The NaNoWriMo Saga: Week 1

I attempted NaNoWriMo last year and failed horribly at it, giving up after just 3000 words. I didn’t like my plot, I didn’t have a plan, I didn’t even really like my characters. I was writing a prequel to the book I really wanted to write, the one that I’ve been kicking around in my head for years (which I’ve never actually tried to write but didn’t want to “waste” on NaNo).

I decided at the last minute to do NaNo this year, inspired mostly by the determination of my RP buddy that I spend most of the year writing with. Without an idea for a project, I decided to give my half of the aforementioned book a shot. At least I had an outline for that, and an idea of who the characters are. In any case, it couldn’t really go worse than last year, when I gave up without really trying.

I’ve been doing well enough this year. Usually I’ve been hitting my 2000 word goal for each day, though Thursday and Friday I faltered, stalling around 12000 words. Friday I was so frustrated that I ended up closing my Nano document and went and wrote 4000 words of a RP story set in a game world instead. This is totally frustrating. Why is it that this other story came without any sort of effort on my part, but The Book is something I struggle with every night? Is it because my story isn’t very good? Is it because I suck at world building and will be forever delegated to writing stories in worlds that have already been created for me? Is it because I just suck at writing in general?

Went for a hike yesterday, hashed out some plot in my head while alternately obsessing about food sources in a struggling boreal forest setting. Got hung up on what the hell my people could be wearing without things like cotton or wool available to them and with limited animals for making leather. Then came across a sign in the park I was hiking in that explained that oak bark used to be a major export of the park because it was sold to tanners who used it to make leather. Was devastated to think that my people can’t even have leather clothes because there aren’t enough trees to go around to supply bark to tan the leather. Realized I know nothing about how leather is made or about the ecology of boreal forests or how people could possibility support a community of hundreds of people with limited resources. Felt incredible despair, wondered why I thought I could ever write this book because apparently I know just enough to realize that my science isn’t working, but not enough to know how to make it work.

Got home and started writing, upped my word count to 19168, and I’m reasonably happy with all of it. So….I guess something in there worked for me!

Down the Writing Rabbit Hole

I want to be an author.

I write. A lot. But I don’t write things for anyone other than myself and one or two other people to see. Even just sharing  a silly fairy tale that’s inspired by a video game was not exactly easy for me. I want to write a book someday, and I have an idea for one, but like so many other people, I don’t have much to show for it, other than a thousand pages of writing that I don’t want to share with anyone.

This isn’t a post complaining about writing though. This is a post about one of my favorite side effects of writing, which are the rabbit holes I fall into as I’m trying to write. One minute I’m trying to describe how something smells and then two hours later I’m reading about how turpentine is made. And that’s one of the more normal things that I’ve randomly started researching because of writing. I should keep a journal of all the things I’ve read about because I bet there’s some good inspiration there. Off the top of my head I can remember reading about:

  • Voodoo
  • old names for illnesses and diseases (For example, phnemonia being called lung fever)
  • eleuthero
  • the can-can dance
  • snake oil
  • sled dogs
  • ice ages
  • chiengora (dog fur wool)
  • Montreal
  • horses
  • falconry
  • deer
  • holistic medicine
  • Iceland
  • biodomes
  • birds native to China
  • replacement knee surgery

Seriously, looking at that list makes me feel crazy. And that’s just a small sampling of all the crap I’ve read about, just to write stories that are intended for no one but myself! This is probably part of why I haven’t started that book I want to write yet. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of research I’ll end up doing to write a convincing story.

I need to get over that.

A Picture of Running

I run.

Okay, I haven’t been fantastic about actually getting out and running for the past few months, but once I get myself running, I’m much happier. One of my favorite things about running these days is having my iPhone with me. I love the sense of accomplishment I get from using Runkeeper or listening to the story of Zombies, Run! I like having my music with me, or sometimes a podcast or audiobook, depending on my mood. But strangely, what I like most of all is having the camera on my phone.

It started when I would finish logging a run with Runkeeper. There’s an option to snap a picture once your run is complete, which I think is cool. I like the idea of having an album of my activity. After that, I would start to look for things to take pictures of as I ran, noticing things about my town that I wouldn’t have otherwise while just driving around. Somewhere in the midst of the run, when my breathing has evened out and my legs seem to move on their own, my mind has an interesting clarity and sees art in everything. I enjoy finding art during my runs so much that instead of running there and back, I run my full distance and then walk home, snapping pictures as I go of the things I found beautiful along the way.

Some of these pictures are old, but I like sharing them all the same:

Stitch Fix It Up Part 2

Le Sample ‣ Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank

So immediately after giving feedback for my first Stitch Fix, I scheduled my next one for the end of January. In the meantime, I told all my friends about how awesome the service is and wrote my first review in this blog.  Then I obsessively waited for my next fix, read reviews on what other people were getting, and was generally thrilled with the entire experience.

I assume if you’re reading this post, you already know exactly what Stitch Fix is, but just in case: Stitch Fix is a fun online personal stylist service. You fill out a style profile and your stylist sends you five pieces of clothes or accessories to try on at home. You decide what you like, return the rest, and give the company feedback about their selections so the next time they style you it’s even more fun.

I’m happy to report that I think almost all women can have a lot of fun with this service and that there isn’t really a certain “type” who would enjoy it more. I know I felt a little nervous about trying it out at first because lots of the reviews I read were from women who seemed a bit more traditional than me. Would Stitch Fix be able to send anything that appealed to my aging snowboard punk Brooklyn rocker chick thing that I have going on? The answer is yes.

My second Fix was from a new stylist who seemed to really get my style. Just looking at the style cards, I knew immediately that I would probably like almost everything in the Fix. I was pretty psyched about that. My wallet less so. Let’s get down to some pictures:

41 Hawthorn ‣ Queensland Dolman Top in Dark Purple

41 Hawthorn ‣ Queensland Dolman Top in Dark Purple

I kept a dolman top from my last fix, so I definitely wasn’t surprised to see one again. When I first pulled this out of the box, I thought it was black and then I thought it was brown (the lighting in my bedroom at night is pretty terrible). Imagine how happy I was when I checked the price sheet and saw that, no, it was dark purple! Purple is hands down my most favorite color, and I tend to prefer deep, rich shades of it. So that was an early point for the top.

I also liked that the material on this top felt a little dressy. I specifically asked for fun tops to wear on dates with my husband, and I think this would definitely work. I tried it on and was pretty happy with the fit right away. I like that the top is pretty versatile too because of the stretchy fabric. I can adjust the length on it to vary up the look.

I definitely liked it, but as I mentioned, they sent me a dolman top last time as well and I wasn’t sure if I needed another one. I decided to think on it.

Le Sample ‣ Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank in Olive

Le Sample ‣ Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank in Olive

I saw this tank in a different review of Stitch Fix (and another one here and here). I thought it was cute, but was never particularly in love with the tank when I saw it in reviews. Despite owning a few striped racerbacks already, I’m not big on the navy and yellow combination I saw in other reviews and I didn’t know how I felt about the embroidery. So when I saw the tank on my card, I didn’t feel that enthusiastic about it, until I noticed that the stripes were olive,  not navy. Olive works a lot better with that aging snowboard punk Brooklyn rocker chick thing that I was talking about.

I was impressed with the embroidery as well, as it was way higher quality than I thought it would be. And as someone who actively avoids wearing yellow (as it is probably the worst color on me other than freaking beige), I was pleasantly surprised by how the pop of color looked, especially tempered by the olive stripes. The trapeze hem was fun too!

The fit on this was a tiny bit big on the hips (which is bizarre because…I do not have small hips) and as I mentioned I already own a few striped  racerback tanks already. Because of these things, I wasn’t very sure if I should keep this, especially since it was pricey for a tank. Into the maybe pile it went.

41Hawthorn ‣ Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan in Dark Grey

41Hawthorn ‣ Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan in Dark Grey

Ah cardigans. Sometimes I really feel like I missed my calling in life by not becoming a librarian. I guess maybe I need to add geeky to my description of my style. Aging snowboard punk geeky Brooklyn rocker chick. I need to condense this somehow. Anyway.

The other day, one of my friends posted this on Facebook:

I’m finding that my current hobbies are wearing cardigans, talking about cats, and sitting in a rocking chair. Help.

I  could totally relate.

I love cardigans too. I own a bunch and my current favorite is the plaid one that Stitch Fix sent me in my first fix. I also love wearing dark grey and I love the drapey cardigan look. My husband always tells me I look like an art teacher when I wear one. Shoot, is that another adjective I need to add onto my style?

Anyway, the fit on this was awesome and the fabric was super soft. It also looked adorable over the tank they sent me. On their suggestion, I tried it on with the dolman top as well, and that also looked pretty cute. I pretty much fell in love from the start.

