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Hidden Figures (2016) – One Giant Leap for Women (‘Coloured’) One Small Step for Womenkind

What a film!

Award worthy indeed, I absolutely love the way US folk manage to include pathos in drama where one moment your heartfelt swept up in the moment and the next laughing with joy, but seriously lay off the cheese. That said for a patriotic movie (against the Russians of course) it did well in showing US failures both in ethics and the space race whilst portraying the 60’s attitudes and work ethics in a way that is comparable today.

In a way it reminded me of one of my favourite films 9 to 5 (1980) but with mathematics and Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory, who unfortunately still played Sheldon but toned down and kudos to ‘him’ for playing no:2 instead of no:1 in the genius stakes. Kevin Costner was pretty damned apt at playing someone open minded enough to realize that to be the best (or at least ruthless) you have to at the very least pretend to push aside prejudice but at the same time a person who doesn’t see what’s in front of his face until it’s heavily pointed out. Kirsten Dunst did well as a woman forced to respect other women. The leading ladies were brilliant, of course, an absolute delight to watch and I couldn’t stop smiling every time I saw them (regardless of my severe discomfort due to ‘illness’). I really wanted to see and understand the equations better but I did enjoy knowing how to fix the flaws in their basic explanations e.g. the heat shield and the change in elliptical path. I did love the fact that they reverted to ‘ancient’ mathematics for ‘Atlas’ i.e. remembering the lessons of the forbears rather than needing or thinking they were inventing new theories.

It did make me wonder if/why there weren’t any Mexican, South American or other ‘ethnic’ (hate that word, White and Eurasian people are ethnic too) races involved or just Black vs White (though interestingly Black people were referred to as Browns vs Virginia [state]).

I always dislike seeing/knowing just how much it takes one person to go through to make any kind of change let alone wide ranging changes and then those individuals have to push others ahead as well considerately and sometimes to the individual’s own detriment to build enough confidence in a group to support them. Otherwise they’re practically left outside alone (as a minority or even worse, an extremist) and social change then takes forever. For all the hardship the women faced in the film and indeed also deference and respect from their male peers (which was strange to see) we haven’t come far as a society and in the end I was left thinking – great we made it into space and we can’t even solve out domestic problems, technologically forwards and socially backwards, what a way to spread our problems to the rest of the solar system and galaxy… And who knows where else.

I think NASA could’ve been portrayed a lot worse than they were (and the poster boy astronaut was particularly sickening but at least he had faith in our first amongst equals leading lady or ‘computer’ as she and those like her were known) but the film had to be funny to make it more palatable not only as a meta-nonfiction story but to the inclusive audience watching; teenage and adult women and men of all colours.


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Moving on, some snaps of what I was wearing:

9 to 5 (1980) (featuring another Dolly ๐Ÿ˜‰ and I love it when Lily i.e. ‘Violet’ demands a little dignity and respect! How much do you have to go through just to be treated with the same basic rights as everybody else!?)

P.S – both Hidden Figures and 9 to 5 feature awesome period fashion hence the addition of my photos and a non-in depth review (though I’m far too tired for more detail).

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OOTD Fancy Friday: Telling It Like It IS

Today’s outfit is also featured in my last post for being an outfit inspired by a quote(s) from a book, you can see the arty/philosophical versions that I made (and actually consider more truthful) HERE as this post features the candids from this virtual reality we live in…

The main part of the outfit is the top which has printed on it the words ‘”And your point is…..” T-shirts for women that take no crap.’ A partial statement that can be a question and/or a demand seeking an explanation, truth, wisdom, enlightenment and/or perhaps a summary. At first I couldn’t remember when I bought this top thinking it sometime between my late teens and early 20’s but then I recalled wearing the other of the pair that I bought during college. So I at least bought it when I was 14-16 (and there’s no bobbles or signs of wear of them – quality or what) from the ever awesome, eclectic, and formerly infamous Camden Town Market(s) (it’s changed a lot since then, having been renovated after the controversial fire). There was a stall there for a short time that only sold these tops though strangely I couldn’t really find many that I was ‘into’ at the time but since they were doing a ‘2 for ยฃ10’ deal at the time I bought two. The other says ‘You say I’m a bitch like it’s a bad thing’ yeah… Let’s just say I wear it as an under layer nowadays. That said if it went on and explained the cultural use and background info of why the word is attributed to women as an insult, why many words are feminized and then used as insults and why it’s the word for a female dog being god spelled backwards and where the word ‘god’ comes from I’d probably wear it as an outer layer. The meanings of words like ‘live’ and ‘evil’ only seem like a coincidence or a joke.

For the record I have never intentionally been a stereotypical ‘b’, that doesn’t mean I haven’t acted flippant when I should have been more considerate. The times when I’ve obviously hurt somebody’s feelings carelessly I don’t forget or stop regretting them and I don’t repeat – thankfully they were never unforgivable and I apologized sincerely, tried to make up for it and make them genuinely feel uplifted. I’m not excusing myself, there are plenty of people out there who are nasty pieces of work consistently and think of themselves as good and decent or ‘normal’ and plenty around them who’d call them that too but I ain’t one of them. I bought that top because many people confused me with a ‘popular type’ and the connotations that go with that from being mean, exclusive or what is generally thought of as stupid and even if forced to credit me in any way it was always beneath them, in a jokey way or within a framework of acceptability/believability, others of course went the opposite way and denied and undermined outright not giving a damn about the consequences or because they relished it or to hide their own flaws and/or insecurities. People love to save face. Anyway…

The skirt was a cashback purchase and the hat belongs to mum from I don’t know how many decades ago ๐Ÿ™‚ My roots blended in more with Red but the hat was necessary with Blonde for this Red/Black outfit otherwise I’d have looked far more ‘full on’ in the pics though it’s ok in person, on camera it looks very ‘vampy’ and that’s not me or what I aspire to be. That said, the way I wore the hat makes me look a bit like a chauffeur or air steward lol, driving M’Lady around which I would be doing (for mum) if I could drive.

Black Red T-Shirt Long Sleeve Slogan Top Satin Lace Up Goth Skirt Biker Cap Hat

Black Red T-Shirt Long Sleeve Slogan Top Satin Lace Up Goth Skirt Biker Cap Hat

Black Red T-Shirt Long Sleeve Slogan Top Satin Lace Up Goth Skirt Biker Cap Hat

Black Red T-Shirt Long Sleeve Slogan Top Satin Lace Up Goth Skirt Biker Cap Hat

I’ll be back… ๐Ÿ˜‰

To update this post with links/pics of other bloggers I see celebrating Fancy Friday.

Have a Good Day One and All!

Other bloggers celebrating Fancy Friday

Vanessa at Nessbow

What can I say, for someone who has a feel for the alternative and born from a Goddess who does her own thing completely how can I not love this outfit!? I love that sub-style of goth that is fun and cute, not Lolita but still colourful and detailed. This outfit is also somewhat free spirited which I think suits Vanessa very well!

What can I say, how can I not love this outfit!? I love that sub-style of goth that is fun and cute, not Lolita but still colourful and detailed. This outfit is also somewhat free spirited which I think suits Vanessa very well!

Maricel at MyClosetCatalogue

Another cheerful outfit though in another way, very bright and from her post a bold move - a nice way to celebrate Fancy Friday!

Another cheerful outfit though in another way, very bright and from her post a bold move – a nice way to celebrate Fancy Friday. Love the use of light Orange through the outfit!

Camila at TheGeekChickBlog

Mixing tribal print with rustic comfort, an unusual and very interesting combination - fashion forward and of course fancy yet comfy works! I love the glow of the sunshine on her and in combination with the background in her pics.

Mixing tribal print with rustic casual, an unusual and interesting combination – fashion forward and of course fancy yet comfy works! I love the glow of the sunshine on her and in combination with the background in her pics.

Leah at MorningInk

Adorable in her lovely flowery dress made smart but quirky with the satchel and shoes yet edgy with the jacket. I'm likin' her sense of style and pops of colour!

Adorable in her lovely flowery dress made smart but quirky with the satchel and shoes yet edgy with the jacket. I’m likin’ her sense of style with the pops of colour and accessories! Love that necklace!

Smiles all round today with the bloggers featured today, very nice to see and feature for all you readers too! Remember to checkout their blogs for the full posts and the Fancy Friday theme is open to anybody who wants to give it a go!

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OOTD: Fancy Friday – For the love of Polka Dots!

Hola mes amis, viva la Vendredi!ย  *Waves Friday flag* ๐Ÿ˜€

(I know that first sentence is a mish mash of languages and the syntax is haywire ^^’ )

Today I’m wearing a mixed outfit where technically the shirt and the vest are not fancy separates, however in essence my outfit reminds me of vintage days gone by and with the blazing bright Red and Yellow combo it makes me feel fancy ๐Ÿ™‚

Mum says I remind her of going to the park, balloons, poppies, lollipops, bubblegum, those balls you land in in adventure playgrounds, blowing bubbles, painting, joining up the dots, marbles; childish and whimsical things… As well as a washer woman.

