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Dog Day Sunday: Puppy Fashion!

 

 

Let’s face it: a lot of people don’t look too kindly at people who dress up their dogs. “Let a dog be a dog” they often say, rolling their eyes at the small outfits that the poor pooch’s owners forced upon them.

And to be honest, I used to be one of those people before I became a pet owner, too.

I still see pet clothing as kind of a joke, but I’ve come to really understand why people do it, and I’ve even done it myself with my Zuchon Bailey.

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I will note that I don’t often dress Bailey up, but when I do it’s usually for a good reason.

Bailey has hair, rather than fur, which is great for us because she doesn’t shed, but not that great for her because she isn’t able to adjust to frigid temperatures.

We live in Massachusetts, so bundling up Bailey for the winter is a must. The photo above was taken in late December of last year (as you can probably assume by her reindeer!), and you can even see little specks of snow on her that occurred when we walked from the warmth of our house to our snow-ready Subaru.

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Her sweater is perfect for taking walks on snowy days, and she actually has quite a few!

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But although she does have sweaters, we normally won’t put her in clothing, opting instead for a cute bandana (as seen above). I try to coordinate her bandanas with the seasons and holidays, so during March she will wear green for St. Patricks Day, a floral one for spring, a patriotic one for the summer, and a spooky one for Halloween!

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…But on the more chilly October nights Bailey will dress up in her cutest pumpkin sweater! This year we are planning on purchasing an ewok costume for her, as we believe she will make a perfect one!

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Alright, this one I don’t have too much of an excuse for. I dressed Bailey up as a leprechaun princess for her birthday, which just so happens to be on St. Patricks Day. That cute little hat was pretty much impossible to keep on her head (she kept pawing it off) so I only kept it on her long enough for a tiny photo op!

So I guess while my approach to dog fashion is “function and warmth”, I still like to play around with outfits on my pup for my own guilty pleasures! But luckily for Bailey, this is a rare occurrence!

Do you dress your pet up? Let us know in the comments below!

Have your pet featured on GGW by emailing webmaster@geekgirlworld with your photos and stories! 

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Her Universe Returns to SDCC with New Styles, Events

Geek girl fashion company Her Universe announced today that it will be returning to San Diego Comic-Con International once again with their large variety of fangirl styles!

Her Universe will be debuting several new designs at the event and will offer its most popular clothing and accessories from Star Wars, Marvel, Star Trek, Studio Ghibli and Nerdist.

“We are excited to bring our Her Universe boutique back to San Diego Comic Con,” said Ashley Eckstein, founder of Her Universe. “Elevating our product like it’s never been before; we have an assortment of casual and dressy options to beautifully express your fandom and Flaunt Your World!”

The Star Wars Her Universe boutique will be located in the Lucasfilm Pavilion (#2913Q). A second Her Universe boutique will also be available (#1317), this time filled with fangirl fashions from Marvel, Star Trek, Studio Ghibli and more.

One of the most notable, and perhaps functional, items for sale will be the Ultimate Convention Hoodie, the perfect choice for anyone who is planning on bringing home plenty of goods from Comic-Con.

Her Universe describes the hoodie as follows:

Designed by Chris Hardwick, con-goers don’t have time for disorganized hoodies and backpacks, so Her Universe has streamlined them into the Ultimate Convention Hoodie. This new version of this popular Nerdist hoodie has additional features including plenty of pockets for all your swag and gear – front pockets, sleeve pockets, a pocket big enough for a water bottle, two pockets for poster tubes, and one for comic books! This is uni-sex fit and is available for men and women.

In addition to the boutiques, Her Universe will be producing the second annual “geek couture” Her Universe Fashion Show with partner Hot Topic.  The event offers two winners the opportunity to design a fashion collection with Her Universe for Hot Topic. It will be held July 9th, 6pm, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.

Her Universe and Hot Topic will also be presenting a special screening of Spirited Away after the fashion show, hosted by Ashley Eckstein, on Thursday, July 9th at 9pm at the Horton Grand Theatre in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Entry to the screening requires a ticket, with drawings for entry tickets at the Horton Grand Theatre being held on Thursday, July 9th at 9am in the Autograph Area of Comic-Con.

The ever so busy Ashley Eckstein will also be taking part in two panels during the convention on Friday, July 10th:

1:00pm – “The Business of Geek Fashion” in room 14A

3:00pm – BBC/”How Comic Books Took Over Hollywood” in room 25ABC

Whew… it seems like there’s A LOT of Her Universe to be had in San Diego during this year’s Comic-Con!

Will be checking out any of Her Universe’s events? Let us know in the comments below!

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Whatcha Gonna Wear? PROTON PACKS AND JUMPSUITS!!

#whatyougonnawear #whatyougonnashoot

Paul Feig posted to Twitter the new costuming for the Ghostbusters reboot, and it’s surprisingly not revamped too much for the ladies!

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There’s a comparison between the new and old uniforms and proton packs. What is great is that they are staying true to the original. The jumpsuits are pretty much the same, with the exception of orange bands, which we don’t know yet if or what they represent. I also like how they are baggy and comfortable looking, not skin baring, curve hugging and unrealistic like some might expect from an all girls reboot. The proton packs also seem to be a little smaller in size as well, but with age and technology, things do get smaller and more advanced with time.

