A 60's Sheath Dress

I grew up playing an I Dream of Jeannie dress up game on the computer. Naturally, I loved it! When you were lucky enough to put together the right arrangement it would tell you it was one of her outfits from the series. If you were one of the special people who had the chance to play this then you know what I mean. For the rest of you, I'm sorry I can't direct you to where you can get it. It just doesn't seem to be available anymore.

The moment I saw the title of this episode, Jeannie Breaks the Bank, I immediately recognized it and was waiting for the outfit I had seen dozens of times. Of course, it being so long, I didn't know which one it was exactly but when I saw it I knew it.

Jeannie wears a peacock blue sheath dress with a spring green colorblock on the front, with nude pointed toe pumps, double-stranded pearl necklace with diamond pendant, white gloves, and a white clutch purse.

This is from the episode entitled My Master, The Author from 1966. Her dress is a princess style with a loose collar. I really love how she wears her hair here, it is much lovelier than the short style in the pictures above.

What about you? Have you played the game? What do you think about Jeannie's styles?

The Cat from Outer Space - 70's Fashion and Movie Review

Jake and Lucy Belle

The Cat from Outer Space is a Disney production about an alien that arrives on earth in the form of a cat. His ship malfunctions and he employs the help of physicist Frank Wilson to repair it. The 'cat', Jake, uses the superior technology from his collar to levitate, open doors, fly planes, and much else. Time is short as Frank is joined by two other colleagues in the effort to help Jake, but it isn't long before the military and other powers get wind of 'the cat' and his unnatural abilities.

This is one among many good Disney movies I have enjoyed growing up. I'm sure most will agree a cat is the perfect choice for the embodiment of a friendly, superior alien. If you haven't seen this movie, I definitely recommend it. The only thing I dislike are the evolutionary assumptions so casually given. Granted, these are limited but as a young earth creationist, I find it offensive that they are so naturally assumed. Although, it would be hard to have an alien movie without the presence of evolution, but I digress.

As usual, I cannot watch a movie without critiquing costume. This movie was made in 1978, a little later than most of the movies and fashion I feature here on Over the Horizon because normally I am not overly fond of fashion from the 70's, but there are always some exceptions and this is one.

Ken Berry plays Dr. Frank Wilson, the physicist Jake asks to help him. Here Ken wears the typical-but-classy sweater over a polo shirt, and chocolate brown pants to go with the pale yellow and tan. It is hard to tell if the pants are corduroy but it would certainly be keeping with the style of the period if they were.

Sandy Duncan plays Dr. Liz Bartlett, the owner of Jake's newfound love interest, Lucy Belle. Sandy's style throughout the whole movie has one or more loose fitting elements. I think I like this outfit best. She wears a smart blue button-up with a noticeably pointed collar, striped sports jacket, loose-fitting bell bottom slacks with a belt, and a short pink kerchief to bring out the pink in the jacket. I'd like to include the style of shoe she is wearing but, unfortunately, I can't tell from the limited view you get of them.

Rarely am I a fan of short hair cuts on women, but there are occasional times when a woman can really pull it off. Sandy's small frame and proportional head are fitting for the pixie cut (as it is now called). Note how she wears it flared back from the face.

Now I don't know if I have spoken about it here on the blog or not, but I am the biggest fan of sweaters. Maybe it has to do with my yarn fascination but then again I have never attempted to crochet sweaters. Either way, I immediately fell in love with Ken's bulky cardigan. And don't miss the colors: emerald green and warm cream! In the next picture you can see his pants are a dull green.

This outfit of Sandy's (pardon the quality of the picture but it's the best I could do) is very casual but full of character. A gray painters jacket with the sleeves neatly rolled up, over a long sleeved red and white striped shirt. Her pants are a bright blue and once again, bell-bottomed.

Do you see Jake on the couch? So adorable!

This has to be my least favorite outfit Sandy wears but it's worth noting anyway. She has donned a loosely fitted pants outfit of laurel green with matching scarf. It really is the epitome of the gradual change from 70's to 80's. Out with wide waistbands and the closely tailored bodices of the 60's and earlier eras, and in with wide shoulders and elastic waistbands, among other things. In my opinion, it is only due to Sandy's small frame that she even looks good in this outfit.

In the last scene, all has turned out well (I won't spoil it for you and tell you how). Ignore the goober on the left.

Ken's suit jacket is a unique shade of brown and the material resembles suede. Don't you love how the seventies utilized color? I'll bet his pants were either a warmer brown or dark blue.

Sandy, holding Lucy Belle, is wearing a white dress suit comprised of jacket and pencil skirt. And you just have to love the collar of the blouse. For the finishing touch, two flowers, one cream-colored, the other pink. It is hard to tell, but I'll bet there is a bit of pink in the blouse she is wearing.

And that does it. What do you think? Have you seen this movie? How do you feel about the styles I have mentioned? I'd love to have your feedback!

The Incredible, Yet Harmful Crown-of-Thorns Sea Star

Crown of thorns starfish (Acanthaster planci), courtesy of NOAA Photo Library

Although I have always loved everything about the sea since I could remember, I have been fascinated most with the phylum Echinodermata since highschool, specifically classes Asteroidea (sea stars) and Holothuroidea (sea cucumbers). I've often asked myself what it is about these creatures that so thoroughly intrigues me and frankly, I think it's due to how little I used to know about them. Growing up, I had the impression that sea stars were naturally hard and unavoidably stationary. I was surprised to find out otherwise.

These past years watching "Deep-Sea Live" from the Okeanos Explorer, a NOAA research vessel, I have been enlightened in so many ways. I am always happy to see species from one of these classes and I wouldn't be surprised if the bulk of the screenshots I've taken on this computer consist of these subjects. During the last (and just concluded) expedition in Hawaii, I was often amused at the continual 'bickering' between two of the scientists whenever we would observe a sea star enjoying a meal of coral. Of course, the sea star has to eat, right?

I have recently realized that some of these cute little, often pentamorous, creatures can have a devastating effect on coral populations. It's a dog eat dog world, they say, and it's no surprise when something you find adorable has a dark side to it. It makes me wonder what life would be like now if not for the curse?

The Crown-of-Thorns starfish (COTS) is a good example. I first came upon the prickly creature while researching for a paper. I was enamored. I saw groups of them feeding on coral aggregations, a man skillfully holding one from underneath, and the effects of being pricked by one of the creatures spines. They are one of my favorite marine creatures to read about today. But it might surprise you how much harm an outbreak can cause.

Courtesy of NOAA Photo Library

In a well-balanced ecosystem COTS works with the coral to keep it from overpopulating. This is none other than a skillfully planned case of superior design. Unfortunately, as with so many other things, the curse of sin brought on by man in the beginning has wreaked havoc on God's perfectly balanced creation. COTS population has blown out of proportion and in some locations have destroyed over 90% of coral life. Resulting in the need for serious action. Scientists have spent as much as $3 million in poison in an effort to save the reefs. But the battle rages on. Recently, they have found "store bought" vinegar can do the job with less financial cost.

My first question was: why? What causes COTS outbreaks? My suspicions proved true when I read from multiple sources that a high cause is due to agricultural runoff. More specifically, nitrogen pollution. Simply put, the nitrogen causes an increase in plankton, on which COTS larvae dine, and the result is a dangerous increase in COTS population. It is all too common to find out the root of a problem lies with man mishandling creation. Other causes are lack of predators, and there is thought that El NiƱo plays a part as well.

All actions have consequences, even ones as seemingly unimportant as over fertilizing. God put us in charge of this planet as stewards to take care of it. Cutting down more trees than is necessary, killing off entire species, and dumping trash in the ocean is hardly fulfilling that responsibility.

What a world it would be if nature was perfectly balanced like it was before the fall of man. And yet, despite the destructive ramifications, God still keeps a balance to nature.

"Who shut in the sea with doors, when it burst forth and issued from the womb; when I made the clouds its garment, and thick darkness its swaddling band; when I fixed My limit for it, and set bars and doors; when I said, 'This far you may come, but no further, and here your proud waves must stop!'" *

"You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all." **

I've been struck by these two verses many times. Just like God's promise to never again send a global flood, He is trustworthy and dependable. He will sustain us. 

Now what will we do?

*Job 38:8-11 (NKJV)
**Nehemiah 9:6 (NKJV)
References and further reading:
-"Divers kill crown-of-throns starfish with vinegar", SCUBA News, http://news.scubatravel.co.uk/divers-kill-crown-of-thorns-starfish-vinegar.html
-"Great Barrier Reef dying beneath its crown of thorns", The Conversation, http://theconversation.com/great-barrier-reef-dying-beneath-its-crown-of-thorns-6383
-"High-tech fertilisers and innovation have come to the Great Barrier Reef's escue", The Conversation, http://theconversation.com/high-tech-fertilisers-and-innovation-have-to-come-to-the-great-barrier-reefs-rescue-47857