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31.8.10

FAN EXPO (Saturday)


O hey guys! Time for FAN EXPO CON REPORT - SATURDAY!
(Before I continue though, I found a picture of my Mio cosplay from what I wore on Friday! :D)



This dude came and took so many pictures of me - hopefully I can find them! :D
And hooray for doing the same pose all weekend! /shot - I wasn't even doing the moe moe kyun pose, just kind of reverted back to this one! ;-; I WILL MOE MOE KYUN WHEN I GET A MAID COS. :D

Saturday morning - I woke up at about 7am but Chelsea was still fast asleep so I decided to let her rest for a bit. (I think Friday was a bit emotionally draining for her with the con being so crowded and all!) I have no idea why but I decided to play RuneScape for an hour. Honestly haven't played that game in so long, and was surprised to find that I was like level 60 something. (I have very high fire-making and cooking levels, ohohoh /shot repeatedly)

When she woke up, we ironed out our cosplays one more time and then went upstairs to put on our makeups and gather our things. I had to stuff an extra pair of shoes into Chelsea's bag just in case my Hiiragi shoes started hurting. I also brought a light jacket because I found it to be kind of chilly outside. (Hiiragi practically has no top.)

My dad went and ranted for like half an hour, telling me not to go on public transit because I was going to be raped or something. Which was fine because I doubt I would een have the courage to get on public transit dressed as Hiiragi, LOL! He drove us there and dropped us off outside the convention centre!

OMG THE LINES. The lines were freaking ridiculous! Holy crap. I'm not even joking- the lines wrapped around the entire block! And those were the lines for re-entry! (Re-entry means you already have your pass so you want to re-enter the convention hall) Oh god. It was horrible. Chelsea decided to wait in line to save me a spot while I went and had my .hack symbol tattoo thing painted on my back by Jean. (All .hack characters have strange tattoos or symbols on different parts of their body - Hiiragi has these awesome designs on his back! I'll see if I can find a picture of my back~!)

When I came out, people had already started going inside the building and the line had shortened quite a bit. I'm not sure how, but I got through the VIP entrance which meant I didn't have to wait in line.

Chelsea and I met up for a bit - she wanted to explore the dealers room some more so I stayed downstairs and watched her stuff. I lounged around there, met some of my cosplay friends, took some pictures. Guy (:iconthornrose: on deviantart) came over to my spot and gave me the Black Rock Shooter poster he bought me at Otakuthon. HOTTEST POSTER EVER, nuff said. (I think it was drawn by Nayuki-chan on deviantart?) He was really nice, so much taller than I thought he was. D: I wanted to see his Lelouche cosplay so I told him to go change.

After Chelsea came downstairs, I bought her some food/drinks because she didn't have any money left. She said that she felt really tired and didn't really want to stay for that long. :C I honestly really didn't want to leave the convention that early, especially on the Saturday. So we sat down for a bit by the glass windows. There were large groups of people outside that were lined up because apparently the convention oversold tickets and they weren't allowing any more people inside because of maximum capacity! o___o!! That's when we saw Guy again, this time dressed in his beautiful Rerouche cospray. And then Dario came over to the glass. We couldn't really talk because there was a glass separating us, so we started typing things onto our cells and holding them up to the glass so the other person could read what we were trying to say.

Then apparently Matt Chin from the Conventioneers came over to us and started talking to us about how insane the lines were. (He was on the inside and the camera man was on the outside). I had no idea who he was - I thought he was just some random asian guy talking to us for his webshow or something... But yeah, at least he didn't start insulting us like apparently he does to other cosplayers. :3

Chelsea was really tired and cranky at this point, so I lent her another $5 so she could take the GO train back. She was also kind of pissed off for some reason and made me carry my extra crap instead of being a good friend and taking it back to my house. (She had to go pick up her things from when she slept over.) I had so many things to carry around. ;-; I was pretty much ditched the a second time that weekend, so I texted Guy to come save me sob;; I went outside and we met up with Lauren and then went behind the convention centre to where my other con friends were waiting. (Nicole, Dario, Nikki, Jeff, etc).

