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BookCon: Comic-Con for Bibliophiles!

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I got to go to BookCon last Sunday while I was in New York and it was BANANAS — B-A-N-A-N-A-S. I had to spell it out Gwen Stefani style because that’s just how bananas it was.

I didn’t know that it was the very first one, or that Book Expo America (BEA), a trade show for industry folks, would be going on at the same time. One side of the exhibit hall was cut off just for BookCon while the rest was devoted to BEA and it was constantly crowded as BEA attendees were also permitted access to the show floor at BookCon and the panels. It felt like all I did was wait in lines for a majority of the time — lines to get into panels, lines to get into the bathroom (which sounds normal, but 30 minutes?), lines to get freebies, etc. It was mass chaos — especially when it came time for the The Fault in Our Stars panel. My sister and I didn’t even bother trying to get into the queue, so no John Green for me. 😦

But with all that aside, I’m really happy that I was able to go! I just need to remind myself that it was their first go, so it wasn’t going to run perfectly smooth (no convention really does, in my experience). Hopefully they’ll take into account some of the snafus from this year to make the next one more successful. Plus I GOT SO MANY FREE BOOKS (pictured below)!!!

We went to the kickoff panel the night before where Tina Fey (AHH!!!), Jason Bateman, Shawn Levy, and Jonathan Tropper talked about and showed some special clips from the film adaptation of Tropper’s novel This is Where I Leave You. I read the book a couple weeks prior to the trip and I loved it. I’m all for stories about dysfunctional families (who isn’t?) and Tropper is a great storyteller, and based on the clips they showed it looks like it’s going to be a hilarious and gut wrenching adaptation. Oh, and I BREATHED THE SAME AIR AS TINA FEY (and Jason Bateman, but I’m mostly excited about TINA FEY). Just being in the same room as her was a f*cking honor! And Jonathan Tropper read a few passages from This is Where I Leave You to set up certain scenes they showed, which I thought was quite spectacular. He also wrote the screenplay, so it was definitely interesting to learn how he and the director decided to translate the book and figure out what parts to keep, what parts to tweak, and what parts to omit all together.

I also got to go to a panel that featured debut novelists Courtney Collins (The Untold), Yelena Akhtiorskaya (Panic in a Suitcase), and Celeste Ng (Everything I Never Told You) where they talked about their own individual journeys on how they got their first novels published — pretty informing stuff for aspiring writers. I also got a copy of their novels after the panel as well. I feel slightly bad though because the volunteer that was putting them on the table for us to collect them said, “One each.” I thought he meant one of each. But he didn’t. He meant literally only take ONE book. Oops. Courtney Collins’ book is in stores right now — I actually saw it at work yesterday. It’s such a trip to know I saw her and heard her talk about her book and a slew of other things!

SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE HALLWAY FOR THE PANELS. O__O

I got a free signed copy of Eric Smith’s The Geek’s Guide to Dating and I was pretty stoked to meet him since I started following him on Twitter after seeing an article about how he proposed to his fiance with a copy of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars last year. If anyone is qualified to write a guide book on dating for geeks, it’s him, no question. I mean proposing by way of The Fault in Our Stars? SHUT UP, OKAY? OKAY. I high fived him for that too (I’m very enthusiastic about high fives). And he also sent me a copy of Ransom Riggs’ Hollow City to review last month, so I was happy to be able to thank him in person. Which reminds me, I really need to get crackin’ on that! By the way, I highjacked the picture above from his Twitter page since my sister and I are in it. I look unamused, but I promise I was happy. 😀

Like I mentioned earlier, I got quite a few free books! This isn’t everything, but they’re the main biggies that I managed to grab. I still can’t believe I got the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter audiobook for free. CRAYCRAY! I also got a couple tote bags and a tumbler that says “I Read YA” which I will proudly sip Arnold Palmers out of as I read YA novels this summer.

Since the line to wait to get into the The Fault in Our Stars panel was too crazy for me (like holy sh!t, so many teenyboppers — but I’m glad they’re all fangirling over something respectable like TFIOS instead of boybands like I did back in the late ’90s-‘oos), so we headed to Jason Segel’s panel where he talked about his upcoming children’s novel Nightmares which he co-wrote with Kirsten Miller. Luckily we got there before the line got too crowded! Listening to him talk, it’s clear that he’s a child at heart which just made me appreciate him more than ever. He talked about some of the crazy nightmares he had as a child — a witch that would eat his toes, and being chased by Dracula in his castle, and how one night he dreamt that he found a secret room in the castle that Dracula didn’t even know about and he just chilled there. And he said that he believes in magic and called Kermit the Frog the Tom Hanks of Muppets.

