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Enchantment Under the Sea
Hi everyone! I know I’ve been missing in action for awhile now.. I’m not going to go into it in detail now, and maybe I don’t ever need to. For now I’ll just say is that I’ve been feeling a little lost lately (“lately” being the past few months). But maybe that’s not a bad thing! Nobody’s ever got everything figured out - it’s just how life works. So instead of worrying myself over what I could have been doing instead of feeling lost for so long, I’m just going to keep pushing forward. :]
These photos were taken after I attended an “Enchantment Under the Sea” themed birthday party last month. These photos are also pretty much the last shots of me with my long hair (those of you following my Instagram might now that I cut it all off).

I miss it a lot. It was an impulse decision followed by a lot of regret. But I’m trying to make the best of the situation by telling myself, “Just enjoy your new short hair all you can, since this is the LAST TIME you’ll ever have it this short.” I’m pretty sure I’ve taught myself never to chop off my hair again, haha~

I thrifted the dress years ago for about $5, the petticoat was from a clothing swap and either belonged to Yume Ninja or Chubby Bunny (it’s pink and blue, I love it~), and the seashell hair clip I made just before getting dressed up for the night.
Below you can see me attempting my best model pose, haha. ;p

I know I’ve said this before, but I think I’m back to blogging again finally. I apologize for the messages I haven’t responded to yet, but just know I appreciate you taking the time to send them! ♡

Enchantment Under the Sea

Hi everyone! I know I’ve been missing in action for awhile now.. I’m not going to go into it in detail now, and maybe I don’t ever need to. For now I’ll just say is that I’ve been feeling a little lost lately (“lately” being the past few months). But maybe that’s not a bad thing! Nobody’s ever got everything figured out - it’s just how life works. So instead of worrying myself over what I could have been doing instead of feeling lost for so long, I’m just going to keep pushing forward. :]

These photos were taken after I attended an “Enchantment Under the Sea” themed birthday party last month. These photos are also pretty much the last shots of me with my long hair (those of you following my Instagram might now that I cut it all off).

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I miss it a lot. It was an impulse decision followed by a lot of regret. But I’m trying to make the best of the situation by telling myself, “Just enjoy your new short hair all you can, since this is the LAST TIME you’ll ever have it this short.” I’m pretty sure I’ve taught myself never to chop off my hair again, haha~

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I thrifted the dress years ago for about $5, the petticoat was from a clothing swap and either belonged to Yume Ninja or Chubby Bunny (it’s pink and blue, I love it~), and the seashell hair clip I made just before getting dressed up for the night.

Below you can see me attempting my best model pose, haha. ;p

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I know I’ve said this before, but I think I’m back to blogging again finally. I apologize for the messages I haven’t responded to yet, but just know I appreciate you taking the time to send them! 


Question:

Hi! I have been following you for awhile now and love all the costumes and outfits you design, and I figured you could help me out :) I'm going to be cosplaying as pizza Sivir from League of Legends at PAX Prime this year and was wondering if you had advice on confidence while in cosplay or how to best design a costume. Thanks! Xoxo, Em

Hello! First off, I have to say that Sivir looks like she’ll be a blast to cosplay (really, pretty much all League of Legends characters seem like that, haha).

I think how to be confident depends on the person. For me, it helps when I’m cosplaying with at least one other person - that way I’m always with someone to come up with poses with and have fun with all day. Picking a cosplay you relate to can also help a lot when it comes to staying in character. For example, I tend to have more trouble posing when it comes to serious characters because my natural tendency is to smile and laugh~

Another big thing for me is to consider which parts of my body I’m comfortable or not comfortable with during the design process. Not saying that I don’t love my body! I would just rather make a slightly higher waistline, even if it means departing from the character’s actual costume, and hide the line on my stomach rather than worry about bending the wrong way in a photo and accentuating it. :]

When it comes to designing, my best advice is to figure out which things are most important to you before you start - comfort, durability (1 day at a con vs saving it for multiple cons), affordability, time and craftsmanship. Unfortunately, it’s probably super rare to have a cosplay be the best of all of those. But if you know what you want and keep them in mind, it’ll help a lot when it comes to deciding which materials to work with (e.g. do you have time to try a new, cheaper material, or are you in a hurry and get a more expensive premade item). Hoe that helps a bit! <3


Myth Masque 2014

Ever since I found out that LA had such lavish events like MYTH MasqueLabyrinth of Jareth, and the Jane Austen Evening, it’s been my goal to attend to at least one of them. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to attend all of them, but for now I am absolutely happy with MYTH. :]

Since MYTH would most likely be my only costume ball this year, I decided to go all out with my outfit. Everything was handmade, sewn and wired by me, with the exception of the moon phase necklace by Artalot on Etsy.

