Thursday, February 23, 2017

Podcasting With Anxiety

Podcasting With Anxiety | Anakin And His Angel

Near the end of 2015, I was asked a question I never thought I would be asked before, "Would you be a guest on our podcast?". I was suddenly filled with excitement but anxiety followed closely behind and my mind took me to an interesting place with many questions, some of which included: "What questions will they ask?", "How long will it be?", "What if I don't know what to say?", "What if people think I'm boring?", "What if I don't sound as intellectual as everyone else?". I really didn't know what to expect other than I'd be talking Star Wars with some new friends. And that was part of the issue...

If you're unfamiliar with anxiety, you should know that it is different for everyone. There are numerous triggers and symptoms that individuals experience and even when you do your very best to fight it using various natural methods or even medication, it can sometimes be very crippling. One of my triggers is the fear of the unknown. When I was asked to be a guest on the podcast it did sound fun to me, but I was extremely nervous and debated several times about whether I should back out or not (FYI, I did follow through with it!). To be completely honest, there was one time I backed out on the day of the recording because I felt I wasn't given the right materials to be prepared for what was to be discussed on the episode. That combined with everything else that went on inside my head influenced me to make that decision. I look back now and I still feel terrible about it because I know I let them down, but I also believe it was the right choice for me because I knew I couldn't do it considering the physical and mental state I was in.

However, that didn't stop me from saying "Yes!" when I was asked to make more guest appearances on other podcasts after that. I knew that I needed to go about it a different way and let the people I was working with know about my anxiety and that in order for me to succeed, I needed some idea of what the episode would look like to prepare myself for the recording. Though I think even if I didn't have anxiety, I would still appreciate a rundown of the episode considering what an organizational freak I am. Anyhow, talking about my anxiety has always been difficult but I also know that I can't expect anyone to try to understand me unless I inform them of how I feel and what is going on inside my head. If I had not discussed it with these other podcasters, than I would have set my self up for failure once again with no chance at all at feeling more at ease.

Fast-forward to a year and a half later and I'm now a Co-Host on the Star Wars podcast Force Cult. WHAT!? Although this week will only be my third time as a Co-Host, it's been an exciting new adventure! I have looked forward to each week as we are a podcast with a new show every Sunday on the MakingStarWars.net Podcast Network. Yes, each week I have experienced a little anxiety because this is still new for me. I worry I won't be good enough, that I'm not fully prepared, that I'll say something stupid, or draw a blank. But I have really been enjoying it and it also helps that I am working with three individuals who love Star Wars just as much as I do and are very kind and supportive. Though one or two of them might just be finding out about my anxiety by reading this post, I already know that they accept me 100% for who I am.

So, why am I sharing with you my journey in experiencing the podcasting world? Because sometimes when we think change can't happen, it can. I don't know what the future holds for me in this area of my life (as Master Yoda says, "Always in motion is the future.") but what I can say is that I'm proud of the choices that I have made that have led me here and even if things don't work out for me in the future, I CAN say that I did it and that by broadening my horizons, I felt accomplished and thrilled over the fact that I allowed myself a new experience.

If you're a newer reader here, please be sure to check out my first post where I opened up about anxiety, The Force Awakens & Anxiety.

On a different note, if you previously refrained from listening to Force Cult due to the vulgarity, you might be interested in knowing that the podcast now has a different vibe. Give it a chance! We are currently going through each of the films and coming together to discuss our thoughts starting with the Prequel films.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS HELPED ME, SUPPORTED ME, AND BELIEVED IN ME! YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Padme Amidala Fashion by Elhoffer Design

Padme Amidala Fashion by Elhoffer Design

If you ever wished you could wear the spectacularness that is Padme Amidala's wardrobe, than look no further! Catherine Elhoffer, an LA based designer who loves all things geeky, has just launched two pre-orders for the very first Padme-inspired pieces from her Galactic Queen line. If you are familiar with Elhoffer's work, than you know everything she creates is nothing short of incredible.


