Archive | October, 2010

Happy (Vintage) Halloween!

29 Oct


Which Halloween are You?

27 Oct

I love Halloween.  Or more specifically, I love dressing up for Halloween.  I used to be indifferent, but the change came during my fall semester studying in London.  Though the UK is not that interested in the holiday,  we Americans decided to throw a party anyway.  Besides, one of my favorite people I was studying with ADORED the event.  “We’re actors, Louise.  This holiday is practically CREATED for actors!”

The hardest part, of course, is deciding what to do.  Melissa already knew what she was going to be (a punk rocker), but I couldn’t think of anything.  After lots of brainstorming and discussion, I landed on drunk housewife.  PERFECT.  I could borrow a shift and silk robe from a classmate, then add my own heels and sloppy makeup.  Insert curlers and hand me a martini glass, POOF, I am ready to go.

Ok, so these ladies weren't on tv at the time, but I can't find a picture of my costume. Perhaps a contemporary equivalent?

But when did Halloween become focused on sexifying things?  I mean sure, pick a sexy character like Jessica Rabbit or Lady Gaga.  I’m not sure I’d consider a drunk housewife sexy, but others might.  But really, how is it ok to dress up as Snow White by shrinking her skirt and wearing stiletto heels?  Or sexy nurse!  Sexy nurse drives me insane.  Is this just an excuse to wear as little as possible and get away with it?  I find that pretty demoralizing, if not downright the opposite of every feminist movement ever created. Oh, and last I checked, October is freaking cold in New England.

Or is the culprit actually laziness?  Perhaps people simply do not want to take the time to come up with something vaguely interesting or clever, so a gross, cheaply made bar maid outfit will do the trick.

Fortunately for me, I hang around with a lot of creative types.  There will probably be a few polyester costumes this weekend, but I’ve already heard plans for hula hoops and painted olives and guys dressing up as video game characters.  There might even be a Fran Drescher.  Now that’s the kind of Halloween I like!

Clark Gable

25 Oct

I’m in love with Clark Gable this week.

This past Wednesday I watched It Happened One Night, one of my all time favorite movies, and I was immediately melting for those falling locks of hair, that little line of a mustache, and his ever present charm.  I think most people know him from Gone with the Wind, but really, I think It Happened One Night is much better.  Who needs epic southern civil war stories when you can fall in love with Peter Warne?

Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert

And I kissed you in a style Clark Gable would have admired, I thought it classic.

Computer Translation

22 Oct

I just had to buy a new laptop, as my current one restarts itself every 10 minutes. Blurg.  I haven’t had to buy one in years, so to suddenly be forced to do so was more than a little scary.  Computers are in a completely different universe.  I stare at one every day from 8:30-5:00, and even peek at my lap top over weekends, and yet I am completely baffled when it comes to choosing the right one for me.  It’s black and shiny?  Great! The keyboard looks modern?  Wonderful!  It works?  I’m in.

WHAT IF computer specs came in different languages?  I mean, I’m sure they come in Spanish and Russian or whatever, but what about “English Major”?  Or “I Like Pretty Things”?  Maybe even a language for “Sports.”

Wouldn’t computers, and computer shopping, be so much more interesting that way?  I’d want to buy a computer every day.

For instance, translating my new laptop into “I Like Pretty Things”:

— Base, Inspiron 14R (Translation: It works)
— Processor, New 2010 Intel® Pentium® P6100 (2.0GHz, 2Threads, 3M cache) (It works quickly)
— Memory+ HDD, 2GB DDR3 Shared Single Channel Memory + 250GB 5400RPM HDD (You can store lots of pictures and music here)
— LCD Panel, 14.0″ High Definition (720p) LED Display with TrueLife (Pretty screen!)
— Video Card, Intel® HD Graphics (More pretty!)
— System Color, Mars Black (You love it)

I think Dell should take this into consideration.

Put a Cardigan Over It

21 Oct

I have been in the work force for about three years now.  Jobs have changed, coworkers have changed, but I think I’ve figured out the key to dressing for work on a budget that shouldn’t be wasted on office-wear:

Put a cardigan over it.

How utterly simple.  Wear whatever you want, however you want, but cover those shoulders with a cute cardigan and no one will have any idea that you wore that shirt for a dance party at the Middle East last week.  And fortunately you can’t go shopping anywhere these days without a cute cardigan attacking you.  Piece of cake!

Dulphine boa cardigan from J Crew (the model is not me, fyi)

And check this out!

James Thomas Brudenell, seventh earl of Cardigan

We get the name cardigan from this gentleman, a long-time military officer and MP.  Story goes that he wore the “knitted waistcoat” on his campaigns, and when he became popular after exploits in the Crimean War, shop owners started selling “cardigans” in droves.  Don’t idolize him too much though: accounts say he was an incompetent and pompous aristocrat.  But the sideburns are pretty electric.

More Purple

19 Oct


These beautiful flowers are right by my front door.  I’m very into October right now, but these remind me of the spring and lilacs and pastels.  Maybe royal purple isn’t the only purple in October …

A few other purples in my life this week:

My Hat Box

18 Oct

Welcome friends!

I am starting a blog.  Most people find this normal, and possibly have five of their own already.  I, however, needed lots of prodding and encouragement to make one of my own.  Perhaps this is for my own good.   Perhaps this is for my friends who are tired of hearing my opinions all the time about fashion and clothing.  Maybe both.

I feel I should start by confessing that I don’t actually OWN a hat box.  I know, pathetic.  But I love what they are: practical, personal, and oh so feminine.

Gold Hat Box

This one, for instance, is utterly fantastic and gold.  AND it’s been transformed into a purse.  WIN.

So I look forward to writing more about fashion, tips, and probably giraffes.  I’m already plotting future topics- for instance, the other day I saw a woman wearing a long raccoon tail pinned to the back of her shirt.  I have no idea why.  I need to research this.

Back soon!