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4 out of 5 stars

(Note that clicking through and making a purchase via the links to the dresses located in the review, the Men in Black 3 DVD link or the widgets at the end of the review will yield a commission for missemmamm.com)

Deciding on the Purchase
Last summer the Darque Desires Fetish Wear by Coquette line was released. It is full of super sexy wetlook pieces. Since then I’ve bought quite a few pieces. I originally only bought separates though. I was worried that trying to buy one of the dresses would end in disaster since it can be difficult to find a dress that fits correctly on both the top and bottom of my body. I kept coming back to the Wetlook halter top dress though. It just screams sexy.

After watching Men In Black 3 for the third time late last year I just knew that I had to get this dress. It totally reminds me of the dress that Nicole Sherzinger wears in the opening of the filming (as seen below). Technically her dress may be a bit more reminiscent of the Wetlook dress with molded cups but that one just looks too long for my 5’4″ frame.

Packaging

This awesome dress comes on a plastic hanger from Coquette with a clothing tag (featuring a model in the dress and care instructions) attached that is covered in plastic.

coquette sizing chart

Sizing
This dress comes in sizes small, medium, large and extra large. I usually go with a size large when purchasing a Coquette piece. However after reading the past reviews on this dress about the cups running large I decided to go with a medium. SMichelle’s review was especially helpful.

I wear a size large or 10-12 in women’s clothing with a size 36C bust. That is why I would usually buy a large from Coquette. However I did size down and was super happy that I had done so. This dress in a medium seems to fit more like the Coquette sizing for a Medium/Large, which should fit a size 10-12 with a C cup, 36-40″ bust, 28-32″ waist and 38-40″ hips. Be advised that when you get this you will think, “oh no, this is too small!”. That’s how I felt when I saw it on the hanger. The original, unstretched measurements on the dress prior to my wearing it were 30″ bust, 26″ waist and 28″ hips. It stretches a lot though.

Material & Care Information
This dress is 80% nylon and 20% spandex. The inner tag says that it is to be handwashed only and hung to dry.

Ignore my “model” pose. I was a bit tipsy.


Experience
I ordered this in late December. When it showed up the weekend before New Year’s Eve I just knew that I had to wear it out for that holiday. I hadn’t originally planned to go out for NYE 2012/2013 but I was having a bad couple of weeks prior and it definitely seemed preferable to staying at home being annoyed.

when I tried it on the first day I found it easy to wiggle into. However the night that I was to wear it out I did need a little help getting it on because I was annoyed and drinking which led to being sweating (I know, ew!). Once on the dress stretched to fit wonderfully and accentuate my figure. This dress just pulls on. It doesn’t have any zippers or anything that you need to bother with when putting it on. The halter style neck ties at the back of the neck. I’m not crazy about this because the tie is very thin in the back so I think that it may eventually wear thin. Even with going down a size the bust still doesn’t scream “look at me I have cleavage”, unless I bend around different ways.

I found this dress to be just as comfortable to wear as my other pieces from Coquette’s wetlook line. I was easily able to dance all night long in this dress without becoming uncomfortable.

I haven’t worn this dress since New Year’s Eve just because it’s so flashy. So it is a bit difficult for me to find an occasion to wear it on. However I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to feel sexy and sassy for the night.

P.S. Don’t forget that when shopping from EdenFantasys you can always use my code EX4 fo4r 15% off of regularly priced items.

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Mini dress by Coquette
Material: Nylon / Spandex

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Early this year I went through a bad breakup. As many do I needed to make a big change at that time. In February I had missemmamm.com contributor and senior stylist/teacher, Hot Donna, give me a vibrant new red do. It didn’t last long because I always go back to blonde but I did feel super sexy in it.

Since the night life sucks where I live and yeah I needed some support from my little sister I went to Baltimore to visit her. I wore this outfit out to the new hot club Voltage on a snowy night. It’s run by a manager of the now defunct but once awesome Hammerjacks.

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Espiral criss cross halter dress-EdenFantasys, handcuff necklace-Spencer’s, metallic bracelet-Burlington Coat Factory, Xhilaration tights-Target, Bamboo booties-thrifted

I combined this braless dress from EdenFantasys with an old handcuff necklace, a metallic bracelet, my once favorite but now torn to shreds tights and some super cute booties that I had just gotten. I remarked that pairing the dress with the necklace let people know “what I’m about”. My sister interrupted with “shows people that you lack mystery”, which I found pretty amusing.

