anonymous asked:

How do you go from Fenris to Solas? Or Hawke to Lavellan? Its insane.

Aside from costume and wigs, its always about makeup. 

Well makeup and acting. 

We’ve talked about it it a lot in the past, but I don’t know how much I can stress that Makeup work can be just as important if not more so than costume work when it comes to cosplay. 

Literally sometimes I know that a makeup job can just nail a cosplay, regardless of the way the costume looks. 

Spend a lot of time getting to know makeup. Contouring tricks are key. Literally all of Solas is just knowing where to contor and shade the angles of his face to get it right. You can make a nose look bigger or small, cheek bones higher, or brows lower with nothing but shading. Deep set eyes, cleft chin — shading shading shading. 

After that its all acting. 

Actually trying to pull the emotions of a character on your face will I GUARANTEE make your face look different than normal. Acting and mimicking the facial expressions of certain characters MAKES A DIFFERENCE in the photo. I mean — Sylar’s Cassandra vs his Solas is all that (plus makeup of course.) 

Succulent Care Guide

Written by Madlena, photography by Ellie

What better way is there to perk up your room than adding some plants to it? 
Recently the top choice has been succulents. They are cute, aesthetic and easy to care for- or are they? Here are a few facts you should know before getting your hands on these fresh little gems. 

Succulents are a family of plants (that also include cacti) that originated from the drier, warmer places of our planet. They need to be kept in the sun so a windowsill is usually the best spot.

Watering them can be difficult. You can easily give them too much, which will make the plant go rotten. Instead, try giving them a little squirt whenever the soil is dry, and definitely don’t let the soil get waterlogged. Other owners are known to soak their plants once a week, which is also a good method. Make sure the pot has a drainage hole in the bottom so that the plant doesn’t drown if you give it too much water.

Remember: succulents feel best in sandy, rough soils. 

Let’s talk shapes and colours. Due to the adaption to different climates, succulents can be found in many different shapes (as seen in the above picture), with for example paddle leaves or teardrop leaves. Also, succulent colour language can be interesting to learn- when they receive more sunlight than usual they will ‘blush’ in brighter colours like pink or red. If a succulent lacks water, it will become duller. Also, the green ones are generally easier to take care of. Only when you have mastered the skill of taking care of those can you go on to more exotic colours like purple or orange. 

Let the artistic side of you experiment with different pots; try different colours and patterns- classical white, hippie designs or pastels. Dedicate an afternoon to decoupage and glue cute papers or napkins onto the flower pots. To be even more original, plant your succulents in cute, vintage tea cups or jars (not permanently, though, because the pot needs to have drainage holes). 

Rooms with plants often feel cosier and have a more charismatic atmosphere. Good luck!


A trick that I learned from a Calarts teacher a long time ago.

I am not a fan of magic bullets when it comes to drawing, but since this method truly helps me daily, I decided to share it with you today.

There is an old saying from Calarts that says " you have about 10.000 bad drawings inside you, the faster you get them out of your system, the better"

At first I thought this was exaggerated,  and then,  I saw the sketchbooks of Dana  Terrace, who by her third year of college did 99 sketchbooks! 

You don’t need to take my word for it, see it for yourself here

Then I remembered the case of Elena and Olivia Ceballos, which by the age of 16 years old were more proficient in drawing that many graduate students that I have seen.  Seeing their volume of production on their blog, I calculated they were in about sketchbook number 15 when they were just 16, and now, they probably passed the 30 cap. 

 Usually sketchbooks have between 80 to 100 pages, which means than in average, you get 300-400 drawings done in each. By simple math one can calculate that you reach those 10K drawings by the 30th sketchbook.

So I began to number them.  Right now I am on sketchbook 20th.  The difference between sketchbook 9th and sketchbook 20 is not even believable.

So here I leave you the big secret of why I number the sketchbooks, it encourages me to draw more to reach my goal, and eases my frustration  when things don’t come out as I plan.

Oh, one thing. You really need to draw and sketch on those pages, not doodle. But I reserve that for another post.

Analyzing the theme of literature and poetry can seem a bit difficult at times, but once you break it down, it gets a lot simpler! These are just some tips I figured out while working through a massive essay writing weekend. From actually finding the theme to the writing process, these should be able to help a little bit.

(mostly, this is just what I attempt to do while flailing through work haha)

1. Read the summary first.
I know, I know, reading the summary first spoils the plot for you, but in my case, it allows me to focus on the thematic progression of the book. You are reading this book/poem/whatever it is to analyze it and write about it. Reading the summary lets you know beforehand what is going to happen and give you a little insight on why the characters or plot are being written that way.

2. Look for literary devices.
A literary device is something that a writer uses to convey their message. Similes, metaphors, and analogies are all literary devices. Oftentimes, you can look at literary devices to gain further insight on the plot. Repeated phrases can also aid you in your search. 

3. Post-it notes and sticky tabs are your friends.
When you find something interesting, note it down on a post-it note or mark it with a sticky tab. When you read, the first thought that flashes in your mind can be helpful sometimes. Passing by it can cause you to forget that thought in the first place.

4. Make a chart or a diagram.
When I have to analyze a character and/or their actions, I usually make a chart, mind map, or a diagram depicting them. I start off with their name and then list down all of their character traits and their actions. After that, I try to use the knowledge of their traits to give a reason for their actions. It’s helpful to see all of your thinking laid out, and might help you out.

5. Divide and conquer.
When you have to write your essay (well, if you have to write an essay on it, but you probably do), divide your paragraphs into an outline. That way, it’s much easier to look for the evidence in the text that you need and you can organize your writing more clearly.

6. Reread.
Sometimes, when you reread things, you start to think more in depth about what the author was trying to portray. The first time reading it through was more like an introductory part of reading, but now, you have more knowledge about the end and you can use that to help you through searching for textual evidence or whatnot. It’s like the first tip, except a little more in depth.

7. Vocabulary.
When the author uses a certain word you don’t know, look it up! Usually, an author picks their words carefully and for a reason. After all, there’s a difference between words with similar meanings such as “tired” and “fatigued.” The impression that words leave on you can also contribute to the theme.

8. Avoid summarizing the plot.
This is a pitfall to many essays and conjectures. We already know the plot of the story. What teachers want to know is how you explain the reason for the plot happening. Be careful about that!

9. Avoid using first-person pronouns.
Keep yourself out of your analysis. Using a third-person point of view to present your paper is a much more academical approach and directs the reader of your paper to the subject being presented. 

10. Be concise.
A redundant analysis is long and laborious to read through, and oftentimes, doesn’t make any sense at all. It is much better to have a few short and focused examples and sentences than to have five examples that go in circles.

11. Spelling and Grammar.
This is a “no-duh” kind of tip, but it’s really important. If you have incorrect spelling and grammar in your paper, it will mark you down for conventions, make you sound strange in your sentence structure, and look unprofessional. Please, please, please, use correct spelling and grammar rules. This includes spelling errors, wrong use of tenses, puncutation, etc.

Overall, these are just a few tips that I tend to use a lot during English class. Analyzing literature can be difficult, but if you just persevere, you can do it! Good luck!
If you have any additional tips that you think would help, don’t hesitate to message me and I’ll add it. Thanks!

picture source (creative commons licensed)

Homemade Honey Lip Scrub


-Small container

-Raw honey 3/4 tsp

-Raw Brown Sugar 1/2 tsp

-Vanilla extract a pinch

-Vitamin E 1 capsule

-Coconut Oil 1/4 tsp

Get your small container, it could be an old lip balm tub. Pour in honey, Vitamin E, Coconut Oil, and a pinch of Vanilla Extract, add Brown sugar, stir together and you have a home made lip scrub :)

How I Plan My Trips

For me, planning trips is half the fun.

I love researching on activities, booking walking tours and hotels and planning our itinerary. Especially if it’s just me and my husband, I’d rather plan my own trip rather than join a guided 7-day tour.

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about how I plan my trips (from what websites I use to how I go about the actual planning) so allow me to let you in on my little process! :p

Airfare is the most expensive ticket you’re most likely to purchase for your trip so it’s important to get the best rate. My husband and I wait for sales and travel expos.

Every February, there’s a big one that happens in SMX and that’s where we often book our flights for the year (this is where we got our super cheap London tickets last year!) We also subscribe to email alerts from airlines so that we’re updated when they have promo fares! 

Don’t forget to collect and use up your miles as well! We make sure that our miles are always updated after every flight and we use a credit card which gives you miles for every peso spent. (But sometimes, surprisingly, travel expos sales give you a better deal than if you use up your miles, so do your research!)

