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)

Fifty Shades of Etsy: 5 Etsy Finds Inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey

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I tried to fight it. I really did, but it finally won. I finally broke down and started reading Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. Surprisingly enough, I’m actually enjoying it. So, when the author did an interview on Katie Couric’s new talk show, I tuned in to see what she had to say. One thing that jumped out at me was that Fifty Shades of Grey had inspired the creation of a few thousands products on Etsy. So, like I did with The Hunger Games, I had to check the Etsy out. (See my top five Etsy picks from The Hunger Games here.)

After weeding through tons of products, here are my top five Etsy finds inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey.

1. Fifty Shades of Grey Christian’s Playroom Scented Bath Set

A blend of mandarin and pepper with cypress, ebony wood, leather, amber and musk (just like the book!) brought to you by BrulezRulez, this gift basket contains lotion, a sugar scrub, soap, three bath bomb fizzies, a tin candle, a corset bookmark and a playlist inspired by Christian’s playroom. Looking for something on a smaller scale? There are two smaller sets in the scent available.

($50.00 from Etsy)

2. Baby Onesies

Some are claiming Fifty Shades of Grey is leading to a new baby boom. These adorable onesies by FEATHER2FEATHER are a sassy way to let the world know how your little one came to be.

($30.00 from Etsy)

3. Black Leather Braided Bracelet

Beautifully elegant, this stunning bracelet designed by JuratesJewelry features a subtle tribute to Ana and Christian with removable tassel and handcuff charms. It’s a a great way to show your Fifty Shades of Grey love without going overboard.

($48.00 from Etsy)

4. “I Cry Because Christian Grey is Fictional” Tee

If you’ve ever wished Mr. Grey was real, jerryamsterdam has the tee for you. The book’s iconic tie graphic as a substitute for the “I” is  nice touch.

($15.95 from Etsy)

5. Handcuff Bracelet

Created by ElliegantGems, this bracelet is pure Fifty Shades of Grey. With interlocking handcuffs emblazoned with the word “freedom,” this is the ultimate accessory for passionate fans.

($11.69 from Etsy)