As fall gears up and we have an excuse to dress a bit more formally it’s time to get out some fun head and hair gear for dates, parties and work. Go ahead, add a little spark or spunk to your outfit without buying another skirt you forgot you had a copy of in the back of your overstuffed closet.
Tube from the Past: Sci-Fi Shows
One reason I believe science fiction remains an ever steady influence on our pop culture and an enjoyable way to spend an hour or five is that Sci-Fi shows give us the ability to glimpse into the unknown. To imagine what might be, even in our lifetimes. As adventurers at heart we long to adventure into the great frontier. Growing up watching Star Trek Next Generation I’ve been a lifelong fan of space operas and of dreaming of bigger, newer worlds. I’m not a fan of every sci-fi show, some are silly and some just plan bad. But the goods ones entertain us in ways no other genre can.
A nicely complex story ark that covers all the seasons and wraps up pretty well, if a little down beat-ly. For a fan of shows with romantic subplots Babylon 5 disappoints with not much, but it has good action, silly but groundbreaking effects and interesting characters.
Star Trek Next Generation
Perhaps the best of all the Star Trek shows and films, the first season works out a lot of kinks but the later seasons bring the humor and the drama with a crew it's hard not to care about. Data is a personal favorite of mine but you may find your own character to root for out of the many lead actors that are delightful.
Star Gate Universe
A nice about dark character development centered show helps us care about the people aboard Destiny. Though the show ends on a cliff hanger the stories are intriguing and the leads, Rush and Young, make for an entertaining (and lady enjoyable) piece of sci-fi.
Interesting idea that could have used more time to develop but nonetheless is still a worthwhile watch for the sci-fi minded fan. Strong minded female lead, which is always great to see in the manly world of sci-fi.
A bit darkly warlike for my taste but Farscape has great makeup special effects. The show’s sentient ship is always a good take on the material world of a sci-fi show.
Having an emo lead kills any feelings you might have towards the characters' survival. As a warning this show doesn’t have a second season so it can’t wrap up any plot points but it is an interesting visual look and if you’re less a fan of space opera and more of science what-if’s then this may be up your alley.
Star Trek Enterprise
Shall we all just agree that this one never took place? Good. Too little story, bad character development and a lack of the Star Trek feeling made this show unmatchable for most of the Star Trek fans I know.
By: Gemma Porter
This odd film follows a wealthy woman after the death of her father as she finds footing by helping at a women’s jail. Although the Victorian setting is nicely shot, with solid cinematography, this film fails in providing enough to draw the audience into the movie’s plot lines.
If you’re looking for a rather unsexy lesbian romance film then have at, otherwise DON’T WATCH.
Anna Madeley, Zoe Tapper, Domini Blythe, Anne Reid, Amanda Plummer, Anna Massey, Paul Clayton, Caroline Loncq
Ashwell Place, A Lucy Tempalton novel.
An introverted medium living in Weymouth, Massachusetts needs the income from a mysterious new job in the English countryside. She must pick up and leave everything but her opinionated dog Bits and head to an English manor at the behest of the handsome Duke to clean his home of an evil, unwanted spirit. Only once Lucy arrives at Ashwell Place does she begin to find that her supernatural abilities may be more trouble than the overly talented medium’s heart expected.
Ashwell Place is an adventure novel about the supernatural skills of a wayward medium and her ever-talkative dog. Lucy Tempalton's interlude at Ashwell Place is filled with a blue-blooded family’s dark secret and the comedic musings of a displaced dog on her person’s romantic entanglements with the Duke of Ashwell.
About Alisa Koysman: "I am a young Manhattan based bridal designer and have been making clothing ever since the age of seven, even before I was allowed to use a needle. I am a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology where my specialization was Intimate Apparel. Before venturing out on my own, I worked in merchandising for large retail companies such as Coach, Ross Stores, Le Mystere, and Gilt Groupe. I personally make each veil and work one on one with brides for custom veil, birdcage, and fascinator orders. Only the finest quality products are used, such as French lace, Swarovski crystals, and silk thread and piping. All lace and piping is attached by invisible hand stitching. I don't use harsh machine stitching or glue that are unfortunately all too common in commercially produced veils."
Right around this time, I complemented a friend of ours on her beautiful knit bolero. She showed me the Etsy shop she bought it from. This was my first time hearing about and seeing Etsy. I was hooked and right away realized this is the perfect community for me to flourish my new bridal dream.
People say that everything happens for a reason, and I feel truly blessed that everything happened when and how it did. I never thought I would be able to have my own store, especially full of customers who appreciate handmade quality and design!
Other artists and designers on Etsy make it what it is as well. Promoting each other through treasuries and blogs, teams, and word of mouth, saying hello and sharing compliments to "competitors"... I doubt this happens with brick and mortar shops. We have a real community here.
As I mentioned earlier, my life was always involved in fashion. Although I taught myself to sew by making outfits for my dolls at about five years old, the need for it was in my genes. My great grandmother was an evening-wear designer and fed her family through World War II while in evacuation in Uzbekistan, by sewing saris for the locals in exchange for grain. At seven, I made my first real garment, a pink, stretch miniskirt, with burgundy velvet lacing up the side. Unfortunately, my parents thought it was a bit risqué for a seven year old.
Lately, I've been implementing vintage laces into veils, and perfecting my dyeing processes for these, as it's more complicated than usual. Sometimes I feel as if I need a scientist in addition to other professionals I wish I had at my disposal (administrator, accountant, IT...). I am also very inspired by re-embroidering shoes with lace and crystals.
Letting Go of Fear in the Third Act
"What are the 5 things you’d regret not doing before your face to face interview with a higher power?"
Isn't it funny how the small things are what end up mattering most to us? The big rat-race rarely ever falls into conversation for the people I discuss this with. But some will talk about wanting to leave behind more comfort for their family members. Isn't the most comfort we can leave behind the comfort of a well loved life, to show those around us, even ourselves, that they are loved beyond all measure? Yet so often fear stands in the way of a Well Loved Life. How can we approach the third act of our infinite life without fear?
Learning to let go of fear is more important in this stage than any other. There is no sorrow in death, nothing bad or shocking is going to happen. There is only warmth and love and goodness on that other far away side. If we allow ourselves a happy journey when the time comes it is a good transition from one place to another.
Nothing in this life is worth holding on to beyond its time to go. When God calls you one must answer and it is lovingness that awaits us, which is important to remember. One’s faith does not matter, it is how we choose to live these final decades that matters. That determines our outlook on the heavenly realms.
"Fear for self's annihilation is fear of nothing. Death is as man is."
People with a strong belief in an afterlife can still be very afraid of dyeing and those with no faith whatsoever can be ready to go. It is our internal-self once again, our innate peace or chaos that allows for a good final act. Find time to slow down a bit and enjoy what you have achieved. It can be a confusing process as we close in on our third act years. For some it is with a great sense of loss and unreadiness that we approach this time. Try to understand that the fear is valid but unnecessary. What is there truly to be afraid of?
A Well Loved Life will leave behind only good memories and helpful lessons. Living out a full and noble process of a fully lived life is a simple, contradictory and happy goal.
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