Monday, October 31, 2011

everyday i watch you paint the town so pretty

Not just one of my favorite Marianne looks, but one of my favorite looks of all time. I love the combination of the patterned frock with simple knee-high boots. If I could dress like this everyday, I most definitely would. 

Title: from "Streetwalker" (Michael Jackson)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

must be the season of the witch

Here is some last minute Halloween inspiration: 

Some of my favorite costumes from celebs past and present - from Ian Somerhalder as his Vampire Diaries costar Paul Wesley's character Stephan to Sienna Miller's two awesome and unexplainable costumes

Also make sure to click here to read my top five last-minute costume ideas

Saturday, October 22, 2011

you're number eight, your name is jane, with black hair, braids, and black lines around your eyes

I love a good cat eye - it's one of my favorite makeup looks. I wear a subtle dark brown cat eye during the day-to-day and a more dramatic black at night. The look has been the signature style of French New Wave actresses and bombshell vixens alike. 

Anna Karina in the popular makeup style of the early 60s 

Catherine Deneuve sports artfully lined lids

Brigitte Bardot in Contempt is one of my all-time favorite looks

'Bird of Britain' Alexandra Bastedo perfects the Marilyn Monroe head tilt to best show off her winged liner

Judging from her smile, Audrey Hepburn digs the cat eye look as much as I do

Elizabeth Taylor rocks the cat eye from the silver screen and beyond

Eva Mendes truly looks the modern day Sophia Loren with her bombshell makeup

Nicole Richie at the Academy Awards in dramatic silver cat eyes

Angelina Jolie at the Oscars years earlier, opts for a smoky brown cat eye

Brittany Murphy in Love and Other Disasters

Only Kate Moss could pull off such a dramatic look as big cat eyes and massive curls

Vixen starlet Sophia Loren always sported the cat eye

Natalie Wood looks perfect with her cat eyes

Marilyn Monroe's eyes were so painted with liner that they drooped to glammy perfection

the Cherry Blossom Girl winks a winged eye 

The lovely Lauren Conrad rocks her signature cat eye-beachy waves beauty duo

The runways of Giambattista Valli in Fall 2010, Louis Vuitton, and Valentino in Spring 2010

Title: from "You and Me and Rainbows" (Tear Garden)

Friday, October 21, 2011

god gave me style and gave me grace, god put a smile upon my face

Alexa Chung stars in a photo shoot inspired by the mod fashions of the Swingin' Sixties for the October issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, wearing the throwback threads of Stella McCartney, Chloe, Prada, and Burberry that includes a rotation of minidresses that would make everyone from Twiggy to Jane Asher jealous. The accompanying interview is very sixties-centric, with Chung discussing everything from her favorite muses of the decade (Jane Birkin, Marianne Faithfull, Astrid Kircherr, and Jean Shrimpton are among the girls who make the list) and her decision to dress à la Birkin for the Met gala in a Christopher Kane creation

Here are some choice quotes from the article: 

On why the Sixties suit her body type: “My ex-boyfriend [photographer David Titlow] showed me Antonioni’s 1966 film Blow-Up in my late teens. I remember seeing Jane Birkin. And I couldn’t believe it. She even made just wearing a pair of tights look sexy. . . I think the Sixties vibe suits my body type, which is skinny legs and a boyish frame.”
On loving the Sixties vibe: “It’s the groupie vibe that I’m attracted to. They had these amazing love affairs, and both the men and the women were made amazing by them. The girls in the Sixties were never overshadowed by the men they dated. You can talk about Jane Shrimpton without having to mention Bailey or Terence Stamp first.”
On her own sixties-inspired A/W 11 collection with Madewell, J Crew: “I’ve invented this tartan mac, it’s like something the Shrimp would have worn. It’s got a round collar and a tie on it, so you can wear it like a cape without your hands in your sleeves.”
On falling out of love with the Sixties … briefly: “I fell out of love with the Sixties for a while. I think because I was so identified with it. It’s like Sienna Miller when she did boho, then suddenly stopped because she was like, ‘Fuck. What else can I do, because I’ve done it?’ Everyone copied my sodding coat for a while too. It was my Harrods kid’s vintage one. Every girl suddenly had one and I was like, ‘Arrgh!’ I got really bored of smock dresses and loafers for a while. But I feel like I’m ready to fall in lve all over again.”
Quotes from here
Title: from "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" (Coldplay)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Inspired By ... Jodie Foster's "Taxi Driver" Wedges

These Karen Elson for Nine West wedges remind me so much of the killer platforms Jodie wears as Iris, the hooker with style in spades, in Taxi Driver. The perfect mix of trendiness and retro-mindedness in design, I am so drawn to these shoes (also available in midnight blue and black here) for their vintage appeal that I have already ordered them! Actually I recommend you check out Karen's entire collection for Nine West while you still can - pieces are going fast and items are already on sale!

