WonderCon Recap: Captain Marvel Dress

Our last recap of WonderCon is my Captain Marvel dress by Her Universe from the Disney Dress Shop.

Let’s break it down and do the Team Build Checklist. Print your own Checklist here.

The Team Leader- The Dress

Like all dresses from the Disney Dress Shop, this dress is retro-styled and size inclusive.

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I love the fit of the dress and it is ready-made for Dapper Day, stylized cosplay or everyday.

Get your own dress here.

The Brick- The Dress

In this case, the team leader and brick are both the dress.  In other cases, a Captain Marvel necklace might be needed, but the dress includes the star on her chest.

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The Scientist- DIY Saddle Shoes

Shoe DIY right here.

The Exotic- Cardigan, Gloves, Petticoat and Scarf from Amazon

Again, I recommend Amazon as your first stop when looking for accessories to dress up your cosplays and bounds.  Get the cardigan here. Get the gloves hereGet the petticoat hereGet the scarf here.  All four from Amazon, and also all come in a gazillion colors.

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The Exotic Part 2- The Handbag

The purse I got is from Wish.  I do recommend Wish for handbags and other accessories, but I do not recommend them for clothing or make-up.  The clothing sizing is sketchy as best (runs beyond tiny) and the make-up is usually knock-offs of name brands.  Because of that, you can’t depend on the ingredient lists on the packaging.  But, if you want a purse for yourself, click this link.

The Blaster- Hair and Make-up

This cosplay didn’t require a wig or any super special make-up.  For pin-up, a nice red lip is a great finishing touch.  I wear “Love Is On” by Revlon.  Get yours here.

Adaptations for Everyday Wear

This one is pretty simple to adapt to everyday wear. I’d lose the petticoat and that’s pretty much all you need to do to take this look to the office or out and about.

As always, professional pictures by Justin Davidson Photography.  Book him here.  You’ll be glad you did!

Happy Shopping!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

 

WonderCon Recap: In Plain Sight Panel

We had an amazing time at WonderCon, but easily the best part of the trip was our panel, “In Plain Sight”, on Sunday afternoon.

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We had an absolutely amazing time discussing how to integrate geeky and nerdy fashions into your daily wardrobe. We filled up the room and handed out all the ducks too!

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We were all in agreement that by bringing your fandoms into your daily wardrobe is a great way to bring out your inner superhero on a daily basis.

Part of the discussion was a review of the Team Build Checklist.  Feel free to download and print it by clicking here.

We enjoyed meeting each and every one of you, and hope to present this panel again at SDCC in July.  I’ll keep you posted.

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Feel free to post questions and/or points of discussion in the comments.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

Pin-Up Iron Man Cosplay

My latest creation for WonderCon was a pin-up Iron Man Cosplay, complete with light up arc reactor!

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I am super duper proud of this cosplay, so let’s break it down with some shopping links!

I used my handy dandy cosplay Team Build Checklist. Print your own check list here.

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The Team Leader- Arc Reactor

I found this fantastic arc reactor online at Etsy.  Get your own here.  It runs on 3, AAA batteries for hours and hours.  I wore it all day at WonderCon (about 7 hours) and the batteries were still going.  It didn’t get hot to the touch or even warm, and it is super lightweight.  The artist provides a sticky pad to adhere it to your clothes, but I utilized the loop to make a necklace out of it.  It didn’t show up in most pictures, but it is super bright.

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The Brick- Dress from Amazon

I cannot recommend this dress from Amazon highly enough.  It comes in a gazillion colors and it really and truly size inclusive, going up to 4xl.  I am wearing a 4xl in these pictures.  I apologize for the wrinkled look.  The iron in my hotel room was pretty sad and didn’t do a good job at all getting it pressed for me after unpacking it.  Get your own dress by clicking this link.

The Scientist- My DIY Saddle Shoes

Check out the tutorial post here.

