Thursday, 16 February 2017

It's okay to be childish sometimes

With The Lego Batman Movie hitting the big screen I think this is the perfect time to remind ourselves that it's okay to be a little childish sometimes.

Everyone loves Lego
There's nothing wrong with embracing your inner kid and enjoying something not intended for grownups. We all need to experience a bit of nostalgia once in a while and take some time to escape the stresses of adult life.

As someone who is a fan of geeky films, TV shows, games and more, I often get bombarded with the questions: "isn't that a bit childish?" or "isn't that for kids?" This is something that really frustrates me because it is a sign that people take themselves too seriously in life. If you think there's something wrong with having bit of fun and enjoying something youthful and silly, then I think there's something wrong with you. Adult life is full of serious decisions and tedious responsibilities, something even the most organised people get overwhelmed with at times. We all deserve to treat ourselves to a little escapism and I think watching kids movies can be a great way of doing so.

I saw The Lego Batman Movie at the weekend with my boyfriend and we had a great time. I honestly would really recommend this film if you need some time off to have fun, as it was a really entertaining film to watch. I loved the original Lego movie and this was a fantastic sequel that encompassed a huge cast of everyone’s favourite heroes and villains – there was even a Lego Dalek!

When we were at the cinema it didn't matter that most of the audience was made up of families with young children, we didn't care what anyone thought because we were happy enjoying the film. I think it's always vital to relax, take time out to have fun and most importantly to not worry about what other people may think. Life is full of difficulties, so why not spend your free time enjoying being a little bit childish? You know you want to!

Do you agree with me? I would love to hear your thoughts, so let me know what you think in the comments.


Thursday, 26 January 2017

Geeky Garments - Black Milk Clothing

I always love geek themed fashion (hence the name of this blog)! Combining nerdy culture with something super stylish is a sure way to look fabulous. So, when I found out about the enormous range of geeky garments Black Milk Clothing had to offer I knew I would have to check them out.

I spotted a few of Black Milk's fabulous fashion items on my Instagram feed and instantly fell in love. When I visited their online store I found some amazing items to fit a wide range of fandoms, from Harry Potter and Doctor Who to DC and Marvel.

The clothes they sell are quite expensive, but I loved the range of designs and had heard so many positive comments about the quality of their products, so of course I was tempted into trying it out.

I settled on this awesome Killing Joke bomber. I love the Batman comic strip on the front of the jacket but the highlight is the amazing Joker design on the back. I absolutely adore this jacket. It may be over the top and outlandish, but it provides a fabulously fashionable opportunity to express your inner geek.

I also bought these gorgeous tights to go with the jacket. I adore these tights as they look like cute but grungy thigh high socks. They can add an extra bit of edgy style to any outfit and definitely make a winning combination with the Killing Joke bomber jacket. 

As I said before the prices for Black Milk's products are high and if you live in the UK like me you have to dish out a bit extra for shipping. But despite the price tag, I am thrilled with my purchases from Black Milk Clothing and think it is a perfect brand for anyone looking for some super stylish geeky garments

Let me know in the comments what you think about this brand. I would love to hear your thoughts.


Sunday, 8 January 2017

Goodbye 2016

Oh my goodness it's 2017 already! I can't believe it. It is definitely time for an update. The past year has flown by, but despite this I feel that a lot has happened and it's important to reflect on it.

Hello 2017
For many people 2016 was a bad year, there were numerous shock outcomes in politics around the world and we lost so many beloved stars. The geek community took a particularly big hit losing legendary actors such as: Alan Rickman, Kenny Baker, Carrie Fisher and many more. Each time we heard another name of a celebrity who had passed away the world grieved together, as we all remembered the magical stories these talented performers brought to life.

Despite all of the grief 2016 brought, for me personally it was a pretty good year. This time last year I was in the midst of exams while also trying to write my dissertation and organise numerous other university projects. Now, I have graduated university with a first class honours degree and I even themed my dissertation around the geek community that I love!

Since graduating I have landed myself two exciting jobs that I am now hectically jumping between (in a good way). Through doing these jobs I have had numerous wonderful experiences and have met so many amazing people including: Star Wars and Harry Potter actor Warwick Davies and Nadiya Hussain from The Great British Bake Off.

In the geek world we have had some high points as well. I feel that being a geek is gradually becoming more 'cool' which I see as a great thing. In my eyes the more popular nerd culture is, the more geeky content we will get. For example, we have had some amazing science fiction and fantasy films this year. Personally, I especially loved Star Wars: Rouge One and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

On top of all this I am thrilled with how far my blog has come. This year I have improved the rate of content I produce as well as the design of my blog. Plus, my @GlamAndGeek Instagram account is steadily gaining more and more followers who are wonderful geeky people like me. I am so grateful for this online community and the fact that I have found so many amazing like-minded people through writing this blog. I feel so lucky to be part of such a friendly and positive online community - especially as its something that seems to be so rare nowadays. So, thank you to all of you.

