A Stew Review, and Stew Anew Pt I

5 Jan
A/N: The images displayed in this essay are not mine–Thank Goddess for Tumblr, Pinterest and google images. Click the image for a link to pics’ origins. Per usual, this is so very unbeta’d–all mistakes and typos belong to this writer. Musical playlist is at the bottom. Click the “Sign Me Up!” button in the side panel to receive MOO notifications in your Email…riiiiight over heeeerrrre——->

“Whatever you do or dream you can do – begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”
~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

Well, well, well. First and foremost, please let me wish you all a very happy New Year, my Misfit Rebels…you Regal Beauties of an Other Army!! 

I am a firm believer that in order to begin anew, we must pay homage to the roots we plant and to any steps forward [and backward and sideways and diagonal] we have taken to get to his point. Welcome to The MOO Stew Review.  After several false starts and two bouts of the flu, I am pleased to finally be back here, Musing along with you all into 2012. I apologize for not posting sooner this week, or before New Year’s Day as I had hoped, but my work schedule took an interesting turn.

In addition to the holidays and illnesses, I found myself designated the lone on-call psychotherapist liaison between Red Cross and my whole city as well as a turn at serving jury duty this week. Ah, 2012 took off at a sprint from the starting gate, and I’m literally just holding on for dear life. When I came back to my MOO outline for The Stew Review (several weeks in the making), I realized I simply had TOO. MUCH. TO. COVER. You all would have been sitting here for daaaaaayyyyys trying to read through my Breaking Dawn-sized ramblings. And I couldn’t do that to you. Not when you’ve been so understanding and gracious with me all this time.

i luff you for your patience

So, I’ve decided to re-imagine my year-end  and January posts via MooDrabbles again, like I had for November. New Year’s resolutions and all: succinctness and presence. Besides, it seems that you all dug the MooDrabbles, and it certainly helped me feel connected and immersed with you as we watched Our Reigning Other Queen own the Breaking Dawn promotional tour, just as she had dominated the better part of 2011.

*holds out hand to you* Shall we? We’ll continue where we left off in last week’s Muselet…where you amazing, amazing readers tweeted, emailed and pinged me with your thoughts on the most memorable Other Queen Moments of the year. Before I list the top three Moments of Otherness you all elected, I must pay homage to highly-applauded happenings  that enhanced our lead Majestic Misfit’s Otherworldly Beauty.  Honorable Mentions are up to bat…

The Other Queen’s Court

I don’t think we understood how profoundly successful a year Ms Kristen Stewart enjoyed until we attempted to single out our favorite moments, right? I noticed the first suggestions sent to me focused on the most current happenings, which is understandable, since our head Royal Rebel’s public appearances, magazine covers and copious interviews correlated with the Breaking Dawn release and the completion of Snow White and the Huntsman filming. But I found myself clapping and rejoicing when you beauties reminded me of the greatness that was the first half of the year.

The People Choose Gold

holy crow, Bella! You're GLOWING!

January 6, 2011, our Reigning Other Queen rang in the new year luminously. When the camera panned onto Kristen during the People’s Choice Awards, I literally gasped out loud.  It was insufferable to sit through that “awards” show..except for the shining moments that Kristen and her boys Robert and Taylor provided. And Twitter then broke. It was the first time we’d laid eyes on our girl since she went typically Ninja a few weeks earlier to spend the holidays in the UK with Rob. But when Ms Stewart stepped up to the stage in that golden-sequined Reem Acra dress and 19-inch Jimmy Choo peep-toe heels to accept the Favorite Movie Actress Award–well, it was nearly a religious experience. It’s no wonder Rob couldn’t stop staring. #ProudHobeau *winks at @drowninit 

It wasn’t just the sequined, miniscule uh, mini hemline displaying her ridiculous apendages, nor the flawless makeup and tousled, perfect hair that elevated the PCA moment from a low murmur to a Rebel Yell…it was one of the first glimpses at the grounded, more confident Kristen Stewart. With what would later become more the rule than the exception, our Ambassador of Other exhibited a new kind poise and grace but an accessibility too, all while strutting up stairs, and on slick stages in towering stilettos and blinding spotlights (and Queen Latifah monologues). If this golden, glowing Goddess was any indication of how 2011 was going to be…we were done before we even got started…hello first week of January. We’re done.

Lady In Untamed Red

For  a self-professed lover of the low-pro, Girlfriend sure knows how to unleash the beast and take serious fashion risks. At the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art’s (MET) Costume Institute Benefit Gala in May, Ms Stewart defined “Savage Beauty” in a very “Other-like” and purposeful statement. Wearing a floor-length Proenza Schouler gown and heels, Kristen walked the red carpet amongst the fashion world’s and Hollywood royalty … and she held her own.

