A Recap of My Wonderful Week

This will probably be one of my most favorite weekly recap posts I ever write.  Things around here have been pretty hectic because this was the week that Fangasm finally premiered on Syfy!  It all started on Friday night when Midtown Comics held a special preview screening of the show and I was scheduled to do a Q&A session afterwards with the audience.  Last minute (with the help of Regina), I was able to convince Sal to come down to NYC and join in the fun.  When I got to Midtown, I nearly fainted because Molly surprised me and flew all the way across the country to attend the event and spend the weekend with me!  So many of my friends and a ton of people I didn’t know showed up to support me and it instilled all the feels.  Someone posted a video of the Q&A online, so if you weren’t able to make it you can still check it out here!  After the screening we all went out for drinks, and all I’ll say about that is that it was quite possibly the best night ever :-)

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The next night, Molly and I’s friend Leonard took us out to a play in NYC’s meatpacking district called Sleep No More.  The play was fantastic!  It was based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and it takes place in the McKittrick Hotel.  Sleep No More is interactive and it allows the audience to explore the rooms in all four stories of the hotel for themselves as well as follow the actors throughout the different floors to witness the scenes that take place within each room.  Immediately upon entering you’re given a playing card and walk upstairs to a bar room that is straight out of a different time period.  You’re greeted by absinthe shots and women in ball gowns who address you with archaic terms of endearment.  Once your playing card is called, you enter an elevator and you’re given a mask to wear at all times.  You’re also informed that you’re no longer allowed to speak.  For a full review of the play, I suggest reading this one from the New York Times.

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Then on Sunday I attended my best friend Amanda’s engagement party. We’ve been friends since first grade so it’s so crazy to think that she’ll soon be getting married.  I’m also lucky enough to be one of her bridesmaids!  It was so much fun to catch up with Amanda’s adorable family that I hadn’t seen recently, as well as all of my high school friends.  In the photo below, Amanda is the stunningly angelic girl standing in the middle.

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Monday was a quite day, thank goodness, because Tuesday was the big day!  As soon as I got home on Tuesday I had a catch up phone conversation with Kristin Fowler, and then I settled in to watch Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Agent Coulson is back and the episode was chock full of classic Joss Whedon one liners so I spent a good hour jumping up and down in my room and shrieking to myself out of pure glee.  And then it was time!  The moment I had been waiting for, for probably close to two and half years.  Fangasm debuted on Syfy and the flood gates of social media exploded.  I was barely able to watch one second the episode because I was trying to keep up with all of your wonderful tweets!  It seems like we’ve been getting an overwhelmingly positive response from everyone who watched with the exception of a few internet haters, but that was bound to happen!  I couldn’t believe the amount of people who were asking about my Dalek dress, so I decided to write a blog post about my outfits from the first episode.  I’m going to continue with my “The Fashion of Fangasm” posts throughout the rest of the season as well.  It was truly amazing to watch a few days of my summer rolled up into one exciting 45 minute recap.  I couldn’t be happier with the finished result and I wish my fellow cast mates had been with me to relive those wonderful moments!

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Wednesday was exciting for two reason 1) it was my one year friendiversary with my best friend Melissa, and 2) I’m about to go into detail about this one.  Before I had even left for filming, I had told all of my closest friends and family that my new goal in life is to be made fun of on Joel McHale’s show, The Soup.  So Wednesday night, around 2am when I should’ve been sleeping, I checked twitter and saw that my Comikaze boss Regina tweeted about Fangasm being on The Soup… then I came very close to crying tears of joy!  You can watch that clip here.  I tweeted about my excitement and then The Soup responded and I thought I was going to die.  As I’m sure you can imagine, there was only about a half an hour of sleep to be had that night.

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Then on Thursday (see, I told you this was an action packed week), I met my friend Lisa and we attended Peter and the Starcatcher. Both of us had read and loved all of the books which are based on Peter Pan and give all of the characters a fascinating origin story.  I wrote a full review of the first book in the trilogy here.  We grabbed a margarita and chips with guacamole and caught up on life stuff before heading to the theater for the show.  The play took a ton of liberties from the book, but it was so well done that the changes didn’t matter.  They did and excellent job of utilizing props and it was choreographed to make the audience feel like the characters on stage were actually traveling to Mollusk island in a pirate ship.

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I hope all of your weeks were equally wonderful!  I’m so exhausted from all the excitement that I’m spending this day writing for my blog, catching up on Adventure Time, reading more of The Unwitten, and enjoying a pumpkin spice latte.  What’ve you been up to?

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The Fashion of FANGASM: Episode One

One of my favorite things about being a geek nowadays is that by spending countless hours perusing the internet, I’m able to find the most adorable items of clothing that incorporate my favorite fandoms.  I’m really into the idea of everyday cosplay and I almost always dress according to a theme of a favorite book, movie, or tv show I’m currently obsessing over!  Here are some of my favorite outfits that I wore on the first episode of Fangasm, and the details on where you can buy them!

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Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 12.29.05 AMFirst up!  When we’re all arriving to our internship at Stan Lee’s Comikaze I decided to wear my Her Universe Dalek dress.  It’s such a flattering fit and the color really pops!  I love that although it’s fitted, it’s still really comfortable due to the cotton/spandex blend.  You can grab your own from Ashley’s online Her Universe shop for $35!

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Next up is my Captain Marvel tank from WeLove Fine! I was so in love with this Carol Danvers tank that I wrote a blog post all about it on the website Kristin Fowler and I run called On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.  As of right now, WeLoveFine appears to be out of stock on my tank, but in the meantime I highly suggest checking out this fantastic Ms. Marvel tee! I’ve been eyeing it for quite some time now.

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Screen Shot 2013-09-25 at 12.55.33 AMWhen Paul surprised us and brought George Takei back to our house, the rest of us roommates had been lounging around and eating ice cream sundaes.  I was wearing one of my favorite pairs of Black Milk leggings, the Mechanical leggings, which remind me of a cyborg.  Whenever I wear them I can’t stop staring at my legs!

If there are any outfits I’ve left out of my blog post, feel free to comment and ask about them and I’ll be sure to tell you where you can find them!

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Preparing For The BlackMilk Harry Potter Collection Release & My Current Wish List

Last year when I participated in the BlackMilk photoshoot and meet-up in NYC, JL and Cam made a little announcement about obtaining a Warner Brothers license and I have been looking forward to their Harry Potter collection ever since.  Albeit, almost exactly one year later, my nylon Harry Potter dreams are coming true.  I couldn’t be happier if a had kitten named Crookshanks to keep my company during the release.  Being a Ravenclaw, I was originally worried that the collection would mostly contain pieces allowing  wearers to display their Gryffindor and Slytherin house pride, but fortunately BlackMilk has covered all four houses!  I’ve been saving up for the release for quite some time since I want to ensure that my Harry Potter wardrobe quota is met.

When BlackMilk released their Lord of the Rings and Hobbit collection, some of my best bi-coastal friends and I met up via Google+ hangout for a Tolkien themed shopping date.  We decided to do the same thing for this release, which luckily is earlier than last time.  Instead of wine, I’ll be preparing a frosty mug of frozen Butterbeer to consume during our magical shopping spree.  I may even don my Ravenclaw dress robes.  Below are some of the pieces I’m trying to choose between.  Chances are I’ll end up buying most of the items I’ve posted.  Too bad I can’t use my Luna Lovegood wand replica to cast a spell that would replenish my bank account.  Also unfortunate, my bank account isn’t full of gold and my account isn’t at Gringotts.  Nor are my bank tellers Goblins.  You can see the full collection on the BlackMilk Pinterest page, but here are my top picks!

