Monday, January 16, 2012

Caravan Queen: Thrift, Alter, & Throw Caution to the Wind

I've embraced my inner boho and wandering spirit with this outfit, and accomplished several feats.

Thrifted skirt? Check.

Skirt self-altered (mom-helped) to fit me exactly? Check. 

Fab boots? Check. 

Hat: J. Crew
Shirt: Talbots
Sweater: J. Crew
Skirt: Thrifted
Belt: gifted
Boots: Sofft

I bought this hat with the impulsive desire to become a "hat person." Did I succeed? I can't say I didn't get a few (male) coworkers asking "what's with the hat?" when I wore this outfit last week. What do you mean, what's with the hat? Can't you tell I'm a "hat person" now?? Couldn't you totally confuse me with Madam Simza Heron AKA Noomi Rapace a la Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows??

Noomi Rapace as Madame Simza Heron in Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.
I thought so too.

This was a really fun movie to see, but I particularly loved Noomi's costume and hair in the movie: she plays a fortune teller in France. I felt bold enough to wear this hat after seeing the movie. Love it!

Has a movie ever inspired an outfit of yours?

Also, a HUGE thank you to my roomie, Annie, for taking these photos. The light was fading fast, and she saved me a ton of time being my photographer. Thanks love!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Music and Fashion Marriage: Lana Del Rey "Born To Die"

I've been struck by the inspiration bug again (finally!! I'm outta my slump!). Last night I was noodling around the internet instead of going to sleep, and stumbled on this awesome song, "Born To Die," by new(ish) artist Lana Del Rey:

I'm in love with her deep alto voice, bordering on sultry and with a 60's feel to it. There's no squeaky pop music here. It's an interesting music video, but I adored the fashion and makeup that was chosen for Lana (born Lizzy Grant).

Antonio Berardi Dress
She graces part of the video in a regal (fitting, since the video was shot in a castle in France) and delicately structured Antonio Berardi dress from his Spring Summer 2011 collection.

The Veronica Lake waves, plump red lips and strong brows/lashes are perfection (ah, the magic of professional makeup, lighting, and hair stylists!). 

The "bedroom scene" channels more of a Brigitte Bardot feel, with big hair, pouty lips and more thick lashes--oh my! I might have to try a little makeup routine that emulates this kind of look.

Also, apparently the girl's got a thing for flower crowns:

Reminds me of another blogger's love of flower crowns...

Her album (and this single) doesn't become available for purchase until late January, but I've been playing the video all day. I've also heard her song "Video Games" and love it as well, so I'm curious to see what her full album will bring. What do you guys think of Lana's style, music video, and/or music? What's your favorite fashion style that you've seen in a music video?

Oh, and did I mention there are tigers in the video? Added bonus.