Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Local by Meli

It’s a total shame that I have never celebrated one of my favorite holidays: Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)! That’s why I’m aiming to change that this year thanks to the Ritz-Carlton Hotels in both Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. They will be hosting two amazing parties at both locations on Saturday, November 1st, from 7pm to 10pm.

I’ll be living it up at the Ft. Lauderdale location’s 7th Floor Pool Terrace, where there will be a DJ, performers, Mexican-inspired bites and specialty priced cocktails for both the living and dead. I can’t wait to see some amazing makeup and outfits and enjoy some festive fun with girlfriends. If Miami is more your vibe, you can catch an equally amazing party at the hotel’s oceanfront Mexican restaurant, Cantina Beach.

Looks like I better catch up on some Day of the Dead Youtube makeup tutorials!
Does anyone have any pointers?

Easy Fangirl Halloween Costumes

October 29th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion, Geekery by Meli

Halloween is this weekend!!!!! Do you have your costume?
If you don’t, that’s OK!  Here are some really quick fandom costumes you can put together with pieces from your closet or easy finds at a local store!

Femme 11th Doctor; Matt Smith had some of the hippest costuming in Doctor Who history, so of course, his outfits are some of the most recreated for cons and Halloween. It helps that it is easily translated for us ladies! All you need is a white button down blouse, a pair of shorts, red suspenders and a red bow tie, topped with a fez! And if you are a good Whovian, you already have your Sonic handy. Easy peasy!

Lumpy Space Princess; God I love this character! She sends me into a fit of hysterical laughter each time and dressing up as her is so immensely easy! All you need is a purple dress or purple top and purple skirt. Basically: find all the purple things. Get a purple wig and slap on a big foam yellow star to complete the look. And, of course, bring your best LSP attitude – lump off!

Sailor Moon; I am really loving the every day cosplay trend because you can grab any of your dresses and play them up with accessories for the easiest costume! Living Dead Clothing has the most adorable Sailor Scout dresses that you can pair with corresponding earrings, tiaras, etc. to complete the look. I especially love this bestie duo rocking the femme Tuxedo Mask!

Hogwarts Students; By far the easiest costume to put together on a budget and time crunch. I definitely rocked this look one Halloween when I was a broke grad student! Did you go to private school? Score. You just got your Hogwarts uniform. I used an old school blouse and skirt from my high school uniform and snagged a cheap gray V-neck sweater from Walmart. To add some special touches, I painted the collar in Gryffindor gold and red with fabric markers. Although, you can skip the sweater entirely like the ladies above and just rock the ties (c’mon, you know you have 1, 2 or 10 in your fandom collection).

Diagon Alley Visit

October 27th, 2014 | Posted in Geekery by Meli

I hope all of you survived the Mercury Retrograde unscathed. I can’t necessarily say I did, but thankfully I closed it out with a visit to Diagon Alley in Orlando! I had been ridiculously excited to see what they had done with the expansion, and I was not disappointed. The new park is perfection. The best part is, I’m pretty sure we only touched on all the amazing nooks and crannies of the place. I can’t wait to go again and see everything else we missed!

The butterbeer ice cream was probably the only disappointment. Granted, I was downing a frozen butterbeer right before I tasted it, so I don’t know if the two flavors competed with each other, but it just tasted like vanilla ice cream topped with caramel. Pretty bland. Otherwise, everything was on point. Knockturn Alley was a definite highlight of mine. I always mentioned that the deatheaters presence was not made known when we only had Hogsmeade, so I’m really really happy they brought a little darkness to the park. Without it, there would be no Potter.

I also really liked visiting Ollivanders. I feel like their wand selection and quality improved (especially with the new addition of interactive wands). It was a pretty magical experience. We all ended up taking home wands, but it was such a tough decision for all of us. I finally settled on Luna, which brought us all to thinking who we really are in the Potter universe in comparison to who we’d like to be. As much as I admire Hermione and her intelligence, quick wit and independence, I know I am 100% Luna. Quirky, weird, fiercely loyal and loving.

And this is what I wore!

Gryffindor crop tank; Forever 21
Layer tank; Marshalls
Shorts; Old Navy
Socks; Hot Topic {eBay}
Sneakers; Forever 21

What I Wore: Groving

October 24th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion, Geekery by Meli

I love me a good Sunday Funday. I’ve been traveling for what seems like ages, but now that I finally have my feet planted back on the ground of my home city, I took advantage by doing what I love to do best: strolling around one of my favorite neighborhoods. Coconut Grove used to be all the rage while I was growing up, but I feel like it is kind of having another renaissance. I see it now as a more laid back alternative to the crazy beach crowd and hipster Wynwood scene. It has a very hippy kind of vibe, which makes me happy on gorgeous days like these in Miami.

Local readers: what’s your favorite neighborhood in Miami?

Top; Conversation Pieces
Jeans; Forever 21 {similar}
Sneakers; Forever 21 {similar}
Melificent cuff; Made With Code
Bag; c/o Conversation Pieces
M ring; Sale Rack {similar}
Glasses; c/o Firmoo

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What I Wore: We’re All Stories in the End

October 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Fashion, Geekery by Meli

I love pairing fandom tees and accessories with trendy pieces. I feel like it gives your geeky side a subtle nod without going overboard. Plus, it is so fun to put the two together! Often, people don’t think you can make geeky wear fashionable, but I beg to differ. I do it on a daily basis, and I honestly love that unless you are another fan, most people will just glide over the reference. That makes those fellow fan encounters even more special!

This is pretty easy to do with Jordan’s line of quotable tees. This one in particular was a must have for me since it is one of my favorite Doctor Who quotes. Tennant may be my doctor, but you have to admit that Smith had some amazing one liners. I love the typography and the fit of her basic tees. It makes it so easy to pair with anything – even this eccentric (but AMAZING) celestial kimono cardigan.

Tank; c/o JordanDene
Skirt; Forever 21 {similar}
Cardigan; boutique in San Francisco
Bag; c/o Conversation Pieces
Boots; Forever 21
Accessories; miscellaneous & gifted
Necklace; The Colorful Geek
Hair clip; c/o Ban.do {similar}

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