Glossier Seattle

5.22.2019

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Skincare and beauty have become two new obsessions for me over the last several years. Ever since I overcame a struggle with acne, I've been thrilled to show off my clear since and play with makeup. I've talked about Glossier here and there on The Dorky Diva because not only do I love their beauty and skincare products, I also love their mindset as a company. They always put their customers first and make them feel like they are more important than the world. That's why I was incredibly honored when Glossier invited me to preview their new pop-up store in Seattle!


Glossier only has two flagship stores, one in New York City and the other in Los Angeles. They occasionally open up pop-up stores for a limited time in cities around the world like Chicago, San Francisco, Miami, and now Seattle! I've never had the chance to visit any of their stores, but I've know that they are famous for creating great shopping experiences. Each pop-up is themed to the city it's visiting and since Seattle is know for its beautiful scenery, they decked out the store with real examples of the outdoors. Locally sourced plants and flowers were growing throughout the shop which gave the space such a bright and airy feeling.



In addition to all of the greenery, Glossier offered a few "green" items that you could take home. The first was a selection of free postcards that you can plant to grow flowers! They also had a store exclusive water bottle that was only $15 and with every purchase of those, $5 goes to Mary's Place here in the Seattle area. Each guest of the preview night got to take home one of these water bottles which was sweet! Instead of giving you a plastic bag with your purchase, Glossier opted for canvas reusable totes as well.



My entire makeup routine consists of Glossier products, but there were a few new additions to their line that I was excited to try in person. The best part about their stores is that you can pick up literally any product and test it out. The first makeup item I wanted to see was the new Nightshine highlighter, which is part of the Glossier Play brand. I wear the Glossier Haloscope highlighter on a daily basis, but sometimes it feels tacky in warm weather. The Nightshine highlighter packed even more of a shimmery punch without being over the top so I bought it in the lightest shade, pale pearl. I also tried out the Colorslide pencil eyeliners which were really great, but I tend not to wear tons of eye products on a daily basis so I passed on this one.



If you've been following me for a while, you know I'm obsessed with using serums in my skincare routine. I've previously used and loved the Glossier Super Bounce and Super Pure serums, but I felt like the price of the serums were a little too high for how fast I went through them. I repurchased them last night because Glossier has since reformulated the product and doubled the size, but the price stayed the same. A much better bang for your buck! I ended up getting the pack of three serums since the Super Glow was reformulated and I wanted to compare it to my favorite non-Glossier Vitamin C serum. I love how they take customer feedback seriously and use it to rework things that aren't getting all the love!


In addition to Nightshine and the Super Serums, I restocked on some of my favorites including Skin Tint, Priming Moisturizer Rich, and Generation G Lipstick. I also picked up a tube of the Body Hero cream and the new eye cream, Bubblewrap. I put on the eye cream before bed last night and I already love it. In my opinion, the body cream smells like oranges and jasmine, which is such a nice scent for summer. I'm really looking forward to using this when I get a little more tan for that extra glow.



There were tons of "Instagram worthy" spots in the store to take selfies and pictures with your friends. Each Glossier store is famous for its "You Look Good" mirror. I love this tagline because it's so rare to hear in the beauty industry! Most companies say that your acne is showing and you should cover it up or that your skin is uneven and you should hide it with concealer. Glossier says that you are beautiful and there's no need to cover up your face, but it's fun to play with makeup every now and then!




When I got the invite to this event last week, I immediately took the opportunity to splurge on a new outfit for myself. Unfortunately the jumpsuit I ordered didn't arrive in time, but it's totally okay because my backup outfit was just as cute and I'll be able to repurpose the special piece that I had ordered. I knew that the Glossier store would have tons of color throughout it, so I decided to wear a black Star Wars dress from Black Milk with simple heels and white tassel earrings. I swear these shoes have become lucky! I've worn them on all of my favorite days- the Solo: A Star Wars Story red carpet premiere, my wedding day, and now this special event.


Thank you so much to Glossier for inviting me to this special preview night! I had a blast getting to meet the staff, mingle with other Glossier fanatics, and try out every single product in person. Special thanks to Kate from The Skincare Diary for lending a hand and grabbing some super cute photos of me. If you're in the Seattle area, definitely check out the pop-up at 200 Broadway East, Capitol Hill. It'll be open from May 22- July 7! 



