8.18.2017

Unearthed from my Closet: In the Name of the Moon


Sailor Moon has always been a part of my life. It was my gateway to Anime and it was my "being part of a fandom" before knowing fandom communities were a thing. I use to spend my days after school at the computer lab reading through everything and anything that could be found about Sailor Moon.

At that time it was tough because everything was in Japanese and not much English information was out there. I would navigate Japanese sites and print things out try to make heads or tails of it all. This is how I found out it was originally a series that was 5 seasons long with 3 movies and a bunch of shorts. I had photos, trading cards, stickers, and slowly discovered what fan fic was.



Sailor Moon also opened up the world of Anime to me and I started discovering fan subbers. I would send off blank VHS and they would send me episodes of whatever series they were fan subbing.

(Did I date myself?)

It took me years to collect all 5 seasons and three movies. The first two season were hard to find because even though they were heavily edited, no fan subber would touch them because they were available officially licensed. I found them all and even though they finally released them on DVD (not Sailor Moon Stars) I still have my VHS.

Sailor Moon is what started it all.

While Lilli was in town we took to a small Anime festival that was happening in Japantown and as she was showing off her love for Haikyu, I had to show my love of Sailor Moon.

Getting anything Sailor Moon even to this day is hard and expensive . While I was Japan, I got lucky when GU (sister store to Uniqlo) released a collection of Sailor Moon clothing. I had to visit three - four different stores until I found something. The Luna purse was one of them.

The jacket I found on Wish. It's probably not official (can't find any info) but I had to have it.


Sailor Moon jacket : WISH
White Shirt: Forever21
Jeans: Old Navy
Luna Purse: GU Japan

I fall in and out of love with different fandoms. It happens but Sailor Moon will always be a part of my life.

8.15.2017

Seven Tips for Selling on Mercari

Image Credit: Mercari

As a geek and collector of all things, I have amassed a huge collection of stuff in a tiny apartment.

It happens.

And as all things go, sometimes I end up growing out of that collection. I was very into the whole Vinylmation club. Now, I'm done collecting them and at times I just stare at them wanting to get rid of them.

Clothes is another can of worms. I love clothes. I have so many shirts. SO MANY. And as life happens, I start to not fit them. I keep them in my closet because I'm either going to lost the weight or gain it back. (Depends on the item) And who can really live like that?

This is where Mercari comes in. I discovered them around the time Poshmark came into my life. Poshmark was all about clothes and nothing more at the time. I had clothing items to sell but I had collectibles as well. I also learned that Poshmark was all about labels and the shirts I got at conventions weren't selling. I was told Mercari had more categories and a few people had luck selling their Funko's so I gave it a shot.

Two years later, it's my to go place to sell. I've made money from selling my items and even after the beta had ended and they charge 10% of your selling price, I continue to have great luck! I actually earned enough to help fund a good chunk of my Japan trip earlier this year and it helped me bring down some of my credit card balances. It does take a lot of work to sell but it's so much easier than on Ebay (all those fees) and you're not losing out money by taking the clothes to places as Crossroads Trading.

So with that,  here are my tips to selling on Mercari!!


1. Quality Photos - Mercari allows you to post up to four photos of the items you are selling. Take full advantage of this and take good photos.

I'm not going to lie, I'll take photos of items in bad yellow hallway lighting in front of my bathroom door just to get them listed. About 7% of the time those listings will sell. I'll get the likes which means folks are following the photo. When I go back and take better, clearer, good quality photos, they end up selling. It is a lot of work but the app makes it easy. You do it right from your phone.

When it comes to collectibles, take photos from all angels. Even take top and bottoms. Trust me.

2. List all the Information - List it all in the item description box.

Even if it's something you think shouldn't matter. Folks will still probably ask questions about the item but listing the actual color, sizing, measurements, condition, flaws, new - not new, I even list about how many times it has been washed to give the buyer an idea of wearing time left. Oh and please, please list  if you have animals. No one wants to open a package and have cat hair fly at them when they are deadly allergic. If it's relevant to the item add it! This will save you time from answering questions. I also noticed the more information I add, the faster it sells.

3. Don't be afraid to delete and relist - Nothing wrong with re-adding the item.

Sometimes all it take is updating the photos but sometimes you just need to delete it and re add it. Mercari is constantly being updated with new items every second. That item that is sitting at the bottom won't get seen anymore when folks search because eventually you get sick of scrolling. Re adding it gets it back to the top and more of a chance of being sold. I've done it a bunch with great success. You do have to go back to re photographing the item and adding in all the details but it's a great feeling when that shirt that has been on your page for two months finally sells!

But also learn to finally let go. - If it hasn't sold in months, time to donate it.


4. Don't be afraid to price it higher and than lower - Start it at the highest price you're wanting to sell it.

But don't go to crazy. Check out the competition and try to not be the highest. This will help also give you wiggle room to negotiate because you will get messages about lowering the price. And keep in mind that Mercari takes 10% off your sale as a fee. There are times where I forget that and don't take it into account but also I'm in the mission to move things out. Also, if you just want the thing gone don't be scared to price it low but again, take that fee into account.

5. Offer free shipping - FREE SHIPPING is like a burning candle to a moth.

Buyers love free shipping and there is nothing wrong with making that your selling point. Unless it's something really heavy or takes up a lot of packaging (FUNKO POP) I offer free shipping. Mercari gives you two options - you offer free shipping and Mercari takes the cost out of your final price. They send you a label, you pack it, slap it on, drop it the mail. Shipping starts at $4. Or you can take care of it yourself. I have noticed that shirts with tracking will ship under $4.00 so I just take everything to the post office and than enter the tracking number. They require tracking number.

I will say, there are times where I end up making less than 3 bucks on a item  because it went over a pound and the PO forces you to ship priority mail. My 10 dollar item earned me 9 dollars but I had to shove it in a $7 flat rate... do the math. But hey, 3 dollars is better than it just sitting at home or in a landfill.

6. Tweet that link out - I know, spamming is annoying but get your link out there!

I'll usually tweet my Mercari link when I post new items or refresh some listings. Just posting and waking away doesn't always work. Get that link out there. I notice a surge in sales after updating / adding new items and tweeting my link out. I actually have it as a pinned tweet and with RTing yourself happening, I'll do that twice a day for a couple of days. Just don't be that guy.

And speaking about listing...

7. Don't put it all up at once - I know right, sounds counterproductive but give them bit by bit.

When I first started, I had a box of stuff and put all of it up. I mean all of it. I got a couple of sales, some questions but than nothing. I cleaned out my closet and added half those items with a next batch up the following week. It keeps your listing fresh and as I just mentioned above, folks will see your listings. Also, keep in mind when your posting things. I mean San Francisco does have cardigan weather in the summer but not the rest of the country. Add more summer items with the random sweater listing here and there.

Again Mercari isn't just about selling clothes. I've had major luck selling shoes, collectibles, brand new / unused make up items, planner accessories, CD/Vinyl, Video Games, and what not.

If you've been thinking about using Mercari to sell, go for it! It's great for getting your unwanted items out to new homes! Their customer services is great and I haven't had any issues yet with buyers or with the few sellers.

If you're going to sign up, please use my code UKGBZD at sign up! You'll get a $10 dollar credit towards your first purchase!

Disclaimer: This post is NOT in any way sponsored by Mercari. These are my own thoughts/tips. I've been using the app for about 2 years and I'm loving it.

8.10.2017

Classic video game "Night Trap" to be rereleased for 25th anniversary!!



If you've ever wondered why or how the whole rating systems for video games came to be, you can thank Night Trap for that.

Night Trap was released 25 years ago on the Sega CD and sold close to 1 million units. It was a groundbreaking game at the time for it's use of full-motion video and surveillance style. Before the Sega CD, games were put on cartridges and couldn't hold much memory.

Now for you young ones that don't know about this game, Night Trap is an interactive horror movie spoof about a group of girls having a slumber party and becoming the targets of vampires. You as the player are watching the girls on surveillance and having to set traps to capture the vampires and save the girls from having their blood suck. Players must know when to activate traps, have the correct color codes for them to work and accumulate knowledge of the rapidly unfolding story.

The use of FMV wasn't the only reason for Night Trap's loyal following. The game was released in 1992 and by 1993 there was such an uproar over violence in video games. Former Senator Joseph Lieberman co – chaired the hearings, characterizing the game as ultraviolent, sick and disgusting, and incorrectly claiming the object of the game was to trap and kill the women. That wasn't what the story was about behind the game.


In the end, a lot of retailers pulled Night Trap from their stores and because of the hearings, the formation of the ESRB video game ratings system which we know and love today was placed into effect in 1994.

In honor of it's 25th anniversary, we will get the chance to play Night Trap all over again. The classic game will be re-released on August 11 and will be available both in physical form (limited copies) for PlayStation, XBOX, and PC! The digital release for PlayStation and PC will be on August 15 with XBOX following at a later date. This release of Night Trap was rebuilt from scratch and is a completely redeveloped and remastered version of the game. The video footage is near DVD quality and additional features were added. Check out the information below for the physical release of the game. 


PRODUCT INFORMATION

Standard Edition (PlayStation 4)
- Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide.
- Region free.
- Includes full-color manual, large fold-out poster, reversible cover art.
- Available exclusively from Limited Run Games, $29.99.
- On sale Aug. 11, 2017, at 10 a.m. EDT.

