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Since I’ve Been Gone: The Offbeat Empire Reception

Ok, so it’s been wayyyy to long since I’ve blogged. I know I’m sorry. But life happens fast and I’ve been way to busy lately to spend time on the internets. But I miss it! So one of my new year’s resolutions is to blog more. So here we go.

Seattle. Geek Girl Con. Offbeat Empire Reception Party. I know this happened 1000 years ago by now. But it was to amazing to pass up. So let’s talk about this.

The Offbeat Empire gals

Geek girl con is an organization and convention celebrating the female geek. The Offbeat Empire gals were hosting a panel (and a party!!) so I tagged along with Megan.

The party was UH-MAZING! I mean there were appetizers, cupcakes, burlesque dancers, a photo-booth, Karaoke and the amazing Jonas Seaman documented the entire event. This dude is SUCH a good photographer he makes me want to throw in the towel and never take a photo again.

Photo by Jonas Seaman

Obviously the party was the most important part of our weekend. So Megan and I spent a lot of time planning our outfits. A few days before we left I found a white lace dress at Urban Outfitters that I loved. However, once we actually got to Seattle I felt like my outfit was super boring. So Megan suggested I try wearing her new corset over the dress. I tried it on and BOOM. It looked amazing. Megan, my least fashion-minded, forward OR concerned friend totally styled me.

My favorite part of the night was the karaoke. Karaoke has recently become one of my favorite past times. I LOVE it. If I could I would be on stage all night (which may or may not have actually happened on my birthday this year.) So Garrett and I sang “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson.

But the absolute highlight of the night was when Megan belted out an awesome rendition of Cee Lo Green’s “F**k You.” Megan rocked it so HARD. The song was stuck in my head for the next two weeks. The offbeat empire gals and myself even got to be her back up dancers!

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All Hail, the AllSaints

Ahh, AllSaints. Ever since my fashionable friend Christina introduced me to AllSaints Spitalfields, I’ve been pretty enamored. AllSaints Spitalfields is a British company known for having intricate cuts, edgy styles, and mundane tones while remaining extremely sophisticated. Unfortunately, they only a few stores in the US. Fortunately for me, one of those locations is in LA. So I had the chance to visit one of the stores during my friends vacation. It’s such a neat store that I really wanted to share the experience!

First of all, the architecture alone is something to drool over. The store windows are lined from floor to ceiling with vintage sewing machines. SO FREAKING COOL! Second, the interior of the store is lined with exposed brick, wood beamed ceilings finishing with wood and steel floors. The store has a dark ominous feeling, like an over-cast day right before the rain starts. Which is totally British.

Parachute Long Dress

Obviously, the best part of this brand is the clothing. All Saints makes the most intricate, interesting and avant garde pieces. They use simple fabrics and textures but create pieces that wrap, drape, puff, tie, and more. Half of the challenge when examining pieces was figuring out how you’re supposed to even wear it!

As some of you may know, I also work for a blog called Offbeat Bride. Recently, I was working on a bride profile when I came across a Bride wearing a gorgeous, drapey, black, floor length dress. Come to find out, it was an AllSaints, Parachute Long Dress. I think I literally jumped out of my seat and cheered. I was THAT excited about it. Sure, to the ordinary eye this dress just looks like a jumble of fabric, but with the right shoes and hair it looks mind-blowing. More on that later (and hopefully pictures too).

Otherwise, check out some of the pieces I wish I could afford. I know some of these pieces aren’t the most flattering for every body, but they sure are fun! So just enjoy my wish list:

Idun Trench Dress
Mens Digger Bag
Laima Corset Dress
Alese Gilet
Lido Jacket

Suede Stud Military Cuff Boot

Kyle Cowl

Aditya Dress