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We caught up with some old friends that night and had a ton of fun.

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The above dress is now discontinued but to get a similar look check out the below widget featuring items from EdenFantasys. You can get 15% off of your order of any regularly priced item(s) by using my code, EX4. Note that clicking through and making a purchase will result in a small commission for me.

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5 out of 5

Seven Psychopaths Poster

Seven Psychopaths is a comedic crime thriller written and directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges). The cast includes Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Tom Waits. To even lightly explain the plot is to rob you of the experience of the film. The simplest way to give you an idea of the chaos that ensues is to say that it involves a writer, psychopaths, dognapping and murder.

"I don't have a drinking problem. I just like drinking."-Marty "Of course you do, Marty. One: You're a writer. Two: You're from Ireland. It's part of your heritage. You're fucked!"-Billy

“I don’t have a drinking problem. I just like drinking.”-Marty
“Of course you do, Marty. One: You’re a writer. Two: You’re from Ireland. It’s part of your heritage. You’re fucked!”-Billy

Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths

Earlier this year I was finally able to watch the film. I didn’t really know what to expect going in, aside from a stellar cast. I thoroughly enjoyed it but was at a loss to write a review. I merely tweeted the below.

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Luckily contributor Hot Donna caught the movie this week. She has decided to share her thoughts on it with us below.

Colin Farrell,  Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken in Seven Psychopaths

Seven Psychopaths is Excellente! It makes me want to rewatch Matchstick Men and Choke. I love Sam Rockwell. He’s both hilarious and nuts. It’s the perfect black comedy with action and a fitting ending. Seven Psychopaths is the best movie I’ve seen in years. I laughed and was frightened at the same time.

photo by Hot Donna

photo by Hot Donna

This review was written by contributor Hot Donna.

intro written/review edited by missemmamm

 

 

 

 

 

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Photos are from the Seven Psychopaths Facebook

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KL3hCijDOiA
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The romantic drama movie trailer styled commercial is really growing on me.

Okay I was not at all familiar with Prabal Gurung until I started hearing about his Target collection. It’s just so fun and sweet though that I had to check it out. The theme of the collection is “Love”. So it made sense for them to release it yesterday since Valentine’s Day is coming up this week. The lovely use of florals in the collection scream Spring to me. However I don’t have any season specific print rules or anything. Okay, you are probably aware that I actually don’t adhere to any fashion rules.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBtwXyExVtI

After surveying the entire collection on Target.com I had to head to my local Target today even though according to the site’s online availability our store wouldn’t have much for sale. One tank top that I was interested was available so I went mainly for that. I was incredibly jazzed to find a great selection of items when I arrived.

I took my camera to take decent photos but then I had an issue with too much zoom while hastily trying to turn off the sound functions while in the dressing room. So, yay, another post with shaky camera phone photos! Oh well, at least you can see how the clothes hang on someone who isn’t a model.

For reference I am a size 10-12 or a large in most clothing and a C cup bra. Yes I know you can see my houndstooth print bra, I like the print and do not give a damn.

Long Sleeve Tee in Floral Crush Print
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Yes, I absolutely love this Long Sleeve Tee in Floral Crush Print. It was the only item that I was able to purchase today. I simply had to have it. Not only is the print darling but it’s super comfy. It’s made of 60% cotton and 40% modal. I know that I will wear it often. Something this cute for $19.99 with a huge re-wear factor was a must.

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This Pebble Racerback Tank Top ($19.99) spoke to me when I saw it online due to the color (Calypso Coral). I was not digging it on me once it was on. It is 100% rayon and 100% hot even while wearing it for a minute or two.

Both of the above tops fit larger than average. I tried them on in a large but they fit more like an XL. Judging by these and another top that I saw from the collection I would say that you could size down in most of these tops if you want a closer fit. My guess was that they are supposed to fit loose, that that’s how they are supposed to hang. However judging by the model photos maybe I’m wrong. However I did buy the floral top in a large because I am getting old (okay, not really, but sort of) and I’m leaning towards comfort lately. If the tank were made of another fabric and I found it flattering to my boobs then I would have sized down on that.

