About Tara

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Tara is the Geeky Hostess. Lover of entertaining, decorating, and gift-giving with a personal and geeky flair. Have a question on Geek entertaining or etiquette? Email her at tara@geekyhostess.com !

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Get Geek-Chic with Modcloth

I was perusing Modcloth the other day (as one does when they want to put off real work), and I noticed they had a “geek-chic” section. I already love Modcloth, but I now want to fully live in the world that exists on their website. They have items for space lovers:

Modcloth Space

Science lovers:

Modcloth Science

And cat lovers (so, all of the internet),

Modcloth Cat

as well as cute items inspired by novels, school, fantasy, fandoms, and more. Basically, I want to re-do my home and wardrobe. Want to peruse their goods? Check out everything geeky Modcloth has to offer here!

What’s on your “must buy” list? (I really want these planet plates…)

Look Like Marge with the MAC Simpsons Collection

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Dye your hair blue and start teasing it up: everyone’s going to want to look like Marge when this new collection from MAC releases!

The 10 piece collection will include nail stickers ($16.50), eye shadows ($44), lipglasses ($16.50), and lashes ($18.50) and everything will be inspired by Mrs. Simpson herself. Just look at that bright blue eyeshadow!

Start saving up: you can get it at www.maccosmetics.com on August 28 and in stores starting September 4th.

Attending San Diego Comicon? You can visit the local MAC Store on July 26th for a one day sale of the products, over a month before everyone else gets it!
Will you be picking up any pieces from this collection?

Adorable, Sassy, Pun-Filled Art

David Olenick Collage

I came across this art by David Olenick a while back, and I want to purchase some for my kitchen and some for my office. The adorable images are paired with punny sayings, shocking truths, and a few NSFW phrases that you’ll still try to put up. You can purchase the images as prints, phone cases, stationary, tote bags, pillows, and more at Society6.

What’s your favorite piece by him?

Healthy Game Snacks: The Better Chip

The Better Chip provided me with product and/or compensation for this post, however the opinions I shared are my own.

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I’ve been working on finding healthy snack options for game nights, and while I’ve had some success with veggies and hummus or popcorn, sometimes you just need to provide some chips for the group. In comes The Better Chip . They’re vegan, gluten-free, and have no GMOs. Plus, they come in a bunch of great flavors.

The Better Chip reached out to me and wanted me to create a “nacho” style recipe in honor of the World Cup. I used their Spinach & Kale chip (which is ridiculously delicious) to make a Greek-inspired snack. It’s essentially hummus and a Greek salad on top of the chips. Want to make it yourself? Follow the recipe below!

Greek Salad “Nachos”

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Ingredients:

  • The Better Chip Spinach & Kale Chips
  • Hummus
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 onion
  • Kalamata olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Black Pepper

Directions:

A Greek salad, like any salad, can be made with any number of ingredients in any portion you desire. But to make it like the picture above, I suggest the following:

  1. Using a knife, spread the hummus on each chip.
  2. Dice the cucumber, tomato, onion, and kalamata olives. Mix together.
  3. Crumble feta into the salad mixture, top with pepper. Mix together.
  4. Place a spoonful of the salad onto each chip. Serve!

This also makes a nice small meal on a hot summer day. Want to make it even more “nacho”-like? Amp up the Greek-ness and the cheesiness by making Saganaki! I made the fried cheese to accompany these nachos the other day by following this recipe. Want to know how it turned out? Check out my Instagram!

Moral of the story is, I had a great time playing around with Better Chips and making Greek “nachos”. (And they must have been good–Greece won their game after I made it!) If you want to give the chips a try as well, just leave a comment answering the following question: “What recipe would you create with The Better Chip?”

Two winners will be selected on Wednesday and will win:

  • An assortment of chips
  • A TBC branded caxirola (the official noise maker of the World Cup)
  • A “Nachos Around the World” recipe sheet
  • Coupon for more product
  • A TBC chip clip


A big “thank you” to The Better Chip for sponsoring this post!

Tara’s at Vidcon!

I am currently heading to the airport, about to fly to sunny Anaheim for Vidcon. I’ll be repping Job Hunters when I’m not at Disneyland or meeting with friends. If you’re going, you should check out the following things I’m doing:

Job Hunters Q&A Session

I’ll be on the Job Hunters panel on Saturday at 12:30pm in room 209! We’ll show episodes 1-3 as well as run a Q&A session.

Vidcon Arena

Throughout the convention, we’re going to be running a game called “Vidcon Arena”! You’ll receive a QR code in your Vidcon bag. Stick the code onto your Vidcon badge, and scan others to get points for your “kills” in the arena. Top scoring players will get to face off against the Job Hunters cast in a game of laser tag for prizes! Find out more in this instructional video:

I’ve been working with QR Wild to make the Vidcon Arena game come to life, and they have gone above and beyond with it. I’m so psyched to see people playing it!

Will you be at Vidcon? (If you see me, stop me and say “Hi!”)

Job Hunters Season 2 Episode 1 is HERE!


The web series I produce, Job Hunters, has just released the first episode of its second season. We’ve been working on this for a year, and I’m so excited to have it out in the world now.

Some of you may not have even known me/read this blog back when the first season came out. But if you can give it a watch, I’d so appreciate it! You can start with the second season (there’s a recap at the beginning), or you can see the first season here.

Let me know what you think in the comments, and if you like it, please share it with your friends!

Tony Stark-worthy Green Smoothies with Silk Almond Milk

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Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

In my pursuit to continue to live a healthier lifestyle, I’ve been working out more and trying to incorporate some healthy “superfoods” into my diet. I’ve been hearing about the benefits of green smoothies for forever, and thought, if Iron Man drinks ‘em, why can’t I?

So when Silk approached me to make some almond milk recipes, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out some of these smoothies. It’s a quick and cool way to grab breakfast, which makes it great for the summer, and since I’m lactose intolerant, I’m able to get my calcium and other nutrients from the added almond milk, which is awesome.

I headed to Safeway and picked up the Silk Almond Coconut blend and the Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber, as well as a bunch of fruit and a GIANT bag of spinach for the smoothies.

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There they are, just chillin’ in the dairy section waiting to go home with me!

I made two different types of smoothies: A sweet strawberry/banana one, and a more tropical one. They’re very green and still have a very small hint of a spinach after-taste, but overall, if you’re looking for a smoothie full of really good stuff and you’re a beginner to the green drinks, these are going to be your go-tos. They’re super quick and easy to make!

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

Making of Straw Banana

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and uniformly green.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

Making of Tropical

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and uniformly green.
  3. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Are you a green smoothie drinker? What’s your go-to combo?

My Fave Doctor Who Shirt (And You Can Win One Too!)

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Jordandene recently sent me this tank top, and I’m in love. It’s technically a Doctor Who shirt, but with the subtlety of the colors and a great quote (“We’re All Stories in the End”), it can pass as a “non-geek” shirt, which allows me to wear it in more situations. It’s a unisex-style shirt that can run a bit baggy, so I like it tucked in all slouchy-like.

I took the shirt to the Seattle Public Library and randomly came across an entire aisle of books with a very fitting name. Can you tell what it is?

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WIN your own “We’re All Stories in the End” tank top as well as a TARDIS half apron by entering in the Rafflecopter below! Don’t want to take your chances, or have your eyes on another one of Jordandene‘s lovely items? Treat yo self with 20% off your order. Just use code “geekyhostess14″. 

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What’s your fave Doctor Who quote?

Job Hunters Merch is Here!

JH Merch

For those who may not know, I am one of the producers of a web series called Job Hunters. And over the past year and a half, we’ve been working on the second season of the show. We’re launching our first episode on Tuesday (watch for a post that day!), and in the meantime, we’ve created some new in-world merch:

Avery World Tour Shirt: You’ll look like you were at Avery’s famous “Dancing on Rainbows” world tour with this shirt! (I’m personally planning on getting one of these to wear at Vidcon!)

MAEWIN Jumpsuit Shirt: Want to look like a job hunters but don’t want to wear a full jump suit out in public? We don’t blame you. Get this shirt instead.

Safe House Posters: These posters were created by our Art Director and can be seen in the Safe House during season two! Get them for your house and it will be like YOU live in a safe house!

You can check out all of the merch at dftba.com. Are you looking forward to season two?

2D Briefcase from JumpFromPaper

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I was given the opportunity to do another shoot with a JumpFromPaper bag, and I decided to use it as a chance to explore the Seattle Geek’s wardrobe. While a standard day has us in jeans and t-shirts, there are days where you’re meeting with a client or giving a presentation, and you’ve got to “suit up” a bit. So I tried out the standard work outfit: Nice jeans, a geeky shirt, a blazer, and nice shoes.

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The JumpFromPaper briefcase was a nice addition to the outfit, and has been suiting me well even after the shoot. It’s my go-to laptop bag (yes, it fits my 13″ MacBook Pro!) and gets just as many stops on the street and compliments as my JumpFromPaper purse.

JumpFromPaper Briefcase

You can find the briefcase at JumpFromPaper.com, as well as a lot of other cool bags.

What’s your go-to work uniform? And would you carry around a JumpFromPaper bag?