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LayerWear Basics

August 24th, 2011


Layering should be fun and shouldn’t have to be a nightmare. I find it most exciting when the end result of layering turns out to be better than I expected, like I couldn’t believe that I just created something like it. I guess that goes for every art form. I decided to keep it simple today, however. You can’t really do much layering during summer because it’s just too hot out. Some do it with accessories—layering necklaces and bracelets, stacking rings, etc. I have here a layering pencil skirt in camel given to me by LayerWear Basics. With it, I wore a tunic that’s too short to wear on its own with bare legs. What I like about this skirt is that it’s sturdy, but it’s not too thick for the summer. I’ve had my share of cheap and low-quality materials in clothes sent to me from all over the Web, but I was really impressed by the quality of this material. I like that it’s fitted everywhere and goes straight down, so it doesn’t distract attention away from my main article of clothing, the tunic.

There are different types of layering. In the broadest sense, layering involves two things: 1) adding complexity to an outfit and 2) concealing areas of your body. Layering shells are designed to be covert, concealing areas of the body you don’t want to show for various reasons. They usually go underneath a low neckline shirt, a shirt that’s too short and shows the front of your tummy or your back—what have you. Whatever your reasons are, if you need some basic layering pieces, LayerWear Basics is a good place to start. They don’t have a wide selection (just 1 top, 2 skirts, and 1 dress), but they do have a variety of colors for each of their pieces. When you think about it, those things are about all you really need for basic layering—hence their name.

Below is a photo of the skirt I was wearing in black taken from their Web site. This skirt is designed to be easily folded around the tummy to adjust length without adding too much bulk around the tummy. Of course, who wants to look like they’re pregnant when they’re not? I was able to get a couple of folds from this skirt without looking like I had even a food baby. It clings pretty tight around your skin to accomplish that, but it is very comfortable.

 

Okay, so this post was actually completed literally minutes before my Web host wiped out my blog’s database about two months ago. Since I didn’t have a backup of that post, I’ll have to write this from scratch. I don’t think I can do as well as that post (it would have been legendary), but I’ll try.

Here lies another Fashion Inflicts Flicks (or vice versa) post, but this time, I am featuring just one glorious movie. I decided I was going to pick one movie every so often for my film series. The very first featured film will be none other than Jacques Demy’s gem from 1964, Les parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg).

This is Geneviève Emery, played by the beautiful Catherine Deneuve. The first time I think I actually saw her in a movie was in Dancer in the Dark, where she plays the friend of Selma, who was in turn played by my doppelganger (I still don’t see it) Björk. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg was the film that brought Deneuve and director Demy to the forefront of  international attention. Deneuve’s character, Geneviève, and her mother, Madame Emery, run a petite and fashionable umbrella shop in the streets of Cherbourg, France. Before you think I’m going to give away any of the plot (not even the spoilers), I will not and would never do such a thing—that’s a complete nuisance and deserves some sort of theatrical noose of death. Why not just go see the movie if a post is just going to talk about the plot?

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is an excellent example of operatic cinema, but unlike musicals, characters don’t break out into songs and dances—the whole movie is a musical dialogue between characters. As the characters sing, they manage to keep conversational in manner and facial expressions (they don’t even dance accidentally, though I can tell some of them are tempted to at times). It’s sheer genius. Deneuve also later played in similar style “musicals,” one of which was another Demy movie. I thought it was a nice throwback to her musical days to have her play a minor role in Dancer in the Dark, a movie that heavily featured musical interludes, in her late 50s.

I love how she wears a bow in her hair in almost every outfit. I must’ve gone through a whole season wearing bows in my hair last year, way before I saw this movie. This blue outfit she is wearing above must’ve been my favorite—double bow! Hehe. This movie will make you want to own tiny umbrellas of various shades and colors to match every outfit, but of course, you realize that’s just a bit too much and too hard to keep up with. I already feel way too gloomy and lazy to do anything dynamic on a rainy day—let alone match matched outfits with umbrellas. That would be too much like dealing with a Rubiks cube. The colors are definitely an ironic match to the mood of this movie, much like the colorful umbrellas in rainy weather. This juxtaposition might’ve just been a by-product of mid-60s French art, but l think this might’ve all been done purposefully.

Like a lot of Euro movies, this one is delightfully open-ended, so the feeling I get from this movie might not be necessarily the same feeling someone else gets from this. I’ll stay away from the plot however, and I’ll just mention that there is one minor scene where Geneviève’s boyfriend Guy enters a bar with girls in pretty much burlesque-like outfits (a PG-13 scene). One attractive blonde lady dressed in similar fashion as the rest of the women walks up to him to flirt. Guy, surprisingly, turns her down rather rudely by telling her to go away and talks with this modestly dressed, yet very attractive brunette instead. Well, they end up going to bed together right away, but that’s not the point. He probably could’ve done the same thing at the same speed with the other lady who was trying a bit too hard to please with the way she dressed, but he didn’t. It’s either he’s done with what he thinks are “easy” girls, or that blondes remind him of Geneviève—or  a combo of both. It wasn’t that he preferred brunettes over blondes either, because his girlfriend was very much a blonde. I thought it was just interesting how this whole scene fell together, which somewhat relates to the theme of this blog (not the part about brunettes vs. blondes).

Deneuve, at least in this movie, reminds me of Tippi Hedren’s clothes in most of her Hitchcock movies with the splashes of color, rigid lines, and of course, the modest outfits. Again, this might’ve just been very typical of day-to-day 60s outfits, which I find very agreeable.

 

Sweet! Beauty of the Fall recently launched its second game available on the iTunes App Store—Balltastic Boombastic! It seems like this game has been generally more liked than our first game, Last Defense of Our Time, by people who’ve tried both. I personally don’t have a “favorite,” because I think the two games are very different from each other and thus incomparable. It’s like comparing apples and stereos, a tooth and a nail, or love and rockets—why would you even do it?

Anyway, if Last Defense of Our Time is inspired by the well-known old school Missile Command, I think Balltastic Boombastic! is inspired by my ever-beloved Puzzle Bobble/Bubble Bobble (バブルボブル Baburu Boburu)/Bust-a-Move—same game, different names in different regions. I guess it’s also kind of like Bejeweled, which I have maybe played once, and of course the more obvious Tetris and Dr. Mario. Balltastic is like all of these games but with a twist, a more challenging but rewarding twist that involves waiting and timing and a system of special “weapons” that you can unlock. It’s not all cute. It has these nasty balls called “impostors” (the bigger balls with numbers on them) that act like the villains of the game, and part of your objective (besides making sure you don’t reach the dotted fill line) is to kill them all before they mess you up. It’s really satisfying and addictive.

So if you’re interested, hop on over to the iTunes store and look for it! It is 99 cents to buy, and you’ll be supporting Beauty of the Fall, which includes this lady. Again, the fantastic boombastic music is artfully done by Perspection (my husband Rob) and the developer is my brother-in-law Dave. I recently made Perspection’s Web page (more like a splash page with links) and included some samples from the Last Defense of Our Time soundtrack which you can get on iTunes, eMusic, or Amazon.

Would you like a free promo code for any of BoTF’s games? Here’s the deal. If you promote us through your blog (mention, review, have me write a post for you, whatever), your Twitter, Google+, or Facebook account (preferably a fan page), we’ll send you a promo code for the game! It helps us and hopefully will make you plenty happy. Of course, we’d like it better if you decided to buy the game and still promote us!

Last Defense of Our Time was a success story despite all the bugs in the first couple of versions—we had tons of reviews and downloads in a short amount of time. We’re very happy about that. Thank you so much for all of your support!

Doing the Tie Bow

August 1st, 2011

I found two of these neat little bows at a thrift store in PA some time ago. They’re made from paper mache and glued to hair clips. Yep, paper mache. This thing I’m wearing is not made of cloth. It’s probably made from wrapping paper or stationery hardened by water and paste. I had this funny feeling that it was made by young Amish girls who didn’t live too far away from where I got these clips. It’s really quite creative—probably a good Etsy idea? I wore one of them in my hair in one of my older outfit posts. This time, I attached a safety pin to the back of the bow so I could pin it on my shirt like a bow tie.

I’ve been wearing a lot of the same things this summer, to be honest! Just take a look at this skirt I’m wearing. It’s the same exact Talbots skirt I had on in my very last outfit post! I have very few comfort pieces, which I tend to live in, especially when I’m on the go and busy as a bee. So if you feel like you haven’t showered in days, just make sure to compensate with a bit of style! Haha. You think greasers used hair gel all the time? By the way, I did shower the day I took this photo. Oh yeah, I also had my hair cut. I love it!

On the next post, I’ll have to introduce the new game from Beauty of the Fall! In case you don’t know, Beauty of the Fall is the game company my bro-in-law and husband started. After that, more giveaways!

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