Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Month Review: Best of October

October's been a busy month- I can't believe its already come and gone. Well, Happy Halloween to you all, and if you've been busy too, here's the monthly round-up to get you up-to-day on Never Fully Dressed (Without a Style)- The Best of October!

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Some favorite stylings with a bike, with a cardigan, and on a windy day.

The postman was kept busy this month too- we learned how to make a coded letter and I got my first subscription box from Quarterly Co.

I voiced the unpopular opinion that Breakfast at Tiffany's is not the greatest film ever made, but liked another Hepburn film, Charade. For those of you not in the mood for a romantic flick, why not try Treasure of the Sierra Madre instead?


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Looking for hair inspiration? You can learn how to do a Turban Wrap on NFD, or check out my guest blog for Treasure Tromp to see how to get the Gibson Girl Look.


You may have also spotted me else where on the blogosphere this month-  Flock Together- a clothes swapping group and collective blog- made its debut. I'm one of nine (soon to be 13!) lovely ladies contributing. Check us all out!


1) Butterflies Love Snapdragons // 2) Braided Bandit // 3) Cuddly Cacti // 4)Midwest Muse // 5) um, me // 6) Of Corgis and Cocktails // 7) Room 334 // 8) Shades of Monet Chronicles // 9) Southern California Belle


And-  Elena of DC in Style made this Fashion Illustration of me! How sweet is that?


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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What I Wore: On the Backroads and Byways

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What I Wore: Tank Top (Forever 21), Sweater (Old Navy, Old), Skirt (Forever 21 borrowed from Ashley via Flock Together), Boots (Gift), Scarf (American Eagle), Hat (Target), Necklace (Stitched and Adorned)


I love this skirt. In fact, my feelings are such that I 'll say it again-  I LOVE this skirt! The rich color fits autumn perfectly. The length is versatile-  it could be dressed up for work or slouchy (like here) for casual adventures. And the way it whispers against your legs as you move- lovely, all of it. Sadly, for me, its going back to its owner, Ashley of Southern California Belle, today. Thanks for letting me borrow it, Ashley!

We stopped at a roadside picnic area to take these shots while exploring some of the backroads and small towns of Montana. It's one of our goals this winter to have more adventures even while staying close to home by exploring some of the small towns (just for reference here, by small I mean towns under 2,000....more likely under 1,000 in most cases). You never know what you'll find- a giant statue made out of old gas pumps? A packed room listening to a bluegrass band? The world's best milkshakes? Sometimes you just find a whole lotta nothing, but sometimes there are hidden gems on the backwater roads.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Fashion Illustration

Elena is the talented illustrator and fashionitsa behind the blog, DC in Style. Her entire blog is great, but one series of posts sticks out as out of the ordinary over on DC in Style. Every Friday she shares illustrations she's made of other style bloggers. I always love this series because not only are Elena's illustrations gorgeous and fun, but I'm always introduced to new style blogs! Such a great way to enrich the fashion blog community.

Last Friday I was honored and surprised to be the Fashion Inspiration of the week! Below is the illustration and the outfit that inspired it- my entry to the style challenge "Borrowed from the Boys."

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How fun is that? Thanks Elena!


P.S. Missing the usual Monday Hair How-to? Check out my guest post for Treasure Tromp to see how to do get a "Gibson Girl Look."

Friday, October 26, 2012

Film Flick: Charade


This film has earned the nickname of "The Best Hitchcock Film that Hichcock Never Made." And, indeed Charade is a sumptuous delight- part North-by-Northwest, part screwball romance! Set in Paris and filled with gorgeous coats and hats, it is a delight for the eyes, with a plot will keep you guessing. 

When Regina (Audrey Hepburn) returns home to Paris, she finds that her husband has taken everything they have and sold it before dissappearing. Things get more strange when he shows up - dead, pushed off a train without the money on him! The man himself isn't much of a loss, as Regina was planning on divorcing him anyway, but by all accounts the missing money is a sum worth killing for. With the American Embassy, French police and three (or is it four?) mysterious men suspecting she has the cash hidden away, life is about to become much more dicey! Good thing Regin can trust her new friend Peter Joshua (Cary Grant)- or can she?




