Thrift Store Cosplay Day 10

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 10: Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice fashion blog post

Thrift Store Cosplay fashion blogger nerd post Instagram challenge

Day 10: Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice

When I was in the 10th grade, I was supposed to read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but I totally didn’t. I bought the cliff notes and actually…didn’t even read those. I think I got an F…I definitely deserved an F! But worse than a failing grade, was missing out on loving one of my favorite authors and her works much earlier in my life.

It wasn’t until college that my horizons were broadened. I caught the 1940’s  Lawrence Olivier/ Greer Garson version on TCM one night and rethought my adolescent decision to skip Austen altogether. I feel in love with Mr. Darcy, saw myself to be an Elizabeth Bennet and then quickly poured through the works, biographies and extended universe of Austen’s Regency England. Persuasion has actually come to be my very favorite Jane Austen novel. But Pride and Prejudice is right behind it, with Emma coming in as third.

Now…the obsession is real! I mean, look…

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 10: Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice fashion blog post

Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 10 Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice fashion blog post flat lay

Mr. Darcy’s Outfit:

Top Hat from my dad’s impressive hat collection

Green Blazer from Goodwill

Frilled Shirt from Salvation Army

Grey Pants from Plato’s Closet

Boots from my shoe closet

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 10: Elizabeth Bennet from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice fashion blog post

Thrift Store Cosplay Day 10: Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice fashion blog post flay lay

Elizabeth’s Outfit:

Shawl from Goodwill

Dress from OMG! Thrift

Shoes from Goodwill

STN1809PIC1_364182k.jpg

#NerdsLove

February is the month of love. Which often illicits a “Yuck” and an eye roll from me. Instead of my usual “down with love” attitude, I decided instead to share the things I love with my instapeeps. And the best part is that a bunch of you joined my challenge and shared the things you loved with me! Check out the hashtag #NerdsLove for more from everyone and each individual hashtag below for more specific expressions of love.

Me? I love it all! @NerdintheSand
image

#NerdsLoveStarWars
image
#NerdsLoveLaughing
image
#NerdsloveGaming
image
#NerdsloveAnimals
image
#NerdsLoveZombies
image
#NerdsloveJaneAusten
image
#NerdsloveSports
image
#NerdsloveStarTrek
image
#NerdsLovePizza
image
#NerdsLoveFashion
image
#NerdsloveBuffy
image
#NerdsloveDeadpool
image
#NerdsloveMarvel
image
#NerdsloveLOVE
image
#NerdslovePresidents
image
#NerdsloveFitness
image
#NerdsloveConventions
image
#NerdsloveDancing
image
#NerdsloveTravel
image
#NerdsloveSand
image
#NerdsloveFamily
image
#NerdsloveMondays
image
#NerdsloveSocial
image
#NerdsloveKiddos
image
#NerdsloveFriends
image

image
#NerdsloveHarryPotter
image

image
#NerdsloveDisney
image
#NerdsloveMusic
image
#NerdsloveSpring
image

It’s never too late to share what you love. The hashtag #Nerdslove is not going anywhere! Do you love something? Share it!
We’re all nerdy for something.

Love Letters to…

I love Pinterest graphic by Nerd in the City blog post

Reader, by now you should know many things about me. You should know that I love Star Wars above all other earthly things. You should know that I am a nerd of the highest order, that I love Jane Austen and things of a more romantical nature. You should know that I love history and art and music and writing and dancing and friends and family.

I love Pinterest graphic by Nerd in the City blog post

And while I’ve written on the subject before, I want to take special care to reiterate my deep, abiding love for…Pinterest. If you have not gotten that impression from me before, allow me to correct that oversight and share my love with you in the most animated language of the literary greats. Most of these should work to prove my point, but let’s see shall we? I might have to make a few adjustments here and there, but the majority of the original text will stand. Here goes…

Pinterest,

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My pins will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

(-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen…for the most part)

 

Pinterest,

Now, I’m not going to deny that I was aware of your beauty. But the point is, this has nothing to do with your beauty. As I got to know you, I began to realize that beauty was the least of your qualities. I became fascinated by your goodness. I was drawn in by it. I didn’t understand what was happening to me. And it was only when I began to feel actual, physical pain every time I turned off my computer that it finally dawned on me: I was in love, for the first time in my life. I knew it was hopeless, but that didn’t matter to me. “

(-Dangerous Liaisons by Choderlos de Laclos…primarily)

 

Pinterest,

“I wish I knew how to quit you.”

