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With the upcoming premier of the highly anticipated Great Gatsby remake (staring the one and only Leo, yeah, I’m a 90s kid who’s had a crush on the actor since his Titanic days) there has been a lot of talk about the famous book.
The Great Gatsby is one of my all time favorites and will remain to be for years to come, I imagine. I’m due for another read soon.
Anyway, as a vintage lover, naturally I adored this post in the New York Times Magazine displaying old covers of the book.
Which copy did YOU read?
If you’ve been following my blog over the months, you know that I’m a huge fan of AMC’s ‘Mad Men.’ I have been ever since season 2 was unfolding. While the wait for this season has been, AGAIN, excruciatingly long, I’m ecstatic for Season 6 to begin this Sunday.
If you are one of the few that haven’t caught ‘Mad Men’ fever or the wait has just left blanks in your memory as to what happened last season, Rolling Stone’s character cheat sheet will bring you up to speed in no time! Enjoy Sunday’s two hour premier!!!
One of the many reasons Mad Men has kept us hooked for five-plus seasons is its ability to cram (approximately) an entire year’s worth of action into 13 episodes, and yet the last moments of every season finale make it seem as if the drama is just beginning. In Season Three, we ended on the first day of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s existence. Season Four it wasDon and Megan‘s surprise engagement. But it was the bleak Season Five (one episode was called “Dark Shadows,” for heaven’s sake!) that gave us Mad Men’s most cliffhanger-esque finale to date: For a good nine months, we’ve been dying to know what Don’s answer to that mysterious blonde in the bar was – or what year the show will even be in when it returns this Sunday. So as we wait with bated breath for what the sixth season premiere will yield, here’s a cheat sheet of the SCDP crew’s most pernicious antics from May 1966 to spring 1967.
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS FROM SEASON FIVE AHEAD
Throughout Season Five, many viewers had one repeated question for Jon Hamm’s alter ego: “Who are you and what have you done with Don Draper?” Aside from a spooky fever dream in which he slept with and killed a former conquest, Don, for the first time in Mad Men’s history, maintained a sole sexual partner for a whole season – his sultry new wife, Megan. But any fair-weather viewer could see how much of a struggle fidelity was for Don, no matter how many times Megan flashed her boobs in the office or serenaded him with “Zou Bisou Bisou.” By the season’s end, Don, racked with guilt over Lane Pryce‘s suicide (which manifests in visions of his also-dead-by-a-self-inflicted-hanging half-brother, Adam Whitman), found himself potentially exiting his marriage stage left – illustrated in the now-iconic shot of the camera pulling away from Megan about to shoot her first commercial as Don walks off the set – and toward a crossroads. Our final view of Don is of him contemplating the loaded question posed by a female stranger in a bar: “Are you alone?”
She broke through the countless glass ceilings at both Sterling Cooper and SCDP, but Peggy’s lack of a penis continued to thwart her climb up the corporate ladder. Between her protégé, the outspoken, loud-jacketed Michael Ginsberg, usurping her success and Don disrespecting her opinions by tossing a wad of cash in her face, Peggy decided she’d had enough and got herself a shiny new copy chief position at rival firm Cutler, Gleason and Chaough. When we last see her, she is luxuriating in her Richmond, Virginia, hotel room, having experienced her first-ever plane ride and business trip, ostensibly for the account that would become Virginia Slims cigarettes. Peggy’s relationship with brash journalist Abe Drexler reached a new level in the fifth season as well. During a romantic dinner at Minetta Tavern, he proposed – that they move in together. Although traditional-minded Peggy was disappointed that there was no ring in the offing, she accepted, causing a rift between her and her staunchly Catholic mother in the process.
While the word “faithful” could never be used to describe the SCDP junior partner’s attitude toward his marriage, Season Five saw Pete pick up the tortured-womanizer torch Don left behind once he tied the knot with Megan. Pete brought in more business than ever before, but he paid the price with his personal life. Bored with Trudy, her revolving wardrobe of frumpy housecoats and their quiet life in suburban Cos Cob, Connecticut, city boy Pete struck up a flirtation with a high school coed, sought the company of hookers and eventually entered into an affair with his commuting buddy’s wife, Beth Dawes. But no amount of surreptitious hearts drawn in a foggy car window could save this ill-fated romance: When Beth voluntarily underwent electro-shock therapy, her entire memory of Pete was erased. A despondent Pete subsequently got into a fistfight with Howard Dawes on the train, prompting Trudy, who thinks Pete’s bruised face is the result of yet another car accident due to fatigue, to suggest her husband take a pied à terre in Manhattan. What Trudy doesn’t realize is she’s just delivered Pete straight into the arms of more adultery.
