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Growing Up With The Clone Wars

I found Star Wars one year after Revenge of the Sith came out and I spent a lot of time wishing I had discovered it sooner. Even though I was only 11 years old, I felt like I had missed out on so much, especially since there was no more Star Wars to look forward to. When I heard about The Clone Wars movie, I remember being really excited about getting to watch a Star Wars film in the theater. This was my chance. I was going to watch a Star Wars movie with other people in the theater and it was going to be just like the end of that Episode I documentary when Rick McCallum is hyping up the crowd and everyone has their lightsabers out and the entire audience is screaming at the sight of the Lucasfilm logo… yup, it was going to be just like that.

In 2008, when I was 13, I had only recently become a proud Star Wars fan. I spent a lot of the first few years being embarrassed by liking Star Wars. It wasn’t cool at the time and my family and classmates thought it was for boys. So, when The Clone Wars came out it was a breath of fresh air and it felt like there was something to be excited about in the Star Wars fandom again and this time I was going to be apart of it, at least, that’s what I thought.

When I discovered the character of Ahsoka Tano, I remember being so disappointed. My only reason being was that I had written fan fiction (I didn’t even know it was called fan fiction at the time) about a girl who went on missions with Obi-Wan and Anakin and who had been a favorite of Master Yoda’s. I know, right? Anyways, I loved that character so much and often wished I could escape into the Star Wars universe and be her. As you can imagine, when I found out who Ahsoka Tano was, I felt a rush of anger and disappointment and jealousy. I never went to go watch the film at the theater and even though I did eventually watch the show on Cartoon Network, I became ambivalent about the whole thing. I thought Ahsoka was annoying and immature. She was around my age and nothing like the character I created in my head.

It wasn’t until season 3 that I started liking The Clone Wars. I don’t know if it was the show itself or having gone to Star Wars Weekends and Star Wars Celebration V that really changed my mind, but it was definitely around that time when I realized this is the Star Wars that’s part of my generation and the Star Wars that I’m growing up with. I felt like I had to be proud of that and also… the show just got better as it progressed.

As time passed, I realized that Ahsoka was changing and growing up, just like I was. I can’t really pinpoint what episode or moment made me start liking Ahsoka, but I can tell you that watching her walk away from Anakin and the Jedi Order made me an emotional wreck. It was in that moment that I realized Ahsoka had grown on me and I cared about her journey. I remember watching it in my living room alone and regretting how much I hated her at first, but I had to grow up to realize that she actually meant something to me. I felt a connection to her and have loved her ever since.

It’s been 10 years since The Clone Wars premiered and thinking back on the show and my relationship with it has made me incredibly nostalgic. It takes me back to the early days of my fandom, when I was just starting out and going to Star Wars Weekends to see all the voice actors. It reminds of my first Star Wars Celebration and the beginnings of Her Universe. I love the sequel trilogy, I love what Disney has given us, but sometimes when I think about those days when all we had to look forward to was a new Clones Wars season and a Robot chicken special, it makes me smile and miss it in a weird way.

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If you don’t know by now, there will be new Clone Wars episodes from Lucasfilm and Disney in the future. It was announced at San Diego Comic Con and pretty much blew everyone’s mind, mine included. I wasn’t expecting it, I didn’t even think it would be possible, but someone at Lucasfilm is paying attention and I am grateful.

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The episodes will be released through Disney’s streaming app and there will be 12 in total. I am so happy about this and I am happy for Dave Filoni who finally gets to complete his first show in the way he always wanted to. It feels like Star Wars really is Christmas now and it just keeps giving us gifts every year, whether it’s in the form of a TV show, film, book, or comic. I truly have never been more proud to be a Star Wars fan. After all, once you’re a fan, you’re in this life for good.

#CloneWarsSaved

Blog · DIY · Geek & Pop Culture

Ita Bags, Enamel Pins, and Pinstagram

So, I have a new obsession.

Over the past few months I have been collecting enamel pins. You’ve probably seen them around on bags or jackets or lanyards, usually at conventions or most famously, Disney Parks. I don’t have a crazy collection because it can be a very expensive investment, but I have definitely collected quite a few since January of this year and I wanted to share how I started collecting and how I style my pins.

First of all, my new obsession is technically not new as I have been buying pins from Disney World since I was little. However, within the last year or so a lot of little shops online have started releasing originally designed pins that feature some of your most favorite characters, movies, shows, and pop culture phenomenons. It’s crazy how there can be a pin for literally anything these days. As soon as I started to see Star Wars pins that weren’t from Disney Parks pop up on Instagram, I was hooked.

Towards the end of 2017 I decided to bite the bullet and start collecting. The fact that people were wearing pins on their jean jackets and backpacks made me really fall in love with the whole idea. I liked that you could style your pins with a regular outfit and still give it a nerdy flair and I’m all about that subtle nerdy look.

Most of the time I wear my pins on my jean jacket and I switch it up almost weekly depending on how I’m feeling.

 

Now that summer is approaching and I won’t use my jean jacket as much, I’ve decided to put some of my pins on my Ita Bag. It’s whimsy and cute and stylish and something I bought specifically for Disney World and Comic Cons. My bag is from Lantern Pins, who now has a handful of colors (that I hope to purchase in the future), but you can find Ita bags all over the internet, including Amazon. I believe Ita Bags started as a phenomenon in the Anime community and have now taken over the pin community because it is so ideal for displaying pins and not having to worry about them falling off. Last year for Star Wars Celebration, I put a couple of pins on my backpack was constantly checking to see if they were still there and actually had to retrace my steps to find my beloved BB-8 pin in the middle of the exhibit hall.

Never again.

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I decided to get a little DIY with my bag. I was inspired by Jackie from Lantern Pins who put a colored paper in her bag slot so that it could have a more colorful background and so that the pins didn’t ruin the fabric inside. It’s a really great idea, but I will admit it was kind of a pain to do. If you’re curious, I essentially measured the bag as best I could and cut craft paper I bought from Michael’s. Honestly, when it came to putting the pins on the paper, you have to kind of just guess and risk it for the biscuit. Maybe there’s an easier way that I’m not aware of but I got it done and it doesn’t look half bad.

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If I’ve peaked your interest in any way I would suggest checking out my Instagram where I have tagged all the pin makers and where I usually take pictures of my pin hauls. I will list below some of my favorite pin shops and where you can find Ita bags. I also suggest checking out hashtags on Instagram if you’re curious about all the pins that are out there or how people are styling their own pins. It’s a really fun and creative community that I’m happy to support and hopefully one day I can design my own pin!

Favorite Pin Shops (keep in mind I mostly buy Star Wars pins):

Lantern Pins

Utinni Bikini

Kate Gabrielle (amazing classic film pin shop)

The Floral Martian

Squadron Goals

Fandom Flair Pins

Places You Can Buy Ita Bags:

Lantern Pins

Amazon

Instagram Hashtags to Check Out:

#Pinstagram

#PinGame

#PinGameStrong

#PinLife

#PinsOfIG

#PinCollector

#PinCollection

Blog · Fashion & Beauty · Geek & Pop Culture · Geek Fashion Roundup

Vogue Squadron: Geek Fashion Finds (April 4 2018)

Rounded up some of my favorite geek fashion finds from the past few weeks!

Check them out below:

1. Star Wars x Po-Zu Han Solo Sneakers

These are both amazing and disappointing because they only have them in men’s sizes, starting from a US size 9. WHYYYYYY???? 😦

2. Captain Marvel Sweater from Marvel x Musterbrand

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I love it and I need it. This was announced yesterday but should be coming out very soon (most likely with the release of Infinity War at the end of the month)!

3. I Never Freeze Unisex Shirt – Jordandené

The best quote from Black Panther! Going to eventually buy this for my boyfriend and I because we say this all the time to each other.

4. Galactic Scavenger Cropped Sweater – Elhoffer Design

This sweater is inspired by Rey’s outfit at the end of The Force Awakens. It’s so beautiful and available for pre-order with very limited runs! Get it while you can.

5. 22K Gold PacMan and Ghost Earrings – Unicorn Crafts

They’re so cute! I love classic video games and PacMan was a staple in our house back in the day so I’m definitely going to try and get these soon.

Blog · Geek & Pop Culture · Star Wars

Looking for Leia

Hey!

Let me tell you about this really cool docu-series called Looking for Leia. The project was originally going to be a documentary all about women in Star Wars fandom, but is now a six episode series ALL ABOUT WOMEN IN STAR WARS FANDOM and the creators need our help to get it done.

Check out the sneak peek below:

Check out the docu-series announcement below:

Annalise Ophelian is behind this wonderful project that features women of all ages and backgrounds who love Star Wars and not just in front of the camera but behind the scenes as well. After watching the trailer a couple of months ago I instantly regretted not having known about it last year, but it’s not too late to support the project and help get it out there for all of us to watch.

If you’re interested in donating, visit their crowd-funding page here.

If you can’t donate but want to get the word out, follow them on twitter @LookingForLeia.

#GirlsRunTheGalaxy

#WomenBuiltThisRebellion

 

 

Blog · Geek & Pop Culture

It Belongs In A Museum!

Museums are pretty cool. You know what’s even cooler?

A museum that is dedicated to the art of visual storytelling, in other words, movies, paintings, visual media of all kind.

And guess what? George Lucas is doing just that.

On Wednesday the famous filmmaker and creator of Star Wars broke ground in Los Angeles, officially beginning the construction process for his long-awaited museum. For years I’ve heard about the Lucas Museum, not knowing exactly what it would feature, but knowing it had to do with film and probably Star Wars. I’m happy to hear that not only will the museum have a Star Wars collection, but also feature film memorabilia from the past to the present. As a film student, this sounds like a dream and I cannot wait to visit one day.

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George talking about his dream. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Concept design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

I love the idea of being able to go to a place that has the ability to take you back into the past. Museums are modern day time machines that offer knowledge and hold artifacts from long ago. I have been lucky enough to visit a couple of museums in the past, but I have yet to visit one that focuses on filmmaking and visual narrative.

I can imagine the Lucas museum will feature all kinds of props and costumes from various Lucasfilm productions, including Indiana Jones. It makes me think of one of Jones’ most famous lines, “it belongs in a museum!” Seriously, so many people out there own really cool props, scripts, and costumes from classic films and I feel like those things belong in a museum for the whole world to see and appreciate. It’s nice to know that George will donate his collection, which includes over 10,000 paintings, illustrations, and film memorabilia.

I’m happy that George Lucas’ dream is finally coming true and I hope to be at the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art opening day in 2021!

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Vogue Squadron: Geek Fashion Roundup

Hey guys.

Have I ever mentioned I love fashion? Well, I do.

I love shopping and putting outfits together and fawning over things I can’t afford. You know what I love more? Geeky fashion. Geek inspired or nerd inspired, whichever term you associate with, I am willing to spend all the money.

In the past few weeks there have been a lot of announcements/releases in the geek fashion world and I decided to roundup some of my favorites. Check them out below!

1. MUSTERBRAND’s Star Wars Inspired Swimsuits *insert heart eyes here*

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I’m not much of a pool person, but I am willing to make sacrifices for the Ahsoka swimsuit. It’s beautiful.

2. Her Universe’s Black Panther Collection

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The windbreaker is so pretty and I am SO ready to watch Back Panther next week!

3. Lantern Pins’ New Dark Love Glitter Necklace

I love her shop. I love her pins. And I think making the lightsaber hearts into necklaces were a fantastic idea!

4. Her Universe’s Princess Leia Bespin Dress

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This dress looks super flowy just like Leia’s in Empire. I need it.

5. Hot Topic’s Sailor Moon Collection, Souvenir Jacket

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The pastel colors on this jacket are beautiful. I loved Sailor Moon as a kid so this jacket brings back a lot of memories and it’s so cute and stylish.

6. Elhoffer Design’s New Galactic Bromance Shawl Cardigan

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I ship it and I’d wear it. I love the Galactic Bromance line and this cardigan looks super comfy. It’s open for preorders, so get to it!

 

 

Blog · Geek & Pop Culture · Lauryn's Picks · TV

The Anime We Saw That Day

A couple of years ago, back in high school, I became fully aware of anime and the culture that surrounds the popular art form. When I was young I had only heard of the term, but never really associated it with shows like Dragon Ball or Sailor Moon. To me those shows were just cartoons that I watched on Cartoon Network early in the mornings. In high school, I had friends who watched anime regularly and who would suggest shows here and there, however I never really took the time to check them out. I simply just preferred live action TV shows and I also felt that reading subtitles took away from my full enjoyment and understanding of what I was watching. Yeah, I was wrong.

Fast forward to 2016. My SO suggested I try to experience anime again and this time with an open mind. We started with Your Name, which also happens to be the fourth highest grossing film of all time in Japan and considered one of the greatest anime films ever made. I instantly fell in love with it. I am still very new to anime but as a movie buff, this film is absolutely wonderful and I still think about it to this day.

After Your Name, I moved on to actual shows. This is where I attempt to get any readers who have not seen an anime before to check out some handpicked shows that I think are amazing.

As an entryway anime the SO recommended, Attack on Titan, and it did not disappoint. Yes, Attack on Titan is extremely popular, but it deserves that recognition. I consider it the Game of Thrones of the anime world. Again, I am new so if your opinion differs, that’s fine! The show is epic and ongoing and there is so much happening and I happen to love most of the characters (Mikasa forever). As you can tell, I’m a fan. Season 2 just ended and it was fucking amazing. Go catch up in time for season 3, which is slated for a 2018 release!

The next anime is a real tearjerker and a show that will make you miss all the qualities of being a kid. Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day is the show that made me cry a lot, almost every episode, seriously. I related with it in the sense that I was a young kid who had a group of friends and we had great times, but all that ended and everyone grew up. The show deals with themes of innocence, grief, regret, and unrequited love all within a group of young high school kids. As I watched the show I kept thinking about the ending quote of the film Stand By Me, which goes “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?” I highly recommend this show!

Terror in Resonance is phenomenal. The first episode had me hooked. I kept telling my SO that the show reminded me of something that would be on HBO. He did not get that reference. The tone of the show is very serious and feels very realistic in many ways. Honestly, its just really, really good TV. Worth a watch if you want to stay away from the goofy, fantasy centric anime.

My last recommendation is the brilliant Your Lie in April. I will admit this show took me about two episodes to really fall in love. It’s sad and in some ways predictable but it delivers the whole way through. I like to compare it to a Nicholas Sparks/John Green novel that really tugs at your heartstrings. It’s a romantic drama that will make you cry and make you wish you stuck with your piano lessons when you were younger.

As of July 2017, I have completed 7 shows and seen 4 movies. I am still extremely new to the scene and I am taking my time. I have yet to see at least one Studio Ghibli film, so I have a lot of gems to uncover. Before I started watching anime I had been in a TV show rut, nothing was really doing it for me so the change of pace is really nice. I also LOVE the fact that I don’t have to worry about catching up with 7 seasons of a show, 2 of which I will have to suffer through (looking at you American TV shows). Most Anime is short and ends where it needs to end.

Hopefully, I have convinced a few of you to check out some anime and give it a chance. There are really great shows and movies out there that I think people who are used to American TV shows will love and appreciate.