Sequins at the Circus!

by Jamie Sanford on August 7, 2012

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Back in May, Will and I went to the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, FL. I had to work and so we went early to hit the Ringling – I had been there when I was about 8 but remembered almost nothing from that trip. We did not manage to get very far in the museum before it was closing (Will went back while I was working and was able to see the whole thing), but we did manage to explore the miniatures display (which is astounding) and look at all of the vintage circus costumes and props. It was incredibly fun, but I was super excited when we got to a room full of sequins! Lots of gorgeous costumes, absolutely covered in sparkles. I couldn’t get enough.

Here are some of the photos!

The entire set of photos is available to view here on Flickr. Lots more sequins there, as well as some full-sized photos of these costumes.

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Britney Spears has a new video! Here’s the link to “Hold It Against Me,” or you can watch it below.

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If you didn’t have a seizure from the jump cutting, let’s continue.

This is not even in my top 5 Britney videos. I am seriously disappointed.

I had high hopes for the video, I really like the song, I think it’s a fantastic dance track and since I have appropriate expectations when it comes to my Britney Spears content, I am fine with that. Even the teasers for the clip looked pretty promising and so I was excited for it.  Plus, Jonas Akerlund directed and that’s pretty much always a good situation.

Example: Lady Gaga & Beyonce, “Telephone”

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Yeah, that’s a serious music video.

Anyway, so you have to look at this in gif or image format to get a good look at anything, so I’ll share some of that here.

She looks pretty but the dress doesn’t really fit.

I don’t love this hair but again, she looks good. My problem is that we never see her for long enough to form an opinion.

SEXY! That, my friends, is Britney Spears. She can still do it – I wish I knew why they didn’t show it to us in this music video.

Anyway, there are lots of interpretations of the clip online.  The white dress and the being surrounded by videos from her past, then the destroying it all with paint, that’s Britney moving into the future.  She’s fighting herself too?

Manager to Britney Spears, Larry Rudolph, was talking in an interview about the public and private Britney and how they are sometimes at odds with each other.  Larry – anyone who knows anything about Britney’s “private” time knows that she generally doesn’t look this good when she’s not being “public” Britney.  I don’t see any Uggs in this fight.

Anyway, I think the only way to finish this post is to feature my Top 5 Britney Spears videos.  This is no easy feat, as Britney has made something like 30 videos.  Anyway, here we go.  These are in no particular order.


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I know that everyone loves the “Baby One More Time” video and I do too, and while also really love the “Oops I Did It Again” clip (especially that white outfit during the second verse where she just looks so gorgeous), this video was the first one where I thought Britney was really sexy.  The Wikipedia article on Britney’s videography has this amazing description of the video.

Set in a semi-futuristic world, Spears is seen breaking up with her boyfriend who is cheating, driving a car through a thunderstorm, and performing intricate choreography upon a chair.

“I’m A Slave 4 U”

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This is the Britney Spears video that most people agree on.  Everyone likes this, everyone agrees that the song is great and the video is super hot.  Britney’s body was ripped, the dancing was ON, it all worked.  A sign of things to come with videos from the Britney album.


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The second video from the In the Zone album, naked sparkly Britney shows up looking stunning, between the plot  involving Britney as a sexy spy taking on her nemesis, a hot guy who has clearly wronged her in some way.  Lots of wig changes and outfits.  The song and video are both amazing.

I really love the video for “My Prerogative” but since it doesn’t have the dancing, I am putting it aside in this list.  It is probably number 6 or 7 though.

“If You Seek Amy”

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I love this video! The song is sort of silly, but I stopped caring when I saw Britney in the midst of some hottie sex party.  This was filmed while she was on tour, so the tour dancers are in the video and while it isn’t traditional dancing in front of a camera, I like the dancing a lot.  There’s a moment involving a hot dancer at the top of the stairs after Britney puts on the pink and white outfit that is my favorite.

“3 (Director’s Cut)”

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The regular version of this clip is great, but the director’s cut is just a bit sexier and so I’ll share that version here.  I really love this video, the previous one had been “Radar” which was a completely different feeling, being more about having a plot.  This video is about dancing and sexiness. Britney does some choreographed dancing and looks great.  I think this might be my current favorite.

What’s your favorite Britney Spears video? Or are you like me and have to pick a top 5?

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Sunday Link Party!

by Jamie Sanford on December 26, 2010

Last one of 2010!

Another photo from that trip I took to the cemetery.  I’ve finally finished editing the whole set, which is available for viewing here.

If I were to get married in Florida, I would love to have it be this fabulous.  They have a circus theme and it isn’t cheesy at all. (Weddings Unveiled Blog)

Christmas present from Nine Inch Nails – edited video from the first of the last few shows that took place in August & September 2009 in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.  I wasn’t able to get tickets to this show at Bowery Ballroom – I was at the next night’s show at Webster Hall and at the last show in NYC a few days after that, but this video is making me way more sad about not having been there.  What a tiny venue.

Teen Vogue teamed up with JCPenney and redecorated the bedrooms of teenagers using new JCPenney bedding. This one is great! (Apartment Therapy)

I’ve been a longtime fan of Kevin Smith, and the teaser for his new movie looks insane.  It’s a horror movie!

Great link on Increasing Personal Satisfaction in Your Adult Friendships.  This is something that I’ve noticed more and more is an issue as we get older. (Feelgooder)

Last one for 2010 – I watched a bit of a Britney Spears marathon (judge all you want) the other day and saw this video.  One of my favorites, and this version, the director’s cut, is way better/sexier.  Her new album comes out in March!

(Yes, I have a Nine Inch Nails video and a Britney Spears video in the same post.  That’s how I roll.)

I hope everyone had a great 2010, and that 2011 is even better.

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