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?

 

Geeky Hostess Makeup Collection

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Today I have something pretty ridiculously awesome to announce. I’ve teamed up with Espionage Cosmetics to curate a Geeky Hostess collection of makeup, available exclusively in the Geeky Hostess store.

I curated the collection to be as versatile as possible. You can stick it in your suitcase or your purse and be set with all of your colors for the day! The colors include:

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Not Today: A pure, matte red (I use it for blush and mix it with lip gloss for a great lip color, you can also see it on my nails in the pics)
Mrs. Reynolds: A soft, sheer, sparkly pink (This is my go-to base eye color, and mixes well with the red for cheeks/lips)
White Chocolate Mocha: A white frost with a hint of copper shimmer (A great mixer to tone down the red/pink, and a fun highlighter for the face/eyes)
Josephine Baker: Dark shades of cocoa mixed with iridescent green (This makes a GREAT smokey eye and can also be used wet as a liner)

To launch it properly, I’m doing a giveaway! Enter below! And then go check out the cosmetic collection or see all of the photos from my Wonder Woman/Pin-Up inspired shoot on Facebook!

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Pixelated Sweatshirts

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It’s supposed to be summer, but instead it’s just ridiculously rainy in Seattle. The benefit is it’s the perfect kind of day to snuggle up in sweats and put some time into a book, video game, or movie marathon. I just wish I had one of these sweet sweatshirts to cozy up in.

The sweatshirts are a bit pricy at $59, but if you’re looking for a signature sweat (that’s a thing, right?) then this just may be perfect.

Find these designs and more from the Drew Wise collection at BelovedShirts.com.

Geeky Cross Stitch Templates

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Looking for a fun summer project? Take up cross stitching! HalloweenCostumes.com created some geeky cross stitch patterns that you can download for free. They represent fandoms including Back to the Future, Mario, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Legend of Zelda, and Minecraft. If you get started now, these could make really cute (and relatively inexpensive) holiday gifts for your friends!

Find the patterns here!

Win a KitchenAid Mixer!

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I’ve teamed up with some amazing other party bloggers and businesses to give away a KitchenAid Mixer to one of our readers! I use my KitchenAid Mixer on a nearly daily basis, and wouldn’t make cupcakes without it. I highly recommend everyone have one.

Go enter here–I want a Geeky Hostess reader to win!

Friday Favorites: June 21

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Today’s Friday Favorites is Geek and Sundry themed. You see, when you have a large group of talented friends and colleagues, you find out that most of them are up for a lot of the same things. And they’re all ridiculously deserving. Whether or not I move on to the next round of the Geek and Sundry vlogger search, I’m going to be so psyched if any of these folks do. Check out the following videos and give them your votes! (And please, vote for me daily!)

  • Amanda McGinnis. Amanda (of “Console to Closet”) teaches you how to dress like your favorite video game characters.
  • Emily Cohen. Emily talks Star Wars and the Expanded Universe.
  • Joe Homes. Joe gets theoretical while talking about concepts presented in geek movies/literature.
  • Justin Hammond. Justin talks “Fiction Science” and applies science to interesting ideas/theories presented in fantasy/science fiction.
  • Kaitlin Stewart. Kaitlin is adorable and informative in her geek fashion vlog.
  • Kiri Callaghan. Kiri is out to learn everything and anything and tell you about it in her show “Wit and Whimsy.”
  • Mitch Hutts. Mitch is better known as the “Drunken Moogle” and will teach you how to make some fantastically geeky drinks.
  • Rachael Berkey. Rachael encourages you to “Check out a Classic” and recommends some of her favorite classic books.

Know of other awesome vloggers participating? Share them in the comments!

Help Me Become a Geek and Sundry Vlogger!

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I submitted my new “Geek Etiquette” vlog to Geek and Sundry’s vlogger search, and I’ve moved on to the “community feedback” portion. Basically, Geek and Sundry wants to know if you would be interested in a regular Geek Etiquette show. If you’d like to see me chatting about etiquette tips in a regular series, please look at, like, vote, and share my video! It would mean SO much to me. You can visit my video (and share it with your friends) at this link:

http://geekandsundry.com/vlogger/tara-theoharis

Have an etiquette topic you’d like to see me do in the future? Leave a comment on the video and let me know!

I’m psyched to be in the running, and appreciate anything you can do to spread the word. Let’s show Geek and Sundry that we’re ready for more etiquette in our lives!

Free Rides with uberX!

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To celebrate the summer, uberX is giving away FREE rides from today, June 18 through the 20th (up to $20). The uberX is their new hybrid, lower-priced car, so you get the same sweet Uber , but your wallet and the earth feels better about the whole thing. Their free rides are unlimited for the three days, so you can get yourself to and from your destination for free and in style.

If I wasn’t filming Job Hunters, I’d totally use the rides for a fun date night to and from GameWorks or the EMP.

So visit Uber.com, grab the app, and start planning a fun activity to take advantage of their free days! You may even be treated to a sweet neon Uber tank top once you’re inside the car.

Let me know if you use uberX over the next couple days!