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itsemmaelise·10 days agoText

Turning My Cat Into A Bat

For one of my recent Twitch streams, I turned my porch-cat, Grayson, into a bat!

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If you want to make your own bat cat costume, follow the instructions below!

Items Needed:

  • Tape measurer
  • Old black sock (men’s)
  • Black foam (12" x 18")
  • Black aluminum wire (16 gauge)
  • Triangle cosmetic sponges
  • White and black acrylic paint
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Take your cat’s measurements. Measure around their neck, upper front leg, and chest. Ensure that the sock you are using can stretch wide enough for these measurements.w
  2. Cut a bat’s wings out of the foam. Using a sponge, apply the white paint to give the illusion of the curvature of the wings. Clean up the edges with black paint. Let dry.
  3. Cut the toe off of the sock. This will be the area around your cat’s chest. Cut the heel area off of the sock, to provide a large hole for both legs to go through.
  4. Cut two half circles of wire, the length from one end of the wing to the other. Slide these wires through the sock, on the opposite side from where you cut the leg hole. Leave a bit of space between them.
  5. Poke both sides of one wire through the top middle part of the wings. Leave about a centimeter of space between the two poked holes. Your wire should enter through the painted side, putting the sock next to the painted side of the wing. Repeat this process with your other wire on the bottom middle part of the wings.
  6. For both wires, you will now poke them through the foam in a sewing-like motion, to provide a sturdy base for the wing. On the top and bottom of each wing, I recommend doing one “stitch” at the middle of the wing and one at the end of the wing. Trim off any excess wire. Fold the sharp end of the wire back in on itself, and gently push it into the foam without going all the way through. This is to help ensure your cat doesn’t injure themselves on the sharp edge.
  7. Carefully put the costume on your cat, with the wings on their back. If your cat is uncomfortable or tries to get away, do not force the costume onto them. Safely remove it, and leave them be. Never leave your animals unattended in a costume. Remember. costumes and clothing on animals typically causes anxiety and stress for the animal, so please only costume your pet rarely and for very brief periods!

You can watch the full video of me crafting the costume and putting it on Grayson below (or click here if you’re on mobile)! Enjoy!

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itsemmaelise·4 years agoText
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Before I dive in here, I owe you all an apology. I went missing without notice, and I’m very sorry! But I have a good explanation, I swear!

This past semester, I completed my first class since I medically withdrew about 3 years ago. I was a long and tiring journey, as those of you who follow my blog probably know. But I did it! And this semester, I’m on track to complete two classes! Hence, my lack of posting was (hopefully) justified.

In other news, today I wanted to admit to my newest addiction - video games. My boyfriend re-introduced me to the world of gaming. I hadn’t played any video games since I was in middle school. Let’s just say that I was really into Grand Theft Auto (GTA) and GTA II back in those days.

This time, it started with a little bit of Minecraft, followed by some Bioshock 2, tossed in with Fallout 3, and topped with Call of Duty: Black Ops III. That last one on the list, Call of Duty (COD), is my current favorite. As silly as it may sound, there is something really satisfying about going on a multiplayer game and “shooting” other players to relieve your stress. Plus, you get to unlock cool gear to use, which is honestly the game’s way of keeping you hooked. (It’s working, by the way.)

I have noticed that I’m in a minority when I play, though. Other players see my username, realize I’m a girl, and tend to have various types of shocked reactions since gamer girls seem to be a rarity. I don’t mind; in fact, the reactions are usually pretty funny. But it was something interesting that I felt was worth noting.

Oh, and if any of you play COD (or any other cool games), feel free to follow me on Twitch here! I hope to see some of you in Nuk3town!

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itsemmaelise·4 years agoText
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This Halloween, my costume was a classy take on the “black cat” look. I paired a furry capelet with black cat accessories and some fun costume makeup.

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Get the Look:

Cat Accessory Kit - Halloween Megastore (similar)

Cat Tights - Hot Topic (here)

Meow Necklace - Hot Topic (similar)

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itsemmaelise·4 years agoText
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What is your favorite fall time date activity?

Fall festivals are great date spots. They usually have a pumpkin patch, haunted corn maze, and other fun fall activities.

What would you wear to go apple picking with your family?

To start with, don’t wear heels of any type! Wear cute booties or Wellington rain boots. Bundle up by wearing layers. To accommodate a scarf, wear your hair up in a bun or ponytail. Accessorize with cute fall-themed earrings. Keep your makeup simple.

What would you wear to attend your homecoming football game with friends?

