Saturday, April 23, 2011

Fashion Is Art

This is art in motion.  John Galliano is really an artist.  It makes me sad when I see his last collections because the house of Christian Dior won't be the same without him.  Apparently for the Spring Couture 2011 collection he was inspired by the fashion drawings of RenĂ© Gruau.  The illustrator worked with Christian Dior in the forties and fifties to create the drawings for his collection.  I did a lil research on Gruau and here are a few of his drawings, amazing...

On another note, I think it's awesome that Kanye is getting hella attention for wearing a women's shirt via the Celine Spring 2011 collection.  I like that, he's got balls and the man looks good.  

I gotta burst your bubble though because male musicians have been wearing lady clothes for a while now, take for instance...

Mick Jagger

Jimi Hendrix

Freddie Mercury

Christian Dior Spring Couture 2011 photos credit
Kanye West photo credit
Mick Jagger photo credit Michael Ochs
Jimi Hendrix photo credit Rex Features
Freddie Mercury photo credit unknown

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review: The Conspirator

I got to see the Conspirator on opening night, April 15th; which coincidentally happened to be the 146th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination.  I was very moved with a lot of scenes, in particular the part when John Wilkes booth gives his horse's harness to the man outside Ford's Theater, the scene when Lewis Powell breaks into William Seward's bedroom and he is lying in bed recuperating, both because I knew what was about to happen next.

Toby Kebbell as John Wilkes Booth

But what was most emotionally moving and sad was when Lincoln's body was taken out of Ford's Theater and across the street to the Peterson house.  It was also really amazing to see how authentic the bedroom where he was taken was to the actual room.  The bed where he was laid out was an exact replica and it really affected me when the camera focused on his feet dangling from the bed. Abraham Lincoln was a very tall man and his body had to be laid diagonally across the bed because it wasn't long enough.

James McAvoy as Frederick Aiken

The film focused on the conspirators of the assassination plot, in particular Mary Surratt. Before watching the film I studied a bit about her because her story is actually very unique.  She is the first woman to be put to death by the U.S. Government.  I believed that Mary Surratt was punished severely for her connection to the assassination of the president, but after the film I really felt bad for her.  I've also read plenty about Edwin M. Stanton's role/ crusade to capture and punish the conspirators, but I did not realize how merciless he really was.  I think he was, alike the majority of Americans pretty pissed off that Abraham Lincoln was killed and he acted out of emotion in determining the outcome of her trial in particular.  

Kevin Klein as Edwin M. Stanton

I don't blame him for being so angry and wanting justice for the horrible acts that were done by the conspirators, but I do think that everyone deserves a fair trial and that was pretty much the point of the film.  The constitution was written for the purpose to protect people from their government.  Our Founding Fathers after all fought so hard to rid this country of tyranny.

Robin Wright as Mary Surratt

This was totally worth watching and I'm happy that yet another film about Lincoln will soon begin production.  It's directed by Steven Spielberg and it's based on the book Team of Rivals!!  Daniel Day-Lewis who in my opinion is the best contemporary actor will be playing Honest Abe himself, yipppeee!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Got her toes done up with her fingernails matchin'

Gotta keep my look fresh all day long and this includes clean freshly painted nails and toes.  I decided to take a short break from the acrylics and this is how I'm rocking my shizz at the moment.  I decided to go for a bright red and threw a dash of sparkle on just one nail.

I went through my photo archive and found a few shots of some of the different ways I've done my nails.  A lot of people thought I rocked the turquoise because of the hockey team the Sharks, but this is not the case.

Again, these nails got a lot of attention because it reminded people of the Sharks, but I got em because it reminded me of Van Gogh's "Starry Night..."

I rocked my "Starry Nights" for a while as you can see.  They were mos def my favorite design and I had fun transforming them from just tips to the whole nail design being covered by the glitter. I've been wanting to cut up a $100 and get them done with the paper because the ghettofabness would be fun, but I haven't had the balls to do it.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Summer Shopping Wish List

Bubbles Charm by Juicy Couture 

"Tookie" heels by Jessica Simpson

Stockbridge Bag by Aldo

Golden Runway Watch with Glitz by Michael Kors

The watch is what I truly adore and lust for every time I go to the mall...

The Conspirator

Feeling super giddy to see this next Friday!!!!!!  The story is about Mary Surratt who was the first woman to be hung by the U.S. Government after being prosecuted for being involved in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.  The decision to hang her was very controversial during the time because she was actually not directly involved with the assassination, but the government still found her guilty because John Wilkes Booth and the team he recruited to go through this plot held many meetings at her boarding house and supplies were also kept there.  I know this film is going to be amazing because the events that followed his assassination were quite exceptional.  This was the first time the government was faced with such an event, the killing of a president and even though the country was divided during his presidency about his popularity, his death elevated his image to that of of sainthood.  Yes, I'm obsessed...I also came across another book I want to add to my list of must reads.  This one is about Lewis Thorton Powell who was recruited by Booth to assassinate the Secretary of State William Seward.  Powell did not succeed at killing him, but he did cut his face pretty badly and hurt four or five others who were at Seward's home the night of the attempt, which happened to be the same time when Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater.  I'll be writing a review about the film, I'm sure it will be legit because Robert Redford is a pretty tight director.

Friday, April 8, 2011

It's All About the Details

Photos by Yellow Star

Sunday, April 3, 2011

What's in a Bag?

It's been a minute since I did a post about what's in my bag. Currently I am sporting a vintage straw purse from Korea, which I have to say it's about time!!!!  Seriously, the weather was so horrible two weeks ago, but it flipped this past week and the bay has been enjoying hot summer days.  I don't know about you, but I like to carry a book in my bag so I can squeeze in a few pages if time permits.  I'm the kind of person that reads two to three books at a time, in addition to all the fashion magazines I get in the mail each month.  It takes a long time to get through each thing because I don't have the luxury of having down time on a regular basis.  Down time might consist of 30 minutes before I pass out for the night after an exhausting day of working full time and being a mom.  The gotta-have essentials are gum, a pad of paper and a pen because you just don't know when a good idea might come to ya and you need to jot it down before you forget, especially me, I have the poorest memory ever :(  I also carry a compact and my current new obsession which is lip liner pencil and my usual chocolate brown, pink or red lipstick.  These days I am wearing dark brown lipstick from Clinique and brown lip liner pencil from LA Colors. Another essential is the lip balm and lighter because you never know when you need to start a fire and this gurl was never a Girl Scout so you know I won't be trying to start one with sticks and straw!  Finally, I have my Kenneth Cole Reaction wallet and glasses that I recently purchased at their SF store.