style inspiration from classic films

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Almost everyday while I work, I have the Turner Classic Movie channel on in the background. I’ve always been a fan of classic movies but having TCM on in the background everyday, I’ve recently begun gathering some amazing visual inspiration especially when it comes to style. I have my old favorites, the classic films, mostly starring Audrey Hepburn or Anna Karina, that have played a part in developing my taste but have also had the chance to get inspiration from new-to-me films.

I really want to write more about film and I thought a fashion centric film post would be a great place to start, so here we are! These are really just a few of so many films that inspire me visually.

kill bill
Beatrix Kiddo is one of my favorite style icons, from the iconic yellow jumpsuit to the shaggy blonde haircut, but my all time favorite look is her Japanese t-shirt which has inspired two of my own Japanese inspired purchases. It has a street style vibe that feels very ahead of its time.

the life aquatic with steve zissou
Really, any Wes Anderson movie is inspiring, but this one is filled to the brim with good style. The matching blue tops and rain slickers are very Balenciaga in a way and the pop of little red hats is a really nice detail. My favorite, though, is when Steve wears his red cap with a tuxedo and a cigarette. That visual is one that’s on my mind quite a bit.

psychout for murder
This Italian film from 1969 really is one that’s representative of the kind of themes you saw a lot in the films of that era. A guy has his girlfriend go to a brothel for a night to get evidence to blackmail her father, but then her father sends her to an asylum. She then basically plots her revenge against everyone who conspired to have her sent away. It’s all kind of a hot mess, but Adrienne Larussa is so chic in everything she wears.

breakfast at tiffany’s
A classic, of course, but it’s not the iconic black Givenchy that gets me. There’s the white sleep shirt and the coral, buttoned up coat with big sunglasses. However, my all time favorite look is that stand-up collar sweater in beige with the dark wash jeans and head scarf, barefoot on the fire escape. The absolute greatest.

funny face
Obviously this has to be on the list because it’s one of the most ‘fashion’ movies of all time. There’s a lot to pull from here but I love Audrey’s black on black ‘hipster’ looks and the beautiful wool tunic at the bookstore and the camel coat she wears in Paris. This movie has a lot of great inspiration you can bring easily into your everyday outfits.

call me by your name
My entire summer vibe is inspired by the boys in this film. Elio and Oliver wear these short shorts with shirts barely buttoned up and these great 80s sneakers. Everyone’s tan and relaxed and it’s just so beautiful.

a warm december
This is a film from the early 70s about a doctor who visits London and meets a gorgeous dignitary played by Esther Anderson. Her character Catherine has the most amazing, early 70s, kind of mod style that is so fun to look at. I’m having trouble finding good quality photos of her looks, which is a shame, but she wears these mini skirts and shearling coats and has gorgeous natural hair. Luckily, the trailer shows more of her than I can find in photos. To me, she’s like the original Penny Lane in terms of style.

pierrot le fou
Really any Godard film with Anna Karina gives me good style vibes, but I really like Pierrot Le Fou because it’s in color and has the best beach/resort/vacation outfit inspiration. It’s definitely the kind of vibe you get from current girls like Jeanne Damas and even the brand Sonnet James.

sweater | jeans | flats | perfume

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pretty things no. 30

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Last week, we had the 50th edition of The Weekend List and today is the 30th edition of Pretty Things! Since it’s almost New Year’s Eve, the theme is all things gold and sparkling, reminiscent of champagne in a crystal flute and fiery sparklers.

I love the laid back silhouette of this Alice McCall shirt dress paired with the gold metallic fabric. For a dressy bohemian look, I’d pair this with flat sandals, messy hair, and a bronzed, beachy complexion.

Another gorgeous look for a New Year’s party would be to pair this gold Vanessa Seward off-the-shoulder top with a pair of wide leg, white trousers or skinny jeans and metallic pumps with your hair in soft waves or pulled back into a Meghan Markle messy chignon.

If you’re going for a more neutral look, you can dress it up with a pair of metallic pumps like these scalloped ones from Chloé. I love the idea of them paired with a beige knit sweater and simple skirt or even jeans.

If you really wanna steal the show with a super chic, very Serena van der Woodsen look, try a pair of wide-leg, metallic trousers with the perfect fitting white tee, beachy waves, and a bold red lip.

Another little pop of metallic to add to a simpler outfit is a clutch like this one from Roger Vivier, which would work really well with anything from a little black dress to a blouse and jeans.

A pair of sculptural earrings would look good with all of these outfits and many more. The fauvist shape adds artful interest and will draw attention up to your hair, face, and makeup look.

pretty things no. 29

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Happy Saturday! This week, I wanted to collect all things for a cozy winter weekend at home. I’ve always dreamt of spending Christmas at a cozy cabin with lots of books and a fully stocked kitchen. Luckily, we’re able to recreate much of that at home, so that’s my goal this month. Grab the essentials, pick up a cozy book, and choose which holiday film you’re going to watch!

