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Hey all!
I haven't even been checking DA in the past few weeks...and for that I apologize! I started a new job this week on top of my freelance photography work, so I've been nothing but busy!!
I will be attending Anime Central (ACen) this weekend and I'm REALLY excited! The new costumes that were planned ended up not working out from my lack of time, but I'm excited to debut :icontherestlesscosplay:'s amazzzing Breakfast Princess costume on Sunday!! Friday I'll be walking in the Lolita Fashion Show for an indie designer (EPIC EXCITED<3). Saturday I'll be wearing FFX-2 Thief Rikku and possibly my Babydoll from Sucker Punch. Saturday I'm really excited for because I'll be shooting with Ger Tysk, the amazzzzing girl behind Chou Wa Photography and the cosplay book "Breaking All the Rules". Although I'm working A LOT of this con (but shooting with some amazing people!), I'm hoping it'll be a lot more relaxed than my past few cons<3

I hope to see all of you guys there! If you see me, don't be scared to come say hi! If I'm shooting, just come give me a hug and tell me all the stress will be worth it in the end<333 XDDD
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Signal boosting this and...duh...I want contacts XD (what cosplayer/lolita doesn't?!) <3

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From :icontherestlesscosplay:'s post:
Doing TWO GIVEAWAYS!
1) 500 Watchers on my DA!
2) 500 LIKES on my Facebook cosplay page! : www.facebook.com/TheRestless88

~*~Details~*~
-The winner of whichever page reaches 500 first will get first pick of the colored contacts.
-All names of Watchers (DA) or Likes (FB) will be printed out once page reaches 500.
-Winner will be messaged and have 5 days to respond with shipping information/pick of contacts. If not contacted within given time, a new pick will be done, and thus a new winner will be chosen.
-If winner lives outside of the continental US you will be asked to pay shipping.
-I will announce the name of the winner on the corresponding 'win' page if he/she would like, I say this because there seems to be a bit of harassment going on, targeting giveaway winners.

~*~Sharing~*~
Please feel free to cross post!
Sharing on FB (click share to post to your page): www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbi…
Sharing on DA: Use the Link or Thumb and post to your journal! Make sure to include a Link to my main page!

Enjoy!
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70,000 Kiriban Contest!

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 9:59 PM
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---UPDATE---
About 150 views to go!! Keep out a watchful eye! <3

Hello!
Just poppin' in to announce that I'm holding a kiriban contest for hitting 70,000!! Honestly, I can't even believe I've even gotten 1,000 views so...I really don't know how to accept this! Just, wow...thank you<333 Seriously. ANYWAYS, I chose two of the prizes from my poll, so the prizes are:

-An autographed 8x10 print of your choice of costumes I have hi res photos of  (FFX-2 Thief Rikku, Steampunk, Asami Sato, Selphie, Gym Asuka, Festival Rikku, and possibly Midna/Luna Lovegood). If there's a very specific photo that you want, send me a message and I'll see if it's possible! :D
-Journal feature with a link to your profile and 2-4 of your deviations complete with compliments ^^ <3

In order to win, you need to SEND ME A NOTE so I can accurately mark the sent time (the times on comments often get rounded to the general hours ago that they were posted ><). The note MUST include a screen cap!! It can be a link, thumbnail, whatever works best for you!
That's all, so...good luck!! :D <333

ps: I've gotten numerous requests for autographed prints but not really any follow ups. If this is something that a lot of you would like, PLEASE PLEASE let me know and reply back after your inquiry! I have a small but really nice photo printer at home, so this can very easily be done at little cost! I still think it's weird, but you guys have made me feel pretty special lately and you deserve to be thanked with something you'd like!

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
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Hello 1001 Watchers! (+links)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 2:15 AM
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There's literally like...50-70 new comers so I thought I'd do a little house keeping for you guys! (ps: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!)

First off, HELLO! I have an inkling where most of you came from the past few days, but I'm really just blown away at how many of you guys there are now! I had NO IDEA I was even CLOSE to 1000 O____O So, thank you for watching me! <3  I try to stay as active as I can on DA...but I'm rather slow at responding to comments and replies (as I'm sure a lot of you noticed!). Usually, I'm pretty good with updating and uploading, even in cosplay dead months XD
BUT, if you'd like more frequent/somewhat personal updates, please like my Facebook Page here: www.facebook.com/TotallyToasty
I run this page with :iconhiyoko-chan: , aka Teeny, who is my main partner in crime ^^ <3. TotallyToasty is our way of showcasing our cosplays and cosplay photography. For you new guys, I am a freelance photographer and aspiring fashion photographer...so I take our Toasty work really seriously...sometimes too seriously XD

I also have a Tumblr blog! Two, in fact! I update pretty much daily (sometimes less on my cosplay blog). You can follow them here:
Fashion/vintage/personal lookbook: macheriearielle.tumblr.com/
Cosplay related: www.tumblr.com/blog/totallytoa…  *Once I have more time in the next few weeks, I'll be doing weekly features of costumes/cosplay photography! Submissions will be taken! :D Although, to submit, you must be following my main fashion blog...since my cosplay one is a secondary blog >< kinda silly, but I guess it works??

To see what cosplay stuff I've been up to this past year, check out my 2012 Cosplay Meme! It features some progress pics of new projects! fav.me/d5q3yqj

And lastly, here are some cosplay plans for 2013!
(NO MORE KATSUCON *saddnesssssssss*)
C2E2- Babydoll (Sucker Punch), Asami Sato (Legend of Korra), and Breakfast Princess (Adventure Time)
Acen- Rikku (Final Fantasy X), Princess Tutu, Berserker and/or Thief Rikku (FFX-2), Lebreau and Yuj (FFXIII)
Location/Non-con shoots-  Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter), Babydoll (Sucker Punch), Artbook Chii (Chobits), School girl Asuka (Evangelion), Selphie (FF8), Fashion / Casual Batgirl and Ariel
Other planned 2013 costumes- Serah Style and Steel outfit/White Mage and Noel (FFXIII-2), Sakizou Terra (FF6), Songstress Rikku (FFX-2), Elizabeth and Booker Dewitt (Bioshock Infinite)

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
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Number one: HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! It's only New Year's Eve, but I'm VERY psyched for 2013 as my life may be facing a lot of big and exciting changes! I'm hoping for the best and wishing you all well<3

Number two: Was I featured somewhere or something??? I can't BELIEVE the insane view explosion on my profile today O_o. This doesn't typically happen to my gallery...soooo....if you know something, let me know so I can thank people properly ^^ <3

**[EDIT]**
NEVERMIND!! :D I was just informed that I was featured on Kotaku! <3 SO, hello new watchers and welcome! <33333
You can see the Kotaku feature here: kotaku.com/5972156/your-last-i…

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!! :D

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
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  • Reading: Grad school applications
  • Watching: HGTV
  • Playing: Bioshock
  • Eating: Bananna Nutella Crepes
  • Drinking: a starbucks bottled mocha!!
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:iconhiyoko-chan: and I are still selling things on our Facebook page!! One costume I'm including in the sale is my FFX Shiva (wig too!)
Check them out here: www.facebook.com/notes/totally…

Future Cosplay Plans:
Life's been pretty rough lately...and although I REALLY can't afford new cosplays, there's a lot I have supplies for from years back or more recently that just didn't get made. Luckily, with job searching and applying to grad school, I have a little free time that I can actually devote to cosplay...which is really nice! ^^ So...here are my plans for the rest of 2012 and part of 2013!! (Of course, everything is subject to change lol)

(NO MORE KATSUCON *saddnesssssssss*)
C2E2- Babydoll (Sucker Punch), Asami Sato (Legend of Korra), and Breakfast Princess (Adventure Time)
Acen- Rikku (Final Fantasy X), Princess Tutu, Berserker and/or Black Mage Rikku (FFX-2), Lebreau and Yuj (FFXIII), and maybe Serah Style and Steel outfit (FFXIII)
Location/Non-con shoots- Asami Sato (Legend of Korra),  Babydoll (Sucker Punch), Artbook Chii (Chobits), School girl Asuka (Evangelion), Selphie (FF8), Fashion / Casual Batgirl and Ariel

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
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  • Reading: Why Have Kids - Jessica Valenti
  • Watching: Revolution / Walking Dead / Once Upon a Time
  • Playing: FFX / Sims 3 / FF6
  • Eating: nothing but I should beeee
  • Drinking: a starbucks bottled mocha!!
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Future Cosplay Plans:
Life's been pretty rough lately...and although I REALLY can't afford new cosplays, there's a lot I have supplies for from years back or more recently that just didn't get made. Luckily, with job searching and applying to grad school, I have a little free time that I can actually devote to cosplay...which is really nice! ^^ So...here are my plans for the rest of 2012 and part of 2013!! (Of course, everything is subject to change lol)

C2E2- Babydoll (Sucker Punch), Asami Sato (Legend of Korra), and Breakfast Princess (Adventure Time)
Katsucon (MAYBE)- Rikku (Final Fantasy X), Princess Tutu, Asami Sato (Legend of Korra), some form of FFX-2 Rikku, and maybe Lebreau (FFXIII)
Acen- Rikku (Final Fantasy X), Princess Tutu, Berserker and/or Black Mage Rikku (FFX-2), Lebreau and Yuj (FFXIII), and maybe Serah Style and Steel outfit (FFXIII)
Location/Non-con shoots- Artbook Chii (Chobits), School girl Asuka (Evangelion), Selphie (FF8), Fashion / Casual Batgirl and Ariel


Youmacon 2012 Con Report:

After staying up nearly all night to work on costumes, :icontherestlesscosplay: (Liz) and I dragged ourselves out of bed and packed up our crap to load in my boyfriend Danny's car. We had a 2 hour delay from our original plan thanks to my wonderful stomach. Pretty sure Liz and I slept most of the way, while poor Danny (who is not a cosplayer or usually a congoer) drove all by his lonesome XD. We got to the con with an hour to spare before my first shoot of the weekend, so we headed to Zoup to eat yummy, warm things! We were supposed to wear our Fashion/Casual Super Heros, but we couldn't check into our room yet...so we decided just to stay in our clothes. That evening I shot with :iconlarina-satome: as Duck from Princess Tutu with her Fakir (these two are the SPITTING IMAGE of Duck and Fakir omgggg) and MidnightCosplay in her increddddible Batwoman cosplay! :D  Poor Danny was dying and we still had a lot of work to do on costumes, so we headed up to the room (after the INSANE mess that was hotel check in T_T  Stupid Marriott...) and turned on some movies (FLUBBER lol) while we worked!

