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You is Kind, You is Smart, You is Important

If you have read any novels recently, and are not buried in a hole deep in the bowels of Mongolia, than you have heard of The Help, by Kathryn Stockett.  The post title is indeed a line from the book, my favorite line of it all.  My book club read it over a year ago.  It was phenomenal.  I was reticent to see the movie because of the deep love and respect I had for the book and the writing, though I knew I would end up seeing it no matter what.  Last night was the night, and it was nothing short of fabulous.  More often than not, books that are made into movies fall short.  Did this one?  Thank goodness, no, it did not.  The casting was dead-on.  The flow of the movie was excellent.  Did I feel the magic of the story all over again?  Yes, indeed I did, so much so that fat, splashy tears ran down my cheeks.  RUN, do not walk, to see this movie.  First, though, make sure you have some besties with you and a healthy supply of tissues.   Then go out for chocolate pie afterwards….. :)

A bonus point to the movie was the costuming. Lovely, fitted 1960’s housewife dresses; bright blue capris that-I swear- J.Crew is carrying the cousin of right at this very moment-vivid colors, bright prints….It’s Mad Men style but pumped up and girlier.  I found this article discussing the costuming by Sharen Davis, whose own grandmother worked as ‘the help’ in Shreveport, LA .  How did she design a wardrobe for southern belles dressing for bridge club?

“For costume designer Sharen Davis, that meant hyper-feminine dresses in Easter egg shades, with bold floral prints, modest necklines and full skirts nipped at the waist.“This is probably the most color I’ve ever used in my life,” said Davis, whose credits include “Dreamgirls” and “Ray.” “And it’s the first time I have not used a color palette for a film. Each of the women had her own story, her own home and her own color palette.”Davis built 50 costumes from scratch using vintage fabrics (the rest were sourced from costume rental shops and vintage stores).  The job was challenging because the film, which opens Wednesday, was shot in Greenwood, Miss., where resources were nil. “The only store is a Walmart. There wasn’t even a Starbucks or a Target,” she said. “I had to fly a lot of people back to L.A. for fittings on the weekends.”

One of my favorite looks of the film was on Celia.  This top?  I want. Anthro could SO recreate this.  Are you lookin’, textile designers?  It’d sell like hotcakes.

And this subtle, pink, large-scale gingham printed dress just reads Corey Lynn Calter to me:

See those sleeves and neckline, Anthro?  I want.  I would buy.  I promise.

Go and see this movie.  But read the book first.  You’ll fall in love twice. Guaranteed.

I did not wear this outfit below to the movie, but did wear it on Sunday.  This skirt has been awesome to me.  I can’t believe I can still get it on, albeit wedged up and over the belly, completely unzipped.  Nothing a tank and cardi can’t disguise, right?  No belly band needed.

Wearing: Skirt-Anthropologie Odille, Top-ATL, Cardi-J.Crew Jackie, Belt-J.Crew Outlet, Shoes-Anthropologie, Cuff-Anthropologie

I’m so proud….I’ve already finished two book mobiles I told you about in my last post.  I’ll have an instructional later this week.  They are SO EASY, and I mean that.  But today, I’m off to Houston for the BHLDN sneaky peaky.  I can’t wait!  Another reason to be stoked?  Two items on my wishlist finally hit sale, which I promptly snagged this morning:

My lovely friend Calliope

and

my other bestie, Baubled Fan

What were you able to snag?  This free shipping deal is going to get me in mucho troublero.  I can feel it already.  I’ll be back with a full report, mostly likely Thursday.  Have a lovely day!

xoxo Molly

 

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Herkies for Anthro

This weekend I shall head to the Mothership. I heard via the awesome personal shopper Michelle (hey woman!) that some mighty fine Pilcro colored denim has arrived.  I shall scope.  I shan’t try on….dear me, no…..my regular size might get up to my knees, but not past them.  And that’s just too darn depressing for words.  I’ll just pet them for now.  You’ll for sure find me in the back of the store, checking out this loungey number:

Thistledown Robe

Don’t you think this would be an excellent post-pushin’ piece to slip into?  I’ve never owned a silk robe, and I’ll be darned if this isn’t just the perfect excuse to buy one.  I also like this one, but it’s dry clean only, whereas the Thistledown Robe is hand wash approved.  In my closet, ease of fabric care always wins.  I also have to return the Bento Box Top that arrived from a charge send, because…well, I’m not feeling it.  It’s too short to wear right now as I was planning, and later on, after I’ve deflated, I still fear it will be too short for the silhouette I’d like with skinny jeans and boots.  No worries….I’ll just put it towards my Chies fund.  I’m also hoping next week’s markdowns will make me want to do a cheer move, herkie style, by seeing the Calliope and the Million Pleats Midi finally make the cut, so I could use a store credit to help me out there.  (I was actually pretty good at Herkies back in the days of my JV cheerleading career.  The last time I attempted a herkie was on the trampoline with my kiddos and was devastated to learn that my bladder ain’t what it used to be).  Don’t you think it should be the law of the universe or something that the more children you grow and birth from your very own loins, the prettier, perkier, tighter, and nicer you automatically become?  In the United States of Molly, that’s the way it would work. All of my readers have immediate citizenship, by the way.  We’d all be able to perform perfect herkies.  Free soft pretzels are also handed out on every street corner, and Anthropologie stores magically appear right outside your door when you click your heels together 3 times.  The United States of Molly ain’t too shabby, eh?

 

Wearing: Dress-Banana Republic Maxi, Shoes-Nine West Jaxon, Cardi-ATL, Belt-J.Crew Outlet, Earrings-Banana Republic

I’ve been horrible about taking outfit photos this week.  I indeed HAVE been clothed….it’s just been hectic, and the usual time I take photos, (like when the sun isn’t burning a dang whole in my head) we’ve been at the pool.  I only go outside for bodies of water these days.  Otherwise, you’ll find me worshiping the air conditioner inside.

I have a WHOLE SLOUGH of Anthrofied DIY projects to get going on.  The heat is messing with my motivation.  The belly is too.  I finished one project last weekend that involved some of this with a canvas, hot glue, the sun, and a hairdryer:

Crayons dipped in Walnut Ink

I’ll show you the completed project once it’s hung. It was a project I did for the playroom or possibly the kids’ bathroom.  It’s quirky and fun, Anthro-kids style.  Other projects coming up?

A bunch of these for my kids reading corner:

Awesome Book Mobiles

And a bunch of these, for my daughter’s room.

Yarn ball clusters/mobiles

If I finish these in the coming week, I may want to do some more herkies.  But perhaps I’ll use visualization techniques, imagine the Russian judge giving me a perfect 10 for my herkie, and call it good.

Any of you seen the Lepidoptera Dress in stores yet?  I know it’s out already, cause I’ve seen two reviews online.  I want your impressions.  I’m hoping it’s there in my store when I pop in for a vizzy, but otherwise, those of you, my readers, those without belly hotels going on, who I appreciate and love, please try the dang thing on and tell me how it fits!  I’m sure the sash is removable.  It will be if I get it!  Take some photos and send them my way!  I’d love to see and post pics of you doing what I can’t do for myself right now.

Happy weekend to you all!

xoxo Molly

P.S.  Bumpies-don’t forget to send me your photos.  It’s been kinda quiet.  I’ve had two submission thus far.  C’mon, ladies.  Let your bump so shine….

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