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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The Dorky Diva Show- Our Star Wars Celebration Recap

4.27.2019

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From meeting Neal Scanlan to hugging Kathy Kennedy and shouting VERY loudly for Ahmed Best, we're bringing you along as we reminisce about Star Wars Celebration Chicago.


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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My Star Wars Celebration Chicago Experience

4.16.2019

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Star Wars Celebration is always such a special time for me. From meeting childhood heroes to hanging out with long time friends, experiencing unforgettable moments and more, there's nothing like being in one place with thousands of other Star Wars fans. This year's Celebration was no different! Celebration Chicago was the fifth time I've attended this event and I had such a great time. I love journaling all the highlights of my convention experience so I can look back on it in future years and remember everything I did. Here are the top highlights from my time at Star Wars Celebration Chicago!


Working with Regal Robot

If you saw me on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday of the convention, you most likely spotted me at the Regal Robot booth in front of the Star Wars Show live stage. Regal Robot, founded by Tom Spina, creates licensed Star Wars furniture and home decor. From off-the-shelf items to custom designed products, if you want to feature your love of Star Wars in your home, Regal Robot can help you do that. I had such a great time working with their team and getting to invite fans into the booth! They had a life size replica mannequin of Chewbacca on display for people to take photos with, but my personal favorite item to talk about was the Emperor's Throne chair. Just sitting in it makes you feel powerful! My brother was also working the booth so it was really nice to spend some time with him each day.


The Dorky Diva Meetup

I honestly don't even know how to talk about this because it's so incredibly overwhelming. Back at Celebration Orlando in 2017, I decided to host a small meetup for followers of my blog and podcast to hang out. I really only expected five people to show up last time and we ended up with at least 100 attendees throughout the night. This year, I organized another meetup and only expected ten people to show up. We had over 100 people meet with us throughout the evening! My amazing friend Melissa Thomas created some incredible Clone Wars inspired art for exclusive buttons that my co-host Brian and I only gave out at the meetup. We didn't have any left at the end of the night! If you came by even for just a few minutes or stayed all night, thank you. From the bottom of my heart! This meant the world to me.


Meeting Kathy Kennedy

If you know me, you know that I love Kathy Kennedy, president and CEO of Lucasfilm, more than anything. I grew up adoring the Indiana Jones films that she produced, so her involvement with Star Wars in the last few years has been incredible for me to watch. I briefly had the chance to take a photo with her last year at the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Our encounter was so brief though that I didn't get to actually speak with her at the premiere. However, I randomly had the opportunity to quickly chat with her one day at Celebration before the exhibit hall opened. On Saturday morning, she was walking around the floor with her posse of Lucasfilm publicists and security guards. I dashed over to her and said, "Kathy!" She turned around and I said to her, "Hi, we briefly met at the Solo premiere, but I just wanted to tell you how much I admire you and how much I appreciate everything you do." She instantly gave me a hug and I started to well up with tears. I mean, it's not every day you get to tell your hero how much you love them! She said thank you and I went on my way. I dashed into the nearest restroom, called my best friend Lindsey, and gushed to her (while crying) about what had just happened. Lindsey loves Kathy just as much as I do so it was really special getting to instantly share that with her. When I finally pulled myself together, I checked my text messages and saw that my friend Chris Petescia was nearby and captured the moment. I hope that my few short words meant something to her, because it meant everything that I got to share with her how much her work has impacted my life.


The Mandalorian Panel

I had a reserved seat for Sunday morning's panel about the upcoming live action show, The Mandalorian. Rather than taking that seat, I decided to watch the panel at the Star Wars Show live stage with my friends Katie, Rianne, Anna, Emma, and Jim. As a huge fan of Dave Filoni, I've been anticipating more information about this show since his involvement was announced. Jon Favreau, Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, and Carl Weathers were on the panel along with Filoni. They chatted about their experience developing the show and describing the gritty nature of the story. The livestream viewers at home did not get to see any of the exclusive clips of the show, but since we were at the event, we got to see a first-look at footage and behind the scenes content from The Mandalorian. Another scene and montage were shown at the end of the panel, but we did not get to see that. I can't wait for this show to debut on November 12 on the Disney Plus streaming service!


