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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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    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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    A Day In Seattle: 10 Things To Do

    10 Things To Do In Seattle

    My boyfriend, Luke, and I flew up to Seattle to spend our Fourth of July weekend with his sister, Holly, and her husband, Matt, along with a few other friends of ours. We arrived late Friday night and were planning to go camping on Sunday/Monday for the Fourth before flying back super early Tuesday morning so we only had Saturday to do any touristy activities in the city. Luckily, Luke and Holly are great planners (even if Luke denies this) and had a full fun day planned for us. If you find yourself in Seattle and only have an afternoon or even a few hours, I highly recommend you check out each of these places! We did everything in less than a day and you can too!

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    What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag?

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    Greetings from Seattle! For Fourth of July Weekend, Luke and I flew up to visit his sister and meet up with some friends in The Emerald City. I’ve always wanted to visit but never have so I was super excited about the trip! We’re only here for three days but our schedule is jam packed with plenty of fun activities. I tend to overpack my makeup and toiletries but this time I was determined to keep things to a minimum.

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    Cosplay: Bangkok Comic Con

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    Can you believe it – San Diego Comic Con is less than a month away! Every year it seems so far away then it’s there before I know it! This year, I’m trying to stay on top of things, but I’m sure I’ll still be scrambling at the end >.<

    Today I am sharing with you some cosplay photos from another Comic Con quite a bit away from San Diego. My dad loves going to conventions almost as much as I do and snapped these photos at Bangkok Comic Con during a trip to Thailand. They definitely get me excited for my own experience next month!
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    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 https://www.ana-sw.com/news/. 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 https://www.ana-sw.com/news/.
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    San Diego Comic Con 2015: Day Two

     
    Day Two of San Diego Comic Con 2015!! Before I start, I was able to get a replacement badge so yay! Crisis averted! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read my Day One post first.
     
    Today I decided I wasn’t going to miss out on the awesome panels lined up in the Fan Culture room (like yesterday) so I lined up outside the room nice and early as soon as the convention doors opened up. I was planning on camping out in the room for a few panels once I got in so I brought my laptop with me to do a bit of blogging while in line and in between panels.
     
    First up was the Geek Wars: The Nerd Awakens panel moderated by the awesome Tony B Kim aka Crazy 4 Comic Con. Panelists consisted of Chris Gore (comedian), Amy Ratcliffe (writer), Andre Meadows (comedian), Ivy Doom Kitty (pro cosplayer), Sam Maggs (writer), and Ali Mattu (clinical psychologist). The panelists were divided into two teams of three (Jedi vs Sith) then took turns answering trivia questions that covered various geeky topics while discussing issues such as objectification, online bullying, and casting decisions. I really enjoyed the friendly and intelligent debates and discussion. So much good stuff was being said I didn’t want the panel to end!
     
     
    Next two panels were Advanced Cosplay and Star Wars Steampunk. I was really blown away by the talent and passion of the cosplayers at these panels. I do a little cosplay here and there myself but nowhere near the level of creativity and skill of any of these people. I’ve always wanted to learn how people do certain things or where they find their materials and these panels answered those questions and many more. After the steampunk panel, I was so ready to get my notebook out and start sketching some cool steampunk Leia/Padme outfits.
     
     
    My last panel in the Fan Culture room was The Business of Geek Fashion. My degree is in Fashion Merchandising and Product Development and I have minors in Business and Communications so I was very excited to see this panel. Lisa Granshaw moderated and the panelists were Jed Seigel (ThinkGeek Solutions), Ed Labay (Hot Topic), Ashley Eckstein (Her Universe), Sara Scargall (WeLoveFine), and Arthur Gibree (Sanshee). The panel offered a really insightful look into how geek fashion is made, how it has evolved over the years, and the latest trends. What I actually found most interesting was the topic of licensing and how that works.
     
     
    I probably could’ve stayed in that room all day and enjoyed myself but I had made plans to meet up with Luke for lunch in my hotel room. After lunch, I took a brief nap then met up with my sister at the iZombie panel in Ballroom 20. Amazingly, there was no line and I was able to join her in the fourth row! The panel included the whole cast (Rose McIver, Robert Buckley, David Anders, Aly Michalka, Rahul Kohli, and Malcolm Goodwin) and executive producers Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright. During the panel, they revealed the first 3 brains of Season 2: 1) grumpy old man, 2) frat guy, and 3) Real Housewives of Seattle. All 3 sound awesome, and I can’t wait to see the new season coming back in the fall!
     
     
    Luke and I met up in Room 8 for the “Beauty in the Beast” panel. Friends joined us, but after waiting almost 20 minutes after the scheduled start time, we were told that the panelist – entertainment designer and director Neville Page – wasn’t showing up.  At that point, we weren’t sure what to do next. Checking Twitter, we found out about the Star Wars concert that was happening and ran outside. While I got lost trying to figure stuff out, everyone else in our group somehow got into the concert. My sister got her and two friends VIP passes and Luke even got a lightsaber! Of course, I was frazzled from everything and feeling left out and sad that I couldn’t be having a good time with my friends. Eventually, Luke left the concert so I wouldn’t be alone which I still feel terrible about since it was the highlight of his Comic Con experience. We walked over to the Next Day Line to join our friends Holli and John. From there, we listened to the rest of the concert and enjoyed the incredible ending fireworks finale.
     
     
    We stayed in line for several hours waiting for a wristband. We used Twitter to stay up to date on the handout progress, but the process was very slow and discouraging. I hadn’t wanted to stay in line to begin with, but after all those hours I was pretty stubborn about staying in it until I had gotten a wristband – we were soooo close. I’ve been rained on while sleeping out in line alone with nothing on me (gotta love Hall H), so I had definitely been through worse, but my friends got cold and tired and left. My sister stayed with me and less than half an hour later, we had our D section wristbands and finally went back to our hotel to sleep for a few hours.
     
     
    Definitely a roller coaster day of highs and lows. I didn’t go to the Star Wars panel or get into the concert, but at least we were guaranteed now to get into tomorrow’s Warner Brothers panel.
     
    I have soooo many photos from Day Three so it might take a while, but it’s on the way!
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    Local: Bottle Tree Ranch

    WARNING: Photo Overload Ahead!!

    Recently, a few friends and I took a mini road trip along the historic Route 66 to check out an interesting little roadside attraction called the Bottle Tree Ranch. It’s a beautiful and quirky destination consisting of over 200 “trees” made from thousands of colorful recycled bottles among other amazing installation pieces and finds. 

    Elmer Long is the incredible man behind the whole thing – he’s usually on location and is super friendly to talk to so if you get the chance, definitely strike up a conversation with him! As a kid, he and his father would travel the dessert, collecting whatever objects they could find. Once his father passed away, he decided to get to welding those collected items and in 2000 opened Bottle Tree Ranch.

    If you ever get the chance to visit this wonderfully whimsical place, I highly recommend you do! Admission is free (although be sure to contribute something to the donation box!), and you won’t regret it! It’s a truly amazing experience that shows what someone can accomplish with passion and creativity. For more information on this unique spot, check out it’s Facebook page!

    Bottle Tree Ranch
    24266 National Trails Hwy
    Oro Grande, CA 92368 US


     
     
    What’s the oddest place you’ve ever found on a road trip?
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    My First Trip to Philly: Day One

    Since I’ll be leaving NYC and the East Coast in only 3 weeks, I thought it was about time I went to visit my best friend (who I hadn’t seen since I graduated in the beginning of May) who recently moved to Philadelphia. After I move to LA, I may not have a chance to see her again until we’re reunited for her 21st birthday next June in Vegas – yes, we’re already planning it.
     
    To go visit her, I decided to travel by bus for the first time. I had heard horror stories about buses so I was a little worried, but after looking up the crazy cheap round trip prices (less than $20 there and back!), I figured even if the conditions were absolutely horrible, at such a low price, I could bear it for 2 hours. After looking at a couple options, I went with Megabus – reviews weren’t great but it seemed every bus service had less than favorable reviews.
     
    The night before my trip, I went out after work with friends and co-workers and had a pretty late night and had to quickly pack aka throw random items without much thought into my suitcase and hope for the best.
     
    I took a taxi to the bus stop, passing several New York Comic Con attendees along the way. After going to the one in San Diego for the last 7 years, it felt odd not to be attending this one ocurring in the city I currently lived.
     
    To my surprise, the bus was quite lovely! It was clean, comfortable, and spacious – something I was not expecting. It also had power outlets to charge your phone – thank goodness too because my phone was literally dead as I boarded the bus. ALSO, it had free Wifi and it actually worked!! I read plenty of reviews and all of them complained about the usual non-working wifi. My phone is often very unlucky when it comes to free/public wifi but it had no problem on the bus. It was also exactly on time. So maybe I just got lucky with this particular trip, but after this experience, I would certainly recommend Megabus and look forward to using them again!
     
    After my bestie, Colby, and her boyfriend, Justin, picked me up, we drove back to their apartment so I could drop off my things. For only having moved in in August, their well-furnished and organized place had a very cozy, welcoming vibe that seemed like they had been living there far longer. After some BFF catching up, we went out for a dinner at a little bar/restaurant called The Blarney Stone that operated a food ordering service called Fatboy and Slim’s out of it’s kitchen. I ordered the Fatboy sandwich which consisted of Buffalo chicken fingers served with bacon, onion rings, and mozzarella sticks on a long roll topped with American cheese and chipotle ranch dressing along with Old Bay fries. It was delicious. 
     
    Before the night ended, we visited a little get together with a couple other Alpha Phi Omega (the co-ed service fraternity we’re both in) brothers then went back to her apartment and caught up some more before falling asleep. All in all, a very nice, low-key introduction to this lovely city and I can’t wait to see what else the next couple days have in store!
     
    Sorry for the lack of photos in this post! Totally forgot to charge my camera/phone >.<
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    CALITRIPPIN’ DAY 2: Preview Night!

    With registration not starting until 3:30 and the Preview Night exhibit hall doors not opening until 6pm, my family and I had a bit of downtime today before all the impending Comic Con craziness.
     
    I decided to record my July Ipsy Bag video on my hotel balcony. Oh, how I miss recording in natural light – so difficult to do in my NYC apartment because of how close all the buildings are together – they block out most sunlight from entering the apartment.

    The view  of the bay outside my balcony
    Afterwards, my family all headed down to a local coffee shop called Lion Coffee. We discovered this place and their amazing croissant breakfast sandwiches about 5 or 6 years ago and it’s become a tradition to eat here every Preview Night morning since. If you’re ever in San Diego, I highly recommend checking this place out. Although we come for the breakfast sandwiches, the smoothies are also really good (my sister and I shared a Passion Fruit, Mango, and Strawberry one) and I’ve heard their coffee is not to be missed either – if only I drank coffee. Plus, the service is great – my mother asked for onions and lettuce on her sandwich and when she told them it didn’t have any, they offered to make her a whole new sandwich (which we passed, no use wasting food) and gave us a card for a free drink next time we were there. Thumbs up.

    Lion Coffee – one of many Comic Con traditions
    Next up was Ralph’s for groceries. This is another Preview Night tradition. We learned early on how pricey Comic Con snacks and food can be, so coming to Ralph’s for fruit, sandwich making materials, and whatever else has become an essential part of our SDCC routine.

    Picking out snacks for Comic Con
    Passing the convention center on our way back to our hotel after grocery shopping
    We headed back to the hotel to drop off our groceries and relax. For the first time since I started attending Comic Con, I have free Wifi in my hotel room! They always have it down in the lobby, but NEVER in the rooms. We are only on the fifth floor so I wonder if that has anything to do with it. Either way, I’m not complaining. Being able to post on my blog during the con is something I’m definitely not going to take for granted.
     
    Registration goes quite fast so we weren’t in too much of a hurry to rush over. A little after 4pm, my dad, sister, and I (my mom only had a 4 day pass – no Preview Night) made our way to Hall E and entered the convention center. Getting our badges was a piece of cake and took less than two minutes. Between the three of us, we also got the exact three bags we wanted which were Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, and The Big Bang Theory (for which I was propositioned twice as I waited for my dad and sister).

    The line behind me to get into the exhibit hall
    Just chilling with my Supernatural bag
    Got all three bags we wanted – no swapping needed!
    Then the waiting began to enter the Exhibit Hall. It really wasn’t all that bad though and before we knew it, we were already inside heading straight to our beloved WB booth. We picked up our usual Comic Con Exclusive TV Guide issues and what would be our biggest swag item of the night: a Batman iPhone 5 case.
     
    Honestly, I was very underwhelmed with this year’s Preview Night. We made it into the very long and crazy Fox booth line so we did get plenty of posters and Bones coasters (ha, that rhymed), but WB stopped handing out anything but TV Guide issues very early. Also, the CBS booth which usually has fun bags and items for shows like The Big Bang Theoryand Dexter did not do any such thing this year. My sister and I barely even recognized the booth as being CBS. Each year, one of our favorite swag items to receive are t-shirts. My dad will usually pack only a few shirts in anticipation of receiving these shirts to wear during the con. Often times, we’ll go home with 20 shirts between all 4 family members. This year, we didn’t see anywhere that were handing shirts out.

    In line for swag at the WB booth
    The Big Bang Theory art gallery at the WB Booth
    FOX booth craziness
    I know this sounds like I’m being a bit greedy basing my opinion on how much free stuff was given out, but that’s why my family and I come to Preview Night. So we can go ahead and get all the cool free stuff early and enjoy the panels and events the rest of the week. If they’re holding or cutting items back to give out later in the week, it kind of defeats the purpose of why we do Preview Night. Aside from lack of freebies, the booths and displays seemed a step down from years past as well.
     
    For the first time in seven years, I actually went back to my room early. After hitting up every booth that seemed to be giving away items, I separated from my dad and sister and walked from one end of the exhibit hall to the other, taking pictures, looking at merchandise, and even tried on a few pieces of a clothing (they actually had legit fitting rooms) at this super cute clothing booth for girl geeks called Her Universe. I didn’t buy anything at the time, but I may be back on Sunday…
     
    Upon coming back to my room, I ate, downloaded my photos and vlogging footage from my camera and phone to my laptop, and began writing this post. My dad and sister returned shortly and we created a somewhat vague plan for the next day which seemed pretty underwhelming, as well. 
     
    I’m staying optimistic though and know by the time Friday rolls around, things will kick into gear overtime so I’m just going to enjoy this quiet before the storm. Greatly looking forward to tomorrow’s Visionaries panel with directors Alfonso Cuaron, Edgar Wright, and Marc Webb along with Comic Con’s last Dexter panel!

      
    I’ve always wanted to be behind the wheel of a pirate ship
      
    Photo fun at the Black Sails display
    Thor Display at the Marvel booth
    Zombie at The Walking Dead booth
    A couple Star Wars cosplayers

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