I Know My Value

It’s almost been a month since the world turned upside down, and I’m still trying to process everything. Like… how the hell did this happen?! If you haven’t been living under a proverbial rock, surely you know what I’m talking about.

I struggle with considering myself an optimist (now more than ever) because despite my great need to have a strong moral compass, and desire to believe that there’s kindness and compassion in the world thanks to my heavy Disney diet as a child, I can’t help but feel frustrated and despondent knowing that everyday some form of hate is being spread. With the results of the election, I’ve noticed that people who have opposing views to mine are growing a hell of a lot more bolder in spreading that hate. Sure, others who are like-minded to my views posted many encouraging things on social media that basically said they support you if you’re female, black, LGBTQ+, latinx, or muslim. Well, I identify as female, but why aren’t asians as a whole included in this list? As a community, we’re just as angry, hurt, scared, and frustrated as any other community. Hollywood has already left me feeling quite marginalized; as much as I love Marvel, the backlash that came with Doctor Strange has me seething with rage. I know the director acknowledged the issues of whitewashing, but I found his excuses to be very weak. Story tellers, talented ones at least, are able to overcome such obstacles as writing ethnic characters that aren’t racially stereotypical. I could go on about the frustration I feel over the lack of asian representation in Hollywood, but I feel like that’s a whole other blog post.

Despite my recent frustrations with Marvel’s cinematic universe, they did give me and the rest of the geek community Peggy Carter. She’s been a beacon of light for us geek girls (and boys) by being a scrappy bad ass that takes shit from no one. This Agent Carter inspired dress from Her Universe almost feels like armor in a sense because I feel like I can kick ass and take names whenever I wear it (and it has pockets!).

Over the past month, I’ve been turning to different fandoms to find some form of comfort because escapism every now and then is needed in times like these. Whether it’s Poe Dameron saying “As long as there’s light, we’ve got a chance,” Albus Dumbledore saying “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one remembers to turn on the light,” or the Hamilton soundtrack in its entirety, they all fill me with a bit of hope and inspiration. But Peggy’s infamous “I know my value” line has been coming to the forefront of my mind a lot more lately. The quote in its entirety ends with “Anyone else’s opinion doesn’t matter.” I know that my life and those in my community are worth it just as much as anyone else’s, even if others don’t seem to think so.

le fancy geek outfit fashion bloggerAgent Carter dress: Her Universe (buy here) | purse: Kate Spade (n/a)
shoes: Dexflex Comfort (buy here)| lipstick: Besame (buy here)
Avengers bracelet: Loot Wear (subscribe here)

Steve Rogers necklace: Le Fancy Geek Boutique (buy here)

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(photos taken by Sara McDougall)

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Shop Small with Le Fancy Geek Boutique

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Things have been pretty quiet over at Le Fancy Geek Boutique, but it’s still open for all your fancy fandom needs this holiday season!

Hogwarts house necklaces have just been added to the store, so now you can proudly show off your house pride! Or you can get one for the witch or wizard in your life. Just use code “SMALLBIZ16” during checkout to save 20% off your order from now until Tuesday, November 29.

Happy Small Business Saturday! And for those braving the busy storefronts this weekend, stay safe!!

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You’ve Got Red on You: A Loot Wear Review

Last month’s “Horror” themed Loot Wear subscriptions came with terrifyingly cool swag, and the debut of a brand new subscription geared towards men: undies! Here’s a breakdown of what each subscription came with:

  • Wearable: Alien
  • Loot Tees: Shaun of the Dead
  • Loot for Her: Edward Scissorhands Raglan
  • Socks: The Nightmare Before Christmas & The Walking Dead
  • Undies: The Walking Dead

I tossed my Alien wearable and Walking Dead socks in my laundry basket since I forgot to take pictures of each before wearing them. Whoops! However, you can get a better view of them in my unpacking video (at the very top of this post). I did style both the Loot Tee and the Loot For Her tops, so you can take a looksie at my Loot Wear ensembles and also my thoughts on them and the Nightmare Before Christmas socks and Walking Dead undies. 😀

Loot Tee:

I’m not one for scary things, but Shaun of the Dead is one of my favorite movies! When I found out there was going to be a Shaun of the Dead t-shirt for October’s Loot Wear subscription, I totally fangirled 😀 While I was a pretty disappointed I was sent a unisex shirt instead of the women’s size like last time, I still really dig the tee. I love how it incorporates Shaun and Ed’s respective weapons for the zombie outbreak, and also the subtle vinyl record.

