Fan Expo Recap! (Image Heavy)

Don't be alarmed by the girl with the big bloody knife, it's just me in my Fan Expo cosplay! This year I went as Hysteria Alice from the Alice: Madness Returns video game. I have a huge obsession with anything related to Alice in Wonderland, so when you take one of my favourite pieces of literature and turn it into a twisted video game, you know I'm going to love it!
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Our day started off with us missing the train and Peter driving us in to Toronto which ended up being a blessing in disguise because it meant we could leave when we were tired vs whenever the trains came.

Next we made our way to the long lineup to enter the convention. Now I'm not going to rant and rave as I did the day of, but lets just say if you ever feel the need to order tickets through Rogers to save on service charges, DON'T DO IT! They screwed us over royally. Greg and I were the only ones to order through them so they separated us from our group to get in another line to pick up our physical tickets. Now you'd think the tickets they sent to our phone would be proof enough, but whatever, I was ok with that. What I wasn't ok with was having to then re-line up in the hour long line I just spent 45 minutes in to get into the convention. Meanwhile my other friends who had their tickets printed from the computer could go right in. Yeah. I was less than impressed, as was everyone else who ordered through Rogers.
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blog lovelymissmegs megan cosplay fan expo
Once Greg and I finally made it inside we caught up with our group and made our way to the "sword man" as we call him. Every year Kimi and Greg want to buy swords or weapons of some sort, so he's always the first person we look for. After they both made their purchases we headed over to the Blind Ferret table to go meet some of our favourite webcomic personalities Somer & Lar of Least I Could Do, Gutters, and Looking For Group. It wouldn't matter who was at a convention as long as we could hang out with these two guys. They always know how to make you laugh.
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blog lovelymissmegs megan cosplay fan expo
Once we were all hungry we headed to our Fan Expo tradition and hit up The Loose Moose for lunch. As luck would have it, we ended up having terrible service. Our waiter didn't introduce himself to us, nor did he engage in any polite conversation. He walked by our table repeatedly only to serve others in our area, ordered 2 completely wrong meals, and then when were done our food and about to order drinks he came over with the bill we never asked for. We were pretty frustrated because we love the Loose Moose so Kimi went to complain to the manager, which resulted in 2 free pitchers of beer on the house. WIN. I'll take free beer any day!
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blog lovelymissmegs megan cosplay fan expo
We then headed back to the convention so Katie could get Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)'s autograph. She was such a cute fangirl who got star struck the moment she got up to talk to him. We then ran around to the booths with all the fun freebies such as getting to hold Thor's Hammer and Captain America's Sheild at the Marvel booth, getting my picture super imposed with the cast of the big bang theory, and getting to kill Greg in a lightsaber battle photo op at the booth for The Clone Wars. At 4pm we made our way to the Jedi School Panel only to find out it was cancelled but to make up for it they brought in a bunch of R2-D2 droids for people to take pictures with and for the small kids to chase around. Then the 501st devision had their parade and everyone got to take pictures of the giant Star Wars group.
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I'd say it was a really good day despite all the setbacks! I already have the wheels turning for what my next cosplay will be... I'm thinking Steampunk, Star Wars or Rapunzel form Tangled. It's always been a dream of mine to do a Disney princess cosplay. Also, I didn't really buy anything at the convention since I'm dirt poor, but I did manage to snag The Guild comic. Win!

Wow, I'm so sorry for this post being huge guys! If you made it this far then that's awesome! If you didn't, well, that's ok too I don't blame you!

I hope you guys are having a great week so far!

♥ Megan

P.S. Parts of my arms are STILL tinted red 4 days later from the fake blood! Luckily the red is off my face though!

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My Favourite Things Monday: Cosplay

Oh boy, it' been a while since I've done anything on my blog hasn't it? It seems like forever to me! Oh well, in light of recent events, aka me going to FanExpo I've decided to make this Monday feature all about Cosplay which is an activity I really enjoy.

If you have no idea what cosplay is, it stands for 'costume-play'. However, the easiest way to understand it is to think of it as another excuse to wear costumes on a day that's not Halloween! Costumes vary depending on what genre of convention you are attending, but the normal themes are characters from favourite movies, tv shows, video games, animes or comic books. Enjoy!

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( ♥ ) Babydoll from Suckerpunch
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( ♥ ) Rapunzel from Tangled
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( ♥ ) Spartan from 300
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( ♥ ) Dawn by one of my favourite cosplayers, Yaya Han
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( ♥ ) Original Fairy designs by one of my other favourite cosplayers, Lilyxandra

Aren't these all just amazing?! I wish I was this good. Also, stay tuned this week to see pictures of my own cosplay from Fan Expo! It's an interesting one that's for sure. Let's just say my arms and face are still dyed red.

♥ Megan

P.S. Random life story: Last night I got to watch home movies of Greg as a 6 year old. MOST ADORABLE THING EVER!!! If you guys have home movies of you as kids I suggest you bust them out and watch them. They are SUCH A RIOT! I laughed so hard that I cried!!!

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August Break: Day 10

There was a giant thunderstorm and tornado watch last night for my area. Greg and I grabbed the camera and tripod then ran outside to a nearby field to take pictures. I know, metal + open field + lightning = stupid, but whatever. We had fun!
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If you really want to get a feel for how crazy the storm was last night watch this beautiful video. It was taken in Toronto which isn't far from where I live. In fact I could see the lightning hitting the CN tower from where I was standing in Oshawa.


It's my dream to go storm chasing one day, that or swim with great white sharks.
...Yeah, my interests aren't too safe.

