Monthly Obsessions #1 – January

Welcome FabNerds! Today marks the beginning of a exciting new segment here at Nerdy and Fabulous Headquarters – Monthly Obsessions. This is where I get to share the FIVE THINGS I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT DAY AND NIGHT FOR THE LAST MONTH. If you can’t tell, I’m really stoked to share these things. So, as a clichéd cheerleader would say: “Ready? OK!”

1. Baby Lips

So I don’t know why this commercial totally captivated me this month, but it did. I think it’s a combination of my love of lip products and the fact that this new chap stick from Maybelline looks like grown up Bonne Bell Lip Smackers*…Anyway, I am in love. I only have the peppermint flavor right now (the green one) because everything else was sold out, but it is amazing. It’s smooth and refreshing. I also have this delusion that when I put it one it makes my breath fresh. It doesn’t, but it does make me feel better.

2. Argo: The Ben Affleck Story

OK, so I touched on this briefly in my last post, but I’m like totally obsessed and proud of this good ol’ Boston boy. Let’s do a quick recap of his life, shall we: Brother to Casey. Best Friends with Matt Damon. Starts the acting thing. Writes Good Will Hunting with him (so we are told, though I still don’t believe he did much). Wins an Oscar. Does some blockbusters. Everyone is comparing him to Matt, who is making some pretty deep films (relatively speaking).

And then it just goes down hill. Bennifer happens. He makes Daredevil and a slew of other crap movies.  He is the basically the screw up. Then he marries Sydney Bristo- I mean Jennifer Gardner and has a couple kids and starts directing. Though Gone Baby Gone and The Town were both fairly well-received they were also fairly predictable Boston movies, which for some reason are really in vogue right now. But then there’s Argo and it’s like zing! He’s actually really talented. It’s a wonderful underdog story – minus the Oscar snub. But he’s winning everything else so he should be proud. Way to go Ben.

3.  The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Aka. The thing that defines and consumes my life. No, really. For those who don’t know, LBD (as we of the fandom call it) is an interactive web adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Here Lizzie is an American grad student who keeps a video blog where she talks about her friends, her sisters, her marriage-obsessed mother, and -of course- the mysterious douche bag known as Darcy (Lizzie’s words, not mine). What’s kind of awesome about it is that the story spans through all sorts of online media. The character’s have facebooks and tumblrs and, most importantly twitter. Well, most important for me anyway. Literally when a character tweets my world stops and I have to stare at it for hours and hours until another character tweets and so on and so forth.

It’s a fabulous retelling of an already fabulous story. I can’t really say anymore because then I’ll never get anything done. If you haven’t started watching yet, here’s the first episode. If you are already a fan, tweet me @TheFabJessGoing and we can talk about what’s happening with Lydia.

4. This is My Jam

I learned about this sweet website from a fictional LBD character’s twitter and I realize I should be more ashamed of that, but I can’t be because it’s too cool. This is my Jam let’s you pick the one song you are currently obsessed with (totally up my alley already) and share it with your friends. You can only pick one song a week so it’s kind of a big deal, but it all gets added to your ultimate playlist. Really cool. You should all join and follow me. This is not just a ploy for followers, but it really is.

5. Pitch Perfect

I just saw this movie a few nights ago and it is Aca-perfect. This funny, sweet campy movie about collegiate Acapella is everything that I secretly loved in high school. Just watch this clip and you’ll see that it is amazing.

So that was our first Monthly Obsession. What’d we think? Now I’m late for class** so I gotta end it here.

See you Friday,



*I tried to find a Lip Smackers commercial to compare to the Baby Lips one, but all I found were these weird tributes to the 80s classic. If you have a lot of free time on your hands you should check it out.

**Don’t worry Mom, I’m not really late.


Pulling a Ben Affleck

The Comeback Kid

Hello FabNerds!

(yes, I know I haven’t blogged in months – but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a new pet name from my readers, right?)

I know it’s been a while, I know that WordPress thought I forgot about it- but that could not be farther from reality. In truth, FabNerds I have thought about you everyday for these long, long months. You know it’s true because I sound extra melodramatic. I think when I wrote my last post I was just really confused at what I wanted this blog to become. It started out as sort of a history of feminism, but then I wanted it to become something more personal. And then I felt like it was a bit sloppy. I wanted to keep writing and working through those issues, but I was having a massive block.

However, it is now the year 2013 and things a looking brighter. My Grandmother likes to remind me that 13 is a lucky number and I’m definitely feeling it. One of my own New Years Resolutions is to write more (I’m sure you’ll hear about the others in due time) and this is Exactly the place for it.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, FabNerds and NerdFabs, may I present to you….

Nerdy and Fabulous 2.0!

Ok. You get it. New Year. New Blog. Well, it’s not new, it’s still this blog, but it’s like metaphysically new? Like Born-Again new? Like Ben Affleck “starring ” in Daredevil and the directing Argo and being kick-ass new. This is N&F’s comeback.

So here’s how it’s going to work: I’m instituting some much need regularity and consistency. The reason this blog was named what it was, is because I’ve never felt like I’ve fit a mold. I’ve always felt that, yeah, I know a lot about medieval drama and literature – but I’m also this, like, pop culture sponge who understands what it means if someone says a band was Hootified (Like Hootie and the Blow Fish). And I’m really concerned about the environment, but I’m also really concerned about whether or not my new haircut looks good with all of my hats. Are you getting it, yet?

So here is our new mission statement of sorts: Nerdy and Fabulous is a blog for women who don’t fit in to one category, who love to learn new things, stay positive, and strive to live up to ALL of their potential. 

I’m going to try and post about all the different things that matter to me from skin care to Shakespeare to shopping to the SAG awards*. And that’s not all. TheFabJessGoing (that’s also my twitter handle!) is actually going to have regular posting days! Right now I think it’s going to be Wednesdays and Fridays by 2pm. Well, that time might change, but let’s see what happens. And, of course, I might still post on bonus days like this one.

I’m also going to be posting my Monthly Obsessions on the 30th (or 28th if you’re February) of each month. Think like Oprah’s Favorite Things but a little broader of a category and I’m not sending anyone to Fiji. And I’m going to do more with our Facebook Page and my personal twitter (@TheFabJessGoing) so please like and follow for more of that. Sound .like a good start? I think so too

All right. The Comeback has begun! I’ll see** you Wednesday.

Totally Stoked,



*Actually, the SAG awards are like the one award show I don’t care about, but I wanted to alliterate.

**Well, not really.