Why 80s Movies Are the Best.

Why 80s Movies Are the Best.

I’m almost positive that John Hughes is my spirit animal. His love for 80s music and his films resonate so strongly in my 80s-loving heart. Today’s thought is this: 80s movies are the absolute best because they’re so ridiculously unrealistic.

 

Ferris Bueller skipping school, stealing a Ferrari, singing in a city parade, and making it back home without his parents finding out? Yeah right.

Marty McFly going back in time only to have his mother fall in love with him and nearly mess up the space-time continuum?! Ummm, okay.

Bad boy Johnny Castle teaching awkward teen girl how to dance? Hmmm… Doubtful.

Duckie Dale being so in love with his childhood best friend as she falls for some rich dude? No way… (Okay that’s probably more realistic than most…)

 

My point is, they’re so unrealistic that they leave one with a feeling of hope. It’s hard to explain. 80s movies, at least for me, make me want to go out and live my best life. They inspire me to make real relationships with people and to experience life without the help of a phone or computer screen.

Maybe it’s the super teased hair and crazy shoulder pads…. maybe it’s the carefree teen spirit that seems to have been lost with the obsession of social media. Maybe I’m looking too much into this. I just really love 80s movies, okay?!

Until Next Time,

KV

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Music Moment: Harry Styles

Music Moment: Harry Styles

As I sit in Barnes & Noble writing this blog post, Harry Styles’s album is on repeat throughout the store, as if they knew I would be here today. The smell of coffee + a good album + being surrounded by books? I’m in my element.

 

Mes amis, it is long past time for another album review. And what better way to get back on track than with Harry Styles’s debut solo album? Warning: Be prepared for lots of cliché, fangirl comments. (I will, however, try to keep those to a minimum.)

I think I can speak for almost all One Direction fans when I say that we held our breaths in hesitant anticipation for this album. And it did not disappoint.

Let’s start with the basics.

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The album cover has a light pink color scheme, which was a bit surprising to many. Rolling Stone had the opportunity to ask Harry what made this particular color stand out to him. Styles responded by quoting the Clash’s Paul Simonon: “Pink is the only true rock & roll colour.”

As for the content, there are 10 songs: the golden number for an album (in my oh-so-humble opinion). Not only that, there are essentially 10 different genres jammed into this one album.

Upon listening to the album the first time through, I had the thoughts of a skeptic. But after the third time it played (my rule of thumb), I fell more and more in love with Styles’ solo work.

Each songs carries a different atmosphere or energy. However, it all seems to revolve around a certain raw, vintage vibe. Whether it’s Beatles or Bowie inspired, not many up-and-coming solo artists can make an album filled with different genres of music. From the psychedelic opening track “Meet Me in the Hallway” to the alternative rock vibe of “Only Angel” to the acoustic, dark Jack Johnson feel of “From the Dining Table”, Harry has definitely not shied away from experimenting with his musical talents.

I think the reason this album works so well is partially because he is being completely open with his audience. As Styles says in his Rolling Stone interview, “I didn’t want to write stories. I wanted to write my stories, things that happened to me. The number-one thing was I wanted to be honest. I hadn’t done that before.”

And one could say he is being honest almost to the point of recklessness. His lyrics are a 180 degree difference from the One Direction days. Forget the happy, feel-good songs about puppy love. More risqué than ever, Harry is jumping onto the current music scene with a classic twist. He opens up about his personal experiences and life, discussing women, drugs, and relationships. From the sexy sound of “Kiwi” to the more subdued folk twang of “Two Ghosts”, each song is diverse and creative.

Favorite song: Kiwi or Woman

Least favorite song: Ever Since New York

Overall I give this album a 8.5/10 for aesthetics, content, and originality. I truly applaud Harry for his efforts in creating a style that is all his own. I love that he branched out and played around with his music. While I don’t think he has necessarily found his niche yet, I truly believe Harry is well on his way to becoming a future music legend. I cannot wait to his what he continues to do. And to those who are condescending or doubtful of this new persona… I don’t think this is the “new” Harry Styles. I just think it’s Harry Styles as he has always wanted to be.

Love you, H. x

 

-KV

Fashion Flashback: La Nouvelle Vague.

Fashion Flashback: La Nouvelle Vague.

Welcome to a new segment of my blog called Fashion Flashback! Considering how much I appreciate the art of alliteration, I think it only appropriate that these posts are to be published on Fridays.

Today I’m talking about a wonderful era still freshly imprinted upon my mind: The French New Wave. Known as La Nouvelle Vague, The French New Wave was a 60s cinematic revolution that continues to inspire and intrigue audiences today. Its influence can be seen in many modern movies, in the realms of both cinema and style. As a fashion fanatic, the style of the French New Wave is absolutely impeccable. And it is perfect for a summer look book.

Without further ado, here are some signature French New Wave looks.

  1. Black Turtleneck, Black Pants (Les Quatre Cent Coups, 1959.)
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    I know, I know. It might seem unrealistic to wear this in the summer (even though this is my go-to outfit in every season), but it’s time to take some style advice from a pre-teen. This kid is ridiculously cool, even with his one outfit throughout the entire film.P.S. Check out his style evolution that came with the usage of technicolor film! Still super rad.

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  2. Stripes. (À Bout de Souffle, 1960.)
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    165f8b2e40586176bfb127f90f5572eeJean Seberg captures the essence of vintage chic in this stunning dress. It is perfectly shaped and fitted. (And her adorable pixie cut only adds to the luxe of this look!)

    Seberg wasn’t the only French kitten (actually, she’s American..) to sport a nice striped something. Check out this trio in Jules et Jim (1962).

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  3. Effortless Cool. (À Bout de Souffle, 1960.)
    d51750f6048169d567e175daa1306d23cf0a538f4041dac3ca4d13e17f385ff8I would be completely amiss if I didn’t also credit Jean-Paul Belmondo for his trop stylé attire in this film. Attempting to mimic American actor Humphrey Bogart, Belmondo seems to put an irresistible French twist on an American classic.
  4. Rouge et Bleu. (Pierrot Le Fou, 1961.)f5f44d9582b1e0fff96694b56eb5cf311682753e3acbbd418b07700e2256c3ea36457db7cbe2ed47267db4a9097abb6fLet’s just take a moment and appreciate the costume designer for this film because all of their outfits are absolutely sublime. Karina and Belmondo compliment each other so well in these gorgeous nautical colors. (Not to mention the essential French colors!) The poppy reds and baby blues blend perfectly together for the spring/summer season.

 

While these outfits are decades old, they still hold with strong resonance today. Hopefully these 60s babes could inspire you to stylistically stretch yourself this summer. If you have any cute summer outfits, send them my way! I want to see what you come up with.

P.S. Stay tuned for next week’s exciting post. (Hint: Apocalyptic signs.)

 

À bientôt!

KV