Recently, the kid and I watched a great documentary on Epix called, “Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image” by Jenny McQuaile. We highly recommend that you give it a watch.
Watch the trailer below:
The documentary deals with the complicated issues of body image in today’s society and the pressure put on all women to conform to a certain body type. There are interviews with teen girls that are honest about their struggles with body image. The documentary also addresses that these body image issues continue long into adulthood.
What I liked about the documentary is that it wasn’t an exercise in finger pointing at the fashion industry and media. The film does address these industries as contributing to the problem, but it moves on from that quickly, since we already know this, and gets to the growing number of designers and content creators that are taking this on and putting out a variety of races, ages and body types in their clothes and photos of their clothes.
The film then focuses on an photography art exhibit by Anastasia Garcia featuring 12 models from different ethinicities, ages and body types to create a one-of-a-kind exhibit to be shown during NYC Fashion Week. The film follows the models on shoot day.
Some highlights of the film:
The kiddo really loved seeing the models show up without make-up. She exclaimed, “Wait, their skin isn’t perfect! They look like us!”
The models talk about how much they hate the photoshopping of their bodies. They know that the pictures don’t look like them and that it is impossible to look like the photos. It is truly unachievable. Even for them.
The models talk about how their bodies are scutinized at work. These were models that were a size 2, and were referred to as “fat” by photographers and agents.
The models also talk about how unhealthy they were when they were super thin, and now that they are not worried about fitting into a size 00, they are happier and much healthier.
In addition to body size and image, skin color is addressed as well. One of my favorite models, Philomena Kwao, is a plus size model and a very dark skinned woman. She talks about getting excluded from covers, not because of her size, but because of her color. Because she looks differently from what we are used to.
“I’m not a plus size woman. I’m a plus size model.”
Seeing that all these amazing beautiful women also struggle with body positivity, whether they are a size 0 or a size 20. That resonated with the kiddo and with me.
“The top of my modeling career, I was the bottom of my self-esteem.”
“My worth was in not eating.”
“We cannot allow girls to live like that anymore.” Amen.
If you have the time, I highly recommend this documentary. It is streaming on Epix now.
The film’s website is here to get more information.
After years of not being able to make it to the Ren Faire, we finally got to go back this year.
We had a most excellent time. The Faire was celebrating “pirate weekend”. The cosplay, as always, was fantastic!
We attended the Queen’s Joust. Our Knight won!
Here are some more pictures from our day:
Scout’s cosplay and sword are from Spirit Halloween. My Once Upon a Time vest and necklace are from Hot Topic. Our pouches are from Amazon. My parasol is from Chinatown for five bucks. I had never used a parasol before, and believe me, I will never do outside things without one again! What a lifesaver!
We enjoyed our day and Scout finished it with a trip in the giant “hamster” ball. Enjoy this video.
If you want to attend the Renaissance Pleasure Faire, then click here for tickets! Have a great time!
Geeky menswear company, Hero Within, has a new Summer collection that is available for pre-order. *Full disclosure: I am the Operations Manager for Hero Within.
The new collection features short-sleeved button-down shirts and a new unisex denim jacket.
As with previous Justice League pieces, theses pieces are meant to be worn anytime, work or play. The designs are subtle and just like the jacket collection, although the collection is a “men’s” collection, women can and are ordering the pieces and making them their own. We will feature some pictures of this collection when they are available.
The Wonder Woman denim jacket was met with some controversy since a male model was modeling it on the site. CEO, Tony B. Kim, addresses the controversy here. The rest of the internet came to Hero’s defense as well.
My thoughts on the subject are this. Hero Within is a men’s wear company, so using a male model for the jacket made total sense. Second point is that Hero never considered NOT including Wonder Woman in their collection. Quite to the contrary. We couldn’t wait to include her in the collection! We only took this long so we could coordinate the release of the pieces with the release of the film. Lastly, we had several patterns for the button-down shirts, including a Wonder Woman print. We gave our customers the opportunity to vote on the top four designs they liked. Wonder Woman easily landed in the top four.
For our next recap, I just wanted to share a video of us welcoming the new year (and telling 2016 to suck it!) from London. The security was super-strict, so our only option was watching the fireworks from the hotel. Since it was so cold, we were more than happy to do so! Enjoy!
OK, so the kiddo and I got to go on the trip of a lifetime, to London! Going to London has long been a dream of ours, and we had the best time!
First, the plane ride…
First stop on our trip was to the Tower of London!
The view from the Tower grounds to the Tower Bridge was amazing. It was so cold, but totally worth it!
The site is not just where the torture happened and the head’s got chopped off, but the White Tower (the main building with the four spiers) was a palace at first, then a place for royal coronations and then finally became a prison to the kingdom’s most notorious criminals. The museum is home to the crown jewels now as well (no pictures allowed in that room). The site also houses suits of armor worn by Kings and noblemen, swords and weaponry of all kinds and the famous block and axe, the rack and other various torture devices that were shudder-inducing.
We also got to go into some of the cells where prisoners made elaborate carvings in the walls as they awaiting their fates.
Please enjoy some great pictures from the day. Enjoy!
OK, we have a new Avenger! Doctor Strange came on the scene a week ago in the MCU, and I of course, have some thoughts and feels. Now, you’ve had a week, so I can spoil all I wanna, so if you are a total goober and haven’t seen the movie yet, you might want to revisit this post later.
I’m not a movie reviewer, and I will not pretend to be one today. I thought I would share some thoughts and feels from the movie. Talk back in the comments. We want to hear what you guys think of our latest Avenger.
The Cloak of Levitation was one of my favorite characters in the film. I have a deep understanding of that cloak. It gets me.
Yes, you can also call it a cape. The two terms are interchangeable. The formal name of the relic is the Cloak of Levitation, but if you call it a cape, that’s still correct. Everyone chill.
I love how all of the Marvel heroes have, as the Ancient One says, “Such a capacity for good.” Despite their flaws and obstacles, they have an overwhelming capacity for good.
More strong women characters! Yeah, Marvel! Get it! The Strange comics honestly didn’t have any women in them to speak of, but in the MCU, there is diversity and inclusion. Good show!
There was a lot of shade thrown about the Ancient One being a Celtic woman and not an Asian man. I get it. I really do. However, Marvel has a grand plan for all of their universe, so I trust them. Also, the Ancient One in the comics was such an Asian stereotype; I applaud Marvel for diverting from that. Lastly, it turns out that the Ancient One was incredibly flawed as she drew power from the dark universe. Did you guys want the Asian to turn out to be a stereotypical baddie?
I’m back on the cape. It is not only a magical relic, but a fashion item! This movie gets me.
The word “spells” was used repeatedly. Made my Magickal heart just sing!
Dr. Strange uses his powers to swipe books from the library, so he could astrally project in order to read more. Tell me this, can you get any nerdier than that?!
“It’s not about you.”
“I just wanted to watch the snow.” (I’m not crying, you are!)
The hand holding (I’m still not crying. It’s just dusty in here!)
“This doesn’t make any sense.” “Not everything does.” “Not everything has to.” So. Much. Truth!
The harpsichord in the score. Genius!
The costumes. So good.
The first post-credits scene makes me so excited for the future!
The humor in the film was just fantastic.
I am now a Cumberbitch for LYFE!
Up next, recaps of Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con, including my new Doctor Strange dress by Elhoffer Design. Until next time, open your eye…