PHOTO SET: Spider-Gwen in Wonderland

This is a super late post, but during HeroesCon, two of my best friends and roomies for that weekend, Court and James, let me photograph their cosplays! It was Spider-Gwen in Wonderland themed and they both looked so amazing. They honestly were troopers because holy moly was Charlotte blazing hot that weekend. As usual, I didn’t have the right lens to perfect this shoot but I still really loved the outcome, especially since I never do this type of thing. It was such a fun experience and I can’t wait to do this again with all my cosplay friends. ANYWAYS, PLEASE ENJOY THESE PICS!

Current Favorite Show (or Something Like That)

Heyo, friends! Long time no see. Netflix has been killing it in the Marvel universe, with with Jessica Jones and Daredevil already locked in for season two, and Luke Cage and The Punisher soon to be release, this fall’s TV line up is really starting to look up.

But for today’s post, I thought I’d share something that has recently peaked my interest, something that I sat down to watch and managed to binge watch in less than a day. It’s a show that has caught my attention ever since it was announced. That show is Stranger Things, a new hit original series on Netflix.

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This show. This damn show. Stranger Things has been on my radar ever since it debuted its amazing first trailer which I happened upon in a theatre one day. It’s an amazing, nostalgic show that is all about life and its strange things, all of which surround a missing boy, a found girl, and a mystery that’s waiting to be solved.

Isn’t that poster amazing as hell?! I finally finished this show and without going into spoilers, just wanted to share the word about this one show, this one amazing show. I haven’t gotten this into a show in quite sometime and just want to say this: WATCH THIS SHOW! Between the kids, the story, the soundtrack, the visuals, and Winona Ryder, Stranger Things is a gem. A beautiful, rare gem.

This is just one of my favorite things I’ve seen in recent months.

 

What’s your favorite show you’ve seen recently?

Amazon Appstore, Coins, and Hearthstone Deals

Last year in September I made a series of posts talking all about Amazon, more specifically Amazon’s Appstore and how Amazon Coins worked on the site and throughout apps to save you money on all your in-app purchases. Finally I’m back to talk more about it thanks to Amazon themselves for sponsoring this post! Lots of events are coming up that involve the Amazon Appstore, so I figured I’d share a few with you all.

First off, if you’re not familiar with Amazon Coins, I highly suggest you reading this post to get the breakdown, but here’s the main roundup for you:

  • Amazon Coins are virtual currency that can be used to buy apps and in-game items in the Amazon Appstore (see above). By using Amazon Coins, you can save up to 10% on apps, games, and in-app purchases. The more coins you have, the more you can play. For example, 100 coins are worth $1. You can purchase Amazon Coins here. You can also earn Amazon Coins!

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Secondly, to highlight the Amazon Appstore and how exactly Amazon Coins can help save you money and also go further within a game, I thought I’d share Hearthstone, one of my favorite games, with you. For instance if you preorder Whispers of the Old Gods using Amazon Coins, you save about $9. Every little bit helps especially when you need more card packs.

[Here’s a list of games that are giving Coins back for in-app purchases! Check back daily as the list changes frequently.]

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Also alongside all these other deals, a whole 8 tournaments of Vainglory will be streamed live! Amazon is working alongside Vainglory to offer players all sorts of deals like 20% pack on Vainglory in-app purchases during 7/28-7/31, new skin updates, and so much more. Download the app and buy Amazon Coins here.

Lots of deals happening within the Amazon Appstore, so make sure to check it out and buy your coins here. Don’t forget to check out Hearthstone and also Vainglory for even more fun!

 

Skill Based Games in Casinos

 

Casinos to offer skill-based video games to attract more customers

Move over, slot machines and Texas Hold’Em. It seems that Las Vegas could soon become the biggest venue for video game arcades.

In February of this year, Nevada and New Jersey passed a legislation that would allow skill-based games in casinos as a way to draw in more customers, particularly millennials and the kids-at-heart. So instead of winning money through sheer luck, imagine playing something like Tekken or Street Fighter and winning something based on your current skill level. The legislation was approved in September 2015.

The sky is the limit for these skill-based games! According to reports, casinos are set to offer a diverse set of games ranging from action-adventure to puzzle games.

Currently, most Las Vegas casinos offer the “link” type of machines to guests, which are kind of like multi-player modes in video games. So it’s likely we will see cooperative video game titles in casinos such as Call of Duty, which, according to Gambit Gaming — a company that develops skill-based games — would be one of the biggest attractions in a casino.