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Tea & Manga Chat: Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa

Paradise Kiss by Ai Yazawa is a series that feels as if it were written for me.  Having gone to fashion school myself and spending the majority of my years in high school focusing more on my career than studying for tests, I completely relate to Yukari (aka Caroline, aka Carrie).  In the beginning, Yukari is a shy student with little confidence and direction, but everything changes for her when she meets Arashi, Miwako, Isabella and George (students at Yaza Arts, a fashion institute).  Arashi bumps into Yukari on the street and asks her to be a model for their fashion show.  At first, Yukari has many reservations about modeling, but once she visits their atelier she sees how serious the group is about producing and selling Paradise Kiss label clothing.  She waits several days to give them her final answer, but she ultimately decides to lie to her mother, skip out on cram school, and help out at the atelier as much as she possibly can.  Infatuated by the brands designer, George, and driven by a a newfound career passion, Yukari’s character becomes way more dynamic.  Throughout the series she continues to grow and push her sense of free will to the limit.

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Yukari immerses herself in the world of fashion.  She becomes best friends with Miwako, who is constantly comparing herself and trying to measure up to her older sister, the designer of Happy Berry clothing.  Miwako helps Yukari with girly things like picking out clothing and acting as a makeup artist as well as offering her comfort in times of need, and a place to stay when things get rough.  Yukari also ditches her childhood crush on a fellow student in high school and gets involved in a twisted and confusing romance with the irresistible George.  It’s questionable whether George’s antics are helping or hindering Yukari’s development, but it’s a storyline you’ll be clinging to until the very last word.

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One of the most fascinating aspects of the series is how self aware the characters are, and their constant habit of breaking the fourth wall.  The majority of Yukari’s communication of her innermost thoughts to the reader is primarily through monologues, while the other characters will turn their heads to the read and blatantly express a thought, apologize for jumping around, or clarify which type of chapter this will be.  Also, it would be impossible to fully express my love of this series without mentioning the amazing artwork.  Each character is drawn flawlessly!  They’re just the right mix of cute, chic, and youthful. Obviously their clothes are to die for (as this is a tale about fashion), and the atelier looks like my high school dream hangout.  Throughout the series I felt connected and invested in each character’s life.  I will forever be grateful to Betty Felon who enlightened me with her recommendation (for those who don’t know, she’s pretty fashionable herself ^_^).  Paradise Kiss is without a doubt my favorite manga series, and I would go so far as to say that it is also one of my favorite series I’ve ever read in any form of literature.

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You can pick up all three volumes of Paradise Kiss on Amazon, or at a bookstore near you that sells manga!  If you decide to indulge yourself and read the series, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Yukari and the Yaza Arts kids!

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Geek Girl Blogger Brunch #1

To me, one of the most exciting things about being a blogger is the opportunity to meet a community of other likeminded women who are also interested in blogging about geek culture.  I met two of my best friends Melissa and Cassie through blogging and tweeting and such and since then I’ve been rapidly expanding my network!  My friend Jamila and I previously had a blogger brunch and it was so much fun that we wanted to have another one, but include more of our other friends.  Both of us have a “the more the merrier” type mentality!  After coordinating our schedules on a google calendar we decided to go to a Mexican restaurant in the East Village that serves delicious food and a plethora of strong and unlimited drinks.  All six of us (Me, Melissa, Cassie who writes for Bibliomantics, Jamila who runs Girl Gone Geek, Leslie who created the International Geek Girls Pen Pal Club, and blogs on Darling Stewie, and Yissel), woke up extra early and traveled downtown so we could discuss things like which Game of Thrones house is our favorite, who our fictional crushes are (my first one was Link from Zelda), and tweet about it using the hashtag #GGBrunch.  After brunch, we headed over to Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (I had another Mermaid), Toy Tokyo, Forbidden Planet, Barnes and Noble, Kinokuniya and Midtown Comics.  We had so much fun that we’ve decided to plan monthly brunches and give them each a theme.  Here are some photos from our lovely day!

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The Girls

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Our first round of frozen Rosalitas

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Goodies From Leslie’s Etsy Shop!

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Geek girls always accessorize

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Cassie whispers Game of Thrones spoilers to Melissa

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Outside of Toy Tokyo

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Mermaid from Big Gay Ice Cream Shop

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The $1,000 Boba Fett I need in my life (From Toy Tokyo)

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And surprising no one, I bought way too many books!

As you may be able to tell, I acquired quite a few books during our after brunch shopping spree and I could barely feel my arms as I was running to catch my train.  My Saturday haul included 1)Books – Fablehaven by Brandon Mull and Brandon Dorman, and Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl, 2) Manga – 5 Centimeters Per Second by Makoto Shinkai, Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP, Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa, and Is This a Zombie? by Shinichi Kimura & Sacchi, 4) Graphic Novels – Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples, The Sixth Gun Volume 1 by Cullen Bunn & Brian Hurtt, The Amazing Spider-Man Volume 3 (Marvel Masterworks) by Stan Lee & Steve Ditko, and 5) Comics – The Wake #3 by Scott Snyder & Sean Murphy, Trillium #1 by Jeff Lemire, Infinity Part One by Jonathan Hickman, and Li’l Gotham #5 by Dustin Nguyen & Derek Fridolfs.

So now I’ll be hiding in my house all week and spending time with my new books! How was your weekend?

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Happy 20th Anniversary Sailor Moon!

June 30th marked the birthday of one of my favorite anime characters, Sailor Moon, so I decided to write a post about what’s new and exciting in her world.  This year is an especially important year for Sailor Moon as her franchise is celebrating its 20th anniversary which is a huge milestone.  In honor of Usagi’s decades of success, Bandai is licensing a ton of new merchandise that I can’t wait to own.

I fell in love with Sailor Moon when I began reading the issues of the reprinted manga that have been re-released in North America beginning in September of 2011.  All of the Sailor Moon manga is written by Naoko Takeuchi and the entire run is told through 52 chapters, with several side-stories.  In 2012 it was announced that a new adaptation of the anime would be released in the summer of 2013, but it has since been delayed.  In the meantime, I highly suggest checking out the manga if you haven’t already.

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Back to the new merchandise releases by Bandai!  You can pre-order everything online (but you must translate the website, as everything is being released in Japan).  If that’s too confusing, you will also be able to purchase them items on eBay once they’re released.  Below are some of the items I definitely have to have:

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S.H. Sailor Moon & Luna Action Figure $45 (Pre-order) – I saw this figure at New York Toy Fair and I fell in love!  It comes with 3 interchangeable faces, 3 left hands, 5 right hands, 2 Moon Sticks, Moon Tiara Effect parts & Luna

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Luna & Artemis Phone Case $21.25 (Pre-order) – What’s cuter than two cats sitting under the moon and stars with their tails intertwined?

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Miracle Romance Shining Moon Powder $39.95 (Pre-order) – This compact is modeled after Sailor Moon’s Crystal Star Brooch

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Miracle Romance Nail Collection $53.45 (Pre-Order) – The nail collection includes the colors of the Sailor Scouts (red, green, blue, pink, orange) and the bottles are modeled after transformation items.

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Free Comic Book Day 2013!

This year Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) coincided with May the Fourth and I was initially conflicted with which sector of geekdom I felt like representing that day.  Ultimately, I chose to wear a comic themed ensemble as the previous year, May the Fourth Lando’ed (horrible pun) on the same day as the theatrical release of The Avengers, and I wore Star Wars things.    And that is how my mind works.  I’m hoping that next year, we’ll get two separate days to celebrate because why not!  I ended up spending the majority of my day at Midtown Comics’ Downtown location on Fulton Street.  They were one of the only stores in New York City that had signings going on and we all know how much I love getting books signed by authors and artists!  After a slight subway mishap when my C train decided last minute that it wanted to be an F, I ended up in Brooklyn, and had to turn around and head back to Manhattan.  I had received more stares than usual on the train due to my Supergirl theme, but it was exceptionally weird when a guy started taking photos of me without asking.  That’s just creepy.  I’m happy to pose for a photo if someone asks permission, otherwise, it’s just uncomfortable.

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The first signing I went to had Nate Cosby and Chris Eliopoulos signing copies of Archaia’s FCBD offering, Mouse Guard.  I had wanted to purchase a copy of Cow Boy, which is the Archaia book that the pair created together, but sadly, Midtown was out of copies.  But I did also have Nate sign my copy of PIGS, so I was really happy about that!  While I was chatting with them, Chris took a photo of me which was posted on CBR as part of their Free Comic Book Day Coverage!  I had initially been referred to as Supergirl with her Superman, but it looks like they’ve since revised it to say my actual name.  Not that I have any issue being referred to as Supergirl.  There had already been a line formed outside for Midtown’s later signing with Scott Snyder and Jim Lee who were promoting their new Superman Unchained book for DC Comics, so Nate and Chris went outside and signed books for everyone in the line as well.  And Chris sprinted down the alley to Vine a video of the line, which was quite hilarious and ended in him getting chased by motorcycles.  I was also so excited to meet other Kristin H., who handles the official New York Comic Con twitter account.  We had previously been guests together on a special Geek Girls Named Kristin edition of the Average Intelligence podcast which is hosted by Gary, but we hadn’t ever met in person until FCBD.

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After the signing, my friend Tanya and I did a quick run to the new comic shop, Carmine Street Comics, which had just opened two days earlier.  Carmine Street Comics is run by two former employees of Manhattan Comics (the old Cosmic Comics), which sadly, closed two after FCBD.  I like that their new store focuses on indie comics.  Aside from checking out the location and stock, one of the main reasons I wanted to head there is because I had been wanting to read Brad Abraham’s Mixtape ever since fellow blogger Ari did a spotlight of the series on her site.  And now I have them! We also ran to Joe’s Pizza which is a famous pizza place which you may remember from Spider-Man 2.  It just seemed appropriate.  Next we headed to Forbidden Planet for all of three minutes before leaving to meet my friend Lauren, and her roommate Andrea for some sandwiches and comics at the Times Square Midtown Comics.  Lauren and I were the perfect embodiment of the day, with me representing Supergirl, and Lauren in a Star Wars tee.

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Then it was back to Midtown Comic Downtown for the Scott Snyder and Jim Lee signing.  The store was incredibly busy as everyone was really excited to see Scott and Jim.  Two of my friends had been scheduled to interview them both before the signing began, Ali for MTVGeek, and Alan for CBR.  After their interviews concluded we had some books signed (I had Scott sign my copy of American Vampire Volume 1, and I must’ve had a major brain freeze because I totally forgot to bring my copy of Hush for Jim to sign – who just so happens to be my favorite Batman villain).  But oh well, next time!  Then we headed out for drinks and some food, but right before leaving to head home, we ran into Scott Snyder outside of bar and he invited us in to hang out for a little while.  It was so much fun!  Jim Lee bought us drinks and Lisa chatted with him about psychology.  Then Alan, being the sweetheart that he is, drove me all the way home so I didn’t have to take the train.  Lisa, Alan, and I listened to a Neil Gaiman audio play for our mini road trip, but we only had the time for half so I’m still dying to find out how it ends!

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How was your Free Comic Book Day & May the Fourth?  Do you have any yearly traditions set up to celebrate your geekdom on either day?  I’d love to hear all about them!  I broke my usual tradition of doing a comic shop crawl and hitting all of the stores in NYC, but I had an amazing day nonetheless!  I was shocked at how quickly the time had passed.  Next year, I’m definitely going to make an effort to hit more shops!

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Scott Pilgrim Vs. My Closet

After careful consideration I decided to take the weekend off (after the Midtown Comics Book Club and an early morning movie screening), and spend the remainder of Saturday and Sunday at my house being productive and such.  Since my closet/room/life, etc. is in a perpetual state of chaos, it felt like the perfect time to attempt to tackle a portion of the disarray. I had already consumed brunch, dropped my brother off at the train station, and picked up my treinta unsweetened green iced tea from Starbucks, so the only pre-cleaning task that remained was choosing the perfect film to keep me company.  The obvious choice was Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.  My love for Scott, Ramona, and co., has never wavered, but ever since the color editions of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s beloved series started being released, I’ve found myself re-immersed in all things Scott Pilgrim.  I’ve been saying for ages that I’ve been dreaming of cosplaying Envy Adams, lead singer of The Clash at Demonhead, Scott’s ex-girlfriend, and the current love interest of Ramona’s vegan ex-bf, Todd Ingram.  Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness has always been one of my favorite volumes in the series, mainly because of Envy.  I’m drawn to Envy for many reasons; 1) her 100% percent rating, 2) she’s a fellow blogger (Knives is not-so-surprisingly one of her devoted fans), 3) her voluminous hair and impeccable sense of style, 4) she’s the lead singer in a super famous band that played with The Pixies, and 5) she has great taste in men (obviously).  While I was enjoying the sounds of Sex Bob-omb and cleaning my closet, I realized I already owned the only two items of clothing and few pieces of jewelry needed to cosplay as the movie version of Envy Adams.  And so my Sunday morphed into an impromptu cosplay day while dancing around my room to Metric.

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And just for good measure, I had to pic-stitch at least one photo of me as Envy and Melissa as Ramona<3

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Here are several more of my favorite cosplaying friends.  I can only hope that we’ll all reprise our roles one day for a major Scott Pilgrim photo shoot.  (Ages: Vary, Ratings: AWESOME.)

San DiegoBetty Felon & Alicia Wood as Ramona Flowers & Roxy Richter

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Lauren Moran as Ramona Flowers

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Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars

Since New York Fashion Week is upon us, I thought it would be fun to write a flashback post of one of my fondest memories in fashion.  But more specifically, in Star Wars fashion.  Not many people can say that attending a fashion show resulted in meeting and shaking hands with George Lucas, and Hayden Christensen, but strangely enough, I can!  I attended college at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) on 28th street and 7th Avenue (or Fashion Avenue), in New York City and it just so happened that the year I began my continued education was the same year that the Ziegfeld Theater hosted a little event called “Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars.”

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I’ll never forget walking into the student life office during orientation and asking if there were any available volunteer positions for the upcoming Fashion Week.  It had been close to the week’s commencement and I wasn’t positive there would be anything left, but I figured it was worth a shot.  When she looked through the list and then back at me, her response was “Hmm, it seems like all we have left is this Star Wars thing.”  STAR WARS THING?! Little did that employee know that she had said the magic words.  My heart was racing, my brain was working overdrive, and my imagination began to run wild as my two loves of geekdom and fashion were colliding right before my very eyes.  At the time I accepted I had no idea what the show was about nor that I would be meeting and conversing with anyone related to the film franchise.

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My job was very simple and I would gladly do it again in a heartbeat.  Before the show began, me and several other girls acted as ushers and pointed people in the direction of their assigned seat.  It was really a quite simple task requiring almost zero effort, which is not always the case with many fashion shows.  Once the doors were shut, and the audience was comfortably seated, we were able to stay and watch the entirety of show (might I add, in prime seating!) as a thank you for our hard work.

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The show was held to celebrate the stellar costumes that Trisha Biggar designed for all six of the Star Wars films.  As soon as the lights in the theater were dimmed, and the stage was lit, John Williams’ brilliant Star Wars score (which I am listening to as I write this very blog post), began emanating  from the speakers and immediately, I was a little kid again, seeing Star Wars for the first time in the theater my father took my brother and I to.  There were large screens positioned behind the models onstage which played clips from the movies

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Held by Lucasfilm and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) the show celebrated all things Star Wars, and kicked off the “Dressing a Galaxy” exhibit that FIDM later housed in their school’s museum in LA.  The show featured 35 Star Wars costumes in total and each design was more breathtaking than the last.  I never would have imagined that I would be so close to all of the inspiring and intricate costumes from my favorite franchise.  My favorite was Padme’s red voluminous red dress which the model wore with her signature white face makeup and thin red lipstick line.

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Thursday September 15, 2005, is a day that will go down in history as the day I met George Lucas.  I hung around a little while after the show ended in the hopes of speaking with him, and I was lucky enough to do just that!  I was so nervous because he was one of the first really famous people I had ever met that I truly respected.  Fortunately, George Lucas was wonderfully charming in person.  I may have fangirled out a bit about my love of Star Wars, but Lucas took it like a champ and was very gracious and friendly throughout our entire interaction. I  also snagged a photo with a very dreamy Hayden Christensen whom I was totally in love with at the time (what college girl wasn’t?!).  I’m pretty sure I only asked him for a photo but didn’t make too much small talk because I was still rather speechless from meeting George Lucas. Keep in mind that this was before I owned a digital camera so I apologize for the awful picture-of-a-picture quality!

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Anyway, between “Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars,” and modeling for Her Universe at Star Wars Celebration IV, I feel extremely lucky to have been so involved in the fashion aspect of one of my all time favorite movie franchises.   What are some of your favorite experiences?  I’d love to hear about them!

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The Elements of a Perfect Saturday

It’s very rare that anyone wakes up in the morning and finds that everything is going their way, which is why I often try to do certain things to ensure that my day will be an enjoyable one.  Admittedly, I had a very rough week which is why I decided that I would try to rid myself of stress and fill my Saturday with activities that were sure to make me happy.  I started my day by waking up, showering, grabbing a treinta unsweetened green iced tea from Starbucks, and hopping on the next train to Manhattan about an hour and a half earlier than I had to.  I opted for iced tea despite the 19 degree weather my iPhone app warned me about because it’s my signature drink  and it’s one of the small things in life that I find truly delightful.  Adorned with my favorite pink scarf, I set out on my train ride and instead of reading as I usually do, I decided to listen to Tegan and Sara’s new album (and my current musical obsession) “Heartthrob.”  In fact, I tried to listen to it as I began writing this blog post, but alas, I spent more time singing than writing so I was forced to turn it off.  One of the reasons I am so drawn to this album, even more so than their previous ones, is because of the overall tone.  It’s very upbeat and each time I hear it all I want to do is sing at the top of my lungs and dance around.  Upon my first listen I fell deeply in love with it.  You can easily hear the inspiration they drew from the songs and sounds of the 80’s.  I really hope they tour in New York this year!  The reason I chose to arrive so much earlier than necessary is because one of my favorite things has always been to walk around New York City and clear my mind while enjoying a view of buildings.  Especially in the morning. Many folks believe that New York at night is the most beautiful sight, with all of it’s bright lights illuminating the skyline, but I’ll let you in on a little secret, on clear sunny days in the early morning, before the streets are overrun with people and you can clearly see all of the detailed architecture, New York is at it’s best.  One of my favorite authors Goethe, once described architecture as frozen music, and I have yet to find a better way to explain my love of each and every New York building I pass on morning walks.

