Monday, March 2, 2015

The Nerdy Girlie Team's Music Monday #1: The Nerdy Girlie Birthday Playlist

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When asked by The Nerdy Girlie team what I wanted for my birthday, I realized that it landed on a Monday...Music Monday! Since we ALL love music so much, I thought make me a birthday playlist! I am so excited to listen to this all day and dance around the house, pretending I am front row at a show with my favorites! Thank you my nerd family for the gift of music! xx

By: The Nerdy Girlie Team

Happy Birthday to our Nerdy Girlie!  The Nerdy Girlie Team decided to give her the gift of music and I thought I would create a playlist of “oldies but goodies” – we talk music ALL the time, but it’s mostly new music and maybe I need to share some of the older stuff that made me into the music lover I am today.  Consider this part of your music education. - Tillie Elvrum aka The Music Maven

Side A

1. Revolution by The Beatles: One of my first vinyl memories is playing this song over and over when I was a kid.  It spoke to me politically and the dirty guitars made the hair on my arms stand up every time I heard it.  

2.  Lost In Love by Air Supply: Okay, no comments from the peanut gallery…I am not ashamed of my love for this band!  Air Supply was my first serious case of “band love.”  I knew every member of the band’s name and researched everything I could about them – this was WAY before the internet so that wasn’t an easy endeavor.  Air Supply was one of my first concert experiences and I was lucky enough to see them several years ago and they’re still making great music…and making middle aged ladies swoon. 

3.  P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) by Michael Jackson:  I LOVED Michael Jackson all through my middle school years.  I loved him so much that I cried when I found out he’d been injured during the infamous Pepsi commercial.  This is one of my favorite MJ tracks and I think it’s appropriate for our Nerdy Girlie – the prettiest gal I know!

4. The Sun Always Shines On TV by A-Ha:  Where do I even begin with this band – another case of band love. A-Ha was everything good about pop and new wave music in the 80’s.  They could appeal to the masses, but if you really listen to their music they were so much more than pop – Morten’s incredible vocals, deep lyrics, and the string arrangements and synth work were so good.  Now I feel the need to break out all their vinyl and have an A-Ha listening party.

5. God Save The Queen by Sex Pistols:  Still as good today and it was when I first heard it.  I remember buying my first Sex Pistols cassette at Independent Records when I was 12 years old.  

Side B

6. Train In Vain by The Clash:  If you haven’t spent any time with The Clash stop what you’re doing and start listening.  Your life will be changed!  

7. Answers To Nothing by Midge Ure:  Legend – that’s the only way I can describe Midge Ure.  He’s been a part of so many influential bands Ultravox, Visage, Thin Lizzy, but I’m a huge fan of his solo work.  I listened to his Answers To Nothing LP over and over again in high school.  

8. Sanctify Yourself by Simple Minds:  This. Band. This. Song. It’s just all the FEEEEEELS!!!!!!!!!!!!  “Love is all you need…OPEN UP YOUR HEART!!!!!!”

9. A Little Respect by Erasure:  This song demands to be sung at the top of your lungs. Often. Do it.

10. Red Hill Mining Town:  Most playlists I make will have a U2 song on them – I just can’t help myself.  I listened to the Joshua Tree album every night as I drifted off to sleep for a year straight and I would often wake up while this song was playing – it’s so good even my subconscious wanted me awake to appreciate it fully.

So, there you have it – a new “oldies” playlist to celebrate The Nerdy Girlie’s birthday!  Grateful for all the music memories we have together and looking forward to more music adventures to come!

Happy Birthday Sissy! This playlist is something I’ve given a lot of thought too and is filled with many a song that makes me happy and that I hope will make you happy to. 

Side A

1. Simple Song by The Shins: This song gives me such a nostalgia rush when I listen to it especially when the chorus kicks in and it’s one of my favorites.

2. Lisa Baby by Walk The Moon: One of my favorite Walk The Moon tracks from their debut and it’s a song that I listen to constantly.

3. Tallulah by Company of Thieves: Company of Thieves is one of my biggest influences when it comes to writing music and this song is just one of those songs you can’t help but dance too.

4.  Don’t Dream It's Over by Crowded House: I’ve always considered this one of the best songs of all time and it’s just a good song to listen to when you’re driving or doing something pretty chill like reading.

5.  In/Out by Dan Croll: Now no playlist of mine would be complete without Dan Croll and this song is just so infectious and upbeat and it just belongs on this birthday playlist. 

Side B

1.  Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine: Florence + The machine are another one of my musical influences and this song is one of those songs that I put on a pedestal because it’s just got such a beautiful sound to it.

2.  Naive by The Kooks: This is one of my favorite songs to sing along to and the music video for this song really captures its essence. Also that guitar riff is so awesome!

3.  Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood: These guys are yet another one of my musical influences  and I highly recommend this album cause its really chill and all-around cool.  Also fun fact  The 1975 have opened for these guys and I think vice versa.

4.  Break by Night Riots: This song really reminds me of The Killers,  but at the same time still screams this is a Night Riots song! Also it’s even better live!

5.  She Way Out by The 1975: I’ve only just started getting really into this song its yet another infectious pop song by The 1975 and is one of the more danceable tracks on this list.