I would also like to point out, maybe like an Easter Egg of sorts, they’re keeping the franchise within the Saturday Night Live Family, as half of the original cast and three people from the new cast got their starts on SNL.

 

Ghostbusters will be making its reboot debut on July 22, 2016, and will star Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon

 

 

 

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Sneak Peek at The Geek Couture Hitting The Runway at SDCC Her Universe Fashion Show!

The second annual Her Universe fashion show, brainchild of actress and Her Universe Founder Ashley Eckstein is ready to invade San Diego Comic-Con with one of a kind geek couture! Hosting the event for the second time in a row, Ashley Eckstein is no stranger to geek culture. She is the voice actor of Ahsoka Tano on the hit TV series Star Wars Rebels and Clone Wars and has developed a fandom in her own right. She created the event to spotlight fangirl culture and the geeky fashions that this culture has inspired.
Last year the Her Universe fashion show debuted to a packed house and rave reviews. Highlighting the need for the “geek industry” to recognize its female fanbase. Fangirls are just as diehard as their male counterparts and in this #selfie obsessed world we live in now, girls aren’t afraid to proudly express their girly side through their fandoms! I’m happy to see that San Diego Comic-Con is filling these needs by making the fashion show an annual event and I can’t wait to see what other events this inspires.

Ashley Eckstein, on stage at last year's fashion show in her Studio Ghibli Totoro couture gown.
Ashley Eckstein, on stage at last year’s fashion show in her Studio Ghibli Totoro couture gown.

“We are so excited to return to San Diego Comic-Con with The Her Universe Fashion Show. Geek Fashion is a trend that’s not going away and once again we can’t wait to celebrate Fangirl Fashion on the runway. You will not want to miss the stunning pieces created by this year’s designers and the audience will participate by picking one of the winners!” – Ashley Eckstein, Founder, Her Universe

This year will feature 25 designers displaying their one of a kind “geek couture” fashions on the runway, they’ll be competing for the opportunity to design a limited edition fandom collection with Her Universe for Hot Topic. “Last year’s winners Andrew and Amy Beth blew us away with the amazing Marvel collection they designed for us,” said Cindy Levitt, SVP of Merchandising and Marketing at Hot Topic. “It truly hit home with the fangirl, as well as our fashion customer and was a fantastic success! We can’t wait to do it again this year!” The exclusive Marvel’s Avengers collection sold out in record numbers when it premiered in May of 2015. Hot Topic has ordered more since then and their collection can still be found in select Hot Topic stores.

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Last years winners Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine along with Hot Topic’s SVP of Merchandising and Marketing, Cindy Levitt; singer/songwriter, voice actress and designer, Traci Hines; Manager of Licensing and Merchandising at Sony Pictures Television, Jessica Nubel will be on the panel of judges for this year’s fashion show. The 25 finalists competing in this year’s fashion show are: Lauren Andrews, Ericka Angiuli, Kelly Cercone, Laura Desch, Daisy Evans, Jessica Gonzalez, Lindsay Hamilton, Kathryn Henzler, Sarah Henzler, Hannah Kent, Kristin Koga, Harmony Leiker, Belinda Mendoza, Jennifer Newman, Emily Ong, Laura Cristina Ortiz, Leetal Platt, Tara Reich, Adria Sanchez-Chaidez, Amy Scott, Kristi Siedow-Thompson, Sam Skyler, Jesse Thaxton, Oseas Villatoro, and Erica Williams. There will be two winners, one that the judges chose and one chosen by the audience!

Sneak Peek at Ashley Eckstein's on-stage geek couture gowns for The Her Universe Fashion Show designed by last year's Audience Winner, Andrew MacLaine.
Sneak Peek at Ashley Eckstein’s on-stage geek couture gowns for The Her Universe Fashion Show designed by last year’s Audience Winner, Andrew MacLaine.

The second annual Her Universe Fashion Show will take place on Thursday, July 9th at 6pm at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego during San Diego Comic-Con. The event is joined this year by actress Ashley Tisdale’s company, Blondie Girl Productions as a production partner. Jennifer Tisdale and Heath Hyche will be providing live commentary on the event along with backstage coverage. Also, make sure to check out the beautiful hair and make-up on the runway by the geeky cosmetics company Espionage Cosmetics as they return for the second year. Ashley Eckstein, Hot Topic and the Her Universe team will also be giving out prizes to attendees wearing the best geek inspired fashions, so come dressed to impress! Geek fashion is definitely the wave of the future and I can’t wait to be inspired by this year’s designs.
Which fandoms would you love to see made into geek couture? Let us know in the comments.

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Fashion by Geeks: Whimsical Vintage

Fashion by Geeks celebrates the unique style of girls in our geeky community. Our community is filled with such beautiful girls who all express themselves so wonderfully through fashion and they’re bursting with creativity. All around me I see my friends and fellow geeks at events who rock at the personal style game. I just want to run up to them and ask them a million questions about where they find such amazing pieces, and how they grew up to look so awesome. This series is basically my excuse to do this, and not come off as huge creeper. Also, who better to help you find the best looks around than nerds like you! Maybe you’re trying to find your own personal style, but you don’t know where to begin, or maybe you just want fun new pieces to add to your wardrobe, and want to know the best places to shop? Let your friends at GeekGirl World help you out.

