Sunday, 21 May 2017

Embracing my inner girly geek!

This month I turned 22, which means I'm definitely a grown up now, there's no turning back! When you reach your 20s I think it is important to embrace who you are and not be afraid of what people think of you. I am a girly geek and every day I embrace these elements of my personality, whether that be by trying out new beauty techniques or showing off my PlayStation themed phone case. In this blog post I'm going to talk about how I embrace my true personality and why you should too.

A Pokemon training Princess #Goals
When I was little I thought there were two options: you were a tomboy or a girly girl. This was very confusing for me, as I appeared to be a bit of both. As a 6 year old my ambition was to be both a Princess and a Pokemon trainer. Of course these are no longer my goals as an adult, but they are still very much a part of my personality. I love my girly and fashion conscious feminine side and I adore the part of me that is passionate about geek culture.

Without a doubt, the hardest time to accept yourself for who you are is when you are a teenager. In my early teenage years I hung out with a group of VERY girly girls. I like to refer to them as: 'the compulsory lipgloss club'. 

Although I enjoyed being girly, I found it difficult to fit in with this group of girls, as they became extremely judgmental of anyone different to themselves. For example, I was criticised for being a fan of Doctor Who, as in their eyes it was definitely not classed as a 'cool' TV show. When hanging out with these girls you would be condemned if you had a single hair out of place, were wearing the wrong kind of clothes or didn't like the popular boy bands that they did.

Eventually, I saw sense and realised I would be much happier if I made friends with people who accepted me for who I really was. So, I did and instantly wished I had done it sooner!

Now, as an adult, I show off all aspects of my personality as often as I can. I do this because I am proud to be both geeky and girly. You should never have to pretend to be something you're not. Even if someone doesn't enjoy the same things as you, they may be interested to find out about your hobbies. When I tell people I've been to comic-cons they are often surprised, but intrigued to know more. If people don't like you for who you are, then that's their problem. You should never have to change yourself to please others.

Everyone is meant to be unique. If we all had the same personality, the world would be a very boring place. So, I urge you all to embrace your true personality and worry less about what others may think. Trust me, it makes you feel a lot happier and makes you a much more interesting person to be around!


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

My thoughts on '13 Reasons Why'

This post is a little different to most of the posts on this blog. It is the first time I'm writing about something that doesn't relate to my usual geeky theme. This is because I wanted to share my thoughts about the recent Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

If you have not yet heard about this series, it is a tv show based on a book about the suicide of a teenage girl called Hannah. The series looks at the events leading up to Hannah's death, focusing on the individuals and situations that caused her to take her own life. The story is told by Hannah herself, through a recording she made on thirteen sides of cassette tapes before her death. It is a dark and heartbreaking story, but it highlights some of the real life issues young people face on a daily basis.

Although 13 Reasons Why was difficult to watch at points and made me both sad and angry at the world, I continued watching until the end, because it was telling such an important story. It is amazing that a show like this has been given such a large platform. This gripping and emotive series has raised awareness for mental health issues and given young people an opportunity to discuss the pressures and struggles they face - making them feel less alone. Personally, I think this is amazing.

However, I should warn you that it is not a good show to binge watch on your own. The series tackles some difficult issues and shows some extremely graphic and distressing scenes. If you have suffered from mental health or abuse yourself, you may find the show particularly difficult to watch. I only watched one episode on my own, but instantly regretted doing so because of the upsetting content shown.

Even though there were some very distressing scenes in the show that I found difficult to watch, I am glad that a show like this has been given a platform and has therefore given mental health sufferers a voice. The show takes viewers on a heartbreaking journey, but it is no doubt an important story to be told.

If you have not yet seen the series, I highly recommend watching it. Not just because it was well written, had great performances and was well produced, but because it makes you think about some of the pain people can suffer and what we can do to help each other get through it.

If you have watched the series, please let me know how you felt about it in the comments below. I would love to hear your thoughts.


Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Why Wonder Woman is so important...

The modern world is a scary place. Throughout history there have been great struggles for people to get their voice heard, whether that be because of prejudices against their gender, race or sexuality. Our ancestors fought for our rights throughout history to enable us all to be considered equal. Sadly, recent events in the world have highlighted that for every few steps forward we take, there can sometimes be a step back. In this blog post I'm going to talk about the importance of having female role models in films and comics in a time where women are sadly still having to fight for equality.

As a female in her twenties I have been privileged enough to be brought up in a generation where sexism is a thing of the past... mostly. I've never really called myself a feminist, as in the modern day we live in I hadn't felt a need. I hadn't come across many sexist remarks or actions. That was of course until recent events. The world appears to have taken a step back into the dark ages where it is seemingly okay for a man of great power to harass and insult women, making them feel inferior.

I was inspired by seeing women all over the world take to the streets to protest these dark times. I wouldn't want any young girls growing up to think it's okay for women to be treated any differently because of their gender.

This year powerful and inspiring female characters are due to be showcased on the silver screen. Wonder Woman will soon be empowering females everywhere in her own film and I for one can't wait. It is so important for young girls to have role models (even fictional ones) to show them that women can be strong, intelligent and powerful. It's vital to ensure that the next generation will improve fairness and equality and showing these attributes in films is a great way to get the message across.

Along with Wonder Woman, we will soon be seeing fictional female icons such as Captain Marvel and Lara Croft in cinemas across the globe. I cannot stress enough how excited I feel about this. The media is extremely influential and has a massive impact on public opinion. Blockbuster films showing strong women in the fictional world, can help women feel confident in themselves in the real world.

These fictional characters show women as being strong, powerful, inspiring and independent - all characteristics that are true to real life! I feel extremely lucky to be living in an age where women are professional CEO's, inventors, innovators, doctors, lawyers, politicians and generally just kick-ass ladies! I may see fictional heroines as inspirational idols, but I also see them as a reflection on modern society and the amazing women that are a part of it.

I feel extremely privileged to be living in a forward thinking generation that generally advocates equality. However, there are still some small minded individuals who are prejudicial towards people different to themselves. Those people need to pay attention to the world around them and appreciate their mothers, sisters and daughters, because lets face it… all of us ladies have a bit of girl power inside us.

We are all Wonder Women, we just need the confidence and support to show that off!


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.