The Clone Wars Panel

Ugh, this panel. This was the main reason why I wanted to be at Star Wars Celebration Chicago. Star Wars: The Clone Wars is truly the reason behind my intense love for Star Wars. When I was in my early teens, I experienced Star Wars through the lens of these new characters' eyes and they showed me how Star Wars is a story of hope and perseverance. When I heard last year that The Clone Wars would be returning, I couldn't control my joy. Being in the main room for this sneak peak panel was really amazing. Dave Filoni and the cast of voice actors were on stage to share new clips with the audience along with a stunning trailer. My friend Ian who works for Lucasfilm captured my reaction to the trailer, which was just pure, awestruck happiness. I can't wait to watch these characters come to life again in the new season! No official premiere date has been announced, but I'm assuming it will next spring. Also, shoutout to my friend Katie for holding my hand when I was too emotional to control myself! I also had the pleasure of sitting in front of a Lucasfilm team member named Kevin, who was responsible for putting together that flawless trailer. There was so much love in that room!


The Phantom Menace 20th Anniversary Panel

As a child of the 90s, I grew up watching the prequels and loving them with no shame. Getting to experience The Phantom Menace 20th anniversary panel was easily one of the greatest things I've ever done at a Celebration. Before the panel started, DJ Elliott pumped us up with the greatest 90s hits and there was no shortage of hilarious dance moves in my row! My friends Brian, Jim, Sarah, and Catrina were ALL rocking out to these songs. We were getting so amped for the panel to start. John Knoll, Doug Chiang, Jean Bolte, and Matthew Wood shared stories of their contribution to the created of the film while stars Anthony Daniels, Ian McDiarmid, Ray Park, and Ahmed Best reminisced about how this movie impacted their life. It was the most heartwarming thing to welcome Ahmed Best on stage during the panel. Ahmed played the technically groundbreaking character Jar Jar Binks, who didn't receive the most kind feedback once the filmed premiered in 1999, so it was really special to cheer for Ahmed and show him how much he is adored by us fans. At the end of the panel, my friends and I were chanting his name in unison and he clearly saw us in the crowd. I hope we made his morning a good one!


In addition to all of those great highlights, my favorite part of the convention was meeting all of you! Whether you came to my meetup, found me at the Regal Robot booth, or bumped into me on the show floor, I'm so glad many of you came up to say hi and introduce yourself. It's always really rewarding for me to meet the person behind a screen name.

Star Wars Celebration is slated to return in Anaheim next year and I hope to see you there! Oh and, I guess Emperor Palpatine is back? I'll try to condense my thoughts about that in the next episode of The Dorky Diva Show. Hah! See you next time.

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Star Wars Style: Casual Canto Bight

4.01.2019

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The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, but I'm having the time of my life! In the midst of working the Hero Within booth at WonderCon this past weekend, I managed to squeeze in a shoot with my favorite photographer, Mark Edwards, and styled a pair of Star Wars pants that I've had for a while. It's been too long since I did a proper Star Wars Style post, so I was absolutely ecstatic that Mark and I were able to shoot some photos together.


I've had these Canto Bight inspired pants from Black Milk Clothing stashed away for probably six months now. It was a little too cold this winter to pull them out of the closet, so I'm very happy that it's starting to warm up and I can finally wear them.

These pants immediately caught my eye when I saw them online because they were so subtle and chic yet featured my favorite part about the Star Wars universe- the aliens! Many of the eccentric new characters from The Last Jedi are scrambled around on the print. There are even a few BB-8s scattered throughout the allover pattern. From far away, someone may not even realize that these are Star Wars pants because the pattern is so busy.

