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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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Nerd Love: V Day Gifts for the Geek in Your Life

geekvdayAh, Valentine’s Day. It’s a day dreaded by some and obnoxiously over-adored by others. New couples and those who have just begun dating may find it awkward and have no idea exactly what to do. Then there are those who have celebrated Valentine’s Day with the same person every day for several years, and they may have run out of material. In addition to not knowing how to spend V Day or what to get our mates, we are hit with a barrage of corny suggestions about how we should observe the Feast of St. Valentine from melodramatic women’s magazines, the greeting card industry, and pretty much anyone trying to sell anything. Not only does this put unnecessary pressure on all of us, it also takes away from the significance of the day.

For us geeks, however, Valentine’s Day can be a fun way to use our nerdy craftiness and creativity to show those we love just how special they are. So what geeky goodies can you concoct for the tech-loving, graphic-novel reading, cosplaying nerd in your life? Here are a few gift ideas that even the most discerning geek in your life (paging Dr. Sheldon Cooper) will adore.

Craft an Action-Packed Geek Gift Basket

Who doesn’t go nuts for a nice gift basket, especially when it’s themed and filled with all of your favorite things? Gift baskets are perfect on a variety of levels as they’re easy to put together, can be customized, and can be given to anyone. In love with a gamer? Pop in your local GameStop, and pick up some of the latest video games, or go old school and track down a few older games for that throwback game console he still uses.

Besides games, include other video-game theme swag like T-shirts, character figurines, or movies based on your partner’s favorite games. Remember to add some edible treats like gummies shaped like popular Nintendo characters or bake your own treats like cupcakes that look like small versions of the mushrooms of Mushroom Kingdom. No matter what you throw in your basket, make sure that it follows along with your theme.cosplayvday

Put on a Cosplay Burlesque Show

Valentine’s Day presents the perfect opportunity to showcase your creativity through costume play. If your guy or girl is into cosplay, this is a great way to take part in his or her favorite hobby, or it can be an ideal introduction if they’ve never ventured into any sort of role play. Don’t just throw on any ordinary costume and chill around your house, however. Spice things up by adding sexy embellishments like fishnets to that Sailor Moon getup or bright red patent leather boots that creep up your thighs for your Wonder Woman outfit and put on a show for your lover.

You can then study up on some hot burlesque moves and put on a saucy cosplay striptease for him. Perform your private show live for him in the boudoir or surprise him (and appeal to his techie side) by sending him a “confidential” file containing a video of your spicy burlesque number. By doing it securely via Sharefile, which offers safe and secure file hosting and transferring, you’ll make sure that your gift won’t get into the wrong hands. I think I speak for everyone when I say you don’t want that to happen! Regardless of your delivery method, with the right cosplay gear and stellar burlesque routine, your Valentine’s Day will surely be memorable.

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While your nerdy partner may be in to exploring new tech gadgets or unknown galaxies that are far, far away, getting him or her to try something new may present a major challenge. Use this Valentine’s Day as an excuse to be spontaneous and participate in an activity that the two of you have never taken on alone or as a couple. Take the day off and go on a road trip or spend the day at the beach learning to surf. Try learning a hands-on skill or trade such as pottery or wine making. Not only is this a unique break from the traditional V day festivities, it’s also a wonderful way to make your relationship stronger, your bond tighter, and, of course, expand your mind.

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Rowling Announces New Film

J.K. Rowling recently announced that she’s bringing back the magical world of goblins, witches, trolls, and spells in her screenwriting debut with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”.

The film will be produced by Warner Bros., the company responsible for all eight Harry Potter films, and will tell the story of Newt Scamander: author of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and famed magizoologist (a zoologist specializing in magical creatures).

And Potter fans: If the title of the film sounds familiar to you, it should! “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was on Harry’s required reading list as a first year student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

But don’t expect to see the boy who lived in the upcoming saga.

“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” said Rowling in her official statement on her website. “Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.”

Daniel Radcliffe confirmed his iconic character’s absence in the film during a press event for the new Sky Arts series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook & Other Stories”, stating “I, needless to say, won’t be involved. I don’t know if any of us [the original cast] will be. I know nothing about it.”

A release date for the film has yet to be officially announced.

How do you feel about this rekindling of magic? Let us know in the comments below!

 
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The Final Death Race #3 Review

Issue Number: 3

Page Count: 24pp

Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC

Publisher: Blue Water Comics

Cover Price: $1.99

Release Date: October 9, 2013

Writer(s): Mel Smith, Paul H. Birch

Artist(s): Manuel Martinez, Gattling Melvyn, Mats Engesten, Roland Bird

Letterer: Owen Watts

 

Jumping in at issue three of any serial is bound to have its problems, but I ran into more than a handful with The Final Death Race. The cover deftly nods to just the kind of action and violence the title would suggest, and never fear! There’s plenty more of that to be found throughout the issue. The story follows the REAL Frankenstein as the S&M mask-wearing, death racing President of the United States. It would seem that he had been ousted by a corrupt regime and is now using death racing to reclaim the oval office (or something).

The story suffers from a fair few pitfalls, though:

  1. There was more than one typo, and some of the dialogue is sloppy and does not flow. Characters spout non-sequiturs, weak insults, and one-liners and remain two-dimensional (c’mon, editors!)
  2. Either the e-format mixes pages up or there is some seriously disjointed storytelling going on. Did Frankenstein choose to vacate the presidency or was there actually a coup?
  3. Are there no laws against kidnapping and murder because LONG LIVE DEATH RACE?
  4. What is the structure of this race, anyway? Is there a prize?

And what purpose does Frank’s buxom sidekick serve other than to provide eye candy and innuendo? Why and how did Frankenstein become the President? So many questions!

I was intrigued by the premise, but I can’t say I loved the book. The one thing that grabbed me was the cliffhanger at the end – CYBORG ARM! – and I’m not sure what it all means! It did prove to be an interesting attempt at suspension of disbelief for me, though.

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A1 #2 Review

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Issue Number: #2 (OF 6)
Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Writer(s): Dave Elliot, W.H. Rauf

Artist Name(s): Barnaby Bagenda, Sami Basri, Sakti Yuwono, Jessica Kholinne, Garrie Gastony, Rhoald Marcelius

 

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The award winning anthology A1 continues this week with another jammed packed issue, and three possible covers. First up is the Weirding Willows where the Wicked Witch of the West, Ms. Marche, has just placed an order for an army of flying monkeys with Dr. Moreau. Someone suspiciously looking like Tarzan (or Mowgli because he does call the bear Baloo) interrupts the proceedings and reveals his secret, he can talk to animals too. Our heroine, Alice (Dr. Moreau’s intrepid daughter) is off on a quest deeper into the forest with our favorite rabbits and runs head on into an ominous creature that does not look pleased at all.

 

 

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We move straight into Carpe Diem as Sir 8th Day is running for his life from a bunch of crazy looking clowns. Sir Monday comes into save the day, but his rescue attempt is stopped dead in it’s tracks and it’s up to the rest of the team to provide backup. Turns out that the evil Clown Nazi commanding the army has a huge grudge against Sir 8th Day that has been brewing since prep school. I guess some clowns never learn to let go of their grudges. However, this clown had it coming, and Sir 8th Day is about to serve it up again.

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Then we have Odyssey. This story gets even more confusing and weirdly like a Captain America rip-off that threatens to drag the entire anthology down. There are so many layers yet to discover, but they are unraveling so slowly for an anthology of this nature.  The artwork is it’s only saving grace as it is technically better than the art work in Weirding Willows, and certainly on par with the high color splash that is Carpe Diem.

Overall, A1 is a good read and definitely worth it when you get three developing stories for the price of one. It is necessary to give Odyssey a chance as we continue through this series of six issues, but Weirding Willows and Carpe Diem more than make up for it.

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Chronos Commandos: Dawn Patrol #1 Review

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Page Count: 32pp
Full Color, B&W, or partial color: FC
Publisher: Titan Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 10, 2013

Written and Illustrated by: Stuart Jennett

There is a huge dinosaur and some army guys on the cover, and by the looks of it, Nazis are hiding somewhere. At least that is the feeling you get when you first pick up Chronos Commandos. Open up further, and wait, is that Albert Einstein with a machine gun? Yes, indeed it is. This issue is packed with a lot of flashy action, bright artistry, and a really insane time-travel plot, but there is just so much going on that it is really hard to keep up. Thank goodness there is a lengthy prologue paragraph to explain everything before you get too far into the book.

With all that is going on at once, the character development has been left up to the reader to fill in with familiar archetypes such as a brash rough-around-the-edge commanding officer affectionately called “Sarge”.  Then of course add in the super smart scientist Albert Einstein, who is just crazy enough to hang with Sarge, and you have Stargate during World War II with dinosaurs. Or maybe its the Dirty Dozen with Albert Einstein and dinosaurs trying to kill Hitler while they travel through time? All of this being thrown at the reader in the first issue, and it is hard to tell whether or not the familiarity is a welcome distraction.

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However, the artwork is really good. The detail that went into creating the dinosaurs makes them leap off the page, and truly come to life in the imagination. The backgrounds are so well designed that they make you wish that Jennett had put that much effort into his character creation. To go along with the nondescript human facial features, and entire squad under Sarge’s command is obliterated in the first 4 pages. There isn’t much value placed on human life in this comic, at least judging from Sarge’s hardened battle worn attitude towards their deaths when Einstein asks what happened to the rest of the squad.

