Fashion

Belated Met Ball Bests

Yeah, I’m two days late. I get it. I’m teetering on irrelevancy. Sorry ’bout it – I’ve been preoccupied with the job hunt and all that accompanies it. I did, however, make the effort to set aside a hefty chunk of time on Monday night to view the live stream of the 2013 Met Gala red carpet procession. Let’s discuss.

Number 1:

This was the first time I had the pleasure of watching the live stream of this event. Well, I guess I had the pleasure last year, but I didn’t partake for one reason or another. I was probably busy building a miniature 3D floorpad for a new-and-improved Target men’s shop or something. (See: ‘Grant’ for more on this – one inch, hand-bent hangers included). I enjoyed every minute of the broadcast, both because Hilary Rhoda and Billy Norwich spoke with quite a few of my celebrity girl crushes AND because they did it in such a fantastically awkward way. Think back to the complete disregard of Leslie Mann and the Vivienne Westwood snub – both particularly painful. Really good bad TV.

Number 2:

The number of attendees that immersed themselves in the theme of the occasion was few and far between (though Hilary did make sure we knew what it was: PUNK, in case you missed the 23 reminders). I applaud those that went all out in honor of the evening and absolutely refuse to criticize the looks that were fitting with the rebellious spirit, no matter how ridiculous. (People have been so down on Miley, for one, and I won’t stand for it. I’m not even a Miley fan.)

Taking into account everyone involved, punk and non-punk, let’s round up the best of the best.

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Sarah Jessica Parker. Forever the fashion icon in my eyes (and one of the most gorgeous women alive. No, I do NOT think she resembles a horse, thank you), SJP turned it out as per ush. Keep doin’ your thing, girl. (Giles Deacon gown; Philip Treacy headpiece)

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Rooney Mara. Somehow she manages to look light, feminine, sexy, and edgy all at the same time. How does she do it? (Givenchy)

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Nicole Richie. Silver hair? Props to you, lady. Despite all of the white, this ensemble is oozing darkness. I wouldn’t typically be into it, but considering the occasion, she hit the nail on the head. (Topshop)

Nicole-RichieMiley Cyrus. Another chick that went all out with zero limitations. A totally obnoxious look that was, truthfully, just right for the event. (Marc Jacobs)

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Taylor Tomasi Hill. Killer spikes bring her Antoinette-like gown to an almost-punk status.

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ANDLet’s just take a moment to appreciate that this happened:

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And this:

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All of the Things

This is a blog intervention. It’s a complete revamp. I’ve been searching for more direction on my platform – brainstorming new blog names left and right; but nothing seemed to ‘fit.’ And then, it donned on me as I was toweling my hair after a shower. Straight from the mouth of “GIRL” Hannah Horvath came the words that inspired my new blog identity (and a higher meaning in general). In Season 2, Episode 5, at approximately 19 minutes and 57 seconds, Hannah has a revelation:

H:              Please don’t tell anyone this, but I want to be happy.

J:               Of course you do, of course you do, everyone does.

H:              Yeah, but I didn’t think that I did.

I made a promise such a long time ago that I was gonna take in experiences, all of them, so that I could tell other people about them and make me save them; but it gets so tiring trying to take in all of the experiences for everybody –  letting anyone say anything to me.

Then I came here. And I see you. And you’ve got the fruit in the bowl in the fridge with the stuff in the room and you’re touching me that way that . . .

And I realize, I’m not different. You know? I want what everyone wants. I want what they all want. I want all of the things.

I just want to be happy.

Of course, I don’t relate to all of Hannah’s words. But the idea that tangible things can bring a sense of well-being and happiness is something that I have always felt. It’s not materialistic – it isn’t. It’s something more than that. It’s a deep appreciation for great design and the innate beauty of  ‘things.’ It’s a sense of stability and a sense of home; a sense of satisfaction.

See, GIRLS got its start on television at a time that coordinates quite well with my life. Topics all center around young women trying to find their way in the difficult, transitional time between college and stable adulthood. I understand that, at this time, I’m not supposed to have access to all of the things that I love and lust for. But that makes me no less qualified to understand their power. Hannah gets a glimpse of the life she never knew she could have, and it is filled with lovely belongings all wrapped up in a renovated Brooklyn brownstone.

Owning nice things and USING them every day can enrich your life. Switching on my Tiny Teardrop Jonathan Adler lamp makes my soul feel light. Boiling water in my Hario kettle brings liveliness to my morning. Opening the pages of a Russell + Hazel notebook is a thrill. Unscrewing the cap on my Aesop face cleanser is day-changing.

It can be confusing because there are different schools of thought here. There is a long-enduring stigma attached to owning and appreciating tangible things. It has become fashionable and is thought sensible to flush your life of belongings and live simply (think, 1,000 square foot home structures). And that can work for some. But to a certain degree, I strongly believe in the power of ‘things.’ It’s not that I want clutter; in fact, I’m pretty cautious about straying from it. It’s not that I desire a mansion. I’ve said many times that a smaller, well-built home is my dream. It’s that I want each functional item that I own to be beautiful. And I want each beautiful, non-functional item to be of quality, to have a story and a design sense, to be in good taste. Less is more, but what remains is happiness-evoking – ‘things’ that bring joy; ‘things’ that bring meaning.

So, say hello to:

All of the Things

(Stylistic, not materialistic)

Whether it’s beauty, style, home interiors, or paper goods, all of the ‘things’ on my blog generate connectivity to the life that I imagine. By profiling and documenting the things that I love, I hope to manifest a lifestyle that I’m attracted to and inspire others to do so, too. If part of finding happiness is appreciating beautiful things, so be it!

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