cosplay

Cosplay: Photoshoot tips for cosplayers and photographers

For cosplayers

1. Stay safe and have a chaperone

It is so easy to get swept up in the excitement of a con and general feeling of safety in numbers. In my early cosplay days, I was entirely unaware of the dangers and just assumed everyone was safe. You don’t hang out with strangers in secluded places alone in the real word, don’t do it a convention. Even with photographers you have worked with before, always make sure someone knows where you are, when you are meeting them and how long you should be. As much as possible, take a chaperone, although I know this cannot always be done. If you are booking in to work with someone new, take the time to do some research on them. Check their reviews if they have them, if possible reach out to others who have worked with them before and generally try to get an idea of how they work before you get there. Always have a chaperone if you are going to a secluded part of the convention centre, or even more importantly if you are leaving site. Personally, I would advise if they suggest a hotel room for a shoot to always decline, but that is a personal decision. At least take someone with you and make sure someone else knows where you both are. Scary things do happen at comic cons, be aware of yourself.

2. Carry cosplay cards

When it comes to finding your photos after a convention, this can be really hard work. I didn’t think about this in my early days of cosplay, and quickly realised that I was spending all day posing for photos and only seeing a few of them, either because a friend had tagged me or I had the photographers card. It can’t be solely the photographers responsibility to find you, hand out cards with links to your page too. If you both swap, then if one goes missing you still have a chance of getting your photos back.

3. Ensure you have contact details for the photographer

It is a little unwise to hand out your phone number to random strangers, but it’s also a good idea to have a way of contacting them that doesn’t depend on internet. We all know that getting internet inside a convention centre is a miracle, and if you’re running late or have to cancel, it’s just rude to leave someone waiting for you. Make sure you have a way of contacting the photographer to let them know so they’re not standing around for your half hour slot when they could be enjoying their convention. Just be respectful of people’s time.

4. Know your poses for that character

Don’t turn up like an awkward lemon with no idea what you are doing and depend entirely on the photographer to know what to do with you. Although most togs have an idea of how to pose a model and the angles they want, not everyone does and some are not overly comfortable instructing others. At the end of the day, you chose the character and you want good photos back, the responsibility is on you to make sure you get what you want. Do your research, practice some poses and even save some references to your phone if you want. This can be great for making sure you don’t go blank at the shoot, and is very helpful to communicate to the photographers what you want.

5. Communicate with your photographer

Shoots are a collaboration. Give your opinion, share what you would like to get from the shoot and be willing to listen to what the photographer wants too. However, do not be forced to do anything you do not want to. You are always in control of your body and how you are photographed, if you are uncomfortable, say no, ask for help, leave. Whatever you are comfortable doing. Do not feel like you have to do anything, you absolutely do not. As with everything else in life, consent is everything. If you do not like to be touched for posing, say so. You don’t have to feel awkward about it, there are other ways of doing it. If you have discussed some poses in advanced and now don’t feel comfortable doing them, don’t. Plans do not matter, your comfort matters.

For photographers

1. Ask permission

I can’t even believe I have to say this, but I’ve been to enough conventions to know that I most definitely still need to say it. Ask permission to take anyone’s photo. Although it is a very open environment and most of the people will reply with a “yes, of course!” not every single person there is going to want their photo taken. And some may just not want their photo taken by you. Have respect for people, just like you would anywhere else, and if someone says no, accept it.

2. Have a photography page and cards

Although you may have pre-booked some of the shoots, there will always be people you see on the day that you really want to photograph. It is always worth having business cards with a link to the page where you’ll be posting the photos for all of your subjects. Cosplayers work very hard on their costumes and hugely appreciate receiving photos of their work.

3. Always credit the cosplayer

It is worth always asking if they have a cosplay card as most do now carry them. If they do not, I like to ask if they have a Facebook page, Instragram, Twitter account etc to be credited, or if they do not want to be tagged publicly, then an email address you can send the photos to. It’s worth keeping a note on your phone of who is who, because it can be very difficult weeks after the convention looking through a pile of cosplay cards trying to work out who is who. When it comes to taking their social media, you can either take their username, or I often take a photo of them on my phone, followed by a photo of their instagram page so I can link the two.

4. Make sure they are ready for the shot & comfortable

Don’t take a photo when they are fiddling wig hair out of their mouth, or trying to adjust their top because their bra is showing. Yes I’m mentioning being creepy too, just don’t take closeups of body parts please, it’s gross and creepy and no one will want to work with you any more. Also ensure that if you are posing them that they are comfortable with the pose you are directing them into and the angle it is taken from. Just because someone is wearing a revealing costume, it doesn’t mean they are happy for to take a shot lying on the floor where you can see their underwear, or bending forward so you can see into their corset. Lastly, if you need to touch them to assist their posing, always just ask first if that’s okay, don’t just touch someone, it’s weird. If they say no, respect that and find another way of posing them, such as demonstrating what you want them to do. Pro-tip: if you don’t feel comfortable doing it, maybe you shouldn’t be asking.

