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Everyone group seems to have their own special rules when it comes to travel and hotel. How much luggage are you allowed to bring? How many people do you put in a hotel room with 2 beds? Does everyone get to sleep in a bed every night?

When I was younger (been doing cons for about 15 years now) it was all about getting there and those kinds of details didn't matter. Now I'm the one booking hotel rooms and coming up with the travel plans for groups of 6-12 people. I used to stay up drinking till god knows when and had roommates that I hadn't met before the convention, but now we have strict lights-out policies and in some rooms, no drinking policies and don't room with people we don't know.

The list of rules that me and my friends came up with over the years was due to a lot of bad incidents that we wanted to avoid in the future. So I was curious if you have any special rules and maybe the story about why the rule came up!
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For everyone who stuffs rooms, can I ask why?
Are hotel rooms enormous where you live, or are the rooms just really expensive?
A hotel room with breakfast is between £60-100 at most cons depending on if you're in a single, twin or double. If you split with one other person for 3-4 nights that's more than affordable. Why are you putting up with such discomfort?
I wish my group of friends had some sort of rules for when we go to a con together.

>have a couple friends that aren't too good at saving money but when it comes to cons one of them budgets and the other doesn't
>both have trouble when it comes to spontaneous spending, especially the second
>I don't have any vices so I save pretty easily
>go to a con together
>both friends go on shopping frenzies, but one has the budget for it and the other doesn't but doesn't want to feel left out so spends up (even though
>complains every night about being broke but her bag is full of con shit and her room back home is so full of stuff I don't know where she even puts the stuff she gets at cons
>go somewhere fancy one night for dinner and she complains the entire time she can't afford anything there and then tries to make us feel bad by only ordering garlic bread and no meal
>has guilt-tripped us every other night before this into eating at shitty places (that made me sick due to a recurring illness I have)
>friend runs out of money on the last day but we decided before the trip our last stop would be at a mall since we don't have many nice shops where we come from
>go in and buy a few things I usually have a hard time getting
>go into a stationary store and friend comes with me
>buy a few things I need and friend falls in love with some pens
>friend tries to buy pens but has totally run out of money at that point so me and my other friends stand around feeling second-hand embarrassed as she transfers money to buy some silly pens

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I don't necessarily think that cons have to be that expensive, but if you DO go to a con on a shoe string budget, stay the fuck out of the dealers hall!
I did this it was when I was younger and didn't have as much disposable income. We were used to going to our friends places and 4 of us sleeping on a floor and that left use more money for food and the vendor hall. Still my upper limit for a room was 6. I've seen rooms at cons range from $80 to $250 a night. I always get a room onsite because I cosplay.

I've done offsite hotels before as well because I could get them as low as $40 a night. This meant I had to deal with parking and everyone had to come and go at the same time because we only took one vehicle for the trip. Now that we have more money it's MUCH easier to have a room onsite where we can do costume changes and shower and everyone can come and go as they please. If someone wants to stay out at the rave then go to a room party, as long as they know where they're sleeping it's fine. If someone wants to crash out at 10 they can. If someone needs a nap mid day then they can.
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Because bankrupting yourself for anime is something you should do.

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Would so love this if it didn't say AP all over.
I ordered one of the skirts and the plaid jsk, but they haven't invoiced me yet

maybe I did something wrong, though I got the initial auto confirmation email
An apron skirt and socks for myself, and the british motif dress and matching socks for a friend. Here's to hoping an invoice soon. There were quite a few good deals but I checked out in a hurry.
That's really weird, I own a lot of Moitie and that's never happened to me. Now I'm really concerned about it. Do you live in a hot climate?
Poor baby, guess you'll have to write this one as a wash and catch another release out of the literal hundreds that does flatter petite figures. Wow.

What are your feelings/opinions on foam wigs? What makes a good character wig? What makes a bad character wig?

