In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re featuring Maureen O’Hara from the 1952 classic The Quiet Man for the 4th year in a row! Mary Kate Danaher’s brother won’t give her her dowry, and her husband is an Irish-American boxer (John Wayne) who won’t fight him for it, which only makes her angrier. Most of the film, she’s pissed off but she’s smiling brightly here, at the end. O’Hara is wearing a cornflower blue button-down shirt, a full red skirt with navy piping, a white apron and a sky blue scarf crisscrossed over her chest. The stunning redhead looks good in anything, but the combination of red, white and blue looks gorgeous on her (and supports her husband’s national colors!) Éirinn go Brách! <3
“We have changed but we’re still the same; After all that we’ve been through; I know we’re cool…” While covering all of our favorite looks from Gwen Stefani’s 2005 music video, “Cool,” here is the Hollaback girl herself wearing an old-fashioned bathing suit while canoodling with her boyfriend in a flashback. It’s definitely a happier time for the couple, while they’re hanging out on a dock in stunning Lake Como, Italy. Gwen sports a cornflower blue, 1950s one-piece with delicate white piping, and her cute jute cord wedges she has on in multiple scenes.
It was hard trying to find an outfit from a romantic comedy that also happens to feature the team colors of the New York Giants, who won the Super Bowl last night, but then we stumbled on this! Here is Jennifer Garner in Valentine’s Day (I guess it would have made more sense to post this on the actual holiday…) sporting an A-line blue skirt with a red and white polka-dotted cardigan, while Ashton Kutcher delivers her flowers at the school she teaches in. Garner certainly looks at home holding that textbook with her red nails and ponytail – if she didn’t get into acting, she would have made one adorable schoolteacher! This 2010 rom-com by Garry Marshall got horrible reviews, but it had some cute parts with these two, Julia Roberts and a bevy of other Hollywood A-listers. At least the girls got to wear some cute clothes! (Doesn’t that always make everything better?) Go Giants!
“O! say can you see by the dawn’s early light...” I guess Ralph Lauren wanted his grandchildren’s children to see the flag that inspired our national anthem, because he is one of the major contributors that donated the funds to save it! The flag in question, is the enormous Star-Spangled Banner that has hung in the Smithsonian over the last century. It was flown on September 14, 1814 in Fort McHenry, Baltimore, during the War of 1812, and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the haunting lyrics that later became the United States’ national anthem. Ralph Lauren, whose label epitomizes classic Americana sophistication, is no stranger to the national symbol, as his Polo brand’s icon is also Old Glory! In 1998, Polo Ralph Lauren pledged $10 million to the cause of saving the nearly 200-year-old piece of history. Lauren went on to actually give $13 million to the cause (which was nearly half of the money donated!) Lauren even wrote the forward for the 2008 book, Star-Spangled Banner: The Making of an American Icon, which tells the story of the flag and the measures taken to save it. Our editors were surprised to see the classy designer’s name printed outside the exhibition when we visited the flag last spring, and ended up investigating. Museum director Brent Glass said, “Ralph Lauren really reflects the American dream in his personal story,” as a Bronx-native named Ralph Lipchitz, who went on to build his own business that would make him a billionaire, and become synonymous with American style. Lauren stated, “The flag is an inspiration for all Americans and it captures the dreams and imaginations of men and women all over the world. I am a product of the American dream and the flag is its symbol. We at Polo Ralph Lauren are incredibly honored to be able to make this possible.” It’s nearly inconceivable to separate American sportswear from the Ralph Lauren label, so it makes sense that he will forever be affiliated with another icon that embodies the American experience. Today, it’s especially important to remember the sacrifices our veterans have made so we could all pursue our own American dreams, and remember how important Old Glory really is.
This “Tuesday Twosome” is extra special because it features some of our editors’ best friends! (Fun Fact: The sexy brunette on the right is actually this editor’s oldest friend, as we met in preschool!) The lovely couple, Danielle and Rob, got engaged this past Sunday and we’re so excited that they get their own post! Here they are at a recent wedding, looking smashing as usual! Danielle is wearing a very pretty pink strapless cocktail dress with an awesome statement necklace and matching bracelet, while Rob dons a light blue button-down with gray pants and a matching navy and silver striped tie. Their outfits are as well-coordinated as they are for each other. Congrats! <3
While a pair of basic black pumps would have seemed like the obvious go-to choice for a week dedicated to Breakfast at Tiffany’s, we wanted to choose a shoe that was inspired by the actual movie – and we found it! Here are the “At Tiffany’s” pumps by Hey Lady. These pair of scalloped heels are inspired by Audrey Hepburn herself and are colored (what else?) but Tiffany’s blue! Designed by the Leung Twins, sisters Emily and Jessica describe their fashion evolution on their website from chunky Mary Janes to “skinny stilettos!” Girls after our own hearts! The 3 inch heels cost $340 and can be purchased here on Hey Lady’s site.
