And by part 1, I really mean that this is the only post with writing-the second one will be pictures of cool shit.
Fan Expo is pretty new to Vancouver. New as in this was its second year. Now, I gotta say that the turn out for it was AMAZING. I know that Fan Expo was a little concerned about bringing the show to Vancouver, and paying so much for the guests that they had going on, but, mean, the geek's in this city have surely earned the right to claim fan expo for a long time coming.
The guests were great-although there were a few who cancelled who I really wanted to see (namely Tom Felton) but they tried super hard to get some great and varied guests. There was more than enough Q&A time with most of the guests, and each had their own panel time, as well as group Q&A if it were applicable (like for Buffy/Angel).
Cassandra!!!!-Waynes World/Relic Hunters
If there was one major thing that I could complain about, it was the panels. I expected/hoped for a large variety of panels, that included not just the media guests, but the comic artists/writers and industry sponsors. I think I've been spoiled from the other Vancouver cons, which have a huge variety of panels and events-from cosplay fashion, to art demonstrations-and just expected the same from Fan Expo. I mean, the media guests are great, and they are super fun to watch and ask questions to and all, but I feel that a lot of the big comic fans want to talk to the people who WRITE and DRAW what they love, and see how/why they did something. I mean, meeting Stan Lee is awesome, but he doesn't single handedly write/draw/ink/colour every single comic out there (not anymore, at least) and it would be cool to talk to the new blood.
Alright, so there's actually one more thing I would complain about-the line ups to get in. Especially for the people who pre-bought tickets (I did not, but was with people who did). I think that if someone put in the effort to buy tickets online, and show up on time, they should be able to go right in and enjoy everything they paid for. Instead, there were people who pre purchased, and had to wait over an HOUR. I think that is just so unfair to do to people. Fans shouldn't be punished for buying tickets online, and going to an event they are looking forward to, just because the staff were under-prepared for the shear amount of people who wanted to be there.
But, I mean, I had a great time, all things considered. I am so looking forward to all the other conventions that are still to come here in Vancity.
Part 2, a pile of photos, coming in about 2 days <3
Due to some interesting circumstances, I had the absolute honor of giving La Carmina a small interview about the goth travel lifestyle.
But, before I get into the interview, there's a few things you should know about this lovely lady!
La Carmina is a fashion, alt culture and travel TV host (Taboo, Bizarre Foods, oddities and World's weirdest restaurants), author of several books, journalist (including The New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, Vogue and LA Times) and a professional blogger over at lacarmina.com
In short, she is a jack of all trades, and looks amazing as she does it. Seriously, how awesome is that outfit?
Other really cool things about her? She's from Vancouver; she's done work all over the world for a TONNE of different corporations; she has several books published; she runs a coolhunting company (La Carmina and the Pirates); regularly contributes work to CNN and Huffington Post on fashion and travel; AND, if that wasn't enough, she is the single most nicest, most amazing celebrity that I have had the experience of chatting with.
See? Single most awesome lady that does proves that those in the alt scene can be seriously successful without giving up their individuality and sense of self.
Anteela: You have had the opportunity to travel all over the world, exploring and discovering new trends, not just in the goth scene, but in many things. What was your favourite, and what/where was it?
La Carmina: I’ve discovered that there is fascinating alt culture in the most unexpected of places. Cities like LA, Berlin and Tokyo are known for their vibrant Goth scenes. But I had an equally wonderful time drinking absinthe in an intimate Phoenix, Arizona Gothic party. I also loved trying squeaky curds and swinging on a bondage bed in Wisconsin. It’s impossible to name a favorite place since they all have unique qualities; I’ve simply become more eager than ever to keep exploring the world.
Of all of history's past goth fashion trends, which would you like to see make a comeback?
I’d like to live in a world where people wear giant sailboats on their heads, as they did in the Rococo court of Marie Antoinette.
In your opinion, what is the best place for goth culture/scene in North America? Europe?
It’s hard to name a favorite, since I enjoy smaller, more relaxed scenes as much as the crazy, explosive ones. However, as a Goth travel destination, I recommend Los Angeles; many big bands come here and the club scene is electrifying. Here are my LA Gothic recommendations: http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/category/seba-in-america/ For Europe, Berlin is a must: it’s gritty, deathrock heaven. I also adore Prague’s absinthe and Art Nouveau. I hope you find my Europe Goth travel guides useful: http://www.lacarmina.com/blog/category/italy-europe/
Favourite music (bands or genre) to travel to?
