It may just be the most comfortable jacket that I own now.
As I say in the video, the materials used in this design just work together. Luca really knows what he’s doing.
The design as a whole has so many minute details and it is truly fascinating. I love the green accents, and I especially like the snakeskin detail on the inside of the jacket.
The grunge/weathered logo on the back makes this look like an authentic Southside Serpent jacket. Did Luca even really make this, or was it stolen off of the set of Riverdale? They’re both in Canada, after all!
So in short, here are my favorite things about this serpent jacket:
The material is lightweight and cooling, yet still keeps you warm
It’s colorful and playful with its design
The women’s Southside serpent jacket fits like a glove. I recommend ordering your normal size or maybe one up (I wear a S-M and got a Medium)
Versatile and can be used with a Jughead, Archie, or Betty Cooper outfit!
Cons of Women’s Southside Serpents Jacket
I wasn’t trying to be funny in the video when I said I couldn’t find many cons about this cosplay jacket. It’s truly a work of art.
That being said, I feel like some people might have an issue with the “worn” look. I don’t know why, especially if you’re looking to do a Riverdale cosplay, but to each his own.
There are two deep pockets (which have green accents on the inside; did you notice?), but the zippers are mainly for show.
And I guess one more thing that can be said about this jacket is that the Southside Serpent jacket design on this jacket is a bit different from the show. You can see my side my Betty Cooper cosplay side-by-side as a comparison.
However, that’s likely due to copyright issues. Other vendors who sell this jacket use the same altered design.
So sorry to burst your bubble but this Riverdale Serpent jacket is the real deal. If you want an easy closet cosplay and a nice faux leather jacket that you can wear on the daily, I truly recommend this jacket. It’s a bit pricer than other retailers, but it’s well worth it.
While this might be great for taxes (if you earn money from cosplay), a cosplay content calendar template is really what we all need.I’m not going to get into what I accomplished last year in terms of my cos-goals and what I failed at. That’s all in the YouTube video (and if that’s where you’re coming from– hi!).
Instead, I’m going to explain to you how you can use my free cosplay content calendar template. If you want to see a brief glimpse of my 2020 plans, that will be included down below!
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How To Get the Cosplay Content Calendar Template
To get my free template, just type in your email right here:
It’s available in Google Sheets, which you should be able to have access to without a Gmail account. If not, please DM me on Instagram or send me an email for help! I personally use Google Sheets because I also use the Google Calendar so that it’s readily accessible on my phone and on my desktop!
How The Calendar Is Set Up
I was trying to decide if I wanted this calendar to be based on a weekly or monthly basis. I decided to go with weekly and to use Google Calendars for my big-picture/monthly ideas and due dates.This weekly cosplay content calendar allows you to plan out your content week by week and includes a checkmark box for that satisfying feeling of getting shit done!The Cosplay Content Calendar has room to layout your content on the following platforms:
Your website or blog
If you’re more into Twitter and Facebook, you can just retype in which platforms you prefer!
I have about 4 different platforms listed for where I plan on posting every week, including Instagram. I wouldn’t do any more than that because you’re going to overwhelm yourself. The first 4 rows are:
Done? Checkmark Box
These are pretty self-explanatory. Let me explain how I use the rest of the columns:
Content: This is either my blog or YouTube title, video for Tik Tok, or it says which character I’m featuring on Instagram (I left examples in there for you!). Simplicity is key.
CTA (Call to action): You want this in every post. This helps to keep your audience engaged in your content so that they don’t fly off to view someone else’s content. Make sure your CTA asks an open-ended question or leave a little air of mystery that will entice them to check out whatever it is you’re promoting.
Topic: I try to stick to certain topics or types of content. On YouTube, I do reviews, tutorials, and cosplay tips. Whereas on Instagram, I post selfies, videos, WIP pics, and professional cosplay shots. This section is just to lay out what type of content I’m posting so that I can make sure I’m being versatile.
Shares: This is marked with a checkbox, but you can take that out to type out the actual shares. This is just to remind me to reshare my video, blog, or cosplay photos on social platforms that I don’t want to spend too much time on. If you’re strictly on Instagram, you can use this section to note if another page shared your photo.
