Thrift Store Cosplay Day 7

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 7 Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled fashion blog post

Thrift Store Cosplay fashion blogger nerd post Instagram challenge

Day 7: Rapunzel from Tangled

Today’s thrift store cosplay is a minimalist version of Disney’s Rapunzel. It’s more of a bounding, if you will. For those of you who have never heard of Disney bounding…look it up. It’s a simple way of representing your favorite characters at work, at Disney…basically anywhere you are, and still seem like a fairly normal person to the outside world.

This outfit could easily be worn anywhere and people would not automatically suspect me of cosplaying. That’s the beauty of Disney bounding, it’s more of an internal cosplay and the people who get it are the ones you discover to be kindred spirits!!

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 7 Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled fashion blog post

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 7 Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled fashion blog post flat lay

Rapunzel from Disney's Tangled

Often a Bridesmaid… not yet a Bride

So…I’ve been a bridesmaid a couple of times. And by a couple, I mean a lot. And by a lot, I mean 14. I have been a bridesmaid for 14 different brides and grooms. I’ve worn a lot of dresses and none have been white and poufy.

9ea32e587320e3b28e6632a12d039833
Photo by: Footstone Photography
510ca06b1aa2a657e1a0acb56690e11d
Photo by: Vanessa Joy Photography
10714286_10103423348029952_6431158980522072859_o
Photo by: Jenna Michele Photography

10659263_10152693977658936_931570893378259072_n14b1a906ce64c717a09a524cd734166b178096_10100358066603475_1110731621_o

150001_467540541558_6792376_n

1910105_508414945783_1931_n

1001714_10201690729374386_63663956_n

Yes, the words “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” come to mind. But do you know where that phrase comes from? Check it out:

TIFO-Quick-Fact-Listerine-Fact

So it was Listerine who decided that a woman’s worth was based on her hygiene and her appearance and her ability to catch a husband. Sure, it was 1924 and women weren’t quite liberated from the stereotypes yet (are we now?) But advertising tactics like this definitely didn’t help things move in the right direction.

And inevitably when I tell people I’ve been a bridesmaid 14 times, they almost always say this phrase to me. And I really hate it. It’s basically the worst. Being a bridesmaid has nothing to do with romantic relationships and whether or not you can find someone to marry and everything to do with great friendships and finding people who care about you! Being a bridesmaid really means that you are someone’s friend. A friend who they want to share their big moments with. A friend they want to stand with them on a big day like that.

I’ve decided we need to change the phrase. Out with the old and in with the new!! Spread the word. Tell your friends. The new phrase is “Often a bridesmaid, not yet a bride!” Say it with pride. Say it with confidence. And know that if you are a perpetual bridesmaid, like me, then it’s only because you are wanted and you are loved and you are someone’s friend. And that is a wonderful thing.

efb1fa08568215649a6b5df7e9c79cd3

665782_10100358059103505_1658212689_o

9e4af11cb923f94938d078662dfffc6a