Your Vest Friend

Southwestern Vest and Peanuts Shirt

It may seem like I’m always dressing up for work or going out, but when it comes to days where I’m just relaxing or hanging out with friends, I guarantee you that you’ll find me in an outfit like this. I love a good throwback tee and Peanuts definitely takes me back to the days of Sunday comics, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and Vince Guaraldi tunes. Paired with a hooded puffer vest, I’m in my ultimate comfort zone. Vests are definitely one of my go-to items in the winter – they’re warm without the bulk and easily go with everything! What’s your go-to winter item?

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Days of Future Past

Jim Lee Xmen Hoodie with Sheer Blouse and Panel Leggings

You probably know this by now, but I am a sucker for all Jim Lee art. It’s what got me into comics in the first place and to this day, I am still in awe of it (see what happened at SDCC this past summer). I was first exposed to his art in the early ’90s when a friend of mine showed me the X-Men series 2 card set. I had never seen anything like it and was hooked on comics from that point on. Comic art became my new inspiration for drawing and my weekly conversation with the comic shop owner was, “Is there any new Jim Lee stuff?”. Jim Lee has had an amazing career in comics and although everything he draws is gold, some of my favorite art of his is still the relaunch of the X-Men comics – how he made all the heroes look cool and all the women look like sexy badasses. This hoodie definitely celebrates those days and takes me back to some good times when all I cared about was those long summer days, video games, hanging out with friends, and what comics were coming my way. :)

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Dressing up Batman

Preppy Batman Sweatshirt and chambray shirt

Although it’s not impossible to be comfortable and dressed up, it’s something that challenges me on a daily basis. For example, take your basic sweatshirt (or not so basic comic book one), which screams to be worn with some sweatpants or just thrown on with some jeans. I am regularly resisting that urge and trying to find ways to not only wear these kind of tops to work, but also to figure out more than one way to wear them. A collared shirt (such as a chambray shirt) is one of the most basic things you can wear under a geeky sweatshirt or top to dress it up.  And for a slightly dressier touch, try some statement jewelry or dressier bottoms such as trousers, a skirt, or these tuxedo stripe pants. So what kind of challenges do you guys have wearing geeky stuff to work? Are there any geeky items that you find difficult to dress up?

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Following the Rules

Nirvana Tank with Leather Jacket and Lace skirtI typically never make New Year’s Resolutions. It’s not that I don’t believe in them, but I definitely don’t want to make a resolution just for the sake of making one. That doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in setting goals and following through though, especially when it comes to art projects or cosplay, which on a side note may have something to do with why I am also a Project Manager in “real life”. So going back to goals, this year I actually did get to thinking about some goals – at least for this blog.

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Warm and Fuzzy New Year

Velvet Shorts with Tights and Boots

Happy New Year, everyone! I took a much needed break from blogging last week to catch up on sleep, beat some games, and watch a ton of movies. Of course, I also got sick and am now lying on my couch fighting a cold among other things! Either way, I wanted to start the new year off with some warm fuzzies, especially in this mohair cardigan and these velvet shorts. I love how these warmer fabrics are great for the cold weather and add some texture to your wardrobe, but without the bulk! What are your cold weather must-haves?

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Star Wars Christmas

DIY Stormtrooper Christmas SweaterI don’t know what it is about the holidays, but I’m always in the mood to make things during this time. Sure, I work on cosplay throughout a lot of the year, but once Halloween is over, I tend to take a long break from costume making and focus on other crafts, whether they are Haunted Mansion inspired wreaths or Gingerbread AT-ATs. Today’s project came about after realizing I had too many clothes and too many black pullovers. I suddenly had the idea to turn my plain black sweatshirt into something more geeky and festive for the holidays and thus the Stormtrooper Christmas sweater was born!

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Hoth Sweet Hoth

Star Wars Hoth Ugly Christmas SweaterEver since I found this Hoth inspired “ugly Christmas sweater”, I haven’t been able to stop wearing it. My favorite Star Wars vehicle just happens to be an AT-AT and after some confusion as to why there was an AT-ST on the sweater, I later found out that they do in fact make a brief appearance in The Empire Strikes Back. So in the end, all was right in the Star Wars world and I was once again content with my new Christmas sweater. I am finding as many excuses as I can to wear this as much as possible this season, which includes at least one holiday party where I’ll be wearing this outfit. There may be a lot going on from top to bottom, but I figure with the holidays, people will understand. :)

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