Monday, May 27, 2013

Summer Movie Monday: Magicians, Anarchists, and Lovers

Since I skipped last week (oops, sorry)...

Before Midnight

Opening Friday, May 24th
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy
97% on Rotten Tomatoes

This third installment in Jesse and Celine's story of love and life and Europe continues on in Greece, two decades after their first meeting. These movies are made with love and passion, and these characters are infused with reality and care. This third (and hopefully not last!) story should be as much of an adventure as the first two.

The East

Opening Friday, May 31st
Directed by: Zal Batmanglij
70% on Rotten Tomatoes

This looks to be an indie thriller that is fraught with tension as it goes into the world of the CIA and anarchist groups. How far will a young operative go to uncover and expose their actions, and will she be persuaded while trying to do so? This could either be very interesting or it could miss the mark and veer too far into clichés. It's especially refreshing to see such a strong female cast with this genre.

The Kings of Summer and Now You See Me after the jump

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The perfect outfit for Memorial Day

Memorial day is upon us and the as unofficial start of summer, it's the perfect time to make a style statement. I chose pieces that I'm comfortable in so that I can go anywhere all day and be prepared for every situation. I originally bought this dress from Zara for graduation from high school just about two years ago and it has proved to be versatile and amazingly easy to pair with just about anything. ((similar here))

Saturday, May 25, 2013

T-4 hours! Don't make a huge mistake...

If you missed Arrested Development the first time around (I was one of the loyal followers from the start... all credit due to my family) MAKE SURE TO WATCH WHEN 15 NEW EPISODES ARE RELEASED TOMORROW!

"Get rid of the Seaward."
                                        "I'll leave when I'm good and ready."

What are your favorite AD quotes/episodes? Sound off in the comments below!

Style Icon: Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan is young, sure, but she's still made an indelible mark on both the film and fashion industries. She takes risks and manages to embrace many different styles while always looking like herself, which is quite a feat for a young actress. I first started paying attention when she showed up to the Oscars in a gorgeous black Prada - something I normally would have ignored but for the embellishments made up of miniature forks, scissors, and more! Prada has been her go-to, but she's worn the likes of Lanvin, Vionnet, and Valentino.

In a quirky Prada at the Oscars

In Prada at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

Friday, May 24, 2013

Dirty up a floral skirt

Florals are my jam. I am just inherently drawn to them, whether on a skirt, backpack, or sneakers. That being said, sometimes they can feel too pretty. Florals aren't a one trick pony though. With some simple touches you can turn florals into a perfect casual weekend piece.

Sweater: Maison Scotch; Blouse: Loft; Skirt and Necklace: American Eagle; Boots: Frye

Here I took a few pieces that I've featured before including a bright orange blouse and accordion pleat floral skirt. I ditched the heels and the topknot and added my favorite oversized sweater, Frye lace-up boots, and a long necklace with some fun bobbles on it.

The shoulder and elbow detailing on this sweater give it a cool vibe! I kept my hair down and my makeup minimal. I did a slightly smoky brown eye. Recreate the look with any floral or pleated skirt and oversized sweater! Balance is key, though. A maxi skirt or even a midi skirt puts you in danger of looking frumpy.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday Tunes

If you've spent any time reading this blog you know I love my girl Zooey, so I feel it completely, 100% necessary to alert you of the fact that the musical duo of which she makes up one half has come out with a new video for their new song "I Could've Been Your Girl." It's endearing, funny, and has fabulous 60s dance moves. What more could you want?! Bonus - check out the guy in the yellow pants. I'm just gonna come out and say it. He's fierce.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Summer Movie Monday: Zachary Quinto's Eyebrows

Star Trek Into Darkness

Opening Friday, May 17th
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
87% on Rotten Tomatoes

First I need to establish that I am definitely not a Trekkie. All I know about Star Trek, I learned with Abrams' first foray into the franchise and I loved it. Similar to the first Iron Man, it was snappy, fast, and made its own rules. This second looks a little darker, and remains as mysterious as most of Abrams projects do. I hope, again, like Iron Man, that it retains the humor and quick-wittedness that made the first so memorable.

This was an intense, funny journey with as much character development and wit as there was fighting and explosions... which is to say, plenty! Despite the twists and turns and deviations in intent from our villain, it was so much fun to watch and I just wanted it to keep going so I could explore every character even further. It's not too often that you get that from a summer action flick.

