Thursday, August 10, 2017

What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?

What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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Ever since Loungefly released their collection of bags featuring characters from the Original Trilogy as baby versions of themselves I knew I had no choice but to order one of the items. Cuteness overload! I went back and forth between the Duffle Bag and the Backpack for a little while and ultimately chose the backpack after realizing I would need something smaller to carry for the Metallica concert my husband and I went to last weekend. Having used it for a special occasion and many casual trips out I figured it was the right time to do a proper review on the bag and the every day bits I like to carry inside it.


What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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Loungefly creates quality-made and highly attractive pop culture contemporary accessories including everything from Disney to Helloy Kitty. Although this is my first backpack that I've purchased from them (I know, crazy right?) I do own a wallet and scarf that I absolutely love and instantly recognized the craftsmanship and durability upon each of my purchases. It's no wonder that fans across the galaxy can't help but keep buying from them!


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What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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This faux leather backpack in particular is one of the company's hottest items. It comes in several different prints from various fandoms including Disney, Marvel, and even Pokémon. I'm sure you've seen them all over social media! They measure nine inches wide and ten and a half inches high, making it the perfect size to carry essentials and then some but prevents you from over packing like so many of us do. It's cute and so comfortable to wear even when you've got it packed with extra items. It has adjustable straps and 3 pockets on the outside (two on each side and one zipper pocket on the front).


What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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What's In My Star Wars Loungefly Backpack?| Anakin And His Angel
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On a regular day I carry with me the following items: makeup bag, wallet, keys, daily planner, glasses (both sunglasses and prescription), hand sanitizer, phone (not pictured) and my cute polka dot pill case. As you can see from the image above, there's still plenty of room for more! Believe it or not I could even fit my DSLR inside if needed. When we went to the concert I mentioned I also had my phone battery, phone cord, a beanie, scarf, ear plugs, hand wipes, and a shirt we bought! I'm not kidding!

In case you couldn't tell by now, I LOVE THIS BACKPACK!

What do you think of this backpack? Do you own any accessories from Loungefly yourself? Leave a comment below or send me a Tweet to let me know, and feel free to ask me any questions you might have about this backpack.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Star Wars Endor Tsum Tsum Set

Star Wars Endor Tsum Tsum Set | Anakin And His Angel

This morning, DisneyTsumTsum.com revealed the next Star Wars Tsum Tsum set which features a handful of plush characters we all love that were on the planet Endor in Return of the Jedi. The characters include: Han, Leia, Luke, a Scout Trooper, Wicket (who was included in the very first Star Wars set), and Logray. As of right now we only have confirmation that they will be released in the UK on August 15th though typically Star Wars Tsums are released on the same day in the US. I will be updating the blog as soon as I receive official word of the US date.

What do you think of this set? Aren't they adorable? I'm sure Leia is going to be quite sought after, especially with that statement poncho.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Smuggler's Bounty: Droids Unboxing

It's that time again! This month's Smuggler's Bounty box, the only Official Star Wars subscription box by Funko, was packed with exclusive items all pertaining to "Droids." There are two Funko Pops in this box, both which are beautifully designed and painted, and another item which I am head over heels in love with. But you'll have to watch our unboxing video to find out what is is...



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 be released in September and is Jedi themed! I think we've all been waiting for this one!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Female Character

Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel

Welcome to the twenty-first Star Wars ComLINKS! This 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 June is "Favorite Female Characters" and begins today through July 26th!

In celebration of Forces of Destiny, the new animated micro-series airing July 3rd on the Disney YouTube page and the Disney Channel on July 9th, Johnamarie Macias from The Wookiee Gunner thought it would be fun for the ComLINKS topic to be about your favorite female character from the Star Wars Saga. Why is she your favorite? Do you relate to her in any way? Do you have a favorite scene in which she plays a major part in? Favorite outfit? These are just a few prompts to help you get started. Prepare your entry and make your way back to the homepage of AAHA on July 12th to add your link to the link-up!

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!






Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Female Character | Anakin and His Angel

I think most people would expect me to say that Padme Amidala is my favorite female character from Star Wars considering that her and Anakin Skywalker are my favorite couple in the galaxy. While I do absolutely love her character and let's be real, her wardrobe, there is another character I consider to be my all time favorite after Darth Vader and that would be Ahsoka Tano. When The Clone Wars first debuted I didn't instantly feel connected to her but I wasn't turned off by her like most people. She was interesting to me because she was unique and had a brain that she wasn't afraid to use. She had a natural joyfulness that she carried about her wherever she went that I truly admired. Even in "work mode" she was focused but also beamed with delight and everyone noticed it. I also loved her interactions with everyone she crossed paths with - always considerate and wanting to help! Even with these complimentary qualities she had struggles and we got to see her and Anakin fall and pick each other back up countless times. Seeing their Padawan/Master relationship flourish was beautiful because through everything they faced, the good and the bad, they continued to grow together in unity. As time went on and more of her characteristics were revealed I began to realize that she possessed many of my own personality traits which left me feeling very connected to her.


Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Female Character | Anakin and His Angel

I love how Ahsoka remains true to herself in all situations. Even when she was a Padawan and it might not have been the opportune time or her rightful place to make a comment, it didn't stop her from speaking her mind. She believed in greater outcomes and looked for the good in various situations and more importantly, people. The struggle of accepting who her friend and Master had become in Rebels was a difficult one for her to process and I've always thought part of that was because she might have believed there was still some good in him much like Padme did. After learning the truth in her confrontation with him she still remained loyal. Because of her devotion to Anakin Skywalker she declared she wouldn't leave him again even after seeing with her own eyes what her former Master had become. To me that is one of the greatest expressions of love - standing by someone's side NO MATTER WHAT. The pain she must've felt in making that proclamation and then having to stand up and defend herself against someone she loves must've been tormenting. What incredible strength she had!


Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Female Character | Anakin and His Angel

The fire inside her glows and it is always controlled and never boastful, even when she is in a head-to-head combat. She fights evil with courage and conducts herself in a manner very similarly to Obi-Wan. It's clear the evil she fights is something she's opposed to but she doesn't let it develop into an uncontrolled anger. She's grounded in this belief and it gives her a confidence and hope that truth will triumph even if it's not until the very end. We see this Jedi trait become even more evident with age after she left the Jedi Order and I think it's simply because of the way she was brought up and the strong influences she had around her.


Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Female Character | Anakin and His Angel

Her fighting style is poised and intentional with acrobatic-like moves making her one of the most gifted Force users ever in existence. I guess that's what happens when you learn from the best, huh? Speaking of which, I think she was an incredible opponent for Vader in the Season 2 finale of Rebels. In fact, I would say she was the best one yet. She gave him a few surprises and met every one of his moves with swift reflexes as if she had already played out the fight in her head. It's no doubt that she is gifted in her lightsaber techniques but I believe that it's her values that she holds onto that get her through every battle she faces. She is fierce. She is a warrior with a mission to defend hope and bring back the light that is clouded by the darkness that continues to unfold throughout the galaxy.

These are the main reasons why Ahsoka Tano is my favorite female character from Star Wars. What are some of your favorite things about her?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Star Wars: D23 Expo Trooper Exclusive Tsum Tsum Set

Star Wars: D23 Trooper Exclusive Tsum Tsum Set | Anakin and His Angel

If you're going to the D23 Expo this weekend and love Star Wars AND have a soft spot for Tsum Tsums, you're going to want to put this Limited Edition (1,000) Trooper set on your list of things to buy. The box set will be released on Friday, July 14th at the Disney Store on the Expo floor for $29.95. You'll want to make arrangements to get in line early. Trust me, I know from experience.


Star Wars: D23 Trooper Exclusive Tsum Tsum Set | Anakin and His Angel

Star Wars: D23 Trooper Exclusive Tsum Tsum Set | Anakin and His Angel

I think this is a great set not only because I'm obsessed with Troopers but because it features a variety of them from the Star Wars universe. The Death Trooper is also a good sign that we may eventually get a full Rogue One collection of these adorable plushies in the future.

Tell me, what are your thoughts on this set? For even more Tsum Tsum exclusives that will be available at the Disney convention, be sure to visit Disney Tsum Tsum!

Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back!

Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back! | Anakin and His Angel

Style Wars is an original quarterly series that is a combination of both Jenmarie and Savanna's two favorite passions - Star Wars and fashion. Together they will be styling Star Wars outfits based off of the same fashion piece. Their mission for this fashion series is to show off how different fangirls envision outfitting Star Wars clothes in their own unique way. Instead of comparing who wore it best, they want to celebrate the different ways Star Wars pieces can be worn.


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Savanna and I instantly agreed that the Love and Madness TESB Opening Crawl Cuff would be the perfect accessory to style an outfit around for Style Wars. Love and Madness creates some of the best officially licensed Star Wars accessories that are both chic and affordable. This cuff bracelet shows off The Empire Strikes Back opening crawl in a very bold way and we just love it! You can order one yourself from the Her Universe website for just $12.90!

Be sure to visit Savanna's blog, The Dorky Diva, to see even more photos from our shoot and learn more about what she wore!


Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back! | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back! | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back! | Anakin and His Angel
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Prior to our meet up I asked my husband to capture the reactions of Savanna and myself when we saw each other in person for the first time, sort of like a couple's "first look" session on their wedding day as Savanna so perfectly put it. They truly reflect the joy we both felt and it's so nice to have these candid photos to look back on. We walked up to each other with open arms and several hugs as each of us got teary-eyed. We smiled, laughed and exclaimed over each other's outfits probably for several minutes. We loved that one went dark side and the other light side. One of the most fun things about Style Wars is not knowing how the other person is going to style their outfit so it's essentially a surprise for us too! After the shoot, the three of us hung out at Downtown Disney and it felt as if we were old friends catching up. What a special day!


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Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back! | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back! | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back! | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back! | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back! | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back! | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back! | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: The Cuff Strikes Back! | Anakin and His Angel
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WHAT I WORE

I Am Vader T-shirt: We Love Fine
Faux Leather Skirt: H&M (Similiar)
Love & Madness TESB Cuff: Her Universe
Jason Wu Clutch: Gifted
Franco Sarto Heels: Nordstrom Rack

I felt a strong need to represent my favorite Sith Lord while wearing this cuff, so that's exactly what I did. I paired the best Darth Vader t-shirt ever from We Love Fine with a faux leather skirt I found on the sale rack for $15 at H&M. Some of the best deals that I pick up are found by looking through the sale racks. If you have the patience and time, there are treasures to be found my friends! A pair of heels, a clutch and some red lipstick sealed the deal for this outfit. I honestly would wear this ensemble any day as that's just part of my style. However, if you're the type of person to go for a more casual every day look than this would be the perfect example of something you could wear for date night or special occasion. You could also substitute the heels for sandals and the clutch for a regular bag like I did while we walked through Downtown Disney. Long walks in heels isn't always my thing ;)

Please let Savanna and I both know what you think of our outfits in a comment below or on Twitter and stay tuned for our next Style Wars which will go up in October! In the mean time, remember to check or blogs regularly as we will continue to provide our own style-centered posts as well.

As always, I will share "Outfit Outtakes" from time to time on my social media pages and exclusive photos on my Patreon page. Be on the look out!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Her Universe: Mission & Modesty

Her Universe: Passion & Modesty | Anakin and His Angel

Today Her Universe turns seven years old. It's hard to believe it's been that long since Ashley Eckstein (pictured above), creator of the most well known geeky brand for fangirls and voice of Star Wars Rebels' Ahsoka Tano, started the company. Ashley has given females around the "universe" the chance to shine in clothing and accessories that speaks louder than your average Star Wars t-shirt. Not that there's anything wrong with Star Wars t-shirts by any means (I have tons of them!), but to be able to wear pieces that are made specifically for females in mind like skirts and tunics is such a wonderful feeling. Her Universe offers a wide selection of products that includes everything from the world of Marvel to a galaxy far, far away for females of all ages with styles perfect for every day wear to what I like to call "geek chic". If you've never heard of this geeky brand before, be sure to visit the website and get on the special sales in celebration of their achievements!


Her Universe: Passion & Modesty | Anakin and His Angel
(Taken last week after a gentleman responded to my Captain Phasma shirt with, "It's good to see a young lady living on the Star Wars legacy.")

Every time I wear the Her Universe brand I feel so proud to be representing my passion not only for Star Wars but for a brand that is on a very purposeful mission. Their tagline, "Flaunt Your World", has always meant to me, "Wear what you love." It's truly so important to be yourself and it's so much fun to express it in your fashion. Even if you don't consider yourself to be a trendy person remember that you still shop for clothes and you still make choices when you get dressed everyday. You choose what to wear based on your color preferences, your favorite movie or even based on how you're feeling. If you're currently not wearing a certain trend because you're worried about what people will think or if you have a favorite fandom that you literally love so much but you're too afraid to sport it on a shirt, scarf, or hat I have two words for you: DON'T BE! Take a stand and don't waste anymore time not wearing what you feel like wearing and stop saving so many of your favorite pieces for a special occasion. Every day is a special occasion! Wear. What. You. Love.


