Photowalk: Happy Holidays from Deku (BNHA Cosplay)

Hi everyone! Happy Holidays! And Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. My family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, so December 25 doesn’t feel any different than yesterday. But I figured this would be a perfect time to share photos from our holiday-themed winter photowalk in NYC!

Some of you may remember my blog post last year about Instameets. This photowalk was an Instameet too — I was invited to join the group by one of my friends, and to organize the photowalk, everyone conversed via Instagram group direct message. 

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PC: Stuffwhy

For the photowalk, I decided to do an ugly Christmas sweater outfit as my first-ever Deku cosplay! I have cosplayed Ochako from Boku no Hero Academia, but I’d never cosplayed Midoriya Izuku yet. He’s so cute, and I thought his hair color was perfect for the holiday season (it reminds me of a Christmas tree).

It was freezing cold that day, so I should have worn extra layers under my costume. I could have gotten away with it too, but it didn’t occur to me in my rush to get dressed that morning. I went to meet the group at Bryant Park, but they had already left that spot by the time I got there. It’s a photowalk and not photo-stay-at-the-same-spot, after all. >w< At least I got to see the pretty Christmas tree briefly in Bryant Park! It was super crowded there though. 

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While I was in Bryant Park trying to figure out where to go, I used some holiday present ribbons (red and white striped, green) to wrap around my legs. I figured if I was wearing such an ugly Christmas sweater and a gift box on my head, I might as well turn my legs into Christmas presents too. 

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Luckily, someone texted me where they were headed to so I was able to meet them near the Rockefeller Center area of Manhattan. We had a good-sized group of both photographers and models! Some were in cosplay and some were doing Christmas fashion (or technically they could be in femme! Santa Claus cosplay or sexy Mrs. Claus cosplay?). The below three photos were taken by Ismael Ordonez. 

I loved the backdrops of giant ornaments and giant Christmas lights! So colorful and fun.

The photowalk continued on into dinnertime, but I left before dinner to commute back home. I like the flexibility of a photowalk, but I don’t think I’ll do another photowalk this winter. It’s so cold. I could see my breath the entire time, was mostly shivering, and had a runny nose from the cold weather. It also rained a bit that day!

I just realized my past Instameets were during cold weather too… I really need to check out an Instameet/photowalk during spring and/or summer! Have you ever been to an Instameet or photowalk?

Click here to check out more photos from this Photowalk!

And special shoutout to my friend Bambi who went to the photowalk with me and was kind enough to help me carry my winter jacket (not seen in the photos) and my bag. The baggy red sweater and scarf I was wearing on top of my ugly Xmas sweater were borrowed from her. 

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Wishing everyone a happy holiday season filled with joy, and a happy and healthy New Year! ❤ One of my goals for 2019 is to blog more regularly, so hopefully you’ll see me here more often too. 

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Did it for the Vine: Best Vine Memories

As some of you may know, I’ve been a big fan of Vine since 2014. I posted my first Vine on December 18, 2014, and I vined until the end. I loved doing things “for the Vine,” even though fitting things into a 6-second video was a huge challenge for me. Many of my Vines had multiple parts! I did have some successful 6-second Vines though. I was very sad to hear Vine was shutting down since I have had so many great memories making Vines, and I also looked forward to making future Vines. (I also have a bunch of videos in my backlog that will never become Vines now…) Feel free to check out my Vine profile! Even though Vine is shut down, the Vines we posted are at least here to stay (I hope).

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In loving memory of Vine, I will be sharing my favorite Vines that I’ve posted since the beginning!

 

