Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Top Five Memorable Movie Dresses

Last week marked the 25th anniversary of Pretty Woman.  Whew, I feel old.  But that movie never grows old for a lover of the fairy tale.  One of the things most memorable (aside from all the amazing quotes) were the dresses and outfits Julia Roberts' character wore.  That got my mind thinking.  What are some of the most memorable movie dresses for me?  You may have a list of your own, but for me, this is the list that comes to mind as the Top Five.

   5.  Gone With the Wind Curtain Dress - 
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Scarlett O'Hara wore many hoopy dresses during this civil war classic, but the one that is my favorite is known as the "curtain dress."  She made this dress from curtains at Tara and was a symbol of survival.  Aside from the velvety nature of it, I think it's quite stylish.  If Scarlett O'Hara was on Project Runway, she'd win.

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4.  Cinderella's Dress - Of course, being the Cinderella fanatic I am, this dress had to make the list.  This could be the only one (or one of a few) dresses created by a fairy godmother.  For those purists, you'll realize that the dress in the movie is really white, but in all promotions and other pictures of Cinderella, the dress is portrayed blue.  If you watch the movie when she looks at her reflection in the water, you'll see a blue hue to the dress.  And as she strolls with Prince Charming there are some blue tints there as well.  In any case, we all want to be Cinderella. 

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3. Maria's dress in Sound of Music - Maria came to the Von Trapp mansion in borrowed clothes from the convent.  But this dress she wore the night she and the Captain danced together for the first time.  His tractor was definitely cranked for Maria!  And I love this picture because it depicts her looking at him with that same adoration.  

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2.  Vivian's dress in Pretty Woman - There were lots of beautiful outfits in this movie - the little black dress she wore to the business dinner - the ensemble she wore to the polo match.  But this red dress was exquisite.  Edward was flying her to see the opera "Pirates of Penzance."  To add to this ensemble he surprised her with a beautiful necklace and earrings to wear for the occasion that he borrowed, worth thousands.  Simply gorgeous.  Vivian cried during the performance and stated afterwards, "I almost peed my pants!"  Girls dream of being swept off in a private jet to a glorious night with a doting gentleman.  

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1.  Betty's dress in White Christmas - As a fan of this movie, you may only focus on the dress Rosemary Clooney wore at the end that was all Christmasy, but when I think of this movie, THIS is the dress!  Bob (Bing Crosby) had captured her heart, but had not played his cards right (what man does, really?) and she decided to distance herself to protect her heart.  She was going back out on her to perform and forget all about the ache in her heart from Bob.  Betty is singing at a night club, the appropriate tune "Love, You Didn't Do Right By Me" when Bob shows up.  The last thing we want to see is a love we're trying to get over show up when we're trying to move on.  I felt every pang in Betty's heart!  But, like the classy performer, she continued on flawlessly.  You can                                                     watch the clip.
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I've included the front and the back picture of this dress because it just deserves the full view.  Seriously, this dress is perfect.  If I ever get married, having this dress in white would be amazing...if I had the body for it.  But, I really believe God is going to adorn me like this when I get my glorified body.  Really, this dress is stunning.  It is, by far, my most memorable movie dress.  

Monday, March 02, 2015

Why I'm Wild About Harry

Saturday evening, my partner in crime, Amy, and I headed to the Louisville Palace to see one of my favorite artists, Harry Connick, Jr.  I was extremely geeked!!  The last time I saw him in concert was quite a few years ago with my Trinidadian sister, Jan.  She loved him as much as I did and had never seen a "real" concert before in person.  I surprised her with tickets and Harry didn't disappoint.  Now that Jan is living in Heaven, I decided to treat my sister from another mister for her birthday to enjoy all of this Harry goodness.  Again, he did not disappoint. 

Harry came out at 8pm - no opening act needed - sat down on the piano bench, and started entertaining.  He played and sang non-stop for two hours.  For a man who has been a successful performer for more than 20 years, he is extremely non-pretentious.  Never did he once refer to his gig on American Idol because, to him, I'm sure it's just that - just another gig utilizing his passion.  Harry talked about how Rob Reiner recruited him to do the score for "When Harry Met Sally."  He shared how he learned to play the piano from some of the jazz greats in his hometown of New Orleans.  And he made sure every member of his band had the spotlight.  It felt much like we'd been invited in his living room for a personal jam session.  Harry even played the trumpet.  Exquisite.  

One of the songs he sang was "One Fine Thing" from his latest album "Every Man Should Know."  He sat on a stool and said "This song makes me think of my wife every time I sing it."  For a man who has been married to the same woman for more than 20 years and still swoons over her, that makes me swoon over him more.  I've posted the music video below to enjoy.  I may post a review on my YouTube channel at some point, so be sure to subscribe there as well.  Yes, I'm wild about Harry.