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    Star Wars Celebration Orlando: Exhibit Floor Fun

    Star Wars Celebration Orlando // The Geeky Fashionista

    My final day recap of Star Wars Celebration Orlando! Having spent the first two days camping in lines and attending panels, I had not once stepped foot onto the main floor to check out all the cool exhibitors and vendors. I decided for this last day, I would don my Han Solo cosplay (minus holster and blaster) and finally check out out the main floor. I was expecting to go it alone, but there was a pleasant surprise in store for me!

    Keep reading to see my exhibit hall highlights and fun cosplay photos!

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    Conventions, Geekdom, Movies, Star Wars, Star Wars Celebration, Travel

    Star Wars Celebration Orlando: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars Celebration Orlando // The Geeky Fashionista

    In my last post, I recapped my first day of Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Today, I’ll be continuing on with my second day recap! While yesterday was somewhat of a disappointment due to not making it into the 40th Anniversary Celebration panel, that wasn’t the issue today. Learning our lesson, we easily made it into The Last Jedi panel.

    Keep reading for all the day’s highlights (and one unfortunate low) and don’t forget to catch up on my Day One post!

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    Comic Con, Geekdom, Life, SDCC, Star Wars

    San Diego Comic Con 2016 Preview Night

    SDCC Preview Night

    SDCC Preview Night

    Sigh. San Diego Comic Con 2016 is officially over and now we wait another 359 days for it all to begin again. This was my tenth consecutive year attending SDCC and while I wouldn’t say it was my “best” year as it certainly had its lows (ahem, Hall H Line – you’ll hear more about that later), it was definitely memorable. 

    Following a (sort of) blogging tradition of mine and to fulfill one of my July Goals, I’ll be recapping each day of the con over the next two weeks (it takes me a while to go through the hundreds of photos I take) starting with Preview Night aka Day Zero of Comic Con. 

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    Geekdom, Star Wars, Star Wars Day

    Happy Star Wars Day!

    Happy Star Wars Day & May the Fourth Be With You!!

    I know I just did a Mother’s Day gift guide, but this turned out to be a popular post last year so I decided to do it again. To celebrate this wondrous day, I’ve put together a gift guide of 10 awesome Star Wars products that you can get that special Star Wars fan in your life or treat yourself. This post is not sponsored at all, but to make things easy on everyone, everything on this list can be purchased at either Hot Topic or Think Geek! All Star Wars merch at Hot Top is 25% and, like last year, Think Geek is running a promotion where all their Star Wars stuff is 20-60% off and you get a cute BB-8 pin (with code BB8PIN) when you spend over $30! Promotion lasts until midnight May 10th so you have some time to decide what you want but not too long! To see my list from last year, click HERE.

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    Geekdom, Star Wars

    First Flight For BB-8 Jet Announced!

    Just earlier today I was daydreaming about going to Japan to see the cherry blossoms, then I received a certain press release in my inbox. I normally don’t post these things but I thought I’d go ahead and share since it combines two of my all-time favorite things: Japan + Star Wars
    ANA, Japan’s largest airline, was at a lot of the conventions last year with a model of their special BB-8 Jet. Well, i’s now time for the real, full-sized thing to take flight! It was announced over the weekend the inaugural flight of the last of it’s three special Star Wars-themed aircraft. After it’s March 27th unveiling ceremony, the BB-8 ANA JET will depart from Haneda, Japan to Los Angeles on March 29th. 
    Besides a super awesome exterior design, what else does the BB-8 JET have in store for passengers? There are specially-designed BB-8 paper cups and headrest covers and attendants will wear BB-8 aprons – cute!
    I have no idea how much an airline ticket for it will cost, but going to Japan is one of my top bucket list items and I can’t think of a more “me” way to cross that item off my list than to fly over on a Star Wars themed jet! What’s also kind of neat is that while ANA has two other Star Wars-themed aircraft, this is the only one with flights to the US (current routes are Haneda to LA and Narita, Japan to New York, Houston, Chicago, Washington DC and Singapore). The R2-D2 JET is currently only international flights (Haneda to Beijing, Paris, Sydney, Munich, Jakarta) and the STAR WARS JET is only domestic Japan flights.
    If you’re like me and hope to fly on this adorable jet one day, your dream might come true! ANA is hosting a sweepstakes where one lucky winner and a friend will get a pair of round-trip tickets from Los Angeles to Tokyo on the first outbound flight! To enter and for more details, visit If you’re wondering, yes, I’ve already entered xD Full press release after the cut.
    What themed aircraft would you like to see next?