We sat there for a few hours and I thin Guy left, so Nikki, Jeff and I then went off to the side entrance where we sat again for about an hour and talked. It was getting late and I didn't want to take the GO back by myself when it was really late so I left.

Then omg, scariest thing happened. This guy who met me at Anime North 2010 who started messaging me that he "liked" me, spotted me walking through the convention centre and like, confronted me. D: He was all like " Seriously WTF, you've been ignoring me all weekend. You've been ignoring my messages and like, you're being a total bitch. I come all the way from Thunderbay and you don't even give a damn about meeting me?" etc etc, all these other mean things. I got really freaked out and got really anxious - being in crowded spaces with no real place to escape to made me start to panic. LUCKILY Mika's brother Rhys was there and spotted me and ~CAME TO THE RESCUE~

Thank god, I think I would have started crying. ;-;

Anyway, Saturday wasn't that great. Only went up in the Dealers like, once, and it was so crowded. D: Saw a Moe Moe Kyun mio figure but it was $170 fffffffff D:

Anyway, here are some pictures! :D

Picture of my Hiiragi cosplay! One of the few pictures I've found sob;;;

Two pictures from when we were hanging out at the side - Jeff is the Simon beside me. :D
I tried talking to Bianca and Wil but we kept on getting bombed for photos! Bianca is the sexy Gundam Girl the left, Wil is the Traditional outfit Kaito on the right. :D

Screenshot from Ackson's FAN EXPO 2010 VIDEO! :D I'm at 1:06
Here's the video!






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Memorable cosplays!

Ackson's Lelouche (school uniform). How is this photo (bomb) not memorable? P:
Wil and Eric's MAGNET GROUP. Omg so beautiful +100 ♥ for the glowing LED headphones!

Bianca's GUNDAM GIRL cosplay. HOLY CRAP THE MOST AMAZING THING EVERRRR. Can you believe that almost the entire armor part is made out of craft foam? AMAZING omg ♥

Miranda's AndrAIa fronm Reboot cosplay! Oh god, she looks amazing! Perfect! :D

Guy's Lulu cosplay. Ahhh pretty Lulu is pretty. And the eye omg ♥

I'll update with more stuff about Sunday later! :D


29.8.10

FAN EXPO (friday)



I'll write about Saturday and Sunday later when I get more pictures!
Didn't take that many pictures this year, no video. Either had too much stuff to carry around since we didn't get a hotel room or I couldn't because it was WAY TOO CROWDED.
Honestly, this year Fan Expo should have been called 'Fail Expo'. Or Linecon. It was pretty bad. >:
But I shouldn't be complaining too much because I got in for free. (Volunteered last weekend.)


Chelsea arrived at my place on Thursday and we worked on finishing our costumes. We marathonned 6 episodes of 'High School Of The Dead' - which is a pretty good animu, I must say. :D


We finished painting her bomb for her Link cosplay (we added the word 'Photo' onto it so it was a 'photobomb' - GET IT? :D) And finished painting her sword. We ironed everything and set everything so it would be ready for Friday. I, being the loser that I am, decided it would be cool if we put a sparkler in the fuse part of the bomb so it would look like it was really lit. Except I pushed the sparkler too far down so it melted some of the rope. (which was made out of a plastic hula skirt we bought from the dollar store orz)


= melting plastic /sob;




On Friday, we woke up at about 10 and went to buy chinese buns and chips to snack on. We bussed to the subway station (the ticket collector thing wasn't working so we got on the bus for free!) We took the subway up to Ossington station where we were forced off the subway because of a 'smoke detection' at Spadina station. We found these other 3 guys about our age who were also going to the convention and we hung out with them. One of them said their mom could drive us. ABOUT 2 HOURS HIS MOM DID NOT ARRIVE so we decided to ditch and go to the subway and just go and pick up our tickets. They tagged along, but Chelsea and I kept giving him angryfaces because he wasted 2 hours of our life >___>. Lesson: DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH FAILURES. D:<


