Thursday, 2 February 2012

I'm Back!!

It's been 2 months since I updated, but before I start, happy 2012!^^ I put off posting here and haven't been regular because A-I was probably busy and B- I think I just needed time to myself to work out exactly what I wanted to do since it has been half a year since I graduated. In some sense I could say I've been 'interning' for my sister at BoBo Tea, dealing with all the creative aspects of the business and running it whilst they were away in Taiwan last year which has taught me a tremendous amount in the last 9 months about management, consumer, marketing, design and also about my own direction. I realised that no job would be able to give you everything you've ever dreamed of - not for my sister nor me anyway. She worked for a big corporate firm and in the end, felt more content running her own business making colourful drinks.
It was then I realised that I didn't want to wait on other people to tell me what to do, how much I can order, how I can and cannot work and relying on someone else to realise my designs when actually I am capable of doing this all myself. It's been inspiring researching and meeting lovely people from all with that same passion and gift as me - to design and work for myself. Yes, I am still working from the ground up. I'm not exactly earning a bankers' wage, but at least I am content with what I do and I love my 'job'.

Here's some of the Etsians I was talking about earlier =)

Jesseanne who makes jewelry and has cute pendants for sale. Very whimsical and romantic styling. She works in watercolours and also metalwork. Check out her shop at the above link!

Studiolemyx - another Etsian, makes fimo clay jewelry, similar to myself, we have a love of minature cute food in common, but look at her gorgeous dinky waffle charm! Looks way cuter than the Thomas Sabo charms!=)

and finally, if you want to visit my shop, I will be adding more lingerie inspired pieces soon, but at the moment the focus is on accessories: please let me know what you think!
It's called Kookii Boutique -  the more luxe items are designed under the Christina Bonn Lux label and the cute items are designed under the Kookii Boutique label.
I make charm bracelets....necklaces .... rings
and just had a go at 3D nails and loved them!
and also customized fake cake boxes - currently a favourite for Valentine's day gifts!

Hope you have fun shopping- get 10% discount when you quote code: CBL10 at checkout.

Much Love, Christina x

Friday, 25 November 2011

Nearly Xmas =)

Yakult Tip Jars... Oh-So-Cute!
Peach Ice Tea with Strawberry & Passionfruit Popping Juice Bubbles!
Warm Matcha Green Milk Tea /Mocha Milk Tea with a delicious whipped cream topping! My current faves =)
It's been a while... only just catching back up with internet world of blogging and updating... have been without internet for a month, but what seems like a decade! However did we survive back in the nineties when internet was charged per minute and only available on our chunky desktop screens?! I've been uber busy recently with helping the sister to run the bubble tea shop whilst she and her fiance went on a blissful holiday to Asia. It's been going great so far, with such positive feedback. I <3 seeing people get excited - especially kids when they see our BoBo Tea fruities and our brand creates such a bubbly buzz around the stand. It's quite rewarding =) Obviously with great success comes imitation, and another bubble tea kiosk opened this week who have been very sneaky gathering information from us, but it doesn't dishearten us!

" Creators Never Fail... We Carry On Creating "

So... instead I've just been busy designing and making sure our stand is looking bubbly and up to scratch... for Xmas, there's been a frugaloo £1 deal so If you haven't tried it, do so now =)

As for people who have been requesting for lingerie shoots... please bear with me as I've been so bogged down with other commitment. I'll contact you guys as soon as I'm free for some more dreamy shoots with you talented snappers =)


Friday, 19 August 2011

I'm a Gilly Girl...who loves to slurp tea!

My favourites: apple ice tea with apple jelly! Strawberry ice tea with strawberry bubbles and original milk tea with tapioca YUM!

