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2015 UK Conventions and Events – ALL IN ONE PLACE! and Love Live School Idol Project

Your Year Planner for UK Events that YOU REALLY MUST GO TO!

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So now that the New Year’s madness has past us, and we’re very nearly into the second week of January, it’s time to get ORGANISED! I always find at this time of year previously I’ve been frustrated because I can’t find out the dates and locations of the anime/manga events and conventions in one place so I can write them all down in my own diary. So to take out that frustration for myself, and anyone else that may also have early convention anxiety, I’ve made a printable planner for everyone with the major convention dates and locations all written on! In one place! A reference guide!

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And that makes me creepy levels of happy. OCD organisation glee.

One little hiccup I’m encountering is that at this point I can’t find any of the smaller events that may be going on through the year – specifically Japanese Fashion meet-ups, so if you’re running an event, let me know so I can update the planner and more people can get to it! And then we can MAKE MORE CUTE! You know it makes sense. Plus it’s better for the smaller fashion events to have more people because then more events get organised, which means more opportunities to SQUEE and drink coffee and wear awesome dresses. Which is really just a win-win for everyone. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
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Just click on the image, and you should be taken to my Photobucket, where you can download it – It’s A4, so don’t worry about re-sizing, I sorted that all out beforehand. TIME-SAVING JIGGLE.

OK, so events run-down of each, what’s there, what to expect, can you dress as a llama, do they sell crack*, all of the important things you need to know:

DIGI-CON: Up-and-coming convention with LOADS of guests, lots of cosplay and comic artists, cosplay competitions all throughout the weekend. A bit last minute, I know, tickets are £15 which is reasonable for a 2-day event, but at least you’ll get an event in January, which isn’t the norm.

MIDLANDS COMIC-CON: The Midlands location for the Comic-Con which began in London, runs for a single day. Cosplay and masquerade, as well as some big-name dealers, so you can get your dose of cute and fashion. Buy in advance for a priority ticket and guarantee your early entry and no queueing for £12, or risk it for a biscuit and buy on-the-door tickets for £8. Risk huge queues and crying.

ANIMANGA POP: £10.56 a ticket as all the early bird tickets have been snapped up. Scarlett Young will be performing, so prepare for some cute dancing. That means you’ll need to get your dancing shoes on. Yes you. Dancing shoes. On. Now.

MAJIKKON: LOLITA-LOUNGE. Yep, already sold. Cakes, teas, bring and buy, workshops, nail art. Yep, definitely sold. There’s other stuff too, but Lolita Lounge. £10 for the day ticket – SEE YOU THERE.

MINAMI-CON: I’m afraid if you don’t have a ticket now, then you’ll have to level-up with your patience and hit the waiting list. It’s currently got 65 people on that list, so buckle down and pray. Sorry folks.

NFCC (Newcastle Film and Comic Con): Looks like the Newcastle reboot of the London Film and Comic Con, so expect similar. Early bird day ticket is £12, weekend early bird is £20, guarantees your early entry and shorter (if any) queues. Cosplay, lots of big-name guests, and photo shoot sessions to get a good shot of your costume or outfit.

YORKSHIRE COSPLAY CON: As the name says on the tin – this is for you cosplay lovers out there. Early bird adult ticket is a steal at £7 for the day.

AME-CHIBI: Ame-Chibi is a new version of Ame-Con, which used to run in the summer. This Spring-time reboot promises to be much of the same, but in a smaller venue. So dancing, bring and buys, cosplay, anime, manga, games, fashion meet-ups, cake, silliness, fun, and maybe booze. It’s £47.50 not including your accommodation, so pricier than the rest, but there’s a reason it’s so popular. GET IN QUICK OR RISK THE WAITING LIST OF DOOM!

PLAY-CON: Not a well known one, but if you love retro games and cosplay, then head up to Blackpool! Adult SUPERPASS is £30 for the three days, and all the games you can get. And then out on the town to ride rollercoasters until you puke. Ah, bliss.

