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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Professional Princess Performing: It's Not Cosplay

In November of 2013 I started my own birthday party business. The idea came about after having a conversation with a friend who has been doing Princess Parties for many years. She felt it was a good fit for me since I have been working in Early Childhood Education my entire adult life. I have held many positions in Child Care and have completed several certified courses in Early Childhood Development. I have been in the hobby of costuming for roughly 10 years. One of the first and very important lessons she taught me was that being a Princess Performer was not Cosplay.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Wonder Woman Battle Ready Toy Review

It's time for another toy review from the Wonder Woman movie collection! The Wonder Woman Battle Ready doll is made by Mattel. It was purchased at Wal-Mart for $12.88. The doll is dressed in her Wonder Woman costume. The costume is a one piece printed dress. The belt is made of plastic and is removable. The chest piece is also made of plastic and is sewn into the sides of the dress. An elastic band is around her neck, holding the chest piece into place. Her boots and bracers are removable. Her arm band is held in place with an elastic band. Her tiara is secured into her head with tabs that can be cut off. She comes with a lasso.  The dolls elbows are jointed as well as her knees. Her left hand is positioned so that she can hold her lasso. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Diana Prince Toy Review


The Wonder Woman movie toy collection isn't scheduled to be released until late April however, some Wal-Mart locations have all ready put them out on shelves. This review is for the Diana Prince with Hidden Sword doll. It is made by Mattel and was priced at $12.88. My local Wal-Mart only had one Diana Prince doll for sale (and now she's mine. Praise Hera!). She is wearing a blue evening gown as seen in the Wonder Woman trailer. She comes with a sword and one pair of boots.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Power Ranger 2017 Advance Movie Review

On Wednesday March 22, 2017 I was fortunate enough to attend an advance screening of the new Power Rangers film in King of Prussia, PA. The movie centers around Jason, Kimberly, Billy, Zack and Trini, who are chosen by the power coins to become the Power Rangers. They must defend the planet against alien threat, Rita Repulsa. Actors Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin and Becky G. portray the modern day "teenagers with attitude". Elizabeth Banks stars as Rita Repulsa. Rounding out the cast is acclaimed actor Bryan Craston as Zordon. The Lionsgate film is directed by Dean Israelite and rated PG-13 with a run time of 2 hours and 4 minutes. Although the plot may seem like a familiar one, we experience it with a modern day twist. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Advance Movie Review

It's a tale as old as time and a movie Disney fans have eagerly waited for. On Friday March 17, 2017 the live action remake of the classic Disney film Beauty and the Beast was released world wide. Screenings began on the evening of March 16th. I attended a Thursday screening at my local theatre. The film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Kevin Kline, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Stanley Tucci, Josh Gad and Ewan McGregor. The film is directed by Bill Condon and has a run time of 2 hours and 10 minutes. It is rated PG. 

This film follows the original source material more closely than previous live action Disney films. Many scenes unfold just as they do in the animated Beauty and the Beast. There is also a lot of dialogue pulled from the original movie. If you are looking for nostalgia, you've certainly found it.  Additions have been made to the story and characters have been fleshed out more than they were in their previous animated state. Gaston is more murderous and cruel. The audience gets a better understanding of how unhappy Belle truly is, being the outcast in her town. We experience the anxiety and fear the enchanted objects face at the possiblity of becoming non living furniture and accessories  forever. Someone even fights his moral compass throughout the movie and switches sides. These are just a few of the new perspectives we experience. There is more to the story. 


The film showcases many songs from the original film however, 4 new songs have been added. None of the music from the successful Broadway show is included  but if you listen closely, there is an instrumental version of the song 'Home' playing in the background at one point. Some of the lyrics to the original songs have been changed (Gaston and The Mob Song). Each of the musical numbers translate from animated to live action beautifully. The cast provides their own vocals and performs very well with the exception of Emma Watson. She cannot carry a tune nor hold a note. To be honest, her singing is quite bad and I could not wait for her musical segments to be over. I'm shocked that Disney approved her singing and did not opt to dub her voice. 

Visually the is film is stunning. The set designs and special effects are grand. The costumes are gorgeous and embrace their French heritage. The only foul is Belle's iconic yellow gown. Unfortunately it was confirmed that Emma Watson was given creative control over the design of the  dress. This is a shining example on why actors should not interfere in the wardrobe department. Her dress looks like a plain prom gown. There is nothing glorious about it and it sticks out like a sore thumb compared to the rest of the costumes.  


Each of the cast members were sensational in their roles. Luke Evans and Dan Stevens are particularly amazing. Emma is passable as Belle. She wasn't as great as the rest of the cast but she wasn't bad either. Her performance is best described as neutral. Although I appreciate the nostalgia, I did find myself wishing there was a bit less of it and more original story. The new scenes and segments were my favorite parts of the film. The writers did an excellent job with character development and fleshing out the story. 

I  enjoyed Beauty and the Beast. It was a beautiful piece of art to watch. 

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

DC Super Hero Girls Budget Harley Quinn Doll Review

A new character was recently added to the DC Super Hero Girls Budget Doll Line; the infamous Harley Quinn! The Budget Line, which also includes Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl, features fully painted costumes. The dolls come with jointed legs, a removable cape and non removable gloves and shoes. This collection retails at $9.99 each. This doll was purchased at Wal-Mart. It is made by Mattel. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

When A Catfish Targets You


In 2003, My Space became a social networking phenomenon.  It was a new and exciting social experience for the World Wide Web. Friendships were formed, romances blossomed and unfortunately, it became a breeding ground for Catfishing. My Space was  where I encountered a Catfish who was not only impersonating me, but attempting to make money off of my modeling photos.