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!

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Selfie before boarding Pirates.  Waiting on our reservation time.

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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…

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

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Literally could not stop taking pictures of the Falcon…

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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!

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Until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

Here’s to Being Seen!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

We Saw “Avengers Endgame”!!!

Well, I mean, who hasn’t yet?  I will warn you that there are tons ‘o spoilers here, but it has been over a week since the movie’s release, so the spoiler-free zone is over!

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As always, here are some of our favorite moments from the film.  We aren’t movie reviewers, and we aren’t going to start trying to be one now!

So we are in the Endgame now…

  • The addition of Captain Marvel to the Avengers is amazing!
  • All of the remaining Avengers going to space
  • Nebula is the MVP for most of the film
  • Korg and Meek are OK!!!
  • Hulk with glasses and dad wardrobe is the best thing ever!
  • Time Travel!
  • Chunky Thor has been problematic for some, and I can understand why.  However, I liked that we saw how the five years had really affected him in a visual way.  It is also important to note that he was taken back on the team “as is”.  No magic weight loss or anything of the sort.  He is valuable at whatever size he is
  • When Nebula isn’t the MVP, the rat that released Ant Man is
  • Carol got my haircut
  • Now I have to SA cosplay Carol
  • Everything Rocket
  • Cap is worthy, but we already knew that
  • I think Loki is alive, fight me!
  • America’s ass
  • The convo between Tony and Howard
  • Girl squad moment
  • “Hey there, Peter Parker.  You got something for me there?” #iheartcarol
  • Cap finally got his dance
  • Captain Sam!

OK, those are just some of our favorite moments.  Please let us know yours in the comments.

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Now for wardrobe… Benji’s hoodie is from Amazon.  My bobby soxer Avenger cosplay build has the following pieces:

The LeaderAvengers bomber jacket from Torrid (online exclusive)

The BrickDress from Amazon

The ScientistMy DIY saddle shoes

The ExoticScarf from Amazon; Belt also from Amazon; Star Necklace from Amazon as well and Infinity Gauntlet bracelet from Hot Topic

The BlasterWore a nice red lip from Revlon called “Love Is On”

Print your own Team Build Checklist here.

Happy Shopping and until next time…

Love, Kim and Benji

It’s Endgame Week!

This week is the opening of “Avengers: Endgame”, so we thought we would post some of our favorite Marvel cosplays with shopping links this week!  See ya at the movies!

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Love, Kim and Benji

In Plain Sight: Using Everyday Fashion to Express Your Inner Superhero

Dear Readers,

Benji and I recently changed the name of our blog, and I thought maybe an article with the reasons why was in order.

Basically, as my kid grows, the blog needed to grow a bit as well.  We also found ourselves feeling negativity in the cosplay community such as, picking on people’s cosplays, their size, their gender or nationality and what not.  We both needed to, as my friend Justin so aptly put it, “rekindle joy”.  So, we refocused our efforts on cosplay, but with a bounding and dapper slant.  When we did, we found our new voices.

Now, please don’t worry.  I will still be posting tips and tricks on raising a good little geek, but our cosplay ideas will now be more bounding and will actually be more inclusive in your everyday life, which brings us to…

Recently,  we had the amazing opportunity to present a panel idea I have had for ages, “In Plain Sight: Using Everyday Fashion to Express Your Inner Superhero”, at WonderCon in Anaheim, California.  Not only did we get to present this panel, but to have some of our closest friends sit on the panel with us and moderate the panel for us.

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It was an amazing experience to say the least!  We filled the room and handed out all the ducks!  Thank you all for coming to see us.  We really appreciate it.

