Television Costume Exhibit – FIDM Museum

October 23, 2019

The Fashion Institute of Fashion Design and Merchanding (FIDM) has a museum which houses several exhibitions throughout the year, and I went to their Midge’s Marvelous Night event spotlighting “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” show.  They often have special talks with various costume and fashion designers and other special events at the FIDM Museum so be sure to check out their social media accounts for announcements and updates.  Besamé Cosmetics were on-hand to provide some makeup artists if you wanted your makeup done, and some of their products were available for purchase in the museum’s gift shop.  There were also food and drinks provided for all attendees. 

The FIDM Museum in Los Angeles is currently closed, but I hope they will re-open soon.  It’s a great way to see some costumes from a variety of films and television shows. 

Enjoy the slideshow!

Disney+ Summer Days

August 14, 2021

We headed to the Santa Monica Pier on a beautiful August day to check out the Disney Plus Summer Days pop-up event.  We arrived a little early, but we were able to do a virtual check-in which would send a text to our phones when we able to go in. 

We walked around the pier while we waited for the Disney Plus event and got a coffee near the carnival rides.  We only waited about thirty minutes before we received the notification that we could enter the pop-up. 

The pop-up was small, but they had a few costumes and props on display.  There were a couple of lounge areas where you could relax and watch some Disney Plus.  They had themed water bottles available, too.  If you signed up for Disney Plus or showed the app on your phone (you needed to be logged in) you could spin a wheel for prizes where I won a small inflatable beach ball.  You could also get a special embroidered hat if you purchased, or upgraded to, the Disney Plus, ESPN, Hulu package, but we didn’t want to upgrade so we didn’t get the hats.  There was a live mural painting which was fundraising for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Santa Monica which was nice to watch for a few minutes.

There was a photo op where you could also pick up a promotional booklet which had different covers to choose from.  I chose the Loki cover and my partner chose the Mandalorian cover.  The entire experience took about 30 minutes, although we could have hung out in the lounge areas, so it was a little bit of a letdown. 

As we exited the Disney Plus event area we saw an ABC pop-up about 20 yards away.  The ABC event was promoting The Ultimate Surfer and Bachelor in Paradise.  I’m quite honestly not remotely interested in either show, but we went in to see what they had going on.  There were a few photo ops, including a GIF opportunity for Bachelor in Paradise.  There was an area where there would be surfing lessons, and a few games such as cornhole you could play.  There were double-sided hand fans and carabiners holding a travel sized bottle of sunscreen and a lip balm giveaways. 

There was also an area to get tote bag silkscreened, but the line was cut off while we were there.  Just outside of this area was a straw hut where they were giving away long-stemmed red roses as part of the Bachelor in Paradise promotion.  I picked up a rose and we decided to leave rather than wait to watch the surfing lessons or for the silkscreening station line to re-open.  The ABC promotion had more interactives and fun photo-ops than the Disney Plus event which is surprising and disappointing.

The Disney+ Summer Days was part of a four-city tour.  Did you attend?  What did you think of the event?

Primetime Emmy’s 2018 Red Carpet Bleachers

September 17, 2018

I’ve been lucky enough to get to sit in the bleachers of the Primetime Emmy’s red carpet.  It was a very hot September day in downtown Los Angeles when I was in the bleachers for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards.  The staff for the bleachers made sure to have water available for us to drink to stay hydrated in the intense heat.  The bleachers are also partially shaded so most of us aren’t in the direct sunlight. 

If you ever get the chance to sit in the bleacher for the Emmy’s be sure to bring a small handheld fan and a phone charger or two.  They only allowed us to bring a small clutch or a medium sized clear bag, and no “professional” cameras.  If the lens can be removed, they consider that a “professional” camera.  Some fixed lens non-SLR cameras they didn’t allow, either, but there’s some inconsistency there.  I apologize in advance as I only had my older model smartphone to take photos with. 

It can be very slow for about an hour or so once you are seated in the bleachers, and I highly suggest charging your phone and not using it during this lull.  You are given a swag bag when you arrive at the bleachers which usually contains a People Magazine as they are usually one of the sponsors for the bleachers experience so you’ll have something to read.  There will also be a camera crew or two filming the fans in the bleachers, often asking you to hold up a particular item from your swag bag for the sponsors or to just stand up and cheer excitedly for the cameras. 

The bleachers are situated at the end of the red carpet so you are seeing the celebrities just before they enter the venue. It will start as a trickle, then it gets really crazy about thirty minutes before the telecast is scheduled to begin.  Quite a few celebrities will wave and say hi to the fans when the fans start screaming their names.  If it’s not during the rush, many celebrities will stop and say hi.  Selfies are difficult because the bleachers are set quite high up.  Some of the celebrities are willing (this was pre-COVID) to take your phone and do a selfie to get you in the background.  I really enjoy watching the celebrities meet the people they are fans of.  At this show the Queer Eye guys were really excited to meet Sandra Oh who was there with her parents, and they all took a photo together.  It was great to watch them, and I don’t think Sandra Oh’s parents had any clue who these men were.

