Monday, November 5, 2012

Winter Wishlist 2012

Even though we are probably not quite done with fall yet, I feel like the freezing cold evening temps are a sign of things quickly to come! We've already started using our fireplace and it's all I can do to hold off on the Christmas decorations. (I think that after Thanksgiving is a TAD more reasonable.) In the meantime, I have put together a "Winter Wish List," that is a little glam (luxurious Diptyque candles!)  and a little geek (Kigu-freaking-rumi!) with a dash of practicality thrown in for good measure (Sorel boots for Virginia rain and snow). 

1. Candle: Diptyque, Pine scent, (here) $60
2. Nail Polish, Deborah Lippmann, Cleopatra in New York, (here) $18
3. Beanie, Quiksilver, Holistic Beanie in Ivy, (here) $24
4. Necklace, Baublebar, Lime Link Collar, (here) $28
5. Boots, Sorel, Tofino Winter Boots, (here) $150
6. Sweatshirt/pants, Wildfox Couture, Lover sweats, (here) $108/$97
7. Coat, George Simonton Couture, Long wrap coat, (here) $575
8. Kigurumi, Kigurumi Shop, White Tiger, (here) $60

What's on YOUR Winter Wish List?


Monday, September 10, 2012


So, for the past few months, those of you that know me know that I have been voraciously devouring the entirety of Doctor Who. I'll be the first to admit that I'm a "NuWho-vian" so the "entirety of Doctor Who" for me starts with the Ninth Doctor, played by the dark and sometimes brooding Christopher Eccleston. When I finished the first (and Eccleston's only) season, I said to myself "This is it!...No one will be able to outdo the Ninth Doctor...He will always be my favorite." Then David Tennant came on the scene with his sightly sillier Doctor, dapper pinstriped suit, and awesome hair. It took me a few episodes, but I ended up loving him with Rose Tyler and it was "ALLONS-Y" for all of seasons two through four. The episodes telling the story of the end of the tenth Doctor's adventures were some of the most well written, well acted moments of television I have ever seen. (I definitely "had something in both of my eyes" during the season five finale.) And of course, when it was all said and done, Ten was my new favorite and there was no WAY the new Doctor would ever change that, especially without Rose, or Martha, or the Doctor Donna. 

But sure enough, I gave it a few episodes and Matt Smith and "Eleven" won me over. I'd like to think its the talent of the show's writers that manages to keep me coming back, even when my precious Doctor regenerates.I love the Ponds, I love the new TARDIS and I love River Song because let's face it...River Song is cool.In honor of the new season of Doctor Who, I have put together an Eleven inspired outfit that I think would be perfect for the upcoming fall weather. I say inspired, because I decided to stick with tailored women's clothing and a sweet red statement necklace instead of a bowtie. 

We're already two episodes into Season 7 and all I have to say is...GERONIMO!!!!!

1. Necklace: Shopbop, Fallon Jewelry Collage Choker , (here) $225
2. Shirt: H&M, in Light Blue (here) $29.95
3. Blazer: H&M, in Brown Checked, (here) $59.95
4. Boots : Steve Madden, "Troopa" in black, (here) $100
5. Pants: J.Crew, "Cafe Capri"in wool, in black (here) $128
6. Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, "Morning After Bag" in TARDIS blue (here) $519
7. Sonic Screwdriver Ink Pen,  (here) $24.99

Question: Are you a Doctor Who fan? Who is your favorite Doctor?


Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Dungeons and Diamonds Summer

Well, with the 106 degree weather predicted for this Saturday, I think summer is officially here! (At least in Virginia.) For a Casper-pale person such as myself, staying cool and preventing sun burns in the blazing heat can be a constant worry but I’ve learned that lots of water and SPF 100 can do wonders for my attitude when running around outdoors. Aside from those basic necessities, I have come up with a few essentials for a very “dungeons and diamonds” summer. Most of these items (along with a never ending supply of fro-yo..mmm...fro-yo) are on my wish list, and I thought they might inspire my readers too.

1. Waterproof iPhone case by Lifeproof- This waterproof case comes in black, pink, purple, and white and would be perfect for taking cool photos or short videos underwater at the beach. A bit expensive at 79.00, but that’s far less than the price of a new iPhone if it were to get dropped in the pool. Available at Lifeproof.

2. Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist- As evidenced by my Instagram (follow me at Starbuckles) photos, I have very long, red hair. In other words, very susceptible to chorine, the sun, sand, and salt water. Most people apply some level of sunscreen to their skin, but your hair needs attention too! This mist touts shine and UV protection. Available at Ulta.

3. Christian Dior Bronzer in 001 Healthy Tan- As I mentioned previously, I am pretty pale. I don’t tan I just burn and get more freckle-y. I see a lot of gorgeous pale folk, (down with skin cancer!) but personally, I think I look better with just a little bit of color. Thanks to a good spray tan and bronzer, I can prevent myself from looking too “walking dead”. I actually have this product and LOVE it. It’s $46.00 but a little goes a long way. I got my compact earlier this year (at Nordstrom’s) and have barely made a dent in it.

4. My Little Pony Rarity Hoodie- Yes, it’s true. I got sucked into the new MLP and frankly, I think it’s adorable and funny (Pinkie Pie makes me LOL). I think this would be super cute over summer basics, or to keep you warm in the frigid AC at the movies. Available at WeLoveFine for $49.00. (Incidentally, check out the rest of their site. Some awesome pop culture tee’s and hoodies.)

5. Comptoir Sud Pacifique “Vanille Abricot”  Eau de Toilette- Summer calls for lighter fragrances (which still get magnified in the heat) and this smells like a tropical vacation. I have the Vanille Peach scent (which is discontinued) and always get complimented on it. Available for $37.00 at

6. Guayaki “Revel Berry” Yerba Mate- There comes a point when the temperatures start to rise that I switch from hot caffeinated drinks over to cold caffeinated drinks. I was gifted the Toddy Cold Brew system a while back and it is fantastic for making homemade iced coffee. Sometimes though, the coffee jitters or dehydration leave me craving something caffeinated but a little less harsh on my system. Enter Guayaki’s Revel Berry tea. It comes in a large can (much like other energy drinks like Monster) and has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. From Guayaki’s website: “Mate has the strength of coffee, the health benefits of tea, and the euphoria of chocolate.” Need I say more? The Revel Berry flavor is sweet without being cloying and its definitely refreshing. It also has only 112 calories per giant can. You can order a case of 12 straight from Guayaki (shipping included) for $29.99.

7. Hello Kitty Moustache backpack- I saw this via Fashionably Geek a few weeks back and cannot stop thinking about it. I would throw in a few magazines, a book, sunscreen, and my iPhone to take with me to the pool. Available at NeatoShop for $39.95

8. Striped Fedora- Along with a UV hair spray, a hat is another way to protect your hair, skin, and face from sun damage. I love the idea of a cute fedora which can be worn with a cute sundress or a swimsuit. This pink and white striped version is available at Nordstroms for $18. (I’ve also seen cute options at Forever 21 and Gap.)

9. AppTag Laser Blaster for iPhone, iPod, and Android- Okay, who remembers THIS version of laser tag? My sister and I were huge fans of both the cartoon and the toy that eventually followed. The newest, updated Laser Tag gun has been constructed to be used with your smart phone and a free AppTag application. This would be an awesome to play with in a park with a group of friends. Read more about it here. Available through Hex3 for $60.00. AppTag Laser Blaster orders will be shipped towards the end of August.  

10. Doctor Who Police Box Towel- I browsing the internets for a fun beach/pool towel and BEHOLD, the TARDIS towel. Signal the Doctor and you might get a ride. Out of stock currently, but available ~ 6/29 from the fine folks at ThinkGeek for 19.99. FANTASTIC!

11. Jeweled bow flip flops- Let’s face it; flip flops are a summer staple. They come in all colors and styles, and are usually pretty inexpensive. These are no exception. This is another item that I already own, and they are ADORABLE. I bought them both in black and Tiffany blue, and the best part? I got them at Sears for $6.00 each. (Note: They are currently down to $5/piece. At that price, you can buy all of the colors!)

12. Victoria’s Secret Bikini- I happen to love the swimsuits from Victoria’s Secret, especially when they are on sale. VS offers all sorts of styles, from bikinis, to one pieces, to weird things called “monokinis.” I am a big fan of this bright purple and turquoise tie-dye option. The top would also be cute worn under a v neck or scoop neck t shirt. Top and bottom available at Victoria's Secret for $18/piece

Although most of us have full time jobs and other responsibilities that don’t stop during the summer months, that doesn’t meant that you shouldn’t take advantage of the longer daylight hours and opportunities stay up way past your bedtime.

