“And you sway in the moon the way you did when you were younger…stay with the music, let it play a little longer. You don’t need anybody, all you need is now,”

It’s August 10th, which to me and all of the other Duranies out there means that it’s Duran Duran Appreciation Day!! Those babes have been my #1 favorite band ever since I was 12, which I just talked about recently; my love of them sprouted from realizing how much I loved everything from the 1980’s (minus the politics) and delved deep into an obsession with the decade. But my love for Duran Duran isn’t just for their classic, iconic 80’s albums; they have had so many fantastic albums since then.

Just because I know you’re curious, I’ll take you back to the day  I fell in love with them:

It was a summer day, and I was at my grandparents’ house while my aunt Adelaida and my uncle John taught me a little bit about the massive benefit concert that was Live Aid. On July 13th, 1985, literally every good musician you can think of (pretty much everyone I love that was alive at the time) was either at JFK Stadium or Wembley Stadium that day, performing to benefit the starving and suffering people of Ethiopia. It was organized by Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats, an Irish punk rocker who is one of my personal heroes. Anyway, back to my #1 darlings; my family had some of the concert recorded on VHS tapes and I believe my uncle John was trying to show me Robert Plant on there. Somewhere in the fast-forwarding process, Duran Duran was introduced, and I thought to myself “oh, they did Rio and Hungry like the Wolf, I bet they play those songs!”. They didn’t play those songs. They didn’t play anything I knew but I fell in love with every song they did play…not to mention, they were such handsome, beautiful men (minus Andy Taylor…gross). I was hooked. I asked for their greatest hits compilation CD that summer for my birthday, entitled simply “Greatest”, and my Duran Duran-loving aunt Adelaida bought it for me. I become further obsessed and bought a DVD set of the same name that had most of their music videos on there. It was the beginning of a beautiful obsession that will never end for me.

Please look at this picture of Simon Le Bon at Live Aid and swoon with me:

29 years ago today...Live Aid, July 13, 1985. It was when I first saw this performance that I truly fell in love with Duran Duran. (Yeah, I know, I didn't see this when it happened; I first saw it about 9 years ago.) Although John Taylor is my dreamboat now, it was initially this black-haired, red-jacket-wearing, dancing Simon Le Bon that helped bring me to one of my greatest and long-lasting obsessions.:

Naturally I was in love with Simon the most when I first got into the band, but soon enough I moved on and found John Taylor to be my favorite. I still love Simon, but my goodness, just look at this sexy bass player:

John Taylor:

Oh John Taylor...:

John Taylor...you know you're my favorite of my favorites.:

Love John Taylor's red hair:

John Taylor I loved you so much!!:

Also, they’re just hot together:

John Taylor and Simon Le Bon:

Simon and John:

John Taylor and drummer Roger Taylor (no, none of the Taylors are related, so don’t embarrass me) are cute together as well:

John and Roger:

Roger Taylor and John Taylor...super cuties!!!:

But let’s not forget my adorable, make-up wearing little keyboardist, Nick Rhodes:

Duran Duran - Nick and John:

Okay, fine, here’s all of them together (including some with the guitarist, Andy Taylor, who I am bitter towards because he quit the band literally 2 days before I saw them in concert several years ago…and later he penned an autobiography and was all like “my guitar playing made the band”….yeah, okay.)

Duran Duran:

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I've actually never seen this adorable photo:

The ever beautiful Duran Duran:

Duran Duran - I love John's shirt in this:

My number-one favorite band, Duran Duran!! Love this picture:

 

Okay, enough of their beauty for now…if you know their biggest hits, great. But, as a huge and adoring fan of this phenomenal band, I strongly encourage you to give some of their other stuff a chance.

Here are my top 5 songs you should know to truly appreciate Duran Duran on this wonderful Duran Duran Appreciation Day:

5. All You Need is Now, from the album titled the same. It’s from three albums ago, I believe.

4. The Man Who Stole a Leopard, also from All You Need is Now.

3. Ordinary World, from the Wedding album (which, like the White Album, is technically a self-titled album but is referred to as otherwise because of the cover). Come Undone is my other favorite from that album that you should check out as well.

2. Friends of Mine, from their self-titled debut album. Yes, finally taking it back; I had to show you that they were more just than an 80’s band first. But back to the 80’s. I’m so in love with this song. So strange and fun.

  1. The Chauffeur, from Rio. This is my all-time favorite Duran Duran song. Okay, first of all, I could have made an even longer lists of songs you need to know just by listing this entire album. Every song. Every song is fantastic and I love it so much. It’s my favorite album of theirs and definitely one of my top faves of all time. But don’t pay attention to the video; they’re not even in it. Just listen to this strange blend of sounds that gives me chills every time.

 

But Rio…seriously, it’s amazing. Also, when I was looking to buy my first car, I was with my parents walking around  a large auto mall when I saw a beautiful, tiny red car and thought it looked perfect, just what I needed. Then we got closer and I saw that it was called Rio…I knew then it was meant to be. Also, that happened two years just a few days before Duran Duran Appreciation Day, so clearly that sealed it.

Also, look at my main men just this past year with my favorite droids:

Perfection.

Duran Duran. Simon and John...love!!!:

Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day!! I actually have today off so you know I’ll be enjoying their music videos and concerts I have on DVD all day long!! My favorite is Sing Blue Silver, which documents their tour from 1984 (I think?). It’s my favorite and probably one of my last finds at Tower Records…ah, Tower Records. It was the perfect music store. May it rock in peace.

 

 

“She would never say where she came from, yesterday don’t matter if it’s gone,”

So, I broke my own rule…regarding Funko Pop! Vinyl figures, that is. I had previously established that I was only going to let myself buy Star Wars Pop! figures in an effort to control my spending and not go crazy…I would be surrounded by all of the Disney characters and other movie characters they have, such as Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Clueless, and TV show characters like Sam and Dean Winchester from Supernatural. Honestly, it’s probably a smaller list to figure out what characters they haven’t funkofied! Alas, I just couldn’t resist her…

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Yup, that’s Jaylah from Star Trek Beyond! I’ve talked briefly before about how much I love this new character and how badass and awesome she is. She was on sale on Hot Topic’s website and I needed other things (yes, Boba Fett car coasters and R2-D2 umbrellas are ESSENTIAL) and I had a code for free shipping so I YOLO’d that moment. Only problem is…do I keep her alone or put her with my Star Wars collection? Because, it wouldn’t be absolutely terrible to mix the franchises; it would be a peace offering of sorts, even. But also, I like her on my dresser and close to my bed, as if she’s my own personal little guardian. But I just feel bad making her look like a loner  when she has to look at these guys across the room:

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Perhaps I should just start a Star Trek collection to join my little Jaylah…actually, the thought of that is making my nerdy little heart smile. That would be pretty adorable…but at some point I would want them all together, because that would be even more adorable and piss off the haters that say you can only choose one!

Alas, I don’t know if I want to do that right now. I could at least get Jaylah another buddy; I really want the Beyond Uhura, she looks so fabulous, and of course Uhura is another strong female character that I adore:

But I’m most excited, naturally, for when this is finally in my possession:
Then my favorite alien lady role models can be together!!
OH, and speaking of nerd things, I saw Suicide Squad Thursday night!! It’s no Captain America: Civil War, but it’s still pretty good and enjoyable. And it has a phenomenal soundtrack, like all but maybe 3 songs were taken from my iPod! Definitely worth seeing if you’ve enjoyed anything Batman growing up or just superhero stories in general. I know, they’re not superheroes…they’re super villians!! But also that fresh take is exciting. My favorite villain story will also be Megamind, though. Also, I got this free poster at the theater I went to:
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“I like the beats, and the shouting,”

So yes, Star Trek Beyond technically comes out today but I was lucky enough to see it Thursday night and I loved it!! I don’t want to say anything that might spoil the movie, so all I will say is that I love Jayla, played by Sofia Boutella, who was super cool in Kingsman as Gazelle, so I admittedly had high hopes when I discovered that she was in the new Star Trek and I was not disappointed. Yet another strong, woman idol to add to the list! Also, all I want is a cute top (perhaps a flowy tee? I just don’t like the fit of most standard t-shirts) with this image on it because it’s awesome:

Her character is a lone wolf of sorts, just like Rey! She is just awesome and by far my favorite part of the new movie. Oh, and speaking of my idols…

The Her Universe Fashion Show happened tonight at the San Diego Comic Con!! No, I wasn’t there…I never have been but someday I will!! I’m just beyond in awe of Ashley Eckstein’s beautiful Ahsoka-inspired braids and her Ahsoka dress made entirely out of Legos!! I took these from the Snapchat accounts of Hot Topic and Polyvore:

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Ashley Eckstein becomes even more fabulous and inspiring every day. On Hot Topic’s Snapchat, she talked about how powerful women are “increasingly being celebrated, highlighted, and applauded”, so of course she had an Ahsoka outfit! But aside from my Ahsoka love, she’s absolutely right and it’s just amazing how strong women are becoming more prominent in our pop culture. Speaking of strong, powerful, awesome women, my two closest girlfriends gave me these graphic novels for my birthday, and I’m so excited to read them:

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And they happen to be laying on top of a Star Wars comics-style blanket my boyfriend’s family made for me for my birthday! I’m especially stoked about my Spider-Gwen comics; I’ve been intrigued merely by images of her for a while now, so it will be fun to read her stories.

 

 

 

 

“And the stars look very different today,”

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned that I am a fan of Star Trek as well as of Star Wars…so I’ll say it now! I’m a fan of Star Trek! Unlike my lifelong fandom of Star Wars, though, I’ve only been aware of the beauty of Star Trek for maybe like…5 years now? One of my best friends, Jeff, showed me the 2009 Star Trek reboot and I loved it, I found it exhilarating and I became attached to the characters quite easily. After easing Hallie and I into the Star Trek realm, Jeff showed us some of the original films as well with the original series cast and a few with The Next Generation. Although I must admit I’m more invested in the reboots, I love Star Trek as a whole. I love the idea that it’s our future, that Captain Kirk is from Iowa, that we would have Starfleet in our universe, that money won’t matter (I refer you to Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home in which the gang goes back in time to the 80’s and William Shatner’s Captain Kirk is all like “oh yeah, they still use money here”), and other wonderful things, like diseases being more curable (I refer you to the same film as I just did a moment ago).

Again, it’s the reboot cast that started my second major space saga love. And that is why the news of Anton Yelchin’s death at just 27 years old is especially heartbreaking to me. I love his Chekov, he was so adorable and endearing. Here is the moment my friends and I fell for this sweet Chekov:

 

I was so fond of this moment that Jeff bought me this for Christmas that year:

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I haven’t put it up, yet, though. I don’t know why, but I’ve been wanting to put this in my own kitchen someday.

Rest in Peace, Anton Yelchin.

 

Unfortunately the loss of sweet Chekov is not the only reason I have felt great sorrow lately. Actually, to be honest, I’m more upset about a more personal loss. One of my coworkers and friends, Mike Szot, passed away last week. He was only 23. I will miss his smile and compassion, and he was just such a wonderful, kind, and caring human being. And I never got to tell him my recent revelation that he looks like a young George Harrison; I had been refraining for the past couple of weeks, I just didn’t want to creep him out, because obviously that would be like saying “omg you’re so lovely and hot”. It still doesn’t even feel real. I still see tall, brown-haired young men from afar and think to myself for but a moment that it could be him. I know it’s not, but my heart doesn’t want to believe that it’s not. Rest in Peace, my friend. I’ll see you again someday.

 

 

“I can’t understand what makes a man hate another man,”

Simple but meaningful pondering from Depeche Mode. That song was once my personal anthem, my comfort in middle school when I was verbally bullied all of the time. However, this isn’t about my inability to completely forgive the past, but rather, my disappointment and sadness about the present and possibly the future. I’ve been gone for a week, down in Orlando to be in Disney World with my best friends and their family. Sadly, this means I was a mere 25 minutes away from the tragedy that occurred this past weekend in which 49 innocent lives were taken away from us by a disgusting, hateful, pathetic excuse for a human being. It was the deadliest mass shooting in the United States, and it honestly felt so weird and surreal that this happened so close to where I was vacationing. It breaks my heart that these senseless shootings keep happening here, and that while racism and homophobia aren’t dead, I really thought that we as a country has made some serious strides, but evidently not. This was a massive hate crime against the LGBT community, and perhaps by coincidence (but honestly, probably not), the Latino community as well, considering it was Latino Night at Pulse that evening (in case you didn’t know, I am Latino/Hispanic myself). I know, I don’t mean to bring everyone down by dwelling on how awful and sad life can be…so here’s something you can do to help!

Two of my favorite artists that I follow on Instagram have both done artwork that they are selling to benefit the American Red Cross and the Human Rights Campaign.

Ashley Taylor has already sold out on the prints, which I was lucky enough to order beforehand. But she is still selling digital downloads of the rainbow Cinderella’s Castle (the one that’s at Disney World) and 100% of the profits are stilling going towards the American Cross.

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Oh! And she is also selling digital prints of a rainbow-y Harry Potter World (because that is also in Orlando), and that looks like this:

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The other print I just ordered is by an artist named Dylan Bonner, and he did this beautiful piece:

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And all I had to do for that was email him my mailing address! I’m pretty sure he is using PayPal, but I haven’t received a confirmation email yet because I just placed the order minutes ago via email and I’m sure he’s busy going through all of the orders.

I want to do more, but I’m glad I’ve been able to support the healing of this tragedy through beautiful and heartfelt artwork.

*UPDATE* Maybe like two minutes after I published this post, I saw that BeepBoopBeepClothing is now selling this lovely tank that I’m about to order:

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If you don’t buy any of these things, I honestly urge you to donate whatever you can to the American Red Cross, OneOrlando Fund, the Human Rights Campaign, and/or any other organizations that can help the victims’ families, the survivors and their families, and the LGBT community in general. We all need to rally together with love and support.

#loveislove #stopthehate #prayforOrlando

 

 

“Woman up!”

Remember when I showed you the beautiful Gamora artwork I bought recently on Etsy by an artist named Gabby Zapata? Okay, I shall remind you:

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Now that your memory has been refreshed, at least if you’ve been here before, here is some fun news!! From May 2-9, you can get that Gamora for yourself on a t-shirt, as well as many other powerful ladies Gabby Zapata has done, on TeeFury.com!!

Strong Females

There are also amazing designs by so many other artists, it’s hard not to just go crazy and buy them all!!

“I call it a bargain, the best I ever had”

GUYS! I have awesome news if you have been loving any of the art I’ve been talking about lately!!

If you go to my links to buy any of the art I’ve shared my admiration of here with you, you can get 15% off AND free worldwide shipping!! Only on the prints. Free shipping does not apply to the canvas and framed prints. Only vaild through March 18-20. Ends on the 20th at MIDNIGHT PT. So HURRY!!!

Need a refresher?

NUMBER ONE:

Squad Art Print

NUMBER TWO:

derby girls Art Print

NUMBER THREE:

 

SWR Ahsoka Tano Art Print

NUMBER FOUR:

 

SWR Kanera kiss Art Print

NUMBER FIVE:

SWR All I Need Art Print

NUMBER SIX:

SWR Kanera Valentine Art Print

NUMBER SEVEN:

SWR Touch Art Print

NUMBER EIGHT:

Cabin Party Art Print

And, the one that Daisy Ridley herself posted on her Instagram to celebrate John Boyega’s birthday, NUMBER NINE:

TFA FnnRey Art Print

 

 

Oh, and there’s another I shared that I bought for myself within the last month or so, NUMBER 10:

Queen Amidala Art Print

This Queen Amidala heart by Sam Skyler is my favorite of hers, but she has other cute ones you should check out as well:

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R2D2 Star Wars Heart Art Print

DARTH VADER

Darth Vader Star Wars Heart Art Art Print

DARTH MAUL

Darth Maul Star Wars Heart Art Print

LEIA

Leia Star Wars Heart Art Art Print

Okay, this one isn’t Star Wars, but I just had to share it because I also adore Guardians of the Galaxy:

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Gamora Heart Art Print

 

OH!! And another note, still art realated…I am going to the C2E2 comic convention in Chicago tomorrow and I am SO excited!!! One of the things I’m most looking forward to is discovering new artists!! And…possibly even meeting one I already admire?! I’ve discussed Karen Hallion before, but I don’t believe I’ve ever shown her artwork because I had a feeling that if you like Star Wars, Doctor Who, Disney, and other delightful nerd things, you’ve probably seen her artwork. She has a lovely trend of illustrating princesses being tempted to enter the Tardis. I’m not even a big Doctor Who fan and those still enchant me. But anyway, she will be there and MAYBE I CAN MEET HER?!?!

Here’s a few of my favorites of hers:

Leia and BB-8

New Toy Art Print

Fancy Leia

La Dauphine Aux Alderaan Art Print

Haunted Mansion Leia

Leia's Corruptible Mortal State Art Print

I swear she does pieces NOT revolving around Leia, those just happen to be my favorites! If you go to her profile, you’ll find Marvel, DC, Harry Potter, anime, Peach, and all that I mentioned earlier!!

Okay, that’s all I have for now, folks! Click my links, get FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING and use my code WILDTHING15 for 15% off any of the prints I’ve shared on here!! ONLY VALID THE 18th-20th!! GET GOING!!