i had a lot of requests for esther from the bell jar, so here goes. regardless of her mental issues, i think esther was probably really a little quirky, off beat and likable, especially in this day and age. so she didn’t like the glitz trampy new york city life? who could blame her? most people i know are much like her, same sort of career (she interned at a fashion mag) and same distaste for the “scene” of it all. eventually, esther’s mental health deteriorated and she entered treatment. she equates her depression to being trapped under a bell jar, struggling to breath and survive. after several suicide attempts, esther moves to a new facility with a new doctor, dr. nolan. she prescribes electro-shock therapy and has esther fitted for a diaphragm, freeing her from fear of sex and its consequences. additionally, her friend joan commits suicide—helping esther fully understand death and the story ends esther heading to an exit interview. hooray, esther kicks ass.
1: i’m interning at a fashion magazine: dress by oscar de la renta, jacket by jason wu, sandals by bottega veneta
2: with dr. nolan: dress by marc by marc jacobs, shoes by ferragamo, bag by celine
3: exit interview: marc jacobs head to toe
All images from Style.com.
the romantic portrait of the romanov family as do-good monarchs victimized by an irrational people is a little off to say the least. russia suffered a great deal under their watch, compounded by global change and world war i the country turned against their leaders. when it came to tsarina alexandra, they never liked her to begin with. she was more devoted to her personal life than her political duties and when the time came for her to rule in her husband’s absence, the country faltered even more. lets not even mention the whole rasputin thing. long story short, she probably had some nice furs.
1: i’m german: coat by marc jacobs, dress by dries van noten, shoes by dolce and gabbana
2: let’s go to the party anyway: fur by valentino, dress by jason wu, shoes by dries van noten
3: where are we going?: coat by j. mendel, dress by bottega veneta, shoes by celine
continuing with willie wonka at the behest of kristina (http://lucaluca.tumblr.com) i give you violet beauregarde. in the book and both films, violet is depicted as fiercely competitive. this spirit is illustrated with her gum chewing titles and her friendly rivalry with fellow competitor, cornelia, ha. anyway, violet always seemed to be simple in contrast to her counterpart, veruca. that doesn’t mean she was exactly kind though. she doesn’t seem the type that would grow up to be a fashion plate so i’m sure her style would take the backseat to her competitions. however, simple doesn’t mean she couldn’t be chic.
1: hi cornelia, sweetheart: pants and shoes by ralph lauren, sweatshirt by dries van noten, coat by charlotte ronson
2: you’re turning violet, violet!: skirt and top by oscar de la renta, scarf by dries van noten, tights and shoes by prada
3: off to the chocolate factory: coat by dries van noten, dress by marc jacobs, tights and shoes by celine
breaking from the pop-up travel blogging—so for the past few days i’ve been vacationing in anguilla. thus, i’m in a very summer breezy state of mind. jumping off the circe post and drawing on my surroundings i decided to post on calypso. now, before disney ruined the image of calypso with pirates of the caribbean, she existed as a greek sea nymph. she was most known for her role in the odyssey where she imprisoned odysseus on her island. eventually, of course, odysseus was set free to return home to ithaca. of course, for island living you’re gonna look to flowy and colorful stylings.
1: i’m calypso, this is my island: skirt by proenza schouler, shirt and necklace by dries van noten, boots by balenciaga, bag by bottega veneta
2: you’re stuck here: dress and shoes by versace
3: fine, go, get out of here: dress by diane von furstenberg, shoes by celine, bag by bottega veneta