MOAR Nail Wraps From Espionage Cosmetics!

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Today, Espionage Cosmetics launched their second Kickstarter. If you missed out on their nail wraps the first time, need to refill your stock, or (like me) just can’t wait to get the new designs, you’ve gotta pledge now.

The nail wraps are geeky, beautiful, and easy to use, and this time many of the designs are licensed. This means you can fangirl even harder with official products from your fave creators.

I’m particularly excited for Baker Street, Lunar Phase, Mermaid, and Treasure Map wraps, and the “Glitter is the New Black” t-shirt. Check out all of the initial new designs below and let me know what you’re excited for in the comments! (More wraps may be unlocked if and when they hit stretch goals, so keep checking in on their page!)

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What are you waiting for? Go pledge now! 

Tara’s at PAX Prime!

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PAX Prime begins tomorrow, and I’m already tired! I’ll be working the whole time, but luckily that means that you’ll always know exactly where to find me!

On Friday, Sunday, and Monday, you’ll be able to find me in the Cards Against Humanity space at the ACT Theatre (connected to the convention center). Hours are 10am to 5:30pm!

On Friday night, I’ll be helping with the Cards Against Humanity panel at 8pm. Get there early if you’re hoping to get in!

On Saturday night, I’ll be running the Cards Against Humanity show at the Triple Door at 8pm. Standing Room tickets are still available!

And, of course, I’m still manning the @PAXParties twitter handle. This is the place to go if you want to know about all of the public parties happening this weekend!

If you see me, please say “Hi!” It always makes my day when I get to meet a new reader!

Will you be at PAX Prime? What are you excited to do/see?

It’s Fashion Time with AMI Clubwear!

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Photos by the always lovely Liz Leo!

I’ve known AMI Clubwear as a site that has tons of really, ridiculously hot dresses and (you guessed it), clubwear, but it wasn’t until they reached out to me that I found they also carried some fun geeky items.

When I go to cons, I often pick a couple of tiny little dresses like this for after parties, and this is one of the first I’ve seen with long sleeves. This means that I can pair it with leggings and boots in the winter and actually stay warm! Plus, having all of the Adventure Time characters makes it ridiculous and fun. It’s definitely a conversation starter!

Adventure Time DressAMI Clubwear wants to give one of you a $50 gift card so you can splurge on some awesome partywear as well. The Cartoon Dress I’m wearing is only $32.99, so you’d still be able to treat yourself to something else if you got it! They also have an incorrectly labeled Ewok dress, a Corpse Bride dress, a Lumpy Space Princess dress, a South Park scarfcostumes, and more.

Wanna win? Enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Geeky Hostess is Accepting Party Submissions!

 

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Wonderful, beautiful, exciting changes are happening soon for The Geeky Hostess. We’ll be playing with the layout of our site, expanding our offerings, and focusing a lot on parties and recipes. There will be more info on all of that over the next few months, but for now, we’re getting started by officially opening the site up to party submissions!

We want Geeky Hostess to be THE geeky party site, and to do that, we want to see YOUR geeky parties! If we select your submission, you and your party will be featured in a post on GeekyHostess.com. Just email parties@geekyhostess.com with a short description of your party and accompany it with clear, professional-looking images. If we’re interested in featuring you, we’ll respond back with more questions.

I can’t wait to see and share all of the fabulous events you’ve put together!

New Video: Summertime Madness Book Tag!

My lovely friend Mallory tagged me, so I thought I’d finally make a video!

Want more info on the cookbooks I mention? Find them below:

Sprinkles!: Recipes and Ideas for Rainbowlicious Desserts

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

CakeSpy Presents Sweet Treats for a Sugar-Filled Life

Bite Me: A Stomach-Satisfying, Visually Gratifying, Fresh-Mouthed Cookbook

Elizabeth Falkner’s Demolition Desserts

What are your favorite cookbooks?

 

Pre-Order Geeky Sprinkles!

Missed my Geeky Sprinkle Kickstarter? Now’s your chance to order sprinkles!  I opened up the pre-order page today so non-backers can place orders before the initial shipment arrives.

You can purchase bottles of lightning bolt, blue policebox, steampunk gear, or meeple sprinkles as well as accessories like the Geeky Hostess apron, themed recipes, and cupcake pins.

Go here: http://bit.ly/sprinklepreorder or click through the widget above to visit the pre-order page! (And let me know in the comments what you’re planning on making with your sprinkles!)

It’s Summer: Treat Yourself!

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I work hard. And in the Summer, most normal people take some time to relax and rejuvenate. So when Robert Leonard Salon & Day Spa asked if I wanted to come in for a cut and a color, I decided to make a mini “Treat Yo Self” day. No, I didn’t spend tons of money on fine leather goods or drink any mimosas, but I did some small things that made me feel great. I wore my favorite fuchsia lipstick, I walked around Downtown Seattle, I took the time to read a bit, and yes–I got my hair done.

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I don’t normally color my hair, so the prospect was a bit scary, but as soon as I met my stylist, Cara, I knew I was in good hands. I even said the scariest words to utter in a salon: “Do whatever you want!” She put in a subtle ombre that is absolutely perfect for the color-shy. It’s not glaringly obvious that my hair is much lighter, but the colored parts catch light and create more bounce overall in my hair, and I’m in love with it. She then gave me a cut that got rid of some weight in my hair while keeping the length, and styled it with tons of volume.

The treating didn’t end there. I left the salon with two amazing new products, so I can continue to feel glamorous even after my hair is washed and re-styled. I got Oribe Royal Blowout, which helps your hair dry faster and smoother (like you got a blowout at a salon), and Oribe Apres Beach, which was lovingly referred to as “Gisele in a bottle” by Cara. (Apparently it’s what’s used on the Victoria’s Secret models to give them that perfect shiny, tousled hair.) I can’t wait to play around with my hair and the products!

So, by spending some time on myself, I ended up happier and more energized for the rest of the day. Treating yourself is an important thing! What do you do on your “Treat Yo Self” days? Watch a favorite movie? Eat a cupcake? Visit a friend? Get a message? Sleep? Leave a comment below telling me what you do when you want to treat yourself, and you’ll be entered in to win a $25 gift card from Robert Leonard salon! (Still want to comment but you’re not a Seattleite? Just let me know and I won’t pick you!) I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday, August 20th and will mail out the card!

EDIT: The winner is Deedee! Congrats! 

I challenge you to do something this week just for you. Whether it’s big (a new cut and color, buying a Batman suit), or small (making your favorite lunch, wearing your favorite shirt), I promise it will change your mood for the better!

A New Nomiku is on Kickstarter!

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You may remember my post about Nomiku from last November: It’s a super easy-to-use sous vide device and it’s about to get even easier and sleeker. The new Nomiku, announced today via Kickstarter, is smaller, has a larger screen, and is Wifi-compatible. This means you can use Nomiku’s “Tender” app to find sous vide recipes from well-known chefs and other members of the Nomiku community, and send the instructions straight to your Nomiku.

The Kickstarter has been up for half a day, and they’ve already reached over 60% of their goal. If you’re interested in trying out sous vide cooking, take advantage of their early bird pricing and get yourself a Nomiku asap! Visit them at Kickstarter.com.

It’s Summer: Read a Book!

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I love Summer. It’s hot, it’s sunny, the days are longer, there’s tons of fun stuff to do, and I’m just generally in a great mood. It’s now August, and I’m realizing that I’ve got about a month left to take advantage of everything I want to do in this beautiful season. I’m going to start posting about some of my experiences and recommendations. Come enjoy Summer with me!

These past few weeks have been packed full of trips (Yay SDCC!), work, and fun activities with family and friends, but there hasn’t been a whole lot of “me” time. I’m usually a stickler on finding a bit of balance and time to relax, and I realize I haven’t just picked up a book for fun for what’s felt like years. My friends Kristina, Mallory, Emily, and Jenn all participated in “BookTubeaThon” a couple weeks ago (where they were challenged to read a bunch of books over the course of a week), and their example made me want to pick up a book myself.

I picked up some fun new books at Powell’s in Portland and at SDCC in this past month, and can’t wait to go through them all! Here’s what’s on my “To-Read” list:

Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
I’ve been meaning to read this book forever, and finally picked it up to read on the flight to and from SDCC. It’s a cross between Cinderella and Sailor Moon, and that’s pretty much all you need to know. If you like those, you’ll like this. It’s a quick, fun, fluffy read. I found it a bit too predictable for my tastes, but I’m a big fan of retellings of fairy tales, and prefer subtle ones.

Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line
I’m what you may call a bandwagon Veronica Mars fan. (If you were mean, that is.) I hadn’t seen the show until the Kickstarter came out and I realized everyone whose taste I respect was talking about this show. I marathoned the show, went to the movie on opening night, and then got Rob Thomas to sign a copy of this book at SDCC. I’m only a couple pages in, but it’s already grabbed me. I can’t wait to read it!

Ex-Heroes
It’s LA. There are superheroes, and the zombie apocalypse just happened. That’s all I needed to know before I bought a copy of this book. I got a chance to meet the author, Peter Cline, at SDCC (he’s a really nice guy!), and I can’t wait to start reading this.

Ex-Patriots
This is the second book in the “Ex” series, and folks at SDCC were so positive that I’d like the first one that they gave me the second one for free. I called it a “reverse drug deal.” Give me the second so I have to buy the first and get myself hooked! Bonus: this one’s signed by the author.

Betty Crocker’s Guide to Easy Entertaining
I love collecting vintage books, specifically ones about etiquette, entertaining, or social situations. Although this book isn’t actually vintage (gasp! Don’t tell anyone!), it contains anecdotes and recipes from a version of this book that was released in 1959. I look forward to learning about recipes such as “Cocktail Surprise” or “Cheese Kix” (which are exactly it sounds like).

Vogue Book of Menus and Recipes for Entertaining at Home
This book was written by Vogue editors in 1964, and profiles the different types of dinner parties and events you can have at home. It’s full of menus, recipes, and cocktail ideas, and has that delicious vintage book smell. This one will be displayed on a bookshelf more than it will be read, but I still look forward to perusing through it.

Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It
I’ve had my eye on this book since it first came out, and I’m so psyched to finally own a copy! It showcases all aspects of making beautiful dessert displays, including recipes, crafts, and beautiful style inspiration. I’m hoping it will help me up my decorating/tablescape game, and gain some fun tips and tricks. I’ve read about half of it so far, and it’s really cool.

Are you taking some time to read this summer? What’s on your “To Read” list?