I would wear a school-spirit sweatshirt with jeans and Converse.

If all of your school-spirit clothing items were dirty or not weather appropriate, what would you wear instead?

I would wear a sweater in my school’s colors instead!

What would you wear on a haunted house tour with your crush, plus his best friend and best friend’s date?

I would wear something warm, but with a girly touch. I would probably wear a looser sweater (so I could hide my face in it if necessary), a skirt with tights, and boots I can run in!

Where do you get your Halloween costume and makeup inspiration from?

I check out Pinterest, YouTube tutorials, blogs, and magazines.

What beauty or style advice would you give regarding Halloween (or even fall in general)?

Be true to yourself and wear what makes you happy! Don’t feel the need to cake on tons of makeup.

What are your dos and don’ts for Halloween makeup?

Go all out. Practice before the night of. Make sure you like what you’re wearing! Be careful to ensure that your makeup doesn’t get all over your costume. Don’t use poor quality face paint. Use primer and setting spray. If you aren’t do a full face of makeup, try going all out with your eye makeup.

What is the worst Halloween costume that you have seen on a celebrity?

It’s not a Halloween costume, but Lady Gaga’s meat dress just grossed me out.

What do you think is considered going overboard when it comes to Halloween makeup?

Too much gore! If your gory makeup is too realistic, I will not be hanging around you that night!

Have you ever had costume makeup that you had to practice beforehand?

Yes, I practiced twice for my Bambi costume.

What is your favorite Halloween costume of all time?

My favorite costume is always my last year’s costume. So as of now, Bambi is my favorite costume. But on November 1, it will likely change to this year’s costume!

What are you favorite stores for sweater shopping, and what is your favorite type of sweater?

Target is my go-to. I love looser, boyfriend-style sweaters that I can pair with leggings.

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itsemmaelise·4 years agoText

Welcome back to Part 2 of my Halloween Q&A tag! Let’s dive right in, shall we?

What costumes have you done in years past?

My costumes since I started college include a flapper, French maid, nurse, Katy Perry, and Bambi.

To you, what is the most annoying thing about Halloween?

Getting scared is the worst! I’m so easily frightened, so everyone takes advantage of it.

When is it too much in terms of gore or fake blood on Halloween?

I’m easily scared by things like that, so I prefer it to be kept to a minimum!

Where is the line draw with a costume that is just too sexy?

It’s just too much when someone wears a bra and panties with animal ears. At that point, it seems like an excuse to wear minimal clothing. Costumes can be sexy without having it all hang out. Be respectful of the situation you’ll be in when planning your costume.

How old is too old when it comes to trick or treating?

Once you’re 18 or in college, it seems like that is considered too old for trick or treating. But no matter your age, you need to at least be in costume! If you feel too old, you can take a younger sibling or cousin out trick or treating. If you really want candy, the grocery stores put it all on clearance the day after Halloween!

Have you ever gone to haunted theme parks or similar events?

I’ve gone to Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens, which was terrifying. I’ve also gone to the haunted corn maze near me.

Share your answers in the comment section below, and stay tuned for more in this series!

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itsemmaelise·4 years agoText

It’s almost Halloween, so I felt it only appropriate to take part in the Halloween Q&A tag. Here is Part 1 of the the series!

Where do you get your Halloween inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from magazines, blogs, and online tutorials.

Are you a person who goes gory or sexy for Halloween?

I never really go gory, simply because I would end up scaring myself! I try to find a happy medium by picking a cute costume.

Which celebrity has the best Halloween costumes year in and year out?

Heidi Klum is definitely committed to her costumes. But they can be a bit too gory for me sometimes. Kim Kardashian also has some pretty great costumes, and they are more my taste.

What is your favorite Halloween theme of all time?

I love Disney princess costume themes!

What are you going for as Halloween this year? Or, if you don’t know yet, what ideas do you have?

I have no idea yet. I have a list of about 10+ ideas in my head, and honestly just can’t narrow it down.

What are you biggest beauty challenges with Halloween makeup?

I have a bad habit of touching my face, so I always end up smearing my hard work!

What did you go as for Halloween last year?

I went as Bambi!

Where do you buy your Halloween costumes?

I check out the costume stores, like Spirit Halloween. But usually I end up at Michael’s and Walmart to find supplies to make different parts of my costume.

Where do you go for Halloween makeup?

I check Target, since they have both costume makeup and regular makeup. I also go to Ulta or Sephora for any other makeup items I’m missing.

