1/26/15

f/w 2014/2015



heyyy, I finally got around to editing a bunch of photos from fall/winter 2014-2015 thus far.

some highlights:
  • We made flower crowns and went to King Richard's Faire.
  • I finally went to MICE for the first time.
  • Katie Skelly and I collaborated on a style post inspired by Operation Margarine.
  • Jordan moved in~~~
  • Jordan and I dressed up as Kiki and Tombo and went on a day trip to Salem.
  • Jordan and I celebrated our first anniversary
  • We celebrated Halloween at the Comicazi Halloween party and at Ming's spooky birthday party.
  • I showed up in Batgirl and Squirrel Girl!
  • I cleaned out a lot of my belongings.
  • We went to Kaiju Big Battel's 20th anniversary show.
  • I couldn't decide whether I should go to my high school reunion or Shake Shack. So I did both.
  • I met Chris Evans.
  • We went to the Hub Comics Batman show
  • We went to the Yule Ball.
  • We rang in the new year by throwing a karaoke party
  • I wore a lot of qt outfits.


1/2/15

new yeah


After closing out 2014 with karaoke with some of my best friends and opening the new year with 12+ hours of sleep, I'm pretty pumped about 2015. 2014 was fun and all, but I definitely procrastinated on a lot of things - I didn't really motivate myself to make some major changes until the later half of the year. I'm determined to make the most of this year and myself, so here are some things I hope to accomplish this year.

GOALS & RESOLUTIONS
  1. Do more.
    • cook more: I want to get better at cooking and I want to stop ordering takeout every other night.
    • create more: I'm pushing myself to draw as often as I can, and I really want to do more creative writing. I also have a fun idea for a comic that I've been wanting to flesh out. I want to sew more and create a new dress and a new utility belt.
    • take more instax photos: I thought that I would've had more Instax photos by the end of 2014, so I would love to take at least 60 exposures this year.
    • more outfit photos: documenting my outfits at least a few times a week will push me to coordinate my clothes in new/different ways. I want to try to wear every item of clothing in my wardrobe at least once, and I think this will push me to utilize my entire wardrobe, instead of rotating through my ten favorite dresses.
    • move more: although I pretty much walk everywhere already, I want to try yoga, lifting weights, and more cardio. I canceled my gym membership last year because the monthly fees weren't worth it, but I think I may invest in a WiiU Fit.
    • save more: although I shop a lot, I'm pretty frugal with my purchases and I never spend beyond my means. Regardless, I'd love to reach my next savings goal. I want to spend less money on ordering takeout and put all of my ComicsAlliance paycheques into my savings.
    • blog more: I want to get in the habit of updating at least once a week. My goal is to have at least fifty-two entries by the end of 2015.
  2. Switch from shampoo & conditioner to a "no-poo" regimen Last year, I switched to sulfate-free shampoo and my hair definitely feels less damaged than it was earlier in the year, so I'm curious to see how my locks will look and feel with this new routine.
  3. Clean and declutter frequently
    I've been on a big cleaning binge since this past Fall, and I'm still itching to purge more of my wardrobe and belongings. Clutter tends to accumulate quickly in my room, and ever since Jordan moved in, I crave organized space for both of our stuff. I got rid of 9+ bags of clothing (most of which were adopted by friends, sold to Buffalo Exchange, and donated), and I still have a few bags of stuff to put up for sale on Storenvy and I still have a long way to go. I have boxes and boxes of craft supplies and fabric stocked up for a never-ending list of projects, so I'm going to push myself to actually turn my stuff into new treasures or destash my unused supplies. Likewise, I want to be more selective and mindful of clutter with every aspect in my life - I want to clear my social life, my social media feeds, and my mind of indulgent toxicity and mundane obligations. TAKING OUT THE TRASH 2015 LET'S DO THIS
  4. Learn how to read tarot cards and runes
    I got a beautiful set of tarot cards from AK and a set of runes a couple years ago in Salem, so I'm going to dabble in teen witch stuff and learn how to do readings with both sets.
  5. Be Wonder Woman
    Well, yeah.
PLANS / TRAVEL / CONVENTIONS
  1. Conventions: Anime Boston (April 3-5), TCAF (May 9-10), MeCAF (May 17), HeroesCon (June 19-21), Special Edition NYC, Boston Comic Con (July 31-Aug. 2), MICE, New York Comic Con (Oct 8-11), Super MegaFest (Nov. 21-22)
  2. Austin - I haven't gone to Austin since November 2013, but Jordan and I will probably go back within the next couple of months. I can't wait~!
  3. California trip (LA & San Francisco)
  4. more trips to New York
  5. Funspot
  6. Japan Summer Festival (Mitsuwa, New Jersey)
  7. Six Flags
  8. more karaoke nights
  9. beach trips
  10. Museums: planetarium, mapparium, cryptozoology museum, ica, mfa, moma, museum of natural history
2015 WISHLIST
After getting rid of a ton of stuff and learning to be Okay With Getting Rid Of Things That I Don't Need, I want to invest in higher quality items instead of cheaper items that won't get as much mileage. Here are some of the things that I want to invest in for 2015 - if any of you have any leads on any of these items, drop me a line~
  1. A durable pair of saddle shoes: I usually get my saddle shoes from payless, but they wear down so quickly whenever I wear them (they usually last me 3-4 months max?). I'd love to invest in a new pair that's more durable and higher quality.
  2. Yellow/mustard circle skirt: I recently got rid of my yellow pencil skirt from Forever 21 because it would easily wrinkle, so I want to replenish my wardrobe with a higher-quality medium weight mini circle skirt in yellow or mustard.
  3. Bras that actually fit: I read this guide to proper bra fit and measuring and I'm definitely wearing the wrong size right now. 2015 is the year for better undergarments~
  4. New computer: my macbook is about six years old now and I really need a new computer. I was thinking of getting a Macbook Air or a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - any insight would be welcomed.
  5. A new pair of glasses: I really love this pair from BonLook
  6. Lash extensions
  7. Batgirl cowl
  8. Leather moto jacket: I currently alternate between two faux leather jackets from Forever 21 and they're cute, but the synthetic material wears off quickly. I've been wanting a proper black leather punk jacket ever since I was a teen and maybe I can finally indulge before I turn 30. Edit: I'm trying to decide between these two Straight To Hell jackets: Commando vs. Defector
  9. New bed frame and a bed: because I'm still sleeping on a futon, y'all.
  10. At least one tattoo. It's time.