Also honorable mentions go to Laura Palmer by Bastille, It's Time by Imagine Dragons and Harbour Lights by A Silent Film.

Happy Birthday! To my rock and roll Big Sister! You make me so happy and I can’t wait to spend more time with you in the future! I hope your birthday is filled with musical wonder and excitement :D Love J.D. aka The Gamer Geek    

Nerd on the Run Els - Here is my playlist FOR the BIRTHDAY girl!!!

Side A

1. Tomorrow by A Silent Film ~ I just HAD to put this song on the playlist for our girl! If you read the blog, you KNOW the love for ASF!  Both The Music Maven and The Nerdy Girlie got me into this amazing band.  I am so glad they did. I love all their music and this song just dropped this week!  A new EP is coming out in April, so RUN to iTunes to pre-order!! 

2.  Where Do Broken Hearts Go by One Direction ~ Megan and I share a LOVE for this boy band.  We have even had a 1D dance party..while we were both in different states! 

3.  Pompeii by Bastille ~ THIS BAND.  I can’t even.  There are just no words.  This was a no-brainer to put on the birthday girl’s playlist!

4.  The Lightning Strike by Snow Patrol ~ I loooove Snow Patrol.  They are my FAVORITE band.  And this song is perfection.  The building of the music, the lyrics… just everything! I think you would like this, Meg!

5.  I See The Light by Zachary Levi & Mandy Moore ~ This is one my all time favorite songs, and Meg and I share our love of Zac! This song always gives me the warm fuzzies.

Side B

1.  Blackbird Song by Lee DeWyze ~ Simply one of my all time favorites.  I have always loved Lee’s music, and when this song premiered on The Walking Dead -  I FREAKED out.  This song was a surprise to his fans, so when I shazamed this song during the episode... I had a fangirl moment.  I have never bought a song so fast in my life. 

2.  Paper Lion by Barcelona ~ Yet again, another amazing band that The Nerdy Girlie introduced me to! I LOVE to dance to this song in the car.

3.  Impossible by Anberlin ~ I grew up with this band.  Love just isn’t a strong enough word.  A couple other favorites from Anberlin are “Inevitable” and “Dance Dance Christa Paffgen.”  Check them out!

4.  Love is Easy by McFly ~ British boy band.  I think that’s all Megan needs to hear ;) I ADORE this song.  It’s so happy and cute.  And this song holds a very special meaning to me! I just smile EVERY time I hear it.

5. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by She & Him ~ Even though this song is a remake, I just adore the way Zooey sings it.  I know Megan loves their Christmas album… and to me this song make the duo even better!

Megan, you are a treasure.  I am incredibly blessed by your friendship.  I love you beyond words.  I hope you have the BEST birthday.  You deserve every happy thing that life throws your way. <3

Wow my team really knows my music tastes! I LOVE IT ALL and I'll be listening all day! Any suggestions to the list add them in the comments below! Thank you Music Maven, Gamer Geek and Nerd on the Run. I love you guys and all my nerds!! I feel so special today and always to know you all! xx

Friday, February 27, 2015

5 Fandom Friday: Characters I Would Name My Kids After

I am no where near ready to have children at the moment, but that doesn't mean that I don't have a running list of names I would use in the event!

1.  Lincoln {Prison Break}.  This is my TOP name.  My number one.  If I ever have a boy you can bet this will be his name.  I love how unique is, you don't hear it very often and it is strong which I hope my future children will be.

2.  Noelle. I'm not sure if this came from a show, but it is the one girl name that has always stuck with me. It feels so elegant.

3.  Richmond {The IT Crowd}.  I LOVED this character in the show, he made every episode he was in.  This is another strong name.

I'm dead set on Lincoln so I don't really have five names! Have you named any of your children/pets after your favorite character?! My kitty's name is Symba after the Lion King {just spelled different}  I cannot wait to hear yours!  Leave your links and thoughts in the comments below.  PLUS don't forget to tweet me for a RT!


February 27th: Character's I Would Name My Kids After

March 6th: Favorite Snacks/Drinks To Consume While Blogging
March 13th: My Fictional BFF's
March 20th: My Comfort Films

March 27th: One Fandom Item Styled Five Different Ways

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Everyday Cosplay: Dream Birthday Outfit

Continuing on the birthday trend...please forgive's only once a year!!

Who doesn't like to feel special on their birthday?!  Once every year, each of us get our own special day and that of course calls for an ensemble that makes us feel special.  Ever since I was small I've wanted to be a ballerina and wear a tutu!  I've been lucky enough to be able to practice ballet, but no tutu...yet.  Introducing the adult tutu...
Birthday ootd

Birthday ootd by thenerdygirlie featuring a fedora hat

I've eyed this skirt on Studio 64's Instagram and even added it to my birthday wishlist! Kohl's JUST released one as well and a bit cheaper. It is sold out online, but I'm hoping to hit up the store and find it there! 

The other item on my wish list is the "if music be the food of love play on" tank.  It goes perfect with this skirt!  I would love to have a birthday concert to attend in this look.  I love the balance of hard and soft.

You can go too cuties with a skirt like this and I think the addition of darker items makes the outfit more realistic, but still special.

What do you think?!  Too much?  Not enough?!  Let me know in the comments below and share what you would wear for your birthday!  It's never too early to plan in my book!

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