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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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 🙂

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.

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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?! 🙂

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Panels

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  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 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

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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!

xoxo

Valery

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6 Things You Can’t Miss at Dallas Comic Con Fan Days

dallas comic con fan daysY’all I can’t believe it’s almost that time again – Dallas Comic Con Fan Days! To be honest, I was originally planning on posting a Comic Con inspired makeup tutorial today but I’ve been sick all week so it just didn’t happen. I’m so sad about it. BUT instead I’m sharing the things I’m most looking forward to this weekend at Dallas Comic Con Fan Days.

If you don’t have your tickets already, you can get them online here or at the door (but they’re a bit more expensive at the door so get them ahead of time!) You can also just buy a one day pass for either Saturday or Sunday if you can’t commit to a full weekend of Comic Con (but come on, you want to be there the whole time).

Okay, okay, so here are 6 things that you can’t miss this weekend at Dallas Comic Con Fan Days!

1. My first ever cosplay – Typically my Comic Con attire is a pop culture t shirt and/or some accessories, just to keep it simple. This time around I’m doing what I like to call “cosplay light” and I’m so excited about it! I’m not going full on cosplay but it’s definitely a costume that will *hopefully* be recognizable to other con-goers. Also my blogger besties Sevi and Stephanie are joining in for a group cosplay – any ideas what we might dress up as? Hint: my hair is staying silver!

2. A potential Stephen Amell/Stardust throwdown – For those of you who haven’t been keeping track, Stephen Amell and WWE’s Stardust have an ongoing feud. I’m not big into WWE but this has been thoroughly entertaining. Stardust confirmed on Twitter that he will be there and I. Cannot. Wait.

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3. Calen Hoffman/Groot cosplayer – This cosplayer has been at Dallas Comic Con before but sadly I missed my photo opp last time around. This year I’m DEFINITELY going to get a photo with Groot – you seriously won’t believe how amazing this costume is.

4. Wild Bill’s Soda (duh) – I think I mention Wild Bill’s in every single Comic Con post I write but it’s soooo delicious. Also, you can save some money by bringing back your mug from a previous year instead of a buying new one every time!

5. Relive the 90s with a Power Ranger, Data and Eric Matthews – The guest lineup is full of some 90s goodness this time around including Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation, original Red Power Ranger Austin St. John and Will Friedle…aka Eric Matthews from Boy Meets World! If you’re wondering why Will Friedle is on that list, he’s now an accomplished voice actor…anyone ever watched Batman Beyond? Yep, Batman is Will. *mind blown* You can view all the Dallas Comic Con Fan Days guests here.

6. A group photo with Stephen Amell and John Barrowman – I’ve only done one photo opp before (Gus from Breaking Bad!) and it was a good one so this group photo opp has a lot to live up to! I’m so excited to take a photo with my blogger besties though – now I just have to figure out what to wear!!!

Click here to read the rest of my Comic Con posts! 

See you this weekend at Dallas Comic Con Fan Days, babes! And don’t forget to save $5 and get your tickets today.

xoxo
Valery


Geek Chic | What to Wear to Dallas Comic Con

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You’ve been there…another Dallas Comic Con Fan Days is approaching (two days people) and suddenly you realize you don’t know what to wear! I know, I know, you could just throw on a t shirt and jeans and call it a day buuuuut what if I told you there’s a way to be just as comfy and look super chic? Here are a few outfit ideas to get you started! I’ve linked all the items but of course most of these can be put together using stuff you already have in your closet! Also a lot of these pieces mix and match, so hopefully you can easily recreate most of them without buying much! Get creative, use what you’ve got and save those dollars for some awesome gear in Artist’s Alley!

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Skinny jeans | T Shirt | Blazer | Sneakers | Statement Necklace

This outfit combo can be reworked a thousand times over because of it’s simplicity. Mix up the color of the blazer, the type of shoe and the accessories and you can wear three totally different outfits for comic con! I also love the idea of wearing this to work on a casual Friday (only if you work in an office that won’t look down on a graphic t!) It still looks pulled together and professional but it’s so fun!

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Tulle skirt |Sneakers | Chambray shirt | Licensed Hat | Statement Necklace

Want a more feminine and playful look? A tulle skirt is your perfect Comic Con bestie (just ask Sevi, she wore one to the last Fan Days!) Pair your tulle skirt (or any A line skirt) with a button down shirt tied at the waist to accentuate your waist – aka the smallest part of your body. Wear a statement necklace under the collar and throw on a cute hat to balance out the femininity and to show off your favorite fandom!

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Stretchy Pencil Skirt | T Shirt | Denim JacketSneakers

This outfit is perfect for Sunday – you’re going to be worn out but you still need to keep your fandom strong! Throw on a knit pencil skirt, your favorite t shirt and sneakers. Top it off with a denim jacket or cardigan because let’s be honest, it gets COLD in those panels.