Visiting Planet Vought

June 4, 2021

Planet Vought in Hollywood, California

We visited the Planet Vought pop-up in June not knowing what to expect. We knew there would be food and we would be in our cars during the entire experience. The entire experience was set up in the parking lot of the Hollywood Palladium.


Upon check-in we were given a card to view the menu items, and our orders were taken by Planet Vought staff prior to entering Planet Vought. Once inside, we saw the chaos as The Boys had destroyed Planet Vought.


The first stop was a photo op from our vehicles then we drove to the merchandise area where I was given and balloon Homelander figure and a balloon headband. At each stop we could watch the actors reacting to the destruction The Boys caused, and it was really entertaining. We were directed to a parking space where our food would be delivered car hop style. Included with our meals were vials of Compound V to enjoy.

The experience was part of The Boys’ Emmy campaign, and though it was fairly brief it was very well done and entertaining. Be sure to watch The Boys on Amazon Prime as it’s a crazy, violent, and extremely entertaining series.

You can watch my short video here of the Planet Vought experience.

SiliConSJ 2021

August 28-29, 2021

SiliCon SJ 2021

SiliConSJ (formerly Silicon Valley Comic Con) is the first convention we’ve attended since Vegas ToyCon in March 2020.  Although at its heart SiliConSJ is the same as Silicon Valley Comic Con there is a distinct emphasis on creators and makers.  We were very excited and a bit apprehensive of attending a large event, but everyone was very good at wearing their masks appropriately with the exception of the panelists. All in all it was great to attend our first convention in seventeen months. 

As Adam Savage is now the “Creative Director” of SiliConSJ, and he was everywhere.  He hosted the traditional Opening Keynote panel along on Saturday morning, opened the costume contest Saturday afternoon/evening, and he had his own panel on Sunday morning. 

A few of the panels we attended included Bruce Boxleitner, Mark Sheppard, Jim Cummings, and Denise Crosby.  The Costume Contest showcased some amazing costumes.  Unfortunately it was very difficult to take photos of all of the costumes, because many of the cosplayers zoomed across the stage with hardly a one or two second pause at center stage.  I don’t know if it was a lack of instruction to the competitors to stop and pose to show off their costumes or if was due to the nervousness of the competitors participating.  After all of the competitors crossed the stage, the judges had to take several minutes to go and talk to the competitors and take a good look at the costumes before they could make their decisions.  I had seen a few of these costumes up close around the convention center and these deservedly won prizes in various categories. 

You can check out a video slideshow of most of the costume contest participants on my YouTube channel here.

There was a feeling of excitement in the air at SiliConSJ.  We were all happy to be back at a convention, and I feel that there was a sense of hope that we are getting back to “normal” after a long hibernation.  Adam Savage was certainly contributing to the feeling of happiness around the convention, and he was quite exhilarated to be back at conventions and being able to meet and talk to people in person again.  I’m looking forward to attending a few more conventions this year, including San Diego Comic-Con: Special Edition this November and LA Comic Con in December. 

The Tomorrow War Red Carpet Premiere

Los Angeles, CA

June 30, 2021

There was a truck parked near the doors to the stadium complete with a little smoke and periodic sound effects which startled me as I waited in line for the security screening. Once inside the stadium we picked up our complimentary concessions and proceeded back outside to our seats.

Chris McKay, director of The Tomorrow War, and star Chris Pratt said a few words of thanks to the studio, producers, and the crew prior to the screening starting. Being outdoors in June required the screening to start later than most screenings after 8:30pm. The movie is a bit long so I was quite grateful for the cushioned seats at the Banc of California Stadium. These seats were unexpected for an outdoor sports complex, and they were very comfortable. My only complaint about the seats is the way they are designed/installed caused your seat to move whenever a person in your row within 3 or 4 seats of you leaned back, forward, or even shifted around.

Overall, we found The Tomorrow War to be an entertaining alien movie, and we had a great time attending our first post-COVID premiere. It also gave us a chance to see inside the new Banc of California Stadium.

Photo of the exterior of Banc of California Stadium taken through a dirty car window

Note: Photos of the actors on the red carpet taken from 150-ish yards away on a Samsung Galaxy S21+

DIY: Pin and Button Storage

by Veronica Nunez

August 15, 2020

I’ve been looking for a system to store my pin collection which would also make it easier to find specific pins for wearing. I found two tutorials on YouTube and made tweaks of my own to fit my needs. In the process of organizing my pins I found that a minor modification was useful for storing my buttons. I don’t actively collect buttons, but I receive so many from Comic-Cons and various events. I also have a collection of buttons from my time working at Disneyland.