41Hawthorn ‣ Abrianna  Cardigan Le Sample ‣ Kahlo Embroidered Racerback Tank

Like the tank and the dolman top though, I already own a dark grey cardigan. Granted, mine isn’t as nice as this one, and mine has buttons instead of being draped. Still, was that enough to justify the cost? This was also something I would have to think about.

Dear John ‣ Sabrina Denim Leggings in Distressed Blue

Dear John ‣ Sabrina Denim Leggings in Distressed Blue

I love skinny jeans. It took me awhile to be won over to them (mostly because after I hit 30 my metabolism betrayed me and I’m still dealing with no longer being able to eat half a pizza without putting on a pound). But I love that I can tuck them into boots (my favorite fashion items) and I love how they look with flats. So I like that Stitch Fix has sent me a pair in both of my fixes.

These fit me really well, despite being too long which is something that I’ve just learned to deal with since I’m not tall. They were fairly comfortable, though the denim didn’t feel as soft or as high quality as other jeans I’ve owned. I also like that they weren’t super low-rise. I do a lot of lifting and bending over at work, and I don’t need to be putting my ass on display every single time I go to pick up a box.

The problem with these jeans is that, like the other items, I already own two pairs of skinnies in almost the exact same wash. These jeans are on the more expensive side of things, and while I think that’s completely reasonable for a pair of jeans (I used to have a designer denim addiction and would happily spend $200 on a pair of jeans if that meant they actually fit me right) (I don’t do that anymore, because apparently I have to be responsible and think about things like retirement),  I wasn’t sure about spending a lot on a pair of jeans that looked a lot like a pair I already owned. These went into the maybe pile as well.

Bay to Bubbles ‣ Posey Branch Necklace

Bay to Bubbles ‣ Posey Branch Necklace

I got super excited when I saw the name of this necklace on my style cards. I love trees. I grew up in the woods and I’m at my happiest when I’m back in them, playing or hiking or running a mud run. You can just go ahead and add “outdoorsy” to my style description. My apartment has many framed pictures of trees. Half my Instagram feed is of trees. I love jewelry inspired by trees too.

So I really wanted to love this necklace. Sadly, it didn’t really feel special enough to me when I opened up the box. The quality was okay, but I own nicer necklaces that are about the same scale as this one. This definitely didn’t feel like a statement piece to me, but rather something for everyday wear. And I already have a necklace I love that suits that purpose. So I was pretty sure this would be going back, which was a bummer. In the end though, statement jewelry is what I need help on. I have no issue picking out classic, understated pieces for myself to wear.

So, what did I keep?

Oddly, the decision making process on this Fix was a lot more difficult that on my first. I really liked everything, but at the same time, I already owned things like nearly every piece as well. How much money did I want to spend on things I already own?

I ended up keeping the dolman top, tank, and cardigan.  What I struggled with was whether or not I should just keep everything, because it would have only been $40 more to do so. But ultimately, $40 is $40 and I didn’t need a another pair of skinny jeans in the same color as two pairs I already had, nor did I need a necklace I knew I wouldn’t ever wear. I’m pretty happy with my choices (and more so after doing my little photo shoot with the stuff I kept. I mean seriously, it’s all really cute).

Overall, this was a fun Fix, though perhaps not quite as fun as the first one. I think that’s because the first one was a bit more daring and they sent things I wouldn’t have tried on if I saw in the store. And I ended up really loving one of those things (and regretting not keeping the orange jeans). I would have picked up every single item in this Fix on my  own. So while it worked out because I got a bunch of stuff I love, I don’t feel like it pushed me.

I scheduled my next Fix for March. I’m skipping February because I spent more than I wanted to this time around and I’m trying to save myself from myself. For the next Fix, I asked that they push me outside of my comfort zone a little. As long as they don’t push me towards preppy, I think I’ll be good. Since we’ll be getting into Spring by then, I’m excited to see what’s in store! 

P.S. This isn’t an advertisement. I’m not affiliated with Stitch Fix, but I do include a referral link in this review. I found reviews helpful when  I was trying to decide if I wanted to order a Fix, and figured I would return the favor to other women who might also be curious. Especially any of the ones that fall into the aging artistic snowboard punk geeky Brooklyn outdoorsy rocker chick niche that I fall into. Come on, there have to be more of you out there! :)

Stitch Fix it up

See all of my Stitch Fix reviews here!

