1930s Brunch & The Smooth Criminal Connection

Smooth Criminal was always one of my favorites as a child. Something was just so magical about seeing Michael as this dapper and charming superhero, especially as a kid myself. Even as an adult, I have so many days when I just get into that MOONWALKER mood and I KNOW I can't be the only Michael Jackson fan girl that feels this way. Sometimes you just have those nights where you wish you had your own personal superhero, and what better man to save the day than Michael?

I was totally floored when I heard that the short film was intended to have a country western theme! Michael talks briefly about this on the Private Home Movies special- for those who haven't heard of this before.  I seriously cannot imagine Smooth Criminal being anything other than the 1930's inspired glamorous short film that it is- can you?

Well, I mentioned on here a few weeks back that I had just joined a group called Vintage Brunchies here in the city, a must-attend group for retro/vintage lovers. Once a month, we go out on a weekend and have brunch using a decade theme to dictate our outfit. I have to admit, I am not big on thrift shopping. I am more into vintage reproductions. That being said I wasn't too thrilled when I heard that the decade for October was 1930!


But then it hit me, Smooth Criminal was set in 1930! PERFECTTTTT.

I know that all of the fan girls out there pay attention to Michael in that crisp white suit but, you all remember some of the leading ladies in the video too don't you?

To be honest, when I did my research, a lot of the costumes for the ladies in Smooth Criminal were too over the top! The outfits are a little too reminiscent of the flapper era, the 1920's. 

But nevertheless, I took whatever inspiration I could draw from this video, and searched through my closet for the perfect outfit. 

green tea latte- pretty good!

cod hashbrowns & greens... ick!

some of the lovely ladies and i

me, Itzlori.com, and another lovely lady from the group

I was able to wear my 1930's style day dress, nylons, and jewelry from my grandmother's closet. Unfortunately, I injured my foot about a week prior so, the only thing I could fit into were these old. dingy lace up combat boots. I still was happy with what I managed to come up with as far as an outfit. 
The restaurant... well, let's say it wasn't my favorite but, Vintage Brunch outings are becoming a favorite of mine and I can't wait to see what the next decade is.

Oh and keep your fingers crossed for me- hoping that my foot is only bruised and not fractured! 

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Lessons from Michael: Don't let yourself be defined by your failures.

I have failed at many things in life but, I've gained strength at pulling myself up by the bootstraps and trying again. One of the reasons that Michael has inspired me is his determination and the way he set goals for himself. No matter how much praise he got from other people, he constantly challenged himself. Most Michael Jackson fans know the story of his disappointment in getting only one Grammy award for Off The Wall. Michael supposedly took it very much to heart, especially that he did not win the honor for Best Album. Instead of giving up, Michael made a promise to himself that he would one day achieve that honor. He took a red lipstick that belonged to LaToya and wrote on his mirror that he would sell 50 MILLION copies of his next album.

That next album, Thriller, went on to sell over 100 million copies as of 2013.
If that's not a positive affirmation, I can't tell you what is.

Sometimes personal failures, no matter the nature, are essential towards gaining a deeper sense of self and a greater understanding of what paths you are meant to travel in life. Don't let yourself be defined by your failures... get up and be thankful for the opportunity to TRY TRY again!


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