My blog readers know I have a weakness for cheesy Italo Disco. What can I say? It perks me up and puts me in a good mood.
Favourite underground trend you want to see come into the mainstream?
Fashion trend you most want to see die a fiery death?
I don’t hate on any styles, as I think fashion is an individual expression. Something like khakis might be too conservative or predictable for one person, but fit another person perfectly. However I think it’s beneficial for everyone to dress in colors and cuts that flatter them.
City, country, event you have yet to see that's at/near the top of your list?
So many! Dubai, Egypt, Transylvania, New Orleans, South America, Africa… and I can never get tired of traveling in Asia.
Were there any countries that didn't approve of your pro-alt culture fashion of ideas?
I sometimes get funny stares, but generally, people are more curious than disapproving. I think reactions can depend on how you carry yourself. If you smile and are open, chances are that you will have a positive interaction.
Favourite piece that you just cannot part with?
I still wear some investment pieces that I picked up over 10 years ago, during my travels. My long, fuzzy white coat from London is timeless to me.
Favourite hair and makeup product you discovered during your travels?
I always stock up on decadent false eyelashes and lash glue while in Hong Kong and Japan. They're much cheaper and better than the ones in the West.
When you travel for extended periods of time, how do you decide what comes with, and what stays at home?
I don’t stress too much about packing, since I can pick up essentials along the way. If I’m doing on-camera TV work, I always bring my basic makeup products (especially Make Up Forever HD foundation and powder), and prepare my outfits ahead of time. You can see my TV hosting reels at http://www.lacarmina.com/bio.php
Have you considered getting Basil Farrow a friend? If so, would he/she also be a Scottish Fold, or another variety?
It’s Fold or nothing! They’re an incredible breed; so gentle and intelligent and fuzzy-faced. However Basil Farrow is the Pharoah -- I’m sure he wants to keep my full attention, and not share any portions of food! Tons of his cute photos are at: http://www.lacarmina.com/basilfarro
It's Spring here in Vancouver. There has been some glorious weather the past few days, and it has been just lovely to take walks around in the sun.
Now, for those that don't know, because you don't know about Canada, or whatever, but Vancouver is on the coast. Here, we get the same weather as Seattle, which is about 3 hours away. And has the reputation as the Rain City. This is a well deserved reputation.
It's always raining here.
Which is why having nearly 2 weeks without rain, in the spring no less, is something of a rarity. To have such nice temperatures too (16C, 60F), well, just wow.
Because there has been such great weather, the sakura are up in (almost) full bloom! I LOVE cherry blossoms. I swear, they are my spirit flower, if that's a thing. Which is should be. Vancouver is super lucky to be able to have so many sakura trees, which were a gift from Japan (specifically Kobe and Yohohama) sometime after WW1 to celebrate the Japanese Canadian soldiers who fought in the war. Since then, the trees have grown and spread all over Vancouver, enough so that there is now an annual Cherry Blossom festival.
But, even before the festival, the trees are out in their pale pink glory, obscuring the sky with pink petaled clouds.
If you ever plan on visiting Vancouver, the early Spring is the time to do it. Nice weather, beautiful sakura, and lots of super happy people shedding the cold, rainy winter and embracing the warmth and beauty surrounding us.
I may have mentioned this once or twice, but I like to be healthy. I exercise a lot, and I try to eat clean food, and I watch what I eat.
I mean, sure, I have a killer sweet tooth, but, I think I'm allowed a vice or two.
But, I digress.
One of the amazing fitness tumblr ladies I follow posted this AMAZING recipe for pancakes.
Not just any pancakes, no. Pancakes without flour. Yea, that's right. No flour! There are several varieties, but I'm all about the protein variety.
It's a small recipe, and is perfect for one. I doubled it for the hubs and I, and it was just the perfect amount.
The Basic Recipe!
Mash, skillet, flip, done.
No, seriously. That's it.
The Protein Variety (for 2)
2 scoops protein powder (I like vanilla)
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp _____milk
Mash, skillet, flip, done.
I served it with fresh strawberries, french vanilla yogurt and some coffee. Nice, clean way to start the day.
And so tasty!