Friday, March 29, 2013

Shop It to Me: Courtney Love Grunge

I'll say it now -- I love Courtney Love. I think her grunge chic style from the 1990s is beyond fantastic and I actually seek to emulate it on many occasions. Courtney's look belongs to a specific subsection of grunge called 'kinderwhore' -- a mix of signature grunge elements like chunky boots, layers and unkempt hair with girlish dresses, bows and barrettes and other feminine accessories. I visited tReds to find some grunge-y goodies for my wardrobe:
No Courtney-inspired look would be possible without a girly dress to rock out in. The skater dress is one of the most universally flattering styles that exists, in my opinion, and I love the sleeveless action for the spring. I would layer it with a drape-y, slouchy sweater for that perfect grunge vibe -- the loose knit of this style is a chicer version of the hole-y look that Courtney and her hubby Kurt Cobain used to have in their sweaters. A cool crossbody bag is an essential for carrying concert tickets, extra hair bows and other grunge-gal essentials. Top (err...bottom) it off with the it-shoe of the entire grunge movement: Dr. Martens, but chose a style that is appropriately girly like this acid pink version. Add some vampy lipstick and muss up your hair, and you've got that Courtney Love look! 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

and after all, i'm only sleeping

I am lazy by nature, so I love lounging around whether it be in bed, in the grass or anywhere at all. But add the fact that I've been sick this past week and I've got myself a recipe for disaster. I don't usually ever get sick, so when I do -- even with the slightest of colds -- I completely shut down. I've been drawing inspiration from movies, various photo shoots and television programs by trying to be chic during my downtime. Basically that means lying in bed while wearing a kimono and lipstick. This practice, while it might not yield any benefits for my health, is good for my soul -- which is basically the same thing.

This is kind of how I am feeling (glad to know my sickness neuroses are lined up with Woody's!)

The unparalled GTO's

Yes, I look this stylish lying down in my bed as Veruschka does lying about in Blow-Up

Elizabeth Montgomery looks bewitching (of course I had to do that pun) in her reclining pose

Catherine Deneuve looks like a total vixen

The cast of The Edge of Love spent a fair amount of screen time lounging around in bed

Edie Sedgwick could rest anywhere

Audrey Hepburn in a studio shot for Sabrina

Jane Birkin strikes several poses

Keith Richards gets cozy reading in bed

Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in Manhattan Murder Mystery

Marilyn Monroe looks ridiculously beautiful during a nap (i.e. the opposite of me)

Pattie Boyd catches up on her glossies in bed

Jean-Pierre Leaud and Chantal Goya in Godard's Masculin Feminin

Scarlett Johansson looks gorgeous, as per usual, in this Mango campaign

Judy Garland catches some Zzz's in The Wizard of Oz

Disney's Sleeping Beauty

... and Emily Browning in a far less innocent Sleeping Beauty

Yeah Ringo knows what's up

Beyonce in her new H&M summer campaign

Title: from "I'm Only Sleeping" (The Beatles)

Friday, March 22, 2013

Shop It to Me: Audrey Hepburn's Gamine Style

As a female on planet Earth, I of course love and admire the sophisticated elegance of Audrey Hepburn. I always strive to look like her in some capacity, but it never quite comes off. I'm always too all over the place -- my hair never looks as sleek, my clothes are always too rumpled, and my eyebrows are too blonde to ever be that striking. One of my favorite looks is the gamine chic look that was popular on waif types like Audrey and Jean Seberg in the 1950s and 1960s. I went over to Van Mildert to shop the look for myself. 

I really love this updated version of the classic striped boatneck top for its sheer paneling and adorable Peter Pan collar -- it's the best way to get Audrey's look while still being very on-trend. I would pair the top with some dark, slim-legged trousers to get the look of Audrey's cigarette pants. The subtle pattern on these pants make for an interesting but not overwhelming detail. Because the rest of the look is so understated, I would go a bit crazy on shoes. A pair of classic loafers done in a crazy leopard print fit the bill perfectly. Add some thick cat eye-style liner, some nude lipstick and maybe a copy of something by Sartre, and you've got an Audrey-approved gamine chic look!

