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Star Wars Celebration 2016: Day 3

Star Wars Celebration

For our last day at Star Wars Celebration, we headed to the Excel Centre early, to collect our wristbands for the Closing Ceremony. Rather than waiting in the long morning queue, Jason and I had breakfast in the local pub, where we were joined by our friend Matt. As Matt was getting inked at the Tattoo Pavilion, he too had to be at Celebrations bright and early.

Once inside the Convention, Matt had a quick chat with Adam Guy Hays (the tattooist). Jason and I chatted to a journalist from The Verge, who would be live-streaming the tattooing on their Facebook page. (You can see the highlights and finished tattoo here).

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Peter Mayhew

Whilst Matt was being tattooed, Jason and I meet up with his family. It was nice to experience Celebration with children, like me they adored the Lego play area. They also had a lot of fun looking at all the Star Wars themed art (they are both budding artists).

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Dave Filoni

We ended the day, and our Celebration experience by watching the Closing Ceremony. I am obviously excited for the release of Episode VIII next year. It was also fun to finally get official confirmation that Alden Ehrenreich will be playing the young Han Solo.

When I began talking about my Star Wars Celebration experience I mentioned how I had Con-Envy at the when I see social media posts about other people’s convention adventures. The truth is I still had some Con-Envy even though I attended Celebration. There was so much going on we missed out on so much. Whilst we queued for the official store, our friends got to watch Mark Hamill take-over the Star Wars Livestream. We had to watch the record version of the Rogue One panel, when we got home. We even learned on social media Ash (one of my favourite bands) had played a Star Wars themed gig, as a pre-Celebration party. Whilst it was a wonderful experience and one I look forward to doing again, I guess I will always Con-Envy, as everyone experiences will be very different.

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Some of my favourite Cosplay from Celebration
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Star Wars Celebration 2016: Day 2

Star Wars Celebration

Before I start talking about our experiences on Day 2 to Star Wars Celebration. I want to talk about my outfit, I don’t normally do “what I wore today” type posts. But I felt this outfit warranted an Outfit of the Day post on Instagram.

Jacket || Skirt || Converse || Camera Bag

The jacket was actually a last minute purchase from Her Universe, but when it arrived I fell in love. This outfit was meant to be wore at Celebration, it is definitely something I that will translate into my everyday wardrobe.  

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Star Wars Propel TIE Fighter

Now on to the actual day. Jason and I spent the majority of the day just “walking” the convention floor. The previous day we had missed out an entire section of Celebration, so our aim in the morning was to see as much as possible. We stopped by the R2 Builders Club, to see the fan built robots – including an amazing Lego BB-8. Then was watched the High-Performance RC demonstrations, where they re-enacted the destruction of the Death Star with amazing remote control ships. I would love an X-Wing model for Christmas.

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Lego “Robot” BB-8

Of course, one of the main things to do at Star Wars Celebration is to shop. There were hundreds of stalls selling all kinds of Star Wars merchandise. Everything from teapots to duvets, books to computer games and lots of wonderful figures. You maybe tempted into thinking shopping is a fun away to avoid queuing but you would be wrong, the average queuing time for the official Celebration store was 90 minute!

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Waxwork Model on Rey

Rather than pause of lunch, we grabbed a snack and ate in the back of the Madame Tussaud’s panel. I had been to Madame Tussaud last summer, but it was interesting to hear all about the process of making the figures and sets. This also gave us the chance to preview the new Rey figure, which will be released later this year.

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Model of the ANA Star Wars Jet

The big news on Day Two come from the Star Wars: Rebel panel. The re-introduction of Grand Admiral Thrawn to the Star Wars Canon. Whilst at university I used to read the Expanded Universe books, this was pre-Episode One, reading these books was my only link to the Star Wars Universe. In these books Thrawn was the perfect post-Emperor villain, so I am pleased to see him back.

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Star Wars Celebration 2016: Day 1

Star Wars Celebration
Star Wars Celebration

Over the years, I have had awful envy (or Con-Envy), when it comes to conventions. Whether it is San Diego Comic Con, Star Wars Celebration or D23. I sit at home and watch all the live streaming. (Which often ends up being late at night because of the time difference). I dream I could be there. I get jealous of all the exclusive clips fans there get to see, I admiring all the cosplay and I flick through the photo people share on social media, thinking one day.

