Girl Gone Lolita

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This past April was Geek Girl Brunch NYC’s annual Lolita Picnic at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens! Before I get in too deep, let me explain what Lolita Fashion is for those who think I’m talking about the Nabokov kind. Lolita is a Japanese street style and subculture that is heavily inspired by the Rococo and Victorian eras, but also has some influences from current fashion trends.

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What I love most is that there are lots of Lolita sub-styles so you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for you. For more info check out the post I wrote for Geek Girl Brunch, Lolita Fashion 101.

Being a Lolita is expensive, which is probably why I only seem to get a new coord (coordinate/outfit) once a year. You not only need a dress or blouse and skirt, but a petticoat, shoes, purse and accessories. You can also level up and get a wig and circle contacts for baby doll eyes. I did not level up.

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If you plan to wear the Chanels of the Lolita world like Angelic Pretty or Baby the Stars Shine Bright, dresses can cost you anywhere from $140-$500. Since I’m not ‘bout that “brand” life I’ve only worn “off-brand” clothing, which is still cute af and much more affordable. I suggest Etsy, Bodyline and My Lolita Dress for some amazing off-brand Lolita fashion.

With 14 or so Lolita sub-styles it was tough to figure out which one best represented me. I love how ridiculously cute Sweet Lolitas are, but also couldn’t deny that I wear an awful lot of black so maybe I was more of a Gothic Lolita…

In the end, I went for a Classic Lolita look with a touch of Garden Party to go with the Cherry Blossom Festival. I really wanted to wear rocking horse shoes and after an embarrassing amount of hours I found the perfect floral skirt on My Lolita Dress. My favorite piece however was the beautiful vintage hat from the 1960’s that I got from Age of Mint.

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My Coord:

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The GGB Lolita picnic was so much fun! Everyone came in their Lolita and Garden Party best. I love wearing Lolita because I feel super cute and always get showered with compliments. One little girl thought I was a princess and another asked if I was a butterfly. I just about died. There’s nothing wrong with a confidence boost!

The Lolita Brunch was extra special because I reunited with GGB NYC after being in Germany since December. I surprised Yissel and Rachel (my fellow GGB co-founders) with a commission of us three in Lolita made by the AMAZING Crown Maiden​! Check out the details of the art here

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Harajuku Fashion Walk

Photo by FMAPhotoStudio

Photo by FMAPhotoStudio

My friend Imani (she tattooed me!) hit me up a few weeks ago and asked if I wanted to go to a Harajuku Fashion Walk in NYC. I immediately said yes, or more likely I said “YASSS!”. A few days later I started to freak out about what to wear. I have my one Lolita coord, but those pictures are all over the internet so I wanted to wear something new. Despite being into Japanese street fashion, I didn’t think I actually owned a Harajuku’ish outfit.

Of course, in typical Jamila fashion I didn’t plan my outfit until the night before (oops!). Thankfully I had Imani as my Harajuku Fairy Godmother. I texted her pictures of all of the cool and kawaii clothes and accessories I owned. In the end, we ended up with a coord I was really happy with. I felt like it was still very “me” and very Harajuku as well. I didn’t feel like I was trying to hard which is what mattered the most. With the help of my Harajuku Fairy Godmother, I discovered I’ve always had some Japanese street style in me!

My Coord

It’s a little Fairy Kei at the top and little punk and goth at the bottom; so together it’s kind of pastel goth, which is a look I’ve always wanted to rock. My Shoujo Manga/Anime Eyes shirt I got from The Kawaii Machine on Etsy. (Along with a Kawaii Titan shirt.)

My Beetlejuice leggings I got a few years ago at some random store here in NYC. There’s no tag so I don’t even know the brand haha! But I’m sure you can find them online or in a store near you.

I wore Doc Martens and the lightening bolt shoe accessory I got from my last Lootcrate! They’re called Shwings and I’m sure they’re available in shoe stores. (Get 10% off Lootcrate with the code: GIRLGONELOOT.)