Oh, bless him. ♡

I didn’t get to take a picture with the infamous Grumpy Cat (that line was too hectic as well), so I had to suffice with this crazy ass taxidermy Fantastic Mr. Fox looking fellow.

Did any of you get to go to BookCon, or watch The Fault in Our Stars or are excited for Jason Segel’s book and the movie adaptation of This is Where I Leave You?

Cheers,
Nina

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Bows Are Cool

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Happy Geek Pride Day, my little ponies!

If you didn’t know, May 25 marks Geek Pride Day. Why this particular day? I’m not sure, I just remember reading about it on the interwebs last year. The More You Know *cue shooting star*! And since it’s Geek Pride Day, I thought it would be appropriate to show off my 11th Doctor inspired outfit! It’s one of my favorites that I’ve definitely worn more than once. Oh, and DOCTOR WHO IS COMING BACK IN AUGUST WITH PETER CAPALDI AS THE 12TH DOCTOR!!! I’m still upset with the horrific send-off Steven Moffat wrote for my beloved 11th Doctor. Like seriously, the 9th Doctor had a great send-off, and the 10th Doctor had a magnificently perfect send-off (so, so good I cried!), but the 11th Doctor? I didn’t even cry because I was too confused with what the hell was going on and the episode was such a snoozefest. Surely I can’t be alone on this, right fellow Whovians?

Oh, and also to celebrate this special occasion I’m throwing a sale on Le Fancy Geek Boutique! Save 15% with the code GEEKPRIDE14 (it expires on June 2). I still have some Doctor Who necklaces in stock too! 😀

Anywho (ha! see what I did there?), I’m heading off to New York tonight and I’ll be there for a whole week with my sister! I’ve been wanting to go to New York City ever since I watched Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, so childhood dreams are coming true, my ponies! There are so many things we want to do while we’re there, but two are set in stone — we’re watching Bullets Over Broadway starring Zach Braff (EEAAAGGGLLE!) and going to BookCon‘s kick-off panel for Jonathan Tropper’s This is Where I Leave You and Tina Fey and Jason Bateman will be there to talk about the movie adaptation they’re starring in. I WILL BE BREATHING THE SAME AIR AS TINA FEY. WHAT IS AIR? I DON’T KNOW ANYMORE. BUT I WILL TRY AND BREATHE IT. And then we’ll be going to BookCon the following day and John Mother-Fuggin Green is gonna be there.

TINA FEY AND JOHN GREEN.

*hyperventilating*

I CAN’T EVEN, YOU GUYS. LIKE, I JUST CAN’T.

Cheers,
Nina

cardigan: Her Universe (buy here) // dress: Marilyn Monroe // earrings: made by me // shoes: Bass (buy here) // bracelet: Hot Topic (buy here)  // cocktail ring: present // hair bow: Ichiban Kan // glasses: Brooks Brothers (buy here)

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Beep Bop Boop Bling

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Good grief, Her Universe. Just shut up and take all my money!

Ashley Eckstein, geek girl extraordinaire, voice of Ashoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and creator of Her Universe (a fashion line created with the geek girl in mind, in case you didn’t know) just debuted some new fancy Star Wars pieces during Star Wars Weekend at Disney World, and it’s pretty much every geeky fashionista’s wet dream come true. For those of us that couldn’t make it to the launch at Star Wars Weekend, we’ll be able to start ordering all these geektastic tops and dresses tomorrow on Her Universe’s online store!

Her Universe also teamed up with Tarina Tarantino‘s The Sparkle Factory for a line of high-end baubles called the “My Hero Collection” featuring R2-D2 (pictured above and below). So pretty!

What I’m looking forward to the most is the baby blue dress with the original print of the Star Wars bed sheets that came out in the 70s. I love the vintage vibe it has, and it has a Peter Pan collar! It’s definitely different than the other dresses in the Her Universe line, and I really hope they’ll come out with more dresses that are styled like it. And I hope they come out with more cap-sleeved dresses like the Han Solo one too (pictured below)!

Check out more of the new Star Wars threads here.

