because this costume makes me feel beautiful

The idea of johnlock sexual fantasies just makes me wanna die laughing. Like, John would have pretty simple, straight forward hot and heavy ones, but Sherlock’s would be these grand historic and/or scientific theatrical productions. So John would be coming in feeling ridiculous in a 17th century male dancing costume to see Sherlock, naked, stretching lupine across a ballet bar, and he would be so turned on he would just kinda forget what he was doing and be like “holy shit,” because damn his boyfriend is beautiful. And Sherlock would abruptly shatter his stupor with “Jaaaawn, that’s not your line. And for gods sake, take off your wristwatch. It’s an anachronism. And later Rosie would be just playing with her kiddie Chem set all peacefully downstairs and all of a sudden hear her daddy whining- "That’s not how you pronounce grand jeté. You’re butchering the French language! Didn’t you read the pronunciation notes at the back of the script??!!!”

I Choose You (Michael Clifford)

You and your friend walked into the frat house, surprised by all the people you saw. You knew there would be a lot of people there, of course – it was the most well-known frat on campus with the craziest parties – but you thought you got there early. Regardless, you looked around, both of you giggling at how silly some of the frat guys’ costumes looked, making you sure that they had to have either lost a bet or agreed that every single guy in the house would wearing something embarrassing.

About half an hour passed – your friend had since left you to go find her boyfriend, so you were left to your own devices. You weren’t really doing much else other than keeping your drink securely in your hand the entire time, not wanting to take any chances.

“Hey, Ash Ketchum!” you heard someone shout from behind you, making you turn since you were dressed as the character. “You know how to play beer pong?” the frat guy asked. You nodded and he motioned for you to come over. “Come be Pikachu’s partner,” he said. 

It wasn’t until then that you’d even noticed someone else was dressed in a Pokemon-related costume, but it was clear once you saw him that it was meant to be an embarrassment – there was no way anyone would willingly sport a child-sized costume at one of the biggest parties of the year. You couldn’t help but snort softly, taking the last sip of your drink and throwing it into the trashcan before going over to the table.

“Nice costume, Pikachu,” you said, stopping beside the blonde boy. His eyes widened and he blushed the brightest shade of red you’d ever seen.

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Hey ToppKlass, have you changed?

I’m curious (as a multifandom whore), do you find that stanning Topp Dogg has changed your perception of other groups? For example, at first I lost respect for groups that lose members because I thought it was tacky and unorganized but seeing what the first three that left went through gave me a whole new understanding of what entertainment companies do to their idols and trainees.


Kidoh’s drama made me realized idols are not infallible.

They’re humans with personalities that are often hidden from their fans. He made me realize that I can’t see idols as shining beacons of perfection and accept that they’re individuals who won’t always share my ideals. 
I realized it’s ok to stop supporting an idol, it’s not like you’re betraying them. I also realized that it’s ok for others to continue to support that idol because everyone is different with different opinions and sharing/respecting those opinions helps us evolve as people.

I’ve became extremely protective of rookie and underrated groups.
I’ve read horror stories of trainees going through hell just to debut and even if I don’t like that groups music, I want to see those people achieve their goal and feel it was worth while. I just want to see all these random Koreans that I’ll probably never meet be happy because I have a deep respect of how hard they work. 

I’VE FALLEN IN LOVE WITH THIGHS.
I NEVER LOOKED AT MENS THIGHS BEFORE BUT THEN THE WIZARDS IN SKINNY JEANS INTRODUCED ME TO A WHOLE NEW WORLD OF THICK, HEALTHY LEGS GAHDAMN.

I now LOVE the idea of men wearing make up, crop tops and skirts.
I’ve always been quietly feminist but seeing these guys break gender roles is making me voice my opinions louder and louder to support them. I know Korean beauty standards are strict but I have many male friends that I cosplay with and they relish getting into costume because they love how they look in make up. They feel too ashamed to wear it any other time and I hate that. Make up is like warpaint! Everyone should feel comfortable wearing it.

I’ve lost my overly negative opinions towards plastic surgery. 
I’m still not too into it (I think small eyes and monolids are beautiful) but I no longer judge idols that have work done. Lets face it, many of our boys would have had work done. It’s completely normal over there and not something fans should feel the need to aggressively deny. Hansol has probably had lip fillers, Hojoon appears to have had eye widening surgery, ATom was probably forced into having work done by ChoPD because he was the pretty boy archetype and Xeros nose looks thinner then it used to be and PGoon trained for 7 years so he was likely had cosmetic surgery.
And that’s ok. Because that’s how life is in Korea. Plastic surgery is the norm over there and an idol having surgery done isn’t the end of the world.