One of my goals during Christmas was to not set foot in the actual mall if I could avoid it. I work retail, you see, and just about the last thing I want to do after being at my store all day is go to another store to spend the money that I just earned. Why do that when I can sit on my couch with my iPad wearing pajamas and watching Thor on Netflix while finishing up all my shopping? THERE IS NO REASON AT ALL TO GO TO THE MALL.

So I pretty much just shop online all the time, even for clothes. I generally know what size I wear in the brands that I wear often, so this is pretty doable for me. And it beats the instant anxiety and fatigue I feel when I walk into the mall to do some shopping. Seriously, I have no idea why I ever thought it was fun to hang out at the mall as a teenager. WHY???

Online shopping for clothes does have its dangers though. Namely: I’m not very adventurous when trying new styles since I want to stick with what works because I’m not trying it on first. And also, if I need to buy something like a dress to wear to a wedding, I pretty much have to go to the mall. I’ve often watched shows like “What Not to Wear” with a sense of keen jealousy that I don’t have a couple of stylists to just dress me up in things that would look good on me. However, apparently no one has ever thought I dress badly enough to nominate me for that show and I’m not fabulously wealthy enough to be able to hire a stylist of my own.

But…This thing  called the internet is just FILLED with possibilities, including a service called Stitch Fix, which is pretty much some of the most fun I’ve had with clothes shopping since I went to try on wedding dresses a few years ago. What is Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is a personal styling service. You tell us your style, size, and budget preferences, and we send you a package of stylish goodies to try on at home. Each Fix™ is unique and hand-picked just for you.

So how does it work?

  • Fill out a style profile. Debate over whether or not you should lie about your weight because surely some of that is because of muscles, which we all know weigh more than fat. End up giving correct weight.
  • Try to figure out exactly what is meant by having “edgy” style
  • Look at some pictures. Rate said pictures on whether or not you would wear the clothes
  • Pick out a budget
  • Realize you should probably have a Pinterest account to show them the styles you like because words are failing you.
  • Make Pinterest account. Get distracted by home improvement ideas. Eventually pick out some clothes.
  • Schedule fix
  • Pay $20 styling fee (that is applied to anything from your fix that you decide to keep!)
  • Wait impatiently for fix to show up and obsessively read reviews of what other women are getting in hopes that you might get a preview
  • Do a dance of joy when Fix arrives, shortly followed by saying “Why the heck did they send me that?” after opening.
  • Feel shock and surprise when everything ends up looks pretty damn good.
  • Consult the styling cards they send with the Fix to get ideas on how to wear what they sent. Realize you have no idea how to put an outfit together and are apparently quite boring.
  • Agonize over what to keep, texting all of your closest friends to see if they think a particular piece is worth it. You have three days to make this decision.
  • Shove everything you don’t want back into a provided USPS bag and take it to the closest blue mailbox. You only get charged for what you keep, and if you keep everything, you get 25% off!
  • Feel a sense of smugness when people compliment your new clothes and you get to respond, “Oh this? Yeah, my stylist picked it out for me.”

I got my first Fix the day before Christmas, and needless to say I found the entire experience really fun! After reading a lot of the reviews from other women who have tried out this service, I was a little concerned that maybe I wouldn’t like anything they sent: A lot of the styles seemed on the preppy side which is good for some people, but not for me.

In my profile, I explained that I’m in my 30s, but still tend to wear skate and surf brands, so I acknowledged that I should probably try to grow up a little. Jeans and hoodies are nice and all, but I have barely any fun clothes for going out anymore. I think my stylist, Margaret, did a great job for my first Fix, and I liked almost everything she sent.

Here’s what she sent me (and apologies for the crappy iPhone mirror pictures. I didn’t have much time to take pictures with Christmas and work):

 

Ellison Olsen Cotton Open Draped Plaid Shirt

and

Just Black Adora Skinny Jeans

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So the first thing I saw when I opened my Fix were bright ORANGE skinny jeans, and that was about when I started scratching my head. Orange? Really?So I tried the jeans on and omg they were so comfy and soft and surprisingly, they fit perfectly. I can’t even find a pair of skinny jeans on my own that fit so well. I pretty much live in jeans, and I’ve been wanting to get a pair that is in a fun color, but I just wasn’t sure if orange was the way to go. It’s not my favorite color to begin with. Plus, the jeans were $68, which is completely reasonable, but not if I never ended up wearing these things. Still, it was something to debate.

The plaid shirt was another thing that had me scratching my head. I like flannel shirts (I’m a product of the 90s, remember) but this wasn’t exactly a normal flannel shirt. It was…a drapey cardigan thing, made of plaid. It looked okay on me, but the price tag seemed way too high for what it was at $58. I folded that back up and put it into the envelope to send back.

41 Hawthorn Jane Floral Knit Infinity Scarf

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I’ve been wanting an infinity scarf, so I was excited when I read the note from my stylist that said one had been included. And the moment I touched this one, all I could think was “OMG SO SOFT!!!!” However, I really wasn’t digging the navy blue/beige color combination, and I thought the floral pattern was a little boring as well. At $38, it was too expensive to keep for how little I liked the look of it. Back into the envelope it went.

Papermoon Jourdan Colorblocked & Tribal Print Top

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My husband wrinkled his nose up at this one when I pulled it out of the box, but once I tried it on he decided he was pleasantly surprised by it. I was too! I didn’t think I would like this, as I think I’ve worn a tribal print exactly never, but the fit of the top was really nice, and I like how skinny it made me look as well. I wasn’t sure how I felt about the red/navy/black/cream color combination though, so I put this on the maybe pile, especially since it was $48.

41Hawthorn Corinna Striped Dolman Top

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This was the piece that made me grin as I was looking over the clothes they sent me. I love the color and the style, and I like stripes too. I pulled it on and got the husband’s reaction (“That looks like you”) then promptly cut off the tags and hung the shirt up in my closet. Considering I got $20 credit towards one item because of the styling fee, I would only be paying an additional $28  for this top as it was$48. No brainer to keep it, especially since I know I’ll wear it all the time.

So, what did I end up keeping?

After a lot of thought, I ended up sending the orange pants back, mostly because I was afraid they would sit in my dresser without being worn and they were a bit too expensive to have that fate. I liked them, but I think I would have been more likely to keep them if they had been another color. It’s weird though. Every time I look at this picture of them, I regret not keeping them!

The scarf went back as well, along with the tribal top. I really thought about that one, because I liked the way it fit so much. But, as my friend put it, it looks too “business casual” and not quite sassy enough for a top that I would want to wear for special occasions. I think if the colors had been different (Hot pink instead of red or aqua instead of navy blue) I would have been more tempted.

The red striped top I obviously kept.

That left the plaid cardigan. I went back and looked at the style card for this one, and noticed that they had rolled up the sleeves for both of the looks (when I first tried it on, the sleeves were down). I pulled it out of the return envelope and rolled up the sleeves, then tried it on again. It looked remarkably better. And it was super comfy. And it looked like something I would probably wear constantly. So I sent this picture to two of my best friends and my mom with the text of HALP SHOULD I BUY????

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The answer was a resounding yes, with my mom saying “Honestly, $60 isn’t a lot for something that is unique that you’re going to wear all the time.” And you know what, Mom? YOU’RE RIGHT! I’d gotten a giftcard for Christmas anyway, so this seemed like a good time to use it. After wearing this a few times, I think I actually like it MORE than the red shirt, so I’m sooooooo glad I kept it!

And that was my first experience with Stitch Fix! Overall, I really enjoyed the experience and was impressed with the pieces they picked out for me. Honestly, the only thing I wasn’t terribly impressed with were the styling cards for each piece. I felt those missed the mark on my style more than the pieces themselves.  I understand that they can’t exactly be tailor fit to each woman who orders and that these same styling suggestions are sent to everyone who receives those particular pieces, but I still felt a little deflated about that. I mean…below the knee khaki shirt? Really? Not for me at all.

Anyway, I filled out my reaction survey and sent the other clothes back, and then happily scheduled my next fix, which is for the end of January. I asked that they send some fun “going out” options this time, since I assume my husband and I will probably go out for a nice dinner around Valentine’s Day and it would be nice to have something new to wear for it. Until then, I will obsessively read Stitch Fix reviews and keep pinning stuff to my fashion board on Pinterest. I can’t wait to see what they send next time. Everyone says that each fix keeps getting better with the more feedback you provide, so I can’t see how it won’t be just as fun!

Interested in checking out Stitch Fix for yourself? Please consider using my referral link! Or just go sign up on your own. Either way, have fun!

P.S. This isn’t an advertisement. I’m not affiliated with Stitch Fix. I found reviews helpful when  I was trying to decide if I wanted to order a Fix, and figured I would return the favor to other women who might also be curious. :)

Friendship lego

Friendship is a beautiful thing.

