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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

LIGHT LIT: Forgotten Fashion

Hey everyone!

In continuation with my last portion of the haul being based on literature, I figured I'd share this fantastic book that I had recently returned to the library titled Forgotten Fashion: An Illustrated Faux History of Outrageous Trends and Their Untimely Demise by Kate Hahn. It also features the following illustrators: Dena Blankmeyer, Teri Chung, Elizabeth Dran, AndraƩ Gonzalo, Amelia Haviland, Annie Lim, Lily Ng, Alison Petrie, Isabella Scotto. What?! Pictures in a grown person's book?! Damn straight people, because what would a book on fashion, especially "forgotten" fashion, be like without art to accompany it? Anyway, let's get into the synopsis:

A Never-Before-Told History of Doomed-to-fail faux fashion. If you stockpile back issues of Vogue, plan your schedule around Project Runway--and have a well-dressed funny bone--you'll love this collection!

Mixing fictional designers, made-up muses, and totally imaginary trendsetters with real people and places Forgotten Fashion traces the brith, life and death of faux trends with intelligent humor.

These are the stories behind such formerly unsung sartorial concoctions as a Jazz Age flapper dress made entirely of ice; a mid-century French evening gown inspried by a refrigerator; a pair of Depression Era satin pajamas popularized by Hollywoood with the help of an African elephant named Jins; an Eighties suit made with gilded pinstripes; and the littlest little black dress, ever; along with many other creations that will surpries, shock, and delight you.

From the Body Muff (1905) to the Fidelity Cardigan (1943) to Emotionally Distressed Jeans (1998), each faux fashion is sewn with wit and brought to life in fabulous full-color illustrations.

Sadly, each of the faux trends in this volume met an untimely if not tragic demis. They were the victimes of a veriety of misfortunes includeing bad weather, long wars, short tempers, wild animals, poorly formulate fabric blends, and even their creators , who include several Paris-trained couturiers a Milanese tailor, a bourgeois Swiss teenager, and a man known only as "Hugo."

So open this book and peruse. Much like shopping along a crooked street of stores, you'll discover a collections of surprises.

My Thoughts: Hysterical! Amusing! Fascinating!

Now for a more in depth analysis: The book consists of short stories broken down in a chronological way. The actual stories are well-written with a great amount of wit put into the stories and tying the actual historical events of the time periods to the clothing. It makes a great show of how fashion isn't just some clothes draped upon individuals but a reflection of the issues taking place in society like other forms of art. At the same time, it takes the role of a satirical work that pokes fun of actual fashion choices made in the day and brings the reader to think what it would have been like if these stories were real instead of faux history. To top it off, the works of the illustrators are fantastic and add an enlightening vision to the fashion choices described in the stories. Though we are accustomed to using such imagery to think of it for ourselves, I liked the fact that actual fashion illustrators participated added to the story and gave it further life. I liked them so much, I was slightly wishing there was truth to the stories and that some of these could be found somewhere in the world! Ultimately, what really struck me were the issues faced that led to the downfall of each trend, as they were, again, reminiscent of issues faced by many in these time periods and left me pondering further about this alternate universe in fashion and the effect it could have had on us all (blame the philosopher in me to make it serious). A fun work altogether and a delightful read, I think I'll be adding this to my book collection, and find that there will be a source of amusement/inspiration for all fashionistas who pick it up. Also if you want to check out more regarding the book and even see a video in which AndraĆ© Gonzalo of Project Runway fame shows the process he went through to create some of the art he put into the book, check out the Forgotten Fashion website.

