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I really want to cosplay from Trails of Cold Steel, so I ordered a uniform online. It's a really complicated design, so rather than cause myself pain (like I do with Tales of cosplays), I opted to buy it this time, but the only shop that really offers ANY design is EZ Cosplay. I've bought only props from them in the past, and appreciated their customer service when the difficult to open packaging ended up damaging a sword I bought, so they sent me a free replacement! I have always been nervous about handmade import costumes though, because it's always 50/50 if you're going to get a quality item.

Anyway, it arrived today, so here's my review!

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I owe you guys an apology

I said I'd post more, I even went and friended a bunch of people, and then vanished. The truth is, I hit internet burnout pretty bad. I couldn't convince myself I hadn't, that I'd be back the next day or so. Before I knew it, a month had gone by. x_x IDK if it's depression or anxiety or what, but I didn't even touch my MMOs, and haven't gone back yet. I want to. I will. x_x Just need to find the time. Work has also been rough.

Anyway, I should update on some things here.

I recently went to Mini A-kon, and got a few pics. My roommate really got me into the Persona 4 anime, so we went as Yuu (her) and Yousuke (me).

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I was really excited to see some other cosplayers from fandoms I like. I've seen that Machi around before, they're cool! And while I haven't played any of the Persona games, I recognized the outfit the other guy had on and that was cool.

Aselia-con is coming up this next weekend, and I'm really excited for it! I don't really have anything new except for a scrapped together cosplay of Anise in her 'Not a Kid' costume, but I'm bringing back Brute from Dawn of the New World, and Leia from Xillia. I had to take in Leia's belt, and Brute needed some repairs, and tonight I still need to add lace to the top I got for Anise, it's just something I got on Amazon that works pretty well for it.

I've actually been sewing wefts into [personal profile] insidious's Machi wig for A-kon. I really have to get off my ass in the coming days and bust out as much work as I can get done on everything. I have 2 suits to make, a coat and cape for myself, 3 wigs to style, 4 if you count my own but I'm not sure entirely how much it needs it, and a track suit and some baggy simple garments. I'm not all alone in this. [personal profile] insidious is going to be sewing anything she can, but I have to get it to a point where we can collaborate, and that means actually starting. Guh. I'm a lazy ass.

I'll write more later, but that's what's been up! If you're going to Aseliacon, see you there!

New MUSH - Dream Chasers

Sharing this here for my friend! :D

Originally posted by runegrey at New MUSH - Dream Chasers
Hello folks!  Been a while, but I know a few of you still look at Livejournal from time to time.  A few friends and I are opening a new online text RP game called Dream Chasers, which is an blended theme game featuring Xenogears, Wild Arms, and Lunar.  We've a wordpress page where we're posting out developer diaries about the game, which will lead up to the game opening for guests in just under a month.  Please swing by to read if you are interested.


I used to RP frequently on MUSHes (Multi User Shared Hallucination) and MUCKs (Multi User Created Kingdom or something like that). It's basically like an IRC chat room but it's coded that lets you type commands in to 'enter' other rooms, so in effect it's a text based virtual reality and helps spread out and break up real-time writing based RP. They are a LOT of fun, and the people running this new project are very experienced in putting this kind of thing together and playing on them.

I gave it up due to a lack of time. But this... this really makes me want to give it another shot.


New Years Metroplex Lolita Meet!

I went to the meet and it was a lot of fun! I rode with my friend Jhericca who took Bree and Stephanie with us, too. We all helped set up, and it went really quickly and the venue was nice for being a rental space tied to a medical center. I wish I had taken more pictures, but they did have a photographer there so I got a few of my coord thanks to him.

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This past Monday I started working on patterning [personal profile] insidious's Campanella suit (Ao no Kiseki/Trails in the Sky). This is a tracing off of her Leorio suit, so there are extra seams, and I'm starting to change what lines up where. I'm still unhappy with it so tonight I'm going to re-trace it onto more scrap fabric and try drafting a 2nd take.

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I really gotta crack down on myself and work at getting some stuff done this week. We'll be going to the fabric store saturday and I'll pick up my fabric for Bleublanc.

