Wednesday, 3 August 2011

London Film and Comic-con

So last Sunday I went to the Londond Film and Comic-Con with Rima-chan of Rima's Otaku World we had a blaaaast!! It was very fun, we just missed Beri-chan and Vee a heck of a lot!!
It's not really focused on anime and manga so much (as you'd guess by the name), which was okay, because it made for a nice break, and we're both nerdy enough that we didn't feel lost in the sea of miscellaneous comics and Star Wars merch! XD

My morning was pretty leisurely which was good. I've been too tired recently to attempt anything close to rushing. I was cosplaying casual Soul Eater Evans for those that don't know ^-~. I got the train to London Victoria and then the underground to Earls Court (FIRST TIME COSPLAYING IN PUBLIC ON MAH OWN, AAAAAAnd my first time going on the underground alone *proud*). Got a bit lost on the Earls Court end, but followed the cosplayers and found Rima-chan who was wearing her rather spectacular Matryoshka Len cosplay!! We then skipped off to queue, and I met her dad properly for the first time. Luckily the queue didn't take long at all despite the fact it went right around the side of Earls Court 2 o.o'''

Once we got inside we got tickets and then went and did some shopping! We found a yaoi manga stall, and they seemed pretty desperate for customers, so we got given free stickers. Rima bought D-grey man doujinshi, whilst I was scarred for life by a Kuro doujin where Ciel had the biggest pair of tits I've ever seen (*twitch*).
I found volume 6 of Kuro (which I swear isn't supposed to be out here yet O.o?) which made me want to scream and run around in circles! CIRCUS ARC!!! YAYZA!!! Needless to say I bought it! Kukuku~
Then I got some pocky to curb my crazy hunger!! NOMBLES!!

We met up with her dad again and got lunch... I bought an apple and a Sprite because I'm too much of a stinge to spend money on food. And refused Rima's father's offer of a sandwich... I'd feel bad if he bought me food >.< we'd only just met!!
We ate lunch outside, and Rima gave me some chocolate cake (NOMZ!!!!) then we took lots of photos, and found some traffic signs that worked perfectly for Matryoshka Len! (You can find all those photos on Rima's DeviantART).

After lunch we went inside and watched the masquerade, then we went back to the yaoi manga stall and I got a cute looking manga called 'The Paradise on The Hill' about two school teachers at a posh all girls school!!

.... And then....... I found the NERDS!!!! OMG!!! So if you don't know what nerds are you haven't lived!! My dear Ami-kinz introduced me to them last October, and we had two packets a day each at EXPO, they're like, little balls about a quarter of a cm big, comprised mostly of e-numbers, food colouring, sourness and sugar! They. Are. AMAZING!!! Rima now loves them too >-> heeheehee!
They were so over priced, but I hadn't had them in a couple of months (you can't get them in England T.T) so I was like 'OMG OMG OMG!!'
We naturally ate them in Ami-sempai's honour!

After that we took some more photos and filmed a little so we had something to put on our youtube accounts, and then it was time to go home and sleep...
But I had a really awesome day, and I can't wait to see Rima-chan again!!!

~Now for Pictures~

We took tons more but I Didn't wanna kill your computers, and I think this post is long enough now anywayz!!

Next post will be a report on a loli photoshoot I did with Echo-Anechan of Ri's Rakuen~<3

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Monday, 1 August 2011

Lolita Level!

Back with another fun meme like thing that I stole from somebody!! Miss Puffle Dust of Cinnamon Shortbread to be exact!! Feel free to try it out, I was shocked into a stunned silence by the results! I don't quite believe them ^-^



You've been to egl.

You've posted on egl, without an onslaught of 'USE THE MEMORIES' and likewise.

You've bought a lolita mook.

You've picked a favorite brand.

You've ordered your first item.

You've worn a full outfit.
You've worn a full outfit out in public.

You've worn a full outfit and posted photos of it on the Internet.

You know what JSK, OP, and cutsew all mean.

You've bought your first brand piece.

You know your measurements.

You know you shoe size - in American, European, and Japanese.

You know who Mr. Yan is.

You know who Mana is. (+1 points if you know his band. +2 points if you know his brand. +3 points if you know why he's featured in every GLB. +4 if you have a shrine to him in your closet.)

