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    Cosography 2017 Recap

    Cosography 2017 Recap // The Geeky Fashionista

    Today I will be sharing my experience at Cosography, a one-day cosplay convention that took place in Cocoa, Florida. Although this local convention was much smaller than the cons I usually attend, there was still a little something for everyone whether you were a cosplayer, photographer, or just a lover of nerdy things.

    Keep reading for details on my first local Florida convention!

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    Honey Lemon Tea Recipe

    With the colder weather, my allergies have been acting up. Fortunately, one thing that always helps me feel better is a glass of my dad’s hot honey lemon tea. He started making it for me after I returned home from my Eurotrip. I told him when I was sick in Budapest, a girl at the hostel I was staying at would make me honey lemon tea and that would help me feel better. Now whenever I’m not feeling well, it’s my go-to beverage. It’s super simple and easy to make and here’s how!
    Ingredients
    1 Teabag (I usually just go with a regular black tea)
    1 cup Water
    Half a Lemon
    1 tbsp of Honey
    Steps
    1. Prepare 1 cup of hot tea in a microwavable glass or teapot.
    2. In separate mug, squeeze the juice from half a lemon.
    3. Add 1 tablespoon of honey. Stir.
    4. Pour the hot tea into the mug and stir.
    5. Optional, but I like to cut up a quarter of the squeezed lemon and throw that in for a garnish.
    6. Enjoy!


    What’s your cold weather drink?
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    WHAT SHE WORE: Kate’s Armed Forces Day Look

    Move over, Rachel Bilson, I think I found my new style inspiration! At first, I didn’t quite understand the public fascination with Kate Middleton… but I am now very much a fan of the new Duchess of Cambridge. Since walking down the aisle in that gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown, Kate has become quite a worldwide style icon. It’s really no surprise, to say the least. On top of her beauty and grace, her style is absolutely impeccable, and her wardrobe is to die for.

    Recently, on Britain’s Armed Forces Day, Kate and Prince William attended a ceremony to pay tribute to servicemen and women, presenting medals to members of the Irish Guards. The event marked Kate’s first military role, and, boy, did she do it in style! So classy and fitting for the occasion!

    What She Wore: Kate Middleton's Armed Forces Day Look

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    Alexander Skarsgård in GQ Magazine

    Shirt, $295 Burberry London. Tie, $98 John Varvatos USA. Chinos, $75 Dockers. Belt, $5 Kaufman’s Army & Navy. Necklace, vintage from Melet Mercantile. Watch, IWC.

    Honestly, I didn’t see what all the fuss was about over True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård…until I saw the latest issue of GQ (June 2011). The star’s Scandinavian good looks are amplified by his effortlessly sexy wardrobe. Props to the stylist, and, guys, take note. 

    True Blood returns to HBO in two days (June 26th), but we can also look forward to Alexander in three upcoming films: Melancholia (with his father, Stellan), Straw Dogs (with rumored girlfriend Kate Bosworth), and Battleship (yes, based off the board game).

    Here are some photos from the magazine, along with some excerpts from the cover story:
    Tank top, Dolce & Gabbana. Pants, Dior Homme.

    Difference between LA and Sweden:
    “You walk into the coffee shop, and the girl asks how your day is. When I first moved here, I loved that. I know it’s shallow and superficial and she doesn’t give a f*ck about my day, but I still like it. It’s difficult to get to know a Swede. But once you do, you’re in.”

    Shirt, Armani Jeans. Jeans, Dior Homme. Shoes, Alden.

    On his famous father, Stellan Skarsgård:
    “I don’t think I came to acting to compete with my father. But, you know, he wasn’t around as much as normal dads, and seeing his passion…Maybe it was a way to get his attention…I mean, if anything, we’re trying to take care of him. He’s over the hill.”

    Stellan’s response:
    “Of course I’m threatened. They’re younger, they’re better-looking, and they’re all trying to kill me.”

    On joining the military:
    “It was my way of going off into the unknown… I didn’t want to just be somebody’s son.”

    Shirt, Armani Jeans. Necklace, vintage from Melet Mercantile.

    True Blood creator, Alan Ball, on Alexander’s Erick Northman:
    “He does this thing with his eyes. It’s like they become slightly unfocused and all of a sudden they’re mirrors to this ancient, 1,000-year-old soul.”

    On love scenes with Anna Paquin:
    “It’s really clear to Steve (Stephen Moyer, Anna’s real-life husband, and Alexander’s co-star) and to everybody else what the deal is—which is that Anna is like a sister to me. Those love scenes take quite a bit of acting, actually. A lot of acting.”

    Henley, Gucci. Pants, Save Khaki.

    When asked about his relationship with Kate Bosworth:
    “He shuts down, smile disappearing, with a completeness and efficiency that could only come from growing up in the public eye. ‘My father always kept the family out of the press,’ he says later, almost apologetic.

    Jacket, Polo Ralph Lauren. Henley, Gucci. Pants, Save Khaki.

    On Hollywood: 
    “Hollywood can be like kids playing marbles on the schoolyard. Everybody wants the shiny marble until one kid says he doesn’t. Then nobody will touch it. So it’s important that I make good decisions now.”

    Sunglasses, Mosley Tribes. Rest of outfit: See cover.

    On his variety of acting choices:
    “If you’re an actor in Sweden, you do drama, you do comedy, you do action, you do film and live theater. You do whatever there is. Vanity is death to an actor.”

    Thank you, True Blood:
    “The nice thing is that as long as I’m doing this TV show, I’ve got f*ck-you money. So I can say no to things. I never want to be in a position where I can’t defend why I said yes.”

    Outfit: See cover.

    Photo Credit: Carter Smith/GQ

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    EUROTRIP: MILAN, ITALY

    Catherine and I in front of one of the many cathedrals in Milan.

    The first stop on my Eurotrip agenda was Milan (although technically, London, was my first encounter in Europe even if only for an hour layover). I arrived around noon and the first thing I noticed after leaving the airport were the small cars and, of course, the fashion. It took some time before I finally met up with one of my travel buddies, Matt, because we couldn’t use phones and we hadn’t specified an exact meeting point at the large (and beautiful) train station. After about two hours of waiting and meeting lots of people who did not understand English, I finally ran into my friend at an internet café (thank goodness).

    Grand Central Station

    Hostel: Pop House
    Having never stayed at a hostel before, I didn’t know what to expect. This place was, overall, a nice first experience. It was very small and cozy (5-7 people max), which I liked. I also liked the various pop art décor for which it was probably named after. The location was very good as it wasn’t very far from the train station and there was a grocery store nearby. My favorite accommodation was the laptop with free internet in the living room. What made our stay here even better was that we had some pretty awesome hostel-mates, two Swiss girls named Alice and Lea who were both so friendly and fun.

    Beware of the owner (and her uni-brow), however. Make sure you checkout on time. She will try to rip you off.

    The view from my room.

    Food:
     By the time I had gotten settled at the hostel and was ready to eat, most of the restaurants had closed for the afternoon. Fortunately, Matt and I came across a cute, little place run by a guy who knew English (very helpful). Due to the time, the menu was very limited but I ordered the pesto pasta with some white wine, followed by some dry red wine (hey, it’s Italy) and tiramisu for dessert. Everything was very good. On our way back to the hostel, we found some super cheap wine (2 euro!) and grabbed some Sri Lanken food which I tried for the first time. I found it to be good, but a little too spicy for my sensitive taste buds. That first night, Matt decided to treat everyone to a cooked dinner that consisted of rice and sausage. While the sausage portion was delicious, the rice was a little off (he blames this on the fact that the rice was long-grain instead of short).

    The next day, after meeting up with our third travel buddy, Catherine, and doing some shopping, we all stopped by a little café and shared a pizza. This was also my first encounter of having to pay for water in Europe which would become one of my least favorite things about this continent that I otherwise fell in love with.

    Finally, the last place I ate in Milan was… McDonald’s! Chicken nuggets with Coke to be exact. I told myself I wasn’t going to eat fast food during my stay in Europe, but I wasn’t off to a great start. Fortunately, I wasn’t paying for my meal so I didn’t feel so bad.

    Activities:
    Both nights I went out with Matt and our hostel-mates, Alice and Lea, along with Lea’s sister and her friend. The cover fees for the clubs were outrageous, especially by American standards (10-15 euro to get in, but at least you get a drink). After your complimentary drink, however, be prepared to pay at least 10 euro for another. The music played was older pop music which was fun because everyone knew the songs and could sing along while dancing.

    Once Catherine had joined us on the second day, we went shopping in Montenapoleon. Although I didn’t buy anything, it was fun looking around in stores like Chanel, Gucci, Lanvin, and Dolce & Gabbana. Matt did buy some pretty cool Hugo Boss shoes and a Guess watch.

    Since Milan was our first stop and also our rendezvous city, we were just figuring out what to do which meant little time for sightseeing or tours. Not seeing more of the city and what it had to offer is my one big regret in Milan that I hope to remedy by coming back someday.

    Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a charger or new batteries for my “glamour shot” camera that I had brought so I took very few pictures while in Milan to conserve what little charge I had. Being a big fan of taking pictures, this was pretty irritating.

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    Back From Europe!!

    I’M BAAAACKKKK!! After a missed flight and a 7 hour layover in Chicago, I’m finally back from the most INCREDIBLE 6 weeks of my life! It seems like only yesterday that I was packing up my backpack, ready to venture outside the States for the first time in my life.  Being back home is certainly bittersweet. Of course, I missed my friends and family (and not having to pay for water in restaurants), but I definitely got bit by the travel bug and really did fall in love with Europe. Sigh. Here’s hoping I’ll be back sooner than later. Until then, I have plenty to write about to satisfy my Europe withdrawals. I plan on writing a series of “Eurotrip” posts (as well as various other travel-related posts), detailing my thoughts of what I did and saw in each city I visited. I’ll write about what I thought of the hostels I stayed at, the food I ate, the tours and museums I checked out, and other cool places or things I would recommend.  I hope you all enjoy reading about my lovely Euro adventures!
    Oh, and here’s the list of cities I traveled so you know what to look forward to 🙂
    Italy – Milan
    Switzerland – Geneva, Lucern, Zurich
    Hungary – Budapest
    Austria – Vienna
    Czech Republic – Prague
    Germany – Berlin
    The Netherlands – Amsterdam
    Belgium – Brussels
    Ireland – Dublin
    Spain – Madrid, Barcelona
    Been to any of these places too? How did you like it? Comment and let me know!

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    Rachel Bilson in California Style Magazine

    Chanel dress, belt and necklace.
    My style inspiration and celebrity obsession Rachel Bilson was featuredon the cover of the March 2011 issue of California Style magazine. She looksabsolutely stunning in the various drool-worthy gowns she wears in thegorgeous photoshoot.
    The magazine article covers a variety of topics – here are a fewsnippets of what she had to say:
    Referring to her Edie Rose dinnerware: “To stick with fashion, thatwould be a little bit more predictable. But there’s no one in my demographic,or really any ‘celebrity’ who has a similar aesthetic as me, who’s doing homeor tabletop design. I’m sort of obsessed with dishes. I’m always cooking andbaking at home, and I hate going out. I’d love to do bedding, too.”
    Referring to her relationship withex-fiance HaydenChristensen: “Without saying anythingtoo specific, I can tell you that things are really positive right now. We’lljust have to see how it goes.”
    Referring to working with Josh Schwartz (creator ofthe O.C.) again: “Josh knows me so well. I mean,he’s married to my best friend. We’re all very close. He knows how I deliver aline. He knows that I can be, you know, funny. It’s much harder to be funnythan it is to act in a drama. But I’m up for it.”

    Versace dress. Van Cleef & Arpels earrings.

    Dolce & Gabbana blouse and skirt.

    Valentino gown (reminds me of Emma Watson’s BAFTA gown). 

    Ralph Lauren Collection dress.

    Chloé dress. Cathy Waterman necklace.

    Oscar de la Renta dress. Cathy Waterman earrings.

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    2011 Fall Fashion Week: Monique Lhuillier

    Monique Lhuillier, a designer known for her classy, femininelooks opened her 2011 fall show with a leopard print dress. The surprisingopening was followed by a parade of blacks, golds, and splashes of red in lace,sequins, and chiffon. The collection had a very sultry and mature feel to it, although theblack velvet bows around the waist of many of the looks (and in the hair of allthe models) gave the designs a girly touch.
    We’re also seeing more of the purple eyeshadow, berry lips,and cat-eye liner makeup trend that we saw at the Grammys.
    I wonder which celebs will wear these red-carpet ready looks? Perhaps Julia Stiles and Brittany Snow who were seated front row at the show?
    My favorite look off the runway? The flowing red chiffongown (pictured first). How stunning would this look on the red carpet? Here are just a few other highlights (obviously I’m a gown girl).

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    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Whether you spent today happily single or with that special someone, I hope everyone had an amazing day filled with lots of love and candy =)
    HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY FROM F&F!!!
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    Rachel Bilson Launches Edie Rose Home For Macy’s

    Rachel Bilson is back at designing for her Edie Rose line! Instead of clothing, however, she’s designing tableware for Macy’s. I have to say it seemed a little random, but apparently Rachel has been collecting dishes since she was a young girl. Who knew?

    Explaining why she decided to start the line, Rachel says, “I was on what seemed like an endless search for really cute dishware and tabletop items when I thought it would be fun to design what I was looking for. I have a passion for dishes and thought it would be a great opportunity to design exactly what I wanted — cute and stylish entertaining and dining ware that is affordable.”

    The line is aimed “to appeal to the modern woman at various stages of her life, whether she is going off to college, decorating her first apartment, registering for her wedding or simply in need of beautiful items for her home.” The pieces range in price from $12-58 and are meant to be mixed and matched. Every piece reflects Rachel’s love of “birds, butterflies and all things whimsical,” and the entire collection is tied together by a common color palette of turquoise, aqua, black and white.

    What does Macy’s think of line? “Edie Rose Home reflects a timely aesthetic that appeals to the fashion savvy Macy’s customer,” said Steve Cardino, vice president and fashion director of Macy’s Home Store. “We are proud to be the exclusive retailer of this eclectic and affordable collection that infuses Rachel’s eye for style with everyday pieces for the home.”

    Well, Macy’s definitely sound supportive. And the line looks promising, but I’ll have to wait and see. As most of my friends know, after living with so many for so many years, peacocks have become my least favorite animal on the planet so featuring them in the line is a bit of a turnoff, but even I have to admit the piece below is actually pretty cute.

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