Bella Woo

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Bella + working from home = half a bag consumed
Bella + Downton Abbey marathon + glass of wine = rest of bag destroyed
I’m not proud, but I’m not ashamed either. This stuff is addictive.

Bella + working from home = half a bag consumed

Bella + Downton Abbey marathon + glass of wine = rest of bag destroyed

I’m not proud, but I’m not ashamed either. This stuff is addictive.

Southern Friday night - ice cream cones and train watching from Main Street  (at Town of Waxhaw)

Southern Friday night - ice cream cones and train watching from Main Street (at Town of Waxhaw)

Friendly competition amongst Germany supporters  (at Biergarten Haus)

Friendly competition amongst Germany supporters (at Biergarten Haus)

Ladies who brunch #Ollie (at Banana Cafe & Piano Bar)

Ladies who brunch #Ollie (at Banana Cafe & Piano Bar)

Day-after-book-club-hostess-duty dinner. Brie’s up next (at The Enemy’s Armory)

Day-after-book-club-hostess-duty dinner. Brie’s up next (at The Enemy’s Armory)

Now reading: Book Club Edition
On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
Short Review: OK. Wait… maybe something’s going to happen? Oh, nevermind. What, ZOMG WHAT?! Oh, OK then, I guess you’re just going to move on.
In-progress Thoughts: Waiting for something to happen, but nothing’s happening. Is it just me or have I been reading a lot of anticlimactic books recently? <— I wrote that when I was about 50% through. Then when I hit 60% (thank you, Kindle), BOOM. No spoilers, but it was definitely not what I expected to happen to Fan.But even then, that period of her life was just glossed over and she just moved along.
Ending Thoughts: This book had so much promise for me. Dystopic  story that attempts to make a social commentary. The background is set in what used to be Baltimore. It’s written by an AAPI author. The protagonist is AAPI, but the story does not rely on her ethnicity. So much promise just fizzled out with each page. The ending was open ended, which I’m fine with most books. There were a few plot points that I wish the author followed through with before ending the story, but I didn’t care too much by then. It’s not like I can get the 6 hours I spent reading this back. 

Now reading: Book Club Edition

On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee

Short Review: OK. Wait… maybe something’s going to happen? Oh, nevermind. What, ZOMG WHAT?! Oh, OK then, I guess you’re just going to move on.

In-progress Thoughts: Waiting for something to happen, but nothing’s happening. Is it just me or have I been reading a lot of anticlimactic books recently? <— I wrote that when I was about 50% through. Then when I hit 60% (thank you, Kindle), BOOM. No spoilers, but it was definitely not what I expected to happen to Fan.But even then, that period of her life was just glossed over and she just moved along.

Ending Thoughts: This book had so much promise for me. Dystopic  story that attempts to make a social commentary. The background is set in what used to be Baltimore. It’s written by an AAPI author. The protagonist is AAPI, but the story does not rely on her ethnicity. So much promise just fizzled out with each page. The ending was open ended, which I’m fine with most books. There were a few plot points that I wish the author followed through with before ending the story, but I didn’t care too much by then. It’s not like I can get the 6 hours I spent reading this back. 

So Free People finally decided to announce their FP Me and Ballet Zaida partnership. Here are some gorgeous photos of trained dancers (again, they don&#8217;t look like they&#8217;re about to snap their ankles in half) wearing some pieces from the collection.
Still dumbfounded as to why these dancers weren&#8217;t commissioned for the entire project and why FP is choosing to announce this so late in their campaign. I&#8217;ve been seeing these pictures instagrammed out by the individual dancers for weeks now.

So Free People finally decided to announce their FP Me and Ballet Zaida partnership. Here are some gorgeous photos of trained dancers (again, they don’t look like they’re about to snap their ankles in half) wearing some pieces from the collection.

Still dumbfounded as to why these dancers weren’t commissioned for the entire project and why FP is choosing to announce this so late in their campaign. I’ve been seeing these pictures instagrammed out by the individual dancers for weeks now.

Click on each for my snarky comments.

Free People: Why hire these models who are about to hurt themselves and misrepresent the art form? The intro to this AdWeek article is very accurate. This would not happen if it were a Gatorade or Nike ad. Second, why don’t you use the photographs you already commissioned in collaboration with trained professional dancers and Ballet Zaida? Or at least hire those same dancers to model for the product catalog and video?

I’ve been reading a lot of the comments online about this. While most are as outraged as I am, there are a few that want to play devil’s advocate. Their stance is that perhaps Free People wanted to portray a non-professional, someone who just has passion for dance. The problem with this is that those same individuals don’t understand that the outrage is coming from a safety standpoint. Dancers don’t go on pointe unless their ankles are strong enough. It’s very obvious the individuals depicted do not have the proper ankle strength. What if they hurt themselves? They’re also sending a message to the young dancers (a lot of whom are in their target age demographic) that this is acceptable technique or that they can just go up on pointe on their own. We’re not outraged by aesthetics alone, but it’s coming from people who understand the art and are concerned for others’ physical safety.

My final comment: $88 for a leotard? $68 for leggings? Do they even absorb sweat? Because you actually sweat in ballet… Oh and while I can buy that the deadstock pointe shoes are for decoration only (still sending the wrong message, but moving on), no self-respecting dancer would purchase the adorned ballet slippers you’re selling. There’s no purpose to them as you can’t take class safely in them and there’s not enough support for them to be meant as streetwear. What a joke.

Of all the trained dancers they included in the still photographs for this clothing line, why did they choose to cast a non-dancer for the video? I saw a bunch of captures from various ballet dancers and Ballet Zaida’s instagram accounts that I follow. See here and here. Where are those pictures in the actual campaign?

This entire video makes me cringe, scream and squeal every time I notice something that’s off. Her hands, extension, sickled feet. I feel like her legs are about to crumble. She makes me feel like I’m about to injure myself. I’m certainly not a professional ballet dancer, but I feel insulted.

Don’t even get me started on the impracticality of the clothing line and the dangerous and terrible technique that the models have on the shopping site.

This little terror&#8230; don&#8217;t let looks deceive you.

This little terror… don’t let looks deceive you.

Short review: Meh.
Full review: It wasn&#8217;t remotely suspenseful. Nothing really interesting happened. Which I guess is sort of the author&#8217;s point on how technology and social media rules our lives. Meh. The most exciting thing about this book is the violent orange cover.

Short review: Meh.

Full review: It wasn’t remotely suspenseful. Nothing really interesting happened. Which I guess is sort of the author’s point on how technology and social media rules our lives. Meh. The most exciting thing about this book is the violent orange cover.

Fuzzy friends on an #urbanhike (at Four Mile Run Trail)

Fuzzy friends on an #urbanhike (at Four Mile Run Trail)

Lancelot making himself king of the vet office (at AtlasVet)

Lancelot making himself king of the vet office (at AtlasVet)