10 Geeky Things I’m Thankful For

10 Geeky Things That I'm Thankful For!

I was completely stumped on what to do for this month’s 10 things. I have some ideas I’m working on for future 10 things, but wanted to reach out and see what you guys, my readers, wanted to know about me. I popped an open request up on my facebook page and got some great suggestions including this one from Alicia of EightBitBlonde to do a geeky post that ties in with Thanksgiving. As a Brit I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, however, I have a lot of US readers so in the spirit of celebrating Thanksgiving this months 10 Things is dedicated to 10 Geeky thinks that I’m Thankful for.

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I previously wrote about 5 fandoms I’m thankful for in a 5 Fandom Friday prompt so this time I’m doing things a little bit differently. I’m going to talk about 10 geeky things in a more abstract way – keep reading to find out what I mean!

 

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - World Building

World Building

One of the greatest things that everything geeky has given to me is world building. As a young girl I started with stories created from my imagination, stories fuelled from worlds and characters I read in books. As a teenager  exploring the internet for the first time I stumbled upon the world of role playing and from there my interest in world building grew even further. Every tv show, movie, book and video game is set in it’s own universe that has been created by people. A world built from imagination and the possibilities are endless and it’s given us films like Star Wars, to the cheese-fests like Sharknado. There’s so many elements to it too and I started off with this one because I touch on more of them in other sections of this post.

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Escapism

Escapism

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The geek world isn’t just about escapism to me, I want to make that clear first, but it certainly is part of it’s charm. Growing up I was bullied a lot and the geeky world gave me a way to escape my tormentors, as well as helping me find myself. I could lose myself in the endless words and worlds of books, and it helped me to stay strong, to work through what was happening in the real world. As I got older and new problems replaced the bullying my geeky interests and pursuits continued to be there for me to offer solace when I needed to relax and remind myself that my every day life isn’t just filled with pain.

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Identity & Belonging

Identity & Belonging

A little while ago Hannah of A London Geek wrote about being a Fangirl and not being ashamed, it’s a great post that you should all check out and Hannah really hits the nail on the head with what it feels like to be embrace your geek community. I don’t remember when exactly I realised I was a geek; I was always different, I never fit in and I was instinctively attracted to geeky things. As I got older I embraced the term geek (or nerd, personally I’ve always preferred the term geek for some reason although I accept either!) and it was an important part of piecing together my own identity. I suddenly wasn’t just a weirdo, the odd one out, I was a part of a group of people who saw the world differently and shared my passions.

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - The Games That Define Us Blog Collaboration

 

A few days ago my post as a part of The Games that Define Us collaboration went live and in it I talk about how I became a gamer. It was a very cathartic post, and until I put my story down on paper I hadn’t even realised just how much that one game had effected my life, and that is just one element of my geeky world. Every part of my geeky interests and pursuits from this blog, to the games I play and the books I adore are what make me who I am.

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Friendly Communities

Friendly Communities

The geek community isn’t all sunshine and rainbows – just ask any geeky woman – which is why this section is specifically called ‘friendly’ communities. I have been in many communities over the years that have I thought were friendly and I later realised in hindsight were toxic, however, I’m not going to dwell on those as this is about what I’m thankful for and not losing myself in the past. I make a point of mentioning them because I think it’s important to recognise the toxicity that does exist in the geek community rather than pushing it under the carpet – and in doing so it makes me even more grateful for the friendly communities I have now found and the friendships that have grown from them.

You may have heard or even used the term ‘geeking out’ before, and for me being a geek is a community thing. While I can entertain myself with my own thoughts and theories about a plot or character, at the end of the day I get the most joy from being able to talk about it with someone. My relationship with my fiancé Chris is filled with geeky moments. We are a couple that games and geeks out together, and I love that. I love that we have a room in our house dedicated to geeky things and that we agreed to decorate in a geeky way. I love seeing a tweet on twitter from a friend as they discover my favourite book or show for the first time, and their excitement as they enter that new world of wonder and magic. And I love the endless creativity and adventures of my fellow geek bloggers.

Being a geek is 100 times more fun with friends.

