Sew good! 

Merry Christmas!This holiday was a quiet one for me. And I couldn’t have been more happy. My mom and I made Christmas dinner and just stayed home. No visitors and we didn’t have any obligations to go anywhere. It was a nice and welcome change from the normal hustling and bustling around in an attempt to see everyone and their cousin and their kids and…you get the picture. 
I received some really cool gifts, but my most favorite is my new sewing machine! 

  

  
I’ve been wanting a sewing machine  for awhile and was so ecstatic when I opened it! I bought some fabric and immediately dove into learning all about my machine and stitches. My go-to guide for all things has been Tilly and the Buttons. Her blog has a beginner’s sewing section that has been so great at teaching me the basics. 

I’ve already completed my first project. The Brigitte scarf, one of Tilly’s beginner patterns. 

   
  
It was pretty simple and turned out super cute! 
I ordered her book, Love at First Stitch, and can’t wait to get it and create some more. 
Are you a seamstress? Have any recommended beginner patterns? Or books/ blogs that can help a beginner? Let me know!! 

Hello

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Hello? Anyone out there?
It’s been a year since I regularly blogged around here. A year end roundup is the perfect way to catch Heart, Soph up on my going-ons.

2015 has been a great year for me. I washed my hands of  toxic “friends” , made new friends,  traveled-(L.A. And London), got a new(used) car, started working at a great school, Hearts and Hearts Vintage participated in two pop up shops, and I *finally* learned to swim!

 

 

You were alright, 2015! Here’s to an even better 2016!

Fell in love with a…dress?

This dress. This vintage 70s knit dress has been in my closet for about a year. I bought it for Hearts and Hearts Vintage, but when I measured it and saw that the measurements were my measurements? Well, I had to try it on. And it was perfect! I immediately deactivated it from my shop and hung it in my personal closet. And that is exactly where it remained for the next year.  A couple of weeks ago, as I was organizing and preparing for a pop-up shop, I decided to re-list the dress. It has  been hanging there for a year and a beauty like this doesn’t deserve that. IT NEEDS TO BE WORN. And worn it will be. It  sold yesterday and I wasn’t prepared for the emotions that came with selling it. I mean, I’ve sold over 300 dresses and sent them off without a care in the world,  but this dress? When I got the notification that it had been purchased I seriously got teary eyed. I cried. Over a dress.  A fantastic dress, but still a dress. It took me the rest of the evening (and trying it on and taking selfies) to get over it, but I did.

My emotions still surprise me.

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

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My wishlists and Pinterest boards are filled with geeky clothing that need to live in my closet! It was so very hard to choose just five. Actually, it was a lot easier after I banned myself from having more than one Sailor Moon item on the list >.< Here are five geeky clothing items I need in my closet…NOW!

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ModCloth’s Trip to Kawaii Dress is almost too cute! Covered in Sanrio characters including my favorite, Hello Kitty. I’ve wanted this dress forever, but it always sells out in my size first.

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Sailor Moon Skater Dress from Living Dead is EVERYTHING. Love another senshi? THEY HAVE THEM ALL! 

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Jinx of MTCoffinz creates these awesome apron/pinafore skirts that can be custom made to whatever you fancy. I’ve always wanted this Reese from Animal Crossing pinafore. I love Animal Crossing and think it would be fun to wear at a con. Now, to convince the boof to wear Cyrus’ costume.

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I love geeky themed leggings. These Totoro themed  leggings made to order ones from Zelas are awesome.

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I live in dresses, but how could I say no to a shirt featuring bad ass Ryuko Matoi of Kill la Kill? I couldn’t! So this shirt it’s the last item of my list! Kill la Kill is the show that re-launched my love for anime (It’s on Netflix and Crunchyroll!) and Ryuko is…awesome.

What geeky clothing items are on your wishlist? Did you participate in Fandom Friday? You should! Shoutout to The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick for creating such a fun and geeky link-up!

Friday Faves

I love hair accessories. If you see me, more likely that not,  I’m wearing a headband to hold my hair back or have a clip of some kind adorning my hair. This edition of Friday faves is dedicated to rad hair accessories made by equally rad ladies.

(clockwise) // These glitter heart pins are so cute! You can find them at Make+Do. Or you can try your hand at making your own! The owner of the shop posted a tutorial on her blog. I made a couple and always get complimented when I wear them. Here’s the post if you’re interested in making your own —> D.I.Y. Glitter Heart Pins // I’m half-Sierra Leonean so Ankara and African textiles in general have always been a part of my style. These Ankara braided headbands from QuellyRue are so colorful. Sure to brighten any outfit up! // Gwen, of A Geek and Her Oven, recently added bows to her shop. They’re all darling, but my favorite is Liz. Named after Liz Lemon of 30 Rock.I love the soft blue color and hello?! It’s covered in donuts. DONUTS! Find bows and other geeky accessories at A Geek and Her Shop.

Share your favorite shops to find hair accessories! I’m always searching for new ones.

Friday Faves

Fancy Dress Trekkies– I’ve had this print in my Etsy favorites for awhile and finally bought it! I love it since it features The Next Generation, my favorite Star Trek series, and two of my favorite characters, Data and Geordi La Forge! It’s always been a wish of mine to dress as a genderbent version of La Forge and I think this will be my inspiration. I love the Gorgonist’s “fancy dress” takes on all of our favorite nerdy characters. Aren’t they great?!

Cute little Puppycat earrings from BunnieBunsShop!

This button featuring lyrics from Bikini Kill’s “Bloody Ice Cream” belongs on one of my jackets. All things Kathleen Hanna remind me of the feminist organization I was a part of in college. We listened to Bikini Kill obsessively and loved singing those lyrics at the top of our lungs! Find this button and more jewelry at ModernGirlBlitz shop owned by the lovely Midge.

Ever since re-sparking my love for letter writing,  I’ve been obsessed with stationary, washi tape, and stamps. Talk to the Sun is heaven for rubber stamp lovers. So many designs! This heart washi tape stamp is my fave.

Linkies!

Photographer creates unique family portraits by asking strangers to touch.

Flawless remix by Beyonce’ ft. Nicki Minaj dropped this week and surprised the internet. Spoiler alert-IT’S GREAT!

And this gif

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Because we are Groot.

Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia

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I just got back from a last minute trip to Philadelphia for Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia with my boyfriend and two other friends. We had a great time exploring Philly, eating, drinking, and nerding out at the con. I saw so much great cosplay. My favorites were the lovely lady dressed as Dee from Rat Queens and Gossamer from Looney Tunes. You know the one! The orangey-red monster with the hair! It was such a creative costume that made me smile every single time I ran into him at the convention. Seeing all of the costumes totally inspired me  to actually complete one for myself. Now to narrow it down to one character.

Squee!

-I thrifted a handful of 1960 vintage doll patterns. I planned on using them for crafting, but I can’t bear to cut them up. They’re so neat! I’ll figure out something. Any ideas?

GAME OF THRONES! TOMORROW! 

They DID add another Firefly actress to the Dallas Comic Con line up. Summer Glau! Now, I shall wait patiently for them to announce Gina Torres.

-I’m super in love with this Pastel Pink Heart Shaped necklace from ladybirdlikes on Etsy.

Honey Maid’s response to the Anti-Gay backlash they received made my heart happy. 🙂

DreamWorks animator’s son stars in mini movies. 

A happy customer in a tee she bought from Hearts and Hearts! 

Panorama fail turned into this hilarious/weird CATerpillar thing that kind of creeps me out.

 Have a good weekend!!! ^_^