The honor of christening Fashion by Geeks goes to one of my most stylish friends Elise Aparicio! Her style is as cute as she is, and inspires everyone around her to step up their fashion game. I met Elise at local bakery GimmeSomeSugar before our monthly book club meeting. I felt the atmosphere fit right in with her vintage and whimsical style, and instantly staged an impromptu photo shoot.

GeekGirl World: What are you wearing today?

Elise Aparicio: I’m wearing a Retrolicious brand dress, purchased through ModCloth; a Heart of Haute “Sweet Sweater” in red; and a black circle skirt purchased through TallGiraffe, on Etsy. My shoes are BAIT footwear Ida heels and in my hair I have a flower courtesy of my trip to Hawaii earlier this year.

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GGW: Why is this outfit a good representation of your personal style?

EA: I love how bright and colorful this outfit is. The colors of the dress make it easy to pair with multiple cardigans and footwear. I like patterns that are kitschy and fun like the tickets on my Retrolicious dress; I feel this outfit best represents my fun and quirky style.

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GGW: Is this your favorite outfit? If not, describe the one that is. Why is it your favorite?

EA: Since purchasing this dress, my style has evolved a bit into more a retro-vintage look, but I would still say this outfit is my favorite. The dress cut is flattering and modern, there are pockets which aren’t too deep, but perfect for days when you’re leaving the house with only the essentials, the pattern is bright and goes with everything. The sweater that I decided to pair with it is one of my newest essentials. The fabric doesn’t wrinkle so it can literally be stashed in your purse or gym bag and it still looks great on. The red adds a pop of color to many items in my wardrobe so I find it goes with practically everything. I’m planning on purchasing other colors in the future. The black circle skirt that I decided to pair with it was a custom purchase from Etsy. To make the outfit “work appropriate” I decided to wear the black skirt on top of the dress. The black skirt is a longer length for work, and the dress adds a little volume to the skirt. Layering skirts on top of dresses is my favorite tip for changing the look of a dress or making it more work appropriate.

GGW: What’s your fashion history? Describe your style throughout your life. What trends did you fall into?

EA: There are many factors that have contributed to my fashion history. The stores that I shop in have changed, which in turn changed my fashion choices. When I was in high school and college, Old Navy and Target were my go-to stores. I was also on a limited budget, so the thought of spending more than $30 on a dress was out of my price range. I don’t think I ever followed any trends. I mainly (and still to an extent) wear clothes that feel comfortable and casual, so it was usually a Target shirt with jeans and flip flops. I started wearing flats when I moved out to Vegas, mainly because I felt it was too cold to wear flip flops in the winter. I’m from Southern California born and raised!

GGW: Was fashion always important to you/did you always like fashion? If not, when did you start liking it and why?

EA: I have always admired retro-inspired or vintage fashions since I was in high school, but I never thought I would look good in them. I spent many years not wearing dresses because I thought I looked pregnant in them, or not wearing shorts because I didn’t want people to see my legs. The older I get the more I realize what styles look the most flattering on my body, what feels the most comfortable to wear, and to take more chances with my style.

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GGW: What/who has inspired your style throughout your life?

EA: My sister has always had great modern style and her clothing choices are always top notch. She helped me transition from sports bras to figuring out that DD’s need to have their own cups. She has a good eye for fashion and isn’t afraid to tell you when something doesn’t look good on you.

GGW: What/who inspires your style now?

EA: Instagram! I follow so many amazing body-positive pinups on Instagram that continue to influence my fashion choices. My favorite instagrammers are: @modernjunecleaver @ameliajetson @feministunicorn @missvictoryviolet @teerwayde @shelovesdresses and @pinupcortney. (check them out)

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GGW: How does your fashion style make you feel?

EA: It makes me feel confident and sexy. Who knew long circle skirts would make me feel like a million bucks?!

GGW: How would you describe your fashion style?

EA: Retro, kitschy, girly, and nerdy. When I find outfits that incorporate all 4, it’s magic!

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GGW: Do you think fashion has powers?

EA: Yes! Fashion can inspire so much positive energy. When you feel good about yourself and your appearance, is there anything you can’t accomplish?!

GGW: What superpower would your fashion style give you?

EA: If I really wanted to be creative, every outfit would have its own unique superpower. The movie tickets on the dress would come alive and admit me into every theater in America.

GGW: Where do you like to shop?

EA: ModCloth.com – Probably my first stepping stone into my current style.

Heart of Haute – So many beautiful designs and 50s & 60s inspired outfits. US made and sold.

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Eshakti – You can give them your measurements and they custom make the skirt/dress for you!

Teefury – all those t-shirt a day sites. Nerdy, mash-up designs on a shirt? Yes please.

H&M – I find a lot of cute, inexpensive tops and dresses here. Also scarves. Scarves that are cute as hell.

Hot Topic – They sell pin up style dresses and tops now. I was very excited when I found out they carried some Hell Bunny brand dresses. Hot Topic has evolved from my high school days.

Luxulite brooches on Etsy. – Luxulite is a woman from England that sells 40s and 50s inspired brooches. I have brooches with snowmen, pumpkins, fruit, cherries, etc. I’m not a big jewelry wearer, but brooches are a fun way to enhance your outfit and add color.

Bait footwear – Bought my first pair via ModCloth. They’re made well and feel very comfortable. It’s also a step up from flip flops. I buy their low heels since I don’t want to die from foot pain at the end of the day.

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GGW: Do you have any advice to give to our readers who are struggling with their style or think fashion is something they can’t accomplish/feel alienated by?

EA: If you’re not sure where to start, pick a few pieces that you can get the most use out of. A simple black circle skirt can be paired with everything from nerdy tees to a fancy work blouse. Staple colors, like red or royal blue are the perfect cardigan colors that will go with everything. If you are always choosing black (which is not wrong – I’m a fan of that color and it’s very flattering.) and want to go outside the box, go for pieces that will liven it up, like a red belt, red shoes, a stylish brooch. Also, take your measurements. Figure out your exact size so you know exactly the body you are shopping for. I do a lot of online shopping and knowing my measurements is key. Always shop at online stores with a good return policy and check the return policy if you’re unsure. ModCloth has an amazing return policy with free return shipping! So it’s a good place to start. Lastly, have fun! Choose items that you feel best represents YOU.

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Surviving the Summer Break from Once Upon a Time: Cosplay on the Cheap!

It’s been four weeks since Once Upon a Time closed out season four and I’m still breathing. SOMEHOW. It’s probably because I have already watched seasons one, two, and three all the way through (and then some), twice. I’m on my second trip through season four as we speak. Don’t you dare tell me I don’t know how to live my life to its fullest!

I’ve been trying to keep busy, trying to keep my mind off the Sadness of Summer Break (which is my new band name, omg!). And I’ve put the fanfic down this last week to reconnect with another fandom passion: COSPLAY!!!!!!!

I don’t cosplay everything I love. I simply can’t. The amount of time, energy, and money that goes into researching, designing, procuring, buying, and assembling a costume can be absolutely draining. I used to average about six decent cosplays a year before I had a kid. Now I’m very happy if my homemade “Stark Industries” t-shirt doesn’t have mashed banana on it.

So any day that I make it out of my pyjamas, I try to casual cosplay a little bit. Sometimes it’s a Black Sabbath tee shirt and kale juice; some days it’s a Gryffindor scarf and hat. But it makes me feel better to have a little bit of my heroes with me when I venture out into the world. With my social anxiety and depression, any courage and strength they can lend me is much appreciated.

Most of us can’t go to work or school or out to get coffee in full regalia. It’s hard to convince your boss, or even your friends and family, that this is an acceptable look on Casual Friday. Sometimes not even a Tee Fury shirt is appropriate for where your day takes you.

So you’ve got to introduce the word “understated” into your cosplay vocabulary. Also “subtle,” “influenced,” and “inspired” are useful, too. When I do my twice-monthly treasure hunt at my favorite off-price department store or thrift shop, I go in with one question: “Who am I shopping for today?” That question has a hundred answers. Hermione? Which version, canon or fanfic? Rogue? ‘90s or more current? Kaylee? Cute and frilly, or greasy mechanic?

Lately, of course, I’ve been one-track-minded on Once Upon a Time. Does this sweater look like Mary Margaret would have it in her closet? Would August carry this bag? Do these shoes look like Mr. Gold would wear them? (Yes, I secretly-not-so-secretly cosplay my patient husband, too.) If it fits and it’s priced nicely, it’s coming home with me.

So in the spirit of my shopping adventures and my love of cosplaying, I’d like to share with you the method to my madness. When I want to wear something my favorite characters wear, I don’t always look for replicas. Cosplay on the cheap means saving on money and effort. A quick trip to one’s favorite discount shop can provide amazing results. Today we’re going to use Payless Shoe Source as an example of how to find “inspired” footwear for our Once Upon a Time casual cosplays.

Regina Mills
Mara Block Heel Tall Boot
$27 on clearance

Look at this thing. This is Regina Mills’ @$$ kicking boot! Sleek, sexy, and stylish, this boot would work with or without the leggings autumn in Maine demands. P.S.: they are perfect for kissing and groveling tears easily wipe clean.© 2014 Payless Shoesource Inc. All Rights reserved
The Evil Queen
Hype Platform Pump
$19 on clearance

Don’t let the simplicity of this pump fool you. This is a 5 1/2 inch platform for a royal foot. Its rich, velvety faux suede compliments both silks and furs. And the 2 1/2 inch toe box rise keeps all your hems out of the filthy peasant mud.

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Mary Margaret
Camila Bow Flat
$24.99 on sale

It’s just darling! Innocent and sweet, this flat with grosgrain bow accent will compliment any twin set, so long as the top button is fastened. This shoe is available up to size 13, which means you can look adorable no matter how much your feet swell during your mysterious pregnancy from that year you can’t remember.

