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5 Facts About Peter Pan You May Not Know

Two exams down, one to go! I have to keep my eye on the prize and power through (so I can get to Marrakech). But I thought I would take this brief celebratory break to post the new Pan trailer, complete with Cara Delevingne, that I somehow missed last Thursday given the hubub of studying. It’s pretty interesting, and it’s clear they are taking the story in a new direction that I’m not altogether sure I’m excited about (call me a Pan purist); so in the interim we will all have to cross our fingers and entertain ourselves with these 5 little known facts about our favorite unaging youth.

1. Peter Pan did not make his first appearance in the book Peter Pan (which was published in 1911 and originally entitled Peter and Wendy). Nor was his first appearance in the eponymous 1904 play, as might be expected by the shrewd. Peter’s first foray into literature began in Chapter 13 of The Little White Bird: “Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens.” The rest of the book is a charming look at a bachelor’s encounters in Victorian England, and I love the opening few lines, which read as follows:

Sometimes the little boy who calls me father brings me an invitation from his mother: “I shall be so pleased if you will come and see me,” and I always reply in some such words as these: “Dear madam, I decline.” And if David asks why I decline, I explain that it is because I have no desire to meet the woman.
“Come this time, father,” he urged lately, “for it is her birthday, and she is twenty-six,” which is so great an age to David, that I think he fears she cannot last much longer.
“Twenty-six, is she, David?” I replied. “Tell her I said she looks more.”

2. The Peter of Kensington Gardens is depicted as seven days old, and his ability to fly comes from the fact that he forgot that he no longer had wings (as all babies do before they are born), and had perfect faith that he could fly from his windowsill into Kensington Gardens. Once there, he makes it to the island in the middle of the Serpentine before he realizes that he is not a bird, losing faith in his ability to fly. For this reason, the original Peter is stuck as a “betwixt-and-between” and is resigned to live in Kensington Gardens (since he cannot escape his island).

3. Tinker Bell was given her name not because of the sound that she makes, but due to her social rank in the fairy world. Peter explains Tinker Bell’s humble origins to Wendy since Tink’s almost only line in the book is “you silly ass.” Peter says this is on account of her being “a common fairy,” because she is a “tinker,” or one of the fairies that tinkers with the pots and kettles.

4. The “J. M.” in J. M. Barrie stands for James Matthew. Avid enthusiasts may recognize that Barrie shares his given name with one Captain James (Jas. as he signed his documents) Hook. Coincidence?

5. Wondering why Peter Pan suddenly has so much media attention? Between Peter and the Starcatchers, Disney’s two kids shows (Fairies and Jake and the Neverland Pirates), the NBC live (Allison Williams) performance, and now this? To put it simply, because companies can use the story for free. In 2008, the copyright to the story (which Mr. Barrie bequeathed to the Great Ormond Street Hospital) expired, allowing writers to borrow the tale without paying for the rights (dust off that fanfic sequel you wrote, because its time to publish). Though all the publicity may not stem directly from this change, it certainly is a nice incentive for retellings.

Hope you’ve enjoyed these facts — feel free to add any more you may have below, but know that I will fact check you out of my obsessive love for this story.

P.S. The Little White Bird can be read for free here.

How to Steal a Million: Fake Louboutins

Last week, bargain shopping nearly got the best of me. I was searching for shoes on Vinted, a clothing re-sale app, and I came across a pair of $100 Louboutins (for those of you who have never heard of this brand, Louboutins usually start at about $625 and are the ones with red bottoms). It seemed too good to be true. They looked like the D’Orsay style, there was little wear, and that price! The seller couldn’t verify the authenticity, but they had the red bottoms, and I had never heard of people faking shoes, so it seemed worth the risk. Still, I hate to buy something without attempting to talk the price down, so I settled on $85.00.

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The Real Deal

$85.00 for a pair of gently used Louboutins. Looking like Irene Adler was within my grasp! But in the midst of finagling to get the price changed, I informed my all-too-frugal boyfriend about this spectacular find. In a dizzying and terrible two minutes, I found out people did fake shoes, and that there was a good possibility these were fake too.

What I learned:

1) They do make fake Louboutins.
2) They are incredibly hard to spot over the internet.

Some ways to tell are:

– Authentic: If they include an authenticity card, they are FAKE. Louboutins don’t come with authenticity cards. Ever.

– Space Jam: Look at the “Made in Italy” on the bottom. Make sure it has spaces between the words. Fakes will say MADEINITALY.

– Know your reds: For me I think this is the most difficult, especially since internet pictures have such varying color gradients. People describe Louboutin red as “true red.” That tells me nothing, but I guess you can make sure you aren’t buying anything scarlet or merlot.

– Check your quality: Fakes aren’t going to look or feel as well made. This can mean little things from the leather not being uniform with the sole where it’s tucked in to the back seam being folded over instead of being sewn straight up, both of which are signs of fakes.

– Boxing champ: Fakes will have boxes that might say Christian Louboutin in much larger script and the Paris could be in the side corner rather than nearer the script.

-Memorize Scripture: On the bottom of real Louboutins the C in “Christian” almost touches the h. Fakes provide themselves with a bit more space between the letters.

– Ridges: Louboutin’s don’t have ridges on the bottom. The quality helps you walk. You don’t ned anything else

– Zip stocked bag: A box with plastic baggied heel tips does not Louboutins make! You should receive heel tips, but they won’t have the plastic bag.

Please note that I have not owned either real or fake Louboutins, but my advice here is a conglomeration of information repeated on other sites. For more info with pictures check out: Lollipuff, Galfromdownunder, Louboutin Resource and Muziklover70’s description.

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Derp. Which looks real?

At this point you have your information. For some of you—it should be all of you— that may be enough, and the ridiculous and unsolicited bad advice to ensue is totally unnecessary. The rest of this post will not help in your shoe authenticating ventures. Really, it’s the author’s unneeded self-indulgence, and you should not read on.

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I’m sorry to report that a thorough investigation into these fakes mixed with both criminal law and property class this semester has started me thinking about how to dupe the system. Regardless of all the advice, good fakes can be hard to spot. At the beginning of this post, I attached a video of LanaIndiana, modern day Zsa Zsa, recounting the horrific tale of her fake shoe encounter. In all the posts I read people kept saying, “the only way you know you have real Louboutins is by buying them from an authentic seller” a.k.a. Sacks, Neiman, Barneys, Bergdorf. But what if these stores don’t know that someone has planted a fake in their shoe aisle? I bet in some of the bigger chains it happens more than you might suspect, especially after Christmas sales and the after big markdown blowouts. This year in Dillards, I saw where a lady had left her boots and walked out with a pair of theirs. So what happens when, like Indiana Zsa Zsa, you buy a pair of fakes from a brand name store? Are the people behind the counter stopping it? Are they even trained?
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The title of this post is based on the 1966 William Wyler film of the same name, starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O’Toole. It’s one of my favorite movies, and the premise is the idea of stealing your own expensive stuff because you know it’s fake.

That’s exactly what I propose to do. Let me go ahead and disclaim. I am not actually suggesting that anyone do this. It just seems so easy… If I wanted a pair of Louboutins, had a high credit limit, and was ruthless and crafty in my methods to acquire a pair. The cheapest option would seem to begin by scoping out the fake market until I found some reasonably-priced fakes that would take a second glance and identifying a few styles of interest. At that point, I would check the return policies on Louboutin-carrying stores, making sure to pick one that gave me a while to return and the possibility to get more than store credit.

At this point, I’d go to that store and buy a pair of real Louboutins that I knew had a positive corresponding fake, and charge it, please. Once I got home, I’d order a pair of corresponding fakes with a shipping time that would allow me to return and get new ones, just in case.

When the fakes arrived, I would put them in the Louboutin box (transferring all store stickers with the help of a hair dryer) and leave everything else as is. I would then return to the store. From here there are two options. Originally, my plan was to go to the store and say something like “I bought these, but they don’t seem like the other Loubs I have at home; I think they might be fake”… and basically wait around for the refund to my credit card. After all, I’d have the receipt. However, when I conferred with the boyfriend, he thought that method would be too incriminating and suggested to instead play the fool. In this scenario, upon return instead of admitting I knew they were fakes, I would simply act like I would in any other return. I bought the item, it didn’t fit right, it was a lot to spend on something I didn’t love, they were uncomfortable, who cares — to get the 1,000 back. If someone made a fuss, I would wave my receipt and ask why I paid that much for these shoes. On what basis would a store not return my money if they weren’t sure I didn’t buy counterfeit shoes? While I wouldn’t try it multiple times, it seems like something you could get away with once.

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By publishing this scenario, I am not suggesting that anyone try this. I do not support fakes and would not take the chance on buying or wearing them even in the face of a good deal (as described in my initial story). I just wonder how our institutions are situated to prevent this abuse, especially when it only takes one bad pair and one shoddy sales clerk to sell you bad shoes like LanaIndiana above. How do stores train employees? And how do stores distinguish when and when not to refund? I feel like my above scenario is pretty foolproof, but I’ve never worked in retail. Let me know what you think or if you see any problems… I’d love to get a conversation going!

And remember when you deal with Louboutin fakes, THIS could happen to you.

Nine People’s Favorite Thing

Celebratory post!! I have 9 FOLLOWERS! And the only way to celebrate is with BROADWAY! (This song has some explicit content in the form of a four letter word). Thank you for your support you nine lovely people; you know who you are. In the mean time pick up on all my subliminal messaging! Those nine people go and….