Thrift Store Cosplay Day 21

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 21 Dick Tracy Private Eye fashion blog post

Thrift Store Cosplay fashion blogger nerd post Instagram challengeDay 21: Dick Tracy

Who remembers the movie from the 90’s starring Warren Beatty, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman & Madonna? I think it’s time to bring Tracy back and I am volunteering as tribute! I’m ready to solve all the crimes!!

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 21 Dick Tracy Private Eye fashion blog post

Hat from my dad’s hat collection

Blazer from Salvation Army

Pants from OMG Thrift

White Shirt, Red Tie, Black Vest & Shoes from Goodwill

Belt from The Boys and Girls Club Thrift Store

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Thrift Store Cosplay Day 20

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 20 Romeo + Juliet Baz Luhrman Leonardo Dicaprio fashion blog post

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Day 20: Romeo from Romeo + Juliet

Ok, let’s talk about Romeo + Juliet! When I was in middle school, the Baz Luhrmann version of Shakespeare’s most classic love story came out in theaters and I was instantly in love! And we’re talking pre-Titanic Leo love, which is an entirely different kind of love. One year later, Leonardo Dicaprio would become the biggest heart throb on the planet. But for those of us who started our love of Leo off with Romeo Montague, this one’s for you!

But I don’t just want to mention my deep and abiding love for Mr. Dicaprio (which has never diminished, even after all these years) I want to also talk about my love of Shakespeare, which was largely ignited by this very movie. After seeing it (about 100 times) I started reading it over and over again. In fact, my dad got me my own volume of Shakespeare’s works for Christmas that year and wrote a beautiful note to me about how Leo started me down a path and he was happy to have me continue down it. I memorized all the great monologues and would recite them in my room to my collection of beanie babies…I was a really cool kid, I promise!!

To this day, Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet is one of my favorite movies and one of my favorite of Shakespeare’s plays. I’m sure there were teachers that tried to get me to read Shakespeare, perhaps my parents even attempted it. Shakespeare’s plays are enduring and everlasting. They are timeless and beautiful, but for my little middle school heart, it took Leonardo Dicaprio to spark my interest. And look at me now!!

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 20 Romeo + Juliet Baz Luhrman Leonardo Dicaprio

Shirt from my dad’s closet

Pants from Plato’s Closet

Shoes from Goodwill

Necklace from my Granny

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Thrift Store Cosplay Day 19

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Thrift Store Cosplay fashion blogger nerd post Instagram challengeDay 19: Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City

This should be no surprise to you…I’m a Carrie Bradshaw through and through. I’ve taken the Buzzfeed quiz, so I know it’s true! It’s the hair…the fashion sense…the love of shoes…the independent lifestyle. And while I haven’t been on the dating scene in quite a while, in the past…I was all about that bass. If you need a refresher course in my dating adventures, click here!

I’ve been on my fair share of dates, just like Carrie. I’ve kissed my fair share of guys, just like Carrie. And…well, that’s where the comparison in dating ends!!

One of the things I love about Carrie and can identify with her most is her single status, which lasts well into her 40’s in the show and the movie. And while she does eventually tie the knot with Mr. Big (another place we differ, cause I’m an Aiden girl) she spends plenty of time solo.

Me? I’m not looking for Mr. Big and I do enjoy being solo. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for an Aiden or a Mr. Big or a Burger or a Petrovsky or any of the other kinds of men Carrie dated and loved on the show. It does mean that if none of them come along, me and my hair are perfectly fine with that! We’ve got other things to do…

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Tank and Skirt from Goodwill

Pink heels from Salvation Army

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Thrift Store Cosplay Day 18

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 18 Van Pelt from Jumanji villain fashion blog post

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Day 18: Van Pelt from Jumanji

JUMANJI! Who else desperately wanted to find the Jumanji game and open up their own jungle Pandora’s box as a kid? No? Just me then?

This is one of those timeless Robin Williams movies that I used to LOVE watching and now find it quite difficult to watch, only because all Robin Williams movies make me hella emotional. And while I am interested in the new Jumanji as a movie that looks funny, (and I always enjoy the Rock) for me…there is one Jumanji and one Jumanji only and it has the incomparable Robin Williams.

What about you? Did you see the trailer for the new Jumanji? What did you think?

Ps…I really like saying the word Jumanji! Here’s my take on the OG Jumanji villain and super baddie, Van Pelt (I left the big guns at home):

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 18 Van Pelt from Jumanji villain fashion blog post

Hat from my dad’s hat collection

Tie Pin from Dechoes Resale

Black Shirt, Tan Shirt, Red Tie, Belt, Shorts and Boots all from Goodwill

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Thrift Store Cosplay Day 17

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Day 17: Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz

Aside from being the 17th day in my Thrift Store Cosplay series, it also happens to be National Thrift Store Day. And I didn’t even plan it that way! August was clearly the month that this series was meant to be in!

To celebrate this occasion, I had a couple adventures today.

Stop #1: First up, a tour of my local Goodwill. At BlogHer 17 back in June, I happened upon a Goodwill table at the conference and met Dominik, who is Goodwill Central Florida’s Volunteer Director. Dominik invited me to one of their WOW Tours and also to an Inspiration Breakfast they’re having in September (which I will share with you when it happens!) And today was tour day! I don’t know if they planned it to be on National Thrift Store Day, but it was quite fortuitous!

