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?

Continue reading

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!

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

Purrfect Prints

Cat Print Dress and Leggings

So if you haven’t noticed yet, there are a couple of crazy things going on in today’s post – all over cat print, shiny leggings, a neon bag, and my “new” red hair! A while ago, I spray painted my hair for the “plume” of my Ornstein cosplay at SDCC. I ended up really liking the way my hair looked all red – plus it was definitely time for a change. With a little help from youtube, I was able to dye my hair red (and not use bleach!) Science is truly amazing! Having red hair definitely made me want to wear something fun and what’s more fun than a bunch of crazy cats all over you?

Continue reading

Peachy for DC

Batman tank with skirt

With all the hype and camping out at Hall H this year, I was a little nervous about getting in to the big WB/DC screening at SDCC for Gotham and The Flash, two new shows airing on WB this Fall 2014.  Surprisingly enough, we were able to show up 10 minutes after the panel started and still get in Hall H with plenty of seats to spare (plus awesome swag bags!). While Gotham was dark and mysterious with glimpses of famous future Gotham villains, The Flash had the feel of one of those great teen angst/origin stories where you can already tell the main character is destined for greatness. Getting to watch these pilots were definitely one of the highlights of SDCC and I’m super excited to see them both on TV this fall. I never thought I would be watching so many DC themed shows on TV and it’s only getting better!

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

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!

Continue reading