the biblio files

Happy 200th Pride & Prejudice!

I’m the worst self-proclaimed bookworm that ever lived. I can’t even remember the last time I read a book! I have all this guilt festering within my innards as I have so many books collecting dust due to my negligence to pick one up and explore the stories their pages contain. I’m attempting to get back into the habit of reading often, but picking what book to start off with has been a doozy. But since today marks Pride & Prejudices‘s 200th anniversary I thought that it would be appropriate to start reading since I’ve been wanting to give it another go (I totally gave up on it when I was supposed to read it for a Jane Austen class… which I somehow passed with a B) — and I am SO OBSESSED with The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube! If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a webseries that’s a modern adaptation of Pride & Prejudice and Lizzie is a communications grad student and the web show is to act as being part of her thesis. It’s super interactive too as each character has their own Twitter account and whatnot. Oh, and Jane Bennet works in fashion and has her own LookBook account! It hasn’t been updated in awhile which makes me sad because I really loved her outfits. *le sigh* It’s worth a peek though!

The Lizzie Bennet Diaires definitely played a part in me wanting to give P&P another chance. 🙂

Here’s the first episode of the series:

art by Nan Lawson

I’d love to ramble on a bit more, but I’ve got to get going or else I’ll be late for work. Enjoy your Monday! <– what an odd thing to say.


pup life

OOTD: The Crazy Dog Lady Edition

outfit details – blazer: Martha Stewart for Petsmart (buy here

The other day Rory and I went to Petsmart to drop off a ‘thank you’ present to his trainer and then she showed me all the cute clothes they just put in stock. We had him try on a few jackets and he was so patient — he even lifted his legs up when it was time to put them through the arm hole! So of course I got him a couple of things including this red tweed herringbone blazer! Actually, that thing’s been in stock for awhile, but it was on sale! When I get Rory clothes I usually  get practical things like sweaters and jackets that he can wear for walks when it’s cold out, but on occasion I’ll get him something impractical because I think it’s cute.

Don’t judge me. 😛

Anywho, I’ve been doing on Etsy stuff, and work just started last week and I’ve been on the lookout for another job thus my absence from this blog, so I thought it would be a good idea to make Rory the star for this post since he just got a new outfit!

He’s usually a good sport in front of the camera, but he was a reluctant model today.  You can tell he wasn’t having it, his eyes are saying “You suck, mom.” But he became all lively again once he was blazerless and filled with treats! He’s currently napping on his chaise lounge by the window. I swear, if Rory was a Pokemon he’d be Snorlax because all he does is sleep (or Lickitung because his tongue is crazy long). And yeah, my dog has a chaise lounge. It’s ridiculous.

I remember in high school I decided that my dream was to live in San Francisco, work in some sort of artsy field, and have a dog with a knitted argyle sweater. Well, I went to school in SF and totally fell out of love with the city (I still think it’s fun to visit, but I don’t want to live there), trying to find an “artsy” job is kind of impractical but I make /sell jewelry and have a blog to keep me sane while I find a “practical” job, and now I have a dog so the last bit of that dream should’ve easily been fulfilled right? Um… no. Of all the clothes we’ve (my aunt and I) acquired for Rory, I have yet to get him a knitted argyle sweater. He has a hooded fleece one though, so I guess that counts? <– no, it doesn’t.


geek style

Of Little Ponies & Unicorns

outfit details – dress: Xhileration // peter pan collar necklace: M Style // my little pony necklace: Once Upon a Smorgasbord (I made it!) // glasses: derek cardigan (buy here)

This is something that I think of almost everyday and it constantly annoys me because I can never think of a good answer for it: If I were a My Little Pony, what would my cutie mark be? No, I’m serious. I think about this a lot. Cutie marks are like tattoos, y’know? Once you have it it’s there FOREVER. I already know that I will eventually get a tattoo of Rory, a carousel horse, and the Gallifreyan symbol for ‘friend,’ but if I were a MLP I wouldn’t want a dog on the side of my ass! I used to think I’d have chocolate chip cookies on the side of my flank (because I love cookies, duh), and later on I thought maybe a book + quill (for my love of reading and writing), and now I’m like maybe a laptop (for my love of the internet?)… or a pile of Swarovski crystals (because I love to make necklaces)? I DON’T KNOW. And let’s not even talk about what color combination I would be. UGH.

It’s normal for a woman that just turned 27 last Saturday to think of things like this, right? o,0

So anywho — why do I keep talking about ponies? Um, because they’re awesome. Duh. And I also started experimenting with my jewelry making skills by using toys as pendents! Specifically My Little Pony toys. I know this isn’t an original idea, but I wasn’t too crazy about some of the ones I’ve seen made, so I wanted to put my own spin on it. I approach my jewelry making the same way I dress myself — how can I incorporate geeky/childish elements without looking like a 12-year-old, but still age appropriate? I think I succeeded in making them simple, yet fun, statement necklaces that anyone anypony can wear! 🙂

After making the Rarity necklace (pictured above) I decided to keep it because… well, she’s my favorite! She’s a unicorn with a purple mane who loves fashion. How could she not be my favorite?

