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Vancouver Anime Evolution convention with Seby: manga, cosplay, Jpop fans. New writing job: Business Insider!
Victory sign for Anime Evolution! Seby and I were guests at this anime convention, held in my hometown of Vancouver, and had a splendid time.
Read on for cosplay cuteness, and to learn about my new journalism job at Business Insider.
This was our first Canadian anime con, and they treated us royally. (That’s my leather hooded jacket, by Danier…)
Seby and I enjoyed the beautiful UBC campus, where the annual event was held.
We met a squirrel along this nature pathway. I’m wearing a long, scalloped white dress and crochet jacket by Liz Lisa (Japanese gyaru brand), bought last month in Sogo Hong Kong.
We were guests of honor at the three-day convention, a celebration of anime, manga, gaming, and other Jpop fandom.
Thank you to everyone who came to our panels (including this stuffed Mog from Final Fantasy).
Seby and I gave a panel about living and traveling in Japan, including tips about visas, staying in ryokans, best flights and season, ways to keep costs low, and how to use the subway. Hopefully you found our advice helpful; we encourage you to learn more and visit Japan!
We also did two autograph signing sessions. Seby drew his cat (Mara Maura) and mine (Basil Farrow). What do you think of the resemblance?
In addition to convention booklets, we signed arms, tshirts, stuffed bears and staff badges.
Close-up on my blue-purple-red ombre hair, which I straightened and braided.
Wearing a long, sheer grey top/dress by TwoPercent Hong Kong. My fuzz-face purse looks like a Totoro dust sprite, but it’s actually the Hong Kong character Hyoma.
Anime Evolution was celebrating its 10th anniversary, and had a number of special events like a cosplay contest, opening and closing ceremonies, and meet-and-greet dinner. Loved seeing how everyone dressed up.
Seby tried with all his might to grab this Kingdom Hearts keyblade.
So much to see in the Dealer’s Hall and Artist’s Alley. I particularly liked the stuffed pastel alpaca toys, and the Sailor Moon meets Art Nouveau work, inspired by Alphonse Mucha’s works.
Thank you to Anime Evolution for inviting us, and to all the volunteers and attendees for their kindness. We hope to be back next year!
In our downtime, Seby and I went to Acadia Beach, and to Granville Island.
I guess someone wants to put me in his pocket…
My “happy bat” tights and black-white striped platform shoes are both from the Hong Kong Izzue store (more photos to come).
Let’s end with some exciting news: I have a new writing position at Business Insider! I’ll be contributing articles about travel, pop culture and trends worldwide.
Enjoy my first article on Japan’s cat-crazy culture. Featuring Hello Kitty, Hangry & Angry, Doraemon and a cameo by my Scottish Fold cat. Thanks for reading!
Have you been to an anime convention? What was your experience like? And did you spot Basil Farrow in my kitty article?
La Carmina’s having a wardrobe sale!
♡ I’ve listed tons of Japanese Goth, Steampunk, Pin-Up and Lolita clothes for sale.
♡ Designer brands include h.NAOTO, Spider, Dracula, Sourpuss, Bettie Page and Lolita Girl Clothing.
Most items are brand new or only worn once. These include the Victorian Gothic dress and lace jacket I wore on Oddities TV… and the tiger striped dress at NY Fashion Week’s IFB Conference, with Bryanboy and Yukiro!
Ready? Set? ☂ ☂ CLICK to SHOP NOW! ☂ ☂
The Lip Service steampunk skirt is up for grabs, as well as Harajuku stockings and cute accessories.
My lace skirt from Tokyo, with a panda bear print, is available too.
It’s easy to purchase items! Simply visit the Wardrobe Sale page, and browse the items (use the Right and Left arrow keys to quickly scroll).
Then email me and let me know which items you want. If you purchase more than one, I’m happy to combine shipping and give discounts. I accept PayPal and ship internationally.
How about this pin-up leopard print dress? Or an Emily Temple Cute skirt? A Victorian ruffle blouse? Take a look at my fashion sale listings and let me know what you would like.
