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December Update: Cosplay Sale + Katsucon Plans

Journal Entry: Sun Dec 15, 2013, 10:22 AM


Hello everyone! I hope the end of the semester has gone well for everyone who had finals! I'm officially on winter break now so I'm excited for several weeks of relaxation and cosplay work~! (^∇^)

❀ HOLIDAY COSPLAY SALE ❀


There's only ONE DAY LEFT for my holiday cosplay sale! I've got four costumes up for grabs:

Or you can see all the listings here! The sale includes free shipping to all U.S. customers, and the auction prices are still very low, so be sure to check 'em out! (*´꒳`*)

❀ KATSUCON ❀

With only eight weeks left until Katsucon, I'm trying to solidify my cosplay plans for that convention! Right now these are the costumes that I'm for sure going to be bringing, but there may be a few others that I decide to throw in at the last minute. We'll see what happens - but for right now, here's the plan!
  • Belle
  • Kyoko Sakura
  • Sheriff Caitlyn
  • Haruka Nanase (Genderbent)
I'll be posting costume progress on both Facebook and Tumblr, along with Instagram, so if you're curious on seeing that feel free to follow me on those sites! (I may be doing a Facebook giveaway during the next few weeks, too, so keep an eye out for that~!)

  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
  • Drinking: oolong tea

November Update: KollisionCon + Holiday Sale

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 11, 2013, 3:03 PM


Well, fall has officially come and gone, if the snow outside my window is anything to go by. Which means the holidays are upon us! First Thanksgiving, and then... CHRISTMAS~! :squee:

I can't say I have much going on in terms of cosplay during this season because my real life gets so busy, but here are just a few quick things to mention!

❀ KOLLISIONCON ❀

This weekend is officially the end of convention season for me! I'll be attending KollisionCon in Rosemont, IL on Saturday. It's a little last-minute, since I wasn't originally planning to go, but quite a few of my friends will be there and I need a break from schoolwork. ;P

I'll be wearing Ty Lee with my friends as Sokka and Azula, so if you see us please come say hi~!

❀ HOLIDAY COSPLAY SALE ❀

Next month, I'll be hosting my annual winter cosplay sale! Here are a few of the costumes and other cosplay pieces that will be auctioned off:
  • Miss Martian (Stealth/Invasion version)
  • Elementalist Viera
  • Batgirl (Young Justice version)
  • Ty Lee wig

As always, a portion of the proceeds will go to charity. I haven't decided which one that will be this year; last year it was the ASPCA, but this year I'm thinking about donating to a women's organization instead. :) I'll put it up to a vote if I can't make a decision, but otherwise look for that information when I announce the sale during the first few weeks of December! The tentative start date for the sale is December 10th, and I'll be posting about it here on deviantART, as well as my other social media pages like Facebook and Tumblr. So keep an eye out for that~! :D

  • Mood: Christmas Spirited
  • Listening to: christmas eve 12/24 - trans-siberian orchestra
  • Drinking: cinnamon spice tea

October Update: Youmacon + New Costumes!

Journal Entry: Wed Oct 2, 2013, 11:27 AM


Hey everybody! How on earth is it already October? It's hard to believe that Halloween is in less than a month, but I'm so pumped - this is my favorite time of year, I just love autumn so much!

I don't have many updates to talk about this month, but there are just a few things I want to mention! :D

❀ YOUMACON PLANS ❀

This is my first year since 2007 where I won't be attending Youmacon for the entire weekend. Instead, I'll just be there for Saturday! I'm sad since I won't have tons of time to see people, but it'll still be nice to pop over to the con for a bit.

I'm not sure which costume I'll be wearing yet. I have a poll going on my main deviantART page, so be sure to check that out if you want to vote! Right now it's between Azula and Chell; I'm leaning towards Chell (lighted walkways!), but it would be nice to actually get some new photos of Azula since I never got back the main photoshoot I did for her at Katsucon. :/ Once I decide, though, I'll edit this journal to let y'all know what I'll be wearing!

❀ UPCOMING COSTUMES ❀

Once Youmacon is over, it'll be pedal-to-the-medal as far as working on my next cosplay plans goes! I have a lot of new stuff planned, especially for Katsucon, including Kyoko for our Puella Magi Madoka Magica group! I'll also be working on Caitlyn's Sheriff skin, Belle's 2013 redesign, and hopefully Angel Stocking, too.

As always, feel free to follow my cosplay blog and Instagram for progress photos!

❀ PLUSHIE COMMISSIONS AND PRINTS? ❀

Recently I took donations to help fund an emergency surgery for my jaw (which is happening on Friday). In return I'm doing a handful of plushie commissions for those who donated.

Once I'm done with those commissions, I may look at offering more, likely during the winter. So keep an eye out for more information regarding commission slots~!

I've also been thinking about doing a limited-time print sale, if anyone would be interested in that? If no one is, I won't bother, but I do get a few requests for prints now and then so I'm curious if it would be worthwhile. ;P Just let me know! If I do a print sale, it will likely be further into the holiday season. :D

  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: a philosophy lecture or something i don't eve
  • Drinking: h2o

September Update: Dragon*Con Wrap-Up + MidoriCon

Journal Entry: Tue Sep 3, 2013, 5:33 PM


Howdy y'all! I am so exhausted from Dragon*Con it ain't even funny!