Friday was SUPER INSANE DAY OF DEATH for photoshoots! We wore our Fashion / Casual Super Heros, since we didn't get to on Thursday. Danny and I had thrown together a cute Robin outfit for him to wear with us too! I think in total...we shot 6-8 shoots that day. AND still did our planned cosplays (Asami for me, Kim Possible for Liz, and Jinora for Teeny!). It was EXHAUSTING to say the least...but I think out of all the ways we've tried to configure shoots/cosplaying during cons...having a 1 day block of shoots worked out the best! Next time I'll definitely NOT do a costume change tho...as I had to walk around in Asami for 2-3 hours without any make up or her recognizable jacket XD. It's always a learning experience lol. Once Teeny and Beth (:iconhiyoko-chan: and :icongetas-panchan:) arrived and were changed (me included!) we headed back to the con for some Avatar/Kim Possible/Fashion Hulk fun times! Teeny and I decided it's far easier for us to do shoots of our own costumes and this time, we were actually SUCCESSFUL at doing so! :D Although we were all crazy sleepy...somehow we managed not to derp all over the place XD. Sadly, we still had a lot of work to do for Saturday costumes...so back up to the room we went for another late night.

Saturday is probably more accurately the day of death than Friday was. I woke up early to go shoot a rescheduled Friday shoot...then I was throwing up and other gross things (horray IBS T_T) so.....that didn't happen. I put myself back to bed and woke up at 3:30pm (something like that?) to everyone still in pjs (sans Teeny XD) working diligently on costumes and asking how I was<3. I was really REALLY sad to have missed such a chunk of the con and kept a lot of people waiting on me (SORRY I WAS DEAD FOR 5+ HOURS!!), but there wasn't too much I could do about that XP. The thing I don't mind about IBS tho...is once you feel sick and wait/sleep it off, in a few hours...you're back up and running and THANK GOODNESS that's what happened!! :D I was still not feeling 100%, but I really didn't want to miss my 8pm shoot, so I ate some wonton soup (Thank you, Bethy!!<333) and, with a happier tummy, off we went to shoot with the ever gorgeous :iconcosplayequinox: and her amaaaazing comic heroine group! Tho we were exhausted...Teeny and Liz (who were in Kairi and Sailor Mars at this point) said they wouldn't let me end the night without cosplaying Rikku. I had had my heart SET on cosplaying Thief Rikku at Youmacon so I was REALLY glad they shut me up and shoved me into that costume! XD At midnight, I was all bikini-ed up and out we went to shoot ourselves! We stayed out till FOUR IN THE MORNING and then went up to bed feeling fulfilled and...goofy lol.

Sunday, we all packed up and changed into our Disney Fashion/Casual girls plus Danny who was the Prince Eric to my Ariel! We packed up our cars and then went to deal with the crappy hotel check out then went out to eat in Greek Town before a mini shoot...and...saying goodbye :(((((((((
Over the weekend, we compiled a list of grievances (18 in total I think??) solely from our hotel experience. Nothing to do with the con. Beth, Liz, and Danny decided to handle the complaint because it was pretty INCREDIBLE that our hotel service could be so horrendous. It was REALLY unfortunate to see how con goers get treated by hotel staff. Don't get me wrong, A LOT of con goers deserve it for the way they trash rooms and behave towards the hotel, but for those of us (hopefully the majority) who treat cons as a vacation and are always respectful and clean up after themselves...the treatment we received was just awful (like only having 1 towel for over a day, not to mention the silly wristbands). We still have to follow up with a letter before we even hear if we can get any sort of reimbursement. boooo. ANYWAYS, overall we had a really great time at Youmacon, tho most parts were very bitter sweet. We ate a TON of those mini donuts they were making (SUPER YUM ^^) and it was even MORE awesome we hardly paid for food since we brought so much of our own! It was also really realllllllly nice to be together with my girlies<333 Nothing is better than getting to spend time with them, even if I'm sick or we spend the whole day in a hotel room lol. Liz, Danny, and I kinda made the dream team when it comes to photoshoots. I only used up 12 GB in memory cards the ENTIRE weekend because of how efficient we were  shooting! Sadly, for the first time in 3 years since Teeny and I started TotallyToasty, paying cash at the shoot was a problem and we had a lot of cancellations (which our policy states if you cancel the day of your shoot, you're obligated to pay, tho 2 people still haven't T_T). So...we've made a big payment policy change that will hopefully solve these issues. Youmacon used to be my favorite con because of the awesome con center and really diverse range of costumes...but they're lack of organization, bizarre security policies and rules both by hotel and con staff, TERRIBAD Marriott Hotel, and Homestuck invasion has me questioning if I'll be back next year. I guess we'll see ><.


**You can follow my photoshoots as they're uploaded here: www.flickr.com/photos/totallyt…
**Like our Facebook Page for frequent updates and photos! :D

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
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  • Reading: Why Have Kids - Jessica Valenti
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  • Playing: FFX / Sims 3 / FF6
  • Eating: nothing but I should beeee
  • Drinking: a starbucks bottled mocha!!

14 days till Youmacon!!

Thu Oct 18, 2012, 2:55 PM
Top Bird




14 days and 3-4 costumes to finish ><  My life. lol

It's going to be an ultra busy con that's heavy on photography AND cosplay! But I'm really REALLY excited for it!! (even if I have to be peeled off the floor by the end XD)  For those of you who are going, here's my costume schedule so you can find me, if you want to find me >< lol

Thursday:
-Fashionista Batgirl (based on designs by Megabee) w/ :icontherestlesscosplay: as Fashionista Wonder Woman

Friday: *Photography Doomsday*
-Asami Sato (Season 2 Legend of Korra) w/ :iconhiyoko-chan: as Jinora <3

Saturday:
-Breakfast Princess from Adventure Time (Morning)  w/ :icontherestlesscosplay: as Cotton Candy Princess
-FFX-2 Thief Rikku (afternoon) w/ :iconohnoesitsawesome: as Yuna
-Selphie from FF8  w/ :iconhiyoko-chan: as Kairi ??  OR  Luna Lovegood and Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter ??  *Undecided XP

Sunday:
Fashionista Ariel w/ :icontherestlesscosplay: as Snow White, Danny as Prince Eric, and maaaaaybe :iconhiyoko-chan: as Mulannnn with :icongetas-panchan: as Jane or Belle?? ehhhh?? XD

~*ALSO*~

Teeny and I are currently selling a bunch of cosplay stuff on our Facebook Page! Here's the link:  www.facebook.com/notes/totally…

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
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3-d Print Prop Feature - AbhorNomus

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 11:27 AM
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Hey all!

My longtime friend Olivia, aka :icontenumbra: is starting out her hobby as  3-d print prop maker! She's INCREDIBLE. I watched her labor over parts of her 3-d printer and she showed me how to slave over axis and millimeters in various 3-d modeling programs. Throughout this whole process, which was a very long and expensive one, I have been nothing but utterly impressed and dumbfounded!! I'm soooo happy that she can FINALLY make props to her caliber of perfection and I must say, her Amon mask has been nothing short of that!

The Face of a People by Tenumbra

If you have a moment, please go check :icontenumbra: out and, if you feel so inclined, claim one of her masks ^^

abhornomus.deviantart.com/art/…

<333333

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
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Post Colossalcon and Next Up

Thu Jun 21, 2012, 11:49 AM
Top Bird




A few weeks ago I went to ColossalCon 2012 at the Kalahari water park resort! VACATION CON!!! ....except for me apparently XD. I had suuuuch a blast at Colossalcon, but most of the con I was working and makin' money for our new TotallyToasty website!! :D   Although sometimes I got a bit stressed and crazy over tired, overall, the weekend was wonderful and a much needed break from my house! Totally wish I had more time to play in the water park and to cosplay (I cosplayed Chii on Saturday and at least got some photos!), but I did some fantastic shoots with amazing cosplayers...so I can't complain too much ^^. I really hope I can go again next year!!! You can see all my ColossalCon shoots as they get uploaded here:
www.flickr.com/photos/totallyt…

Now that ColossalCon has happened....unless by some freak miracle I can go to Otakon....I'm all out of summer cons to attend, save perhaps a small local con in August I'd go to for a day XD. SO!!! My next con should be Youmacon 2012!!! I say "should" solely because I'll have a job by then, which may not let me off that weekend, but I really really REALLLLLLLY better go anyways. lol I'm SUPER SUPER psyched because :iconhiyoko-chan: and :icontherestlesscosplay: are both planning on going *-* which makes my heart all squishy with happy-sappy glory!! I still plan on doing shoots, especially if Teeny wants to shoot too!,  but this is going to be a cosplay heavy con XD. I'm going to have a busy, productive cosplay summer...that's for sure!!

Here's the line up:
Asami Sato - Legend of Korra, complete with Equalist glove and hopefully Danny as Mako (probs Friday while shooting? Korra costumes would be comfy for that!)
Berserker Rikku - FFX-2  (probs Saturday with my dream group!!!!!!!!!!! *MOST PSYCHED FOR THISSSSS*)
Lebreau - FFXIII  (probs Saturday night with the enchanting :iconamezarain: as Serah and hopefully Danny as Yuj!)
PERHAPS-
Sailor Lolita Chii - Chobits
Breakfast Princess - Adventure Time (because Liz and Brandi love me<3 )


I have a bunch of other cosplay projects I'm working on since, now that I'm graduated, I actually have time! (Now money's just the issue! ><) I'm hoping to do a few on location shoots for whatever I can get done....but those I have goals for are:
Psychic'er Rikku - FFX-2   (Downtown Chicago night shoot, then props retiring the costume unless we revive a psychic group XD) 100%
Thief Rikku - FFX-2  (Full remake, dunes shoot like Bikanel, studio shoot for cgs and artwork poses)  35%
Rikku - FFX  (Revamp, dunes shoot for Bikanel, lakeside woods for Moon Flow)  60%
Ariel - The Little Mermaid, blue ending dress  (beach shoot)  30%
Chii - Chobits  (various artbook recreations and possible city shoot)  90%
Asuka Langley - Evangelion, school uniform  (local elementary school)  90%

