Bell-boots

Little Beauty and the Beast 2017 things that I really loved:

*that opening ballroom scene with all the people and grandeur it was so cool
*Emma Watson. Just her in her entirety as a person
*the fact that Belle wears PRACTICAL BOOTS LIKE EVEN UNDER HER FANCY BALLGOWN
*the effects and all the townsfolk and the choreography it looked like so much work went into it I am stunned
*Maurice’s little song I almost cried
*more Mom backstory!
*Le Fou’s big gay crush on Gaston like did you see those loving looks
*that one guy who after being made over by the wardrobe smiled and flounced away
*Le Fou: “I was on Gaston’s side but we’re kinda going through a rough time right now” Mrs Potts: “you deserve better than him”
*Beast/Adam making fun of Romeo and Juliet
*the wait for the happy ending- all was almost lost
*the little extra songs that weren’t in the original animated version
*LE FOU DANCING WITH THE GUY AT THE END

Overall, I recommend it! It was far better than you would expect a simple live-action remake to be.

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Charles Perrault (12 January 1628 – 16 May 1703) 

French author and member of the Académie Française. He laid the foundations for a new literary genre, the fairy tale, with his works derived from pre-existing folk tales. The best known of his tales include Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Little Red Riding Hood), Cendrillon (Cinderella), Le Chat Botté (Puss in Boots), La Belle au bois Dormant (The Sleeping Beauty), and Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard). (Wikipedia)

From our stacks: Illustrations from The Cinderella Fairy Book; containing: Cinderella, or the Glass Slipper, Puss in Boots, Red Riding Hood, Drill of the A, B, C, Army. With Twenty-eight Colored Illustrations. Cincinnati: Peter G. Thomson, 1881.

Black Friday Sales and Deals

Just like last year, this year’s black Friday coupons post is a mixed bag of big box retailers and independent makers. Wishing y’all a lovely holiday season, despite all odds!

Upto 25% off on selected lines and upto 30% off on bags.

My picks ✶ Baxtor Dome Backpack ✶ Teal Faux Fur Tippet ✶ Indian Paisley Blanket Scarf ✶ Moon Long Pendant Necklace ✶



40% off on everything and free shipping.

My picks ✶ Velvet Catsuit ✶ Suede Knee High Boot  ✶  Ribbed Sweater Dress  ✶ Flat Over Knee Boot  ✶



30% off sitewide with code THANKFUL30 (US only)

20% off sitewide with code GOGOGO (Rest of the world) 

My picks ✶ ASOS Curve Wool Trench  ✶ Alice & You Velvet Playsuit ✶  ABE Wide Fit Leather Boots ✶ ASOS Curve Jumpsuit With Bell Sleeves ✶



50% off sitewide with code AVTHANKS. 30% extra off on clearance. All tall boots $29.99. 

My picks ✶ Hooded Peacoat ✶  Sofie Colorblock Knee High Boot  ✶ Crochet Bell Sleeve Dress  ✶ Gavin Lace Front Tall Boot  ✶



30% off sitewide with code BLACKFRIDAY starting midnight.

My picks ✶ Scandinavian Christmas Star Necklace  ✶  Saguaro Cactus Statement Necklace ✶ Scandinavian Christmas Reindeer Necklace ✶ Scandinavian Christmas Bird Brooch ✶



30% off with code F6P8 and free shipping and returns.

My picks ✶ Curve and Flare Dress  ✶ Amelie Dress  ✶  Moleskin Duffle Coat ✶ Susannah Lace Dress ✶



50% off everything (except sale items) with code FRIYAY50 until 11/25 at 3 AM EST.

My picks ✶ Woven Printed Midi Dress  ✶ Black Lace Bralet ✶  Pink Velvet Bralet ✶ Ruffle Shift Dress ✶

Up to 45% off on most items and free embossing until Monday midnight.

My picks ✶  Full Pint Satchel in Stormy Sea ✶  Brit Luxe Croc Shoulder Bag in Vintage Red ✶  Full Pint Satchel in Chintz Rose ✶  Milkman Shoulder Bag in Rust



Everything $20 or less sitewide.

