I recently discussed on Twitter that I've been feeling a little disenchanted with my blog lately. I haven't had the passion and excitement for personal style posts and the type of content that this blog was built on, and that has been something I've found tricky to come to terms with. As much as I believe we should blog for ourselves, I also want to share content that you, the reader, will find engaging. I owe any blogging success I've had to the people who have read and supported Briar Rose, and it's really important to me that I involve you all in any changes.
Before continuing, I should clarify, I'm not saying I willl never share personal style content again. As and when it feels right to me I will certainly share any outfit photos I take, however for now I want to start sharing content surrounding a subject that I have been feeling incredibly excited and passionate about; cosplay. It's not like I've kept my love of cosplay a secret on social media, or even in past blog posts, however it always felt like something extra on the side. The truth is, now that I'm working five days a week (hence being limited to wearing black and white most days), any spare time and money I have has been invested into my costumes, whereas in the past it would have been spent on clothes. Cosplay, the surrounding community, events and people have transformed me over the past year, and I feel so happy in myself because of it.
So, in short, expect more posts from me again, but with more of a cosplay angle! On that note, I've been so excited to share these 'work in progress' photos of my Belle dress. It's been my first ballgown, and quite the project! I plan to wear in on the Saturday of MCM London Comic Con in October, since it's the day of the big Disney meet up. So far roughly 50 hours of work has gone into it, and there are still some finishing touches to do. You may notice in these photos that one glove has a lace trim and one doesn't; that's because I've decided against these gloves for the final costume and have ordered some opera length ones, so I didn't bother finished these! The bodice is based around a pre-made corset that I heavily altered, and the skirt is made from velvet, satin and organza over a six-hoop skirt. I added the pink flowers to add a splash of colour, inspired by Belle's Soundsational dress. The wig is the same lace front I used for Margaery in May, with a fair bit of restyling! Overall it's very much my own interpretaion, and I absolutely love it.
I'll be sure to post more photos when it's completely finished, but for now I was simply too excited not to share!