The Exotic- Shrug, Gloves, Sunglasses and Petticoat from Amazon

Again, I recommend Amazon as your first stop when looking for accessories to dress up your cosplays and bounds.  Get the shrug here. Get the gloves hereGet the sunglasses here.  Get the petticoat here.  All four from Amazon, and also all come in a gazillion colors.

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The Blaster- Hair and Make-up

This cosplay didn’t require a wig or any super special make-up.  For pin-up, a nice red lip is a great finishing touch.  I wear “Love Is On” by Revlon.  Get yours here.

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Adaptations for Everyday Wear

This one is pretty simple to adapt to everyday wear.  Lose the arc reactor and put on an arc reactor pendant instead.  Click this link for a cute one.  I’d also lose the petticoat and that’s pretty much all you need to do to take this look to the office or out and about.

As always, professional pictures by Justin Davidson Photography.  Book him here.  You’ll be glad you did!

Happy Shopping!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

InPlainSight’s Panel at WonderCon!

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We hope you can join us for our brand new panel!  Let’s rekindle some joy!

Love, Kim and Benji

Con Countdown: Time to Pack!

For the week heading up to WonderCon 2019, we are revisiting some of our best articles in regards to con attendance and cosplay.  Hope to see you in Anaheim next week!

Pack?!  What, why, we have a whole three weeks until SDCC.  Um, yeah, ONLY a three weeks, so best get going on the packing.  I’m fully serious!

OK, so what the heck do I pack for nerd camp?  Here’s a list of some must haves for any con:

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They are ready to assemble, are you?  Photo: moviepilot.com

Clothes

  • Comfy shoes.  You’ll be walking A LOT!
  • Insoles for shoes.  I bring a couple of pair and switch them everyday
  • Backpack or messenger bag.  Something with padded straps
  • Comfy leggings or jeans
  • T-shirts.  Get on sorting through which ones are going with you.  You need to suit up properly
  • Something a little dressier for any parties you are attending
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Cosplay

  • Make a list of all the pieces to each cosplay you are taking, so nothing gets left at home
  • Props
  • Jewelry, if required
  • Boots and shoes that go with your cosplays
  • Wigs, if required
  • Make-up, if required
  • A hotel quick fix kit with glue gun, safety pins, bobby pins, fabric tape, toupee tape, scissors, needles and thread, and paints with brushes
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Wow!  What a great packing list!  Photo: Marvel Studios

Logistics

  • Your badge!
  • If your badge isn’t mailed to you, don’t panic, not all of them were.  Print out the barcode to pick up your badge when you get there
  • Print out of your hotel reservation
  • Plane tickets, if needed
  • Pre-pay for airport parking and have a shuttle to get you to your hotel all set up
  • Map out your driving route and alternate route
  • If you are driving, get your car serviced
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Don’t leave without your badge!  Photo: Marvel Studios

Electronics

  • Pack all your devices and their chargers
  • Extra phone batteries
  • Ear buds
  • Download the Con app.  It’s free!
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Carpool if you can.  Photo: Marvel Studios

For the Hotel

  • Snacks and drinks
  • A cooler if your hotel doesn’t have a fridge
  • Any muscle rollers to roll it out after a long day of walking and standing
  • Heat and/or cold packs for sore muscles
  • Over the counter pain relief
  • Your prescription medications
  • Sunscreen (just in case you get stuck outside waiting to get in somewhere, it happens)

If you think of anything I left off this list, just shoot a comment and I’ll add it!  Scout and I can’t wait to see you all next week!

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All packed up and ready!  Photo: Marvel Studios

Love, Kim and Benji

 

Raising a Geek: Going to a Con with the Kid

For the week heading up to WonderCon 2019, we are revisiting some of our best articles in regards to con attendance and cosplay.  Hope to see you in Anaheim next week!

Well, we’ve made it through. Con season is upon us again!  We plan on doing some cosplaying, buying things we don’t need and just general mayhem.  I thought it is a good time to discuss attending a Con with a kid.

Attending a Con with a kid is a very different animal from attending by yourself or in an adults-only group.  So, I put together some tips and a check-list to help you out.