(-Brokeback Mountain by Annie Proulx)

 

Pinterest,

“I am nothing special; just a common girl with common pins, and I’ve led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten. But in one respect I have succeeded as gloriously as anyone who’s ever lived: I’ve loved you with all my pins and boards; and to me, this has always been enough.”

(-The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks…almost entirely)

 

Pinterest,

“I have waited for this opportunity for more than half a century (or at least the past 6 years since your online birth,) to repeat to you once again my vow of eternal fidelity and everlasting pinning.”

(-Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Marquez…chiefly)

 

Pinterest,

“Whatever our pins are made of, yours and mine are the same.”

(-Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë…predominantly)

 

Pinterest,

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago (by not yet existing.) Dare not say that woman forgets sooner than social media platform, that her love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you.”

(-Persuasion by Jane Austen…largely)

Dear Pinterest love note Alfred Lord Tennyson blog post

Pinterest,

‘Tis better to have pinned and lost, Than never to have pinned at all.”

(-Selected poems by Lord Alfred Tennyson…in part)

 

Pinterest,

“It has made me better loving you … it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter. I used to want a great many pins before, and to be angry that I did not have them. Theoretically, I was satisfied. I flattered myself that I had limited my pins. But I was subject to irritation; I used to have morbid sterile hateful fits of hunger, of desire. Now I really am satisfied, because I can’t think of anything better (than to pin all those things onto boards and look at them later.)”

(-The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James…essentially)

 

Pinterest,

It is better to pin wisely, no doubt: but to pin foolishly is better than not to be able to pin at all.”

(-Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray…on the whole)

 

Pinterest,

“You are my North, my South, my East and West, My working week and my Sunday rest.”

(Poems by W.H. Auden…with minor adjustments)

 

Pinterest,

“Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I pin.”

(-Hamlet by William Shakespeare…mostly)

 

Geez, I hope people know I’m mostly joking… but seriously Pinterest is good! If you aren’t following me on Pinterest then come to the Nexus of my brain and enjoy all 390 boards for your viewing and pinning pleasure!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies?

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Seth Grahame Smith books

If you are a die hard Jane Austen fan, like me, then perhaps you are or were skeptical about the merits of a book that adds blood, gore and the undead into the prim and proper world of Austen’s Regency Era story. Guess what…the resulting work is simply astoundingly fun! A match made in heaven or rather…hell!!

Let me assure you…the movie is no less awesome than the book! I was worried that the film adaptation might skimp on the story and go straight for the gory, but the sweeping romance of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet’s love story was not sacrificed.

The Highlights

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie blog

Mr. Darcy

Sam Riley Mr Darcy Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Blog

I was also skeptical about Sam Riley’s, Mr. Darcy. He does not have the countenance that I have come to expect from my Darcy’s. But I have to tell you on the scale from Colin Firth to David Rintoul…I’d place Riley above below Matthew Rhys, but above Elliot Cowan. If only because I’ve never met a Darcy I didn’t like and there are 10, in my estimation, that deserve ranking. Sam Riley definitely gave a solid Darcy performance and upon multiple viewings, I expect him to rise in esteem. The curious thing to me was the timber of his voice. It had a gravelly quality to it that at first I did not care for. But given the dark nature of the zombie apocalypse it started to fit in better than a more refined English accent. All in all, a very charming addition to the Darcy family.

Elizabeth Bennet

Lily James Elizabeth Bennet Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie blog

As high as my standards are for Mr. Darcy, they are even higher for the second oldest Bennet sister. Perhaps it’s because I identify so closely with her that I hold her in such high and lofty esteem. Lily James has everything that an Elizabeth Bennet should have. A love of longs walks, a ready wit and oh yeah, she kicks serious zombie ass…a quality I never knew I always wanted in Elizabeth Bennet. Her chemistry with Sam Riley is tangible. Especially in the famous proposal scene, where Mr. Darcy makes his love and his reservations about their match known. Let’s just say Elizabeth, a trained warrior, doesn’t take the insult of his proposal lightly and more than just verbal sparring ensues.

