parisian scene

Okay but dont even try and tell me Marinette “massive gamer who sews her own clothes” Dupain-Cheng isn’t into cosplay.

Like, as someone who is also trapped in video game hell and is fairly active in the cosplay community, I know homegirl must be cranking out a costume or two. 

I bet she started small. Halloween. Costume parties. Contests at local comic shops/video game retailers. But then the virus took ahold and suddenly she’s up till two am debating whether or not to prostitute herself to afford worbla. 

(We’ve all been there, amiright?) 

Of course best friend Alya eventually gets roped in, then she’s obsessed too. Next it’s Nino, who brings Adrien along for the ride and before anyone knows it they’re fairly popular on the Parisian con scene for their epic group cosplays. 

Weekends turn into twelve hour cosplay production hangouts, with pizza and sobbing and heat gun burns for days. The group starts off working in Marinette’s room but she only has so much space, so Adrien suggests they move to his house because “well… my father has like a dozen sewing machines just sitting around and my room is pretty huge…”

(Gabe almost doesn’t allow it, but after Adrien begs explains that he and his friends are designing, suddenly “asshole dad” is now “patron-of-the-arts dad”, who expresses his love through unlimited access to his fabric and notations stockpile.)

Marinette is obviously at the forefront of actual costume construction, since she does about 90% of the sewing, but Nino proves himself surprisingly capable at hemming/basting/basic seaming. He’s also in charge of all electrical work, like EL lighting and speaker hookup. Alya’s a wig pro, having wrangled with a lace-front or two in her time, and runs the group’s social media accounts. Adrien is the resident makeup artist for obvious reasons, but is also learning various cosplay skills like resin casting, fiberglassing, and latex prosthetic crafting. Basically, he handles all the props.

And now, here are my head canons for some of their group cosplays. 

(Mostly from video games, because im gamer trash.)

Dragon Age 2:

Marinette- Merril (Possibly Fem! Hawke, but I like the idea of them being the romances.)

Alya- Isabela (Im double gay for this.)

Adrien- Anders (pretty blondes who love cats and explosions, anyone?)

Nino- Fenris (p sure I just want to see him find a way to make his tattoos glow.)

Lol they get Chloe to be Knight Commander Meredith. 

Assassins Creed:

Marinette- Shao Jun (honestly, justice for the Chinese brotherhood.)

Alya- Aveline De Grandpre (assassin or lady outfit, it matters not.)

Adrien- either Edward Kenway (sings sea shanties the ENTIRE CON) or Leonardo Di Vinci.

Nino- either Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad (Marinette tells him he has to cut his finger off for it to be true cosplay)  or Ezio Auditori (IMAGNE THE HOMOEROTIC BROHOOD BETWEEN HIM AN LEONARDO ADRIEN).

Avatar, The Last Airbender:

Marinette- Toph (she’d make the cutest Toph don’t LOOK AT ME)

Alya- Katara (complete with waterbending scarves)

Adrien- Aang (Marinette almost has a heart attack when he mentions actually shaving his head)

Nino- Sokka (he has a stuffed Momo on his shoulder)


Marinette- Hana Song/ Mechless D. Va (lmao or what if she was WIDOWMAKER, would Adrien aka I die or WHAT?)

Alya- Pharah (im talking full armor too, it would be a labor of love)

Adrien- Would try and be Genji but give up after realizing how difficult a costume that would be. Is Junkrat instead. 


Also, please imagine everyone begging Marinette and Adrien to do a Ladybug and Chat Noir cosplay and them just making up every excuse under the sun as to why they cant.

Classic Movies Trivia

Gone With Wind : At nearly four hours long, this is the longest running of all movies to win the Best Picture Academy Award.

- Vivien Leigh later said that she hated kissing Clark Gable because of his bad breath, probably caused by his false teeth, a result of excessive smoking.

- Three of the four principal actors–Leslie Howard, Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable–died at relatively young ages. Olivia de Havilland outlived them all by at least 40 years and is the only one who remains alive (as of 2014). Ironically, her character is the only one who dies in the film.