❀ DRAGON*CON WRAP-UP ❀

I think the best word I can use to describe this convention is "overwhelming." It was an amazing weekend, but boy, it really wore me out, both physically and mentally. Between claustrophobia and social fatigue I didn't do too well with the crowds and had to retreat back to the quiet of our hotel room a few times throughout each day just to recharge.

But in spite of that it was a lot of fun! I absolutely loved the atmosphere and the congoers themselves - it's definitely an older, more mature, and honestly nicer attitude than what you see at most anime cons nowadays. So I really enjoyed how everyone was so friendly and I really felt like part of the Dragon*Con family, even though it was my first time going!

Plus, the level of craftsmanship and creativity was beyond amazing. I'm seriously motivated to step it up from here on out! (Let's just say... there's talk of mechas for next year. Muahaha.)

Throughout the weekend I kept my Instagram updated with photos from the convention! But here are a few of those as costume previews until I get actual pictures back. :D

Starfire - Instagram by MangoSireneChell - Instagram by MangoSireneM'gann - Instagram by MangoSirene

I also got to shoot some video with MLZ and Ackson, too! Most of it was at the Georgia Aquarium on Saturday night. And I have to say, that was probably the highlight of the weekend for me. I've always dreamed of seeing whale sharks in real life... and it happened!!

Mlz Chell1 by MangoSireneMlz Mgann1 by MangoSirene
Be sure to check out MLZ's first D*C video here!

Out of all the cosplays I did this weekend, cosplaying Chell was probably my favorite. Don't get me wrong, I had such a blast as Starfire and Miss Martian too! But Chell's been a project I've been working on since March, and those Long Fall Boots were definitely a trial to make. I still want to fix them up a bit more, namely making them easier to walk in (i.e. with more flexibility between the foot and the calf), but overall I'm ecstatic with how they turned out and this is a costume I'm really proud of. C:

ANYWAY! Super amazing con was super amazing. Also a shout-out to everyone who came to say hi to me!! I totally wasn't expecting to get recognized or anything considering I've never been to a con in the south, but a lot of you did just that and I really enjoyed getting to talk to you guys for a bit! I hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as I did and that you made it home safely!

❀ MIDORICON ❀

And now... Midoricon. We leave in less than two days to head to the Shawnee Resort, and even though I'm really tired from this past weekend, I'm looking forward to this con a lot! Because it doesn't feel like I'm about to go to another con - I think it'll end up feeling more like a camping trip with my friends and we just happened to bring costumes and camera gear. Whoops.

Here's my line-up for next weekend!

Friday: Genderbent Haru (Free!) | Nidalee (League of Legends)
Saturday: Lara Croft (Tomb Raider 2013) | Chell (Portal 2)
Sunday: Ty Lee (Avatar The Last Airbender)

Chinasaur will be with me this time around, so I won't be a lonely IMT girl again! :squee: Please feel free to come bug us whenever we're around the convention. Although most of the time we'll probably be exploring the forest, especially when we're in our League and Tomb Raider costumes. ;D

  • Mood: Tired
  • Eating: an apple!
  • Drinking: waterrrrr

August Update: Dragon*Con + Work Logs + MidoriCon

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 17, 2013, 12:41 PM


Hey all! Summer has just flown by this year, hasn't it? I swear I just came home from college, like, a week ago. But suddenly I'm going to be moving back to Chicago in three days to start my senior year at Columbia! :faint: Man, talk about time flying.

❀ DRAGON*CON ❀

Speaking of that... somehow, Dragon*Con is in thirteen days?! And I'll be leaving in twelve! I'm insanely excited, it's been one of my dreams to attend this convention and I can't believe it's actually happening this year!

As of right now, here's my cosplay schedule for that weekend:

Friday: Starfire (Teen Titans)
Saturday: Chell (Portal 2)
Sunday: Miss Martian (Young Justice: Invasion)
Monday: Genderbent!Fourth Doctor (Doctor Who)

And of course, you know the drill - if you see me please come say hi! I promise I don't bite! (Although I may be super awkward, that is certainly a possibility.) I won't have any of the other IMT girls with me at this con, so I'm going to be pretty lost and confused most of the time, especially since this won't be my usual Midwest convention crowd where I recognize the majority of attendees. @____@

If you want to follow along with convention preparation as well as live updates from the con, be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr! :D

❀ WORK LOGS ❀

I've been posting some new cosplay work logs on YouTube while I've been making my Starfire cosplay! For those of you interested in a thorough behind-the-scenes look at how I make my costumes, those videos are definitely a fun peek behind the curtain! I'll be posting the last few videos for Starfire over the next two weeks while I finish her up in time for Dragon*Con!

❀ MIDORICON ❀

As I mentioned in my July journal, I'll be attending MidoriCon this September! (Actually, the weekend right after Dragon*Con... Oh boy!) As that convention draws closer, I'll post my cosplay schedule and anything else y'all might be curious about.

I think I'm just as excited for Midori as I am for D*C... It'll be a nice change of pace to go from a gigantic downtown comic con to a small anime con in the middle of a state forest!

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Eating: a peach!
  • Drinking: good ol' h2o

July Update: New Blog + Con Announcements

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 15, 2013, 9:32 AM


Hi everyone! I hope the summer is going well for all of you so far! I've been enjoying the sun and warmth... but it makes me really sad to think that it's already halfway over and soon it'll be winter again and... it'll be so cold, and...