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Snow White
Wenly Desert Wedge
$69.99 regular price

Fit for a princess who doesn’t mind hoofing it once in a while, this wedge boot, or w00t!, will compliment your royal travel leathers or your feather-trimmed maternity frock. They’re so versatile and comfortable that they’ll make you forget the woman wearing them once stepped on both a baby’s rattle and a mother’s hopes and dreams.
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Emma (the Bail Bondsperson)
Luxe Glitter Platform Pump
$39.99

Perfect for a night on the town, or just jazzing up your stakeout! These glittery pumps will dispel any lingering doubt in your mark’s date’s mind that you’re there for anything but a good time. Little does he know, the reinforced 5 1/2 inch wrapped heels will withstand a foot pursuit over multiple surfaces.
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Emma (the Savior)
Raven Tall Boot
$18.00 on clearance from $49.99

Compliments everything in your Storybrooke wardrobe from your rarely-used sheriff’s jacket to your gigantic sweater-beanie combo set. Cozy yet durable, these tall, slouchy boots keep you prepared for the inevitable field trip into the woods, but see you safely back to dinner with the family. The side zipper makes pulling these bad boys off at the end of a long day and crashing on the sofa a quick affair. These boots also travel well through portals, up beanstalks, and back in time.

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Mr. Gold
Gavin Dress Oxford
$34.99 on sale

Whether walking from property to property collecting rent, or just sitting in a bin at a TSA checkpoint, these dress oxfords are classically styled. The reinforced toe box is ideal for kicking scoundrels who hit on your amnesiac girlfriend both in the stomach and in the kidneys. The breathable man-made materials resist blood stains without pre-treatment. Customizable inserts are available to compensate for limp.

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Rumpelstiltskin (pre-Dark One)
Freebord Driver Slip-On
$29.99 on sale

These slip-ons feature authentic-looking leather-type materials and rustic hand stitching to let the soldiers know you are indeed the poorest of the poor. Insides are lined with the softest padding, making your abscondment into the night virtually silent. For maximum accuracy, purchase in two different sizes to accommodate swollen and broken lame foot.


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Marian
(Storybrooke)
Robyn Flat Slide – Camo
$19.99

Check out these sweet kinda-Birkenstocks! Not only are they ridiculously out of step with modern fashions, but they feature a forest motif that is reminiscent of Sherwood Forest. The inside has a pre-molded toe area that reduces the need to grip these shoes, which means you can walk from some unspecified point on the coast of Maine to New York without fatigue.

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Marian (Sherwood Forest)
Bryne Woven Lace Up
$25.00 on clearance from $69.00

Kick unwanted sexual advances to the curb with these rugged-yet-feminine woven lace ups. The fine artisan detailing adds a luxurious touch; your friends will never guess you can’t pay the taxes on your tavern!
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David Nolan

Durango II Fleece Hiker
$59.99

Don’t get caught running from an angry giant in anything less than this fleece-lined hiking boot. Good for working in the mines or playing deputy sheriff, this boot will see you though yet another unpredictable day. Thinsulate lining keeps feet warm in temperatures as low as -22ºF, ideal for Maine winters – or when pesky Snow Queens erect ice walls around the town borders.

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David (the Shepherd)
Snowboard Moc Slipper
$19.99 on sale

If your meager existence relies solely on your ability to eek out a living planting on your farm, shepherding in the meadow, and mucking out stalls, then you need a comfortable, reliable, versatile shoe that may or may not have belonged to your father before he left for town that one time. #awkward  Handmade by your mom, lined with the softest of your own flock’s wool, this slip-on comes in drab grey to reflect the hopelessness of your plight.

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Belle (French)
Kilty Penny Loafer Pump
$10.00 on clearance from $39.99

This new twist on the old penny loafer takes your “sexy Storybrooke librarian” cosplay to the next level! Its timeless style compliments even the most modern wardrobe. The thick 3 1/2 inch heel is sturdy and will hold strong whether you’re running from a filthy pirate hell-bend on revenge, or need a little extra boost as you reach for that forgotten tome on the highest shelf.

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Belle
(Maid)
Women’s Brown Paisley Gretchen Clog
$39.99

This is THE clog to get kidnapped in! Fashioned from the riding chaps scavenged off one of the many discarded corpses left lying around in the dungeon, these clogs are fancy enough to be worn inside your rich employer’s home as you avoid any kind of actual work, but comfortable enough to be worn into town to fetch hay, or out in the clearing as you take in the wash. They can withstand multiple scrubbings, but most importantly, their slip-resistant bottoms keep you steady and well out of the puddles of blood you have chance cause to wade through.

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Hopefully, you’ve been inspired to add a little cosplay into your own daily wardrobe. You don’t have to break the bank to sport the look of your favorite hero or villain!

We’d love for you to share some of your finds in the comments below.

What kind of casual cosplay do you sneak into your everyday look?

 

 

Payless Shoesource Inc. “Images, et all.” 2014. www.payless.com

Stuart Weitzman Women’s Hojas Evening Pump. Stuart Weitzman.
http://amzn.com/B004G91S2A. 2014.

Promotional image/logo for the ABC television series Once Upon a Time (TV series). ABC.
http://abc.go.com/shows. October 2, 2012.

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NerdyBound: Conventions

It’s summer! This means convention season is upon us. Whether you’re sticking to your local cons or making the pilgrimage with your fellow nerds to one of the big cons, there’s nothing like the feeling of knowing you’re somewhere that GETS you. Conventions are the only place where we’re encouraged to let our fandom flag fly high, and the best place to get one of kind merch. If you’re not planning to cosplay at the conventions, or if you just need something to help you live everyday like you’re at your favorite con?! We’ve got you covered! This week’s NerdyBound is inspired by some of the best conventions around!

 

ComicCon: some of the must attend are San Diego Comic-Con, Emerald City Comic-Con, Wondercon, New York ComicCon and GeekGirlCon!

ComicConShop the Look: Suspenders Star Wars Comic Circle Skirt $60, On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink $20, Marvel Comic Combat Boot $37, Avengers Age of Ultron Captain America Shield Backpack $60, Star Trek Uhura’s Makeup Bag $25, 8-Bit Hair Bow $9.99, Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver 11th Doctor Dangle Earrings $15, Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Pendant $25, Star Trek TNG Communicator Badge $20

 

 

GamingCons: some of the must attend are PAX, E3, IndieCade and GenCon!

GamingShop the Look: ASOS Biker Jacket with Waterfall Front and Zip Detail $99 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Leather Look Jacket With Waterfall $69, ASOS PETITE Whitby Low Rise Skinny Jeans In Washed Black With Rip $58 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Ridley Ankle Grazer Jeans in Washed Black with Shredded Knee $29, ASOS Denim High Waist Mom Shorts in Washed Black with Rips $54 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Side Split Denim Shorts in Washed Black $54, Leg Avenue The Smoking Gun Sheer Pantyhose $14, Maxstar 777 Back Zipper TC Wedge Heel Shoes White $44, TravelBoy Backpack $40, The Sprite Bag by Pixelle $50, NES Game Necklace, The Legend of Zelda $14, Portal Scarf $20, Princess Peach Crown $18, Pillow Fight $20, Retro Video Game Collectible Enamel Pin Set Series 6 $9.99, Ring goth ring Spikes $15, Gaming Cartridge Flasks $20

 

 

AnimeCon: some of the must attend are Anime Expo, Sakura-Con, FanimeCon and Anime Japan!

AnimeShop the Look: Anime Babes $32, Baby Pink Cheerleading Skirt $58, Studio Ghibli Dream Garden Cardigan $15, Sweet ice cream Little Twin Stars Unicorn Pastel Sneakers $51, Sailor Moon with Tail Lolita Tights $15, Rainbow Cloud Handbag $40, Melody Pearl-mint and pink flower crown with golden spikes $20, Vaporeon Clinging Earrings $8, Crescent Moon Wand from Kuma Crafts $30, Pokemon Badges Charm Bracelet $10

 

 

CatCon: okay so maybe this was done as a joke, but seriously there’s an actual CatCon happening this year and I kind of, sort of, really want to go.

CatConShop the Look: ModCloth Cats Mid-length Sleeveless A-line $80, You and Meow Forever Heel $65, ModCloth Quirky Cat to the Chase Bag $40, Claws for Celebration Headband $14.99, Feline Like Royalty Earrings in Prince $13, ModCloth Cat Person Circle Scarf $20, Know an Eccentric or Two Swimsuit Bottom $40

 

 

Did we miss your favorite type of convention? Let us know in the comments and we’ll cover it on another NerdyBound.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: S7 E14

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the Season 7 finale! It begins with a re-introduction of all of the Queens, who each walk the runway in some fabulous outfits. Of course Katya & Kennedy Davenport are met with huge applause. Is anyone surprised by this?

When RuPaul comes out, lip syncing to her song “The Realness” (because obviously), she lets the audience know that she’s having a hard time deciding who to crown the winner, so each of the final Queens must do a final lip sync to a song created just for them.

First up, Ginger Minj, who lip syncs to a song about not being able to pray the gay away. You gotta hand it to Ginger: she’s quite the performer, which the judges point out when she finishes her performance. She sits down with RuPaul for a little interview before a clip package of all of her fans is played. One of the videos is from Ginger’s dad and let the tears flow! The two haven’t had much of a relationship so for Ginger to see her dad support her obviously means a lot. THE FEELS!

Can I also quickly mention that JOHN WATERS supports Ginger?! Okay, that’s all.

rupaul final 3Pearl’s song is about being a sleepwalker and it’s pretty darn boring. I get the irony but yikes! But the judges praise Pearl’s “awakening” during the competition. She admits that the fear of looking stupid held her back, but she finally just let go.

Aside from Pearl’s friends and family clip montage, they did an additional montage called “The Curse of Pearl,” which showcased the conspiracy of any Queen that crosses Pearl getting eliminated during that same episode. It’s actually kind of funny, and scary accurate!

And then there’s Violet Chachki, who performs a song about having too many daddies and not enough time. Her act is very Bettie Page-esque, with a striptease thrown in for good measure. Is it weird that I’m oddly jealous of Violet’s stripping skills when I have none? The judges love Violet’s sense of fashion and how she’s one of the few Queens that actually sews! They play her clip montage and alas, it’s pretty unemotional, but her friends and family are pretty funny.

Before the winner is announced, Ru spends some time talking to the eliminated Queens. Some highlights from the segment include:

Tempest DuJour in her finest attire
Tempest DuJour in her finest attire

– Jasmine Marsters receiving some positive words from her role model, Patti LaBelle. It’s a sweet moment concocted by Ru to counterbalance all of the negativity Jasmine has faced on social media.