Casablanca: “Here’s looking at you, kid” was improvised by Humphrey Bogart in the Parisian scenes and worked so well that it was used later on again in the film.

- Humphrey Bogart’s wife Mayo Methot continually accused him of having an affair with Ingrid Bergman, often confronting him in his dressing room before a shot. Bogart would come onto the set in a rage. In fact, despite the undeniable on-screen chemistry between Bogart and Bergman, they hardly spoke.

Rebel Without a Cause : T-shirt sales soared after James Dean wore one in this film.

- The opening scene in the movie with Jim Stark and the toy monkey was improvised by James Dean after the production had been shooting for nearly 24 hours straight. He asked Nicholas Ray to roll the camera, that he wanted to do something. Ray obliged and the improvisation went on to become the famous opening scene.

- The film was originally going to contain a kiss between James Dean and Sal Mineo.

Singin’ in the Rain : Gene Kelly insulted Debbie Reynolds for not being able to dance. Fred Astaire, who was hanging around the studio, found her crying under a piano and helped her with her dancing.

- The “Singing in the Rain” number took all day to set up –and Gene Kelly was very ill (some say with a fever over 101).the director was ready to send him home. He ad-libbed most of it and it only took one take - which is what you see on film.

Wizard of Oz :  Judy Garland had to wear a painful corset-style device around her torso so that she would appear younger and flat-chested.

- A recent study claimed that this is the most watched movie in film history, largely due to the number of television screenings each year as well as the various video/DVD releases, which have enabled children of every generation to see it.

- The ruby slippers were silver (like in the book) until MGM chief Louis B. Mayer realized that the Technicolor production would benefit from the slippers being colored.

Breakfast At Tiffanys : Although not visible on camera, hundreds of onlookers watched Audrey Hepburn’s window-shopping scene at the start of the film. This made her nervous and she kept making mistakes. It wasn’t until a crew member nearly got electrocuted behind the camera that she pulled herself together and finished the scene.

- Holly’s whistle when she hails a cab for Paul was actually dubbed in. Audrey Hepburn attempted to learn how to whistle with two fingers, but could never produce the desired sound.

-  Hepburn was very self-conscious of her performance while Capote was on set as she felt inadequate as the Holly he had envisioned.

A Streetcar Named Desire : Fitted t-shirts could not be bought at the time, so Marlon Brando’s apparel had to be washed several times and then the back stitched up, to appear tightly over the actor’s chest.

- There was some bad blood between Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando at the beginning of the shoot, but these conflicts had nothing to do with acting style. Brando was simply annoyed at Leigh’s typically British manners and stuffiness. The two acting giants eventually became friends as the shoot progressed.

A meditation of some local cafés

A coffee shop called Café Talk in Cebu City, Philippines is one of the newest café chains in town. There are two branches of the café, each of which is designed to render a specific ambiance.

One might reminisce those times when Ernest Hemingway dropped by Parisian cafes, one after the other, having artsy talks with his literary fellows Ford Madox Ford, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein and Jean Rhys. Now, imagine a place that makes you wonder about those, a coffee shop that is both Parisian in design and in inspiration.

(Photo by Nics)

The branch in Banilad, Cebu is Parisian street scene inspired. It features genuine Parisian ambiance and cozy bookshelves topped with an overall friendly atmosphere.

A variation of the café sits in a business park in Cebu offers a classy-looking motif, a book buffet wherein one can have literary events like novel and poetry reading.

(Photo via BookBed)

You could just be so productive in these sort of cafés! You might wonder why these places make you feel just doing things and finishing them. What is the science behind these pleasant cafés?

When you ask yourself that question, just think about why writers love to stay in.

a parisian scene.

this is the cover to a jigsaw puzzle i used to work on as i was growing up. the square box doesn’t show it, but there are two large, leafy trees that flank the scene, a bicyclist in the foreground, & planter-box-lined window sills above the brasserie. other puzzles would come & go but this was the one i loved to return to, as one might return to a favorite book or film. the illustration is quite irresistible, no?


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