It’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!
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…
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!
I’ve been on a McDonald’s Happy Meal spree lately, first picking up most of the My Little Ponies that came out a few weeks ago and now getting their latest goodies from Amazing Spider-Man 2. Walking into McDonalds, I had to do a double take when I saw not only “boy” Spider-Man toys, but then also “girl” Spider-Man toys as well!! In the past, they have always separated the “boy” and “girl” toys – well, not in the ’80s and ’90s so much, but that’s a whole different discussion. Usually, a movie like Spider-Man would be marketed to boys and the girl toys would be something completely different. But the fact that this movie launch includes both variations just goes to show how times are changing. Maybe marketers are finally realizing that yes, girls do like this kind of stuff too! About time, right? And sure, they may be girly and pink, but honestly, that doesn’t really bother me. It may be a slow journey, but at least we’re headed in the right direction.
I know it’s so generic to talk about the weather, but seriously, this weather has been crazy. We’re just starting to feel another heat wave and instead of hating it, I’ve decided to embrace it. This Alice in Wonderland bodysuit is so charming and cute in a classic Disney way. Paired with some flowy neon shorts, this outfit will definitely keep me cool. Stay safe out there and don’t forget your sunscreen!
Friday always puts me in a good mood – it’s the end of the work week, time for relaxation and hopefully some fun. When I’m not spending my weekends working on cosplay, lately I’ve been investing a ton of my free time into Dark Souls. Yes, this game is a few years old now, but it’s better late than never! This game is unlike any I have ever played. It’s epic, it’s frustrating, it’s challenging, and unbelievably satisfying to play. Dark Souls brings back memories of old school NES games and the challenge that came with only a few lives, no saves, and no Konami codes. And with monstrous boss battles and epic landscapes, this game will definitely take you away to another realm. Happy weekend!
I always get some sort of con-withdrawal after attending a big con, especially since this year’s Wondercon was so much fun. With me missing the con scene and being in cosplay, I decided today’s outfit should be something a little more “costume-y”. With this Stormtrooper tank mimicking the boxy structure of a Stormtrooper uniform, I wanted to pair it with something more structured or geometric. And this peplum skirt is definitely “the skirt I’m looking for…”