We’re Going to Regionals!

Calling all action figures, athletes, and fire breathers. Bombsheller wants to meet YOU next weekend at the CrossFit West Regional 2015!

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Box jumping never looked so good.

We’re really excited to spend the weekend with so many amazing athletes. CrossFit is all about pushing your limits and being the best possible version of yourself. We love that, and we can’t wait to get in on the action and cheer everyone on.

Another reason we love CrossFit folks is that they work hard on their bodies and are proud of their muscular physiques. If you want to show the world your amazing quads, we’re here for you! Plus, Shells are squat-proof, so they’re totally opaque, stay where you want them, and wick away moisture while you’re working out.

Want to see for yourself? If you’ve been waiting to try our amazing leggings on in person, here’s your chance!

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Come visit Bombshell Andrea at our booth!

Check out the Action Figure collection of awesomely WOD-worthy leggings and get suited up before the event!

See you in Tacoma, Bombshells!

Extending Our Size Range: 2XL is Live!

Beautiful Bombshells, our mission to expand our size range is making some serious progress. For starters, we are so pleased to now carry designs up to 2XL! This is a great start as we keep working towards offering sizes up to 6XL.

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Amazing activists, artists, and supporters with the Bombsheller team at our last fitting party.

Over the past year or so, we’ve been collecting measurements and feedback from people of all body shapes and sizes. We had a basic sewing pattern for our leggings, but we needed data and testers to help us refine how they fit on different bodies. After months of collecting info, we incorporated the feedback we received and made some changes to our pattern. The result is a fit that we feel pretty good about, and that lots of amazing people had a hand in making. For this, we are eternally grateful!

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In addition to being a total Bombshell, Angela is a talented seamstress and gave us some great feedback on our newest pattern.

Now that we’ve got the fit dialed in, we’re faced with a different problem: scaling the artwork. As the leggings go up in size from XS to 6XL, the ankle cut zone varies greatly, so designs on the lower legs get cut off as the size scales up. You can see how the cut lines change on our design submission template for a better idea of how this works.

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Note the ankle lines for each size on our new design template

As you can see, there’s a lot of leg that disappears. On many designs, like ones with a repeating pattern, this doesn’t make a big difference. But for other designs, this can drastically change how the leggings look.

For example, imagine a pair of XS black leggings with flames coming up the legs from ankle to knee. Due to our scaling, each size would lose more and more of the flame design, until finally only a plain pair of black leggings would be left. That means if you ordered these in a 6XL, you’d end up with something totally different from what you thought you were getting. That’s a problem!

This is the reason why we don’t yet offer 2XL in all of our designs, and why the other sizes are taking some time to release. We’re working hard to find a solution that works for our artists and our customers and will keep everyone updated as we move closer to offering Shells for lovely legs of all shapes and sizes.

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Lounging in #Opal by Trigga

Sign up for our Plus Size Mailing List and we’ll keep you posted on our extended size range.

Bomb Squad Spotlight: Victoria Stone

I continue to be blown away by the incredibly smart, gorgeous, badass women that we get to work with on the regular here at Bombsheller. The stars of our latest collection, Talk Nerdy to Me, are pretty inspiring. Last week, I chatted with Sarra Sherb about nerdiness and empowerment. This week, I interviewed Bombshell Victoria Stone about geek-dom, fan fiction, and media consumption.

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Victoria is wearing #CrystalCave by Dead Pastel

Bombsheller: Do you self-identify as geeky? 

Victoria Stone: I have some issues with identifying as geeky. Around friends I am obviously and joyfully geeky, but the term has been codified into this very particular subset of sci-fi/comics that I don’t entirely identify with. I still happily geek out all the time, I think I just use the term more as a verb than a noun. I am geeky, but I am not a geek.

I grew up in a home with no TV and I didn’t go to normal school, so while most of my peers were watching X-Men cartoons and reading comics, I mostly just read copious amounts of fantasy. I missed a lot of the foundation that is “required” of geeks, like Star Trek and super hero comics. So much of present geekiness now is what you have consumed, and I have been very cruelly challenged on that basis.

As much as I have issues with some of the current state of geekiness, I am in love with the fact that being a geek is cool now. It’s ok to be a geek, from comics to being super into something. And the fact that it is not only cool now but popular, creators and companies are listening to their fans and making stuff that is open and accessible to everyone.

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B: What do you geek out over?

VS: I’m one of those types that gets completely enraptured with a fandom or a game and can’t. put. it. down. I mostly get excited about novels. Any sort of feminist fantasy novel will see me and a friend excitedly shouting at each other about characterization and world building for several hours. I just reread Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom and, due to my obsessive speed reading, ran through them in about four days. I forgot how dark and lovely they are.

I also am currently a fairly avid indie comic reader, which is a habit I only have the money for every month or so. Saga, Rat Queens, The Wicked and the Divine and Ms. Marvel are absolute gems that I am so happy to have. I also just got the first issue of Bitch Planet and it. is. flawless. Like, I woke up like this flawless.

I have recently started watching TV again and have a lot of things to excitedly shout about Agent Carter and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. I’ve gotten to a point in my media consumption where I don’t really read or watch something where the protagonist is a white, male, “misunderstood” asshat. This started out accidentally, but once I started actively applying it I’ve been much happier with the media I allow into my life.

However, I’m also a food history geek. It doesn’t fall under what a lot of people to consider to be geeky nowadays, but I really like to talk about the movement of food in our world. The impact of kinds of food and how they travel and where they come from is SO INTERESTING.

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B: Do you have a nerdy/guilty pleasure?

VS: I’m not one for guilty pleasures, just pure enjoyment. But there’s one thing that I love that a lot of people tend to, in my opinion, wrongfully associate as shameful. I unabashedly love fanfiction.

I read a lot of Avengers and Tolkien fanfic, but I’ve also been reading Buffy and Harry Potter that goes back to the early 2000s. One of my dear friends and I became super close over several gin and tonics and the realization that we both shipped the same poisonous relationship from Harry Potter. We bonded over how it shaped our romantic lives.

I also realized recently that several of my friends are also obsessive readers of Avengers fanfic. Almost all my friends who are women read fanfic, and there has been a lot of sharing stories and ships that has informed our friendships.

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Bomb Squad Spotlight: Sarra Scherb

Our latest collection of drool-worthy designs, Talk Nerdy to Me, was inspired by Emerald City Comic Con, which is happening here in Seattle next weekend. I, for one, am always excited to see (and join!) the hoards of uber-creative cosplayers, comics aficionados, and nerdy folks hanging out downtown.

Our models for this collection are two glamorous Bombshells who own their geeky tendencies with style and wit. First up, meet Sarra Scherb!

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Sarra is wearing #CircuitBoard

Bombsheller: What do you geek out over?

Sarra: I grew up playing X-Men with friends at recess in elementary school. I had a Gambit poster on my ceiling from 3rd to 5th grade. Comics have been a life-long love, although I turned away from Marvel and DC as I hit puberty and began to realize that their depictions of women heroes discomforted me. I dove into indie comics instead, and later into webcomics. Now I keep up with a few quality Marvel titles (unsurprisingly they are usually written by women, or have realistic depictions of female characters), a good range of indie comics, and some incredible webcomics. I curated an exhibit about webcomics for a Seattle museum a few years ago, which was like reaching some sort of geek nirvana.

Some of the most carefully crafted comics out there are webcomics, because the creators can wield total editorial control over their pacing, content and story. Unsounded by Ashley Cope is hands-down the best epic fantasy comic going. It will fight you, and it will win. Family Man by Dylan Meconis is well-researched, deeply moving, sumptuous historical fiction set in the Enlightenment (…with werewolves). And nobody (nobody!) builds worlds like Evan Dahm and his massive epic adventures about characters who by-and-large don’t have mouths.

I have a squishy spot for open-world video games like Fallout and Elder Scrolls, and story/character driven games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age. I begged my boyfriend not to buy Skyrim as soon as it came out, because I knew that if it was in the house I’d never finish grad school. (He acquiesced, I graduated, and then I fus-roh-dahed the holy hell out of it.)

I also play Dungeons & Dragons with gusto, and read and write sci-fi, fantasy and surrealist fiction.

B: Do you have a nerdy/guilty pleasure?

S: I’m not guilty about any of my pleasures.

BUT, if “guilty pleasure” is synonymous with “embarrassing levels of geekery”, then….in high school I was so obsessed with Sailor Moon that I memorized the lyrics to the songs in Japanese and sang them loudly in the shower with the depths of emotion only a high school girl can plumb. My girlfriend and I wrote notes to each other and signed them as Haruka and Michiru, and a friend made us chokers with the Uranus and Neptune symbols on them. I mean, not that I’d ever admit that to anyone.

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B: Why do you self-identify as geeky? What’s empowering about that?

Announcing to someone that you’re “a geek” in this era is shorthand for saying “would you like to gesticulate wildly and talk too loudly about a specific set of sci-fi and fantasy media with me?” It’s quick way of delineating what falls in your Venn Diagram, and invites others to overlap their bubbles with yours. Then you can do the sniffing-butts-dominance dance in which you prove your geek cred with each other, which can sometimes be really entertaining and lead to instant friendships. (And other times be tiresome and toxic. C’est la vie.)

What is “geeky” has really changed over the last 15 years: it used to simply mean that you were deeply interested in something outside the norm, possibly to the point of obsession. You could be geeky about statistics, or analog clocks, or semaphore flags, or gramophones, or searching for Ogopogo. But today it has codified into that shorthand of comics/video games/board games/sci-fi and fantasy books & tv/cosplay/anime. The primary reason for that narrowing scope is the fact that the latter can be monetized, while the former remains esoterica. While the new definition is a bit homogenous–hence the ease of Venn Diagramming with strangers–it also has brought together huge communities of people who are dedicated, creative, passionate, and enjoying the art of freaking out over something with thousands of others.

