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.
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.
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.
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,