Stranger Things Inspired Outfit + Dallas Fan Days Preview

dallas-blogger-dallas-comic-con874If I say the words “Stranger Things” and you’ve seen the show, you will probably have some kind of ridiculous reaction. I know for me personally it’s usually something along the lines of “OH MY GOSH IT’S SO GOOD YOU HAVE TO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW!!!” Soooo when I saw this shirt pop up on Totally Good Time’s Instagram, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

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Wizard World Chicago 2016 | Recap

If you know me personally, you know the last few months have been pretty difficult. Without getting into too many details, my husband was laid off totally unexpectedly and we didn’t really know what the future held for us. I was physically and mentally exhausted – I couldn’t sleep and I spent most of the waking hours in physical pain because of the stress. A week or two in, I got an Instagram notification – a friend tagged me in a photo (that no longer exists for some reason) announcing that Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi and William B Davis would all be in Chicago for Wizard World Comic Con. I had to be there.

It was the worst possible time for me to be planning a trip, but thankfully I had quite a bit of extra money coming in that month and my amazing husband said to go for it. I booked a flight to Chicago and bought my Wizard World ticket. Fast forward a few weeks later and at 4:45AM on Thursday, I was leaving for the airport. Yes, I took a 7AM flight….it was the cheapest option!

If you want to read more Con posts, you can find them here. 

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Here’s what happens when you binge the Kardashians

binge the kardashiansUp until a few months ago, I had only seen a handful of episodes of the Kardashians. 1-2 at most, and then a few episodes of Kim and Kourtney Take New York (because OBVIOUSLY I watched the Kris Humphries episodes back in the day). But that was it! I’ve always kept up with their lives via social media and the tabloids though, because that’s just the kind of person I am. For some reason, I gave in and started watching some of the new episodes….then….I started at season one. And yep…I’ve watched every single episode since then (plus some of the spinoff seasons). Here’s what happens when you binge watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

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THIS is Why I’m so Obsessed with Beyonc√©.

Photos by Stephanie Drenka

Beyonc√© does not need me to go to bat for her. Let me start my post by saying I am 100% aware of that. But, despite the fact that we’re in year 17¬†of Beyonc√© fame, the haters¬†are still there. Haters will be haters but I’m here to tell you why I will go to bat for Beyonc√© every time.

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7 Marketing Lessons I Learned From Beyoncé

Beyonce Marketing LessonsSay what you want about¬†Beyonc√© (actually don’t, because if you talk smack about her I will probably fight you), but the girl is a marketing mastermind. I don’t know how much she controls or if she has the worlds greatest PR team but someone knows what they’re doing. Whether you like her or not, I’ve got 8 marketing lessons that we can all apply to our blogs, businesses, and brands. They don’t call her the Queen for nothing.

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An Open Letter to Curvy Barbie

Dear Curvy Barbie,

Thanks for being you.

Growing up, I LOVED playing with Barbies like you. Thanks to an older sister and a mom who didn’t throw old toys out, I inherited a huge collection. As a young kid, most of my allowance, Christmas and birthday money went towards Barbies. I specifically remember heading into KB Toys to buy¬†Teacher Barbie when I wanted to be a teacher. She came with a chalkboard, a desk and two little students who had desks too.

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What I’m Watching

If I’m being 100% honest, one of my favorite things to do is watch tv. I know, I know, that’s awful….but it’s the truth. There’s just SO much awesome media out there right now and I love having something on in the background while I blog, sweep, fold laundry, make headbands, or cook dinner. Because there’s an embarrassing amount of shows on this list, I’ve broken it down into categories for you.

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Recap: Dallas Comic Con Fan Days 2016

Dallas comic con fan days 2016Phew, recapping Dallas Comic Con is never an easy feat. It’s kind of incredible how much they can cram into one weekend. I’m going to try to break it down for you guys so you can easily skim through the stuff that miiiiiight not be as interesting to you ūüôā

Also before I forget, much thanks to Stephanie Drenka for letting me use her amazing photos. She’s the best so make sure to visit her blog too!

What I Wore

This time around I decided I wanted to wear a costume instead of my standard fan shirt or hat. My hair is the PERFECT color and length for my favorite character in X Men:¬†Days of Future Past, Quicksilver. NOT the Quicksilver that was in Age of Ultron. Nope. The Evan Peters one. Watch this scene if you need a refresher, easily the best part of the movie…and that’s saying a lot because it was an awesome movie.