– Apparently, Kandy Ho lived in Connecticut until she was ten before moving to Puerto Rico.

– Jaidynn Diore Fierce is out and proud and her mom loves her for it.

– Miss Fame brings a chicken out on stage, but doesn’t even speak chicken. I feel cheated!

– Katya tells Ru she wanted to tackle her, stuff her wig into her mouth & have Ru pee on her. So there was that…amazingness.

– Ru tells everyone to go see Kennedy Davenport live, which is kind of a big deal.

Next up, the Miss Congeniality Award! Last year’s winner, Ben de la Creme, comes out in a costume a la “Ginger/Sasha conjoined twins at the boob” with Michelle Visage and announces KATYA as the winner! Like anyone had any doubts. Katya wins a gold version of the Ru statue and, more importantly, cash.

Katya werking it at the RuPaul's Drag Race finale
Katya werking it at the RuPaul’s Drag Race finale

Then it’s time to announce RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstar for Season 7. Last year’s winner Bianca Del Rio – who is serving living statue realness – comes out to help crown the winner.

As is customary, Ru draws out the announcement, and at one point coughs, pauses, and asks for Katya. The audience, three remaining Queens AND Katya all freak out. But phooey, it was just a joke and all Ru wants is some water from Katya. The finalists are relieved. I am not.

And the winner is…VIOLET! With crown on head and scepter in hand, Violet does one final runway walk, claiming her win.

And there you have it folks! Till next time, always remember, the struggle is real so keep it fierce!

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NerdyBound: Mad Men

…If you listen, he’ll tell you how he got there. How he forgot where he was going and that he woke up. If you listen, he’ll tell you about the time he thought he was an angel or dreamt of being perfect. And then he’ll smile with wisdom, content that he realized the world isn’t perfect. We’re flawed, because we want so much more. We’re ruined because we get these things and wish for what we had. – Don Draper

Mad Men is in its 7th and final season. The series finale is this Sunday night. The show has been called the best drama on television and I would have to agree. Mad Men is a period drama set in the early 1960’s, and is now ending in the 70’s. Even though I didn’t grow up during this era, Mad Men still has a way of making you feel nostalgic for a past you never experienced. The show doesn’t gloss over this time period, and isn’t afraid to explore the issues of sexism and racism that were so prevalent to that time; issues that are still relevant to this day. It avoids getting preachy by expressing these issues through the show’s characters and bringing it to a personal level we can all relate to. The characters on this show are all so beautifully flawed, and through their tragedies and happiness you end up learning more about yourself as you watch. There are so many instances where this show leaves you with such a profound sadness, but it’s a type of pensive sadness that makes you wonder about life, the human experience, and why we make the decisions that we do.

The show (created by the brilliant Matthew Weiner) as a whole, is beautiful in all its imperfection, just like its characters. The design and costume choices for this show are impeccable. Just from watching the opening title sequence, you get a sense of how stylish this show is. The opening title sequence is one of my favorites and I never get tired of watching it. It’s inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, and the falling man pays homage to the movie poster for Vertigo. Alfred Hitchcock’s influence is prevalent throughout the series ,and in a way fitting to the recurring theme that some of the horrors in life are the ones we create for ourselves. Not only does the design stay true to the time period, but everything is so fashionable you just want to step inside the set of an episode and live in it. Maybe you haven’t seen the show or you don’t care for it, but its style influence is everywhere. The year after the show premiered, all of the fashion runways were covered in designs influenced by the show. To this day, home decor is influenced by the show as well, everyone wants and needs to own a “Mad Men” bar cart for their living room. I dare you to watch this show, and not want to own every outfit featured. In honor of the series finale, and in celebration of such a stylish show, this week’s NerdyBound is all about Mad Men.

Don Draper

Don DraperShop the Look: ASOS Open Back White Shirt $57 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Blouse with Cold Shoulder $54, ASOS Ponte blazer with pocket $63 Plus Size Option: Junarose Blazer $91, ASOS Peg Pants With Pocket Detail $40 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Cigarette Trousers In Crepe $54, ASOS MILLIONAIRE Leather Brogues $63, River Island Color Block Metal Edge Large Clutch $45, ASOS Vintage Granddad Watch $36, Mad Men Pin Badge $9.72, ASOS 2 Pack Plate And Skinny Waist Belt $22

 

 

Joan Holloway

Joan HollowayShop the Look: Joanie Dress in Red $120, ModCloth Minimal Member of the Board Heel $40, Quilted Faux Leather Shoulder Bag $28, 1960s Vintage Inspired Gold-Tone Pen Necklace $20, Gold Flower Earrings Green Rhinestone Center $15, 1960’s Vintage gold tone and emerald green brooch $39

 

 

Peggy Olson

Peggy OlsonShop the Look: Coach Tour Dress in Teal Garden $55, Majestic Jersey Long Sleeve Scoop Neck T-Shirt $7, Menswear Inspired Flying First-Sass Heel $45, Structured Box Handheld Bag $73, Undisputed Class Watch in Rose Gold $120, Shooting Star Earrings in Ebony Black and Gold with Silver Etching $6.95, Vintage 1960s Tam Hat $65, Vintage Mad Men Era “Miss Go Getter” Business Woman Pin $20

 

 

Betty Draper

Betty DraperShop the Look: Ella Dress in Pink and Baton Rouge Rose Floral Print $124, Dranna Stud Earrings $14, White Two Strand Graduated Faux Pearl Necklace $45, Faux Pearl and Rhinestone Midi Ring Set $50, Fancy and You Know It Heel in Blush $129, Blush Box Clutch with Pearl Detail $29

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Penny Dreadful Fashion Collection

Hot Topic is premiering their exclusive limited edition fashion collection all inspired by Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. This year, Hot Topic is collaborating with the pop culture entertainment world to bring us one of a kind fashion collections inspired by our favorite shows and movies. I was a huge fan of their first collection featuring Orphan Black, they literally had me screaming with delight with their Avenger’s collection, and their new Penny Dreadful collection is no exception.

In order to truly appreciate this collection, it really helps if you’re familiar with the series. Penny Dreadful is a psychological horror drama set in Victorian London. The series, a horror fiction fan’s dream, is influenced heavily by Frankenstein, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dracula, and the name itself refers to the penny dreadfuls of the day. Penny dreadfuls were stories that were exploitative in nature about the supernatural, detectives, and criminals; they were printed on cheap pulp paper and sold for a penny in 19th century Britain. The show is currently airing its second season Sunday nights on Showtime. It’s filled with mystery, old magic, and has a beautiful romantic Gothic feel to it. This romantic Gothic influence is exhibited throughout the entire collection. If you have a love for turn of the century Victorian London, and a fascination with the macabre, this collection was made for you. Let’s go through it piece by piece:

Scorpion Print Dress

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The scorpion is the chosen symbol for one of the show’s lead characters Vanessa Ives, she’s a medium fascinated with the supernatural and literally fighting good and evil within her. The scorpion is a known symbol in astrology representing death and regeneration, and is associated with people that are enigmatic, passionate, and obsessed with secrets. So you can see why the scorpion is so heavily featured throughout this collection. I’m a sucker for anything with a Peter Pan collar on it and this dress features such lovely detail on the collar. You would think that with a scorpion print, the scorpion collar would be going overboard, but they made it in such a way that it looks like it’s made out of lace and not the bodies of scorpions. The color is perfect and gives the dress flexibility to be dressed up as an evening look or down as a daytime dress. The collar and the cupped sleeves make for a very innocent and sweet look, but the print brings that Penny Dreadful darkness to it and I’m loving that disparity.

Scorpion Tank Top

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This top is all about that back. There’s something so beautiful about mixing the lace flowers with the scorpions. I’m glad they left the front empty, it would’ve been too much otherwise. I almost want to get this a size too big and wear it as a dress. I don’t like the styling they chose for the model; I get why they did it since it’s Penny Dreadful, but I would style this as a summer look with no other prints, to keep the focus on the back.

Portrait Print Dress

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This is most certainly an homage to Dorian Gray. In the show Dorian Gray is beautiful with an artistic view on life, and he dresses with style. I like that the dress features several symbols from the show, but that they’re not so specific that someone that isn’t a fan couldn’t wear this. My favorite part of this dress besides that it looks super comfortable and stretchy, is the hemline. The slanting in the hem is very flattering and gives the illusion of curves where there aren’t any, and at the same time is slimming. I would wear this dress everywhere.

Map of London 1891 Dress

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This is my favorite dress from the collection! I pre-ordered this dress as soon as I saw it. I know it’s a map of London, but it has a romantic Parisian feel to it. I love the way they styled it with those lace up tights. You could potentially cosplay as a Queen in this dress. I love the antique look of the map and the open back with lace. So much detail went into this, down to the spiders and Frankenstein’s monster stitches.

Scorpion Illusion Neckline Tank Top

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This is the only look that really fell flat for me. I feel like they just needed an extra piece and came up with this. The illusion neckline looks like scorpions hanging off of spiders; it’s not delicate, it’s bold. That leaves little room for when to wear this. If it was delicate, you could wear it to work or as a casual look, but the boldness means you could only really wear this around Halloween time. And if you’re saying it’s not that bad, you’re right. It’s worse: boring.

Victorian Jacket

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The way they styled this jacket is perfect. It’s exactly how I would wear this. This jacket screams “Rock Me Amadeus” with an edge. This jacket also gives you the versatility to wear it as part of a more feminine look. Honestly, I could do without the laces on the side, however, the jacket is awesome. It just doesn’t need the extra detail, especially since the fabric is stretchy and you could just size down if you wanted that cinched in look. Although, I do like the option of corseting it in.

All of these pieces are available in plus sizes up to 3X, which is amazing because these are beautiful designs. How many retailers out there are offering their main fashion line in plus sizes? If plus size is lucky enough to be an option, it’s certainly always the less stylish version of the featured design. Hot Topic doesn’t do that and I love them for it. I can’t wait to see what they do next. All of their limited edition collections sell out fast, so if I were you, I would start ordering now.  You can pre-order the collection right now at Hot Topic before it hits stores on May 26!

Which piece was your favorite? Who would you like to see Hot Topic collaborate with on their next fashion collection? Let us know in the comments.

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