Happy Friday!

Wow – almost 2 weeks gone of 2017! I’m heading off to a winter wonderland wedding this weekend and am looking forward to relaxing a bit. We finally got hit hard with snow and I’m trying to finish my Winter Belle costume quickly to get some photos.

Happy Friday!
Kyla Is Inspired | Happy Friday!

Geo Bomber Jacket | I love the funky colors and shapes on this bomber jacket. I personally don’t own a bomber jacket, but if I needed to get one this would be it.

Emili Magical Girl Enamel Pin 1 | Emili Kimono Girl Enamel Pin 2 | Have I mentioned how much I adore collecting enamel pins? Bonus if they’re cute girls wearing Kimonos! Stami Studios on Etsy has a lot of fun pins to choose from.

Snow White by MeoMai | Have you seen Jessica’s art? She does stylized characters that are so gorgeous to look at.

What are you loving this week?


Cosplay | Tennis Rosalina

So we’re deep in the middle of winter with tons of snow on the ground, and I realized I never shared my Tennis Rosalina photos – so here’s a total summer costume flashback! These photos were taken at Connecticon last July, and I’ll be bringing this costume to PAX East next March. And I think Sadie from Sadie By Design will be Tennis Peach :)

Kyla Is Inspired | Tennis Rosalina Cosplay
Kyla Is Inspired | Tennis Rosalina Cosplay

To be honest, I made this dress because I had so much fabric left over from making my Rosalina gown early last year, that I didn’t want to let it go to waste.

Costume Details

DRESS: The dress itself isn’t a difficult pattern; I used Simplicity 4070 (a go-to of mine) but any sort of high-necked, flare skirt pattern should work. My (minor) modifications included: cutting an upside-down “V” in the front, adding a pleated trim to the bottom, and adding the little collar, with heavy-duty interfacing for strength.

CROWN: The crown has a foam base, covered in worbla. I cast the gems in resin (I have a mini resin tutorial here). I attached the crown to a headband, also painted silver. When I attach it to the wig, I use hidden bobby pins to keep the headband In place.

SNEAKERS: I bought these sneakers on Amazon. I stuffed the toes, put masking tape over the toe for a straight line, and painted the toe white.

RACKET: I found this racket at my local Dick’s for around $20 – it was already teal. I wrapped some leftover fabric around the handle to tie it into the whole look. Then, I painted the slats white (spray paint would be best, but I used acrylic). Rosalina has a star on her racket which I didn’t add here, but plan to paint on for PAX.

Kyla Is Inspired | Tennis Rosalina  Cosplay
Kyla Is Inspired | Tennis Rosalina  Cosplay

So, on a scale from 1-10, how painfully obvious is it that I have no idea how to actually play tennis? I thought I was doing great while I was posing, but when I got them back I just… ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Cosplayers, what advise can you give for posing as a character/or doing an activity you’re not familiar with?


Happy New Year!

Wow, can you believe that 2016 is already over? I’m not going to focus on what happened this year, but rather wanted to share some of my goals for 2017, both blogging and personal.

Kyla Is Inspired | Happy New Year

1 ART EVERY WEEK: Ever since I got ProCreate on my iPad, I’ve been drawing more. My main goal next year is to create something every week; I’ll be sharing it on my twitter.
2 BLOG MORE: I’m pretty sure this was my goal last year too, and I didn’t blog more. Whoops. I’ve already started filling my editorial calendar this year, so here’s hoping I actually stick to it!
3 OPEN AN ONLINE SHOP: This idea has been floating in my head for some time now, and I have a pretty good idea of what I want to sell. The only thing hanging me up is all the legal stuff, so I need to get my butt in gear and get that settled. Then I can do the fun stuff, like actually making the products :)
4 10,000 STEPS A DAY: Not your typical “eat healthy” & “workout more” – I just want to be able to say that yes, I walked my 10k steps a day and met my goals. That fitbit isn’t just a piece of jewelry! I’m also going to try and be more active in Powerpuff Bloggers, a fun community for nerdy bloggers to stay active.

What are your goals this year?

Kyla Is Inspired | Happy New Year


Happy Holidays!

Kyla Is Inspired | Happy Holidays!

Wow, can you believe that 2016 is already over? What a weird year. I won’t make this a New Year’s post, but wanted to wish everyone a happy holiday! Hopefully you’ll eat a lot of food, have some wine, and relax with friends and family :) I’m so looking forward to the next week!

Kyla Is Inspired | Happy Holidays!

I’ll be spending a quiet Christmas this year with my parents, and hopefully unplugging a bit and doing some sewing. Do you have any fun holiday plans?


Nerdy Gift Guide | For the [Casual] Gamer

Back at it with a second gift fuide for the year – this time, it’s for the gamer! Or, a more “casual” gamer. These are some everyday items that are perfect for all types of gamers. Or a little gift for yourself :P

Kyla Is Inspired | Nerdy Gift Guide

one | Overwatch Jacket

two | Widowmaker Jacket

three | Moogle Phone Case

four | Acrylic Chess Set

five | Energy Increased Travel Mug

six | Pokemon Socks

seven | Minecraft Light-Up Diamond Ore

eight | Question Block Enamel Pin

nine | Nintendo Monopoly

What kinds of presents are you getting for the gamers in your life this year?