Saturday, May 16, 2015

Vintage Villains Con 2015

My oldest son, youngest son, and I recently attended Vintage Villains Con. Vintage Villains is a comic book store located in downtown Danville, Illinois. They carry a wide variety of different items related to pop culture, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, super heroes and video games. I've visited there several times with Zeke to get cards for his Doctor Who game and it was (for me) like a geek girl paradise. I grew up near Danville and I so wish this would have been around when I lived there. If you're ever in the area, you must visit!
So anyway, they held "Villains Con" this year for the first time and we really enjoyed it. (It also coincided with Free Comic Book Day!) Some of the celebrities in attendance were: Moses J. Mosely & Theshay West from The Walking Dead, Robert Lasarado from CSI: Miami, nip/tuck, and Death Race; wrestler Al Snow, writer Tony Bedard, and the Volition Games Team from Saint's Row. We got to meet all of them and chat, or we at least stop by their booth and say hi.

It was a really great first con for my son as it was on a smaller scale and he's not a fan of huge crowds. He chose to wear his "Eleventh Doctor" cosplay so I wore my TARDIS dress and we made up a Stormageddeon onesie for the baby! I loved the low-key atmosphere and how we could easily browse around, and go in and out as needed. We had lunch outside, picked up from the one of the food trucks that was set up there. I drove my stroller around with the baby and everyone was super friendly. The traffic began to pick up as the day went on but it still was very manageable and not over-crowded.

In addition to the celebrity appearances, there were also other local celebrities and vendors set up, costume contests, and different game tournaments. We especially liked the Minecraft brownies we got from Newb, The People's Nerd! So cool. I also heard there was a pretty great after party with live music and entertainment! I wasn't able to attend it, but maybe next year! Huge kudos to VV for putting on a great con. We will definitely be going again next year.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Summer Style 2015

Summer is coming! Can you believe it? Surprising, it felt a bit like summer already last week here in the midwest! Speaking of summer - let's talk summer style! I have dark brown hair that has a little bit of natural wave to it. It's VERY thick and a bit coarse. I got it cut short not all that long ago - almost chin length - for summer. (And new motherhood!) However, I think I may get a touch up here soon and try out bangs again. I had them last summer and really loved them. Plus, several people told me they made me look younger and that's always a good thing, right? Ha ha! (The pictures below are of my most recent haircut - before & after - and then my haircut from last summer.)

As far as color goes, I haven't dyed my hair in quite I could probably do with a change! I tried out Madison Reed's Hair Advisor which helps you find your perfect hair color. It gave me several different suggestions for summer according to my current hair color, type of hair, my skin tone, etc. Madison Reed is a company that provides in-home hair color (and other healthy haircare products) with super long lasting results! Their hair dye selection page is VERY comprehensive! My favorite pick from the Hair Advisor was Trieste Red which is a deep reddish mahogany brown. It seems like just the right touch of red (not blaring fire engine or anything like that) and I think this would be easy to transition into.

Here's a styleboard I made with a typical summer outfit for me. I try to stay cool and casual as we have a lot of different activities going on with the kiddos - baseball, 4H, summer camps, etc. So I chose a long chevron stripe skirt, sci-fi tank, colorful flip flops, a bandana hair band, and of course my giant diaper bag. :) I think the hair color above would really go well with this outfit!

Summer Style

I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments! What's your summer style like? Are you thinking of trying any new hair colors or styles? Also, check out the infographic below on how to easily transition your hair color from winter to summer!