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Crazy Rich Asians

In the spirit of #AsianAugust, I must talk about Crazy Rich Asians. At the time of this writing, I have seen it 3 times! I watched it twice during its Gold Open, and again this past Friday. I seriously can’t get enough of this movie! 🙂

The theater was packed when I watched it the first time (actually, all 3 times!), and it was filled with predominantly Asian people of all ages. You know when you go somewhere and you can feel the energy in the room? What I felt in that theater was akin to every opening night showing of all the Marvel movies I’ve been to. It was contagious. People cheered, laughed, cried, and cheered some more. I took my parents who are both notorious for falling asleep during movies, and I’m happy to say both stayed up for the entire show. They were really excited to see Kris Aquino, a popular talk show host and actress in the Philippines, who played Princess Intan. I was excited to see Nico Santos reppin’ Filipinos, too!

As an Asian American, my emotions were even more heightened when watching this film. And it’s not just because I’m a super sappy and emotional person to begin with. It’s because for the first time in a long time I saw people on the big screen who look like me and my kin, and talk like me and my friends, front and center rather than in the background. They weren’t the stereotypical nerd, kung fu master, dragon lady, or subservient Asian tropes that Hollywood often portrayed us to be, but more so relatable (besides the crazy rich part). I saw parts of my culture reflected on the big screen in an authentic way, and I haven’t felt like that about since The Debut, an indie Filipino American film that starred Dante Basco (aka Rufio from Hook). The Asian diaspora experience isn’t something I’ve seen on screen very much either, which made Rachel Chu’s story, played by Constance Wu, relatable, too.

Growing up, I hardly saw anyone who looked like me in the movies and tv shows I watched. Claudia Kishi from the Baby-Sitters Club and Trini from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers were the few fictional characters of Asian descent out there, and I truly saw myself in them. The lack of representation often made it feel like my story or my culture  didn’t matter. So when I see characters like the Tico sisters in Star Wars, Ming Na Wen in everything she does, and now Crazy Rich Asians AND To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before… it’s a phenomenal feeling that I don’t quite know how to describe.

I’ve seen a lot people online say Crazy Rich Asians shouldn’t be considered “monumental” and that it doesn’t represent all Asians. Others are referring to it as the “Asian Black Panther.” Those who are criticizing it for its representation have valid reasons, and I won’t dismiss them. But we simply can’t expect one movie to sum up the Asian experience. It’s vast. We have so many stories that need to be told. And to those saying it’s our Black Pantherno, it’s not. To say that is to say each culture will have its own Black Panther — that one movie we can claim. We should all have multiple movies that we can celebrate. If white people can have a plethora of movies, why can’t the rest of us? Crazy Rich Asians is a step in the right direction, and with its success, I can only hope that Hollywood will wake the fuck up and stop whitewashing our roles and letting us be the ones who tell our own stories… which brings me to my outfit…

As usual, I came dressed in theme! Wearing my Asian AF white savior t-shirt was a no-brainer. It bares the names of white actors who have taken on roles of characters who are either of Asian descent or just a straight up white savior: Scarlett Johanson for Ghost in the Shell, Emma Stone for Aloha, Tilda Swinton for Doctor Strange, and Matt Damon in The Great Wall. I wanted my outfit to be somewhat decadent, so I paired it with my Kate Spade statement necklace, yellow floral skirt, and a Gucci bag that I inherited. It is by far the boughiest thing I own. So you bet your ass I stuffed a bag of Shrimp Chips and Hello Panda inside of it.

Unbeknowst to me, a Mandarin cover of Coldplay’s “Yellow” plays during a pivotal scene in the movie. It almost didn’t make the movie, but I read a letter that director Jon M. Chu penned to Coldplay to get permission to use the song. Now knowing the intention behind it and how the song’s lyrics helped Chu reclaim the word yellow moved me even more when I watched it the second and third time. Wearing my yellow skirt was like a happy accident 🙂

::OUTFIT DETAILS::
t-shirt: Asian AF | necklace: Kate Spade
skirt: ModCloth (buy here) | shoes: Report | belt: Old Navy
Purse: Gucci 

I feel like I could go on, and on, and on, and on about Crazy Rich Asians and how representation matters, and how awesome it is the see Asian men as hot love interests because they always get the short end of the stick, or the sweet justice I felt when I found out Crazy Rich Asians beat a Mark Walhberg movie senseless at the box office during opening weekend, buuuut I think I’ve written enough… for now 🙂 Have you seen Crazy Rich Asians yet? Were you just as emotional as I was when you watched it? How many times have YOU seen it?! Let’s talk about it in the comments!

Cheers,
Nina

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Muggle Struggle

I haven’t been feeling very magical lately. And as you may have noticed, my blog game has been super weak because I haven’t written a damn thing since November 2017. YIKES. I even missed my 7-year blogging anniversary back in April! Who knew being an adult with a full-time job would leave one so restless? Hahahahaha… ::sobbing::

But SDCC is just around the corner, and I’m starting to feel very much like Harry Potter going back to Hogwarts! I get to see my sister, and surround myself with my magical geeky friends once more and I. CAN’T. WAIT.

Plus it’ll be nice to be around witches and wizards who will understand and appreciate my geeky themed outfits! I wore this inconspicuous geeky outfit to work last week (and Sunday because I’m an outfit repeater) and no one could tell I incorporated Harry Potter into it with my “Mischief Managed” tank by Jordandené or my cute pins. 😦

Anyhow, I’ve been feeling the urge to get back into blogging as I’ve been reading TONS of comics. Book reviews are something I’ve wanted to incorporate on Le Fancy Geek, and I know I’ve done a few, but comics are pretty much all I’ve been reading lately, and they’ve helped me become a voracious reader once more. I had a reading goal of 30 books for this year and I’ve already surpassed it because of all the graphic novels I’ve read! And I want to talk about some cool ones I’ve come across because I need to geek out about them!! And with SDCC coming up, there are bound to be endless things I’ll want to share on here!!!

I also have some cute geeky outfit photos I’ve posted on my Instagram account, but not on the blog, so I’ll be sharing those soon!

::OUTFIT DETAILS::
cardigan: ModCloth (buy here) | tank: c/o Jordandené (buy similar here)
skirt: Merona | shoes: Dexflex | belt: Amazon (buy here)
Polyjuice Potion Pin: Magical Girl Studios (buy here)
Niffler + Occamy pins: Hannah Hitchman Illustrations (buy here + here)

Cheers,
Nina

PS: Why yes, I do have my dog tattoo’d on my arm now! We have lots to catch up on, don’t we?

PPS: Are you on GoodReads? Let’s be friends! You can add me here.

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Burdened With Dapper Purpose

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Fall Dapper Day at Disneyland is happening today and I am having a major case of fomo. I love going to Dapper Day because it’s so fun to see everyone decked out to the nines. I got to go to the Spring Dapper Day event back in April; my friends and I coordinated with Marvel themed Disneybound outfits. I was torn between putting together a Captain America outfit or a Loki one, but Loki’s got way more swag and I have more green, black, and gold in my closet than red, white, and blue. Spring Dapper Day took place a few days after my sister’s wedding, so Shanice helped me keep my victory rolls intact because I thought they’d go perfect with my pinup inspired Loki ensemble. My hair was so crunchy and flaky from all the hairspray I used, but that’s what happens when you’re burdened with dapper purpose 😛

Since Thor Ragnarok hit theaters I’ve got both of Odin’s boys on the brain, and I saw that guests can now meet both Thor AND Loki at California Adventure!! And BTW – how AMAZING was Thor Ragnarok?! Captain America will forever be my fictional husband, but Thor is legit the best Avenger, and I’m so happy with the direction this film went in. Taika Waititi for all the things, please!!

If you’re wondering, “If these are from April, why it she only posting about this outfit now?” Y’all… it’s been a busy year. I’ve got a back catalog of outfit pics and other things that have yet to be posted on here. I’m trying to catch up, I swear!

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Did you go to Dapper Day? Did you Disneybound? Have you seen Thor Ragnarok yet? Let’s talk about it in the comments section!

:: OUTFIT DETAILS ::
top: n/a | cardigan: WeLoveFine (buy here) | hair flower: ShopVDM
belt: Amazon (buy similar here) | skirt: ModCloth | shoes: City Classified
necklace: Trinket Slot (buy here) | nail wraps: Espionage Cosmetics (here)

Cheers,
Nina

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Everyday Cosplay: King George III from Hamilton

t-shirt: Red Bubble | skirt: ModCloth | shoes: B.A.I.T. Footwear

Last month I officially became Hamiltrash; I’ve been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack non-stop (ha, puns!) since I picked it up. I realize that I’m super late to the party, but daaaaammmn, do I understand what the hype with this musical is all about! And I’m totally kicking myself for not checking it out sooner. Hamilton is a work of sheer genius. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the musical, did such an outstanding job of blending hip-hop, r&b, and Beatles-esque music to tell the tale of Alexander Hamilton, a.k.a. the dude on the $10 bill, or as the musical refers to him “the ten dollar founding father.” The soundtrack both entertains and educates, and I love the fact that the cast is racially diverse; as Lin-Manuel Miranda puts it, it’s the story of America then told by America now. <– pretty sure I paraphrased it, but he said something along those lines.

Leave it to me to put together an outfit inspired by King George III, who’s portrayed by Jonathan Groff, though. Ha! His part in the show is quite small (probably around 9 minutes of stage time total), but “You’ll Be Back” is currently my jam! This is where the Beatles influence can be heard in the show, and it’s basically a kiss-off/break-up song that he sings to America. I adore how cheeky King George III is, and Groffsauce sings it with such flourish and gusto 😀

Who else thinks Hamilton is awesome (wow)? Let’s fangirl in the comments section!

cheers le fancy geek fashion blogger

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Pink Wash Conundrum

I don’t believe in washing my lighter clothes separately from my darker clothes. I ain’t got time for that! Throwing everything into the wash and putting it on cold has never ever been a problem for me. Why the hell am I talking about this? It’s all relevant to the outfit I’m wearing in this post, I swear! Now, you see that white t-shirt I’m wearing with an uber fancy pants Cyberman on it? Well, it is no longer white. It is pink because I accidentally didn’t switch the wash from warm/cold water to cold/cold water. UUUUGGGGHHHH!!! Such a rookie mistake! Wanna know what turned it pink too? If you guessed the skirt I’m wearing in these picture, you’d be correct. /facepalm

In a way it’s kind of funny since –SPOILER ALERT– Danny Pink from series 8 of Doctor Who turns into a Cyberman… and my shirt’s got a Cyberman and now it’s suddenly pink. Get it? Get it??? Haaaa… okay, I’m the only one who finds it amusing. 😛

It’s not drastically pink. I don’ think so, anyway. But another casualty that the red skirt hit was my mint green cropped cardigan. RUGH. – insert angry face emoji here

Lesson learned? Always triple check the water temperature before I wash my clothes!

13932753164_59cedb28abcardigan: Old Navy | t-shirt: Teefury (buy similar here)
skirt: ModCloth (buy here| belt: Pinup Girl Clothing
hair flower: Icing | purse: LeSportsac (buy here)
flats: Blowfish Shoes (buy similar here)

cheers

photo credit: Amanda Jean

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La Valse d’Amélie

Bonjour mon petit poneys! I’m pretty sure that’s how you say “hello my little ponies” in French, but I could be wrong*. Over the weekend I was lucky enough to see the Amélie musical at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and it was all kinds of magical. It’s based on the 2001 French film of the same name which I adore completely. Amélie is definitely one of my Top 10 favorite movies and the soundtrack with Yann Tiersen’s score is the beeesssst. Amélie, both the movie and musical, is about a shy young woman with an overactive imagination living in Montmarte who begins a quest to anonymously bring joy to others by returning long lost treasures from childhood’s past or playing cupid to make their lives better, all the while struggling with her own insecurities.

So when I first heard that a musical was in the works I was both excited and skeptical. Excited because I love musicals and the movie, and skeptical because the music is one of the best parts of the movie, so how can they have a musical with original music that doesn’t involve Yann Tiersen?!

All doubt flew out the window though because, like I said, this musical was magical. MAGICAL I SAY! It still had the same spirit as the film, and I thought it translated well to the stage. Samantha Barks, who played Eponine in the film adaptation of Les Miserables, was perfection and Adam Chanler-Berat, who played Nino, had an impressive set of pipes. The whole cast was perfection, really. Berkeley Rep also showed American Idiot before it made its Broadway debut, so I’m really hoping that the Amélie musical follows in the same footsteps because it really deserves all the recognition. And I also really need the soundtrack ASAP. I’m not sure what the song was called, but it was when Nino is just right outside of Amélie’s apartment door asking if he can come in, and she’s basically saying no, but not to leave because she likes him where he is because she’s too scared to let him in — physically into her apartment and emotionally into her little bubble (there were a lot of moments that were too applicable to my own life). But uuuuggghhh… SO GOOD.

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You know me, I never miss an opportunity to dress in theme wherever I go! I noticed that on the artwork for the show, Amélie is wearing a flowing red skirt and black and white striped top. Those items just so happen to be sitting in my closet too, so I decided to wear it to the show! I also paired it with an amour-o-meter necklace I got at the Lodi Street Faire a few years ago. On one side of the necklace it has different levels of love in French, and on the other in English. I also wore my bunny earrings because in the movie, a young Amélie takes a photo of clouds shaped like a bunny (and there were also bunnies on the wallpaper of the stage at the show… coincidence?). The hair flower clip isn’t very French, but I thought the red and yellow and green color palette matched the film’s original poster.  A few people noticed I dressed like Amélie and complimented my outfit. After the show, Caitlin, myself, and her friend Megan walked over to the theatre’s bar and a woman said, “Great job tonight!” to us because she thought we were in the show. Haha! I’m assuming she had a seat on the upper level because none of us look like any of the actors in the cast, but it was still nice to be mistaken for the talent. 😀

Berkeley Rep has extended Amélie’s run until October 18, so if you find yourself anywhere near the Bay Area and you love Amélie, you MUST go! It’s totally worth it all the monies!

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tunic: Old Navy (buy here) | skirt: ModCloth (buy here)
bunny studs: ModCloth (n/a) | shoes: dexflex Comfort (buy here)
necklace: 2Dy4 (buy similar here) | belt: Xhileration
hair flower: from the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

cheers

* I’m probably wrong.

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I Sense a Disturbance in My Wallet

Happy Force Friday to all my little tauntauns!!! I know I usually call you all my little ponies, but for Star Wars related things I will refer to you as my little tauntauns. ☺

It’s not quite Force Friday in California yet, but I know it’s happening for some of you already! I AM SO EXCITED FOR ALL THE NEW MERCH. Jen and I are heading over to Target in either Elk Grove or Modesto in hopes of picking up a few pieces from the new Cover Girl Star Wars collection (I mainly just want a couple lipsticks), and I also want a BB-8 and Captain Phasma action figure. If there’s any General Hux stuff I will want that too because Domhnall Gleeson. ♡♥♡

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I’m really anxious to see what Her Universe and Hot Topic come out with, but at the same time I’ve been sensing a great disturbance in my wallet. Uurrrrgggghhh. I can’t go spending all my monies on Star Wars stuff, especially since I’m going to be in Hawaii from the 10th t0 the 17th! Oh, and Fifth Sun (who is sponsoring a giveaway for 2 of you guys to win a geeky tank which ends tomorrow @ 11:59pm PST BTW) is having a labor day sale AND they’re coming out with new Star Wars tees and tanks. We Love Fine and Lounge Fly also showed a few new things they’re releasing including a cowl neck Sith dress (my sister got the Jedi one at SDCC and it’s super cute!), and BB-8 and Captain Phasma bowler bags. Whhhhhyyyy?!

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Anyhow, in honor of Force Friday here’s a Darth Vader inspired outfit I threw together! On Wednesdays my friend Brianna and I decided to start wearing Star Wars themed outfits and are calling it “Wookiee Wednesday.” We used to do it on Tuesdays, but since we don’t see each other at work on Tuesdays anymore we had to settle for a different day. Neither of us discussed nor reminded each other to wear a Star Wars outfit yesterday and low and behold, we both ended up wearing Darth Vader tops (technically my top is a dress, but whatever), cardigans, flared black skirts, and a braided metallic leather belt. Like… WTF? When I walked into work and saw her outfit I just looked at her and said, “Are you f*cking serious?” Her and I come to work dressing in similar outfits 95.5% of the time, it’s not even funny. It’s scary. We’re 85% sure that an experiment was done on babies born in the late ’80s that somehow made their brainwaves in sync like Lance Bass and Joey Fatone.

