4/24/14

lucky rabbit

Lucky Rabbit

Last Saturday, I went on an early morning excursion to Newbury Comics and Jo-Ann Fabrics for Record Store Day and fabric-shopping (respectively). In previous years, I’ve had a more casual approach to Record Store Day, wherein I would hit up the Newbury Comics in Harvard Square sometime in the afternoon/evening to browse the RSD releases. This year, however, was different, because One Direction. Anyway, I’m treating myself to a new record player once I finish clearing out my wardrobe and cleaning out my toy collection~~~
I also wanted the Elastica LP and the Anamanaguchi x Scott Pilgrim LP,
but they were both out of stock by the time I got to the store.
Since I don’t get to venture out to Jo-Ann Fabrics all that frequently nowadays, I splurged on some fabric for bows and started shopping for materials for my main costume for HeroesCon. One of my goals this year is to finally revive my Etsy and start selling bows and accessories again, so I stocked up on yardage of cute printed fabrics, including a Twin Peaks-esque chevron motif and a retro Barbie print. Likewise, since last year was a pretty lax year in regards to cosplay, I’m quite excited to make something new for June and I’ve honestly haven’t had that feeling for a cosplay project in a while. I’m planning to make a trip to NYC within the next month to stock up on some materials in the garment district (and to see my friends too, I guess). Yeah.


I spent the rest of the holiday weekend cleaning and organizing my treasures, but I took a few breaks to play with Valentino (oh, how I’ve missed you~!), play Disney Magical World, and dine with Randy at M3. I still have yet to see Captain America 2.


Valentino~; Les Villainettes dinner selfies, by Randy

Anyway, here are some cute clothes that I wore recently~

Record Store Day outfit
black bow: Betty Felon
moto jacket:
forever 21
pins:
vintage/ebay/etsy/gifts
plaid dress:
hell bunny
black bow belt:
ebay
star locket necklace:
ebay
heart flicker ring:
ebay
scalloped tights:
urban outfitters
studded saddle shoes: forever 21

04.16.14 outfit
black bow: Betty Felon
green dress:
oasap
black bow belt:
ebay
black tights:
forever 21
black platform heels: forever 21

P.S. Angelina drew this thing the other day and my heart still can't handle Bulbasaur's little face~

4/16/14

faraway friends~

souvenirs from the weekend

Last week, I was fortunate enough to see some of my friends from across the country (/Canadian border) due to PAX East and a Taking Back Sunday show (note: I did not attend either of these events, but I am grateful that they provided my friends with an incentive to come to Boston). As I get older, I realize that the primary draw to traveling to conventions is to be able to see many of my faraway friends that I don’t nearly get to see as often as I’d like, which is something that we’re going to be missing out on as we skip San Diego Comic Con this year. However, I’ve been lucky enough to see all of my SDCC sailor scouts within the past couple of months, and I’m really looking forward to reuniting with some of my favorite people at HeroesCon and New York Comic Con.

 me & Risse; Alex, me, Nick, & Juli

We got to catch up with my sweet San Franciscan bunny Amarisse (who was working at PAX East for DoubleFine) and she proceeded to better/ruin my life by showing me Disney Magical World. On Friday night, AK & I took part in drinks and pizza with Nick, the twins, and all of their wonderful friends as they mentally prepared themselves for PAX East. On Saturday, Kate crossed the border for an impromptu visit (via Adam, Jess, and Chantal, who were in town for a Taking Back Sunday/The Used show (by the way, it’s 2002 again)). We dined on BBQ at Redbones and putzed around with our talented comics friends in Davis Square. By the end of the weekend, I came to the conclusion that there are only a few things that are more therapeutic than sharing good food/drinks with beautiful, talented people who despise the same things as you.

KATE ; grey scale tights with AK & Ming

In other news, I started going to the gym again, which will hopefully counter my current lifestyle of lying in bed and playing Disney Magical World for hours (note: I’ve only had the game for less than a week).

GREETINGS FROM CASTLETON~

4/5/14

fools

skirts (h&m)

With the passing of April Fools’ Day this week, residual emotions have surfaced as I count the ways my life has changed over the past twelve months. Last year, April brought a lot of loss and stress, but with those anxieties, April turned out to be a month of self-reflection and change. Although things are infinitely better now, I still strive to improve myself and the things around me, especially now that I’ve finally emerged out of this Winter Slump.

With that said, I’m finally cataloging some of my old clothes and accessories that I will be putting up for sale on Facebook and Storenvy (in addition to donating clothes to Goodwill and Savers), so that I can get rid of some clutter and create some breathing room for the clothes that I’m actually wearing nowadays. Likewise, I’m considering getting a table in Artist Alley at Boston Comic Con with some friends and actually pushing myself to create more. Now that the streets aren’t covered in snow/ice/bullshit, I’m actually quite excited to walk around more and be more active and dabble in the life of an Outdoor Kid. I want to go traveling to see my friends and I want to spend more time with my camera. I want to perfect the art of creating princess curls in my hair and telling people like it is. I refuse to settle.

But first, I need to clean my room and sort through my clothes.

