Thursday, May 25, 2017

Unearthed from my Closet: Star Wars Day

Star Wars has always been part of my life and even though I go back and forth on it in terms of intensity, it has always been my first fandom. My mother told me that no matter what I was doing, if the Star Wars theme came on I would come running. Star Wars gave me my first kick ass female character. I'm lucky that not only did I get to experience the original films once in theaters granted they were the "special editions," but I've been able to also experience the prequels (I know!) and now the newest batch of films.

For Star Wars day I wore one of my favorite Her Universe items - the lightsaber skirt. Sadly, I've gained a bit of weight so it's painful to wear but I made it through the work day! I ran around the office with it on and I didn't care about the weird looks I got it. I try to be subtle when wearing my fandom on my sleeve at the office but not for Star Wars day.

I love being in this skirt. I love the length. I love the flow. I opted not to wear a petticoat under it this time around but man, I love the poof it gets when I do.

On that note, today is the day Star Wars was released in theaters back in 1977!!

Top: Thirfted
Lightsaber skirt: Her Universe
Star Wars wrap bracelet: Love and Madness (Sold Out)
Star Wars charm bangles: Alex and Ani (Disney Store)
Backpack: Loungefly

Sometimes I get a really cute outtake during my attempts at outfit photos. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Small Goals {May 2017}

I'm currently rocking the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 soundtrack as I'm typing this. Have you had a chance to see the film yet? So good! It's one of my favorite Marvel films as of right now. We have plans to see it more time in theaters!

And with that WELCOME MAY!! I'm bring out my May goals but before I get into that, lets review my small goals for April.

I did NOT do well with this month at all but hey, it happens. I just gotta pick myself up and keep going!

April Goals:

  Exercise - Nope. I never went to the gym, didn't go to the new yoga place, nothing. I walk every day to and from work but that's more of a trying to save money and not buying a monthly bus pass thing

 Back to blogging - I'm pretty proud of what I created this month. Thumbs up!!

 Comment on blogs - Nope. I tried for a few days but than I'd get home and just do other things.

 Create another video - Nope. My apt is a mess and there is no where to film. I need to clean up the apt and than I can think about filming videos. I really still want to do the Tokyo Disney haul!

 Unpack from Japan - I tossed everything out of the suitcase and just tossed it all in the closet.

One goal is better than none. Sometimes I look at these lists and think "are they really goals or just a to-do list" but than I have to remind myself that my to-do lists are just things that I want to do but if I don't, than I don't do them. My goals for me are something I want to accomplish. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don't. It's all fine, I'll try again.

And with that,

May Goals:

  Yoga - I decided this time around to be specific on the health / exercising front and pick Yoga. I really miss it.

 Pay off one credit card - The cards are getting lower and lower but this month I want to focus on getting rid of one. I have my budget notes, my calculator, and my trusty pen so I'm gonna sit down and see which one can go!

 Purge the dresses - This is something that needs to happen. I've gained a bit of weight and certain dresses I own don't have stretch around the waist. Time for them to go. Gonna list stuff on Mercari and hopefully make some money off of them. A few of them are those Target team ups and with it getting warm now in SF, I'm thinking maybe taking them to say Crossroads Trading or something.

 Purge the craft station - The bad thing about being a craft / scrapbooker is the need to keep everything. That scrap of paper, that ticket, that food wrapper (it was an adorable Hello Kitty one from the HK cafe in Tokyo) and guys, my craft space is overflowing. That needs some major purging.

Have you created your small goals for May? How did you do with April? Summer is almost here!!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Star Wars Galactic Nights!

One of the things I got to do was attend Star Wars Galactic Nights at Disney's Hollywood Studios while I was in Orlando for Star Wars Celebration.

It was for one night starting at 7pm and running until midnight. I finally got the chance back in 2015 to attend Star Wars weekends before they announced they wouldn't be doing anymore. So when I accidentally discovered Galactic Nights, I bought my ticket.

We arrived at around 6pm to Hollywood Studios and they had a red carpet with photos up and I of course ran over to get my photo taken. I was rocking my Her Universe x Hot Topic Princess Leia dress and my denim vest full of Star Wars pins. The first thing we did was run over to see what exclusive items they were having just for the night. I walked out with a shirt, pin, and a Star Wars 40th magic band. I don't get out to WDW much and Disneyland doesn't do the magic band thing but I had to have it.

After that we got on Star Tours!! In case you missed it during Celebration, they announced they are working on the next Adventure for the ride!! Based on the new to us planet in Star Wars: The Last Jedi! I'm so excited.

One of the fun things you got to do was collect stickers by getting your photo taken at one of the many Star Wars photo booths they had set up. I finished my sticker which was a poster of all the Star Wars films and all the photo opportunities were great. I GOT A PHOTO WITH K-2SO!!

And BB-8 made his first appearance at the park that night!! So if you visit Hollywood Studios, you now get a chance to meet BB-8 at Launch Bay. We also got photos with Darth Vader, Chewie, Kylo Ren, and Boba Fett. Kylo Ren is no longer meet able Disneyland so I had to get a photo with him.

The Rock n Roll Coaster played Star Wars music for that night only but I didn't get on. I've realized that I can barely handle roller coasters at this stage. Also, I wanted more of the photos ops because I was told they weren't out (like K-2SO) and I'm not sure if this event will happen at Disneyland or again because of Star Wars Land.

There were also mini panels happening though out the night with Star Wars Celebrities. I didn't attend them because I had all weekend at Star Wars Celebration so I opted to run around and get all the photos.

The night time show was great too! They had fireworks and projected scenes from the films on the buildings. I believe it was Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular which is an on going show and I've been wanting to see it! Glad they showed it that night!

And because it was a special ticketed event where it was over sold, the lines were great. The rides were under 20 mins and the wait to take photos with characters wasn't bad at all. BB-8 did eventually jump to a 90 min wait but the rest were under 30. And the line for the photo set ups moved so well. Sometimes there would be a group who couldn't figure out how to take their picture but over all it was smooth.

Though I really wish they do make this even an annually thing because it was so well organized and I had such a fun time. After the craziness of Celebration - mainly the line entry - it was a fun Friday night!!

Did you get the chance to attend Star Wars Galactic Nights??

Monday, April 24, 2017

One is a lonely number...

Okay, not all the time.

Let's chat about doing things solo. It's a thing I did when I went to Orlando by myself for Star Wars Celebration / Disney World. Jaime wasn't able to afford the trip and I couldn't pay for his portion as much as I wanted to.

So it was either miss the con because I couldn't find a travel buddy or go by myself. As you noticed, I went.

The awesome thing about going to cons is that you're not truly by yourself. I ran into so many folks that I know and I was able to hang out with them here and there. I had line buddies as I waited for the Ashley Eckstein signing at the Hallmark booth. I had friends that ended up also buying tickets to Galactic Nights at WDW and invited me with them. As I waited in lines to do something, buy something, see something, folks I knew would say hi to me and chat.

There is also NOTHING wrong with wanting to do things alone. I didn't have to worry about my travel buddy feelings if they wanted to be at a panel I didn't want to or being at one I wanted to be at. I didn't have to worry about running off and losing each other because "oh man, the Hasbro line is short let me get in there." And the most important thing - I couldn't eat where ever I want. If this girl wanted Dunkin Donuts for dinner, she was having it.

When I was younger, I would get the occasional, "You went to the movies alone?" because yes, I would go alone. It would be something for me in the chaos of the day. A treat for myself. Something I deserve.

The last few years, I haven't noticed those comments because I always had Jaime with me (for any new readers, he's the boyfriend) and it was all fun and dandy. He has a daughter though who is now a teenager and her mother decided to up root her and move her to another state. So plane tickets for him to fly her back and forth get expensive. That also means he has higher and different priorities. I respect that and I knew that going into our relationship. That also doesn't mean that I will stop going to places if he can't. He also knows better than to tell me NO. So with that, I went to my first solo trip to Orlando and that's when I noticed the comments.

My hotel's restaurant was the main place where I saw the looks and comments. They had eight dollar breakfast buffet and well, yea for 8 bucks! I would walk in a say table for one. The first person did a double take and asked if I was sure. I got seated at a table for four because you know, Orlando meant Disney World and Disney World means families. That was an ongoing thing for 4 days straight. My favorite one was asking what I and my companion wanted to drink. Nope, just me and I want a sweet tea damn it.

The con wasn't too bad but it did happen. I was roaming a booth just taking it in. It's a thing I do before I jump in to see what they had and I had a guy ask me if I was waiting for my boyfriend/husband. Sigh. Nope, I'm looking around for me. I had a dealer ask me if I got dragged here by my boyfriend. Nope, just me. I'm the one who dragged myself.

"You came alone?"

I ignored him and made a note not to buy anything from him. I also had one dealer tell me the vintage ANH and ESB pillow cases were 15 bucks but when I went back and saw a 2nd person manning the table I asked for deal and was told that the pillow cases weren't 15 but 5. They sold most of them anyways and at that point, I didn't want to buy them after that conversation.

So yea, why is that tough to understand going solo? It's not hurting anyone and I believe as long as you are careful, you will be okay. I mean anything can happen to you either alone or with someone but I'm not out here being stupid. If I waited for friends to come up with money, waited for people who like the same things I like, just waited - I'd get no where.

Also, I'm part of the bad adult choices club and I sometimes travel while broke. Life is short man.

So yea, if you've been thinking about going somewhere but don't want to do it alone, go for it. If you wait around for someone, you may be waiting a bit. Yes, it's awesome to do things with friends but sometimes, they just can't and that shouldn't stop you from experiencing it.

Even if it's to the movies, a solo dinner at a new restaurant, or a trip to a con. It's okay to experience these things alone.

A trip to Disneyland by yourself is the best thing ever!!

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise or make you feel bad for saying "For one."

Monday, April 17, 2017

Unearthed from my Closet: Disneyland 30th Anniversary!

My mother took me and my brother on our very first Disneyland trip back in 1985. I fell in love with Disneyland and I never looked back, as you can tell from all my Disney Park posts! As I was going through old photos, I found a stack of Disney photos from that trip which I ended up putting into a scrapbook.

Fast forward to now, I looked at the photos again and realized that I had visited during Disneyland's 30th anniversary! I thought that was such an awesome thing, to be able to say my first visit was during X anniversary. 

Since I was a tiny human who didn't have money and my mother has a tight gripe on hers (nothing wrong with that) I had nothing from that trip except my Minnie Mouse plush (she is missing her dress and her smile has come undone) that I decided to fix that. 

I found and bought a 30th Anniversary shirt on ebay. I found one decently priced and never used. I decided to wear it during the trip I took with friends. It was great to wear this. I wish I had thought about looking to see when I went earlier so I could of rocked it during Disneyland's 60th but that's okay. 

Do you know when you first visited a Disney park? Have a favorite memory??

Here's to more years of me visiting Disney Parks!

Black Cardigan: Thrifted but similar here
Disneyland 30th shirt: ebay
Skirt: LulaRoe
Boots: Kohl's 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Five Fandom Friday: 5 Favorite Droids

I'm playing catch up on past Five Fandom Friday themes and I thought this was one was perfect for this week considering I'm in Orlando for Star Wars Celebration!!

I could of gone with so many different droids from everywhere but of course I had to stick with my favorite Star Wars droids. This universe has so many funny, witty, intriguing droids. A few of them I would love to be real and I want to be friends with.

Here's my list of my 5 favorite droids!

1. R2-D2

R2-D2 is my number one droid. As a little kid, I was in awe that this moving robot was real because when you're kid, everything in movies is real. His attitude towards the entire series of events is just great and I feel like R2 just gets me. And they way they gave him so much personality with a few simple beeps and boops in the entire series is great. And his "I'm not dealing with your crap" attitude towards C-3PO is like the best thing ever.

2. Chopper

Oh my little heartless droid. Chopper is from the animated series Star Wars Rebels and is another droid that I just love due to his attitude. I'm telling you, Star Wars is great at giving droids so much emotions with simple beeps coming out of the screen. I call him heartless because of one episode in the series where the gang bring on another droid and it involved him, Chopper and a hatch. Chopper was not having any fudgery and said nope to this droid being on board. Oh my heartless droid. Also, Chopper acts like he's always inconvenienced by the team but he has a heart of gold for them.

3. BB-8

What can I say about BB-8 that other folks don't already know? He's so cute.

4. K-2SO

This damn droid and that damn movie. He was only in it for one movie and he was one of my favorite characters ever. He's so sassy and I really love me some droids with attitudes as seen from my first two droids. BB-8 is much nicer than these three.

5. Mouse Droid

The Mouse Droid which we first see in Star Wars: A New Hope, is just plain adorable to me. He's gets so scared of Chewie and man, I just want to protect that little tiny Emperial droid. I'd just have him running around my apt and probably trip over it a few times.

There you have it! My Five Favorite Droids from the Star Wars Universe. What are your favorite droids? Let me know in the comments below or drop your link if you did this post already! I would love to read it.

Have a  great weekend!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Unearthed from my Closet: It is clear to me now that the Republic no longer functions.

Padme gets no love anywhere so I had to use one of her quotes as a title.

I have slowly accepted that my entire wardrobe has slowly become Star Wars items and I'm okay with that. For my most recent trip to Disneyland, I finally wore my DIY Star Wars vest. You can read about it here. I also brought out the Hutt Slayer sneakers from the Star Wars x ADIDAS collection that happen years ago.

My pin game was strong with me!! I am sad that even though I had locking pin backs, I lost my Han Solo blaster pin from Yesterday Co. I'm hoping I can replace it.

Wearing my fandom on my sleeve makes me happy and getting to wear my fandom at Disneyland just brings me joy. Disneyland is my happy place and Star Wars is part of that. No matter how many times I get asked about either, my answer will always be the same.

I love Disneyland and I love Star Wars.

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Star Wars vest: DIY
Pins: Yesterday Co, Disneyland, Smuggler's Bounty
Go Rogue Shirt: Target
Skinny pants: Uniqlo
Leia Sneakers: ADIDAS (N/A)
Rogue One tote: Loungefly

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