They're super comfortable, high-waisted, and have two really big pockets on the front. I've looked at Black Milk leggings for years and years, but never wanted to buy a pair because I worried they would be too sheer. These pants were amazing because they felt like leggings, but looked like trousers and were very flattering.


Since I wanted the pants to be the focus of the outfit, I paired them with a white top, metallic clutch, and a pair of red heels for a pop of color. Of course, I had to wear my signature pair of turquoise earrings too! I guess you could say this is what I'd wear if I was invited to lunch at the Canto Bight casino.


I'll be honest with you guys, my self-confidence has been at an all time low lately. I've gained a little bit of weight in the last year and I rarely get to dress up these days, so doing this shoot with Mark really made my confidence soar again. It feels so great to look at myself and actually like what I see. It's really easy as a woman to feel like you're not enough. Not pretty enough, not skinny enough, not fit enough, or even tall enough. When I see these photos, I feel like I am enough! Putting together a subtly geeky outfit is one of my favorite things to do and it felt really nice to feel this stunning again.



I ended up swapping out my tassel earrings for some hoops about halfway through the shoot as I wanted some new headshots for my business. I loved these shots so much that I wanted to share them here too. Mark and I only had about 45 minutes to get both versions of this look captured and he totally knocked it out of the park. We didn't have the best lighting or location to work with, but he is super talented and managed to make the most of our situation. 



Before I wrap this up, I wanted to share that I'll be hosting another meetup at Star Wars Celebration next week on the evening of Friday, April 12. Please come by and say hello! I'll be giving out exclusive buttons featuring Clone Wars centric art for The Dorky Diva Show along with some other fun goodies. Click here for all the event details. I hope to see you there! 

If you're in the southern California area and need new headshots, fun portraits, or anything else, I highly recommend getting in touch with Mark Edwards. He is so professional, kind, and really knows how to create a stunning photograph! I can't wait to team up with him again in the future for more Star Wars Style posts.
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The Dorky Diva Show- Galaxy's Edge and SWCC

3.03.2019

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On this episode of The Dorky Diva Show, Savanna and Brian are talking about the latest Galaxy's Edge news and sharing some insight about Star Wars Celebration from their past convention experience! 

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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The Dorky Diva Show- The Clone Wars Season 5 Discussion: Part 2

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We're back with a new episode of The Dorky Diva Show! This week, Savanna and Brian are joined by their sweet friend and amazing artist, Melissa Thomas, to discuss the second half of The Clone Wars Season Five. Enjoy!
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
Great playlists of Star Wars behind the scenes content- https://www.youtube.com/user/mranderson00001
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Star Wars Celebration Packing Essentials

2.10.2019

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Oftentimes the most stressful part of going to a convention can be packing for it. I've traveled across the world to attend Star Wars Celebration and have even packed for an 18-day trip to Europe with just a carry-on suitcase. Rather than hoarding all my packing secrets to myself, I want to share them with you. In this post you'll find all of my Star Wars Celebration packing essentials including favorite clothing items, tech gear, and luggage.


Essential Packing Items:

Click the title of each item to see my most recommended product of that category! 

Hard Exterior Carry-On
If you're like me and plan on flying to Chicago for Celebration, you'll want some good luggage. I've always brought just a carry-on bag to Celebration for the sake of easy traveling and if I ever end up buying more merchandise that can't fit in my bag, I ship it back home instead of bringing it on the plane. Hard exterior luggage is really great for keeping your items safe in flight. American Tourister makes really cool Star Wars suitcases for both carry-on and checked sizes. My Star Wars suitcases have always been great conversation pieces in airports and oftentimes lead me to Star Wars fans who are also traveling to Celebration!