Normally I provide my fave quotes but I decided to instead tease you guys with some of my fave illustrations without giving too much away:

Picasso Patchwork (1916) Chung

Ponchettes (1970) Chung
Hospitalia (1987) Dran
Rating: 5/5

Before ending this post, I'd like to make mention of the following:
The above illustrations are the works of a lovely blogger/artist/stylist named Donna Sy, or as she has come to be known, This Lady Behaves. Originally, her blogging focus was on finding women who fit the bill for the This Lady Behaves Woman, which she described in an interview with The Compassion Fashion Project as "a sarcastic brand. I don't quite know what to call it.  It is a girl with confidence and style and not scared to show it.  She has the mindset that vintage beauty never gets boring.  She has will and motivation. That's what "behaves" means to me really.  Not someone who sits in one corner and just keeps quiet!  Nope!  Someone loud and ready to party! Who it is? Me in the daughter in the future. :)" 

After featuring some of her own art on the blog, though, she received lots of requests for more and thus started Knickerless Doodles, a blog dedicated to her fabo fashion illustrations! Though it has carried a short lifespan, she has already collaborated with The Compassion Fashion Project to support domestic violence survivors and drawn other bloggers! She, too, gets a 5/5 rating from me and a high recommendation to my readers to check her out, both her illustrations as well as her mission to find 100 This Lady Behaves women on This Lady Behaves.

Happy Reading/Admiring! Hasta Luego!

Little Luna

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lazy Little Luna Haul: Summer Lit Picks

Hey everyone!

Even though I had one more day planned for Haul Week, with the crazy renovations going on in my room, that one is going to have to be postponed for another day, so we'll end it on today with LITERATURE!!! Yeah, it's time to get your nerd on folks because these aren't mother's chick lit novels. These are REAL novels (with a hint of Scripture)!! So what do I have planned for this Summer? Check it out!

*NOTE: With exception for the last two books, the other links are other versions of the books. Online the nook versions of all the Barnes & Noble Classics Series are available but not all are available in their paperback form.

While on line about to make the purchase, I saw the following hanging and felt compelled to get it A. I love reusable/recyclable bags for shopping and B. I love a bag where I can show off my lit-chic self.
To Kill a Mockingbird Book Cover Recyclable Shopping Tote (Available In-Store Only--Also available in 3 other classic book covers)

The first book was my initial purpose for stepping into Barnes & Noble as my aunt, as well as a friend, had been wanting me to read the book for quite some time. As I was perusing their other selections, I stumbled upon the Barnes & Noble Classics Series table, which had a sign stating that if 2 books were bought, the third came free. The prices of the books in the collection were pretty awesome on top of that so I simply couldn't resist and picked up all that you see! The last free book went to my aunt, who picked up her own copy of Siddhartha that was a part of the Series but I picked my version as it carried the additional Scripture by The Buddha. I picked out these books because I like to take the free time in the summer to get better acquainted with those who are deemed the Classics in literature and learn from them as an aspiring writer. I don't know that I'll like them all, but no harm in getting to know them!

What's on your Summer Reading list (This is only a small bit of mine--I have many more from the library as well as my own unread selection)? What's your preferred genre for beach reads? Are any of the above favored authors for you? Do you take time during the Summer to read at all (It's a good way to kill time with all the travelling accomplished during the season)? What are you reading right now? Any recommendations for the Summer? TALK NERDY TO ME! lol

Hope you enjoyed Haul Week everyone! Hasta Luego!

Little Luna

P.S. I meant no offense to Chick Lit readers, but I've grown tired of the formulaic drama and romance. :P

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lazy Little Luna Haul: Building Up My Beauty

Hey everyone!

*NOTE: Before you get started reading this post, a little info on why this is being posted today and not last week: Blogger had some issues while I was writing this up, which I noticed when it said that it was encountering problems saving it and my Internet connection was still okay (that's usually the only reason I ever have that problem). Turned out that for quite a few users, the site had gone down, me included. By the time it came up and I knew, it was already headed into the following day (Thursday) and I saw that most of what I had written was gone. I have this issue that when I write something up and something happens that causes most, if not all, of that work to be erased, I become too frustrated to work right away. Thus, I stepped away for a while and began the following day (Friday) but, if you follow me on Twitter (I've been a good girl and have been using it--link on the side to it), you know that I've been extending that break due to the Dance.Here.Now. Festival throughout the weekend. But wait, the weekend was over a while ago!? Yes, it has, and I then started working on renovations for my room (a grueling task that I'll be dealing with for at least the rest of July) but I've finally sat myself down to take the time and keep this going. So I hope you all don't mind playing pretend with me and imagining that we're still on track to finish up Haul Week! Care to join me?! READ ON!! :)

