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Today, I'm so honored to feature the lovely LexisKittyCosplay. I've been following her jpurney for SO LONG, and I'm so entranced by all her work! Read her full interview below!
My name is Alexis aka LexisKittyCosplay, I am 20 years old and love cosplay.​

​How and when did you get into cosplay, and how did you choose your cosplay name? 
I got into cosplay about 4 years ago now. I got into cosplay when I went to my first convention anime weekend Atlanta. I knew of cosplay but did not know the extent of what people did or how they did it. I did bring "cosplays" to my first convention but they were just thrown together. After my first convention and seeing all the cosplays i decided to try out for reals cosplay. My cosplay name Lexis is my real name Alexis but without the A, Kitty is because I love kitties and cat girls, and cosplay because I cosplay.

What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
Outside of cosplaying I am a full time college student studying merchandising and design. But I also technically own a business which is based around my modeling and cosplaying.

Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
Bbypandaface and Jessica Nigri are my two biggest inspirations 

What cosplay(s) are you working on right now?
Soon I will start working on my custom elune design from world of warcraft, also KDA Kai'sa, and Black Heart and Purple heart from Hyperdimension Neptunia 

What is your dream cosplay?
My dream cosplay is a original artwork I found of a demon hunter girl.

With all the negativity in the cosplay community these days, what's a positive message you would like to enforce and encourage others with?
A positive message I want everyone to know is that you can cosplay anything you like no matter your race, weight, religion, or anything. You can do it no matter what anyone says. Never let anyone bring you down because you are perfect and beautiful how you are. 
​As a lewd content creator, what are some positive aspects of this side of cosplay?
I think lewd cosplay is so empowering. Lewd cosplay makes me feel so good about myself and my body. I really think it is a great confidence booster. I also love how some people are so supportive of you and your lewd cosplays.

Has anything negative come from your experience as a lewd content creator?
Negatively there has been people tell me "well lewd cosplay is not real cosplay", but personally lewd cosplayers put just as much into making, buying, setting up sets, props, makeup, and much more as other cosplayers. 

Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that others can learn from?
Never ever let anyone take advantage of your kindness. and never let anyone disrespect you. Respect is earned not given. 

Where can we find you on all things social?
Instagram: @Lexiskittycosplay
Facebook
Twitter: @RLlexiskitty
Twitch
I love this girl so much! Make sure you follow her on all things social!

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Let's kick off the New Year right, with a brand new feature with the lovely Honor Lychee! Read her full interview below.
Hello! My name is Honor Lychee, and I'm a cosplayer from Oklahoma! I've been cosplaying for seven years, and I've guested at conventions all throughout the southern United States. I love cosplay and educating others about cosplay, and I'm honored to be interviewed by the amazing Breezeeweezee Cosplay! Hope you enjoy learning a little more about me!

​How and when did you get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay when I was in the sixth grade. I read my still favorite manga, Rozen Maiden, and searched for photos of my favorite character on the internet, and found all these people dressed up like her. I then discovered cosplay, and adored it so much! It made my parents uncomfortable though because of my age, and it wasn't until my freshman year of high school that I got the chance to cosplay for myself.

My cosplay name, Honor Lychee, is actually a long story! I used to admin a lot of Avatar pages on Facebook (remember when those were popular? lol), and some friends and I made a joke about a game we used to play and when we won, would say 'honor regained'. That became my admin name, then it got shortened to just Honor. When I got into cosplay I wanted something a little different, and I really love lychees, and decided upon the name Honor Lychee. It's what I've used for almost 8 years, and I can't see calling myself anything else now.

What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
I actually work in a comic book store! 

What is your proudest cosplay accomplishment?
Last year I got the opportunity to guest at Dallas Fan Days, and that was just an amazing accomplishment for me.

What cosplay(s) are you working on right now?
Right now I'm working on Raven from Teen Titians! 

Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
I really look up to Stella Chu. I've looked up for her years, and it's been amazing to see how she's grown and stays herself.
​With all the negativity in the cosplay community these days, what's a positive message you would like to enforce and encourage others with?
HAVE FUN. Honestly, that's it. Be yourself, and have fun. If it becomes a chore, or you're not having fun, take a step back and reevaluate and figure out whats wrong. Cosplay is a hobby, and it's supposed to be fun. We need to be uplifting each other and enjoying ourselves. 

