Sunday, February 6, 2011

Old Lady Shoes? Pish Posh + Reviews

I think these shoes are cute.  Kind of a 1940's secretary feel.  But certain someones (minus mom and dad) told me these would be considered old lady shoes even in the 40's and they wouldn't be caught dead in them.  And I respectfully kept my opinions to myself. 

See, my friends and family (minus my mom and dad and various other family members) have been a little, hmmm... they just never seem to like what I wear.  Which is fine, whatever, everyone has their own style opinions, but sometimes it gets frustrating to me (though I get frustrated easily so that's no big news).  What I really hate is when people (I'm not saying anyone has actually said this) act and talk like this is a phase I am going through and have to "get through" until I can be/dress normal again.  I'm sorry, but honestly I think the way people who wear vintage is very stylish and classy and modest.  I don't think anyone can create something negative about those things.  I'm not hurting anyone.  It allows me to put my sewing skills to use instead of wasting them away.  I'm not dressing provocatively.  So I just don't get it.  Do any of you have to deal with comments like that all the time from your friends or family? 
I just realized today that I am in desperate need of navy shoes.  For as much nautical inspired and navy clothes I have, you would think I would have at least one pair of navy shoes.  But alas, not one.  I must get on that.  I made the 40's 8 gore skirt from a Simplicity (I think) reproduction pattern.  The sweat my mom got me for Christmas.  I love it because, 1- its cashmere, and 2-the really cute atomic feel.  And I was just having one of those days were all the pictures I was taking came out rather crummy, but these were the best ones :D

Warning.  I didn't know I could write so much about each thing.  i guess I just get really passionate about things i watch.  So fair warning, it feels like I wrote a book about each thing haha.

What I've Been Watching (and its a lot)
The Phantom of the Opera           A-
One of my very favorite stage shows and favorite movie musicals.  I think they could have done so much more with the choreography, and it bothers me that I can tell they are lip syncing, but that doesn't stop me from falling in love with the soundtrack every time I watch or listen
Who Framed Roger Rabbit          A+
I honestly do not have a negative word to say about this movie.  It is a family favorite and we have watched it so many times.  It has everything I love- crime, mystery, animation, a lovely song, romance, humor.  And it has such a nostalgic feel.
The Lord of the Rings (there's not separation with me.  I watch them together.  Always)         A+
Honestly what can I say about the Lord of the Rings that hasn't already been said.  I practically live breathe and sleep Lord of the Rings.  Its the one movie that is perfection.  It is the one movie that I never, ever tire of.  It is the one movie that I can count on entertaining me every time I sew a new dress.  It is the one movie that inspired not one but two outfits of my senior year of high school: my prom dress and my dance costume I made for a 4-H project.  It is the one movie that I have written pages and pages of character development/arcs on just for myself.  It is love.
Downton Abbey          A+
Wowee.  I didn't think I could fall in love with a series as quickly as I did with Downton Abbey. It is so rich with characters, politics, social status, that there is not one boring moment it.  Not to mention the gorgeous clothing.  I've really been getting into the older style (20's and 10's) of clothing lately.  I've always admired the clothing on Titanic (I know, totally different everything), even when I didn't wear vintage.  But now that I do, I might venture further down the timeline.  And my first stop will be to make a dress inspired by the striped dress Mary is wearing in the picture.  That's my favorite dress.  Plus Hugh Bonneville is in it as Robert Crawley.  I've always thought him to be a rather handsome man and he frequents period dramas a lot.  Yay him.
Legend of the Seeker         A-
I wrote about this show on my blog a bit ago, so I won't waste more time singing it's praises.  It's one that I could watch over and over and over (though I can do that with most sci-fi/fantasy shows).  And I can now say I have read the first book in the Sword of Truth series that the show is based on, 900+ pages of it, and I can say I like the show better.  Yes, the show changes quite a bit...quite a bit.  In fact, even from the opening scene you can tell it is going to be a very different show, but to be honest, in the vein of LOTR, the changes make the show better imo. 
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind           A+
I've written about how much I love Hayao Miyazaki movies before.  He is so adept at creating a masterpiece that is appropriate for both kids and adults.  I don't think even Disney does that with most of their stories (don't get me wrong I HEART Disney movies with a fiery passion).  But these stories feel more adult to me in that there is not a 100% good and 100% evil represented in the stories.  The characters tend to be more ambiguous. There are so many themes in it that would pass right over a child's head. And I am surprised that I like them so much because they are rather quite liberal, and I tend to not like movies that are so overtly liberal (Rent excluded).  