LONDON COMIC-CON: The Grand-Daddy of the events, formerly the London Expo, you can’t miss this event. Cosplay galore, fashion meet-ups, and only a stone’s throw away from Central London, plus all the shopping you could want. £45 for the whole weekend – buy early and save yourself some pennies that can be spent on plushie llamas.

MANCHESTER COMIC-CON: A two-day sibling of the London and Midlands variety, expect similar. Weekend ticket is £22 if you book early.

SUNNY-CON: £30 for your weekend pass, what’s not to love about a convention by the sea?! Cosplay and fashion meet-ups, the rest is still to be confirmed.

LFCC (London Film and Comic Con): This long-running event boasts some HUGE names in Sci-Fi and film – but if that’s not your cup of tea, it has a massive selection of dealers to go shopping instead. Expect to see Tofu Cute and Tokyo Toys there. With a lovely update from my friend Emma, ticket price for all 3 days is £40.

HYPER JAPAN: Ticket prices to be confirmed, but you absolutely CANNOT miss this event! Idols, singers and groups from Japan perform daily here, fashion shows, workshops, food, shopping, kimono, lolita, gyaru and so much more. If you pick only one event to do this year – do this one. I BET THAT ON MY FINEST SPORK!

DOKI-DOKI FESTIVAL: Early bird ticket is £12, guarantees early entry, or standard ticket (also in advance… not confusing at all) for £10. I assume the early birds get let in early, and the standards have to languish outside, or sleep in for an extra half an hour. I know what I’d choose. DON’T BE A FOOL. Guests and events to be confirmed, but I should imagine cosplay, shopping, dealers, the usual.

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Aaaaand finally… First (and so far best) game of the year

Love Live School Idol Project

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Twitter Beauties Sapphy-Sei and Lio suggested this game to me. Two words.

THANK YOU.

Actually, three words.

THANK YOU FOREVER.

It’s available for iPhone, and it’s free. You play the organiser of a School Idol Club, sorting out their practices and live shows. The gameplay is effectively a dancing beat-matching game for your fingers, which doesn’t sound particularly exciting until you hear how ridiculously catchy the music is. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions normally, but I will make this one: I WILL COVER THESE SONGS ON YOUTUBE.

So yes, download it. It will be the best thing you did in January. Unless of course you cure poverty, AIDS, cancer or save orphans from a fire during January. In which case, the planet says “Ta very much”. And I’ll give you a cookie.

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*lolita crack, like plushie llamas, cake and glitter

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Ethical Cute Christmas Gifts! And why you should shop ethical ♥

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I put on my best hippy face (and giant eyebrows face) I could for this post, but it really is something that’s close to my heart. I source most of my wardrobe second-hand from Charity shops, boot fairs and Ebay, not only is it more ethical to do so, but it’s cheaper AAAAND you get to keep those VAT pennies away from the naughty Government. WIN-WIN!

Being an ethical shopper is a big thing for me, and Christmas always proves to be tricky for the conscious. Black Friday sales happen in the biggest retailers, and they don’t always have the best rap-sheet when it comes to fairly sourcing their products, or even how they treat their own employees in the rush. FIGHT DA MAN! I AIN’T NO TESCO HOE! And a happy new year to you too.

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Ethical shopping means knowing and supporting companies who source their products fairly, and as ethically as possible. In today’s world where sweatshops are still thought of as a 90’s ‘thing’ that ended and now everything is hunky-dory-companies-aren’t-bastards-happy-shopping-land, and we have corporations like Wal-Mart who have more financial clout than entire COUNTRIES, we really need to make an effort to ensure that no cruelty is in the products we purchase. Where we put our money is effectively how we vote for companies in the free market. YAY ECONOMIC THEORY

So I have scoured the internet looking for the cutest pressies you could ever beg Father Christmas for – and be ethical about it at the same time! All so you don’t have to keep looking at the same hippy bags wondering where on earth all the ethical goods you really want are instead.

