Kim is Headed to Phoenix ComicCon!

I’m headed to Phoenix Comic Con today to work at the Hero Within booth this weekend.  Please come by, say “Hello!” and try on some of our new Summer Collection.  Hope to see you there!

Photos: Phoenix ComicCon

Still need a badge?  Go here and get one!

Love, Kim and Scout

Hero Within’s Summer Collection is Here!

Attention, Nerds!  The Hero Within Summer Collection has arrived!  I spent last week and will be spending this week, getting orders ready to roll on out the door of our warehouse and to you guys.

summer collection
I have a LOT of work to do!

For everyone that pre-ordered product, expect the email that your order is on the way very soon.

Here are the new pieces:

Those are all the button down shirts, and here is our latest jacket for Wonder Woman:


I’ll have a later post where I style some of these pieces for women.  As you all well know, we women folk have never had a problem styling menswear for ourselves.

If you would like one of these fantastic pieces for yourself, please order one here.  They are size inclusive.  Our first collection was sized a bit small, so we upped a size and added a 3XL option as well.  Check the site for the measurements for each size.

If you already ordered one, keep an eye out for the mail carrier!

Love, Kim and Scout

*All Photos: Hero Within Inc.

Types and Styles of Cosplay

The other day I was hanging out with a friend and talking about our latest Guardians of the Galaxy cosplay and that it was a screen-accurate cosplay, but also crossplay for Scout and me.  My friend was asking what the difference between crossplay and gender-bend cosplay was.  I thought it would be helpful to list all the types of cosplay out with a description of each.

Screen Accurate

The first type of cosplay is the kind that most people think of when they hear, “cosplay”.  That is screen accurate cosplay.  The term is pretty self-explanatory.  The cosplay looks like it came from the screen or pages of a comic book.  Below are some screen-accurate cosplays:

You’ll notice that each of these cosplays are accurate down to the last detail.  Scout and I are wearing wigs, the exact accessories and the correct clothing pieces.

The Mash-up Cosplay

The next type is the mash-up cosplay.  This style takes two or more characters from a film or comic book and mashes them together.  Scout and I don’t have a mash-up, but here are some mash-ups I found online (photo credits in the caption):

The Stylized Cosplay

The next style is the stylized cosplay.  Like the mash-up, this style of cosplay has been gaining popularity over the last couple of years.  This style combines a clothing style with a cosplay.  Some good examples are the Playboy Bunny Star Wars characters, business suits Disney characters or Steampunk anything.  Our stylized cosplay are poodle skirt Captain America and American Dream:


Crossplay is cosplaying a character of a different gender.  Scout and I crossplay a lot!  When cosplaying, the sky’s the limit, so cosplaying a different gender is not a limitation at all.  Here are some of our crossplays:

Gender-Bend Cosplay

The last style of cosplay is the gender-bend cosplay.  This style is a little different from crossplay in that you are changing the gender of the character you are cosplaying.  So, examples would be my gender-bend Doctor Strange.  I am cosplaying a girl version of Doctor Strange, instead of Stephen, let’s say Stephanie Strange.

So, that’s a quick tour of the different types of cosplay.  If we left anything out, please shoot us a comment.  We always love hearing from you guys.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

*All professional photos of us taken by Justin Davidson Photography

Raising a Geek: Introduction to Make-Up

I know that make-up is hardly a geeks only thing, but I am raising a geek and this is our experience.

One of the responsibilites and quite frankly, fun, parts of raising a kid, is hearing the question, “Mommy, can I start wearing make-up?”  I know if you have a little geeky boy, this might not apply to you, but it just might.  Make-up is not a girls-only thing anymore.  So, when I speak of raising a girl, I am speaking of my own personal experience of raising a daughter.  I don’t mean to make any assumptions of gender in any way.

My answer to that question was an enthusiasic, “YASSSS!”  I love make-up.  I have way too much make-up, and I absolutely do not care.  Dark lipstick, sure, more glitter, yes please.  I use make-up for fun.

However, there are times and places for all types of make-up.  Gothy for the club, more conservative for the workplace, that kind of thing.  So, when teaching my kiddo how to use make-up, I needed to teach her about all the aspects of make-up use.

Just like with putting on a face of make-up, teaching about make-up requires a foundation.  Where to begin?  Well, I started with proper skincare, which we will go into on a later post, and how to apply a “basic face”, which I learned many years ago from a fantastic book called, “Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face”.  I still have my copy to this day, and I was happy to pass it down to my kid.  I was pleased to learn that this book is still available on Amazon.  Get it here.  I recommend the spiral bound version for ease of use.


