Baltimore Comic Con: The Cosplay

Baltimore Comic Con was a blast (as always!).  If you haven’t already, you can watch my vlog of the con as well as my haul which I posted on my YouTube channel earlier in the week.  One of my favorite parts of the convention is admiring all of the wonderful cosplay that you see while walking around the exhibit hall, so today I’m sharing some of my favorites from this year’s show.  Saturday was the costume contest so I definitely saw the best cosplay that day and I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with how many adorable kids I saw in cosplay this con!  I think my favorites of the bunch are the Saga cosplayers, Cecil from Welcome to Night Vale, Hawkgirl and the Spider-Men cosplay group!  Which are your favorites?

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Pokemon, PotterCon & Book Shopping Vlog ft. Jordandene, Geekscape & More!

I’ve been having a really fun time getting into vlogging! It’s really weird and awkward at first if you’re filming in public so I’m still adjusting to that but I love having the footage to look back on afterward so I’ve been making a concerted effort to vlog whenever I’m on the go.  Two weekends ago, I had a really exciting string of days so I combined footage from Jonathan of Geekscape’s Pokemon Go meetup, PotterCon at Irving Plaza in NYC and National Book Lover’s Day at Barnes and Noble with Monica.  At PotterCon I finally got to meet Jordandene who is a super lovely person and she filmed a little clip with me for my video!  There’s also a ton of Harry Potter cosplay (the winner of the contest’s cosplay is one of my favorite I’ve ever seen) and a mini book haul.

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EternalCon: The Cosplay

Last weekend, Andrew, Kelly and I met up to attend EternalCon on Long Island.  It’s still a relatively new convention (this being it’s 4th year) and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun we had.  The floor was full of exhibitors and cosplayers and everyone seemed to be in good spirits.  I love that there’s a local convention that’s so easy to get to and I’m definitely planning on going back next year.  Here are some photos of some of the best cosplay I saw at the show.  An EternalCon vlog with con footage and our purchases is coming next week!

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Photo Album: After Halloween Party

Last weekend Andrew and I attended Erika and Kelly’s after Halloween party.  It’s an annual party they host and it’s always called the Menage-a-Party because it’s a combined celebration for Halloween, Day of the Dead and Guy Fawkes Day.  This was the 5th year they hosted it (and my second year in attendance) and as always, costumes were required.  Since we were driving instead of commuting from NYC like last year, it was much easier to bring things along so of course my DSLR one of the first things I threw into my purse.  I also made some salted caramel pretzel blondie bars and we picked up a bottle of wine on the way.  Andrew and I dressed up as Mickey and Minnie Mouse! It was a really last minute costume idea but I think it came together nicely considering the only expense was Mickey ears for Andrew.  I really want to dress up in more Disney couples costumes with my future husband<3  It was so much fun seeing everyone’s costumes (Kelly made an amazing Rey costume, Erika and Alex dressed up as Coraline and Wybie, Gil took on Gaby from The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Steph made the cutest Totoro, and Nick and Melissa were the perfect Bob and Linda – I particularly love Nick’s Gandalf sign – Not pictured is Matt who dressed as Star-Lord and his fiancé Claire who dressed up as Elsa).  The only downside of being the photographer is not being able to be in as many photos so I may have to hand the camera off to Andrew at some point next party ^.^

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Outfit of the Day: Forever Red

This past Tuesday, Margaret Stohl’s newest YA book, Forever Red, debuted in stores and it’s a pretty special one because it’s all about the origin of Black Widow.  If you haven’t picked up a copy yet, you can purchase one here :-) The publisher sent me a finished copy of the book along with some special props including a Black Widow wig, a S.H.I.E.L.D. comic, and a dagger.  I knew I had to throw together a little casual cosplay with what I was sent and I had a blast channeling Natasha.  I love the cover and I can’t wait to read my copy! Margaret Stohl is going on a book tour for Forever Red and you can find out if she’ll be in a town near you by viewing her schedule.  Here’s a synopsis of the book followed by my outfit / casual cosplay photos!

Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy… Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments—until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type. Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned—and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

Black Widow: Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

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Faux leather jacket: Forever 21 (similar) | Leggings: Black Milk | Boots: Sam Edelman

Book, Wig, Comic: c/o Disney Hyperion

Photos by Andrew Gallagher

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My Bucket List

I love the idea of having a published Bucket List to reference when I’m planning future events and reflecting back on the past.  Kristina Horner published a bucket list on her blog and it inspired me to type out my own so I can focus on making sure I accomplish as many of the things I want to do during my lifetime.  I’ll be writing posts about the things I do and even flashing back to some things I’ve already experienced but were always a part of my list.  What’s on your bucket list?

  1. Visit Harry Potter World in Orlando
  2. Live in New York City
  3. Meet JK Rowling
  4. Harry Potter Studio Tour in London
  5. Tour Studio Ghibli
  6. Lord of the Rings Tour in New Zealand
  7. Attend the Yule Ball
  8. Visit all of the Canadian locations in Scott Pilgrim
  9. Disneyland in Paris
  10. Disneyland in Tokyo
  11. Visit Club 33 at Disneyland
  12. Sakura Matsuri in Japan
  13. Attend Sleep No More
  14. Wine tasting in Napa Valley
  15. Publish a novel
  16. Own a pink KitchenAid mixer
  17. Drink champagne in front of the Eiffel Tower
  18. Cultivate and maintain a garden
  19. Go to the Coney Island Mermaid Parade
  20. Learn to French braid hair
  21. The Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff
  22. See the Chicago Bean
  23. Go pumpkin picking
  24. See Shakespeare in the Park
  25. Go on a Jack the Ripper Tour in London
  26. Learn how to bake French macarons
  27. See the Yayoi Kusama exhibit
  28. Go skiing
  29. Go to Coachella
  30. Go to The Louvre
  31. Stroll through Central Park in the fall
  32. Complete NaNoWriMo
  33. Sakura Matsuri in NYC
  34. Stay in the Library Hotel in NYC in the Fairy Tale room
  35. Tour NASA
  36. Ride a train across the country
  37. Stargaze on the Highline
  38. See Stonehenge
  39. Kiss Andrew atop the Eiffel Tower
  40. Go apple picking
  41. See the Northern Lights
  42. Watch a sunset on a beach
  43. Go to all 50 states
  44. Climb a lighthouse
  45. Create a board game
  46. Fly in a private jet
  47. Meet R.L. Stine
  48. See the Acropolis in Greece
  49. Stand on the Equator
  50. Visit The Globe Theater in London
  51. Visit YouTube Studios
  52. Go strawberry picking
  53. Customize toys
  54. Carve Andrew and I’s initials into a tree
  55. Attend the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
  56. Get married
  57. Kiss Andrew in front of the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center
  58. Visit NBC’s Rainbow Room and Observation Deck
  59. Attend a live taping of SNL
  60. Attend a live recording of Welcome to Night Vale
  61. Tour Pixar
  62. Tour Nintendo
  63. Meet George Lucas
  64. Tour Google
  65. Attend BlogHer
  66. Drink at the Met’s rooftop bar
  67. Learn how to use photoshop
  68. Visit the Glow Worm Caves
  69. See the Hollywood sign
  70. Attend a movie premiere with a red carpet
  71. Walk the Brooklyn Bridge
  72. Meet Michio Kaku
  73. Own a pair of Christian Louboutins
  74. Own a Chanel purse
  75. Style a fashion shoot
  76. Be styled for a fashion shoot by a celebrity stylist
  77. Attend an outdoor concert at Jones Beach
  78. Attend a farewell concert for a band I love
  79. Visit Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
  80. Be thanked in the acknowledgements of a published book
  81. Meet Neil Gaiman
  82. Meet Stan Lee
  83. Get a Sandman tattoo
  84. Fall in love
  85. Help out at a fashion show
  86. Get published
  87. Be on a television show
  88. Be made fun of by Joel McHale on The Soup
  89. Have an IMDB page
  90. Speak on a panel at a convention
  91. Moderate a panel at a convention
  92. Live in Los Angeles
  93. Read all of the books I own
  94. Get a Harry Potter tattoo
  95. Attend San Diego Comic Con
  96. Attend Star Wars Celebration
  97. Attend Book Expo America
  98. Walk and shop along the Champs-Élysées
  99. See a show at the Moulin Rouge
  100. See the Cirque de Soleil Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas
  101. Drink gluhwein at Rolph’s during Christmas season
  102. Go to the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball in LA
  103. Buy a vintage typewriter
  104. Visit The Last Bookstore in LA
  105. The Walking Dead Tour in Atlanta
  106. Visit Powell’s Bookstore in Portland
  107. Visit the Space Needle in Seattle
  108. Attend an event in the Great Hall at Whimsic Alley
  109. Visit the castle in Scotland that Hogwarts was based on
  110. Go to Star Wars Weekends at Disney
  111. Meet Peter Jackson
  112. Go to a Renaissance Faire
  113. Attend the Holi Festival in NYC
  114. Take a photo in front of the mirror fence at Storm King

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5 Fandom Friday: New Years Fandom Resolutions

I am so pleased that 5 Fandom Friday is still alive and kicking and we’re starting off 2015 with a new post about our fandom resolutions!  I feel like I’ve been writing best of and resolution lists for days now but this one was a lot of fun to think about.  Megan and I also have a special treat at the end of our posts today, which is the 5 Fandom Friday topics for February and March!!  I hope everyone is enjoying our topics and will continue to participate through 2015.

11) Re-read all of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings – I briefly touched upon my intention to re-read more books I enjoy in my 2015 resolutions post but more specifically, this is going to be the year I re-read Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.  I have re-read Harry Potter more times than I can count as a child and it was always so enjoyable to do so that I want to make the time to experience them again this year.  In April, Andrew and I are going to Lincoln Center to see all three Lord of the Rings films with the music performed by a live orchestra so I think a re-read is the perfect way to get excited for it!

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2) Play more Board Games – I have always been interested in learning and playing board games but I never had anyone who wanted to play with me.  Luckily, my boyfriend is rather into games and he and his friends love planning board game nights.  I’ve already learned and played more games in the past year than I have, well, ever, but I want to continue to see what else is out there and working on my strategic skills.

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3) Go to more Conventions – I went to SO many conventions between 2012-2013 and in 2014 I was a huge con slacker.  It was partially because of moving and starting a new job (read: moving costs and no vacation time), but now that I’m settled I’m really looking forward to planning a trip.  Even though I’ve been to Orlando a ton of times, I would love to go back with Andrew so we can see the new Diagon Alley expansion at Universal and enjoy fireworks at Disney together and such (and visit Kristin!).  So maybe we’ll plan for a MegaCon/Harry Potter World/Disney trip in the near future?  I would also love to attend ECCC, C2E2 (for the second time), and Baltimore Comic Con (because it’s my FAVORITE).

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4) Cosplay – There are two characters that I am dying to cosplay and both will involve A LOT of work and preparation.  I hate revealing my cosplays until right before the convention or the actual day of, so I’m not going to list them here but man I am really hoping I can make these two happen.  My favorite cosplay of 2014 was the Kiki’s Delivery Service characters that Andrew and I did together at NYCC.

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5) Hang my art prints – Another side effect of moving is that I haven’t had the chance to determine which art prints I want to hang on my walls yet.  I loved my old setup at my parents house, but I think want to be more adult and get some of the really special ones framed before I hang them.  I’ve acquired quite the collection of prints throughout the years and for the pieces I don’t choose to hang, I’ve been meaning to buy these portfolios that Amy suggested to me one Skype date ago so I can browse through and appreciate what I own instead of having it all sit in a plastic sleeve in my closet.

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Art Print I Bought From Babs Tarr at NYCC 2014

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PAST & UPCOMING TOPICS

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January 2nd – New Years Fandom Resolutions
January 9th – My Favorite Things About Winter
January 16th – Conventions I’ve Been To Or Wish To Attend
January 23rd – Songs That Changed My Life
January 30th – Favorite Fandom Accessories I Own
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February 6th – Favorite Funko Pop Figures
February 13th – Favorite Fictional Couples I Ship (Valentine’s Day)
February 20th – Things I’ve Bought But Haven’t Read/Watched/Played Yet
February 27th – Characters I Would Name My Kids After
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March 6th – Favorite Snacks/Drinks To Consume While Blogging
March 13th – My Fictional BFF’s
March 20th – My Comfort Films
March 27th – One Fandom Item Styled Five Different Ways
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NYCC 2014: Kiki’s Delivery Service

My second favorite Studio Ghibli film ever (next to Howl’s Moving Castle) is Kiki’s Delivery Service, so I was so incredibly happy when Andrew agreed to dress up as Kiki and Tombo during New York Comic Con this year!  We cosplayed three out of the four days, but Kiki and Tombo were my favorite.  Andrew kept referring to me as Miss Witch throughout the day and we were stopped for so many photos.  I was shocked at how many people thought Andrew was Waldo but it was endearing when other con goers knew that we were from a Ghibli film.