    Los Angeles, March 4, 2016 – ANA, Japan’s largest airline, announced today the inaugural flight of the final of three aircraft decorated with special Star Wars livery. Part of the previously announced ANA STAR WARS™ Project the last aircraft, the BB-8™ ANA JET (Boeing 777-300), featuring the new character from the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will roll out on March 27 and commence international routes.


    After unveiling the aircraft in a ceremony on March 27 at Osaka’s Itami Airport, where the special livery was applied, the aircraft will make a one-off domestic flight as ANA22 from Itami to Haneda, before departing the airport at five minutes past midnight on the following day (March 29) as flight ANA106 to Los Angeles, marking the start of the aircraft’s international service. The aircraft is then scheduled to fly various international routes, principally routes linking Haneda, Narita and US – Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Houston.
    Passengers on the BB-8™ ANA JET will experience the world of Star Wars with specially-designed BB-8 paper cups and headrest covers and cabin attendants will wear BB-8 aprons. On the R2-D2™ ANA JET, which is already in service (Boeing 787-9 flying international routes), cabin attendants wear R2-D2 aprons.
    One lucky winner and a friend will be among the first to experience the BB-8™ ANA JET with a pair of round-trip economy class tickets from Los Angeles to Tokyo on the first outbound flight through the BB-8™ ANA JET SWEEPSTAKES.  50 other winners will receive a special BB-8™ ANA JET model plane.  Fans can enter to win now. For more details, visit
    Fashion, Star Wars

    Forever 21 Star Wars Collection

    With The Force Awakens right around the corner, Star Wars merchandise is everywhere – and I’m not complaining. Last Friday, Forever 21 launched their latest Star Wars collection which includes items not just for women, but men and children as well. Seeing as how it’s one of my favorite stores, I was super excited by this news. Upon checking out the website, I was immediately drawn to the pajama tops and bottoms as they seemed like the products I myself would most likely actually wear. My three favorite pieces are the Plush PJ Shorts ($10.90), PJ Top ($12.90), and PJ Tank ($9.90). All super cute and super affordable!


    The collection also includes trendy pieces like crop tops, graphic tees, sweatpants, hoodies, and pullovers with an overall minimalist aesthetic. 
    Then there are the even trendier, more unique pieces like two bodysuits, a bodycon dress, and a PJ jumpsuit. To see the entire collection click HERE.
    I eagerly stopped by a Forever 21 store over the weekend in Hollywood to check out the line. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the three pajama pieces that I really wanted to buy. They did have just about all the other Women’s clothing items and Men’s too which were nice to see in person. I did not purchase anything as while some of the pieces are cute, I’m saving my money for some slightly higher quality items (and the PJ items that weren’t available).
    Fun fact: I did not realize this initially since they cut off half of his face in the photos, but the male model is actually my friend Troy who is also represented by the talent agency I work at.
    What do you think of Forever 21’s Star Wars line?
    Conventions, D23, Life, Personal, Star Wars

    My First D23 Expo – Friday!

    What is this? Another convention already? Yes! After Star Wars Celebration and San Diego Comic Con, I end my summer of conventions with Disney’s biennial D23 Expo in Anaheim. It is their fourth expo since 2009 and my first time attending it. Even though I do consider myself a big Disney fan, I had no idea they had their own convention! I never would have known about this event if it weren’t for my boyfriend, Luke, who went in 2013.

    Like most conventions, there was still a good bit of waiting in lines involved before the convention even started. Luckily, it gave us plenty of time to decide what we wanted to do during the day.