AND THEN....I have a bunch of shoots I want to do for all the wonderful cosplayers that I know and love XD <33333 *STARES DIRECTLY AT TEENY*
^^  Although I have a busy cosplay summer ahead of me, I'm not entirely sure how long I'll be cosplaying. I keep going back and forth on the issue and because of school, I just wasn't able to do a whole lot. There are still costumes I really really want to make before I throw in the towel, but a lot of the time...I just don't feel it anymore. I think this year will help me at least move towards a solution. Even so, if I quit cosplay, I love cosplay photography too much to stop that XD. Though, it'll probably just mean I'll only go to cons I really like or with awesome locations ><.

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
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  • Eating: white cheddar popcorn!
  • Drinking: ice water!

Surprise Con and Photo Page Update!

Thu May 24, 2012, 1:24 AM
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Yep! That's right! Surprise, spur of the moment circumstances are allowing me to go to Colossalcon!! Although I'm excited to go and have summer fun in cosplay, this convention is mostly going to be work work WORK ><. Graduation has left me pretty poor as I look for jobs, so photoshoots are paying for my expenses (along with the extra moolah going STRAIGHT to reviving the TotallyToasty website!!). But I still plan on cosplaying while I work (and have fun in the waterpark >8D).
Friday: Selphie/Sailor Lolita Chii
Saturday: Berkserker Rikku OR Lebreau FFXIII (which ever can get done in time!) / Sailor Lolita Chii?
Sunday: water park OR more Chii XD

ALSO...if you guys didn't know...I have a DA just for my photography. Although I've been severely ignoring it, I'm starting to update it again. SO CHECK IT OUT!!
:iconariellemarie:

I also have a Facebook Page for my photography: www.facebook.com/macherieariel…

Annnd for the heck of it, here's the TotallyToasty FB Page ^^ : www.facebook.com/TotallyToasty

CONGRATS TO ALL GRADUATES!!! <3 I hope everyone's having a wonderful start to the summer!! :D

ps: I saw my darling :iconhiyoko-chan: over the weekend and now I am going through wifey withdrawal T________T

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
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  • Playing: FF6 and FFXIII-2
  • Eating: white cheddar popcorn!
  • Drinking: bottled mochaaaaaa

Make Up Tutorial Video!

Thu Apr 12, 2012, 12:06 AM
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Hey all!
The other night I actually had a few hours of free time (I forgot such a thing existed!). I was itching to jump start my vblog again, so I made a quick make up tutorial for Chii from Chobits! I needed to do a make up test for her anyways since I'm wearing her at Acen. It's my first time doing a make up tutorial, so the video's a little....not amazing lol. But I hope it helps/inspires, or is at least fun to watch me fumble around XD.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOyTSK…

woot!

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
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Approaching Freedom and Acen *-*

Thu Mar 29, 2012, 10:17 PM
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My life has entirely consisted of school for 2 straight years. I'm pretty sure the blood in my veins has been replaced with remnants of my projects/homework. BUT. That all ends....IN A MONTH!!!! SWEET VICTORY I'M GRADUATING. Of course...this "freedom" means a job, student loans, and the real world...but I actually have timmmme. I'll get to be human again! I do fully intend on going to grad school (for photography, duh!), but I'm waiting at least a year to build up my portfolio, make some money and connections, buckle down on some art theory, and possibly start working on the cosplay book I would like to put together in the future. It's a really exciting time for me (scary too!) but right now is the most stressed out over school I have EVER felt. My final BFA show opens in a little over 2 weeks, so I have an incredddible amount of crap to get done!

Howeverrrrr....I WILL be going to Acen :D

Unfortunately, I've had to drop some of my original costume plans because I just don't have the time right now. I'm still planning on Berserker Rikku and Thief Rikku. I'll probably bring one other for Sunday which might just be my Chii wig with my sailor lolita dress XD. Something simple! The strange thing, for me at least, about this con...is I won't be photographing like I normally do. It's entirely cosplay and hanging out for me! Just in time for graduation ^^. So! If you're going, DEFINITELY come say hi! I am notttt intimidating in the slightest, so nothing to worry about! I'll embarrass myself so you don't have to!

I'm so psyched!!!!
Seriously.
*says the girl with a million prints to do and custom cut glass to order* (>< ah the joys of being an artist...)

