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.

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.

 

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?

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.

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

 

Tattoos

I can’t believe I haven’t talked about nerdy tattoos yet.  I have mixed feelings about tattoos.  I love them on other people.  I think they are so cool and interesting.  Except face tattoos.  I also hate face cakes, the ones with the edible pictures on them, so maybe it’s just a face thing.  I really want to get one in theory but I’m terrified of needles.  I also know for me I would probably get bored with the design.  When I get a manicure I’ve spent too much money on it to pick it off and change the color but after a certain point that’s all I want to do.  I can’t imagine putting something on my body I can’t change.

 

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Awesome Geek Sneeks

Canvas sneakers are a place that you can really add some nerdy flair to your wardrobe.

images-2images-4images-3 images-7 images-1 Unknown images-8 images images-5 images-6 They’re subtle especially if you’re wearing pants.  Geek shoes can go from the casual All Star Chuck or canvas Keds to a going out flat or a custom heel.  There are so man awesome options and infinite ways to make it all your own.

Nerds and Crafting

From my experience nerds love to craft.  I sew, crochet, knit, bake and am a film maker by profession.  I also dance, play the sax and clarinet, and sing.  In the art world I’m like a pig in slop.  And I’m not the only one.  There is a reason there are blogs like Geek Crafts, Bored and Crafty, Pixelated Mushroom (even if she hasn’t posted in 3 months) and so many more.  I personally eat them up.

But what brings these two groups together?  So many nerds are crafter and crafters are nerds.  I think it has to do with both groups are smart and like to be constantly stimulated.  Imagination is the most important skill for a crafter who wants to create anything beyond exactly what a pattern calls for, even just the first question of what color to make a hat or what is the right picture to take when going out to work on their photography portfolios.

My mom is a cross stitcher, she calls it just paint by numbers but how excited she gets when she’s looking at all the different colors of floss or all the different patters and what to do with the finished product, there is a lot of imagination happening.

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I created this costume from clothes I already had in my wardrobe.

Nerds are the same way.  We watch our favorite show and our brains start turning about what way can we bring this into our lives.  I just watched the re-imagined Battlestar Glacatica last month for the first time and by the end of the third season I was already planning on making my own costumes of my favorite couple, Callie and the Chief.  We put stickers on our laptops and Starfleet Academy Alumni window clings on our cars.  That is awesome.

Imagination, that’s what the world really needs more of.  Don’t forget to use yours today.