Thankfully it was a pretty easy costume to pull together, the big thing I was missing was a silver jacket but it seemed silly to buy a silver jacket knowing I wouldn’t wear it again. Instead I just used a moto jacket I already had. I bought the Pink Floyd shirt for $7 from eBay and threw on some black jeans and silver shoes. The goggles were only $11 on Amazon – a little more than I wanted to spend but they were essential to the costume.

dallas-comic-con-fan-days-7873To drive the silver aspect home a little more, I went heavy on the silver makeup. In addition to using the Essence All About Greys Palette, I also used the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal 24 Hour Cream Gel¬†eyeshadow (omg have a longer product name!) It’s a cream so it was SUPER pigmented, easy to apply and blend with my finger and it stayed put all day. Once it was dry, I patted some regular silver shadow on top just to make sure it was set.

dallas-comic-con-fan-days-7878For the lips, I grabbed the wrong lipstick when I was walking out the door. Instead of the Cold Hearted Wicked Lippies I MEANT to get, I grabbed my matte black NYX Macaron Lippies. The good news is, I had the Essence silver eyeshadow with me! I applied the black lipstick like normal and then softly used my finger to pat on the shadow and it turned out way better than I expected! It also stayed put ALL day! I reapplied a bit after eating some greasy pizza for lunch but honestly I would have been okay without it.

Also I can’t leave out my blogger besties Stephanie and Sevi who joined me on the X Men cosplay as Jubilee and Storm! How stinking cute are we?! ūüôā



I decided this time around, the best way to recap the panels is to see what I deemed funny/interesting enough to tweet at the time!

Brent Spiner was the first panel of the day on Saturday morning! He’s best¬†known as Data from Star Trek the Next Generation, but honestlyyyy I’m not much of a Trekkie (sorry y’all! Star Wars forever). BUT I actually found out after the fact that he’s the scientist in Independence Day! MIND BLOWN.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Robbie Amell – I don’t watch The Flash (yet) and the only thing I’ve seen him in was The Duff. He honestly really surprised me! He was super charming, funny and kind. I guess it runs in the family ¬†¬Į\_(„ÉĄ)_/¬Į He also talked quite a bit about working on the X Files, which y’all know I was ALL about (btw not one but TWO X Files outfits coming next week so make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss that!)¬†

Stephen Amell was definitely the main event on Saturday. Best known for playing the titular role in Arrow, he also has the good looks on his side. Just like Robbie, Stephen was charming, funny and kind – also forever patient with all the questions asking for spoilers that he obviously can’t share. BUT the best part of the panel (and maybe the weekend) was when his feud with Stardust came to a head. Stardust busted in on the panel and took over as moderator for a good ten minutes. It was hilarious and, even though most of us knew it was coming,¬†it was still such a fun and exciting moment. Also I have to say that it’s for a REALLY good cause, you can read more about that here.

Unfortunately I didn’t tweet much during Will Friedle or David Ramsey‘s panels but both were really great. Will (aka Eric Matthews from Boy Meets World) is an insanely talented voice actor, and it’s always fun¬†to see someone like that in their element. Much to the audience’s dismay, he didn’t do the Feeny call, but for good reason – he has since passed it along to the ladies of Girl Meets World. Now it’s theirs to do, and he won’t do it anymore. David Ramsey (Diggle from Arrow) had some great onset stories¬†– apparently Manu Bennett and Paul Blackthorne are¬†both method actors, which makes for some funny situations on set since they are always “in character.”

Y’all I wish I knew what to say about the John Barrowman¬†panel but…the dude basically left me speechless. If you’re not familiar with John Barrowman, I know him as Malcolm Merlyn from Arrow but a lot of folks fancy¬†his role on Doctor Who and the spinoff, Torchwood. He’s also a fabulous singer and treated us to a few songs during his performance. Hilarious. Inappropriate. Gracious. Kind. All I can say is this will NOT be my last John Barrowman panel.

Photo opp

Sevi, Stephanie and I decided to split a photo opp with John Barrowman and Stephen Amell. None of us were willing to spend $145 on a photo by ourselves but it’s much easier to swallow when you’re splitting it three ways. (Keep that in mind for future cons, it’s a great way to save some money!) Since we’re all three big Arrow fans, it was totally worth the money for us! Admittedly, the photo opp experience is INSANELY fast, don’t expect to get to chit chat with the guests – they really get you in and out of there fast. If you’re looking to have a conversation, spend your money on an autograph instead. OKAY without further adieu…our Valentine’s Day photo opp! <3


Everything Else

Logistics wise, I have to say that Fan Days could use some work. This time around they had some BIG stars, which was great, but the venue was clearly oversold. At one point there was a 10-15 minute wait just to get on the escalator. Parking was quite a trek, yes there were shuttles but I hardly saw them running and I don’t think many people used them. Thankfully I was able to get in the doors right away, but I read on Facebook that some people had to wait in line to get their passes for 1-1.5 hours and that’s simply unacceptable. There’s no reason it should take that long to get people inside, especially first thing in the morning. That being said, the staff and volunteers were VERY helpful and kind, I didn’t see anyone losing their temper even in a crowded/borderline insane situation. They made the best of a bad situation but it could use some work for sure.

