Pardon the crappy pic that was taken with my new phone.


This is one of the coming soon posters of Keira Knightley as Anna Karenina.

I have been waiting months for this film to come out and I think you can see why. How is excited are you to see this film?

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Finally! I’ve been waiting for this for ages! They couldn’t have cast it better to suit my tastes, really, and I’m over the moon about the whole feeling of the trailer (even with odd historical issues here and there). Everything is so gilded and lovely – so seeing this one!

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I’ve made no secret about my dislike for Banana Republic. Those who know me well know that the merchant is on my shit list with the other Gap outlets for it’s pushing of carbon-copy style and woefully out-dated trends being touted as classic instead of just, well, outdated. There’s more, but it’s boring and I want to get to the good part.

We have established that I’m not a big Banana Republic fan, so it’s odd for me to be saying this but I adore their upcoming line! Like so many fashion franchise machines like Estee Lauder, BR has jumped on the Mad Men bandwagon since the 5th season is starting next month, and it’s about time! Here are some pretty photos of the upcoming looks you can expect from this line that will be available in stores and also online on March 01, 2012.

The hair and make-up is horribly 1980s (it would be awesome if companies started hiring people who do research), but the cuts and some of the colors are adorable! Not my era, you couldn’t drag me out of the late 1930s with a team of horses, but I’m sure all the Laura Petrie’s are going to be thrilled!

Side Note: I know they’re going for a Don Draper with that model, but he’s just coming off as a douche bag. I guess there’s only one Jon Hamm, eh?

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I’ve gone on a bit of a 90s kick today, listening to my old favorites while I build the SEO of one of GMG’s new corporate sites – “Bent” by Matchbox 20, “Champagne Supernova” by Oasis, “Semicharmed Life” by 3rd Eye Blind, even a little Semisonic and Sugar Ray thrown in there for good measure.

Man those songs bring back memories. Driving aimlessly around the tiny town square in a crappy station wagon with my stupid friends who are all either married or have kids now, neither of which was in the cards for me. Breezy summer evenings walking the deserted roads to each other’s houses, complaining about whatever it was we complained about back then. Afternoons spent in bare feet down in the creek with our jeans rolled up, acting half our age. The air seemed thicker then, the sun was warmer and the sky was higher. That’s just the way it is when you’re 17. I’m sure you remember it, too, don’t you?

I was a weird nerdlinger goth of the Hackers generation. Like the rest of my friends I was half X-Games, half The Craft in wide leg black corduroy pants (cords!), Airwalks and floral embroidered tube tops. Black leather pants, velvet skirts with slits, platform wedges. I remember going to a store and heading right for the black every time. I had purple hair in tiny pigtails, black lips and nails, a zillion black rubber bracelets and ball chains and a penchant for crosses and dog collars.

I watched Buffy. I shopped Just Nikki. I made websites. I even stank of CK One, but in my defense? We all did. And those summers make me love it to this day.

Of course no 90s flashback would be complete without Gwen Stefani, the bindi-wearing, platinum blond, ever youthful front woman of ska/alt-rock band No Doubt who’s album Tragic Kingdom still gets constant radio airplay over a decade after it’s release.

Gwen’s style may, to the casual observer, seem all over the place. She’s sported Indian-style sarong and bindi, mega wide leg pants and cropped tops which slid into a more Jamaican color influence in the early 2000s. She’s done scantily clad Gothic Lolita to pay homage to her much loved Japan, Road Warrior and even cyberpunk wear has popped up.

But while Gwen definitely hops around the spectrum, she tends to go back to the Golden Age over and over again. We see this influence lightly pepper her old bombshell Gen X looks that had a decidedly Rockabilly edge to them. She made the red lip glamorous again, simple eyes and a well defined brow that all stood out against white locks and skin.

She wore an adorable polka-dot mini dress with a very 40s shape (even with the 90s twists) in the now iconic music video for No Doubt’s signature tune, “Don’t Speak” way back in 1996 that was written by Gwen and Eric Stefani and famously – publicly – deals with Gwen’s breakup from No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal.

Later on in the same music video Gwen’s vintage style resurfaces during a photo shoot that the rest of her band is muscled out of (They looked mad. They must have all really wanted that orange…) and is wearing her famed bindi, red lip mini-smear and finger waves – not something you necessarily saw in the media at the time.

Her Rockabilly and Golden Age love would come out several times in her style, even after her clothing had changed she managed to keep her pompadours, curls, rolls, waves and those beautiful platinum tresses.

One of my favorite examples of this is in the video for Cool, also about Tony Kanal and Gwen’s relationship – though, this time it’s a nostalgic look back rather than entirely painful or intense as Don’t Speak.

In the video Gwen is visited by an old flame and his new love, and during their visit she reflects on her very late 40s/early 50s life with him back in the “dreaming days”. Her clothes are summery and beautiful in the flashbacks, very vintage looking. In the ‘present’ day, she dons a fabulous Rockabilly look. She even channels Marilyn Monroe during some pretty intense, very sexy eye contact with the camera that involves rolling around on her bed in tap pants – no, I’m not making that up.

If nothing else, the lighting, color filters and scenery in the flashback scenes should be Zen for anyone who’s as into beautiful old postcards as I am.

The song is gorgeous, the girl is gorgeous, the clothes are gorgeous. I can’t explain it to you any better than this:

Gwen’s major film debut was also very vintage-y. She played Jean Harlow in the 2004 period Howard Hughes film The Aviator.

This film is one of my favorite period films from Hollywood’s Golden Age due not only to amazing sets and fantastic cast (Leonardo DiCaprio was great in the film, but I think everyone was outshone by Cate Blanchett playing Katharine Hepburn and just nailing the voice completely), but it’s also a favorite of mine for the outstandingly beautiful costume design and the care they took to try and make sure the clothing, hair and makeup were correct for the time and the person wearing it.

She’s barely in the trailer for The Aviator at all, even though she has a decent sized role in the film (chalk that up to Hollywood’s ridiculous trailer cutting but the film itself is fabulous ). So, since it’s hard to catch her in the trailer I thought it might be fun to post this instead:

What’s your favorite Gwen look? I have to admit to personally loving the bathing suit from Cool – I am a vintage swimwear fiend!

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve been watching Elizabeth Taylor all of your life and stewing in envy over her beauty, poise and glamour. Taylor was an icon of Hollywood’s the gilded Golden Age who managed to stay young, gorgeous and even relevant somehow. A last bit of sparkle from an era of stardust that we were lucky enough to hold on to for as long as we did. Elizabeth Taylor was enchanting.

And speaking of envy, it was recently announced that her amazing jewelry was to be auctioned off by the Taylor Estate at Christie’s auction house. The total haul? Projected at 30 million dollars.

Included in this auction is the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, the magnificent 33.19 carat gem that she called her “baby” that was a gift from ex-husband Richard Burton. The ring, which I’ve wanted dearly since I was a child (don’t shrink me, I never said I wasn’t frivolous and greedy!) is expected to fetch a small fortune of 2,500,000 – 3,000,000 at auction.

So yes, the gems and baubles I’ve envied all of my life -that once belonged to one of the most beautiful, elegant and talented women in modern history,- are now for sale. But with great envy comes great responsibility! And that responsibility will, hopefully, help me not even think of selling the organs of whomever may be so unlucky as to make a delivery to my door in hopes of buying even a single item.

That’s right, after long and hard deliberation on the subject I’ve decided that I shouldn’t murder random people in order to buy Elizabeth Taylor’s life’s possessions. Yep, responsible. See? I’m a grown up! ;)

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