Thursday, 27 March 2014

The Costumes of Cranford~ Sophy Hutton

Isn't this picture cute?? Anyway, we now come to my favourite wardrobe in Cranford. Sophy Hutton works hard at home taking care of her family and her clothes are usually quite plain. However, when she does get out, she has some quite pretty outfits. Especially her wedding dress...but we'll get to that. In the picture above she wears a neutral beige-coloured gown with a lovely full skirt and puffed sleeves. She wears a delicate fichu caught in at the waist with a belt. Her bonnet is a yellow/brown colour with a puffed crown and a wide brim, tied loosely with a greenish ribbon.

I couldn't find a full-length picture of this one, but it is a pale blue print with a pointed lace edge collar and button front. It's quite a plain, juvenile style that she wears around home a lot. I love her hairstyle!

This hooded cape is a pale green silky material which has a tassell in the back but I couldn't find a picture of the back. I believe she is wearing a brown print dress under this.

This really is 'the loveliest bridal gown'! It is muslin, of course, with full sleeves and skirt. There are lace ruffles on the cuffs. Her bonnet is white with tulle ribbons. I sadly couldn't find any more outfits of hers, so there you go! See you next time!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Les Miserables Inspired Fashion

I am a complete Mizzer now since watching the movie, and so you can imagine my delight at finding Les Mis-themed outfits online. I'm planning to celebrate my birthday later in the year with a Les Mis theme, so I've been keeping an eye out for stuff like this. Especially as winter is coming up here in NZ...I would love to dress like this every day!!

That coat is soo cool!!


Those boots are so cute.


See the star earrings, everyone?? So cool! Maybe not the jean things though.


Love the beanie and phone cover.


For me the dress would be longer, but it's a sweet outfit.
Jean Prouvaire:

Not quite sure how these colours represent Jehan. The shoes are cute.
Here's another one.

Jean Valjean:

Jean Valjean. I love this one, it's stuff I'd actually wear.

Another Eponine one:


Please comment and tell me what you think of these! I didn't make them, just so you know. Farewell!

The Costumes of Cranford~ Miss Caroline Tomkinson

We're back to the Costumes of Cranford blog series now. Probably one of the most annoying character in the movie, Caroline wears a lot of red and huge skirts. Also, her hairstyle is absolutely ridiculous(read in Marilla voice.) I can imagine her having to walk sideways to get through the door.

This bonnet is a plain straw one with sage-coloured ties and red and white plumes on the back.

I have few words to describe this gown except ''It is silk, and it is red, and there is a great deal of it!"

This brown/red patterned gown is actually quite pretty and Christmas-y. She wears a gathered chemisette at the neck and a red bow.

Here she wears a darker and plainer bonnet with a red checked dress. Couldn't find any more pictures of this one.

That's about it! See you next time!!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Les Miserables 2012 Movie Review Part 3!!!:-)

So, finally, here's part 3! And if my memory serves me correctly, I'm up to the part where Thenardier and Patron-Minette are planning to burglarize Jean Valjean and Cosette's house but Eponine stops them by a blood-curdling scream. "I'm not afraid of you!" But really...."Must be Javert!" made me laugh.

'Do You Hear the People Sing' So many people singing (well duh, but you know what I mean.) The drums gave me goosebumps. 

Ha! Marius looks so funny here. 

The barricade was so big but so hopelessly small against the soldiers. That eye thing is creepy. Oh, and I wish they hadn't thrown the piano either. Poor thing.

Tell me if I have this out of order, but I can't remember where 'One Day More' fits in.....I sooo badly need to watch this again. That was probably the best song involving all the characters. My sisters and I love to sing it in parts.
"One day mooooooooooooreeee!"
"But he neeeeeveeerrr saw mee thereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!"
"Watchemrunamok, catchemastheyfall..."

Anyway. This movie was so vibrant and colourful and visually breathtaking. 'Javert at the Barricade' is another of my favourites....only....he sings it way too fast.

Sure, put on a different hat and no one will recognize you. Except Gavroche, of course. I love that they showed Jean Valjean leading Javert away to shoot him and then letting him go. I guess this is where Javert begins to rethink everything. He's been tracking down Valjean for years, with the express intent of getting him back to the galleys. Valjean gets the chance to shoot his pursuer and be rid of him forever. But he doesn't do it. He has mercy on him. In the end, which is better, mercy or justice?(Btw, doesn't he looke like Robert Timmins from Lark Rise to Candleford in this picture? Or was it Nicholas Higgins from North and South? Or Brendan Coyle?)

'Drink with Me' was one of my fav......oh, let's just say all the songs were my favourites, okay? Gavroche's echo was very cute. But Lesgle, you're meant to be bald. He's the one on the left.
When Gavroche delivers Marius's letter for Cosette to Valjean, telling her that he's probably going to die, I started sniffling.
I think that happens after 'A Little Fall of Rain' but I'll deal with that now.
Okay...take a deep breath....this is where I started melting. Argh, it's so sad. Eponine gives up her life for Marius because she loves him even though he doesn't love her. She just wants him to be happy and live.
I could tell from the way she sings it that even though she says "I don't feel any pain" she is mortally wounded and is struggling to breathe. And then it's raining and she dies and I CRIED. I think she is my #1 favourite character, actually, and she was nearly the first to go. Marius finally realizes how blind he's been. I've heard it suggested that if they had lived, Eponine and Enjolras should have gotten married. What do I say to that?
I say YES!

On a side note, I really want this necklace!!!!Isn't it gorgeous?

'Little People/Gavroche's Death' was sooo awful. Why didn't anybody DO anything? I know he wouldn't listen, but.....poor little guy.  And Courfeyrac just loses it...oh my, it made me want to cry.  Not that I wasn't already.'Bring Him Home' was slightly boring. It was okay. The Big Battle was actually a lot less graphic and intense than I expected. Lots of blood and everything, but nothing too disturbing.

And then they all got killed. Boohoo. You don't actually see any of them die except Enjolras and Grantaire, but you get the idea that all the others are killed in battle.

It was over too quick. What happened to 'two at one shot' and 'do you permit it'?? Key lines from the book.


And when Javert pins his only medal on Gavroche.. I begin to see that hey, Javert does have a heart after all.

Eww... I will deal with this as quickly as possible, because although thankfully the sewer scene was short, it was utterly gross. And I have a phobia about dark of the reasons I never went down the tunnel slides at McDonald's playgrounds when I was younger. This scene shows how strong Valjean is physically, and it's so sweet of him to rescue Marius just because he loves Cosette, even though Jean knows he will have to give Cosette up.

This picture is very cute, I must say. Glad they reduced Marius' severe wounds, sabre cuts, broken ribs, etc., to just a broken arm and walking stick, cause that part where the doctor is fixing him up in the book is kind of gruesome. Anyway.

This song made me cry, especially 'Doooon't asssskkkk me!" So much emotion. I can't even do that and still look good when I'm crying. Know what I mean??

The Wedding. Yay!

I love this part! Love her dress! Love all the dresses!

And finally we get rid of these two rascals. By the way, in the book Mme. T dies, so Thenardier and his other daughter Azelma go to America and set up as slave-traders. Nice guy, huh? Nope.

The ending scene was so huge and magnificent. While I do have a few theological issues with the 'heaven' scene, namely : are there barricades in heaven?: did they actually all go there?: why is Fantine's hair still short? it was a great scene because it showcased the Christian themes of forgiveness and redemption. Jean Valjean's death made me cry.  I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH! And I can't wait to see it again!!