Friday, October 31, 2008

Oh noes!

luna oh noes!




Luna the shoes

You guys thought it was something serious, didn't you?

luna peace

This Halloween I am Luna--the black cat from Sailor Moon-- in her humanoid form. I made the costume myself on Wednesday. They were out of black tulle so I had to use tulle circles from the bridal section. Also, since I did it so last minute I didn't have time to make her necklace or earrings. Maybe I'll make them for next year's conventions. It's not like I hobnobbing with serious cosplayers who will force you to commit ritual suicide for not having everything perfectly accurate. The dress could be more accurate too-- I messed up on the bodice-- but overall I'm pleased with the costume, especially since I made it so last minute.

The underskirt was ripped out of another dress that I've had for over a year now and never worn. Maybe I'll wear it soon...

The shoes were also diffucult to get. In most pictures, she has no shoes, but I saw one photo where she had on some strappy black sandles like I'm sporting. I found these almost new Chinese Laundry shoes at the local Salvation Army. They were probably one worn once for a prom or something. I found them on a Saturday, but they weren't priced and the manager wasn't there, so I had to go back Monday and hope they were still there. Monday I have class all day until eight though, so I went back Tuesday. Miraculously, they were still there! But unpriced... I tookk them to the counter, prepared to have to rip someone one, but I guess the manager was managing the register. She gave them to me for $5. Score!


Luna is actually the first character I wanted to cosplay. On Halloween, I hate all the sexy costumes. Especially the ones with random cut outs that make no sense whatsoever. As such, I've avoided even my childhood hero Princess Jasmine because of the whole midriff thing. I might just do her next year though, since her costume makes sense and I love her so. Luna, though, is another childhood favorite of mine. I never really had a favorite among the inner senshi; Sailor Saturn and Sailro Neptune are my favorite scouts. I also took to the villains, but not the inner senshi. The only one I could name as a favorite among them would be Luna. In the anime, she only turns into her human form in the Sailor Moon S movie. It's the best Sailor Moon movie, although Sailor Moon R is so hilariously bad that it's good. The Sailor Moon S movie is also th eonly Sailor Moon movie featuring a story from the manga, whch explains a lot. It's a touching story that develops the cats, Luna and Artemis alot, though mostly Luna. Throughout most the series, she's just the wise character guiding all the rest of our heroes. In the American dub, she's portrayed as much older than the other characters, a bit of a mom or aunt role. In the Japanese version, they make it clearer that she's about the same age as the inner sailor senshi, as she is in the manga. In the movie, Luna falls in love with a human man who takes care of her when she's sick. I won't say more though to avoid any spoilers for those who haven't seen it. It's one of my favorite movies.

In the manga, Luna also turns into her human form to fight one of the evil Sailor Galaxia's underlings who happens to be from the same planet as Luna.

Alright, that's it for now kittens. Have a happy and safe Halloween! Watch out for edibles made in China.

Luna Halloween

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Thursday, October 30, 2008


Leopard Flower

Being a creative person, the issue of creative theft comes up a lot, in design and in blogging. While there is the obvious theft, such as when Unique Vintage ripped off a Trashy Diva design, there's also a lot of grey areas. The reason I opted to post this post is thievery seems to be coming up a lot in the internet sphere of fashion and style websites and blogs. This post explores two recent issues I came across.

Blog names and personal identities on the web. With the internet as popular as it is, there's bound to be two independent people who come up with the same name. Look at any popular membership-required site and see all the repeat names with numbers behind them. Within individual sites, it's handed with crazy spellings and adding numbers and words, but what about with blogs?

When I selected my current internet name, I made sure that it wasn't a popular name. I hate numbers in names; it's kind of like Prince changed his name into a symbol. The uniqueness of my name is one of the reasons it's stuck around with me for years and adorns pretty much every website account I currently use. It's also why I bestowed it upon my etsy shop and clothing. In all the years I've been using it, five now, six mid-January, there's never been another Ivy Frozen out there.

There are other Ivy's out there. Since Ivy is a real name, there are those truly named Ivy. In the fashion blogger sphere I know of Ivyology, Fashion Ivy, and several commenters who use Ivy to identify themselves with. On account based sites, Poison Ivy is usually taken and often Frozen Ivy is too. I feel my name is distinct enough as Ivy Frozen. Likewise, there's two Punky's writing popular blogs, but one identifies herself as Punky B while the other is simply Punky. I also think their names are distinct enough.

With all the years I've had my internet name, I feel a sort of ownership over it. I'd feel cheated and stolen from if someone else happened to use it for something. So what does happen when someone new on the fashion blogging scene uses the name of a moderately to highly known fashion blogger who's been blogging for years? The official titles of their blogs vary, but they identify by the same name. Is it laziness on the part of the newcomer?

When I selected my name, I googled it. It's actually the result of me googling the name I originally wanted, which turned out to be fairly popular and then playing off associated ideas and what I wanted until I ended up with this name. If you google Ivy Frozen, you'll get all stuff related to me, and the occasional site that happens to have both of the words.

Is it outright theft of the newcomer? The original blogger has been blogging for years, is fairly well known, and recently gained much deserved recognition in a very popular magazine. While the newcomer still might have been clueless when she started, she's now been informed by at least several bloggers of the mishap and doesn't care. Would she care if the roles were reversed?

So what do you think readers? It's okay, because while we may feel we own the names, we don't really. Two people may independently of each other come up with the same name, and as long as they aren't copying and pasting.

Or do you think it's just lazy, rude, and/or disrespectful. For bloggers, our names are like a brand. If you make a new toy, you don't use the name of a similar existing toy for it. While there is no law against it, it's just the tactful--and smart-- thing to use an original name when you opt for a pen name.

Now, to case two. A thread on wardrobe remix recently pointed out a site that takes a lot of streetstyle sites from other sites without permission or even informing the owners. A good portion of the photos on came from Wardrobe_Remixers. I recognized photos from Franca (you!me!dancing!), SwanDiamondRose, Strawberry Kitten, and Ranna right off the bat. A lot of people use photos from Wardrobe_Remix and street style sites on their sites; what makes this site different is that the photos are allowed to be rated. This is very against Wardrobe_Remix, which is against the rating of outfits and photos. While if you click on the photos you can find a link to orginal photo, the credit is unclear. The names' of the owners of the photos never appear on the site. In response to a query about using the photos in this way without even informing the owners of the photos, the owner of the site said that people should be "honored" to have their photo up there. They also state that in posting photos to Wardrobe_Remix, people give their permission for the photos to be used on the site in question.

When I use photos of Wardrobe_Remixers or bloggers, I always ask first. I also always make sure to give them proper credit and use their photos in a positive way. I'm also sure to send them a link once I have the post up. And when I post photos to Wardrobe_remix, I'm posting them to wardrobe_remix, not to other sites.

So, once again readers, illigal, merely frowned upon/kinda douchy, or a-okay in your book?

Some people use the internet to spread kindness. Others use it to be total dickwads. Where do you think these idividuals stand, and what about yourself?

Always trying to keep on the good side of right,
Ivy Frozen

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Korean Style in List Form

I mentioned my current preference for Korean style over Japanese style on a post of Strawberry Kitten's a while back. She asked for more info, so here it is. What can I say about Korean fashion? Most of it I pick up from Korean drama series and films. But, for this post, I did go in search of Korean street style pics. My impression of Korean style is that while it has elements of the cute like most Asian styles, they tend to combine it in a more sophisticated, grown-up way as a whole. There are always outliers. And of course, most people thinking of Asian style think of the crazier Japanese styles like fruits, Lolita, and the Harajuku district. Even considering Japan's less out-there fashion, I think Korean style tends to create longer lines than those the Japanese favor. Click the Read More! link to go to the link list with images from Korean Vogue spliced throughout.

This site apparently hasn't been updated since '07, but it has some good streetsyle pics. Some of the pages even have some japanese street style pictures, so you can see a bit of a comparison so you can see what I mean about it having some of the same kooky cutesy elements of Japanese street style but coming off more refined. And I really love all of their guy street style pictures. My dream guy dresses like those gentleman.

Here's a more current flickr pool for Korean Street Style Pics.

Street Peeper has a lovely collection of streetsyle pics from Seoul.

Your Boyhood features street shots from Seoul.

I Heart Berlin has a post featuring some colorful Korean style.

If I Kill Him There Are Complications

Images not of me taken from the Korean Vogue official site and nihilistic youth's Fashion photoset on FLickr. I encourage you to check out nihilistic's fashion set too since it has oodles of excellent pictures from Korean Vogue.

Korean Vogue is my soju,
Ivy Frozen

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Monday, October 27, 2008

*Health Alert*

If you haven't heard already, products containing Chinese milk products may be contaiminated with terrible toxins. Symptoms may take months or years to appear, but are serious and can be life threatening. Children are the most at risk. A lot of Halloween candies are made in China. Even Hersheys has a factory there. Unless you see some certificate saying that the item was tested and does not contain any of the toxins, please don't buy or eat it or hand it out at Halloween. It seems ALL of the milk producers in China were caught up in this scandel and none were cleared. Apparently only the US is in the dark about this, but I wouldn't know if that's true or not. 54,000 Chinese children ill and some even dead. Don't risk it! Read the label!

This has been an emergency health alert from Ivy Frozen. Regular programming will resume soon.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

Extra! Extra! Read All About it!

Eastern Promises

Who cares what they're wearing

garden of eden side back

on main street and santa fe

new look nymph smile

It's what you wear from ear to ear

dress up

and not from head to toe

purple princess front
that matttttteeerrrs

So, remember those larger sizes I promised? They're finally here! A size medium and two larges shall be hitting the store this week. Plus, another small. All of them previewed above. I've shown the medium and small dresses before. I've just been delayed since I was ill last week. Tooth troubles and then a reaction to the medicine. Actually, I took the first pic when the side effects were just starting up. Yucky.

