Halloween 2020: A Trip to Hauntoween

With most events canceled this year, it has been difficult, but not impossible, to find events to attend this year for Halloween.

A lot of haunts have revised plans to make their once walk-thru haunts, drive-thru instead. Because of this, most of them have revised them to be family-friendly. One such event is Haunt0ween in Woodland Hills, CA.

A link to their site is here, so see if you can score some last-minute tickets. It is worth the price!

The experience is about 20 minutes or so, with some Halloween vignettes and a “neighborhood” with spooky (but not too spooky) characters and trick or treating. The candy is handed out by baskets and socially distant.

I had to take a picture of that cow, because he looks like the meanest cow in existence, and we could not stop giggling about it! We had an amazing time and hope you can take in an event or two this Halloween!

Then we took in an outside dinner, which was a nice change from being at home all the time. Beret from Kreepsville 666 and pentagram dress from Wish. My mask is from Spirit Halloween. Click on links to buy.

Have a safe and happy Halloween everyone!

Love, Kim

InPlainSight.style Update

OK, now that the book is done and out in the universe for all to enjoy, it is time to start posting again. I’m going to go slow, dip my toe in the water, so to speak.

Since I have had absolutely NO outside adventures, I will be posting outfits of the day once a week for the time being. If am appearing anywhere to speak about the book, I’ll post about that as well.

Tee is by my fabulous friend, Terri. Get your own here.

Until then, stay safe, wear a mask and socially distance with style!

Love, Kim

InPlainSight.style Update

As most of you have figured out, we are holding off on new posts while the COVID pandemic is still in full-on mode.  We know that we provide an escape, but right now we both feel that posting about adventures and such is not tasteful.  We originally planned to start up again in July, but the COVID cases have taken a large upturn here in the USA.postcard So, we are going to hold for now on new posts, but WE WILL BE BACK!

As soon as cases finally begin to decline in the USA, we will begin posting again.

In the meantime, I do have a new book that is soon to publish!  It is based on articles written here on this site and acts as a workbook/organizational tool for your wardrobe and cosplays.  I will post when it is available for sale.

We are sending everyone good thoughts at this difficult time.  Please stay safe and healthy and wear those masks!

Until then…

Love, Kim and Benji

Styling Examples

Previously, we spoke about how to style an outfit.  Now, here are some examples and some suggestions how you could re-style them for different situations.

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Loki dress by Her Universe for Disney Dress Shop.  All paired pieces are from Amazon.  I styled this look specifically for blog photos.  So I have on all the accessories here.  The headband, necklace, tesseract-inspired bag, petticoat and shoes.  The bag, petticoat and shoes are mid-century styles, which match the dress’s style.  I chose a blue lucite bag instead of a clear bag so it would look like the tesseract and fit the Loki theme of the dress.  The Loki helmet necklace compliments the dress as well.  How to change this look?  For cons or theme parks, I would lose the petticoat and change the shoes to a saddle shoe or a pair of Chucks.  For work, I’d lose the headband and change the bag.

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My stealth Cap uniform dress is from AmazonStars and stripes are a DIY.  I paired it with a brown belt, petticoat, foam shield and my DIY saddle shoes.  The petticoat and saddle shoes are 50’s style, which matches the dress.  For work, I’d change the shoes and add a bag.

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This Universal monster dress is from Unique Vintage.  I paired it with a monster bag and a pair of Chucks.  For a more formal or business type of event, change the shoes and go with a smaller bag.

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My Alan Grant bound that I wore at Universal Studios was a big hit at the theme park.  Skirt by RetroliciousShirt and bandana from Amazon.  There really isn’t a time period associated with this outfit, but the pieces I chose are for the character.  To wear this skirt to work, lose the bandana and maybe a different shirt or sweater.

I hope that these tips helped you out.  Let us know in the comments if you have any tips or tricks that you would like to share.  We love to hear from you!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

Styling Your Outfits

So, you found the perfect dress or the perfect outfit.  Congrats!  However, now you need to know how to style it.

What is styling exactly?  Dictionary.com defines it as, “to design or arrange in accordance with a given or new style.”  Accessorizing the outfit is a start, but there is also your make-up to consider as well as jewelry.

