Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Flapper girl

  My family and I always go to this event at the Paramound Theatre called Silent Movie Mondays. Considering I had just found a 1920s dress the day before, I couldn't resist a chance to wear it to this week's showing of the Charlie Chaplin film, "The Circus." It was the most crowded and enthusiastic Silent Movie Monday I've ever been to. I found the movie's ending to be sad because (spoiler alert!) the Tramp doesn't get the girl. We arrived early and ended up sitting towards the back. 

  Pre-show I persuaded my mother to take my picture using the theatre as a backdrop. I look pretty uncomfortable because people kept walking by as my picture was being taken. A passerby told me she liked my dress, which made my discomfort almost worth it. I'm positive that this dress is the best thing I own. Owning a twenties dress has been a dream of mine since I was twelve years old (when I first discovered vintage clothing). 

  After the movie we went for a walk through Capitol Hill and I photographed some of my favorite old buildings. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Beautiful things

There's nothing quite like a bouquet of flowers you picked by the freeway after seeing an intresting movie or a beaded 1920s dress, and over this past weekend I got both. I also found a curling iron from 1917 ("Functional?!" You may ask. Who knows!), a series of 1940s National Geographics, and a patch for my letter sweater. And today started with eating pancakes and finding out that I didn't have to work today after all.

Not that I'm bragging. Just trying to remind my pessimistic self that summer is a beautiful time. Because it is. 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

You made me love you

  These photographs were taken the Saturday before last, shortly after I found a 1940s dress in my favorite color at a garage sale. It was one dollar! I also bought the matching shoes (brown leather pumps) for another dollar because I'm a sap. They're way too small for me of course, even though the dress fits like a glove. I read up a little bit on my dress' designer, Dorothy O'Hara. She designed for the stars and started her line in the 1940s. I think it ended in the 60s. 
As I've said before, there are few benefits to living in the suburbs that almost make up for the fact that it is boring here. Very boring. 

Dress: 1940s, Fashion Forecast by Dorothy O'Hara
Sunglasses: 1960s, belong to my aunt
Shoes: Sofft, thrifted

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Les fleurs

  As I type this I am eating a slice of Rosemary bread with butter and listening to Joan Baez. As I was waiting for the canellini beans to finish boiling so I could start my minestrone, I realized that I hadn't posted an outfit post on this blog for at least a month. Luckily I have a few random photos taken by my friend Amelia to post. 
  Background: These were taken right after I had a job interview that I was pretty sure I had bombed. I was right. I tried to follow up and they kept saying they would call me back. It's been two weeks and they have yet to. My coat, thrifted, my shirt from the horrible place that is Forever 21, my skirt, 80s and thrifted, and my boots are Frye. This is how I dress when I try to look normal. For some reason I am making my disgusted face at the flower. That's all I really have to say.

Monday, February 3, 2014

She was just seventeen, you know what I mean

  The opening lyrics to the Beatles' tune "I Saw Her Standing There" are appropriate right now for many many reasons. I'm not very good at writing coherently without some form of organization, so without further ado...

A list of reasons as to why I named this post what I named it:
1) I have become obsessed with the sixties and sixties fashion (again). Blame Bob Dylan for that. Early '60s Dylan is one of my most beloved style icons and less than a month ago we rewatched the excellent Scorcese documentary on him. 

2) I am attempting to write a novel set in the early '60s (around the time thus song came out).

3) It is one of my favorite Beatles' songs ever.

4) I am turning eighteen this month, so soon that lyric will no longer apply to me. I always wanted to use it as a post title and this is my last chance.

5) Most importantly, I am wearing a late '60s I Magnin dress and so I wanted the post to have a sixties title. Now I will stop using the word "sixties" before you, my loyal readers start hurling heavy objects at me. 

And now I conclude with pictures of Amanda posing awkwardly, brought to you by the Super Bowl's half time show, and my pal Amelia O.Z., photographer extraordinaire.

I Magnin dress: Beats and Bohos
Beret: found 
Shoes: UO

Friday, December 20, 2013

Merry Christmas greater Seattle area!

  Usually we do not get any snow at all and I am okay with that. For twelve years I lived in an extremely snowy and cold state. That led to snow losing all of its novelty and excitement in my eyes. This year for some reason was different. I have no idea why, but I was very happy to wake up to the snow. I'm sorry to have been absent for so long. All I can really offer you is instagrammed pictures of my house in the snow that I took this morning. 
  Everything looks more beautiful with a dusting of snow.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

Film #13: Damsels in Distress

  For those not familiar with the entire filmography of Fred Astaire, "Damsels in Distress is named after his 1937 musical film "A Damsel in Distress." Therefore it is no surprise that our protagonist Violet (played by Greta Gerwig) is obsessed with dance. Her self-proclaimed goal in life is to start an international dance craze in the vein of the Twist or the Charleston. She and her group of friends work at their private university's suicide prevention center, teaching tap dance therapy with the help of a boy nicknamed Freak Astaire. Their other charitable acts include dating idiotic Roman fraternity members and educating them about personal hygiene. The pairing of intelligent, determined but snooty girls with hapless unintelligent boys reminds me of Wodehouse (which makes sense because "A Damsel in Distress" is based on a Wodehouse book). The two events that spurt the bulk of the film's action are a) a new girl joins Violet's group, b) Violet's boyfriend breaks up with her. 

  The costumes are excellent. According to Kirsten Blomberg, one of the film's two costume designers, she was inspired by Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly. Indeed Violet's ensembles are very 1950s inspired with feminine full skirted silhouettes and little scarves tied at the neck. Her right hand woman, Rose dresses similarly. Another group member, Heather dresses more modernly, but still with a similar aesthetic. Lily, the new girl, dresses completely unlike them. She is always in jeans, something none of the other girls seldom if ever wear.

 (These pictures are mostly from the other costume designer that worked on "Damsels in Distress," Ciera Wells' website.)