Mr. Collins

Matt Smith Mr. Collins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie blog

It’s the first time I was ever rooting for Mr. Collins, even if just slightly. The incomparable Matt Smith enters the scene as the silly, ridiculous, irreverent Mr. Collins. But where his predecessors have played the role with nauseating smarm, Smith manages to make Collins seem charming (the only other Collins who achieved a level of charm is Maxwell Glick’s Ricky Collins from the You Tube sensation The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.) It probably helps that I’m incredibly biased towards loving all things Matt Smith, seeing as he is Doctor Who and all! He will always get my vote. I was happy that Charlotte Lucas got to have such a delightful match, though Charlotte herself in this film is quite forgettable.

Lady Catherine de Bourgh

Lena Headey Lady Catherine de Bourgh Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie blog

I cannot go further without mentioning another powerhouse in the world of geeky fandom. Lena Headey, Cersei Lanister herself, rounds out this cast as Mr. Collin’s benevolent patroness, the Lady Catherine de Bourgh. Except once again, with delightful twists in store for the fan of this classic story. Lady Catherine is no mere aristocrat sitting on her laurels and passing judgement on the Misses Bennet. She is a hardened warrior who has slayed hoards of zombies and even has an eye patch to show for it (a patch used for necessity, not vanity.) When she confronts Elizabeth about whether or not Darcy has made her an offer of marriage, she does more than ask a few tough questions.

The rest of the players are aptly cast, though widely forgettable. Except for the nefarious Mr. George Wickham who is played by the very charming Jack Huston. So charming, in fact, that I was hoping Wickham would end up being as delightful as the man who played him. Alas, Wickham remains a scoundrel in this adaptation as with all the others.

The Walking unDead

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie blog

As a fan of all things zombie and all things Jane Austen…my standards on both sides are always very high. I equally expect my romance to be sweeping and my head shots to be brutal. So I am happy to say that I was as satisfied with the portrayal of these beloved characters as I was with the zombie effects. The shots were so resounding that I could feel them in my chest. The zombies were believable…the blood and guts visceral. And the action was fast paced and hard-hitting. It’s as much an action movie as it is a romance. What better way to get boys to appreciate the wonderful world of Austen…just add zombies!

All in all, a really fun movie. I watched the entire thing with a gigantic smile on my face. But, reader… I did not walk away unscathed…

zombie bitten Pride and Prejudice and Zombies blog

Thanks to Lootcrate for infecting me with the zombie virus!!

Follow Friday

Follow Friday Blog from Nerd in the City

Welcome to this week’s edition of Follow Friday. A place where I share the cool things that I’ve discovered on social media and such. I love them and I want you to love them too. So I hope you enjoy today’s list!!

Hamilton the Musical

Hamilton Broadway Musical Follow Friday
Photo from ticketmaster.com

I have to tell you that I’m a more than a little obsessed with Hamilton the Broadway Musical. It’s all I can listen to right now. I know, I know. I’m late to the bandwagon. The world nation world is obsessed with it. I don’t know if you know this about me, but along with my myriad other nerdy pursuits, I am also a history nerd (thanks to my dad.) So before I talk about anything else, I want to encourage you to get obsessed with this musical first and foremost, because it deserves your ears and your adoration and your love. Head to Spotify and check it out or just go on ahead and buy it on iTunes… you will not regret it. And while you’re at it, go follow Lin Manuel-Miranda, who wrote it (and also wrote In the Heights) and is a creative mind that you should be following (more on him in a later edition of Follow Friday, because he deserves his own shoutout!) Be inspired by how Lin sees the history of this nation!! It’s completely beautiful!

Zach King on Vine and on Instagram

Zach King on Vine Follow Friday
Photo from People.com

I don’t know how to explain exactly what Zach does on his Instagram and Vine channels. The best way I can tell you is to say that he creates insane movie magic and you will be left wondering how the hell he does what he does! Please go check him out right now.

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on You Tube

I know I talk about this one all the time, so I’m hoping the chances are high that everyone who reads my blog has already gone ahead and watched the LBD, rendering this suggestion completely unnecessary! But on the off chance that there is someone reading this that hasn’t seen the Lizzie Bennet Diaries yet, then here we go. This modern You Tube adaptation of Pride and Prejudice is lovely, wonderful and all the best of adjectives I can possibly conjure up!! If you are a fan of Jane Austen’s work, this is for you. If you are a fan of compelling story telling, this is for you. If you are a fan of creativity and ingenuity, this is for you. If you have eyes…THIS IS FOR YOU!! Get me?

