Lumos vs. Nox

Today is Harry Potter’s birthday! In honor of the day I thought I’d post some of my latest Harry Potter doodles, Lumos and Nox. These might be two of the most classic spells, and are extremely handy. In fact, Lumos is my personal favorite spell in the whole HP universe!

This got me thinking – which spell do you prefer? Lumos or Nox? Let me know in the comments!

Kyla Is Inspired | Lumos vs. Nox

Kyla Is Inspired | Lumos vs. Nox

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Cosplay | Casual Rosalina

Last year I made Peach’s Mario Odyssey casual outfit, and I thought, why not make a Rosalina version??

In order to save money, I decided to create this from materials I already owned…though it definitely helped that I had the wig from when I cosplayed Rosalina in 2015, and her tennis version in 2016 :)

Kyla Is Inspired | Casual Rosalina

The Costume Elements:

Wig & Luma plushie: From my original Rosalina cosplay.

Blouse: From Odyssey Peach

Skirt: This is Ariel’s skirt, which I shortened. I used heat n’ bond to attach the stars using white fabric I had laying around

Bow & Necktie fabric: Leftover from either Elsa, Rosalina, Tennis Rosalina, or Ariel :) The white fabric paint was leftover from mixing color’s for McCree.

Wand: I 3D printed the star, painted it gold, and attached it to a dowel I had. Super simple!

Rhinestones: I had so many leftover from Snow White!

Kyla Is Inspired | Casual Rosalina

Have you made costumes from scraps you’ve had leftover before? What did you make?

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Eco Point Mei Cosplay Work Log | Part II – Boots

I’m back with part 2 of Mei’s cosplay breakdown! This time I’ll be sharing her boot process. Part I covers her jacket if you want to check that out!

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log
Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial


  • 4 sheets EVA Foam – 1/2″ thickness
  • 1 large roll of thin foam (can be found at Michael’s
  • 2 yards of blue spandex
  • 1/4 yard of red spandex
  • Leftover fur from Mei’s jacket
  • Worbla
  • Yellow and silver acrylic paint
  • Silver buttons

Honestly, the boots were the last project I started, but the first to finish! I was the most terrified of making these, but I’m very happy with how they turned out. My biggest concern was that I needed to be able to wear my comfortable Clark’s shoes (I’ve fractured my foot twice over 3 years, so supportive footwear only!) and slip into the boots, so the structure was going to be key.

The main structure is all EVA foam – we bought a pack on Amazon for $20. Sam really helped with this part :) The bottom base is just an oval, traced over my shoe so there is about 2-3 extra inches of surface area around the sole. It has little raised pieces of foam on the toe and heel where I need to slip my foot in, so when I walk I’m not kicking around in the boot. It’s nice and snug so the shoe doesn’t have any wiggle room. We made a “cage” over the toe of the foot to create the large rounded look of the toes.

Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial
Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

The back portion of the boot is the thick EVA Foam, but the entire boot is wrapped with a large sheet of thin craft foam (look for a roll like this). Everything is glued together with hot glue. To cover the toe of the boot, I cut a diamond notch out of the front so it could form around the round end.

Then came the most tedious part of the project, which is covering the boots. I had this great blue spandex fabric, but I didn’t want to just wrap it around the boot – I wanted it to be smooth. So, I ended up covering pieces of foam and sewing the spandex on top. Then I could wrap and glue the foam to the boots. The fabric/foam pieces were layered over a strip of fur, and I added silver buttons for accents.

Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

The silver back piece of the boot is 1/4″ foam that was painted silver and glued to the fabric parts. The last bit of detailing I did was the bottom yellow – it’s worbla that I shaped over pieces of foam, so the bottom of the boots wouldn’t bend at all during the stress of wear. I painted it all yellow with acrylic paints. Then I just glued the fur to the top of the boots.

Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

And voila! I’m extremely proud of these boots; it’s one of the strangest projects I’ve worked on and they came out great. While I am able to slip my foot into the boot, they’re impossible to wear for more than a few yards – they’re clunky and very hot! So I ended up carrying them most of the con and slipping into them for photos :)

Hopefully this tutorial was helpful!

Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

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Cosplay | Princess Daisy

I am SO excited to share photos of my Daisy cosplay!! This now officially makes #3 of the Nintendo princesses – I’ve done both Peach and Rosalina in the past :) I went overboard and definitely added a lot of embellishments to this costume.

Princess Daisy Cosplay

Kyla Is Inspired | Daisy Cosplay


I legit used my own Princess Peach tutorial while I made Daisy :P But if you want any detail shots, or specifics on how I made anything, let me know! I would love to help out.


Kyla Is Inspired | Daisy Cosplay

Kyla Is Inspired | Daisy Cosplay

Kyla Is Inspired | Daisy Cosplay

Above photos from Felix Wong Photography

I have to know…out of Peach, Rosalina, and Daisy…who is your favorite Nintendo princess? I honestly can’t decide!! I asked on Twitter a few weeks ago and got such varied results!

Kyla Is Inspired | Nintendo-Princesses

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Happy Unicorn Day!

I just wanted to drop in and say I’m still alive!! The PAX cosplay crush, well…crushed me. BUT I don’t have any upcoming costume projects so I’m excited to explore new craft and blog ideas!

In the meantime, did you know today is National Unicorn Day? I didn’t. But it coincides perfectly with Netflix’s new movie Unicorn Store, which I just watched this weekend. Have you seen it? I loved the story that you don’t have to “grow up” once you become an adult.


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