What to Wear #38: Because I’m a Disney Princess, That’s Why!

Yes, this is indeed what is printed on one of my favourite T-shirts ever. I found it on Visual Statements and it basically provides an answer to any “Why…?” question people might ask regarding your actions/ tastes/ activities etc. When you get tired of answering yourself, just point to the T-shirt. Accessorizing with one of my favourite scarves (most likely found at C&A) and a pair of earrings that reminds me of summer and a good friend’s wedding.

What to Wear #29: A Dream is a Wish Your Leggings Make

Yes, I know that outfit photos are a traditional part of blog posts about style, but I’m still learning some things before I proceed, so please bear with me and my gifs! I love gifs, though, they convey so much.

It’s been a while since I wore my Cinderella leggings and I can’t let too many days go by without a shot of Disney in my wardrobe choice for the day. The leggings are very colorful, but I’m feeling daring, and after another outfit I wore recently I’m feeling like experimenting with MULTIPLE patterns in one outfit.

Navy-blue flared knee-length skirt (gotta layer) and my striped jersey top with the white background, plus pink and black stripes. The whole combination makes me feel, in my own head only, obviously, like a cross between a circus performer or medieval jester (because of the triangular stained glass windown pattern on the leggings, go figure), and an adventurous sailor about to embark on a voyage aboard a vessel from the 19th century (because of the stripes on the top, mais oui). I half expect something to happen when I put on the outfit – either I will find myself performing head-spinning acrobatic feats in a Cirque du Soleil performance, or swinging from a rope between masts as Jack Sparrow asks me if I know where the rum is hidden.

What to Wear #25

Watch and you’ll see

Someday I’ll be

Part of your world

Do I have to explain myself? No, surely not.

Oh, Ariel, I get it. (Sometimes) I also want to be where the people are, and even though I’m actually part of the world you wanted to be in, and then later joined, I wouldn’t mind a glimpse of the one you used to inhabit, and it might be possible to do that today on a very small level…only someone who grew up watching copious amounts of Disney animation would have written such a paragraph.

I am so excited about today’s outfit. The Little Mermaid is, hands down, my favourite (animated) Disney film. Yes, I know I’ve expressed and most likely will express a ton more opinions about the recent live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, and it subsequently ignited fresh thoughts about the animated original – I have a big heart. There is room for everyone.

But the story of the mermaid is very dear to me and sharing this information feels very personal.

The online shop where I found my Marauder’s Map dress on sale turned out to have a whole section with merchandise themed around The Little Mermaid. As mentioned in this blog before, I sometimes find myself returning to what I constantly wore as a child, but adjusted for adults, and able to pay for it on my own.

In this case the find was a loosely fitted sleeveless empire-waist black dress with subtle inserts of blue spreading through the black, and a print of Ariel sitting on her rock and gazing (most likely dreamily or wistfully) at the night sky. Dark-red leggings and a dark-blue denim shirt surf the wave, as well as a gold (still suitable for daytime) cocktail ring with a green-blue-more-turquoise stone and gold stud earrings with starfish-shaped light-blue flowers.

I don’t know when

I don’t know how

But I know something’s starting right now

 

What to Wear #22

“I think you should go with red. It’s the color of confidence.” I’ve watched Legally Blonde so many times that this line from the scene when Elle is shopping with her friends for what she thinks will be a very special dress inevitably pops up in my head whenever I look at a red item of clothing. Especially since, as I mentioned before, I’m a cautious redhead when it comes to…red! Ha! See what I did there?

But red somehow finds its way in to my outfit choices every week, be it in the form of lipstick, accessories or a garment (that sounds so nice). This week I feel “…bold and daring.” Considering I’ve seen Beauty and the Beast five times since it came out, it’s no surprise that a quote from the (animated) film flew in here.

The long glowing long, loose-fit blouse (similar to the cut of the possibly pink one I wore a while ago) almost removes itself from my closet. Maybe it’s not a blouse, maybe long button-down shirt is the correct term? The color might actually border on scarlet, which in turn makes me think of the Russian word for this, alyj (алый, yeah, probably no one will be able to pronounce it properly until they hear it), and then a little-known outside of Russia, but enchanting gem of a novel by Alexander Grin called Scarlet Sails, then the Russian fairytale Scarlet Flower and the cartoon based on it. The story could actually be viewed as the Russian version of Beauty and the Beast. I just can’t let go!

Where was I? As also mentioned previously on this blog, my go-to choices of colors to combine with red are either black, grey or various shades of blue, which still remain my tried and tested staples. But due to feeling bold and daring, I’d like to (successfully) contrast my scarlet top with some patterned legwear. One rummage in the leggings box later and I find what I’m looking for: white background, yellow, black, light-blue and green-blue flowers. Rain and even hail have visited Hamburg in the last few days, but it is still spring, and with the aid of those trusty leg-warmers I’m feeling not only bold and daring, but powerful. “…power, power! Forgive me a cruel chuckle, mmm, power.” Disney’s Robin Hood is another frequently used one for quotes.

Gold drop (I think) earrings and a matching ring with stones picking up the green-blue of some of the flowers on the leggings round up the accessories, as well as the very comfortable brown Chelsea boots. Neutral lipgloss et voilà.

Beauty and the Beast: 5 Reasons Why I Loved Seeing It 5 Times

Minor spoiler alerts

…and enjoyed my visit to the movies every time as if it was the first. How does that work? It’s simply the mark of a very good film and excellent work from all those involved.

So what is it about this dazzling success of a live-action remake that’s got me enchanted?

  1. They kept the goosebump-inducing, heartstring-tugging, sweeping opening theme that takes us right in to the Beast’s castle and that “hidden heart of France”, and we never look back.

2. Casting Emma Watson as Belle was sheer genius, and she delivers in such a way that her Belle simultaneously takes the best from the original Disney story and becomes a fleshed-out, complete and winning heroine in this version. I cannot imagine any other actress in this role. The door of Belle and Maurice’s house opening on a morning in Villeneuve, as Belle steps out and launches in to Little Town was, for me, one of the many wonderful moments in the film. Oh yes, and there’s the fact of all that other brilliant casting – luminous Dan Stevens and all he gives to the Beast, Emma Thompson lovingly recreates Mrs. Potts, Kevin Kline conveys a father’s love with depth and dignity and Luke Evans brings all of Gaston’s brutal sociopathic tendencies to life.

3. All that bibliophilia, educated quoting  and reading of literary works while walking together on gorgeous castle grounds (or watching over a temperamental Beast as he convalesces), the joy that seems to light Belle up from inside when she first steps inside the castle’s mind-blowing library is indispensable in conveying one of the main messages in Beauty and the Beast – the transformative power of knowledge, stories and feeding the mind.

4. Belle’s face standing in front of an enchanted book as the Beast tells her, “Think of the one thing that you’ve always wanted. Now find it in your mind’s eye, and feel it in your heart…” shows in one look the burning longing and sadness that still exists within her, apart from wanting “adventure in the great wide somewhere”, the “one story Papa could never bring himself to tell.” In addition to disclosing a tragic secret and helping Belle move on in her life, the whole sequence was beautifully acted and significant in developing Belle and Beast’s trust in one another (after the magnitude of saving each other’s lives, of course). This part also containes another new musical bit sung by Emma Watson, and her voice perfectly carries both sadness and tenderness.

Easy to remember

Harder to move on

Knowing that the Paris of my childhood

Is gone

5. Well, it would be strange if I didn’t mention Tale as Old as Time here, wouldn’t it? No further words necessary.

Bittersweet and strange

Finding you can change

Learning you were wrong

What to Wear #8

Bottoms once again pop up first. I sort of promised some friends I’d wear these to work since the weather is finally warm enough and it’s been a while. Disney’s animated Cinderella leggings, yet another story about shoes, I’m sensing a theme here. Unfortunately, these particular leggings are sold out, so I’m glad I grabbed them during that sale, but you can see what they look like here. And the description is really sweet. Can’t finish this paragraph without a gif.

The harlequin or echoing-the-castle-windows in the film pattern of the leggings goes very well with a fitted dark-blue knee-length denim dress (love denim), and the variety of colors makes for options when choosing accessories. I’m reminded of the dangly earrings with pale pink stones I chose to wear to see the live-action Cinderella and reach for those. And now we need another gif.

Glass slippers I do not have (still looking/ googling), but black low sneakers will do. I know, a contrast, but when Cinderella worked, she also had comfortable shoes on. Also, I can’t afford to loose a shoe, because there will be no fabulous carriage waiting for me at the end of the day and I prefer to have two items of what was meant to be a pair.

 

 

 

Sunday Diaries, Means I Watched YouTube Videos and Loved It (As Usual)

Sunday is the day of rest! Actually, it’s the day of YouTube. Especially during winter. The temperature dropped only a few degrees below zero and my hibernation instincts kicked in to full gear.

Thanks to some links sent to me, this day of YouTube went incredibly well, and as I can’t resist sharing, here goes with some short reviews.

Ever felt like this? Sure! While it’s not always advisable to rip up your notes and pull this approach during actual exam study time, keeping the seriousness of a situation within reasonable bounds isn’t a bad idea and this video helps along with the ride. It’s also just really funny and further confirmation of how Disney’s Frozen keeps blowing people’s minds. Oh, and there’s humorous and sarcastic rewriting of lyrics, which I do on a daily basis, yay, there are others out there!

Some more Frozen inspiration to laugh at and maybe laugh at yourself in the process, if you have memories from the past that might pop up after this video. For the record, knowing all the digits of pi is impressive. My favorite line among the laugh-out-loud rewritten lyrics: “Here’s a lock of my own hair/ Honestly, I think I’m made for you…”

Watching videos inspired by the release of the full-length movie trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast (God, I cannot wait to see it) led me to this adorable gem. This was the trigger for the pure tears I may have needed to shed today. No words, just feels, all of them.

Has this day of YouTube been somewhat Disney-centric? Nah, come on.