You know who Maki and Asuka are. (+2 if you've met Maki and Asuka).

You've watched Kamikaze Girls. (+1 if you know the real name of this movie. +2 if you know who wrote the book this was based on. +3 if you've also read the manga or novel. +4 if you love the author despite his criminal record).

You own a wig. (+1 if you own more than 2.) (They're for cosplay, BUT THEY STILL COUNT!!)

You own a pair of falls.

You can identify lace on the spot.

You can identify an item's brand on the spot.

You can identify the year a dress was made by a specific brand on the spot.

You can name several different dresses or prints

You answer stock photo requests.

You mod a lolita community.

You decorate your nails. (+1 if you wear fake nails. +2 if you make fake nails.)

You own a pair of a rocking horse shoes. (+1 if you know their abbreviation.)

You've made your own rose corsage.

You've made anything out of your brand dress's waist ties.

You've made anything out of a matching eco tote. (+3 if you were the first one to do it, you think).

You know how to apply false eyelashes. (In theory! Lolz!)

You know how to pronounce Moi-meme-moitie, or Metamorphose tempes de fille.

You know a reliable shopping service.
You bid on Yahoo!Japan or Mbok.

You've been to a meetup.

You've planned a meetup.

You've planned a meetup with catering for more than 20 attendees.

You've met up with lolitas while on vacation to foreign or faraway locales.

You've seen a lolita fashion show.

You've seen a brand fashion show.

You've modeled in a lolita fashion show.

You've modeled in a brand lolita fashion show.

You wear bloomers.

You know how to make bloomers.

You tell other people to wear bloomers.

You draw lolita art, write a lolita blog, or provide the community with some sort of creative services.

You've taken purikura in lolita.

You've decorated your room/house/apartment in lolita style.

You've listened to lolita music.

You've learned kana.

You have learned enough Japanese to read a magazine.

You wear or own circle lenses.

You've been called a princess by a young child.

You've dressed up a friend.

You've converted a friend.

You've been in media (television, newspaper, magazine). (+2 points if it's Japanese media.)

You've learned a handicraft, like jewelry making, embroidery, or sewing.

You've become a lolita mentor.

You've attended lolita events at an anime or multi-genre convention.

You’ve organized or presented lolita events at a convention.

You've visited a brand shop.

Trip to Japan!

You've dressed up and gone out alone.

You're prepared for inclement or colder weather in lolita (coat, parasol, boots, gloves, other climate-specific items.)

You've learned face contouring.

You've made a lolita valentine.

You've got a lolita pen pal or online lolita friends.

You have local lolita friends.

You know how to modify clothes that don't fit you.

You know how to dress for your body type.

You've been in a street snap.

You've been to multiple world locations of the same brand store (BABY Paris, BABY Tokyo, BABY San Francisco, etc.)

You've created a makeup/hair/sewing tutorial.

You've sold hand-created lolita goods.

You have your own lolita fashion line.

You've gotten a lolita haircut, style, or color.

You've mixed other street fashions with lolita.

You've thrown a lolita party/had a lolita wedding.

You've dressed your child/small children in lolita or kodona style.

You've successfully cross-dressed in lolita style at least once (boystyle for girls and girls' clothing for guys).

You've lolified or made sure all the contents of your purse are cute (wallet, lipgloss, keyring, etc.)

You have a lolita pet (small dogs, cats, rabbits, exotic birds, fancy fish) or have dressed/accessorized your pet (bows or pet clothes).

You've dressed your significant other or dated someone who dresses in J-fashion/alternative fashion.

You've read Alice in Wonderland. (+1 if you've seen the animated movie or other variations, +2 if you've seen more than one variation, +3 if you own more than one variation)


You've dressed as Alice or another Wonderland character in lolita style, or own Alice themed items.

You've made something from a Japanese pattern.

You've found, bought, or made lolita underwear (bras and panties).

You wear lolita daily, or have gone 7 days straight wearing only lolita.

You have lolita calling cards or business cards.

You play a lolita instrument (i.e, piano, violin, harp, French horn... Well any instrument really.)

You can translate yen to your country's currency in your head. (+1 if you can convert other currencies you shop with as well. +2 if you read the news to know how the yen is doing.)