IMO I think foam wigs can look cool when done properly and absolutely terrible when done by amateurs.
By "character wigs" I mean the hyper-stylized, hair sprayed into place wigs that have zero movement but are source accurate. I think they can look cool but sometimes come off helmet-like.
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Can I get a rec for a spray to help with an Arda wig? Tangles like a motherfucker and I never had a problem with the few other wigs I've had.

Also, I don't suppose anyone can recommend me someone to cut a wig? Or should I just find a wig seller on etsy and ask? I've practiced before on shitty wigs and this one is long and so thick that I don't trust myself. I don't need it styled, just shortened.
You *can*, they are trained in how to handle wigs, but the other anon summed it up well.
For that hairstyle specifically, I'd look into re-wefting the wig so the wefts at the back are upside-down. It'll make it much easier to get that upward-swoop thing going.
If you just need to shorten the wig, you shouldn't need to pay someone to do this for you. There are plenty of video and print tutorials to reference. I'd also suggest looking into getting some thinning shears and practice cutting on one of your shitty wigs. Thinning shears are designed to cut only some hair, reducing volume but also creating a blended effect so hair won't look bluntly cut.

You'll want to take regular bladed scissors first and cut off most of the length you want, leaving maybe 1-2" longer than you desire, then look on YT for tutorials on how to thin out the hair to create the blended/thinned look. Reduce bulk on that remaining 1-2" to get the wig down to the length you want.

If you have clippers with comb attachments, that's another way to achieve a quick trim on a wig. I wouldn't suggest going without a comb unless you've got more experience.

I got some thinning shears at a Dollar Store once, but they have nicer pairs at Sally Beauty/any other beauty shop with hair stuff for a reasonable price. You don't need to go top of the line because wigs ≠ real hair. Clipper sets with basic combs can be pretty cheap too, I've seen them $10ish at big box stores before.
I'm already planning on buying Arda's reverse-wefted wig, so the wefts oughtn't be a problem. I'll just do it myself, then, so I have control over the whole thing. I'm gonna try and get some practice in beforehand.
>anon wants to be spoonfed

Last thread got nuked. Do not derail this.

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>overcompensating for the fact that she can't be naturally skinny

No one is skinny "naturally". People who eat a normal amount of food are skinny, and people who choose to cram their gullets with food get fat.
but it is claire
she looks like she did so much chew they had to remove parts of her jaw
Low sodium diet
>fat girl in a pie coord

Post some of the worst Worbla cosplay jobs you've ever seen. What makes a successful warble armor and what dooms most people. Are you like me, in that a horrible Worbla armor hurts you more than a horrible craft foam armor because you know how much money these poor fools wasted on their Worbla alone?
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If she had been alor thinner this cosplay would have worked out for her just a bit better, this is why girls really need to think about cosplays before walking around like a fat mess

no, it would have been a mess on a thinner girl, too.
This. There's no point in wasting your money on worbla if you're going to cover it with vinyl anyway, EVA foam + vinyl has been working forever with projects like this.

People seem to be way too quick to pour money on worbla without considering if it's the suitable material. It's not some kind of a miracle sheet that will enable you to do anything you want. It's not very durable, it requires backing to make armors and it needs to have a finish to look good.
Not the worst use I've seen. At least it has that metal texture like in the show
ban gijinkas 2017

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So how do your parents feel about your cosplaying/lolita ways?
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My parents are semi-conservative Indian folks and they seem to not mind and even get a good kick out of it.

I'm a guy so my costumes aren't really that ridiculous or revealing so maybe that's why it's not an issue.
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Look all I'm saying is that if she slipped in the shower and cracked her skull open on the floor tiles, with him coming to me for comfort shortly afterwards, I wouldn't mind one bit

lol I wish
>I'm a guy so my costumes aren't really that ridiculous or revealing
you're cosplaying the wrong characters, pajeet
"At least he's not on drugs"
"At least he's not in a gang"
"At least he's not in jail"
"If you're gonna have those anime girls over, warn me first"
My mum thinks it's interesting and is always asking what I'm making next while my dad doesn't care until I ask if I can borrow/use some tools for props in which case he suddenly becomes super helpful.

