A Story of Fire and Ice

No, not THAT one! This is a story about a tube of lipstick and how it is a connection to the happiest and most influential time in my childhood.

When I was a girl, I was fortunate enough to have Doris Fulford as my Grandmother. Doris wore Revlon’s Fire and Ice lipstick exclusively.  Click here to get your own tube on Amazon!

Photo: Vintage Ad by Revlon

As you can see from the picture, Fire and Ice is a fantastic red lipstick that has been a Revlon staple since the 50s. Everyone should have a go-to red lipstick. Doris taught me that.

I got to borrow her lipstick and compact. When we were at home only, of course. I mean, a little girl wearing a red lip out in public “just wouldn’t do”. I felt pretty. I felt glamourous, just like her.

Doris had beautiful framed, top-clasp handbags all with matching shoes, which I would put on my tiny feet and shuffle around the house. Doris had hankerchiefs and hats. Doris wore gloves to church on Sundays. Doris had a group of friends with names like, “Madge” (her best friend’s actual name, by the way). They went to church, played bridge and went to the beauty shop together.

I drank all this in like a sponge. Just being around these ladies made me feel so glamourous! I was fussed over, but ignored just enough that I could employ my Dian Fosseyesque skills and observe and study. The Southern lady in her natural habitat…OBSERVE!

I got to wear dresses and spend time with them at the beauty shop. I was indulged and allowed to sit under one of those industrial size hair dryers that probably picked up signals from Sputnik. Cool air, of course, with a “Redbook” magazine to flip through with a very serious expression on my face. I mean, “Redbook” was serious business. So glamourous!

Which brings me back to the tube of lipstick. I carry it with me everywhere. Whether I go with a red lip that day or not. It reminds me of Doris, the bags with matching shoes, large hairdryers and the glamourousness it all entailed.

We all lost Doris in the early 80s, unfortunately. The example she set, however, was not lost. I grew up and fashion and beauty remained a huge part of my life. My kid and I started cosplaying, and then started a nerd fashion blog together.

I’d like to think that Doris would be proud of me and what I’ve accomplished. I couldn’t have done it without her.

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

Outfit of the Day: 50s Dress by Steady

Our next outfit of the day is by Steady.

This dress is a lucky find at the Dapper Day Expo last month.

Steady Clothing has a great selection of items, and they are size inclusive!

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I love the fit of this dress, not to mention the print.  Who doesn’t love 50s spaceships and robots?!

I added the black belt myself, but I was thinking a bright color belt would be great to add a pop of color if you have one.

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Clothing companies like Steady make it easy to incorporate dapper into everyday.  Happy shopping!

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

Outfit of the Day: Veronica Lodge Cloak

Today’s outfit of the day isn’t so much an outfit as a “look”.  The kiddo and I recently became obsessed with “Riverdale”.  It is the best described as “Twin Peaks” meets “90210”.  The crazy has been turned up to 11 on this show in the best possible way.

More than the crazy plot twists, however, are the fashions!  The fashions on this show are amazing!  I have become obsessed with Veronica’s wardrobe.

Both Photos: Berlanti Productions

I recently purchased the Veronica Lodge cape from Hot Topic.  The cape or cloak is fully lined with Veronica’s name and includes a hood.  The cloak comes in both juniors and plus sizes.

To get that Veronica look, take a swing dress in a darker color and pair it with a skinny belt. Pair it with some kitten heels and a vintage bag.  Accessorize with pearls.

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Complete the look with the cloak, and you have instant glam worthy of any Riverdale Vixen!

Blue tartan dress and red/black tartan dress from Amazon.  Cloak from Hot Topic.

 

Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

Outfit of the Day: Star Lord Cosplay Shirt

For our next outfit of the day, we have a Star Lord cosplay shirt from Kawaiian Pizza Apparel.  Funny name, great stuff!  They have everyday cosplay items for men, women and kids.  Size inclusive.

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Although they didn’t have a Star Lord dress (I wish!), I purchased the men’s Star Lord shirt and paired it with a skirt to make my own Star Lord dress!

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Grab your own shirt here.  They do run small, so I ordered a 3XL in men’s and it fit really well.  A little big, but I wanted it to be tunic-style.

My jacket is from Walmart.  Necklaces from Amazon.

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout