Happy Star Wars Day

One of my favorite geek holidays has arrived! In the wake anticipation with Justin Timberlake/*NSYNC “It’s Gonna be May” memes, I always welcome the return of the Star Wars fan favorite: May the Fourth. I find it to be an acceptable transition into gamut of Cinco de Mayo-Mother’s Day-Memorial Day, and a great segue for those annual Star Wars Weekends floods in social media. Sadly, this year, I’ll be celebrating the epic brainchild of George Lucas via a subtle fashion recap harnessing my geek chic and DisNerd tendencies. Sit back and strap in because The Wookiee is about to punch it into hyperdrive.

For those who do not know, along with my long list of career titles, I am a Jedi Master. While I do not boast a proud membership to the 501st Legion: Vader’s Fist, I would like to sincerely believe that my consistent cutesy nerdliness, geeky goddesshood, and all around fan girl for everything Science Fiction-Fantasy deems me worthy. I have never been a big cosplayer, preferring a more subtle approach to my fandoms. As a child of the 80’s, I cut my teeth on the originals. In college, I queued for the release marathons prior to the midnight releases of the newer triology. Now, I brace myself for the onslaught of the new films, curious to see how they weave together old and new cast members. I hardly consider myself a model or fashionista, but I truly enjoyed putting together this compilation from my scrapbook.

My Star Wars Fashion Vault

Star Wars Weekends (May 2013) – I was quite proud of myself for designing and actually assembling my outfit for my first SWW. While my top required minimal sewing, I recruited my mother to be sewing Jedi Master for my 2-tier skirt. I didn’t think much of it because it was a simple pattern, but I was floored when I had mothers left and right asking where I bought it! One actually tried to convince me to open up an Etsy store while we were in line for Mickey and R2MK! Keep an eye out because I’ll be posting how I made the shirt and skirt come Friday!

941771_10151628178576774_1915540043_nNever pose with R2MK around. He’s feisty!

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween (October 2013) Coming off a summer in which I slimmed down to a size 4, I was all about rocking a cutsey, girly version of something for MNSSHP. With my “Born to Rebel” shirt left over from Disney’s Star Wars Weekends, in May, I decided to pair it up with my knee high work boots, some yellow running glasses (which would come in handy the following January), and my favorite orange skirt. Sassy Red Leader tromped her way throughout the park and had a blast Trick-or-Treating. Next time, I am wearing lower heels because hot dog my ewoks were screaming by the end of the night.

 Redheaded Red Squadron Leader Karen

WDW Half Marathon (January 2014) Red Leader’s would return again with a winter weather twist for the WDW Half, including a homemade running hat that I am rather proud of! Components included: the yellow running glasses, a pullover by UnderArmour, a running t-shirt by New Balance, a skirt by Sparkle Athletics, compression socks by Bondi Compression, and of course, my runDisney New Balance sneakers (first edition). The finishing touch was a custom made Rebel Alliance bow by my long time gal pal, Taryn, at Mad Happy Studio.

Red Leader Checking In!

IMG_2120I love this bow!

Star Wars Weekends (May 2014) For the last two years, I attended Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I made some new friends and made some memories I will treasure forever. From a fashion perspective, I am not ambitious enough to go full costume, especially in the Florida heat at a theme park. I know my limitations. Maybe one day, I’ll be able to rock that Battle Arena Padme costume, but for now, I like the subtly festive (and Florida functional) combinations of t-shirts/tank tops and shorts. I am a huge fan of Ashley Eckstein’s Her Universe Collection, which includes Star Wars, Star Trek, The Walking Dead, The Avengers, Doctor Who, and her collaborations with The Nerdist! I loved my Wookie Photobomb T-shirt, so I could not pass up the Boba Fett Racerback Tank Top!

20140520-073310-27190299.jpgYes, I camped out to meet Peter Meyhew (‘Chewbacca’)

20140520-073302-27182402.jpgAshley Eckstein (the voice of ‘Ahsoka Tano’) is a class act!

Star Wars Rebel Challenge (Disneyland, Anaheim, CA) I was complete over the (That’s No) Moon about registering for the Inaugural Star Wars Rebel Challenge (10K + Half), but unfortunately after running The Avengers Half, I needed to make a difficult decision. With my deferral, I am currently scheduled to participate in the 2016 SW RC, but I really need to start saving up money and (more importantly) properly train. A costume would be nice, but I cannot even think of that at the moment. My biggest qualm is going overboard with costuming for a race. I simply don’t find it practical (for me) to run long distances in complicated costumes. I was contemplating Ahsoka Tano as my muse for one race, and Sabine from SW Rebels for the other. We’ll see…

IMG_0221Do or Do Not. There is No Try.

I am glad strong female leads are continuing to crop up in the Star Wars universe. With many years left in this galaxy, I intend on continuing to celebrating SW in my own unique way. With some big ticket life events on the horizon, Star Wars Weekends will be a Kessel Run fly by this year, but perhaps next year with Episode VII: The Force Awakens, I can find new ways to add to my wardrobe. Plus, if I can find an awesome Star Wars: Rebels pattern, I would love to make a new skirt! What would you like to see me make, wear, or try next? For tonight, I’ll be cooking up dinner, perhaps mixing some drinks, and watching some Star Wars with Doc. How are y’all celebrating?

20140520-073305-27185002.jpgThis one’s for Qui-Gon!!

May the Force (and The Fourth) be with you always. Now and Forever.

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