Showing posts from August, 2013

The Mortal Instruments City of Bones Movie Review & My Experience (Spoiler-y!)

Hello, everyone! Long time, no see! So, this past Wednesday, I went to see the Mortal Instruments City of Bones movie at my local theater, and OMG the emotions that I went through! I'm going to cover everything. From my feelings about how the theaters handled the rush of Shadowhunters to their doors to what I wore to what I felt about the movie. With all that explained, let's get started. My mania started about the Sunday before the movie came out. I proceeded to call every theater within a seventy mile radius to see if they were doing a midnight premiere. What really ticked me off about  the situation wasn't that the theaters weren't doing a midnight release (well, that part did tick me off, but not as much as this), it was the fact that they had no idea if they were doing a midnight release two days before the movie came out. The theaters that I called took forever to get a hold of, and when I did get hold of them, they had no clue as to what I was talking about. It…

Hunger Games Merchandise: Replica Mockingjay Pin

Hello, everyone! So today I'm reviewing the Hunger Games Mockingjay Pin. I've had this pin for a while, but I thought I would review it because of the Catching Fire movie that's coming to theaters soon. I'll be reviewing this pin for its overall quality and its resemblance to the pin used in both the Hunger Games and the Hunger Games: Catching Fire. So let's get started!

The replica pin has the same style as the one in the movie. Both pins depict a simple bird with slightly spread wings catching an arrow as it slices through the air with it's overly large beak. They both have the same gold-ish hue, and from what I can tell, they are about the same size. Now let's talk about the differences!

The first difference is that the movie pin is more three dimensional than the replica version. The replica pin is all the same height, while the movie pin is raised in some areas. You can tell from the pictures that the head of the bird is more rounded, the wings come u…

Update: Where I've Been and Where I'm Going

Hello, everyone! Sorry I've been so MIA lately. It's been a very busy few days, and I haven't had any time to post. I'm very sorry about that. I'm going to visit my sister in the morning, so I've been trying to pack and getting my affairs together before I go. Because of that, the blog as suffered for it. I'm getting everything together to post while I'm there though. So, I won't be missing for an entire week. If you follow me on twitter (click here to go to my twitter page), you can get up to date information about how regularly I'll blog while on this trip. I'll got a whole suitcase full of just cosplay stuff that I'm planning on showing you all and will be reviewing. I'll also get back to reading. The next series I'm going to start is the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. So original, right? I promise to get off this Shadowhunter kick soon, but the movie is coming out in ten days. I'm going to be cosplaying and going to…

Crazy Cosplay: Adventures into Sewing Part 2 - Clary's Striped Shirt

Hello, everyone! So, today I've been working on one of my Clary cosplay pieces. In the City of Bones movie, Clary wears the Club Monaco Elsa Tee which I have pictured above with a screencap from the movie and the stock photo from the Club Monaco website. Sadly, I couldn't get the tee before they were all sold out, but I found a similar shirt at Old Navy. The big differences are that the Old Navy shirt has tighter stripes and longer sleeves. I couldn't do anything about the stripes, but I decided to cut off the sleeves and hem it to make shorter sleeves. This is how I did it and how the shirt turned out. Enjoy!

This is how the shirt looks before. It had 3/4 sleeves before I cut them off.

This is how tight the stripes are. Note that they are a little skinnier than the Club Monaco shirt, but I think they will work fine with my cosplay.

This is me pulling on the sleeve to show the difference between the stripes on the sleeves and the stripes on the body.

I cut off eight and a…

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare: Book Review

So, after reading the first third of this book, I wasn't really surprised. Based on the ending from City of Fallen Angels, I had already guessed what the next part of the book was going to be about. After that though, there were so many twists and turns that I got whiplash. Now, I don't want to give out any spoilers, but I would just like to ask why do bad things happen to the characters I love and invest in? I can't say anymore without giving anything away, but I can say that Clare does make things interesting. She hasn't been shy about writing on topics that can make even the most experienced readers turn away. In her Mortal Instruments series, she touches on topics like racism, homosexuality, and teenage sexual relations that sometimes "adults" wouldn't dream of talking to their children about. While many adults and even some authors breeze over these topics like they don't exist, Clare addresses them all in a series that is meant for Young Adults…

City of Bones Merchandise: Clary's Brooklyn Industries T-Shirt Review

Hello, everyone! So, it is a little belated, but I'm finally doing my review on Clary's Brooklyn Industries t-shirt. So let's get started. First things first. This shirt is incredibly soft! It's not made out of cotton like most t-shirts are. It's made out of rayon and polyester, which gives it more of a silky feel. Seriously, I just want to rub my face against it all the time. Next is the design of the shirt. I really like the sleeves which is an odd thing to say. I have ridiculously skinny arms so sleeves usually look ginormous on me. These sleeves do not. The design of the shirt is also really cool. It was inspired by instagram photos of Brooklyn which gives it a modern edge. I'm really excited to add this to my cosplay collection; however, it is a little pricey. It comes in at a whopping $40, which is a lot when you are used to getting them for $12.50 at Forever21. No need to panic though. I've found a discount for your the may or may not work. Accordin…

Crazy Cosplaying: Adventures into Sewing

Hello, everyone! As of a couple of days ago, I've finished my first start-from-scratch sewing project. It's my first time using a sewing machine, having a set pattern, and putting everything together. This wasn't something that was done overnight or by myself. My lovely mother has been helping me throughout the entire process. From buying the pattern to wondering what the heck a bobbin is, my mother has been by my side. Thank, God! I would not know where to start if it weren't for her. We bought the pattern at Wal Mart, of all places. According to the package, it's supposed to be one of the easiest patterns for beginner sewers. It's a simple t-shirt design, and you can check out the pictures down below of the one I used. Next we went to an actual fabric store (by actual, I mean we didn't by the fabric at Wal Mart) because they were the only people with enough length width-wise. We bought a brown jersey fabric. Not the most fashionable of options, but my mom…

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare: Book Review

So, I've went through City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare a couple of days ago, and I let it sit with me so I can fully understand all of the emotions this book has made me feel. This is an amazing book. It stays along the same lines as the first three books. It has action and adventure, relationships gone awry, and a big secret that is revealed at the end. I love all those qualities, which is why I love this series; however, Clare does add a bit more sexy time in this book than the first three. To be fair, Clary and Jace spent the first three books knowing that they couldn't love each other, and now the things that were holding them back aren't anymore. That can open up a whole slew of possibilities, and I feel we just get a taste of what that could be in this book. Now, I've said it a thousand times and I'll say it again, everyone needs to read this series. While I still believe that City of Glass is my true love, I will always appreciate this book...includ…

City of Bones Hot Topic Merchandise: Heat Revealing Runes Mug

Hello, everyone! So today I received this mug that I ordered about a month ago from Hot Topic's official website. I was really curious as to how well this mug would work. By that, I mean how vibrant the runes would show up, how much hot water it would take to change the runes, and if it was a decent mug in general. Well let's talk facts. When I first opened my package, I noticed that the mug is quite small. It's a bit smaller than a Coke can and the circumferance is a bit bigger than a Coke can. Quite frankly, when you spend $14.50 for a mug, you expect a little more. Also, I immediately noticed that whatever they used to put the lettering for "the Mortal Instruments City of Bones," they left a thin clear film over it. Maybe they wanted the lettering to stay on longer, but it just cheapens this otherwise cool-looking mug. Now, let's get to the fun stuff. I immediately wanted to test the runes. I turned on super hot water from the faucet and placed it in the …