I peeked around the corner of the street and there they were. Hundreds of odd looking anime characters. Some presumably schoolgirls, and others, disturbingly ugly creatures that you’d think would haunt you in your nightmares during the depths of the night.
600 staff members and a year of planning goes into the annual Anime Matsuri convention, the 8th largest anime convention in North America. Promoting the Japanese culture, this 3-day event from April 7- April 9 at the George R. Brown Convention Center covers everything from cosplay, music, fashion, anime, to art and collectibles.
Founder Deneice Leigh started Anime Matsuri 11 years ago in the Woodlands, and as it grew exponentially, the convention was rezoned to downtown Houston to accommodate a larger, more diverse audience. Anime Matsuri is one of the few conventions that utilizes every single floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Happy holidays everyone! This past Friday and Saturday, I spent my days purifying my soul and enhancing my spirituality through lectures and workshops at a religious convention called Texas Dawah Convention. I was bewildered by the number of community members that showed up to unite and learn together, with even some who travelled across America just to attend. The lectures consisted of topics about dealing with Islamophobia, how Trump’s presidency impacts us, respecting our elders, giving charity, the influence of social media and creative art on our generation, gender identity in Islam, and a tour of paradise. There was even a workshop where we could ask questions to two FBI agents, and we ended the convention with a comedy show by Jeremy McLellan. It was interesting how varied these topics were because I came home with different perspectives to ponder upon.
Here is my OOTD for the second convention day.
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High Neck Top: Forever 21
M-Slit Cardigan: Forever 21
Palazzo Pants: Charlotte Russe
Strappy Ankle Heels: Forever 21
Scarf: Get it on AliExpress here
Water Permeable Nail Polish: Tuesday in Love – YOLO, $12
Concealer: Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer – Medium 29, $24
Eyebrow Liner: Walmart; Salon Perfect Brow Pomade – Dark Brown, $5
Lipstick: Maybelline Super Stay 14hr Lipstick – Enduring Ruby, $7
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