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Collectables

Collectables

I’ve always been a collector; keyrings, badges, postcards. I still have them from when I was a kid.  The internet has brought many wonders including online shopping and that’s just made it even easier to access geeky items, especially now there’s subscription boxes like Lootcrate and Geek Box. There are now so many things to collect and sites like etsy and redbubble, just to name a few, mean that we can also buy things created by other fans. Art and items created with the love, joy and attention to detail that comes from someone who feels the same way you do about a fandom. It doesn’t matter how old or obscure a fandom is there is something out there for everyone or there will be. Just the other day one of my favourite authors, Tamora Pierce, announced the first official line of merchandise for her books despite her writing for decades.

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Geeky Fashion

Geeky Fashion

You may have noticed that I love geeky fashion 😉 I’ve never been a big fashion person, style has never been top of my list and I tend to rock my own unique style that is a hybrid of geeky, boho, rock and a bit of goth thrown in. I’m very much a jeans and t-shirt girl so I love accessories to add some flare to my outfits. So it’s always been really important to me to have geeky fashion items that help me show my identify, my style to the world. I rarely like or care for the current trends – I’m the type of girl who walks into a woman’s fashion store, takes a look around at the ghastly ‘in season’ colours and walks right back out the door. However, I am a Libra and that means I do like to look good. Growing up in the 90s and 00s there wasn’t much geeky fashion at all; you could order from Hot Topic in the US but the prices were high and you had to deal with shipping prices. That was  all we had back then. So what I am incredibly grateful for now is the wider range of online stores catering to women’s geeky fashion.

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Spin Offs

Spin Offs

Oh no, she said the evil ‘spin off’ term! Don’t panic; hear me out. Spin offs, adaptations, accompanying material, whatever you want to call it. I’m not just talking about TV shows that spin off from an original show or books being adapted into movies; I’m also referring to book and comics that are written in the same universe as a movie or a game. My favourite and most beloved example being the Star Wars Expanded Universe (now referred to as Legends since the Disney canon reboot). I am the sort of fan that literally gobbles everything I can get my hands on. I don’t care if the movie is dodgy, or if the book is badly written. If there is one then I want to see it/read it. I still watch/read stand-alone movies and books but things that are part of a series and a much wider universe are so much more special to me. I think that is what appeals to me about the Star Wars EU, the Warcraft Universe and DC Comics Universe; there are so many characters and stories to be told. It’s why I was sad to see the Star Wars reboot happen, and also excited for the new canon because to me it’s just more stories that get to be told.

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Fansites

Fansites

As I touched upon in world building every universe of a fandom has so many aspects and this has led to the creation of various virtual fan creations since the creation of the internet. Everyone has their favourite ways of consuming this content and one of those ways for me is fansites. There are so many different formats that a fan can show their love for a subject; news site, guides, shrines, cliques, fanlistings, website listing, online rpg, and more. I’ve been involved or ran my own versions of several of those over the years and I know the joy that it brings to be a part of that larger community online. I also love seeing the way in which people express themselves and their love for the subject and/or the community through their site.

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10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Fanart

Fan Art

Fan art is the other big way I consume fan creations online whether it be digital art or traditional, and I am just so grateful that there are so many talented individuals out there that take the time to create such gorgeous work and share it with the world. I know there are some artists who have been treated badly and no longer share their work, and that breaks my heart but I can understand why they feel that way. I’ve always felt a special connection to art, always been drawn to it and to see someone capture the emotions of a character, relationship or scene accurately has always been very moving to me.

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This wonderful piece of art was commissioned by Chris, my fiancé, from our wonderful friend and talented artist Jen Pattison. You can read my interview with Jen right here!

 

10 Geeky Things I'm Thankful for - Inspiration

Inspiration

The one theme that I think ties all these points together for me is this one; inspiration. It isn’t just from the geeky world, or what it represents, it’s how it inspires me and others to be ourselves and to grow as people. As I was writing this I realised that I was representing just one type of geek; a fandom geek, a fan girl. I’m a bookworm, a Star Wars nerd, a comic book geek. But that’s not the only type of geek out there and that is amazing. The geeky world inspires people to be different, to be who they really are and to reach for the unknown. It can be what inspires them to go into careers in tech or science, to educate and support the next generation, or to share their passions by creating new worlds and universes for people to enjoy and explore.

