Next Issue: Magazine Reading for the Future

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I love magazines. Whether it’s food, fitness, science, fashion, I can’t get enough of the glossy pages. I feel more relaxed when reading a magazine–I’m not as committed as when I read a book, so I can flip through it while watching tv or doing something else. However, I’ve felt guilty about getting magazines the last few years because I can get a lot of the same information online without worrying about clutter or wasting paper.

 
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Enter: Next Issue. For a small monthly fee, you can get TONS of magazines (and their back issues!) downloaded straight to your iPad. I had the pleasure of trying the app out during my SDCC trip (my weakness for magazines usually means I pick one up for a flight), and I love that I can go back and forth between any of the 32 magazines that I currently have in my library. Plus, having the variety all on my iPad means I can flip through magazines I wouldn’t normally pick up on my own, like Brides and GQ, so I can stay on top of trends without spending money for those specific issues. And when I find sweet recipes I want to make later? I can just take a screencap and save it on my iPad. Basically, it’s amazing.

There are currently more than 90 titles available to look through, and you can get started with a 30 day free trial. (The subscription starts at just $9.99 a month after that.) Next time you’re going to go on a trip or have some doctors office visits ahead, download it and give it a try.

Get started at NextIssue.com and let me know what magazine(s) you can’t live without!

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Why I Wear Pink

Today, The Doubleclicks premiered a video for their song “Nothing to Prove” and I’m proud to have been a (small) part of it. You can see my cameo from 1:43-1:47! So today, I wanted to take a bit of time to share my story.

You see, pink is not my favorite color. I’ve never been super-over-the-top girly. But I’ve found that people don’t often get that someone can be feminine and geeky at the same time, so when designing the branding for my site, I decided it needed to be pink. BRIGHT pink. I went more girly than I am in real life because I want to embrace that. I love board games AND makeup. I love sci-fi AND baking cupcakes. I love shopping for comic books AND shopping for clothes. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

I have a pink pencil skirt that I wear often, and I initially bought it because it’s the perfect shade of “Geeky Hostess pink.” I had the privilege of attending GenCon last year in a marketing capacity, so I wore the skirt with my company’s button-up shirt for the first day of the con. (I wanted to look professional, after all.) I was introduced to someone in the world of miniatures gaming who, when finding out I was a marketing person (and not just brought along as a booth babe), asked me a bit about Kickstarter. Should he consider it for his next projects? Oh boy. My face lit up. I started to ramble. I was using buzzwords. Kickstarter is a sweet spot of mine: it’s something I have experience in, I’m fascinated by, and I could talk about forever. His response? Cutting me off by saying “You sound smart for a girl in a pink skirt.” My colleagues were silently appalled. I laughed it off. But it stuck with me. Why the qualifier? Why was he so surprised I would be smart? What is it about the color pink, my gender, or the fact I’m wearing a skirt that would make me stand out as not being intelligent?

From then on I’ve vowed to wear more pink. If I can surprise a few more people into realizing a “girl in a pink skirt” can be smart, then my job here is done. Hopefully it won’t be as shocking next time they encounter it.

This wasn’t the first time I’ve encountered something like this. People often assume I’m working a convention instead of attending it, and when I’m actually working booths at conventions, people assume I’m there to model, not to give them information. It’s often honest mistakes and their reactions aren’t meant to be rude or insulting. So instead of taking them as so, I laugh it off with them, inform them what I’m really doing at the con, and engage them in a conversation about the geeky topic at hand.

Moral of the story? There are a lot of people out there that still don’t quite “get” that women can hold their same interests or intelligence. Getting mad about it or tweeting about it probably won’t help them. Correcting their misinformation in a friendly and informative way will. Lead by example–be friendly and welcoming to those in the geek community, turn offhanded half-insult/half-compliments into an opportunity to chat about your passions, and if someone is being rude or threatening, walk away. And if you want to wear a pink skirt, wear it with pride.

Have a #NothingtoProve story you want to share? Leave it in the comments or submit it to The Doubleclicks’ Tumblr!

OOTD: Buffy-Inspired

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This was my last outfit of SDCC–a bit more “cute” and girly than my other outfits, but I played it up a bit with the harder/darker accessories. It’s inspired by the girly and bad-ass natures of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Thanks to Markie for snapping the pics!)

Buffy Shirt: The Geeky Hostess Store

Pleather Skirt: Forever 21

Batman Earrings: Amazon

Bracelet: Jewelmint

OOTD: Comic-Inspired Fashion

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It’s come to this. It’s the middle of Comic-Con. I’m tired. I’ve given up on getting my hair to cooperate in the humidity. I’ve wondered why I even thought bringing heels would be a good idea. But, I’ve got panels to attend, the cast of Being Human to interview, and the box office for Thrilling Adventure Hour to work. I thought today would be a great time to pull out a classic look. I wore a “Seattle in the Winter” version of this at Emerald City Comicon, and now it’s San Diego’s turn. (Big thanks to my roommate Rachael who got suckered into taking photos of me again!)

Marvel Skirt: Homemade (Find out more here!)
Pow Necklace: Hot Topic
Spider-man Earrings: Superhero Stuff

OOTD: Red Hot Viper

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Guys, selfies are hard. How do you all do it and look so darn cute? And how the heck are you supposed to get a full body shot by yourself? Anyway, this was my Friday outfit. It was a bit chillier in San Diego, but that didn’t stop me from rocking shorts.

Viper Tank: Her Universe
Viper Necklace: Gifted
Red Lips: Mirenesse Glossy Kiss in “#2. Flirty Kiss”

OOTD: TARDIS Thursday

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It’s the first full day of SDCC, so I broke out the big guns: The TARDIS dress. It keeps me cool in the expo hall and the shorts I wear underneath mean I don’t need to worry about the dress riding up! Thanks to my roommate Rachael for taking the pics before a panel began!

TARDIS Dress: Black Milk
Bow earrings (I hear bow ties are cool now): Hello Kitty (they’re made of the same stuff as mood rings!)
TARDIS Necklace: Clockwork Couture Kickstarter incentive

 

 

Tara’s at SDCC!

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As you’re reading this, I’m heading down to sunny San Diego so I can enjoy this beautiful summer week inside a giant building full of like-minded geeks. I couldn’t be more excited! I’ll be running all over the place, but these are some panels/events I don’t want to miss:

Thursday :

  • Geek Therapy: 12:00-1:00pm, Room 26AB
  • Geeks Get Published and Paid: 4:30-5:30pm, Room 26AB
  • Web Series Creators Assemble: 7:30-8:30pm, Room 26AB

Friday:

  • Body Image and Women’s Issues in Entertainment: 7:00-8:00pm, 32AB
  • Husbands: 8:00-9:00pm, Room 7AB

Saturday:

  • Creativity in Comics and Cuisine: 12:00-1:00pm, 7AB
  • Being Human: 4:00-5:00pm, Indigo Ballroom

Sunday:

  • Anti-Bullying Mixer and Press Summit: 10:00-11:00am, Lou and Mickey’s Restaurant
  • Always Sunny in Philadelphia: 3:00-4:00pm, Hall H

 

You can see info on all of the panels here and info on the anti-bullying mixer here.

I’ll also be at my fair share of parties, but the thing I’m most excited for is getting to see Twitter friends and Geeky Hostess readers live and in person! I hope to see some of you there! Are you going to SDCC? What are your not-miss events?

Posts may be a bit slow for the week I’m gone, but I encourage you to follow me on Twitter. I’ll be updating as much as I can!

(If you are attending and you see me, come up and say “Hi!” I love meeting readers!)

Giveaway: Ariel Apron by Jordan Dené

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I was sitting down to watch The Little Mermaid the other day when Jordan reached out to me. “Would you like to review a Little Mermaid apron?” It was like she was psychic.

The apron is fun and extra-pretty to wear because of the style of the bottom. It feels more like a skirt than your average apron. The construction of the apron in general is really nice: it feels sturdy but girly, and I was impressed with the level of detail in the design and stitching. I look forward to wearing the apron while making some Shark Week cupcakes–it’s only right.

The Ariel Apron is one of four different designs in the “Princess Aprons” category of Jordan Dené’s shop, and that is only one of the many fandoms she works in. Between the astronaut, TARDIS, Arrested Development, and Harry Potter aprons, I would have a ridiculous time trying to pick my favorite. Check out everything available in the shop here.

You can win your own Ariel Apron by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway below! Too impatient, or want a different apron? Use code “geekyhostess20” to get 20% off your order! Get shopping now at jordandene.com.

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I was compensated in exchange for this post. All words and opinions are my own!

Friday Favorites: July 12

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The good part of Friday Favorites: I get to look over all the fun things I discovered over the past week. The bad part? I keep seeing the dates tick past each Friday and wonder where all the time is going. Can the world slow down for a second, please? Anyway, here are my favorites for this week!

Favorite Book: All the Nomz

All the Nomz is a cookbook full of recipes by celebrity geeks. You can download it for a small donation to Child’s Play (they suggest $5). Delicious food, awesome geeks, and supporting Child’s Play? Amazing! Find it at AlltheNomz.com.

Favorite Kickstarter: Steak Wrapping Paper

It’s wrapping paper. It looks like steak, cutting boards, and butcher paper. It’s hilarious. It’s wonderful. I’m going to get the Grade A set. You should donate. (Mr. Geek and I got their last meat-paper offering, which looked like a cheeseburger. It was also wonderful.)

Other Favorite Kickstarter: Nerdy Candles for Nerds

These candles are colored, scented (and some are shaped!) like your fave geeky/pop culture characters and objects. I’m in love with the TMNT collection that all are scented like various herbs used to make pizza. Amazing, right? I’m going to pledge for one candle, then probably buy more once they’re officially out. (But don’t tell Mr. Geek. He seems to think I have enough candles, like that’s a think that can happen.) Donate here.

Favorite Makeup: Geeky Hostess Collection

I’ve been playing around with the Geeky Hostess collection and experimenting with different things you can do with them. Holy cow, it’s versatile. I’m excited to keep exploring! You can pick up a set of your own at the Geeky Hostess store.