Thursday, August 4, 2011

Otakon, outfit posts, new wrist cuffs, and AWA

So, it’s been a week since Otakon. For personal reasons I really did not enjoy myself as much as I could have. Since I’m not much of an otaku anymore (I still watch some anime here and there on occasion) I mostly attend for fashion and music guests and to hang out with all my friends who live out of state. (Practically all of them.)

Also for personal reasons, I didn’t attend any of the Lolita events or fashion shows. I may talk a little more about this in a future blog but not now. I don’t think it would be appropriate now to be honest.

But one meetup I did attend was the jrock cosplay photoshoot. I was not planning to go until one of my friends saw me walking around in my Ophelia Kaya cosplay and begged me to go with her. So I did. XD

I’ve been wearing my Ophelia Kaya cosplay since last November. I adore Kaya so much and he really is an inspiration to me not only as a style icon but as a person as well. His Ophelia costume is my favorite out of all of his outfits so when I first saw it I knew I had to make it and cosplay it.

But, for many reasons, I always felt like I was insulting Kaya with my cosplay. I always felt like it could be a lot better but it wasn’t because I don’t think I’m pretty enough to cosplay someone as beautiful as Kaya (or anyone else for that matter).

However, this time for some reason I actually liked the way I looked in my cosplay! I think part of the reason is the photos. I’ve noticed in a lot of the previous photos I’ve taken in my costume I look extremely sad/in pain, some hater even said that I have a “forever alone” face. >_< This time I think I look…dare I say it?....beautiful! This is my favorite shot. When I first saw it I was like “Oh my f***ing lord, IS THAT REALLY  ME?!” I wish I could have more pics taken of me like this. The photo credit goes to Donna Lleces.

Another pic. With me is a very sweet Hizaki cosplayer I met that day.

Later that day I went to the BTSSB/AatP booth in the dealers room, which ended up being extremely tiny to the point it wasn’t even LISTED on the dealers room map. Masumi Kano and Mitsuba were both there taking pics with the con goers. When I first went up to them Mitsuba touched the veil of my hat and said “Kaya! Kaya!” She recognized my cosplay! Masumi and the staff lady did too! ^.^ Well I guess they would since Kaya frequents that store a lot and his Ophelia costume was actually designed by them!

My outfit on Friday and Sunday too. My lovely Rose Candle OP came in afew weeks before Otakon. It’s so beautiful up close and it fits like a dream. I don’t think I’ve ever owned such a beautiful dress! ^o^ I decided to coordinate it in kind of a hime-lolita way. On Friday it was more like Hime Gyaru since I wore some pink mules that I modified with lace, pearls, bows, and roses to look like the ones Jesus Diamante sells.

Outfit Rundown~

Headpiece: Handmade

Jewelry: Offbrand

Tights: Forever 21

Bag: Bodyline

Shoes: Modified Leg Avenue (Friday) and Bodyline (Sunday)

Makeup shot~

The pic I took on Sunday with Masumi and Mitsuba. They were so nice.

Even though the booth was very small, there were afew things of interest. I ended up purchasing a pair of wrist cuffs, another item I’ve always wanted so I was very happy. ^o^

In the evenings I wore more goth/punkish things. Also at otakon were the designers Ibi and Mint of Sixth. I ended up spending the most money on their things, their stuff is so cool and I need more things for casual wear anyway. This is what I wore Friday evening to meet them. (sry the pic is not so good) They were also very nice and Ibi kept playing with my silver rose chain necklace. XD

And my Saturday outfit. The top and bag are by the designer h.Naoto. Both him and Sixth are branches of the larger label S-inc. I decided to be balls-ey and show my arms, which I hate! And show my natural hair.

And so otakon was pretty nice. My next convention will be Anime Weekend Atlanta. It will also be my birthday con, I’m turning 20 on September 27th! I think that con will be mostly a himegyaru con outfit wise since I’m beginning to collect more items. I may wear kurohime Lolita for Moon Stream’s concert though. So if you see me, please say hi or happy birthday! XD

In the meantime I’m working my ass off so I can make it in the fashion show S-inc is having at AWA. I’m a 13 now and I want to be a 10 or 8 by the time I apply. Wish me luck!

Yours Jasmine