Engagement: How many comments, likes, shares, etc each piece of content gets. If it’s all in one place, you’ll get a better idea of which videos, blogs, and photos perform the best. This helps in really niche-ing down your content, too.
Instagram Cosplay Content
You’ll notice the bigger section at the top is strictly for Instagram. Even though you can use a service like Later to layout and schedule your cosplay photos, this helps me visualize future photo sessions. It also helps if you have a theme or a certain structure to your cosplay Instagram account. In 2020, I’m aiming to post every 3 days. Posting daily is a tactic of the past and it puts way too much pressure on creators. Instead, I’m using that extra effort to create unique content like blogs and videos.
Extra Features and Room For Ideas
To the very right-hand side, you’ll see that the Cosplay Content Calendar template becomes an area to list ideas. Of course, you can change or add columns to write down ideas for the platforms you’re most invested in (which reminds me, I should probably add a column for blog ideas).
As I said, I recommend using this template in Google Sheets. That way you can delete or add rows to the idea sections without messing up the format. You can also download the app so that you have your Cosplay Content Calendar template on you at all times.
As soon as you sign up for the template, it will give you an option to find the calendar on Google Sheets!
If you encounter ANY issues or technical problems with this calendar, please let me know and I’ll send you an updated version! Just message me on Instagram and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
My 2020 Cosplans and Goals
Finish Iron Spider, Buzz Lightyear, and Kida.
One Disney princess cosplay per quarter.
Regular content! Especially YouTube and blog content.
Relax, have fun with cosplay, and try not to take things too seriously.
Let people get to know me as the person, not the cosplayer.
Write eBooks and a comic!
Monetize Cosplay & Coffee
MERCH! I keep forgetting to mention this, but merch is my big TO-DO!
Whether you’re a cosplayer, makeup artist, or just a wig aficionado, most people tend to second guess ordering wigs from Amazon. Amazon is kind of like eBay… as in you never know what you’re going to get. That’s why I decided to get ahold of one of the more popular amazon wig retailers to give you this K’ryssma lace front wig review.
If you’ve read some of my other product reviews, you’ll know that I’m very enthusiastic about Amazon products. And actually, I had already purchased a K’ryssma lace front wig before, which is why I reached out to them for this collaboration (full disclaimer: I was given this wig in exchange for an honest review).
Price as of this blog: $45.99 (not including tax or shipping)
Even when I don’t order from Amazon, packing for me isn’t really a deal-breaker. I’ve said this before; we all just threw away the packages that our Amazon products come in, so I don’t really like to judge a retailer on this little detail.
I was blown away by K’ryssma’s packaging. They’ve certainly upgraded since the last time I purchased a lace front wig from them. To me, this says that:
They have repeat customers
They care about their customers and the experience they get.
K’ryssma takes their branding seriously.
As you can see, the wig came in this chic black bag. I really appreciate this because it means I have something nice to store my wig in (and it’s resealable!). The wig itself was carefully netted in another separate bag (that I can use for another wig!). And altogether, the package came with 2 reusable bags, the wig, and 2 wig caps.
Dramatic af. Also, look at how LONG it is!
Right out of the bag, I could tell this wig is good quality. It honestly feels like silk to the touch, so the description is accurate.
One problem that I’ve always had with my lace front wigs is that they don’t brush easily. I don’t know if that’s because 90% of my wigs are curly, but I can literally run my fingers through this straight wig.
The other thing that is incredible about this wig is that it looks exactly like my natural hair color. I’ve been wanting to dye my hair a rose pink for a year, but because I cosplay so many blonde characters, I’ve held off. But now that I have this wig, I can switch it back to blonde in an instant. I’m super excited about that!
This lace front wig also comes with adjustable straps, 4 comb clips for extra security, and has lace in the front and the back. Another detail that I haven’t noticed on other wigs is the sparsity of individual hairs along the hairline. This really makes it look more natural. Kudos to them for that extra-fine detailing. It has a line of where the hair “naturally” parts, but you can easily flip it to one side or the other so you can have a middle or a side part.