The first order of importance is to keep your feet warm with a pair of cozy socks or slippers. Ugg makes the cutest cozy slippers and I particularly love this shearling pair.

I know we’re all familiar with dry brushing at this point, but did you know that you can actually dry brush your face (with a softer bristle of course)? Before you get settled in for the night, exfoliate your face and then follow that up with a calming mask like the Aesop Chamomile Concentrate Masque.

Once your face is clean and soft, put on a pair of cashmere pajamas for the most luxurious vibe of all time. This set is great for lounging at home, but it’s also a really nice option for long haul flights. You’ll be cozy and comfy, but still look chic and pulled together.

Next step, boil some water in your kettle then brew a pot of your favorite tea in this chic little teapot. That way, you can carry it up to your bed or the couch and have it nearby for easy refills.

Finally, you’re going to need the coziest blanket ever, so check out this ribbed blanket from Barefoot Dreams. I promise, with this formula, you’re not going to want to leave your spot until it’s time for bed ☺️.

five festive outfits for your holiday activities

December is a busy month for most with things like holiday shopping, family get-togethers, and Christmas parties to occupy our time. It’s a time for peak cozy and that should totally be reflected in our outfits, if you ask me. Here’s a couple outfit ideas for the most common holiday season activities.

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Holiday shopping with a cup of hot chocolate
If you’re out at your favorite stores and, hopefully cobblestone, shopping streets under all the tree lights with a cup of hot chocolate, you’ll want a look that’s both comfy and elegant. I like a slouchy cream sweater to keep cozy paired with black skinny jeans and a pair of suede, knee high boots. As for bags, the Longchamp Le Pliage is perfect for a shopping day because it’s big but lightweight.

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Picking out a Christmas tree
Go for a more rustic, functional look when you’re at the farm picking out your Christmas tree. A quilted jacket will keep you warm and rubber wellies will protect your feet from the inevitable mud. Pair those two items with skinny jeans that are easy to tuck in, then accessorize with a festive scarf and coordinating beret for that picture perfect look.

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Holiday party
I love a chic, neutral look for holiday parties. You can totally be festive without having to resort to sequins and sparkle. I love the idea of a ribbed sweater dress paired with textured suede ankle boots. To add a little seasonal vibe, try a burgundy velvet bag and add some sparkle with gold celestial earrings. Finally, the look isn’t complete without the perfect red lip.

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Baking cookies and watching holiday movies
When you’re in the kitchen baking gingerbread men and watching your favorite holiday movies in the background, you definitely want something warm and cozy and comfy for home. I love a white Patagonia pullover with warm leggings, holiday themed socks, and a cute apron, of course, to protect your clothes.

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cozy on christmas morning
Finally, when the big day arrives, we’re all spending the morning in our cutest pajamas hopefully drinking something warm around the tree before going out for the day. For this, try a pair of the softest gray pajama pants with the perfect white tee, and a cuddly cardigan layered over it all. To keep yourself at peak cozy, add slippers for your feet and a pom-pom beanie for your head.

celebrating sweater weather with boden

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Is this not the prettiest photo spot? I can’t get over the magnolia trees and that classic architecture. It’s only right that I paired this location with some classic pieces from British clothing brand Boden. I absolutely love classic British style and pieces made from high quality fabrics, so I was really excited when Boden asked me to collaborate with them for the next few months to share some favorite pieces with my readers.

From the current collection this month, I chose a couple of pieces including the cute London themed mug I shared with you all in yesterday’s post. But the main pieces were two major fall staples: the Francesca sweater and the Clapton boots.

You guys, these boots are so good. They’re brilliantly made with leather and suede, are super comfortable, and have this slightly worn-in look that make them feel like a really cool pair of boots you found at a vintage shop. I know they’re going to be on heavy rotation in my fall wardrobe and also during my upcoming trips because they’re so comfortable for walking.

Moving on to the sweater! I’ve always considered myself to be a sweater person. I was known in college for sometimes wearing sweaters in the summer because I just think they’re so my style and so indicative of what I’m all about.

I really fit into the entire stereotypical narrative of sweater wearers and sweater weather so much, I feel like I must have been a sweater in a past life. When I think sweater weather, I think of many of my favorite things including thick rimmed glasses, cups of tea, burning candles, and reading cozy books by the fire.

I’ve shared a selection of Boden’s coziest sweaters this season and to go along with that, I’ll give you some of my favorite book selections to read while you’re wearing your new sweater and hopefully drinking a cup of tea.

Cozy Authors & Book Selections

AUTHORS:

  • Agatha Christie

  • Louise Penny

  • Marisha Pessl

  • Dan Brown

  • J.K. Rowling

  • Donna Tartt

  • Alexander McCall Smith

BOOKS:

  • Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

  • Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

  • Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen

  • Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

  • The Witch of Willow Hall - Hester Fox

  • The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell

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