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.

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!

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

 

To 2014 and Beyond

Happy 2014, friends! It’s a brand new year, and that means brand new everything. For so many, a new year means a fresh start, but it’s also the perfect time to reflect. We are very big believers in living in the moment and tackling opportunities head on, however, we also believe in learning and growing from past experiences. So many defining moments happened in 2013. In fact, it has been our most adventurous year yet. We were lucky enough to travel with Vans Warped Tour, we moved the company from Indianapolis to Orlando, we are slowly, but surely, gaining attention overseas. It’s a lot, and at times overwhelming, but only in the best way. It’s nice to be busy doing something you love. Having said that, we gladly resolve to work smarter, not harder, in 2014. Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t afraid of hard work — this business would be nothing without it (and our Warped experience will always be nostalgic blend of blood, sweat and tears) — we just plan to take what we learned this past year and refine it. In the spirit of reflection, here are some of our most favorite, special moments from 2013.

So, we want to know: What are your resolutions for 2014? What do you want to do better? Mainly, we want to continue working passionately, maintaining a close relationship with our customers. To our most loyal clientele, to anyone who has just browsed the site, or liked an Instagram post, we can’t thank you enough. Your support is everything, and if we have inspired you in any way, then we consider our job well done. Now, here’s to making 2014 even better!