Jaymes

I just love the way Jaymes Young spells his first name. Maybe some people find it strange, pretentious, hipster-ish, etc. but I really like it. I think I just generally like the letter “y.” It turns the name into something poetic or “more flowy” in my most poetic terms…

His voice is equally lovely and I’ve come to check his spotify page over and over again waiting for more music to be released. Today I was playing around youtube and found a video for a song that really hits home today.

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40s USA stuck in a sad modern tech prison

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A friend of mine has a dream of being the big shot female film producer to her interior designer husband. We’ve noticed that female interior designers regularly match up with male film producers. Coincidence? Who knows – but my friend certainly would like to be a part of this, just the other way around.

Most recently, she sent me a NYtimes article about a “producer-like” figure married to…. you guessed it! An interior designer. Aside from being another example for our theory, the article also introduced us to a fascinating character.

Matt Jacobson is fab 40s USA stuck in a sad modern tech prison. He was the 8th employee at Facebook and is still there and just as important as ever. You can read more on his position at the company and his history in the article but what struck me most was the following passage:

He also exhibits none of the awkwardness commonly associated with Silicon Valley types. If you mixed the personality of a laid-back surfer, the refined style of a fashion designer, the pizazz of a Hollywood producer and the self-confidence of an entrepreneur, you’d have Matt Jacobson.

“Sorry I’m a few minutes late,” he said upon arrival to our lunch. “I had a hard time getting in because of my tie. But ties are my thing.” Apparently, the too-cool-for-school Soho House has a no-tie policy, but he managed to talk his way in with one.

In my email response to my friend, I exclaimed, “Like….. He’s just not real #1. It’s SO unfortunate that his name is Matt Jacobson. My heart just races during this article for some reason! I’m like ‘omg a guy who is liked by everyone! a guy who works at fbook but cares about fashion and architecture! a guy who basically created his own role.’  He’s like 40s USA in a sad modern tech prison. But living it up writing casual columns about tailoring. omg. I just loved this. so great.”

Removing my valley fan girl-isms, my fascination is clear.

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This fascinating collection of photographs shows women who were brave enough to make their mark. I encourage all women to take inspiration from these and all other women they know who need to be remembered.

Maud Wagner, the first well know female tattooist in the United States. 1907

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Sarla Thakral, 21 years old, the first Indian woman to earn a pilot license. 1936

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Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, despite attempts by the marathon organizer to stop her. 1967

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Photograph of a samurai warrior. c. late 1800s

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Women boxing on a roof in LA. 1933
(I wish I could get a framed print of this)

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A Swedish woman hitting a neo-Nazi protester with her handbag. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor. 1985

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Marie Antoinette

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I should explain why I love Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette with every fibre of my being.

  • Sophia Coppola
  • Lost in Translation (yes, that’s allowed to be a reason)
  • Kirsten Dunst
  • Jason Schwartzman
  • Jamie Dornan
  • Phoenix cameo
  • Backdrop (Versailles, duh)
  • Exquisite clothing and styling

There are several more reasons but the most important is Coppola’s portrayal of Marie Antoinette, a doomed princess and queen.

As a history major, I am deeply invested in alternative histories. History is a collection of stories. It’s close to impossible to know history completely because it’s simply gone. Sophia Coppola indulges me and digs deep into what her interpretation of Marie Antoinette’s life might have been. Coppola sites Antonia Frasier’s biography – a mighty and in-depth analysis. I appreciate the connection to an esteemed portrayal but I loved how sympathetic and melancholic Coppola’s Marie Antoinette was.

Some complain at how slow the film is. Well, did those individuals think about how boring it might have been for Marie Antoinette to live that life? History has imparted many lessons on the future and a relevant lesson in this instance is that riches and beauty do not guarantee happiness or safety. Kirsten Dunst is so genuinely sad, lost, and complacent that my heart reaches out to her until I have the very same depressed look on my face as she does for most of the film (See my previous post on Kirsten Dunst for a comprehensive list of that depressed look). That look makes me love Kirsten Dunst, Marie Antoinette, and Sophia Coppola.

