Sunday, February 28, 2010

movie: the imaginarium of doctor parnassus

Talk about a fairy tale film!

The plotline of this Terry Gilliam gem should tell you about its beauty: Doctor Parnassus gets immortality in exchange for giving the devil his first born child at the age of sixteen. The movie is about the few days before his daughter's sixteenth birthday, the devil, and the mysterious drifter who finds them.

The film is most famous for being Heath Ledger's final film. He died before production was finished, so Jude Law, Colin Ferrell, and my wonderful Johnny Depp all took on the role of his character. They each gave the money they made from the film to Heath's daughter, Matilda.

Another wonderful thing about the movie was the inclusion of Lily Cole as the daughter. Already a striking model, I thought Lily was great and really held her own in the film.

If you're interested in strange movies about wonderful things, go with an open mind and heart to see The Imagnarium of Dr. Parnassus!

Friday, February 26, 2010

princess post: ariel

Today's princess is one of my personal favorites, Ariel.

Commentary on this beautiful girl comes from another beautiful girl, my dear friend Sara. She writes, "While I will always connect with Belle for her bookworm ways and willingness to be different from the status quo, Ariel will forever be my homegirl. I'd like to think that I have some of her essence, notably her perseverance (or as some say, stubbornness) and her independence. She is curious, and loves to learn about and collect things. She is willing to defy her expected role in life and go for her goal, whether it be to see beyond her own world or to get her true love. To do all of this outside of her element and even without a voice makes her that much stronger and more admirable. That she was a mermaid with awesome hair and a cohort of awesome sidekicks was just icing on the cake."

Her beautiful Polyvore set is here:

Of the clothing choices, she writes, "Outfits: Ariel has so many awesome outfits that I couldn't just choose one. To keep the sea close to her heart, she would wear a seahorse necklace and starfish ring. Replacing her tail and clamshells are boot cut jeans with a cami and cardigan while the 80s-tastic ball gown becomes a bit classier and the 'date' dress is nautically influenced. She also has her trusty totes for picking up more treasures for her grotto!"

Adorable! Totally love the inspirations for this.

My Polyvore skews more costumey, AS ALWAYS, because I love costumes.

ariel by laurelcrowned featuring Notte by Marchesa dresses

Ariel is one of my favorites for a lot of different reasons. I see Ariel as a rather transition princess- from the classic, demure princesses like Snow White and Aurora (while also awesome in their own quiet ways), Ariel is the beginning of princesses who are more outspoken. She inaugurates a generation of fierce Disney girls who go after what they want. Ariel has, in my opinion, the best Disney princess songs, voice, and hair! She was a major redspiration for my own hair dying adventures.

Of course, Ariel wasn't always the rebellious redhead Disney created her to be.

The original story is much, much darker, ending with the little mermaid's ultimate demise. It's a beautiful and haunting tale, and I urge you to read up on it, and view more beautiful illustrations at these images' source, Sur La Lune. The story also features her sisters (as pictured in the first image here) much more prominently. Amazing stuff!

Here are some images of modern artists doing their own take on Miss Ariel!

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As for who will play the sassy princess, amazingly, Sara and I came up with the same actress! We chose Emma Stone, the fun star of Superbad and Zombieland. She rocks the red hair, and she's got great comic energy, which is something any Ariel portrayal needs to possess!

Next up, my personal favorite: Belle! She will be discussed by a very special blogger...

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

plaid dreams

I haven't posted pictures of myself lately because I've been feeling... Well... Gross. Aside from that, I don't really have a camera anymore. Here are some Macbook pictures to tide you over if you were missin' my sweet face.

Outfit I wore today. Star Wars shirt from Target, skirt from Forever 21, tights from my mama.

I really like my hair curly at this length, but usually I'm too sleepy to do so. Wearing a claddagh ring I bought at a street fair from a jeweler who thought I was Irish due to my fake red hair. Really, I bought it because my homegirl Buffy Summers rocks one. Naturally I can't find a picture of her wearing it, but she has one!

Lately I've been jealous of girls who are wearing plaid this season. I can never find plaid that I like, that doesn't make me look like a lazy hobo. Here are some girls rocking the plaid trend, all found on weheartit.

Admittedly, this girl just has beautiful rings!

But what I REALLY want, is a great plaid dress.

Have a great day, everyone!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

girl crush: coco rocha

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I'd just like to take a minute to talk about my favorite model, Miss Coco Rocha. She's totally beautiful in a quirky way. She's funny and incredibly smart. She was recently attacked for being "too fat" to be a model. She fired back in a beautifully written and painfully honest blog post on her own blog, Oh So Coco.

I want to show my support by posting about my love for her and why she's my favorite model!

She's great at just being a model.

She's one of my main inspirations for dyeing my hair red.

She's got beautiful hair, even in her normal brunette color.

She was in my favorite editorial, a superhero themed one!

She's beautiful fresh faced.

She's a silly, bright girl who likes to just sing Disney songs with her awesome dad!

I could watch this a hundred times!

She's a great model, a good person, and she is totally delightful!

award award!

Language Timothy awarded me this blog award! I'm so honored! Thank you so much darling! She has also signed on to do Belle in my princess post series. I'm so excited to see what she comes up with!

I'd like to pass on this award to the wonderful chelseybell and le petite sirene, whose photos always inspire me!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

princess post: snow white

Today's Princess Post features the first Disney princess- the beautiful Snow White!

My dear friend Caitlin was happy to write Snow's manifesto. She writes, "Snow White was not always my favorite Disney Princess. Looking back, it's almost a little like she chose me instead of the other way around. You see, for most of my life growing up it was mostly just me, my mom, and my two sisters and everyone else had their princesses. My mom was one of the most beautiful people in the world to me and was blonde when she was younger and looked a lot to me like Sleeping Beauty, while Sarah had claimed Cinderella from an early age (since she was the oldest). Teresa was brunette and liked to read and loved Belle from the very beginning. But there I was and I still didn't know who I could relate to. It wasn't until I was talking to my grandmother about princesses and the like - as this was a very important decision to my eight-year-old self - that she told me about how when she was a little girl, the very first Disney Princess was introduced to the world. I look a great deal like my grandmother (both of us have very dark hair and pale skin) and I decided I liked the idea of choosing the very first. The pioneer. And ever since then it's been something that I've been able to share with my grandmother, especially when there's quite a few things we don't agree on. It reminds me of how similar we actually can be and how much I love her."

Her fashion choices for a modern day Miss Snow White are here:

Snow White
Snow White by makethingsfunny featuring American Eagle Outfitters sweaters

She writes, "I'm not the most fashion-savvy person, but hopefully you get the idea with this. Snow White is bright, primary colors, showing her playful spirit. She's also very much feminine simplicity and fifties class. She's just one of Those Girls."

I love this! I went a little more costumey with my own Polyvore.

snow white
snow white by laurelcrowned featuring Melissa shoes

Snow White has long been an aesthetic favorite of mine. Just her look- pale skin, black hair, red lips!- is so striking. I love the images of the apples and what it can represent. Here are some beautiful fairy tale illustrations from the great Sur La Lune.

And here are some modern interpretations of Snow White, all from

When asked who would portray her favorite princess in a modern day adaptation, Caitlin was quick to decide on the lovely Zooey Deschanel.
My choice skews a little nontraditional, but I would love to see one of my favorite actresses, the incomparable Zhang Ziyi, portray a new version of the fair princess.