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5 Fandom Friday GG: Geeky Engagement Shoot Inspirations

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If you’re participating in The Nerdy Girlie’s 5 Fandom Friday, you may have noticed a few of us have made some DLC’s to complement the already lengthy blog prompt list courtesy of The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. You can check out my first DLC for 5 Fandom Friday: the GG Pack (the Geeky Gal Pack) which features this blog prompt!

Geeky Napa Engagement Session

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Star Wars and Superman and sharing Padme and Anakin’s own wedding venue? Sign me up! I love these awesome engagement photos in Napa sprinkled with Star Wars and classic elements.

Vintage Comic Engagement Session

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Tatoos, glasses, vintage outfits, and comics make up this fun engagement shoot! I tried finding the source of these awesome comic book engagement pictures but unfortunately, the source I found, When Geeks Wed, is down. You can still access their Pinterest & Facebook for more inspiration.

Video Game Wedding Session

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I know it’s not “engagement” BUT steal these ideas! I love the colors and simplicity and just how happy these two look holding their 3DS’s. Bring along your own 3DS’s or controllers for a fun video game element in your wedding photos. These two are just adorable!

Gaming Couple Engagement Session

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Do you and your SO enjoy console gaming together? Why not stage an awesome engagement shoot in your home featuring the two of you bonding (and competing) in a game! This shoot turned out awesome!

Doctor Who Vintage Engagement Session

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My favorite engagement shoot so far! I’m biased by my love of the Tenth Doctor but these two are just an amazing couple to put this session together! And of course, they had a rad photographer. For more Doctor Who engagement photography inspo, check out their page!

Favorite Things · Geek Fashion & Tech

MCFT: Librarian Chic

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So I am obsessed with the librarian look. You can make it edgy or hipster or preppy. It can be casual or business casual. It’s versatile and trendy but timeless. I can’t wait to try it myself! *Some affiliate links have been used. Check out my about me page to learn more about these links.

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Both of these looks from Someone Like You remind me of Belle, the original Disney bookworm. The light blue shirt with white buttons is reminiscent of her first “peasant” dress. The mustard yellow cardigan is for her ball gown, and the burgundy dress is for her winter cloak. The scalloped edges on both of these outfits give them a whimsical feel.

To achieve this librarian chic look try this dress in burgundy, this cardigan in mustard, these boots in brown, and these tights in white.

 

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More burgundy and mustard from Frocks and Frou Frou! I really love this color palette!

What caught my eye for these outfits were the classic shoes and the cute tee paired with a midi skirt. These look effortless and put together without being frumpy. You can roll straight out of bed and put these outfits together! No pre-planning required!

Recreate her second look with this HP t-shirt in white, this mustard skirt, this burgundy cardigan, this belt in coffee, and these shoes in Tobacco. Add a black Peter Pan collar for more fun then tie it all together with a fun Hogwarts lapel pin from Sore Winners on Etsy.

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Love quirky accessories and even quirkier staple pieces? ME TOO! You can check out my quirky accessory Pinterest board here. Also, I’m obsessed with foxes right now, too. And probably forever because they are amazing and totally my spirit animal.

Bleu Avenue has captured my heart with her classic outfits and quirky accessories that she sneaks in – like that typewriter purse! Her outfits just scream librarian chic. But don’t scream in the library; that’s not cool.

For this foxy outfit, try this sweater in fox stone, this plaid skirt from Modcloth in extended sizes (I NEED!), and these black flats.

 

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Last but not least is what I call the punk librarian. The bookworm with an edge. The reader with a dark soul… Le Happy has some awesome edgy outfits that could be for work or play on her blog and IG. You should totally check her out.

To give your librarian look an edge, try this boyfriend blazer from Maurice’s, this collared top or this cap sleeve top (both from Mod Cloth), these slim pants in black, these chunky ankle booties, this leather messenger bag, these rings from Torrid, and this lace choker that is also from Torrid.

 

Five Fandom Friday

5 Fandom Friday GG: 5 Ways to Incorporate Geeky Items into Your Home

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If you’re participating in The Nerdy Girlie’s 5 Fandom Friday, you may have noticed a few of us have made some DLC’s to compliment the already lengthy blog prompt list courtesy of The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick. You can check out my first DLC for 5 Fandom Friday: the GG Pack (the Geeky Gal Pack) which features this blog prompt!

 

Garden

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A geeky directional sign is an easy DIY craft you can complete on a lazy Saturday or you can purchase one via NorthIdahoConcepts’ Etsy shop.

