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Hautelinks: Week of 11/27/14

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of our awesome readers! It’s a shorter Hautelinks this week due to the holiday. Just wanted to shoot a quick thanks to all of you for reading – YOU are what we’re thankful for this year! Now on to the links…

* Hahahaha: SNL’s “Back Home Baller” music video is so hilarious and relevant to our Thanksgiving lives. The wifi password part had me dying.

* Perfect for free time over break: Cupcakes & Cashmere lists the best documentaries on Netflix right now.

* From HuffPo, 10 ways to make your thanksgiving meaningful.

* And here is a great TED talk about being thankful.

* We’re so excited for the new Cinderella movie! The trailer is amazing — the best part is probably that Helena Bonham Carter has gone from Bellatrix LeStrange to the fairy godmother.

* Speaking of Bellatrix, here are some hilarious “Texts from the Harry Potter universe“.

* One more Bellatrix-related: xoVain ranks the most glamorous movie villains of all time.

* In case you didn’t know, we’ve been doing some blogging over on eBay lately. Our latest post on gift ideas for college students is perfect to send to the parent who has no idea what to buy for you.

* This is a pretty cool idea: Introducing “Average Barbie”, via ELLE.

* Also from ELLE, a great roundup of the best red carpet looks at the AMAs.

* This just in: Taylor Swift has made music history yet again.

* One more Taylor post: She reveals her thought process for getting dressed in the morning.

* Haha, toughest quiz ever: Hot guys vs Food, from Buzzfeed.

* Also from Buzzfeed, 33 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your Favorite Films.

* What type of shopper are you? I think I’m a marathoner… also a know-it-all. Oops.

* *Potential Trigger* Definitely NOT a lighthearted read but also so relevant to our readership: A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA. Long but worth it.

* *Also potentially triggering* This post from Jezebel is also relevant.

* On a much, much lighter note, Jenna Marbles’ Girl Hacks video had us LOLing. (NSFW due to language!)

* ‘Tis the season for lip balm and Rookie has some favorites to share.

* Good to know for the next time you shop there: Confessions of a former Victoria’s Secret employee, from XoJane.

* HelloGiggles has 25 books you should read before you turn 25.

* Oooh, this cinnamon bun popcorn has us drooling – definitely want to make!

* Important: Refinery 29 ranks the best “Friends” Thanksgiving episodes.

* No one does Thanksgiving drama like Blair and Serena. Here are 18 Gossip Girl Thanksgiving moments to take your mind off holiday stress, from Bustle.

* This tiny dog in a teddy bear costume walking on a treadmill will make all your Thanksgiving woes disappear.

* Do you need gift ideas for the blogger in your life? The Wonder Forest has you covered. We will happily accept any of these… wink, wink.

* Aaah, cute! Dog tries to reach tater tot. Epic struggle ensues.

* And finally, the cutest thing you’ll see all week: Tiny Hamster’s Tiny Thanksgiving!

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Movie Inspiration: Clue

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Fashion from Clue
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When the weather starts to get chilly and bleak, one of my favorite things to do is to curl up with a blanket and a good mystery, whether it’s in novel or in movie form.

While I appreciate a properly dramatic and suspenseful thriller, there’s nothing quite as wonderfully wacky and morbidly fun as Clue, the 1985 film adaptation of the popular board game (known as Cluedo for our readers outside of North America).

The murder mystery parody stars Tim Curry, Eileen Brennan, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd, Michael McKean, Martin Mull, and Lesley Ann Warren as the guests at Mr. Boddy’s fateful dinner party.

It was___ with the ____ in the ____: About Clue

  • The film, set in 1954, has the same basic idea as the board game: find out who killed Mr. Boddy, with what weapon, in what room.
  • It features the same cast of characters: Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, and Professor Plum. Each of them has been invited to Mr. Boddy’s mansion, where it’s revealed that they’ve all been blackmailed by their host.
  • True to the game’s nature, the movie has three possible endings.
  • Although the movie was financially unsuccessful upon its release in 1985, it has since developed a cult following.

Outfits Inspired by the Characters of Clue:

Ready to find out whodunnit? Let’s meet some of our rather unusual suspects!

