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Wear, Watch, Want #19: The Gaudy Urban Dragon Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #19: The Gaudy Urban Dragon Edition

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Wear: Zella Urban Anorak

As you may know, I have a dog. As you may also know, dogs need walks. I like to walk my dog while listening to podcasts on my phone, and the need for a place to keep said phone and my house keys has led me on a hunt for a lightweight jacket. Like many things on my long-term shopping list, I've been hunting for the perfect dog walking windbreaker for years. I've tried on so many and found something just-not-right about each and every one of them. Until I tried on this jacket at Nordstrom. Granted, even on sale it was about twice what I was expecting to pay for a thin, perforated jacket. BUT, now that I've had it for a few weeks and worn it on almost every dog walk, every day, I feel safe in saying it was a wise purchase. I bought the black, but it also comes in a color called "Yellow X-Ray," which nice, but suited for a braver soul than I.

Watch: The Flight of Dragons

When I was a kid I spent my summers at day camp, and when there were severe thunderstorms (not uncommon in the midwest in summer) the kids would be corralled and taken down to the basement of our camp's home base, where we would be entertained by the 1977 cartoon of The Hobbit (BTW, it was the early 90s). Are you familiar with this cartoon? It was made by the same production company that gave us The Last Unicorn, which I re-watched in my early 20s and found to be even weirder than I remembered. And I remembered it as being so weird. Then again, kids like weird stuff. Anyway, when we didn't watch The Hobbit, my summer camp showed us another movie that was about dragons, but wasn't Tolkein related. I never remembered what it was, and it bugged me for years.

I'd continually ask people about "That movie that looks like The Last Unicorn but is about dragons and wizard brothers and there are different dragons for different colored wizards and the brothers try to like, kill each other with dragons or something?" And no one knew what I was talking about, because I did a terrible job of synopsizing it. When I'd try Google, I'd get The Flight of Dragons as a result, but the cover art that came up looked NOTHING like the distinct animation style I remembered, so I ignored it. I never went further down the rabbit hole, but I should have, because this week I finally watched a clip from The Flight of Dragons and IT'S THE MOVIE I'VE BEEN THINKING OF ALL THESE YEARS. I watched the trailer, and yet again, it was so, so trippy. I mean, really, what even were the 80s, guys?

What a weird-ass movie... I really want to watch it again, now that I actually know what it's called.

Want: Anthropologie Wedge Hoops

I have a pair of hoop earrings from Anthropologie that were featured in Wear, Watch, Want #10, and I wear them constantly. I have a lot of earrings that I love, but when I know I want to wear earrings but I'm not sure what to grab, those hoops are my go-tos. I have a love of big earrings, and while to some the Anthro Crescent Moon Hoops may be large, to me they're small-to-medium. The Wedge Hoops, however, are massive. They almost reach my shoulders, which one reviewer on the Anthro site hated, but to me it's a huge plus. That reviewer also described them as "gaudy," to which I said, "If you think those are gaudy you should come have a look in my jewelry box, sister!"

The X Factor is That It's Not Full of Lies

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Loved The Eyeshadow, Hated The Name. So I Changed It.

Loved The Eyeshadow, Hated The Name. So I Changed It.