November 26, 2013 § 1 Comment
For being a Californian Cosplayer… I haven’t made my way to the LA Fashion District where fabric is just sprawling from stores. Fabric… zippers, trims, elastic, all the lovely things for any kind of sewing project! Main reason why I haven’t gone till now is primarily because I was satisfied with Joanns fabrics. Don’t get me wrong, I still do like them but…. I needed more. I needed different! With very little convincing I was able to schedule a basically last minute trip with my friends but that led me to only 2 hours before closing time for most of the stores. I was rushed.
Advice: Go early. It’s not THAT big of a place to scour but if your anything like a fabric enthusiastic as me… you’ll need the time!
(Plus my head went wild with ideas looking at all the fabric!!)
My friends just admiring how soft all the fur is! Literally And then I decided to take a picture and this is how they change.. xD It’s cute~ Also ignore my eye-bags, was on major stress the past week!
Advice: Wear comfy shoes! I traded in my normal heels for flats! Glad I did too :]
We started off around Michael Lavine’s and went around from there. (It’s the bluest consecutive building on Maple Street right after Olympic!) And then proceeded to go around to LA Alex, LA Lady, A lot of crystal, button shops, and all the little stores I don’t remember the names of! I made sure to keep around a certain blocks I knew where the stores I would need to be around.
This is my slightly ghetto map… courtesy of google maps xD And.. some my own snippet work!
So after a good 2 hours… I didn’t get all that I needed to but I learned a lot! But what did I get?
Well this is my full loot. Yet it includes some leftovers from dinner at Komodo and some starbucks.. tea. It was a White and oolong tea mix for the holidays! A little too bitter for my tastes at first but it was nice. Other than that I got about 17 buttons. A whole ROLL of elastic!! <3 (seriously happy about that) And also 6 yards of fabric for $2 per yard! And its basically suiting material so it’s thick and has a nice texture =3 But that’s it.
I can’t wait to go back! I also suggest not buying from Michael Lavine’s unless you see something you really like. Why? The prices are… pretty normal. It isn’t cheap that’s for sure. You can find a deal elsewhere but it might not be elsewhere :/ Ah the decisions. Hopefully when I go again I can take pictures of the store fronts and what not. When I was prepping for this trip I was sad that I couldn’t find any good guides… hopefully I can make one! Especially geared towards cosplayers :]
November 19, 2013 § Leave a Comment
my little ones!
I haven’t updated in awhile… it’s been hectic for me though. A few weeks ago we went to Comikaze which was quite an experience. I saw some cool people (including Charmed’s Phoebe!! She looks so pretty @.@) and then also caught up a little with my old booth boss who still calls me Trouble xD
I normally don’t go to comic cons but we wanted to check them out… see the scene and difference! It was… quite something. I wouldn’t mind going to a few each year. But my normal anime and gaming cosplays would be a little out of place… so we tried to do something quick yet would fit the theme! So we decided on this =3 hipster X-men! So I’m psylocke. Herms in the middle is Cyclopes. And Heather on the right is Rouge~ We did get a few comments and I did get a few “Casual Psylocke!” so at least we were recognized!
The reason I haven’t updated is because I’ve had a lot of test prepping and I’m still working on my kickstarter! Although I do update my twitter and facebook a lot more often if you’d like to keep up to date with me :D
I do have a lot of in progress pictures around the place but I’m waiting until I have the full beginning to the end before posting on here! But I’m hoping you’d be excited to know that I’m dishing out a lot of money (I’ll probably live off of ramen and in-n-out) to be able to go to more cons and travel around! I’m hoping it’ll let me see the other cons. I figured… I can’t just keep sitting around and waiting for something big to happen. I’ll do what I can and I’ll take these risks! If I don’t.. well I feel as though I’ll regret it.
Oh and as a little update… I did get my finalized business cards in! :3 They look awesome and I’m so happy =3 I’m working on a subsidiary brand, hopefully I’ll see it live to its fullest potential one day =3
October 6, 2013 § Leave a Comment
I’ve needed an update with cosplay/store cards so Herms helped me out with my design! I always have something in my mind and I try to do it then Herms comes along and just makes it come to life =3 So the picture on the back is actually glossy and is from the ragnarok shoot in which Herms was actually the photographer for as well~ He was also the one that made my new logo of the butterfly which I absolutely love!! It’s a lot more elegant that the bow that I had before and I think reflects what I want my company to look like as well as myself. Just.. elegant and simple. I’ve also had a fascination with butterflies so it hold really close to who I am.
Normally with butterflies they symbolize metamorphism and turning from something small and simple into something beautiful that can fly free. Although I do like that being linked to a butterfly I just always loved the colors in butterflies and how elegant they always seem. It’s the one insect I am not afraid and find myself lingering towards therefore… butterflies! (And really.. I don’t like bugs at all T.T)
So these are the new cards. You can see the facebook symbol is cut off… and the corners are actually not even -.- It’s quite annoying and I already contacted the printing company about it. They prided themselves on perfection and what not but I am not happy with the cards and am still trying my best to find a trustworthy card manufacturer that I can constantly go back to. Really loving the new look of my brand, can’t wait to feature it even more!
