It's easy to nerd out with model and blogger Shenal Hooks. The south Phoenix native has an eye for style and a sewing machine to boot. With it, she creates a mix of boldly patterned pieces for everyday wear and cosplay outfits inspired by her favorite characters.
Image courtesy of Shenal Hooks Shanel Hooks, creator of the blog Lip Gloss and Thread, geeks out on fashion and her favorite fictional characters.
When she's not showing off her latest work in front of the camera or at Phoenix Comicon, Hooks is documenting her adventures in DIY fashion on her blog, Lip Gloss and Thread.
The site launched back in 2013 and covers everything from sewing how-tos to adventures in cosplay, including her past costume works as Yoruichi Shihoin from the anime series Bleach, Akasha from Queen of the Damned, and a zombie bride.
Jackalope Ranch caught up with Hooks to discuss her favorite stores in town, her five staple pieces, and where she turns for inspiration.