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Lotus Traders Clothing: Pirate, Renaissance and boho chemises and dresses

Lotus Traders Clothing is a company with almost 3 decades of experience,  based in Indonesia (with factories in different Asian countries)  specialized in bohemian and renaissance dresses, with a wide range of renaissance tops and chemises in many colours that can work wonders as undergarment or base to build up you fairy, goddess or even Steampunk fantasy costume.

The store shows a large catalogue Boho, princess and Renaissance dresses made to order (S up to 5X), usually in Rayon Lycra and Light weight Rayon  and shipped world wide  (with a few exclusions) from Indonesia.  Unfortunately, the only complaint I might have that have restrained me from purchasing is the shipping cost to my country (I'm based in Spain), so It's worth to check if there are resellers of the brand in your area. They have plenty of listings in ebay too.

I like that they have a wide range of colours and sometimes not the usual ones like teal, silver grey, purples and fire reds and oranges. Bold and vivid but not cheesy looking. I particularly enjoy their shades of green (moss, khaki and Olive) and brown, as they seem very earthy. But they don't only list solid colours but also print dresses in some models. Some of the garments are "batiked which involves  completely handmade process and because of this there are natural variations in colours and tones, as well as pattern placements, from meter to meter. Because of this you are guaranteed a unique piece as no two garments are alike.  

If you are into Mori Girl fashion (greens, browns, earthy clothing and lots of layers) you will find PLENTY of tunics, tops and dresses here to get started in gorgeous tones of brown and green. I have bookmarked so many myself (sigh!)

It's pretty obvious that many of the models are made to enhance the shape and flatter curvy ladies (like me), but they make smaller sizes as well.  You can find sleeveless models as well as gorgeous almost medieval fluted sleeves.

Below, examples of long dresses /chemises, perfect for renaissance or wench/fantasy/pirate style.

 

Official site:

http://www.lotustradersclothing.com/

Etsy store

Lotus Traders at Facebook

Lotus Traders ebay

They also feature a vast collection of asymmetrical, handkerchief and bohemian clothing, perfect for urban pixie. Some similar to psy clothing. 

 

SPIRIT Elf ears headphones: transform yourself into an elf while you listen to music!

SPIRIT headphones slogan is "roam in Wonderland with ears". "Every girl has a fairy dream" (yay what about boys?!)  The name of the product is They are a 2016 brand new new design from a this chinese company that somehow have just become viral. And it's justified! How clever and magical!! Someone shared this on my facebook page early this month and I was thrilled! I want a pair!!!  I am a composer of fantasy music too, and a great fan of the genre, this is a MUST HAVE  :).  And if you are into cosplay the perfect excuse to look like an elf "everyday". How fun it must be to be aware of the casual observers wondering about you! :). They are only offering though one colour that fits pale skin and we look forward to see if other skin tones will come out in the near future. They´d work for me though (jumps in anticipation)

The specific name of the model is SPIRIT E666

Above:SPIRIT  Earl ear buds (flesh colour) 3.5 mm jack  that will work for most standard sound devices like smartphones and portable mp3 players. They ARE NOT wireless or bluetooth (that would be even cooler) but the cable is also flesh toned consistently matching the rest of the headset (As a performer this are like  a fancy nice in ear monitoring option ahhaha!)

I must have one of these. This is one of the cleverest ideas I've seen in a while, no wonder it spread almost virally over the social networks and due to demand the price is (at the moment) rather high compared to the initial listing in the chinese website "TAOBAO" which sells them for a price of 100¥ (around 14 dollars) plus shipping. Back then it was the only one listing it and I was unable to complete my purchase as the entire site was in chinese.    Since then listings have bloomed and some were absurdily high (also claiming they were the only importers and so on)  in many sites, but now it´s widely spread and can be found through many different retailers and shops including ELF EARS EARBUDS in  ebay where the price is around  28 Eur at the moment (including shipping), but you can find there also auctions and try your luck to get them cheaper. I have bookmarked them myself but I think I will wait until they go back to a fair price.  Definitely will go for a pair myself soon :) and then I'll come back to edit this article with the actual sound quality of this cute gadget! :) It claims to work clearly and crisp in the high pitch frequencies but still boosting the bass. We´ll get back at them with a proper in depth review. Meanwhile here the technical specifications:

 

 

 

 

Morbid Mask Studio: prosthetics for your FX fantasy make up!

