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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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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Cosplay Ideas for Petites

I’ve been cosplaying for about 4 years now, and finding the perfect cosplay as a petite woman is challenging. I’m not talking about size of the costume, but finding a character that suits my height (4’10), facial feature, and body size can be difficult. I recently cosplayed as Sakura Kimonoto’s best friend, Tomoyo Daidouji, from Cardcaptor Sakura. You can check out that blog post here. When I attend conventions, I really try to perfect my cosplay by height. If I can’t find an anime I like with a short character, I usually try to cosplay as characters under the height of 5’2″.

“Cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.”

img_2266As an fan of anime, and an Anime Expo attendee since 2008, I will be sharing some of my favorite characters that can be great cosplays for petite girls/women 5’2″ and under. These anime series are also some of my favorites. When buying my cosplay, I like to look on eBay for sellers who sell “Asian sizes” because their clothes size are usually smaller, and the fit is perfect in length if you’re under 5 feet. If I buy a costume that is too big, I usually try to alter it myself (with some help from my mom and sister), or I would take it to a tailor. Continue reading “Cosplay Ideas for Petites”

Tiffany & Co. | Paloma Picasso’s Olive Leaf Drop Earrings

I bought my first pair of earrings from Tiffany & Co. Since I was in pre-school, I’ve had the same gold dangle earrings. Those gold earrings are unique because that style is mostly common in Southeast Asia. One time back in High School, I was taking the city bus and a guy came up to me and asked “Are you one of the twins? Cindy or Wendy?” He told me he went to elementary school with me and recognized me because I still have that same earrings on. I continue to wear those earrings until I finish college. For years, my mom and grandma kept telling my sister and I that it was time for a change, but we were so stubborn, and attached to those earrings that we could never leave the house without it.

A year after graduating, I realized that the earrings no longer suited me or my style. I made the decision to retire my gold dangle earrings of 20+ years, and bought Tiffany & Co. – Paloma Picasso’s Olive Leaf drop earrings in sterling silver with pearls. Pearl earrings are timeless and classy, and it can go with a lot of different outfits. I went with dangle earrings because I am unable to wear stud earrings (sad face). My ear lobes are way too small. The sales associates even had to help me put on the back, but he even had trouble. It’s a sign, I will forever wear dangle earrings. 

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Burberry | The Chelsea – Short Heritage Trench Coat in Black

Trench coat shopping is one of my biggest nightmare. It’s either too long in length, the fit is awkward, or the length of the sleeves were always too long. I’m about 4’10”, and wearing coats that past my waist makes me look even shorter. Back in January I decided to give Burberry trench coat a try as well as to treat myself to a nice birthday gift.

When I went in, of course they questioned my age (not literally) by giving me weird stares and a hesitant “hello,” but I’m happy I didn’t get any rude sales associates. The SA that helped me was very nice, and she took my height into consideration and was very patient with me. I was interested in buying The Chelsea – Heritage Trench Coat in black since I love wearing white, grey, and black. I never knew they came in 4 sizes (shown below) – short, mid, long, x-long.

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Work Outfit: Polka Dots & Rose skort

Since summer is approaching, I’ve been wanting to wear more skirts, shorts and dresses. Today is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit in Los Angeles, so I wanted to wear something light since I walk around the corporate building during break to get some exercise in. The skort, or sukupan, I’m wearing is from the Japanese brand Liz Lisa. I like how it’s high-waisted, and it gives off a skirt-like appearance. I wasn’t sure how to style this piece, so I decided to pair it with a white collar button-up shirt, grey cardigan, and some brown flats. I originally wanted to wear this outfit with some grey or beige heels, but I can’t because I was clumsy and got a cut on my foot. To match with my brown flats, I’m using my Louis Vuitton Speedy 25.

Work outfit: 05/03/17 | Top: Uniqlo | Bottom: Liz Lisa | Cardigan: Forever21 | Shoes: Michael Kors

– Cindy