Monday Inspiration: Emma Watson’s U.N. Speech

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Just six months ago, and fresh out of college, Emma Watson was appointed a United Nation’s Women Goodwill Ambassador. This past weekend, Watson gave a brilliant speech on feminism and more specifically the HeforShe campaign that focuses on inviting men of all ages into the conversation on gender equality. The eloquent 24-year-old British actress, and one of our most favorite people of all time, spoke thoughtfully and honestly, and touched on issues such as the word “feminism” and the connotations it holds, and how men, as well, are largely and unfairly affected by gender inequality.

It’s inspiring for us to see a young actress using her inordinate popularity for the greater good, and Emma Watson isn’t just famous — she’s “Harry Potter famous;” an altogether different level of stardom. In our opinion, Watson is the perfect person to be speaking on behalf of feminism and women’s rights. Her beloved character, Hermione Granger, taught young girls all over the world that it’s a wonderful thing to be smart, and clever, and many times, better than the boys. Hermione showed us that girls should be celebrated for their wisdom and their contribution to the world, and Emma Watson is doing just the same.

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Comfort & Coffee

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We live in Orlando, where it’s perpetually sunny and warm, but we do realize that the vast majority of you live in much more seasonal climates where fall is already making itself known. This morning, temperatures here went as low as the mid 70s (gasp!), so we are slowly beginning to see, and feel, the changes as well. Even with our tropical weather, we still look forward to the autumnal season just as so many of you do, because it means so many exciting things!

Even in the Florida it can get cool early in the mornings and into the evenings. Putting on layers is a wonderful way to surrender to fall. Sweaters, flannels, light cotton jackets… and, luckily, we have the perfect basics to layer on top of. There’s nothing like a cozy sweater, and there’s nothing like a well-worn T-shirt to fit snugly underneath it. We are a big fan of the basic tee, because they pair nicely with everything, literally, and they are exceedingly easy to wear. We love a statement tee that, although simple in style, is a sartorial extension of your personality.

Fall also means coffee. We would be bonafide liars if we didn’t admit to being loyal followers of the caffeine all-year-round. Autumn, however, means spicier, warmer flavors, while spring and summer lend to fruitier teas, lemonades, and iced coffees. There is definitely a theme in our T-shirt designs: coffee and comfort, which is exactly what fall calls for.

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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!

A Celebration of Harry Potter

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If there is one thing you guys should know about us, it’s that we are gigantic, unashamed, Potterheads. I say should know because we believe in letting our geek flag fly. In the words of Simon Pegg: “Being a geek means never having to play it cool about how much you like something.” Well, we don’t merely like Harry Potter, we see it more as a way of life. For example, in our world, JK Rowling is queen and anything HP-related is cause for celebration. This past weekend, Universal Studios Orlando held A Celebration of Harry Potter expo, and you can bet we donned our wizard robes, packed our wands and joined in the celebrating.

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hpcc19 (800x571)A significant part of the expo focused on the Diagon Alley expansion to The Wizarding World, said to be finished this coming summer! The Hogwarts Express will transport people back and forth from “London” to Hogsmeade. Based on what we heard this weekend and the live webcast Thursday morning, we are beyond excited to learn just how immense and detailed Diagon Alley will be. It will include The Knight Bus, Knockturn Alley (Borgin & Burkes), three stories of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, Madam Malkin’s, Quality Quidditch Supplies, The Daily Prophet… just to name a few. It’s going to have everything true Harry Potter fans love about the books and movies. Apparently, there will be a life-size dragon atop Gringott’s Wizarding Bank which will house the “Escape from Gringott’s” ride. We’re envisioning a roller coaster of sorts racing through the underground vaults. For more specific information regarding the expansion, visit LeakyNews

Overall, the most brilliant aspect of the expo was that Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley, not pictured) were there to not only grace our presence, but to answer fan questions about everything Harry Potter. To have seen these people, this cast of characters that we grew up with, in the flesh was almost unbelievable. This is an experience we will never forget, and we feel so grateful to have been able to attend.

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hpcc6 (800x571)We feel this is as good a time as any to start revealing information about this summer, when we have plans to take our love for Harry Potter to the next level. We are still figuring out details, and we don’t want to give too much away, but we can confidently say that if you are as passionate about the series as we are then you are going to love what we have in store! For now, we’ll just say that we are planning to be apart of something huge that is taking place in Orlando in July. This also means that new, and magical, products are headed your way! Keep your eyes and ears open and we will continue to reveal information. Until then, peace and love, muggles.