I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for me. Who knows where I'll be this time next year?! I hope you are all as excited as I am to see what this new year brings.

Let me know in the comments how you felt about 2016 and what goals you have for this year.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Why epic villains are so important...

Everyone loves to have an awesome heroic protagonist in any blockbuster film, but in my opinion not enough credit is given to the villains.
Sauron the source of evil in The Lord of The Rings

No matter what genre of film you watch – fantasy, sci-fi, drama, horror, action – it is vital that the plot has a convincing ‘bad guy’. There to create conflict and cause havoc, villains are often the centre of the plot. Their evil encounters make them the iconic characters we love to hate.

It's so important to have villains in films who have real purpose, are actually threatening and sometimes even scary. A lot of the recent super hero films both from Marvel and DC haven't impressed me with their villains. It seems that they all want to take over the world, but they rarely have a good reason for doing so. Numerous movie antagonists seem to make bold statements but not actually execute any villainous acts.

Don't get me wrong, there have been some intriguing bad guys in recent films. For example, Kylo Ren from Star Wars The Force Awakens was a big hit with audiences straight away and that was no doubt down to the fantastic combination of his villainous appearance, numerous evil and threatening acts throughout the film, and his twisted backstory that made you want to know more about his decision to join the dark side. Kylo Ren is definitely a villain I look forward to seeing more of.

Similarly, I am a fan of Tom Hiddleston’s performance as Loki in the Marvel franchise. With his menacing grin, villainous laugh and powerful swagger he perfectly embodies the title: God of Mischief. Characters like this shock you with their acts of evil while also enticing you with their twisted personality – perfect for keeping you on the edge of your seat.

There are so many villains from older films that have made cinema history by becoming such iconic characters in popular culture. For example: Darth Vader, Sauron, He who must not be named (Voldemort), Darth Maul, and the multiple on screen incarnations of The Joker just to name a few. They were all fearsome and menacing villains with unique characteristics and dark backgrounds, this is exactly what I want to see more of in future films. The importance of illustrious antiheroes like these is exemplified by the excitement for the Darth Vader cameo in the upcoming Star Wars film: Rouge One. Science fiction fans were enthralled by seeing only a teasing glimpse of Vader in the trailers, thus proving the power of a legendary villain.

The evil exploits of a baddie is what gives shape to a plot and provides the hero with a job to do. Even in traditional fairy-tales there is usually a theme of good versus evil or right versus wrong. In my eyes the antagonist is just as important as the hero in any story and if both characters are perfect then it is bound to be a great film.

Let me know in the comments below who your favourite movie villains are. I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Friday, 11 November 2016

Is Rey from Star Wars a Fashion Icon?

Ever since The Force Awakens hit the big screen people have been loving all things Star Wars. The film was a massive hit, even managing to introduce new fans to the franchise. For the first time ever a Star Wars film had a female lead, Rey, an orphan from Jakku who unknowingly possessed the powers of the force. She was awesome, heroic and a great inspiration to geeky girls everywhere. But is she a fashion icon as well?

Since the film was released and the popularity of this character rose, I have noticed a certain fashion trend that appears to be influenced by Daisy Ridley's Rey. Every shop I go in seems to have the 'cold shoulder' trend in stock and it definitely bears a resemblance to Rey's girl power inspiring outfit. So, yes I think Rey is definitely a trend setter and to celebrate her stylishness I've picked out my favourite cold shoulder looks to share with you.

Firstly I found this dusty pink skater dress from ASOS. I love the frilly shoulder accents as it adds a girly touch to what would otherwise be quite a plain dress. I have received so many complements when wearing this dress so it is clearly a popular look. I teamed the dress with a silver necklace and nude wedges. The cut out shoulders definitely remind me of our Star Wars heroine’s look from the film.

I also found this gorgeous silver plisse dress from Top Shop. Once again this dress is encompassing the cold shoulder trend inspired by Rey. This dress isn't the usual style I would go for as it actually reminds me of 1920’s fashion. However, when I tried it on I absolutely loved it and knew I had to have it. The lace detailing on the sleeves is beautifully delicate and the tie around the waist makes the dress gorgeously figure hugging. I think this dress would be perfect for the Christmas party season.

There we have it, those are my two favourite Rey inspired looks, but there are so many more to choose from as almost everyone seems to be sporting the cold shoulder look.

I think it's fabulous that a character from a science fiction film has had such a big impact on the fashion industry. It just goes to show how important it is to include strong inspiring female characters in films, as they are clearly very influential. You've got to love a bit of girl power!

What do you think about this Rey inspired fashion trend? Let me know in the comments. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Pink Skater Dress – ASOS £25.00
Silver Plisse Dress – Top Shop £38.00


Thursday, 3 November 2016

My MCM ComicCon Experience

MCM’s London Comic Con has been and gone in the blink of an eye and I had a fabulous time enjoying all the geeky goings on at the event.
It seemed super busy this year with the ExCell exhibition centre being packed out with cosplayers and nerdy fans alike. Even before I got to the event I was spotting people dressed as Harley and The Joker on the tube. It's always exciting arriving at comic con and the queues are never boring as you are continually entertained by spotting amazing cosplayers. For example near me in the entrance queue was a very tall Gandalf The Grey, a young Deadpool, Spinelli from Recess and a whole host of other characters from nerd culture. It was brilliant. I always am amazed by the quality of peoples cosplays and the time and effort they put into creating their outfits.

When I finally got inside the venue I couldn't decide what to see first as I was thoroughly spoilt for choice. I made my way around the art stalls where lots of extremely talented artists were exhibiting their geek themed work. There was so much amazing art to choose from. I bought these super cute cartoon Star Wars pictures that I fell in love with instantly.

I then weaved my way through the masses of exhibitors while admiring all of their geek themed merchandise. One thing I noticed is that MCM's London Comic Con now seems to cover a wider range of fandoms than ever before. Whether you're interested in anime, manga, sci-fi, fantasy, comics, games or anything else geeky, I'm pretty sure you would find something you enjoy at this awesome event.
MCM also provided fans with the opportunity to meet cast members of their favourite geeky films and shows. I decided not to pay to meet any of the celebrities at this event but I did spot Warwick Davis and Peter Davison as I passed by their stands.

There were so many cool things to see and do at this Comic Con so I thoroughly enjoyed myself. I even got to pose as a ghostbuster by a gargantuan Stay Puft Marshmallow Man statue. But I have to say my highlight of this Comic Con was definitely being a queen for a few moments as I sat on the famous Iron Throne!

Comic Con is such a wonderful way of celebrating nerd culture and I love it to bits. I had such a wonderful day exploring all there was to see and I can't wait till next time. If you've never been to an event like this, I highly recommend it.


Friday, 28 October 2016

Buffy Inspired Autumn Look

With autumn leaves coating the ground and Halloween just around the corner I’ve been trying out some nineties grunge themed outfits inspired by everyone’s favourite vampire slayer- Buffy! This time of year always makes me want to dress in dark colours with big chunky boots which we all know is statement slayer style. So, I have picked out some of my favourite items and have created a nineties autumnal look to share with you.

Boots - New Look £29.99

The first item I chose for this look was a gorgeous pair of chunky lace up ankle boots from New Look. These are also available in black but I chose to get them in dark red to match the natural shades of autumn and add a pop of colour to my outfit. These boots are super comfy as they only have a slight heel and they keep your feet lovely and snug in the cold weather. I love everything about these boots – they are perfect for kicking some demon butt!

Velvet scruchie - Boots £1
Nineties style was all about the accessories and velvet was a key trend. Therefore, the next item I used in this outfit was a black velvet scrunchie from Boots. Another similar accessory you could add to this look is a velvet chocker necklace. I am continually seeing velvet clothes and accessories in shops at the moment, so this trend is definitely making a comeback. The second accessory I added to this look was a silver crucifix necklace which was a style staple worn by Buffy.

With Halloween on the horizon I have been absolutely loving the dark colours in my wardrobe. To give this look a darker feel I added a black turtleneck crop-top. This top is fantastic as it adds a sleek feel to any outfit and is great for both nights out and everyday wear. It is very tight fitting but made of a stretchy material so is therefore really comfy to wear and perfectly shows off your figure.

Tartan skirt - New Look £19.99
A nineties look really wouldn’t be complete without a mini skirt. I chose this red tartan skirt from New Look. It’s made of a nice thick material which makes it perfect for the colder autumn and winter months. This skirt adds some colour to this dark outfit and is ideal for giving a retro nineties feel to any look.

There we have it a completed Buffy inspired autumnal look. If you add a stake then it’s a perfect cosplay for Halloween or you can be like me and just wear it as an everyday autumn look.

Boots – New Look £29.99
Velvet scrunchie - Boots £1
Necklace - Old
Top – Old
Skirt – New Look £19.99

Let me know what you think of this style in the comments below.