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
Skin made by fantasy-alive
  • Listening to: Get Happy - FFX Vocal Collection (Rikku)
  • Reading: Photography Degree Zero - Batchen
  • Watching: the days go by too fast before my show opens!
  • Playing: sims free play
  • Eating: chewable vitamin C
  • Drinking: l'eau

Post-Ohayocon and Pre-Acen

Mon Feb 6, 2012, 8:44 PM
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Mini Ohayocon Report:

Welp. Ohayocon used to be my favorite convention...but I think Youmacon 2011 stole its title. This year I was severely under impressed. It was just a strange con. I was really happy to actually have some hang out time to meet/greet with a lot of people I've been meaning to for quite some time, but at points of the con I found myself alone for an hour or two roaming around unable to get in contact with literally ANYONE...and then when I FINALLY found/met up with someone...EVVVERYONE would barrage me with texts XD. The flow of the con was just...not at all what I was used to, and perhaps this is cause my con-fam dissolved so I'm finding myself  a rogue more often than not. That said...I still had a lot of fun and photoshoots went pretty well, even with my first time using my external flash (even though I've had it for almost 2 years...FAIL)!
I was able to make/wear FF8 Selphie, which was my favorite costume to wear the whole con! I also wore School Uniform Asuka, which was a bought costume, but really cute and fun to throw on while shooting! Beth and I also got to wear FFX-2 Festival Paine and Rikku together, which made my con!! ^^ I styled her Paine wig in the room the night before and we threw on the costumes pretty late Saturday night after she rushed to finish up her Paine! But good times were had ^^ Pictures will come soon!

Pre-Acen Prep:

Not really sure exactly what's going on for Acen...but I have SOOO many in progress costumes! I'm hoping I can finish them all ><. Currently I'm remaking my FFX-2 Thief Rikku for a studio shoot I'll be doing sometime in March. Then I'll be focusing on FFXIII Lebreau and FFX-2 Berserker Rikku for Acen! I hope to also make my boyfriend a FFXIII Yuj so he can FINALLY cosplay with me! I also am attempting to make Babydoll from Sucker Punch for a group at Acen, but it will be the last thing that I attempt before the con if everything else gets done first. I won't even talk about photoshoot slots until late March lol so don't even ask XD <3


annnnnd....that's where I'm at for now! School's just about getting to the suicide point again sooooo wish me luck in my last semester!!

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
Skin made by fantasy-alive
  • Listening to: FFXIII OST
  • Reading: Villem Flusser's Towards a Philosophy of Photo
  • Watching: my social life die.
  • Playing: FFXIII-2/Bioshock
  • Eating: dust particles and cat hair
  • Drinking: waterrr
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Ohayocon is in less than a week and I am STILL not even close to finishing Lebreau ><. As is customary being me, I suppose T_T. Even more incredibly sad, my darling :iconhiyoko-chan: won't be able to make it to the con. Although I am so soooo sad I won't get to see her or cosplay/shoot with her, I would've made the exact same choice when "real" life calls XD. Life can't separate true love for too long! lollllll (still...it's gonna be so weird goin' solo) Regardless...I'm still really excited for Ohayocon!! :icongetas-panchan: and I will be spending a lot of time together doing photoshoots for some very awesome cosplayers in the mornings/afternoons! We're going to try cosplaying while shooting again since, for whatever reason, it takes a lot of the "working at a convention" stress off our shoulders. (I still gotta run to Calumet and get a new reflector and maybe a portable beauty dish or soft box O_O).

If you're going to Ohayocon, PLEASE don't be shy! I'm a rather quiet and shy person by nature so I don't bite XD. Feel free to come say hello!
ALLLLLSSSSSOOO.....YES. Teeny and I are aware that the Totally Toasty website is down. *SHAME* We've been having major issues with our host site and are in the process of transferring it to our new host! Getting it back up and redesigned is going to take a while, but our dear friend Olivia is going to help us out with that! =D For now, like our Facebook page for all updates, info, silliness, that sort of thing!
www.facebook.com/TotallyToasty

OHAYOCON Cosplay Schedule:
Friday:
-Steampunk (while shooting)
-Asuka uniform (school or gym!)
-Selphie (FF8)

Saturday:
-Steam or Asuka again (while shooting)
-Festival Goer and/or Psychic'er Rikku

Sunday:
-Asuka or Selphie if anything

OHAYOCON Photoshoot Schedule:
**BOOKING IS CLOSED!! Sorry! Catch us at the next con =)
Friday:
10:30am - :iconlarina-satome:
12:30pm - :iconcourtoon: (+4)
5:30pm - :iconmidnightbluewing:

Saturday:
10am - :iconlarina-satome:
11am - :iconprincessearth5188:
12pm - :iconcourtoon:  (+4-5)

ps: I have a cold! =(  *vitamin c overdose*

~FEATURES~
Here are some really amazing cosplayers and wonderful, warm hearted girls that should definitely be on your radar! =D
:iconamezarain:  
:icontherestlesscosplay:
:iconcosplayequinox:
:iconlarina-satome:
:iconrynnnn:

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
Skin made by fantasy-alive
  • Listening to: The Dark Knight - Hans Zimmer
  • Reading: Archeology textbook
  • Watching: The Walking Dead
  • Playing: Sims Free Play / FFX
  • Eating: ramennnnn
  • Drinking: d'eau

Next con....Ohayocon 2012!!

