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.
as you might imagine, i spend a lot of my time in stores. thus, a solid retail experience is very important to me. recently i stopped in the marc jacobs collection store for their 70% off sale. i have only ever bought two things here about a year ago but even so the girl who sold them to me knows where i work, always remembers me and has learned my shopping style to a t. now she knows as well as i that i’m not going to buy anything yet the friendliness persists which i find genuine and refreshing. it keeps me going back and i wish i knew her name but she is dark skinned with long black hair. on the other hand, the marc by marc jacobs store is a completely different story. it’s like falling into a lion’s den of beautiful people who don’t think their jobs or your time is worth any trouble. i’ve bought a lot of stuff here over the past year but i’m done with it, the store associates are too cliquey for my taste. they hop back and forth between the many marc by marc outposts in the west village and carry on very personal conversations. you can’t help but feel excluded from their special club of affected beautybots. and to be frank, the product is not worth my money either (don’t get me started on the ‘stuff store’). regrettably, marc by marc jacobs is a diffusion of not only marc jacobs collection but marc jacobs collection service. wise up to the retail scene marc by marc staffers because right now you’re in a sad state.
1: frye for marc by marc jacobs boots
2: marc jacobs collection boots
when thinking of romeo and juliet i often forget how young they were. once the whole story plays out she is barely a teenager and even her father considers marriage proposals from “the valiant paris” too hasty. however, i need not get in to the details of this story for we all know it very well. instead, consider a fourteen year old’s take on the clothing. it’s one of those ages where everything can be so fun, bright colors, quirky silhouettes and basically anything goes. now, juliet is a capulet which probably means she wanted for very little in her life. and if the heiresses and socialite daughters of today teach us anything, it’s that they each have loveable style all their own (thinking more of lydia hearst and byrdie bell types not hiltons or lohans). so without further delay, i give you juliet capulet…a charming young woman of verona.
1: party at capulet mansion: dress by reem acra, bow by luella, bag by marc by marc jacobs, shoes by dvf
2: marrying romeo in secret: dress, bag and clogs by chanel, bow by erin fetherston
3: off to see friar laurence: shirt by devi kroell, skirt by burberry prorsum, coat and bag by luella, clogs by chanel, hat by isaac mizrahi
pippie longstocking had the life every child pretty much dreams of. a house all to herself, really good friends and an endless quest for adventure. what am i saying? she has the life children and adults dream of, lucker. anyway, when thinking of pippy longstocking (had she been grown up) one has to take into account how a child would develop their style on their own. certainly for many of us, we wore what was laid out for us on our beds or what came home in shopping bags before every school year. i myself had a bit more input than that in my clothes, duh. i imagine pippie’s style would be the conglomeration of attic finds, stowed away boxes all with a careless disregard for convention. adventure on, pippie.
1: shirt and bag by marc by marc jacobs, shorts by luella, tights by erin fetherston, shoes by converse
2: dress by moschino cheap and chic, shoes and socks by rag and bone
3: shorts and socks by alexander wang, shirt by moschino cheap and chic, shoes by rag and bone