I’ve come to love seeing idols interact. 
They’ve all suffered to get where they are so seeing sunbaenims treating rookies like friends makes me smile because they’re showing a sense of camaraderie. I would do anything to see Topp Dogg meet Seventeen! 22 talented, sweet as hell boys get up to as many shenanigans as they can.

The negative thing I’ve realized however is that… We international fans aren't really that important.
If Topp Dogg did a world tour right now it would be the end of them because they haven’t established themselves in Korea properly. Their Europeon tour was a joke and led to Stardoms bankruptcy. It’s the reason they were unable to promote properly and it ruined their rookie momentum. Remember that they won rookie of the year, not BTS.
Also, how are our boys doing on Naver? I have no idea, I can read Hangul but I can’t translate it. 

Another negative… I bloody hate the big fandoms.
Like… geez. They’re so self obsessed it’s ridiculous. ‘ARMY/EXO-L here to show support for TD!’ That’s sweet and I know they mean well but watching a video of group that you don’t stan doesn’t make you special. Being mutilfandom doesn’t make you special. If you’re the kind of person that stans a single group and wonders out into youtubes recommended on occasion, you’re not special, you’re closed minded.That being said, I do like seeing things like 'Here to support more groups hit by the 2013 curse!’ or 'Starlight here to show Nakta that we still love him’. But just saying 'army here to show support’ is like they feel like they’re blessing us with their presence.

Ok, I’m done ranting. I’d love to hear what others think! Even if you disagree with me, you’ll ]be starting a conversation. And who knows, you might even change my own opinions.     

anonymous asked:

i just saw your share about the site bad cosplay, so i wnet on there and looked at the bad blog and i saw a picture of one of my cosplays. I threw away all my cosplays and im not doing it again. no more. im crying and i cant stop.... i fifnt know it was that horriable.

Dear Anon,
WIPE YOUR BEAUTIFUL EYES, GO GET THOSE AMAZING COSPLAYS OUT OF THE GARBAGE, AND NEVER LET THOSE PATHETIC, ASININE TURDS GET TO YOU!
I also looked through that blog… twice. I had to look at that horrendous  blog to even get my brain around that someone could actually be that ignorant. Every, let me repeat that, EVERY cosplay on that blog was beautiful, amazing, and inspiring.
Cosplay is not here for people to judge, harass, and make people feel like a pile of crap just because they aren’t perfect!
Lets look up what Cosplay means.
1- the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game, especially one from the Japanese genres of manga and anime.
-  Google’s definition

2-  Literally “Costume Play.” Dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character (usually a sci-fi, comic book, or anime character).
- Urban Dictionary

3-  Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure), short for “costume play”, is a hobby in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a unique name. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.
- Wikipedia

Did you see where it says it has to be perfect? No! Cosplay is something for you to express yourself, have fun, meet people, be awesome, freak normal people out sitting in a restaurant dressed as the Undertaker from Black butler, and to be part of the Cosplay family. I am not and will not loose a member of my cosplay family because of this atrocious blog. If you look at their responses they even admitted they just like the rise out of people. That is all these 15 year old losers are doing, and hurting peoples feeling on top of it. 

Cosplay is hard! I think every cosplayer in our big family would agree. Don’t let those wicked 15 year olds bother you! Like I said before I saw every single picture that was on there, and didn’t see one , NOT ONE, ugly cosplay. So you get those cosplays out and rock them. Never let someone ruin your fun , because all they know how to do is be assholes.
Once again, I am pleading, begging, in need for you to stay in cosplay! Don’t quit, Stay your beautiful self, and remember I love you and I am always here for you and anyone else that needs to talk.
Love,
Fandom-Obsessed-Things

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Croft Couture #37: Chloé

The Tomb Raider community is full of talented artists, entertainers, and phenomenal cosplay talent. “Croft Couture” aims to showcase these dedicated fans, and give Lara costumers a spot to share their experiences while paying tribute to gaming’s leading lady.

A long time fan of Tomb Raider, Chloé’s costumes span many of Lara’s adventures. Chloé draws inspiration to cosplay from Lara’s strength of character, reflected in her adventurous photo shoots. Check out her photos above and learn more about why Lara inspires her and other Q&A bits below!

