It’s been a while/ Colorful hair

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Hey Guy,  So, it’s been a couple of years.  To say things were crazy would be a bit of an understatement.  So let’s kick things off again and talk about some of my current favorite trend, colorful hair.  Over the … Continue reading

How Do You Feel?

I went shopping with a friend from work this weekend, we were working on updating her wardrobe, just getting a couple of staples that she could mix into what she already has and elevate her style as a whole. Every time she would try on a new piece of clothing I would ask her how she felt, after the second or third outfit I realized we were speaking about two different kinds of feelings, she was telling me how the clothes felt in a physical sense, were they soft, tight, lose, anything like that. I was confused, that wasn’t telling me anything. I realized I was talking about emotions, was it making her feel confidents, happy, excited, did she feel sexy in what she was wearing. We recalibrated and met somewhere in the middle. She started telling me about how she was feeling, did it make her feel good about herself, and I listened to when she thought something wasn’t fitting the right way. We discussed what to look for in proper fit of a garnment, and we talked about how sometimes she was wearing the wrong size trying to hide her body. I am also not a tiny lady, and I know the allure of wearing an outfit too big to hid the parts of my body that I don’t like to look at in the mirror when I go to the bathroom or catch my reflection in a window. It can feel nice to pretend that things are different, but I am who I am, and there are some really nice parts of my body, just like my friend’s body.  Sure there are things I could make “better” but that would also mean giving up cheese, and craft service at work, and I don’t want to do that, if I did, I already would have.

 

However, I have ended up on a tangent about how wonderful cheese is, and even if that is true, it is not my point.  My point is that when I am wearing clothes, and even more, when I am cosplaying, I am looking to FEEL a certain way,  I want to embody the character that I’m playing, that’s why I spend a solid hour or more coming up with the right pose.  I want to know I have the whole package and that I love what it is that I’m wearing.

 

I hope when everyone gets dressed in the morning they don’t ask how this looks, but how do I feel, because that is the key, for me, to being happy all day and not bored by lunch.

Inspiration: Entrepreneurs

For the last couple of months I’ve been casting a show all about people following their dreams. It’s been really fun to get to talk to people who have such a passion for different things that I thought I could never imagine having. My boss and I were talking in a coffee shop in Atlanta about what would be our dream business that had nothing to do with working in TV. I knew mine right away. It was the idea of having classy women’s nerd clothing. I think there’s such a hole in the market right now. Don’t get me wrong, I own more graphic tees and nerdy skirts than one person really should. And I’ve seen plenty of Black Milk leggings, I own Her Universe clothes, but they’re still not sophisticated. I know that would be my concept, but I have no idea what that even means. A man can add a cool belt buckle or an awesome tie, but what do we woman have? I think an awesome nerdy pair of heels is a great start for that nerdy touch to an office. I do work in an office where I can (but technically am not allowed to) wear shorts to work when it’s hot, but I’m not really sure I could handle working anywhere that doesn’t let me let my geek flag fly. However, even in my non-traditional office there are so many things that are not ok.  My office is about 65% women, and it’s not a place where women wear teeshirts on a regular basis, but my boss doesn’t go more than 3 days without a Star Wars tee or sporting his favorite sports team.  I guess that says something more about attitudes than what specifically is going on in my office.  About 3 out of 5 day a week I wear my TeeShirt of the day hoodies to work, so I may just be saying crazy things.  Either way, I would like there to be more classic and classy nerd clothing that I could wear out.  Internet, please get on that.  Thanks.

Inspiration Summer Camp

When I was a kid summer camp meant friendship bracelets, we would wear them practically half way up our arms.  We didn’t even give them away all the time, and the girl you would bestow your freshly made trophy, well, she better be excited to receive it.  A few months ago i wrapped my work headphones like a friendship bracelet because it looked really cute on Pintrest, and it was really cute in real life as well.  Definitely not a disappointment.  I got compliments on them all the time and for me it was a great way to kill some time while I rode public transportation to and from work.  When I that I bought a giant pack of thread since it was cheaper than buying the colors individually.  I was watching X-Men at home this weekend and grabbed the thread, halfway though the movie I already made 2 fishtail braid bracelets and I couldn’t stop there. I’m hooked like a 10 year old.

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The zigzag wasn’t made during X-Men, it took a little longer.   I’ve got 5 on right now, but it’s so not enough.  I have to have more, I’m like an addict, probably because it’s really mindless, unlike sewing which you really have to pay attention to, or crochet where you have to count.   There are some super nerdy designs online for these bracelets which I’m pretty excited to try next.

New Projects, New Skills

Every time I start a new project I have to learn something brand new to get it done, pretty much without fail.  Somethings have been pretty easy like learning how to work with 4 way stretch material, the real secret there for me was learning about the zigzag stitch and using correct tension, which took me a lot longer to figure out than it should have, or putting in a zipper the right way.  I think, for me, one of the reasons I have to learn something new every time I make something new, is I don’t every want to wear the same costume again.  I love my Powergirl costume, and it wasn’t even that hard to make, but the idea of wearing it again doesn’t bring me any joy.  I love making the look more than wearing it.  My brother has worn his Death Stroke costume now to 3 different cons, that’s just not for me.  I maybe should put some more time and effort into each look, but that’s less fun.  It has also helped me learn a lot more skills in a shorter amount of time than if I perfected one look for multiple cons. I think one of the most important things I’ve learned so far, is the importance of seam allowance.  I have wasted so much or had to add strips to things because I cut right along my patterns.  Bad decisions.  But I’ve learned.  And that’s really all that matters.  So, I’ll keep trying and getting bored with one costume and adding to my collection.

 

That new Batgirl is calling my name, and I’ve never made a pair of leggings before.

Hey, I remember you

Hey it’s been a while.  I got really busy with work.  I am so excited for you to see some of the great stuff I’ve been making for TV..  I drove from New Jersey to California in a smart car.  The United States is really big.  When I was a kid we drove from NJ to Disney World, I thought that was far, but man, I had no idea.  This is my car

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It was PACKED with all of my stuff, my dad, and me.  I’m sure you’re sitting there thinking what does this have to do with being a nerd or fashion and well it does.  My car is a TARDIS.

I swear to you as small as those things are I fit everything in it all at one and moved twice.  Ones from New Jersey to Orange County California and the other from Orange County to North Hollywood, LA.  It’s pretty awesome.

Nerd Fashion doesn’t have to be confined to what you wear on your body, Nerd Fashion is being free enough to being a nerd and feeling good about it.  Trust me, when you see someone driving around in a SmartCar, you know they’re a nerd.

 

Teen Teams

I just watched all of Young Justice for the first time a few weeks ago, and it was so awesome.  I know I’m late to the party, but everyone who had told me how great the show was, was almost underselling it.  It was incredible, it felt like home.  Usually I don’t go for shows that feature characters younger than me.  But I think that is about some deep insecurity I have.  What Young Justice brought for me, was the same feelings that I got as a kid watching Batman, Superman, The Justice League, Batman Beyond and so many more cartoons.  It’s smart enough for grown ups to love it and fun enough for kids, no that these things are mutually exclusive to what either group is looking for.  I have a list of kids shows that I watch all the time that weren’t around when I was a kid because they are so well done.

These shows also provide teenagers and kids a chance to cosplay as a group in pretty reasonable outfits.  The show changed Zatanna’s classic fishnet stockings to be grey leggings, which is perfect for kids and still maintains the integrity of her classic look.  That’s the kind of change that makes Young Justice such an accessible cosplay for kids and keeps it ok, even more, for their parents.

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As it has been proven time and time again, cosplay is more fun with friends.

Inspiration: Headbands

I love what headbands do.  They keep my hair out of my face.  And for that I will love them forever. When I think of headbands, I think of Gossip Girl and Blair Waldorf.  It was my guilty pleasure show, however I will admit the first few years, it was actually a pretty good show.  I just made a new one for myself from the hem of an old teeshirt that I was refashioning into an infinity scarf, which is surprisingly warm.

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No matter what the accessory that keeps my hair in check is the ultimate hair tool.

Where do you get your Nerd Gear from?

My favorite nerd apparel are, hands down, the things I’ve made myself.  I can take such pride every time I go out and someone say cute skirt, because it’s not just how I’m wearing it, it’s everything about that outfit I can take credit for.  For the clothes that I buy it’s the stuff that comes from the shirt of the day sites, it’s more directed to what I really love, which pretty much means Doctor Who, but I have some pretty cool shirts and things that I got from mass market stores that I’ve never seen anyone else wear.  For me that’s important, there can’t be too many of whatever it is that I’m wearing that I see on a regular basis (except for my shoes, I do love my Uggs)  I need to know that I’m different enough when picking my clothes.  I have some great stuff from Old Navy off of their clearance rack from the men’s section.  For me, I find the best stuff in weird places.  That’s one of the reasons that I like wearing my nerd gear. I get to be different in a way that’s not annoying and in your face but also not for everyone. I have a great shirt that says Vader for President. When people take the time to read it they usually smile and go, “well, can’t be much worse.” I think that once I decided that I was just going to wear whatever I wanted, geeky or not, it made me happier. I got to say I don’t care and do what I want and that, for me, is what nerd fashion is all about.

I have a question

So I’ve been thinking about this for a while, since Baltimore Comic Con to be exact.  I saw a young woman cosplaying as Storm from the X-Men.  But she was white.  It tool a second for me to go, oh she’s Storm.  I think most people are used to cosplayers playing characters that are white and the cosplayer is not white, but is it acceptable for it to go the other way?  My brother really likes Cyborg and would love to take on that costume as a challenge.  cyborg-teen-titans  But my brother is a ginger(pale white skin and bright red hair) and isn’t sure if that would be ok for him to make and then dress up as.  We were talking about this for a while and neither one of us could answer the question.  All we could come up with was we don’t know.  So, I’m posing the question to the universe, since it’s totally cool for a  character say to go from white to black (Nick Fury, Perry White) or for a cosplayer of color to cosplay a white character, such as Jay Justice, or Yaya Han, but is it ok for a white cosplayer to cosplay a black character such as Storm or Cyborg?