Wednesday, 10 June 2015

SciFi London - SciFido

On Sunday I was privileged enough to attend the unusual event that is SciFido, a dog show revolving around science fiction themed fancy dress (in other words cosplaying canines).

Yes, this genuinely is a real thing! I couldn't believe it either.

I arrived at the Ritzy Picturehouse Cinema in Brixton, London on Sunday afternoon to find the exterior of the venue coated in balloons. Amidst the many SciFi London balloons was a small stage where the dogs would later be posing for the audience and professional dog photographer Ian Morrison.

I met up with my press friends and we begun work interviewing the event organisers. While we were doing so, one by one dog owners and their furry friends began to arrive. None of them were in costume yet though as they were keeping the suspense.

Just as I began to settle in, thinking the event wouldn't be as scarily strange as I'd thought... I spotted Princess Leia walking towards me with Darth Vader and Yoda on leads.
Princess Leia (Emma) with her Star Wars dogs

As I approached dog owner Emma who had come dressed as the popular Star Wars Princess I couldn't quite believe her tiny puppy Minnie was bright green!

Dog Vader?
Emma described how she had dyed Minnie's fur with a special dog hair dye but had to apply two coats to get the perfect Yoda green. She also explained that her other dog Doodles (dressed as Darth Vader) was wearing a Build-A-Bear outfit that she had modified.

I couldn't believe my eyes. More and more madly dressed dogs were arriving at the venue dressed as a variety of characters from science fictions such as: Star Trek, Alien, Star Wars and more. Even a cat attended the event cosplaying as a ghost-buster.

Presenter and entertainer Bunny Galore was the hostess of the event and interviewed each pet owner while the furry beasts strutted their stuff on stage.

Host Bunny Galore on stage
It was truly bizarre but also wonderfully fun as passersby stopped to marvel at the quirky dog show.

When the time came to reveal the results there was an air of excitement as members of the crowd tried to predict the winners. Ms Galore made the announcement and there were three winning entrants.

The winning entrants were Doodles and Minnie as Darth Vader and Yoda from Star Wars, Bo as Ripley from Alien and Missy as the USS Enterprise 1701 from Star Trek.

And the winners are... 

Overall, it was a crazy day full of lots of entertainment. As mad as cosplay dogs may seem, I can't deny it was good fun!


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Black Widow Style Hair

One of the things I love about the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' film is that Black Widow gets so much more action than in the first film. Scarlett Johansson looks great as Black Widow as she shows off a bit of girl power, so obviously I couldn't wait to re-create her curly haired look.

Black Widow Style Hair
The Black Widow look revolves around fairly messy curls so I decided to use a straightener to create the varied curl style as opposed to a curling tong which may create a neater look.

Whenever I am using heat for a style I wash my hair first and let it dry naturally in order to prevent too much damage. You can also use a heat protection spray.

As my hair is quite thick I then tie up the top layers of hair and begin work on the bottom ones.

I grip my hair with the straighteners near the roots and then twist it away from my face and drag down to the ends.

In order to achieve Black Widows messier look I vary the amount of hair I use in each curl. For tighter looking ringlets use a small amount of hair and for looser waves use more hair.

I continue this through all the layers of my hair in order to achieve the finished look and then lightly use hairspray all over. I tend to use TIGI Bed Head – Headrush.

Then just add a black leather jacket and you're ready to save the world!

The finished look!