The Week in Review.

Posted in week in review by bluewellesleyblue on August 24, 2008

1. I discovered that Old Navy has oodles of absolutely adorable flats currently up for sale. I’m still a proponent of shoes generally being worth a slight splurge combined with judicious shopping in the sale section. However, when it comes to flats, I do have about as much luck with the pricier ones as with the more budget-friendly ones.

2. I was quite surprised to find that fashion blogging was so popular amongst the younger teenage set – to the point where I’m practically an old lady in comparison! – but then I figured out that it was because I hadn’t been exploring new fashion blogs enough. Silly me. Now I must be more conscientious about surfing around for new fashion blogs to read. There’s so much talent out there.

3. I am scheduled for wisdom teeth extraction next Tuesday. From what I’ve heard about the procedure and the fairly long recovery time it comes with, it is not a process I’m looking forward to at all. Of course, that goes without saying even when one is not as scared of dental procedures as I am.

4. Most people probably already know this, but Moleskine notebooks are awesome. I’ll never use another brand of notebook/planner/anything blank book again! I’ll be keeping track of my semester in London in my new London “city guide” Moleskine. The books are just so simple and elegant, with infinite potential for customization and ways to use them. Some of those can be seen through the Moleskinerie pool on Flickr. (Via Fops and Dandies, prior to her retirement from blogging).

5. Against the better judgment of people with better taste in movies than I, I watched The Mummy 3: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. It was a terrible movie, with such badly-written dialog that it was painful to listen to at times. Its only redeeming quality was some of the Shanghai scenes where Jonathan now owns a nightclub. Once you get over what seems to be wild historical inaccuracy – fashion, setting, and all it looked more pre-WW2 Shanghai than late 1940s Shanghai notwithstanding the fact that this would have been months before the People’s Liberation Army completely took over China for the Communist Party and a little more chaotic – those Shanghai scenes were wonderfully colorful. They reminded me of my fondness for the 1920s and 1930s China of some of my mother’s and grandmother’s Chinese soap operas, when the fashion seems to have been a nice mix of Western and Chinese styles. Those probably aren’t historically accurate either, but it makes for nice eye candy.

I couldn’t find any screenshots of those scenes, but here are some from major movies that hit on time periods that involved similar styles. Left is a screenshot from The Painted Veil and right is one from Lust, Caution.

Until next week, stay stylish!


The Week in Review.

Posted in week in review by bluewellesleyblue on July 20, 2008

Well, it has definitely been a busy week for me, but when one blogs as a quick and easy escape from work and other things, its easy to keep on top of it – I swear though, I’ve been doing a good job at work and we’re making some progress with the research though it is also very close to the end of summer, and then I go abroad so my contribution to my professor’s long-term book project ends there – and here are some things that have been on my mind this week.

1. The Dark Knight is very, very good and while not a perfect movie, definitely worth seeing at some point on the big screen. The late Heath Ledger plays the Joker brilliantly, and steals absolutely every scene he’s in. Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne and Batman both kind of fade into the background a bit, unfortunately, which is where many of the criticisms I’ve seen about the movie come from.

2. One of my absolute favorite fashion blogs, Fops and Dandies, is most likely being retired at the end of the summer when the writer goes to graduate school. I’ve been lurking and reading almost every post there practically since I first became interested in fashion blogging. I’ll miss it quite a bit! Her blog comes highly recommended.

3. I have makeup products on the mind. The new MAC Electro Flash collection includes some very appealing eyeshadows that, as a bonus, come with two colors in each. I don’t use much eyeshadow besides very plain brown shades and at times, a little bit of faint lavender, but they’re just so pretty! When it comes to the brown and pinkish shades that I’d like to try, they have several options. These two: “Two to Glow” and “Love Connection,” seem the most promising to me given the shades that might work and be more subtle on my skin. If I were to buy any, however, I would definitely want to ask the employees at the store for advice.

4. I am also becoming increasingly intrigued at the idea of brighter, more noticeable lipgloss or even lipstick shades. Usually, the only lipglosses I wear are Nars “Orgasm” and some Smashbox shades in mini-tubes that came with a set I bought at Costco, of all places. All of them are very subtle and barely have much color once they’re applied and rub off quickly anyway, the moment I eat or drink a glass of water. Still, I’ve seen a couple girls my age with similar skin coloring use some brighter pink shades of lipgloss and it actually looks quite nice, not overdone at all. I do have slightly thicker lips than they do, though, so I’d have to be careful if its a look I end up trying.

Fashion at the Dark Knight Premiere.

Posted in miscellaneous by bluewellesleyblue on July 15, 2008

I absolutely cannot wait for the premiere of the Dark Knight in theaters though I also have a strong distaste for crowds, bad seats, and long wait times so I might well not see it in the first weekend. The AMC near Park Street is just too crowded for my tastes when its a major opening weekend. Jezebel and some other sites have pictures of the premiere, and I just wanted to highlight Maggie Gyllenhaal’s dress, which I think is absolutely lovely. I like the flashes of color on black. Colorful floral motifs could so easily be overdone, but here its staid and elegant. Incidentally, I love Maggie Gyllenhaal as an actress and was ambivalent about Katie Holmes in Batman Begins, so even if its kind of weird to switch actresses for a major character from one movie to the next (when they really don’t look alike at all), I’m really excited for seeing her on screen.

Alas, not everyone at the premiere was dressed so well. I watch Law and Order SVU almost religiously and Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Olivia Benson, is gorgeous. Quick google-fu also shows that she definitely has a history of being very well-dressed for events. So I don’t know why she’s so awkwardly dressed for the Dark Knight premiere. the outfit isn’t as bad as many a red-carpet fashion snafu, but its just so far from being good. I don’t think an outfit like that would be flattering on many people at all, and there is just so much out there that’d be better. while still being reserved and in keeping with the more subdued and toned-down nature of this premiere.

Via Jezebel, where you can find higher resolution versions of these and a handful of other photos from the premiere.

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