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Hey Brunching Geek Girls! Well this weekend I had the pleasure of attending my second Geek Girl Brunch in LA. We headed over to Story Tavern in Burbank which I am now obsessed with and had some wonderful geeky conversation, good food and fun swag.
Bag Courtesy of Geeky Glamorous
I met the fabulous ladies of Tired Girl Collective – be sure to say hi to them at SDCC in the Small Press area and check out some of their amazing art and geek girl approved jewelry!
Our theme for this brunch was Jurassic World and we had plenty of fun swag and table decor to go along with it… Sadly no Chris Pratt though. I channeled my inner Dr Allan Grant and wore a chambray shirt and neck tie… well I tried to channel my inner archeologist.
I always love going to Geek Girl Brunch and there are chapters all around world! You can see if you have a local chapter on their site!
Hey Brunch Babes! We are getting so close to SDCC and I am so excited. This year looks to be amazing and I hope all your planning is going well. We all know our cell phones are our lifeline at Comic Con and today I wanted to share some apps that help me while I am there.Open Table – I touched on this earlier but this is how I make restaurant reservations and can easily cancel and change them while at Comic Con. It can also make great recommendations when you are not sure where to go.
Tile – I purchased a Tile for $20 and plan to keep it in my Con backpack at all times. With this you basically low-jack your item and can track them on your cell phone or see where they last appeared. This is great for piece of mind or in case you misplace something.
Power Save App – I use “Save Power” for Android but there are several apps. You need something to shut off all the applications running in the background to save your battery life.
Uber – We use uber a lot at SDCC. Getting to the con in the morning and going home afer late nights in the gas lamp district uber is a saving grace!
The Official Comic Con App – For schedules and maps!
Instagram & Twitter – These are pretty obvious but ways to keep in touch and share all the fun you are having… or what fun your friends are having! Follow me on Instagram at BadWolfBrunch and twitter @malloryann11.
BONUS: Snapchat! What a fun way to capture small moments from SDCC and share them with friends. I will be Snapchat-ing from Comic Con all 4 days! Make sure to follow along for fun!
TGIF Brunch babes! Alright, today on 5 Fandom Friday we are talking guilty pleasures… and most days I feel like my life is a guilty please. I mean come on 10 years of Supernatural… we all know there are great episodes and some roll your eyes “your so cute” Supernatural episodes. So today I tried to show you all my guilty pleasures outside my regular geeky life.
one // HGTV – I was seriously an interior designer in another life. I love HGTV.
two // Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration.
I am not a mom, but like seriously, this is a life goals kind of event. Thanks to my runDisney friends I know about this event and am abnormally jealous of them. I want to craft and dance with Mickey Mouse… but alas I have no kids. If you haven’t seen what this amazing event is just look at the hashtag #DisneySMMC and be ready to want to procreate. One day…
three // Fanfiction – So I am probably not the only bruncher with this on her list. Yes I do occasionally find myself reading some fan fiction… I will not tell you what…
four // HOCUS MOTHER F*CKING POCUS – ’nuff said.
five // Pocahontas
Yo Bad Wolf ain’t nothing guilty about loving Pocahontas. You are absolutely right… Unless you are like me and come home from a bar at 2:00am not completely sober and you rock out with your number one Disney lady (she is not a princess, she is a chieftain’s daughter). Poco and I have seen some things get real… Seriously that girl is deep.
Well I hope none of you think less of me now that you have seen my guilty pleasures.
So now in all fairness – what are yours?
Raise that mimosa brunch babes you are going to need that vitamin c!
In all actuality though Comic Con is the perfect place to get sick. With over 130,000 people attending germs are as plentiful as long lines at comic con, but there are a few things you can do to defend against the con crud.
Prevention is Key!
Wash your hands! I know you will hear it over and over again but it really is the sure way to keep healthy. Also hand sanitizer better be on your person at all times.
