Geek Chic: Gimme all the holidays nao


Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Friday the 13th, you guys! All about launching a blog post when you meant to save it as a draft!




As a lover of holidays, normal and odd, I’m very excited to about this weekend. My plans of immense productivity have now been dwindled down to whatever I have the energy for since I ended up with an allergy-induced cold yesterday. Sore throat and running nose, with a cough on it’s way in. Hopefully, you’ll be having far more fun than I will with friends or loved ones! I was so bummed when I woke up, too. Thankfully, my loving boyfriend had some flowers (red tulips and purple irises) with a box of chocolates in the works for delivery which managed to pull me back up and keep me moving forward. He’s been on the receiving end of my stress lately, so I really feel like I should have sent him flowers this year!

Also, outfit photos are made way more fun with my studio setup! I need to do this more often!


As a quick note, I had a few blog posts planned for the past two weeks but have been dealing with having to switch hosting companies and moving files around, all the while trying to get my store prepped for relaunch. The blog has thus fallen to the way-side, but I wanted to let you know so it didn’t seem like I was falling back on my old habits! 😉 The blog might look weird for a day while I get everything uploaded and active. I’ve got a great new design ready to go and everything!


This Outfit:
Shirt – MINKPINK (old)
Dress – Forever 21 (similar)
Tights – Target (exact)
Shoes – Fioni for Payless (old)
Necklace – Charlotte Russe (gift from my godmother)

Geek Chic: Fancy New Tie from Black Tie Geek




Yesterday was just one of those days where nothing was going to go right and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I left the house SUPER stoked about getting all fancy for my new Black Tie Geek from this month’s Loot Crate box. Had my makeup all done nice and pretty, and even made it down the stairs without falter. Get in my car, realize it is now 8:01a and I am going to be super late for work. I end up behind a truck 2 blocks away from my work that extends my lateness by 3 minutes. I get to work and realize I’ve forgotten my badge. I try to adjust my bun at my desk and then the hair tie snaps. I place an order with Kate Spade during my break and accidentally place 2 separate orders on a clearance item instead of one (which they were able to fix, luckily). I go to use the bathroom and realize the waistband on my pants has a giant hole in it from the waist band seam falling apart from the pants themselves and you can now see my white shirt that’s tucked into my waist band. After Kristen generously took these pictures for me at a different break period, I realized that my sweater was, in fact, longer than my jacket than previously thought (but whatever because it’s freaking freezing right now). The padding nail at the base of one of these heels fell out before the end of the work day. And I ran my toes dead straight on into the legs of my coffee table when trying to get my shoes on that night. There were a few other misgivings that I didn’t include which were work related and involving a twice-failed Chipotle order.

It was truly one of those days where sometimes you just have to give up and lay down in defeat. The best part of the night was getting my recently created Jedi Knight in Star Wars: The Old Republic to her second planet and managing to not do one evil thing. It’s strange how trying to make a good character stay good is so difficult. Now, I kind of miss playing as my Bounty Hunter.

This Outfit:
Jacket – Ambiance
Sweater – Target (old)
Shirt – GAP (similar)
Tie – Black Tie Geek via Loot Crate
Tie bar –  Borrowed from Mike
Pants – Target (old)
Shoes – ShoeDazzle (old)
Purse – ThinkGeek
Sunglasses – Loot Crate

Nerd Cave: Harry Potter-Inspired Living Room


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In this month’s Nerd Cave series, I’m showing you guys my Harry Potter-inspired Living Room ideas. I love having non-discrete elements in my home that remind me of geeky things without necessarily being from the specific franchises. It’s like having a little secret for me. Especially with a lot of pieces like these, because it makes me feel far more immersed in the Potterverse than I might with something that blanantly says “Harry Potter”.

Harry Potter will always have a strong hold on my heart. Still having a fairly blank slate of a living room to work with, my mind has been stewing and brewing with ideas of how to incorporate little elements into to make it feel a little more Diagon Alley and a little less real Muggle World struggles.


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Though a lot of this can’t be done in my current living space due to the fact that it’s a rented apartment, I’m keeping these ideas close to my heart for the day I can walk into my own owned space and decorate the hell out of it. I love the exploded skulls and articulated skeletons so much. I originally became fascinated with them after watching a few episodes of Oddities on SyFy. I’m very much a black and white interior design kind of gal, loving how small pieces of color stand out so much more. You can most definitely create these looks with more woodsy, country, and brass design styles.

You can check out these ideas and more that I’ve Pinned on my Home Sweet Home board on Pinterest. If you see a number on here that you’d like a little more information of, or where you can find that item or similar, let me know in the comments below and I’ll help you out!

Sometimes, I like to think that Snape and I could have been decent roomies. Just sayin’.

Portrait Studio: Megan & Brian’s Engagement Photos


This weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to shoot my first engagement portrait session for Megan and Brian, who’s wedding I’ll be in this coming April! I met up with the couple and the three of us drove to Lincoln Farmhouse in Stockton to take the photos. A few months ago, Megan and Brian attended a friend’s wedding here and knew this was the spot they want for the engagement photos. We’ve been really lucky that the weather hasn’t been awful like it typically is. Though the grounds were being worked on, we were still able to find wonderful, beautiful areas to shoot near. You can check out their full photo set here on my Facebook page!









This session was so much fun that it really restored my love of photography. Each session is a learning experience that I find myself able to take so much away from. Each time, I discover a new area of the spaces I’ve spent my life around. I’m really looking forward to the next photography opportunity that comes my way.