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Ohayocon 2016

Published January 22, 2016 by makeuponatightbudget

Last weekend I went to Ohayocon in Columbus, Ohio. I’ve got to say that this con was fairly disappointing when it comes to panels. Out of 3 days I only went to around 5 panels, which is really bad for a 3 day con. For two out of the three days I dressed up; Friday was Lolita day and Saturday I dress up as Super Sonico. I made a post on my makeup blog on how I did the makeup for both looks. Friday was a decent day. After much struggling and going back and forth, my sister drove me to Columbus, two hours from where I live. My ex goes to school there so I stayed with her. Every year it always seems like a big mistake because she usually makes the con horrible for me but eventually things evened out. Neither I or my sister could afford an extra badge for her (i had pre-ordered mine) and so she had to wander around the con being bored for several hours while I did stuff. I felt really bad and annoyed that my ex wouldn’t let her stay in her place to rest while we were at the con. it just seemed really stupid. To make up for it I set out to get her a bunch of Sailor Mercury stuff from the dealer’s room and a few things from Bioshock (her fave video game franchise). I also paid for the parking ticket, our food, and gas (another reason why I didn’t have money for her badge).

Friday was a pretty chill day. I went to a panel about BJD’s (ball jointed dolls). It was my first BJD panel and I was super excited to meet other people who had the same hobby/interest as me. I haven’t been in the bjd hobby for long but I still love it. I made some new friends with Maria and her wife Gabi. I got to ogle her gorgeous Mini Me doll of Bill Kaulitz, too. The BJD panel’s were my favorite as well as the Steven Universe panel.

I was super nervous about dressing in Lolita too. Not only did I wear two sports bras, two pairs of spanx, and pantyhose, but I had a heavy wig on also. I was afraid someone was going to like say I didn’t make a good lolita or something. Not that I would’ve actually cared but i’ve heard that people in both the bjd and lolita community can sometimes be assholes. But i had a few compliments here and there and even got called a “pretty lolita” in passing. I was really happy. On Friday I also went to the Girls Generation Panel, which is my 2nd time going. I love that panel because it’s always fun to dance to GG, and i love Kpop. It’s a win win situation. But let me tell you, dancing in Lolita gear is no joke! I was sweating, my spanx kept falling down (layering spanx is apparently not a good idea as the materials slide against one another) and my feet were hurting in my 3 in heeled boots. I took them off during the dance but I had been wearing them all day so my feet were pooped.

Saturday I dress as Super Sonico. I hand sewed the vest from scratch (meaning I got yards of fabric and cut things out). It was the hardest thing i’ve ever done but also the best. it actually functioned, looked cute and I was very happy with my cosplay. I even got a few people to take my picture. The best thing was that I actually got 2 Sonico figures as well. That was my goal for the dealer’s room. Get a sonico figure. It was ahead everything else and I’m really happy with my purchases. I also got a lot of things from artist alley. Like I said, I didn’t go to many panels so I spent most of my time in the dealer’s room, artist alley, avoiding furries, and sitting down to rest my feet. I wanted to keep my sister company too, so I met up with her anytime I wasn’t busy.

Sunday I was in and out of the con really quick. it started to get colder and I had to be home to help my cousin’s girlfriend dye her hair. I had commissioned the awesome Consuelo over at Cogs and Creatures to make me and SD size beanie and t-shirt for my boy doll who had been naked ever since I got his body off layaway. She was super awesome! Anyway I ran in, spent a few more in artist alley then headed off towards North Market. North Market is my favorite place to it. It has the best pizza, pierogi’s and macarons! I just had to take my sister there to taste the awesome food. The guy working the parking lot ticket both was a prick though. He gave us attitude and a hard time because we didn’t get a stamp from inside, saying that we actually parked in the lot to go to North Market. I had forgotten you had to do this as I don’t freakin’ live in Columbus or go to North Market constantly. I would usually walk there anyway. Anyway he gave us attitude about it and was a complete dick. But after all that we were on our way home.

I wish this year had been better, panel and con wise. Last year I did a lot more stuff. I’m hoping to go to Colossalcon this summer so I have no idea if i’ll be able to go to ohayocon next year but we’ll see. I made a quick slideshow of some of the pictures and videos I took at the con. Hope you enjoy!

Columbus Pride 2015

Published June 22, 2015 by makeuponatightbudget

For the past 3 or so years I’ve been trying to hit up all my local Pride Parades/Festivals to help celebrate who the hell I am and being proud of it. While Pride gets flooded with stuff about the gays and mostly focusing on them, it has expanded a bit and now they frequently talk about a few of the other letters in the acronym. Obviously they don’t talk about all of them because it would go on forever, and my group gets ignored a lot. I still am an ally to everyone else in the community and i hope to educate everyone on whatever label in the GSM (Gender and Sexual Minority, easier to say than LGBTQIA++)community. Like my side bar says I am Gray Romantic, Gray Asexual, Agender. But for the most part I just say Queer because it’s incredibly more easy and people seem to get it right away.

