Five Fandom Friday: Five Nerdiest Things You’ve Ever Done

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Okay so maybe I’m a few days late on this one but hey- I’ve been busy. I’ve been away all weekend at my cousin’s wedding and barely been online, let alone have time to write anything. I didn’t even take my notebook with me!

Thanks to TK of Tickled TK  for this prompt, which is five nerdiest things I’ve ever done! Like a lot of the other ladies who have done this, I have done a ton of nerdy stuff. Here goes:

1) Conventions

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I’ve been going to conventions since… 2012? Maybe even earlier! My first convention was Lucky Con, a real small manga/anime con in my college city. I went with my all-time bestie Gina, and it was the first time I dressed in Lolita! I absolutely adore going to cons  as I adore the community spirit at them. Even at places like Lucky Con, which gets about 150 people to it, everyone’s there because they all love the same nerdy stuff and it makes my heart sing. Related to this- cosplaying at said cons!

2.) Dressing in Lolita

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I’ve not dressed in Lolita for SO LONG (too long! I miss the frills) but dressing in Loli is definitely a nerdy thing! Lolita is a Japanese street fashion where the focus is on being cute and demure. There are some fab communities in the UK and I’ve found the fashion to be super welcoming. I love the fashion because it’s so different to what I usually wear, and I love the style of dresses. I’d love to wear Lolita more day-to-day because it’s so damn cute! Related: I used to collect Hello Kitty memorabilia, and had over 100 items. To this day friends and family still buy me Hello Kitty stuff and I love all of it, as you may have seen in a recent instagram post!

3.) Gaming marathons

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My name is Ari, and I play video games. I play them A LOT. I find myself with a lot of spare time these days (and a lot in the past) so I turn to video games. My most recent marathonner has been Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls and I’ve wasted away entire weekends sprawled on my sofa playing it. I play games a lot (when the Boyfriend-Wonder hasn’t called dibs!) and I love getting lost in new worlds. Got any recommendations? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments section!

4.) Collecting comic books

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I have quite the collection of comic books! They’re currently all safely boxed away, ready to go into storage. I’ve been collecting comics since 2009 (ish!) and have around 200-300. It may not sound like much, but when you carry that many it feels like a lot! I’ve not bought new comics in a while (boo!) but I plan on restarting my Morning Glories, Sex Criminals and Bee & Puppycat collections when I get comfortable and settled in my new job.

5.) Doing a degree in film

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I think this is my crowning glory really! I recently finished my BA (Hons) in Film Studies & Screenwriting, and while I don’t graduate until November, it’s one of the things I’ve done that I’m the proudest of. I’ve always been passionate about film and I’ve enjoyed this course so, so much.

What are the 5 nerdiest things you’ve ever done?

Competition Win with Cheeky Boo Emporium!

I’ve been a very lucky duck recently! Cheeky Boo Emporium were running a giveaway on Twitter for one of these super cute banners, designed by Sass & Bell!

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How cute is it?! I can’t wait to move into my new house and hang it up, probably in the kitchen! It might not be the Boyfriend-Wonder’s style, but I’m sure he can get used to it, haha. In the picture above I hung it in the kitchen, which is an inexplicable shade of bright green.

I really need to share the packaging of this prize from Cheeky Boo. It’s so cute!

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It was all decorated with washi tape and cute stickers! I love the personalisation that went into the whole parcel.

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It was then wrapped in pink tissue paper with a business card taped to the front… With washi tape, of course!

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It’s made of soft cotton with the text embroidered on it. You can’t really see it in my pictures, but it’s not all yellow- it’s a really nice pattern of yellow and white. I really, really love it and can’t wait to hang it up somewhere permanent.

Cheeky Boo has a really fab selection of jewellery and homeware and I could honestly spend so so much money on the site! I’m currently eyeing up this cute mermaid necklace, and cat brooch.

100 Days of Being Geek Chic & Healthy, Day Forty Two: Geek Culture Outfits

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The wording for this prompt was a little unclear, so I decided to post some outfit swaps and some of my favourite fashion meets nerdy art. Enjoy!

2 words: Hipster. Disney.

