What to Wear #10

What is it this week! It must be all this (in Hamburg always seemingly sudden) sunlight. It is warm enough to wear these:

I’ve never before worn such shoes, because I’m actually not a peep-toe fan and I’m also cautious with heels. But these were different from anything I’d ever tried before, I liked the lace-up idea, and once I tried them on, all my doubts disappeared. They are very comfortable to stand in and walk around in, balancing is fine, and while the heel does thin out towards the bottom, the extra layer on the sole in the front part of the shoe makes for secure footing. I’m hoping for successful navigation of both pavement and cobblestone surfaces – this will be the first time I wear these buddies. Hopefully I will not pull a Gracie Hart from Miss Congeniality while doing so.

Jeggings and a loose pale rose top are in tune with the tone (in tune with the tone, in tune with the tone, da da daaa) of the shoes and will make me feel more relaxed, since walking in heels still requires some concentration for me, however comfortable they are. I’ll add a slightly more solid note to this gentle color scheme with a necklace that had been in the family for a long time – my mother gave it to me and I think of her when I look at it, in addition to remembering her stories about the jasper the almost trapeze-shaped pendant is made from. The pale rose and dark red in the stone pick up on the tones in the rest of my outfit and the dark silver chain is the bit of contrast I had been looking for – my usual game.

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I Admire Women Who…

Can really walk in heels and don’t look like they are trying to look like they can walk in heels (been there).

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Are also comfortable in said heels.

Don’t pressure themselves or stress about style, however they dress and whatever amount of time they invest or don’t invest in putting an outfit together. Clothes are (so much!) fun, but they aren’t the be-all.

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Are friends with their fashion individuality. You can see it because they are relaxed, smiling and clearly picking things to wear on their own terms and with their own considerations in mind. Moody, sparkling, quiet and all sorts of days included. Just goin’ with the flow.

But most of all, I just admire women who are happy and do what they want.

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Jurassic World

Chris Pratt’s character Owen Grady hurls himself in to the raptor paddock and strikes the pose inspiring zookeepers the world over. That’s when I sat up straighter and felt like I was going to enjoy this movie. The focus and intensity of that scene cemented it as one of my favourites from the film and I was probably a significant contributor to the number of views it has received on Youtube.

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I had seen only Jurassic Park III  from the film series  and all I could remember was my dad telling me that Sam Neill starred in the earlier movies. No memories of the creatures, landscapes or characters. Considering the third movie was released in 2001, I was more than ready for a refresher course on a dinosaur-related blockbuster franchise.

Being practically a newbie in terms of Jurassic Park, I was not sure what to expect from Jurassic World, having found the movie trailer somewhat bland and not too explanatory in terms of the story, as well as reading (predictably) both good and bad reviews online.

In the end I had a spectacular time and experienced tremendous enjoyment from what felt like a revamped classic blockbuster experience with the Spielberg touch. Not being a film critic I was as usual disposed to be more curious than critical. The standout likeability of Owen Grady was a definite factor and I felt strongly that Chris Pratt filled out the role very nicely indeed. Except for that scene when Owen asks Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), who’s trying to place a work-related request, with looming audience suspicions of their short dating history, “You wanna consult here, or in my bungalow?” Really? At least she just looks at him, wrinkles her nose, and says back, “That’s not funny.” “A little funny”, he chortles. So I calm down a bit when I see she can hold her own, and hope this is just a short demonstration of his primitive and unapologetic humour.

But shouldn’t I be concentrating on the dinosaurs? Well, if character stories are presented to me, I can’t help but pay attention. I also can’t help but pay attention to the pristine whiteness of Claire’s monochrome outfit as she moves about the park and premises. But it’s when things pick up on the dinosaur danger front and Owen tells Claire to do something about her “ridiculous shoes” that I yell, “Finally!” It’s exactly what I would tell a girlfriend if she had on heels and was about to trek through a South American jungle. Then again, Claire gets as grimy as the rest of them as events unfold.

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I won’t go in to a discussion about Claire’s running around in heels throughout the entire movie, because I was already preoccupied with that distracting me from the dinosaurs and the main focal points of the story. But of course I discovered later that the internet was already ablaze with articles on the subject, as well as discussions on the heels being a feminist statement. To be honest, I was simply concerned with notions of realism and comfort. But as my friend sitting next to me thoughtfully pointed out, there were dinosaurs running around like a given thing, and one got frustrated with a woman wearing heels on jungle soil. Such is life, I suppose.

I couldn’t help feeling sorry about the killing mission in the film, once it’s clear that a genetic experiment got out of hand, as the creatures in the story are not ones that asked to be created this way or be part of a dinosaur safari, though they certainly have more than enough space to roam and live.

The dinosaurs were as impressive as I hoped they would be, snapping their jaws most convincingly and not looking like blown-up plastic toys. That underlined the familiar idea of humans dealing with the consequences of what they themselves relentlessly put in motion – pushing the boundaries of science for ultimately commercial purposes. “You just went and made a new dinosaur?” Owen asks Claire incredulously. “Yeah, it’s kind of what we do here”, she answers, with a touch of light sarcasm.

Indeed.

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Heel! To toe

Once upon a time there might have been a girl who found some pumps that were just what she was looking for. She liked the click-clack of heels on a polished floor. Even if she was the only one making the noise on a subway platform in the early morning amongst sleepy commuters in flat shoes. After three successful promenades she discovered those particular pumps were available on sale and in different colours. So she bought some more shoes.

The above mentioned successful promenades had been short, however. After embarking on a longer walk, it was quickly obvious that practice was necessary. The mental pictures of strutting through the urban jungle translated neither to feet nor the limbs they were attached to. To be honest, she couldn’t walk in any of the shoes shown in the tutorial below and there’s a limit to her heel height. But it’s a very comprehensible video and the main rules are easy to remember:

Gel insoles for different parts of the shoe are a handy thing to have around. In fact, it’s practical to just stick them on the inside of your heels and keep them there.

A bright idea occurred when looking at all those shoes: what if the heel were shorter? And is it actually possible to make it shorter? A quick search online yielded results that showed many women were musing on the same subject. Answers on numerous forums seemed to split in to two groups. Group one: Sure, take a saw and go for it. Group two: Find a cobbler and ask him. Like the author in this earlier post on youlookfab.

Chances are the heel cannot be shortened, in which case there’s still the Youtube tutorial, or a swap with a friend who has the same shoe size and tastes.

Or you can just line them all up, stare at them and tell yourself they are decorating your apartment.