5. Do some research

For your pre-booked shoots, do a little research on the character. What kind of setting suits them, what kind of poses would they pull. One of my absolute favourite people to work with is the lovely Eddie from Food And Cosplay (http://foodandcosplay.org/) and he always arrives to a con with reference photos that he would either like to recreate, or use as pose inspiration. I love this because it makes me feel like he understands what we are trying to create, and as someone with zero natural posing ability it helps a ton to have a visual aid to what they want me to do. I would mention though, the responsibility shouldn’t be entirely on you to pose the cosplayers and that they should have some ideas about their character. Not all of us are good at that though and new cosplayers are mostly not prepared for that, so a little pre-planning on your part will make things go smoother.

That’s everything for this week! If you have any other tips to share, please leave them in the comments.

Peace

Kit xx

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lifestyle · Wedding

Wedding: How to get started

I wrote my first wedding related post back in November and I still feel like I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing! I can only imagine that there are many brides out there who feel equally clueless at the beginning stages of the planning process/engagement. Today I’m just going to talk about some of the first steps I have taken to get the ball rolling in the hope that maybe it is helpful for someone!

Find sources of inspiration and advise

The very first thing that I started to do was to look for a podcast that discussed weddings. In my mind, a podcast was an easy option as it’s something I could listen to whilst driving or getting stuff done so it wouldn’t take up my time. I would personally recommend From Ring To Veil ran by two lovely ladies who cover a great deal of topics. It is an American podcast so some of the information is irrelevant but there is plenty of useful advise and some great ideas on there to get your creativity going. They also have a Facebook group full of vendors, planners and brides alike. It’s a great place to take any questions. Otherwise, I took to YouTube and made myself a playlist to save any information that I liked the sound of. There’s a wealth of information and ideas on YouTube, and some of the stuff is incredibly unique. I’ve found some wonderful DIY ideas on there and plenty of tips on budgeting too.

Start working out your budget

You really can’t start doing anything until you know how much money you have to play with. It’s an unfortunate truth that weddings are extortionately expensive nowadays, and that you can spend a small fortune on every tiny part of the day. Everything you need for your wedding is immediately three times as expensive as soon as you add the word wedding to it. There are many ways of planning a budget, most of the resources I found suggested to sit down with your partner and work out how much you can both afford to save per month, and that will give you a number. I did a combination approach of where I first looked at how much things cost, and decided what I did not want to compromise on. I got an overall price on the “dream day” and then compared that to the amount we could save per month compared to the timeline of when I wanted to get married (for me it was 2 years). When I realised the dream was way out of budget, I started to go back through the list and cut things that I didn’t feel I really needed until I could bring it to an attainable number.

Decide what is important to you

We would all love to have the best of everything, but unfortunately unless you were born into money, or are both earning very good money, that’s just not going to be possible. I can’t remember where I heard this idea, but I thought it was great so I’m going to pass it on. Sometimes, it’s hard to get your partner as involved in planning and making decisions as you. It feels like there are a million ideas between you and the wedding, and your partner is generally answering “whatever you want” to everything because they don’t want to deal with it. The best way to ensure that your day is a combination of you both and not all about you, is to make their contribution as simple as possible. Prepare a list of all the things that you will need to purchase/pay for to have a wedding. Sit down with you partner and both write down the top 5 things you care about in that list in order of how much you are. See which of these match and combine as best as possible. You now have a list of the things you want to spend the most of your money on, and can now look through the rest of the list and decide what else to DIY or simply not have.

Speak to your family about money

Honestly, this is not a fun conversation for anyone involved. When it comes to your wedding, you need to know the overall number you are working with. Most parents want to contribute to their kids wedding, and it’s up to them whether they want to give you a lump sum to put to whatever use you choose, or pay for a particular thing such as buy your dress for you. It’s important to have this conversation about how they want to do this and how much they want to contribute, because if your parents have decided between themselves that they are going to pay for your venue for you, that is a huge cost paid for you. This will give you a chunk of your own savings that you can now spend on another part of your day. Likewise, if you parents are having financial difficulties and are unable to contribute, that’s going to impact what you can afford, and is better to know before you decide on a dream venue that is going to cost £20,000 when you can only come up with £5000. Slight exaggeration maybe, but you get the point. Have the awkward conversation, it will make early planning much easier.