The shirt is probably one of my oldest items of clothing (other than socks) that wasn’t a hand me down or vintage piece – I chose it (to be bought on my behalf) when I was about 12 I think, 11 or 12. Look how big it is! Seriously it didn’t seem big at the time. The vest is a simple separate which was inexpensive anyway but I think I got it for a clearance price approx 4-5 years ago and I got the skirt a little later as a cashback purchase. So bargain all round, as usual!

Red Yellow White Polka Dot Spot Vintage 50s 40s Inspired Pencil Skirt Vest Cami Denim Shirt

Red Yellow White Polka Dot Spot Vintage 50s 40s Inspired Pencil Skirt Vest Cami Denim Shirt

Red Yellow White Polka Dot Spot Vintage 50s 40s Inspired Pencil Skirt Vest Cami Denim Shirt

Red Yellow White Polka Dot Spot Vintage 50s 40s Inspired Pencil Skirt Vest Cami Denim Shirt

I’ll update this page later with links & pics of other bloggers I see celebrating Fancy Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

Vanessa at NessBow

I'm totally feelin' Vanessa's comfortable yet complimentary fitted clothes today (having an 'on sync' day :-D ). Yet she made the outfit very fancy and charming with her grandmother's beautiful earrings - love the sentiment and that can definitely make you feel fancy :-)

I’m totally feelin’ Vanessa’s comfortable yet complimentary fitted clothes today (having an ‘on sync’ day ๐Ÿ˜€ ). Yet she made the outfit very fancy and charming with her grandmother’s beautiful earrings – love the sentiment and that can definitely make you feel fancy ๐Ÿ™‚

Shaaz at MizShaazStyle

Another lady with whom I'm sharing a style synchronization today! :-D We both went for bright Yellow in combination with another bright colour and I absolutely love the poses in her post! She can also make jeans/denim fancier than thought possible!

Another lady with whom I’m sharing a style synchronization today! ๐Ÿ˜€ We both went for bright Yellow in combination with another bright colour and I absolutely love the poses in her post! She can also make jeans fancier than generally thought possible!

Camila at TheGeekChickBlog

Having some neon fun before Spring Break Camila decided to 'go bold or go home' (I remember she said something like that before and I loved it :-D ) Wearing  Red too and framed beautifully with Black - she's lookin' well and truly ready for her holiday!

Having some neon fun before Spring Break Camila decided to ‘go bold or go home’ (I remember she said something like that before and I loved it ๐Ÿ˜€ ) Wearing Red too and framed beautifully with Black – she’s lookin’ well and truly ready for her holiday!

Maricel at MyClosetCatalogue

Looking very warm weathery today in pastels and floral she's certainly bright with a spring in her step! Loving the kimono and capris combination!

Looking very warm weathery today in pastels and floral she’s certainly bright with a spring in her step! Loving the kimono and capris combination and of course the colours!

Leah at MorningInk

Showing us that lines/pattern, texture and colour can go perfectly hand in hand in harmony with this lovely (and perhaps a bit nautical? :-) ) outfit. It's framed well between the necklace and shoes and considering many women worry about wearing horizontal stripes yet Leah's post shows us that they are great and very feminine on skirts!

Showing us that lines/pattern, texture and colour can go perfectly hand in hand in harmony with this lovely (and perhaps a bit nautical? ๐Ÿ™‚ ) outfit. Another eye opener are the horizontal stripes, considering many women worry about wearing them Leah’s post shows us that they are lovely and very feminine on skirts!

AND special mention to…

MAMA ๐Ÿ˜€ who actually let me take photos of her today whilst she was getting ready heh heh heh ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ XD

In her twist to the usual business suit with blouse and waistcoat, she transformed it into a going out/dressy suit with corset and accessories (though I didn’t get a pic once she’d straightened her hair and put her blazer back on – she’s way too quick for me.) She’s always been massively into alternative style especially goth and punk.

Mother Goddess Lalita Kali Isis Red Mama

Mother Goddess Lalita Kali Isis Red Mama

Mother Goddess Lalita Kali Isis Red Mama

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OOTD: Fancy Friday Castle Adventures

Howdy ladies, gents, one and all!

So today I’m back in Warwickshire, specifically Warwick and so that gave me some time to wander around, um I mean productively spend at Warwick Castle

This attraction is usually busy and people seem to prefer it to say where I was last week at Kenilworth Castle, perhaps partially because it’s still standing, gives good protection from the weather and they always have events/shows. That said though I find the place interesting – or moreso the grounds interesting – it’s a bit dead to me. Weird? It sounds inversely proportional but I tend to find buildings that have tons of people passing through (as opposed to living in them – then you get sick building syndrome) the less ‘soul’ it has. I prefer Kenilworth even though it’s ruins, I like the exhibition space there and the books available to read (a handful but still interesting). It’s like how I found Sacrรฉ-Cล“ur to have more soul/presence/ambiance to the big, cold, empty Notre-Dame even with its ‘prestigious’ coffins.

