Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What I Wore: Work It

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red, mint, pencil, skirt, rose, work clothes, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
red, mint, pencil, skirt, rose, work clothes, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,

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 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Film Flick: Beach Party

When people say, "Oh, you crazy kids!" these are the Kids they mean, the original Crazy Kids. Beach Party is a light hearted romp filmed in 1962, and aimed at the then-newest emerging market- the American Teen.
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Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon star as Delores and Frankie, two teens in love. When Delores gets cold feet about staying at a beach house alone with her boyfriend, she invites the whole gang along- much to Frankie's surprise! She wants him to think of her as more than "just a girl," but "as a wife!" Meanwhile, as he puts it, he's on the hook because he loves her, but no boy wants to let that secret out, so, he plans to make her jealous using a cream puff of a waitress. But the tables turn when Delores becomes interested in an older man. Adding to this mix of zany, it turns out this is no ordinary fellow, but an anthropologist interested in studying the South Californian teens as if they were some other culture or tribe (which, let's face it, they might have been to many adults in those days). It's a game of who's fooling who- and that's not even counting getting the local motorcycle gang or a bunch of rock 'n' roll hits into the mix! What will these crazy kids do next?!

1963, movie, film, funicello, review, classic film, film flick, never fully dressed, withotuastyle, avalon, The plot is paper thin and relies on campiness to see it through, but it is still a delightful summertime romp for all that. As the screen writer put it, it was meant to be "good, clean fun!" Nobody expected that the good, clean fun of this B movie would be a smash box office hit! It spawned an entire sub-genre of the 1960s film industry- the Beach Movie. American International Productions, the studio that produced Beach Party,  went on to make make seven more films using the same basic characters, cast, plot, and beach-and-bikinis formula. But perhaps they shouldn't have been so surprised by it being a hit. Unusually for a B film, this movie featured only songs made especially for it (mostly in that Beach Boys style. In fact, the Beach Boys- and many more musicians- would have cameo bits in later films). Their pick for lead actress had always been wholesome rising-star Annette Funicello, who was sure to be a box office draw as well. She'd made her debut as one of the original Mouseketeers with Disney, and Walt had cultivated her career with other starring roles and even recording contracts. He could be overprotective at times (Funicello had been a personal "discovery" of his); he'd needed script approval in order for the film to get her, and assurances that Funicello would not be dressed in a way to ruin that wholesome image. Poor Delores then is mostly clad in suspiciously high-necked attire for a summer time setting, but she does at least get a (high waisted) bikini! Teen idol, Frankie Avalon, starred opposite of her; thanks to the Beach films he would have a decade long career at API of playing teens though he was already in his twenties for this first beach film. Though not in a starring role,  Harvey Lemback's career would also be substantially impacted by his role in the film. Playing inept bike gang leader Von Zipper as a parody of Brando in  The Wild Ones, he would revive the part again and again as the villain of almost all the sequels.

When starting, the opening song falls rather flat. Power through it though, because  what comes after makes it worth it. We aren't watching for the story. We're watching for the rest of the music, for the colorful 60s beach aesthetic, and for the cheap laughs and physical prat falls that you can't help but love. It will make you want to grab your own surf board, hop in the car, and head to the nearest Beach Party. Dig it!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

What I Wore: Summer Uniform

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Polka Dot, shorts, popbasic, silk shirt, summer uniform, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
Polka Dot, shorts, popbasic, silk shirt, summer uniform, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,
Polka Dot, shorts, popbasic, silk shirt, summer uniform, never fully dressed, withoutastyle,

What I Wore: Silk Shirt (Popbasic; Similar Here), Shorts (Old Navy), Shoes (Modcloth), Bracelet (Popbasic; Similar Here)


 I really didn't think I'd be able to wear my silk shirt in the summer heat, but it's been a surprisingly mellow summer and knotting it up works out just right. This has somehow become my summer uniform more or less- shorts with a button up shirt. Or with a sweater. Or a light weight top. The sumer of the shorts, at any rate.  But my favorite is with a button up since there's a sense of mixing styles going on. Shorts are super laid back and informal with a professional looking piece like a button up? Yes, please.

In other news, I'll be on the road this week and next, heading to teaching training. It's the longest I'll have been away from The Boy and the pups. Stella and Max can't read, being unedjumacated dogs, but Amos, I miss you! And, since as you all know, hotel wifi sucks, I'll be bidding you all adieu! 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quarterly Co. Review: Box curated by Josh Foer


I've reviewed the subscription box Quarterly Co. several times before (here and here), but each time it feel like a totally new and different company. What they do, though there's been attempts at imitation, has never successfully been emulated by anyone else. The heart of their company- and a subscriptions success of failure- is in their curators. Every quarter, a curator puts together a box of items to be shipped to those who "subscribe" to him or her. Prices are typically either fifty or a hundred dollars a box, depending on who the curator is.
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Though we may have some vague idea of what items are in the box, based on what the curator might do professionally or what is said in the description of each curator, the items aren't really picked on a theme. They are, in some way, a reflection of a person, the curator's interests of the moment. This can be both good and bad- you can never really know what you are getting as details are not released beforehand and though past boxes' content is one quarter can vary wildly from the next. I've been a bit disappointed before for this very reason. But when you get the right curator for the right person- then it is a delight indeed.

This box is curated by Joshua Foer, and was a present from my parents to the The Boy. The Boy can gan a voracious interest in just about  anything that catches his eye; he'll obsess over something and master it before moving on to the next shiny puzzle. So, Foer seemed like it would be a good match. Each of his past boxes varied greatly, but one box before had contained lock picks (Yeah, we were bummed to miss out on that one too!), so seemed like a good bet. And this box did not disappoint. As most of you know, The Boy takes all the fashion and landscape photos seen on NFD, and part of his job is event photography! He's also stuck on the computer processing photos a lot and has mentioned wanting more physical, tactile projects.

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Foer  writes about the contents explaining, "Digital cameras, for all their wonder, have inured us to the physicality of photography. All it takes is light and the right set of chemicals." To contain people back to this physical side of the camera, he sent a kit for making a pinhole camera, Lumi's Photo printing kit that allows you to print photos on cloth, and the Sunprint Kit from the science department at Berkley. It is used to explore the  light and chemical process of developing film.

Have you ever gotten a Quarterly Co. Box? What did you think?

P.S. At Quarterly Co. each box from each curator comes with it's own unique hashtag. Check out what others thought of this box with #JXFO9

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