WWW just did a post about airport chic wear which I loved. This is mainly because at work our dress code is so casual and I don't have many chances to get fancied up, so I like to find inspiration in things that I can actually wear day-to-day. I compiled my favorites and had fun spotting the pieces that are in Nina Garcia's 100, aka my bible. LV luggage, all-stars, hobo bags, pea cots, Minnetonkas, LL Bean tote, khakis, Frye boots, rocker tees, bomber jackets, hats, hoodies, and best of all, the iconic trench. I like seeing how different people take the classics and make them their own.
I've been a little lax on the blogging lately. Lots of thoughts, but little time! I've started playing piano again, and no, this little boy isn't me, but one day it will be! My instructor just put in an order for some "indie tunes" as he calls them, and I definitely intend to make cheesy videos like these for the blog, to chart my progress.
Last night's episode of Gossip Girl was a visual and literary wet dream! With the student production of Edith Wharton's novel The Age of Innocence, the thesis of the show was really spelled out: the story of a closed high society New York City. Lately I've been really into reading F Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway (who palled around Paris together – along with other unapologetically wealthy American ex-pats – with unlimited bank accounts and nothing more to do than attend extravagant parties, swoon other equally handsome people, and create art. So I was really excited to see a similarly-themed literary masterpiece brought to screen with a Gossip Girl filter. I've actually got Age of Innocence and House of Mirth in my bedside stack of books to be read soon. I love revisiting the classics from high school now with more time to savor each page.
Actress, Yves Saint Laurent's muse, epitome of Parisian chic, one of the most beautiful women ever (in my opinion :)
I had a great day today, despite the icky weather. Slept in, went to the gym, test drove a sweet car. Then hung out with a friend the entire afternoon/evening. We strolled Barneys – touching everything, had dessert and cappuccino at La Duni (yum), read aloud practically every card at The Paper Source and made friends with the girls at the Nasher Sculpture store and got invited to an art opening! I also had a lovely dinner at La Cubanita (for any of your Dallasite readers), I would definitely recommend it. I've been craving Cuban food after the Hemingway I've been reading lately. I'm working on a Hemingway pedigree post to come soon too!
I'm not sure if it's the classic reading I've been doing or the movies I've been watching on Turner Classic Movies, but I've become a little obsessed with discovering pieces that will just never go out of style, ever. Like striped sailor shirts (aka the Breton). They're simple, chic, and best of all comfortable. You can pair them with jeans and ballet flats, or black skinny pants and a moto jacket. And at 24 bucks a pop at LL Bean I can stock up for spring.
I've come up with an idea for a new little series within my blog. I LOVE to read and decided to try and tackle the top 100 modern novels along with my brother. Truthfully it really turns out to be more like 114 novels since they list volumes and series as one single book. Anyway, so I've been totally enveloped in Sons & Lovers by DH Lawrence since, oh, November! It started out a bit dreadful, kind of dense and slow moving. But once I hit the half way hump, or more like the 2/3 hump it is incredible! I think it got incredible when it turned more toward the Lovers angle and less from the Son angle, I don't know.
Well my brother is getting certified to teach high school English and I am really fascinated with teaching methods related to Literature. A weakness I have is remembering books in detail after a while has passed since reading them. One idea he had that he does with his students is to imagine what these characters do and what they are like outside of the plot. When he said that, my mind immediately went to "What were they wearing?" and how can I adapt it to today?
And so I present the character of Clara Dawes. I'll quickly give you a super colloquial summary of Clara. She is an activist in the women's suffragette movement, well educated, beautiful and doesn't give a crap what anyone thinks of her. She evidently also has large hands. What makes her character so interesting is that she takes Paul as a lover. He's the main character of Sons & Lovers, and also DH Lawrence himself, as this is a highly autobiographical novel. He is über traditional, wants his women in the kitchen warming up his milk before bed kind of guy (just like his mother did for him). So he is quite taken by Clara who is strong and independent, and even unhappily married/separated from her husband. Paul and her hubby, Baxter, get into a terrific brawl by the way. So I chose her as my inspiration, although she probably wouldn't wear those shoes to the march.