Cheers,
Nina

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Stripes & Poe-ka Dots

outfit details – dress: Passport Love // tote: Out of Print (buy here) // glasses: Derek Cardigan // boots: Steve Madden (buy here) // magnifying glass necklace: American Rag // Haunted Mansion necklace: League of Shadows (buy here) // bow: Me Oh Mine (buy here) //bracelet: Anna Grace Designs (buy here)

This Friday I’m heading to Portland! Thank goodness because I’ve been feeling very out of sorts lately, so I’m much too eager to escape California and explore a new city in another state. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Portland, and I’ve been told by several people that I’d love it, so to say I’m excited about finally going is an understatement.  And we’re [Jen, Caitlin, and myself] dedicating a day to just wandering around Powell’s, which I cannot stop thinking about. If you’re not familiar with Powell’s, it’s one of the biggest bookstores around — it contains millions of used and new books within five glorious floors! God, that place must smell divine (book smell is one of the best smells). I really need to write down a book list because I feel like if I go in there without a game plan I will be lost and utterly overwhelmed.

Speaking of bookstores, this outfit shoot was done at Tom’s Used Books in Lodi. We don’t have a whole lot of bookstores around, so it’s nice to know this little gem isn’t too far away, and kittens roam throughout the whole store! Many of the books that are in my personal library have been purchased from Tom’s, including a copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s that looks very much like a first edition, but I still can’t tell if it is or not — it doesn’t even say what edition it is inside the book. Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to do this shoot at Tom’s because of my Edgar Allan Poe, or rather Poe-ka Dot, tote from Out of Print. My mom got it for me for Valentine’s Day last month. Isn’t it the bestest?! I paired it with this burgundy dress I found at Ross last October. I normally don’t like what I call “mullet dresses” — it’s like, do you want to be a maxi dress or a mini? Make up your mind! But I really liked this one when I saw it because it had a Lady Mary/macabre-ish vibe to it. I also incorporated some Haunted Mansion pieces to the ensemble with my hair bow and necklace that feature the painting of the parasol girl from the stretching room. Edgar Allan Poe, Haunted Mansion… they’re both gloomy so I figured they could all work with this outfit. And my bullet bracelet was handmade by my friend Megan… like, seriously all handmade by her, right down to the hook and d-rings. She’s crazy talented. Her and I did a little jewelry trade, so I gave her one of my Ron Swanson necklaces for that beaut of a bracelet. Please check out her jewelry over at Anna Grace Design! 🙂

Do any of you have anything special planned for spring break?

Cheers,
Nina

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Pie Day Sale Still Going!

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Hey ponies!

I just wanted to put up a quick little reminder about the sale I have going on over at Le Fancy Geek Boutique where you can save $3.14 on your order. The sale ends tomorrow, so there’s still time to pick up a geeky little bauble for yourself (or someone else)! 😀

Cheers,
Nina

 

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Pie Day + Sale!

pie dress/Pushing Daisies necklace/Bass oxfords/Kate Spade purse/cardigan

As you may know the square root of π = 3.14, making the 14th of March Pie Day! Or Pi Day. I prefer the former because it involves the kind of pie you can eat and not numbers.

I’m an English major. You do the math.

For some reason the square root of π is one of the only things I remember from my high school math class. The F.O.I.L. method? Couldn’t tell ya, I don’t remember what the hell that thing is. But pi? 3.14 is the square root and that’s all I know. Anyhow, I put together a little outfit that I thought would be super appropriate to celebrate the day in. I mean, can that dress by ModCloth be anymore perfect? Nope. It can’t. And I also added my Ned the Pie Maker necklace from my Etsy store, Le Fancy Geek Boutique, to the ensemble because… well, pie. Duh.

And speaking Le Fancy Geek Boutique, there’s a great sale going on right now!

From now until Sunday, you can save $3.14 on your order (see what I did there?)! Just use the code “PIEDAY14” when you checkout. 😀

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Thor has absolutely nothing to do with pies, but you can pick up this necklace along with Ned the Pie Maker and many other designs during the sale 😀

Hope you ponies have a spectacular Pie Day!

Cheers,
Nina

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Star Wars @ the Tech Museum

Last month for my birthday, my friends and I went to the Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at San Jose’s Tech Museum! It was so fun seeing some of the props and costumes from the Star Wars saga. I feel like there could’ve been more things on display (no ewoks, tauntauns, Lando Calrissian, Boba Fett (he made an appearance there only recently), or Queen Amidala’s ornate ensemble from The Phantom Menace), but I still really loved seeing what was there, like Chewbacca! There was a sign that said he’d be leaving for the Smithsonian on January 16, so I’m really glad that I was able to see Chewy before he left. 🙂 And there was also a wampa, and jawas, a model of the Millenium Falcon, and Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper AND OTHER REALLY AMAZING AWESOME THINGS!

Here are some of the pictures I took while I was there:

This is the only Northern California stop for the Star Wars exhibit and its stay has been extended until the 23rd of March, so if you’re a huge Star Wars fan, you should definitely stop by! Who knows what else they might add to it!

Cheers,
Nina

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