There’s a lot of misinformation out there about Goodwill. And rather than give in to the chatter or let that influence me, I thought the best way to find out more information is to go directly to the source and learn about the company from within. I’ll be bringing you a lot more blog posts on what I’ve learned and am learning, but I want to say this…I used to shop fast fashion brands and I could no longer feel good about that decision given the waste, potential for human trafficking elements in production and general knowledge of shady practices in a lot of main stream fast fashion companies (if you want names…I can give you names!) Goodwill is a company that is doing great things in Central Florida and I can and do feel great about supporting them and I will continue to do so as I learn more about the company!! You can check out my Instagram story today and see the whole thread of my day!!

Stop #2: After my fun morning at Goodwill I stopped at OMG Thrift because they made me their Selfie Star of the Week and I won a free $10 gift card. So I went to pick it up. And will probably use that pretty soon, as free money doesn’t stay in my wallet very long and I love shopping there!! Expect to see more about it in my Instagram story.

Stop #3: This morning, I hastily ransacked my closet for items to donate to Goodwill this morning, on National Thrift Store Day. Sadly I could only scrounge together 1 bag, because a couple weeks ago I donated 8 bags of stuff, so my closet was slim pickin’s. Not only that, I totally forgot to give it to the OBT Goodwill that I was touring this morning. So I had to add a 3rd stop to my Thrift Store tour today. I stopped at the Salvation Army to donate my measly bag of items. The Salvation Army is exactly 2 minutes from my work, so it was incredibly convenient to donate there. I usually try to divide my donations up and give them to Goodwill, Salvation Army and also my local Boys and Girls Club thrift store. You can’t go wrong with any of those options!!

With all that information for ya, it’s back to the cosplay. Here’s my Dorothy:

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 17 Dorothy from Wizard of Oz

Shirt from Goodwill

Skirt from The Whirl and Twirl Square Dance Club’s Annual Skirt Sale

Shoes from Plato’s Closet

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Thrift Store Cosplay Day 16

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 16 Harry Potter fashion blog post wand Wizard

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Day 16: Harry Potter

Personally, I’m a Gryffindor. So when I found this shirt in Goodwill, I knew I had to have it, not only for my personal closet of items to wear on a daily basis, but also for this series! I already had Harry Potter glasses in my cosplay closet and my wand from Ollivander’s Wand Shop at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando.

Funny story…last time I was at the Wizarding World, I went into Ollivander’s with my friends Erin and Cristina, fully expecting an exuberant child to be picked by Ollivander to do the wand choosing portion of the experience at the store. There I was, in the front row with the biggest grin on my face at least a foot or two taller than the little children eagerly wanting to be chosen by Mr. Ollivander. But one look at me and Mr. Ollivander stopped in front of me, gave me an quizzical look and then proceeded to pick me…ME!!! Sure, some of you might say…”let the children do it instead,” but if Mr. Ollivander chose you, you’d forget that you were an adult and run up to the counter in anticipation of your first REAL wand too…wouldn’t you? No? Just me? Well, regardless…that is the story of where I got my wand!! The end!

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 16 Harry Potter fashion blog post wand Wizard

Harry Potter shirt and pants from Goodwill

Wand from Universal Orlando

Glasses from my cosplay closet

Shoes from my shoe closet (I have many closets!)

Underpants from Richard Leeds International (Not seen in above picture…obviously!)

Harry Potter flay lay

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Thrift Store Cosplay Day 15

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 15: Spiderman Homecoming Marvel fashion blog post superheroes

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Day 15: Spiderman from Spiderman: Homecoming

Who’s seen the latest installment in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe? The newest iteration of Spiderman, played by Tom Holland, flew onto the scene in Captain America: Civil War with youthful exuberance, hilarious energy and a brand new Spidey suit, which we get to see him sporting again in Spiderman: Homecoming until events occur that causes Peter’s mentor Tony Stark to take away his suit leaving him to his own devices and his own homemade Spidey suit. That’s where my interpretation comes in:

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Vest and Pants from Goodwill

Shirt, Socks & Gloves from OMG Thrift

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Thrift Store Cosplay Day 14

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 14 Aladdin Disney fashion blog post

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Day 14: Aladdin

Aladdin is one of my all time favorite Disney movies. It’s neck and neck with Lion King for me. I must have watched it over 1,000 times as a kid and still continue to watch it as an adult (though since the death of Robin Williams it’s been much harder to watch it without crying uncontrollably!)

Which is your favorite Disney movie? We all have one (or 4.)

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 14 Aladdin Disney fashion blog post

Hat from my dad’s extensive hat collection (go on Instagram and check out his #30DaysofNerdyHats )

Pants from my Aunt Becky’s dance closet (we used to do a dance to Arabian Nights at her belly dancing class when I was a kid.)

Vest from OMG Thrift

Undershirt from Goodwill 

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Thrift Store Cosplay Day 13

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 13 Luigi Super Mario Brothers Nintendo fashion blog post

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Day 13: Luigi from Super Mario Brothers

This one ended up being more of an homage than I originally intended. The first piece of my Luigi cosplay I found was the green overalls. I got excited cause I thought to myself “Look, green overalls…just like Luigi wears!” In my defense I haven’t owned a Nintendo since I was in high school which was…let’s just say it wasn’t yesterday.

Imagine my dismay when I got home and Google’d Luigi to see the kind of blue shirt I needed (again, I was going on memory here) and found out that Luigi wore blue overalls and green shirt. Wah-wah-wah. But I went with it anyways and decided it was going to be an homage the Luigi I remembered in my child’s mind rather than real Luigi. And here it is:

Luigi Super Mario Brothers

Overalls from Goodwill

Shirt from OMG Thrift

Boots from Plato’s Closet

Hat from my dad’s hat collection

Thrift Store Cosplay day 13 Luigi flat lay Super Mario Brothers NIntendo

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