It's Day 3 of Haul Week! Hope you've been enjoying it thus far! Today the focus will be on a few beauty products I've picked up. There isn't much as I've mentioned a few times before, beauty and makeup have to be my Achilles heel when it comes to putting my look together. This is partly due to the many years as a tomboy paired with the fact that I have anything but a steady hand, which makes applying eye makeup as well as nail polish quite the challenge. Regardless, I do try and continue to hope practice makes perfect or at least allows me to improve well enough to not have to repeat the same step five or ten times before getting it right. Moving on from my idiosyncrasies, I haven't really loaded up when it comes to makeup for the Summer because I want to keep it easy A. because of my issues (so much for moving on!) and B. because it's best to go light with your makeup in the Summertime, right? I'm sure I'll be adding more to this collection, but here's what I have going on for now:


These lengthy lashes were brought to you by:

Rimmel London Glam'Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara--Color(s): Black--Bought at $7.99 in Kmart--Available in Drugstores, Beauty Supply Stores and Various Online Retailers

Volumizing Brush

Lengthening Brush (Used for lashes as seen above)


Zoe & Zac Naturals Pink Moon Mineral Powder--Color(s): Appears in Pink, Lavender, Plum, and Coral/Applies in Deep Pink--Bought at $3.00 in Payless (Clearance!)--Limited Availability In Store/Available Online for $7.99 (Check your local Payless to see if they have it!!)


CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lip Color in Rapture**--Color(s): Coral--Bought at $7.49 at Kmart--Available in Drugstores, Beauty Supply Stores and Various Online Retailers

Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Base & Top Coat--Color(s): Clear--Bought at $7.99 in Duane Reade--Available in Drugstores, Beauty Supply Stores and Various Online Retailers

Zoe & Zac Naturals Apples & Pears Hand Sanitizer--Color(s): Green--Bought at $2.99 at Payless--Available In Store and Online for $2.99

So far I've added these to my makeup collection. I sadly lost my Falsies mascara by Maybelline, which, though it was my first mascara ever, I was in love with it. I really like Rimmel London, though, and originally intended to get their Lash Accelerator Mascara but I saw this one and loved the fact that it has the options of volume or length or both! I'll tell you guys my complete thoughts on the mascara in a separate post though. I was worried the mineral powder would be a little too much for my skin tone but I find that it suits it really well and is super pretty! Besides, how could I resist a product called "Pink Moon?" I have wanted to try the Lip Perfection Lip Color the moment I heard how moisturizing they were, and so happy I did! I loved this shade and the lasting power is pretty great and moisturize it does. 'Tis a snazzy little product I plan on multiplying my possibilities with. The Ultimate Shield was more of a necessity as my previous top/base coat ran out and I prefer two-in-one products a lot when they are good at what they do, even if this does a decent job. Lastly, the Hand Sanitizer was also a bit of a necessity as I like to be able to have it on hand in case there is no soap in a public bathroom or a lot of time outdoors starts to make my paws feel a little icky. The fact that it has the beautiful scent of apples and pears drives me wild though!

Let's talk Beauty for once y'all, and this is very applicable to guys and gals in this day and age! Any haul items you really liked from today? Have you added anything to your beauty collection that is so perfect for Summer, or better yet, simply perfect for any and all times of the year? How much do you focus on your beauty routine daily? What level do you find yourself falling into and why: Beauty>Fashion, Fashion>Beauty, or Fashion=Beauty? Anything you think I ought to try (recommendations are DEFINITELY a good thing here)?

Hasta Luego! Also, thank you for your patience and stay tuned as we continue with Haul Week! It's almost coming to a close! :)

Little Luna

**P.S. I sadly lost my Rapture Lippy while at the Dance.Here.Now. Festival to the sand. BUT, as I said, I really loved the product so I plan on getting it once again soon and perhaps have it come home with a friend! Hopefully, you'll see me rocking it once again very soon.

Also, if you still are confused as to what the Dance.Here.Now. Festival is all about, here's some video for you to enjoy (You may want to put the volume way low as there will be massive amounts of bass booming the moment you click--also LOTS of light flashing will be in the videos). I'll be elaborating more on it in a future post: