Thursday, March 19, 2015

Inspiration: The Aviator

 A few months ago I watched "The Aviator." It was not a happy movie at all (but it has some of the best costumes ever). For those who do not know, it is about the life and loves of Howard Hughes, an eccentric billionaire best know for financing and directing "Hell's Angels." Hughes eventually descended into madness. He was known for dating movie stars such as Ava Gardner, Ginger Rogers, and Olivia de Havilland. Most importantly he had long (for him anyway) relationship with incomparable Katherine Hepburn. In the film she is played brilliantly by Cate Blanchett and costumed just as wonderfully by Sandy Powell. I never considered slacks before, but when I saw Ms. Blanchett as Hepburn in a pumpkin colored pair I knew I needed them.
Also pictured, Kate Beckinsale as Ava Gardner.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Making time

  For the past two weeks I have worked almost every single day. Right now I'm off but none of my friends or family are off so it's pretty dull. The most fun I've had in a while was going to the Museum of History and Industry. The current (very tiny) exhibition is on Greek restaurants, but the real reason to come is for the permanent exhibitions that cover the history of Seattle from when it was a Native American town called Du Wamps, through white settlement, through both World's Fairs and World Wars, and up to present day. My favorite parts were the Gold Rush exhibit, the Great Depression,and World War II rooms. 
  The outside of the museum is really neat as well so I had my picture taken there. The sun was in my eyes so I'm squinting in most of these (oops!).

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

We'll always have Paris

  Hmmm... I think I have nothing to say about Paris that hasn't already been said, so I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Part one of a multi-part series. (I was there for a full week after all.)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

That's the way

  The first post of 2015 is actually some pictures I never got around to posting in December. Taken after a good chunk of my family had seen the last movie in the Hobbit series, this photo series/outfit post is remarkable in that I am smiling in at least one of the photos. It's so much easier to have your photo taken if someone else is in it too. 
(My uncle decided to photo bomb. My mother took all of the photographs.) 

Dress: 1920s, estate sale
Sweater: thrifted
Tote: Shakespeare and Co. 
Belt + necklace: vintage
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

(This is my "What the hell are you doing? Please get out of my picture" face.)

(And this me when I'm amused. If only you could hear my laugh. It has been described as sounding like how a dolphin would laugh.)

Inspiration: Penny Lane

  I first saw "Almost Famous" this summer and have since watched it an abnormally large number of times since. From the first viewing on, I have been in love with Penny Lane's sense of style. This is in spite of the fact that I have in the past hated 1970s clothing. I think part of my love for her costumes has to do with the romantic and interesting yet unfussy vibe they give off, and the mingling of old and new pieces. 
  The costume designer of "Almost Famous" said she used a little vintage for Penny Lane's wardrobe but mostly handmade the costumes (with the help of her team). The famous coat was inspired by the coats of the 1920s and her lacy crop tops were made out of table cloths. She found the jeans Penny wore in Seattle! vintage stores. What I want to know is where did she find that perfect peasant blouse?

  I hope to dress a little more like her come the new year. I've already bought my peasant blouse.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Our love is here to stay

  It is one of my all time favorite times of year: the Christmas season! I have very few original thoughts about the Christmas season, so I won't bother listing them here. I mostly like how all of my family is nice to each other and we do fun things together. Also I have never been to Pike Place Market in December before (in spite of living in the Seattle area for six years). It is so beautiful. Downtown in general is a fun place to meander during the holiday season, with its lights and window displays. 

  Also here is the closest thing I can do to an outfit photo right now. It is dark by five p.m. here. I'm wearing a 1940s dress with my coat and my grandmother's slip on shoes. I am fashion, clearly.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Inspiration: The best fashion book ever?

  I must admit, I have always thought of fashion books as poorly laid out wastes of space. However today my aunt brought home an $100 book that changed my way of thinking. It is entitled "Madeline Vionnet" and is written by Betty Kirke. Vionnet was a fashion designer from the 1910s until the start of the Second World War. She is known for creating clothing that moved with the wearer and inventing (or popularizing) the bias cut. Her creations are geometric, drapey, feminine, and unfussy. In other words, they are timeless and positively perfect. I've spent two hours just looking at the illustrations and photographs. The book also includes information about Vionnet's techniques, inspirations, and personal life (which I will start reading soon). Did I mention it includes patterns to make some of her dresses? Insert heart eyes emoji here.