April & May Thrift Haul

College has taught me to be frugal with the way I handle money. Thrift shopping at either good will or at TJ Maxx has taught me how to have great style on a budget. Thrift stores offer the cutest clothes for super cheap and each piece is usually in great condition. Plus if you’re looking for a new dress for that one occasion and you only wear it once; you feel less guilty spending $10 versus $60-$80. In these past two months I went thrifting twice so I wanted to share my awesome/geeky finds with you because I scored a great deal.

Clothes: 

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Star Wars Rogue One T-Shirt

For $3 I was the owner of this detailed Rogue One t-shirt. If you follow me on Instagram, I wore this shirt to my graduation rehearsal on May the 4th. This shirt is super soft and comfy and looks great paired with leggings or with a pair of my skinny jeans. I was in need of a new Star Wars shirt so when I found this at goodwill, I knew I had to purchase it.

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This was the dress that I wore for graduation. It was only $10 dollars and it has pockets on either side so I could fit my phone in the pocket. It made it easier to meet up with family & friends after the ceremony. This dress came from the Loft which I know sells higher priced clothing. I am so glad to have this dress hanging in my closet.

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This little maxi dress cost $15 and it was worth the price. It’s super soft and fits my body well. This was my dress I wore for Free Comic Book day and for bumming around La Crosse with my family the day after graduation. The tribal print is different from what I typically wear because I wear black all the time, but I’m forcing myself to adapt to having color in my closet.

 Toys 

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Remote Controlled BB8

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So I actually didn’t purchase this because my friend was getting rid of the BB8 Remote Controlled toy. If I didn’t immediately grab this out of her hands I would have had to go to the thrift store and buy this so it sort of counts… right? I have found a purpose for this toy as I plan to use it to rile up the cat when I’m at home.

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How to Train Your Dragon is such an underrated animated film partly due to Toothless the main dragon. Toothless honestly acts like a cat which is why I love him even more. This was a build-a-bear exclusive and he even has his wings attached on his back. He is so cuddly and I felt that he could guard my bed at night.

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These Spiderman trading cards are from the 30th anniversary of the creation of the character. I don’t know what these cards are worth, but they look older. There’s a whole stack to go through, but it’s cool they included a card about the Avengers, Mary Jane and Peter’s marriage and more. I plan on buying card sleeves for them so they don’t get wrecked or bent out of shape. I am not a huge Spiderman fan, but I want to read each card and find out more about the character’s publishing history.

So BB8, Toothless and Spiderman trading cards.. I would say thrift shopping has been a success. If you haven’t done thrift shopping, I highly encourage you try it. You may find unique clothes for your lifestyle or limited edition toys. I can’t wait to use BB8 to drive my cat crazy.

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Review

In one weekend I graduated from college, shopped on Free Comic Book Day and saw Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. #2 twice. Guardians of the Galaxy was that Marvel movie that didn’t give a shit. There’s a talking raccoon, a walking tree and other awesome characters to fall in love with. Vol. #2 was pretty decent, but there was one part of the movie that I absolutely hated.

SPOILERS 😀 😀

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. #2 focuses on the theme of family. Is family the people who are related to us by blood or the friends we meet along the way, or both? In the first five minutes of the movie, we see the Guardians defeat a supreme beast and protect precious batteries for the Sovereign nation. After Rocket steals these batteries for his own means; the Guardians attacked by the Sovereign fleet. This is when Star Lord meets his father, Yondu & Rocket connect and Gamora and Nebula form a sisterly bond.

Baby Groot is adorable throughout his entire sequences in this movie. I wish I could have my own Baby Groot sitting on my shoulder, but alas we haven’t discovered talking trees yet.

Gamora and Nebula’s relationship changes in this movie and for me, I like it a lot. It shows that they both had miscommunication in their relationship and they were able to come to terms with their circumstances under Thanos.

Now, there was one part in this movie that I extremely hated with a passion and that’s how the movie treated Mantis. Mantis was a character who was relentlessly teased for her lack of social experience.  Drax is another character who isn’t clear on social interaction, but he isn’t bullied unlike Mantis who is called ugly by Drax all the time. I had a problem with the way Mantis was treated because it wasn’t that she was seen as humorous, but that she was insulted all the time. That’s just how I feel and I was disappointed that Mantis who could have been a great character was demeaned too often in the film. This article goes into excellent detail about Mantis and her origin story too.

That was really my major problem with the movie, but the soundtrack is still bad ass.   Fox on the Run and The Chain are my two new favorite songs and I have the playlist on repeat in my car as I drive to work. I would love to hear your thoughts on Mantis and her portrayal throughout the movie. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. #2 is still a great sequel, but could have been way better.

 

 

 

Dice Rolling & Deck Building; Star Wars Destiny

My table top gaming consists of cooperative game play, but not deck building games. I dislike the complexity of deck building games like when I play Magic the Gathering some of the cards are difficult to understand and it leaves me feeling frustrated. A couple weeks ago my friend dragged me to the Star Wars Destiny card game release at my local game store. I absolutely cannot recommend this card game enough and I had a blast playing multiple games in a row with friends. This weekend I am teaching my brother how to play this game because I am trying to get as many people hooked to Star Wars Destiny as possible.

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Star Wars Destiny offers two starter decks: Rey or Kylo Ren. I actually wasn’t able to buy either of these because my game store ran out of starter decks. I bought a bunch of booster packs and a couple people gave me cards to help me build a deck, but it does help to buy a starter deck first. I pulled Anakin Skywalker and he is super powerful in this game so I ended up building a Sith deck.

Star Wars Destiny allows players to roll dice to simulate attacks with characters and activate special abilities. When I roll Anakin’s die, I have a couple outcomes including a light saber attack, his special ability, and a blank. If I don’t like the roll, I can discard a card out of my hand to re-roll all my dice. I have essentially one action per turn so if I choose to tap Anakin to roll his dice, that’s the end of my turn. My next turn I could play a card or use one of the dice on my opponent.

It sounds confusing, but once you play a few rounds you catch on pretty quick. There was one game where I kept rolling Anakin’s ability 5 or 6 times in a row and I annihilated my opponent #sorrynotsorry. I also heard that Star Wars Destiny will include Rogue One characters and I will hopefully have that pre-ordered because Jyn Erso will be one bad ass character to make a deck with.

Star Wars Destiny is probably my favorite table top game I have played this year. So now your next step is to buy Star Wars Destiny, obviously. Check out the description over at Fantasy Flight Games/Star Wars Destiny. This card game was so popular that Fantasy Flight is sold out of booster packs and starter decks. Local game stores should have more information about this game if you’re interested in getting started. Star Wars Destiny is a fantastic, easy to learn table top game to tie you over until the release of the much awaited; Star Wars the Last Jedi. 

 

 

 

 

My Health Goals

Happy First Day of Spring! It was 61 degrees on my ride home from work in the late afternoon and it was a nice change of pace. I feel on cloud nine from this wonderful day outside. As I was contemplating what to blog about I realized that I don’t write about health or wellness on this blog. Usually I write about comics and books, video games and general posts about my life. Today I wanted to write something a little different and share my health goals.

*Side Note* I love my body. My body isn’t perfect, but I adore how I look. To some, this may sound vain, but it wasn’t until my 20’s where I felt at peace with my flaws. I struggled in high school with my body image (who doesn’t?) Now I feel calm looking at myself in the mirror and acknowledging that yes, those black skinny jeans look fabulous on me.

20% Body Fat.

Last time I had my body fat tested I was at 23.8%. This is not the same as losing weight. I don’t necessarily want to change the number on the scale, just modify how my body is composed. Gaining more muscle mass is always going to be a goal of mine because I want to lower the amount of body fat I have.

