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!

Outfit of the Day: Rockabilly Hogwarts

For our latest outfit of the day, we have a rockabilly take on Hufflepuffs and Slytherins.

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We took these latest outfits out for a day at Hogsmeade Village during the holiday celebration at Universal Studios Hollywood.

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This is a simple stylized cosplay that you can wear everyday if you want.  I wear the pieces separately depending on where I’m headed.  Ladies, you can add a bandana to your hair-do to add to the look.

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Jackets are from Hot TopicPencil skirt and scarf are from Amazon.  Scout’s bandana is from Amazon.

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This is really an easy cosplay to do.  If you want to get started cosplaying, I always say that a good mash-up or stylized cosplay is a great way to get going.

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Please send us your own ideas for stylized cosplays.  We love to hear from you.

Love, Kim and Scout

Building a cosplay

If you have never actually cosplayed or bounded, getting started can be daunting.  However, I’m here to help!  I have come up with a method of creating your cosplays (for the sake of simplicity, I am going to call everything in this article “cosplay”, whether it is a cosplay, a bound or a mash-up.  I call it the “Team Build”.

To say you are constructing or building a cosplay is remarkably accurate.  Even if you aren’t getting out a glue gun or blow torch, you are still constructing.  Every cosplay has building blocks that, when put together, make a complete look.  The Team Build is organized so that when you put together each piece, or “member” or your team, you’ll have a completed cosplay.  So, let’s get building!

I’m going to actually construct a dapper Star Lord as an example.  I will break it down into team members and then at the end, you will have a complete super-hero team in one cosplay.

Team Member 1: The Leader

Every super character has that one thing that makes it, it.  Examples are Captain America’s shield, Iron Man’s arc reactor, Batman’s cowl, you get the picture.  What is that one thing you need to let everyone know who you are cosplaying?

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For my dapper Star Lord bound, I began with his jacket.  When building a screen accurate cosplay, I would begin with his Walkman.  Now, because this is a bound and a dapper one at that, I took the burgundy leather jacket piece and made it a burgundy shrug instead.  Get your own on Amazon by clicking this link.

Team Member 2: The Brick

This team member provides the muscle, the foundation.  This is your main piece of clothing in the cosplay.  This is the bat suit.  This piece will be doing your heavy lifting.  For my cosplay, I needed something dapper, so a dress.  A 50s style dress to be exact.  Now, think of your character, what color/style do you need?  For me, a blue pin-up style dress was key.  Get your own on Amazon with this link.  Blue to mimick his blue shirt.  It will go with the burgundy shrug nicely to give me a Star Lordesque look.

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Team Member 3: The Scientist

This team member is all about being smart about your cosplay, specifically self-care.  Let’s start with shoes.  What footwear does your hero wear?  How can you adapt that to a being-on-your-feet-all-day scenario?  Since I was dapper bounding, I went with a sneaker.  I adapted them to look like saddle shoes (I will give you all the details in a later post so you can make your own.).  Does your cosplay present any other physical challenges?  How can you adapt them to make it workable? Do you require any safety equipment?  Make sure you adapt that into the cosplay!

Team Member 4: The Exotic

Literally where the magic will happen.  Your exotic pieces will bring the cosplay to life.  These are your accessories and props.  Besides you Team Leader, are there other accessories that your character is known for?  How can you incorporate them into your cosplay?  If you are Iron Man bounding, instead of a full-size arc reactor, what about an arc reactor necklace?  Doctor Strange bound, a burgundy long cardigan instead of a cloak.  For my Star Lord bound, this was getting orange stud earrings for his head phones and a cassette tape necklace.  I also added in a couple of Star Lord bracelets.  All are available on Amazon.  The shades are also available on Amazon.  Just click the links above.

 

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Team Member 5: The Blaster

This is your hair and make-up.  Do you need a wig?  If not, how can you color/style your hair to emulate your hero?  How about make-up?  Is there something that your character is known for here, such as a certain color lip or certain color eye shadow?  For dapper and pin-up, best to go with a red lip, which is what I did.  I wear Revlon’s “Love Is On”, which is available on Amazon here.

So, that’s it in five steps!  You’ve built your superhero team, your cosplay!  Congratulations!  Attached is a checklist you can print and make notes on for your own team ups!  Click below to download and print to your heart’s content!

Click here for your own Checklist!

Happy Building!

Love, Kim and Scout

Outfit of the Day: Hogwarts Bound Part 2

For part 2 of our Hogwarts Bound outfits of the day, we went in two different gender directions, but stayed in the dapper bound family for each look.  All photos taken by Justin Davidson Photography.  Book him here.  You’ll be glad you did!

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My dress is from CowCow.  I really love this site.  They have several different cuts and any kind of print you can imagine.  You pick the print and the cut, and they make the dress for you.  The delivery time is not very long (a couple of weeks) and the price is more than reasonable.  Also, size inclusive!  I’m wearing a size 3XL in the Cap Sleeve Front Wrap Midi Dress in Yellow Stars Print.  Click on the link above to order your own.

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This dress is so comfortable and versatile.  I wear it to work, to Universal and out all the time.  I love it! The print is perfect for a Hufflepuff like me or really any witch, to be honest.  Regardless of your House.

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My fascinator, Time Turner Necklace and gloves are from Amazon.  Click on links to order.  Shoes are a DIY that I will be covering in a later post.  Wands from Olivander’s.

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Scout’s vest is from Goodwill.  Bow tie is from Amazon.  Coat is my Deathly Hallows coat from Hot TopicButton down from Amazon. Click on links to purchase.

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Please share your pictures of your favorite bounding outfit with us.  We love to hear from you!  We love it when witches and wizards are hiding in plain sight.

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

 

 

Outfit of the Day: Hogwarts Bound

For our first post of the year, we present our new Hogwarts Bound outfits of the day!

As you can see, these outfits are unisex.  They can be as feminine or as masculine as you want.  They can both be worn everyday.  This is actually one of my favorite work outfits right now.

Photos taken by the amazing Justin Davidson Photography.  Please book him here.

Ties from Spirit Halloween.  Vests from Goodwill.  Button-downs from Amazon.  My skirt is also from Amazon.  Scout’s coat is actually my Deathly Hallows coat from Hot Topic.  I’m wearing a size 3XL and wear a size 20 for reference.  My shoes are a DIY that I will show you how in a separate post.  Wands and my bag from Universal Studios as was the location for the shoot.

A special shout-out to the Cast Members at Universal for being so accomodating for all of us bloggers and cosplayers shooting at the park!

Happy shopping!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

Happy Holidays!

We are working on so many amazing new things for our 4th year of raisingaheronotavillain.com!

We are going to have all kinds of new content for you.

Find out what’s behind that door in the new year.

We will re-join you after the holidays.

Until then, Happy and Merry!

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Love, Kim and Scout

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