After a looong hiatus I’m back!
Last month I made an order from Bodyline for a ton of basic necessities, mostly plain and old school looking JSKs as well as headdresses and footwear! See exactly what I ordered here!:
Hello everyone, it’s Knoel! First off, I want to apologize for my absence, there’s plenty to catch up on but now’s not the time! I want to get right into it! For a while now, I’d been wanting to do some sort of top something or other list, and I thought what could be better than a list about my favorite dresses! As you may remember from my Lolita Talks 1 video, I first came to know about Lolita in 2009. And to celebrate 7 years in Lolita, I scoured Lolibrary’s section of dresses from 2009 and I found five dresses that I would love to own.
Before we get started: I’m rating these dresses based on my personal opinions of what I like in a dress and what I think I would wear and what I think would best go in my current wardrobe. I’m not checking measurements because heaven forbid, half of them wouldn’t fit me anyway, so we’re basing this solely as kind of a dream scenario. Sound good? Okay! Let’s start!
Want a soft romantic look this Valentine’s Day? Inspired by the colors adorning a box of Bigelow tea, I created this makeup look! Enjoy!
Friday, January 22nd was probably one of the more stressful (note I didn’t say most) days in my life. With the inevitable oncoming of Blizzard Jonas on par with a family unit that was adamant I didn’t drive down to Baltimore for the weekend, I was feeling overwhelmed and unsure. I felt if I didn’t go, I would miss out on some really fun experiences but at the same time, if something did happen, my family would be pretty upset.
It was a chance I was willing to take. Plus I had the car packed…so…
So at 3:30pm, I set out for my friend’s work to pick her up. At this point it was just starting to flurry. I’m okay I thought. My friend hopped in the car and we headed down to Baltimore!
Driving southbound from South Central PA wasn’t difficult. It was definitely starting to come down and lay a bit, but it wasn’t enough that it worried either of us. The difficult part came when we were finally in Maryland. It was around 5:00pm at this point and the sun was setting. We even passed by a truck that had hit the traffic median! Even in the slick conditions, we made it safely to the Hyatt Regency in Baltimore! We were welcomed warmly by the staff and were secured in our room by 6:00pm!
After David (one of the staffers! He was so helpful!) brought in our luggage, Hillary and I trekked down the street to Kona Grill for dinner. We were both starved, wanted sushi, and it was within walking distance. It was about 6:15 at this point and already there was a good half inch of snow on the ground!
We were greeted and seated and told that it was still Happy Hour and that meant half price sushi! Well by golly we were on that!!! Yes…I did just say by golly.
After our stomachs were full, it was about 7:45pm at this point, we again trekked back to the hotel. There was now about an inch of snow and we just laughed. We had missed the worst of it just by Hillary being let out earlier than she had expected!
We got dressed and headed down to the con floor, which at this point in the evening wasn’t very active. There was a panel going on that we attended called Voice Actors Play Cards Against Humanity. They also read a raunchy fanfiction. If you’re curious Google “A Shronic Thanksgiving.” Do it.
We quickly checked out the rave scene and looked at each other. Not for us. We headed back up to our room and conked out for the night.
Saturday morning I woke up around 7:45am to start vlogging a bit and also get ready for my second (and best!) outfit for the weekend. I put on my makeup and I could hear Hillary start waking up. We both had our complimentary Starbucks coffee as we finished getting ready. I was finally in Angelic Pretty’s Elisabeth Unicorn and Hillary in her swagalicious outfit for the day. We spent a lot of the morning checking out the Dealer’s Room, contemplating what panels to attend (most were cancelled due to the weather and hadn’t been filled in with replacements, hence gaps in the schedule.)
We had a quick Lunchables break and headed down to the con where we became enthralled with the Sleeping Samurai Foam Sword matches. The owners were incredibly professional, and the entertainment was fun, fast-paced, and friendly! You can check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/TheSleepingSamurai. Hillary and I quickly grabbed some snacks to watch the matches with. I vlogged the entire tournament which you can check out on my YouTube channel.
Immediately afterwards (around 4:00pm) we headed over to Vic’s World, a panel room entirely dedicated to Vic Mignogna’s Star Trek Continues screenings. We didn’t realize it at the time, but were about to become the biggest STC fangirls. We waited outside the panel room for a few minutes before we saw Vic himself walking towards the room, phone up at his ear (most likely trying to figure out flight plans as we later heard) opening the doors and ushering people in. We seated ourselves in the third row and waited.
The screening was of Episode 4: The White Iris. I was never a fan of Star Trek. But the production quality of this single episode made me crave more! You can watch all episodes and extras here: http://www.startrekcontinues.com/.
Immediately following, Vic had an autograph session and we were in line quite a ways to the front. I wasn’t feeling butterflies until we were the next people in line. My heart was beating quite fast and I tried to enunciate my words as best as I could.
“Oh you look lovely!” he complimented.
“Thank you! I’ve been wanting to meet you for a while. A friend and I had been racing to meet you and she won!” I said.
“Really? Where did I meet her?” he asked.