When we arrived, there was a huuuuge line waiting to get into the building. We went into the hotel to pick up our passes and got in ahead of everybody else! We sat there for a bit, Chelsea photobombed people, lurked the dealers room a bit and met up with some people. Also met up with Ackson, who decided to be a jerk towards me like usual. :P He had his awesome steadicam and everything! He was shooting footage for his new Fan Expo video! (I'll post a link when it's up~) Friday was really quiet so we went home.
Oh, I was also cosplaying Akiyama Mio. (school outfit version) :3


Chelsea was really motivated because this was her first big convention. I was finishing up Hiiragi and getting everything ironed and finished painting our fans. This is what the downstairs bedroom looked like! So messy, sobsob;;;


I was werkin on dem cosplays and Chelsea was really tired. This was taken at like, midnight.


Supplies everywhere! I was making my last minute gloves, yarrr. Hooray for last minute hotglued gloves!

So messy! XD




Also, here's the first picture I found of our Saturday cosplay! XD
I looked really bad. ORZ I'm not very photogenic ;-;


23.8.10

More cosplay progress!


Yus, put on my full costume.



Not finished yet, will hopefully be fully completed by Wednesday!

22.8.10

Cosplay progress!


YUS ANOTHER PROGRESS POST - with better pictures! :D

Finished my skirt and the outside cover part - just need to stick on the diamond designs! :3
Also finished the top and wig. The last things to do are finish gluing my fan stuff and make gloves.
THEN I B DONE OHOHO.

Anyway, onto the pictures.

Wig - front. Not really styled right now - just need to add in some more wefts and paint a front part red.

Back of wig - long wig is long. Hiiragi's hair is supposed to be shorter but I just can't bring myself to cut it! ;w; It's so nice and pretty! D:



Back of skirt - with the back cover. Still need to glue on diamond design.

Front closeup! :D It doesn't normally puff off to the side, idk why it did now. D:

Skirt - full view! :D

I'll have full pics of my entire cosplay tomorrow.
I think I'll end up going as the 'female' version of Hiiragi. Which shouldn't really matter because 1) he is a minor character who pretty much nobody knows about, and 2) he's practically a girl anyway. P:

I think it's still pretty good for my first sewn costume! :'D

Also, I'll be going to Fan Expo on the Friday as well. Chelsea and I figured it would be easier to go on Friday to pick up our passes so we wouldn't have to wait in that huge line to get them on Friday.

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That reminds me, I had to volunteer for 8 hours with Sami to get those free passes! It was fun but kind of tiring...
We got lots of photos taken with us, probably from tourists! (These adorable japanese people came up to Sami because she was dressed as Hatsune Miku and were like "AHH KOSUPUREI KOSUPUREI SUGOIII" XD So cute!

We were at Yonge/Dundas, near Nathan Philips Square. Here are some photos:

BEST STATUE COSPLAY EVER. /shot
A street performer dressed as Charlie Chaplin - we paid him $0.10 to get a picture with him but as soon as we went to pose, like, everybody whipped out their cameras to take pictures. We're so nerdy. XD
OMG THERE WAS A DIAGONAL CROSSING. We were such tourists, we took a picture when there were like 10 seconds left to cross. = cool people.

Most people were nice, others tried to convert us to become a catholic, others were like wtf fetish. :P

Oh well, I'll update later D:

16.8.10

NU ABO ☆ favourite clothing style!

Hey guys! :D

So recently I've been addicted to kpop [korean music] ! (I think my obsession took place after watching 200 Pound Beauty!) My favourite kpop song at the moment is called NU ABO by f(x)!
It's so weird because they're all generally in my age range! 2 are older (one is 25, one is 18) and 3 are younger! (one is the same age and two are a year younger)! But I guess that's in idol industry for you! XD






Anyway, the one with the long brown hair and spotty leggings is my favourite! Her name is Victoria! She's so gorgeous! And I adore her outfit!

It's a simple outfit that looks really great!
It's a slightly larger fit black top/t-shirt, black shorts, patterned leggings and black/white hightops! So cute!

