About Tara


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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Decorate with Octopi

What is it with geeks and octopi? Is it the relation to Cthulu? Kraken? Steampunk? Just huge fans of Ursula? Or maybe the sea in general? Anyway, whatever it is, octopi + geeks = true love. So I was thrilled to see all of these items appear in Pottery Barn’s spring line. Outfit your whole house with octopi!

Octopus Serving Pedestal
Octopus Serving Pedestal
Display a fancy cake or a new bottle of Kraken on this awesome serving pedestal. This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while, and will definitely stand out at your next party!
$89.00 at PotteryBarn.com.

Octopus Salt and Pepper Cellars
Salt & Pepper
Salt and Pepper shakers are out–whatever this is is in. Allow this fierce-looking octopus to guard your salt and pepper!
$24.50 at PotteryBarn.com.

Octopus Bottle Stopper
Octopus Bottle Stopper
This cute lil guy is the perfect addition to a gift of wine for the octopus-lover in your life. Plus, it instantly turns your bottle into an item you can display!
$16.50 at PotteryBarn.com.

Are you an octopus-lover? Let me know what you think the correlation to geek culture is down in the comments!

Tara’s Daily Makeup Routine

OneUpMakeup posted my daily makeup tutorial today, so I’m sharing it all with you!

Disclaimer: I’m a dork, and not a makeup guru by any means. There’s a reason why I’m usually the model, not the person applying the makeup!

Here is the makeup I used in the video:

Clinique Moisture Surge in shades 02 and 03
Clinique Almost Powder in shade 03
Urban Decay Urban Camouflage in shade Jungle Cover #2
Benefit Fake Up in shade 01 Light
Stila Naturaleyes Palette (shades Kitten, Champagne, Gilded Gold, and Luster)
Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner in Black
Maybelline Full ‘n Soft Mascara in Very Black
Philosophy Kiss Me Very Emollient Lip Balm in Red

What makeup product, tool, or technique do you live by?

Dungeon-Building Dice Set


GMing a campaign and the players have decided to deviate off the set path? Need some fresh ideas on how to layout a dungeon? Want to play an impromptu campaign out and about and don’t have your notes with you? Grab these dice!

The dungeon-building dice set allows you to roll to put together a dungeon map. The five dice included in the set are all different, but all connect with each other through two separate pathways. I’m down for any excuse to roll more dice!

You can find them for $19.99 at ThinkGeek.com.

Free Printable BSG Card Game

DIY Pyramid

Whether you call it Pyramid or Triad (the names switch between the classic and new series), you know you’ve wanted to try it. Print out your own version of the BSG card game you see the Viper pilots playing. Just try to avoid table-flips and physical confrontations, if you can.

Find the card images here and the instructions here. Shout-out to QMX for finding this info!

Colorful Pixelated Fashion from Kate Spade


Is once a week too often to blog about something from Kate Spade or it’s more affordable line, Saturday? If they keep putting out products that are subtly geeky, then I’ll blog about ‘em every day!

You may remember their “Windowpane” print from last week, a DIY-Pixelated-Art look. Now they’ve released an “already colored in” look that’s abstract and adorable. The Sampler Print is available on clothing (dresses, pants, skirts) accessories (bags, watches, shoes) and home goods (blankets, pillows, mugs). Prices range from $8-$180. Check it all out at Saturday.com!

Friday Favorites: April 19

Friday Faves 4-19

Holy crap. This week, you guys. Although it feels weird to be looking for silly, shallow things while I’m worrying about my brother in Boston, it’s actually a good thing to focus on some positive things that make you happy. See what’s distracting me this week:

Favorite Video: Real-Life Scribblenauts
Satire put out another video, this one focused on what you could do (or not do) with real-life Scribblenauts powers. This kid was the cutest and so much fun to work with!

Favorite Treat: Mountain Dew Cupcakes
I’m making a set of my “famous” Mountain Dew Cupcakes today, and I’m hoping to improve on it a bit, namely making the frosting taste even more like Mountain Dew. I’ll update you all with the results once my sugar coma has worn off!

Favorite Beauty Product: Beauty Protector
I got this detangler in a Birchbox a while back, and I fell in love. It protected my hair from heat treating, it made my hair softer, more manageable, and easier to brush through, AND it smelled amazing. It’s a Birchbox exclusive, and is one of their top products (for good reason). I recently ran out and am counting down the days until I get a full-sized refill.  You can get it for $21.95 at Birchbox.com.

Favorite Time Waster: Polyvore
I re-discovered Polyvore this week for a project for one of my clients, and my mom coincidentally discovered it for the first time. It brings me back to my high school days of making collages out of magazines. Sometimes it’s fun to just escape the world and put together fun outfits!

Favorite TV Series: Arrested Development
I mean, this is a no-brainer, and by far not exclusive to this week. I’ve been re-watching the show to prep for a series of posts I have lined up for the new season, and I cannot WAIT to share them with you all. In the meantime, I’m gonna continue watching all the episodes for the umpteenth time and still find new things in them. The show’s available on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and a variety of other places, or you can suck it up and just get the DVD. You know you want it.

Please let me know what’s making you happy this week in the comments!

Geek Etiquette: Manners In a Digital World

manners in a digital world

Guys, I’ve been saying that technology is changing some of our rules on etiquette for a while, and now Emily Post agrees. (“Emily Post agrees” is one of my favorite phrases/arguments ever.)

The new book, “Manners in a Digital World” answers questions such as:

  • Do you have a healthy digital diet?
  • What are your digital house rules?
  • What are the top ten mobile manners?
  • What three things should your kids know before they go online?
  • Should you friend your boss?
  • Is online dating right for you?”
It’s the perfect gift for grads, your new social media intern, or your parents. We know they need digital help.

You can find it for $12.69 at Amazon.com.

What’s your best online etiquette tip?

Help Me With a Quick, 1-Question Survey!

I have some fun things in the works that I hope to announce in the next month, but I need some super quick info from you first! Can you answer this one question for me? It’s fully anonymous, won’t be published anywhere, and just helps me with some initial counts.

Thank you!

Rent-a-Tie with Tie Society

Tie Society Collage

We all know bow ties are cool, but when was the last time you (or the tie-wearer in your life) wore one? If it hasn’t been in the last month, I suggest we change that. There’s nothing wrong with getting a bit dressed up, and there are tons of excuses every day to do it. Go out for a nice dinner. Have an impromptu photo shoot. Invite your friends over for a “fancy dress” party. Let’s show folks that geeks can look chic.

And to help you out a bit, Tie Society’s giving you 50% off the first month of their service. Tie Society calls itself “Netflix for Neckties.” You can select a tie from their huge selection and they’ll send it right out to you.  You keep it for as long as you want, send it back when you’re finished, and then pick out something new. It’s a great way to try out new styles without committing to actually buying it, or keeping your wardrobe fresh and new without leaving your house.

My brother tried the service out for a Great Gatsby-themed event he attended, and he loved it. He said the ordering process was extremely easy, everything came to him well-packaged, and the tie was good quality.

So check them out! Visit www.tiesociety.com and use code “TSTRIAL3″ to get half off your first month. Then let me know in the comments when you’ll be dressing up. Or let me know if you can’t choose between ties and want some expert* advice!

*I’m not an expert.

Tie Society provided me a month of their service for free in exchange for a review. All opinions and words are entirely mine/my brother’s. 

Smell Like Your Favorite Beverage


Commodity has created some beautifully simple scents based on some of your favorite things like whiskey, tea, and paper. Even cooler: you fill out a scent profile, and they mail you samples of some scents they think you’ll like. You pick out your faves, and they’ll send you a full-size bottle or three roller bottles. I can’t wait to give it a try!

Check out the video below for more info:

Roller set, $50. Full-size bottle, $65. Both available for pre-order at CommodityGoods.com.