The Search for the Perfect Winter Soldier Hoodie

Several months ago, I was sitting in my best friend’s parents house. Captain America: Winter Soldier had just recently come out, and my bestie and I were talking about the movie. Suddenly, she drops a BOMB on me (okay, it wasn’t that dramatic). When I started fangirling over Bucky/Winter Soldier,  she essentially responded like this:

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She just didn’t understand how I could care or fangirl over Bucky when Captain America and his Dorito-shaped body were in the same universe. Meanwhile I couldn’t believe how she didn’t love Bucky. I mean, it’s not that I don’t like Cap. I love Cap, I’m unabashedly #TeamCap, and I’ve made the pilgrimage to my local Yankee Candle to check out his candle. But I can’t help it. I love Cap, but I’m a Bucky girl. Maybe it’s because I share his love of red and black, or maybe it’s because we both have a tough time with nailing that smoky eye look…

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…whatever it is, he’s my fave, and I’m the type of chick who likes to get swag based on her faves. My extensive collection of Jordandene shirts alone will prove that. While I’ve got a Jordandene tank that has a red star and reads, “I’m with you till the end of the line”, I really wanted to get a Winter Soldier hoodie. You know, a cool-looking hoodie with a silver (or gray) arm that had a red star on the shoulder. Something badass-looking like my Her Universe Black Widow jacket. But in all of my searching, I couldn’t find anything. So I’m left with only one choice: I have to make my own Winter Soldier hoodie. I found a solid tutorial on DeviantArt from Unicat Studio. What is great about this tutorial is that one, the author recognizes that some of us might be terrible at sewing, and that it’s okay. But even better, there are tiers for how complex you want to make your hoodie. Here’s the easy, Level One version of the Winter Soldier hoodie:

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Not too bad, right? I feel like this might be the perfect way for me to get my feet wet creating my own everyday cosplay wear (for you ambitious folk, here’s the link again for Unicat Studio’s full tutorial). Since I’m leaning heavily towards wearing outfits around my Jordandene shirts this year at Denver Comic Con, having a hoodie like this would go perfectly with my Till the End of the Line shirt.

What do you think of this tutorial? Have you ever tried to make your own fandom-wear? What tips or tricks do you have for me? Have you seen a Winter Soldier hoodie tutorial that you like more than the one I posted? Tell me about it in the comments! 

Everyday Cosplay: Louise Belcher

I love Bob’s Burgers. It’s one of my favorite shows on television, and it’s my go-to show if I need a pick me up after a bad day. While I love just about every character on that show, one of my favorite characters is Louise.

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She’s hysterical. She’s sarcastic. She’s clever. She’s a little evil. And to top it off, she’s voiced by the hilarious Kristen Schaal. So as I’m still noodling over what outfits I want to wear to Denver Comic Con this year, I got the idea of this low-key everyday cosplay as a tribute to my one of my favorite Belchers. It’s perfect for wearing to a summer convention!

Everyday Louise Belcher

 

 

Obviously, the look includes a ring that doubles as your bunny ears and a weapon–just like Louise would want–and I’ve included a hoodie to the look for maximum comfort when you’re inside a highly air-conditioned room or if some stupid boy steals your bunny ears.

Who is your favorite Belcher? Why do you love them? Let me know in the comments! 

Denver Comic Con 2016:THE OUTFITS

Denver Comic Con is getting closer everyday, so that means it’s time to start thinking about what I’m going to wear. Since I go as press–and because sewing is my bane–I like to go to DCC in everyday cosplay. For last year’s convention, I ended up choosing to dress in Heisenberg everyday cosplay and Scarlet Witch everyday cosplay (I had big plans for doing Black Widow everyday cosplay, but that didn’t work out). So while I’ve got loads of other everyday cosplay outfits set up that I’ve done here on the blog and on Geek & Sundry, I wanted to create a couple of other options to potentially join my outfit lineup for Denver Comic Con 2016. Here they are:

Everyday Low-Key Hamilton Trash

Okay, so this is technically more of just an outfit, but I love this top that I got from Jordandene, and so I had to create an outfit to go around it. I’ve done Hamilton everyday cosplay before, but this shirt is too cute to not wear to big events like DCC.