What can they even say, I have a full-time job, checking, savings, and retirement accounts, my own vehicle, and am a homeowner. I'm not spending a shitton of money on it, budget carefully for materials/supplies and travel expenses, and have not bothered them for spending money or loans for things so it really does not effect them.

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Post your faves and grab some popcorn!
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Speaking of DTP, this popped up on my subscription. (pic related)
She's got a full time job, why is she asking her subscribers for that much money?
She's got THREE ita bags which are loaded with things, she buys BBTSSB co-ords. Whatever happened to just saving up?

Sorry, my mistake. FOUR ita bags.
Because she thinks that she's so famous and loved that she doesn't need to save up. That people should and will just give her money.
and in the end people did/do give her money

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Hey guys, so what does everyone think about these 'popular' cosplayers who are just so over the top fake with replies on tumblr and stuff promoting positivity and acceptance within the community and among your peers; but then at the same time talk maliciously on other more private social medias like twitter and stuff. Doesnt it lower the perception of the whole community when those with larger followings use their status to fuel drama and attack people, then turn around and play victim because they're 'oh so nice'?
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This is why I am an upfront jerk instead.

That's also why I probably have actual friends that stick around.

Also, I am not female. So that helps.
I feel like mangosirene does this all the time. She has her head so far up her ass and refuses to see that in a niche cosplay community, originality doesn't necessarily exist lol. She'll copy someone's designs and then flip out for someone "copying her."
It's so cringe, considering she sends her friends after people, too. Keeping up the fake nice image and all that.
Never mind the fact that she brownfaces for cosplay.
>Never mind the fact that she brownfaces for cosplay.
Oh you're one of those people
Is mangosirene the same person who made that Glaceon design or something that someone made a big post about not cosplaying first before they do?
Are you purposely being edgy and a jerk or is that your natural state of being? You keep doing your thing whatever it is.

I don't think it much matters "what" your true personality is, just consistency. That way people know exactly what they are getting from day one.

Dumping some recent insta pics

Do you have a favorite brand? How much of your vkei look is DIY?
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could anyone recommend some bands similar to malice mizer? bonus points if they available on spotify
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looking for instagrams to follow, I recently got back into vk and every blog i was following then is now dead
>on Spotify
Lacroix Despheres
Lareine (best of MM's peers imo)
>not on Spotify
Moi Dix Mois
Da'vid Shito:aL (kinda like Tetsu era but very unique)

I could list more
Here's a good site to discover new bands

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Couldn't find one in the catalog.

I've been trying to use the yen trick to make a purchase, but even though I have my billing agreements set up to "Bill me in the currency listed on the seller's invoice", it keeps trying to charge me in dollars instead of yen. Has anyone else successfully used the yen trick recently, or is it gone for good?
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Why does it look so wide in comparison? I'm assuming it's actually super short and just proportioned oddly
Bottom row first is pic related
Where did you find this in the shop? It's really cute!
I have a pair and and I'm butthurt I didn't get another color when they were on sale. Favourite summer platform, might have gotten lucky with quality.
Bottom row third is Ryomu from Ikki Tousen
I feel useful now

New England thread?

I'm kind of new to this but would like some sort of thread like this. Discuss any cons or cosplay scenes in or nearby New England (East Canada and East NY welcome).

I can start. Anyone else going to Anime Boston?
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Thanks for the CTcon update. Last time I went was 2014.
I wonder how this year will go with security checks and traffic flow. I know some people won't be coming this year because of the line being outdoors for hours? They even opened a side entrance on Dalton St for a bit.

I'm heading there. I like to try out new cons. I like how it is 18+, but there will always be degenerates to deal with. Their AA looks great.
Because they want the 'right' kind of out of towners. It's why they stupidly threw out the food court for that overpriced Italian place.
They think it's gonna draw people in, when in reality if you're coming to Boston for Italian food you aren't going to head to the mall.