(with that note…. I was thinking of changing the name from kimikotan but… I’ve invested SO much into it that I feel bad about doing so… yet I made the name when I was really invested into the Japanese culture in which I’m not completely anymore… ah who knows. I’ll think about it)
September 19, 2013 § 1 Comment
For a long long time I’ve been wanting to make a archer cosplay! For any game, every game, my normal default for a class is a archer/hunter etc etc. Whatever they may be called within that game. Since playing Dragon Nest for awhile… I’ve really grown to love their designs. But the great part about it is that they have contests for fashion designs in game that are limited edition! Well… I found one I absolutely love =3 It’s by an artist that goes by Ziyoling which makes such awesome designs for DN classes! Here’s the one I want to make:
Can you guess which color I’m making~? xDD Well since there isn’t a pink/purple one, I guess blue will do =3 I really love the design and I’ll be making the prop this time so I’m super excited for me. I do have to say after watching Heroes of cosplay (which a review should be in a post all on its own) I have been trying to rely on myself and what I can do versus relying heavily on a boyfriend, husband, etc. But I think you need a person as a second opinion that will tell you how it looks straight up (hence why my outfits in their pre-stage has been deemed “potato sack”
Right. About the cosplay! the ingame model doesn’t look as nice (of course) and they made it waaay shorter too o.o
I’ll be making it more to look like the original drawing but… it’s interesting to see the differences xD
At this point I was planning to make this for ALA but it seems as though I have another convention before that: Comikaze? Maybe I’ll just wear Asuna again though xD Anyways! Really looking forward in making this already! Prop is already in progress =3 I’ll have to post up pictures later but my facebook always gets updates in a timely matter if you’d like to check it out =3
September 8, 2013 § Leave a Comment
It’s that time for Updates!!
So I shall share a picture that I found while digging through my Ragnarok photoshoot from awhile ago! At the moment I actually haev plans to re-wear this cosplay because I only got to wear it for one day at AX a few years back. So I’m thinking I can have the satisfaction of wearing it for another day, another con! Anyways.. updates! I’ll keep this simple!
I’m currently trying to…
* hope I get an ALA table for my only winter convention
* continuously update my store including have rotating sale items
* produce some new products for the Halloween holiday sneaking up on me
* start my kickstarter which is maybe 60% done
* find a cosplay to debut for ALA
* design for a wedding and a fashion line
It’s getting pretty crazy to the point where I get lost without a planner telling me what to do. I think I’m at the point where I have to work everyday if I want to see my dream come true. I can’t keep slacking off >.< But anyone else planning for winter conventions? I wish I had more to go to!
August 25, 2013 § Leave a Comment
Okay remember Anime Expo 2013? And I was Mikoto Nishina from Phantom Breaker: Battlegrounds! Yea. I forgot to upload pictures from the photo shoot we did at con >.> But I’m remembering now! So here they are! Above you see the differences in backgrounds and expressions xD I’m kind of sad I didn’t make the dress out of different shades of grey… a lot of the details get washed out because of it >.< It makes me sad T.T But the crappy bow gets shown cause its white T.T Oh well! I worked with what I got xD Still kind of sad I didn’t have the sword T.T
Oh right! I have more pictures though~ Here’s the offical “teaser” picture that was posted on my facebook first:
I think I just liked the sitting pose with this cosplay xD Just for sake of continuous background themes.. here’s a pink one!
But this is a little more of a cutsy kind of face xD It was really fun doing all these expressions!! Normally I kinda do the same thing… but I’m trying! Really! T.T And here.. one last picture of me just smiling =3
So! That’s pretty much the extent of it. All in all.. you don’t see the details but that’s okay with me. It took me awhile to figure out she was a MAID LOLITA T.T I always thought she was just a lolita… >.>;;; I know… a little late to the party. But I guess the head piece never clicked in my head o.o Hope you like! Oh.. and here’s a reference picture if you are wondering what the details really look like~
July 25, 2013 § 1 Comment
We decided to do a very short (like an hour) photoshoot at a friend’s house for Sakura! Why? Because I want to put the cosplay away and let it retire in peace xD I need room for other dresses!!
(I apparently wrote this when I did the shoot and never uploaded it… sorry! This is just a tad few months late…)
This is one of my favorite pictures where It’s just smelling the roses =3
I’m not quite sure why but Hermsi (my photographer) likes this photo a lot.. I think it makes me look weird but it is really… what’s the word.. elegant?
Trying to act like a princess here… :D
Just a kinda cutsy picture xD
Overall I’m glad we got some pictures of Sakura but I wish we had a nicer background and more time to prepare.. but it works!
So Sakura is officially retired at this point.. I’ll be reusing the white base of the dress for hopefully anything else at this point.