#BookwormFashion: Eadlyn Inspired Look (The Selection Series by Kiera Cass)

Books/Graphic Novels, Fashion & Design

Eadlyn Dress The Heir The Crown

One thing I’ve found I love to do the last few years: bring a look from a story to life. It lets me combine my secret wish to be a fashion consultant/personal stylist with my love of reading, and Polyvore lets me do it without actually spending a dime.

While I typically aim to create everyday looks, Princess Eadlyn, protagonist of The Heir and The Crown by Kiera Cass wears only the finest. This modern ballgown by Modcloth.com combines the shape and detail of the dress from The Heir with the color of gown from The Crown. Accessorize with an embellished sash or belt and some dressy heels. And no princess would dare be caught on camera without her tiara! Find all the items used in this set and shop the look on Polyvore.

Korra Series Finale Inspired Look

Fashion & Design

Korra Finale DressKorra Series Finale Inspired Look

And the inspiration from the killer outfits featured in the wedding in the series’ finale of The Legend of Korra continues. Korra’s dress uses what is known as a cut-out shoulder or “cold shoulder” design which draws attention to the sleeves. Here are three options for budgets both high and low. Glamorize an otherwise casual ensemble with beautiful shell-based jewelry like that used in the Water Tribe. A dream catcher necklace captures the shape and style of Korra’s own accessory to complete the look.

Find the items featured in this set here. For more ATLA and LOK inspired looks check out the Three Nations/Elements inspired outfits as well as Suyin and Lin Beifong’s series’ finale looks.

My favorite office outfit

Fashion & Design

In following with the the local tone of most of this week’s posts, I’ve decided to share with you an outfit out of my own closet this Fashion Friday. The following is my favorite outfit for the office.

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I bought this dress a couple of months ago online from the Loft. The Loft often runs 40%-60% off sales in store and online. I don’t recall the exact price of this particular dress, but I believe I got it for around $40. It’s a pale blue with navy patterns and a dark blue scarf, ruffled cap sleeves, and a lined waist. I especially love the classic feel the scarf gives it.

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The shoes are a fabulous find from Sears online and are from the brand Laura Scott. I love the touch of black along the middle and the heel is a small one, which is good for clumsy people like me. They’re not the best shoes for standing in for a very long time, but they’re perfectly comfortable for wearing around the office, to dinner, or anything like that. And for $18, they’re easy on my wallet. I’m thinking of buying another pair in a different color at that price. You can find the shoe on Sears’ website here.

I usually accessorize this outfit with pearl studs or simple pearl drop earrings with a matching ring. What’s your favorite office outfit? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.

 

 

Fashion Fridays: Steampunk Style

Fashion & Design

Imagine your favorite sci-fi movie, such as Star Wars, then place it on the set of Downton Abbey. That’s the gist of steampunk, a sub-genre of science fiction in which most or all technology resembles the steam-powered machines of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, hence the name “steampunk.”

Steampunk stories come in all forms and varieties. They can be set in the distant future where a crisis has caused humans to revert to technologies reminiscent of the early 1900’s, such as seen in elements of the Hunger Games like the fashion or the interior design of the high-speed train, or can be set in an alternate universe, such as with Fullmetal Alchemist. Readers find elements of steampunk in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter with the Hogwarts Express. Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series also fits under the steampunk umbrella.

Like many fans of steampunk, I’ve always been drawn to the technologies, culture, and fashions of the early 20th century. Not a single episode of Downton Abbey goes by in which I don’t say “Where do they get their clothes and where can I buy them?!” Couple that with my love of science fiction and fantasy and it’s plain to see why steampunk has become one of my favorite genres.

But dressing steampunk is another matter. Many outfits are either too eccentric or too expensive to wear in the day-to-day, which is why I created this board with cute, casual, and affordable options for incorporating elements of the Gilded Age in one’s wardrobe.

The pocket-watch/locket necklace featured comes from Hot Topic and costs $10-11. The gears ring also comes from Hot Topic and costs $6.50 online. The gears earrings and the scissor bracelet can be found on Modcloth and cost around $15 each.

The stripped dress and black boots also come from Modcloth and cost about $50 each. The coat comes from WholeSaleItOnline.com and costs just under $30.

What do you think of steampunk style? What looks would you like to see for next week’s Fashion Friday? Let me know by leaving a comment. For more looks and designs, you can follow on both Pinterest and Polyvore.

Until next week, thanks for reading and have a happy Friday!