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

 Ariel Apron

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

Friday Faves July 12

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.

Smell Like a Geek with Marie DeMars

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I was recently asked to try out some of Marie DeMars’ scents and I was thrilled to see that she had some inspired by Doctor Who. I received a sampler and they arrived in this amazing TARDIS box, as seen above. (I’d rather get a present in this blue box than in that other blue box, am I right, ladies?) Mr. Geek and I both have a thing for cool boxes, and right away he picked it up. “Where did this come from? What is this?” He was sold. Basically, even after the perfume is gone, I’m keeping the box for tiny treasures. It’s awesome.

Anyway, let’s get to the perfume! I received Silence in the LibraryElevenRiver Song, and Corsair. They’re all oil-based and go on incredibly smooth. They’re warm and musky scents, but wear subtly, which is nice. Silence in the Library makes me think of sitting on a big, comfy chair with multiple old books surrounding me. Eleven makes me feel like The Doctor gave me a big hug and his scent stayed with me, River Song is simply delicious and a little spicy (just like the woman herself), and Corsair is smooth, yet surprising. Although they are all lovely, River Song was my favorite scent to wear. I kept smelling my wrists after putting it on!

You can purchase the scents individually or in a trio. Not sure which ones to get? Get a sampler like mine! And lucky you, Geeky Hostess readers get 30% off with code “GEEKYHOSTESS”. Visit Marie DeMars’ Etsy shop to try these perfumes and more!

DIY Push-Up Pops

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Remember Push-Up Pops? Now remember the “Pebble” Push-Up Pops with nerds inside? I grew up on these things. It wasn’t summer if these weren’t in the freezer. I started getting a hankering for them over the last couple weeks, and realized how ridiculously easy it would be to make them myself. Presenting: DIY Push-Up Pops!

Ingredients:

  • Push Pop Containers (Around $1 a piece from Amazon. They’re reusable and can be used for all sorts of cool projects!)
  • Sherbet in the flavors of your choice (I used orange and lime)
  • Rainbow Nerds (often found in the “movie candy” section of the stores)

Directions:

  • Allow the sherbet to thaw slightly so it can be mixed.
  • Mix (by hand or on a slow setting in a mixer) the Rainbow Nerds and sherbet in a large bowl.
  • Spoon the mixture into the push pop container, and place the lid on.
  • Return the push-up pops to the freezer and let chill for at least an hour.
  • Enjoy!

See? So easy. So delicious. But be careful, they melt quickly! Better eat them all now.

What was your favorite summer treat when growing up?

Cinema-Inspired Jewelry

Kate Spade, the brand I wish dressed me every morning, has come up with a fantastic collection of cinema-inspired items, and I want them all. Whether you make films, love films, or just plan on dressing well when you hit up some of the summer blockbusters, you’ve gotta check these out:

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If you’re a fan of the 3D craze, then you should get your hands on this Cinema City CoinPurse–it’ll keep your ticket and popcorn money at the ready! $98.00.

 

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Remind yourself what it takes to be a star with this Steal the Show Hinged Idiom Bangle. Mix it with other solid colored bracelets for a fun look! $78.00.

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Show everyone you’re ready to make a movie (in your pants) with the Simply Cinema Movie Belt. If you’re directing a film, I think it’s pretty much essential for you to have this. $128.00.

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My absolute favorite piece is this Cinema City Bangle. Wear it and tell everyone that movies are so much better when made on ACTUAL film… $78.00.

There are a variety of other cinema-influenced items at KateSpade.com. Which one’s your fave?

Friday Favorites: July 5

Friday Faves July 5

I hope you survived the 4th and got a chance to relax! Here are some of my favorite things from the past week:

Favorite Kickstarter: Jetpack Unicorn
My friends Kristina and Joe teamed up with Wyrd to Kickstart a game based on some “Would You Rather” videos they created together. The prompts and illustrations are hilarious, and I can’t wait to see the full final product. Help them kickstart it now!

Favorite Luxury Item: Big Bang Ring
This white gold and diamond ring is way out of my price range, but a girl can dream about wearing this comic book “Pow” shaped ring, can’t she? If you have an extra $3,700 to spend, check it out here.

Favorite Online Subscription: Amazon Prime
Amazon Prime’s been saving my butt lately with various things we need for Job Hunters shooting, and it’s also my preferred way to shop for everything else. For one annual fee, you get free 2-day shipping on almost anything, plus free movies/tv shows and a free lending library for Kindle owners. I’ve had it for a couple years now, and I can’t imagine not having it. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial at Amazon.com.

Favorite Album: Lasers and Feelings
The Doubleclicks are coming out with a new album this Tuesday! I got to take a peek at it, and it’s positively lovely. If you like geeky things and music, then you need this album. Pre-order the album now!

What have you been loving this past week?

Are You Going to SDCC?

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San Diego Comic Con is coming up soon, and I’m in the process of finalizing plans, booking panels/press time, and planning out parties. There are two things I’m currently looking for. If you’re attending comic con or know people who are, spread the word on the two questions below! We may be able to form an awesome partnership or beautiful friendship!

  • Looking for a room? My friend Rachael and I have space for two more ladies in our room. It would be $600 each for a room from Wednesday through Monday morning. We’re fun, low maintenance, are out for most of the day/evening, but aren’t crazy partiers. Join us! Alternatively, if you are an awesome lady who has room for two more in your room, let’s chat, compare prices, and consolidate into one room that saves everyone some money! Contact me for more info
  • Own a business in the gaslight district? I’m throwing around some ideas in my head for a party/event/pop-up shop, and I would love to find a boutique, bar, restaurant, or cupcake shop in the area that would be interested in hosting. It should be a lot of fun and will bring in a great group of people! Interested? Contact me!

Are you going to Comic Con? What are you most excited to see? Anything you want me to make sure I cover?

Friday Favorites: June 28

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Whew! Job Hunters, Geek and Sundry, launching a makeup line, trying to catch up on sleep…It’s been a roller coaster of a week! Here are some of my favorite new discoveries:

Favorite App: Vine
I’ve only made a couple videos, and they’re all obnoxious, but I’m loving playing around with Vine. More videos to come, I’m sure! (Any Vine users out there that have tried Instagram video? What are your thoughts?)

Favorite Video: Dungeons and Dragons and the Influence of Tabletop RPGs
Apparently some footage of a past D&D sesh made it into this mini documentary by PBS. The documentary’s good, but the footage of me in footie pajamas and a cape playing D&D is priceless.

Other Favorite Video: The Great Gatsby VFX
The Great Gatsby was a good movie, but the visual effects were ASTOUNDING (mostly because you had no clue they were visual effects). Take a look at before and after shots of some of the main scenes and locations. Chills.

Favorite Fashion Item: Iron Man Leggings
Why, yes. That is Robert Downey Junior’s face in your crotch. So bizarre.

Favorite Kickstarter: Atlas Performance Dress Socks
I wrote about Ministry of Supply a year ago when they launched their high-tech dress shirt. They’ve now launched a Kickstarter for a  high-tech/high-performance dress sock, and they’ve already doubled their goal. The socks are built upon things like MIT technology, 3d printing-style knitting machines, and apparently use used coffee grounds to filter odor. You can get 2 pairs for $28. I’m just bummed they don’t come in lady-sizes!

What are your favorite discoveries from the past week?