The Effects of Wardrobe (Movie Analyst) Sherlock Holmes

So I am stepping out of my normal “regular scheduled programming” to share with you something I found fascinating!

My older siblings and I were watching this movie with my Mom and Dad. Sherlock Holmes featuring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. *disclaimer* I don’t recommend this movie for younger viewers, and even for us adults, my parents still fast-forward several parts.

Loving Historical Costumes the way I do, I was analyzing what the characters wear and came up with a rather fun conclusion. Wardrobe really is essential to good story telling through visuals. It relays something about the character before you even get a chance to know them otherwise. I will start with Sherlock.

 

You can tell by his costumes right away that he is man of an eclectic and rather carefree nature. Looking perfect is not his top priority. Mixing and matching patterns. ( I do love his Brocade waistcoat thought!)

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Again mixing patterns, styles. Not really caring that his belt is not in the proper place or that his buttons are all buttoned. They are doing their job and that is all that matters.

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So what can we tell just by looking at his wardrobe? He is eclectic, doesn’t really care about the traditions or society rules of the day. Wears what he likes and is comfortable with that. Now compare him to Watson in the next picture. Watson is very put together and Holmes looks more ragged around the edges.

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Watson:

 

Again, in this picture, they are very different. Watson has a neat, orderly tidiness about him that Sherlock does not have.

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He is organized, put together and dashing. Not necessarily in the self aware way, but he cares about presenting a good image and appearing professional. He is a professional and wants to put those around him at ease, so they know he is clean cut and upstanding.

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Irene Adler:

 

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Irene Adler is flamboyant to say the least. Definitely not what you would expect from a Victorian era lady. Hot pink is not something your average woman would be wearing to walk the streets. It shows us something about her though. She doesn’t care what other people think. She is different and she knows it. Modesty is not that important to her, yet the cut of her gown shows she has refined taste and is very fashionable.

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Her overcoat of Brocade Velvet is gorgeous and shows that she does have some reason to be a little less forward with her costume, when it suits her purpose.

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Her hat is gorgeous, probably acceptable, but her makeup is a little more than the average woman would wear. Makeup was a little more frowned upon in those days. She is definitely attention getting and sets the stage well with her wardrobe choices.

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Mary:

Now compare Irene with Mary, a sweet, upstanding young woman who has caught the eye, and heart, of John Watson. She is a beautiful woman, well dressed, and well carried. Her outfits speak of refinement, quiet taste, modesty, but appreciation for beauty and culture.

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Her wedding gown in the second movie was beautiful, Modest, and simple. Allowing her natural beauty to shine through.

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Her travelling outfit was simple, yet gorgeous. With no undue attraction added. The color and cut were very flattering, yet they did not call attention to themselves.

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So from Mary we can gather that she is lovely, likes to dress well, but is not flamboyant or attention seeking. She is refined and simple, but well enough off.

 

Well, that caps off my analysis. Costumes, in my opinion, are very important in a film. They convey a small part of the characters overall personality and tell us things we don’t even realize sometimes, but are there none the less. Kudos to Jenny Beavan for the amazing job she did with the costume design for these movies. I was blown away by the beauty and complexity of each piece. I can only one day hope to achieve such greatness in my seamstress and designing abilities!

 

What did you think of the post? Should I do more like this?

By His Grace,

Victoria

Blog Prompt: Scariest Moment of my Life

So, I was reading one of those “blog post prompts things”. One of the options was to write about the “scariest moment you can remember from your life”. I had one of those last year, and I thought I would share.

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 There’s the moment when you can see the road in front of you. Then that moment when you can’t. The sudden sickening rising of your stomach as the car flies fast, fishtailing, the view in the window swaying back and forth surreally. The realization that a large intersection is right ahead, with cars whizzing by sears through your gut. You can’t stop. No brakes. Then the heavy jolt as you roll dash-first into the ditch.

Then silence and your heart beating so hard you can’t catch a breath, and your ears hurt from the loud ‘thump-thump’ as your pulse races. Then the sudden thankfulness and joy. “Oh God I’m alive! Thank you Thank you Thank you!” Overwhelmed with the possibilities of what almost happened and it could have been worse.

Suddenly, a stupidly practical thought intrudes on your mind filled with joy and fear.

“Now what?”—

 

My brother and I were fine, and the car came away with only minor bending and denting. We were on our way to Hobby Lobby during what most would call a snow storm. In Michigan, you learn to drive in the elements, even though it is icy, snowy, and freezing. God has always protected us and He proved himself faithful that time. It was rather humorous later as I crawled out the back hatch of the little car and into the street wearing a long skirt. So thankful for a neighboring farmer who tried to pull us out (unsuccessfully, but so thankful for his heart).

 

Have you ever had a scary moment?

By His Grace,

Victoria

Adventures of a Pianist and Sonatina Performance Outfit

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Saturday I had the opportunity to participate in a Piano Performance event known as The Sonata/Sonatina Festival. It is open to all ages to perform as long as it is at least one Movement of a Sonata or Sonatina. It was a lot of fun. Only three of my siblings could be there, and I felt a little out of my element. I enjoyed all of the other selections that others in the program played. They were all lovely! I favored a piece by Haydn that I will hopefully be adding to my repertoire in the future. (After I finish working on the 3rd Movement of the Moonlight Sonata that is) I was second to last, which is pure torture. You have to sit there waiting, and waiting . . . and waiting, till it is your turn. You have time to think, stress and let everything get into your head. Several of the other pianists before me had mistakes in their pieces, one boy in particular I was rooting and praying that he would make it past the next stanza. He kept going backwards to a fixed point. My Piano Teacher always tells me “jump to a beginning of a phrase forward. Always jump forward if you lose your place because it can be so stressful to go backwards and you can get stuck on the same spot and continue to get more and more frustrated”. Yah, we have talked about this a lot. But guess what I did under pressure?

When my turn came to play, I walked up on the stage and bowed. Yes, I had to bow. I was so uncomfortable about that. As a girl who is very feminine, I really wanted to curtsey, and as I bowed to myself in the mirror at home before I left, I cringed at how awkward it looked. Thankfully I had 10 other pianists to watch bow before I had to, so I kind of got a good idea. It wasn’t too awkward looking I hope. We didn’t have any chance to warm up, so I had kept my hands in gloves up until the last minute, trying to keep warm fingers. When I put my fingers on the keys, I started too fast. I should have taken more of a breath before I started. It started well, and halfway through I breathed a sigh of relief that I motored through the parts that had been giving me trouble before quite easily and with the inflections that I wanted. Then I got to a well know part and froze. “I know there is supposed to be a G somewhere here, or at least something in the vicinity of a G, um, um, um,” my heart was beating so hard. “Oh yeah, jump, jump!!!” So I jumped to one of my practiced landing spots. And guess what, It was backwards!!!!! I was like, “Oh what!? I have to play this whole line over again!!!??? I was just getting towards the end. With only a little hiccup at the previous freezing spot however, I made it through to the end. I was so thankful! It could have been a lot worse seeing as how I jumped backwards instead of forwards. After sitting back in my seat, I had a hard time from keeping myself still, I was so wound up my legs and hands were shaking so hard! It didn’t help that I am too short for my feet to solidly touch the ground. I felt like I was falling off those slippery leather seats.

When the program was over, I was told by my siblings and teacher, that the moment when I paused was so short, it was almost unnoticeable. It felt like 30 seconds to me but whatever. I am just glad it is over. I usually really REALLY enjoy performance, but this one shook me up a little. We did get to go to a specialty Nut and Coffee shop downtown afterwards for some specialty chocolates. That really helped! I didn’t let it affect my mood though. Ain’t nobody got time to mope about it. I had already performed the piece twice before with fabulous results, so I am fine with the whole thing.

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I loved my outfit though! This is, hands down, I think my favorite skirt right now! I just love the romantic floral print. It was actually one of those ankle length vintage things that I picked up at a thrift store. I hacked off a foot of it and hemmed the bottom. So happy with the outcome. This is also my new favorite belt! It is so gorgeously cool! The jacket, although slightly eclectic, I think the cut fit into the WWll look I had going. The fit of it gives the appearance of more of a blazer but with that army jacket flair.

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My hair was also a blast to do. I curled it then swept it into a half-up do that was easy and pretty.

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//Outfit Details//

Skirt: Thrifted vintage $3.99

Top: borrowed from my sister

Tights: $4

Boots: borrowed from my sister

Tank: Forever 21 $1.99

Top: Borrowed from my sister.

 

This outfit made possible by Little sisters and company. Thanks girls!!!

Have you ever performed music? And had a breakdown?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria

At the Office:Casual Friday and a Prayer Request

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This week has been so busy! I have been running hither and yon all over the place! Between work at the office, rush orders on LED light vests, and preparing for a piano performance this Saturday, making meals because Mama and Daddy were gone for their anniversary, playing with kiddos, and trying to fit in some Bible time and writing. I have been trying to come up with the time to take pictures, but never got around to it. It was one of those weeks!

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This was my comfy casual Friday outfit. This skirt is my favorite of all my handmade skirts. The print and the length and fit are all just perfect for me. I love the boots because they remind me of Little House on the Prairie. And this beanie is also my favorite! The color green is my fave and the yarn is just so pretty, plus, my Grandma made it so that makes it all the more special. This outfit was especially nice because I was nice and warm at the office, which can get pretty chilly sometimes.

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I am really looking forward to hanging out with my family and relaxing this weekend! We get to watch the football game on Sunday, (we tape it on Saturday so we can watch it the next day). I miss the fam now that I am away everyday at work. I am also looking forward to my Sonatina Performance tomorrow, even though I am a bit nervous, at this point, after months of thinking and working at it, I can’t wait to just do it now, which brings me to my Prayer request. Would ya’ll be praying for me tomorrow? My hands have been having twinges of muscle pains and cramps the last week or so, and I am hoping and praying that it doesn’t affect my performance tomorrow. Also, that I would be a light and Blessing for the Lord?

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// Outfit Details //

~Top~ Thrifted $2

~ Cardi~ Thrifted $3

~ Skirt~ Made by Me

~ Tank~ Forever 21 $1.99

~ Boots~ Borrowed form my Little sis

~Beanie~ Made by my Grandma

~ Earrings~ Thrifted $2

 

Do you like wearing casual on Friday? What are you looking forward to this weekend?

 

By His Grace,

Victoria