Morbid Mask Studio, based in UK,  has specialized in FX prosthetics... From horns, fangs, elf ears to full and partial masks, and of course, pretty much anything you might need for a FX theatrical make up... Prices are fair and the catalogue is diverse including some rare to find articles. They keep listings at ebay too at Morbid Masks store y (100% positive feedback by the way)  but you can also surf their official site where they may have a few items not listed in ebabut also the ebay store has many listings that are not listed in the site, so be sure to check both. The official site has accurate information regarding contact, shipping and returns policies (of course you can´t return certain products as wigs or teeth for hygienic reasons unless faulty). But everything seems pretty reliable and they guarantee next day delivery after your order.

All Latex Masks, Special Effects and Prosthetics hand made in the UK by  the studio. So if you are thinking about epic live role-playing, attending to a fantasy convention to impress or  simply fancy cosplaying, this is one recommended stop for your research! :)

Of course you can find ears and facial features inspired in different fantasy characters, from flat noses for dwarves and gnomes to mermaid ears (<3).

I would love to go for this one, it's an unicorn horn prostetic, attached to a latex skin coloured base that you can attach to your forehead with spirit gum and blend seamessly. So instead of wearing a horned crown you could look a real Unicorn-like creature. If only for this, bookmarked and highlighted :). But they also have faun/demon horns too.

Below: reusable latex forked tongue, perfect for snake, lizards and dragon cosplays. You can even drink with it, although of course you will have a few difficulties speaking, reptiles should hiss anyway! Super affordable too!

In the mood of more drastic transformations... you have full masks and partial masks to become a werewolf, a goblin, an orc, a dark elf (even Sloth from the Goonies!! if you needed a nerd-freak signal). Examples of the make ups are really impressive too. Do you fancy Warcraft, Warhammer, DD and other epic fantasies... give it a check! Prices are really good too for the full masks.

Below: Werewolf mask and fighting claws... :)

 

Even if it´s a little early for Halloween (well it's never too late to plot Halloween right? they also keep some spooky props too!)

 

MORBID MASKS NETWORK:

Morbid Studio Official site (includes direct contact, adress and phone, UK based)

 

 

 

Enchanted Tree Wear: clothing for your pixie-self

Enchanted Tree Wear is a store based in Bulgaria run by designer Boryana/Elfreya  who has translated her love for nature and the serenity of her environment in Bulgarian´s mountains into pieces that have many elements of connection with nature. Comfortable, earthy, flowing and organic .  It highlights also a collection of capelets, elven shawls and ponchos (in collaboration with her grandmother) with a boho-rustic feeling to it, perfect for forest dwellers and mori-girls too.  It mixes tribal, psy, pixie, elven with a very distinct "earthy" undertone to the items.

The listings in the store are limited as they are obviously handmade (and mostly made to order) one of a kind items, so the stock is limited to a few listings that are updated on a regular basis. They also encourage commissions and ship worldwide from Bulgaria.

Below: Elven white sorceress coat, looking absolutely comfortable and with delicious fluted sleeves

The project begun some years ago in an attempt to build a community of nature and forest lovers in one small but very wild and beautiful country in the Balkans – Bulgaria gathering fiends and artists with the same passion for natural living and psychedelic experience through art, music and meditation. Thus also the first  Enchanted Forests festival was born in 2006 in the ancient woods of Rila Mountain. Since then It´s celebrated every year.
The Enchanted Tree Wear project was born under these influences, nature, friendship, meditation, expression, seeking, and the need to seek for meaning.