What I find empowering is the give-and-take that happens with geek media. There’s two sides: the consumption and the transformation. People consume the media: they read Game of Thrones, they watch Battlestar Galactica, they play Skyrim. And then they transform the media: they write fanfiction about the Sand Snakes, they cosplay as Kara Thrace, they code a Macho Man Randy Savage mod. The sheer amount of creativity that arises from the original media in geek culture is astonishing. “Geeky” media is filled with rich stories and worlds and characters that beg to be further explored, and geeks are just the obsessive people to do it. There’s no more fertile ground for self-expression, and for finding your own unique way of engaging, responding to and transforming the original material. That’s the power of the kind of escapist, what-if?, brain-bending stories that are told in “geek media.”

B: Do you have a favorite leggings design? 

S: The #AReflectionOf designs are my favorites. I wear them to fancy art gallery openings and people ask if I’m part of the exhibit! I love that you can see the texture of John’s brushstrokes, and even the canvas underneath. They’re a perfect synchronicity between the art + fashion that sets Bombsheller apart.

Andrea Vittegleo: CrossFit Bombshell

Bombsheller was founded by a small group of super active people. With rock climbers, aerialists, four or five different varieties of dancers, skiers, hikers, and yogis in our midst, we’re always trying to get our leggings into the hands of folks that love to move. Our latest Bombshell? The elegantly hardcore Andrea Vittegleo.

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Andrea in #HummingbirdsDelight by Nestlife Collective

I’m not kidding when I say Andrea is a force to be reckoned with. I once watched her lift The Hot Little Boss over her head like she was a broomstick. (Very inspiring.) How’d she get so badass?

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Andrea is wearing #Titania by P.H Diniz and Hot Little Boss is wearing #SplashFlame by Eva Fury

Andrea has always been athletic. “I started gymnastics at the age of three and continued in the sport through college,” she tells me. “I have done yoga, traditional gym memberships…but I never felt challenged enough and always got bored after a while.”

Four years ago, Andrea started doing CrossFit and has been hooked ever since. “Growing up as a competitive gymnast, I always had a coach dictate what I do and correct how I move my body. It’s something I thrive on and CrossFit gives that to me.”

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Climbing in #FeatherLight by Cybele Olsen

Part of the appeal of CrossFit is the community. Andrea puts it this way, “CrossFit makes me feel like I have a place where I belong; a sense of purpose. Everyone is so encouraging and supportive that it makes it seem like anything is possible. I feel like a machine!”

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Andrea balancing in #KoiSchoolofFish by 179

“I know what I need to do to meet my goals, and I know that I have to put in the work to see results. When I am done with a lifting session or a workout, whether I did well or not, I feel like it’s part of my journey to become the healthiest version of myself possible.”

Andrea is crazy fit and healthy, but she has a tough time shopping for clothes. “I can never find jeans or pants that fit my thighs and my waist,” she says. “If they are big enough to fit my legs into, they’re generally four inches too big in the waist.”

Apparently this is a common problem for folks who do a lot of CrossFit. Andrea says it’s discouraging. “I work hard on my strength, which translates to having bigger legs. In this society, having bigger legs usually means having a bigger waist. I love that Bombsheller leggings allow me to show off my hard work and that they fit me so well.”

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Our leggings love you, too, Andrea! Yet another triumph for spandex.

CrossFit Leggings: Lucas Gets Tough

I’ve spent a lot of time in the past few months talking about yoga. While I’ve been busy downward-dogging, my friend (and fellow Bombsheller team member) Lucas was starting a new adventure of his own.

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Lucas pumping iron at CrossFit in #DiamondFadeDark

Lucas is one of the web developers at Bombsheller and has also designed some pretty awesome leggings for us just using code! (Check them out, they’re rad.) Adding to his arsenal of awesomeness, Lucas started doing CrossFit recently and offered to share some of his experiences with all of you out there in blog-land. 

“I was surprised at how super supportive everyone is,” he told me. “There was no whip-cracking, hard-ass mentality. I  had never dead-lifted with weights before and didn’t have a lot of experience in the gym when I started.”

Lucas reports that the coaches are there to provide positive reinforcement, and that the emphasis is really on self-improvement and pushing yourself to your own personal limits. “I always walk out of there feeling like I did something awesomely hard with my body,” he says. “I push my limits every time.”

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Training for the heavy weights.

I (Amanda, Queen of The Blog), always thought CrossFit ascribed to a “drop and give me 20” military attitude. Lucas found out first hand that this is definitely not the case. “Everyone is always cheering you on,” he tells me. “Especially if you’re the last to finish (which probably means you’re working the hardest). No one walks out of there hanging their head.” 

Lucas will check back in about his CrossFit Escapades as he keeps training. For those of you wondering where that gorgeous gym is, it’s CrossFit Belltown here in the Emerald City.