PAX East 2017

I managed to take a nap, but now I’m back awake and back to blogging. I’m on to our trip to PAX East back in March. I’ll start with a general recap of the con itself, then follow with posts of cosplay photos.

The traditional “I’ve arrived at Logan Airport” photo. It’s still a little weird remembering that this isn’t my home airport now. I flew in and out of here so much back when we lived in Cambridge.
PAX East Trip

The Thursday before the con I took my yearly pilgrimage to Sewfisticated Fabrics (in Framingham). Man, I miss this fabric store! I didn’t realize how lucky I was to have it until we moved.
PAX East Trip

Of course we had to stop by the sporting goods store to get some Super Bowl LI swag.
PAX East Trip

We also swung by the New England Mobile Book Fair (which appears to, sadly, be slowly going out of business). And I found this gem in the remainders section. How many things wrong can you spot with her outfit?
PAX East Trip

Then, because you can never have too much fabric, we also stopped at the Sewfisticated Fabrics location in Cambridge, my old home store.
PAX East Trip

Friday we arrived at PAX just around the time the doors opened, but were met with a long line that snaked around outside, where it was pretty cold. So we went and sat in the lobby of the adjoining Westin to wait. After a little over an hour, the line was still there but moving quickly, so we went in.
PAX East

The first of many shots of the crowd on the Expo Hall floor. This was Friday. Friday, people! Wait until you see Saturday….
PAX East

One of the coolest vendors we saw was Level Up Dice. Their multi-colored aluminum dice are works of art. The salespeople were giving an interesting demonstration explaining the “optimal” randomness of the dice, as they are specially balanced. And yes, I did ask questions about the statistical metrics they were using to define optimal randomness.
PAX East

PAX East

The PC gaming area, with the tabletop area beyond it
PAX East

On Saturday we started the day with an advanced casting and molding panel given by LeeleetheBunny Cosplay and Glitch Cos, with sponsorship from Reynolds Advanced Materials. It was very informative, and they did a life casting demo right then and there.
PAX East

PAX East

PAX East

The resulting face cast
PAX East

And now, the crowd shot for Saturday
PAX East

Did I mention it was crowded? I used to get a bit freaked by the number of people at PAX East. These days I’m used to it, though it does mean I have to be prepared to stand in lines for things. Thankfully the con and convention center staff are pretty organized, which cuts down on bottlenecks and confusion.
PAX East

The traditional Chessex dice photos
PAX East

And then Sunday! While we were waiting in line for a panel, some folks came by and started some impromptu games with those in the queue. This guy wearing a chicken hat was one of the game runners.
PAX East Trip

I think Mike won a sticker from the game? I can’t remember.
PAX East Trip

We went to a very informative panel about cosplay tips and tricks, which included Lucky Grim Creative, BelleChere, and Lodaim Cosplay on the panel.
PAX East Trip

PAX East Trip

One last crowd shot
PAX East

And on Monday we flew home!
PAX East Trip

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Williamsburg Spa Trip

I’m home sick today with a cold. But I can’t fall asleep. So what else is there to do but catch up on blogging?

Next up in the event recap queue is our visit to Williamsburg for a spa weekend back in February. It was kindly (and very capably) organized by Stephanie.

We started things off right on Friday with dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, The Blue Talon.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg

Saturday morning we went to the spa. I got a massage and a facial, and I’m feeling more relaxed right now just thinking about them.
Williamsburg

It was really warm outside. Shorts, in February!
Williamsburg

Last minute costume prep.
Williamsburg

Saturday evening we went to Chownings Tavern for dinner.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg

The shepherd’s pie I had was excellent!
Williamsburg

Our whole group
Williamsburg

Kat and Judy. Judy is wearing a pair of earrings she commissioned from my Etsy shop, In the Long Run Designs.
Williamsburg

Erin and Stephanie
Williamsburg

Stephanie and Jess
Williamsburg

Ali and Isabella
Williamsburg

Me and Erin. Yes, I forgot to bring my contacts!
Williamsburg

I adore the riding habits that Judy and Kat made!
Williamsburg

Stephanie had a super snuggly silk mantel.
Williamsburg

Erin made a lovely new redingote.
Williamsburg

I rewore a dress I first made in 2009. Still fits!
Williamsburg

My necklace is a copy of pieces appearing in a few different 1760s portraits. I have one for sale in my Etsy shop, In the Long Run Designs.
Williamsburg

What can I say? It was late.
Williamsburg

The next day we went shopping in the historic area. Where there was ice skating, even in the spring-like weather.
Williamsburg

Dresses on display in the Mary Dickinson Shop
Williamsburg

Jess checking how the closures and construction work on this gown
Williamsburg

More from the Mary Dickinson Shop
Williamsburg

The shop window display, including American Duchess Dunmore shoes
Williamsburg

Carriage horses. The grey was really friendly, but his partner, not so much!
Williamsburg

Judy and Kat looked smashing in their redingotes!
Williamsburg

Now I just need a dog.
Williamsburg

Williamsburg

All of my photos are here.

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots January Meetup (Others’ Photos)

Yup, I’m still here. And still very behind in posting recaps from costume events. When last I posted, I shared photos we took at the DC Cosplay Photo Shoots‘s January general theme meetup. Now, here are the photos that others took of my cosplay. The location was the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

I wore my “Kiss the Girl” Ariel costume, which has some nice color to it. Makes for some fun photos!

I love the ethereal mood of these photos by Dan Arango Photography.
Photo by Dan Arango

Photo by Dan Arango

Dan often brings a tribble plushie to shoots, and Hipster Ariel had to get in on the fun!
Photo by Dan Arango

This photo by Billy Whitfield makes it look like I’m standing in a garden, not just inside a museum.
Photo by Billy Whitfield

I especially like what Camera 58 did with these shots in the atrium fountain. He asked if I was okay with getting my feet wet, and I said I was game!
Photo by Camera 58

Photo by Camera 58

Photo by Camera 58

Photo by Camera 58

I like the asymmetrical framing of these two pictures by Corrinne.
Photo by Corinne

Photo by Corrine

These photos by Daniel Kelly have a cool, dark/moody look to them.
Photo by Daniel Kelly

Photo by Daniel Kelly

A tale of two photos: one all proper-like, and one of me goofing around. I love the color and contrast that Inverted Chameleon got.
Photo by Inverted Chameleon

Photo by Inverted Chameleon

A classic head shot by Pruitt Allen
Photo by Pruitt Allen

Last, but definitely not least, these awesomely lit photos by Munchkin Photos
Photo by Munchkin Photos

Photo by Munchkin Photos

A big thank you to all of the photographers I worked with!

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots January Meetup (Our Photos)

Mike and I attended another meetup at the National Portrait Gallery with DC Cosplay Photo Shoots back in late January. (I know, I’m still really behind on event recaps.) This was a “general” shoot, meaning there was no set cosplay theme. The variety of fandoms represented was impressive! Below are photos that Mike shot, and then we tag-team edited.

I wore my “Kiss the Girl” Ariel cosplay, which I have only worn once before (PAX East 2016). And this time I brought Flounder!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Mike commented on this one: “Next time we have to make sure Flounder is looking at the camera!”
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

That floor is cold, BTW.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

First time we met local cosplayer Metro Rey!
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

I’m imagining her in an Old Republic temple here.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Mike was excited to see folks cosplaying from The Wicked + The Divine. Here are Lyn Cosplay as Lucifer and Alyce as Amaterasu.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

And last but not least, here is Goodbye Midnight Cosplay as Black Widow. She had some great dynamic poses.
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

The group photo
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Ernie of The Fan’s P.O.V. hamming it up
DC Cosplay Photo Shoots

Thanks to all of the cosplayers who worked with us! You are all super talented!

Black Canary Photo Shoot

I had another wonderful opportunity to work with my friend Beth of Early Bird Photo (formerly BWPW Photography) in January. I told her I wanted to do a shoot featuring my Black Canary cosplay (based on the art of Ed Benes), which is not one I wear all that often. Beth found some awesome locations (very industrial looking but still colorful). One was a car mechanic shop that was being renovated and the other one was, I think, a former gas station or convenience store. Both had interesting colors or patterns painted on their walls, which created a lot of visual interest.

I can’t wait to work with Beth again. If you are ever in the Durham, NC area, I highly recommend booking a session with her.