Final Thoughts on Blonde Ombre K’ryssma Lace Front Wig
When I’m searching for affordable wigs on Amazon or the best lace front wigs, K’ryssma always pops up. Their wigs instantly catch my eye which is why I have about 5 more in my Amazon cart. I truly think that they are one of the best Amazon wig sellers.
I do want to mention that because of the length (22″), this wig is harder to style. I’ve been trying to curl it, but the curls don’t seem to want to hold without a ton of hairspray. But considering this happens with my own long hair, I guess that means the quality is about as real as you can get.
Even with me using excessive amounts of hair spray and brushing through it, the wig is still soft! My orange Kr’yssma lace front wighas gotten a little frizzy over time with repeated brushing, so keep that in mind (it might be because it’s curly and harder to maintain. Maybe I should just get straight wigs from now on!).
In conclusion, Kr’yssma will continue to be my go-to for wigs. It comes in quickly (Amazon Prime, baby), it’s beautiful quality, and they have the most options.
Overall, I give this particular wig a 5/5 steaming cups of coffee
Comes with 2 bags and 2 wig caps
Lace in the font, nack, and underneath the full cap
There are a couple of places where you can get your wand.
There is, of course, Ollivanders in both Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade. Then there is and Gregorivich’s (Ollivander’s wand competitor). You can also sometimes get Harry Potter wands at outside kiosk stands or in the official Universal Stores.
Universal has the Wand Experience, where one person gets to step up to Ollivander himself and have the wand choose them.
Now, if you aren’t the lucky person picked during this experience, you still can go into the shop to get your own. We all know that the wand chooses the wizard, so you’ll know when you’ve found the right one.
Two Types of Harry Potter Wands
There are two types of Harry Potter wands that you can get: Interactive Or Collectible
But let’s dive a little deeper.
When you FIRST ENTER the WWoHP and make your way into a wand shop in Diagon Alley you will see there are wands stacked to the ceiling. You will also notice that characters, like Ron, will have two different colored wand boxes.
This is to differentiate between the interactive and the collectible wands. You’ll know which wand is interactive because it will have a clear kind of glassy point at the end of the wand. Each interactive wand also comes with a map that marks all the locations where you can use your wand to cast spells.
There are 32 different interactive wands that run at about $55.
And there are 40 collectible wands that run at about $49.
So that means—yes—not every character is available in the interactive version.
On top of that, only 19 characters are actually available in the interactive option. The other 13 are specialty Ollivander wands, which I’ll get to in a minute.
I’m going to leave you the full list of options available in both the interactive and collectible options below because it will take me ten minutes to name them all.
Choosing a Wand
If you know who you’re favorite character is, or if you have a cosplay that you need a wand for, then all you have to do is choose whether you want it to be an interactive wand or a collectible.
On the other hand, you can choose a wand finish based on your birthday, a special date such as an anniversary, or a wand based on your personality.
According to Universal’s website, there are 13 interactive wands that come in different finishes such as Ash, Ivy, Oak, and so on. Each wand has its own set of personality traits (listed below) which can help you pick out which finish you want. Each type of wand also correlates to specific dates so you can choose a wand based on a birthday or special date, like an anniversary.
For example, my birthday is June 6th so I could choose a HAWTHORN wand or if I picked my wand based on my personality traits, I’d probably pick REED.
Now, the interactive wands are cool if you plan on spending a few days at the park or you go there often. You can go to various spots throughout the park and actually use your wand to make objects move, turn on fountains and lights, and a slew of other magical possibilities.
I have Ron’s interactive wand. Of course, the day I went to demonstrate this, I forgot my wand, so I just kind of basked in everyone else’s magical talents.
And if you’re wondering how long the interactive wands last, don’t worry— Universal will replace your wand if it stops working. However, most people say that their wands have been going strong for years.
Different Types of Collectible Wands
Your other option is to get a collectible wand.
If you are simply a muggle that wants a collectible Harry Potter wand to put on display, then you have 40 options to choose from. These are a little cheaper than the interactive wands. They run at about $49.
However, I have to point out that FIVE of those 40 are actually different variations of Death Eater wands. Which are all actually really cool. Also, you cannot get your special birthday or personality wands in anything other than interactive.
