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Weekly Wishlist #103 – Christmas List Edition

christmas wish list

While this feature isn’t really “weekly,” I have spent way to much time browsing online in the past few weeks, mostly just killing time since it’s still tough to be active with my shoulder. Now that my mom as asked me to send her a Christmas list so she knows what to get me this year, I figured I could post it up here and share with all of you too!

It was actually interesting to think up this list, for a few reasons.

  1. For the last few years, we just did a Secret Santa, which kept costs down and made a game of it, so I really didn’t have to tell people what I wanted. It feels a bit strange to tell them what I want, since doing the investigative work to surprise people with my gifts is a bit part of why I love giving presents.
  2. I also really want to ask for things I would use, and that means items for more costumes! I was afraid it would sound weird to ask for a wig, since family rarely sees me in a wig anyhow, but they are currently major splurge purchases considering they may be bought for a specific use only.
  3. Finally, because a lot of things might not necessarily be in my family’s price range, but perhaps they could buy gift cards to help with some of the larger purchases? It again, feels strange, because it feels a lot like asking for money, even if it is earmarked for a specific item.

Keeping these things in mind, I tried to find a balance of items that everyone could realistically get for me this year!

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Weekly Wishlist: Christmas List Edition!

The Costume Making Guide: Creating Armor and Props for Cosplay

Costume GuideSvetlana is an AMAZING cosplayer, and she makes super elaborate costumes look like child’s play. This book is $14.07 in paperback on Amazon, and is at the top of my wishlist! You can follow her on Instagram @kamuicosplay.

Webster Wigs – Zoe

webster wigs- Zoe Red

Ever since discovering Webster Wigs, I have wanted one sooooo badly. These are absolutely gorgeous, and this Zoe style is my favorite. I love this vibrant siren red, and it too tops my list, matched by this Sapphire blue Alexis. Both are in the 60-65 GBP ($80-87 USD), so these would be the most pricy wigs I would own, but they are sooooo beautiful!!!!

Alexis - sapphire blue

True&Co True Body V Neck Bra

True body braEver since my surgery, I have loved the incredibly comfort of my new True Body bras. I would really like another one to add to the rotation as I won’t likely be able to tolerate a normal bra for awhile yet. Seriously, these butter soft bras have excellent support for not having an underwire, don’t pull on my shoulders, are incredibly easy to get on even with my arm at 50% function, and I was able to sleep in it comfortably. The best part? Use code TRUEFAM17 at checkout for $15 off! Not an affiliate code, just a seriously good deal.

Harry Potter Tie

Harry Potter TieWhile I have made my own DIY Harry Potter tie, I wouldn’t say no to this tie in my stocking.

Dress Form

Adjustable dress formI would love to have this dress form, and it serves a dual purpose. It JUST can adjust to my size… and I think it would be good inspiration to focus on my weight loss and be able to slowly winch in the dress form as I make more costumes!

Epic Cosplay – Hermes Wig

Hermes wig

This wig from Epic Cosplay is already earmarked for a finished costume! One I completed prior to my surgery, and that I hope to post soon!

McCalls Patterns – Apron

Mccalls Apron

I have a plan for a couple of themed Aprons I want to try, and I also haven’t done any projects using Patterns thus far… just a lot of trial and error! This could be a good first project for trying a pattern.

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

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