Outfit of the Day: Wanda Maximoff Style

If you know me at all, you know I love me some Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch aka the most powerful Avenger.  I mean, she’s a witch AND an Avenger, you don’t get better than that!

One of the things I really love about the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe for you muggles) is that they gave her some amazing uniforms as well as fantastic everyday style.

One of the things I really like to do is wear my Wanda necklaces from my cosplays and incorporate them into everyday wear.

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I got these necklaces from Little Wolf Cosplay on Etsy.  Get your own here.

Wanda has a great everyday gothy style that I just love.  For my outfit, I basically took my cosplay from Captain America Civil War and ditched the wig and switched a jacket for a vest.

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The vest is from Target.  The leggings are from World of Leggings.  The t-shirt is from Forever 21.  The boots are from Torrid.

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If you want to incorporate some Wanda style into your everyday wardrobe, go on Google Images and take a look at some of her outfits.  She loves dress and boot combos.  She also has a lot of great rings and she loves, loves, loves to stack necklaces.  Also, her boot collection must be epic.

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Speaking of epic, how about that Photoshopping?  That is courtesy of my friend, Ava, so I want to give her an epic “Thank You!” for doing that for me.

So, get out there and have some fun with some everyday Avengers style.

Love, Kim and Scout

 

 

Cosplay Shootout #3

In the local cosplay community in Los Angeles, photographers and cosplayers have been having meet-ups in between cons for the sole purpose of getting photos of our cosplays.  The photographers get to make new contacts with cosplayers to help out their photography businesses as well.  Our buddy, Justin, likes to try out new photography techniques.  I’m a happy guinea pig for sure!

Another advantage to a cosplay shoot-out is that you can Superman it up and change cosplays througout the day.  Scout and I took our new Ghostbusters Kevin and Holtzmann cosplays for a spin as well as two versions of Scarlet Witch for me and Black Panther and Hawkeye for Scout.  All pictures taken by Justin Davidson Photography.  He doesn’t just do cosplay photography, so if you need photos of any kind, book him here.

We may not be able to cosplay much at Comikaze, so it was fun to take these for a spin.

Kevin glasses are sunglasses with the shades popped out, from Target.  Kevin’s shirt and tie also from Target.  Holtzmann goggles from Amazon.  Robe from Etsy.  Screw U necklace also from Etsy.  T-shirt and leggings from Forever 21.  Sneakers by Converse.

Hawkeye cosplay and accessories from Amazon.

Wanda jacket, leggings and shirt from Forever 21.  Necklaces from Etsy.

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Black Panther cosplay from Amazon.  Scarlet Witch cosplay from cosplaysky.com, but I was unhappy with the fit and had to have it altered a lot, even after I sent them current measurements.  So, I would recommend you go to black-leatherjacket.com.  I got my other Wanda cosplay from there and that jacket fits me perfectly.  I thought I would try a different cheaper option, and I ended up spending more money.  Go with what you know!

I hope you enjoy the pictures!  Let us know in the comments.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

Stepping Out of the Comfort Zone

Recently I had the opportunity to model some clothes for friends of mine, who also happen to be the designers for one of my favorite clothing companies, Gold Bubble Clothing.  They expanded their size selection and needed a plus size model to get some pictures of their new Star Trek collection for Anovos.

What a major opportunity for me!

What a scary thing for me!

You see, up until a couple of years ago when I began cosplaying, I was so uncomfortable getting my picture taken, it wasn’t even funny.

I mean, who the heck do I think I am anyway?  Getting a picture taken at this size and at my age?  Honestly!  At least, that is the conventional thinking for people that don’t conform to a size or shape dictated by the fashion magazines.  After you turn 30, you really should just go hide away somewhere so that no one has to look at ya, come on!

Then I made friends in the nerdy geeky fashion world.  Not only do they make clothes for ladies like me, but they have them modeled by ladies like me to show other ladies like me what they look like!  They are proud to make clothes in sizes that fit me.  They know that my dollars spend the exact same as skinny dollars.  Whatya know?  True story.

About this same time, I discovered the magic of selfies.  They really build confidence.  More importantly, I scheduled a photo shoot with my buddy, Justin Davidson.  I feature his pictures on this site all the time because he helps me pose, helps me feel more confident in front of the camera.  There are tricks to getting a great picture, and a great photographer is key to helping you figure out what those poses are for you.

So, how do you step out of your comfort zone and realize your dreams?  Find an expert and ask for their help.  Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and guidance!  I was so embarrassed at my first cosplay photo shoot.  I had to confess I had no idea what I was doing.  Justin didn’t blink an eye and showed me what to do.  There is no shame in asking for help or mentoring to reach your goals.  You cannot always do everything yourself.  I know how hard it is.  We’re nerds, so getting made fun of is par for the course, but if you are around fellow nerds, then take that leap!  I know it is scary, but you can do it!

