Love The Skin You’re In

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Let’s face it, most of us are not at our ideal weight or body type. Whether we are curvy, thin, or athletic we may not be happy with ourselves. I’m here to let you know that no matter your body type you can be happy with yourself. All it takes is a bit of self confidence.

I know, I know, you’re thinking that there is no way gaining self confidence is easy and you’re right, it’s not. I can tell you, however, that gaining self confidence starts with how you present yourself and how you do that starts with the way you dress.

You look good, you feel good is not just a myth! Have you ever been having a rough week so you throw on your favorite outfit, throw your hair in a top knot, and that perfect shade of lipstick and all your bad feelings just drift away? Maybe you should treat every day that way and then you’ll have less bad days and more good ones. People will be able to literally see your confidence on the outside and those compliments will help boost how you feel on the inside.

I realize that finding your own personal “look” is not necessarily the easiest thing in the world. Start out by what you think you like on others or how you would like to dress. Personally, I’m all about that comfy/cute thing but you might be a girl that wants to look professional or sporty or hippy. Just look around you and find that girl whose style you’re obsessed with and try to emulate i on yourself. It might be an athlete, a singer, an actress, your favorite beauty/fashion blogger, or just some girl that you crossed paths with. If you’ve ever thought, “I would love to dress like that,” then do it! That is where you start and then you make the style your own.

I’ve gathered a few examples of different body types and what I think is chic on them if you are lacking in ideas. Note: I do not own these images.

For the thin girls:

For the curvy girls:

For the athletic girls:

It would do everyone well to remember that not all two people are made or built the same. Just because you do not think of yourself as a typical “beauty” does not mean that you aren’t. First and foremost it is all about how you feel about yourself and not about how others perceive you. Once you love yourself then I promise, other’s will love you just the same.

As always, if you need me for fashion advice I am here! Until next time my lovelies, remember that you are wonderful just the way you are. Xoxo

“New Year, New Me”

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Happy New Year everyone!! Have you found yourself saying, “New Year, New Me?” Well if so, I am here to help you out. What better way to start changing yourself than with your fashion choices?

I’m not here to tell you what you SHOULDN’T or CAN’T wear. I’m here to tell you that you can wear anything you want. Life is too short to abide by so called fashion “rules.” The only rule is that you love what you are wearing and you feel good wearing it. Of course, there are ways to make things appear more fashionable but overall, if you love it then why not wear it? If you’re over 30 and want to wear a crop top, do it. If you’re over 50 and want to rock a Batman tee, who says that you shouldn’t? Do the thing. Live your life and wear what you want. The important thing is that you love you.

I’m here to say that if you’re plus size and want to wear a crop top, who/what is stopping you? If you’re thin and want to wear baggy clothes, do the thing! Do not let age or body standards stay in your way. You can rock anything you set your mind to. The only person who should put standards on the way you look is yourself. God out there and rock that pink hair and red lip with your crop top!

There are tons of ladies out there that live their true self through fashion and I want everyone of you to go out there and do the same. Personally I do not live by any beauty standards and I feel like my truest self. I’m 30, I have pink hair, I rock my crop tops and nerd tees… I wear what I want, when I want it. The only thing that should dictate what you wear is the weather! If you’re unsure of how to make an outfit work, give me a shout out and I would LOVE to help! Just wear things that make you feel comfortable, that you love wearing, and that make you feel like the best you!

Check out this outfit that I wore today. None of it is really abiding any “rules.” I just liked all the pieces and it is rather chilly out so that made me layer up. I wanted to wear the dress but it shows too much skin to be comfortable out in the colder weather so I added things that I think went with it whether they actually do or not, who cares?

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Dress: Theo & Rose Boutique
Leggings: Lularoe
Sweatshirt: was a gift
Hat: Jessica Simpson
Cardigan: Forever 21
Shoes: GoJane.com

Now go out there without fear of how you look if you love what you’re wearing. If you feel good then you look good! Go be your true self! Until next time… Xoxo

Pattern Mixing

Ok so I realize this isn’t holiday related but it might be helpful! I was asked to do do a piece about pattern mixing, I put on an outfit today and it reminded me that I should go ahead and do it.

I find myself having more patterns in my closet than solids fairly often and I don’t generally know what to do about it. Frequently I decide I want to wear a certain pair of leggings and a certain style top but the tops I have are not in a solid color that would work. If you have a basic colored pattern it can easily be matched with another fun colored print.

