5 Fandom Friday: Geeky Clothing Items I Need in My Closet Immediately

You know what I love about the internet? I mean, besides all the food porn and cat videos. I love that no matter what your interests are, no matter what you geek out over, you are bound to find other people just like you. You are bound to find your tribe.

To help foster this sense of community on the internet, especially the blogging one, Megan of The Nerdy Girlie and Kristin of Super Space Chick have created 5 Fandom Fridays, prompts to help you avoid the dreaded writer’s block. This week’s prompt is something I have spent infinite amount of hours on Pinterest looking for: Geeky Clothing.

 

1. We’re All Made of Star Stuff tank – Because Science
2. Down the Rabbit Hole necklace – Curiouser and curiouser.
3. Princess Bubblegum headband – Finn, what the cabbage?
4. Red Chuck Taylors – Allons-y!
5. Marauder’s Map skirt – I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.

Happy Happy Joy Joy: An Interview with Risa Rodil

Bonjour mes amis!

I’m super stoked to share with you all an interview with the amazing designer, illustrator, and fellow geek Risa Rodil. She and I are definitely kindred spirits. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself
Hi! I’m Risa Rodil, a 20 year old designer/illustrator/letterer from Manila. I graduated from De La Salle – College of Saint Benilde with a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Arts. I am a pop culture junkie, a bookworm, and a nerdfighter at heart.

What were your interests as a kid?
I loved the Powerpuff Girls, ballet, and figure skating. My childhood dream was to be a dentist (as surprising as that may sound). :P

What things do you currently geek out over?
TONS! I geek out over TV shows, movies, books, and fictional characters. Superwholock, Hannibal, Orphan Black, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, John Green’s books, Divergent, Avengers, and Frozen are currently on the top of my head.

What do you like most about those things?
It’s nice to take a break from reality once in a while. I love stories that make me think and stories that transport me into a different world. These stories usually help me get my creative juices flowing.

If you could meet anyone, real or fictional, who would it be?
I can’t decide on a single one so let me share with you my complete list:
Fictional: Severus Snape, Loki, Dean and Cas, Katniss Everdeen, and Sherlock.
Real: Tom Hiddleston, Misha Collins, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Zach Levi. 

It’s ‘Cheat on Your Diet’ Day. What are you eating?
Reese’s chocolate, yum!

Who are some people you look up to or admire?
Aside from the 4 lovely gents I mentioned above, I am a huge fan of J.K. Rowling, John Green, Suzanne Collins, and Veronica Roth. In the design world, I love the work of Olly Moss, Saul Bass, Ty Mattson, Jessica Hische, Chris Piascik, and Mary Kate McDevitt.

If you could live in any movie or television show, what would it be?
I’m torn between Harry Potter and Doctor Who. Either one would be EXTREMELY fun.

What’s your personal motto or mantra?
“Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden

Have anything to promote or are currently working on?
Just my shops maybe. :) My designs are currently available on society6 and Redbubble.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to the Type Kita exhibit happening on March 15-16 at 10A Alabama in Quezon City. I will be one of the exhibitors along with other talented artists, calligraphers, and letterers in the country. :) I hope to see you there!

A bajillion thanks to Risa Rodil for graciously granting me this interview!

All images courtesy of Risa Rodil

Almond Poppy Seed Cookie + Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

I finally signed up for Pottermore. My biggest reason for signing up? I wanted to see which house I’d be sorted into. I ended up in Slytherin.

At first I was like, seriously?! I’m in Slytherin? Why?! I wanted to be in Ravenclaw! But after seeing that people like Merlin, Regulus Black, and Severus Snape were Slytherins, I’m okay with being sorted into that house.

On a totally unrelated note, I want to create some recipes based on foods found in books, movies, and television shows. I’ve already written out a recipe for Butterbeer Cupcakes that I’m going to test in the near future. If they turn out okay I’ll post them on the blog. Got any suggestions for what fictional foods I should make? It doesn’t have to be a sweet. I’m open to try almost anything.

P.S. These ice cream sandwiches? They’re delightful. Especially on a super hot day.

Almond Poppy Seed Cookie + Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches

Yield: 8 ice cream sandwiches

Ingredients

  • Almond Poppy Seed Cookies
  • 1 ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure almond extract
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • Ice Cream
  • 1 ½ cups lemon ice cream (can substitute lemon sorbet)

Instructions

    For cookies:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a large bowl, add butter and sugar and cream with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and almond extract and beat to combine.
  4. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat to combine.
  5. Fold in poppy seeds.
  6. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, scoop dough onto parchment lined baking sheets.
  7. Bake 10-12 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let cookies sit on baking sheet for 1-2 minutes.
  9. With a spatula remove cookies from baking sheet and let cool on a wire rack.
  10. For assembly:
  11. Scoop 2 ½-3 tablespoons of ice cream onto the flat side of one cookie. Top with another cookie and lightly press together. Repeat with remaining cookies and ice cream.
  12. Place sandwiches in the freezer for about 1-2 hours or until firm.
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Vanilla Bean + Cherry Muffins

Let’s pretend for a minute that we’re all witches and wizards who have magical powers. Not really Tolkien-esque witches and wizards though. More like ones who attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

So, we’re all hanging out, having a drink at The Three Broomsticks, gabbing about who we think is going to win the Quidditch World Cup, when, all of a sudden, dementors show up. That’s right. Dementors. We pull out our wands and try to conjure up patronuses.

What does your patronus look like?

Vanilla Bean + Cherry Muffins

Yield: 24 mini muffins and 5 regular sized muffins

Ingredients

  • (recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour)
  • 15 cherries (I used bing), pitted and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted (can substitute vegetable oil)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (can substitute pure vanilla extract)
  • 2/3 cup applesauce (can substitute 2 eggs, lightly beaten)

Instructions

  1. To a small bowl, add cherries and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Stir. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
  3. To a large bowl add flours, ½ cup sugar, baking powder, and salt and stir to combine.
  4. To a medium bowl add milk, coconut oil, vanilla, and applesauce. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Carefully fold in cherries. DO NOT OVER MIX. The batter may look a little lumpy but that’s okay.
  6. Scoop batter in a lined muffin tin about 2/3 of the way full.
  7. Put tin in oven and immediately drop the heat to 400 degrees F.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. For mini muffins, bake 12-15 minutes.
  9. Let cool on a wire rack.
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J’adore Etsy: Enchanted Leaves

I don’t wear jewelry that often, but when I do, I tend to gravitate towards pieces that are simple and pretty. Enchanted Leaves is an entire shop filled with exactly that. And if I ever want to show off my geeky side, they’ve got me covered.

Itty Bitty Burger Necklace $14.95 / Always $15.95
Keep Off the Dirigible Plums $19.95 / Bag End Hobbit Door Locket $24.95

Shop | Enchanted Leaves
Owner | Nedda and Aaron Szylewicz
What’s in the shop | Jewelry inspired by the land, sky, sea, & other geeky things they love.
Connect | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

 Photos (used with permission) by Nedda and Aaron Szylewicz