The Ultimate LA Girls Weekend

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I feel like these days we are always so busy… running around, working on our goals, living life to the fullest, but sometimes it is great to take a step back and have a nice girls weekend!

When my best friend Becca (have you seen her home tour!?!) texted me that she had a free weekend to come to LA, the ultimate LA girls weekend was in the books.
In my opinion, girls weekends should revolve around catching up and cultivating your friendships and food… food and wine are key ingredients.

Becca had a late flight into LA and I knew we would have so much to catch up on so we went back to my apartment for wine, cheese, and chips & salsa. Actually now that I think about it, chips and salsa has had a large part in our friendship.

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Shorts: Lilly Pulitzer Dahlia Shorts | Top: Mango (Similar) | Glasses: Quay

On Saturday, Becca needed to hit up her beloved 901 Salon and I got a run in before we met back up for tea at Alfred Tea Room to begin our adventures for the day. Alfred’s Tea Room is located on Melrose Place and is so #instagramworthy and I love anything pink!

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After some boba tea and some photos we decided we needed real food. We had lunch on the rooftop of EP/LP then hit the Culver City Hotel for happy hour. There is nothing better for a LA girls weekend than dining al fresco! For dinner we walked to Cannibal LA, a new hot spot in Culver City and then took the train back to my house to end the evening watching Ali Wong and laughing together.

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Sunday we met up for brunch with our friend Julia at Sunny Spot. Sunny Spot is perfect for an amazing brunch and I love that their bottomless brunch includes mimosas, bloody mary’s and a rum punch… so you can change it up a bit. The rest of the day was spent hanging at my house binge watching You’re the Worst and making homemade pizza before Becca had to return to San Francisco. All in all I think we had a great girls weekend!

What do you think makes a great girls weekend? Let me know in the comments!

Putting Together a Running Costume

Hey Everyone! So if you have followed my blog or instagram for a while, you know that I love runDisney and getting the opportunity to have some fun running… in costume! I have been Elsa, Cinderella, a tribe of Ewoks, Pocahontas, and a Stormtrooper (to name a few) over the years and have loved every second of it. Prepping my running costume is just as fun as running the race and helps build up excitement for the race weekend itself.

Putting Together a Running Costume

With the Disneyland Half on the horizon I thought I would share an (updated) version of how I make a running costume. I have gotten so much better at making these and have seen many people make some ill-advised choices for running attire over the years, but with this guide you will be up and running with some added character in time for your next race!

GET INSPIRED
After 4+ years of runDisney races I say, when it comes to choosing your costume inspiration, go with what you want. There will always be multiples of everything so have fun with it. I usually try and stick to the overarching race theme especially with Star Wars Half Weekends, Princess Half, and the Avengers Half… but with the upcoming Disneyland Half Weekend – well anything is possible.

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Pick your character inspiration and breakdown the key items that identify them and their color palette. For an Ewok this would be brown colors and their hood with ears. For Elsa it would be blue colors, sparkles and her cape. Mickey, of course, has his signature ears.

START WITH YOUR BASE
The biggest mistake I see in costume runners is not starting with the correct base. The way a costume breaks down, in my mind, is essentially you are wearing embellished athletic gear. Since you have your color palette decided, look through your running clothes or shop for some that would fit your character. I like to the have a top, bottom and socks to bring my color palette to life.

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Sparkle Athletic skirts have been a go-to for mine because they have so many colors and patterns (plus I look super cute in them). But I have also used tutus from the Halloween store. I also love Pro Compression socks for their ridiculous amount of color options and just for making amazing compression socks.

GET CRAFTY
Embellishing your athletic/running gear is what starts to bring your character to life! My Elsa costume started as a white running top. I found a child’s Elsa costume (on sale!) and took my seam ripper to it. I salvaged the cape and sewed it on the back of my running shirt and the skirt material became the sweetheart top similar to Elsa’s signature blue dress. Juliana just did a tutorial on how to make a Chewbacca bandolier on her site.

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Not crafty? Search the web! My Stormtrooper look was a crop top from Poprageous over a black long sleeve running top. I created my belt with some sparkle fabric and craft foam all held together with a hot glue gun. Juliana used a kids bike safety vest (found at Target) to really bring home her Darth Vader costume. Sometimes you just have to think outside the box!

TOP IF OFF
Copying a hairstyle or adding a color coordinated headband or visor always helps bring the look together. I always have a headband to keep my hair out of my face and use it to tie the look together. For Elsa and Pocahontas I rocked a braid similar to the characters. For the Ewok tribe it was all about the hoods! And if you know my last one featured here… well you officially win at life. But a simple cowl and goggles brought my Mara Jade look together.

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Easy accessories can really make the costumes. Crowns from the Disney Store or a mock braid like Juliana made (out of yarn) are lightweight, unobtrusive and really identify your character. Halloween costumes head wear, like Amidala’s headdress are great way to have extra fun, but we usually reserve these for the 5ks! Make sure to follow the runDisney costume guidelines and not cover your face.

Have any questions on putting together your own running costume? Let me know in the comments and I will be sure to come back to you! Cannot wait to reveal what we will be wearing for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend!

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Bad Wolf Brunch 2.0!

New Bad Wolf Brunch

Dress: Mango (Similar) | Glasses: Quay | Head Band: Lilly Pulitzer

Welcome to Bad Wolf Brunch 2.0! We have done a little bit of house cleaning over here. While I love my Bad Wolf Brunch, the new version will have a wider arrange of content focusing on healthy living and lifestyle.

A few new things!
I have re-worked my categories to make the site easier to navigate as my content grows. There are added style and lifestyle categories, and the healthy living section will house all of my running posts.
Over in my nerdiness section I have divided posts out by fandom so you can easily search for any Star Wars, Harry Potter, or Marvel posts you want!

About Me
I have spruced up my “about me” page to give a bit more back ground information on my blog’s history and more contact information. I started using the line from Halloweentown a while ago in my instagram header “Being normal is vastly overrated” and I think this sums me up pretty well.

I hope you enjoy the new Bad Wolf Brunch and more regularly scheduled programming! See you next week for all the Bad Wolf Brunch goodness you love!

We Are Updating

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Hi All – We are updating BAD WOLF BRUNCH!

Be back sooner than you think!! xoxo

YOUR LAST MINUTE SDCC PREP GUIDE

BWB-Comic-Con-Prep-Header1-1024x206Hey Brunch Babes (and boys)! It’s FRIDAY!! More than that it’s the last FRIDAY before Comic Con!! TGIF!! Having enough Cons under my belt I have sort of gotten lazy with all my prep. I still make my schedule for panel and events, but other than that I am a bit behind. Are you like me?

Well instead of freaking out – here is my last minute plan for how to prep for SDCC! Here is what I am thinking about this weekend to get ready for next week!

WHAT ARE YOU ACTUALLY DOING AT SDCC
Good news – you haven’t missed anything yet… unless you wanted to go to the 501st Party… The full SDCC schedule is up and waiting for you. Take a half hour to really look at what you would like to accomplish.

Sample SDCC Schedule

I develop my schedule 2 ways… I start with my full wish list. I put it all in an excel spread sheet, then I highlight my really try for, and finally go with a plan b option as well.

KNOWING WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO WEAR
Don’t just start your packing list… start packing!

Following my spread sheet I write down everything I will need outfits for… things like “Full Con Day”, “501st Bash”, and “Geek Girl Brunch Happy Hour”. From their I can decide what I need to wear and pack it all up accordingly.

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Word to the wise bring at least one full extra outfit, pack a swimsuit, and always bring an extra pair of tried and true shoes. Bad shoes will kill a Con faster than anything else.

Got your outfit list together? Good! You still have the weekend if you need to run to Target or Hot Topic for a final accessory or if you are me to pick up some white sneakers.

PACK YOUR PACK
What is going with you to the Con everyday is your lifeline! There are numerous articles written on this but it boils down to a few essentials: Hydration, Fuel, Hygiene, and Power.

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My pack is a black small backpack and my friend Chris uses the Think Geek Con Survival Bag. We both always have hand sanitizer, portable batteries for our phones, and charging cables. My pack includes Wet Wipes, a water bottle, make up for touch ups, and my blog business cards. Oh and some snacks – always have snacks!

COSPLAY?
Cosplay is a choice… even now in the height of costuming you can still have an awesome experience at SDCC without a costume! The one thing I actually did do was finish a new costume for SDCC – stay tuned!! If you are cosplaying be sure to check everything a few times. Make sure your have safety pins, extra velcro, bobby pins – you know EVERYTHING you will need!

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Want to watch me prep for SDCC – head over to my SnapChat where all weekend I will be covering my SDCC Prep!!

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SDCC PRE-PREP

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Hey Brunchers! So I am a little late on starting this years SDCC Prep but honestly I have written so much on the prep for SDCC over the years.

Last year I wrote my ultimate SDCC prep post and shared my favorite apps for SDCC!

Something I haven’t written on before it what you need to do before the Con – which does not involve packing… do your research and sign up for stuff. Ok well consider me doing your research for you!

NERD HQ
Most SDCC Vets will share a love on Nerd HQ! Its a great place to explore “outside the con” and has some pretty epic dance parties. Be sure to register before you go here! This year you can even reserve game play opportunities in advance! Last year we got to test out Star Wars Battlefront early! Also stellar are the Conversations for A Cause which bring panels to you with tickets! No waiting in line, but getting those tickets are not easy.

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Nerd HQ will be back at the New Children’s Museum this year!

ADULT SWIM ON THE GREEN
Another favorite of mine! Adult Swim On the Green is a free “carnival” themed with all your favorite [adult swim] shows and is located behind the convention center. They ask you to RSVP here – you will still have to wait in line (but a shorter one). Sometimes I wonder if I should even share this stuff…

NERD OUT

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Seriously if you need to know where to go for all the fun at Comic Con get the Nerd Out App on your phone! Awesome events including probably the biggest database of Cosplay Meet Ups are all on the app. To see the SDCC activity download the app and go to Calendar > California > San Diego. Then you can hit the drop down at the top and selection Conventions. From there you can view all the events happening during San Diego Comic Con! You will be glad you did!

I will be coming out with more unique prep posts as I think of them (it’s getting real over here) but if you want to relive the glory days of SDCC 2015 you can read last years re-caps below:

Day 1 – Wednesday Night Parties and Nerdist Conival
Day 2 – Nerd HQ Daytime Fun
Day 3 – Fear the Walking Dead, Star Wars Cantina, and Geek & Sundry Party Time
Day 4 – Last day, wrapping up

Potter Month: Ilvermorny

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Hello brunch babes! I am so excited because it is officially Potter Month and every Friday this month we are talking about our love for Harry Potter leading up to Harry’s birthday and the release of the long awaited follow up story… Cursed Child!

As you may know, I am (in my opinion) the definition of the Harry Potter generation. I grew up with him and his friends… We lived it all together and that was special!

So for our first post I thought I would talk about something new to all of us – Ilvermorny.

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Truthfully, I had mixed feelings when I first heard about the American Wizarding School. I mean I am a Slytherin, I feel like I knew Harry, Hermione and Draco… I was not stuck in the America school when our European brother and sister witches were fighting Voldemort… I was there at the Battle of Hogwarts!!

But then J.K. Rowling goes and writes a beautiful story about the schools founding and the new houses inspired by Hogwarts four house system and well… I might be sold.

Why I am an American Witch
First off, I will never not be a Slytherin and I will never forget my adventures at Hogwarts… But if this was real life I would have gone to Ilvermorny. My family actually were settlers in Jamestown – we were here before the Mayflower. Hi there I am #MericaWitch from Ilvermorny (always gonna be Draco’s first ex wife though).

I am a Wampus!

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There is it… I am a Wampus! Another difference between this new telling from our favorite magical world and the stories I grew up with… We did not have Pottermore. It was years after I had read all the books when Pottermore appeared with its final judgement of what house you are in. This time we are learning about the world knowing where we fit in it. These houses are completely different from the Hogwarts houses and no house equals another.
My house, Wampus, is the warrior house that represents the body of a wizard. It is named after the magical Wampus, a panther like creature that is very hard to kill.

So, in short, I am coming to grips with my new school and house and cannot wait to learn more!

For more Harry Potter love read some of my favorite Potter Posts:
The Greatest Lesson’s Dumbledore Taught Me
What’s In Hermione’s Bag

Until next Friday – keep counting down to Cursed Child!

4th of July Captain America Style

The 4th of July is almost here Brunchers! I am so excited to be spending my 4th of July at Walt Disney World… my family does this every other year and it is my favorite place to spend the holiday. Nothing says summer to me like fireworks, sunshine, and theme parks!

You know me… I love to nerd out every chance I can so for the 4th of July I like to salute my dear Captain America! Ok so maybe he is not my favorite Marvel man, but he kind of wins this day. Hope this inspires you to have a nerdy Captain filled 4th of July and don’t forget the Rose!

CAPTAIN AMERICA STYLE

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Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July!

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Back to Bad Wolf

Hi All! So as you can tell I took a bit of a blogging break. I had a bit of writers block, but will be returning in July with some fresh content just in time for San Diego Comic Con.

In the meantime I wanted to ask what you most enjoy reading about here. Is it cons? Disney stuff? Geek fashion? Let me know!

I have a couple of great posts coming up and some exciting new video content.

See you all soon!! xoxo

RUNNING THE WORLD FOR ORLANDO

Good Morning Brunchers! As you know I am a runner and I am a nerd – so a natural home I found for myself was the Hogwarts Running Club! Basically you place your self in the house of your choice and get house points by running or biking miles… beyond that we do #somuchgood. We use Charity Miles and host virtual races to raise funds for various charities.

In its first two years, Hogwarts Running Club has raised over $420,000 for deserving charities making a direct impact in the lives of veterans, animals, literacy campaigns, and children battling (and beating!) terrible diseases. Normally, all fundraising and such is done 100% within the club.

However, we are doing something different for the next two weeks. Right now runners from all over the world are partaking in a virtual run around the world starting and ending at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. We are raising money for The Trevor Project which provides crisis suicide intervention for LGBTQ teens and young adults ages 13-24 in memory and honor of all those lost in the tragedy that occurred this week. A tragedy that took the life of a friend I have know since I was in elementary school – so this one is personal for me!

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In our very first day we have already met half of our goal – talk about #somuchgood! I will be walking and running everyday to help Slytherin win this race around the United States to help teens, find healing, and hopefully spread a little joy.

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If you can help contribute, you can do so here: http://hrc.racery.com/r/hrc-virtual-race/#@badwolfbrunch

If you can spread the word of what we are doing that helps too! For these two weeks we are all in Dumbledore’s Army and We Run as one!

Hogwarts Running Club (HRC) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that organizes virtual running events inspired by the wizarding world designed to promote walking/running, provide unique and awesome medals, and, most importantly, raise money for deserving charities in order to accomplish our mission of changing the muggle-world one mile at a time.