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2014/11/07 / Shanan

SYMMETRIC STYLE ICON: CHRIS PARKER

Do you ever pause, realize you’ve been sitting at the computer for over two hours and think, ‘what am I doing with my life?’  This might be one of those times.  Alas, alack.

I was going to write a post reflecting on pregnancy and motherhood, now that I’m just two weeks out from my due date. Instead, I bring you the next instalment of ‘style icons’ in which we look at wardrobe through the lens of Adventures in Babysitting, aka the best movie of 1987.

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Elisabeth Shue plays Chris Parker, the reluctant babysitter, and still to this day I think she’s one of the most beautiful women around. Back then, I wanted to be her. Now, I want to update her outfit of casual basics with versions in luxe fabrics and cooler cuts. Because frankly Chris, you deserve better.

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Don’t f*ck with the babysitter.

1.  Colorblock Streetcar Coat, Madewell. The oversized camel coat gets a modern makeover in this menswear-inspired two-tone number. Want.

2.  Vintage Gold Wash Pin, via Ruby Lane. Less 1980s, more 1880s as far as vintage accessories go.

3.  Eribe Loop Scarf, via Anthropologie. The rainbow scarf is, admittedly, a tough piece to pull off. This pure wool version is an improvement?

4.  J Brand Mid-Rise Super Skinny Jean, via Revolve.

5.  Champion Originals Leather Sneakers, Keds. Keds are so uncool they’re cool, right? (I own this exact pair)

6.  Diane Von Furstenburg Jenia Sweater, via Matches. If you’re going to rock a fuchsia sweater, at least do it in slouchy cashmere.

7.  Claudia Leather Gloves, Club Monaco. Buttery, sleek, Italian. Want, pt 2.

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2014/10/10 / Shanan

SYMMETRIC STYLE ICON: MISS HANNIGAN

I’ve found myself starting to compile a list of fictional characters whose style I’m pretty into, but am trying to veer away from the more predictable choices. Nobody needs another Annie Hall-inspired wardrobe post.  Now Annie, on the other hand…

First up in this series: Miss Hannigan from 1982’s classic kid’s flick, Annie.  God I loved this movie. At the time of course I had no true sense of the hilarity and brilliance that was Carol Burnett in the role as the queen of mean orphanage head, swanning around in her 1930s boudoir-esque outfits.

Now if only they would create an updated version of Miss Hannigan… oh wait, they did. Gah. I’m sorry but Cameron Diaz is just chewing scenery here. This is how I’d play it today:

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1.  Storm Vision dress by Samantha Pleet, via Bona Drag. Purple and flowy is the key… click the link so you can really see this baby in all its glory. It’s my new dream dress! Thanks in advance, Santa.

2.  Miss H. was never without a long necklace; this updated version would bring a little more delicacy to the proceedings. Braid Lariat Necklace by Heather Hawkins, via Shopbop.

3.  For when those orphans are working your last nerve: stainless steel purse flask, via Red Envelope.  It’s probably too hard to read in the collage above but this one says, “may you never go to hell but always be on your way.” Works for me.

4.  Braided Sky High sandals in antique gold, Swedish Hasbeens. I actually can’t recall what type of shoes ol’ H. wore but these seem appropriate – deco-inspired and fabulous, but still with the slightest hint of tacky.

5.  Fake it with some good costume jewelry. Cobalt double drop earrings by Kenneth Jay Lane, via Charm & Chain.

Now repeat after me: “WE LOVE YOU, MISS HANNIGAN.”

ps. Thanks to everybody for your kind words re: my last post.  We’ve received so many nice messages via the blog and Facebook and even on that last-century thing known as voicemail.  It’s been much appreciated.