Anyway, here's a photo of me and Jordan after five hours of NYE karaoke

12/8/14

instax


Over the past year, I've been experimenting with my Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 and I finally got a chance to scan all of my shots that I've taken thus far (thanks to Benn). Since I usually shoot with my Nikon Coolpix L120 and my iPhone, I have a tendency to take a lot of "safety shots", which ensures that I can get the best shot while quickly filling up my memory cards with at least a dozen unnecessary outtakes. Despite the luxury/burden of limitless digital shots, I've been pushing myself to be more selective and mindful with my photos and my Instax has definitely made me more conscious of this effort, especially with only ten exposures per film cartridge.

I'm still getting used to adjusting the aperture settings to account for better exposures, but I really love how user-friendly the Instax is. Even though I usually carry my Instax around with me in my purse and I've brought it to every convention, I only have twenty-four photos thus far, but I just stocked up on some more film and I look foward to taking more Instax photos in 2015.

Anyway, here's my humble gallery of Instax shots thus far~~~

























11/14/14

a very belated birthday post


hey, here's a belated post about my birthday weekend a couple months ago~

This year, my birthday (September 19th) fell on a Friday, and since both Jordan, Lauren, and Nick were visiting over the course of two weeks, we ended up celebrating both my and AK's birthdays for the rest of the month. On my birthday, Jordan treated me to lunch at my favorite ramen joint and we went to the New England Aquarium (thanks to resident mermaid, Maris). Since it was off-season and a workday, we were able to peruse the Aquarium without dealing with massive crowds and I got to spend more time petting mantarays and admiring the tiny tank of Leidy's Comb Jellyfish. We also got a chance to ride the carousel before we had to head back to Somerville to get ready for my and AK's karaoke birthday party.


After skipping out on birthday parties over the last couple of years, AK and I decided to treat ourselves to a proper birthday celebration this year. We summoned our closest friends to a private karaoke room at DoReMi and everyone sang (including the karaoke newbies) and it was great. I'm jonesing to organize a monthly/bi-monthly karaoke thing but I'm kind of deterred by the fact that there aren't more karaoke places in Cambridge/Somerville.


During the weekend, we originally had planned to go to Funspot in New Hampshire for a day at the arcade, but due to a late start, we ended up going to Shake Shack and Lanes & Games for drinks and a couple games of bowling. It was a lot of fun, but I'm really itching to go to an arcade again. LET'S GO TO AN ARCADE SOON, GUYS.

Anyway, some of my talented friends surprised me with some birthday art
by beanyneko
by Susie Nguyen

HERE ARE A BUNCH OF OTHER PHOTOS OF OUTFITS AND PRESENTS AND THINGS LOOK AT THEM~~~

10/31/14

happy halloween


One day, I'll get around to posting about everything that's happened over the past couple of months, but for now, Happy Halloween~

10/16/14

art walk in the park / in the name of the moon

Here are some belated photos from two art events that I went to in August - the Art Walk in the Park in Central Square and the In the Name of the Moon art show at Hub Comics.

Art Walk in the Park was organized by Tofusquirrel, who coordinated local artists for a small show in University Park. I got to see Jonathan Reincke and Marc, whom I've befriended after loitering around their booths at Boston Comic Con over the years. I also had the delight of meeting Christina Siravo, whose artwork was whimsical and retro and perfect - I would love to commission her for some artwork in the future



Phillip & Liz

Jon & Mark

Christina Siravo

pins! by Bamcat, Christina Siravo, & Tofusquirrel

Sailor Venus & Sailor Mars prints (by Jonathan Reincke), Little Red Riding Hood comic (by Bamcat), Unico & My Little Pony print (by Christina Siravo)

The In the Name of the Moon art show took place at at Hub Comics and was organized by my friend and ComicsAlliance colleague Juliet Kahn. In the same vein as Hub's annual Batman art show, In the Name of the Moon featured multimedia artwork inspired by Sailor Moon from local artists, including Erica Henderson, Joe Quinones, and more. The volume and diversity of the showcased artwork was amazing - I was particularly captivated by Rhonda Ratray's Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask paintings in the style of Margaret Keane, Christina Kelly's Moon Star Chart, and Lisa Kurth's Moonlight Sensation LP. I really hope that Hub Comics holds another Sailor Moon event next year - I would love to submit something for the show.


Luna, by Beany Neko

Sailor V & Princess Serenity, by Kate Bresnahan
Sailor Saturn, by Amanda Boucher

Sailor Moon & Luna, by Joe Quinones

Sailor Moon & Tuxedo Mask, by Rhonda Ratray

Sailor Soldier Mementos, by Rhonda Ratray

Tattooed Sailor Scouts, by Jonathan Reincke

Sailor Moon, by Amanda Boucher

Moon Star Chart, by Christina Kelly

Tuxedo Mask & Sailor Moon, by Erica Henderson

Moonlight Sensation, by Lisa Kurth