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Geeky Chic Nostalgia

I’ve been having so much fun participating in Set To Stunning‘s #nerdvember. The nerdy-themed outfit of the day Instagram contest got me thinking about two of my favorite chic geek outfits from the past.

First up is the outfit I wore for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special: my Her Universe Red Dalek Dress with my black & white cardigan and some villain inspired jewelry including my Adipose earrings and a [Max] Capricorn necklace.

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The other, is the first time I wore my Sherlock ‘Bored’ A-Line Dress from Gold Bubble Clothing. My yellow Converse All Stars and yellow belt looked smashing with the yellow smiley face and my Sherlock Holmes “The game is afoot – Sir Conan Arthur Doyle” necklace from Hot Topic completed the look. (I even got props via Instgram & Twitter from Gold Bubble Clothing’s Creative Director (cosplayer and Set To Stunning Blogger), Victoria Schmidt!)

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Thanks for reading! And please check out my #nerdvember 2014 Master Post! Love, GK

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The Riddler :: Steampunk/Burlesque

Every year, I eagerly await Halloween. Most of the time, months prior, I know exactly what I’m being and exactly how I’ll put my costume together. This year, that wasn’t the case. I looked forward to the holiday as normal but I had no idea what I wanted to dress up as. (This proved to be incredibly stressful) Now, one Halloween costume is never enough and each year, I dress up in at least two costumes for different events but there is always a “main” costume, the big one. This year, in addition to my A Clockwork Orange and Nerdy 1950’s Playboy Bunny costumes, I put together a pretty kick-ass Steampunk/Burlesque Riddler costume. I brainstormed the costume, accumulated all the necessary pieces and supplies, and constructed my costume in less than 48 hours. If there’s one thing I do well, it’s put together an amazing costume. Here’s how I did it this time:

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On the left: all the items I bought for this costume – a lime green jacket from goodwill for $2, purple mask, mini purple and black topcoat, “steampunk” goggles, metal buttons and chain link from Wal-Mart (about $20 total), purple gloves and bowtie from Party City (about $8). I also bought a black tutu but didn’t end up using it with this costume. The purple tights from Target pictured with the purchased items, I actually had in my sock and tights drawer but they originally cost about $3.

One the right: all the items I already had – black corset, long black sheer skirt, lime green lace bra, lime green and white thigh-high stockings, short black shorts and white garter belt.

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On my previously mentioned trip to Wal-Mart for costume supplies, I also picked up some pray paint, fabric dye, ribbon, glitter and iron-on question marks (that I also didn’t end up using). I had more purple spray paint, fabric glue and stencils. I got to work.

I spray painted the metal buttons, chain link and goggles. I also spray painted purple ?s on the jacket. (Unhappy with the spray job on the goggles, I ended up painting them again by hand with acrylic paints and sealing with a glossy clear coat)

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I sewed the buttons and segments of the chain to the front of the jacket. (I sewed on four of the above pictured sets total). Using the lime green fabric dye, I set out to transform the white garter belt and stockings. This was the second time I ever attempted to use fabric dye and this was the second time it completely didn’t work. On the package it states that best results are not achieved on synthetic fabrics like nylon but you would assume it would work a little. No. As soon as I rinse the garments the color rinses completely out as if it weren’t dyed at all. I went with my usual means of dyeing to get this job done: Sharpies.

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For those of you who have never used the heaven-sent miracle instruments, Sharpies, to dye synthetics, allow me a brief tutorial:

1.) gather Sharpies in necessary colors

2.) pull Sharpies apart and remove ink-thingys

3.) slice ink-thingys open

Now, in the past I have mixed and made various shades buy combining Sharpie “ink-thingys” in squeeze bottles full of rubbing alcohol. I use these solutions to dye wigs usually. (And it works freaking fantastic!) This time, I threw these ink-thingys into a shallow pot of boiling water after removing from heat and then added the lingerie. I let them soak for about 10 minutes which was probably way more time than even necessary (compared to the hour time with that good-for-nothing fabric dye).

