Cosplay Tutorial: Slave Leia on the Run

I signed up for the Star Wars 10k back in June 2016 at a point in my life where I couldn’t remember the last time I ran more than 2 miles (maybe the 7th grade Turkey Trot?). But as I was on my “must beat cancer” workout high, I decided to go for it. I did my first 10k in October and the Star Wars 10k would now be my second one. I admit, I didn’t train as hard as I did for my first 10k, but I knew part of this race would consist of stopping/resting for lots and lots of pictures, many of those with lines. And yes, there are lines, some up to 30 minutes! But as the participants agree, that’s part of the reason why you do this race in the first place! I honestly don’t know why you would pay so much to run a Disneyland race, only to barely stop and enjoy the views, the characters, and all the awesome surroundings! And of course, I had to take advantage of the theme to brainstorm a fun running outfit. 2 weeks before the race and I still hadn’t decided what  kind of costume I wanted to run in, however, with Carrie Fisher’s passing, I knew it had to be Leia.

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One Year Later

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This past weekend running the Star Wars 10k 2017!

There’s a lot to celebrate every day – some days more than others, but today especially because 1 year ago today, I finished my last chemo treatment. Some people say you’re “cancer free” after you have your surgery to remove it. Others feel like you’re not truly “cancer free” until you finish your last chemo treatment. For me, I’m a little more partial to the latter since chemo was the last aggressive effort to get rid of any wandering and potential cancer cells in my body. I definitely remember my last day of chemo – all the nurses clapped while I was leaving and they even gave me a “certificate of completion” that they had signed. I just smiled, waved goodbye as I left, and remembered how happy I was to get out of there!

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Christmas Heroes

Batman Ugly Christmas Sweater OutfitChristmas is just around the corner and I’ve been trying to enjoy every moment leading up to it. I’ve already watched Home Alone, had tons of peppermint flavored everything, put up my Christmas lights, my Christmas tree, finished my Christmas shopping, and have been listening to Christmas music all month long! And, I’ve even picked up some new Christmas sweaters! “Ugly” Christmas sweaters are all the craze these days and there’s nothing more festive than a good Christmas sweater, or better yet a geeky Christmas sweater! I not only love the design of this Batman sweater (Gotham city on your sleeves? YES!), but I was really impressed at the overall quality of the knit. There are a lot of cheap-o sweaters out there so I love that this is not itchy, soft, and doesn’t look 10 years old just after one wear! So, what are some of your favorite geeky Christmas sweaters? I would love to see!

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Kigurumis for You, Kigurumis for Me

The holiday force is strong in my house and even though it’s easy to get caught up in all the holiday bustle (only 2 more weeks to shop!!!), the sugary sweets, and the non-stop Christmas music, it’s sometimes good to sit back and think about presents. Except not Christmas presents, but more like “being present” in the now. Once in a while, I like to just take a moment to sit, have a cup of hot cocoa, and cuddle up with my loved ones while wearing my favorite kigurumi. I seriously don’t know what took me so long to get one of these. I mean, I have this Pikachu hoodie that is almost a kigurumi, but not quite. And now that I have not just one, but two, I feel like I can’t live without it! For people like me who love being in a nice warm blanket, you will absolutely love these. Kigurumi.com makes the most authentic ones and their designs are freakishly cute. Whether you get one for yourself, your significant other, or even your parents, there’s definitely a kigurumi for everyone!

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Stan Lee Comic Con 2016

Punk Mohawk Storm CosplayHappy November! I just got back from Stan Lee Comic Con (aka Los Angeles Comic Con aka Comikaze) and I’m sad to admit that this may be the end of my cosplay season for the year! My next big con will probably be Wondercon 2017 so until then, I’ll probably be working on my Etsy store orders, organizing my cosplay/craft area and going down the list of sewing projects that I’ve racked up over the years. I have a few fun projects up my sleeve so hopefully those will keep me busy over the next few months. As for Comikaze, I had such a great time this weekend, hung out with some great con friends and of course had a great time cosplaying. Continue reading

Cosplay for a Cure 2016

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When life gives you lemons, you cosplay! I started selling cosplay prints last year after being diagnosed and am going to continue the tradition of opening my store for the rest of this month. This year, all sales will go to the National Asian Breast Cancer Initiative as I was personally inspired by this post and wanted to help out. I will personally match all sales I get this month and on top of that, all prints are buy 2, get one free! Also, as I’m still adding some new prints, so please let me know what other prints you might like to see!

Galactic Heroines

Elhoffer Design Galactic Rey Scavenger DressHopefully by now you’ve all seen the Rogue One trailer and liked it as much as I did. I can’t wait for this movie to come out, especially because it’s the first standalone movie and not a direct prequel or sequel of any of the other films. It’s pretty crazy to think that there will be a new Star Wars movie out every single year until 2020 and on top of that a new Star Wars Land opening up at Disneyland! And here’s a tip – if you look closely while riding Thunder Mountain, you can actually see some of the construction going on for it! But back to Rogue One.. Continue reading