raisingaheronotavillain is now InPlainSight.style!

We have made a big change to the site, in case you haven’t noticed already!

We didn’t come to the decision to change the name lightly, but because it was so long, Benji is being raised pretty well so far and we wanted to change our focus a bit, we decided to make the leap.  We really wanted to focus on everyday living as a nerd.

How to integrate your fandoms into your everyday life.  Not with just everyday cosplay, which is fun to wear for sure, but also more subtle ways, bounding, dapper looks, pin-up style and the like.

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We hope you like the update!  Please share your thoughts with us.  We love to hear from you!

Love, Kim and Benji

Wonderful photos by Justin Davidson Photography!  Click on the link to book him today!

Dapper Day at Disneyland

A couple of weeks ago, the kiddo and I were lucky enough to attend our first Dapper Day at Disneyland!

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Photo and Banner Logo: dapperday.com 

Dapper Day is something I’ve always wanted to attend, but just never had the opportunity to do so.

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A little background on Dapper Day.  Two times a year at Disneyland, WDW and Disneyland Paris, Disney hosts a Dapper Day event.  This event has an Expo, where you can purchase dresses, shoes, gloves, sunglasses, hats, bowling shirts, parasols, etc. and then it is off to the parks to enjoy your day in your dapper finery.  Visit their website here for more information.

Here are some wonderful pictures from our Dapper Day.  If you got a chance to attend, what were your thoughts?  Please comment and let us know.  We love to hear from you!

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We decided this is the first of many Dapper Days to come for us.  We were super inspired.  As a matter of fact, we are going to focus on more dapper inspired mash-ups with our cosplay and bounding for everyday in the coming year on our blog.  So stay tuned for that!

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My dress is from The Disney Dress Shop.  I’m wearing a 3xl, but it is a little big on me.  I wear a size 18/20 for reference.  Bolero from Torrid.  My fascinator is from Amazon.  My shoes are from Skechers.

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Scout’s bow tie is from Amazon.  His vest is from Goodwill.  Newsboy cap from Target.

Happy Shopping and hope to see you at the next Dapper Day Expo!

Love, Kim and Scout

LACC and Our New Cosplay

Our latest cosplays, Hogwarts students, debuted at Los Angeles Comic Con.

Unfortunately, LACC was pretty lackluster this year, so we don’t really have any new from it to share.  I think with Stan Lee stepping down and taking his name off the con, it is having a bit of an identity crisis.

But our latest cosplays were a big hit, so we will be rolling these out again very soon.  Hopefully at Universal to get some pictures.

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This outfit also works as a great outfit of the day.  Ties are from Spirit Halloween.  Vests from Goodwill and shirts from Amazon.

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We finished the day as all witches should, with a witches’ brew frap!

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Until next time, witches!

Love, Kim and Scout

Ashley Eckstein’s New Book

At last month’s SDCC, we attended the Her Universe Fashion Show, as always.  The goody bags at that show are always amazing!  This year was no different.  We all got a free copy of Her Universe founder, Ashley Eckstein’s, new book, “It’s Your Universe”.

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Now that the dust has settled from SDCC, I picked up my copy and gave it a quick read.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is not only a memoir of sorts, but also a workbook so you can get to work on your own story.

At the end of each section, there is a section for you to work on your own thoughts, ideas, dreams, whatever.  There are exercises such as make an action plan to reach your goals and jot down those little ideas that pop into your head that can turn into big ideas and dreams for your future.  Eckstein encourages you to write in the book and make it your own kind of dream journal.

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The illustrations by Ashley Taylor are really beautiful as well.  I would love to have several of these in a frameable format!

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That is one thing that I’ve always liked about Eckstein.  She likes to not only share her journey, but guide you on a journey of your own.  The fashion show being a prime example.  The winners of that show get to design a line not only for Her Universe, but the line is sold in Hot Topic and Torrid stores worldwide!  Yes, it helps her company for sure, but makes new fashion stars in their own right.

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The book inspired me to put pen to paper and write down my ideas so that I can expand on them later on.  I now have a ton of projects that I’d like to tackle!  I have this on my desk now for inspiration, actually.

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The book is a very quick read, which I really liked.  I also liked the “all ages” aspect of it.  This is a great book to give to a child to encourage them to dream and make things happen.  The book takes a very relaxed approach to new ideas and projects you’d like to accomplish.  Let them flow.  Break ideas down into milestones.  Big ideas are a journey.  By teaching our kids to break down things into manageable goals, big ideas seem less daunting and achievable.

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Pick up your own copy of the book here.  Happy reading!

Love, Kim and Scout

*All photos from “It’s Your Universe” by Ashley Eckstein and Illustrations by Ashley Taylor.  Published by Disney Editions

 

SDCC Recap: Her Universe Fashion Show

Our last SDCC recap is the Her Universe Fashion Show, which took place at the Regency Grand Hyatt on Thursday evening.  This year’s show marked the fifth anniversary of the show.  We’ve attended every year.  This year brought some wonderful designs, as always, inspired by all kinds of fandoms from Godzilla:

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To Space Mountain:

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Ashley’s dress was also an incredible creation inspired by “The Nightmare Before Christmas” using over 500 Funko Pops!  The dress weighed in at 40 pounds, almost double that of her Lego dress from two years ago.

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There was an incredible surprise in the middle of the show, the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker herself, walked the runway in her new costume.  Whittaker stated on the runway that she had input in the design which needed, “To be comfortable, of course.” and also, “Anyone can cosplay this.  You aren’t cosplaying a woman.  You aren’t cosplaying a man.  You are cosplaying The Doctor.”  Her Universe released their own 13th Doctor coat at SDCC, so we can all cosplay The Doctor.

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Her Universe also released a special Clone Wars collection to celebrate the return of “Clone Wars” with 12 more episodes!

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It was an incredible show, and as always, the designs did not disappoint.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

 

 

SDCC Recap- Thor and Loki Who Lunch

Our new cosplay, a mash-up of 50’s style and Thor and Loki, which we named “Thor and Loki Who Lunch” was a big hit at SDCC this year.  All photos by Justin Davidson Photography.  Book him here.

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The dresses are from Pinup Girl ClothingHats and gloves from Amazon.  Thor purse and Loki Tesaract bag from Wish.  The led lights for the Tesaract purse from Amazon.  Hammer from Amazon.  Click the links to buy.  I’m wearing a 3X  and Scout is wearing a Medium dress.  I’m a size 18/20 for reference.  Scout is 12 years old and tends to wear an 8 in most things.

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout