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United States
2016 Convention Schedule:
(The blue bullets are conventions that I will be attending for sure. The yellow bullets are conventions I am not 100% sure if I am attending or not.)

:bulletblue: Nagu Con (July 21-23)
:bulletyellow: Anime Banzai (Oct 21-23)
:bulletyellow: Salt Lake City Comic Con (Sept 1-3)

Cosplays I'm working on:

None at the moment.

Favorite genre of music: Alternative Rock, K Pop
Favorite style of art: Manga/Anime
Operating System: HP Laptop
Favorite character: So many...there's ohhh so many...
Personal Quote: "Be True When Being You"

Other sites! Follow these for more progress picture updates, convention updates and more!
:bulletyellow: tumblr:
:bulletyellow: cosplay tumblr:
:bulletyellow: YouTube:…
:bulletyellow: Instagram:
:bulletyellow: Facebook:…
:bulletyellow: Twitter:

Replacement Teddie Bear Productions!
:bulletgreen: YouTube:
:bulletgreen: deviantArt:


Hey everybody! My friend JasperSellene is trying to sell one of her wigs, so I'm spreading it around! If you are interested or know somebody who is, give it a look!…
Another random update:
I have been extremely inactive as of last year, and this year I am officially going to make a change to that! 
I will be doing more on dA, on YouTube, on Facebook and with my cosplay in general for sure!
I plan to do a lot more things this year, and I will be creating a video shortly on my resolutions and goals.

I am currently fighting a bad cold, and am about to start my second week back at college, so as soon as I'm better, and have time after homework, (hopefully by the end of this week), I will start filming that!

Stay tuned and check out my channel to keep updated with posts!
(Link is in my dA ID description.)
Finally got the cosplanner app! This thing is amazing, haha! It helps me keep organized with what I have to do left, and it is a great way of getting an idea of how much everything is going to be. I suggest to all!
Hey guys! This tip is going to be on something pretty important when it comes to traveling to convention.


This is going to be a bit lengthy, but for good reasons and great details! ;) (Wink) 

As Sakura Con has come this weekend (I am not attending but my friends are, and one of them mentioned how they managed to lose an item of their cosplay the day before they left) I thought this would be a great time to talk to you guys about packing, and to give you some tips and steps on how you guys can pack efficiently for a convention! :D

1. Plan Ahead

Planning ahead is crucial! If you are leaving somewhat later during the week, it still doesn't hurt to start packing even the Sunday before you leave. Try to give yourself a week to pack if you can. Sometimes (okay every time so far) I wouldn't pack until the day of/day before leaving for a convention. This proved to be quite a hassle, and I felt a bit overwhelmed. So planning ahead will definitely save you time as you start packing little by little here and there. Also give yourself an estimation of how big of luggage you will need for your convention. (I usually take my largest suitcase, as well as a smaller suitcase, and then a bag/backpack for my non-cosplay essentials). However, how big/much luggage you need depends on the sizes of your cosplays, how they need to be transported and how much room in your transportation you are allowed. Communicate with your ride to see how much space there is, and if they have a recommendation of how much you can bring with you. Some cars will be pretty spacious (such as mine, where I am able to fit all of my previous mentioned luggage, as well as 2-3 others'), but talking with your ride will clear up any questions you have. Trust me, you do not wanna be in that situation where everyone is staring at a full trunk, each with a bag in their hands still and thinking, " will this work?" Also, any smaller bags/suitcases that can fit at your feet or on your lap would be a good alternative too. Sometimes sacrificing a bit of your comfortableness is necessary, but make sure you do so safely. Do not over stuff a car, nor allow yourself to have a suitcase/bag in your face if you are uncomfortable with it. Safety comes before creativity of packing a car.

Also remember to find a purse or a smaller bag that you wouldn't mind carrying around the convention. You'll need this for carrying water, snacks, cameras, backup makeup supplies, phones and other requirements you need.

Planning ahead also includes making note of the location of your items. Try to keep all of your cosplay things in one area (especially makeup and contacts, and jewelry pieces as these are the most commonly misplaced items) so that you will be able to go to that area and immediately find all that you're looking for.

For every cosplay that you are bringing, list exactly what you need for that cosplay, even the small things. (Shirt, pants, tie, earrings, necklace, prop, contacts, wig, shoes, etc.) You can make this list on your phone, laptop, notebook, tablet, whatever would be easiest for you to go to. Go over the list a few times just to make sure you don't forget anything. Also make a list either at the top or the bottom of other essentials you need, such as bathroom things (toothbrush, brush, [for some, fem. hygiene products], shampoos, etc), as well as other things such as pajamas, an extra set of normal clothes, sleeping bags, blankets and pillows. Be completely prepared!

2: Make a List

Make a list of the kind of snacks you want to bring, as well as what you would like to bring into that smaller bag I mentioned earlier. Convention food can be pretty expensive, and unless you want to walk a few blocks to a restaurant/fast food place, snacks are a great and cheap way to keep yourself fed until you go find actual food for dinner/lunch, etc.

As a side note, if there is something that you are running out of (makeup powder, foundation, saline solution for contacts, etc) now you have plenty of time to go to the store and pick up the things that you need! Nothing is worse than having to run to the store the day before or the day of you leaving for a convention, especially when it's a bit of a drive to get to a store. This is also the time to grab any snacks or drinks that you would like to bring. Try to avoid some drinks (pops, energy drinks, etc). These will not hydrate you as well as you would maybe hope, so try things like water, flavored water or even Gatorade/Powerade are good alternatives for a fruity drink and keeping hydrated! Bringing your own water bottle is a great idea as well, as usually there are plenty of places to fill them up around the convention center. Snacks I would suggest getting include things like trail mix, Goldfish, crackers, cookies, granola bars, etc.

3. Start Packing!

Once you have both of the previously-mentioned things completed, start packing! You don't need to pack everything right away, but start with things that you know you can pack. These things could be costumes you've already finished that you don't mind folding into a suitcase, cosplay makeup, wigs that can be stored in a bag, contacts, and shoes and props. Cosplays you are still working on obviously can't be packed up right away, so just pack up as you finish things. As you pack, cross these items off the list you made so you know that you have already packed them away! This way you won't be looking for them frantically around your house when you've forgotten you've already packed them all along! (This happens occasionally. :XD:

This is also the time to see what cannot go in a bag or suitcase. This includes large props that can't be broken down, costumes that can't be folded/need to be hung up, wig that are heavily styled, armor pieces, or other items and parts of a cosplay that are too big. Try to arrange with your ride as well as other passengers (if there are any) so work out possibilities of traveling these pieces. Most people don't mind helping out by holding a wig, or part of a prop, but make sure you ask ahead of time to make sure they don't have anything they need on their laps, or so they won't feel pressured to help you at the last minute. Try to keep things on your own lap if possible, just for mostly common courtesy, but if other arrangements need to be made, don't hesitate to talk with others going to the convention with you! :)

4. Plan Extra Space

This isn't necessary but I highly suggest it. Usually, people will purchase things from artist's galleries and other booths, and then they won't have much room to bring it back! D: So if you want to bring some stuff back, which you most likely will, having a bit of extra space in your suitcases/bags is suggested so you won't have to over stuff them and possibly damage them.

Finally, after you think you have finished packing, then double check your list to see if you missed anything. If you haven't, then you are ready to go!! :happybounce: :excited: Excited Can we go NAO  Ultra Excitement :tardgrinn: :omgomg:  :excited: rvmp excited  :happy-wave:  Go ahead and meet your ride, and load 'em up! Travel safely to your convention, and have a great time!! 

So here are the basic tips that I talked about in this journal:

:bulletyellow: Planning ahead for packing will save you trouble of finding things later. Find out how much luggage you will need.
:bulletyellow: Make a list to organize your packing!
:bulletyellow: Find a small bag to bring water and snacks with you during the convention. (Also your camera/phone.)
:bulletyellow: Start packing the things that are all ready to go.
:bulletyellow: Plan extra space for merchandise.
:bulletyellow: Discuss travelling spaces/arrangements with your ride and other passengers to make the trip as comfortable as possible.

Thanks for bearing with me throughout this long journal, and I hope that these tips help you out when you need to pack! If there are any questions you have that I didn't address in this journal, don't hesitate to comment or message me! :) I will be more than willing to answer!
Hopefully these tips gave you guys some advice on how you can pack and prepare for future convention travelling!
Thanks for reading, and good luck!

  • Listening to: I See the Light - Tangled
  • Reading: What I'm writing...?
  • Watching: Tartuffe (for a class...yuck)
  • Playing: Pokemon Alpha Sapphire
  • Eating: Breakfast burritos~
  • Drinking: Smoothie!!

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SaaraZ Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for the fav *3*  if you're interested to see more of my cosplays you can see WIP's and all other stuff on my fb page
Dolphinz514 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Of course! :)
HarleyTheSirenxoxo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the faves on my cosplay work, Dolphinz Baybee!Mirei Shy Icon by Magical-Icon  If you're interested, and haven't already, feel free to check out my Facebook page.  :iconfacebooklogoplz: Harleythesirenxoxo Cosplay
         Marie Kanker: Punk Princess by HarleyTheSirenxoxo
Dolphinz514 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Of course! :D 
Panicou Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the Fav ♥
Dolphinz514 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Of course! ^^
ThePartyvengers Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for faving one of our photo's!

Highschool of the dead: I wont beg by ThePartyvengers  

:lightbulb: We are currently having a giveaway on our FB page.

~The Partyvengers
Dolphinz514 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
No problem! :D
Hikarikun18 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot for the favorites of my Cloud cosplay :D I hope your feet weren't freezing doing awesome Jack Frost photos!
Dolphinz514 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Of course! And aww, thanks so much! And unfortunately, they did get pretty cold, haha. I am a walking furnace, so usually I'm warm enough to be out in the cold like that, but my feet are always cold, so standing in the snow was freezing! But I had socks and boots right near by in between photos so it wasn't too bad. :) 
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