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5 Fandom Friday: Characters I Would Love To Dress Up As For Halloween

Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays (next to Christmas of course)!  It’s a time to indulge in delicious candy, catch up on horror movies you may have missed or revisit some old favorites, carve pumpkins and hunt for every pumpkin flavored food item one can find, and of course, to dress up!  For me, I personally think there’s a huge difference between dressing up for Halloween and cosplaying.  While I obviously want to be as character accurate as possible, I definitely put a lot less effort into Halloween costumes than I put into cosplay.  Especially since Halloween is not too long after New York Comic Con.  Our next 5 Fandom Friday post is about the 5 characters I would love to dress up for this Halloween and I’m treating my list as if I had unlimited time and resources.
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1) Elsa – I love Elsa for so many reasons.  I was already obsessed with Frozen before the film had even debuted because I would spend all of my free time wandering into the Disney Store in Times Square and admiring her ethereal ice blue gown accentuated with the perfect amount of sparkly crystals.  It was basically a test not to buy something each time I would get there without having seen the movie.  I only allowed myself to purchase an Elsa mug beforehand but you can bet that as soon as I saw it (opening night OBVS), I headed straight back to get my hands on more merchandise.  I also adore Elsa’s long full braid and her classic purple eyeshadow and deep red lips and porcelain skin.  So yupp, HUGE Elsa fan here :-)
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2) Spider-Gwen – Let’s face it.  Spider-Gwen is basically all of my fantasies rolled into one giant dream come true.  If there’s one character that was made for me, it’s Spider-Gwen.  I wish I had had enough time to put together a costume for New York Comic Con, but I’m so in love with Gwen that I didn’t want to rush at all.  I know I’m going to cosplay her at a convention next year, but there is going to be so much time, effort and care that goes into it because it’s one cosplay that I’m excited to wear multiple times.  I love Gwen’s Spider suit and the gorgeous hooded design.  It’s so sleek and classic, yet also modern and fresh. Oh Gwen <3
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3) Thranduil – One fandom that I am very passionate about but haven’t ever gotten into the cosplay spirit of is Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.  After seeing GlitzyGeekyGirl’s Legolas cosplay, I’ve been dying to make my own, but ever since The Hobbit films have been released, I find myself more and more attached to Thranduil.  I love his long blonde hair (widows peak and all), and I super love his hair accessory/crown.  The delicate silver branchlike design works perfectly with the autumnal leaves.  I also love his floor length silver brocade(?) robe, knee high riding boots, and leggings.  Also, elf ears.  It’s going to happen at some point.
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4) The New Batgirl –  Another new costume that I’ve been experiencing intensely fond feelings for is the new Batgirl suit which debuted in issue #35 earlier this month.  The new Babs has been everywhere on the internet and I could just stare at her outfit for hours.  I love love love the fitted purple leather jacket, purple leggings, yellow Doc Martens, yellow Bat symbol and just all of the intricate detailing of the various snaps and zippers and what have you.  Batgirl is finally someone who is relatable and her costume could not be more perfect.
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5) Sylveon –   Sylveon is my favorite new Pokémon.  She/he’s what I would picture a Pokémon fashioned after a cupcake to look like.  There are such cute girl Sylveon designs on DeviantArt and I would definitely want to model my costume after this Sylveon Scout or a Lolita Sylveon.  Either way the costume would be so pink and precious and full of bows!  I’m pretty sure I would also be rather prancy.
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Which characters would you most like to dress up as for Halloween?  Send me your links so I can add them to my post!
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Gifts For Gamers and Geeks
Mama Needs Mana
You Fancy Me Mad
Cold’s Gold Factory
Adventures In Mediocrity
Girl In The Nerd Shop
Whimsy And Noir
A Geek And Her Oven
Cateaclysmic
North East Nerd
It’s Always October, Isn’t It
Adorkable Me
Comics and Cookies
Usagi In Wonderland
Mesulli’s Medley Of Musings
Katya Owu
Syrco Owl
Le Fancy Geek
Kitten Of All Trades
Harper Honey
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Coney Island, I’m Really A Mermaid Edition

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to attend the Coney Island Mermaid Parade but there has always been some reason why I’m unable to go.  This year, Andrew and I had an engagement party and two weddings to attend in June and as fate would have it, the only free Saturday we had happened to be the same day as the Mermaid Parade.  So Andrew, Melissa, Cassie, Kiley and I spent a ridiculous amount of time commuting to Coney Island.  I was so excited to wear my new Steph Buscema designed Little Mermaid skirt that I recently acquired from Pinup Girl Clothing.  Melissa and Cassie went with Black Milk Mermaid leggings, and Andrew dressed like a pirate.  The parade was entertaining and after seeing the wonderful costumes, we spent over an hour waiting on line at the original Nathan’s for some fast food.  Coney Island was beautiful (I had never been there at all), but we’re looking forward to going back on a day that’s much less crowded.  On the way out we found an arcade that had Battle Royale Pac Man so we’ll be trying that very soon!

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