Suck UK has added another genre to its line of 3D cookies, and this time they’re conquering the final frontier. The cookie cutters come with the pieces to make either a rocket, shuttle, star fighter, or space buggy. It looks like you can’t choose which one you get and have to pay a lot of shipping to get them to the US at the moment, but give them time and they should pop up on Amazon/in local stores. Find them now for $12 each at Suck.uk.com!
PAX is almost here! I should be excited, but I’m really just exhausted. Constant cons and traveling and Job Hunters and other fun things has left me looking forward to a weekend with nothing going on. But still–PAX is here, and even if I’m tired, I’m still gonna make the most of it! In addition to daily activities, I’ll be running the @PAXParties twitter handle. If you want to see your party options each day, make sure you check it out! I update it as I get news about parties, so you’ll know what’s worth the wait and what isn’t.
Here is where you can find me this weekend:
Thursday and Friday:
Two Iron Thrones Tour: I’ll be helping out at this show at the Triple Door. It’s got Kris Straub, Mikey Neumann, and a whole bunch of guests that you know and love. (If you don’t know them yet, you’ll love them after you see them. I guarantee it.) Tickets are still available, so you should go. I’ll say “Hi” to you, you’ll see a good show, everyone wins. Get your tickets here!
I’ll be sleeping and/or wandering the floor.
Cards Against Humanity Live: I’m putting this show on, and boy is it a doozy. There are multiple things in the show that I’m not allowed to talk about, and it’s going to be amazing. I believe there’s still standing room available. Grab your tickets here!
For the Love of Crafting II: The Wrath of Yarn: At 8:30pm in the Raven Theater, I will be joining a group of amazingly crafty individuals to talk geek crafting. There will be giveaways. There will be silliness. There will be…well, I don’t know what else. But it should be a great time!
Cards Against Humanity Panel: I’ll be running over to this panel after my crafting one. You most likely won’t be able to get in unless you’re already in line, which means you’d have to skip my crafting panel. That would be sad. But if you have a time turner or a friend who’s good at saving seats, you should try to hit up this panel. More fun and surprises await!
Sleep. Sleep forever and a day.
Whew! What are your plans for PAX? Will I see you at any of my events?
Do you enjoy baking? How about painting? Model building? Why not incorporate all of your loves into something amazing (and edible)? This edible airbrush kit will allow you to airbrush food-safe ink onto items of your choice (preferably ones you plan to eat). Use it to paint an accurate rendition of a nebula on a cookie, get the perfect shading on your cake shaped like Hogwarts, or just let your artistic side take over on a white fondant-covered cake.
What would you do with an edible airbrush system?
I told Inkedibles that my readers are great cooks/entertainers and are crafty, and that they like unique and interesting things to use while cooking/crafting. They offered up one of these amazing airbrush sets in return. Enter to win below and you could win the Edible Airbrush AND the pack of 17 edible inks to go with it! You lucky folks, you.
Too impatient to see if you win the contest? You can grab your own airbrush system now from Inkedibles.com.
I have more plans with Inkedibles in the future, and they’re going to be a lot of fun! Keep an eye out!
Yeah, the title is awful. Sorry I’m not sorry. But seriously, aren’t fascinators a bit fascinating? The British get to wear them. I’ve often seen people at cons and steampunky people working fun little hats and headpieces into their outfits. People seem to have fun with them. So why don’t we wear them more often?
I’ve been on the lookout for a fascinator for a while. Something tiny and cute I can wear to special geeky functions. A good intro into the fascinator world. I was thrilled when I came across Shilpa Iyengar, a founding designer at Young Designers Collective, and she provided me with the one seen in the photos, above. She has two hats and this ribbon fascinator (made from recycled scraps from other hats) as part of her “Pink Ribbon Collection.” When you purchase one of her pieces, a portion of the price is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. So not only is my fascinator cute and pink, but it’s also recycled and helps support breast cancer research. Win win win win!
I had fun wearing it around today, and while I may not be brave enough to rock a fascinator out in public on an average day, I do plan on wearing it during my Geek Etiquette panel at Geek Girl Con. Where else should I wear it? Do you have a fascinator? Where do you wear it?
If you want to get started on the fascinator trend, you can pick up one of the “ribbon” hats that I’m wearing in either pink or turquoise for $30. ($5 goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.) Find it (and the other two hats available) here!
This is a sponsored post powered by Brandbacker. All words and opinions are my own, and I seriously have been looking for a fun fascinator…
I have a confession to make: I like Pottery Barn, but what I like best about it is the kids’ section. In case you didn’t know, they have some sweet licensed Marvel and Star Wars gear hiding out there. And while their bedding may be a tad too small (and too low of a thread count) for some grown-up beds, they have some other great room accessories that would be at home in, well, anyone’s home.
I’m loving these pinboards that allow you to get organized with bright colors and a pop of geek. It looks like they were originally created for little boys’ bed rooms, but I can see it being perfect in a kitchen or above a desk. Mix and match the super hero pinboards with chalkboards, bungee boards, and corkboards to make an organization system that’s perfect for your home. Now they just need to create a Wonder Woman one…
What superhero goodies have you found at Pottery Barn?
This whole “monthly box” things has really taken off, and I feel like there’s a box out there for everyone. So I took the three I get and did a giant unboxing video. Now you can compare the contents and get a good feel for a variety of monthly boxes! (Also, it felt a bit like Christmas opening so many fun packages!)
Take a look at the video above and then leave a comment (on the video or blog) on monthly boxes you get (specifically if you get one I should check out!).
Here’s additional information on the boxes I get:
Julep: $19.99 a month.
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Loot Crate: $13.37 (plus s/h) a month.
Save $3 with code “GEEKYHOSTESS”
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Birchbox: $10 a month.
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Whew! Back to Friday Favorites! This is the first weekend where I won’t be traveling or on the set of Job Hunters all summer, and I’m excited to catch up on some posts and work. But first, here are some of my favorite things from the past week!
Favorite Activity: Market Ghost Tour
I took my mom to the ghost tour at the Pike Place Market, and while we didn’t see any spirits ourselves, we did get to hear a lot of really fun (and spooky!) stories and learn more about the history of the market. (Don’t worry, I wore my Ghostbusters tank top to keep us safe.) We both had a really good time and are thinking of going back for their mortuary investigation soon. Get tickets for the Ghost Tour here.
Favorite Treat: Rachel’s Ginger Beer
Rachel’s Ginger Beer has been made locally for a while, but they just opened up a flagship store a couple weeks ago at Pike Place Market. You can go in and purchase half growlers of locally made, fresh, amazing ginger beer in a variety of flavors. (I tried and loved the strawberry and the blood orange!) You can also grab cocktails while you’re there, including a blended strawberry ginger beer and vodka concoction. Visit rachelsgingerbeer.com for more info.
Favorite Webseries: Husbands
Husbands is back and on the CW! Or on something they call “CW Seed.” Either way, yay for successful webseries! This season has even more guest stars and centers around an official wedding for the two lovebirds. Expect lots of family drama and some broken vases! Watch it here.
Favorite Kickstarter: Seattle Geekly
Our good friends at Seattle Geekly are raising funds to start doing their podcast again, and I can’t wait! The podcast is entertaining and Shannon and Matt are some of the sweetest people. The Kickstarter’s been up for a day or two, and they’ve already reached half of their goal. Help them reach it!
What are some of your favorite things this week?
Threadless is having another $10 tee sale (and everything else is on sale as well!), and I think I’ve been really good about not picking up tons of t-shirts at cons this summer. Clearly that means I can splurge now, right?
These are some shirts I’m putting in my shopping cart. They’re all ones I’ve had my eye on for a while, and they all seem to go with the theme of “adventure.”:
Let’s Go On An Adventure (This adorable D20 will make this my new go-to gaming tee!)
Today is The Day (Glows in the dark to say “Tonight is the night!”)
Adventure Awaits (Belle and The Doctor? Can’t go wrong.)
Certified Adventure Seeker Hoody (For when your adventures start to get chilly!)
You can see everything at Threadless.com. What will you be picking up?
The final item of clothing from my thredUP shopping spree was this awesome brown coat. It’s long, flares out a bit, and will be perfect over dresses/skirts/jeans/anything in the Fall and Winter. It’s also a versatile cosplay piece. I feel like there are tons of opportunities to wear a long, brown coat, even if it’s as a generic pirate or steampunk character. But when I first put it on, Mr. Geek went “Mal?” so here I am. I re-wore the capris I got for my Lara Croft outfit and paired it with my most comfortable pair of boots. Top it with a more girly version of Mal’s shirt, and voila! I’m a true browncoat.
Coat: DKNY Trenchcoat from thredUP.
Capris: Ann Taylor LOFT Capris from thredUP.
Hair/Makeup: Keep it natural. Brown tones are an obvious choice. I put my hair in a side braid because Molly Quinn wore a side braid when she rocked her Mal cosplay.
As I’ve mentioned in the previous posts, I put together a week’s worth of “closet cosplay” outfits based around pieces from thredUP. They’re an awesome online consignment store that only sells new or slightly used pieces, and they’re all a great price. I really enjoyed my experience and recommend you check them out! You can get 25% off your first purchase with code GEEKYHOSTESS25 until the end of August. Take a peek and let me know what you end up with! (And if you haven’t seen my previous posts, take a peek! Let me know what your favorite outfit was.)
I had this silly idea to create an “evening look” inspired by C-3PO. Mostly, I’ve wanted to do a closet cosplay of C-3PO somehow, and I thought this might be easiest. Why him? He’s my favorite character from Star Wars. He and I are very similar: we both worry and focus on etiquette excessively, often to the annoyance of our friends. We’re both tall. And, well, I guess that’s where the similarities stop. But while wearing this outfit, I can pretend I’m a bit more mechanical. You just need to find a gold dress, some gold makeup, and a bunch of wires to fashion as a belt. Voila! Very subtle cosplay!
Dress: French Connection Cocktail Dress from thredUP.
Belt: Wires from Ace Hardware. The woman who cut the wires for me has a Millennium Falcon tattoo on her foot! You never know where you’ll find Star Wars fans! To make the belt, combine the wires together, put around your waist, then wrap the wires around each other or place a bit of electrical tape around the ends to keep it together.
Makeup: Time to break out all of your gold! For my eyes, I started with Stila’s Gilded Gold from the In the Light Eye Shadow Palette and then Urban Decay’s Chopper and Smog. For my lips, I used Clinique’s Different Lipstick in Tenderheart and Long Lasting Glosswear in Sunset. I have the two of them together in a trial pack, and apparently you can still find it on Amazon.
Accessorize with gold jewelry and shoes and you’re all ready for a night out!
Check out thredUP and get 25% off your first purchase! Use code GEEKYHOSTESS25 by the end of August.
(This is part 6 in a week-long series of closet cosplay from thredUP. Only one more to go!)