“Welcome home.”

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Yup, I am watching Rogue One again…and yes, that means I am crying again as well. I just adore my beautiful heroes.

Speaking of heroes and feeling at home, I went to C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo) this past weekend! It honestly does feel quite welcoming, walking into a convention center surrounded by people dressed as characters from Star Wars, Marvel, DC, Disney, and every other beautifully nerdy thing you could possibly imagine. It’s also surreal and awesome to know that you’re in the same building as many of the people who give these characters life, such as Stan Lee and badass actors like Mike Colter (Luke Cage and Jessica Jones) and Millie Bobby Brown (11 of Stranger Things), just to name a few that graced us with their presence this weekend….not that I met any, but still; when you’re walking up the stairs to get some lunch and you happen to see the top of Stan Lee’s gray haired head in the distance…it’s pretty damn cool.

My friends and I got there a bit later than planned due to traffic, and we already had planned to leave before the evening due to our various plans, so I didn’t feel like I got to see everything I wanted to/there was to see. Also, it didn’t help that I waited in a massive line just for a frappucino from Starbucks…but I was craving caffeine and my head hurt. But anyway, I still ended up feeling fabulous dressed as Senator Padme Amidala in Attack of the Clones. My friend Hallie was dressed as Agent Peggy Carter and she was super popular! Both of our outfits were from two of my favorite clothing companies, Elhoffer Design and Her Universe! Here’s a few shots of us just standing around some comics (Emily is just her beautiful self; no costume necessary):

I paired the beautiful oversized Padme sweater with a $12 light blue maxi tank dress I found at Forever 21! And yes, I drew a beauty mark on my top left cheek…Natalie Portman has one; I had to! Although…mine was a bit bigger than hers, but like, I’ll just contribute that to this technically being my Mexican Padme look ;). I watched Attack of the Clones earlier in the week to confirm aesthetics for this look. She hardly wears this outfit but it’s one of my favorites, as I have mentioned before. And my hair is just not long enough or even fabulous enough to get anywhere close to her hairstyle here, so I just went with my normal hairstyle. After all, this is supposed to be a low-key day on Anakin’s newly discovered step-family’s moisture farm…but Padme is never completely casual. She’s always glamorous, even if she’s trying for a subtle look.

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I didn’t pick up a whole loot of things, but I’m pretty pleased with what I did pick up:

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I already had a Poe Dameron corgi and Captain America golden retriever from this awesome artist named Naomi Romero, and now I have a Rey collie and a Kylo Ren…black retriever of some sort to join the others at my office!

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The adorable and sexy Poe Dameron “I can fly anything” button was an impromptu gift to me from Hallie, so unfortunately I have no idea what artist made it. If you know, please tell me! I feel bad not giving credit!

And the even sexier portraits of Kanan & Hera from Star Wars Rebels and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier from the Captain America films are by Risa Hulett. It took me approximately 4 seconds to decide I needed this perfect depiction of Kanan and Hera. She had a deal that was cheaper when you bought 2 prints, so I decided to get another and I was actually going to get this gorgeous Princess Leia she had, but then Bucky won me over. Sebastian Stan is just a beautiful man and she nailed this piece (get your mind of your gutter…BUT WOULDN’T ANY OF US BE SO LUCKY IF WE DID).

On the way out, I saw two people coming in for a droid builders competition. This one kind gentleman let take a picture with his beautiful R2-D2:

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Well, that’s all, folks!

“So this is how liberty dies…with thunderous applause,”

I know it’s been a while…you must think I haven’t made any nerdy purchases lately, but you’re wrong! But guys…it was a necessary order, I swear! You see…I started a new job back in December; it’s an office job and I was told to wear “business casual”. I’m almost running out of my plain (not Star Wars, Disney, or rock and roll) attire because for 6.5 years, I didn’t have to think about what I wore to work because I always had a uniform; I only shopped for expressive attire to wear while out with friends and such. I need more “normal” clothes. And I do have some nice outfits but honestly, they’re almost too nice; I feel overdressed sometimes wearing cute clothes I bought at Express several months ago just because I thought they were cool looking. Also, we have an animal shelter, and I get to play with cats and dogs almost on the daily, so I shouldn’t even wear my nicest clothes (although it’s really not the end of the world if a blouse gets dirty). Actually, all of that kinda pushes away any justifications I had for ordering this sweater and more…but oh well. YOLO, as the young folk say!

