It is Never Too Early to Decorate for Halloween!

The kiddo and I love Halloween.  I mean, we LOVE Halloween!!!  Every year we wait as long as we can to decorate the house and get ready for cosplay Christmas!

This year was no different.  We spent the weekend getting out all the decor and going to town!

We put up “Torch” the inflatable dragon…

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Put out all the pumpkins on the porch…

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Put up the new flying witch lights…

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Made up the mantel all nice and spooky…

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The kitchen table also got the Halloween treatment…

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The decor on the kitchen table is made up of Target $3 items in the front of the store and items from Dollar Tree.  So, this entire display cost us $16 total.  I can’t post a link to these items.  You have to visit the stores in person for these bargains.

We do have some new additions this year.  Our new flying witch lights, the bat, and ghost lights are all from Target.  Get your own here.

Here’s to a very Merry Cosplay Christmas!

Love, Kim and Scout

 

New Cosplay Items! Star Lord Jackets

OK, I admit this freely.  I have a hoarding problem when it comes to the following: lipstick, black t-shirts, Cap fashion items and Star Lord fashion items.  I also constantly create and update my Star Lord cosplay, so when I found not one, but two Star Lord replica jackets, I pounced.

The first jacket is a great cosplay jacket from We Love Fine.  Get yours here.

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The jacket is well made and size inclusive, all the way up to 3XL in men’s sizing.  So, the sleeves are too long on me, but a quick roll-up will solve that problem.

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It is a great update to my Star Lord cosplay!

The other jacket is from Merchoid.  Get yours here.

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This one is also a replica.  However, there is some branding that prevents it from being 100% screen accurate.  But, let’s face it.  Who cares?  It’s cosplay, not rocket surgery, ya know?

Here are some photos of the lining and the Guardians pin.  These details are really great and make it perfect everyday cosplay wear.

This is also a men’s jacket, so the sizing issues with the arms is still there.  This jacket is also size inclusive, up to 3XL.

I just checked online and both versions are almost sold out, so get on it, nerds!

Love, Kim and Scout

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

Outfit of the Day: Bandana Print Cap Dress

Our latest outfit of the day is a fun new dress I got at thinkgeek.com.

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The dress is super comfortable for summer, made of super stretchy spandex and the print is super cute!

The bandana style print with cap shields and Cap faces integrated into the design is a nice subtle way to sport your fandom.

It is a skater-style dress, but the length is to the knee, which is way more versitile than the usual super-short skaters.  The dress is also size-inclusive, offered up to 3XL.

I love styling the dress with a bandana neck scarf or wrist scarf, and a fun belt to show off your waist.  I also make sure the wear my new creepers with everything I can, including this dress!

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We’ve still got some warm days ahead of us before the weather turns cold, so go get yours!

Love, Kim and Scout

Outfit of the Day: Doctor Strange Everyday Cosplay

For our latest outfit of the day, we wanted to show you a great everyday cosplay dress from Living Dead Clothing.

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I paired this dress with a dolman from Amazon.

 

I love the details on this dress!  From the Eye of Agamotto, the Cloak of Levitation and the belts and folds on the good doctor’s robes, Living Dead didn’t miss a beat.

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The spandex is heavy duty and and holds up well.  The cut is comfy.  My only complaint is that the dress only goes up to XL.  Living Dead is usually more size inclusive than this.  Sometimes they go up to 3XL with their pieces, but unfortunately not this time.

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The XL fits on me a bit snug, but it fits.  I wear a size 18/20 for reference.  As with all of their other dresses, regardless of size, these are true skater dress, aka they are short.  Leggings or biker shorts will be required.

This dress is a great everyday cosplay option for fans of The Sorcerer Supreme.  Get your own here.

Love, Kim and Scout

Fantastic Pin-Ups and Where to Find Them!

We had a great opportunity recently to attend a special nerd meet-up at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood.  It was Pin-Up day and hosted by @ainselkestylehaus (follow them on Instagram!).

 

There were several meet-up times/places througout the day.  Really nice goody bags with necklaces and earrings, and a trivia contest where I won a wand!

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We started our day as usual, with a frozen butterbeer!

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We walked around and saw the sights around Universal while waiting on the nighttime light show on Hogwarts Castle.

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We took the backstage tour…

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We also had a raptor encounter…

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Our rockabilly outfits feature vintage cardis from Elhoffer Design in our house colors so we can show our Hufflepuff Pride in style!  Get your own in your house colors here.

We stayed until the light show on Hogwarts Castle, which was really cool!

We had a great time.  If you are in the LA area, check out The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  It is amazing!

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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