PS: Thanks to Business of Everything for featuring me in their Blogger Series. More travel and street style coverage coming right up.
New TV work: Traveling to Phoenix, Arizona & Tokyo! Hong Kong fashion inspiration: women’s clothing, shoes, shops.
Winter’s in full swing, but I’ll be under the sun in Phoenix, Arizona… followed by Tokyo!
Phoenix’s tourism board is flying me in and hosting me on a December press trip. I’ll be making videos and blogs, about ghost towns and alternative culture (yes, it does exist here!) Excited to visit for the first time.
Do you have travel suggestions for me? Must-visit destinations? Let me know in the comments or on my Facebook.
Additionally, the Pirates will be in Tokyo, Japan in early 2013, to work on a big TV show. More details soon, and keep your eyes on this blog for casting notices (you can possibly join our filming).
Above photos by Lisa Boyle, from my “monstrous” photoshoot with Josie Stevens. Click to see all the costume modeling.
Since you enjoyed my Hello Kitty store photos, here’s more fashion from Hong Kong. Causeway Bay is one of my favorite shopping districts, specializing in Japanese style.
Bread n Butter’s feminine collections are modeled by Angelababy.
Inside the Japanese department store Laforet are shoes fit for Lady Gaga.
The spirit of Marie Antoinette is alive.
Gyaru-style glittery, strappy heels. The ones on the right are decorated with candy gems.
Cinderella’s slipper is made of felt – more comfortable than glass.
Hong Kong is the cat’s meow! For more cute clothing, read my Causeway Bay shopping guide.
What’s on your Christmas list this year? Will you be traveling anywhere during the holidays? Got any Arizona tips for me?
Heading to LA to be a guest on a major TV show! Mongkok Hong Kong shopping, Rilakkuma & Miffy cute toys.
Shiver me timbers… I’ve confirmed a big TV appearance in Los Angeles! I can’t reveal details about it yet… but you’ll find out soon, and I’ll let you know when to tune in. (Update: I was a guest on CBS The Doctors! See La Carmina’s TV video and photos.)
Looking forward to catching up with LA friends, and pre-Halloween partying. Join me at the following events (click the links for full info):
I’m back from Hong Kong, and have tons of fun coverage for you. Team Spooky stopped by the Mongkok shopping center, Langham Place, to pose with Halloween displays. “Magician’s Liar?” I think they mean “Lair” …
Heidi and I got these bird-like white coats from my beloved I.T / Izzue store (they have various locations).
John Skeleton recently moved to Hong Kong, and we scouted out the hottest new bars and restaurants. Tons of food coverage coming up.
But first, some spooky-cute shopping. A Mongkok must is New Town Mall (65 Argyle Street, Mong Kok, near Exit D2 of Mong Kok MTR station). On the way, we found 666 Nathan Road.
New Town Mall is filled with small shops, many featuring Japanese clothes and goods. Rilakkuma fans would go crazy at this one.
Miffy addicts, this one’s for you. (Wait til I show you photos of the Miffy Causeway Bay store, which I cleaned out…)
Items are as cute as the ones in Japan, but much cheaper. In Hong Kong, you’ll pay half the price or less!
Princess House specializes in fairy kei and pastel Goth fashion.
Nail art is taking over the world.
At the Evil Lady store, each item is $5-15 US.
Have I sold you on Hong Kong yet? If you’re planning a trip, I recommend booking a local apartment from Wimdu, a secure rental site with rooms around the world. I stayed in the Jordan district, right across the street from Austin Station. It was fun to live “Hong Kong Style” — a small but cozy place, with powerful water pressure and AC, in the same building as local residents. The experience’s authentic, and prices are as low as $40 a night (that’s right!).
Thanks Wimdu — I enjoyed living in this colorful Kowloon neighborhood.
What do you think of Hong Kong’s cute and Goth shop selection? Join me at the LA parties (tell your friends) and stay tuned for updates on my TV appearance.
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