I spotted this on Shopbop earlier today. The Dark Knight Rises, anyone?
PS. Happy Birthday, Christopher Nolan!
I spotted this on Shopbop earlier today. The Dark Knight Rises, anyone?
PS. Happy Birthday, Christopher Nolan!
I am the worst. I haven’t updated in over three months, so if anyone actually reads this, I apologize. I’m going to go ahead and blame it on college taking away all possible free time from me. The good news is that it’s winter break, AND I have three-day weekends next quarter, so I’ll have no excuse not to update.
Also, I am the worst film major. Before last week, I don’t think I had seen a movie in theaters in about two months. To break the dry spell, I decided on Steve McQueen’s Shame, starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. I had heard such good things, and needless to say, I was very satisfied…. much unlike Michael Fassbender’s character Brandon, a sex addict living in New York City whose life takes a drastic turn when his sister Sissy moves in with him.
This film has been getting incredible reviews and award buzz, so go see it while you can! Also Sissy’s style was spot-on which, if you’re anything like me, was an added bonus while watching the film.
What we have here is a gorgeous long-sleeved, gold sequined cocktail dress paired with vintage gold earrings and a bright lip. I think this is THE perfect New Years Eve look, so I scoured the interwebz for a couple gold sequin dresses. After all, NYE is the best occasion to rock some glitter.
SO, here are three very different ways to wear the gold sequin dress. My personal favorite is the ASOS dress in the center. The long sleeves give a nice balance to the short length, and I swear I will forever love anything with even the slightest hint of a shoulder pad. The Sparkle & Fade dress on the right is very basic, but it’s the perfect starter dress- throw on a blazer and/or tights to make the look a wee bit more polished. The Alice + Olivia on the left is absolutely stunning with its cutout nude effect, but it’s a tad too expensive for a college girl’s budget… I can dream, right?
To pull a Rachel Zoe, I DIED when I saw her in this scene. Nothing beats a good fur jacket, but a bright red hat too? Impeccable. I am now dying to find red accessories to wear with my well-loved leopard print faux fur. (Just a warning: if you haven’t already jumped on the faux fur bandwagon, I’m going to keep peer pressuring you to do so. Deal with it.) But if you’re not into the animal print, red accessories are still a simple and chic way to brighten up your plain old winter coat.
These are just a few of the many ways you can accessorize your winter outerwear with red, though I must say that my all-time favorite is some good, old-fashioned, red lipstick. I wear NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl ($24), but any cosmetic counter will have a ton of great shades to choose from.
Shame! See it! Oh, and have a Happy New Year!
Confession #1: I love the 80s. Let’s be real, how could I not? Shoulder pads! Incredible teen movies (remember Heathers?)! Big hair! Michael Jackson, Madonna, and “You Make My Dreams Come True” by Hall and Oates!
Confession #2: I love Chicago. I grew up in the suburbs, and it’s become my second favorite city in the US. It’s super clean, the people are rull nice, the shopping is great (Topshop. September 8th), and there are beaches! Yeah!
All right, do you see where I’m going with this? The 80s + Chicago? YEAH YOU DO. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, easily one of the best coming-of-age films of all time. Director John Hughes was the king of teen comedies in the 80s, and I have to say that this one is my favorite of his. I love how it showcases Chicago, and Matthew Broderick is flawless as the title character. And so is his ladyfriend Sloane Peterson’s 80s style.
Unfortunately, this is the best picture I could find, but check out how fierce she is. High waisted shorts and fringe? Too good.
There ya go. High waisted shorts, cropped tee, and in incredible leather fringed jacket (not white, but hey, the green’s pretty versatile). Add in one statement earring like Sloane’s, some badass boots, and maybe some tights if it’s chilly, and you’ve got yourself the perfect look for playing hooky.
Do I even need to say it? Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Check it.
A GRATUITOUS PICTURE OF JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT. Yeah, you’re all welcome for this. JGL is probably my future husband, so it’s the least I could do… But really, the focus of today’s post is going to be on that lovely lady he’s smiling at: Zooey Deschanel in the 2009 film 500 Days of Summer.
Zooey Deschanel’s character Summer has an exceptional sense of style and mixes vintage and modern pieces together effortlessly. Every time I watch the film, I want to steal her wardrobe. So, let’s do this.
Summer’s shirtdress has great details- and is most likely real vintage. However, ModCloth has a ton of vintage inspired dresses, and I found this one to be similar with its short sleeves and collar. The bow headband feels a tad bit too young to me, so finish it off with a bow belt instead. This look works now for now and can transition into cooler weather with some tights underneath.