Standard Edition (PC)
- Limited to 2,000 copies worldwide.
- Region free.
- Includes a large fold-out poster.
- On a DRM-free disc for Windows PCs.
- Packaged in an individually numbered big box.
- Purchase price includes a digital download.
- Available exclusively from Limited Run Games, $34.99.

Collector’s Edition (PlayStation 4)
- Limited to 3,000 copies worldwide.
- Region free.
- Includes full-color manual, large fold-out poster, reversible cover art, cassette tape featuring theme song, 4-inch custom embroidered Special Control Attack Team patch on black ballistic fiber.
- Individually numbered shrink-wrapped box specially tailored to be a throwback to the original red box Sega CD release.
- Available exclusively from Limited Run Games, $54.99.
- On sale Aug. 11, 2017, at 10 a.m. EDT.

Digital
- PlayStation: PlayStation Store; Aug. 15, 2017; $14.99. http://store.playstation.com
- Xbox: Xbox Live; Fall 2017. http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live


These copies are so limited so you're gonna have to have some fast fingers to get yourself a copy of the game. There were be a bundle also for sale which will include one of everything Night Trap that is on sale tomorrow including a shirt and a 7" vinyl of the theme song. 

Be sure to follow Limited Run Games on twitter for more future releases and good luck tomorrow!

(Via: Press Release)

Small Goals {August 2017}


Ah, July... it was great knowing you. And August has started off amazingly. I got to see Hamilton on the last day of it's San Francisco run and it was so uniquely wonderful. Not that July wasn't great! There was so much happening that month but one of the highlights was getting to zipline across Fremont Street in Las Vegas. 
I'm terrified of heights and well, laying flat while zooming through the air sounded scary but once I got up there and it happened, I had so much fun. If you're ever in Las Vegas and get the chance, do it!!
And with that, lets check in with my July goals and see what I got done!
July Goals:

Blog:

1. Clean up seven posts - I deleted a lot of posts that just weren't irrelevant or you could totally tell I just did them to write it. 

2. Add photos to four posts - I fixed up about five posts and I even tweeted them out again. I'm actually bad when it comes to re sharing past posts I wrote. 

3. New blog layout -  It's up and running!! I really love this new layout. 

Personal:

1. Purge craft station - NOPE!!!

2. Clean out emails - I got it done!! That was a lot of emails and a lot of important missed ones!

3. Start training for the Super Heroes Half - I ran once. That is not any kind of training. 

I completely killed my blog small goals but not so much the personal ones. I didn't touch the craft station at all and one run isn't much of a training set up. Gotta get to it. I don't want to hurt myself during those two runs. 

And here's my goals for this month!
August Goals:
1. Create/Sell a mystery box - I saw a video about this on Buzzfeed and I guess it's a thing. I have so many toys / collectibles that aren't worth selling on their own but I believe making a box might be something. I'm going to give it a go and put one up on eBay and see. 
2. Clean up 4 more blog posts - This will probably be an on-going small goal but gotta keep working on it! This will either be fixing the photos or deleting posts. 
3. Update my ABOUT ME page - I think I may have done this earlier or tried to but it feels the same. Wanna change it up.

4. Prep for my Disney Cruise - I am so excited!! This is  my very first cruise ever and I have no idea what I'm doing or need. Gotta get ready for it! I got a month left before the trip!!


Your turn!! What goals did you create for August? 

8.08.2017

Unearthed from my Closet: Rocking the Dots Minnie Mouse Style



Minnie Mouse has a special place in my heart. When I went to Disneyland for the very first time as a kid the one thing I was allowed to get was a plush and it was Minnie Mouse.

I still have it.



While I was in Japan earlier this year, Uniqlo released an entire Minnie Mouse collection. I wanted everything but thankfully the collection was also released in the States so I was able to wait till I got back. I ended up picking up this really cute top.


It was the perfect shirt to wear to Disneyland. I also wore my black polka dot skirt from Lularoe. These skirts are so comfortable especially running around all day.


Minnie Mouse has gotten so fashionable over the years and I may not be as cool as her but I'm definitely going to Rock The Dots!!


Minnie Mouse Top: Uniqlo
Black Polka dot Skirt: Lularoe
Mickey ears: Tokyo Disneyland
Mickey Mouse Backpack: Tokyo Disneyland


I had to get some photos over at Minnie's house in Toon Town!

7.25.2017

Scum and Villainy Cantina


“Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

This Star Wars inspired pop up bar came across my radar last year and I of course I had to go. It was opening up in Los Angeles somewhere and I decide what the heck, I'm in San Francisco I can do this!

In case you are wondering, I don't drive. I don't have a diver's license. You don't need it in SF but it does make it difficult to do road trips.