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This gorgeous dolman was naturally inspired by the ever fashionable Padme Amidala:

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My goodness, that Senator was fabulous even in the morning, just fresh out of bed in Attack of the Clones. I have ordered this with no regrets; I can use it for Cosplay, but also force it into my work wardrobe by pairing with a simple white top (tee or tank, doesn’t matter) and jeans!

And here’s another one that I’ve yet to order but I need it because it is also both perfect for Cosplay and daily/work wear:

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And yes, it’s supposed to be oversized; that’s how Padme wears it:

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I can’t find a picture of it but I’ve always loved the way she looks in the actual scene of the movie…Anakin is crying and flipping out because he went all mass-murderer after seeing his mother’s final breath, and Padme is trying to be compassionate and understanding. Naturally, Anakin just shuts her out, but she looks too precious and adorable with those huge sleeves; there’s something about her standing there with these barrels on her arms that is simply quite endearing to me. I’ve always loved this outfit, so yeah…I NEED this sweater. I haven’t ordered it yet, but I can’t resist it…it would look super cute with skinny jeans, or leggings (which is what I plan to wear it with on just a regular day).

And there is yet another piece by Elhoffer Design that is taunting me, but I think I could only get away with it doing Cosplay at a comic convention…

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I love Padme, but everybody knows that the original space fashionista is her own daughter:

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Princess Leia-Empire Strikes Back - nice view of the back of this costume!:

Sadly, in the society we live in today, I simply cannot wear a cape on a regular day to work. I can dream that perhaps someday it will be acceptable, but I know right now it’s really not. Damn you, Lando, and your Cloud City capes! To be fair, it could also be considered a long vest; it was designed to suit either preference. It could possibly work with a white long-sleeved top and pants/leggings, if we’re going with the vest label. Elhoffer Design named this piece the Galactic Princess Cape, though, so that’s what I shall refer to it as.

Alas, it’s not bad to buy things just for Cosplay; one of the many ways adult nerds spend their money. So, I need it. It’s gorgeous, and I’ve never seen anyone cosplay this look of Leia’s at the conventions I’ve gone to. Also, it’s not the first Elfhoffer Design piece I’ve purchased only for costume/cosplay purposes:

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I dressed up as end-of-Force-Awakens Rey and it was quite lovely. I mean, I’m out of shape, but I still felt super cool and badass. I happened to get the vest and armwarmers during the first wave, but now I think it’s on its’ last run so if you also want this look, don’t hesitate and get it now!

So, I need the Galactic Princess Cape, right?! It seems to be a pantsuit-ish ensemble Leia wears underneath it, but if I get this cape, I would just try to find a long-sleeved burgundy dress and have my own look that way. Or, a burgundy tunic and matching burgundy leggings! I don’t know. I just don’t think I’m going to find anything exactly like what’s supposed to be underneath. Or does this mean I shouldn’t get it?! ……NAH! I’m probably going to get it.

I need these items…I’m excited for the dolman I’ve already ordered to arrive! I think it will be a while, though. But I don’t care; I just want it! And all of these Padme inspired pieces by Elhoffer Design are just the beginning; there are more designs to come! There goes my wallet… #worthit

That’s not the only Star Wars fashion I’ve indulged in lately, though.

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I recently ordered this tee from Poprageous. I knew when I first saw it that I needed it because 1) this is a gorgeous and badass image of Carrie Fisher and 2) I #resist the bigoted, sexist, idiotic asshole that is now the POTUS and 3) at the Wizard World comic convention I went to this past August, Carrie Fisher was asked what she would do if she had the Force in real life at her panel and she said “get rid of Trump”, so I know in my heart she would approve of this image and all of the posters that women made for the Women’s March Protest that happened just the day after this new Hitler came into office:

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I don’t usually get political but today, I can’t afford to ignore it. It’s on my mind daily, what rights that bastard is going to infringe upon next. But I have hope…on January 21, I had honestly never felt more proud to be an American woman than on that day. We are motivated by our idols, both historical and fictional, and together we will #resist.