A Toast To Overwatch

OK, I swear not everything I do has to do with geeky cocktails! I’m again collaborating on Drunkenwatch, though I know that’s all I’ve been posting lately! I have so many ideas for posts but not enough time to do them, so for now this series is taking priority.

This week’s installment is a champagne toast to Overwatch’s 1 year anniversary! We didn’t make up a drink, and instead are toasting using the classic champagne cocktail, Kir Speciale. I’ll post the recipe below if you don’t know how to make it :)

This week we’re featuring the usual squad of Skowalz, AcornBandit, silenced_knight, with special guest streamer Starbuck!

Kyla Is Inspired | A Toast To Overwatch

The whole reason I started playing Overwatch was to play DVa (who isn’t even my main anymore), so it’s about time we featured a DVa-themed post. To toast with us and make a Kir Speciale:

You will need (makes 1):
  • Champagne
  • Blackcurrant liqueur (Creme de Cassis)
  • Triple Sec (just a splash)
  • Raspberries or blackberries (for garnish)

Not pictured: we forgot to add the berries to the top for a little extra flair! Epic fail. They really make the drink!

Directions:
  • Pour champagne into a flute, 3/4 full
  • Drizzle in the blackcurrant liquor and triple sec
  • Add a few raspberries/blackberries to the top
  • Wait for the ingredients to settle, and enjoy!

Kyla Is Inspired | A Toast To Overwatch

Sam got me this cute DVa jacket for my birthday, so I took the opportunity to throw together a fun casual cosplay – nothing serious, and I already owned the shirt and wig. DVa is fun to cosplay!

Kyla Is Inspired | A Toast To Overwatch
Kyla Is Inspired | A Toast To Overwatch

And as a final side note to Overwatch: THANK YOU for giving me tons of art, cosplay, and blog post ideas this past year…I’m looking forward to lots of creative ideas in the upcoming year!

Kyla Is Inspired | A Toast To Overwatch

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Geeky Cocktail | Overwatch “Piece Of Cake!” Shot

Happy Friday! Yes, we have yet another Overwatch geeky cocktail! Drunkenwatch is an ongoing collaboration with Skowalz, AcornBandit, and silenced_knight.

This week we’re doing something a little different – Mercy-themed for her voice line “Piece of cake!” This is also based on the fact that we wanted birthday cake shots becuase my birthday is tomorrow :) So of course I used this opportunity to dress in casual Mercy and take some photos :) I’ve never done anything birthday-related on the blog so I was really excited for this.

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Cake Shot
Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Cake Shot

This recipe was originally found on Bailey’s website, though we added a modification.

You will need (makes 2):
  • 2 oz of cake flavored vodka
  • 1 oz of Baileys (original recipe calls for Vanilla Cinnamon, but it’s seasonal so we used plain), OR
  • 1 oz of RumChata (for a different flavor other than coffee)
  • Whipped cream
  • Sprinkles

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Cake Shot

Directions:
  • Mix the vodka and Bailey’s/RumChata with ice in a shaker
  • Strain into shot glasses, and fill almost to the top
  • Add whipped cream and sprinkles
  • Cheers!

Kyla Is Inspired | Mercy Cake Shot

As always, if you make this drink, let me know! I’d love to hear or see how it turned out.

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Anime Boston 2017 Vlog

Well, one of my goals this year was to create more videos – including con vlogs. It only took 4 months to actually create something, but here’s my Anime Boston con vlog! Or, watch us derp around and do a lot of nothing ^^

Individual costumes posts (and a Luna video walk through) are coming soon!



What kind of content are you interested in seeing in my videos? More b-roll? More cosplayers? More talking? Let me know – I’m only hoping to improve my vlogs as the year goes on! :)

(ps – feel free to subscribe to my youtube channel!)

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Cosplay | Winter Belle

Well, I officially passed the premiere of Beauty and the Beast – which was my deadline to post these Belle photos…oops! Have you watched it yet? I haven’t and I’ve been hearing mixed things…

I started working on Belle last November because I wanted to have a fun winter costume to shoot during the holidays, but of course I didn’t finish in time. I also was really bad with documenting my process creating this…epic fail on my part.

We shot these last month during an unseasonably warm day – the next day, all the snow melted. I’m so happy with how they turned out! Though at this point, I’m pretty sick of seeing snow.

Kyla Is Inspired | Belle
Kyla Is Inspired | Belle
Kyla Is Inspired | Belle
Kyla Is Inspired | Belle
Kyla Is Inspired | Belle
Kyla Is Inspired | Belle
Kyla Is Inspired | Belle

While Belle isn’t my favorite Disney princess (Ariel is), I loved her growing up. I think I related to her so much because she also had brown hair and brown eyes ;D I was so happy I got to add her to my Princess costume list! Who is your favorite princess?

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Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket

One of the costumes I wore to PAX East this past weekend was Tennis Rosalina. Because it’s so cold, I wanted to create a fun little track jacket to wear with the costume. I documented my progress in case anyone else wanted to learn how to make something similar – hopefully this tutorial will come in handy!

For reference, I completed this over 2 days, and it took about 10 hours.

Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket

CONCEPT
The concept for this was pretty simple – a light blue track jacket with some stripes and a Luma applique on the back (something I’ve done before and wouldn’t take more than a weekend). I sketched it out:

Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket

FABRIC & MATERIALS
I visited my local fabric store and snagged 2-way stretch jersey for $2.99/yard – I got 2 of the light blue and 1 of the dark teal. I already had the white leftover from a previous project. I also picked up a 22″ separating zipper in white.

PATTERN
I used a zip-up hoodie I already owned as a pattern – I traced 1/2 of the front and the entire back (I’ve used this method in the past and found it works well).

I knew I wanted a white stripe down the side, so I cut that out of the pattern, too.

SEWING
For warmth, I doubled the fabric and cut 2 of each pattern piece. I sewed the back and sides together, then turned them right-side out. I added the teal bottom band before sewing the front panels to the back.

When I tried the jacket on, it was too big, so I took it in at the sides where the white panels were. Not a huge deal, but I ended up with a folded over seam on each side where I wanted it to be clean. Oh well.

Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket
Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket

For the sleeves, I used a sleeve pattern I already had as a guide. Similar to what I did with the jacket, I cut a strip of white into the middle of the sleeve (so it would face out) and added the band at the bottom of teal. I was going for cute, puffy sleeves but there ended up being a lot of fabric. I recommend using a sleeve pattern without a lot of excess where it connects to the shoulder.

LUMA APPLIQUE
I attached all the separate pieces of this (white circle, Luma, black oval eyes) together using heat n’ bond – unfortunately, they didn’t want to stay. I ended up using a zig-zag stitch to go over the outlines. In the end I’m glad I did because you can hardly see the stitches and it’s a lot cleaner than having a rogue edge start to peel up.

Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket

Cosplay Tutorial | Rosalina Track Jacket

If you end up using this tutorial to create your own track jacket, let me know! I’d love to see what you create :>

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