Archive for February, 2009

Two days ago…

It was 65-70 degrees outside and now it’s 33. Welcome to Missouri. *shiver*

I would say it’s been a busy week and that’s why I haven’t posted, but it’s not true. I just didn’t have a very good week, so I didn’t feel like posting.

This is an interesting article (found via Electric Warrior). I do have to say though, that they must have been doing something wrong on the set of MR, because I have never heard of anything else breaking a rib with a corset. Ouch!

The new X-Men movie looks badass.

Gambit AND Wolverine. Om nom nom.

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I totally lied.

The Coraline website is awesome. Go check it out. Something I didn’t actually know that adds to my love of the movie even more is that everything in it is handmade.

I especially found this video fascinating (from the website, of course).

There are also hidden wallpapers and posters, which are totally worth downloading (I’m getting ready to change my wallpaper and have two or three images that I might take to Kinko’s and make posters out of it), as well as a link to Mr. Bobinsky’s blog.

Also? Trying not to get my hopes up after the false alarms, but, a lightly used pair of the Bronx Gillian boots are up for auction on eBay. In my size. With a starting price of 1 GBP. *crosses fingers*

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Firefly Fashion

Geekiest post to ever grace a mostly-fashion blog? Quite possibly!

Among the many many wonderful things about Firefly, the wardrobes and costuming are definitely to be counted. Each crew member has a relatively specific style that’s fairly consistent throughout the series. And they are something to behold! Partially out of laziness, and partially because the men’s styles are a little more boring, I’ll only be covering the females’ outfits here.

(all screencaps are from Can’t Take the Sky)

Inara

Inara, for those of you who don’t watch the show, is a Companion (which is basically a courtesan-type figure). She is extremely graceful and always dressed to the nines, as her job would require. I don’t think she’s shown in a skirt shorter than mid-calf length the entire length of the series or throughout Serenity, and most of her outfit are glamorous without being loud, with a heavy Asian influence.

Inara
Inara – by declinedesigns on Polyvore.com

For a look similar to Inara’s, I’d look for Asian inspired jewelry, long skirts (at least mid-calf length), and well-fitted clothes – maybe an obi belt as well?

Zoe

Zoe’s style is the most masculine of the lot, if you can call it that. With her figure and the tight fit of the clothes, masculine certainly isn’t the first thing that comes to mind! There’s an obvious utilitarian and military influence on her style, though, for obvious reasons (Zoe is the captain’s right hand woman and served with him in the war that precedes Firefly, and is one of the resident badasses on board).


Zoe
Zoe – by declinedesigns on Polyvore.com

Yes, I am aware that that is the wrong gun. Hush.

For a look like Zoe’s, I’d suggest fitted menswear-inspired tops – fitted button up with a vest over it, but stick at least one of the pieces being in a brown or sepia tone to keep things from feeling too formal. Khaki or brown fitted pants, capris if you like, with tall riding or engineer boots. Add a belt on top and you’re good to go!

Kaylee

Kaylee is the ridiculously upbeat and almost disturbingly intuitive mechanic on the ship. Her style reflects the fact she has to be ready for working on the engine at any time, but there’s still a definite feminine influence. You can tell she’s a girly-girl at heart who ends up being stuck in the engine room by necessity!

Kaylee
Kaylee – by declinedesigns on Polyvore.com

Kaylee generally wears cargo pants or coveralls with some sort of cute floral print beneath. Also worn regularly is a vest, to me it looks almost moto-vest style but with a straight-up-the-middle zipper and in (I’m guessing) a gray heavy cotton-based fabric. However, apparently NOBODY anywhere makes a freakin’ vest like that, at least that I could find, hence the denim vest that looked vaguely engineer-style to me. Note the necklace that would come off easily if caught in an engine. Clever, no?

River

River, admittedly, has less of a style and more of a uniform: drapey and/or tiered dresses or skirts with combat boots, sometimes with a sweater or crocheted item on top of the outfit.