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The black floral dress in Meet the Parents Print ($44.99) is amazing. I didn’t get it today because I’m not Miss Moneybags so I have to watch how I spend money when I do have it. In this case I most likely wouldn’t wear this that often. It’s so flattering though. It also seemed very well made. The zipper that ran up the back was impressive and the material really highlights my shape. It is made up of 98% cotton. I tried on the size 12. I would say that it’s true to size.

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The Short Sleeve Dress in First Date Print ($39.99) was not for me. I also tried this on in a 12. It’s 100% polyester and doesn’t seem to have any give. I couldn’t get the back all of the way up. It fit fine otherwise. Sometimes my boobs aren’t fashion friendly.

Prabal Gurung for Target Review

I’m also totally into the below pieces from this collection.

Floral Crush & First Date Picks from Prabal Gurung for Target

Yes, I’m crazy over the Floral Crush Print. The peplum top is cotton and spandex. My guess from trying on other pieces in the collection is that it’s most likely also flattering and true to size.

The Dress with Full Skirt in Floral Crush Print is cotton and spandex. It seems to be the same cut as the black and white dress above. If so I definitely think that it’s awesome.

The Sweatshirt in First Date Print is a super fun print. It’s cotton and polyester. My guess is that it’s also going to run a bit large.

I saw the Nolita Print pumps in person. They are way more striking right in front of you. Definitely my favorite shoe from the collection, by far.

The Sleeveless Tee in First Date print is cotton and model with a mesh neckline. I don’t really love this cut of top on me personally but I bet this top is soft and more comfortable than it looks.

If you enjoy sweet, feminine designs this collection is probably for you!

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4 out of 5

Marilyn & Me

Marilyn & Me
A Photographer’s Memories
by Lawrence Schiller
published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
released on May 29, 2012
borrowed from the local library

Marilyn & Me by Lawrence Schiller is a different type of book about Marilyn Monroe. I have read many books about her. Though this book is by a photographer it’s not one of those big glossy coffee table books full of photos. It’s not a typical biography of the starlet. It’s also not a fictionalized version of her life. Yes, you can find all of those types of books out there. This one is unique because it’s told from the perspective of an up and coming photographer who shot photos of Marilyn in the 60s.

on the set of Something's Got to Give, as seen in the book

on the set of Something’s Got to Give, as seen in the book

Schiller first meets Marilyn on the set of Let’s Make Love and then later during the filming of the halted Something’s Got to Give. Footage from this film has been in shown in many specials about Marilyn due to her deciding to show off her body dripping wet coming out of a pool. This was a huge get and makes up a large portion of the book.

Lawrence Schiller at the Marilyn & Me Opening at Steven Kasher Gallery in NYC

Lawrence Schiller at the Marilyn & Me Opening at Steven Kasher Gallery in NYC

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If you enjoy those magazine articles that strongly showcase both the writer’s voice as well as their subject then you will most likely enjoy the tone of this book. I’m also an amateur photographer and found the information on what it was like for Schiller starting out in that field so long ago. Because he was not only a photographer but also a bit of business man (as noted by Monroe to him in the text) much of the story talks about his interest in the photos being exclusive and how he sold them. I assume that this is why there are only a few photos in this book. Many are probably only able to be used in certain ways that he originally stipulated many years ago.

I don’t really feel that I’ve learned much new info on Marilyn from this book but I am a big fan and already know a ton about her. The snippets of conversation between the author and Marilyn throughout the book are both intimate and paint a vivid picture that makes you feel like you are watching the encounter play out.

Most of the book is about the author’s encounters with Marilyn and the brokering of the photos. However he also mentions his own thoughts on her death at the end. I won’t tell you what they are but I agree with them.

As with most media to do with Marilyn Monroe there are a few blue moments here and there. At one point Marilyn basically accuses the author of also using her body for him to turn a profit (as so many did) in such a sad manner.

This book is slightly over 100 pages. That makes it a short, easy read. I highly recommend it to other Marilyn fanatics.

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Official Sites
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Marilyn & Me by Lawrence Schiller on Nan A. Talese Books

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