Ashley Eckstein’s New Book

At last month’s SDCC, we attended the Her Universe Fashion Show, as always.  The goody bags at that show are always amazing!  This year was no different.  We all got a free copy of Her Universe founder, Ashley Eckstein’s, new book, “It’s Your Universe”.

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Now that the dust has settled from SDCC, I picked up my copy and gave it a quick read.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is not only a memoir of sorts, but also a workbook so you can get to work on your own story.

At the end of each section, there is a section for you to work on your own thoughts, ideas, dreams, whatever.  There are exercises such as make an action plan to reach your goals and jot down those little ideas that pop into your head that can turn into big ideas and dreams for your future.  Eckstein encourages you to write in the book and make it your own kind of dream journal.

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The illustrations by Ashley Taylor are really beautiful as well.  I would love to have several of these in a frameable format!

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That is one thing that I’ve always liked about Eckstein.  She likes to not only share her journey, but guide you on a journey of your own.  The fashion show being a prime example.  The winners of that show get to design a line not only for Her Universe, but the line is sold in Hot Topic and Torrid stores worldwide!  Yes, it helps her company for sure, but makes new fashion stars in their own right.

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The book inspired me to put pen to paper and write down my ideas so that I can expand on them later on.  I now have a ton of projects that I’d like to tackle!  I have this on my desk now for inspiration, actually.

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The book is a very quick read, which I really liked.  I also liked the “all ages” aspect of it.  This is a great book to give to a child to encourage them to dream and make things happen.  The book takes a very relaxed approach to new ideas and projects you’d like to accomplish.  Let them flow.  Break ideas down into milestones.  Big ideas are a journey.  By teaching our kids to break down things into manageable goals, big ideas seem less daunting and achievable.

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Best Advice EVER!

Pick up your own copy of the book here.  Happy reading!

Love, Kim and Scout

*All photos from “It’s Your Universe” by Ashley Eckstein and Illustrations by Ashley Taylor.  Published by Disney Editions

 

SDCC Recap: Her Universe Fashion Show

Our last SDCC recap is the Her Universe Fashion Show, which took place at the Regency Grand Hyatt on Thursday evening.  This year’s show marked the fifth anniversary of the show.  We’ve attended every year.  This year brought some wonderful designs, as always, inspired by all kinds of fandoms from Godzilla:

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To Space Mountain:

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Ashley’s dress was also an incredible creation inspired by “The Nightmare Before Christmas” using over 500 Funko Pops!  The dress weighed in at 40 pounds, almost double that of her Lego dress from two years ago.

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There was an incredible surprise in the middle of the show, the 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker herself, walked the runway in her new costume.  Whittaker stated on the runway that she had input in the design which needed, “To be comfortable, of course.” and also, “Anyone can cosplay this.  You aren’t cosplaying a woman.  You aren’t cosplaying a man.  You are cosplaying The Doctor.”  Her Universe released their own 13th Doctor coat at SDCC, so we can all cosplay The Doctor.

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Her Universe also released a special Clone Wars collection to celebrate the return of “Clone Wars” with 12 more episodes!

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It was an incredible show, and as always, the designs did not disappoint.

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

 

 

SDCC Recap- Thor and Loki Who Lunch

Our new cosplay, a mash-up of 50’s style and Thor and Loki, which we named “Thor and Loki Who Lunch” was a big hit at SDCC this year.  All photos by Justin Davidson Photography.  Book him here.

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Hammer

 

The dresses are from Pinup Girl ClothingHats and gloves from Amazon.  Thor purse and Loki Tesaract bag from Wish.  The led lights for the Tesaract purse from Amazon.  Hammer from Amazon.  Click the links to buy.  I’m wearing a 3X  and Scout is wearing a Medium dress.  I’m a size 18/20 for reference.  Scout is 12 years old and tends to wear an 8 in most things.

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Happy Shopping!

Love, Kim and Scout

SDCC Recap: Cosplaying With Your Kids Panel

For our first recap of the craziness that is SDCC, we are covering our panel, “Cosplaying With Your Kids” that took place on Friday.

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We had an amazing time with Coulson and Kids, RavenPuff Cosplay and Little Negan Cosplay with Anastasia Washington moderating.

We covered several topics relating to cosplaying with your kids including sources, theming your cosplays to your group, social media guidelines for parents and kids and how the older kids in the group deal with bullying.

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For cosplay sources and types of cosplay, please feel free to click on the links to revisit those posts.  For social media guidelines, also please click on that link to revisit that post.  These posts cover the topics discussed at the panel.

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We were so excited to welcome Coulson and Kids (and Mom!) to our panel.  We hope to have another panel with them again at another con.  Maybe WonderCon next year?  Here’s hoping!  Coulson and Kids are three generations of cosplayers in the same family that cosplay together.  They serve as an inspiration to all of us that cosplay knows no age limit.  You can all jump in at any time in your life to enjoy this wonderful community of nerds!

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We would love to thank RavenPuff Cosplay and Little Negan Cosplay for joining us again for our panel.  We always love the enthusiasm they bring to the table.

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We hope you enjoyed the panel if you could make it.  We all appreciate you getting up early to attend.  Thank you all for your support and friendship.  It means a lot to us all!

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Next time, the Her Universe Fashion Show!

Love, Kim and Scout