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Guest Post – Dressing Up Your Toddler in a Costume for a Party

Jamie Highland writes articles for My Baby Shower Favors, a site that sells supplies for various events including everything from baby shower favors to Halloween cookies. In this article, Jamie gives some tips on how to choose a costume for your toddler.

Photo Credit: Toddler Totoro

Dressing up your toddler in a costume for Halloween or for a party may sound like a great idea but you will have a lot of thinking to do in advance. Remember that the costume selection and dressing up should be enjoyable both for you and for your child.

Toddlers can be very stubborn, especially when you really want them to do something. Chances are that your little one will resist all of your attempts, kicking and screaming. Knowing how to approach the costume dress up and how to make it fun for your little one is essential for success.

Choose the Right Costume
A costume should be both original and comfortable for your little one. The right idea is essential for the success of your creative attempts. Many parents are even attempting to make their own costumes for parties because this is the best way to achieve originality and to stay away from the mainstream.

Anything that you can imagine can either be purchased or made. Choose soft fabrics and padded elements that increase both the safety and the comfort of your toddler. Some costumes will be very inappropriate for a young child. Take a close look at the instructions and the specifications before making a purchase.

It is also possible to dress up as a family. Find a matching costume for every family member. This decision will bring the cuteness factor up even more.

Try the Costume On!
You should certainly try the costume on before the big day. Waiting until the last minute may result in some unpleasant surprises. Be sure the costume fits properly and looks good.

Turn the costume dressing process into a game. Simply forcing your toddler in this unusual outfit will be inefficient and far from enjoyable. It should be an activity that satisfies both of you. Forcing your toddler to wear a costume simply because you want to be the parent of the cutest kid would be wrong. Instead, find a costume you both enjoy.

Trying the costume on in advance will help you decide whether you need to make some adjustments. It should be comfortable and it should be safe. Refrain from purchasing costumes that have tiny details and ornaments that can be easily detached from the fabric and swallowed.

Be Careful with Masks
A mask can be a cute final addition to your toddler costume but it may present some concerns in terms of safety.

If you want to feel confident and calm, you should probably refrain from purchasing a mask to go with the costume. This way, you can observe the face of your little one and you can make sure that your child is happy and feeling ok.

To make the transformation complete, you can utilize face paint and hair accessories that will contribute even more to the appearance and the cuteness of your toddler. Being creative is the most certain way to impress everyone.

Having fun with toddler costumes is an essential prerequisite for your party success. Come up with a nice idea and try the costume in advance. Make necessary adjustments to increase the safety and the comfort of the costume. Turn the dressing process in a game. A toddler that enjoys the process will be a happy and even cuter child.

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Kevin

Live Convention – Share Your Convention Photo and Win $100 Cash Coupon

Hello cosplay devotees, are you planning to go to an anime/cosplay convention this summer? If you are, here’s a chance that you may get a $100 Cash Coupon for sending us your photo(s) on the convention.

Our new edition of contest is called “Live Convention”. To be a qualified contestant, you just need to print this contest placard, take a photo with it at the convention, and send it to us together with your infomation. But please make sure to read through the RULES below before you take action!

The contest entries will be held on our blog. Those who have the most facebook likes and Google pluses will win the contest. The prizes are $100 Cash Coupon, $60 Cash Coupon, Any Wig in Our Wig Store, $20 Cash Coupon, etc.

More details can be found in the Rules section below!

Rules:

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1. Time for the Contest: the contest starts on June 8 and will end on August 31 (New York Time).

2. Winners and Prizes

Winners: Those who have the most “Scores” will win the contest. The number of winners depends on the number of the contestants. If there are no more than 10 contestants, there will be only one winner. One additional winner will be added if 10 more contestants join in, i.e.

  1. 1-10 contestants—1 winner
  2. 11-20 contestants–2 winners
  3. 21-30 contestants–3 winners
  4. and so on.

Prizes:

  1. First Prize: $100 Cash Coupon
  2. Second Prize: $60 Cash Coupon
  3. Third Prize: Any Wig in Our Wig Store
  4. Fouth Prize: $20 Cash Coupon
  5. Winners after fouth will all get $20 Cash Coupons.

Note: Cash Coupon can use as equivalent cash when purchasing in our store.