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Jewelry is technically an accessory, but it is important enough to be listed seperately in this case.

So, how do you get started styling an outfit?  Here are some steps to consider while you are styling.  There are no hard set rules by any means, but this is a handy guide to help get you started.  You’ll be styling your own outfits in no time at all!

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When using your Team Build Checklist, styling the outfit consists of the Scientist, Exotic and Blaster steps.  Download your own copy of the check-list here.

Even if you aren’t using this guide to style a cosplay or bound, the tips still apply.

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Consider the style of the outfit.

Is your outfit a vintage style or 80’s inspired?  Maybe it is a more formal style or a business suit.  If it is a 50’s style dress, then you’ll want to pair it with more vintage-style accessories.  A business suit would be paired with more subdued and professional accessories.

Consider the venue and/or event for the outfit.

Are you wearing this 50’s style dress to work or to a con?  Are you wearing this dress to Disneyland for Dapper Day?  How about to a wedding?  I’ve worn the same dress to all of the above, but it was styled differently for each event.  What’s great for Disneyland is not appropriate for work and so on.

Consider the functionality needed from your accessories.

While you are considering your venue or event, think about what kind of functionality you need.  Are you going to a con?  You’ll need the most comfortable shoes you can get that also compliment the outfit.  Disneyland?  What is the temperature going to be that day?  If your day out is in August, then you might want to leave the petticoat at home (trust me on this one). Do you have a parasol?  If yes, then you can leave your hat at home if you want.  What kind of bag should you carry?  Take all this into consideration when putting the pieces together.

Balance in all the things.

Your base outfit is what you work from here.  A big fit and flare dress should really have smaller, more tailored accessories to create a balance.  If you have a hat, then make it smaller with the big dress.  Same with the bag.  Very colorful dress or outfit?  Then more subdued make-up.

Lastly, What story do you want your outfit to tell?

The last piece when you are styling an outfit is what do you want people to see?  I know your outfit is the focal point, but what do you want people to take away from it?  If you have a bound, this is kind of done for you.  If you are bounding Captain America for example, then the star on the chest or the red and white stripes on the bodice tell people that you are bounding Cap.  If you have a dress that is a great color, then you want to keep things simple and just draw the eyes to the pretty color.  Don’t overthink it.

I hope that these tips help you.  In our next post, I will post some photos of outfits with explanations why I styled them the way I did, and how I would, and do, style them differently in different situations.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

Make-Up: Find Your Best Red Lip at Any Price!

I’ve always loved red lipstick.  My grandmother, Doris, always wore a nice red lip.  She preferred Fire and Ice by Revlon.  Growing up, there were different trends in lipstick- the super gloss of the 70’s, the frosted lip of the 80’s, the nude and chocolate lip of the 90’s and so on.  I tried them all, but I love coming back to the classic red lip.

Fire and Ice has too much of a warm undertone (yellow tones in the red) for me.  I prefer the cool toned reds (blue tones in the red).   How do you know which red is for you?  Best way is to try them on in store.  Take selfies and then compare them.  Warm tones tend to work with people with darker skin, but the photos you take will show you which one is better for you.  Take a look at the pictures below for examples.  Russian Red is the cool toned red and Lady Danger is the warm toned red.

Once you know if you prefer warm or cool, then it is way easier to buy a red from any brand.  Then you need to decide if you want matte or gloss finish and the level of pigment.  That is purely a matter of preference.

I have some links in a variety of price points below.  These are all cool toned reds, for reference.

Best Overall Red Lipstick

MAC Lipstick in Russian Red (See above for picture)  $19.00

Best No-Transfer Lipstick

Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor in Nonstop Cherry  $10.99

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Best Drugstore Lipstick

Revlon Lipstick in Love Is On  $8.49

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Best Sheer Red

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey  $19.50

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Best Bargain Lipstick

Colourpop Lipstick in Fred  $8.00

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The Real Deal- Authentic Vintage Red

Besame Cosmetics in Victory Red  $19.00

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

Body Positivity and Confidence are Great, but What About Comfort?

*This is a repost that will hopefully respark your confidence for the new year!  Here’s to an incredible 2020!!!

