Thursday, 29 September 2016

Interview with US Cosplayer Maid of Might

Photo by AotC 
For my next cosplayer interview I would like to introduce you to US cosplayer extraordinaire Maid of Might. I came across Maid of Might’s cosplays and fell in love with her work. I love taking inspiration and motivation from other cosplayers all over the world. For me I like personable and interesting personalities, skill and imagination, passion and hard work and this lady is another shining example. 

Here’s an intro from the lady herself…

'My name is Jessica and I am a cosplayer, comic book fan and all around geek. I have been going to the same comic book store since I was five years old and have grown up loving the colorful characters who are the inspiration for my cosplay journey! Bringing your favorite characters and inspirations to life is an unbelievable feeling and every print purchase helps me to continue this experience.
My title "Maid of Might" is a nod to my favorite hero, Supergirl. My comic store family gave me the nickname Supergirl when I first walked through the door in Kindergarten and my love for Kara grew alongside me. She was my very first cosplay in 2010 and is still very much my favorite character. I keep my name Maid of Might as a constant reminder of where I come from and why I cosplay.
I truly hope my journey inspires many others to follow their passions and do what they love.'
Take a read below to be inspired!

Photo by Saffels Photography
Tell us how you got involved in cosplay…

I grew up in my local comic shop, fell in love with the characters and wanted to bring them to life in my own way! 

What do you love about cosplay?
Photo by William D. Lee

I love being able to be creative and to be accepted by a community of people who is just as nerdy as you are! 

Are there any downsides you have come across?

Not yet, I stick to what I love and it keeps me passionate!

Tell us who your first cosplay character was and what drew you to them?

Supergirl. Ever since I was a little girl my nickname was Supergirl and I grew up with her stories. My cosplay title "Maid of Might" is a nod to her and reminds me constantly where I came from.

What other characters have you dressed as and why?

I have cosplayed A LOT of different characters and I chose each and every one of them because I have a connection to them. 

Where do you get your cosplay inspirations from?

Comic books mostly but also movies and sometimes my own imagination.

Do you create your cosplays from scratch; do you cobble them together from existing pieces, commission, or do all of the above?

My cosplays involve a little bit of everything. I make most of them myself but also rely on thrift stores and commissions to assist me with thinks that I can't make or don't have the time to. 

Photo by Themed Shots
Who would you recommend for help with costume creation?

It depends what you are looking for! There is a plethora of helpful sites and people who commission various pieces of costumes. 

What’s been your most difficult costume so far?

My Rapunzel Boba Fett mash-up. I had to learn quite a few new skills and spent hours hand painting every design on my armor! 

Who is your favourite comic book character?

Supergirl will forever be my original favorite but Spider Gwen is also creeping up there!

What is the best and worst piece of cosplay advice you’ve received?

Do what you love! I don't think I've gotten any bad advice. 

What has been one of the coolest things to come from cosplaying?

Definitely the amazing friendships I have made! Getting love and acceptance from an entire community of people is astounding, I am beyond grateful! 

What other cosplayers do you look up to?
Photo by Martin Wong

I have some amazingly talented friends who I love and admire! 

What’s the geekiest thing you own?

Probably my comic collection. I have been collecting comic books religiously since middle school and own about 8000 to my name and counting!! 

What about the geekiest thing you would like to own?

More comics basically. I'd love to own some more gold and silver age books but those come with a hefty price tag

For people wanting to get into cosplay, what advice would you give them?

Stay true to what you love and you will never lose your passion. 

Besides cosplaying, what else do you get up to?

I am a student actually. School, cosplay and comics probably take up most of my time! 

What are you most looking forward to for the rest of the year?

I am always looking forward to my next cosplay and next convention! 

I would like to thank Jessica for her time with this interview. You can check out Made of Might here on Facebook. Stay tuned for more cosplayer interviews coming soon.


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Interview with Jess from Snikt and Bamf

Social media is fantastic and is a platform for learning. I have come across so many people and businesses particularly through Instagram. I came across Snikt and Bamf and I recently had the chance to meet Jess the owner of the company at Guildford Comic Con (post to follow).

Established in 2014 by Jessica Leese, Snikt and Bamf's main aim was to make wearable and fashionable nerdy jewellery for geeky ladies (and sometimes geeky guys) to express their love of comics, movies, books and games in a less obvious way. A subtle hint to others within the same fandom.

Since starting out the brand now has a worldwide customer base and has become many fellow nerds go to accessory shop.

Geek fashion is huge! Geek jewellery can be worn without the need to be wearing geek clothing, it can be a fab nerdy unique addition to give an outfit and edge and show some personality. I have found geek jewellery becoming more and more popular among pinup girls and really works well with the style. Also a lot of pinup chicks are total nerds underneath the red lippy and victory rolls! We pin ups and rockabilly gals love films, tv, comics and more!

