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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Prequels & Predictions

Prequels (2014)

Launched Geek Girl Brunch

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Lolita Brunch at the Sakura Matsuri at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Last year Rachel, Yissel and I officially launched Geek Girl Brunch. It’s meetup group of geeky gals who usually meet over brunch. But GGB isn’t just about meeting up, talking about our favorite fandoms and eating bacon. We hope to create a safe environment where identifying geek girls can be themselves to give voice, network, create friendships, inspire each other and hang out. Each brunch got bigger and better and we even threw a kickass New York Comic Con after party called Fan Girls Night Out with our homies the Geek Girl Pen Pals and a sexy space event called Brunch 9 from Outer Space with our friends Wasabassco Burlesque.

 

NYCC: Women of Color in Comics Panel & Cosplay

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I still can’t believe this happened. I was on a panel at New York Comic Con about women of color in comics. Like what?! I was so so nervous! I literally thought I was going to throw up on stage. The room was filled with over 700 people, and somehow I managed to not embarrass myself and say some pretty important things about women of color in comics. When I started my blog in 2010 I would have never imagined I’d be on a panel at NYCC. I started Girl Gone Geek with the hope that some people would read it and enjoy it and yet somehow all of these amazing opportunities keep happening. Here’s to hoping that doesn’t ever stop.

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New York Comic Con was a big highlight for me this year. Slowly but surely my cosplay game is getting a bit better at every con. This year I did a (lazy) Space Dandy cosplay and Sailor Goon (a gangster version of Sailor Moon) and my old genderbent Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop. What I love about cosplay is there are no rules. You can create an exact copy of the character’s costume or remix it and come up with your own version. Since I’m not exactly crafty, remixing costumes helps. I’m really happy with how my cosplay came out and it gave me the courage to continue creating fun costumes in the future.

 

I Couldn’t See the Stars

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I lived in NYC for 9 years. I went to college upstate and went to grad school in the city. Being a military brat, I had to move every few years. Thankfully, both my parents are from the Bronx so that’s what I considered my “hometown” despite not growing up in it. I thought I’d live in NYC forever. I thought it was the coolest city ever, and I still do. More importantly, I was tired of moving all the time and was happy that I didn’t have to anymore. I had (and still do) an amazing group of friends that I can’t imagine life without and I didn’t want to leave them. I grew up always moving away from my friends or vise versa because of the military. I was happy I didn’t have to do that anymore.

But (because you know there’s going to be a “but”) living in New York City started to have a negative effect on me. I realized, or rather finally accepted that I wasn’t happy in NYC. I developed anxiety for various reasons. I dreaded walking down the street because of street harassment. New York City is like the Street Harassment capital of the US. It happened to me almost every day. The rent is too damn high and gets higher every year. Cops keep unjustly killing black people with no consequences (but that’s just not exclusive to NYC). Gentrification continues to kill the culture of the city. I was unemployed for half of the year and still am. I saw a dead body being taken out of the subway and wasn’t phased. Which scared me more than the body. I was officially a jaded New Yorker.

I missed nature and the outdoors, like the real outdoors not Central Park, which is a lovely oasis surrounded by concrete. A park you don’t dare go into at night for fear of being raped or bit by a rabid raccoon. I spent 8 years in Hawaii, 4 years in the Mojave Dessert and another 3 living next to the Black Forest in Germany. After years of being engulfed by tall buildings, I realized how necessary nature was for me.

Another thing that NYC doesn’t have that I needed was the stars. You can’t see the stars in NYC because of the light pollution. I quite literally forgot they existed because I never saw them. I stopped looking up. That’s bad. I think it fucks with the psyche of New Yorkers somehow. You forget that you’re part of this infinite, amazing and beautiful universe. Instead, skyscrapers replaced the stars and the 5 boroughs became my universe.

I was also going through some personal stuff for years that I tried to ignore and compartmentalize it but last year it refused to be ignored. I fell into depression. It felt like I created this dam in my head that was holding back the depression for years but it broke and it was overwhelming. They say if you put a lobster into a pot of water and slowly turn up the heat it doesn’t realize it’s boiling to death. I was that lobster.