But first-first, here are some new treasures I've recently acquired (like some chump).

Halloween steez: tote & shoes (h&m), eyeball purse (rainbow)
details
tokyomilk perfume & stila eyeliner (sephora), raspberry red lip tint (h&m)
a fool (outfit details)

4/4/14

popcorn and princesses

Last Friday, I made an excursion to see Princess J'ai in New Hampshire for a weekend of Disney movies, flower crowns (as modeled by Anakin, above), and shopping. Since we've both been either really busy or immobilized by snowstorms, I hadn't seen J'ai since her wedding in October (which I will eventually get around to blogging about maybe?). Needless to say, our respective lives have gone through a fair amount of changes over the past several months, so it was really nice to catch up with her, Dan, and Quorra.

 J'ai, Disney bounding as Anna; purple popcorn

Inspired by Disney's Tangled Movie Night, we stocked up on silk flowers and purple candy melts on Saturday to whip up some flower crowns and purple popcorn while we watched Tangled and Frozen. As I've mentioned previously, I've been wanting to dabble in the art of flower crowns for a while; although I haven't had too much experience crafting with fake flowers, I had a lot of fun picking out flowers at Michael's with J'ai. J'ai's bouquet was comprised of purples and yellows, from which she created a beautiful Rapunzel-inspired flower crown. My bouquet of supplies had a lot of subdued pastels (primarily pinks and creams), and I ended up with plenty of leftover flowers to make more crowns and headbands~

On a side note, every time I see J'ai, I'm inspired to coordinate more Disney bound outfits. I put together a Briar Rose-themed outfit from some stuff in my closet for J'ai's bachelorette party last Fall, but I'd love to do a Rule 63 Prince Phillip ensemble. Have any of you worn Disney bound outfits? I'd love to see them!

Oh, and I also got two of these Pascal bowls on sale for $1 each at the Disney store

4/1/14

details [march 2014]


  1. val kilmer necklace (vintage)
  2. momo
  3. カードキャプターさくら (spotted at anime boston)
  4. this doll has pink sailor v glasses
  5. richie rich in a moonight catcher
  6. stairs (chinatown) 
  7. molly baker (ebay)
  8. kitten mittens (asos), snow (my nightmares)
  9. another day, another suitor
  10. my two loves (from etsy and jordan)
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3/25/14

Convention Recap: Anime Boston 2014


We launched this year's convention season with Anime Boston this past weekend, and now I have a brand new alpaca. 2014 marks my ninth year attending this convention, and despite my previous instances of allegedly Not Really Giving A Fuck About Anime (But, Like, I Guess I'll Still Go To The Anime Con), this current Magical Girl Renaissance has definitely revived my enjoyment of the culture and made me HYPED on going to a Japanimation Conference. Additionally, Anime Boston consistently delivers a casual convention where I don't have to worry too much about anything aside from wearing a cute outfit, taking photos of cosplayers, and blowing my money on cute tchotchkes. This year, Jordan and Trenton joined us on our Anime Boston hijinks, and we had The Best Time.

Kiki & Nausicaä

AK & I originally had cosplay plans for the weekend, but we had to postpone them due to delayed wig deliveries, so we opted for lolita ensembles on Friday. Since it was AK's first time wearing lolita, I had a lot of fun curling her hair and styling a coordinate for her. As for me, I haven't worn a lolita coordinate in a few years, so it was actually really refreshing being able to bounce around like a dumb doll. On Saturday, we wore casual Studio Ghibli costumes; AK borrowed my Nausicaä dress, and I whipped up a quick Kiki-inspired outfit (because obviously). The con was a bit too hectic and crowded for us to get proper outfit shots, but I would love to do a Studio Ghibli cosplay shoot with Benn and Liz sometime in the near future (aka when it's not freezing outside by the way hi welcome to the blog where i talk a lot about the weather).


We spent most of our time wandering around around the large dealers' room and Artist Alley, in search of magical girl accoutrements, tokusatsu swag, and The Most Perfect Alpaca To Add To My Collection. While we weren't able to track down any スパイダーマン/Supaidāman merchandise unfortunately, Jordan was able to find The Most Perfect Alpaca for me (as seen above) ♡ I also got an amazing Lum commission from Arielle Jovellanos, and some small art prints for my cubicle at work.
Lum commission, by Arielle Jovellanos
Outside of the con, we made some time to see a few friends while satiating our cravings for ramen and milkshakes. We also had every intention to go to Doremi for karaoke at some point during the weekend, but we opted for drinks and card games at our secret lair in behalf of con exhaustion. And then suddenly, our mini-vacation was over and Jordan flew back to Austin and it's supposed to snow sometime this week.

Anyway, here are some more photos from the con and stuff~
(Note: All of my cosplay photos can be viewed on ComicsAlliance!)

~*convention haul*~ [details]
Team Rocket x Kim Possible & Bubblegum x Marceline mini prints, by Arielle Jovellanos
THIS IS ME NOW
Lisa is a nautical magical girl *o*
sweet & beautiful AK~
~convention dining~
JAPANIMATION CONFERENCE PROM