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 12:54 AM
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I can't believe it's already the end of the semester!! I CAN BE HUMAN AGAIN! *-* This also means I can start working on cosplay again!! Well....until next semester starts in January ><.
All my hard work and lack of sleep paid of this semester...so I'm allowing myself to "splurge" a bit on cosplay related things. I purchased an air brush compressor kit that I'll be using for quite a number of my upcoming costumes! I haven't tried it out yet, but I can't wait to clean up my basement so I can play with it! =D After Christmas I'll be going fabric shopping and finish up getting the last supplies I need for Ohayocon costumes, which brings me to 2 things! One, since the end of the year is coming fast...I'm planning on redoing that cosplay meme that was floating around a year or two ago. It's my form of a cosplay year in review XD. Two, OHAYOCON 2012!!! Yes! I should be going! Next semester will be the determining factor in the end, but it doesn't seem like there should be any obstacles (nor do I want to miss it for the second year in a row! T_T). At this point, it's unknown if I will do more than 2 photoshoots for TotallyToasty. It depends on whether Teeny comes and how busy I am, but more than likely I'll be capping it at 3-4 PAID photoshoots (we do need to fund for con expenses even though we love you guys and wish we could do shoots for free all the time<3). I would really like to focus on cosplaying at this con since it's one of my favorites to attend and could be Teeny and I's last time cosplaying together for quite a while. (I am not lying when I say I just got teary eyed from typing that =( <3) I am really reallllly hoping her school isn't too rough on her so she can attend!!

WHEW. That being said, here's my tentative costume plans for Ohayocon 2012!!
-Songstress Rikku
-"Bare" Dressphere Rikku
-Lebreau (FFXIII)
-Luna Lovegood (Sunday if at all)
-Steampunk (while shooting ?)
-Asuka in some form (while shooting ? unless miniskirt plugsuits with Teeny)

Now that winter break has started, I'll be working on all the costumes listed above along with getting our TotallyToasty website up and running the way we originally wanted it. IT'S ABOUT TIME. lol
I also started my tummy workout in anticipation for my winter flub XD. Mostly though...this is for an upcoming costume that I am SUPER EXCITED for since I've been planning it since 2006....Berserker Rikku >8D BUUUUT the Acen/Summer post will come later XD. (The big summer out of state con conversation will be happening in the next few weeks! Fanime, AX, and Otakon are already on the ballot!)

and I know no one cares about my life but I feel like I abandoned my video blog and I'm intrigued in starting it up again. Is there anything you guys would want me to talk about? Questions, commentary, critique, tutorials, ramblings, anything?? XD Let me know!!

ok. I'll stop talking now and get back to editing photos. *Nikon/photoshop slave*

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
Skin made by fantasy-alive
  • Listening to: Peachy - Missy Higgins
  • Reading: After Photography - Fred Ritchin
  • Watching: Fruits Basket
  • Playing: FFXIII (chap 12!)
  • Eating: browniessss
  • Drinking: bottled mochas!

11 Question Meme!

Mon Dec 12, 2011, 7:37 PM
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Rules:
1. You must post these rules.
2. Each person must post 11 things about themselves in their journal.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and create eleven new questions for the people you tag to answer.
4. You have to choose 11 people to tag and post their icons on your journal.
5. Go to their page and tell them you have tagged him/her.
6. No tag backs.
7. No stuff in the tagging section about "you are tagged if you are reading this." You legitimately have to tag 11 people.

I was tagged by :icontherestlesscosplay:  <3

And here are the questions I had to answer:

1. What was your first Anime Convention?
Anime Central 2006 and I wore my first version of FFX Rikku the ENTIRE weekend XD.

2. What is your current favorite memory from a con and why?
That definitely goes to our YuRiPa group at Acen 2007 with :icondarkmiyuka: and :iconhiyoko-chan:. DEFINITELY cried when Teeny left and alllllllllll the way home. <3 We had sooo much fun goofing around and posing with our weapons and then later our FF potions. It was a really really good day ^^.

3. Which of the Doctor's companions would be and why?
uhhhhh.....I'm not much of a Doctor Who fan...so can I be the tardis cause I at least know what that is? XD

4. Harry Potter or Twilight?
HARRY POTTER. How can you even compare the two?! ><

5. What are two things on your desk (if not at a desk, then closest too you) and why are they important to you?
Right next to me is a little pancake photo album that Teeny got for me in Japan. She printed some of our early cosplay photos and put them into the slots. Normally it's on my book self but I was looking at it the other day reminiscing. #2 is a music box that my boyfriend got custom made to play a song he wrote for me. Two very special gifts next to me haha<3

6. Current watching addiction?
The Walking Dead and Boys Over Flowers!!

7. Favorite old time movie?
Pretty much any Hitchcock film or old French films from the 40s are pretty awesome!

8. What do you do to get into the holiday spirit?
Eating a TON of cookie dough while making Christmas cookies!

9. Which of your birthdays was by far the best?
Huh....um....I really don't know to be honest! I don't really do much for my birthday and usually it's a fail XD. I guess probably when I was 8 or 9 and I got to see Hercules on ice! That was stellar XD

10. Currently working on ____?
Youmacon photoshoots >< SO MANY PHOTOS. I need to work on cosplay though O_o

11. What would you most desire to be eating right now?
A giant bento box<3 YES PLEASE.

My questions for those who want to answer!!:
1. What is your favorite video game and why?
2. What color are your socks right now?
3. Nikon or Canon?
4. Favorite Final Fantasy character and why?
5. What is your favorite winter food/snack/drink?
6. Do you have and like freckles?
7. What color is your favorite shirt?
8. If the zombie apocalypse happened right now, what 2 sentimental things would you bring with you for old time's sake?
9. What kind of music do you like listening to when you're working on cosplay?
10. How do you feel about weeboos?
11. If you could be related to any fictional character, who would it be?