Despite all of what I’ve said and experienced, I still think NYC is the best city in the world and there are so many great reasons to live in it… if you can afford it. But it’s not the city for me, and I’m cool with that. So, in December I moved. I came back to Germany where I’ll be for at least three months, maybe longer. Then after that, who knows? But I know I’ll be happier and that’s all that really matters.

 

Predictions (2015)

Geek Girl Brunch: Bigger & Better

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Geek Girl Brunch: Marvel Brunch

Last year we launched Geek Girl Brunch in NYC. This year we’re launching chapters all over the world starting with Washington D.C. this month. Geek Girl Brunch is going to do big things in 2015 and I’m proud to be apart of it. You can be apart of it too by joining here.

 

Write Something

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I’ve always wanted to write fiction but never started because I thought (and still kinda think) I’d be terrible at it. But that’s really stupid because I haven’t given it a real shot. I even blogged about Overcoming Self-Doubt. So this year I’m going to practice what I preach. I’m going to start writing fiction and comics even if I don’t share it publicly for a while. I hope it’s not absolutely dreadful.

 

See The Stars

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Art by Moebius

This year is starting off with a lot of things up in the air. I don’t know where I’ll be living in a few months. I could end up having to go back in NYC, but I hope not. I do want to end up in California. But then again, I’d love to live in Japan or another country. It’s kind of scary and exciting at the same time. I don’t know and I don’t really care where I end up, I just want to be able to see the stars.

Geek Girl Brunch Judges the Wasabassco Burlesque Costume Contest

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Ma’at, Techno Babble & Bella Blackheart [Photo by Hyuk E Kim]

The Geek Girl Brunch co-founders we’re asked to judge the Wasabassco Burlesque SUPER! Heroes vs Villains costume contest back in May. After we were done freaking out about how excited we were, we started freaking out about what we were going to wear. 

To enter the contest the contestants had to create original characters. So you know what that meant, as judges we just HAD to create our own original characters. We had a very long email thread going between the three of us full of Etsy links and partial back stories. In the end, Bella Blackheart, Techno Babble and Ma’at, The Scribe were born… and cosplayed. 

Bella Blackheart 

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Origin Story: Bella is the daughter of a human woman and Shango, the African god of fire, lightning and thunder. Her mother died giving birth to her and she was raised by her father in the realm of the gods. Her father’s three wives, the goddesses Oshun, Oya and Oba, loathed Bella. She was a living reminder that their husband fell in love with a human woman.

Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThroughout her childhood, the wives tried to have dangerous “accidents” befall Bella, but her father, Shango, always protected her. After 16 years of living with Bella, the wives could not stand it anymore. One night they tried to kill Bella in her sleep. But, as they discovered, killing the daughter of a god isn’t easy. So instead of losing her life, she lost an eye. 

Bella escaped to the mortal world and took up residence in a small ghost town in the American West called Blackheart. Bella lived alone in the town for years, only venturing out to neighboring towns to get supplies and food. One day, a roaming group of assassins came to Blackheart and attempted to take over the town for themselves, but Bella wouldn’t have that. After a fierce battle Bella came out victorious. Impressed with her skills, the surviving assassins asked her to join them. Bella, being tired of the solitary life, accepted their offer. Over time, she became their leader and they became known as The Blackhearts, the most infamous band of assassins in the Americas.

Character Design: It all started with the eyepatch. I knew, whoever my character would eventually become, she would have an eyepatch. Because just like bow ties, eye patches are cool. I wanted her to look badass, mysterious and someone you wouldn’t want to fuck with. 

Bella’s overall costume design was inspired by Elle from Kill Bill, Ginny from Pretty Deadly and Death from East of West. I’ve never really been a fan of Westerns, but the comics Pretty Deadly and East of West sparked a love for the genre and the aesthetic.

