Saturday, September 24, 2016

What I Wore: September 24

As all Saturdays should be spent, I treated myself to a day of shopping and indulging in desserts with some friends. Not only did I find some awesome Star Wars collectibles along the way, but I also found a way to subtly incorporate Star Wars into my casual outfit. I paired a Darth Vader burnout T-shirt with a black maxi skirt and my favorite Imperial logo earrings. Of course I needed a way to carry around my vintage action figure scores, so my Stormtrooper sugar skull tote bag came in handy.

Outfit Details

Shirt and sandals from Target

Skirt from Wet Seal

Sunglasses from Walmart

Tote bag from Loungefly

Necklace from Ann Taylor

How do you incorporate Star Wars into your every day outfits?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Podcast and Radio Appearances

Over the last month, I've had the honor of appearing as a guest on several podcasts and radio shows. I thought it would be fun to share these with my readers if you're interested in hearing me talk about Star Wars with some awesome folks.

Rebel Force Radio

In this episode of Rebel Force Radio, I join hosts Jason Swank and Jimmy Mac to discuss in depth the full-length trailer for Rogue One that was released during NBC's Olympics coverage.

Galactic Fashion

In episode 15 of Galactic Fashion, I had the pleasure of chatting with Johnamarie Macias and Teresa Delgado about the latest Star Wars fashions and how I became a fangirl.

Star Wars Collectors Cast

I also had the chance to sit down and talk with James Burns of the Star Wars Collectors Cast to go over the latest Rogue One products and discuss the new merchandise. 

The Kris Cruz Program

Most recently, I had a great time getting to chat with Kris Cruz about my passion for Star Wars cosplay and how I created The Dorky Diva. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

This Star Wars-Themed Crepe Café Will Take Your Tastebuds to Outer Space

Located in the Latin Quarter of Paris between libraries and coffee shops, Odyssey attracts a crowd of foodies and sci-fi fanatics with their delectable variety of crepes and, of course, their elaborate Star Wars decor.

From the moment you step foot into Odyssey, all of your senses tingle. Aside from the sweet smells fuming from the kitchen, there is so much to enjoy. From the sleek Death Star corridor walls gracing the interior of the cafe to John Williams' score playing while you eat, there's no denying that this place is the creperie you've been looking for.

Not only is the menu translated into Aurebesh, the most common language in the Star Wars universe, it also features crepes for whatever craving you may have. The homemade salted buckwheat crepes are perfect for a savory lunch or dinner, while the sweet crepes hit the spot for any dessert enthusiast. Ranging at a reasonable price from 3,50 to 12,90 Euros per crepe, there's no excuse for not trying an array of them for a full meal.

Although Odyssey doesn't serve droids (or Gungans or Ewoks, for that matter), Anthony Daniels, also known as C-3PO himself, left his stamp of approval and an autograph which is proudly displayed in the dining room. If C-3PO enjoyed his food, you know it's gotta be good. He's a feisty one, and probably a picky eater too.

If crepes aren't your thing, Odyssey offers a great selection of ice cream flavors, ranging from passion fruit to Speculoos. Don't let the Imperial Star Destroyer looming through the window scare you away from their ice cream bar full of sundaes and waffle cones though.

Star Wars fan or not, Odyssey is a delightful cafe full of all sorts of yummy foods sure to his the spot between visiting Notre Dame and the infamous Eiffel Tower in Paris. Grace some Rebel friends and an appetite before heading to this galactic dining experience.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Star Wars Costuming Comlinks

Costuming Comlinks is still on a bit of a hiatus while I start my final semester at college, but I do have two videos about the beginning process of prepping and painting my Sabine Wren helmet for her season three design. Enjoy and please leave a comment below if you have any questions!

Friday, August 5, 2016

How Star Wars Helped Me Through My Breakup

This is not a fun topic to write about, but it is one that I think needs to be shared. I've been very public with the relationship between my fiancé and I from the very beginning, all the way to when we got engaged at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, and to now. Unfortunately, he decided to end our relationship this week. The feeling was not mutual, so I was completely devastated when I heard his decision. However, I have found that Star Wars continues to be my comfort during hard times, and I wanted to share that with you.

While I could have laid in bed for a week with a gallon of ice cream and sobbed my eyes out, I did not want to take that path. Since I heard this upsetting news, I've been determined to handle this with as much poise and strength as I can muster up.

The first thing I did to seek comfort was call upon my friends- my Star Wars family. I've met so many wonderful people through Star Wars, whether it be through the internet, at conventions, or in other situations. I received hundreds of heartfelt messages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram from friends that I love dearly to followers I've never met, expressing their encouragement for me. This was incredibly humbling. My friend Calli even drew me this precious image of Sabine and Rey, two of my favorite characters in the Star Wars universe, sharing a hug. It brought tears to my eyes, but in the best way. Speaking of tears, yes I cried. I cried a lot. However, only half of the tears I shed were out of sheer disappointment and sadness. The other half was out of complete love and gratefulness to everyone who took a moment out of their day to check on me. It meant so much.

The other thing that brought me comfort was thinking about a favorite Star Wars character of mine- Ahsoka Tano. How could Ahsoka help me through this difficult time? Well, her story is similar to mine. Remember when the Jedi council betrayed Ahsoka when she was framed for murder in season five of The Clone Wars? I'm sure she felt very heartbroken and confused at that time. She probably cried a lot too. She probably didn't know what to do after she left the Jedi Order, just as I'm feeling now. But the important thing to remember is that Ahsoka came out on top. She became even stronger through these struggles and used them as learning experiences. As I'm dealing with my own heartbreak, I'm holding Ahsoka's story close to my heart and remembering that I will come out of this stronger than I was before. 

So I will leave you with this...

When things go wrong, when your lifelong plans are changed, or if someone close to you rejects you- don't lose hope. Ever. Out of darkness always comes light and everything will be okay. Be grateful for the happy times you had and don't let betrayal make you bitter. Everything happens for a reason, and don't close your mind to all the amazing things that are waiting for you right around the corner.