Loot For Her:

This raglan’s material feels so much softer and cozier than the Princess Bride or Archer ones they released previously for the wearble subscription. Unfortunately they sent me a size M when I’m a XL/XXL, but it still fit me! It definitley would’ve been a lot more comfortable had it been my proper size. Another thing I like about the raglan is the design. You can’t really tell in my outfit picture since my boobs warp the design a little (#BigBoobieProblems), but Edward’s hands are shaped like a heart. That along with the quote from the movie is cute and heartbreaking all at once!

Socks:

Like I mentioned before, I forgot to take a picture of my Walking Dead socks before wearing them, so they’re not pictured here. However, I will say that I love them! Every time there’s a Walking Dead item, I always say that I’m not into that franchise, but damn if Loot Wear doesn’t always come out with cool wearbles and accessories for them! The maroon socks feature whit silhouettes of weapons that I’m assuming the characters of the show use to fight against the walkers (is that what the zombies are called in that show?), including Lucille, Neegan’s barbed wire baseball bat. <– I only know that because everyone and their mother have posted stuff about him since the latest season premiered. Also Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the kind of fine you don’t spell correctly: fiioooone!

EDIT: OMG. I was so busy thinking about how fiooone Jeffrey Dean Morgan is, I forgot to talk about how much I loved the Oogie Boogie and Jack Skellington socks that the socks subscription came with! I love the design on the socks with Oogie Boogie hovering over and unbeknownst looking Jack. The design also has a bit of a black light poster feel to them. And how cute is Jack holding that heart?! I thought the was “Horror,” not Kawaii Macabre!

Undies:

As you can see in my unpacking video, I was pretty surprised to see Loot Wear also included these Walking Dead chonies for dudes. They’re boxer briefs and the material is really nice and soft. I tried them on over my opaque nylons and you know what? They’re actually perfect to wear underneath skirts or dresses to help keep your nylons in place! I told my friend about them and they said, “You can stick stuff in the slot too!” And I was like da fuq are you guys talking about? Then it dawned on me and I thought, 1. there isn’t a slot for that, and 2. WHY WOULD I STICK THINGS IN THERE? That’s what a bra is for!

I am extremely excited for the month of October’s Loot Wear items because the theme is “Magical” and will have items from Harry Potter, Doctor Strange, Kingdom Hearts, and Adventure Time!!! Here’s a breakdown of what franchises will be featured for each subscription:

  • Socks: Harry Potter and Doctor Strange
  • Wearable: Harry Potter
  • Loot For Her: Kingdom Hearts (it’s supposed to be a knitted item)
  • Loot Tee: Doctor Strange
  • Undies: Adventure Time

If you’re interested in subscribing you can save 10% on your subscription by using the code “LEFANCYGEEK”! Click here to level up your  geeky style. 😀

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(photos of myself taken by Caitlin Hamer)


FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as Loot Crate/Loot Wear sent me items to review and will gain a little bit of compensation for those who purchase subscriptions through the links provided. All opinions stated are honest and my own.

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My Ultimate Loot Crate Dream Crate

The O.G. geeky subscription box service Loot Crate wants to know what kind of awesome gizmos and gadgets a-plenty their fans would put in their very own Dream Crate. When I learned about the project and was asked if  I’d be interested in putting something together, I obviously said, “YAAASSS!” This is something I’ve given a lot of thought to before I was even asked to write about it, but since they’ve already done “Fantasy” and “Magical” (my ideal themes), I had to figure out a different theme that would encompass franchises I’m a fan of that have a fairytale, fantasy, epic journey, or magical-like quality to them.

So, I came up with “Story Time” and it would include items from The Neverending Story, The Princess Bride, Once Upon a Time, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones.

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The Princess Bride: A copy of Cary Elwes’ “As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride”

With a theme like “Story Time,” it only makes sense to include an actual book! I think it’d be cool for it to include a copy of Cary Elwes’ book, and to make it extra special Loot Crate can design a different cover that’s exclusive to this particular crate. 🙂

Harry Potter: Hermione Funko Pop! figure

I love the Hermione Funko Pop! that comes in the Hogwarts Express edition because she’s holding books, but I don’t the train itself. Sooo, I think Loot Crate should team up with Funko to make one similar to it that’s exclusive, but make it so that the book is more intricate with details like a title and artwork. And it should come with a little Crookshanks because how cute would that be?!

Once Upon a Time: Belle’s Chip tea cup

I have a love/hate relationship with Once Upon a Time. There have been many times where I watch an episode and I’m like, “WHY DO I STILL WATCH THIS???” I’ve been with it from the very beginning; I’m too invested in Regina finding happines,  dammit! Anyway, I love Belle’s Chip tea cup and I associate drinking tea with “story time,” so this seemed like the perfect item to include from the franchise. Even if someone who doesn’t like Once Upon a Time got this crate, I’m sure they’d love the cup anyway and find it very useful.

Game of Thrones: Bookmarkers

Book markers will obviously be needed if there’s going to be an actual book in the crate. They don’t necessarily have to be this exact Game of Thrones book mark set, but I’d prefer something like it.

The Neverending Story: Falkor t-shirt

This movie was my jaaaam when I was a kid! And I feel like The Neverending Story doesn’t get a whole lot of love with geeky subscription boxes, and that’s why I decided to include it in my dream crate. I call Rory “Baby Falkor” since him and the luck dragon look so much alike, so of course my dream crate’s Neverending Story item would be a Falkor t-shirt! It doesn’t necessarily have to be this one that I found on Redbubble by Mandrie, but I’d like the design to have really cute artwork. Also, the Loot Pets box that coincides with this should definitely come with a matching t-shirt!

What do you think, my little ponies? Would you be stoked if you opened up a Loot Crate box and unearthed all these goodies? Tell me what your perfect Loot Crate box would include in the comments section!

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The Best Freaking Pilot in the Galaxy

Oh my goodness, how the hell is it November already?! It still feels like SDCC just happened last month, but alas. That was four months ago! The way the end of the year quickly creeps upon us never ceases to amaze and terrify me. Why terrify? Well… because it makes me think about what I have and [mostly] haven’t done all year, and makes me cringe because despite the things I did accomplish, I can’t help but focus on the negative. Y’know how that goes. 😛

I’ve been pretty quiet on here lately, and that’s because I’ve been crazy busy with an internship I just started a month ago in San Francisco! I’ll talk more about it at some other point because I just wanted to quickly share mine and Rory’s Halloween costumes. Him and I dressed up as BB-8 and Poe DAME-eron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. HA! See what I did there? Poe Dameron. DAME-eron? No? Okay fine, whatever. I thought it was clever.

We were originally going to be Babe and Farmer Hoggett from Babe, but then I saw this BB-8 costume at Petsmart back in August and immediately decided we’d be BB-8 and Poe instead.  I already had the Poe/Finn jacket by Her Universe from Hot Topic so that just saved me a trip from having to find a tweed jacket and whatever else I’d need to dress up as Farmer Hoggett. Plus dressing up like an old farmer versus dressing up like the best freaking pilot in the galaxy — pilot wins hands down! I thought about wearing pants (or trousers incase anyone from Europe is reading this) to be more Poe-like, but I went with a skirt because I’m all about that no-pants life. Except pants would’ve been nice to have on the hayride we went on at Dell’osso Farms. :: cringe ::

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Poe/Finn jacket: Her Universe (buy here) |
skirt & shirt: Forever 21 (n/a online)
belt: Merona (buy here) | boots: G.H. Bass (n/a)
BB-8 dog costume: Pestsmart (buy here)

Rory and I are definitely going to be rocking these outfits again for our holiday greeting cards this year! Did you dress your pet or yourself up for Halloween? Tell me all about your costumes in the comments section. 🙂

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(photos of me and Rory by Caitlin Hamer)

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Roll Out: A Loot Wear Review

I’m back with another review of Loot Crate’s monthly mystery apparel subscription service Loot Wear! The month of September came with some pretty great stuff, and I was so excited to style both the wearable item and the t-shirt. The theme was “Speed” and it came with the following:

  • Wearable: Transformers jersey
  • Socks: Deadpool and Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Loot Tees: Mario Kart
  • Loot for Her: Transformers Arcee shorts

Wearable:

My only exposure to Transformers as a kid was a VHS tape my sister and I would watch every now and then that involved Dinobots. I think I was way more into the fact that there were dinosaurs since I was obsessed with The Land Before Time and Dino Riders. Sorry, Transformers! However, in college a friend of mine started calling me Ninamus Prime… I’m not really sure how that started though. – shoulder shrug – The jersey isn’t something I’d normally wear, but it’s quite awesome. When styling it, I just went with my tried and true tuck-it-into-a-flowy-skirt-with-a-chunky-belt. 🙂

Socks & Loot For Her:

By far, this has got to be my favorite sock duo to come in a subscription because both pertain to my geeky interests. Sonic the Hedgehog is the one video game I feel I didn’t completely suck at, and always entered the boss stages with determination and moxy rather than anxiety and fear because boss levels freak me out, okay? I love the “oh-no!” expression on Sonic’s face too with all the coins scattering about. It totally brings back memories of the times I accidentally messed up and grew increasingly frustrated with the game. Oh, nostalgia. But seriously, don’t let me play video games. I’m competitive and terrible, and get really angry when I don’t win. 😛

As for Deadpool… well, speed isn’t what comes to mind when I first think about him, but who cares? These Deadpool socks are f*cking sweet.

Once again, the Lady Loot subscription came with a piece of apparel. This time around it’s a pair of shorts featuring Arcee from Transformers. While they’re nice to wear around the house (I’ve worn them to bed numerous times already), I can’t help but be slightly bummed because I really miss when the Lady Loot subs came with one or two accessories. Please bring back jewelry and tote bags! And scarves. It’s getting colder (everywhere else at least), so us ladies could totally go for scarves again.

Loot Tees:

Despite the fact that I’ll never know what victory feels like when it comes to Mario Kart, this has got to be my favorite tee that Loot Wear has put out so far! It’s super comfy, and I love the design with the spiked koopa shell. I opted to go the girly route — because really, I know no other — and paired the tee with a navy floral skirt with bits of pink and baby blue. The Central Valley hasn’t quite gotten the Fall memo, hence my summery appearance. Hopefully I can throw on some black tights, boots, and a cozy cardigan into the mix to make this more appropriate for Fall soon 🙂

This month’s theme is appropriately “Horror” since it’s Halloween and all, and I’m SO EFFING EXCITED for the Loot Tee because it’s going to be Shaun of the Dead, which is probably the only zombie movie I will ever love or care about. The Lady Loot subscription will have something from Edward Scissorhands, the wearable will be from Alien, and the socks will feature designs from The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Walking Dead. There’s also a brand new Loot Wear subscription that launched not too long ago aimed specifically for the guys: Loot Undies. I’m actually kinda jealous of this because who doesn’t love a good pair of chonies? This sub comes with one pair of geek themed boxer briefs, and this month’s will be from The Walking Dead.

If you’re interested in subscribing you can save 10% by using the code “LEFANCYGEEK”! Click here to level up your style. 🙂

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(photos of myself taken by Caitlin Hamer)


FTC Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as Loot Crate/Loot Wear sent me items to review and will gain a little bit of compensation for those who purchase subscriptions through the links provided. All opinions stated are honest and my own.

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Send Me an Angel

When my very good friend Megan, who happens to be a ridiculously talented self-taught metalsmith and jewelry maker, told me that she was planning on moving to Texas soon, my first thought was “WHAT THE HELL?! WHY ARE YOU LEAVING ME?!” But when she asked if I could help spread the word of these special pendants she made to help her with moving expenses, I said, “Duh. Of course!”

I have had the honor of receiving some of Megan’s beautiful creations as presents, some of which you may have seen on my Instagram, and she puts so much love and care into everything she makes. These pendants, entitled “No Direct Flight,” are no different. In fact, this design is one that she gifts to those who are most special to her. It features a set of angel wings placed on a copper sheet that Megan hand cut herself, and used vitreous enamels for the image. The jumpring is sterling, you can easily slip the pendant onto your favorite chain. As you can see in the pictures, not one pendant is the same due the nature of manufacturing things completely by hand.

This is perfect to give to the guardian angel you have in your life — whether they be human or four-legged and furry like Megan’s cat Dave (pictured below). And at just $20, it’s a steal!

This pendant can easily be slipped into geek inspired ensembles too! There’s the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who, Castiel from Supernatural, Kid Icarus (or Icarus from actually mythology), Archangel from X-Men, etc, etc.

To purchase the “No Direct Flight” pendant, go here. Also be sure to follow Megan on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with all her wonderful creations.

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(all photos courtesy of Megan Van Houten)

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