Where do you find Halloween details or props for your costume?

If I have time, I look online at Etsy or Amazon. If I’m crunched for time, I check the Halloween stores or try to DIY it with items I find at the craft stores.

Let me know your answers in the comments section below. Stay tuned for the rest of this series!

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itsemmaelise·4 years agoText

I’m so excited to tell you all about my latest hobby and passion - hoop dancing! About a month ago, I picked up a hoop after being inspired by a friend, and I haven’t looked back since. I am still, by all accounts, a beginner in the hooping practice. But I must tell you that there is something calming, centering, and euphoric about being in the hoop.

I’ve been working hard to expand my bag of hoop tricks, in the hopes of experiencing “flow” in my dance. In the hooping community, “flow” refers to the moment when a hooper is freely dancing. They are not planning their next move, but instead their mind enters an almost meditative state while the body flows freely from one move to the next. And I am so excited to share that I experienced flow for the first time the other night! It made me fall in love with hooping all that much more.

I continue to practice as I work towards gaining a solid foundation and natural fluidity in my hoop dancing. I love learning so many amazing skills, while also getting an incredible workout! I’ve even begun making hoops, in an effort to spread the hoop love.

Stay tuned for videos and updates on my journey. And please join me in this therapeutic experience. Come find yourself in the hoop!

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itsemmaelise·4 years agoText

Those of you that know me may have heard about my latest hobby - hoop dance! After discovering this form of both fitness and artistic expression, I’ve fallen in love. Plus, the whole hooping community is so positive and welcoming. As part of my new hoop journey, I’ve also begun making custom hoops and selling them on Etsy. Check it out:

I’m loving everything that hooping has brought into my life so far. I can’t wait to share more of my discoveries with you!

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itsemmaelise·4 years agoAnswer
When you are having a breakdown related to your OCD, what is the one thing you wish someone would do for you? Leave you alone? Invite you out somewhere for some pleasant disctraction? Remind you of something in particular that typically brings you out of it? Or is it different each time? I love someone with OCD, and feel as helpless as they do when the depression hits.

It’s different each time. I would just be patient and calm. Remember not to take anything that their OCD “says” too personally. Ask how you can help. Let them know you are there for them. I would also recommend talking to them when they aren’t having a breakdown, and just trying to better understand their different OCD habits. That way, you’ll be able to understand what is going on, even if the person can’t quite put it into words during the heat of the moment. Additionally, talk to the person’s therapist, if they are comfortable with it. They are specialists in understanding the disorder, and will be able to break it down the best for you. Plus, they should be able to give you tips on how to help in such situations. I hope this helps a bit!

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itsemmaelise·4 years agoText

I’m trying something a little bit new today, folks. As you can see by my lack of recent posts, I’ve been in need of some blogging inspiration. But I recently stumbled across a handy site, meant to help people in my shoes - The Daily Post. It provides a new writing prompt each day as a way to help inspire writers across the globe. I figure that posting something is better than posting nothing. With that being said, here is my response to today’s prompt!

“A contagious disease requires you to be put into quarantine for a whole month (don’t worry, you get well by the time you’re free to go!). How would you spend your time in isolation?”

This is a tough one! I would probably do a lot of reading. I used to be an avid reader, carrying a book with me everywhere. However, since I entered college, I tend to be sick of reading by the time I finish my homework. For those that are unaware, college requires that you read the majority of your textbooks in your own spare time. I miss the days of burying my nose in a book for a few hours, letting myself get carried away into another world within the pages.

I would also work on my blogging. If I was isolated from the real world and had too much time on my hands, it only makes sense to bond with others through this virtual world. Plus, I might be able to get a better feel for what full-time blogging might be like. But there’s a minor problem with this, seeing as I wouldn’t be able to take photos, hit the mall, explore the world, and whatnot.

My final thought is that I would probably work on continuing my education. I am striving for a Ph.D., which requires years of hard work. I might as well continue my progress via online courses and whatnot! After all, being in isolation would probably make for a nice quiet study spot…

I hope you all enjoyed this little deviation from normal post styles. Let me know your answer to the prompt in the comments below!

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itsemmaelise·5 years agoText

I’ve been stuck in a rut lately, y’all. I have writer’s block, and I can’t seem to shake it. How do you cure writer’s block? What inspires you? Please share in the comments below! And if you want to be a guest writer in the meantime, just shoot me an email!

