Hair: Priscilla MechaRaku Extensions in Virgin Straight, braided into side braid
Thick-rimmed glasses: Tommy Hilfiger
Punctured Silk Top: kawi jamele
Star hoop earrings: I forgot (bought in Japan)
Twig and flower rings: mocha; Cartier and Tiffany wedding bands; Star pinky ring: I forgot (bought in Japan)
Watch: Citizen Eco-Drive
Convertible Satchel: Ober Tashe
Dark Jeggings: Uniqlo
Strappy Platform Sandals: G-Shoes
One of the last outfits I wore while in Japan.
Hub and I went to see the latest and last Harry Potter movie at Roppongi Hills. The movie theater was a “premium” theater – we reserved our seats before we went ($19 per person for a matinee!!!), and the ticket price included a drink (served in a glass, with ice). In the theater, the seats were plushy, spacious, and reclined – and in-between the seats was a little lighted table on which to rest drinks etc. We also got popcorn – which once upon a time Japanese movie theaters didn’t serve at all (I remember from back in the early 90’s)…the popcorn was half-caramel; half salt. Of course the salted side couldn’t hold a candle to the extra butter movie popcorn in the U.S!!
They also had a 6-foot tall replica of Bumblebee from Transformers 3 in the lobby, so I availed myself of it to take photos. Hub kept telling me to hurry up. (As an aside, I was kind of shocked how in Transformers 1 and 2 the “good guys” had terrible potty mouths and let loose strings of epithets throughout the movie!! Their language was worse than that of the “bad guys” and I was thoroughly regretting letting my 5-year old see those movies. What happened to the “clean”, FCC-compliant Transformers of the 80’s?? Did the movie execs who okayed this decide that the kids of today prefer nasty language and the good guys seem cooler with addition of 4-letter words?? And don’t even get me started on Cars 2. (see below))
WARNING: If you have a child under the age of 10 who worships the Cars characters, do not, I repeat, DO NOT take them to see Cars 2 before reading what parents are saying on the Internet!!! Seriously. I had my jaw on the floor for most of this movie. It was originally rated PG, and then just before it went to theaters the rating was changed to G (hmmm, I wonder why?? *coughcough Disney’sdeeppockets *coughcough*) It is absolutely not appropriate for all ages despite the G rating (I seriously thought it was a typo when I re-examined my ticket after the movie) – the amount of times you hear the words “death” and “kill;” the number of guns (I mean, Mater outfitted with machine guns???); scenes of torture, scenes of cars dying (I didn’t even know they could die!!)…it was absolutely shocking. The number of parents taking their kids out of the theater throughout the movie, kids crying and screaming at certain scenes…Poor Lil Tot was traumatized by it and is still having nightmares from seeing it last week, and if I can warn even one parent before they subject their child to this movie unknowingly… Yikes. John Lasseter has lost his mind, is all I could think.
Okay, rant over.:-) Amazingly, for the Harry Potter movie (which was a completely satisfying, albeit a little too short, end to the whole series) I realized everything I was wearing (with the exception of my glasses) was bought in Japan. (The glasses aren’t for show; at the movies – especially for movies with subtitles – they’re absolutely necessary or else everything looks fuzzy!! My eyesight is deteriorating due to long hours at the computer.;-)
I fell in love with this top when I saw it in a store – I thought the puncturing, like Swiss Cheese – a really innovative fabric treatment. I guess whatever it was done with was heated; the silk around the puncture edges is slightly rough, and tends to catch on things. The armhole are a little tight on my upper arms; I think I’ll have to do some alterations on it if I can.
Ack, get a Film major started on movie critiques and it never ends.;-)
Hope everyone’s having a great weekend!
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You have a good eye – That top is really cute. And I love this look. I wear glasses myself and hate them, but you really make it look great here. Like, it wouldn’t look as good without the frames. Color me impressed!
I love that you went all mom movie critic! That pisses me off about Cars and my son isn’t even a year old yet. I am pretty lax about language and sex but violence/death in kids stuff pisses me off!
I love your top
Totally cute look. You sure know how to put an outfit together. Luv Luv Luv that top and handbag too. Can you ship me one LOL.
Oh, how I understand all and everything you said about the good guys talking bad stuff? And Cars2 was definitely a movie for adults. The plot, the language, the number of characters was way too much for a kid to handle! I remember watching it and asking myself repeatedly what happened to the great, intimate story from the first Cars movie and how much I felt … betrayed (weird, I know) by Pixar. (I’ll explain myself – Pixar has this way of getting under your skin and with my last favorite – Up – I remember crying and laughing my heart out throughout the movie. During Cars2 I barely had time to understand who was what and where before everything went down in gunpowder or laserbeams!)
yeah. Right. just sayin’! Oh, and the Pirates of the Caribbean? same thing. You know what I liked, us, as Parents, and the kids? How to train your dragon! It’s an amazingly heartmelting story coming from Dreamworks! They don’t reach this level of emotional portraying and character depth, but they somehow managed to do so for this movie! And I loved it! (despite the bad reviews, we also loved Mars Needs Moms, but that’s not technically an animation, it was filmed with motion detectors and it changes the “animated” feeling from an animated movie).
/end rant – wink
It’s because of you I’m starting to look more and more into wigs and extensions? You got me this bug 😀 I can’t seem to ignore anymore! I love it how you change hairstyles all the time. Bangs here, extensions there! Madly loving it!
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Thanks kpriss, for sharing your thoughts! You’re so right that Pixar gets under your skin, and you expect beauty, sensitivity, and moving moments that adults can appreciate and that teach children good lessons along the way.
Cars 2 was horrifying. Like it was created by a whole bunch of macho guys obsessed with James Bond who didn’t even see the first film – bleccch. My husband took our son to see How to Train Your Dragon and said it was very good – we ended up buying the DVD but I still haven’t seen it yet. Pirates of the Caribbean was ridiculous; all the subsequent sequels gradually destroyed the magic and charm created by the first film. We haven’t seen Mars Needs Moms yet, but since I come from a 2D animation background movies made in 3D motion capture, no matter how good, give me the willies. (A Christmas Carol, Avatar, etc.) Still despite all our technology we’re unable to create human faces that actually look, talk, and respond like faces should – they all look wooden and plastic, expressions bizarre, the teeth kind of “floating” being the lips. It’s something I can’t get over and enjoy the story when the mocap is so jarring.
Haha, sorry to have put a bug in your brain about wigs and extensions!;-) When I was younger I never explored that stuff at all, and then living in Japan and constantly being exposed to trends that made it seem “normal”, it grew on me until I amassed my own collection!! I’m so lazy about doing my hair anyway. 30 min with the blowdryer, sprays, styling etc. and still not getting the look I’m going for? Or having everything fall flat after an hour? Why bother when I can just plop on a wig? The wigs/extensions sold in the U.S. are pretty expensive (and not that great quality unless you’re into the couple hundred dollar human hair versions), so if you’re looking into getting any, I’d recommend any place that sells products manufactured in Korea/China/Japan, if you can find a color match. Rakuten.com sells some, as well as YesStyle so you might find something nice there.:-)
Thanks, you’re a darling! I will have to do some digging on that wig matter soon! I’m on the frizzy side of hair and I really have days I can’t get along with it. Bun it atop of my head and look like Popeye’s Olive. Funny, but not the best look I can get. (plus I’m tall and willowy like her, so it’s ridiculous sometimes! I don’t even dream about blow dry and stuff like that! When it comes to handling my hair, I have four left hands, not one!)
Creepy, yes! creepy! That’s the feeling I get too when I look at movies based on motion capture. Avatar was different, though. I don’t know why, maybe because I liked Pocahontas so much? Either way, since Avatar, I can’t look at Zoe Saldana and understand why she’s not blue anymore? 😉
And you know why I was so surprised about How to train your Dragon? because the last Dreamworks I’ve seen – Rain with a chance of meatballs (or something like it) was horrendous! The characters were poorly defined, the story lacked involvement, it was shallow and not falling in place like it should. And then there was this guy who ended up as a chicken? If you hadn’t seen it, I won’t be the spoiler, but it’s really strange. For a movie altogether, not just for a kids movie.
Our kids love the Transformers, though. And we have to let the foul language rest for a few days, explain everything over and over and then cross our fingers and hope they don’t go role playin’ in the playroom saying all they heard on film.
I’ve been hearing around about an old French movie, with (almost) no dialogue whatsoever but very beautiful and moving. For kids. Le Ballon Rouge. Haven’t bought it yet so I can’t tell from experience, but the people who were talking about it, were moved to tears. That’s gotta be something, right? – sorry , I digressed a lot! red face 😛
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