Friday, March 17, 2017

Beauty and the Beast (2017) An Embarrassingly Long Review



               Beauty and the Beast (1991 Disney) has had an essential role in my life, having been released during a very formative time of my childhood. I went to see it when it was first in the theater, on a field trip with my sixth grade class when I was 11, and was immediately in love with this version of the fairy tale I had previously read in books. Belle became my heroine…my ultimate role model. So although I was extremely excited a few years ago when Disney announced their live action Beauty and the Beast, I was also nervous.

17 Days of Beauty and the Beast - Day 17: THE Movie Outfit

It has been a fun journey we've taken together, these 17 days of March, leading up to the premiere of the new Beauty and the Beast live action film. At this point, regardless of what any of us end up thinking of the new retelling, it can't tarnish the shine of the masterpiece that is the original animated classic. Right after I post this, I'm leaving to go to our favorite theater to finally see the movie for the first time.

This is the outfit I settled on for the movie premiere day! The whole reason I first gathered together photos of all the Beauty and the Beast fashion items I owned was so that I could try to figure out what I wanted to wear for the movie premiere. And this is it! The shirt is arguably my favorite one I own, from Whosits and Whatsits: "Lumiere's Culinary Cabaret." I love the Art Deco styling and the subtle wink and nod logo. The kimono top is a new item from Hot Topic, and as soon as I saw the design of it, my eyes went all anime-style sparkly and I started making grabby hands.

 The flower crown I made myself. I had to have a "big crafty item" to end this experience. The beads you see are glass marbles backed with scenes from the animated movie. Sometime in the next few days I'll be posting a tutorial on how to make the flower crown.

I truly hope you've enjoyed going on this adventure with me for the last seventeen days. It has been fun to figure out new and creative ways of wearing these wardrobe items I've had, some for years. I'm honestly a little sad to see this fun experience ending, but am excited to wear some of these ensembles I've whipped up this summer when we go to D23 and Disneyland!

Thanks for watching! Please tell me what YOU think of the new movie once you've seen it!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

17 Days of Beauty and the Beast - Day 16: Mrs. Potts!

"Cheer up, child. It'll turn out all right in the end: you'll see!"

I have mentioned before that I actually am not winging it on this challenge: I wrote out a simple list of outfits ahead of time (knowing I could change up details as I wore them) so that I'd be sure to get everything in. Technically, I could have borrowed my husband's new Beauty and the Beast shirt today so that I could be wearing an official clothing item, but as soon as I thought of my Mrs. Potts lunch bag, I realized how fun it would be to do a Mrs. Potts Disneybound.

The lunch bag is from the Disney Store. I got it last year and it's another one that is now only available at a much higher price on eBay.

I had fun figuring out what in my wardrobe I could wear in order to get Mrs. Pott's colorful color scheme of white, pink, teal, and purple. I'm paying homage to her "ruffled cap" with my rose-colored chiffon cap my friend Sara got for my birthday last year.

The Mrs. Potts and Chip pin was part of a New Fantasyland pin set when the updated area of Disney World reopened. "Chip" the teacup is from a tea set I inherited from my grandmother. It's so lovely and delicate, and I love the small roses on the inside lip of each cup.

Ah, "look at me, jabbering on while there's a supper to get on the table!"


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

17 Days of Beauty and the Beast - Day 15: Are You Happy Here?

Only three more days to our countdown, today included! I admit I was really looking forward to sharing today's ensemble with you. Despite the fact that the art on here is by Thomas Kinkade, an artist whose work I abhor on principle, I admit this particular rendering of Belle and Beast on the terrace as he asks her if she's happy...is quite lovely. Beast's castle in the background, the watercolor shades of purples and pinks...it's truly lovely.

I bought this skirt on Amazon for our Disney trip last Christmas, but when it arrived it didn't fit quite right. The skirt is one size fits all, and the elastic waist was just fine, but the length...oh my. It was indecently short. So my mom and I added fabric to lengthen it. The fabric we chose just happened to be in a William Morris pattern, one of my favorite artists. So this skirt went from being unwearable to suddenly being strong competition for my favorite item in my wardrobe.

The flower clip I'm wearing in my hair is made of paper, and was a handmade gift from my friend Shveta Thakrar. The words on it tell the story of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, my second favorite fairy tale, and the only one I love almost as much as Beauty and the Beast.


 My pin is currently available at Disney World as a Disney Visa Rewards item, and through the Disney Parks merchandise app!


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

17 Days of Beauty and the Beast - Day 14: Book, Belle, and Bonnet

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you....day 14 of our countdown, about a half dozen t-shirts or more worn, and this is the first time I had to pull out my trusty skinny blue jeans to pair with this shirt. I intentionally tried to wear all the other shirts until now in creative ways I normally wouldn't try, and I must say it was quite enlightening! But this is how I wear my t-shirts most of the time, so I had to represent that in this countdown.

The shirt features art from Megan Lara, and I got it on TeeFury, though it appears to no longer be an available design. I'm telling you, guys, you have to jump on these things!

I'm wearing a floppy brown felt hat I like to wear in the spring and on cooler summer days, and my other big-ticket item in this ensemble is my new Beauty and the Beast book purse! Yes, this is technically labeled as a girl's purse, but the straps are fully adjustable to much longer than I show here, and the size of it is comparable to book purses sold on Etsy to adults for literally ten times the price. When I saw this, and the price, I immediately ran to my local Target to snatch it up.


Monday, March 13, 2017

17 Days of Beauty and the Beast - Day 13: Dancing

I have four or five of these silk circle skirts in different colors, sent to me three years ago or so by a friend. They are all so marvelous to wear, swishing and swirling around my ankles as I walk or spin or as the breeze catches me.

I'm wearing this skirt with a long sleeved stained glass pattern shirt, purchased from Hot Topic a couple years ago. The design was quite popular, so even though it's no longer available, I bet it's somewhere on eBay if you wanted to find it!

I'm wearing a watch cameo necklace, also from Hot Topic, with the same design on it. I apparently have a bit of a fixation on the stained glass designs from the movie. It's a pity I'm guessing they aren't going to tell Beast's backstory in the form of stained glass in the new movie, from the teasers I've seen. To me it was a particularly beautiful moment, and engrossed the viewer in the fairy tale immediately.

 The khussa-style slippers are purple dupioni and were a gift from another friend. The blur is from spinning around and around and around.....


Sunday, March 12, 2017

17 Days of Beauty and the Beast - Day 12: *That* Yellow Dress

In cinema history, there are dresses that become iconic. That word is so often overused, but I can think of very few other gowns in Disney animated history that are so quickly recognized and so elementary to the character as Belle's yellow (gold) gown. Love it or hate it, it was THE gown from the ballroom scene, a revolutionary moment in animation history when an until-then rather static camera eye view in animated films turned into a sweeping swooping scene, with the camera angle diving down from chandeliers and catching her underskirts as Beast caught Belle up in his arms.

A couple years ago, Tom and I were planning our second Disney World trip, and I wanted something special to wear to Be Our Guest restaurant. I really wanted a yellow dress. And then, like magic, one appeared, at JCPenny. Yes, today is my first Disneybound of this challenge, since the dress is technically not officially Beauty and the Beast merchandise. But look! There's a stained glass-esque rose pattern on the yellow bodice. It's perfect.

Disneybound though it might be, I AM wearing an official licensed item: the tree branch necklace Belle wears in the new forthcoming film with her version of the yellow gown. It's available from...three guesses...Hot Topic.