It echoes of old times, a life simpler and more connected with the place we live

Below: hat and scarf, handmade

 

 

 

MadHouse FX Studio: high quality latex elf ears and other fx prosthetics

Originally from Spain and now relocated in magical in Fairyland country Ireland,  Madhouse FX Studio is a little company and store specialized in high quality fx prosthetics like elf ears, and even full face latex masks.

After a small hiatus due to the relocation they have just re-opened their etsy store, and stay tuned because they will be re-stocking previously available models and listing a lot of new designs shortly.

They have a really wide catalogue of Elf fears that goes from the classic elven Elrond or Galadriel to hobbits (Lord of the Ring style),  but also anime like Lodoss War or even Faun ears and others items for general cosplay. if you don't find what you  need they also encourage direct contact for commissions  (I'd personally would love to see some Gelfling ears (from The Dark Crystal) ears listed.  Thus It´s recommended to follow them on facebook so you can see the portfolio of happy clients and previous works, just in case you don't find the model you want in the etsy store.

They were so kind to send me a sample of their work and I must say I'm very impressed. First I've struggle with low quality elf ears quite a while, I usually find them complicated to attach due to my particular ear-shape,  so I was really grateful of the fact it's not only the tip but also the lobe and outer edge of the ear, so even without glue, they seem to stand seamessly and stable enough to secure them even if you don't have a friend to assist you, being then really easy to place in with latex or Spirit gum.

Below one of my favourite models, Faun Ears... great for Mori and Forest Girls... perfect combo if you use it with some cute antlers

Don´t be fooled, they have one of the largest ranges in ears, as unfair as it is, as they models seem to be copied, the future items will have their brand printed on the ears, but in a place where it´s not noticeable once the prosthetics are on.

 

Some of the most common requested models include Lord of The Rings custom styled ears like Legolas, Galadriel, Thranduil, hobbits, etc.

Below an example, Thranduil elven ears:

They also will be adding some props to their store, so you can finish your cosplay with nice details like these Daenerys´ dragon eggs inspired in Games of Thrones

This is me wearing their "long elf ears" model

MADHOUSE FX NETWORK

-Madhouse FX in FACEBOOK

-Madhouse FX in ETSY (Online store)

 

Black Candy Fashion: UK based

 
Black Candy Fashion is an UK based store specialised in  affordable yet lovely looking cosplay Wigs, Jewellery and Accessories. They ship internationally.
Let´s face it, wigs are fun, they can provide a striking and dramatic change just for the moment, wether you want to cosplay your favourite anime, movie or book character, have a wig harajuku fairy key doll party with your friends or simply to change your looks in your dailywear. We all know how we can change simply changing our hair, and surfing the site we can plot go any colour we wish, chose among well known cosplay characters (Merida, Daenerys, Sailor Moon or even Frozen) or choose some moderate colour or lace front wigs for an special event.
Below: pumpkin/ginger wig (perfect for halloween) or firey red-head spirits
 
The store features a rather large selection of colours as well as some pastel and gradients. Some examples below.
 

Candy Fashion cosplay wigs Network:

Official site at blackcandyfashion.co.uk

Facebook Page

Instagram

Contact: blackcandyfashion@hotmail.com

 

Crystal Kitty Cat Faire Treasures: Renaissance skirts and capelets

Above: one of my favourites in Faire Treasures, a delightful rich brocade handkerchief overskirt :) She has a full lenth brown cotton gauze skirt that would look lovely below this one.

 

Faire Treasures is the store run by designer and crafter Crystal Kitty Cat based in Texas, United States.  It features a lovely selection of Renaissance garments, from capes to peasant skirts and accessories . Crystal Kitty Cat is a model, photographer but also the seamstress and creator of this lovely store. All items are made to order, handmade and they can be shipped worldwide.

The shop also lists some lovely pixie handkerchief skirts in several colours, perfect for layering over a full length skirt of as a stand-alone shorter fairy skirt easily adjusted with a elastic band to fit several sizes.

I love the selection of colours in her store, olive greens, rich chocolate browns. Some vivid teals but overall matching and organic-nature looking.  She seems to list many items in browns and greens (my absolute obsession lately) so a perfect stop for more "rustic" and "forest-dwelling" feeling.  Some of the fabrics feature rich leafy brocades.  Wether you have to attend a pirate or Renaissance (or even nordic as some of the items have a lovely rustic feeling to them) this is a nice stop on your research.

They are lovely for Middle Ages, lotr, elven or Renaissance clothing but also even as Daily wear for daring "forest girls" (mori girl fashion)

Above unisex draping cape  with pointed hood. Perfect for Renaissance Events. Made in Polyester and with a lovely Pewter clap.
She also has some lovely lace capelets (closer to victorian/steampunk) and accessories like earrings and jewellery.

Besides the etsy store,  Faire Treasures items are available in Iris Adornments and Apothecary at Sherwood Forest Faire

Network:

Official site
http://www.fairetreasures.com

Faire treasures in facebook
http://www.facebook.com/FaireTreasures

Faire treasures in twitter
http://twitter.com/crystalkittycat
 

 

PungoPungo Wigs: Games of Thrones, Star Wars and other cosplay wigs

PungoPungo Wigs features a lovely selection of wigs, had-styled to match perfectly some of the characters from acclaimed tv series Games of Thrones, carefully braided and arranged to be almost exact replicas, and still SO MUCH MORE than that. It is a great resource also for other cosplay characters and even realistic looking lace-front wigs.

Wigs look high quality, very think, heat resistant  and some exquisitely and braided braided... from well known characters like GoT Daenerys, Cersei or Margaery to the new Star Wars Rey, but also high quality wearable wigs (including lace front wigs) for your daily wear, with some exquisite and natural colours. And also some fantasy models featuring vivid hues, perfect for fairies, mermaids and other magical creatures. I can´t say more without seeing them in person but there are a lot of happy clients pics around to judge.   Below some of my favourites:

Below: Absolutely lovely ginger lace front.... I´ve always wanted to try red hair (sigh) or golden (my natural hair is almost ivory white :))

Above: Cersei or also suitable for a Renaissance Princess

I particularly loved some examples they listed in their Etsy store that look super angelic and prerraphaelite, for lovers of "vintage illustrations of fairytale or renaissance" princesses, these are a delight regarding colour selection. In fact even most of the wigs cosplayed after characters can be chosen in different colours and blends.

Above: White Blonde PungoPungo´s wig and comparison to original in the series

If you want to just be amazed by the level of detail when imitating the original styles have a look to this custom-Margaery styled wig... insanely accurate! :)

We previously made an article about how to dress like Khalessi Daenerys in which we had previously featured some selected articles from this store, but I'm totally updating that article soon to include more PungoPungo´s work, and in the site you will find not only wigs styled and carefully braided  in the different styles appeared in the series but also accessories, costumes and jewellery to make your outfit just perfect. And it doesn't stop in the most popular character but other´s as well, and also from different fantasy series like "Once upon a time" or movies like "Frozen" famous Elsa.

Below: Rey (from Star Wars) Cosplay Wig

You still don't find what you need? or the colour you need? They also encourage direct contact for special commissions, :)

As a funny note, they even sell "sideburns" for men in different colours, hahah  great for Steampunk lovers, I always force my boyfriend to keep his sideburns for this reason hahah (Darcy´s style you know) so hmmm just in case he decides to shave them LOL

PungoPungo Network. Make sure to follow them in the network  not only to check their past portfolio and happy clients pictures but also to be updated about contests and giveaways :)

-PungoPungo Official site

-PungoPungo in facebook

-PungoPungo in Instragram

 

Art by Aelia: gorgeous Dragon necklace drapers and other animal totems

 

Aelia Petro from Canada is the young crafter and designer behind ART OF AELIA . She is a multidisciplinary artist, illustrating, painting, working in graphic design but also creating  detailed custom jewellery, which is based in marine mammals (she worked with whales and was fascinated by them) and other animals that are usually very difficult to find in jewellery... but of course and as featured in this blog she also makes fantasy creatures... DRAGONS!!