Everyday Low-Key Hamilton Trash

 

Everyday Melisandre

You will have to provide your own 400 year-old body if you really want your everyday cosplay to be authentic.

…probably real fire, too, not just fire-inspired jewelry, though I don’t recommend that. You do you though.

Everyday Melisandre

 

Everyday Jenny Flint

I’ve been obsessed with this outfit since the moment I saw this episode. I just love the leather and lace Victorian superhero outfit look. Green ring for Jenny’s Silurian wife, Vastra, obvs.

Everyday Jenny Flint

 

Everyday Rey

Hot Topic and Her Universe just released their limited edition Force Awakens clothing line, and one of my favorite pieces (though there were many) was the Rey sweater. I don’t know what Rey has against proper sleeves, but I like her style.

Everyday Rey Cosplay

 

Snape-Ricot

Are you going to Denver Comic Con this year (buy tickets here)? With guests like Stan Lee, Jenna Coleman, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Karl Urban, Clark Gregg, and more this year’s convention is going to be GREAT. Let me know if you are going. I’d love to say hi! Even if you can’t go to the convention and you’re in the Denver area, be sure to hit up the 2016 convention beer launch for this year’s brew, Snape-ricot, at Breckinridge Brewery on Lincoln Street!  I love that this year’s convention brew is honoring the late Alan Rickman, and it sounds like it will be a pretty tasty beer! If you want to attend, there’s no charge to get in, the first 200 people to order the con beer get a special pint glass for free, and the artist behind the AMAZING Snape-Ricot pint glass artwork, Frankie Serna, will be there to sign your glass. And, of course, there will also be some awesome music by the Gin Doctors and Red 5.

What do you think of these looks? Do you have any suggestions of everyday cosplays I should try to Denver Comic Con? Are you dressing up for a convention this year? Tell me about all your convention plans in the comments! 

Everyday Cosplay: Ygritte and Jon Snow

One of my favorite couples on Game of Thrones was Ygritte the Wilding and Jon Snow, a member of the Night’s Watch. I loved those two so much together. I mean, look at these two adorable kiddos (caution, spoilers after the gif):

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There chemistry is electric whenever the two are onscreen (I guess they’re actually dating IRL again, which makes me happy). Even in the Game of Thrones musical, the parts that had these two were some of my favorites (SERIOUSLY. Spoilers are coming. Last chance to leave).

So naturally, I was simply heartbroken when Ygritte was killed. And now that Jon Snow may also be dead too (I’m 99% sure he is), I just had to commemorate two of my faves from Game of Thrones with some everyday cosplay. Plus, it’s been snowing like crazy where I live (we get April snow showers here), so I’m feeling the cold weather vibes.

Everyday Ygritte

 

You’ll notice I included a “you know nothing, Jon Snow” tank with Ygritte’s look. Even though it’s a bit meta, I am 100% confident that if those tanks were a thing beyond the wall, Ygritte would wear one every damn day. 

Everyday Jon Snow

 

Obviously this look includes a cell phone cover with question marks. You know, because Jon Snow knows nothing? 

Who is your favorite couple from Game of Thrones? How about your favorite character? Do you think Jon Snow is dead or not? Let me know what you think in the comments! 

 

Everyday Cosplay: Ashildr/Me

I was so excited about Maisie Williams’ role on Doctor Who as Ashildr (who prefers to go by “Me” later in her life). Her story was fascinating, heartbreaking, and the end of it had me hoping that she’d get her own spin-off (no spoilers here). While that isn’t likely to happen, I still LOVE her..though I have to admit, I wasn’t a huge fan of her style for much of her story line.

Then, in what was likely the last time we’ll ever see Ashildr on our Whovian screens, she wore this outfit.

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Seriously, I LOVE this outfit and this character SO MUCH. So, to pay homage to one of my Whovian faves, I decided I’d focus my everyday cosplay look on her for the day. Check it out:

Everyday Ashildr/Me

 

 

What did you think of Ashlidr? Do you think we’ll see her again, despite what Maisie herself has said (I mean, we saw Sarah Jane again, we can see Ashildr again, right?). Let me know what you think in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Kilgrave

Yesterday an article I wrote for Geek & Sundry went live where I speculated on what could be next for Jessica Jones in season 2. Because of that, my mind has been on Jessica Jones a lot lately.Since I’ve already done an everyday cosplay look for Jessica over at Geek & Sundry, I decided to make an everyday cosplay look for someone else who’s had their mind on Jessica Jones a lot: Kilgrave.