My picks ✶ Slub Knit Sweater  Sequin Top  ✶  Floral Strappy Blouse  ✶ Red Tulle Midi Skirt  ✶



20% off sitewide with code BLACKFRI starting 5pm Thursday 24th November and ending 10am Monday 28th November (GMT)

My picks ✶ Queen Bee Citrine and Gemstone Necklace  ✶ Red Dwarf Pink Druzy Ring  ✶ Perfect Alignment Solar System Necklace  ✶ Lupus Wolf Constellation Necklace ✶



50% off entire purchase with code FRENZY

My picks ✶ Studio Velvet Fit and Flare Dress  ✶ Studio Velvet Capelet  ✶ Bow Neck Fit and Flare Shirt Dress  ✶  Studio Pleated Velvet Mock Neck Dress  ✶



30% off everything with code TREAT30

My picks ✶ Checked Shift Dress  ✶ Velvet Trench  ✶ Tan Contrast Pleated Skirt  ✶ Contrast Cape  



Extra 50% off sale items with code OHMYGOBBLE 

My picks ✶ Faux Suede Shorts  ✶ Lace Maxi Skirt  ✶ Fringed Faux Suede Skirt  ✶  Crochet Lace Up Dress  



50% off everything through the weekend with code XMAS50

My picks ✶ Mink Lace Midi Dress  ✶ Navy Lace Jumpsuit  ✶ Navy Lace Shirt Dress  ✶ Black Mini Fringe Top and Skirt ✶


15% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY15 + Up to 40% off selected items.

My picks ✶ Peep Toe Clogs Orange ✶  Maguba Florence Navy Clogs ✶  Low Wood T Bar Clog Green ✶  Low Peep Toe Antique Gold Clogs



From 11/23-11/27 

20% off no threshold with code FRIDAY20, 30% off orders $100+ with code FRIDAY30, 40% off orders $200+ with code FRIDAY40

From 11/27-11/30

30% off sitewide with code CYBER16

My picks ✶ Greatest Glitz Shift Dress  ✶ Ruby A Line Dress  ✶ Defined to Refine Lace Dress  ✶ Lovely Landscape Coat  ✶



30% off sitewide with code BLACK from 11/24 -11/29.

My picks ✶ Lulu Guinness Mini Lips Bag  ✶ The Cambridge Satchel Co. Saddle Bag  ✶   Grafea Sunny Pom Backpack  ✶   The Cambridge Satchel Co. Barrel Backpack ✶



From 11/24 -11/28 extra 20% off selected sale items. 40% off designer sale.

My picks ✶ Kirby Bootie  ✶ City Chic Black Lace Dress  ✶  Loafer Ballet Flat  ✶ Polka Dot Chambray Shirt ✶



20% off on 11/28 with code CYBER16. Half of all profits go to Planned Parenthood and the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock.

My picks ✶ Letterpress Thank You Cards  ✶ Warrior Woman Enamel Pin  ✶ Letterpress Christmas Card  ✶ 2017 Calendar Wall Hanging  ✶



50% off on selected 50 items (UK site)

20% off full priced items with code BFRIDAY16 (US site)

My picks ✶  Plus Black Floral Print Shirt Dress  ✶  Rose Gold Block Heel Ankle Boot  ✶ Plus Chunky Knit Cardigan  ✶  Burgundy Cut Out Buckle Boots  ✶   



Get 30% off any order with code SGBlackFriday16 on Friday. Free shipping for orders $100 and above.

My picks ✶ Lucretia Mock Turtleneck Velvet Dress ✶  Isabella Tea Length Lace DressSojourner Wool Duster Coat ✶  Eva Pleather Circle Skirt



Upto 50% off on selected lines.

My picks ✶ Berry Velour Skater Dress  ✶ Joanna Hope Boucle Cape  ✶ Teal Velour Skater Dress  ✶ Gold Ankle Strap Courts EEE Fit  ✶



40% off everything with code THANKS till 11/27.

My picks ✶ Snowflake Over Knee Socks  ✶ Crochet Over Knee Socks  ✶ Reindeer Knee Socks  ✶ Scrunchy Socks in Dark Red  ✶



50% off selected items, 10% extra off sale items, half price delivery on all orders with code HALFPRICE

My picks ✶ White Swiss Dot Top  ✶ Navy Lace Skirt  ✶ Lace Up Ballerina Pump in Wide Fit  ✶ Black Lace Maxi Dress  ✶   

a funny story with a dark twist: a playlist for the Rippers of Namesake (8tracks | Playmoss) [yeah, I made this playlist about a year ago but I’m reposting some stuff to playmoss since everyone seems to be heading there]

Tracklist:

Rootless - Marina and the Diamonds // Body - Mother Mother // Cruel - St. Vincent // Good Intent - Kimbra // Run the Heart - Sleigh Bells // Taste It - Little Boots // Sleep Awake - Mother Mother // Hi - Psapp

@heroofgrymoire continued from here X

Akina blinked and cocked her head in confusion. “I’m sorry. I thought you were spacing out from heat exhaustion.” She apologized throwing the bucket to the side. She giggled from his pun. Water under the bridge. What an interesting use of the phrase. 

Heat exhaustion aside,I wanted to see how you were doing. Would you like to join me for a treat in my world? I can take us there with my bell.” she smiled at him. Her appearance was different than usual. The wolf tail was gone and so was the wolf ears. Instead she wore simple clothes. Cotton light purple pants that seemed to be a mix of bell bottoms and boot cut, a v-cut shirt that revealed the red tattoos on her shoulders, a v-neck light shirt that was lavender, white sandles, and a violet grey beret. She looked completely human. 

Emma Watson Makes “Beauty and the Beast” Fit Her Feminism Branding, Shades Caretakers?

So with the recent information that came out that credits Watson next to entirely (with Belle now taking her father’s qualities of being an inventor by inventing a washing machine, Belle now wearing boots instead of ballet flats, Belle not wearing an 18th century French gown because Watson couldn’t handle it but claims it’s because Belle is “an active princess,” ignoring the fact that being a caretaker is more historically accurate and still a feminist option in life today and before), it is interesting that Disney allowed Watson to interject her own social issues standpoint into a character that is already fully created. 

“Beauty and the Beast” was supposed to be a live-action remake. Literally taking the original animated content and making it come to life with live people and CGI. 

Now, it has become part of Emma Watson’s HeForShe/feminism branding. And quite frankly, to imply that there is something wrong with a woman choosing to be a caretaker isn’t very feminist-like. I personally know plenty of women who identify as a feminist and choose to take care of their children.

I must say that I totally called it. And this is coming from a feminist.

Happy Friday,
Sam

Polo Tack; Why do you use so much?

I see a lot of people wondering why polo ponies have so much tack on them. In fact, I used to be one of those people, and I used to say that with better training, you wouldn’t need so much. Less is more, right?

Not quite. 

See, with such a face paced game, the need for so much tack boils down to one reason - horse and rider safety.

Let’s take a look at an average polo pony;

And let’s run down everything on him. 

  • running gag bit
  • two reins on bit
  • drop noseband
  • tie down
  • breastplate
  • polo wraps
  • front boots
  • bell boots

See, it’s not actually a lot. But how does it all tie into safety?

The polo wraps, front boots, and bell boots are pretty self explanatory. Not only are there lots of other horses blazing around, but there’s a mallet swinging close to legs, so leg protection is an obvious no brainer. 

I don’t think a lot of people realize how far you lean side to side when you’re aiming to hit the ball - you’re up and out of the saddle and hovering over a shoulder - you don’t want your saddle to slip. This photo actually shows it pretty well. So a breastplate helps with that. 

Now the tie-down is something a lot of people don’t understand, at least, not until you actually ride in a game. Polo ponies don’t have a tie down so they stay in a frame - it’s so they don’t smack their rider in the face when you’re going to hit the ball. As previously stated, you’re not exactly in a normal position when hitting - and if your horse gets jumpy (which some horses do), your face can sometimes meet pony neck and it hurts a lot (speaking from experience).

The drop noseband isn’t there to make the horse accept the bit, like more people think - it’s actually there to prevent biting. One of the horses on my team is a nasty guy who will latch onto anyone - rider or horse - if his drop noseband isn’t tight enough. 

Having two reins on the bit is a requirement for all polo horses, no matter what bit you’re riding in. You can even ride bitless, but you must have two reins. Why? Because in the game, shit happens, and if one of your reins break - there’s a second one so you’re not completely screwed. 

And finally the gag. It’s not there because polo ponies are uncontrollable, untrained horses blazing around - it’s actually there because for the stop factor. Polo ponies are normally ridden with a loose contact and a neck reined, not unlike Western horses. However, with how fast we normally go, sometimes you have to do a quick check on the speed so you can avoid running into someone or so you can hit the ball. The gag isn’t there so we can have a harsh bit and avoid training, it’s really the complete opposite. I see more gags misused in the show jumping world than in the polo world. 

So. There you have it. Polo tack isn’t so extreme.