Will It Beard on Instagram

Will it Beard on Instagram Follow Friday
Photo from Pierce Thiot

This man puts objects in his beard to test the strength and fortitude of his facial hair. It’s as simple as that! Pierce Thiot discovered this unique talent one night with his family. “Over Christmas break, my mom had her grandkids do a talent show for her (she’s an adorable grandma). I tried to put as many pencils as possible in it for my “talent”. I got over 20. Needless to say, my mother was very proud.” If you are still trying to navigate life and figure out what your talent might be, chose to take inspiration from Pierce! You never know where your talent lies. It could be in your very beard!

#NerdySlumberParty on Twitter

Nerdy Slumber Party on Twitter Follow Friday

Yep, this one is a little self promotional. But if you follow me on social media and haven’t yet joined in one of my #NerdySlumberParty Twitter parties, then now is the time. Or rather, next Friday is the time. We’re talking crushes for Valentine’s Day weekend. There will be virtual catering, giveaways and I even have a cohost this time. @HiddlestonedEducator and I will be chatting and nerding out and probably talking about a whole lot of Tom Hiddleston! Can you even blame us! 😉 Come on over to the party on Twitter at 9pm est on Friday, February 12th with the hashtag: #NerdySlumberParty. Fun is guaranteed!

And, of course, if you aren’t yet following me everywhere else yet, FacebookTwitterInstagramYou TubePinterest, Podcast coming soon, Periscope (@nerdinthecity), Vine, Snapchat (@nerdinthesand) and on the very Blog you are currently reading, then now’s the time to pick your favorite platform, cause I have a little something for everyone!

Thanks for reading. Go forth and discover something or someone new!

February Instagram Challenge

have a happy

Happy February, gently readers! This is the month of love and I wanted to celebrate nerdy love of all kinds with a special February Instagram Photo Challenge.

Each day for the month of February we are going to be talking about the different things that nerds can and do love. This is by no means a comprehensive list, as this world is far too vast to account for all the love in it. But we can talk about the things that this specific nerd loves greatly and perhaps you can relate and share what it is that you love.

Share your pictures with me on Instagram by tagging @nerdinthesand and don’t forget to use this month’s designated hashtag: #Nerdslove… You can feel free to fill in the blank for yourself or take a picture that represents the prompt I’ve provided on my #Nerdslove calendar.

The world is your oyster, nerds. Don’t let me hold back your creativity!!

And if you have ideas for future Instagram challenges that you’d like to see me complete, please email me at nerdinthecity01@gmail.com. I always love to hear from you!

Jane Austen Syndrome

I am by no means the first delicate female to suffer from this deep affliction. But it is, perhaps, safe to call my case one of the most severe. Long have I suffered in silence, but I cannot continue thusly. I must share with you my struggles in the hopes that you, gentle reader, may commiserate with me and perchance even share in this sickness as well, for I truly cannot be the only one out there who has experienced, what will hence be known as, The Jane Austen Syndrome.

But it’s symptoms are not so easily recognized in everyone so keenly as they are in me. Allow me to illuminate some such symptoms for you, so that you may then be able to seek the proper advisement from your local apothecary to acquire the necessary cure for such an illness as this.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to…

1. Taking long walks for no reason at all

199269_320

2. Getting constantly caught in the rain

11bd534b3208c9006dafad180d37af72

3. Spontaneous trips to the English countryside

sad-to-leave

4. Learning the art of wax sealing letters

sabbat_opened_letter

5. Ballroom dance lessons

tumblr_static_5txfx989b0w8wwg88s488sgw0

6. Calligraphy lessons

lettersX4

7. Piano and/or singing lessons

Austenland_Jane_Piano_Hot-In-Here

8. Performing piano and/or singing skills in public at random 

2c16b9f152fc4f2e79b5f8fb14f24b2f

9. Taking turns around the room

438163453b57931d120109ef31f64081

10. Discovering an affinity for high tea

7c4998a112f6e62ef795c0e48854f838

11. Wearing overly large bonnets even when it isn’t sunny out

austenland00026

12. Seeking out men with names like Henry, Edward, Fitzwilliam, Charles, Edmund, George, Frederick, etc.

6a00e5500c8a2a883301b8d13d5f57970c

13. And finally, when you start considering a double wedding….it’s all over. You are officially afflicted with The Jane Austen syndrome. Go ahead and embrace your inner petticoat!

