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A Trip to Knott’s Boysenberry Festival

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With restrictions easing everywhere, most theme parks have started or in the case of Knott’s, restarted, their food festival programs. These “Taste of…” events are a lot of fun and a safe way to get out of the house for a bit.

Besides that, a chance to enjoy some great food!

I’ve never been to the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival before, but I can say that I will never miss one again. The food was amazing, honestly, beyond amazing. I’m no foodie, but I had such an amazing time!

Everything was outside and no rides operating, but the Ghost Town residents of Calico were socially distant and out and about to interact with the guests. There were also some Peanuts characters available for socially distant, but still great, photos.

There may be some tickets still available here. If you can go, I highly recommend it.

Now, for the wardrobe. I went with a nice springtime 50’s look from Rosegal. I added purple accessories, cause, boysenberries, from Amazon.

Click on these links to buy the dress, the beret, the belt and the petticoat. Pins are from Wish. I also have some great enamel pins available in the store. Just click here. Shoes are an old DIY on this blog. Click here to revisit.

Happy Shopping!

xoxo

Kim

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Product Launch: InPlainSight.style Sunglasses

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Sunglasses are a great way to accessorize any outfit. There are so many types and shapes of sunglasses, but what are the wardrobe staples that any nerd should have when building a bound or everyday cosplay?

Cat Eye

Cat The first shape is the cat eye. This is the shape I prefer, and I feel looks good on any shaped face. Cat eye shaped sunglasses are a great addition to any vintage, retro, pin-up or rockabilly look that you are building.

I am proud to launch a new product in the InPlainSight.style store, cat eye sunglasses. These sunglasses are a cat eye shape with a black matte finish. They feature the ducky logo in white.

I’ve been road-testing these for a couple of months now. The logo has proven to be water and sweat proof, non-fading and it is staying put.

Our sunglasses are only $14.95 and available today in the store. Just click the shop tab at the top of the page or click here.

But, what if you aren’t building a 50’s-era look? Or, if you want a more traditionally masculine frame? Well, here are a couple of additional shapes for sunglasses that work for any gender identity and in additional eras.

Wayfair Style

This shape is truly timeless. I’ve also found that they look great with any shape face. The added bonus is that you can find them in any color or print you can imagine. Click here to shop some.

Aviator Style

This shape is also timeless. Invented for aviators (hence, the name), they can be a little masculine-looking, but they look great on any gender identity or face shape. The color choice is a bit limited, but they are very lightweight and comfy. Click here for some nice ones.

Regardless of what shape you go with, you cannot go wrong with a pair of sunglasses to accessorize your new look. I hope that you’ll give our InPlainSight.style shades a try!

Happy Shopping!

xoxo

Kim

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Wardrobe Solutions: Tube/Pencil Skirt

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Our latest outfit of the day also features a great wardrobe solution- the tube or pencil skirt.

This skirt can be an excellent addition to your wardrobe as a staple. How to wear it?

Well, the new trend of cropped shirts is a great way to wear this skirt. As you can see from the pictures, I took an awesome graphic tee from Forever 21 Plus and paired it with a tube skirt, also from Forever 21 Plus.

I have a couple of tees that I purchased recently that are cropped. While I like the fit, I also don’t really like to bare my midriff. This skirt is super high-waisted, so that solves the problem nicely.

This skirt is a staple of both rockabilly looks as well as 80’s inspired looks.

Click on links above to shop this look.

The sunglasses are coming to the store this Thursday, the 25th! These shades are a great cat-eye shape with a matte finish and feature our ducky logo. I’ve been road-testing these for the past couple months and the logo has proven to be water/sweat proof, has not faded at all and has stayed put.

Get your own pair this Thursday for only $14.95! Just click on the shop link at the top of the page.

Happy Shopping!

xoxo

Kim

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Thrifting Trip and Outfit of the Day

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For the kiddo’s (well, he’s 15, so not REALLY a kiddo), birthday, I took him on a thrifting trip to King Richard’s Antiques in Whittier, CA. Whittier is east of downtown LA.

King Richard’s is three floors of amazing finds, and we had an amazing time.

Benji got a new denim jacket and some other chotkes.

For our trip, my outfit of the day is from Hot Topic. I love this Tarot Card dress so much!

Like most Hot Topic pieces, it is size-inclusive and super comfy and a great print.

My belt is from Torrid. The boots are from Forever 21. Click on links to buy.

Happy Shopping!

xoxo

Kim

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Did You Know We Have a Store?!

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You probably do know we have a store, but we have a store.

I just wanted to give you a head’s up about it just in case you weren’t aware.

The InPlainSight.style store is where you can get a copy of the book, “In Plain Sight”, which is the ultimate workbook for cosplay, bounds, nerdy looks and everyday cosplays of all fandoms.

I also have some enamel pins. I designed one pin for the accessory pack (also available in the store), and I now have inspiration to design more. So far, there are two- the ducky logo and gelatinous cube pin.

I’ve also put the ducky logo on some cute berets. We have low stock on these pale pink berets, so grab one today. More colors coming in the Fall.

You can reach the store at the top of this page by clicking the “shop” icon.

Enjoy!

xoxo

Kim

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Outfit of the Day: Star Wars Cakeworthy Dresses

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Our latest outfit of the day, or should I say, outfits of the day, are from Cakeworthy.

Cakeworthy is a cute brand that makes size-inclusive dresses for nerds from all fandoms.