(;ω;`)  Never mind. Let's just not think about it.

Anyway! Just a few quick things to mention this time around!

❀ NEW COSPLAY BLOG ❀

So I figured it was time I went and made a separate Tumblr for cosplay-only stuff, since I'm sure a lot of you who follow me on my main blog aren't interested in the personal posts and Teen Wolf spam!
Here's my new blog, if you'd like to follow it: mangosirene.tumblr.com  I'll be posting progress photos, write-ups of costumes I'm working on, and also share resources and cosplay inspiration! Basically it'll be an even more behind-the-scenes look at my cosplay~

I'll still be posting cosplay stuff over on my personal Tumblr and I'll be reblogging between the two, so you absolutely don't have to follow both blogs, but if you want just cosplay, that's the place to go!

❀ INSTAGRAM ❀

I've had an Instagram for a while but it was always under an alias... which I guess made it difficult for people to find! (◇; ) A few days ago I switched my Instagram username over to mangosirene, so that should make it easier for everyone!

P.S. I do check the #mangosirene and #innermindtheater hashtags every now and then, so if there's something you want us to see, feel free to use those~!

❀ CONVENTION ANNOUNCEMENTS ❀

I'm super excited to announce that I'll be attending two more conventions this summer! First up will be Dragon*Con at the end of August, followed by MidoriCon at the start of September!

I'll be sure to post my cosplay schedules for both of those cons once I've finalized them. It'll all depend on how much I can finish over the next two months... so we'll see what happens!

In the mean time, I'm slowly getting photos back from ColossalCon, as well as a few 2012 conventions! Keep an eye out for those pictures!

  • Mood: Bliss
  • Playing: animal crossing: new leaf
  • Eating: almond butter

June Update: Sale + Upcoming Cons

Journal Entry: Fri May 31, 2013, 1:55 PM


Hi everyone! May is drawing to a close (how is time flying so fast?!), but fortunately there's still plenty of summer left! Here's just a quick update on what's going on with me right now, and what I have planned for next month! :D


❀ THE NAME GAME ❀

You may have noticed that I changed my username, both here and on several other sites! I spent six years going by "CatalystSirene", but as time has gone on, I've found it to be a very difficult name to work with, as the first part can be tricky to spell and pronounce for a lot of people. My YouTube name has always been "MangoSirene", and since it isn't possible to change YouTube names, I figured I'd make the switch to "Mango" everywhere else!

Hooray for consistency! :squee: (Consistency makes me so happy. You guys don't even know how happy I am that everything matches now. /relieved sigh)


❀ SUMMER SALE ❀

If you missed my poll about it, no worries! There are still two days left of my summer cosplay sale!

Many items have already sold, but there are quite a few left, including Toothiana, Beach Ty Lee, Princess Bubblegum, Traffic Cop Stocking, Princess Kraehe, and Vanille! There are also four wigs still up for grabs!

(P.S. There's free shipping for everyone in the U.S. Awww yiss.)

If you're interested, check it out here: www.ebay.com/sch/catalystsiren…


❀ JUNE CONS ❀

I'll be at the following cons this month. As always, if you see me don't hesitate to come say hi~! I love meeting y'all at cons! :hug:

ColossalCon (June 6-9)
Medli, Kairi, Nidalee

JAFAX (June 23)
Nidalee

I'm really excited to finish my Nidalee costume - fingers crossed I can get her done in time for next weekend! In the mean time, keep an eye out for more ACEN photos! :D

  • Mood: Distracted
  • Listening to: radioactive - imagine dragons
  • Eating: pineapple greek yogurt

Con Report: Katsucon 2013

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 24, 2013, 2:07 PM


Hi everyone! So, about that New Years' resolution to update my deviantART journal more frequently... Whoops! :'D I hope you have all had a great start to 2013; I know I sure have~!

Last weekend, my friends and I went to Katsucon. It was my first time attending a convention outside of the Midwest, and it was an incredible experience! I met so many new people and visited an area of the country I'd never been to before. Not to mention I had a great time doing photoshoots and premiering some new costumes!

If you want all the details on our Katsucon experience, check out my con report vlog: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py8GIQ…

I'll be uploading pictures steadily (huzzah, the drought is over!) over the next few weeks, but in the mean time, here are a few previews!







And if you want to see any of my costumes in action, here are the CMVs I got to be a part of from this con! It was so much fun working with each of these videographers, and being included in such awesome convention documentaries is hugely flattering. C:

Ackson's Katsucon Cosplay Video 1-5: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Vofsn…
Kevin Stiller's Katsucon Friday Cosplay Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QASqZl…

Finally, if you want to see any videos the girls and I filmed while we were at the con, you can find them on Inner Mind Theater's mobile channel! youtube.com/user/IMTMobile

  • Mood: Lazy
  • Eating: strawberry yogurt

{ New Years' Cosplay Sale - Final 3 Days! }

Journal Entry: Sun Jan 6, 2013, 12:32 PM


Hey all! Just wanted to let you know that I'm selling quite a few cosplay things - including wigs and full costumes!

