5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Fandom Accessories I Own

I own quite a number of fandom accessories, all of which I love, so it was really challenging to narrow it down to five choices (but I did it! Unlike last week…).  Here are my favorites that I’ve acquired.

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Artemis Ring (Sailor Moon)

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Groot Necklace

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Platform 9 & 3/4 Bangle

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Totoro iPhone Case

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BONUS: Agent Carter SSR Necklace (which you can get a discount on if you’re interested in owning your own Peggy Carter merch!)

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February 6th – Favorite Funko Pop Figures
February 13th – Favorite Fictional Couples I Ship (Valentine’s Day)
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March 20th – My Comfort Films
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TV Shows & Movies To Look Forward To In 2015

I’ve had this post in draft for so long but since I never had a chance to publish it yet, we’re already done almost done with January.  Luckily, Agent Carter and Parks and Recreation are living up to my overly excited expectations, but here are the other TV shows and movies I’m most looking forward to in 2015! I will do a separate posts for upcoming books in 2015 because there are just too many to list here!  What are you most looking forward to seeing in 2015?

January

6th – Agent Carter

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13th – Parks and Recreation Season 7

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February

6th – Jupiter Ascending

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13th – The Last Five Years

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March

6th – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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13th – Cinderella

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17th – iZombie

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April

10th – Daredevil

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May

1st – Avengers: Age of Ultron

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June

5th – Paper Towns

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12th – Jurassic World

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19th – Inside Out

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July

17th – Ant-Man

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18th – Entourage

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24th – Pan

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August

7th – The Fantastic Four

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7th – Goosebumps

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October

16th – Crimson Peak

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23rd – Jem and the Holograms

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November

6th – Spectre

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20th – Mockingjay Part 2

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December

18th – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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18th – Sisters

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Premiere Date TBA

Heroes Reborn

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

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The Little Prince

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Marvel’s Agent Carter: SSR Necklace

Have you been LOVING Agent Carter as much as I have?!  If you’re like me, you may also wish you could be Hayley Atwell / Peggy Carter and you’ve probably been frantically searching for some merchandise to support Marvel’s first female led property in the MCU.  Well, I have some good news!

Enter 2point5Designs.  (Spoiler alert: You’re going to adore this necklace!)  It displays the logo of the Strategic Scientific Reserve which is the division Peggy is placed in once the war ends.  The necklace is laser cut from a bronze mirrored acrylic and it’s the perfect addition to any outfit whether you’re wearing it to work or on an off hours covert mission of your own.

The necklace retails for $28 but if you use my code SSR15 when placing your order, you’ll receive $10 off your purchase!

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Tea & Book Chat: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

If anyone ever understood how deep my love of Harry Potter runs it’s the main character Cath in Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.  Cath and her twin sister Wren are both huge fans of the Simon Snow series (side note: Rainbow is actually coming out with a book based on those characters in October of this year!)  and Cath has actually garnered quite an online following with her Simon and Baz (Harry and Malfoy type characters) fan fiction.  Wren has always been supportive in the past but now that the girls are getting older and leaving for college, they’re in a more transitory period and Wren, especially, wants to separate herself from her twin.  She doesn’t even want to live with Cath which ends up effecting each sister differently.

Cath is a character I completely related to.  She’s an introvert who loves literature and she takes on the burden of familial responsibilities when Wren becomes more concerned with going out and partying than the well-being of her father.  She’s also pretty insecure and awkward.  I love that Rowell even uses Cath’s fanfic as a story element by interweaving it through chapters.  Cath’s writing also gives us a sense of how she’s coping with her own real life.  Even if you didn’t grow up addicted to Harry Potter, if you’ve ever loved anything fictional, you’ll be able to relate to Cath’s intense passion for the characters.  It still amazes me how much Rainbow Rowell understands and expresses the feelings superfans experience.

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Part of what made this book so enjoyable is that it explored so many of the relationships in Cath’s life from her twin sister to her father to her absent mother to her new roommate / potential friend  to a potential love interest.  Levi, the potential love interest, is probably my second favorite character of the book (after Cath of course) because he really gets Cath to break out her shell, even if it’s only a little.  He’s patient and understanding and it’s evident that he cares for her.

Overall Fangirl is an enjoyable journey through the transition from childhood to adulthood.  It captures the essence of what it means to be a fangirl and celebrates the love of fanficiton, which is typically viewed with negative connotations.  It’s no wonder Fangirl was the first book read by the official Tumblr book club.  I loved how Cath’s character grew throughout the novel and how despite her reluctance, she begins to step outside her comfort zone and experience life differently.  I cannot wait to read Rainbow Rowell’s book set in the world of Simon Snow, titled Carry On, which is scheduled for release this October.