They are sold on their website as well as ShopDisney.

Our first dress is a Grogu print. I posed with my own Grogu. He’s become my travel buddy as of late.

The next dress is a Star Wars icon print. Both dresses are not only super cute, but super comfy. Click on the links above to buy your own.

Please note that they do run a little small, so even though they have stretch, I’d recommend going a size up.

Happy Shopping!

xoxo

Kim

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Overcoming the Rude Reminders of Your Past

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There are times in life when we get rather rude reminders of our past pain.

Last week, I had one of those reminders. I got a nasty-gram in the form of a text from an ex. Sigh. I read it and the mild-PTSD kicked right in; the shaky hands, dizziness, panic sweat…the whole shebang.

But, for the first time, I came back to myself quickly, like, almost immediately. It was awesome! How the heck did I do that? Well…

I put the phone down and walked away for a minimum of five minutes. I took that time to remind myself of where I am now. Chiefly, not under the same roof with this person, so I did not have to desperately defend myself to no avail. This is no longer my life. I also used this time to think of where this nastiness is coming from. You know, the timeless Urkel question, “Did I do that?” I got real with myself and asked if I did do something wrong here that required an apology or remedy. I realized that this was an attempt to pile shit that isn’t mine on me. I tend to be very hard on myself, so if I do something wrong, I’m the last one on the planet to forgive it. So, I don’t have any issue with going, “Oh, my bad. Sorry.” Lastly, I thought of how to respond. I did apologize for upsetting him. Because I was unaware that what I had texted would upset him at all. That is all I said. Why? Because my second tip is…

Don’t engage. Just don’t do it, man. There is no point in picking apart the tirade and pointing out why he’s wrong, sentence by sentence. You are not going to “win”. You just aren’t.

My third tip for you is to contact someone supportive. I talked to friends and vented a bit. Friends are your best defense against the dreaded gas-light! Like I said, my mild PTSD kicked in, and part of that is immediately second guessing myself. Friends can help you distinguish between the ugly picture of you that has been painted by someone else, and the real picture. And while not a perfectly filtered picture, the no filter picture of you is quite lovely.

Why am I even writing about this? Well, while I did avert the crisis, it was like walking into your kitchen and seeing an elephant in there (not that an elephant would fit in my kitchen, but I digress). You see, my second act has been in full-swing for about six and a half years now, and the unpleasantness of the text last week is not a normal event in my life anymore. Besides the PTSD, an event like this triggers old memories, like a mini-haunting of a sort. Unfortunately, when these events trigger me, I will always have to process them.

I remembered that despite my ex thinking that dumping me would solve all his problems, it actually solved all of mine. The loss of that relationship sent me straight into an unexpected epic second act- full of fun, laughter, adventure and friends. Now, is my life perfect…Hell No! Nobody’s life is perfect. I have stress and strife. But, I am living my best life now. So, while the text from Hell was upsetting, the reminder of how far I’ve come, was not.

I’ll always be sad about the end of that relationship. Mostly because it really and truly did not have to be that way, and despite my best efforts, it did end up that way. As sad as that is, I am beautifully blessed and maybe a reminder of that, especially in the COVID-crazy-time, is exactly the kick in the pants that I need. I mean, it got me to sit down and write this today, didn’t it?

And if all of the above fails, might I suggest some sage…

xoxo

Kim

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Outfit of the Day: Black Widow Jacket

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To go along with my trip to Downtown Disney in my Disney Dress Shop Black Widow dress, I am sporting my Black Widow leather jacket from Hot Topic.

This jacket is size-inclusive, going up to a 5xl. I’m wearing a 4xl. It is a little roomy on me, but I like my jackets to fit a little bit bigger. I have big shoulders and I get more flexible movement if I go a size up.

I love all the pockets and the widow logo on the back. My belt is from Torrid. I added a widow belt buckle from Etsy. Leggings, boots and tee from Lane Bryant. Click on links to shop.

It is about time that Natasha got her own fashions!

Now, if we could finally see the movie…

Until next time…

xoxo

Kim

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A Much-Needed Trip to Downtown Disney

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With COVID cases finally declining, our Governor lifted stay-at-home orders and the ban on outside dining recently.

Boyfriend Bill and I took advantage of that and took a day off to go to Downtown Disney.

In addition, Disney has opened the main street and Hollywood section of Disney’s California Adventure for shopping.

I did make note of the fact that work has resumed on Avenger’s Campus, which makes me more happy than I could ever express. To celebrate that, I wore my Black Widow Disney Dress Shop dress by Her Universe.

I picked up one of the new Nuimos. Nuimos were a huge hit in Japan, and now they have made their way to the USA. They are fully posable with a variety of fashionable looks to choose from. I chose Daisy, cause, duck. I bought her a cute ensemble that makes her super stylish I think! Shop for Nuimos online here. It is also important to note that Her Universe will be designing everyday cosplay looks for Nuimos. So, your toys can bound too! Feel free to use a Team Build Checklist for them as well (wink)! Maybe I should make some tiny Team Build Checklists…

As always, the Disney Dress Shop dresses look amazing and are super comfortable. I love the design on this dress as well. And yes, there are pockets! Get your own dress here.

My beret is from Amazon. Pins are from Wish. Petticoat is also from Amazon. Chucks by Converse.

Happy Shopping and coming up, we are planning an adventure to Knott’s! Stay tuned…

xoxo

Kim