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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♡ ♡ 


Kawaiiland & Back in the Game!
A lot of terrible things can happen in life. Sometimes it feels deserved, and most of the time it doesn’t. Honestly though, if what I’ve gone through since moving to LA is the worst of it for now, I should consider myself lucky (I haven’t blogged about most of it, but some pretty dreadful things happened, one right after the other).
I consider myself lucky because, even though I’ve been through all these terrible things, I’ve also been through some pretty amazing ones. I’ve been shown just how many friends I have, and just how much they and my family care about me. Everyone around me has been so caring, understanding and patient with me, and have on so many occasions gone out of their way just to show it (thank you guys ♡ ). I don’t know how Mike was able to put up with both my stress and his own throughout all of this, but he did and I am very thankful for it. 
And truly, more good has come out of my move to LA so far than bad. Sometimes I can’t even believe all the amazing opportunities I’ve gotten, experiences I’ve had, and people I’ve gotten to know - often it seems almost too good to be true! But it has all been real, and again I am very grateful for it all. 
So now that I’ve gotten that all out in the open, on to blogging again! I’ve missed documenting and sharing my life and projects so much, I hope I won’t be forced to leave it for so long ever again. ♡

A little over a week ago I had the lovely opportunity to model my friend Miss Alphabet's runway show at Kawaiiland! Needless to say I was thrilled to be wearing some of her colorful pieces. ♡ The three of us on the left in the photo above (taken by Vin Khommarath) are all wearing her designs~
The best part about the day for me was hanging out with friends and meeting new people - I’m actually terrified of runway walking and only force myself to do it in hopes that I’ll gain more confidence one day. :s
Since there are going to be so many photos I’ll leave the text to a minimum for the rest of the post. :]

Above are Mandie and Michelle at the Geeky Glamorous booth, and you can see some Chubby Bunny items too (photo by Yume Ninja for Defective Geeks)! The first photo of this post (by Krys Villaster) was taken of Yume, Mandie and I at the same booth~

My cutie friends Amanda and Dania, shot by Shannon and featured on the front of the LAweekly.com slideshow. ♡ And below is a photo she took of the lovely Alice and Sydney~

Photo above stolen from Dania, haha~

Eclectic Cutie and I at the Dooodolls booth and all their cute plushies!

Molly, Risa and I before the show, photo stolen from Molly~
And now on to the runway!

Here’s Miss Alphabet herself in a super cute Beach Barbie dress! (photo: Vin Khommarath)

Risa was so good at working the runway, and so cheerful too!~
Photos of me below are by Ogeeku, Shannon Cottrell, and Vin Khommarath, in that order. I was so relieved I didn’t do anything embarrassingly wrong and made it through! :p 



I was so happy to know a couple other girls modeling as well. Below is super cutie Bebe modeling for Pretty Star Clothing (photo: Vin Khommarath), and the photo below by Shannon Cottrell is of one of my favorite Pretty Star Clothing pieces of the show!


And here’s one last photo from after the show of Messy Pink and I, taken by Ogeeku~

I apologize if this post feels kind of sporadic - there was just so much to cover and I think I might be a little rusty at blogging (but I will fix that! haha~). This was my first big event in a long time, and I was so happy to be back hanging out with all of my friends again. ♡ 
I’m also super excited to be back online, and really look forward to posting regularly again. Thank you guys for sticking with me through the break! ♡ ♡

Kawaiiland & Back in the Game!

A lot of terrible things can happen in life. Sometimes it feels deserved, and most of the time it doesn’t. Honestly though, if what I’ve gone through since moving to LA is the worst of it for now, I should consider myself lucky (I haven’t blogged about most of it, but some pretty dreadful things happened, one right after the other).

I consider myself lucky because, even though I’ve been through all these terrible things, I’ve also been through some pretty amazing ones. I’ve been shown just how many friends I have, and just how much they and my family care about me. Everyone around me has been so caring, understanding and patient with me, and have on so many occasions gone out of their way just to show it (thank you guys ♡ ). I don’t know how Mike was able to put up with both my stress and his own throughout all of this, but he did and I am very thankful for it. 

And truly, more good has come out of my move to LA so far than bad. Sometimes I can’t even believe all the amazing opportunities I’ve gotten, experiences I’ve had, and people I’ve gotten to know - often it seems almost too good to be true! But it has all been real, and again I am very grateful for it all. 

So now that I’ve gotten that all out in the open, on to blogging again! I’ve missed documenting and sharing my life and projects so much, I hope I won’t be forced to leave it for so long ever again. 

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A little over a week ago I had the lovely opportunity to model my friend Miss Alphabet's runway show at Kawaiiland! Needless to say I was thrilled to be wearing some of her colorful pieces. ♡ The three of us on the left in the photo above (taken by Vin Khommarath) are all wearing her designs~

The best part about the day for me was hanging out with friends and meeting new people - I’m actually terrified of runway walking and only force myself to do it in hopes that I’ll gain more confidence one day. :s

Since there are going to be so many photos I’ll leave the text to a minimum for the rest of the post. :]

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Above are Mandie and Michelle at the Geeky Glamorous booth, and you can see some Chubby Bunny items too (photo by Yume Ninja for Defective Geeks)! The first photo of this post (by Krys Villaster) was taken of Yume, Mandie and I at the same booth~

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My cutie friends Amanda and Dania, shot by Shannon and featured on the front of the LAweekly.com slideshow. ♡ And below is a photo she took of the lovely Alice and Sydney~
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Photo above stolen from Dania, haha~

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Eclectic Cutie and I at the Dooodolls booth and all their cute plushies!

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Molly, Risa and I before the show, photo stolen from Molly~

And now on to the runway!

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Here’s Miss Alphabet herself in a super cute Beach Barbie dress! (photo: Vin Khommarath)

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Risa was so good at working the runway, and so cheerful too!~

Photos of me below are by Ogeeku, Shannon Cottrell, and Vin Khommarath, in that order. I was so relieved I didn’t do anything embarrassingly wrong and made it through! :p 

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I was so happy to know a couple other girls modeling as well. Below is super cutie Bebe modeling for Pretty Star Clothing (photo: Vin Khommarath), and the photo below by Shannon Cottrell is of one of my favorite Pretty Star Clothing pieces of the show!

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And here’s one last photo from after the show of Messy Pink and I, taken by Ogeeku~

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I apologize if this post feels kind of sporadic - there was just so much to cover and I think I might be a little rusty at blogging (but I will fix that! haha~). This was my first big event in a long time, and I was so happy to be back hanging out with all of my friends again. 

I’m also super excited to be back online, and really look forward to posting regularly again. Thank you guys for sticking with me through the break! ♡ 


Comikaze 2013!
Sooo… here’s the surprise cosplay we’ve been working so hard on - Gotham City Bunnies based on the artwork of MilkyDayy! You can see his original bunny illustrations here. Please excuse my derpy pose/expression in the above photo, hahah~~ I chose it since everyone else looks so so awesome (taken by David Ngo). ♥

All of the costumes were handmade by their respective wearers. :] From left to right in this gif, made from a clip in this youtube video is: Mandie as Poison Ivy, Ruby as the Riddler, myself as the Penguin, Sarah as Harley Quinn, Yume Ninja as the Joker, and Michelle as Mr. Freeze. I just love how everything came out!
This is officially the first convention I’ve ever attended in LA. And it was SO MUCH FUN! This is pretty much the first time I’ve done a group costume.. which meant having people to go fabric shopping with, craft with, and dress up and have fun together with! I might sound overexcited.. but these are just some of many things that are making me feel right at home in LA. :] 
Oh, and I was told Comikaze was a relatively small convention compared to others in LA.. but it was pretty much on the same scale as Anime Central in Illinois, which is considered to be the largest anime convention in the Midwest. I can’t even imagine how large the other conventions must be then! :o
I will definitely be uploading more photos of our cosplay as we get them, but for now, here are some more detailed shots of my Penguin costume! :]

Above is my costume next to the original illustration by MilkyDayy~

And I found this photo taken by Jedi Dark Night on flickr. :D
Oh, and the amazing makeup I have on was done by Yume Ninja, thank you for making me look so legit haha~~

Comikaze 2013!

Sooo… here’s the surprise cosplay we’ve been working so hard on - Gotham City Bunnies based on the artwork of MilkyDayy! You can see his original bunny illustrations here. Please excuse my derpy pose/expression in the above photo, hahah~~ I chose it since everyone else looks so so awesome (taken by David Ngo).

All of the costumes were handmade by their respective wearers. :] From left to right in this gif, made from a clip in this youtube video is: Mandie as Poison Ivy, Ruby as the Riddler, myself as the Penguin, Sarah as Harley Quinn, Yume Ninja as the Joker, and Michelle as Mr. Freeze. I just love how everything came out!

This is officially the first convention I’ve ever attended in LA. And it was SO MUCH FUN! This is pretty much the first time I’ve done a group costume.. which meant having people to go fabric shopping with, craft with, and dress up and have fun together with! I might sound overexcited.. but these are just some of many things that are making me feel right at home in LA. :]

Oh, and I was told Comikaze was a relatively small convention compared to others in LA.. but it was pretty much on the same scale as Anime Central in Illinois, which is considered to be the largest anime convention in the Midwest. I can’t even imagine how large the other conventions must be then! :o

I will definitely be uploading more photos of our cosplay as we get them, but for now, here are some more detailed shots of my Penguin costume! :]

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Above is my costume next to the original illustration by MilkyDayy~

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And I found this photo taken by Jedi Dark Night on flickr. :D

Oh, and the amazing makeup I have on was done by Yume Ninja, thank you for making me look so legit haha~~


Question:

I'm 26. I sometimes feel too old to wear the awesome clothing you feature here but is my fear just silly. I'm sorry if this is a strange ask but I really do feel guilty about wearing things that are like those featured in your blog.
Anonymous

I’m going to be completely honest with you. Once in a while, I’ll think about what’s going to happen when I get older. Will I hit a certain age and then magically not want to dress loudly or colorfully anymore? Or will I gradually stop wearing these things little by little, until I suddenly realize I’m dressing like an “adult”? I scare myself with these thoughts because I know that as of right now, I feel like I want to dress this way for the rest of my life.

