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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Frilly Monster

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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 :)

 

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Nerdy Hussy

During my weekly Etsy binge, I was searching for comic book decoupage goodies and stumbled across Nerdy Hussy shop and immediately ordered a Batman flask! (And it’s just as amazing as it looks) After interviewing Carrie I discovered we pretty much have the same pull list. Find out all about Carrie, how she got into crafting and all of the geekery she loves. Oh there’s a giveaway too! See details below.
The flask I got from Nerd Hussy! (Surrounded by Arkham Asylum)

The flask I got from Nerdy Hussy! (Surrounded by Arkham Asylum)

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Carrie of Nerd Hussy sporting Captain America earrings she made.

Carrie of Nerd Hussy sporting Captain America earrings she made.

Carrie: I live in a small town in Illinois but live very close to St. Louis, MO. I work as a Case Manager for an agency that advocates for the prevention and treatment of HIV. I consider myself a feminine feminist, I love wearing dresses, makeup, and jewelry and advocating for gender equality, education, and eliminating homophobia. I believe that socially constructed gender roles should not interfere with a person’s interests. Isn’t that what being a nerd is all about; liking something even if it’s considering uncool?

How long have you been crafting?

Carrie: Since I was very young. As a child I would request craft kits and paint supplies as presents. I was a creative child, I once used my older sister’s liquid foundation to create a beautiful wall mural…i.e., I covered my hands in foundation and made hand prints all over her room.

How did Nerdy Hussy come to be?

Carrie: It started as a hobby, mostly watercolor paintings that I would sell in a different Etsy shop, it wasn’t too popular but I had a lot of fun doing it. Slowly my crafting became exceedingly reflective of my nerdy personality and a coworker suggested I start selling the nerdy crafts on Etsy; however, the products were not congruent with the other store front, so I scrapped the other shop and created the NerdyHussy, specializing in geeky products.

Do you have any funny crafting stories?

Carrie: No animals were harmed in this story. For a few months I was doing most of my crafting on the floor, I would spread out all the materials I needed and watch Star Trek while creating items for Etsy. My cat found this incredibly interesting and took it upon herself to treat it as an adventure, investigating every scrap piece of paper, tissue paper, or product. After I had finished crafting for the night, I noticed my cat was trying to get something off her paw; she was licking it and trying to flick it off her paw. She had a piece of comic book stuck to her paw. She had stepped on one of the scrap pieces that still had the water-based glue on it and managed to glue it to her paw, the glue is non-toxic and removable with soap and water so I washed her paw off and removed the glue and comic book. I have since moved from the floor to a sectioned off part of the living room with a table and shelves, no cats allowed.

I know you do custom pieces for customers, have you had any favorite or unusual requests?

Carrie: My favorite requests are the ones who force me to broaden my nerd knowledge. I know very little about Transformers but when I first started, I had a request for a Ratchet necklace, with a little research I was able to make the necklace and she was incredibly happy and I was able to learn a little more about Transformers.

Do you have any favorite comic books and comic book characters?Nerd Hussy Comic Book Shoes Made to Order

Carrie: Yes, definitely! My favorite comic book from DC is probably the New 52 of Wonder Woman, my favorite Image comic book is Saga written by Brian K. Vaughn and artist Fiona Staples and my favorite Marvel comic book is Hawkeye, so far. As for comic book characters, most strong female characters such as Wonder Woman or Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. I roughly have 15 comic books in my pull and hold at my local comic book shop, not including the trade paperbacks I read.

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

Carrie: I have an obsession with Firefly, Doctor Who, and Star Trek — in order of favorite The Next Generation, The Original Series, Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, and then Voyager. I get so excited when I watch any of these shows that I’ll clap like a misguided penguin trying to fly.

I also game. Once a week I play a table top RPG that’s similar to Dungeons and Dragons called Pathfinder. In addition, once or twice a month I play board games such as Settlers of Catan and Dominion.

I enjoy going to conventions but I’m fairly new to them, I’ve only been going the past couple years. I’m looking forward to attending C2E2 in Chicago and GenCon in Indianapolis in 2013.

If you were a superhero what would your name and power be?

Carrie: Easy question, Boobarella with a transgender rooster named Cock Punch. During the day, we would educate men and women on healthy relationships and at night, fight crime.

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

Carrie: I would bring my Nook, Laptop, and the collection of Sandman by Neil Gaiman.
Where can we find you in the web?
Carrie: Where can I be found on the web? In addition to the Etsy shop, I have a Facebook page Facebook.com/NerdyHussy and I can be emailed at nerdyhussy[@]gmail[dot]com. I have some pictures on Facebook how my products hold up over time and pictures of custom orders I’ve done in the past. Occasionally, I’ll post a promotional coupon code.

Nerdy Hussy Giveaway!

Spiderman Pendant

Spiderman Pendant

Win a custom pendant from Nerdy Hussy’s shop! She can customize it with either Wonder Woman, Batman, Batwoman, Batgirl, Flash, Green Lantern, X-Men or Spider-Man.

