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How to Closet Cosplay 

Most of us are spending a lot more time at home right now. Some of you may be getting to the point where you’ve watched everything you want to watch on Netflix, your house is clean and organized, and you’ve read all your books – twice. It’s time to change things up. Let me introduce you to the world of Closet Cosplay.

What is Closet Cosplay

Closet Cosplay is making costumes out of stuff you have in your closet already. You probably think that you don’t have anything cosplay worthy in your closet but you are wrong. This will give you the opportunity to see your clothing in a new light and do something creative. There are a few items that can broaden the scope of cosplays you can make like a cloak, corset or poet shirt but even if you don’t have anything like that, there are still many costumes you can put together.

Option 1: Pick a Contemporary Character

Chances are you don’t live your life in Victorian clothing so trying to cosplay as a Victorian character might be difficult. Instead, focus on contemporary characters. Do you have a white dress shirt, and a bowtie? Then you have 90% of the Eleventh Doctor costume. Have you got a red sweater and black hair band (bonus points if you’re blonde or you have a blonde wig)? Guess what, that’s most of a Sabrina Spellman costume. If you look at your favorite characters closely, you’ll find that they have a specific style. Crack that code and you’re on your way to creating your cosplay.

Option 2: Make a Version of a Non-Contemporary Character

Have you ever heard of Disney-bounding? The term came about when adults wanted to dress up as their favorite characters at Disneyland but found out they weren’t allowed to because it spoils the magic for the young kids. Instead people started to make their own version of Disney characters by using the colour pallets or shapes in the costumes. You can do that too! Make a sleepover version of Elsa. What would Jon Snow look like as a ski buff from the 80s? How would Harley Quinn go grocery shopping? You’d be surprised at what you can come up with when your goal isn’t to make a screen accurate version of the character.

Are you going to make a closet cosplay of your favorite character? We would love to see it. Tag us in your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. If you’re looking for items to take your cosplay to the next level, we are offering free shipping within Canada for a limited time so make sure to check out the cosplay section on our website!

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Con Care Kit: What you should keep in your Pocket Belt

Con Care Kit: What you should keep in your Pocket Belt

Fan Expo Vancouver 2020 starts tomorrow. Here’s a couple of things you should keep in mind when you’re putting together your cosplay tonight. I know that nothing ruins a cosplay quicker than a backpack or purse (unless your character carries either of those, obviously). But there’s just some stuff that you need to have on you at a convention. A pocket belt is a nice solution. It’s less intrusive than a bag and you can wear it on your hip to leave your hands free for taking pictures. Here’s what I think you need for your con care kit.

Picking Your Pocket Belt

First of all, you need to start with the right bag. Our classic pocket belt is a pretty good choice for any cosplay. It’s small enough to not detract from your cosplay but big enough to carry what you need plus your wallet, phone and keys. If you need a little more room, our steampunk pocket belt is also an excellent choice. It has a bigger main pocket, a zippered inside pocket and a leg strap. Both styles of pocket belts are available in black, brown, wine and green so you’re sure to find something that matches your cosplay.

Water and snacks

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that they spent their food money on stuff at a con. Food is important, it fuels your body and keeps you from getting hangry. If you know you can’t be trusted not to spend your food money, bring granola bars or protein bars. Even if you’re good with money, it’s nice to have a snack on hand for when you need it. Your body also needs hydration and Redbull doesn’t count. Bring a water bottle with you. Our pocket belts have a big ring on them that is perfect for attaching a reusable water bottle with a carabiner. Most cons have water fountains or water bottle refill stations so you can stay hydrated all day long.

Cosplay Repair

Depending on what you’re cosplaying as, you’ll probably need a first aid kit for your cosplay. You’ll want a little ziplock bag with some safety pins, a travel sewing kit, some tape and anything else you can think of. Con days are long days and chances are that you’re cosplay might get a little tired after walking around for 8 – 10 hours. Make sure you have the right equipment to perk it up. Also if you ever see me at a con, I usually have lots of safety pins and I’ll be happy to share with you.

I think that covers the basics. If I missed anything, feel free to let me know on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’d love to find out what you keep in your con care kits!

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Con Care Kit: What you should keep in your Pocket Belt

I know that nothing ruins a cosplay quicker than a backpack or purse (unless your character carries either of those, obviously). But there’s just some stuff that you need to have on you at a convention. A pocket belt is a nice solution. It’s less intrusive than a bag and you can wear it on your hip to leave your hands free for taking pictures. Here’s what I think you need for your con care kit.

Picking Your Pocket Belt

First of all, you need to start with the right bag. Our classic pocket belt is a pretty good choice for any cosplay. It’s small enough to not detract from your cosplay but big enough to carry what you need plus your wallet, phone and keys. If you need a little more room, our steampunk pocket belt is also an excellent choice. It has a bigger main pocket, a zippered inside pocket and a leg strap. Both styles of pocket belts are available in black, brown, wine and green so you’re sure to find something that matches your cosplay.

Water and snacks

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people say that they spent their food money on stuff at a con. Food is important, it fuels your body and keeps you from getting hangry. If you know you can’t be trusted not to spend your food money, bring granola bars or protein bars. Even if you’re good with money, it’s nice to have a snack on hand for when you need it. Your body also needs hydration and Redbull doesn’t count. Bring a water bottle with you. Our pocket belts have a big ring on them that is perfect for attaching a reusable water bottle on with a carabiner. Most cons have water fountains or water bottle refilled stations so you can stay hydrated all day long.

Cosplay Repair

Depending on what you’re cosplaying as, you’ll probably need a first aid kit for your cosplay. You’ll want a little ziplock bag with some safety pins, a travel sewing kit, some tape and anything else you can think of. Con days are long days and chances are that you’re cosplay might get a little tired after walking around for 8 – 10 hours. Make sure you have the right equipment to perk it up. Also if you ever see me at a con, I usually have lots of safety pins and I’ll be happy to share with you.

I think that covers the basics. If I missed anything, feel free to let me know on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I’d love to find out what you keep in your con care kits!

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Fan Expo Refresher – What is Cosplay?

What is Cosplay?

Fan Expo is three sleeps away! I’m so excited to see all the amazing and creative cosplay. In honour of Fan Expo, I thought I’d re-post I blog I wrote explaining what cosplay is for those who are not initiated! Enjoy and don’t forget to drop by and say hello to us this weekend!

Cosplay is actually a portmanteau of two words: costume and play. Originally, I think that the word specifically applied to anime culture where people would dress up as their favourite anime characters.  As time has gone by, it has expanded to include pretty much any pop culture icon. Some people are purists and get every detail perfect right down to the colour of the thread on the switching.  Some people mash up differently cultural elements to create a new version of a character like making a steampunk sailor moon or a little mermaid princess Leia.  Lots of people make gender bending version of their favourite characters like a male Harley Quinn or a female Captain America. The options are limitless and the community is super accepting.

If you are still not sure you understand, fear not! I have some examples of awesome Venus & Mars  versions of some of our most favourite fictional badass ladies.

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is one of my personal favourite super heroes so naturally we had to include her.  It’s so empowering to have a strong, fearless female hero kicking ass and taking names. Who wouldn’t want to dress up like that? For Wonder Woman we combined the iconic Linda Carter look with some of the badassery of the new Gal Gadot look.  We put together a gold Venus & Mars bandeau with a red reversible VM waist cincher some blue booty shorts, a black velvet cloak and gold pointe glovettes.  Suffering Sappho, I have never seen a cooler Wonder Woman!

Harley Quinn

If you have ever been to a convention you know that if we had to include anything it was Harley Quinn.  There has been so many Harley looks over years and we couldn’t pick just one. We used her original black and red for inspiration but gave the overall outfit more of a roller derby feel. For this outfit, we combined a sleeveless red skinny tee, the reverse side of the reversible red waist cincher, black and red tap shorts and mix and matched a pair of red and black fishnet glovettes. We also added a pair of black goggles as a nod to the original Harley Quinn’s black eye mask. Trust me, puddin’, everyone will love this Harley look.

Princess Leia

We love Carrie Fisher. Her real life sassy no bullshit approach to Hollywood is something we can all aspire to. We absolutely had to pay homage to her with a Princess Leia inspired look. I know slave Leia is super popular but we wanted to show off the all white princess outfit instead.   We put together a white under blouse, white reversible waist cincher and cream panne cloak.  And we used a white pinstripe tube top as the skirt. To really sell the look we put Ivette’s hair into buns. I sense great awesome in this outfit. (PS. I love this picture so much. I think it’s one of my favourites ever.)

So what did you think of my definition of cosplay? did I get it right?  Would you explain it differently?  Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Featured Product: Velvet Cloaks

Venus & Mars - Velvet Lined Cloak with Fur Hood

January is cold and miserable. I hate to sound like a downer but it totally is. Christmas is over. It’s rainy. It’s freezing. There’s still at least 5 months until we can comfortably drink cocktails on the patio again. How are you supposed to feel warm and cozy when Eggnog lattes are no longer available?

I have a solution for you that will warm your body and soul.

Picture this, you are walking through a snowy forest looking tragically gorgeous and mysterious. As you step into a clearing, all the chatter and noises of the forest cease and you surrounded by the most serene silence. The snow covers the thick evergreen trees like a veil on a bride. Far above you can see sunlight and blue sky breaking through the clouds. A white fawn steps into the clearing with you. It approaches without fear and nuzzles your hand then walks off back into the woods leaving you standing alone in your wine velvet cloak.

I can’t guarantee that will happen if you get a cloak but the odds of it happening is probably slightly better if you do have one. When you put on a cloak you get to wrap yourself in a warm hug that will keep the January chill off of you. You also get to wrap yourself in a fantasy. You could be an elven warrior, a regal diplomat, or even a superhero. The only limitation is your imagination.

Lucky for you, we have a brand new batch of cloaks fresh out of the studio. Our stunning wine velvet lined cloaks are back in stock. We also have some beautiful royal blueish purple lined velvet cloaks so you stay warm and stylish this winter.

How do you keep warm in January? Let us know in the comments below.

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