Friday, October 30, 2015

Being Bella (Swan) - Cosplay Look - Get the Look

T by Alexander Wang Fitted Tee Dress and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part II Photograph

Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here with a last minute Halloween look or just a cosplay look that you would like to add to your repertoire. In case you haven't guessed, this post is going to feature two Bella Swan looks. One from when she was human and another after she turns into a vampire. Let's get to it!

The first thing you need to do when you get started on your cosplay project, you need reference pictures. I'm going to show you all the pictures that I used to recreate these two looks (including the pictures at the top).

T by Alexander Wang Fitted Tee Dress and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part II Photograph

Bella Swan and BB Dakota Leigh Cargo Zip Hoodie Photograph

Kristen Stewart as Bella Swan in Twilight



As you can see, I also made sure to add a couple of close-up shots for hair and makeup. You can always go for an exact replica of each look, but if you don't have the time (or the budget), Bella's style is simple enough that you can find pieces that can go with the look you are tying to achieve. Here are some of my results.

Some Accessories

An Alternative for Bella's Moonstone Ring - Found at Flea Market

A "Natural" Makeup Look - For a Human

Look Without Jacket

Look With Jacket

Another With a Jacket

Making Sure to Get the Shoes

Bella's Accessories - Available on the Web

Shoes on the Right for the Human - Made by Simple Shoes, but Vans Can Also Work

Makeup Used to Achieve the Look
Bella's Signature Blue Jacket
Grey Undershirt with Black Trim


White Thermal with Hood


Average Pair of Blue Jeans
So everything above is what I used for Bella's look as a human. I used a pair of jeans that I already owned, and the other items are things that I've been collecting for awhile. Here's a similar jacket at Kohls.com. I also found this white henley that's similar to my thermal at Target. They no longer sell the shoes that I'm wearing, but I found a pretty good alternative here. And lastly, here's a cami that I also found at Target. Now onto the vampire look!

Here are my boots! 

Bella's Grey V-Neck Dress

Bella's Bracelet and Engagement Ring

An Alternative to Bella's Jacket

The Look Put Togerther

Me Trying to be a Bit More Professional

Make Up for a More Dramatic Look

Wearing the Accessories

Full Look - With Jacket

Sassy Look

Makeup Look

One Last Shot at the Boots
Here is where you can find an alternative to Bella's dress. These black tights from Target are perfect! The boots are a little trickier, but I found some alternatives here. And here is a jacket that I found at Forever 21 that can help you complete the look! Just as Bella's human look was a more natural makeup look, Bella's makeup look as a vampire is a bit more dramatic. So have fun with it!

Well, that's it for this cosplay look! I hope you've enjoyed it! Comment down below with some ideas you think I should do. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, the first book of its series and our Booksplosion book of the month! If you want to check out the BookTalk for this novel, you can find it here. This book takes place in the same world as the Grisha series, but don't worry! You don't have to read that series in order to read this series. Basically, six unlikely comrades come together to pull of a heist that is considered impossible. But is it? Well, I won't tell you. But let's get onto the review!

Let me just say that I have not been this emotionally invested in a book since The Queen of the Tearling, and I have to say that I love this book. I was crying, screaming, pacing, and throwing things (mostly the book) whenever things got intense, and that happened a lot. This book was unapologetic in its frankness, and that is so refreshing to see. It didn't stray away from any topic, and it sent me on a roller coaster of emotions. I. CAN'T. EVEN.

I want to talk about the squad. This group of misfits start out to be the most unlikely group of "friends" that I can imagine. You've got the leader Kaz, who is ruthless but has such an incredible backstory that by the end of the book, I was rooting for him. Then there's Inej who is basically a self-made ninja. We have a sharpshooter with a gambling problem, Jesper. Then our other lady badass is Nina, who can kill you without even touching you. Matthias is basically the muscle of group, but he is also the most reluctant for serious reasons. Lastly, there's Wylan who I consider to be an outcast among outcasts. They are all just so different and interesting, and we get to see how each one develops over the course of the novel, which is crazy because there is six of them. You want each of them to win, and that's not always possible. But you still feel connected to each one of them, and I really just want to be a part of their squad. Please? Can anyone make that happen?

I will also say that this novel pulls off the "heist" aspect very well. By that I mean that while you may be expecting one thing, something else entirely happens. It's like a very big con. You expect the heist to go off in a way that the squad looks like they are going to win, but then a situation arises that looks to be the end of our sort-of heroes. But come to find out that it was all a part of some elaborate plan that helps our characters toward their main goal. It's mind boggling and fun, and if you like stories like that then you'll enjoy this book. But remember that it is a bit darker. By "a bit" I mean "a lot."

Also, the amount of sass in this book makes me so happy. Sass and shipping. There are so many ships in this book, and I'm not talking nautical. They way that these characters fit together and act with each other is amazing and somewhat tragic. And when they get sassy, I want to giggle and cry at the same time.

