Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Beautiful images from Prabal Gurung's Fall 2011 Campaign.

From Fashionologie: "Prabal Gurung's moodily undone Fall 2011 collection was inspired by two darkly-romantic characters — John Singer Sargent’s A Parisian Beggar Girl and Miss Havisham of Great Expectations — so it's no wonder that these recently-released images capture that same feeling of tragic loveliness."

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

the babysitter's dead threads

Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead was on Cinemax this morning and I was tempted to call out sick and watch. It's been a while since I've seen it last (I watched it a lot in '91 / '92)... and it's just so fun.  Remember the entertainment center that one of the kiddies buys with stolen "petty cash"? It looks laughably archaic today, a nice reminder that the technological things we covet quickly become obsolete. Some may say that about the incredible clothes so vividly on display in the film. Especially eye-opening is Sue Ellen's (Christina Applegate) fashion show in her backyard. I hope the remake never comes to light because this film is so pure with its early 90s aura.

Check out Emily C's fun review here.

And 'The Suprising Seriousness' of the movie on Jezebel.

Sue Ellen inspiration.

Important life lessons from the film!

Costume Designer Carol Ramsey's site.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

feeling scentimental - a guest post by karen g.

Even though her ears were pierced, I especially loved when my mother reached for her big, clip-on earrings when dressing up for a night out. She had them in a pretty jewelry box that my father had made for her out of wood.  It was lined with green velvet.  She’d reach in and pull out something beautiful, a finishing touch to an always exquisitely chic outfit.  Then, just before grabbing her purse, she’d spray some You’re the Fire by Yardley into the air, and step into the mist.  It was a ritual I’d seen for years as a little girl and this is where my passion for shoes, fashion, make-up and everything PERFUMY began. 

As I grew older and the parties my parents threw and attended became a little more reserved, so came a change in the perfumes she wore.  Depending on the occasion, she’d wear something different every time.  A fragrance for every season. 

I remember looking in the closet where she kept all her perfume bottles, neatly lined up.  Panache by Lentheric was my favorite, and is still one of those smells that can transport me back to my childhood in an instant.  She had the basics like Chanel No. 5, but truly enjoyed an array of different fragrances to suit her every mood. 

Looking back, I remember the commercials for some of these perfumes, and wonder if the empowering message behind them had most to do with the ones my mother chose to wear.  By day, a humble housewife and mother, by night, with a spray of perfume in the air, socialite and belle of the ball.

Here are some of those beautiful old commercials, the ones that made life seem just a little more interesting!

You're the Fire by Yardley

Panache by Lentheric

Tramp by Lentheric

Impulse Body Spray

And one for the guys: Jovan Musk for Men