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I love hipster Disney princesses. Probably the only time I would dress as a Disney princess is if I was doing a hipster cosplay or Disneybounding.

What are your favourite re-imaginings of nerdy characters?

For more on 100DBGCH, check out Ariel’s blog!

100 Days of Being Geek Chic & Healthy, Day Forty One: Nails

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I fell behind on this one for no reason other than I’m lazy. Painting my nails is a pain in the ass, and I don’t do it all that often. I tend to go with either classic reds or my favourite colour, purple… Especially with glitter! Instead of spending an hour and a half painting my damn nails and smudging it all over the damn place, I instead decided to share some of my favourite manicures and nail arts I’ve seen from around the internet.

Li’l Pikachus! So cute!

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I’m not sure how you’d do anything with this manicure, but it’s so damn pretty!

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How awesome are these? I wish I had the patience and still hands to be able to do them myself.

Which one’s your favourite?

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Spring Wardrobe Cleaning with Yumi

The weather’s a-changing, and that means everyone’s wardrobes are a-changing too. I tend to have a selection of items that work all year round, or I experiment with layers (especially cute cardigans & opaque tights!) but every season that rolls around always ends with me buying something new and adding it to my rotation.

This awesome competition from Yumi has got me more raring than ever to start swapping things out, as the prize is £1000 gift voucher for their shop, so you could replace your entire wardrobe. How awesome is that?

Here are some items I’d swap out with Yumi’s current season collection!

Floral Burn Out Overlay Skirt

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I’m a strong believer in skirts. You can easily dress skirts up or down, and this one is no different. I’d swap out one of my high-waisted lace skirts for this, as this is perfect for spring/summer. It’s a bit longer than the skirts I usually wear, but hey- that means I don’t have to wear tights. I’d get it in black (to keep up my wannabe-goth vibe) and I think it’d go great with a graphic tee or blouse.

Daisy Embellished Dress

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Isn’t this dress pretty? It’s also available in cream, too! I’ve opted for the navy option, as I prefer darker colours. I’d swap out one of my thicker dresses for this beauty, and it’d be ideal for my internship in an office, as well as for going out. I’d wear it with nude tights, cute blue flats and a white cardigan to make the daisy embellishments pop.

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Eastern Bird Print Jumper

The one thing that’s annoying about the British spring time is you never know when it’s gonna turn. It can be bright sunshine, dreary rain and howling winds all within the space of one day! Generally, the best way to combat this is with a nice jumper, but all the jumpers I have a thick woolen ones left over from winter. This Eastern Bird Print Jumper is pretty ideal as it looks pretty thick, and has a cute design on it! I’d wear this casually with my skinny jeans and plimsolls and it’d be a good outfit to mooch around town in.

Printed Flower Chunky Heeled Shoes

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Aren’t these cute?! I love the blue & white design, and the red flower really sets it off. I don’t own nearly enough heeled shoes (especially ones that aren’t black) and these would be the perfect addition to my wardrobe. The blue colouring means these shoes would go with a lot of the dresses I own, and as they don’t look overly dressy, would go with my day-to-day fashion. I’d wear these with a blue dress and accessorise with red.

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Butterfly Print Scarf

Scarves are ideal in spring, as they offer a little bit more protection against the rain and cold… Or if the AC in your office is particularly ferocious! All of the scarves I have are only winter suitable (regretting that clear out now…) so a nice, thin scarf like this would be good for the seasons. The great thing about scarves is you can use them in loads of different ways; as a normal scarf (with a bajillion ways to tie it!) a belt, to wrap things in… all sorts! This scarf would look good in a pastel-themed outfit, or with blue jeans and a white shirt.

What type of items do you wear in the spring/summer months? What do you think to these selections?

My Favourite Spots in Sheffield- Hometown Hunt!

I recently discovered that EventBrite are hosting a blogger link-up called Hometown Hunt so I just had to get invovled and share some of my favourite spots in Sheffield! Eventbrite can help you manage your own event with their event management & sales pages!

I love Sheffield. I’ve only lived here for three years, since moving in 2012 for university, but I feel like I’ve lived here forever. I love Sheffeld because it’s a mish-mash of old and new, in terms of both architecture, and shops. There are new buildings popping up every year, and they stand alongside the relics from Sheffield’s past in a beautiful juxtapositioning. Another reason I love Sheffield is that there’s always something happening; whether it’s festivals (like the upcoming Doc/Fest) food markets, Pride celebrations, there’s always something to do. Sheffield is such a cultural city, due to the many cinemas, art galleries, and theatres in the city centre (and surrounding area) and I love the fact that I can take a shortcut through an art gallery to get into town. During my time in Sheff, I’ve come across several places I’ve absolutely fallen in love with, both due to the events that are held there, the place itself and the people.

1.) Showroom Cinema

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A converted art deco car showroom, the Showroom is an absolutely fantastic cinema based in the city centre, a mere 2 minute walk from the train station, and 5 minutes from the bus station. The Showroom are a 4-screen cinema and they show a combination of blockbusters, indie films, classics, theatre performances and have a top notch bar & café! My only wish is that I could get out to Showroom more, as they have such a fantastic range of films on throughout the day, I’d be able to find something to please both myself and the most picky friend!

2.) The Harley

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The Harley, up on Glossop Road is an awesome hotel/bar up near the University of Sheffield. It has some downright delicious food (the best fries I’ve ever had in my life) great drinks and has a lovely atmosphere. The Harley has gone on my list because I went to an awesome, awesome gig there with my Dad several years ago. The band we saw were really friendly and chatted to us, and didn’t mind getting their picture taken with us. The Harley have several gigs on throughout the year, as well as a few DJ nights.

3.) Bungalows & Bears

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B & B is my favourite Sheff bar/restaurant! Their food is absolutely sublime and they have a great selection of drinks & cocktails, as well as quite a few non-alcoholic ones. There’s gigs, DJ nights, quizzes, vintage fairs and all sorts throughout the year, and they’re well worth a look if that’s your scene. Otherwise, go for the amazing food, and thank me later.

What are some of your favourite spots? Are you a Sheff native? Where would you recommend?

Five Fandom Friday: Five Shows to Binge Watch

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Today’s (or rather yesterday’s) prompt was five shows to binge watch. As the Boyfriend-Wonder and I are notorious homebodies, I asked for his help on this one. Unsurprisingly enough, our answers were pretty much the same:

1.) American Dad, or Futurama, or Family Guy, or Archer (any animated show really!)

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American Dad has a little more panache than Family Guy, and is miles funnier than Family Guy. That said, pretty much any animated show (like the ones listed above) are perfect for binge-watching. When I was really sick a few weeks ago, I lived off American Dad marathons in bed, and it’s kind of stuck. Since Netflix has nine seasons of it, it’s the perfect show to put on if the Boyfriend Wonder and I are bored of vidya games or eating.

2.) Scrubs 

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Scrubs is not only good to marathon watch, but it does what any good TV show does; it’s funny (see the gif above!) but can really hit you in the feels as well. I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve cried to this show, but hey- it’s freaking fantastic and I won’t hear a bad word against it. Apart from the Med Students season. I wasn’t too keen on that.

3) Game of Thones, or Black Sails or Spartacus ( or any other Starz show basically!)

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This show, man! Pirates! Explosions! Bad ass female characters! I ended up watching half of one series of Black Sails with the Boyfriend Wonder one night when we couldn’t sleep, and it’s freaking fun. Pretty much any historical (or historical style) drama is super fun to binge watch.

4.) Bones

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Look at Hodge-Podge here! Bones used to be The Boyfriend-Wonder and I’s go-to show. Every night after I got back from uni, we’d sit and watch 3,4,5,6+ episodes. It was a good show to switch off watching, and the crime show format means you don’t really have to pay any attention. After a while a lot of the characters started really grating on us so we dropped it. I still miss it from time to time, if only for moments like in the gif.

5.) Daredevil on Netflix

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This show is so beautiful. I could honestly watch it every day for weeks and weeks and weeks. The writing is superb, and all the characters are well written and rounded. The acting is superb and the directing? Ohhhh the directing. There’s no other show out there at the minute which is so well made. I recently watched this with the Boyfriend-Wonder and we’re both quite in love with it.

