I’d happily spend days on end watching Audrey Hepburn on screen in everything from Charade to How to Steal a Million. If Audrey Hepburn were alive she would have been 82 today and a toast is in order. To the woman that has inspired many with her words of wisdom on How to Be Lovely, her ability to charm the pants of anyone, and her grace. It’s why she was so convincing as the prostitute with a heart of gold in Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Audrey Hepburn possessed real gum-shun, she had a persona that was willing to give all it could and ask nothing in return. With all my love, I only wish I could have met her.
Over the weekend I took a trip to the Upper East Side to see the house that she lived in, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s – located at 169 East 71st Street. The only way I could definitely identify it was by the molding around the door. Nevertheless it’s time to watch a little Audrey and celebrate the life of one of the most amazing actresses ever to grace the silver screen.
Recollection of the angst we possessed in our youth can always be found in the now classic nineties film The Craft. Wishing for supernatural powers to take care of life’s problems may not be within our grasp but we can always invoke the spirit of Rochelle (Rachel True) and the rest of The Craft coven with a few gothic pieces. Although they technically weren’t the kind of coven that beckoned bubble bubble toil and trouble over a cauldron, if Rochelle ever tried to cook anything I’m sure she’d have used something similar to the witches’ kitchen special edition multi-leaf stacked set by Artecnica. What I loved about Rachel True’s style in The Craft was the jewelry, especially after all the uniforms and odd (definitely nineties) ensembles, this one-eyed skull ring from Clovis has that same aura of dark energy. Nothing says Catholic school girl quite like a pleated skirt, but after wearing them myself for four years, I have no desire to slip into any version of that plaid staple – instead this simple black Therapy pleated skirt will do just fine. Studs and spikes were a trademark for the girls of The Craft and these Alexander McQueen boots are definitely witch worthy. Now if only I could get Rachel’s coif of defined curls I’d be set.
With the split from Zac Efron to the latest leaking of sexy photos, I know not what to make of Vanessa Hudgens. I also, as it happens don’t know what to make of this Jenny Packham dress from the Sucker Punch premiere last night at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in LA. I hate the front but love the back of this Jenny Packham dress, the cut is super sexy, but something is off. Even coupled with her signature smoky eye, the whole ensemble just doesn’t pop. But I love her trademark curly updo and her accessories. This look pulls me in several different directions, but the more I stare at it, the more I like it. Maybe it’s more important whether or not I’m going to enjoy the film, and that is to be determined this weekend.
Let me make this perfectly clear, Holly Golightly isn’t my favorite of all of the characters that Audrey Hepburn has played, but that doesn’t stop me from hanging out on Fifth Avenue in front of Tiffany’s imitating the opening scene. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is probably the single most recognizable Audrey Hepburn film, and the film that has immortalized her in the style diaries of so many women. Some turn their nose up at the fact that in reality Holly Golightly was a prostitute of sorts, but if that be the case, she was a very well dressed one. The claw foot tub sofa is the kind of deconstructed-chic design piece that doesn’t quite make sense but does. Deep down, I’m the kind of romantic sap that would love it if a guy gave me the ring from a cracker jack box over a diamond with questionable Africa conflict ties. Waking up in the afternoon like Holly takes a skill I have yet to perfect and the Holly GoNightly’s sleep mask is the perfect tool to help me practice. Holly tossed around quite a few pieces of costume jewelry and each tiara was as bewitching as the other but I love these fantasy crystal earrings because the remind me of the ones she wore while casually discussing her trip to sing-sing. It’s an intense shade of pink but if anyone could have pulled this Dolce & Gabbana Barbie pink dress, it would have been Holly.
Before that film Sienna Miller starred in in 2006 (Factory Girl), there was the real Edie Sedgwick. Muse to Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan, now bona-fide style icon, the artist-model-actress-socialite, Edie had a mod style that lives in infamy, complete with charcoal, messy eyeliner and cute little shift dresses. Creating the Edie Sedgwick eye means breaking a couple make up rules, like severely lining under the eye, and doing that thing they did in the sixties – putting eyeliner in the crease of the eye, the darker the black eyeliner the better. When you spend your days haunting factories, ceiling lights aren’t always at your fingertips and that Tiffany lamp is the perfect updated version of the sixties decor staple. She was the girl in black tights, and she always paired those black tights with something equally as chic, this tribal beaded shift dress from Catherine Malandrino is emblematic of quintessential Edie Sedgwick style. One of the most enviable traits of Edie’s style was her jewelry collection, she had a thing for over-sized chandelier earrings, and she’d have definitely loved this pair of Jelani earrings from Dannijo. I don’t smoke, never have and never will but these colorful Fantasia cigarettes from Nat Sherman are so chic, so cute, and so Edie.
 The piece for the ultimate glamor gal, loaded with tons of Swarovski crystal beads, in Spring’s freshest color palette, this Swarovski Glamour Mint necklace is oozing with opulence. Its knots of fuschia, pinks, iridescent white and mint green make it totally wearable with jeans, a boyfriend blazer and a slouchy tunic, or an LBD for girls night out.
 When Missoni named Leighton Meester one of the stars of their spring campaign I fell in love all over again. Missoni’s Tilde spaghetti strap dress infuses everything I love about color into one of its signature prints, creating a dress in a figure flattering silhouette I absolutely adore.
 Maybe it’s the impending nuptials of Kate and William, but I’m finding all sorts of Britain’s favorite accessories more and more attractive. From hats to gloves, I’d even be on board for dressing up like Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady for the races at Ascot, with a little twist on the color scheme of course. These Duck Egg Blue Suede Gloves are 100% leather and completely irresistible.
 Ever have a really shiny nail polish that you just wish you could find in matte? Essie’s Matte About You saves me the trouble of searching for matte nail polish (which is like searching for a needle in a haystack), with one coat of this Essie formula any of my favorite polishes turns matte within seconds. I plan to put it to good use this season.
 The legend of Narcissus tells about a man who was so in love with his own reflection that he fell in to a lake and drowned while starring at his own reflection. I don’t plan to die staring at my own reflection but this made to order mirror by Esque Studio, aptly named Narcissus reminds me a little bit of the one from Beauty and The Beast and I’d be delighted to have it sit on my vanity.