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New Orleans Fashion: Dark Eveningwear by icequeenserenity
New Orleans Fashion: Dark Eveningwear
This year, Ginger and I visited New Orleans for the first time to see the Big Easy and to spend the holiday with Anne Rice while she promotes her new novel, Prince Lestat.  While we were there, we shot photos of our finery at the beautiful Astor Hotel and St. Alphonsus Church.

:icongingerannelondon: is the photographer
:iconicequeenserenity: I am the model
Phoenix: Captain Elizabeth Morgan by icequeenserenity
Phoenix: Captain Elizabeth Morgan
For GingerAnneLondon's premiere of her post-apocalyptic adventure book Phoenix at Tampa Comic Con, I had the opportunity to be a booth babe at her table as one of the most emotionally-charged characters in her novel, Captain Elizabeth Morgan.  She is a sky pirate captain who, despite her young age, took on all the responsibilities of leading a ship and crew in stride.  She and Phoenix have an intriguing past and potential for so much more in the future.

The costume was a collaboration between Ginger and I, her of course providing the designs and making the shoulder armor base and painting the gun.
I studded and wired the armor with LED lights, made and studded the neckline strips, and did all of the mods to the goggles and head piece, save for the protruding right eye, which Ginger made and painted.

For more information on Phoenix, visit the series' website at
Black Lagoon: No One Lives Forever by icequeenserenity
Black Lagoon: No One Lives Forever
Representing the Lagoon Company, Hotel Moscow, and the family Lovelace.

This incredible group came up to me at Metrocon and we had the opportunity to snag a few photos together.  They look amazing!  It's rare to see such a large amount of the Black Lagoon cast, so I was thrilled to meet them there. :D

:iconcureforcapezio: as Revy
:iconrasgriz0083: as Dutch
:iconicequeenserenity: as Balalaika
:iconmeyli-cosplay: as Roberta

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Black Lagoon - Balalaika by icequeenserenity
Black Lagoon - Balalaika by icequeenserenity
Black Lagoon - Balalaika
After putting this costume on the back burner for years, I dressed as Balalaika from Black Lagoon, the fierce leader of the crime syndicate Hotel Moscow.
I'm so happy to have gotten around to playing this supremely badass character!

All in all, this is one of the simplest costumes I've ever put together.  I modified a single-breasted business to make it into a double breasted one, heightened the hem of the skirt, and made the scar out of latex.  For the first time in 10 years, I also used my real hair for a costume, styled with care to fit the volume of the character.

:iconicequeenserenity: I am cosplaying Balalaika from Black Lagoon
Photo taken by Ginger Anne London

The Road Goes Ever On

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 31, 2014, 9:06 AM
  • Mood: Eager
  • Listening to: ANJell
  • Reading: Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
  • Watching: All the Korean Romantic Comedies
  • Playing: Oblivion: Shivering Isles
  • Drinking: Water

First of all, thank you guys so much for contributing 100,000 views to this page!  I'm so amazed.  It's been a great experience to share my costuming photos over the years.  I'm very grateful to all of you who've watched the progress and read the journals I've written throughout this time.  You guys are awesome!

So far, 2014 has been a year of action and moving ahead.  I started the year with a new job that I thought would be a great step forward, but learned quickly that it wasn't the right fit.  I submitted an application to a second company, got to know the staff in two refreshingly fun interviews, and was hired!  I'll be working from home from now on in a position where I musicians get gigs and plan events.  The people at the company have been absolutely wonderful so far and I hope to excel and grow with them.  I hope to help a lot of budding artists out there snag the events they need to launch a long and successful career.  Even if I'm simply aiding artists and keeping my art to something I do for the pure enjoyment of it, it'll be all part of making dreams come true for everyone.  This is what I've been wanting to do professionally for years!  I'll work hard to make this a long-standing business relationship!

This past February, Ginger and I have added a new addition to our household, an adorable 3-legged cat named Salem.  We went to our local SPCA shelter and fell in love with our little buddy when he hopped over to us and couldn't stop meowing lovingly for our attention.  He loved the rubs we gave him and even reached out with his tiny paw to hold our hands through his cage.  When we went into the next room to continue looking around, he meowed after us, wanting us to come back to him.  
He came to the shelter with a badly fractured hind leg.  The leg couldn't be saved, but the vets saved his life.  After seeing how much he connected with us from the first moment and hearing his story of survival, we took him in right away and have been inseparable since.  He sprints so quickly and is so playful that you would never even know that he's missing a leg.  He's living proof that you can go through incredible odds and hardships in life and bounce back stronger than ever.

Thank you guys again!  I appreciate seeing your names and comments over the years.  Since my focus has shifted to making sure my life, home, family, and career are in order, the costuming has slowed down, but will continue.  It's something I enjoy doing for the process of making something beautiful and as a tribute to those shows, books, and games I love the most.  I haven't been posting as frequently and will continue to update after long gaps of focusing on my priorities first, but I'm blown away that you all are continuously supporting the new costumes and photos when I make and take them.  I do have some upcoming  costume plans for the Summer, so sit tight while I get to work! :D

Also, I have Instagram now!  If you feel like looking at delicious food, games, cats, books, workout logs, sewing progress, and my face, follow away!


Michela Dee
United States
Print preference: Gotta love poster size!





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Blue-The-Assasin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you have a facebook fanpage? :o
icequeenserenity Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
I don't have a fanpage, but I do have an individual one that you may add right here:  Just let me know what your name is on Facebook and I will know to add you when the request comes. :)
KariLiimatainen Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the :+fav:!
icequeenserenity Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2014
You're very welcome!  Your photography is beautiful! :handshake:
paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
Seems I missed a birthday. Happy belated :) :hug:
icequeenserenity Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014
No worries!  Thank you very much :meow:
paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
By the way, your Group Art Page in your sig seems to no longer exist, so I just added you as a friend on your other link. When you see Dave Kelso, thats me.
paradigm-shifting Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Professional General Artist
:) Welcome. Your photos are lovely :heart:
LaylaRabia Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Happy Birthday, my very dear!!! :hug:
icequeenserenity Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Thank you very much! :hug:
hewhoonlyreviews Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Happy B-Day. Loved your Seras cosplay from Hellsing HQ
icequeenserenity Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Thank you very much! Cupcake GIF Icon - Five Nights at Freddy's 
wayne234 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014
Happy birthday, Michela! :D
icequeenserenity Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
Thank you! :hug:
Namco-NintendoFan-88 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, cosplayer Michaela, a.k.a. "icequeenserenity!"
Singing Singing Singing Singing Dance! Dance! Boogie! Boogie! Party Airborne

Good luck, and I hope you'll have a great birthday today!
Also wishing you keep up the good work on all awesome cosplays! ;) (Wink) Heart
Thumbs Up Pringles Have your cake and eat it too Yummy pie!

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Nelson C. [my real name],
3:00 P.M.
Los Angeles, CA ;) (Wink)
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