I’ve noticed recently that it’s become trendy to embrace things that were considered childish, old fashioned or niche by the mainstream, not so long ago. Basically geek is chic! Topics that used to be gleefully ridiculed are now in everyday conversation. I’m glad we are openly celebrating our inner geek!
Sci-fi & fantasy series like The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, Dr Who are now wildly popular.
like Elysium, Oblivion and Star Treck. Films adapted from fairy tails and tall tales like Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Oz, The Hobbit and Harry Potter. Comics and graphic novel adaptations: Thaw, Iron Man and Avengers Assemble. Not forgetting all of the merchandise – Wolverine figurine any one? Actually, yes please!
Bands that originally would have had had a niche following are now everywhere. Mumford and Sons: A blend of folk and indie, Of Monsters and Men: Indie, Pop and folk, She and Him: Folk, pop and indie, Haim: A blend of folk and rock. Then there’s Macclemoore with the song Thriftshop and LMFAO enthusiastically turning geek into street.
Socks with sandals a la 5 year old, onesies (shudder), peter pan collars, thick glasses frames like the NHS prescription ones from the 70’s and 80’s (yup, I’m wearing them), man cardigans, bobble hats, beanies with animal ears, headbands with animal ears, young men with big beards and women embracing a long wild untamed haim, I mean mane.
Style and decor we are searching for
Spending weekends wandering around antique shops and retro/vintage stores for quaint pieces for our homes. Learning from vintage chic TV like Sarah Beanies Victorian Christmas and Kirsty Allsop making and mending. Browsing Pinterest for Steampunk inspiration, even bars are getting an aesthetically mechanical make over.
Patiently sitting in front of a plate full of amazing food which is getting cold while we get the right angle for our instagram #foodporn snaps (guilty), buying lettering and inserts online for scrap booking (Paperchase thank you!) and even using scrap-apps like Coolibar. Searching for and photographic interesting architectural features and hard to find street art. Not forgetting urban exploring of places we shouldn’t. Comping and couponing, things that would have only interested our Mum have become popular with people of all ages since the recession kicked in. Pubs holding social nights where people play board games, crochet and craft. Even colouring books for adults are making an appearance where you can colour Ryan Gosling, shoe illustrations and Cara Delvine who’s available from Selfridges.
Finally, on a slightly different note, I think it’s great more people are blogging about their embarrassing experiences and almost being proud of the fact that they are indeed #awkward!