A Touch Of Geek: Personalizing My Every Day Possessions In Small Ways

I don’t particularly make it obvious how much I love watching anime, read manga, or play video games in my daily fashion choices. It’s a sentiment I have written about before on this blog and on Geek Force Network when the site used to be active. While I may not always show my pride and passion for the leisure hobbies I like to pursue during my spare time, it doesn’t mean I haven’t found smaller ways to convey my enjoyment of them.

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That’s A Wrap––With Scarves

It’s autumn in New York, and what I love most about this season is not just the changing colors of the leaves but how the cooler temperatures allow me to wrap my neck with a great scarf.

H&M Scarf

Scarves will hardly go out of style. You have your light-weight scarves for mild temperatures or you have your heavy wool scarves for a chilly winter evening. Scarves are the most versatile accessory you can have in your wardrobe.

What I love about scarves is how it can easily dress up or down your outfit while keeping your neck warm and chic. It comes in different colors, patterns, and fabric. When I feel like mixing and matching colors with what I am wearing, I try to own at least one great scarf in a different color. I’m drawn to floral patterns or stripes and use those when I’m wearing a plain top or dress. It adds the necessary decoration I want without going overboard with my outfit. Certain fabrics can keep necks cool like light cotton, necks warm like knitted wool, or can make necks feel glamorous in satin or silk.

Versatile accessories like scarves are a great fashion must-have in your closet when you want to keep it simple and classy. Scarves can even double as a shawl or hair accessory. It really depends on how you want to wear it.

Overstock.com’s Floral Print Scarf

Are you a fan of scarves? What type of scarves do you prefer? Colorful and plain, or fun and pattern-filled?

Styling Your Hair With A Headband

I remember the days of wearing headbands as a kid in the early 90’s. I used to love them. Any pretty color I saw, I begged my mom to get it for me. When headbands became the hair accessory trend for livening up your hair into the 2000’s…I was more reluctant to embrace this particular hair accessory trend again.

Headbands feel like an accessory you need the right type of hair or face shape to pull off. I came to the conclusion as I got much older that I had neither the hair or face shape to ever wear a headband again after sifting through old childhood photos. It became one of those moments of, “What was I thinking?” Then again, the early 90’s is rife with poor fashion choices and bad hair as we transitioned out of the 80’s.

Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl

Depending on the headband, it can conjure the image of a Catholic or private school attending girl or it can be socialite chic. Earlier seasons of Gossip Girl embraced the explosion of headbands into the fashion accessories market quite often.

The headbands I grew up wearing as a kid weren’t as fun as the ones you see in stores now. The headband got a huge makeover where you have them embellished in feathers, big flowers, or jewels. Headbands in my day only had plain colors, patterns like plaid, and maybe a bow. I’ll admit, the headband look is cute to play with, but my hair and face shape doesn’t quite agree with it. Wearing a headband now only makes my face terribly bigger than it should be. My hair is also very thick and curly, and doesn’t really allow a headband to sit properly on my head.

I’m not entirely sure if headbands are still in style for hair, but whenever I walk into an accessories store, it’s all I ever see. I miss the days when I could walk into an accessories store and see more claw clips, jewel clips, or any other regular clip aside from headbands. It just makes shopping for hair accessories much trickier.

Headbands aren’t my cup of tea, but what do you think? Do you own a different headband for every occasion? Or are you like me and can’t wear one no matter how cute and tempting it looks on a store hook?

Channeling Your Inner Hawaiian Girl: Flower Accessories

I like to consider myself a lover of flowers and the natural beauties of the world. It’s quite fitting that I have such a great appreciation for flowers. Or maybe an obsession with them, as many of my friends will tell you. I’m the kind of girl who wants to adorn my hair in pretty hair ornaments. My favorite go-to fashion hair accessory is flower clips.

Why flower clips? They are beautiful and come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. As much as I would love to wear the real thing with my outfits (like a true Hawaiian girl), I’ll have to settle for the fabric and satin made imitations. Not that those are bad at all. You can find a lot of fantastic flower hair accessories in places like H&M, and at an affordable price too.

My own personal collection of flower accessories, and this barely covers what I have at home

I think these accessories are great for both casual and formal outfits. It can turn an otherwise plain bun into one of elegance. For example, adding a big rose to a bun can drastically transform your hairstyle in a huge way. Not only is it eye catching, but it can also spice up a very basic looking outfit.

The flower accessory is a fun and flirty piece to wear in the spring or summer. I always loved how Hawaiian girls get to wear flowers in their hair. It’s such a natural way of decorating your hair, and who doesn’t love a pretty flower accentuating a pretty face? I also enjoy matching the color of my flower with my outfit. Feel like matching your flower with your outfit is a bit tacky? You can mix the colors too. I would say get a bunch of these flower clips in any color you want, and play around with them. See what works for you. You can really get creative with them if you have a bunch on hand.

Any one ever tried the flower hair accessory look? If not, would you try it out yourself?