Rachel as Techno Babble

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She’s a doomsprite that works for the super villain The Viral Menace. She travels via viral thought, loves meme culture and has the ability to screw with your tech just enough that it doesn’t work but not enough to look like it is broken.

Yissel as Ma’at, The Scribe

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Formerly Egypt’s personification of truth and justice, with scribes of her own. She’s been living among us for centuries in search of her stolen wings. All that she has of them is a single plume with which she writes events into existence, prepared to suffer the cost of her powers.

Introducing Geek Girl Brunch

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I’m excited to announce the launch of Geek Girl Brunch! GGB is a meetup group for geek girls who hang out over brunch. I’ve been working on this project for a while with my friends and co-founders, Yissel and Rachel.

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Geek Girl Brunch- Game of Thrones Edition

Origin Story 

In a galaxy far far away… some geek girls had brunch. A few actually, and since we had so much fun geeking out and sipping on mimosas we wanted it to become a bigger thing. After a few brunches we tossed around the idea that we wanted to start making Geek Girl Brunch a “bigger thing” and open it up to more geek girls. We didn’t want to keep all of this fun to just our group! 

A talking cat with a crescent moon on her head told Rachel, Yissel and I that we were the chosen founders of Geek Girl Brunch. We’ve watched enough anime to know that talking cats are completely normal and immediately accepted the mission. Geek girl extraordinaire and design magician Leslie did some moon prism power stuff to our blog and made it pretty and we are forever grateful! 

Themes

Screen shot 2014-06-02 at 5.27.03 PMWhen you get a group of geek girls who like to shop and cosplay it was inevitable that we’d find excuses to dress up to these events. That’s when the concept of themes was born. So far we’ve had themes of Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Lolita, Reverse Harem Anime and Game of Thrones. Next month our brunch theme will be ‘Magical Girls’ in celebration of the relaunch of Sailor Moon in July.

For our themed brunches we tend to cosplay or dress up based on the theme, it isn’t required at all, but it’s fun! Whenever possible, we have field trips related to our theme. For our Lolita brunch, we attended the Sakura Matsuri festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

On our blog, we dedicate each month to a different GGB theme. This gives us time to learn more about each theme and share our love about it with others. 

We are more than just geek girls drinking mimosas 

GGB is more than just a group of geek girls who eat bacon, drink mimosas and talk about anime boyfriends (although there’s nothing wrong with that). As women that live in the geek subculture online and IRL, we know how it isn’t always welcoming. With Geek Girl Brunch, we want to create an environment where identifying lady geeks can be themselves without fear of sexism, bigotry or ridicule. We hope to provide a safe space to give voice, create friendships and hang out! 

No Power in the ‘Verse Can Stop Us

The founders of GGB are NYC based, but we have dreams of expanding around the world and to alternate dimensions (when the technology becomes available). We plan to recruit officers in other cities to spread GGB around the globe.

If you’re interested in becoming an officer or have any questions about GGB email us at geekgirlbrunch@gmail.com. If you live in the NYC area and want to attend one of our brunches or meetups you can sign up here! Follow us to stay up to date on GGB news and meetups! 

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The very first Geek Girl Brunch

The very first Geek Girl Brunch

GGB judging the Wasabassco Burlesque Costume Contest cosplaying as original characters

GGB judging the Wasabassco Burlesque Costume Contest cosplaying as original characters

Sakura Matsuri @ Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Sakura Matsuri @ Brooklyn Botanical Garden

Lolita Selfie :3

Lolita Selfie :3

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Star Wars Brunch

Star Wars Brunch

Reverse Harem Anime Brunch (We are pretty much a J-pop boy band lol)

Reverse Harem Anime Brunch (We are pretty much a J-pop boy band lol)

Reverse Harem Anime Brunch

Reverse Harem Anime Brunch

Doctor Who Brunch

Doctor Who Brunch

Game of Thrones Brunch

Game of Thrones Brunch

Doctor Who Brunch

Doctor Who Brunch