Have you seen a more mathematical dress before?! I received this Finn tunic from the fine folks over at Halloween Costumes to review and I’m in love. It’s described a tunic tank, but fits more like a dress that you could wear with or without jeans, leggings or tights. What I love most about this is that I can rock my Adventure Time love in a girly way. Shirts are cool of course, (trust me I have tons!) but I love flaunting my obsessions with a dress or skirt. These Adventure Timetunic/dresses are a super cute way to show off your Land of OOO citizenship!
2 winners will get one of the Adventure Time Tunics!
How to enter:
1. Follow Girl Gone Geek on: Facebook (/girlgonegeekblog), Twitter (girl_gone_geek) and Instagram (girl_gone_geek) if applicable.
2. Answer the following question in the comments section:
Q: What would you be the princess or prince of if you lived in the Land of OOO?
Ex: I’d be the Cat Princess because… cats!
Sorry, dresses don’t come with an everything burrito.
Giveaway ends Wednesday, August 28th
Contest over, congrats Meg House and Minty Badger!
Marc Ecko Cut & Sew, the apparel retailer, recently launched a limited edition line of Star Wars inspired hoodies and t-shirts. Star Wars apparel have be remixed every way imaginable, but that doesn’t stop these from being any less awesome. The collection plays off the popularity of the classic film graphics and the details specific to the well known characters in the film series.
Please excuse the mirror picture (#lonebloggerproblems)
The Star Wars hoodies fully transform you into your favorite character, whether it’s a Storm Trooper, an X Wing Pilot or Boba Fett. Each hoodie has a zip-front, extending past the collar to create a costume-like mask. Don’t have enough time to make a costume for the next con, costume park or trip to the grocery store? No biggie, just zip up your hoodie and you’re Boba!
I’m in love with my Storm Trooper Pop Art shirt. The fabric and print are high-quality and very well made. I know I won’t have to worry about the vivid colors fading after a few washes which is something I worry about with graphic print shirts. Although the line is made for men, I proudly rock my Storm Trooper shirt (and received many compliments). No need to worry geek girls, you can enter the giveaway as well! Perhaps next year they can release a female line, because girls like Star Wars too. ;)
I’d eat Top Ramen for a month if it meant I could own all the skirts in Go Chase Rabbits Etsy shop. Ashley is the talented creator of this geek chic Etsy shop. I’m sure I’ll be seeing geek girls sport her adorable skirts at cons and I’ll be one of them! Shout out to my internet friend and stylish geek blogger Kristin of On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink for showing me Go Chase Rabbits!
Ashley: I am 26 years old. I originally am from Michigan but moved to Manhattan when I was 18 for college. I studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and currently work as an Assistant Designer for a large brand.
What is Go Chase Rabbits origin story?
Ashley: I started Go Chase Rabbits because I really wanted to express my own personal style. I am very girly and quite nerdy and wanted to wear things that suited my personality. I kept seeing all of these great ideas for clothing and I really wanted to make them my own. I love making things for the everyday girl. I love hearing the fun stories from my customers and it’s really what encourages me to continue creating and expanding.
Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?
Ashley: I love making my R2D2 skirt, I’ve gotten such an overwhelming response to it, I would never have thought it would take off like it has. I had to create a printed version because of the demand as it allows me to make them for more people.
Do you have any plans for future designs?
Ashley: I am working on more Mario skirts, as well as custom requests for Harry Potter. I also just finished the printed version of my TARDIS which I hope to have up very soon.
Do you do custom orders?
Ashley: I am always taking suggestions for skirts and do make all my skirts made to each customer’s measurements. It does take time though, usually 2-3 weeks for me to make.
Who is your favorite doctor and favorite companion?
Ashley: David Tennant is definitely my favorite, I love him in almost anything he does!
I’m a proud Tennant fangirl as well. What else are you a fangirl for?
Ashley: I have so many things I’m interested in, i’m very eclectic. I definitely love Star Wars and classic video games. I also love anything to do with fairy tales, especially the darker versions (I’m a HUGE Tim Burton fan).
If you were on a deserted island what would video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
Ashley: Ohh that’s a good question:
Video Game- Super Mario Kart on SNES (I spent hours playing that when I was younger with my brother)
Book- Alice in Wonderland (This is my favorite book, it’s also the inspiration for my company name! :) )
TV Show- Big Bang Theory (I’ll forever watch reruns of this show!)