The zig-zagging pattern atop the heavier, thicker, draping material signaled a departure from Ms Stewart’s usual, short and flirty repertoire, but the famous and elegant New York gala honoring the late Alexander McQueen may have been the perfect forum for the unveiling of a riskier, bolder Kristen. I for one applauded her efforts. Nowhere here do I see Bella Swan. Nowhere here do I see an uncertain wallflower. I see a young woman who owns the starkly jagged lines and unexpected, sensual, and  backless creation that dares you to look away…especially when the woman wearing such bawdy exclamations, leaves you behind.

Her Beauty Is Power

We knew. We knew when we saw Kristen wearing spandex exercise capris outside a fitness and yoga studio. We nodded in awe and confirmation when pictures of Kristen riding horses at a valley stable began to surface. We knew that our Badass Royal Beauty was preparing for her titular role in Snow White and The Huntsman (SWATH is such a rad Acronym, isn’t it??), but I don’t think we understood the profundity of it.

 When the filmakers of SWATH held a panel at Comic-Con, they dropped tantalizing claims of wanting to film something akin to “Lord of the Rings”. And then they shared the first official screen shots of the obscenely beautiful cast in costume for their promo pictures. It is then that many of us found ourselves struck dumb… and thirsty. Because we understood a leetle better now; that this film was a whole. new. level. And we wanted MOAR. 

It was in September, 2011 when I found myself completely losing. my. shite. On-set pictures began to hit the internet, displaying some action shots of filming from a secluded beach in Wales. As my eyes became saucer-sized, and my email box started screaming at me in ALL CAPS, I began humming Florence + The Machine’s The Dog Days Are Over because I could hear the horses coming, and I knew that we were on totally new territory. A Warrior Queen, trained in the Art of War,  led the charge.

And as more images peppered our already stunned brains and eyes, and the goosebumps rose on my arms, it became obvious that Kristen was apart of something extraordinary. 

I thought I had finished camping out for movies and premieres after my Breaking Dawn or Bust adventure. But, uh, no. I have no qualms about camping out,  flying to LA or New York [London?] to greet the premiere of SWATH. I’ve already mentioned this idea to @robkris13, @Just2CUSmile and Bouffant. **Witness KJ overturning pillows and crawling beneath the bed, rumamging for change to throw in a piggy bank for the SWATH adventure.**

Kristen has repeatedly, passionately described her filming experience on SWATH as “fulfilling” and her ideal role. Though she promoted Breaking Dawn at the end of the year, it became apparent that Kristen’s heart and soul were fully encapsulated  by her work with Snow White. She referenced her joy with the project, even while it was still in an infancy stage. She took a break in November from filming SWATH to promote BD, and she couldn’t contain her elation and admiration for her character, and her colleagues… her adoring declarations for all things SWATH collude perfectly with more Honorable Mentions of The Best Other Moments:

“It works, Girls!” ~on Jay Leno, re: throwing punches, as Snow White does

“It’s not a little girl sitting by a well with little tweety birds telling her what to do and where to go.” ~at Comic-Con, SWATH panel

“On Snow White, I am having the most fulfilling experience as an actor.” ~to Entertainment Weekly 

A Goddess Grounded

“An Authentic Life is the most important personal form of worship”

~Sarah Ban Breathnach

Lastly in this Not-So-Drabbleish-MooDrabble, I wanted to celebrate an Other’s insistence on comfort and authenticity. Moreover, an Other can be spotted when s/he is him or herself, even in the midst of folks who are acting or exhibiting behaviors in the opposite manner. An Other marches to his own drummer, regardless of the dominant beat. An Other wears Chucks when everyone else wears Designer…

Others slip out of 5-inch stilettos into Classic Skateboarder Vans to be immortalized in Hollywood History…

Others throw on Nikes with gorgeous Roberto Cavalli gowns at the UK Premiere of her massively successful franchise.  . .

Because, really, Others don’t give a shit. Others keep their [bare] feet…on the ground, even when everything around them threatens to usurp and uproot.

 A girl after this island-girl’s heart–choosing to go barefoot and pain-free in lieu of sexy heels that pinch and confine.

Sooooo, we’re wrapping up this first post featuring the Honorable Mentions in our Stew Review and Anew series… We’re just getting started, my Lovelies, and I thank you for your patience and kind understanding as I try to inject some structure into my B-A-N-A-N-A-S 3D life. But I have a feeling that we’re going to bear witness to our Reigning Other Queen’s best year yet, don’t you? I simply cannot wait to go on this ride with you.

In the meantime, I’ll see you all soon, with Part 2 of The Stew Review..and Anew…

Jeebus like rhyming much? Yes. Yes I do. Just as I am captivated and compelled by alliteration. See what I did there?

