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May 2, 2015

DisneyBound founder creates themed fitness outfits for runDisney

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A year ago, I told you all about a hot new trend -- DisneyBound -- that allows fans to dress up like their favorite Disney characters without necessarily wearing costumes. Now, runDisney has recognized the popularity of the trend and partnered with its founder, Leslie Kay, to create outfits for its running events. Could planning a themed running look be any simpler?

The term 'DisneyBound' took root when blogger Kay started a Tumblr page to showcase the Disney-inspired outfits she put together. It's a place, she says, "where fashion geeks and Disney nerds collide." Kay, a self-professed fashionista and Disney fan, searches for just the right clothes and accessories to create a character look. Then, artist Phillip Light creates an illustration for her website, and links to online stores are added so admirers can purchase the clothes for the looks they love.

Disney fans have wholeheartedly embraced the concept, and many can be seen sporting their looks in the Walt Disney World parks each day here in Orlando and at other Disney parks worldwide.

But Kay has taken on a new challenge with coordinating athletic outfits for runDisney. On her runDisney blog, Kay says, 'It's safe to say running wasn't always my go-to activity. " However, over the years, I've grown to love the daily challenge running presents. " There are a few beliefs when it comes to running that I haven't outgrown. For instance, your running outfit should be one that inspires you to stay active. The more confident you feel in your activewear, the more you will push yourself to achieve your goals. I also still like to believe in the childlike ideal that a brand new pair of sneakers (especially the ones that blink and light up) will make you run faster.'

For today's final Expedition Everest Challenge, Kay put together a look for runners who want to pay homage to the Yeti. The simple pieces are from Champion and New Balance, which are runDisney partners, and yet the finished result is true to character.

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Kay also has given us fitness looks that channel Mickey Mouse, Dumbo, the Aliens from 'Toy Story' and Elsa and Anna from 'Frozen.' In a video on her blog, she advises runners that putting together the Mickey Mouse look can be very simple, and many people already have what they need in their closets: a black shirt, red shorts and yellow socks.

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DisneyBound isn't all about spending the big bucks on an extravagant outfit, Kay says. "DisneyBound is meant to be inspiration for you to pull together your own outfits which work for your body and wallet, whether from your closet or local mall," she writes on her Tumblr page.

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I think my favorite runDisney DisneyBound look, however, is that of Olaf. It's simple, and could be adapted by guys or gals. Perfect for the #CoolestSummerEver!

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May 1, 2014

DisneyBound encourages fans to put together outfits that mimic Disney characters' costumes

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A recent trend called "DisneyBounding" has Disney fans paying homage to their favorite Disney characters with fashion -- and without breaking the bank to purchase fancy costumes.

The term took root when blogger Leslie Kay started a Tumblr page about a year ago to showcase the Disney-inspired outfits she put together. It's a place, she says, "where fashion geeks and Disney nerds collide." Kay, a self-professed fashionista and Disney fan, searches for just the right clothes and accessories to create a character look. Then, artist Phillip Light creates an illustration for her website, and links to online stores are added so admirers can purchase the looks they love.

Kay says, though, that DisneyBounding isn't all about spending the big bucks on an extravagant outfit. "DisneyBound is meant to be inspiration for you to pull together your own outfits which work for your body and wallet, whether from your closet or local mall," she writes on her Tumblr page.

For a quick peek at some of the amazing outfits, take a look at DisneyBound on Instagram and Pintrest.

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DisneyBounding has other advantages, too. Unlike with traditional cosplay, DisneyBounding allows Disney fans to create sophisticated outfits that some might not even recognize as mimicking those worn by Disney characters. They can go about their day, looking great, and not feel like they are wearing a costume. DisneyBounding can be as obvious or subtle as the wearer chooses.

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Plus, let's face it, most Disney costumes for adults are only available in the fall as Halloween approaches. What if you have a Disney-themed trip or party planned the rest of the year? DisneyBounding could solve your problem. DisneyBounding also would be a great solution for all ages when there is a shortage of popular character costumes in retail stores. Many desperate parents could have used DisneyBounding last fall after "Frozen" premiered in theaters. Disney underestimated the demand for Anna and Elsa costumes, and its stores are just now restocking.

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When my children were much younger, I pulled together a couple of Halloween costumes based on Disney characters out of necessity. My kids had their hearts set on dressing up as certain characters and no costumes were available for purchase at that time. It certainly wasn't called DisneyBounding back then!

The outfit that most stands out in my mind was one for my son, who wanted to be Shane from "Camp Rock," when his sister was Mitchie. It took a year for Disney Consumer Products to catch up to the movie's popularity, so I filled in on costume duty. Finding black jeans and Converse sneakers was no problem, but locating a gray-and-black striped sweater like the rock star Joe Jonas wore in the movie was next to impossible. I tried every store I could think of before I finally found one at a consignment shop. My son's costume definitely was on the subtle side that year.

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Today, maybe DisneyBounding makes things a little easier.

Because of the variety of characters Kay styles on her website, it's difficult to discern which one is her favorite. "People ask me that all the time, but my most favorite thing about Disney is Walt himself. As a creative, driven person, I can't help but look up to him as a role model," the DisneyBounding founder writes. "However, my favorite princesses are Ariel and Rapunzel, I love Jack Sparrow, would want to be best friends with Stitch and I've had a lifetime love for Winnie the Pooh."



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