Geeky Fashion

Fashion First Aid: Your Cosplay/Convention/Life Survival Kit

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I don’t know about you, but it takes me FOREVER to get dressed in the morning, especially if I have something important like an interview, a convention, or an event planned. Will this outfit be comfortable? flattering? Make me sweat? Do I have the right bra for it? Is it going to show too much cleav? Will the shoes end up hurting? Are there pockets? I often drive myself crazy just figuring out any potential issues that could arise and try to solve them before I leave the house.

Fashion First Aid came to my rescue last week when they sent me their Fashion First Aid Kit and a copy of their book “The Dirty Side of Fashion.” With the kit, I don’t need to worry about all of the above issues before I leave the house–I can just pack up some of their goodies and deal with problems if/when they happen. (For instance, when Stan Lee walks by you at a convention and you break into a nervous/excited sweat, not that I’m speaking from experience…)

I’m not taking a trip or attending a con without these products in my bag. I’m going to be the Macgyver of all fashion-related problems and the savior of my cosplaying and fashion-forward friends everywhere. The Fashion First Aid Kit includes:

  • Collar and hat protectors
  • Tattoo and skin shields
  • Temporary sticky pockets
  • Disposable underarm shields
  • Adhesive wardrobe tape
  • Racer back bra clips
  • Deodorant, drip & drool erasers

And once you’re back home and need to know how to clean your outfit, “The Dirty Side of Fashion” comes in. As the main laundry-cleaner of the household, I thought I knew my stuff. But this book goes into specific types of stains and materials, and suggests the best ways to clean them (as well as how often you actually need to clean). It sounds a bit dry, but the book is actually fascinating, and gave me a lot of tips I can’t wait to try out!

Why am I bragging about all of this stuff? Because you can WIN it! Fashion First Aid will be sending one of you their Fashion First Aid Kit and the book “The Dirty Side of Fashion.” Just enter the Rafflecopter below!
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The Ultimate Fandom Necklace

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I met Amanda, owner of Amery Studios at Emerald City Comicon, and fell in love with her jewelry line. It’s gorgeous and nerdy, what more could you want? She showed me a couple of different pieces, and then stopped at this one. “Are you familiar with nerdfighters? It says ‘Don’t Forget to Be Awesome’ on it. And I make them in all of the Hogwarts house colors.” I stopped her right there. “And it’s in Gallifreyan?” I responded. “Yep!” she said. One necklace that works for three fandoms? I clearly needed to have it.

Love Doctor Who, Harry Potter, and the “awesome” message of the nerdfighter movement? Then you also need this piece. I chose a Ravenclaw-colored necklace since I was sorted into that house in Pottermore and the colors also happen to match the TARDIS, making it the perfect piece to go with my TARDIS dress, skirt, or any other blue clothing.

Are those not your fandoms? Check out Amery Studios anyway. You’re sure to find something you’ll love!

 

ECCC Vendors

Phew! Emerald City Comicon took way more out of me than I thought. I had a great time on panels, at screenings, and meeting people, but ended up being too tired to function for multiple days after. The con may have ended on Sunday, but I’m just now ready to start talking about all of the cool things I saw! Starting with: Vendors. I spend most of my time at conventions in the exhibit hall, and this was no exception. There were old favorites (like Espionage Cosmetics and CuteBricks) and a bunch of new folks that I fell in love with. You need to check out the following folks immediately:

We Love Fine

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I’ve been an admirer of WeLoveFine for a while, but finally bought my first pair of leggings from them on Saturday and wore them on Sunday. They were super comfy and I got lots of compliments! I can already see more legging purchases in my future…

Daily Lovelies

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Yes, I have a weakness for geeky cosmetics. And yes, I already have too much. But when I found the adorable Daily Lovelies, I couldn’t resist grabbing some to try! I purchased the gorgeous and glittery “Who’d Want Me for a Flatmate?” (seen above), and “I Solemnly Swear I’m Up To No Good,” a shimmery neutral that has already become my go-to eyeshadow base.

The Truffle Cottage

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I unfortunately didn’t get to try these truffles, but that didn’t stop me from staring at them every time I passed by the booth. I mean, they have chocolate truffles in the shapes of the Ghostbusters and Superman logos, and Iron Man’s head, and they have large TARDIS truffles, and…and…you just have to check them out. And if you’re ever looking for a gift for me, you know where to find it.

Zoms

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I’ve seen Zoms at a few different conventions, and I always have to stop to ooh and aww over the cutest plush zombie the world’s ever seen. They’ve grown to include a few different types of plushies, and I hear they have some really cool new ones that they’ll be launching soon.

Were you at ECCC? What exhibitors did you fall in love with?

I’ll be profiling one more vendor in detail tomorrow, so stay tuned!

Rapunzel-Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Sometimes, you’ve gotta do things that scare you in order to grow. And while I love makeup and think I’ve mastered basic natural looks on myself, I don’t have the artistic flair that my fellow OneUpMakeup ladies have. I love getting my makeup done by them, but I hadn’t done a look on anyone else. (Heck, I barely know how to use makeup brushes and everything I do ends up looking way too natural or fading instantly.)

Well, I finally did it. I did a Tangled/Rapunzel-inspired look on Kristina. Is it flawless? Not at all. But I did it. And I’m excited to see what my next look will be and how I can grow and learn from this first experience. (For instance, colors look different on different skin tones! And the lighting you use for your filming will affect how the makeup looks!) Take a peek and let me know what other characters/looks you want me to try in the future!

Custom Named Nail Polish

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I have a problem. Well, a couple problems. The first is that I have a slight nail polish addiction. My collection has grown larger than my lip gloss collection (and that’s saying something). The second problem is that I’m a sucker for fun nail polish names. I could do without the punny OPI names, but if something geeky comes up, I’ve got to have it. I’ve almost purchased this $27 Chanel nail polish just because the color name is “Dragon.” (And I still want it!)

So I’m naturally thrilled about Pretty Please, a nail polish company that lets you pick your color and name it whatever you want. You can purchase one bottle for yourself (for $10) or a bunch for gifts, party favors, etc. (depending on how many you purchase, the price can go down to $5.50 each!) I think this is a ridiculously fun way to wear the latest colors on your nails, but call the polish a name based on your favorite fandom, inside joke, or person.

Did your DnD group just complete their quest? Get them the gold nail polish with the quest name or their XP.

Have a weekly tv-watching session? Get a color named after one of the characters so you can all paint your nails together the next week!

Want to thank your wedding party for being in your wedding? Pick the color that suits each person best and name it after them.

What color and name would you pick? (Check them all out at prettypleasenailpolish.com)

Her Universe Fashion Show Design Competition

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Calling all geeky fashion designers! If you prefer to create couture to cosplay, and want your character-inspired pieces to be as beautiful as something you’d see on the runway, then you’ve got to enter this contest!

Her Universe is putting together a Geek Couture Fashion Show during San Diego Comic Con, and is accepting entries to be one of the 30 designers to show off your stuff. Two Winning Designers will have the opportunity to work with Ashley from Her Universe to co-design an exclusive Her Universe fashion collection for Hot Topic!

Enter and get more information from the official rules here!

Printed Leggings For Under $15

This morning I did a dangerous thing: I clicked on a link for mermaid print leggings on Amazon. This resulted in my clicking more and more suggested links and falling in love with ALL the leggings. Lucky for me, these leggings are cheap. If I bought all of the pairs I wanted, it still wouldn’t equal the cost of one pair from BlackMilk. So I’ve decided to bring you into this dangerous rabbit hole with me. Welcome to my fave finds for leggings under $15.

Warning: I have not tried any of these leggings myself, so I can’t speak to the quality. Many of them only come in one size, so make sure you read the description to see if they’ll fit you. I’d also recommend checking the comments before purchasing to get an idea of the quality. Worst case, you’re out $10.

 

Mermaid Print Leggings

Screen Shot 2014-02-12 at 11.34.44 AM Cute and scaley, these leggings can work for mermaid or dragon cosplay, or as a fun pop of color under a black dress. $9.97.

Galaxy Print Leggings

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Galaxy print leggings seems to be one of the go-tos for any printed legging company. I love these ones because they come in a variety of colors. Seen here is “Black.” I like these and the “Colorful” option. $12.45.

Middle Earth Map Leggings

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So, they’re most likely not licensed or as good of quality as Black Milk, but they’re SO cheap. And cute. $10.37.

Starry Night Leggings

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Get your favorite piece of art on your legs! These are also popular with Whovians. $13.85.

Artoo and Threepio Leggings

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Another non-licensed item that you don’t feel that bad about getting. As long as you don’t mind heads near your crotch, that is. $9.91

Hamlet Black Leggings

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HAMLET. WRITTEN ON YOUR LEGS. These are my favorite of the bunch. I think it’s subtle enough to be able to worn with almost anything, and it’s just awesome. Plus, if you can read upside down, you’ll never be bored on the bus! $14.04.

Have you tried any of these leggings? Are they worth getting?

3D Printed Nails

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When polish, nail wraps, and heaven-forbid, acrylics, won’t do, turn to something a bit more extreme: Your 3D printer.

The Laser Girls, a shop on Shapeways, has started selling 3D printed nails, and they’re cool. The ones above are a common design: the spiky, pixelated look comes in a variety of colors and is sure to make you look bad-ass. At $35, they’re around the price of a nice manicure. The nails need to be applied with nail glue or heavy duty adhesive and can only stay on for a short period of time (they recommend 3-5 days or less), but can be reused if you take good care of them. I can see this being a great item to put on for a special event or convention.

Would you wear 3D printed nails? Or is simple polish your limit? What else are you hoping to see from 3D printers in the future?

Giant ModCloth Sale!

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ModCloth is one of those sites that I visit whenever I just want to take a break and look at pretty things. Everything on their store is fun, cute, and so “me.” And I’ve found most of my friends feel the same way. I haven’t purchased something from them yet (but have received items as gifts), but that all may change today. ModCloth is having a huge “Now or Never” sale where items are up to 70% off. The sale will continue as long as the items last. I already see some things I want to snag, like these playing card salt and pepper shakers for $5.99 and these amazing charcoal-grey  boots for $14.99.

Check out everything they have at www.modcloth.com/shop/sale. But go fast, things are already selling out!