January 21, 2015
by The OJBG Team
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5 Ways to make it Cozy

#DC can be pretty cold at times. I mean we are south of the Mason Dixon line and it’s not unbearable but we like to keep it #cozy during the winter months so we don’t end up typing

all work and no play makes jane a dull girl

over and over

while we are trying to write new webisodes lel. Here is listicle of our top cheats to make your place #cozy this winter (in case you can’t afford to go to your own tropical island like a tech titan.)

1. Elliot Smith

Waltz #2 is perfect for reminiscing about that one in the #90s that might have gotten away. Having this playing at a barely perceptible level sets the mood for reflecting on the past year and what’s ahead. Walking in wind that makes your eyes water makes it necessary to listen to someone who knows the struggle is real. Here’s a playlist.

2. Fred Soll incense.

If  you don’t have a roaring fireplace in your apartment, this is the next best thing. Made in New Mexico, this incense is hand dipped and you can see the resin. Truly a work of art and I love that every time I order, they include a handwritten thank you on my invoice. Sage and cedar smells like a smoldering camp fire. Plus anything cedar is supposed to keep evil away. (These facts are things you  notice as a #Buffy fan.)

3. Essential Element Mahogany and Vetiver Soy Candle with 3 wicks.

The 3 wicks invoke the power of three (#Charmed). Besides that, the smell is subtle and enchanting and you can get it at CVS for around 10 bucks.

4. Teavana Maharaja Chai Oolong/Samurai Chai Mate Blend

Brewed coziness. Let the spicy cinnamon ginger smell warm you up and waft in the air. With candied bits of papaya included.

5. Grunge Gown

I love the OJBGish color Baird in this plaid. After a hot shower throw this on and melt into coziness. You’re totally covered. Hmmm, wonder if could I wear this out with leggings?

xoxo OJBG

 

January 14, 2015
by The OJBG Team
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Cosplay Advice From a N00b Herself

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By Morgan.    

Top o’ the morning, Cosplay Hopefuls~! Morgan here. As you are well aware, #OJBG is all about the subculture scene. From Softgrunge fashion statements to RAVE!life, we here at 20/20 Productions like to explore the world around us. So, I have the pleasure of introducing one of my personal favorite subcultures, #COSPLAY! Cosplay is the happenin’ thing for anime/comic/gaming fans across the globe, and it is my mission to help fellow geeks learn the nooks and crannies of the wonderful world of Cosplay couture~ Here I’ve provided some helpful hints from myself and some friends in order to make the most of your cosplay experience. So let’s get started! Ikimashou~!!!

 

1. Always plan your cosplay well in advance. Whether at a big anime convention or for a small get-together, anyone who wants to make an impression will start planning out their costume at least a few months before their big debut. Six months seems to be a good comfy timeframe, especially if you plan to make your own costume from scratch. If you already have a character in mind, great! If not, no worries~ Just rewatch some shows or give their games another go. Research as much as you can about that character- not just their clothing but also their personalities, mannerisms, and things the character themselves might not even know about. 

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2. Cosplaying doesnt stop at the wardrobe. Acting is also essential! So, you’ve done your research and  you’ve got a pretty decent costume all set up. You’re good to go, right? NOPE! Cosplaying requires a bigger commitment than that. Suppose you want to portray Naruto Uzumaki from the hit anime series Naruto. The bright orange jumpsuit is set, the goggles fit right, and you’ve even got a couple pairs of fake kunai knives on you- but the cosplay goes all but mediocre if you’re not shouting out Naruto’s catchphrase “Believe It!” with your goofiest grin plastered on your face! Fans expect to see real-life models of their favorite characters come to life so they can take lots of pictures and bask in their glory. Act it out!

 

3. Speaking of photography, be prepared to take lots (and I mean LOTS) of pictures! In the cosplay world, the more accurate the cosplay the more likely you are to be recognized which means the more likely you are to be photographed. Please, do not be alarmed, cosplay hopeful! It is entirely normal to be asked for your picture while in costume… or twice… or ten times in one day. Take it as a compliment- they think you look good and want a souvenieur of your hard work. There’s no such thing as being shy when you’re cosplaying… unless of course the character has a shy personality. So, Accuracy = Recognition = Lots of photo requests!

