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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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

 

#GoRed – National Wear Red Day

Friday Feb. 6th is National Wear Red Day.

Support the fight against heart disease by wearing red on the first Friday of February.  1 of 3 women die of cardiovascular causes, however, through research, education and a lifestyle changes, 80% of these events can be prevented.  The American Heart Association launched Go Red For Women to raise awareness that heart disease and stroke can be preventable.

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According to goredforwomen.org over a decade ago since the first National Wear Red Day in 2003, they have made tremendous strides in the fight against heart disease and stroke in women.

Nearly 90% have made at least one healthy behavior change.
More than one-third has lost weight.
More than 50% have increased their exercise.
6 out of 10 have changed their diets.
More than 40% have checked their cholesterol levels.
One third has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day
Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

(source – www.goredforwomen.org)

Through social medias such as Twitter and Instagram you can join the movement by posting a photo of yourself in red, using the #GOREDSELFIE hashtag.

Will be posting mines later, but I wanted to share my usual net-a-porter finds.  Love these RED pieces!

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1. VICTORIA BECKHAM Cutout silk and wool-blend crepe dress
2. ILIA Tinted Lip Conditioner – Crimson & Clover
3. CHALAYAN Plant crepe peplum top
4. LA PERLA Eclipse triangle bikini
5. DELFINA DELETTREZ 9-karat gold, pearl and enamel earring
6. LANVIN Leather pumps
7. BURBERRY BEAUTY Nail Polish – 300 Military Red
8. J.W.ANDERSON Twisted leather clutch

What do you say darlings?  Time to bring out those LRDs (little red dresses for the ladies) & red shirts (gentlemen).  How will you #GoRed?

 


Honey

Date Night LBD

Oh, the classic, timeless LITTLE BLACK DRESS.

It is a wardrobe essential that is elegant, sexy, and versatile all at the same time.  I love wearing it.  I also love the color black, which makes it even more than a necessity to have in my closet.  I have a ton of lbd’s, but of course, I am always on the lookout for more.  

A dress I am currently in love with is a fit and flare plunge dress from Daily Look.  The A-line silhouette compliment both a curvy and curve-less figure. The empire waistline and plunge neckline accentuate the busts for those who, like me, needs the most. 😉  The mini-dress style elongate the legs.  With the perfect stilettos and accessories, this seductive LBD will make you feel like all eyes are on you.

For your next Date Night (or ladies night out) pair your LBD with heels and a clutch in Pantone’s 2015 Color of the Year, Marsala.

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1.  LOST CONTROL FIT AND FLARE DRESS By Keepsake
2.  GILBERTA HEELS By Schutz
3.  FOLDOVER CLUTCH
4.  FIVE STATION NECKLACE By House of Harlow 1960

Love this dress? See more of DailyLook’s Little Black Dress Collection.

On Instagram follow them @dailylook, #dailylook.

I was so impressed with DL, that I signed up for their ELITE program, a three-month FREE TRIAL of their monthly box of hand-picked fashion items.  Will share with you later the process of the program, and how fabulous it is.  I receive my first box on Feb. 16th, so I’m definitely excited to see what’s in it!

Enjoy your date night ladies, I am sure you will look lovely!

Honey

Red Knot Hawaii Untied

C.S. Wo & Sons Ltd., Hawaii’s largest furniture conglomerate is opening a new division, Red Knot, catering to the millennial generation.  With a younger market in mind, C.S. Wo & Sons ties an additional string to their current furniture operations, which include C.S Wo Gallery, HomeWorld, SlumberWorld and Ashley Furniture Homestores.  Introducing a new concept that offers well-designed home furnishing and accessories at affordable prices–Red Knot reflect the millennial’s love of self-expression, creativity and individuality.  

Vibrant upholstery, sleek lines, and rustic and vintage casual vignettes flow smoothly from one style to another.