I feel you on the Sheraton, only reason I'm booking with them again is I got a great discount because of the bad room they put me in last year.
Good luck with elevator hell, I kinda hate how the only stairs available at the Sheraton are technically meant to be "emergency exit". They didn't think that one through when they designed the hotel.
Also joke's on the Pru for not realizing all these congoers had to somehow afford getting to the con in the first place: some of those people are established adults that are now going to avoid the Pru and their shit attitudes.
Well I mean the Pru fucked over all the workers with the Food Court thing. Truth be told, I don't see it making contract very well. I think it'll peak with opening and just sorta tap out from there.

I mean they are building a new food court though that's another I think 2 years out? So I think even the Pru understands removing it was a stupid decision
What group?

I've kept my head down for a few years while I've been busy with school and work, but I'd like to get back into going to multiple cons a year and meeting people. The only con I've consistently attended recently is PAX East.

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New hair thread because old one vanished
When I get my roots bleached, it's about $200 because I go from brown to nearly platinum. I was thinking maybe just saving that money, shaving my head, and getting a really nice human hair wig instead. Less hassle and I won't have to spend $200 every month and a half
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If you want your actual hair to be that colour you will need to dye it
Biotin and making sure you're getting enough protein
Recenty my hair has started clumping at the back, sometimes it even clumps within hours of me washing it.

My hair is mainly straight with wavy ends
When I worked at CVS the salon quality products came through a vendor and for the most part it was the vendor rep's job to check for outdated products. They only came a couple of times a year that I noticed. I know CVS would give you your money back if you brought it back with the receipt and pointed out the flaw.
I took my straightener on vacation and didn't realize the voltage change made my straightener get hotter than it should and it fried the tips of part of my bangs. Is there anyway to remedy this without cutting the ends off right now? I've been trimming off a few of the ends and it isn't too noticeable so I want to wait until my roots start showing before I go to the salon.

Old Thread >>9094080

This thread is for ouji and aristocrat (aka "boystyle") discussion. Boystyle refers to the masculine counterparts of lolita and aristocrat fashions. There is a lot of overlap between these styles, and different people use different terms to describe them. So, consider this a thread for those whose style is on the right half of Buttcape's Lolita Family Triangle: http://www.kawacura.com/moripress/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/0dmmLH6-350x350.jpg

>Shopping spreadsheet

>Blogs for current boystyle releases, news, and info
buttcape[.]blogspot[.]com (She's back!)

Google your questions before asking them here.

Read the whole thread before asking questions here.

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hello, it's Closet Child Update Time again. these short pants/long shorts are fucking beautiful, velveteen, gothic, with cross-shaped button trim, lace, and everything we all miss about AatP, for just 5,800 yen. also too small for me but they are literally called Dracul pants. please buy them and wear them in a beautiful coord.


the power of the Devil's Number in the item url commands you, anon.
I really really like this hat.
oh and did someone say "Moitie pants for 2,500 yen"? well, i just did. 2. 5. 0. 0. yen.

TWENTY DOLLAR MOITIE PANTS for people with ladies' sized MmM waistlines

wew, meant to respond to >>9319945

get it, anon. don't let your dreams be dreams.
you know you want a fancy ass AatP cane with a rose head


you know you want it before OTT Classic dies out

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I need some help finding a pattern to something similar to the outfit in the picture, I'm a newfag and a beginner cosplayer
>I'm a newfag and a beginner cosplayer
I can't wait to see you fail.

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Last thread hit bump limit. >>9284636
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>Apart from the Leigh's, the place seems alright.
the Leighs are the place.

if you live in the US, there is little reason to order from them. you will save money buying direct from brand; customs fees never happen.
I go every year, working there this year, its a wonderful venue.
How's the St. Petersburg Community like or the Russian community in general? I may be spending the year with my mother and want to know if the community is worth checking out while I'm there.
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>want to plan comm meet
>it's wintertime in New England

if the prizes are nice enough, what are the odds of getting people to show up?
I mean it depends on where in New England you are. If you're in the Boston comm you'll probably get some bites (at least I'd be curious). If you're in RI or somewhere else it might be harder since I've been told they're less active.

Your real enemy might be mbta if anything...

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