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Black Canary Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot

Francaise Dinner 2017

I’m still behind on costume event recaps, but I just finished processing photos from this year’s Francaise Dinner, and I didn’t want to wait to post. This year Jess and Isabella organized, and they chose a new location in Annapolis, O’Brien’s Steakhouse. It was nice to have a change of pace and to get to eat crab cakes. Thank you for organizing, ladies!

I debuted a new dress, which I had been working on for over a year, since before last year’s Francaise Dinner (which is when I was originally planning to wear it…but I obviously didn’t finish it in time). I wanted to emulate the dresses seen in some 1780s paintings, where the bodices are fitted tightly with long sleeves. I opted for a round gown style, because these paintings often don’t show a petticoat opening in the center front. I was very pleased with how the dress came out.

First, the group photo. Unfortunately the indoor photos are a bit yellow because the light fixtures in the dining room had red shades and very warm-colored bulbs. Thank goodness we shot in raw format.
Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

I made the glass cross I wore on my choker necklace by combining several vintage German cabochons using epoxy clay.
Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Here is my sales table setup for my Etsy shop.
Francaise Dinner

Chelsea in her lovely new Francaise
Francaise Dinner

Doug and Mike
Francaise Dinner

Rebecca and Kristin
Francaise Dinner

Jess and Kat (and her amazing pink wig!)
Francaise Dinner

Kat, Maggie, and Judy
Francaise Dinner

Francaise Dinner

Kristin won a beautiful tiara in the raffle!
Francaise Dinner

Mike won a great informal cap made by Fashions Revisited.
Francaise Dinner

And Judy won a gift certificate from American Duchess!
Francaise Dinner

All of my photos are here.

Riversdale Twelfth Night Ball 2017

This event snuck up on me. I bought tickets months earlier when I was in the middle of a frenzy of busyness at work, and then the ball took place a week after that project ended when I was still recovering. I nearly forgot I had this on my calendar! This meant that I had nothing new to wear, but I was fine with re-wearing one of my favorites anyway. As usual, the Riversdale House Museum put on a lovely evening, with dancing and a dinner made using historical recipes. The house was beautifully decorated for the holidays, too!

Twelfth Night Ball

The free waltz, with our dancing master Jim Wass in the foreground, wearing the striped waistcoat
Twelfth Night Ball

Twelfth Night Ball

After dinner, each guest was given a playing card. Then two cards were randomly pulled from other decks to choose the king and queen of the ball. Doug was picked!
Twelfth Night Ball

Mike in festive red
Twelfth Night Ball

Twelfth Night Ball

Twelfth Night Ball

Jess in her striking orange sari gown
Twelfth Night Ball

Maggie wore a beautiful light green dress.
Twelfth Night Ball

Twelfth Night Ball

Twelfth Night Ball

This collage is courtesy of Maggie. We were lined up for a group photo, and Mike said, “Gloria, try to look less dead inside.” This was the result!
Riversdale

Mulan at MAGFest 2017

Last day of the con, last costume. I went with a casual option because, let’s face it, I’m usually exhausted by the Sunday of a convention when it’s three days long, much less four days. During the holiday sale season I found a dress at Hot Topic that was Mulan themed and less than $30. Score. All I had to do was accessorize. I made a necklace out of jade-colored Czech glass beads (and a pair of gold dangle earrings, though they are hidden by my wig in the photos) and a hair flower out of an organza flower base, some ribbon, and rhinestones. Topped it off with a Diana wig in black from Epic Cosplay.

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Sunday, MAGFest 2017

Bombshells Batwoman at MAGFest 2017

I need to do a proper post recapping how I put this costume together, because I actually bothered to take pictures of some of the process. I was lucky and was able to snag one of the Batwoman dresses from Hot Topic before they sold out, but then I went on an odyssey searching for proper socks and how to make a con-safe bat. It turns out that if you look for black and red socks, nearly all of them are black with red stripes, not red with black stripes. Until you specifically search for soccer and rugby socks made in the UK. Go figure. I was fortunate to find a foam bat that I could draw on with Sharpie markers. Some cons let you take in wooden props, but some do not, so I wanted something that was even less likely to fail a weapons check. I also assembled the hat (sewing the ears and attaching a logo patch) and made the mask (using techniques I learned at Costume College last year).

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

MAGFest

When a fountain interrupts your photo shoot…
MAGFest