Yesterday, my roommate and I did as we often do and spent the whole day at Borders. I love book stores and libraries, just being surrounded by books make me feel so safe. We always start out browsing all the sections and picking out what we want to get, then we end up in romance, where we pick up the dirtiest book we can find and giggle about it. It's so much fun.
I bought two books I adore. First was By Myself and Then Some, an autobiography by Lauren Bacall. Most people know her as an actress and Humphrey Bogart's wife, however, she is an amazing writer as well. Her tales of growing up in New York idolizing Bette Davis, modeling, and leaving her beloved family for her first movie in Hollywood are funny and real and poignant. And I loved reading about her falling madly in love with Bogart, their life, and her heartbreak as she saw him dying. Lauren Bacall is a very inspiring writer with a fascinating life to write about.
What an amazing couple.
The second book is What Would Jackie Do? by Shelly Branch and Sue Callaway. Now this book's title is my life's motto, and I was very excited to find out that it existed. I often find myself in positions where I want to convey Jackie's poise, self-assuredness, and charisma. The authors have definitely done their research and found Jackie's philosophy in every aspect of life, from dressing to dealing with friends, family, husbands to working. I plan on reading it often.
This is totally going to reveal the dork in me, but Padme Amidala from Star Wars is a one of my (many) fashion inspirations. Her regal outfits were pure couture, architecture, and eye candy; they were even featured in a Vogue spread in 2002. Costume designer Trisha Biggar worked on all three films, the Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Return of the Sith, and was inspired by many cultures and time periods, inluding the Elizabethan era, Mongolia, and Japan, Russia. Biggar won the Saturn Award for best costume for both the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones.
One thing I particularly like about Amidala's costumes is how they evolved with each movie to reflect the character. In the Phantom Menace, she was royalty, majestic and slightly aloof; her clothes were highly structured and detailed. As Senator Padme in Attack of the Clones, her soft, romantic look revealed her emerging feelings for Anakin Skywalker (her wedding dress was stunning). Lastly, in Revenge of the Sith, her flowly dresses were necessary to hide her pregnancy.
The Phantom Menace:
Attack of the Clones:
Revenge of the Sith:
Yves Saint Laurent even launched a range of cosmetics in 1999 inspired by Amidala:
Kate Bosworth arrived at a taping of the David Letterman show wearing a Chloe dress and leggings, as well as a cropped jacket from Twenty8Twelve, the line created by Sienna and Savannah Miller. Though she's been getting bad press for her outfit, I personally think she looks fantastic- I love monochromatic outfits, and I love black. Also, it reminds me of a traditional Indian outfit called churidar, which is a long dress/tunic over tight pants/ leggings:
Last week TBS was playing Titanic, and of course I had to watch it, despite the fact that both my roommate and I own it and watch it every other weekend (I know, we're hopelessly girly). I remember when it came out on video, I was on vacation with my family and friends at a lake, and we were staying in this amazing mansion of a cabin with a big screen TV and tons of movies, including Titanic. Our parents told us not to watch it (I was nine), so of course after they went to sleep, we sneaked it out. And I've been in love with it ever since. I have yet to see an on-screen couple who have had the chemistry that Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet shared (not counting classics). They are starring in Revolutionary Road, which is set to release this year, and just looking at this picture makes me squeal.
Oh, and I forgot to mention how much I loved Rose's dresses! I must do a profile of her in the future.
I recently read Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer; this book was an eye-opener. The nonfiction book is about Christopher McCandless, a young man afflicted with wanderlust, who died at the age of 24 in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness, after living there in solitude for 112 days. There are rare books that truly make me feel something deep in my stomach, and this was one of them...I was overcome by a feeling of longing, insignificance, peace, and loneliness all at once, which is a compliment to Krakauer's story-telling skills. I was also reminded of the "mean reds," a feeling that Holly Golightly, Holden Caulfield, McCandless, and I'm sure many other people (including myself) are overwhelmed with from time to time. I know that there was a movie version released, directed by Sean Penn and starring Emile Hirsch, and I definitely plan on watching it, but I also recommend reading this book.
Emile Hirsch is great, I can't wait to see him in one of my childhood favorites, Speed Racer!
I don't really know who Joseph Gordon-Levitt is...I vaguely recall him on "3rd Rock From the Sun" as dorky and awkward. But his spread in GQ with Claudia Schiffer is anything but, I love it! It has a classy yet naughty appeal to it, go check it out!
I pride myself on dressing up every day to go to class while most people (at my school, anyway) show up in sweats, and I like to keep up with what is going on in the fashion industry. However, most people describe my style as "Teen Vogue," and as I (*sob*) leave adolescence behind, I feel inspired to post about my personal "fashion models." First up, Charlotte Casiraghi.
Charlotte Casiraghi of Monaco is the 21 year old daughter of HRH Princess Caroline of Monaco, as well as the granddaughter of the late Princess Grace of Monaco, also known as the actress Grace Kelly. She currently lives in France, and is in her junior year at the University of Paris IV: Paris-Sorbonne, studying philosophy. She is known for her elegant yet casual style, as well as her stunning looks, reminiscent of her grandmother.
At home from college for a break too short to do anything really fun or productive, so what do I do? Start a blog! I like the anonymity of it, and the fact that I'll be able to post about anything going on in my life without worrying about who is reading it.
Right now, what is going on is that my shool is changing from a four credit system to a three credit system, so I have the opportunity to pick up a history minor. I really hope that works out for me, because I know I'll be doing science for the rest of my life, and history would be something fun I could learn just for me.
Plus, it will sound really cool when I tell people, "I graduated with a Biology major and a minor in History." :)