You’re not dying, you just can’t think of anything good to do.

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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.

Cropped Pocket Tee ($24, Urban Outfitters), High Waisted Shorts ($21, H&M), Green Leather Jacket ($268, Arabella Ramsay)

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.

It’s love… It’s not Santa Claus.

I have a present for you all. 

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.

Blue Isthmus Dress ($50, ModCloth), Cream Patent Bow Belt ($28, Topshop)

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.

White Tank ($20, Banana Republic), Whiskey Loafers ($70, BC Footwear), Dark Brown Belt ($34, 7 Hills Vintage Denim), Flared Skirt, ($50, H&M)

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.

Cable Sweater Vest ($45, Banana Republic), Bow Tie Chiffon Blouse ($18, Forever 21), Buckle Trouser Jeans ($80, Gap)

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.

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Everybody loves me, and I intend to keep it that way.

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.

Bardot Bustier Tank ($35, Aritzia)

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.

Silk Cami ($135, T by Alexander Wang)

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.

Cropped Mesh Baggy Tee ($42, LnA), Cropped Lace Tube ($38, Free People)

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.

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This, Madame, is Versailles.

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.

Rolling Meadows Dress ($80, ModCloth)

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.

"Annie" Tulle Ruffle Dress ($398, BCBCMAXAZRIA), Skinny Burgundy Suede Belt ($34)

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.

Floppy Straw Hat ($20, Nordstrom), Cotton Off-the-Shoulder Dress ($34, ASOS), One with Nature Dress ($105, ModCloth)

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.

Clockwise from top: Purple Suede Gold Block Heel Shoes ($100), Pink Heart Outline Heeled Ballet Pumps ($24), Mustard Suede Slipper Loafers ($100), Green Suede Almond Toe Court Shoes ($110) - All from Topshop

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.

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I never said I was a golden god… or did I?

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.

Floral Crop Top ($58, Free People), Faux Fur Vest ($65, Nordstrom), Bell Bottom Jeans ($146, 7 for All Mankind), Oakey Dark Brown Clogs ($40, Aldo)

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.

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How very.

Before Mean Girls… before Clueless… there was…

HeathersThe 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.

Scalloped Chiffon Blouse ($59, Urban Outfitters), Lily Skirt ($100, Need Supply Co.), White Earrings ($10, ModCloth), Boyfriend-style Jacket ($21, H&M), Black Leather Loafers ($89, Nordstrom)

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!

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It’s funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen.

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.

Shirt Dress ($67, Laugh Cry Repeat), Wool Floppy Hat ($40, American Apparel), Studded Oxfords ($140, cento x cento)

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…

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The life I want, there is no shortcut.

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.

From left to right: Moonlight and Roses Dress ($90, ModCloth), Nude Kitten Heel Court Shoes ($52, ASOS), White Garden Dress ($35, Fred Flare), Oriana T-Strap Pump ($98, Chocolat Blu), Forest at Dusk Dress ($55, ModCloth), Raspberry Elevated Oxfords ($148, Anthropologie)

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.

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I want that trophy, so dance good.

John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, a cameo by Steve Buscemi…

How can you not love Pulp Fiction? Quentin Tarantino’s pastiche masterpiece is fronted by an all-star male cast, but Uma Thurman’s character Mia Wallace takes the cake in the fashion department during the famous dance scene at Jack Rabbit Slim’s.Check out that crisp white button down shirt! She adds in black crop pants and gold loafers, with a black velvet blazer to top it off. A very classic look. I’m a huge fan of this style- I practically live in my men’s white button-down shirt, and when I wear pants (which I rarely do), I tend to prefer a cropped style.

Button Down Boyfriend Blouse ($72, MM Couture), Slim Crop Pants ($50, Gap), Distressed Metallic Gold Penny Loafer ($136, Rebecca Minkoff), Gilded Herringbone Toms ($54, Toms Shoes), Velvet Blazer ($335, D&G)

You most likely have a white collared shirt and pair of cropped pants in your closet (Gap is my denim/pants retailer of choice!), but gold loafers? Probably not. Still, I would consider loafers to be a worthwhile investment given the recent popularity of masculine shoe styles for women. If you’re still not ready for that risk, you can’t go wrong with gold herringbone Toms (absurdly comfortable and for a good cause). Mia’s velvet jacket – and this D&G velvet blazer – are too die for, but a nice trench coat would also do the trick.

Get dancing, lay off the cocaine, and PLEASE watch Pulp Fiction.

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Well, if there’s one thing I know, it’s how to wear the proper clothes.

Most fashion enthusiasts will unanimously agree that Grace Kelly was one of Hollywood’s biggest fashion icons. Her classic, elegant style was evident in both daily life and on the screen as the star of several fashion-forward films of the 1950s. I had a hard time choosing just one of them to focus on for this post- it came down to a fierce battle between Dial M for Murder and Rear Window.

But, let’s be honest… how could I pass this up?  A deep v-neck, cinched waist, full skirt… I could go on and on about how much I love this. All of Grace Kelly’s costumes (designed by the genius Edith Head) were completely flawless in Rear Window, but this one takes the cake.

Called her “Paris dress,” this style is completely chic. So, how would we do this in 2011? Easy.

Mesh Overlay Skirt (ASOS, $60), Halter Leotard (American Apparel, $25), Patent Leather Skinny Belt (Ralph Lauren, $42), Leather T-Strap Platform Sandals (Kelsi Dagger, $60)

The volume of the skirt and the deep v of the leotard are reminiscent of the dress worn by Grace’s character Lisa Fremont, but the length and halter keep the pieces modern. Pair it with a simple thin black belt, strappy leather heels, and a little red lipstick, and you’re all set to solve a murder mystery.

Also, if you haven’t already, check out Rear Window (1954), a film that follows a wheelchair-bound photographer as he uncovers the truth behind the murder his neighbor appears to have committed. It’s easily one of my favorite Hitchcock films.

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