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Disneybound of the Week 8: Steamboat Willie

This week's Disneybound is Steamboat Willie. Now, I know what you're thinking, "She doesn't look like Mickey Mouse!" Well, to be honest, I based this look more on the cartoon itself rather than the actual character. I will probably attempt to do the character himself at a later date, but I really wanted to pay homage to the cartoon that started it all first. Many of you know that Walt once said, "It all started with a mouse." We all know that he meant Mickey Mouse. Also, most of you probably know that Mickey's first theatrical debut was Steamboat Willie, which debuted on November 18, 1928 at the Colony Theater in New York City. It was also the first cartoon to feature synchronized sound. It was a big deal at the time. This cartoon also served as the debut for Minnie Mouse, although Mickey got all of the attention. Fun fact, did you know that Steamboat Willie wasn't actually the first Mickey Mouse cartoon? It was just the first to debut in theaters. Plane Crazy was actually the first cartoon created that featured Mickey Mouse, but only got a test screening back in May of 1928. It was the fourth to be theatrically released and distributed by Disney. The story goes that Walt saw the film, The Jazz Singer, and wanted to do a cartoon with synchronized sound. That cartoon would be Mickey's official debut. So, Steamboat Willie as we know it today, was born.

Now, to do a Steamboat Willie Disneybound, your color scheme is to be black, white, and shades of grey. I personally chose to focus on black and white, as opposed to grey. Bonus points if you go for a vintage look when you do this Disneybound. For this outfit, I wore a black dress with white polka dots, black heels, a black beret, and pearl jewelry. The dress is by Elizabeth and Nicole, and I got it at Ross. Some of you might recognize it as the same dress from my Minnie Mouse Disneybound a few weeks ago. The heels are Nine West, and I also got them at Ross. The beret I purchased at a shop in the France pavilion at EPCOT. The pearl earrings and bracelet were a gift from my sister-in-law. The necklace was originally my great-grandmother's, which was passed down to me a few years ago. I wanted to keep with a vintage look for this Disneybound, so while not exactly 1928, it's still as vintage as I could get. For my makeup, I went with shades of grey and neutral. My eyeshadow were light neutral and grey tones, and I wore grey eyeliner. I kept the blush and highlighter light, and went with a nude lipstick. Since I wanted all of the pictures to be black and white, I wanted to keep the makeup to a minimum to ensure that any colors didn't distort my natural coloring in anyway. I have played around with this before when wearing bolder colors, and I sometimes end up looking somewhat strange and unnatural.

Also, I want to address why I keep spelling grey instead of gray. No, I'm not misspelling it throughout the entire post. Both spellings are correct, although my English teachers might be slightly offended here. The reasoning is that I read a lot of British literature. Like, a lot. As in, I mostly read British literature. Grey is the more common spelling in Great Britain, as well as most other English speaking countries. Gray is the more common spelling in the United States. So, because I spend so much time reading British literature, it has simply become more natural for me to spell it with an "e" instead of an "a" like most Americans do. Also, I drink a lot of Earl Grey and Lady Grey tea, so grey with an "e" is literally in my face every day. I get a lot of people question me on this, so I just felt that I should address it here. Who knows, maybe you learned something new today.

Anyway, what do you think of this Disneybound look? Did I get the essence of Steamboat Willie, or was it a major flop? Let me know in the comments!

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