Dressing It Down: Go Ahead and Buy that Fancy Dress!

I get a lot of compliments as well as comments on my clothes, which I love, but one comment that gives me pause is a comment such as, “I wish I had places to wear a dress that fancy.”

OK, so first of all, it is really hard to be truly overdressed somewhere.  Obviously, wearing a prom dress to work or a tuxedo to the grocery store is pretty over-the-top, but what about that great dress you bought to wear to someone’s wedding and is now languishing in the back of your closet (I just love that I got to use “languishing”, #englishmajor)?  Well, use some great basics to dress it down for everyday.

Perfect example is my Haunted Mansion dress.  My lovely boyfriend bought it for me for Dapper Day, and then I stopped wearing it.  I love it, but the top has some ruching on the bodice that is very prom-y, so I stopped wearing it.  Then, time passed and it was our anniversary.  I wanted to wear the dress he bought me out on our date, but I didn’t have time to change after work.  So, challenge accepted!

OK, so first, I needed to dress down the bodice.  I did this with a cotton crop tee from Amazon.  Just enough of the pretty ruching shows through.

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Next, here’s my Dapper Day look:

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Obviously, I left off the petticoat, fascinator, pearls and gloves for a great everyday look.

Here are some more pictures of me wearing a Disney Dress Shop dress everyday.  If you decide to take that dress out on the town, then add those dapper touches.

Honestly, dresses are instant outfits.  You literally just throw them over your head, and you have a look.  Now, more than ever, there are amazing choices for nerd bounding that are dress-and-go.

So, challenge yourself to take something that you originally visualized as super dapper or fancy and “dress it down” for everyday wear.

Click on all the links to shop away!  Enjoy!

Love, Kim and Benji

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

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

 

 

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