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Dooku: Jedi Lost Audio Drama Discussion

5.20.2019

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We're back with a new episode all about Dooku: Jedi Lost. Savanna and Brian were thrilled to be joined by Katie from The Rogue Fangirls for this audio drama discussion. Listen closely for info about a special giveaway!
You can follow the show on Twitter at @DorkyDivaShow and the hosts at @thedorkydiva & @JediBrian.  Shop The Dorky Diva Show store here- https://www.teepublic.com/user/thedorkydiva
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Star Wars Style: Return of the Jedi

5.19.2019

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As much as I love to incorporate subtle Star Wars pieces into my every day outfits, sometimes it's fun to be a little more bold. When I heard that Black Milk Clothing would be dropping a new Star Wars collection for Star Wars Day, I went insane. Not only are their designs super fun, but they're always really comfortable and flattering. After the collection preview went live online, I was excited because I loved every single piece, but this specific Return of the Jedi top caught my eye first.


I ended up buying quite a few pieces from the collection (hashtag treat yo' self), but I had to wear this one first since it was my favorite out of them all. While Return of the Jedi isn't my favorite Star Wars film, I really liked this shirt because it featured Han Solo, Lando Calrissian, Yoda, and Chewbacca all in one place. This print was originally used on a promotional poster for the film, but I don't think I've seen it before. 


The shirt could be styled in so many different ways. It would look great under a blazer or leather jacket, tucked into a pencil skirt or with high-waisted jeans, and even tied over a cute summer dress. I think I'll be getting a lot of use out of this one, so it was definitely worth the splurge. Since I wanted to be comfortable during a day trip to downtown Seattle, I decided to tie up the shirt in the front and pair it with my comfiest pair of black jeans. 


What I Wore:
Jeans- Madewell
Shoes- Target (discontinued)
Bag- Bioworld
Earrings- Target (discontinued)

This specific shirt sold out almost immediately when the collection launched, but tons of other pieces are still available. There's another shirt in the same exact style with a Star Wars 8-bit print that I also picked up. If you like the style of the shirt I'm wearing, I highly recommend getting the 8-bit version! It's really lightweight, doesn't wrinkle easily, and kept me cool during a warm day downtown. 


I also wanted to talk about the sizing at Black Milk Clothing. When I originally looked at their brand, I assumed their clothes would skew more to the super-tiny side since their models were stick thin. To my surprise, I ordered my normal since in the Canto Bight pants last year and they fit perfectly. This time around since I ordered a few tops, dresses, and leggings, I decided to take my measurements and plug it into their size chart just to be sure that I didn't end up with anything too big or small. The size chart was really accurate and all of the pieces fit exactly to my preference. I usually fit between an extra small or small, but the size chart said I would be an extra small in all the items I chose. Definitely take a look at their size chart if you're in between sizes. It was very helpful!


Have you shopped the latest Star Wars collection from Black Milk Clothing? Which pieces did you get?

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Star Wars Style: Blissful Batuu

5.08.2019

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Just over a year ago, one of my friends who works for the Walt Disney Company gave my mom and I the most amazing tour of the Imagineering campus in Gendale, California. He's been working on the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge project for the last few years so it was really interesting getting to see where the magic really comes into fruition at these offices. During our tour, he was kind enough to let my mom and I do some shopping at a very exclusive store on site called Mickey's of Glendale. We both grabbed all sorts of Imagineering branded clothing and coffee mugs, but they also had a Galaxy's Edge shirt that really caught my eye. I've been wearing it with jeans and sneakers since I bought it then, but I figured it was time to dress it up for warmer weather!


It's crazy to think that we heard about this new Star Wars addition to the U.S. Disney parks several years ago and now we're just shy of three weeks away from it opening in Disneyland. My favorite part about the process has been seeing the concept go from designs on paper to real structures in the parks. When I lived in Anaheim, I could see the spires being built from steel and quickly and looking like actual petrified trees. While I won't be attending the Galaxy's Edge grand opening, I'm super excited to hear about Batuu once it's open!


The shirt that I styled today features concept art of the Foundry Level, which I believe is the main city area of Batuu where all of the shops will be located. The back of the shirt says "Walt Disney Imagineering" across the shoulders. It was originally created for D23 in 2017, but it seems like the overstock went to Mickey's of Glendale. I'm so happy I was able to buy this design. I've never seen anyone else wearing it!

I paired the shirt with a bright red patterned skirt, my favorite powder blue heels, light pink tassel earrings, and a leather bag. The color, pattern, and texture of the skirt were a little busy together, so pairing it with this shirt seemed to work together well. If you look closely, you can see that I snuck in a little Imperial logo ring too. Jewelry is such a fun and easy way to incorporate subtle Star Wars notes into your outfit.


What I Wore:

T-Shirt- D23 Exclusive
Skirt- Dip
Shoes- Target
Purse- Madewell
Earrings- Target

Several of my friends have already asked me where I got this skirt and the truth is that I found it at my supermarket. Yes, the grocery store! Kroger has a new apparel brand called Dip that is carried across their larger supermarket chains. I've grabbed a pair of sweatpants and a couple other items from their store before, but never anything outside of sleepwear items. This skirt caught my eye when I was shopping last week and I had to pick it up. They carry it in white and navy blue as well. It'll be a staple in my closet this summer!


Are you already planning what to wear for your first visit to Galaxy's Edge? I can't wait to see what everyone wears!
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Star Wars Style: Modern McQuarrie

5.06.2019

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The sun is shining and spring is finally kicked up in full gear which can only mean one thing...Star Wars Style is back! During the fall and winter time, Seattle's constant dreariness and rain made keeping up with style posts a challenge. I'm really happy that the sun is out and the rain is gone for a little while because it means I can shoot more outfits outside without getting soaked to the core. Last week Uniqlo dropped a new T-shirt series featuring artwork by three Japanese streetwear masters- Jun Takahashi, NIGO, and Tetsu Nishiyama. I couldn't resist picking up a couple designs from the collection!


I first discovered Uniqlo a few years ago when they opened a store at Disney Springs in Florida. I really like their T-shirts because the fabric doesn't wear down as quickly as most clothing brands at the same price point. I also discovered a while ago that their kids T-shirts size up to what I think is equivalent of an adult size extra small. The length of the largest kids shirt is shorter than their smallest adult size, which works out in my favor because I have a very short torso. Rather than paying $19.90 for the adult shirts, I managed to grab two of the kids shirts for only $9.90 each. Since they didn't carry any of the Star Wars designs in womens sizing, this was the next best alternative.


There were 12 adult sized shirts and 6 kids sized shirts in the overall collection. I thought the designers did a great job working together to create a cohesive streetwear inspired look. Most of the designs were pretty minimal and called back to some of the most retro Star Wars editions, like the Droids and Ewoks animated television series.

The first style to catch my eye in the series was this Star Wars logo tee designed by NIGO. I typically don't gravitate towards clothing with the classic Star Wars logo plastered across the front, but this one really struck my attention because it's rarely used on clothing anymore. Ralph McQuarrie used this Star Wars font on most of his early concept art designs and it was eventually used on some of the very first apparel pieces too. One of the original concepts for Luke Skywalker is also featured on the front of the shirt.


I decided to pair this shirt with pieces that I would usually wear around town. My favorite button-fly jeans, hoop earrings, and geometric patterned wedges gave it the retro inspired look I was going for. I also wore a slouchy indigo kimono and two Star Wars necklaces, the Millennium Falcon and the Skywalker lightsaber, that I layered together. As a birthday gift to myself last month, I picked up a monogrammed leather purse from Madewell. I think the powder blue color looks good with anything!

What I Wore:
T-Shirt- Uniqlo
Jeans- Thrifted
Kimono- Dip
Shoes- Roxy (Thrifted)
Purse- Madewell
Necklaces- Amazon
Earrings- Target


It's unfortunate that this line didn't include any pieces that were created specifically for women, but this is a challenge fangirls have faced for decades now. With a little bit of creativity, you can find ways to feminize boxy T-shirts! I'll be featuring the other shirt that I got from the Uniqlo Star Wars collection later this season. Did you pick up any items from the series yet?
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The Rise of Skywalker Teaser Breakdown

5.04.2019

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This week Savanna and Brian are joined by their friend and fellow Star Wars fan, Kristen Bates, to discuss and break down The Rise of Skywalker teaser trailer! Buckle up, this is gonna be a bumpy ride full of wild theories and speculation! 

You can follow the show on Twitter at @DorkyDivaShow and the hosts at @thedorkydiva & @JediBrian.  Shop The Dorky Diva Show store here- https://www.teepublic.com/user/thedorkydiva
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