So, you may or may not be aware that I am a girl. Of the female persuasion, if you will. Actually, that makes me sound like a lesbian, but I’m just trying to convey to you that I am a chick. Anyway, I can’t speak for all the other geeky lady folk out there, but from time to time, I do like to embrace my inner Barbie. I just like pink, is all. And glitter.
Only sometimes, mind you. Mostly, I like Batman and converse and cats.
With this in mind, here are some pink bits and bobs that I’ve seen around; don’t worry gentlemen, I’m sure you can pull off pink just as well as any lady. Smash the gender roles.
£4 in H&M! Such a bargain, and they still have them in the store in Belfast. They don’t appear to be on the website any more, but if you click the picture, there is an even cuter Iphone cover for under a fiver…it’s panda shaped! If, however, you are a crazy cat lady like myself, you can get something very similar on Amazon. I can personally recommend this one, because I went and ordered myself one when I needed cheering up recently. It has a little tail on the back, too! Bless.
Cute, yesyes? Spotted in H&M in Belfast (the Royal Avenue one, I think). I can’t remember the exact price, because it was a while ago and I was skint and didn’t want to look too closely, lest I get depressed.
Also, I’m not actually a fashion blogger, go look and find the price yourself. Leave me alone.
More Primark love now, in the form of Hello Kitty. The little slippers were £4, but when I went back after payday to buy a pair, they were nowhere to be found! Typical. The onesie is around £14, complete with Hello Kitty ears and bow.
I know I said earlier that this was a boy friendly blog…and I truly meant it. I would greatly like to see a picture of a man in that purple onesie. Not for any weird sexy reasons, just for a giggle. Honest.
Finally, another pink pick from Primark (Lisburn). I’m not entirely sure about this, because it doesn’t really make any sense, grammatically. I do so love a garment that lets everyone know that you’re smarter than them, though. It saves telling everyone you pass in the street, which is time consuming.
I think that’ll do nicely for girly moment, I am all pinked out. I might scrounge up the energy to do a ‘Feelin’ Blue’ for the male types out there…but only if you comment nice things.
My ego needs the boost.
I am showering you with blogs today! April showers. See what I did there? It’s April now.
Lisburn has been really disappointing recently as far as magical geeky shopping is concerned – I suppose it doesn’t help that all the shops are closing. I’ve seen a few wee bits and bobs I would rather like, though. I thought you might like them too, although I’m not convinced all of them are geeky enough to warrant blog coverage. Still, they’re nice, you might like them. Bear with me.
The pictures are giant, to make my blog look nice and colourful. And to make you think this is longer than it looks, because I am crafty that way. First up, this framed poster. It’s both adorable and geeky, because it references Twitter. Geeks like Twitter, almost as most as C-list celebrities and comedians do. I only meant to take a picture of the one poster, but I seem to have caught a second, equally adorable one in the bottom right. It’s mean and sarcastic.
I like it.
These works of art were in TK Maxx (Lisburn). They’re probably not there anymore, but there’s usually a great variety of every-changing oddities in that place, so it’s always worth a look.
And we come, inevitably, to Primark. This time last year you couldn’t move in Primark without walking into something with a Bat-symbol on it. However, the times have changed, and Batman isn’t ‘trendy’ anymore. It’s okay, Bruce. I still love you. While ‘geek-chic’ is finally over (don’t get me wrong, it was handy, but there’s nothing I hate more than a chav or a skank with a Superman t-shirt), there are still a few precious gems to be found. The picture above (another Twitter reference, obviously) is from a pair of girly pants. Adorable.
Boys, zone out for a moment. Thank you. Ladies, have you noticed that Primark have changed their pant sizings? You can now either get them in ‘too small’ or ‘too big’. I do not like this, not one little bit.
Sorry. Back on track now.
I am aware this is not remotely ‘geeky’ (unless you are passionate and enthusiastic about ice-cream…which come to think of it, everyone should be), but so cute! And it smells like summer and sugar and everything nice. I’m just so glad that winter finally appears to be ending, that I am suddenly attracted to everything yellow and shiny.
Like a magpie, but with candles.
Okay okay, so again, maybe not super-geeky, but who doesn’t love a nice pug? Look at that face. I am mad about cushions, but my boyfriend doesn’t see the point of them.
Maybe he’ll read this and realise that I’m rather upset we don’t have more snuggley lovely cushions on our sad, cold sofas? Maybe? Hello?
And finally (still in Primark, by the way), there is this thing. It’s a shower glove? Face cloth pocket? I don’t really see the point of these things at all, but mostly they’re for children, so I don’t really think about it. I think this one goes under the name ‘wash mitt’. Good to know. Anyway, it’s only £1 and has Spiderman on it, so it must be worth owning.
So, that’s your lot. Mini-findings. I intend to have a good hunt around Belfast at some point this week, as places get their Spring/Summer stock in around now, so there could be a Batman themed stationary set that I’ve never seen before. How exciting!
That was only a little bit of sarcasm. I really like stationary.
I have a huge amount of home town pride, so I was particularly happy to wander around Lisburn today (with very little currency to my name), and discover that there are literally truckloads of geeky bargains to be had.
I am completely broke and bought nothing, but hey, plenty of ideas for my birthday.
November 14th. Just saying.
Without further ado, I give you, Lisburn, City For Geeks.
First up – The Works (it used to be Bargain Books…it’s nicer now).
The DC Comics Year By Year Chronicle! (They have Marvel and Star Wars, too).
Batman: The World Of The Dark Knight. I don’t have this, yet. I stress, ‘yet’, because it looks amazing. Everything with Batman on the front cover looks amazing.
Not particularly geeky, but with Halloween just around the corner, I thought these could be a nice starting point for an easy costume. Don’t say I never try to help you.
Santa used to bring me an annual every year when I was little, do you think if I ask real nice, he’ll bring me this one this year?
Moving on from the works, next up is TK Maxx, the happiest shop on earth. Okay, so you have to dig for anything you want, but good lord, it is satisfying walking out of there with a bargain. The store in Boucher Crescent is by far the best, but Lisburn is a close second, in my experience.
I have gotten so many amazing collectibles in these stores, for at least half the price of Forbidden Planet or online. It is one of my real joys in life.
Click on that picture…you’ll thank me, promise. Under £4 as well, score.
Ok, again, not 100% geeky, but how awesome!? Halloween spaghetti! I’m going to have to go back and buy this, I can’t stop thinking about it.
I am a nightmare for buying mugs I don’t need, and TK Maxx is far too much temptation in this department. This Thunderbird mug would make a great Christmas present for most Dads, and it’s only £3, which is great, if you don’t love your parents as much as you love your money.
So, begrudgingly leaving TK Maxx and dragging myself out into the cold, to the wonderful calm and quiet of Waterstones. Not budget friendly, I know, but look how cute this book is! Their array of graphic novels and other oddities is quite good, too, and the staff are lovely.
That last point matters a lot to me – I have worked in retail a long time, I know that most people are idiots, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to attempt to smile at them.
Next up, back into the mall for the mecca of all budget shoppers in Lisburn – Primark. I know, I know, everyone ends up with the same cheap things, but you know what? Shut up, I love Primark. Licensed Superman/Batman gear for a tenner? Of course I’m going to defend that.
Unfortunately, the men’s department is much, much cooler than the majority of the women’s ranges, so I usually shop there. Does this make me a cross-dresser? I do not care.
Urm, I do draw the line at men’s pants, though. I don’t wear those.
I feel like I’m dragging this out a bit, but I’m just so happy with how many things I found in my own tiny little city. Plus, I didn’t buy anything, so really, I’m showing you things you want, and telling you where they are. I’m like, a charity worker.
Anyway, Primark is definitely worth a look in at the moment, even just for the entertaining onesies. They have the Hulk, and skeletons. Cheap Halloween options, and if you get so drunk you can’t move, fine, because you’re all ready for bed!
And finally, to the actual women clothes. I’ll try not to rant too much, but I was not happy. I found a really cool Batman tshirt (which wasn’t made of that cheap plastic print stuff, and wasn’t more than £10), and they only had size 6. Unamused. Considered squeezing into it – but if I wanted to look like the Hulk, I would’ve just bought the onesie.
They had geeky comfy wear, too, in the form of some nice Supergirl lounge pants. I liked them, but I resent and sulk over the fact that Supergirl is all pink and diamonte, and favoured by the gum-chewing mouth-breathers of Lisburn. Oh, damn.
Anyway, I feel like I’ve gone on for far too long – but go forth, and shop, and be merry.
If you ever, ever see anything in Lisburn that you are thrilled and surprised to see, take a picture and share it! I am always looking to add to my house full of stuff and nonsense, and I am rarely in the mood to look very hard.
I think I might go back into town in the morning, though…I’m still after that stripey pasta.