Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Style Wars: Endor Bound

Style Wars: Endor Bound | 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.


Style Wars: Style Wars: Endor Girls | Anakin and His Angel
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There are many things that Savanna and I see eye to eye on and one of those things is comfort. This Her Universe t-shirt featuring our favorite little Ewok is so soft you'd think you're wearing a night shirt if it wasn't for the lovely emerald green trim that gives the top a polished look. Ashley Eckstein, the creator of the brand made especially for geeky females, provides fans with the best Star Wars fashion that is eye catching and easy to wear! Though some fans may be bothered by the fact that the shirt reads "Nub Nub!" instead of "Yub Nub!" it's still super cute and if you want, you can hide the text by wearing it tucked into a skirt or even a pair of high wasted jeans like Savanna did. The shirt is currently available to purchase on sale for $19.92.

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: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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If you didn't already know, once Savanna and I choose an item that we want to style neither of us tell each other what we're wearing until the day of the shoot which makes it extra fun for us. Even though we both went for more of an everyday look we still styled the shirt very differently and that is what we love about this series - showing you how even two people who have similar tastes can wear the same thing completely different. We hope it inspires you!


Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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Style Wars: Endor Bound | Anakin and His Angel
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WHAT I WORE

Wicket T-shirt: Her Universe
Super Stretch Jegging: American Eagle
Vee K Shawn Shoes: Sanuk
Choker: Hot Topic
Bracelets: Alex & Ani
Backpack: Loungefly

We thought it would be fitting to take our photos at Disneyland right near the entrance of Star Wars Land because in Savanna's words, "It looks wilderness-e". As cheesy at it may sound my inspiration behind this outfit was "A Day at Disneyland". I went for casual and comfortable by pairing my shirt with stretchy jeggings and shoes made of canvas and yoga mat. Both of these are new purchases that I'm really happy with. The jeans at American Eagle come in short which is the perfect length on me. As for the shoes, I love that the upper is made of fabric so that nothing digs into my feet. I'm still in the process of breaking them in but so far, so good! My accessories included a denim choker, my growing stack of Alex and Ani bracelets and the backpack that I can't stop wearing featuring baby Star Wars characters. I've been wearing chokers non stop lately and even though my top is a ringer tee I liked the double striped look and felt it added a little extra femininity to my outfit. The great thing is, I totally see myself wearing exactly this while roaming around Endor. It's such a beautiful place full of several fuzzy friends to make.

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 January! 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!

Special Thanks: To Danielle for taking the photos of us posed together and to Sloane and her cousin Presley for jumping in on our shoot. They were the cutest little Ewoks so we had to take a photo with them! And to my creative mom for the "Endor Bound" title of this post.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Last Jedi Trailer (Reaction Video)

The Last Jedi Trailer (Reaction Video) | Anakin And His Angel(The gorgeous theatrical poster that was revealed just before the trailer!)

Typically I watch the first two Star Wars trailers and refrain from watching any others along with the TV spots. But I was slightly concerned about watching the second trailer for The Last Jedi considering the fact that the first trailer which was named the "Teaser" wasn't anything like the usual teasers. As you know, it was over two minutes long which is a very unusual length for a teaser. However, as you can see from the title of this video I DID end up watching it and oh-my-gosh. No, really. That's all I can manage to say right now. You can see my reaction video below but please be sure to watch the actual trailer first if you haven't seen it yet.



What did you think of the trailer? Tweet me or leave a comment below!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

My Black Series Rebels Experience

My Black Series Rebels Experience

As some of you may know I was recently asked to be a guest on the new Star Wars Talk Show, Black Series Rebels. When I first opened my email with the invitation I was honestly shocked and suddenly felt a surge of excitement rush over me. I knew I wanted to do it but the scheduling arrangements didn't quite work on my end. I let the hosts, who are now good friends of mine, Alex and Steve know about the situation and they were happy to work things out so I could make it on their show. From the beginning they were extremely friendly, accommodating and continued to go the the extra mile in everything that they did for me leading up to the day of recording.