Friday, October 14, 2011

tell me, tell me, tell me, c'mon tell me the answer

Both the fabby Nicole of Twist and shout! and lovely Luna of Child of the Moon (whose blog was the one that inspired me to create DRG many moons ago) gave me the Tell Me About Yourself Award, where you tell seven things about yourself and share your favorite blogs. Well, I'm very excited because I looove talking about myself, as well as my fave bloggers. 

So, here are the facts ...

1. I have an obsession with boys in white v-necks. 
Seriously - who can resist the power of the v-neck?

2. I am on a constant search for the ultimate everything - the ultimate perfume, book, lip gloss, person ... 

3. I want to be Karen Elson. 
She's British, she's a gorgeous glamazon model, friends with Anna Sui, is an incredible singer,  and has the most enviable wardrobe. I would be mentally unhinged to not be jealous of her

4. "Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I've ever known." Actually said by Chuck Palahniuk in Invisible Monsters, which shows exactly how unoriginal I can be. 

5. I have a dream to travel just to get lost. 

6. I fully relish in the fact that a lot of people think I'm a bit kooky and out-there, especially in the way I dress and what I think. I like that I tread the line between here and insanity. 
My inner voice is narrated by Michelle Tanner. You got it, dude!

7. I have no clue what I'm doing with my life. I have so many dreams, ambitions, things I want to learn and places I want to go that, as a result, I have no clear direction.

All Babes are Wolves
Ashen Lady
Being Blinge
Born Late
Charlotte's Attic
London Calling 
Lost Muse
Lovely Bohemia
musings & inspiration
Restless Summers
You've got the silver

everything was beautiful at the ballet, graceful men lift lovely girls in white

Maybe it's residual Black Swan influence or maybe it's the fact that I am in the middle of rehearsals for our university production of The Nutcracker, but I am so inspired by ballet right now.

Pretty much any shot from Black Swan is gorgeous, but I love this sequence of Nina's final performance

Lauren Hutton poses as she does her pre-ballet stretches

Brigitte Bardot was originally a dancer before she became a world class sexpot

The legendary Red Shoes of the cinema

France Gall has a blast in her ballerina costumery 

Natalie Portman's Nina looks flawless 

A scene from Singin' in the Rain featuring Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse

Brigitte Bardot on point 

James Dean. Swoon. 

I was all about Center Stage growing up

I love the formation of all of the dances in this image

Title: from "At the Ballet" (Chorus Line)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

don't break my heart, and i won't break your heart-shaped glasses

I love heart-shaped glasses - they are equal parts little girl cute and grown-up gal fun. As a 1936 magazine said, these "odd-shaped eyeglasses express personality" - and indeed they do. Heart-shaped frames are not for the faint of heart, or the shy of attention. They are attention-grabbers, head-turners, traffic-stoppers and need to be rocked by people who can handle the accompanying sassiness. Made famous by a little film called Lolita, heart-shaped glasses have stayed a great fashion accessory for the last forty years. 

The fad of heart shaped glasses goes back to 1936 

The film that started it all - Stanley Kubrick's Lolita is synonymous with little Lolita's heart-shaped frames

Celebs like Drew Barrymore, Lady Gaga, Kelly Osbourne, Avril Lavigne, Lily Cole, and Nicole Richie all rock the look

Evan Rachel Wood - and her penchant for wearing Lolita-esque frames - served as the inspiration for the Marilyn Manson song "Heart Shaped Glasses"

Katy Perry rocks out on stage in her bright red shades

I love Marianne Faithfull's wire rimmed sunnies - definitely more hippie than Lolita

Mischa Barton strikes a pose in her heart glasses

Sunnies from Moschino's runway a few years back

From the pages of Barry Miles' Hippie is this stunning girl

Zooey Deschanel looks coy and cute in her rose-tinted glasses

Lolita herself, Sue Lyon, in the sunglasses she made legendary

Vanessa Hudgens does a bohemian take on the fashion staple

Title: from "Heart Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)" (Marilyn Manson)