What is your dream cosplay?
My dream cosplay is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I have loved Belle since I was young, and I'm scared of it never being able to make it as perfect as I want it to be, which is why its a dream cosplay.

What is your favorite convention to attend and why?
One of my favorite conventions to attend is actually a local event here in Oklahoma called SoCon. It's a small mini convention, but I just always seem to have a fantastic time at this con! It's well organized and I get to spend a lot of time with my friends. 

Do you have any cosplay or convention pet peeves?
I think one of my largest pet peeves are conventions that don't compensate their panelists in anyway. I just feel like if they're putting on a part of your convention and investing time into their panel, they should get some sort of compensation for it.
I also dislike people that don't ask before they take photos.

Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other cosplayers?
Don't give up. Ever. Sometimes the community and others will try to knock you down, but its important to remember that things will get better, and you will keep reaching your dreams and goals if you keep working hard towards them. That hard work will pay off, believe me.

Where can we find you on all things social?
Facebook
instagram: @honorlychee
Twitter
Cosplay Amino @Honorlychee
Ko-Fi
Patreon
What a great read! If you or someone you know deserves to be on the blog, contact me and we'll get you featured this year!
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Today's interview, we have a feature interview with the lovely and curvy Jessica Faye. Read her full interview below!
Hello! My name is Jess but on the internet I got by Jessica Faye Cosplay! I have been cosplaying for a few years now and attending conventions since 2013. Cosplay is a huge part of my life and I love it! I cannot imagine my life without cosplay! Outside of cosplay I live a fun and pretty normal life! I am based in Denver, Colorado. 

How and when did you get into cosplay?
I got into cosplay in 2013! I always loved Halloween and making my own costumes, then I was introduced into this entire world of cosplay and conventions! I went to my first convention as Saya Takagi from HighSchool of the Dead and I was hooked! I just used my first and middle name! I couldn’t think of anything cool lol! 

What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
I am a bartender, and I love it! I have a really great schedule and I don’t have to work long hours! I received my bachelors degree in 2016 and worked in my field briefly, but it wasn’t for me! I love hiking and exploring in the mountains, I draw, paint, and read a lot too! 

What is your proudest cosplay accomplishment?
Hmm this is hard! I would have to say my star butterfly wand (newest version). I spent so much time on it and I think it is the best prop I’ve ever made! I’m super proud of it! 

What cosplay(s) are you working on right now?
I am currently finishing up an original design of princess peach. I have ordered a few things for Lara Croft. I am also having Vampirella commissioned currently (just the suit)! 

Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
Nicole Marie Jean??! She is beautiful and super sweet! Her cosplays are always on point and I adore her confidence! 

With all the negativity in the cosplay community these days, what's a positive message you would like to enforce and encourage others with?
I would have to go with my instagram headline “do what makes you happy”. It is so tuff within this community sometimes and I get a lot of hate! People on the internet are mean, and it is so easy to let them get to you! I find it best to ignore them, because in my mind if you reply to them you are only giving them the satisfaction!

​However, I will always stand up or give a nice shout out to someone who is being bullied! As long as you aren’t hurting anyone just keep doing what makes you happy!! Also, a like or a nice comment goes along way, so if you see something you like tell that person good job!!!????
​What is your dream cosplay?
A human version of the Pokémon ninetales is high on my dream list! It has more to it than that, but it’s a secret??! 

What is your favorite convention to attend and why?
Denver Comic Con! It’s my home con and it’s very special to me! 

Do you have any cosplay or convention pet peeves?
I’m pretty laid back, but I get very uncomfortable when people touch me without asking. Cosplay is not consent! 

Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that others can learn from?
Hmm I’ve made SO many mistakes throughout cosplaying??! I think the biggest problem I’ve ever had is while traveling to Otakon in 2014 one of my pigtails for my saya takagi wig came off! Lesson: don’t pack your wig when the glue isn’t dry lol! So I was short a cosplay for the weekend! 

Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other cosplayers?
I say just keep doing what makes you feel happy and confident!! Don’t let mean people on the internet bring you down and HAVE FUN!!!! Another thing give yourself a break! If hate or losing sleep for con crunch is stressing you out step back and relax! You deserve it!! 

Do you have anything else you want to say, or add to this interview?
If you ever see me at a convention please come up and say hello! I get RBF sometimes but I’m super friendly I promise!! And I would love to meet you!??

Where can we find you on all things social?
I am just on Insta for now! @jessicafayecosplay 
Not only is this gal crazy talented and beautiful, but she's incredibly sweet and a lovely friend. I strongly suggest you follow this gem and tell her I sent you!

If you would like a feature on the blog, send me an email! Everyone deserves a moment in the spotlight!
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Vistaprint is quite versatile with their products they offer business owners. With the subscription box trend, it was no surprise they had something in the works. In the post below, I will review my first promobox. Please note, this was not a sponsored product or review and all thoughts are my own. This product was purchased of my own free will.
​A little about the Vistaprint Promobox​; the first thing that drew me in was the first box was only $5. Every box after that is $24.99. Each box contains up to four items, ranging from pens and notepads, to t-shirts and mugs. The items all feature your logo or brand as specified by the info you provide.

As outlined in the image below, you can see my answers for the survey I filled out. They give you a wide range of options and the ability to control the information that goes on your promo material.
You can upload multiple images and let the designer choose. You can pick colors to compliment your brand, and you have the option to provide instructions. For example, while on the site they offer product previews using recently uploaded images and my face was constantly cut off, or white edging had to be added to fill in space. So it was important for them to not do that here.
​When it arrived (earlier than estimated), the box itself was fairly small, but it was well packaged. Right on top was a few brochures and promo cards along with a handwritten note from my designer. The back of the card showed the products I received, mostly for clarification, I'd assume.
The first item I saw was my face on a postcard size paper with some envelopes wrapped in a ribbon. Apparently, it's pretty standard for postcards to come with envelopes. The front of the card had a grey border with my cosplay name and the back had the same border with my website. I didn't really like the paper texture as it created a weird shadow and ripple across the photo.
The second thing in the box was two sheets of round stickers. They added a grey line border around the edge of the sticker and a grey line with my name across the centre. It just came across as way too busy and the name line cut through my chin, which is a design and aesthetic no-no.
​The last thing in the box was a t-shirt, which I literally prayed I wouldn't get because I knew it would not look good. And I was not wrong. Rather than taking my image which is visual and adding it to a shirt.... they just wrote my name. The print was really poor, the shirt is basic, rough cotton, and really? Just words in small print on a t-shirt? Come on.
​Only three things? I thought it was kind of a bust even for $5. So I started piling everything back in and realized I pulled out a pen without even noticing. I looked at it, and it was pretty bad, but in the opposite way of the shirt. They took everything possible and tried to wrap it around this pen. It looks ridiculous.
​Overall, for $5 I will get my use out of the postcards and stickers, but the shirt is basically a paint shirt now, and the pen is just a pen. The purpose of the box - "promo" doesn't really come across as it's more for personal use rather than distribution and really promoting my brand.

Luckily, Vistaprint is very dedicated to getting this box right and working with users to get it right. In the reviews they're very interested in feedback and I can only assume they're willing to credit or work with the customers to perfect the box.

I will be submitting a review and my honest feedback. If they label themselves as designers, they really should know better or try harder with a few of their efforts. Logos and images are not drag and drop and don't work on all products. So it will take a bit more effort to curate these boxes and make sure that customers are happy. 

BUT! For $5, it's basically a steal for your first box. If you're looking for cheap giveaway items, or just want to see what they offer, it's worth a try! Let me know if you get one! I'm curious if they have basic items and premium items that they try to limit with each purchase.
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Today I have the pleasure of interviewing the iconic duo, Historically Laced Cosplay! Carissa and Stephanie are absolute gems. Read the full interview below!
We're Carissa and Stephanie, the duo behind Historically Laced Cosplay. Our passion is creating historically-inspired and themed twists on our favorite Disney (and the occasional non-Disney) characters. 
How and when did you get into cosplay?
We’ve been going all out for Halloween and dressing up for Renaissance Festivals for years but weren’t really familiar with the greater cosplay community. At Renaissance Festivals, people often told us that we looked like Disney princesses so we thought, why not own it? That led to our first ”official” cosplays, a Renaissance twist on Anna and Elsa. People loved it, kids loved it, and we loved it. In 2016, we jumped in head first and started Historically Laced Cosplay. Our name is a play on the fact that most of our cosplays are inspired by historical fashion, but we definitely don’t limit ourselves to that. Since then, we have created pirate princesses, Renaissance villains,1920’s flappers, historically-accurate Sleeping Beauty, steampunk adventurers, and much more.

What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
We both work in digital space. Carissa manages graphic design and social media for several non-profits. Stephanie works in the fashion e-commerce space as a user experience designer.

What is your proudest cosplay accomplishment?
Going from “there’s no way I can do that” to “I can’t believe I actually made that!” There’s something pretty cool about proving yourself wrong and testing your limits. We love creating our cosplays from scratch and learning new skills along the way. Seeing something go from initial design to finished garment is half the fun of cosplaying for us.

What cosplay(s) are you working on right now?
We’ve wrapped up on projects for this year, but we’re already putting together cosplays for 2019. We just “finalized” our Light Fury and Night Fury designs for How to Train Your Dragon and have started gathering materials for Hannah Alexander’s Poison Ivy and Catwoman. 

Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
There are so many! The cosplay community is so welcoming and warm it's hard to choose just a few! Kamui and Zonbi are a great resource for armor creation. Without them, our first armor builds would not have happened. Hannah Alexander and Dessi_Desu create beautiful and inspiring art. And DesignerDaddy_ is dress making goals. 

With all the negativity in the cosplay community these days, what's a positive message you would like to enforce and encourage others with?
You are creative and amazing. Don't listen to the negativity. Own who you are, cosplaying is something to embrace, not hide. When all else fails, surround yourself with people who will support and build you up.  
What is your dream cosplay?
Padmé’s lake dress, but redesigned into an Italian Renaissance gown. Dragons, because Night Furies. And some transformation princesses gowns.

What is your favorite convention to attend and why?
Dapper Day at Disneyland! It’s not really a con in the traditional sense, but it’s so much fun. Thousands of people descend on Disneyland dressed in 1950’s attire often themed to represent their favorite characters or attractions. There’s nothing quite like riding Space Mountain in a dress and petticoat. If you are a Disney fan, this is definitely a bucket list event 

Do you have any cosplay or convention pet peeves?
Spatial awareness. Lots of our cosplays have capes and trains and, despite our best efforts, we are constantly getting bumped and stepped on. Nothing makes your heart drop faster than the sound of stitches ripping.

Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that others can learn from?

This interview will go on forever if we list it all! The majority of the events we attend are outdoors and require us to get ready at a campsite so we’ve learned to roll with the punches. There was one time Carissa had to sew herself into a corset while walking into the Renaissance Festival thanks to a busted zipper (always pack some super glue, safety pins, and a sewing kit in your con bag, it’s best to be prepared). Another time, Stephanie came close to throwing her wig in the campfire because the bangs would not behave (got2be glued hairspray is worth the hype, don’t waste your time on anything else). Also, anything glittery is going to leave a trail in your house for years. There's a hidden price to cosplay, but the reward is 100% worth the moments of panic.

Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other cosplayers?
It’s hard, but try not to compare yourself to other people. There are so many amazing creators out there that it can be discouraging when things don’t come out how you planned. Everyone has a different skill set and brings something exciting to the cosplay universe. Chances are there is someone out there looking at your creations and aspiring to make something as amazing as you have.

Do you have anything else you want to say, or add to this interview?

Thank you for the opportunity to share our story. We love being a part of this amazing and creative community. And if anyone ever needs tips for applying full cosplay makeup in the middle of the woods with no running water, feel free to hit us up. 

Where can we find you on all things social?
Facebook
Instagram: @HistoricallyLaced
What an awesome interview! I love how they answered as a pair and shared a similar brain wave. So cool to read through! Thanks ladies!