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Being a geek is amazing and inspirational, and I am thankful for it teaching me that anything is possible.

 

Over to You

I hope that this gave you a bit more of an insight into me and what being a geek and the geeky world means to me. What about you? Is there an identity or community that you’re thankful for?

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Is it the geeky world or something else?

If you’re a fellow geek did anything in this entry strike a chord? Do you have any insights of your own to add?

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Let me know in the comments and if you’re in the US I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving! Got a suggestion for another 10 Things? Pop it in the comments too 🙂

 

Halloween Fashion on the UK High Street!

It’s been a little while since the last Geek on the High Street due to holidays and getting back on track, and this month I’m doing something a little bit different! While most months I’ll be sticking to a particular fandom/franchise I am going to be doing some themes as well because I’m going to run out of fandoms and also because being a geek is more than just being a fangirl. I think this quote from Simon Pegg sums it up quite nicely:

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

To me being a geek also means that when it comes to our fashion choices we get to go where others don’t and I first realised this when I was browsing someone’s Halloween themed post, I saw an awesome Hocus Pocus T-shirt and knew it would be something I’d quite happily wear all year round. While Halloween is a holiday that most people only celebrate once a year, most geeks spend the whole year counting down to it and would happily wear a lot of the fashion items all year. So I figured a Halloween Geek on the High Street edition was in order!

Unfortunately health, badly behaving internet and house maintenance shenanigans has meant this has been posted later than intended but that does have the benefit of a lot of these items being on sale now! So do check them and the pinterest board out asap to get your Halloween and bewitching fix in before the items disappear for another year.

 

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T-Shirts

There are so many fabulous halloween t-shirts out there right now! It was so hard limiting myself to just six to showcase for you so do check out the pinterest board for more. A lot of stores went with similar themes and slogans with their own twists so if you see something here and aren’t sure about it definitely take a look because I can guarantee there will be an alternative at another store.

First up is this cute and chic skeleton hands heart T-shirt from Ms Selfridges, currently reduced to £9.80 so grab it while you can! This skeleton tank top from Claire’s might not look that great but follow the link to check out the back; it’s completely made of lace spider webs! Again it’s currently reduced to £8.40. For the more fashion conscious ladies there’s the ‘Hallow Queen’ cropped T-Shirt from Topshop, unfortunately it’s only available in medium now and it’s down to £7.00. At the bargain price of £3.00 pumpkin spice lovers can  announce their love for the flavour all year round with this t-shirt from Matalan. Halloween spirit or homage to the Bat Family? You decide with this cheeky Bat T-Shirt by PrettyLittleThing available from Next for £12. My last choice is this adorable Ghouls just wanna have fun T-Shirt from George at Asda, one of several great T-shirts in their Halloween range this year now down to £3.00 and still available in all sizes!

 

 

Jumpers & Long-Sleeves

One benefit of British weather at this time of year is that we get some really awesome snuggly Halloween apparel too! Check out these great jumpers and long-sleeved tops that I found. Next are the champions of the Halloween sweater brigade in my opinion and I’m going straight in with what I consider the best of the bunch. This gorgeous Black cat hooded sweater from Next (£24) which even glows in the dark! How amazing is that?! It definitely made it’s way onto my wish list. Next up is neat wool sweater with a bold ‘What up Witches’ slogan for £18. If sequins are your thing you can go all out in this Halloween sweater with sequinned pumpkin and bats for £24. I really like the patterned effect of this Purple Bat Sweater available from next for £24, although personally I would say this is closer to pink than purple. Or if you prefer to go for a more subtle look then this striped top is perfect for you. In traditional Halloween colours it features a small bat logo on the breast pocket with the words ‘Let’s hang’, again from Next for £18. And the final item that made the cut is a Black Bat Jumper from Peacocks, reduced to £11 – but be quick as they’re selling fast!