Walking into the store, you feel the upbeat (and very urban) energy of the brand, from the pumping music, industrial interiors (the brick and sand-board walls, concrete floors and low light fixtures gives it a lofty feel), grafitti wall, to their enthusiastic team members, or home furnishing consultants.  The team members will encourage you to roam freely in the showroom all the while being available for assistance.  A clipboard with grid papers/notepad allows you to sketch or take notes on your favorite pieces. You even get a free pen and measuring tape for visiting the store!  I hear they also have the coolest store manager ever 😉

Grand Opening:  Saturday, August 30th, 2014

Some pics below:

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Red Knot is definitely not your typical furniture store.  Design-savvy, inexpensive, fun— go and see for yourself.

Visit any of our two locations at Pearlridge and Honolulu

98-107 Kamehameha Hwy.
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
808.485.3460

702 S Beretania St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
808.543.5360

 

To preview collections, you can also drop by our website www.redknothawaii.com

Follow us on instagram @redknothawaii #redknothawaii

Come & visit Red Knot’s Team Leader/Boss Lady- yours truly, Miss Honey.

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H

Kiss & Tell – A Fashion Must!

Pucker up ladies, one of Spring 2014’s biggest trend is making its mark.  It is all about the lips! Smacked on the runway from designers such as (my favorite) Diane Von Furstenberg, Alice + Olivia, Saint Laurent, and Giles- the lip prints are all over dresses, skirts, blouses, accessories, and even shoes.

Keep a look-out for this trend, as this is the time when it’s actually fashionable to kiss and tell 😉

Here are some of my current loves:::

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1.  Diane von Furstenberg “Jera” Dress

2.  Vivetta Bibi Lips Tank Top

3.  Jennifer Loiselle Lip Drop Earrings

4.  Alice + Olivia Karsyn Kiss N Tell Sweater

5.  Holly Fullton Lipstick Skirt

6.  Markus Lupfer Lips Sweater

7.  Kate Spade New York Seanna Oversized Sunglasses

8.  Marc Jacobs Lip Print Bangle

9.  Betsey Johnson Crystal Red Lips Watch

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.

A million kisses,
Honey

House of Versace – An Unauthorized Bioepic

One couldn’t agree more that Donatella Versace’s fascinating life as one of world’s most renowned designer is also one of the more dramatic ones…. so dramatic that it can be made into a movie.  Lifetime had the same thoughts as tonight, the network will be featuring an unauthorized biography film, House of Versace, starring Gina Gershon as Donatella.

Photo Credit Jan Thjis / Lifetime
Photo Credit Jan Thjis / Lifetime

The film, directed by Sara Sugarman, is based off of Deborah Ball’s book of the same title, covering Gianni Versace’s glamorous empire – it’s fall, and rise after his death.  Ball conducted more than 220 interviews, which included Donatella and her brother Santo.

There has been a lot of buzz about how this bioepic might just be the greatest Lifetime movie ever made.  Following Donatella’s drug addiction and rehab stints, the film will also show how she fought her demons to return and  rekindle the Versace brand stronger than before.

Unfortunately, the real House of Versace is distancing itself from from the movie.  A statement made to Women’s Wear Daily:

Versace has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace… Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction.

Oh no, makes you want to watch it more, doesn’t it?  I can’t say anything, as I have yet to watch it, although from seeing promotional photos, on a physical level Gina Gershon has Donatella  spot-on!

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Photo Credit Jan Thjis

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gina Gershon reveals how she transformed into Donatella.  From the makeup, the shoes, to her voice and mannerisms.  I found it very interesting that they actually have never met, and that Gershon preferred it that way.

At a certain point, I didn’t want to [meet her]. If I had met her before I probably wouldn’t have done it because you feel very protective over people. Although I feel like it’s ultimately a very flattering portrayal of her. I only have super respect for her.

 

“House of Versace” premieres tonight, Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

Will you be tuning in?

Love,
Honey