Anyway, get ready for the Top 3 Moments of Otherness. Catch you laters, Homies. And Happy New Year. xoxo, KJ

We Are Other.

Kristen Is Other.

Others understand that reviewing is integral in renewing.

Embrace Your Other.

*   *   *

QUESTIONS: What do you think of the honorable mentions of the Stew Review? How are you? Talk to me. Tell me how your new year is shaping up so far…

A/N: Thank you. A special thank you to one of my Possum Besties @Ophelia_2010, who gave me the perfect pep talk today. Exactly when I needed it. And to @MyCleverAlias and @DeeDreamer16 who reminded me that we can just be “whelmed”.

Music PlayList for the The Stew Review

*Every single song on this list was prevalent over the course of the year in writing MOO. Stories abound. We’ll have to have a beer or three one night and hash it out.

Le Mar (The Ocean) ~ Beautiful Girls

Let Me Sign ~ Robert Pattinson

Such Great Heights ~ Iron and Wine

You Are What You Love ~ Jenny Lewis

Breakdown ~ Jack Johnson

After the Stom ~ Mumford and Sons

Illuminated ~ Hurts

The Fear You Won’t Fall ~ Joshua Radin

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11 Responses to “A Stew Review, and Stew Anew Pt I”

  1. Rain January 13, 2012 at 6:18 pm #

    All of these were epic! Especially http://musingsonotherqueens.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/kristin-stewart-in-vans-at-graumans-chinese-theatre.jpg?w=490&h=637 Something about the pretty girl in Vans being immortalized forever. Also, I have a soft spot for her in tennies in gowns. When I got married, I wore four inch heels for the ceremony under my dress, but then kicked them off and wore pink Chuck’s the rest of the night. I was so happy and I kind of wished I had been in them the entire time! I still have them and they make me so happy.
    I love your celebrations of not only our girl, but of being you, being different, and being alive. I appreciate it every time my inbox shows me KJ has been Moo-ing :)
    So far my year is going well. Gluten-free, Drama-free, Pain-free… so far so good. Learning every day. How is your year going, dearest Other?

  2. Emma January 8, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Thank you for your post.It was worth all this waiting.

  3. NinjaHobo_ January 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    I am thrilled you included the MetGala event. I thought she was stunning. Kristen always looks amazing but that event she knocked me off of my feet! Personally I believed that was an event that the rest of Hollywood saw her as a real woman. Can not wait to see her thrive and succeed in 2012. Loved your post :)

  4. dizzyladybug January 6, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    I refrained from reading this at work ’cause I wanted to read and comment properly. I’m nothing if not serious about this commenting thing. Plus I think my co-workers are getting weary of my fangirling. They obviously don’t get IT.

    What an amazing year to be a Kristen fan! I just can’t get over how mature, grown, confident and beautiful (inside and out) she’s becoming as time goes by.

    *reaches out for your hand* Let’s go:

    The PCA’s were like the beginning of the game-change. She WAS glowing. And the dress wasn’t half of it…

    Today one of my colleagues told me I couldn’t lie. She said everything I felt is plain on my face. In a way I feel like Kristen is pretty much the same, and this year has been one big string of HAPPY, CONFIDENT, PROUD OF HERSELF Kristen. It’s just like in her own words ” it shoots out of her pores”. And it’s completely contagious! I cannot help but to have a big smile on my face when I see her smiling.

    The Met Gala is still one of my favourite looks from this year, definitely one of my favourite red carpet look! I love the red, the back, the zig-zagging…it really did justice to the Gala’s theme. She’s a beauty and, in a way, she’s savage. She can’t be contained, she will not be contained, because she knows who she is and she’s true to it!

    SWATH WILL BE THE AWESOMEST OF AWESOME MOVIES AND I’M NOT EVEN SURE I CAN TALK COHERENTLY ABOUT IT SO I’M JUST SHOUTY-CAPSING A LOT OF WORDS I JUST MADE UP BECAUSE HSGFLHAGLFGAHGFAHFHGSAFGHA IF YOU COME TOO LONDON I’LL TOTES MEET YOU THERE.

    Seriously. SWATH gets me incoherent. At the BD1 1st viewing I went to they gave us a SWATH flyer and an apple and I kept that apple in my desk until it started rotting!!!! I couldn’t throw it away because IT’S MY SWATH APPLE MOM DON’T YOU GET IT?!

    Ok, sits here patiently awaiting more MOO drabbles. Just wanted to know that YOU ARE A SHINING STAR AND I WOULD WAIT FOR YOUR POSTS FOREVER. *big huge hugs* No go forth and OTHER ON to this big wild world that tends to keep is busy!

    xoxo

    Joana

    [Disclaimer: I don't usually have rotting food in my desk, this was a one time occurrence.It eventually went to the trash can.]