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Today we have an excellent interview with a talented male cosplayer! I always love highlighting talent of all genders and I'm excited to welcome Josh to the blog. Read his full interview below!
My name is Josh Kruse. I'm a single father of 2 boys and have been in the communications industry for the last 12 years.  When I'm not busy adulting you can find me in my garage making magic or hanging out with my boys. 
​How and when did you get into cosplay?
I've always been a big fan of going all out for Halloween and making sure the costumes I wore were as good as I could make them.  But as far as cosplay goes, it was about 4 years ago when I started getting into the hobby.  Being a child of the 80's there was a high probability that you went to school with a dozen other boys named, "Josh.". There were no less than a handful in the school I grew up in, so going by Kruse or Kruser has been a staple for as long as I can remember. It was only natural. 

What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
I work in the communications industry for commercial clients.  Kinda vague, I know, but it has to be.  Outside of Cosplay, I collect retro games.  My Nintendo Entertainment System library is my favorite and largest single system game collection.  It just surpassed 450 games!  I know I'll never be able to collect the entire library of games due to rarity and price, but I hope to be able to make it close.  I also dabble in making furniture and goodies out of wood in my shop.  I've made my son's a pair of bed frames, shelves, computer desks, entertainment centers, workbenches, etc. 

What is your proudest cosplay accomplishment?
Competing in the Wester Regional Championships of Cosplay at Emerald City Comic Con was definitely a highlight, but my proudest accomplishment is being a part of the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Club.  The ability to dress in plastic spaceman armor, make people smile, raise money for children's charities, and make a difference in someone's life is a feeling that is indescribable.

What cosplay(s) are you working on right now?
Repairs and upgrades for my Mandalorian are always on the table, but Skurge from Thor: Ragnarok has started to take shape.

Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
So many to choose from.  5 years ago Steven K Smith inspired me to make my Isaac Clarke from Dead Space.  We met a year later and have remained friends since.  He's been a good friend and mentor.

With all the negativity in the cosplay community these days, what's a positive message you would like to enforce and encourage others with?
When it comes to costuming or cosplay, don't compete against anyone but yourself.  If you constantly compare your work to someone else's you'll never be proud or satisfied with what you've made, how much you've learned, or how much you've improved.  There is ALWAYS someone out there that is better and if you constantly compare yourself to others, you'll never be satisfied.  I'm not saying don't enter competitions, but go into each one with the mindset that you are competing against yourself.  You're pushing yourself and sharing what you've made.
​What is your dream cosplay?
Oh man... Thats tough.  I always joked that it would be anything without a helmet or wig since everything but my jedi has had one or the other.  My dream cosplay is definately one that includes my boys.  It will be all three of us as Gears of War characters.  I will be old man Marcus from Gears 4, my oldest boy will be Baird, and my youngest boy will be J.D.  We are planning this for Rose City Comic Con in 2019

What is your favorite convention to attend and why?
Rose City Comic Con is my favorite semi-local con.  Its big enough to have a draw and great vendors, yet small enough to be able to hang out with friends without a hundred thousand people in the crowd.  Its where I met most of my friends in the costuming community.

Do you have any cosplay or convention pet peeves?
Poor personal hygiene and strangers who don't respect your personal space.  Worse yet, strangers who don't respect your personal space with poor personal hygiene!  

Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that others can learn from?
Cut away from your body and always keep your fingers, thumbs, and palms away from extremely sharp blades.  Cutting yourself with razor knives is never fun.

Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other cosplayers?
Have fun and make what makes you happy.  Do it for yourself first. Chances are that it will make others happy as well.