    First up on our schedule was the Disney Legends Awards Show. I had no idea what to expect, and it completely blew my mind. Disney certainly knows how to throw a truly magical awards show! In between honoring Danny Elfman, Susan LucciGeorge Lucas, and others who have made significant contributions to the Disney legacy, there were wonderful performances to keep you entertained. Some of these were Ne-Yo singing Aladdin’s “Never Had A Friend Like Me” as a tribute to Robin Williams, Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart singing “Oogie Boogie’s Song” from Nightmare Before Christmas, and dancers from Dancing With the Stars ballroom dancing to music from Sleeping Beauty.

    The show concluded with a surprise announcement that Johnny Depp would also be honored with a Disney Legends award. The crowds went crazy as Jack Sparrow himself walked onstage and accepted his award.

    The other big event we were looking forward to that day was the Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studio panel with John Lasseter. They showed clips and brought out cast members along with directors and producers of the many upcoming projects. We weren’t allowed to use our cameras or phones during the panel (and were given sealable plastic bags to put them in as an extra security measure) so, unfortunately, I don’t have any photos to post. 
    A few highlights: Ginnifer Goodwin showed up for Zootopia – the biggest laughs came from a gag involving sloths working at the DMV – pure comedy gold; the songwriting duo behind Frozen played a storyboard version of a new song from Gigantic (Disney’s version of Jack and the Beanstalk) called “Little Man” that was very cute and charming but won’t be the movie’s most memorable song; and The Rock talked about his character Maui in Moana, a movie that takes place in the South Pacific and looks beautiful.
    Pixar started their portion of their panel showing the complete short film “Riley’s First Date” which will come out with the Inside Out Blu-Ray in the fall. The short was absolutely hilarious and definitely one of the biggest highlights of the day for me. Next, was The Good Dinosaur which I’m really excited to see this fall because dinosaurs. Most of the cast was on hand for the eagerly anticipated Finding Dory including Ellen DeGeneres, Ed O’Neill, Ty Burrell, and Kaitlin Olsen. The clips and new characters looked super funny. They showed a short but very colorful and eye-catching diorama for the finally-titled Coco inspired by the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos. Wrapping up the panel was Toy Story 4 which I learned would be co-written by one of my faves Rashida Jones (along with Will McCormick). Not much was given as to the plot, but it was mentioned that each Toy Story movie has been a different genre and this will be a love story centered around Bo Peep and Woody. Awwww. 

    The rest of our day consisted of walking around the massive exhibit hall, collecting freebies and checking out the various booths. There were still lines (the longest probably being where you could personalize your own Coke bottle – we decided not to wait in the 2 hour line) but nothing like Comic Con. There was definitley a lot to see, but the hall seemed so big and spacious, and I loved how easy it was to maneuver and walk around. No hysteric crowds trying to grab a t-shirt or fear of being trampled over. I’m sure it will get more crowded in the years to come, especially since Disney now owns both Star Wars and Marvel, and I’ll be ready for it when the time comes, but it’s certainly nice for the time being.

     That’s it for my first day at D23 and what a first day it was! I was definitely looking forward to Day Two! Look out for that post coming soon!

    What Disney Animation or Pixar movie are you most looking forward to?

    Fashion, Geek Fashion, Mens Fashion, Reviews, Star Wars

    Geek Fashion Review: On the Byas x Star Wars Tank Tops

    Between companies like Her Universe and We Love Fine, geek fashion for women has evolved much since the days when our options mostly consisted of unisex t-shirts. Now there are many fashionable and flattering options for geek girls of all shapes and sizes in a multitude of fandoms. Unfortunately, for our male counterparts, most geek men’s fashion has stayed within the regular crew cut t-shirt realm so I was beyond delighted when I saw a Pac Sun booth next to We Love Fine in what I designated the Star Wars retail area of San Diego Comic Con. I was drawn right away to their Star Wars x On the Byas collaboration collection with their fun and colorful mix of prints and patterns and how they incorporated various Star Wars characters and vehicles in a subtle way.

    My boyfriend, Luke, received two of the tank tops from the collection and wears them both regularly. Since I don’t often cover men’s fashion on the blog, I asked if he could give me his male opinion on the tank tops and he happily obliged. The following is his honest review of the Millennium Falcon Floral Tank Top and the Darth Vader Floral Tank Top – both of which he is modeling in the accompanying photos of this post (doesn’t he make such a handsome model?).
    “I’ve certainly received plenty of compliments on the tank tops. Probably the best thing about them is the subtle addition of the Star Wars characters and vehicles with the Hawaiian floral design. Many of my friends have had to take a moment before realizing what was on my shirt and then burst out with the “That is AMAZING!” laugh. The fit is also great. Being a tall and slender guy, I often find that getting the small sizes of tank tops are either too short for my torso or that the medium sizes are too large around my waist, these however (which are both smalls), fit great.
    My small bit of criticism towards the shirts is the variation in pixel resolution for each design element. Clearly they are not all the same DPI, as some objects look very grainy or blurry, while others are very clear and crisp, and so the various elements really do not match up that well. Another minor note that a friend pointed out (yes, this is for the most hardcore Star Wars fans) is that the Millennium Falcon is indeed reversed. The cockpit should be on the right side.
    In the big scheme of things, these are Hawaiian print Star Wars summer tank tops, and living in Southern California and always being surrounded by a bunch of fellow Star Wars nerds, it couldn’t be a cooler addition to my wardrobe.”

    These are definitely girlfriend approved! To check out the rest of the Star Wars x On the Byas collection click HERE!

    What do you think about these tank tops?
    Comic Con, Conventions, Geekdom, Life, SDCC, Star Wars

    San Diego Comic Con 2015: Preview Night!

    San Diego Comic Con 2015 is officially over – let the withdrawals and countdown to next year begin! To help ease my post-con depression, I’ll be doing recaps of each of my days starting with Preview Night
    My boyfriend, Luke, and I drove down to San Diego super early Wednesday morning so we could spend the day at Sea World before picking up our Comic Con badges. As that time approached, I dropped off my things at my hotel (the Marriott- conveniently connected to the convention center and where my family has stayed during the con for the last 7 years). Luke met up with some of our friends who were also getting professional badges, while my family and I went to pick up our regular ones. As usual, badge pick-up was fast and efficient. If only all Comic Con lines were like that… 
    Like every year, my preferred WB SDCC bag (given to you at registration) is Supernatural and lo and behold, my family secured three of them along with one Batman vs Superman – score! It was past 6 by this time so unlike previous years where we’ve had to wait in a huge line to get into the Exhibit Hall, we were able to walk right in! My family split up to do their own thing while I met up with Luke. We walked around for an hour or so, checking out the booths and picking up whatever swag we could find.

    There was an area composed of solely Star Wars apparel and merchandise that specifically caught my eye. The We Love Fine booth had some especially cute loose fit, dropped armhole tanks (my latest obsession) that I couldn’t pass up. Normally, I wait till Sunday to buy my merch since there’s the possibility that it might be discounted, but I learned from Star Wars Celebration that while that usually works well with most merch, when it comes to apparel – especially in my size – if I find something I like – which is actually pretty rare since I’m super picky – buy it then and there. So that’s what I did. I also got two awesome Hawaiian-influenced Star Wars tanks by Pac Sun as a surprise gift for Luke because I’m an awesome girlfriend 😉
    After I made my purchases, it was time to meet up with our friends, John, Holli, and Veronica in Ballroom 20. In my whole 8 years of Comic Con Preview Nights, I have never gone to any of the screenings opting to instead spend all my time in the Exhibit Hall so this was a new experience. We all walked right in and found a place in the back that had a good view of the screens. We watched the last half of NBC’s Blindside (didn’t impress me too much) and the CW’s Containment – it didn’t “wow” me, but I’d probably check out a second episode. After the two screenings, we still had another 30 minutes before the exhibit hall closed so we walked around some more before we all parted ways for the night.

    Luke walked me back to my hotel room and we took in the amazing balcony view while going over our schedules for the next day. The reality hit me that while this is my first Comic Con with my boyfriend, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll be spending all our time together. It was no surprise to me that our schedules were vastly different but there was one panel that interested both of us – Hollywood Location Scouts – and a possible other about NASA and Mars although, unfortunately, it would probably cut it too close to our NerdHQ discussion with Julie Plec. Once everyone was done prepping for the next day, we all turned in for some much needed rest (I was going on 40 hours on 1 hour of sleep), very excited for what was to come when Comic Con would officially start in the morning.

    Preview Night was a great little peek of what was to come in the next four days. In my opinion, it was better than the year before which I found very underwhelming. They still don’t give out as much swag as years past and lines are still super long for interactive booths, but it was awesome finding some Star Wars apparel that I actually loved and, of course, just being able to experience it with Luke and friends was amazing.
    Look out for San Diego Comic Con: Day One post coming soon!
    Conventions, Cosplay, Geekdom, Life, Personal, Star Wars, Star Wars Celebration

    Star Wars Celebration: Day Two

    Star Wars Celebration started off with quite a bang with The Force Awakens panel and you might think it’d be hard to top such an awesome start, but Celebration was just beginning.
    For Day Two, we planned to kick things off with the 10am Battlefront panel, but by the time we arrived at the convention center, it was already completely filled up so we instead went to the Ralph McQuarrie: Star Wars Art panel where we were able to walk right in and get great seats. The panel consisted of Lucasfilm executive editor J.W. Rinzler, Abrams senior editor Eric Klopfer and authors Brandon Alinger, David Mandel and Wade Lageose. They discussed the visionary artist and the upcoming book on his work. Consisting of 1600-1800 of McQuarrie’s Star Wars drawings, sketches, and paintings, it is set to be the most comprehensive volume of his work ever assembled. The book is set to be released in April 2016.
    Since 2010, the team has been rescanning photos, sketches, and other art pieces from the Lucasfilm archives for the best possible quality for the book. They showed photos comparing their new scans with the old previous ones and the difference in tremendous. 
    I know this will hurt my cred as a Star Wars fan, but I honestly didn’t know much about McQuarrie before this panel – I really just went because of my boyfriend who greatly admires his work – definitely glad I went though! I learned a lot and now can say I am definitely an admirer and fan as well.

    The revealed cover for the new comprehensive Ralph McQuarrie book coming Spring 2016.
    The line for Carrie Fisher’s panel.
    There was a Princess Leia fashion show before the panel.
    Once the McQuarrie panel finished, my group got into the quickly-growing, already-very-large line for Carrie Fisher’s “A Date With the Princess” panel. After a “fashion show” consisting of female audience members (and some guys too!) dressed in various Princess Leia costumes, James Arnold Taylor came out and introduced the princess herself Carrie Fisher.
    After walking in with her adorable dog, Gary, Carrie proceeded to do her thing, no filter style. While she didn’t talk much about The Force Awakens (she said they keep her away from that stuff because they know she “inadvertently has a big mouth”), she kept the audience laughing and very entertained with racy jokes and euphemisms, funny Star Wars memories, and even one long passionate kiss with a fan from the audience! JAT did his best, but there’s just no moderating what will come out of Carrie’s mouth or what she will do next. Perhaps this is why the panel seemed to be cut off a little short – after allowing two onstage photos and that kiss, the con probably feared what audience members might ask for (and what Carrie will indulge them) next! Oh well, the panel was definitely a lot of fun and very memorable! It was great to see Carrie enjoying herself and interacting with fans. You can tell she truly appreciates them and that was wonderful to see.
    Carrie Fisher on stage with her dog, Gary // With moderator James Arnold Taylor at last year’s SWC
    I started not feeling so great so I got some gelato (because cold yummy food always make you feel better.. or is that just me?) and headed to the nurse’s office for some painkillers. On the way, we passed a huge crowd surrounding the fountain in front of the convention center. I initially thought it was a cosplay photo op, but then realized there were few costumes. Took a few photos anyway and I now think it was an #AhsokaLives fan gathering – reasonable assumption given the shirts many are wearing. Once I reassured my boyfriend I was fine on my own, I went off to watch the Cosplay Contest while the rest of the male members of my party went to an ILM panel.