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Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind? (via Goodreads)

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Buddha Bodai

This past weekend Andrew and I went out for one of the most satisfying meals I’ve consumed in recent times.  In high school. my friends and I would wake up really early on weekends and go to this little place on Long Island called Fortune Wheel and we’d eat the best Dim Sum ever for breakfast.  Then, about 6 years ago I became a vegetarian and my dim sum addiction was forced to cease.  It was a sad day indeed.  Dim sum is actually what I miss most about being a vegetarian.  Pork buns and shumai were two of my favorite foods.  Luckily, about two years ago, Dan Slott introduced me to a lovely little restaurant in Chinatown called Buddha Bodai which is a vegetarian dim sum restaurant.  I had only been there with him the one time, but I finally ventured back and it was glorious.

We started with green tea and spring rolls, and then moved on to all the dumplings and buns!  We ordered pork buns (my FAVORITE), Green Tea Buns, Watercress Dumplings, Vegetable Dumplings, Veggetable Gyozas and Fried Sticky Rice.  We definitely over-ordered and we were almost too full to stand up and leave!

If you’ve never been to Chinatown you may want to know that on your walk from the subway to the restaurant there will be a ton of people trying to sell you fake designer handbags, watches, and telling you they’ll give you gold for cash.  A new addition to the sales pushing on Canal were selfie sticks.  And consider yourself forewarned, if you’re interested in the aforesaid fake designer handbag and agree to peruse their selection, you will be escorted into a sketchy room in a nearby building since your transaction is technically illegal.

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The Comics You HAVE To Read Before Daredevil Premieres On Netflix

This weeks THINKAboutTheINK video is one that I’m super passionate about.  I love Daredevil (the comics, not the awful Ben Affleck film), and with the Marvel-Netflix deal, Matt Murdock is finally getting another shot at live action treatment.  If you’re like me, you may prefer to read more about a character before you see a film or tv adaptation and lucky for you, I’ve read just about every Daredevil comic ever published!  In the video below I’ll be discussing the Daredevil comics you need to read, and the one that you should not even bother with!

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5 Fandom Friday: The Albums That Made Me Fall In Love With Music In High School

I’ve always enjoyed music very much but it wasn’t until high school and the days of Napster and Lime Wire that I truly fell in love with it.  Through these new sites I was able to discover new bands and listen to music other than what was on the radio or MTV (you know, when MTV still played music videos) or the CDs my parents owned.  I felt like I had found music that was all mine.  My friend Lauren and I would burn CDs together and just hang out and listen to music for HOURS.  It was awesome.  I would create my own fonts and draw full pages of lyrics in shapes of hearts and balloons and such while I probably should’ve been paying attention in class.  This is the music that got me to start regularly attending and enjoying shows.  While my tastes have certainly refined since the good ole days of high school, I can still sing the lyrics to every song on every album I mention below.  Actually, I’m getting pretty nostalgic just listening to all these songs now<3  Oops, my 5 Fandom Friday is mega-sized this week.  I just couldn’t cut it down, so happy 12 fandom Friday!

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The Starting Line: Say it Like You Mean It – Favorite song: Best of Me

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Saves the Day: Stay What You Are – Favorite Song: At Your Funeral

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Taking Back Sunday: Tell All Your Friends – Favorite Songs: Cute Without the ‘e’ (Cut From the Team), You’re So Last Summer

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Brand New: Your Favorite Weapon Jude Law and a Semester Abroad, Seventy Times 7, Soco Amaretto Lime

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Brand New: Déjà EntenduSic Transit Gloria… Glory Fades, The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows, Guernica

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Fall Out Boy: Take This To Your Grave – Favorite Songs: Dead on Arrival, Grand Theft Autumn/Where is Your Boy, Chicago is so Two Years Ago

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Fall Out Boy: From Under The Cork Tree – Favorite Songs: Of All the Gin Joints in the World, Dance Dance, A Little Less Sixteen Candles A Little More Touch Me

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Something Corporate: Leaving Through the Window – Favorite Songs: Punk Rock Princess, I Want To Save You, Fall, Drunk Girl

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Something Corporate: North – Favorite Songs: As Your Sleep, Space

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Panic at the Disco!: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out – Favorite Songs: There’s a Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought of it Yet, Lying is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Off Her Clothes, Build God Then We’ll Talk

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Motion City Soundtrack: Commit This to Memory – Favorite Songs: Attractive Today, Everything is Alright, Make Out Kids, L.G. FUAD

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The All-American Rejects (Self Titled) – Favorite Songs: Swing, Swing, My Paper Heart

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February 6th – Favorite Funko Pop Figures
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Tea & Book Chat: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1)

I thought now would be the perfect time to write and review the first book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series since I’m just about finished with the second one!  I read The Raven Boys in the latter half of 2014 and I enjoyed it very much.  The story is about a girl named Blue who comes from a long line of psychics but does not possess the power herself.  Her presence has the ability to “make things louder” for other psychics when they’re conducting readings and ever since she was little she’s been told that if she kisses her first love it will kill him.  Blue joins her aunt in their annual visit to the ley line in Henrietta and for the first time ever, she interacts with a spirit directly.  She later learns that the boy is around her age and he attends the fancy prep school near her.