Anyway, me and a follow intern, Zac drove up to Columbus which is about 2 hours away from where we live. I was staying with my ex-girlfriend in her apartment and it’s not as bad as it sounds. What gives me more anxiety and makes me more uncomfortable is talking and interacting with her friends. I don’t like meeting new people in like a group. So if it’s more than 1 or 2 new people I start to freak out. I don’t like it. I got to meet more people than i wanted to and I still felt ignored and left out. I hate that. I try my best to talk as much as my anxiety will allow me but it’s also a two way street and they could put more effort into it too. But I digress. other than being super fucking tired Friday and Saturday I had a good time.

Thursday night we drove up and Friday while everyone was at work I laid on the couch all day and tried to catch up on Steven Universe since everyone wanted to watch the new episode that weekend. I was successful. Later on the night, me and the ex went to Axis Nightclub, which is one of the biggest nightclubs in Columbus. Originally I wasn’t planning to go on Friday, on Saturday but Zac told me that Adoren Delano was preforming so I had to freakin’ go.

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My makeup for the night was a soft neutral smokey. Didn’t really bring a lot of makeup with me bbecausen otherwise I would bring like a giant box full and that was unnecessary. My outfit was a crop top with a Ouija board design and some leggings with a cross pattern on it.

#thickthighs

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I hashtagged it as #thickthighs and some dickhead from like a middle eastern country said “too big”. Like stfu, no one needs an opinion from your ugly crusty looking ass anyway. With your 7 fucking posts on instagram, get out of here. There’s no need to be sending people body negativity. I don’t love my thighs, I’m at peace with them so I don’t mind them anymore. ANYWAY, negativity aside I stood up way too much at the club and my feet were killing me. The flyers and website said that the doors opened at 6 pm but since gays run so behind on time ASh and I decided to go around 9pm. We got there a little early but the show didn’t even start until like 9:30. There was a band preforming, then an Underwear Fashion Show and Adore didn’t go on until like 11:30. I was so tired especially since I worked from 9-5 that day then had to book it home and immediately get my shit ready. Adore was fun, she’s really entertaining to watch like bounce around the stage but i really didn’t like her singing at all. It doesn’t sound that great live. Still love her and like to watch her but not hear her exactly. I thought her set was really short too. I wish she would’ve sung more songs but she did play my favorite, “I Adore You.” So I gagged.

The video quality is bad of course and the sound isn’t great but you can kind of here some of the words of “I Adore You.”

#iadoreyou #adoredelano @adoredelano

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Saturday was the actual parade. it rained all day and didn’t stop until like 2 or 3 pm. So we and a bunch of other people stood out in the rain to watch the parade and get free shit. I had my umbrella but my shoes goes soaked and I kept dropping my phone into puddles. Luckily it was still ok and didn’t get messed up. I got a ton of plastic bracelets and candy and dumb shit I didn’t need. After the parade was over we decided to head back home to put some dry clothes on and eat at Chipotle. I don’t really like Chipotle but we got some BOGO coupons at the parade so that’s where we decided to go. ┬áBy the time we got back to the actual festival it had closed at 2 and there was no signs or anything on the website that said so. So we walked all the way down to the festival area for nothing. Those jerks barely even had a festival since the parade ended at like 12:30-1 pm. We were so pissed and disappointed.\

#columbuspride #pride2015 #paradestuff

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Some shots from the parade.

I also did rainbow makeup for the day

heres to an awesome #prideseason and to being who i am around people that accept me

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Later on that night we returned to Axis for Dragapolooza. It was where 25 or so drag queens preformed for like 4 hours and Chad Micheals and Michelle Visage was there.

There was a really cool and enthusiastic Drag King there. I had never really seen a good Drag King performance before but she was rockin’ that Rick James bit so hard. It was really entertaining and I loved it!

Also this was one of my fave performances of the night. It was all about her love for pizza and I just….i felt so connected to her spiritually, emotionally, mentally.

A local queen, Nina West wore this AMAZING Ursula dress and I really want one for myself

I WAS LIVING FOR THIS DRESS #ninawest #columbuspride #pride2015 #ursularealness

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Michelle Visage was absolutely goregous. She’s so petite and short. I adore her so much. I want to be her

#motherhasarrived #michellevisage @michellevisage #columbuspride #pride2015

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And lastly here was Chad Micheals

I’ve never cried so hard for a queen before but when Chad came out as Cher, my little gay heart just couldn’t take it and I was literally sobbing as I watched her sing. It was just breathtaking. She didn’t stay on stage that much, not like I wanted to her. She just kind of did her performances and left. It was a little disappointing but it was okay too. We didn’t get home until like 12:30ish am and Watched some more Steven Universe before falling asleep.

Sunday was a more calm day as we went home pretty early, around 5 pm. I got home and had to clean up after my cats and feed them/organize my apartment. I always have to clean after I come back from from a trip or something. Have no idea why but I feel like my house always gets messy after I’ve been gone for a bit. So overall, minus the rain and a few quick preformances Columbus Pride was good. I’m hoping that if I go next year that the weather will be much better and that they have Dragapolooza again because that was honestly my favorite part.