Friday, March 15, 2013

pink friday

I've said it before, but I love pink hair. Dip dyed pastel ends, coloring the whole head electric pink, temporary dye, permanent hues -- it doesn't matter. My Little Pony locks will never go out of style for me. For the past few months I've been playing around with the Alchemic Red Conditioner by Davines -- a deep conditioning treatment for redheads that temporarily dyes light hair varying shades of pink. I love the results -- from the hot, hot magenta of the first application to the soft candy cotton pink that comes after a few washes. I'm contemplating stepping up to the many different shades of Manic Panic, but in the mean time I will continue having fun with my Alchemic Red.

Me with my Alchemic Red ends

The beautiful Brigitte Bardot

Shirley MacLaine in What A Way To Go

The Kills' Alison Mosshart

I remember being obsessed with Rachel McAdams when she got these pink streaks a few years back

Grease's beauty school drop-out Frenchy

Love Cyndi Lauper's 'do

Charlotte Free has the ultimate mane

Kate Winslet in The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Love this shot of Mary-Kate Olsen

How amazing does Kirsten Dunst look as Marie Antoinette here?

Katy Perry rocked many gradations of the color

Sharon Tate looks so amazing in this image I had to include it twice

The list of pastel-hued beauties is endless

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Shop It to Me: Talitha Getty Chic

In these remaining weeks of winter, I have repeatedly found myself dreaming of the day when spring will come and I can dress like a gypsy and not be bundled up in so many layers that I resemble the Michelin Man. My icon numero uno for this particular warm weather style is the goddess of jet set bohemianism, Talitha Getty. She was so incredibly fabulous and gorgeous that I can’t help but fall in lust with all of her looks! I love her mix of traditional Moroccan styles with fab Brit-mod details. I went over to Cruise Fashion and selected my favorite pieces to get the Talitha Getty look of my dreams. 
To start my look, I'd wear this silk tunic with lace detail -- the bright colors and kaleidoscopic pattern are so Talitha-inspired. I would pair a luxe statement accessory, like this cuff bangle with red glass accent, with stacks of textured bracelets and tons of rings, necklaces and beads that I would pretend that I just purchased in a Moroccan street market so that I looked like a splendidly hippie dream child. With an attention-grabbing look like this, it's best to keep the rest of the accessories simple, so I'd finish the look off with a cross-body bag and a pair of classic, comfy (but still super chic!) sandals like these and some smoky eye makeup to look like a jet-setting model-socialite-VIP and voilĂ  -- totally Talitha! 

Sunday, March 3, 2013

lights, camera, action, if he likes me, takes me home

On Sunday, two of my closest friends and I competed in a university-wide contest called the 48 Hour Challenge. The premise was that we would conceive, produce and edit a film within 48 hours, based on the assigned genre and criteria. Our film (which you can watch here) won second prize and the process of filming made me think about my favorite directors. Auteurs like Godard, Hitchcock and Wes Anderson all made the list, but I also thought about woefully under-celebrated geniuses like Maya Deren and Nicholas Ray, whose work has influenced countless other directors and filmmakers. In honor of this challenge, and my renewed awareness of how difficult making a movie is, here are some others who have given it a shot at behind the camera:  

Charlie Chaplin adjusts the angles

Bathing beauties gather around the camera

French New Wave hero Jean-Luc Godard

Ingmar Bergman with Sven Nykvist

Silver screen darling Bette Davis was usually found in front of the camera

King of Scream, Lord of Gore: Alfred Hitchcock 

A still from Dziga Vertov's Man With a Movie Camera

Beatles collaborator Richard Lester

Catherine Deneuve on the set of Repulsion

Cinematic legend Orson Welles

Paul McCartney tries his hand at directing

One of my favorite directors, Roman Polanski

Musical darling Ginger Rogers

Sofia Coppola always makes the dreamiest films

James Dean, rebel without a cause but with a camera

Paul McCartney on the set of Magical Mystery Tour

Andy Warhol chose to make movies over canvas-based art in the mid-1960s

Woody Allen on the different sets of his various films

John Lennon gets a little camera happy on the set of Magical Mystery Tour

Title: from "Put Me In A Movie" (Lana Del Rey)