Author: Aeryn Lynne

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Geek with Style is Blogathonning, Are You?

Blogathonning is totally a word. It means I should be doing a TON of work on and around Geek with Style, and… well, I’ve started at least. I love my baby, and want to see some growth this year, which means making a plan. Planning on what I want to share, what I want to improve, what I want to explore, there is so much that I want to see on Geek with Style myself, I’m thinking the hard part is, “Where do I start?” Thank goodness for Biannual Blogathon Bash, the twice a year big blogging event that helps...

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Watermarking and Other Fun Things to do with FastStone Photo Resizer

If you’re a pro-blogger, chances are you’re also an amateur photographer. You may even have gone as far as investing in a DSLR camera (and if you haven’t, you totally should!) So, you go to events; you take a bucket full of pictures of last night’s lasagne (for me it was handmade perogies, heh;) your kids are uber cute and you need to get that one perfect moment for your blog; you have moments to share, but you also need to keep those moments safe from those who think that any image online is fair game. You also don’t have...

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Add A Little Icon Flare to Your Website Using Font Awesome

Font Awesome is exactly as advertised, it’s full of awesome. Fonts are much easier on bandwidth than images; while it only takes a few kbs to load text onto a webpage, it can’t take MBs to load an image. So some very smart people decided that since fonts are images with much less bandwidth consumption, why not take a page from the historically popular WingDing font that graces our desktops, and make some useful image-based fonts for website publishers to use. You’ll see quite a bit of Font Awesome font-icons scattered across Geek with Style. Starting with the menus above;...

Be An Environment Friendly Responsible Geek

Be A Responsible Geek, Recycle Your Tech

I’m not going to get into the whole global warming, environmental impact that technology has on our planet. We’ve heard it all before.  While I will forever be a geek for all things tech, and will always sport grabby hands for anything new that beeps, I’ve taken recycling of older tech one step further this year.  Its not an entirely new process for me. If I come across dead, non-rechargeable batteries, I’ll put them in my coat pocket or purse and drop them into the proper recycling bin while I’m out (that is, until I can find the right alligator...

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Wearable Tech To Keep You Warm in This Cold

It’s amazing where inspiration for articles can come from. I just had a bathroom break, and this bathroom was SO cold, I turned on the plugged in floor heater before even hitting the light switch. I’m cold, did I mention that? Minus 30 degrees outside is not my kind of day. I’m having serious thoughts of hugging that little Sunbeam room heater while I work today. So yeah, lightbulb moment there. 2015 has been cited to be the year of wearable tech, so instead writing up the wrist band tech that I was going to geek all over with you...

Don't Let Winter Take a Bite #SDMWinterSkin Out of Your Skin

Don’t Let Winter Take a Bite Out of Your Skin

Brrrr! It’s quite nippy outside, isn’t it? Ever wondered what that cold bite in the air can do to your skin? It’s perhaps one of the reasons why I’m not the biggest fan of winter, despite the dazzling diamond snow beneath my fabulously warm-booted feet, or getting the adrenalin pumping by flying down a hill in a rubber tube. It’s the extra care to ensure that not only is my skin protected from UV rays (‘cause you need that sort of protection all year long, regardless of cloud cover,) but to also keep my skin from getting that tight feeling...

Giving 2014 a Loaded Boot, and Welcoming 2015: The Year of the Hoverboard

Giving 2014 a Loaded Boot, and Welcoming 2015: The Year of the Hoverboard

The tech world does not hibernate, not even for a little bit once the New Years Eve ball drops. CES is next week, where lots of the top brands in the tech industry, all the way through to kickstarter groups, will show off their latest innovations and visions for the future… and I all forgot about my resolution last year to save towards going to CES in 2015, #fail.  This year’s event looks like Geek Heaven! Intel will be there too discussing key topics like “The Wearables Revolution” and “The New Computing Experience” and… I’m just itching to check out...

Glamming for NYE 2015

Time Saving Glam Up for New Years Eve

It’s becoming a tradition, New Year’s Eve means turkey with ALL the fixings at my house, followed by a PARTY. My parents won’t give up having the family dinner on Christmas day at their place, and the BIG family dinner happens a few days later at Grandma’s, so I’m left with the last day of the year if I want to make something special (without getting sick of turkey!)  Much like a Christmas feast, hosting a big dinner for friends and family, while prepping to party New Year’s style is no small feat. In fact, its a 48 hour job,...

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Keep Going Back For More: One-Stop Shopping with Target

My love for Target grows everyday, I’m so happy that they’ve moved into my neighborhood earlier this year! I’ll admit, at first blush, Target seemed to be a pricier option than their local competition. TheHubs and I walked around the brand-spanking-new store when it first opened at the Stockyards Mall; and while we enjoyed the fresh and new, it didn’t seem like this shiny new place would become our store. The prices we were accustomed to for groceries, toiletries, etc, seemed to be just a little cheaper elsewhere and we couldn’t justify the extra few dollars to shop at Target...

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All She Wants Is Her Birth Certificate For The Holidays

Every year, 51 million babies are not registered at birth according to Plan Canada. Even for a global count, that number is incredibly high.  It might seem like just a piece of paper, but it’s so much more. It’s a yes or no kind of deal. Do you have your birth certificate? If yes, then you can go to school, you can get a job, you can vote and be heard. If you’re not registered, you’re stuck with no health benefits, no education, no rights.  It’s a sad reality, but you’re essentially not a person when it matters without that...

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Plus Size Holiday Glam Picks

Have you got all of your prezzie shopping done yet? Its time to get ready to party, and if you’re like me, you’re shopping for a fabulous dress last minute! I’ve yet to figure out when I’ll be hosting a party here at home (depending on when the rest of the fam wants to hold theirs… and the ‘rents usually monopolize the 25th,) my dinner hosting skills might not play until New Years eve, heh. Regardless, I want to find a few outfits with a bit of glitz and glam for the multitude of dinners I’ll be having fun at...

Geek with Style's Beauty Bag Holiday 2014

Find Out What’s in Our Holiday 2014 Beauty Bag

Welcome to Geek with Style’s very first Beauty Bag blog post, woot! Figured it would be fitting to start this new seasonal segment with sparkly holiday makeup goodies that I’ve been wearing this month. Before we start on the fab shades though, here’s the bag that fits it all with room to spare for cash, ID and keys! The moment I saw this bag at Target, it really had to be mine. Love the little bow in the front, and it works for those lunch dates and holiday parties alike, so no need to keep switching bags throughout the day....

#TabletsForAll - Choosing the Right Tablet

Figuring Out the Right Tablet For Anyone On Your Gift List

So you want to buy a tablet for someone whom you obviously adore (’cause let’s be real, tablets can be minor investments, so this isn’t a Secret Santa gift!)  You might have gone online recently and got entirely perplexed over the massive choices available to you.  They almost all look the same, especially if you’re not sure what to look for, and you can’t help but wonder if the only difference is perhaps the brand name. Well, isn’t it lucky that you found this post! Because while tablets can all look the same, they aren’t. And similarly, any given tablet...

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Five Steps To Get Christmas Fonts to Brighten Up Your WordPress

What if I told you that the red and green title design down below was made up simply by fonts I have loaded on Geek with Style, and a bit of CSS styling? Kinda neat, eh? Like virtually everything in website design, there are both pros and cons to using designer webfonts instead of images. One or the other could take up more loading time depending on webfont size versus image size. But, while we’re told to not go too crazy on loading fonts directly from our site, we also don’t want image heavy pages, especially with our audience becoming...

Disney's Into the Woods

Disney’s Into The Woods – Toronto Screening Giveaway

Have you seen the trailer yet for Walt Disney Studio’s Into the Woods movie musical? With an incredible cast, including Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and Chris Pine, how can it not be full on awesome?? This movie is based on the old adage, “be careful for what you wish for,” and weaves four of the Brothers Grimm more popular fairy tales for one exciting trip across wishful thinking. And it’s not only the stellar cast in front of the cameras that are sure to entrance the audience, but with powerhouses like Rob Marshall (acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy...

From Brooklyn to Toronto

For the Musically Buff Sports Fan: From Brooklyn to Toronto

If you’re a Toronto Raptors fan, you may be familiar with sportscasters   Jack Armstrong and   Eric Smith. What you may not know is that they’re also infamous Christmas carolers that made a CD back in 2010 titled “From Brooklyn to Toronto – Jack  Armstrong and Eric Smith Sing the Holiday Classics”.  This album is as epic as the title is long, and now in 2014, its back for an encore! If you have a sports fan that knows a great tune when they hear it, I encourage you to pick up a digital copy of “From Brooklyn to...

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Choosing The Right Tablet for Your Kids This Holiday Season

There are so many tablets out there, it can be a bit daunting at first look to find a kid-friendly tablet that won’t become a paperweight after a while. Tablets are quickly becoming inexpensive investments that can help any child learn and play, once the main hurdle has been jumped. Finding the right fit in a tablet can be just as important as finding the right pair of shoes, so hopefully I’ll impart a few helpful key elements on what to look for when searching through the tablet marketplace this season, as well as the pros on choosing a Windows-based tablet.  Keep an eye out early next week,...

Geek with Style Contest: Marvel's Hawkey #19 and AXIS: Revolutions #1

Own one of These Awesome Marvel Comics! (#giveaway)

If it hasn’t become readily apparently recently, I love to read comics. Despite popular belief, it’s actually not something to grow out of (there are rating systems, much like what movies use, and there are many comics out there that aren’t suitable for kids at all.) There have been quite a few issues recently that have wowed me for various reasons, and I’ve been compelled to share. Check out why I’ve decided to run a giveaway on two of my more recent fave comics, and enter the form below for your chance to win some awesomeness! Part of my comic obsession/dedication is that, most...