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My New Amazon Notebook Shop!

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In addition to writing this blog and my first book offering, I’ve also been designing some vinyl pins and lately gotten into designing notebooks with a nerdy flair!

I’ve also designed a lefthanded version for each design for my fellow lefties out there. No more smudges on the arms and no more lines on your arms, Huzzah!

Here are some pics of the covers. All of them come in the aforementioned lefthanded version, but they also all have a sketchbook, ruled paper, graph paper and dot paper version to choose from.

Follow this link to buy.

Happy Shopping!

xoxo

Kim

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A Visit to Avengers Campus!

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Well, I did it. I finally got to Avengers Campus at Disney’s California Adventure. After a year’s delay due to COVID, the Campus is up and running!

A few things to note before you go. You have to have a ticket to DCA and a reservation for DCA for the day you want to go. Next, getting onto the Campus will take a few hours. There is a stand-by line, but you will get in. If you get a boarding pass for the Web Slingers ride (you get that online if you are lucky at 7 am and again at noon), you can by-pass the line, but getting a boarding pass is tricky.

Now, once you get there, it is simply amazing! It was everything I hoped it would be.

The Avengers are walking around regularly doing meet and greets (socially distant for now). There are regular battles going on at the Avengers main building.

You can also find the Guardians of the Galaxy having a dance-off party to save the Universe in front of Mission Breakout.

Bill the boyfriend and I had such an amazing time! On top of everything, the food at the Pym Test Kitchen is all amazing as well!

For shopping links for my outfit, please click here.

Until next time…

xoxo

Kim

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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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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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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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A Trip to Jurassic Quest!

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The kiddo and I recently had the opportunity to go to the drive-thru “safari” experience, Jurassic Quest!

It is simply a drive-thru animatronic dinosaurs, but it was a rare night out in the time of COVID.

We had an amazing time, and got some fun pics.

I wore my Dr. Alan Grant bound to the event. Skirt is from Retrolicious. Shirt is from Amazon as is the bandana. Pins are from Wish. Ducky pin from our InPlainSight store.

If you want to book your own safari, click here.

Happy Exploring!

xoxo

Kim

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Nerd Valentine’s Gift Guide

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We only have one week until Valentine’s Day, and I have put together a last-minute shopping guide for you.

Everything is from Amazon Prime, so you can get it in time for your Valentine!

Love Bot Print

This cute print is upcycled from Dictionary pages and is only $9.99!

Oxytocin Molecule T-Shirt

This t-shirt comes in a variety of colors and sizes (there is a men’s and women’s version). It is only $19.99.

Math Socks

These cute math socks are in a a great Valentine’s red and only $8.99!

Feisty Pets

Last, but not least are Feisty Pets. Every time I have given one of these as a gift, they have been a huge hit! Get Sir Growls-a-Lot above for only $21.99.

I hope that these gifts can save the day for your Valentine’s Day!

xoxo

Kim

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Happy New Year and Blogiversary to In Plain Sight!

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After a holiday break and a facelift, I am excited to be back for our 6th year!

2020 was awful, but now we have a new year, a new President and a new vaccine. So, I am hopeful about the future.

Please take a look around the new site and our new shop! Just click on that top menu to take a look. I’ve also added my Poshmark Closet for you to shop. In addition to the book, I have accessory packs, berets and other goodies!

So, here’s to a great 2021 and more adventures!

xoxo

Kim

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Time for Holiday Break!

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I just wanted to take this time to wish you all a Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! So excited for 2021, as I am sure you are as well!

I’ll be back on our blogiversary on January 7th. During the break, I’ll be giving the site a little face lift, and getting ready to bring you more items in my new store, including a new book! So, stay tuned for more amazing things as In Plain Sight begins its 6th year!

As always, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the support for this blog and for the book. It means so much to me, words cannot say.

Take care and be safe this holiday season!

Love, Kim