Wednesday, 30 September 2015

PILOTS PODCAST - EPISODE 12 'VEEP'


Julia Louis Dreyfus, the absolute QUEEN.  Anne and I love this show very much.  It's inspiring, hilarious, and all about people working hard in a hard world.  Holla if you love it too, and if you also wish you had Tony Hale AKA Gary as your bag man.  

You can stream it below:



Or you can download it here, OR we are also on iTunes!  You can get all that iTunes goodness here.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

STYLE DISSECTION: MOONRISE KINGDOM





I had forgotten how sweet the love story between Suzy and Sam is in Moonrise Kingdom.  They're two lost souls, both young (very young in fact - the actors were only about 12 at the time of production) who run away together after meeting backstage at a school play.  Oh crap - SPOILER ALERT, sorry.  It's risky to hang a story off two actors who are pretty green, the supporting cast is brilliant, but we have to really care about Sam and Suzy or the film doesn't work.  Which is especially challenging when you mix in Wes Anderson's writing and directing style.  While his shots are always full of perfectly picked and placed props, the emotions expressed by the characters are minimal and subdued.  I think most teenagers who run away together aren't as collected as Sam and Suzy, I feel like there would be more tears and outbursts and less dancing in underwear, but it doesn't matter.  It's beautiful.  Sam breaks your heart when he talks about being misunderstood by his peers in the orphanage where he lives, and Suzy is one of those people who seems like she's sorted and knows what's up, but underneath is definitely a big quivering mess.  

This is them when they first meet.  Sam is in his "at home" Scout uniform.  Yellow and green of course.  And Suzy is playing a bird in the play.  She did her own makeup and it's fabulous.





After this meeting Suzy gives Sam her address, charmingly written on the playbill.  And so he writes to her, while his pals fix cars in the background and he's wearing his stripy jumpsuit.  



Suzy writes back from her home, Summers End.  I really enjoy the work of her little brothers, who are obsessed with musical instruments and orchestras.  They seem to be very serious, and I like serious children.  I also like Suzy's outfit, peter pan collar blouse with a checked pinafore dress.  She tells Sam about the trouble she gets into at school, writing her confessions on pink paper.  


This is her getting into trouble at school.  She has a different coloured pinafore dress from the other girls because she's special.  


Now this is important guys.  You need to pay attention.  Suzy has this same dress in several different fabrics, below we have it in red and white gingham. 



That blue eyeshadow <3  You just know it has a sickly sweet floral smell. 

And then on the day she runs away she's wearing the same dress in this thicker jacquard pink material.  She knows what suits her I guess. 


Sam arrives in his "away" Scout uniform, still yellow and green but far more suitable for outside and difficult terrains.  


Sam has brought his crucial water supply, sleeping bag and tent.  Suzy has bought her cat, binoculars and record player.  


Look at their little faces, I just want to squeeze them and go, "Aw you're so cute!" in a really patronising way. 



Sam has a lot of badges, buttons and pins on his uniform, all of which I covet.  



He also has this super dope canoe.  Who doesn't love a cool guy with a sweet ride?


Hey, are you looking for a really good idea for a Halloween outfit? - see below. 


In her mustard suitcase Suzy has brought a lot of books, all with excellent illustrated covers.  This is an Anderson joint, what did you expect?!  She tells Sam he can borrow them.  I would borrow them and never give them back.


Sam is more into painting, and after setting up camp, Suzy and her cat pose for him on the pebbles. 


Then they put daisies in their hair and my heart cannot stand it and explodes all over the screen. 



I'd forgotten how awkward and therefore realistic the scene on the sand is, when they dance and then kiss.  They look so uncomfortable and nervous and it's freaking adorable. 



Suzy has several pairs of saddle shoes in different colours.  I think the red and white ones are my favourite.  They're not pictured here and for that I can only apologise.  This shot is ideal Instagram fodder though, amirite?


Oh crap, the parents have found them.  Suzy and Sam are busted the next morning, sleeping in their little yellow tent.  


Secretly I'm really happy at this point of the film because I know it means we're shortly going to see Jason Schwartzman looking unbelievably cool as a badass and morally dubious Scout Leader.  Look at him.  Look also at Suzy's pink cape and berry beret.  


This outfit below is outstanding.  The combination of her knee high socks and those red saddle shoes I was talking about earlier, is radder than a rad thing that gets made Mayor of Rad Town. 


SERIOUSLY


I don't want to spoil this bit of the film for you so let's just focus on the final outfits in the film.  Suzy in that same old dress but this time the fabric is yellow.  Because Sam was wearing yellow.  I die.  She also has a bug earring which is a really important plot point (kind of), but you need to find out about that for yourself. 


Sam meanwhile is wearing his mini Island Police uniform because something really lovely and moving has happened.  


It has something to do with this guy on the left...


Who looks pretty fresh you have to admit.  

Close up of their outfits?  You got it.  



That's true love.  And I felt it.  Although I possibly felt more true love for Suzy's house because I'm a grown up and am into property and having nice shelves and a window seat.  


I actually tried to dress like Suzy the other day in some Dahlia clothes.  That's here.  Sam + Suzy 4eva.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

4 NON BLONDES - WHAT'S UP?



We've covered the 4 Non Blondes classic, 'What's Up?'  I remember hearing this song all the time on the radio when it came out, I was so into it, but didn't really get what it was about.  But I remember my older sister and her friends singing it really loudly on the school bus.  That was awesome.  WHAT'S GOING ON?  Also we're on tour this week, come see us!

Saturday, 19 September 2015

SUFFRAGETTE


I studied the Suffragette movement at school in sixth form, and while I found it interesting I don't think I really understood how important and difficult a time that was for women in Britain.  Most of the stories we see concerning that period deal with middle and upper class families.  There's struggle but it's all upstairs downstairs, liaisons in dark corridors, silky dresses, pre-war fears.  Rose tinted, or rather Julian Fellowes tinted.  But life for the working classes was a completely different beast.  I went to see Suffragette last week which is that rare thing - a film that actually portrays how those women fighting for the vote lived.  It's tough viewing.  The fact that less than a hundred years ago women had no say in how their government behaved and passed laws feels baffling and scary.  That these women would be so brave as to put their jobs, families and lives at risk in order to fight for something so simple as the freedom to vote is awe-inspiring.  It also feels very timely, many women in the world still don't have the vote, or equal pay, or a hundred other rights that men have and women should have.  It's a brilliant film, a great story with a fantastic cast, but be warned, you might leave feeling a little bit furious at injustice.  If it piques your interest there sadly seems to be a dearth of fiction around the Suffragette movement, but one book I strongly recommend is Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary Talbot.  

Friday, 18 September 2015

INSPIRED BY: BLAIR WALDORF


After doing a deep cut on Ms. Waldorf's outfits last week I had a go at putting together something similar to what she wears.  I was thrilled/concerned to realise I had all the neccessary components for a Blair outfit already in my wardrobe.  Does that mean I'm supposed to be with a sniffy American business entrepreneur with emotional issues and a love of bow ties?!  I hope not.  The cape is from Sister Jane last year, the kilt and shirt are ASOS (similar here), and the loafers are from Next.  The bow hairband is the closest I'll ever get to wearing a beret, Blair has way more dedication to hats and head wear than I do.  I have to say, as outfit recreations go, this is one I'd be pretty happy to wear more than once.  Although it does feel a lot like a school uniform, but hey - it is September.

XOXO

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

STYLE DISSECTION: BLAIR WALDORF


I'm watching Gossip Girl for the first time after covering the pilot in my podcast with Miss. Donahue.  What a ridiculous show, it's a glossy soap opera about the "lives of Manhattan's elite", yet apparently there are only 12 people in that elite bubble and they all date each other.  It's a dating rotation.  It's a full on partner swap every episode.  New people come in, stay for a couple of weeks, but then are quickly shown the door.  Mainly because those new people are nearly always evil and scheming.  They're dastardly cartoon characters with stilettos, blazers and agendas.  Also I know the identity of the head honcho of the website that spills all the gossip, AKA Gossip Girl, and knowing that makes watching for the first time slightly worrying.  It means one character must be suffering with a very troubling personality disorder, and it's worrying how long it goes unchecked.  I can only imagine that when everyone finds out said person's secret the show will end tragically and that person will be put in therapy (and possibly jail) for a very long time.

In short, I love this show.

