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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 ><.


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:iconlarina-satome:
Larina-Satome Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Photographer
sorry you had sucha rough weekend and got sick :C this makes me sad. you looked great tho ^^ from when I saw. and omg princess tutu stuff? you are gonna join our tutu stuff with liz then? omg that would me SO AWESOME LKASJDKLSAJDKLAJSKDJAK <333333333 and yeah the hotel stuff sucked butt.......they charged us a fifty dollar damage fee cus they said the towels were to dirty...................
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:icontotallytoastyari:
TotallyToastyAri Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
They charged you $50 for dirty towels?!?!??! omg >< that sucks so bad!!! Freaking Marriott T_T
Princess Tutu- I think so??? XDDD I really don't know! lollll I'm guessing probably!
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Larina-Satome Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student Photographer
YOU GOTTA YOU WOULD BE PERFECT AS HER!!!!!!!!!! <333333333333 and haha yeah dumb hotel is LAMEEEEEEE XDDDDDDD
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artzydancer234 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah!!! I'm so mad I didn't go thursday now, I went as Princess Tutu and was looking for others from the series all weekend!!! Sorry you were sick, but You looked really cute as Ariel!!! I wish I had taken some photos...
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:icontotallytoastyari:
TotallyToastyAri Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
Aw! It would've been fun to see lots of PT! <3 But I'm sure there was a BUNCH I didn't get to see on Fri/Sat O_O
and omgosh thank you! XD hahaha I'm actually impressed you even saw me as Ariel!! I probably looked pretty dead XD
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artzydancer234 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh gosh no, you looked perfect as Ariel!
I was amazed to see as much Disney as I did to be honest. It was very cool to see so many really good ones too!
And Tutu was a ton of fun, I'll be working on / cosplaying her for a long time to come. :D
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:iconlarina-satome:
Larina-Satome Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Photographer
NO I MISSED YOU AS TUTU :C
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:iconartzydancer234:
artzydancer234 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
AND I MISSED YOU AS DUCK WITH YOUR FAKIR! :C
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:iconlarina-satome:
Larina-Satome Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Photographer
ITS NOT FAIR MAN :CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC
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:iconartzydancer234:
artzydancer234 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
NOT FAIR AT ALL :CCCCCCCCCC
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:icontherestlesscosplay:
TheRestlessCosplay Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
<333333333333333 my SS <33333333333333
Hopefully Katsu will be a go for the both of us... if I'm not in Australia x.x So much PT stuff to be had at both Katsu and ACen!
bawaaaaaaaaaaaa I miss you sissy <3333333333
Hopefully we can keep the dream team alive!
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:iconamezarain:
AmeZaRain Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
WAIT... did you guys not do the adventure time cosplays at Youma!? I was so hoping to see photos of those because they were looking super adorable!! Well, now I can see them at c2e2! <3 and oh my gosh Princess Tutu.... you will be SO adorable!!!

Youma was my favorite... this year, not so much. I hope they can get better again. I was glad to see you a little bit though! Even though we were all SOOO exhausted. ><' and glad you started feeling better <3<3<3
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:icontotallytoastyari:
TotallyToastyAri Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
Nooo :( we couldn't get them done in time (which was actually a blessing in disguise! We would've died ><)
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Melima51 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
I love the Ren Cen (great for shoots) but I also had problems with the Mariott. I'm glad I wasn't the only one.
I though I saw you as Asami at some point, but I didn't get a chance to say hi. Maybe next time!
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:icontotallytoastyari:
TotallyToastyAri Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
I was SO SOOOO sad we didn't see you at ALL at Youma!! Usually we run into each other but I don't think I even saw you from afar! :( though I'm glad you did! lol Next time for sure!! What's your next con? :D
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Melima51 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Not sure yet! I'm currently going to Florida for a little bit for some job hunting, but once everything settles I'll try to figure out my con plans. I can't wait until I get settled somewhere so I can finally work on a cosplay again! Lately it's been quick and easy-ish cosplays, but I want to do something more difficult, like Dark Knight Rikku =D
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lunaladyoflight Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This year we stayed at the Courtyard Marriott across the street. It is 100X better than the Ren Cen Marriott. The rooms and bathrooms are bigger too. I'm probably not going to stay at the con next year due to my house being 20 minutes away, but I will go for photoshoots and cosplay :)
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DarrynGrey Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Too much Homestuck. Horrible layout. Hotel staff was not so bad to me. Splitting con with Cobo was a bad move. Everything costs way too much. No, Youmacon is definitely not a con I'm going to return to. Plus I heard that some pervert crawled under your chair and attacked you then hit on your sister. Is that true?
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:icontotallytoastyari:
TotallyToastyAri Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
Totally agreed on the Homestuck/con layout. >< I used to lovvvve Youma sooo much...but now I'd pretty much SOLELY go back just for the con center itself...since it's perfect for a variety of cosplays! LOLLLLL and yes...that's pretty true ;D
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Greyroamer Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Sorry that we missed each other at Youma! I learned my lesson though, no more one- day- blitz at Youmacon again! I need to do at least an overnight. I do plan to go to Acen this time! I hope to see you there!
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:icontotallytoastyari:
TotallyToastyAri Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
Me too! :((( I was REALLY looking forward to being out and about on Saturday!! My stupid tummy T_____T I hope the one day blitz didn't totally kill you! <3 I will definitely be at Acen ^^ So we'll have to meet up!
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Greyroamer Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
It was the drive home that was the killer! There is a long stretch of road that is so dark that paranoia kicks in and you would be afraid to even go the speed limit! (Route 23)
But it's definite, I WILL be going to ACEN! I hope to see you there!
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midgarangel Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG!! I reaaaaally hope you are able to go to Katsu! It would be wonderful to finally meet you after talking on dA and facebook for what...almost 5 years?! And if you do go and do photoshoots, I'd love to shoot with you! :hug: :heart: :love:
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:icontotallytoastyari:
TotallyToastyAri Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
I KNOW!! :DDDDD It would be fantastic!! ^^ Hopefully I'll know for sure by the end of the month! I would just LOVE to meet youuuuuuuu<333333
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midgarangel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Crossing my fingers!!
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