Friendship is an especially beautiful thing when someone presents you with a Lego nyan cat that they created from scratch because they know you like Lego and cats and nerdy internet stuff, all because you took the time to listen to them when they were having a bad day.

Pay it forward, folks.

Wearing my geek on my sleeve

True story: I got my high school boyfriend because I was wearing a Princess Leia t-shirt.

This was before the prequels were released. It might have even been before all of the special editions were released. It was spring of 1997 (which seriously was only about five years ago, right?) and Star Wars merchandise was not exactly easy to find. I believe that particular shirt, a ringer with a big glittery decal of Princess Leia with her blaster, was from Hot Topic.

Leave me alone, I was 16.

Anyway, while hanging out after school one day, this tall, blonde haired, blue eyed guy who was extremely out of my geeky league turned to me and said, “Is that the Millenium Falcon behind Princess Leia? Or a B-Wing?”

“It’s the Millen–” I began, glancing down at the shirt. And then I blinked. “Uh. B-Wing,” I replied. I’d never even noticed that before. And who was this guy that he actually knew what a B-Wing was? He then launched into a discussion with me about Star Wars that ended up last for over an hour.

We ended up dating for three years.

Sixteen years later, I’m still just as much of a geek (I believe my husband fell for me because I started discussing Final Fantasy while sitting on a ski lift with him). Now, of course, being a geek is trendy to the point where I don’t even like using the word anymore. I’m just me, but my favorite movies are still Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, and I read Harry Potter every year and I’m completely obsessed with Borderlands 2. Oh, and I bought a 3DS XL purely to play Pokemon. And what I love now is that I can find some shirts and merchandise that are downright fashionable, all while having a geeky flair to them. I can almost feel like an adult while still being true to myself! I’ve collected some of my favorites from Etsy here.

By the way, Etsy? It’s like a haven for awesome geeky finds. It’s also a haven for questionable knock off goods that look like they’re better suited for Ebay, but let’s ignore that for now and bask in the glory that is handmade geek stuff.

My Star Wars AT-AT Pet

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By EngramClothing

I’m proud to say that I own this shirt and wear it pretty often and I usually receive compliments on it as well. Because I enjoy copying off of my big brother, AT-ATs are one of my favorite vehicles in Star Wars. And dogs are just the best. So an AT-AT dog being walked by a little girl?  <3 <3 <3

I love that the store has that design on a few different items, such as a skirt and dress. Oh, and they also have a shirt of Darth Vader riding a bicycle and another of a stormtrooper wearing a suit, so that’s pretty amazing as well.

X-men Mystique inspired apron

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By HauteMessThreads

I didn’t realize that aprons were a thing that people were wearing again until I joined Pinterest. Then I logged in one day and was like, “Oh, that’s a cute dress,” and clicked on it only to realize it was an apron. I confess that I don’t entirely get it, but then, I don’t entirely love cooking either. Wait, am I allowed to say that? I’m pretty sure the internet, and blogging in particular, has become the one true home of amazing cooks. I mean…I can cook. I just find the entire process really stressful and also I suck at taking pictures of my food as I prepare it. How people manage to make raw chicken look good is beyond me.

Anyway! I’ve never wanted an apron in my entire life, but the other day when I was trolling Etsy for interesting geek related things, I found an apron that was inspired by Mystique. When I found myself checking my bank account to figure out whether or not I could purchase said apron, I realized that I had probably gone insane. Seriously though, this thing is badass! If I were the type of woman who held dinner parties and cooked a ton of delicious baked goods for my friend’s kids, I would totally want this apron to complete my look of grown up geek. I love the fact that it definitely references the mutant without beating you over the head. Subtle geekiness. I like it.

Fingerless Dragon Egg Khaleesi gloves

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By Mareshop

I found these because I had just found a dragon egg necklace on HBO’s site that I thought was cool, but assumed Etsy could probably do even better. As I had assumed, there were a ton of dragon egg necklaces on the site, so many that they all blended together. That’s probably why these gloves stood out so much to me. I’ve been wanting fingerless gloves forever now (my office is usually freezing), and I love the style of these. Again, they’re subtle. Looking at them, people wouldn’t necessarily guess that I’m pretending to be Khaleesi even though she’s not even my favorite character in Game of Thrones.

But I would know. And that’s all that matters.