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Fashion Alert: Avengers Endgame Collection at Torrid

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Recently Her Universe released a whole line of clothing for “Avengers Endgame” at Torrid and torrid.com.

I was lucky enough to nab two of my favorites, this dress…

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This dress fits perfectly, and I absolutely love the print on the skirt.

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And this jacket…

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This jacket is also perfection!  The jacket is a bomber-style jacket, but windbreaker weight, which is perfect for LA.  I want to wear it until I just can’t wear it anymore!!!

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Both are available in stores and at torrid.com.  Click this link to get your own!

There were a few other pieces that looked great as well, but I’m on a budget.

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

 

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WonderCon Recap: In Plain Sight Panel

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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

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Pin-Up Iron Man Cosplay

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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

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Outfit of the Day: Captain Marvel Leather Jacket

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For our latest outfit of the day, we have a Captain Marvel jacket by Her Universe.

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This jacket is super comfy and perfect for cosplaying or bounding at the movie’s opening on March 8th.

I paired it with a red tee, some jeans and boots, but you can also wear it with a dress for a fancier option.

The charm necklace is from Hot Topic.  Sunglasses from Amazon.

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

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How-To: Amazon Shopping Tips

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The last two posts were about wardrobe solutions.  Now, where do you go find these solutions for a good price?  You can comb the stores at the mall for what you are looking for, but I’ve found that Amazon has pretty much anything and everything you need for a good price.  Also, with Prime you get them in two days!

But, with Amazon shopping, there is a bit of a risk involved.  How is the quality?  Does it look like the picture?  Most importantly, how is the fit?  Obviously, with in-person shopping, you can try things on and see for yourself about quality.  This situation is where my plus-size status actually puts me at an advantage.

You see, most plus-size items are exclusively online.  Even stores like Old Navy and Target, who sell plus sizes, only offer them online for the most part.  Again, if you are going to have to order something, why not get it in two days?

OK, so let’s say you need to find a dress.  I am going to show you three different t-shirt dresses I got on Amazon and include tips for finding what you want and need without the disappointment.

Step One: The Search

OK, so you go on Amazon and do a general search and a gazillion items show up.  My first tip is to narrow your search as much as possible.  Definitely limit things to Prime only to start.  Now, if you don’t find what you want, then unclick that Prime box, but for now, keep it clicked to keep you wait time and shipping costs to zero.

Tip for Plus-Size, put in an extra big size, like 4xl.  Even if you aren’t looking for something in that larger size, you will tend to get more items that come in actual plus sizes that way.

Step Two: The Quality

Next up, you want to check the quality as best as you can.  Scroll to the information about the product.  This information is below the different color choices for the product.  What is it made of?  Does it have any stretch?  Find out by checking for spandex content.  If no spandex is listed, then you can be sure that it does not have any stretch.  If the fabric is a cotton t-shirt material, then this isn’t as important, but for something more formal like a pin-up dress, then some give in the fabric is crucial.  As you can see from the picture below, there is some spandex in this dress, which was great news!  Buy your own here.

Dress PicAlso, check out the photos of the product, lined up on the left side of the main picture.  If there is a short video, like there is for the dress above, even better.  Look at them, zoom in as much as possible.  Watch the video.  It is an extra 10 seconds and will show you how the dress moves.

Tip for Plus-Size, look at the model if there is one.  Is she a plus-size like the model below?  Buy this dress here.  If so, then you are on the right track.  If not, then take extra care with the next step, which is…

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Step Three: The Fit

How on Earth are you going to know if you are getting the right size?  Well, first off, see if the actual numerical sizes are listed, like the dress above.  Probably not, the sizing is usually XS, S, M, L, XL, 2X and so on.  Then you want to take a quick look at the left side and see if this vendor has a size chart posted, like the picture below.

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This is crucial.  Do not go by the Amazon size guide!  It is almost never accurate.  I am not sure why they even have it posted, to be honest.  Go by the vendor’s size guide or the numerical size listed, if applicable.  Here is a close-up of the vendor’s size chart for the dress above.  Buy your own here.

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If not, then last option is to look at reviews at the bottom of the page about accuracy of sizing.  Almost everything on Amazon runs very, very small.  Do not be surprised if you end up ordering 3 sizes bigger than usual.  This is pretty normal.  If the item you want just does not have the size you need, then look at the bottom of the page for some similar items.  I do recommend you start down that rabbit hole.  You can almost always find what you are looking for in the size and color you need.

One last note about sizing, take a look at these three dresses, all from Amazon and their pages are in this post.

Dress on top left is a size 22WThe one under it is a 4xlThe one on the right is a 2xl.  They all fit me perfectly.  These pictures were taken in the same month, so my size did not change.  I wear these dresses all the time.  So, you cannot get held-up on the size on the tag.  You’ll miss out on some great finds.

Links for each dress are in the post, so Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

 

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Wardrobe Solutions: The Crop Top and Shrug

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For our next wardrob solution, I’m going to take a look at the crop top and shrug.  I will also be looking at cardigans.  I know what you’re thinking, “Does she really expect me to wear a crop top?!”  The short answer is yes, but as you will see, I’m not talking about a 90’s era Britney Spears crop top.

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As you can see from the pic above, this shrug evokes a very pin-up or dapper look for my Star Lord bound.  Shrug is from Amazon.  Click on link to buy.

This piece can be in your team build as The Leader, The Brick or The Exotic.  For more information and to use the team build checklist, click here to download and print your own.

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This piece is very versatile.  The cropped shrug is very 50’s.  It can also add a pop of color to an outfit, and help you cover your arms for more confidence if you need that boost, which is what I did in the picture above.  Crop tee from Amazon.  Click on link to buy.  If you find that the arm openings are too big, the crop top adds some modesty coverage for you.  Lastly, if you have a sleeveless dress or shirt, the shrug can make the piece wearable year-round.

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This dress is ridiculously cute, but without coverage, wearing a bra with it would be impossible.   A bra is essential with this dress as it has no support built-in, so the cardi comes in real handy.  I paired it with a long sleeved one in this picture since it was a bit chilly that day.  Click on this link to buy from Amazon.

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This tie-front shrug from Amazon covers too-big arm openings in this dress.  Click on link to buy.  It also has the added benefit of breaking up the pattern of the dress so it isn’t too-too much.20180323_172827

Another way to wear the crop top is under a piece to create insta-sleeves, like I did in the picture above. Click on link to buy on Amazon.

Happy shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

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Wardrobe Solutions: T-Shirt Dress

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I’ve made a great discovery while exploring new ways to everyday cosplay, bound and dapper mash-up my cosplays- the t-shirt dress.

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This type of dress is a great pick for The Brick on your cosplay team.  For details on The Brick and building any cosplay or bound, please download this checklist.

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Besides being super comfy, the t-shirt dress comes in an endless variety of colors, prints and cuts.  There are bodycon dresses, skaters and swing dresses.  Obviously, with all the dapper mash-ups that I do, the swing dress is my go-to.

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Here are some pics of various bounds that I’ve done with a t-shirt dress.  Links to buy these are below.  All links are size-inclusive.  I’m wearing a 2xl or a 3xl in these pictures.  I wear a size 20 usually.  Please use the vendor-specific size charts, which you can find in the pictures section on the left-hand side of each item’s page.

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T-Shirt dresses on Amazon (all are swing style):

Solids with Scoop Neckline

Prints with Scoop Neckline

Solids and prints with V-Neckline

More solids and prints with V-Neckline

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout