OOTD: Pin-Up Girl Clothing Dresses

For our outfit of the day selection this time, we went with our new dresses from Pin-Up Girl Clothing.

 

We got the dresses at the Pin-Up Girl booth at WonderCon this year, and boy, do we LOVE these!

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For starters, they are super comfy while looking formal.  They can be dressed way up or down, depending on where you are wearing them.  As always, I champion any company that offers true plus-size selections in their collections.  Pin-Up offers up to size 4X and sells them right along side of the XS.  They are true plus-size and not juniors sizing, which is also a big deal.

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You’ll notice that we bought colors other than our house, Hufflepuff.  Basically, I got mine because of Cap (naturally), and Scout was feeling a little Slytherin that day, and also Loki.  We might need to put together some type of pin-up Avengers cosplay in the future, just sayin…

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Anyway, get your own dresses here.  My creepers are from Amazon, and Scout’s Chucks are Converse.

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Happy shoppping!

Love, Kim and Scout

#Craftstorechallenge

The kiddo and I recently took on the Craft Store Challenge or #craftstorechallenge that has been gaining in popularity recently on Instagram.

Basically, what it is is a hashtag for selfies taken at a craft or fabric store.  The lighting is surprisingly great and all the floral displays in particular provide a great photo backdrop.  I also added some floral stickers and borders to make the pictures pop even more.

Here are the results of our #craftstorechallenge.  If you decide to take it on, please send us some pics.  We love hearing from you!

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Until next time,

Love, Kim and Scout

WonderCon Recap: Final Thoughts

OK, so for a final wrap-up of WonderCon 2018 aka Nerd Camp, we wanted to post some pictures from the trip.

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Arrival and badge pick-up day.  The rains moved out just in time!

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Day One and we’re going in!

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First day cosplays, Cap and Falcon.  Dress by Gold Bubble and Shield from cosplaysky.com

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Our favorite part, running into friends!  Here we are with Curious Joi.

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Love the new step-and-repeats that they’ve started putting up at cons.

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Hilton bar selfies on night one…

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and night two…

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Day Two cosplay, homemade Spidey and Stark.

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We always take on-point selfies with Quimbo!

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Also with Toni of Squeedar….

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A parting shot on the last day, we always sit by the fountain and take it all in til the last second.

See you all next year!

Love, Kim and Scout

WonderCon Recap: Cap Corset

I took advantage of the nice weather at WonderCon this year, and had another photo shoot with Justin Davidson Photography with my Captain America corset from Castle Corsetry.   Book him here.

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You might remember last time, I paired it with leggings, but this time with a hi-lo skirt from Amazon.  My shield is from cosplaysky.com.

 

My corset was a commissioned work, but Castle Corestry has several offerings for the Marvel fans out there.  Shop the store here.

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

 

Avengers: Infinity War

THIS CONTAINS MOSTLY SPOILERS, BUT IT HAS BEEN A WEEK ALREADY.  HOWEVER, WE ARE WARNING YOU…

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OK, like Banner in Sakaar, I’M FREAKING OUT!!!

What an intense experience!  10 years in and now it all came down to this movie.  This movie delivered on so many levels.  It really was sublime in how it got us ready for “Avengers: Endgame”.  That is the official title now.

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As per usual, I am not going to try to review the movie.  My viewpoint is far from balanced on this one, and I’m not a movie reviewer by any stretch.

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However, I am some thoughts, feels and memes to share.  So, let’s get to it!

  • Where’s Korg and Meek?  I’m worried
  • I knew Loki was toast, but I’m still extremely upset to lose our God of Mischief
  • Heimdaal, same, knew he was toast, but I thought he had the soul stone, so I was super-duper wrong
  • I love that we finally got to see Stark and Strange together.  Their egos can fit in a room together, which surprised me
  • Yay, Wong was in this!
  • Yay, Ned was in this!
  • I love Spiderman more and more with Tom Holland playing him so masterfully
  • Stan Lee cameo was LIT!
  • I hope the Cloak of Levitation got its own trailer this time.  It deserves one
  • Love that we got a new Guardians song to add to our Marvel playlists!  “Rubberband Man” by The Spinners, btw
  • Teenage Groot is hilarious
  • “Quill, you’re a dude.  This is a man.”
  • A pirate angel
  • Rabbit
  • Rocket telling Groot to, “Tinkle”
  • Dinklage!
  • Stormbreaker is amazeballs

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  • I love how the women in this movie are vital!
  • Oh man, not Gamora tho!!!
  • Scarlet Witch really gets to show her stuff in this film, which I’m super OK with
  • Stark also not getting along with Star Lord, as expected.  Good thing Titan is so large cause that’s three huge egos now!
  • So glad Rhodey is back on the team!
  • Glad to see more Banner and less Hulk (sorry Hulk, but I prefer the cute one)
  • Shuri trolling Banner
  • Rocket and Bucky fighting together.  Rocket will get that arm
  • Star Lord hopping on the spells that Doctor Strange laid out for him.  Jumping through a portal and flipping off Thanos.  Nice.
  • Cap’s beard.  All day long

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For some funny memes to keep you from utter despair, visit this link on Buzzfeed

Hugs all around, nerds!  We’ve got this…

Love, Kim and Scout

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“I Feel Pretty”- A Movie Everyone Should See!

The kiddo and I had the opportunity to go see “I Feel Pretty” the other night with some friends.  We were unanimous in our review.  We all loved it!

The movie had such a powerful message about body-confidence and body-positivity, that I think everyone should go see this.

A quick plot synopsis, Amy Schumer’s character, Renee Bennett, is working at Lili LeClare Cosmetics for the online shopping site.  Unfortunately, the company does not feel that the online workers merit offices at the headquarters, but a small windowless office in Chinatown far and away from 5th Avenue.  Renee does like her job working in the cosmetics industry, but really wants “a seat at the table”, even if that table is the receptionist at Lili LeClare.  That job is a dream come true for her, not because it is challenging or even more money (it is a pay cut and obviously doesn’t utilize her skills at all), but it is a validation.  If you are allowed to answer their phones, then you “belong”.  You are valued.  However, feeling as bad about herself and Renee does, she won’t even try for the open receptionist job.

 

Renee does not sit around feeling sorry for herself.  She is trying to make herself “better” by working out.  So, off she goes to Soul Cycle.  She is pedaling away really making the effort.  Well, her bike breaks, throws her on the ground where she hits her head very hard.  When she wakes up, she looks in the mirror and looks the exact same…to us, but she sees something completely different.  She sees a beautiful woman.

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With the new body confidence and body positivity, she applies and gets the receptionist job.  She meets a cute guy at the dry cleaners.  Gives him her number without hesitation.  She enters a bikini contest and loses, but who cares, free drinks and an appetizer!  So worth it!

I’ll let you find out the rest when you go see the flick, but I really enjoyed this movie.  It was fantastic.  Her confidence and positivity ARE the magic.  People react differently to her after she thinks she’s suddenly smoking hot.  She looks the same, it is her energy and attitude.  Self-love for the win!

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Before you think, “Oh this is all about overweight women are pretty too and eff those skinny bitches.” NOPE!  For starters, Amy Schumer is not overweight.  She is a nice healthy size and pretty.  Secondly, she befriends another lady at the Soul Cycle class that is a fashion model, so she is thin, tall, the fashion ideal.  She gets dumped by her boyfriend.  She has body image issues.  So, this movie does not fat-shame or skinny-shame.  We are all trying to recapture that body confidence and positivity that helps us live our best lives.  The women in this film support and encourage each other, but they also each have their own struggles with body image and positivity (the woman with the high squeaky voice that is far from stupid; she has an MBA).

My final thoughts on this movie are that I really loved that I saw several groups of guys at this movie, not just girl squads.  I also saw a variety of ages represented in the audience.  We all showed up for a funny movie (and it was!), but left with a huge dose of positivity.  I hope you go get your dose soon.

Love, Kim and Scout

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When Living Your Best Life “Gets In the Way”

If you guys have read this blog at all, then you know that my love-life is pretty much a s*&t show (keeping it clean, cause all-ages blog).  Well, unfortunately, that trend continues.

However, this last experience was not without its revelations.  Quick recap, dated a guy for five months.  We were not exclusive.  We agreed to this.  I don’t date more than one person at a time, but I did continue to visit my dating profile occasionally since not being exclusive yet was important to him.  He waited a very long time before meeting my daughter and some of my friends.  When this finally did happen, I thought it was a sign that we were moving forward. I mean, a guy that was super cautious about hurting my daughter’s feelings wouldn’t meet her and then break things off, right?  Wrong.

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I know these are just toys, but I until I find the real thing… a girl can dream

This time around I didn’t give my heart to him.  I held off since he was holding off.  So, I practiced some self-protection this time.  His reasons were kind of all over the place, so I never got a concrete, “This is why I am doing the thing.” from him as to why the breaking off of things. But from what I can best discern is, that he just didn’t want to be around me anymore because of my enthusiasm for nerdy things.

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As per usual, I began to gather all the things that were “wrong” about me, and why I was getting dumped into neat little piles of baggage that were now mine to lug around.  After all, I wasn’t “good enough”.  I wasn’t “right”.  He even said, “You’re great, but…” So, I thought, “Well, serves me right.  I shouldn’t have been so enthusiastic about my hobbies.  I shouldn’t have asked him to go to the movies with me so much.  I should have dressed differently around him.”  So, I lug these bags to the vault and open it and realize something.  Holy crap!  There’s nothing but cobwebs and dust in here!  I forgot I emptied this out a long time ago!  Do I really want to fill it up again?

The answer was, “No.”

I realized that all the things that he saw as “wrong” were exactly what is right about me.  I have a hobbies that I adore.  I have a tribe of friends that I also adore.  I’m crazy excited about movies.  I like dressing the way I do.  It took me a long time to find my style.  I’ll be damned if you think I’m gonna ditch it now!  I have a house that I pay for and take care of myself.  I have a great kid that is going to rule the world, you’ll see!  I handle my own s*&t.

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I honestly think that all the confidence and comfort on my part, made him feel bad about himself on his part.  There is literally nothing I can do to help someone like that.  I can thank him, though. Thank him for giving me the opportunity to take a quick inventory of my life.  I’m good, thanks for asking!

Love, Kim and Scout