SCDP’s director of agency operations embodied feminist empowerment at the start of this season – and then became the subject of endless debate as she traded on her sex appeal for money, power and security. We all applauded new mother Joan for kicking her hotheaded bully of a husband, Greg, to the curb in the fourth episode – even though I still feel that by not mentioning that baby Kevin was, in fact, Roger‘s son was a missed opportunity in Greg’s deserved emasculation. But reality for Joan quickly set in, as she realized she is now a single mother who needs to provide for her child. Enter Pete with the answer to her prayers, disguised as an indecent proposal: Spend one night in heaven with a Jaguar exec, and the account will be SCDP’s. After a drunken heart-to-heart with Don (who cautioned her against whoring herself out for the sake of the company) and an honest financial discussion with Lane, Joan named her price – a partnership – and ultimately did the deed. In the season finale, as Joan shows her fellow partners around SCDP’s potential new second floor, she marks her territory as an executive with a can of red spray paint and by wearing a bright crimson dress.
Betty’s petty jealousies got progressively worse during season five, in spite of the character’s limited appearances due to January Jones’ real-life pregnancy. The character scored a brief moment of audience sympathy when she had a cancer scare in an early episode, but she quickly reverted back to her selfish behavior once she got the all-clear. Now battling significant weight gain, Betty redirected her wrath toward Don’s “child bride,” Megan, mainly because the new Mrs. Draper is younger, sexier and Sally‘s preferred female companion of late. In an attempt to drive a wedge between Don, Megan and Sally, Betty goes all middle school mean girl by casually mentioning to Sally that her dad had a “first wife” named Anna. But Betty learns she doesn’t need to resort to childish games when it comes to her daughter’s love. When Sally panics after getting her first period while away from home, she rushes back to Rye to seek comfort in her mother’s embrace.
Ever since Roger lost the Lucky Strike account in Season Four, he has continued to wander around his professional and personal life in an aimless search for youth and relevance. The fifth season saw him with an empty appointment book, spurring him to pathetically horn in on Pete’s business deals. His second marriage wasn’t faring any better, as an eye-opening LSD trip – taken with his wife, Jane – only made the two realize how unhappy they were (their penchant for matching hot-pink towel turbans notwithstanding), and they separated soon afterward. After his brief detour into the valley of the twentysomethings, Roger turned his attention back onto someone more age-appropriate, Megan’s mother, Marie Calvet. But even Marie wasn’t interested in babying the infantile adman, declining his invitation to take LSD together. So Roger, having found yet another escape route from this thing we call life, closed out the season by dropping acid in a hotel room. Naked and alone.
To the casual observer, especially a female one in 1966, Megan Calvet Draper had hit the jackpot. In the span of one year, she went from SCDP receptionist to partner’s wife – receiving a considerable promotion to junior copywriter in the process. Her marriage to Don also garnered her a fabulous Park Avenue pad, a closetful of designer minidresses and an intimacy not previously awarded Betty: Don brought Megan up to speed on that whole Dick Whitman identity thing sometime between the engagement and their walk down the aisle. But wealth and nepotism still don’t buy happiness. Midway through the season, Megan, despite an innate knack for the advertising game, decided to resume her previously nonexistent acting career. After a few months of failed auditions and a rejected screen test, Megan asked Don for a leg up, which she got in the form of a starring role in a Butler Shoes (a SCDP client) “Beauty and the Beast” commercial. As Don walked off the set and away from his dirndl-clad wife, his detachment suggested Megan’s independence and success could lead to the downfall of their marriage.