  • Attack on Lolita – Here’s my very first Vine! I wasn’t really sure how to make Vines at the time, but my friend Arien explained it to me and… since then, I Vined until the end. [Attack on Titan]
  • It’s a Video! – This is the first of many times in which I trick my friends into thinking we are taking a selfie, but in reality, it’s a video clip. I have probably at least 100 of these videos now… [Haikyuu!!]
  • Nice Pitching – How did this get over 17k views?! (Also, you can hear Miyuki actually slapping Sawamura’s butt.) [Daiya no Ace]
  • Begging – This actually hurt… The things I do for Vines (and for Miyusawa), though. #DoItFortheVine [Daiya no Ace]
  • CockBlocked – When you’re cockblocked by a volleyball though… I’m sure they love volleyballs, but this is not the right time. [Haikyuu!!]
  • Uptown Funk – This was just something random we did in Stella’s dorm room, and I posted it to Vine on a whim… and it got a surprising number of views. And someone once recognized me as “that Sawamura in the Uptown Funk vine.” [Daiya no Ace]
  • Gangnam Style – Well, we got to cross this off our bucket list: that elevator scene from Gangnam Style, cosplay edition! [K Project]
  • Vine Videos are Short – In which Kuroh is a terrible person (and we’re literally talking about Vines). [K Project]
  • H-E-L-L-O Venus – AKA Yata and Kuroh do a sexy K-Pop dance. [K Project]
  • That One Looks like a Baseball! – What do you see in the clouds, Sawamura? Everything is baseball. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Unwanted Visitor – This is one of my favorite dance memories! At the rehearsal for our YumeProject Debut Live, there is a random Silent Hill character trying to join in with the idols’ dance… [Multifandom]
  • Pick-Up Line – I live for baseball puns, and this is one of my favorites. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Renai Circulation – Watch Japan teach Greece how to dance~! [Hetalia]
  • Serenade – This is the strangest crossover ever… Poor Kuroko. [Multifandom]
  • Call 911 – These are baseball idiots, but I love these baseball idiots. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Len is Ripped – AKA, some Black Vow silliness (and my friend’s first time open-chest-binding). [Vocaloid]
  • I’m a Cat – Of course, everyone in Nekoma is a cat. [Haikyuu!!]
  • Lying on the Cold Hard Ground – This Vine was stuck in my head for weeks at one point, and it was so annoying… but this Vine is one of my all-time faves! [Daiya no Ace]
  • The Second Date – Honestly, this might happen on every single date… [Daiya no Ace]
  • Cat Collector – Remember when everyone was playing Neko Atsume? I played this game for a bit but then uninstalled it. I remember that literally everyone I knew was obsessed with it though, even coworkers (who were not into fandoms or geek things)! [Hetalia]
  • Bird is the Word – The things I do for Vines… I did quite a few Dubsmashes for Vines during my time here. [Haikyuu!!]
  • Restaurant – That is NOT how you use chopsticks! I really liked my reaction at the end, haha. [Hetalia]
  • Nice Legs – This was a really fun Dubsmash to do! [Haikyuu!!]
  • Share a Coke with… – Miyuki is the Captain, and Sawamura is… ?! [Daiya no Ace]
  • Double Bubble – Shoutout to my friends Arien and Jase for teaching me how to blow bubble gum though! I literally spent two decades trying and failing and now I can finally blow bubbles. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Pocky Game – That girl staring at the end though… Oh my gosh. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Some Anime Eye Problems – These are as wide as these eyes are gonna get. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Baseball, Dancing, Same Game – I still can’t believe I was dancing with that injured ankle… I did it for the Vine! [Daiya no Ace]
  • Jun, Stop – These seniors are so proud of their kouhai, but they express their pride in different ways. [Daiya no Ace]
  • IncorrectDNA – One of my favorite quotes from IncorrectDNA… So happy we got the chance to Vine this! [Daiya no Ace]
  • Will You Marry Me? – When you try to propose but your boyfriend has a one-track baseball mind. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Lolita Makeup – I really liked my makeup this day! I used the Meipai app for many of my fashion/beauty Vines since it was really easy and had cool effects and music. [Non-Fandom]
  • Black Vow of Baseball – I still can’t believe we pretended to play baseball in Black Vow Vocaloid cosplay… [Vocaloid]
  • I Don’t Dance – My favorite High School Musical song, to be honest. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Gwiyomi – Nai is literally the cutest thing and I adore him. Gwiyomi suits him! [Karneval]
  • Just Moved In – Poor Judy Hopps… (this scene made me laugh in the movie, hahaha) [Zootopia]
  • You are my Angel – I love Seventeen so much~! I posted a bunch of Vines from my first K-Pop concert. It was also the only concert I’ve been to, but I hope I can attend another one in the future. [K-Pop]
  • Technical Difficulties – I was so impressed by Ailee’s performance! The music stopped playing, but she continued on with amazing vocals and stage presence. [K-Pop]
  • Selfies – Kunikida is judging us. [Bungou Stray Dogs]
  • DDR – Kunikida is still judging us. [Bungou Stray Dogs]
  • Yaoi Though – “You can eat my yaoi stick at your leisure” ~Quote from an unknown anime we discovered at our first yaoi panel [Haikyuu!!]
  • Wedding Day – I can’t believe you’re doing this on our wedding day! [Zootopia]
  • WildeHopps – It’s called a hustle, sweetheart. [Zootopia]
  • Baby, I Make Bodyline – Everyone loves Mr. Yan (not)… [Non-Fandom]
  • Swing, Swing, Scream – Swinging gone wrong. [No Game No Life]
  • What’s going on?! – Kunikida is just trying to fix his hair though. [Bungou Stray Dogs]
  • Christmas Crabs – In which I convince everyone at the NYC Sports Anime Meet to do this with me. [Multifandom]
  • Hearts in your Eyes – Everyone has heart eyes for Viktor, TBH. [Yuri on Ice]
  • Seesaw – This is supposed to be a fun time in the park, but… [No Game No Life]
  • Space Puns – In which Furuya is so done. [Daiya no Ace]
  • Viktuuri Fangirl Attacks – Yes, we were born to make history! (or at least we were trying to) [Yuri on Ice]
  • Good-bye, Vine! – My very last Vine. [Non-Fandom]

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Over 1 million loops, over 900 followers, over 400 vines.

Vine was a great app, and I am sad that it’s gone, but I’m happy that I was able to make some great memories. It looks like most of my favorite memories from Vine were Daiya no Ace videos, and that makes sense, since Daiya no Ace is my favorite fandom. Moving forward, I hope I can still make videos. Maybe I’ll post funny videos to Twitter and Tumblr and Instagram? It’ll never be the same as Vine though, and I also cross-posted many of my Vines to other social media. It feels strange: I’ll never be able to “do it for the Vine” again. There was something charming about 6-second videos on infinite loop.

Do you have any favorite Vines? Feel free to share them with me. Vine, you will be missed!

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[Review] The Five Wits: Stocking Wig

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Does anyone else here love Panty & Stocking? This wig is the perfect Stocking Anarchy wig, but the official name of this wig is “Angelic Striped Gothling Halo” … And Stocking is basically an Angelic Striped Gothling Halo, right? xD I always love the fun names for wigs from The Five Wits!

Here is the Product Description from the official website:

“This extra-long cosplay wig is blue-purple on the outside and pink on the inside, and great for cosplaying Stocking from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.”

Here is the package I received:

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The bubble mailer had some small tears in it, but it was intact and the wig inside was not dirty or damaged.

The wig itself came wrapped in a long plastic bag. It wasn’t a ziploc-style bag like most plastic wig bags; instead, it was a long plastic bag that was twisted at the end. The ends of the wig fibers stuck out a bit at the end. I like this twisted way of securing the long wig; when I took the wig out from the bag, the fibers were smooth and untangled.

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I have always had terrible luck with long wigs… Especially Stocking. I’ve gone through 2 different Stocking wigs, and both have been terribly tangled, even after using every possible detangling method I could think of. I tried Motions spray, fabric softener, detangling spray, wig shampoo and conditioner, silk oil, hair straightening iron, and more… My first Stocking wig became a total disaster; after combing it through, it lost so many wig fibers. My second one isn’t that terrible, but it was such a pain (and so time-consuming…) to detangle it.

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This one from the Five Wits is my third Stocking wig, and I like the colors of this one better than the previous ones I have had. The colors are darker, and I prefer this look! The fibers are really smooth but also not too shiny. I love the texture of this wig! It’s a very different texture from those of the other wigs I got from The Five Wits, but then again, this is my first time wearing a long straight wig from this brand. The other wigs I have are short and straight or long and curly.

I also wore this wig when I cosplayed Police!Stocking for the first time (technically a different shoot but with the same photographer and on the same day).LiLi-Stocking-20.jpg

My college house basement worked really well for this photoshoot! It would also be the perfect setting for a horror movie… Lots of creepiness. And spiderwebs. I totally got lots of spiderwebs on me.

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Long wigs do tangle, and I don’t think there’s any way to escape this. Especially when it comes to long straight wigs. However, this wig wasn’t tangled to total despair! When I changed costumes in the middle of the day, I honestly just threw the wig unceremoniously to the side because I was rushing. And when I put it back on my head, I didn’t have time to comb it through, but it looks alright in the photos! I just smoothed it down as best as I could with my hands.

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This wig was easy to detangle later by gently combing it through with my fingers and with a wide-toothed comb. I was surprised by how it looked after wearing it all day for this shoot!

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I’m rating this wig a 5/5. Highly recommended! I’ve purchased quite a few wigs from The Five Wits in the past, and I have never been disappointed. Most of my Homestuck cosplay wigs came from The Five Wits, actually! I still can’t believe today is the day after 4/13… (Wow, Homestuck actually ended!) My first wig from The Five Wits is a short black one that was super easy to style. I used to for so many characters, and I didn’t even need to use hairspray. The fibers were stiff, so they weren’t smooth or silky, but the stiff fibers made it super easy to style with my fingers… and they actually stayed in place!

Let me know if you have any questions regarding The Five Wits or this Stocking wig. My Stocking photos were done by Flash Cord Photography! I’ll try to make a post or two about this photoshoot in the future. I’ve been really busy with college classes and applying for jobs, so unfortunately, I haven’t been able to blog as much as I would like to. Hopefully I can blog more once graduation rolls around! Wishing you all a great week~!

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Photoshoot: Sumiko.Foto at Otakon

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At Otakon 2015, I worked with Sumiko.Foto for the first time! I agreed to write a review in exchange for a free photoshoot (and a Free! photoshoot). My first photoshoot with them was on Friday, when I cosplayed Nagisa Hazuki from Free! I cosplay Nagisa to every con I go to, and he’s definitely one of my all-time favorite characters to be! The second shoot with them was on Saturday afternoon, when I cosplayed Kill la Kill with two friends. You can see my Otakon cosplay lineup here! It was a really busy con for me.

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First, let’s talk about the Free! shoot!

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I met up with Sumiko.Foto on Friday morning by the fountains outside Otakon. There was another cosplayer there, a Gou, and she took photos of both of us at the same time. We got lots of solo shots, and also some group shots. Sumiko.Foto handled it very well, and I didn’t mind sharing the time slot with another cosplayer since the photographer definitely split up the time evenly and everything ran smoothly. As for the end results, both cosplayers got amazing photos! All of the photos on this blog post were taken and edited by Sumiko.Foto ; I did not tamper with the files at all. I’m impressed by the results!

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On Saturday afternoon, the Kill la Kill shoot took place! I cosplayed Mako, and my friends cosplayed Ryuko and Satsuki. Unfortunately, I ran late to the photoshoot because my hotel was far away from the con and it was difficult for me to commute back and forth. I had to change to Mako for this shoot, and on my way back to the con from the hotel, I got stuck in traffic. Luckily, things worked out since Ryuko and Satsuki got their solo photos as I was traveling. When I got there, we got to do the group shots!

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I got less photos back from this shoot than from the Free! shoot, but I don’t mind since the photos still look great. It was also more difficult to get great photos from the second shoot since we were in direct sunlight most of the time, and the area on top of the fountains was crowded and busy.

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It’s too bad there are random passerbys in some of these photos, but that couldn’t be avoided. Otakon was definitely one of the most crowded cons I’ve ever been to… There were so many people everywhere!

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My friends agreed that this photoshoot was fun, so we were all happy with the experience. Thank you for shooting us, Sumiko.Foto!

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If you want to check out more photos from Otakon 2015, look through this tag on Tumblr! Thanks for reading~!

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UNIQSO: I.Fairy Cara Green

UNIQSO sponsored the I.Fairy Cara Green circle lenses to go with my Luo Tianyi cosplay! These green lenses are perfect for the character Luo Tianyi.

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Photo by Studio du petit oiseau

Here is what arrived in my mail:

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I was expectinga padded mailer, so this was no surprise! It was packaged just as my other UNIQSO lenses were packaged. Inside the mailer, I found two cute “Thank You” UNIQSO boxes, two contact lens cases, and a UNIQSO Instagram card. Inside the boxes were the lens vials!

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Inside each box, the lens vials were wrapped in a layer of bubble wrap. The bubble wrap was taped to secure each vial in place. This mode of protection is great! I’ve never had an issue with vials breaking, and I’ve ordered most of my lenses from UNIQSO. They’re definitely very reliable!

Here are the lenses in their vials:

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The green is a deep, rich color. The enlargement is lovely as well, and I’m sure these lenses will work for a variety of different characters.

Below, you’ll see a collage photo.

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The top photo in the collage features just the lenses and no eye makeup. As you can see, they give great enlargement to the eyes! The top photo was also taken in indoor bathroom lighting.

The bottom photo in the collage features both the lenses and eye makeup. This photo was taken in the bathroom, but with the indoor lighting off and the window open (I faced the window to take the photo). These lenses have a nice green color regardless of the lighting! 🙂 It’s not a super bright green, but you c an tell there’s green and even flecks of yellow.

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Photo by Studio du petit oiseau

Final Review:

Overall: ☆☆☆☆☆

Communication: ☆☆☆☆☆ UNIQSO always has great communication! Lee Lee is fantastic and answers all questions promptly.

Packaging: ☆☆☆☆☆ I’ve never had an issue with the packaging! I love the cute boxes and the care UNIQSO takes to wrap the lenses and make sure they arrive safely.

Style: ☆☆☆☆☆ I love the design of these lenses! The flecks of yellow add depth to the color, and the thin black limbal ring is perfect for defining the eyes. The opening in the center of the lenses is large enough for you to look through without obscuring your vision.

Color: ☆☆☆☆ The green color is so pretty, but I wish it was a brighter green on my eyes. It’s not completely opaque, so the parts that are over my irises appear darker… since my irises are such a dark brown (almost black). I don’t have a major complaint about the color though; they definitely show up as green on my eyes!

Comfort: ☆☆☆☆☆ These are so comfy! I wore them for this photoshoot, as well as other photoshoots throughout the day. (I went through four outfits… and wore these same lenses the whole time!)

(☆ = Most negative/Not good at all, ☆☆ = Not that good, but okay ☆☆☆ = Neutral/No opinion/No answer, ☆☆☆☆ = Great, ☆☆☆☆☆ = Most positive/Fantastic!)

I would definitely recommend I.Fairy Cara Green circle lenses if you want cute green lenses to wear for cosplay, or just for fun!

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UNIQSO: Luo Tianyi Wig

UNIQSO sponsored a beautiful wig and perfect circle lenses for a Luo Tianyi cosplay! In this review, I will discuss the wig. Stay tuned for my circle lens reviews as well!

If you want to buy something from UNIQSO, be sure to use the coupon code “xiaorawr” for 10% off!