Lightweight Jacket
When planning my outfits for Star Wars Celebration, I typically start with one statement piece and then accessorize around it. Since I get cold easily in convention centers, I try to pick a really cool Star Wars jacket to wear rather than statement shirt that will essentially just get covered by a jacket. Last year I wore the Her Universe 40th anniversary jacket most of the time and layered it over some comfy clothes. If you bring 1-2 statement jackets or sweaters, you can make versatile outfits that don't take up a ton of space in your luggage. Plus, if you get hot inside the convention, you can take off your jacket and throw it in your bag.

It will probably still be cold in Chicago in April, so you may want to wear a puffy/heavyweight jacket over your outfit when walking to/from the convention and leave it at coat check inside the con center since Celebration is offering this amenity. Gloves and beanies can fit inside your backpack if you need to wear those when walking outside.

Pro tip: Wear your biggest pieces of clothing on the plane if you're traveling by air!

Here are some of my favorite Star Wars jackets:



Comfortable Shoes
I can't harp on this enough. You NEED to wear comfortable shoes at Celebration. Most convention centers have solid concrete floors and I swear they'll never be kind to your body. Get a comfortable pair of sneakers and slip in some gel insoles for extra support. Your back will thank you after day one of the con!

Stretchy Jeans
Sometimes I like to wear dresses at conventions because they are easy to pack, but I oftentimes find myself uncomfortable when I need to sit on the floor in long lines, so I prefer to wear jeans instead. Since you'll most likely be walking, standing, and sitting on hard concrete floors all day, you'll want to wear some jeans that are stretchy and keep you comfortable. As for guys, invest in pants or jeans that you feel comfortable wearing all day long. You don't want to be irritated by a tight waistband or itchy fabric for five days in a row.

Soft T-Shirts
Same concept here! Be as comfortable as possible. Thankfully, there are plenty of comfortable Star Wars shirts out there. I really like the tri-blend shirts from TeePublic, but you can find plenty of soft T-shirts on Amazon as well. Since Chicago will be chilly, it might be a good idea to pack a lightweight longsleeve tee that you can layer under outfits.



Accessories
Since I like to pack solid colored clothing items that are interchangeable and easy to coordinate, I represent Star Wars in my outfits mostly with accessories. Jewelry and hats take up very little space in your luggage, so you can bring multiples to wear throughout the convention.

Here are some of my favorite Star Wars jewelry pieces:



Phone Power Bank
Don't skimp on this item! You'll be taking lots of photos with your smartphone at the convention and texting friends to link up, so don't let your battery die out. Sometimes the wi-fi can get spotty inside the convention center, which will drain your battery quicker than usual. Power banks are great items to have on hand that you can also share with friends who need a quick recharge.

Pro tip: Bring USB to lightning and USB to micro-USB cables so you can lend a hand to friends who may not have the same phone as you!

Functional Backpack
This is probably the most important item you should bring. I can't tell you how many times I've convinced myself that I can survive a convention with just a small purse or messenger bag and felt like my shoulder was going to fall off my body by the end of the day. Backpacks are great because they can hold all of your necessities and not pull on just one side of your body. I find that laptop bags are my favorite convention bags because they have multiple pockets to hold all of my personal items and things that I buy throughout the show.

Poster Tube
If you plan on buying posters or artwork at the show, you need a sturdy poster tube. I like bringing one and sticking it in my backpack just in case I see some cool artwork that I want to bring home. The one that I linked is also extendable and has a strap that you can sling on your shoulder if needed. If you can't fit this in your luggage, visit a UPS or FedEx store near the convention center to grab a cardboard poster tube.

Leak-Proof Water Bottle
Bottles of water are tough to find at Celebration and tend to be pretty expensive if you do see them at the food court, so it's a good idea to bring a reusable bottle from home. There will be plenty of water fountains around to refill your bottle, but make sure to bring a leak-proof bottle so it doesn't spill on any new Star Wars treasures inside your backpack.

RFID Blocking Wallet
At the most recent Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, multiple people had their credit card information stolen from RFID card readers. Rather than risk getting my information stolen and having to deal with credit card fraud, I'll be using an RFID blocking wallet this year. Better safe than sorry!

Protective Autograph Sleeves
If you plan on meeting celebrities at Celebration and getting their autograph, you'll want to bring some protective autograph sleeves with you. Most celebrities tend to sign 8x10 photos at their tables, so these sleeves will keep your new autograph safe.

Pro tip: Be sure to make sure your autograph is completely dry before sliding it into the protective sleeve or the fresh handwriting will smear!

Anti-Bacterial Hand Wipes
Have you ever heard of con crud? It's the inevitable sickness that you will catch after any convention. You can avoid con crud by sanitizing your hands and personal items (cell phone, camera, etc.) with anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitizer.

Pro tip: Start chugging vitamin c supplements and vitamins a week before Celebration so your immune system will be strong!

Snacks & Pain Killers
I'm the type of person that you don't want to be around when I get hungry. Hungry equals cranky in my experience and I never want to be raging with crankiness at a convention, so I pack plenty of snacks in my backpack. It's very rare that I actually take time to eat lunch during conventions, so snacking throughout the day keeps me satisfied. Sometimes I get headaches during the convention just from exhaustion or jet-lag, so I carry a small bottle of Advil with me to kill any headaches that may pop up. I buy snacks after I've arrived in my destination city rather than bring them on the plane with me.

These are some of my favorite convention snacks to help me stay energized and keep my sweet tooth satisfied:


My Full Packing List:

Here are the clothing items I'll be packing in my carry-on for Celebration in Chicago:

-2 pair of pants (1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of other pants)
-5 tops (I never overpack for conventions because I always buy shirts at the show)
-1 dress or jumpsuit (in case I want to dress up for dinner)
-5 pairs of socks
-2 pairs of pajamas (I usually pack lightweight pajamas that can fold up small)
-undergarments (duh)
-1 pair of ballet flats (also for dinner or walking around the hotel)

Here's what I'll be wearing on the plane to maximize free space in my bag:
-1 puffy jacket or thick hoodie (Chicago is cold!)
-1 pair of jeans
-1 T-shirt
-Bulky sneakers
-Any additional items for warmth (scarf, hat, etc.)

Other items to pack in my carry-on bag and backpack:
-camera and extra battery packs with a charger
-phone power bank and charger
-poster tube
-toiletries (I try to only bring the bare essentials for makeup and 1-2 shades of lipstick)
-swag (buttons & stickers that I give away)
-headphones/earbuds (to wear on the plane)
-jewelry
-wallet 
-water bottle

That's about it! I really try to keep my packing list as small as possible so I can use extra space in my backpack and suitcase to hold items that I want to buy at the convention. I choose clothing items that are lightweight and fold flat to avoid them taking up too much space in my bag. 

The photo below was taken on my travels during Celebration Europe in 2016. My mom and I went to London for twelve days before departing to Paris to visit Disneyland. Our entire trip lasted 18 days and we didn't check any luggage. You can see that I was equipped with my trusty backpack and carry-on suitcase. The bag on top of my carry-on was full of dirty laundry, but all of those clothing items fit back in my suitcase when we headed back to the states.


Hopefully this packing guide will help you pack your own essentials for Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April. If you have any other items that you'd suggest bringing for the convention, please list them in the comment section below!

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9 Tips for First-Time Celebration Attendees

2.09.2019

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I was recently asked on Instagram if I have any tips for first-time Star Wars Celebration attendees and rather than answer them in short form over there, I decided to share my top nine tips over here! I've been lucky enough to attend four Star Wars Celebrations since 2012 and feel like I've had enough experience to share tidbits of information that might be helpful if you're going to Star Wars Celebration Chicago in April.