Visit venues

It’s a good idea to start visiting venues pretty much straight away. This will help you to solidify what you want from the day, the size of the wedding, what kind of style you want etc. If you go to a wedding fayre or when it is set up for a wedding, it will also help you to work out what you care about and what you don’t. Perhaps you imagined a church, but when you go to view a couple you realise that you feel uncomfortable in them, or you find them too dark. It’s also a great way to ask questions, if like me you feel like you know nothing about weddings, as the venue coordinator is going to be happy to answer as many questions as it takes to sell the venue. This is another way to work out what you care about, as they can give you the estimated price of things. I used to think I wanted an abundance of flowers at my wedding, especially when I saw the gallery for my venue that showed the ceremony room adorned with large vases full of beautiful displays. Then I found out each of those vases was £300, and quick decided that DIY flowers was much more my style. Seeing it in person helps a ton!

Speak to friends and family

You’d be amazed at the contacts you have and how many people are willing to help out on your day. Your mum might know someone who is a florist, or your mother in law might have a friend who bakes beautiful cakes. You may have a friend who is a photographer (shout out to David you amazing man) or a friend who makes dresses. Speak to people, see who is willing to help but for gods sake don’t take advantage. Pay them. Ask for a price and accept or decline, do not ask for mates rates and for the love of all that is holy do not ask them to do it for free. They are your friend not a meal ticket.

Stick to your guns

By all means listen to advise, it is possible to be close to something to see a massive glaring error. However if you are sure you want something, don’t let anyone else sway you because they don’t like it. Traditions are great, but they are not mandatory. If you don’t want a religious ceremony, don’t have one. If you want lillies but Great Aunt Edna says they are a funeral flower and that would be bad luck, have bloody lillies. Always remember this day is to celebrate you and your partner, and so the only people that can make decisions is you. Everyone else can like it or not come 🙂

I hope this has helped you to make a start, and if you feel like you’re drowning in wedding stress, don’t worry we all are!

If you have any tips for getting started with wedding planning please share the in the comments.

Peace

Kit xx

favourites · Food · lifestyle

March Favourites!

I’ve enjoyed trying a few products this month so I’m actually excited to do this post! I haven’t had much of a chance to get to the cinema so I haven’t got so many new movies to discuss, but I have watched more TV.

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Beauty

L’Oreal Paris, Miss Baby Roll

I finally ran out of my Miss Manga mascara, and as previously promised decided it was time for a change. I wanted to stay within this range and see if I preferred any of the other styles. I read the description for a couple, and decided on the Miss Baby Roll as I have very short eyelashes. I could just use an eyelash curler, but they terrify me and I hate them. I liked the promise of curling my eyelashes up a bit more, as most of the time you can’t even see my lashes, and I liked the look of the applicator shape. Thus far I am loving it even more than my last! It does come out a little more clumpy than I’d like, but it otherwise applies wonderfully, the applicator really does help with lash curl and pushes them up nicely. It stays so well that it is actually quite difficult to get off properly at the end of the day, and it lives up to the waterproof promise wonderfully.

L’Oreal Paris Superstar Liquid Eyeliner Pen

I got this as a freebie as Boots were doing a 3 for 2 on L’Oreal products and I also need to replace my powder foundation as I’d been scraping the bottom of the pan for a while. I would otherwise probably have purchased the Kiko eyeliner again as I’ve been using them for a while. I’ve put this on my favourites as I am generally enjoying the product, the applicator size is awesome, especially for a cat eye. It reminds me of the limited edition Kiko pen that I can’t get any more, so that really make me happy. My only issue with this product is that it could not be any less waterproof if it tried. I often wipe off the wing of my eyeliner during the day, and if god forbid you cry in it, it goes everywhere. Not a fan of that, but generally it’s pretty good. I would possibly look at buying this again if they have a waterproof version.

L’Oreal Infallible Powder

I’m cheating a little by having this in here as I’ve definitely had it in previous favourite posts. I just wanted to chuck this in here to say that I loved this so much that I have repurchased it again, and it’s still one of my favourite things in my makeup bag. It rivals Mac powder but at a much more reasonable price.

Imperial Leather Marshmallow

If anyone remembers this limited edition set from Imperial Leather of sweet based scents in shower gels, these were my absolute addiction for a while. I’m gutted that I can’t get all of them any more, but I’m relieved that Marshmallow is still around. I’ve stopped buying the shower gel for now, as I feel it’s important to change your scents to keep them fresh, but I can admit I’ve got a little travel bottle filled with it for emergencies, in case they scrap the last one! I have this month discovered though that they now have the Marshmallow scent in a bubble bath and honestly it’s life changing. It is the best thing I have ever put in my bath and it smells like heaven. Give it a go!