Pride-and-Prejudice-1995-book-to-screen-adaptations-743275_800_600

Zombie killing may not have been associated with Jane Austen in years past, but thanks to Seth Grahame-Smith’s novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” getting the big screen treatment, that’s all about to change. Don’t miss Elizabeth Bennet and company kick serious undead ass on February 5th in theaters! Check out the trailer:

30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 21

Day 21 – Cher from Clueless

Clueless is one of those quintessential movies from the 90’s that defined a generation of teenagers. This modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, is both adorable and funny. Alicia Silverstone’s character, Cher manages to be both ditzy and intensely caring at the same time (when she wants to be.) When she falls totally, butt-crazy in love with her ex-step-brother, Josh… she not only ends up winning his heart, but she wins ours as well!!

image

I just got a hair cut and color, so I am completely ready to rock this California princess look!

image

As If!!

5 Fandom Friday

fandom.5.friday

5 Characters I’d Invite to My Thanksgiving Feast

Today’s blog topic from The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick is about characters I’d invite to Thanksgiving. Before I begin, you should know a little about my family. We are a very tight knit group of people. We uphold many unique holiday traditions and we are also what you might call… a little quirky. With that being said, adding any more personalities into the mix could be tricky. But we’ve always been a family that welcomes new comers and vagabonds alike with open arms and plates of turkey. So here is my list of characters I’d like to invite to Thanksgiving. From TV to Books to Muppets to Movies, my choices come from all over the place.

#1 – Swedish Chef from The Muppets

29cd9524e046a9443b97f8fce9fb04e0

“Gersh gurndy morn-dee burn-dee!”

My family is talented at a great many things. One of them is cooking. So it’s not like we need any help in the kitchen. But I’ve always loved the Swedish Chef from The Muppets. His Mock Swedish dialect and his can-do attitude would make for an upbeat positive guest at our Thanksgiving Feast. Plus we love to add multi-cultural elements to our holiday traditions. So why not add one of his famous dishes to the menu? Like his Flapjacks, Fishie Chowder, Japanese Cake, Frog Legs or his Squirrel Stew. It’s not so much the end result as it is his process that would be the most entertaining.

#2 – Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice

87c9ffd098fbf811a75888b03169cad9

“She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me, and I am in no humor at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men.”

Sure, he’s haughty and proud. And sure… those are qualities a modern woman would rare to never tolerate in a man. But he’s Mr. Darcy!! And aside from providing some delicious eye candy (Colin Firth is the Darcy I’d choose), he can also provide sparkling conversation when prodded and pushed. Maybe it’s an odd choice, but I’d love a traditional Regency Era Thanksgiving Feast complete with reel and musical concert. Perhaps a little impromptu singing might be in order. And if Mr. Darcy was in attendance you could almost guarantee that something exciting would happen.

#3 – Lady Grantham from Downton Abbey

225px-Violet

“I knew this family was approaching disillusion, I wasn’t aware that illusion was already upon us.”

My Grandmother, Flora, is the matriarch of my family. We have Thanksgiving at her house every year. She is strong willed and stubborn and I think I get a lot of my gumption straight from her. She reminds me a lot of the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Lady Violet Crawley. You might wonder, with one Lady of the house already in attendance, why invite another. I imagine that if Lady Violet and Lady Grandmother Flora were ever to meet, they would either become best friends and while away the hours playing bridge, or they would become sworn enemies and take turns delivering crushing set downs. Either way, I think it would make for a most entertaining Thanksgiving Feast!

#4 – Genie from Aladdin

38c338e770a1c56c12c1ed928af8f42d

“You ain’t never had a friend like me!”

A genie is always handy to have around. You never know when disaster could strike and if you had a magical genie of the lamp then crisis would immediately be averted. A genie is useful, but Genie is a delight. Genie has long been my very favorite Disney character. Voiced to perfection by the late Robin Williams, he is caring and funny and the life of the party. He will always be welcome at my Thanksgiving table!

#5 – Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy

9668fdbf9cac2fa7461845d71ef7963d

“I may not be able to understand what you say when you say it, but before you say it, I can understand what you’re going to say perfectly!”

This one is for my sister-in-law. She is an avid Lucy fan. Who isn’t! (But she really is!) I think Lucy would round out this quintuplet of Thanksgiving guests. Accident prone and ridiculously goofy, Lucy is always trying to do right, yet always managing to mess things up. I’m not saying she’d drop the turkey, burn the mashed potatoes and end up with pumpkin pie on her face… but it would be worth the invite to see just what might happen!

Happy (less than a week till) Thanksgiving to you all. Who would you invite?