SDCC is Coming…

The frequency of reminders for one of the biggest comic conventions in the US is beginning to pick up. So will my posts about it, so consider this your warning! It’s become more difficult each year to try and attend, especially if you have never been to the one in San Diego. Of course, there are several other Comic Con events that are held throughout the country during the year. Everyone will have their opinions about which one is best. I’ve only been to SDCC and WonderCon when it still took place in San Francisco. Maybe one day I’ll venture out of California to attend a new Comic Con event. I came across a few links for contests in which the winner can win a trip to San Diego for the convention, complete with flight, accommodations, and tickets to the event. I suggest you enter if you’re feeling lucky.

For US residents, enter here (ends 06/25/15):

http://www.booksamillion.com/comicconsweeps

and/or here (ends 05/30/15)

http://www.starzoutlandersweeps.com/

I noticed that I have a few followers from Australia (and also happened to come across an article that had the link), so you too have an opportunity to win a trip SDCC!

Enter here (ends 05/24/15):

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/features/movies-tv-shows/comic-con/

I’ll be sure to post more contest links, US or International, if I happen to come across them. I’m slowly but surely becoming excited for this. I still have to prepare a few things before my “con mode” starts to kick in. Stay tuned!

National Dance Day

So I discovered today is National Dance Day. Seriously, am I the only one who’s been wondering where all of these “national days” are coming from all of a sudden? Anyway, I’ll use today to throw in a little info about myself. Dancing was one of my favorite hobbies growing up. Both sides of my family have musical talent, whether it be dancing, singing, or playing an instrument. I’ve dabbled in a little of each, but nothing tops my love for dance.

To further break down my experience, here’s what I’ve learned:

  • First dance class was ballet at age 4
  • Took Jazz class at age 9
  • Joined song leading (dance team) in high school and was a member for 2 years.
  • Took a hip-hop class during senior year of high school. Competed in my first dance competition and performed at the dance school’s end of the year show. Also performed at a half time show during an NBA game.
  • Took a hula and Tahitian class with a friend the summer before I transferred schools in college. Performed in my first and last Tahiti Fete.
  • Learned several Filipino folk dances in college and performed in my school’s Filipino Cultural Night for 4 years.
  • Learned more dances from a local Filipino dance troupe post college and performed at 2 more NBA games for Filipino Heritage Night.

Although it takes me much longer to learn and memorize an 8-count now, I still take advantage of the opportunity to shake a leg and bust a move when I can. With that, I’ll finish off this post with my favorite animated dance scene from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The IG Experiment

I decided to include another way to keep tabs on my posts and other things I might be up to or interested in by making an Instagram account associated with this blog. Unfortunately, RCubed is already taken (boo), but luckily I was able to get the user name used in this blog’s address (lehea1212). Thanks to those of you who’ve already started to follow me. I’m hoping to get the posts rolling for that account shortly. No worries if you’re not on Instagram. You can also keep updated via my Bloglovin’ account.

Starbucks S’mores Frappuccino

Today marks the release of a new Frappuccino flavor from Starbucks. Any s’mores lover ought to try this at least once. The combination of either a coffee or creme based frap with milk chocolate syrup and graham cracker crumbs is nothing short of amazing. I’m glad they gave me the coffee based one because last time I had a creme based frapp was when their Birthday Cake flavor came out for the drink’s 20th anniversary. Too sweet, in my opinion. While the flavor of this one may not be completely spot on, it’s as close as it gets to being reminiscent of the awesome treat. No worries about making a mess or the need for a campfire (Unless you’d want to drink your frapp near one. I won’t judge. :P). It will also be available in bottled form, but for now I can only imagine how that would taste like. Probably not even close to what they make in-store. If you’re still not convinced, they’ve also brought back their Caramel Ribbon Crunch flavor, and Frappuccino Happy Hour returns this Friday, May 1st through 10th from 3pm-5pm.

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Studio Calico Classroom – Love Your Lettering

Last month, I enrolled in a lettering class with Studio Calico. I’ve always been a fan of cursive writing since I was in elementary school. I still see it as the fastest way for me to jot down anything, especially if I’m in a time crunch. The class covered some basic lettering styles, and later on adding variation to those styles and using them in a more artistic manner. Lessons and videos were released about twice a week. It was challenging at the beginning using those lined practice sheets and keeping my lettering within those lines, but I eventually got the hang of it. With practice during and beyond the class, I’ll probably use what I’ve learned in future spreads with my Project Life and Smash Book.

Practice (basics sheet), practice (lettering styles sheets), practice (adding variation).

One of the last lessons was building a quote and digitizing it in Adobe Illustrator. I most likely will not use the latter since I don’t have the software on my computer. I chose a quote from the movie Up for this lesson.

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Despite a bit of a rocky start, I thought the class was fun and informative overall. It’s not easy trying to do fancy lettering when you’re left handed! I’ve thought about learning calligraphy too at some point, but I’ll focus on improving my skills here for the time being.

Keepin’ It Fresh for Spring

The best friend told me about their VIB 15% discount off of all purchases at Sephora. Beauty Insiders like myself only got 10%, so obviously I would have her get something for me. She even had it delivered to my place, which was awfully nice. I didn’t take too much advantage of the promo. All I was interested in was this Fresh Sugar Lychee rollerball. I had sampled it on one of my most recent visits to the store and really liked it.