  5. deedreamer16 January 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    My dearest pen-pal KJ – lovely post, as always!! <333

    I think what I love best about each of these phenomenal moments (and so many more….) is the fact that, this year, Kristen OWNED herself. Now, that's not to say that before 2011, she was anything other than genuine. But something has definitely happened inside her that is manifesting in her ability to fully own who she is. Maybe it's confidence. Maybe it's just age. Maybe it's the steadfastness of true love and partnership. Maybe it's all of those things together. *shrugs* Whatever it is, it has taken an independent girl and turned her into the absolute epitome of a woman with confidence and integrity.

    I don't think you have to nail every word that comes out of your mouth to have grace. I think if you have to think for yourself, have a kind heart and a giving soul, and stand up for what you believe in, and if you possess these things, grace is yours.

    In 2011, Kristen showed us she's got grace. And she'll continue to bring it as the years go on. I, for one, am incredibly excited to follow her in her journey!

    Happy New Year, friends!!

    xo
    Dee

  6. LCMom January 6, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    LOVE.IT!!! Actually, overwhelming to see a compile of the greatness from last year. And that was last year! Every time I pause to consider OTR the feeping needle skids off the record. The girl slays me! Thanks for creating a wonderful asset for all of us to come back to for a snapshot of the Other Queen! XO

  7. beammeup_00 January 6, 2012 at 6:21 am #

    Well I patiently (maybe not) waited and wanted for your year end perspective. I knew it would be “Other-worldly” and I am not disappointed. And I’m excited to know there is so much more to come! I commented at the time that on the night of the PCA’s, Kristen was in many ways the most beautiful woman in the world that night. Then she just says “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” and takes off on a year most actresses would kill for.

    And the most impressive thing is that she did it all with humility, constantly expanding grace and a sense of self without self-importance that is almost unheard of in the world today. My admiration for Kristen and her equally humble and talented hobo boyfriend continues to grow.

    Just as my admiration for you keeps growing. To have faced all the hurdles life threw at you recently and maintain your own personal grace and sense of self is an achievement you should be proud of. Many have crumbled under less stress. It is no accident that so many quality women look to you as a thought leader and an inspiration.

    And the most exciting part? These were just the Honorable Mentions! What a great year our Rebel Queen experienced in 2011. She grew, she prospered and in the end, she owned. And 2012 may be even more triumphant. Wow!

  8. Aai January 6, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    Possum, you can drabble like this at me all day long :) love your work! Love you! Mwah!

  9. MyCleverAlias January 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    Beautiful moments indeed. I teared up – literally teared up, what a sap – looking at those pictures of Kristen’s feet. Her feet. Her feet, really? But it’s amazing how much feet can tell you. And Kristen’s remind me that it’s okay. It’s okay to be other.

    Side story that I know you’ll love – my company is looking at reorganizing some things internally. And right now, I’m in a group that’s being referred to, for the moment, as “other.” My teammates are upset. Honestly, I can understand why, in this context. But I have to struggle not to smile every time the word is mentioned – or capitalize it. Meanwhile, I kinda love it. My entire perception of the word has changed. I desperately want to raise my hand and say “Um, guys … being Other is such a good thing. Trust me.” I’ll just have to introduce the concept another way. ;)

    Kristen is just being herself, but those pics (and those larger moments) remind me to strap on my metaphorical Chucks. This is me, world. Like it or lump it, bitches.

    Everyone has different top moments – I unfortunately did not have the chance to leave you mine, for which I do apologize – but I probably would have put SWATH in my top 3. I love those shots. She is just as fierce vulnerable prone on the sand as she is in armor, leading her fellow warriors into battle.

    MetGalaStew. Wow. One of my favorite things about her choices is that she goes for bold and risky, but not bizarre. She really owned her look in 2011, probably even more than 2010. I hope she goes in 2012, and I cannot wait to see who/what she wears.

    And then there’s you. I am so glad to be here, reading your words again. It’s hard to believe that a year can kick off so frantically, but there it is. Thank you for taking the time to continue Musing even amidst the insanity. I cannot wait to read more, whenever you have the chance to bring it out.

    2012. This is good. There are such great things ahead. For our girl, and most definitely for you, beloved.

    xoxoxoxo
    MC to the A

  10. Ann January 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Lovely post.

  11. Ro January 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    You hit all my favorites – the Met Gala, Jay Leno and the London premiere – so much pretty. 2011 was a great year, but I know 2012 is going to be so much better! This was a great write up, I’m looking forward to the next one.

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