70s Vibes – Groovy Jives

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The greatest music of all time was recorded in the 70s – we are talking Zeppelin, Journey, Foreigner, Pink Floyd, I could go on… Needless to say the style is rad too. I am really digging the 70s jams going on in the fashion world right now. Ever since Nicole Richie rocked her boho style post “Simple Life,” I was hooked. These bell bottoms were an awesome find in Hawaii. I really started with these “bad boys” (fit for the Brady Bunch) as a base for this look. This look is also perfect for… you guessed it… FESTIVAL season! Even if you’re not throwing down a down payment on a Ford Focus to listen to jams in a dustbowl with the #Jenners, rock out to some chill tunes on your iPod and bust out some flares – you’ll feel Groovy.

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Transport Tote, Madewell

Jeffrey Campbell Lita Platforms

Ray Bans Aviator Sunnies

Jewelry, Vintage/Italy

Duster, Urban Outfitters

Bell Bottoms, Pacsun

Top, American Eagle

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“We’re the Gladiators” (now, sing all together with Lorde)

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I can remember in 2008 (yes, I am going to get year specific here) when gladiator sandals were starting to merge onto the scene. My initial thoughts were, ‘guuuuurlllll you goin’ to a toga party?’ (Because that is completely how I articulate my thoughts). I was too judgmental. Like any new trend, we evaluate the lasting power. Who knew with the skinny jeans? Bootleg jeans are now the new mom jeans, and mom jeans are the new Topshop best seller! Gladiator sandals can be subtle or “in ya FACE.” These sandals are quite versatile, they always look cool and boho, and they give those flip flops a rest. We all know flip flops are sloppy and we should limit them to the poolside and gym shower. They are fungus protectors, not fashion. I think the versatility and effortlessness is what makes gladiators a favored sandal choice. We are going on almost 8 years now, gladiator sandal. You go Glen Coco. Snaps for you! Here are my four different takes on the gladiator for four different types of women. I would wear them all, but it would’t be the first time I have been told “it’s like you’re four different people, Hannah!”

1. Steve Madden “Plato” Sandal, $46.86. These “pop-a-color” sandals are super fresh. I am really fond of the tangerine hue. There is also something about these sandals that reminds me of the salt water sandals I used to wear when I was little, but much more modern and sophisticated. Can we just comment on he name as well… Plato? Get it? Greek philosopher! So fetch.

2. Stuart Weitzman Nappa Leather Gladiator Sandals, $398. These bad boys are daaaarrrrring. I think “gladiator inspired” is too lenient for these sandals – hashtag: Russel Crowe. I used to be afraid of the gladiators that came up so high, but now I think they are supes amaze. I can just see these paired with little bohemian tunic dresses and beachy waves – a spring and summer staple for the boho ladies.

3. Tan Metal Heel Gladiator Sandals, $38. These need a new name, but these are a sophisticated take on the gladiator. Never too much, and very classy, these sandals would be very versatile in any lady’s wardrobe. Also, a tribute to the petite women, these sandals will offer that relaxed bohemian feel, but still offer that little bit of height you lose with flats (your feet will also thank you for the arch support, real flat sandals all day can make your pups bark!)

4. “Cachetta” Metalic Gladiator Sandal, $995. I loved these before I knew they were Louboutins! These are just so luxe and visually interesting. The straps almost mimic bangles for your feet. The gold sheen and the beautiful lines make these gladiator sandals truly remarkable. I do not think I can justify the almost 1k price tag, but I can appreciate the design and visualize possible outfits in my head.

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My Life in Movies: Marie Antoinette

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Marie Antoinette

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One of the most aestetically pleasing movies of all time has to be Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. Despite the beatings it received from critics, the film does exactly what it’s supposed to do, offer a look at the French queen in an updated way with cool post punk beats.

How can a film laced with Ladurée confections and custom made Manolo Blahniks not be just the most beautiful freaking thing that you have ever seen!? From the piled high pink pastel and sometimes boat bearing wigs to the silk embroidered garments, grown-up dress up players would lust over, this film has some serious eye candy.

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I remember watching this by myself when I was home sick from school. It’s a good movie to watch alone for the first time so haters don’t taint it for you (Twilight should be watched alone too). It was a movie I could see a lot of people hating, the acting is a bit dodgy really, but I didn’t care. I knew it would be my spring go-to movie. It was lovely and smart and picturesque. It made me want to be rich, royal, and young in the 1700s complete with garden parties, and hide and go seek at Versailles.

 If you have not seen this movie, I would recommend that you do . It also has a super dope soundtrack! Happy movie watching!
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These are hardly historically accurate for “Le Mode” of Marie Antoinette’s time, so I took some modern liberties in true Sofia Coppola fashion. I would like to see what a modern Marie Antoinette would wear. I see her now, parading around in designer duds, floral crop tops, perhaps even some studded Jeffrey Campbells, all with the same lovely pastel color palette, living beyond her means, making everyone mad. I feel sponsored by top shop, but I love these pieces.
1. Floral Crown, Etsy $8; 2. Cropped Vest, Topshop $16; 3. Digital Peony Bikini Top, Topshop $26; 4. Blusher in Pink, Topshop $9; 5. Antique Jacquard Midi Skirt, Topshop $96; 6. Sugar Lip Treatment in Rosé, Fresh $22; 7. Dance Instead of Walking Heel in Pink, Modcloth $38; 8. Forever New Macaroon Ring Case in Rose and Lavender, Forever New $8.
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I don’t know how you can even begin to try to replicate Versailles decor without a proper chandelier. If I were to decorate a Monarch inspired palace these items would suit the decor quite nicely. Not too lavish, just enough. I think that even Lisa Vanderpump would approve of these pieces. Wink, wink.
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