On a sidenote – I tried to view the ‘Princess tower’ only to be barred since I’m an adult with no kid companions – ha adults are supposed to be allowed in there to look, it’s not like I wanted to see the kids show, I just wanted to see what they’d done with the place. Humph at the woman on guard with her fancy dress costume and cute Western Euro-doll looking braids!

Anyway – today I’m bright Red and Blue, a more stunning colour combination (though I’m actually wearing Beige and Blue). The last time I posted pics in this combo was HERE and this was one of the pics.

Red 50s Halter Top Blue Sequin Indian Sari Lehenga Lengha Skirt
The blouse actually has Silver pinstripe but it didn’t come out in the pics and I love with wide leg Oatmeal/Beige trousers (found them in mum’s clothes) – great retro style with a nice sash belt. Added my bright Blue coat with it’s retro cut and felt fabric, and voila, what I consider fancy/smart enough for today’s theme though the shirt and trousers really did look better in real life. The pictures really came out crappy.

Beige Oatmeal Wide Leg 70s 80s Retro Pants Trousers Blue Silver Ruffle Blouse Shirt Felt Funnel Jacket

Beige Oatmeal Wide Leg 70s 80s Retro Pants Trousers Blue Silver Ruffle Blouse Shirt Felt Funnel Jacket

Beige Oatmeal Wide Leg 70s 80s Retro Pants Trousers Blue Silver Ruffle Blouse Shirt Felt Funnel Jacket

Beige Oatmeal Wide Leg 70s 80s Retro Pants Trousers Blue Silver Ruffle Blouse Shirt Felt Funnel Jacket

Beige Oatmeal Wide Leg 70s 80s Retro Pants Trousers Blue Silver Ruffle Blouse Shirt Felt Funnel Jacket

Peacock standing on hedge
A real gorgeous-ness here, though it looked kinda weirded out when I stood somewhat close to talk and take a pic. Can’t blame it, since it has to put up with people everyday and even though I didn’t invade its space I may have been a bit closer than most since I’m not scared of featheries and am used to mean birds and angry birds that look exceptionally beautiful, gorgeous, cute, pretty, just out of the salon etc… That’s not to say it was mean or angry lol – just capable since peacocks (parrots, geese, swans etc) are known for being able to defend themselves – good. Anyway I used my zoom, and of course NO FLASH for taking pics of animals up close. They have their right to good health for their eyes regardless of human curiosity and the need to take thousands of pics when visiting places, most of which usually end up in storage and never looked at again.

Other bloggers celebrating Fancy Friday

Shaaz at MizShaazStyle

Black Dress Skirt White Shirt Ruffle Frill Blouse Polka Dot Spot Shoes Wedges

Looking super fabulous in her day-to-night outfit, in classic Black and White, feminine designs and awesome shoes! I love wedges and those are real statement pair!

Maricel at MyClosetCatalogue

Custo Barcelona top chevron pattern skirt hippy retro

Taking mixed prints and patterns to another level whilst keeping the colours in harmony really makes this outfit fun and eye popping in a delightful way!

Camila at TheGeekChickBlog

Black lace shrug bolero White Vest Sun Top Cami Ripped Jeans Denim Heels

Camila went for the ‘perfect outfit’ mixing favourite pieces and styles creating a great blend of cool and feminine with the ripped jeans and lace! (Love those stools!)

Vanessa at NessBow

Tie-dye Hippy Print Pattern Wide Sleeve Bell Top Pants Boho

Vanessa also mixing prints with harmonious colours in a very bohemian look – fun and fancy in a comfortable way! Love the layered tops!

I will update this post with link/pics of other bloggers I see celebrating Fancy Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

Viva la Vendredi!

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OOTD: Dress Up Fancy Friday!

My last post fully illustrates the basis of today’s outfit:

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit

I didn’t have time to take new photos today but all I’ve changed is wearing the dress over a Black turtle/polo neck because when I wore that dress originally I had no idea it would be so figure hugging and low cut. I bought it years ago but hadn’t gotten around to wearing it, and it does not look slim fit, I thought it’d be abit loose on me lol and when I had that outfit on there was no way I’d fit any layering under or over the arms. All I’ve done today is switch the arm ribbons for the turtle.

For my hairdo I started off like Princess Leia from Star Wars with a big bun on either side of my head but they pulled too much and I knew I couldn’t wear them like that all day. Hence I loosely twisted my hair, lifted and pinned them at the back of my head.

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit whilst being Red

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit whilst being Red

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit whilst being Red

The last time I was Red temporarily was in Oct 2012 for a few months and I looked like this:

Warrior Goth Gothic Black High Collar Buckles Bow Top

 

Fashionthatpays Dress Up Fancy Friday
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Maricel at MyClosetCatalogue

Red Orange Skinny Pants Trousers, Print Long Sleeve Top, Nude Shoes Heels Wedges

Attuning her outfits to the colour wheel this week with recommendations from Pantone, Maricel has gone for Red/Orange look or Cayenne and Celosia Orange. A very warming combination and reminiscent of Autumn leaves and breezes – checkout the awesome top too ๐Ÿ™‚

Sarah at PlusSizeProud

Black Gown Mesh Fascinator

A sombre yet utterly gorgeous and elegant ensemble in all Black here and of course he favourite – a cute hair accessory! Sarah is looking delightful whilst giving a shoutout to her friend today ๐Ÿ™‚ (P.S – look at those cute dots on the overlay!)

Vanessa at Nessbow

Androgynous Dapper Pencil Black Skirt White Shirt Blouse Grey Trilby Suit

Celebrating her feminine form within an androgynous framework today Vanessa looks very dapper indeed – loving the fun feel and the hat!

Motown at ThisIsMotown

White embellished embroidered Black Flounce Chiffon Dress

So pretty and flouncy in this uber feminine yet edgy outfit – Hollywood inspired. Love the bodice on the dress – what detail! Nice to have you back Motown!

Shaaz and MizShaazStyle

Plaid, Check, Cape, Handbag, Purple Top, Black Pants Trousers, Mustard, Gold, Shoes, Heels

This is a woman who can mix prints, textures and colours to her heart’s content and look fantastic each time. My eyes are drawn to the awesome shade of her shoes especially, a great colour to wear at night!

Camila at TheGeekChickBlog

Floral Dress, Black, Tights, Pantyhose, Jacket, Sunglasses

Postin’ that rock n roll ain’t dead and showing that edgy outfits can be feminine as well (much like Motown this week ๐Ÿ™‚ ) Camila gave a nod to mixing and refreshing styles – love the fold over style of the boots with the sun glasses here!

 

I will update this post link/pics of other bloggers I see celebrating Fancy Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

Viva la Vendredi!

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Demolition Dolly – Killer Outfit

Today’s Dress Up Fancy Friday post is based on a challenge that I was going to do last week called T3. It’s a fashion challenge thought up by Maricel of MyClosetCatalogue and Selah of ABibliophilesStyle and planned for each third Thursday of a month; to participate you basically have to come up with an outfit that was inspired by a quote from a piece of literature you’re currently reading or you’ve just read. It can be a traditional book, a blog post, a magazine and heck if I was reading a comic book with a good quote/theme in it I’d probably go with that. I wasn’t able to do that post but I had the literature and the outfit and then strangely enough visited my favourite ruins in England; Kenilworth Castle and all went together nicely. (I’m wearing the dress today in tribute to finishing off this task.)

That said I have a bloody hard time with getting it down to one quote! I just can’t do it, I can’t look at one quote and make an outfit out of it. Though from last month I saw a lot of the quotes from the participants were longer than I’d expected so it’s not as difficult as it could be. My last post/outfit can be seen HERE was inspired by To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This time it’s easier because I’m reading a book of ten stories, called The King in Yellow (1895). It was written by Robert W. Chambers and falls into the classic horror genre. Four of the stories (The Repairer of Reputations, The Mask, In the Court of the Dragon and The Yellow Sign) allude to The Yellow king being a secret play, it’s only ever mentioned or quoted in bits and pieces, never as a whole (which would probably be separate section in itself). It’s a curse and somehow linked to a Yellow Sign (what type of sign it is, is uncertain but it’s guessed to be a diagram perhaps an insignia – design unknown).