So there's magic and duels and explosions and sass and heists and con artists and back stories and interesting characters! There's really nothing bad I can say about it. I mean, some of the terms are a little difficult to understand in the beginning, but I appreciate that the author didn't treat me like a baby and lay everything out for me. I got to learn as the story moved forward, and it made each new revelation even more exciting!

With everything said and done, I'm giving this book five turnips out of five. Really, if you think you would like White Collar with a sprinkle of gouging out eyeballs, you'll really enjoy this novel.



Also, feel free to comment down below if you get the turnip reference. ;)

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Shadowhunters TV NEW Promo! - Reaction!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to react to another Shadowhunters TV Promo! Another promo dropped a few days ago, and the lovely people on YouTube (you can find the specific channel here) managed to record the promo for our viewing pleasure. As of this moment, there is only a low-quality version available, but as soon as there's a higher quality version available, I'll be sure to post it. But enough about that. Let's get onto the reaction!

Like my other reactions, I'll be typing out my thoughts and feelings as the trailer plays. You can find the video down below. Let's get to watching!


Okay, the first scene may be the coffee shop, but it's still up in the air. If it is, it is a pretty big coffee shop. Also, their using the same audio as the other promo, which I guess is fine if not a bit redundant.

City of Bones!!!!!!

Oh, Simon. He's so cute. I'm sure he's going to kill it in this role.

I like how Clary is applying to art schools. It gives her another connection to a life outside of the Shadowhunter realm, and it could cause some tension between her past life and her future.

The lines are so cheesy, but I love cheese. So, I'll accept it. For now...

Izzy speaks! Izzy speaks!!!

And she has fire. That's pretty cool.

Clary looks a bit like a damsel here, but I'm sure that won't be a reoccurring theme.

Okay, we get more demon effects. It is super gross. Ewww.... I also like this angle of the kill stab than the other promo.

Snarky Simon is the best Simon!

Now we have a quick montage of clips from the previous promo. Along with some whispers and some screaming. Finishing off with an "I'm ready."

Okay, so we got a few more pieces of information, and we got a better look at some of the darker elements of the show. I kind of wish we saw a bit more of Clary's parents because I'm wondering how much their actions will be changed from the books. For example, I know that Luke's profession changes, but how that will affect the story is still up in the air. But I guess there still needs to be a few surprises in order to keep things interesting.

Well, that's it for this post! Comment down below with your thoughts on the trailer! Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Easy and Affordable Isabelle Lightwood Whip! - Cosplay Look/Tutorial



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to tell you how I made my Isabelle Lightwood whip. It's super easy, quick, and inexpensive. And if you have a really cute outfit, add this little touch and a few runes, and you got a last minute shadowhunter costume! Let's start with what we need!

All together we need a whip, spray paint, newspapers, and some old clothes. I got my whip at Ultimate Party for $6 plus tax, which isn't terrible, but I also found this whip on the Party City website. It is only $3.50 plus tax and shipping, which isn't too shabby. I bought my metallic silver spray paint at Walmart, which you can find here. It's about $3.70, and I found it to be the perfect shade for the project.

The newspapers and the old clothes are merely to protect the ground and your good clothes from the back spray. They are especially important if you plan to do this on a windy day or happen to be too close to the road when cars drive by. Guess which one I dealt with. Trick question. It was both.

Here's a couple of tips that I discovered when I was doing the project. You may want something heavy to keep your newspapers in place. For some reason my apartment complex does not have a single rock around. So I had to settle for pine cones. You may also want to have something to expand your whip or spread it out for awhile before you start spray painting. Also, have a spot that the whip can lay out for a little while and dry. It will be a little sticky until the paint dries. Speaking of sticky, there is a high probability that you will have spray paint all over your hands. If you are not okay with this, you need to procure some gloves.

First you need to get all of your equipment set up. Lay out your newspapers, and put down something that will keep them in place. Then get to spraying. Make sure that you cover the whip from top to bottom, and make sure you get it all the way around. This is the tricky part, and for me, I just went piece by piece, spinning it until I covered the whip. I only did one coat of paint, but if you really want it to be screen-worthy, I suggest two. Then let it dry. Here's some of the pictures that I took of the project!

Materials/Supplies
After Spray Paint

Tin Man Fingers
Finished Project
Finished Project Part 2
So now you have a weapon against the forces of darkness and a new accessory for your Halloween costume! Comment down if you liked this tutorial or other tutorials that you like! Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Beastly Bones by William Ritter - Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review Beastly Bones by William Ritter. This is the second book of the Jackaby series, and with the ending of this book, we're sure to have more to come! Abigail Rook and R. F. Jackaby are on the case again! We have a dinosaur bone thief, dead bodies drained of blood, and a paranormal creature that turns into whatever it eats! Oh my! How are Rook and Jackaby going to solve this curious puzzle? Well, enough about that. Let's get onto the review!

