Sunday, June 30, 2013

Otakon 2013 Plans! Part 1~

Otakon this year is quickly approaching- as it always is! One moment schools out, and the next I am stressed about getting everything together for my biggest convention of the year! Each year I tell myself I am going to do something amazing, or maybe have an artist alley booth- and uh, well, each year that never happens! I tend to spend a lot of time sleeping, eating, and (more) sleeping instead of doing the things I set out to do... So this year, I decided I was going to keep it easy, keep it cheap, and just do four days of fashion fun! The idea was I wouldn't have to spend loads of money preparing so that I could save up for college.

.......That's not working out too well.  щ(ಠ益ಠщ)

Currently my line up is:

Thursday: Fairy Kei

Friday: Decora
Saturday: Shironuri
Sunday: Lolita

And again, the idea was to use clothing that I already own... but, what fun is that?  (・∀・ )

My reasoning behind spending money is that I will wear all of these things in the future- so it's worth it, right...? right?! Oh dear, maybe I'm a lost cause.

Anyway, my big plan this year is to finally get around to doing some shironuri!

If you don't know what shironuri is, I can give a quick summary, but I would instead recommend checking out POPkakumei's information about instead, because it is very informative (and I don't think I would explain it as well as they do....( ̄へ ̄)...) but I also recommend checking out someone like Minori who wears the fashion on a daily basis. 

Essentially, shironuri fashion is about painting your face white, considering it directly translates to "painted in white". I believe the fashion was originally inspired by japanese geisha, but has evolved since then.

What I find extremely interesting about this fashion in particular though is that besides painting your face white, there are no strict guidelines (such as lolita fashion). Although there are many street fashions such as fairy kei, or decora which also seem to be looser in terms of interpretation, shironuri doesn't even have a specific style associated with it besides the face. Many people who wear shironuri are typically seen a gothic style (considering a handful of visual kei bands have adopted this style) but the style can be worn with almost anything. For example, Minori prefers to have her outfits elegant, and nature themed.

So what is extremely attractive about this style, is the experimentation! Personally I was really excited to take on this project, because I can truly just let my creativity flow and possibly think of something very.... different.

Lately it seems I've been increasingly interested in the cult party kei movement, and though I haven't really tried it out yet (only once!) I would greatly like too- but as well as cult party kei, decora is my ultimate favorite street fashion. My thinking with this whole shironuri idea, is why not mix those two fashions!

I don't want to give away too much information about what my plans are, but essentially I'm going for a cult party kei themed look and color scheme, but with decora like aspects.

To get an idea of what exactly I want to do, I created a polyvore image for it:

It's a little crazy looking, I know- (I really don't like making Polyvore collages because I'm extremely impatient and don't like shaping all of the images! ;_;)

I'm most looking forward to styling the wig- which, will definitely be the most time consuming, and expensive part of my whole Otakon journey (besides my hotel fees, that is!)

But gosh, this is going to be the most fun I've had with fashion yet! Hopefully this is a project that I actually manage to finish. 

I'm hoping to start ordering my pieces for this look sometime next week after I get paid, and when I do, I will surely let you all know!

I hope you are as excited for this look as I am (✪㉨✪)



  1. So far my line up is:

    Thursday: ????
    Friday: Kawaii/decora gunner
    Saturday: Cult party deer
    Sunday: ????

    also, i may steal your idea of this "Otakon 2013 plans" post if you do not mind. Ugh. Otakon is so stressful @__@

  2. Sounds like a plan! Hope you are able to get everything :D I plan to cosplay and go as Jasmine from Pokemon and Wendy from Fairy Tail ^^ I hope to run into you! I'd love to see you again! <3

    1. Yes, that would be lovely! Sounds like a lot of fun, darling! I will definitely look for you~ c: