Looking Glass: 2018 Highlights

It’s been a few months since I’ve posted, and we’re already on day 2 of 2019! How did that happen? I know I tend to say that at the end/start of every year, but I feel like 2018 has truly been a strange combination of very fast and very slow. A lot has happened since I last checked in, and I plan to write about some of those things in the new year.

For now, here’s a few highlights from the outfits (geeky and not) I wore in 2018. It’s a feature of this blog to show you how I use fashion to express myself and to take my geekery with me on my travels. So I hope some of these looks inspire you, too!

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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.

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Skógafoss from the front & 🌈. Bc of the spray, it's not uncommon to see 1 or double 🌈 here! To make things more magical, there's supposedly buried Viking treasure under the falls. . . Legend has it, some men saw a side of the chest under the falls & tried to pull it out. Unfortunately, the chest ring broke off & the chest itself sank further beneath Skógafoss. The ring is now in a museum, but the treasure? Still here to this day! . . (📷 by my mom) . . #iceland #wanderlust #Skógafoss #travelgram #waterfalls #rainbow #nerdtravel #icelandtravel #folklore #southcoasticeland #aurorahunters #naturalwonder #exploreiceland #visiticeland #geektravel #girlontheroam #instatravel #vscotravel #latergram

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(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.

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).

Inspired-By

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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