Lands’ End Redeems Itself With Nerdy Shirts For Girls—And Not One Shirt About Being Adorable!

Has Lands' End joined the 21st century with a collection of smart shirts for girls too.
Lands’ End Smart Tees for girls. Screenshot of landsend.com taken by Ariane Coffin.

Yesterday, I found a Lands’ End post creep up on my Facebook feed, featuring “Smart Tees for boys and girls.” I got really excited, and even more so when I noticed that out of the 19 shirts on their list, nine of them were for girls. Not one or two, but around 50 percent. No way!

Then I remembered hearing some noise last year about Lands’ End gender stereotyping their kids’ shirts, and I started to feel doubtful. If I removed the filter for “Smart Tees” and browsed everything they offered as a whole, would I find more bad than good?

Has Lands' End joined the 21st century with a collection of smart shirts for girls too.
Lands’ End Smart Tees for girls. Screenshot of landsend.com taken by Ariane Coffin.

Well, I guess Lands’ End learned their lesson because I did not find a single girl shirt with the words “adorable,” “cute,” or “sassy.” As a mother of two young girls, let me tell you that’s a breath of fresh air. A hurricane of fresh air.

Time will tell if Lands’ End is just waiting for the dust to settle or has really joined the 21st century, but in the meantime, please excuse while I do some online shopping for my little space geeks.

Outfits for a Superhero Mom by SuperHeroStuff.com

SuperHero Outfits for a Super Hero Mom \ Images: Dakster Sullivan
SuperHero outfits for a superhero mom. All images by Dakster Sullivan.

This year at Megacon, I had the opportunity to check out some great items from SuperHeroStuff.com. My favorite item was a Batman shirt. Even though it was in a men’s cut, it fit me great and could pass for a ladies’ shirt.

I’ve had some time to wear each piece and wash them a few times. As usual, the quality holds up great. The shirts do shrink a little, so I would buy one size up to make sure it still fits when you take it out of the dryer.

Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to head to SuperHeroStuff.com and with the help of Polyvore, put together some outfits for mom that I’m sure she will love (I know I love them).

First Up is Batman!

BatmanBatman is by far one of my favorite superheroes. I don’t know if it’s all of his “wonderful toys,” his great one-liners when talking to Superman, or the fact that he has one of the best animated series of all time.

My choice shirt for this outfit is the “Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.” men’s shirt ($22). Yes. I know it’s a men’s shirt, but this one really does fit more like a ladies’ cut than a men’s cut, so you’re fine. To give it a little bling, I like the Batman symbol bling studs ($12), which are made from a zinc alloy. If you would prefer to get mom something made with surgical steel, check out the Batman black die-cut earrings instead ($9). As for mom’s credit cards (you know, that plastic thing she’s always buying you stuff with), get her the Batman symbol ladies speaker wallet ($29).  For the belt, I like the yellow Batman signal belt ($15).

Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns is one of my favorite Dark Knight origin stories and will give mom a chance to read about Batman taking out the Gotham City trash while you do the same in the kitchen (hint…hint…). While you’re at it, how about you play Alfred for the day and wait on her hand and foot?

Next Up is the Man of Steel Himself: Superman!

SupermanThe costume backpack is my favorite part of this outfit, because it has a lot of fun features like a costume belt and cape, so you can show everyone how super mom really is. The main compartment is large enough to fit my new HP Envy Touchsmart laptop with room to spare.

This Superman shirt is my favorite ($24.99) because it’s simple and I can pair it with a black blazer to dress it up a little. Of course, if this T-shirt doesn’t suit you, SuperHeroStuff has a ton of other ladies’ cut shirts to choose from.

The Superman iPhone case is also a wallet and has a special place for cash and credit cards (also known as that plastic thing mom uses to buy you stuff).

My comic book pick for this outfit is Superman: Birthright by Mark Waid. This is one of my favorite Superman origin stories ($15.99 on Amazon). While mom is reading about the Man of Steel, why don’t you show her what a superhero you are and pick up after her for a change?

HulkTime for a Little Hulk SMASH!

She-Hulk just debuted in her own solo series, and what better way to celebrate than with a smashing outfit to read it in. Of all the She-Hulk shirts ($24) on SuperHeroStuff.com, I like this one the best because of the colors and the style.

To complete the ensemble, the Hulk messenger bag ($30) and matching wallet ($25) will make sure mom is carrying her stuff in style. The radioactive earrings ($9) are made of surgical stainless steel and will add that final awesome touch.

My comic book of choice for this outfit is, of course, She-Hulk by Dan Slot ($25). While mom reads about the coolest lawyer in the Marvel universe, how about you pledge to rid the house of dust bunnies?

GI Joe MomG.I Joe Mom! 

G.I Joe isn’t just for the guys, though the clothing selection might make it seem otherwise. To be honest, I had a hard time finding something that would work, but I found it in the Cobra Commander shirt ($20). This shirt is a men’s cut, but if you get the right size, it will fit mom just fine.