Use your hand sanitizer after you touch anything because 50,000 people have also touched it.
Try and Eat Healthy!
I know we all say pack healthy snacks… not because we are all on a diet kick but because you need some fresh food in your life to stay healthy. Apples are easy to pack provide energy and vitamins.
Other easy ideas are bananas, carrot stick packs, frozen grapes, and trail mix. Not only will this be cheaper than what you can get at the con, but it will be healthier as well.
Water is another essential. Con goer can not live on Red Bull alone. Now I am the first to say guilty as charged on this one… I grab Diet Coke over water all the time but you need to stay hydrated.
Water fountains are readily available around SDCC so bring a refillable bottle or freeze one the night before. I also like to add Emergen-C or Berocca to my water to give it an extra nutrient kick as wall as some flavor.
Treat Your Feet
Health is not just avoiding the Comic Con Crud but also protecting your feet and skin. Your feet will take a beating at SDCC so be sure to wear broken in shoes that you know will not give you blisters.
It is always smart to have some blister bandaids at your hotel as well. Even if you plan on spending your day in Hall H you will probably still want to pack some sunscreen. As a girl I am lucky that my foundation has SPF 30, but you boys should not forget to protect yourself from the sun, especially if you are fair skinned.
Catch Some ZZZs
Finally try and get adequate sleep. Nothing will wear you down more than being tired, so at least try to recharge your batteries every other night.
Stay healthy my friends so you can have an amazing time!
Hola Brunch Queens and Kings! Today I wanted to share how I actually prepare for San Diego Comic Con. Yes I have lots of tips and tricks for you, but I thought it would be cool to share what I actually am doing!
First thing first I stalk the Con on Twitter. I figure out what has been announced, what exclusives are going to be sold, and which of my friends will be there. Twitter seems to be the best for this. I am constantly checking the Unofficial SDCC Blog for their rough schedule and coverage of announcements.
Next for me is what I am going to wear. Being the geek chic girl that I am… I like to have an outfit planned for everyday. I am currently planning on cosplaying 1 or 2 days then rocking some fun outfits for the rest.
Before con prep gets crazy I order new business cards and promotional items for my blog. I order my cards through Tiny Prints and am making buttons this year for SDCC… Find me and come grab one!
I also book a few restaurant reservations to have on hand. Hungry friends make for angry con goers. OpenTable is great to use since you can also cancel easily on the app if your plans change. My restaurant favorites are Blind Burro and Searsucker since they are walking distance and rather tasty.
Once the schedule come out I immediately book dinner with my Comic Con compadres to go over the schedule. We decide what our must do vs want to do panels are. All SDCC vets will tell you that you cannot do it all. You will want to make time to explore, hang out with new friends, and go to that super awesome con outside the con event you didn’t even know would be there thing. The Con Outside the Con is always full of crazy fun surprises you will not want to miss.
Once we have a rough schedule everything goes into my Outlook Calendar that is synced to my phone. I add panel summaries to the notes section and always note the location. For restaurant reservations I include confirmation numbers and physical addresses. The more you prepare now, the better your con will be. Phones die so be sure to print one out as well.
It’s the weekend before the con which means packing and shopping. I am fortunate to live driving distance to San Diego so we do a grocery run before we head down, but if not there is a Ralph’s Grocery Store at 101 G Street. This store is even normally on the SDCC shuttle route. It is smart to stock up on breakfast items, healthy snacks, and drinks to have in your hotel.
So right now I am starting to layout my rough schedule, buttons have been ordered, and cosplays are ready to go. I still need to pick out the rest of my outfits, finalize my SDCC pack, and of course get the official schedule.
More fun planning and tips coming soon! Hope to see you all in San Diego!
Buongiorno brunch babes! Today for BWB Travels we are going to the little island of Capri. Seriously if I am ever missing, check here first… I am in love!