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They’ve already announced the date for the next Dallas Comic Con (June 3-5) at the Dallas¬†Convention Center. If it’s anything like last year, the large Comic Con is actually much less overwhelming. The space can easily handle a much larger crowd, so even though there are WAY more people it doesn’t feel like it. Also they’ve announced three guests – the legendary Stan Lee and Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (aka Jay and Silent Bob!) and should have more guest announcements this week. (#PleaseBringMarkHamill)¬†You can get your tickets starting February 18th on the Fan Expo Dallas website.¬†¬†

Who should Sevi, Stephanie and I dress up as in June? I’ve got a few ideas up my sleeve but I haven’t committed to anything just yet! Leave a comment and let me know!



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Dear Younger Self


It’s winter so that means tv time is in FULL force for me. Lately I’ve been watching this show on TV Land called Younger – have you guys ever checked it out? It’s a little silly when I tell you the premise but if you’re anything like me you’ll get addicted. Basically a 40 year old divorcee is unhappy with her life and can’t get a job because she’s been out of the workforce for a while and everyone thinks she’s out of control. SO she gets a makeover (a la Clueless) and goes undercover as a 26 year old. Hijinx ensue, of course! (Side note: Sutton Foster plays the lead and she actually is 40 – I want to know who she sold her soul to for her skin to still look like that!) Even if it does it in a lighthearted way, the feminist in me LOVES that Younger sheds light on the reality of the pressures that society places on women – particularly with regards to how we look.

valery-brennan-dallas-style-blogger-4313 valery-brennan-dallas-style-blogger-4264valery-brennan-dallas-style-blogger-4300I’m not one of those people who wishes I was younger (at least not yet). I feel like I’m doing great in life and even though it’s hard for me to believe I’m in my late 20s now, I don’t yearn for high school or even college years! I hope that I always feel like I’m in my prime and even though I’m so happy for the past, I try to live my life to it’s fullest in the moment. That being said, there are definitely some things I wish I had known when I was younger. I’ve never written a “letter to my younger self,” but here are a few things I wish I had known back in the 90s.

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Coat: Thrifted ($50; similar here) | Shirt: c/o TV Land | Leather Leggings: Charlotte Russe ($10; exact but I would get the high waisted version) | Shoes: Clothes Mentor ($20; similar here and here) | Ring: BaubleBar ($20; similar and only FIVE DOLLARS!) | Necklace: Rocksbox ($19/month, use code VALERYBFF1 for a free month!) | Photos by Stephanie Drenka

  1. Filling in your brows will make your makeup look WAY better.
  2. You don’t have to be stick thin to feel sexy. Love yourself and dress how you want.
  3. Eat healthy snacks
  4. High school doesn’t matter
  5. It’s fine that you’re pale. It just means you’ll have a baby face way longer than those golden goddesses.
  6. You’ll meet Hanson later in life. Twice. (Maybe more?)
  7. You’ll also start going to comic cons a lot and it’s freaking fun.
  8. Take care of your teeth. You have deep grooves and soft enamel so floss your dang teeth.
  9. On that same note, wear your retainers. You dealt with braces for two years, just wear the retainer (still learning this lesson).
  10. Mom and dad are right about almost everything.
  11. You don’t have to be best friends with everyone. Be kind but that doesn’t mean they’re all your best friends.
  12. Don’t pluck your eyebrows too much. You’ll regret it.
  13. You’ll be so thankful your parents made you pay for everything in high school.
  14. Justin Timberlake will still be cool in 2015. Also he is going to marry Jessica Biel – aka Mary Camden from 7th Heaven.
  15. It’s okay that you don’t always fit in.
  16. Slumber parties don’t really happen when you’re an adult so appreciate them now.
  17. Recess is a freaking awesome show, even when you’re an adult.
  18. Your views will change a lot and that’s okay.
  19. Cats are actually pretty dang cool.
  20. Love yourself. No matter where you are in life, just love your dang self. You deserve it.

valery-brennan-dallas-style-blogger-4272Make sure to tune into Younger tonight! It’s on TV Land at 10/9c – even if you haven’t seen the first season you can definitely start watching now!


I received this t shirt and a copy of season one of Younger, but all opinions are my own.