Hopefully, I can get some more posts up this week, but I have to play catch up with school work, so I might still be on the DL for a bit. I hope to get a better post for the two large dresses up this week, once I find someone who fits them to model for me. As you see, a hanger might be better than me for those two. The pinky-purple one has glow in the dark thread on it, which is awesome. The blue uses rick-rack.

East Meets West

BTW, anyone else creeped out by the whole followers thing? I feel like I have a cult or something. It's the only reason I haven't decided to "follow" all you lovlies. The name just makes me feel like I have to follow you around everywhere and adorn you with flowers. Or maybe you're running some crazy death cult or something.

Anyhoo, I got a post on Korean style, slips and other undergarments, and my fictional BFF planned, so stay tuned. They should appear by the end of this month.

Locked in the cult of domesticity,
Ivy Frozen

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

The First Hat Post

cats and hats

I haven't been dead. Just busy making good ness for you and musing about hats. Hats used to be such an important part of people's wardrobes. So important that numerous phrases make references to hats. "Hats off to ya." "That's old hat." "I'll eat my hat." "He just talks through his hat." "I'll put on my thinking cap." etc. In the early 1900s, hats were universal; the only people who didn't wear hats were beggears. However when President Kennedy opted not to wear hats, the rest of the nation soon followed.

Here's an article on the importance of hats in the film the Duchess and some further reading on the importance of hats in a wider sense from Fashion Now the closest we get to a hat trends are of the ridiculus sort, like the trucker hats made popular by Ashton Kutcher. Wear a lovely cocktail hat and get in one man's first fashion impression, "Isn't that what they wear to funerals?" From the girls though I typically get a lot of hat love. Many girls say they love pretty chapaeus but wouldn't dare wear one. So, what is with the decline of hats? Why are they now almost a freakish component?

Hats were popular up until about the 1960s. During the 1960s, hair rose to new heights. The new hair styles made hat wearing difficult and undesirable. Imagine Elvis covering up that pompadour with a hat. It would completely defeat the point of the 'do. President Kennedy was the first president to forego a hat at his inaugaration. hat wearing by men declined and soon women's hat wear followed. I find it especially interesting that apparently Kennedy's inaugragation made his wife a hat wearer. Most musings on the decline of the hat point to Kennedy, as in this article. I find that article particularly interesting since it makes a connection between social manners and hats. While the author's connection is merely a touch, it does seem that our idea of manners have a direct connection to hat wearing. Perhaps hats were the expression of those manners, or perhaps those manners were dictated by the hat. But that's a detour from our present subject.

Considering hats have been popular for hundreds of years, there must have been something more than Kennedy refusing to wear hats that pushed them out of regular rotation. Barton Castor believes that sunglasses replaced hats and shoved them to a back corner.

The sunglasses make sense considering celebrities are more known for the sunglasses than their hats. People are also more likely to don an interesting pair of shades than a lovely chapaeu. Sunglasses also do share some of the functions that made hats popular, keeping the sun out of the eyes and making people look cool and mysterious. Those same girls who pine to wear hats would not think twice before donning a glam pair of sunglasses. Sunglasses are also more peopular than hats in modern times.

Thus as with most things, it was a combination of things that turned hats into fashion's shy, nerdy cousin. The new hairstyles, lifestyles, and sunglasses in addition to the decline of hat wearing by iconic figures diminished the social fashion importance and left us with mostly functional wear only.

Double Dutch

If you've read my blog our followed a few of my outfit pictures, you should realize that I love hats. They're perfect to finish off an outfit and make it look complete, particularly when your hair is as unruly as mine. Here's a scan from my old Better Homes and Garden's sewing book illustrating the power of hats to balance a silhouette, which I often use mine to do. There is another reason I may favor hats though. Since I wear glasses and have no contacts, sunglasses are a tricky issue for me. I'd have to get some specially made and commit to that pair; no $7 sunglasses for me. Recently, I've been attached to my hat since I noticed considerable indications of sun damage popping up on my neck and face in a relatively short period of time. Thus I've taken to my hat, and as autumn rears it's head, there's quite a bit of wind around here. So, I purchased myself a hatpin from yakarina.

hat pin

In one of those moments that make you really feel like a genius though, I realised I have no idea how to use it properly. I get the jist of it, but just how to set the pin through hat and hair without poking the pin through my head and have the feathers properly displayed on the hat eludes me. Research into the subject revealed that hatpins were popular with the suffragettes after a courtroom incident where suffragettes were required to remove their hats since the hatpins could be used as weapons. This was humiliating to the women, since although men were required by social manners to remove their hats indoors, it was optional for women to remove their headwear. I imagine in addition to the more elaborate manner of women's hats, it had something to do with the women's hair which was surely a bit mussed by their toppers.

Still trying to figure this hatpin out and expect the second hat post full of even more hatty goodness when I do,

Ivy Frozen

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