I hope you all have a magical Force Friday and that you get all the cool stuff that you want! Speaking of which, what’s on your must-have list? Geek out with me and tell me in the comments section!

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Darth Vader dress [used as a top]: Her Universe (buy similar here)
skirt: Moon (buy here) | shoes: deflex Comfort (buy here)

belt: A|X Exchange (no longer available)  
cardigan: Old Navy (buy here) | earrings: Hot Topic (buy here)
button: Ninjabot (freebie from SDCC) | hair flower: Icing (n/a)
purse: thrifted and decoupaged by me

cheers

PS: Here’s a pic of Brianna and I being twinsies.

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ModCloth’s Fit Shop in SF

I hit ModCloth‘s Fit Shop in San Francisco last weekend and had so much fun! If you happen to find yourself anywhere near San Francisco between now and the 17th, I highly suggest you get your bum on over there ASAP!!!

I wrote all about what you can expect to see there and the whole shopping experience on Wear Your Voice Mag.

Check out my article here to read all about it and see more pictures! 🙂

I might be heading back there with Gwen and Gladys next week before the pop-up shop goes away forever. Shrouds of regret keep haunting me for not buying that floral skirt and shoes I tried on in the picture above!

cheers

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Reach for the Stars

For the past month I’ve been on a trial-run with Wear Your Voice Mag, an online publication based in Oakland, CA that covers beauty, sports, fashion, music, and spreads all kinds of body and sexual positivity no matter your size or gender, and I’m elated to share that last week I was formally invited to stay on as a fashion columnist!

They’re super supportive of me waving my geek flag too and have encouraged me to stay quirky with my articles. 😀 My latest one about dressing in theme at the Chabot Space & Science Center was just posted, so be sure to check it out here.

I’m starting to feel super legit about my status as an actual writer. AHHH!!!

cheers

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When the Clock Strikes 12

I never thought I’d ever need a petticoat (or crinoline), but since I’ve been more inspired by vintage/pinup girl fashion thanks to Pinup Girl Clothing I’ve found that petticoats are essential for making the circle skirts that I own look nice ‘n pouffy. After I scored one by Tatyana on Zulily, I’ve also found that they make me feel like an effing Disney princess! If I can’t be an actual Disney princess, I’d like to at least look or feel like one… this is what most women in their late 20s want, right?

Speaking of Disney princesses, have any of you seen the new Cinderella movie starring Lady Rose Lily James yet?! I watched it last Friday and I am OBSESSED. It’s sooo magical! The movie made me feel like a little girl full of hopes and dreams while watching it. 🙂 I thought it was a great adaptation of the animated version, and I’m really pleased with all the changes that were made, such as Cinderella meeting the prince (played by a beardless Robb Stark Richard Madden) before the ball. The story and the characters just felt a lot fuller to me than the animated version. Then again, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it, so I could be wrong. Oh, Cate Blanchett was fabulous as Lady Tremaine! I hated her and admired her all at once. I don’t know how to explain that, but I’m sure if you see the movie you’ll understand.

I don’t really have anything in closet to do an actual Cinderella Disneybound, but I knew I wanted to put together something Cinderella-ish. The skirt with the clocks is something I got on ModCloth ages ago. It seemed more Doctor Who-ish to me at first, but when I happened upon it while trying to find pieces for a Cinderella outfit I thought it tied in with the clock at the ball.  And I don’t own any flats that resemble glass slippers, but my vintage lucite clutch seemed like a good alternative. 🙂

 cheers

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skirt & glasses: ModCloth (buy glasses here) // top: Kate Spade
purse: Pinup Girl Clothing (buy here) // petticoat: Tatyana Boutique (buy here)
necklace: Le Fancy Geek Boutique (buy here) // ring: made by me
lucite clutch: vintage //watch: Casio x Disney
shoes: White Mountain (buy here)