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
Skin made by fantasy-alive
  • Listening to: Iron and Wine
  • Reading: really poorly written papers (bf's a teacher)
  • Watching: The Walking Dead
  • Playing: Sims Social on FB
  • Eating: stale pretzels....
  • Drinking: milk!
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First:
I was featured in a cosplay interview!!  cosplaybrain.wordpress.com/201…
Yunie-Chan runs this blog and interviews cosplayers and cosplay photographers along with other cosplay related topics. You should definitely check out and keep tabs on her blog! =D
You can also see my photog interview here: cosplaybrain.wordpress.com/201…

Second:
I went to a small local con this weekend (Saturday only!) with :iconmangosirene: and :iconcourtoon: and two new friends I still gotta find on here!! (*headdesk*) Although KollisionCon was quite small, we had a blast meeting up with some friends and bumming around in comfy/warm cosplays! It was really really nice just to hang out in cosplay and not worry about photos for once! =D Hopefully when school isn't completely destroying my ability to socialize, we can repeat the experience!!

Third:
As 2011 is coming to a close, it makes me a bit sad I didn't get around to all the cosplays I wanted to do. The fall semester is also nearing its end, so I'm hoping I can still get one or two more cosplay shoots in and maybe another costume! Right now I'm in the midst of planning a Harry Potter shoot downtown on the grounds of a school my boyfriend's mom teaches at that is (LEGIT) the American version of Hogwarts. I'm pretty positive haha. I also have some shots in mind for Festival Goer Rikku and hopefully I can finish my secret costume in time to fit in at least a decent photo or two! I'm also designing a new steampunk outfit! No idea when I'll be able to make it...but I'm hoping the design will be finished over winter break! KollisionCon was the last con I'll be attending for 2011, but I'll see you all at Ohayocon! =D  

ps: For my Art Hist 430 class I'm writing a 20 page art theory paper on cosplay photography! I'm hoping this is my first step to writing/making my book on cosplay photography that I'd like to publish sometime in the future! I'm so excited....and scared!! One grammatical error means your paper gets thrown out O_O

pps: I love and miss my girlies soooo muuuch<3 :iconhiyoko-chan: :icongetas-panchan:  Come back to me so I can get toasty with you for the Holidayyyyssss!!

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
Skin made by fantasy-alive
  • Listening to: Beirut
  • Reading: various photo theory books
  • Watching: my boyfriend practice the upright Bass. Kinda fun?
  • Playing: Sims Social on FB
  • Eating: suuuushhiiii
  • Drinking: d'eau

DD and Youmacon 2011!!

Sun Nov 6, 2011, 6:36 PM
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WHOA.

Best way to be welcome homed from Youmacon 2011?? Get texted a BAGILLION times that you have a DD! hahaha
It was COMPLETELY unexpected! So THANK YOU SOOOOOO MUUUUCH!! <3 :iconhiyoko-chan: and :icongetas-panchan: and I are so thrilled!!! ^^ You guys are awesome!

We also had a BLAST at Youmacon!! We didn't cosplay nearly as much as we wanted to...but it was great meeting and seeing everyone and getting to photograph like crazy! >8D Hopefully everyone got home safe and had a great time too!!

WOO!!

For those who didn't see the DD, here it is:
xrikku-chanx.deviantart.com/ar…

ALSO....Did a cosplay photographer interview for a cosplay blog! CHECK IT OUT! ^^
cosplaybrain.wordpress.com/201…

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
Skin made by fantasy-alive
  • Listening to: Boys Over Flowers OST
  • Reading: Barthes Camera Lucida
  • Watching: nothinnng
  • Playing: FFXIII
  • Eating: Joyees
  • Drinking: waterrrr

A Little Feature for Nihilistique

Thu Oct 20, 2011, 6:22 PM
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The wonderful wonderful :iconnihilistique:, along with having an absolutely fantastic cosplay gallery, makes the most ADORABLE head bows I ever did see!! I got myself one and meant to take photos to accompany this post, but never had time to do so T_T. My new bow is one of my favorite hair accessories I have!! It's just SO FREAKING CUTE lol. So! If you're a fan of bows and cuteness in general, check out this talented girl!

www.etsy.com/shop/Manzinat0r

(the red floral bow is my favorite! ^^)

ps: YOUMACON IN 3 WEEKS OH CRAPPPPP

~WWW.TotallyToasty.COM: a site devoted to cosplay and photography by Hiyoko-chan and Rikku-chan~
Skin made by fantasy-alive
  • Listening to: Boys Over Flowers OST
  • Reading: Barthes Camera Lucida
  • Watching: nothinnng
  • Playing: FFXIII
  • Eating: Joyees
  • Drinking: waterrrr