**10% OF ALL PROFITS ARE AUTOMATICALLY DONATED TO THE ASPCA!**

ALL LISTINGS: www.ebay.com/sch/catalystsiren…

Wigs:
- Princess Kraehe www.ebay.com/itm/Kraehe-Prince…
- Fakir www.ebay.com/itm/Fakir-Princes…
- Vanille www.ebay.com/itm/Oerba-Dia-Van…

Costume Pieces:
- Rue's rehearsal dress www.ebay.com/itm/Rue-Princess-…
- Fakir's blue shirt www.ebay.com/itm/Fakir-Princes…
- Bubblehead Nurse dress + shoes www.ebay.com/itm/Bubblehead-Nu…

Full Costumes:
- Miss Martian www.ebay.com/itm/Miss-Martian-…
- Vanille www.ebay.com/itm/Oerba-Dia-Van…

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!! :D

  • Mood: Tired
  • Drinking: strawberry fruit2o

{ Updates! }

Journal Entry: Wed Nov 28, 2012, 1:49 PM


I just realized I haven't posted a journal entry on this site since July! Eep! I'm so sorry for being so inactive around deviantART!  (;ω;`) I'll try to be better about it from now on! (Maybe that should be one of my resolutions for next year...)

Anyway! The main reason for my inactivity is how busy and stressful this semester has been. My classes aren't necessarily difficult, but they've involved a lot of projects and essays that are really time-consuming. Between Youmacon and school, I seriously have fallen behind in tons of internet things! Like replying to messages, both on DA and other sites! So if you've messaged me and you still haven't received a reply, hang in there, I promise I'll get to it once this semester is over!

Other exciting real life stuff:
● My cousin had her first baby this past fall! I'm now an aunt!
Courtoon and I just leased our first apartment together. It's not through the dorm or college housing - it's our first "grown-up" place! We start moving in on December 7th! We can't wait, we're so excited! (Especially since this building has an indoor pool!)
● I'm looking to intern with a Chicago wedding company this spring and summer, since with this lease, we'll be sticking around in the city for an extra month or two. Working as a bridal consultant for this past year has been a lot of fun, and I'm excited to start working in the planning/coordinating side of the business. ヽ(*・ω・)ノ Yay, pretty things and cake~

But on to actual cosplay stuff!
● We're still getting photos back from Youmacon, so those will be posted slowly but surely! I'm trying very hard not to spam you all, since we did so many fun shoots!
● Next up on our convention schedule is Katsucon in February! It's our first year attending; I'm a little nervous since it'll be my first time going to a con outside of the Midwest, so I'm not sure what to expect!
● The costumes I'll be working on next are Catwoman of Shanghai, Chell from Portal 2, and hopefully finishing up Azula as well! I may have a few other things here and there too. :3

Last but not least, I just want to say thanks - I recently reached 100,000 page views! Thank you all so much for your support, I can't begin to say how much it means to me! ; A ;

That's about it! As always, since I'm so horrible at keeping up with this site, you can also find me on Tumblr (hythe.tumblr.com/) and Facebook (facebook.com/CatalystSirene) which I update much more frequently! Keep an eye out for more Youmacon photos soon~! :heart:

  • Mood: Distracted
  • Watching: csi miami
  • Drinking: water

{ Meme: 10 Things + Q&A! }

Journal Entry: Sun Jul 22, 2012, 8:13 AM


Hi guys! I haven't done one of these in a while, and KungFuHime2009 tagged me, so I figured it's a good opportunity to let some of my newer watchers know a little bit about me~! :D

:star: Rules:
1. You must post these rules.
2. Each person must post 10 things about themselves on their journal.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you, and create ten new questions for the people you tag to answer.
4. You have to choose 8 people to tag and post their icons on your journal.
5. Go to their pages and tell them you have tagged her/him.


:star: 10 Things About Me:
1. The first thing I want to do once I'm living on my own is get the pet corgi I've always dreamed of. :heart:
2. I'm tremendously addicted to peanut butter.
3. Other than cosplaying, I really love writing fanfiction. It's something I've been doing since 5th grade (though fortunately I've improved since then).
4. My two biggest regrets in life are quitting ballet and never becoming involved with competitive horseback riding, despite how naturally it comes to me. (I still want to own a horse one day and live somewhere that I can go trail riding whenever I'd like.)
5. I'm currently training for my first 5k marathon, and I'll be running a half-marathon later this year as well!
6. One of my favorite things to do is lift weights.
7. I'm a horrible procrastinator and I usually wait until the last minute to do things.
8. On the flip-side, I work really well under stress!
9. I care more about the relationships of fictional characters than my own.
10. I'm terrified of all bugs, especially ladybugs, centipedes, and spiders. And bees. Bees are not cool.


:star: Questions From Previous Tagger:
1. Which do you ship more? Loki/Thor or Tony/Steve?
Tony/Steve.
2. What's the last thing you saw that caused you to make an inhuman noise?
A photoset of Dylan O'Brien on Tumblr. :love:
3. Cheez-Its or Funions?
Neither, I really don't like junk food snacks. But if I had to choose, it'd be Cheez-Its.
4. Celebrity crush? (hetero)
Jensen Ackles. He's just. Really attractive. Yes.
5. Celebrity crush? (homo)
Anne Hathaway is my forever girl.
6. Do you believe in heroes?
Yes. Despite all the horrors in the world, despite the tragedies and the suffering, there is goodness that will always shine through, even during the darkest of times.
7. OTP?
You mean I have to choose?! Right now my main OTPs are Sterek (Teen Wolf), Wincest (Supernatural), SuperMartian (Young Justice), and Makorra (Legend of Korra). But my forever OTP will always be Harry/Draco. C:
8. Fav eye color?
I'm a fan of blue eyes!
9. Fav hair color?
Anywhere from brown to black, I like dark hair. :3
10. If you could work for anyone, real and fictional, who would be your dream boss?
Randy Fenoli, the fashion director for Kleinfeld.


:star: Tagging:
I'm going to be super lazy and just say that whoever wants to do it can do it. Because I have not had breakfast yet and I would very much like to wrap this up so I can go eat. :'D

:star: Questions for You: (Feel free to post in comments~!)
1. What happy memory would you think of in order to conjure a Patronous?
2. What's the worst movie you've ever seen?
3. Did/do you play NeoPets?
4. Do you subscribe to any magazines? If so, what are they?
5. If you could only go on one website for the rest of your life, what would it be?
6. What game/toy/franchise do you miss most from your childhood?
7. If you had a time machine (or perhaps a TARDIS), what time period would you travel to? Is there a specific date or event in history that you'd like to see?
8. What food(s) can you absolutely not stand and will not eat even under penalty of death?
9. How do you spend a typical day during the summer?
10. What are you most afraid of?


  • Mood: Hungry
  • Reading: an amazing sterek fanfic.
  • Drinking: strawberry fruit2o

{ Livestreaming with Courtoon and Chinasaur! }

Journal Entry: Mon Jul 2, 2012, 6:42 PM


Hey guys! If you're bored (like we are) come hang out in our livestream! :D

livestream.com/CourtoonXIII
livestream.com/CourtoonXIII
livestream.com/CourtoonXIII

We just started at 8:30 EST, we'll probably stream for about an hour or so!

:squee:

  • Mood: Zest

{ Pre-ColossalCon! }

Journal Entry: Wed Jun 6, 2012, 9:46 PM


Hi everyone! Just a quick journal entry since I haven't updated in ages!

I'm so sorry I've fallen behind on replying to comments, I've been super busy trying to finish my costumes for ColossalCon this weekend! I just finished Medli about an hour ago... I'm not happy with it, but hey, it's done! :'D

Probable cosplay plans for this con:
Thursday: Yuki Nagato (Gym Uniform)
Friday: Ty Lee (both Beach and Regular)
Saturday: Medli; Asami (Dinner Party Dress)
Sunday: Fawn

I say "probable" because who knows, I may end up spending most of the con in the waterpark~ ;D

But if you see me and/or the rest of Inner Mind Theater, come say hi!! We love meeting new people, and we're super excited about this con since we've never been to it before!

And now.. I should probably go to sleep. Considering I need to get up super early to start packing. 8D Aww yeah, procrastination!

  • Mood: Distressed
  • Reading: supernatural fanfics before going to bed!
  • Drinking: raspberry fruit2o.

{ C2E2 Wrap + ACEN Prep! }

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 20, 2012, 2:23 PM


Hey all! I'm so, so sorry that I haven't been very active these past few weeks as far as posting deviations goes! Things are getting pretty crazy - between finals and finishing stuff for cons, I've barely had time to sleep!

C2E2 last weekend was amazing. Seriously, it was one of the best convention experiences I've ever had! I'd never been to a true comic con before, and I have to say, it was a totally different experience from an anime con. I can't wait to go to the next one! :D

For more on our weekend at C2E2, I posted a con report on my vlog: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WHR9r… Be sure to check it out!!



And now, on to ACEN! I cannot believe this con is happening in 7 days, I'm so not ready! ;_____; I have so much to finish for Ty Lee, along with last-minute stuff for Stocking and Rarity. And on top of all that, I have final projects to worry about, too! Ugh, ACEN, you are happening at the most inconvenient time possible!!

Anyway, here's an updated cosplay list for next weekend! (Fingers crossed everything gets done in time...!)

ACEN
Thursday: Yuki Nagato (gym uniform); fox kigurumi
Friday: Princess Bubblegum; Ty Lee (beach outfit)
Saturday: Fawn; Ty Lee (regular outfit); Stocking (traffic cop)
Sunday: Rarity (Sweet & Elite outfit)

Make sure you're keeping an eye on my Tumblr and my Facebook page for cosplay updates!!
Tumblr: hythe.tumblr.com
Facebook: facebook.com/CatalystSirene
I'll be posted progress pictures on both sites, and during ACEN, I'll be posting updates from the con on Facebook! :D And live-tweeting too, of course! twitter.com/CatalystSirene

Last but absolutely not least, a HUGE thank you to kngdmhrts2 for the year-long membership!! You are seriously way too kind!! ; 3 ; Thank you so, so much - never stop being awesome~! :tighthug:

  • Mood: Screwed
  • Watching: touch.
  • Eating: mango pineapple salsa. i know. i'm weird.

{ Con Season Kick-Off! }

Journal Entry: Tue Apr 3, 2012, 11:32 AM


Hey everybody! Sorry for the lack of updates lately, I've been super busy! :faint:

So, we're at the start of the 2012 con season, and I'm just about dying from excitement! And stress. Because I have two cons this month and I still have so many costumes to finish. But mostly excitement! :D

Here's what my plans are for both C2E2 next weekend and ACEN at the end of the month~!

C2E2
Our schedule's looking a little messy at this point, but I know for sure I'll be wearing my Miss Martian stealth suit one day, and then probably either Fawn or Ty Lee the other day. Or maybe M'gann's civvies? Not sure what the plan is going to be!

ACEN
Thursday: Yuki Nagato (gym uniform); fox kigurumi
Friday: Princess Bubblegum; Ty Lee (beach outfit)
Saturday: Ty Lee (regular outfit); Stocking (traffic cop)
Sunday: Either Fawn or Rarity, it'll depend if I can finish a new Rarity outfit in time.. but chances are I'm probably just going to have to stick with Fawn!

And after those two cons, we'll also be at ColossalCon and JAFAX this summer! (We may try to go to Otakon, too, but it'll depend on money/if all of us can get that weekend off work.)

Anyway, I'm so pumped for this summer! We've got a ton of awesome costumes planned (I'm personally looking forward to finally making Gunner Yuna~) and even more awesome ones lined up for Youmacon in the fall, so there's definitely a lot to look forward to!

Questions for you guys:
1. What cons are you going to this summer?
2. What costumes are you working on right now or planning to make this summer? Which one are you looking forward to most? :D

As always if you're going to be at any of the same cons as the IMT crew, be sure to let us know!! We love meeting new people~! :tighthug:

  • Mood: Exhilarated
  • Drinking: acai berry iced tea

{ Spring Cosplay Sale! }

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 10, 2012, 7:04 AM


Sticking with my annual tradition of cleaning out my cosplay room every spring, I've raided my cosplay room and found tons of stuff to sell! :woohoo: I need to clear out space for this year's projects, and I want to find good homes for all of this old stuff! :heart:

Check out my ads on the Marketplace to see what I have for sale, or take a peek at the item list below! (All prices include S&H to the U.S.! And I use PayPal for all of my transactions.)

*Note: A few things have already been sold, and others are going quickly! So if you want something, get it ASAP - I'm not holding items for this sale! I will try to update this post as frequently as possible. :)



[REGULAR/BASE WIGS]
Auburn Scruffy Wig: $18.00
Red Burgundy Scruffy Wig: $18.00 SOLD

(I also have a Mahogany clip-on ponytail from Arda Wigs that I have no use for. If anyone is interested in that please message me!) SOLD

[CHARACTER WIGS]
Sora Wig: $40.00 SOLD
Ty Lee Wig: $30.00 SOLD
Princess Kraehe Wig: $40.00

[COSPLAYS]
Kid Sora Cosplay: $25.00 SOLD
Organization XIII Coat: $60.00 SOLD
Yuffie Kisaragi FFVII Advent Children Boots: $15.00
K-On Blazer: $18.00 SOLD
Hogwarts Skirt: $13.00 SOLD
Stocking School Uniform Skirt: $22.00 (willing to haggle!)

If you're interested in anything or if you have any questions, please either send me a note, inbox me on Cosplay.com, or email me at oblivion.sky@gmail.com!

  • Mood: Excited
  • Watching: young justice
  • Drinking: strawberry fruit2o

{ Ohayocon 2012: SHE WORK OUT }

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 31, 2012, 7:00 PM


Hey everyone! :D

Ohayocon was this past weekend! My friends and I had a great time, it felt like the con went WAY too fast though! I can't believe it's already over.

Thursday:
- Courtoon and I left Chicago at 9 AM, it was a 6 hour bus-ride to Columbus. We got there around 5 PM and our friend Carroll (CKDecember) checked us in to our hotel room.
- Once chinasaur and SoloGrayson got there, all of us went on a craaazy adventure to Target and Home Depot to get a few last-minute supplies. It was pouring rain and at one point we got lost on this really sketchy freeway exit. And we were attacked by a zombie ghost beaver.
- We tried running around Columbus to find food, and when I say running, I mean literally. In the pouring rain. Every restaurant was closed by that point so eventually we just went to the con center to hang out.
- Carroll took a few pictures of our casual Bat Family group, it was super fun even though we were just wearing t-shirts and stuff. :D And then we got yelled at by security because apparently the con center was closed but no one told us ohhh welllll.
- After that, Larina-Satome and xxrinehartxx came back to our room to hang out and we didn't go to sleep 'till about 3 AM!



Friday:
- ADVENTURE TIIIIIME! I got up at 8 AM to start painting myself, but I probably should've gotten up earlier since it took so long. Brenda and Megan got up a little after that and we all had a grand ol' body paint time while Courtney just got to chill since all she had to do was be a chubby bunny. :heart:
- The body paint was really frustrating. I tried using Mehron instead of Kryolan for Bubblegum, which involved mixing pink with white to get a light pink shade. It wouldn't blend properly and it was just not going well. Fortunately it turned out alright in pictures, but our group's decided that we're going to invest in an airbrush machine for the future.
- We finally made it to the con around noon, then we did photoshoots with xRikku-chanx, LJinto, and Carroll. Our friend NsomniacArtist let us borrow her Peppermint Butler plushie too!!
- We also did a video shoot with Ackson, you can see his full Ohayocon fan video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKgbt4… :D Naiiki joined us as LSP and she was lumptastic!
- Eventually Courtney and Megan went to change. Brenda and I just stayed in Marceline and Bubblegum all day since we were having so much fun!
- We took Carroll out to dinner at Max & Erma's, still in cosplay, and our friend Chris came along too! It was awesome because we've always wanted to hang out with him at a con but we never had a chance to until this time around!!
- Finally we went back to the con center and stayed there for a lonnngggg time. I can't remember what time we went back to the hotel... It's all just sort of a blur. @_@