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Shout out to the show for making a gif of David Tennant saying “I love you” creepy…

Kilgrave is a SUPER scary villain, and one of the things that made him the most creepy to me was the fact that he was WEARING THE TENTH DOCTOR’S FACE.

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Save it, Ten…

Watching David Tennant use his “Doctor voice” (which, let’s be honest, is just an English accent) and use his gorgeous face to play the most evil villain out there was hella unsettling. But I think that’s what made him such an interesting villain to watch. Fan of Doctor Who or not, you’ve got to admit that David Tennant is kind of a gorgeous man, and he’s got some serious puppy dog eyes. He’s got a face that makes you want to trust him, even though Kilgrave is a complete, evil nutter under that sweet smile. So I wanted to create an everyday cosplay outfit that was equally as sweet and unassuming. You can decide how evil you want to be when you wear it.

Everyday Kilgrave

 

 

Was it creepy for you to watch David Tennant play an evil mastermind like Kilgrave, or did it not bother you? What are you excited to see in season 2 of Jessica Jones? Let’s talk Jessica Jones in the comments! 

Hamilton Everyday Cosplay

How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence impoverished, in squalor grow up to…have random geek girl bloggers obsessed and create outfits based on them?

Seriously though. Can we just talk about the musical Hamilton? I haven’t been this obsessed with a new Broadway musical that I likely won’t be able to actually see for years since my theatre teacher first played me the Wicked soundtrack in high school.

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Image credit: CaliAli16/DeviantArt.com

The fact that Lin-Manuel Miranda read a biography about Alexander Hamilton and was all, “Yeah, I’m going to make a hip-hop musical about this guy’s life. Totally.” I mean, listen to him explain it at the White House Poetry Jam. His conviction is so true, and after hearing him talk about it I felt like the moron for not immediately considering Alexander Hamilton a gangsta.

If you haven’t heard the soundtrack, do it now. It’s incredibly creative, and one of the most fun Broadway soundtracks I’ve heard in some time. While the show is sold out indefinitely, the cast still does little performances for the show’s lottery (#Ham4Ham). They’re digital over the winter (which means those of us outside of NYC can watch on their YouTube channel), but usually the shows are done right outside the theatre. For instance, the three King Georges #Ham4Ham as the Schuyler Sisters:

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This show is kind of a phenomenon, and the show’s popularity has only grown since they featured Hamilton’s opening number (aptly titled “Alexander Hamilton”) on this year’s Grammy’s. Since it’s completely captivated me and most of the populace, I thought it only right to create some everyday cosplay outfits based on four of the characters from Alexander Hamilton: Alexander (obvs), Aaron Burr, and Eliza and Angelica Schuyler. Check it out:

Alexander Hamilton

I mean, of course I had to incorporate the American flag since he’s just like his country, he’s young, scrappy, and hungry.

Everyday Alexander Hamilton

 

Eliza Schuyler-Hamliton

Like I said, I haven’t seen this show yet, but listening to the soundtrack prompted me to learn more about Eliza. She was kind of an awesome woman. Seriously. Don’t just dress like the fictitious Broadway version of her, read about her, too.

Everyday Eliza Schuyler-Hamilton

 

Angelica Schuyler

Eliza was absolutely amazing, but Angelica was also a fascinating woman, and crazy smart, too. I haven’t read up on Angelica as much as I’d like, but I do know that Renée Elise Goldsberry is an amazing actress and singer. Seriously, her songs are some of my favorite in the entire show.

Everyday Angelica Schuyler

 

Aaron Burr

I decided to go with a bit more of a boho look for Aaron Burr, and since he’s technically “the villain in my history” I gave him a black hat. And a gun necklace. Because I’m awful.