Last night togabitoion and I went to Dave and Busters to play DDR! We got sidetracked by a lot of other games though, lol. She was an ace at Time Crisis when we used to go to the arcade, and Time Crisis 5 was out, so she had to play. It had a new mechanism for ducking left or right, though, and I caught this shot at an unfortunate moment. XD

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DDR has worn me out, but I just need to caffinate tonight and carry on.

I'm sad my guild/clan in SMT:Imagine has dropped down to 3 people. We had 5 at one point. I try to be on whenever I can! If you see me or Ue around, come join us!

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Sorry for no update on Ikkicon. I have so many photos. A ton of them are my roommate though, and I told her I would wait to post them because I know she'll want to remove any she is not happy with. I snap so many candid shots, it's only fair I let people root out any unflattering ones. So... eventually I'll post them! It's been a stressful week for her, though, with work. Maybe after this weekend.

I've been playing more Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine, though!Collapse )

In other news, I got the blouse and shoes for my coord for this weekend, and the blouse doesn't fit my arms at all. It's really disappointing, that's the second one I've bought. I am going to have to start asking for the sleeve measurements because I'm ridiculously huge-armed, while being flat as a board so well fitting shirts are hard to find. Not to mention, going above a size 16 makes finding something cute and lolita themed difficult enough.

[personal profile] insidious took me thrifting to find a better blouse last weekend. We met up with another one of my friends and all of us found useful stuff for either cosplay or fashion, so that was productive.

There was also my sister's birthday, and hanging out with rubyredrose and coming up with a keto recipe for vegetable soup. Using mostly green vegetables may make it low carb, but it's also not very filling AT ALL, and yet to keep it vegetarian friendly (she is), we had to find something besides beans (too high carb) for protein. So she introduced me to nutritional yeast, which... despite the gross name, made the soup delicious and creamy and actually had a lot of protein in it. Now I have a new ingredient in my arsenal, and because I love food so much, that means a lot to me. *_* My family still struggles to accept that I'm giving up sugar except for special occasions. They either push things at me or criticize my choice to keep diet soda as my one vice. My stepmom even said regular soda was better for me than the diet... and if she paid attention at all to what I'm doing she'd know that one normal coke would destroy my carb count for the week and thus negate any progress maintaining keto. *sigh* Everything is bad for you in some way, it's about moderation. This is how I manage to stay on my diet. I've lost weight and I'm not going to change it just because it makes some people more hungry.

That... turned into a rant. Sorry lol.

Also I saw Rogue One last week, and it was fantastic. ;_; I was really into Star Wars when I was younger, and this is sucking me back in.

Happy New Year!

I'm bad at doing these posts on time. But better late than never!

I spent New Years at Ikkicon, and while the con itself sucked, I enjoyed my time thanks to my friends! I'll have a con report later this week!

Today I've been getting back into the swing of things at work, but all that's on my mind is finishing up my coord for the Metroplex Lolitas New Years Extravaganza. It's generally the one meet I go to every year, though I've been making it to at least a Christmas one, too. I guess if I had a goal this year it's to go to more than that, which means dedicating myself to finding more stuff to wear!

My budget's no tighter than it has been, but I think I have a slightly better eye than I used to for what to get that isn't ita. It's still frustrating looking for things that are both in my size, and don't make me instantly say "But I don't like/won't wear that".

I won this JSK on lacemarket over the holidays though, and it fits! (if only barely, thanks holiday foods...)

I went shopping with togabitoion yesterday and found some jewelry and a purse I can use. I'll probably replace the purse but it's workable because it's a nice grey color without looking tacky. I'd like to ideally make one to match the dress itself.

Then today, with the last of my money after bills, I got these on Ebay and Etsy!

I really really hope they both make it here before the party. But if not, I'll figure something out. :/ For now it's a waiting game.

That's about all that's going on right now besides cleaning up the mess in my apartment. I started re-watching Houshin Engi/Soul Hunter last night just because I'm putting Taikoubou in one of my RPs and needed to review. I'll let it play more while I get stuff done tonight. I love that anime but the pacing suffered so badly. T_T

Going to Ikkicon!