Now, turn back the clock to last April. I was watching the live stream of the Closing Ceremony of Star Wars Celebration. They announced Celebration 2016 would be in London, in my home town! No longer would I have Con-Envy, I could now be one of those people posting photos online! Within 24 hours I had ordered three-day passes for Jason and I, exchanged several messages with friends about all the plans we were going to have to make and started a SWCE merchandise fund.

Then finally, last week it arrived! I picked up our tickets from the event before the big day, so we could have a later start of the first day. The downside to this was that we missing out on getting wristbands for the Rogue One panel.  On the plus side we avoided a lot of the queues. Although we still had to queue for over 30 minutes to get our bags searched but then we walked straight in.

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Ahsoka: Untold Tales Panel

Once inside we headed straight for the “Ahsoka: Untold Tales” panel. Jason and I both love The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Snips, is definitely our favourite character, so the idea of hearing more about her from the creators excited us.

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Concept Art of Baby Ahsoka

This panel did not disappoint, they discussed the early planning stages of creating her character, where they saw the character going if The Clones Wars had future seasons and hinted at a possible return of Ahsoka. They also announced a book based on her time between, Clone Wars and Rebels (including what how she survived Order 66) and probably the most exciting thing a Ahsoka Pop Vinyl figure!

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Concept Art of an unreleased scene when Anakin is reunited with “Snips”

This years, Celebrations was all about Rogue One, It was the largest panel on the first day. There was also an amazing exhibition showing off all the costumes, and some props from the film (including the new TIE Stikers ships). We spend the remained of our morning looking at the exhibit and then paused for lunch.

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Director Orson Krennic Costume

For lunch we meet up with some friends in the bar area. There we once again had to queue, this time for over 45 minutes to get served. Then rushed eating and drinking to watch the streaming of the panel.

It wouldn’t seem right to talk about Day One without mentioning the amazing footage of Rogue One. I loved all of it especially, the clip of Canary Wharf tube station being transferred into the set overnight for filming.

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6 on 6 -Brown

Chewie Tsum Tsum
Chewie Tsum Tsum

I planned on taking these photos last month – ready for June’s 6 on 6 challenge, but time got in the way and I didn’t get a chance to take all six photos. However, I figured I would take the extra photos and post them a late. First up I had to include something from my tsum-tsum collection, and chose fluffy Chewbacca.

Captain Jack Sparrow
Captain Jack Sparrow

One of my favourite photography blogs suggests taking photos of Lego mini-figure to improve your photography skills. Mini-figures are great for practising macro-photography, but also portable enough to carry around and add a little dimension to your everyday shots. So I am going to try to include more Lego in my 6 on 6 photos.

Whimzy Yarn
Whimzy Yarn

I have never felt comfortable taking photos of yarn, my photos never seem to show the real colour of the yarn, or the tones and texture. I have experimented this month, using different light sources and backgrounds to get the “correct” colour.

Kit Kat
Kit Kat #mybreak

Originally, I was going to take a photo of a cup of coffee – but I figured there are enough photographs of coffee on my blog, so I included my other guilty pleasure, KitKats! One day I would love to go to Japan and try all the weird and wonderful flavours they have there.

The Reach
The Reach

I planned on going to the park and taking some photos of ducks, however they were all hiding this weekend, so instead I captured this wooden sculpture. “The Reach” was part of a collection of chainsaw sculptures places in London parks before the 2012 Olympics.

Camera Bag
Camera Bag

When I brought my camera I also purchased a black nylon bag to carry my camera. The truth is, it was ugly! When looking for lenses on Amazon, my suggested purchased included this vintage looking bag, which is more my style. It still has the padded pockets, and I actually like carrying this bag around town.

6 on 66 on 6 is a monthly photography challenge started by the Scruffy Little Nerd Herder #6on6

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100 Cups of Coffee

Exploring
As I mentioned before, my sister and I had a little staycation in London. Which we used as an opportunity to check out some of our favourite neighbourhood. It was also a chance for us to re-visited some old haunts like Ealing.  We discovered our old favourite café had shut but did find a new cozy coffee shop.

Knitting!
For the first time in a few years I went to a knitting group. I meet up with Ling before hand, and we raided her shop for some pretty yarn. Once at knitting group, I was so excited to catch up with friends and actually knit, I forgot to take a photo. So the next morning I took a “catch-up” photo.