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Despite all of this, Chronos Commandos is worth the read, if just for the artwork alone. However, there is the hint that there is another larger story brewing behind the flashy action sequences when you get to the appearance of the Nazi’s,  the pages of redacted memos that discuss genetic mutations, and the Chronosphere Core itself that is at the heart of project Watchmaker. Also, if you just like seeing dinosaurs eat up a bunch of military men then yes, this is the comic for you.

 

 

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X-Men Writer Chris Claremont Brings You Marada The She-Wolf

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Marada The She-Wolf  will hit stores on November 12, 2013 in a new deluxe hardcover collection. This tale about a white-haired, blood-soaked mercenary swordswoman, who happens to be a descendant of Julius Caesar, is written by none other than Chris Claremont (The Uncanny X-Men; Excalibur; Captain Britain; Fantastic Four; Gen 13, Sovereign 7) with artwork by award winning artist John Bolton (Man-Bat; Shame: Pursuit; Books of Magic).

Marada, together with her magical companion, Princess Arianrhod, battle evil and unearthly terror as they travel across the Roman Empire. Artist John Bolton has worked on restoring the original artwork for this new hardcover collection of the series.

“I look through these pages and I’m reminded, most eloquently, just how gifted John Bolton is as an artist, how breathtakingly skilled he is at evoking character and event, how powerfully and also subtly he can present a scene,” – Chris Claremont.

Many know that during his 17 years as X-Men writer, Claremont co-created characters such as Rogue, Psylocke, Mystique, Emma Frost, Sabretooth, Gambit, and a host of other characters for the Marvel Universe. Much of the Claremont era X-Men tales are the source material for the upcoming films The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The collection will also be available to read day and date on the iPad, iPhone, Web, Android and Kindle Fire, exclusively through the comiXology app and comiXology.com.

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Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Out On DVD And Blu-Ray

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The Blu-Ray combo pack of the latest addition in the Battlestar Galactica Series comes out today with never-before-seen, unrated footage. Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is a new spin-off film that debuted on Machinima’s premiere Youtube channel, Machinima Prime, on November 9, 2012 as a 10-part series, then premiered as a 2-hour movie event on the SyFy channel February 10, 2013.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome stars Luke Pasqualino (“The Borgias”) as a young Captain William Adama in the hard-hitting tale of the first Cylon war.  Humans on the 12 colonial worlds are battling against their sentient creations, the Cylons, and a young Captain Adama is in the middle of the action assigned to the most powerful battlestar in the entire colonial fleet: the Galactica.  With Ben Cotton (“Alcatraz”) as his co-pilot Coker  and Lili Bordán (“Silent Witness”) as Dr. Becca Kelly, Captain Adama finds himself on a dangerous mission that becomes a turning point in the war for the desperate fleet.

With top-notch special effects and CGI, Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, lives up to the franchise by providing stunning action visuals. This film is set between the events in Caprica, and the acclaimed reboot of the series. The additional footage added to the Blu-Ray combo pack edition adds more depth and development to the characters for a more well-rounded story arc.

Bonus Features exclusive to the Blu-Ray combo pack include seven additional deleted scenes while the bonus features on the Blu-Ray and DVD editions includes only six deleted scenes. All editions include the featurette “Blood & Chrome Visual Effects” which goes behind the scenes to show viewers how some of the amazing green screen work was completed.

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A Lenore Character Will Die In A New Story By Roman Dirge

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Lenore, the Cute Little Dead Girl, celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012 and now on the heels of that celebration, creator Roman Dirge reveals that one of the undead characters in the cult classic comic series will die.

The new four-part saga is set to kick off in Titan Comics on March 28, 2013, with Lenore #8. Exactly how the undead will become “permanently dead” is unknown, but it has been teased that there will be a fight to the death between two of the main characters.

The new storyline will center on a TV film crew for the fictional ghost hunter show “Ghosty Toasty”, who target Lenore’s mansion in search of ghosts and ghouls, but end up getting more than they bargained for. Also, the mystery behind the mask of Taxidermy will be revealed starting with his history that dates back to the days of ancient Egypt.

“There will be an insane battle. I have already started designing the town of Nevermore, just so they can destroy it!” – Creator Roman Dirge, Creator

Lenore #8 will come with two Roman Dirge drawn collectible covers and will also be available to read day and date on the iPad, iPhone, Web, Android and Kindle Fire, exclusively through the comiXology app and comiXology.com

For more information, visit: www.Titan-comics.com

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http://titan-comics.com/news/launch01/

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