  • 1. Answer the following question: What comic book would you love to live in for a month?
  • 2. Like Nerdy Hussy on Facebook: Facebook.com/NerdyHussy
  • * One reader will win a pendant from Nerdy Hussy
  • * Contest ends Jan. 14th

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Ketchupize

When I first wandered onto Ketchupize during one of my weekly Etsy binges, I kind of lost my mind a little at her amazing items. Tina hand-paints absolutely incredible headphones, sunglasses and phone cases. When it comes to geek merch, it’s hard to find something new and interesting that makes you excited and I felt that excitement again when I look at Ketchupize’s Etsy shop. Tina’s shop features everything from Super Mario Bros.  and galaxy sunglasses, to a pokeball and companion cube headphones.

It literally took me a few weeks to narrow down and decide on which item to buy and review. I finally decided on the companion cube headphones for obvious reasons. I waited for the package like a kid waiting for Santa. When my companion cube headphones arrived I literally did a little happy dance. The hand-painted companion cube is damn near perfect. They are extra special because I know that someone spent time painting the details by hand. That someone being Tina. Other than being very pretty to look at, the headphones are great quality and sound.

Interview with Tina of Ketchupize Etsy Shop

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Tina, I’m a graphic designer and I live in Greece. I love music, video games, sci-fi movies, comics and all kinds of geeky things my parents thought I would grow out of when I reached 16!

How did the Ketchupize Etsy shop come to be?
It all started about two years ago. I wanted to create a unique gift for someone special. It was a pair of headphones and I decided to paint it. The whole process was so much fun and I loved the result. That’s how Ketchupize was born. It allows me to combine all the things I love and it’s really fulfilling, designing functional products for people who appreciate uniqueness and want something different and fun!

I know you do custom pieces for customers, have you had any favorite or unusual requests?
One of my favorite requests was a pair of ”video games” themed headphones. I was contacted by a girl who wanted some custom headphones inspired from her favorite video games. They were some of my favorite video games too so it became more of a personal project and it was so much fun to make.

Are there any upcoming designs you’re looking forward to creating?
I try to come up with new designs as often as I can as it keeps things fun and interesting. My sunglasses line became quite popular during the summer so I thought of customizing normal glasses too. I’m currently working on new designs so I’m looking forward to that, hopefully they’ll be a big hit!

What are some of your favorite geeky obsessions?
My favorite geeky obsession is gaming. I’ve been a gamer since I was allowed near a computer or console. Through the years I’ve tried all kinds of different games and no matter how busy I am I always make time for that. Lately I’ve been playing Diablo 3 and I’m really looking forward to trying all classes in the new Guild Wars 2!

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
I’d bring my ”Big Bang Theory” box set! It’s my favorite tv series. It’s so brilliantly made I can watch all seasons over and over again and it always makes me laugh.

Where do you live on the internet?
www.ketchupize.etsy.com  
www.facebook.com/Ketchupize  
www.twitter.com/Ketchupize  
www.ketchupize.deviantart.com  

Enter for a chance to win these pokeball headphones from Ketchupize!

  • 1. Answer the following question in the comments section below: What’s your favorite video game soundtrack? 
  • 2. Like Facebook.com/Ketchupize
  • 3. Follow @Ketchupize (if applicable)
  • 4. Contest ends Monday, Sept. 24th

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Zombie Jester Creations

Marti is the creator and owner of the adorable Zombie Jester Creations Etsy shop. She crafts the cutest bows featuring your favorite comics, games and other geekery. Marti also writes for Geeklisted, and she wrote a nice piece about my blog! I already know you want a bow, check the bottom of the post for the details on the giveaway!

Check out my adorable NES bow from Zombie Jester:

Interview with Marti of Zombie Jester Creations

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Marti: I’m a 22 year old lady, and lifelong geek. When I’m not making bows I spend my time watching horror movies, listening to vinyl records, playing video games, reading comic books, and surfing the net.
What is Zombie Jester Creations origin story?
Marti: I’ve identified myself as The Zombie Jester for years. The term combines my love for all things colorful, joyful, and lively. As well as gory, macabre, and dark. It’s the perfect fit for my personality, and a natural choice for my business.
Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?
Marti: Any custom pieces are always a blast since they present a challenge. I also love incorporating the cameo charms, since I design them each myself. I enjoy the digital creativity on top of the normal design process.
Do you do custom orders? 
Marti: Always! Whether it’s for a costume, event, or a gift for someone special. I love helping fellow geeks represent their favorite obsession, in a unique style all their own.
I know you write for geeklisted.com, can you tell us a little about that?
Marti: Geeklisted is a web directory of awesome websites, that makes it easy to look up and discover geeky entertainment. As well as gain exposure for your own projects.
Any plans for future bows?
Marti: I try to stay up to date with geeky happenings such as movie and video game releases, conventions, holidays, etc. In honor of The Dark Knight Rises, July is Batman month!
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
Marti: I’d have to bring some form of The Sims (most likely Medieval), The Killing Joke, Battle Royale, and The Guild.

Zombie Jester Giveaway!

Two lucky readers will win one of the bows above from The Zombie Jester’s Etsy shop!

  1. Answer the following question in the comments section below:
    • “Which fictional character is your fashion icon?”
  2. FollowZombie Jester on:
  3. Giveaway ends Monday, July 23rd