This has to be my favorite look from the film. Mid-length skirts are very trendy for fall, so start wearing ’em now with a simple tank and leather belt. I personally love the idea of pairing it with loafers due to my current obsession with menswear, but plain flats or sneakers (Converse or Keds anyone?) would totally work as well. Throw on a colored cardigan to wear this outfit into autumn.
Although most of the time, I refuse to wear pants, I’m super into this look. Summer’s outfit is a bit too officey (#madeupwords), but wide legged jeans and a semi-sheer shirt are a great casual alternative. I actually own the vest in the above photograph, and I must say that it was a super practical purchase. With some clogs or chunky heels, this is a perfect outfit to wear to class once October hits.
500 Days of Summer is a film about a girl who doesn’t believe in love and the hopelessly romantic boy who falls for her. So, next time (or the first time?) that you watch it, try to pry your eyes away from the perfection that is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and get inspired by Summer’s wardrobe. Also, don’t try to steal JGL. He is mine.
So sorry I’ve been MIA here- I’ve been getting ready to move into my NEW apartment. Expect regular posting to resume after today!
So, let’s talk lingerie. I adore lingerie. I think there is nothing more gorgeous and feminine than silk and lace and… not wearing real clothes? Yeah, I said it. But lingerie as everyday wear tends to be a fashion don’t- unless you know how to do it right. Take Sarah Michelle Gellar’s character Kathryn Merteuil from Cruel Intentions. The film may be from the 90s, but there is still a lot to be learned from the lingerie-inspired outfits worn by this master of seduction and manipulation.
This bustier from Aritzia is easily one of my favorite tops I own. It is in the same style as Kathryn’s copper and black corset, but the cotton makes it so much more versatile. It pairs well with a high-waisted skirt for a sexy but subtle (or not so subtle… hello, cleavage!) nighttime look.
How about a slinky silk cami? Kathryn’s pale gold top is gorgeous, and so is this silk tank from T by Alexander Wang. I’m super into this top with dark skinny jeans and high, high heels.
Or leave very little to the imagination. The loose cut of this sheer LnA top is trendy, but still reminiscent of Kathryn’s barely-there look. Why hide your pretty lingerie when you can flaunt it to the world? …Or your stepbrother, in Kathryn’s case.
Cruel Intentions is a sexy film with an incredibly sexy cast- Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair. Check it out! Oh, but feel free to ignore the prequel…. and the unrelated third film.
Nerd alert: I’m a huge history buff.
It all started in the third grade when I read a book about Elizabeth I and realized how awesome old things were. The Babysitters Club series just didn’t cut it anymore, and I immediately began picking up these really dense nonfiction books that 9-year-olds probably shouldn’t read. I became particularly fond of the French Revolution, mainly due to an (in)famous little lady named Marie Antoinette. Her life, and the extravagance of the French Court, fascinated me, and I loved the tedious details of their everyday lives- especially the clothes. I mean, corsets, hoop skirts, and hair three feet high? Yes, please. I was all about it.
Eleven years later, I still I am. I mean have you seen Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette? That film is like porn to the fashion section of my brain. And while skirts five feet wide are not really in right now (wait, so my huge princess prom dress wasn’t a good decision?) and the big hair is better left to the Jersey Shore girls, there is definitely some good fashion etiquette to be learned from Kirsten Dunst and the rest of the French Court in Marie Antoinette.
Embrace your femininity. Ah, the all-mighty floral dress. Florals are a staple throughout the film, and there is no better way to feel like a princess than some pastels and ruffles.
Don’t be afraid of color. Kirsten Dunst’s dress is a rather neutral color, but the burgundy belt adds a little something extra. This gray BCBG dress has a lot going on in the ruffles department, but a simple belt in a jewel tone makes it more interesting.
Make a statement. When Marie Antoinette and her husband Louis snuck into Paris for a masquerade ball, she turned heads with an all black ensemble that was anything but basic. Pay homage to the Queen of France with the voluminous skirt, but add a sequin blazer to up the ante.
Or keep it simple. Whether it’s a hippie maxi dress, or a light cotton beach dress, nothing is more easygoing than a basic white dress. Marie Antoinette embraced this mentality when she took time away from the court to relax in her chateau, and you should embrace it too. Throw on a floppy straw hat for an even more carefree look.
COLOR. Remember what I said about color earlier? Embrace it all the way down to your toes. I’m on a Topshop binge right now, and they have a ton of shoes in pretty pastels that the ladies of the French Court would simple die over.