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Raglan/Baseball T | Jeans | Booties | Statement Necklace

Maybe the simplest of all of the outfit ideas posted, but one of my favorites because it feels more “fall” than the others. I love the look of a raglan t, there’s something about them that’s so cute and flattering. This one is a men’s t from Target, but they’re athletic cut so it should still fit well! You might want to size down. (Tip: Target has GREAT graphic Ts in the men’s department, usually for $12.99 – not a bad price, especially if you’re on the hunt for a last minute shirt for this weekend!) Throw on some skinny jeans, a statement necklace and booties and you’re SET!

What are you wearing this weekend?! What are you super stoked about? I have to say I’m most excited to see Bonnie Wright on Sunday – I mean come on, she’s a Weasley!

Tickets for Dallas Comic Con Fan Days are available online through Thursday at 5PM! After that, you’ll have to buy them at the door. See you there! Don’t forget to click the post below for my BEST tips for prepping for Comic Con!

xoxo
Valery

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The Makeup Show Dallas 2015 Recap | Monday (errr Tuesday) Hangover

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Is it Tuesday already?! Sheesh, that means I’m a day late for the Monday Hangover linkup hosted by Sevi of Ware is the Vodka….but better late than never, right?! My weekend consisted of dreaming about Jurassic World (read my non-spoilery thoughts here!), The Makeup Show Dallas and doing our next Diversity Chic photoshoot!

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Here’s a sneak peek of this month’s Diversity Chic post, I’m so stoked about it! And if you’ve missed a month, you can see all the Diversity Chic posts here.

L🍊🍋🍑🍎VE these ladies and I can't wait to share this month's #diversitychic with you guys. Post coming very soon! 😘

A photo posted by Dallas Blogger🦄 Valery Brennan (@valerybrennan) on

I had never attended The Makeup Show before but I can say with 100% certainty that I will be attending again. I had no idea what to expect going in, but I was not disappointed. I am super bummed I couldn’t attend Saturday because of work – gotta make sure I mark off my calendar early next year! They focused on education this year and it really showed – there was a wide variety of classes, hands on workshops and even a career fair for makeup artists looking to break into the industry!

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*Thanks for the photo, Denise! 🙂 Make sure to check out her blog, Beauty and the Pleats!

In addition to awesome classes and just seeing tons of great artistry, I ended up with a ton of awesome products. Here’s a video of some of the products I got – I ended up splitting it into two parts because, let’s be honest, no one wants a 30 minute YouTube video.

Enjoy!

xoxo
Valery


Classic hip hop all the time? This can’t be real life.

I can honestly say that exactly one week ago, my life changed for the better. If you’re in Dallas, unless you’ve been living under a rock you already know about this….but just in case….THERE ARE TWO STATIONS CURRENTLY PLAYING CLASSIC HIP HOP ON THE RADIO NOW!

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I would like to give a public thank you to my parents for taking me to have GlamourShots done when I was little. Also, imagine this kid listening to hip hop….hilarious.

Hot 93.3 (formerly i93) is a top 40 station here in Dallas and last Friday as I was driving home from work, they played an ad saying instead of Christmas music they would be making this a Hip Hop Holiday. I figured they would intermittently play a few classic hip hop songs but you GUYS they have completely switched over. Here’s to hoping it lasts forever!

You know what’s even better? 94.5 is now a classic hip hop station all the time. Like, forever. From their website, “Boom 94.5 DFW is a classic hip-hop station that features artists like Jay Z, Biggie, 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Missy Elliott, Geto Boys, UGK and more! The only station that represents the hip-hop you grew up with 24-7.” I couldn’t have said it better myself.

In case you don’t live in Dallas, I’ve got some great options for you. Of course you can listen live to 93.3 or 94.5 live online OR if you’re not into the radio, I decided to make a playlist of my favorite songs that I’ve heard. I’m going to keep updating this playlist to make sure to follow it on Spotify!

What are your favorite classic hip hop songs?! Sound off in the comments!

xoxo
Valery


Venturing out to The State Fair of Texas

Okay y’all, I’ve gotta be straight with you. I think the State Fair of Texas is overrated. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love fried food but I don’t really understand the appeal of the whole event. It’s crowded, expensive and there’s really not that much to do (please don’t kick me out of Texas). That being said, I’ve only been one time prior to this year, so I decided to give it another try.

The bad news is, I waited until the last weekend to actually go and then my husband got food poisoning. SO my dear friend Stephanie went along with me (she had never been before!) Thankfully we both had the same agenda: eat some fried food and then peace out.

Photos by Stephanie Drenka

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Since it was the last Saturday, it was hilariously crowded but we managed. First up, we hunted down the #1 item on my list – Deep Fried Breakfast for Dinner. This thing was SO indulgent and wonderful, y’all. Eggs, sausage, ham, cheese (SO MUCH CHEESE), and tiny bits of cinnamon roll wrapped up and fried to perfection. It was glorious but I have to say, I’m really glad we split a half order, otherwise I probably would’ve been sick.

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Next up, we had to find the fried loaded baked potato. Unfortunately the only place to find this item was the God-forsaken food court. Great in theory, this food court was hot, stuffy and PACKED with people. Of course the line was about 20 people deep but food was literally the only reason we went to the state fair so we stuck it out. TOTALLY WORTH IT.

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Stephanie and I both agreed this was something we could’ve eaten more of and regularly. It was basically like they took mashed potatoes and added everything you’d want in a loaded baked potato, the breading also head bacon bits and some kind of kick to it (maybe a little jalapeno?) and of course ranch to dip it in. I’m considering trying to make some of these on my own.

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I even ran into my old friend Henry! xoxo

Then we had to hit up Fletcher’s corn dogs (because who doesn’t get a corn dog at the fair?) Spoiler alert: I think I like the frozen ones better. Corn dog batter should be sweet, okay people?!

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On our way out, we used our extra tickets to get some delicious cotton candy and when I got home I basically ate it until I was sick.

All in all, I would call this a successful fair trip. We were only there for a few hours but I wouldn’t really want to spend any more time than that, if I’m being honest. I’m just not cut out for the State Fair of Texas.

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo for life!!!

xoxo
Valery


Happy Hour at The Social House Uptown

Last Thursday night, Dallas Blogger Collective hosted a much needed happy hour for its members at The Social House in Uptown. I had actually never been to the Social House before and I’m SO glad I went!

First off – my drink. I ordered a Frozen Rasperry Mojito and let me just tell you guys, this was the stuff dreams are made of. I only had one because I knew I would be driving after but I’m fairly confident I could’ve down 3 or 4 of those babies. So delish. I have a feeling that is going to be the only drink I ever order at The Social House.

We were treated to some really delicious appetizers. The Social House has a really extensive appetizer menu that’s DEFINITELY not your typical bar food. They brought out quite a few choices but I have to say my favorites were the The Social House Macaroni and Cheese, Tomato Bruschetta with Basil and Pesto, Fried Pickles and the Irish Pork Nachos. I’m very sorry there’s no photo of the mac and cheese because we were too busy scarfing it down.

Photos by Stephanie Drenka

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Some flatbread pizzas really hit the spot as our main course but then came the magnum opas. The dessert.

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I’m not really a huge chocolate person so I basically wanted to cry when she told us the sauce on this masterpiece was white chocolate. I want to swim in a pool full of white chocolate and never leave.

Pound cake, vanilla bean ice cream, strawberries and white chocolate sauce. I MEAN REALLY.

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Needless to say, I’m definitely going to be hitting up The Social House’s other DFW location in Addison for some delicious drinks and treats.

xoxo
Valery

 


Black, tulle and weird all over

I have to admit, it took me a bit to get used to crop tops. I’ve always been kind of self conscious about my mid-area (homegirl likes to eat, okay?) but I’ve finally embraced them! I don’t really like to expose my stomach much, but with high waisted skirts, pants and shorts being so trendy it works! The moral of the story is, just because you think you can’t “pull off” a trend, get creative and make it work!

I love this amazing crop top from Riley Clay because it’s CRAZY comfortable and will pair with just about anything. I decided to go with a tulle skirt because they’re so fun, breezy and on trend. I have SO many ideas for styling this bad boy so you’ll probably see it make quite a few appearances.

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Top: Riley Clay | Skirt: Vintage Whimsy (@vintagewhimsy on Instagram) | Bracelet: Wrist Soiree | Shoes: Charlotte Russe

I had such a fun time exploring Dallas with K Cerise Photography, make sure to check them out – especially if you’re in the Dallas area! Deep Ellum was the perfect backdrop for this all black outfit.

xoxo
Valery


Summer Bucket List

It’s here! I’m back from vacation – post on that coming soon – so I feel like summer is really here. I’ve promised myself I’m not going to let it slip by so I’ve come up with my very own bucket list and wanted to share it with you guys. But first….a picture from my vacation.

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Vacation sneak peek…how is this place real?!

-Go tubing, ride on a jet ski, do other fun lake stuff – CHECK!
-Complete T25 (one week down, y’all! You can read more about my fitness goals here.)
-Weekend trip to a Texas city with the husband
-Read five books (audio books count!)
-go on a picnic
-indoor fort and movie night
-make sun tea
-decorate our back patio with chalk
-see Paul McCartney live (this is really a brag, I’m just being totally honest)
-try out five new restaurants
-Putt Putt date
-learn to use my camera
-visit a farmer’s market
-Star Wars marathon

Dallas/Fort Worth area specific:
Dallas Arboretum
-Six Flags at least once during the summer (We have season passes! Yay!)
-Perot museum dino exhibit
-Shakespeare in the park
Cool Thursday Concerts at the Arboretum – I’ve been to the equivalent in Fort Worth, let’s see if Dallas can live up to the high standards set by Concerts in the Garden
White Rock Paddleboats (you can even double up with Cool Thursdays and catch a concert the same night!)
Taste of Dallas (July 11-13, 2014)

What about you guys? This is actually my FIRST summer bucket list so make sure to comment with any good additions! I may be a grown up but I’m going to make the most of summer 2014! Who’s in?!

xoxo
Valery