This week Nerd in the City is giving away a T-shirt provided graciously by To Write Love On Her Arms and can be seen in this week’s episode of So… This Happened (Click Here to see.) Worn quite handsomely by the very talented Reid Lyle.
If you’ve never heard of TWLOHA before then I encourage you to check out there website: TWLOHA.com and learn more about the amazing work they are doing.
“TO WRITE LOVE ON HER ARMS IS A NON-PROFIT MOVEMENT DEDICATED TO PRESENTING HOPE AND FINDING HELP FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH DEPRESSION, ADDICTION, SELF-INJURY, AND SUICIDE. TWLOHA EXISTS TO ENCOURAGE, INFORM, INSPIRE, AND ALSO TO INVEST DIRECTLY INTO TREATMENT AND RECOVERY.”
To be entered for this giveaway just leave a comment here, on Instagram, or on Facebook and let us know what it is you are thankful for. The holidays are such a joyous time, but they can also be stressful. It’s important to stop and take a moment to remember what it is we’re celebrating and why we’re thankful to be alive.
Giveaway winner will be chosen on Monday at noon. So good luck! And thanks for following. I’m so thankful for the chance to share my thoughts with all of you!!
Ever since I was 2 years old and my mom stuck a pair of white tights stuffed with cotton on my head and called them “bunny ears” I’ve had or made my own Halloween costume. There’s something special about finding all the pieces and putting them together to make your costume. It means more. It has more value, than some store bought concoction. Here’s a look at Costumes of Future’s Past…
Ok this last one was totally store bought… but how cute are we!!!
That being said, not every one out there is a maven of the homemade, do-it-yourself realm. I get it. Who has the time? As I’ve gotten older, it has gotten harder some years. But I make myself try! And this year I decided to do Frida Khalo.
I did her hair for one of my 30 Days of Nerdy Hair series and loved how it turned out. (Make sure to check back starting November 1st for a brand new series of 30 Days of Nerdy Hair!!)
So I thought, why not try the whole thing this time! The key to capturing Frida is a flowing peasant blouse and a well-drawn unibrow!
I added a scarf like she wears in this photo:
But there are so many great Frida looks to choose from. The other key component for her is the hair.
To tell you the truth, I think I did it much better for 30 Days of Nerdy Hair than I did for Halloween this year, but as long as the representation is there, I think the point comes across. Check out this week’s episode of So…This Happened to see more about Halloween.
Over-Dressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
by Elizabeth L. Cline
October is fair fashion month and I had the opportunity to attend a panel moderated by author Elizabeth Cline at the TrimLab a couple week’s ago. Which then prompted me to pick up her book.
About 6 months ago I was sent down the road to fair fashion, what it’s all about and what it means for my life. If I wasn’t already ignited to change my shopping habits, this book would have done the trick! I had cut out Forever 21 because their production practices are very questionable, but I was still holding onto H&M. The lesser of two evils, right? Well after reading this book, I can’t really continue to shop there. And have made the commitment not to shop at any fast fashion chains. I also have committed to having no fast fashion in my web series, So…This Happened, as of Jan. 20th. (We filmed a few episodes before this conviction.)
What I loved about Over-Dressed is that it delves deep into the problems our country currently faces with production, overspending, high volume of waste and the general mindset that fashion is disposable. The amount of clothing that people purchase and throw away is at an all time high. And big, fast-fashion companies like H&M, Forever 21 and Zara are rendering small boutique designers virtually extinct. When you are able to get a “fashionable” top for $5 at Forever 21, why would you pay $150 for something from an independent zer0 waste designer like Tabii Just or Daniel Silverstein? Quality has turned from “well made” to “good enough.”
Cline talks a lot about her own experience with fast fashion and while reading her story, it felt like it could have been my story. When Cline walked out of an “Kmart with 7 pairs of canvas flats,” that was the moment she started her wake up call. The journey she goes on will enlighten you to what is happening in our world right now and really make you think about how you shop!
Definitely give this book a read and allow it to challenge the way you think about fashion and shopping. Do you know what your wearing? Who made it? It’s quality? These are the kind of questions Elizabeth dared to ask herself and will ask you if you let her.
Get it here.
Episode 8: Love in Alderaan Places
Get Liz’s Look:
Vintage Poster Racerback Tank: Her Universe – $28
Star Wars Han and Leia Earrings: Little Shoppe of Hodge Podge – $8.50
Get Michael’s Look:
Michael is a cosplayer who makes his own costumes that are screen accurate.
If you are interested in a costume as authentic as his Indiana Jones… contact him for more information.