Isn’t history fun? And pretty? This is just a preview of the gorgeousness in this film which, by the way, won the Oscar for Costume Design in 2007. Haven’t seen it yet? I’m not saying I’m mad, buuuuuuut it’s in my top five favorites, so it’s kind of required now. It’s summer, so consider watching Marie Antoinette to be a semi-accurate history lesson and a completely accurate fashion lesson.
Why didn’t someone tell me to watch Almost Famous sooner? I watched it for the first time on Friday and realized that this film contains everything I love about the 1970’s- incredible music and killer fashion. Naturally, the hippie in me wanted to wear everything that Kate Hudson’s character Penny Lane did.
I mean this? I would absolutely rock that jacket. Don’t act surprised. If you know me, you know that faux fur is one of my favorite pastimes.
You should also know that clogs are another one of my favorites (I’m Dutch, duh), and very much a staple of a 1970s wardrobe. To achieve Penny Lane’s look, I chose a vest instead of a jacket- it’s more practical for layering and still very in for fall 2011. Throw the vest on over a crochet crop top like Penny’s, and add bell bottoms (don’t be afraid of them!) and clogs. It’s a perfect tribute to the 1970s without being too costumey. There’s a pretty good chance that I’ll be wearing something like this come October… like I said, I’m a hippie at heart.
Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous is the story of a high school boy who is given the opportunity to follow to write a piece for Rolling Stone about his experience touring with an up-and-coming rock band in 1973. Watch it for good fashion, good music, and good times.
Before Mean Girls… before Clueless… there was…
Heathers. The original mean girls.
Now if you haven’t seen the movie, you are REQUIRED to after this post. It’s an incredible dark comedy with Winona Ryder (pre-shoplifting days) and Christian Slater. It focuses on Veronica, who hangs out with the three most popular girls in school (all named Heather) despite the fact that she hates them. Once she gets involved with JD, the new outsider in school, she unintentionally finds herself tangled in the murders of these girls and others, covering them up as suicides. Sounds hilarious, right? (No I swear it is!)
This film was shot in 1988 during the peak of 80s fashion- which is pretty obvious considering the shoulder pads on those ginormous blazers. Now, this isn’t a look I would try to pull in 2011 (please tell me you feel the same way), but we can definitely use it for inspiration to create our own Heathers-inspired outfit.
I can work with this. The blazer is a boyfriend style so it’s neither too loose fitting nor too businessy, and the color is incredibly versatile (I have a similar blush-colored blazer, and I wear it so much). I also adore the contrast between the scalloped edges of the blouse and the stripes of the skirt. They are reminiscent of those worn by the Heathers, but I can assure you that with the sheerness of the blouse and the shorter length of the skirt you won’t look frumpy. Loafers and big earrings (so 80s!) finish the look.
As Heather (wait, but which one?) says, “Bulimia’s so 87,” but the fashion in Heathers is so ’88. Check it out!
Short post today- it’s the weekend!
Today I found some inspiration from Alex and his droogs in A Clockwork Orange, easily one of the strangest/most amazing films out there.
The shirtdress and studded oxfords hint at a menswear inspired look without being too overpowering. Top it off with a trendy floppy hat (no bowler hats/top hats please!), and you’re good to go.
Too hot to venture outside this weekend? Stay inside and watch Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. I’m off to brave the NYC heat…
Over the past few years, Carey Mulligan has quickly become one of Hollywood’s sweethearts. With humble beginnings playing Kitty Bennett in Pride and Prejudice, she is now set to star in Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby as Daisy Buchanan. I’ll leave my feelings about that out of this post…
Her offscreen fashion sense is impeccable – come on, have you seen that pixie cut? – and she is constantly photographed wearing stunning ladylike silhouettes. These same styles are worn by Mulligan in her Oscar-nominated role in An Education. The film is set in the early 1960s, and as you can imagine, the costumes are killer. Just take a look at this dress.
I can explain how much I adore this. It’s subtly sexy and hugs her curves without being too tight or revealing. The pattern also keeps it young and fresh. It is so easy to pull off this look in 2011.
Look at all these options! They hint at being retro, but are completely wearable. The first dress is perfect for summer, but is modernized with an asymmetrical neckline. The dress in the center has a looser skirt, but the cinched waist and square neckline still give off a vintage vibe, as does the pattern. The dress on the right will be incredible for fall and the gathering on the bodice is uber flattering. Throw on a pair of kitten heels, and you’ve got a flawless daytime look with an old-school edge.
I could go on and on about how incredible the fashion in this film is, but I highly recommend you see for yourself in An Education, a coming-of-age story about a girl in 1960s London who questions whether she should pursue her education or the older man of her dreams.