Which brings me back to getting my photos taken and put on a website.  Holy cow!  A dream realized!  Here are some candids that the kiddo took of me at the shoot.

I want to thank Gold Bubble Clothing for letting me take that leap.  I am so appreciative for the opportunity.  Your clothes are beautiful and amazing.

Now, if you want to get your hands on some of these dresses, go here.  If you want to take a look at all of Gold Bubbles offerings, go here.  Happy shopping!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

*Lead photo: Anovos.com

*All dresses: Goldbubbleclothing.com

*Images from Star Trek and related intellectual property: TM and © 2016 CBS All Rights Reserved.

 

 

Star Trek Fashion Dress Collection by Gold Bubble Clothing for Anovos

I recently had the opportunity to model for the first time for friends of mine.  These friends also happen to be the designers of Gold Bubble Clothing.  More on my first modeling experience later, but more importantly, take a look at these great dresses!

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Buy either style of the Beyond dress here.

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Buy the Nebula dress here.

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Buy The City on the Edge of Forever dress here.

And finally, I’m still excited to see me on a website!

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Buy the NCC-1701 dress here.

The dresses go up to 2XL.  I’m wearing a 2XL in the photos of both dresses, and I usually wear a size 18/20 for reference.  In Gold Bubble Clothing, I usually wear their XL, so if you are on the border and can’t decide, then go with the 2XL if you want a longer dress and XL if you want the dress more “skater” style.

All the dresses are made in super stretchy spandex and pass the see-thru test.  I have several Gold Bubble pieces.  Even with constant wear and tear, they look fantastic years after I bought them.

There are links to each dress below the pictures, so happy shopping!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

*All photos: anovos.com

What the Heck is Bounding?

One of the best ways to express your fandom without straight up cosplaying is bounding.  “What the heck is bounding?” you might ask, and I’m going to tell you!  Like, right now.

Bounding was created a few years ago by Leslie Kay.  She is a hard-core Disney fan and loves to visit the Disney theme parks.  Kay wanted to cosplay at the parks, but as you all probably know, that is against park rules.  Disney has good reason for this.  They have paid costumed characters that work for the company and follow the company’s strict guidelines in dealing with guests and their costumes are 100% screen accurate.  This is a good thing.  Disney has an image to preserve, and they can’t have some Capt. Jack Sparrow cosplayer running around a little “too” in character around kids.  So, bounding was born!

Bounding or Disneybounding is a way to dress as your favorite character using street clothes as an inspiration.  The best way to explain bounding is to show you some examples.

All of these photos are from disneybound.co .  Please visit Kay’s site to view her endless bounding ideas.  Pintrest is another site to visit for inspiration.

Other great bounding outfits can use the uniform dress as a start.  Please visit my piece on uniform dresses here.

I’ve written about Elhoffer Design a lot on this blog, and I’m going to talk about it some more.  Elhoffer Design creates fantastic bounding looks that are size inclusive and beautifully made.  Visit them here to order your own look.  Here are two looks Scout and I have from Elhoffer Design:

Now, you boys can also bound!  Not to leave you guys out at all.  Here are a couple of looks for men from the disneybound.co site:

Like Elhoffer Design, Hero Within has bounding looks for you guys.  Here are some of their designs:

Visit their site here to pre-order these jackets.  They are size inclusive, running up to 2XL.

Bounding is a great way to use your imagination to create great geeky looks for everyday.  Please send us pics of what you come up with!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

*Photos of bounding from disneybound.co

*Photos of Hero Within designs from herowithinstore.com

Outfit of the Day: Elhoffer Design Galactic Scavenger Dresses

Recently, Scout and I scored and Elhoffer Design dress each.  We love to go “twinsies” and this dress was just the ticket!  Scout got the Black Galactic Scavenger Dress and I got the Grey version.

The details on both dresses is so beautiful!  Perfect for Star Wars bounding!  The scuba material is super soft, but holds its shape.  You wash this dress in cold water and hang it up to dry.  Literal wash and wear.  The cut is super flattering, and I love the twirly girly skirt.  Scout has on a small, she’s 10 years old, and I’m wearing a 3XL, I’m a size 18/20 for reference.  Elhoffer Design is size inclusive.  Her sizing is true-to-size, and she designs her clothes to be flattering to everyone.

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And, as with all Elhoffer Design dresses, pockets!!!  It is the easiest way to dress fashionably and comfortably all while celebrating your fandom.

What I really love about this dress is the versatility of it.  You can go everyday cosplay, bounding, dress it up or down, depending on the occasion or your mood. A few of my friends have this dress, and I love to check out how they style theirs.  I get inspired when I see a new post of their dress and how they styled it.

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If you would like one of your own, get the grey version here.  The black version here.

Please post pics of you wearing your favorite Elhoffer Design dresses!  Scout and I would love to see them.

Speaking of bounding, what exactly is that?  Well, stay tuned because in our next post, we will discuss bounding.  Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout