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.

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.

Take Chances, Make Mistakes, Get Messy WaWahoooo

When I was in college all film majors at my school were required to take a visual aesthetics class.  We talked a lot about fine art, architecture,  and fashion among other topics.  The professor was explaining that no one wears literal interpretations on their clothes.  All I could think of that was Ms. Frizzle.  I am aware that she isn’t real, but her dresses were always perfect.  Although how she always wore pumps while exploring the inside of Arnold’s digestive track or finding out how to get out of a jar while tiny is probably the most impressive part.  We also discusses that no one wears prints.  Yet again, The Frizz.  Those are some loud prints.  However, that discussion was almost 2 years ago so the prints thing has really changed.   I think I would like to dress like Ms. Frizzle.  Maybe not those exact dresses but something close.  I think it’s the collars, I can’t pull that off.

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Inspiration: Lace

One of my favorite trends is lace over a dress.  One of my least favorite trends are those lace shorts I’ve been seeing women wear.  The difference between the two is what they do for a woman’s body.  The dress is cute and feminine.  It makes women look like they are women and adorable while doing so.   The shorts are always too baggy in the back or too short or too long or too something.  It’s a great idea.  It should breath and keep you cool but it never flatters a figure while being worn.  However I will take these shorts every day over a lace crop top.  Although a super cute idea they can go from fashion genius to fashion desister in less time than it takes for the top to be put on.  When worn with high wasted pants, they are great but many times in practical situations they are the first to break the rule of the belly button.  You can show mid-drift but either above or below the belly button.  It’s the easiest way to keep things classy.  So here are some of my favorite lace pieces.  I’m almost finished making my own high-waisted lace skirt.  I can’t wait to show you all when it’s finished.

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Lego Fashion

Legos are fun.  When I look in the box of legos, however my first thought is to make a house, and my second and third and fourth.  I always get stuck on houses when I play with Legos.  Not as much when they come from a kit but every other time it’s the same house.  Even trying to make it look pretty after a while becomes tedious and I put random pieces anywhere to make my house.  These however really inspire me to try and sculpt something outside of my box next time I pull out my box of Legos.

 

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Hot Topic

Hot Topic’s main game right now is pop culture.  Particularly nerdy pop culture.  There are sections of their stores devoted to super heroes and Doctor Who and anything else that gets nerds excited.  But walking into this store there is no love of the subject.  It leads to the fake nerd.  Nerds and geeks are trendy.  There is no two ways about it.  But loving the new Star Treks does not make you a nerd.  The JJ Abrams movies aren’t even make fore Star Trek fans, he’s wasn’t a Star Trek fan when he started making them.  They were awesome space story movies but after seeing them they left me missing Captains Cisco or Janeway.  I feel like having the clothes so easily accessible is awesome for nerds but when I see someone wearing something that says Police Box or is wearing a Star Wars shirt and I start nerding out to them and they give me a blank look I know it’s all over.  I do believe that everyone is a nerd, whether you are a nerd about fashion or football you are a nerd.  Fantasy sports are just Dungeon and Dragons for jocks.  But it’s like wearing a band’s teeshirt and not listening to the music.  There is something a little wrong about wearing, say a Dark Side of the Moon cover art shirt, without knowing or listening to Led Zeppelin.  I know here I am contradicting myself from a earlier post saying that one of the best parts about SteamPunk is that you don’t have to know everything about it to dress up as it.  However, I do feel as if this is different.  When I go SteamPunk I know what it is, when I wear a superhero costume I at least have a working knowledge of who they are.  But when you walk about to someone wearing a TARDIS shirt and ask if it’s bigger in the inside and they don’t know what that means, it might not be the right shirt for them.  There is nothing wrong with pop culture being nerd culture, but maybe before someone wears a Superboy shirt, they should know who Superboy is.

 

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These are actually kind of cute

 

Awesome nerdiness from around the net

Well there have been some really cool things on the internet lately.  I have to say that for me the ones that have really stuck as of late have been Doctor Who themed.  But there is just so much cool stuff going on and now that  we are in the early days of convention season there should be even more coming soon.

 

It's always good to make the best out of bad situation.

It’s always good to make the best out of bad situation.

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No matter the age Tony Stark will taunt you.

No matter the age Tony Stark will taunt you.

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She has become my new stretching inspiration.

She has become my new stretching inspiration.

Picard in front of Picard, simple and wonderful.

Picard in front of Picard, simple and wonderful.

I'm so excited for Despicable Me 2.

I’m so excited for Despicable Me 2.

I drive a car that is the right color blue and this is now my next project- TARIDS-ify my car.

I drive a car that is the right color blue and this is now my next project- TARIDS-ify my car.

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I’m going to be trying this out over the weekend. I’ll put up pictures of how it turns out for me.

 

Geek Chic- Bracelets

Bracelets are the kind of jewelry that I start the day wearing but never finish the day with.  I like the way they look but all of that clanging can get really annoying really fast.  So if anyone knows how to defeat this problem I would love to hear it.  I wish I could wear them more.

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This is definately a bracelet I would wear. Always having an extra flash drive could become a lifesaver.

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I always like the idea of a good old fashioned charm bracelet.

I always like the idea of a good old fashioned charm bracelet.

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Earrings

I’m not much of an earrings girl. I just can never seem to keep two little pieces of jewelry together. I think they look awesome but the organizational skills that are required are missing from me. But here are some super awesome nerdtastic ones that inspire me to try again with earrings.

There's something so almost overly modern about wearing instagram earrings.

There’s something so almost overly modern about wearing instagram earrings.

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