This film is the only movie icons Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant made together- but it almost didn't happen! Grant, at fifty-nine, initially turned down the role, stating he was too old for 34 year old Hepburn. After a rewrite though, he agreed. When asked what changed, script-writer Peter Stone said he merely gave all the romantically agressive lines to Hepburn's character Regina, making her the peruser. Through the course of filming, several other concessions to Grant's age had to be made including, for example, that Grant, now slightly over-weight as well as aged, would not have to take his shirt off in a shower scene. Grant suffered further indignities too; his second reappearance in the film happens when he is backlit. His ears had to be taped to the sides of his head so they did not appear to glow red with the lighting! Perhaps all of Grant's reservations about taking the part were founded; the film received mixed reviews when opening, with many citing the May-December romance as the reason. And despite the myths that Grant stated he wanted to do another film with Hepburn again, this was the last romantic role he played in his long career. 

Despite what the critics say though, Hepburn and Grant on screen together are a delight, and if ever the plot seems thin, nobody minds. Two greats are on the screen! Overall however, the plot actually held together fairly well with only a few minor plot holes (I don't care what any government official told me, I would not stay in the same hotel as people I suspected might assassinate me!) and slow spots. Despite the obvious fun the two actors are having, one might argue too that the love story is a little rushed, but then, the film is only 113 minutes long. We can forgive that much-or should we forgive it? Is it love at all, or all some game of Charade

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What I Wore: In Black and White

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What I Wore: White Shrug (Roman Street Vendor), Shirt (Old Navy; old), Pants and belt (59th Street via YesStyle.com), Shoes (Old)


Despite what the title says, these aren't in black and white film. Doesn't mean you can't sometimes dress like your in a black and white film though! This simple, classic look stands on its own without a lot of fuss or frills because of the graphic black and white coloring. The only real "frill" is the pussy bow (which is usually not quite as, um, active as it looks here. Gosh darn Wyoming Wind). The hairdo is a milkmaid braid with a twist- fishtail braids are what's piled on top of the head. Such a simple yet eye-catching change-up!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Quarterly Co. Subscription Box Review

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Quarterly Co.  is one of the subscription box companies I mentioned way back in July as one I wanted to try. Its unique in that, rather than basing the subscription boxes contents on specific types of items, such as make-up or foodstuff, they base it on a specific person. The company has asked several people they feel are culturally influential to curate or "contribute" to a subscription package. Basically, you sign up for who you want to choose the items for your box, and they will send you the box. Its pretty much a surprise as to what could be in there! They selling point is learning and being introduced to new things and concepts by people who are interesting and/or admirable.

The surprise was what drew me to  Quarterly Co. so I was pretty thrilled when I was given a one time subscription to them. I chose Gretchen Rubin, author of the book The Happiness Project, to be the person contributing to my subscription box. Past boxes from her have included things like art supplies or items to make a terrarium, so I was pretty curious about what my package would bring.


Finally, a small, compact box appeared on our front steps; here's what I got:

  • Think-It Party Game- a bag of tiny objects. The game is you pick five objects and then tell a story about them. 
  • Iwako Dessert Puzzle Eraser Set- What it says on the tin. Erasers that look like desserts.
  • Amac Box Set- A set of very small, semi-translucent, and translucent boxes. 
  • 1 hashtag to use when tweeting about the package
  • 1 letter from contributor Gretchen Rubin explaining her theme and item choices for the package. 

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All in all, I had mixed feelings about this package. I'd been waiting several monthes (the packages only come out quarterly), so perhaps it would have been hard to beat expectations.

Pros:


  • Worth of the items in the package exceeded the cost of the package ($25)
  • It WAS a surprise
  • Gretchen Rubin's letter/mini essay was interesting and made me think about miniatures  I too like the idea of tiny things and had even considered sending a package of tiny items. 
  • Professional looking packaging
  • Fun idea to use the hashtags. Makes it seem like the company is investing in hearing from its customers. 

