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

Wardrobe Solutions: Jewelry

When you’re putting together an everyday cosplay or bound, one of the best and easiest-to-use tools in your easy reach is jewelry.

Jewelry falls under “The Exotic” category on your team build checklist.  I’ve attached a team build here for you to print and use.

If you have a dress that is a color inspired by a character, then the jewelry you choose can be the perfect touch to complete your bound.

Below are a couple of examples of outfits that I wear on the regular that have a great jewelry component.  I’ve also included shopping links for all the pieces.

My first outfit is my Avengers Engame everyday cosplay.  I have a great Avengers dress that I like to wear along with this great bomber jacket, both from Torrid.  Once you pair the outfit with a great Captain Marvel necklace and infinity gauntlet bracelet (from Hot Topic and Amazon, respectively), then you have a great complete look!  Click on the links to shop.

My next look are two necklaces that you can use in a screen accurate cosplay, but bring them into an everyday outfit to turn it into a great Marvel bound.

Star Lord replica necklaces from Amazon.

Next up is my Han Solo bound.  I paired a Han Solo wrap skirt with a vest to make a great gender-bend Han Solo bound, but a great finishing touch is this Millenium Falcon necklace from Amazon.

My last look is one of my favorite go-to outfits.  I have this great Star Lord bound.  The dress is from Amazon, as is the shrug.  The jewelry is also from Amazon.  Click on each link for the bracelet, the leather bracelet, the Star Lord mask necklace and cassette tape necklace.

Let us know in the comments how you use jewelry to add finishing touches to your everyday cosplays and bounds.  We love to hear from you!

Love, Kim and Benji

SDCC Recap and Her Universe Fashion Show

This year we had a short visit to SDCC because we had tickets to Hugh Jackman in San Diego earlier in the week.

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Dress by Pin-Up Girl Clothing.  Click on the link to buy.  I’ll profile it in more detail for an outfit of the day at a later date.

Our first stop was for a traditional selfie:

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Then a step and repeat pic:

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Dress by Disney Dress Shop, which is no longer available, but you can find it on Ebay here.  Game of Thrones shirt from Target.  Shoes by Converse.

Afterwards, we took a trip to the Her Universe Fashion Show.  This was the 6th annual fashion show, and boy it was amazing!  Watch the video below:

Here what we wore to the show:

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This dress is Her Universe for The Disney Dress Shop.  Click on the link to buy.  Shrug from Amazon and shoes by Converse.

The next day we hit the floor and I picked up some of the pieces I saw at the show, including the Loki dress below.

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Dress is available at Her Universe.  Click on the link to buy.  Shrug is from Torrid ages and ages ago.

And I got this cool pic with a Cookie Monster replica…

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During the Marvel panel in Hall H (which we weren’t willing to sleep on the sidewalk to wait for…), Marvel revealed some details on the Black Widow film and Jane Foster will be The Mighty Thor in the next Thor film!

Then we had to hit the road and bid SDCC good-bye for another year.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

Captain Marvel Cosplay Pro Photos

I recently had some extra fun money to spend, and spend I did on a new screen accurate Captain Marvel cosplay.  SIM Cosplay made it for me, and I love it!

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I thought I would share some shots taken by Justin Davidson Photography with you.

As always, click on the links above to buy your own cosplay or book Justin for photos.  You’ll be so glad you did!

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Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

*All photos: Justin Davidson Photography

Captain Marvel Cosplay

I recently received my new Captain Marvel cosplay from Sim Cosplay.  I spent the extra money for a custom fit, and I’m so glad I did.  It is a bit roomy in places, but better too big than too small.  All the pieces, including the boots, are included.  The quality is great, so I highly recommend working with them when you want to build a new cosplay.  Click here for their website.

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I’ll do a photoshoot when the heat dies down a bit, as this cosplay is warm to say the least, but until then, enjoy these quick pics!

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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Photo: alphacoders.com

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