Also, pick out similar colors within the patterns and pair them together. Or, throw in a solid to match the two together. My favorite is to match a stripe or polka dot with a crazier print. I would said that stripes and polka dots are the basics of prints. They easily match well with any other print.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet and end with a few examples that follow the guidelines I stated above.

Just remember, if you do not feel comfortable and confident don’t wear it! Add fun jewelry and makeup to spice it up a bit! If you have any questions please reach out!

Until next time, xoxo and Happy Holidays!

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Tis the season for ugly Christmas sweater parties! I am assuming that most of you have at least one of these to attend this year. I am here to help you out on how you can make your sweater a bit more fashionable this season!

First:

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Obviously, pair it with jeans! It’s cold out in most of the states so jeans and boots are the obvious go to. Throw on a cute Christmasy headband, a cute lippie, and go! It’s classy and you’ll be comfy the whole night.

Second:

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Add a long tee and leggings! Nothing is more comfy for a night of partying with your friends than some leggings! Find a color that is not very represented in your sweater and pull it out with your tee and leggings. The “Murray Christmas” in my sweater is slightly pink so I added a rose colored tee and rose leggings. Adds a little extra flair to a slightly understated sweater. Add a little extra holiday cheer with a holiday slogan hat and away you go!

Third:

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Who says your sweater has to go on the top part of your body?? Go for originality with an ugly sweater skirt! Pair it with your favorite leggings and some tall boots and you’re fashion forward and unique! It’s the best way to class up a sweater party OR you can wear it to any other holiday party you have to attend this year.

Where to buy:
First 2 sweaters: TeeFury
Headband and hat: HippieRunner
Tee and Leggings: Lularoe
Jeans: New York and Company
Skirt: Mod Cloth
Last sweater was a gift so I’m not sure where it is from… sorry!

Until next time! Xoxo and have a very happy holidays from me and Jasper!

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Christmas Gift Ideas

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In preparation for the holidays, I have decided that you all may need a little help on what to get your favorite nerd for gifts. This post will not be ALL clothing and jewelry or I might as well just copy and paste my last post but there will be some of my favorite pieces in here. I will break this down per the handful of main fandoms so that you can easily search it. I hope this helps give you a few ideas!

Harry Potter

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 https://www.etsy.com/listing/220233620/harry-wine-glass-wizard-boy-potter?ref=shop_home_active_23

This is one of my all time favorite shops! I go here for special hand painted items all the time. I’ve actually purchased this exact wine glass for a friend in the past and she LOVED it!

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http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/jvmu/

Of course, I am all about shopping small but Think Geek has some awesome items! I’m pretty obsessed with this Deathly Hallows Lamp and I believe any other PottHead would be too.

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Harry Potter Gryffindor Patch Knit Scarf

If you know your nerd girl’s house you can always go for a house scarf for those chilly winter days. Or you can always get other personalized house gifts through Etsy!

Star Wars

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 https://www.etsy.com/listing/486490854/star-wars-inspired-fan-art-frozen-in?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=star%20wars&ref=sr_gallery_35

This wall art of Han frozen in carbonite would be perfect for any Star Wars fan! I would hang this above my bed the moment I received it!

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 http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1dda/?srp=9

I was actually given this Boba Fett bag a couple of years back and I am absolutely obsessed with it! I would also LOVE to have the R2D2 one as well. I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to the Star Wars movies so most everything I love will be from the original 3 but there is MORE than enough merch out there for the new movies as well.

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Disney Princess Leia Don’t Need Rescuing Juniors T-Shirt

A girl NEEDS this tee in her wardrobe! It could easily be paired with jeans or a skirt. I’m all about strong women and there is hardly one stronger than our very own Princess Leia.

Star Trek

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 https://www.etsy.com/listing/490279869/star-trek-vinyl-record-clockoriginal?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=star%20trek&ref=sr_gallery_9

I’m personally not much of a Trekie but I adore Vinyl Record clocks and I think that any Star Trek fan would be more than happy to display this clock in their home!

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http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/jrpn/ 

These Tiki glasses make me happy in any fandom! They are too cute and can easily be added to any nerd girl’s drinkware collection. (I can’t be the only one that has one.)

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I LOVE a good half moon necklace and this one with the Starfleet Command Pendant is no exception! It’s a great way to add a subtle nod to your fandom without a huge, “look at me,” statement.

Game of Thrones

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 https://www.etsy.com/listing/473051427/game-of-thrones-khaleesi-wine-glass?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=game%20of%20thrones&ref=sr_gallery_48

Ok, I cannot help myself, I love a good glittery wine glass! Most Game of Thrones girls consider themselves a Khaleesi because who wouldn’t? I’ll take a Khal Drogo over most princes any day!

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 http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/khkl/

If you want to add to that wine glass gift, there is no better way to do it than with an “I drink and I know things” shirt! Everyone loves Tyrion and this is most people’s favorite quote of his. Personally, I’m good at drinking and knowing things so I would love to have this shirt.

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 https://smile.amazon.com/Womens-Dracarys-Dragon-Dinosaur-Parody/dp/B075H5XVRS/ref=sr_1_20?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1512486847&sr=1-20&nodeID=7147440011&psd=1&keywords=game+of+thrones

Nobody said you cant mix up a couple of fandoms in one gift! No better way to do it than this Jurassic Park/GoT mashup! I LOVE this top and wish I had it in my own collection.

Disney

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 https://www.etsy.com/listing/559665795/snow-white-inspired-ears?ref=shop_home_active_24

Give your DisNerd a cute, unique pair of Ears decorated with her favorite movie! Every girl wants her own pair of Mouse Ears! I have more than I can count but I wish I had a pair that you cannot find in the parks! Make everyone jealous on your next Disney trip!

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http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/kitv/?srp=11 

This Snow White bag is to die for (see what I did there)! It also comes in Mulan and Jasmine styles if she isn’t a huge Snow White fan. I LOVE carrying bags with my fandoms on them. It gives a nice nod without going over the top.

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 https://www.cakeworthystore.com/

Literally ANYTHING on CakeWorthy will have your DisNerd swooning. These items ship from Canada so I would order soon if you’re in the states!

Horror

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 https://www.etsy.com/listing/464826739/good-mourning-large-grey-edition?ref=shop_home_active_38

We all have that one friend who is obsessed with all things horror (I am that friend to many). I LOVE this pillow and most of the other things on this etsy shop. I would easily display this on my bed year round. It is always Halloween in my world.

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 https://www.etsy.com/listing/202708372/ossuary-the-collector-dark-fairy-art?ref=shop_home_active_88

This is one of my all time favorite artists! I discovered her work while at Disney. She has the CUTEST creepy little girl artwork. I have a gorgeous Haunted Mansion piece hanging in my apartment and this is another piece that I wish I could add. (I’m running out of wall space from all the cool stuff I find) She also has jewelry and such on her site so I would suggest checking her out!

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 https://www.etsy.com/listing/550574158/strange-and-unusual-womens-fitted-shirt?ref=shop_home_active_21

And of course, you cannot forget to check out my FAVORITE etsy shop, Colorful Geekiness! I bought this shirt during her Black Weekend sale and cannot wait for it to warm back up so that I can wear it. Lydia Deetz is my spirit animal and I bet a lot of other creepy girls feel the same way!

Welp, that is all I have for now. I know that there are MANY other fandoms out there but this post is already running a bit long. If you need help finding gifts for any other fandoms feel free to ask. I have no problem helping out! Until next time! xoxo

Shop Small

I hope that everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving! With all of these amazing Black Weekend deals going on I wanted to talk about some of my absolute favorite small shops to buy accessories and clothes from!

Without further ado here are my top shops!

SkirtyBirt

I just discovered this shop at comic con a couple of weeks ago. This shop has the most incredible skirts around especially if you’re looking for something cute and nerdy! I bought my first skirt from here at comic con to wear in my picture with Jason Momoa because I just enjoy things that make me stand out from the crowd and these skirts certainly do just that!

Here are the pictures of my SkirtyBirt! Since then I have also bought a dinosaur skirt that I am anxiously awaiting!

VintageLoser

I discovered this shop at comic con last year and have been in love ever since! She is local in Texas so that is a plus for me. This shop carries the perfect creepy cute jewelry and the shop owner is super sweet and helpful. I generally get the little grab bags of rings but she has a ton of other cute and unique items!

Here are a couple of my favorite purchases along with a skull necklace that I wear all the time.

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This shop has some of the most unique jewelry! I’ve bought from here so many times and am quite literally never disappointed. I had been looking for a half moon necklace for ages and found the perfect one here! The shop owner is super sweet and she is great with customer service. I’ve also bought a few gifts for others from here and everyone has always been delighted with what they have been given.

Here are a couple of necklaces that I have purchased in the past but I have bought all sorts of stuff from here and have been in love with all of it.

ColorfulGeekiness

This is the source of my absolute favorite nerdy tees! One of my friends found them at a con in New York last year and I cannot stop buying from them! They hit just about every fandom you can imagine. I honestly think that I own most of their inventory and she keeps posting new things daily! I’ve bought from her three separate times this week simply due to the fact that I could not help myself! She also promises more discounts as Christmas approaches!

Here are a few of my favorites! It was so hard to pick!

And last but not least:

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Welcome to my favorite place for some creepy girl jewelry! I have gotten most of my Halloween jewelry from here. Although a lot of it I have no issue wearing all the time. There are some super cute Disney villains pieces that I wear year round but for some I prefer to save for my favorite time of year. If you like creepy cute, this is DEF the place for you!

Here are my two favorite pieces.

Now get out there and hit up some sales! As usual the best place to find out about any on going sales are the companies social media pages. Shop small, shop local, keep these businesses and our economy alive!

I apologize for the quality of my images as this was a last minute post. I didn’t want any of you to miss out on some awesome! Until next time my lovelies! Xoxo

Closet Cosplay

So I’ve been slightly busy over the past couple of weeks between meeting Jason Momoa (yes really) at Comic Con and being sick I haven’t really had a chance to post. Since I have had cosplay on the brain for so many weeks I figured it was time to discuss how to piece together your own cosplay. I’m not a builder, although I have an amazing friend that is, so I tend to find cosplays that I can piece together myself for our off days. I’ve done all sorts of fun things as well as edited some of my own to make them better.

Step 1: Find a character that you admire or want to be. From there you need to decide if it is something that you can piece together or something that you need to build. If it is something with armor, more than likely it will need to be built.

Step 2: Sift through your closet to see if anything in there could be used to help piece together your cosplay. Examples, little black dresses, hoodies, ect anything that is a basic. I just did Liv from iZombie and most of it could be pulled out of my closet with the exception of a wig and a lab coat. I had the boots, jeans, t-shirt… I did have to buy the red hoodie as I’m not big on the red but hey, some of you have just that in your closet!

Step 3: Anything that you do not have in your closet, go to Amazon or Good Will or your local thrift shop to find the other items. Personally, I’m an Amazon girl because they have all the things and I do not have to leave the privacy of my own home. Some of you may love sifting through the items at your local thrift store due to the fact that you can try all the items on. Lucky for me, I’m fairly regular on my sizing and most things fit with no trouble with the huge exception of corsets… those are always a pain to fit without trying them on.

Step 4: Figure out your wig styling (if you have one) or you hair styling and your makeup. Look up tutorials on YouTube if you’re not sure how to do these things. They always have great videos for just about everything out there.

Ok, I know you are dying for some pics so here are a few examples of cosplays that I have pieced together by myself. No builds or sewing required.

Liv from iZombie:

Weirdly not many people knew who I was… that was fine with me though. I still had a lot of fun. That makeup is one of my favorites so far.

Lydia from Beetlejuice:

Hands down one of my all time favorite cosplays! I’ve reused that makeup for other things because it is so amazing. My own mother did not even recognize me.

Julie Newmar’s Catwoman:

This was my first cosplay to do on my own and it was so so much fun!

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Sure, this cannot be pulled from a closet but everything was purchased on Amazon except for the boots which I did own.

My own take on Harley Quinn:

This is the first and second time that I did Harley. I edited it and in my opinion improved upon the costume.

Harley is a blast but there are so many out there that you really have to think outside of the box and try to make her your own creation so that you can stand out from the crowd.

I apologize for the quality of the pics as I was not running the blog yet. Except for Liv… that is just no excuse.

As I’m sure you all remember from my Halloween piece, it’s all in the details! Now go out there and have a nerdy good time my friends! If you need any help at all please feel free to reach out! Until next time! Xoxo

Happy Thanksgiving all!