Narcoleptic Insomnia

Aug 26

I need to rant about something for a second.

I’ve worked in spas/salons for 6 years now and I’ve been watching Tabatha Takes over and I want to know where the living heck people thought this “standing desk” or giving their receptionists bar-style stools to sit on is a good idea.  I get it “adds to the aesthetic” and receptionists are supposed to be busy and shouldn’t have a ton of time to sit but I think as an owner/manager it is your responsibility to make sure your receptionists are comfortable when they do have to work your front desk.

The first spa I worked at had a low desk with a high counter and real office chairs.  I had always had very good posture throughout elementary and secondary school and that kept up when I worked at that spa.  I had a portable phone so I was also in charge of the boutique floor, laundry, all of the tanning facilities and clients so it certainly wasn’t a sitting job, but when I needed to cash clients out, book appointments, cash in an out at the end of the night I was able to sit in a real chair with my feet flat on the floor and I didn’t have any extra back pain and I still had good posture.

The next spa/salon I worked at we had these hard as rock bar stools with a 5 inch high bar for back support.  The desk was extremely high and we basically perched all day and had to hunch over to see the computers that were set down into the desk.  At this place we were chained to the phones, we were not allowed to do laundry, clean or anything else other than filing because that was left for the assistants so they didn’t get sent home on slow days.  The boss would literally call the front desk (he had cameras in his office and home) to ask where one of us was if he couldn’t see us at the desk… it was usually the washroom or telling an esthetician her client was here. A year and a half later my registered massage therapist told me I need to stop slouching because I had terrible knots in my lower back… I started going to her because I had back pain so bad it was waking me up at night.  The next spa I worked at was a spin-off business of the second spa so we had the same desk situation, except now the tiny desk had nowhere to put my knees so I had to hunch even further forward to use the keyboard.

The third spa I currently work at has the same hard as rock plastic bar stools that we perch on all day.  We are busy but it’s with desk work: booking, emails, making/receiving  orders, cashing out clients, answering phones, etc, so we’re sitting a large portion of the day.  The last year I’ve had the same back problems and developed sciatic nerve problems when I sit in regular chairs.  My college classes sucked because of this, I had to change position every two minutes and drives back to my hometown are super painful.  At one point they took away the stools as punishment because they found some mistakes in the booking system and thought it was because we were “too comfortable.”  I had only been there a few months when they did this and I was shocked…we’re not children and it felt super passive aggressive because we just showed up to work and the stools were gone… No one told us about the issues, no meeting until my manager scheduled one a week later and I asked for the chairs back because just in the week of standing we ALL had back pain because we had to hunch over these desks so see the low computers and to type on the even lower keyboards.  Taking calls was awful because we had to hold the phone with our shoulders, hunch over  and lean one elbow on the desk to be able to book appointments.  It actually distracted us MORE not having the stools there. I told my manager this, she agreed and the chairs were brought back.

If you’re worried about your reception staff being lazy, don’t hire/keep lazy people.  You don’t just give them super-uncomfortable seating or no seating at all when they need it to do their job well and in comfort.  You don’t take away the foam mats from your stylist chairs and say “well we don’t want you to get too comfortable.”  This trend in spas/salons needs to disappear.  Forever.

tl:dr: The trend of workplaces giving their front desk/reception staff uncomfortable bar stools or no seating at all needs to die a quick, painful death because it’s unhealthy and misguided.

Aug 22

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Members of the Palestinian security forces take part in a training session in the West Bank city of Jericho. (Reuters)

Members of the Palestinian security forces take part in a training session in the West Bank city of Jericho. (Reuters)

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dxtective:

be cAREFUL MAKING WISHES IN THE

*slams fist against wall*

DARK DARK!

CAN’T BE SURE WHEN THEY’VE HIT THEIR

*head butts the door*

MARK MARK!

AND BESIDES IN THE MEAN, MEAN TIME I’M JUST DREAMING OF TEARING YOU APART!!!

*picks up a person and throws them out a window*

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Thanks!  I get that a lot about being a brunette.  I’ve thought about going darker but right now I love my blonde too much and honestly with how fine/thin my actual hair is I don’t think it would look darker on me.  Maybe in the future though.
Scarily enough that is my actual eye colour.  Those aren’t contacts and I didn’t edit the photo other than cropping it…Just in certain lighting they look that bright.  My group of friends I’ve known since highschool tease me about my “laser death” eyes and the last time I tried to send a silly photo to a friend this is what I got sent back:
My friends are talented.  Assholes but talented.

Thanks!  I get that a lot about being a brunette.  I’ve thought about going darker but right now I love my blonde too much and honestly with how fine/thin my actual hair is I don’t think it would look darker on me.  Maybe in the future though.

Scarily enough that is my actual eye colour.  Those aren’t contacts and I didn’t edit the photo other than cropping it…Just in certain lighting they look that bright.  My group of friends I’ve known since highschool tease me about my “laser death” eyes and the last time I tried to send a silly photo to a friend this is what I got sent back:

My friends are talented.  Assholes but talented.

Tomb Raider - Lara Croft Reborn cosplayWig/Makeup test

So I know I haven’t posted any updates on my cosplay recently but I’ve been crazy busy with work with people going on vacation and working some super overtime.  I have been working away in my spare time and since it’s down to the last week before FanExpo I’ve been in cosplay crunch-time.
For the wig:
On a pretty good recommendation I purchased my wig I used for The Corsair and my fem-Connor from AC from a wig dealer on ebay, and while the wig served it’s purpose, I felt it needed an upgrade for Lara.  The fibres are starting to look really messy (even with taking good care of it), the bangs were just too short and annoying as heck and I can’t get my fingers through it to save my life.  This year I purchased a wig from Epic Cosplay after hearing lots of good things.  I chose the Nyx in Dark Brown for Lara.  I couldn’t recommend this company more because for the same amount of money as my last wig (about $50 CAD after tax and shipping) I got a wig with MUCH better fibres which is also tangle-resistant AND heat style-able.  The only issue is my order took a long time to get to me because a glitch in their system didn’t show my wig as being ordered. However once I contacted them they fixed it right away and I got it within a few days.  I recommended two of my friends in my cosplay group get their wigs from there and they got theirs within a few days as well.
The wig itself feels amazing: so silky it feels like I’m running my hands through my own freshly-washed hair:
First putting it on the bangs were WAY too long but I was ok with this because I planned on having my stylist trim/shape them and some face-framing pieces.  This is the wig before trimming:



And after:
I don’t have any pictures of me wearing it post-shaping but I’ll post a pic when I do my final makeup test.  My stylist did an amazing job following the picture I showed her and from listening to what I wanted and what wouldn’t bug me throughout a day of wearing it.Makeup:So this makeup test I decided to just focus on contouring and basic colours.  I focused on shading my cheekbones and the harder planes of my face to take away some of my natural roundness and give me some harder lines.  I also shaded my eyes a lot darker than I normally would and emphasised my lower lash line with some neutral browns to give that haunted/stressed look that won’t look terrible in the florescent lights at the con:
I bought the Cinema Secrets Injury Stack and have been playing around with it to do the face/upper body scratches, scrapes and bruises and will post a picture when I’ve done a full test.

Tomb Raider - Lara Croft Reborn cosplay
Wig/Makeup test

So I know I haven’t posted any updates on my cosplay recently but I’ve been crazy busy with work with people going on vacation and working some super overtime.  I have been working away in my spare time and since it’s down to the last week before FanExpo I’ve been in cosplay crunch-time.

For the wig:

On a pretty good recommendation I purchased my wig I used for The Corsair and my fem-Connor from AC from a wig dealer on ebay, and while the wig served it’s purpose, I felt it needed an upgrade for Lara.  The fibres are starting to look really messy (even with taking good care of it), the bangs were just too short and annoying as heck and I can’t get my fingers through it to save my life.  This year I purchased a wig from Epic Cosplay after hearing lots of good things.  I chose the Nyx in Dark Brown for Lara.  I couldn’t recommend this company more because for the same amount of money as my last wig (about $50 CAD after tax and shipping) I got a wig with MUCH better fibres which is also tangle-resistant AND heat style-able.  The only issue is my order took a long time to get to me because a glitch in their system didn’t show my wig as being ordered. However once I contacted them they fixed it right away and I got it within a few days.  I recommended two of my friends in my cosplay group get their wigs from there and they got theirs within a few days as well.

The wig itself feels amazing: so silky it feels like I’m running my hands through my own freshly-washed hair:

First putting it on the bangs were WAY too long but I was ok with this because I planned on having my stylist trim/shape them and some face-framing pieces.  This is the wig before trimming:

And after:

I don’t have any pictures of me wearing it post-shaping but I’ll post a pic when I do my final makeup test.  My stylist did an amazing job following the picture I showed her and from listening to what I wanted and what wouldn’t bug me throughout a day of wearing it.

Makeup:

So this makeup test I decided to just focus on contouring and basic colours.  I focused on shading my cheekbones and the harder planes of my face to take away some of my natural roundness and give me some harder lines.  I also shaded my eyes a lot darker than I normally would and emphasised my lower lash line with some neutral browns to give that haunted/stressed look that won’t look terrible in the florescent lights at the con:

I bought the Cinema Secrets Injury Stack and have been playing around with it to do the face/upper body scratches, scrapes and bruises and will post a picture when I’ve done a full test.

Aug 17

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rainbow-runners:

grizzlybara:

I accidentally bumped into a Red at otakon and promptly apologized. 
I got a “sorry doesn’t do me shit.” in response.
Perfect.

YES

rainbow-runners:

grizzlybara:

I accidentally bumped into a Red at otakon and promptly apologized. 

I got a “sorry doesn’t do me shit.” in response.

Perfect.

YES

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urulokid:

at work today this girl was at my counter and she had owl earrings and a matching owl necklace on so of course i complimented her and we started chatting about the wols and she was like “they’re so popular now? owl are like everywhere!”

and i went “yeah somewhere Athena is going ‘aww yeah’” while…

Aug 15

Anonymous said: Any recommendations for fabrics for assassins creed robes? Specifically female novice?

dangerous-ladies:

If we’re talking Renaissance Italy, natural fibers like wool, leather and linen are period accurate; cotton didn’t hit broad/common usage in much of Europe until the 1600s and so on, and even then for quite some time, cotton was considered a cheaper and less durable alternative to wools. (Earlier usage of the word “cotton” in European texts is generally referring to the texture/weave of a textile rather than the fibre.) Italy was basically the textile centre of the universe in that time period, too, so your novice shouldn’t have much trouble accessing a whole variety of those fabrics, though you might today! If you’re talking Ottoman Empire, cottons would be a bit more common.

If you’re not going period accurate, I’d go for a nice cotton twill. Ezio’s tunic in AC2 has a very similar texture and it’s a breeze to work with, as well as being fairly durable for someone who is gonna be running, jumping, climbing things, etc. You want to steer towards something heavier in weight (though obviously still clothing weight) so it doesn’t look flimsy, so twill works for this as well. Me, I’m using matte cotton sateen because I want my Ezio costume to look a lot like a nobleman’s clothing, but whether you go the same route depends on how wealthy your novice is.

Jenn

I KNOW THIS ONE.

I was fem-Connor from AC3 last year for fan expo and I strive to be as historically accurate as possible when it comes to fabric.  I saw a lot of tutorials where people were using plain thin cotton (or old bedsheets…) and while that doesn’t bother some people it bothered me, so I spent more money on the real (ish) stuff (I realise not everyone can afford to go this route).

I used a combination of what felt like thick-weave white denim on the outside (kinda like broadcloth, I wanted something that was thick enough to not feel flimsy but not too thick that it would look too stiff) and a navy blue faux-suede on the inside (and for the panels and tails.  I consulted my dad, who does civil war reinactments, and he talked to the uniform makers on what kind of fabrics were used at the time of the Revolutionary War.  When I went to my fabric store all of the fabrics I was looking at for the outer shell were super expensive BUT I wandered into the outdoor fabrics remnant section and found the broadcloth-ish material - enough to do the whole coat with some to spare - for super cheap!  It was exactly what I wanted: an off-white medium-weight textured, woven natural fabric (mine was 100% cotton).  Now don’t do what I did with lining the whole coat in faux suede.  It looked awesome but the coat weighed, I kid you not, 10lbs… and while I was not sweating to death I was definitely pretty toasty and moist after a couple of hours.  Use a lighter cotton in a matching colour for the inside to match the coloured/detailed areas on the outside.

From what I’ve seen of the novices I agree with the matte cotton sateen or a more plain/slightly rougher looking cotton depending on the look you want.  The costume looks well made but not particularly fancy - it’s pretty utilitarian except for the brocade detailing on the edges of the outer coat and the hood and the trim on the shoulders.  Cotton twill will give your coat a nice structure while also draping nicely in the back of the coat. 

Aug 14

h4rmonics said: Would you ever make the hyrule warriors scarf and sell them online?:O if so id totally buy one!!!!

I have honestly thought about it because I get asked this question A LOT.  The only reason I haven’t is because of how much money I would have to charge versus how many I would have to sell to make my money back (let alone make a profit).  

The material I used I believe cost me about $20 and I was able to make 2 scarves out of it, so lets say $10 per scarf.  Then the transfer paper I get 5 sheets in a package for for about $25 and I need at least two per scarf (one for each end if the buyer wants double ended, or single ended double sided) so there’s another $12.50.  So far 22.50 isn’t terrible but when you factor in the time it took me to prepare the fabric, print the design, PAINSTAKINGLY (because this was annoying as heck)cut out all the little pieces from the iron-on sheets, assemble them on the fabric, iron them on then sew the sides together, it was a lot of work.  At least 3 hours.  If I were to pay myself just minimum wage (where I am it’s $11 I believe) that would mean another 33 on top of that.  That’s also not factoring in printer ink or my time designing the original pattern, and assuming I find that fabric again for the same price.  I’d at least have to charge $55.50 for the scarf, before tax and shipping and I’m not sure how I feel about that.  

I would ultimately love to sell the design to a company/retailer that does this type of manufacturing regularily and can purchase supplies in bulk at much lower rates and has more efficient ways of assembling them.  Or, in best case scenario, a company that could use my pattern to embroider the design onto scarves to look much more realistic, be of higher quality and be much more durable.  I would love an embroidered Hyrule Warriors scarf.

So there’s my long answer to a short question.  It’s because of the above I, for now, offer my design for free (with donations happily accepted) to individuals who wish to make their own scarves to save them some money until some of the options above become available.  Or if in the future I find a better, more cost-efficient way of making them myself I will sell them on a commission basis in my etsy shop.  Stay tuned!