Say what you want about Beyoncé (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.
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.
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.
Phew, 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 🙂
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.
For 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?! 🙂
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
I’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.