Art Gallery: Han and Chewie

Like many other fans, I’ve been getting so excited for Star Wars: The Force Awakens and that excitement has caused many viewings of the original trilogy which made me think about how great it would be to pay homage to my favorite intergalactic duo in my newest Art Gallery post.  Han Solo, captain of the Millennium Falcon and his second in command, the Wookie named Chewbacca have always been my two favorite characters in Star Wars (Princess Leia comes in at number 2 after Han though.  Then there’s R2 and C3PO. Then Chewie!).  I talked about my love of the Millennium Falcon in a recent 5 Fandom Friday post and my statements still stand.

GIVEAWAY: Once Upon A Time: Red’s Untold Tale By Wendy Toliver

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Some of my favorite types of stories are fairy tales so I have been loving that retellings have grown popular in past few years.  And when it comes to fairy tales, Disney is the ultimate master of preserving classics and piecing together a story that is both accessible, enjoyable, and an instant classic which is why I am so excited to be a part of their Fairy Tale 2.0!  The three books Disney Hyperion is celebrating on this blog tour are A Whole New World (an Aladdin retelling where Jafar finds the lamp first), A Frozen Heart (the backstory of Elsa and Anna told in alternating perspectives), and the book I’ll be focusing on, Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver (which tells the popular character Red’s story while she wasn’t on Once Upon a Time).  If you follow the #FairyTale2pt0 hashtag, you’ll be able to enter giveaways for the other books as well!  Here is the synopsis to Red’s Untold Tale:

Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during Wolfstime is a means of survival. Red help’s Granny with Granny’s baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door sales. Red has a constant internal battle between her wild side and her strict, overprotective upbringing, and the issue of “control” as she discovers she has a hot temper when the “mean girls” push her too far. (“When we learn to control it, we needn’t fear it,” Rumpelstiltskin says in the series.) She has flashbacks to her 13th year when she received her cloak and the nickname “Red.” She is plagued by nightmares that she doesn’t understand, but the Once Upon a Time fans will recognize them as her wolf side coming out. Red balances the difficult times with Granny at home and the girls at school with an emerging and satisfying romance with Peter.

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One winner will receive 1) Copy of Red’s Untold Tale 2) plus FAIRY TALE 2.0 tank, notepad, cosmetic pouch & pillow. Prizing is courtesy of Disney Hyperion and open to US Residents.

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Life Lately: On Loving Everything and Generally Enjoying Life Again

The past few months have felt like a whirlwind, especially with the whole epic engagement thing.  I’m going to try not to post too much wedding stuff (tbh I am an intense planner of all things but apparently it isn’t yet translating to the wedding front.  Everyone always asks me all these questions and I’m like IDK, I’ve never done this before! *shrugs*)  While the engagement and the asking of bridesmaids was all Harry Potter themed, Andrew and I have actually settled on SPACE as our wedding theme.  We want to incorporate as many fandom things as possible and still tie it all together so space it is!  Think Star Wars, Doctor Who, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica and possibly Super Mario Galaxy.  We really want a full size TARDIS at our wedding so we have to figure that out, but that’s really all that we’ve accomplished on the wedding front so far.  We haven’t looked at places or picked out a date (although we are aiming for May) but since that’s right around the corner in the wedding world we’re going to try to start tackling it all this weekend.

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Mid-July to late August was a strange time for me.  I was suffering from major headaches which I’m attributing to the weather because they seemed to disappear for good once the air got crisper.  I went to the doctor for the first time in 3 years and everything because I could not figure out what was wrong and it was really kind of scary (especially being someone who worries about every little thing).  I spent most of those days sitting at my work desk and hoping that I could make it through the day despite all the dizziness and headaches.  I spent most nights going home and going straight to sleep in the hopes that my head would be clear in the morning.  I couldn’t even read which was really upsetting, especially if you know what an avid reader I am.  Since I’ve begun to start getting back into the swing of things I’ve been binge reading manga (Neighborhood Story, Ranma 1/2), comics (Gotham Academy, Lady Killer, Squirrel Girl) and I’m 70% through Felicia Day’s book but sadly I don’t seem to be enjoying that one as much as other bloggers.  I think I’m finally at the interesting part, but the beginning was really slow and kind of boring IMO.

On the weekends, Andrew and I have been spending lots of time binge watching Netflix things in my room.  We’ve been watching Chuck which he hasn’t ever seen and I never finished and I’m so happy to be back in the world of espionage at the Buy More.  Casey is by far my favorite character and I wish I knew someone like him in real life because I would try to break him with kindness until he smiles more.  We also started re-watching the original Sailor Moon anime since I’ve been purchasing the blu-ray collections as they’ve been released.  I like it so much better than Sailor Moon Crystal!  But it’s weird hearing Usagi called bunhead instead of meatball head.  And for nights when Andrew is at his house I usually put on Hart of Dixie in the background while I putz around on my computer.

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In the gaming department, I’ve been really addicted to Pokemon Shuffle on iOS and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon on 3DS.  Andrew makes fun of me for being the angriest gamer ever when I play Luigi’s Mansion but I can’t help that I like winning things!  I swear I find it enjoyable once I clear the missions but my stress levels before getting there are off the charts.  I may have been tempted to throw my 3DS across the room a few times.  Speaking of Nintendo, our Amiibo addiction has also come back in full force.  Our collection is nearly complete but we swear we’re only buying the ones we really care about.  We also picked up Super Mario Maker and we cannot wait to spend some quality time with the Wii U on Sunday!  And lastly, I’ve made it a personal goal to play through all of my Zelda 3DS games by the end of the year.

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A cool thing I did recently was to be a guest on the Co-Ed Geek Girl Slumber Party hosted by Lorraine Cink.  You may know Lorraine from her work as the host of Marvel’s The Watcher.  She’s a super awesome lady and I was so excited that she asked me to be part of her first show.  It’s described as a nerdy variety show and some of the things that happened were 1) Jill and I teamed up for a cosplay competition where we had to put makeup on a poor unsuspecting member of the audience and turn her into a Predator, 2) we had a special visit from drunk Aquaman who gave the most hilarious speech where he kept picking on Batman, and 3) we ened it with a dance party!  The second show is scheduled during NYCC so if you want to attend, tickets will be on sale soon.

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As you may have already seen in my last 5 Fandom Friday post, Megan of The Nerdy Girlie and I are hosting our first Instagram Photo a Day Challenge!  It’s been in the works for a long time but since we both love Autumn, we figured October would be the PERFECT time to kick things off! We hope you play along with us and we can’t wait to see all of your photos!  I’ve also started doing some outfit photos on my blog which are much more conducive now that I’m not living in a tiny Brooklyn apartment.  I already have a bunch planned and they’ve been so much fun to shoot (even though I’m awkward and don’t know how to pose just yet, sorry Andrew!).

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So yeah, that was my super long life lately update.  I’m going to be posting shorter versions of these more frequently now that my blogging ~vision~ is back on track.  I think I can attribute my past slumpiness to the awful roommate / apartment situation I had for most of last year and the disheartening comics experience which I elaborated on a bit in my last Outfit of the Day post.  I didn’t make a big deal of it at the time even though it absolutely is one and it really effected my attitude and damaged my relationship with my love of comics for a while.  I’ve been so much happier and less stressed these days now that it’s all behind me!  I really feel a renewed sense of enthusiasm toward everyone and everything and it’s honestly just the best feeling in the world.  I wish I could hug everyone who’s stuck with me through it all because it means the world to me ^.^

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Besides everything I’ve mentioned I’ve mostly been spending my time eating and drinking pumpkin flavored things and planning my Fall season based on the Autumn Activities list I posted.  What’ve you been up to lately?

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5FF: Favorite Pumpkin Items This Season (So Far)

You can bet that I was already out hunting for pumpkin flavored goodies at the end of August so there’s not much left that I’m still looking to buy with the exception of the Pumpkin Spice Jif peanut butter because that sounds GREAT.  I also haven’t spotted Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s yet and I LOVED them last season so if I come across those I’ll be stocking up for sure.  I had pre-written this post before yesterday when Barb of You Fancy Me Mad posted hers and now I’ll also be searching for pumpkin spice English muffins!  Instead of telling you what I’m looking forward to buy, I’m going to tell you the best pumpkin things I’ve tried so far this season.  Although, I may have to make a Pumpkin-to-buy-list after seeing everyone else’s posts!

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1) Pumpkin Spice Mini Wheats – YAS. I adore these. I only like the tiniest bit of milk in my cereal and it was the perfect combo with this delicious breakfast / all the time food.  Pumpkin spice really *worked* on classic mini wheats and I’ll probably be getting another box before the season ends because mine is just about empty ^.^

2) Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s – I really enjoyed these! They differ a lot from the Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s but it’s not a bad thing.  The cookie part is pumpkin flavored and thicker than your typical Oreo.  The cream is where the spice comes in but my one complaint is that there’s too much of it.  I actually took the cream out and ate only the cookie portion on a few of them.

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3) Keebler Fudge Stripe Pumpkin Spice Cookies – These are incredibly satisfying.  It’s like putting everything you love about Fall in your mouth.  They’re definitely on the spicier side (think essence of Chai tea) and the white chocolate fudge stripe adds a sweetness that compliments the spice perfectly.  I’ve been managing to eat only 3-4 of these at a time because I really want to savor this treat.

4) Pumpkin Spice Latte M&M’s – While I do miss the traditional Pumpkin Spice M&M’s, the latte ones are pretty good too! They’re not overly pumpkin spicey and they’re really more Latte M&M’s in my opinion.  Plus the M&M on the packaging looks super stylish in her scarf.

5) Tazo Chai Pumpkin Spice Tea – This is such a staple in my household during the fall.  It’s a much healthier and cheaper alternative to the PSL and I savor every cup I make.

Don’t forget that next week starts our 5 Fandom Friday Photo a Day Challenge on Instagram!

5FF October Photo A Day Challenge

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Outfit of the Day: I Know My Value

I’ve always been a huge fan of Karen Hallion’s artwork but I’ve never felt as compelled to own one of her shirts as when she debuted her Agent Carter design. The top means a lot to me for multiple reasons, the first being that I used to do video recaps each week for the Agent Carter televsion show while it was premiering on ABC.  Besides loving the show and the character, I devoted so many hours of those few months to the SSR.  I ended up quitting that position shortly after Agent Carter ended because the criticism I received from my then boss was that I’m “too female,” and it “alienates male viewers.”  Never have I felt as disheartened about the comic book industry as I did then.  Being female is not a thing I can or want to change so channeling Peggy and knowing my value, I quit without the slightest hint of guilt and I’ve never regretted it since.

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T-shirt: Art by Karen Hallion (TeeFury) | Dress: ModCloth (similar) | Shoes: Nordstrom (similar)

Bracelet: Comikaze Vendor | Toys: Captain America, Agent Carter – Funko

Photos by Andrew Gallagher

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My Hogwarts Story Tag

I spent some time this week catching up on tags but the two I was most excited to complete were this one, the My Hogwarts Story Tag (I was tagged by Kayly of myopensketchbook) and The Ultimate Harry Potter Book Tag (tagged by Joanna from Metal and the Geek) which I’ll be posting next week!  It’s so much fun to imagine hypotheticals about my favorite world and now I just want a Hogwarts series about a blogger in a book club.

And I tag Megan from The Nerdy Girlie and anyone who wants to do this that hasn’t yet!

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Are you Pure Blood, Half Blood or Muggle Born?
I’m definitely Muggle Born.  

Which wand chose you (what is is made of)?
According to Pottermore, my wand is 13 3/4 inches long, made of Fir wood and as everyone should expect, the core is Unicorn. Flexibility: hard.

Did you take an Owl, Cat, Toad or Rat with you?
I absolutely would take an owl with me.  I’m always ordering things online and to be able to have my own personal mail service would be most beneficial.  Also I’m really family oriented so I imagine I would be writing VERY often since texting / phone calls would not be an option.

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Where did the Sorting Hat place you?
Ravenclaw of course!

What house did you want to be in?
After reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time, my answer would have been Gryffindor.  Then several years passed and along came Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the epiphany that I am indeed a Ravenclaw.  We didn’t get to see too much of Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff in the first three books, so I think it was natural for most readers to feel the strongest connection to Gryffindor or Slytherin.  I wish the books offered even more time to exploring the other houses but once I realistically compared the House traits to my own, I knew Ravenclaw was where I belonged. 

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Which lessons are your favorite and least favorite?
My favorite subjects would probably be Charms and Herbology.  I would love to be able to grow my own tea and, being a vegetarian, I’ve always been into eating fresh vegetables so I think the gardening skill would be one I would use for the rest of my life.  Charms would be a close second because there are so many handy spells that fall into this category.  For instance, Hermione’s charm that allows her to carry everything she needs in her purse, and the dancing feet charm for when I have to attend weddings.  My least favorite subject would be Potions.  Kayly’s baking analogy works perfectly for me for the opposite reason.  I love baking but I rarely ever follow recipes exactly.  I’m always liberal with ingredients and I prefer to use my own measurements.  Something tells me Snape would take issue with that! 

The form your Patronus takes is…
A kitten.  Tiny, cute and sweet until you do something to anger it, in which case you will incur it’s wrath =^.^=

When confronted with a Boggart, what does it look like to you?
Oh my, this could be so many things because I’m basically scared of everything.  Probably most of all would be anything bad happening to Andrew or my family because I am a serious worryer.  I’m trying to get better about it and I should probably just stop reading the news.

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Do you partake in any school sports or magical hobbies?
I would love to run a Hogwarts blog and start a Wizarding network! It would be so much fun to share everything exciting happening for students in the magical world and I love to write so this would be my ideal activity.  I also have to copy Sara’s answer and say that being part of a Wizarding Book Club would also appeal to my interests! Ooh and if there were some type of magical tabletop gaming club, I would be all about that!

If you have free time, where would you be found hanging out?
I would most likely be found in the library reading or writing or the common room.  And I would take a page out of Fred and George’s book and sneak down to the kitchen every chance I could for some extra Wizarding sweets.

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You are most likely to get detention for what?
I would probably get detention for sneaking around the castle to explore after hours.  Hogwarts is fascinating to me and I can’t imagine seeing everything there is to offer if you’re restricted to certain areas during the school day and spending so much time in class.  

What career do you want after leaving Hogwarts?
I could see myself writing a fashion column or writing book reviews for The Daily Prophet.  I would attend Wizard fashion shows and let everyone know about which robes will be most in for the season and which books they should pick up at Flourish & Blotts on their next visit to Diagon Alley.  OMG could you imagine if comics were a thing in the wizarding world? Now those would be exciting!

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My Funko Pop Collection

This video has been requested more than any other and since I was able to find some of my Avengers pops who had been hiding on me when I originally tried to film the video, I finally filmed it! Although in true Kristin fashion, it’s already slightly out of date because I’ve added Thanos, Jane Foster Thor, Dancing Baby Holiday Groot, and pink Batman to my collection but that just shows how addicted I am to these adorable little figures.  I love their big round eyes and big heads on their tiny bodies.  They’re like little bb chibis!

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Wish List Worthy: Sailor Moon Petit Chara Christmas Figures

There’s nothing I love more than Christmas and now that the season has officially begun with it being Fall and all I’ve started looking at decorations and listening to Christmas music and all that fun traditional stuff that everyone gives me a hard time for starting early each year.  During my browsing, I came across these amazing Sailor Moon petit chara Christmas figures by Megahouse.  Each Sailor Scout has a santa hat that matches her outfit but best of all, Sailor Venus comes with a snowman version of Artemis! I mean, it doesn’t get any cuter than that.  I also love that they’re sold as a set and it’s not any of this blind box business.  Sadly it seems that the preorders have already sold out on every single website (they’re scheduled to be released in November) but I’m still hoping to find them on eBay at some point.  They’re just so adorable and festive and I want them so much!

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Wedding Stuff: My Bridesmaids Are Magical!

Last night, I had a little get together so I could ask all of the girls I’m closest with to be my bridesmaids! I have 12 girls in all which is actually a pretty big number but I can’t help how many wonderful people are in my life!  I decided I wanted to continue along with the Harry Potter theme of our engagement and luckily, Andrew is an amazing artist who helped make it happen! He created the design below for me to use as mini art prints to give to each of the girls when I asked them.  He also customized each one depending on the girls hair color and Hogwarts house!  I cannot stop looking at them and I’m so glad he printed a few extra so I could keep some as a remembrance for myself<3

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Luckily everyone I asked said yes!  Here are a few photos from last night (before they’ve been properly edited because I’m too excited to wait to post them)!  I’m having two Maid of Honors (although one is a Matron of Honor).  Two of the girls live in Florida so they’re not in the bridesmaid photo but I’m thinking of photoshopping them in<3  Some of the girl you may recognize from the blogging world are Melissa, Cassie and not pictured because Florida, Kristin and Rachel!  There’s also a photo of me with my wonderful parents!  Yesterday was their 38 year wedding anniversary and they’re still the happiest couple I know.  Seeing their relationship over the years has set the bar high and helped me determine how wonderful love can truly be (so cheesy but true!) which is why I know that marrying Andrew is the best decision ever<3

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5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Things About Autumn + October Topics + A SURPRISE!