Fantastic Beasts Wands at Universal Studios
If you are wondering about character wands from the Fantastic Beasts films, then you may or may not be in luck, depending on when you are watching this. Right now, there are 8 wands available for Fantastic Beasts characters which are:
DUMBLEDORE’S ORIGINAL WAND
GRINDELWALD (WHICH IS THE ELDER WAND)
Young Dumbledore and Flamel’s are my favorite because they just have SO much detail in the handle. Leta and Queenies were really pretty, too.
I was told by the lovely sales Wizard that these are available for only a short amount of time and none of them come in the interactive option. They also are NOT available to purchase through the website.
Each wand is made with resin, which if you’re a cosplayer you might already be familiar with this product. They are also all handpainted and come in a variety of lengths, depending on your wand choice.
There are a couple of different stands for your Harry Potter wands that are readily available to purchase. There’s the:
DUMBLEDORE’S ARMY parchment rack that bears the respective names of six of the members of Dumbledore’s Army (Harry, Hermine, Ron, Ginny, Neville, Luna).
It costs $200 which I think includes all 6 wands?
Then there is the TRIWIZARD WAND COLLECTION. It comes with wands used by the Triwizard champions. The wands sit on an engraved wooden plate that is protected by a glass case. The retail price is about $160.
And finally, there is the WEASLEY WAND STAND that costs $100 if you want both Fred and George’s wands.
Well, that’s it, guys. At least for now. Who knows how many more wands will be added to Ollivander’s store.Also, I want to mention that all of this information is based on what I know is available at Universal Orlando. I checked the Universal Hollywood site to see if there were differences in the wands they sold, but they actually didn’t list the wands at all, so I am going to assume they are the same.
I hope seeing the different types of wands available at the WWoHP helps you out in narrowing down your choices. It will honestly be one of the most magical experiences of your life, and I highly recommend getting an interactive wand. Because it’s sad when you cant cast your own magical spells.
And that’s it! Cheers guys and I’ll see you next time.
FULL List of Harry Potter Wands at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
ASH Tools, magical and ordinary, made from Ash are especially productive as Ash trees are known to attract energy. Ash people are kind and generous with a gift for seeing what is beautiful in the world and in others. Ash people should be careful that their romantic hearts do not lead them into danger.
IVY Ivy wood is associated with tenacity, stamina and endless patience. Ivy people are strong and determined; they set goals and achieve them. Ivy people should take care that their ability to easily overcome obstacles does not lead them unwittingly into ever more challenging situations.
HOLLY Wood from Holly trees has magical healing properties and is thought to repel evil. Holly people make good leaders and thoughtful, loving and effective counselors. Holly people should use their understanding of the dark, hidden side of humanity to guide others in their time of need.
REED Reed wood is associated with scholarship and knowledge. Reed people are good with words, and steadfast in their beliefs. They are deeply rooted and extremely flexible. Reed people should trust in their ability to adapt to new situations without ever losing sense of who they are.
BIRCH This vigorous wood is associated with stored energy and renewal. Birch people are full of life, with seemingly endless reserves of energy to bestow on those around them. Birch people should always trust their ability to see straight through to the heart of any matter.
OAK Wood from these huge, steadfast trees is associated with truth and wisdom. Oak people are confident and optimistic, with great inner strength and a deep well of knowledge. Oak people should trust in their natural intuition and understanding, using it for the benefit of all.
VINE Vine wood is associated with persistence and renewal. Vine people have restless spirits and seemingly limitless energy. They are also prone to burn the candle at both ends. Vine people should learn to pace themselves and their achievements will know no bounds.
WILLOW Willow wood has powers of protection, especially against natural disasters. Willow people are strong and flexible; they recover quickly from the unexpected. Willow people should face new challenges confident that each encounter only makes them stronger.
ALDER Alder wood is well suited for making flutes and pipes, and for building bridges. Alder people are adventurous travelers and confident decision-makers who trust their inner voices. Alder people should work hard to maintain a balance between work and play.