The one stumbling block I really had was how to approach sourcing your lolita clothing and accessories as finding out the origins of the tailoring involved is hard to trace with brands like Baby The Stars Shine Bright or Angelic Pretty. How are you supposed to find all that out with only a conversational level of Japanese to rely on? So for that reason, I avoided picking branded things, unless they came specifically from an ethical company. But I found lots of home-grown alternatives, and it’s so important to support the indie designers to help them keep creating all the awesome stuff you could ever want!! I especially love Shinku Rose‘s stuff. HAPPY FASHION FACE 😀

Ethics and Dresses has a FABULOUS fashion blog about the experience of buying fashion ethically – go read HERE!

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♥ Stocking Fillers! ♥

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Pink Crochet Flower Clip: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/love-that-stuff-fair-trade-jewellery/fair-trade-crochet-flower-brooch-pink.html
Purple Crochet Flower Clip: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/love-that-stuff-fair-trade-jewellery/fair-trade-crochet-flower-brooch-purple.html
Felt Bunny Brooch: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/amica-fair-trade-felt-accessories/bunny-brooch-with-scarf.html
Purple Felt Brooch: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/amica-fair-trade-felt-accessories/flower-brooch-purple.html
Pacifica Pink Lip Gloss: http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/pacifica/pacifica-enlighten-mineral-lip-gloss-beach-kiss—2-8g/
Fox Tealight: https://www.daisydaisyethicalgifts.co.uk/shop/product/fox-tealight-holder/
Lotus Tealight: https://www.daisydaisyethicalgifts.co.uk/shop/product/lotus-flower-tealight-holder/
Storm Cloud Ring: http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/jewellery/rings/house-in-a-storm-ring.html
Bunny Notebook: http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/stationery/notepads/bunny-square-notebook.html
Cute Breakfast Badges: http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/accessories/badges/kawaii-breakfast-badge-set.html

♥ Clothes and Accessory gifts! ♥

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Fairy Kei Hairbow: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/EllenJaimie
Full Skirts: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RoobyLane
Wrist Cuffs, Fur Muff, Fur Collar: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Peacockalorum
‘Discovery of the Ocean’ Blue JSK: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ShinkuRose
Fleur De Lis Headband: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/kusan-hand-made-wool-accessories/fleur-de-lis-headband-pink-navy.html
Rainbow Earmuffs: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/kusan-hand-made-wool-accessories/earmuffs-natural-rainbow.html
Red Handbag: http://www.greentulip.co.uk/brand/earth-squared-fair-trade-scarves-and-bags/fair-trade-meg-bag-red-dog-tooth.html
Flower Brooch Bag: https://www.daisydaisyethicalgifts.co.uk/shop/product/flower-brooch-bag/
Multi-colour Socks: http://www.frankandfaith.com/products/natural-collection-select/hand-knitted-muli-colour-socks/
Strawberry Earrings: http://kittydolittle.com/collections/jewellery/products/hand-made-turkish-needle-lace-strawberry-earrings
Kapow Necklace: http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/jewellery/necklaces/purple-glitter-kapow-necklace.html
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♥ Fun little extra gifts! ♥

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Panda Cup and Bowl: http://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/p-13140-buy-hand-painted-panda-cup-bowl-traidcraft-online-shop.aspx
Mini Bamboo Brushes: http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/eco-tools/eco-tools-6-x-mini-bamboo-brushes/
CHOCOLATE!!: http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/montezumas/montezuma-s-great-british-pudding-chocolate-bar-library—500g/
Small World Meal Set: http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/disney/disney-it-s-a-small-world-eco-friendly-meal-set—china/
Bunnies Lolly Makers: http://www.ethicalsuperstore.com/products/natural-collection-select-2/woodland-bunnies-lolly-makers-(pack-of-6)/
Owl Frame: https://www.daisydaisyethicalgifts.co.uk/shop/product/owl-picture-frame/
Love Hanging Sign: https://www.daisydaisyethicalgifts.co.uk/shop/product/love-hanging/
Cat Mirror: http://www.evolutionstores.co.uk/black-cat-mirror/@1507
Heart Mug and Spoon: http://www.evolutionstores.co.uk/multi-coloured-heart-mug-with-spoon/@654
Lime Crime Eyeshadow Palatte: http://limecrime.com/eyes/venus-eyeshadow-palette.html
Barry M Summer Love Palatte: http://www.barrym.com/products/latest-products/eye-shadow-palettes.html
Deer Sleep Mask: http://www.hannahzakari.co.uk/accessories/sleep-masks/deer-sleep-mask.html

GET ETHICAL AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COMPANIES AND BUSINESSES, YOU LOVELY FLUFF MONSTERS!