I got super sick over Christmas, though not enough to ruin it. I just really was afraid I was going to end up with strep. THANKFULLY it was just a bad sinus infection/ear infection, and once I started meds on Monday night, I immediately already started feeling better. I stayed home all day yesterday and just slept. I wanted to play some games, but I was good and didn't. And then I got up in the evening and started working on [personal profile] insidious's briefcase for Leorio.

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It came out great for doing it in one night. It smells like E6000 though and I'm hoping one day is enough for it to solidify and air out in the garage. @_@ If not, our car ride is going to be awfulllll. Ugh.

I'm trying to get my head back into doing things and keeping up with stuff. I've got LJ here, the games I want to play, the holidays (thankfully over now), but still some cards I am late on mailing out that I still have to draw, and a con to prepare for. Once Ikkicon is over, I wanna say I'll have some downtime. But I do want to get a head start on A-kon cosplays. So I guess the plan will be to A: take my sewing machine in for repairs, and B: clean house while it's gone, and C: relax and play some video games until I can get started on cosplays again. Then I'll be posting regular sewing updates.

I got my character on the private Chinese Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine server up to level 23 over the last week, though! Check him out!

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If you want to play too, check out this forum post!

Lolita Christmas meetup

I went to the Christmas shopping meetup of my local Lolita community last saturday, and it was fun! I really am unhappy with how I looked, but the important thing was we all had a good time. We met at cosplay n charm, and then went for dim sum, then went to a bakery and the local Korean market! I got some cute things for my roommate as thanks for dropping me off, and broke my low carb diet for the occasion. I'm trying to be good now, though.

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I'm totally getting a wig soon because my hair is just not volumous enough for Lolita. I'm only disappointed that I can't wear both a wig and a hat. My head is too big. :( There's a lot I wanna improve on this outfit but it'll come in time. I just won a beautiful silver chiffon JSK (my first one!) and I'm excited to get things together for it by the January New Years meetup!

But for now, I gotta focus. There's a lot still to get done before Christmas and Ikkicon, despite me not having any new costumes to make. There's repairs on Decus for [personal profile] insidious, washing Phinks's wig, making the cover to Leorio's briefcase, and finishing getting the gifts for my family ready for Christmas!

AND I'm in a fandom icon exchange, which I'm almost done with but I wanted to make one extra icon for good measure. Guh if I can just find the time. I still owe Christmas cards to a few people, too. This time of year always kicks my ass into gear being creative but I also overstretch myself. I've got so many ideas and things that built up while I was sewing cosplay all year instead, though.

I've been playing a bit of .hack//Fragment in offline mode while I get the hang of it. My computer severely lags, but I really want to join the few online players that are still around. I got a new controller (it had to be analog to work correctly, the bluetooth one I had to return), and I'm going to save up next month to get a new laptop. It may take me until March to afford it though. Guh.

And once January rolls around I've really got to start working on our A-kon cosplays.

It's 5 though, so I gotta go. I'll update more later!

Not ready for monday

That movie (Nocturnal Animals) was... a trip. I was not prepared. It did make you think by the end of it, but there were some shocking things in it I had no idea of, so if you plan to go see it, be warned you might want to look up why it's rated what it was. It was well done for what it was, though. I guess what I can take away from it is that I am a lot more stable at handling movies with unsettling content in them than I used to be. I enjoyed the acting in it, too. I didn't recognize that it was the same actress (Amy Adams) as the one in Arrival (THAT movie was amazing, omg) and Enchanted. And it was really weird to see Jake Gyllenhaal (how does one pronounce his name anyway?) play an emotionally fragile/damaged man after JUST watching Prince of Persia the other day.

...I much prefer him as Dastan, though. X)

So movies aside, I got a good chunk of Christmas shopping done. We went to an antique mall and to the regular malls, too. My family is really hard to shop for so I'm kind of going for the gift-card angle but along with something meaningful as a small trinket with it, with significance to what each person likes. For example I got my brother an antique wooden box to put the gift card in, because he and my sister-in-law like handmade things. Whereas my little sister only wants makeup... at least that was easy lol.

