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Friday Favorites // 054 ::

  1. Alex and Ani’s Deep Sea collection is stunning. I love the Marina Deep Sea wrap bracelet.
  2. I appreciate that this incense holder from Free People is suitable for both stick and cone incense.
  3. This muted mint shade, called Lush, from LVX is summertime perfection. LVX polishes are 7-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.
  4. I ran out of notecards recently, and it was a sad day. Check out these sea life cards!
  5. Tj dragged me into LUSH a couple weeks ago (because I kept insisting I didn’t need anything), and they had this new(ish) soap, Outback Mate, at the register. It smells SO GOOD. Eucalyptus, peppermint, and lemongrass.
  6. This journal is on my wishlist.
  7. I love Loyal Citizen Clothing out of Portland, and this Maine state flag tee. #VerMainer

There’s an Ingress event coming up at the end of August in Portland (the one in Maine), so I’m currently a little bit obsessed with accessorizing. I play on Enlightened, which is represented by the color green. Thus, that nail polish and tee. Team spirit, friends!

While we’re kind of on the subject, I want to take a quick moment to speak in defense of games like Ingress and its baby sibling Pokemon Go. Games that get people, especially painfully introverted people like me, out of the house and socializing are great. Nerdstuff has often kept me inside and away from people, but instead I’ve climbed mountains. I’ve been to the edge of the world in the middle of the night. I’ve explored local cemeteries under a dusting of snow. I’ve run like a mad-person around Brooklyn, getting sunburned and blistered and giving people high fives. And I’ve gotten to do most of it with my best friend. I’ve also met some genuinely great human beings I would never have otherwise met! Maybe don’t be so quick to judge people on what they choose to do for fun. That says more about you than anyone else, and the world is already a pretty terrible place. Why make it worse? You might not get it. Well, I don’t get Game of Thrones (or any other popular television show TBH), but I don’t expect you to explain or defend your evening leisure activities to me. I’m cool with you watching TV.

* If you’re an Ingress player who plans on traveling to these parts at the end of August, stay tuned. I’m going to round up some friends and put together a girldust approved places to eat and drink list. Or you know, if you’d like to meet up and say hullo that weekend, I am so down.


  • This Playing for Change “Hawai’i Aloha” video from April is a new favorite.
  • Local folks: The Woodman Museum in Dover is teaming up with the UNH Marine Docents for a day of learning. The event is free, and a $5 discounted admission cost per person is available to visit the Woodman Museum. Thursday, July 28, 2016, 10 am – 3 pm. More information here.
  • My obsession with hooping has returned, full force. I haven’t had much luck tracking down a local hoop maker, but Hoop Mamas has a great online selection. Saving my pennies.
  • The traditional Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hōkūle‘a will be stopping in Mount Desert Island Maine, as part of her leg through the New England area. This sail is part of a historic worldwide voyage covering more than 60,000 nautical miles, 100 ports, and 27 nations. Read more about the schedule of events at the Abbe Museum blog, here.

If you follow me on various social media outlets (by which I mean pinterest and twitter), you have noticed that I am not particularly shy about my geekiness. I’ve always been “geeky” about many different things, spanning various genres, but I don’t talk much about these things on the blog. By not sharing my geekier side here, I’m leaving out a large part of who I am.  I mean, hell, I lived in a science fiction and fantasy themed dorm suite in college. Our official title was “Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror in Literature and in Media Today,” but it was basically known as Nerd Kingdom. Because come on.

Hello. My name is Naomi, and I am a nerd. I am also a woman, and a well-rounded and functioning member of society. I can dress on-trend, I can roast a chicken, I can DIY with the best of them, and I can play Skyrim while painting my nails.

This is not at all big “reveal” to anyone who knows me closely enough. My co-workers will probably find it surprising, as will readers who are new to this blog. Hi! And welcome! This is all basically a long-winded way to introduce a new category under which I will occasionally write something about Art History or video games or anime or Star Trek. I’m also excited to write about where my interests happen to crossover, because I’m not the only one

Timothy and his friends attended the opening weekend of King Richard’s Faire on Saturday, and it looks like we’ll all be attending later on in the season. We’ve decided that costumes are mandatory. I wasn’t originally very excited about dressing up, but then I found this dress.


From Dark Knight Armoury

It has a hood. Sold.



With the addition of a belt pouch and bottle (after repainting the snaps in silver), I’m pretty much made. I should be able to easily find a leather belt at Goodwill that I can alter.


I also really like this sterling silver & iolite antler pendant by Black Water Siren, but I’m tempted to save and buy something similar at the Faire to support a semi-local artisan.

It’s been ages since I’ve worked on any sort of costuming. I’m really hoping we’ll be able to go, this year. Have you ever dressed up for an event or convention? Maybe I can make this work for Halloween, as well.

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