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I absolutely loved the way the garter belt came out! The stockings looked great too, an enhanced version of their original state. Thrown all together, a little pinch here and a little altering there, here is the final product (the back of the skirt isn’t well shown but its very bustley back there and when the front in hiked just a tad higher than seen below, the green garter belt really pops):

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So that’s that. My 2014 Halloween costume: Steampunk/Burlesque inspired Riddler. I’ll definitely have to post an update with more detailed pictures of the whole costume and my makeup under that mask. I was extremely proud of my brainchild and how it all came to fruition. I’m pretty badass sometimes. The only disappointment with my costume this year is that NPH totally had to steal my shine. He has cuter accessories anyway; I don’t have a foxy husband or adorable twins…

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Thanks for reading!

Love, GK

My sister snapped this pic of me when she woke up for work early Tuesday morning to find me on the back porch working away after an all-nighter. When she opened the door she said, with true honesty, “You’re insane.” My initial reaction was to spit out some reasons to the contrary but I couldn’t find the words and after some sudden self realization, I had to agree with a “…yeah.”

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DIY :: Bored Sherlock Clutch

Last night, I was feeling bored and crafty and still obsessing over my Sherlock inspired dress from Gold Bubble Clothing. When my sister asked if I wanted to join her in a late night trip to Wal-Mart for some things, I started browsing the craft aisles. I spotted felt squares in an elegant black and white pattern similar to Mr. Holmes’ wallpaper and I knew what I wanted to create: a Sherlock Clutch Purse. I picked up all the necessary supplies right there and then for less than $20. Here’s what I needed:

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  • $10.00 – Thick, boxy wallet
  • $0.97 – Felt Square (I bought 4, just in case, but only used 1)
  • $2.47 – Loctite Super Glue
  • $4.94 – Krylon Spray Paint in ‘Sun Yellow’

Before starting the project, I made my own smiley face stencil out of some water color paper (any sturdy paper or card stock will work.)

After cutting the felt square win half, I roughly measured each piece with each side of the wallet to get an idea of how much to trim. Once I felt comfortable with how much fabric I was working with, I began glueing the fabric to the wallet starting at the the bottom and stretching it to the top. Then, much like wrapping a present, I glued the sides while folding the corders in.

photo 2Once the fabric was attached on all sides and the glue had dried, I was ready to spray the smiley face on. I attached my stencil and made sure the rest of the wallet wasn’t exposed either. I sprayed on one coat, let dry, then, sprayed on another coat. Of course, the felt absorbed the paint quickly and I spray quite a bit of paint each coat.

I like the outcome! I’m not too bothered by the imperfections (mainly, the less than perfect edges and sloppy looking smile.) Next time, and I do believe I will be making another one of these in the future, I’ll know how to improve upon its construction. Most important amendment: making the smiley face stencil thinner to take into account the spreading of the paint on the fabric.

photo 1Glueing the fabric to the wallet took the most time but I managed to start and finish this totally Sherlockian Clutch Purse in less than the time it took me to watch The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story on Lifetime. (Did anyone fact-check Screetch’s “memories”?)

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Thanks for reading! If you make your own Bored Purse (headband, shorts, sneakers, whatever) I’d love to see! Great things can sometimes manifest out of boredom. Love, GK

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Sherlock Bored Dress

Many weeks ago, before SDCC, I ordered the Bored A-Line dress from Gold Bubble Clothing’s Sherlock Holmes collection. Through all the Doctor Who activities, I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet. I want to begin by saying that the customer service team at Gold Bubble is impeccable! I wrote to then requesting to receive my order before SDCC (under the guise that I was actually planning on attending SDCC) and the team went out of their way to email and text me while they were attending SDCC to get me my fabulous dress. Of course, not being at the convention, or even in the same time zone, I didn’t get my order early. But they tried, hard!

