Extra! Extra! The Legacy Lives On in Vanity Fair's #TheLastJedi Reveal.

Since the release of The Phantom Menace in May 1999, Star Wars fans across the galaxy have eagerly anticipated the Vanity Fair issue afforded to each subsequent chapter of the Saga for a first-look at the latest film. Today is the day that patience has been rewarded with the release of not one, but FOUR exclusive covers depicting the main cast in Rian Johnson's #TheLastJedi. While a teaser trailer for the film was released at Star Wars Celebration this past April, Annie Leibovitz vividly brings the characters to life in her gorgeous photographs from the set of #TheLastJedi. Each cover features a different theme pertaining to the photographed characters, including the Dark Side, the Resistance, the Force and the Legacy. This issue is set to hit newsstands on May 31st in New York and Los Angeles, and nationally on June 6th, 2017. For those looking for something more, Vanity Fair is offering a pre-order option which includes all four exclusive covers, a commemorative poster, and early access to the digital editions on May 24th, which can be purchased here. Now let's get down to business, these covers...

Annie Leibovitz is a legend with a camera, this is a fact, and these covers only further evidence this point. Each photograph is beautiful in its own right, but when set against each other like this, it is hard not to feel giddy about the future of the greatest film franchise in cinematic history. Up first is the Dark Side-themed cover which features Adam Driver's emotionally-torn Kylo-Ren, Dohmnall Gleeson's nefarious General Hux, and most interestingly (at least to me), Gwendolyn Christie's UNMASKED Captain Phasma. Ever since the release of The Force Awakens, I've been fond of Captain Phasma. She was the first character, besides Rey, I had a real interest in from this trilogy and while she had an underwhelming presence in TFA, I am still completely invested in her potential and this cover only heightens that interest. While I loved the fact that she was never unmasked in The Force Awakens, I would love to see her character further explored in The Last Jedi. As far as Kylo-Ren and General Hux, I will wait until the film is released on December 15th to form any kind of concrete opinion on these two. Next is the Resistance-themed cover, which may I pause and say POE!!! (*drools*), featuring Oscar Isaac's Poe BAE-meron and John Boyega's fan-favorite Finn (or FN-#2187), and introduces Kelly Marie Tran's badass Rose Tico. If you couldn't tell, I have a soft spot for Poe. Be still, my beating heart. As much as I love Poe, however, I may love the diversity of this cover a little bit more. Each actor featured on this particular cover is a person of color and it is refreshing to see a galaxy far, far away slowly becoming more reflective of the modern world we live in. I firmly believe in Girl Power and I love the ladies of Star Wars fiercely, so of course, besides Poe, I am beside myself with excitement over Kelly Marie Tran's Rose and I honestly can't wait to see how she fits in with this group of rebels. The force is STRONG with the two featured on the third cover, which includes Daisy Ridley's former scavenger turned maybe-Jedi Rey and Mark Hamill's ICONIC return as the titular Luke Skywalker. It's hard to explain how much I anticipate the relationship between these two characters and how it will unfold, especially given how The Force Awakens ended, so I won't even try. I will say, however, Luke and Rey's relationship sparks hope for my fondest wish in the sequel trilogy, which is the return of Anakin Skywalker, played by Hayden Christensen, and I would give anything for that wish to come true. Until then, I'll be staring fondly at this cover wishing for December's speedy arrival in anticipation for this complicated relationship. The fourth and final cover is one that makes my heart ache is the best of ways, featuring the dearly-departed #LEGEND Carrie Fisher in her titular role as Princess Leia Organa, or should I say General. Like most, I grew up with Star Wars. I watched it as a little girl with my mom and while I loved the original trilogy films, I mostly loved Leia. Carrie Fisher's passing was heartbreaking beyond words, but to see her legacy live on and to see her beloved character return to the silver screen for one last time in December will truly be an unforgettable moment for us all. This gorgeous tribute to our beloved General is a true work of art by Leibovitz and I know I will be at Barnes & Noble on June 6th to pick up my copy, without a doubt. 

Side Note: Annie Leibovitz has long been one of my greatest photographic inspirations with her classic, romantic style. I will never be at the same level as her as a photographer, not even close, but she is one of those individuals who has consistently inspired my dreams and I can't help, but include two of my favorite photographs taken by her. If you thought I could get away without mentioning Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen, I'm sorry! This shoot from the set of Attack of the Clones taken at Lake Como will always hold such a special place in my heart as the two individuals photographed do. 