HAZEL Hazel wood is associated with wisdom, protection and magical skills. Hazel people are often wise beyond their years. They make inspiring teachers, combining creative talent and practical knowledge. Hazel people should be sure they take the time to share their gifts with others. Wa
ELDER Elder wood is associated with death and renewal and protection from negative influence. Elder people are extremely perceptive and very sensitive; they are easily wounded, but quick to recover. Elder people should trust in their natural persistence and they will succeed where many others would give up.
ROWAN The wood is revered for its powers of protection. Rowan people are full of healing energy and they delight in helping others. Rowan people should use their powerful imagination and resourceful nature to make their dreams come true.
HAWTHORN The Hawthorn tree makes excellent barriers with its beautiful flowers and big thorns. This wood is strong, yet flexible. Hawthorn people have intense family ties and are highly protective of those for whom they care. Hawthorn people should remember that it is relationships that connect us to the future and the past.
It’s been a year since I purchased my Bellami wig. And I think the heat from this particular scenario has died down enough for me to really dig into the massive issue many people had with this wig company. This Bellami wig review isn’t going to discuss the quality of the wig, but rather, my problem with Bellami Wigs as a retailer.
Strap in because this is not sugar-coated.
The reason I decided to buy one of these extremely expensive wigs (over $100) is because Bellami did a collaboration with a YouTuber. I have massive respect for this person. She’s the reason I got into YouTube and special effects makeup. I think this collab should have been something spectacular. But on the consumers’ side… it simply wasn’t.
This particular wig has since been discontinued. I’m not sure the reason, but I hope more influencers realize Bellami’s true agenda before deciding to work with them.
Problem with Bellami Wigs
If you were one of the many people who hopped on to Bellami’s website the minute this collab went live, you know exactly where this was going. The rush to get one of these wigs was apparently on a level unprecedented by both parties involved.
The line released mid-October 2018. Right away, there were issues. Twitter blew up as people expressed website problems andBellami’s poor customer service (more on that in a minute).
That should have been a red flag. But I decided to wait until the second run of these wigs, which came about a month later. Another reason many waited is because Bellami wigs are considered more “high-end” which comes with a larger price tag. And even though I’m a cosplayer who uses wigs more frequently than most, $100 is expensive. But still, I put my order in easily on November 16th, 2018.
The total was $119.80 and the order was supposed to come with:
These wigs sold out in literally seconds the first time around. For others, the website either froze or people had the item in the cart and it would disappear at checkout. Bellami tried to justify this action by saying that those who entered their credit card numbers faster or used auto purchase apps like Paypal had first priority.
It was first come, first serve, after all.
I, thankfully, didn’t have any ordering problems with Bellami wigs. But you better believe there was still a race to the Place Order button.
The same day, I received an email order confirmation that said:
Bellami’s Poor Customer Service
Seven days in, I still had not received tracking information. I had planned on doing a YouTube review of the wig, so I sent them an email asking for it. This is how they responded:
“We do apologize for any inconveniences, we do see that the items purchased are currently on back order. Due to the popularity we did have abundant purchases being processed at the same time so back order purchasing was allowed to ensure those with back orders could receive a guaranteed spot for the next shipment. We will be receiving further inventory December 7th! “
This was a problem with the first run of wigs, too. If they ran out of stock when you ordered the wig, it would have said you were placing an order for a back order product.
Mine did not say that.
On top of that, I had to reach out to THEM to ask for an update on my product. They told me that I should have gotten an email saying that my product was on backorder that same day.
But of course… I didn’t.
“We do apologize for any miscommunication a follow up email was sent out later in the day that notified those who made a back order purchase that those orders would be fulfilled within the next upcoming shipment. If you did not receive that notification we do apologize 🙁 “
Bellami Order Problems
Remember how they said their next shipment order was December 7th?
Well December 7th came and went. We all heard nothing.
I got them to refund me the shipping cost, but I had to ask for it. There were at least 20 other people who had this same problem with Bellami wigs, so I’m not sure how many people were able to get some money back.
On December 12th, 2018, I finally got an email saying my product had been shipped and that I would receive it within 5-7 business days. I must have gotten mine around the 15th (i.e. a month later) because by the 24th, I had to file yet another order dispute because… get this:
It didn’t come with a wig brush or stand.