So I thought I'd do a little picture post on my favourite coordinates!
These are my favourite clothing styles! ♥

Solid colour flowy top, patterned top, black frilly shorts or black skirt, lacy or sheer tights, solid colour flats! I really love this coordinate! So cute ♥ Maybe a hat or put your hair in a loose ponytail?
I envy the W♥C sticker she has on her phone! Japanese cellphones are so pretty! *3* ♥

AH I love this one so much! Simple T-shirt (AH I WANT THAT SHIRT SO BAD ♥) lacy skirt, sheer or dark patterned tights, and tall or ankle boots. Hair up in a high, teased ponytai, and an USAMIMI ♥ And a cute purse, definitely.

(Last 2 photos are from this adorable blog!)

I bet you can see what kind of styles I like the best? XD Flowy clothes, lacy skirts, tights or stockings! But they're so cute! I can't help it! ;-;
My wardrobe is nothing like this since my mom is refusing to buy me any clothes so it will 'prepare me for univeristy'. Which is stupid. >_> So whatever money I make from wig commissions or anything else is going to be put into my clothing fund so I can buy cute gal clothes. :3

Tell me what kind of clothes you like the best! :D Or what your style is!









14.8.10

cosplay progress~


You'll have to excuse my crap webcam photos, I can't take any pictures with my other camera because it's charging. (I was going to plug it in last night except I forgot, ORZ)

Anyway, I've finished my skirt for Hiiragi! I think it looks pretty good!
I've finished the top, the skirt, one of the fans, and one of the red tail things he has.
Here's what he looks like~ (Fabulous gay man is fabulous)

click to zoom
For a bigger image, click (here)

And this is what my skirt looks like so far:

It looks kinda bent out/sticks out in a weird way, but that's because I haven't ironed it yet. Also need to add one of those yellow um, line thingies. And border the green part with black ribbon.


Also, to clarify, I'm wearing a black bikini top under the top, because I'm not doing an open chest binding. (Too risky and painful, also my mom was like LOLNO)

I'm going to try to find some stocking material so I can make a binding/top thingy. I don't want to have to do a 'female version' of Hiiragi, but I might have to if I can't get it ready in time. ):
I went to Mika's the other day and she tried helping me with bindings. We bought some sports bandage stuff but it wasn't my skin colour and looked really weird. (It was this faded red/orange/tan colour and looked painfully obvious) so I was like eh, I'll have to do this I guess if we can't find anything else. But after 15 minutes of wearing them, they started to become loose and start slipping = DANGER.

Anyway, bikini will be the last resort.
Also, after I posted this to my facebook, I got a message on msn from one of my friends (?) who I haven't talked to in a while who said my costume was hot but kind of slutty.
WTF. HOW IS THIS SLUTTY? I'm wearing a knee-length skirt and a top with a bikini top underneath. I don't see how this is any more revealing than a Yoko costume. .___.
Idk, they pissed me off so I blocked them, ohoho. P:

Now, here's a list of things that I need to finished for my cosplay~
  • Finish painting last side of final red tail, sew onto skirt
  • Make that yellow and red thing that's at the back of his skirt.
  • Finish second pair of fans and attach thread to make sure the fans open properly
  • Make gloves
  • Get a black sheer stocking and make his weirds stocking thing. Also make ankle cuff.
  • Wait for wig to arrive and get a red extension, then style.
Yeah, I hope this doesn't end up being a failure for Fan Expo. Sobsobsobbbb

Also, next weekend I will be standing outside of an AMC downtown Toronto dressed in lolita handing out flyers or something to promote the convention. I think it's supposed to be near Eatons? Anyway, if you happen to see me then say hi. :D There will be other cosplayers there as well! :3
I'll be with Sami, ohoho ♥

11.8.10

Inspirational cosplayers!



As you probably know, I am really obsessed with cosplay! I've got a convention coming up soon at the end of August (Fan Expo in Toronto) and I'm really excited!




