Celebrate Christmas with Kit Kat themed gift set and cake from the Kit Kat Chocolaterie

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Remember the Kit Kat Chocolaterie, the world’s first Kit Kat specialty store that opened in the Ikebukuro Seibu Department Store back in January this year? The shop sells limited edition Kit Kats produced by celebrity patissier Yasumasa Takagi, so it’s not surprising that huge crowds of Kit Kat fans have been making their pilgrimage to the store in search of unique Kit Kat products.

Since then, the Kit Kat bandwagon has apparently been going strong, as two more Chocolaterie shops have opened in Japan, one in the Daimaru Department Store at Tokyo Station and another at the Matsuya Department Store in Nagoya. And now, they’ve announced that they’ll be coming out with a special “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Patissier Gift” set for Christmas, and we can’t wait to see what goodies it contains. Plus, there’s even a Kit Kat inspired Christmas cake created by chef Takagi that they’re now taking orders for — who knew that Christmas could be so much fun for Kit Kat lovers?

The gift set, which contains special Kit Kat Chocolaterie products and chef Takagi’s original baked confections, is a dream collaboration for any sweets fan.

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For 4,500 yen (US$37.92), the set contains one piece each of the “Kit Kat Sublime Bitter” and “Kit Kat Sublime Raspberry“, a box of the “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Special Strawberry Maple” and also the “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Special Ginger“, plus five madeleines and four cookies from chef Takagi. A delightful added touch is that the madeleines have a whole Kit Kat baked into them, giving them a crunchy texture, and the cookies also contain crunched Kit Kat bits — they definitely aren’t your ordinary baked treats!

You can now also pre-order this delectable looking “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Noel” cake covered in shiny chocolate, available for 5,000 yen ($42.13).

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The cake too is the work of chef Takagi and was created as an homage to the well-loved Kit Kat snack. The cake, made from layers of caramel butter cream, crispy fiantine cookie and biscuit, is designed to recreate the look and texture of Kit Kats without actually using the snack as an ingredient. Now, that certainly makes for a unique Christmas cake!

Chef Takagi commented that he wanted to include items in the gift package that would offer a sense of genuine surprise, which is why he came up with the idea of baking an entire Kit Kat into the madeleines, and as for the cake, he made an effort to create his own rendition of a Kit Kat using original ingredients, resulting in what he hopes is a delightfully surprising and fulling cake.

The “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Patissier Gift” will be available at all three Kit Kat Chocolaterie stores for just one week from December 19 to 25, but they’ll be selling only 20 sets each day, so they may very well sell out. You can also place orders now for the “Kit Kat Chocolaterie Noel” cake at the Ikebukuro Seibu store and the Tokyo Daimaru Store until December 20 for pick-up on December 24, but these are also limited to a total of 75 cakes, so anyone intending to order one may want to hurry.

So, if you’re celebrating the Holiday Season this year in Japan with someone with a fondness for Kit Kats, these could be the perfect treat. Here’s to a chocolatey, crunchy Christmas!

Audrey Magazine: Holiday gift ideas inspired by model Irene Kim

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 Audrey Magazine:

Here’s round two of Audrey Magazine‘s holiday gift guides to help you with that last minute shopping.  We decided to pull inspiration from fashion favorite, Irene Kim.  Her popularity continues to grow at rapid speeds along with her Instagram following, and it’s so easy to fall in love with her quirky and playful style.  We chose a few of our favorite looks and found similar items to share. Maybe you’ll end up saving one or two on your own wish list!

 


 

1. A Killer Jacket

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Still on trend with color blocking, Kim is wearing ACNE Studios.  Though the jacket is difficult to find online currently, we found a similar version with more muted hues being offered by AllSaints Spitalfields.  A bit more on the high side in terms of budget, but if you’re looking for an investment piece to gift, the Frith jacket is available here for $900.

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 2. Animal Prints Times Two

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If you know anyone that is a huge fan of animal prints, take a peek at these two looks from Kim.  First, we loved how she layered a printed hoodie to break up the mild, dark colors of her winter outerwear. Then, we couldn’t take our eyes of her on-trend Adidas sneakers.  Interested in these styles?  We found this Zoe Karssen zebra hoodie available here for $140.  Kim’s Adidas Originals sneakers can still be found here and on sale for $84! With Christmas drawing near so quickly, we have an alternative available here for $60 and there’s a pink version.

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3. A Striped Skirt

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Black and white stripes are classic, so we hunted down an alternative style to Kim’s skirt.  High-waisted as well, this fitted Dolce&Gabbana piece features a flirty, ruffled hem.  If you are looking for a luxury, high-end gift, this skirt can be found here for $995.

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4. Keeping Cozy

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Our obsession with black and white doesn’t seem to end.  There’s nothing like a cozy, warm sweater during the holidays and we really loved Kim’s simple, slouchy plaid top.  Consider giving the gift of warmth this winter with a JOA Boyfriend Check sweater available on sale here for $35.

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Audrey Magazine: Holiday gift ideas inspired by Asian street fashion trends- Statement pieces

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 Audrey Magazine:

If you are running around doing last minute holiday shopping or finding yourself online all day trying to find unique gifts, we’ve got you covered. We were inspired by Asian street fashion trends and we’ve rounded up a few gift ideas we think you’ll love.

Throughout 2014 we’ve seen some great statement pieces and accessories to help make outfits pop.  Below are a couple favorite street style shots and interesting products that could make a perfect gift for the most daring fashionista you know.

 


 

1. A Cool Handbag

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Spongebob’s sequined eyes on this cross body handbag immediately caught our attention, so we searched out another adventurous piece: Moschino’s Spongebob shoulder bag available here on sale for $298.

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2. A Colorful Watch

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A great watch can be an accessory lover’s best friend.  Though fashion has given us multitudes to choose from, the practical purposes of a watch makes it relatable to anyone and an easy gift to give.  This bright green band caught our eye and we found a similar style, but with a unique natural wood face—a perfect conversation starter and at a budget friendly price of $56 available here.

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3. All-Over Prints

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For the urban wear fan, Joyrich can be seen all over the Asian street fashion blogs.  Their flamboyant prints and sayings are a huge favorite for both men and women. With stores in both the United States and Asia, it’s easy to get inspired and find the designs here stateside.  If you know someone that adores bold prints, we found the tee version of this sweatshirt.  You can find Joyrich’s Cuddle Currency Shirt here for $40.

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4. A Childhood Throwback

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From Mickey Mouse to Iron Man to Looney Tunes, we’ve seen a lot of childhood favorites pop up every month on the Asian style blogs.  Check out this Tweety Bird hoodie available here for $23.

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 5. A Pop Of Color

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Winter usually means breaking out everything that is black and gray, but we loved how this stylish woman added in a touch of cobalt blue with her cropped sweatshirt and matching booties.  If anyone in your friends and family is a fanatic for all things blue, we found a great ribbed knit cropped sweater from Forever21 available here for $20.

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A 92-Year old Japanese woman embroidered an astounding collection of traditional Temari Balls

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A 92-year old Japanese woman has amazed the world with her spectacular collection of embroidered traditional Japanese temari hand balls. We might not ever have seen them if not for her granddaughter, Flickr user NanaAkua, who posted the pictures of the whole collection on her profile. The nimble-fingered grandmother learned the technique in the 60s and, since then, her collection of marvellous temari hand balls grew to nearly 500 unique pieces.

This Japanese craft originated in China and has been stitched by parents and grandparents as a traditional New Year’s gift since the 7th century. NanaAkua’s grandmother’s collection is impressive with its hyper-detailed patterns, interesting structural compositions and vivid colours.

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A 92-Year old Japanese woman embroided an astounding collection of traditional Temari Balls