Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds Limited Edition

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One of my purchases at Anime Expo 2017 was this Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds Limited Edition set from Idea Factory International. At first, I was a bit hesitant on buying this because I work Monday-Friday with other obligations on the weekends, and I won’t be able to play the game much. But after going back to the booth on Day 4 of Anime Expo, the same guy that I was talking to the previous day somehow convinced me into getting the box set. He told me that none of the items, besides the game, is sold separately online. On Amazon, the game alone is about $35. I bought this box set at Anime Expo for $70 flat (no tax), and I was given some pins too. The guy was nice enough to give me all 12 character pins since my sister, friend, and I all bought something.

This set includes:

  • Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds for the PlayStation®Vita system
  • Shinsengumi Warriors Bento Box
  • Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds Furoshiki
  • “Record of Service” Art Book
  • “Melodies from Kyoto” Official Soundtrack
  • Collector’s Box
  • Reversible Cover Sleeve

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Anime Expo 2017 Photo Diary + Video

On June 30 to July 4, I volunteered at Anime Expo (AX) in the Press Relations department. It was a very busy schedule but I was still able to find time to cosplay and going around the exhibit hall to shop. This year AX 2017, there was about six world premieres – CardCaptor Sakura Prologue, Tokyo Ghoul Live Action, Welcome to the Ballroom, etc. There was more screenings, panels, and concerts, and the convention site extended to the JW Marriot by the LA Live for even more space. AX 2017 was fun and tiring, and it was tough going back to work on July 5th. I’ve been cosplaying for about 5 years now, and I felt that each year I’m improving my makeup, wig styling, and costume details (read about my first cosplay experience here). Here are some photos I’ve taken at AX 2017 located at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Day 1: A crowd waiting to get into the Exhibit Hall after the Ribbon Cutting

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Layering a Nautical Navy Tank Dress for Work

Since it’s summer, I wanted to wear something light and comfy than the normal dress pants and fitted pencil skirts. I was looking through my closet and found this striped navy blue tank dress that I bought last spring from Loft. It’s not really work appropriate (Business Casual) if worn with a collar white shirt or t-shirt underneath (see image below). After staring at this dress for about 1-2 minute, I thought it might be a good idea to layer a shirt on top instead. My closet became a mess and I tried to find something to match it.

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Spring 2016 PRSA Conference

I tried many different shirts but because the dress was already boxy and loose, it was hard to find something that would work with it. In the end, (with the help of my sister) I decided to wear this dress with my lace crop top that I bought from Romwe (see image below). I also wore this top in my previous outfit post with a high-waisted black midi skirt, see here. After trying on this dress with this crop top, the dress ended up looking like a skirt. This outfit is perfect as a business casual summer attire in the office. We also had a company luncheon, so this outfit is loose and comfy enough for all the food that I ate haha.

Dress: Loft – 00P (I had to altered it because it was still too big on me)

Top: One-size – Shoulder length: 16 inches or 40 cm | Shirt length: 18 inches or 46 cm

Shoes: Michael Kors navy pointed toe flats – size 5

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– Cindy

My First Cosplay Experience

Anime Expo (AX) 2017 is approaching, and it’s that time of year where I’m scrambling to get all my costume together. This year, I am cosplaying as Honoka from Love Live! School Idol Project with my sister (as Kotori) and friend (Umi). This would be my friend’s first time cosplaying and attending a large convention, so for the last 6 months we were informing her of our experience and tips when cosplaying. Since I was already sharing my experience to my friend, who is cosplaying for the first-time, I thought I share my first cosplay experience on my blog.

Anime Expo 2015 – Sakura Kinomoto Cosplay | Anime Cardcaptor Sakura

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Wedding Guest Outfit + Traditional Cambodian Wedding Ceremony

Last weekend, my best friend since middle school got married. She had two weddings, and the one I attended was her traditional Cambodian (Khmer) wedding ceremony. I haven’t been to a traditional Khmer wedding since I was 9 when my aunt got married, so it was pretty hard figuring out the appropriate attire. I decided to wear this mock one-piece water-color flower dress from Liz Liza. I ordered this dress from Tokyo Otaku Mode because the main Liz Lisa website, Tokyo Kawaii Life, no longer sells it. This dress runs pretty small so it’s perfect for petites. I’m 4’10, and the length stops right above my knees. I love dresses that looks like a two-piece because it saves me a lot of time when deciding on what to wear.

Liz Lisa Dress: One-size | Total Length: 32.4 inches or 84.2 cm


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Work outfit: Lace White Blouse + Black Midi Skirt

This crop top is perfect for a business casual outfit when paired with a black skirt. I bought this lace blouse from Romwe, but the website did not mention that it’s a crop top. The shirt length ends at my elbow (not including the lace), and when I’m not wearing a camisole underneath, my stomach is peaking through the floral lace.

For work, I wore a black camisole underneath, and tucked it into my black midi skirt from Uniqlo (similar one here), which creates an illusion that I’m wearing a high-waisted skirt. I also love how most Uniqlo skirts has pockets! I did not bother to tuck the lace part of the blouse because I felt that it makes the outfit look more unique. This business casual outfit is perfect for summer days because it’s loose-fitting while also giving a clean office look.

Top: One-size – Shoulder length: 16 inches or 40 cm | Bust: 37 inches or 94 cm | Shirt length: 18 inches or 46 cm

Skirt: size XS – Waist length: 24-25 inches or 60 to 63 cm

Top: Romwe size – One-size | Skirt: Uniqlo size – XS | Heels: Steve Madden size – 5

– Cindy

When Crop Tops Aren’t So Cropped on Petites 

Some crop tops are perfect for petites. I started noticing that crop top will show less than an inch of my lower stomach, or the length will look like a normal shirt/blouse. Most blouses that I buy are too long in length and I would have to tuck my shirt in. Crop tops are perfect for a clean look without worrying about the top being too boxy, and making you look smaller than you already are. In today’s post, I wore this tie-front top from Romwe.  The length ends right at my waist. The material is light and slightly sheer so you would have to wear a camisole underneath. I wore this top with black ripped jeans from Uniqlo, and beige Steve Madden slip-on shoes.

Shirt Material: Chiffon

Shirt Length: 52 cm or 21 inches

Shirt Bust: 102 cm or 40 inches

Shirt Sleeve length: 26 cm or 10 inches

Top: Romwe | Bottom: Uniqlo ripped jeans – size 23 inch (leg length altered) | Shoes: Steve Madden size 5

– Cindy