More Vegetables

I eat plenty of fruit in a day, but veggies? Not so much. I love red bell pepper, carrots, broccoli yet I don’t cook enough with veggies. I have a huge sweet tooth so sometimes vegetables aren’t appealing to me. I find that when I cook vegetables with olive oil and some pepper they’re good to eat. It’s difficult for me to eat veggies raw and if you can, good for you!

Yoga/Spiritual Exercise Once a Week

I have been slacking on yoga. My workout regime is about 3 days a week of cardio and 2 days of strength training. That leaves two days of active recovery. On one of those “days off” I want to add yoga or I want to attend a yoga class at my internship site. Yoga is extremely beneficial and I feel that I need to try harder to make this happen.

I’m at a good mindset where I can set these goals for myself without feeling insecure in my body. I’m grateful to have reached that place even though it took a while to get there. I would love to hear your health and wellness goals in the comments below.

Recovering from being Overworked.

I may have hinted in prior blog posts, but I am graduating from college this spring. My life this semester has been chaotic due to interning 40 hours a week with 20 hours of my internship being paid. My two other jobs also provide me around 9-10 hours of additional paid work. By around the end of February, I was feeling drained. My friend kept messaging me to hang out with her, but I didn’t have the energy to leave my bed underneath the warm blankets. She called me out on my behavior and that’s when I broke into tears. I missed hanging out with friends, reading books all the time and playing some video games. I barely had time to maintain a social life and get the amount of sleep I desperately wanted.

After having a venting session with that same friend above, I knew something in my schedule had to change. As a result I temporarily left my coffee shop job for the time being and I’m slowly recovering from that day. I wanted to share my tips on how to catch up and unwind after feeling overworked.

Cut Something Out of your Schedule

For me, this was one out of my three jobs I was working. This upcoming weekend is the first weekend I will have without work and I’m undoubtedly ecstatic. I will be able to sleep in a little, drink my coffee and continue with my job application process. I haven’t had a morning to myself in a long time and it’s going to be relaxing.

Socialize!

Maintaining a social life is complicated. Luckily, I had some quality time with the boyfriend and saw Logan. I spent some time this past Friday playing board games with a horde of people. Being able to be out with friends and put my long week behind me really distracts me from my to-do list before graduating college.

Exercise

This is easily the first to get cut out when you’re busy, but hear me out. Exercise can help you feel less stressed by releasing endorphins which make you happy. Typically, those who include exercise often sleep better too. I feel different if I don’t exercise, so with the extra time I do have on the weekends, I’m going to make a trip to the gym.

Pep Talk

This is corny, but it helps. I drive about 35 minutes each way from my internship. In those 35 minutes I talk out my problems while also giving myself a pep talk. Additionally in the 35 minutes that I drive home, I talk about my day. Being able to talk out my own problems helps me deal with the stress of the work day.

Finally, see the family.

My goal has been to take a weekend a month to go home and stay with my mom and brother. Every time I do this, I come back refreshed for the next week. Me and my mom will watch movies occasionally and have good quality meals at the dinner table. To be able to acknowledge that I have family to go to when I’m down puts me at ease. I’m thankful that I have a loving and supportive family and I understand that not all families are like mine.

Being overworked is hard to recognize, but realize that you need your time away. Now excuse me while I snap open my 3DS and play Kirby Planet Robobot that my brother got me for Christmas that I haven’t played yet.

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Old Man Logan is Epic

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Last weekend the boyfriend came back home after visiting his parents all week. Besides eating my weight in homemade oatmeal cookies, me and the boyfriend took a date night and saw Logan. The boyfriend has been re-watching all the X-Men movies in chronological order for the first time which sparked a renewed interest in the X-Men. Surprisingly, the X-Men are the group of superheroes I know the least about because way back in 2000 when the X-Men movies premiered, I was playing with Barbies or too focused on Harry Potter. Deadpool was a success being an R rated superhero movie so Marvel set out to finally get the Wolverine the movie he deserves. I have to say for someone who doesn’t know a lot about X-Men/Wolverine, I felt that this movie captured the essence of Logan.

