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.

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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!

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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.

Looking Glass: Inspired-By

I’ll be headed down to San Diego in less than a week for Comic-Con, and I’m still deciding what to wear. If you’re in the same boat, hopefully this post and the one about graphic tees from earlier this week will help! And since some of these looks will be more subtle when it comes to its geekiness, they’re another way to incorporate your fandom into your day-to-day and travel wardrobe.

Remember when I talked about using a theme to spice up those T-shirt-based looks? This is a similar idea, and it takes a page from the Disneybound* book. But first, what is Disneybounding? It’s using fashion to show your love for Disney characters without actually putting on a costume; the term was created by Leslie Kay.

You build the outfit around a character’s visual motifs – usually their predominant colors but also accessories. This can be applied outside of just Disney characters, of course – leading to what I’ve sometimes seen called “geekbounding.”

I love the inspired by/ -bounding approach to geek outfits because it lets you use clothes you probably already have and/or it’s clothes you can wear normally, even if you bought it specifically for a disney/geek-bound outfit. I’m a huge fan of clothes that are multipurpose, especially if funds are limited.

But I’m going to break down the levels of “inspired by” outfits because you can go from generally inspired by to spot-on Disneybounds to something more like a costume (what I’ve seen referred to as closet or casual cosplay).

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This is the most casual level, and if you read the Graphic Tee post, it’s in the same vein as using a theme to plan your outfit. For my Alice in Wonderland-inspired look below, I took a few motifs from the character – the light blue and white colors of her dress, the rabbit imagery, a headband. It recalls the things associated with Alice without actually being her costume.

This Star Wars-inspired outfit is even more subtle. I accessorized with a Rebel Alliance emblem necklace, but the other inspiration I took was from the orange of the X-Wing pilot flight suits – hence, orange blazer, orange lipstick.

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Looking Glass: Graphic Tees

Comic Con season is upon us! For a lot of people of the geek/nerd persuasion, Con season is also high travel season; it’s maybe even the only vacations they take all year. The outfits we pack for conventions are probably going to be a bit more specific than the usual travel gear. So I wanted to post ideas about what to wear to express your fandom.

Let’s start with the easiest: the ubiquitous Graphic Tee (and tank). Graphic tees has been talked down a bit because of how common they’ve become, but just because they’re T-Shirts doesn’t mean you can’t do fun things with them. T-Shirts are comfortable and versatile and will likely be the easiest place for people to start experimenting with their geek style simply because most of us have a couple of geeky tees already.

Here are some ideas for how to style your tees – geeky or otherwise.

Color-Pop

Take your basic shirt + bottom (shorts, jeans, leggings, skirt) outfit and spice it up with color or patterns. If your shirt design is minimal or neutral colored, go with a bright and/or busy bottom. If your shirt is already a bit busy or colorful, you can still go bold on the bottom, but balance by having the bottom be a solid color or minimally patterned.

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And of course, you can mix two bold colors or patterns. Do what makes you feel comfortable.

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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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