Excitables: Bioworld x Rogue One Winter 2016 Collection

The wonderful thing about being a Star Wars fan is that the community is so vast that no matter where you land, you’re going to find someone doing something of interest to you. Whether it’s theorizing on Twitter, collecting Topps trading cards, or putting your pride-and-joy 3D printer to use for armor molds, the Star Wars community has a hobby or interest for anyone. One of my “Star Wars Hobbies” happens to be collecting awesome clothes and accessories associated with my favorite film franchise. Recently, I’ve been given the chance to expand upon this (and couple it with my love of costume construction) for the official Star Wars blog with a column that I like to call Force of Fashion. So naturally, when something new and wearable pops up on my radar, I’ve got to check it out.

Leading up to the release of Rogue One, Lucasfilm and Disney have announced an initial batch of major partnerships for the Rogue One marketing campaign. Small hints of what to expect come this Fall and Winter have begun to pop upon social media (hint: you’ll want to check on my column over the next few weeks), and one particular new batch of products — which will release in December — has me intrigued.

Over on The Wookiee Gunner, my pal Johnamarie Macias has a complete run-down of the upcoming Bioworld x Rogue One accessory line, and I can’t wait to see what it looks like. I recently fell head over heels for their Poe Dameron Dome Bag, which I STILL need in my life, very badly. The silhouette images of each product must be what has me so jazzed. I’m more than excited to see what kind of products they have in store for their line, including the Jyn-centric accessories. Here are a few that I can’t wait to see:

star-wars-rogue-one-death-star-crossbody-bagDeath Star Cross-Body Bag ($39.95)

Step aside, Ramona Flowers, there’s a new circular cross-body bag in town. The first intimidating Death Star will presumably grace the outside of this bag, making it easy to proclaim your loyalty to the Emperor and still keep all your things on you. The chain strap is a great touch, but unlike a few other Empire-style accessories that I own with chains, it also offers a comfortable shoulder strap on top. I’ve been wanting something like this for a while, so I can’t wait to see what it looks like!

Rebel Mini Backpack ($39.95)star-wars-rogue-one-mini-backpack

I don’t travel often, but when I do, it’s usually because I’m doing a bunch of trips at once. For this reason, I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect “everybag”. Something durable, small, but efficient enough to throw in a tablet or a small laptop if I have need for it during my day. I fell in love with Loungefly’s Rey Backpack ($60), but I might hang back and see what this one looks like before I make my decision.

star-wars-rogue-one-rebel-dome-satchelJyn Dome Satchel ($49.95)

Remember how I said I’m super-lusting after that Poe bag? Bioworld’s dome bags are cute and perfect for a day out that requires a little more space on the inside. I’m interested in seeing what design Jyn’s costume inspires, since she has no helmet or major outstanding logos/patterns on her outfit.

 

The whole line is set for release this December, and you can get the full details on pre-orders over on The Wookiee Gunner.

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What’s in My Bag? Disneyland Summer Edition!

I’m going to Disneyland again tomorrow, and I wanted to jot up a list of what I’m bringing in hopes that it’ll help others figure out how to pack lightly and efficiently for a day at the parks. I spent a lot of this summer out of town, so it’s  nice to be back home and closer to Anaheim in order to escape for little trips like this. I’m not very good at coordinating the colors and cuteness of what goes into my bag, but I’m pretty sure I’ve covered all of my bases (for my needs), so I hope this helps you too!

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First off, I want to address the one thing missing in the big photo below: a water bottle! I have one packed (pictured above) and I definitely recommend that everyone heading to the parks has one handy. Whether it’s summer or winter (though in winter, bring some tea bags to mix it up!) being at the parks means that you’re going to be active, and you need to keep your water up.

With that out of the way, here’s my list:

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Backpack – thrift store find with extra pockets inside! It’s light-wearing and pretty tough, but small enough to fit into the pockets provided on the big coasters.

Wallet – Can’t leave home without it!

Phone + R2-D2 case – My trusty Samsung Galaxy S5 has a totally busted screen but a cute case to make up for it. I kill time in lines by reading books and playing games on this thing. (Tip: get the Disneyland app to scope out line wait times, shows, and more)

Sony a5100 Camera + Bag – I’m in love with this camera! It’s great for capturing natural light and learning how to work with a lens (it doesn’t come with one, but the one I have is crafted for the camera) if you’re still a beginner like me.

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Coppertone SPF 50+ Sunscreen – A great, light-wearing sunscreen with very little fragrance.

Star Wars Pencil Case – I bought this and 3 others at Target last year when they were all on sale for $1! It is now my makeup bag.

Makeup – Ulta BB Cream (SPF 15), Maybelline Fit Me Set + Smooth Powder, Daiso Eyebrow Duo and Eyeliner pencil, Wet & Wild Max Fanatic Mascara, Wet & Wild natural blend lip balm, Covergirl Star Wars Lipstick #30, Wonder Woman Lip Gloss in Dark Cherry, Daiso Eyelash Curler, Concealer Brush, Powder Brush.

Nail Polish – Forever 21 Gel Look in Silver. (I’m using this with my outfit tomorrow)

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I love my lip trio! It doesn’t melt off easily and only really needs a few touch-ups after eating.

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mimobot Star Wars Rebels Sabine Portable Charger – this little charger has seen many conventions and road trips!

Compact Mirror – for adjustments and blinding my enemies using the power of the sun.

Lady Speed Stick – This stuff works great for me, so I keep a travel-size stick in my backpack for the parks.

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Paper Fan – Daiso’s fans are for light use, but since there were tons and they were all cheap, I bought a bunch to use until I break them all, haha. I love the falling stars design on this one!

Keychain + Lanyard + Annual Pass – Got the lanyard from Home Depot for free when I made new keys! I use the card holder it came with for my Annual Pass.

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To top it all off, my bag is sporting a cute Skywalking Through Neverland button, which is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to while waiting in line at the parks.

What do you keep in your bag at Disneyland? I’m always looking for useful tips, so let me know below in the comments!

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Confessions of a Blogger

Megan Gotch, founder of The Nerdy Girlie and co-founder of the extremely awesome Female Geek Bloggers group issued a link-up challenge to her fellow bloggers in the form of #BloggerConfessions – so of course I grabbed at that! I’ve honestly been at a loss when it comes to blogging recently (work and prepping for NYCC and Comikaze obligations have really set me back on everything else) so I’m slightly relieved that I have something to flex my fingers with.

This post is probably going to make me look way insecure, but in all honesty, this feels more like I’m confronting the problems I experience as a new blogger and finally figuring out how to solve them. So without further adieu, here we go!

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Work has been nothing short of completely insane as of late, and because of that, I’m scrambling to prepare for two cons and a cross-country trip. Granted, I’m not complaining – any career path requires determination and lots of work. But because of these plus the mountain of things I generally do on a daily basis, it’s always hard for me to stick to a blogging schedule. I worry about losing my readers because I don’t update more than once a week, so I’m working on sticking to a more solid schedule, where posts won’t sporadically pop up every few weeks. Promise!

4My roots are in journalism, and I work full-time as an entertainment journalist. I’m used to reporting stories, analyzing episodes or spoilers, and interviewing people who are much, much cooler than I am. That said, I very often catch myself using language that’s more reporter than blogger, and it makes me wonder if my posts aren’t packed with enough actual personality sometimes. Again, a work in progress!

3My friends put up with me posting trailers and gushing over comics on a daily basis, so I am constantly on top of how much I promote, where I promote, and who sees it. I haven’t really defined a target audience to myself just yet, so I’m hoping that as I continue to build this blog, I can single out the types of people that would want to see what I’m sayin’.

2Note: I particularly enjoy this photo because it looks like a high school PSA. Hehehehe.

With the general stress of a busy (but productive and fun!) life, I tend to go out of my way to avoid situations that would involve me feeling anxiety. There are tons of things I’d love to talk about, but often I find that I don’t know how to say it, or I’m worried about getting into big internet fights. INTERNET FIGHTS! I dislike those a ton – a conversation, sure, but actual fights stress the crap out of me. I want to be more bold and write culture pieces on the problems within the geek community, but up until now, I’ve been too cautious of the things I say. Within the next few blog posts, though, that’s going to change. ;)

1This plays pretty heavily into my point on promotions: if I don’t know what my main subject is, how do I find the audience that wants it? It would be easy to make this a gaming blog, or a fashion blog, or a culture blog… but I want to be all of those. I want to be able to broadly cover several aspects of the nerdy lifestyle, but sometimes i worry about the messaging I send out to promote that and how people perceive it. Since I don’t see myself singling out a primary topic anytime soon, I plan on just working harder to make my blog posts strong, fun, and interactive.

What are your blogger confessions? Check out Meg’s blog post to link-up and send me your link in the comments! <3

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