Tuesday, August 15, 2017

September Photo Set

September is the push for my Patreon page and right now I've got a cool poll running! Now, normally my two higher tier Patrons would be the ones to get to choose my Cosplay Photo Set theme, but for the month of September only, any and everyone has the opportunity to choose. So the way this will work, is each month there will be three (possibly four) costumes to choose from. A google doc will be provided to make voting simple. Below are your three choices for the month of September:

The three choices for September's photo set are Zatanna, Catwoman and Baroness. To vote please choose your option below and hit submit. Thats it! This is the final week to cast your vote! The winner will have a photo set which includes between 6-10 photos that will be available only to Mad Luv and Full of Luv Patrons digitally.

Are you curious about all of my reward tiers? Feel free to stop by my Patreon any time and have a look around! Have a suggestion for me? I'm open to what you have to say as well.

lotsa love to ya!

I'm Von! I'm a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. I have a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about me and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Covering my Eyebrows

Covering your eyebrows might not be something that you've thought about doing, But I've got a video for you anyway! My original thought for covering eyebrows was in relation to cosplay. Everything I do seems to come full circle back to cosplay. Not that I mind. There are so many anime, movie, and cartoon characters that have different shape and color eyebrows. While you can try to change the shape of your normal eyebrow, doing so doesn't always turn out right. I started thinking about how you could change the shape of your eyebrows and came across a YouTube video that showed a method of covering the eyebrows and drawing them back on. I thought that was completely genius. There's no way I will pluck my brows thin again, and I will never shave them off. Covering them is a much better alternative. You can change the way they look without the full commitment of doing something drastic.When it comes down to actually covering brows, I've come across several different methods on doing so, but I've decided the better option for me is using a glue stick.

Take a peek at the video below and let me know what you think about how it turned out!

lotsa love to ya!

I'm Von! I'm a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. I have a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about me and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

How To Cosplay

This simple, easy to follow two-step guide will show you how to cosplay. Are you ready? Okay, here it is:

1. Pick a Character.
2. Wear the Costume.

I told you that it was simple! You don't have to win awards or costume contests in order to be a cosplayer. You want to cosplay? Put on a costume....boom, you're cosplaying. Let's take a bit of a closer look at cosplaying though. Instead of looking at 'how to cosplay' lets take a look at the process of cosplay. Where do you start?

1) First you need a character! The character you choose to cosplay has no limit! A Character from your favorite video game, anime, movie, hell create your own character if you want. You're not restricted by fandom or even gender.

2) Your next step is pivotal: Will you be making it yourself, or commissioning someone else to do it? Commissioning work from other artists doesn't make you any less of a cosplayer just remember that. While some people like to make their entire costumes themselves, others either can't or choose not to. Regardless if you are outsourcing for your costume, or creating it yourself, be prepared financially. Depending on the character you choose, the more elaborate the design, the more expensive the cost.

3) a. If you're going to have someone else create your costume you need to find someone with a good reputation and make sure that you get accurate measurements taken. For the money you are going to be spending, you want to make sure that not only is the quality up to par, but also that everything fits correctly. Simply asking around in a few cosplay groups on Facebook can give you some solid recommendations as to who to get in touch with, and who to avoid. 
    b. If you are making everything yourself you need to make sure that you have accurate measurements also, as well as all of the materials you'll need to make everything. I always sketch out my design first, that allows me to make notes of how to put things together if something isn't clear (and what materials I need for something), I also notate the amount of pieces the entire costume consists of (example for my Lady Deadpool i added up the bodysuit, both boot covers, both gloves, mask, ponytail, belt, pouches, guns, holsters, bananas, black arm & leg bands, katanas and scabbard). It sounds like a bit much but that helps me to keep track of just how much stuff is included in one costume.

4) If you're having someone else make your costume, the hard part is over for you. Once your deposit/payment and measurements are in, if they don't need anything else from you, you just relax and wait for them to tell you what's up. If you're doing it all yourself, time to hunker down in your craft room and prepare for loss of sleep! Now comes the fun part! Cutting and measuring and sewing... oh my! My favorite part of creating costumes is the sewing aspect. I love sewing. Depending on what your costume is, you can either buy a pattern, use clothes you have as a pattern, or alter current clothes to make your costume. Along side sewing, whatever prop(s) you'll be using can either be made before or after the main costume. Props are a whole different blog post that will be going up soon more than likely, as I have been working on several props lately.

5)  Adjustments are usually my next step but some people don't even have to do that. If you get it close to perfect then all you have to do is go wear your costume. But if you're like me, you have to alter things here and there and try not to have a melt down in the process. Maybe that last part is just me. If your cosplay was made, this is probably when it is delivered to you. Either way, now is the time to wear your costume with pride!

