Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Style Icon: Andi (from Pretty in Pink)

Pretty in Pink is one of my favorite movies (aside from the Grease films, Hook, & other various Brat Pack flicks). Now, I'd be lying if I said that Duckie's dance scene to Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" didn't spark an obsession with this film, as he is my soulmate even if he is fiction, but the styles in this movie seal the deal. Oh, be still my heart! I wish John Hughes were still alive today just so that he could write the script for my life, complete with cheesy 80s soundtrack and Molly Ringwald-esque bitchface.

 Whenever I'm in a style rut, I'll watch this movie and cry silently to myself about how perfect Andi's outfits are--serious wardrobe envy. If you think about it, the most interesting characters--Duckie, Ioda, Jenna--have such a striking (albeit outlandish) aesthetic; I'm sure the director had that in mind as a way of segmenting those with and without money in the film.  

While on this point, I can really relate to Molly Ringwald's character's style choices in this movie.  Although it doesn't reflect as much in my personal style as it used to (can you say mismatched everything?), I really love the mid-80s because of the blatant style risks involved in the decade. Andi specifically resonates with me because her character does a lot of DIY fashion, which wasn't nearly as popular in the 80s as it is today--people really didn't make their own clothes as it wasn't on trend (unless you were a little kid like me and your mother made you every garment of clothing you owned before the age of 10, but more on that subject another day).  

Andi predominately shops secondhand and makes wardrobe necessities a reality using a dull, shotty sketch pencil, a piece of paper, and a sewing machine; I'd say that's pretty admirable.  Living through a similar financial situation, I've realized how much imagination it takes to harness personal style wants on a budget. DIY is definitely one of my favorite methods of achieving style success; I frequently look for vintage patterns at flea markets and scour thrift shops for goodies to tailor to my heart's content.
Lesson learned:  Don't be afraid of using your creative mind to get the look you really want from an outfit.

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink by moderndaygoldilocks

Above, I've put together a spring-themed modern interpretation of Andi's style. I've included a lot of quirky accessories (notice the solitary earring of look three?) and vintage pieces, as she's a thrifty kind of gal. This bowler hat by Topshop  is a perfect lightweight headpiece staple for the spring/summer season.  I was also fawning about how much the pink dress from H&M resembles the one from the film; too bad it's sold out :(

Get ready for a slew of Pretty in Pink-themed posts this week, and, yes, that includes some love for the Duck-man. *Swoon*

Until next time, kittens!

Monday, April 15, 2013

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'Til Next Time, Kittens!

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

There's a Cat in My Pocket

I've got a little stowaway in my pocket today ;) I'm still deciding on what to name him. He looks a lot like my cat Mr. Mittens, only much thinner (Kittums has become quite the chubster).

It's been an incredibly eventful week for me, and those of you who know me in real life, there's big news. My computer was on the fritz, seeing as how it had OVER 1,000 VIRUSES--I didn't even realize that was possible?!--but Geek Squad managed to fix the problem at no cost to me (thank goodness). And, the best part of the week, I got a full-time job I can use my degree for. I start at the end of the month, which means I can finally afford to move out of my parents' house and in with Jordan! I'm glad to finally have a place of my own to decorate and where the kitties can roam to their hearts' content.

As much as I hate living in Summerville, the aesthetics are unbeatable. I tried to capture a few shots of the Azaleas, but they were halfway dead by the time I got around to taking photos. Easy come, easy go, I suppose. I'm still trying to figure out my best poses and how to work my camera, but these photos turned out quite nice aside from the contorted expressions on my face.

At one point, a professional photographer saw me struggling(?) and offered to take pictures. I was a bit taken aback, and I got extremely uncomfortable; I only let him take a shot or two before I scurried away. Leave it to me to have such a random encounter. The up-close of my face is the one he took; I like the pose, but, again, I'm a creature of habit, and I prefer doing things on my own.

Outfit Details:
Flower Crown - DIY
Blouse - LalaMagic
Shorts - Thrifted & Altered
Kitty Paper Doll - JordanGraceOwens Shop
Shoes - Vintage
Socks - American Apparel
Satchel Bag - Target

 I'm on my way to setting up an editorial calendar for the blog, and I've been scribbling down ideas left and right. Once I start my big-girl job, then I'll be on a set schedule to make these posts happen. Huzzah!

'Til next time, kittens!

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