Anyway, there are some really gorgeous cosplayers out there that I really admire! I mean, these girls are drop dead gorgeous! Their cosplays are always top-notch, beautiful, and accurate!
So when I'm preparing for a con, I like to make sure my cosplay is as good as possible! :'D


Here are some cosplayers that I find inspirational!


My current favourite cosplayer: Chamaro
She's so beautiful, honestly, the most gorgeous person I have ever seen in my life everrr ♥♥
My favourite cosplays she's done:








Ahh, she's so cute! <333


Next is Kipi! Kipi is probably one of the most popular cosplayers on the net! She's really gorgeous and really cute! I really like her... but she's nothing compared to Chamaro! :'D






And of course, finally, Saya! I haven't really heard much about Saya, but I've seen her pictures before and she's so pretty! I love her cosplays! Again, nothing compared to Chamaro! :3






Sobbbb all of these cosplayers are so flawless, it makes me want to OTL OTL OTL so badly.
Many people would say that these cosplayers have photoshopped their photos like crazy, and maybe that's true. But still, they're super gorgeous! I want to be a flawless cosplayer like that! ;-;
Maybe one day~ I wonder what cosplay would look the best on me? :3
Hopefully BLACK GOLD SAW! :'D

9.8.10

shopping! :'D

Yes! As I posted yesterday, I went on a bit of a spurge and bought a whole bunch of cute things!
Anyone who knows me will know that I have an INCREDIBLE weakness for all things cute.
Especially Rilakkuma , Banao Elite Banana, and Totoro!

Honestly, I am so obsessed with these cute things! So obviously everything on this 'kawaii' items store that I found was so tempting! I only had $58 on my paypal, so I thought 'Why not treat myself to some cute things? It'll definitely put me in a way better mood!'

I bought from this website!

(click on the fishie~ :3)

Here are some of the things that I ordered! :'D

Rilakkuma Value Pack!
I practically squealed with joy when I saw this! They have so many value packs! I was so tempted to buy more, but I saw the Rilakkuma one and was like *joygasm* !
They have value packs and grab bags. (Value packs are a load of items for a value price, grab bags are bags filled with random little awesome things!)


This value pack includes a memo set, cute wrapping paper (I can use them to wrap christmas gifts! ) stickers, a tin pencil box, 2 pins, and a cute pen! All Rilakkuma of course!
Plus, it was really cheap! If I went to Pmall and bought these, it would cost probably $3-5 per item! Super value pack! :'D
Link to this item: click here

They also have another Rilakkuma value pack! Same price ($5.99) but it has different (but similar) items. Click here to check it out!


I'm also in need of a new pencil case! I have a colourful gloomy bear one at the moment, but I've had it since grade 9 and it's kind of dirty and faded. So I bought another one! It's really cute ~


It's a really cute kitty one! With soft colours and a cute design! Plus it looks bigger than my old one so I'll be able to store more stuff! :3 I didn't want one that was too expensive, or at least, one that I would spend more on that buying on here. This cute kitty one was pretty cheap - $4.50! They took the picture down on the website that I bought it from, but they had the other doggie one which is pretty much the same design! :'D The kitty one is pink!

I think I also bought some stickers, I can't remember! XD I guess I'll find out when the package arrives!


The only thing with this website is that you must spend $10 or more to have an order. Shipping is calculated by the weight - that way when you're at the checkout you can get an exact shipping cost depending on the weight of your products!

The total for my purchase was $18.77 (shipping included) - which is a great price in my opinion! Especially for so much cute stuff~ Compared to the price that I would pay at One's in pmall, I'd probably be spending more than $25 on that stuff!

Janet was really nice and the order was shipped literally 6 hours after I placed my order! Super fast!

I'll let you know how fast it takes for stuff to ship here and how good quality the items are! :3
I'm really happy right now! ^___^ If you like cute things, you should check out that website. Even if you aren't going to buy anything, you'll be so tempted to! Haha!


Just in case you were curious, I didn't end up buying the Banao cup I mentioned in my last post. It was too heavy and the shipping price was really high! So I'll buy it next time, maybe for Christmas or something!


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