Nivea Hydro Care Lip Balm

This may seem like a really random and dull thing to have in my favourites, but I don’t care. I have constantly got cracked lips, and I keep having problems with the corners cracking and splitting. Gross I know but it’s so painful and horrid. I have tried so many lip balms, and although in most thing I love a good scent, I’ve realised I really do not enjoy that on a lip balm. It’s also a massive hassle to find a good one that is scented or tinted or some other unnecessary rubbish. I’ve been using this for a while, and it’s a god send. It’s just a good simple product that does the job. 

Food

Mini Eggs

I know this makes me sound like a total pig but I am completely obsessed with these. It’s not overly surprising for anyone who knows me as I get re-obsessed with these every year as soon as the Easter supplies come into stores. The problem is that this happens a little earlier every year and so I have to try to resist for as long as possible. For me, as soon as I get that first taste of mini eggs it’s like a beast awakens inside me that can only be satiated by mini eggs. It’s no exaggeration to say that they become my primary food source. Definitely not good for the diet!

Yorkshire Tea: Bedtime Brew

It’s a bit ridiculous that I’ve had a different type of Yorkshire Tea bag in every favourites but I’m actually on the last one now. I do not usually like flavoured tea, I can’t stand any type of herbal tea bag and that’s definitely an issue as I have crap skin and trouble sleeping, so I could really do with getting some green tea and chamomile into my routine. As a compromise, I tried the breakfast brew, and although it has got a little bit of flavour, it’s actually not bad. I still prefer a plain standard brew, but having one of these before bed even a couple of nights a week has definitely helped to chill me out for bed. If you want to know a bit more about it, this is what it says online: Warm, satisfying taste of Yorkshire Tea, gently decaffeinated and blended with lemon balm and nutmeg, for a seriously snuggly hot drink. If you ask me, it smells like hot cross buns and honestly that’s my favourite thing about it.

Movies and TV

Captain Marvel

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t overly bothered about going to see this. I mostly only went because it’s the last Marvel movie before End Game so it was clearly going to be relevant, and because I was super determined to support a movie led by a female superhero. I was more than a little pleasantly surprised by this film. I absolutely loved it! It was incredible, it was funny, it showed an awesome female relationship (although I admit I feel like they copped out on adding a gay relationship there where it felt natural and not forced, but that’s a conversation for another day). I also didn’t realise how awesome it would feel to see a powerful, badass woman leading a Marvel film. We definitely need more of this.

Shadow Hunters

Honestly, this is definitely not the best thing on TV. The writing is quite predictable, unfortunately the lead actress is one of the worst actors I have ever seen in anything and the constant will they/won’t they between Jace & Clary has way too much screen time for something literally no one cares about. Having said all of that, it’s a fun show to watch, it has some pretty unique ideas and now they’ve increased the budget it’s looking a lot better. Reasons to watch this show? Magnus and Alec. Simple as that. I would watch a show entirely focused on their relationship tbh. 

The Disappearance of Madeline McCann

There’s a lot of hype about this at the moment, but I think that’s honestly because there’s always a lot of hype around little Maddie. I did watch all of this, and I wouldn’t say it was amazing, but it was certainly interesting. It presented a lot of theories and that was the best part for me. Everything else was a bit mediocre. 

Queer Eye

Praise the lord Queer Eye is back! It’s been a very long wait for me for some more of this and I am so glad that season three is finally here. I love these guys so much, but most of all I just want Tan and Antony to come and live with me. This is my favourite thing to watch when I just want to chill out with a cuppa in my pjs, or to have on in the background whilst I’m working on cosplay. Absolutely cannot get enough. 

Music

I have been enjoying using Spotify much more this month, so I’ve actually been listening to things outside of my regular ipod lists for once, crazy I know! As per usual I’ve got a real mix of genres and artists, but then if you’re coming here for music recommendations you know that already. This is what I’ve been listening to most:

  • Can’t Help Falling In Love – Haley Reinhart
  • Just You And I – Tom Walker
  • Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
  • You’re The Voice – The Kingdom Choir
  • Sunflower (Remix) – Shaun Reynolds & Esmee Denters
  • Why Her Not Me – Grace Carter
  • Back Again – You Me At Six

 

And that’s it for March! What are you March Favourites?

Peace

Kit xx

Style

Fashion: Spring 2019 trends I’m enjoying

Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! I know we don’t talk about fashion all that often on here, mostly because I feel like my style is very fluid and not particularly “trendy”. I’ve been working on sharing more of my outfits on Instagram since just before Christmas to demonstrate that it’s okay to have a style that is ever changing and that doesn’t fit in any single box. Admittedly, I’ve been a bit lax with that lately as I’ve had a lot going on and so haven’t been putting a lot of effort into my outfits. But I’m hoping to get that sorted out very soon.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to do a fashion themed post today and to push myself a little out of my comfort zone by talking about trends. I don’t consider myself a trendy person at all, I could very rarely tell you what’s cool in the shops and 90% of my wardrobe is just black. I decided to do a post about spring trends that I like, as another step on my journey of showing that your style can fit in as many boxes as you like. So let’s get into those runway styles that we can expect to see hitting the high street this Spring, and which of them I’m enjoying!

