I am a nerd.  And my parents before me, were nerds.  They were the sort of nerds who went to the Renaissance Festival.  Annnnd DRESSED UP!  As a budding little nerdlet, I frigging loved it.  To this day I still know most of the words to “Bring on the Starlight,” the song that is sung at the end of a lot of Ren Faires (like 5 of you are clapping right).  I dressed up with the best of them, wanting to BE the Princess from the Neverending Story.   I donned my tunic , wore my circlet, and became a baby nerd.

So it is of little surprise to anyone that I married a nerd.  His family – also nerds.  So nerdy in fact, that they have a party every year inspired by “talk like a pirate” day.  At this “Pirate Party,” everyone dresses up in pirate clothing, sings sea chanties and drinks copious amounts of rum.  I’ve been to a few so far now – and let me tell you, they are great!

So this year at the Pirate Party – I took a good look around at the striped leggings, patched-eyes, and fake-Jack Sparrow style dreads, and I had a moment of a nostalgia and missed my family.  And as the sentimentality crept up on me, I thought to myself – Dear God these people are nerds…  But also, these are my people.

Costume For The Day / Pirate Party edition:

– Navy striped tank-top (H&M)

– Black cut-off shorts (BDG)

– Rust-colored short-sleeved cardigan sweater (yard sale)

– Faux-Frye motorcycle boots from Target

– Silk red & black hounds-tooth scarf (worn tied about my head)

– Hand-stamped pendant necklace (gift)

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Love you, mean it

Megan Lynn

P.S. EXCITING NEWS:  There will be an art installation of Costume For The Day the entire month of October at the Subterranean Arthouse in Berkeley, with an opening reception Thursday, October 9th 7pm.  Come by & give me a high-five, and we can talk about how cool Wear Your Voice is!

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profile picMegan Lynn Kott – She was from Oakland by way of the Midwest.  Megan holds a BFA of Art & Social Change in one hand & a cat in the other.  She is a animal-loving, coffee-swilling, water-coloring, appreciator of grit.  When she isn’t designing children’s clothing graphics she is drawing creatures.  Her project “Costume for the Day” (inspired by the documentary “Grey Gardens”) is an effort to create a watercolor diary of what she wears (almost) everyday.  She hopes to capture every hole, stain & worn-out sole, instead of the requisite “selfie” in most fashion blogs.  Her other recurring projects include “Oakland Drink & Draw” and her Tumblr: “Drawing Megan Lynn.”

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