We’ve talked a lot about body positivity and confidence here.  A lot.  That topic is a main focus on this blog, actually.  Recently, I was having a think and what crossed my mind was about the day-to-day of a person that is body confident and body positive.  How is that working out for ya?

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I’ve spent the last five years really getting down to it in terms of being body confident and positive.  You can just decide to be the thing and then be the thing.  However, maintaining the thing is a different story.  That takes work.  Hard work.  Looking in the mirror and always, always, stopping yourself before you say something negative about yourself.  Stopping yourself from making a comment about a picture a friend took of you at a party when you weren’t ready or didn’t know it was being taken.  Heck, stopping yourself from negative talk about photos you DID know were being taken because you booked a photography session.  These are hard habits to break, but I did.  You can too.

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Breaking these habits took literally years of constant vigilance to kick them to the proverbial curb.  Stoppping the negative from being spoken into that mirror.  Not saying the negative thing about that photo before someone else says it (at least that is why you claim to say it, but in truth your friends are too busy looking at themselves in that photo and having their own battle to say anything nasty to you about you).

I now get to reap the benefits from all that work to be sure.  Now I get my photos back, and I am genuinely happy with them and want to share them with my friends.  I get ready in the morning and genuinely like what I see before I head out the door.  Those are the confidence crisis moments.  When you are put to the test.  If you were on “The A Team”, it would be welding time!  You welded real good, too!   Congrats!  Now what?

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The habits are broken.  Now it is time to make body comfort happen.  This one isn’t quite so sexy.  This one is tricky.  Body comfort is when you get up and get dressed, get through that little mirror crisis moment without a second thought.  Body comfort is when you spy yourself in a shop window and just keep on walking.  You don’t have a crisis moment.  There is no test.  You didn’t even think about your reflection at all.  Just imagine it!  It is possible.  It is. The crisis moments still will happen from time-to-time, but for the most part, you are just, you.  You know?  Cool, right?!

How do you make this happen?  Honestly, I don’t think this is one you can make happen by doing anything.  It seems to be a by-product of constant body confidence and positivity.  You get yet another benefit and isn’t that nice?

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I realized that I had indeed achieved this state recently.  I was having a discussion with someone about life and junk and stuff, and  I said, “I am the love of my life.  I love myself enough.”  You know what?  Every word of that was true!  You’ll get there.  I did.

Love, Kim and Scout

Why I Decided to Get a Mobility Scooter

If you’ve ever met me in person, you know that I have mobility issues due to severe arthritis in my right knee.  I have tremendous pain when walking and standing.  I need, and will be getting, a knee replacement at some point, but until then, my pain took over my life.

While dealing with doctors, figuring out healthy ways to manage my pain and just plain old living life, I found myself starting to avoid doing the things I love.  I had to gear myself up for comic cons and theme parks- two of my favorite things to do.  I would go, spend that time in tremendous pain, and usually have to leave early.  When you take away the things that make you happiest and are in constant pain, it begins to have an effect on you, and not a good one.

These things also have a tendency to snowball.  Not going out means less invitations to go out in general.  Staying at home is isolating.  My pain got so bad I had to stop my workouts.  I have worked out on a regular schedule since I was in middle school, so stopping for the first time in my life has been depressing.  On top of all this, I’m a 52 year old woman, so that means menopause.  I found very quickly that menopause means weight gain.  So, the added weight and not being able to workout, made the pain even worse.

Thankfully I have a very smart kid…

He sat me down and just said, “Please get a scooter.  Then you can have some fun again.”  My first response was, “NEVER!”  Like you, I had the image of a lazy, fat and old person on a scooter at Disneyland.  I wasn’t that person, and darn it, I wasn’t going to become that person.  But here’s the thing…

That person does not exist.  I was taking a stand on a complete non-issue.  People on scooters have any number of conditions that make walking and standing impossible for them.  I was one of those stupid judgy people.  My thoughts were, if they were really disabled, they’d be in a wheelchair.  For me I thought, wheelchair=legit.  What an idiot I was!  So, I guess Karma came calling for me on this one.  Fair enough.