What are YOUR summer essentials?


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Home Sweet...Level One

If you ask most people, they usually remember most of their firsts. Their first car (mine spontaneously combusted), their first apartment (I lived with one of my best friends Erin!), and their first pet (an adorable little American Eskimo named Snowy) to name a few. If you're like me, you also remember your first video game. Mine was most definitely Super Mario Bros. for the original Nintendo console.I remember my sister and I bringing it with us to a relative's house and playing non-stop until all the lights were turned out in the house, and we had a bad case of "controller thumbs."

Ever since I found this AMAZING mario question cube light (that turns on when you hit the bottom!!!) on Pinterest, I wanted to do a "Home Sweet" post including it. The light is handmade by 8BitLit who runs an Etsy shop where you can purchase the light fully constructed, or, for slightly less, a kit so you can DIY. I can imagine 2 or 3 of these hanging in a row in a room with exposed brick walls and lots of green and gold accents. I'm even thinking about getting one for my home office, when I start my big office overhaul.

1. Print: Glen Brogan, "The Plumber's Wardrobe" , (here) $9.95
2. Hanging Light: 8BitLit, "Interactive 8 bit Question Block Lamp)"(here) $74.99 ($54.99 DIY)
3. Sloane Ladder Bookshelf: Crate and Barrel, in Espresso, (here) $129.00
4. Gold Chair : Studio Ball  (no longer available- DIY with a plastic lawn chair, primer and gold spray paint!)
5. Rug: CB2, "Par Shag Rug"in Green (here) $199.00
6. Table: Arper, "Dizzy Side Table" in Green and White (here) $365.00
7. Potted Venus Fly Trap plant, (here) $4.99

Just for fun: Check out these Mario Bros. propaganda prints from Fro Design Co. ($150 for set of 9). These would be awesome framed and hung as a statement piece in an office!


Monday, May 14, 2012

First Date


Friday, April 27, 2012

Three Questions with Sabrina from Fit.Laugh.Love

 I can honestly say that Sabrina is one of the coolest girls I know. I love her enthusiasm for fitness and healthy living, and the encouraging posts over at her blog Fit.Laugh.Love. (Also, the childhood photo of Sabrina showing off her guns wearing TMNT shorts, t-shirt, backback, and My Little Pony sweatbands is pretty much the most epic thing I've seen in a while) And yeah, we have definitely bonded over our love of Doctor Who. She agreed to answer a few of my fitness related questions, and its my hope that some of the answers will inspire you! 

Source: Sabrina!

"Hi! I’m Sabrina! I blog over at with a focus on informative content to help inspire people to get off their adorable behinds and get their fitness on. I firmly believe that living healthy doesn’t have to be miserable; being healthy is fun! I’m a fan of fashion and fitness because I love looking and feeling good but I also love board games and Doctor Who. Yes – you can look hot and be nerdy! It’s true! Also, my favorite color is teal and my birthday is in July so you’ve been given fair time to get me something really good this year."

1.) I've heard from many people that they feel overwhelmed in regard to fitness and health. what advice would you give someone who doesn't know where to (or how to) begin when it comes to working out and eating healthy?

      1. Acknowledge that it is overwhelming. I am a part of the fitness industry and I still find it all overwhelming at times. Eat this; not that. Do this; not that. Try this; not that. There’s so much information out there that it can be really daunting. Do your research to find what works for you. 
2. Take baby steps. 99% of people can’t handle a whole sweeping life change so try to make small changes over time instead of doing it all at once. Start incorporating exercise one week, add more fruits and veggies the next, lessen your intake of processed foods the next. Taking the time to incorporate each part of a healthy life one at a time will make it easier for you to stick with.

3. Big goals are great but they can be discouraging too. Set a big goal and set various small goals leading up to it. Say you have 100 pounds to lose: if you don’t celebrate the smaller goals (like every 10 pounds lost which is still awesome!) you can feel like you’re not getting there fast enough. Smaller goals give you the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge your accomplishments.

4.Ultimately remember that you didn’t wake up one morning 20 pounds overweight and out of shape. It happened over time. Creating a healthy life and seeing progress will take time too. Don’t get discouraged.

2.) Stereotypically, nerds are portrayed as being surrounded by their weight in chips and mountain dew. What are your healthy snack and drink suggestions for people during those marathon gaming sessions? 

If possible, get a couple of your engineering friends over and build this : Treadmills used to play WoW

Not possible? Okay fine. For the marathon sesh it’s important that the snacks don’t need to be refrigerated or can sit out for a while without getting nasty. Here’s my top picks:

water – add fruit if  you’re so inclined or get carbonated water if you’re really craving soda

All natural air-popped popcorn (not microwave)
mixed nuts (look for a mix that is less than 50% peanuts)
rice cakes
sunflower seeds
chia seeds
raw, fresh veggies

3.) What are your thoughts on the recent "exer-gaming" trend? (e.g. Wii-Fit games and the Microsoft Kinect) Do you think it can be an effective form of exercise?

"Love it! With each new console comes a new, more involved way to get physical while working out. It’s a great way to incorporate movement into an otherwise sedentary hobby.
I think these absolutely can provide effective exercise. I’ve done workouts using both the Wii and Kinect and have got my sweat on during both. I would definitely recommend the Kinect over the Wii because it allows freedom from the controller and the ability to truly move but they both offer games that will get you up and sweating.
The more activity the better so if you can get up and moving outside of video gaming (whether it’s an active game or not) is fantastic; but something is better than nothing so if that is all you can fit in then it’s a great place to start (next step, getting outside).
Whatever you’re doing, work hard. If you choose to work out using a video game or a treadmill, remember to always keep the intensity up to get the most out of your workouts. If you finish a workout and think “Wow, that was easy” then you need a newer and/or more challenging workout. Step it up and don’t be afraid to challenge yourself. You might surprise yourself. "


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fitness Apps for Health N00bs

Even though its been a while since my last post, let's continue with the fitness theme shall we? You know what? I'll even go so far as to call it Fitness WEEK at Dungeons and Diamonds, especially since I have a sweet Fitness/Health Blogger interview tomorrow with someone who knows her stuff!

Today I'm going to tell you about  two sweet fitness apps to help get you motivated to be healthier, stronger... and harder to kill in the event of an zombie attack.

1.) MyFitnessPal (MFP)

MyFitnessPal is a FREE utility available as both a website and a mobile phone application (I have it for the iPhone) that tracks your calories, nutrients, and exercise. When I first started using MFP, I decided to log every single thing I ate without really changing my diet, so I could assess how close I was to meeting my recommended numbers. I was really surprised at my excess calorie intake, and realized how much little unhealthy snacks and drinks add up. I think MFP is an excellent tool for staying on track with your healthy eating goals. The interface is very user friendly, and I've had no trouble in finding the brand specific foods and various fruits, meats, and veggies that I like to eat. There is even an option to enter in your own unique recipes. Visit to create an account and find inspiration/support/advice on their message boards.

2.) Zombies, Run!

Zombies, Run! is an "ulta-immersive running game" currently available on iPhone, iTouch, and Android. You play the part of Runner 5, who must run further and further in order to collect supplies to rebuild your home base. As you are running, you will hear the guttural and far too near sounding zombie noises from your headphones. There are several missions you can play and you learn more of the story behind the zombies as you run and build your collection of medicine, weapons, and food. This app is a bit expensive, at $7.99 but I think you get a lot of value for your money. And it's cheaper than a gym membership or a treadmill.

And for some laughs, here are a few fitness tips from Captain Picard.

See my previous health and fitness related posts here:
Pick a Palette- Poison Ivy [Running]
D&D Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake 
Tough Mudder Recap
The Juice Must Flow
To Mordor
Pump up the Jam

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tokidoki & Jillian & Superheros on a Bad Camera!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Pick a Palette- Poison Ivy [Arkham Asylum Edition]

Some of you may know from my various tweets and Facebook posts that Batman:Arkham Asylum is my game du jour. I know, I know, I'm so frakking behind on the times, especially since Arkham City is already out! A close friend of mine gifted me this game and its been staring at me from my media shelf, unloved and un-played until recently. (I'm always wary about the time I carve out to play video games due to an unfortunate incident about 14 years ago where I was late picking up my younger sister from school because I got sucked into Chrono Cross.) Well, I finally popped Batman: AA into my PS3 a couple of weeks ago and I am hooked! I'll be honest, at first I thought it was a bit too easy, until the escaped convicts kept shooting Arkham's personnel because I wasn't fast enough (so brutal!). Also, when it went from having to take down 3 armed escapees to 8, I had several *ahem* "do-overs" until I got my stealth take-down just right.

