GnG is Retiring?! Pt.1

Hello, hello.

Long time no see! We know, shame on us.

I just wanted to reach out to all of our followers to let everyone know that Geeky ‘n Girly will be retiring here within the next few months. Kelly and I have decided after much thought that we’d like to branch out on our own! So technically, we’re not really leaving the blogosphere! (Don’t be sad! Or mad!)

I have only just recently set up a new blog for myself and I would abso-freaking-lutely love it if everyone who enjoyed Geeky ‘n Girly would continue to follow me on my new blog! It’s called One-Sixth Geek, and is currently hosted via WordPress.com, but will be moving to my own domain sometime this year.

So please, clicky click and subscribe because I would hate to lose touch with some of the nicest coolest people I’ve met in the blogging world!

Much love and see everyone on One-Sixth Geek!

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– Britney

Happy Birthday, Britney!

Today is Britney’s 25th birthday!
Happy Birthday, Brit!

I’ve known Brit since we were kids, and it’s crazy to me that we’re all (Brit, Kelly and I) are getting OLD.
Seriously, I thought I’d be 17 FOREVER.

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(FOREVER 17! – Yes, this picture is old school.)

Anyway, Happy Birthday, Brit! I hope you eat tons of cake, ice cream and get everything you want today! And try not to have a quarter life crisis!

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– Whit

Fall Favorites

I have done a couple of favorite posts before and have not done one for fall. It has been awhile since I’ve posted so I thought it would be the perfect time.

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1. Pumpkin Latte & Marshmallow spray from Bath and Body Works $14

This stuff smells like absolute heaven! I love fall scents the best and especially pumpkin. This doesn’t smell too much like that general pumpkin scent but it’s definitely there. It overall has just a very warm smell with yummy coffee notes that is the epitome of fall and I have gotten so many compliments on it. I will have to stock up before the season lets out!

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2. Not Your Mother’s Lock Luster Oil Treatment from Ulta $5.99

My hair gets super dry this time of year and dyeing it doesn’t help so to soften it right back up and give it the moisture it needs this is my go to hair oil. It’s inexpensive, smells great and doesn’t leave my hair greasy.

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3. Mac Pigment Mauvement $21 from Mac Cosmetics

As much as I hate to show you guys a discontinued shade this is my ultimate favorite pigment for foiling over my shadows in the fall. It appears more gold to brown in person rather than purple in my opinion. Other similar shades I’ve seen on their site to get the same effect are rose gold and blonde’s gold they both have frost finishes. I just use my mac fix+ spray on my brush and dab it over my shadows to make them really pop.

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4. Essie Mink Muffs from Ulta 8.99

Beautiful milk chocolate brown nail color perfect for fall. I like pairing it with greens to make it really stand out.

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5. Mac Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy from Mac Cosmetics for $16

You can see I have a pattern with the brown shades. I’ve tried other matte nudes by mac but this one is by far the best I usually pair it with my spice liner also by mac or if I want an especially dark lip I pair it with my mahogany liner.

What are some products you can’t live without this fall? Let me know! Or if you use any of these products let me know how the do for you. Thank you for reading and happy fall everyone!

Kelly

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So Many Games, So Little Time

Hi all! It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted anything. Life has been crazy! From studying for school, to working and having a crazy schedule, it’s left me very little time to do anything else. With so many new games coming out, I decided to blog about my excitement about these games!

To start off, the Sims 4 just came out. I’ve played every Sims game since the beginning of Sims time, but I have to say I’m on the fence about even purchasing the Sims 4. Before the Sims 4 came out, I read that the world wasn’t doing to be an open world anymore and that unfortunately, we were going back to loading screens. This was supposed to be for a smoother running game if you have a lower / not so new computer, which, makes sense to me. They also removed the “toddler” life stage, and pools. POOLS. I can’t make my Sim go skinny dipping anymore, guys! 😦 Not that that was the most important part of the Sims….

I’ve been reading reviews from IGN and player reviews and I’ve seen many people who are saying that the game is basically the Sims 2, but more of a dumbed down version. User reviews on Metacritic.com also aren’t looking very good. The Sims 4 has more negative reviews than positive reviews here: http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/the-sims-4

Kallie Plagge of IGN posted her review here: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/09/02/the-sims-4-review?watch

Keep in mind though, that is not a full review as EA did not provide advance copies of the Sims 4 for early review, which in some peoples minds means that the Sims 4 might not be a good game to purchase anyway… I will say, I did download the demo and I was impressed with the Sims CAS. I didn’t like that I couldn’t make custom colors in Create A Style and I had to use the colors for clothes, hair and makeup that the developers decided on…

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I’m torn! I have been so excited for the Sims 4 since I first saw the trailer for it. Honestly, Sim customization was enough to sell me on it. You can actually build a Sim that is essentially you, and make them closer to your actual body type and do all sorts of crazy things with them! I can’t bring myself to bite the bullet yet and buy it, and as much as it’s killing me to do so, I am patiently waiting for more reviews of the game before I make my final decision.

And FINALLY…Minecraft was accepted by Microsoft testing and will be released on the XBox One on FRIDAY!

HUZZAH!