So, how was the first day out with the scooter?  Humbling.  Embarrassing.  For about 5 minutes.  I wheeled up to bag check and the trams to go to Disneyland, and realized that without the scooter, I would already be in severe pain, looking for the next opportunity to sit and gritting my teeth through the day, quietly gutting it out.  With the scooter, I was smiling and laughing with my kid and no pain!  I was looking forward to, and enjoying, a great day!  Believe me, your embarrassment disappears really fast when you’re out of pain and enjoying life again.

Now, I go all the places I used to go again!

Are there people that don’t want to be hanging out with someone traveling on a scooter?  Maybe, but I am pretty sure I haven’t met them yet.  My kid, a teenager, is not even a little embarrassed.  If anything, he wants me to get a side-car for him (um, yeah, No.)

So, I’m going to my first comic con with a scooter in April at WonderCon, which is daunting.  I am super anxious to roll into the con on my scooter, but I’m going to take care of myself.  If I run into an ex and they think me travelling on wheels to be amusing, well, they’re the asshole, not me.  If you see me, know that I’m grateful to not be on my feet, not due to laziness, but I am out of pain and can now participate in my life.  Turns out living my best life just needed a little transportation upgrade.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

 

Happy Blogiversary to Us!

This month marks the beginning of our fifth year blogging our adventures and fashion and adventures in fashion.

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We have so much to come this year, so please stay tuned!  We love and appreciate you all and your continued support.

Love, Kim and Benji

Here’s to Being Seen!

*This is a repost that will hopefully respark your confidence for the new year!  Here’s to an incredible 2020!!!

I recently went back to therapy.  I like to go every few years for a kind of “brain tune-up”.  This time around has been especially helpful.  My therapist just gets right to the heart of things quickly.

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Why am I telling you this?  Well, the other day I was at my appointment, and the subject of holidays came up.  I am not especially fond of any holiday except Halloween these days.  I don’t like Thanksgiving in particular, but it wasn’t always like that.

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When I was a kid, I liked all the holidays, including Thanksgiving.  After my Grandmother died, I stopped liking the holidays.  The holidays became this tense and unpleasant time where everyone complained about everyone else, and the energy was just plain… bad.

So, my therapist asked me what in particular was so great about the holidays when my Grandmother was still with us.  I told her about how it was my job to set the table.  I was my Grandmother’s assistant.  She would go to the china cabinet and get out this photo from a magazine of an elegant place setting, so I could copy it.  That photo always came out to help me during the holidays, and I just liked helping her.  I felt so proud, so important.

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Unfortunately, after my Grandfather passed, the family was packing up the house, and I couldn’t find the picture.  I was going to frame it.  So, that is why I really enjoyed the holidays, but I didn’t feel like I had communicated to my therapist why.  As usual, she knew exactly what I was trying to say.  “You were seen during those times.  She saw you.”  Wow, just wow.  Yes, that is exactly what it was!

My Grandmother always “saw” me.  She saw me when I was happy, sad, silly, whatever.  She loved me no matter which one of those people I was.

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Cut to today and my life as it is now.  It is pretty great, I gotta say.  I am seen.  I am living my best life.  I have a job I love.  I have a great home.  I have friends.  I have my writing to express myself.  I have a blog and a hobby that makes me happy.  I had no idea that my blog and cosplaying were my way of being “seen” again!

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Out of all of these great things in my life, most of all, I have a great kid.  Now that I know how to properly express it, let me say this.  My one job with him is to make sure that he is “seen”.  Everyday and in every way.  I think I already am, but I definitely will.  I will because of how great being seen made me feel when I was a kid, and I want that for my own kid now.

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So, first my Grandmother gave me a love of style and fashion, mid-century style in particular.  Then she “saw” me as I was.  Both of these gifts serve me well in my adult life.  Finding cosplay and blogging is a way to be seen, and my love of 50s style is a perfect fit for my cosplays.  I feel like she is still helping me.  I love how I continue to discover new ways to be grateful to my Grandmother.  What incredible gifts she gave me.

Helping you be seen is one of our goals here at inplainsight.style.  Let us know what you want to see to help you achieve that goal, so I can pass my Grandmother’s gift to me on to you!

So, here’s to being seen!

Love, Kim and Benji

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