Padme Amidala Fashion by Elhoffer Design

The Galactic Twilight Dolman ($55) is inspired by the robe Padme wore while on Naboo in Attack of the Clones. This versatile and ever so comfy looking piece will look darling with jeans, leggings, dresses, and everything else in between. The dolman is available in two sizes: XS-L and XL-3X. For the product description and more information on ordering, click here.


Padme Amidala Fashion by Elhoffer Design

The Galactic Picnic Cardigan ($50) is inspired by the Meadow Picnic Dress Padme wore while flirting with Anakin on Naboo in Attack of the Clones. The femininity and vintage vibe of this cardigan is so perfect and will be a great addition to your dressier Star Wars bits in your closet. It's available in sizes XS-3XL and also comes with tiny 3D hand-sewn printed flowers at an extra cost per your request. For the product description and more information on ordering, click here.

What do you think of Catherine's Galactic Queen line?

You can follow Catherine Elhoffer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Star Wars ComLINKS: Princess Leia


Welcome to the seventeenth Star Wars ComLINKS! Star Wars ComLINKS is the very first monthly link up centered around a galaxy far, far away. The purpose of this link up is to inspire fans to write/talk about various topics (which are assigned each month) pertaining to our favorite fandom. Each link up will take place on the second Wednesday of every month. You will be able to share a link to your Website, Blog, YouTube, Podcast, etc. on a special widget here on AAHA and also view other posts from fans!

The Topic for January is "Princess Leia" and begins today through February 22nd!

She was and always will be everyone's favorite Princess. February is the month of love and what better way to celebrate than showcasing our love for Princess Leia? However you choose to remember her by is up to you, whether that be sharing your favorite Princess Leia scene, talking about the time you met Carrie Fisher, showcasing a cosplay or even your special collection of her worshipfulness.

GUIDELINES

1) Your Website, Blog, YouTube, Podcast, etc. does NOT have to be SW related.
2) Your entry must be family-friendly.
3) Please include a link to (or mention) "Star Wars ComLINKS" in your entry and don't forget to use the hashtag #starwarscomlinks when applicable!





In 2015, I did a series talking about my favorite outfits that Padme Amidala wore in each of the Prequel films (TPM, AOTC, and ROTS). Since this month's Star Wars Comlinks is all about Princess Leia, I thought it would be fun to feature my favorite outfits she wore.

Obviously, choosing outfits from Leia's wardrobe wasn't as much of a challenge compared to Padme's. In fact, I already had my two top picks as soon as I started writing this post. Can you guess which ones they are?


DIPLOMATIC GOWN

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"...In the end, we went with Ralph McQuarrie's design. The costume was made from crepe de chine, a thin, lightweight silk that was comfortable for Carrie Fisher. The loosely shaped gown featured the oversized hood of a nun and large open-cut sleeves. Even Leia's neck is hidden under a turtleneck collar, a detail added after John Mollo's propsed lower-cut neckline was rejected. The all white silk ensemble was a symbol of the character's purity."
- Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy





No one could ever wear this gown quite like Princess Leia did. To me, it's part of who she is. Though perfectly plain, it has a certain angelicness about it which made it stand out among every other individual wearing dark space-like garments. It's special to me because it was the first live-action film I ever saw where the Princess was also a hero. She was confident, poised, and got in on the action when necessary and she did it all in this gown.

For more photos of this gown, click here.


BESPIN GOWN

"This new, more feminine outfit was a departure from Leia's Military-inspired Hoth costumer. The signature embroidery on the cloak was done by hand. Countless hours went into the work, despite being relatively obscured by the way the cloak draped on screen. Such details were peripheral on screen, but they gave Star Wars costumes a feeling of authenticity. Leia's dinner dress was the closest we ever got to 'spacey' costumes."
- Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy





I have always dreamed of wearing this outfit, especially the cloak, which I think is nothing but timeless. It has such an ethereal appearance making it perfect for someone of royalty. I also love this gown because it's such a sweet reminder of when Leia finally came to a point of acceptance of her attraction to Han and was, for the first time, comfortable amidst his presence. I know I'm not the only one who melted during their tender moment on Cloud City, right? Fun fact: When I was a kid, I gathered what pieces I had that resembled this outfit and even wore my hair up in a bun and braids for one of my brother's Star Wars parties!