What are your favourite shows to binge watch?

Thanks to Kristen of SuperSpaceChick & Megan of The Nerdy Girlie for putting this fab challenge together! To see this month’s prompts, check out Megan’s blog!

100 Days of Being Geek Chic & Healthy, Day Forty: Beauty Tips

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I’m not good with beauty tips. As I mentioned a few posts ago, I only recently started using beauty products and all that kind of thing. Instead, my only advice, for males and females alike is to USE SUNCREAM.

Seriously guys. This is so important.

Last summer, I did some promotional work. It was the middle of July, one of the hottest days of the year, and I was out in it all day. When I finally got home, my shoulders, neck and back were very, very red and I had sunburn so bad I couldn’t even lay on my back. This is because I didn’t use suncream or anything to protect me from the sun. How I even got home is beyond me.

If, like me, you’re pale and British, suncream is super important. Use the highest SPF you can find, and reapply it throughout the day. A lot of moisturisers and even some foundations come with SPF 15 built in, so that’s also a good help!

If you do get burnt, keep some cooling lotion and/or aftersun on hand. It soothes the burn and can help it heal quicker. During this time, make sure to drink lots of liquids to replace what you lost from the burn and hydrate it.

During the summer, be sure to drink lots of liquids, keep applying suncream, and stay out of the heat from 11-2. Stay safe out there guys!

I’m also currently on the hunt for some cruelty-free suncream, let me know if you have any recommendations!

What are your beauty tips, or tips for surviving the summer?

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100 Days of Being Geek Chic & Healthy, Day Thirty Nine: Spoonflower Designs

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Behind again! You’d think with more free time I’d stay on top of these posts, but apparently not! Instead, I spent most of yesterday over in Lincoln visiting friends and having an impromptu BBQ. It was a nice way to spend the fledgling summer days.

Today’s prompt includes fabric designing website SpoonFlower, and picking a few designs you’d like to have made into skirts, dresses, cushions… Anything you’d like!

Unsurprisingly, all my favourite designs involve tea and cats. If anything, I’m predictable.

Design by Andrea Lauren

Design by Andrea Lauren

This design is super cute and I’d get it printed all over tea-towels, oven gloves and an apron for the kitchen. I think the pink would look really good on a terry-cloth material.

Design by marchhare

Design by marchhare

This design is super cute! I’d put this on a vintage style dress, then hit up some of my favourite tea rooms and boutiques. The blue would look really nice with my hair, I think!

This design is really colourful and bright! I’d put it on a high-waisted mini-pencil skirt and wear it with a white shirt or something black. I think it’d also look cute as a beach towel.

Design by risarocksit

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I love love love this design! I’d put it on a silk pussybow-collared shirt and wear it with a black pencil skirt. It’d make for a cute and quirky office outfit. It’d also be a cute skater skirt.

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I’d put this design on EVERYTHING. Everything. Just try and stop me.

Do you use Spoonflower? What do you think to my favourite designs?

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100 Days of Being Geek Chic & Healthy, Day Thirty Eight: Hairstyles

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Hairstyles! I have boring, very fine hair so no amount of product actually makes it do what it’s supposed to. Instead, I daydream about these hairstyles…

Mermaid hair

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As shown here on ALBinwonderland! Can you tell I love her? Anyway, I love the mermaid hair look because… Well mermaid hair! If I could grow my hair out this long I definitely would. The long hair look suits Ang perfectly and she always switches it up creatively.

Undercut

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Beautiful Mia with her amazing undercut! This is one of those styles where I just don’t have the guts to try it myself. Mia makes it look awesome!

The undercut/fauxhawk

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Here’s comic writer/artist Kate Leth rocking the undercut/fauxhawk! Another one I don’t have the guts for, nor the effort. I imagine it takes a lot to make it look so awesome and slick.

Pastel colours

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As seen on Kylie Jenner here! I love the pastel looks (it matches my dream decor, after all) and I’d love to go lilac one day. They just look so beautiful!

What are your favourite hairstyles?

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