Cons:


  • What the heck am I going to do with all these miniature items? I'm trying to get rid of clutter.
  • The quality of some of the items (specifically the Think-It items; why is it ten dollars for this item?) was low; I would not have put some of these things in the treasure box of my old classroom, and let me tell you- kindergarteners are not discerning about prizes. Literally years-old tinsel or old hotel swipe cards will make them happy, so....
  • And while I liked Gretchen's essay, I can get similar little essays/thoughts on her blog.


Overall,  the idea of sending miniature items is cute and fun, but probably not what I'd pay twenty-five dollars for . Still, its not a complete strike out for the company; I'll probably try Quarterly Co. again, perhaps with a different contributor. I'm sure any future packages Gretchen Rubin does will be good too. Perhaps, though, there is such a thing as too much of a surprise with hers; some of the others look like there will be a better chance of items I'd want to keep and use more often. Plus, the variety is always fun.

Have any of you ever gotten a subscription box from Quarterly Co? What did you think, and who was the contributor?



P.S. I'm also the guest blogger over on Treasure Tromp today, showing you how to get an easy "Gibson Girl" hair style! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

What I Wore: To The Holy City

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Sometimes a new clothing item can really enliven your day, but who wants to spend bucko-bucks? Luckily that's what swapping and borrowing clothes are for! Dus of Cuddly Cacti swapped this. Today, you can see both her and my "remixes" of this skirt over on the collective blog, Flock Together! Come on over, say hi, and learn a bit more about my trip to the Holy City!

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What I Wore: Shirt (Anthropologie), Skirt (swapped via Flock Together), Belt (old; Vanity), Mocassins (Minnetonka via Famous Footwear)


Friday, October 19, 2012

Film Flick: Breakfast at Tiffany's


Audrey Hepburn, a vision in a slinky black ball gown and carrying an elegant cigarette holder, is perhaps one of the most iconic parts of film history. No doubt about it, the movie with this vision in black, Breakfast At Tiffany's, has definitely made its mark in popular culture.

When a writer whose a kept man moves into a new apartment, he quickly forms an odd sort of friendship with the girl downstairs. She's a call-girl with a quirky side, who goes by Holly Golightly. As she pulls him into her world of "rats and super-rats," with the go-and-glitz glamour of high-rolling society, viewers meet a variety of strange characters- the Asian landlord, the Brazilian gentleman, the rich but ugly millionaire, a Kingpin stuck in Sing-Sing, and a string of gentlemen callers just to start. Add in her bizarre personal life, plus her urge to find somewhere to belong, and it is hardly any surprise to find our hero is falling for this "wild thing."

Most of the story centers on Golightly's complex personality and personal life, as well as the impression she makes on others. Paul the writer's growth also plays a big part, though his is arguably secondary next to the heroine's. Beside the iconic, glamourous images of Hepburn, the biggest saving grace for Breakfast is that it does present all people's lives as complex and quirky. No one is really immune to this in either the film or real life.

I would also add the party scene is a fine example of comedy.

However- Prepare for an unpopular opinion- I personally felt that the film's good qualities rather ended there. The film has a different sort of main character than most, and this is both its best and worst quality. While the idea of Golightly is an interesting one, it is quite obviously a part with which Hepburn was not well matched. She herself called it "challenging" for an introvert such as herself to play such an extroverted part, and she felt she had been miscast. Marylin Monroe, who was the novella author's original choice to play the main part, would have been much better suited to play that particular brand of charming-but-messed-up. However, we will never know for sure, since Monroe's acting coach felt the part would not be good for the sex symbol's attempt at an image change. Instead, we see Hepburn, who casts off an air of quiet and innocence, struggle to play someone who is decidedly neither of these things. Hepburn is, as usual, gorgeously attired and she does give a nice vocal performance of the theme song "Moon River." However, she would have done much better to stick to delightful ingenue roles on film.

Another common complaint against this film, and one I feel the need to echo, is that it displays deeply insulting racial stereotypes. The Japanese landlord, who mainly provides comic relief, is played by caucasian Mickey Rooney in "Yellowface" make-up. Bucked toothed, with a bad accent and be-speckled, he is painful to see on screen because it seems so politically incorrect. Likewise, the character, when not yelling at Golightly, is always seen doing stereotypical "Asian" things, once again reinforcing unrealistic images. In later years, the director, unsurprisingly considering the criticism leveled against this aspect, said he would cast the role differently today. Rooney himself has stated he finds the criticism hurtful, especially as he had never received negative comments about his performance. In all fairness to the actor, I suppose it must be said that there is-technically- nothing wrong in his performance. He delivered what he was asked to, and his comedic timing is good to boot! It is the movie's misfortune though, that what Rooney was asked to deliver was so racially stereotypical and degrading. But it is, I suppose, a sign of the times it was filmed in.

(On an interesting side note, Rooney himself is indirectly referenced in the movie. "E-2," Paul's mistress, teases that " Love Finds Andy Hardy" when Paul reveals he has fallen for another woman. Andy Hardy was the main character of several movies from the 1940's, who Mickey Rooney famously portrayed, including in the film Love Finds Andy Hardy.)

The biggest failing of the film though, was not in its weakly played main character, nor even in it's dated and distasteful stereotypes. Its biggest was in that Breakfast at Tiffany's could not find an identity as a film. Was it a romance? A drama? A character study? Of course, some films become great precisely because they transcend genre categorization, and certainly other films have managed to be both a drama and romance, a romance and a character study etc. However, this film oscillated uncomfortably between trying to take a serious look at human lives and loves, to being a campy comedy to being a critic on crime to being one on love. The film searched for a purpose and that lack of vision showed, making this film a let down for me.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

What I Wore: To Flock Together

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 One of the things I've loved most about the style blogging world, is learning how to style the same pieces different ways, "remixing" a clothing item (c'mon. Surely I'm not the only one who used to get "favorite" ensembles and wear them in rotation the exact same way, right?) Creativity now abounds in my closet, and borrowing (called "swapping" quite often) clothes from others allows us to stretch our closet without stretching our wallets.

Well, as you may already know, there's a new kid on the blogging block- a clothes swapping group and collective fashion blog called Flock Together! I was lucky enough to be asked to join; there's a great bunch of girls involved, if you didn't already know. We're birds of a feather, all being style/fashion bloggers with a love for vintage. Today Flock Together has my intro post- and a whole lot more fun clothing remixes- up today. Go check it out! 

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What I Wore: To School

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What I Wore: Cardigan (Old), Dress (Hell's Bunny Brand via Ebay), Shoes (Old Navy)

This outfit kept reminding me of my father's favorite outfit for me. My father was the one with a sense of fashion (My mother told me she stopped trying to dress me after I was one; even then I insisted on picking out my own clothes. These things start young?). He's a photographer by profession, which is part of the reason he's so good at picking out clothes (not that we always wanted to listen. His is a very classic taste; middle school girls gravitate towards the trendy). When school picture time came around, my dad always wanted me to wear this red plaid school-girl dress. Looking back on it, it was cute as a button, though I would have much rather worn a sparkly black number at the time! 

Maybe its the red or the gingham (which isn't too far from plaid) that makes this outfit here reminiscent of that one. 

Speaking of school, the subbing has unexpectedly picked up! Between travelling to see their kids play in sports tournaments (one of the few advantages of living in Wyoming is nearly all tournaments are overnight trips; we loved it as high schoolers). and flu, I'm getting work. This does mean less time for the blog, but still very exciting! So, bear with me if it takes a bit longer for me to get back to anybody's email etc. Thanks! 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Film Flick: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

They sold their souls...for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre! Bogart presents what many contend might be his strongest performance in this classic film. Set south of the border, three Americans cook up a get-rich-quick scheme, by mining for gold in the Mexican mountains. But when the gold starts flowing, greed and paranoia set in. Dobbs (Bogart), Curtin (Tim Holt) and Howard (Walter Huston) are all sleeping with one eye open. What will man do for gold? Is betrayal what awaits in these dusty mines?

