Happy Blogiversary to Us!

This month marks the beginning of our fifth year blogging our adventures and fashion and adventures in fashion.

postcard

We have so much to come this year, so please stay tuned!  We love and appreciate you all and your continued support.

Love, Kim and Benji

Here’s to Being Seen!

*This is a repost that will hopefully respark your confidence for the new year!  Here’s to an incredible 2020!!!

I recently went back to therapy.  I like to go every few years for a kind of “brain tune-up”.  This time around has been especially helpful.  My therapist just gets right to the heart of things quickly.

20181216_134217

Why am I telling you this?  Well, the other day I was at my appointment, and the subject of holidays came up.  I am not especially fond of any holiday except Halloween these days.  I don’t like Thanksgiving in particular, but it wasn’t always like that.

20171219_154321

When I was a kid, I liked all the holidays, including Thanksgiving.  After my Grandmother died, I stopped liking the holidays.  The holidays became this tense and unpleasant time where everyone complained about everyone else, and the energy was just plain… bad.

So, my therapist asked me what in particular was so great about the holidays when my Grandmother was still with us.  I told her about how it was my job to set the table.  I was my Grandmother’s assistant.  She would go to the china cabinet and get out this photo from a magazine of an elegant place setting, so I could copy it.  That photo always came out to help me during the holidays, and I just liked helping her.  I felt so proud, so important.

_JDP7858

Unfortunately, after my Grandfather passed, the family was packing up the house, and I couldn’t find the picture.  I was going to frame it.  So, that is why I really enjoyed the holidays, but I didn’t feel like I had communicated to my therapist why.  As usual, she knew exactly what I was trying to say.  “You were seen during those times.  She saw you.”  Wow, just wow.  Yes, that is exactly what it was!

My Grandmother always “saw” me.  She saw me when I was happy, sad, silly, whatever.  She loved me no matter which one of those people I was.

i-jrXHfVg-X2

Cut to today and my life as it is now.  It is pretty great, I gotta say.  I am seen.  I am living my best life.  I have a job I love.  I have a great home.  I have friends.  I have my writing to express myself.  I have a blog and a hobby that makes me happy.  I had no idea that my blog and cosplaying were my way of being “seen” again!

IMG_20181028_194627_510

Out of all of these great things in my life, most of all, I have a great kid.  Now that I know how to properly express it, let me say this.  My one job with him is to make sure that he is “seen”.  Everyday and in every way.  I think I already am, but I definitely will.  I will because of how great being seen made me feel when I was a kid, and I want that for my own kid now.

_JDP7844

So, first my Grandmother gave me a love of style and fashion, mid-century style in particular.  Then she “saw” me as I was.  Both of these gifts serve me well in my adult life.  Finding cosplay and blogging is a way to be seen, and my love of 50s style is a perfect fit for my cosplays.  I feel like she is still helping me.  I love how I continue to discover new ways to be grateful to my Grandmother.  What incredible gifts she gave me.

Helping you be seen is one of our goals here at inplainsight.style.  Let us know what you want to see to help you achieve that goal, so I can pass my Grandmother’s gift to me on to you!

So, here’s to being seen!

Love, Kim and Benji

*All pro photos by Justin Davidson Photography.  Book him here.

InPlainSight.style is off for the Holidays!

As the holidays rapidly approach, Benji and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a joyous holiday season and a happy new year!

As we enter the roaring 20’s, please stay tuned for new content, DIY’s and adventures!

Thank you all for your support these past four years!  Here’s to a great new year!

postcard

Love, Kim and Benji

Thanksgiving Break: Part Two

For the second part of our Thanksgiving break recap, we have a pile of photos taken at Funko Headquarters in Hollywood.  Enjoy!

My dress is from Torrid.  Benji’s t-shirt is from Hot Topic.

faceapp_1575098992903

20191129_153604

Let us see the photos you take at Funko!  We love to hear from you!

Love, Kim and Benji

Thanksgiving Break: Part One

Benji and I had a fantastic Thanksgiving break this year!  LA was hit by a massive storm for much of the weekend, so instead of warm butterbeer at Universal, we saw some movies out and watched some of our favorite holiday movies as well.

For Thanksgiving Day, we continued our new tradition of going to Medieval Times for dinner.  We had a fantastic time!

20191128_213840

Medieval Times has a new show, with a twist, so I will say no more, but it was a lot of fun!

So glad we bought two photos, so we could take a nice one after the goofy one:

20191128_213859

The day after our dinner adventure, we went to the new Funko Headquarters in Hollywood.

The headquarters is a store and also full of endless photo ops.  Admission is free, and we cannot recommend going enough!

Here is a photo of the map and also a photo of a special limited edition print they were selling…

20191202_112301

20191202_112250

Here are a couple of photos from the day.  In our next post, we will post the rest of them.  Enjoy!

faceapp_1575099642673

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

Little John Dapperbound

The other day we broke down Benji’s Robin Hood dapper look, and now it is my turn.

I went to Dapper Day as Robin Hood’s bestie, Little John.

faceapp_1573501551102

Disney’s Little John is my favorite Disney character.  I love his sense of fun, positivity, loyalty and justice.  I know that is a lot to attach to an animated character, but he made quite an impression on me as a kid.

Here is a reference photo:

Little_John
Photo: Walt Disney Company

Now, let’s break it down using the Team Build Checklist:

The Leader

The Leader for this bound would be the bear ears.  I decided to go with a Mickey ear headband, but with brown ears because, bear.  I also got really lucky and found these custom-made ears by To Never Neverland on Etsy.  These ladies have tons of great ear headbands for every character imaginable.  Please check out their page.  The headband is also super comfortable.  The little feather detail was just perfect.

il_794xN.1669653856_3tjg
Photo: To Never Neverland on Etsy.com

The Brick

My “supersuit” would be my dress, the foundation for any Dapper Day look.  This dress is from Unique Vintage.  The petticoat is from Amazon.

The Scientist

My trusty DIY saddle shoes.

The Exotic

Little John’s outfit is pretty simple.  Green tunic, shoes and hat.  The best detail to let people know I was bounding Little John was a money bag.  We found these perfect purses on Amazon.  I actually added jump rings, removed the strap and attached the purse to my belt to create a fanny pack of sorts.  The belt is from Amazon as well.

faceapp_1573501939879

The Blaster

There really wasn’t any special make-up or hair needed for this bound, but because it was Dapper Day, a red lip was the perfect finishing touch.  My red lip is MAC in Ruby Woo.

I hope that our latest bounds got you inspired for Spring Dapper Day!  Hope to see you there, and happy shopping!

Love, Kim and Benji

Back to School Guide

As I take Benji to register for the 8th grade today, in addition to coming to grips with the fact that I have an 8th grader, I thought that I would post some great items for back to school.  Click on the links to buy.

Backpacks

Benji’s favorite band is Panic! At the Disco, so I found a new Panic! backpack from Hot Topic.  The Loki backpack is also from Hot Topic by Loungefly.  Finally, love this new Cap backpack!  Also from Hot Topic.

Woven Button Down Shirts

Benji loves to rock a good woven button down!  Here are a few I found:

The Lion King and Nightmare Before Christmas shirts are from Box Lunch.  The Harry Potter prisoner shirt is from Hot Topic.

Hoodie and Shoes

Her Universe just released a whole Harry Potter line that really knocked it out of the park!  Most items are also available on Hot Topic’s and Torrid’s websites as well.  The prisoner shirt above is also from this collection.

The hoodies are available for each house and…. WAND POCKET!  Click here for shoesClick here for hoodies.

Dresses

Last, but certainly not least, are the dresses.

The Harry Potter dress is available at Her Universe and Hot Topic.  Same for the Spiderman dress.  The plaid dress is from Hot Topic as an online exclusive.

Happy Shopping and have a great new school year!

Love, Kim and Benji

Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland

We recently got a coveted reservation for Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland.  We had a great time, and when you can, I highly recommend taking a trip there.

Here are some pics from the day.  Enjoy!

20190623_132745
Selfie before boarding Pirates.  Waiting on our reservation time.

20190623_17413120190623_17420820190623_174227

Before you ride the Smuggler’s Run ride, you get to enter the Falcon, which was a dream-come-true for these nerds.

We did get a reservation time to build our own lightsabers, which was a great experience.

We sampled blue milk, which is delicious…

20190625_200425

We finished our trip to Batuu with some shopping.  I got this adorable Lando doll!

FaceApp_1561517770896

Literally could not stop taking pictures of the Falcon…

FaceApp_1561495840187

We finished our trip the next day by going to Disney’s California Adventure.  We got lucky and got into a character brunch and met Spidey!

Screenshot_20190625-133133_Gallery

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji