Looking Glass: Outside the Comfort Zone

This blog has been a little bit about my coming into my sense of self in the last few years. Getting older has helped with that (you just care less what people think), and being more involved in my geekdom has also played a role. Particularly the enthusiastic and welcoming support of other geeks (especially women) has allowed me to take more fashion risks than I have in the past, especially as I’ve never thought of myself as particularly fashionable (I’ve always said that’s my sister).

But after discovering fun, nerdy clothes and completing a few Nerdvember fashion challenges, I’ve become more comfortable in my own styling skills and more keen to try new things, even if I think I might look ridiculous! That’s why I love the idea behind Dia&Co‘s Try-Day Friday initiative because it’s about getting out of fashion comfort zones. Dia&Co is a personalized clothing subscription box exclusively for plus sizes, and while I’m not plus-sized, I love that they’re about encouraging women to find and embrace their personal style. So in the spirit of choosing an unusual outfit over a “safe” one, I’m sharing this Try-Day outfit with you.

Culotte Overalls

Not gonna lie, I was hesitant about going for this double-risk of trying the culottes and overalls trends at the same time, but that’s what I already had in my closet, still unworn by me. So it seemed like the time to just go for it.

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Looking Glass: Travel by Bifrost

Last week, we were graced with the newest entry into the Thor movie franchise, Thor Ragnarok. Since THOR is my favorite MCU franchise because I like mythology and fantasy stories, I was very excited to return to Asgard and the comic book version of all things Norse myth. Maybe even more so this time around because of my travels earlier this year to one of the lands from where these gods once hailed – Iceland.

(This is Skógafoss, one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland, and it was a filming location for THOR: The Dark World.)

Admittedly, Thor Ragnarok takes us to parts of the 9 Realms that we’ve never seen that look very different from the Scandinavian landscapes we’ve glimpsed before (though, there is a brief stop in Norway), but that’s why movies are their own form of adventure. And for my fave franchise, you bet I came up with a few outfit options. This worked out perfectly because my stylish cohorts at Geeky Fashion Blogger Alliance made this month’s style challenge Thor Ragnarok! As such, I’m splitting my response between this post and one at A Nudge in the Right Direction. Head there next week for 2 more casual Thor-inspired outfits.

Here, I’m sharing what I wore to see the movie last Thorsday at the El Capitan on Hollywood Blvd. For the more glamorous setting and in honor of my favorite trickster (and style inspiration) Loki, I put together something a little extra.

Outfit details: DRESS (Elhofferdesign) // COAT (Forever21- unavailable) // SHOES (Madewell) // EPAULETTES (Elhofferdesign) // NECKLACE (Zara- unavailable) // LIP COLOR (Bite Beauty- custom Bite Beauty Lip Lab)

After wearing the same costume for the last 2 movies he was in, Loki had 4 new outfits in this one! I was especially taken with the yellow cape on his blue costume, which got me to pull my own yellow coat out of the closet. Though Loki is sporting considerably less gold on his clothes this movie, it wouldn’t be a Loki look without being burdened with some glorious hardware.

Midgardian sisters

Bonus look: Sister was going to also wear a Loki shirt, but she found this classic tokidoki x marvel tee from back in the days of the first Thor movie. So she went with this effortlessly cool outfit.

 

Outfit details: SHIRT (Tokidoki x Marvel) // JACKET (Zara) // LEGGINGS (Target) // BOOTS (Jeffrey Campbell)

So, have you seen Ragnarok yet? Who is your Asgardian fashion muse?

Don’t forget to check out the Geeky Fashion Blogger Alliance instagram (linked above) later this month to see how other bloggers approached this challenge. And click over to A Nudge next week for 2 more Thor-inspired outfits!

Looking Glass: Stranger Things

Part of my intention with this blog has been to find adventure even at home, and in the show Stranger Things, terrifying adventure finds the characters in their own backyards. Since the 2nd season premieres this weekend (and Halloween is just around the corner), the Geeky Fashion Blogger Alliance made their first style challenge theme Stranger Things. Prompted by them, I took to my closet and my own backyard to find something a little unusual in my usual.

Here’s my outfit, inspired by Eleven.

Outfit details: DRESS (H&M- unavailable; Hot Topic alternative) // JACKET (Target – similar) // SHOES (Puma- unavailable) // SOCKS (Smartwool – similar) // PIN (Bottleneck Gallery)

I decided to go the geekbound route because I don’t have any Stranger Things branded clothes or accessories, except for the Demogorgon pin and I remembered I had a pink dress with a white collar. And yes, if you clicked the jacket link, the one I’m wearing is from the Boys’ section in the largest size available. These are the perks of being a smallish person.

I built the rest of the outfit from there, finding things I had that were similar to the Eleven look I was going for. The only thing I had to buy was a box of Eggos.

Who knows, I might make this my Halloween costume. I have a blonde wig in storage.

So, are you excited for the newest adventure in the Upside Down?

How would you style a Stranger Things look? Be sure to check out the Geeky Fashion Blogger Alliance instagram (linked above) to see how other bloggers approached the challenge.

Fields of Gold

For the summer solstice, I thought it appropriate to revisit a dreamy Californian day trip my sister and I took in April. Taking advantage of the mild spring weather, we drove about an hour out to Antelope Valley, through winding mountain paths and past flat, rural fields.

Our destination? The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, where our state flower was in super bloom. We’d missed the height of the bloom, but it was lovely walking through the hills and seeing the subtle colors revealed with each wind-ripple through the grasses and wildflowers. Poppy orange, of course, but also shades of green and silvery-whites, ashy-purples, the cheerful yellows of tickseed and goldfields.

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Alexander and Me

Two years ago today, the Sister and I were breathlessly seated in the very last row at the Public Theater – about to see Hamilton on stage for the first time. In honor of that anniversary, it seemed appropriate to share a little about my long-time history crush and the road that brought us to that room.

It took 5 years to get me into “the room where it happened” – or rather the house where Alexander Hamilton and his family once lived. The morning was bright and cold, and I had followed my friend uptown, navigating icy sidewalks until we arrived at the edge of St. Nicholas Park in Hamilton Heights, Harlem. Nestled in drifts of snow was a cheerfully yellow house built in the Federalist style. It was a Saturday at the end of February 2015, and it was the culmination of a trip I’d convinced my sister to take with me – flying across the country to a New York City still in mid-winter so that I could indulge my history geekery.

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The Sister marveling at the snow outside the Hamilton Grange.

An almost magical confluence of events and connections had led to this trip, involving a friend discovering my love of Hamilton and text messages about an upcoming off-Broadway musical that I honestly thought was not real. But the heart of this is my crush for the oft forgotten Founding Father, but that’s a story I have to the start to tell.

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