So a couple of weeks ago I received a second order from them. They sent me a second Bored A-Line dress!! I wrote to customer service about exchanging my second dress for another dress from The Sherlock Holmes Collection and it was no problem. I sent back the second dress and received the Deductions A-Line Dress today! So exciting!!! Now that I have two fantastic frocks to show my Sherlock love, I had to wear one tonight while out for drinks. Here’s how I wore my Bored A-Line:

photo 1I paired my dress with a thin yellow belt to accentuate the yellow smiley face on the chest and my yellow converse all stars. To add extra Sherlock to my look, I wore my “The Game Is Afoot” necklace that I found at Hot Topic.

photo 2This is one of my favorite dresses that I’ve ever owned! It fits so perfectly and I love how feminine it is. Only a true Sherlock fan would even be able to spot this fangirl fashion must-have! Check out the entire Sherlock Holmes Collection from Gold Bubble Clothing!

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

 

 

Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley

 

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A week ago, today, I visited the brand new, Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley at Universal Studios, Orlando! I’m so fortunate to have the friends I have for making this incredible dream of a day come true. When we woke up Tuesday morning, we greeted the day with news that the super-awesome-all access-pass-card was obtained and available for our use to enter and play in the park! Ron, Nicki and I met up with Brad at Islands of Adventure to obtain this “golden key” a hopped on the Hogwarts Express at Hogsmeade Station. Having explored Hogsmeade multiple times in the past, we were eager to get to Diagon Alley.

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Fancy status: The three of us were granted our own car on the train for our trip to London upon Brad’s polite request after not waiting even a moment in line. Phones and cameras weren’t allowed on the train, but we managed to snap a quick couple before the ride really got going. After a delightful trip into the city, we arrived at Kings Cross Station.

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The station felt real. And I hadn’t even seen the best part of Kings Cross yet… And then we turned a corner. We were in Diagon Alley. I promised myself I wouldn’t but I couldn’t control myself and tears welled up (a couple may or may not have escaped.)

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There are shops everywhere! And all of the details surround you! You are in a completely different world. You’re in the Wizarding World. You’re in Diagon Alley.

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I simply couldn’t contain myself. After some exploring, we ventured into Knockturn Alley. Never have I ever wanted to be Slytherin more than there and then. It was absolutely incredible! I even did some dark mark shopping at Borgin and Burkes.

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DIagon Alley had lots of really amazing shops including Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, Magical Menagerie (pet shop) and a Quiddich Shop. One particularly beautiful store was Wiseacre’s Wizarding Equipment.

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Being super-duper VIP did have one downfall. Because we don’t wait in lines, I didn’t get to experience the queue for Escape from Gringotts the ride. From what I understand it is completely breathtaking, taking you through the grand bank lobby and into an elevator. I look forward to experiencing that on a future visit. The ride was pretty fun! It could’ve ended a bit more exciting but overall I really enjoyed it.

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Connecting and disguising Diagon Alley from the rest of Universal Studios is [Harry Potter’s] London. The shrunken head on the knightbus hit on me which was awesome and I got to see Kreacher in the window of 12 Grimmauld Place.

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While on the Universal Studios side we also rode the new-ish Transformers ride. It was my first time on that one and we grabbed lunch at Moe’s Tavern in Springfield. We headed back to Kings Cross Station for our trip back to Hogsmeade and this is where I realized just how amazing Kings Cross Station was here. We got to blatantly skip a super crazy packed line and I shouted “silly muggles!” at the on-lookers (rather, hard-starers and stink-face-makers).

Back in Hogsmeade, I did some more shopping and we rode Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. (We skipped Flight of the Hippogriff this time around.)

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I had such an incredible time! I can’t thank Ron and Brad enough for making this trip not only possible but also so special with the VIP treatment. I already can’t wait to go back and when I do, I’m going to eat my way through the Wizarding World.

During the day, I took a lot of random videos. I put a few of them together and as long as you don’t mind shoddy camerawork and up-the-nose shots, enjoy a peek at my very first time visiting Diagon Alley.

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

In honor of my very first trip to Diagon Alley, I wanted to share some throwback shots of my first trip to Hogsmeade. I would’ve had to break out one of my other hard drives to share all my favorite pictures from that day and I simply didn’t feel like it. Instead I threw in some pics from another one of the times I visited the Wizarding World – Hogsmeade/Hogwarts in the past.

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