Monday, February 28, 2011

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Works Cited--Outfit 22
skirt: gap
striped tee: urban outfitters
blazer: target
tights: hue
boots: steve madden
belt: thrifted

Mostly I try to stay away from controversial topics on this blog, but two things close to my heart deserve an exception: the labor protests in Madison and the Coen brothers. I mentioned last weekend that Christopher went up to Madison to protest, and I was able to join him up there this weekend. It was amazing to be a part of a once-in-a-generation protest and the cause is hugely, hugely important. I won't preach, but if you want to read a little more about it, Paul Krugman wrote a terrific and easy-to-understand editorial here. On a much lighter note, we had a few people over last night to watch the Oscars, and although I saw it coming, I was still crushed when True Grit didn't win anything. In my mind, the Coen brothers can do no wrong, so I spent the rest of the night moping around the house wailing about the inferiority of The King's Speech, a movie I had liked until it started winning things that I thought True Grit rightly deserved.
P.S. Please don't say anything horrible about the Coen brothers in the comments, I'm very sensitive about last night's losses and I don't think I could take it! :)

62 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for coming to Madison and showing your support (especially on such a chilly, wintery day)! And while I loved both The Kind's Speech and True Grit...I really, really wanted True Grit to clean up last night, too!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

anonymous--i could just hug you, thank you! i'm with you (clearly) on both issues!

Melanie's Randomness said...

I didn't get a chance to see True Grit but it's on my list!! Good for you going to a protest! I went to one about raising tutition when I was in school. You never know if it's going to make an impact & it's important to get your views out there!! =) Love your top too btw!

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Sarah said...

What number is this outfit? Are you (we?) still counting? :)

Lovely as always!!

Lexie said...

Ah, I am totally with you on the Coen brothers! They are truly amazing.

Marie said...

I tend to watch movies late, unless they are summer "blockbusters". I'm anxious to see most of this year's Oscar nominated/winning movies on DVD. Cute look!

Pixie in Pumps said...

I feel your pain, though mine was over the fact that LOST got beat out in every category last year at the Emmys... I am still miffed and that was a year ago.

I thought that article was great, too. My best friend's dad is a union member and I've always been pro-union. It was nice too to hear some shout outs from the winners last night to the unions. I appreciated that.

This outfit is awesome. I would wear this in a heart beat!

academichic said...

I can't speak to True Grit as it's still on my "to watch" list but I can say something about the labor protest: good for you and Christopher for going and showing support! T. and I also went to our state's capital on Saturday for the rallies taking place across the nation on noon this past weekend. It wasn't a huge turnout but it was spirited and great to see people out with signs even when the weather was awful and it was soo cold. I think it's so important to be vocal about the things that matter to you and visibility is key.

Like Pixie said above, it was also a pleasant surprise to hear some union shout-outs during the speeches last night!

S.

Mary said...

Kudos for standing up for what you believe in -- I feel like you've done a great job sharing your opinion in a way that's classy. {And I hope the rest of your commenters are mature enough to make sure it's a positive experience for you!}

I so enjoy watching your personal style change over the time I've been reading your blog. I love this outfit!

Rebecca said...

I'm glad you and Christopher were able to go to Madison.

emily said...

i too am super bummed true grit didn't win anything. really. it should have won... something. it was such a good film.

Ashley said...

I have yet to see The King's Speech, but I LOVED True Grit. I mean, how often can a book adaptation do a book any justice? And on top of that, it was a remake that was somehow BETTER than the original. That NEVER happens. I was so bummed they didn't win anything...but, a lot of great movies have never won any awards.

Anna said...

is there a way we can get access to that article without creating a NY times account?

wildchild said...

i love the coen brothers. love them. the only thing i dont like about their movies is Steve Buscemi- they use him so much (except in True Grut actually. ha) and i am just not a fan. other than that, i agree that they can do no harm.

My Heart Blogged said...

I'm sorry True Grit didn't win anything. I've been meaning to see it, and you convinced me I need to see it asap.
My Heart Blogged

kileen said...

i love the coen brothers too but have yet to see True Grit. the protest sounds cool and it's always good to stand up for things you believe in!

cute and little

Lindsey N. said...

I loved True Grit! I was hoping it would win more than it did, but the Oscars never turn out the way I wish they would.