In addition, each contestant will get a $5 cash coupon, which can be used for a $5 discount when purchasing in our costume store.

3. Submissions: submissions are valid among June 8 – August 31. Submissions can only be make by email to miccostume[@]gmail.com. Please send us your anime/cosplay convention photo(s) (see the rules about the photo at the ‘About the photo’ section below), together with your infomation including:

  1. Name/Gender/Nationality
  2. Personal or social sites:
  3. A little introduction about yourself and the convention, like which character were you, when and where was it, what interesting things happened, etc.
  4. More. Actually, you can write anything you want, as long as it’s related to the convention. You can even send us a link of video about the convention. We’ll put whatever you offered into your contest entry.

4. About the photo(s):

  1. At least one photo is required. This photo must feature both you holding our contest placard and the lively convention scene. Make sure we can see your face. ^_^
  2. More photos are appreciated. The contest placard is not required in every photo.
  3. The photo(s) should be at least 500px wide.

5. The voting process:

we’ll make a blog post for every participant at our blog. This blog post will be the contest entry where people can vote for you, via Facebook like and Google Plus. Below are the voting rules:

  1. Each Facebook like or Google Plus will be counted as one score.
  2. In addition, the organizer Miccostumes.com acts as another judge. We will govern some votes and vote for the top 10 contestants. I.e., the best entry (in our opinion) will get additional 20 scores, the second will get 19, third 18, and so on.

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If any problem, send us an email at Miccostume[@]gmail.com, or comment in the post!

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Kevin

Dear Customers, Post a Review of Miccostumes and Win Reward Points

Dear customers,

We will give away 200 reward points, which can be used as cash for your future orders, once you post your reviews on the following website:

We want to draw your attention that some reviews about us at the above sites are fake. Some “customers” post negative reviews at the sites. But they do not purchase costumes from us. We cannot find either their name or their email in our system. Their email addresses are invalid. In addition, the phone number they offer does not exist either. We advise you not to believe the reviews easily.
We try to see the real reviews from our own customers, no matter the reviews are positive or negative.
After you post your review, please tell us the link of the review and also the email address you used when you placed the order at our site by sending us an email to miccostumes[@]gmail.com. We’ll add the reward points for you after we receive the email.
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Mixiao

Weekly Fanart Feature #24 – Vocaloid, Hetalia, Final Fantasy and Card Captors

The fanart feature is back!

This week we have works from Sweden, India and Italy!

First up is Maya Nagano Holm and they are from Sweden. Maya’s tools used for the works are ink, pen nibs, screen tones and occasionally comic markers.The first image is a fan art of the Vocaloid song Matryoshka, featuring the Nico Nico Douga singers Zebra and Hashiyan. The second image is of Russia from Hetalia: World Series (or Hetalia: Axis Powers). Visit Maya’s Devianart page here for more works.
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Next up is Jackroono from India with a a work of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII done in pencil and photoshop. Visit their page here!
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Lastly we have Giulia Valentini from Italy with works from Card Captor Sakura. Both were made using Paint Tool SAI. Like her works? Visit her deviantart page here

Breathe into me

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To have the chance for your works to be featured here please email us at miccostumesfanart [@] gmail.com with the following:
Your Name
Country.
Website [if desired]
Medium of work i.e. Pencil, Paint, Photoshop etc.
A maximum of 2 works attached in the email
The name of the anime/manga/video game it is from

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Lunar Angel

Videogame Cosplay: Jillian Husted as Larxene from Kingdom Hearts (Pt 1)

I am here to provide you with a look into the life of Florida’s cosplayers and their costumes. This time I would like to feature one of the cosplayers associated with Orange Anime.  Orange Anime is an online forum that bands togheter all of Florida’s videogame and anime fans and arranges local events in Miami and the surrounding areas.  One of Orange Anime’s own staff member. Jillian Husted, also known as “Ixka1kai” on the forums will be the subject of this interview. She will be sharing here experiences as she talks about her cosplay of Larxene from Kingdom Hearts.

1. As a female cosplayer, why did you take an interest in this character and how close does the character resemble your personality?
I would say that Larxene is pretty much the exact opposite of me (except for maybe the b****y part). I wanted a character where I can be what I am not and attempt to have some more confidence. What initially drew me to Larxene in particular was the fact that she wanted to overthrow the ultimate evil to get a greater position of power.