The titles appear on the screen along with Logan being tied up at the back of a limo. The Wolverine escapes and he attacks the men viciously after they shoot him repeatedly with a shotgun. The violence of this scene isn’t too graphic compared to Deadpool’s over the top gore. After this scene the audience starts to see that Logan isn’t healing like he’s supposed to which begs the question of how invulnerable is Logan? Logan does show humanity by the way he caters to the older Charles Xavier. Charles claims to have been communicating with a mutant which Logan doesn’t believe. Eventually Logan meets Laura and how she was stolen from a research facility that was trying to create mutants. Laura is X-23 aka. Logan’s daughter made from his stored genetic material. Laura, Charles and Xavier go on the run because of Charles wanting to protect Laura from the vile men hunting for her.

*Brief Spoilers*

I basically spoil the entire movie in a paragraph so you have been warned…

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Should this be my new workout tank top? I’m thinking Yes? Seriously spoilers below.

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The R rating from this movie stems from Logan continually using the word “fuck” and from the gore in this movie. Again, I still feel that Deadpool is way worse in regards to the violence versus Logan. The end of this movie is rather touching as Wolverine develops a powerful relationship with Laura that he is willing to die to save her. Laura watches Wolverine take his final breathes as she cries and buries him in the forest. This gives Laura a reason to get to safety and start over as a mutant free of control.

I haven’t read the Old Man Logan graphic novels, but I definitely added them to my list. Logan was epic and a loving tribute to Hugh Jackman who played this role for almost two decades. I’m curious by whether or not Laura will take over the franchise and how this movie will relate to the other X-Men movies. On a darker note the sneak peak into the new Deadpool movie is promising and hilarious in a really awful way so pay attention to that for when you see Logan in theaters ASAP.

 

Cruelty Free; Kat Von D Review!

Let’s be honest, my makeup skills are sub par. I can apply mascara and lipstick with ease, but contouring goes over my head. However, one of my New Year Quests was to convert to cruelty free beauty products and Kat Von D was a brand I had been eyeing for quite some time. President’s Day I browsed the website and noticed the free shipping coupon at the top of the page. I purchased the immortal lash mascara and the everlasting liquid lipstick in the shade Bow n Arrow. After using these products for a week now, I can say it’s worth it to pay a couple bucks more for these products. Kat Von D makeup is one of my favorite makeup brands I have ever used.

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My first initial impression of the mascara was it washes off well. I took a shower and normally my mascara turns me into Rocket the Raccoon. This mascara washed off without leaving black stains under my eyes. Surprisingly, I didn’t even wake up with mascara particles the next morning. This mascara is easily washed off, but also lasts all day. I wear mascara to my internship and I worked out with the mascara still on. After a super sweaty 30 minute cardio session, my lashes still look the same as when I applied the mascara this morning. I also took a nap and my lashes still looked voluminous. This mascara didn’t clump my lashes which most drug store mascara brands do. I was certainly impressed with this mascara, but I’m open to trying other cruelty free products. I’m thinking about purchasing Better Than Sex Mascara next.

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Now onto the Bow n Arrow liquid lipstick. The liquid lipstick is perhaps my favorite lip product I have ever tried. I decided to test the Bow n Arrow shade before wearing it to my internship because I was looking for a lip color that was more nude. It’s a little too dark brown for me to want to wear to work, but I love the shade. This liquid lipstick doesn’t dry out my lips and provides a lot of color. I also drank my cups of coffee plus drinking out of my water bottle and there were no marks on my cup. I actually had to use a makeup remover pad to get this lipstick off which is not what I’m used to. Most of my liquid lipsticks last about two hours and I have to reapply. I didn’t have to reapply with this product.

Kat Von D creates awesome makeup products that I can’t recommend enough. The mascara is a good quality product and I’m probably going to purchase other shades of the liquid lipstick. I learned that animals don’t have to be harmed in the creation of makeup because there are so many companies switching to cruelty free.

What other cruelty free brands of beauty products do you use? I always am looking for recommendations.