Diagon Alley Opening Day

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WE DID OUR WAITING! OVER THREE YEARS OF IT! Think way back to 2011. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hogsmeade had been open and running smoothly for four years when the first rumors of an expansion began circulating the Wizarding Wireless Network (aka the internet). True Potter fans knew way down in the pits of their magical souls that a Diagon Alley addition was on its way. What this meant exactly was anyone’s guess. It was fun to speculate at how Universal would incorporate more magic into an already phenomenal attraction, and it wasn’t until May of 2013 that we finally, officially knew that a train, the Hogwarts Express, would transport people back and forth between two lands: Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley.

It wasn’t until The Today Show visited Universal in late June 2014 that an official opening date was finally announced. Diagon Alley would open to the public on July 8. Forget any sneak peaks or soft openings, we wanted the full experience. As soon as we heard the news, the strategizing to get into Diagon Alley on opening day began. We already knew massive crowds would flood through the gates of Universal Studios as early as possible on Monday morning, so we decided to enter through Islands of Adventure instead. (I should preface: the night before we booked a room at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. All guests who stay at a Universal hotel have early access into the parks.) We wanted to be on the first official train from Hogsmeade into “London.” We were the first guests into IoA, the first in line at Hogsmeade station, and the first group to get off the train at King’s Cross Station. Our group of six got separated after we exited the train, but a kind and professional Universal administrator gladly rejoined us. I cannot reiterate enough how brilliant the Universal staff was on opening day. Every single staff member we encountered was enthusiastic, informative and patient.

After waiting maybe over two hours total, we entered into London dressed in our finest wizarding wear, and our heads exploded.

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We have yet to ride Escape from Gringott’s, mainly because we refuse to wait in the seven hour line. I think we’ve decided to wait until the hype dies down a little bit before we attempt the wait. We don’t want to spoil all the surprises, but some personal highlights included Knockturn Alley – it’s cold, dark, spooky and everything you want it to be; the Quidditch shop and all the new gear, including Chudley Cannons, Ireland and Bulgaria souvenirs; Florean Fortescue’s, shout out to the sticky toffee pudding ice cream.

I promise that these few pictures don’t do Diagon Alley justice. From the moment you enter through the brick archway, you are entirely immersed inside the wizarding world. Everything you see, every building to every minute detail, is straight out of Jo Rowling’s mind. All in all, we really didn’t have to wait as long as we prepared ourselves for. We went in expecting long lines and irritated people (which we definitely ran into), but overall, opening day was sensational. Diagon Alley, without a doubt, goes above and beyond everything we imagined. There’s so much to do, and so much to see, that an entire day exploring might not even be enough. If you have any questions or comments about the new expansion, please ASK! We can visit as often as we like, and we’ve been doing our research thoroughly.

ICYMI: We have released our exclusive Harry Potter collection on our website! It’s being sold specifically at our booth at LeakyCon, but we decided to share it with everyone else as well. Get your shirt now before they’re gone forever! It’s always free shipping for anyone who lives inside the United States!

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Exclusive Harry Potter Collection

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LeakyCon is less than a month way. LESS THAN A MONTH. We can hardly believe it’s finally happening, as we applied to be vendors back when snow was on the ground. SNOW. Now, we live in the beautiful, sunny state of Florida (where snow is simply a memory), just minutes from the Orange County Convention Center, where this year’s festivities will be held, July 30 – August 3.

It’s been a longtime dream of ours to be a part of LeakyCon in some way, but it’s also been a dream to one day design apparel inspired by the Harry Potter series. We are wholeheartedly, unashamedly, passionately dedicated to the series, so having the opportunity to put together an exclusive collection of T-shirts solely for LeakyCon is a dream come true. Over the last few months we have perfected five designs that we are so proud of. All the shirts will be sold at our booth, along with several other fandom-inspired items, and our trademark vintage denim. You can also purchase the shirts early on our website!

Each design is printed in black ink on super-soft white T-shirts. Sizing ranges from Small to XLarge. You can visit the LeakyCon section of our store site to get a better look at each of the designs. Remember, all shipping is free to those who live in the United States! To everyone outside the U.S., we ship worldwide, so shop away!

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Which design is your favorite? We, of course, can’t decide. We’re obsessed with them all! We had the opportunity to attend opening day of the Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Studios on Monday the 8th, so keep an eye out for a blog dedicated to just that! It was pure madness, only in the best way.

**UPDATE:  The official programming schedule for LeakyCon 2014 has been released! Go check it out now!

Happy First of July!

It’s time to start planning those fourth of July outfits! If you’re anything like us, you’ll be most looking forward to the food and drinks, but it’s always a good idea to plan a festive outfit for any special occasion. July 4th is one of the only American national holidays that falls on a hot day, sometimes a notoriously hot day, so lightweight, easy-to-wear clothes are essential to a successful, laid-back weekend with family and friends. Well, we’re here to make your life easier – we’ve put together two outfits that feature some of our newest summer items, all of which are classic pieces that are easy to mix and match. Happy fourth to all those celebrating!

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Distract and Run Crop Tank / Super Circle Studded Cutoffs / Red Carry-All / Red Daisy Headband / Black Arizona Birkenstocks
july4-14-2Tour Essentials Flowy Tee / Acid Wash Cutoffs / Blue Carry-All / White Daisy Headband / White Classic Converse / Essie Fifth Avenue Nail Polish

 

Six New Tops

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There is so much brand new beautiful goodness over on Fellow Threads right now! We designed six new tops that are extremely easy to style and wear during the warmer months. We can’t wait to wear the heck out of these this summer, especially while we’re on sweltering hot Warped Tour where less is definitely more when it comes to putting clothes on. We put together some themes on Polyvore for your viewing and inspirational pleasure, just to get some ideas on how we might style our new tops. Each one is lightweight and versatile, and can really be styled with anything. We want to see how you style our pieces, so be sure to tag Fellow Threads in absolutely anything you photograph yourself in that we sell. We’ll be sure to feature you!

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