Here’s a link to a Pinterest board of mine with plenty of examples: https://www.pinterest.co.uk/PuddyGeeks/spring-trends-blog-post/

Head to toe neutrals

This is probably surprising if you’ve followed any of my previous fashion posts or my Instagram, because I do tend to sit in the black clothes camp. I personally love having a little alternative spin on my style, and even when I want to be classy, I feel all black is my favourite way of achieving that. Having said that, I just love the way these outfits can look and I feel like having some outfits in your wardrobe that are softer and stand out from the rest can help to keep your look fresh and unpredictable.

Scarf print pattern

I am a huge fan of scarves, I have far too many and my collection spans year round. This is mostly because I am forever cold and even during summer prefer to have a chiffon scarf with me just in case, but I also just enjoy the variety of patterns and styles, and how easy it is to add a pop of colour to an outfit. This trend however has many different uses of the scarf patterns on various items of clothing. My favourites are the skirts and dresses.

Polka dots

I’ve always been a lover of vintage style and particularly of polka dots. So much so, that even through several clear outs I’ve kept two navy blue dresses with white polka dots that are only slightly different. I can’t bring myself to throw either away as I love them too much. I have forced myself to throw away other things though, when I realised I had the exact same thing in skirts and tops too! With this trend, I’d like to collect a few more polka dots items again, but at least try to mix up the colours so I don’t end up with many of the same thing. I’d also like to try styling them in other ways.

Leopard & zebra print

In the past, I’ve been pretty wary of leopard print. As a 90’s kid, I have flashbacks to many poor uses of it in fashion, and for a long time it’s made me think Scary Spice. Since around late August though, I noticed it creeping into my local New Look and I hate to admit that there were a few pieces I was tempted by. I didn’t have the money the month before my holiday, and unfortunately missed them, but I’d definitely consider investing in a few key pieces of either print as part of my style now. I’m not quite at the full outfit level just yet!

Butterfly details

Okay, I’m not sure if I actually like this trend because it’s cute, or if I like it because it’s nostalgic! If you’re a 90’s kid like me, you probably remember when those little dresses that were like a mini dress with a long chiffon overlay and the butterfly over the chest were the height of fashion. Everyone had to have one, and they were like your show stopper outfit, like you pulled that out for school discos and every other girl there would be wearing hers. I feel like it mostly reminds me of that, but I also just have seen some really beautiful items come out of this trend so far.

Metallic blush

Let’s be real, they’re calling it this to try and avoid saying Rose Gold. Guys, it’s Rose Gold. And I’ll be honest, you can call me basic as much as you like, but I love this. I have Rose Gold Minnie Ears, they’re one of my favourite pairs and I will buy almost anything this colour if it’s an option. If that makes me basic, that’s absolutely fine, I will be basic and happy! I am so into this trend, there are so many things I’ve already seen that I love and my purse is already crying for me.

Patterned suits

If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ll probably be aware that I love a woman in a suit. I have even braved rocking one myself, which I thought I’d throw in above! If I worked somewhere formal enough to wear a suit, I would 100% rock this trend most days. In my mind it looks sleek, stylish and incredibly sexy. And now, patterned suits are here to rock your world. I am obsessed with this trend, I have seen so many beautiful suits that walk that line between masculine and feminine perfectly. If you haven’t ever considered a suit before, now is the time. There is so much selection and you are sure to find something that suits your personal style.

Lavender

It probably comes as no surprise that the girl with the purple hair likes the lavender trend, but to be honest I’m a lover of pastels in general. Obviously lavender is my favourite, but it’s also the colour that is usually the least seen. It’s very easy to find a dusty pink or mint coloured blouse or jumper, but it’s not common to see anything in lavender. I’ve had a browse through pinterest and already found so many looks that I love, but check out my board for some lavender inspiration!

Black and white checks

There’s a pretty large chance that this is just the alternative chick in me, but I’m really enjoying this trend. It seems like an easy and professional way to add a little edgy style into your work wardrobe and I am all for any way of doing this. I am also hugely into the black and white check trousers with doc martens look in general.

And that’s everything for now! I hope this has given you some Spring wardrobe inspiration and helped to get you ready to try some new looks. Leave me a comment with any of your favourite Spring trends for 2019!