I myself love to wear broaches, wear necklaces and stud earrings. I also love homeware and love the odd geeky thing creeping into every room where possible! I’m a massive fan of head wear too!

Jess has a really unique style of jewellery which I instantly recognised when I saw her stand whilst browsing at the comic con. Her collections are great and ever changing, theres something for everyone. If you love bold statement pieces to represent your favourite fandoms then Snikt and Bamf are for you!

Check out my interview with Jess below for the low-down on this wonderful geeky business…

Photo provided by Snikt and Bamf

Photo provided by
Snikt and Bamf
How did Snikt and Bamf come about?

Snikt and Bamf first came about shortly after I finished studying jewellery and silver-smithing at university in Birmingham, After I graduated from my BA I started work in an auction house for a while and it soon became apparent to me that the world of high end jewellery really wasn't my style. I started to think about how I could meld my jewellery skills into something fun and unique, It didn't take me long to decide on going down a geeky route. I wanted to make fun, colourful pieces of jewellery for other nerdy women like myself.

Tell us about the name Snikt and Bamf…

The name Snikt and Bamf came about because I wanted something a little bit obscure and geeky that would give people a sort of Ah Ha moment when they realise where it's from. It was inspired by the X-Men comics as Snikt is the noise Wolverines claws make and Bamf is the noise Nightcrawler makes when he transports himself, and as anyone who knows the comics will know that Wolverine and Nightcrawler are good friends.

Photo provided by
Snikt and Bamf
What are your personal fandoms?

Personally I love DC comics especially Batgirl, Birds of prey, and Cat woman. I’m all about the femme fatales. Other than that I love Star Wars, Doctor who, anything Marvel, and Lord of the rings. I also love a huge amount or cartoons and games but probably too many to list. 

Tell us about your collaboration with Pinup Girl Clothing?

I started to stock Pinup Girl Clothing last year and it's been fantastic as it allows our American customers easier access to our pieces. The collaboration came about just before Suicide Squad came out. They asked me if I could make them some exclusive Harley and Joker pieces for their suicide squad collection. As you can imagine for a small company like myself this was quite a big deal. I sent them a few samples before we decided on the final product which is now available on their website.

Photo provided by
Snikt and Bamf
Who can we see wearing your pieces?

You can see my pieces of a lot of cosplayers, convention goers, as well as a lot of lovely ladies on Instagram including plastic jewellery collector/blogger @kim0006 who has quite alot of Snikt and Bamf jewellery including some custom pieces made especially for her. 

What are your most popular items? 

My most popular item by far has to be the clever girl necklace, followed closely by the Harley Quinn, Cat Woman, and Poison Ivy portrait brooches.

What are your current collections? 

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Snikt and Bamf
I tend to make a new collection every month or so, Right now it's labyrinth inspired collection. As always though in permanent range there is something for almost every fandom.

What collections are in the pipeline? 

The next collection I’m working on is a Pokémon collection, I am also looking forward to doing some dark crystal, never ending story, and harry potter collections.

Do you have any personal favourites? 

My Favourite piece is the Clever Girl necklace or the Dark Phoenix necklace as they were some of the first pieces I made.

Do you take commissions?

I do indeed! I love making commission pieces for people; it’s nice to have a new challenge or perhaps a look into a fandom that i hadn't been into before. I've found a lot of new shows and books thanks to commissions.

Photo of Jess from Snikt and Bamf
Do you make cosplay props/pieces? 

I Cosplay myself, so if I can use my laser cutter to make cosplay props I do it. I often make props for friends such as transparent gambit style cards or replicas of jewellery or accessories that certain game characters wear.

I understand you are a keen cosplayer, can you tell us about your cosplay history?

I've always loved dressing up ever since I was little, when I discovered that there was a whole group of people who do this on a regular basis my mind was blown. I often dress up for the bigger shows while on my stall, sometimes we're too busy for me to wander about in them but it's still fun.

Do you have any costume tips or tricks to share?

My main tip is to stay hydrated its easy when I’m on the stall for me to get a drink, but I have a lot of cosplayer friends who I see walking around all day in massive costumes and not drinking or eating. It's at that point I have to play convention mom and make them sit down and have a drink. Other than that go out and have fun, the cosplay community is full of amazing people I have made so many good friends through cosplay.

Photo provided by Snikt and Bamf
What events can people find out at throughout the year?

All of my events are listed on my website but the main 3 of 2016 are MCM London at the end of October, MCM Birmingham at the end of November, and the Clothes Show at the start of December

What are your favourite events to attend?

My favourite events are the comic conventions i do especially MCM London, it has such a great atmosphere, everyone is so happy to be there.

What can expect from you in the future?

You can expect loads more geekery from us, including jewellery, homeware, and maybe even some large scale decorative pieces for your walls.

