Monday, March 30, 2015

Rant: It Follows (Spoilers!)

Hi Gang!

 This Past weekend I went to go see It Follows with Alex. We left out super early so we stopped by Gameworks, where I taught him a little something about Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 and I enjoyed a Daiquiri. I wasn't carded for my daquiri, but when I went to the kiosk to buy our tickets, I was carded for the movie! That's Not how this works, that's not how any of this works! Below are my thoughts on the movie. Please remember that these are my personal opinions, and that not everyone is going to agree with me.


- Why does IT have no name? They just called it, IT for the entire movie, I mean, I guess that works, but if it is supposed to kill all the way back until the person who started it, why didn't someone come up with a name by now?

- Why does IT walk so slow? Hugh said it wasn't dumb, but it was slow. I am confused as to why it moved so slowly? Was it a shapeshifter? Or was it just an illusion? Where did it come up with the different skins it wore? How is she supposed to get rid of it? Just keep running for the rest of her life?

- Is the movie supposed to be set in an older time? or Are they just poor? What is that Sea Shell Contraption that she was reading on? It was like Ariel's Kindle, I liked it. I wasn't a fan of all the Book excerpts, the writing was trying to be "deep" when it really wasn't.

- Why did Jay have to have sex with Paul? It was completely obvious that he had feelings for her. If she truly wanted to be with him, they shouldn't have needed to have sex. He was the only one that would have been able to see if the person following her, was real or Not. with him having sex with her, now neither of them know if the person behind them is IT, or just a person.

- I think this would have been a great propaganda film in the 80's for abstinence only Sex Education. It had the whole vibe of Don't have sex, you could die literally. Don't have sex, it will come back to haunt you if it isn't with your Husband/Wife.

- The music score was fantastic! It was moody, it was thrilling and it was catchy. I had bits and pieces of it bouncing around in my head for the rest of the night and this morning. I would definitely be interested in purchasing the Soundtrack.

- If IT can get into your home, why is she hiding in all of these places that makes it super easy to find her? If someone/thing is after me, there is no way, I would be on a swing in the playground, or sleeping on top of a car ON TOP not IN IT, in the middle of the woods. A lot of what Jay did just DID NOT make sense to me. I know its a scary movie, but that doesn't mean we need a "heroine" that is a moron, we want someone that is going to think like we are.

- There was just no closure to the film. I just wasn't satisfied with the end of the movie. I still had a large amount of questions, and no one in the theater, left with a knowing smile, that showed that they understood or enjoyed the film. It was my first scary film in theaters, and honestly, I was totally let down.

If you guys have seen it, what did you think about the movie? Lets talk about it on Twitter!!!

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

 ~Gabriella!~

  The Noire Menagerie

Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Angry Letter To Hot Topic.

Dear Hot Topic,

 I have been a customer since I was in the 7th grade, I am now 23. I have a frequent Buyer card, and I've had one since they were still small pieces of paper that you stamped. Every time I go to the mall I stop into your store, and 90% of the time, I buy something. I'm pretty busty, and I have curves. I like to wear dresses. You offer dresses and this makes me happy. Apparently, you offer dress sizes up to XXL and that makes me feel great. I wear a XL in pretty much everything, but dresses I always feel like I need extra room.
 Last Week, I ordered two dresses from you. A Hot Topic, Short sleeved stretchy red dress in XXL, it fits perfectly not a single problem was found. The second dress however, is a catastrophe. It is a Hell Bunny Halter Sailor Dress Navy, with Pockets! I was so excited when I saw this dress was available in XXL. I ordered it instantly, and could NOT wait for it to arrive. However, once it arrived I was incredibly disenheartened, angry and annoyed.
  The dress I ordered is supposed to be an XXL, I understand that dresses like that are fitted, which is why I got a size bigger. But this dress has to be labeled incorrectly. The Bodice is extremely SMALL and TIGHT, I could not get the zipper past my lower back, even with help from two people and a HANGER. Now there can only be two things that occurred here. I could be larger than I realize and the dress just not be the right size. OR You have absolutely NO idea how the body works.
  I am so angry about the fact, that you give women with curves and full figures false hope! We get that everywhere else, we don't need to get it from you as well. Do not label a dress as XXL or Plus Size if it is NOT going to fit a Plus Size Gal. Plain and Simple, that's called False Advertising, and it is NOT a good Business Practice. Do you know how devastating that is for someone's self esteem? A size in a dress that fits you well everywhere else except your store? What is your idea of an XXL Dress? Or a Plus Size Woman? Because She damn sure isn't wearing your dresses.

 Now if you will excuse me, I am off to return this dress to the post office, so I can get my wasted money back.

A Completely Unsatisfied Customer,

Gabriella

P.S. The Conversation Continues on Twitter, Please Tweet me if you have ever had this problem, We need to bring it to their attention!

The Noire Menagerie

Monday, March 23, 2015

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries: A Series Review (Spoilers ahead)

Hi Gang!
 How was everyones weekend? If you've been following me on twitter, you already know how I spent mine. Finishing up one of the 7 new mystery television programs new to Netflix. I'm going to review Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries for you today, so I do have to say that sadly there will be spoilers. If you haven't watched it yet, please do, even after being placed in such a "stifling" time for women, the amount of freedom over every little thing that Phryne possesses is astounding, and a great role model of opportunity for ladies of any era. Every woman is in charge of her own destiny, she just needs to have the gumption to go for what she wants, no matter how many people don't want you to, or are standing in your way.

Ahoy, Matey: SPOILERS AHEAD!!!