As always, feel free to customize this system as you wish.

Supplies:

1 large 3-ring binder

Self-adhesive felt sheets

Self-adhesive foam

Cutting mat and rotary cutter or scissors

Page Protectors

Option 1 Directions:

  1. Remove the adhesive from the back of the foam, and lay the foam on your clean work surface with the adhesive side facing up.
  2. Peel back the top one inch of the backing from the felt. (Working from on the short side is easiest.)
  3. Line up the edge sof the exposed section of the adhesive side of the felt to the adhesive side of the foam. Once they are attached, slide the rest of the backing paper off of the felt as you slide your other hand along the felt pressing it onto the foam.
  4. Once the felt is completely attached to the foam, use a cutting mat and rotary cutter to trim the sheet to the size you need. I needed my sheets to be approximately 8 inches by 10 and a half inches. Hint: Trim a small amount on each side rather than the entire amount at once. The sheets of felt are 9-inches by 11 inches and the foam was 9 inches by 12 inches. I cut the length to 11 inches, then the other edge to 10 and half inches. I cut one side of the short length from 9 inches to 8 and one half inches, then the other short side was cut down to 8 and one quarter inches.
  5. I found these page protectors which have a lip which folds over the top of the page.
  6. Insert the completed pages in the binder. I found this binder on the Staples.com website for a lot less than it was listed on Amazon.

Option 2 Directions:

  1. Follow all of the instructions above, but use two self-adhesive felt sheets attached to each other rather than one felt and one foam sheet.

You can see that the sheets with the two sheets of felt are not as thick or as firm which makes them perfect for storing buttons.

CHiPs Reunion – Nostalgia Con 2019

CHiPs Reunion

Nostalgia Con

September 29, 2019

 by Veronica Nunez

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Larry Wilcox (L) and Erik Estrada (R)

Nostalgia Con reunited Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada for a CHiPs reunion panel.  I watched CHiPs religiously as a kid, and I was really excited to see this panel.

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Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada

Erik spoke at length about what inspired him to become a police officer in real life, and it has nothing to do with CHiPs.  I won’t go into details, but he was visiting an office were officers were part of a team targeting child exploitation.

Larry and Erik touched briefly on their past conflicts.  Erik Estrada told the story of his on-set accident during film a scene of CHiPs.  Larry’s former military training kicked in and Erik credits Larry with saving his life.  Their relationship improved after that, and Erik proclaimed his love for his brother.

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Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada

 

It feels like they are just two very different people, and there were other issues onset which created an environment ripe for arguments, but it was quite enjoyable to see these two men laugh together thirty (30) years later.

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Larry Wilcox and Erik Estrada laughing together

Nostalgia Con 2019

Nostalgia Con 2019

Anaheim, California

September 28-29, 2019

  by Veronica Nunez

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The Flux Capacitors

Nostalgia Con is a fan convention celebrating the 1970s to 1980s.  Nostalgia Con was held September 28 to 29, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  It was a very small convention, but I enjoyed the panels and seeing all of the great fan cars on display.

The Flux Capacitors performed on the convention floor during the convention.  There was a Boombox Museum with so many boomboxes of various sizes.  Remember when bigger was better for portable radios?!

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There was a panel featuring three of the original MTV VJs telling stories of how MTV began, doing cocaine with rock stars, and hosting a 24 hour worldwide concert while simultaneously partying with rock stars.  Other panels included Dawn Wells from Gilligan’s Island, Sean Astin and Corey Feldman talking about The Goonies, Christopher Lloyd, and CHiPs to name a few.

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I wish there had been more attendees at the convention, but I hope they return in future years.

Hunters Bowling After Party

Hunters on Amazon Prime After Party

Los Angeles, California

February 24, 2020

by Veronica Nunez

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After the screening we were sent across the street to after party at Highland Park Bowl.  Highland Park Bowl is basically a bag with several bowling lanes.  I loved the historic and vintage vibe.  There was a small selection of pizza flavors to choose from for our free slice, and it was pretty good pizza.  They also had themed cocktails the bars and our punch cards gave us two cocktails.  The entire place was themed and decorated for the Hunters show including photographs on the staircase.  I apologize for the blurry photos of the staircase photos. I was trying not to block the stairs as they led to the busy restrooms.

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There was also a sword swallower performer in a side room where another bar was located and a cotton candy maker.  Across the hallway there was a photo booth area where we were given mustache disguises.  The photo booth took a photo and a gif, which were emailed separately.  I received the emails within 10 minutes of taking the photos.  We stopped by the “merchandise” booth located near the entrance/exit of the bowling alley and collected our free “bowling” sock, which was part of our punch card.  The lady working the booth asked us if would like a t-shirt, too, and gave us each one.  It’s the same shirt all of the bar/bowling alley staff was wearing and wasn’t part of the punch card freebies.