For more photos of this gown, click here.


Now it's your turn! Which outfits of Leia's are your favorites?

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Star Wars: Death Star Tsum Tsum Collection Release Date


The next Star Wars Tsum Tsum series has been announced and it's Death Star themed! This collection is made of up five characters which include: the Emperor, a Royal Guard, Governor Tarkin (that hairline!), and both Luke Skywalker and Han Solo in Stormtrooper gear. You can expect to find these in Disney stores and on the Disney Store website on February 21st.



I really like the approach that Disney is taking with the Star Wars Tsum Tsum collections. Rather than there only be one set for each film, we have also seen them create several themed collections which I think allows for many more plushie characters to be created. There would be so many favorites left out otherwise!

So, which characters are on your list to purchase?

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Star Wars 2017 Itty Bittys


Hallmark.com has just released their 2017 Itty Bitty wish list which includes a few new Star Wars Itty Bittys that weren't included in the New York Comic-Con preview we saw back in October. Overall, we have quite a list of new character plushies to look forward to! Keep in mind, that Con exclusives are typically separate from this list.

The new characters include C-3PO (with red arm), '77 Greedo Action Figure, Maz Kanata, and a First Order Stormtrooper. There are also two new Clippy duos which include Chewbacca & Yoda as a set and of course, R2-D2 and C-3PO. The only characters from the wish list that are currently available are Admiral Ackbar and both Clippys. All three were released earlier this month.



Itty Bittys are irresistible four inch plushies priced at just under $7. Clippys are smaller versions of Itty Bittys and are $9.95 per set. You can shop the current Star Wars plushies here.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Medium Tsum Tsums

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Medium Tsum Tsums | Anakin and His Angel

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Medium Tsum Tsums | Anakin and His Angel

The other day two medium sized Tsum Tsums that coincide with The Empire Strikes Back Tsum Tsum Release were spotted in Mexico at a department store called Liverpool. The characters, or creatures I should say, include a Taun Taun and Wampa. The Disney Tsum Tsum fansite speculates that they will make their way to Disney Stores in the U.S. very soon.


Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Medium Tsum Tsums | Anakin and His Angel

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back Medium Tsum Tsums | Anakin and His Angel

It would be exciting to see these made available here, especially considering how well the latest Star Wars series did. For reference, medium Tsums retail at $12.95. Not too bad for a hug-sized plush!

Monday, January 23, 2017

My Tsum Tsum Collection

This is a video I've been meaning to film for a long time! I've collected Tsum Tsums for almost three years now and I absolutely love their chubby plushness. In case you were unaware, Tsum Tsums first made their debut in Japan in the year of 2013 and then made their way to the states in 2014. The name actually means "Stack Stack" because contrary to their round form, the bottom of each plush is flat which allows them to stack on top of one another. Of course, I just love this concept! If you're also into cute plushies, than you should probably consider checking these out. There are two Tsum Tsum set releases each month which consist of Star Wars, Disney and Marvel characters. The best quality Tsums, in my opinion, can be found at Disney Stores but they are also sold at places like Target and Wal Mart. They are priced at just under six dollars (for the mini versions), which is a super affordable thing to collect, but they do stack up (pun totally intended) if you allow yourself to get carried away.

Since this video showcases my entire collection, there are also Disney characters that are featured along with Star Wars. But if you're only interested in seeing the Star Wars portion, I've featured them together in the beginning of the video for your convenience. Enjoy!



For lots more Tsum Tsum content, check out the website Disney Tsum Tsum!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Smuggler's Bounty: The Empire Strikes Back Unboxing

This month's Smuggler's Bounty box, the only Official Star Wars subscription box by Funko, came super early for me! In case you hadn't already heard, the theme of this month is The Empire Strikes Back which includes the first Funko Pop Deluxe of Han Solo riding a Taun Taun! There are other fantastic and 100% exclusive items in this box as well including an introduction to a new line of Funko items. Watch my husband and me open this box below!



Smuggler's Bounty costs $25 for each box (not including taxes, shipping, and handling) and is shipped out every other month! The next box will arrive on our doorsteps in March and is Star Wars Rebels themed! Ahh!!!