Friday, July 25, 2014

Cinema Style: Beach Party

The epitome of kitschiness, of summertime, of- good, clean fun, Beach Party (full review here) was a breakaway hit of 1962. The film follows the shenanigans of American Teens at the beach scene. If you dig the beach too, it's easy to get their look. Star Annette Fumicello, under contract to Disney, wasn't allowed to wear anything too racy. A high-waisted, pink bikini kept things classy- and she still had guys (literally) falling for her all the time! To complete the Beach Party surf-scene, don't forget your board and retro radio. Add some more modern elements with a little something to protect your phone. Then grab some colorful accessories and plenty of towels, and you're ready to go!
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Not even the gang a the beach can spend all their time in bikinis! America's Sweetheart Annette donned high waisted shorts like these paired with a form fitting tank for a relaxed look. This surfer girl adds some sandals and shades. She'll back some colorful towels and whatever else she might need for the beach in a roomy tote too.
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Shirt (Trashy Diva), Shorts (Modcloth), Shoes (Urban Outfitters), Belt (Wet Seal), Bag (Kelly and Katie)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Remix: Green Plaid Skirt

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It's been a year since Shabby Apple sent me this skirt to review, and it has definitely had it's share of being showcased on NFD over that time. With it's bright, cheery green I associate it more with warm weather. But the color surprisingly works quite well with any number of other items. Always the sign of a good buy, when you use it over and over. 

Last year, I was at a hot air balloon festival wearing this, and this year, I'm hard a work at a teaching workshop all week. The two seem legions apart, but something's never changed. Summer still feels it is flying by. What have you been up to in July? 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Letter Writing Series: Fan Mail


fan mail, fan letter, fan, letter writing, correspondence, Beatles, music beatlemania,Ever fall in love with... a song? Saw a play or movie that changed your life? Read a book that inspired a career? Art certainly has the power to move us, and though modern day stories often make them out to be cliches, a fan letter can be just the ticket to show your appreciation for the one who created that work. Whether they are an actor, a writer, musician or, heck, even a chef, consider sending them some fan mail; after all, as Annie Neugebeaur writes, the purpose of a fan letter is to share an "experience that went above and beyond average." 

When starting your letter, introduce yourself and share which of their work inspired you to write to the celebrity. You can tell a little bit about yourself, if you like, but remember this is not actually someone you know. So keep the personal information you share related any anecdotes about how their work impacted your life. Maybe the actor was in a film you watched everyday with your nan as she was in hospice. Maybe the book they wrote inspired you to write yourself etc. 

A few do and don'ts to remember: Don’t write in hyperbole; try to be sincere and write in your natural voice; it is a fine line to keep it respectful without getting stuffy. If you know the person through real life or even through social media, you can mention that, but keep most of the focus on their work. Don’t go on about if you find them attractive- that’s creepy, no matter who they or you are. Also- don’t talk about the negative. If there is something you didn’t like; keep it to yourself. No one asked for unsolicited criticism.

Try to keep the letter to a single page and conclude by wishing them well in future endeavors. Use a benediction like “sincerely” or “from your biggest fan.” Benedictions like “love” can be off putting, since in most circumstances the celebrity is unlikely to know you.
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Snail mail adds a sense of authenticity to a fan letter, but it can be hard to find people’s mailing address. See if the celebrity has a mailing address on posted on a homepage, or if they have a fan club with their mailing address. Otherwise, send the letter care of their agency or place of work. If you want a response, make sure to include your mailing address, ideally on a self-addressed and stamped envelope to make it easier for them to return your correspondence. Even with this, please be aware that they may not have time, or inclination to respond to you and that that is perfectly fine. After all, you are writing to thank a person, and sharing that love of another's work; know that it is always appreciated.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What I Wore: Work It

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What I Wore: Camisole (Old Navy), Shrug (Target), Skirt (Brag Vintage; Similar Here), Shoes (Modcloth), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here


 Well, we've made it to Iowa City, and I've been busy at workshops ever since. My head is fairly exploding with new information! What to wear to conferences and such is always such a conundrum. It's not quite work, but you want to look professional. You need to be put together but prepared to sit long hours, walk everywhere and carry whatever you need with you. Added to that this Rock Mountain girl has little idea about how to handle midwest humidity (true story: the first time I was in Chicago in high school, it took me fifteen minutes to figure out "what is this strange thing that seems so different?" because I am that unused to humidity!) Luckily, this pencil skirt never steers me wrong, and can be dressed up or down.

In fact, this outfit is one I wore a few times this summer, including down to the local teahouse where we took photos. The color story reminded me of a rose, but since the green is mint,  it keeps things away from being too Christmas. Would you try this color combination?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dog Eared Page: Peter Pan

Wendy, Darling, Barrie, children's book, classic novel,
Illustration by F.D. Bedford


The rock was very small now; soon it would be submerged. Pale rays of light tiptoed across the waters; and by and by there was to be heard a sound at once the most musical and the most melencholy in the world: the mermaids calling to the moon.

Peter was not quite like others boys; but he was afraid at last. A tremor ran through him, like a shudder passing over the sea; but on the sea one shudder follows another till there hundreds of them and Peter felt just the one. Next moment he was standing erect on the rock again, with that smile on his face and a drum beating within him. It was saying, "To die will be an awfully big adventure."



- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie 
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