I know the business class photo seems ironic to use with the heading “book cheap airfare” but when we bought these tickets, they were the same price as the regular economy fares! Since business class fares are usually more than double economy rates, we decided this would be a good time to “splurge” on this little luxury to get a taste of this rare opportunity! (I plan on writing an entry about splurging on value experiences soon!)

This is the only thing about the entire planning process that I absolutely hate. Having a Philippine passport means you need to apply for a visa on so many places and sometimes they can just be soooo tedious!

Do I buy my airfare before I apply for a visa? Yup! Don’t I get scared they’d reject my application? Of course! But chances are, if you have a good travel record and you pass all your requirements diligently (and on time!) there’s no reason why they won’t grant you a visa.

TIP: Include a detailed itinerary, your roundtrip air tickets and hotel bookings when you submit your application. You need to prove you’re only there temporarily and for vacation so don’t be afraid to put in all the tourist-y things you plan to do! ;)

And now for the fun part! Time to make a rough list of all the places I wanna visit. My favorite go-to site is WikiTravel and TripAdvisor, but I don’t rely solely on them because I don’t always agree with everything they recommend (of course!) Google is my next best friend and here are some of the things I look for:

  • Did anyone I admire live here (painters, artists, musicians other notable people)? If yes, what are interesting sites to visit related to that person?
  • Events, festivals, special exhibits happening during my visit
  • Itineraries other people have made (for comparison)
  • Google “unique things to do in…” or “must-see places in…”
  • Interesting shops and stores

I’m also a geeky fanatic over my favorite TV shows and films so sometimes I also google something like “Doctor Who film locations in…” or “Movie shootings in…” Remember when I visited Storybrooke? ;)

TIP: When you list down places, take note of the fees and the opening and closing times! This will come in handy on our next step which is arranging everything!

Now it’s time to fix everything! What I usually do is arrange everything according to location; best friend = Google Maps. All the sites that are within walking distance from each other are placed on the same date. This way, I make sure I don’t waste too much time traveling from one place to another only to go back to that area the next day.

At this point, I also research on the best way to go around the area. For London for example, the Underground is the fastest and cheapest way to go so I researched on which stations I shuold go on and off on for the day’s plans. This is also where I start researching if there are 7-day travel cards or tourist pass cards that are worth buying (note: most aren’t so do your research well!)

This is also the best time to check if you’re better off using the public transportation, riding a hop-on-hop-off bus (best when you’re doing all the tourist-y sites anyway), joining a day tour (far away, remote locations) or renting a mini van (best for bigger groups).

As mentioned in #3, it’s important to take note when attractions start and end and when shops open and close. This is where I make a rough estimate of our schedule per day so you can see if everything fits or if you need to spread it out.

You can make your schedule as detailed or as loose as you want. Personally, I make them pretty detailed when I plan (I include travel time,rest time and souvenir shopping time haha) because my husband’s pretty obsessive compulsive about these things and I know he would absolutely freak if we plan to go somewhere only to find out it’s already closed for the day. 

PHEW! Sounds like a lot of work, huh? But like I said, I really enjoy planning so this is fun work for me! I know I sound like a planning freak, but trust me, during the trip itself, I never restrict myself to my planned schedule. If we take longer at a certain shop or if we see something along the way, we take the opportunity! If we end up not going to this place because we took longer at the other places, I don’t freak out! After all, that’s what travel is all about; discovering places for yourself and experiencing new things! 

But as my husband (the ever obsessive compulsive planner between us two!) would always say, planning is wise, and that’s true, especially if you only have a limited amount of time to spend at a certain place, it’s wise to plan ahead so you can maximize your time and make sure you don’t miss any of those must-do’s on your list! 

It’s cold, gray and snowing, All you can remember about the “holly-jolly” holidays are the credit card bills that are piling up. Whatever you did over the last three-day-weekend hardly seems fun enough to hold you over until your next getaway in April. Honestly, things are looking pretty bleak. You should […]

Embed Posts in a Tumblr Page:
You can’t embed a post into a Tumblr post — that would tear apart the very fabric of the Dashboard. But you can embed posts into Tumblr pages. Embeds on a page are helpful when you want text to introduce a series of posts or add a post to complement your text. When editing the page, click the <html> icon to switch to HTML view, then paste the embed code into your page.

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