Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Style Icon: Young Bette Davis

Bette Davis seems to best known for roles she played later in life in movies like "All About Eve" and "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?," but I want to point out that young Bette Davis also had a lot going for her. I mean, just look at those Bette Davis eyes!

Bette Davis was very glamorous and elegant, and she sure could pull of a slinky 1930s dress! She's also somehow obviously intelligent. In these photos, she's blonde, but she's definitely a smart-blonde as opposed to the dumb-blonde stereotype.

The '30s were a great time for fashion, Bette rocked out those '30s looks like it was nobody's business! I especially love her hair. Women back then, they had some serious hair. I realize it's possible to have hair like that today and lots of vintage-loving girls do, but I'm too lazy for it. Seriously, I barely take a blow dryer to my mane. But I can still appreciate a finely coiffed 'do! And it goes so perfectly with her elegant dress, knowing manner and Bette-Davis eyes!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Gene Kelly and a cartoon mouse

My favorite Gene Kelly dance partner is Leslie Caron in "An American in Paris" because duh, but my second favorite Gene Kelly dance partner is a cartoon mouse "Anchors Aweigh."

The mouse is so cute!

Gene Kelly is so cute!

They are so cute together! Cinematic gold!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Style Icon: Jessica Rabbit

Jessica Rabbit wasn't bad. She was just drawn that way!

Slinky red dress, oddly clashing purple gloves (and also purple eye shadow), long red hair, slit up to there. Oh Jessica, you are a bombshell! I watched "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" as a pretty little kid, and it scared the bejeebus out of me. That movie is pretty creepy!

Jessica Rabbit is one of the sweetest characters in the movie, and she really does love her husband, Roger Rabbit. He makes her laugh! All these years later the movie is a bit forgettable, but Jessica Rabbit's look is anything but!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Style Icon: Laura Petrie

In "The Dick Van Dyke Show," Laura Petrie had such a great '60s stay-at-home mom look. She had the handsome husband, cute son, and tons of cute dresses, straight-leg pants and flats.

You need flats for all that dancing!

Dance, Laura, dance! (Dick Van Dyke is holding his own and also looks quite dashing in his signature style. He's got kind of a Mr. Rogers thing going on with that sweater/tie combo, doesn't he?)

This is how I picture Laura Petrie -- white sweater, black pants, black flats looking perfect, acting goofy.

Sometimes she dresses it up with a cute dress and classic pearls. Oh and that hair flip! How I love the hair flip!

She would go on to become America's favorite single lady in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and she's great and fabulous in that as well, but I really love her in her first breakthrough role -- sweet Laura Petrie with her flipped hair and huge grin. Love it.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Style Icon: Mondo

Project Runway is absolutely my favorite reality television program. I love it so much! The fashion! The drama! The fashion! Tim Gunn! The fashion! My favorite Project Runway contestant of all time is Mondo Guerra. Love him

If I were a fellow, I'd be rocking the bow tie on the regular, and really, as a lady, I think it's also a cool sartorial choice. I'll put it on my to-do list: Rock the lady bow tie. Mondo, he rocks the bow tie like it's nobody's business. Also: Pictured above is my favorite outfit ever on Project Runway. Look at the pants. The pants!

So Mondo is so cute in his bow ties and his short shorts and glasses (and fanny pack - what?). He is creative and misanthropic and embraces newsboy caps. He's an adorable little school boy with a pompadour. 

BUT he also cleans up nice in a suit with actual pants. The school boy look is my favorite, but he looks great as an adult as well. Mondo's the best!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

It's enough

“It's enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment.” ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez. One-Hundred Years of Solitude

(That's nice.)

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Style Icon: Lloyd Dobler from "Say Anything"

Lloyd Dobler. He made us swoon.He created unrealistic expectations. He is the dreamiest dreamboat of late '80s cinema. He wore a trench coat. He held up a boombox. He gave her his heart, she gave him a pen. He is one iconic style icon.