You’ve Got The Look

Jamie Dornan has a habit of only buttoning/zipping the top of his jackets.

I found this odd at first but the more I saw him do it, the more it made me shake my head and smile.

A few weeks ago, once the weather turned extremely cold and I had to bundle up with my favorite sweater inside the house, I happened to catch a glance of myself in the mirror…and saw that I only had the top two buttons fastened. now I’m doing it too! this caused me to think about the fashion statements that other actors may have influenced me to adopt.

Drew Barrymore was my fashion icon as a teen.

When I was 13 years old,  I convinced my mother to cut my hair super short like Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson) from the movie Some Kind of Wonderful. after the fourth time of being mistaken for a boy, the look lost it’s appeal.

I also tried Meg Ryan’s hair style from You’ve Got Mail. it worked for awhile, until my husband complained that it was too short. I gave in and let it grow out.

When toting toddlers around all day left me in need of an extra pair of hands, Christian Bale’s affinity for cargo pants seemed extra appealing. they’re not only comfy but very practical! my kids are teens now but my love of pockets is still strong.

I also purchased a particular pair of shoes because of Christian Bale. sorry to say they never did fit right.

Speaking of shoes, I really wanted the blue Nikes that Robert Pattinson used to wear. unfortunately (or fortunately?) I couldn’t find them.

I went through a t-shirt-over-long-sleeves phase like Sheldon Cooper. but the ‘no matching’ aspect proved to be too challenging for me.

I seem to be getting better at clashing my colors, with socks this time, thanks to Richard Armitage and Dan Stevens.

I’m also very close to taking the plunge and getting my own whimsical Dr. Martens. this is outside of my comfort zone but Dan makes them look so fun to wear!

can one call Hieronymus Bosch fun?

 

What’s next- Hats?

 

Beasts?

 

The world is my oyster.

 

 

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Beauty and The Beast: appreciation

Disney’s ‘live-action’ remake of the 1992 animated classic, Beauty and The Beast, seems to be getting shut out of all the award nominations.

 

This calls for a visual post to celebrate what the judges have failed to appreciate!

 

WHY I LIKE IT:

❤ It takes the romantic fairy tale and roots it in a way that feels more real

 

❤ Belle tucking up her skirts

this is something that would have been done when a girl was participating in less ladylike activities such as walking rough through the woods or climbing on and around things, etc. I rarely see this portrayed in film so I like that it was shown here. and having those cute bloomers show underneath was another way to illustrate how odd Belle supposedly was.

 

❤ The elaborate sets

 

❤ The intricate costumes

“An amazing amount of work went into the prince’s costume [worn by Dan Stevens, above] in the opening ball sequence, which you don’t really see. It’s got a whole custom embroidery of different kinds of grotesque animals stitched into the pattern. It’s embellished with 20,000 Swarovski crystals that took five days to stitch on.” ~Jacqueline Durran, costume designer

speaking of details that get overlooked, I’m going to slip in a pic of Dan’s London premiere suit here because I love the paisley swirl embroidery

 

❤ The nods to the beloved animated version

 

❤ I was never attached to the animated version (truthfully, I’m not sure I’ve even seen the whole movie), so I’m falling in love with the 2017 version like it’s my first time, because essentially it is!

 

Favorite Scene: when Belle & The Beast are sharing their outcast stories and Beast says ‘what do you say we run away’. Dan’s dry delivery of that line always makes me smile.

 

Favorite Line: when Beast shows Belle the library for the first time, she asks:

he answers:

my favorite is the next line when Belle says, “Was that a joke? You’re telling jokes now?”

 

Favorite Outfit: The Prince’s light blue jacket in the closing dance scene

 

A Wish: That Dan get recognition for the hard work he put into the role

 

5 Words To Best Describe It:

Enchanting

 

Powerful

 

Whimsical

 

Sweet

 

Timeless

 

❤ ❤ ❤

 

High Maintenance- Rachel

I had never heard of the HBO/web series ‘High Maintenance’ before becoming a Dan Stevens fan. I watched a compilation of Dan’s scenes in the episode ‘Museebat’, taken out of context like all compilations are (that party is not just a birthday party…) but the gifs I had seen of the earlier episode ‘Rachel’ intrigued me much more. So today, I finally forked out the $1.06 to rent it on Youtube.

well worth it, and then some

 

Dan’s character is an award winning writer who is suffering from writer’s block. Colin stays at home, taking his young son to preschool each day, while his wife works a more traditional job. Dan is so sweet with the little boy, which I expected, but what surprised me is how much ‘Colin The Cross Dresser’ warmed my heart. I’ll admit, the idea of cross dressing is not something I’m well informed of. is it sexual? is it gender identity? is it the clothes? I’m not sure. In the case of Colin, he says it’s a way to express himself. this is what he tells his marijuana dealer, when he sees Colin wearing a dress for the first time (the series is built around  ‘The Guy’ and the variety of clients he sells pot to).

It was humorous to see Colin admiring himself in the mirror, wearing women’s clothes and trying to balance himself in heels

but there were also touching scenes, like when Colin is meeting with his boss in a restaurant and the camera zooms in on the blouse that is peeking out from underneath the bottom of Colin’s sweater. or when his attention is drawn to a woman seated nearby, not because he’s admiring her, but rather the fashionable turban that she’s wearing.