(L-R clockwise) Peach Ice Tea with grape jelly, Mango Ice Tea with mango bubbles, Lychee Ice Tea with apple jelly, Strawberry Ice Tea with Lychee bubbles and guava slush with apple jelly @ BoBo Tea Manchester

My absolute favourite of favourites: Matcha Green Tea Frappe! MmMm!! (These were staff drinks hehe)

What a mad two weeks!>< I've been non stop preparing and working with Jacqui & the team to make sure the new opening of BoBo Tea in the Arndale Centre went smoothly. It was an extremely successful day- I'm so proud of my sister and everyone who's been doing their part! We worked solidly through the 9th August opening day and I didn't get a sip of tea til 6pm! We had an amazingly busy day despite closing early due to the riots in Manchester, and sold out of tea in two hours! We had a visit from Bluewater, the lady loved my branding for BoBo Tea and is really keen to have us in their shopping centre despite receiving so many requests from people to open one! Yayy! Really looking forward to seeing the second kiosk opening, which I may be managing =)

I still love my lingerie, theres no doubt about that, when i set foot (surprisingly!) for the first time into Gilly Hicks (Westfields) and Boux Avenue (Blue Water) earlier this week. I instantly fell in love with the whole look of the Boux Avenue store- a much prettier version of Ann Summers, just what I wanted to see happen in shopping centres. The hangers made the products look uber expensive, although I wasn't convinced on the underwear styles. Gilly Hicks did not disappoint either, with an expected Abercrombie/Hollister look to the store, but OMG! all the mannequins were dressed in cute bras, shorts and cardis! Definately my favourite at-home 'lounge look'. Took home the cutest sleep shorts in their signature floral print. Would have got the matching bra and knicker is they were in a set- boo! and also the cute navy 'G' cardi which they were sold out in! Sounds like a second trip is in order for next week? 25%off Gilly Hicks Shopping event? oOo yes pleeeease!!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

My inner weakness:Crazy Kawaii Cuteness!

Cute cupcakes - I can't rmb the designer but she's super talented. I'll try find out!

I remember back at uni, we were designing a project for WOW, and my lecturer, Dee, said to me that I should design something that is really more 'my style'. She noticed my pencil case, bag and notebooks were far from the sophisticated belongings of a 'mature student'... and suggested i design a collection with cute little motifs on them. NOWAY!
However much I love cute smiley-faced colourful milk cartons and Rilakumma plushies, it is one thing that just can't be combined with the inner love of romantic, pretty lingerie that I so enjoy designing. They are complete opposites, and you could say that I'm a two-faced designer because I'm completely torn between the two styles.
Growing up in an Oriental culture, I naturally became a Hello Kitty worshipper at a young age, and it didn't seem to wear off with age; if anything I'm more obsessed than ever before. If I don't spend my nights scouring blogs and websites for Swarovski and lingerie related images, I'm sat there in complete fascination looking for cute things. On the otherside, I actually spent most of my life in Europe so with the western influence, I became captivated by the glamorous and grown-up society of living in UK, which eventually led me to lingerie design.

My unhealthy obsession with all things cute needs to be vented another way! Now that my sister has started her business in bubble tea I <3 BoBo Tea (a very popular drink in Asia/US with a variety of flavours and chewy tapioca balls) I have somewhere to channel my cute obsession yet at the same time carry on with what I earnt a degree in! I'm ever more excited now that I am able to design both without having to combine the two!
Most recently I've been designing her brand identity, menu, graphics, uniforms and also everything along the way from promotion to press releases. Its been so hands on and challenging its almost become an internship!
I've had so much input into the image of the store I feel like its a big part of what I am that is being represented. Can't wait for the launch in 4 days!! Eeek!

My lingerie at The Night of the Catwoman show, Studio Valbonne 29th July 2011

BoBo Tea menu i designed for my sister (Photos and artwork are copyright -BoBo Tea Ltd. )

Wednesday, 20 July 2011


A bubbly twist on the Nation's favourite drink!

Lately I've put the lingerie on hold in favour of designing for my sister's new bubble tea cafe opening in Manchester Arndale Centre on 8th Aug 2011!
Its been super exciting tasting all the new drinks, and putting together the menu. It will be released this week so watch out! In the meantime you can check out the fan page I ♥ BoBo
Tea and click 'LIKE' to support her! Bubble Tea has been a huge hit across Asia, America and
Australia and only in recent years slowly becoming a hit with the British.
It's not your average PG Tips, it is served hot, cold or blended with ice in lots of interesting flavours, so do come and try it out! =) My personal favourites are the original milk BoBo tea served cold, and the Matcha Green Tea ice blended frap! Super yum! x

MILK TEAS: Taro Milk BoBo Tea & Honeydew Melon BoBo Tea
FRUIT TEAS: Lemon Green Tea & Lychee Green Tea with Apple & Lychee Jellies