Wonder Woman is probably the world’s most popular female superhero, and honestly why wouldn’t she be? She’s sexy, strong, smart, patriotic, and well-dressed – the epitome of the modern feminist. Wonder Woman was first featured in All Star Comics #8 in December of 1941 – the same month as the Pearl Harbor attacks! It’s so surreal Wonder Woman has been around that long. She is a princess of the Amazons and is known as Diana of Themyscira, aka Diana Prince when she moves to the United States. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston, a psychologist famous for inventing the polygraph. He wanted to create a superhero that fought with love instead of fists. When he presented the idea to his wife, Elizabeth, she said “Fine. But make her a woman.” Marston wrote in 1943: “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.” Originally, Diana fought the Nazis and other Axis powers after saving an American intelligence officer that crashed on her Amazonian island. Wonder Woman has superhuman strength, agility, and speed. She is quite adept at fighting in hand-to-hand combat and military tactics. Her most famous onscreen portrayal is the television series starring Lynda Carter that aired from 1975 to 1979. In the series, Carter looked like the perfect embodiment of a strong and saucy brunette. Wonder Woman enlists in the United States Navy under the name “Diana Prince,” as a First Class Petty Officer. While Carter looks strong and powerful as her natural self, her human alter-ego looks much softer – even in her Naval uniform (pictured, above right). Diana’s round-rimmed glasses give her a much less-threatening appearance (even geeky in some shots), but when she’s in costume, there’s no messing with this woman! As Diana, she wears many soft-looking fashion items, such as the pink frock featured on today’s “Look-of-the-Day.” When out of either uniform, Diana wears her go-to spectacles, floral prints, vests and other trendy 70s items, in a conservative sense… Hell! She’s even wearing stockings and a kimono in her one-piece bathing suit! But when Diana is in Wonder Woman gear, she’s an entirely different person. She has an extremely patriotic red, white and blue strapless leotard to show off her beautiful Amazonian physique. Like any well-equipped soldier (or sailor, in this case), every accessory of Wonder Woman’s outfit can be used for other purposes: her tiara acts as a projectile, her gold cuffs with red stars are indestructible, and her Lasso of Truth forces people to be honest when tangled in it. And her knee-high red and white boots? Well those are just for looking good! (Although, she’s probably be wearing something similar to this “Wednesday’s Shoe” in the age of the stiletto…) We don’t particularly like the look of the new Wonder Woman pilot that’s yet to be picked up with Adrianne Palicki (her outfit just looks too cheap, and she doesn’t look comfortable in the role), but we certainly loved Lynda Carter in the role! (Maybe because our editors were raised by another strong, dark brunette named Linda who also juggled everything going on in her world…) Well, Wonder Woman is everything our editors admire in a person and she manages to do it with great style!
Well, these would have made the perfect pumps for last weekend, but they’ll look cute for any weekend this summer! These red, white and blue peep-toe pumps are patriotic and nautical – perfect for this season! They can be purchased on one of our favorite sites, Baby Girl Boutique. They have a 4.5 inch heel and cost $59.00.
Princess Catherine was certainly theme-dressing for Canada in red and white for the royal couple’s visit to our northern neighbors this week. Here, William and Kate were seeing the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Quebec. Dressed in her famous Reiss dress from her official engagement photos, a Anya Hindmarch fan clutch, a fabulous red hat by Sylvia Fletcher at Lock and Co. with matching stilettos, and a maple leaf brooch, Kate looked like one cute Canadian flag! Even though she was dressing to celebrate a different former British colony, she fit right in with our 4th of July fashion theme this weekend – red, white and blue! (Saturday was going to be red and white, Sunday blue and Monday all three American colors, but we just realized – Kate’s widely known engagement ring from Princess Diana, who would have turned 50 yesterday had she lived, is quite blue!) God Bless the USA! (And Canada! And the UK!)
Helena Bonham Carter turned 45 today, and while she’s one of the most hated people on the red carpet, we kind of love that she does what she wants. (Yes, we’re a blog dedicated to style, and whether you like it or not, Miss Bonham Carter certainly has her own unique sense of it…) We’ve also discussed how fond we are of Colleen Atwood, the main costume designer Helena’s partner, Tim Burton, uses in the majority of his films. Here is a still from the trio’s wacky picture, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. As the worst baker in England, Helena plays Mrs. Lovett, a complete psychopath and devotee of Mr. Todd. Here is one of her fantasies of the couple on a beach – in red, white and blue, she is both nautical (a great tribute to Memorial Day) and still maintains Burton and Atwood’s crazy-looking style. And honestly, what’s a better accessory than Johnny Depp?