Saturday:
- YOUNG JUSTIIIICE!! I was so excited to wear my Miss Martian stealth suit! I had some issues with it not fitting properly since I ran out of fabric while making the legs, but overall I'm really happy with it! Plus it was SUPER comfy to wear! I didn't even have to wear shoes. 8D
- We did a shoot with LJinto, then we went to the big DC/Marvel gathering. That was probably one of my favorite parts of the con, everyone was just so enthusiastic about it (but not in an obnoxious way like a lot of other fandoms). There was an awesome Jason Todd cosplayer there too!! Be still my fangirl heart! Chris also joined us as Superboy since none of our regular Supeys could make it to the con. He was awesome and even had these perfect aqua contacts!
- We did more photo-takin' with Leonard and Carroll, and just relaxed a little bit. Brenda and I actually got bored enough at one point that we started break-dancing in the hallway. Then I started doing headstands while she was freezing. We coo'.
- Before and after dinner, we filmed some YJ skits! So make sure you're watching the IMT channel for those: youtube.com/user/InnerMindThea…
- Eventually I got tired of my body paint and we all went back to the hotel to change. Courtney got into Peeta, Brenda was Wedding Yoko, Megan borrowed my Cheryl costume, and I was Rue. Then we hung out in Leonard's room and took pictures with bread. Yes, you read that right.



Sunday:
- Carroll herp-derp'd and booked the room until Monday, so we didn't have to deal with check-out in the morning! It was so nice!
- We got into our Kingdom Hearts costumes, while Brenda slept in a little since we were up until 3 AM again. I had to style my Kairi wig in the room because I was SUPER PREPARED for this con. 8D
- Met up with Leonard, took more pictures... Yeah, can you see a pattern now?
- The weather started getting pretty bad, so we hit the road around 3 PM to get back to Michigan. Brenda drove and Megan slept on me. And we got in a huge political discussion which was actually really fun!
- We dropped Megan off at her house and it was super sad because I miss her so mu-u-u-u-uuuuch. ;_____;
- Court's mom picked us up from Brenda's, then we went back to Court's house to sleep for a few hours before our bus back to Chicago left the next morning!



Overall it was a lot of fun. The con itself kind of sucks, I'm not gonna lie - none of us bothered to buy a badge or go to any panels or anything like that. But the atmosphere is just so laid-back that we really enjoy going, since we get to actually hang out with people. Most cons we're running back and forth and we never get a chance to just chill with our other friends, so it's nice to be able to do that every now and then! :]

Next up is Animarathon in March! Right now I think it may just be Brenda and me going, since Courtney is going to MLG that weekend, and I'm not sure what Megan's plans are. All I know is I'm glad to have a little break! @_@ Finishing everything for Ohayocon has made me so exhausted!

But it was great getting to meet so many of you at the con! :D I hope everyone who went had a great time!! :tighthug:

  • Mood: Content
  • Watching: new girl.
  • Eating: couscous.

{ Ski Trip + WorldCosplay! }

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 27, 2011, 7:02 AM


Hey everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! :D Mine was wonderful, I got Skyrim so that's pretty much all I've been doing for the past two days, haha!

Just a quick note, I'll be on a ski trip this week so I won't be able to reply to any comments/notes. Sorry about that! I'll be back on Saturday though so I'll get to them ASAP. :)

Also! I just made an account at WorldCosplay.Net: worldcosplay.net/member/Sirene…

I'll only be posting my favorite/"best of" shots on that site so chances are you won't see anything different from my DA, but feel free to follow me there! Since it's the new bandwagon and all. ;P (Really I just love getting to see so many amazing cosplays from around the world that I normally wouldn't see at all! It's wonderful!)

Alright, I should probably finish packing, seeing as we're gonna leave in thirty minutes... Oops! 'Later, guys! :hug:

SHORTEST JOURNAL EVER. Someone phone the press!

  • Mood: Cheerful
  • Reading: spn redemption road.
  • Playing: skyrim.
  • Eating: greek yogurt.
  • Drinking: water.

{ 2011 Wrap-Up, 2012 Plans, and a Meme!}

Journal Entry: Sat Dec 10, 2011, 9:24 AM


Sorry for not posting a new journal in like... two months! :faint: I've been crazy busy with school! Finals are this week, so I've been rushing to finish all my projects and study, study, study! :busy:

That being said, I did just want to take a few minutes and take care of the usual end-of-the-year business! :D

{2011 in Review}

This year was so incredible! I've made some of the best cosplay memories I've had yet, met some incredible people, and accomplished a lot of personal goals when it comes to my craftsmanship!

Most Expensive Costume: Odile!Kraehe, for sure. I don't even want to think about how much I spent on that cosplay, eep! But it was so worth every penny, it's probably the costume that I'm most proud of when it comes to craftsmanship!
Cheapest Costume: Good ol' Kid Sora! I think that costume only cost around $25 to make.
Most Difficult Costume: That was definitely Vanille. I made the costume last year, too, but remaking it was a nightmare!
Easiest Costume: That'd be Pansy Parkinson, considering most of that is official clothing. :D
Comfiest Costume: It's a tie! Pajama Stocking, because... I mean. They're pajamas. And also Cheryl Mason, because it's a comfy sweater and I don't have to wear shoes~
Most Uncomfortable Costume: Again, Vanille wins. All the beads are so frustrating because they love to slip out of place!
Costume I Wish I Got to Wear More: Fawn. :( I only got to wear her for a few hours on Friday night of Youmacon, it would've been nice to spend a full day as her.