 

Dresses

No Halloween would be right without a Halloween party and if you’re not in the mood for a costume check out some of these fabulous dresses which you can add to your wardrobe all year round! The first dress on my list can actually double as an easy costume as this Black Collar Shift Dress, £22.40, from Dorothy Perkins is giving me all sorts of Wednesday Adams vibes! In a similar vein of style is this Bat Collar Skater Dress Ladies by Jilted Generation available for £24.99 from Sports Direct. Ever the gold mine for some great geeky fashion, Sports Direct have some wonderful alternative dresses that are perfect for Halloween and another great dress I spotted there is this sequinned skeleton party dress which has been reduced by 70% down to £15.99 – unfortunately it’s now only available in sizes 8-12 but that’s still a fantastic price for any ladies in that size. If you prefer a less fancy skeleton dress then there’s this great Lipsy skeleton bodycon dress available from Next for £22 in sizes 8-18. Also from next is this super cute Spider Web Halloween Skater Dress which makes me think of a couple of neighbourhood friendly superheros and could definitely be reused for some causal cosplays. It is flying off the shelves though with only sizes 12 and 14 still available so grab it for £23 asap! My final choice is this absolutely stunning Hell Bunny black rose and cobweb dress from Yours Clothing for plus sized ladies available in sizes 16-32 and while it’s priced at a steep £59.99 it’s a piece that can be used for a range of occasions.

 

Jewellery

I have to say one of my favourite things has been the amount of Halloween jewellery I’ve found. Some of it has been really unique and the great thing about geeky jewellery is you can sneak a little bit in to accessorize any outfit. Take these black cat earrings from Marks and Spencers, £5.00, for example, although they’re designed for Halloween they’re perfect for all year round! How about these dangling spider earrings £2.00 at Primark if you’re brave enough? If you’re more of a hoops kind of girl get decked out in style with these gold-toned skull hoops from George Asda for £4.00. Chokers are back in trend and there are so many beautiful Halloween chokers on the pinterest board, but my pick is this two pack choker and long necklace from H&M, £9.99, which lets you also play with the current layering trend. This adorable silver toned boo pendant is only £5.00 from Next.Last. but not least, this bumper back of Halloween motif earrings is a must for any fan of this holiday and will keep you going as you countdown to next year’s Halloween. It’s a fabulous £9.00 right now for 20 earrings from Claire’s.

 

 

 

Accessories

I didn’t want to go too far into costumes, however, in my search for geek fashion there were some accessories and items that bordered on costumes that were just too damn gorgeous not to show you. I also recognised a few pieces that I knew some people would probably include in their daily outfits so I wanted to throw a few bits in. Like this sequin feather headband from Accessorize, £5.00, which screams 20s flapper style to me. Accessorize also has some great beauty items that only pop up at this time of year but are really useful for the geek community for cosplay or conventions, such as these gold butterfly face stickers, £5.00. They have a whole range of stickers which I’ve added to the pinterest board for you guys. They have a few nail art items too, and I particularly like these chic spider nail art stickers. These black tinted bat sunglasses will definitely help you stand out from the crowd, and they were just too quirky not to include. They’re £3,99 from New Look. The last two items are more costume than accessories, and I hope you’ll agree with me that they’re just too beautiful not to include. Unicorn horns are all the rage this year, but for me it was this one from George at Asda, £3.00, that won best in show. And then there was this stunning dragon mask from George at Asda which is just amazingly detailed for £10.00!

 

 

Hair Accessories

There were that many incredible hair accessories that they got their own category. Like jewellery I love the diversity of hair accessories for being able to add that little touch of geekiness, and the perfect example is these sweet glitter cat ear hair clips, £3.00, from Claire’s which you can just slip in to add a little bit of fun to an outfit. Be the belle of a very creepy ball with this Spider Web Fascinator Headband £4.20 from Claire’s. Halloween hair clips are really popular this year and Claire’s has a great collection. My favourites from them are this 2 pack of skeleton bow hair clips, £2.70, and this 6 pack of assorted glitter Halloween designs for £4.00. You could go for the full colour experience with these Halloween extensions with bat and pumpkin clips from Accessorize for £5,50, or if you prefer a more monochrome look there’s these black Halloween slide clips from New Look for £3.99.