The English Teacher

Opening Friday, May 17th
Directed by: Craig Zisk
42% on Rotten Tomatoes

What is a summer without some indies? With the stellar cast and a quirky premise, this caught my eye. Julianne Moore plays an english teacher of a former student who returns after failing at playwriting in New York. That combined with the comedic chops of the cast should provide laughs and awkwardness aplenty.

Also playing: Frances Ha (93%), Erased (26%), Black Rock (44%)

Coming next week: Before Midnight

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Slow Dancing in a Spinning Room

The thing that I love about Dancing with the Stars, aside from the fact that it's one of the funniest shows on television, is that after some of the not so stellar dancing on the first show of the week, they pull out some amazing stuff on the results show. Derek Hough can do some pretty awesome things and when accompanied by Jaimie Goodwin, results in this.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Dress like a 90s kid who loves punk

I love how music influences fashion and here are two of my favorite decades combined! I started out with a Ramones tee - one of my favorite bands - and started layering. To give the look some '90s grunge love, I added my floral skirt from Nordstrom and my flannel from Old Navy. Converse were the perfect throwback shoe so I put those on over some slouchy socks. My accessories include a hot pink spiked Urban Outfitters headband and a really cool necklace from American Eagle that's a big bulky chain wrapped in fabric, and those helped maintain a tough-but-still-a-girl vibe.

Song of the Moment: My Brain is Hanging Upside Down by The Ramones

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

2013 Met Gala: Bringing Punk Uptown

Believe it or not, punk is one of my favorite aesthetics, moments in music, and eras. Besides loving a good tartan and the classic punk aesthetic of destruction and subversiveness, I love that it isn't just about safety pins. Just look at the music. Some make the accusation that the Ramones' songs all sound the same, and that might have some truth but they always played hard and fast and they never incessantly jammed. Being your own person is at the heart of the punk movement, anarchy aside, and that's always been my goal. Last night's Met Gala provided, as always, some of the most amazing and daring looks of the season. This year took it to new heights, bringing downtown uptown, with the help of a very special urinal.

Ricardo Tisci and Rooney Mara in Givenchy

Hailee Steinfeld in Donna Karan Atelier
Sweetness with a touch of age-appropriate punk

Julie Macklowe in Zang Toi

Monday, May 6, 2013

Summer Movie Monday: Time to party with Jay!

The Great Gatsby

Opening Friday, May 10th
Directed by: Baz Luhrmann
51% on Rotten Tomatoes

Get out your pearls, throw on your beaded dress, cut your hair short: it's time for the classic that you read in English class junior year! With the cast alone, this was sure to make a splash. Add in Baz Luhrmann at the head and you've got an interesting adaptation waiting for you at the theaters. Hopefully this version's livelier than its famous predecessor, but it could potentially go off the rails if too much artistic liberty is taken. Don't forget about Australia. The amazing costumes and soundtrack might not be worth it.

Coming next week: Star Trek Into Darkness and more!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Throwback Thursday: Mini Movie Marathon

Set yourself up for the perfect summer throwback movie marathon! These movies are all placed in the summer of a not too distant decade that stirs up all kinds of nostalgia and warm fuzzies.

Dirty Dancing

Released in 1987, but taking place in 1963, it's the summer every girl wants: dancing with Patrick Swayze and coming into your own.

The Sandlot

Released in 1993, but taking place in 1962, this is the perfect summer of baseball and shenanigans with your best friends. This is without doubt one of my all-time favorite movies because it feels like home no matter where I watch it. It makes me want to take my Chucks out of the closet and go get some grass stains.

Super 8

J.J. Abrams did a few things brilliantly with this movie - he kind of recreated the cast of The Sandlot (I swear it's not THAT much of a stretch) and he created the perfect throwback to his childhood of alien movies and everyone else's summer of getting into trouble in the neighborhood.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boho Preppy

So I'm not all about a super classically preppy look, but I do really love the kind of original, Annie Hall-tomboy-prep. Mix it with some '60s elements and here are the results! The slightly preppy elements of the cardigan and shirt contrast the more bohemian elements of the skirt and the hat to keep it fresh, wearable, and a little cozy, as do the different textures and weights.

Hat: Urban Outfitters, Necklace: American Eagle, Cardigan: BDG, Chambray: American Eagle, Skirt: American Eagle, Tights: Express, Shoes: Repetto

Song of the Moment: Folding Chair by Regina Spektor