Nerdvember Day 10: Hulk Smash

Inspiration: The big green guy who wouldn’t put up with a crappy Monday. RAWRRR!

Components: Green sweater. Purple tank top. Avengers earrings from Optimystical Studios I bought at Comikaze. And, of course, ripped jeans.

#Nerdvember Day 10: Hulk smash Mondays!!! #settostunning

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Challenges: Earrings. I don’t wear them usually. My piercings have closed long ago. These are clip-ons. So, not only I feel weird wearing earrings, they got uncomfortable after a few hours. Oh well. I tried.

Comment from Muggles: My coworker Alex saw my Instagram post and came over to say, “Hey ya, Hulk.” Aww!


Nerdvember Day 9: Long Live G4TV

Nostalgic inspiration: G4TV

Seriously. Other than me, who else still remember G4TV? Or even better, TECH TV?!?

Component: G4TV t-shirt I got from when I went to visit the set of Attack of the Show 4 years ago.

#Nerdvember Day 9: #G4 is dead. Long live G4. #settostunning Just lounging around in my favorite sleep tee.

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Challenges: Getting out of bed for this photo. Still recovering from the cold, man. Give me a break.

Nerdvember Day 7-8: Double Feature

Nerdvember Day 7: Firefly

#Nerdvember Day 7: Screw it. I’m wearing a t-shirt. It’s Friday! #Browncoats. #settostunning #firefly

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Components: California Browncoats t-shirt. Red long sleeve t-shirt for Captain Mal’s signature red shirt.

Challenges: It’s Friday. I’m lazy. But then, I went to work in that shirt for a few hours before I started feeling horrible and came home with a cold.

Nerdvember Day 8: Big Bang Theory’s Soft Kitty

#Nerdvember Day 8: I’m sick. Sing Soft Kitty to me. #settostunning #notsostunning #softkitty #bigbangtheory

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Components: Soft Kitty sleep shirt. And Soft Kitty.

Challenges: I have a cold so I’ve slept most of Saturday. Hey, at least I have something nerdy to sleep in!


Nerdvember Day 6: Galaxy Quest

Inspiration: Tawny Madison of Galaxy Quest.

Components: Red scoop neck. Grey hoodie. Star pennant my mom gave me. (Real diamond in the middle, yo!) And for the hell of it, Star Wars shoes.

Challenges: I realized that I really don’t have that many geek accessories which sometimes could make putting together these outfits a bit of a challenge.

Comment from Muggles: After I told them this was inspired by Galaxy Quest: “I have never seen that show when it was on.” Point. Match.


Nerdvember Day 5: Indiana Jones

Inspiration: Indiana Jones and the Lost Ark

Components: White tank top. White button down shirt. Khaki. Brown leather jacket. Keffiyeh-ish hand-woven scarf from Thailand.

#Nerdvember Day 5: Indiana Jones. A lazy one. LOL #settostunning

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Challenges: Southern California weather is swinging like a teenage girl’s mood. So, I couldn’t possibly wear the jacket AND the scarf at the same time. But that’s okay though. I don’t want to wear a leather jacket indoor when it’s 90F outside, and the scarf was just perfect to protect me from the arctic chill of the office AC.

Comment from Muggles: I was expecting at least a “nice scarf” from someone but nope. :)


#Nerdvember: a Creative Challenge

I’ve learned about #Nerdvember from my network of geek girls about a week before Halloween.

#NERDVEMBER is a month-long contest we run over on Instagram. Participants are challenged to post a photo of themselves in a geek-themed outfit every single day of November. Outfits can range from something obviously geeky like wearing a Batman shirt or Star Wars leggings, or more vague, like an outfit inspired by a character through the use of a specific color palette.

Of course, I’m in.

But I’m not in it for the prize. I’m in it because I’m a geek.

And I need motivation to blog. (Sorry. But it’s true!)

The first few days was easy enough since it was the weekend. But I found myself on Monday morning struggling to put something together.

Instead of taking the easy way out and wear my standard uniform of geeky t-shirt and jeans everyday, I decided to issue myself a challenge of NOT wearing 2 geeky t-shirts in a row during the work week.

So let’s see how far we can go before I break. ;-)

And now, to catch up.

Day 1: Jasmine/Aladdin

November 1 conveniently was Comikaze Expo where I was running around with my Disney Swap cosplay group as Jasmine/Aladdin. I hope they count my cosplay as one.

First day of #nerdvember: cosplay! #Comikaze #DisneySwap

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Day 2: Avengers

Post-Con bad-hair day easy way out. Avengers baseball hat and the brand new Captain America t-shirt I got from Comikaze.

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Day 3: Fluttershy

This was the day I realized I was in deep doo-doo with the creative process. I had a schedule to keep that day, and the outfit I planned while I was in the shower completely did not work in real life.  Just as I was about to give up and reached for a t-shirt, I caught a glimpse of my underwear.

My ThinkGeek My Little Pony underwear.

Light bulb!

Fluttershy is my spirit animal. #nerdvember #settostunning #mylittlepony #geekfashion

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So, while I was running errands, I started an Evernote document and jotted down my ideas of what to try to put together next.

Day 4: Jayne Cobb

This outfit was going to be a little different, actually. I DO have a Jayne Cobb hoodie that I bought from ThinkGeek years ago, but I decided to save that for my other Firefly t-shirt. So I went with this one instead. Pretty cunning, don’t you think?  (My favorite fingerless gloves from Pandoras Kloset.)

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We’ll just have to see if this is sustainable for the next 26 days INCLUDING Thanksgiving.

Do you think I can make it? Follow along!