Where can we find you on all things social?
Facebook
Instagram: @krusercreations

Photos for this interview by: Huntress Creations, David Ngo, and Bill Meyenberg Photography.
What an amazing interview! If you know an awesome male cosplayer who deserves his chance in the spotlight, reach out and submit him as a feature! Thanks for reading!
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It's been a long while since I went so hard creating content, let alone in a single weekend. From Friday straight through Sunday I hustled to get together great new content for all my feeds. Read below to see everything I got through, and some sneak peaks of what to look forward to in the coming months.
​Friday was black Friday and we took the opportunity to score some great deals on lingerie and cosplay accessories. Canadian Comic Cutie and I raided our local LaSenza, La Vie En Rose, and Ardene armed with Starbucks coffee. We walked away with matching undies for upcoming shoots together, over the knee socks, and other misc accessories. I may have splurged and got myself a hoody as well. ;) For the rest of the afternoon we worked hard on our "costumes" for upcoming shoots. Don't worry, you'll be seeing them soon!
​When I got home in the evening my mission was to decorate my kitchen as the set for a Christmas shoot! I went through my entire collection of Christmas decorations and tried to make the kitchen as extra as possible specifically for this shoot. I timelapsed it just for fun, too! I may have been watching too much RuPaul Drag Race + had too much wine and it resulted in a Garland runway show. #NoRegrets #Fabulous Since I had all the decorations out, I also decorated the rest of the house and set up the tree!
Saturday was a big day so I didn't let myself sleep in *too* late with an alarm set for 9:30. I did some arts and crafts that made my spidey senses crawl...
​... and after some minor prep, and applying my FAVORITE freckles, I did a cute and cozy Mary Jane photo set! This makes my second MJ outfit and it might be my favorite.

After a quick bite to eat and a costume change I found myself rearranging some furniture and shooting a Velma cosplay, courtesy of Canadian Comic Cutie! You won't be seeing this shoot again for a long while so enjoy this super exclusive sneak peak!
​Two outfits down and halfway through the day, I ran out for some supplies and showed off my cute freckles to the world. I always feel powerful going out in public with my cosplay makeup - the contacts, long lashes, smooth skin - it's intense.

By this point my feet, legs, and butt are getting deathly sore, but I push through. Too much to do, not enough time. As the sun goes down, I retreat to the basement which I so affectionately refer to as my hovel. I went into my third costume change of the day and begrudgingly removed my freckles. This was for my #MonCloCosCha look for November which will be revealed Friday on Instagram.

I took the opportunity to use my made-up face to complete a few custom photo sets as well. I love having the freedom to bring ideas to life for others while still having time to pursue my own passions. Thank you for allowing me the freedom to do what I want!
​I hunkered down for the night finishing Canadian Comic Cutie's and my costume for Sunday's shoot. Unfortunately I got a tummy ache and went to bed earlier than anticipated. BUT, there's no rest for the wicked and I was up again at 9:30 to finish where I left off. I finished the "costumes" and they looked adorable!

Cutie texted me to let me know the photographer had to reschedule, so we adapted our time to do some prep work and create extra content for YOU! Who doesn't love a Sunday afternoon baking and decorating cookies? We had a blast filming videos, challenging each other, and killing beloved characters.
​I had full intentions of taking the evening easy to recover before work Monday, but Bree don't know no chill so I filmed a very special Christmas Music Video instead. #YoureWelcome #ComingSoon

With that, I took the opportunity to wind down with some snacks and cleaning my hovel. Nothing feels better than a fresh and clean work space and a plan! Needless to say, I'll sleep well tonight with SIX shoots to come throughout this week. Keep your eyes peeled for sneak peaks, but only if you're good! ;)

How did you spend your weekend? How will you spend the rest of your week?
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​More and more I open up Instagram and see women apologizing on thier feed. Apologizing for not posting, apologizing for lack of makeup. Honestly, It upsets me and here's why.
One thing I learned early on was to stop apologizing for things you didn't do wrong. Sure, if you are flail-talking with your hands and whack a passerby in the face, please do apologize. I'm talking about not posting on social media.

You see it a lot; "sorry for lack of updates..." or "sorry I haven't posted much..." on content creator profiles. We often feel obligated to keep up appearances, but our profile is ours alone. How often, or when we post is our choice. If I take a week off, I shouldn't need to explain myself or apologize, so I never will. I will say thank you if I get concerned messages, but it's really unnecessary.
Think about the current algorithms on most social sites. Your content is getting seen by less than 10 percent of your audience already. Apologizing is just making them aware that you've been gone. You are setting standards for them by letting them expect consistency! Always place a positive spin on the way you perceive your own content. Positivity is always well received, and it feels better too.
It hurts my feelings the most when I see women apologize for their lack of makeup, for posting a bare faced photo. STOP IT!! Do not EVER apologize for your natural beauty. Never apologize for letting your guard down and relaxing. You're an absolute babe! Trust me!
​Don't accept the standards the media has set for women. If you have a full glam look on, rock it. If you have a messy bun and no makeup, rock it!! Why do women feel the need to apologize? You're so dang pretty! Be strong and confident and own every decision you make.