My costume was inspired by the moon, and also very loosely inspired by Luna the cat from Sailor Moon.  

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To save on costs, I created the majority of my gown with a lightweight, one-way-stretch black tulle. I managed to bargain the price down to about $3.66 yard in the Fabric District and was super proud of myself, haha. I think I ended up using around 13 yards for the entire dress.

The bodysuit (better photo in this post), isn’t connected to the dress and was made with an iridescent spandex and elastic black lace. 

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The appliques on the v-neck and scoop back were scavenged from the Fabric District for around $3. I felt like they instantly brought my dress to a whole new level! There are also miscellaneous jewels and rhinestones from Yume Ninja and Michael’s all over the dress~

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The back turned out to be one of my favorite parts. In the photo above, you can see what look like bright rhinestones on the scoop. Well..

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They’re actually LEDs! I figured that if I was going to MYTH Masque, something had to light up, right? ;p They don’t show up as well in the photos as they did at MYTH because the lighting was brighter when we shot them, but I think they are really lovely in person. ♥ 

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The part of my costume that I’m most proud of, however, is the headpiece and glowing moon. The photo below of Mandie and I (by Ogeeku) shows off the moon and flower LEDs pretty well!

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I should’ve gotten some close-ups of the crown and moon later that night, but Mike was so tired that I didn’t want to keep him awake too long (he was sleeping when I got home and dragged him off the couch, haha)~ Here’s a close-up of just the moon, which was created with EL tape:

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Now I get to share photos from the actual evening at MYTH! The following photos were taken by Ogeeku (thanks again, Jon!)

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Dragon Faerie Kota, Wood Elf Chrissa and I on the grand staircase~

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Another shot of Mandie and I. :] I loved how our headpieces ended up looking like opposites (she was representing winter)!

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This photo I took of Vanessa was one of the only shots that didn’t turn out blurry or oddly lit. I need to learn how to adjust camera settings better! Vanessa’s not only stunningly beautiful, she’s also super talented - she handmade her gown and headpiece, and also accessorized the mermaids at MYTH with her Creature of Habit flower crowns. 

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That evening we celebrated our lovely friend Sheyne’s birthday because it fell on the same week as MYTH. I am absolutely in love with he mask/headpiece and costume (Sheyne’s the one in the center with feathers!)~

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And finally, a group photo (you can see Michelle's full golden dragon costume here)! Needless to say I had an amazing evening around amazing people.   

p.s. I would usually type way more, but I’m currently back in Chicago visiting friends and family and am spending most of my time with them. Hope you enjoyed reading! 


Question:

Hey, I was just wondering, how would you feel if someone made a Sin Kitten shirt, designed off your work, but only for personal use? I really it, but you don't sell them anymore :(
Anonymous

Go for it! I’m no longer producing or selling the design, so as long as you credit, link back to me and don’t sell them, it’s fine with me. :]


Gotham Bunnies / Arkham Bunnies Cosplay

I’m so excited to finally share the photos from our Gotham Bunnies photo shoot! We made and wore these costumes to Comikaze last year, and then later did a shoot with the amazingly talented Greg De Stefano to capture the entire group together. All costumes are inspired by the really fun artwork of Milkydayy (Oskar Vega). :]

From left to right in the first photo above: Two Face – Chrissa, Penguin – Selina (me), Riddler – Ruby, Poison Ivy – Mandie, Batman – Greg De Stefano, Joker – Yume, Mrs. Freeze – Michelle, Scarecrow – Jenny, Catwoman – Chloe, Harley Quinn – Sarah

Here are some of the other ladies/bunnies (all photos shot and edited by Greg)!~

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Yume as the Joker and awesome latex bodysuit (and hair and cane and everything, haha)

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Mandie as a stunning Poison Ivy (so much fun watching her poses during the shoot!)

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Michelle as Mrs. Freeze, complete with light-up wiring and inability to be heard through the helmet

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Ruby as a drop dead gorgeous Riddler

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Sarah as the cutest Harley Quinn ever

All costumes were handmade by the wearer. Mine included a mini top hat I’d made for school a few years ago (was so lucky the color matched!) and a fully lined tailcoat. :]

I can’t believe I moved to LA and was lucky enough to immediately find so many amazing people to make costumes and do awesome stuff with. So happy! ♡

For the rest of the photos, visit SkirtsandSwords.com♡ ♡