2. What initially drew you to play the game she is from?
Larxene came from Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories (or Re:Chain of Memories) which was apart of, in my opinion, the greatest game series ever. Not a lot of people have played/completed that particular game and Larxene was the greatest challenge I had in the game; it made me want to be her.

3. Did the character’s outfit influence your choice in cosplaying her?
The outfit was given. I mean there is basically 15 cosplays in one Organization XIII coat. I guess my main gripe is that it’s one coat (and gets very hot at cons) so I can’t change it up unless I go by fanart. When it comes to doing other outfits I plan to do a slumber party Larxene for Metro Con if it’s accepted

4. Why do you feel this character is special to the game she is from?
I believe that the character is special from the Kingdom Hearts series because she and Marluxia basically set-up the character line up in the second game of the series and creates a rift in an Organization meant to take down the good guys. It sorta makes her the ultimate evil I guess.

5. Is she your favorite videogame character? If not who is?
I would say she was my third favorite character in the games. I favorites are Riku & Sora. I cosplay Sora, but Larxene is special because she was my first cosplay ever.
6. What drove you to put in the work to make this character’s outfit and how did you go about making it?
I bought my outfit because I’m just getting into cosplay, but I would really like to learn how to sew in order to make the outfits as accurate as possible. I have made improvements in the chain and did get some advice and help on the wig from a fellow cosplayer.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this interview later this week!

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Kevin

Winners of My First Cosplay Announced!

We have 17 participants in this contest.

Facebook: (You may not be able to see the entries because of the privacy policy of FB’s.)
#1 Tana Reklaw
#2 Jackie Hager
#3 Hannah Ichigo Bittle
#4 Hiragana
#5 Arlenn Barba
#6 Ataito Total Votes: 500+, Winner!
#7 Katy

Deviantart:
#1 Achetarin
#2 Jasmine
#3 Kittypetro
#4 Alice
#5 Mixiao
#6 Azurimi 115 Favourites + 73 Comments=188 Votes Winner!
#7 T0ra-Chan
#8 Blake337
#9 FrillsieLacey

Tumblr:
#1 Anna

Winners Announced!
The Contest ended on 31st May. And now we have two winners on Deviantart.com and Facebook.com. The Deviantart.com winner is Azurimi with 115 Favourites + 73 Comments=188 Votes! The Facebook.com winner is Ataito with 500+ votes in total.

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Kevin

Join CosplayCrossing – Apply for free cosplay costume and wig

What is CosplayCrossing?

Like Bookcrossing, we define CosplayCrossing as “We offer free costume & wig to a cosplayer in a certain area for his/her photo shooting, anime convention, or something like that. And then, the cosplayer passes on the costume/wig to another cosplayer, and so on.”
First Edition of CosplayCrossing in US
Miccostumes.com will provide free cosplay costumes and wigs for cosplayers ( Right now We are planning to begin at US. first) who are planning to join in anime conventions,local cosplay meetup or anything related to cosplay. The “first Cosplayer” will get the free cosplay items from us, then the items will be shipped to “second cosplayer” from the “first cosplayer”, then to next and next…. The last cosplayer will ship back the items to us and we will make the items as the mementos.
The basic instructions is below:

1. We will release each new cosplay items in every quarter.

2. Join in the cosplaycrossing queue.Because the costumes will be made as standard size (s,m,l,xl,plus size).Make sure the costumes fit for your size before you join in the queue. Email us your contacts details to Miccostumes [@] gmail.com, The title of your email should be “ CosplayCrossing.com – Your name”.your contact details should included:

  1. Your Name:
  2. Your Address:
  3. Your email:
  4. Your phone:
  5. Your Facebook/Twitter:
  6. Introduce about youself:

3. When you get the items from us or other cosplayers, you can keep the items as long as one week, then you should ship them to the next cosplayer. We will list every cosplayers contact details in this site (including facebook,twitter,email) except phone number , so please be honest and ship out the items in time. :)

4. If you are in the cosplaycrossing queue, you should cover the shipping cost. We will make sure all items will be shipped from the same country, no international shipping,this will save much shipping cost.

