Outfit: The Golden Age

It seems fitting that I'm twirling around in a gold-dipped skirt with a purse that looks like an old film camera while still hung up on the film I saw last night--La La Land. Approach that film with caution, it might turn the cynical into dreamers. Heck, after watching it I wanted to pack everything up and move to LA and start a career in films and being an actress was never an ambition of mine! It has all the earnestness of Singing in the Rain with a touch of the melancholy of Casablanca (no surprise since it heavily references both films as well as half a dozen other classics from the Golden Age of Hollywood, although it manages to feel simultaneously modern and beautifully singular). Mostly it will be inspiring for artistics, creatives, anyone with a dream--and if outsider artists like Leonard Knight and Vivian Maier are any testament--under the most seemingly mundane person hides an artist with a secret passion. It had my mind on my passions and dreams when I was young and things like income and bills weren't concrete enough to limit my vision. The film is a welcome reminder to get back to creating--and that the act of creation, the passion is what is important, not the product or what people think of it. For further inspiration, dip your toes into Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. As she points out, people were creating art thousands of years ago--hand prints on walls, stocky clay figures--before we had agriculture. Which demonstrates that art is not new, not a result of leisure or privilege, but is rather an essential element in mankind's design. The impulse was there from the beginning and yet we are still so quick to dismiss those who follow the impulse as unrealistic, impractical dreamers... 


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  1. So into all the pleated skirts right now! And I love the gold dip-dye look!

    Also, that bag...talk about some major heart eyes!

    xoxo,

    Cortney

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    1. Yes I can never resist a good novelty purse! :p

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  2. This is such a cool outfit! I love your skirt!!
    xo
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  3. I loved your point of view on La La Land. It left me with the same nostalgia for following one's personal art and it puts a new spin on the already cliche "follow your dream".
    I wondered if it's ok how the movie puts individual pursuit of one's vision/dream, ahead or above a relationship. Perhaps it's trying very hard to un-romanticise and avoid the expected happy-ending, in an attempt to be more realistic for this day and age.

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    1. I didn't really see it that way--Gosling's character wasn't really putting his dream first and the distance of that and the fact that he wasn't really doing things for the right reasons put the initial strain on their relationship. But I do actually think it is nice that one's visions/dreams were kind of the focus; I mean a lot of young women center their lives on relationships and forget to pursue their dreams/goals and I don't think that's very healthy; it also means people will stay in bad relationships because the relationship is such a big part of their identity. So I think in that way, it's a really good message to have them chase their dreams rather than give everything up just for a romantic relationship which seems perfect, but might not actually have been made to last...
      Ah, but mostly I just want to go see it again and think about it even more haha

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  4. La La Land was AMAZING! I've seen it twice already and I am ready to watch it again!

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    1. No lie, as we were driving home I said, "I wouldn't mind seeing that again." And Thomas laughed and was like, "yeah me too." I feel like you'd notice different details the second time around.

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  5. Ahh I still need to see La La Land! Love this outfit, that skirt is gorgeous and the bag is so cute <3

    Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile

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  6. I love the way you have styled this entire post - your hair is also AMAZING! Go girl.
    Bonnie x
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  7. Honestly, I had dismissed that film from the start - not my fave cast! But after reading this, I'm seriously thinking I might want to watch it. As a (wannabe) novelist, I never had the support to fillow my wildest dreams, until the day I decided for myself I had to, just had to create my novels, had to write or I would go crazy and be unhappy forever. It was a realease, in every way, but at a certain point what others think of my "art" began to creep into my worries, and started to affect my vision of myself as a creator of art. I need to go back to that midset where I'm writing for myself alone, where I do not concern myself wether my books are doing good, are being read, whether people are even liking my writing. Think this movie might just help me out with that.
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    1. If you haven't read it, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is also great for getting/staying inspired as a creative person. But yes, the film definitely made me walk away thinking "go and make!"

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  8. love this outfit and these photos :)

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Such a cute outfit! At first glance, I thought it was a dress! Loved how you styled this!

    Linda
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  10. Love your Outfit you look really beautiful!

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  11. Such a pretty look, definitely appropriate after La La Land!

    The Quirky Queer

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  12. Wow, I love this outfit, especially the skirt! I think black color is so beautiful paired with your hair color �� I can't wait to see La La Land more now that I have read your opinion but in Italy we have to wait next week.
    As usual your pictures are beautiful, thank you for sharing.

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  13. I'm not a fan of this type of skirt, but your skirt is so beautiful~~ I think I should go and buy one right now. I like all the items you picked for this outfit <3
    Your post make me want to watch La La Land right now, although I intent to watch it later, when the DVD is out :)
    Love your style, Thank you for sharing!!
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