Sunday, 31 January 2010

Birthday.

Today is my Birthday!!! To celebrate it on my blog, I would like to share some beautiful 'Aquarius/Water' (the Aquarius element is actually Air but I still associate Water with it, as in - Aquarius: The Water Bearer!) themed art from my favourite artists on DeviantArt... so if you've never been on the site, then I highly suggest you have a browse because you will be blown away! I loved 'Sea of hair' by moonywolf as soon as I laid my eyes on it as the title is exactly how I feel about my own hair. There is just too much of it and is prone to getting caught on everything!I had 'Subemergence' by arcipello as my desktop wallpaper for months which looked absolutely stunning, but although it has now changed, I still very much love the artwork and idea behind it.A lot of the work on DeviantArt is very 'dark' which is probably why I love browsing it so much, but many of them are extraordinarily-beautifully dark and 'The Naiads' by Damascus5 is a perfect example of it.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Burnout and Peeptoe.

I do love a good peep toe shoe, I find them sweet and subtle and reminiscent of vintage days, rather than full, open toed shoes. So when I saw these patent, lace up, chunky heeled, peep toe shoe-boots from Select, I snapped them up! I’ve been wearing them in Winter with chunky wool tights (when it isn’t raining or snowing!) and will continue wearing them straight through Summer!Now, burnout fabric. It's is exactly how it sounds, where parts of the fabric has been burned out to create a pattern. I have always loved the look, feel and drape of the fabric and have also been designing quite heavily into it at work. I’ve wanted burnout leggings since Summer 08 but there was never any on the High Street, and I couldn’t find the correct fabric to make my own… so I knew I was going to have to wait until the High Street caught up. I then came across some a few days ago from Primark which had a more obvious burnout and H&M which was a subtle, slubby type of burnout.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Film Review: Avatar.

I watched this film over the Christmas period with my boyfriend, and it was THE film that I absolutely, most definitely had to watch on the big screen, and in 3D. It was a really good film, but I'll get the negatives out the way first.
The 3D glasses were ridiculously oversized and I spent most of the time holding it up with my finger. I could also very clearly see the frame around my eye which was very distracting!! I then thought about children going to watch it, what a struggle that would be! 3D has been around for ages, and I was surprised to see that there wasn't really much improvement at all with the way of viewing 3D...this unfortunately slightly spoiled the film for me, especially as the 3D lens is quite dark, and as I took them off for a moment to rub my eye, I noticed how vibrant the colours looked on the screen. However, I obviously had to continue wearing them for the entire film as the picture was blurry which was to cater for the 3D affect. If I had known, I would have definitely sacrificed 3D and watched it 2D, with crisp, vibrant colours.So, now the negatives are out the way, I can talk about the film! This blurb on Wikipedia sums it up really well: "The film is set in the year 2154 on Pandora, a moon in the Alpha Centauri star system. Humans are engaged in mining Pandora's reserves of a precious mineral, while the Na'vi —a race of indigenous humanoids—resist the colonists' expansion, which threatens the continued existence of the Na'vi and the Pandoran ecosystem. The film's title refers to the genetically engineered bodies used by the film's characters to interact with the Na'vi."Avatar is definitely my style of film. It has the perfect mix of Sci-Fi and Fantasy, extraordinarily beautiful scenery and most importantly, a good mix of male and female actors. Because of the latter, I felt that Avatar was very 'female-friendly' as a lot of the Sci-Fi films that I love such as Terminator, Robocop and Alien don't appeal to my female friends at all. Admittedly, I'm not sure if I would have liked the Alien films as much as I do, if Sigourney Weaver's character Ripley, was male.However, in Avatar, there were many strong female characters. Neytiri is a princess from the Omaticaya (a Na'vi clan) and she was wonderful to watch. She was 'played' by actress Zoe Saldana and I felt she did quite a good job with this character, although when she was speaking english, I often noticed inconsistencies in the accent - it was either accented (as it should be) but sometimes it wasn't.
Sigourney Weaver was excellent as Grace (a botanist) and Michelle Rodriguez very much suited her role as a marine fighter pilot as she had that familiar feisty attitude also noted in her other films.The Na'vi were definitely interesting, but I wish they were more unique looking, to the point that I would have to really think at the inspiration behind them...but it was clear that African tribes were a huge inspiration, they had a similar hairstyle, body art rituals and jewellery...I could also see a nod towards the feline species and vampire-like teeth - but the latter might just be me being a little vampire-obsessive.
The plot was quite predictable, but the effects and realism of the planet Pandora and the Na'vi was good enough for it to not be a problem! As I watched the film, it highly reminded me of an animation I had on video (yes, a video tape!) that I literally watched every weekend as a child called 'Ferngully: The Last Rainforest' (1992)...where instead of Na'vi, we have fairies!...and as the lead male was called Jake Sully, which had a similar ring to Ferngully, I became quite convinced! Also things like the floating islands really reminded me of something I'd see in the Final Fantasy games.Overall, the film was superb, despite the bad 3D glasses and I would definitely recommend that you at least watch it at the cinema first, before you get the DVD. I also read somewhere that if it was successful enough (I don't know how a film that has been in production for over a decade can't be successful!), there will be sequels...so I look forward to seeing them!

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Anne Rice - The Vampire Chronicles.

Some of you may know that I have had a huge interest in Vampires since I was a child and one of the most memorable films I had watched was 'Interview with the Vampire' (Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst), which was released when I was 9. I never realised it was based on a book, written by Anne Rice until many years later, and I was keen on reading it, confident that it would be just as good as the film, if not better.
So, a few weeks ago, as I was cleaning out my purse, I came across a £40/$65 Waterstones voucher that was given to me for my birthday last year, and I had completely forgotten about it! Worried that it would have an expiration date, I quickly checked, and was relieved to find that I still had about 6 more months left to use it. However, I didn't want to risk forgetting about it again and used all of it on Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles novels, starting with the first - Interview with the Vampire.Apart from that, I got 'The Vampire Lestat', 'The Queen of the Damned', 'The Tale of the Body Thief', 'Memnoch The Devil', 'The Vampire Armand', 'Vittorio The Vampire' and 'Merrick'.
I thought I had bought each book in chronological order (based on an Amazon review about the books), but I found this Wikipedia article about her books which has the correct order, so I will need to buy a few other books to slot in. I've already started 'Interview with the Vampire', which so far is fantastic, and I often find myself flashing back to the film for certain scenes that I remember quite well. I will give a full review once I finish it.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Bralettes and Corselettes.

I have always had an interest in corsets for all sorts of reasons - the way they looked (specifically the ones during the Victorian Era), why they were originally worn, who wore them and how history really does repeat in regards to its resurgence in Fashion. Because of this, an abundance of styles have been introduced into mainstream Fashion, particularly in Topshop which offers some of the best designs on the High Street...and I had my eye on quite a few.
However, as I only like to buy at discounted prices (when you work in Fashion Design - you really become to realise just how expensive products on the mass market really are) I did not succumb to the temptation of buying the ones I wanted, so waited patiently for the post-Christmas Sales to begin.I didn't think I would find any left, or any in my size, but I was surprised to find all the ones that I had wanted months before! I think the reason why there were still a lot left on the rails is because I went to the York branch, rather than the Central London Flagship one which doesn't ever have anything left for me! These must be some of my best SALE purchases and in regards to the names... I assume a 'bralette' is a longline bra which I feel has a much better, and comfortable fit on the body, and corselette could be open for discussion as I always thought it was a 'mini corset', like the floral and tartan ones below... but Dictionary.com tells me it is '...a woman's lightweight foundation garment combining a brassiere and girdle in one piece."

Friday, 1 January 2010

2010.

I will be getting back to my normal blogging in a couple of days, with lots of film reviews, book reviews and some new creations I have been working on!