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Photographer: Studio du petit oiseau

First, let’s talk about the packaging!

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UNIQSO shipped the wig in a DHL mailer. The circle lenses came in a separate package, which I will talk about it in a separate blog post.

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The wig was wrapped in multiple layers of protection.

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Inside the plastic bag is the wig and wig extension piece (and protective hairnets). The plastic bag also had a cardboard piece inside that added protection for the wig during transit. The wig came in perfect condition! Pretty fibers, not tangled at all: this was definitely a brand-new wig.

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When I took out the pieces from the bag, I was pleasantly surprised to find a free wig cap! This is the kind of wig cap I like too: the stretchy net kind with the hole on the top. This wig is made up of a short base wig and one clip-on extension. The extension has a large alligator clip, and it is one piece that has both the hair infinity loop as well as the long extension strands.

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Photographer: Studio du petit oiseau

The wig was very easy to style! I trimmed the base wig to fix up the bangs, but didn’t do anything to the extension. The gray wig has a silver sheen, and it’s the perfect color for Luo Tianyi!

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Photographer: Studio du petit oiseau

It’s too early to tell if the wig extension tangles easily or not, but the fibers are all smooth and even if they tangle, they should be easy to detangle with a wig comb or wig brush. The base wig is short and does not tangle at all. The fibers have a silvery sheen but do not look too shiny. This wig looks fantastic in photos! The base wig is also thick; my hair does not show through the wefts.

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If you want to cosplay Luo Tianyi, this wig is perfect! It’s easy to wear and saves you the trouble of trying to make the hair extensions yourself. Here is the link to the wig, if you’re interested! Be sure to use the coupon code “xiaorawr” for 10% off!

I’ll review the circle lenses next, but if you want to see the product now, here is the link. I will update this post with the link to my circle lens review once it is live. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Photoshoot Review: Murder by Cosplay

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At Another Anime Con 2014, I scheduled three photoshoots with Murder by Cosplay. It was my first time working with them, and I am so glad I did! Each day, I had one photoshoot. On Friday night, I had my Aoba Seragaki (DRAMAtical Murder) photoshoot. On Saturday, it was Mikasa Ackerman time (Attack on Titan)~! On the last day, Sunday, Murder by Cosplay shot my Maki Nishikino (Love Live!) cosplay. Be sure to check out their Tumblr and their Facebook!

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The people behind Murder by Cosplay are not just photographers… They are cosplayers too! They understand how to conduct photoshoots for cosplayers since they have experience being cosplayers themselves, and they are also very friendly and understanding. The photoshoots feel relaxed and stress-free; they asked me what I wanted to shoot and what sort of poses I wanted to do, so I never felt uncomfortable or awkward.

First, I’ll share each of my Murder by Cosplay photoshoot experiences.

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Totally not my phone.

1. Aoba

I felt so bad when I got to the photoshoot because I was running late. 😦 The photoshoot took place after dinner, and the restaurant I was eating dinner at had really slow service… It took a while to get the bill and then an even longer wait to get the change, so I had to call Murder by Cosplay and ask if we could move the photoshoot to a later time. They were very accommodating and said that it was fine, so I called them again when I finished with the dinner issue and quickly went to the lobby to meet them. My first time meeting them was fine; they were very friendly and introduced themselves and explained that they are open to trying to capture whatever photos I would like. I really wanted to get a photo in the elevator… And it took us several tries (pushing the elevator button a lot), but we finally got lucky and found an empty elevator! Before we found this elevator though, we took other photos while we waited. Here’s that precious elevator picture:

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This photoshoot was a lot of fun, and I’m glad that they were willing to listen to my ideas for poses and help me out. They even let me borrow their iPhone (since it was blue and matched Aoba perfectly)! They even caught a silly picture that I absolutely love…

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I present to you: Aobutt!

This Friday night photoshoot was a fun success! I am a very indecisive person, so I usually have trouble with thinking of poses; I am grateful for their patience with me. The photoshoot did not take long, but they captured lots of fantastic photos.

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Attack on Photoshoot!

2. Mikasa

At 10 am on Saturday, I met up with Murder by Cosplay for an Attack on Titan photoshoot! It was chilly outside, but my cosplay kept me warm (although the harness/straps were as annoying as ever). We found a nice area next to the convention center where there were lovely trees, so we took some photos there! We also found other locations outside the convention center, like a small wall in front of a grassy area, where we tried to capture some photos. I was happy that the photographers did not try to rush me. The Survey Corps straps are really annoying to deal with, and even though I modified them with velcro, they still slip around. I had to fix them in between photos, and I am glad that Murder by Cosplay did not mind.

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They also caught some cute candid photos! Here’s me fixing my straps:

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Ahh… those straps will be the death of me… (But at least I got some lovely photos! <3)

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Sunny days are the best days.

