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5 Fandom Friday: My Favorite Things About Winter

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I was born and raised in the central valley of California, and still live in the Golden State. As many people know, Californians don’t have a “real” winter season. But I do want to note that when I lived in Daly City, it was like living in a perpetual foggy haze all year round! No sun. Very fog. Such depress. Wow.

Anywho, in other parts of California we do experience “cold” weather during winter that allows us to bundle up. Sometimes there are mornings where you may find the windows of your car covered in thin sheets of ice, and scrapping them off can be a bitch. But having snow all over your car? Driving in snow?  NO THANK YOU. How do you people who experience real winter weather do it? HOW?!

We’re extremely spoiled over here, especially the Californians in SoCal!

This is basically how I felt when I was at Disneyland during the evening:

But it was stupid hot in the afternoon! Oh, California. You’re so strange.

Alright, now that I’ve established the lack of actual “real” winter weather I experience in my spot of the ‘verse, here are my 5 favorite things about the winter season:

1. Tea all day, everyday

I love myself a good cuppa. I’ll drink it even if the weather is deemed “too hot” to drink tea, but during winter it’s perfectly fine to have cups and cups of it! Lately I’ve been drinking this really yummy white pomegranate tea by a brand called Revolution. I found it at Ross for $3. Score!

2. It’s actually cold

Fall is my favorite season, but California has a hard time getting with the program. It was still stupid hot in October. I mean, 80 degree weather in October? What is that? HORRIBLE. AWFUL. UNACCEPTABLE. That’s what it is! So when winter comes, it’s absolutely lovely.

3. Bundling up in winter accessories

I prefer cold weather, and by that I mean I love overcast skies with a gentle breeze where the days are between 50-60 degrees and the nights are in the mid 40s. It’s my favorite! I’m still able to wear my tights with dresses (because eff pants), and layer on a jacket over a cardigan or sweater. Plus beanies and scarves are fun and sometimes necessary to wear. When I’m having a bad hair day, I love the fact that I can throw a cute knitted hat on and go to work. It makes life so much easier!

Winter also allows me to wear my everyday Robb Stark (Game of Thrones) cosplay (pictured above), complete with faux fur paw scarf. It has pockets lined with fleece too. 😀

4. Boots, boots, boots

This seems more like something that would be on a “My Favorite Things About Fall” list, but I LOVE boots. I’ll even try and wear my cowboy boots during the spring (bearable) and summer (terrible), but with winter it just gets colder and more appropriate to wear boots! Plus I got these G.H. Bass boots on sale at their outlet store in Livermore on New Year’s Eve and they’re made for wide calves.  If you have wide calves like me, you know the struggle is real when it comes to shopping for boots.

5. Sales all over the place!

Every store seems to have a sale because of the end of the holiday season and the New Year. I’m a self-proclaimed shopaholic, so of course this is on my list. Haha! 😛

How’s winter where you are? Are you spoiled with a California winter like me, or are you freezing your tail off in the snow? Lemme know in the comments!

cheers

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The Funday Post

♥ Grimm’s original fairytales (the super dark, creepy ones)  have been translated into English for the very first time! Watch the book trailer.

Neil Gaiman talks about fairytales, his latest story “The Sleeper & the Spindle” (which seems to be a Sleeping Beauty/Snow White mash-up), and how every fairytale is “a loaded gun.”

The trailer for the live adaptation of Cinderella is out now and ERMERGERD I’m so excited!

The Pitch Perfect 2 trailer is out too and it looks aca-awesome 😀

30 things from the most radical decade: The 90s. Crazy nostalgia awaits (for most of you, I assume)!

Which of the Seven Dwarfs Are You? Apparently I’m Bashful.

♥ Would You Rather?: Hot Guys vs. Food. Honestly, I’m appalled that being served cookie butter on a silver platter beat out an intimate camping trip with Tom Hiddleston. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE? Don’t you know Tom would bring the cookie butter on the trip because he knows you love it??? Because he is perfect!!!

Cheers,
Nina

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The Funday Post

♥ My favorite actor, Tom Hanks, wrote a short story!

♥ Stuck in a rut with your creative projects? Check out these motivational posters.

JeeYoung Lee’s photographs is the stuff dreams are made of.

Kate Spade’s holiday ad starring Anna Kendrick as a fashionista locked out of her apartment building is too cute!

Amy Poehler talks about her book Yes Please with Terry Grossman.

Trends in geek fashion. Starting this blog, it was hard for me to find other fellow geeky fashionista bloggers, but now there’s a whole plethora that I’ve be-friended over the past few years! 😀

Which Disney Heroine Are You? quiz. I got Belle, which I’m totally okay with.

Hello Kitty will be permanent residency in Orange County next year via the Hello Kitty Cafe!

Benedict Cumberbatch and his opinion on completely random things.