The bag is brought to you by Ogio and is available on Amazon for $41.

Make sure you pick up G.I Joe: Origins Vol. 1 ($16)  to stick in mom’s bag! It’s a nice intro to the characters and will give her a break from the running around that she does for you all day. To make this an extra special gift, while she’s reading, pick up a broom (the thing with a handle and big bristles at the bottom) and do a little cleaning. When she’s done reading, she will really appreciate your help.

Last but Not Least, the Flash!

The FlashAny mom that’s a fan of the scarlet speedster will love this one, complete with matching belt ($15) and black bag with swag buttons ($6). The hat ($28) comes in different sizes and there’s also a ladies’ cut shirt ($24) . The black Ogio bag that I paired with the G.I. Joe outfit above would also go great with this outfit. 

My Flash comic book pick is The Flash New 52: Vol. 1 ($9.99 on Amazon). To make this gift extra special, take a turn at the laundry and let mom use the time she would be folding your jeans to read a good book.

If you’re interested in checking out SuperHeroStuff.com in person, they will be at these upcoming conventions:

C2E2 – 4/25/14
Phoenix Comicon – 6/5/14
Denver Comic Con – 6/13/14
Wizard World Philly – 6/19/14
Wizard World Chicago – 8/21/14
Salt Lake Comic Con – 9/4/14
New York Comic Con – 10/9/14
Stan Lee’s Comikaze – 11/1/14

If you stop by, tell Brian that Dakster says hi!

GeekMom received a few of these items for review purposes.

Canadians: Win a $25 Gift Certificate From Fortress Geek

Fortress Geek
Image courtesy of Fortress Geek

One lucky Canadian GeekMom reader will win a $25.00 CAD electronic gift certificate courtesy of Fortress Geek.

Fortress Geek is Canada’s destination to shop for geeky toys and accessories. Fortress Geek launched their online store in May 2013. Canadians enjoy many benefits shopping at Fortress Geeks, including big savings, free shipping on all orders over $100.00 CAD, multiple payment methods including cash, check and money orders, the ability to request items, and much more.

Now, Fortress Geek wants to give one Canadian resident $25.00 to help celebrate their launch.

To enter our giveaway just login to the Rafflecopter widget below with your Facebook account or email address (use a valid email so we can let you know if you win). You can then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for up to two entries! If you already like or follow us, you’ll still be entered in the giveaway. A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the contest and their name will be posted right in the Rafflecopter widget so you can check back to see who won.

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Good luck!

Comparison Shopping at Fortress Geek

Fortress Geek
Fortress Geek logo provided by Fortress Geek. Used with permission.

In May 2013, Fortress Geek launched their online store, Canada’s destination to purchase geeky toys and accessories.

I wrote earlier about some of the benefits my fellow Canadians will enjoy when shopping at Fortress Geek, such as saying good-bye to high customs and brokerage fees, free shipping on orders over $100.00 CAD, and multiple payment options, including cash, check, and money order. But what about pricing? How do Fortress Geek’s prices compare to their American competitors?

To answer these questions, let me compare three items that are available at Fortress Geek with one of our favorite U.S. competitors: ThinkGeek.

Star Trek Tek Classic Phaser

Star Trek Phaser
Image: Fortress Geek

This prop replica is a must have for any fan of Star Trek: The Original Series. It is a Type I and Type II combination, complete with lights and sounds, with four power settings. These settings include progressive lights and sounds, the light control knob is an on/off switch, it has a flip-up sight, and you can set your phaser to overload. The only thing you cannot do with this phaser is actually fire at Klingons.

Price at Fortress Geek: $42.95 CAD

Price at ThinkGeek: $39.99 USD

The Big Bang Theory Soft Kitty Slippers

Soft Kitty Slippers
Image: Fortress Geek

I have to say, I like these slippers more than I thought I would. I have Tribble slippers. I love that the Tribbles purr when I walk. However, the Tribble slippers are a one-size fits all type of deal. So, in order to not send the Tribbles flying as I walk, I have to curl my toes. Now, the Soft Kitty slippers don’t purr, purr, purr when you walk, but they do come in different sizes. Small fits big kids’ 3-5 and women’s 6-7, medium fits men’s 6-7 and women’s 8-9, large fits men’s 8-9 and women’s 10-11.

Price at Fortress Geek: $34.95 CAD

Price at ThinkGeek: $29.99 USD

The Big Bang Theory Bazinga! Mug

Bazinga Mug
Image: Fortress Geek

Coffee. It fuels many a geek’s day. If coffee isn’t your thing, I’m sure Sheldon would approve of adding your favorite hot beverage to this mug. Fortress Geek’s product description says that it holds 11 ounces, while ThinkGeek’s description says it holds eight ounces. Both are correct. Filling it with eight ounces of coffee leaves plenty of room for cream and sugar. Filling it with 11 ounces of your hot beverage of choice leaves a one-ounce buffer zone to the mug’s brim.

Price at Fortress Geek: $8.95 CAD

Price at ThinkGeek: $9.99 USD

Now, it’s time for some math.

Even though I would never choose DHL for the shipping method at ThinkGeek, because it is the cheapest method, I’m using that price instead of UPS. For the cost of customs and brokerage fees, I’m using the cost associated with my last ThinkGeek order that had a similar total. The exchange rate is based on the rate for September 15, 2013.

Item Fortress Geek ThinkGeek
Star Trek Phaser $42. 95 CAD $39.99 USD
Soft Kitty Slippers $34.95 CAD $29.99 USD
Bazinga! Mug $8.95 CAD $9.99 USD
Shipping $13.98  CAD (Canada Post) $24.94  USD (DHL)
Subtotal $100.83 CAD $104.91 USD
Adjusted for exchange rate from USD to CAD. N/A $108.47 CAD
Customs and brokerage fees N/A $25.20 CAD
Total $100.83 CAD $133.67 CAD

 

That is a total savings of $32.84 CAD.

If I were to add just a little bit more to my order, I would be eligible for free shipping for even more savings. Or, if I lived in the Vancouver, B.C. area, I could arrange to pick up my order for free.

Next week, I’ll be giving one lucky Canadian GeekMom reader a $25.00 CAD electronic gift certificate, courtesy of Fortress Geek.

GeekMom was provided these items for the purposes of this post.

Canadians: Say Hello to Fortress Geek

Fortress Geek
If you are like me and live in Canada, you may be frustrated when it comes to buying geeky toys and accessories for you and your family. Why? Because most of our favorite online geeky retailers are based in the United States, which means being hit with high shipping costs, plus customs and brokerage fees on most orders exceeding $50.00 USD.

Canadians, you can now say “goodbye” to those fees and say “hello” to Fortress Geek.

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Fortress Geek launched in May 2013.

As Fortress Geek is a new company, they are still building their inventory. Currently, they have just under 400 items from which to choose. These items include toys, clothing, and accessories from our favorite fandoms, including Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, and Game of Thrones. Fortress Geek is constantly adding to their inventory, nearly doubling their stock since launching in May. If there is something you’d like them to add to their stock, let them know and they’ll see if they can make it so.

Aside from saying goodbye to all those extra costs, Fortress Geek has some other benefits that may excite my fellow Canadians:

  1. Free shipping on all orders over $100.00 CAD.
  2. You can pay with BitCoins, cheque or money order, PayPal, Visa or MasterCard, and American Express or Discover Card via PayPal.
  3. If you live in the Vancouver area, you can wave shipping and arrange to pick up your order at their West 7th Ave location. This option also allows you to pay with cash. If you attempt to drop by the Fortress Geek warehouse without first placing an order online, there is a $2.50 CAD service fee.
  4. For a $5.00 CAD fee, you can have your entire order gift wrapped, with a custom gift message.
  5. Fortress Geek has electronic gift certificates.
  6. Fortress Geek will hold your order, for up to one month, if you want to arrange for your shipment to coincide with some special date. Full payment of the order will be charged when the hold is lifted.
  7. Fortress Geek has weekly sales.
  8. Yes, Fortress Geek will ship internationally, if you want to send gifts to friends who reside outside of Canada.

If you are wondering about savings, I’ll be comparing prices in another post.

I, for one, am excited to welcome Fortress Geek; our new Canadian geek overloards!

12 Days of Awesomely Geeky Gifts: World of Warcraft Hoodies (or Anything, Really) from Jinx

As someone who’s been playing World of Warcraft almost since it came out (gnome warlock, primarily, but currently rocking a worgen mage with a sweet top hat) I’ve always had my eye on WoW-inspired gear. My favorite two tee-shirts are a Dalaran University shirt and a Gryphon Airways t-shirts, both by the company that does the majority of WoW-inspired wear, Jinx. I was introduced to Jinx one magic Christmas season a few years ago by my brother-in-law, who gifted us with tons of awesome from their line. Since then I’ve been keeping my eye on their styles, and heartily impressed with their variety of geek and game-inspired clothing, those that have to do with WoW and those that don’t.

My recent obsession? The new hoodies that just came out in concert with the launch of Cataclysm. While I’m all about going totally geek in my choice of clothing, this hoodie series (available in Horde and Alliance, of course) is that perfect understated look of geek and chic. I mean, I can wear this to the gym. I can wear it anywhere. Sure, their other hoodies are cute, but these are the sort of thing I could take with me anywhere and not have people ask me why on earth my shirt says +20 frost resistance. Really, I just don’t want to get into that conversation most days.

Since my husband has worn some of his Jinx shirts and hoodies for well over three years now, I can vouch for their longevity. The women’s t-shirts are a little thinner (think the stuff from American Apparel) but I actually prefer that. It’s great for layering, very soft, and the cut is cute. As another bonus, Jinx has a 120 day return policy. Which is amazing.

So if you’re stuck on what to get your gaming gal this holiday season, look no further than Jinx! Reasonable prices, great sales, and great products all around. FTW.