Monday, October 19, 2015

My Konmari Method Closet Makeover



  I really like clothes.  There are so many tangents I could go off on related to them:  the history of a fabric, the idea of creating a pattern, different fasteners, garment finishes, the memories I have attached to things I've worn, thinking about the history of a thrift store item before I bought it, how to copy and create a "look" I want to wear...I could go on and on.

  Because of all that emotional investment, how can I get rid of anything?

  Because of all that curiosity, how can I stop buying new things? 

  I have had to finally answer these questions because I am running out of space.  I have had to confront what I really want out of my clothing because I want to not only enjoy what I have, but also to be smart about what I bring into my closet from this point forward so I don't neglect to use the things I already have. 

 Organizing what I have into a system where I can see it is what I have needed to do.  I've seen articles and forum threads about professional organizer Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up which is also referred to as the "Konmari method" of de-cluttering and organizing your belongings.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Pan Movie Review




 At the beginning of Pan you are told:
Sometimes friends begins as enemies and enemies begin as friends. Sometimes to truly understand how things ends, we must first know how they begin.
  This movie is where we come to learn the story of how Peter Pan ended up at Neverland.  There is a bad guy played  by Hugh Jackman (Or as we call him at my house, Huge Ackman, thanks to his cameo in the third installment of Night At the Museum). There are good guys you can cheer for and still others who you have to categorize under a question mark as you are not quite sure if you can trust them.   

  Since I don't see how I can really talk about specifics of the movie without using spoilers, I can only really say that as we walked out of the theater, my 12 year old daughter and I had enjoyed ourselves.  The movie was a bit ambitious- the plot rolled along with only a few minor lulls but I felt at times that I wanted them to spend a couple minutes more on elements such as Blackbeard and Peter's mother and why the fairies needed Peter (it looked like they were doing just fine at defending themselves when push came to shove??).

  My daughter wanted more closure about Hook and Peter, but I suppose that will come in a sequel if one is made.  She was taken aback by modern songs being used by the characters but allowed that perhaps it could be considered "edgy." 

  The reception to Pan hasn't been amazing, but I certainly think it's good enough for a family movie night.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Alice Bow Insoles Review



  As a grown woman with four children and a life to live, I am a bit embarrassed to admit my fan girl status over Kate Middleton aka the Duchess of Cambridge.  It's not so much that I want to copy her for the sake of copying her but I find that she makes good choices with respect to quality.  Some brands or styles I already wear, others I found out about after reading about them in connection with her.  

  I almost always read reviews online before I buy something, so I look at my few Kate-instigated purchases as a type of review, keeping in mind that there are also times that companies or magazines will throw her name into an article to entice people.  Ultimately I have to decide based on personal preference.

  One such item would be Alice Bow insoles.  I read somewhere that Kate Middleton wears them to stay comfortable in her heels.  I don't know if this is true.  However, I was intrigued by what I read about them and decided I wanted to give them a try.  I don't believe in "suffering for beauty" and prize comfort as much as, or more than, style.

  They aren't cheap at about $20 a pair, but all the same, I decided that if I was going to order them I would get a couple of pairs of high heel insoles in case I liked them.  At the time I ordered them it was noted that there is backlog of orders and it would take some time for them to be delivered to me in the US from the UK.  Believe them: I ordered in July and my order came in September.