A Trip to Son of Monsterpalooza and Spookshow

Recently, we went to a couple of horror-themed shows and conventions in the LA area.

 

The first was Son of Monsterpalooza in Burbank.  This was a first for both of us.  The kiddo and I have never been to a horror-themed convention before.  I enjoyed this show a lot.  I was impressed with the celebrity meet and greets offered by the show.  Furthermore, the celebrities are at their tables and you just walk up and chat, get autographs and photos.  No lines, no lotteries, no fuss.

I made a couple of nice purchases on the floor.  This purse from Rock Rebel and this cat dress by Kreepsville 666.  Click on links to peruse their sites.

 

The second show was Spookshow at Halloween Club in Orange County.  This show was an outside horror-themed flea market in their parking lot and the huge Halloween Store had almost everything marked down.

This show had free admission, which was nice, but there were far fewer vendors and the store was pretty junky and crowded.

Here are some photos from the show floor and the lot at Spookshow.

 

I did get these sunnies at the show, but the vendor doesn’t have a website for you to check out, unfortunately.

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But, most importantly, me and the kiddo had a lovely day out, which is why we do what we do!

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Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

Find It Here: Halloween Decor

It is finally, FINALLY Halloween decorating time!

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Well, to be honest, I decorated the last weekend in September, but for most normal people, it is time to decorate for Halloween.

Here are some great pictures of our Halloween decor and some shopping links to peruse and buy some great decor for your own lair.

The moon “wreath” is from Spirit Halloween.  The black dragon is from Big Lots.  The little green one is from Michael’s.  The cauldrons, broom and doormat are also from Spirit Halloween.  The funkins are from Michael’s.

The items on the mantel are mostly from Target, but some are from Michael’s and Dollar Tree.  The ghost light, bat light and reaper figure are from Target.

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The google eye figures, cauldron and witch hat light are from Target.  The glitter pumpkins and velvet pumpkin are both from Michael’s.

Not all items are available anymore, so our shopping links are to each store’s Halloween Store pages so you can go from there.  If I find specific links, I will put them in the picture descriptions above for you.

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

InPlainSight.style’s First Couture Meet-Up

The kiddo and I recently hosted our very first (first of many, I hope) couture meet-up at The Federal in North Hollywood.

We had a great time!  I was recently inspired by the Lolita tea houses all over the world where Lolitas can meet up with each other in their favorite looks and hang out, inspire each other, take fun pictures, etc.

I wanted to widen the scope of the invite to include all kinds of geekery, so we put in the invite that there were no dress-code rules; wear whatever you want.  As you can see, we had some great looks sported by some awesome ladies:

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I chose to wear my new Black Widow dapper look.

Let’s break it down with the Team Build Checklist.  Click on the link to print your own.

Click on the links to buy.

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

 

You are Invited!

Benji and I would love to invite you to our very first meet-up event!

If you are in, or can get to, the Los Angeles area, please join us!  Details below:

InPlainSight.style’s First Geek Couture Dress-Up/Meet-Up

Date: August 31st

Time: 1pm until 4pm

Where: The Federal NoHo

5303 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, California 91601
* Just an FYI, that The Federal is a bar, but also a restaurant, so feel free to bring older kiddos. Benji will be there!

What: Inspired by the Lolita casual meet-ups popular in Japan, I decided to create my own casual geek couture meet-ups where we can wear our latest outfits, chat, meet new friends, take a lot of pictures (The Federal is particularly Insta-worthy), snack and have lovely beverages. If you have time, please come join us! The rules are, there are no rules. Wear whatever you want, cosplay, bounding, pin-up, rockabilly, goth, whatever you want. I would love a RSVP so I can give The Federal a head’s up, but not required. There is no cover, but if you could make at least one purchase or a drink or an appetizer, I’m sure the bar would appreciate the business. We also have the added bonus of being close to Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, so you can get in some vintage shopping before or after the meet! Please feel free to forward to your friends!

Dressing It Down: Go Ahead and Buy that Fancy Dress!

I get a lot of compliments as well as comments on my clothes, which I love, but one comment that gives me pause is a comment such as, “I wish I had places to wear a dress that fancy.”

OK, so first of all, it is really hard to be truly overdressed somewhere.  Obviously, wearing a prom dress to work or a tuxedo to the grocery store is pretty over-the-top, but what about that great dress you bought to wear to someone’s wedding and is now languishing in the back of your closet (I just love that I got to use “languishing”, #englishmajor)?  Well, use some great basics to dress it down for everyday.

Perfect example is my Haunted Mansion dress.  My lovely boyfriend bought it for me for Dapper Day, and then I stopped wearing it.  I love it, but the top has some ruching on the bodice that is very prom-y, so I stopped wearing it.  Then, time passed and it was our anniversary.  I wanted to wear the dress he bought me out on our date, but I didn’t have time to change after work.  So, challenge accepted!

OK, so first, I needed to dress down the bodice.  I did this with a cotton crop tee from Amazon.  Just enough of the pretty ruching shows through.

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Next, here’s my Dapper Day look:

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Obviously, I left off the petticoat, fascinator, pearls and gloves for a great everyday look.

Here are some more pictures of me wearing a Disney Dress Shop dress everyday.  If you decide to take that dress out on the town, then add those dapper touches.

Honestly, dresses are instant outfits.  You literally just throw them over your head, and you have a look.  Now, more than ever, there are amazing choices for nerd bounding that are dress-and-go.

So, challenge yourself to take something that you originally visualized as super dapper or fancy and “dress it down” for everyday wear.

Click on all the links to shop away!  Enjoy!

Love, Kim and Benji

Back to School Guide

As I take Benji to register for the 8th grade today, in addition to coming to grips with the fact that I have an 8th grader, I thought that I would post some great items for back to school.  Click on the links to buy.

Backpacks

Benji’s favorite band is Panic! At the Disco, so I found a new Panic! backpack from Hot Topic.  The Loki backpack is also from Hot Topic by Loungefly.  Finally, love this new Cap backpack!  Also from Hot Topic.

Woven Button Down Shirts

Benji loves to rock a good woven button down!  Here are a few I found:

The Lion King and Nightmare Before Christmas shirts are from Box Lunch.  The Harry Potter prisoner shirt is from Hot Topic.

Hoodie and Shoes

Her Universe just released a whole Harry Potter line that really knocked it out of the park!  Most items are also available on Hot Topic’s and Torrid’s websites as well.  The prisoner shirt above is also from this collection.

The hoodies are available for each house and…. WAND POCKET!  Click here for shoesClick here for hoodies.

Dresses

Last, but certainly not least, are the dresses.

The Harry Potter dress is available at Her Universe and Hot Topic.  Same for the Spiderman dress.  The plaid dress is from Hot Topic as an online exclusive.

Happy Shopping and have a great new school year!

Love, Kim and Benji

Our Trip to Funbox!

One of our summer adventures was last month at Funbox.

What the heck is Funbox, you might ask?  Well, it is an interactive selfie art exhibit.  The exhibit moves around the country, so please click on the link above to see when and if it is coming to your area.

We just had a fun afternoon running around and taking ALL the selfies.  Enjoy!

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Love, Kim and Benji