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

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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.

ThinkGeek Charm Bracelet Giveaway!

 

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I probably have enough jewelry to open up a small jewelry store. Something you’ll always see me wearing are a stack of bracelets. They are my version of arm candy! The only geeky bracelet in my arm candy bunch was a Game of Thrones “Valar Morghulis”, that is until ThinkGeek debuted their charm bracelets!

What I love is that you can add a bunch of your favorite nerd things to one bracelet; it’s kind of like PANDORA but for geeks.

The arm party! 

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ThinkGeek charms!

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Enter the Giveaway! 

I wanna share the arm candy love so one lucky lady will win:

Giveaway ends July 24th, enter below!

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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:

Etsy Crush of the Week: Miniature Literature & Giveaway

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I can’t help but imagine Arrietty reading these adorable mini books! Lauren, the owner of the Etsy shop, Miniature Literature found the perfect way for bibliophiles to flaunt their favorite books.
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Interview with Lauren of Miniature Literature

GGG: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

lauren miniature literatureLauren: I’m a craft enthusiast, Disney nerd, and dedicated flosser. I’m currently in school for Toy Design, which is just as fun as you’d think it’d be.

How long have you been making jewelry?

If you count the paper clip necklaces I would make in my dad’s office as a tot, a long, long time. I started making my own jewelry in high school when I couldn’t find anything to match my outfit, and started my first Etsy store, LB Yours, over my Christmas break last year.

How did Miniature Literature come to be

I don’t know if you’ve ever read (or seen) Roald Dahl’s Matilda, but that was me when I was little (except my principal never locked me in any pokey room), and I haven’t changed much since. I love a good story and the feeling of being snatched up and taken away to someplace else in one. Somewhat conversely, I suppose, I love jewelry, fashion, etc., and I always have a hard time finding pieces that I think are unique. I wanted to make something that told a story. And here I am!

If you had to live in any book for one month, which would it be and why? The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien Necklace

What an awesome question! Of course I’d love to go to Hogwarts, but I’m going to have to go with Alice In Wonderland. If you’re going to live in a book, you might as well make it one that’s as far from reality as possible.

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

I am quite the Disnerd. I’m at Disneyland just about every weekend. This last Halloween, I dressed up as Space Mountain. Not as a cast member- as the actual ride. I made a light up dress and hat that looked just like the building and, I’ve gotta say, it turned out pretty great.

Also, I do love a good video game. I can beat anyone at Mortal Kombat (my girl’s Mileena).

And have you heard Kingdom Hearts 3 is on its way?! *squeal*

 

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

Best deserted island ever- where can I buy my ticket? I’m bringing my trusty Sega Genesis, and every episode of Bob’s Burgers and/or The Golden Girls. Is it cool if I also bring my microwave for some Toaster Strudel action?

 

Where do you live on the internet? 

You can find me all over the place! Of course there’s my two Etsy stores, MiniatureLiterature  and  LByours. There’s also my Pinterest or my Facebook ShopLByours!

Giveaway over, congrats Joanna!

Hogwarts Textbook Holidays with Hags

  • One lucky reader will win the Harry Potter Necklace above!
  •  1. Answer the following question in the comments section:
  •       –  What would be the title of your biography?
  • 2. Like Miniature Literature on Facebook- Facebook.com/ShopLByours
  • * Giveaway ends Monday, Sept. 23rd
  • * For U.S. residents only
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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

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Slight Jewelry: Fine Jewelry for the Undead

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Just because you’re a walking corpse doesn’t mean you can’t deck out your rotting body parts with fine, beautiful jewelry. Slight Jewelry has answered your zombie jewelry needs with a Braaains collection featuring undead heads and zombie apocalypse weapons made from gold, silver and brass.
I know they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’d rather be besties with a black diamond stuffed in a golden zombie’s mouth.

Discount for GGG friends! Get 11% off using the code: keyboardcat  

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Interview with Amanda of Slight Jewelry

GGG: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Amanda: I grew up in sunny Tucson, Arizona, the home of the Gem and Mineral Show.  I was what my teacher called a “rock hound,” I sure did love those geodes. As a kid, I wasn’t an ugly duckling, I just had ” interesting features.”  One of which has dictated a nickname that I embrace to this day: Fangs.  I am missing two teeth where my canines meet so I literally have two fangs.  Although the goth boys loved them, I was very self-conscious about them for a very long time. I was constantly asked, “Do you sharpen your teeth?”  Anyway, fast forward past puberty and college, I ventured to Colorado where I finally learned to love my fangs.  I lived there for 5 years though the wacky weather and countless serving jobs.  I wanted to work in fashion and knew Denver wasn’t the place to fulfill that dream.   With the support of my older twin sisters, I made the leap to New York City about a year and a half ago.  It was extremely difficult at first but I had a vision: Make something as unique as my teeth, and I think have succeeded in that!
 
How long have you been making jewelry?
A little over two years but I’ve been sketching ideas for a decade.
 
Slight Jewelry- Zombie Black Diamond EarringIs there a film, book or game got your into zombies and horror and why?
If you exclude reading every Steven King book before I had any idea what it was about, I would say that I have always loved “Evil Dead” and the campy yet endearing horror movies of the 70s and 80. Although, I like to mix in some scary ones here and there.  The movie “Alien” is the best sci-fi horror film of all time – such incredible set design and makeup!  And the zombies, how can I forget about the zombies?  For humor’s sake, I choose “Shaun of the Dead” and on the other end of the spectrum “Resident Evil” Because who doesn’t love Mila Jovovich?
What’s Slight Jewelry’s origin story? 
I worked for a fine jewelry designer for over a year and it was quite the eye opening experience.  There wasn’t anything out there for my personality so I decided to make it myself.  I wanted to make jewelry that I liked and that I hadn’t seen anywhere else.  The Zombie Collection is my first collection and I will continue to add to it.  It’s my zombie baby. :)
Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?
I absolutely love the clown zombie cufflinks, so dear to my heart.  And the mix and match zombie earrings with the zombie weapon of choice.
Do you have any (other) geeky obsessions? If so what?
3D printing- a lot of my pieces are 3D printed and then cast in silver and gold.  It’s incredible to have a plastic iteration that I can print right before my very eyes!  It also gives the jewelry some great texture and depth.
What’s your zombie weapon of choice? Slight Jewelry- Zombie Weapon of Choice- Axe Earring
It would have to be a machine gun with a bayonet mounting, double trouble.  If the zombie apocalypse struck, and I didn’t own a bayonet-mount machine gun, I would use the hand painted zombie axe I bought my boyfriend for his birthday.  Sharing is caring.
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
This is a toughy.  I have an amazing HR Giger book that I can’t live without.  And if I only brought a video game, movie, or TV show, I wouldn’t have anything to play them on!  But if I could bring two items (and this island had a TV), I would bring my first version Atari and the game, Pitfall.  So many memories with that game!
 
Where can we find you on the web?
Shop online at slightjewelry.com and follow Slight Jewelry on Facebook.
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