Thursday, November 24, 2011

Mechanical Dolls

I love antique dolls and Pierrot-inspired photo shoots, thus I love this recent editorial for Vogue Italia October 2011 by Tim Walker. The mix of dolly-kei, victorian, and gothic circus is completely fabulous and there is not a spot of pink to be seen! (See? I can diversify!)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Craving for a Hot Pink Coat!

My obsession with the color pink and their Fall look book has me DESPERATE for kate spade's Cherie coat ($695). It looks like something Chanel would have put out in the 1940s (or any decade for that matter!) I don't own a winter coat and live in Ohio so obviously I should save up for it but 1) Christmas is coming and I should buy for others and 2) my size is already sold out and 3) I've never paid that much for one clothing item in my entire life. Anybody know of a good knock-off?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Inspiring Parisian Design!

I find campy Parisian design so cute and inspiring! This suite is absolutely adorable with it's mix of old-Hollywood, Louis XVI, and a heaping dose of teen spirit. Is there anything more luxe than upholstered furniture in the bathroom, especially paired with opalescent tiles and glitter grout!? Also love the nod to a Hayworth furniture line I love so much...

Design: Angelfish Studio's Tracy Rivers
Nancy Nolan
At Home in Arkansas

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Daily Dose of Pretty - Kate Spade New York

Kate Spade is one of those lifestyle brands that molds my own personal style--bright, cheerful, and girly with a strong dash of retro. I adore the Fall campaign featuring Bryce Dallas Howard (though I have no idea who she is!) that celebrates all the best luxuries in life--the perfect hand bag, a neon pink coat, vibrant lipstick paired with winged eyeliner, and a perfectly clear martini! We all need a friendly reminder to Live Colorfully!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday's Movie Review - How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

My Marilyn Monroe sighting in All About Eve (1950) has inspired me to watch more of her movies. I couldn't resist How to Marry a Millionaire (1957) since it also starred Betty Grable and Lauren Becall. Set in New York City the movie is about three models who rent an apartment outside their means to land themselves millionaires.

I love old romantic comedies like this that shoot straight--the movie is unapologetic about women wanting men for money and men wanting women for youth and beauty. The tale is as old as time but the fact that the women are actively trying to trap the men gives a fresh take to the story, politically correct or not. The actresses are endearing and the clothes left me drooling, there is even a fashion show in the middle of the movie! Watch this one with your single girlfriends so you can concoct your own plans to land a man that's "holding!"

Copy Lauren Becall's sophistication with the essential plainweave jacket ($158) and side banded pencil skirt ($60) in navy from The Limited. You can play around in the blue ASOS belted midi dress ($81) paired with a pink Candy Violet petticoat ($49) just like Betty Grable! Or channel Marilyn Monroe's effortlessly sexy style with the J. Crew Teddie dress ($198), Urban Outfitters Risky Readers ($14) and add a faux fur or vintage fur collar from Etsy (prices vary)! Bonus points for referring to a cute girl as a "strudel" or saying "creamy" in a sentence.