 

 

Over to You

I hope that you enjoyed this slightly different Geek on the High Street! As always I do appreciate your feedback so please do let me know what you think of the idea of seasonal and/or themed editions. I’m not sure yet if I will be doing a Christmas one because at the moment the only Christmas items I’ve seen so far have been Disney related. If I see some more geeky Christmas fashion for women I’ll gladly put one together (I’m really hoping for some ugly Christmas jumpers at least!). As for theme ideas I’m thinking of things like fantasy, magic, mythology, science/space, bands/music and so on. Basically any type of ‘geek’ that I can think of and find fashion for in UK stores. Any suggestions are welcome!

What are/were your plans for Halloween this year?

Do you buy Halloween fashion or items each year?

What is your favourite thing on this list or the Pinterest board?

For those of you in the UK; do you feel that Halloween has now become a big holiday over here or is it still more of an American thing?

Let me know in the comments! <3

To me being a geek also means that when it comes to our fashion choices we get to go where others don't and I first realised this when I was browsing someone's Halloween themed post, I saw an awesome Hocus Pocus T-shirt and knew it would be something I'd quite happily wear all year round. While Halloween is a holiday that most people only celebrate once a year, most geeks spend the whole year counting down to it and would happily wear a lot of the fashion items all year. So I figured a Halloween Geek on the High Street edition was in order!

Guest Posts Wanted!

Guest Posts

As I get back into the swing of things and get September’s posts scheduled I’d like to also get some guests posts happening for September and the next following months, including the run up to Christmas. So I’ve had a little bit of a brainstorm and here are some ideas for content that I’d like to see on the blog but I don’t really have time to implement myself.

 

About Guest Posting

A guest post is as simple as it sounds; you write a post as a guest for someone else’s blog. You don’t necessarily need to have an active blog of your own so it’s great for someone who wants to give blogging a try, doesn’t have time to maintain a full time blog or is currently on hiatus from their own blog and wants to keep their skills sharp. For active bloggers it’s a fantastic chance to network and help grown your audience as it gives a different audience a sneak peek into your world and leaves a trail of bread crumbs back to your own blog.

Each blogger will have their own requirements for guest blogging so be sure to check those for each blog. Here at Just Geeking By I’m quite lenient; the floor is open to anyone who might be interested. I’m open to ideas, however, keep in mind that your post needs to be something my audience will be interested in. So if you’re a travel blogger, for example, this isn’t the best blog for you. The most important part of this process for me is being open with one another and discussing your idea. I will also need to have the final say on whatever you plan to post.

 

Ideas List

Here are a few ideas I had. If you have an idea that spins off from any of these then feel free to run it by me! Also, guys please don’t be put off by the girlie banner or the fact that my posts are usually female oriented. I’d love to see some male geek oriented content! I just simply do not have the time and energy to devote to everything.

  • Casual Cosplay Ideas
  • Cosplay related posts
  • Geeky Make Up Ideas
  • Geeky Make Up Products
  • Female Geeky Fashion related posts
  • Male Geeky Fashion related posts
  • New Video Games due out this Christmas
  • Pagan Fashion
  • Pagan Gift Guides
  • Geeky Subscription Box Gift Guide
  • Featuring Art/Fan Art (Artists permission must be retrieved first)
  • Animal/Pet Related
  • Disabilities in Books / Films / Tv Shows / Video Games
  • Playing Video Games with Physical or Mental Health Conditions

Interested?

Do any of those ideas tickle your fancy? Or maybe one of them has got a different idea planted in your head? If so there are two ways to contact me about guest posting here at Just Geeking By. You can do so by commenting on this post or if you prefer to do so privately there is a form here.

I look forward to hearing from you! 🙂

Harry Potter fashion on the UK High Street!

