The Cloning of X-23

This past weekend we attended the much anticipated Amazing Hawaii Comic Con. There were a lot of blunders and disorganization expected from a “first-time” event being held here in Hawaii, but I won’t get into that. It was a fun experience overall, and I will do it again next year, although we probably won’t invest in their so-called “VIP Package”, because it did nothing for us. Again, I will not go over that.

This post is about the making, or cloning should I say, of the character that I chose to dress up as, the superhuman, supersexy assassin X23.

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Close enough, I guess.   This is my version, as this is the most undressed I will ever get in public.  I wore a pair of high-waisted (versus X23’s low-waist style) vegan leather leggings from Daily Look.  I paired it with a lace bralette from Victoria’s Secret, as I wanted to add a touch of femininity to it.  Lace & leather ;).  The combat boots were bought last minute our nearest Target, the belt buckle accents gave the outfit a she-is-going-to-squash-you look.  Yup, she’s wearing lace, but X23 means business.  The black “choker” was actually bra straps I took from one of my VS multi-way bras.  It proved itself to be very multiway, alright.  Hook and adjust was all it took.   The gloves were from six Halloweens ago when I dressed up as glamour Barbie.  I remember it went well with the hot pink party dress and blonde wig, and mile-high heels.  Thanks, Barbie.  The belt was not really a belt, but a removable strap from a weekender bag I got from VS a very long time ago.  Last but not least, her claws….Just like her backstory, X23’s claws came from Wolverine as well.  Scored an official Wolverine Claw toy from Amazon.  Made of styrofoam, it was very easy to just chop that middle claw, since X23 only has two claws per hand, not three.   I was missing her pendant and the X logo for the belt.  Regardless cosplayers and attendees recognized who she was.

Surprisingly, X23 was noticed more that I thought she would have.  There were so many photo opps requested from all ages, there were even little girls who swears she is their favorite character.

The best comment ever was, “You look so cool.  You are like a Disney Princess that kills people!.”

Absolutely loved it!!!

This is my favorite candid with one of her fans…  (Thank you Natalie Millon & PhotoLuxe for your pictures!)

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As X23 I also had the opportunity to meet a talented and amazing local artist, Lynne Yoshii, who did such a commendable thing that I admired so much.  I became a fan in an instant!  X23 has not reached the same success in pop culture or in the theaters as other X-Men women characters like Rogue, Storm, Mystique or Jean Gray (just to name a few).  Her following consists of die hard fans or readers of the X-Men / Wolverine series, so I was not expecting a lot of commercial products at the con featuring X23 that I could purchase as a memorabilia.  I searched anyway.  When I was about to give up, I came across Lynne’s booth and browsed through her portfolio.  Then a few pages in,  I saw a stunning sketch of X23.   I immediately wanted to purchase it, only to be told that she was sold out and that was not for sale because she needed it for her portfolio.  I was so sad since this was the only X23 that I saw throughout the whole weekend.  Lynne then offers to give me a “misprint” version of the artprint because they had some issues with the printer on the upper part of the page.  Totally not noticeable at all.  She did not want my money.  I accepted the “misprint” with a gigantic smile on my face.  I was sooo enamored with the artprint, Lynne’s quality of work, and her quality of customer service.  I will never forget what you did for me Lynne.  You created a raving fan, who will always share this story.  I will treasure your artwork forever.

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Please visit Lynne’s website to see her stunning work of art:

www.lynneyoshii.com

Frolic Hawaii also posted our group photo in front of the Amazing Hawaii Comic Con Red Carpet, featuring X23, Levi Ackerman from Attack on Titan (Bronson), Ken Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul (Marlon) and Kikyo from Inuyasha (Kelsie).

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Lastly, for for my cosplayers who are inspired to be X23 in the next Comic Con or Halloween, I created an outfit inspiration board for you, as well as some links on where to get the pieces.

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Helmut Lang Stretch Leather Legging Pant
Sleeveless Scoopneck
Crop Corset
X-Men Belt Buckle
Gold Chain Belt
Black Choker
X-Men Wolverine Claws
Penny Loves Kenny “Krista” Black Riding Boot

Honey

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Hawaii Comic Con Dilemma: Who Will I be?

The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con is happening in just a little over two weeks.

Still didn’t decide on who I will be dressing up as.

First, it was Wonder Woman.  Because, well, who wouldn’t want to be Wonder Woman?

Then, we binge-watched Arrow, and I decided I wanted to be Nyssa Al Ghul because she is such a bad-ass.  But her costume is too complicated.

Then I thought, hey Catwoman is bad-ass too, why not Catwoman?  I did write a whole blog post about how in another realm and time I would love to be her.  But the catsuit thing, nuh-uhh.  Hawaii has been extremely hot and humid, I did not want to be sweatin’ in that.

Then we go into X-men Universe,  and Psylocke came to mind, but oh, she is too sexy for me.  I don’t think I can pull that purple spandex bathing suit.  Heard Olivia Munn “broke a crotch” trying on her costume! I am confident, but not that confident.