5. Share us your cosplay photos and also maybe the reviews for the cosplay costumes or wigs online.

6. Every cosplayer can have a signature on the blank area of the costume.

7. Keep all the cosplay items good and clean, This is the most important. If there are cosplayer tell us they get the costumes/wigs broken or mess,someone will not get the opportunities to join in CosplayCrossing again.

Our first cosplaycrossing will be launch in the May/June of 2012, will release more details later. So make sure check our site regularly. Feel free to contact us, even if you are not interested in the costume/wig, even if you are not in US. Our following editions of CosplayCrossing will cover more costumes and areas.
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Kevin

Dragon Ball Cosplay Photo Contest – Win Deluxe Cosplay Costume From Miccostumes

Are you a Dragon Ball devotee? Have you ever done a Dragon Ball cosplay? If you do, don’t be hesitate to join in our Dragon Ball Cosplay Photo Contest to share your fabulous cosplay photo with the world. More excitingly, while communicating with the Dragon Ball cosplay Community, you will get a chance to win the contest and get free costume from Miccostumes.com.

The contest entries will be held on Deviantart.com. Those who have the most “Votes” will win the contest. Each winner will be rewarded with any costume in our cosplay store.

Please read the rules and details of the contest below.

Rules:

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1. Time for the Contest: the contest starts on May 15 and will end on June 15 (New York Time).

2. Winners: Those who have the most “Votes” will win the contest. The number of winners depends on the number of the contestants. If there are no more than 20 contestants, there will be only one winner. One additional winner will be added if 20 more contestants join in, i.e.

  1. 1-20 contestants—1 winner
  2. 21-40 contestants–2 winners
  3. 41-60 contestants–3 winners
  4. and so on.

Prizes: each winner will be rewarded with any costume in our cosplay store. In addition, each contestant will get a $5 cash card, which can be used for a $5 discount when purchasing in our costume store.

3. Submissions: submissions are valid among May 15-June 15. Submissions can only be make by email to miccostume[@]gmail.com. Please send us one Dragon Ball Cosplay Photo, together with your infomation including:

  1. Name:
  2. Gender:
  3. Nationality:
  4. Personal or social sites:
  5. Charater:
  6. Tell us a little about yourself and the photo, and also your obsession with Dragon Ball:

4. About the photo:

  1. Only one photo will be accepted for a particular contestant. Just choose the best one to submit.
  2. The photo should only feature the contestant. Group photos are not allowed.
  3. The photo should be at least 500px wide.

5. The voting process: the contest entries will be hosted on Deviantart.com. Below are the voting rules.

  1. Each “Favourites”or comment of the entry will be counted as one vote. Different comments from the same fan will be counted as one vote only. Comments from contestants and organizer won’t count.
  2. In addition, the organizer Miccostumes.com acts as another judge. We will govern 20 votes and vote for the top 20 contestants. I.e., the best photo (in our opinion) will get additional 20 votes, the second will get 19 votes, third 18, and so on.

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Important notes: Miccostumes will be involved in the investigation if the participants obtain votes through irregular ways (like creating new accounts to vote for youself), and the participants will be disqualified in some serious cases. Miccostumes reserves the right of final interpretation of this contest.

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Kevin

Cosplay Contest – My First Cosplay

The new edition of contest in May is launched today. The theme is storytelling – share your first cosplay story. If you still remember how excited you were when the first time you COSPLAY, if you still miss the feeling at that time, please don’t be hesitant to join in our Contest and share your experience and thoughts to win free cosplay costume and wig at our store.

Contest Name: My First Cosplay

Anyone who wants to share your story of your first cosplay is welcomed to our contest. You can write about anything you found interesting and special e.g. when and where was it, which character did you dress as and which friends were you with. But there are no limits! Just explore your mind!

Your story is supposed to be published on your own website. Notice that there are only three websites legitimate for this contest -  deviantart.com, facebook.com and tumblr.com, i.e. you have to have at least one account of the three websites to join in this contest. More details will be discussed in “How to join?” section below.

Winners and Prizes!

There will be one participant winning out on each website, as long as the number of the participants on that website is more than 7, i.e. if the number of participants on Tumblr.com is less than 7, there will be no winner on Tumblr.com. In addition, every participant will get a 5% coupon code from us.

Each winner can choose any cosplay costume/wig in our cosplay store.

