Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Star Wars Etsy Items $15 & Under

There are endless amounts of treasures by creative minds and extraordinary artists on Etsy. During some down time, I browsed many Star Wars items and gathered some of my favorites to share with you, all of which are $15 and under! Enjoy and be sure to tell me which ones are your favorites!

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OT Decals - $3.99

I fell in love with the cute and simplistic designs of these nail decals! For just $3.99 you'll receive 78 nail decals and instructions in a resealable bag. There are dozens and dozens of other decals to choose from as well including other fandoms, abstract prints, etc. Plus, if you buy three sets you'll get a fourth set for free!

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Dad, Yoda Best! Mug - $7.99

When it comes to mugs, there aren't always a lot of really great ones for men who also happen to be dads. This one's perfect and it's dishwasher safe! A rarity when it comes to specialized dinnerware.

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OT Bib - $7.92 | Rebels Bib - $14

I couldn't decide between the two of these, so I decided to include them both! Of course, I love the OT print and the fact that you can choose between pink or blue for the backing. It's 100% cotton with a snap closure and also comes in two sizes: Infant and Toddler. The Rebels bib is perfect for obvious reasons and is also 100% cotton with a velcro closure.

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A/P Bookmark - $5.68 | Rebels Circle Scarf - $15

Anima Eterna creates some of the best Anakin and Padme artwork I have ever seen! This lamented bookmark is just one of the few gorgeous pieces in her shop! And I don't know about you, but I think this Rebels Circle Scarf needs to become one of my new Fall/Winter accessories. It's 8" wide and 64" long which makes it perfect for wearing multiple ways.
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Boba Fett Art Print - $12.52

The prints you'll find on Subject Art are all so unique and will make whichever room you add it to more exciting! This Boba Fett print is one of the newest additions to the growing Star Wars collection. There are many Disney, Movie and TV prints available as well!

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Pinback Buttons - $8 (Set of 7)

I adore the minimalistic design of these buttons. The thing is, I love collecting buttons but I need to come up with more ways to display/use them so I can justify buying more. Because, seriously!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Star Wars Rebels Topps Cards Giveaway

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Star Wars Rebels Topps Cards Giveaway | Anakin And His Angel

I've heard that fans have been finding Star Wars Rebels Topps trading cards at Target but I haven't been quite so lucky to spot them. However, my mom and sister recently discovered them at the Dollar Tree! I checked my local store and found them there as well! You get three cards in a pack for one dollar. I decided to pick up three packs to giveaway to one of you who might still be on the hunt for them! They're really fantastic cards and fun for both kids and collectors!

To enter to win you must have a U.S. postal address. The winner will be announced one week from today, July 28th. You can enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck everyone!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Padme Amidala's Wardrobe: My Favorites Part 2

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In Part 1 of my Padme Amidala's Wardrobe series I shared my two favorite outfits Padme wore in The Phantom Menace where she was seen in about a dozen different looks. Did you know that in Attack of the Clones she has even more outfits? Sixteen to be exact! That includes her Senate gown (deleted scene), her Coruscant nightgown, the robe she wore on Naboo, the blue dress she wore when her and Anakin visited her family in a deleted scene, and her patterned coat on Tatooine. Choosing only a couple of outfits from the first Prequel film was so much easier than this one! But I think I've got it down to two!

LAKE COUNTRY DRESS

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"The ombréd full-length bias-cut silk chiffon and sand-washed silk satin dress is held at the neck and arms by a hand-cut abalone shell collar piece and arm cuffs. The chiffon overdress is gathered at the hem, front, and back into mother-of-pearl shell and vintage-beaded tasseled clasps. The colors of the dress start at the hem in smoky lilac and progress through pinks and oranges to the palest yellow at the neck. The headdress was formed in the shape of the ridges of a conch shell in seven graded bands, and was made using Flexicast with powdered dye mixed through, and then hand-painted."
- Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars

Padme Amidala's Wardrobe: My Favorites Part 2 | Anakin And His Angel

Padme Amidala's Wardrobe: My Favorites Part 2 | Anakin And His Angel

Padme Amidala's Wardrobe: My Favorites Part 2 | Anakin And His Angel

I love everything about this dress from the colors to the way the chiffon and satin fabric sways with every step. It's very feminine and delicately draped, but it also has an incredible statement halter neckline. I think the entire ensemble perfectly reflects the beauty of Padme's home on Naboo. No wonder Anakin couldn't help but kiss her, she was glowing from head to toe! She was more than ever, his angel. After this tender but awkward moment, little did they know that they were past the point of no return. Captain Typho was concerned Padme might "do something" on their trip whilst Obi-wan was hoping his Padawan wouldn't "try something foolish". Who do you think was right? Or were they both right?

For many more photos of this Lake Country dress, click here.

MEADOW PICNIC DRESS

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"Silk cloqué bodice with seven-color computerized filigree embroidery with bled stitching. The roses were taken from the tulle and appliquéd on top to unite the two fabrics. The bodice is worn over an old-gold silk organza blouse with multicolored ribbon detail around the lower sleeves."
- Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars

Padme Amidala's Wardrobe: My Favorites Part 2 | Anakin And His Angel

Padme Amidala's Wardrobe: My Favorites Part 2 | Anakin And His Angel

Padme Amidala's Wardrobe: My Favorites Part 2 | Anakin And His Angel

I believe the first time I saw this gown was when the poster "A Jedi shall not know anger. Nor anger. Nor love." was released. To this day it's still one of my favorite Star Wars posters. It's haunting, but beautiful and I love the every-day-attire Anakin and Padme are wearing. And that is one of the reasons this dress is my favorite. It's much more relaxed but still very feminine with the floral theme and ribbons wrapped around her wrists and laying against her curled hair. I also love that the headpiece pays homage to Princess Leia's buns! Its easy to get around in which made it perfect for their private picnic. During this scene in Attack of the Clones we see Anakin and Padme talking, laughing, and flirting. For the first time, as young adults, they are truly comfortable in each other's company. It's definitely one of those fun and memorable moments in their relationship.

For many more photos of this Lake Country dress, click here.

I hope you have been enjoying the series thus far! Stay tuned for Part 3 which will feature outfits from Revenge of the Sith.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Young Han Solo Anthology Movie Confirmed

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(Concept art of a young Han Solo from the The Art of Revenge of the Sith book)

OH. MY. GOSH.

StarWars.com just announced the second Anthology film will be released on May 25th, 2018 and will be about our favorite scoundrel in the galaxy, Han Solo! It will be directed by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie) and the screenplay will be written by Lawrence (Raiders of the Lost Ark) and Jon Kasdan.

"The story focuses on how young Han Solo became the smuggler, thief, and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley. "

I am wondering if the story will touch on what we have been told in The Art of Revenge of the Sith book where Iain McGaig writes...

"It's not in the script anymore, but we were told that Han Solo was on Kahsyyyk and that he was being raised by Chewbacca. He's such a persnickety guy later on - he always has to have the best of everything - so I thought it'd be great if when he was a kid, he was an absolute slob."

Also noted in the book under a diary entry for January 10-24, 2003...

"Lucas asks for a conference room on Kashyyk - and a costume for a young Han Solo, who is slated to meet Yoda on this planet and actually help him to locate General Grievous. His one and only costume and character style (seen above) are approved as soon as they're presented."

I can't wait to see how his story plays out!

You can read more on the official Star Wars Website.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Star Wars Dark Disciple Review

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I'm going to be honest and say that I haven't read a book in a long time. Well, I've read a few smaller books but definitely not a novel-sized since the first Twilight installment hit shelves in 2005. Go ahead and do the math. Obviously I am not the world's biggest reader, but when I heard about the new canon Star Wars novels in development, I was definitely intrigued. Though I haven't read many as compared to other fans, Star Wars books have always been my favorite to read and I thought it'd be fun to start up again. I was given the chance to read Christie Golden's Dark Disciple (thanks to NetGalley) before it hits shelves tomorrow, July 7th. Below you'll find out why I highly suggest adding this to your to-read list!

Star Wars Dark Disciple Review | Anakin And His Angel

Knowing that Dark Disciple was based on un-produced episodes of The Clone Wars cartoons was definitely a selling point for me. I'm a huge fan of the series and was interested in seeing ex-Sith Asajj Ventress in a new light and getting to know Jedi Master Quinlan Vos on a deeper level (we were introduced to Quinlan in an episode of TCW during Season 3). From the moment I began reading I was hooked. I didn't know what to expect but I soon found myself clearly envisioning every moment as if it were a motion picture, and oh how I wish I could watch it a thousand times over! The characters (both new and old) are so diverse and I appreciated being able to get inside their heads to experience what they're thinking and feeling. The familiar characters like Obi-Wan, Anakin, and even Yoda, were so well written I never once questioned their mannerisms. I also found all the battles to be so thrilling! Christie writes with such passion and detail that I found my heart beating faster than usual during those moments. It takes some serious skills to write out complex light saber battles. As a very serious Star Wars fan I also have to mention how much it meant to see Christie incorporate content from the films and cartoons. Even simple things like quotes from key characters reflected on events that had or hadn't yet taken place which gave me goosebumps. One of my favorites, though terribly saddening, was a quote from Jedi Master Plo Koon, "You cannot save everyone Master Kenobi.".

Even our very own Anakin and Padme have a scene together and they couldn't be more adorable. One of Anakin's thoughts of his beloved wife is conveyed and of course I had no choice but to share it with you, "His name, when spoken by her lips, was the sweetest music in the galaxy."

While I don't want to give everything away, I thought I'd put together a short excerpt of the beginning of the novel along with some juicy information on two of our main characters.

*Some spoilers ahead!

In the beginning of the book we learn that Count Dooku has upped his Sith Lord status by becoming even more ruthless in his crimes across the galaxy. The Jedi Council makes an unusual proclamation to have him assassinated. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, of course, are hesitant about the plan but ultimately trust Master Yoda and Mace Windu's decision. The Council assigns Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos to the task whilst suggesting he sides with Asajj Ventress, Dooku's former apprentice who has recently taken up bounty hunting. They believe that with Quinlan's wisdom and unique abilities in the force along with Asajj's own abilities and previous attempts on her former Master's life, the job had a better chance of seeing itself through.

I thoroughly enjoyed discovering more about Quinlan and even Asajj. As soon as they crossed paths, I couldn't stop reading! Their chemistry was just so perfect. Ventress is thick-headed, and a loner who is practical but passionate about her work and doesn't hesitate to get the job done by any means necessary. You can imagine how difficult it was for Vos, a strong, intelligent Jedi who is highly respected and well, just an all around kind person, to get Ventress to work alongside him. The friction, surly remarks, and cockyness between these two characters was amusing but also made me wonder if they could really be a couple. I didn't know anything about the book prior to reading it so I didn't expect their toxic relationship to soon be filled with banter and strong but unfamiliar feelings for each other.

Asajj is a character I never expected to like so much. I never disliked her but Dark Disciple definitely changed my feelings towards her. I now find her to be less eccentric and much more human. It's also so incredible to me how a character like Quinlan who had a minimal amount of screen time on TCW could become one of my favorite Jedis. Christie Golden has truly brought these characters to life!

What part will trust play in their relationship? What dark secrets will arise in the process? How far will the Jedi Council go to get things done? You'll have to find out by reading it yourself! My intention with this review was to give you a small taste of what you can expect without spoiling the entire story. If you consider yourself a hard core Star Wars fan and want to keep up with the official Star Wars timeline, Dark Disciple must be part of your Summer plans!

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