Friday, February 3, 2012

X-Men: Wolverine

Today's collection is inspired by James, aka Logan, aka Wolverine.  The immortal Canadian of the X-Men universe is widely considered to be one of the most popular characters in comic book history.  His immense compassion often times seems at odds with his feral nature.   He is one of the most complex characters ever written, and yet the most simple.  Dog tags and flannel are at the core of this character, representing his time in the armed forces and his Canadian back woods roots.  And by back woods, I do mean incredibly spoiled rich boy who was sick all the time.  He is normally depicted wearing a cowboy hat and smoking a cigar...but I left those out.  I do love the shoes.  But I always seem to love the shoes.

X-Men: Wolverine


X-Men: Wolverine by laurennic featuring kitten heels in a hat!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Oh Written Word, How I Love You.

For as long as I can remember, I have loved books.

I credit my family with instilling in me the need to want to read everything.  No, really, I truly do.  My parents used to read to me every night until I was old enough to read for myself.  When I was ten, my mother had to have me tested for a school she wanted me to attend.  Turns out that I had a reading comprehension level of a college student!  For those of you who don't know what that means, I understood a whole bunch of stuff that I probably shouldn't have at an age when I was way to young for that stuff.

I mean, I was reading things like Jurassic Park and Bram Stoker's Dracula before I was even 13!  Sure, I had to look up what some of the words meant, like I had no idea what a CRAY computer was but Jurassic Park sure taught me.

It's held together by packing tape.

Random side note, does anyone else think that the one of the best scenes in the book ,when Tim kills the raptor with an egg, should have been in the movie?  Cause I sure do.  It would have been so much better!!!  A lot of things would have made that movie so much better, but I digress.

My mom, who did a lot of that bedside reading, was my biggest enabler.

Some of my first books were hand me downs that belonged to my mother when she was a child.  Nancy Drew and the Bobsy Twins were early favorites.  Then she stumbled across the America Girl Series.  I became obsessed with those books, reading them multiple times a day. 

One of my favorite baby sitters was the Germantown Community Library.  My mom used to drop my brother and I off there and leave us...for hours.  To some people, this would seem like bad parenting but to me, it was like a dream.  I would leave with stacks of books.  The librarian, of course, would ask if I was really going to read them all.  My mom's response was always "Yes, and we will probably be back later this week to get more".  Those librarians always looked at her like she was crazy.  My mom is a little nuts (she did marry my father after all), but not crazy.

I used to get stacks of books for Christmas.  One of my favorites was a book about a middle aged man with a mustache, who had a Siamese cat, lived in a converted apple silo, was a newspaper writer, and he solved crimes. All of this in a small town 400 miles north of everywhere!  Lilian Jackson Braun's The Cat Who Wasn't There.  

One of my favorite book series.
At one point, I had the entire series.  All 29 Cat Who books for my brain to enjoy.  Then one day, I loaned them, and a bevy of other literary favorites, to my grandmother, who lived in a retirement home.  The books got stolen, and I was out several hundred dollars in paperbacks.  

To say this upset me is an understatement.  I was crushed.  I would even go so far as to say heartbroken.  My babies were gone.  To this day I will not loan out books to anyone, except Mandi.  

Which brings me to my best friend.  Mandi and I have know each other since the last month of our fourth grade year.  Among the multitudes of things we have in common, our love of books is one of them.  We both shopped heavily from the scholastic reading program at our school.  We borrowed each others books the way some girls borrowed each others clothes!   I have been sincerely blessed to have such an amazing bibliophile for a best friend.  She's turned me on to some amazing author's over the past twenty years, and I am sure she will continue to do so for the next twenty.

Yes, cheesy, but still a good read.
One day I stopped my Mandi's place and she pretty much shoved this book series in my hands, told me that I must read them, and then let me leave.  What she didn't tell me was that I would spend the next three days secluded in my room doing nothing but reading the first two books.  I do believe I slept in there somewhere...maybe.

I know, The Twilight Saga has it's haters, but to me, Stephenie Meyer seemed to capture the emotion that most teenage girls get when they find that first love.  They really do think it is the end all be all of their existence. And please, do keep in mind that all teenagers, whether male or female, are hormonal driven sociopaths!

See,  I don't ever understand the sincere hate that books like Twilight and Harry Potter sometimes get from right wing conservative parenting groups.  For me, anything that gets a child or young adult to want to pick up a book and read is a good thing.  Look at Nathaniel Hawthorne's literary classic A Scarlett Letter.

A great book!
Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a great book that was a cautionary tale about how actions can often have severe consequences.  This same book, once deemed too racy to be allowed in libraries, is now standard reading in the majority of American high schools. 

In high school, I met a boy on the bus named Andrew.  Andrew was what people expected of a nerd.  He had the glasses, the white button up shirts, and he wore socks with his Velcro sandals.  And he had excellent taste in books.  He introduced to me to one of my favorite authors.

Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince Series

Melanie Rawn's Dragon Star Series

Melanie Rawn's Exiles Series.
These are some of my favorite books.  They feature strong female characters as both heroes and villains.  The worlds that Melanie creates are some of the most colorful and well fleshed out that I have ever read.  She was killing off her main characters well before George RR Martin ever published A Game of Thrones.  They have some of the best cover art pretty much ever, done by the fantastic Michael Whelan.  I love them so much that I have several that are held together solely by packing tape.

