Sunday, August 26, 2012

Oh to be Jane Birkin!

I only like boutiques.-Jane Birkin

Wouldn't it be cool if someone heard your last name and an image of one of the most iconic and awesome bags in the history of the world popped into their head? Well, Jane Birkin accomplished that. Getting a bag named after me by an amazing designer is so on my bucket list.

Was there seriously anyone cooler than British born Jane Birkin? Amazing, effortless style, ridiculously gorgeous, actress/singer/Serge Gainsbourg muse/bag muse, etc., I love the little dresses and just saying f*ck you to wearing a bra and oh, the bangs.

Braids and stripes. Perfection.

So 1960s

The story of the bag could only happen to Jane Birkin. In 1981 Hermes chief exec Jean-Louis Dumas was seated next to her on a flight from Paris to London. Jane was using a straw bag at the time that fell to the floor, spilling out all her things. She explained to Dumas that it was tough for her to find a leather weekend bag she liked. So in 1984 he created the famous black leather bag for her. I wish that would happen to me on planes.

Here are some celebs with the famous bag:

Olivia Palermo really loves her Birkin(s)

She even bikes with it. 

And then somewhere along the way it became a gym bag.

It's like all the Birkin bags joined together to make this one. Is Suri in there?

Love everything happening here. 

This is the only time I give them credit. 

As for how Jane landed the famous French poet here it is from The Guardian:

"This was how the wooing of his next major love interest was widely reported, but it's not necessarily the truth. Distraught after the collapse of his relationship with Bardot, Gainsbourg occupied himself with a role in the 1969 film Slogan. Playing opposite him was a charming, young English actor called Jane Birkin. Under the impression that her co-star hated her, Birkin arranged a dinner with him over which Gainsbourg, 18 years her senior, fell in love. Unfortunately, due to the amount of alcohol consumed throughout the date, the first night the pair spent together was in a hotel room ... with Gainsbourg passed out drunk on the bed. The pair would remain a couple until 1980, and inseparable friends until the end of Serge's life."

She also gave birth to two other amazing style icons Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Dillion. Both gorgeous in unconventional ways and their style is off the walls. They also seem to be sometimes actresses (Charlotte was in Jane Eyre and Meloncholia)/musicians/poets/great looking people that dress well and make us feel bad for not being awesome and French.

Obsessed with these pants

Lou Dillon

Classic Jane

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Who Doesn't Love A Good Tunic Dress?!

Last week Sophia Bush (whose new show, Partners, actually looks super cute unlike One Tree Hill which made me want to stab myself in the eye repeatedly) wore this amazing tunic dress. This is my dream dress. I have been looking for the perfect tunic dress for years and have never really found one. Now I am defining a tunic dress as really a long, loose blouse that you can pull off as a dress. It doesn't have to be int hat classic tunic shape like the Roman's sported and Tory Burch perfected. Here are some of my favorite tunics.

Now the tunic was perfected in the last few years by the fabulous Tory Burch. She literally owns the tunic look.
Don't Tory's tunics just scream I am on the beach, drinking Pinot Grigio with my yorkie.

Love this one on Hilary Swank

Just straight and cute on Mischa

Love a good shiny look

She has the legs for it

Katie Holmes in a simple Zara shift

Love Love Love

Perfect in pink

Love the navajo print

Sunday, August 12, 2012

I forgot how much I love Jennifer Connelly's style

"I've chosen not to live in Hollywood, and instead I live in Brooklyn, New York. It's how I like to live. I'd rather hang out with my kids and family when I'm not working. Going to premieres is not my idea of a fun night out."

Looking effortlessly chic with daughter Agnes

Oh Jennifer Connelly. She is one of those extremely quiet and classy actresses who unless she has a film to promote totally stays out of the limelight (and wouldn't you if you were married to Paul Bettany and had three adorable children and lived in a hip part of Brooklyn?) But she recently resurfaced at Cannes looking effortlessly cool and it reminded me of how well this extraordinarily beautiful woman dresses. Let's look at some of her looks over the years.

Jennifer in Labyrith

Inventing the Abbots cast

Jen in A Beautiful Mind with Russell Crowe

Though Jennifer's career reached a whole new level when she did A Beautiful Mind to many people she will always be that girl with huge eyebrows from that weird but awesome movie Labyrinth. Jen was a working actress since she was a teen (and managed to attend Yale for a few) and did tons of films like Inventing the Abbots and The Rocketeer before hitting it really big with her Oscar winning performance as Alicia Nash in A Beautiful Mind. 

And it was right when A Beautiful Mind came out that Jen's appearance changed a bit, meaning she lost like 30 pounds and became just a tiny little skinny thing and her style became amazing.
So her Oscar dress was a little bit more interesting that pretty so much. Wearing a scarf with a dress unless you are a piano teacher is always a risk. 

Oh remember the flower trend? I absolutely love this dress she wore when she accepted her Golden Globe in January 2002.

Jennifer loves her black and she is skinny enough to pull off a dress with cutouts all over it. 

Love a good pants ensemble. Black again.

Love this coat with the shoes. 

Oh Jen's got some great some pins and she loves to show them off. Love this whole look. 

Classic black. 

Classic black and white. 

Jen has a campaign with Balenciaga. Here she is sporting a dress from the designer and those amazing shoes. 

Love, love., love this look. It is like school girl meets high fashion. 

Her Balenciaga ad campaign. 


And back in black. 

With her cute hubby.

Classic and fun. Terrible movie though. 

This would look bad on anyone else.