asking for trouble

London Shopping

So this is very late, but here are some photos from my mini trip to London and what I bought.

So glad we remembered to look for Kioskafe - so many great magazines and super nice staff too.

I totally made a mental note to visit Kioskafe, the new magazine shop/cafe by the people behind Monocle – and then I forgot all about it. Luckily, Laura happened to mention it was nearby and we doubled back to find it. It’s stacked full of interesting looking magazines from around the world and even print-on-demand newspapers. I could easily go mad here if I didn’t already have a big pile of unread magazines taking over my coffee table.


I picked up the Monocle Travel Guide to Tokyo for yet more ideas and got a free tote bag and chocolate. The staff were so friendly as well – often these sort of shops are super snooty but Kioskafe is very welcoming so do visit if you can.

I have to stop by Artbox whenever I visit London. Love the wall of plush!

No visit to London is possible without a visit to Artbox, which is even cuter now they’ve partnered with Tofu Cute. Check out that wall of plush!

Sumikko Gurashi treats from Artbox

I am so obsessed with Sumikko Gurashi just now so I got some tape and a little towel because COME ON the polar bear is drawing a picture of the weed.

On the train home after a rush round Renegade. Lovely to meet everyone, especially these Yoyo the Ricecorpse buns :)

I also squeezed in a short visit to the Renegade Craft Fair before getting my train home. It was nice to see some of my crafty pals and meet some online friends like Yoyo the Ricecorpse and her bunnies.

My very restrained Renegade purchases - the cutest ghost pin from alxndra and a Japanese manhole cover ornament by Woah There Pickle

I already wrote about Renegade over at Super Cute Kawaii, but here are my very restrained purchases – a long-coveted ghost pin by ALXNDRA and a Japanese manhole cover ornament by Woah There Pickle

Late night badger visit!

And finally, Laura very kindly put me up and even enticed the local badgers over for a few visits. They are much bigger than I imagined!


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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