Hot Topic Unveils an Exclusive “Orphan Black” Collection and It’s Awesome!

Hot Topic Orphan Black (Image)

Hot Topic has had a lot of film-based fashion collections in recent years, but I think their latest one inspired by the hit sci-fi television show Orphan Black may be their best one to date. I’ll be honest. I don’t know much about Orphan Black other than it airs on BBC and centers around clones. (I have been meaning to check it out though.) However, I’m obsessing about this collection. Inspired by the styles of main characters Sarah, Alison, Cosima and Helena, this collection is a cool blend of edge and feminine polish with items that can be dressed up or dressed down. Each piece is crafted to represent a character’s unique look, yet all the pieces can easily mixed-and-matched. For example, Sarah’s motorcycle jacket would go great with Helena’s 1970’s inspired white dress, while Alison’s gun trimmed cardigan could be worn over Cosima’s red dress. Most of all, I think what really sets this collection apart from the others Hot Topic has done in the past is that all the items could be realistically worn every day. While previous collections featured primarily gothic and steampunk pieces with heavy themed detailing that felt more like costumes, the Orphan Black collection utilizes on subtle embellishments of helixes and Sestras on classically cut pieces that can be worn to the office or on a night on the town.

The Orphan Black fashion collection is currently available for preorder now on Hot Topic’s website with an an official release date of April 13. Check out how Hot Topic styled the looks of Sarah, Alison, Cosima and Helena below.

Hot Topic Orphan Black Sarah(Image)

Hot Topic Orphan Black Alison (Image)

Hot Topic Orphan Black Cosima (Image)

Hot Topic Orphan Black Helena (Image)


Etsy Finds: Because Boys In Books Are Better…They Just Are

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Whether it’s Christian Grey in from Fifty Shades of Grey, Peeta Mellark from The Hunger Games, Jace Wayland from The Mortal Instruments, or one of the guys of the Marked Men series, we just can’t get enough of the guys that inhabit the pages of our favorite bestsellers. Once something hidden behind closed doors, the popularity of young adult series like Twilight and new adult romances, crushing on fictional protagonists has gone from taboo to mainstream. Women everywhere, myself included, are rocking their love for boys in books loud and proud. Hey, with the broad spectrum of genres on the shelves right now, how can you not fall in love with at least one boy in a book? (Or two or three?)

Want to show off your dedication to your favorite book beau? Check out the awesome Etsy finds below, because boys in books are just better.

1. The Basic

Straight to the point, there is no mistaking your type of guy.

 Boys in Books Tee

(Boys in Books are Just Better V-Neck Shirt, $14.99, AnchorHeartBows)

2.  The Cinderella

Featuring every girl’s first fictional book boyfriend: Prince Charming.

Cinderella Book Tee

(Boys Are Better in Books Funny Novelty Tee, $22.00, Ravenchicstudio)

3. Geek: The Real Definition

Let your greek flag fly! (Well, hang it on your wall.)

Book Geek Wall Art

(Geek Having More Crushes Wall Art, $12.00, WrongButtonCrafts)

4. True (Book) Love

Because true love knows no bounds…or, you know, realities.

Fictional Character Necklace

(I Don’t Care If He’s a Fictional Character Pendant, $12.95, NorthStarPendants)

5. The Versatile

With the ability to have it made into a necklace, keychain, ring or a pair of earrings, this colorful scrabble tile says so much in so many ways.

Help Book Necklace

(In Love With a Fictional Character Scrabble Tile, $7.95, SassyScrabbleShoppe)

Literary Looks: 5 Favorite Lit-Themed Products for Your Wardrobe

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School’s back in session, and it’s left me feeling a bit nostalgic for the classroom, especially for my literature and writing courses. I have to admit I miss reading great novels and then dissecting them in with my fellow classmates to figure out what made them so wonderful to read. To me, the perfect fall afternoon still consists of getting lost in my latest read whether it be Cinderella Ate My Daughter or Gossip Girl Psycho Killer. (Both of which I recommend.) Even the style world seems to have a love affair with lit, incorporating classic works into clothing and accessories.

Here are five items that let you show off your love of lit in style.

1. Kate Spade Book Clutch

Bright, modern and elegantly whimsical, this adorable splurge-worthy clutch (shown in “The Great Gatsby”) comes in almost a dozen different classic titles.

($325.00 from Kate Spade)

2. Pride and Prejudice Fleece Top

Perfect for curling up on a lazy weekend with your favorite read, this soft top is inspired by Jane Austen’s classic novel Pride and Prejudice.

  ($42.00 from Out of Print Clothing)

3. Sherlock Holmes Bracelet

Copper-plated with an adjustable fastener, this handmade bracelet is made from the pages of “The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

($44.50 from Etsy)

4. The Outsiders Tee

Designed by award-winning designer Mikey Burton as part of a grad school thesis project to get young adults interested in reading, this tee is classic-literature-meets-rock-and-roll.

($28.00 from Out of Print Clothing)

5. Fahrenheit 451 iPhone Case

Modeled after the cover of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel, this canvas cover adds instant edge.

(35.00 from Out of Print Clothing)