Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

Black Lace Dress with BootsWith Stan Lee Comic Con just around the corner and me being in “cosplay mode“, it just dawned on me over the weekend how close Halloween is! Not that I need an excuse to wear black, but I was definitely in the mood to pull out some black lace, black boots, and black knee highs. But to be honest, the real reason I wore this outfit was really to go with my bat print nails!! I’ve been using Espionage Cosmetics nail wraps for a couple years now and they have really become my go-to brand for nail art, given that these are nail stickers and much less toxic than nail polish, last way longer, and are mistake-free. Of course they have tons of great nerdy prints to choose from, but the best thing about these particular bat print wraps are that they glow in the dark!! Yes, you heard that right. How cool is that?? Halloween may be around the corner, but I know for a fact that I’ll be wearing these all year round!

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Matchy Matchy

Ever since I went pastel, I’ve found myself being a lot more conscious of the colors I’m wearing. Suddenly I’m not sure if I should be wearing red plaid shirts or a mustard yellow sweater! On the flip side, when I had red hair, I found myself never wearing pastel colors and wearing tons of black. And now it seems like I’m back to wearing light spring colors as well as lots of blacks and whites. It may be way past the season for wearing springtime pastels, but it looks like it’s going to be a colorful winter! I swear I wasn’t trying to match my hair today, but I’m loving this light purple/grey pleated skirt from Uniqlo (and it’s at a great price!) Also, I’m especially loving Uniqlo these days because of their awesome Disney line. I totally went crazy stocking up on their Disney tees so if you’re a Disney fan, be prepared!

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Holy Shoulders, Batman!

Bat Print Skirt OutfitI guess I’m a little late to the party, but it’s officially October!! If you ask cosplayers how they feel about October and Halloween, I know a lot of them say it’s no big deal and that “every day is Halloween to a cosplayer”. However, I feel the exact opposite and still love October, love Halloween, and love the whole vibe around the start of fall. Sure, I don’t do anything big in terms of costumes for Halloween, but handing out candy to kids, decorating our house, and carving crazy pumpkins are still some of my favorite fall activities. And so, I’m officially kicking off this month with this appropriate bat skirt (and cute matching necklace from Loot Wear)! And for the rest of the cosplayers out there, how do you guys feel about Halloween?

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Derping in Space


Happy Friday (and Happy Force Friday while we’re at it!). It’s been a long stressful week for me and I’m so glad to end this week chilling out with my corgis in space shirt. As you know, I love corgis (duh) and it’s kinda of cool how popular they have become over the past 10 years – to the point where I found this shirt at Hot Topic of all places! This shirt has not one, but five corgis! And they’re in all shapes, sizes, and derp levels! So if you or a friend has a corgi, you may have just found the perfect item for your corgi lover. It’s definitely one of the weirdest and coolest corgi things I own (other than these Royal Corgi souvenirs from Buckingham Palace) and I only expect my collection to grow! :D

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Pink Lips and Purple Hair


Nope, that’s not some funky photo editing or weird contrast going on with your screen. I do in fact have light purple hair. :D Ever since I finished chemo, I’ve been waiting for what feels like ages to dye my hair. There’s some weird rule about not dying your hair too soon after chemo so I waited and waited… Mostly for the texture to normalize also to grow it to a decent length before taking the pastel plunge. I don’t think people realize how slow hair really grows (1/2 inch per month if you’re a “fast” grower). In fact, it really used to bug me when people would say things like, “It will grow back!” when I was dealing with chemo hair loss. Even going from no hair to chin length hair will probably take over a year, which is a long time to wait! My hair seems to be growing at an average rate and what you’re looking at is 8 months of growth plus 2 days worth of bleaching. It’s interesting because I would probably never have bleached my whole head if I had the hair I had before (way too much maintenance), but I’m pretty excited that I can finally take advantage of my short hair to have some fun with it! So… any color suggestions??

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Good Motivators

Star Wars Droids Black White Dress

It’s crazy to think that exactly one year ago, my world was turned upside-down when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s still hard to even type that out today – in fact, sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago that I was dealing with all that stress. I was in total disbelief, felt so overwhelmed, and had no idea how I was going to take this on. Well, as you can see, I made it out A-OK and learned a lot about myself – one of the biggest things being that I am much stronger than I realize. I think that’s one thing that a lot of survivors will tell you – that this disease F’ing sucks and going through it is no piece of cake, but in the end, you come out so much mentally stronger than you were before.

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In the Name of the Moon

SailorSkirt_ComboWhen it comes to female fans, you really cannot pinpoint one type of fangirl. Some love only Star Wars, some love only comics, others are hardcore gamers. But there’s one fandom that I’ve found that so many women do have in common and that’s Sailor Moon. I think most girls experience Sailor Moon in some shape or form while growing up – for me, that came in the form of Japanese art books that my dad would buy for me overseas. I poured through those books, devouring the beautiful drawings while trying to figure out who was who, what these stories were about, and how I could get my hands on more Sailor Moon! Eventually the show appeared on American television and even though the dubbing on the episodes drove me nuts, I still enjoyed every cheesy line and every dramatic transformation. There’s definitely something special about the characters and the show and it’s no surprise to me that after all these years, Sailor Moon is still as big as it is.

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