The whole book is online here: http://www.yankeeclassic.com/miskatonic/library/stacks/literature/chambers/stories/kinginye/contents.htm

or freely downloadable and online audio versions here:
https://librivox.org/king-in-yellow-by-robert-w-chambers/

Remember this book, well the elusive play of the King in Yellow specifically, is supposed to drive the reader (and I guess by extension listener) to despair and madness ๐Ÿ˜‰ though of course the point of this post is to put a stop to that ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you’re in any way sensitive to the idea of spooks and things that go bump in the night or don’t like being alone/in the dark when looking at things like this then perhaps it’s not one for you. It’s been popular with a number of well known occultists or authors of works likened to or inspired by occultism and spiritualism. However, like the works of Edgar Allen Poe I never really saw what most saw in it. That’s not to say they’re not well written e.g. Gustav Meyrink’s ‘The Golem’ is another one where I could see where the fear and doubt came from but not the outcome, but books like George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’, ‘Animal Farm’ and Franz Kafka’s ‘The Trial’ are more chilling, tense or hair raising imo. That doesn’t mean I prefer one over the other or think of physical machinations such as politically driven books as having more substance or relevance over supernatural or paranormal works but these more flowing, less revealing poems, prose, short stories or psychological horrors are more personal to the character(s) in the story and tend to work well for those on the wolf side rather than the sheep side in the Iron Mountain. Books that go into detail on the human condition and in situ to those around them can be more unsettling and personal to the reader/watchers and those around them potentially making us think. Sadly not for too long though as the public tend to eat up drama, gore and fantasy and dystopian setting but more feeding on it than addressing where it comes from/why it’s come about.

There’s a barrier due to words like ‘fiction’/’fantasy’ aka ‘fake’ and so there’s a cut off point, disbelief is suspended for a short time. Perhaps rather than directly comparing to reality for those with little experience of fantastical or extremely difficult situations, fiction can be a magnifying glass. Symbolic and metaphor heavy books using fantasy to illustrate methods of mind control like the Chronicals of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland/Looking Glass are easily pushed, made into classics and all time favourites often overlooking the connections between where the authors were educated, what groups they were involved, letters/memoirs/biographies etc old boys network big time. It’s hard to tell with all this fantasy about though whose telling you what, whether it’s propaganda laden like the Oz books or veiled secret knowledge like in the Mary Poppins ones. Gothic horrors tend to be harder to decipher e.g. even with all my looking back in the day and re-reads, the ‘interesting bits’ in Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ are elusive other than the word Drac-Ul being Romanian for dragon and/or devil and with the whampyre himself being linked to historical figures connected to the Order of the Dragon (which feeds into the worldwide reptile obsession that the upper peerages have fed to people for how long). Perhaps that piece of lit is too in house. Where do the words ‘chivalry’ and ‘gentlemen’ come from? They’re anything but what people consider chivalrous and gentle-person-ly. It’s too easy to say it’s just fiction, it’s just entertainment, it has no consequence. But heck who remembers what the films The Matrix and The Truman show were darkly depticting and what the connections were other than being landmark films for filming (and fashion from The M) style and imagination. Imagination, another tricky barrier word. May as well as overlap it with the word ‘dream’ for all the credibility it has yet we spend approx 1/3 of our lives doing/going through it.

People remember the picture painted, the impression upon seeing it or the impressions of other having done so, without seeing what went into the painting and who/what the model or inspiration was and/or why they were painted. We don’t remember or think of beauty or horror itselfย  – we think of our portrayal of it, the painting and perhaps painter (or wizard, genius, whatever) becomes great, the original forgotten or not as important. Not much more efficient mental conditioning than that, making ourselves into masters and creators. Little other uderlying reason for displaying heads on walls for example, not always of enemies, many of the heads considered beautiful, graceful, noble or even of a respected rival. So beautiful that our way of showing admiration and respect is to hunt, torture, kill and display it as a trophy degrading it’s beauty into a scene we can impose ourselves upon/into. Lepidoptery anyone or the bloody annoying Mona Lisa? People thinking Shakespeare was some poor bard who made it big, and of course those speculating whether his name penned onto works meaning authorship. The graffiti in the Great Pyramid anyone?

Bah no wonder my favourite media tends to consist of more simple, straightforward themes/issues, soft or heartfelt, mostly with a dash of humour to help. Thank goodness I watched The Wild Thornberrys before reading this, gave me strength!

I’m focusing on the fourth story in the book entitled The Yellow Sign and as I thought about my outfit I felt it best to channel my inner Erza Scarlet for this one ๐Ÿ™‚ (got the temp Red colour in my hair too ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit

ANYWAY ON TO THE STORY, AT LEAST – OOPS AT LAST!

