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.
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.
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
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.
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.
No matter what the accessory that keeps my hair in check is the ultimate hair tool.
Earlier this week I was reading an interesting post by Gail Simone, my favorite comic book writer, on her tumblr talking about how Wonder Woman might not be as tricky as those with power keep saying she is, but it is more a matter of perspective. For my generation we think of the DC animated Universe first. All the time. Every time.
But why does it have to be a Wonder Woman movie that we all keep talking about when they talk about a super hero movie with a female lead. Wonder Woman isn’t my favorite, but she is the first female superhero to come to mind that is not defined by a man in some way, Supergirl is Superman’s cousin, Batgirl is Batman’s protégée, Black Canary is Green Arrow’s girlfriend/wife, Batwoman is weirdly connected yet not connected, Wasp is married to Antman, Star Sapphire(Carol Farris) is married to Green Lantern(Hal Jordan), Kitty Pryde, Jean Grey, Rouge, and so many more, are students of Prof. X’s. The list goes on and on like this. I have so many mixed feeling on that part of the issue. Most of my favorite superheroes are on this list. For how oversaturated the market is with superheroes, we may have 5 prime time network shows featuring the superhero universe on television as soon as the spring, there isn’t a single one of them with a woman as the main character. I can only think of one genera show on TV right now that is lead by a female lead on network prime time right now and that’s Emma Swan on Once Upon a Time.
So my point is I want a female superhero TV show or Movie, and sooner rather than later. However selfishly I want all of the movies to be directed by men so I can be the first woman to direct a superhero movie for a large studio.
I’ve been watching Heroes of Cosplay and I so desperately want to fall in love with it. It seems like a great premiss. But I just can’t get into it. I think for me the reason for me is that some of the characters take cosplay a little too seriously for me. My cosplay philosophy is to have a really great time, just getting to play dress up is enough for me. I get that for some people it isn’t, but no one should be told that they can’t do anything. I get that I don’t look like my characters, maybe it’s that I fall into the category of some days I may just be kidding myself l don’t have the body for some of the characters that I do. But I’m ok with that. For me it’s more important to be a character that I am really into and getting to pretend to be that person for the day. Now that being said, I can’t stop watching it. I really enjoy watching the cast fabricate their costumes and I have been inspired with some of what they did. Also by the last episode I do admit that there was a redeeming scene. When the two teams were sitting around and they had “group talk” it made me even more sure that I want to be Holly’s friend. The cast talked about how cosplay is about supporting each other and not judging. (over the course of the show they did show Yaya and Victoria flip-flopping on the issue of is it more important to look like the character or is it important to be having fun.)
However the scene’s integrity is a bit undermined by Monika putting on sunglasses, but I don’t know if that was something she did on her own or a producer asked her to. I did connect with the 5 women from LA more than the 3 from Atlanta. I am acutely aware of how much a producer and editing team can influence what we all see on television (I am a reality television producer by day) and I have no reason to believe that they are not the nicest women in the world on the show, but they were not shown to be that way because reality tv loves to have a villain, and Monika made a great villain. To be able to get the scene where she is yelling at her mom is wonderful.
Overall one of the nice parts of the show was that the cast was genuine. They all loved the things they dressed as and loved dressing up. I found it to be educational, I figured out how to do some of the things I was having trouble with on my costumes. Just for that fact alone I would watch the next season. I would like a couple more guys added to the main cast, specifically ones that did armor pieces more often. I really loved Jesse’s Assassin’s Creed outfit, but it would have been super awesome to see armor being made by people who know way more than me about what they are doing when it comes to fabrication.
Arrow is now in its second season, with a Flash show in the works on The CW, SHEILD started this week on ABC, a Commissioner Gordon show was just sold Tuesday to Fox. The superhero show seems to be the newest hot genera show on broadcast TV right now. Networks are scrambling for them asfast as writers can think them up. And you know what that means? More Cosplay options and more people interested in nerd subculture.
There has been such a boom in Black Canary and Green Arrow Cosplayers since Arrow came on the air. And that is great. They aren’t even on the show that way but it’s getting people into reading the comic books, and nothing could be better than that.
Part of me wants to reject this flood of nerdiness in mainstream popculture. I want it all to be special and mine, but if other people like it then it does get to stay around, and I need to remember that that is better. I really want to be an inclusive nerd and not an exclusive snob.
So I am going to do my best to take the attitude of “YAY, more fun” and not “aw man, somebody else is playing with my toy”.
I have to say rings are pretty much my favorite piece of Jewelry. I like how small and understated they can be, and how gaudy and over the top they can be. I like the idea of nerdy engagement rings and ones that show your nerd pride in a way that can’t really be seen unless you know what you’re looking for.
This is a custom made cylon engagement ring. Now that’s one way to bring nerd fashion to every outfit.
Nerd Fashion doesn’t have to end with what you put on your body. So many people have nerded up their houses. It seems that the most popular room to do it in is a kid’s room or in a nursery. It makes sense in a lot of ways because then as an adult you have it but you don’t have to see it all the time. Or if someone comes to visit they don’t think, Wow this is intense. I’m a big fan of the TARDIS wall sticker and probably would put that somewhere in my apartment for people to see. Or a Blue door to the outside would be a nice subtle way for a geek reference.
Merida is the newest Disney Princess, and there is talk of making Leia a Disney Princess as well (even if it’s all done in jest). Now my first reaction was that sounds weird. I’m personally not really thrilled with the make over they gave Merida. I liked her frizzy red hair. If I ever have a daughter she’s going to have frizzy hair and it’s not a stretch that she’s be a ginger too. Leia will have to get some sort of make over too. The iconic Leia with her side buns just can’t be her look. Mostly because they’re dumb. Just ask Carrie Fisher.
Merida Before and After
Then I started thinking about how almost ever Disney Princess kicks butt. I know a lot of people who are trying to stop the princesses from being something that they’re kids are exposed to at a young age but everyone of them I liked saw something that they wanted and went for it their own way.
It’s not a great system. I agree that they’re bodies are unrealistic as is Barbies but as someone who actually grew up playing with these toys I never thought I wanted to look like Barbie or Ariel or Jasmine.
Also these teenage girls do things because of a guy isn’t really a great lesson. Ariel was dumb giving up her voice to try and get a guy to kiss her. But if you had told that to 5 year old me I would have thought you were crazy. But at the same time two days of not talking would have been the worst thing in the world. Mulan came out when I was 9 years old and I thought it was really cool that this girl saved all of China by being different. I am more familiar with the ones that came out from about 93 and on. I haven’t even seen Sleeping Beauty. But from the story she’s not my kind of princess. As an adult in her early 20’s I like my princesses in pretty dresses kicking butt and not caring about what they are supposed to be doing. In Tangled Rapunzel does everything her mother doesn’t want her to do. But then again her mom was an evil witch so disobeying gets her home to her real family. That might not be a great lesson but eh. I can still tell you about the first time I went to the movies when I was 3 and saw Aladdin.
Also the princesses have great dresses. I would love to wear Belle’s yellow dress or Cinderella’s Ball gown.
I really enjoy the conservative take on Slave Leia in this one
My brother just got back from the World Championship for FIRST Robotics. If you’ve ever seen a robotics competition then you’ve seen some crazy costumes. There are at least 20 kids at any one time with a FEZ on, 5 girls with Dalek dresses, and hundreds of bow ties made out of duct tape, fabric, cardboard. One kid will say to the other “Bow ties are cool.” There, it’s almost a test, it’s more unusual for someone to get the reference than to not. People are dressed as robots. And everyone has an opinion on safety glasses styles. Even the pets get dressed up.