After the smashing success of  his first directoral outing, The Maltese Falcon, John Houston had the clout needed to write and direct The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Houston had first come across the book, written by the mysterious recluse author "B. Traven", in 1936. Though the author had refused a job as the technical advisor for the film, he did send an associate to help out. Many suspect that this associate was actually the author himself operating under a pseudonym!

The film was shot on location in Mexico, and reunited the director/star combo of Houston and Borgart. Borgart was actually bald throughout much of the film, due to fertility drugs he was taking to start a family with his wife, Lauren Becall, and so he is sporting a wig instead. Also on set were co-stars Tim Holt and Walter Houston, who was John Houston's own father! John Houston had in fact written the role for his father; the character in the book was a much older man. The intuition to cast Walter Houston paid off more than once; Walter Houston improvised the famous jig scene in the film. Tim Holt's father also makes a cameo in the film, making it a real family affair. (Though John Houston's wife, Evelyn Keyes, probably could have done with it being a little less familial- or at least a little less surprising. Houston adopted a Mexican boy without telling her. Picking her husband up at the airport was the first time she met her "son!")

Though the film is a gripping adventure story, it is not the adventure alone that has captured generations of audiences. As critic Roger Ebert wrote, "[The Treasure of the Sierra Madre] has never really been about gold but about character, and Bogart
fearlessly makes Fred C. Dobbs into a pathetic, frightened, selfish man -- so sick we would be tempted to pity him, if he were not so undeserving of pity." There are no clear villains or heroes on this silver screen. We are our own enemy. It is for this reason that this Hollywood-made morality play places as number 30 in the American Film Institute's Top 100 Movies.

Unusually, in a time of clean-shaven and debonair stars such as Clark Gable, this film does not shy away from the rougher side of men, either emotionally or physically. The men are dirty, scruffy, and Dobbs, at least, is portrayed as a man of small, mean dreams. As I mentioned above, this unusual complexity of character is what makes this film great. But if you are looking for a hero to cheer on, or a redemption story with a happy ending, look elsewhere. You will only find bandits who " ain't got no stinking badges!" Heroes do not belong to the world of this film. Otherwise, sit back, relax, and enjoy a well acted film with a moral to leave one thinking.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What I Wore: Out Dancing

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What I Wore: Sweater (Old), Dress (Buffalo Exchange in Portland), Tights (Target;old), Shoes (Old Navy), Jacket (borrowed)

It wouldn't be dishonest to say I was all gussied up because dance class were starting again later that night, but it wouldn't be totally honest either. Honestly, this is one of my favorite dresses, and I was excited to see how well it transitioned into cooler weather! I also got out my petticoat to wear with it. Most of the time, I don't think it is too noticeable- just enough of something to add a little more substance to the skirt. But between the greater fullness, and the dress color, and the pockets,  it seemed best to go without any accessories. Its flashy enough on its own! I'd even have gone sans tights, but it is getting chilly. As it is, these tights have probably seen their last day with a few rips in them. 

Still, I do find, even though the temperature's lower, that I gravitate towards big, full skirts in the winter. Dance classes have started again, and nothing is better than a twirling skirt. I was excited, but it wasn't till we were back on the floor that I realized how much joy dancing really is, especially for the ladies who, as the followers, are able to live much more in the moment. Even if I had wanted to, I'm not sure I could have stopped smiling. Literally, could not have stopped. We take weekly (possibly soon to be bi-weekly, if an intermediate class starts up!) dance classes at the local Eagle's Club. Our instructors are an older married couple with a good sense of humor and more of an aim to get people out on the dance floor than winning dance competition, so that's nice. We'll go over Country Two-Step, Waltz, Swing (mostly the Single Lindy), and Cha-cha in the course of about 20 weeks.

Its like Fred and Ginger right?- The best things happen when you're dancing cheek to cheek!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Write a Coded Letter


My sister and I were obsessed with all things SPY when we were young, so there was never a question who'd I send my first coded letter to! Since neither of us grew up to be part of the FBI (or so you THINK!), it might seem a bit kiddy, but being a little young at heart can sure put a smile on your face. This letter is a blast to send and get, so get ready to engage your brain!

