Runway My Way #2

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Here are a few more runway looks revamped with Polyvore to fit my style:

1) Prada Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear

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I’m always a little nervous pulling off different patterns, but I think I could manage this outfit with a few changes. Here’s a short (affordable) floral dress that I would definitely rock, matched with a military-green bomber jacket (because I’ve always wanted a bomber jacket and I think the material works better than an ordinary military jacket would). You’d only see some of the pattern of the socks and the blue matches the hue of the dress enough. Boots – cause I prefer them to traditional heels, cinch the waist with a belt, and whip on some red lipstick and I’m pretty Prada perfect.

 

2) Alice + Olivia 2016 Ready-to-Wear

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This is a fairly simple look to rock. Find a floral maxi dress? Check. Pair it with my very own patch jean jacket? Check. To add a little more color, I’d love to rock a pair of yellow docks and my favorite little red backpack. Go simple with the makeup with black liner and matte nude lips for a simple, everyday look.

 

3) Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2016 Couture

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What a fun look that mashes feminine and rock star vibes, right? Well, with my own twist on the style, I took the more feminine side with a beautiful floral skirt, flats with a bow, pink lips, and a stylish grey top. However, I can’t go without a little drama: added by thick liner and silver arrow earrings.

X-Men: Apocalypse

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Let me preface this by saying, I’m an X-Men girl. I’ve read all the comics, seen all of the movies and television shows (including that random anime version) – heck, they’re constantly the background of my screensaver. So, I know X-Men. If you’re not up-to-date on all the X-Men going-ons, check out the trailer here:

And now with the review: I was disappointed. Because I was disappointed for quite a few reasons, I’m going to number them out (in no particular order) to make this easier to follow.

1) Apocalypse isn’t really that complicated

I feel as if half the movie was spent explaining to other people who Apocalypse is, what he wants, what he can do, where he came from, why he has so many followers, and on and on and on until I wanted to scream “I get it!” He’s the first mutant who’s basically a god. That’s all you had to say.

2) Too many characters done badly

We’ve seen a massive cast of characters done well in a film before: Captain America Civil War. That’s because characters were prefaced and set up in previous films, so that we were familiar with them as we sat and watched the movie. More than half of the characters we got in this film were new, introduced pretty badly (the Nightcrawler/Angel fight??) and no one had a satisfying character arc. No one.

3) The final fight …

We don’t go to super hero films to get an in-depth look into the human condition (or maybe you do). A huge part I go is because I want to see these awesome heroes with awesome powers fight it out, leaving a trail of chaos and destruction behind them. The final fight scene between Apocalypse’s horsemen and the X-Men was predictable, anti-climactic, and downright boring. As opposed to watching Cap, Bucky, and Iron Man beat the living daylights out of each other, this final fight scene of X-Men consisted of Jean Grey walking and yelling.

4) Magneto’s family

OK. No. No. I get that you wanted to show us that Magneto was trying to move on and live like a normal human, but that does not mean you can create an entire family just to kill them off. I don’t care what you say, that is the only reason his little family even existed in this film. And this probably upset me more than anything. Death isn’t the only way to create a difficult, painful situation for a character.

5) Psylocke wasn’t a character

She literally served zero purpose in this film and that’s that. Storm was there to introduce Apocalypse to this world. Angel died to show Apocalypse was a terrible person (like, duh). And Psylocke was … irrelevant. I love Olivia Munn, but she really didn’t need to be there.

6) It wasn’t all bad. 

I appreciated the 80s vibe, some of the cute banter, and all the kids taking a joyride in one of the professor’s cars to go see Return of the Jedi. And … yeah, that’s it.

This film is clear evidence that Twentieth Century Fox just needs to hand X-Men over to Marvel. Just … give it up. It’s not worth it if you keep botching up incredible and thoughtful characters and stories with more films like these.

 

#100: Middle of Nowhere

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First, thank the lord for Ava DuVernay. Second, get a glimpse of the story of Ruby’s self-discovery while waiting for her husband who has been sentenced to eight years in prison by watching the trailer for Middle of Nowhere (2012).

The moments that got me most in this film were the moments of stillness. Shots of Ruby walking, riding the bus, going about ordinary tasks in her home, close-ups on her face as those around her told her what she should do, who she is, where she went wrong, where she should go.

This film gave me a better understanding on what my high school English teacher used to press about “show, don’t tell.” Ruby didn’t always say what she was feeling, but you could see it on her face, glimpse it in the few flashbacks offered of her history with her husband.