Lindsey Soup

Charlie, Feminine Bravery said...

cute outfit :) have seen neither of those two movies, now I think I should!

xxx Charlie
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Elena said...

So exciting you got to go to Madison! My sister has been protesting and sending us photos. Especially being a member of a union now, it's very, very upsetting.

I had to root for King's Speech being a speech-language pathologist, but I have absolutely nothing against the Coen brothers and loved True Grit. :)

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said...

I'm so glad you protested! Hopefully it influenced some people.

The Coens are super duper awesome, but I AM glad about The King's Speech winning. Well, let me rephrase that. I'm glad Colin Firth won, because MY GOD was his stutter fantastic. But the Coens probably should have won for their screenplay.

ajr said...

Well, considering that I thought Hailee Steinfeld was robbed for not getting a best actress nomination since she was in pretty much every single frame of the movie, I am totally with you! I understand why Jeff Bridges didn't win since he won last year, but I just love him. Really, that movie should have won something. And I also agree on your assessment of the Coen brother in general. They are, in a word, brilliant.

I don't comment much but I do love your blog - I follow and read daily! And I also appreciate your "off-topic" opinions. Keep 'em coming! It's great to let the world know that smart/nerdy and fashionable are not mutally exclusive adjectives for women these days! Especially in academia! :)

tastymoog said...

ok, I guess I will add True Grit to my list of movies to see (but I still want to see the original). :) I just wrote up my thoughts on Oscar, last night and in general, and I wish someone like you were around last night to discuss these things with me!

I am glad you were able to get up to the protests. This is a very scary time. big business gave out a lot of $$$ in the midterm elections, and now they are coming for what they bought.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

ajr--thank you for commenting!! don't even get me started on the robbery that was hailee steinfeld's supporting actress, because if she was supporting, so was jeff bridges. it was highway robbery that she came away empty-handed!

Miranda said...

So adoarble, I really like that skirt, I'm searching for something like it :)

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La Historiadora de Moda said...

I, for one, am happy to read more controversial topics on style blogs here and there. Kuddos to you and C. for going up to Madison to join the protests.

Sweet Laundry said...

I love the Coen brothers too and would have loved to see at least a supporting actress win for the movie. True Grit was my #3 fave movie of 2010, behind Black Swan and The Fighter. The King's Speech was #5. Show's what I know.

Genny said...

Since I only watch the Oscars for the fashion, I will fully be outraged for you that the Coen brothers and True Grit didn't win anything. And I thought Hailee was one of the best dressed females of the evening - and she didn't win either! Robbed on all accounts!

Kitty said...

I didn't watch the Oscars but the references to the Coen brothers kept jumping at me because all the talk around me lately has been about the Koch brothers!

I was able to join in a rally at the Kansas State Capitol on Saturday with union members and others. Earlier in the week, the majority party in the Kansas House had the union members escorted from the gallery as they became rowdy when the House was voting to take away their rights. They were called thugs.

On Saturday, Senate Minority leader Anthony Hensley said to the rally group, "You don't look like thugs to me. You look like hard working people. You look like taxpayers. You look like Kansans!"

Lara said...

Cute outfit! Thank you for taking part in the protests, those of us who can't are grateful! I didn't see any of the Oscar movies or the ceremony either (I'm overseas) but it seems to me the winners were sadly predictable and that once again, not the most deserving.

Emily said...

I saw The King's Speech, True Grit, and The Social Network, and they were all three so different that I had a hard time picking which one I liked best. I totally thought Hailee Steinfeld should have won Best Supporting Actress though - she was awesome in True Grit. I'm kind of surprised she wasn't nominated for Best Actress, since her character was the protagonist of the film.

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Stef / Diversions said...

I still haven't seen True Grit but I am rather looking forward to it. I doubt it'll beat Barton Fink though - it 's my absolute favourite of theirs :D

Nanny McNina said...

I haven't had the luck of going to Madison- but you can find lots of protests through every small and large town of WI. I went into WI last weekend from MN and saw 3 separate protests demonstrating on the overhangs of the highway. I was able to be apart of a smaller one on a UW campus. It's just amazing to see everyone working together for their rights- especially those who the bill doesn't even effect. Despite Walker- I am so proud of my home state!

Amanda said...

