Tag Archives: Superheroes

Geek To Geek Chic – Wedding Cake Belles

30 Jul

Lets get two things clear. One, I love cake. Two, I’m not getting married. No, as it turns out, my team at work is currently all over weddings. One’s just got married, one is getting married and one has a daughter who is about to be married, and when talk of one wedding starts, it spreads to the whole team. Which eventually leads us to cake. Not only is cake generally amazing, but one of the best things about a wedding. And being the youngest at work, I often get asked what I’d do if I got married (which is apparently a very interesting and hilarious topic going by the responses I get from my colleagues…). So when me and my co-worker got talking about what cakes we’d love to have (turns out she’d have a Star Trek one too), I eventually wound up looking at geeky cakes again. So here are some beautiful cakes I found, enjoy folks! Oh and if any of these are your creations, please let me know so I can give credit and tag you.

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And finally this amazingly beautiful Gustav Kilmt cake!

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Geek To Geek Chic – Be My Valentine?

6 Feb

Valentines day is slowly creeping around the corner and whilst I don’t usually bother with the commercial holiday, I couldn’t help but find some cute geeky card ideas that put a smile on my face. So I hope one of these puts a smile on yours whether you have a Valentine this year or not!

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Hollywood Costume at the Victoria and Albert Museum

20 Oct

Earlier this week I was very lucky to be treated to a preview of the Victoria and Albert Museum‘s new autumn exhibition Hollywood Costume. Curated by Deborah Nadoolman Landis (author, Academy Award nominee costume designer and Professer in costume design) and Sir Christopher Frayling, Hollywood Costume represents and showcases some of the most iconic costumes of the past one hundred years of studio cinema and celebrates the work and effort of the designer that creates them.

Fear not if costume design as a subject and trade is something that you know very little about, for the exhibition is a sheer delight for any film fan and genre lover from across the board. Hosting a total of one hundred and thirty-one original costumes dating as early as 1912 (Charlie Chaplin’s often worn ‘Tramp’ suit used until the mid 1930s) and from as recently as this year (Christian Bale’s high-tech Batman suit from The Dark Knight Rises), Landis has managed to create a collection of costumes that displays Hollywood cinema’s most iconic images and characters, a collection that is impossible to not feel an emotive connection to upon viewing in its entirety. The most heartfelt congratulations and praise must be given to Landis who manages to perfectly encapsulate in one display the importance of the role of the designer is shaping the public subconscious of the visuals that Hollywood has shared with the public over the last one hundred plus years.

Costume Designers are, as Landis herself puts it in exhibition literature, ‘storytellers, historians, social commentators and anthropologists’, and the exhibition sets out to display this by using the three galleries it spans as three different acts showcasing the process that costume design goes through. The first act explores Deconstruction and shows how the design process begins. This is shown through character research, developement, context and an in-depth look at the complete components and their relevance that go into making the final outfit. Included in this act are costumes from The Addams Family, Oceans 11, Fight Club, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Big Lebowski, The Virgin Queen, Shakespeare In Love and Vertigo. The second act Dialogue looked at the collaborative relationship between director (beautifully executed through a display that see’s the costume designer one side of a table explaining their views and the director on the other side voicing their opinions), actor (two case studies involving method actors Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep, their reverence for costume and its role within their illustrious careers) and technology in its evolutionary state from the era of silent film to current CGI enhanced blockbusters (a nice piece by actor Andy Serkis on the role of the actor and costume designer whilst using mo-cap technology). The interviews in this part of the exhibition are particularly special, having been commissioned and conducted by Landis especially for the show and the accompanying book, allowing questions to be asked specifically and answers to be delivered with the honest capacity that other exhibitions don’t give the time for. The third and final act, aptly named Finale, is a showcase of some of the most iconic costumes to have come out of the Hollywood studios. This last display is nothing short of breathtaking and includes some of the most well-known and identifiable costumes that have ever graced celluloid. Included in this last section are costumes as varied as Reese Witherspoon’s pink suit from Legally Blonde, Keira Knightly’s slinky green dress from Atonement, John Travolta’s white suit from Saturday Night Fever, Marilyn Monroe’s dresses from The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot, as well as costumes from films like Kill Bill, Funny Girl, Moulin Rogue, The Matrix, Hello Dolly, Batman Returns, Titanic, Return of the Jedi, Pirates of the Caribbean and Superman 4.

It is completely undeniable to state that costumes help to bring a character to life, and seeing some of these in the flesh (displayed on bespoke black mannequins to really accentuate the outfit itself and with projected faces of the actors who played the roles on screens instead of bland, generic mannequin heads) are bound to churn up emotion and nostalgia in the viewer. To use the word ‘iconic’ may seem a tad over the top but when costumes actually on show include the suits from The Blues Brothers (designed by Landis herself), Audrey Hepburn’s black dress from Breakfast At Tiffany’s, costumes from My Fair Lady, Indiana Jones’ fedora and whip, Darth Vader’s black get-up and Tippi Hedron’s green suit from The Birds, it’s not hard to see why Landis is getting such acclaim for putting the collection together. It really is an absolute treat to behold in all its wonder. To make it even more special, for the next four weeks only, a pair of original Ruby Slippers used in The Wizard of Oz will be on show next to Dorothy’s original gingham dress outfit (reunited for the first time since production on the film ended in 1939), on a special loan from the Smithsonian in Washington, DC (there are three original pairs in total, with one pair being in the hands of a private collector and the other recently bought by the Academy). And the news on the exhibitions opening night that the British Film Institute would be donating its own costume collection (a total of over seven hundred items) to the V&A‘s costume collection, it begs the question what other gems are now in the costume archive…

Geek To Geek Chic – Carving Creativity Onto Pumpkins

8 Oct

With Halloween only a few weeks away, I thought it would be nice to pay homage to the fun activity that is Pumpkin Carving. Everyone has to have carved a badly executed scary face into a vegetable (or is it a fruit?) at least once in their life. Whether it be something that keeps the kids entertained for a little while or turns into a competitive competition between friends, here are a few ideas to get you started. So grab some pumpkins, a few tea lights, the odd sharp instrument and prepare to get creative and messy…

Geek To Geek Chic – Welcome To My Candy Shop

1 Sep

Yesterday my friend sent me a txt with a link to a Russian advertising company who had come up with an idea for horror themed ice lollies. Now, the kid in me absolutely loves the idea! Who wouldn’t want to walk down the street sucking on Freddy Krueger in sizzling hot weather?! Whilst the flavours don’t sound exactly brilliant (apparently they’re still in development stages so who knows where it’ll go…), the product idea got me thinking about some of the film themed candy I’d occasionally eaten as a child. So here is another very picture heavy post on the type of sweet treats Lydia would stock in her very own candy shop. I’m sure there’s something for everyone! And hey, maybe you’ve tried one or two of them before in the past…

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Minnie Mouse candy apples

Marvel Superhero candy sticks. I used to love candy sticks as a kid, the one type of sweet that seems to be endorsed by all cartoons, comics, films and television shows!

Now these are sweets I woud have killed to have had as a child. Jurassic Park has been one of my favourite films since I was four and I don’t remember anything like this being out in the shops, I’m guessing they were American? Either way, the four year old me is extremely jealous of anyone who had them!

This is kind of cute, some rip-off Freddy Krueger inspired bubble gum in the shape of a VHS tape!

I also find these absolutely adorable, too cute to eat!

I do actually own some of these, still wax-sealed and unopened from 1980 with the gum stick still intact. Would never open them now but they’re sweet little items to add to a collection.

Geek To Geek Chic – Geek Beach Chic!

20 Aug

If, like me, you were enjoying the sunshine over the UK last weekend and were in an outfit that wasn’t exactly cool, then you might just like these items of swimwear I found online. Stupidly hot and wishing I was wearing a lot less, I realised that if I’m this hot here, I’m going to be really hot when I go on holiday in October and it’s about time I updated my poolside wardrobe. There’s not a lot of geeky/film inspired bikini’s or swimsuits out there but have a search and you’ll find a few… So start spending (even if it’s for next year!), get your beach look sorted and top it off with some matching nail art on your fingers and toes!

Batman bikini set from aimerfeel

Tetris swimsuit by Black Milk

Domo bikini top from Spencers Online

Batman string bikini from Superhero Stuff

C3P0 swimsuit by Black Milk

Evil Dead bikini by Iron Fist

Wonder Woman monokini from Superhero Stuff

NES inspired bikini

Pac-Man swimsuit by Black Milk

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles bikini top from Spencers Online

Artoo swimsuit by Black Milk

Captain America inspired Big Star swimsuit by Splish

Gameboy swimsuit by Black Milk

Supergirl string bikini from Superhero Stuff

Atari Falcon 030 swimsuit

Zombie Chomper bikini by Iron Fist

Geek to Geek Chic – Nails To Hammer Home

12 Jul

Occasionally, I like to spend hours online searching out cool stuff that makes my heart swell up with happiness. A few months back, it was looking at some of the most amazing, geeky cakes I had ever seen. This month, it’s been some pretty damn cool nail art. Now, once in a while I like to make my nails look pretty but some of these are really taking it to the next level. So sit back and let these pictures inspire you to do something pretty with your fingertips tonight. Credit has been given where I’ve found it but if you see one of your designs on here and it’s not credited to yourself, drop me an email and I’ll include it!

Nightmare On Elm Street/Freddy Krueger by Sonoma Nail Art (she is particularly talented, her website is a must visit, she’s done a tonne of cool ideas!)

Street Fighter nails

Domo nails

comic-strip inspired Batman

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black and white Universal Monsters

horror movie icons

Sailor Scout nails by fromchaoscomesbeauty

Twin Peaks nails by Nevor Purify

My Neighbour Totoro

Wonder Woman nails by Diava’s Lacquer Box

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Disney’s Up

The Little Mermaid

Beauty and The Beast

Indiana Jones nails

Scott Pilgrim by The Nailasaurus

Pokeball nails

Star Wars nails

(500) Days of Summer by The Nailasaurus

Creature From The Black Lagoon by Sonoma Nail Art

Jaws 2

Toy Story

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Kill Bill by Nailitist

Marvel Heroes by Omnails

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Dazed and Confused (a personal favourite of mine, if anyone would like to paint this on my nails for my birthday I can promise you I’ll love you forever)

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