You had to buy your tickets in advanced, like a year in advance I want to say. I don't really remember and it was 50 dollars a ticket. It included the cover and two drinks. I was going into it blind along with everyone else because there was no other information except the name, it was Galactic, and it would be in LA.


I've made other terrible adult choices when it comes to experiencing things, so I dove in! After getting the ticket for Jaime and I, we waited for the day when they would open up reservations which happened the beginning of this year. That was not fun at all. The site kept timing out. It wouldn't load everything. It would crash. People on facebook were freaking out because nothing was working. It couldn't handle the traffic. I finally got in after an hour of waiting and I was able to snag a spot for a Saturday in May. It was the first reservation of the day and it worked out.


Fast forward to May and we made our visit to Scum and Villainy Cantina. We got there around 230pm and the line to get in wasn't too bad. 3pm rolled around and they were still getting ready but as they were doing that, someone was outside getting our names and handing out the drink chips. By this time the line was getting longer and everyone was dressed up in one form or another!!

They finally let us in!! You make your way down the stairs in dim lighting while lasers were around you, smoke machines, and Sci-Fi music playing. The bar was small! I guess it was given due to it only being a pop up! There was 5 booths, a few hi tables and dozen or so stools at the bar. The reservations are set for two hours and only a small amount is let in. it was crowded but nothing terrible. Jaime and I claimed half a booth and while we did at one point had two folks join us, we pretty much had it to ourselves.


They had your basic bar food for purchase like nachos, quesadillas, and what not but that wasn't included in the reservation price. They had three main theme drinks and of course, your basic beers and stuff. We got to try all three theme drinks - Wretched Blue Milk, The Chosen One, and A Bad Feeling About This - and we both love Wretched Blue Milk. A Bad Feeling lived up to its name.

We both had fun hanging out, listening to some funky music, and enjoying the drinks. Once our time ended, we were given a pint glasses as we exited.



The 50 dollar reservation included entry, 2 drinks which for the ones we picked were at 12 bucks each, a pint glass, and a token to come back at another time which would of been awesome but we aren't local and I overheard that with token it would $10 bucks to get in.

50 bucks was a lot to drop for something we didn't really know about and in our case $100 for the two of us. I do have mix feeling about that... the drinks were 24 each since we go two and the glass would of been 20 if we bought it on it's own and that was already 44 but do I really need more glasses and in our case two?


But it was over all it was fun! I was with Jaime and we made it worth it the trip down with other events through out the day like visiting the Museum of Ice Cream earlier and after Scum and Villainy we had movie tickets to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the El Captain theater.


And I have a video!! I'm still working out how I want to do this and what I officially want my channel to be about but here is a small video of us at the Scum and Villainy Cantina!!

Did any of you get the chance to visit? What were your thoughts and experience? Would you do it again?!



7.19.2017

San Diego Comic Con: Still be Part of the Fun!


San Diego Comic Con starts today and if you're like me, not being there feels like it sucks. It happens though and even though it seems like everyone else is going to be having fun, getting to see and do all the cool things, there are still ways for us to to stay connected to all the actions coming out of SDCC.


1. #SDCC - You can search the hash tag on pretty much any social media and you'll get real time news, photos, announcements, anything and everything.

2. News Site - Now if searching through the hashtag is not you're thing, your go to geek news site will probably be there and writing up all the posts. You can also set it so twitter can send you notifications to your phone via text message.

3. Trailers - Movies and TV will offer up trailers or BTS as a thank you to the fans and some of them will throw up the trailer after. The Walking Dead has done it almost every SDCC visit. Now not everyone will and sometimes a leak will pop up but I leave that to you to decide if you will watch it.

4.  All the EXCLUSIVES!! - Keep an eye out because a lot of places will put their exclusives online during or after the show. Funko just shared their list of which items will be where. In past years Hasbro and Mattel have put up their exclusives online at a later date. Hasbro doesn't announce it, it just goes up! Some folks will announce of they have left over a, they will sell them. Just keep that ear to the floor.

5. Wear your Geek on your Sleeve - Wear your geek clothing. If you had outfit ideas for each day the con, you should still do it!! Of course make sure it's all work appropriate but wear that Serenity shirt, that Star Wars dress, that Big Hero 6 Hat!

6. Get together with Friends - Is your entire squad home this year instead of at San Diego? Make plans to get together and freak out over those dropped trailers or the new movie announcements. Grab a bit to eat and talk about the newest comic news. Hang out and play some tabletop games, have a movie marathon, or help each other out ordering those Funko exclusives!

And if you're local to San Diego or near enough to get down there, you don't even need a badge! There are so many fun off site events that don't require it.

These are some ways for you to feel like you're still apart of the fun no matter where you're at!

What are some of the things you'll be doing to be part of the SDCC fun while at home?

7.18.2017

The Geek Girl Tag



It's been a while since I've answered a fun, geeky tag on the blog so when I came across ZombieGoddess Beauty's post with some fun geeky questions, I just had to hop on the train!

1. What is your must-have tech gadget?

My phone, hands down. It does everything: keeps me connected, I can play games, listen to music. My phone keeps me sane during slow moments at work and being able to hear music is my everything.

2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?

Slytherin.
Fight me.

3. Who is your favorite Doctor?

The FANTASTIC Ninth Doctor. I don't understand why he doesn't get any love but he was so great. He evoked every feeling there is and probably more.

4.  If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?

General Organa. I love Princess Leia but I would for sure pick having dinner with her when she's a General because you know she would have some fascinating things to tell.

5. What is your gaming system of choice?

Right now, PS4 but forever the NES.

6. If you had a super power, what would it be?

Oh man, the ability to teleport. It would save me so much on airfare and I could travel!! Or at least visit Disneyland whenever I wanted.

7. What is your favorite fantasy world?

That would be the world of Fantasia (The Neverending Story) before the nothing destroyed it, it looked so beautiful and I have always wanted to visit.

8. If you could be any fictional race, what would it be?

9. Star Trek or Star Wars?

Star Wars

10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV series

 1. Star Wars
 2. Sailor Moon
 3. The X-Files
 4. Wonder Woman (TV and movie)
 5. Gremlins

11. List your top 5 favorite video games.

1. Super Mario Kart (Any of them)
2. Splatoon
3. Animal Crossing
4. Resident Evil (The original)
5. Dr. Mario

This was a fun tag and if you feel like creating a blog post with your own answers, I added the questions below for you to easily copy/paste.

The Geeky Girl Tag Questions:
1. What is your must-have tech gadget?
2. Which house do you belong to in Hogwarts?
3. Who is your favorite Doctor?
4. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, who would it be?
5. What is your gaming system of choice?
6. If you had a super power, what would it be?
7. What is your favorite fantasy world?
8. If you could be any fictional race, what would you be?
9. Star Trek or Star Wars?
10. List your top 5 geektastic movies or TV Series.
11. List your top 5 favorite video games.

If you do ended up writing up a post please leave the link in the comments below!! I totally want to read your answers, get to know you a bit more, and possibly discover a new movie, game, what not!

Thanks for reading!!

7.12.2017

What I bring with me: Comic Con Essentials!


It's that time of the year!! San Diego Comic Con is here and so is D23 Expo. They are both within a week of each other and if you are going to both, it's going to be a crazy, fun time.

Sadly, I won't be going to SDCC or D23 Expo. I know I'm going to be having the FOMO effects but I gotta adult and adulting was telling me that I couldn't afford any of the hotel costs. Either way, I wanted to share my list of Comic Con Essentials because it doesn't matter if you're going to a huge event like SDCC or a smaller local con, I find myself always needing these essential items.

1. Backpack: I tend to go for a backpack when I'm attending a con. Using a tote bag isn't the best because eventually it gets really heavy and your one shoulder will be hurting you. A backpack keeps the weight on both shoulders, some will have amazing padding, and will most likely be adjustable in length.

2. Camera: I know most all cell phones have camera functions but trust me, you will drain that battery so fast . Bring a camera with you so you can be get some great photos and save your phone battery for checking social media or getting a drive by selfie with a celeb.

3. Sharpies: Bring different colors as well. In autograph lines, they will have them but if you are getting something specific signed and it's a dark color, the basic black won't work. Silver and gold are great options. Also, having a sharpie on hand is great when you run into a celebrity.

3. Snacks / Water bottle: You will be waiting in lines and at con food is expensive. Having some snacks is essential in surviving. And water!! Don't really on sugar drinks to keep you hydrated. Water is your best friend. Bring a reusable water and fill up at the water fountain.

4. Charging devices: You know how I mentioned above about battery? Bring a couple of charging devices. I always have three on hand. You'll be texting, on the phone, receiving notifications from twitter, facebook, instagram, emails about local happening and deals. You will go through that battery fast. Don't be left out in the dust at 3am when someone awesome walks the Hall H line and you find out your phone is at 7% and the flash won't work because of it.

Another note: Bring an outlet plug too! If you have some down time and come across an outlet, use that and save the charging devices for you really need it.

5. Light jacket: San Diego could be in the 100's but when you walk inside you will be hit with the AC and after a few hours of standing in one spot trying to get that exclusive, you will get cold. I do and I always recommend bringing a light jacket. One that can easily fold up and put into your backpack!

6. Sunscreen: Speaking of 100 degrees BRING AND WEAR SUNSCREEN!! This is no joke everyone. Please wear sunscreen. Protect your skin. Even if you're just crossing the street, the sun rays are harsh.