Peace

Kit xx

lifestyle

My New Social Media Schedule

Hi everyone! If you follow me on any social media or my YouTube channel, you may have noticed that I’ve been absent recently. I apologise that my content has simply dropped off the face of the Earth, I’ve had a few “real life” things to deal with recently, and my previous upload rate honestly got a little overwhelming. Although I’d love to say that I commit to my blogging and content as a full time job, that’s sadly not possible for me around a full time job, relationship, cosplay, YouTube channel, wedding planning and trying to find somewhere to live. Some people with more energy than me may be capable of doing all that at high pace, but unfortunately I’m just not.

I thought as my first post back, I’d ease into it by instead discussing some of the changes you’ll be seeing to my socials and content posting, discussing the reasons behind them, and talking openly about my “schedule”. I know most bloggers tend to prefer to keep their content organic by only posting when inspiration strikes, but still trying to keep it as regular as possible. Even those who do keep to a routine try not to publicly discuss it and instead just post the same time. I feel like it’s better for me to just be up front about what to expect from my content, as it holds me accountable to my goals, and also I feel like transparency just works better for me! I don’t want to pretend that I just blog when the mood strikes, or every time I post a video it’s because I had a moment of inspiration that motivated me to film, edit and upload all in one day. Sometimes, it’s a struggle to get things done in time around all my other commitments, and it’s easier for me to be honest about that.

Since around October, I’ve been posting a video on my own channel PuddyGeeks every Thursday, a video on AP2HYC every other Monday, a cosplay post on my Facebook page every Wednesday, a blog post every Saturday, and posting to Instagram every day. This has been hugely overwhelming, and has started to make everything feel like a chore. I also honestly feel like my content is not as good as it could be as it’s rushed and I don’t always feel like my heart is in it. And really, what’s the point if I’m not fulfilling my potential?

Instead, this is what I’ll be trialling from today:

Monday – bi-weekly from 25/03/2019 – video for AP2HYC

Wednesday – cosplay posts weekly bi-weekly (as I make far fewer cosplays per year now I do not have as much content left to share!)

Thursday – bi-weekly 04/04/2019 – video for PuddyGeeks

Saturday – weekly blog post

 

This is what we’ll be starting with, but it’s not set in stone and I’ll make adjustments as I see fit. For me, it’s more important that I’m able to balance all of the things I’m committed to whilst still doing well at them, otherwise it’s a waste of my time. I will continue posting daily on my Instagram, however I will not be as pressured on that before, so although my aim will be daily I will miss a day if I feel I need a break. As for my YouTube, I have certain series going on that are on a schedule currently, such as bi-weekly, and this is how that will change.

The Cringe Sessions – These will go from once a month to once every 2 months. They take a lot more time to make than my others and actually quite stressful! Although I love to make them, I definitely don’t want them to be every other upload on my channel.

Gaming videos – For the time being, they will be every other upload, but again I will review how this is working.

 

I have been toying with some new content ideas for a while, and this is another reason for me to change up my schedule, as I was already overwhelmed with what I had so there was no space to add anything else. Currently I am considering adding a podcast once a month, on one of my weeks where I do not upload to PuddyGeeks, and perhaps a live stream on the other week that I do not upload. As an example, this is how this would work:

Week 1: PuddyGeeks video Thursay

Week 2: AP2HYC video Monday, live stream (unsure which day yet)

Week 3: PuddyGeeks gaming video Thursday

Week 4: AP2HYC video Monday, Podcast episode Thursday

 

Let me know any thoughts you have on the above, I’m definitely open to feedback as I’d love to get this whole thing flowing as smoothly as possible.

Peace

Kit xx

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February Favourites

Another month, another favourites post! Is it me or is this year just flying past already! I keep getting lost about which month we’re on. I’ll take that as a positive, as they say time flies when you’re having fun. So let’s get into what I’ve enjoyed this month!

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Beauty

Urban Decay Naked Cherry Palette

It’s hardly a surprise to me that I’m impressed with this as a long term fan of Urban Decay palettes. I knew from the moment I saw it announced on their Instagram page that I wanted this desperately. It was a pretty big deal for me to buy a new palette, as let’s be honest they’re not particularly cheap and I’ve been more onto Makeup Revolutions palettes for £8 for the last few years. I decided that since I hadn’t bought myself a luxury palette in ten years and I hadn’t been able to source the one I wanted whilst in the States as planned, it was about time to invest in another. As per usual, the pigment in this is fantastic and the colour selection is charming. It helps that the colours perfectly fit my aesthetic, and they’ve allowed me to recreate many of the looks that I’ve had saved on my Pinterest for years but not had the right colours for. This palette gets a massive thumbs up from me and I have to be honest, I’m in love.