Capri is off the coast of Italy and is a small island made up of Capri and Anacapri. We got to Capri by taking the Hyrdofoil boat from the Napels Cruise port. The Hydrofoil port is very close to the cruise port and you can buy your tickets right there. There are a few different ferry companies… I would recommend taking the soonest leaving ferry.
The ferry ride takes about 50 mins to get from Naples to Capri. Once you arrive you dock into the most picturesque port of your dreams. If you arrive in Capri on a good day the Blue Grotto is a must see! Walking down the dock from disembarking the hydrofoil you will see the small stand to buy tickets for the Blue Grotto from Motoscafisti. They offer two trips one just to the Blue Grotto and a trip around the island that includes the Blue Grotto. We choose to just see the grotto for time’s sake.
Once you board your boat to the Blue Grotto it is a quick trip to the actual grotto entrance. This is where the fun comes in. You will wait for on your boat in a weird queue that only the boat captains understand. Be prepared to wait in the sun… this is prime tanning (or burning time). When it is your boats turn small row boats will approach your boat and you will disembark into the row boat. They seat 4 people per boat and you sit on the floor. Your rowboat is then taken to a boat to pay for the grotto entrance fee so be sure to have euros on hand! Your row boat is then taken to the grotto entrance where you are swiftly pulled through the small opening with your boat captain almost laying down on top of you to get in. Don’t worry it is bigger on the inside.
The sun reflects off the limestone bottom creating the glowing blue effect that is truly beautiful. You spend a few minutes inside while being serenaded then it is back out through the hole. Truly this is an experience. On the way back to Capri you can get some beautiful shots of the island.
One of the things on my bucket list was to have a caprese salad in Capri. While we generally try to stay away from the “tourist” restaurants there are a few down by the harbor that were perfectly delicious and had free wifi. Checked this delicious item off my bucket list and a napoleon pizza!
After lunch it was time for shopping and Capri does not disappoint. This is the playground of the rich and famous and the shopping lives up to that! We took the funicular up to the Piazetta where the shops are. The funicular runs every 15 mins and is very cheap to take… plus it is pretty fun! Up on the piazetta you can find Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Gucci, Mui Mui and many more. Depending on the strength of the Euro this could be a great place to make a luxury item purchase – I did and I will always remember I got it on Capri!
Shopping and some limoncello rounded out the day then we headed back to the hyrofoil to return to Naples. This was my favorite day of the cruise because Capri is a little slower and all about sun and treating yourself! Ohhh I will be back!
Until our next adventure!
Hello Brunch Babes! How many times do you want to make a geek chic outfit but feel all you need is a nerdy scarf? Well look no further than the next installment of Sew Wars because today I am making a totally Star Wars Easy Infinity Scarf!
To infinity and beyond… oh wait wrong galaxy…
I found this Star Wars fabric at my local JoAnn’s remnant section and it was the perfect amount to make an infinity scarf. I started with stitching up the sides with a zig-zag stitch to prevent fraying.
Then matching the wrong sides (see above) I sewed a straight stitch along the long side to create a a tube. With the wrong side facing out, reach into the sleeve and grab the seam and pull the right side in. Matching the two ends right to right at the seam, I sewed the circle shut. I left about 3 inches to pull the right side through and finished the seam on the sewing machine… which is totally in incorrect way to do it but hey I hate hand stitching.
Loving the way this turned out and can now add a bit of Star Wars flair to even normal clothes… That sounds pretty Bad Wolf Brunch to me. Until the next Sew Wars remember the dark side is tempting but the light side of the force will always sew straight!
Salud Brunchers! As promised I will be taking you through my travels and first stop is Barcelona…
When you visit Barcelona you are going to come across the name Gaudi. He was an architect and artist who’s work includes the amazing Sagrada Familia church. This is truly a must see of Barcelona. Gaudi took over construction in 1883 and to this day – it is still not finished… they are still following Gaudi’s plan. It is breathe taking…
Gaudi was inspired by nature and the roof is supported by pillars made to resemble trees instead of the classic flying buttress approach. We booked a tour and front of the line pass for Sagrada Familia beforehand with Julia Travel. This really helped us to maximize our time and really understand the story and development of Sagrada Familia.