Ms. Crawford found herself sick in bed after a photo shoot, and to not go nuts with boredom, her friends encouraged her to write a book.  Being who she is, she did just that.  She didn’t just write any book; what she did was create a manual to make-up with all the basics.  Things like picking a good foundation, using concealer, brushes and how to keep them clean, and how to put on your “basic face”.  Your basic face should take you about five minutes to apply and be appropriate for work, school, whatever.  Her philosophy is that make-up is an option, not a requirement, and if you want to wear it, then make sure you do it in such a way that is occasion and location appropriate.

Photo: “Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face”

After you apply your basic face, then if you are headed to a party or a club, then you can build on this basic face by adding a smoky eye, glitter, anything goes.

Photo: “Cindy Crawford’s Basic Face”

After you perfect your basic face, then go nuts!  I know we do.  We recently bought a ton of glitter, cause…glitter!

Next time, we’ll talk more about skincare and fun make-up to try.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

OK, so the kiddo and I just came off of a big moviepalooza weekend where we took in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” three times.  We have so many thoughts!  As always, we gave you a week to see it, so this is full of spoilers.  Stop reading if you need to.

  • First off, it was amazing!  We both loved it!
  • Baby Groot is everything!
  • We loved seeing Meredith when she was healthy and happy
  • The music was spot on
  • The first movie had so much heart while being absolutely hilarious and fun.  Volume 2 continues this trend.  Gunn just completely “gets” this universe and all the characters in it
  • All the feelz!
  • Jet packs!


  • ALL the 80s
  • Mantis is a great addition to the team
  • Taser Face (snerk)
  • “I’m Mary Poppins, Y’all!”
  • Getting that red fin
  • “Your crabby puppy is so cute, it makes me wanna die!”


  • Drax gets some of the best lines in the film
  • We cannot wait for the Guardians to meet The Avengers!
  • We love that Rocket is just as obsessed with tunes as Star Lord
  • In space, nobody has any tape
  • Trash Panda

Just some thoughts on the new flick from us.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.  Next up for Marvel, Spidey!  Already working on the cosplays…

Love, Kim and Scout

Ren Faire, Huzzah!

After years of not being able to make it to the Ren Faire, we finally got to go back this year.

We had a most excellent time.  The Faire was celebrating “pirate weekend”.  The cosplay, as always, was fantastic!


We attended the Queen’s Joust.  Our Knight won!


Here are some more pictures from our day:

Scout’s cosplay and sword are from Spirit Halloween.  My Once Upon a Time vest and necklace are from Hot Topic.  Our pouches are from Amazon.  My parasol is from Chinatown for five bucks.  I had never used a parasol before, and believe me, I will never do outside things without one again!  What a lifesaver!

We enjoyed our day and Scout finished it with a trip in the giant “hamster” ball.  Enjoy this video.

If you want to attend the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, then click here for tickets!  Have a great time!



Love, Kim and Scout

Outfit of the Day: Guardians of the Galaxy Fashions

For our latest outfit of the day, we wanted to celebrate the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” today with some Guardians fashions.

First up I used my cosplay t-shirt and built an everyday outfit around it.

Star Lord t-shirt from  Necklaces are not exact replicas, but close to the ones he wears in the film.  I found pendants at an accessory store that looked close and put them on black cords.  Walkman is a lucky find on Ebay.  Rocket is a new addition at Build a Bear Workshops.  I paired the t-shirt with a black pencil skirt from Amazon and wore my Chuck Taylors with it.

My next outfit features my t-shirt acquisition from Red Chapter.

Again, I paired the t-shirt with a pencil skirt from Amazon and my Converse.  I also added my Awesome Mix Volume One cassette necklace from

Next up is this fantastic 80’s style t-shirt from Box Lunch.  Scarf is from Amazon.  I’ve had the gloves so long, I can’t remember where I got them, but I found some just like them on Amazon.


Last outfit is this wonderful pin-up dress with little raccoons all over it.  It is just the cutest thing ever!


Here is a close-up of the print and bag:

Dress is from City Chic.  Denim jacket from Torrid.  Petticoat is from Amazon.  Saddle Shoes are from Payless.  Bag is from Hot Topic.

We’ve given you guys tons of great ideas of what to wear to the flick this weekend!  We will see you there!

Love, Kim and Scout