The story starts with an artist’s wandering attention when he had intended to be focused on painting and upon looking back at his work not recognizing the skin tone. He tries to remedy it but it just gets worse, inexplicably so. He gets upset and takes it out on his tools to then be thoroughly chastised by his model. Typically, he’s painting a nude woman who then needs help putting on her clothes. Honestly, I can unequivocally say I’d bloody hate to be anybody’s muse. From the viewpoint of an artist needing/wanting one (other than for work/obligations, there’s enough to be inspired by out there without feigning boredom or lack and unless you need to see something in detail there’s no decent reason to audition muses to find who suits your tastes the most at that moment) to the side of the muse wanting and enjoying being painted for the sake of being painted and admirers (unless of course it’s for a message, some kind of support/bond building or sympathetic circumstances). Yeah yeah the body is a beautiful thing because it’s apparently from nature (hmm) – that’s why artists and their muses rarely have romantic liaisons? The artist/muse relationship is empty vanity to me and hence, for me, did not set the tone of the story well. (I also hate the way she’s described as dancing whilst near him – since the story is written in first person how self-gratifying can the character get?) Ok being cynical early on, moving on!

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit

What was he distracted by? A ‘pasty, soft, fat’ man in a churchyard within view of his window.

Ah, now I remember why people are scared of gothic/classic horrors – portends. People do not like portends, and obviously bad omens that they give any credit to. That building fear of the future, the unknown like the fear of death. It turns out that the man who distracted the artist is the man from a re-curring nightmare the model has been having. One in which her artist friend is alive but being transported in a coffin in a hearse no less.

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit

Then it goes on in conversational tone between various characters regarding the strange man who it turns out is the night watchman at the church (watchman for and against what I wonder), and their lives. It seems the creepy man may not be made of the same stuff as they are, or at least not in the same condition. Later the artist admits he has no morals yet feels good for crossing himself and confession. He then goes on to tell his model that he had the same dream last night, from the viewpoint of being in the coffin. That leads to story becoming completely predictable and their actions illustrate my earlier cynicism was not unwarranted. Though the main character/artist turned out to be thoroughly more dislikable and self involved than I had anticipated. ‘Oh woe is me’ seems to be his motto without any real desire or effort for improvement and I have little sympathy since his situation is mostly his own fault.

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He goes for a walk near the Washington Arch whilst finding some way to excuse his general existence, goes to dinner with a random woman, comes back through the park and has a nerve wracking experience. “Have you found the Yellow sign?” rings through his head. Events had conspired to show him a curse, from seeing the face of his muse’s dreams to a keepsake trinket/jewellery she gives him.

He ends up badly spraining his wrists, a terrible thing for anyone let alone an artist, rendering him artless so to speak. Why his wrists I wonder – simply because he works with his hands?

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QUOTE
I was turning to go into the dining-room when my eye fell upon a book bound in yellow, standing in a corner of the top shelf of the last bookcase. I did not remember it and from the floor could not decipher the pale lettering on the back, so I went to the smoking-room and called Tessie. She came in from the studio and climbed up to reach the book.

“What is it?” I asked.

“‘The King in Yellow.'”

I was dumfounded. Who had placed it there? How came it in my rooms? I had long ago decided that I should never open that book, and nothing on earth could have persuaded me to buy it. Fearful lest curiosity might tempt me to open it, I had never even looked at it in book-stores. If I ever had any curiosity to read it, the awful tragedy of young Castaigne, who I knew, prevented me from exploring its wicked pages. I had refused to listen to any description of it, and indeed, nobody ever ventured to discuss the second part aloud, so I had absolutely no knowledge of what those leaves might reveal. I stared at the poisonous yellow binding as I would at a snake.
/END QUOTE.

Their fates are sealed.

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INTERPRETATION

QUOTE
The King in Yellow never fully describes the shape and purpose of the Yellow Sign. Nonetheless, “The Repairer of Reputations”, one of the stories in the collection, suggests that anyone who possesses, even by accident, a copy of the sign is susceptible to some form of insidious mind control, or possession, by the King in Yellow or one of his heirs. The stories also suggest that the original creator of the sign was not human and possibly came from a strange alternate dimension that contains an ominous and ancient city known as Carcosa. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_Sign)
/END QUOTE

The stories mention the following terms; Hastur, Carcosa (a place), Hali, Aldebaran, and the Hyades.

The term Hastur has been speculatively linked as an inspiration to the character Hastur from H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu pantheons/Mythos.

Hastur (The Unspeakable One, Him Who Is Not to be Named, Assatur, Xastur, H’aaztre, or Kaiwan)

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit

Black Yellow Destruction Outfit

Wretches and Kings lyrics video

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Yellow/Black theme reminds me of a book called Half of a Yellow Sun

So all together; Yellow for the king, Black for Death. The Yellow also represents half of the Yellow sun, but of course there’s two halves here above and below the Black line (belt) in the middle. The sun was split, but with the death of the king and by removing the remnants of his existence it is whole again (no belt).

Black and Yellow also mean demolition – e.g. as written about/illustrated so well in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Whole Sun - The King is Dead

All hail, the King is Dead.