The honorable Phryne Fisher, has just come home from traveling the world and running from her family, and has decided that she was going to make Melbourne, Australia her home. She solves a crime, that has touched her nearby relatives, and her aunt Prudence who insists on her living a proper unmodern woman's life. After solving the murder, which has to do with an illegal abortion racket, she decides that her new goal, is to become a Lady Detective; the only one in Melbourne, because there aren't even female officers on the police force. 
   As you solve each case, you realize that Fisher is kind of home for souls who have lost there way. Dottie; the devout catholic, Jane: The re-formed Orphan thief and the constant reminder of her younger Sister, Janey, Cess and Burt: Cab-drivers and Muscle for Phryne. Mr. Butler: head of the house, Collins: Dottie's Protestant Lover and Jack Robinson: Detective Inspector and a love interest for Phryne.
  I have to just say that I absolutely loved this show, it gets four out of five stars for me! Now I'm gonna tell ya why!

- Phryne Fisher is the epitome of a Feminist. The show takes place in the 20's. Women can barely drive, and here she is being the only lady detective, and a voice to any disenfranchised person that needed her. Not only is the character the picture of a modern Woman with feminist ideologies, but so is nearly every person that is on her team or that she decides to keep ties to. She fights for women to be able to drive. She fights for disenfranchised orphans not to become wards of the state. She fights for contraception, and the right for women to be pro-choice and abortions. Rights for aboriginals, The right for women to wear whatever they want, be with whoever they want, hell, there was even an episode for gay rights. The show only had two seasons, 13 episodes and Phryne catered to proper ideologies, that most shows that run for years, don't, can't and won't do. Phryne isn't the only character that makes you feel powerful. The entire (reappearing) cast is likable, honest, and well-rounded. I can't think of a single character that I didn't like, that was in more than one episode.

-  The stories are three dimensional and continuity is spectacular. I can't choose a favorite episode, I liked them all. Every episode, had me on the edge of my seat. I generally knit while I watch murder mysteries. I love me some murder, Ellery Queen, Columbo, Sherlock, Murder She Wrote (which I'm watching now) and so forth and so on. But I couldn't focus on my knitting! There was so much going on that I was worried I would miss something!

- The costume design for this program as phenomenal. I personally want to bake Marion Boyce something absolutely marvelous! I wanted everything that graced the screen. There wasn't a single outfit that went by that didn't make me giddy as a school girl! Everything was so glamorous, Skirts, dresses, cloaks and shirts, shoes and hats! Every costume made me yearn for the ability to be a competent Seamstress. I swear, I screencapped every costume.

 I was a little disappointed that Phryne never got together with Jack, even after Dottie and Hugh got engaged, but I just realized that the series has been picked up for a third season, so I am positively buzzing with excitement for all of her new adventures. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a great story, a great cast of characters, a sense of style even Blair Waldorf couldn't complain about. You can find series 1 + 2 on Netflix.

If you have seen this show, Please comment down below so we can chat about it! I would LOVE to talk to someone about my feels! As always, the conversation continues on twitter.

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,
 ~Gabriella!~

  The Noire Menagerie

Friday, March 20, 2015

Analog Blogging!

Hi Gang!
Happy Friday Guys!!! I'm so glad my work week is over. It wasn't particularly stressful or anything, but I am excited that my wonderful duty free weekend has arrived! Today, I'm going to talk about journaling, the Analog way. Every Blogger has a Blog Notebook, but I'm talking about the one's with Personal Thoughts inside. With putting so much on the internet, these days, it feels good to have some place to put your utmost personal thoughts down, and not having to worry about editing or censoring, or silly things like that.
 I can't draw to save my soul, but I do enjoy doodling in my journal from time to time. I'm gonna show you my journals and the products I use when I write. This is Not a sponsored Post, it is just something I thoroughly enjoy doing and thought I would share it with all of you.
 I mostly write in the Gray Journal, Brianna bought it for me for Christmas, and since I had it before the leather bound one, I figured I should finish it before starting another one. I ordered the stickers from Amazon, and went kind of crazy. The larger Squares, are chock full of little animated Korean Writings and Characters. The Smaller ones are washi tape strips in the most adorable containers. I can't help it, I am such a sucker for things that are kawaii. It is the bane of my wallet. When I was younger, I loved writing in different colors. So I picked up these Gel Pens, now I use them for my doodles, because the pens are so much thicker than my bic writing pens, that it makes my hand hurt over a couple of paragraphs or two.
 I picked up the Leather Journal at Barnes and Noble, It was the most expensive notebook I've ever bought, I don't know what I want to fill it with and I don't want to waste a $37 Leather Bound notebook with rubbish! I know that's an exhorbitant amount of money to spend on a notebook but look at it! It's imported from ITALY!!!

Do you guys write personal Journals? What are some of your favorite journaling tools? The Conversation continues on twitter!

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,
 ~Gabriella!~

  The Noire Menagerie

Monday, March 16, 2015

Top 10 Anime Openings Of all Time

Hi Gang!
So lately, I've had morning completely free and I have been taking full advantage of Netflix/Hulu's Ginormous collection of Anime, while sketching out ideas for all the things I'm aching to sew, and knit. I've had ideas of Sleeveless, racebacks and Halter tops, Suspender skirts and Shorts. My mind has been spinning with inspiration from Ravelry and Instagram to @Paper-tiger, and @Izzknit.
 One of the cool things about watching Anime, is the music. Ending themes, Opening themes, Themes to the movies, they almost always have wonderful music! I honestly can't enjoy an anime if I don't enjoy the music to it. So I'm going to talk about 10 of my favorites! As Always though, the conversation continues on twitter, Stop over there and tell me about some of your favorite anime Openings too okay?

10. Free: Swim Club: Rage On

09. Brother's Conflict: Soul Betrayal

08. My Little Monster

07. Saint Seiya Hades Chapter

06. R.O.D T.V.

05. Ouran High School Host Club

04. Ikki Tousen Great Guardians: No X Limit

03. Cardcaptor Sakura

02. D.N.Angel 

01. Sailor Moon Crystal: Moon Pride

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

 ~Gabriella!~

  The Noire Menagerie

Friday, March 13, 2015

13 Movies to ring in Friday the 13th!

Hi Gang!
 This is going to be a super short post today. I'm in the midst of Baking and sewing commissions. I just wanted to pop on the blog and wish everyone a Happy Friday the 13th. I wish, I could partake in my usual Scary movie Marathon, but Unfortunately, I have real work to do today. So Instead, I will leave you a list of my favorite movies to watch, and maybe you guys can have your own marathon!

13.) Cursed

12.) Nightmare on Elm Street Remake

11.) My Bloody Valentine Remake

10.) The Omen

09.) Children of the Corn

08.) House of Wax Remake

07.) House of Wax

06.) The Town That Feared Sundown

05.) Friday the 13th

04.) Friday the 13th Pt. 2

03.) Nightmare on Elm Street 

02.) House on Haunting Hill

01.) Halloween

I've seen all of these movies more than twice, and they continue to be staples in my scary movie collection. I hope you guys enjoy My list, and if there are some of your favorites, that you feel I should check out,  I'm totally down! Leave em in the comments below, or hit me up on twitter @spokhette!

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,
 ~Gabriella!~

  The Noire Menagerie

Monday, March 9, 2015

Geek Fuel: A Monthly Box Review

Hi Gang!
 I'm so excited about this opportunity you guys! So last month, I was contacted by Geek fuel, to do a review on their February Box. If you aren't aware, Geek Fuel is a monthly themed subscription box, that is filled to the brim with all kinds of nerdy goodness.  Even with all of the horrible snowy weather, we saw in February the box still got here safe and sound. This box's theme was Retro Gaming, and they did not disappoint.

- '66 Batman T-shirt: All the villains from the movie, and Batman, but drawn as Pacman and Ghosts. I was so geeked when I saw this t-shirt inside, I wore it to work the day the box arrived. Received tons of compliments. I love how it fits in with the retro theme, because it is obviously 66 batman instead of a newer one.

- Green lantern Glass: An epic, drinking glass, with Green Lantern springing into action. I've never been a huge fan of Green Lantern, but it is cool to have him lighting up my kitchenware. (See what I did there?)

- Alien Invaders Soap: A Bar of Soap, colored and molded into an Alien Invader. My mother who doesn't not play video games at all, practically keeled over, when she saw the soap, this being one of the only games she would play, and she still does occasionally, on an emulator my father found for her. I'm kind of excited to start using the soap, it looks like it might glow in the dark.

- Retro Sticker: A huge Oval shaped bumper sticker, that says I "heart" Retro Gaming. Which I do, nothing better than original 8 bit shrunken characters of others youth, I may be a bit young too remember a good portion of these games. However, that doesn't mean that I'm not going to put that sticker to good use. I'm a huge fan of stickers!

- Retro Button: A small pinback button, that says I "heart" retro Gaming, I shall add it to my collection, right next to the "geek inside" and "foodie" ones I've received over the last couple of years.

- Retro Gaming Magazine: A special "Pocket-sized" edition of Retro Gaming. I haven't opened it yet, but it looks like its filled to the brim with retro games, and info, maybe they'll even tell me where I can get some emulators to experience these games myself.

- Worms...: I have not opened these, so I don't know if they are candy, or just plastic toy worms, but according to Alex  they are from an older game called worms, where there were tanks and other nonsense and exploding worms, it sounds like fun to me, but I didn't have the opportunity to play it, he said and I quote " I missed one of the best games of my/his childhood."

They have multiple monthly plans, but the best way to explain it is, I just kidnapped their photo. It looks like the best value is the year plan, and it includes 3 mystery gifts! I was thoroughly impressed with my box, and would gladly buy another months worth of boxes. This seems like the best gift for those nerds who seem to have everything.

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,
 ~Gabriella!~
  The Noire Menagerie

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Meanwhile...

Hi Gang!
 I'm back and better than ever! I'm sure you've noticed a few changes. There will be a couple more through the progressing months. I can't believe it is already March, 2015 is passing by way too fast for me already, I have to get a move on everything I wanted to do this year, before it's too late!

- I've changed the title of the blog to Nerdette at large, I feel like that this title is better suited for the way I've been blogging lately and the online brand I want my blog to have. I've been looking for artists, for my logo/mascot, so if you know anyone that is artistically inclined, send them to me.

- I am interested in cleaning up my stash, so there will be a Stash Busting Sale, in the shop, make sure to stop by, and save me from myself.

- I was contacted by Geek Fuel, to do a review/unboxing of their February box. I can't wait to show you guys that one, the box was pretty epic.

- I bought my first blu-ray the other day. Big Hero 6 came out and I bought the Collector's Edition Automatically. I also picked up a Soft Sculpture of Batman from Funko, my very first Funko Product, I love him!

- I've been feeling super inspired and creative as of late, especially thanks to Instagram. I've been following a lot of artists, knitters and now, journalers. People with the most brightly colored, inspirational looking journals written by people just like me. They are so pretty you guys. Washi tape, photos that are important to them, sparkly gel ink, spelling out their hopes, their dreams, their desires? I've always been a fan of journals, organizing all the thoughts in your head into one spot. So I went out and got my own supplies for the job!

- I've been picking up t-shirts. I got quite a few from teeturtle. It took some finagling for them to fit, even thought I ordered xl female shirts, and they were like 8 sizes smaller than Alex's large t-shirts, but a little bit of stretching and they fit just fine, so I guess I won't be complaining too much.

- My father bought me some more yarn, but honestly it is beginning to take over my entire studio, so I'm hoping I can get rid of some duplicates in the ginormous stash that I am working on and hoping that I can maybe shrink the size down a little.

I'm looking forward to a fun and full month here on Nerdette at Large, and I can't wait for you guys to see it too! if you don't wanna miss out on the fun, click the button below to follow me on Bloglovin.

 Same Bat Time. Same Bat Channel,

 ~Gabriella!~



The Noire Menagerie

Thursday, February 26, 2015

My love-hate relationship with Dr. Who

Hi Gang!
 Today, I'm going to talk about why I am four seasons behind on Dr. Who. When I first started Dr. Who, I loved it. It was such a cool interesting idea, a television program that had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't understand how so many knitters watched it and got projects done, I was at the edge of my seat on every episode. I would wake up early on days when I didn't have to do anything, scurry down to the television in the living room, with my comforter, and snacks, and watch Dr. Who, for hours.
 I binged the first season. Then the second. Then I came across a problem. All of the characters that I thoroughly enjoyed encountered issues. I didn't like the way the Companions were being treated. In fact, I started to have real issues with the way the Companions were just being used and tossed away when he was done with them. When he found Martha, I was overjoyed. BBC was good at having diverse extras, but very rarely are they lead characters, or even characters that were going to be around for the next couple of episodes.

- Martha has been the only companion that the Doctor has forgotten who he was and she was stuck as a slave/maid, until he recovered. As a woman of color, I saw a real issue with this, it took me about a month to start watching again.

- He invites Women to travel with him, and then when he tires of them, just drops them off in the spot where he found them. I feel like he kind of uses them, and then when he's done he tosses them away like an old newspaper.

- The way he just sent Rose off to a whole new dimension, and all that hard work for her to get back only to be sent back, with a copy of her doctor? 1/2 upset, 1/2 happy. I was very torn by the season 4 finale. Half happy that Rose gets to be with the "doctor", half upset, because she's basically getting a carbon copy. Even though, Rose ends up happy, I feel like she deserved better.

- I think my biggest pet peeve so far, has to be the way they treated Donna. By far, my absolute favorite Companion, and I feel like she got screwed the worse. She was the only companion that didn't fall in love with the Doctor, She was able to save the Tardis, and pretty much the world, and then her reward? She quickly becomes insane because of the amount of knowledge and has her mind erased? Which I guess, wouldn't have been so bad, but it was the way they left her. All Superficial and "clueless" like chatting away on her cell phone. It was like they gave her power, and realized it after the fact, and then stripped it away from her, leaving her a superficial stereotypical woman. It pissed me off so much, that I have not returned it.  I'm pretty sure they're on season 8 now right?

 50 years of the Doctor, he regenerates, but has not become a person of color, OR a woman? I am uncertain if I will return to the series, the way they did Donna, it just made me feel so helpless as a female watcher.

le Sigh,
Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel,
~Gabriella!~

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

10 Favorite Instagram Accounts

Hi Gang!
  When I'm not blogging, or on twitter, I spend the rest of the time on Instagram. I love it, I get to see and learn about new people, and I am so inspired by all the people I follow. I follow 1092 accounts but I'm going to put together a list of  my favorite accounts!

- @blobyblo: Tablo from Epik High. One of my favorite groups of all time, The Epik High crew, and  backstage photos of his thought processes, now granted, Instagram doesn't have a translate button, so I can't understand what he's saying, but that doesn't deter me from enjoying his photos!

- @bettyfelon: She writes for Comics Alliance, and runs Fashion Tips from Comic Strips, a fashion blog that denotes trends in Comic books, and dupes that can be found online. I've been following her since I found her on Tumblr in '11, She's one of my favorites, nice sense of humor, great style and a fan of Video Games, Batman and Comics, She's A-ok in my book.

- @saboteursuicide: A suicidegirl from Atlanta, and an amazing artist! I have such a huge girl crush on her, I adore all her art, and she recently started doing tarot cards, I hope she does an entire deck, I would totally buy them! She makes these kick ass painted Globes, and you can find them here.

- @captaindangerous: Dangerous Pixel's Photographer. Videogames, and ethereal woodland photography, she's awesome. I love the photos she does with Legend of Zelda Action figures and such. They are just so freaking adorable!

- @_picolo: An artist, whose drawings make me smile. Last year he did a 365 drawing, a new one everyday. His talent is impeccable. Definitely something for you to check out.

- @izzknit: Seamstress and knitwear designer. Her posting is sporadic, but every time she does pop up, I instantly read what she has to say. I adore her pieces, I wish I could knit like her.

- @fringesupplyco: A company that creates tools and accessories for knitters and crocheters. Their photos are so beautifully choreographed, I find myself looking at them for quite some time before I realize it.

- @andisatt: Andi runs the incredibly helpful knitting blog Untangling Knots, and her Instagram is an extension of that. Small helpful tips, when you are in a bind, full of knitting inspiration and it keeps you up to date when she releases new patterns.

- @steamedeggs: A cosplayer, whose costumes, I thoroughly enjoy. Her profile is full of  Work in Progress photos, plushie's she'd made, and differnt conventions she's been too. She's Definitelly on of my favorite to look through.

- @winklebeebee: There's at least new art every two days! Her art is so bright and vibrant, I adore them! I was actually in talks about getting a top secret commission done with her, that's how much I adore her stuff. I've just been so inspired by her art, it's made me wanna attempt some drawing as well, but we all know how piss poor that would be.

 Well there you have it! My top 10 favorite Instagram Accounts to "Stalk", I hope you guys find some people on here that you didn't know about and follow them, because they are all worth a link. While you're there, don't forget to follow me! Just a thought, Until Next time Gang.

Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel,
~Gabriella!~

Thursday, February 19, 2015

5 Internet Things I'm Grateful For.

Hi Gang!
  I'm back and today, I am going to write about things that the internet offers that most people take for granted that I am so grateful exist. This lists items such as memes and also people because my internet scouring usually includes bloggers, youtubers, photographers and gamers that interest me.

05. Google Translate. I browse the internet in Google Chrome, simply because I am a Blogger blogger and I love how easy it is for everything to be in one place. When I'm on my Ipad, I also attempt to browse in Google Chrome, even though it came with Safari. The Google Translate Function is automatic a good portion of the time, so much so that sometime's I don't even realize the blog is in another language until I attempt to bring it up/view it somewhere else. Without Google Translate, I wouldn't be able to enjoy kick ass blogs such as: LazyKat or We are Knitters!

04. Hulu/Netflix. I absolutely adore the fact that I can watch movies, Korean dramas, Super old television programs, cartoons and anime on Hulu/Netflix. I chose them both, because they have equally great qualities. Netflix, has great movies and full episodes of Tv Programs, like the Flash, Arrow, Pretty Little Liars (albeit a season behind.) Hulu, allows me to watch things that aren't easily found like Subtitled anime; Brother's Conflict, Assassination Classroom, Korean Dramas. Old television shows and cartoons like: Milton the Monster, Danger Mouse, and Ellery Queen.

03. Bloglovin. It allows me to keep all my blogs in one place. I come across and read so many blogs a day, that it is nearly impossible to keep up with, if I didn't have Bloglovin, my blog registry would just be a complete mess. Like the other day, I had come across Sewaholic and didn't bookmark it, then I tried to go back to it, and couldn't remember the name for the life of me. I was freaking out until I realized that it was on my Bloglovin, I was looking for that blog for a good two full days! Plus, Bloglovin, also helps my readers keep up with me, in one spot.

02. Twitter. Twitter is my morning newspaper, I get all the news I need from my amazing Twitter Feed, especially things that people don't wanna talk about on the regular news, like the NAACP building that got bombed a month or two ago. Or that some amazing person is covering up islamophobic signs with drawn designs of Ms. Marvel. I use twitter to be updated and keep everyone else updated as well. I'm on there almost every day. Especially, when I can't sleep. Follow me if you wanna: I'm @noiremenarie !

01. The free availability to information. There is a reason they call the internet the information highway! I love how easy it is to learn something new on the internet. When it was books, you had to at least be in the ballpark of what you wanted to obtain and then search for books related on the topic, Ugh, book research was so much more difficult than the ease we have now. I love that I can just hop on google for literally anything that I wanna know. That's why I browse with so many tabs open, because I literally found things that I want to learn more about on every page I visit.

P.S. Make sure to visit Nerdette at Large (My Youtube Channel) For a new Video Every FRIDAY!

Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel,
~Gabriella!~


Monday, February 16, 2015

Au Revoir, Valentine's Day Weekend.

Hi Gang!
 I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day whether you spent it with the love of your life, a group of friends, or even just yourself and random movies on Netflix. This Valentine's day was a mish-mash of sorts. Dinner out, Saw a ballet, and copious amounts of Scary movies from the local movie rental place. I originally picked up the scary movies on the 11th, so we could watch them for the 13th, but then I got pulled into an extra shift at work, and the scary movies had to wait until Saturday.
 Saturday, We went downtown with my mother to the Aronoff to see a matinee of Alice (in Wonderland) I enjoyed it, but it wasn't nearly as good as last year, and as a matinee it was almost a lazy reproduction of what we've come to expect at the Cincinnati Ballet. Getting over that, it was a fun experience shared with love ones. There were no dancers to meet, unlike with Wicked, and no merch to be scored. I was rather unimpressed. We skipped across the street to have lunch at Penn Station, and there I scored 1 1/2 Large Fries, my secret weakness.
 The weather was absolutely abysmal and it was so windy, that while waiting for the light to turn green, The truck was shaking something terrible! I was really worried that we were going to be swept away before we could make it to the parking. I don't understand why they want to make downtown the hub of the town, but don't want to provide numerous, safe and affordable places to park! My mother and I had to pay 20 bucks to park! People who parked in a garage only had to pay 7, but they were also waiting in the freezing cold to get their car, even after we had talked for a bit and finished lunch.
 Alex and I had dinner at the Outback, one of our favorite places. We must go there pretty often, the bartender recognized us, and didn't card for our drinks. I got the Filet and Lobster tail, with a side of Shrimp Scampi, Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes, and the Wallaby Darned. It's kind of their take on a Peach Bellini, the first time I'd had it was really good, very peachy. This time, it was kind of lack luster, but Alex tells me that it probably had more alcohol in it this time, for most people I'm sure that was nice, but the next time, I'll definitely ask for more peach.
 I received red velvet Pancake Batter, and Strawberry Sauce, A new Super soft cyan skein of yarn, and the most adorable card ever! It was a great Valentine's Day, even without the gifts! I wore a Strapless Peplum top from Charlotte Russe, and a Pair of Faded Glory Platano Pants and Chocolate Chuck Taylors.

Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel
Until Next Time,
~Gabriella!~

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ten Comics to add to my Pull List

Hi Gang!
  The last couple of days have been rife with comic book news! With Convergence and End of Days so near both DC and Marvel have been practically bursting with new additions, and since New 52 is ending, I will definitely need to find something new to read. A lot of the titles that they are introducing sound great, and since I was a bit behind, it will be good to get the continuing titles that I was missing. Thanks to my amazing twitter feed, I've come across a bunch of new comics that I didn't even know was in existence. If you are on twitter Make sure you follow #blackcomicsmonth and #28daysofBlackcosplay !

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- Watson and Holmes published by New Paradigm Studios and Written by Karl Boilers. This is a reimagining of Doyle's classic characters, as African-American, in a more urban setting solving unique crimes. The cool thing about this is Holmes doesn't have the run of the show, they equally share the limelight, and the art looks so cool, I'm kind of really excited to read it, Comixology has #1 for 1.99, I'm going to invest, and so should you!


- Black Canary by Brenden Fletcher + Annie Wu. First, this is automatically in my list just because Black Canary is my favorite Heroine, she's getting a "fresh" start in her own solo, and it's written by the awesome man who gave me the New Batgirl and Gotham Academy with Babs Tarr and Becky loonan respectively. I am so stocked for this, why is June so far away?

- Silk #1 by Robbi Thompson + Stacey Lee. This is the perfect opportunity for me, to start fresh with the VAST Spiderman Universe! The art by lee looks amazing, and I really loved the art in Steed and Mrs. Peel, Which I will be picking up later as Well. Silk launches on the 18th of February.

- Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour + Robbi Rodriguez,  Gwen has always been one of my favoirte characters and it will be fun to see her not dead, and saving the world on her own! Plus, I totally dig the art, it's kinda futuristic but still reminds me of the 60's, and it's super colorful, all the things that bring me to a comic in the first place! Sometime this Febraury, I'll be picking it up, I haven't really heard a finitive date.

- A-Force by G. Willow Wilson +  Marguerite Bennet.  Again, I'm in love with the art, and the fact that it's the first all female Avenger's team, GO MARVEL! It gathers Great Marvel women from all over the UNIVERSE! I saw Storm, She Hulk, Jubilee, Rouge, Wasp just to name a few! It launches in may, I guess I'll just have to keep reading X-men, until it comes out.

- Storm by Greg Pak + Victor Ibanez
. I can't believe I just heard about it, it's already on issue 5! It is a must have, I hear the writing is good and the art that I've seen looks good to me. Plus, I am a fan and a woman of Color, I feel like it is my civic duty to read Storm's first Solo run! To me that is so HUGE! It's already on shelves, Grab it from your local, or Comixology!

Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel,
Until Next Time,
~Gabriella!~

The Conversation Continues on Twitter! What #comics are you looking forward to?

Friday, February 6, 2015

The Handheld Mistress: The World Ends With You

 Hi Gang!
  So fresh off my Puzzle Fighter High, I decided to switch consoles, and try out the World Ends with you on my 3DS. If this game seems familiar, I actually bought it a year ago, but due to carelessness, I would up leaving it, and a group of games, I played frequently in an old apartment. After getting over the initial depression and disappointment, I decided that I needed to just suck it up and get new copies.
  I couldn't sleep the other night, so I booted it up. A collaboration between Jupiter and Square Enix, it definitely deserves a playthrough. The music is catchy, and it is one of the few games that I play with the sound on. The characters vaguely remind me of  Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy, which is actually one of the reasons I was so interested in picking it up in the first place.
  You start as Neku, a boy, with spiky hair and large headphones that wakes up in the middle of Shibuya with a timer etched into his hand, and a cellphone with the mission, Make it to 104 before time runs out or you will be erased. Neku, Shiki, Beat Rhyme and other players have been thrust into the Reaper's Game, to survive one week, completing different missions, before the time runs out and the Reaper's erase them.
  I made it to Day Four this morning, and am thoroughly enjoying the game, I don't think I have mastered it because there are still times, when my battle score is a D or lower, but I am moving through pretty quickly with a fairly low amount of restarts, and issues. I'm in love with the game play, and the ability to melee attack the Noise, instead of Final Fantasy's Tried and True Turned base Battle System.
  Aint Nobody got time for that. It is one of the reasons, I am starting to like this game so much more than Final Fantasy. I'm sure, that maybe now that I am older, and have a bit more patience I might attempt, and maybe even enjoy a Final Fantasy Game from beginning to end, but when it was super Popular, I just didn't have the will power to sit still for that long.
  Noise the monsters that show up in Shibuya UG, have the ability to give pins ( new skills for attacks) or Possess someone, they come in all different shapes, sizes and strengths, and I honestly can't wait to conquer them all. (See what I did there?) All in all, I highly recommend it to anyone with the ability to swipe across there touch screen with a stylus. Since I only have 4 Days of the Week left, I look forward to writing up a finished Post about it soon!

See Ya next Time,
Same Bat Time Same Bat Channel,
~Gabriella!~

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Handheld Mistress: First Finished Game of the year!

Hi Gang!
 I've been playing video games again! The other night, I purchased Puzzle Fighter Turbo II  HD Remix on PSN! If you have a PSN, my gamertag is Shadoette, we should totally play some time. I've been itching to play someone other than Alex and the computer! I've only had the game for two days, and I completed the whole thing! Now it's not like it is the most involved video game, it is a simple puzzler with like 9 levels per difficulty, but I completed each difficulty including EXPERT, with three different characters, I feel like that should be bragged about. Now onto my other games, that haven't even been touched. I'm coming for ya, and posts will be coming up soon!! In the mean time, Enjoy Puzzle Fighter, it really just makes me smile. I am hoping to do a lot more of these posts for the year!! I am hoping that I can start cleaning out my gamer cache and start getting new games.

As Always, the conversation continues on twitter, What games fill up your backlogs?

Until Next Time,
~Gabriella!~

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Cosplaying Goals for 2015

Hi Gang!
 I am taking a cue from Mia and creating a list of costumes I would like to create this year. I haven't cosplayed for a while, and I am literally itching to get back to it. With all the help I can forsee coming from scoping out  CosplayCents + The Geeky Seamstress archive's I'll be up to snuff to create some awesome stuff, even some of the super complex stuff on my Cosplay Bucket list. Below is the list that I am hoping to actually complete. There's 12 of them, but since it's already the middle of January, I'll have to put some of them on the back burner, or save them for future conventions!!!

- Sailor Uranus: One of my favorite sailor scouts ever! With all the hubub about Sailor Moon Crystal, I thought it would be the perfect time to bring back one of the favorites! Plus, it's a double wammy, I can use Haruka's wig in the King Costume a little further down.

- M: If you aren't aware; Monet St. Croix is a telepathic mutant. One of the few Muslim comic characters. I'm really digging her bodysuit, and the experience I gain from this will help with Lien Neville and Linna Yamazaki costumes later.

- Shermie: a favorite King of Fighters Character, one of the originals. Her Costume, is one of the simpler ones, a blazer, mini skirt and Leotard with a boob window, and then the wig is just a pony tail so easy to style.

- Lien Neville: Another King of Fighter's character, There's just something about a blonde wig, that I am just a huge fan of. She's definitely on the sexier side of my character choices. This should be easy to create her body suit with the experience of M's Costume, and then I just add a zipper. This will definitely be one of my favorite suits when I'm done.

- Hinaka: Also a King of Fighters character, she is perhaps the only one I have never come across in the game before. I chose her, because I like her costume, and it seemed pretty simple to put together. I am just jumping back into the swing of things, so I definitely don't want anything that is extremely scary, or involved.

- Mignon Beart: Have you figured out just how much I like King Of Fighters? It is one of my favorite arcade fighters, I used to tour the tournament circuit when I was younger and going to conventions all the time. Gotta get back into that as well. The costume isn't that difficult just multiple pieces on top of each other, I am looking forward to having a pink wig, pink is one of my favorite colors. She's a very upbeat character.


- "Grunge" Marceline: I have always been a fan of Marceline from Adventure Time. I knew that if I was going to start cosplaying again that Marceline would be one of the first costumes I would finish. This particular costume; Mini dress, Blazer, fishnets and tights, is definitely a great beginner costume.

- "Bunny" Bulma: Dragonball was one of my first animes, Young Bulma being one of my favorite characters. This costume is sexy without being racy. Honestly I am just looking forward to being in a bunny suit at a con and all that male attention. Joking Joking!

- King: King IS my favorite King of Fighters Character. She is always on my 3 piece team, and she is one of my "bucket List" Cosplay characters. A super easy costume, and I can use the same wig as with Haruka's Costume.

- Momoka: The Final King of Fighters Character, I am sure you guys are excited about that. Her costume is so adorable! This will be a super easy costume, and definitely one that I can pull off in the summer, without being too revealing. I also adore her fighting style very similar to Christie's in Tekken.

- Linna Yamazaki: Newbie to the Tokyo Bubblegum Crisis gang, and I am in love with her skinsuit. Maybe if I was a little more experienced I might attempt her outside mecha suit, but that is just way too scary to contemplate at the moment. Plus her hair is so similar to mine, that I can save money by not needing a wig.

- The Rocketeer: I am absolutely in love with the feel of her costume. It's totally 50's super pinup and I will wear whatever comes with garters. They've always been one of my favorite pieces of lingerie. I've already been looking into how I will make the mask, If it becomes too difficult, then I might commission it. Anyone know any awesome mask makers?

Until Next Time,
~Gabriella!~

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Walk through the roses

Hi Gang!
 Personal style is back on the Menagerie, and I am hoping this time that it will be staying put.  Now, that I have a fancy camera, AND a doting boyfriend, issues of Outfit Photography should be a thing of the past! Once a month, my Mother's side of the family gets together and has breakfast/brunch and everyone comes together and talks about whatever has been missed. Generally, it lasts about two to three hours, and is filled with loud voices and cheerful laughter.
 Since it's a once a month thing, I take it upon myself to actually attempt have a sense of style and get dressed to confirm it. Between going to work, and staying at home with my gaming and my knitting, my everyday wardrobe consists of a tank and sweatpants, but I want to change that this year, so hence, I will be sucking it up and doing more style posts! We went to eat at Japanese Buffet, and it was DELICOUS! One of my favorite dishes is their crab casserole, to die for! It is one of my favorite restaurants in town, and I must admit that I stuffed myself.  I have more outfit details on my chictopia, which I plan on bringing back to life, along with outfit posts on the blog! I wore: Converse in Chocolate. "Knee-High" Socks. White Flowy Top. All Bought at Burlington. The Strapless Dress is From Rue 21.

As Always, the convo continues on twitter. Do you guys have any family traditions; other than Holidays?


Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel,
~Gabriella!~

Monday, January 26, 2015

What I've been reading lately...

Hi Gang!
 I finally found the Public Library in my little city. I am still getting used to the new place and my surroundings. I was so surprised by how large it was, especially since it was just a branch. It has three stories! I wasn't able to get a full and complete look at the entire library, but I was able to check out their graphic novel area. Yes, area not section. They had an entire room filled with floor to ceiling bookshelves filled to the brim with comic books, graphic novels and copious copious amounts of manga. A huge window that took up half a wall, letting in an amazing natural light by which to read all the amazingness! It was AWESOME! If there was more parking, I could definitely see myself being there more often. 
 I wished I had actually planned to go to the library, instead of passing it by accidentally, I would have brought a basket, or a bag. I would have been able to bring more books home. Unfortunately, eleven was all I could carry back to the car safely. So I picked up Bunny Drop 1-7, which is a manga about an illegitimate daughter of a grandfather, whose children and grandchildren are all adults, and when the grandfather passes away, and the daughter Rin doesn't have a caretaker. Unfortunately, the family is a total pack of bums, and don't want to take her in, so basically her Nephew, adopts her, and it follows their misadventures.
 I have finished My friend Dahmer, which was creepy, and sad. I am all about studying and learning about serial killers, but his childhood, was so dreadful, I almost..Almost felt sorry for him. I wasn't a big fan of the art, but it was clean enough for me to be able to finish and understand the story. I wanted to read You have killed me, but someone decided that they liked the art so much, that they removed some of the pages, making it impossible to read, which annoys me, because I really liked the art, it was one of the reasons why I picked it up in the first place. 
 I also picked up The Complete Maus, because I had heard really amazing things about it! I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but I have a feeling I am really going to enjoy it. I was also able to pick up the first graphic novel of Gail Simone's Batgirl. Issues 1-6 Which is great, because I only have one through 3, so it will be easy for me to catch up from here. 
  
Until Next Time,
~Gabriella!~

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Comics Review #1 : Gotham Academy and More!

Hi Gang!
 First Comic post of the new year! At the beginning of December, I picked up some much needed comics but because ya know, Life, I just now got around to writing about them. I picked up Gotham Academy #1-3, Capture Creatures #1, She-Hulk #1-8 and Secret Six #1. I was so disappointed with Secret Six, I didn't even bother to write about it. I picked it up, because Simone has my allegiance but the art is catastrophically terrible. I really hope the art gets better, otherwise, I'll have to drop it from my pull pile.

Capture Creatures by Gibson & Dreistadt is first up. I was drawn to it by the cover art. I have always been a huge fan of cute art. The inside art is so clean, and the characters have some ethnicity to them. Always a big plus for me. I actually just realized that my Huge Marvel Poster, doesn't have a single person of color in the front the first one I found was like three rows back. If I didn't find them I would have gotten rid of the poster. I'm composing a letter about How angry I am that Storm is literally in the back of the poster but that is a post for another time. This comic is funny, the art is adorable and I am super excited about what they have in store for the future. I am a huge Pokemon fan, and I honestly didn't see a lot of similarities, despite what the Internet may be saying.

Gotham Academy By Cloonan, Fletcher, Kerschl, Geyser, and McCaig. I have read 1-3. I was drawn to it by the art and the many times it appeared on  Betty Felon, if you don't know who she is, educate yourself. I did enjoy the diversity that DC showed. I had to close it and open again, just to make sure it was DC! I also liked the story, but I haven't quite pieced together the importance of Cobblepot yet, I hope they aren't adding it just because it is in the Gotham Television show. it would be the easiest way to piss me off.

She-Hulk by Soule, Pulido, and Vicente. I have only read issue one. As a comic fan, I have heard about She Hulk, but I didn't know anything about her except that she was a lawyer. My interest was piqued when that awful Screen Writer described her as a green Porn Star, So I went to my local shop, and picked up issues 1-8, Unfortunately, by the time I got to Shulkie, I had a headache the size of Texas, after reading comics all day and had to put her to the side. I have certain art styles that I am drawn too and even though my father isn't a fan of her 60's feel I am. I can't wait to delve into her story, I have a feeling that she is going to be a new favorite.

Until Next Time,
~Gabriella!~

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Handheld Mistress: Ps3 Catchup

Hi Gang!
 Here I am again, I'm finally getting used to a consistent schedule, I sure did miss it! Speaking of missing things, this post is all about the missed Playstation Three games of 2014, I'm blogging on exactly 3 hours of sleep, so let just jump right in!

- Uncharted 2 Among Thieves: I picked this up because of my sister. She has this one and three, and she thoroughly enjoyed them and I am all for a adventure puzzle game, that is literally the definition of up my alley! I started it and continued to play until I hit a tough spot, I didn't get very far, I think maybe a half hour of game play, but that was also when I had to share the television and the playstation with Alex's Father, now that it is all mine. I plan on making good on my new year gaming resolution.

- Fairytale Fights: I am in love with this game! It was super cheap when I found it, but if I had known about it when it first came out I would have definitely paid full price. Not only is the art super deformed and cute, but it has the gore factor of Splatterhouse. You literally get to skate around in your enemy's blood, what is not to like?

- L.A. Noire: Is actually a game that I've had since I first bought my Ps3, but never got around to playing it, a friend starting playing it at my house and I lost interest, since the friend is gone now, I will probably starting this one soon as well.

- Deus Ex Human Revolution: I know nothing about this game except that when it first came out it was very popular. I remember a lot of online chatter and Chubisaur raving about it on her tumblr, but that was a few years ago, almost 4 now!!! I am always up for something new, and I am excited to sink my teeth into something completely new.

- Borderlands: Everyone , everywhere on the internet was talking about this game. I even came across an ad for it in a dentists office! After hearing so many good things I decided to purchase it because I wanted to try something different, I started playing it and ran out of ammo, and the camera angles gave me such a headache that I never touched it again, but I'm sure I'll be picking it up again soon, since I've gotten used to Bioshock 2.

- Assassin's Creed: Another really old, popular game that I finally decided to give a chance. I was actually really intrigued with it's game play, but I haven't really gotten the chance (I.e. Been lazy) to delve deeper, but with a couple of off days coming up, I will be attempting it soon.


Until Next Time,
~Gabriella!~

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