Sunday, March 7, 2010

Girl Crushes

Over on the right hand side of my page is a section called "Inspirations" which features four fabulous ladies that are constant sources of well, inspiration to me. I thought I'd take a moment from doing the obvious (a post related to the Oscars or my insufferable pile of homework) to say why these women are here and how it happened.

Eva Green

She's the ultimate for me. Eva has long been my facial inspiration, with her vampy makeup. Seeing as I've always had the Snow White look (pale complexion, red lips, and insanely dark hair that is often mistaken as black...and yes, one of these days I will put up some photos of myself), I admire women who kind of look that way also.

Though she's remembered for her role as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, I will always know her as Isabelle in The Dreamers.

After seeing this movie (repeatedly) I was besotted with her and also wanted to recreate the outfit seen above. Red beret, velvet dress, casual cigarette, and mirthful eyes of mischief.

Eva was born in Paris, France which I feel is the style capital of the world. French women are so chic and lovely! My friends and I have discussed this constantly; these women just know how to carry themselves in a way that captivates an entire room. It's that certain something, je ne sais quoi, for sure.

The many humorous faces of Miss Green.

Dita von Teese

How can I not love someone whose former name was Heather Sweet? Dita is quite possibly one of the most gorgeous and well-dressed women alive today. And even when she's half-dressed, she's still elegant. Her waist, I've learned, measure 17 inches when corseted. Wow!

What I admire most about Dita is that her look and clothing is not something that gets put aside for the weekend for sweatpants, flip flops, and a Snuggie. Even when going out (see above photo), she wears a dress and matching heels. A nod to a bygone era that, in my opinion, never goes out of style.

Christina Hendricks

Once upon a time, I lived in complete and total ignorance of the show Mad Men. It was on the air and generally, I was home Sunday evenings, but I had no idea what went on in the world of Sterling Cooper or even what the premise was about.

In the summer of 2009, I began watching and fell in love. The advertisements! The one-liners! Don Draper! The clothing! And Joan Holloway, played by Christina Hendricks in all her curvaceous glory!

Note to self; ignorance is not bliss.

Granted, she doesn't dress like Joan outside of the show (that would require wearing a girdle which I don't think anyone would go for), but Christina inspires me with her marvelous figure. I know I've done posts on her before, but in a world where being above a size 2 on the cover of a magazine happens on the 5th of never, Christina makes a wonderful role model for ladies out there with curvier bodies. She's very much refreshing to me, as I have a figure that resembles Lindsay Lohan's in Mean Girls and much less of someone like, say, Kate Bosworth.

Plus, I love her red hair! So Raphael-esque. I still have not decided if I want to go red myself or not.

Zooey Deschanel

She could very well be my long-lost sister, Miss Zooey. I have to say, it was 500 Days of Summer that I started to notice her in. That movie, I think it is safe to say, must have inspired girls across the world to get bangs and load up their wardrobes with periwinkle shades.

Zooey's pretty, that's for sure. Beyond that beauty lies her talent. She's an excellent actress and an even better singer, both for She & Him and as a guest vocalist for M. Ward. Her sound is has an old-fashioned twang that is quite splendid to listen to when on a walk.

She reminds me of actresses from long ago, Clara Bow, Louise Brooks, all of those '20s inspired flapper girls. Zooey would be right at home in a novel by Fitzgerald.

Who are your girl crushes? C'mon, I know you have one!

Love to you all,


Phoebe Rose said...

I love Eva and Zooey! totally inspirational :)

Anonymous said...

I love Eva too, especially in that outfit from The Dreamers. I've been on the lookout for a dress like that for months now, but alas, nothing yet :(

Ms. B @ Millie Deel said...

Yep, Dita, Christina and Zooey do it for me too!!!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Great pick! I'd have to say Charlize Theron, Audrey Tatou, and Natalie Portman too!

natalie said...

All of these women are absolutely gorgeous! I do quite adore Zooey Deschanel as well. How can you not when she's that gosh darn wonderful? :)

Valentine said...

Eva is tops for me too. Her and Helena Bonham-Carter. But its quite lovely to know that we seem to have the same love of old world beauty! I adore every single woman on your list. Christina Hendricks is just divine!

Anonymous said...

they are gorgeous icons :)

My Owl Barn said...

These are all very beautiful women!

Patricia Snook said...

Ooh fantastic selection of utterly stunning and inspirational girlies, Zooey is my favourite though! She's so talented!!

I love your blog, today was my first visit, and certainly not my last :)


drollgirl said...

lovely ladies! you picked some very inspiring (and gorgeous!) women!

Dionne said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Zooey. She's so pretty and has such a quirky, retro style. Love her!

English Rose ♥ said...

Eva and Zoeey are my icons too!

I lovedddd Eva in The Dreamers, she'll always be Isabelle to me too =]

Stay safe and chic ma chérie,
English Rose x

esme and the lane way said...

I love Dita and Joan H too!

Kristin Quinn said...

Beautiful, wonderful and inspiring women you have chosen! My long lasting girl crush is Jennifer Garner.

Liya said...

my girl crushes? probs rachel mcadams and the chick who plays effy from skins haha

Elisabelle said...

They are all so different and great in their own way!!!
I think eva green is very special: something about her. I haven't seen"the dreamers", I will try to!

belle in arms said...

I to have a girlcrush on Eva Green, I watch The dreamers like once a week only to see her move and sing and be so fucking perfect that only she can. If I could change looks with anyone in the whole wide world, I'd say fuck off to all the Victoria secret modells and trade with Eva.

belle in arms said...

I to have a girlcrush on Eva Green, I watch The dreamers like once a week only to see her move and sing and be so fucking perfect that only she can. If I could change looks with anyone in the whole wide world, I'd say fuck off to all the Victoria secret modells and trade with Eva.

Kristin said...

Zooey is most definitely one of mine...As are Rachel Bilson and Nicole Richie. All three of their styles are divine!

Propoquerian said...

I looooove that you love a curvy figure too. I think you know that from that first looonng essay i posted on my blog.
And with that being said, i must say, I'm a Marilyn Monroe girl all the way :)

cupcake♥trash said...

zooey and dita are adorable.

Anonymous said...

All beautiful women on this list. Personally, I've always been attracted to Winona Ryder, Juliette Lewis, and Audrey Tautou.

Jo said...

Love real women who are feminine and have curves!!

Krissy ♥ said...

Just maarrrrvelous! I have way too many girl crushes to count on two hands any more. But Zooey is definitely near the top of my list. I heart her to no ends.

Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

Dita is certainly my girl crush...she's even featured on my blog today too!
of course Eva Green is pretty crush-worthy too!!
xoxo alison

Harriet said...

Oh I lvoe all of your choices! I have a secret (don't tell anyone!) girl crush on Clemence Posey and Daisy Lowe. Oh and Scarlett Johannsen, but who doesn't?!

Li. said...

Ohhh, wonderful girls! I love Eva and Zooey especially! :D
Thanks for visiting my blog, I'm following you too! ;)