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1) Start with a rough draft of your letter, written normally. While it doesn't have to be as short as a Pictionary Note, it probably shouldn't be too long. Remember you still have to encode it, and someone has to have the time to de-code it too!

2) Decide what type of code you are going to use. I made up a simple substitution code using a combination of letters and symbols. However, don't think that's the only type of code you could use! Check out this site to find out about a multitude of different codes good for writing. 

3) This step is optional, but, if you've never sent your recipient a coded letter before, you might want to give some instructions or a hint as to how to de-code your letter. I wrote out a key for the code I used at the bottom of the first page.

4) Write your letter out in code! If you are not very sure about your code, you might want to make a second draft, this time using the code. I skipped that, and my final draft was the first time using the code. Whatever works for you is best.

and Presto- you are ready to being mailing stuff out, Mr. Bond!

Hint: You miiiight want to keep a copy of any decoding tools you use, in case you get a like letter back in the mail! (I forgot to do this, so, Danyon, if you're reading this, take note!)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

What I Wore: To The Corn Maze

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What I Wore: Green Shirt (Quest Haven Fashions), Mustard Sweater (Forever 21), necklace (American Eagle), Jeans (GAP), Moccasins (Minnetonka via Famous Footwear), Ring (borrowed)

Going to the Corn Maze is on the way to becoming a Fall Tradition with us. I love mazes anyway, but ones big enough to go into? (Don't worry, if you get lost, just turn call on your cell phone. No, I'm serious, that's the instructions!). The entire place is rather more like a tiny harvest festival. There are all sorts of games to play, kettle corn to eat, and rows and rows of pumpkins. Aren't they crazy colors? 

Speaking of things both crazy and cool- you need to check out Flock Together. Its a community of bloggers that love to swap clothes. On the blog you'll see their remixes, as well as DIYs, and looks into their everyday lives. As you've probably guessed, I'm one of these bloggers; don't worry, everyone else is really cool. This week and next are introductory posts, so if you haven't stopped by Flock Together yet, head on over to "meet" some nifty ladies! 

P.S. Think being part of Flock Together sounds cool? We're looking for more bloggers! Contact Jessica of Midwest Muse or Elana of Room 334 for more details.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hair How-to: Turban Wrap

"Turban"-It sounds so much like something out of Arabian Nights that sometimes it surprises me to see it on a magazine. Maybe you don't want to commit to buying a turban as a hat, or maybe you just want something a little new. Either way, this easy-to-do scarf wrap can add a dash of personality and sprinkle of the exotic to your outfits.

Turban Wrap Instructions

1) Wrap scarf around head

I use a long, rectangular scarf. A square scarf folded into a rectangle also works, but the retangle will need to be long as it will be wrapped around your head several times.

Wrap the scarf around your head. Make sure the scarf is even at the ends, so one side is not longer than the other.

2) Cross ends of scarfs over, forming an "X"


Cross the ends of the scarf over, forming an "X" above your forehead.

3) Cross ends again, creating a twist in the fabric


Make the "X" tight against your head, then cross the fabric again. This creates a twist in the fabric, securing it into place.

4) Bring ends to back of head and tie


Bring the ends of the scarf around the head and tie the ends in the back. If needed, you can secure with bobby pins, but I've always found this look quite sturdy on its own.


Other Tips: 


I styled it here with my hair down, but don't feel you have to limit yourself! It looks great wrapped around an up-do, such as a beehive or a Betty Grable look too. And, if you want something a little different, you can turn the entire scarf around, so that the twist is at the back of the head and the knot up front. That way you could even tie a little bow, if there's enough length to your scarf!

Here are some of the ways I've used a Turban Wrap: With straight hair, and with an up-do (Turban wrap is backwards, so the knot is in front)



P.S. Looking for other hair ideas? Check out some more hair how-tos

Friday, October 5, 2012

Film Flick: Woman of the Year



Kathrine Hepburn was in heels the first time she met Spencer Tracy. Looking him over, she told him, "I'm afraid I'm a little too tall for you," to which he replied, "Don't worry, I'll cut you down to size."

So began one of Hollywood's most sucessful silver screen pairings with the film Woman of the Year. In this film, as with most of the nine films they eventually did together, it's a battle of the sexes. Hepburn and Tracy both play their usual screen personas, this time as polticial journalist Tess Harding and sports writer Sam Craig respectfully. She's analytical, smart and angluar; he's an earthy everyman who values the individual. Opposites attract, but the question of the movie is can they stay together? After a slam-bam marriage, Sam Craig, pushed to the sidelines of his wife's attention most days, is beginning to have his doubts.

Hepburn's character is the usual- almost insufferably high-handed, arrogant and thoughtless of others, but so smart, successful and idealistic. You don't know whether you want to cheer on this paragon or watch her get her comeuppance. You might think this could be problematic, but in fact , it saves the film from an even bigger issue by making the character complex and flawed. With a story line that brings up the question of who holds the power in this marriage, it could be all too easy for the film to have sexist overtones. But there are pains taken to show Tess Hardings' faults are her own, not all women's, and likewise the story line even manages to convey that these are not personality quirks that need to totally erased-just tempered. Tess doesn't need to greet Sam with pearls around her neck and a frying pan in hand when he comes home from work. She's good at her job and the husband values that part of her too. In it's way, the film seems to be propagating a good feminist moral: Love can get you to the alter, but it's partnership that will get you all the rest of the way.

And if you need more reasons to watch this delightful comedy, it's laughs a minute with some wonderful physical humor and the plot managed to surprise me at every turn without ever turning into a screwball romance. Hepburn and Tracy also manage to have an entirely believable, honest connection that makes even the quick falling-in-love scenes work- Of course, maybe this shouldn't come as a surprise, considering on-screen chemistry turned into off-screen romance for the two. Though they had their ups and downs, they became one of Hollywoods' most famous true love stories. There was no need to cut anybody down to size; whether they were trading verbal spars or heating up the silver screen with some steamy kisses, these two, and Woman of the Year, seem to be a perfect match

Thursday, October 4, 2012

What I Wore: On My Bicycle

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What I Wore: Sweater (Knitted Dove), Button-up Shirt (New York and Company), Mustard tank top (Forever 21), mulberry pants (Wet Seal), shoes (Famous Footwear)


Confession- I haven't actually ridden my bike all that much. Just blogger's conceit, wanting a "bike shot?" This isn't too far off the mark; my photographer father loves bikes, but mostly just to shoot. He has an entire series of bike shots, actually. But no, the real reason this baby hasn't gotten much use is its been in the shop! Something kept going wrong with the back tire. Trying to make up for it and use it before bad weather comes...which will be later this week, according to the weatherman.

Speaking of waiting around for things- I've been waiting forever to be able to wear (and show you all) this outfit! I first wore it the last day we were in San Francisco (I use the term "in San Francisco" very loosely here; we actually were in planes the majority of the day). Perfect for the weather there, but too hot until now to wear at home! My Knitted Dove Owl Sweater still makes me smile.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Write with the Postagram App

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I'm sure it surprises no one that when I travel, I can be a bit of a postcard junkie. I love to send them to my friends back home. Some people don't, I know. They say its silly when you can show people your own photos later, especially since your photos are likely going to be better than the postcards (or at least not as cheesy). Still, there is something undeniably fun about getting the postcard in the mail, rather than just perusing Facebook albums or an Instagram account. That's where Postagram comes in.

Postagram is an app that allows you to send digital pictures as postcards! You can link your Postagram account up to your Facebook account, Instagram account, and/or the "camera roll" on your mobile device. Then you simply pick out which photo you want to use, and it puts the square-cropped photo on a shiny black card for you. You can also personalize with (short) messages. As  seen above, you can choose to keep the whole postcard, or the photo can be punched out with the message on the backside of the postagram photo too. Mail from me to you, all via a mobile device!

The app itself is free. In order to make and send postcards, you do have to buy a minimum of ten dollars worth of "credits" and each postagram is worth so many credits. Then it deducts the amount of credits for each item you send. Postagram's makers also have similar apps to make greeting cards and other stationary; you can use your credits on these other apps as well.

Happy postagramming!
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