vibezzz ‘n’ shiz part 1
Hiya laideeez. Bleh. School. Lyfe. Tings.
My kind of inspiration for this season or whatever seems kinda out of place since it’s coming up to “Spring” and I’m supposed to be all happy and joyful and ‘florals’ and shtuff, but I just spent my ‘winter’ in Australia, where it was infact summer, so I guess I’m still catching up. My main inspiration right now has probably been the design from the movie Dark Shadows by Tim Burton. I haven’t actually watched (all of) it- I watched just the first bit on the plane back to London, but I fell asleep. I loved the clothes- what particularly caught my eye was Victoria Winter’s clothes at the start of the movie, when she arrives. Actually, I just altogether love the way it was filmed: eerie, gloomy and very kitsch- but I do particuarly like her dress code: peter pan collars, pinafore dresses and aline style coats. Victoria as a character is very refined, classic and sophisticated in a very simple way- I loved her perfect bob cut and fringe, her clear facial shape, fair skin and sharp eyes. Though she seems slightly mysterious she is kind of that perfect nanny character. The second character that I really like is Carolyn Collins Stoddard. From her first appearence she immediately establishes herself as such a badass character. I mean, come on, this Chloe Grace Moretz we’re talking about. She is so moody, which I love and she does the greatest kind of mehhh bitchface EVER. Literally. She too dresses well: tighter clothes, more edgy, with knee high boots and chokers and things- her look is very seventies, with a color palette of maroons, musty browns and ochres, those kind of earthy colours, which I’m really into this month. She also has a really rad room (I’ll be talking more about rooms, decorating and HOME later on)- I think I spied a David Bowie poster so A++++ Carolyn…… Also, methinks there were afew more ‘Dark Shadows’ movies before this most recent one see above.
My next inspiration is Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom. I watched it like 2 months ago or whatever, but I just felllllllllll in love with it it. It’s so dreamy, expressive and totally kitsch. I think that’s probably todays word. *KIND OF SPOILER ALERT!* It tells the story of an equally troubled 12-year-old boy (Sam Shakusky) and girl (Susie Bishop) who decide to leave behind their lives and run away together into the ‘wilderness’ of their island in 1965. Of course they are soon found out and the authorites, as well as the determined and vengeful khaki scouts try to hunt them down, but as terrible storm delays their success the story follows the escape of the idealistic young lovers and their very sort of awkward and pernickety type story. The 60’s styling, moody french music, frowns and retro style cobalt blue, lemon yellow and grey color palette make it just utter perfection. But lets talk about Suzy. THIS GYAL. Her cutsie aline dresses, with the wide sailor-style peter pan collars, her hair pinned back, her knee-high socks, little pixie nose and emerald eye shadow. SADDLE SHOES, BINOCULARS, PORTABLE RECORD PLAYERS, HER NAME IS SUZY, PEOPLE, HER NAME IS SUZY. The colours are like just a tiny bit toned down technicolor, but then like a tiny bit toned up from pastel in a more earthy way. You can see all the 60’s accents and Wes touches. I love it. Ah, young love.
When I was in Australia there was this night where I was really tired so me and my sisters just sat in a dimly lit room doing some drawings. There was this cat mask and I was bored so I put it on and drew a portrait of myself in the mirror. I quite like it to be honest. Above it reads: I WANNA BE A WES ANDERSON GIRL. I guess I sort of associate Wes Anderson with mysterious, animal like girls characters such as Suzy as a bird when her and Sam first meet, hence the mouse mask. But UGH WHY IS THIS UPWISDE DOWN MY LIFE IS A LIE.
Twin Peaks is another inspiration. Audrey Horne and her kind of “poised eyebrows: I-know-some-thing-but-I-can’t-tell-you-I’m-hiding-something-hmmm?” face is always a go to…And although Twin Peaks has many secrets blah blah, I like the cosi-ness of the Oaky tint of everything: again mustard yellows and brown-ish-red colors- dammit, why does my inspiration always revolve around pooey colors :( But mostly that kind of gloomy meeeeeep vibe, quite tentative too. I love the baroque-ish style wallpaper in the second photo below. It reminds me of this skirt of Tavi’s and this old sofa in my Uncle’s house (see 3rd and 4th below…) Underneath that are some more vibesy things I’ve picked up, mostly from Tavi’s blog and some Mad Men references there too. Lastly there’s birdy. I love her cover of Skinny Love it’s so full of such fragile beauty and her voice is literally like a feather floating in the wind. Plus she needn’t be, but she’s ever-so humble and she is just the sweetest. So today, because I was bored and procrastinating from packing and stuff- I decided I’d just film myself singing abit. I didn’t prepare the song at all and just did it off some kareoke thing on youtube so the words are abit dodgy and I don’t actually know the real notes. Also I am aware that my nostrils flare up like a dinasour when I sing lol. Also, also I’m also not saying I’m amazing at singing or anything I just wanted to share dat cool tooooon (see above for my majestic skillz!!!!!)