Hello! I’m Anaria 🙂 I live in New Zealand with my husband and teenage daughter (and six cats). When I realised most of my social media posts were about Star Wars fashion, I started this blog in 2014 to write about my finds and purchases, and it’s grown from there.
Want to know a little bit more about me?
I met my husband through our shared Star Wars passion – we bought collectibles from each other online, I helped write a few articles for his Star Wars New Zealand (SWNZ) website and he helped me build a jedi comlink prop for my costume. Now my husband and I run the SWNZ website together! Our first Valentines Day together, he gave me a japor snippet he hand carved from wood – I wore it inside my wedding dress two years later. My husband proposed to me at Villa Balbianello in Italy – the filming location for Padme’ and Anakin’s first kiss and wedding scenes from Episode 2. I had recreated Padme’s lake retreat gown for the trip, but the proposal was a complete surprise, and wonderfully romantic (our story was included in this StarWars.com article).
I love costuming, and currently have 23 completed costumes, with several more in progress. Most I made myself or with my husband’s help, but I also own three screen used costumes – Dame Vaako and necromonger costumes from ‘The Chronicles of Riddick’ and a Sister of the Dark costume from ‘Legend of the Seeker’. I’m always trying to learn new techniques and improve my skills – my long term project is a Queen Amidala costume. I joined the Rebel Legion costuming club in 2004 with my very first costume (a jedi knight), and later joined the 501st Legion in 2005 with an Imperial officer costume. I have held base/garrison level positions in both clubs, and was elected to the Rebel Legion council for a year term in 2013 (my husband is a long standing 501st Legion member, joining the club with his stormtrooper armour in 2001).
I’m a rather obsessed Star Wars The Old Republic (SWTOR) mmorpg player. I currently have 23 characters on The Harbinger server – my Republic main is Anaria (jedi sentinel), and my Empire main is Banshila (sith sorcerer). I’ve played since the beta release, and have been a subscriber since day one – and got my husband and daughter hooked on it too! Prior to SWTOR, I played countless hours of Jedi Outcast, Jedi Academy, KOTOR, and Battlefront (1 and 2).
I’ve been collecting Star Wars items since 2002 – my main focus is female characters like Rey, Padme’ Amidala, Princess Leia, and also jedi characters like Aayla Secura and Shaak Ti. I have a particular soft spot for collectibles of costumes I have, like ‘Snowbunny’ Padme’ and Princess Leia in the metal bikini. My husband and I have been interviewed on NZ national television, radio, newspapers and magazines about our love of Star Wars, costuming, and collecting. It’s something we love to share together, and it’s a huge part of our daily lives. There is something Star Wars in every room of our house, including life size droids and costume displays, collectibles and artwork – and of course, lots of Star Wars fashion in our wardrobe!