Friday, October 30, 2009
Casino Royale 2006
I had seen that face (and outfit) before. On Mr. Terrance Steven McQueen.
The Thomas Crown Affair 1968
The dark blond hair, receding hairline, furrowed and hooded brow, blue eyes, deep laugh lines, pursed lips, wide strong nose, and somewhat jug ears.
Not that they're twins or anything but the description does fit them both quite well. They are definitely of the same type; that hard beaten yet good looking, man's man sort.
What other male movie stars can fit that description? Oh there are a few, like Tommy Lee Jones, James Remar, Sam Elliot, Ted Levine, and Russell Crowe, but compared to the more conventionally handsome leading men out there, that's not a lot.
I prefer these rough and tumble guys. Even better if they happened to have broken their noses in their youth. Just another symbol that their lives were not always easy and that they lived their lives out loud.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Choosing optimism is choosing vulnerability and humility on an ongoing basis, and that's often in conflict with our nature.
Great quote from Washington Post columnist Carolyn Hax on how easy it can be to remain unhappy. Please read the rest via Kerry's blog.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Look what I just read on Smitten, written by Joanna Goddard (also from A Cup of Jo). Of course, I had to read it...she entitled the piece, Do People Call you Ma'am? And guess who the culprit is in her story?
I feel so much better now. However, I still don't think it's the right way to go in terms of customer service for that particular store. The ma'ams of the world are their target customers*, so why even risk insulting them?
*"30 to 45 years old, college or post-graduate education, married with kids or in a committed relationship, professional or ex-professional, annual household income of $150,000 to $200,000. She's well-read and well-traveled." From an article on the store in Fast Company, Issue 65, November 2002.
Friday, October 23, 2009
The irony is, that this week, I've worn two outfits that were SO much cuter and stylish than what I wore to that interview. I made the mistake of confusing myself with what I previously knew about interviewing for my former jobs (mostly corporate-lite) than trying to get a job somewhere that was so individually unique from my past experience. I should have worn what I felt great in hoping that it would have translated to the interviewer.
In short, I should have sold 'the best me I could be' and not what I thought they wanted, which only resulted in me feeling lacking.
NOTE: I'm not saying I didn't get the job because of the way I was dressed. Not at all. I'm saying that I didn't feel confident in myself because of my ambivalence about my outfit and I let it affect the way I felt and presented myself. Also, the "ma'am" thing really did disarm me.
You live - you learn.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Then I saw this lovely jacket from Anthropologie:
Monday, October 19, 2009
The weather had turned suddenly that weekend; what was 80-90 degrees the day before was now in the 50s that morning. The incredibly cute outfit I had been planning on wearing was no longer going to work. So I needed something warm to wear. I grabbed a long blazer coat that was a winner when I was working a more corporate job. Hey, it still wasn't traditional, it was more of a frock coat length, but yes, there were no fun ripply labels, bows, or corsages. However, I was wearing my cool Clark pumps and chocolate brown fishnets.
However, I was also wearing my glasses, which I don't show on my blog but which (I think) age me a few years. So when I walk into the store, the manager lets me know she'll be right with me. And get this? She ends that statement with the dreaded word, ma'am. I'd been "ma'amed"!
And when I left the store later (I looked around after the interview) the sales person at the door (who definitely saw me interviewing) said..." Have a nice day, ma'am"
I window shop there often and have never had them say that before to me. That's not a good sign is it? Damn my wardrobe!
Wish me luck, none-the-less.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
This lovely top. I should have known when I wrote (more than once) in the review that it was too big that I would have a real problem with that. I have now taken the seams apart and recut it a size smaller. I also tightened up the sleeve elastic. Hopefully, I'll get the motivation to sew it back together even though the temperature here has dropped dramatically. It is now FALL and a scoop neck and three-quarter sleeves are just not cutting it.
I also need to finish that aggravating stretch velour dress even though I have no use for it personally and it will not fit the only pregnant woman that I know.
Sorry for the complain-y attitude.
Monday, October 12, 2009
One is the outfit to the left, from his 2008 collection. A version of this top would be very doable using Simplicity 3835. I would have to draft the neckline a bit wider to accommodate for the additional fullness at the design's neckline.
However, the outfit that really caught my eye was this one below from his Spring 2009 collection. How lovely is that?
Of course, I'm curious how easily one can get out of the cape or if the cape is attached to the sheath. It has such a 1960's sensibility and I suppose could easily be described as Hepburn-esque.
This is definitely a designer that I will be watching in the future.
Friday, October 09, 2009
Here is something just in time for National Honesty Month. I was reading through my blogs and in a post on Already Pretty I saw this line:
"The main problem I have is that the act of spending money is strongly linked to both independence and power in my mind."
I do live alone (for now) but that doesn't mean I am independent. The money (which means security to me) is just not there.
It's not that I have a spending problem. I don't. This is just my regular bills that are a problem, along with three school loans that I have to repay because I'm not in school this semester. However, to get those bills back in remission, I'd have to enroll in two classes and put that $2,000 (tuition & books) on one of my credit cards in order to attend. Which would then increase my minimum monthly payments and well... a Catch 22 abounds.
I used to be SO good with money, I was that lone kid in college who really did only use their credit card for emergencies.
So, at this point, I am just taking it step by step, day by day.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
I have been wanting to introduce you to the lovely Jen from The Fabled Needle. She is an artist who sells her lovely illustrations (like the one at left!) and knitting patterns through her Etsy shop, The Fabled Needle.
I kept putting off publishing this piece because I was trying to write some clever little introduction piece about her home but instead I will just go ahead and let you read her own impressive words describing the sweet abode she has created for herself and her (brand new!) husband.
What is the age and style of your house? It is a 1935 Spanish Revival duplex. We are on the top level.
Do you decorate with that information in mind or against it? Hmm, not specifically, no. This style of home is one of my favorites so I suppose it does influence my choices on an unconscious level.
How would you describe the decor style of your home? Low-maintenance eclectic. It's mostly a hodgepodge of things I like that hopefully work together.
How would you describe your personal style? Low-maintenance eclectic. I don't know if I can pinpoint my personal style although my artistic sensibilities are an important part of who I am. Perhaps I'm just lazy!
Do you think your décor style matches your personal style? Yes. There's a mix of fussy things with really simple modern ones.
How well does your home match you and your personality? Would someone you know think your space represents who you are? Do you think it does? I feel at home in this place more than any other place I've lived in. I love old details, even if they are not in good condition. I'm not about upgrading and if the original yellow and green tile in the kitchen is a little worn and pockmarked, so what! It shows that the kitchen was used by someone who loved cooking. I don't know if that answers your question though. I would say, yes, this place really suits me!
What was your biggest influence in choosing your current décor? Practicality, price, longevity. I don't think one should buy expensive things that they'll be sick of in 6 months.
What has been the most expensive change you have made to your space? We bought a sofa when we moved back to L.A. I loved it, more than a woman should love a sofa. It's the prettiest off-white, ultra-suede (so you can clean it!) and so comfortable.
What has been the least expensive, yet most influential change you have made to your space? Putting curtains up. There are so many windows, I felt exposed before we covered them. I got mostly inexpensive curtains and rods from Target so it wasn't too painful.
Have you done any of the décor yourself? All the light fixtures came with the place. I did paint my office a beautiful silvery grey that I love.
What do you plan to do next in your space? I want to crochet a blanket. Something with a neutral base and lots of color. Something happy and handmade.
What kind of homes do you most admire or lust after? Little bungalows, cottages, old ones, pre-1950. Homes that were cherished.
Have you seen any movie or TV homes that you would want to live in? I love the house in Practical Magic* - that was probably the best part of the movie! I adore Frodo's Hobbit hole too, in Lord of the Rings.
Images: Jennifer's own photos and AmasVeritas' fabulous Practical Magic site.
I have two lengths of this navy 100% wool crepe that I would like to pass on to a fellow sewist. I bought it more than 15 years ago to make this slinky Ralph Lauren pattern from 1990: f course, in college I had NO-WHERE to wear it but I was still determined in getting the good stuff for it. I cannot remember what I paid but I bought it at a chi-chi fabric store in Old Town Alexandria along with what I believe is silk lining. My hesitation then was the fact that the crepe was so thin and a bra could not be worn with it. I didn't know about underlining back then. I probably could have gotten away with it then but my now higher BMI means my assets are a little more noticeable now.
The fabric is like new and has been stored away securely for years with no exposure to moths. It is in two separate lengths; 2 and 3/4 yard (98 inches) and a little over 2 yards (75 inches) of 58" wide fabric. The lining is also for grabs, over 3 yards (121 inches) of 30" lining fabric. Let me know if you are interested because I could keep saying that I am going to use it for something else but it’s been over ten years! Its existence is just dragging me down right now.
Monday, October 05, 2009
I bought two new patterns from Stitches & Loops (found via Gertie) I can highly recommend this seller, the prices are reasonable (including those for truly rare Vogue Designer patterns), these were delivered in excellent condition, packaged securely, and had a quick 3-day turnaround from order to delivery. She also sent a sweet card thanking me for my purchase...I love that!
I adore this suit for its dual tucks that are at the neckline of the top and duplicated in the jacket. The suit reminds me of my only hand-made interview suit for my first “real” job in publishing. It was also a 60’s style cropped, short-sleeve jacket with rounded edges with a slight A-line skirt in a black poly/cotton blend with a linen weave. I regret that I don’t have a picture of the suit or of the pattern. I believe it was a Vogue wardrobe pattern though.* I also can’t remember what kind of top I wore with this but I’m 90% sure that I was wearing Mary-Janes on my feet. I mean, when am I NOT wearing some form of Mary-Jane?
It was one of those outfits that always got a compliment and was remembered. It had a definite Ann Marie from “That Girl” vibe to it.
The purchase of this pattern was influenced by this picture of a Giambattista Valli dress I clipped from Glamour magazine at least a year ago, Simplicity 2591 seen made up here, and the vintage Vogue pattern above. I love how the pockets are combined with the seams and shirring of the dress to become a design element of their own.
Update: Found it, the suit was from Vogue 8333!