Sunday, August 22, 2010

Cosplaying Mio Akiyama for my Make Me Up™ booth

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On the second day of Metro Comic Con 2010 where I had my Make Me Up™ salon booth, I came in dressed (almost) as Mio Akiyama, the bass guitarist character from the anime K-On. I wore the costume I had been working on for weeks and with me was the guitar prop I made as well.
My family came to check out the booth and see me in costume.
These are some of the photos my dad took:
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Mio Akiyama and V for Vendetta
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About the Mio Akiyama Dress
For this costume dress, I bought the materials, did the cutting, and sewed it by hand (since I do not know have a sewing machine). But I asked my aunt to do some sewing using her sewing machine to make the dress more durable. Also, she sewed the ruffles part since that would really take so much time if I sew it by hand only.
About the Stripe Warmer
As for the warmer on my right arm, I sewed this by hand only. I don’t know if it’s possible to sew it using sewing machine. It took so much time though because the strips were small and the materials were all stretchy.
The Bass Guitar
I made the guitar prop using cardboard from a balikbayan box. My friend Panch did some base painting, paint mixing, and lent me his acrylic paint. On the day that these photos were taken, I finished the painting at home before going to the convention ^_^ Hehe. Panch did tell me though that I made some mistakes in creating the guitar, such as using glue gun. I should’ve used stronger glue because now the boards are coming off! I’d have to re-do my guitar prop.
Missing Elements
Missing elements I have yet to finish/have/create to complete my costume: the right make up, black hat with red ribbon, black bow on my waist, guitar strap, better guitar prop, and petticoat! ^_^

Saturday, August 21, 2010

My own business at 21 years old

At first, Make Me Up™ salon was only an idea that would hardly make me sleep. It was an idea that didn’t make me rest until I turned into a plan. The concept and how I could picture it to become was so strong in my mind that I just really had to do something to make it happen. For me, it could be the “first”. And for it to be close to first, it had to be done.
But with all the things piled up to do at my two jobs (-Yes, I am a Working Girl ^_^-), I knew that I had to set a deadline for myself. Else, if I took my own sweet time in building Make Me Up™ salon, who knows when I could finish it? Probably as far as next year already?
So, in my planning stage at mid of May 2010, I chose a deadline where I had to commit to have set the foundations of Make Me Up™ salon. I chose August 21-22, the date when the Metro Comic Con 2010 (MCC) will happen; MCC is a Philippine comic convention where comic creators can exhibit and sell their works. It was also an event where entrepreneurs can sell or promote their products and services that would interest comic fans.
What is Make Me Up™?
So, why exhibit at the MCC? The concept of Make Me Up™ salon is somehow related to “comics”. Make Me Up™ is a thematic mobile salon booth for styling and coloring hair to fit any particular theme, such as anime, cosplay, and any characters. It is fashioning the hairdo of boys and girls, men and women, into styles inspired by iconic characters from literature, shows and films, whose hairstyles you’d easily remember because they are unique and seemingly impossible to recreate in real life for everyday wear.
With Make Me Up™ salon, I wanted to scratch that thought that it is impossible to recreate these fantastical hairstyles. The formula is not just wigs and hair extensions, but techniques and keenness to details.
Here are some of our photos at my first ever booth:
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I arrived in a brown dress and did some finishing touches for the booth right away.
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Then I had my photos taken with friends who visited the booth.
Thank you, Sheila Orbigo (on the left).
Thank you, Ate Ysa Locsin (on the right).
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Thank you, Dani M., Migo B., and Ponci S..
Welcome back, Migo! ^_^
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Quick shots also with the first few customers. Thank you! ^_^
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Some blurred photos with Orange Magazine TV.
Orange Magazine drops by the booth.
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Then, had a time to fix my hair. Thank you, Ate Ysa, for the shot.
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Now ready for more photos!
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Czari (me) with my Make Me Up™ booth.
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Czari (me) at the middle with my hairstylists Ara (left) and Khatz (right).
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Arvin De Leon, Glenda Santiago, Khatz Seresula, Czari Flores (me), and Ara Caoili.
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Czari Flores (me) with Arvin De Leon.
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The host of the event from CreatiVoices also visited my booth to chat. ^_^
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Even little girls were there to try Make Me Up™! ^_^
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Thank you so much, everyone! ^_^

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