Though really, it’s not that I’m worried my style will change; I’m worried that I won’t be dressing like myself. I want to dress the way that makes me feel happy and comfortable with myself.

Once in a while I’ll reassure myself about my future by reminding myself of awesome people that style themselves without worrying about the opinions of others. I’ve compiled a mini list for you called “women over 26 who rock their personal styles.” It was super difficult picking just one photo for each of these women, so you should definitely check out their blogs/instagrams~

Michelle/iamchubbybunny (with hair done by Kaytea behind her~) (instagram, blog):

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Yume/yumeninja (instagram, blog):

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Stephanie/twinkiechan (instagram, blog):

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I mentioned your dilemma to them and their general was consensus that you shouldn’t worry about what others think of you - as long as it’s not getting in the way of office dresscode or serious events (Stephanie said like “an important family dinner”), you should just go crazy and wear whatever you want!

Also, there’s one more story I want to share. Over the past couple of years I’ve gone to the same few post offices regularly. One woman always complimented my hair, and asked me if I could help her dye her own. The next time I visited, I brought her a couple of my own hair dye mixes, and the next time I saw her she had dyed her gray hair lavender. She loves doing it, it makes her happy, and I think that’s all that matters. She inspires me and I want to be just the same, now and when I’m older!


Inspiration Monday: Yume Ninja
I’ve decided to start making inspiration posts every Monday now, and who better to start off with than the girl who unknowingly introduced me to the LA DIY fashion scene? After stumbling on Yume’s blog (originally NinjaSovereign.com, now YumeNinja,com), I discovered so many other awesome ladies and brands that continue to inspire me - Chubby Bunny, Twinkie Chan, Sugarpill and so many more!
The reasons Yume inspires me:
She has the confidence to dress up in pretty much any style, and always has a way of making it her all her own
Her outfits often include pieces that she’s DIYed and made herself
She can, and does, whip up a costume or outfit for every event she attends
And on top of that, she’s an all-around friendly, honest person who isn’t afraid to share her opinions. :]
Now on to the photos! (The photo above is her “Alien Doll Space Force" outfit from a week or so ago. The silver/pink/green combo is perfect.)

“Summer Kitten" - I’m in love with that red dress, and the shades just pull everything together so well~

“Art Nouveau Nightmare Moon" - The costume she made for the My Little Pony Project 2012 at TAG (Toy Art Gallery) event.

“내가 제일 잘나가 (I am the best)" - One of her 2NE1-inspired outfits. The shirt and jacket were made/altered by her - this is when I learned about the amazing invention that is leather paint!

“Nyan Cat" - Outfit she created for JapanLA’s "Kittens and Ice Cream" party. This is the outfit I saw on tumblr that led me to her blog for the first time. Sooo cute~
You can find Yume on: Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter
I hope you enjoyed my first Inspiration Monday! Isn’t Yume just chock full of creativity and inspiration??

Inspiration Monday: Yume Ninja

I’ve decided to start making inspiration posts every Monday now, and who better to start off with than the girl who unknowingly introduced me to the LA DIY fashion scene? After stumbling on Yume’s blog (originally NinjaSovereign.com, now YumeNinja,com), I discovered so many other awesome ladies and brands that continue to inspire me - Chubby Bunny, Twinkie Chan, Sugarpill and so many more!

The reasons Yume inspires me:

  • She has the confidence to dress up in pretty much any style, and always has a way of making it her all her own
  • Her outfits often include pieces that she’s DIYed and made herself
  • She can, and does, whip up a costume or outfit for every event she attends

And on top of that, she’s an all-around friendly, honest person who isn’t afraid to share her opinions. :]

Now on to the photos! (The photo above is her “Alien Doll Space Force" outfit from a week or so ago. The silver/pink/green combo is perfect.)

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Summer Kitten" - I’m in love with that red dress, and the shades just pull everything together so well~

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Art Nouveau Nightmare Moon" - The costume she made for the My Little Pony Project 2012 at TAG (Toy Art Gallery) event.

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내가 제일 잘나가 (I am the best)" - One of her 2NE1-inspired outfits. The shirt and jacket were made/altered by her - this is when I learned about the amazing invention that is leather paint!

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Nyan Cat" - Outfit she created for JapanLA’s "Kittens and Ice Cream" party. This is the outfit I saw on tumblr that led me to her blog for the first time. Sooo cute~

You can find Yume on: Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter

I hope you enjoyed my first Inspiration Monday! Isn’t Yume just chock full of creativity and inspiration??