You seriously have no idea how happy I am about this. I keep having to switch over to my 360 to play Minecraft, and I’ve been dying for it to come out on the XBox One FOREVER it seems. Yep, more of my vacation time wasted on video games…

There are so many games coming out in the next few months and it’s going to make me POOR. From Destiny to the new Dragon Age coming out, I’m going to have to put in some overtime or maybe stop with the shopping splurges at Bath and Body works… 😥

How are you all feeling about any video games coming out this fall and which ones are you most excited about?

Also, if any of you have purchased the Sims 4, what are your thoughts?

 

XO, Whitney

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For the Love of Language

 

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My recent research in college education has led me, as it has many times, to my one of my biggest passions: Language. Throughout my K-12 years I bounced around with what I wanted to study due to the fact that I have many interests. East Asian studies, art, veterinary medicine, animal behaviorism, graphic design, and English have made up the main bunch.

Even so, I always seem to make a loop and end up at the same conclusion. I love language; particularly English.

Language is what sets us apart. It is a fundamental aspect of our lives. We speak, write, and read language. It is what allows us to express ourselves in the most profound ways. It is interesting how many people might say, “Well, yeah,” as if that’s just a fact of life and there is nothing fascinating or extraordinary about language. Yet when you give it thought, imagine what language means to us.

One facet of language presents to us an escape from our lives by letting us delving into created worlds. That is reading.

My relationship with reading began well enough. I was fascinated by stories, but as a child it was visually appealing. Who didn’t love those picture storybooks?

Late elementary into middle school introduced an entirely new type of reading. No more pictures? I have to use my imagination? As a kid that grew up on Disney movies and vibrant picture storybooks, this was not how I wanted it to go. So, I decided that reading and I didn’t suit each other. Silly me.

It wasn’t until late middle school when I was roaming idly around the library that the spine of a book caught my eye. It depicted a horse, and I’ve always loved horses. As I looked at it, I read the title, “Wild Magic”. Horses, wild, and magic? What was this enticing sorcery? I checked out the book that day and was hooked.

Tamora Pierce’s Wild Magic kindled my love for reading. This was the kind of reading that provided that wonderful escape from reality; the type that grips your mind and heart.

Mark Edmundson (The Ideal English Major) described it so well:

“There are people who read to anesthetize themselves—they read to induce a vivid, continuous, and risk-free daydream. They read for the same reason that people grab a glass of chardonnay—to put a light buzz on. The English major reads because, as rich as the one life he has may be, one life is not enough. He reads not to see the world through the eyes of other people but effectively to become other people.”

“Real reading is reincarnation. There is no other way to put it. It is being born again into a higher form of consciousness than we ourselves possess.”

It was through these kinds of experiences that I developed a love for language and so a love for writing. After all, the three facets of language are all interlinked.

It’s why I am writing to all of you right now, and why I plan to pursue a degree in English.

I completely geek out over language!

It’s a dream of mine to have a career where I can indulge in my passion for language (reading, writing, speaking), and to reach others through my work. I’d like to publish at least one book if not more, and I will forever to encourage others to love language.

Here are some of my favorite books/series that I recommend:

The Sevenwaters TrilogyJuliet Marillier

Heart’s BloodJuliet Marillier

The Maze Runner trilogyJames Dashner

The Immortals quartetTamora Pierce

Dragonriders of PernAnne McCaffrey

 

Britney

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Perler Bead Fever

So the blog has been pretty inactive lately. The girls and I have been busy with different things and we do apologize.

Actually, I went on vacation for a week. Three of those days were spent down at the Gulf Coast on the beach, in the sun.. Man I wish I could go back right now, haha. Another two days were filled with doing errands, some of which were in regard to my brother’s wedding. I’m a bridesmaid. And the rest of the days? Well, I reactivated my Final Fantasy: A Realm Reborn subscription and played that for hours straight like a bum. A happy bum, but a bum.

Now on to the point of this post.  😉  I was recently introduced to perler beads and now I just can’t stop. I’ve always had an interest in perler beads and I’ve spotted a few geeky perler sprites in video game stores in the past. So as soon as I got my hands on some beads of my own, the fever hit me like a ton of bricks.

The perler bead fever, of course. The last few days I have been learning about the beads and practicing making my own sprites. There I was thinking that perler beads would be a walk in the park. I mean, it’s no jigsaw puzzle, but it can be challenging at times. You really have to get a feel for the melding bit of it too. Honestly, I think I finally have the technique down pretty well. And yes, there is a technique.

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So this is the part where I let everyone now that I’ve finally caved in and opened up an online shop at Etsy. For those of you that don’t know, Etsy is a crafter’s version of Ebay. Put simply, it’s the bomb-diggity.

For now I’m only selling the perler bead sprites, but I will be soon turning them into magnets, hair clips, necklaces, keychains, earrings, ect. Oh, it’s about to go down.

I only have a few perler sprites shown in the shop, but I take custom orders! So go custom order!

Here is my shop: The Krafty Kupo

I’ll post a few pictures of sprites I’ve done below, but don’t be surprised if they are the same ones listed on my shop. — Remember, custom orders!

Britney

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