10 Quick Tips For Cosplay Beginners

10 Quick Tips For Cosplay Beginners

"Focus more on how awesome the cosplay you are going to make of that character is going to be."
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As I've started buying pieces to put together for my Jyn Erso cosplay, that I'm wearing in May, I've realized that even though I've tried to keep up this fun little hobby of mine, I'm still not at all the best at it. However, that doesn't mean I don't have fun with it or that the skills I have are bad ones. If you are ever thinking of taking up cosplay, I definitely think that you should because it is so exciting and satisfying.

If you are debating starting this hobby here are some tips that I have used to make my cosplays be the best they can be and I think you could find them quite helpful as well.

1. Remember just because you don't look like the character doesn't mean you can't cosplay them.

Here's Karen Gillan as Amy Pond.

Here's me in my cosplay for this character

Obviously we aren't twins. Remember that cosplay is more about embracing your love of the character and the show they came from. Don't focus on how you don't look like the character, focus more on how awesome the cosplay you are going to make of that character is going to be.

2. See how others may have interpreted your cosplay.

Odds are you if you are doing a popular character, others have probably done it as well. Look for anything unique they might have done with their cosplay that you might want to add to yours. Also don't be afraid to ask them questions if you can.

3. For your first cosplay, stick to your comfort zone.

I'm not doubting anybodies skills but if you are completely new to the cosplay game and have never touched a sewing machine, possibly find a character that has a simpler cosplay to put together. You don't want to get frustrated on your first try. It's a cliche thing to say but if you want to get better, practice practice practice!

4. Really observe what you are working on.

Sometimes the camera doesn't get every angle of the cosplay. Make sure you do your research so you know you can have every piece of the cosplay covered. Looking up concept art of the costume really helps as well.

Example: Here is the Rey concept art for her scavenger outfit in "The Force Awakens"

5. Thrift stores are your best friend.

Purchasing pieces for a cosplay can be a simpler way of putting the whole thing together but your local thrift store can be so much for beneficial if you use your imagination with some of the clothes you find.

6. Don't forget about the minor details that make your cosplay so special.

Here's Kaylee's costume from the tv show "Firefly"

It's a simple outfit of a green jumpsuit with a flower shirt. However, it's her special patches (the teddy bear, heart, blue flower) that I think really identifies that outfit as hers. Adding small things like these really make the costume and make it seem even more authentic.

(my toes also made a appearance in this photo)

7. Make a pros and cons for including props.

Would it be cool to have massive wings to look like Tinkerbell? Yes! Just remember that you have to maneuver around places with them on.

8. Always have scissors, needle, and thread on hand when working.


Honestly these are the only sewing utensils I use when putting things together!

9. No thread? Dental floss works too!

It worked perfectly for when my mom sewed on my girl scout patches and it works perfectly with cosplay.

10. Make sure to take some time out of your day.

Don't get frustrated about how long your cosplay is taking. Make sure that if you are going to work on anything that you have an allotted amount of time to work on it, while remembering to take breaks.



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Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.


2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."


3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.


4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."


5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."


6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."


8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)


9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.


10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.


11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.


13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.


16. A glyphs means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."


18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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Fall is by far the most exciting season for fashion. There are so many combinations of cute outfits to put together for every occasion. Wherever you may be going, here are some staple clothing items you need this fall...

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It's about that time to put the bathing suit away (at least if you're from the north) and take out all your favorite fall clothes from the back of your closet. If you find a need to upgrade your wardrobe this year, I've rounded up the best staple pieces for your fall outfits.

1. Ankle Booties 

I swear these are the ONLY type of shoes I reach for during this time of year. They pair great with jeans, leggings, AND skirts. They can be casual enough for class or you can dress them up for a nice dinner or a night out. I always keep a pair of tan booties and a pair of black ones to go with whatever outfit I'm in that day.

These will become staple shoes that you'll wear for years.

2. Ripped Jeans 

As we learned from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (yes, I'm dating myself), a good pair of jeans can take you a long way. Autumn is the perfect weather for ripped jeans, not to mention how fashionable they are in today's fashion. They also look amazing with the booties I previously mentioned.

I suggest keeping a light pair and a dark pair in your wardrobe for endless stylish outfits.

3. Sweaters

This one may seem obvious, as it's the sole reason we all look forward to cold weather. Sweaters can be paired with anything in your closet...and they are also a signature staple piece that you can dress up or down. I recommend having an oversized sweater, a fitted, fancier sweater, and casual everyday sweater.

4. Corduroy Skirt

Corduroy Skirts are so ... this holiday season. Pair them with cute ankle booties with calf-high socks and a nice sweater to get a perfect look for any fall weekend and even Thanksgiving!

5. Scarves

Last, but certainly not least, is our favorite fall/winter accessory. You can throw on a scarf with any outfit whatsoever. Leggings and a denim jacket? Add a scarf. Skirt and a sweater? Add a scarf. Sweatshirt and sweatpants? Add a scarf. See what I mean? I love to pair plaid scarves with jackets and plain comfy scarves with sweatshirts and sweaters.

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