Marvel Legends Series: Star Lord Helmet

We did our first unboxing video!

 

For our unboxing video, we take a look at our new Star Lord Helmet, which is part of the Marvel Legends Series.

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The Helmet looks great, as expected, with light up eyes and a great addition of Bluetooth speakers for playing music!

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The speakers work great!  I now have speakers in my room so I can listen to tunes while I work, just like the Guardians!

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Get your own helmet here.

Enjoy the video!

Love, Kim and Scout

New Documentary on Body Image: “Straight/Curve”: Redefining Body Image

Recently, the kid and I watched a great documentary on Epix called, “Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image” by Jenny McQuaile.  We highly recommend that you give it a watch.

Watch the trailer below:

The documentary deals with the complicated issues of body image in today’s society and the pressure put on all women to conform to a certain body type.  There are interviews with teen girls that are honest about their struggles with body image.  The documentary also addresses that these body image issues continue long into adulthood.

What I liked about the documentary is that it wasn’t an exercise in finger pointing at the fashion industry and media.  The film does address these industries as contributing to the problem, but it moves on from that quickly, since we already know this, and gets to the growing number of designers and content creators that are taking this on and putting out a variety of races, ages and body types in their clothes and photos of their clothes.

The film then focuses on an photography art exhibit by Anastasia Garcia featuring 12 models from different ethinicities, ages and body types to create a one-of-a-kind exhibit to be shown during NYC Fashion Week.  The film follows the models on shoot day.

Some highlights of the film:

  • The kiddo really loved seeing the models show up without make-up.  She exclaimed, “Wait, their skin isn’t perfect!  They look like us!”
  • The models talk about how much they hate the photoshopping of their bodies.  They know that the pictures don’t look like them and that it is impossible to look like the photos.  It is truly unachievable.  Even for them.
  • The models talk about how their bodies are scutinized at work.  These were models that were a size 2, and were referred to as “fat” by photographers and agents.
  • The models also talk about how unhealthy they were when they were super thin, and now that they are not worried about fitting into a size 00, they are happier and much healthier.
  • In addition to body size and image, skin color is addressed as well.  One of my favorite models, Philomena Kwao, is a plus size model and a very dark skinned woman.  She talks about getting excluded from covers, not because of her size, but because of her color.  Because she looks differently from what we are used to.
  • “I’m not a plus size woman.  I’m a plus size model.”
  • Seeing that all these amazing beautiful women also struggle with body positivity, whether they are a size 0 or a size 20.  That resonated with the kiddo and with me.
  • “The top of my modeling career, I was the bottom of my self-esteem.”
  • “My worth was in not eating.”
  • “We cannot allow girls to live like that anymore.”  Amen.

If you have the time, I highly recommend this documentary.  It is streaming on Epix now.

The film’s website is here to get more information.

Let’s hear it for body positivity!

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!

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

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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!

 

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Love, Kim and Scout

Fashion Alert: Hero Within’s Summer Collection

Geeky menswear company, Hero Within, has a new Summer collection that is available for pre-order.  *Full disclosure: I am the Operations Manager for Hero Within.

The new collection features short-sleeved button-down shirts and a new unisex denim jacket.

As with previous Justice League pieces, theses pieces are meant to be worn anytime, work or play.  The designs are subtle and just like the jacket collection, although the collection is a “men’s” collection, women can and are ordering the pieces and making them their own.  We will feature some pictures of this collection when they are available.

The Wonder Woman denim jacket was met with some controversy since a male model was modeling it on the site.  CEO, Tony B. Kim, addresses the controversy here.  The rest of the internet came to Hero’s defense as well.

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My thoughts on the subject are this.  Hero Within is a men’s wear company, so using a male model for the jacket made total sense.  Second point is that Hero never considered NOT including Wonder Woman in their collection.  Quite to the contrary.  We couldn’t wait to include her in the collection!  We only took this long so we could coordinate the release of the pieces with the release of the film.  Lastly, we had several patterns for the button-down shirts, including a Wonder Woman print.  We gave our customers the opportunity to vote on the top four designs they liked.  Wonder Woman easily landed in the top four.

Pre-order your pieces here.

While waiting for your new shirts and jacket, please enjoy Hero Within’s first promo video!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

*All photos and video: Hero Within Inc.

London Recap: Happy New Year!

For our next recap, I just wanted to share a video of us welcoming the new year (and telling 2016 to suck it!) from London.  The security was super-strict, so our only option was watching the fireworks from the hotel.  Since it was so cold, we were more than happy to do so!  Enjoy!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

London Recap #3: Harry Potter Tour Part Two

After Dumbledore’s office visit, we continued our tour of the sets and props from the Harry Potter series.

We got to see all the horcruxes (sans Harry, natch) up close, including Nagini, which is just terrifying…

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Umbridge and her sea of pink outfits.  Shudder.

Then you round the corner and find yourself on Platform 9 3/4.  I tried so hard to get through that wall!

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Some of the props from the films, including Gilderoy Lockhart’s books.  Mom fancies him!

Then you head to the backlot where the large props and sets are located.  There’s also a cafe with….wait for it…butterbeer ice cream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  So good!

Apologies for the quality of the video.  These were Facebook live videos and the connection from London wasn’t so great.

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Then on to Diagon Alley.  The real one.  This tour was so amazing!!!

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We had such an amazing time.  Next up, Hampton Court!

Until next time…

Love, Kim and Scout

London Recap #1

OK, so the kiddo and I got to go on the trip of a lifetime, to London!  Going to London has long been a dream of ours, and we had the best time!

First, the plane ride…

First stop on our trip was to the Tower of London!

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The view from the Tower grounds to the Tower Bridge was amazing.  It was so cold, but totally worth it!

The site is not just where the torture happened and the head’s got chopped off, but the White Tower (the main building with the four spiers) was a palace at first, then a place for royal coronations and then finally became a prison to the kingdom’s most notorious criminals.  The museum is home to the crown jewels now as well (no pictures allowed in that room).  The site also houses suits of armor worn by Kings and noblemen, swords and weaponry of all kinds and the famous block and axe, the rack and other various torture devices that were shudder-inducing.

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We also got to go into some of the cells where prisoners made elaborate carvings in the walls as they awaiting their fates.

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Please enjoy some great pictures from the day.  Enjoy!

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Love, Kim and Scout