Accessories & Makeup

My Purple Easter Bunny Headband is from Deadly Cherries on Etsy. She makes gorgeous headbands perfect for Lolita, Mori, Dolly, Goth and Pastel Goth styles. My coveted Barbie shoe bracelet I got way back in 2009 from the now non-existent Bizzare Design Etsy store. My Gun Earrings and Necklace are from Girl Props and my super cute Iridescent Pink Heart Ring is from Black Tulip Shop on Etsy. My Black 8-bit Heart Ring I found in a thrift store in Brooklyn. Imani let me borrow her Black Glitter Bow Ring and Eyeball Hair Bow.

My Harajuku Fairy Godmother suggested I try Cult Party Kei makeup. It was the first time I tried this style and I LOVED it. I applied blush above my cheeks so it was basically under my eyes and at the corner/sides of my eyes. It’s a really pretty look I plan to use more often when I go out. I used my Lolita makeup tricks for my eyes to make them seem larger and hopefully more kawaii.

Japanese Street Style

We arrived at the Lincoln Center fountain an hour early but thankfully we weren’t the only ones. They had some Fashion Week’s shows at Lincoln Center so the square was filled with people. There were tons of photographers just scoping the scene for fashionable people to take photos of.

When we arrived we instantly spotted some Sweet Lolitas (since they are pretty easy to spot). As more and more people arrived for the meetup, more and more photographers flocked to our area to take pictures of us. Some people thought we were in costume so we had to explain this was a Japanese Street Fashion meetup.

The Harajuku Fashion Walk

As you can see from the photos, dozens of people came out for the meetup. The styles included Lolitas, Punk, Goth, Mori Girl, Visual Kei, Fairy Kei, Gyaru, Decora, Cult Party Kei, Dolly Kei and more. We took photos, chatted, made new friends and exchanged contact info for over an hour. Then we walked from Lincoln Center to the Red Steps at Time Square (about 16 blocks) for one big photo shoot.

Overall I had a lot of fun and would totally do this again. These kinds of Harajuku Fashion Walks and meetups happen all over the world! Search the internet and Facebook for groups and events in your area.

If My Blog Was An Outfit

I don’t do Polyvore kinds of posts because I know it’s a beautiful black hole I’d never escape. But “If My Blog Was An Outfit” was like kryptonite! I first saw this over at The Nerdy Girlie and her post inspired me to do my own. It actually started as a link up party with A Dose of Paige and Hairspray and Highheels blogs. If you’re a blogger, join in on the fun and share your post with us on Twitter!

Of course I had a hard time just picking one outfit that represented my blog so I picked a day and night look. As I thought about these looks, I wondered what, if any, difference there was between my personal style and my blog style. Since my blog is pretty much an extension of myself, I felt there would be little to no difference in my blog style. There are some blogs that have specific themes, but Girl Gone Geek contains my personal thoughts and experiences about the geek culture that I’m passionate about. I try to stay true to my voice and personality and I think these outfits represent that.

There’s another reason why I wanted to create two looks other than simply wanting to play internet dress up twice. It would be difficult to include the two sides of my blog into just one look without it looking a hot mess.

The day look represents the lighter and fun content I talk about on my blog. The night look represents the more serious topics. It just so happens that this pretty much reflects my personal style as well. My closet ranges from bright multicolored prints to enough black to be an honorary Addams family member.

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Tank / Shorts / Necklace / Sneakers / Sunnies / Earrings / Lipstick / Polish

Just like my blog, this outfit is a mix of geekery and my personality. I’m a big fan of incorporating my favorite fandoms in subtle ways. Although the Platform 9 ¾ tank has large print, you may not understand that it’s a Harry Potter reference unless you’re a fan. (I have one just like this.)

The only sneakers I wear are these black high top Chucks. I wear them out until they have holes. The Batman studs are another subtle way I like to show my geek pride. I’ve actually gone through at least 3 pairs of these because I keep losing them. When they aren’t MIA, my Batman studs are my default earrings.

Because I wear regular glasses, I don’t get to wear sunglasses unless I wear contacts which is usually just on the weekend. Because of this, I’ve developed an above average love of sunnies. I own the black version of the ones here.

I usually don’t coordinate nail polish with one outfit because who really has the time for that?! But if I did, I’d probably rock black nails because I already have a lot of colors going on in this outfit.

I’m a sucker for pink and red lipsticks which is why I picked this shade of pink. I probably own my weight in lipstick. I used to be big into eyeshadow, but the last few years I’ve just been rocking a cat eye and bold lip when I go out.

The brightest pieces of this look are the African Ankara wax print high-waisted shorts and African-inspired necklace. Just like I have to rep my geek flag, I also have to rep my culture. Where I’m from shapes how I experience these geek cultures, just as it would for you.

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Top / Skirt / Jacket / Earrings / Cuff / Clutch/ Shoes / Lipstick

My night outfit represents the heavier topics I talk about on my blog like death, underrepresentation, sexism, etc. But it’s still super cute! ;) Like I said earlier, I tend to wear a lot of black. I have several long black skirts like the one in this look. The crop top and platform wedges transform this look into party outfit.

I like to wear a bold red lipstick when I do my “all black everything” outfits. Sometimes, you have to treat bold lipstick like an accessory and make sure it’s not overpowering an already “loud” outfit. Since this is all black, this “Joker Red” lip fits perfectly. I actually own the Game of Thrones “Valar Morghulis” cuff . I have a stack of 8 bracelets (give or take) that I never take off and that’s one of them.

The Killing Joke jacket from Black Milk isn’t something I own, but rather something I want… very badly. Of course, I have to wear my default Batman earrings which go perfectly with the Joker jacket. Last but not least there’s the beautiful iridescent green clutch inspired by The Joker’s green hair.

Wow, who knew I could talk about clothes for so long!

Check out all of the fly “If My Blog Was An Outfit” posts:

Loot Crate- Monthly Geek and Gamer Subscription Box

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You might have heard of the Birchboxes if you’re fancy, or the BarkBox if you’re a dog. But now us nerds have our very own monthly subscription box appropriately called Loot Crate!

How It Works

loot crate 1You subscribe  for one of three available plans, all under $20. Each month you receive 6 to 8 hand-picked products focused around a geeky theme.

The theme for August was CAKE, and  if you’re a Portal fan like I am, you’ll understand why.

It came with:

  • – Caffeine Power Up Shirt – Shirt Woot!
  • – Walking Dead Mystery Minis – Funko
  • – Aperture Labs Lanyard – Valve
  • – Aperture Labs Wristband – Valve
  • – Aperture Labs Tattoo – Valve
  • – $5 OFF Shirt Woot! Coupon – Shirt Woot!
  • – Portal Stickers – Loot Crate Labs
  • – Jelly Bean Pyramid Pack – Jelly Belly

So basically, if you think Christmas should be once a month sign up for LootCrate– lootcrate.com/girlgonegeek!

Get 10% off using the code: GIRLGONELOOT

Follow & Like:

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Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway: WetheSciencey

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“You had me at meteorite necklace”, is how I felt when I landed on WeTheSciencey’s Etsy shop. So I can own a necklace that has a metorite fragment in it? SOLD! Who wouldn’t want to flaunt a bit of space around their neck?! And that’s not it! We the Sciencey’s shop is bursting will all sorts of science and sci-fi items that will have you manically clicking “Add to Cart”. What makes it even better is every month WeTheSciencey chooses a new Kickstarter project to back with a percentage of every sale. It’s a win/win!

The handmade (and space-made) meteorite necklace is just as beautiful as I daydreamed! It arrived in a cute little drawstring bag which includes an informational card about the meteorite fragment history and meteorites in general. The necklace itself includes an 18in silver-color chain with genuine meteorite fragment(s) incased in a glass bottle pendant. My meteorite fragment is a chondrite from fall NWA 869 and was found in 2000 in Northwest Africa. It’s pretty freaking cool.

Oh, and there’s a giveaway! Details below.

Interview with Noah of WeTheSciencey:

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

WeTheSciencey-Mad Scientist Chemistry Cookie Cutter KitI’m Noah, a 23-year old human girl who likes to think of herself as a creator and who is always on the lookout for grand adventures and tea with Jammie Dodgers. That aside, I am a sailor-in-training and I also want to be an astronaut.

Can you tell us the origin story of your shop, We the Sciencey?

One day, as I was sitting in chemistry class and sketching reaction mechanisms, the thought occurred, “wouldn’t it be brilliant to be able to buy things that are …chemistry-y! but beautiful, because there’s something quite lovely about science.” Just look at the stars on a clear night, in place far away from civilisation…it’s science, but it’s beauty. I wanted to make a place where the two could be celebrated together. Science & art. And then, maybe a semester later, I discovered ‘Doctor Who’. It was perfectly inspiring and added the fictional and imaginative side; I loved that I found an outlet for so many things I loved since childhood, and knew others loved as well. I wanted to share it and have been doing so since!

Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make? WeTheSciencey- Doctor Who Whovian Timey-Wimey Greeting Card Set

The Meteorite Necklace is, by far, my favourite piece in the shop. Somehow I always end up day-dreaming and imagining the life of the meteorite and its incredibly epic journey hurtling through time and space. It’s kind of mysterious and awe-inspiring! I also just like the idea of people carrying bits of outer-space around with them. :D

Do you have any (other) geeky obsessions? If so what?

I LIKE CHEMISTRY. And SPACE. Art & design. Anddd…well, lots of things. In terms of science-fiction, I’m definitely a Trekkie-Whovian-type hybrid. I find science fiction to be full of wonder and fantasticalness. If I feel a bit stuck, creative-wise, just watching an episode of Star Trek (original
series mostly) or Doctor Who always jostles my imagination awake again.

If you had to live in a fictional sci-fi universe for a month, which would it be and why?

Definitely the Doctor’s universe. I mean, just. Yes. Just think…the adventures, the cultures, the mysteries, the questions and answers and discoveries and beautiful vastness andandand! *sigh* CAN I JUST GO NOW?!?! >.<

WeTheSciencey- Star Trek Spock Hand StampWhich science fiction tech can you not wait to become science reality?

A replicator! The closest thing I have is the MakerBot Replicator 2 which is a 3D printer. And though, it is pretty freaking amazing, it is limited to creating objects out of 2 varying types of materials and requires a lot of time/learning (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing ;) ). The Star Trek replicator could solve a lot of problems, especially food and medicine shortages. It could also cause a lot of issues if misused. So, while I think it would be a lovely piece of equipment to have in theory….perhaps it might be better that it doesn’t exist. SO. The TARDIS, then. =]

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

I’d bring: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, A brilliant chemistry textbook so I can invent things to retrofit the island, Space Odyssey 2001, and the Doctor Who series’.

Where do you live on the internet?

You can find the WeTheSciencey shop at etsy.com/shop/wethesciencey and the blog at www.wethesciencey.com. On Twitter: twitter.com/wethesciencey and Facebook: Facebook.com/wethesci. When I’m not blogging on wethesciencey.com, I’m at galaxychild.tumblr.com (caution: it’s mostly poetry with the occasional meandering into things rather spacey and timey).

WeTheSciencey Giveaway!

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Three winners will get one of the items above!

Enter the giveaway:

  • Follow WeTheSciencey on (if applicable):
  •      – Facebook: facebook.com/wethesci
  •      – Twitter: twitter.com/wethesciencey
  •      – Tumblr: wethesciencey.com
  • Answer the following question in the comments section:
  •      Q: Which science fiction tech can you not wait to become science reality?
  • Giveaway ends Monday, August 26th

Giveaway over. Congrats, Kathryn, Jessica, Ada!

 

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Etsy Crush of the Week Junior: Pop & Moo, FrillyMonster and The Albino Hare

So, I was trying to figure out how to give the illustrator and tattoo artist,  Imani,  something extra as thanks for tattooing the beautiful Neil Gaiman Sandman quote on me. But I didn’t really have to look for too long, because a few minutes hanging out in Etsy I found these kawaii accessories perfect for my favorite lolita! Huge shout-out to the shops featured for being awesome!

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Kawaii cloud pin by Pop & Moo on Etsy

Pop and Moo- Kawaii cloud hairpin

More Goodies from Pop & Moo

Pop and Moo- Cute Cat Hair Clip

 

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Pop and Moo- Kawaii felt cute hair clip

Pop and Moo- Red kawaii rocket brooch

Pop and Moo- ZAP! Comic Brooch

 

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Hand drawn Dalek necklace by FrillyMonster on Etsy. Who knew Daleks could be so darn cute?

More Goodies from Frilly Monster

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Frilly Monster- Skeleton Hands Collar Jewelry

Frilly Monster- 8g Light PIink and Green Rose Plugs

Frilly Monster- Adventure time Character Necklaces

Frilly Monster- Hello Kitty Nerd 0g Plugs

The Albino Hare

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The Albino Rabbit- Puffy Pastel Dripping Frosting

The Albino Hare- Meowmaid Mermaid Kitty Felt Brooch

The Albino Hare- Hot Pink and Green Coro Coro Kuririn Hamster Earrings The Albino Hare- Ghost Kitty Felt Brooch The Albino Hare- Bright Green Pouting Bunny Post Earrings

The Albino Hare- Cute Hot Pink and Bright Yellow Bunny Felt Brooch

 She loved her goodies!

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Etsy Crush of the Week: Red Lotus Designz Featuring Manga & Comic Book Jewelry

When I was trying to figure out which manga and panels I wanted Red Lotus Designz to make into a bracelet for me, I knew one of them had to have Tetsuo’s arm being blown off (because it’s beautiful). Needless to say, I got what I asked for and more! I couldn’t be happier with my custom Akira bracelet. The quality of the manga and craftsmanship are both great.

Get 15% off your entire order at Red Lotus Designz is using the code: GEEKISSEXY2013

My Akira Bracelete by Red Lotus Designz

Interview with Diana of Red Lotus Designz 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Diana from Red Lotus Designz

Diana from Red Lotus Designz


RLD: 
My name is Diana Chin and I’m the co-founder of RedLotusDesignz.  My husband and I run a small business where we create handmade custom order jewelry and amigurumi.  We also specialize in website and app development. 

How long have you been making jewelry?

RLD:  I’ve been crafting jewelry and amigurumi since 2005.  It was a form of therapy for me while I was working on my Masters in Internet Technology.  Believe me – writing a thesis on social media and privacy while trying to design and program user interfaces was very stressful!  But it was worth it :) Plus I was able to produce some pretty pieces for me to wear during grad school!

What is Red Lotus Designz’ origin story?

RLD:  Our small business was founded in the Year of the Rabbit (February 2nd 2011). We wanted to create affordable jewelry pieces that are fully customizable and won’t break the bank.  When I first started selling our jewelry pieces, they were mostly anime/manga related.  Etsy had a market for people who sell comic book jewelry.  While I love them, I felt that there weren’t enough upcycled manga jewelry pieces available.  So I started making Sailor Moon earrings.  I felt fortunate (and lucky!) that we were able to make a good amount of sales right after we posted them. Eventually, we started to introduce more custom order listings (currently we have 17), and the option to make photo jewelry pieces.  I’m pretty happy that after two years, we’ve managed to bring a variety of character customizations (from anime/manga, video games, comic books, etc.)!

It brings back to why we named our shop RedLotusDesignz in the first place. In Asian culture (my husband is Chinese-American and I’m half-Guyanese), we believe that the color red symbolizes good luck.  The lotus represents the ability to bloom beautifully in times of disaster.  The “Designz” part, we added the “z” since we were deriving it from the slang term “azn” (that was actually my husband’s idea lol).

Do you have any funny crafting stories? Red Lotus Designz- Comic Book Braceletes

RLD: Well…there was this one time that I did drop all of my yarn supplies while carrying them upstairs to my storage room.  It wasn’t fun when I had to walk back down the stairs to gather all of the amigurumi eye pieces that were scattered all over the floor >_<

Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?

RLD:  Anything related to Sailor Moon! It was the first anime / manga that I was exposed to.  Even until now, the story never gets old :) I sometimes reread the manga when I feel nostalgic.  Whenever I receive a custom order that features one of the characters from Sailor Moon, I get really excited :D That’s how much I love the series!

If you could live in any anime show, film or manga for a month, which would it be and why?

RLD:  Hands down, it will be Sailor Moon.  What I love about the series is that the storyline doesn’t focus only on the romance between Usagi and Mamoru.  The friendship that Usagi shared with her teammates was even more spectacular.  It goes to show you that with the power of friendship and love, the impossible can be achieved.  Despite the odds stacked against you, Usagi was a normal girl that simply had her strong faith with her friends and the love of her life :) That’s how I feel towards my husband and our friends/family.  Without their support, we wouldn’t went this far with our dream to start a small business.   

Where do you live on the internet?

RLD:  Our official website is http://redlotusdesignz.com.  Here, you can find our latest blog updates regarding our shop and website/app development projects. We recently moved our pre made and custom order listings to our main website.  It’s under the Shop link :)