Boho Geek Chic: Rope & Rose

Decorating a home is such a personal experience, and it is almost like a work of art in itself! A person’s home says a lot about them- their likes, their dislikes, their family structure, their tastes, etc. One of the biggest trends in home décor right now is the boho look!

That’s where Rope & Rose comes in! I was in awe with how beautiful her pieces were. They give off that cozy boho vibe that works in so many different décor trends! And one of my favorite things about this company is that it’s not just “another” business, but Brittney is a real human who has passions (for her family, macramé, and fandoms!).

 

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All the heart eyes here!

 

And who better to tell you about their amazing business than the lady who runs it?!

Me: Hey girl! Thanks so much for joining us! I’m really excited to hear all about your business, and what makes it tick! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself first?

Brittney: Well, currently I’m a Stay At Home mom to a crazy little 2 year old girl, and I make modern macramé as a side hustle. If you want my resume summary, I have a background in Graphic Design and Visual Communications and I used to work as a Wedding Venue Coordinator before I got pregnant. I used to be a Starbucks Barista and the word “Frappuccino happy hour” still makes me cringe. I consider myself a foodie and plan all my trips around places to eat. I enjoy long strolls through Target and my next small goal in life is to buy a summer jumpsuit.

Me: I can totally relate with Target! You mentioned that your side hustle is modern macramé. What made you decide to start doing that?

Brittney: My little sister is getting married this July, and she lives in Hawaii so she’s really into everything boho. She sent me a picture of a macramé wedding backdrop and was like “Hey, make this for me” and I was like “uh…. ok?”. And after hours of learning the basic knots of macramé I finally made my first macramé creation! It was a little chair back décor thing… I’m pretty sure I didn’t even keep it, but I remember being so proud of it and thinking it was so beautiful. Soon I got ADDICTED and made so many wall hangings that I filled my dining room and my husband said “Ok, we gotta get rid of these because we’re moving soon”. So I decided to try to sell them on Instagram to my friends. Soon people started asking me to do special orders and before I knew it, I had my own little business.

Me: I love that! It really seems like you have a true passion for what you do! What is your favorite part of having this business now?

Brittney: I really love it when I finish a piece I can stand back and look at it, and it gives me this feeling of peace and accomplishment that I’ve never experienced. It’s this indescribable feeling of “Oh my goodness, this is beautiful and even if no one in the world agrees with me, it’s still beautiful”. And as a creative, that feeling is priceless. It’s the driving force of an artist. Have you ever experienced that? A confidence so strong that its not dependent on the thoughts of others? If you never have, you need to… at least once in your life. It’s so freeing. 

Me: This just gives me the warm fuzzies! I’ve experienced that to some extent, and you’re right- it really is so freeing! It seems like this is just the baby stage right now. Where do you hope this business takes you in the future?

Brittney: I would DIE if I could work with flowers more. I want to start doing events where I style parties or events. Or expand the “Rose” part of Rope & Rose and have a flower crown booth. Maybe to even be featured in weddings?!?! OMG I need to stop, I’m getting excited just thinking about it. lol! Or I would love to open a coffee shop/ art studio/ floral studio where I teach art classes and make coffee. Sorry, I dream pretty big. Haha!

Me: Hey! Big dreams are what make the world go round! I love these big dreams you have! Now, since we’re a geeky blog, we all are dying to know- what’s your favorite fandom right now?

Brittney: Currently? My last obsession was the ACOTAR series by Sarah J Mass. I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings. She did such an amazing job at world-building and character development. I actually decided to read her books because of the fan art on Pinterest and DeviantArt! Her characters are beautiful and have so much depth. And they’re very relatable. My sister and I could spend hours discussing the books and sending memes to each other. And the ACOTAR memes are so freaking funny! I seriously laugh so hard I cry sometimes… Don’t tell anyone. lol 😉 When I was younger (and had more free time) I was into manga and anime. You know those people who sat on the floor at Barnes & Noble and read manga? That was me. So my recent Anime obsession is Food Wars… if you don’t watch anime regularly I’m not sure if I recommend it for you, to be completely honest. It can be vulgar at times, but in Japan it’s a type of humor and it doesn’t bother me. It’s a special kind of humor and it’s ridiculous and hilarious at the same time. My husband and sister think I’m insane but I like it! 

Me: Love it! That definitely makes life so much more fun! My family thinks I’m crazy the same way, so I feel you! You’re definitely a fangirl, so how do you incorporate that love into your business?

Brittney: I named a couple of my wall hangings after the terms and characters in some of my fave fandoms. Like I named a piece “The Eye” once because it looked like the Eye of Saur on from LOTR… and I recently named a piece Darth because I used black rope. Yes, like Darth Vader. Hahaha! It’s me exploring my dark side. My next book-inspired piece is a piece inspired by Rhysand or Feyre of ACOMAF. I want it to be a dark midnight blue or black and to look like wings! I just need to find the perfect blue. 

 

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Me: I’ve been eyeing that Darth hanging! It’s so fun- and gorgeous! You didn’t mention it, but I know you’re a Potterhead! So, we need to know all your stats!

Brittney: Hufflepuff Hogwarts house (Team Cedric FOREVER). Pukwudgie Ilvermorny house. Dolphin patronus. Wand made of Alder wood with a Phoenix feather core 12 ½” and slightly springy flexibility. And I prefer my butterbeer frozen. 

Me: Puff Pride! Yah! Well, one last thing before you go. What would you tell people who want to start their own business?

Brittney: People don’t buy products. The buy brands… they buy dreams, goals, ideas, and the lifestyle you’re selling. It doesn’t make sense to a lot of people, but it’s true. As an example, I sell macramé home décor. But people don’t just buy a macramé wall hanging, they’re buying the boho vibes they get when they walk into their room and see my wall hanging. They buy the feeling of comfort that comes from a room filled with things they love. They buy the idea that having this in their home will transform into something they can call THEIRS. I could talk for days about it, but in a nutshell, your products and business will send a message to people. Make sure whatever that message is, that it’s something you’re proud of and that you can stand by it even if no one else is standing by you. 

Me: Awwww thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions! I love your business, and wish you all the luck in the world!

You can follow Rope & Rose on Insta at @ropeandrose (she’s most active there!) But she also has a Facebook page by the same name. Make sure to also check out her Etsy shop RopeandRose to see her products and upcoming classes if you’re in her area! (Yes- Brittney can TEACH you how to make adorable macramé!). She also does custom orders, so if there’s something you’re looking for, make sure to look her up! She loves to chat through DMs too!

*All photos are from @ropeandrose Instagram account and were used with permission!

 

Fandom Fashion: Po-Zu Rey Boots- Why You Should Definitely Be Buying These (Even if You’re Not a Star Wars Fan)

If you’re a Star Wars cosplayer (especially if you do Rey), you’ve probably debated on purchasing the official Rey boots from Po-Zu. I’m currently working on putting together a Rey cosplay (TFA/Scavenger), and decided to splurge on the Po-Zu boots!

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And boy am I glad I did!

I cannot say enough good things about them! I was super nervous because I was ordering internationally. If they didn’t fit or something was wrong, I was going to have to fit the bill to return/exchange them, and I didn’t want to do that! Especially because they do have a pretty hefty price tag. I was really careful to measure my foot exactly like the instructions said. I also read the reviews A LOT.

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When I finally hit the purchase button, I was even more nervous! But they showed up in about a week (which is amazing since they come from Europe and I live in Hawaii- the USPS can’t always deliver me a package from the mainland in that short of a time period!). The box was gorgeous, and the shoes were packaged so nicely! They were even more beautiful in person.

Then came the moment of reckoning! I put the shoes on and they were a perfect fit! I tried them on with regular no-show socks, and the fit was amazing. I haven’t tried them on with thick socks, but they will still be able to fit because I had wiggle room. Plus, I’m going to be moving to Arizona this summer, and planning on cosplaying with them there (and crossing my fingers to join the Rebel Legion!). I don’t want to be sweating in them, so the regular socks will probably be my go-to.

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The fit was perfect, but the comfort level was off the charts. I have never worn a shoe that was as cushion-y as these! I definitely could walk around a convention center, hike up the stairs on Ahch-To, and battle with Kylo Ren and not feel sore! I was worried that the shoe would be a cosplay-only shoe, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be living in them all fall/winter!

You might be thinking, well I’m not into cosplay and I’m not wanting to have any galactic boots, so why should I get these? One of the coolest aspects of these shoes isn’t that they are screen accurate, comfortable, or just plain awesome. It’s that they are ethical and natural! These shoes weren’t made in sweat factories by children. Also, none of the materials used are harmful to the workers in the factories. Because of the care and concern put into these shoes, the price is higher. But these aren’t shoes that you’ll throw away after a season. These are shoes you’ll be able to wear for years. They won’t end up with the millions of pairs of shoes that end up in landfills. And since they’re natural, when you do decide it’s time to part with them (which will probably be never for me!), you’ll feel better about it!

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The company also makes casual Rey shoes (inspired by her tabards), tennis shoes with porgs, Rebel/Resistance shoes, Chewbacca boots, and Rey’s Jedi boots! Men can grab some screen accurate shoes of Finn and Poe, stormtrooper boots, and Star Wars designed tennis shoes as well. And most of these shoes come in children’s sizes too (which are less expensive, so if you have small feet you can save yourself some money!).

You can still join in on the fun without Star Wars themed shoes though! Po-Zu has lots of other “regular” styled shoes that you can purchase!

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Have you purchased these boots? Or any shoes from Po-Zu? I’m definitely planning on getting some more in the future! Let me know which ones I should get in the comments!

 

 

 

Fandom Fashion: Rock & Luna

One of my favorite ways to show my love for a fandom is by wearing fandom-inspired clothes and accessories. And one of my most favorite companies to get fandom-inspired jewelry from is Rock & Luna.  There are so many great items on this shop, and she’s constantly adding new ones! Also, if there’s something that you want that you don’t see, you can always get a custom order!

Let me just show you how awesome and cute these items are! First up is this galactic ring. I love the simplicity of it, and the fact that it can go with lots of different fandoms- Star Wars, Dr. Who, and Star Trek just to name a few. Even if you’re not a fangirl, this ring is perfect!

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Want to show your support for your favorite quidditch team? Check out this adorable golden snitch neckalce! It’s on a cord, so it makes it a little more casual which I love! I think it will look adorable with a Hogwarts house tee!

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Speaking of Hogwarts house, show off your Hufflepuff (or whatever house you belong to) pride with this adorable house-themed necklace! She’s got necklaces for all of the houses, so you can rep the badger, eagle (yes- she has the book version!), lion, or snake in style!

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Prefer to wield a lightsaber over a wand? Rock & Luna’s got you covered! She has these darling lightsaber necklaces in any color. So let your friends know if you’re a Jedi or Sith with this cute accessory!

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Are you a Jedi like your father before you? Then wear this Jedi emblem necklace with pride. I think it would look absolutely STUNNING with a black dress!

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If hunting the demogorgon is more your thing, you can definitely contact the Upside Down with this necklace! Friends don’t lie, and I’m definitely not lying when I say this is the perfect accessory!

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Not into fandom jewelry? No worries! Rock & Luna makes a lot of every day accessories as well! This crystal necklace is just one of them. She’s got lots of crystals and stones that make gorgeous necklaces and rings.

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And Rock & Luna doesn’t just sell jewelry- she’s got home decor, bags, keychains and more! Make sure to also check out her Instagram (@rocknluna) because almost every weekend she does an auction where you can get one of a kind pieces for GREAT prices!

Rock & Luna already has great prices on their items, but you can get them for an even greater price by using the code GEEKGIRLS10!

See anything you like? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

 

 

Self Care the Geeky Way

What are some of your favorite ways to relax? I’m at teacher, so honestly, at the end of the day I don’t usually want to be hanging out with people. Give me Netflix, Prime Video, or a good book instead, and I’ll be a happy camper.

I also love to pamper myself! Face masks, lip scrubs, bubble baths- I’m a sucker for all of them. So when Ashley started up Fairytale Bath Company, I was so excited! Because not only does she make beautiful and unique bath and body products, but she also makes them NERDY!

The first item that I saw of Ashley’s was this cauldron bath bomb. As a huge Potterhead, I knew I needed one of these in my life. I mean, it was like swimming in Potions class! (And absolutely no stress from Professor Snape!). They smell amazing, have glitter, AND can be used more than once! Plus the cauldron is leftover, so you can use that for brewing your own batch of Felix Felicis when you’re finished.

She also makes a lip scrub that is to die for. It’s a HUGE container (I’ve barely made a dent in mine), so it will last you a long time! She’s got tons of flavors like Black Forest (personal fave), Smackerel of Honey, and Goblin Fruit. And your lips will feel divine after you use this!

For the traditionalist, Ashley also stocks some regular bath bombs. And they are so gorgeous and vibrant! I seriously have never seen bath bombs as bright as these! She has some awesome Harry Potter themed ones, as well as some Hunger Games inspired ones! I mean, I know we’ve all wanted to live it up like the Capitol! These bath bombs will definitely help you on your way.

If bubble baths are more your thing, Fairytale Bath Co. has got you covered! These house pride bubble scoops like just like ice cream scoops (super cute), but make your bath feel just like the prefect’s bath! All you need is a golden egg (and Moaning Myrtle!).

If you happen to be a Death Eater (we won’t judge), you might feel more at home with this Dark Arts bath bomb. After all, working for He Who Must Not Be Named can be exhausting.

There are a TON of other goodies that I don’t have time or space to talk about, but I wanted to show my favorite part last! Ashley also has a subscription box! This box is only $25 (and yes, that includes shipping!), and you’ll get on average 3-5 bath and body items each month. That’s a self-care day each week! The other great thing, is these items are made especially for the box. Each box has a theme, and the theme for January 2018 was Another Galaxy. All items were inspired by some of our favorite science fiction series like The Martian, Star Wars, Illuminae, and more!

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BTW, Ashley did not pay me at all to write this review of her amazing shop! I just had to feature it because it’s seriously awesome!

*All photos except for the last one are from Fairytale Bath Company’s website.