You've sold lolita clothing online (secondhand, egl_comm_sales).

Your article or entry has been put into the egl memories.

You take photos of your outfits/daily outfit photos.

You’ve posted to daily_lolita.

You own a petticoat. (+1 if you own more than one. +2 if you wear three or more at a time).

You’ve bought a lucky pack.

You keep a style diary or look-book. (It's there, but I don't write in it T.T)

You can put together an outfit made entirely from offbrand.

You’ve bought offbrand or non-Japanese brand.

Adorable Admirer (lvls 1 - 20) You've started studying or liking lolita but haven't taken that leap of faith yet. Good luck!

Resplendant Rufflebutt (lvls 21 - 40) At home within the land of the rufflebutts and spilling frills from every edge.

Victorian Maiden (lvls 41 - 60) A classy lolita of taste and experience, who knows her way around the lolita social set.

Starry Celebrity (lvls 61 - 80) On page six of the lolita world, you've risen to the ring of the upper crust.
(Finding that VERY hard to believe O.O)

Pretty Princess (lvls 81 - 100) Lolita royalty, truly versed in the ways of the lacey ones, the lolita princesses have achieved a special level of enlightenment.

Ultimate Lolita (Boss Fight!) (lvls 100+) Wow, you've gotten over 100 levels? You're the ultimate lolita with unlimited hitpoints. That's actually a little scary...

Split It In Two: A Guide to Bugeting and List Making

Hello chuuu guuuys!!

So it's been a shamefully long time since I made a post, and I apologise for that, I got a little bogged down with things (despite it being summer holidays T.T) and then I went on holiday to a festival for a week.
But yes!! I think the 5 most interesting things that I actively did since I last posted are:

1: Going to my friends 16th birthday party *coughousepartycough*. Which was fun enough until we woke her mum up at 4:30am and me and my friend Bebhinn went all ninja and dropped to the floor where we were standing and pretended to be asleep. It just so happened that I was standing next to the table. Thus I ended up firstly attempting to sleep in a sea of bread stick crumbs, and next to a sizable chunk of half chewed fried/battered chicken (not nice for a non meat eater like myself >.<). Luckily I was able to move and found a better spot where I was away from the chicken, but was continually kicked in the head by my friend Tom.

2: Went to see the new Harry Potter movie! Blimey such a good fucking movie!!! But why, oh why did they feel it necessary to change bits of the end??? Douche bags!!!
Aside from that... SNAPE'S MEMORIES!!!!! I cried so freaking much. I thought I was being subtle as well! But apparently not, because my mum, who was sitting two seats away from me told me afterward that she heard me sobbing >->

3: Went to the London Film and Comic-con with Rima-chan!! Hence the name, not so much focused on anime and manga, but it provided a refreshing change from the norm!
I have two things to say... YAOI STICKER... NERDS!!!!!
Good timezzzz!!

4: MAH SEBBY WIG ARRIVED!!!!! AHGSHFGDLJGSLGSFLSGFLSGAFFFFAFJSFGSSLJGFAAHSSGS!!! And fuck me is it gorgeous!!! I styled it pretty well me thinks!! It's seriously the most natural feeling, comfiest wig I've ever worn! Much love for it already and I've only worn it 3 times!!

5: Went to the great ol' land of Bury St. Edmund's for HES FES, Home Educators Summer Festival (it used to be seaside festival but the douche bags moved it away from the beach so they had to change it *grumble*).
Anywayz, I had a wonderful time trolling around with Siobhan, Echo-anechan and Jum-chan!! Bocchan moshed and much Caribbean Twist was consumed!
We discovered that I CAN dance when forced, and that when you get Echo tipsy she rants about OzxAlice and hugs you a lot. That I'm still terrified of Doctor Nye from Skulduggery Pleasant, Mortal Coil and that Echo can be quite sadistic when it comes to scaring me with Nye inspired sound effects. When someone has sex in a tent next to you, listen to Ali Project and laugh loudly! Role playing as Sebastian and Ciel with Beri-chan whilst drinking Bacardi Breezer and getting hyper off only half a bottle of it before you have to give it to your friend 'cos you hate pineapple and watching 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show' produces interesting *coughdirtycough* conversations! And lastly... YOU CAN PLAY REAL LIFE TRON WITH GLOW STICKS!!! I have tons more cosplays to do, some new clothes, a whole bunch of lolita photos to upload and some extraordinary memories!! Thank you for a wonderful week... And just to piss Anechan off.... SQUID PORN!!!!!!