Geek on the High Street - Harry Potter Fashion

As my instagram followers know I’ve been obsessed with the new Hogwarts Mystery game so when I started seeing Harry Potter bits while searching for Disney last month I knew I’d found this month’s Geek on the High Street theme! Unsurprisingly since it’s a British based Fandom it’s pretty much everywhere these days and as we get closer to the next Fantastic Beast film more and more things are popping up in the shops. So here’s some of my favourite picks!

Don’t forget to check out the pinterest board below to see the rest of the goodies I found 🙂

 

George at Asda

George at Asda has a few bits and bobs including this Harry Potter Glitter Slogan T-Shirt which features one of the most famous quotes from the franchise. This cute Pyjama Shirt and Shorts set has a very classy look about it, and is much more subtle in it’s design. Finally something a wee bit cheeky, but I had to include them as they’re just awesome; a pair of Gryffindor Knickers.

 

 

House of Fraser

 

House of Fraser is newcomer to Geek on the High Street, and while it’s not quite gotten to fashion items yet I’ll accept accessories and be happy at the progress! They have some great Harry Potter bags, and I’m a total sucker for tote bags so I’m in love with this Hogwarts Crest tote bag and Voldemort tote bag. There’s a few more bags on the pinterest board, however, this Hogwarts Crest Print Backpack really stood out as it’s a different style from what you normally see. These are probably official merchandise, however, it’s still great to be able to pop into a store in your local area and check them out instead of having to hunt down a stockist or order online.

 

Sports Direct

Despite Fantastic Beasts being the lastest addition to the franchise, Sports Direct was the only place where I found anything dedicated to it. They had the official Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film logo t-shirt and then this quirky Witches Live Among Us! t-shirt which I think is great. They also had two other official t-shirts available; a Hogwarts t-shirt and a Gryffindor t-shirt.

 

Argos

Wait, Argos does clothes? No, you’ve not missed anything. They don’t sell clothes, but what they do sell is jewellery and they have an abundance of Harry Potter jewellery! As with the Sports Direct t-shirts it is the official merchandise, however, being able to pop into your local Argos (FYI for you non-Brits out there Argos stores are really common) and actually hold the product in your hand before buying is a luxury most geeks don’t usually get. There are loads and loads of bits available. I didn’t even pin every single item on the pinterest board as I would have been there all afternoon 😛 So what I did do was pin one of each design and from what I could see there’s at least two types of necklaces, a charm, a set of earrings and possibly a keyring for each design available.

These are my favourites from the bunch! 1. Ravenclaw Pendant, 2. Hedwig Necklace, 3. Love Potion Slider Charm, 4. Sorting Hat Earrings. 5. Sterling Silver Lightning Bolt Crystal Pendant (this bad boy is much more extravagant than the others and costs a mighty £59.99 compared to £9.99 for other pendants) and 6. Something a little different; Deathly Hallows Watch.

 

Primark

You know how the saying goes; saving the best for last and I have. When Primark launched their Harry Potter range everyone heard about it, geeks and all. It hit the papers, the national news, everything. I’d heard of it – as I said, it was difficult to miss – but due to illness I’d never actually seen it. Well now that Primark have updated their website I’ve seen it and woah, mumma. I can see why people went crazy. It is a thing of beauty. Now I just wish they would do it for every franchise! It was incredibly hard to just pick a handful of items for this post so I limited myself to six. Pretty much half the pinterest board is Primark stuff so head over there and check it out now!

They’ve got some nifty pyjama sets including this Hufflepuff Pyjama Set, Hufflepuff’s rejoice there’s a set dedicated just to you. It’s often the most overlooked house so it was nice to see them getting recognition! These Navy Harry Potter Pumps were among a few pairs of shoes I saw on Primark and they were the only store to have anything in the footwear category. They have a wide range of jewellery and accessories, including house sets like this Slytherin Jewellery Set and other themed ones like this Blue Potion Jewellery Set. And then there’s this super adorable Gryphon Keyring which I’m totally in love with! There’s a whole set of keyrings and badges of magical creatures/fantastic beasts in this style and they’re all so cute!

 

Over to You

Have you checked out Primark’s Harry Potter products in store? Do you own any?