The next time you feel the need to apologize for something you created, or your natural self, think twice - what did you do wrong? Instead of apologizing for your social absence, bless us with your re-emergence. Instead of apologizing for your naked face, wear it with pride.
HOMEWORK: Take some time and think about some of the ridiculous things you've apologized for in the past. I understand it's a natural reflex for most, but look at how you think, and see how you can change it to be a confidence boost.
While this article is heavily aimed at women, I'm sure any male readers can take something from this article as well. To everyone, it's super important to always be building each other up, and sharing in accomplishments. Abandon jealousy and shame. Especially while the world becomes more competitive, tell someone they look great, or their latest costume turned out amazing, or that they're doing really well on a work in progress.

Stop apologizing, and start appreciating yourself, and those around you.
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Today's feature is with the lovely Miss Koumori. I've personally followed several of her tutorials and they are so thorough, you'll feel like a pro! Read her full interview below! (That was A LOT of rhyming...)
Molly, a.k.a. Miss Koumori, is a cosplayer and graphic artist based in Jacksonville, Florida, originating from eastern North Carolina.
How and when did you get into cosplay?
My costuming career began at the age of 10 when I created a thrift store Amy Rose costume for Halloween. After attending my first convention, Animazement 2008, I fell in love with cosplay and have been constructing handmade costumes ever since.

My name is a long story! Haha! I was obsessed with Sonic the Hedgehog in elementary school, and wanted my own OC. So I created my toooooooootally original character, Sugar the Bat. When I made my cosplay Facebook page in 2012, I needed something more unique, and decided AoKoumori ("Blue Bat") was the ticket. After a few years, I got tired of my name being grammatically incorrect as well as difficult for some to remember, so I changed it to "Miss Koumori."

What do you do when you're not in cosplay or geeking out?
I'm a graphic designer and marketing coordinator! I also really love photography and "mountain sports" such as whitewater rafting and rockclimbing.

What is your proudest cosplay accomplishment?
When people began messaging me thanking me for the wing tutorial I'd made (https://youtu.be/kWkZPvRbA2g), saying it was the most helpful one they'd found so far. I honestly thought no one would notice it when I posted it.

What cosplay(s) are you working on right now?
A Pikachu-themed Seifuku and Angel Stocking from Panty & Stocking!

Who is your cosplay idol/inspiration?
Kamui Cosplay, Kinpatsu Cosplay, and Fred & Elle Designs :)

With all the negativity in the cosplay community these days, what's a positive message you would like to enforce and encourage others with?
The numbers on your Facebook and Instagram do not define your skill as a cosplayer! Everyone starts somewhere; don't let anything stop you!
What is your dream cosplay?
Dizzy from Guilty Gear Xrd as well as "Ascendead Master" Hizaki from the band Versailles!

What is your favorite convention to attend and why?
Colossalcon! I love the waterpark, visiting my favorite themepark Cedar Point, and the completely laid back nature.

Do you have any cosplay or convention pet peeves?
Elitists who think they are above basic courtesy/ kindness due to their popularity.

Do you have any horror stories or mistakes you've made that others can learn from?
CON CRUNCHING WILL ALWAYS HURT YOU. I've completely butchered expensive materials while trying to rush something out for a con. Additionally, in that con crunch stress, I forgot major components of my costumes.

Do you have any tips or words of encouragement for other cosplayers?
Don't let your body type, race, finances, or skill level stop you. Again, everyone starts somewhere and there is a way for everyone to get into cosplay. Some of my very first cosplays involved items that were already around my house as a teen - I sometimes didn't spend any money at all!

Where can we find you on all things social?
Facebook
Instagram: @Misskoumori
Youtube

Photos for this interview by: ChezPhoto, Husband, and Elysia Griffin.
She's so inspiring! If you want to join Miss Koumori in the spotlight, simply send me an and I'll make sure you get published too!
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