    What I believe was the #AhsokaLives fan gathering
    The cosplay contest was awesome! Costumes were divided up into five categories: Jedi & Rebels; Empire & Sith; Princesses & Droids; Armored Troopers; and Aliens, Creatures, and Outer Rim. James Arnold Taylor once again moderated sharing the hosting duties with judge Dee Bradley Baker. One of my favorite moments was Dee mispronouncing the word “crochet” as “crotch-et” while reading a costume description. Her Universe creator and voice of Ahsoka Tano Ashley Eckstein also served as a judge.

    I was really impressed with the creativity and quality of the costumes! Honestly, I cannot choose a favorite, but I loved the various styles of Boba Fett: Wolverine, Spartacus, being eaten by the Sarlacc…very creative and fun! I’m also a sucker for Gonk so I loved seeing the “Steampunk Gonk” costume. The winning costume was a much deserved, very accurate and complex costume of Jedi Master Tera Sinube.

    Warning: Photo Overload Ahead! I did my best to cut back, but there were just too many cool costumes!

    Loved the variety of cosplay characters!
    How cute is the Ewok? He missed the contest deadline due to illness (I believe) but was given a special award – awww
    How great are these? Loved the creativity!
    Jedi & Rebels category
    Sith & Empire category
    Aliens, Creatures, and Outer Rim category
    Armored Troopers category
    Princesses & Droids category
    Best in Category winners
    The Best in Show winner is announced!
    After the contest, I met up with my party on the main floor. They were in a HUGE line for the Star Wars: Battlefront floor exhibit. We waited and waited. We knew we’d be cutting it close to the Anthony Daniels panel which we all wanted to see, but after waiting so long in line, we didn’t want to leave it. The main floor was closing when the Battlefront exhibitors announced that our group would be the very last of the day – we had made it! Inside was a circular room that resembled the Rebel briefing room seen in Return of the Jedi. With everyone standing up, they played the game trailer that was revealed earlier that morning at the 10am panel we had missed as well as an exclusive private demo of the game. The multiplayer session took place on Endor and included AT-STs, AT-ATs, speeder bikes and concluded with you and your Rebel forces entering the bunker… you’re not there very long, however, before Darth Vader himself makes an appearance killing your character and cutting the screen to black.

    The trailer and demo definitely has me pumped about the game! There’s just something so neat about being able to interact in these environments that we are all so familiar with from the movies whether it’s riding a speeder bike, taking down an AT-AT, exploring an Endor bunker, or running into Darth Vader.

    We were informed that the game would be released November 17, one month before The Force Awakens is released. A free tie-in DLC featuring a prominent battle in the movie, The Battle of Jakku, will be available for free on December 8 (December 1st for those who pre-order the game). As if I needed another reason to get a PS4!

    The Star Wars Battlefront floor exhibit
    As awesome as it was to make it into that last group, we sadly ended up missing the Anthony Daniels panel. At that point, all there was left to do were the screenings of Revenge of the Sith in 3D (world premiere!) and A New Hope. I was a bit skeptical that we’d be able to make it into RotS, but Luke and I miraculously somehow managed – our friends, on the other hand, had to wait till it was over and joined for ANH (although their wait was compensated with sweet SWC-exclusive collectible buttons).
    I was very excited to see A New Hope on the big screen for the first time with a room full of diehard Star Wars fans and was surprised to see so many people leave after RotS – maybe they were tired? Didn’t bother me though, just meant that we were able to move up and get awesome seats with our friends nearby. The movie was, of course, amazing and never gets old to me no matter how many times I’ve seen it.

    That concludes Day Two of my Star Wars Celebration experience. Definitely a full and eventful day, I would say it was even better than Day One!


    What was your favorite cosplay contest costume?