A Bayside Cheerleader hangs at the Max (review of Saved by the Max) 

There has been a flourish of pop ups themed museums and restaurants from Ice Cream, Star Wars, to now Saved by the Bell’s famous hang out the Max. 

Saved by the Max is a pop restaurant in Hollywood. You can live your Bayside dream while  eating a cheeseburger (don’t worry there are vegan options too). To attend one has to make reservations ahead of time and pay up front. Tickets are a little over $51 per person and that include an appetizer and an entree, desserts and drinks are extra. 

Making reservations was rather stressful and many spots were taken initially, but more spots have been added so that should help for future reservations. 

I knew I wanted to recreate the original Bayside cheerleader outfit. I found the skirt on Etsy at iTreasureMine, Angie was very responsive to my messages regarding sizing and the delievery was very quick. It was the perfect skirt. I bought a maroon polo shirt on Amazon, and cut out grey and white felt in the shape of the B and sewed it on, and for the added touch added some pom poms. This Bayside Cheerleader was ready for the Max. 

  
When you arrive give your name to the booth outside, once your table is ready your name is called and you are escorted in.  When you walk in you will pass the Bayside Lockers, each locker is filled with momentums of the Saved by the Bell characters crutches for Lisa, pills for Jessie when she was soooo excited, and even Tori had a locker. Why Tori had a locker I don’t know, but I never was a fan of her character, so it beats me. But that is another blog post in itself.  Characters that annoyed you and you wish never existed  

   
              After the little hall way of lockers you are seated at the booth. It really is the best creation of the Max. You are given your menu and told to order first and then you can explore the place. The menu is pretty simple. Appetizers include items such as sliders, salads, Mac and cheese. Entrees consists of burgers, sandwiches, tacos. The chef did attempt to make it all little fancy with interesting sauces. My friend ordered the pancakes and the syrup was a peanut butter maple syrup and my cesar salad consisted of an avocado dressing, a slight twist to a basic item. Besides food Saved by the Max has an extentise cocktail list.   I ordered the Friends Forever an ale and a Jameson mix. Which has now become my new favorite thing to do. 

   
 

  Now time to take a moment to explore. There is the Juke box,  Mr Beldings office, and yes the booth of radio station Kkty 98.6 FM. All make for fun photo ops and highly recommend you take advantage of them. Also there are giant foam heads of the characters which also makes for some silly pictures. Plus there are free arcade games you can play on. 

   
                       

All and all Saved by the Max was fun. The atmosphere is amazing and  the food is ok. Overall it’s a 4.5 out of 5 stars. 

Let me know in the comments how your experience is and if you dressed up. Take care preppies!! 

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WonderCon 2018 Cosplay recap. 

WonderCon was held March 23-25, 2018 and it was another wonderful con. Thousands of cosplayer could be seen walking the halls and court yard of the Ananheim Convention Center. 

 WonderCon is an anual event usually held in the city of Anaheim. It is run by the same people that run San Diego Comic Con, but unlike San Diego it is far less stressful and one of my favorite cons. Also on the plus side you have Downtown Disney and the Disneyland Resort a short distance away. 

This year was filed with thousands of amazing cosplays. It always amazes me the level of creativity. 

I love cosplaying and I make all my own cosplays. I’ve been sewing for almost three years and I’m completely self taught. 

Day 1-  80s and 90s animated classics. 

For the first day I cosplayed as one of my favorite childhood characters Gadget Hackwrench from Disney’s Chip and Dale Rescue Rangers.  

 
  
I ran into some other critters  during the day. 

Loved Alivin and the Chipettes 

Janet-The blonde Jedi

   
    

Secret of Nimh 

Love how classic 80s and 90s cartoons were being represented. 

   

   
It truly was a classic day that ended with a classic burger.  A mouse gets hungry after a busy day of Conning, so of course I went for an In n Out cheeseburger. 

  

Day 2 – Herioc Adventures

For the second day I cosplayed as a USO girl. Honestly it is one of my favorites cosplays cause lets be honest I do love Captain America. He is one of my favorite superheroes 

Bucky –  Steven Van Doom

Captain America – Captain Cosplay

 
Here are a few of my friends before the Con 

Lando-  Atomic Redhead Pinup Wonder Woman, Griffindlr Quiddich players 

Photo by Sunshine lark

 
Took some pictures with some Caps   
        Even joined some fellow USO girls for this group picture. All and all it was a fun day, but very exhausting. 