Favorite Convention: This year, it was Youmacon. Seriously, that weekend was one of the best weekends of my life!
Favorite Cosplay Group: Hrrmmm, I can't choose between our Young Justice group or our My Little Pony group!
Favorite Cosplay Experience: Filming our Panty & Stocking video in downtown Chicago with Ackson! www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFoU2M… I still get chills when I think about how much fun it was!!
Favorite Cosplay of the Year: Miss Martian. :D I love being green and I love her so much, I think she's my favorite cosplay I've ever done!


Overall? This year was AMAZING! 2012 is definitely going to have to bring its A-game! ;P

{2012 Plans}

This isn't all of them, but here are a few of the costumes I'm planning to make next year! :la:

Miss Martian: Stealth Suit
Kairi: KH2 version
Batgirl: Babs from the Animated Series
Super Sailor Jupiter
Rei Ayanami: default plugsuit
Kate Bishop: Young Avengers

In addition I'm also planning to remake my Ty Lee costumes, and maybe do her Fire Nation Beach Party version, too! :D

{11 Questions Memes!}

I got tagged by both :icontherestless88: and :iconxxrinehartxx:. I won't post the rules because I'm not going to tag anyone else, considering everyone I know has already been tagged! @_@ Instead I'm just going to answer the questions they asked. Because this journal's already really long.

For TheRestless88:
1. What was your first Anime Convention? Youmacon 2007! I only went on Friday and Sunday, I also cosplayed Olette for the first time.
2. What is your current favorite memory from a con and why? Aside from filming the P&S video, my other favorite memory is the Swan Lake Tutu photoshoot that zhellyzee and I did with Elemental-Sight at Youmacon this year. :D Actually, just spending time with her as Kraehe and Mytho in general is amazing! ;___; She makes me feel so beautiful and she is the perfect prince and lskjgflhkj I miss you, bb!
3. Which of the Doctor's companions would you be and why? Probably Martha. It's pretty common for me to fall in love with people who don't notice me. 8D
4. Harry Potter or Twilight? HARRY POTTAH.
5. What are two things on your desk (if not at a desk, then closest too you) and why are they important to you? My phone and my laptop. Because I'm a stereotypical tech nerd and would die without them.
6. Current watching addiction? Our whole apartment's been on a How I Met Your Mother kick for the past month.
7. Favorite old time movie? I really love the Beethoven movies, they make me so happy because my little brother and I were obsessed with them when we were growing up. :heart: Also, Balto.
8. What do you do to get into the holiday spirit? Blast some Mannheim Steamroller! :woohoo:
9. Which of your birthdays was by far the best? My 18th birthday party, because it was Tinkerbell themed and a bunch of my friends came over and we watched Star Trek. 8D Last year was really fun too because Courtoon, AmeZaRain, and I went out for a steak dinner, and ommggggg it was delicious! @_@
10. Currently working on ____? Fanfic, because it's better than studying for finals!
11. What would you most desire to be eating right now? Gingerbread cookies with a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows. But alas I have neither.

For xxrinehartxx:
1. If you were never judged for anything you did, would you have done anything different in your life? I've never really let that stop me before.. Maybe not hide my nerdy power levels as much during college?
2. Ideal place to live in the US (money not important) California - San Diego to be specific!
3. Ideal place to live outside the US (money not important) Hawaii, Australia, or New Zealand.
4. Worse day of your life? Lotsa drama there, I really don't want to go into it.
5. Favorite Anime? Wolf's Rain.
6. Favorite Food? I get new food obsessions every week.. right now I'd say my favorite food is pumpkin pie.
7. Biggest Inspiration? My mom and my friends.
8. If you could relive one day, which would you pick and why? GodaikoCon/Courtney's-House-Con. Because it was filled with my cosfam and I miss them.
9. If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why? Miss Martian. Because we have nearly the same personality anyways. ^^;
10. Favorite kind of car? Jeep and Camaro! And the '67 Chevy Impala. ;P
11. True love or financial stability for the rest of your life? True love. Financial stability doesn't mean much if you're alone.


  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: the hunger games fan soundtracks.
  • Eating: yogurt.
  • Drinking: water.

{ Pre-Youmacon Journal! }

Journal Entry: Sat Oct 29, 2011, 8:59 AM


YOUMACON IS IN 4 DAYS!
:woohoo:

But at the same time... SO NOT READY!
Hopefully I can finish everything I need to this weekend, though knowing me I'll probably still be working on stuff when we're on the bus to Michigan. @_@ This con just completely snuck up on me!

I'm so excited though, it's going to be great getting to see my amazing cosplay family again!! It's been way too long! I can't wait for all the shenenanigans we're going to get up to! :squee:

Here's my cosplay schedule for the weekend:
Thursday: Gwen Cooper
Friday: Princess Kraehe (Odile); Fawn
Saturday: Miss Martian (both her uniform and her civvies)
Sunday: Rarity

If you see my friends and I please come say hi!! We love meeting new people! Even though Courtoon won't talk.. that's what I'm here for! :D

Good luck getting your costumes finished, everyone! We'll see you guys there~!
:party:

  • Mood: Panic
  • Watching: courtoon play super mario.
  • Drinking: chamomile tea.