'HES FES 2011- Year of the squid porn'


But I did come here today with a topic in mind, so now that that mini-update is over I can get right to it!

Split it in two... Or three... Or four... 

Currently I'm struggling under a mountain of cosplays (no joke, 16 planned ones!! *Shot*), and with very little funds, but a crap ton of ideas that gets a little hairy.
So I wanted to write this article for those that -like me- have a couple of interests, or lots of things they wanna buy but not much money to play with.

Step 1: The basic list~So get onto Microsoft Word, pages, or just grab a pen and a bit of paper and start writing a list of all the cosplays you wanna do, costumes for parties or themed coords you wanna put together if this is your things. If not, skip this step!!

Step 2: The slightly more detailed list~
Now you've got your basic lists you're obviously gonna need to dissect them a little more!
Split them up into the separate pieces you'll need for each cosplay, coords or costumes.
E.g; "1: Material/buttons/cotton for tailcoat and waistcoat
2: White gloves
3: Head butler pin
4: White tuxedo shirt
5: Red contact lenses
6: Black eyeliner
7: Black eyeshadow"
(They're all the things I still have to buy for my Sebastian cosplay *dies*)
Again, if costumes and coordinates aren't your thing -if not then why are you reading this blog? O.o, skip this step!!

Step 3: Split lists~If you're starting off on your list journey here then you're going to need to split your list of "Things to buy" into two parts: Things you NEED and things you WANT.
For us cosplayers things we'll NEED are things that make up costumes and basic necessities; new underwear, make up, food, travel money, toiletries etc.
And for those normal people amongst us your lists might look something like this (I'll try and make it as normal as possible!!)

E.g "Things to buy: Wants~
1: New hat
2: Green eye shadow
3: Party dress
4: 'Gormenghast' by Mervin Peak
5: That new video game that just came out

Things to buy: Needs~
1: New foundation
2: Socks
3: Top up rail card
4: Text book
5: Tampons/sanitary towels/condoms etc"

You get the idea!!
Splitting things up into WANTS and NEEDS matters a lot more if you don't live with your folks anymore.
Of course you can split your list into as many different categories as you like, and have as many different names for categories as you like. I split mine up into "Things to buy for cosplay~" and "Other~" (which basically consists random things I want!! Hehe~<3).

Step 4: Actually getting hold of money~This is mostly up to whether you're prepared to work or not. Personally I like keeping my Saturday mornings for sleeping, or just generally being a lazy fuck. And seeing as I'm not 18 yet I can't work on a weekday in term time... Which is shiiiit! Shit I tell thee!!
There are of course other ways to obtain doh, plant sitting, pet sitting, baby sitting, dog walking... That kind of usual shizz that us young teens get lumped with *grumble*.

Step 5: Separate your pennies~
Split your money between your different lists as you see fit. Personally I'd put more towards cosplay and literature and less towards fashion and movies!

I think this is the most crucial step! Or it is for me personally anywayz >->
If you have coordinate pieces to obtain (I MUST HAVE THAT HUGE PUFFY LILAC PETTI AND THOSE ADORABLE PASTEL SKETCHERS!!!), or you need large quantities of black suiting fabric, buttons and silk. DON'T GET DISTRACTED!!!!
It's hard to resist the temptation sometimes, but saying no to that milkshake, or putting off buying that box set is something you really won't regret!
It's also good to focus. Especially if you're into cosplay, lolita or some other type of street fashion or otaku themed... Thingy-thing (>-<''''), also if you collect something or other. Don't spread yourself too thin, think about the things you need to get sorted now, and save the rest for later.
Using myself as an example again; I keep feeling very tempted to shell out on a Luka wig, an Ashford Academy uniform, or even just a simple black waist coat for Shizuo. But I don't need to have those cosplays finished until next year. Right now I need to be thinking about material, tuxedo shirts and white kid gloves!! ^-^

That is all!!

I be ye goodnight!!

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