7. CASH: Not all vendors take credit cards and of course reception can get spotty so have that paper ready. And don't rely on ATMs. So many people and it will run out of money!

Also, you may be able to haggle for less if you have cash! Especially on the last day of the con.

8. Make up bag / Pouch: A small pouch / make up bag can come in handy to hold the little items. This way you're not having to dump your entire bag out. Some of the things I put into my small pouch can include:

  • Hand Sanitizer - sometimes you just can't wash your hands
  • Sunscreen - I have a small travel one that I use on my face especially my nose
  • Business cards - Network and get your information out there. 
  • USB cable - I have a small cable one that I keep in here 
  • Hair ties - I have really long hair and sometimes I need to toss it up
  • Lotion - Travel sized ones are perfect and you will have dry hands through out the day
  • Bandaids - You will get papercuts handling those posters, flyers, and what not. Have them handy!
  • Tissue - I always find myself reaching for tissue. Too much sanitizer and you gotta wipe it off.
  • Pain killers - Alleve is my best friend at cons. Your feet will hurt. You'll get headaches. You don't want to be in pain during the con especially if you dropped a lot for your ticket. Enjoy the day!
This item is a top essential and that's a poster tube. You will be handed some many free posters and you will buy a lot of art. Poster tubes are a life saver. Just be considerate if you bring it with you to the actual con. Don't hit folks with it. 

What are some essentials that you have to have with you will enjoying Comic Con? Something on your list that you think I should know about? Let me know in the comments below!

For those going to SDCC, D23 Expo or both - May you have a grand time!! I'll be following you fine folks on social media and living through your posts. 

Disclaimer: I linked to different products from Amazon and if you buy any of them or anything once you clicked on a link, I will get a kick back. This costs nothing to you and it helps me towards my bills. 

7.10.2017

Small Goals {July 2017}



Aw July... you came at me full force. It is SDCC and D23 Expo month. There is no rest for the wicked.

Okay, I'm not going to SDCC or D23 Expo this year because of adulting. It was a tough choice but I'm doing so good in paying my credit cards off and if I did both of these trips, I'd be back at square one. Hotel rooms are not cheap during SDCC and adding that 2017 is the year for D23, it wasn't happening. I'm feeling the effects of missing out but thank goodness for social media. I know I won't be missing any news.

Can we also chat about what happened with Photobucket and in the internet? In the last week or so Photobucket decided to change their TOS and are no longer allowing linking to 3rd party sites for free. They are charging a fee of $400 a year. They are still charging for storing photos and to go ad free but they added the linking to 3rd party.

With no notices to anyone, they changed photos to show their add asking the user to log into their account and accepting their newest terms. The internet fell apart. Ebay, forums, Amazon, bloggers all using Photobucket to host their photos and it was gone. I came over to post an entry about my Comic Con Essentials (post coming soon) and that's when I saw the ugliness all over my blog.

That was a wake up call.

I discovered photobucket when I still using LiveJournal. I started using them to host my photos, I used them to host my banners, sigs, and avatars on all the forums I was on. After I made the move to blogger, I kept using them. I used them to save money on ebay fees when I needed to add more photos to my auctions. Selling collectibles, you really need to show it from every angle. And it wasn't just me... you could do a search on twitter and see how many folks used them. A lot of folks paid to go ad free their ads would make the site lag so much and you couldn't do much because you run the risk of clicking on a ad. A ad that had nothing to do with / for me. A lot of folks paid them to up their storage limit.

So with no notice, folks were left to scramble and were mad. $400 is a lot of money to pay for hosting when their are cheaper options out there. If the price was a LOT lower, I probably would of done it. But that price doesn't even include going ad free.

Even if it was a reasonable price, I probably would of still said good bye because of the way they handled this change. No notice at all. I spent Saturday night downloading all my photos, gifs, and what not and deleted my account.

This also served as a lesson to back everything up. I realized after this event that I did not have any of my blog photos on my external.

So with that note, I have broken up my Small Goals for July between Blog and Personal. Fixing my blog is going to be a challenge and will take some time.

It is what it is.

July Goals

Blog:

1. Clean up seven posts - By clean up I mean either delete them or re edit them. This blog has been going for four years and a few of these posts are out dated or just don't fall with my niche anymore.

2. Add photos to four posts - I'm going to realistic and go with with 4 posts. Having to upload and re add the photos is going to be a long process.

3. New blog layout - Might as well get the blog layout I bought from Etsy up and running!

Personal:

1. Purge craft station - This was on a past goals post but ti didn't happen because I was still working on purging the dresses. I have since completed that so on with the craft station!

2. Clean out emails - I took a break from writing over at Agents of Geek and my email has decided to blow up. I really need to clean it out. I've missed a few important ones.

3. Start training for the Super Heroes Half - I'm not running the half but I am doing both the 5 and 10Ks. It is time to start training!


Here we go July!!! Lets see what I get accomplished!! How about you? How's your July goals so far?!




7.08.2017

Welp!!

If you haven't heard, Photobucket changed their TOS and now require users to pay $400 a year to be able to link their photos from photobucket to a 3rd party.

In my case the 3rd party is my blog so now I have all these ugly photobucket photos telling me to click over and read the update. I went in d/l all my photos and have currently asked to have my account officially deleted. $400 is A LOT to pay to host my photos. Their are cheaper options so I'm not going to do it.

With that being said, I had changed my blog to private while I decide what to do but when I realized no matter what I decide, it will be a huge under taking. As I work two jobs and spend more time sleeping, it will take forever to fix this blog and I can't keep it on private for that long.

I also refuse to let four years of blogging go down the drain.

So here I am back with the ugly photobucket photos. I'm going to be updating as usually while working on fixing past posts.

I'll probably take this chance to clean up some. I'm actually thinking of just rescuing my outfits, Disney Parks, & Convention posts and letting everything else go. I don't know yet. Will probably fix the tags as well. I feel like I have too many.

All I know is this is going to take a while.

I guess I have small goals for July.

6.22.2017

Museum of Ice Cream - Sweet Magical Goodness!


Oh my god, I'm so glad I got to hear and get tickets to the Museum of Ice Cream!! They sold out so fast!! I was lucky enough to be able to get tickets for the same day we had our Scum and Villainy Cantina reservation so we would only have to make one trip to Southern California, not that I mind multiple trips but had to make it reasonable right now.

Our entry was at 11am and since our Megabus got in very early, we were able to hit up Chinatown to get some dim sum before making our way over to the Art district. We bought so much dim sum I was afraid I wouldn't have room for ice cream.

That fear was for nothing.




We were taken inside in groups and given a quick explanation of about the museum and what to expect. After that, we took our time going through all the rooms and of course taking massive amounts of pictures and eating ice cream! Jaime is lactose intolerant but he was such a good sport doing this experience with me. It also meant I got double the ice cream. The set up was one way only so they made it clear to experience everything in the room before moving on.

The rooms were so cute and magical.



The first room was all pink with pink phone on the wall. You could pick them up and listen to a recording. I can't tell you what it was about because I was freaking out over the room! All the rooms were so bright and colorful. The ones that had goodies for you to try were of course themed. There was a gummy bear room, a mint room that had mint mochi for us to try, black ice cream which was dairy free so Jaime was able to get the entire thing.




I think we spent a good hour and half inside the museum taking pictures, touching things, sniffing things, and eating lots of yummy items. Sadly tickets are completely sold out. I don't know if they will adding more dates. It's a pop up so maybe they may make a pit stop near you. They were in NYC last year I believe.


I wish I could go back!!



I also created a "vlog" of our visit. It's pretty much clips and music but it was fun to create this and I'm learning a lot. Give it a view please!!

6.19.2017

Unearthed from my Closet: Galactic Royalty


I spent a Saturday in Los Angeles to visit the Scum and Villainy Cantina and Museum of Ice Cream. It was a perfect sunny day and since the main reason was visiting the cantina I had to wear something Star Wars. 

Like I don't already everyday.




When Elhoffer Design created the Galactic Royalty collection and included this Galactic Princess cape, I knew I had to get it and wear it to the cantina. It is amazing, beautiful made, and was perfect for Los Angeles weather that month.


I lucked out and was able to find a dress that was pretty much the same color as the Bespin outfit that Leia wears. I'm considering make a belt to match the triangle piece she has on the outfit. That is one of my favorite outfits Leia wears in the triology and I was so excited that it was included in the Royalty collection. 



Outfit details
Galactic Princess Cape: Elhoffer Design
Dress: Amazon
Sunglass: Kohl's (Sold Out but another style here)



6.09.2017

Small Goals {June 2017}


I would love to say that it's nice and warm but San Francisco decided to have rain today with a nice jolt of wind. Oh how I love you my favorite city by the bay.

I had a hard time coming up with goals for June. June is going to be a crazy month both work wise and personal. Also, working two jobs is starting to get to me. Right now I'm fighting from falling asleep as I type this.

It's going to be a long day but before I officially head drop into my key board, let me review my goals from May and see how I did!

May Goals:

  Yoga - I did it!!! I can touch my toes again but I need to work on my strength. I don't have that.

 Pay off one credit card - I actually paid off three of them! I was extremely broke both pay periods but yes!!

 Purge the dresses - I purged half of my dresses. There is a pile that holds the "I love them too much to sell" but they need to go!

 Purge the craft station - I threw away a box of items but those items weren't by my desk. Does that still count?