I will preface this weeks 5 Fandom Friday by saying I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT AUTUMN.  I love the cooler weather.  I love wearing sweaters and scarves and sipping hot drinks and walking through colored leaves and getting into the Halloween spirit.  But above all, I love the feeling that comes along with Autumn.  It’s when school is starting back up and people seem more motivated and less aggravated by the unbearable heat and it’s just a generally great time of the year.  A few weeks ago I posted my Autumn activities list and I’m already scheduling the time to dedicate to the things I want to do to completely enjoy and appreciate the season (plus, I’m so close to beating Luigi’s Mansion which is one of my goals so HOORAY!).

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1) Pumpkin Everything! – I’ve already gone one several sprees to pick up any and all Pumpkin flavored foods at my local Target.  I have yet to haul pumpkin goods from my annual Fall Trader Joe’s trip but I’m planning on going there in the coming weeks once everything is in stock.  Last year I did a comprehensive end of season review of almost everything I tried and I feel good about knowing which things I can skip this year.  I’ve been having my lunch on pumpkin spice bread every day for the past two weeks and it’s been the best thing in the world.22) Pumpkin & Apple Picking  – Last year I went to this amazing gem of a place for pumpkin and apple picking with my now fiancee Andrew and my BFF Melissa. We’re planning on heading back again this year with Andrew’s many siblings (he’s one of five!) and I cannot wait because they’re all so great<3  There’s a giant corn maze with a mystery you have to solve, homemade Apple Cider donuts that you can watch being made while you wait on the line and of course, pumpkins and apples for picking!
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3) Fall Wardrobe – I adore wearing sweaters, scarves and boots and the crisp Autumn air always demands it<3  I can’t wait to break out my sweaters again and accessorize for the cooler air.  Plus, leather jackets! And I just recently reintroduced jeans into my wardrobe so I’m already foreseeing some adorable ensembles.
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4) Fall Landscapes – I always feel so lucky to live close enough to Central Park that I can pop over once the leaves start changing and spend a few hours strolling around and admiring the view.  Fall is so colorful which is exactly what I crave and I love stepping through leaves on the ground in knee high boots.  This is one of my favorite photos I took of the Bow Bridge last Fall (you may recognize it from Amy & Rory’s final episode of Doctor Who!) and you can see the rest of my photos here.   I can’t wait to spend some time there with Andrew this year!5

5) PIE – This goes along with my first fall fave because Pumpkin Pie is everything! But I am not discriminatory and I love all pie in general I thought it made sense to include it on my list as it’s own category.  Autumn pies are so delicious and I cannot wait to put more Pecan Pie in my mouth.

5 Fandom Friday

And now, Megan and I are ahead of the game for October topics for a very special reason.  You may have noticed that I have a new 5 Fandom Friday graphic as my featured image and that is because my fiancee Andrew has been patiently teaching me Photoshop (despite how frustrated this n00b would get when trying to create / color all the fandom icons).  I knew the first thing I wanted to create would be fandom related and I figured, what better way to experiment than to create something new for 5 Fandom Friday?!  So in addition to the October topics which will be listed below, we’re also going to debut a 5 Fandom Friday Instagram Photo A Day Challenge for the month of October!  I wanted to post it early so that everyone would have time to take their photos and we really hope you’ll enjoy playing along this month! If everyone likes it, it may be something we continue with!  You can follow along on mine and Megan’s instagrams (we’ll be posting the graphic there too later in the week) and we’re both anxious for October 1st so we can start perusing the hashtag and see all the geeky goodness in our feeds!

5FF October Photo A Day Challenge

October Topics

October 2 – People You Want on Your Side During an Apocalypse (Kendall Ashley)

October 9 – Favorite Fictional Teachers (Heather Q – Beyond the Aisle)

October 16 – Top 5 Halloween Traditions (Sylvanfire)

October 23 – Characters I Want to Dress Up as for Halloween

October 30 – Favorite Halloween Episodes of TV Shows

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