Along with Sagrada Familia, Gaudi also designed Park Guell. It was originally planned to be a type of master plan community but only one house was ever built and now is a park. Most of the park is free but where Gaudi’s main designs are is for a fee. Park Guell is run extremely well and plenty of English is spoken if you need help.
Book you Park Guell ticket before you go. They keep the appointment times very strict.
If you do not book ahead of time it is very likely you will have to wait a few hours to get in.
We utilized the City Sightseeing Tour Bus Blue line to see Park Guell and onto to Camp Nou, the home of Football Club Barcelona.
The Camp Nou Experience is perfect for any football or sports fan of any age. Getting the opportunity to walk on a professional pitch is something everyone should experience. For free you can walk the entry way of the stadium and shop the mega three floor store if FC Barcelona gear. If you choose to pay (which we did) you have the opportunity to go through the museum, see the press box, go down to the pitch, and take photos with trophies (additional cost). Even though my mom and I are not the greatest football fans the energy is contagious and you cannot help but feel excited here. Tickets are readily available at the stadium.
For the evenings, you cannot come to Barcelona without a stop to Las Ramblas. This street is full of gelato, tapas, wine bars, and tourist fun. Sure this may not be the most authentic experience, but it is one you have to do. Plaza de Catalunya is a great place to start and head down the Ramblas. It can be a bit overwhelming as there are so many choices but check Trip Advisor for a few recommendations or my recommendation of Casa Guinart.
Of course the other name in Barcelona art is one you have heard of – Picasso.
The Picasso museum is great to see some very classic art from this amazing master. While I visited a Dali exhibit was also on feature. This made for a lovely afternoon. I also recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time to avoid very long lines. Make the most of your time in the museum or having an espresso in a cafe in the Gothic Quarter – not in line.
What would you want to see in Barcelona? Anything else you would like to know from me?
See you at our next destination!
Hey brunch babes! Today we are raising a glass to Disneyland and it’s Diamond 60th Anniversary!
Disneyland opened its gates to us on July 17th 1955 and for 60 amazing years it has a source for happiness and joy for all who enter. In honor of this Disneyland is celebrating all year for it’s diamond anniversary and everyone is ready to sparkle!
Of course, I had to make the trip south to check out the Happiest Place on Earth and see all the new diamond fun for the 60th Anniversary. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is covered in diamonds and ready to sparkle. I decided to wear my new Jordandene Olaf tank with white lace shorts from Lilly Pulitzer for Target, and the accessory of the year the Diamond 60th Minnie Mouse Ears. Check them out here.
Olaf agrees that some people are worth melting for!
New for the Diamond 60th celebration is a all new fireworks Disneyland Forever, a new World of Color celebrating Walt’s vision, the Mad Tea Party has returned with a Diamond addition, and a new night time parade called Paint the Night.
Other new fun around the parks include a new ghost in the Haunted Mansion, an HD version of Soarin’ Over California, and some fun new food and drinks to really get the 60th going! If you can make it – – this is a great year to come out and celebrate Disneyland.
I cannot wait to share more fun from Disneyland with you!
Hello my beautiful brunchers – wonder where I have been and why I have not been writing!?! I might too…
I have spent the last 28 days in Europe. If you follow me on Instagram you got a quick glance of where I have been but I will be doing a full post on each city as part of my BWB Travels Series.
A brief overview… I was in Cannes, France for 15 days with my work, then met my mom in Barcelona to board the Allure of the Seas for our Mediterranean cruise. We went to Palma de Mallorca, Provence, Pisa, Florence, Rome, and Naples / Capri.
I cannot wait to share all my adventures with you in the upcoming posts!
Keep an eye out as I share my adventures with you!