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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??


What better use of my 2,000th post than to blog about one of the highlights of my west coast trip? :D
After a long morning and afternoon of shopping through the Fashion District in LA for cheap fabric and clothing, I stopped by a coffee shop to relax and make plans for the evening. I was lucky enough to come across an awesome event on facebook that was happening later that evening: the COMBO ATTACK: 25 Years of Street Fighter Art Show opening reception held by Iam8bit. :]]
I met up with Yume Ninja, her boyfriend Alcuin and Michelle (photo below thanks to Nic), and also I met a ton of cool new people too!~


The gallery was full of awesome, Street Fighter themed artwork and installations (wish I had taken more photos of it, sorry!). They also had a really unique photobooth set up with the pixelated background and hadouken props, which is where we took the first photo in this post~ From left to right are: Yume, me, Jamie from JapanLA, and Michelle.
Afterwards a bunch of us went to Das Bunker. This was only my second experience at an industrial goth club (my firse being Death Guild at DNA Lounge in San Francisco only the week before) so I still was unsure of what to expect.
I ended up really enjoying it though. ;p From what I’ve experienced so far, the people at industrial goth clubs seem to be very friendly and nonjudgemental, and the music isn’t bad either~
Below is a photo their photographer snapped of our group (Yume and Alcuin were missing though :o ). Everybody was so sweet and fashionable laa~ From right to left are Elissa, Nic, Julie Doll, me and Elissa’s friend. :]

And to end the night we went to IOTA bakery for some late night treats. c; It was a really cute bakery/coffee shop that had k-pop videos playing constantly, and it stays open very late. Thank you for introducing it to me guys! Here’s what we ordered..

It was such a great evening in LA, it was a blast hanging out with all of you and seeing so much of LA! c;

What better use of my 2,000th post than to blog about one of the highlights of my west coast trip? :D

After a long morning and afternoon of shopping through the Fashion District in LA for cheap fabric and clothing, I stopped by a coffee shop to relax and make plans for the evening. I was lucky enough to come across an awesome event on facebook that was happening later that evening: the COMBO ATTACK: 25 Years of Street Fighter Art Show opening reception held by Iam8bit. :]]

I met up with Yume Ninja, her boyfriend Alcuin and Michelle (photo below thanks to Nic), and also I met a ton of cool new people too!~

The gallery was full of awesome, Street Fighter themed artwork and installations (wish I had taken more photos of it, sorry!). They also had a really unique photobooth set up with the pixelated background and hadouken props, which is where we took the first photo in this post~ From left to right are: Yume, me, Jamie from JapanLA, and Michelle.

Afterwards a bunch of us went to Das Bunker. This was only my second experience at an industrial goth club (my firse being Death Guild at DNA Lounge in San Francisco only the week before) so I still was unsure of what to expect.

I ended up really enjoying it though. ;p From what I’ve experienced so far, the people at industrial goth clubs seem to be very friendly and nonjudgemental, and the music isn’t bad either~

Below is a photo their photographer snapped of our group (Yume and Alcuin were missing though :o ). Everybody was so sweet and fashionable laa~ From right to left are Elissa, Nic, Julie Doll, me and Elissa’s friend. :]

And to end the night we went to IOTA bakery for some late night treats. c; It was a really cute bakery/coffee shop that had k-pop videos playing constantly, and it stays open very late. Thank you for introducing it to me guys! Here’s what we ordered..


It was such a great evening in LA, it was a blast hanging out with all of you and seeing so much of LA! c;


yumeninja:

Oh look!!! @szmoon is on town!!! Fuck yeah!! #yumeninja #szmoon #iam8bit #comboattack (Taken with Instagram)


Such a fun night! <3

yumeninja:

Oh look!!! @szmoon is on town!!! Fuck yeah!! #yumeninja #szmoon #iam8bit #comboattack (Taken with Instagram)

Such a fun night! <3