Terrible picture, I know…trying to get River’s boots into the scene. She’s on the right, in the pink.

I actually did two looks for River, one closer to what she’s shown wearing and one that takes some liberties (meaning, I made a River inspired outfit that I would wear, ha). Getting the look is simple enough: tiered, usually printed, skirt, combat (or combat inspired) boots, and sweater or wrap on top. Voila!

River
River – by declinedesigns on Polyvore.com

By the way, those boots on the right? Would TOTALLY buy and wear and love them to death if they weren’t off eBay…with the auction ending last December…and not in my size. DAMN.

Check out some of the other great costumes from Firefly:

I love the decorative lacing on the corset. It’s too bad that I don’t think that would actually be good for a corset in real life.

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You’d be so pretty if…

you smiled!

lost 20 pounds!

didn’t have that short hair!

or it wasn’t dyed purple!

didn’t have tattoos/piercings! Why would a girl as pretty as you DO that to yourself, anyways?

Maybe because it is MY body, not public freakin’ property, and I will do whatever the hell I please with it. Maybe because I don’t, actually, spend every waking moment concerned about whether my appearance is pleasing to a random stranger on the street. Or maybe I do it just to piss you off!

Reading a few blog posts got me thinking about this, and it’s something I’ve seen mentioned on Feministing before. Mostly in the “You’d be prettier if you smiled!” “Smile for me!” etc. comments that women have mentioned getting from strangers – which absolutely baffles me, as I’ve never received that (at least from a stranger, maybe from a relative…). Not that I don’t believe it, of course, it just seems…creepy. However, I have got (especially when working at Target – something about being a cashier makes a person especially open for public comment, apparently) the hair/tattoo questions a lottt. Of course, that was when I had fun hair…but anyways! It always really, really bothered me and I couldn’t figure out exactly why, so I just chalked it up to rudeness and moved on. It wasn’t until a few months ago when I read one of the posts on Feministing about it that I could put my finger on it – because my body is MINE and these comments assume that it exists for someone else.

I’ve even got comments like “What does your mother/boyfriend think about it?”. Mother? I moved out almost two years ago, and while I do love my mother to death and have a great deal of respect for her, I would like to think that she knows I’m an adult and will do what I want with my body. Matt? Holy hell, if Matt ever tried to tell me I wasn’t allowed to get any more tattoos or to dye my hair funky colors, the shit would hit the fan. The fact that someone would even ask that casually makes me a little sick to my stomach, because if he had that amount of control over me it would actually be an abusive, unhealthy relationship, thanks. No matter what anyone says or how they try to convince me otherwise. And if I tried to tell Matt how to dress or what to do with his hair, I would be a controlling bitch and he would be whipped. The standard, I’m seein’ double! That’s not to mention the “Why, none of the nice boys will want to date you now!” comment after seeing my first tattoo, which, if I’m remembering right, actually came from my (nice, but rabidly misguided) grandmother. Well, grandma, you’re right, now that my reason for existence is gone, I just don’t know what to do with myself.

Of course, I have several male friends who have or have had tattoos, piercings, dyed hair and mohawks, etc. and while they do get the general disgust and rudeness from ignorant people, I have NEVER heard anyone say anything like the above to them, or heard them complain of it. Mens’ bodies aren’t public property – womens’ are.

I think my favorite thing in the Jezebel comments was this:

If you’d like a guy’s opinion i’ll just throw it out there: (yes, we wimminz always need a man’s opinion before having a thought of our own, kthx)

Perhaps evaluate whether you believe these men know that they are flirting and doing so unwantedly. If they know this and continue to pester, it’s not bitchy to tell them they’re being offensive. If they don’t know the flirting is unwanted politely tell them your not interested. (Of course, it’s on us to tell them that the attention is unwanted, because it’s assumed that telling a random stranger what to do with her body is ok, or that women eating alone must want some male company, etc. That’s not, ya know, screwy or anything)

…blither blather…

Lastly, be careful of the slippery slope that is becoming cynical, be careful of becoming overly judgemental where you just start assuming all guys are perverts and jerks when they really aren’t doing anything at all. Also don’t make yourself believe that all eyes are on you when they really aren’t, a guy’s eyes move around a lot and take in the environment a lot. It’s a complicated mixed message for a man to know that woman appreciate a guy that is confident and not afraid to approach a women, (especially if that woman is presenting herself in a manner that makes her appear inviting to interact with) but that when he does work up the nerve to do this he may be making her uncomfortable and in turn make himself feel embarrassed when he’s already very nervous.

Summary: it is YOUR fault if a man approaches you and makes you feel uncomfortable! Jeez, don’t assume they’re leering at you! And gods forbid, definitely don’t “present yourself in a manner that makes you appear inviting to interact with”, because then you definitely deserve the attention. And that manner is what exactly? What I’m wearing? My makeup? Oh I forget, women only think of their appearance in terms of looking good for other people. I can’t get dressed up for myself, because then it’s assumed that I’m dressing for men, and it’s automatically okay for them to hit on me. So I guess once I’m married I’ll…what…wear a burlap sack all the time?

I have just about ranted myself out here, but I will also say that this? Totally. Screwed. Up. The fact that the first movie about a shooting where several (14 I think?) women were killed simply for being a woman, is filmed to show things through a male perspective? Um. WHAT?! Yes, we totally need that, just like we need a movie about the Holocaust from the point of view of a Catholic, that makes sense doesn’t it?

Despite my complete inability to keep up with most net-based shows, no matter how badass (Everyday Hardcore, I’m looking at you!) this video alone makes me want to start watching this show.

This post brought to you at 1:15 (and counting) in the morning because I accidentally took a 2-3 hour nap in the middle of the afternoon. And now I can’t sleep. Argh.

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Pretty Polish folk art!

I want this dress:

wycinanki dress

wycinanki dress

Actually, I don’t really want the dress so much. I’d probably be better off getting this top and skirt, so that I could actually wear a bra with it.

wycinanki top

wycinanki top

wycinanki skirt

wycinanki skirt

*drool*

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I really, really…

wanted to like this commercial for MAC for Hello Kitty. And expected to! But I’m sorry, a grown woman (I *think* she’s grown, although, of course, really skinny) wearing that dress is just…disturbing.

I think that’s what people think of when they think of Lolita fashion, and it understandably skeeves them out. (am I the only one who uses that phrase? Matt insist so…) Poofy knee length skirts, I have no problem with. Poofy skirts that stop right below the ass…well…ew. Yuck yuck yuck. Not to mention that with the poofy skirt stopping right where her legs begin + super-high heels, combined with the way she was walking, brings to mind a spider.

On a happier note…Russian dancers! with Run DMC!

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oh shoe gods…

why do you mock me so?!

Those of you who have been reading a while will remember the Bronx Gillian boots I lusted after so, only to get extremely close to getting them for $75 (retail is $175+) and then the seller told me they’d been water damaged. SIGH. Today, whilst browsing the archives of Haute Macabre, I found a link to these boots:

Black Slouch Buckle Vegan Wedge Boot

Black Slouch Buckle Vegan Wedge Boot

Which are pretty close to the feel of the Bronx boots, and I really like them (despite the fact that wedge boots are apparently highly controversial ; ) ). Only to realize that they’re out of stock and Alternative Outfitters is no longer carrying them.

ARGH.

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Things I Love Thursday

-…is anyone surprised that…Coraline! is on this list. Possibly the second week in a row but I honestly can’t remember and I’m way too lazy to check.

-I got a job! Working for the MDA, which at least will give me warm fuzzies while dealing with people over the phone.

-The bread from the bakery in grocery stores is SO. GOOD. Ridiculously so. MMMM.

-This dress! C’mon, it has carousel animals on it.

-This video! I want to participate in a big street dance whilst wearing a blue corset, please?

That is kind of a pitiful list but it’s all I’m coming up with at the moment. Oh well!

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Wishful thinking…

I have a wishlist about as long as my arm right now. Too bad my tax refund has to go to silly things like rent and bills, hmm?

Let’s start with hats:

Femme Fatale Black Victorian Riding Goth Burlesque

Femme Fatale Black Victorian Riding Goth Burlesque

Femme Fatale Black Brocade with Veiling and Bow

Femme Fatale Black Brocade with Veiling and Bow

Top Hat Gold Black Spectacularly Gothic and Steampunk

Top Hat Gold Black Spectacularly Gothic and Steampunk

Black Stripey Top Hat with Cameo Victorian, Goth

Black Stripey Top Hat with Cameo Victorian, Goth

LOVE that hat. Don’t know how often I’d wear it, although I’m pretty sure if I had it I’d make an occasion to do so EVERY DAY!, and lord knows I can’t afford it right now, but oh I want it.

Top Hat Canvas/Leather Lace- Up

Top Hat Canvas/Leather Lace- Up

And that hat, I know I’d never wear, but it’s certainly a neat idea, no?

Tall mini top hat crystal/glass with beaded band in silver/gray

Tall mini top hat crystal/glass with beaded band in silver/gray

And now for some tricorn hats:

Angelique Mini Tricorn Hat

Angelique Mini Tricorn Hat

Alice Mini Tricorn Hat

Alice Mini Tricorn Hat

It’s PINK. With a cameo. And feathers. Want!

There’s a lot of other neat stuff at Retroscope Fashions, incl. several skirts on this page that I want! I’ll probably end up making my own version though. And this pinstriped blouse/vest, although I have my doubts as button ups + busty gal doesn’t usually end well. Or flatteringly, ha.

There’s a lot of good stuff at the Kambriel store but I think this is my favorite:

Cabaret Bustle Jacket

Cabaret Bustle Jacket

I don’t think I’ll have the spare cash for that any time soon, unfortunately, but the TV410 pattern at Truly Victorian could probably be modified into something similar. I think it’d look great in pink and black but if I’m going to spend that much time making something, I’ll probably want it to match everything I own, haha. Also, as I’ve recently discovered while trying to find fabric for a corset, pink and black stripe fabric is a BITCH to find. I had to get b/w striped at Hobby Lobby and I still need to attempt dying it. I might just leave it b/w…

Gloomth has some good stuff too, and at very reasonable prices, although a lot of it is just a little too Gothic or Lolita ish for me.

Mon Chou Versatile Victorian Bloomers

"Mon Chou" Versatile Victorian Bloomers

Chatoyant Color Shapeshifting Blouse

"Chatoyant" Color Shapeshifting Blouse

Now THAT is a top I can wear.

Avarice Victorian Inspired Shrug

"Avarice" Victorian Inspired Shrug

I very much like the shape of that shrug, although I’m not 100% for sure which color I’d order if I was going to…the red/wine would probably not match anything I own but the black might, again, look a little gothic. Then again, if it’s topping off a hot pink corset maybe not.

These boots come in black:

Baci - Essence at 6pm.com

Baci - Essence at 6pm.com

and brown:

Baci - Essence at 6pm.com

Baci - Essence at 6pm.com

and are stinkin’ cute.

I’ll wrap things up with this video, because it makes me giggle.

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One more post about…

Coraline!

I went and saw it again with my sister last Friday and have decided that I want need the soundtrack. The film is indeed very good, so I decided to pick the book up (kid’s books are so cheap, I wish all of my books only cost $6) and…holy crap. They actually watered down the movie a LOT, if you can believe it. The book actually gave me…not quite a nightmare but a very screwy dream indeed. It’s kind of like a more modern Alice in Wonderland, if Wonderland wanted to eat Alice for dinner and Alice was a little bit more badass. The movie is a visual feast (with wonderful backing music), and the book is intensely atmospheric. Not to mention it was made by a tiny studio and you have to love that.

Is it bad that watching this trailer makes me want to see it AGAIN?

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