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Groovy Gifts for Gemini Women!

Sorry Gemini! I didn’t forget you, I promise. As I explained in my update I lost a few weeks and I’ve been playing catch up. I knew I wasn’t going to make the ‘deadline’ (21st June) so I aimed for before the end of the month instead. Hopefully you’ll forgive me when you see what goodies I have in store for you 😉 As usual there’s a pinterest board filled with loads of things I’ve found on my search, and I’ve included the best and my favourites to show you in this post. ((Banner credits: Zodiac brushes by Sabriena and background image from Public Domain Images.))

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About Gemini

Symbol: The Twins
Element: Air
Ruling Planet: Mercury — the planet of communication
Physical Attributes: Shoulders, arms, hands ((Symbol, element, ruling planet and physical attributes information credited to Astro Style.))
Traits: Witty, Charming, Adventurous
Colors: Orange, Yellow, Magenta
Fashionable Gemini: Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Zoe Saldana, Natalie Portman ((Traits, colours and fashionable Gemini information credited to College Fashion.))

For Gemini’s style is all about three core features according to College Fashion; youthful, eclectic and funky. This is an expression of the dual nature of their star sign, and they can often be found mixing two totally different styles together. Somehow though they always make it work, while any other star sign would look a mess Gemini’s look playful and flirty. Who What wear agrees with this, and suggest adding classic staples in bright cheery colours to combine two styles. Colours they recommend for Gemini’s include vibrant yellows, orange, and magenta.

Halter-necks and shoulder-bare tops are a must have in any Gemini’s wardrobe, Star Sign Style explains as a Gemini’s best feature is the neck, the part of the body that divides into two, starting at the shoulders. They’re also known for being expressive with their hands so accessorising with some bangles and bracelets adds an extra jingle to your outfit.

For make-up it’s all about the eyes, Star Sign Style advises, explaining that Gemini have beautiful bright eyes full of sparkle that just need a little help to frame them. Pop on some eyeliner and use a highlighting shade (bright white is ideal they suggest) in the inner corner of the eyes and over the lids. Shimmering eyeshadows are also recommended, especially paired with a dark eyeliner.

Take that shimmer to your cheeks, Miss Malini says, and take inspiration from June’s birthstone the pearl with some pearlescent blushes to give you a nice glow. Embody the duality of your sign with sparkling eyeshadows combined with a contrasting bold liner to create a two-tone look. Keep your lips neutral to let your eyes do the talking, with shimmery lip glosses suiting Gemini’s best. As for a Gemini’s nails, Miss Malini says go bold and express yourself with vibrant colours, especially  Gemini’s signature colour yellow.

 

 

Gemini Jewellery

  1. These hoop zodiac earrings by FRAMELRY fit right in with the eclectic and funky style of a Gemini, mixing two styles to create these bold earrings, Etsy, £30.32.
  2. Simple and understated, this Gemini Midi Ring from Love by Luna lets you show your Zodiac pride in subtle way, Love by Luna, $16.00.
  3. The duality of the Gemini sign is represented by this cleverly designed necklace by Orbis London, with the hair reflecting a Gemini’s free flowing personality and emotions. A perfectly symmetrical iconic Orbis crystal is placed between both sisters to balance their personalities, House of Fraser, £34.99.
  4. This boho inspired bracelet is made from leather and rich Czech glass in the contrasting shades of purple and gold, creating a funky accessory that would look good in any Gemini’s collection, Etsy, £29.84+.
  5. Get in on the layering trend with this Gemini layering necklace set while also appealing to your star sign’s interest in mixing styles with one necklace featuring charms and the other lettering, Urban Outfitters, £16.00.

 

Fashion

  1. Bold colour and classic font, two different styles coming together to make this Gemini t-shirt on point for any fashionable Gemini, Next, £12.00.
  2. Gemini’s show off that fabulous neck of yours with this lovely Slouchy Off Shoulder Oversized Sweatshirt by XpressionTees, Etsy, £18.84.
  3. This Gemini Skull Pullover Hoody with it’s different take on the usual Gemini twin’s design will appeal to a Gemini’s eclectic sense of style, Redbubble, £33.61.
  4. Mix styles with this Gemini Girl Tee from Nasty Gal in a Gemini’s favourite vibrant shades of yellow and orange, Nasty Gal, £15.00.
  5. This beautiful skater skirt is filled with vibrant colour and features the Gemini constellation, allowing you to be loud and proud about your star sign, Etsy, £47.11.