Voting Process!

Participant who gets the most votes will win out finally. The votes will be given based on the following standard:

  • For Deviantart.com – Each comment and each “favourite” will be counted as a vote. But comments from the same account will be counted as one vote only, and comments from the organizer and cosplayers do not count.
  • For Facebook.com – Each comment and each “like” will be counted as a vote. But comments from the same account will be counted as one vote only, and comments from the organizer and cosplayers do not count.
  • For Tumblr.com – Each “note” will be counter as a vote.

Time for the Contest

The contest will be launched at May 8th 0:00 and ended at May 31st 24:00 (New York Time).

How to join?

Step 1. Write your story on your own website.

  1. Notice that there are only three websites legitimate for this contest -  deviantart.com, facebook.com and tumblr.com, i.e. you have to have at least one account of the three websites to join in this contest. Each participant can only choose one of the 3 website to publish your story, and only one story will be accepted for each participant. If you choose Deviantart.com, you can upload one of your photos to gallery, and then add text in the description, or you can write a journal with photos. If you choose facebook.com, you can upload one of your photos to your gallery, and then add text in the description. Please DONOT post it on your wall, in which case we may not be able to track your votes.
  2. At the end of each story, participants must declare the eligibility for this contest. You can simply do that by adding one sentence: This post is written by [author name], entered in the My First Cosplay (http://www.miccostumes.com/blog/cosplay-contest-my-first-cosplay) hosted by http://www.Miccostumes.com. (Of course you can write it in your own words, but please make sure you mention your name, the name of the contest and Miccostumes.com. Please also remain the links, so people will know where to find the contest. Thanks!) Participants refuse to do so will be disqualified.

Step 2. Send us the link of your story by email.

Please send the link of your story, together with your name to miccostume[@]gmail.com.

  • If it’s a Deviantart photo, you can send us the link of the photo. If it’s a Devaintart journal, you can send us the link of the journal.
  • If it’s a FaceBook photo, you can send us the link of the photo. Please also send a friend request to Miccostumes on FaceBook, or we maynot be able to see your photos because of the privacy policy of FaceBook’s.
  • If it’s a Tumblr post, just send us the link of the post.

The title of your email should be “ My First Cosplay  –  your name”.

Important notes:

Miccostumes will be involved in the investigation if the participants obtain votes through irregular ways (like creating new accounts to vote for youself), and the participants will be disqualified in some serious cases. Miccostumes reserves the right of final interpretation of this contest.

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Kevin

Winners of Maid Lolita Photo Contest Announced!

Dear contestants, thanks for joining our Maid Lolita Photo Contest. The Contest ended yesterday and the voting time ended at 12:00 April 30th.

We’ve received a lot of complaints saying that some of the participants gained votes by an improper way. We looked in it, and found that many votes of some paticipants were from brand new members that joined in the last few days and the only action they did was immediately comment on the contest deviation and add it to their favorites. It is totally fine and normal if there are a few new deviants voting for you. But if there’s a high proportion of new deviants, we’ll take those as abnormal and trustless votes. It is against our original intention and is contrary to the principle of fairness. That’s why we have to make the following ajustment to the rules.

  • If the proportion of votes from new deviants (joined in the last few days when voting and the only action they did was immediately comment on the contest deviation and add it to their favorites) is more than 10%, every vote from a new devaint over that won’t count. For example, if someone gets 50 votes and 10 of them are from new deviants, only 5 of the 10 votes will count. He/she will get 45 votes at last.

According to the ajustment, we recalculated the votes and here are the top two paticipants:

No. 1: #6 Azurimi

Valid Comments: 113

Favourites: 146

Total Votes: 259

No. 2: #9 MaaYa

Valid Comments: 92

Favourites: 156

Total Votes: 248

Congratulations, Azurimi and MaaYa!
Download this Excel to see the whole scoreboard of the contest!

Prizes for the Winners:

As promised, two Lolita dresses will be rewarded to these two winners.

First prize: a White Moon Lolita Dress

Second prize: a Dear Celine Lolita Dress

We’ll contact Azurimi and MaaYa to offer the dresses. In addition, every participant will get a 5% off coupon code from us. We’ll send the code by email later.

Note: The organiser Miccostumes.com reserves the final right of interpretation of this contest.

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