“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope,”

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These iconic words of our beloved Princess Leia are forty years old today. On this day in 1977, George Lucas gave the world Star Wars, now dubbed A New Hope. I know, I’m only 24, I haven’t been enjoying Star Wars for 40 years..but I have enjoyed it pretty much my whole life. Being introduced to this beautiful space fantasy is actually one of my earliest memories; I remember being on the phone with my aunt Adelaida, and she was describing the cover of the VHS tape she had just bought me. “It has Darth Vader’s face, which is all black and shiny,”. I was so excited. And this was 1995…I was just 3 years old and had no idea who or what Darth Vader was, but I believe the excitement in my aunt’s voice is what made me so excited. I don’t think I necessarily made this conclusion back then, but I think it must have been meant a lot to her to share this with me. A movie that she saw at least 17 times in theaters (she would often say 100 but who knows), a series that she’s adored so much…I think it was important for her to share it with me. Looking back on it now, she must have been so elated when I first watched the movie and loved it.  And I’m forever grateful for her introducing me to this world that I so adore, that I’ve loved all of my life, that inspires me and soothes me daily. And of course I still have the VHS with Vader’s “all black and shiny” face:

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And I’m pretty sure she bought me the other two, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, either at the same time or shortly after, and I loved those two dearly as well…actually, it was Return of the Jedi that was constantly in my VHS player; it’s always been my favorite.

Alas, today is about 40 years of A New Hope! Again, I can’t really attest to those 40 years, but during my personal lifetime, Star Wars has always been there. From crushing on the beautiful Luke Skywalker played by Mark Hamill, to also crushing on his father, Anakin, played by Hayden Christiansen…to Diego Luna and Oscar Isaac, the first Latino men to lead in Star Wars. To the women I idolize, starting with the late Carrie Fisher, to her mother played by Natalie Portman, and to my current baes, Rey and Jyn Erso played by Daisy Ridley and Felicity Jones, respectively. I adore so many of the characters and relationships this saga has given us, and I’ve always loved them above everything else. I appreciate lightsaber battles and spaceships more now, but as a kid, the battles didn’t really excite me (because obviously I was a stupid child). But really, it was always Luke and Leia that cemented my attachment to these stories.

The only thing that’s really changed about my love of Star Wars is how I’ve been able to express it. When I was a kid, there weren’t many other kids I got to talk about it with. As the years went on,  I was ridiculed by my peers for loving it and letting it show. First, I believe, it was for wearing the beautiful watches that Burger King sold at the time of the theatrical release of Revenge of the Sith, the final prequel/what we all thought at the time would be the last Star Wars film we would ever receive. They were all double-sided and just the greatest watches ever. My favorite was the Darth Maul side of the Phantom Menace watch.

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I mean, it probably didn’t help that some days, I would wear all six watches at once on my tiny 13-year old arms, but still…no regrets.

The other item was a black t-shirt from Hot Topic with the beautiful Hayden Christiansen as Anakin Skywalker on it…I miss that shirt. Sadly, it is long gone…it didn’t fit me anymore anyway.

And yet, with my massive love for Star Wars, that was all I really ever had, aside from a t-shirt or two from the little boys section when I was little. It’s been amazing to see Star Wars fashion grow over the years, particularly for women, and while some people (like my parents) might think I have gone overboard with all of my t-shirts, sweaters, dresses, skirts, jewelry, etc….I don’t care, I’m just happy that all of these fabulous apparel has been available to me and I can’t help but buy so much even when I’ve probably already made up for lost time (when no such amazing things were available)  And I don’t care if you don’t like that I love Star Wars so much…I’m not that shy and vulnerable child anymore. I wear my love and express every way I can and want to. But back to the fabulous galactic wardrobe I have now…this is from under a year ago but it doesn’t reflect even my current collection, but just to give you an idea about how much Star Wars fashion I’ve acquired over the last few years or so:

If I had to guess without actually going through my closets right now, I’d say my collection has AT LEAST definitely doubled.

Guys, it’s not my fault…I just love this series and the characters so much and I love to express it!

Also I love dressing up as the characters, naturally…here is me as the ultimate rebel princess a few Halloweens ago:

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I think that’s just a testimony to how meaningful this franchise is; I’m dressing up as a character that I was introduced to when I was 3 years old in my adulthood, and I definitely plan on continuing to do so (whether it be at comic conventions, Halloween parties, or even just random days where I want to feel regal yet super badass and fabulous).

Happy 40th Anniversary, Star Wars!! May you continue to inspire all generations to come!

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“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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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.

“I’ve got gadgets and gizmos a plenty, I’ve got whozitz and whatzits galore”

I know, I like talking about my stuff a lot…but I collect some pretty interesting things, if I do say so myself. Especially Funko Pop! figures…guys, it’s not my fault. I went to Hot Topic while at the mall recently and had to go there because 1) there’s not one super close to me so I take my opportunities to peruse when I can and 2) I knew I had a $5 dollar reward from them expiring soon. I look at the wall of Funkos for like 7 minutes because I see Ezra, but I’m looking for Hera, and if they have one character from Star Wars Rebels in stock they’re bound to have another, right?! Finally, I had to ask an employee if they had any in back or if they had their entire stock pretty much out. At first, she made it seem like everything they had would be out, but then she had me describe the character I was looking for. “With the green things on her head? I’m pretty sure I’ve seen her before,”…she then got a ladder and looked behind the ones that were higher on the shelves. It reminded me of my retail days, that still aren’t very far behind me, when a customer would be looking for a DVD or CD and it wasn’t out on the floor but our system said we had in it stock; I was always determined to find it, even if that involved digging in the warehouse through boxes fellow employees never bothered putting out, for whatever reason. I digress; she did not find them on the shelves, but had told me she was almost certain she had seen the one I was looking for. A few minutes later, she came out with my little Hera and I was so happy. I went to check out, and of course the cashier has to tell me that the Funko Pops are all 3 for $30 (again, I’m familiar with this game). I politely declined, and asked him to look up my rewards that I had earned. “Actually, you have $10! Now you may as well get two more for the 3 for $3o,”. Damnit, he had me there. I was sold. Obviously I had to do it. See, I told you it wasn’t my fault! I was clearly swindled! (or easily swayed…)

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I still need to go see Rogue One again, because apparently  “General Syndulla” is called upon over the intercom at some point. With that in mind, I happened to pick up a general, a princess, and then one very special woman who was both.

The very first outfit we saw her in the first Star Wars and the first outfit we saw in the most recent Star Wars. Also, it’s interesting to see how Funko Pop’s style has changed over the years, side by side.

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Oh wait, did I show you what I got for Christmas from people I love extremely dearly?!

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I already had the exclusive Target version of Cassian Andor, but now I have Jyn Erso. I adore them both. My little heroes!

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Look at my little Rebels!!! I had to have Hera and Sabine together, but then I wanted to have Ahsoka with Hera as well; Hera was the only one to have contact with “Fulcrum” before she revealed herself to the rest of the Ghost crew. Also, they’re both my favorite fictional species: Torgrutas and Twi’leks are both gorgeous creatures.

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Sorry not sorry for the blurry picture…they were in the middle of bobbling together; who am I to stop that?! Their beautiful lekku, bobbling in the air, as free as can be.

But, back to the original Star Wars Rebel:

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I’m still mourning Carrie Fisher, so I just keep buying Princess Leia stuff. I was buying Star Wars Tsum Tsums for my niece to accompany these adorable Star Wars Little Golden Books I got for her at Barnes and Noble when I couldn’t help but add one for myself. I got the classic/original Princess Leia along with Han Solo for my niece, and the Empire Strikes Back edition, “Planet Hoth Leia” for myself.

Also, I got this Elite Jyn Erso figure like two days before I saw Rogue One (one of my very last employee purchases at my old job; I had to do it), and she looks so right with my darling Ahsoka:

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Oh wait…I almost forgot about the princess I got!

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Here is the Hot Topic Exclusive glittery version of Ariel’s classic pink dinner dress! Ariel is my favorite princess, as I have mentioned before, so of course I had to get this exclusive of her. She’s my only Disney one; I’m still trying to keep my collection mostly Star Wars, but now I want more Disney characters to join her. For now, she resides by Jaylah (Star Trek Beyond) and Spider-Gwen.

Speaking of Ariel, I finally got to see the Broadway version of the Little Mermaid!!

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It was a gift to me from my boyfriend’s parents! And it was beautiful and phenomenal!! I’ve always loved Ariel’s sisters, and their 60’s-esque number “She’s in Love” blew me away. And singing and dancing Prince Eric?! He’s already been my favorite prince and my dream man, but somehow he just got more perfect!! I highly recommend this show!! Mostly to Disney and Little Mermaid fans, but it’s amazing whoever you are.