My Black Series Rebels Experience

My friend Savanna and I happened to be scheduled on the same day so we carpooled together and didn't stop talking the entire drive there. It's still mind blowing to me that we met online and have been able to hang out in real life and work on our project Style Wars together! Anyhow, when we arrived we were warmly greeted and were provided with drinks (they even took our Starbucks orders!) and snacks prior to filming. We chatted for a bit as if we were old friends catching up. This is why I love the Star Wars community - everyone is like one big family! Alex, Steve, and their Director Cisco then went over a summary of what to expect during the interview and made sure that we had everything we needed and that we felt comfortable enough to begin. Their level of professionalism didn't go unnoticed and was a quality that both Savanna and I truly appreciated. It was in that moment that I revealed to them that I have anxiety and how much their efforts in making me feel like an honored guest was really reassuring. I told them flat out that had they asked me a year ago I might have declined their request out of fear.


My Black Series Rebels Experience

Throughout the entire process up to being asked to sit in the chair in their remarkable DIY studio I felt mostly feelings of anticipation. There were definitely some moments of nervousness prior to arriving. I worried about not being able to answer questions thoroughly or becoming so anxious that you'd clearly be able to see it on my face or hear it in my voice. But these worries were all very minuscule compared to the excitement I had to be part of the show. I was with one of my best friends, hanging out with new friends in the Force, and was there to talk about one of my greatest passions - Star Wars! How could I not be thrilled?

The recording started and I felt wonderful and confident all the way through. I was content with my answers and had such a fun time sharing and also learning more about Alex and Steve's Star Wars preferences. It was a fantastic experience and one I am proud that I said "yes" to. I hope that the more I choose to try new things the easier my fears of the unknown and lack of confidence in myself may diminish. 2017 has been the year for me where I've really stepped out of my comfort zone and trusted in someone bigger than myself to try new things. I've kicked anxiety in the behind lately and it feels good! If you're interested, I wrote about some of the new experiences I've had this year and what the process was like on my other blog.


My Black Series Rebels Experience

We left the studio on a high and with some special goodies they gifted us with from their Shop. It's no wonder that they take pride in their work because let me tell you, their merchandise is unique and made of the highest quality! All of the proceeds from their Star Wars merchandise go towards helping them make their show a reality including paying for their studio each month. They are widely known for their collectible Action Pins that are inspired by the original Star Wars Kenner action figures. They release two character pins each month and they sell out faster than I have seen any other fan-made pins sell!

So here's the thing, I highly recommend that you follow them on YouTube and watch their show every Sunday. Not only are they fun to watch but they are also very honest Star Wars Fans who share their opinions openly no matter what anyone else may think (please note that the episodes contain some adult language and may not be appropriate for younger audiences). They discuss the latest news, review toys, interview incredible guests and host lots of giveaways. And for everything in between including details about their latest merch, you should follow them on Instagram and Twitter too!

Below you'll find the episode that I got to be a part of. My segment starts at 46:00.



Alex, Steve, and Cisco, thank you again for this incredible opportunity! MTFBWY!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Star Wars OOTD: Darth Vader Bioworld Snapback

Star Wars OOTD: Darth Vader Bioworld Snapback
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Star Wars OOTD: Darth Vader Bioworld Snapback
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Star Wars OOTD: Darth Vader Bioworld Snapback
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WHAT I WORE

Darth Vader Bioworld Snapback: c/o Spencers
Vintage Flair Jeans: American Eagle (Similar)
Turtle Neck: Target
Ankle Boots: Forever 21 (Similar)
C-3PO Necklace: c/o The Love And Madness

When Spencers sent me their new unisex Darth Vader Snapback Hat (complete with the Death Star and a TIE Fighter on the side) by Bioworld I knew exactly how I wanted to style it. I think females typically gravitate towards casual wear when wearing snapbacks so I wanted to show you how this hat could be worn in a slightly more dressed up way. Since I wanted this hat to be the central focus of my outfit I opted for a solid black turtle neck, flare jeans, boots and to top it all off, a gold C-3PO necklace. People have commented before asking why I mix 3PO and Vader fashion accessories together. It's simple - Anakin gave C-3PO life and it reminds me of who Anakin was before he donned the dark helmet. Believe it or not this was an extremely cozy outfit to wear and I hope it inspires you to try wearing geeky hats you may have in an unexpected way!


Star Wars OOTD: Darth Vader Bioworld Snapback
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Star Wars OOTD: Darth Vader Bioworld Snapback
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If you haven't yet shopped the new Empire Collection at Spencer's then stop what you're doing and check it out now! Bioworld is known for creating quality products and their recent and upcoming Star Wars merchandise is absolutely killer. This hat is made of cotton material, is light in weight and super comfortable to wear. It only comes in one size but it does have an adjustable strap. For $24.99, you too can rep the Dark Side in this officially licensed accessory.

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!


Disclosure: The Darth Vader Snapback was sent to me by Spencers and the C-3PO necklace was sent to me by The Love And Madness. All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Last Jedi Mystery Minis Unboxing

If only you could have seen my reaction when I walked into BoxLunch and spotted stacks upon stacks of The Last Jedi Mystery Minis by Funko. I gasped and grabbed one while placing it high above my head as if I were Kirby wielding his trusty sword. No exaggeration. I bought four of these blind boxes to start and filmed an unboxing video to share with you the characters I pulled and all my crazy fangirl reactions. These bobble head figures are decently sized, beautifully designed and fun to display. At $7.90 a box it's quite affordable for Star Wars collectors though also addicting. You've been warned!



Have you purchased any of these new figures yourself? Which characters did you pull? Leave a comment below or send me a Tweet!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Smuggler's Bounty: Jedi Unboxing & Giveaway!

When the "Jedi" box was announced I hoped that we would see some characters that aren't often in the spotlight represented. Let me just say that Funko was definitely thinking along the same lines as I was! Smuggler's Bounty is the only Official Star Wars subscription box by Funko. It's packed with exclusive items including two Funko Pops one of which I'm super excited about! To see our reactions and thoughts on this month's box, watch our unboxing video below and be sure to stay tuned to the end to learn how you can enter to win the November box which is The Last Jedi themed and for some fun bloopers!



Smuggler's Bounty costs $25 per box (not including taxes, shipping, and handling) and is delivered every other month. The last box of the year will be released in November and is The Last Jedi themed. If you've never signed up before, now is the time to do so!

Disclosure: This Smuggler's Bounty box was provided by Funko. All opinions are 100% our own.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Male Character

Star Wars ComLINKS | Anakin and His Angel

Welcome to the twenty-second 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 September is "Favorite Male Characters" and begins today through September 27th!

In July we wrote about our female characters within the Star Wars universe so I thought it would be fitting to make the next topic about our favorite male characters. Who is yours? What is it about him that you love so much? Do you and this character share similar personalities? What's your favorite moment featuring this character? These are just a few prompts to help you get started. Prepare your entry and check the home page of AAHA on September 13th for the linkup where you can add the link to your post.

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 Male Character | Anakin And His Angel

Everyone knows that Darth Vader is my favorite Star Wars character as I'm always talking about him or representing him in some way or another. I've had many opportunities to write about him on the blog so this time I wanted to put the spotlight on one of my other favorite male characters who happens to be a smuggler and very good friends with an exceptionally cuddly looking Wookiee.

Han Solo was the character that caught my attention when I first saw A New Hope in 1997. My eleven-year-old self was in love and I found myself attracted to his fashion choices and you guessed it, his sense of humor. I owned every Han Solo action figure I could get my hands on and had quite the collection of merchandise ranging from small items like a magnet from the Star Trader at Disneyland featuring Han with his blaster to a Han Solo in Carbonite Beach Towel I ordered from the official Star Wars online website. I even had a Han Solo pillow I slept on at night which may or may not have been the reason behind my dreams of marrying Harrison Ford. Oh, those teenage years.


Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Male Character | Anakin And His Angel

When we met Han at the Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope he was an "all about me" kind of guy and seemed to have an adequate view on life. But when an opportunity arrived to make some extra credits, he jumped on it not realizing that he was getting involved with people who would soon make his world turn upside down. I'm sure he figured it was just another job. However, he made some pretty decent acquaintances and discovered a girl he was interested in but even then he struggled with choosing choosing himself and money or aiding in a crucial battle that his new friends were a part of. We all know in the end he came through and helped saved the day but there was still a lot of growing he had to do and we see more of that in The Empire Strikes Back. It's exciting to see him discover where his place is at in the Rebellion and how he slowly comes out of his shell and shows compassion for others by the actions he takes.



Speaking of which, I can't get enough of the interaction between him and Princess Leia. Their flirtatiousness is comical because he's trying so hard to make her like him and she's trying so hard NOT to like him. I think eventually (after he realized the cockiness wasn't working) he made the perfect move to show that he was quite serious about her. One of my favorite extended scenes from Empire is the scene right after Han kisses her on the Falcon. Leia says, "Ok, hot shot." and pulls him in for another kiss. WHOA! It's hard to tell if Han was surprised by her reaction or if he just knew. Either way, from that point on their love made them stronger whether they were together in their fight against the Empire or apart.


Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Male Character | Anakin And His Angel
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Han Solo: What are you telling them?
C-3PO: I do believe they think I am some kind of god.
Han Solo: Well, why don't you use your divine influence and get us out of this?
C-3PO: I beg your pardon General Solo, but that just wouldn't be proper.
Han Solo: Proper?
C-3PO: It's against my programming to impersonate a deity.
Han Solo: Why you...

Han has one of those personalities where he comes off as downright hilarious even when he's not trying to be. I think I find him the most amusing in Return of the Jedi just because there are several scenarios like this, especially on Endor amongst the Ewoks. The scene I referenced above always makes me laugh because he is so ridiculously dramatic, sarcastic and all worked up over some little furry things. Obviously Harrison Ford is a genius but I especially love how he delivered these lines - he knew exactly how Han would behave in this situation. Han has no time for nonsense!


Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Male Character | Anakin And His Angel

I was really shocked when I found out that Harrison was returning for The Force Awakens. Again we saw a lot of growth in Han, especially in the way he spoke about his family and in explaining to Rey and Finn how he realized the Jedi and the Force were real. Harrison did a great job with staying true to Han's personality and nailed his theatrical responses to various situations. "That's not how the Force works!" anyone? This was one of my favorite scenes in the movie! On a completely different note, I felt very saddened over the fact that Han and Leia were separated and probably won't ever come to grips with that but I am forever thankful that their last moment together was a tender one in which I believe both of them revealed they still truly loved one another.


Star Wars ComLINKS: Favorite Male Character | Anakin And His Angel

I had NO idea that Han's journey would end in this film but like everyone else, I sensed it coming when he came face-to-face with his son. It was, to say the least, an outstanding performance from Harrison and Adam Driver but one I still find difficult to watch. The first time I balled my eyes out and was so affected by it I missed several moments including the scene where Chewbacca shoots Kylo Ren. It's hard to watch when any character you love dies, but my heart hurt even more because of the tragedy of the situation - a situation we still don't know everything about. Not to mention I felt like part of my childhood died right along with him. I guess that's what happens when we get too emotionally attached to fictional characters because I've experienced this sadness way too often. I can't help it!

I could go on forever writing about Han. Perhaps in the near future I'll share a list of my favorite Han Solo moments with you. Until then, let me know who your favorite male character in Star Wars is and why in a comment below or on Twitter!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

A lot has happened in the world of Star Wars Itty Bitty merchandise so today I wanted to bring your attention to the new and adorable four inch high plushies and other irresistible collectibles that are available now and soon to come at Hallmark stores and on their website.


THE LAST JEDI

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

These seven characters from The Last Jedi became available to purchase and pre-order for $6.95 and $7.95 each on the Hallmark website and in stores on Force Friday II. I'm absolutely in love the with General Leia and Kylo designs! The small details on Leia's outfit are perfect and Kylo looks so emo I can't even handle it. If you're planning to order any of these and have a Hallmark store near you don't forget about the "ship to store" feature as you'll receive free shipping on your purchase! Below is a list of the characters you can buy now and which you can pre-order.


AVAILABLE NOW

Finn - $6.95
BB-9E - $6.95


AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER

General Leia - Limited Edition - Ships: 11/7 - $7.95

Kylo Ren - Limited Edition - Ships: 9/15 - $7.95

Rey - Limited Edition - Ships: 9/15 - $7.95

Leader Snoke & Praetorian Guard 2-pack - Ships: 12/1 - $16.95

*Please keep in mind that although the listings for the Rey & Kylo plushies state on the Hallmark website that they will be shipped on September 15th they might not actually be in stores until October according to Hallmark's tweet below.


HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!



MAZ KANATA

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

Maz Kanata has finally been listed on the Hallmark website to pre-order for $7.95 and is due to be shipped on September 29th. I think she is probably one of the cutest Star Wars Itty Bittys yet! Just think about how darling she will look next to Chewie... Need a visual? No problem.


HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!



FALL 2017 & SPRING 2018 RELEASES

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

The Popminded by Hallmark booth at SDCC didn't disappoint! JustJenn was able to get some great shots of the upcoming Star Wars Itty Bittys including a new one we hadn't heard of or seen yet: Lando Calrissian! General Hux is due to be released next Spring and I'm assuming Lando will be too though that has not been confirmed.


HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

These are the first real shots of the Luke and Leia Itty Bittys on the vintage-inspired cardbacks. Back in April we only had artwork of what to expect they would look like. Aren't they adorable? They are due to be released this Fall and I'm sure they are going to fly off of the shelves.




GREEDO POPMINDED EXCLUSIVE

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

This vintage action figure-inspired Greedo is a Limited Edition PopMinded exclusive and is available at Hallmark stores and the Hallmark website for $14.95. If you haven't picked him up yet do so before he sells out!




ENAMEL PINS

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

A few months ago Hallmark released their first Itty Bitty Collector's pin set featuring Kylo Ren, a Stormtrooper, BB-8 and Rey for $14.95. These are perfect collectibles for those who like the style of the Itty Bittys but don't quite collect plushies. On Force Friday II they released another set featuring Princess Leia in four of her classic outfits. This pin set is available to pre-order now and is due to be shipped on November 6th. What a great addition to any Leia collection!



OTHER NEW ITEMS

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

Just recently this adorable Repositionable "Puffy" Sticker Kit was released online and in stores for only $9.95. The panel is two-sided with one side featuring a Tatooine landscape and the other side let's you play aboard the Millennium Falcon in an action scene! This set is recommended for ages 3 and up but let's be honest, we all want to reminisce over those puffy stickers and set up our own creative scenes with our favorite characters. I could absolutely see Hallmark releasing a Nativity-inspired set like this too!


HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

It's no doubt that Hallmark has been getting creative with their Itty Bitty line. These zipper pouches (8" W x 6.5" H x 0.5" D) are brand new and are perfect for carrying those smaller bits you want kept safe, or for your kids to take to school. Either one. All I'm saying is, they know how to catch the eyes of adults who can't resist cute things. Both Yoda and Chewbacca are available for $12.95 in stores and on the Hallmark website.


HUGE Star Wars Itty Bitty Update: The Last Jedi, Skywalker Twins, Enamel Pins & More!

This Rey and Kylo Clippy set isn't quite new but I thought you needed to know about it. They're almost half the size of the standard Itty Bitty making them extra chubby. You can them both in stores or online for $9.95!

Whew! How's that for an Itty Bitty update? Which are your favorite items? What other Itty Bitty collectibles would you like to see made in the future? Leave a comment below or Tweet me to let me know what you think!