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Recent Purchases

One last round-up of cute things I’ve been buying.

kakao friends gloves

I didn’t do a lot of Black Friday shopping but I made my first order with the Kakao Friends European web store for these touch screen gloves. I’ve been wearing cheapo supermarket ones since last winter so was happy to find these. They’re so cosy with a fuzzy layer inside and the touch screen tips are so much better for playing Pokemon Go. Definitely recommend them.

kakao friends Ryan enamel pin

I also picked up this cute enamel pin of Ryan as a bumblebee. Ryan is my favourite and I’m happy to have him on my bag now.

Pusheen Halloween enamel pin

My enamel pin collection hasn’t been growing much but I had to get glow in the dark Zombie Pusheen from ARTBOX. She looks cute with my Batsheen sticky notes from the Pusheen Box.

Spooky McCute kawaii christmas stickers

I love Spooky McCute so was quick to grab this Christmas sticker set when KiraKiraDoodles had a sale. They’re so adorable and will probably end up in my sticker hoard as how can I possibly use them? I really need a little Spooky McCute tree ornament to exist in real life too.

Rilakkuma book

I bought quite a few cute books and comics and you can read more about them on Super Cute Kawaii. This Rilakkuma encyclopedia is too cute. I love looking back at all the collections, and my Rilakkuma is getting some outfit inspiration,

Paperchase stationery advent calendar

I’ve been having fun opening my Paperchase stationery advent calendar this month – you can watch on SCK Instagram stories. There’s been a lot of pens and not a huge amount of cute things but everything is useful and it feels worth the money, especially with a diary and £5 voucher still to come.


I got a Bokksu subscription box to review and really enjoyed it. Unlike most Japanese snack boxes, this one is low on the wacky flavours and instead work with local and traditional makers for things you won’t have tried before. You can read my review here.


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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