details [june 2014]

  1. arm candy: flicker watch (dollar tree) & vintage name bracelet (etsy)
  2. Since people keep bugging me for makeup tips, here’s a tutorial on how I create my day-to-day look.
  3. Valentino visited me when I was sick at home.
  4. new favorite boots (thrifted from goodwill)
  5. macarons @ h-mart
  6. no one does that to lex luthor and lives!
  7. fabric-shopping
  8. hawkguy fabric
  9. bff chick tract blood pact
  10. bat-studs
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Convention Recap: Special Edition NYC

this con is our con
L to R: Nick, Angelina, Lauren, some bat-idiot, Alex, Darshana, & Pat

First of all, I apologize for the radio silence - I got caught up in the whirlwind of summer adventures, errands, and conventions that I haven't really had a chance to actually sit down and write (and edit billions of photos). I originally intended for this recap to go up before I left for HeroesCon, but before I knew it, we were at HeroesCon, and here we are now (almost an entire month after HeroesCon). Life! ANYWAY...

Earlier last month, I made a quick excursion to New York for the first annual Special Edition: NYC on June 14-15 in Javitz Center North. Created by ReedPOP (who organize New York Comic Con), Special Edition was a more intimate show (compared to its larger multimedia predecessor) that served to showcase comic creators. Although Special Edition was less than a week prior to HeroesCon, I rounded up my friends to check out the show.

Since I was still in the process of prepping for HeroesCon, I spent the week prior to Special Edition scrambling to get as much cosplay work and errands completed before I left for New York. After greatly altering some of my HeroesCon cosplay plans last-minute, I managed to whip up a Batman '66-inspired ensemble and finish packing, all while watching Frances Ha, Wayne's World, Heathers, and Fifth Element. I didn't originally have cosplay plans for Special Edition, so I decided to break in my Batmangirl outfit on the first day of the con and I had an absolute blast running around in a cape again. I'll post a more detailed post about my Batmangirl later.

~spooky magical girls with Katie & Chan~

Star Trek print, by Annie Wu

Mike & Laura Allred signed my Wonder Woman x MAC Cosmetics tote bag

I crashed at Lauren's place for the weekend and on Saturday, we all got dolled up and met up with our friends at the Javitz Center. Since the crowds at NYCC can easily match the claustrophobic density of San Diego Comic Con, it was so relaxing and chill to actually walk around the Javitz during Special Edition without having to deal with any crowds. Because of this, I felt like I was actually able to better navigate the show floor and actually enjoy the convention with my friends and comfortably photograph cosplayers (btw here are my photos from the show), which are luxuries that I really don't get at many cons nowadays. I got to visit some of my friends who were tabling and I got to meet Mike and Laura Allred, who were as sweet as they are talented.


brunch baes

On Sunday, we treated ourselves to bottomless brunch at Gallow Green (on top of the McKittrick Hotel, where Sleep No More takes place). I want to go back to that brunch every day of my life. After brunch, we got to wander around the convention for the last few hours of the show, and before I knew it, I was already on the bus back to Boston. Also, Taco Bell and alcohol and qt photoshoots happened at some point. Anyway, I'm jonesing to return back to NYC sometime soon~~~

Okay, now I have to write a post about HeroesCon BYE.



and your friends they sing along and they love you

Our friend Joe (aka j-hat, aka Disneyland Corndog, aka Les Villainettes Fan Club President) came to visit us during Memorial Day weekend for Boston Calling and sleepovers and corn dogs. We've been friends with Joe ever since we met him at San Diego Comic Con 2010, and he's been one of the main reasons why we've returned to the con annually. Since we were unable to make the trip out to SDCC this year, Joe journeyed all the way from LA to reunite with us~ To celebrate the occasion, we awarded him with the Certificate of Achievement of Friendship and eight medals for completing eight mighty quests throughout the weekend.


Joe, our teenage fan club president.

On Saturday, we spent most of the day in City Hall Plaza for Boston Calling. I haven't been to a music festival since Warped Tour in high school, so it was a nice change of pace to our usual fare of shows at the Brighton Music Hall or the Paradise. We wandered around the Plaza and got drinks and met up with Giovanni and Doug at some point in between bands. The headliners for the Saturday line-up were The Decemberists and Death Cab For Cutie, but I was the most excited for Jenny Lewis' set since I've been a Rilo Kiley fan for over a decade now. For whatever dumb reasons, I've never had a chance to see Rilo Kiley when they were still together, and I've only previously seen Jenny and Johnny perform a free mini-gig at Newbury Comics a few years ago. Anyway, Jenny performed "A Man/Me/Then Jim" and "A Better Son/Daughter" and made everyone cry and it was beautiful and so was she.