TRESemmé Colour Revitalise Colour Fade Protection Shampoo & Conditioner

I’ve been a long term user of Kallos products from Notino, especially because of the size bottles that you can get for very reasonable prices. However this time I decided to try something I could just pick up quick and easy from boots, and these huge bottles of Tresemme were half price. I’d had a little test of them as Hollie bought them first and I was pretty impressed. I recently recoloured my hair, and so it’s important for me to keep that colour looking fresh for as long as possible. After using these for the month, I must admit I’m very happy with the condition of my hair. It’s smooth and silky, easy to style and nowhere near as knotty. My colour is also still looking fabulous and at least to me, it doesn’t look like it’s faded at all. If you’d like to give it a go, it’s still only £3 a bottle at Boots which is a total bargain!

So…? Bali Breeze body mist

I originally bought a mini bottle of this in the travel minis section of Boots before my trip to Florida. I wanted something summery and fresh that I could keep in my park bag. I didn’t end up using it as I was gifted a cute little Ted Baker set for my birthday, and so ended up taking that instead. Recently, I decided to change up my daily fragrance and found this hanging out in one of my drawers and I am obsessed. As far as I remember, when I bought it, it was only £1 for a 50ml bottle, which will last me a while. To me at least, it smells like holidays and the beach, and gives me a little smile every morning when I spray it on. In my opinion, it’s well worth a pound for your own holiday feeling every morning. And much cheaper than the Orangasm by Soap and Glory that was my previous summer scent.

Schwarzkopf LIVE Colour Ultra Brights – 094 Purple Punk

If you any of you remember my multicoloured barnett from just before Florida, you’ll probably be quite surprised to see that I’ve gone back to dying my hair at home. To be perfectly honest, it was my absolute favourite hair colour that I’ve ever had, but at a pricy £115 it’s just not within my budget at the moment. I probably will continue going to the salon for a bleach now and then, as from previous attempts I’m not crazy enough to do that at home any more. For now though, I’ll stick to Live XL for my colour and try out a few different looks! This time I’ve gone with Purple Punk, as I wanted to return to my original Cadbury’s purple shade and I love it. It’s so vibrant, it’s stayed fantastically bright and left my hair still in lovely condition. When I bought it, it was reduced to £4.50 in both Asda and Boots, and although I used two bottles, I feel like £9 is much more my speed than £115.

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Food

Beanies Coffee

As part of living within a tighter budget, I’ve been trying my best to cut down on my excessive Costa purchases. That doesn’t mean to say that I’ve miraculously stopped living off coffee though! As a compromise, I’ve been trying some of the Beanies coffee flavours. So far I’ve got Chocolate Orange, Coconut and Gingerbread in my drawer at work for emergency use. You can find these occassionally in Aldi on special buy for a bargain price! Otherwise there’s just about every flavour available on Ebay.

Yorkshire Tea: Breakfast Brew

As you’ll remember in my December favourites, I started experimenting with some of the Yorkshire Tea flavours after seeing Brogan Tate rave about the Biscuit Brew, which I quickly became hooked on. Occassionally Sainsburys runs a half price offer on flavoured Yorkshire Tea’s, and so I also picked up the Breakfast Brew. This is basically just very strong tea, which is exactly what I need when I’m leaving the house at 7:15am for work. This is yet another step in slowing down my Costa abuse.

Movies and TV

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Okay so I started this back in December, but I took a long break before coming back to finish the last two episodes at the beginning of this month as I was working like a crazy person. I am so glad that I found the time to finish this. I know pretty much everyone is talking about this show, so I wont waste too much time repeating everyone. I really enjoyed this show, it was so unique and gave a perspective that I had never seen before. Hearing Joe’s reasoning for his actions was absolutely fascinating and Penn Badgley did an incredible job of playing the character. Joe scared life out of me, but I’m thankful to him for introducing me to Penn because god is he lovely haha!

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

I know that all of the Ted Bundy content is a hot topic at the moment so I don’t want to get into it. I will however say that I absolutely live for True Crime documentaries so I was always going to watch this, whether it had blown up on social or not. I found this such a fascinating show, and Bundy’s story was almost unbelievable. Although I knew his name, I didn’t know much about the case beforehand and it was so unpredictable that it kept me hooked. I especially liked that it was only 4 episodes as it didn’t feel like a huge commitment to watch.

Spotless

I don’t want to discuss this too much as we’re only about 4 episodes into this, and I definitely would appreciate no spoilers please! We put this on randomly last weekend in desperation of finding something to watch together and were immediately hooked. Again this show has such an original concept, and is tense to watch. The strange thing with this show is that I don’t feel like I really like it, but I’m definitely hooked and feel like I need to know what happens next. More on this when we finish it!