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To explain why it was so meaningful, we need to go way, way back into my childhood.  I’ve written about my early experiences with fashion before.  My maternal grandmother was a huge influence on me.  Matching bags and shoes.  Dressed up for church.  Red lipstick applied in the rear-view mirror.  Other early influences include old movies, which remain the epitome of glamour in my humble opinion.  I was in love with the 50s style dubbed, “the new look” after WWII.  The swing dresses, the lady-like look of a scarf of your hair to preserve your “do”, the red lipstick, the handbags, all of it, really. Problem was, I was born in 1967, so as a kid, I was subjected to 70s fashion.  I never felt comfortable in any of it, to be honest.  I tried.  I really did, but the skirts weren’t twirly and my long hair was always tangled, and my Dad wouldn’t let me cut it.  I just didn’t feel, “right”.  I longed for pretty twirly dresses, but my Mom didn’t care about fashion, so I didn’t have any kind of sources really to explore my personal style until much later in life.

The 80s were my teenaged years and things were a lot better.  The music was better and the fashions for teenagers were way better.  I discovered thrifting, and holy crap was that amazing!  Big blazers, rubber bracelets, wearing 5 watches at one time, hats! Yes, please!!!  Also, what was really great about it was, first, I got to put outfits together by myself for the first time, second, at thrift stores there were tons of old vintage 50s looks.  Turns out, I could incorporate them into my wardrobe and make my own outfits.  I felt like me for the first time.  There were swing dresses too, but unfortunately for a plus-size girl, they usually didn’t fit, but I didn’t give up trying.  The lack of clothes choices forced me into creativity so I could really create a look that was me.

The 90s and 00s were made up of work uniforms and trying to figure out how to recapture my confidence of the 80s to no avail.  But then…

I got divorced and started fresh with everything.  I started going to comic conventions and discovered a whole world of fangirl fashion, size inclusivity and positivity.  I also discovered that most geeky girls are like me, they love vintage 50s looks.  I began to celebrate my fandom and feel like myself again.

My first geeky dresses were purchased at the Her Universe booth at Comikaze.  I saw them from afar.  Immediately assumed they weren’t for me, but something told me to go ask the question I always ask and walk away disappointed.  Gluten for punishment, I guess.  I go up the booth and ask, “What size do these go up to?” I was expecting, “An XL”, then me saying a soft, “Thanks anyway” and walking away.  But, BUT, instead I got, “Oh, we have up to 3X.”  Then, because I wasn’t born yesterday, assume they are an Asian 3X, which is about a Medium for us big American types.  I ask if I can hold up a 3X and see if it will fit.  The lady says, “Oh, it’ll fit ya for sure!”  I’m thinking, “Yeah, right.”  I hold it up.  It looks like it will fit me, but I’m still waiting for disappointment.  I say, “OK, if I buy it and go try it on in the bathroom and it doesn’t fit, can I bring it right back?” She says sure.  I buy the dress.  I got into the bathroom and try it on.  It fit.  I cried for 15 minutes.  I go back to the booth and buy another dress and thank her for her kindness.  I’ve been a faithful customer ever since.

That was the beginning of the realization that the geek community is very body confident and positive.  All sizes are included in the fun.  These companies have figured out what others have not, that style has no size limit.

To be able to fit into fashion pieces you want is a, pardon the expression, a big deal.  You are included.  That positivity and confidence is contagious.  You find yourself carrying yourself taller, and you want everyone to feel this amazing.  I feel stronger when I wear something superhero themed.  I feel more confident.  I am a part of a team.  I don’t want anyone to ever feel excluded like I once did.

I lost my grandmother when I was 13, so she never got to experience either of my fashion metamorphoses, but I like to think she knows and is proud.  If she was here, with her love of movies and fashion, I also like to think that she would be participating right along side me in this.  I am doing my best to pass on all this knowledge to Benji as well.

I hope that this site has and will continue to inspire and encourage you to find your inner superhero, your body confidence and body positivity.  I look forward to hearing about your adventures and triumphs in the comments.  Huzzah!

Love, Kim

This is What 150 Rubber Duckies Look Like…

Blog has a new name, so we got new ducks!

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We will be adopting these out at WonderCon, but if you just can’t wait that long, shoot us a comment so we can send one your way!

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And as for WonderCon, stay tuned…

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Love, Kim and Benji