My favourite character by a million Manhattan blocks, is Blair Waldorf.  She's cruel, unforgiving, bossy and selfish.  And yet she's very likable.  In general I'm a fan of female characters that are appealing despite their many flaws (see also Julia Louis Dreyfus as Selina Myer in VEEP).  We have a lot of nice girl characters, it's always refreshing to have one who subverts what's expected.    Plus, this woman has strong wardrobe game.  I'm really looking forward to colder weather so I can try and recreate some of her looks.  There's something of Veronica Sawyer about her, but with headbands and more frills, and I'm pretty sure Olivia Palermo was the inspiration for, and also is inspired by, Ms. Waldorf.  I've mainly focused on her autumn and winter styles, but there's a bit of summer in there too.  Also sorry to any Serena fans, I may well cover her too, but if I'm honest she just doesn't have the bite that Blair does.

Blair is good at dressing for school.  She wears a lot of navy, tartan/plaid, and coloured tights.  And everyone around her - the minions - dress the same way.  I would have thought that would annoy Blair but she seems to love it, at one point she meets someone wearing a bow headband and tells her, "bows always go on the right".  She also tells a Prince off for wearing jeans to an event.  Fashion is one place where she plays by the rules.



Blair is really into red accessories (see above) but we'll get to that later.  I like how on the right she's wearing three different shades of blue.  No biggy.

She never plays it completely safe, like below where she's whipped out a yellow coat, red tights and a tan bag.  That should not go together, and it kind of doesn't, but her attitude makes it work.  When Blair dresses unconventionally it's a power play, she knows no one would dare comment.  She's taunting them all with her colour clash.  Below we also see her in one of her capes, this woman has so many capes, she must have one wardrobe solely dedicated to capes that Dorota has to organise by colour.  In other news I am in love her two tone shoes, white tights and diamond knit.  


Below are two of my favourite looks.  The one on the left, with the gold tights, gold bow tie and red coat reminds me a lot of an outfit from Heathers.  Especially with the white socks and ballet shoes.  God, remember when everyone was wearing ballet shoes?  Why were we doing that?  

On the left...I don't even know how to describe this outfit.  That pale blue coat with brown trim - I would never know how to wear that, and yet it's so perfect with the 70s boots and matching bag.  She's a genius. 


Blair is maximal.  This white dress below with it's, again, 70s shape is so pretty and statement, I think most people would just wear it with bare legs and a little bit of jewellery.  But Blair puts on lacy brown tights and another one of her frickin' headbands.  It doesn't need that, but then she is a woman who is all about possessing things you don't need. 


But look.  She does wear white very well. 


Come summer there is one colour Blair wears very frequently - yellow.  Normally with orange and red.  I assume she doesn't want the sun to outshine her so she sticks it on her clothes. 


But she also does pattern clashing.  Bigtime.  And this to me is very Palermo.  The Palermo Pattern Clash, it's a bit similar to this and this


Her berets, bows, bands and beautiful cloches.  They're not to my taste, but it's only fair we properly consider this woman's dedication to head gear.  I guess loving having something on her bonce is what makes her Queen B.  


And we need to seriously consider her dedication to outerwear.  She has so many coats in the same colour - look two cream coats, two checked coats, TWO GREEN CAPES. 


YES I SAID TWO GREEN CAPES.  Which apparently must always be worn with yellow.  Two, different yellow bags.  I enjoy Dan Humphry's face in that picture, very suave.  


And yes, her tights game is strong.  Coloured, lacy, or coloured AND lacy, every inch of Blair must be adorned.  Oh and look, a different green coat with a different yellow bag!  Maybe Dorota's room is just jam packed full of green wool and yellow leather.  I feel like she must keep all her clothes somewhere that isn't her bedroom since it's always so tidy and it's possible to see the floor and open the goddamned door.  


Another Blair Waldorf trick is to wear contrasting coloured shoes.  White ones with black tights, pink with a blue dress, yellow with purple silk.  


But red is the colour Blair is most dedicated too.  Whether it's an accent or head to toe, it's the hue she always returns to.  And also she often wears it with white and blue, she's a true American Manhattan princess. 



Finally I feel like it's only fair to include some images of her underwear/loungewear, because it's insane!  She has the best silks ever!  Well, the best for someone who must have a drycleaner on speed dial, and never feels the need for a comfy big cotton knicker.  You have to salute this woman's drawers. 


XOXO