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KhalEESI Does It: First Edition

This new segment, KhalEESI Does It is about how to feel like Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Rightful Heir to the Iron Throne, Rightful Queen of the Andals and the First Men, Protector of the Seven Kingdoms, the Mother of Dragons, the Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, the Unburnt, the Breaker of Chains every day!

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I believe you don’t have to be a Mother of Dragons, lead a Dothraki Horde across the Narrow Sea with your band of Unsullied Soldiers, or have the blood of Old Valyria coursing through your veins to feel like a Khaleesi. And while I always wholeheartedly enjoy getting to don my three headed dragon pin and my black Daenerys in Dragonstone costume, sometimes the “rightful heir” to the Iron Throne needs to go to work as a dance teacher or run some errands at the supermarket ,and it just isn’t time efficient to braid my hair into ornate spirals signifying my conquests that day.

On those days when I want to be a Dragon Queen, but I’ve also got to teach the art of ballet to six year olds, I’ve found that… it is totally possible! It’s 2019, and a queen has no boundaries or limitations of definition!

I feel like a Khaleesi when I say “Plié” with the power of saying ”Dracarys.”

Here are some ways I bring the fire into my every day life.


Call Your Banners! Grow Your Wedding Party!

Call the banners! Wedding is coming!

After setting a date, I was thrilled to get to ask my little brother and my very best friend in the world to be my Man of Honor!

Even though he’s a Lannister, I am so thrilled to have him standing by me on my big day! I made him a goody basket with Game of Thrones Oreos from Target, a baby lion stuffed animal from Amazon, a Lannister Sweatshirt from Etsy, “Wildfire” aka Diet Mountain Dew with labels of Cersei blowing up the Sept of Baelor I printed at UPS, and some signs I made using wires from florals from Hobby Lobby and printed cards from Etsy.

I have “Let’s Hope It’s Not Another Red Wedding” and ”He Bent the Knee” (that I cut) and “I Always Get Choked Up At Weddings” cards I used in this basket! Buy them here, here and here on Etsy.

I created my own sign to ask him to be my man of honor by using the Game of Thrones font I downloaded here.

I was so glad to have this as a part of last night’s watch party! It made it so special and memorable!

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Listen to the Khaleesi Playlist I Made on Spotify!

Now I must admit, sometimes I crack myself up. Yes, there are songs with the obvious fire theme like Hozier’s Arsonist’s Lullaby or Elvis Presley’s Burning Love, but I squeezed some in there with a little play on words like “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty. Get it… Draggin’ DRAGON?!

I also think with the white blonde hair of Old Valyria, Daenerys would enjoy Dolly Parton’s “Dumb Blonde” as much as I do! Take a listen! I think there’s a tune for everyone.

This playlist also includes the BRAND NEW Florence and the Machine song written for Game of Thrones called Jenny of Oldstones.


Host an Epic Game of Thrones Watch Party

Only four more episodes left, and I’m so sad for it to be over! Each week I’ve had so much fun watching the episode with friends, but I’ve also had a grand ole time planning the watch party and coming up with ideas too!

This watch party had everything from Little Finger Chicken Fingers to Dragon Eggs to White Walker Snowballs to enough Wildfire to make even Cersei look twice!

I took clipart from online and used a free Game of Thrones font I downloaded here to create the document. I just printed it at UPS and cut it the good old fashioned way with some scissors, then stuck each card down into three different three sectioned serving trays on sale at Publix!


Watch Game of Thrones Theory Videos On YouTube

Here are a few of my faves. Some of them are my favorites because of their likelihood to happen and thorough research, some are my faves because they’re outlandish and nonsensical but I love it and love to entertain crazy ideas that have literally nothing to do with the plot hahaha.


Catch Up On Your Valyrian History and Dragon Trivia

I loved these two videos to help me understand the context a little more. I’m almost finished with Fire & Blood, George R. R. Martin’s book on The Targaryen family in Westeros and this is an interesting accompaniment or even a way to understand what happens in the book without reading all 989075348 pages.

BALERION THE DREAD, FOREVER Y’ALL!

Also, Visenya Targaryen needs her own show. THAT GIRL IS LEGIT.

P.S. WHERE IS DARK SISTER?!?!?!!!!!!!!!! Its last whereabouts were with the last Three Eyed Raven, Brynden Rivers when he went to the Wall. Bran would definitely know about it as the new three eyed raven. Will it be the sword Azor Ahai wields? That would be cool. I would love to have Daenerys inherit the ancestral sword, but… we all know Jon would be better suited with his skills as a swordsman.

OR WILL THE GOLDEN COMPANY (founded by Aegor Rivers, “Bittersteel” a Targaryen illegitimate child that was legitimized by Aegon IV) be in possession of Blackfyre, the other ancestral weapon of House Targaryen (and the one Aegon the Conqueror wielded) and Jon will get that when he defeats the sell-swords that Cersei bought from the Free Cities?

Maybe it’s not important and won’t happen at all, but I just love a good ancestral weapon inheritance moment like what happened with Samwell and Jorah this past episode!

Five Things Friday

  1. Something I Love

I am currently in a deep hole watching everything on TheLongHairedFlapper’s YouTube channel. I love the historical accuracy of her beauty recommendations and the thorough research she puts into each edition. She even has a video on how to make your own eyeshadow with a real recipe from 1919!

I found her while I was looking for a video on how to do a faux bob for long hair. I’ve been doing my faux bob and pincurls the same way forever, and I was wondering if there was a better way! I found her channel and absolutely fell in love with her vintage video editing, ragtime music, and of course the Buster Keaton poster in the background above her typewriter!

I linked her 1920’s playlist below beginning with a Clara Bow inspired look she did on her friend! Check it out!


2. Something I Learned

While I was in college studying public relations, I heard over and over how the removal of female underarm and leg hair was an idea schemed by advertisers. I was always like “yep. I believe it.” So, I did. I knew that there seemed to be a shift in attitudes about armpit hair in 1915 when Harper’s Bazaar was talking about a new trend in sleeveless dresses, which exposed women’s previously covered arms. And the fashion trends of the 1920s seemed to add to women’s desires to shave their legs.

But what I also didn’t realize was it was coupled with the introduction of new technology such as the the 1901 invention of a safety razor with disposable blades and the 1919 packaging of instant shaving cream.

I linked the entire Vox article below about how the trend that lots of people thought would go away became the mainstream and accepted norm. It was pretty interesting how each and every ad seemed to prey on the self-consciousness of women and tell them what was appropriate or not…

"If we were dean of women, we'd levy a demerit on every hairy leg on campus." - Harper’s Bazaar, 1941

What do you think?

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3. Something I Accomplished

#VICTORIASEVERYDAY

My passion project, the Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series, was featured in Marjorie Magazine’s events calendar! Marjorie Magazine is a magazine connecting an international vintage community, so I am thrilled to be featured by their amazing publication.

This Saturday’s performance can also be seen featured on the digital sites and social media of Alabama Writers’ Conclave, Capital City Press, and the Fitzgerald Museum.

EEEEeeep! I’m excited!


4. Something I’m Inspired By

Y’all…. I have an actual artistic genius as a brother. Check out his latest dance film inspired by Carrie Mae Weems “The Kitchen Table”

I am obsessed with this hypnotic movement and strong focus. OOOoooo I get chills. Watch it.


5. Something I’m Looking Forward To

On March 16, 2019 Alabama 200, the Fitzgerald Museum, and I are presenting a very special installment of the Sweet Home Storytelling Dance Series for Women’s History Month. I am psyched!!!!!! This is our biggest event yet, and YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS IT.

Also, we got a site makeover. Go check it out! Soooo thankful for Thomas Lucas (a.k.a. BamaBear for the photography!)