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Geeky Fashion Finds @ SDCC

I can’t believe it’s already been 3 weeks since San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) happened! I feel like I’m still recovering from it and that it only ended a week ago. My suitcase is seriously still hanging out on my bedroom floor and I haven’t unpacked everything yet… except for my dirty clothes which I laundered, of course. <– that’d be so gross if I had a week’s worth of dirty clothes just hanging out. Eww!

Anywho, let’s talk about fun fashion-y geeky things now!

Conventions like SDCC definitely helped influence my personal style ever since I started attending in 2004. Naturally, I’m all kinds of excited to see how fashion targeted towards lady geeks (and dudes, but mostly ladies because I am one — duh!) continues to grow more and more each year!

Fashionable con attendees don’t have to wait until July to fulfill all their geeky fashion needs with stores like Hot Topic, Spencer’s, Torrid, and online retailers such as Think Geek, and the abundance of Etsy stores and indie geek clothiers online like Gold Bubble Clothing that have tons of great fandom related clothes and accessories. But that still doesn’t stop me from looking for brand new geek inspired attire and accessories at SDCC though! 🙂

Well-known geek retailers such as Her Universe and We Love Fine are always a no-brainer when looking for something super cute and nerdy. As you know from a previous post, Her Universe nearly took all my monies! Both companies had two booths this year (2 of which were located in the Star Wars pavilion). I was THIS close to picking up the Han Solo skater skirt (pictured below), but then I stopped myself since my friend already made one for me. And the R2 knitted pullover is something I regret not going home with. – le sigh

Loungefly also had a booth at the Star Wars pavilion with tons of cute coin bags, backpacks, wallets, and purses. They had two exclusive SDCC items this year, one being a sparkly Darth Vader coin bag (which seems more like a wristlet to me) and a hot pink Stormtrooper coin bag. I picked up the sparkly Darth wristlet because resistance was futile (I KNOW. Wrong Star franchise reference).

Another great geek fashion line I came across was Lace & Lore. I remember passing by their booth at Anime Expo, but I didn’t get to take a look at them until SDCC. Lace & Lore has tons of fun skater dresses and leggings that are similar to Gold Bubble Clothing and Black Milk Clothing. Some are obviously geek themed such as their pastel pink dress with 20-sided dice printed all over it (I don’t play Dungeons & Dragons, but I want it!), 8-bit hearts, and a few Naruto prints, but there’s also a few designs with kawaii Asian cuisine, donuts, and strawberry shortcake. Everything about their booth made me squeel with delight! From the novelty purses, the sweet pastel hues of their dresses, right down to the decorations of their booth — SO. FLIPPIN’. CUTE. I don’t know what else to say but that.

The one panel that I was able to go to was the Business of Geek Fashion that included Ashely Eckstein of Her Universe, Sara Scargall from We Love Fine, Ed Labay from Hot Topic, Jed Seigle ThinkGeek Solutions, and Arthur Gibree from Sanshee. It was interesting to see how many big name franchises have the licence to create tees and other apparel geared towards women, but they never did anything with it because they didn’t think there was a market for it. Like Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman, “Big mistake. Big. HUGE!” There definitely is, and the fashions that are out in stores and online for us geeky fashionistas just keeps growing thanks to those that were on the panel. I also love the fact that Ashley Eckstein specifically stayed away from the color pink in Her Universe’s first few lines to show that us fangirls don’t always want to wear pink. I personally love the color, and Ashley said she did too, but it was very important that the color be used in limited amounts during Her Universe’s early days to stay away from the stereotype.

You can watch the full panel here thanks to the folks of Fashionably Nerdy : Geek Chic TV!

What are some of your favorite companies or stores to shop at for geek apparel that I might not have mentioned? I definitely know I wasn’t able to get everything, so lemme know in the comments section!

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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. 😀

 

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