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Along my walk I stopped at a few stores, mostly out of necessity, to warm up my hands because unfortunately I have a mental block against brining gloves with me when I leave my house.  I was meeting my friend Jamila for brunch on the Lower East Side where we were planning on discussing our blogs, sharing secrets, and strategizing for the futures of our sites.  We had such a wonderful brunch at an adorable little restaurant called El Camion.  I have to mention Jamilia’s fabulous outfit because it just the cutest!  She was wearing an Empire Strikes Back sweater, and Legend of Zelda red rupee earrings.  I think part of the reason we became fast friends is because we are both very passionate about incorporating geeky fashion elements into our wardrobes.  We bonded over our mutual love of Studio Ghibli, Scott Snyder’s Batman, our compulsive Etsy shopping habits, and of course Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples’ Saga.  After brunch, we visited Toy Tokyo, where we were both barely able to resist all the fun toys they have to offer.  One day, I am determined to purchase the Harley Quinn NYCC exclusive Pullip doll, but for now, I’m saving every last penny so I can move sometime before my birthday in July!  But in the meantime, she’s fun to visit.  We continued our after brunch shopping by hitting up St. Mark’s Comics, GameStop (I helped confirm Jamila’s need to buy Ni No Kuni for PS3 and I myself picked up the Adventure Time game for Nintendo DS that I had been lusting after), Barnes & Noble, and Sephora to see their new Oz the Great and Powerful eyeshadow palettes from Urban Decay. Overall, we had an amazing time eating, shopping, and geeking out together.  I can’t wait to see her again!

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As soon as we parted ways, one of my best friends Giovanni, texted me because he was in the city to see all of the Oscar nominated shorts which were playing at the IFC Center.  I walked over from Union Square and met him just before the show was beginning because I too was anxious to see all of the nominees short films before the Oscars premiere.  I had only previously seen two of the shorts (“Paperman” and “Fresh Guacamole”) which remained being my two favorites after viewing them all.  I was so excited when the show started and we realized that it was hosted by William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg.  They are the two directors who created one of my favorite animated shorts ever (“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore“), and last years Oscar winners in the same category.  They showed a bit of animation from their short, and discussed the importance of having an idea, following through with that idea no matter how long it might take, and their personal emotions and reactions upon winning Oscars.  The Oscar nominated shorts we saw were “Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare,'” “Adam and the Dog,” “Head Over Heels,” “Fresh Guacamole,” and “Paperman.”  The only short I didn’t care for was “Head Over Heels.”  Because the total time for all the films is rather short, they also screened some of the other notable films that were considered for being nominated.  I particularly loved the short entitled “Dripped,” which was an homage to Jackson Pollack through an animated art thief at large in New York City.  There was also a really beautiful sci-fi short called “Abiogenesis,” and a short featuring the voices of James Corden and Helena Bonham Carter based on a children’s book, called “The Gruffalo.”  Even after seeing all of the nominees, I’m still rooting for Paperman.  I was so inspired by the short after seeing it that I even made my own paper airplane marked with a red lipstick kiss.

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After our movie, it was back to Brooklyn where we watched a few other animated shorts by Pes (the creators of “Fresh Guacamole”) before meeting my best friend Melissa, her friend Mandy who was visiting for LA, and two more of their friends for some scrumptious dumplings.  Ever since I became a vegetarian, I have felt that there was a dim sum void in my life, but it was properly filled last night.  I indulged in vegetable shu mai, (which I didn’t even know existed!), vegetable dumplings, and scallion pancakes.  It was a delicious meal and I am definitely planning on frequenting M Shanghai’s for more Asian cuisine in the very near future.  On my way home, I ran into minor delays due to a track fire near 34th street, but even that could not put a damper on my day.  I picked up some more Starbucks, progress a little further in the current book I’m reading, and texted with my friend Chris, the talented guy behind my beautiful new blog design, while waiting for the next train.  I arrived home to find that my town was covered in a layer of snow, and my dad had been kind enough to go to the train station and clean off my car so I didn’t have to spend anymore time in the cold.  He’s seriously the best dad ever.  When we got back to the house my mom, dad, brother and I decided to have a quick glass of wine and sit in our living room recounting our days to one another.  It was the perfect ending to my pleasant and relaxing day!  Although I am uber sore today from the countless miles of city blocks I covered yesterday, I wouldn’t change a single thing about my day.  I hope everyone else is making sure to take time to do things that make them happy.  Sometimes I forget that I need to, but it’s days like yesterday that serve as a reminder to me that despite our busy schedules, it is really important to set aside time to do the things you find enjoyable.  Life is too short not to spend being happy!

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