19 year old artist.

Oil painting, Costumes, Belly Dance

Anonymous asked: do you have any health tips on how to stay fit or like eating healthy or anything?

Yes, I do! The biggest thing is keeping a good balance of healthy eating and exercise.

For exercise you want to work on Cardio, Strength, and Flexibility. Running and biking is good for Cardio. Lifting weights and general gym things are good for strength. Yoga, Pilates, and Belly Dance are good for flexibility.  Belly Dance is also good for building thigh, arm, and core muscles. 

Eating local, organic food is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy. I belong to local farmer co-ops, and shop at the farmer’s market and Whole Foods to get my organic food. 

Fad diets really aren’t the answer to staying fit and healthy. I recommend the “anti-inflamatory” diet. It basically involves staying away from inflammatory foods that cause lots of health problems such as asthma, arthritis, high cholesterol, heart disease, stomach ulcers, diabetes, etc. The safe foods listed in it are also low in fat. There’s really no way to go wrong with it. 

The main foods to stay away from: Wheat, dairy, corn, soy, sugar, beef, pork, potatoes, tomatoes, and eggplants. Any fast food, fried food, or processed foods.

Foods to eats lots of in descending order:

  • Leafy greens and other veggies and fruit.
  • Sweet potatoes are anti-inflamatory
  • A variety of grains such as rice, quinoa, millet, and teft.
  • Lean meats: chicken, buffalo (a TASTY, healthy beef substitute), fish, and lamb. Fun fact: lamb is the only anti-inflammatory meat. 

Good substitutes:

  • Almond milk, “Earth Balance buttery spread,” and goat cheese. Nutritional Yeast instead of parmesan cheese
  • Gluten-free stuff. Be careful though, a lot of gluten free foods are severely processed and contain a bunch of crap like monosodium glutamate. 
  • Honey and Agave nectar instead of sugar

Clean" is a really good book that goes in-depth into all of this.

Shoot me an ask if you want any more specific information or substitutes. I tried to cover the basics in this post. 

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AWA

This is it, guys. I’m getting ready for my LAST con for a very long time: AWA. This includes finishing my Elsa costume that I’ve been working on since January.  I’m also going to throw together a Nepeta crossover with Miss Fortune from Skullgirls. If any of my followers are going to AWA, please feel free to say hi to me at the con!

My boyfriend is also flying down to join me for the con. I haven’t seen him in quite a while, so I’m super excited! I’m going to try to make him a Jack Frost to go with my Elsa. 

On a whim, mom and I bought an artsy flower arrangement from Whole Foods before departing on our hiking trip. 

On a whim, mom and I bought an artsy flower arrangement from Whole Foods before departing on our hiking trip. 

Anonymous asked: i absolutely adore you. you're art is amazing and you're so beautiful and your dancing is amazing and your cosplay is so rad. when did you start dancing, because I'd love to be able to dance like that, but i feel like I'm too old to learn a new type of dance. but anyways, i hope you're doing great <3

Wow, thank you anon! And please don’t think you’re too old to start bellydancing :33 I started 3 years ago at age 17 and am by far the youngest in my class. Most people don’t start until their 20-40s. It’s pretty easy to pick up if you take a class. Because the dance is so slow, it’s not hard on your body at all. Even the backbends!

Anonymous asked: your art & cosplay is amazing! most of the art i do manga and surrealism but i want to do more senery paintings also. do you have any advice for someone who is new to this type of art?

The best advise I can give is to draw from life. Practice rendering the things around you, and you will develop your eye. Do compositional sketches before starting on a finished piece. Air on the side of contrast. If your values are correct, your painting will look fine, even if your colors are way off. Focus on temperature changes in color. Warm and cool next to each other create depth. Use confident lines; don’t go over the same line over and over again trying to make it perfect. LOOK at your subject more than you look at your page! Your subject will tell you all you need to know. Now if you want to do surrealistic/fantasy scenery, all of the above still apply! It’s extremely important to have lots of real life reference.

Anonymous asked: I have always looked up to you in a way. Ever since I saw your bellydance nepeta video. But I was diagnosed with scoliosis, meaning I cannot dance. I would love to learn and it sucks. Keep dancing, you're wonderful.

Hi! And that’s so sweet! I’m very sorry you can’t dance. Is there anything you can do about it? My friend had really bad scoliosis, so she got back surgery and is all better now. 

Anonymous asked: I hope your health problems go away soon :)

Thank you :) Me too…

Anonymous asked: do you plan on doing more bellydancestuck videos? if so could you dance to the song "hate you-homestuck vol.9"?...if you take request's that is :33

I do not take requests, but I had already planned on dancing to “hate you” at some point. 

However, I’m taking an indefinite hiatus from all cosplay and anime things (after I finish Elsa and go to AWA). I want to focus on school and making my own art. I also have had some serious health problems come up lately that have kept me from doing much of anything. So I cannot promise when I will be making the video, if ever.

I finally uploaded footage of my last performance at Aziza’s School of Middle Eastern Dance Bi-Annual Show. This was the same choreography I used for my Bellydance Panel at Hama-con, so if you couldn’t make it, here’s a peek at one of my performances!

I got to visit my kitty, Precious at my Dad&#8217;s this week. I haven&#8217;t seen her in a year and she was very happy to see me! She followed me around all week squeaking and demanding attention. I love how, unlike most cats, she looks directly at you when 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. I love how, unlike most cats, she looks directly at you when 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.

(Source: benedictdaily)

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!

(Source: benedictdaily, via sherlockspeare)

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