Tuesday, July 31, 2012

White House Black Market

A collection of my summer outfits from WHBM. Note that the unifying accessories are the grey belt and grey platforms. Will post more of each outfit next month.









Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Sunday, July 29, 2012

New American Shakespeare Tavern

Saturday night I went out on a date to the New American Shakespeare Theatre to see Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

Like many of Shakespeare's comedies, this one centres on mistaken identity. The leading character, Viola, is shipwrecked on the shores of Illyria during the opening scenes. She loses contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, whom she believes to be dead. Masquerading as a young page under the name Cesario, she enters the service of Duke Orsino through the help of the sea captain who rescues her. Orsino has convinced himself that he is in love with the bereaved Lady Olivia, whose father and brother have recently died, and who will have nothing to do with any suitors, the Duke included. Orsino decides to use "Cesario" as an intermediary to tell Olivia about his love for her. Olivia, believing Viola to be a man, falls in love with this handsome and eloquent messenger. Viola, in turn, has fallen in love with the Duke, who also believes Viola is a man, and who regards her as his confidant.

The major themes are young women seeking independence in a "man's world", "gender-bending" and "same-sex attraction" (albeit in a roundabout way). Typical and riotously fun Shakespeare comedy. The theatre is a very intimate setting with the main floor being literally next to the stage. We were sitting maybe 50 feet from the stage with an unobstructed view of the performance. Really perfect seats. I'm not one who likes to sit in the first row. Does not give the complete perspective of the performance.There is also balcony seating. The first act was 90 minutes in length. It seemed a bit long and drawn out. It was easy to tell that the actors were very comfortable in their roles and taking them to the limit. (This was the next to last show of this comedy). After intermission there was another 75 minutes of the second act. As Shakespeare does in all of his comedies, the first act is to set up the second act for the discoveries and humiliations to come.

Twelfth Night is the classic example of this. The performance was wonderful especially in the intimate surroundings. Having been to the Globe Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon, this gets as close as one can to the original Shakespeare experience.

They serve a dinner menu, drinks and dessert. Most of that is quite forgettable. (The Apple Crisp, which I had during intermission, was good, though). I'd rather have dinner before or after the show.

One of my favorite movies is Shakespeare in Love. The main female character is one Viola de Lesseps played by Gwyneth Paltrow. At the end of the movie Queen Elizabeth requests a comedy from Shakespeare. A Twelfth Night. The film closes as Shakespeare begins to write Twelfth Night, Or What You Will imagining his love washed ashore in a strange land after a shipwreck and musing, "For she will be my heroine for all time, and her name will be...Viola", a strong young woman castaway who disguises herself as a young man.

I always cry at the end of the movie. But the happy ending of Twelfth Night makes me so happy!

Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Searching for the perfect mascara

I've blogged about so many different mascaras that I have used that I have lost count. I has been fun, though to try different products. This is the plain truth according to Allure magazine:

Fat brushes (like lancome's Hypnose) create voluptuous lashes. Skinny brushes (like Lancome's Defencils) will coat each lash perfectly without clumping or adding much volume. Curved wands will help curl lashes. I have used each of these types of mascaras separately. I have also used them together!

When you want lots of volume in your lashes you go for mascaras that are describe as thickening. The products coat the lashes and make them appear bulkier. Christian Dior's DIORSHOW is one of these. I've used variations of DiorShow and have been very pleased with the results.

Non-clumping mascaras have longer wands which allow for a more even application. I get a bit frustrated with these because I'm trying to get more volume. That's a mistake. Lancome's  Defencils is a great choice. Just don't expect it to do more than advertised.

Waterproof mascara contain synthetics formulas to repel moisture. These can be really harsh on one's lashes. So I don't use them at all.

For a very exotic look I will start with a non-clumping mascara to coat each individual lash, then use a thickening mascara on the lashes at the far edge of my eyes. Followed by a curves wand mascara to add some extra curl. That's a lot of mascara.

Another alternative is a sexy pair of false eyelashes with an added touch of curling mascara.

Love
Andrea Nicole Baker

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Qi Lolita

Here is the link to the original post.  Now here are the photos of me in this gorgeous dress. Photos were taken at an Atlanta Lolitas  meetup in Marietta yesterday.

  









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Andrea Nicole Baker

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Girls and Cars

Remember the auto shows where the cute models posed with the cars? I'm not sure any of the guys were  looking at the cars, though. So here is a variation on the same theme. Was lots of fun! BTW - That's NOT my car. Wish it was. LOL










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Andrea Nicole Baker

Friday, July 20, 2012

Versace Fall 2012 Haute Couture Collection,

I'll let the fashion speak for themselves. OMG! How gorgeous and elegant. Read the Vogue review here.  Also the video of the fashion show.



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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Zoe Saldana In Elie Saab Couture

I adore this dress! 
Zoe Saldana was in New York City attending the Cosmopolitan for Latina’s Premiere Issue Party last night. The actress looked beautiful wearing an Elie Saab Spring 2009 Couture dress. Her dress with a sheer embellished neckline and tiered skirt is such an adorable look. Zoe accessorized with a Bottega Veneta clutch which closely matched her dress and silver-and-blush Brian Atwood ‘Claudia Bis’ pumps with an embellished heel. Glossy waves, fringed Irit Design earrings and rings completed the look.








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Andrea Nicole Baker

Friday, July 13, 2012

Frill Post on Parfait Doll Blog!



Victoria Suzanna had just posted the interview with me on her blog. Take a look!

The First all Lolita Convention

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Andrea Nicole Baker

Monday, July 9, 2012

Frill Wall & Pullips

A quick look at my "Frill Walls" and my Pullips - over my fireplace.  
(More to come)





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Andrea Nicole Baker

100 Followers!

On July 9, 2012 my Blog reached 100 total followers! Great Milestone. In celebration here are some recent photos of me taken on Peachtree Street in Midtown, Atlanta.












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Andrea Nicole Baker