I'm trying really hard to get my apt back in order. Two geeks / collectors living together, it has gotten overwhelming and I'm losing my mind. So purging everything has been a part of my goals for the last few months. I may tackle this in a post soon but yea, I'm ready to light a match and start over.

And with that horror of a thought, here are my goals for this month!


June Goals:

  Get blog posts for this month written up - I'm still trying to figure out how to do this but I would like to get them ready to go; edited photos and all

 Do something (social media wise) out of my comfort zone - I'm not sure what this means officially but I know when I see it.

 Purge the dresses - I didn't finish this goal but I'm going to re add it again. Those dress that I purged already and listed on Mercari have been selling so I need to keep adding more!!


 I wanted to add purging the action figure / collections but I should finish purging the clothes 100% and get that craft desk done before I start something else. Also, selling toys even for mere dollars is a lot harder.

Here's to my goals and yours!! May we completed them all this month!

6.06.2017

Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman. Now the world is ready for you...


Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? I am in love with this film. I saw it last Saturday and I cried. I cried when the credits started. I cried when I saw the Amazon women fighting / training. I cried during No Man's Land. I cried as she stood proud and tall.

I cried.

Wonder Woman did have a few parts here and there where I didn't like but I expect that from every film but this was finally a wonderful Superhero film. BvsS, Suicide Squad, & Man of Steel were so terrible though I give props to the Suicide Squad trailers team. You got me to drop 6 bucks. And after the Black Widow story in Age of Ultron, I was so tired of Superhero film. (Doctor Strange and Iron Fist are a whole can of worms that I won't even get into)  There is also Gamora and Wasp but we never saw Wasp in costume and both of those ladies are just a narrative in a man's story.

This is the women lead superhero film I have been waiting for my entire life. This is the story I've been wanting everytime I hear one of my favorite female characters get annouced / introduced into the films. I get teary eye just thinking about the younger generation and the future generation that get to see this film. Grow up with this film. They get to discover this film. I'm tired of seeing all the Batman and Superman reboots, revamps, and "hey it bombed but let's keep going" films. I only had (Lynda Carter) TV Wonder Woman and now I have this film.

I hope with the amount of money this film made opening weekend and how there is such a need and want for women Superheros, there will be more in the works and we don't have to wait another decade or more. I know Captain Marvel is coming from Marvel but that film has been pushed back and I hope that isn't the next major one we see in 2019-2020. We need more before than.

I want it on Blu-ray now. Can I get a digital copy of the film right now so I can watch it on my phone during my work breaks? And speaking of wanting the film now, I also created a list of some of my favorite Wonder Woman items out there right now. I know the lack of marketing and merchandise announcement was well, lacking but now that the film is out a lot has been popping up on my radar!




DC Comics Wonder Woman White Mini Handbag - I'm all about nice, geeky handbags and this white Wonder Woman handbag over at BoxLunch Gifts is the cutest. Though, it being white and my luck it's gonna get dirty

WONDER WOMAN X LOVE AND MADNESS - WONDER WOMAN MADNESS WRAP - Love and Madness creates the most amazing jewelry and their wrap bracelets are no joke. You know how much I love my Star Wars one so I was estatic when they annouced they were creating one for Wonder Woman fans. It comes in three colors and I want the red one!

Wonder Woman Sixth Scale Figure by Hot Toys - I own a few Hot Toys sixth scale figures and the attention to details is out of this world. They released both Wonder Woman in her main outfit and her training armor outfit. They are on the expensive side but totally worth it. Sideshow Collectibles sells them and even offers a payment plan and reward points!

Wonder Woman LIPSTICK-Amazonian Red - Walgreens came out with another Wonder Woman collection just in time for the film! I was wondering why no one was releasing a collection to tie in with one of the biggest film releases ever. Star Wars got a collection with CoverGirl and it wasn't even new or in theme colors. This collection offers lipgloss, lipsticks, eyeshadows, and a make up bag with brushes.

DC Comics Wonder Woman Logo Dinnerware Set - BoxLunch Exclusive - I'm all about fandom-fing my home and this dinnerware set is simple yet elegant with that gold design.

DC Comics Wonder Woman Ombre Skirt - Part of the Her Universe x Hot Topic release and designed by the winners of last years Her Universe fashion show, the ombre skirt is my favorite piece of this collection. Sadly it's pretty much sold out everywhere so I'm waiting for a restock!

Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film - I'm all about art / making of film books and there is one for Wonder Woman. These books are really cool and add an extra element when it comes to film you really love. From the example pages it includes concept art, costume details and drawing, and more. The costume pages are perfect for those cosplayers!

Wonder Woman (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack) - And of course, Amazon has the film already available for pre-order!!

I really can't wait to see it again!!!

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