I don't think I've done as much mall-ratting in high-end malls as I have this weekend. It's a bit overwhelming to realize how much things in a lot of those shops cost. I never go into them. I window-shopped a lot of the fancy stores with my friends and felt just how small my own wallet was, jeez. I realize we live in a world with a skewed sense of value, going either direction. I make a lot of my own things, but mostly in cosplay. I understand the value of a well-made item, whether one of a kind or manufactured, and a lot of that gets undersold when people think it should be sold for less already. But I don't like the overly high cost of big name brands. I also dislike how cheap fast fashion is when it's probably made in some overseas sweatshop. It leaves me in a weird place, where I wouldn't mind spending more or buying brand things, but sometimes I think the label upcharge on them is just ridiculous. Extremely ridiculous. I'm still eternally torn over that. I'd like to own the same things my friends are oogling, and then I want to spend my money on sewing stuff instead, or set it aside for things like my home or a vacation or just being responsible. I'm not really going anywhere with this except I felt extremely poor and small walking into those stores. But I know if I switched my priorities around and saved, I could probably at least get a nice thing or two.

I like fandom too much, for the most part, though...

[personal profile] insidious played some more .hack//GU this weekend. It was just leveling, though the end of the game is very near. I tried to play some more Trails in the Sky but I fell asleep. The only real chance I had at attempting it was after going to my dad's for tree-decorating on Saturday night. They invited [personal profile] insidious over, too, and I think it's cool that my family included her since she only really gets to go home a few times a year for holiday stuff. And it's something I appreciate a lot since I don't really have anyone else I'm as close to to drag along with me to family gatherings.

I blew off my diet this weekend and I regret it immensely. It's really an understatement to call it a diet, when it's more of a lifestyle to eat low carb like I do. My body could REALLY feel the difference when I ate rice and sweets and other filling things. I got super sick later in the day. It felt like a horrible sugar crash and I was exhausted and my heart was a bit fluttery. If I think of binging on sweets again, I really just need to remember how awful I felt. x_x It sucks because I fucking love sweets and carbs. But a little restraint will save me tons of feeling terrible later.

Tonight I will try to get a lot of things done that I wasn't able to since I wasn't home much. No excuses, I have to clean out the sink. -_- And make another bow. Start some laundry. I need to start working on Leorio's briefcase. That's probably enough for one night.
Went to bed emotionally and physically exhausted. I feel physically rested. Emotionally better too, but there's a lot I just don't have an outlet for or know how to put in words and I guess I'm just putting it here because it needs to go somewhere.

And it's... not necessarily a bad thing. Just a weight in my chest I'm trying to sort out into something meaningful.

All that vague dramatic insight aside, I did jack shit yesterday aside from sort out my RP timeline and eat a cookie I shouldn't have. ;;; Oh and I guess I sewed a bow, too.

The week is already almost over? That's good and bad. I have Christmas shopping to do this weekend. [personal profile] insidious and I are going shopping Saturday, I have packages to mail out, my family is doing Christmas Tree lighting where we go to each other's houses and have dinner and decorate together until it's all done. It's always fun. I wish I had more time in the day though to just hang out with [personal profile] insidious. It's not something I really even realized until the last day or so but for living together, all I've been doing this year is sewing shit or lazing about the house, so we don't go out and do enough.

Sunday is more shopping/hanging out with togabitoion. We're gonna go see Nocturnal Animals. I feel like I've put off a lot of chances we had to hang out this year, too.

I'm just really glad that I don't have a lot going on in December cosplaywise and for once have time to do things with friends. But at the same time, it feels like because of that, I can't possibly cram in enough of what I've been missing all year. It's I guess related to the feelings above. I want to do everything, but there's also the matter of budgeting since I'm spending all over the place to try and get everyone gifts.

Where else was I going with this? I just wish the weekend was longer and I had a little extra money to blow on my friends, lol.


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