The images Colin likes to look at on the computer, of other dads in dresses holding newborn babies, struck me as a bit creepy. but I didn’t find Colin creepy at all.

more like Genius, for giving me a new snack suggestion!

 

What absolutely made me melt (besides the scenes of Colin playfully running through the winter streets with his son) was how supportive his wife was of his cross dressing. It was heartwarming to see how proud of him she was when she found out that he had let ‘The Guy’ see him in a dress and how they were able to easily move into a conversation about Colin’s current writing struggles instead, as if the dress didn’t matter. because really, it doesn’t. they’re just clothes, right?

as are these, which I happen to really like!

 

My mind wasn’t necessarily closed to these things before, but I did find it odd. I find it far less odd now. and so it seems I have fallen for yet another Dan Stevens character!

as if I ever had a chance.

 

Sharp Dressed Man

This post is about Dan Stevens in a suit

And Dan Stevens in a blazer

And a blazer with a scarf

Or a scarf and a hat

but mostly it’s about Dan Stevens & his funky(in the good sense) taste in shoes.

I really like the current fad of peek-a-boo splashes of color that appear under a man’s suit or trouser leg in sock form; it’s fun but classy. Dan Stevens takes it one step farther and adds personality through his shoes. I first noticed this when I saw a clip of his appearance on the ‘Late Late show with James Corden’. My eye was drawn to the red socks and then… are those flowers on his shoes? Oh, I hope so!!

I love a bit of unexpected eccentricity

 

In interviews and appearances he seems to favor boots or chunky shoes

No matter if he’s going for the ‘I just threw this together’ look

Or a more ‘office appropriate’ style.

Then I saw him in a ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ interview. He was wearing a striped number that was in no way understated, but he wore it well and it was fun. I could get on board with that.

One of the shared pastimes of my celebrity crush fandoms is ‘premiere suit appreciation’. When a movie is released, it is usually accompanied by multiple premiere’s in different cities/countries, all of which require a different suit for it’s leading men. I became a Dan Stevens fan after ‘Beauty and the Beast’ premiered, so I had to go looking for examples of his suit style. What I found really tickled my fancy! Dan isn’t afraid of color. He often shows up in jewel toned suits

With an occasional ‘out of the box’ pick thrown in for good measure.

After discovering those flower shoes, I found myself looking more closely at his feet. And I found a treasure trove of awesomeness! Dan sometimes matches his shoe color to what he’s wearing

 

this tie deserves a closer look, because I love it

 

There have also been metallic pixels

And blue suede.

I don’t know whether these choices are purely Dan, his stylist, or a collaboration between them both but I wholeheartedly approve!

I was curious how his off camera style might differ, so I looked for some out-and-about candids too. He likes boots and jackets

And scarves and hats.

His most recent appearance was at the Tribecca film festival for his film ‘Permission’, which gave us a bold Houndstooth

And a funky maroon number that I adored.

Maybe it wasn’t just the suit but the shaggy hair and captivating eyes.

(to see the suit in action, check out this interview. it gives a great example of his laugh and dry sense of humor)

Dan’s next movie release is sci-fi ‘Kill Switch’, due out June 16. No matter if he decides to go bold or classic with his attire

 

 I’ll be holding out hope for more funky shoes!

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Edited to Add: Roses

 

Hieronymous Bosch

 

Don’t Get Me Wrong

Chrissie Hynde, lead singer of The Pretenders, recently made comments supporting the “don’t dress provocatively” stance in regards to rape. while I understand the need to act proactively and help women help themselves, these kinds of statements suggest that responsibility lies with the victim.

I feel this stance is too simplistic and even a hindrance to the overall problem. yes, women should be proactive and protect themselves but men should also control their baser nature and not expect that just because they want something, they should get it. where do you draw the line with this angle? “provocative” can be subjective. look at what goes on in some parts of the Middle-East: covering women from head to toe, and in some instances even shielding their eyes, because skin is enticing, hair is enticing, eyes are enticing, and so women should cover themselves to help the men fight their natural urges. if the men see something and can’t be trusted to take it without permission, why not blindfold them instead? why does the responsibility lay with the woman alone? 

 

debating rape issues isn’t so black and white because there is not just one kind of rape. there’s violent rape that takes place in back alleys by strangers and there’s drunken rape that takes place at parties by people you know, there’s even rape that happens between couples when sex has already been initiated, but it’s all rape and it’s all a power play and I suspect that a large number of them would still happen regardless of how the woman was dressed. what about the women who don’t dress provocatively? they get raped too (more often than you might think); covering too much can be seen as a form of provocation, a challenge to see what’s really underneath.

 

although most discussions regarding rape involve a female as the victim of a male, rape is not only a female issue: males can also be rape victims of females, along with same gender instances as well. when it all comes down to it though, when someone says they are uncomfortable– for any reason–and they want to stop, you STOP. it doesn’t matter how you got to that point or why you got to that point, they are no longer willing.

 

so although I’m sure that Chrissie had good intentions with the statements that she made, I feel she is just helping to reinforce the view that it’s the woman who needs to take responsibility while the man (or “rapist”, regardless of gender) can continue to take none.

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