Amy Ratcliffe

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Before you go out your front door and risk dangerous business, you should make sure you have the right bag for the occasion. This Bag End leather bag by Forgiantica Leather is the best possible bag for every day. It features the bright green front door of Bilbo Baggins’ home, and Gandalf’s been by because the door is marked with a rune that’s painted with UV light sensitive paint. As you can see, the leather is textured and painted to look like stone and wood. It’s gorgeous.

See more pics of the Bag End design and equally beautiful World of Warcraft bags after the break.

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Doctor Who is back on television, and we’re in the mood for time travel. Nothing could be more perfect for that than this TARDIS dress by Etsy seller Smarmy Clothes. The strapless dress is made from printed TARDIS fabric exclusive to the Etsy store – there’s even a reflection of Big Ben in the TARDIS window panes.

The flared skirt dress is made to order, and the seamstress is happy to add spaghetti or halter-style straps if you’d prefer a little more support. Current turnaround time is 4-5 weeks.

More photos of the dress after the break.

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Sherlock Holmes and John Watson go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Well, peanut butter and chocolate that bicker and snark at each other. Regardless of the grumpiness, the duo is definitely the best of friends. Etsy seller Charming Clay Creation has designed a heart that’s half Sherlock’s coat and scarf and half Watson’s sweater and slacks to symbolize their friendship.

You can buy the piece as a single heart or in two halves so you can give one to your best friend.

Check out another picture of the creative necklace after the break.

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tesla dress

Fashion incorporates electronics into designs more and more these days, but Anouk Wipprecht and ArcAttack took that to the next level with their plate metal, chainmail dress that serves as a Faraday cage. Wipprecht stood on a stage between two giant Tesla coils and withstood zaps of raw electricity. The dress is made from 600 rings of chainmail, a spiky metal helmet, toy plasma balls (they add yet another impressive touch), and plate mail.

See the dress in electrifying action after the break.

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ThinkGeek just took their Bag of Holding concept to the next level with the new Backpack of Holding. The canvas bag is giant and full of places and pockets for you to hold all of your gear for classes, for a convention, or for an adventure. Seriously, Bilbo Baggins needed to have this bag with him on the way to the Lonely Mountain.

One of the coolest aspects is that the top flap can be unfolded to give the bag another 1.5 feet of space so you can carry rolled up posters or cosplay props. Here are all of the important specs:

Brown canvas backpack, designed and made by ThinkGeek!
Chrome d20 badge with “Bag of Holding” proudly printed on the flap
2 3/4″ wide shoulder straps with mesh back for wicking adjust from 19″ to 36″
Top handle for easy grab-and-go
Flap doubles as top of bag & can be unfolded to bring bag up to 2 ft. tall
Flap closes with 2 leather-reinforced, nylon quick-release buckles
Snaps on side of flap keep it in check
Edges of flap/bag reinforced with bias tape
External Dimensions: 18″ tall x 16″ wide x 7″ deep (24″ tall with top of bag unfolded)
Main compartment: 17 1/2″ tall x 11″ wide x 5″ deep
Padded tablet sleeve with hook and loop closure (inside main compartment): 12″ tall x wide x 10 1/2″ wide x 1″ deep (if you choose not to use the closure, this compartment could hold an object up to 17″ tall in standard backpack formation or 23″ tall with top of bag unfolded)
Four pockets (inside main compartment) to hold pens, phone, lipbalm, etc. (no closure, for use only when top of bag is unfolded)
1 zippered front compartment: 9″ wide x 6 1/2″ tall x 1 1/2″ deep
2 zippered side pockets: 4 1/2″ wide x 7 3/4″ high x 1 1/2″ deep

See more pics of the epic backpack after the break.

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Fairy Tail’s Erza Scarlet is a mage with some kickass armor. Koralene Cosplay cast some spells of her own when she made this striking Erza costume because she made craft foam and posterboard look metallic. Even with the lightweight materials, it must have been a challenge to move in the bulky costume.

Photos by L Exposed Imagery.

See more of the series after the break.

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Date rape drugs are a problem faced by men and women all over. Detecting whether a drink has been doctored with drugs like Rohyphnol and GHB can be almost impossible, but one undergraduate team at North Carolina State University is working on a product that could help. Undercover Colors is a nail polish that changes color if it comes into contact with either of the two date rape drugs mentioned above. All you have to do to test a drink is dip a finger into the liquid. They’re currently in the research and development stage and accepting donations. From the Undercover Colors Facebook page:

In the U.S., 18% of women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That’s almost one out of every five women in our country. We may not know who they are, but these women are not faceless. They are our daughters, they are our girlfriends, and they are our friends.

While date rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection. Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime.

For our first product, we are developing a nail polish that changes color when it comes in contact with date rape drugs such as Rohypnol, Xanax, and GHB. With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger. If her nail polish changes color, she’ll know that something is wrong.

Through this nail polish and similar technologies, we hope to make potential perpetrators afraid to spike a woman’s drink because there’s now a risk that they can get caught. In effect, we want to shift the fear from the victims to the perpetrators. We are Undercover Colors and we are the first fashion company empowering women to prevent sexual assault.

I hope they get funded and gain wide distribution. Ideally, I’d love to see a product like this stocked at bars and made available for free to anyone who wants to use it.

(via Hello Giggles)

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Tumblr user permetstu decided to make a Marauder’s Map dress for LeakyCon. However, she didn’t try to get the iconic imagery from Harry Potter printed onto a dress. Instead, she made the dress and drew the map on by hand with fine point Sharpies. I’m not even kidding. All those tiny lines, all those letters – it’s all done by hand. Just the text on the front of the dress took three and a half hours. I’d love to see the pile of used Sharpies it took to complete this project.

See more pics of the dress after the break.

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Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly may be playing Hope Van Dyne in Marvel’s upcoming Ant-Man movie, but her hair sure makes her look like Wasp. Lilly posted a picture of the short ‘do on Instagram yesterday stating, “How’s my new do?” Another picture shows her with Paul Rudd so it seems very likely that she’s on set.

So, the question is will Lilly essentially be playing the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of Wasp who goes by another name that isn’t Janet Van Dyne? If that’s the case, I don’t understand the reasoning for changing it up. Or, is Marvel just screwing with us and giving Lilly a bob cut to make us curious? Ahhh! I want answers.

See another pic of the hair and a comparison with Wasp after the break.

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gotg tee before and after

Take a close look at the Guardians of the Galaxy t-shirt pictured above left. Someone important is missing: Gamora. The female assassin is a member of the Guardians team and has a pretty hefty role in the Marvel film, but she’s being left out of merchandise. I noticed her missing in t-shirts, a coffee mug, and even party supplies.

Twitter user Kristen spotted this exclusionary tee at The Children’s Place and decided to write them about it. In the meantime, her daughter fixed the shirt by adding Gamora. She did a fine job. The Children’s Place, however, not so much. This is how they replied to Kristen’s question about the lack of Gamora on the t-shirt:

“We rely on advice from our licensors for our licensed tees. The Guardians of the Galaxy shirt in particular is a boy’s shirt, which is why it does not include the female character Gamora. We try to have a diverse assortment but unfortunately cannot represent each movie and character.”

Not. Impressed.

See the reply from The Children’s Place after the break.

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