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How about some wibbly wobbly stepping stones? Our Nerd Home created this awesome DIY project and take you step by step with creating your very own Gallifreyan stepping stones.

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While these planters have a hefty price tag ($198 & $128), you can probably make your own using toy helmets or a 3D printer if you’re looking to save on some cash.

 

Throw Pillows

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The secret to making your geek throw pillows “blend” with you current aesthetic, is to either pair them with similar colors already found in your furniture, curtains and decor or find them in neutrals and vintage materials to that they’ll match anywhere. I left my hearts in Gallifrey, Dumbledore quote, and Life is Strange Quote pillows would be fit for any living room or bedroom.clear-495a83e08fc8e5d7569efe6339a1228ee08292fa1f2bee8e0be6532990cb3852.gif

 

Gallery Wall

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This DIY geeky gallery wall was featured on Apartment Therapy. Check out more photos here.

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Create a cohesive gallery wall with matching prints. Get these from The Cottage Market for free!

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Go crazy with color but keep the prints all the same size for a WOW gallery wall of your favorite fandoms.

 

Terrariums

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Sprinkle these little terrariums through your home for a little greenery on top of your geek-ery. 😉 This little Doctor Who terrarium is from Violet Short at Blythe Ponytail Parades!

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See more pictures of this Princess Mononoke Terrarium here!

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Check out this awesome DIY Steven Universe terrarium here!

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BB-8 is sadly sold out but check out DoodleBirdie’s Etsy shop for other Star Wars terrariums.

 

Candles

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Mud in My Blood offers so many character candles and other HP inspired stuff. Check them out!

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Visit GAMETEE’s online store to check out some video game inspired candles and other awesome stuff!

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I can’t forget Fictitious Fragrances. This one of the few shops I’ve found that sell fandom wax melts! My favorites!

 

How do you incorporate geek into your home? What are your favorite shops and sellers? Tell me in the comments!

Spoilers: the Geek Diaries

Spoilers: the Geek & Weight-loss

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I’ve been pretty quiet about my weight-loss journey here on the blog. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen me cataloging meals and talking about my progress a little. I’ve kept my journey under wraps for a lot of reasons… One of them being how embarrassed I am to have let myself get so unhappy and unhealthy.

See, I’ve always been overweight and then in the last 2 years crept up to obese. I was picked on as a kid at school. Boys told me they didn’t like me because I was fat. I even had a family member in my life at the time severely damage my self confidence when I was 13. She wanted me to diet with her on a cottage cheese crash diet, and when I refused, she made fun of me and crushed what little self confidence I had. My self esteem took a beating from strangers and people I knew. I was not in a happy place.

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At my highest weight – 184 pounds –  in February 2017

One thing that did put me in my happy place was food. It was comforting to fill myself to the brim with my favorite things. It was nothing to buy a package of cookies and a big bag of chips and eat until it was all gone. I could watch television and stuff myself to forget about the crappy people around me and how it made me feel inside.

I was an emotional eater. Mad? Just eat 3 bowls of ice cream. Sad? Have a bag of chips. Stressed? Grab two burgers and a large fry and a milkshake on the way home. Anxious? Eat until you can’t feel it anymore.

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At my lowest weight – 155 pounds – in 2015

I climbed off the roller coaster of emotional eating five years ago after I ended an abusive relationship and thought I had kicked the habit. I got down to my lowest weight of 155 pounds. I was eating healthier and had cut out junk food and eating out. I had gotten up to two hours of working out five days a week. I was doing well until the scale stopped moving.

I’m wiser now than I was a two years ago when I had gotten down to my lowest adult weight. I know now the scale stopped because I wasn’t counting calories. I wasn’t weighing my food. I would deprive myself of something for so long until I binged on it later. After binging, I’d workout to try to “make it up.” I stopped losing weight… and then I said fuck it.

I went back to old habits and in two years put back on the weight plus more. I was 184 pounds. On a 5′ 1.5″ frame, it was lot of weight. I was warned by the nurse practitioner that I’d be taken off my birth control if I didn’t get my weight down. I felt ashamed but couldn’t bear to look the truth in the face. I went to Ireland at my highest weight. I met my fiance’s family. I worried the entire time about what everyone thought of my weight.

I knew when the plane landed back in America that I had to change something. In April, I “officially” started my weight loss journey. I only told my fiance and my closest friends about what I was going to do. I kept only them updated on my progress. I let some of that progress filter through to Instagram. I didn’t want anyone else to know what I was up to because I didn’t want their judgement.

When I lost weight the first time, I struggled more. I was berated by people around me about how one doughnut wouldn’t hurt and going out to eat one night wouldn’t kill me. I was a “beautiful girl who had curves and didn’t need to lose weight; I would become a stick.” “Boys don’t like sticks (not true by the way),” but what no one could understand was that all I wanted was to like myself.

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July 2017 – 162 pounds

So I kept this journey to myself… until now.

As I’ve let myself trickle my weight loss into conversations, I’ve had to clear up a few things: No, I’m not losing weight for my wedding; I’m losing it for me. No, I’m not going to be “a stick”; I’m going to be a healthy weight for my age and height. No, I’m not going to deprive myself of pizza and beer with my buddies on a Friday night; I’m going to eat in moderation and enjoy food.

There’s also no secret to weight loss despite the magazines and internet articles. It’s all about CICO: Calories In/Calories Out. I would have been lost without a certain weight loss forum on reddit that educated me and led me to 1200 calories a day. 1200 calories is the LEAST amount of calories a short woman (who does NOT exercise) should be eating. I don’t exercise much. In fact, I’ve only been walking about 30 to 45 minutes per day.

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August 2017 – 157 pounds

Since April, I have surpassed my lowest weight. I am 154.8 pounds today. I have no plans of stopping until I hit a healthy weight for my body. For my height, the highest normal weight for me is about 130 pounds. Right now, 125 is the magical number I’ve chosen for myself, but I’m flexible. This number will not be the end all, be all for my happiness.

I not only am better health-wise, but I FEEL better. I like to get dressed up now, my clothes fit better, I like my body, and I just feel more like myself. My stress about my health and body has dwindled down. I still stress sometimes but not like I used to.

So I’m ripping off this band aid of my secret weight loss journey. I plan to write future posts on my progress and keep everyone updated on my Instagram in a more public way. Here’s to progress and loving myself!

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August 2017 – 157 pounds
Five Fandom Friday

5 Fandom Friday: My 5 Most Binge Worthy Shows

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Stranger Things

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80’s? Dungeons & Dragons? Sci-Fi? Horror? You have my attention. Stranger Things took Netflix by storm. Fans like myself are impatiently waiting for the second season set to premier on October 27, 2017. Get on the bandwagon and binge watch Stranger Things this weekend in preparation for this October.

 

Once Upon a Time

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If you’re a fan of Disney movies or fairy tales, OUAT will be your new obsession. Some characters are true to themselves, some have been spun a different kind of tale, and some are new! Consider OUAT a new kind of fairy tale with your favorite heroes and characters.

 

iZombie

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One of my new favorite shows is iZombie. Meet Liv, a zombie living in the real world. She solves crimes by eating the victims brains. Yeah, it sounds weird, and I’m over simplifying it (kind of), but this show will satisfy those who enjoy a good mystery solving, comedic show who have already watched Psyche three times.

 

Grey’s Anatomy

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So this a great example of me jumping on a band wagon. If you ask anyone what to watch next on Netflix, Grey’s Anatomy WILL come up. I don’t care for medical shows, over dramatized romance, or soap operas. Yet, I’ve watched every episode available on Netflix of Grey’s Anatomy. It’s much, much better than your grandmother’s soap opera. Trust me.

 

Better Call Saul

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If you’re a huge fan of Breaking Bad, you need to introduce yourself to the spin-off Better Call Saul. It’s a bit of a prequel to Breaking Bad following our favorite lawyer. This show is easy to binge watch and leaves you wanting more with it’s quirky cast and familiar faces.

What shows do you love to binge watch? Tell me in the comments!

 

 

 

 

Favorite Things · Geek Fashion & Tech

MCFT: Quirky Purses from Amazon Under $40

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Story Book Shoulder Bag

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The perfect purse for book lovers and Belle cosplayers. Get it on Amazon for $29.90.

 

Cupcake Small Shoulder Bag

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For sweet outfits and cupcake lovers. Buy it from Amazon for $10.99.

 

Coffee Cross-body Bag

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For the Starbucks and coffee obsessed. Buy it on Amazon for $17.99.

 

Black Radio Cross-body Bag

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For the punk rocker in you. Get it on Amazon for $35.99.

 

Camera Shaped Cross-body Bag

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You don’t have to be a photographer to love this one. Buy it from Amazon for $32.99.

 

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