All the ones pictured above are currently listed on Once Upon a Smorgasbord 😉

I’ve been cranking out necklace after necklace for the past two weeks and I’m really excited about them! I have all sorts of things planned for my Etsy store this year and these MLP necklaces are just one of those things. Hope you guys like them!


PS: If any of you happen to play the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic game on the iPad/iPhone, add me! My Gameloft username is ‘chezfancypants’ 😀

geek style · out & about

Lions, and Tigers, but no Bears. Aww man!

outfit details – bomber jacket: Espirit // polar bear pullover: Forever 21 (buy here) // purse: Coach // necklace: Swarovski // glasses: Derek Cardigan (buy here) // jeggings: Vera Wang // boots: Steve Madden

‘ello! Hope you all had a lovely weekend, I know I did (on account of Saturday being the anniversary of my birth)!

To celebrate my entry into my late 20s (oh my god, I was 17 ten years ago?!), Tim and I went to the Sacramento Zoo to hang out with the animals! I had never been there before, plus the thought of being able to feed a giraffe was too exciting. That’s actually something I wrote on a bucket list I created when I was in high school — feed a giraffe. I’m obsessed with tide pools and stingrays at aquariums, I suppose I’m just really enticed by the idea of being able to interact with wild animals. But alas, when feeding time came the giraffes weren’t interested in the food. Apparently during the winter they just don’t care that much about om noms because they’ve already stored enough energy or something like that.

But I WILL feed a giraffe one day! It’s gonna happen, dammit!

Fun fact time: Betty White helped raise money for the zoo’s giraffe exhibit in 2009. BETTY WHITE INTERACTED WITH THE GIRAFFES I SAW WITH MY OWN TWO EYES. <– I’m also obsessed with Betty White. Who isn’t?

I’m trying to get back into the habit of bringing little toys with me to document the places I go, so I brought Rarity and my little Rory Williams action figure that Jennifer got me for my birthday! I also wore my polar bear sweater to go along with the zoo theme of the day, but to my surprise the Sacramento Zoo doesn’t have any sort of bear exhibit. 😦

The lack of bears didn’t ruin my trip though, I saw tons of other interesting animals like the singing gibbons (Google them, they’re all kinds of entertaining), a pensive primate (pictured above), an eastern bongo (pictured above), and some wild kitty cats! I couldn’t get any decent shots of the lions, the tiger, or the snow leopard (it was so small, it looked like it was as big as a Border Collie), but I managed to take a picture of the jaguar. 🙂

The red panda was by far the cutest critter there, it totally reminded me of Rory (my dog, not the action figure)! But my new favorite zoo animal has to be lemurs because they were ridiculous amounts of fun to watch — I think Tim and I spent a good 10 minutes watching them run around and sun bathe. Especially since one of them kept holding their arms out in a way that said both “come at me bro” and “look at me, I’m fabulous!”

And speaking of fabulous, anteaters (Tim’s new favorite animal) look like they’re ready for the red carpet. I don’t know, there’s just something glamourous about them. Oh, and we totally saw some anteater action of the bow-chicka-bow-wow kind… y’know what I’m sayin’? It was so weird.

Overall, it was a good birthday! After the zoo we went to Old Town, ate dinner at Tower Cafe (if you’re in Sac you’ve gotta try the Malaysian Chicken Sandwich, holy crap!), did some shopping, and had a pizookie at BJ’s. Om nom nom.


geek style · out & about

Lucky #13

outfit details – fox pullover: Sweater Project // skirt: Vera Wang – Princess (buy here) // boots: Blowfish (buy here) // glasses: Derek Cardigan (buy here) // peter pan collar necklace: M Style (Macy’s) // watch: Timex x Disney

I feel like I’m sooo behind on my blog posts. Actually, I am behind.

Case in point: I went to the Winchester Mystery House a couple days before Christmas with Tim and his cousin Sarah from Ohio and I never got around to blogging about it because I was too caught up in Christmas festivities. Legit excuse? So instead of blogging about my birthday trip to the zoo (which happened yesterday) I’ll go ahead and talk about the Winchester Mystery House since today is the 13th day of the year and the 13th year of the 21st century! <– 21st century started in 2001, my bad.

How is this even relevant to the Winchester Mystery House? Well, Sarah Winchester, the woman responsible for the beautiful yet eerily funky Victorian mansion was overly superstitious and obsessed with the number 13. There are many cases where a room has 13 windows, or 13 of… whatever.

Because of copyright issues, we weren’t allowed to take pictures of the inside of the house (although people have because I totally saw some pics of the interior from users on Instagram. Tsk!), but we were allowed to take photos of the garden and whatnot. It’s a shame that visitors aren’t allowed to take pictures inside because they decorated each room with beautifully ornate Christmas trees! Oh, and it would’ve been a crazy amazing photo op to do for a  Downton Abbey-esque outfit picture!

I’ve been wanting to visit the Winchester Mystery House for quite sometime as I’ve always seen it on the Travel Channel. The house was constantly under construction for 38 years until Sarah Winchester died. As I said before, Winchester was overly superstitious and she built the house because the spirits of those who had been killed by the rifles of her late husband’s company (Winchester Rifle) told her she needed to build a house but never complete it. The mansion’s full of strange oddities with staircases leading to nowhere, cupboards that are an inch or two deep, low-rise and confined staircases that zig-zag, and a door that leads to a good  neck-breaking drop (pictured above and below) just to name a few things.

