Archive for September, 2015

Versatile Blogger Award

September 30th, 2015


Thank you to Raisa, Georgie, Joy, Michelle, Liz, and Christine for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!


  1. Thank the person who nominated you
  2. Include a link to their blog
  3. Tell the person who nominated you 7 facts about you
  4. Select 15 blogs/bloggers that you have recently discovered or follow regularly

1. My fingerprints are very faint

I’ve always had trouble with fingerprint readers because of how light my prints are. I’ve even registered one of my husband’s prints onto my phone, and it’ll still log him in but not me! People joke that I should start committing robbery since my prints barely show up, but that’s probably not a good idea ;)

2. I’ve worn a jade charm so long, it turned green

My grandfather used to be a jeweler and had a lot of jewelry left over after he closed his store. I guess that’s why my family thought it was ok to give me a jade necklace when I was very young… even though I broke 2 jade bracelets by running into things.

Fortunately, my necklace survived, and the jade has actually changed color over time. When I first got it, it was actually completely white. There is a belief that if you wear jade for a long time, your body heat will help change its color. (There are other silly beliefs like it changes depending on the person or your health or whatever.) I don’t know if any of those are true, but it is true that my jade has gotten green spots over time :)


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Week rambles

September 27th, 2015

It has been an incredibly tiring week, and well, I’m still tired! My body aches, and I’m trying to catch up on sleep. This will be some loose rambles on the past week.

1. From Tuesday to Friday, I was scheduled to be a photographer for our annual user conference. This is my third year doing it, and this time, we increased the number of photographers from 3 to 7. I counted as one of the three main photographers, so I was scheduled for all the major events. Even with more help, I was still super busy and exhausted every day! On Tuesday, I just had to cover an event for a couple hours, but Wednesday was 9:00am-8:00pm, Thursday was 6:30am-7:00pm, and Friday was 8:30am-6:00pm.

2. Yay for sweet lens! All of the lenses I used were rentals: Canon 50mm f/1.2, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8. From my own gear, I brought my camera body (Canon 6D) and flash (Canon 430EX II).

Yay gear! ? Boooo heaviness and back pain ?

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Heavy stuff though! All of that made me lug around ~10lbs of gear, so that’s why my arms and shoulders were tired out. This was also my first time using the 70-200mm (the big white lens), and it was really great for candids and stage photos.

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Beginner Cosplay Tips

September 22nd, 2015

With Halloween coming up next month, I thought this would be a good time to do an entry on beginner cosplay tips :) People often tell me that they’d love to cosplay but think they’d be bad at it. Well, that’s pretty much everyone starting a hobby for the first time, isn’t it? (Trust me, I didn’t know how to sew at first, and my first few costumes were pretty terrible.) You’ll never get anywhere in a hobby if you don’t try it!


If you are thinking of cosplaying, I really do recommend making your own costume, even if it’s not great at first. Here’s the benefits:

  1. It feels really good. It’s just an amazing feeling to finish a costume and then wear it. Also, when people compliment you, you know that they’re complimenting your work, not someone else’s.
  2. I frequently cosplay characters that aren’t well known, which means their outfits probably don’t show up in premade cosplay shops. I can choose what I cosplay without caring what’s in stores, and I save money because I don’t need to commission it.
  3. You learn many useful skills! I can alter and repair my clothing now!

Of course, there’s the cliche tips like, keep practicing! Start small! No one’s perfect at first, etc etc. Definitely those too, but let’s get into some cosplay-specific ones :)

Look into premade patterns

There are many companies that make premade sewing patterns, and it’s less intimidating than trying to draft your own pattern. You probably won’t find one exactly like the outfit you want to do, but the key is to find one that is close enough and alter it from there.

I used a premade pattern for the following cosplays, and you can see that they don’t look exactly like the patterns I used. I had to alter all 3.

Chell’s didn’t need that much altering. I basically changed the fit to be a bit baggy and added stripes. I altered every piece of the pattern for Zia’s though (see this entry). Even after that, I still found the pattern worth it because it gave me a good starting point.

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