Big Mouth

Again I’m still in the process of watching this, I’m about half way through season two and am aware they just released a third season, so would appreciate no spoilers please! I love this show, it definitely feels like one of those guilty pleasures. It’s cringy as hell and sometimes really weird (ie pillow babies?), but mostly I feel like it hits the nail on the head for all the weirdness of puberty. If I’m really honest, the main reason I love this show is for the hormone monstress and the goddess that is her voice actor Maya Rudolph. My only criticism of this show is that I feel like it focuses a little too much on the boys, and although it’s very funny, I’d a love little less dick jokes and a lot more Maya being a queen. Now, if you need me I’ll be in the bubble bath….

Music

I’ve been lucky enough this month to join a family spotify membership, and so I’d definitely say my music collection has gotten much more varied than just the same limited music I have on my very old iPod! These are the tracks I’ve most been enjoying this month:

  • That’s My Girl – Fifth Harmony
  • Him & I – G-Eazy & Halsey
  • Let You Down – Perception
  • IDOL – BTS, Nicki Minaj
  • Back & Forth (Acoustic) – Becky Hill
  • This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) – Natalie Cole (this one is a bit random but I’m just loving it recently!)

And that’s a wrap for February! As always, I hope this post has given you some inspiration on things to try for the next month.

What have your favourites been for February?

Peace

Kit xx

anime · lifestyle

CineWorld Unlimited: 2019 movies watched so far

After watching Brogan Tate talk about it in her weekly vlogs, we decided to sign up to Cineworld Unlimited. As a couple, Karl and I are generally happy to hibernate and never go outside. We are absolute experts at finding reasons to not leave the house all weekend and although we often talk about doing something for date nights, we’re usually big fans of getting a takeaway and hanging out in pjs. As I’ve mentioned a few times, we’re saving for some big things in the next 2 years, and so deciding how to spend our little remaining money is a hot topic. We both enjoy going to the cinema, but I often feel that we don’t see things we’d like, as we have to decide how much we really want to see it, as it’s got so expensive nowadays! I felt that having a membership would make it far more economical and mean we could go whenever we feel like. This is what we’ve seen so far.

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Spider-Man Into The Spiderverse

I was a little bit naughty and went to see this without Karl as I was desperate to see it and I was worried that I’d miss it in cinemas. In all fairness, it was getting hard to see by the next weekend, so I’m glad that I did go. I’m pretty sure I already talked about this film once in my favourites, so I wont talk too much other than to say that if you haven’t been to see this already, this is absolutely worth catching on the big screen.

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Wreck it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks The Internet

I loved this! I was super late to the party on seeing this film, but it was a priority for me to see it at the cinema. I was lucky enough to see the original film in cinemas and I was blown away by it. I love how unusual the concept was, and as someone who has been a gamer for most of my life, it was amazing to see gaming represented in such a creative way in a movie. The characters were lovable, the soundtrack was awesome and the story was just incredibly enjoyable. I am so pleased to say that the sequel did not disappoint, and I found that I came to love the characters even more this time. I was a huge fan of the way that the film represented the internet, and felt that it was so well thought through. And the Disney Princess cameos were fantastic, I really enjoyed them. I also screamed at the momentary Peter Pan appearance, it makes my heart so happy to see him included!

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How To Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World

I just want to say this is potentially one of my favourite films of the year already, I don’t feel like there is much that could beat it. I mean really, I don’t feel like there is much that could beat the Toothless/Jay Baruchel combination in general. This is a perfect ending to the trilogy and I couldn’t have asked for more. As per usual with this film, it is a wonderful combination of hilarious and heart breaking. The writers have done an excellent job of developing these characters over time, and it’s wonderful to see how they grow up. The relationships between the humans and dragons is fascinating to watch and it’s completely unpredictable the whole way through. It is kid friendly, but still very enjoyable for adults too.

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Alita: Battle Angel

This was an interesting experience for me, as I didn’t know a great deal about this movie going in. However I wanted to give it a try, as I had been fortunate enough to see Avatar in cinemas twice when that was out, and I did not want to miss the opportunity to see the next James Cameron big thing in cinemas. This movie absolutely did not disappoint, I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to the hype. The CGI as incredible to watch, and was absolutely seamless. Alita was so beautiful to look at, and I felt that didn’t fade throughout the film. It was unpredictable, action packed and had a lot of heart. I would absolutely say it is an experience to see this in the cinema, and would recommend giving it a try simply for how unusual it is and for the amazing CGI and special effects that go into it.

And that’s what we’ve seen so far! I’m hoping to catch a few more chick flicks during the week after work, but so far all the films I want to see on my own are only on during the day, which makes it tricky. I’ll do another sum up post in a little while.

Peace

Kit xx