Cosplay | Cruiser DVa

Here’s a costume that I forgot I made…Cruiser DVa! I made her last year right when she was announced, for the Overwatch anniversary event. These photos were all shot at Connecticon 2017 by Tactful Cactus Photo.

Kyla Is Inspired | Cruiser DVa

Kyla Is Inspired | Cruiser DVa

Kyla Is Inspired | Cruiser DVa

COSTUME DETAILS:

TOP
I think this pattern from Butterick was MADE for Cruiser DVa…or DVa was based on this pattern :) I used a checkered cotton that I actually dyed a little darker using RIT dye. I also got lazy and didn’t create buttonholes for the top – the whole thing velcros together which is a little embarrassing, but the truth.

Kyla Is Inspired | Cruiser DVa

JEANS
These are actually jeggings! Much comfier to wear at a con all day than jeans.

HEADPHONES
I bought these headphones as a base, and cut the cord off. I painted them with teal paint and added some silver to the center.

Kyla Is Inspired | Cruiser DVa

HEADBAND
This was a super simple, long rectangle that I sewed up. I included wire in this so when it twists on top of my head, it stands up.

WIG
Remember how I said I hate ponytail wigs? Still true. I bought a Jeannie from Arda but got so frustrated with trying to style it that I gave up. The wig shown here is actually my Belle wig, which is an Arda Grace in Spanish Brown. I kept DVa’s hair in a low pony, mostly for my own sanity (:

GUN
The gun was a raw 3d print that I bought and assembled. I spray painted the whole gun silver, then used acrylics to paint the colors. I wish I had filled and sanded the edges where the gun is glued apart, though!

Kyla Is Inspired | Cruiser DVa
Kyla Is Inspired | Cruiser DVa

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Cosplay | Girl Gang Mei

If you guys aren’t following Jen Bartel, then you’re seriously missing out. She’s an amazing illustrator, and she recently created an Overwatch Girl Gang print, and I fell in love immediately. So immediately, that I had to cosplay her version Mei!

Kyla Cosplay | Girl Gang Mei

Kyla Cosplay | Girl Gang Mei

Kyla Cosplay | Girl Gang Mei

Kyla Cosplay | Girl Gang Mei

I would do a costume breakdown, but there’s really not much here to show…I bought a satin bomber jacket from Forever 21 and added some fur. The booties were bought on amazon and hand painted, and the bat is a plastic toy from target that I also hand painted. If anyone is interested in a more detailed breakdown with photos, let me know! I’d be happy to write something up.

Kyla Cosplay | Girl Gang Mei

Kyla Cosplay | Girl Gang Mei

Since Mei is part of a girl gang, I thought it fitting to add a few themed pins :) I added the Filthy ‘Casual’ pin, D.Va bunny pin from ShatteredStore and a Sombra pin from Rocketman Props.

Kyla Cosplay | Girl Gang Mei

Kyla Cosplay | Girl Gang Mei

Be sure to follow Jen on Twitter and check out her shop.

Which of the girl gang characters is your favorite?

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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 | Widow’s Kiss

Another Friday, another installment of Overwatch-themed geeky cocktails! I’m again collaborating on Drunkenwatch with my stream friends Skowalz, AcornBandit, and silenced_knight. This week features silenced’s main, Widomaker in “Widow’s Kiss”. This fun purple drink is dark and mysterious like Widow, and uses some french liqueurs to match her origin.

Kyla Is Inspired | Overwatch Fusion [Screw] Driver

Kyla Is Inspired | Overwatch Fusion [Screw] Driver
Kyla Is Inspired | Overwatch Fusion [Screw] Driver

You will need (makes 1):
  • 2 shots of light rum
  • 1 shot of Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 shot blue curacao
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Lime seltzer (not required)
  • Ice
Directions:
  • Add some ice cubes into your shaker
  • Add in the rum, Grand Marnier, blue curacao, cranberry juice, and lime juice
  • Shake liberally and pour into a cocktail glass
  • A tiny lime wedge makes a great garnish!
  • If you want your drink a little lighter, add some lime seltzer to the top, and stir
  • Enjoy!

Kyla Is Inspired | Overwatch Fusion [Screw] Driver
Kyla Is Inspired | Overwatch Fusion [Screw] Driver

If you want to go really fancy, add some salt to the rim for when someone on your team picks widowmaker (unless its silenced_knight). s( ^ ‿ ^)-b

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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Geeky Cocktail | Overwatch Sound Berrier

Tonight I’ll be playing overwatch drunkenwatch with my cool Twitch friends, Skowalz, AcornBandit, and silenced_knight. In honor of Overwatch, we created a fun little cocktail for the theme: Sound Berrier, featuring my main, Lucio!

Kyla Is Inspired | Overwatch Sound Berrier Cocktail

You will need (makes 1):
  • 2 shots raspberry vodka
  • 1/2 shot Midori melon liquor
  • Seltzer (I used blueberry flavor)
  • Berries of your choosing (I like blueberries and blackberries for color contrast)
  • Splash of simple syrup or white cranberry juice for added sweetness
  • Ice
Directions:
  • Add ice to glasses
  • Pour your vodka and midori
  • Add seltzer until your glass is almost full
  • For added sweetness, top your drink off with either simple syrup or white cranberry juice
  • Add in your berries
  • Mix everything well with a stir stick
  • Enjoy – you are now ready to activate the sound berrier!

Kyla Is Inspired | Overwatch Sound Berrier Cocktail
Kyla Is Inspired | Overwatch Sound Berrier Cocktail

Note: This recipe mild in flavor, so up the amount of midori or juice (or vodka!) if you like an extra punch.

Also note: You get extra points if you get play of the game while drinking this! ;)

If you end up making this drink at home, let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear if you enjoyed it.

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