The cinematography spoke volumes: cool blue and beige tones in the prison and even in Ruby’s own home up against the warmth of the places where she spends time with David Oyelowo’s character Brian.

The dialogue exchanged by characters was powerful because of what they didn’t say to each other, words left hanging. And when they landed, when they said what they finally wanted to say, it was so achingly human and satisfying.

So, like I said before. Thank the lord for Ava DuVernay. Now, go watch this movie.

Runway My Way

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So, you know when you watch a runway show and think to yourself “who would ever wear that?” or “why would anyone wear that?” Even though I can appreciate the beautiful workmanship that goes into all types of fashion, I’ve often wondered the same things. So, through the lovely Polyvore, I reimagined some runway looks to fit something I would wear.

1) Giamba Resort 2017

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I love how fresh and clean this look is and wanted to maintain the feel of it in my own rendition of the look. I kept up the pineapple theme with the skirt, but wanted to have some more fun and color to it, because that’s just my style. A softer blue shoe tones down the fun of the skirt. I also wanted a sleeveless top because sleeves stress me out sometimes and with a summer look like this, nobody should be wearing sleeves. Finish it off with muted nails and classy pearl earrings and there’s the look!

 

2) Alexander McQueen Fall 2016 Ready to Wear

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I don’t think I could get away with just a lacy bra in real life (hey, why not?), but just to cover my bases, I picked a lacy tank top instead. A white blazer and a torn up pair of black jeans keeps up the rock and roll vibe, as does the chain bracelet I added to the look. A muted, simple pink lip should add some calm to the look while a smokey eye adds some drama. Add a simple black bag and you’re off!

3) Nina Ricci Resort 2017

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And now for my favorite of the looks, one a bit more daring than the others: Nina Ricci Resort 2017. How fun would it be pairing these lacy looks in different colors: blue for the top and red for the bottom. I felt as if having full fishnets might be a little too much, so I settled on fishnet socks – perfect for the open toe platform (easy for me to walk in, because I’m terrible at walking in heels). Dramatic, bold lashes pair nicely with a simple nude lip (I’m been using NYX Lip Lingerie in Teddy and I love it). With a cheetalicious clutch at my side, I’ll be ready to go.

#86: Oldboy (2003)

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Oldboy (2003, Chan-wook Park) tells the story of  Dae-Su, who after being kidnapped and held prisoner for 15 years, finds himself freed and given the task of discovering who had him imprisoned and why. By far one of the most disturbing films I’ve seen in a long time. I enjoyed it nonetheless. First, watch the trailer here.

There are few things as satisfying as a good old revenge movie – and at first sight, this film had all the makings of my kind of movie: a mysterious premise, dark shots, and a little bit of action. Once deep into the film, it began to take a turn I wasn’t even expecting. Not going to ruin it for you here – because I insist you watch it – but let’s chat a bit about why I loved it.

Something I don’t like about certain mysteries or thrillers is when the mystery unfolds mechanically. You see this in crime shows all the time: OK, now’s when they find the first subject that’s a red herring, now they’re stumped, now one of the characters has an unrelated revelation that somehow leads to them solving the crime, and so on and so forth.

This film didn’t do that. Despite the mystery appearing controlled and manipulated by the perpetrator of Dae-Su’s imprisonment, the characters are not exempt from the sways of their own emotion. Discovery, action, and reaction butts heads with the carefully constructed mystery that mounts in a gripping thriller and devastating tale that pits all characters on a path they cannot escape. All of this leads to the question I continued to ask myself long after the end credits scrolled: did these characters ever have a chance to escape their fate?

Thelma & Louise

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Ridley Scott will forever have my heart because of Blade Runner and I always consider it a treat to have Brad Pitt around, so let’s dig in to what I thought of Thelma & Louise (1991), a wonderful tale of two friends (Thelma, the housewife and Louise, the waitress) who set out to take a weekend vacation and end up fugitives being chased down for murder and armed robbery. Check out the trailer here:

The film began with a cast of characters that were so easy to pinpoint: pretty, naive and oblivious Thelma and slightly world-weary, no-nonsense Louise, but by the end, Louise became emotional and almost listless while Thelma took charge, becoming almost cold and calculating in aiding their survival while her silly girlishness turned to recklessness. What I loved the most about these character arcs is that even though they took place over three days, the change seemed natural, fitting, and undeniably realistic.

A further aspect of realism that resonates in this current time was the girls’ reason for fleeing in the first place; they were so convinced that no one would believe their story of rape: a concept still readily prevalent in this day and age. For this very reason, seeing these girls drive through the countryside with their charming, polite brand of lawlessness didn’t seem wrong, but empowered and right.