The Force apparently failed on Force Friday

While I am not a midnight or line up for hours before a release, Force Friday was almost tempting like Lilly for Target was. But again at 12:01 am I was in bed sleeping soundly.

Though apparently like Lilly for Target, prep’s biggest disaster this spring many Star Wars fans found themselves empty handed. Hours after the events across the country, many users took to twitter complaining about lack of stock and lack of items.

I am a Star Wars fan, I mean I am counting down the days for the release of the new make up, which apparently will be getting more items come October (come on eyeshadow) I am not big into toys. But those who were into toys found that most stores were ill-prepared.

One ion user described his experience at Toys R Us in Oakland, CA and across Twitter users had the same complaint, not enough product and too many people. And many fear the worse, that some of these toys will end up for triple on eBay, which like many limited collections has happened in the past.

Though there are users who have had luck and are still finding items across the board. Though it seems many clothing items can be found for men, women and children and other odds and ends are available. But the toys are the thing everyone wants, so what could have gone wrong today?

Was there a lack of stock? Did employees have more toys in the back and are waiting to put them out? I mean there are a lot of factors here to consider, but it is apparent that some fans are upset and more items need to be stocked.

I’m still waiting to see the first of the make up and also wanting to see Target’s new clothing items.

Did anyone go out to Force Friday? If you did tell me about your experience or send me a message.

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Dapper Day Inside Out 2

My First Dapper Day 2014

Welcome to the second installment of the Dapper Day series, today we’re looking at outfits and where to get them.

While many people at Dapper Day events will sew their own outfits, or get an outfit made for them you don’t have to reach so high for your first step out in style.

My first event was Fall 2014 which was at Hollywood Studios in Orlando, while I chose a dress I had many others had different outfits that ranged from casual to dressy.

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Dapper Day has an exclusive partnership with Pinup Girl Clothing, which offers many different styles from full skirts known as swing skirts to wiggle skirts or pencil skirts.

Pinup Girl clothing has created skirts to celebrate legendary Disney artist Mary Blair, along with other exclusive collections.

While Pinup Girl Clothing prices can be on the steep end, many of the designs are excellent and the quality of the clothing is great from what I have been told. For those attending the Disneyland event, they usually set up a booth during the expo.

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Lindybop which is a UK based clothing company makes replica dresses and also is starting to sell pants and more skirts.

I recently ordered my Dapper Day dress from there, and for $81.00 I got my dress, my petticoat and my shipping for that one price. Royal Mail was also extremely fast and I had my package in just under 2 weeks from initial order.

The quality of my dress was great, but having to size up I’ll have to take in the front. It’s a good idea to order early from them just in case and always order larger than your measurements because the dresses do run on the small side.

 

Another great way to find vintage or reproduction pieces is through Etsy, last year I got an awesome polka dotted swing skirt I wore out a few times and even used for my halloween costume. Many of the prices can be a bit higher BUT you are getting quality pieces shipped to your home.

Another great thing about Etsy is that many of the sellers can also make you a custom outfit, if you see a swatch of fabric or something you like many will work with you to make you something you love. Etsy is also an awesome place for accessories like handbags, fascinators, hair pieces, etc. You can score some really great stuff searching their pages and checking for deals.

Etsy is great because you also help out small business owners, many of the vintage sites sell stuff they lovingly pick out and many others as I mentioned make stuff so it is their way of gaining income from their work.

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Now many of us will choose to keep it cheap and nothing wrong with that, so you’ll shop local.

My second dress was from Kohls from Lauren Conrad’s Disney Line and it looked great for the night and for my Dapperbound (more on that later).

Though if you’re lucky you’ll have some great thrift stores near by and be able to throw together a fabulous outfit for less.

One of my favorite sites for this is The Thrift Shopper, which is a national database for thrift shops, second hand, vintage and consignment. It’ll help you in finding that perfect piece.

A WARNING!

Many times while we are shopping we may see sites like Sammy Dress, aliexpress, or others who make “reproductions” or have at cost outfits. While I am all for a cheap great bargain, these sites alway set off HUGE warning bells for me because usually the quality is much lower, you might get scammed OR worse you may not be able to wear the dress at all and be left with nothing for Dapper Day.

I say this because I have been tempted in the past when I didn’t want to dish out the money OR felt like why not, I mainly say this because most shipping time from Asia is about a month or more and because of the fact that many items may not look as pictured. Many folks have gotten lucky and the items they have received have been great but others have been scammed out of money and much more, so I would rather 80 bucks and know what I am getting.

Aside from that this post should help when you’re on the fashion hunt, one of my favorite things is using the #DapperDay tag on instagram or Tumblr to look for inspiration or to just see what folks are creating. It’s pretty cool to see someone’s design from start to finish and maybe even spot them out at the park when you’re there.

Though I will say the most important rule to remember, don’t worry about anyone else and do what you want and what will be most comfortable for you.

Tomorrow we’re talking hotels and tickets, as well general Disney know how.

Covergirl enters a Galaxy Far Far Away

When Star Wars came into our galaxy in 1977, it launched a whole new kind of fan. Not only were men included but women got Princess Leia, a far from helpless princess.

For me Princess Leia symbolized everything all girls should be, not only pretty but took no shit from anyone around them. I spent years trying to get my hair into those infamous buns, but now I can at least have a make up look that would make even Padme proud.

A lot has changed since 1977 and women are now getting more products in the sci-fi and geek community.

Ahead of the new Star Wars film slated for a Dec release, Covergirl has teamed up to create a line of make up for geeky girls and women everywhere.

Though this isn’t the first time Covergirl has worked with fans and making lines for the female audience. Back in 2013 the make-up giant released a line ahead of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. 

While the “Capitol Collection” received mixed reviews by fans, since it went against the ideals the characters set, the new Star Wars line may have an opposite effect.

The line which will includes both the dark and light sides of the ever expanding universe, will feature lipsticks, nail polishes and mascaras. And will hit stores mid-Sept, but be available for a limited time Dec 18 to be exact.

The Force Awakens contains 19 pieces in total and Allure recently posted an unboxing video of the products found in the line. The line features 10 mascaras all with quotes from the films, 6 lipsticks in shimmery shades and 3 nail polishes.

While none of the make-up would be seen on the ever natural Leia, her mother Padme would have for sure worn the shimmery red to create her iconic lips.

Though for girls like me who enjoy not only make-up but many things deemed geeky this is a great marriage.

I’m looking forward to the shimmery red and plum lipstick in the collection, as well as a fun mascara with a slogan on it.

This is a whole new side to the idea of being a geek and a girl, and reminds us girls that we not only can love our light sabers but also wear kick ass lipsticks and nail polishes.

The new Covergirl line hits stores in the U.S. UK Asia and UAE in September, currently the U.S. line has a confirmed release date of Sept 4.

May the Force Be With You!