Fast Stats

  • Name:  Chloé Keith
  • Country:  France
  • Occupation: Receptionist & Model
  • Fan Since: 2000
  • Favorite Tomb Raider Game: Underworld
  • Favorite Tomb Raider Character (Non-Lara) : Zip & Alister
  • Favorite Tomb Raider Villain: Amanda
  • First Lara Croft Cosplay: Angel of Darkness
  • Favorite Lara Croft Cosplay: Underworld 
  • Number of Lara Croft Cosplays: Angel of Darkness, Classic, Anniversary, Underworld, Reboot, Temple of Osiris
  • Future Lara Croft Cosplay: Underworld

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I HATE DISNEY
  • they remake old movies and im like ugh not again
  • AND THEN CONTINUE TO SLAY ME WITH FEELS EVEN THOUGH I KNOW THE STORY ALREADY
  • THEY MAKE ME CRY WITHIN THE FIRST 5 MINUTES OF THE MOVIE
  • AND DON’T LET ME STOP CRYING UNTIL IM CURLED UP IN BED
  • THEY CREATE FLAWLESS MAJESTIC COSTUMES THAT I WILL NEVER GET TO WEAR
  • THEY CREATE RIDICULOUS OSTENTATIOUS SETS THAT MAKE ME WANT TO ROB A BANK SO I CAN LIVE IN A PLACE LIKE THAT
  • THEY WRITE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL DIALOGUE BETWEEN CHARACTERS THAT MAKES ME WANT TO STAB MY EYES OUT BECAUSE INSTEAD OF A BOY ASKING ME “CAN I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF THIS DANCE” I GET “YO GIRL LEMME GRIND UP ON YOU.”
  • THEY GIVE ME EXTREMELY UNREALISTIC EXPECTATIONS ABOUT MEN
  • THEY CREATE BEAUTIFUL MASTERPIECES THAT I WILL NOW OBSESS OVER FOR 500 YEARS AND I REALLY DID NOT HAVE ROOM FOR ANOTHER OBSESSION IN MY LIFE
  • IN CONCLUSION I HATE LOVE DISNEY AND AM ABSOLUTE TRASH

#reclaimthebindi

That’s what we’ve been doing this past week, right? If you follow me, you’ve probably seen me reblogging a ton of beautiful South Asian women with bindis on their forehead, appreciating our shared culture throughout the diaspora. But (for once) you didn’t see me posting selfies and promoting this myself. 

The truth is, I was incredibly uncomfortable with posting a picture of myself wearing a bindi and mehndi because it felt like I was making a costume out of my own culture, somehow. I know how ridiculous this sounds, but the truth is, I’m not just Indian. I was born and brought up in America, and no matter how brown I feel most of the time, there is a part of me that will always feel like a white girl playing dress-up. 

This is coming from a girl who has done the following:

  • Taken Jainism classes for over 10 years of her life. I’m a devout Jain and have taken multiple pilgrimages. I believe in Jainism and what it stands for and I explain and defend it whenever someone questions me about my faith.
  • Memorized every line of the following movies: Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Dil To Pagal Hai, Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham, Jodhaa Akbar, and others.
  • Learned to play the keyboard. Not in the European classical tradition or a modern tradition, but the Indian classical tradition with Aavroh-Aroh-Pakad and Taal and Sthayis and Antros.
  • Learned to sing in the same tradition. I learned to sing Raags like Malkaunse and Bhopali when my peers were learning Ave Maria. 
  • Danced. For about 16 years, I performed to Bollywood songs at an annual Diwali party and when I wanted to do more, I chose to study Kathak instead of jazz. I could have auditioned for the school plays but I stuck with learning how to hit my chakars on beat. Come college, I realized I needed dance in my life and auditioned for Raas and Bollywood teams when I could have chosen an alternative. (And yes, I made a Bollywood team and I absolutely love being a part of it!)
  • Written. For pretty much every research paper I’ve been assigned that has had somewhat of an open topic, I’ve fit the assignment to the research I’ve been interested in. Which has been India and Indian identity. Last year, I researched the causes of the partition between India and Pakistan. Another year, I compared the Jain Ramayan to the Hindu version. This year, I’m trying to put Marxism into a Jain perspective. Every chance I’ve had, I’ve taken to fit my western education into an Indian perspective.

So pretty much every chance I’ve had in my life, I’ve chosen to take the more Desi path. But for some reason, I never questioned these decisions in my life. I never looked back and realized that everything on that list was a choice I made because it was just obvious that I should take that path. Those events never added up to me being completely and wholly Indian, and I felt uncomfortable participating because of it. 

A few things happened that led to me finally posting this and writing about this. One was that I actually found myself wearing a bindi. I’d never really worn bindis before, aside from performances. But this past weekend, I was getting ready for my cousin’s wedding when my mom handed me the packet of bindis and all of a sudden, the choice was once again mine to make. Indian or American? 

Earlier that day, I was complaining about how my skin color changed after four days of the sun being out. I had just found the perfect foundation and my makeup was going to be ruined by my darker complexion. Why couldn’t I have skin that stayed the same throughout the year and an accent with my parents that my friends wouldn’t make fun of and a freaking safety pin that will go through all the pleats of this sari?

I didn’t end up wearing the sari because it was really far too difficult to wear. I went with the easier choice of a churidaar and continued getting ready.

But that’s the thing, isn’t it? It’s the easy choice to opt out of Reclaim the Bindi week because you’re suddenly not brown enough to do so. It’s easy to encourage others to do what you’re afraid of doing yourself. I knew that the only person who felt fraudulent about me posting this selfie was myself. 

The bindis stayed in my purse for half the night.

Aside from that, I was really enjoying myself. The baraat was too much fun and the vidhi was beautiful. The reception had just started and I was having fun dancing the night away with my family. 

In that moment, I really did feel Desi. I guess going to a wedding will do that to you, but I felt Desi and I felt confident. So I said to myself, ‘Why not?’ It would only make me feel more beautiful and in touch with a side of myself I already loved.

So I went to the restroom and, with my henna-coated hands, put on the bindi.

And nothing else had changed. The party was still in full swing, the newlyweds were being lifted off the floor in celebration, and I just wanted to keep dancing. In fact, when I was in the bathroom, one of my favorite songs was playing and I was more upset about missing out on some quality jamming than I was nervous about wearing my heritage on my skin.

It was a good moment. It was a good night, really, and when I got home I felt beautiful and had to take this selfie. And tonight I have to post this because I know there’s some other girl out there with a name her teachers can’t pronounce and a passion her non-Indian friends don’t understand. Because there’s some other NRI or member of the diaspora who feels like they haven’t gotten the right to wear the clothes their heritage entitles them to. I have to post it because when I saw that picture of Kylie Jenner wearing makeup that looked like that of an Indian bride at Coachella, I felt just a little bit of rage. She had not gone through what I went through just to wear a single little bindi on her forehead. She has never felt like she was lesser because she wasn’t Indian enough and wasn’t American enough at the same time. She never had a girl ask her if she was diseased when she came from India with henna on her hands in first grade. Girls didn’t run away from her as if she was a monster after that because they didn’t understand what mehndi is and what it means to our culture. I have to post it because somewhere in the world, there are girls following the footsteps of their white sisters, copying cultures that aren’t their own after making fun of it all their lives. And then there are girls just like me, wondering if their identity will ever be enough, will ever give them a right to the things that were theirs to begin with.

themeaningofnight  asked:

What is your favorite costume you've designed to date? Hope you and your main man have an awesome day 😁

Definitely the costume I made earlier this year for Bonny Lass from Knotty Nauticals. I finally posted pictures of it tonight on my costuming page, but it’s definitely been my favorite project all year. She used to wear different Moresca half-bodices (showing off her stomach), but she’s had 2 kids and was tired of patrons coming up to her and saying things like “OMG, I have that SAME bodice!” Moresca is beautiful, but basically off-the rack consistency. She wanted something new and unique. 

She sent me this inspiration pic: 

And I came up with this sketch and suggested silver and black instead of gold because that’s was the color scheme they were already using for the show:

And then I made her this: 

As well as a non-visible pair of fluffy red bloomers (’cause she’s a tight-rope walker). 

But it’s my favorite because it makes her feel like this: 

They were our stagemates this year at CRF and she couldn’t stop saying how in love with her costume she was. She said it makes her feel beautiful. And that is the absolute goal. I made her a custom lace pattern for the bodice and coat so the fabric is completely unique. Even if the shape is replicatable, the lace pattern was made of 3 laces from a mom and pop fabric store. You may get something similar, but not exact. it’s custom. And it makes her happy.

So it’s my favorite. :)  

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Molly Ringwald: Pretty In Pink (1986)–The Breakfast Club (1985)–Sixteen Candles (1984) by John Hughes

When I think of classic movies John Hughes films always pop up into my mind way before those like Singing In The Rain or Casablanca. Not only because of their quirky feel or iconic character moments but because I can still relate to them, even in 2014. Molly Ringwald was a beauty, but she was a beauty you felt equal too.Often times we have these stunning starts that feel out of reach. When I was younger she made me feel beautiful because she felt like “the girl next door” or someone I could understandably imitate.

The make up is quite simple and a red wing would not hurt but the costume is where you can have some fun. Dig in your mom’s closet or take a trip to the thrift store to find some of these 80’s inspired looks. I had a friend who dressed up in the Sixteen Candles look and she wore a birthday button for those who are turing 16 and people made the connection! 

this is the last halloween series post so reblog sets 1-5 for a change to win my giveaway! MBF for entry!

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