Her Universe: Passion & Modesty | Anakin and His Angel
(The "Visions of Ahsoka" t-shirt featured in my very first Star Wars OOTD post.)

In a world where everything is sexualized I'm able to continue to strive for modesty through the Her Universe brand and that is another reason this company means so much to me. I myself am somewhat of a trendy person. I like to try the new styles but if I don't particularly like something I'm not going to wear it just because it's what everyone else is wearing. I pick and choose the ones I love most and mix them in with my own personal style. Some of the trends these days include shorts that are so short your rear end hangs out or pieces that are completely transparent. I prefer edgy, feminine, and geek chic statements with a dash of drama that express who I am, make me feel good about myself and that will protect my body which belongs to myself and my husband only. This is solely based on my opinions which stem from my beliefs as a Christian woman. I do not judge anyone on how they choose to dress. You are your own person with your own convictions.


Her Universe: Passion & Modesty | Anakin and His Angel
(Princess Leia hoodie featured in my post, Small but Fierce)

I would like to conclude this with a thank you to Ashley and everyone else who is a part of the Her Universe team. Thank you for being the most fantastic brand for females who have a geeky side. Your mission and your clothes are absolutely fabulous and I couldn't be more proud to represent the brand through my own pieces I have collected. Here's to many more years!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Stars Wars ComLINKS: Button & Pin Collection


Welcome to the twentieth Star Wars ComLINKS! This 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 June is "Button & Pin Collection" and begins today through June 28th!

Most Star Wars fans I come across own at least a handful of buttons and pins. Now's your time to show off your collection! How do you store or display them? Do you ever wear them out? If so, how? On your collar or bag? Which one is your favorite or holds the most meaning? These are just a few prompts to help you get started. Prepare your entry and make your way back to the homepage of AAHA on June 14th and add your link to the link-up!

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!






Stars Wars ComLINKS: Button & Pin Collection | Anakin And His Angel
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Everything that I collect I go about collecting in the same way - If I love it ("liking" it doesn't count), I buy it. I think buttons and pins make for fun collectible items that are much more affordable than say, Sideshow figures (though I do have one of a certain Sith Lord). My oldest of these is probably the Jedi Training Academy button from when I first saw the show at Disneyland's Tomorrowland. Although I've never worn it, I used to have it on display when I was a teenager and only recently came upon it again. It's always exciting to rediscover a collectible item that has meaning. Some of my favorites include the Queen Amidala and Hera Syndulla buttons that Jerrod Maruyama made exclusively for Star Wars Celebration Anaheim. I couldn't attend and he knew how badly I wanted them so he kindly sent them to me along with extras I gave away here on the blog. This cutified version of Amidala and Hera are exactly the sort of thing my heart loves. I also treasure my Star Wars Celebration Anaheim Pin because of the memories it brings me back to.


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Stars Wars ComLINKS: Button & Pin Collection | Anakin And His Angel
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I like to display my pins in various ways. I have two memory boards in our kitchen that stick them on but for privacy purposes, I don't have a photo to share with you today. This is where I like to feature some of my favorites and occasionally I swap them out so each one gets some love. I'm just silly, I guess. I have the pins that I'm not using in a folder with special inserts made especially for pins that I got at the World of Disney a few years ago. These are perfect if you're an organizational freak like I am. Any extra buttons I have I like to keep in a small box.


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Stars Wars ComLINKS: Button & Pin Collection | Anakin And His Angel
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As for using and/or wearing my pins, I've recently started using them to decorate tote bags with. I love the character it adds to the bag and it makes me happy knowing I'm actually using them. They can be great conversation starters too! I've also worn them a couple times on a jacket or cardigan, which always looks good.

At some point I'd like to find a nice cork board so that I can display more of them along with the Disney buttons and pins I have. My thoughts are that if you're going to collect something, most or all of it should be out to enjoy. Am I right?

What does your collection look like? Join us and be part of this month's link up!

Special thanks to That Film Girl, Britt for editing these photos.