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4. Size literally does not matter. Whether you’re super skinny, a little curvier, or somewhere in the middle, you have the freedom to choose whoEVER you want to cosplay as. It’s a free country after all. I’ve heard several of my friends complain about how they can’t cosplay x-character because they’re “too big” or “too short” to accurately portray them. Stop right there! As a woman of plus size myself, it saddensme to think that a Sailor Moon fan is too scared to dress up as Usagi/Serena because of fear of judgement for her size. I’m here to tell you that if you like the character and want to dress up as her, you better follow through with that fandom and show off! People will still recognize you, and a lot more will praise you for being brave enough to ignore any nay-sayers and just do you. You’ll be a shining star no doubt.

 

5. Last but not least, don’t forget to have fun with it! The process of obtaining/making your costume can, at times, be quite stressful. Something doesn’t fit right or you just canNOT seem to fix that pesky seam… but know that it will all be worth while if you take the time to breathe and remember why you’re doing this to begin with- for the love of the character! Whether you’re purchasing your costume or making it from scratch, always remember that your time and effort spent getting the pieces together will be worth it as long as you are committed to the project with all of your might. Rock on with your fabulous selves, Hopefuls~

 

Want in on the action? Are you dying to show off your costume? Just click on these links for info on some of the next major cons! They’re local~

MAGFest: Jan. 23-26, 2015

KatsuCon: Feb. 13-15, 2015

AwesomeCon : May 29-31, 2015

Otakon: July 24-26, 2015

Anime USA: Oct. 30-Nov. 1, 2015 (This site has not been updated for 2015 yet, but check back soon!)

 

Like what you see? Then please leave a comment below! Let us know if you’re planning on going to any of these cons, or any that weren’t mentioned! Retweet, Share, Favorite~

Tell us about your cosplay experiences!

**All images lovingly borrowed from their respective image sharing websites.

January 9, 2015
by The OJBG Team
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OJBGs 5 Favorite Things from 2014

By Steph

It is bitterly cold here in DC right now. With the holidays gone and our winter break vacations over (sadly) I took some time to remember some little things I discovered this year or were discovered for me by my friends and then given to me.

1. These awesome funny socks from BlueQ.com. They say things like You’re not the boss of me. And Cats. They give one percent to Doctors without Borders.They are colorful. And they make me laugh. Like my friend who gave them to me who is a blues singer and a hellraiser. Which is another type of socks they make.
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2. Branddave. Caught his artwork at Dolcezza today and one of his prints made me lel even though no coffee yet. Even though it’s technically 2015, he makes the list because my blog. Can buy his prints there and eat a ham and cheese croissant and go into a pleasure coma.
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3. Harney and Sons looseleaf Peppermint tea. It’s looseleaf and comes in pretty cannister. I make it in my hacked Keurig because otherwise looseleaf tea is too complicated. *Be careful opening the tin or you might look like #Miley with her salvia. Most peppermint tea gives me a stomachache because its too minty while I’m just trying to calm down. I got it from Kripalu. Kripalu is a place I went this summer with my friend. It’s a cool place to relax..hey wait, I just found a number 4.

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4. Kripalu. If you want to reimagine college, take a break from your partner, or might be having a nervous breakdown over how awesome life was in 1994 and whether or not you’ll ever have that much fun again, take this trip to Stockbridge. You can share a way too small a room with a friend, you can eat in silence if you want (we couldn’t because we would have laughed) and you can not take yoga and sit outside on the green lawn and laugh and eat candy. You can also lie down in a dark room under a cuddly blanket and listen to a “guided meditation.” I might have fallen asleep but isn’t that reaching #Nirvana too?

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5. All these wonderful web series made by and/or starring women. Broad City. The Actress the Series. Little Horribles. My Mad Fat Diary UK and of course OJBG that told me little bits about myself. Because it really is these things that make our lives great: tea, friends, laughter and art. Happy 2015! Can’t wait to see the new year has in store for all of us! xo OJBG

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December 15, 2014
by The OJBG Team
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Gwen’s Holiday Wish List

Tall blond & beautiful (as our intern Morgan describes her), Gwendolyn ‘Gwen’ Ennis is a Capricorn who loves the color lavender and bubble gum ice cream. She’s like pre-softgrunge #softgrunge. Here’s a few picks from her holiday *wish* list. Hopefully, it will give you some cool gift ideas. And for more Gwen inspired fashion and stuff on her wish list, check out her Pinterest page. Only 10 more shopping days? Meh. We totally got this.