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itsemmaelise·5 years agoText

It’s summertime, and that means bikinis are everywhere! Don’t be afraid to rock your favorite swimsuit underneath some shorts and a tank top. If you’re surrounded by dry land, take inspiration from some of your favorite swim styles.

As a Florida girl, I’m lucky enough to have swimwear as a wardrobe staple. I recently took inspiration from Cosmopolitan’s cover shoot with Nicki Minaj. Her shimmering, star-studded one-piece immediately reminded me of my own favorite bikini from Victoria’s Secret. When I wasn’t by the pool, I let my bikini shine through a loose white muscle tank, finishing the look with some rhinestone covered denim shorts and a sparkly ring!

Get The Look:

Victoria’s Secret bikini (similar)

Jack Vartanian star ring (here)

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itsemmaelise·5 years agoText

Thanks to the popularity of my past posts about OCD, I plan to continue discussing the topic occasionally. Today, I have another reader question to tackle. As always, any of you are welcome to message me via my ask box with whatever questions you may have!

I was diagnosed with a specific OCD as a teenager. It can be really hard to control a lot of the time. But I never talk about it because…

A) People tend to respond with something like, “Oh yeah, me too! I always need the cabinets closed.” (UGH!)

B) People have a more dramatic personal problem that makes me feel like my being OCD is stupid.

How have you dealt with telling people about being OCD? Do you tell people often, or keep it quiet unless they’re a good friend? Also, what would you want to share with someone who’s also diagnosed as OCD about your experience with dealing with it and dealing with people’s responses to it? I’m sorry for the super long message, but it’s something that’s been on my mind a lot lately!

- Nena Farrell

I can definitely relate to that! I try to tell people about my OCD pretty freely. My thought process is that if I have to deal with this disease, then I might as well make the best of it and help educate others. When people have those responses, I tend to try to explain how OCD is different than what they are countering with. It can be frustrating, but usually people begin to understand that OCD is worse than just being a neat-freak. My best advice for dealing with such responses is to try your best to be patient. It’s hard enough for us, as OCD sufferers, to completely understand the disease. So just remember that it’s a hundred times more confusing for those without any personal experience with the disorder!

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itsemmaelise·5 years agoText

Hair with a sexy texture is definitely having a moment. For over a year, such textured hair has been continually gracing the covers of magazines. Here is my step-by-step guide to getting a head-turning style that will be coveted by all!

Get The Look - Boho Bends

Skill Level - Easy

Style Vibe - Loose and laid-back

If your hair already has some natural movement, it’s best to skip the heat styling. Instead, comb leave-in conditioner through damp hair. Divide the hair into four sections, braiding each. Sleep in the braids, allowing them to air-dry overnight. This will set your hair with an easy, free-spirited texture. In the morning, unwind the braids. Finish by smoothing styling cream through the ends.

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Let me know what you think of this bendy hairstyle in the comments below!

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itsemmaelise·5 years agoText
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As some of you may recall, I recently was a total klutz and broke my laptop. Well, since then, I’ve had a continued string of bad luck. For example, my car had to go to the shop for a few timely and costly repairs. Upon picking it up from the shop, I managed to rear end someone on my way home. On top of that, I was also pretty sick. And that was just the start of things. Trust me, my life could make for a pretty hilarious MTV show sometimes. I’m fully aware that I sound like a mess! So, naturally, I was more occupied than usual, resulting in some neglect of my blog. I apologize for that! However, I have been working on growing my Tumblr page (found here) with a more consistent stream of posts. If you’re bored or procrastinating from finals, you should definitely check it out. As always, thank you for being such loyal readers!

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itsemmaelise·5 years agoAnswer
Hi Emma, when you get this say 5 nice things you adore about yourself (Doesn't have to be about appearance) and send it to 10 of your favourite followers! This is so fun! Thanks for tagging me, laurelmusical.

5 Things I Adore About Myself

  1. My love of animals
  2. My big heart
  3. My ability to forgive
  4. My eyes
  5. My innate lacrosse skills

I Tag…

  1. astridstarss
  2. cominguprosestheblog
  3. gottigetsfit
  4. hautemessmagblog
  5. styleworthwhile
  6. onethingfashion
  7. totheninesfashion
  8. thefeministfeline
  9. resilienttt
  10. collegerated
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itsemmaelise·5 years agoAnswer
how many followers do you have? :)

That number varies depending on which type of stats you are looking at. I try not to focus too much on my number of followers, but rather on the quality of my blog and the enjoyment I get out of working on it. You’re welcome to make your own estimates based on my social media followings, though!

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