Geek Girl Brunch: Miami

November 20th, 2014 | Posted in Geekery, Local by Meli

Local ladies: I am so excited to announce this great news!

I’ve been a big fan of Jamila’s blog, Girl Gone Geek, for some time now. Her style is on point and we share many (if not all) of the same fandoms. She is also the co-founder of Geek Girl Brunch. Geek Girl Brunch is a monthly meetup group of geeky girls in a brunch setting (mimosas are a must) that are set to a particular theme (their magical girl brunch was one of my favorites). This group was only set in NYC, but I was so happy when I heard they were looking to expand to other cities and even countries! I was so in.

Thankfully, Jamila entrusted me and I will be one of the officers for the Miami chapter of Geek Girl Brunch!!!! I will be sharing duties with the amazing Aurora, who if you remember, was our first guest on The Fangirl Diaries (check out our podcast together here). We will be officially launching in April 2015, but will be hard at work until then getting together the most perfect inaugural brunch!

In the meantime, if you are local and interested in joining the fun, head over to Geek Girl Brunch and click “Join Geek Girl Brunch.” This will immediately put you on our list. You can also start following us on social media for the latest and greatest;


Animate Miami 2014

November 19th, 2014 | Posted in Geekery, Local by Meli

This year was my first attending Animate Miami, and I had a great time! I had always wanted to cosplay as a Sailor Scout for as long as I could remember, but lets face it. If you want to really look the part, you have to spend some major bucks. Luckily, the Australian clothing brand, Living Dead Clothing created the most adorable Sailor Scout skater dresses that screamed everyday cosplay. I’d featured the Sailor Jupiter dress in past must haves, and I finally took the plunge and bought it! I was able to pair it with some amazing accessories from Etsy seller, UniqueCosplayProps.

It was so fun walking around and finding other fellow Moonies that were cosplaying – I think you could say that I caught the cosplay bug big time. I’m already putting together my next cosplay for Magic City Comic Con (& it’s going to be awesome)! Although Animate seemed very small – I was happy to see some of my old favorites, such as Brian and Matt Reedy and Jessica Grundy, as well as some new ones, like Silvertales. I also really wish the A/C was turned up a little more – it was wicked cold (at times, uncomfortably so) especially in my outfit.

I missed the voice actors for Sailor Moon since I went on Sunday (boo hiss), but I expected more Sailor Moon merch! I’ve been trying to find some fun and unique pieces at all the cons I’ve gone to but haven’t been successful. The closest I got was this killer Sailor Moon art print from Matt Reedy (which is adorable), but I hope to find more – don’t let me down, Magic City!

Nerdvember: Outfit #2

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion, Geekery by Meli

I told you I’d be back with more fun geeky outfits to share for this month’s Nerdvember! This time, I’m posting a pretty sweet find from Target (who knew). Usually I get frustrated with Target since they let all the boys have the fun when it comes to geeky threads, however, I was blown away when I saw that we had a few shelves of fandom tees this week! I naturally gravitated towards a sweet vintage My Little Pony tee (to be showcased at a later date), but my heart fluttered when I saw this absolutely perfect Thor baseball tee. Since they didn’t have it in my size, I had to buy it one size too big, but I definitely did not care. It had to be mine.

And I’m so glad I made that decision. I mean…isn’t it the cutest?

Tee; Target
Jeans; Forever 21
Tardis earrings; Etsy
Necklace; Macy’s {similar}

Nerdy Must Haves

November 17th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion, Geekery by Meli

It’s time for yet another episode of Nerdy Must Haves.
With the holiday season slowly creeping upon us, there is even more geeky goodness for us to feast our eyes on. This can be both overwhelming and awesome all at once for a shopaholic like myself, and just downright tragic for my wallet. Oh well, someone’s gotta live this coveted geek life, amirite?

Clockwise from top left;

1. Darth Vader studs; Her Universe slays it again with this pair of understated yet bad ass black hermatite Darth Vader studs. One way to remind others that the Dark Side has a classy side as well.
2. Marvel ugly sweater; I’m pretty sure I’ll be attending my first ugly sweater party this year, so I was pumped. Now, everyone knows doing flat out ugly just isn’t my thing, but this Marvel sweater? It was just all sorts of perfect. I can rock the geek chic while still being a little tacky (I mean, excessive patterning anyone?).
3. Tardis in space tote; I am so digging this subtle design. The more and more I work in my field of behavior analysis, the more I appreciate a good tote bag. You tend to accumulate all sorts of toys, reinforcers and general fun stuff as you grow as a therapist so I have multiple totes that I…well…tote around often. I can definitely see myself rocking this one to some of my sessions (hoping and praying someone would get the reference).
4. Sailor Moon body con skirt; I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first time I feature a Sailor Moon body con related item, but I just can’t help myself. I’m an addict and I’m OK with that. If I could permanently dress up as a Sailor Scout I would, and I’m pretty sure that’s an acceptable life decision. I mean, I’m an adult. Other adults feel the same because the skirt is currently sold out. Wah!

Nerdvember: Outfit #1

November 13th, 2014 | Posted in Fashion, Geekery by Meli

Have you guys heard of Nerdvember?

It’s an Instagram contest being held by the lovely ladies of Set to Stunning. They are challenging all us lady geeks to sport our best geeky outfits for a chance to win some pretty fun prizes. I put together my first outfit this week for the challenge, and hope to participate more over the span of the month. Not only is it fun to put together outfits, but searching the hashtag has made me stumble on some new geeky insta-friends! Win/win!

Details of my first Nerdvember outfit;

Tank; c/o Jordan Dene
Pants; Stitchfix {similar}
Jacket; Forever 21 {similar}
Kitty flats; {similar}
{with a special appearance by Sting because swords}

I’ve been having days where I flip flop from extreme happiness and clarity to debilitating anxiety and dark thoughts. When I want to exude a certain energy, I usually try to dress the part. Sure, it may seem silly, but I believe in the power of fashion and appearance. If you look good and, in this case, are sporting a powerfully positive message by one of the most amazing men in science, how can you feel bad? Granted, I paired this outfit with a 2-4-1 drink special at Chili’s, but I’m still going with the outfit, ok?

Have you been participating? If so, please share your adorkable outfits in the comments!