes”. That’s where the line and the wait for the truck began. It arrived about an hour before it was scheduled to open, and soon the line was growing longer by the minute. Several visitors to the festival walked up to the truck to take photos of it. There were even reporters from a local news station and newspaper on hand to interview the truck workers and people in line. I’m pretty sure I overheard some passersby ask what the big deal was with the whole thing. There are currently only 2 locations for the Hello Kitty Cafe. They’re in Seoul South Korea and coming soon to Orange County, CA (first US location). This is not to be mistaken for the Sanrio Cafe, which has several locations in Asia and one in Hawaii. So yes, it really is a big deal.

Just a few minutes after 10am, one of the workers approaches me and asks if I’m the first in line. I tell her yes, to which she replied, “Come on down!” Cheers from the crowd in line emerged as I made my way over to place my order. I couldn’t help but laugh at the craziness surrounding this pink truck full of Hello Kitty themed food and merchandise. Of course, I didn’t get stuff just for myself. I got a few other things to surprise a friend for their birthday, and another friend excitedly texted me while I was in line to get something for her. She obviously saw my post about it. 😛

Waiting for the arrival = Just over 2 hours

Cost of 2 water bottles, 2 boxes of macarons, 1 box of petit fours, and 1 box of donuts = $61 (USD)

Being the first in line for the Hello Kitty Cafe truck’s debut in Northern California = priceless

There’s still time to check out the truck if you’re in the Bay Area:

SF Cherry Blossom Festival (corner of Post and Webster Streets)

Sunday April 11 from 10:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday April 18 from 10:00am  – 5:00pm

Santana Row in San Jose

Sunday April 19 from 10:00am – 5:00pm