First of all, I updated my costume galleries with new Wonder Woman and Retro Space Girl image, shot by Benny Lee.
I also had the chance to do a photoshoot collaboration with LA Photographer Aileen Luib, who took me to a garden in downtown LA and shot my original Peacock costume, Empyrean Eyes. Aileen has a unique eye for beauty and whimsy and I appreciated being able to work with a female photographer of her caliber.
Here is a teaser shot from our collaboration:
I am both happy and perplexed that December is already upon us. This year flew by but at the same time so much had happened in 2011 that last Christmas seemed like an eternity ago. If you know me, you know that Halloween and Christmas are my two favorite holidays. (With Dragoncon over Labor Day weekend thrown in as 3rd fave) I am getting into the Christmas mood and even put up a tree this year hehe. Usually I am so busy that I never think about decorating. And while I normally plot far off getaways in December because the con season over by then, this year I have to stay in town for work. But it's good projects and great preparation for a bigger and better 2012. I always look to the future and what can be done to improve my life and happiness. 2012 will be an exciting year and I want to be as ready as possible for it.
December is also a great crafting month for me - I took two trips in the last month to the LA Fashion District and bought materials for 6 new costumes. I am working on 3 right now and will debut at least one new costume at Ikkicon at the end of the month. It's now become tradition for me to venture out to Austin, TX, to celebrate the arrival of the New Year and attend this well-run nice anime convention. I will be a participating Cosplay Guest again, hosting panels and assisting with the costume contest. It is also a great opportunity to purchase the Cosplay For a Cause charity calendar benefiting the Japanese Red Cross!!! All proceeds will be donated to help rebuild Japan, and there are less than 300 calendars left! If you buy the calendar at Ikkicon, you can immediately start using it on the Sunday of the con, January 1st 2012! Renowned Brazilian cosplayer Yuki LeFay will be glad to keep you company all month long as Samus Aran of Metroid fame.
So if you'll be at Ikkicon, stop by my table in front of the dealer room, have a chat and check out the cosplay wares and calendar. I look forward to seeing you!