Everyday Aaron Burr

 

 

Have you gotten to see Hamilton live? Are you like me and obsessed with the soundtrack, eagerly awaiting the national tour announcement? What is your favorite song in the musical? Let me know in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Slytherin

With my recent re-sorting into Slytherin, I decided that I needed to update the last Harry Potter-themed everyday cosplay I did a while back to reflect my proper house. While my Gryffindor everyday cosplay was a bit brighter and more colorful, I felt like a Slytherin would keep their look a bit more sleek with some pops of the house color. Check it out:

 

Everyday Slytherin

 

 

What house are you? How do you show your house pride in your everyday outfits? Are you going to be doing any Harry Potter cosplay/everyday cosplay this convention season? Let me know in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Link

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I’ve mentioned before how I recently started playing Zelda: The Ocarina of Time for the first time as an adult. Loads of people have told me how great the game was, and how it was a staple of their childhood. I wasn’t sure how I’d come to it myself, not having grown up playing the game. Unsurprisingly, I loved it, even though I didn’t grow up playing the game. It’s a ton of fun and I love how it feels like a giant puzzle to solve. Maybe the game doesn’t have nostalgic ties for me, but I’m loving the game all the same. With that in mind, and with con season coming up, I decided to expand my normal everyday cosplay horizons outside of movie and TV characters and bring in a video game-inspired everyday cosplay with this Link inspired look. Take a peek:

 

Everyday Link

 

 

What is your favorite video game from your childhood? Have you started playing a classic game as an adult? What was that experience like? Let me know in the comments!

Everyday Cosplay: Bombshell Wonder Woman (and a giveaway!)

I’ve been talking about how stoked I am to have two amazing–and very different–female superheroes on TV in Jessica Jones and Kara Zor-El (aka Supergirl). Some like to say that because Kara is a bubbly, sometimes goofy superhero that she’s irrelevant, or that Jessica’s serious tone and very mature (and often hard to watch) subject matter makes her a more solid superhero. Like I said in my previous post, deciding that we can only have one type of female superhero, that there is only one “correct” way to be a woman and a costumed hero is just crazy talk. If you don’t believe me, check out the zillions of male superheroes, amirite?

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So, to continue celebrating the amazing female superheroes on TV and the ones coming to big screens, I decided to dedicate this week’s everyday cosplay to the next female superhero to have her own space in the superhero TV and movie world–Wonder Woman. However, instead of copying her traditional outfit or Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, I decided to base my everyday cosplay look on Bombshell Wonder Woman (seriously, if you haven’t read the Bombshell comic by the lovely Marguerite Bennett, you NEED to). Plus, I have a pretty fun giveaway at the bottom of the post, and I felt like going with a WWII-inspired outfit would fit nicely with the giveaway. Check it out:

Everyday Bombshell Wonder Woman

 

 

Of course, I did promise you all a giveaway in addition to some retro Wonder Woman fashion. So here it is: three of you lovely readers will win either a copy of Chartwell Books’ Superman: The War Years, Batman: The War Years, or Wonder Woman: The War Years, all three by comic book legend, Roy Thomas.

DC Comics War Years

These books are gorgeous, you guys. They’re large, hardcover books, and contain the stories of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman during WWII. The exact years vary for each character, as each character was introduced at different times, but all three were around for the large majority of WWII, helping comic book fans cope with the war. Not only does each book explain the character’s role in helping readers process the war, but it also provides beautiful, full-color images of the comics from back then. These books are essential for any comic book fan. It’s a great collectible piece, and it looks great as a coffee table book. If you wanted to buy your own, they each retail at about $25, or you can enter my giveaway to win one of these three!

Here’s the scoop on the giveaway: I’ll be picking three winners (US only–sorry international readers) to randomly receive one of these three books. To win, you can follow these five easy steps:

  1. Comment on this post telling me your favorite superhero, and why.
  2. Follow me on Twitter.
  3. Follow me on Instagram.
  4. Follow DC Comics on Twitter.
  5. Tweet and/or Insta the picture above with this message: I entered to win #RoyThomas’ Superman, Batman, or WonderWoman War Years from @Kendall_Ashley (Twitter) @kendallashley_0128 (Insta)! Enter here: http://bit.ly/1XEsqL1 #DBFreebie

The contest will run for a week, and will close at 12 noon MST on Tuesday, December 9. Remember, US entrants only. Good luck, you guys!