Blue becomes involved with this particular Raven boy, Gansey, and his three best friends, Ronan, Adam and Noah in their quest to find this King, Glendower.  If I were Blue, I would absolutely want to be involved in unraveling the mystery that the boys have been after for so long.  And I particularly love Gansey.  He’s so eloquent in his delivery and he really truly means well even if it doesn’t always come across in his actions.  I also loved reading about the women who live with Blue.  Each of them is psychic so the household is one of the more interesting ones I’ve read about.

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What makes The Raven Boys SO good is that Maggie Stiefvater is excellent at crafting and telling a story.  There are so many elements to this story and while a lot of them were explored in the first book, I can definitely see why more books are on the horizon.  The original plot and the magic of it all are really what drew me in and kept me furiously turning the pages throughout the book.  I love how as fantastical as the world in the novel is, it still manages to seem realistic and as if it could be occurring in a small town somewhere as we speak.

If you’re the kind of reader who doesn’t like waiting for things to come together, I would urge you to power through the beginning of the book because, trust me, the payoff is WORTH IT.  I’m so excited to be starting the second book and I think I may even look up this Scottish King Glendower so I can appreciate some more of the mystery surrounding him.2

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before. (via Goodreads)

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Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Kristin’s Kitchen is a new blog column I’ll posting sporadically about the foods (but mostly desserts) I bake with the help of my KitchenAid mixer.  My first baking adventure is VERY decadent.  It’s a no bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake and I got the recipe from Life Love and Sugar.  The cheesecake was a huge hit among my Settlers of Catan group but there was only so much we could eat at once because it’s REALLY filling.

Overall, it was a simple recipe to follow and I’m absolutely pleased with the results.  I would definitely bake this cheesecake again.

As you may notice, the cheesecake is topped with chocolate syrup and chopped mini Reese’s peanut butter cups.  The crust is made from Oreo’s and the middle of the cake is full of cream cheese, sugar and peanut butter.  All that’s required to enjoy the cake is time because you have to let it sit in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before serving.

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Recent Sephora Beauty Haul

This past week I went on a kind of Sephora spree.  I was really tired because I’ve been killing myself making these THINKAboutTheINK videos (which I love but full time job + part time job = TIRING), so I felt like I deserved a good ole makeup spree.  It began as a way to buy products that would help me fool people into thinking I’m awake but it quickly turned into an I NEED ALL THE TOO FACED THINGS shopping trip.

Anyway, here’s my haul!

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NARS Concealer Stick and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – I’ve only heard wonderful things about both of these products so I decided to bite the bullet and try them out.  So far, I love the concealer but I think I’m still loving Make Up Forever foundation better than this one.

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Benefit Puff Off! – I love how the applicator on this product looks like an iron!  It adds such a quirky retro flair to the product.  Puff Off! reduces puffiness under eyes and so far I’m very pleased with how it’s been working.

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Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer – I am the whitest, especially in the winter and MAC discontinued the shimmering bronzer powder I’ve sworn by for years.  I’m really into Too Faced products right now so I’ve been giving their bronzer a go and when applied with the brushes I purchased (below) it’s been looking quite fabulous.

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – This is the only mascara I will use.  The brush is contoured so nicely and it elongates lashes more than any other product I’ve tried.  I am so into it.
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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette – This is just the cutest!  You can get a better view of the packaging in the below photo but it looks like you’ve just purchased a Hershey bar and I just love it to pieces.  I haven’t tried any of the shadows yet, but SOON!

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Better packing shot of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – Everyone always talks about how important moisturizing is and admittedly it’s a thing I almost never remember to do.  I’ve wanted to make more of an effort to moisturize since now that I’m in an apartment I can’t control the heat and my skin gets super dried out.  This particular moisturizer had amazing reviews on the Sephora website so I splurged.  There was a noticeable difference in complexion after only TWO days of use so I am a converted user for life.

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – This is sort of cheating because I actually got this around Christmastime but I wanted to include it here.  I love all the neutrals and I actually like the Naked 2 Palette better than the OG.  I’m also thinking I’ll need the Naked 3 Palette because it has BEAUTIFUL shades of rose golds and coppers.

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Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set – These brushes though! 1) They’re light pink, 2) they’re made of teddy bear hair, 3) they come with a cute gold and pink makeup case, 4) the makeup case has a rose gold teddy bear zipper charm.

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Better shot of the makeup bag included in the Too Faced Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set.

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Too Faced Candlelight – This translucent powder is supposed to softly illuminate one’s features.  I love the chandelier on the packaging and this product also had great reviews.  I’m looking forward to trying it!

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What are some of your beauty must-haves?

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