This was the first movie that of his (and Studio Ghibli) that I saw and fell in love with as a child.  This movie is about a young princess from the Valley of the Wind.  They are near the toxic jungle where all the giant insects inhabit.  They are a peaceful nation, but that gets turned upside down when the warring nation of Tolmekia crashes their airship near the valley.  What happens then is a long line of events that unfolds a plan to revive this giant warrior embryo to destroy the toxic jungle and allow the humans to gain back control of the land.  It is honestly an epic masterpiece of an animated movie.  I know my description is sorta crap, but trust me and see this movie.  I just reserved the Manga series of this movie at the library and am super excited to read it !
La Femme Nikita          A+
Wow, I'm giving out a lot of A-pluses aren't I?  Well this series definitely deserve it.  My mom and I  started off watching season one off the computer with crap quality, but we like it so much that I went ahead and just bought the rest of the seasons on dvd.  I only do that with shows that I know I will watch multiple times.  I would compare this slightly to Alias, and of course Nikita on the CW (which is a continuation of sorts to this series)However, I would go as far to say that this is better than Alias.  It is darker, more serious, tighter story line and has way more character develpment (which yall know I love, right?).  Anyways, it tells the story of Nikita, a young homeless girl that gets sentenced to death for a murder she did not commit.  However, a anti-terrorist group called Section fakes her death in prison and makes her into an operative.  Another operative, Michael, trains her for two years.  He teaches her how to fight and kill, and how to use her beauty to her advantage.  There is so much sexual tension between the two of them it practically seeps off the screen.  I have never fallen so deeply in love with a character as I have for Michael (except for Dean Winchester in Supernatural.  He will always.  Always be my first love).  I fall in love with characters often, but there is just something about Michael that makes him stand out.  He is a very conflicted character.  He is stoic, and hardened.  He is a man of very few words.  He kills without question.  He romances others without question.  Yet we still root for him and Nikita to work things out.  Gah.
Tuck Everlasting                 B+
I love this story.  It is such a sweet and innocent love story/coming of age story.  It is refreshing to have such a pure story, but sometimes I wonder why it takes a period drama to make a clean teen romance movie?  Some people still have morals in this day and age too and we should be able to have movies set in the present day about them.  Anyways.  Off my soapbox.  This story kind of reminds of me Twilight in that the Tuck family found this magical pool of water that they drank from and now they never age and will never die.  Winnie Foster is a young girl feeling the pressures of society and from her family to do the right thing and go to school to learn to be a lady.  To escape the confinement of home, she runs away into the woods and stumbles upon Jesse Tuck drinking from the water.  His older brother, in fear that she might drink from the water herself or find out about them, kidnaps her so she won't tell.  From there a very chaste and adorable romance happens between Jesse and her.  I love it so much.

Lastly, I created a formspring account, which I know some of the blogs I read have and a few of my friends of facebook have as well.  I think its a fun informal way to talk to people.  So if you want to ask me anything go ahead.  I 'll answer anything you want. 


Lauren said...

Caitlin, I just want to say for myself, I think the shoes are super cute. I LOVE that light blue cardigan!! I hope your doing well!!

Betty2Tone (Laura) said...

I think anyone that dresses differently from "the norm" will get some bad comments sooner or later. You just have to ignore them :(

I think those shoes are super cute, old lady or not :)

Stephanie Lynn said...

On shoes and people not getting your fashion sense: My husband is not too enthused about vintage, but he handles it well. He often tells me that I a) look like an old lady or b)look like I'm from the turn of the century (late 1800s early 1900s) when I'm aiming for 40s and 50s. People also say 20s a lot.... not sure why. If you decide to forgo the shoes (and have a size 9 foot) please send them to me as I think they are cute.

On your movies: Phantom of the Opera is one of my favorite movies and definitely my favorite musical! I also adore the next three films. :)

Hep~Kitten said...

I really like your cardigan and one of my favorite movies is who framed Roger rabbit.
For The Vintage Fashionista

Miss Tami Lee said...

I have a pair of wingtips that everyone calls golf shoes. So annyoing!

islandgirl said...

I think you have great style! Love your vintage look. Everyone is different. My hubby also used to tell me that I dress like an old lady and doesn't quite understand my love for vintage. Now he just tells me I was born in the wrong era. You just have to keep dressing how you love, and don't pay no mind to people who have no clue.

Lauren Hairston said...

Why are navy shoes so difficult to find? Oh and I loved Downton Abbey. Can't wait for next season!

I live in Kansas, so everyone thinks I'm weird. That's OK, because I am! The process of being who you really are is never an easy one, especially when people who've spent their entire lives trying to be "normal" can't handle it. Do what makes you happy!

Victoria / Justice Pirate said...

hehe when I was like 11 and Jonathan Jackson who was in Tuck Everlasting was in the movie Camp Nowhere. . .he was my swooooon-worthy crush. haha. He was plastered on my walls. By the time he did this movie though I was much older and I think engaged even. I got over him haha.

Thanks for the reviews.

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

I say forget what others say! You are presenting yourself in a positive way and have nothing to worry about :) If it makes you feel good about yourself, go for it!!

I am so upset I missed Downton abbey. i may have to buy the dvds.

Lisa said...

Love the outfit. And the shoes WITH the outfit are actually pretty cute. I get earsfull all the time from my parents about my "costumes"... they know they love it at heart. :)

Sandy Schairer said...

Where can I find a pair of old lady shoes. My grandma wore then and since I'm getting to be an old lady too, I need some of those shoes.

Anonymous said...

Regarding Phantom of the Opera. OMG. I LOVED it.