That is all for this morning! I'm off to pick up my cousin from the airport for a week of Walt Disney World adventures. 
All my love, Britt. 

To Infinity, And Beyond...Or At Least, Disneyland.

I'll always be a Walt Disney World girl at heart but during my past break from University, I was blessed with the chance to go to Disneyland with my mom for the first time since I was ten years old! It's a bit of a surreal experience to visit a Disney Park that is not in Florida because of how exposed I have been to Walt Disney World, but it was such a fun, little jaunt to witness how different Disneyland is compared. The one thing that struck me immediately upon entering Disneyland is how much smaller Main Street USA is compared to Magic Kingdom's, you're never quite prepared for the difference until you experience it for yourself. The first time I visited Disneyland over a decade ago, I honestly couldn't remember much and when you're young, everything seems so much bigger than it actually is. What struck me more than the size of everything though is how you feel when you first step into Disneyland! This park acts almost as if it is a relic of a time that has long past, it's as if you're stepping back into 1955 while walking down the same street that Walt Disney did all those years ago. Disneyland is a piece of history that has been preserved for over 60 years and what is left is a sense of cozy, nostalgia that envelopes you as you experience what is left of a different era. Vintage popcorn machines, the way the light shines off of the signs reminiscent of the Golden Age of Hollywood on Main Street and Sleeping Beauty's (1959) Castle standing proudly in all of it's 1950's glory at the end of the street all add to this feeling that you've been transported to a time that no longer exists. 

The man, the myth, the legend himself, Walt Disney, stood in this very park not so long ago when Disneyland first opened in 1955 and when what I consider to be my home away from home, Walt Disney World, was merely a dream too good to be true. In the pursuit of his dreams, Walt Disney left a lasting presence on a world he was never able to see and I find that to be the most magical thing about visiting Disneyland. This man had such big dreams that he worked incredibly hard to accomplish and he's still accomplishing those dreams long after he's left this world. He gave the children of the world characters that have followed them throughout their lives and adults the ability to realize that it's never too late to make your dreams a reality. No matter who you are or where you come from, we all have had the legacy that Walt Disney left behind affect us in some way and if that isn't magic, I don't know what is. 

Despite the fact that I am constantly surrounded by Star Wars on the daily, I can't help how giddy I feel when I visit a Disney Park because I get to experience two of the things that fill my film-loving heart with so much joy in the same place! It does not matter where I am, I will always make time to visit Chewbacca because this handsome fella has the ability to make the darkest day brighter with the greatest hugs you'll ever experience. It was interesting to see the differences between Disneyland's Star Wars Launch Bay compared to Hollywood Studios' and once again I prefer the latter, but I'm thankful I've been lucky enough to experience both. Side Note: This trip also made me more appreciative of the effort Walt Disney World has put into including Anakin and Padme, and the prequels into their content because there was so little I saw in Disneyland which was a bit disappointing. That being said, I saw a beautiful model of Anakin's Interceptor from the beginning of Revenge of the Sith (2005) featuring a pretty accurate figure of Hayden Christensen's Anakin and my favorite little droid, R2-D2! I desperately wanted to take it home with me. 

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This is where the fun begins.
— Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith).

In a rare moment of #DisneyStyle, I was able to experience a whole new world in Disney's California Adventure Park with my favorite princess (besides Leia), Jasmine! Paradise Pier gave me a most opportune moment to showcase one of the few pairs of Vans I own featuring this fierce desert flower in all of her glory. Jasmine wasn't the only Disney princess on my mind while in California Adventure however, I was also thinking of a certain iconic bookworm who wants so much more than a provincial life! This was especially true after my mom and I watched the 9-minute preview of Walt Disney Studios' live-action adaption of Beauty and the Beast (2017), which I would consider to be a highlight of our trip because we were both completely blown away by those few minutes of the film alone. The preview included what I believe to be the entire Belle and Belle (Reprise) number, and it only made me more excited to see the film on my birthday, March 28th, later on this month. The cinematography is beyond-belief gorgeous and I was so impressed with how beautifully Emma Watson has cultivated Belle into her own. I am impatiently waiting to see this beautiful film come to life in an enchanting way in only a few short weeks! 