Day 3 – Regency princesses  

Day 3 my friend Jojoand I decided to do a regency Frozen mashup. Our love of Jane Austen inspired this idea and it was very well received.  

Coronation Elsa and  Anna Austen 

            

Tea Time with Hamilton. When the Colonies meet British Regency. Apparently they aren’t fans of tea 😂  

  

    

Snowflake tea sandwiches  

  
We ran into some other great cosplays during the day. 

My favorite of princess suffragettes 

Anna – Arielle cosplay

Ariel- Lena

Moana – Alia

Sleeping Beauty- Victoria

Loved this Brave family. Complete with peg leg. Such a clever cosplay   

Sailor Moon –   Eri

  

Rita Skeeter Nikki interviews Queenie Jamie

       

We each bought our own charcters.  

  Corgi Link. Love it when dogs cosplay too

  

It was a great WonderCon and we ended it by heading to Disney

Best part of the end, no more wigs!!!

Took a spin on Luigi’s  
   

I stopped to talk to Captain America who was honestly so wonderful. Even asked to see pics of WonderCon. Highly suggest stopping by and talking to him. 

  

 

Finally ended the night with fireworks. It was perfection. 

I highly recommend WonderCon and even more cosplaying. Hope this inspired you to check out a local Con. Have a magical day!! 

The making of Art Nouveau Belle cosplay 

I am a huge fan of Hannah Alexander art work, eapecially her art nouveau art work. I’ve always wanted to bring one of her works to life. It’s a big challenge to undertake making a pattern, dying fabric and hand beading ,but I was up to the challenge. 

 I decided on tackling the Art Nouveau Belle! 
I bought 7 yards of poly blend satin and 7 yards of poly blend chiffon. I had two yards of yellow broadcloth already.  

 

Now to figure how to make the dress. I found a pattern that worked well and would just need a little modifying. 

I just had to modify the goudets, the insets between the seams that create a flowey almost mermaid like feel. Making them longer and wider to create a sillouet similar to the drawing.  Also I would need to make sleeves and add ruffles. 

  
I constructed the skirt and cut out the pieces of the top. The top consists  of 5 layers of fabric. Two layers of cotton broad cloth, with interfacing In between,  satin and chiffon. The bodice will be boned. The boning channels will be between the cotton fabrics. I constructed the cotton section fist and left the piece of chiffon and satin as pieces to be dyed. 

To dye the skirt, it is best to have the satin lining constructed and the chiffon top layer constructed. 

Now to dye the fabric. When using poly blend you have to use dye formulated to work for that. Rit dye more  Daffodil yellow  is the dye I used for the project, regular Rit will not work. Also when dying polyester blends you have to use the stove top method. With ombré you have to dye the fabric in section. The fabric you want darkest has to stay in the dye longer. The fabric you want lightest remove from the pot first.  I dumped everything in the pot after 10 minutes I pulled a section out. After another 15 minutes I pulled another chunck of a section. I left the remainder in to soak for another 15 Minutes. Repeat the same process for the chiffon.  Also don’t use the pot for cooking after. This pot should only be used for dying and not for food. 

   
  

 Be sure to follow the bottle instruction. 

Now that everything is dyed it’s time to sew everything together.  

I made the belt pattern that was going to be embellished with embroidered beaded lace. 

   

The sleeves I drafted a pattern myself and drafted the pattern for the ruffles on the bodice and the sleeves.    

    

    

I hand sewed the belt to the dress. Machine sewing it could possibly damage the beading and the chiffon. 

Now to work on the grommets. With cosplays I like to have stuff that laces up. I unfortunately  fluctuate in weight about 5 to 10 lbs so lacing is a must especially with cosplays that take such a long time and effort to create. 
    

It’s a painful process and I have a hand held grommet press so elbow grease is a must. 
Now to finish the beading. I bought these gold beads at Joann’s fabric. You have to hand sew them. Work in tiny sections so they don’t break apart easily. 

    

The jeweled Rose was hand sewn to the center. I was so lucky to have found this piece. 

  

For the top I divided the strands with two white pearl beads it added a nice touch.        

Now to do the beading on the hip. This was the biggest pain and the beads would break. Work in small sections and knot often. My cat was in charge of quality control and inspection lol 

    

The rhinestones on the godets were glued with E6000.       

For the head piece I used fake roses, leaves, a wide head band, and a few fake pearls. I cut the heads, laid the leaves on the head band, glued, and hot glued the Rose heads to the leaves. I added a few pearls to the leaves.   

   
 
Here is the dress completed. You can tell in the video how beautifully the ombre turned out.  

     

  

   

  
I hope this inspires you to create your own Art nouveau princess. Thanks for reading! 

D23 expo recap

D23 expo was this past weekend at the Anaheim convention center. It comes ever other year and it was my first time going. 

I decided to go as Vanessa, Ursuala’s alter ego on land. The costume I made turned out great.   

I got in line about 7 am the convention opened at 10 am.  

  
  
  
The nice thing is that D23 expo had stage pass for some panels. It’s basically like a fast pass so you don’t have to wait in line for hours and hours. I was able to stag a pass for the shorts panel. 

The short panel discussed the different shorts featured in the new DVD. The coolest thing was a sketch book they gave to all audience members. 

  
Another cool thing about the expo was a chance to visit the Disneyland archives.  It featured props from rides, photos, badges, and costumes.  I took a ton of photos. 

 

disneyland archieves
 
  
This was the end of the collection. Amazing!!!

There were tons of phot opportunities and amazing cosplays. I was lucky to take some photos with some amazing cosplayers. 

 
  
  

Sven let’s go save Anna
 My favorite had to be this one with Flynn Rider. Move Eric I have my eye on Flynn, Maximus doesn’t approve. Can’t help it Flynn stole my heart.   
fellow cosplayers
   
I really was a fan of cosplayers that cosplayed less popular characters, Mr. and Mrs. Darling (Wendy’s parents) Olivia (Great Mouse Detective) King Steffan and the Queen (Aurora’s parents) and the Haunted Mansion (Amber Arden’s tightrope girl was amazing)

  

There was another great opportunity to take a photo on a Star Wars speed racer. It was pretty awesome.  


I attended an artist signing of Jasmine Becket Griffith. I love her art work. Picket up a Snow White postcard.    

Disney Infinity has a booth too. Uou had an opportunity to choose one of six figurines after their interactive experience. I was one of the last in line to get this opportunity, the line was two hours long but for a free infinity figure so worth it. 

  I picked up Sadness. She’s so cute.  

  

Got to get a sneak peak of Disney Shanghai. 

 
And another sneak peek of Pandora at Animal Kingdom 

   

Plus there will be a lot of exciting with the announcement of Star Wars land in Disneyland and DisneyWorld. So much exciting new developments and expansions. It’s an amazing era for Disney. Can’t wait to see all the developments completed. 

Plus all the cute products that will come out soon for Disney style at the Disney store. 

  
 It was an amazing day and I ended the day sailing back to the sea. After all Vanessa can’t remain on land forever.     
I did buy a few things and scored some free stuff. I loved my Aristocats prints I bought and my Disney Vans. I loved the Ariel ones. Ironic that Vanessa bought Ariel shoes but it was the only way to get a little mermaid. 

  
It was a fabulous day can’t wait for 2017. Thanks for reading, have a magical day. 

Pinup style meets geek chic -Her Universe at Hot Topic

I am a proud geek. Love shows like Arrow, Daredevil, and Agent Carter. I grew up watching Batman the animated series and X Men the animated series too and let’s not forget all the great Comic Book movies in the last couple years. At the same time as well as being a geek I’m a girly girl too. I love dresses and heels and having my hair all curled, so you can only imagine my excitement when I heard about the new Marvel line by Her Universe at Hot Topic.

It has a great pinup style look to all the pieces and a retro glam vibe.

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I rushed to the store the minute it came on sale. The online store is sadly sold out. I ended up getting the Loki dress, Captain America dress, and Black Widow jacket. The detail is amazing.

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My favorite has to be the Loki dress. I love the detail of the head pieces around the edge. It’s very geeky, but subtle. You can dress it up with heels like I’ve done or down with flip flops and a denim jacket. As for dress sizing I’m usually a size 8 and found the medium in the Loki and Captain dress worked well. Unfortunately the Black Widow jacket I had to size up to a large since It was too tight to wear over a sweater. If I was wearing the jacket over a thinner top the medium would have worked. I didn’t get the other three pieces in the collection. The Thor sailor dress is darling though and so is the Tony Stark bomber jacket. The Black Widow dress is 60s mod chic, but not my style.

I highly recommend checking out the collection in stores and if you are a geeky gal or have a geeky gal in your life definitely get a piece or two from the collection. Thanks for reading and have a Geektasic day!