I am wondering: was anyone out there in cyberspace was acquainted with the late celebrity biographer George Eells? I’m asking for research purposes. I can be contacted through my website, http://www.carolynquinn.net, if the answer is yes. I hope someone will come forward!
Here is a fashion book that ought to be required reading for females everywhere! CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES CHANGE YOUR LIFE by George Brescia is, simply put, fabulous and I cannot recommend it enough!
My view of fashion was altered forever within reading the very first few pages of this great little tome – when George Brescia said that the goal in getting dressed should be to create “a harmonious outfit.” Think about it: the best outfits really and truly look harmonious, blended, and one glance and you know the elements of it are “together,” whether you consciously realize why you feel that way or not. Call to mind your favorite glamour shot of a celebrity in a movie and it’s almost certainly one in which all parts of her outfit fit into a beautiful whole.
Fortunately I’ve always had a nice way of putting pretty colors together in outfits – all of my friends always say so – but this book still gave me new additional tips about enhancing the whole of the ensemble. More is involved than just matching up the best colors. There’s the accessories, too, the shoes, the jewelry, the scarf, even the shade of the purse that you carry. Currently, mine is a beautiful shade of orange. Lovely with most of my outfits, yes. Hideous, I’ll admit, with a few of the others. George recommends a neutral color for a purse. George has got that right! Meanwhile, if I put a with a touch of orange or peach in it while wearing an outfit that matches everything except that lovely but vivid purse, it can help pull it all together!
That one little line about creating a harmonious outfit not only gave me whole new ideas about how to put outfits together, but also gave me a new outlook required to have a grand old time while commuting on the bus. Just looking around me suddenly became an education – and a hoot! The best outfits were, indeed, harmonious. Decent colors, proportional sizes to the women’s bodies, lovely accessories, lots of subtle enhancements. As for the worst outfits – oh, my goodness! The line of sight of the outfits didn’t work, the colors clashed, one peasant top, with a midriff, yet, didn’t match the sleek line of the skirt of the wearer’s bottom, another gal was obviously wearing an ensemble two sizes too small, which revealed some attributes that would have been infinitely better hidden – well, you get the general idea! Reading this book changed the way I see everybody’s outfits.
You’ll love this book. By all means, give it a whirl!
Here’s the link: http://amzn.com/147674873X
My generation, the tail end of the “Baby Boom” kids, won’t have to wait any longer to see Rogers and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA starring Lesley Ann Warren again. Our years of requesting that it be released as a DVD are over. The outcome couldn’t be better. The DVD has been released at long last, and it’s here!
CINDERELLA was a television special that was broadcast once, live, with Julie Andrews, but wasn’t recorded. It proved to be so popular with television audiences that it was re-created, this time with Lesley Ann Warren in the title role. Beginning in 1965, it was shown every year, for eight years in a row, on TV as a special for kids. It was always a treat. I remember seeing it the first time it came on and waiting for it every subsequent year.
It’s got quite a spectacular cast. Ginger Rogers plays The Queen and Walter Pidgeon, her King. Jo Van Fleet is the evil stepmother, counterbalanced by Celeste Holm as Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. Pat Carroll and Barbara Ruick are Cinderella’s stepsisters. Her prince is played by Stuart Damon.
Tonight I had the fun of attending the DVD release party at Barnes & Noble 86th Street, where Richard Skipper interviewed Lesley Ann Warren to a packed room of happy CINDERELLA fans. The audience was given a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the special.
Lesley Ann Warren relayed that she was constantly asked when the special would become available as a DVD. Richard Skipper found Celeste Holm, who is also in the show, listed in the phone book when he moved to New York City (in the days before DVDs) and he just couldn’t resist. He called her up and asked, “Is this the fairy godmother?”
Celeste Holm said, “Yes!”
Richard proceeded to ask her when CINDERELLA might be shown on television again.
Lesley Ann Warren told us tonight that the reason the show stopped being shown on the network back in the 1970s, after eight broadcasts, was that the executives thought times and audiences were changing. They believed people wouldn’t want to see the musical any longer. Well if that were really the case, then why would so many people have been asking, all these years – for decades now – to see this show again?
Here is the link to get your own copy of CINDERELLA…and share it with your children and grandchildren. But you know what I think? I think it should be given another network showing again, too!
Everyone knows I love to write – but I adore taking photographs, too! I have a website on Fine Art America where the very best of my photos are available.
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Tomorrow Scotland faces a historic vote: on whether to stay or leave the United Kingdom – and become an independent nation.
The media is claiming the polls are “too close to call.” I have friends on Facebook who are hoping the vote will be a No, and others who are longing for a Yes.
Whatever way it goes, I am fascinated by the chance the Scots have to decide who will rule their nation. How great it must be to know that you have a say in your country’s future plans. It’s so exciting! I wish everyone over there the very best tomorrow and will look forward to finding out what happens.
Kids, if you think it’s not easy to go to your school, where maybe a few other students don’t care for you, imagine this. Imagine being one of only nine students to integrate a formerly all-White high school in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the 1950’s, back when Black customers couldn’t even sit at lunch counters with Whites, or use the same water fountains and rest rooms.
And think what it would have been like if the White kids in the school not only did not want you there, and did all they could to make your life miserable, but had members of the White Supremacy hate group The Ku Klux Klan “coaching” them on how best to drive you crazy!
Incredibly, this is exactly what happened in Little Rock in 1957. The Klan was helping the White children to debase the Black ones. It was all part of a plan to get the Black students to drop out of the White school.
Well, it didn’t work. President Eisenhower sent in the armed forces to ensure the school was integrated. Paratroopers escorted the Black children to and from the school until the situation calmed down a bit – though it never fully abated during the entire year when the Black ones were targeted for abuse. Only one student finally got mad enough at the abuse to leave Central High School. I don’t blame her. If that had been me, I’d have blown my top faster and worse. She was amazing for sticking it out as long as she did. More power to her!
The Little Rock Nine were Minnijean Brown, Elizabeth Eckford, Ernest Green, Thelma Mothershed, Melba Patillo, Gloria Ray, Terrence Roberts, Jefferson Thomas and Carlotta Walls. Melba Patillo Beals wrote an exceptionally good book on the situation called Warriors Don’t Cry. It ought to be required reading in every school in America. I highly recommend it.
The NAACP stepped in to coach the Black students on how not to respond to the taunts of the Whites. If someone threw something at one of the Nine, they simply picked it up, gave it back, and told their tormentor, “You dropped this.” I do not know how these brave students managed to remain so calm in the face of so much abuse, but even though it was unbearable, they did.
Many years later, in 1997, the Little Rock Nine were invited back to the school for a ceremony. They were in for a really pleasant surprise when they arrived: the doors to their old school were swung open to them – by none other than then-President Bill Clinton.
A monument to the Little Rock Nine now stands on the grounds of Central High School. It’s a very cool set of statues, one for each of the famous nine, to commemorate their bravery. They also got the Congressional Gold Medal.
As for their battalion of tormentors, well, unless you count the fact that they earned the contempt of people of goodwill everywhere, they got nothing! I can’t help but smile whenever I think of the poetic justice of that.
So whenever you know you’re on the right track, remember the grace of the Little Rock Nine. Stand tall, stand proud, and stand your ground!
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