Oh, Sally. This poor kid can’t find a comfort zone no matter where she goes. If she stays in Rye, she gets to be verbally abused by Betty and drugged with Seconal by her demented step-grandma Pauline Francis. If she goes to New York, sure, her new BFF Megan will outfit her in the latest adolescent mod wear, but there’s also the chance of Sally witnessing her other step-grandma, Marie, give Roger a blow job at an advertising gala. The budding teenager is still carrying on her illicit relationship with her kinda-sorta-but-not-really boyfriend, Glen Bishop, now a prep-school student at Hotchkiss, but it wasn’t until the penultimate episode that they moved beyond late-night telephone calls. On the most unromantic date ever at the Museum of Natural History, puberty struck in the bathroom, and a go-go-booted Sally ditched Glen for a hot water bottle and some mother-daughter bonding with Betty.
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/mad-men-cheat-sheet-what-you-need-to-know-for-season-six-20130403#ixzz2PY1In1hk
I’m somewhat of a vintage junkie. I adore all things vintage and antique. It’s not just the style and the look, it’s the history behind it. To me things that are vintage have a story to tell and that makes them that much more appealing. As a writer, naturally I love stories.
Anyway, in the hours I’ve spent perusing Pinterest, I’ve come across some awesome vintage ads and photo shoots that not only emphasize a style I dig, but also represent a time in history I enjoy.
I was recently introduced to Haim, a group of sisters who formulated the band in LA, CA years ago but never became all that popular until their music exploded on the UK scene. Their music video for their latest track, “Falling,” already has over 739,000 views.
The few popular tracks they have recorded have exploded all over YouTube. I’m telling you, these girls are in the process of taking over the indie music scene. I’ve been following them on Facebook and it seems that almost every day they have added more tour dates, including this year’s Bonaroo music festival.
The sisters, who look like they just walked out of an American Apparel store at all times, are extremely talented and have incredibly unique voices.
While seemingly just another indie girl band embodying all that is “hipster” these days (even their music video has what we might call an Instagram filter over it). They are incredibly talented and are so much more than a style. I was absolutely convinced of this when listening to the acoustic version of their “Go Slow” track.
All of their songs have this 80′s feel to them that make it all too easy to dance to in your chair at work while your coworkers look at you like, “What the?! It’s 10 am on a Tuesday.”
Whatever, I totally dig their sound. Furthermore, as a 20-something girl always trying to find meaning in life’s everyday adventures and constantly stumbling and learning from the falls, the lyrics are very relatable.
“Don’t stop, no, I’ll never give up
And I’ll never look back, just hold your head up
And if it gets rough, it’s time to get rough
They keep saying
Don’t stop, no one’s ever enough”
April 7th is the official premier date of one of my all time faves, “Mad Men.” I can hardly wait to see Don Draper back in action!
Rolling Stone scooped the “Mad Men” season 6 premiere announcement from the The New York Times yesterday:
“Mad Men will return to TV on April 7th with a two-hour season premiere, The New York Times reports. The 1960s period drama will travel through time, though series creator Matthew Weiner was dodgy about which specific year the new season will be set in.
“I can’t say how much or how little,” said Weiner. “We’re coming off a period in Don’s life where he’s trying to normalize, and trying to have this relationship – a real relationship with this woman that he fell in love with. She expressed her desires and that was a surprise for him. On this show, it’s a very rich, full orchestra, and we like to follow what is the next stage in these people’s lives.”
Weiner likened the extended season premiere to starting a story with a movie. “It has some cliffhanger elements to it, it does propel you into the rest of the season — it does foreshadow a lot what the season is about,” he said. “But I was like, I want to write a movie here, that we can create the atmosphere and vibe of the season.”
Season Six will be the penultimate season of Mad Men.”
Check out some more black and white shots in today’s Rolling Stone article.
I took this photo back in June (I can tell because of the date on the paper.) It was a random early morning shot taken one day I was indulging and getting breakfast at Aurora. I hardly thought anything of it at the time.
Now when I go through my photos from the year I find it to be one of my all time favorite photos. It’s so simple yet so amazing. The colors are perfect. The photo is the epitome of a good morning in my mind. Simple, yet informative and delicious.
I don’t know what it is about this photo but it truly brings me peace to take it in.
I think a lot of it has to do with the paper itself. To me, as a journalism major who once upon a time wanted to be Edward R. Murrow or Marguerite Higgins, The New York Times is part of an elite class of journalism. Which is a very small group of people. To this day, it brings me great pleasure to read. The writing is almost always perfect, in my mind.
To do: Read the New York Times more.
Not the drink, but the ever popular San Francisco publication 7×7.
