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REVIEW: Tolkien Geek Tank by Jordan Dene

Angie in Jordan Dene Tolkien quote tank

After posting my geeky clothing wishlist in my last post, I was thrilled to receive an offer to review a new line of geek-quote-inspired togs from fellow geek maker/designer Jordan Dene. She promptly shipped out one of her Tolkien quote unisex tanks for my unbiased review.

My husband and I joined a gym a couple of months ago, so I have been looking for some "subtly geeky" tank tops to wear while working out. I am pleased to report Jordan's Tolkien tank was up to the challenge. 

I wear about a size 12, and the Large size fit perfectly, and was plenty long to cover my booty in my bike shorts, with ample room to move on the elliptical and while doing weights. The cut also provided nice coverage - no shoulder slippage while getting my sweat on. The fabric is super soft, as is the ink used for the screen-print - no "crunchy" ink transfer here!

I also love the color - at first glance, it's kind of a nice deep mint green, but upon closer inspection, you'll see it's kind of a green heather, but with hints of blue, rather than gray.

Jordandene Tolkien tank

Kind of reminded me of mermaid scales, actually, which to me just upped the geek factor. Maybe that's why she chose the same shade for her mermaid shells tank!

I already loved this Tolkien quote - "Not all those who wander are lost" - but I liked "applying" this quote to my workouts. Not all those on an elliptical have no where to go, either!

Verdict: Two thumbs up! I would definitely consider adding more of her tanks to my workout wardrobe - like the "Courage, Dear Heart" and the "Star Stuff" ones, in particular.

Be sure to check out her website, as well as her various social channels:

BONUS: Jordan offered a 20% discount for my readers! Use code FANGIRL2014 at checkout!

Full disclosure: I knew Jordan previously, from her contribution of the "Make It So" pennant banner to my Star Trek Craft Book (p122). She offered a complimentary tank in return for my review. All opinions and fangirling my own.

5 Fandom Friday: Geeky Clothing


The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick have kicked off a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers called 5 Fandom Friday

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic.  It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality.  It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

I'm already a bit behind, but am excited to start posting here a little more regularly. As I recently posted, the Female Geek Bloggers G+ Community really has me wanting to dive back in to my own personal blogging, and chatting up my geek passions and projects.

So on to for this week's 5 Fandom Friday post - Geeky Clothing Items I Need In My Closet Immediately.


#1 - As  perhaps indicated by my book The Star Trek Craft Book, I love me some Star Trek. This "Adopt a Tribble" TeeFury tee is too cute and the perfect companion to another Tribble shirt I already own, "The Tribble with Tribbles" from We Love Fine. And everyone knows, once you have one Tribble (shirt), they tend to reproduce.


#2 - Speaking of We Love on the heels of the recent announcement that Thor will soon be a female character in the comic books, this "She is Worthy" tee from We Love Fine is indeed worthy...of joining my geek closet.


#3 - I would love to bust out this Molly Weasley-inspired sweater from the Harry Potter movie "Chamber of Secrets" in the upcoming cold months - while a crochet fiend, I haven't ventured beyond simple shrugs in the sweater territory. These sleeves on this beauty would be challenging but rewarding once complete.


#4 - I would love to wear this to the premiere of the next Hobbit movie next month. I love subtle geeky references - many people would see this as an artsy tree but geeks would recognize it as the Tree of Gondor, and those are the people I want to hang with.


#5 - I've recently started working out at a gym (again) and find myself in need of more workout clothes. This Doctor Who inspired tank would do quite nicely. Check out the rest of Activate Apparel's site - they have quite a few geeky reference shirts, such as Doctor Who, Star Trek, and more general Nerdy.


BONUS - another fun tank to exercise in would be this replica of the Battlestar Galactica double-tank.



Bonus #2 - while not geeky clothing technically, I've recently been eyeing this Lord of the Rings-inspired bracelet called "Baggins." I love how chunky it is (very "on-trend" these days), with the subtle homage to Arwen's necklace and The One Ring.

I had fun putting this post together and commend SuperSpaceChick and The Nerdy Girlie to putting the challenge together. I love the idea of lending my voice to a community of other Female Geek Bloggers, and look forward to reading other contributions to the linkup!

Any geek clothing you've been coveting lately? Fess up in the comments!