I haven't quite reached Poison Ivy in the game yet, but I am totally digging the concept art for the game. For this pick a palette, I think the obvious choice would have been a bikini or something, but I came up with this summery running outfit (+ accessories) instead. To keep it from looking to pumpkin-y, I decided on a muted green top and shorts and a melon colored jacket. I also included a green iPod nano and Sigg water bottle, to keep your roots hydrated.

1. Jacket: Nike, "Pasadena II Soccer Jacket" in Bright Mango, (here) $48.00
2. Sports Bra: Nike, "Victory Shape" in Gym Green (here) $42.00
3. Running Shorts: Nike, in Gym Green, (here) $35.00
4. Shoes: Nike, "Air Max+ 2011 iD Custom" in green and white, (here) $200.00
5. Water Bottle: Sigg, "Swiss Emblem"in Green Touch (here) $375.00
6. MP3 Player: Apple, "iPod Nano" in Green (here) $129.00 for 8GB
Batman Arkham Asylum (Game of the Year Edition) for the Sony PS3 is available on

If you missed them, check out my other palettes- Worf, Link, Harry Dresden
Question: Are there any other palettes you'd love to see? 


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

D and D Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake

As much as I try to deny my sweet tooth, I always get "the craving" (especially after dinner). And although I love fruit, these cravings are always epitomized by things like chocolate milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, and cake. All those things usually lead to a slippery, slippery slope, so unless it's a special occasion (mmmm, fresh anniversary cake!) I try to make healthier versions of the sweet treats that I love. Below is the recipe for the "Dungeons and Diamonds Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake.

1 Cup Almond Milk (I usually buy either plain or unsweetened vanilla)
1 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter (more or less to taste)
1 1/2 Tsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (more or less to taste)
1 Banana
~ 7 Ice Cubes

Makes 2 servings

1. Blend the liquid and soft ingredients first
2. Add ice and blend until smooth

So simple, but so delicious! I love how it tastes like something way more calorie-laden and decadent than it actually is.

Do you have a "healthy-fied" dessert to share? Post a link in the comments section!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Yet another year has passed me by, even though I feel like just yesterday I was writing my 2011 New Year's Post. In retrospect, 2011 was a huge year for personal growth. I think we are all subconsciously aware of the simple truths of life, but sometimes it takes someone else to re-state the obvious. This could be in the form of an inspiring book, a conversation with a friend, or listening to your inner voice (the one that separates itself from all of the "shoulds"  and "can'ts" of the world.) All of these things have contributed to a renewed sense of purpose over the course of the past year. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but I DO know that I want to be happier and feel a sense of fulfillment about what I do. If 2011 has taught me anything, it's that I must make it happen! Thomas Edison said "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." I need to remember those words when it comes to this blog and all of the creative projects I have lined up. Be unstoppable.

(via Weheartit)

In an effort to make more sound resolutions for this year, I have tried to make them measurable and achievable.

1. I will post at LEAST one new blog a week. Some of you may say, "only one? Isn't that setting the bar a bit low?" With my work schedule (and inconsistent posting schedule) I think making this goal achievable is best. If I manage more, fantastic, but my goal for now (with my work schedule) is one. Hopefully I can bump it up to 2 or 3 once I establish the habit.

2. I will continue down the path towards financial freedom/success by sticking to the budget we have created, learning more about finance, and seeking the advice of a financial adviser.

3. I will work out 3x a week. As with #1, if I do more, great,  but if I can stick to at least 3, I will be happy (I know, I know, this resolution is being made en masse, but its a big one for me!) I will achieve this by waking up a little earlier in the morning to get a workout in, and setting mini-goals for myself. (First goal is January 15, my anniversary! Second is February 14, Valentines Day!)

4. I will study for and take the GRE.

5. I will apply to grad school to start my MBA.

6. I will make it to at least two nerdy conventions.

7. I will discover what makes me happy and pursue it with vigor!!

This song brought me into the new year via her live performance.
HAPPY 2012!!

Question: What was your favorite moment of 2011?


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