It’s not unheard of for wigs (even cosplay wigs) to cost $80. And I figured the extra $15-20 in accessories made up for excessive price tag. But then we (many, many customers) didn’t receive the full order.
Like most of their problems, Bellami didn’t take action to satisfy their customers. When I contacted them (because they couldn’t tell their customers of their mistake themselves), Bellami said they were out of stock on those accessories and would ship them at later date.
A good eCommerce company would have emailed its customers to let them know about their incomplete order. But instead, Bellami simply waited for the customers to file more disputes. Their go-to response is, “we’re sorry for the confusion!” as if it’s the customer’s fault they can’t get their shit together.
I (and hopefully the rest of their customers) received the complete order at the end of January 2019 (roughly after Jan 24th).
To wrap it up, that means it took 1-2 months to get my $120 wig order. Two. Months. But they refunded me $13. So I guess that’s fine.
Final Thoughts – Bellami Wig Review
My overall issue with Bellami Wigs is their customer service and overall tact.
Bellami has worked with a ton of YouTubers, which is the only reason their brand is well-known. However, it is very clear that their loyalty lies with their collaborators and not their actual customers. As soon as they secure a deal with an influencer, they hit the ground running with marketing and exposure to hype up their products. But when it’s all said and done, the important aspect of their business (the ordering, the shipping, the customer service) just sucks.
And I get it. Maybe they weren’t prepared for such a high volume orders. Although, this seems difficult to believe (or to use as an excuse) considering they were collaborating with someone with has over 2 million subscribers. And because they’ve done this before.
To me, it seems like once the order is in and money has been made, customer service falls to the wayside. Maybe it’s because their customers don’t have millions of subscribers. Maybe it’s because they assumed they wouldn’t get backlash because that would put a bad mark on the influencer’s name (it didn’t).
All in all, what’s the most disturbing about this company is
Their lack of communication/customer support
Their inability to accept fault or responsibility
So if you ever order from them, don’t expect it show up on time, don’t expect a complete order, and don’t expect stellar customer service. You think you could expect those things when you’re spending $100 on a single product… but not with Bellami.
I honestly hope that influencers use caution when working with this company. Bellami may seem professional and enticing from the collaboration side, but influencer, keep in mind that your followers will receive a sub-par experience at best.
A couple months ago, Harry Potter fans were hit with the news that the longstanding site, Pottermore, would be replaced by the new domain, Wizard’s Unite. This meant that everyone with a Pottermore account could obtain a “passport” and transfer their official Harry Potter house, wand, Patronus, etc to the new website without much hassle.
As I mentioned in my video, I decided to start from scratch by retaking my Sorting Hat Quiz on the new Wizard’s Unite app. I did this because I had already had this Drunk Sorting Hat Challenge video in mind before the announcement of the new site. And because who doesn’t want an excuse to drink adult Butterbeer?
To clarify what I was drunkenly saying in the video, last year I retook the Sorting Hat Ceremony on Pottermore because I had forgotten my login. I was also curious to finally know what my Patronus and wand type are (grass snake and cedar, in case you were wondering).
When I took the quiz, I was sorted into Hufflepuff. No disrespect, but I feel like I related to that group the least.
So I did what any sane Potterhead would do…
I took the Sorting Hat Quiz again.
The second time, I was sorted into Slytherin. Slytherin! I never would have thought I would see the house of green and silver pop on to the screen, no matter how many times I retook the quiz. On my third go, I was sorted into Ravenclaw and on my fourth try, I finally got my original house… Gryffindor.
This whole saga got me thinking about how easy it is to manipulate the Sorting Hat Quiz into getting into whatever house we see ourselves in. And because the Sorting Hat’s say is “final” I wanted to take the quiz again on its new platform without an agenda in mind and with no restrictions.
And drinking spiked Butterbeer seemed to be the best way to let go of my inhibitions so that I could answer freely. I’m not gonna lie– I think this is really the only fool-proof method of finding your true Hogwarts house.
So I highly encourage all you of-age Hogwarts students to try my Drunk Sorting Hat challenge. You can do it like I did and enjoy a nice refreshing wizarding world beverage. Or you can come up with your own potions.
If you do end up doing this video, please tag me on Instagram or Facebook or Twitter so that I can see!