It’s been a hard thing to learn not to argue with the simple-minded.
I don’t mean this as a “I’m better than thou” statement, it’s just that some people can only see what’s in front of them, like the world is one-dimensional, making them quite simple-minded, and there’s no point in arguing with that. Because they’re incapable of empathy and truly seeing another person’s point of view, they will change anything you say to make you the enemy. I’ve listened to this one girl who hates me spout off things I just can’t even wrap my head around. From thinking that the world, including me, is personally attacking her constantly, to thinking that if anyone disagrees with her behavior it’s this “oh, they’re just jealous of my absolute perfection” without actually attempting to see another person’s side. It’s pure narcissism, but I’ve been seeing it more and more lately from the people I’ve associated myself with, and it’s really sad.
Up until the age of five, it’s completely healthy to think the world revolves around you. I remember thinking that the moon followed me, personally, everywhere, and that anything my parents EVER did was for me. Past the age of five, though, you should grow up and realize that no one’s life, literally no one’s, revolves around yours except your own.
We live in a society where individuality is encouraged, that realizing that you’re a special little snowflake is essential to growing as a person. I completely and totally agree with this! At the same time, I feel like it’s given our generation some HUGE heads and this belief that, no matter what we do, we are perfect, because that’s just the way we are. I really think that we need to find a happy medium to grow as a society, because otherwise we won’t learn from our mistakes or even attempt to listen to other peoples’ opinions or critiques.
Introducing the five new Sailor Girl designs with detachable bows! Available in unisex as well as womens’ sizes on March 3rd at 12am CST for $200 plus shipping!
Check out my Facebook page for updates, more info, and an easy way to contact me :)
In all honesty - why are people paying $200 for these hoodies. It’s a fucking hoodie. I have never seen damn hoodie for $200. You could make your own for way less than $200 - like less than $50 guys. Hell I got a damn sailor moon sweatshirt for $35 that’s better than these. Not trying to be a bitch but damn some of you people on etsy are thirsty. I will never rip off any of my customers.
I get told I charge too much almost on a constant basis, and every other successful small business owner is told the same thing. The reason my prices are so high is because demand is high. I used to charge $120 but it has slowly gone up because I can’t keep up with demand. It’s a great burden to have, really, when your product is loved that much XD
These hoodies take me about four hours to make. Each one is completely handmade from scratch, custom fit to each customer if they want. I have about 50 different designs I have in my shop (usually only about 30 at a time), and each customer, every single one of them, gets individual service, special treatment, and every request answered by ME personally. I would LOVE to see if you get that from the company you bought your $35 hoodie from that will probably fall apart within months if you wore it as often as my customers do.
There’s many reasons to buy handmade.
1) better quality— with each one being custom made and properly taken time to make them, they get triple-checked to make sure each stitch is perfect.
You can read my reviews here: https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/RaritysBoutique/reviews
And just browsing through the comments on my Facebook page for even ten minutes will show you the dedication of my customers and their absolute adoration of the hoodies they have bought.
2) These aren’t made in China, but by one singular person in incredibly cold Roseville, MN. Not only are you supporting an American business that doesn’t outsource her work to China, you’re supporting a young artist. :D And I’m a real human being, too! I cosplay, play video games, and watch a crapton of cartoons. XD Some people really like the idea of their money going directly to the artist, unlike most companies, which is why I personally buy as much as I can from small businesses myself!
3) Great customer service. Sometimes I’m slow to get my hoodies out because of getting behind, but each customer is informed and kept in the know when they ask, and I try my best to give each customer a personal experience when working with me to make their hoodie. I have done everything from remaking hoodies for people when they ordered the wrong size, to doing special customization for free simply because I thought the idea sounded cool and was worth experimenting with.
Yeah. Just a hoodie? Maybe. But a majority of my customers wear their hoodies everywhere, every second they can. They LOVE their hoodies. They’re a work of art you can wear. They hopefully remember the experience they had buying it and snuggle up to it while watching Game of Thrones or Avatar: The Last Airbender or Sailor Moon :D
Can you say that about your $35 hoodie? I would be impressed if that was the case.
This weekend I had the pleasure of joining Martin Wong and Meagan Marie out to Yosemite National Park to take some GORGEOUS photography of quite a few cosplays! We braved mountains, cold water, sarcastic humor, and a whole lot of silliness throughout the weekend, but I’m pretty sure it’s the most fun I’ve EVER had cosplaying! I’m sad to be heading home to cold Minnesota in the morning :(
Forest Faun — Cosplay Progress
This all started with me browsing r/makeupaddiction on Reddit and seeing some awesome Faun makeup. I can’t find the exact picture now, but I was totally inspired, especially since a few years ago I had wanted to make a faun costume for my local Renaissance Faire and for whatever reason, never made it!
My first place to check for faun awesomeness is one of my favorite cosplayers, Lightning Cosplay (https://www.facebook.com/LightningCos)
She made this gorgeous faun (fawn, since she’s more deer-like?) cosplay:
And, in the usual Lightning style, posted progress photos that I could get ideas from! I started with the hooves, since that seemed to be the trickiest part— pretty much anything that doesn’t involve sewing is “tricky” for me :P
These aren’t the exact shoes, but I had shoes shaped like this that I then cut the out-y heel part to make them completely heel-less:
Then I took some paper clay and spackle to make the front of the platforms more hoof-like. This is what I used to make my mold from:
Kinda ugly, right? This was before I covered them in spackle and sanded them down to be smoother and nicer looking. I used Lightning’s technique of painting on Rebound 25, a silicone mold meant for resin casts. This was my first time doing ANYTHING like this, so I had to keep reminding myself it might not work >.<
It ended up being too thin at the top of the hoof, so I put each hoof upside down in a plastic container and used the rest of the Rebound 25 to fill in the container so the top was covered evenly. The Paperclay crumpled right out of the mold really nicely, and it ended up working great! I then made the hooves out of resin by pouring it into the mold, they ended up looking like this!
While the resin was curing, I made my faun legs. I used upholstery foam on my thighs to make them look thicker, just like Lightning did (this is her photo, but I used the same strategy!):
And voila! Faun legs!:
Since this photo I’ve added some darker fur at the bottom and along the back of the calves to add some rough-ness to the look!
Can’t wait to take this cosplay for a spin this weekend in Yosemite National Park! :)
Oh!! For those wondering the faun wig I just posted is from Gothic Lolita wigs:
=3 Such poof. Wow.
I couldn’t pick one, so here’s three!
Faun makeup/contacts/wig/horns test! I’ll be shooting this costume this upcoming weekend! It might honestly be my new favorite costume of mine =3
Oh my gosh guys!! I’m in TIME Magazine this week!
After being featured on the Disney Style blog, TIME contacted Meagan Marie and me to be interviewed for our Frozen cosplays! The article, talking about Frozen’s cult online following and the excitement surrounding it, came out today in this week’s February 24th issue!
You can find us on Page 48! I’m still giddy with excitement! Please check it out if you’ve got a chance!
Photo by Janie Marie!