Pinball & Coffee
Time Out London recently published an amazing list of coffee shops (and what speciality coffee to order from each store). When reading the magazine, It was pleasing to see a few coffee shops in our local area for me to add to my list. First was Chief Coffee, a cool space with pinball machines in the basement. My favourite game was of course the Game of Thrones pinball machine.

Instagram Brunch

My favourite food to order brunch is avocado toast, ideally with a poached egg! I love trying variations of this simple meal – adding houmous, fresh tomatoes or even sweet chilli sauce. For me the perfect pairing for avocado toast is latte.

#100cupsofcoffee

May was birthday month and this meant a lot of eating out! I love having a coffee after my meal, often as an alternative to dessert but some times to go with my pudding. One of my favourite coffees was a Vietnamese iced coffee at Foxlow. This twist on a traditional Vietnamese coffee is made with cold brew, poured over the condensed milk all served over ice.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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100 Cups of Coffee

Cold Brew
During the summer in the afternoon, I like to switch my coffee for a frappé or ice coffee, in recent years this has become a cold brew. Starbucks have started selling their version in the U.K. it is an interesting healthier addition to the summer menu. Especially as I’m trying to cut down my sugar consumption.

Marble Table
Over the last few months I have loved toying with my camera, I have brought several books and have read about composition and trends. Since then I have taken a lot of cliché photographs, my feet on patterned floors, manicured nails holding a nail varnish bottle and cups of coffee on a marble table #latteart.

Spring Coffee
Adding to this I have become one of those people who grab my camera when the sun comes out to take a few photos. We are lucky enough to have a large park and river walk near our house. Which seem to be my go to place to experiment with setting on my camera but also explore the different coffee stores.

Tsum Tsum & Coffee
Recently, I have started collecting tsum tsum, after nearly missing out on a complete Star Wars set, I popped down to the mall on “Tsum Tsum Tuesday” when the “Episode One” collection was released. The Jar Jar version had already sold out at lunchtime but I managed to get all the ones I wanted including the Queen Amidala.

Coffee & Cake
My sister and I planned a mini staycation in April. We used this opportunity to explore some of our favourite neighbourhoods in London, do some shopping, and checking out some local cafés for coffee and cake!

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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6 on 6 -Green

After being so organised last month with my 6 on 6 photos this month, I am extremely late! I don’t really have a lot of green stuff, but I think I need to buy more Loki merchandise. Yesterday, I had a quick look around my house and found a few green things. My breakfast smoothie, some colouring pencils and a Boba Fett from my growing collection of Tsum Tsum.

As the weather was so nice this weekend in London, I grabbed my camera and some coffee and headed out to take some photos, I took a walk along the river to the green Hammersmith Bridge (although it doesn’t look very green in my photo) and around a local park.

6 on 6 - Green

6 on 6 - Green

6 on 6 - Green

6 on 6 - Green

6 on 6 - Green

6 on 6 - Green

6 on 66 on 6 is a monthly photography challenge started by the Scruffy Little Nerd Herder #6on6

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100 Cups of Coffee

Mother's Day Coffee
For Mother’s Day at the beginning of March we had a lovely Sunday Roast in our local pub. The pub put on a special menu so and treated the mothers to prosecco and mini posies of flowers. What added to my mother’s day was the pub serving her favourite dessert an affogato (hot coffee poured over vanilla gelato),

On the Go
The following weekend, we arranged to celebrate a belated Mother’s Day with Jason’s mum. Since they moved further away from London, we have started meeting mid-way – which happens to be Cambridge. After an early start we hopped on the train with armed with coffee to being our adventure.

Happy Mail
I love writing letters, but recently have fallen behind. Determined to catch up on some correspondence and send out some important birthday cards before the day, I popped to my favourite coffee shop, armed with happy mail supplies to catch up.

Rose Latte
I follow a lot of curated accounts on Instagram, like @breakfastlondon, and @londoncoffeeshops. I kept noticing the same drink popping up – a Rose Latte from Farm Girl. I suggested to my sister we pop there for girly brunch on Saturday and discovered a long queue of people who obviously all had the same idea! After a short wait we had a lovely brunch and the prettiest coffee I’ve seen.

Coffee
After our brunch we continued our girly day, with some retail therapy. After walking around Notting Hill and some extensive shopping on Oxford Street, we stopped for a tea time coffee and refuelling. This was the first time I posted two coffees in a day!

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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100 Cups of Coffee

No 6

On Wednesday night, we have a little tradition of drinking tea and eating cakes whilst watching Great British Bake Off. I was busy with meeting on Wednesday and didn’t have time to bake, but as my meeting was a few stops away from Baker Street, I thought I would check out the Dunkin’ Donuts to see if they sold PSL’s (they don’t in the UK), so I had to settle for a regular coffee and half-dozen doughnuts for our evening treat.

No 7

We have a lot of friends and family birthdays in October and November (over a dozen), the problem is by the beginning of October all card shops stock are Christmas Cards, which is annoying when you are trying to find a decent 40th birthday card for your husband among shelves full of santa and reindeer. When I noticed empty shelves in a card store I figured, I would get a head start this year and bulk buy my cards for the next few months. Feeling chuffed I popped into Caffe Nero for a hazelnut latte (that was extremely sweet) but they did have these amazing cups to promote the Britain on Film project, featuring still from old films set in Britain.

Kalita Coffee

I mentioned before starting this project that I was going to use it as an excuse to explore more coffee shops from The London Coffee App, I’m lucky that I have two shops from the list within walking distance from our home. Admittedly one is a lot closer to home, but the other is handy if I need to run errands. As I had to pop to the bank and it was National Coffee Day, I thought it was a good excuse to celebrate and try something new, this Kalita (Slow Brew) coffee.

Coffee & Sewing

I blogged about my fun sewing day with friends when I attempted to make a Star Wars themed project bag, As I was trying to concentrate I needed caffeine to fuel the little grey cells.

Morning Coffee

During October I am participating in the #5FFPhoto Challenge on Instagram, I have run my own knitting themed photo challenge before and am sad to admit I didn’t complete that challenge. I thought I would do better this time (as I have been using Instagram more now), but on the second day I forgot to take a photo, so quickly had to take a quick snap of my coffee the next morning. (So quick I forgot to add my number sticker).

#100cupsofcoffee is a chance for me to blog about my experiences whilst drinking coffee around London and give you an insight into my daily life. You can read about the origins of the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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100 Cups of Coffee

#100cupsofcoffee No.1

After saying I didn’t want to include photos of my coffee mug at home in this project, I broke the rule on the first day! I had cleared my schedule for the day to read the Star Wars prequel book on the day it was released in the UK, so I started the day in bed reading a few chapters with my morning coffee.

In Pho Cafe.
My second coffee was also a little unconventional. Pho Cafe has recently become my to-go place for lunch – there is something nice about a bowl of spicy noodles on a colder day. Normally I finish my meal with a Vietnamese coffee (with the condensed milk), but as we went on Saturday and I didn’t have to worry about working in the afternoon, this time I thought I would try their Cà Phê Martini (made with clear rice spirit instead of vodka).

PSL
Last week was pretty miserable weather wise here in London, loads of rain and the temperatures were definitely dropping, twice this week I nearly got caught in a heavy downpour, first whilst out to lunch with friends and the second time when I popped to the shops. This time to avoid more rain I ducked into Starbucks to celebrate the start of autumn with a PSL.

Coffee & Ice Cream

On Friday, I had an afternoon to myself so went to Covent Garden, for my monthly comic book buying trip to Forbidden Planet. It was the first time since Force Friday I’d been in the store and was completely taken back by all the new Star Wars merchandise – I could have easily spend a small fortune, but I refrained and instead popped into Vico a new Italian canteen nearby for coffee and ice cream. I wanted the pumpkin ice cream but after a quick taster I changed my mind (it tasted more like butternut squash soup) and instead had a “snickers” ice cream.

Coffee Date

Oddly, Jason doesn’t drink coffee, whilst one of my favourite things is popping out for coffee he often complains that “no coffee house do decent tea” or “they serve tea in tiny little cups!” As a result, a coffee date is a rare occasion for us, as we were free on Sunday, we had an impromptu date to Starbuck and he ordered drink a Venti tea with two tea bags (and didn’t complain) and I had yet another PSL.

What is #100cupsofcoffee? You can read about the project here.
You can see all the photos from the #100cupsofcoffee project on Instagram.

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