3. Maki

On Sunday, I started off my last day of the con with a photoshoot with Murder by Cosplay! They were not familiar with Love Live!, so I quickly explained it to them and then we started picking locations for the photoshoot. I felt nervous because it was my first time cosplaying Maki and I was feeling stressed out over a variety of things, but Murder by Cosplay had a great positive energy and I was able to relax and come up with poses. They helped brainstorm for photoshoot locations and also helped with positioning some of my poses. It was easy to find nearby locations, and we made the photoshoot a fast one because my outfit was not very cold-weather-friendly (miniskirt problems…).

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It was a lovely sunny day on Sunday despite the cold, so we caught lots of colorful pictures. The autumn leaves were a beautiful touch in many of the photos. ❤ I liked the variety of shots I got from Murder by Cosplay: some of them look more like portraits, while others are more artsy-looking.

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Finally, my iPod matches a cosplay!

They also caught some silly photos, like me holding my skirt down. (By the way, it was really windy this day, so the wind was blowing my skirt a lot. The wind was evil.)

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I hate you, wind. >_<

If you have any questions about the photoshoots, feel free to ask me or Murder by Cosplay. All of the photoshoots were really fun, and I hope you like the photos!

There are many things I love about Murder by Cosplay‘s photography policies. They have reasonable prices, they are open-minded, and they are honest and respectful. They allow you to repost their photos, as long as you credit them. Their watermarks are in convenient places; you can see the watermarks, but they are not obstructive or distracting. The watermarks look professional and do not detract from the photographs. They also allow you to edit their photos, which is really exciting! I enjoy photo-editing, so I’m always happy when photographers allow me to edit the photos after receiving them. When the lighting is too dark, I mess around with the brightness and contrast to give the illusion of better lighting. For example, the Aoba photoshoot was done at night, indoors, so the lighting was not very good. We had the indoor lighting to work with, so the lighting was a bit awkward. Below, you can see a comparison photo of before-and-after my editing:

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I also became addicted to filters last year… So I will usually apply filters to photos (they’re so easy to use!) as lazy editing.

musicHere is a little blurb from them:

“Murder by Cosplay is a two-man studio co-founded by cosplayers Emile and Alex of the New England area.  Emile has been doing photography for the majority of his life, having studied the art of portraiture and site capture in college.  Alex’s field of study specializes in composition and design.  Together, both work to get the best images possible during photoshoots.”

I would definitely recommend Murder by Cosplay for anyone looking for affordable photoshoots. ^_^ Please check them out!

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Maki in her natural habitat.

If you’re a photographer and would like to meet with me for a photoshoot, don’t hesitate to ask! I love working with photographers. ^_^ Check out my Facebook page for cosplay photos by Murder by Cosplay and others!

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No Time for Creativity: Review

Despite the name of the shop, Kathryn (the shop-owner), has a lot of creativity! If she has no time for creativity, I have no idea how she does all this. She’s a talented crafter  who makes so many different things. Check out No Time for Creativity for animal ears, PeanutPalz, hats, headbands, bows, ornaments, and more! Feel free to use the coupon code LOLITASTYLES2015 for 10% off order of $10 or more. Keep in mind that this coupon expires on December 31, 2015. DSC_0071 Kathryn shipped out the lot of amazing products in a sturdy cardboard box to guarantee protection: DSC_0027_Fotor_Collage As you can see in the above collage, the inside of the box was filled with protective foam pieces. No items were damaged during the shipping process. DSC_0029 The hats were the only items unwrapped. All the other accessories were wrapped in cute tissue paper! I was very pleased with the packaging. Here is everything unwrapped: DSC_0036 Isn’t this an awesome batch of items? No Time for Creativity sent two mini tricorn hats, one jumbo hair bow (black and pink tartan), one heart-ear headband, one cat-ear headband, two sets of bows (green tartan and red tartan), one cute little PeanutPal, and one black gothic headdress with red rose accents. You can find more PeanutPalz on No Time for Creativity‘s shop; there are so many different characters available! They are also at affordable prices, so your wallet won’t hurt. All of the accessories are super cute and affordable as well! DSC_0065 Unfortunately, I did not have the time to model all of these items. I tried my best to show off a variety of the No Time for Creativity products though, and I hope you enjoy this review nevertheless. I plan to model all the products in the future, but I was short on time since I had to move abroad for the semester. During the summer or the fall, I will definitely try to post more photos, so I hope you will continue to follow my blog. peaceFirst, take a look at these adorable red cat ears! I love stylized accessories, and this cute headband looks like cat ears, but in a unique aesthetic. The ears are full of lace, and there’s a cute bow and dangling charm on one ear. In addition, beads decorate this headband. The headband is in red too… my all-time favorite color!

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I love how creative this headband is! I’ve never thought about using hearts as the ears of a headband. This headband would be so perfect for a Valentine’s Day coordinate! The hearts are filled with lace, just as the cat ears are. The blue and pink bow is a delightful touch~! I think this whimsical headband would work well for both OTT sweet lolita and fairy kei.

focal Cute jumbo bows are my life… Seriously, I developed a love for over-sized bows when I first got into lolita fashion. I think this bow is adorable and could be easily used for lolita coordinates or for gyaru coordinates (or even just for fun if you’re wearing anything cute and/or dressy)! As you can see in the above photo, the bow’s width is basically the same as my head! It’s huge, and stands out. DSC_0101 All eyes will be on you if you wear this gorgeous bow~! The bow has a French clip backing, which is one of my favorite types of clips! It is easy to clip into thick hair and wigs. The double strings of faux pearls are a lovely touch. BeautyPlus_20150217203544_saveAs some of you may know, one of my all-time favorite patterns is red tartan! I just love the way it looks. No Time for Creativity sent me a pair of adorable red tartan bows that I decided to use for a casual closet cosplay of Igiko (Nyotalia England from Hetalia). They were the perfect touch to the pigtails~! What do you think of this closet cosplay? bowWhen I received this package from No Time for Creativity, the first thing I tried on was this pair of blue/green plaid bows. These little bows were a surprising find, but it worked out well because I have a shirt that is blue/green plaid. (I actually picked up this shirt for free forever ago at a yard sale… xD) barrettes In any case, the bow and the shirt matched well and I am pleased with this casual-cute look. The dangling beads add to the whimsical cuteness of these bows! gothic My favorite piece of all is probably this beautiful headdress. Black x Red is my favorite color combination, and I love how the headdress looks with the elegant black veil and dramatic splash of red roses. The headdress has a clip on the back, so it attaches very easily. It stays put too; I never had a problem with this accessory shifting about. This gothic accessory is perfect for a gothic lolita coordinate (especially a black/red one)! You may recognize this headdress from my blog post about Penny Dreads’ Miss Tea wig and my blog post about the Amethyst Ways necklace. The coat I am wearing in this photo is from Putumayo, and it was a lucky find from Lacemarket.

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Here is a brief note from Kathryn: “I would also like to say that shipping is free to anyone in the US, and I absolutely love custom orders. Easily 1/3 of my items have come from custom orders. I have found that all of my customers have a fun, creative side, and I want to help them express it.”

Free shipping is awesome, so if you live in the USA, please take advantage of this great deal! Feel free to submit custom orders to No Time for Creativity.

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Make sure to use the coupon code LOLITASTYLES2015 for 10% off order of $10 or more! Check out my Facebook album for No Time for Creativity accessories, and my Facebook album for the red tartan bows used for my Igiko cosplay. More photos will be added to the albums over time, so please like both my Facebook pages so you can see future photos. ^_^ Thanks so much for reading!

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Captain Miaow: Animal Ears, Tails, and Paws

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Captain Miaow is a super cute shop that you should all check out! They sell hair accessories, animal ears and tails and paws, clothing, and more. If you want to buy something from them, use the code “Alice” to get 10% off! Here is what Captain Miaow sponsored me: DSC_0002 Isn’t that a huge loot? I was surprised by the amount of items! So many cute animal accessories to try on~! Captain Miaow shipped the package via USPS Priority Mail: DSC_0001

This bubble mailer kept everything well-protected! No complaints with the shipping method or packaging.

Now, let’s take a look at all the adorable items Captain Miaow sent:

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Captain Miaow gave me an adorable pair of offwhite cat ears! These fluffy ears have pink lining and can be attached to a black headband, or attached directly to your hair or wig since each ear has a barrette at the bottom. The paws and tail look like a set! They’re both white in color, and the paws have adorable peachy-pink pads. They slip on like gloves, and your fingers can fit into the different paw fingers. The tail can attach to your clothes with an included safety pin, and there’s also an adorable bow that you can pin to the tail. The tail has wiring, so it can be curled and posed.

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This set is too cute for me to handle! The black ears have pink lining, and these ears come permanently attached to an adorable lacy maid headband. The headband has black bows on the sides, but you can also attach additional bows to them for decoration. The bows included in this set are these adorable twin bows with rose and pearl ornaments. I love the polka-dot ribbon used in these bows!

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These fox ears are perfect! I love the vibrant orange color with the brown tips. The ears can be attached directly to your hair or wig, or to the black headband. Each set of detachable ears came with its own headband, by the way. All of the black headbands look and feel the same; they are flexible and wrapped, and they are comfortable to wear.

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These white ears with light gray tips are so cute! They would work for cat ears, wolf ears, dog ears, or even fox ears! Any animal that could have white pointy ears could have these ears. After checking all of these animal ear products, I can vouch for their quality. All of the ears have no loose threads, and everything is well-stitched. I’m truly impressed by the quality of these animal accessories from Captain Miaow. I’m sure these ears will look great even after wearing them many times!

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Here are some additional bows that Captain Miaow included in the sponsored package! The top two bows can be clipped onto the sides of the ears, your clothes, or the cat tail. Honestly, you can use these bows to decorate just about anything! The bow with the ribbon would be the perfect choker necklace, but you can also tie it in your hair or wig. These bows are definitely very versatile accessories!

For my first look, I pinned two of the bows to the black maid kitty ears (one on each side), I wore the choker, I pinned an additional bow to the black bow on the apron, and I pinned the white tail onto my petticoat. I also wore the white paws for some of the photos, but it was difficult for me to take photos (since I was using the self-timer on my camera), so I could not wear the paws for all the photos.

DSC_0050I love the adorable choker! It was easy to tie around my neck and felt comfortable. And check out the super cute tail:

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Seriously, I love this tail so much! It’s easily posable. The bow was easy to pin onto the tail, and the tail was also easy to wear. I pinned the tail to my petticoat~!

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And here’s a photo of me wearing the fluffy paws:

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I love red foxes, so I was excited to see that Captain Miaow included a pair of fox ears. I’m glad they have brown tips too; I think the ears look better this way! The style of the ears definitely looks fox-like and you’ll be able to use these ears to complete a fox girl or fox demon costume.

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I was also excited to find the pair of white ears with gray tips in the package… I used these ears for a casual Jade Harley cosplay:

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Aren’t these ears perfect? I think they suit Jade so well! They’re great ears for my favorite space doggie. I look forward to using these ears next time I cosplay Jade Harley too!

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Click here to check out more photos featuring these adorable products from Captain Miaow! I also made a special album for the Jade Harley photos. Check out both albums for lots of photos; I will add more photos as time goes on. I hope you enjoyed this review! Remember that you can use the coupon code “Alice” to get 10% off your purchase! Definitely check out Captain Miaow if you’re looking for accessories to complete a costume, or to wear just for fun!

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Dreamation Wig Review: Hinata Shouyo

Today I will be reviewing an awesome shop on Storenvy called DreamationDreamation sells a variety of items, including cosplay wigs, cosplay accessories, costumes, and anime merchandise. Dreamation was kind enough to sponsor me a Hinata (Haikyuu!!) wig from the Taobao company Ghostcos. They also gave me the following coupon code for you all to use: “xiaolili” for 7% off.

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I’ve heard about the company Ghostcos before, but I have never tried their wigs. Dreamation’s prices are great, and I think it is convenient to shop through Taobao resellers like Dreamation since buying from Taobao requires a shopping service, and shopping service fees as well as domestic and international shipping costs add up. Onto the review! Here is how the wig was packaged:

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It comes with a tag, a black hairnet, and a plastic bag for storage. The wig arrived inside-out, which is great, because I always store my wigs like this. The wig fibers are slightly rough, which makes it an easy-to-style wig.

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Look at how fluffy this wig looks, straight out from the bag! I haven’t even cut off the tag yet in these photos. The above photos were taken with a mix of indoor lighting and outdoor lighting (I had my indoor lights on, but the windows were also open). With flash, the color is a bright vibrant orange, and quite shiny. But without flash, the orange is still vibrant and pretty, but without the artificial-looking shine. The layers are already cut into the wig, so all I had to do was trim the bangs and trim some side parts to fit my face better. Overall, I think this wig came pre-styled!

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The above photos were taken with my indoor lights off, but my windows open. So the above photos are purely lit by sunlight. With flash, the wig is shiny (as most wigs are with flash, and sometimes, real hair looks shiny with flash as well, or at least my real hair is). Without flash, and with simple sunlight, the orange looks muted but still orange. I’m very pleased with this wig’s color! And the fluffiness and pre-cut layers were a pleasant surprise, since I usually have to cut layers into my wigs myself.

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The netting on the inside of the wig is well-constructed. The wig itself is fairly thin, but as you can see above, the wefts are placed close together. There are no gaping holes in the wig, so I don’t think there will be any problems with real hair showing through. In addition, the wig was comfortable to wear. This wig has an adjustable circumference!

Now… let’s see what this wig looks like on me! I trimmed the wig a bit and also styled it with my fingers and some hairspray.

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It was easy to cut and style, and the fit of the wig was very comfortable. I wore this wig to a cosplay dance, and yes, I danced around in this wig without a problem. In fact, I even ran laps, did sit-ups, and stretched in this wig. (Some Haikyuu!! cosplayers and I decided to be stupid jocks and exercise during the dance, so yes, we had a workout. While wearing wigs.)

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Even though this wig is not super thick, as you can see, it looks perfect when worn! My real hair doesn’t show through. That black thing you see on the right side is not my real hair… In case you were wondering, it is a black feather I clipped to the wig! I decided to wear black crow wings for Hinata. ^_^

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Please check out Dreamation! If you are interested in this wig for yourself, here is the link again: Hinata (Haikyuu!!) wig. Use the coupon code “xiaolili” for 7% off your purchase! If you have any questions, please let me know. ❤

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