 

 

Beauty

  1. Lime Crime’s Gemini Zodiac Eyeshadow is just what every Gemini needs to add that shimmer to their make up look, Princess Polly, £10.14.
  2. This Glitter Peach Gemini eyeshadow is a wonderful vibrant shade that will add a spot of shimmer to a Gemini’s eyes, framing them perfectly, Etsy, £2.33.
  3. Described as being the best shade to compliment a Gemini’s moods, this bright and cheery yellow nail polish by NCLA is bang on trend for any fashionable Gemini, Shopspring, $18.00.
  4. An eyeshadow palette designed with the changable moods of a Gemini in mind, the Gemini Palette by Melt Cosmetics has everything the funky and eclectic loving Gemini could want in an eyeshadow palette, Melt Cosmetics, £44.36.
  5.  With the fantastic range of shades in the Gemini My Sign Complete Eye Base palette you have everything you need to create a brilliant dual tone eye, perfect for your star sign, Revolution Beauty, £5.00.

 

 

Stationery

  1. There’s so much duality going on with this fabulous  Gemini Purple cork leather notebook that it has to be just for a Germini! Etsy, £21.00.
  2. Let the world know you’re a Gemini and proud with these lovely Gemini Stickers, Redbubble, £1.68.
  3. The white and black design of this Gemini Wooden Bookmark stands out against the beautiful wooden background, appealing to your sign’s mix and match sense of style, Etsy, £4.12.
  4. Brimming with vibrant shades this  Gemini Zodiac Journal Notebook is just what every Gemini needs in their stationery collection, The Book Depository, £4.13.
  5. The contrasting colours of this  Gemini Notebook might be too much for other star signs, but for a Gemini it’s right up your alley, Juniqe, £7.95.

 

Cutie Patootie

 

    1. This adorable version of the usual Gemini twins features two bears and is available as a Laptop Skin, Redbubble, £18.00.
    2. Simple and super cheery this Beech wood Zodiac Keychain is fabulous for an Gemini, Etsy, £4.67.
    3. Keep your keys safe with these two munchkins on this adorable Chibi Zodiac Gemini keychain, Etsy, £8.24.
    4. Gemini’s are known for being mischievous and no one’s more mischievous than a cat, so this Gemini Cat Mug is right up their alley, Etsy, £12.00.
    5. Funky, bright colours and cute kitties? What’s not to love with this Funny Cat Gemini Horoscope T-Shirt, Redbubble, £25.99.

 

 

Miscellaneous

  1. Learn all about your star sign and what’s in store for you this year with this book of Gemini 2018 horoscopes, The Book Depository, £6.91.
  2. This eclectic and funky Gemini Astrology Totebag will capture any Gemini’s eye and also features astrology information on the other side, Etsy, £23.69.
  3.  A beautiful gift for the Gemini in your life, this Personalised Horoscope Constellation Jewellery Box could easily be painted in the bright colours they love so much, Not on the High Street, £50.00.
  4. So much detail and flare in this Gemini Cosmic Constellation Dreamcatcher, Gemini’s are also sure to be enchanted with the added sparkle brought to it by the three quartz crystals, Etsy, £34.75.
  5. Once again two styles meet in this Formations Gemini Zodiac Mug in White/Gold making it a wonderful gift for the mix and match loving Gemini, Bed, Bath & Beyond, £4.85.

 

Over to You

Are you a Gemini or do you have a Gemini woman in your life?

Is there anything here or on the pinterest board that caught your eye?

Have you ever bought a zodiac specific gift for someone?

Let me know in the comments!

 

A Gift & Style guide for Gemini Women. Gemini are known for their funky style, so check out these groovy gifts that will appeal to their love of playing mix and match!