Beta Program: Flat Rate International Shipping!

TL;DR: We are offering a temporary flat fee of $10 for shipping and handling to international customers in the countries listed below. This offer will be good until midnight PST 10/31/18. No code necessary!

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On 10/10 we launched our new collection, The Wicked + The Divine. It’s our most successful launch to date, and the positive reactions from fans has had the team floating on cloud nine all week. One question kept coming up from fans around the globe:

“Why the hell is international shipping so expensive?”


There are a lot of answers, but the main one is because we use FedEx exclusively for international shipping. We’re a small company, and FedEx offered us the most assurance – and insurance when we started out. This month however, we’ve decided to take a chance and try our hand at offering a flat rate shipping and handling fee of $10.

Really? Only $10!?

You read that right. $10 for international shipping and handling! Please note that you may still be responsible for any additional taxes or fees imposed by your country’s laws upon import.

Will you be able to offer this long term?

Unfortunately no, probably not. At least not right now. But for the rest of this month, we want to celebrate our collaboration with The Wicked + The Divine team, and offer their fans around the globe a chance to snag some beautiful Shells for almost the same price as the fans in the USA. Plus, this gives us a chance to test this shipping method out – think of it as a pilot program in the hopes of offering better shipping options in the future for our international friends!

How are you sending international orders?

We’ll be using USPS First-Class International Service; it’s slower than Fedex, but they also offer tracking numbers.

Is every country eligible for $10 flat rate shipping?

As much as we’d like to offer $10 flat rate shipping to every country across the globe, USPS International has its own set of restrictions when it comes to shipping. Check the list below to see if your country is eligible:

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Brazil

Canada

Chile

Croatia

Cyprus

Denmark

Estonia

Finland

France

Germany

Gibraltar

Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Greece

Hong Kong

Hungary

Iceland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Latvia

Lebanon

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malaysia

Malta

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Portugal

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Serbia, Republic of

Singapore

Slovak Republic (Slovakia)

Slovenia

Spain

Switzerland

Thailand

Turkey

 

Thank you to all of the fans that gave us honest feedback. We’re still growing and learning, and we’re lucky to be able to do so with the help of such a kind and kickass fan base!

Let us know what you think! Email us at badass@bombsheller.com.

 

Bomb Squad Spotlight: Mandie Roman AKA Geeky Glamorous!

Get to know this badass geek.

Meet fandom fashionista Mandie Roman; Twitch streamer, host of Game Talk Live, and all-around badass babe. Her Instagram is a treasure trove of geeky fashion inspiration and creative “casual” spins on cosplay – and those seriously cute controller necklaces she’s often wearing? She makes them!

She’s been our Bombsheller Babe of the Week before, but after our COO, Jazzlyn Stone, had the opportunity to speak on a panel alongside Mandie at San Diego Comic-Con, we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know her, too.

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Geeky Glamorous lookin’ good in #Graph

Tell us a little about your gaming life. What was the first title you ever streamed on Twitch? Do you still stream it?

First game I ever streamed was Overwatch, which I still consistently stream. It’s my go-to when I just want to zone out and hang out with my viewers.

Hard mode question: what’s the first game you remember ever playing?

Oh gosh, this is tough! I had a few of those Tiger Electronics handheld systems, likely one of the Disney versions of those, haha. The first console game I remember playing is Super Mario Brothers for the original Nintendo.

Aside from playing games on stream, you’re also the host of Game Talk Live. How did you get your start on the show?

I wish this was a more exciting story, haha but I discovered the show through a friend, went through a few rounds of auditions, and got it! It’s been one of the best experiences, a dream job really to discuss and debate video games with some incredible guests and our live chat.

On the “glam” side of things – who are some of your biggest or current favorite fashion inspirations?

I am riding that vaporwave trend strong; I am all for ’80s and ’90s inspired design and colors. It’s also the era I grew up in so there’s a strong sense of nostalgia there for me. Additionally, I’ve been listening to a lot of synth-pop music lately and all the cyberpunk album covers have been super inspiring. I can’t wait for Cyberpunk 2077 to come out!

What inspired you to make controller necklaces? 

I originally launched the Geeky Glamorous controller necklaces back in 2012 when there was a huge lack of women’s gaming accessories available. We’re seeing a lot more nowadays (huzzah!) which I’m super hyped about. I brought them back because I missed designing and bringing more cute gaming stuff into the world.

Mandie's Widowmaker casual cosplay, via Instagram

Mandie’s Widowmaker casual cosplay, via Instagram

Of the inspired outfits and casual cosplays that you’ve done so far, does one stand out as your favorite?

My favorite outfits recently have been my Overwatch casual looks. I’m working my way through the entire line-up of characters, but so far it’s been Widowmaker. I wasn’t sure if people would get it and know who I was but she was super well received! It’s fun to put my own spin on the characters and what they would wear on a day off.

Before you go – any badass babes (streamers, cosplayers, creators) that you’d like to give a shout out?

My two baes, iamchubbybunny and yumewarlock! So glad to have these two hyper-supportive, creative, geeky babes in my life.

Thank you so much, Mandie! We’re honored to have you in the Bomb Squad and we can’t wait to see what’s next. Last but certainly not least – got any cool projects or events coming down the line that we should be watching out for?

I’ve definitely got some cool outfits planned for BlizzCon, and stay tuned to my website for more products coming soon!

Keep up with Geeky Glamorous

www.geekyglamorous.com

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Canvas to Clothes. How Fast? Real Fast.

At Rose City ComiCon, we teamed up with Dark Horse for a daring event: showcase a comics artist creating art live at the booth, turn that art into leggings overnight and deliver them to fans the next day.

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This was actually the second time we made a design into leggings overnight. Last year we got Seattle artist Jonathan Wakuda to spray paint a design on New Day Northwest and brought back leggings for the show the next morning. But why keep all the fun to ourselves in Seattle? We knew we could make this happen for the comic fans in Portland who were going to RCCC. Dark Horse was stoked to do it, and we were even more stoked when we found out they were bringing in Joëlle Jones, who we’ve had a major art crush on since we discovered Lady Killer at Emerald City ComiCon.

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It was a huge hit! Bleeding Cool wrote about it on their blog — it’s a great article with awesome photos, you should read it. Lots of attendees stopped to watch Joëlle draw (and just as many stopped to watch the time lapse video of her drawing the day after). Everyone who wanted #LadyKiller leggings got them! And if you weren’t there, you can still get them online.

Even sweeter, so many women were excited about comics merchandise that wasn’t t-shirts. We know! Seriously, none of us needs another t-shirt. Hail spandex.

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We’re Going to Regionals!

Calling all action figures, athletes, and fire breathers. Bombsheller wants to meet YOU next weekend at the CrossFit West Regional 2015!

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Box jumping never looked so good.

We’re really excited to spend the weekend with so many amazing athletes. CrossFit is all about pushing your limits and being the best possible version of yourself. We love that, and we can’t wait to get in on the action and cheer everyone on.

Another reason we love CrossFit folks is that they work hard on their bodies and are proud of their muscular physiques. If you want to show the world your amazing quads, we’re here for you! Plus, Shells are squat-proof, so they’re totally opaque, stay where you want them, and wick away moisture while you’re working out.

Want to see for yourself? If you’ve been waiting to try our amazing leggings on in person, here’s your chance!

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Come visit Bombshell Andrea at our booth!

Check out the Action Figure collection of awesomely WOD-worthy leggings and get suited up before the event!

See you in Tacoma, Bombshells!

Extending Our Size Range: 2XL is Live!

Beautiful Bombshells, our mission to expand our size range is making some serious progress. For starters, we are so pleased to now carry designs up to 2XL! This is a great start as we keep working towards offering sizes up to 6XL.

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Amazing activists, artists, and supporters with the Bombsheller team at our last fitting party.

Over the past year or so, we’ve been collecting measurements and feedback from people of all body shapes and sizes. We had a basic sewing pattern for our leggings, but we needed data and testers to help us refine how they fit on different bodies. After months of collecting info, we incorporated the feedback we received and made some changes to our pattern. The result is a fit that we feel pretty good about, and that lots of amazing people had a hand in making. For this, we are eternally grateful!

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In addition to being a total Bombshell, Angela is a talented seamstress and gave us some great feedback on our newest pattern.

Now that we’ve got the fit dialed in, we’re faced with a different problem: scaling the artwork. As the leggings go up in size from XS to 6XL, the ankle cut zone varies greatly, so designs on the lower legs get cut off as the size scales up. You can see how the cut lines change on our design submission template for a better idea of how this works.

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Note the ankle lines for each size on our new design template

As you can see, there’s a lot of leg that disappears. On many designs, like ones with a repeating pattern, this doesn’t make a big difference. But for other designs, this can drastically change how the leggings look.

For example, imagine a pair of XS black leggings with flames coming up the legs from ankle to knee. Due to our scaling, each size would lose more and more of the flame design, until finally only a plain pair of black leggings would be left. That means if you ordered these in a 6XL, you’d end up with something totally different from what you thought you were getting. That’s a problem!

This is the reason why we don’t yet offer 2XL in all of our designs, and why the other sizes are taking some time to release. We’re working hard to find a solution that works for our artists and our customers and will keep everyone updated as we move closer to offering Shells for lovely legs of all shapes and sizes.

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Lounging in #Opal by Trigga

Sign up for our Plus Size Mailing List and we’ll keep you posted on our extended size range.

Shooting Action Figures

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Jazzlyn Stone, reporting for duty.

Hey, Bombshells. Jazzlyn Stone here, reporting for duty. For those keeping a tally, I’m Bombsheller’s resident photographer and I’m taking over the blog to explain the photography and philosophy behind our newest Collection: Action Figure.

A couple of months ago, we noticed that a growing amount of CrossFitters were buying Shells for their workouts. We’ve put our leggings through a lot of physical tests (climbing, silks, dancing) with positive results, so we were excited to learn how they were keeping up with their intense exercise. Through friends, we were introduced to the badass Andrew Bueno, co-owner of Foundation CrossFit in Seattle. Through Andrew, we learned more about the philosophy behind CrossFit and started to see similarities between it and Bombsheller. We wanted to see our leggings in action, so Andrew invited us to watch the Versus VI competition at his gym.

A week later, I found myself descending a delivery driveway into a swarm of buzzing athletes, as Andrew marched between them with a megaphone and a stopwatch, leading the pack. We spotted some of our designs amongst the crowd and were pleased to learn they were keeping up with the grueling workouts. No rolling, not too tight, and they flaunted the muscles these athletes were so proud of. We left knowing we wanted to recreate the energy of the competition in a look book.

I spent the next two months studying and shooting CrossFitters. Working with the talented athletes for our look book (Kristina Lum and Sheena Camagong), I was able to create a lighting design that would best illuminate their muscles but still give them the freedom and range to lift, throw and jump. A couple of examples are highlighted below. (TL;DR, grids and beauty dishes galore!)

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Kristina showing us how to climb a rope UPSIDE DOWN in #EverydayMayhem.

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Both strips have grids, the light to the left of the camera is on a kicker, the beauty dish is on boom.
ISO 200
Aperture: F/14
Shutter: 1/200
Focal length: 31mm

 

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Sheena kipping in #hypertrophy.

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Again, both strip lights have grids, the camera to the left is on a kicker, and the beauty dish is on a boom.
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Aperture: F/16
Shutter: 1/200
Focal length: 24mm

My favorite part about our product is seeing what people do with it. Our Shells are beautiful, but they aren’t complete until you put them on and make them move with you. We never would have been introduced to so many amazing athletes if it weren’t for our fans! So keep tagging us in your IG photos, keep reaching out to us with your new favorite place to wear your shells. I love seeing the lives our leggings get to lead out there with you.

Over and Out,
Jazzlyn