“Zenkaikon 2013 (it was actually 2012 where she met him).” I answered.
“Oh wow, that’s in Philly!” he said as he began signing my Fullmetal Alchemist print.
When he was finished signing, Hillary had her camera ready as I asked for a photo. “Of course!” he said. He came around the table and put his arm around me. Then the other. “Omigod!” I thought! I could even feel his stubble against my temple! Haha, I was fangirling hardcore at this point. Hillary was even kind enough to stall and take another photograph, saying her flash made the picture blurry (which wasn’t a total lie 😉
After my heartmelting experience, we were hungry for real food for dinner as by this point it was around 5:30pm or so. We headed up to the third floor of the hotel which held Bistro 300, the hotel’s restaurant area. They were having a special for the weekend: An all you can eat buffet for $15 (originally $30!!!) We chowed down on the night’s meal, consisting of soup, salad, and sandwiches (and dessert if you were feeling frisky!) Whatever bread I got…it was da bomb.
At this time, I decided I wanted to dress out of Elisabeth Unicorn into Dreamy Jewel. We headed back up to the room and redressed, then back down to the con floor to do a little more exploring. There wasn’t much to do at this point. After Hillary went to the bar to grab an adult beverage, we headed over to Voice Actors Play Cards Against Humanity 18+. We sat in the front row as we had the night before and began to laugh. We sat there for quite a while before Hillary decided to head off to bed early. I remained until the very end and caught up with her, around 11:00pm. Hillary was barely awake and I showered, trying to not scatter my belongings all willy nilly.
Sunday morning I again woke up fairly early. It was about 8:00am and I pulled up my laptop to send my mom pictures of my encounter with Vic. She joked that he was very attractive and not to tell my dad! After Hillary was fully awake, around 9:00 or 9:30am, we started packing up our things. I wasn’t going to wear Lolita this day, as we had a 12:00pm checkout and I wanted it to be chill. We walked around the Dealer’s Room one last time and purchased some last minute items. It was around this time Vic had seated himself at the piano after his Refections panel and was about to play some tunes.
Around 3:00pm, we checked the service desk to see if we were able to leave the city, and that was the case. We said our goodbyes (as we heard Vic start playing from the second floor) and headed back to good ol’ PA! I dropped Hillary off at her place and was finally back home by 5:45pm. Our mini-vacay was over. And boy was it a blast.
Until Next Time,
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This article will cater more to those packing Lolita clothing.
Packing for a con can be a nightmare for some people, but it doesn’t have to be! Traveling for cons and traveling internationally because of my relationship, I’ve picked up a thing or two on efficient ways to store all your belongings!
After you’ve figured out what con you’re going to, you’ll have to ask yourself some questions. What will you be doing in your clothes? Attending panels or something more active? Is the con inside or outside? Questions of this nature. Once you’ve zeroed in on what would be the most appropriate outfits for your con, it’s time to spread them out for you to look at. I personally like to do this on my bed, but do it wherever you have room.
Since packing light is essential for me. It leaves me less stressed and saves me time packing and unpacking. With this in mind, I try to plan outfits that recycle the same accessories like shoes or bags. For this con, I decided that I’d use my gold AnTaiNa shoes and a gold heart shaped bag for all three outfits which saves me space in my bag for other essentials.
Whenever I travel for conventions and want to wear Lolita, making sure my coordinates are easily accessible is a must. I like to pack entire coordinates in eBags because not only are they easier to pack, everything is at my fingertips. I fold my dresses neatly, trying to keep the details inside the folds so they don’t catch on anything. I also include any socks or tights I’ll be wearing and fold them inside the dress as well. I include the blouse, if any, and I put any accessories and jewelry I’ll be wearing in plastic baggies so as not to jostle them around while in transit. Lastly the wig I’ll be wearing with that coordinate goes on top.
My petticoat and bloomers go into a separate eBag.
Make sure you have room to pack clothing for sleeping or lounging in the hotel, to run brief errands if you must (I mean, you can go on the town in your clothes if you want!), and toiletries. Yes, everyone at the con will appreciate it if you shower and brush your teeth. Please.
I always always ALWAYS make a list of all the items I’ve packed. I type everything up into Google Docs, print out the list and keep it with me. Come time to leave, I mark everything as it’s put into my luggage case.
If you’re packing Lolita for a flight, these tips still stand, however you may want to try packing even lighter, especially if you want to avoid baggage fees and the like, but that’s a topic for another day (as I’ve not taken Lolita on a flight, I have no experience with it, but I’d love to hear your stories!)
So in conclusion! Here are all the tips!
- Start planning EARLY!
- Lay everything out and cut out extraneous items.
- Pack coordinates in the same bags for ease of access.
- Share accessories where you can.
- Pack “regular” clothes for sleeping and wear regular clothes to check in at the con.
- Pack toiletries in ziptop/enclosed bags in case of spillage.
- Create a list of your luggage inventory and keep it with you (as well as what you wore to the con).
Here’s my video on the topic!
Until Next Time