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A Non-Otaku’s Adventures at Anime Expo

Hey my little ponies! Right now I’m hanging out at my sister’s apartment in San Diego getting ready for Comic-Con!!! I can’t believe it’s already that time of year. It always seems to creep up on me out of nowhere. I’ll be at the convention itself Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and a few parties throughout the week including Game of Bloggers tomorrow night, Geeks Go Glam on Thursday, and the Fashionably Nerdy cocktail hour on Friday. If you happen to be going to any of these events and see me, please say hi! And also forgive me for being socially awkward.

#shy #introvertproblems

Anywho, I’m still recuperating from my weekend spent at Anime Expo. I feel somewhat fine, but at the same time I don’t want to do a damn thing except for veg out on the couch like I’m a sloth and watch things on YouTube (I’m currently obsessed with Thug Notes). Back to back conventions just might be a sign that I am getting too old. Wah-wah-wah. But despite how low my mana is, I still had fun hanging out with my best friends and my sister!

I even got to write another article for Wear Your Voice Mag about casual cosplaying. You can read it here.

As you can see, I did a casual Totoro cosplay during one of my days at Anime Expo with my My Neighbor Totoro dress by Her Universe. It was perfect to wear to Anime Expo considering what a popular character Totoro is in the anime community. In case you’re not completely familiar with him, his popularity is equivalent to that of Mickey Mouse. And how effing adorable is he?! My Neighbor Totoro is a great film too, so go watch it if you haven’t yet!

I went to Anime Expo for a day last year and had fun, so I decided to buy a pass for this year too. Plus my friend Jen constantly told me that it’s not all just anime, other geekdoms are represented there too. And while the exhibition hall was full of cool vendors, I found myself not completely being into the whole thing. Like I mentioned in my last post, I’m not huge on anime and my knowledge on the subject is limited to a few Studio Ghibli films and Sailor Moon, and this convention’s main audience are those that roll in the otaku crowd… which I don’t find myself part of. By no means am I dissing Anime Expo, or anyone that’s super into it, I’m just saying that I feel like Anime Expo turned out to not quite be my thing. Oh well! I guess I’m just used to Comic-Con as it’s more up my alley where geekery is concerned. My friend Shanice and I saw all these great cosplays except we felt really awkward about not knowing where it was from.

One of the things that I really liked about Anime Expo though was their photo shoot area. There was a whole space with different kinds of backdrops set up for cosplayers to take photos of their cosplays, ranging from a space station, forest scene, classroom, graveyard, Japanese garden, etc. That’s where I took the cherry blossom pictures and some outfit pics of me wearing my Captain America dress (up on the blog later!). 🙂

cheers

13932753164_59cedb28abdress: Her Universe (no longer available)
cardigan: Old Navy (buy similar here)
flats: G.H. Bass (buy here)

belt: A|X Armani Exchange
headband: Made by me (tutorial here)

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How To Make Your Own Soot Sprites Headband

Happy 4th of July, my little ponies!

I’m currently in LA for Anime Expo, despite the fact that my knowledge on all things anime is extremely limited — like Studio Ghibli and Sailor Moon is the extent of my knowledge, and even the things I know about those aren’t vast at all! So what the hell am I doing here anyway? Well, my friend goes every year and I got to go for a wee bit last year and I had fun, so why not this year too? Plus it isn’t strictly anime since other geekdoms are well represented too!

spirited-away-soot-sprites

inspiration for the headband

Since I’m way too lazy to cosplay, I decided to wear my Totoro dress from Her Universe and make a headband to go with it. It was super simple to make, so here’s a little tutorial on how you can make your very own headband with little soot sprites from My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. >^__^<

You’ll need:

– A plain black headband.
– A pack of medium sized googly eyes
– Medium sized black puff balls
– Star shaped beads (glittery ones are optional)
– A small tube of E6000 or any sort of strong craft glue
– Pliers (optional)

– First, figure out where you’d like your first puff ball to sit on the headband. I didn’t want it to go all the way around, so I just eyeballed where I wanted it to start, and ended up using 11 of them. Once you’ve figured out where you’d like them to be, start glueing them in a zig-zag position.

– Next, use the pliers to pick up the googly eyes to glue and place the eyes onto the sprite. Place them on every other one so your headband won’t be overwhelmed with eyeballs!

This is what your headband should look like after the first 2 steps

– Once all the sprites are in place, start positioning where you’d like the stars to be. I did mine in a zig-zag position and tried not to place the same colored stars so close to each other.

And voila! There you have it — your very soot sprites headband! See? It’s super simple! If you happen to make your own soot sprites headband, I’d love to see it. 😀

 

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A Wish List For My Birthday

birthday wish list 2015

 R2-D2 suitcase // Keiko Bonlook glasses
The Little Prince pullover // Duffy Bear purse // Totoro dress
Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman //Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Hey my little ponies! My birthday is on everyone’s least favorite day of the week: Monday. But I have the day off, so it won’t be so dreadful (at least I hope it won’t)! A few of my friends and I are going to dress up and head to San Francisco to have tea at a cute little tea shop to celebrate. I’m super excited!

I threw this little wish list together for funsies, I’m not expecting to get any of these things from my friends or family. In fact, I’m probably going to buy myself that Totoro dress by Her Universe if it’s still in stock at Hot Topic when my Hot Cash becomes active. Hopefully they’ll still have my size in stock! I’ve been waiting for this dress to come out ever since I saw pictures of it at Her Universe’s fashion show at San Diego Comic-Con. 🙂

What’s on your wish list?

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