Paradise Pier is honestly one of the most beautiful aspects of the Disneyland Resort! The detail put into not only the pier, but the surrounding areas in California Adventure are quite awe-inspiring and I was extremely excited to be back because they have added so much more to entirety of the park since I last visited. Another highlight of my trip was being able to ride California Screamin', something I was unable to do the last time I was there because I was absolutely terrified of roller coasters at the time. I've since conquered that fear and the fact that I rode it at night when the entire pier was lit up only made the experience that much more memorable.  

It All Started With A Mouse.
— Walt Disney

Confession: I've never actually sat down and watched Cars (2006)! I know, I know...blasphemous, but it's one of the few Disney/Pixar films I've never had much interest in. That being said, I was completely blown away by the intricate detail of Cars Land and how magical this part of the park looked, especially at night. The amount of photos I took of Flo's \8/ Cafe alone was borderline ridiculous, but there was something about those neon lights that I was completely mesmerized by. I felt like a little girl again, spending my summers taking trips to the Mustang Drive-In to watch the latest movies being released. Similar to Disneyland, it was as if I was stepping back to a time when things were much simpler and I half-expected a '32 DEUCE COUPE (think American Graffiti (1973)) to whiz past me while strolling down Route 66. 

On the third and final day of our trip, my mom and I ventured back into Disneyland where we rode the Indiana Jones Adventure ride (one of our all-time favorites), Star Tours, Haunted Mansion and Hyperspace Mountain for the second time! I can not sing enough praise about Hyperspace Mountain and how creative it was for the Disney Parks to incorporate Star Wars into one of their most iconic rides.  Space Mountain has always held a special place in my heart, but HYPERspace Mountain took that love to a whole other galaxy. Unfortunately we had completely forgotten that it was President's Day weekend and as a result, it was quite busy throughout the duration of our trip and we were unable to explore as much as we would have liked to. Still I think we were able to make the most of our little trip to Cali and I'm SO grateful we were able to go! Counting down the days until our next adventure. 

See you REAL soon! 
- Britt. 

That Film Girl, Britt Presents...Fett&Co.

When your heart has irrevocably been taken by the most unappreciated (and under-represented) characters from the galaxy far, far away, you have to find other creative ways to passionately let the world know exactly where your loyalties lie! #NowPlaying: Across the Star...bucks. 

"I thought we had decided not to fall in love, that we would be forced to live a lie, and that it would destroy our lives." - Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones). 

"I thought we had decided not to fall in love, that we would be forced to live a lie, and that it would destroy our lives."
- Anakin Skywalker (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones). 

I found a solution to this never-ending problem in the form of Brittany Hughes and her budding clothing company, Fett&Co. Hughes set out to create unique designs that would appeal to Star Wars and Disney fans alike, and knowing how avid my love for Anakin Skywalker and Padme Amidala is (and always will be), she wanted to create a design specifically featuring these two characters who are more often than not over-looked when it comes to the multitude of Star Wars merchandise out there in the universe. Thus the StarWarsBucks (or as I like to call it, "Across the Star...Bucks") shirt was created. Inspired by a fellow fangirl blogger's Instagram (Susan Connelly of Lightsabers and Lipsticks), we were able to come up with a design that combined our love for Star Wars, Disney AND Starbucks all into one perfect design; a hipster trifecta, if you will. Her designs are all printed on softer than soft American Apparel shirts and they make for the absolute best #OOTD's when visiting the Disney parks or spending a day out running errands which I can definitely attest to from a recent visit to Disney Springs (wearing her #SQUAD design) where the compliments were overwhelmingly gracious. You can also purchase this design featuring the ICONIC interaction between Princess Leia and her beau, Han Solo, in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. You know the one I'm talking about! 

"I think our lives are about to be destroyed anyway. I truly, deeply, love you." - Padme Amidala (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones). 

"I think our lives are about to be destroyed anyway. I truly, deeply, love you." - Padme Amidala (Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones). 

I may or may not be totally biased, but I've got this (bad) feeling that you should not miss out on this one of a kind shirt, especially if you're a lover of the star-crossed lovers from a galaxy far, far away. Brittany is constantly brain-storming brand-new designs and I can promise you that what she has in store for you is legendary! I definitely would not want to be caught sleeping on this brand if I were you; after all, you're no good to a Fett practically dead. 

You can purchase this shirt (and the Han/Leia alternative) on Fett&Co's official website and you can currently find the brand on Instagram. May the force be with you! 
- Britt. 

P.S. The photos featured in this piece were graciously taken by the wonderful Savanna Kiefer of The Dorky Diva in Disney Springs, located in Walt Disney World on a Canon Rebel T5i.