My Otakon 2017 Lineup

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Hey all!! Who all am I going to see at Otakon this year in DC? If you want to find me, I’ll be in the pictured costumes!

Otakon 2017 CosPlans

Friday: Raven (DC Comics)
Saturday: Yennefer Alt Look (The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt)
Sunday: Christine Daae Point of No Return (The Phantom of the Opera)

30 Days of Cosplay: Days 7-9

7. The character you have cosplayed that is most similar to you (if none that you have cosplayed, then one that you will cosplay)

Oh wow. This one for me would be a tie between Raven and Sheena. Both are dedicated to their friends, strong willed, and more intelligent than people give them credit for.

8. Your cosplay plans for the rest of the year (if you have no more for this year, then do next year!)

Oooh, I’m glad you asked!

So we’re gearing up for Otakon 2017, which moved to DC instead of my hometown of Baltimore. So to commemorate such a big move, I’m doing a big build.

This year, I’m tackling the daunting task that is Camilla from Fire Emblem.

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I mean look at that! Badass boots, gorgeous hair, HIP CLAWS! I already have the wig for it, too.

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9. The dream cosplay that might just happen

One of these days I’ll actually cosplay Wonder Woman in a legitimate sense. It’s bound to happen.

30 Days of Cosplay: Days 3-6

My weekend was beyond hectic. I host karaoke monthly, so that was my Friday night. And then house things, pathfinder, getting ready for my mini vacation. And then BAM! Four days passed. Whoops!

Soooooo this is going to be a bit of a meme dump today. I’ll flesh it out as best I can.

  1. Your most recent cosplay.

Oooooh, okay. So most recently, I did Yennefer from the Witcher 3. I worked on her alternate look, since I liked it a bit better than her standard traveling outfit. A lot cooler in the hot summer months too. I still need to get some good photographs of that one. My boots were absolutely fabulous.

  1. Your cosplay communities, where do you go to talk about cosplay?

Mainly just on skype with my friends. I’m not that active in the community as a whole because I don’t know how to be? Everyone is already friends with each other, so it sometimes feels like I wouldn’t fit in. Especially since I’m heavy-set, and therefor fall into a different category than others.

  1. Blatant self plug! Link us to your cosplay page, be it DA, ACP, Coscom, whatever!

Well, there’s here. Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

  1. Your favourite cosplay (that you have done)

Hands down, Gwendolyn. I’m so proud of that ballgown, even though it didn’t place.

30 Days of Cosplay: Day 2

Day 2: How many costumes have you made?

Oh boy… Well this one can be a bit subjective if you really think about it. If you consider all of the ones I’ve made for other people, it’s close to thirty. But if you’re talking about ones that I’ve only done for me? Nineteen. And even deeper in that, I’ve done a few costumes several times over (re-made, not re-worn). So if we count the re-dos as one lump item…probably around nine or ten, then.

I know my MOST WORN cosplay is Gwendolyn from Odin Sphere.

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I’ve done her ballgown three times, and her armour an additional two.

Second on that list would be Raven, having made that one three times as well. Each time, I get a little better.

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Short post is short, but I’ll be able to do more in depth in later questions.

30 Days of Cosplay: Day 1

Day 1: Your First Costume

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Right there in the middle is me in my sophomore year of high school. Local library had set up a Halloween anime club party where they encouraged this crazy new thing (to me) called Cosplay. Almost immediately, I was intrigued. I already had some minor sewing knowledge from fixing my clothes, so some of it seemed like it would be easy, right?

My first official costume that I set out to (sort of) make myself was for my favorite character at the time. Sheena Fujibayashi from Tales of Symphonia. Okay, so she’s STILL in my top five. Guilty!

Tales of Symphonia was first introduced to me that year by my best friend Jeff. We used to have to both babysit our younger siblings, so our parents let us all gather at one house where all five of us would chill while Jeff and I made sure nobody broke a limb or started house-fires. So what would we do? Put the three younger kids in the living room in front of the television after we made pizza rolls or something, set up the small spare tv off to the side, and play the game cube while they did their own thing right next to us.

We went through the story together, and we latched onto our favorite characters like glue. Those after-school nights solidified my love of RPGs and of the Tales of franchise. Since then, I’ve played and owned as many of the Tales games as I possibly could.

But back to the costume!

I tried so very hard, and for a first go? It’s not the worst. I didn’t make anything completely from scratch, this time because I had no knowledge of how to modify patterns yet. The top and arm bands were from a repurposed athletic top from Walmart. I capped the sleeves, used the lower arm bits for the fake gloves, and HOT GLUED EVERYTHING. It was…something.

