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Category Archives: CONS & EVENTS
Another great year has ended and while I did not get to see everything I wanted to see this year I did meet more people and see more friends then I had in any year past. Every year Comic Con brings a new blessing into your life and for me this year it was a bunch of new friends!
Day 4 was truthfully a short one for me. Just one last walk on the floor and some final comic book purchases. I picked up then next Star War’s Leia comic and Bitch Planet which I quickly devoured after so many recommendations.
I made the trek back to Los Angeles and all that Comic Con traffic. And now it is time to start the SDCC detox. Shower and sleep are imperative for all – but for me a hair mask, a deep cleaning facial treatment followed by a mask and a little extra healthy eating are on the menu to get my body over the con.
As a special surprise for my readers since I know you couldn’t all come… Well I grabbed enough swag for you too and am putting together an awesome SDCC SWAG GIVEAWAY that will launch this week… Come on you know you want all the amazing freebies that were going on at the con and the parties. Keep you eyes peeled!
Hola brunch babes! Well day 3 aka Saturday has come to a close and only one day is left…
Today was Star Wars day for me aka get dressed up like Mara Jade and rock it.
My friend and commonly the Bad Wolf Brunch photographer debuted his new mandalorian armor today so we had “fun” getting that all together and navigating the con floor.
We made our way to Star Wars: The Old Republic Cantina to get some Comic Con exclusives in the game – oh and take this sick picture.
After that we took a break to get out of our gear and sit down for lunch and some wine. One thing I learned this year is I need breaks… I actually left on my own a bit to sit down and get away for a bit. Expectations versus realities sometimes you have to get away from your group and go chill.
After some wine it was time to take on some walkers at the Fear the Walking Dead experience. If you follow me on Snapchat I took you all the way through and got up close and personal with a walker!
I am really excited for this new series Fear the Walking Dead. One to see how people will react as the pandemic happens and spreads. Two – see how the crazy people of LA will react and I have a feeling it will not be pretty.
That night our fav queen of Comic Con Felicia Day threw a Pop Up Geek and Sundry Party! This was the highlight of my Con last year and once again it did not disappoint. Felicia came and partied with us and I am telling you she has the best DJ at SDCC. There is nothing better to rocking out to Mortal Kombat and Sailor Moon mixed with EDM – truly the best. Geek & Sundry surprised us on twitter with the party and this was obviously my plan for the night!
My final day of SDCC recap will come this week with my own surprise!
Hello brunchers well we have survived day 2 of San Diego Comic Con!
Today I rocked a Geek Chic Imperial Officer inspired outfit. My black romper is super comfortable and from Old Navy, and the cardigan is from my favorite lady’s store Her Universe, my hat was custom made for my 501st costume, and the ever popular Stormtrooper Star Wars x Vans sneakers!
Today we started our morning on the convention floor as usual and then tried our fates to get into the Game of Thrones and Star Wars panels – but were not successful sadly. Oh well we recovered and moved on. Even though we missed the surprise Star Wars concert…
We went back over to Nerd HQ to try out Star Wars Battlefront and can I say the game looks amazing from our test run. While I am not the best gamer I can totally respect the art and storytelling involved in the game. I even got the hang of it after a while and did so well that they let me ride a speeder bike! Thats me kicking ass and taking names for the Empire!
Highlight of Nerd HQ – I finally got a Diet Coke with my name on it! You have no idea how long I have looked for a #ShareACokeWith Mallory and now I have my very own – that I got to create!!!
We ended the night by going to Mashable’s first ever #MashBash / #MashCon!
This was such a fun event! Elijah Wood has the guest DJ and they had free nail wrap manicures and flash tats… You know I got both done!!
I mean seriously I had so much fun! Before we went to the event – I went back to the hotel and changed into a simple black dress that was perfect. Note girls – alway bring some dressier clothes that can be dressed up or down with you to Comic Con… Especially if the dress code for the event isn’t clear.
Hello my best brunch friends! Let’s raise a glass to Comic Con. I am wrapping up day one and all of the Con glory!
First things first – last night was preview night and the wonderful Game of Bloggers Meetup hosted by Tony from Crazy for Comic Con. Well I most definitely had a blast and loved seeing my blog friends and meeting so many new people as well.
So back to today! We woke up early and headed straight to the convention floor to get the con started. We lucked into some awesome Star Wars Petco pets swag. I got my puppy Chloe an awesome Chewbacca chew toy and some Yoda ears! Great swag find!
The convention floor is always my favorite part of Comic Con and I love checking out all the booths and stores. Today was just my preliminary walk through before I seriously dig into what all the vendors have to offer.
We headed over to Petco Park for Nerdist Conival and we some the first people in the gate. Conival is amazing and is a joint event between Nerdist, Geek & Sundry, and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. By getting there early we got to do so much with hardly any lines. The highlights were the ever popular Nerdist Laser Tag (which my team won) and the Dragon Ball Z Frieza Force Galactic Army Boot Camp.
At Frieza Force you do three tests for energy, agility and strength to determine your power level. The strength test was fun because you get to punch something! In the words of Vegeta “It’s over 9000!” – so I think I did pretty good!
We watched Eli Roth talk about THE GREEN INFERNO releasing September 25th in the US, then made our way to grab some lunch. After lunch it was back to the exhibit floor and we ran into some of our Star Wars friends up at the 501st costume booth.
After that I had some work things to do and wrapped up with dinner. Now as I push publish we are headed to the Nerd HQ Party! Be sure to follow along on twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to see all the fun. If you like fun videos of me being crazy at Comic Con be sure to follow me on Snap Chat – Username: MalloryannTX.
Until tomorrow have sweet nerdy dreams!!
Cheers Brunch Babes! One thing I love about being a geek chic girl is putting my best face forward and for me that is make up. Whether I am getting ready for a date, a Cosplay event, or Comic Con like I am now make up is a very important part to my prep routine!
Comic Con and Cosplay days are usually long days – and for this we need our makeup to keep put and stay on! Using good products in the correct order can help make sure you look you best from the first photo to your end of night selfie! Also you will learn from the post… I love make up!
On a clean face with some light moisturizer, I start by adding primer. Smashbox Photo Finish is the most amazing primer and makes your face feel like velvet. This primer helps smooth out your skin and have your make up last longer!
When I really want to look great or am planning to have a lot of photos I turn to Make Up Forever High Definition Foundation. This foundation makes you look airbrushed and is a new addition to my make up kit. For my regular day to day wear I go with something lighter like Nars Tinted Moisturizer. Both of these will come with me to SDCC!
After my foundation or tinted moisturizer I apply IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Illumination. This is a new make up line I am in love with – it is great for sensitive and developed for people with rosacea. I do not have any major skin issues beyond the occasional acne – but make up with the wrong ingredients can give me a serious acne problem and after much trial and error these products have all worked for me!
After you have a great base… this is where the fun comes in! I love eye make up!
For my regular day eyeshadow or just a normal day at the con I love to mix light browns with shimmery golds. For cosplay and going out I love to create a dark smokey eye. Most of the ladies I cosplay (i.e. Mara Jade, Juno Eclipse) are kick ass ladies who I feel would most definitely rock a dark smokey eye. When I cosplay as Rose Tyler I normally go for something lighter.
MAC is queen of the eyeshadow game and I am a huge fan of finding palettes to travel with. They save space and give you plenty of options. I usually buy mine from Nordstrom’s when they release an exclusive palette. The Naked Palette’s are also a classic that can help you achieve a variety of looks. I always finish off my look with black eyeliner on the top and I love Eyeko Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. It goes on super smooth and does not smudge. I only use this for my top liner. When I am taking photos or going really smokey I line my bottom and top waterlines with a softer kohl eyeliner like this one. Unfortunately my beloved BADgal kohl liner (above) is no longer made and I am using mine to the very bottom. Finally, mascara finishes off my look. I am not a huge fan of false eyelashes so I just put on a few coats and go!
Base and eyes – now it is time to add the finishing touches. I love to have a bronzed look, I mean hi I live in SoCal. I alternate between a matte bronzer with no glimmer and my IT Cosmetics Ombre Bronzer. For lips I like a really natural gloss or for something crazy fun I turn to Lime Crime Velvetines – these are great for cosplay if you need a weird or vibrant color. To make my make up last all day and all night I turn to Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. A few spritzes and you are set! I turn to Cetaphil to get all this make up off. This is just a drugstore face cleaner that is a miracle worker and helped clear up my acne.
There are some tools that help me create a great look. I love my Beauty Blender (after I learned how to use it) to apply my heavier foundation. Trick of the trade is to wet the beauty blender and lighter press the excess water out, the use it to stipple on you foundation. Brushes are key to creating a great look and again I am swearing by IT Cosmetics Brushes – they are so soft and supply great coverage. They are for sale at Ulta and a trick of the trade is to buy from QVC where you get a brush included with every make up purchase – this really grew my set quickly and cost effectively. Finally, I love a good tan and Kate Somerville’s Tan Towels and my go to for a non-streaky, non-orange glow.
Wow that was a lengthy post but I thought it would be fun to share my make up products that I bring with me to cons. Anything else you brunch babes would like to know about my make up routine? Do you use any of these products or have any recommendations for me? I would love to know in the comments section below!
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!
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!
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!