Outfit of the Day: Studio Ghibli Susuwatari

So, before I talk about how in love I fell with this Soot Sprite dress by Her Universe, I have a little anecdote to tell regarding one of the props in my outfit photos.  About six years ago my brother brought home this tiny little seed for a taro plant from Cornell.  He planted it in a little pot and my mom took care of it while he was away at school and my brother promised to take it to his future dwelling once he graduated college and moved.  Well, it’s been six years now and this tiny little seed grew into a giant monstrosity which overtakes our dining room and my brother has shown no sign of removing it anytime soon.  If you sit on the right side of the table you will either 1) not be able to get to your seat without going completely around the other side and / or 2) you will constantly be hit in the face with Taro leaves.  My mom is constantly cutting stalks off when they grow too unruly and as soon as I saw one my immediate thought was AH TOTORO LEAF! It fits perfectly with this outfit and I now have a slight appreciation for the plant (but of course, I won’t tell my brother that).

And now for the fashion part.  This Soot Sprite dress is exclusive to Hot Topic and as I mentioned before, it was love at first sight.  It’s such a subtle and attractive print and I love how it incorporates such bright neon colors as accents yet manages to remain neutral since the dominant colors are shades of grey, black and white.   Susuwatari is Japanese for wandering soot which translated to soot sprite in the Studio Ghibli films Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro.  Just putting this outfit on has put me in the mood for a Ghibli marathon!  Which is your favorite film?

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Dress: Her Universe @ Hot Topic | Shoes: Melissa (no longer available) | Totoro Phone Case: eBay

Earrings: Gift | Belt: Forever 21 (similar) | Necklace: Nordstrom (similar)

Photos by Andrew Gallagher

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Fashion Finds: The Best of Force Friday Fashion

Yesterday was one of the most exciting days in years for Star Wars fans since we all got to come together and celebrate Force Friday!  I can’t even put into words how excited I am for The Force Awakens and I love that Disney put the forethought into releasing all of the amazing merchandise on the same day in every store around the country because it was honestly just the best idea.  There was such a strong sense of community on all forms of social media and my heart smiled every single time I came across a BB-8 photo or video (which was really often!).  The only difficulty people came across was not being able to find the Covergirl x Star Wars collection but there was so much other amazing stuff to make up for it (no pun intended) that I don’t mind waiting anything week or so to celebrate my love of Star Wars again.  Here are my favorite pieces that were released for the big day (the only non-fashion item included is the Sphero BB-8 because OBVIOUSLY that droid had to be on here)!  Information about where to buy everything I included below can be found on Polyvore.

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Fangirl Fashions {The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy Blog Tour & Guest Post by Sam Maggs}

I’m so excited to have Sam Maggs here on the blog today with a guest post about Fangirl fashions in honor of her new book which debuted earlier this week, The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy.  I’ll be posting a full review later in the month, but I can tell you right now that Sam’s book is an absolute MUST READ for all Fangirls.  She covers topics like cosplay, feminism, fanfic and most importantly, how to beat internet trolls.  Also, IT’S SO PRETTY.  I showed off the inside cover of the book during my April Book Haul and May TBR videos and I still cannot get over how gorgeous this book is.  (Sam actually interviewed me and my best friend Melissa for the book and she posted our advice on the QuirkBooks blog last week!)

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Favorite Fangirl Fashions

We might still be asking #WheresNatasha, but there’s no doubt that life for a fashionable fangirl has gotten a lot easier lately. Gone are the days of being relegated to wearing oversized men’s shirts with boring prints; thanks to some innovative and brilliant women, we’ve got clothing for every shape and size lady fan. Here are some of my very favorite fangirl fashions!

Her Universe

Started by Ashley Eckstein (who you might know better as Ahsoka Tano), Her Universe carries clothes from Star Trek to Star Wars, Doctor Who, Marvel, and more. They offer a wide range of sizes, so you never have to worry about fit, and their items are incredibly well-made. Plus, Ashley is an absolute delight and truly cares about female fans more than anyone else I know.

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Favorite Item: The TARDIS Cardigan.

WeLoveFine

WLF is a huge online retailer that has really stepped up for lady fans. When everyone else was flaking out after Ultron, WLF came out with their very own line of items for girls who love the Avengers (and who doesn’t?). They also sell items for fans of Adventure Time, Bee & Puppycat, Bravest Warriors, Marvel, Jem, Lumberjanes, and even The Mary Sue!

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Favorite Item: The Captain Marvel Sweater.

Hot Topic

Whoa, yes, I know you haven’t shopped here since your goth phase in high school (it’s cool, we all had one). But seriously, you need to go back, because they are all about fandoms these days. They have some great Sailor Moon merch, but my two favorite lines from them right now are Penny Dreadful and Orphan Black. I need it all.

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Favorite Item: The Penny Dreadful Scorpion Print Dress

GoldBubble

A super-small company run by two fans, GoldBubble is the best competitor to BlackMilk out there – and they really care about their fans, too. I have a great pair of Han Solo leggings from these guys, and so does my mom – they fit all different fangirls! They sometimes put out super limited edition items (like a BB8 dress for Star Wars Day) so keep an eye on their site.

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Favorite Item: The Sherlock-inspired Bored A-Line Dress

Espionage Cosmetics

Your nails have to look good too, right ladies? This adorable company based in Seattle makes nail wraps for basically every fandom, and they’re super easy to use – just peel, stick, file, and you’re good to go (though I like to seal mine with a top coat). To make them last longer, pick up a humidor and stick your extra wraps in there they’ll last ages! They also have eyeshadows and lipsticks on offer too, so check it all out.

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Favorite Item: Borderlands The Pre-Sequel Glitter Nail Wraps

Did I miss your favorite fangirl fashion? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @SamMaggs!

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Don’t forget to pick up a copy of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy!

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And if you see Sam at a convention, be sure to say hi! If you’re nice, she might even sign your book for you :-D

Kristin

Cinderella Merchandise Roundup

I’ve been really looking forward to seeing Cinderella in theaters ever since the moment I laid eyes on that gorgeous glass slipper.  Cinderella is by no means my favorite Disney princess, but I do really enjoy her color palette and the fashion choices her fairy godmother makes for her.  The new live action adaptation of the classic story has inspired a wide variety of new merchandise so I decided to round up some of the best things currently available.

MAC + Cinderella – That lipstick though!  This collection is currently available online.

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Jimmy Choo + Cinderella – Currently on display in store at Saks Fifth Avenue and you can order a custom pair.

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LC Lauren Conrad + Cinderella – I love love love the glass slipper sweater and the pretty blue tulle skirt.  This collection is currently available online and in-store at Kohl’s.

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Morgan Taylor + Cinderella – The nail art they created for this collection is SO pretty!  Currently available online.

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Cinderella Limited Edition Fine China Set – This tea set is stunning! It comes packed in a pastel blue box and each of the pieces is laid in blue satin.  Currently available online.

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Hot Topic + Cinderella – My favorite piece from this collection is the glass slipper necklace.  Currently available online

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