Cutie Conduit

Cutie Conduit

>> A familiar conversation crops up whenever I’m shopping with Phil Oh from Street Peeper, aka my male counterpart, who shares my love of pastel cuteness, cartoonish prints and kawaii themes in our clothes.  With advancement into his thirties and a desire to be taken seriously by society on his mind, he’ll cautiously ask me, “Is this too much?”  I have no idea why he seeks such counsel because he already knows what the answer will be.  I make this face…


… and then I promptly exclaim, “Nooo of course not!  It’s so cuuuuuuuuute!  Get it.get it.get it!”

I am the kawaii-facilitator.  Or with alliteration, a cutie conduit.  And I don’t quite know when I’ll stop being forever attracted to clothes that look like could be sized down for babies and toddlers and trying to infect everyone around me to feel the same.  Judging by my squeals when a pair of Minna Parka leopard print trainers with bunny ear tongues and pink pom poms arrived, it’s not likely to be anytime soon.  A year notched into my thirties and I’m still perpetually wondering when an iota of doubt will creep in as it has done for Phil.  I envisioned a post thirty year-old me where I’d gradually begin to waft around in well-judged pieces of Comme des Garçons en noir, the sensible pieces from Prada and the occasional bit of Céline, tempered with a lot of COS.  That chic utopia or chictopia if you will has never manifested. 

Going back to Phil’s original question I’m scratching my head trying to remember when it was ever too much.  It comes down to shopping habits which haven’t changed much since my teens.  I normally shop alone and if I am with somebody, I rarely ask for their opinion.  I zoom into rails.  I don’t venture into changing rooms.  Five minutes later  When Steve shoots me a bemused smile at my latest cute-overload purchase, I give a sheepish shrug.  As if to say, “It is forever ingrained into me that I WILL categorically and compulsively buy things themed around cats/bunnies/pineapples.”

By the by, I’m typing all of this whilst staring down on a keyboard adorned with stickers of cats thanks to Supersweet x Moumi’s kitty catty sticker sets.

The deeper question to Phil’s pondering though is – do cats and cartoon-themed clothes hamper people’s ability to take you seriously?  That’s a question that I’m choosing to flout for now.  At least until the next arbitrary age milestone.





0E5A5657Coach x Gary Baseman leather bomber jacket, Jonathan Saunders glasses, To be Adored shirt, Tsumori Chisato skirt, , TL-180 bag, Ryan Lo scarf, Pum Pum socks, Minna Parikka trainers


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  1. SilverEditEtsy

    2015-05-28 at 10:19 AM

    My morning clothing smile!

  2. Dani korneliussen

    2015-05-28 at 10:40 AM

    I personally think that you and Phil are the best recourses out there (for my “buck”) when it comes to clever and fascinating fashion reporting and for visual POP. I do a fair amount of browsing the fashion blog world and my favourites come and go… But the two of you have never failed to capture my interest and I seen no end to that in sight. As we don’t have a clue as to how long we’ll all be able to be earth-dwellers and participants in the creative and pixelated world of fashion, I see no reason to doubt or to hesitate wearing exactly what we wish to wear. After all… We can’t help what we love or what fuels our passion. In short: you and Phil Oh are the BEST! And, in case you one day decide to do a survey of the age group who follows you both faithfully… You can add a female of 61 years to the list.

    • susie

      2015-05-29 at 2:20 PM

      Wow this comment will be a pick-me-up for Phil when I show it to him! And agreed… life is too short to care really about what other people think. That’s probably why I haven’t actually cared all that much. Hopefully that feeling lasts…
      And thank you as always for your lovely comments! x

    • Mrs.Tang

      2015-06-01 at 11:06 AM

      I can’t do any better than Dani’s reply but just to say here’s another older something that has followed you from the start. The appeal for me is that I have worked traveled worked and lived all over Asia and understand a bit the appeal of “kawai des ne!” you two are simply an inspiration to all ages.

  3. Michèle

    2015-05-28 at 11:46 AM
  4. Rhea

    2015-05-28 at 2:33 PM

    Love your happy style and the fact that you are so unapologetically you.

  5. sasa

    2015-05-28 at 2:34 PM
  6. Ellie Ramsay

    2015-05-28 at 3:35 PM

    I just love how creative your looks are! One day I hope to be as adventurous as you are with your clothing!

  7. Ana

    2015-05-28 at 8:57 PM

    Love it.

  8. Jeannie

    2015-05-28 at 9:11 PM

    Any post that involves sailor moon at the start is destined to be good

  9. Latest Fashion Trends

    2015-05-29 at 9:49 AM

    I love this post.

  10. Ana

    2015-05-29 at 9:58 AM

    I love the jacket and it is definitely very very you, but I practically choked on my tea when I curiously had a look at how much it cost!
    1,825 pounds!!!
    Crikey, fashion blogging obviously pays very well these days, not saying though, that you’re one of the few who is worth every
    penny 🙂
    Well done Susie!

    • susie

      2015-05-29 at 2:18 PM

      I should say that jacket was bought with allowance that I have with Coach as I work with them on a partnership that has been disclosed in other posts. But yes, I won’t deny fashion blogging does pay well even if I’m not actually one of the super duper rich fashion bloggers. I do well enough is all that I’ll say!

  11. Tom

    2015-05-30 at 10:43 PM

    Loved the skirt, it has a very unique design and look…

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