Actually, I have several books that are held together by packing tape...or duct tape.  Mostly packing tape though.  Because it's clear and you can see through it.

See, a book that is well loved is, in many ways, as important as your best friend.  Because it doesn't have feelings it isn't going to judge you and it will never make you feel like you are worse for having known it.  It might make you cry, it might make you laugh, and it might even make you mad.  But, that favorite will always, always make you smile.

If that's not a reason to love books, I don't know what is.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Hellfire Club: The Black Queen

This collection was inspired by one of the oddest members of the Marvel universe.  A psychic vampire who is 17,000 years old and is a sometimes member of the Hellfire Club.

Selene- The Black Queen.

Hellfire Club: The Black Queen

Got to say though, I love those shoes.  Because shoes!!!!

This dress may be the most clothing that Selene has seen in her many, many years.

The Hellfire Club-featured Villian- the Black Queen.

Selene dresses like a dominatrix, so of course, I went with leather.  It needs to be asked, but wouldn't you be cold in that outfit?  She often wore it outside, in NYC, in the winter!!!!    Yes, I know she is just a comic book character, but still.  Anyone who wears less clothes than Wonder Woman has to be a villain.  Superpower: staying warm in lingerie.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Where's Waldo

Where's Waldo

Where's Waldo by laurennic featuring a satchel bag

Just because Waldo wants to hide and have you seek, doesn't mean his sister does.  What woman wants to blend into the crowd?  We all want to stand out.  Red is one of those colors that makes you stand out in a crowd.  

I know, Waldo isn't exactly nerdy...but it is a fantastic game for kids.  And truth be told, Waldo is kind of a nerd.  So I'm going with it.  :)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: Magneto

Today's collection is inspired by that great X-Men villan-Magneto!
Brotherhood of Evil Mutants: Magneto

In the comics Magneto's wardrobe is as bad as he is, but this look is pure good...ish.  I must confess that I am not the biggest fan of the color pink, but as soon as I saw this dress, well, I knew it would represent Erik Lehnsherr.  Depending on the colorist, Magneto's colors are either pink and purple or red and purple.

And I want those shoes.

Really, really want those shoes.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Star Trek Fashion

I must confess that I am a Star Trek fan.  I am not a pointy ear wearing, Klingon speaking fan, but I do love the show.  I love that Gene Roddenberry painted a hopeful vision for the future were all nations where united.  I also love that this almost Utopian view of the future still had conflicts which helped to show humanities shortfalls.  Science Fiction-the Genre that shows us how to be better.  Gotta love it.

So, today's collection is inspired by Star Trek.  I was playing around on Think Geek last night and stumbled across this t-shirt dress.  The dress is supposed to be for a Halloween costume/convention floor type occasion, but why does that have to be the only time you can wear it? 

I don't think it does.  Throw a cute sweater over it, some leggings under it, some adorable boots and bam!  Outfit to go do stuff in.  I threw in a blue watch and a yellow bangle as a nod to the other uniform colors from the Trek that the person wearing the red dress doesn't get dead. 

Don't be ashamed to show you inner Trekker.  Feel free to wear the dress all year long! 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Internet Belongs to Everyone!

There is currently a bill headed to our government that could seriously impede the internet, violate our first amendment rights, and send us on a path to a dictatorship.  I kid you not.

These bills are called SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act, and PIPA, the Protect IP Act.

Wikipedia's English site has gone dark today, Google has blacked out it's logo, Reddit has gone down, Wired has blacked out all of it's front page articles, Firefox is down, and one of my favorite sites, I Can Has Cheezeburger, has gone down.  The Bloggess has posted about it.  All this is to raise awareness of the damage these to bills can do. 

Google Doodle for 1/18/12
 Both bills have good intentions.  They are both meant to stop online piracy from foreign websites.  As the saying goes "the path to hell is paved with good intentions".  However, the wording in these bills mean that our government will be able to determine what websites it's citizens have access to. 

Kind of like China's current system.   

You know, the system of government that doesn't allow it's citizens to protest anything...ever.

Facebook, Twitter and Google have led the fight against these bills.  The response from those active in online communities has been so great that the bills are currently set up to be redone.  The Washington Post has a great article on what current members of congress are doing to correct the bills.

As a blogger, I believe that these bills could do more harm than good.  The verbiage in the bills leaves so much room for interpretation that it makes it dangerous for all citizens to express their 1st amendment rights online. 

Websites like PinterestYou Tube, Facebook, Twitter, and Wikipedia could find themselves shut down.  All of these sites employee multitudes of people who would no longer have jobs.  Cause that would be great for the economy. 

We need look no farther than Lybia and Egypt to see how beneficial the Internet can be.  The fight against injustice in these countries was aided by social media sites.  The Occupy Wall Street movement, which was a peaceful protest...for the most part, was largely supported by social media sites.

I have signed the petition against SOPA and PIPA to help protect my first amendment rights and to help keep George Orwell's 1984 from becoming a reality.  Will you sign?