Cheers,
Nina

PS: Happy Birthday to my bestest friend Shanice!!!

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The Funday Post

Toy Story 4 is happening and Rashida Jones is going to be a writer! I’m totally okay having a Toy Story movie come out every decade of my life. Just sayin’, John Lassester.

Which 90’s Nickelodeon Game Show Would You Have Conquered? According to this I would’ve kicked ass at Legends of the Hidden Temple, which was my favorite, but the Temple guards would’ve seriously given me so much anxiety!

♥ How has Idris Elba saved your life? Buzzfeed lists the 15 times he’s saved you.

♥ My Dark Side Sister Nami shares photos from her trip to London and other parts of the UK  and everything looks so beautiful! And she even got to hangout with a rock star and visit the set of the new Star Wars movie (no pics for that though, obviously). She’s that awesome.

♥ “All About That Bass” gets a Star Wars make-over via Team Unicorn’s parody “All About That Base: No Rebels”

♥ Artist Austin Light’s sketches show how your favorite movies become something entirely different when one letter is taken out of the title.

♥ I followed this easy-peasy recipe to make Franken Berry and Boo Berry krispie treats for a Halloween party at work. It’ll work for just about any cereal 🙂

♥ My friend from high school, Monica, wrote about how she didn’t shave her body for 18 months and what she learned from it. I got to see her progress as she posted pictures on Facebook over the last few years and she’s absolutely inspiring.

Cheers,
Nina

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I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up to No Good

I’ve been feeling quite nostalgic over Harry Potter lately, especially since Hot Topic started coming out with all these amazing HP accessories and dresses! Since us Potterheads have awhile to wait the for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie to be released, and also for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to open at Universal Studios in Hollywood, CA (both are supposedly slated for 2016, which feels VERY far away — also, some of us west coasters don’t have the money or desire to make the trek to Florida to visit the WWHP there… it’s so bloody hot and humid!), this, to me, feels like a way to hold me over until then. I’m also planning on re-visiting the book series since it’s been too long since I last read them. Right now I’m reading The Tales of Beedle the Bard for funsies.

I saw this Marauder’s Map dress at Hot Topic last month and wanted to cry over both how beautiful it was and also for the fact that the store I saw it in didn’t have it in my size. Then I went online and it was sold out in my size too, nor did the store in my town have it. First World Problems, right? Ugh! But, the the sale associate looked it up and there were two left at the store in Modesto (hometown of George Lucas and Jeremy Renner), so I had them put it on hold and made the 45 minute trek to pick it up. The things we do for material items sometimes, y’know? It was totally worth the drive though! I paired the dress with my mustard yellow cardigan that I found at a thrift store to rep my Hufflepuffness, and borrowed my mom’s Kate Spade owl purse because how perfect does it look with this dress? Harry Potter and owls just makes sense… like peanut butter and jelly, or Tonks and Lupin. The Harry Potter necklace I made goes perfectly with it too. 🙂

How’re my fellow Potterheads holding up?

Cheers,
Nina

cardigan: Xhileration (thrifted) // dress: WB (buy here)
purse: Kate Spade (buy here)// flats: Blowfish Shoes (no longer available)
necklace: Le Fancy Geek Boutique (buy here)
glasses: Derek Cardigan (buy similar here) // ring: vintage
earrings (not pictured): Hot Topic (buy here)

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Everyday Cosplay: Claire Randall

cardigan: Krisp // button-up: Gap // jeans: Mossimo // cuff: The Sad Basset
purse: ModCloth // necklace: Whispered Wishes // boots: Nine West

Hey ponies! Do any of you watch Outlander? I got into it a bit late, but was able to marathon the crap out it right before the mid-season finale a few weeks ago, and now I’m left with this gaping hole in my geek heart because I. Need. To. Know. What. Happens. Next. UGH! I still can’t believe I have to wait until April 4 for Outlander to come back!

– shakes fist at the heavens –

WHHHYY??? Why would they make us wait that long? It’s not fair! The show is based on a successful book series by Diana Gabaldon, so I know that can hold me down until April, but I have so many other books I need to get around to. First World Bookworm problems, man. – le sigh –

Anyhow, if you’re not familiar with Outlander, it’s about a woman named Claire Randall, a combat nurse from the 1940s. While her and her husband are on their honeymoon in Ireland, she mysteriously gets transported back through time (1743 to be exact). To say Claire’s situation is difficult is an understatement as she’s nearly assaulted by her husband’s ancestor, and saved by the Mackenzie clan, only they believe she’s an English spy. Claire uses her nursing skills to gain their trust, but she’s constantly relying on her smarts to get her through all the trials and tribulations thrown her way and fight to stay alive. So, Outlander is pretty much a concoction of all genres us geeks love: history, science fiction (time travel!), and romance.