So when I read the summary for this book, I was a bit hesitant. I felt like none of the mysteries fit together, and I was concerned that this novel was going to be a series of mini-cases rather than a complex story. Don't worry! That's not the case! Everything fit together nicely, if not in a surprising way.

Let's talk about the mystery. In mystery novels, there should be some level of suspense and a want to find out who-dun-it. For me, there was plenty of that within the book. There were parts were I definitely had an inkling as to what was happening or why, but (and more importantly in my opinion) I found myself surprised by some of the reveals (and a little upset that I didn't figure it out quicker).

Another aspect that I appreciated was that while it was a monster-of-the-week kind of book, it still added to the overall series's plot. It gave me a look as to what the bigger bad might be in the up coming books. It was a pretty smart move. That way readers can reread this story for the fun element without having to read the entire series over, but as readers, we can still be affected by the overall plot of the entire series.

Speaking of fun element, this book was very charming in its humor. You have the kooky but charming Jackaby, who talks without tact, but he still manages to deliver an important message that sounds thoughtful. You have Abigail Rook who is struggling with emotions like love and friendship but still wants to keep her independence and a sense of adventure, which is common with female characters in books. Authors end up leaning too much one way or another. I think that it was done very well within the novel. I just hope that Abigail manages to keep up her positivity through the upcoming books.

We also get to see Charlie the police officer/werehound in this book, which I was supper happy about. He was just so interesting in the first novel, and I was sad to see him go. But it looks like we'll be seeing a bit more of him in the future, which is fine by me.

One aspect of the novel that I didn't appreciate was the repetitive backstory. Some backstory is fine, and sometimes necessary, for the second novel in a series. However, I must have read Charlie's backstory at least four different times throughout the novel. That's not really necessary or helpful.

Overall, I found Beastly Bones a charming and quick read. So, I'm giving this book four penny whistles out of five.



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Monday, October 19, 2015

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs - Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, the third book in the Peculiar Series. This book pick up where Hollow City left off. Jacob has just realized that his peculiar power can extend to beyond seeing hollows, he can control them as well. With his new found power, he, Emma, and Addison are off again to rescue their friends and their ymbrynes. But enough about that, let's get onto the review!

So, I have to come out and say it. I. Love. This. Book. It has everything that I want in a book that concludes a series. It connected back to the first book in several ways. There is a lot of character development in both the major and minor characters. There were still surprises that I wasn't expecting. It was just done so well, and I found myself unable to sleep until I finished it or passed out from emotional exhaustion.

Let's talk about some of the good stuff. There were moments in the book where I felt like that Riggs was really speaking to me. Or the reader. Not me personally. That would be a little weird. Right? Anyway, there's a part of the book in which stories are mentioned. We started with Jacob's grandfather telling Jacob a story about his home that was protected by a bird with a pipe. Then we had a book of tales that was actually based on different time loops. Then we have the story featured in this novel. I won't give anything away, but the title should give you an idea. I just thought that it was wonderful having stories that impacted the character because they in turn impacted me.

There was also a moment where Jacob could have taken the easy way out. He calls it "cheating" in the book, and it would have changed how the story played out. But when he mentioned it, I thought about how authors make it convenient for their characters to find a solution to their problems. Some readers would call that cheating, and having it mentioned in the book kind of breaks the fourth wall a little bit. Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I still found it awesome.

I like all of the creepy elements that were depicted, which is surprising because I've never been one for gore, creepy, or scary elements in books. Suspense I'm usually okay with. Everything else is almost too much for me. But in the book, and this series, everything felt approachable, which is a little weird when it comes to scary stuff. It's just when I read some of the more creepy scenes, I felt invigorated and not terrified.

This novel is also a good example of a crossover book. It's marketed towards a younger audiences, but adults like me can still find it interesting and enjoyable. There are little nuances like politics and patriarchy and familial responsibility vs apathy. The book takes on a lot of societal issues that you wouldn't expect, and the good guys aren't always represented as a almighty, incorruptible source of good.

So yes, there are a lot of good things that I could say about this novel, but then this would be a blog novel and not a blog post. With everything said and done, I'm giving this novel five pairs of owl wings out of five.


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Friday, October 16, 2015

Cover Clothes #10: Jackaby by William Ritter

Cover Clothes #10: Jackaby by William Ritter





Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to do another cover clothes! This time I chose Jackaby by William Ritter in honor of the sequel coming out last month (which I'm hoping to read this month - fingers crossed!). You may recognize this dress from Cover Clothes #7, but this one is red, which makes it totally different. Like every other Cover Clothes, everything in this set is inspired by the cover and under $50. Hope you enjoy!

That's it for this post! Comment down below with other covers you think should be featured in this series. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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