geek style

How to Decoupage Your Own Geeky Bag

Hey my little ponies!

My latest article on Wear Your Voice is a D.I.Y. tutorial on how to revamp an old bag by decoupaging fabric on it.  I originally planned on strictly using floral material, but I saw this amazing Stormtrooper and glow in the dark Star Wars fabric with tie fighters on it at JoAnn’s and was like, “NEVERMIND!!” You all know how much I love mixing floral prints with sci-fi stuff anyway. ☺

To see how I did it, check out my tutorial here. 🙂

13932753164_59cedb28abdress: Hot Topic (buy similar here) | sunglasses: Kate Spade (n/a)
belt: A|X Exchange (n/a) | hair flower: Icing (n/a)
Han & Chewie pins: Disney Pin Trading from Disneyland
(buy here)

cheers

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How To Make Your Own Soot Sprites Headband

Happy 4th of July, my little ponies!

I’m currently in LA for Anime Expo, despite the fact that my knowledge on all things anime is extremely limited — like Studio Ghibli and Sailor Moon is the extent of my knowledge, and even the things I know about those aren’t vast at all! So what the hell am I doing here anyway? Well, my friend goes every year and I got to go for a wee bit last year and I had fun, so why not this year too? Plus it isn’t strictly anime since other geekdoms are well represented too!

spirited-away-soot-sprites
inspiration for the headband

Since I’m way too lazy to cosplay, I decided to wear my Totoro dress from Her Universe and make a headband to go with it. It was super simple to make, so here’s a little tutorial on how you can make your very own headband with little soot sprites from My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away. >^__^<

You’ll need:

– A plain black headband.
– A pack of medium sized googly eyes
– Medium sized black puff balls
– Star shaped beads (glittery ones are optional)
– A small tube of E6000 or any sort of strong craft glue
– Pliers (optional)

– First, figure out where you’d like your first puff ball to sit on the headband. I didn’t want it to go all the way around, so I just eyeballed where I wanted it to start, and ended up using 11 of them. Once you’ve figured out where you’d like them to be, start glueing them in a zig-zag position.

– Next, use the pliers to pick up the googly eyes to glue and place the eyes onto the sprite. Place them on every other one so your headband won’t be overwhelmed with eyeballs!

This is what your headband should look like after the first 2 steps

– Once all the sprites are in place, start positioning where you’d like the stars to be. I did mine in a zig-zag position and tried not to place the same colored stars so close to each other.

And voila! There you have it — your very soot sprites headband! See? It’s super simple! If you happen to make your own soot sprites headband, I’d love to see it. 😀

 

cheers

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D.I.Y. Doctor Who Pullover Tutorial on GadChick!

I’m super excited to tell you all about the D.I.Y. tutorial on how to make your very own Adipose sweater I created! It can be found on a super nifty blog called GadChick 🙂

In case you’re wondering what an Adipose is, it’s an Intergalactic creature that’s basically composed of fat. That sounds super gross, but they’re soooo cute! They appear in the Doctor Who episode “Partners in Crime,” which is super adorbz BTW and is one of my favorite DW episodes because Donna Noble (played by Catherine Tate) RULES.

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Once again, the tutorial can be found here.

And if you happen to make a sweater for yourself, send me a picture! I’d love to see what you all come up with!!!

Cheers,
Nina

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Snip Snip Bang Bang

Shanice, my long ass bangs, myself at B&N shopping for John Green books.

I can’t ever imagine not having bangs. I had them for a bit as a kid, and then after that I always did the layered look with a part on the side.  And then when I was 18 I tried the side-bang thing a-la Jenny Lewis as I was bored with my hair, and what better way to reinvent yourself than with a new hairdo? When I tried out the full bang ‘do I was like OH MY GOD, WHY HAVEN’T I HAD BANGS ALL MY LIFE?

Now the thought of having an exposed forehead frightens me. But the thing about bangs is that they’re a bitch to upkeep. I mean, having little strands of hair suddenly cover half your face? Have you ever had little hairs cover your eyelids? So. Annoying.

The way my bangs looked on January 28, 2011.

I’ve attempted to cut my bangs a few times and one fiasco led me to solemnly swear to never bring a pair of scissors to my hair ever again. Oh, bangs. Y U SO DIFFICULT? But in January, Jennifer showed me this tutorial on how to trim both side bangs and full bangs. It has changed my life for the better. No more frequent trips to the salon for $10 trims. WOO!!!

I cut my bangs using this method for the third time yesterday. I used a different pair of scissors (a lot smaller than what I normally use) so it didn’t turn out like the last few times I did it, BUT it doesn’t look completely terrible. So, when attempting this USE SCISSORS THAT YOU ARE MOST COMFORTABLE WITH.

Don't mind my flyaways -- I have yet to put product in my hair to tame them for the day. And Rory wanted to show off his new haircut as well (okay, no he didn't. I made him take this picture with me... obviously).

If you’re like me and suck at cutting your own bangs, this tutorial will help you immensely. 😀