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OOTD: Dress Up Fancy Friday – With Swagger!

Hola mes amis! (yes I know I’m mixing languages ๐Ÿ™‚ )

Viva la Vendredi! (There I’m at it again ๐Ÿ˜› )

At the moment it is vera vera sunny though it’s set to get darker and possibly rain so I’ve got a jumper on with a matching fishnet top on underneath but until then I’ll likely stay in the shade so as not to overheat :-S

My outfit isn’t really fancy today but it’s the kind of outfit that takes a little swagger or shimmy maybe a little sashay, heck even a jump and skip to wear properly without looking casual or frumpy since it’s fitted – and I’m in that kinda mood! Thank goodness for sensible footwear ๐Ÿ˜‰ (I spend most of my life in comfortable, walking shoes). So if I feel like hopping to tap a signpost or twirling round a lamppost I can ๐Ÿ™‚

Pink Jumper Sweater Buckle Buttons Black Pants Trousers Beret

Pink Jumper Sweater Buckle Buttons Black Pants Trousers Beret

Pink Jumper Sweater Buckle Buttons Black Pants Trousers Beret

Pink Jumper Sweater Buckle Buttons Black Pants Trousers Beret

Pink Jumper Sweater Buckle Buttons Black Pants Trousers Beret

Pink Jumper Sweater Buckle Buttons Black Pants Trousers Beret

Hope you all are having a good morning, I will update this post later with links and pics of the other bloggers I see celebrating Fancy Friday ๐Ÿ™‚

To use the Fancy Friday button copy and paste the following text into your text editor (not the visual editor) when making your post and it should come up.

Fashionthatpays Dress Up Fancy Friday
<div align="center"><a href="https://fashionthatpays.wordpress.com/dress-up-fancy-friday/" title="Fashionthatpays Dress Up Fancy Friday" target="_blank"><img src="https://fashionthatpays.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/fancyfridaybutton.png" alt="Fashionthatpays Dress Up Fancy Friday" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Vanessa at Nessbow

White Lace Vintage Thrift Feminine Fancy Friday Dress

Sweetness and light today wearing an adorable lace dress from her mother especially for her mother’s b-day. Love the design and the cute pose, like a princess ๐Ÿ™‚

Shaaz and MizShaazStyle

Black White One Off Shoulder Flower Floral Liquid Wet Look Leggings Decorative Belt Purse Heels Stilettos

Aye yai yai that outfit is so hot and incredibly worn I bet people needed thermometers and ice just being nearby! I lurve it! The textures are gorgeous but I have to say my fave is the floral neckline matched with the flower on the wrist. Total swagger outfit.

Marta at MimosasandFashion

Black White Horizontal Stripes Jumper Sweater Lace Skirt Boots Bag Hat Sunglasses

Rockin’ the horizontal stripes! Not an easy feat but she does it so easily ๐Ÿ˜€ Worn over a delicate lace skirt this outfit blends a little roguishness with sweetness – what’s not to like about that ? ๐Ÿ™‚

Maricel at MyClosetCatalogue

Pink Blue Schiaparelli Jacket Blazer Print Ruffle Blouse Skirt Silver Pumps

Funky and fancy – I like it. Channeling the 30’s that awesome print – almost inverted dinner jacket is so cool and I love it over the vivid Pink and Blue (checkout her blog to see why Cobalt is so important to her and what she calls it) ๐Ÿ™‚ With the metallic shoes she shows her sci-fi babe style ๐Ÿ™‚

Leah at MorningInk

Red Floral Dress White Cardigan Satchel Nude Shoes

Celebrating Spring Leah brought out her favourite dress and I can see why! – A beautiful, Red, floral number like that is sure to pick up any mood and great in warm weather – delightful and feminine yet smart in the overall outfit ๐Ÿ™‚

Nicole at High Latitude Style
Last but not least special mention to Nicole this week who is dress in such an educational way ๐Ÿ™‚ If you look at her post you’ll see her top illustrates the essence of air movement. A nod to the theme of her post which explains how air masses of varying temperatures and moisture levels affect each other causing streams and movement known as conveyor belts – and how the places along the conveyor belt will feel different weather due to the way the air is moving and connecting. Very interesting and very relevant.

Pink Cardigan Print Scarf 3D Pattern Top Shirt Tee Turnup Jeans White Heels Stilletos

A chic, cool outfit made very fancy with its colour, shoes and of course patterns/prints. I love the interpretation of her Science Friday theme into this outfit and it works very stylishly and indeed stylistically.

Hope you had a Good Friday!

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