The necklaces are made in a variety of materials including pewter, polymer clay and resin. Each piece is unique and entirely handmade so there are not two that are the same.

Above: Dragon draper necklace  hand-painted individually in purple/galaxy colours, though you can order them in custom colours or with metal finish (I particularly loved it it silver tones and green/earthy ones). This gently rest on your neck and absolutely awesome. The silver one would be considered in the style of Game of Thrones Daenerys style, but I find these much more delicate in each  its own unique way. Still an option for cosplayers of that character that don't want to use the generic replicas. And not only necklaces and drapers but also bracers and other accessories.

But what if you have a totem animal? Like she has or is able to commission it. I love some of the  harness. I´d love to see a rat for myself. These are so cute and unique :) Love it :). It has no metal finding or bail, they just hung so realistically, though if you think it´s not safe and prefer to add a bail you can ask for it.

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She also makes resin cabochons with silhouettes, some of them featuring marine life like sharks and whales, but when you see them it's like looking into a piece of the sea underwater. :)

You can network with Art by Aelia at the following Social Networks, so you can follow their up-to-date projects, contests, promotions and past and work in progress works. Also stay tuned because sometimes she run GIVE AWAYS (though I didn't win snif! that is how I found out about her art) So make sure to bookmark the followings sites
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArtByAelia
Tumblr: artbyaelia.tumblr.com
Twitter: twitter.com/ArtByAelia
Instagram: instagram.com/art_by_aelia
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/artbyaelia/art-by-aelia/

If you already have an item made by Art by Atelia you can always use the hashtag

 

Midsummer´s Night Masquerade : mushroom pendants and other pixie things

Megan Johnson is the artist behind the store and company  The Midsummer´s Night Masquerade based in USA. Online store is based in Inselly at the moment though Megan also encourages direct contact through her network pages in facebook page and instagram (linked at the end of the article). The store has specialized in handmade masquerade masks, crowns, fairy wings and also jewelry and accessories. All of them inspired by and for fantasy, from fairy  to larp and even Steampunk undertones.  Megan started to make masks in the late 90´s because she wanted to make her own wearable fantasy items like masks, wreaths and garlands, fairy wings and jewellery. With time she started to improve her skills and make professional items and thus Midsummer´s Night Masquerade was created, first out of her need and love to do things for herself and soon after to share with others.

She has the most lovely pendants and mushrooms with vials... very original and magical :)

The Mushroom are made also in bigger sizes as ornaments, but I particularly love the vial pendants as they seem to enclose some kids of green forest magic :)Above hand sculpted flower pendant with vial.

 

She also has some variations with gorgeous mushrooms. Pendants are about 25-30 $ and absolutely made by hand, which makes each one different and unique.

Above: supercute Mushrooms lanterns (off and on)

not only you will find things to wear and accessories, but also some cute fairy  lamps that you could use for your fairy shoots in the forest. They are powered by tealight led candles and totally safe but look really enchanting. Made in sculpey and absolutely handmade for a fairly affordable price (around 40$).

She also has masks and sometimes garlands and fairy wings on sale, these items come out more scarcely so I'd recommend to make a commission directly to her if interested. Some examples below:

Above: iridescent transparent fairy wings. Below: lovely floral headpiece garland

You can network with Midsummer´s Night Masquerade in the following sites.

Follow on Instagram: www.instagram.com/TheMidsummers_Night_Masquerade

Etsy story  (currently deactivated)

The Midsummer´s Night Masquerade Inselly Store (online store)

The Midsummers Night Masquerade in Amazon

Past works and portfolio in Deviant Art