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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Etsy Shop I’m Obsessed With This Week: Word To Your Unicorn

My fellow geek girl blogger and good friend Leslie Stewart, also happens to operate one of my all time favorite Etsy shops, Word to Your Unicorn.  Leslie sells post cards, greeting cards, and stickers which were inspired by her geeky and kawaii interests.  She keeps adding more and more to her shop and I always find myself favoriting every new item.  I’m especially obsessed with her recent Studio Ghibli and Sailor Moon designs.  I’m also loving the minimalist Avengers postcards which resemble Pantone color cards, and I dare you to look at the Dalek’s Need Love Too postcards without immediately wishing you could hug one of Doctor Who’s adversaries.  It’s fitting that Leslie would be impressing us with her designs in the form of postcards and greeting cards, because she’s also one of the co-creators of the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club.  If you haven’t already joined, I highly suggest you do!  It’s a great way to make a new geeky friend, preserve the lost art of letter writing, and of course, get excited for geeky surprised in your daily snail mail delivery!  Leslie is uber talented and when she’s not busy designing new stationary, she’s blogging all of her clever thoughts on her new site Leslie IRL.  I have a bunch of Leslie’s stationary but I love it too much to send to anyone =^.^=

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