See You at San Diego Comic-Con!

Ornstein and Psylocke stylish geek SDCC cosplay lineupSDCC is just around the corner and I feel like all I’ve been doing for the past 2 months is work on cosplay. With a lot of my big projects, I’m never quite sure if I will finish in time, but thanks to a lot of support from friends and family, I was able to finish everything!

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Let the Wookie Win

chewy3It’s just about time for my yearly trek down to SDCC, which also means another reason to head back to the happiest place on Earth – Disneyland! Everyone who’s been to Disneyland knows about the great rides, atmosphere, and just how awesome the park is.  But for those of you unaware, there’s an even bigger subculture of DL that you should know about – the addictive hobby of pin trading. I got into pin trading about 2 years ago after seeing more and more traders around the park over the past few years. I already knew going in that I would probably get addicted due to my “collector’s mentality”, and it’s no surprise that I did. Pin trading is not only great for the casual trader, but also for the really hardcore ones (we’re talking about pins worth hundreds of dollars). Now I never head to the resort without my trusty pin bag(s) and thanks to my friend Jessica, now I have an even cooler one!

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Cosplay Clothes

Dotted Collar Shirt and Stories Pleated Skirt

Apologies for the lack of posts these past few weeks, but I’ve been so heads down on cosplay these days that I’ve barely had time to think about clothes! Luckily I picked up some fun pieces while in Paris the other month, which make for some easy outfits. Maybe it’s just me, but when I work on certain pieces of cosplay, some of my clothes actually start reminding me of what I’m making. Take for example this pleated skirt (from my new favorite brand that I discovered while in Paris – & Other Stories) The way the skirt doesn’t just sit at the waist, but that it has pleats that extend above the waist line reminds me of this piece of hip armor that I’ve been making. Too much of a stretch? Maybe I just have too much cosplay on the mind…

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Mermaid Out of Water

Little Mermaid Tank Top with Fluted SkirtI think at some point or another, all kids get obsessed with something – maybe dinosaurs, Hello Kitty, Legos, etc. My obsession was Mickey Mouse. Specifically, I had this one Mickey Mouse plush that I carried around everywhere – my “Linus blanket” if you will. It was dingy, missing a nose, and probably smelled of drool, but that plush was my constant companion for the beginning part of my childhood. I never thought my obsession over Mickey or even Disney stuff would carry on with me as an adult, but Disney is like crack. They get you early and you’re hooked. To this day, I am still just as obsessed – collecting Disney pins, going to the park (30 times last year, baby!), and geeking out over their newest apparel – especially this Little Mermaid tank top! Peter Pan syndrome? I dunno. What do you think?

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Pixel Perfect

Junk Food Darth Vader Game Over Top Outfit

For anyone who grew up in the ’80s, there’s something completely irresistible about pixelated art. It’s fun, it’s nostalgic, and reminds me of simpler times on the Atari or for those who remember – the Intellivision, which is what I had growing up. One of my favorite super old school games was called Dracula – a classic pixelated game where you play Dracula and wander the streets in the middle of the night in search of food. Before you’re wondering how this violent idea could be a kids game, it gets even better. To “hunt” for food, you wander the Sesame Street like city, knocking on doors for people to come out. Apparently the people of this town have no problem answering their doors in the middle of the night because once they come out, you get to “bite” them and fuel up on their blood. But you have to hurry! Get back to your coffin before the sun comes up to avoid death!

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Caught in a Web (of Cosplay)

Spider-Man Tank top and peplum skirt

Happy Friday! It’s been a long week and I’m so ready for some fun in the sun. Well, that is if I can drag myself away from cosplay making to get some sun! San Diego Comic Con is only 4 weeks away, which means crunch time for cosplay making. It’s definitely a challenge to stay motivated, not procrastinate, and not feel discouraged when you face difficulties. To anyone else out there working hard on their cosplays – best of luck and as I would say in Chinese, “jia you!”, which literally means “add oil”, but translates to something like “Let’s GO!”.

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