Miss Scarlet

Miss Scarlet header
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Miss Scarlet, played by Lesley Ann Warren (a dead ringer for Susan Sarandon, no?), is a sardonic madam who runs an escort service in Washington, D.C. She’s willing to do almost anything to protect her secrets.

Although the board game character is typically depicted as a femme fatale dressed entirely in her namesake color, the film paints her as a “scarlet woman” who actually wears very little scarlet. Capture Miss Scarlet’s sultry movie look with a silky teal cami and a luxurious kimono jacket paired with dramatic wide-leg trousers. A lacy bralette adds a hint of the boudoir, while a sparkling necklace glams up the ensemble. Finally, pay homage to the board game version with a sexy pair of red patent stilettos and a matching satin clutch.

Miss Scarlet outfit
Product Information: Jacket, Top, BraletteTrousers, Heels, Purse, Necklace

Mrs. White

Mrs. White header

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While Mrs. White, played by Madeleine Kahn, is typically depicted as a maid in the board game, the movie’s version is quite the black widow. The darkly cynical and deeply jealous Mrs. White has left five deceased husbands in her wake, but denies involvement in any of their demises.

No need to develop homicidal tendencies to emulate Mrs. White’s killer style! Just pair a classic yet sultry LBD with lacy stockings and a pair of ankle-strap stilettos. A stark-white coat and luxurious faux-fur stole allude to the character’s name and will satisfy your Olivia Pope wardrobe fantasies. And what’s a black widow without a red hourglass? Make sure to complete the look with a swipe of bright crimson lipstick.

Mrs. White outfit
Product Information: Coat, Dress, Scarf, Shoes, Necklace, Tights, Lipstick

Mrs. Peacock

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Mrs. Peacock, played by Eileen Brennan, is a chatty senator’s wife who’s prone to hysterics. She’s being blackmailed for taking bribes to ensure her husband’s vote, but denies these accusations.

Aside from the prominently featured feathers in her movie costume, you’d almost think that Mrs. Peacock was in fact Colonel Mustard! Nevertheless, Mrs. Peacock’s ensemble is wonderfully kooky, just like her. Steal her delightfully eccentric aging-socialite look for yourself by pairing a feather-emblazoned cardigan with a mustard yellow skirt and shimmering sequin top. Orange socks tucked into ankle boots are an unexpected touch, while an eye-catching necklace further references Mrs. Peacock’s namesake bird. As a final touch, slip on cat-eye shades and clip some feathers into your hair.

Mrs. Peacock outfit
Product Information: Cardigan, Top, Skirt, Socks, Boots, Necklace, Hair Clip, Sunglasses

Professor Plum

Professor Plum header
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Professor Plum, played by Christopher Lloyd, is a womanizing ex-psychiatrist whose medical license was revoked due to his philandering ways. True to his board game counterpart’s typical characterization as the absent-minded professor, Plum wears a tweed suit complete with a bow tie and wooden pipe.

Snag his style and wear it with aplomb: a plaid, double-breasted blazer pairs perfectly with sharp, wine-colored trousers and a tie-neck blouse. Oxfords and wooden-rimmed glasses complete the academic look, while a pair of revolver-shaped earrings allude to the weapon that Professor Plum receives at the start of the movie.

Professor Plum outfit
Product Information: Blazer, Blouse, Scarf, Trousers, Shoes, Glasses, Earrings

What did you think?

Would you wear these outfits? Are you a big fan of Clue? (Or should I say “Cluedo” for our friends across the pond?) What other movie inspirations would you like to see? Let me know by leaving a comment!

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Fashion Inspired by Art: Louise Bourgeois’ “Maman”

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For a hot second in middle school, I was a bit of a goth kid. I wore a lot (A LOOOOT) of black, wore my hair long and straight, and shopped at Hot Topic with my similarly black-clad friends. It was a good fit for me; as an introverted kid already deeply entrenched in writing, literature, and art-making, I found friends with similar interests who introduced me to new obsessions, like anime, graphic novels, and tarot cards, and their styles influenced mine. They showed me how to wear eyeliner and lipstick. The important things, you guys!

I moved out of that style phase pretty quickly as I discovered fashion magazines and… other stores at the mall? But there are parts of it that have stuck with me forever: my penchant for dark clothes and all-black outfits with edgy elements, or creepy-weird jewelry and accessories.