Dr. Tony Alamo, the chair of the Nevada Gaming Commission, said that the progress with which the legislation to introduce skill-based games in Nevada passed is proof that casinos are eager to offer something new.

“It won’t be a sea of slot machines. You’ll see smaller, more intimate areas with specialized themes,” said Dr. Alamo.

Today, online casino providers give something “new” to the players either through fresh variants of poker, pay day promotional bonuses for table games, or sweet bonus credits for first time players. And while these are all tried and tested strategies to attract gamers, skill-based games target an entirely new market, which could mean a new set of returning customers for casinos that are in dire need of innovative techniques to draw players back through their doors.

So, what games are you expecting to see in your local casino? Being able to play your favorite game while winning money on the side sounds like a dream come true to all the hardcore video game players out there, right?

Disclaimer: this was a guest post!

I Survived A Marathon! No, Not That Kind… (Ultimate Captain America Marathon)

Yesterday I attended the Ultimate Captain America Marathon at a local Regal theatre! It was a 5 film marathon featuring Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron, and than Civil War! This post will mainly be about the marathon itself and not Civil War thoughts. I honestly need to see it again to gather all my feels. But yeah, about the marathon! I’m so glad I was able to attend. Originally they weren’t bringing it near me since it was more than 3 films, so when they announced they a local Regal would be doing it, I snatched up tickets faster than Pietro runs. I was so excited to see some of my favorite films again on the big screen, especially Winter Soldier!

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Selfie while waiting outside to get in. It was freezing.

We got to the theatre about an hour and a half early. Based on the Star Wars marathon, we knew the earlier the better. Turns out the theater wasn’t *as* prepared and we didn’t end up getting seated until 30 minutes before The First Avenger started. Once in, we got comfy and prepared our feels for an entire marathon of Captain America! I really loved seeing The First Avenger on screen again cause Bucky/Cap/Peggy feels. I always seem to notice something new, mainly character development. I will admit, I did fall asleep for like 10 minutes at one point due to only have 2 hours of sleep beforehand. Sorry, Cap!

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Our medal for doing the marathon!

Next was The Avengers which is always a classic, than Winter Soldier (which I was most excited about), Age of Ultron (gets better with each viewing), and than CIVIL WAR! I think I enjoyed seeing Winter Soldier on screen the most out of them all mainly cause it’s my favorite MCU film and Bucky. But than Civil War happened. I’ll save all my Civil War thoughts for later cause I have so many, but I will say that the marathon went by really fast. Star Wars felt like it went on for forever (in a good way), but this time it felt as if we’d just arrived by time we’d left. Which I guess is a good thing, but I honestly didn’t want it to be over with. It was just so much fun! I really hope they do another marathon for the next Cap film cause I’ll so be there. Oh and did I mention that there was a merch stand at the end of the film? No? Cause they had exclusive merch! I may have got a few things. Oh and the theater even had some popcorn buckets and a cup!

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Got the one featuring them all!

All in all, it was a perfect day. I really enjoyed spending the day with all my MCU friends. I just really need to go see Civil War again. And again. And again. Also I need Infinity War and Black Panther ASAP. Now to figure out how to write up my Civil War thoughts… Hmmm…

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Break time = picture time!

Her Universe x Kohl’s Marvel Inspired Activewear – Review (Testing, Details, Sizing, and More

So incase you missed the big announcement from a few months back (may have been shorter, actually), Her Universe has teamed up with Marvel and Kohl’s to bring a unique, one-of-a-kind line of activewear to stores nationwide. (All of which you can pick up online as well!) Yeah, you heard that right. A Her Universe activewear line that’s Marvel inspired and available for purchase nearby. Totally amazing, right?! I jumped at this news the second I saw the sneak preview of one of the Black Widow pieces in an Entertainment Weekly post, so I’ve been slowly but surely keeping my eye out as to when it’d actually hit stores. Turns out it wouldn’t be too much of a wait and just last week I saw my friends posting pics from Kohl’s showing off the new line. So me being me, I sprinted down my nearest Kohl’s and checked out the line myself… and bought almost everything. (You guys know I have a Her Universe problem.)

