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  • Style Stories: Meg Turney!!!!

    Posted on January 21, 2014 by Jonathan Ly

    Hello to everyone from all of us at Story Leather. For this installment of our Style Stories we have the absolute pleasure to talk to the ever awesome SourceFed/SourceFed Nerd co-host, Slim-Jim girl, gamer, cosplayer, and everything geek....Meg Turney!!!


    (An awesome picture showing all of Meg's own creations)

    At the expense of waiting, lets take a glimpse at Meg's cosplay, work, and everyday wardrobe.

    SL: “We’re so glad you had some time to do this interview with us Meg; I think I’m just overly excited at a chance to not only interview you, but also a prominent cosplayer as well. So let’s get this going before I ramble. My first question is; what does style mean to you in general and what does it mean to you personally?”

    Meg: "I think my definitions of general and personal fashion are much the same. To me, fashion is a way to express yourself. It’s a way to add a pop of color to the grey. The beautiful thing about fashion (at least in my opinion) is that everyone has their own way of doing it. There are no rights and wrongs – it’s fluid."

    SL: “We know you love your anime and video games very much; how do you express that in your everyday casual wear as opposed to a nice night out (if you do)? We know you love Sailor Moon, would you dress up like a sailor scout everyday if you could or would you prefer Elizabeth from Bioshock?”

    Meg: "One of my favorite things to do is to dress up my anime/video game love. At work, I’m often just in a t-shirt and jeans and it’s easy to incorporate screen tees that scream nerdiness, but when you go out it’s a little more of a challenge. I have a few pieces that look just like regular decorative jewelry to people who don’t know, but when nerds walk up they’re like “Holy crap! Is that a Tower of Pimps necklace?!” I love that! I’d totally dress in the sailor fuku everyday – Elizabeth is beautiful, but corsets everyday? No thanks."

    SL: “Speaking of cosplay…when you cosplay, does that style reflect in how you make your costumes or does accuracy take the cake? For instance, I loved how accurate your Chun Li and Elizabeth costumes were, but your Mulan was amazingly interpreted because every time I think of Mulan I think of the Disney Version.”

    Meg: "If I’m just creating a character’s outfit that already exists, accuracy is put above all else. If it’s my own take on a character - for instance the Mulan I did was a superhero version, so I got to make up the design myself – I like to play and have fun with it. Lately I've been a little looser with accuracy for the sake of picking more character-accurate pieces, though. Like with Judy, I went with a snakeskin print on the leather fabric for the skirt because Judy’s such a flashy character and I thought it suited her personality a little better. I also opted for a linen fabric for the jacket instead of a plain cotton blend because I thought it felt a little more high class."


    (Amazing cosplay of Chun- Li)

    SL: “So aside from the awesome things you do on your youtube channel, you’re also a co-host for Sourcefed/Sourcefed Nerd. Seeing as how there are a plethora of awesome people as well as other co-hosts, how does your style differ from that of Lee, Trisha, or anyone else at the office of awesome?”

    Meg: "Everyone at SF has their own unique style. I probably dress the most relaxed of all the girls, but Trisha and Lee have convinced me to buy a skirt or three since I started working there. We’re always trading style tips or things we’re currently obsessed with. It’s super helpful."


    (Here's Meg covering the 2012 RNC)

    SL: “In keeping with the current times, we live in an interesting point where nerd and geek chic is in. What are some nerdy/geeky items you think that every girl or guy should have? What about an everyday wear item?”

    Meg: "That’s all up to what you’re into. My biggest suggestion is to go to etsy and find jewelry that reflects your interests. Don’t think just because you love Doctor Who that you’re relegated to plastic pieces that would never go with an evening gown. There are all sorts of gorgeous, classy designs that are fandom related, too! For everyday items, I think everyone needs an amazing hoodie. It sounds so silly, but I live in hoodies, so having one I love is important."

    SL: “Yes hoodies would seem to be very important because you always mention how the SF office is an icebox.”

    SL: “I can go on and on with questions for you, but alas we have to bring things to a close. So my last question would be; what advice would give to someone who is trying to balance mainstream fashion with their inner geek/nerd?”

    Meg: "I might sound like a broken record at this point, but look for a balance between nerdy and something you’ll actually wear. Also, I sometimes try to pick an outrageous accessory and build an outfit around it. So, don’t be afraid to get something a little flashier and most of all HAVE FUN!"

    SL: “Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy life to talk to us about what makes you unique.”

    Meg: "Thanks so much for having me!! <3"



    (Hard at work while co-host Steve Zaragoza sends his love)

    We couldn't thank Meg enough for taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about her style and her amazing cosplay work. As with all our Style Stories we want to help give insight for those trying to find what's right for them. For some it might be a professional look, others might have a more laid back casual jeans and t-shirt feel, whereas another set might share Meg's Nerd and Geek fashion taste.

    Just remember, whatever you wear it's important to always feel comfortable and Meg put it best when she said; "The beautiful thing about fashion (at least in my opinion) is that everyone has their own way of doing it. There are no rights and wrongs – it’s fluid." We couldn't agree more.


    (Behind the scenes at a Slim-Jim Shoot)

    For more Meg Turney, you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and for everything else you can find her on SourceFed or SourceFed Nerd

    Thank you Meg for being a part of our Style Stories and as always "Tell us your Story". From all of us at Story Leather, "Have an amazing day and a wonderful week."

    *All photos are courtesy of Meg Turney, Sourcefed/SourceFed Nerd, and Slim-Jim

    *Credit is also noted to Meg's co-hosts

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  • Style Stories: What's Your Story?

    Posted on October 2, 2013 by cynthia

    For our first installment of Style Stories we spoke with Dani Shapiro, creator of The Daily Dani about her personal style, some do and don'ts and where she finds inspiration (Pinterest!). For more from Dani check her out on Twitter or Pinterest or Instagram

    Do you know a blogger with impeccable style like Dani? We'd love to feature them on the next Style Stories, contact for details.

    1) How would you describe your personal style in three words?

    Comfortable and trendy, with a touch of preppy.

    2) When did you realize you loved fashion and wanted to do a blog?

    I think I have really loved fashion ever since I got my first box of dress-up clothes for the holidays when I was 4 years old. I put on those plastic heels and itchy tutu and have been hooked ever since.

    I've always considered fashion and personal style as a form of artistic expression, and have enjoyed experimenting with different looks through my teen years and into adulthood.

    After I graduated college and started working, I started to have the underwhelming feeling that I was wearing cute outfits but had no one around to notice them - so I started my blog. By sharing my style with other women who were having the same experience, I not only found an outlet for my own creativity, but gained a great breadth of sources of inspiration as well!

    3) What are some of the biggest mistakes people make when trying to hone their own style?

    I think the BIGGEST mistake anyone can make when trying to hone their own style is to completely copy someone else's style when it might not be right for them.

    Sure, you might love Jennifer Aniston's laid-back casual looks, but if you work a job that is more professional, you probably don't want to emulate those tank tops and boyfriend jeans. You might love Taylor Swift's vintage-inspired looks, but if you aren't stick-thin and 5'11", boxy button-downs and high-waisted shorts probably won't work for your body. Christina Hendrick's cleavage-baring, corseted gowns might make you swoon, but if you have a more boyish body type or live a life that requires a bit more modesty, you just have to leave it at that!

    Take inspiration from your favorite celebrities, websites, magazines, and bloggers, but don't go crazy trying to perfect it down to a T! Take the style elements that are right for you, and leave behind the ones that aren't! It's so much more personal and fun to create a style that is uniquely your own, anyway!

    4) What are some of your favorite places for inspiration?

    I am a major blog junkie. When I have the time, I can spend hours reading through my reader feed and pinning inspiration from my fellow bloggers. Speaking of pinning, Pinterest is a major source of inspiration. Not only do I file my own favorites there, but it is so easy to search for exactly what you're looking for - there are always so many options right at your fingertips! Looking for a way to style your a polka dot blouse? Do a Pinterest search and you will find hundreds of ideas! You can find my boards at

    Plus, it may be old-fashioned, but I am still a big fan of print magazines! I subscribe to many (InStyle, Lucky, Glamour... the list goes on) and enjoy reading through them, tearing and cutting out pictures, and pinning them on my real-life inspiration board to turn to whenever I need help out of a style rut!

    5) What is your biggest “do” style wise, and what is your biggest “don’t”?

    My biggest "do" is related to what I mentioned before - be yourself! Sure, camo print may be in style right now, but if you absolutely loathe camo print - DON'T WEAR IT!

    No one will notice that you aren't head-over-heels for a particular trend, but they will definitely notice if you feel uncomfortable in your skin. My biggest "don't" - aside from exposed bra straps and velour sweatsuits - is along the same lines - DON'T try to be something you're not. Don't wear anything that's not right for your body type, don't wear anything that you don't like (or love!), and don't wear anything that isn't 100% you.

    Be yourself, let yourself gravitate towards the pieces and styles that make you feel happy, and the rest will follow!

    This post was posted in Fashion, Style Stories, Personal Style and was tagged with trends, fashion, Instagram, style, social media, Twitter, personal style, style stories, style blogger, Daily Dani

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