It is truly the coolest guide to this city that I have come across with tips on the hottest bars, restaurants, style, concerts and city events.
Along the right hand column of the site are the “most popular” articles and a list of “guides.” Both extremely helpful in learning cool happenings in SF.
And, not surprisingly, this month’s issue provides an awesome holiday guide to happenings and trendy presents.
Their holiday shopping guide is broken down into how you would classify the person you are gift shopping for:
There are gifts in all of these categories that I would enjoy…giving… of course.
As the magazine is highly visual, it’s a perfect read for the gym while brainstorming for holiday gifts! I highly suggest picking up a copy.
While searching for the perfect dress for my parents annual Christmas party, a past time I’ve always been a huge fan of ever since I was allowed to attend (circa 2005), I recently came across two new AMAZING, unique online stores.
Boden has a little bit of a J.Crew meets Banana Republic / Mad Men theme, only in a way that makes the clothes look very unlike a chain brand. For a throwback, classy party dress this is your site.
Now, if you’re looking for a little more Marilyn circa the President’s birthday meets Sharon Stone in Casino style, check out Richety Rack. Their holiday dresses are a little more edgier and sassier, while still be very reminiscent of the 60s/70s.
7×7 is the go to publication here in SF for what’s hot and what’s not…
Today they tweeted an article reviewing 4 hot wine apps. I’m kindly reposting that content as I think it’s well worth sharing and encouraging all you fellow wine lovers out there to check out! I know I most certainly will be exploring some of these:
Vivino: Vivino promises that you will never forget another wine, which, after a few glasses can be a real problem. All you have to remember to do is take a picture with your phone through the app, rate it if you like it, and Vivino will store it in your wine library. If the wine is in their database (which is growing all the time, thanks to users’ contributions) it will also give you some info on the region, the grape and producer.
Delectable: Founded in SF, this app does all of the above and allows you to find and purchase the wine you previously enjoyed so much. But what users appreciate most about Delectable is that it also allows you to connect to family and friends and follow other wine drinkers you admire to see what they recommend. It also allows you to comment on the wines those in your community are drinking–because what is wine without conversation?
Drync: This app tracks wines that are top-rated (including ratings from professional critics) and popular, and also makes recommendations a la Netflix (people who liked the 2005 Rutherford Hill Cabernet Franc also apparently liked a 2000 Barberesco, for example). This too seems like a feature that will become more accurate the more people use it. Drync also allows you to view and manage your virtual cellar from their website.
Cor.kz: Boasting the most robust database by far — thanks to its connection with Cellar Tracker and Wine Searcher — Cor.kz is most useful for finding info about wine when you are trying to make a purchasing decision rather than having a conversation about it afterwards. It has also been recommended for serious collectors, especially those who already use Cellar Tracker.
I am generally one who tries to steer clear of most tabloid magazines. I am still amazed when I see the Jennifer Anniston/Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt scandal on the cover. It’s amazing the things these publications come up with. As much as I can’t believe how many of those tabloid magazines are out there, I have to admit, in our society there is a demand for them, for better or worse.
And that being said, I’m a firm believer that everything is good in moderation. As someone who has a very high respect for GOOD journalism, even I indulge in a little guilty pleasure celeb gossip from time to time. I try to stick to following celebrities who are all about self empowerment and dedicate their time using their fame to help support good causes and make an impact in the world.
Which is why one of my all time favorite couples to follow are Jay-Z and Beyoncé.
I absolutely adore them. Not only are they always REDICULOUSLY good-looking, amazing role models in a business sense and a community aspect, they try to stay out of the tabloids as much as possible keeping their personal lives on the DL. Remember how long it was before they were even publicly announced as a couple? That being said, when you do see them together they clearly look like very much so in love while maintaining their independence. They are seriously too cool seemingly maintaining the perfect balance of fun, work, family and community involvement. Modern day Kennedy’s minus the whole political thing.
Just take a look at Beyoncé’s tumblr page if you doubt me. Her lifestyle is amazing. From her wardrobe, to the causes she supports (like the President’s reelection) to her tropical vacay activities with Jay, I’m so envious. Even her website is ever-so-chic: http://www.beyonce.com/.
In this day and age it is nearly impossible to maintain an impeccable image in the public eye and yet I would say these two do a pretty darn good job at it. I’d love to meet their PR agents.