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Christmas Lolita Co-ord Outfits!

♥ Christmas Lolita Outfits ♥

Christmas is almost upon us which means we can let down our hair, and get our creative brains on for some exciting Lolita co-ords! Now, I’m a fan of going a bit ‘out there’ with styles and seasons, so here’s some themed lolita outfits that I’ve concocted with some jolly yuletide characters in mind, with some makeup tutorials to help you complete the look! Let me know what you think, and I’d love to see your Christmas themed co-ords too! GET FUNKY AND CREATIVE MY LOLITA WONDER PUFFS!!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lolita

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RUDOLPH PRISM POWER, MAKE UP~~!

Antler headband: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Sister21 Wig: Ebay (off-brand), Heart hair clips: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/PoppyBows Blouse: Angelic Pretty, Socks: Angelic Pretty, Dress: http://www.lightinthebox.com Bag: BTSSB, Shoes: Angelic Pretty Hairbow: BTSSB, Earrings: Angelic Pretty

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North Pole Elf Lolita

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GET TO THE WORKSHOP, SMALL ELVEN CREATURE!

Elf ear clips: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Sister21 Headbow: BTSSB, Dress: http://www.solilor.com/ Belt: Ebay (off-brand) Socks: Angelic Pretty, Shoes: http://www.myesoul.com/ Candycane necklace: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/sugarandvicedesigns Candycane bauble earrings: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Pizzelwaddels Wig: Ebay (off-brand)

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Christmas Angel Lolita

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SPREAD THOSE CHRISTMAS WISHES!

Wig: Geisha wigs, Blouse: http://www.lightinthebox.com Dress: http://www.lightinthebox.com Shoes: http://www.lightinthebox.com Headdress: BTSSB, Earrings: http://www.lightinthebox.com Bracelet and Ring: http://www.lightinthebox.com Angel wing hair clips: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/kittywooddesigns Wings: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ShirleyTemplesTutus Tights: Angelic Pretty

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Ice Princess Lolita

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LET IT GOOOO, LET IT GOOOOOOOO!

Shoes: Bodyline, Tights: Angelic Pretty, Wig: Ebay (off-brand), Hairbow: Angelic Pretty, Blouse: http://www.lightinthebox.com Snowflake earrings: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Mindielee Snowflake necklace: Ebay (off-brand), JSK: BTSSB, Moon bag: Ebay (off-brand), Snowflake hair clips: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/nemehairbows

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Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014!

HYPER JAPAN CHRISTMAS MARKET!

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 London was the place to be for the Hyper Japan Christmas Market – just to get our last dose of Japanese culture, food, kawaii and awesomeness before the lunacy of Christmas kicks off! Was so nice to see so many people arrive dressed to the nines – effort is definitely increasing each year you lovely, lovely Japanese fashion lovers out there! Anyone who was there, say hi! And then we can squee over how awesome it was 😀

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My make-up for the Friday of Hyper Japan. I went for a kitty-fairy kei style, with big pad pad paws to add, which I used to give passers-by a severe biff attack on the nose and then a RUN AWAAAAAY for added measure. Although the pink corset was a bit restricting and hot after a while. SIGHTS WERE SEEN NONETHELESS. There was a video of the aforementioned biffing, except on an unsuspecting snowflake, so when I work out how to pop it onto Youtube, I’ll share it 🙂 And so! Onto the event!!

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Dreamy Bows (http://www.dreamybows.com/) had their gorgeous pretty-in-pink stall, and were selling OFFICIAL SAILOR MOON MERCHANDISE!! Just look at those compacts… In fact, just look at everything. MOON PRISM POWER, MAKE UP~~~~! That reminds me, need to watch Act.10 of Sailor Moon Crystal. And if you’ve seen it, do a dance 😀 The performers at Gypsy Pyksy (http://www.gypsypyksy.com/) enjoying a bit of pink power!

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After being in Japan and hanging out at the Japanese Yatai stalls, coming to Hyper Japan and seeing the food stalls here was like being back again, the smells, the layouts, the energy and excitement, all a very authentic experience at Hyper Japan. As a Vegetarian, your food choices at these typical yatai stalls are very limited, but you can pick up Vegetable Yakisoba at most stalls, which are so tasty you’ll go back for a second helping. For you meaty-eaters out there, you can’t go wrong with takoyaki (octopus balls). They’re not literally the balls of an octopus, because octopuses don’t have testicles to start off with, and I know Japanese food gets a bad rap for being weird, but come on, it’s not ‘eat-the-balls-of-animals’ weird.

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There was an incredible stall near the centre on the bottom level which sold beautiful kimonos, haoris, yukata, geta and tabi socks – if anyone can remember the name of the stall, let me know and I’ll link them on the blog. The green furisode kimono I had my eye on was 998 EUROS!! Bargain by first-hand kimono standards, and lime green isn’t right for this time of year anyway, but still… OH GOD THOSE KIMONOS O.O

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Just all of the cute… I just cannot. CANNOT. Rikkakuma heads in the back with the Totoro, I just want to smoosh my face into it and melt into a river of cute. Yes, a fitting end.

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What an amazing and just down-right fabulous Card Captor Sakura cosplayer. Just all of the kawaii, and so on point. Pose is perfect! And the hair, just all of it. Yes, all of it. OMOCHIKAERI~~~~~

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Just some of the kawaii ladies at the event, lots of Fairy Kei and Lolita. I especially love the Rococo Hime look in the centre, so refined, and just look at that bag… I wish I had asked where it was from! If anyone knows please let me know! Also, if you’re one of these fine lovelies, get in touch and I’ll link your sites/blogs on here! Also… GIANT HELLO KITTY UWAAAAAA~~~~~ Yes, just had a bit of a kawaii vom. Mmmmm sparkly regurgitation. (Also, big versions of the above images are available on my Twitter – https://twitter.com/spookyruthy or just drop me an email and I’ll send them to you)

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And finally, my Shironuri makeup for the Fashion Show on Sunday. Wig and Headpiece by Ghoulia’s Peculiars (https://www.facebook.com/ghouliaspeculiars) SHE A TALENTED LADY, YOU GO THERE AND HAVE A LADY FAP OVER THE WIGS AND ALL THE PRETTIES. Not literally. Ew. FOR SHAME.

So all in all, Hyper Japan Christmas Market 2014, a big big success. It gets bigger every year and I can’t wait for the next one in July (date to be confirmed)! I WANT MY YATAI FOOD DAMMIT!! And if I don’t get my kawaii dose, I’ll have to do something drastic, like up my caffeine intake.

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Eeeeek….. A blog!

EEEK! …A BLOG!!

I’ve had this blog a long time, uhm-ing and ah-ing over which direction to take it, what I was doing at the time, and then I’d inevitably get distracted by either cookies or glitter and then -WHAM BAM- still no start of blog in sight….

Well no more, procrastination brain! Today we start a new kawaii-filled journey! With chocolate sprinkles and stuff on it too, with a side of strawberry ice-cream TO FINISH IT OFF.

Wait, this isn’t about a finish – this is about a start! So to bless this first post (and hopefully to punch my procrastination brain into a semblence of a routine) I shall bless it with the power of TAMAGO NIGIRI CAT.

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GO MY FELINE SUSHI CHARM! FLEE WILDLY INTO THE BLOG WORLD AND BRING ME PROSPERITY IN THE FORM OF CHOCOLATE MICE AND PASTEL COLOURS!