Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Golden Light --> Life --> Lie

Hey my bloggies! long time no post! I have had the craziest year ever! So many things have happened but I promise that I will update more since it is summer! Recently I have been obsessed with this singer called Marina and the Diamonds. She is like lady gaga, florence and the machine, janelle monae, lily allen, and kate nash all rolled in to one which equals my favorite thing ever! Her music is poppy, effervescent, but it also has some dark undertones. Her lyrics are blatant remarks on society and what the "american dream" is.  And since this past week it was july 4th what a better time to bring up America and what the "american dream" is. People have different idea of what the american dream is. In the fifties and earlier, when people started immigrating to the United States, the idea of an american dream was a life where there was stability financially, family life was promoted, and success in the home and workplace was desired. Now, it is all about being incredibly wealthy and flaunting your wealth and success, trying to obtain fame, and keeping and maintaing beauty and youth. People's morals and goals today are a bit skewed today, in my opinion. Anywho I hope you enjoyed your Fourth of July my golden children!

I know exactly what I want and who I want to be

I know exactly why I walk and talk like a machine

I'm now becoming my own self-fulfilled prophecy

If you are not very careful

Your possessions will possess you

TV taught me how to feel
Now real life has no appeal

Oh No - Marina and the Diamonds

American queen is the American dream

She is a Polish girl in America
Tall, tan, hot blonde, called Anya
I ask her why would you want to be a Hollywood wife
"Because I don’t want to end up living in a dive on Vine"

You’d do anything for a dime
Looking for the golden life

Hollywood infected your brain
You wanted kissing in the rain, oh oh
Living in a movie scene
Puking American dreams, oh oh
I'm obsessed with the mess that's America
I'm obsessed with the mess that's America

A fat security making plays for me
As soon as I touch down in, oh, L.A., he said…
"Oh my god, you look just like Shakira
No no, you’re Catherine Zeta"
Actually, my name’s Marina

Your mind is just like mine
All filled up with things benign
You're looking for the golden life

Hollywood - Marina and the Diamonds

I feel numb most of the time
The lower I get the higher I'll climb
And I will wonder why
I got dark only to shine
Looking for the golden light
Oh, it's a reasonable sacrifice
Burn, burn, burn bright

Numb - Marina and the Diamonds

Enjoy! xoxo

Editorial: Lydia Hearst by BrakhaX2 for Genlux Magazine

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Cars: Weapons or Works of Art?

I have been studying to get my permit for a long time! But on March 2nd I will get my learner's permit! Which is really exciting because I cannot wait to get more freedom and go where I want when I want to. I know that I will be a responsible driver and I know that being a good driver is very crucial to be safe on the road. So wish me luck!

And before I go to the pretty pictures of girls in cars I would like to touch on a more serious topic. Friday at 7:20 in the morning a 13 year old girl was crossing the street to get to her school bus and she was hit by a car and then run over by another. I know you hear about all these stories on the news or on the internet but this girl was my sister's friend and since all the schools in the area are really close-knitted it hit my school, the people in my school, and just the Los Angeles school district in general, very hard. She will not be forgotten and her death is a warning and a reminder to us all that while cars are the outcome of brilliant technology to transport us anywhere! They are also weapons, when not used properly could endanger or end somebody's life.

Please be safe! xoxo

Friday, February 26, 2010

Can I Get Snow with those Palm Trees?

Since I've moved to California the seasons have been all out of whack! And while I definitely do not like the freezing rain and sleet and the low temperatures for the majority of the year (that i had in Chicago) I really have a problem with dressing for winter, in California, in January, when it is 65 or 70 degrees! I love dressing for winter! I love fur, fun knits, sweaters, scarfs, and tights, how do I wear those things with the heat? I think I am having the same problem as Lara Stone in this editorial for W magazine.

Lara Stone Channels Brigitte Bardot at Beach in W Magazine

Under the Sea

The Little Mermaid was my favorite movie when I was growing up! I was obsessed! Here are some whimsical costumes that are inspired by the ocean and all its mysteriously, fascinating creatures within it.

The Young Lex

I have a thing for historical movies, especially the ones that tell the stories of past women! I love learning about the women who shaped our culture and in a mostly male society stood out as a founding figure in history. Women who have power and take control, or women who are the center of attention, and regardless of all the criticism they receive, still stand tall and are confident, amaze me! The women I really look up to are the ones who are brave enough to put themselves out there and do what they love and say what they believe in. Queen Victoria and Marie Antoinette are two women who really stand out to me. Queen Victoria really was the first women ruler who made a significant difference in Britain, she expanded her empire and industrialized England, creating a gold era of peace and prosperity. She kept the country war-free and made alliances with powerful european countries to keep the peace everywhere! Marie Antoinette, not so much, but she did have an amazing sense of style and although a little indulgent and not very intelligent she did have a knack for throwing some amazing parties! Two movies that I love are Marie Antoinette directed by Sophia Coppola (my favorite director who has an amazing eye for detail and pulls you in to a world of elaborate, nostalgia infused desire) and a recent movie that came out called The Young Victoria with Emily Blunt in it. Now Young Victoria is amazing and it doesn't really focus on the historical part of her life, but the romance between her and prince albert (which is amazing)! Anywho this post is not only about women who are powerful and confident but I also want to include myself in this post! It took a lot of courage on my behalf to start this blog. It's hard putting something up that you love, that is the baby of your imagination, desire, sweat, tears (from the endless hours of searching online for these photos), and sheer passion for editorials and just the fashion world in general. I am sorry i couldn't phrase that better, it sounds really cheesy! But i love it and it took me a year and 4,792 collected photos to finally create this blog! So even though these women were very controversial coming in to power, in the long run the support they received improved their performance (although i cannot say that about marie antoinette)! So what I am trying to say is that I need your support! So if you can subscribe or just read or comment on my posts and tell me what's up that would mean the world to me! What I have in this post are editorials from Vanity Fair with Emily Blunt in them, a marie antoinette inspired editorial (that was actually in the movie The September Issue), pics from the movie Marie Antoinette, and just some fun royal photos! enjoy xoxo

Harper’s Bazaar Romania | Isa Asklof by Sylvie Malfray

Emily Blunt is Regal in 'There Will be Beauty' for Vanity Fair