Then I come across X23.  Laura Kinney.

X-23 IS THE FEMALE CLONE OF WOLVERINE, CREATED TO BE THE PERFECT KILLING MACHINE.

I fell in love.Laura_Kinney_(Earth-TRN177)I also like the thought that I just might be able to pull this off.  Long black hair? Check.  Leather leggings and boots?  Check.  Claws?  Would to have them.  CHECK!

Best yet, her costume is easy!  Just have to pick up a pair of green contact lenses.

I will let you know how this goes in two weeks.  Will post lots of pictures, I promise!!!!

I Said Yes…

Two weeks ago, on Juy 23rd, Brons asked me the most important question I have been asked in my whole life.

My answer was YES.  Absolutely, undoubtedly yes.  There was no reason not to.

He is my everything, and being together for over nine years prove just that.

So yes, we are getting married.  Yes, we are going to start a family.  And yes, we are looking at growing old and wrinkly together…..

In exactly ONE YEAR, we will be saying our vows.  Here’s a toast to August 7th, 2016, the beginning of our forever….

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This photo was taken at this year’s Hawaii Bridal Expo at the Blaisdell Center the night after we got engaged.

Bronson,

Here’s to eternity of hugs and kisses, random inside jokes, unforgettable moments with amazing friends, lazy Fridays and date nights. You are my dashing prince who swept me off my feet and just like Superman took me up, up and away in this crazy beautiful world. I love you today, tomorrow and forevermore.


Honey

The Amazing Hawaii Comic Con

Currently not-so-amazing!  Ugh… my face right now:::

Comic Con is FINALLY coming to Hawaii, and the much anticipated ticket sale date was today, Friday, May 15th.  It was announced on their website, and advertised on their Twitter and Facebook that the tickets were going to be live, ON SALE at 10:00am local time, Hawaii Time.

So we log-in at 9:32am on EventBrite to confirm the VIP ticket prices, and oh my goodness, we find that the VIP Packages are all SOLD OUT!!!!!

SERIOUSLY?   Apparently they started selling the tickets about 9am, an hour earlier than we expected.  So of course Hawaii people log-in a little before 10am to find out the the same thing.  VIP TICKETS SOLD OUT.

Super disappointing, but we bought the General Admission tickets for four.

I check back on their FB Page and see all the comments about this inconvenience and Comic Con makes an announcement:

Amazing Hawaii Comic Con Ticket Update

Due to overwhelming demand, Initial allotments of the Original VIP Tickets and the Turtles VIP Packages have Sold Out.

While standard one day General Admission tickets and full 3 day event tickets are still available, we will be adding new specialty packages to meet the demand, while still keeping the integrity of the exclusive packages.

New Premium Ticket Packages will go on sale TODAY at 12noon LOCAL HAWAII TIME.

We appreciate your enthusiasm and strong response to the first ever AMAZING HAWAII COMIC CON, coming to Honolulu in 2015

Again, SERIOUSLY????  Tickets are non-refundable, all sales are final.  So they expect us to buy another round of tickets after already purchasing the general tickets!  How organized and customer service-oriented they must be!

They should give us an option to upgrade our general tickets to VIP tickets, I think that’s the fair way to accommodate this inconvenience.

What do you think, Diana of Themyscira?

*Hope they solve this!!!!

Honey

FREE Paper Crane Earrings

Happy 5th Birthday, Fashion With A Mission! 

Let’s celebrate this milestone by sharing a little bit of love, hope and luck! FWM is partnering with Bohemian Princess in spreading goodness (and of course loveliness), through a pair of beautiful paper crane earrings.

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Each crane is created from high-quality origami yuzen paper. Various beads, gemstones and pearls are incorporated into the paper crane to create unique earrings- none of the designs are the same.

Tsuru, or paper crane is a symbol of hope, peace, happiness, loyalty, good health and yes, good luck. Legend has it is you make fold 1000 paper cranes, and you get to make a wish. 

For the month of April 2015, as part of Fashion With A Mission’s 5th year anniversary, 500 paper cranes are available at absolutely no price (FREE). Just pay for shipping, flat rate of $3. Bohemian Princess and Fashion With A Mission wants to share hope and peace that the paper cranes represent.

*Due to the handcrafted nature of the earrings, please allow up to two weeks for shipping & delivery. Earrings you receive will be randomly selected. *

Visit www.bohemianprincessfashion.com and use code FWM2015 at Checkout.

 

Honey

 

Catching My Star

Inspired by Perry Como’s Catch a Falling Star, here is my version, a short love note dedicated to my shining star….

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Take a little star and put it in your pocket

Never let it get away

So when that starless one taps you on your shoulder

Give that star to him

and never let him go….

In life, all you need is that one star to light up your world,

and his

❤ Honey

*image courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net “Stars In the Night Sky” by aopsan