Friday, October 17, 2014

Five Fandom Friday: Characters I'd Love To Dress Up As For Halloween

5 Fandom Friday time, ya'll. This week's is probably my favorite topic to discuss. I love costumes, dress-up, masquerades, etc. I have two boxes (so far) of random costume stuff I've collected and kept. I'm that girl that dresses up for midnight showings, the Renn Faire, Disneybounds, and somehow manages to put together an okay costume with pretty much nothing. So, here are the top five characters I'd love to go as for Halloween but somehow haven't. Images are linked to their sources.

1. Inque from Batman Beyond
Batman Beyond was a close runner up to Batman the Animated Series in my young life and Inque was one of my absolute favorite characters. This costume would be super easy to do, black body suit with the face circled white, but I've never done it.

2. Sabriel from Garth Nix's Abhorsen series
I fell in love with this series when a friend recommended it to me in junior high. It was dark and Sabriel was a badass and there was still enough romance to make my teenage heart sing. I have wanted to wear that tunic with the keys and a bandoleer of bells since.

3. Sailor Senshi Crossovers
This is more of a category because there are too many to choose. I love anything Sailor Moon related but when it comes to costumes, I am enamored of Sailor Senshi crossovers. Xailor Senshi (X-Men in fukus) and Sailor Steampunk are some of my particular favorites. These four are my top picks: Steampunk Sailor Pluto, Xailor Shadowcat, Punk Sailor Uranus (a.k.a. Space Pirate), and Steampunk Sailor Jupiter. I'm actually planning a Xailor Shadowcat costume for next Halloween by modifying a Sailor Uranus costume. 

4. Haunted Mansion Maid
I'm not sure I can adequately express my love of the Haunted Mansion and Phantom Manor. I've wanted to be a cast member at Haunted Mansion from the age of six. And just look at their winter gear! Bat shawls!!

5. The Rocketeer
I've seen a lot of female Rocketeer cosplays and costumes but I've also noticed a distinct lack of pants involved in them. In my dream Rocketeer costume, riding breeches are included because I like my thighs to be warm. 

6. I do things in sixes!! Anna's coronation dress from Frozen
That dress. GAH. I love it. I'd just wear it around the house.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Five Fandom Friday: Geeky Clothing Items I Need in My Closet Immediately

Week 2 of 5 Fandom Friday from The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. Geeky clothing is a passion into which I don't invest nearly enough money. I have a lot of freedom in my work wardrobe and I really ought to be taking advantage. In any event, my wishlist is top but these are the 5 I am dying for right out of the gate.

This Sailor scarf from ShopofManyThings on Etsy.
There used to be postings for all of the senshi and I am DYING for a Sailor Jupiter or Sailor Pluto scarf.

GUH! Haunted Mansion is my jam and this dress is just the cutest!

I love ALL of RoobyLane's skirts but I particularly want this book skirt.

Ginger Rogers wore a dress like this in Swing Time, one of my favorite movies, and I was over the moon when I saw this replica on Bbeauty79's Etsy shop. At 2,500 though, it's a little steep for me to manage.

Okay, fifth place is a tie...because I NEED both of these...

Her Universe sells this amazing Cap cardi and Trendy Legs has these text tights.

Excuse me while I go drool over all the geek things! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Five Fandom Friday: Gateway Fandoms That Made Me Who I Am Today

So, obviously, I've been super active here. I've meant to keep up with posting my Disneybound Fridays but that has just not been feasible. In an effort to bring some life to this arid wilderness of the blogosphere, I've decided to join in The Nerdy Girlie's 5 Fandom Fridays during October.

Today's five are the five gateway fandoms that made me who I am today.

1. The Chronicles of Narnia
I can no longer remember which came first, having C.S. Lewis' classic children's series read to me or watching the BBC/Wonderworks mini-series. Regardless, Aslan and the Pevensies have stuck with me to this day and shaped much of who I've become, including majoring in theological studies in undergrad.

2. White Christmas --> Vintage Everything
This may seem like an odd choice but bear with me. Our family tradition is to watch White Christmas every year on Christmas Eve. I grew up in love with Vera Ellen's full circle skirts, the dancing, the music. I can pinpoint my love of 50's fashion to White Christmas and so I honor it as the gateway to my love of vintage movies, music, and clothes. There are other classics films more dear to my heart but White Christmas is surely the origination.

3. Mystery Science Theater 3000
This was a family fandom. We watched a lot of geek/nerd/cult classics - Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spaceballs, The Princess Bride - but MST3K was a thing unto itself and taught me how to properly snark through any film.

4. Sailor Moon
We didn't have cable when I was a kid, so I didn't actually watch an episode of Sailor Moon until I was 13 or 14, when my older brother had mercy on me and recorded a few onto VHS. But at the tender age of 10 or 11, the internet brought unto me images of Sailor Moon, plot synopses, and the strongest gateway drug of them all FANFICTION. Which, of course, led deeper down the rabbit hole to ONLINE RPGS. Sailor Moon is, by far, the fandom that led to the most other fandoms. Sailor Moon taught me that being a girly girl in no way hinders you from being a strong woman.

5. Disney
Oof, I struggled a lot with this last one. Disney must have its place on this list, though it almost transcends being a fandom for me. There's not a clear Disney beginning that I can delineate. I have the music from the Main Street Electrical Parade imprinted in my blood. My Patronus may or may not be a mouse.

Fandoms of Honorable Note:
Bride & Prejudice, which led to my love affair with Bollywood and KDrama. 
The X-Men and Batman animated series, which led to my love of comics and superheroes

Friday, May 9, 2014

Playing Catch-up

Whew, okay. It's been a busy few weeks with Easter and the week after that I was at my brother's wedding in Texas. Miss Right & I have been Disneybounding each Friday but we don't always manage to get pictures, which drives me up the wall. I will shortly be posting the pictures we do have of our Disneybounds from April 18th, 25th, May 2nd, and today.

I dyed my hair black this past weekend:

which seems to have had a very strange effect on my personality, as I have felt really content and delighted with most aspects of my life this past week. I haven't been depressed, per se, but if you had asked a few weeks ago how I felt about my life in general, I would have said I was happy but and then there would be a litany of minuscule things I'd like to change. I still have petty things that irk me (have you seen the weeds in my backyard??) but, this week at least, they haven't irked me like they normally do. It's like coming out of a funk. A funk that, when last counted, has been a couple of months in the running. Needless to say, I'm over the moon about it. I feel energized and happy. I like my house, even with its unmown backyard and that dead bush in the front yard and all those wolf spiders I have to kill. I love my Buddy Holly and Peter Cottontail, even though taking care of them means I run my dishwasher every night and currently have no less than three loads of clean laundry piled on the couch, waiting to be folded. I love my job even! And there are some really exciting things going on there in the near future. I have two awesome pen pals, a whole community of fantastic geek women that I'm honored to know on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. I have great friends at work and for DND nights. I get to go to the Renaissance Fair this year! I'm happy.

And, there's lots to look forward to this Summer too. Because Miss Right will be moving away in the Fall to begin Post-graduate life, we have a bucket list of things to do. Movie marathons, Pop's soda shop, vintage clothing sales, and the drive-in, to name a few. I don't know what I'll do without her when she's gone but she'll still be sending me her Friday Disneybounds.

On the way home tonight, I'm thinking it's take-out and maybe a stop at the liquor store for Tea-infused vodka or gin, to make a really good tonic. Buddy Holly and I need to rewatch the X-men Trilogy & First Class before Days of Future Past comes out. And we just started Pushing Daisies. And I need to finish my Sailor Moo rewatch. 

How's your neck o' the woods.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Disneybound 4/11

Disneybounding as Nancy from Enchanted. I was planning on wearing a ruffled ivory top and a sage green sweater but it was so hot today I opted for a knit top.

And Stitch! Turns out one of our co-workers has a ukulele in his office but we'd already taken photographs and Miss Right had gone for the day. Bugger!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Disneybound 4/3

The curl of her lips, the ice in her stare.
All innocent children had better beware.
She's like a spider waiting for the kill.
Look out for Cruella de Vil.

(Doesn't she look AMAZING?!)

 "But then she's never looked at me that way before."

Disneybound 3/28

Spring is finally in the air, so we went outside for pictures again. Our inspirations were Roz from Monsters Inc. and Mushu from Mulan this week. I think my favorite part of Roz was the make-up. I waited to do this Disneybound until I got my new cateye glasses and, though it's hard to tell in this picture, I only did a miniature cupid's bow of lipstick and added a mole to my chin.  

"I'm watching you Wazowski."
"Dishonor on you! Dishonor on your cow!"