I bought all the leggings, minus the Iron Man ones only because they’re not in stores quite yet, and tanktops, minus the racerback ones just cause that style isn’t quite my jam. So I have quite the assortment of HU activewear to wear running/walking now and I couldn’t be happier! I wanted to make this post for everyone whose interested in the new line and wondering exactly what it entails, how it fits, feels, looks, etc, So I put together my own review, if you will. I split this into sections which split into all of the following: pics of all the pieces with info and closeups, fabric/design details, sizing (extremely helpful if you’re looking into buying your own line), a test run, how they look on an IRL person (aka me), and different ways you can style them. I hope you all enjoy this! Let me know if you have any questions about the pieces below or on Twitter and I’ll try my best to answer it. Now let’s make like Cap’s shield and roll…


 

The pieces and their fabric closeups! 


Testing!

So with any activewear, you have to test it out! I’ve had many different work out shirts, only to get uncomfortable in them, etc, so I wanted to give the Her Universe line a run through. I love walking/running and have been training for the Star Wars 5k in WDW next month, so I’ve been “training” here and there. So the other day I planned to go for a jog around the neighborhood but this weather is ridiculous and decided to be freezing. So I opted for an elliptical. Luckily we have one in our house, so I went for a walk that turned into a run for about 20+ minutes. (Got sidetracked by other things. Hence why I always opt for outdoors.) And my after workout thoughts; SUPER COMFORTABLE. I really, really enjoy the material used, specifically in the pants. They’re light weight, super soft, and hug on to your legs without being super tight. I also really enjoyed the tank tops, especially the Black Widow and Cap one where the symbols are clear. It helps you cool down way more and become less sweaty as you work out which is a plus. It’s really, really nice.

My rating: ✮ 5/5 ✮


How the clothes fit aka photos of me wearing them. Cause why not?!


Pricing!

If you’re planning on buying some Her Universe workout clothes, I thought letting you know prices would be a good thing, especially for those of us who need to budget. Below I’ve listed the original price and sale prices for all the pieces.

  • Activewear pants: $36 but are typically always on sale for $24. 
  • Activewear tank tops: $24 but are typically always on sale for $15.99.
  • Activewear sports bras: $30 but are typically always on sale for $20.99.
  • Activewear shorts: $24 but are typically always on sale for $15.99.

Please note: the plus sizes are a $4 difference.


Sizing for Men and Women!

All the sizing is listed in junior’s so I would highly recommend checking them out in person to see what fits you best. I usually wear a large shirt in men’s and found the XL/XXL tank tops fit perfectly. As far as pants, I’m usually a large as well and found the XL fit perfectly, with a little bit of room so they aren’t skin tight. As far as women’s sizing goes, it’s definitely true to size, so I would definitely order what you would normally wear in junior’s sizes.

Now here’s the tricky part. For some reason, Kohl’s doesn’t believe in stocking plus sizes in store. So if you go in store hoping to see which size is right for you and see nothing, that is why. BUT Her Universe did make plus sizes. Her Universe is really good at offering all sizes for all types of bodies. Since Kohl’s doesn’t carry them in store, you will have to order online. I know this can be frustrating, but I would suggest finding the pieces you’d like, ordering 2-3 sizes in each, trying them on, and returning the others. I know, frustrating, but this will definitely be better than simply guessing and hoping for the right size. If I come across any friends who’ve bought the plus sizes and have a better understanding of how they fit, I’ll make sure to let you know!


Final thoughts!

I love this line. I love it so damn much. From the simple designs to the brighter ones, I can’t get enough. There’s literally something for everyone, men or women. The leggings fit like any other leggings would except they’re amazingly comfortable and feature our favorite Marvel characters. The tank tops fit like any other tank top except that they’re soft, cool you down fast, and feature some amazing designs. I can’t wait to grab the few remaining pieces I need from the collection aka the Iron Man designs. Her Universe knocked it out of the park with this collection and I can’t wait to see more! Hopefully this unlocks the door for Star Wars workout gear? One can dream!

Let me know your thoughts on the collection below!

Star Wars Rebels: “Twilight of the Apprentice” – A Reaction in Gifs

So the Star Wars Rebels season 2 (“Twilight of the Apprentice”) finale just aired on the East Coast on DisneyXD and I’m honestly a mess right now. I do plan on writing up the episode and my feelings about certain things, but that’ll be a few weeks, so until I do write an extensive, way too thought driven post about how beautiful and wonderful Twilight of the Apprentice was, I thought I’d share my thoughts… in gif form. From start to finish, I was a mess who eventually cried and felt pain like no other. So yeah, here’s my reaction in gifs. Throw me in the dumpster when you’re done reading this.

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What did you think of the Rebels season 2 finale?! Let me know (spoiler-free) in the comments below!