Thanks everyone for entering I loved reading all of your favorite Doctor Who quotes! And of course a huge thanks to Threadless for sponsoring this fantastic contest!
Here’s the winners favorite DW quotes:
Ivonne Martinez, ” Rose… before I go, I just want to tell you: you were fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. And do you know what? So was I!” sigh* I miss Eccleston.
Isabelle Stormageddon H-rg ”People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a non-linear non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big bowl of wibbly wobbly timey wimey… stuff.”
We Whovians want all of space and time to know how much we love Doctor Who. So what better way to represent your love for that madman in the box than with this fantastic TARDamask shirt on Threadless. I want to wallpaper my house with this design!
It was made by Rosemary Travale and, “This design is inspired by classic damask repeating patterns but with a Doctor Who influenced twist. A classy yet subtle way to show off your sci-fi pride.”
Huge thanks to Threadless for sponsoring this giveaway and always supporting Whovians and geeks!
Giveaway Rules and Info:
– The 2 winners will be chosen at random on Friday October 14th
This weeks Etsy Crush of the Week is the holy trinity of Dragon Age goodies. Allegra, Sara and Josh combined their powers and handmade with love some great Dragon Age themed clothing, perfume and jewelry. Check out the interview I had with them below and find out how Sara comes up with the scents for her Dragon Age perfumes, how dice helped get Josh started in making jewelry and Allegeras love for steampunk and Mass Effect.
Girl Gone Geek: How long have you been designing and crafting?
Allegra (Haunted Summer clothing): It’s got to be around three years now. I’ve been involved in the steampunk community for a couple more than that. I’m a large lady who doesn’t have a huge amount of disposable income, and who is more interested in the Romantic period than the Victorians, so I always struggled to find historically-influenced clothing that I liked and that flattered me. Eventually, I decided to start making my clothes myself, and when I was made redundant from my office job in February, finally took the leap to go into business myself!
Sara (SaraWen perfumes): Pretty much most of my life. I started drawing at a very young age, but never took professional classes until art college. I loved to do anything creative. The desire to create scents didn’t really arrive until after I worked in the beauty industry for a couple of years, and this year I finally started to become serious in pursuing this idea.
Josh (Jewelry by Josh): I having been making jewelry off and on for about 12 years since taking a metal technology class in high school.
GGG: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
A: I’ve lived in North Wales for almost twelve years now, and for most of them I’ve been joined by one boyfriend (the same one!) and two cats. I’m a bit of a jack of all trades, and I can’t resist a challenge! At various points I have been a writer, an editor for SteamPunk Magazine, a coffee shop attendant and now, obviously, a seamstress, embroiderer and keen upcycler. I’m also working on learning the guitar, as my completely ruined fingers would attest!
S: Hmm, I never know how to answer this question! My name is Sara. I’m a girl (maybe a woman). I’m a daydream believer. But not a homecoming queen.
GGG: How did the three Dragon Age Shops come to be?
A: Shortly after I joined Etsy, I got to know Sara, who makes awesome and unique perfumes, and who is just one of the nicest people that you could hope to meet. After a few conversations, we stumbled upon the fact that we had a shared love of the Dragon Age games. I shared a couple of ideas I had at the time for some upcycled Dragon Age inspired jewellery that I was planning on making (and never did) and suggested to Sara that it would be an awesome idea to have signature scents for some of the characters (I may possibly have mentioned Fenris a few times, fortunately she decided to indulge me!). We started thinking about doing a sort of joint experiment to see how Dragon Age inspired perfumes and clothing would do, and decided to add a jewellery maker to the mix. That was when I hunted down Josh, and pleaded with him until he agreed to come along for the ride.
S: For me it started when I met Allegra online at Etsy. We got on very well and soon discovered that we were both Dragon Age fans, so Allegra suggested we start a kind of collaboration. I had already been thinking of creating Dragon Age scents, purely for myself! I didn’t think anyone else would be interested.
J: I work full time (and then some) at my family’s campground with my wife Meagan. I am a big gamer and geek, which is how I started selling jewelry on etsy. Last spring my wife and I went to PAX East with some friends and I made her a pair of earrings out of dice. They were so popular I decided to try making some to sell, which eventually expanded into necklaces based on video games.
GGG: The Dragon Age inspired perfumes is particularly unique,
what was the process like creating those scents?
