Armored Apparel

Sheer Lace dress - wedding outfitI just realized it’s nearly the end of summer and I haven’t done my typical yearly wedding outfit post! Even if wedding season is almost over, this year I’ve been pretty inspired by armor (both seeing it in person in Paris and making armor for my Dragonslayer Ornstein cosplay) and with that, you’ll understand why I am loving this lace dress. The front lace designs remind me of something that might be on a shield or some medieval wear and the long sleeves make this dress something you could wear all year round. With so many weddings and so many dresses, it’s always nice to find something a little different. So, what is your go-to wedding outfit?

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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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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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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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Late in the Game

Legend of Zelda Tank Top and Floral JeansSummer is officially here and with the hot weather, E3 announcements, and cravings for ice tea all the time, I wanted to officially welcome summer with this outfit. I may have grown up gaming like the rest of the kids in the ’80s, played Mario until I got blisters, and run on that Power Pad like there was no tomorrow, but somehow I completely missed playing The Legend of Zelda. Fast forward to last year when I was feeling nostalgic one weekend, found myself a copy of the game, and finally sat down and played through the whole thing on my original NES. Continue reading

Big Wow Comic Fest 2014 – Recap

Arkham City RobinAnother weekend, another con! I spent my entire weekend at Big Wow Comic Fest and already can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year. Heading over Saturday morning, I was shocked to find the number of people in line to check-in. I swear, the line was probably 10 times longer than it was last year, which just means it’s going to be even more insane next year! On top of that, the floor space had now doubled! But to my relief, panel rooms were large and roomy (no panel camping here!) and I got to attend some really awesome panels with cosplayers and artists that I admire.

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Gaming For the Soul

Sheer Black Top and Free People scrunch skirt w/Pac man necklace

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!

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