I think the other award shows make the Oscars less exciting. I'm happy with the results of last night. I adored the King's Speech. I think in general there weren't a lot of good movies out last year. I mean I did enjoy Toy Story 3, but it being up for best movie shows there weren't a lot of good movies out last year. I do enjoy the Coen Brothers though!

Eclectic Flair said...

I find it very admirable that you and Christopher are taking action and standing up for what you believe in! For what is worth, I'm proud of you!

Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

Rachelle said...

i love this outfit! i have that blazer and am always looking for new ways to wear it.

and true grit - husband and i loved it! i don't care much to see the king's speech, so i am sad that it won out against true grit.

Sidewalk Chic said...

I was incredibly crushed that True Grit didn't win anything, especially Hailee Steinfeld. She carried the entire movie. I saw all the Best Picture nominations and didn't think Melissa Leo deserved the Oscar for this particular performance.

Also, holla holla at a fellow Coen Brothers lover! Which movie is your favorite? For me, it's like picking between my favorite children, but A Serious Man, No Country and O, Brother Where Art Thou are sooo good.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

heck YES! i think no country and fargo are my favorites but you're right--so hard to pick!

Lexie, Little Boat said...

I thought A Serious Man got slighted last year. True Grit was good, too, though .. I definitely thought it deserved cinematography at the LEAST.

Vanessa said...

I love The Coen Brothers as well, but I really loved The King's Speech sooooo much. However, I was really hoping that The Social Network would take best picture.

Anonymous said...

you look gorgeoussss with your hair up! :)

Chelseabird said...

Very patriotic! I love it!

Anonymous said...

Since you brought it up, I'll share that I'd prefer not to see politics discussed on style blogs. There are other sources that are better suited for that content.

I like to read about what style bloggers are doing in their lives, so I think that sharing your participation in the protests added interest. But for me, it could have ended there.

Of course, this is just one woman's opinion. I enjoy reading your blog, and I hope that my comments do not offend you.

Anonymous said...

Hi there! I'm a long-time blog reader and I also happen to be a Wisconsin state employee. I'm in my tenth year in state service.

THANK YOU for coming.

I share your views (obviously) and I was delighted to see you link to Krugman.

Isn't it just amazing that democracy is alive and peacefully demonstrated?

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to post that one reason I love your style blog and style blogs like academichic is because you are opinionated, well-informed, and talk politics once in a while.

I like style a whole lot, especially inventive remixing and thrifting, but without context to other important issues, it sort of seems silly and insignificant, like Tim Gunn has said.

I think it's important to have an opinion - it's an expression of self, just like style.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

so many wonderful comments, thank you! to the last 3 anonymous commenters--i'm so grateful for each of your opinions!
i, too, don't always like to see politics on blogs, but this issue has been such an enormous part of my and christopher's life lately that it felt impossible to suppress it. the blog does reflect me and i am, of course, a political being, so occassionally my politics will come up.
i hope that i can be respectful of differing opinions and i certainly don't want to impose my politics on others.
but again--thank you for your respectful and kind words, i so appreciate them.

The Pretty Life Anonymous said...

I feel the SAME way about True Grit. LOVE the Coen brothers. LOVED no country for old men (I am a sucker for Cormac McCarthy though, so I guess I was super biased on that one.)

I wish I lived in Wisconsin right now! Hurrah for you for participating!!

Lastly, you look cute cute cute!

Anonymous said...

So, I'm curious what you WORE to the protest/rally in Wisconsin!

And did you carry any signs?

Anonymous said...

Well, I sheepishly am a big fan of Colin Firth so I am happy that he won, but I do have to say that I wasn't overly impressed with The King's Speech. Sometimes awards seem to be handed out for a body of work instead of for a particular film nomination. This might be the case here.

That said, there is a history of great films missing out on multiple Oscar wins if one films sweeps the awards. This happened with Titanic and Lord of the Rings.

I thought The Social Network was a better film than The King's Speech, but it took home only one award, I believe, for editing. Go figure.

Meredith said...

Those Coens definitely should have won for best adapted screenplay.
Oh, and hi; I've been following for a while now and love your blog! As a New Englander, it's refreshing for me to come across a fashion blogger who has to dress according to the frigid winter weather, while managing to look good at the same time!

Lindsay Jean said...