♥ Megan


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August Break: Day 9

Sand sculpture competition at The Ex.
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blog lovelymissmegs megan august break the ex sand sculptures
blog lovelymissmegs megan august break the ex sand sculptures
blog lovelymissmegs megan august break the ex sand sculptures
It's amazing what people can do with sand. I wonder how they keep it all together?

♥ Megs


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August Break: Day 8 + Recipe

I'm not good at taking food photos, but here is the delicious pasta I made last night plus the recipe. Don't be weirded out by the fruit and nuts in the pasta they are actually quite good.

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Cheese, Nuts & Cranberry Pasta
Serves 4
Ingredients:
3 cups penne
1 tbsp butter
1 shallot chopped
2 tbsp flour
1/3 cup white wine
1 cup chicken stock
1/4 milk
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 cups of cheese diced (use aged white cheddar, gouda and mozzarella)
2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
1/3 cup of chopped walnuts
1/3 cup of dried cranberries

Prep and Cooking
- Bring water to a boil and cook pasta
- In saucepan melt butter over medium heat and sauté shallots. Add flour and stir well
- Pour in wine, broth and milk while stirring with a whisk
- Bring sauce to boil, add thyme then simmer for 5 minutes
- Add cheese gradually and let it melt completely
- Stir in cooked pasta, cranberries, nuts and parsley

♥ Megs

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Life Comes at You Fast...

And when it hits you, it can be devastating. I know this from experience because almost 2 years ago I lost a friend to suicide, and a few years prior a drunk driver killed another friend. It was tough, as all death is, but somehow we find our way through the hurt, tears and sadness and grow as individuals because of it.

However there is no greater reality check than death to make you reassess everything in your life. This weekend my family received news that my sister's friend had died of a heart attack. This was horrible news, and my sister who is the strongest person I know was left in shambles. I know people have heart attacks and that's a fact of life, but when you're an athletic 18 year old it shouldn't be happening to you. I'm not going to say much more on this story because it's not mine to share, but it really does make you stop and think about life, health, and mortality.

Then yesterday while coming home from the Ex, Greg received news that the town where half his family lives was destroyed by a tornado. Really world? Why are we getting tornadoes in Canada? Luckily none of his family members were hurt but to see the destruction of this small town is heartbreaking. So many people lost businesses, historic buildings were destroyed, and a handful of houses were damaged too. I can't imagine how hard it would be to lose everything in a matter of minutes and so my heart goes out to everyone living there.

Oh and as a final thought, the media just announced while I was writing this post that one of Canada's most amazing politicians has passed away from his second battle with cancer at the age of 61. Jack Layton has always been my favourite politician and someone who I am proud was Canadian. He's the kind of politician you could relate to and in my opinion actually had Canadian values at the heart of his agenda. Thanks Jack for always caring about Canada.

...Man has my world been rocked this week. I think I have a lot to think about.

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What I Wore: Little House on the Prairie

Ok so maybe I lied when I said my next outfit post would be me in pants. I can't help it though, it's waaaaay too hot for pants! Where are you Fall? I miss your cool breezes, colourful trees, Thanksgiving goodies, and most importantly, not dying of heat stroke. (Oh and if you're wondering where I came up with the name for this outfit don't ask, it's the first thing that popped in my head when I saw the floral print)

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Also I don't know why, but every time I get my picture taken I always throw up the peace sign. It's something my sisters and I have always done so I don't realize I'm doing it half the time.
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blog lovelymissmegs megs outfit ootd wardrobe dress floral we love colors urban behaviour
If you couldn't tell, I don't take myself too seriously and I tend to make faces when I get my picture taken. Fun fact, the face I'm making in the last picture is my legit thinking face. I always scrunch my mouth to the right when I'm thinking hard about something.

Dress: H&M
Shoes: Walmart
Cardi: Target Apparel
Belt: Forever 21

I hope you're all enjoying the August Break so far!

Also, if you're a fan of Modcloth be sure to check out Raindrops on Rosy's Modcloth GC giveaway! Hopefully I win *fingers crossed* but if I don't then I hope one of you lovelies do! Good Luck!
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August Break: Day 7

Playing with fake blood is fun! I'm just adding the finishing touches to my FanExpo cosplay.

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Any guesses on what I'm dressing as?
<3 Megs

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August Break: Day 6

Here's my first attempt at levitating pictures and using photoshop actions... must experiment more. Though it was lots of fun jumping to take the pictures!

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Now I'm off to help Greg's SUPER ADORABLE Grandpa pack his apartment up and then I'm building the prop for my Fan Expo costume!

<3 Megs

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August Break: Day 5

My sister's grilled veggie salad. Yum! I love all the bright colours in it, and the leftovers you can use in just about anything (omelets, stir fry, fajitas).

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What's your favourite food to bring to a potluck?
<3 Megs

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My Favourite Things Monday: Garden of Whimsy

I am head over heels in love with Garden of Whimsy's etsy shop. Everything she makes is so romantic and if I had the money I would buy everything in her shop! I kid you not.

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I'm swooning over these blue flowers because they look like they are straight out of A Midsummer Night's Dream. What's even better is they are all individual bobby pins which means you can place them like a crown on your head or have them cascading down your braid. The opportunities are endless!
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I love this flowered wreath. It gives the perfect amount of drama to the back of your hairstyle.
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What a fancy fascinator! The soft feathers are the perfect romantic touch.
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This comb is perfect for the fall (which so happens to be my favourite season!) Pair it with denim for a country harvest look or a chiffon dress to look like a Greek goddess.

As a side note, I need to get a wig the colour of her hair! I have huge weakness for redheads.

I hope you all have a fantastic Monday!
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