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501st Legion FAQs

Feb 27, 2017
Ever since I became a member of the 501st Legion, I've gotten all sorts of questions from people across the globe that want to know more about this costuming organization and how to become a member. Since it's become tedious to reply to every email, tweet, and Facebook message individually, I thought it would be best to gather up the most frequently asked questions and answer them here. 


What is the 501st Legion?
Rather than reiterating information that's already been published online, check out the 501st Legion's official mission statement on their website by clicking here.

How did you get involved with the 501st?
I first heard about the 501st Legion at Disney's Star Wars Weekends when I was a child. During the daily parade at Star Wars Weekends, Disney would invite 501st members to march in the parade to help fill out Disney's scarce selection of Star Wars costumed characters. I remember seeing these troopers and learning more about the Legion from my older brother who was already interested in joining when he was old enough. My mom created a Jawa costume and joined our local garrison, The Florida Garrison, in 2012 and my brother followed soon after in his clone trooper armor. At this time, I was only 16 years old so I couldn't officially be a member, but I volunteered with them at troops almost every weekend. A few months before my 18th birthday, I started working on my shadow scout costume and submitted it on my birthday. Since then, I haven't created many more costumes for myself, but I've assembled and helped with dozens of other outfits for friends in the Legion.

How much do these screen accurate costumes cost?
An accurate costume that is 501st approvable can cost anywhere from $300 to $5,000 or higher. Tusken Raiders are known for being inexpensive, but when you get to characters like Boba Fett or Darth Vader, you're definitely looking at a few thousand dollars. That's insane, right? Well, yes. I don't own too many costumes myself because of the expense, but I will say that every penny spent on these creations are 100% worth it when you're able to make a difference, make people smile, and raise money for charity.

Where can aspiring members find information on how to build armor?
If you're interested in joining the 501st Legion, my first word of advice would be to find your local garrison's forums. You can discover what garrison you fall under and find their forums by clicking here (go to their website link and then click forums). Once you've found the forum, make an account and post a thread in the new members section that introduces who you are, where you're from, what costume you'd like to make, and if you need help building the costume. After that, go to the 501st resource gallery (click here), find the forum that pertains to the costume you'd like to build, and start researching. Every forum has tons of inform on where to buy armor, how to assemble it, and more details. I'll tell you right now that I do not like getting questions from people that don't do their own research. There are so many great resources available online these days; all you have to do is put in your own effort and seek them out. If you've already done some research and you still have questions, ask away! That's perfectly fine. I'd also like to note that 501st members are extremely gracious and willing to help just about anyone!

I don't know how to build a costume. What should I do?
Like I mentioned above, do your research. Obviously it still takes some skill to put these costumes together, but most garrisons host events every so often that we call "armor parties" to help out new members with their costumes. If you see an armor party is being hosted near you, definitely sign up on your garrison's forums to attend. It's great to meet members in your garrison and learn techniques on how to build armor.

How do I submit my costume for approval?
Once your costume is completed and you think it's ready for approval, you need to submit full body pictures of your costume (front, back, side, helmet on and helmet off) to your GML via email or the private message feature on your forum. You can find the GML of your garrison by clicking here. If everything looks good, then you can fill out this application form and you'll be an official member after the GML approves it. If your costume isn't accurate enough, no worries. Your GML will let you know what changes to make before submitting for approval again.

If you want more information on costuming in general, check out the Costuming Comlinks series that I did last summer by clicking here. I covered all the basics of costuming from choosing the right one to completing it and adding the finishing touches. I hope this helps! If you have any more questions related to the 501st Legion, feel free to leave them in the comment section below and I will reply as soon as I can.

Star Wars Style: Flared Fangirl

Feb 26, 2017
If you've ever taken a peek at my Style board on Pinterest, you've probably noticed that I'm obsessed with jeans- especially ones with rips, frays, or any other fun details. When I found this pair of flared jeans at Target with a dip-dye hem and frayed edges, I had to have them. Paired with a graphic tee and my favorite pair of funky wedges, this outfit was perfect for a casual weekend day. 

Since I was going for a 70's inspired look, I figured the perfect burnout tee would be one featuring Darth Vader- one of the most classic Hollywood villains since 1977. I love wearing bright lipstick so I swiped on a punchy red shade to add a little vibrance to the overall look. To top it off, I put on some silver hoop earrings and grabbed my embossed faux leather Boba Fett messenger bag. 



What I Wore:
Top: Target
Jeans: Target
Earrings: Thrifted
Shoes: Cynthia Rowley
Bag: Loungefly
Lipstick: E.L.F. (Rich Red)




Star Wars Style: Trendy TK

Feb 21, 2017
Last summer I discovered the wonders of Primark while visiting London for Star Wars Celebration Europe. I had heard about their awesome deals and unique clothing pieces, but I never had the opportunity to shop there until I went on vacation. While checking out Primark, I found this sequin Stormtrooper tee that features the Rebels TK design. It wasn't until I went home that I realized the sequins could be reversed in the opposite direction to reveal a Shadowtrooper helmet. Two in one!

This super soft tee is one of my favorite pieces to pair with worn in jeans for a chic, on the go look. My mom scored a new Dooney and Bourke purse for me while attending the Light Side half marathon race in Disneyland California. I love that it features all of my favorite droids and of course, the lovable Chewbacca.




What I Wore:
Top- Primark
Jeans- Target
Shoes- DSW
Purse- Dooney & Bourke
MTFBWY Bracelet- Alex & Ani
Leia & Han Bracelet- FYE
Earrings- Love and Madness


The Dorky Diva Show: Episode 5 with Brian Ballance

Feb 17, 2017


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.




Star Wars Style: BB-Great

Feb 16, 2017
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



Star Wars Style: Kessel Run

Feb 14, 2017
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




Intern Adventures

Feb 12, 2017
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

Star Wars Style: Jazzy Jedi

Feb 10, 2017
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

Star Wars Style: Darkside Date

Feb 8, 2017
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

Star Wars Style: Professional Padawan

Feb 6, 2017
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
Shoes: Star Wars The Dark Side Flats - Limited Edition - Black, 8.5
Bag: Dooney and Bourke 
Earrings: Love and Madness
Watch: Target 



Photos by Michael Roman

Star Wars Style: Quirky Krennic

Feb 3, 2017
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!

Star Wars Style: Training Trooper

Feb 1, 2017
For today's Star Wars Style, I decided it would be fun to show you guys how I incorporate Star Wars elements into my workout gear. This look is called "Training Trooper" because it makes me feel like I'm actually training to be an Imperial trooper! 

I absolutely love Shoretroopers from Rogue One. Design By Humans has some of the comfiest tank tops featuring these characters that are perfect for wearing at the gym. My Star Wars Celebration London exclusive tote bag was perfect for stashing a change of clothes in and I always need good tunes to listen to while I run. My SMS Audio R2-D2 headphones always put some pep in my step!




What I Wore

Tank Top: Design By Humans
Leggings: Marshalls
Jacket: Calvin Klein
Shoes: Nike
Headphones: SMS Audio
Earrings: Love and Madness
Tote Bag: Celebration London Exclusive


Photos and styling by Natalie Holland. Check out her blog HERE.
Stay tuned for another Star Wars Style on Friday!