So imagine my happiness when, in the last couple of seasons, tons of goth-inspired trends have emerged: leather body harnesses, brooding florals, black lipstick! And some of this year’s fall runways, like Emporio Armani, Erdem, and Katie Gallagher, showed looks that draw from all these trends, ushering in an fresh, edgy, and feminine look I can only describe as ‘grown-up goth.’

In this Fashion Inspired by Art post, I’m going to show you how to rock this look using the dark, twisty, and feminine sculpture “Maman” by Louise Bourgeois:

Bourgeois Maman
Louise Bourgeois’ “Maman.” | Photo Credit

About Louise Bourgeois and “Maman”

Louise Bourgeois was born in 1911 in Paris to an upper-middle class family. Her family life was difficult as a child, due to her father’s affair with her governess; her tenuous relationship with her father would go on to inspire many works of art. Bourgeois enrolled in the Sorbonne in 1930 and studied art until 1938, when she met her husband and moved to the United States.

She slowly gained recognition throughout the next four decades, exhibiting with big name artists like Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and the De Koonings. She is one of the first women to have a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, (after Georgia O’Keefe, natch) and she represented the United States in the Venice Biennale and the Whitney Biennial many times. She continued to make art until her death in 2010, including a collaboration with Tracey Emin in early 2010.

Bourgeois is recognized as the originator of ‘confessional art’. Many of her sculptures and paintings focused on her childhood memories and her anxiety about the future, and easily evoked themes like loneliness, womanhood, and depression through psychic imagery that’s both creepy and comforting.

Her most recognizable work is easily “Maman,” a tribute to Bourgeois’ mother who died when Bourgeois was only 21; her mother was a weaver of tapestries, and Bourgeois always associated her weaving, cleverness, and motherly qualities with spiders. Bourgeois was reportedly so distraught with her mother’s death that she threw herself into a river, only to be rescued by her father.

Outfits inspired by “Maman”

While I would never accuse Bourgeois of being a goth or a Gothic artist, I can see why my inner goth kid is drawn to her work; her palette is dark, her symbolism is twisty and powerful, and her themes are difficult and sad. At the same time, her work is also incredibly elegant and sophisticated; there are no unnecessary flourishes or details to detract from the work’s message.

This philosophy can be applied to the ‘grown-up goth’ look: sleek, sophisticated, and unfussy silhouettes combined with dark colors and edgy accents.

Slayer

Bourgeois look two
Duster, Lipstick (in Slayer), Mascara, Eyeliner, Dress, Creepers, Tights, Harness

The easiest way to channel this edgy and elegant look is to update an easy outfit formula – like a comfy cardi and a floral dress with tights – with killer accessories, like creepers and a leather harness. If the harness is too intense for you, a daintier body chain will achieve a similar effect without being too in-your-face.

I think an outfit like this looks best with a bold black lip and a complementary cat eye, but if a solid black lip intimidates you (I totally understand!) you can try lining your lips with the black and filling the rest of your lips in with a red for a vampy ombre look.

Immortal

Bourgeois look
Blazer, Blouse, Bowler, Necklace, Tights, Skirt, Lipstick (in Immortal), Booties

The sophisticated goth ensemble draws a lot of inspiration from both boho and rocker styles, especially when it comes to luxe textures. So, if you already have a lot of velvet, lace, and faux leather pieces, creating looks like this one should be a snap.

A simple silky button-down becomes edgy and unexpected when paired with a black velvet blazer and a full-length lace skirt. Pointy-toed booties and a bowler hat add fashion-forward flair, while a metallic purple lippie provides an unexpected but gothy element. Pick up the purple in your lipstick with an edgy opal necklace.

Diva

Bourgeois look three
Vest, Blouse, Flats, Bag, Lipstick (in Diva), Perfume, Jeans

For a more subtle yet glam outfit, pair high-waisted jeans that have a steampunk-y detail with a floral tie-front blouse and a long, sleek vest. Finish with polished pointy-toe flats and a monochromatic bag for an ensemble that could totally work for the office.

A swipe of deep burgundy lipstick adds a perfect gothic punch, while a spritz of a complex but delicious perfume elevates the look from luxe to super-luxe.

What do you think?

Were you a goth kid in middle school/ high school? How do you feel about Louise Bourgeois “Maman”? Would you ever wear dark lipstick? Let me know in the comments below!

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