Perennial Power Boot: $93.99 (on sale!), ModCloth

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Infinity, Anchor, Camera ModWrap (Black): $15, GoModestly.combracelet cameraanchorblack1

Vintage Daisy Grunge Dress: $36, Etsyvintdaisygrungedress

Graphite Grunge Sculptures: starting at $33, TheGrommet.com

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Faber-Castell Pitt Big Brush Pastel Pen Set: $21.50,

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December 8, 2014
by The OJBG Team
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Laura the Goth’s Holiday *Wish* List

It’s that time again…the holiday shopping season is upon us. {The horrors.} We thought we’d post a weekly blog about what the #OJBG kids would want from Santa – and hopefully give you some good ideas too. Hmmm..what to get Laura the Goth? She likes black, voodoo, post punk, dark chocolate ice cream and she plays the bass. Oh and she’s a Scorpio. Check out her Pinterest page for holiday gift ideas for your own moody goth. http://www.pinterest.com/ojbishopsgarden/laura-the-goths-holiday-gift-wish-list-ojbg/

December 1, 2014
by The OJBG Team
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OJBG Holiday Wish Lists

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By Kathleen.

We made is to December. FINALLY.

In the spirit of the holidays, we’re releasing “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden” character-themed holiday wish lists. Perhaps they’ll serve as merely inspiration while you go & gather your gifts — or maybe you know someone who’s a hardcore Sarah (insert appropriate name of OJBG character here) fan & will want EVERYTHING on the list. No shame in that. We personally find it difficult to peel our eyes away from some of these finds. Thank god our wallet keeps our wishes in check.

We’ll make sure to link to each list below as it comes available.

 

 

November 21, 2014
by The OJBG Team
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90s Candy Nostalgia

By Kathleen.

Rarely does The 90s Life tweet something I find unrelatable because, as we all know, the 90s is hands down the best decade. In fact, one of their recent posts sent me on another trip down memory lane with its mentioning of Gushers as something that ticked us off in the 90s. At first, I thought The 90s Life had gone delusional.

How could Gushers, with their delicious bursts of sweet gel, tick anyone off?!?

But then I read the fine print… we were ticked off when moms stopped giving them to us for lunch after reading up on their sugar content. Apparently, my mom was ahead of the gang in this department because Gushers were always classified as candy in my household. So seeing their image again naturally got me to thinking about all the other 90s candy I miss; some of which made cameos in “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden”: Pop Rocks, Dots, Pez… the list goes on.

What 90s candy do you miss the most?

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November 17, 2014
by The OJBG Team
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YA Readers, today’s your lucky day!

By Kathleen.

Monday’s can be extra hard when it’s late fall/early winter, and the soggy fallen leaves stick to the bottom of your shoes as you trek through the dreary rainy day — but, fortunately, we have a gift to brighten your day! We’re currently hosting Kindle giveaways for the first two “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden” books. For a FREE ebook of The Prequel, click here, and find your free Season 2 script book here.

And, don’t forget, we’re also running a giveaway on Goodreads for the fancy Director’s Notebook. For a chance at being one of three lucky winters, enter here.

Commence happy dance :)

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November 3, 2014
by The OJBG Team
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~~ GiVeAwAy ~~ (Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden Director’s Notebook)

While you await to see how the Summer of ’97 pans out (aka THE FINAL CHAPTER of Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden — coming soon to Amazon), travel back in time to see how that summer all began. With season five’s Director’s Notebook, not only will you be able to read the scripts, but you’ll also have access to behind-the-scenes’ photos, anecdotes, and more! Things like this crazy cool collage below:

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Hurry up and enter the Goodreads’ giveaway before it’s too late — and, if you want to read the scripts of past seasons, make sure to contact us! :)

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden - Director's Notebook, Season 5 by Otessa Marie Ghadar

Enter to win

 

October 29, 2014
by The OJBG Team
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Halloween Costumes — OJBG Style!

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Here’s a crazy thought! Why not take a page from the stylebook of the wild 90s kids of “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden” ??? Sure, we’re always down for dressing in 90′s grunge, but we can’t say the same for everyone else. Now’s your chance to don the choker necklaces, Doc Martens, rainbow hair + more of decades past without having to worry about looking business prof (snore – thank God I’m not corporate:).

Useful –> http://www.modcloth.com/shop/1990s-fashion