And then it rained a lot as The Decemberists started, so AK & I hid out in Panera until the rain stopped (at approximately the same time that Death Cab's set started, coincidentally enough).

Boston Calling: Jenny Lewis; Boston Calling babycats; AK & Joe; Doug & Giovanni

On Sunday, we trekked out to Fenway to check out the Trifecta: Year One art show and pick up a copy of Brian Butler's SXSW Showdrawn zine. I met Brian back in college during my Kaiju Big Battel days, and he's since moved on to a variety of art projects, including a backup in the Regular Show comic and documenting concerts through his Showdrawn series, with his series of SXSW concert drawings collected in his latest zine. Another artist that caught my eye at the gallery was Matthew Zaremba's series of black and white artwork, featuring his wry commentary on life and stuff.

Brian Butler's SXSW Showdrawn; Trifecta selfie; artwork by Matthew Zaremba

And then we snuck into a church.

All in all, we had a fun weekend with Peter Pan - CONGRATULATIONS ON WINNING ALL OF THOSE AWARDS AND MEDALS~!



details [may 2014]

  1. so this arrived at my doorstep on friday. stay tuned for an unboxing post
  2. macarons, bears, and kewpie dolls~ (bodyline)
  3. new comix (from hub comics)
  4. beauty school dropout (sally beauty supply)
  5. we found our family crest at five horses tavern
  6. who let the dogs out? (spotted at comicopia)
  7. betty-never-beth (sex criminals)
  8. spoiler alert: zac efron says "i'm batman" in this movie
  9. inspirational words from adam j. kurtz
  10. sweet bb momo, baby of the universe
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☆ Wishlist [May 2014] ☆

A new wishlist because this is a thing that bloggers do.
  1. Sailor Moon gashopon charm set
    I missed out on the pre-order for these dumb charms, like some kind of jabroni. Though after reading Emily's brief review of these charms, I think I really just want the moon stick charm to wear as a necklace.
  2. Tablet (Monoprice)

    So one of my resolutions this year is to dabble in the art of flatting and coloring (as well as general digital art stuff), so I'm looking to invest in a proper tablet. I really don't know anything about tablets, but I've seen some of my artist friends speak highly about Monoprice tablets. Any insight/recommendations would be greatly appreciated~
  3. The Vixens Founding Member tote bag (Steph Buscema)
    Steph Buscema is one of my favorite artists and I especially love all of the retro girl gang-themed artwork she's been doing lately. I'm hoping to pick up one of these totes at HeroesCon next month
  4. New mirror (IKEA)
    My full-lenth mirror in my bedroom is broken, and I'm looking for a larger/wider wall mirror (primarily for my dumb outfit selfies). I think this mirror from IKEA seems suitable, though I'm also considering getting two of these mirrors to hang side-by-side... I might lurk craigslist for some cheaper options, but yeah! Mirrors!
  5. Brimper T-Shirt (Diesel Sweeties)
    as modeled by Kate Leth
    Hey, has Jordan read Sex Criminals yet?
  6. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
  7. Elastica self-titled LP
    Newbury Comics didn't have this LP on Record Store Day, so my goal this weekend is to find it while we bring Joe to a bunch of record stores in Boston/Cambridge/Somerville.
  8. iZOMBIE statue (DC Collectibles)
    I've never splurged on comic statues (since I really don't have the space to properly display them), but I think I may have to make an exception for Gwen Dylan.
  9. Peter pan collared dress in pink & black (OASAP)
    http://www.oasap.com/dresses/39783-peter-pan-short-sleeve-dress.html?fuid=20354 http://www.oasap.com/dresses/39783-peter-pan-short-sleeve-dress.html?fuid=20354
    So I got this dress in blue (which I wore last weekend), and it's perfect. So now I need to get it in pink and black too.
  10. Bear bouquet (Strapya World)
    As someone who doesn't care to receive a dumb bouquet of expensive dying flowers, teddy bear bouquets are a GAME CHANGER. I would like to receive at least one teddy bear bouquet for every holiday for the rest of my life.