Photo provided by Snikt and Bamf
I would like to thank Jess for her time with this interview. Make sure you check out her work here and look out for her at the events she is attending for the rest of this year.


Sunday, 21 August 2016

Interview with Burlesque Beauty & Published Pinup Miss Sugar Rush

Photo by KW O'Keeffe Photography 
Back again after a very busy period! There really is never a good time for your car to break down is there? Especially with a baby! So from things very non glam let’s bring a bit of glamour back! There’s no place better for some glam and sparkle than the wonderful world of burlesque. We’ve so many costumier interviews lately we’ve been missing our burly 101’s so here is a 101 just for you! Miss Sugar Rush is a burlesque performer and published pinup model. I have had the pleasure of having this lovely lady perform at one of my own burlesque shows. Her classical performance style, infectious smile and high energy drew me to her and I just had to have her in my line up.  Her sassy style, pinup look and gorgeous smile have caught the eye of many brands and photographers alike and not only a burlesque artiste but Sugar Rush is a well-known and published pinup model who is well sought after and very experienced.

Take a read below of my interview with this wonderful lady and learn all about another burlesque beauty!

Photo by KW O'Keeffe Photography
How did you get into the burlesque industry? 

I've always been fascinated by the art of burlesque, one day I finally had the courage to take a burlesque  course at Burlesque Baby in London ( – for fun, curiosity and to learn this beautiful art, after the first class I was hooked!! In this course I met so many wonderful and supportive people from and I instantly felt a sense of community, sisterhood so I knew I was in the right place. 
After my graduation, at the Garage in Islington/London I was buzzing for three days, that was it!! I was completely addicted and I couldn't wait to be on stage again.

How did the name Miss Sugar Rush come about? 
During the burlesque course at Burlesque Baby, there is a module where you learn about your stage persona, your style and your performer name. At that point I was in the process of developing my character and style so my teacher Divine Miss Em asked us to bring a mood board with all the things we would like to express on stage and how we wanted to be perceived as performers. Well, I'm a Libra - creative, indecisive, dramatic - and I was so excited that I made not one but three mood boards!! The first mood board was very dark, Gothic, noir. The second was very sweet, kawaii with pastel , candy colours and the words 'sugar rush' on it. The third mood board was very high fashion, high couture with designs and catwalk inspired images. I also had a list with name choices written down for my burlesque persona.
After looking at my mood boards (I was so scared) Divine Miss Em, looked at me and said, ‘well…I get you!!’ After giving me a major advice on my style and stage persona, she also said, ‘I really like your name’. I was like what??? (Sugar Rush was just a word featured on my mood board, I actually had a list of names in my bag) but she thought was brilliant, so there you go, I can say my name was given to me by Divine Miss Em.
You have performed in a huge amount of places. Do you still get nervous about going on stage? 

Photo by KW O'Keeffe Photography
I don't get nervous, I get super excited, enthusiastic and extremely grateful to have the opportunity to do what I love, so yes, I feel that ton of butterflies in my stomach and I absolutely love it. Having said that, I'm my worse critic, so even after giving my very best on stage I never think it was enough, I always find room for improvement and I constantly keep pushing myself.
Who is your favourite burlesque performer to watch? 
I'm obsessed with the American burlesque performers, currently I really admire the work of Miss Mosh, Ginger Valentine, Roxy D'Lite and of course Dita Von Teese
What is your favourite prop to use? 
Instinctively I'm always drawn to props with a flow such as wings, fans, silk fans, ribbons because it creates a dramatic visual impact on stage
What did you do to earn a living before you started burlesque? 
My background is in the fashion industry, I'm a fashion stylist and image consultant by trade.
What do you like to do with your time off from being Miss Sugar Rush? 
I love art, so you will often find me in theaters, expositions, fashion events, I also love travelling and shopping.
You are on stage and being photographed a lot of the time. Looking after yourself must play a big part in your life. What are you favourite beauty products and why? 

I think we have to be really careful to what we put on our skin, I have very sensitive skin, so I prefer keep everything as simple and natural as possible. My personal favorite product at the moment is coconut oil, is great to remove make up even waterproof mascara and it's a great mosturiser.  I love drinking coconut water as well; it's refreshing and super hydrating.

Do you have a set beauty routine?

I wouldn't say I have a beauty routine, but I always make sure I remove my make up before going to bed, I apply a hair mask and face mask every time I can and I drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.

Who is your beauty idol? 

I love the timeless beauty of the Hollywood silver screen goddesses such as Veronika Lake, Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner ... I adore Bettie Page, Brigitte Bardot and Marilyn Monroe.

On that note how to you keep yourself in shape for your performances? 

I love dancing since I was a child. I do Ballet, Pilates and Yoga as often as I can.

Photo by KW O'Keeffe Photography
What is your diet like? 

