Friday, February 17, 2017

The Dorky Diva Show: Episode 5 with Brian Ballance

In this episode of The Dorky Diva Show, Savanna is joined by her co-host and friend, Brian Ballance, to talk about the latest Star Wars news and discuss tips on how to successfully navigate your very first Star Wars Celebration.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Star Wars Style: BB-Great

I love outfits that can go from day to night with the simple change of a lipstick shade and a pair of shoes. Jackets are one of my favorite pieces to wear that transition easily into any time of the day. I've had an awesome BB-8 bomber jacket in my closet for about a year now and I wear it all the time over different dresses or with a favorite pair of leggings. Today I paired it with a simple swing dress and flats for a day of running errands. It was also a no-brainer to add my Dooney and Bourke purse that features all sorts of other characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

What I Wore:
Jacket- Her Universe
Dress: Old Navy
Shoes: Thrifted
Bag: Dooney and Bourke
Necklace: Ann Taylor
Bracelet: Gift
Earrings: Love and Madness

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Star Wars Style: Kessel Run

This week of Star Wars Style will only feature two looks as opposed to three in previous weeks. I had a pretty exhausting weekend and needed some time to catch up on life. So without further ado, here is today's outfit!

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Han Solo and his co-pilot so I wanted to pull together a look that did them justice. This awesome skirt featuring Imperial TIE fighters and the Millennium Falcon was easy to pair with a simple tank and cardigan. With my trusty DL-44 necklace and Chewbacca messenger bag, I felt ready to take on any challenge of the day.

What I Wore:
Cardigan- Target
Tank Top- Kohl's
Bag- ThinkGeek
Bracelets- Alex and Ani
Necklace- Han Cholo
Shoes: DSW

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Intern Adventures

First day on the job outfit
Today wrapped up the final "official" day of my internship with one of the coolest digital agencies in the world! In order to complete my bachelor's degree in communication, I needed to devote and finish 210 hours to an internship in my field of study. I don't think it was pure luck or chance that I ended up interning where I did. I had an absolute blast learning from such a diverse group of people and want to share my adventures of being an intern with the world. This isn't a typical Star Wars filled post, but I thought it would be fun to share some highlights from the last month of my life.

So what does an integrated marketing intern at a digital agency do? Short answer- a lot of things! Long answer- tons of tasks including writing web copy, creating social media posts, learning about Google Adwords campaigns, brainstorming ideas for company-wide newsletters, organizing creative briefs, and so much more. On top of that, I also learned the best workplaces have Nerf gun wars and random glitter bomb explosions when creativity is running low and energy needs to be amped up.

I've written tons of blogs in the past about topics that I'm familiar with, but I've never been forced to write content for businesses or products that I know absolutely nothing about. Creating original web content for local companies was one of my favorite challenges as an intern. After writing tons of copy for different places, I feel like I know a little bit about almost every kind of business now varying from plastic surgery procedures to air conditioning installations! I loved that my boss tossed projects my way that were secretly intimidating to me because it gave me the confidence to figure out new skills without having someone there to hold my hand every step of the way.

First day as a production assistant

All smiles after waking up at 3:30am to interview runners!
During my time at the digital agency, I also had the opportunity to work with their in-house video production company. I've always been a fan of film and television, but I never realized how much hard work and time goes into video projects- even the small ones! While working with the production crew, I had the chance to experience some once-in-a-lifetime moments that will forever change my life. I got to see young girls with disabilities dance away the best evening of their life at Night to Shine, interview breast cancer survivors at the DONNA run, and film medical advancements like the 3D printing of body parts from human stem cells. During all of these tasks, I never felt like just a production assistant. I wasn't the coffee girl or the kid that was responsible for taking and fetching lunch orders. I felt like a valuable member of the team and that is something I will always cherish and remember if I ever have assistants of my own someday. My awesome supervisors saw my potential and taught me how to handle big tasks like editing videos in Final Cut, organizing and effectively communicating information for large shoots, and paying attention to all of the little details that add up to a successful final product.

PA today, director tomorrow. Hah!
As a production assistant, I also learned that film crews have their own kind of lingo and unspoken codes. I quickly learned to "fail fast" and pick up on what not to do as a PA. Here are the top five favorite things that I learned:

1) Don't stand in the doorway on set, ever. Everyone will know you're the production assistant.

2) Craft service is the greatest. Free food + endless supply of snacks = a very happy crew!

3) Comfortable shoes are key. You will be standing all day and cute flats aren't so cute at the end of the day when your toes are swollen.

4) If you don't carry a Sharpie on you at all times, you will get scolded. Having a roll of tape on you isn't a bad idea either.

5) Sleep is for the weak. Get accustomed to 5:00am call times.

All in all, I have to say that interning has been one of the greatest and most rewarding experiences of my life. I never expected to learn so many skills and meet so many incredibly talented people in such a short amount of time. To Roxie, Greg, Chris, Gary, Priya, Kristen, Quincy, Brian, Tamara, and Jimmy- you guys are the best. The last month wouldn't have been nearly as amazing without you guys. I hope this Star Wars fangirl brightened your corner of the office just a little bit during my time there!

My "Jedi Masters" Greg and Chris

Friday, February 10, 2017

Star Wars Style: Jazzy Jedi

For today's Star Wars Style, I wanted to show you guys what I wear on casual days. As much as I love dressing up and wearing skirts or dresses, sometimes it's just not practical. This Jedi inspired cardigan is super soft and cozy to layer over practically any outfit, but I chose to wear it with a simple tank top and shorts. Comfy shoes are important when running errands all day so I threw on my Hoth Vans and for a finishing touch, I added an R2-D2 necklace with Millennium Falcon earrings. 

What I Wore
Top: Kohl's
Cardigan: Her Universe
Shorts: Thrifted
Shoes: Vans
Necklace: Love and Madness
Earrings: Love and Madness

Photos by Michael Roman

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Star Wars Style: Darkside Date

For this look, I wanted to show off how I would dress for a girl's night out or a date with a special someone. I scored this awesome Imperial dress on Poshmark for just $10 and paired it with my favorite Cynthia Rowley wedges, also found on Poshmark for a $30 steal. It's still chilly outside so I grabbed a soft, pink cardigan to throw over the dress and added some BB-8 earrings for a subtle Star Wars touch. The bracelet is rose gold and features the entire crawl from A New Hope on it. 

What I Wore
Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Cynthia Rowley for Roxy
Cardigan: Target
Earrings: Hot Topic
Bracelet: Love and Madness

Photos by Michael Roman

Monday, February 6, 2017

Star Wars Style: Professional Padawan

Star Wars Style is back with another week full of fun galactic inspired outfits! My stylist Natalie celebrated her birthday this weekend (happy birthday Nat!) so we didn't get to collaborate, but my friend Michael came to the rescue to take photos of my outfits. 

Call me crazy, but I absolutely love dressing up for work. Wearing a tailored suit jacket or a sleek pencil skirt always gives me the confidence to do my best and feel awesome. I'm very fortunate to work in a creative office where I can dress a little more casual, but I always find ways to slip Star Wars into my work wear. For this look, I wanted to keep it nice and professional but still funky so I played with a pair of colored pants and galaxy-printed Star Wars flats. One of my favorite purses by Dooney and Bourke features all of my favorite characters in a subtle way so it was perfect for carrying to the office. I like to keep my jewelry to a minimum at work so I chose a simple pair of Stormtrooper earrings and a classic black watch. 

What I Wore
Top: Ann Taylor
Jacket: Ann Taylor
Pants: Old Navy
Bag: Dooney and Bourke 
Earrings: Love and Madness
Watch: Target 

Photos by Michael Roman

Friday, February 3, 2017

Star Wars Style: Quirky Krennic

The final Star Wars Style look of this week is a fun mashup of all my favorite things- denim, lace and sequins. My stylist, Natalie, chose a distressed denim jacket to layer over my Director Krennic muscle tee and a white lace skirt. I used a few of my souvenir pins from Star Wars Celebration London to decorate the pocket of the jacket and stashed my belongings in reflective Captain Phasma purse. This look could go from day to night in an instant by removing the jacket and adding a pair of black pumps. Edgy yet soft!

What I Wore:
Jacket: Mango Spain
Skirt: WAYF
Flats: Kohls
Necklace: Thrifted
Earrings: Love and Madness
Emoji Pins: Celebration London
C-3PO Pin: La Barbuda
Purse: LoungeFly

Photos and styling by Natalie Holland. Check out her blog HERE
Keep an eye out for more Star Wars Style looks next week!