S: It wasn’t too different from my regular process of creating a new perfume, but because the scents were based on characters, I went into the mindset similiar to when creating a custom perfume for a customer. I get an idea of personality, likes and dislikes, colours, places … and attempt to transform that into fragrance. For me it’s a very intuitive art. I like to break the rules and try to pair up essential oils that don’t normally work together. This was much the case with ‘Arcane’. I added cool, bright, herbal notes to what is normally considered ‘warm’. I felt it reflected Anders’ dualistic character very well.
GGG: Do you have any funny crafting/designing stories?
A: Absolutely! I have always been a writer and a lover of characters and stories. In fact, character and story is why I love the Dragon Age games as much as I do. Stories allow me to completely lose myself in another world, and that’s where I always seem to be happiest. When I was thinking about the embroideries to go onto the clothing I was making, I decided that I wanted to capture something of the story in them–rather than just using a collection of random symbols from the games. What I ended up with were a bunch of designs that I thought represented some of the conflicts that are at the core of DA2. That’s why there are designs for the Kirkwall rebels and the City Guard (which are one point of tension that runs through the game), and ones for the Templars and the Kirkwall Circle of Magi. Of course, you don’t actually see the mark of the Kirkwall Circle in the game at any point, so I had to design something myself based on a lot of the other symbols and markings that you -do- see.
S: My cat occasionally comes around to my apothecary area to see what I’m doing. He’s very opinionated! I just wish he’d sit on my head once in a while, like a proper kitty.
GGG: Which have been some of your favorite pieces/items to make?
A: I loved designing the sigil for the Kirkwall Circle of Magi. I’m an insurgent and a mage-sympathiser at heart, so I always felt that they -should- have a symbol that they use on their robes and ritual equipment. Something that represented both the arcane element of who they are, and the fact that they live their lives in almost total oppression. In the end, I settled on this strange, mystical-looking eye surrounded by chains, and I think it turned out looking pretty good. The sort of winged sword design for the City Guard also turned out to look far, far better than I expected it to, and it’s always awesome when that happens :)
S: Aside from the DA inspired line, I’d have to say my vampire-themed scents. My favourites tend to change, but ‘Akkasha’ ‘Mina’, and ‘Vampire Princess’ are always in the top 10.
J: I have had a lot of fun making the DA2 rebel pendants because I love the series and am really pleased with how they look.
GGG: Do you have any other geeky obsessions? If so what?
A: Aside from steampunk, which I’ve been involved in as a movement for a few years now, I have to admit to having a total and incurable obsession with Mass Effect. I cannot tell you how excited I am about the final part of the series coming out next year, and how hard I’ve been trying to protect myself from even the smallest of spoilers. It’s not as easy as you might think, and I’ve had to yell at a lot of people for it already! I’m also an absolutely massive Battlestar Galactica fan, as anyone who’s hung around with me for long enough that I can force them to watch it all will attest. I love a lot of science fiction, especially the kind that reflects something important about the world that we’re living in today. I must also admit to having a particular soft spot for really heavy, hardboiled-noir style cyberpunk.
S: I’m a huge history geek. Also, I love those Masterpiece Theatre costume dramas. British comedy. Oh, and I’m nuts about MST3K!
J: I do have an obsession for video games, primarily RPGs and some shooters, as well as being a huge scifi-fantasy book buff.
GGG: If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
A: I’d have to bring the first Mass Effect game. It was the first game I really got into after many, many years of not playing video games, and it just won my heart from the second FemShep opened her mouth to the time the credits rolled. I was totally in awe of it, and in many ways I still am (although the second Dragon Age game did get pretty close to topping it). I like movies, but I can’t think of one that I love more than everything else. It may have to be either Bladerunner, Gattaca or the Godfather… Not that that’s a random selection to choose from or anything! My book would -definitely- have to be ‘The Left Hand of Darkness’ by Ursula K Le Guin. It wipes everything else that I’ve ever read completely off the table. As for the TV show, it’d have to be the reimagined Battlestar Galactica. No question!
S: I couldn’t bring just one of each. Easy solution would be to place all my stuff in a Bag of Holding. Presto! But somewhere in there would be Sims1, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and Narnia 1 and 2. I noticed music wasn’t included! So I’ll just add a copy of 30 Seconds to Mars’ This is War into the Bag of Holding.
J: If I was stuck on a deserted island I would want an early release of Skyrim, book would be something by Feist or Terry Pratchet, movie would be Serenity, and of course that would mean the tv show would be Firefly.