I got to visit my kitty, Precious at my Dad’s this week. I haven’t seen her in a year and she was very happy to see me! She followed me around all week squeaking and demanding attention. She’s a little runt with a bob tail. Her purr is so loud it sounds like a motor. She will let you do anything to her: hold her upside down, pat her back, scrub her belly, and she just purrs louder. She also likes kitty paw massages :D I love how, unlike most cats, she looks straight at you while you pet her.  

I got to visit my kitty, Precious at my Dad’s this week. I haven’t seen her in a year and she was very happy to see me! She followed me around all week squeaking and demanding attention. She’s a little runt with a bob tail. Her purr is so loud it sounds like a motor. She will let you do anything to her: hold her upside down, pat her back, scrub her belly, and she just purrs louder. She also likes kitty paw massages :D I love how, unlike most cats, she looks straight at you while you pet her.  

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Benedict Cumberbatch is seen on the set of ‘Black Mass’ on June 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts (x)

My friend totally delivered room service to Benedict Cumberbatch in Boston last week!

Update: he met Benedict in an elevator at the hotel. Cucumbersnatch asked if there was a good bookstore around. My friend recommended one and he replied with thanks. Oh how envious I am.

Apparently this happens within minutes of my mom arriving at her guitar lessons. Every week.

Apparently this happens within minutes of my mom arriving at her guitar lessons. Every week.

Benedict Cumberbatch is seen on the set of ‘Black Mass’ on June 24, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts (x)

My friend totally delivered room service to Benedict Cumberbatch in Boston last week!

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Due to popular demand, I wrote a “tutorial” on how I styled my Elsa wig. Since I didn’t take any in-progress pictures, I will try to explain it the best I can. Warning: I spent over 40 hours on this wig. 

I posted a photoset of all of the reference photos I used to style this wig. I advise looking at it while reading my tutorial for visual reference.

This is my second Elsa wig attempt. The first wig was great, but I tried to make my own hairline using this tutorial. That method doesn’t really work for Elsa. Lace front is really the way to go :D

Wig:

  • I bought this wig and 2 packs of these wefts, both in Ash Blonde from Arda wigs. I cannot recommend Arda’s lace fronts more highly. They are extremely sturdy and full with wonderful, realistic fibers. They’re also pretty cheap! Most lace fronts are well over $100.
  • If you do get a lace front, watch this VERY IMPORTANT video on how to cut the lace properly and put in on. The wig I used had a widows peak that was more prominent than Elsa’s, so I cut a bit of it off. I also tied a couple of hairs onto the lace since more of them came off than I wanted. This process is called ventilating, and here’s a good video tutorial about it. 
  • I sewed 1 and 1/2 packs of wefts into the wig so that the braid would be extremely full. After all, Elsa’s braid takes up half of her shoulder. (I’m pretty sure just 1 pack would be fine though). These two tutorials explain how sew in wefts. I used bobby pins and hair ties to pull the hair back instead of hair clips.

Bang Swoopies:

  • I began by separating hair that would later create the bang-swoopies. This part took a VERY long time. Elsa’s hair all seems to come out of her widow’s peak. I had to mess with it a lot to separate the hairs properly while still making each swoopy look full. Luckily, the wig I used already had layers that were perfect for the bangs. 
  • I then strategically placed each swoopy in foam curlers, like in the image below, and use a hair dryer on high heat to heat the fibers. If you can see in the photo, I used pins to keep the curls i place.
  • IMPORTANT: The trick with synthetic hair is heat, then cool. You must keep the hair in place until it completely cools, otherwise it will not stay. The cool thing about this is that cold water will not take out styling, which makes washing wigs easy and safe. 
  • Do not try to curl it all at the same time. I repeated the foam curler method about 20 times until I felt like each swoopy was properly styled. If some of the curls were too big, I would brush them through and heat them without curlers.

  • In between curling stages, I cut the bangs to be the right size. I used my sewing shears, which is difficult because they tend to make hair super choppy. It takes a lot of careful cutting to layer hair properly with them.
  • Once I felt they were all curled properly, I sprayed them down with Got 2b Freeze Spray until they were stiff. Unfortunately, this made them look way too flat. I brushed it all out and instead misted the spray above the wig. If I had to spray a part directly, I would cover the rest of the wig with my hand and make sure to hold the bottle 2 feet from the wig. This made the hair stay, but still look natural. 
  • When I tried the wig on, the bang swoopies kept falling forward. I also still wasn’t satisfied with the volume of the bang swoopies. To solve this, I tacked each bang swoopy to the wig with blond-colored thread (I only tied one end of the thread like in hemming). For visual reference, here is a Roxy Lalonde tutorial I made using the same method.
  • I carefully took a few surface hairs out of the tacks to help hide them. People only noticed them if I pointed them out :D. I was also able to add more volume to the swoopies by pulling them out of the tacks a little. This made the swoopies stand up more. 

Braid:

  • Once I felt the bangs were properly styled, I moved on to the braid. You can’t just braid it on a desk since the wig is so heavy and the mannequin head is so light. At first, I put the wig on my mom and braided it, but it didn’t turn out right because I was worried about taking too long. It also messed up a little when she took it off. I found that stuffing the mannequin head on one of the levers on my tripod helped keep the head in place. A broom would work for this as well. I tied the braid off with a tiny, blond-colored hair elastic.
  • I did a loose french braid. At first, it didn’t look so good because the added hair separated from the inner braid. I found a good fix, though! Instead of adding just a clump of hair, I would add a whole line (wig hair is sewn into the base in lines) so that there would be no gaps. I made sure to braid it to the left side of the wig since her braid is loose and drapes over her shoulder.
  • Because the braid was so thick from all of the wefts I had sewn in, it came out the minute I put on the wig. So I spent days gelling it down with Got 2b Ultra Glued Invisible Styling Gel. I first gelled the back and let it dry overnight before flipping it over to gel the front. This made the front stay much better. The gel made the braid rock solid, but still look natural. You can see in the last photo the finished, gelled braid. (The white flecks are glitter, not gel residue.)

Finishing Touches:

  • I used a little of the gel for stray hairs on the rest of the wig, but be warned: it is impossible to brush out and must be washed out (difficultly) with water. Use with caution on the hair swoopies. The only reason I was able to cake it on the braid was because it needed zero movability. The best way to get rid of stray hairs without screwing the wig up is to spray the hair spray on your fingers, rub them together, and lightly brush over the stray hairs. This will keep them in place without making them look wet. 
  • The side-burn-things stick out in these pictures. I found the easiest way to get them to stay flush with my face is to just gel them down when I wear the wig. The gel also keeps them glued to my face. When they get too caked with gel, I fill up a small glass with water, hold it up to the wig head, emerge the hair in the water and rub it between my fingers. When they dry, they keep their pointed shape but look more natural. This way I also don’t have to wash the whole wig and can just rinse out specific areas. I used this method when I accidentally put too much gel in the hair-swoopies. 
  • I got all of the snowflakes off of ebay. The big one is a wedding brooch, the 2 smaller ones are earrings, and the 4 smallest ones are nail art decorations. To stick them on, DO NOT USE GLUE. This is what ruined my first Elsa wig. I instead used Got 2b Ultra Glued Styling gel to “glue” them to the wig and let it dry overnight. They haven’t come off at all, and I’ve worn the wig many times. 
  • For a final touch, I sprinkled glitter all over the wig. You can actually see sparkles in her hair in the movie, so it’s accurate as well as eye-catching. 

Feel free to message me if anything doesn’t make sense :)

A compilation of reference photos for Elsa’s hair. I used these to style my elsa wig, and thought it might help others to have them all in one place. 

Here is my tutorial on how I did the wig

I just saw Maleficent and it was soooo awesome. She’s always been my favorite villain and it was so wonderful to see such a fantastic movie about her. I know what Disney cosplay I’m doing next! >:D I just gotta find a way to get my hands on all those animal skins. Shhhh, don’t tell the vegans. 

I debuted my Elsa cosplay at Hama-con this weekend and had a blast! I made lots of little girls happy, and even won a prize in the costume contest (2nd place Journyman). The pictures definitely do not show how sparkly the costume is. 

I’ve been working on my costume since January and am still not done. The wig alone took over 40 hours to style since I sewed 2 packs of wefts into it. I made everything from scratch without any patterns or measuring and hand dyed the dress and sleeves. The dress is beaded with over 1,000 glass beads so it is as heavy as chain-mail. I resin casted the ice crystals on the shoes, which was very tedious. 

I also put on a bellydance panel at the con! It went smoothly, and was very well received. About 40 people showed up, and at least 30 joined in for the workshop at the end! I hope to continue performing and teaching bellydance at cons :D

Will you ever make another bellydancestuck video?

Yeah, eventually. I actually have a dance already choreographed for it. Full body grey just takes a ton of preparation. I also am looking into a new location because dancing on grass hinders my dancing abilities. I also need to finish my Aradia horns for it, and detangle my wig.

Your new website looks fantastic! It's very well-designed

Ah! Thank you!!!

My new website is up! I’m so excited I could explode!!! I put a lot of work into building this, so please check it out and tell me what you think :D (note that a lot of things still need tweaking, especially costume descriptions)
annabelledecamillis.com

My new website is up! I’m so excited I could explode!!! I put a lot of work into building this, so please check it out and tell me what you think :D (note that a lot of things still need tweaking, especially costume descriptions)

annabelledecamillis.com

You look a bit like Katy Perry. You're very pretty though and I love your dancing!

I get that sometimes, but mostly Zooey Deschanel. As in random strangers stop me to tell me this daily T.T

But thank you, anon!!! You’re pretty too for saying such things

dragonsigma:

ranyakumo:

californiajones:

they look like they’re laughing


forget women laughing alone with salad, now we have salad laughing alone with itself

salad laughing alone with itself


I had a few of these in my room when I was little. They were so fun to feed! I ended up killing them though because I kept putting my fingers in their mouths to watch them snap. They starved :(

dragonsigma:

ranyakumo:

californiajones:

they look like they’re laughing

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forget women laughing alone with salad, now we have salad laughing alone with itself

salad laughing alone with itself

I had a few of these in my room when I was little. They were so fun to feed! I ended up killing them though because I kept putting my fingers in their mouths to watch them snap. They starved :(

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