I must communicate that in order to fully understand where I’m coming from, it would be useful to read Frasier’s biography and to also have a deeper understanding of life/history/context/royalty in French 1800s. My love of this film is not a simple one.

I also have a deep appreciation for the converse’s shown for a split second in the film…

Thank you Sophia Coppola.

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Lark Rise to Candleford

I’ve caught up quite a bit on my period dramas since graduating from college. One of the most charming is Lark Rise to Candleford, a BBC series about late 19th century life in the English countryside. The show spends it’s time exploring the lives of those who live in  a small hamlet, Lark Rise, and a more prosperous market town, Candleford.

Amazon prime has allowed me to casually watch this show throughout the year. It didn’t completely capture my attention to the extent that I binge watched all four seasons in one weekend. However, something changed recently and I may finish the last two seasons in the next day.

The introduction of Daniel Parish was too good to be true. I knew from the first moment that he was up to something (this show isn’t exactly subtle) but he was so cute and he seemed to truly encourage Laura’s passion for writing. When he turned out to be manipulative and horrible I said, “oh well. good riddance. It was too good to be true.” UNTIL!

DANIEL PARISH HAS RETURNED with his tail between his legs. It didn’t take long (he came back the next episode) but I appreciated the fact that his return to Candleford and Lark Rise was at least sort of realistic. The honorable Robert Timmins, Laura’s father and Downton Abbey’s John Bates, refused to let Daniel see Laura until he had apologized to everyone affected by Daniel’s article. So off Daniel goes to apologize and Emma Timmin’s, Laura’s mother and truly marvelous actress, says, “Nope. I don’t forgive you. Bye.” Realism! Yay! Of course then Laura decides she doesn’t care and kisses Daniel. Oh Laura, always seeing the best in people.

No matter what the story line is… Daniel Parish is so hot and that is the last push I needed to watch the rest of the show. Now go get Amazon Prime and watch the show.

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spunky awesome Laura. You go girl!

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Dorcas! The most bamf character. I want to be just like you when I grow up…

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DANIEL!!!!

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The Pratt sisters – example of the ridiculous clothes on this show.

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Beatrice Martin’s instagram is my favorite instagram in the world. No exaggeration. This is 150% true.

Beatrice Martin might be known to most as the artist behind Coeur de Pirate – Montreal based and known for reviving la chanson française. I don’t speak french but my french speaking friends assure me that I would adore her lyrics. I’m completely mesmerized by her voice and piano playing that I feel I understand the songs even though the lyrics are a mystery.

Below is a live performance of a cover from her latest album, Trauma, and an official music video for a song from her second album, Blonde. I adore all three albums. Please take a listen!

And now for some of her awesome instagram posts:

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La Belle et la Bete

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I’ve been trying to figure out how to watch Christophe Gans’ “La Belle et la Bete” but remain unsuccessful. I’m hoping it will come out via amazon or itunes soon because the trailer and photos are absolutely stunning. The costumes are everything I’ve ever expected in a princess movie and the visuals are fantastical enough to remind you that you’re watching a fairy-tale.

Lea Seydoux is also a favorite of mine after I saw “Farewell, My Queen,” an interesting picture of Marie Antoinette and the beginning of the French Revolution. I personally believe she’s stunning and I’m glad she’s taken the role of Belle in this new adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

Love and Other Disasters

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‘Love and Other Disasters’ is a 2006 film featuring Brittany Murphy. Brittany Murphy is absolutely adorable in this film and I want to steal her aesthetic – although maybe a subdued version. She’s a cute but assertive female and I wish there were more like Brittany’s character in film.

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Also can we talk about how attractive the romantic lead is? He wears a particularly horrible pants/shirt combination during the tango scene but I’ll forgive him because of his beautiful flowing locks of hair…