Monday, February 27, 2012
Did you watch the Oscars? I saw bits. I'm glad the Artist won so many!
Jean Dujardin cracks me up. I was so surprised and glad when he won.
I also, thought Meryl Streep's speech was hilarious. She looks pretty good in gold. I wasn't too excited about anyone on the best dressed list but there were a few who caught my eye. Check out Kate Bosworth in this sheer number and Jessica Chastain totally pulled of Alexander McQueen.
Posted by ZombieHilary at 10:00 AM
Monday, February 20, 2012
A new brand of shoes has captured my heart. Ruche has been selling Chelsea Crew Shoes like nobodies business and I have been seeing them crop up in all sorts of places lately. Check them out, I love all of them!
The best part is how reasonably priced they are for the unique designs. I actually just received my first pair in the mail and they are just as pictured. I was worried the quality might be lacking because of the price but they seem really well made. The foot-bed has some padding, too! If you need to update your shoe wardrobe definitely look into this brand! Oh, and for those of you who are wondering... I am an 8.5 normally. I ordered a size 40 (or a 9 as marked on Ruche) and the fit is great.
Friday, February 17, 2012
I saw The Artist last night. I thought it was very charming. I love the lead actor and actress. It was interesting to see a (mostly) silent movie and I thought it was really well done and definitely worth seeing in the theater. Any plans for this weekend? If not maybe you should go to the pictures! Happy Friday, everyone.
Posted by ZombieHilary at 9:15 AM
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I'm not one to get celebrity crushes but have such a crush on Joseph Gordon Levitt. It's not just that he's cute, funny, a good actor, or that he seems like a nice guy in real life. It's mostly that every time I hear/read an interview with him he is so articulate and intelligent and he seems to have an incredible amount of compassion. I heard an interview with him and Terry Gross the other day and he was talking about his website hitrecord.org. The website is all about letting go of your sense of ownership in the things that you create and opening up your creative process to collaboration from other artists. I think it's lovely. He seems like a such a smart, cute, positive and interesting person. <3!
It's funny, I didn't even know when his birthday was (cause I'm not creepy like that) but it turns out it is tomorrow. Happy Birthday Joseph Gordon Levitt!
Monday, February 13, 2012
Hello Z-land. Let's start the week with some awesome photography, shall we? Check out these gorgeous photos by Matt Wisniewski. I especially love this first one.
I have on an old camera that sometimes does double exposures and I love the surprise. I never thought about trying to refine them in this way though. So lovely. You can see more on his website linked above.
Friday, February 10, 2012
My week sucked but at least it's Friday and at least I am still in love. Anyone have any exciting plans this weekend? I'm going to take the advice of this graph:
I think I need to change something and I am pretty sure that something is my job. It's so hard to escape a toxic environment when you get paid to be there. Plus, everyone has this attitude like you better hang on to what you have because there are people without jobs out there! Well, I happened to catch an episode of Freakonomics on NPR a little while ago that talked about the value of being a quitter. Super interesting stuff. It made me realize that the only thing I have ever quit in my life was Girl Scouts and various boyfriends but I was unhappy for way too long before I finally quit them. Plus, there are lots of other things in my life that I hated but didn't quit. I left them eventually but I always had an excuse, I was moving, I was going back to school etc. I didn't outright quit. Looking back I wish I had quit and I really wish I had quit some other things sooner than I did. I'm thinking it's time I learn how to be a quitter!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
I'm back with more flapper finds! This round I'm going to show you some new items that will give you the modern flapper edge. Especially if you mix them with vintage flapper finds! Click here to see last week round of vintage finds.
First up, check out this awesome Art Deco cuff. It's like wearing the Chrysler Building on your arm. I definitely thinking about dropping some bucks on this. You can pick it up over at Need Supply.
Here's a fun flapper dress from Anthropologie. It's got a great skirt and an awesome pattern only thing your waist will get lost in this loose fitting number so if you are someone who need a defined waist you might want to steer clear. This is one of those dresses I really want to look good in but I just can't because my bust is too big. It's an awesome flapper silhouette though.