I'm a pescatarian, I don't eat meat but I eat some kinds of fish, apart from that I really don't follow any diets or have any restrictive diet, I love chocolate and I'm crazy about ice cream, it's all about the Sugar Rush! 

What are your must have pieces of make up? 

I love the foundation Double Wear by Estee Lauder, lip stick by Mac Ruby Woo or Unicorn blood by Jeffree Starr, and I love wearing fake eyelashes on stage

Do you style your own hair yourself? 

Yes I do, well, I love having my hair done by a professional hair stylist, but normally I style my own hair and I must confess I'm not very good at it, but I'm practicing and trying new techniques. I love doing my own make up though.

Do you have any hair tips to share to get your glamorous look? 

The best tip to achieve a flawless vintage look I learned from a very experienced hair stylist is to not wash your hair on the day, because vintage styles are easier to achieve when your hair is a bit dirty... sounds gross but it's true, the natural oils will help giving the look a smooth finish. I would recommend a deeply conditioning treatment every two weeks if possible because after all that hair spray and back combing your hair will definitely benefit from some tlc.

Everyone no matter what shape or size wants to feel confident and happy about themselves. What advice would you have to feel glamorous and boost your own confidence?  

I feel that when you accept yourself the way you are with your traits and faults that's very powerful, you realise that you are unique and there is no one else in the world like you, that's when you start to love yourself. It's hard to be confident all the time, I don't think anyone is, we all have our down moments, especially with all the negativity and pressure to look a certain way going on, all this body shaming and the toxic side of the social media, but we have to bounce back quickly because life is short and we are all too fabulous to be down.
Every opportunity I have I promote self-love, confidence, I'm all for supporting other women, I'm all for the sisterhood, I think we have to lift each other up.

You are not only a burlesque performer but a successful model too! Can you share some of your fabulous modeling experiences with us?

Photo by KW O'Keeffe Photography
I think modeling is a great way to express yourself, I absolutely love modelling and I'm always open to new ideas, for me a great shoot is when the creativity flows and when there is good communication  between the photographer and the model. I have quite a few histories/experiences because sometimes it's not as glamorous as it seems but I'm very grateful for all of them.

Where can we see your published work? 

At the moment you can see me in the current issue of Tease and Cake Magazine with photos by Terry Medonza - Retrophoto Studio

How do you prepare for a shoot? 

Normally there is a brief discussion with the photographer/client about how the shoot will be, location/time/date/mood board. If it's a product shoot  I'm also a  stylist so I know how important is to be prepared and ready for anything so I always have some essentials in my bag such as a sewing kit, tape, hair and make-up products,  food/water (seems basic but it comes handy in location shoots), an extra pair of heels (or two).

What advice can you give for the upcoming pinup models out there?

I would advise to invest in a good and professional portfolio and to use social media wisely.

What is your favourite perfume? 

I might sound like a walking cliché but I love sweet scents and vanilla based perfumes, I wear several perfumes (not at the same time) according to my mood. At the moment I love Marc Jacobs Decadence because it's fresh and sexy for summer and Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent

What is your approach to fashion? 

I've always loved fashion it's definitely a form of art and expression. Nowadays I don't really follow  fashion  but I have a creative approach towards the trends. I always try to express myself and my mood through fashion and I love mixing high street/vintage and creating or customising pieces of clothing and accessories.

Where are you favourite places to shop, both for burlesque goodies and for yourself? 

Photo by KW O'Keeffe Photography

I shop everywhere really, I love the high street, small shops, vintage shops... eBay & Etsy are great to find unique pieces.

What are your biggest inspirations and why?
My inspiration comes from life itself, my day to day life, books/articles I read, music, people, friends, quotes, images.
What advice would you give to a girl (or guy) reading this interested in getting into this industry? 
Be creative, be true to yourself, work hard and be nice.
What else is coming up for you? 
Oh there are quite a few things coming up and I'm extremely excited:
I'm working on new burlesque acts with costumes by the very talented Laura Nixon from Nixon Point Costumes, so expect 'eleganza and extravaganza', I'm currently filming I’m part of the cast of the film Mephisto's House of III Repute part of Films Confiscated from a French Brothel by the Director Salem Kapisaski and this will be my second experience on set with professional actors, stay tuned!!
My new website will be launched very soon designed and developed by the wonderful Nadia Silverstone. 
I'm super proud to announce I'll be again involved in the Miss Pinup UK this year, after the amazing experience I had last year as a contestant (Semi finalist of the Miss Pinup UK 2015), I'll return as a mentor of the Miss Pinup International contestants. Miss Pinup UK 2016 is happening on the 23rd/24th September at the London Tattoo Convention.

Photo by KW O'Keeffe Photography
I would like to thank Miss Sugar Rush for her time with this interview. Check out her website for more info! Stay tuned for more interviews coming soon!