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Per the description on Sephora’s website, the fragrance includes notes of grapefruit, Italian lemon and lime blossom, lychee, mango flower, freesia, sandalwood, tonka bean, and amber. I also received some cards with samples of other scents along with my delivery.

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There’s description of the fragrance on one side, and the sample is located on the back along with available sizes and their price. I currently use Chloe, which is an amazing floral scent, but I’ll soon alternate between it and the rollerball. Lately I’ve preferred this over a spray. I sometimes use a small refillable atomizer, but I’ve run into occasions when it would leak while traveling. Having a rollerball also makes it easier to apply to pulse points. Do you have a signature scent for Spring? Feel free to share in the comments.

April Loot Crate – Fantasy

Oh, Loot Crate. You never cease to amaze. I was very happy to see some popular fantasy franchises are featured in this month’s crate.

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  • Dungeons & Dragons T-Shirt by Wizards of the Coast/Loot Crate Labs – Any RPG geek would love to own this officially licensed shirt. That logo shows you mean business and it will definitely earn you style points, regardless of whether you suck at the game or not.
  • Exclusive Game of Thrones USB Flash Drive from Custom USB – “Is that a Direwolf head stuck to your computer?” “Why yes, yes it is.” The House of Stark mascot holds up to 4GB of memory.
  • Game of Thrones Magnet Set from Dark Horse – Which House reigns supreme on your fridge? The choice is yours with these magnets. (I’d pick Targaryen though.)
  • Harry Potter Luggage Tag by BIOWORLD – Geeky jet setters would have a pretty good idea of where you’re off to (or where you wish you could be off to) when they see this attached to your bag. Just beware of Muggles.
  • Inflatable Crown by Loot Crate Labs – Burger King has nothing on this crown! It’s much more comfortable, and great for adding a touch of royalty on any occasion.
  • Exclusive RPG Bow Tie by Spotted & Tied – Dapper and geeky rolled into one, bow tie that is.
  • The Princess Bride Playing Cards by Albino Dragon – It’s been ages since I’ve owned a deck of cards. This will surely be one to talk about. Fancy a game of Poker? As you wish…

These crates really have been getting better get every month, but I’m sad to say that I’ve gone ahead and cancelled my subscription with Loot Crate for the time being. I’m looking to explore another box subscription and am currently weighing out some possible options. I’ll be sure to post an update once I’ve made a decision.

The Real Neat Blog Award

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Thank you to The Simple Beginner on the nomination for this award!

Rules:

  • Answer the 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you
  • Put the award on your blog
  • Thank the person who nominated you and link to their blog
  • Nominate any number of bloggers you like and link to their blogs
  • Let those you’ve chosen know that you have nominated them

Here are TSB’s questions:

  1. What’s your favorite post on your blog that you’ve written so far? Although it didn’t get too many views, I’d have to say that my post about seeing the Hello Kitty Cafe truck during their Northern CA visit is one of my favorites. It was a crazy and fun experience, and it was also nice to see the diverse fan base this Sanrio character has.
  2. Describe yourself in 5 words. Selfless, geeky, helpful, humble, and awesome.
  3. What inspired you to start a blog? Back when I was in college, a bunch of my friends had Xanga accounts. They convinced me to create one too, and eventually I used it as a place to jot down my thoughts, public, private, or otherwise. I’ve since gone from there to Blogger, Tumblr, and now WordPress to do my posts.
  4. How did you come up with your blog name? Most friends know that my whole name consists of 3 Rs, so I’ve been called R3, Triple R (neither of those are that great for a blog name, honestly) and R Cubed. I wanted to keep the name simple and one that could easily identify with myself.
  5. Have you ever done a challenge on your blog? If yes, what was it? If no, what challenge do you want to do? (e.g. photo a day challenge, blog every day in *insert month here*) I did a 30 day song challenge once. Based on the day’s song question, you would post a YouTube video of the song as a response. Pretty fun!
  6. What is the closest thing to you that is BLUE? Funny, there’s quite a few blue items on the desk where I’m typing this post. However, the closest one would be my paper trimmer.
  7. What are you currently eating or drinking? Nothing at the moment. I actually finished dinner not too long ago (Carne asada burrito with a hortacha. Yum.).

Here are my nominees (No obligation to complete if you’re not interested, especially if you’ve been nominated before in the past):

And here are the questions I have for you:

  1. What is the inspiration behind your blog?
  2. If you were given the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  3. What is your favorite food?
  4. Star Trek or Star Wars? (Or if neither, your favorite geek franchise, if any? i.e. Dr. Who, Harry Potter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., etc.)
  5. When was the last time you saw a movie, and what was it?
  6. Is there a blog that you visit regularly that you would recommend to me?
  7. What beauty product do you never leave home without?

More Ghibli Goodness

The world has been blessed with some creative works involving Studio Ghibli last week. First is a senior project by a student at the French art school Créapole that was completed in only 5 months. The two and a half minute clip shows what looks to be an homage to a few Studio Ghibli movies. See if you can figure out which ones.

Next is the US trailer for When Marnie Was There. It’s been way too long since I watched a Ghibli film in theaters (last one was The Wind Rises). Again, nothing short of amazing. The film will be showing for a limited time starting May 22nd. Very excited to see it.