Claire is crazy strong and über clever! It’s refreshing to see such a strong female character on TV. She has her damsel in distress moments, but (for the most part) she knows how to take care of herself. And of course I have to note that all the tartan and thick knitted scarves she donned made me long for Fall sooo badly (get with it, California)! So I threw together a little everyday cosplay inspired by her. 🙂

Cheers,
Nina

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Heading to StocktonCon!

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I’m all set to sell my geeky goods at StocktonCon’s Holiday Mini-Con this Sunday, December 15!

To any of my readers that live near the Central Valley, please stop by if you can. Admission is free with the donation of an unwrapped toy, coat, or blanket. 🙂

For those who can’t make it, my Etsy store will be closed for the day — but don’t worry, I’ll be up and running as usual the day after!

Even though it’s going to be a short con, I’m really excited and hoping I’ll do much better there than I did at the Rio Linda Craft Faire!

I hope to see some of you there 😀

Cheers,
Nina

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Rio Linda Craft Faire

Hey my little ponies! So this is super short notice, buuuut today I’m going to be selling my geeky baubles at the Rio Linda arts and crafts faire!!! I’m excited and full of panic all at once! AAH!

Good grief, could I use any more exclamation points?

Anywho, if any of you awesome ponies live within the area I would love it if you stopped by to say hello. I’ll be set up somewhere outside… just look for the girl with all the geeky stuff on her table 😀

Follow me on Instagram to see updates!

Cheers,
Nina

PS: I’ll be re-launching my Etsy store sometime after the faire!

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Dia De Los Disney

My trip to SoCal was way too short, but I’m happy that Tim and I were able to go on a getaway anyhow. And it included a free day at Disneyland (my cousin’s girlfriend works there and signed us in — THANKIES, JOLENE!), so you can’t beat that! I’ve never been to the park during Halloween time, so I was really excited to see how it would be decorated. I have to be honest though… I was a bit underwhelmed. The front entrance and Main Street are adorned with jack-o-lanterns, but the rest of the park looked like its normal magical self (totes not a bad thing, but still!). There were some wonderful Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) decorations in Frontierland though, and of course the Haunted Mansion was decked out with The Nightmare Before Christmas decor (my favorite!). Oh, and then there was Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Like they say on the interwebs, that sh!t was cray. It seemed like the ride was a lot faster, and there’s this creepy fiery galactic space giant that is made of the stuff of nightmares that shows up right at the very beginning of the ride. No me gusta. #scaredycatforlife

The highlight of our time at the Happiest Place on Earth had to be when Tim spotted the Disneyland unicorn, Daisy Duck! I frequented Disneyland a lot as a child (and now adult) and I have never ever seen Daisy there at all. She was the one character I wanted to meet so badly when I was little! While we were walking down Main Street to go to the parking garage Tim said, “Hey, didn’t you want to meet Daisy?” and I was thinking, “What kind of a question is that? OF COURSE I DO.” And then he pointed to the left and there she was, looking all fabulous in pink and lavender! I let out a dramatic gasp, like so dramatic that it made the back of my throat dry and hurt my chest a bit from all the air I quickly sucked in, and then I found myself jumping up and down asking Tim if we could get in line to take a picture. Who knew the site of a fancified duck could make a 27-year-old woman go kuh-ray-zee? But we are talking about Disneyland, therefore anything goes! Unfortunately, the cast member escorting her said they were closing up the line and that she’d be coming back at 3. And so I waited. I mean, I had only been waiting to meet her since I was 5, what was an hour  and a half more going to hurt me?

I could’ve easily run up to the front of the line when Daisy came out again, but I didn’t want to be that adult who cut off the little children. Plus I would’ve felt painfully awkward despite the fact that I’ve wanted to meet her long before any of them were even a zygote! Once it was my turn she pointed at my dress and motioned for me to curtsy with her for the picture. And when Tim was done taking pictures of us, she pointed at him and waved her arms for him to come over. She gave him a once over and nodded her head in approval. And she blew many kisses to him! I wasn’t even mad that she was flirting with my boyfriend. It was fuggin’ adorable. 😀

I’ll be blogging a bit more about my trip to Disneyland and San Diego over the next few days (and it’ll probably bleed into next week), so stay tuned! 😀

Cheers,
Nina

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Back-to-School LeSportsac Giveaway Winner #2!

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I’m so sorry to keep you all anxiously waiting for me to announce the winner of the second bag for my Back-to-School LeSportsac giveaway, my little ponies! I kicked it old school again by drawing a name out of a bowl and the lucky winner is Alana!!! Congrats, girl! Please be sure to email me @ chezfancypants@gmail.com within 48 hours with an address for me to send your brand spankin’ new bag to 😀

Thank you to all who entered and to LeSportsac for allowing me to gift my readers with awesome purses! ♡

Cheers,
Nina