doronjosama: (accomplished)
Looking through the new issue of Vogue (the giant-sized September issue*), I am struck by the notion that Gela Nash-Taylor has the life I imagined for my adult self when I was fifteen years old. Let's go down the list, shall we?

--internationally renowned fashion designer (she co-owns Juicy Couture)- check
--owns an historic and romantic manor house in England- check
--jet-sets between Los Angeles, New York and England- check
--quirky yet immaculate personal style- check
--fabulous and gorgeously planned social life, rubbing elbows with artists, musicians, style mavens and socialites- check
--two or three amazing and beautiful children- check
--married to John Taylor of Duran Duran- check check check check XD

I find this hilarious! Even more so that she is my exact same height!

(*Some years ago, I finally broke myself of my ingrained-in-my-teen-years habit of buying all the major fashion magazines on the stands every month. Now, I only ever buy random issues of US fashion magazines in airports when I have to fly. Japanese fashion magazines such as Kera are twice-yearly treats at conventions. The September Vogue is my yearly indulgence, since online fashion browsing doesn't replicate the feeling of the glossy, perfumed pages and the heavy weight of the magazine in my lap, as I wallow in the fantasy of a moneyed lifestyle I can never hope to achieve.)
doronjosama: (Default)
Looking through the new issue of Vogue (the giant-sized September issue*), I am struck by the notion that Gela Nash-Taylor has the life I imagined for my adult self when I was fifteen years old. Let's go down the list, shall we?

--internationally renowned fashion designer (she co-owns Juicy Couture)- check
--owns an historic and romantic manor house in England- check
--jet-sets between Los Angeles, New York and England- check
--quirky yet immaculate personal style- check
--fabulous and gorgeously planned social life, rubbing elbows with artists, musicians, style mavens and socialites- check
--two or three amazing and beautiful children- check
--married to John Taylor of Duran Duran- check check check check XD

I find this hilarious! Even more so that she is my exact same height!

(*Some years ago, I finally broke myself of my ingrained-in-my-teen-years habit of buying all the major fashion magazines on the stands every month. Now, I only ever buy random issues of US fashion magazines in airports when I have to fly. Japanese fashion magazines such as Kera are twice-yearly treats at conventions. The September Vogue is my yearly indulgence, since online fashion browsing doesn't replicate the feeling of the glossy, perfumed pages and the heavy weight of the magazine in my lap, as I wallow in the fantasy of a moneyed lifestyle I can never hope to achieve.)
doronjosama: (hmm)
I didn't hate it. I actually liked a lot of it, because I am an obsessive compulsive type who revels in the details. (The shoes were all 1985 style shoes! Except for one time!) Other parts, not so much. (No spoilers here...)

Watchmen the graphic novel was a big thing back in the day. When I was a teenager in the 1980's, reading Uncanny X-Men and New Mutants and ElfQuest, there were four "underground" comics that just blew me away with their style, story-telling and vision. These four comics were, in order of favorite-ness:
1. Love & Rockets
2. Camelot 3000
3. Time2 (by Howard Chaykin- I guess it could also be called Time Squared)
4. Watchmen

Yeah, two of those comics are from DC Comics, so hardly "underground" material. And I don't want any lip over Camelot 3000, since I loved that damn thing and read the hell out of it. (And I covet the fancy hardcover we have at the comic store with extra bonus pages...)

These were the comics that made me go "wow, comics can be about ANYTHING!". It wasn't until I first worked in a comic store that I read Arkham Asylum or The Dark Knight Returns, so those weren't really influences. But those four? Awesome. I still love re-reading them, though I haven't seen a copy of Time Squared since the 80's. (It was recommended to me by Sassy magazine, so you know it was very hip!) Despite some of my issues with Watchmen in terms of how it affected the future path of the industry (sharing blame with Miller's Dark Knight), as a complete work on its own, it's still pretty amazing. The level of detail is just insane. The "easter eggs" throughout the book are legion. It was the first intelligent superhero comic that wasn't just about punching. And honestly, half the people who read it don't really "get" it. (Hur hur hur, Rorschach is so badass! Yeah! Uh, no...)

Now, if only my movie-going experience hadn't been tainted by the stupid chattering hordes of people who couldn't shut the hell up and who also decided to psychologically scar their toddlers by bringing them to the movie. People really are incredibly dumb sometimes. You'd think an R rating would have maybe sent the message that this wasn't going to be like Fantastic Four or something... still, it comforted me to know that the kids were getting quite an education in both the old ultra-violence *and* sex! Ah, excellent parenting, people of San Antonio!

Bonus fangirl squee: Wolverine movie trailer! Hells yeah! And Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth? Awesome! I can't wait to see that! My inner thirteen year old will probably never get over her crush on Wolverine.

After the movie, we had to book on home to finish up the laundry for this week. And [livejournal.com profile] suarez has to practice for his comedy contest he's in on Monday. In other things, Daylight Savings Time is already screwing me up. I hate losing an hour of sleep!

EDIT: Even more bonus fangirl squee, but of a fashionable nature: Audrey Tatou is starring in a biopic of Coco Chanel! I AM SO THERE!
doronjosama: (Default)
I didn't hate it. I actually liked a lot of it, because I am an obsessive compulsive type who revels in the details. (The shoes were all 1985 style shoes! Except for one time!) Other parts, not so much. (No spoilers here...)

Watchmen the graphic novel was a big thing back in the day. When I was a teenager in the 1980's, reading Uncanny X-Men and New Mutants and ElfQuest, there were four "underground" comics that just blew me away with their style, story-telling and vision. These four comics were, in order of favorite-ness:
1. Love & Rockets
2. Camelot 3000
3. Time2 (by Howard Chaykin- I guess it could also be called Time Squared)
4. Watchmen

Yeah, two of those comics are from DC Comics, so hardly "underground" material. And I don't want any lip over Camelot 3000, since I loved that damn thing and read the hell out of it. (And I covet the fancy hardcover we have at the comic store with extra bonus pages...)

These were the comics that made me go "wow, comics can be about ANYTHING!". It wasn't until I first worked in a comic store that I read Arkham Asylum or The Dark Knight Returns, so those weren't really influences. But those four? Awesome. I still love re-reading them, though I haven't seen a copy of Time Squared since the 80's. (It was recommended to me by Sassy magazine, so you know it was very hip!) Despite some of my issues with Watchmen in terms of how it affected the future path of the industry (sharing blame with Miller's Dark Knight), as a complete work on its own, it's still pretty amazing. The level of detail is just insane. The "easter eggs" throughout the book are legion. It was the first intelligent superhero comic that wasn't just about punching. And honestly, half the people who read it don't really "get" it. (Hur hur hur, Rorschach is so badass! Yeah! Uh, no...)

Now, if only my movie-going experience hadn't been tainted by the stupid chattering hordes of people who couldn't shut the hell up and who also decided to psychologically scar their toddlers by bringing them to the movie. People really are incredibly dumb sometimes. You'd think an R rating would have maybe sent the message that this wasn't going to be like Fantastic Four or something... still, it comforted me to know that the kids were getting quite an education in both the old ultra-violence *and* sex! Ah, excellent parenting, people of San Antonio!

Bonus fangirl squee: Wolverine movie trailer! Hells yeah! And Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth? Awesome! I can't wait to see that! My inner thirteen year old will probably never get over her crush on Wolverine.

After the movie, we had to book on home to finish up the laundry for this week. And [livejournal.com profile] suarez has to practice for his comedy contest he's in on Monday. In other things, Daylight Savings Time is already screwing me up. I hate losing an hour of sleep!

EDIT: Even more bonus fangirl squee, but of a fashionable nature: Audrey Tatou is starring in a biopic of Coco Chanel! I AM SO THERE!
doronjosama: (pffft)
I was browsing the Hot Topic site over my breakfast (yes, yes, they're a horrible corporate store packaging and selling subcultures to impressionable teens... but they have good sales and great earrings...), when I found out that stirrup pants are back.

Some things should stay dead. I mean, I love the 80's probably more than is healthy, but there's no way those pants look good on anyone. I should know, I used to wear them, and when I did I was skinny as a rail. They are unflattering on all figures!

If kids these days (har, I'm old!) really want to wear stirrup pants, they should head to their local Goodwill. Trying to find jeans and pants yesterday that weren't either stirrup pants or flares was like trying to find Jimmy Hoffa. And then they're only $2.00!

Oh and PS, what the hell is up with stores no longer carrying size 5 shoes?! I noticed the size 5 selection at Target was super small and mostly 5.5's and the Hot Topic site only goes down to size 6! Some of us have small feet! We still want cute shoes! I also made the horrid discovery that they've rigged shoes sizes yet again, so I no longer wear a size 3.5 or 4 in children's shoes, but now I fit comfortably into a child's 2.5. AM I SHRINKING?! WTF?!
doronjosama: (Default)
I was browsing the Hot Topic site over my breakfast (yes, yes, they're a horrible corporate store packaging and selling subcultures to impressionable teens... but they have good sales and great earrings...), when I found out that stirrup pants are back.

Some things should stay dead. I mean, I love the 80's probably more than is healthy, but there's no way those pants look good on anyone. I should know, I used to wear them, and when I did I was skinny as a rail. They are unflattering on all figures!

If kids these days (har, I'm old!) really want to wear stirrup pants, they should head to their local Goodwill. Trying to find jeans and pants yesterday that weren't either stirrup pants or flares was like trying to find Jimmy Hoffa. And then they're only $2.00!

Oh and PS, what the hell is up with stores no longer carrying size 5 shoes?! I noticed the size 5 selection at Target was super small and mostly 5.5's and the Hot Topic site only goes down to size 6! Some of us have small feet! We still want cute shoes! I also made the horrid discovery that they've rigged shoes sizes yet again, so I no longer wear a size 3.5 or 4 in children's shoes, but now I fit comfortably into a child's 2.5. AM I SHRINKING?! WTF?!

Fuwa!

Oct. 18th, 2007 02:52 am
doronjosama: (tenkittenlove)
I am currently all about the Fuwa, the mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympics right now. I'm not even that into the Olympics anymore, I can never catch the events I want. It's not like when I was a little kid, and the Olympics were a huge deal that everyone watched on network TV. And honestly, I can't remember a single other Olympic mascot. But the Fuwa have changed everything! They're so awesome!

And they are absolutely adorable. But don't just take my word for it, look at how cute they are!



SO adorable. [livejournal.com profile] jetbaby and [livejournal.com profile] atomicpanda, you can also download desktop wallpapers featuring them here.

The other adorable thing rocking my world right now? Lloromannic (look out, there's music on that page), a Japan-only Sanrio creation. Goth demon blobs! Augh, so cute! And the keychains have light up eyes?! Must Own! Sanrio is always so quick on the trends, witness them cashing in on the gothic lolita craze!

Also, Sanrio Japan kicks all kinds of butt because they have special Halloween exclusive items (the Sanrio US site just goes on about Kimora Lee Simmons, pfft, who cares), AND the San-X site has special Halloween themed desktop wallpapers stuck in among their usual downloads section (just scroll around and look for the orange...).

Cute things make me so happy. ^_^

Fuwa!

Oct. 18th, 2007 02:52 am
doronjosama: (Default)
I am currently all about the Fuwa, the mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympics right now. I'm not even that into the Olympics anymore, I can never catch the events I want. It's not like when I was a little kid, and the Olympics were a huge deal that everyone watched on network TV. And honestly, I can't remember a single other Olympic mascot. But the Fuwa have changed everything! They're so awesome!

And they are absolutely adorable. But don't just take my word for it, look at how cute they are!



SO adorable. [livejournal.com profile] jetbaby and [livejournal.com profile] atomicpanda, you can also download desktop wallpapers featuring them here.

The other adorable thing rocking my world right now? Lloromannic (look out, there's music on that page), a Japan-only Sanrio creation. Goth demon blobs! Augh, so cute! And the keychains have light up eyes?! Must Own! Sanrio is always so quick on the trends, witness them cashing in on the gothic lolita craze!

Also, Sanrio Japan kicks all kinds of butt because they have special Halloween exclusive items (the Sanrio US site just goes on about Kimora Lee Simmons, pfft, who cares), AND the San-X site has special Halloween themed desktop wallpapers stuck in among their usual downloads section (just scroll around and look for the orange...).

Cute things make me so happy. ^_^
doronjosama: (platinumblonde)
Posted for [livejournal.com profile] dustmeat, who often seems skeptical when I tell her that celebrities and fashion models look ragged out in Real Life, just like us. They just have the magic of Photoshop for all their print work!

Check out the Before picture of my homegirl Gwen here, on this photographer's Flickr account! Then, click through the other pictures, to see how Sharon Stone and Janet Jackson magically lose their wrinkles when hit with the Photoshop stick!

Anyone can be gorgeous if you have the right lighting, a professional makeup artist to spackle you up, and a photographer who is willing to Photoshop the fuck out of your face! It's all so simple! There's a reason regular women like us can't look just like the women in magazines, and that's because Photoshop filters don't work in the real world. ^_^

(And Gwen, I totally love you again for seeing you look real, with tired bags under your eyes. I completely forgive you for sampling "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music for your latest single (YouTube link). I'm sorry, but that shit was wack, lady!)
doronjosama: (Default)
Posted for [livejournal.com profile] dustmeat, who often seems skeptical when I tell her that celebrities and fashion models look ragged out in Real Life, just like us. They just have the magic of Photoshop for all their print work!

Check out the Before picture of my homegirl Gwen here, on this photographer's Flickr account! Then, click through the other pictures, to see how Sharon Stone and Janet Jackson magically lose their wrinkles when hit with the Photoshop stick!

Anyone can be gorgeous if you have the right lighting, a professional makeup artist to spackle you up, and a photographer who is willing to Photoshop the fuck out of your face! It's all so simple! There's a reason regular women like us can't look just like the women in magazines, and that's because Photoshop filters don't work in the real world. ^_^

(And Gwen, I totally love you again for seeing you look real, with tired bags under your eyes. I completely forgive you for sampling "The Lonely Goatherd" from The Sound of Music for your latest single (YouTube link). I'm sorry, but that shit was wack, lady!)
doronjosama: (pensive)
[livejournal.com profile] leborcham posted a link to a blog with photos from the Grammy Awards. Going by the batch of Scarlett Johanssen pictures there (scroll down), it looks like Scarlett lost a bunch of weight. I am fairly bummed out about this, because hey, I liked her as-is, and every time I see a female celebrity start losing weight, it upsets me. Why? Well, because usually, they're not even remotely fat to begin with, but they get obsessed with being skinny. (Witness: Christina Ricci, who was 5 feet tall and 100 pounds and a size 2, and she still worked hard on becoming a skeleton. Or Brittany Murphy, who was so cute and curvy in Clueless, and who now looks emaciated in her current movies, like the one [livejournal.com profile] suarez refers to as My Nanny the Skeleton, which I think is actually called Uptown Girls...)

I know Scarlett was blonde to begin with, but the strange blonding effect that is sweeping Hollywood is getting old as well. What happened to celebrities trying to have their own look? The current thing of "I'll dress slutty and have a lot of blonde hair, regardless of my original ethnic background!" is really boring. It makes everyone look the same. And if I was more awake, I could probably make some pithy remarks about how punching everyone out of the same scrawny, trampy, blonde mold is commodifying women as products, but I can't get more coherent about it yet.

I want girls in Hollywood to stop losing weight like fiends. I want them to eat food and stop emulating fashion models, who live on a diet of cigarettes, methamphetamines and vodka. In old Hollywood, there was room for Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jean Seberg right next to Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Jane Russell. Why can't celebrities have more than one shape?

In other things, work continues. Yay.
doronjosama: (Default)
[livejournal.com profile] leborcham posted a link to a blog with photos from the Grammy Awards. Going by the batch of Scarlett Johanssen pictures there (scroll down), it looks like Scarlett lost a bunch of weight. I am fairly bummed out about this, because hey, I liked her as-is, and every time I see a female celebrity start losing weight, it upsets me. Why? Well, because usually, they're not even remotely fat to begin with, but they get obsessed with being skinny. (Witness: Christina Ricci, who was 5 feet tall and 100 pounds and a size 2, and she still worked hard on becoming a skeleton. Or Brittany Murphy, who was so cute and curvy in Clueless, and who now looks emaciated in her current movies, like the one [livejournal.com profile] suarez refers to as My Nanny the Skeleton, which I think is actually called Uptown Girls...)

I know Scarlett was blonde to begin with, but the strange blonding effect that is sweeping Hollywood is getting old as well. What happened to celebrities trying to have their own look? The current thing of "I'll dress slutty and have a lot of blonde hair, regardless of my original ethnic background!" is really boring. It makes everyone look the same. And if I was more awake, I could probably make some pithy remarks about how punching everyone out of the same scrawny, trampy, blonde mold is commodifying women as products, but I can't get more coherent about it yet.

I want girls in Hollywood to stop losing weight like fiends. I want them to eat food and stop emulating fashion models, who live on a diet of cigarettes, methamphetamines and vodka. In old Hollywood, there was room for Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly and Jean Seberg right next to Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Jane Russell. Why can't celebrities have more than one shape?

In other things, work continues. Yay.
doronjosama: (platinumblonde)
Thanks to The Natty Minx blog, I have been perusing the spring collections over on Style.com. And man, there's gonna be some butt-ugly clothes out there.

Big fashion ranting full of links behind the cut!
Read more... )

So there's my loves and hates for the spring season. It's all pretty irrelevant though, as I cannot afford designer duds, unless they're in the thrifts or unless I find them on eBay for a pittance. (Being teeny is a blessing sometimes!)
doronjosama: (Default)
Thanks to The Natty Minx blog, I have been perusing the spring collections over on Style.com. And man, there's gonna be some butt-ugly clothes out there.

Big fashion ranting full of links behind the cut!
Read more... )

So there's my loves and hates for the spring season. It's all pretty irrelevant though, as I cannot afford designer duds, unless they're in the thrifts or unless I find them on eBay for a pittance. (Being teeny is a blessing sometimes!)

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