Looooooove this outfit! I need a black blazer STAT. I've been searching for an affordable one. I'm so glad you were able to go to Madison. How amazing to be a part of such an historic event!

Lindsay Jean said...

Also, I just wanted to let you know, I think you handled this post very eloquently. You addressed a topic that is important to you, but you didn't preach at all. You offered the link for those who were interested, and left it at that. Well done!

FutureLint said...

I love the skirt and blazer together - it's like a really casual, modern take on a suit!

Yessss to going to Madison! I'm from Wisconsin, my mom is still a 2nd grade teacher there, and I know like 20 other teachers there who were high school or college friends. Also, I live only a few blocks away from where the Coen brothers grew up! They are REVERED in Minneapolis. If you ask anyone about hometown heroes and you will get Prince and the Coen brothers mentioned most often.

Katie said...

Thanks for helping in our efforts as teachers. Personally I'm dealing with the same struggle of looking professional as a teacher (I teach middle school visual art) and being a grad student during my first full year of teaching after just having a baby.

katou said...

I love this look it's classy and edgy and i love the fact that you are dressed appropriate for your age and your job you look put together without being over the top :)
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Loose teeth. said...

That's because the academy is full of baby-boomer farts who continue to press their views, but sadly and pathetically try to appease the younger crowd with Hathaway and Franco, failing at both.

Sad about Wisconsin, though. I can see public service unions going the way of manufacturing jobs. I am waiting for the day they replace us (municipal staff) with outsources, non-benefited slaves for the city. I hope those CEOs (who make 500 times as much as us regular folk) choke on their fine dining and have heart-attacks right after they realize their greed is pointless. At what point is it enough?

L. said...

Tania, I love your outfit (particularly the stripes) and echo the sentiments in your post. I don't think anybody could disagree, not with the elegant and calm way you put across your point of view (:

Lin said...

This blazer combo is definitely not stuffy as you worried about before!! Love it with that shirt, it's a very elegant look!

I also love the Coen brothers, and was unbelievably excited when they won best picture for Old Country a few years ago. Well-deserved! I definitely liked Old Country more than True Grit, personally. At least we can be happy they've had a lot of oscar wins over the years...I thought that O Brother Where Art Thou should have won back in the day too.

Honestly, I thought King's Speech was amazing and in many ways I am happy it won. There's a place in my heart for Coen brothers, but there's also an equally sized place for Colin Firth. :-) I'm just relieved that Black Swan didn't win best picture. If that had beat both True Grit and King's Speech I would have been very upset!!! (Now that can be a controversial subject - everyone seemed to love Black Swan. I actually hated it, I thought the narrative was awful. If by the end of the movie I am not emotionally invested in a single character, ie I couldn't care less if any of them lived or died, then that is a bad narrative in my opinion. There was no descent into madness, it was just crazy and disturbing from the get-go. Take away the dark and disturbing bits and there's nothing left to the film...)

Oh, and thanks for the Krugman link! I hadn't read that post yet. Love his blog, Krugman is amazing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for living and sharing your convictions. They are on par with your lovely outfits.

Isabella Kiss said...

love this outfit! i have a lot of similar pieces. Imma do a recreate!

Nena Nadine said...

Thanks for the WI love and Support. That flippin' rocks. Almost as much as the Coen Brothers. I knew the wouldn't win though. The academy hates them and already gave them an award for No Country. So I'm assuming that it'll be a long time before they get another one. I'm boiling because they didn't give it to Fincher. Whom the academy also hates. This is probably the most academy friendly movie he'll make and he got snuffed. As well as Aronofsky. Who won't get an academy award until he is super old. Like Scorsese. *Cries*

Elizabeth said...

I think it's so amazing that you went to Wisconsin on behalf of the teachers. I think that what Scott Walker is trying to do is shameful and unjustifiable, and I really appreciate principled people standing up to support such a fundamental workers' right in this country.

I have to say that I loved The King's Speech and was thrilled that it won, but I also haven't seen much by the Coen brothers and I know that I really, really need to. Do you have any recommendations for a first Coen brothers film?

Anonymous said...

I envy that you were able to make it to the protests! I agree that the cause is immensely important (perhaps I am biased as an education major). And although there are some die hard King's Speech fans out there the Oscars left me very disappointed too. When is Annette Bening going to win!?

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