Let’s Jam!

Tee Fury Cowboy Bebop shirtIf you’ve ever watched Cowboy Bebop, then you were probably thinking what I was thinking when I saw this shirt. “3, 2, 1, LET’S JAM!” and then followed by Yoko Kanno’s popular theme song for Cowboy Bebop.  Although I don’t watch too much anime anymore, Cowboy Bebop still remains one of my all time favorites.  Tee Fury was kind enough to send me one of their shirts and I didn’t even have to think twice before requesting this one. And even though they do carry girl versions of the shirt designs, I actually opted for a men’s shirt so that I could do a little DIY and transform it into a muscle tank. Keep reading to see how I transformed this men’s tee into a cute tank!

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I Am Groot (Making of Baby Groot)

Baby Groot StatueLike many, I loved the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. And I knew it was love when I heard “I’m Not in Love” start playing in the first few minutes. GOTG incorporated everything I enjoyed in a movie – the ’80s, an awesome soundtrack, great characters, and a quirky sense of humor. The moment the movie ended, I was already itching to make some sort of fan art. I just didn’t know what – until I came across one of Funko’s toy posts where they showed this custom Baby Groot! I was so inspired to make my own version of Baby Groot and here’s what I came up with.

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Becoming Dragonslayer Ornstein

Dark Souls Dragonslayer Ornstein

Photo by Estrada Photography

Usually I like to do a write up after every cosplay I make. However, I feel like I don’t even know where to start for the Dragonslayer Ornstein cosplay I debuted at SDCC 2014. I was contemplating cosplaying Ornstein back in May when I beat Dark Souls after 100+ hours of gameplay, but knew it would be extremely challenging. However, after my trip to Paris and seeing the amazing armor pieces at Les Invalides (here’s an example), that pretty much sealed the deal. Ornstein was one tough cosplay and it pushed me in ways I never imagined. It wasn’t necessarily that it was impossible to build, but I think it was more the sheer scale of it that made it the most difficult cosplay I have built to date. Plus with only 6 weeks to build it and between travel, weddings, and work, I still can’t believe I pulled it off.

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Storming the Workplace

Stormtrooper all over print We Love Fine collared topIt’s rare that you find a top that’s not only geeky and fun, but that would also be appropriate for the work place (or heck, even an interview). Maybe an interview is taking it a little too far, but I wouldn’t completely put it out of the picture, especially in the Silicon Valley! We Love Fine is one of those geeky brands that has been gaining a lot of momentum and I love that this top is not just your typical T-shirt/tank top. The collar and fit makes it very wearable for the workplace plus the Stormtrooper print is subtle enough that someone would really have to pay close attention to even notice it. And not only is it for women, but there’s a men’s version too!

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SDCC 2014 – Camping for Hall H, Nerd HQ, and Panels!

Hall H SDCC 2014

Yes, it’s me in my Pikachu hoodie, sleeping on a sidewalk for Hall H. But hey, I got my wristband!

If you’ve ever talked to multiple people about San Diego Comic-Con, you’ve probably realized how everyone’s experiences at SDCC can differ so much. There’s people who never walk the floors and only go to parties, people who only cosplay, those who camp Hall H for 4 days straight, and some people who only focus on getting the toys and exclusives. For me, SDCC has always been about doing a little bit of everything – cosplay, panels, walking the floor, buying toys, and lately, even a little Nerd HQ.  And that’s exactly what I did.

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Cosplaying Psylocke at SDCC 2014

1980s Psylocke - Armored Psylocke and Pink Psylocke Even though I’ve been to so many cons over the last decade, I still find it difficult to face the many emotions I go through at every San Diego Comic-Con. There’s the excitement and nervousness as the days approach with questions of “will I or won’t I get in the big panels?”. There’s the joy of debuting a costume for the first time as well as the shyness of remembering what it’s like to wear a costume in public. And there’s the thrill of having so much fun that you want to stay there forever followed by the depression when it’s time to go home.

This year, I decided to do two new costumes for SDCC. Tiff (@honeyboba on IG) and I met at Wondercon earlier in the year, instantly bonded over our love of cosplay (and maybe boba). After much brainstorming, we decided to dress up together as Psylocke, but the ’80s versions! As you know, I love the ’80s and pink and purple also happened to be my favorite colors when I was a kid so I couldn’t wait to wear our costumes together.

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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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