Here's an adorable pair of heels from Seychelles that definitely the spot in terms of flapper finds for me. The T-strap, the low heel, the cut-out deco details-- it's all there! The best part is these shoes are so comfy you could just dance the night away (as the name suggests). In my opinion, these aren't just a flapper find, they are a flapper must!
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
While researching for my latest A of GG posts, I stumbled across this tumblr: Texts From Avonlea. It essentially juxtaposes modern day text messaging with characters from Anne of Green Gables. I think the author puts it best when she says, "The more of these I do, the more I realize that these characters could totally be transplanted to a modern college dorm setting and not really have to change all that much." Some of these really made me laugh:
Best of all she accepts submissions! So of course then, I got inspired to do some of my own! Check them out.
I just realized that I sort of misunderstood how this works. I didn't know the texts were from TextsFromLastNight! Silly me. I invented my own texts and put them to the photos... but to be fair these are totally texts I would send to my BFF and in fact I did send the Titanic one. Here's a couple I did correctly though- it's never to late. Ha!
I have another Green Gables post for you all today. A lot of the Anne clothes I have put up have a Spring/Summer feel to them so you may be wondering how to get the Green Gables look in the Winter and Fall. Luckily, I have the answer! Vintage!
If you were just going to get one 'Anne' item for winter you should definitely make it a coat. When looking for an Anne style coat you should look for a long coat with a fitted waist and flared bottom. If you are lucky, you will find one that has puff sleeves, too! I recommend you select a coat that is a neutral color like brown, black, navy, gray, dark green or a deep red. Stay away from bright colors. The above is a great example.
In colder weather switch your hat choices from straw flat brims to berets. You can knit your own like this blogger did or you can search Etsy and your local thrift. I do have a feeling berets are coming back in style though so maybe next Fall you will be able to pop into JCrew and buy one.
You may be wondering about wearing pants for your Green Gables look. On this subject I will say that whenever possible you should wear a long wool skirt and boots instead but for an updated Anne look I think you can wear a pair of skinny jeans as long as you pair it with a really over the top Victorian blouse and some lace up booties. Here's a good one from Free People but there are tons of vintage options out there.
Another great look for cold weather Anne style is knits. Look for neutral knits with buttons down the front. Here's a good one! This goes along with the whole Grandma chic element in the Green Gables look. Pair with midi skirts, tailored blouses and boots! I hope this helps those of you in cold weather on your quest to get the Anne look!
Posted by ZombieHilary at 1:32 PM
Monday, February 6, 2012
My Anne of Green Gables style post continues to be one of my most popular posts despite the fact that I wrote it last year so I thought I'd do a little follow up on it and give you some new Anne looks and tips! I've also started a pinboard just for you readers who can't get enough and I'll update it with new Anne finds when I come across them and give you tips on how to style them in the description.
Lucky for those of you trying to rock this style there are still plenty of trends that fit into the Green Gables category this year. My favorite of which is definitely lace-up boots! Check out these ones from Ruche. They are a great Anne shoe because you could wear them in the fall with plaid wool skirts and blazers or in the winter with jeans and Victorian blouses or in the spring and summer with a lacey white dress!
Check out this adorable blouse from To Be Adored! It's a great top for early Spring and you could wear it with tailored shorts or a midi skirt then pair it with a straw hat and oxfords. I love the color, too.
Here's a super cute pair of socks that would add that extra touch to an spring Anne look. There's lots of great Anne pieces at Free People.
I'm also lovin' this high-collar dress from Nasty Gal. You could wear it with lace-up booties or oxfords. Layer it with a blazer and tights for cooler weather or just throw on your flat brim straw hat and stroll out into the warm sunlight.
JCrew is my go to spot for good blazers. It's also a good place to find wool or cotton ties. This is a classic Anne blazer in tweed!
For a bit of an updated Anne look, watch for cut-out oxfords this Spring. They will look great with summer dresses or shorts. You can add some flower print socks for a little extra flare.
Don't worry, I didn't forget about the plaid! Some Anne items can be hard to find so don't forget about vintage. There's no shortage of plaid skirts, tailored vests, or prairie revival from the 70's so be sure to check your local thrift stores and Etsy. Vintage is probably the best route for Anne hats as well. You might even be able to find something authentic! Feel free to leave your Anne styling questions in the comment section below!