Helpful hints:

  • Get the guide as soon as possible and look at the panels.
  • Pick one panel to attend a day.  Yes, only one.
  • Pick back-up panels that you would like to attend, but won’t lose your mind if you don’t get to them.
  • Take a look at the time of these panels.  If your kid still needs naptime, take that into consideration.
  • How long before the panel do you need to be in line?  How long is the wait to get in that room?  Can your kid do that wait?  If they can’t, they can’t.  They’ll get older and better at that later.  Spend your time doing something else.
  • Have realistic expectations for what your kid can do and handle during the day.
  • Will the panel be family-friendly?  There are usually warnings about language and content in the guide.  Check the panel before the one you are going to as well.  Save yourself from having a very awkward conversation with your kid that neither you nor they are ready for.
  • Hopefully, the panel happens during snack time.  Nothing easier than snackage distractions, amirite?
  • Now look at the vendors/artists on the floor.
  • Pick two or three to visit in a day.  Yes, only two or three a day.
  • Basically, what I’m driving at is plan a very light day with lots of plan B scenarios.
  • Take lots of pictures, but don’t try to post them until you get back to the hotel at the end of the day (see tip on extra cell phone battery below).
  • Accept that you will not get to see as much when you attend a Con with your kiddo.

OK, so you won’t get to every single thing when you are traveling with a kid, but bear in mind that you don’t get to every single thing when the kid isn’t with you at a Con either!  Cons are crazy and crowded and even the smaller shows have more fun packed into them than you can possibly see in the time given.  It’s all good!

The good news is that attending a Con with your kid is one of the most fun and rewarding experiences a nerdy parent can have.  I have WAY more fun with the kid at a Con than without, even more so after we started cosplaying.  Cons are special experiences to share with your youngling and help cultivate their fandoms for a lifetime.  They get to meet other adults that are into the same fandoms as their parents.  They see that being a geek is a lifetime pursuit that is always fun and rewarding.  It ignites their imaginations like nothing else.

That being said, here’s a basic checklist of items to pack for your day:

  • Sturdy backpack or messenger bag.  Some good ones can be found at hottopic.com and/or thinkgeek.com.  Don’t rely on the bag that they give you at a con.  Find something with padded straps.  Trust me on this.
  • Refillable water bottle.  Just carry it around in your bag empty and use the water fountains to fill it when needed.  You will need to hydrate!
  • Non-refrigerated snacks.  Granola bars, protein bars, trail mix, beef sticks, stuff like that.
  • Small travel first aid kit with band-aids, pain reliever, antacids and children’s medications.  Pharmacies sell travel kits that are inexpensive and super handy.
  • Extra cell phone battery or two.  The service in convention centers is deplorable!  Also, we nerds love our gadgets, so competition for that wi-fi is tough.  Your battery will take a beating.
  • If you are cosplaying, an extra set of clothes for the kiddo to change into for napping in the stroller, accidents or if they just get tired of cosplaying.  It happens.
  • Bring a small cosplay repair kit with you.  Safety pins, bobby pins, fabric tape, things like that.
  • If you are still in the diaper bag realm, basically pack it like you are going to a theme park for the day.  Extra diapers, wipes, binkies and formula.  Load up for bear.
  • Note that strollers are very much discouraged these days at Cons.  If you have an itty bitty kiddo, bring the least bulky stroller you can get away with and be ready to have to park it outside.  Don’t bring the expensive fancy pants one with you this trip!  Bring the baby sling just in case and check the guide online for rules before you get there.
  • Different colored Sharpies for autograph opportunities.
  • Cash (the ATM line at Cons is always a nightmare).
  • Poster tubes (if you know you are buying art).

With all this in mind, just have a great time!  A little planning and you’ll have tons of fun.  This is just like everything else with parenting.  The key is to plan things out, but be ready with that Plan B, C and so on.  You know what I’m talking about!

Happy Planning!

Love, Kim and Benji