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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Let the Wookie Win

chewy3It’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!

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Cosplay Clothes

Dotted Collar Shirt and Stories Pleated Skirt

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…

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Mermaid Out of Water

Little Mermaid Tank Top with Fluted SkirtI think at some point or another, all kids get obsessed with something – maybe dinosaurs, Hello Kitty, Legos, etc. My obsession was Mickey Mouse. Specifically, I had this one Mickey Mouse plush that I carried around everywhere – my “Linus blanket” if you will. It was dingy, missing a nose, and probably smelled of drool, but that plush was my constant companion for the beginning part of my childhood. I never thought my obsession over Mickey or even Disney stuff would carry on with me as an adult, but Disney is like crack. They get you early and you’re hooked. To this day, I am still just as obsessed – collecting Disney pins, going to the park (30 times last year, baby!), and geeking out over their newest apparel – especially this Little Mermaid tank top! Peter Pan syndrome? I dunno. What do you think?

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