Another thing about this place is that there have been many reports of paranormal activity! As a self professed “scare-dy cat” I was kind of hoping to see a ghost or feel something… because I’m just weird like that. We also added on to do the basement tour and our guide said that guests have reported seeing a ghost down there. I didn’t see anything!

But what made the tour for me was the fact that our tour guide for the interior part of the house was a Whovian (Doctor Who fan, in case you didn’t know)! As we made our way down a sketchy hallway he warned us to beware of any minotaur that might be lurking and that totally made me think of “The God Complex” from season 6. As I walked down the hall I said, “I should’ve brought my Sonic Screwdriver” to which he said “That would have been helpful.” OMG. My nerd heart sang. It’s so fun to find other Whovians, we’re kind of like unicorns y’know? He even asked if anyone went by the name Alonso and proceeded to say, “Allon-sy Alonso!” and mentioned something about the Sonic Screwdriver not having a wood setting. A lot of people in our group were muttering “I don’t get it” but I was jumping up and down because I couldn’t contain my excitement about the Doctor Who-ness that was happening!  Tim asked him if we had to be wary of the statues outside in case of a Weeping Angel attack. The tour guide’s face totally lit up. It was such a fabulous nerdtastic moment!

I definitely want to go back during Halloween because they do these flashlight tours at night and everyone wears headphones and the tour ends in the seance room! I have no idea why I want to scare myself like that. I don’t even like scary movies. o,0


geek style

Birthday Wishes

My birthday is this Saturday! AHHH!!! My original plans to go to the Happiest Place on Earth fell through, so I won’t be dining with Minnie Mouse for a birthday brunch or scream to my heart’s content on the Tower of Terror *cries tears of sadness* But I do believe that the boyfriend and I will do some exploring out of town, possibly Sacramento. I’m not sure yet. I have a few days to figure it out. I just know that I want the consumption of cupcakes and/or macaroons to be involved!

Anywho, I thought it’d be fun to create a wish list for things I hope to get for my birthday. Just like the Christmas wish list I made last month, I don’t expect to get anything off this list. This is all for funsies 😀

1. Can’t Wait to Be Queen dress from ModCloth

You can’t really see from the picture above, but this dress has horse drawn carriages, horse shoes, and castles all over it! Isn’t it magical? Isn’t it stupendous?! I wanted to wear this dress so badly when I went to Disneyland for my 1yr anniversary in November, but it was either be cute-and-broke or have money to spend around the park. *sigh* Needless to say, I’ve been eyeing this dress for months. Oh, and it’s FINALLY on sale!

2. Gift cards

Who doesn’t love a gift card? I’d specifically like one or two from Joann and/or Michaels since I really need more craft supplies. I have all sorts of things planned out in my head for pieces I’d love to make for my Etsy store and myself!

3. Doctor Who: Adipose stress toy

I get stressed very easily and I love Doctor Who, so this a no brainer, right? Annnd… I think this would be a super awesome thing to have in hand when I attempt to make Adipose pendents out of clay!

These can be found at Think Geek and Hot Topic

4. Doctor Who: TARDIS socks

Tim got me the Doctor Who ankle sock set as an early birthday present and they are ridiculously fantastic! But the weather is still cold, so these knee-length TARDIS socks would be an ideal way to keep my feet and calves warm and wave my nerd flag all at the same time. 🙂

These lovely socks can be found at Hot Topic

5. Little Black Bag

I think Little Black Bag is a pretty awesome concept — you get to pick out 3-4 designer accessories (bags, jewelry, beauty products, etc), but first you take this quiz to see what your style is and then a “stylist” shows you some things you might like, and then you pick what you like, and if you’re not crazy about something you can swap an item with another member online! I think I explained that correctly…? There’s a video on the site that explains it all better than I can.

6. Lady & the Tramp pullover from H&M

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know how desperate I am to get my paws on this beautiful knitted pullover (sweater, jumper,whatever you wanna call it)! I bugged Tim about it during the holiday season by dropping plenty unsubtle hints about how much I wanted it for Christmas. I thought it would be perfect because I love Lady & the Tramp and Tim calls me Pidge just like Tramp. So perfect, right?! But he couldn’t find it! He did his damnedest to find it too — called the ones around him, asked if they could special order it (they can’t), looked online. I ended up calling thirteen H&Ms that were at least an hour and a half away from me to see if they still had any in stock. Every store I called was COMPLETELY sold out, and it’s nowhere to be found on the interwebs. Well, there’s like one eBay listing, but it’s not even the right size. UGH.

Soo… if any of you happen to stumble upon this in a size 10 or 12 LET ME KNOW IMMEDIATELY.

And I know Forever 21 currently has a Lady & the Tramp pullover in stock, but I honestly think it’s on the fugly side, soo… yeah.

Alright, well that just about sums up my list. I hope you all have a happy Monday (if that’s possible)! 🙂