Cosplay is such a fun hobby, and it is all inclusive. Cosplay is for everyone regardless of their race, gender, weight...none of that is important. What is important, is you loving your costume and having fun in it! 

lotsa love to ya!

Von is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

MASSive Comic Con 2017

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Boy oh boy it's been seemingly forever since I've been to a convention. I have been impatiently waiting for MASSive Comic Con to roll around and it finally came this weekend! Last year I went dressed as Lady Deadpool in a costume that wasn't that great (mostly the mask) but this year I went as Femme Raiden (but changed into Lady Deadpool later...I'll explain that later on). We went on Saturday for a change and it was a lot of fun. There were tons of vendor and as always we were on a search for the Bank Robbery Joker Pop figure. Unfortunately we couldn't find him. But we did get to see a lot of cool booths.

The Nerd Magician had a show that we were all really looking forward to. We all got a kick out of it, but a lot of the movie references my son didn't really get. He's never seen Back to the Future, he he. Overall it was nice, but the real anticipation came after the magic show was over. You see, last year they had a Light Saber dueling class. We got there too late and missed it, but the guy who led the class did an impromptu one with my son and about 4 other kids who also missed the main class. We made sure to get there on time for that! There was a good amount of kids there and they gave them all toy light saber things. They actually let the kids keep them, which i was extremely surprised by! After the hour long training, my son got a solid 5-10 minutes of solo time with the instructor to learn more light saber/sword combat techniques. That was really cool. 
Afterward we went back to the main convention floor and wandered around a bit. Mostly looking at costumes and taking pictures. Here are the pictures my husband took:

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There was this really cool Lobo! It was the first time I'd seen someone in person cosplaying as him. It was really neat and the cosplayer was really nice! My husband showed him the Lobo face makeup I did a while back and we all got a kick out of it. 
femme raiden and lobo

My husband took this photo of me while my son was doing the light saber dueling class! I added some extra effects! My 'lightning ball' wasn't quite working the way I needed it to *insert sad face*.
femme raiden

These photos had me so hype! I finally got to meet Bethany Maddock! She was actually really excited when she saw me. She also does two gender bent Mortal Kombat cosplays so when she saw me I went over to her booth and we talked a bit. My husband took the picture on the right, and she took a selfie with me and my son and posted it on her Instagram. I thought that was really cool, she was so sweet!
Bethany MaddockBethany Maddock

I also got to meet these two really cool DC cosplayers. The girl who is Harley was spot on even with the voice! Batman was great too. On the right, I got a photo with one of my favorite Deadpools! There were a few other Deadpools around but I didn't get pictures with them.
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 I ran into quite a lot of DC cosplayers come to think of it. This Catwoman was adorable! But let me tell you about this Joker....he was spot on. Like SPOT on. Voice, mannerism, attitude....all 100 percent legit. He gave me his card and I was completely expecting a 'joker' card from a deck of cards!

 Hipster Cyclops and batman were both really cool, this Batman is by far my favorite, I finally got to meet him in person!
hipster cyclopsbest batman

Now for my favorite four photos. First Wonder Woman. Its always fun running into her at Cons, shes such a sweet person and is one of the best Wonder Woman cosplayers I've ever seen. Cobra Commander was one of the highlights of my day. I knew he was coming to the con because we had talked beforehand. The last Con we went to, I was Baroness and my son was Cobra Commander. So we were all three supposed to coordinate and do GI Joe, but my son changed his mind and I coordinated with him instead of doing my Baroness, and I totally regret it. I really wish I'd worn my Baroness because it would have made for awesome photos! But apparently there will be a mass convergence of GI Joe cosplayers at Rhode Island Comic Con, so I am going to try to make it there!
wonder woman

My family and I stayed for several hours until we started getting hungry and my son got a bit bored. So we left and went home to eat. After being there for a while, I changed into my Lady Deadpool costume and decided to go back for a bit. When I got back I ran into two more friends!!
I usually run into Everyones Hero Cosplay at some point or another at the cons I go to, so it was awesome running into him in the afternoon. It's been about a year since I wore Lady Deadpool to an actual convention (Free Comic Book Day doesn't count), so I was excited to wear her. My only issue was the sole of one of my boot covers was giving me issues which i have to fix soon. But I also got to see my Senpai!! Dressed as one of the Blues Brothers, I guess I missed them the entire day even when I was dressed as Femme Raiden. I have tunnel vision when at things like cons so it doesn't surprise me that I completely missed them. Senpai also set up a photo shoot for my Lady Deadpool. This was such a surprise and a welcomed one at that! I got to work with  K Brophy Studio and I cannot wait to see how the photos turn out!!!
Blues Brothers

 I had so much fun at this con and I'm so excited for the next con I'm going to. It's a small con in my town but hey, its another excuse to wear a costume in public! I just need to figure out which one! I hope you guys had a great weekend and are having a great week. What are your plans for the fourth of July?? 

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Von is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Super Mega Fest 2017

Another con down in the books! We went to Super Mega Fest this past weekend and had a lot of fun despite not staying long. We usually go on family or kids day, so we visited the convention on Sunday.  There were lots of vendors and thing to see and there was even a scavenger hunt for the kids to do. We went to several different booths, got stamps and my son got a really cool Spider-Man poster!

My son and I did themed costumes again. We chose G.I Joe costumes! I wore my Baroness costume and he wore his Cobra Commander costume I made for him. I'll post costume notes on that towards the end of this post.

There were so many cool vendors there. One I especially liked had an interactive setup where you diffuse a bomb! It was fun and Cobra Commander was actually able to diffuse it (will a little help from dad)! Here are some of the pictures we took:

I ran into a few cosplay friends at the Con and met some new ones, and finally got to meet some in person. I have quite a few Internet cosplay friends, but we never make it to the same cons, but this time, I got to meet them. Especially my Senpai!

Cobra Commander Costume notes:

My sons Cobra Commander costume was challenging in some parts, but easier in others. I anticipated the helmet being the most difficult, but it was easiest. In fact, it was the first piece I completed.

  • Helmet Details: The actual helmet was made from EVA foam floor mats. I'm not sure what the thickness measures at, maybe 10MM? I had a template for a Kylo Ren Helmet that I modified around the front. I attached the pieces using hot clue (next time will either be contact cement or barge cement) and because of this, the surface was a bit uneven. So I went over the surface with white caulking to even it out. After it was smooth and dry, I painted a base coat of a darker royal blue with a white rectangle in the middle. The silver face mask I was so excited about. It came from Party City, it's their silver faceless mask. I'd come across it searching for something else so when I decided to make this costume, i remembered it right away. 
  • Cape Details: the cape was simple. I basically made two tapered rectangles. Luckily I didn't need to buy any fabric for this part, I used a matte satin for the black outside, and some leftover red heavy weight spandex for the inside. I overlapped the black around the red so as to make it look like trim I guess. Then I top stitched all the way around
  • Boot Cover Details:  The boot covers were a bit new for me. I've made boot covers for my own costumes but they are always out of spandex and I've attached them permanently to a specific pair of shoes. These boot covers are removable but are fitted to my sons shoes. I started by wrapping one of his sneakers in plastic wrap then covering the top and sides with masking tape. I drew a line from the heel to the toe and cut it all out. Since it was a curve, I cut darts on both halves. Then I used that to make a pattern for the faux leather. I love that material, it had stretch but was buttery soft! I stitched up the front and back seams and the darts and I extended the top to form boots. Lastly I attached three strips of elastic across the bottoms to hold the covers on tight. 
  • Pants Details: These were a lot easier than I anticipated. I used a pair of my sons jeans as a template. After stitching the outer seams I top stitched the red trim across the outside of each pant leg. Then I sewed up the inseam. After fitting my son a few times I had to bring them in two times to keep them from being so baggy. The zipper was a bit tricky, but I was able to get it on there. Granted it doesn't look exactly how I want it to, it was good enough. I also made belt loops (tedious work!). They were straight forward, stitching strips of fabric into long rectangles and then top stitching them to the pants. 
  • Cord Details: there's not much to say about this, I went to the home notions section of Joanns and found this cord/trim in a light blue. I also found gold and wanted him to wear that instead, but he chose the blue. I just hot glued it together and stuck it on his jacket!
  • Jacket Details: Speaking of the jacket....this thing was the bane of my existence for several weeks. It took me two tries at this thing and it still didn't turn out good.  First I used one of his shirts as a template. The sleeves were cut no problem. The back of the jacket was straight forward as well. But the front gave me quite the challenge. I had to make two separate fronts and start one from the left side, and one from the right. Then I cut each respective side top to the angle I thought was correct. The lapels were extremely difficult for me. Attaching the collar and lapels frustrated me and it took several times to get them on. I need to redo them because the seams aren't that neat. The buttons I sewed on by hand and I actually used the button hole foot on my sewing machine for the first time! I was slightly nervous about it, I didn't want to mess it up, but it worked pretty easily!
Overall I had a lot of fun at the convention (despite leaving early and leaving empty handed) and I had even more fun making the costume for my son. The end of the month we will be heading to another Con and we will be bringing back Lady Deadpool and Kidpool! 

lotsa love to ya!

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Von is a lifestyle blogger based in Massachusetts. She has a passion for nerd culture, food and movies. To find out more about Evon, and this blog, take a look at the About Me page!