Florida Supercon 2016: Favorite Vendors

While visiting Florida Supercon a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled on some pretty amazing shops/vendors/artists. I decided to highlight a few and share their work here on the blog so that my lovely readers who were not in attendance could discover some new geeky creatives.

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Jess D’Alba runs Geek Chic Dressica, an Etsy shop that specializes in feminine, yet geeky accessories and clothing. She had adorable hair bows and gorgeous retro-inspired crop tops. They totally spoke to my soul by having an added peter pan collar, so you know I was instantly smitten. She had this gorgeous Wonder Woman ensemble on deck to showcase her style, and I thought it was absolutely adorable. So much so that I have just commissioned her for a custom Harry Potter piece for my birthday festivities later this month. I am so excited to see how it turns out!

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Magic City Jedi

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As a new mom, I’m always looking for new ways to exercise and work on my fitness. Right now, I’m attending a spinning class every weekend but it’s really far (but so affordable!). That’s why I was so happy when I found out that Miami had its own Jedi Academy (amongst other reasons, of course). South Florida doesn’t tend to be very fandom-friendly, so I was floored. The owners of Magic City Jedi, Alfred and Santiago, are a total joy and wanted to make sure that they brought quality combat techniques to Miami’s chapter after training with San Francisco’s Golden Gate Knights. The classes are more choreography-based, so they teach you the moves you loved to watch on screen. There is also a little Hatha Yoga incorporated since there is a definite overlap with those teachings of The Force.

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I had the opportunity to take a class along with my chapter of Geek Girl Brunch last month and I can say that it was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. We initially started the class with a quick (but peaceful) meditation and then got to start learning moves with a foam saber. This way, everything was as safe as possible while we got used to maneuvering with our peers. The masters level students were also in attendance to help us, and we would often split into partners where they would instruct us 1:1. It was beyond amazing, and surprisingly empowering. When I would flow through the 6 moves in succession successfully, it was such a rush!

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Geek Girl Gang Launch

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I’ve wanted to start my own business for a very long time now, but I was always scared. In the words of Empire Records’ Lucas, “in the immortal words of The Doors, the time to hesitate is through.” It is time to launch my own product line, and I’m beyond excited. I’m going to take things slow and do them the right way. Geek Girl Gang will offer both pins and tees that cater to the hip geek girl. The kind of girl that enjoys a good cocktail with her latest issue of The Wicked and The Divine. The kind of girl that is not ashamed to shout her love of fandom, while also having her shit together. Basically, the kind of girls I know and love. Powerful, intelligent ladies that get down with geekery. Chances are, if you are reading this blog, you are part of that gang and I want to salute you!

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I am launching on Instagram (so follow GeekGirlGang now!) with my inaugural pin set. The set of 4 pins will go for $6 including shipping (to the US, contact me for international rates), and you can comment on the post in order to be invoiced. I am currently working on designing my first tee and hope to have it available before the summer convention season! I’d love all your support by adding the account and spreading the word. I’m really excited to go down this new road, but also a bit terrified.

I’d love any feedback, so share what you think in the comments!

Being Geek Chic: Geeky Home

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If you are like me, you are constantly trying to find ways to spruce up your house without going full blown renovations. This spring/summer, my goal is to give some rooms/areas of my house more love. It’s hard with a 6 month old to look after, but I’ve told myself there is no deadline and I can take my time slowly revamping our home sweet {geeky} home.

My next Being Geek Chic is going to show you how to incorporate some geeky elements into your home so that it is not overbearing and still looks classy, kitschy, rustic, or whatever your home aesthetic may be!

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One way to really bring in the geek into your space without causing too much commotion is through decorative pillows. I love having just one geeky themed pillow in each room, and even outside! I love these vintage camera ones from Uncommon Goods (look through more here), this Sherlock-inspired one from Look Human, and the outdoor cover options you get choose on Society6!

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