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Wear your nerd on your sleeve! Nerdy, plus-size and budget-friendly looks. Click on links below to shop.
This year’s Dapper Day was flaming hot, so I ditched the puffy dress for a Cap Dapper Bound for the day. I’ll do the puffy dresses later this summer when I can go in the evening when it is cooler. Anyway, here is the look for this year with shop links below!
Hey everyone! Here are the shop links for this Grogu bound!
Shoes- Converse bought on Amazon
I recently got the best birthday ever when Mr. Bill took me for a quick vacation at Disneyland.
But this was not any ordinary trip, we got to stay a night at the Grand Californian!
Needless to say, the room was beautiful and the view was breathtaking! We had an amazing time!
Now, for the bound, I put together a Doctor Strange bound with only Amazon pieces, save for two, from Etsy. I’ll post all the shop links below.
For the ears, I got the ears from Etsy and put the Eye of Agamotto pin on them. The caplet, I attached the cape clips that I got from Etsy.
The dress is one of my favorites! It is so soft and comfy, with tons of stretch. It also is very affordable and comes in a variety of colors! Click here to buy. I’m wearing a 4xl.
My shoes also come from Amazon, as did the petticoat, belt and sling ring.
With COVID cases finally declining, our Governor lifted stay-at-home orders and the ban on outside dining recently.
Boyfriend Bill and I took advantage of that and took a day off to go to Downtown Disney.
In addition, Disney has opened the main street and Hollywood section of Disney’s California Adventure for shopping.
I did make note of the fact that work has resumed on Avenger’s Campus, which makes me more happy than I could ever express. To celebrate that, I wore my Black Widow Disney Dress Shop dress by Her Universe.
I picked up one of the new Nuimos. Nuimos were a huge hit in Japan, and now they have made their way to the USA. They are fully posable with a variety of fashionable looks to choose from. I chose Daisy, cause, duck. I bought her a cute ensemble that makes her super stylish I think! Shop for Nuimos online here. It is also important to note that Her Universe will be designing everyday cosplay looks for Nuimos. So, your toys can bound too! Feel free to use a Team Build Checklist for them as well (wink)! Maybe I should make some tiny Team Build Checklists…
As always, the Disney Dress Shop dresses look amazing and are super comfortable. I love the design on this dress as well. And yes, there are pockets! Get your own dress here.
My beret is from Amazon. Pins are from Wish. Petticoat is also from Amazon. Chucks by Converse.
Happy Shopping and coming up, we are planning an adventure to Knott’s! Stay tuned…
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I’m so excited to share this new skirt from “The Emperor’s New Groove” by Her Universe for Hot Topic.
“The Emperor’s New Groove” has long been a favorite Disney movie of mine, and I am so glad to see that Hot Topic now has a whole line of clothing to celebrate it.
This skirt is size inclusive, up to a 5xl. It is available at both Her Universe and Hot Topic.
I love the vibrant color and the fabric is a super stretchy and comfy scuba, so it keeps its shape. I also love the length, which is just below the knee. You can turn it into a move vintage look by adding a petticoat.
My shirt is from Torrid. Click on links to buy.
It may not be complete with water slide, but darn it, it’s pretty awesome!
OK, obligatory, “2020, what a crappy year!” Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to the actual effects of 2020 on nerds, specifically, cosplaying nerds.
Let me start off by stating that I have a job. I’ve had a job this whole year. I have a home and a healthy family, so I am getting through this year blessed to be perfectly honest. So, when I begin my complaining below, please know that while I feel disappointment over things lost in this craptastic year, I do have some perspective.
We lost cons, movies, tv shows, Dapper Day, and countless other nerd celebratory things this year while sheltering and trying to slow the spread of COVID. It was the right thing to do, but it sucked. It has been lonely, and at times, boring. What are cosplayers to do with their time now? Well, I have some ideas I’d like to share. These ideas do apply to other hobbies, so if you aren’t a cosplayer, please read on!
Zoom Meet Ups
I know, you are probably already doing this, but with a lot of us getting Zoom fatigued (me included), we’ve kind of let this one go by the wayside. I think with the holidays coming, we should bring it back. Perhaps a meet up with your holiday best bound, cosplay or dapper look.
Find Masked/Socially Distant Events to Attend with Your Household Members
This one can be tricky, depending on where you live. I’m fortunate enough to live in LA, so we have Downtown Disney, Universal Citywalk and Knotts Berry Farm to go to. In all these instances, they are strictly enforcing social distancing and mask wearing, as well as attendance numbers, so I feel safe going to these events. There are no rides or live shows, but you can put on a nice bound and have a nice day out!
Find a Drive-Thru Event and Cosplay In Your Car
Seems silly, but so is 2020! Again, LA has a ton of drive-thru light displays, so we can get gussied up and go and have a nice evening out.
Work on Some New Builds
Now that there is literally no “con crunch time”, take this time to look at your cosplays and bounds and see if anything needs touching up or updates. I’ve been doing this with my weekends for a while now. I can say that I have more than enough new looks for Avengers Campus when it opens and for cons for the next two years! But, I’ve been able to really take my time and make them look the way I want them to look. I’m super proud of these and can’t wait to show them off, which brings me to…
Now is a great time to do some photos of those looks. Get out your ring lights and tripods and go to town on some photos! Photos and then posting them on Instagram or Facebook is a way to stay engaged with your hobby and also stay in touch with your nerdy friends!
Purchase the In Plain Sight Book For Fresh Ideas
Lastly, please allow me to toot my own horn for a sec and suggest getting a copy of my new book, “In Plain Sight: Using Cosplay to Express Your Inner Superhero”. The book is full of information for the new cosplayer as well as ideas and inspirations for the experienced cosplayer/bounder. I have also come up with an organizational system for building looks, which I have dubbed the Team Build Checklist. You basically building your look by using classic superhero team member archetypes to assist you. Please see the example below of my Star Lord bound along with a photo of the actual look:
Right now for the holidays, I have a limited number of books that are $5.00 off the regular price and signed copies to boot! Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for one of those. If you want to purchase through blurb.com, click here.
Regardless if you buy a copy, I hope that this list has given you a little inspiration to get you through to when the vaccine is readily available, and we can all get out and enjoy our hobbies again!
Please take care and stay safe!
Our latest outfit of the day is from the Disney Dress Shop.
This dress fits like the Captain Marvel dress from Disney Dress Shop, for reference.
The look of this is great! Like all other Disney Dress Shop dresses, this one can go to the theme park, on a date or to work. All you have to do is adjust the accessories a bit.
The sweater is from Amazon, as is the bag and shoes. The bandana headband is from Five Below. Click on links to buy.
Click here to get your own dress.
Hope everyone is staying safe and sane.
Don’t forget, you can buy the In Plain Sight workbook on the home page. Just click that link or this one! You can also request a signed copy by emailing me at email@example.com.
Our last Halloween-themed outfit of the day is from the Disney Dress Shop.
This Haunted Mansion dress is not only super on point, but it is comfy enough to wear any time and looks very high-end.
Click on the link here to buy your own.
My Halloween tree is from Michael’s. Click on the link to buy. Decorations are all from Dollar Tree. I spent $25 dollars on decorations total, and they look amazing!
I hope that these Halloween-themed outfits have inspired you to get ready for the spooky fun season, pandemic or not!
Send me some pictures of your outfits for Halloween! I love to hear from you guys!
As always, if you want to buy the “In Plain Sight” book, click the link on the home page or click here.