Outfit Post: Blue Beret Goes to The Monuments Men

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I took myself to see The Monuments Men at the movie theater at the Grove last night.

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Blue beret – Jet Rag vintage shop, LA

Olive sweater – my mom’s

Blue skirt – Etsy

Ankle boots – Target

Gold hoops – Target

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The movie theater itself is very pretty:

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There are a lot of beautiful theaters and Art Deco-era buildings in LA and I’ve been to tragically few of them.

When I got home I ate some spinach on my mom’s China, drank some Royal Tokaji out of my grandma’s Grand Marnier glass, and finished (yippee!) my book about Victorian interior design.20140210-150756.jpgMy thoughts on the Monuments Men – it’s not necessarily great filmmaking, but I still enjoyed it. The editing is a little weird and a lot of the movie feels like a trailer as opposed to a movie. I think the problem is it’s trying to be a lighthearted action drama with widespread appeal but it could have been a great movie if, like its subject matter, it aimed to be fine art. What’s great about the movie, though, is it is entertaining to watch, I learned about a group of people I knew nothing about, and I was reminded of the vital importance of our artistic cultural legacy. It’s really beautiful to see people who fought and died in the name of preserving the master works of Western civilization and it made me feel inspired to learn more about great works of art.

 

Outfit Post: A Dapper Dame at CityWalk

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I took myself on a date to see Dallas Buyers’ Club at CityWalk yesterday – CityWalk is a giant, gaudy shopping center connected to Universal Studios, similar to Downtown Disney.

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Vintage-style hat: bought in Hong Kong
70s button-down: Jet Rag vintage shop in LA
Wide-leg pants: custom-made in Beijing
Vintage sunglasses: Wild Man vintage shop in Lawrence, KS
Red vegan bag: Matt and Nat

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Dallas Buyers’ Club was fantastic – I’d definitely recommend it. I thought it might be one of those Oscar movies that’s bleak and depressing but the performances are good, but it really wasn’t. It definitely was sad, and the performances were fantastic, but it wasn’t bleak. Some parts were funny, some parts were inspiring – it isn’t the story of a man dying of AIDs, it’s the story of a man who refuses to die quietly and accept the discrimination and the backwards FDA regulations systems of the late 80s. It’s an important and moving story and I’d definitely recommend it.

Nails NAils NAILS

Nails. Hard skin-type stuff on the end of your fingers, or a ferocious symbol that says “Fuck you, I’m a woman” from the moment you wake up? Shit, you’re even a fierce-ass bitch in your sleep.

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See? That’s from Tumblr, by somebody or other. You know how Tumblr is.

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I finally convinced a friend to get acrylics with me and, as you can see, we look cool.

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Here I am right afterwards in a photo I sent to my mom because I knew she would hate that I got fake nails so I figured I  might as well fess up immediately.

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And here I am a few minutes ago, about a week after getting them put on. I swear to God, I will be buried with these nails. I don’t understand how I went 24 years without them. Have I been a fraud this whole time, languishing in a pit of un-glamorousness? I know the truth now – I am a lady with fabulous nails and I will pay $16 every two weeks to keep up this integral part of my soul.

Vintage Styles for Curly Hair: Layrite Review

I have long, thick, curly hair. It’s almost impossible to find good hairstyling advice for my kind of hair – any magazine I read full of hair tips will all be aimed at girls with straight/wavy short to medium length hair, with maybe a token hairstyle for Black women.

Until very recently, how I styled my hair was I took a shower at night and combed my hair in the shower, let it dry overnight, and then did nothing for five days and then repeat. Here’s my hair:

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It can be hard to really see my hair texture in pictures because it’s so dark, but it’s messy curly. Spirals that can turn into dreadlocks if I don’t do anything. I used to get mats in my hair when I was younger because curly hair likes to stick together. So even when I do a hairstyle, my hair will always clump back together. And my hair has always been long – usually halfway down my back, never shorter than my boobs. Partly it keeps the volume controlled on my hair a bit and also I just like long hair and feel like myself with it.

Because it is so hard to find resources for long curly hair, I have decided to become one. I’m working on a post about how I pincurl my hair but my first post will be a review of Layrite! I’ve heard the name on so many vintage blogs and got the idea that it could tame volume and frizz in a pincurl set, but nobody really demonstrated it for me. Volume and frizz are a huge issue any time I decide to comb/brush/move my hair, so I invested in a jar.

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This is what it looks like straight out of the jar. Sorry I couldn’t be bothered to flip my photo. Isn’t it weird looking? And it smells crazy. I read someone say it smells like cotton candy, which I wouldn’t have thought of but I guess it’s not far off.

I tried putting it on just the right side of my hair – I took about a dime-sized amount and rubbed it through my fingers, then tried to lightly streak it over my hair. FYI, this is a week-old set that hasn’t been brushed in five hours. Also keep in mind I took these pictures at midnight and I look sleepy.

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Big difference, huh? My right (your left) side is definitely sleeker.

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Here you can see the frizz differential. Then I tried brushing it out:

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Less of a difference. The left side still did have less frizz and pretty manageable volume, even though that side of the part had more hair.

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Oh yeah and I did this:

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That’s my Elvis.

I’ll have to continue using Layrite to experiment with it and see how it works, but so far it seems very cool and I’ll definitely be using it on days when my hair is huge and poofy (so many days! So many days!)