Hi everyone! I wanted to talk about my experience at Con + Alt + Delete, a delightful, small anime convention. It took place at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois on December 16-18. It’s not too far from where I live. I ended up booking a room for myself at the Hyatt. I didn’t go for the whole weekend, just for the 17th and 18th. I went in a large group with my friends from school! Here’s a look at what I did over the weekend:
To start, on Saturday, I cosplayed as Misa Amane from Death Note. My boyfriend went as Light Yagami – it was our first couples cosplay together! We had so much fun. I was able to put together my costume fairly last minute. I bought the dress, jewelry and tights at Hot Topic. The blonde wig is from Amazon – I was able to use prime to get free 2-day shipping. The black combat boots are Steve Madden and I’ve had them for awhile. I’m pretty sure I bought those at Nordstrom. I used the Naked 2 palette for Misa’s eyeshadow, the Sweethearts Blush in Candy Glow from Too Faced and Lip Jam Pop in the shade Rebel from Mojo Spa, a local business in Wicker Park. I used my standard foundation, pearl (Too Faced Born This Way) since Misa also has fair skin. For mascara, I used my CoverGirl Clump Crusher.
The above picture is of me and my boyfriend, Luis! You can see a full body image of my outfit. The first thing we did on Saturday was the Maid Cafe, Fleur Royale. It was so cute! Luis and I went together. We had two maids, Usa and Scarlet, to serve us and to play games with us. We played the storybook game and pictionary. They also provided us with various cake options. I had the Raspberry cake and Luis had the Chocolate cake. I can recommend both – they were great! They also have soda, lemonade and tea. The maids did a dance performance at the end to anime music. They were all very kawaii. ❤ Also, it cost $15 – you’re paying more for the experience rather than food itself. You can also get a cute polaroid for $5 at the cafe. We did this and our maids decorated it for us.
There were vendors as well; we walked around the artists’ alley and looked at anime merchandise. There were cool hats, costumes, shirts, plushies and action figures. There’s something for everyone. I went to a panel later that night with Luis that our friend Justin was leading. It was Japanese Horror: Live Action vs Anime (18 +). It was really well-done. I didn’t know much about the panel and was able to learn a lot from it. Plus, some J-Horror movies are either really creepy or really cheesy. Just letting you know – do not watch Killer Santa (yes, it’s actually a J-Horror movie). Later that night, I hung out with my friends at the convention. We also went to ConSweet, where you can get free ramen, rice and soda. That was a popular spot for our group. I met some cool cosplayers too:
The above photo is me on the right, with a Merida cosplayer. She was really sweet! 🙂
Later that night, I met Kylo Ren while waiting to go up in the elevator. He had a couple pizzas with him. I learned that the dark side delivers.
I cosplayed as Kagome on Sunday, which was fun. Though, I liked the blonde wig more than the black wig I wore for this costume. This day was looking at merchandise and spending some last minute quality time with my friends and boyfriend.
I bought some cool stuff earlier on in the convention. I got a commission piece for Nagisa and Tomoya from Clannad, which will be shipped to my house soon. I also bought a grab bag (had cat ears, earrings, a Naruto lanyard and other fun things). I’m so happy that I got to spend time with everyone, since we’re on winter break now and may not see each other for awhile. Con + Alt + Delete was a fun convention – I would definitely go again! If you’ve been to Con + Alt + Delete or want to mention your favorite cosplay, comment below! 🙂