I loved every second of it, and my new favorite hobby was born.

The Binding Of OH DEAR GOD WHY DID I EVER DECIDE TO MAKE A GIANT BABY HEAD

As many cosplayers do, I took on a hefty project for this year’s convention. My own costumes, as well as a commission for my friend of many years.

He has…eclectic…tastes. I love indie games, just like him. The Binding of Isaac is one of the ones I’ve played for hours and hours.

And as anyone who has played it knows, the characters are all naked doll-like baby shapes. Think…twisted powerpuff girls.

Jeff asked me if I could make him a suit from this game. And I said I would sure as hell try.

Well, let me tell you this thing has been an adventure. I’ve had to come up with new ways to do things I never would have thought to do otherwise. Like creating a cage around a 3ft balloon with posterboard.

And he seems happy with it so far.

You know what?

That’s all that matters. If he loves it, then I love it.

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(Jeff pictured above trying on his new baby head)

Pre-Con Skin Care

Like many other cosplayers, I like to have at the very least semi-decent looking skin when I go to a convention. It makes me feel more confident, and I feel like it just makes the costume look more put together.

Besides, the foundation for any good makeup is a fresh and clean canvas.

So here’s what I do up to two weeks before the convention. You can start sooner, but I’m a procrastinator.

Two weeks until convention:

Start drinking only water and unsweetened tea. If you must drink juice, make sure it’s natural and not too high in the bad stuff. The water will help you keep your natural glow, and will be a lot better for your body in preparation for the late nights and takeout traditions of convention season

Always always ALWAYS make sure you drink enough water during the day. It will do more for your body and your skin than you could ever imagine. There’s a cute little app out there called Plant Nanny (It’s free!) that you tell every time you drink a full glass of water. Each time you do, it water’s your little plants, and you grow them as you consume more.

I start making a night time routine about now too. Every night, I fill up the tub with hot water and I just soak. The steam helps clear out your pores, and the soaking helps loosen the dead skin cells.

After three days, exfoliate! Use a sugar scrub and a warm washcloth to scrub away the dead cells that you’ve been wearing down with your mighty baths.  I have a homemade lemon sugar scrub from my cousin’s wedding that I absolutely ADORE.

Make sure to moisturize before bed, as well. But only on the dry parts of your skin.

It’s also a good idea to start doing a little bit of cardio every day from now until you leave for the convention. It will help your legs get ready for the massive amounts of walking, stairs climbing, and standing in line that will be going on very soon.

One week until the convention:

Keep up with your baths! Don’t skip them! Not only will they do wonders, but they’ll help relax you while you’re in your crunch time sewing mindset. If you’re like me, you sew for hours upon hours; and that can wreak havoc on your lower back. This not only makes you feel special, but it helps soothe any construction pains you’re having. The quiet time is just as valuable as the tension relief, if not more so.

I exfoliate every three days. You don’t have to, but I do. I wouldn’t suggest any more frequently than that. If you have more sensitive skin, only do this once a week to avoid looking like a lobster.

One week beforehand is when I also start my daily mask. Every night, when I get in my tub to soak, I put a homemade organic mask on my face. All you have to do to make one yourself is gather up the ingredients, throw them all in a blender, and mix that shit til it’s smooth and makes your kitchen smell like a day spa. The one I have helps pull the gross gunk out of my pores, and I adore it. I put the first one of this round on last night and this morning my painful cystic zit on the side of my nose was almost completely gone. All you have to do to use it is smear it all over your face, and let it dry while you relax in your bath. Then, wash it off with a damp cloth, and use an oil free cleanser on your gorgeous face.

I make mine using:

-1/2 Cup Monkey Butt Calamine powder

-3-5 Large fresh strawberries

-1 Tsp. organic honey

-1 Tsp. essential lavender oil*

-1 Tsp. essential tee tree oil*

*PLEASE NOTE: Putting UNDILUTED essential oils on your skin can irritate sensitive skin. Please be careful and always dilute oils with other ingredients (like adding it to a mask) prior to use.

The tee tree oil is what does it for me. It helps clear my skin up like no tomorrow. You can really use any oil that suits you. A lot of people use Almond oil instead of tee tree, but I’m using this on other people who are allergic to almonds, so that one is a no-go.

That’s more or less all I’ve got for you here. Hopefully this little post here helped you out!

Happy costuming!

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