There Will be Lines for Everything

First off, there will be lines for everything you do at Star Wars Celebration. From going to a headlining Episode IX panel to just taking a break for the restroom, you will be waiting in lines no matter how early you arrive. All of the Celebrations I've attended since 2012 have slowly gotten worse in attendance size and line length. I remember going to the Season 5 premiere of The Clone Wars back at Celebration VI in Orlando and only waited a few hours to get in the premiere theater. However, just a few years later, I ended up waiting overnight in line to see The Force Awakens panel at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. Star Wars Celebration has briefly mentioned on their social media accounts that they will have a new "technology" for the line system in Chicago, but we have yet to see what that system will be and if it will turn out successful. I will say that every single time I've waited in a long line at the convention, the payoff has been totally worth the wait, so don't stress too much.

If you're not fond of waiting in lines, there is a plus side to the tiresome waits. I've met so many of my best friends in past years just from sitting next to someone in a queue line for multiple hours. Strike up a conversation with your neighbor and it'll help the time fly by!



Pack Smart

I've mentioned this before in a video, but you'll want to pack smart for the convention. The most important item that I recommend bringing is a solid backpack. I really like my Boba Fett laptop backpack (R2-D2 version is pictured below) because it has tons of front pockets, inside pockets, and straps on the side that are perfect for holding the next most important item you'll need- a poster tube. If you're an avid art collector or love to grab the free posters offered at select panels, you'll want to keep those items safe in a poster tube. I also highly recommend bringing some snacks to hold you over because nobody likes a hangry Star Wars fan sitting next to them. Trail mix, fruit chews, and Pop-tarts are some of my favorite convention snacks to hold me over and that will also satisfy my sweet tooth.

Most US based convention centers have lots of water fountains scattered around the venue, so packing a leak-proof water bottle is a great idea too. Lastly, I always pack a small cardigan or hoodie in my backpack because I tend to get cold in the convention center, especially if I'm standing still in a line. Also don't forget to bring your rechargeable phone battery pack, extra camera batteries, or plenty of cash for all the cool merch you'll want to buy in the exhibit hall.



Cosplayers Gather in Specific Areas

If you're planning on cosplaying at Star Wars Celebration or just want to find cosplayers to photograph, I highly recommend staying in the lobby area of the convention center. Most cosplayers tend to avoid the exhibit hall if they're in costume because it gets pretty cramped in there. If someone is wearing a helmet with limited vision or a costume that is fragile, they'll most likely be taking pictures in the spacious lobby of the convention rather than the exhibit hall. There's also usually much better lighting for photographs in the lobby.

Also, don't be afraid to ask cosplayers to take a photo with you! That's what they love doing. Just be sure to ask for permission before touching anything on their costume- you never know how fragile it could be and you don't want to ruin their hard work or make them uncomfortable.

Bring Swag if You Can

Star Wars fans are notorious for trading swag at Star Wars Celebration. This includes pins, patches, buttons, trading cards and more. If you have any sort of small swag items to bring, you may get some cool items in return from a trade! I always make special stickers and buttons with The Dorky Diva logo on them to give out at Celebration. This isn't an essential part of the Celebration experience, but if you're a cosplayer, blogger, or podcaster, you might have a fun time handing out some of your personal swag at the convention. You can see how full my lanyard is with buttons from friends in the photo below.



Wear Comfortable Shoes

This sounds like a no brainer, but I honestly can't tell you how many times I've seen people wear uncomfortable clothing to Celebration. Ladies, I know it's super fun to dress up for the convention and wear a cool pair of heels with your Star Wars outfit, but bring a change of flats in your bag if you can. I try to wear comfortable sneakers with gel insoles to the convention because most of your time will be spent standing up or walking around. The concrete flooring of most convention centers will not be kind to your feet and back after walking around on it for multiple days.



Be Polite to Staff Members

Most of the staff members at Star Wars Celebration are volunteers who are lending a hand to the event without getting paid. If you approach a staff member and ask them a question that they are unable to answer, don't get frustrated with them. They might not know the answer to every single question and that's okay! Be polite and understand that if they are asking you to move out of a reserved seat or step aside to keep an entrance clear, just know that they are doing their job and not personally attacking you. These events wouldn't be possible without their help, so be grateful for their hard work and helpfulness!

You'll Need Special Tickets to Meet Guests

Celebration always has an awesome line-up of actors and actresses, authors, voice talent, and behind-the-scenes performers that bring Star Wars to life to sign autographs and take photos with guests during the convention. Before heading to Celebration, take a look at the guest list online and see who you would like to meet. Sometimes certain guests are only there for 1-2 days of the convention while others may be there for the entire event. Meeting these guests is not included with the purchase of your convention pass, so you will need to buy autograph/photo-op tickets in advance online or at the show. Price varies per guest, so do your research ahead of time!

The Party Doesn't Stop

If you miraculously still have energy after convention hours, there's most likely still social events happening around the convention center. Most hotel lobbies nearby will be full of Star Wars fans grabbing drinks or dinner together and some fan clubs organize meetups or swag-trade events after convention hours. This is a really great time to catch up with friends and mingle with people if you happened to miss them at the convention earlier in the day.

HAVE FUN

This one sounds simple, but it's a big tip! Sometimes Celebration might not always go as you've planned. Lines may take longer than expected or you might miss a panel that you were dying to see, but the most important part is to go with the flow and enjoy your time there. Star Wars Celebration is such an amazing event full of joy and opportunities to make new friends, so be social and chat with fellow fans around you. You never know what you'll see at the convention and I promise there will be some really great surprises along the way.


I can't wait to attend Celebration Chicago in April and hope to see you there. If you're a long time Celebration attendee, what tips or advice do you have for newcomers? Leave your advice in the comments below!
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The Dorky Diva Show- The Clone Wars Season 5 Discussion: Part 1

2.02.2019

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In this episode, we're discussing the first half of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Five! Tune in to hear our thoughts on the season premiere episode, Onderon arc, and Padawan arc. 
Apologies for the slight audio rubbing throughout the show- it should be cleared up by the next episode. Thanks for bearing with us! 
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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The Dorky Diva Show- The Clone Wars Season 4 Discussion: Part 2

1.21.2019

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Savanna and Brian are chatting about the second half of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season Four in this episode! They also answer a question sent in by Gabby about how Star Wars fans can dive deeper into the lore and learn more about character backstories. 
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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Top Skincare Products of 2018

1.06.2019

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End of the year recap posts are better late than never, right? 2018 was a great year for me in many ways, but if you follow me on social media you've probably heard all about that so I'm here to share something new. As you guys probably know, 2017 was a monumental time for me when I discovered how to slay my bad acne forever. It's been a total dream to live my life without feeling self conscious about breakouts or worry about how long my skin will look damaged, but it's always a challenge to keep my skin looking glowy and fresh! I tested out lots of new skincare products last year and wanted to share with you the ones that I purchased again and again.


Dry Skin Heroes 

I dealt with some major dry skin problems last year which is totally abnormal for me as my skin is usually slicked with oil. My T-zone was particularly dry and patchy, but after a few weeks of testing various products, I found some champs that have kept my face nourished. First is the Priming Moisturizer Rich from Glossier. I used to wear their regular priming moisturizer every day over the summer, but when winter came around I needed something that packed a bigger punch and PMR totally knocked it out of the park. This product is a little pricey ($35), but I've been using it twice a day for almost three months and I still have half a jar left. It also smells incredible.


The next product that saved my dry skin is Trader Joe's Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum. Guys, the hunt for a good hyaluronic acid serum has been real. I tried Glossier's Super Bounce (amazing product, but too expensive for how fast I went through a bottle) and Instanatural's hyaluronic acid serum (didn't like the scent and saw no improvement), but came out disappointed. Thankfully I grabbed the Trader Joe's version and was impressed with how it improved my skin. It's also only $9 and one bottle lasts for several months- a great value! If you're curious about how hyaluronic acid improves your skin, check out this article.



Lastly in this category, I finally got myself a bottle of Glossier's Milky Jelly Cleanser. I've always wanted to give this cleanser a shot, but I didn't want to spend $18 on a full size bottle only to end up not liking it. They now offer a travel size for $9 and lemme just say, the hype is real! I still use my oil cleanser to remove makeup at night, but this one is great to use in the morning to wash my face without stripping it from all the good oils that I need to keep in my skin. The travel size is great because the last few times I've traveled with my Trader Joe's facial cleansing oil, it ended up leaking all over my cosmetics bag. The Glossier cleanser pump locks into place and seals tightly so it doesn't get all over your stuff when traveling. 


Texture Warriors


Some of my deep acne scars are still hanging around, so I've done lots of research on acid exfoliators to see if they would improve the texture of my cheeks. I bought Glossier's Solution and used an entire bottle, but decided not to repurchase as the results weren't as phenomenal as I thought they could be after a month of use. I ended up trying a sample size of the Pixi Glow Tonic and saw changes in just a matter of days. Now I use this product once every morning after washing my face and it's incredible. I think it'll still take a while for my deep acne scars to vanish, but this tonic is definitely speeding up that process and keeping my skin smooth.


Okay, this is gross, but I have a really bad habit of picking at my lips when I'm anxious. This mostly happens when I'm watching really intense shows (I'm looking at you, Dexter) or stressed out about work. I don't even realize I'm doing it until after the fact when my lips are all cracked and messed up. Most lip scrubs don't help heal the actual damage I've done to my lips- they only rub off the dry skin. Burt's Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub is amazing though! It buffs off the flaky/dry skin while nourishing my lips and keeping them soft. I only use this once every couple weeks, but it's a must have on my skincare shelf.


I think the glowy skin trend is here to stay for a while. Years ago, I wanted my face to look as matte as possible since I've dealt with oily skin for so long. I'm really embracing the glowy look lately though and it's been really easy to achieve with some new products by Herbivore Botanicals. Just a forewarning- I think their products are priced too high, but I got super lucky during a Black Friday sale and scored one of their mini kits for less than $30. The Balance + Clarify Set from Herbivore is incredible. It comes with an exfoliating serum, facial oil, toner, and mask. I've been loving all of these products minus the blue tansy mask, despite all of its amazing reviews. It has a really strong scent that I can't manage to deal with so that product has been sitting on the shelf without use. The other three products are great though and I mix them into my usual skincare routine about two to three times a week. I'm not sure if I'd ever pay full price for any of these items, but at the price I paid, they are great.


Battle Buddies Forever


I've talked about these products in the past, but I wanted to mention that they are still in my daily skincare routine despite using/trying other products. The Instanatural Vitamin C Skin Clearning Serum is still my favorite item on my skincare shelf. I actually stopped using this product for about a month over the summer just to see how my skin would react without it. Long story short- NOT. GOOD. I added it back to my list of staples and have been living blissfully ever since! It's gone up in price a little bit lately, but it's still totally worth the extra dollars. Second on the list is the Facial Cleansing Oil from Trader Joe's. This stuff knocks off makeup like no one's business and continues to keep my skin soft. Lastly is Glossier's Balm Dot Com. I use this stuff throughout the day and absolutely love how soft it keeps my lips. My tube of the cherry flavor is almost completely out!


One of my skincare goals for the new year is to find an SPF that I really enjoy using. I've been trying a few different ones lately, but all of them seem to leave my skin tacky and feeling gross. If you have a daily SPF that you recommend, please let me know!

I hope you enjoyed this post and take your skincare routine seriously this year. If you found a stand-out product last year that your face is loving, drop it in the comments below! I'd love to hear which products made it through your 2018 cycle. Also, before you go, check out the.skincare.diary on Instagram. Kate has posted some amazing content in the last year that has really educated my views on skincare and I think she deserves a shoutout. Wishing you all beautiful clear skin for 2019!
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