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Impressions of a 5-year-old: What I Learned From Scarlett O’Hara

I’ll admit it, I love vintage movies. I have since I was 5-years-old, and watched “Gone with the Wind” with my mother. Back in the late 70s, you could catch it on network TV. After one viewing, I knew I wanted to grow up to be Scarlett O’Hara. I didn’t know at 5 that it was impossible to grow up and be a movie character, but I suppose you could say I knew I wanted to have her glamorous wardrobe and amazing sense of style.

Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara

Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara

 

I know that Scarlett has lots of terrible character flaws, but that’s not what this post is about. It’s about recognizing something fabulous at a young age, and how it shapes you. Here’s what made a huge impression on me at 5.

1. Scarlett’s raised eyebrow: I remember spending hours in front of the mirror after seeing “Gone with the Wind” and practicing the raised eyebrow. By the time I was nearly 6, I had it down. I could scorn kids from across the room with my eyebrow alone. It’s a powerful tool.

Scarlett raising her eyebrow and feathered shoulder.

Scarlett raising her eyebrow and  a feathered shoulder.

2. A love of being pale: After hearing about how prized pale skin was in the film, I stayed out of the sun, and never tanned. I got teased my entire childhood/teenage years. Now, I reap amazing benefits of staying out of the sun, wearing gobs of sunscreen, and I have been known to purchase the occasional excessively large floppy hat.

3. A love of feminine dresses: It was impossible for me to watch Scarlett flounce around in the largest dresses imaginable, and not want to wear pretty flowy things. I love a good pair of well tailored trousers, but there’s nothing like a beautiful dress.

Scarlett in the dress she wears to the Barbecue

Scarlett in the dress she wears to the Barbecue

4. A deep need to have long hair: Throughout the film, Scarlett’s hair is styled in so many different and beautiful ways. I realized at an early age that long hair doesn’t have to be boring. When I have the time, I love to curl and find creative ways to put my hair up. I was much better at it when I was in my 20’s, but I might have just re-inspired myself!

Ringlets yes, but  she proves they're not just for the under 10 crowd.

Ringlets yes, but she proves they’re not just for the under 10 crowd.

Scarlett and Rhett - She even looks great in a snood!

Scarlett and Rhett – She even looks great in a snood!

Long loose curls right after waking up.

Long loose curls right after waking up.

Scarlett's hair is piled high with some serious curl. I know Melanie is dying, but that's no reason to look awful.

Scarlett’s hair is piled high with some serious curl. I know Melanie is dying, but that’s no reason to look awful.

Watching “Gone with the Wind” at 5-years-old only started me down the road of vintage film. I started watching everything I could find. By the mid 1980’s, AMC (American Movie Classics) was my favorite channel on cable. After Ted Turner purchased all the rights to most of the classic films, TMC (Turner Classic Movies) was my favorite.

I have a deep and abiding love of red lipstick and pin curls because of all the 1940’s war films I saw. I love hats and gloves from all the times I saw glamorous film stars sport them on screen. Dresses cut on the bais make me melt. I’m a complete sucker for anything that’s art deco. The larger the jewelry, the better!

I know that in 2014, I can’t sport a pure on 1930’s or 1940’s look, but I can take inspiration. A jeweled hair clip here, a swipe of red lipstick there, and a beautifully cut dress.

I love that all this comes from my favorite screen star Vivian Leigh who brought Scarlett O’Hara to life for me, and many others. It had a huge impact on me at 5-years-old.

The amazingly gorgeous Vivian Leigh

The amazingly gorgeous Vivian Leigh

 

P.S. Maybe it’s time to watch “Gone with the Wind” with my 4 and 6-year-old girls and have them stop watching Jem, or who knows what they’ll love in 20-30 years.

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Summer Sun Protection

With the weather getting warmer and Memorial Day weekend here, I thought it’s time to talk sun protection. I live in SPF 50 or higher during the summer months. I wear large floppy hats when gardening, and always try and sit in the shade. I keep a tube of sunscreen in my purse just in case I need it for myself, or my kids.

You already know why sunscreen is important. The American Cancer Society has made sure of that. I’m here to tell you that aside from keeping your skin healthy, sunscreen can also keep your skin looking youthful. I’m sure you know that too. Most moisturizers have SPF 15 in them these days. But aside from your face moisturizer, do you put it on the rest of your exposed body when you’re headed for a day outside? If not, just remember that the older we get, the easier it is for sunspots and wrinkles to appear. All it takes is a little sun.

So, here are some great, stylish ideas for keeping the sun at bay this summer. I’ve also included some pretty bags to put your sunscreen and other essentials in. Be kind to your skin this summer. You won’t regret it.

Summer Sun Protection

Z Spoke by Zac Posen leather handbag
$250 – lordandtaylor.com

Vince Camuto logo bag
$198 – vincecamuto.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs tote handbag
£165 – harrods.com

Philip Treacy flower hat
£999 – harrods.com

Tom Ford cat eye sunglasses
390 CAD – eluxe.ca

Rebecca Minkoff sunglasses
$150 – rebeccaminkoff.com

J Crew summer hat
$35 – jcrew.com

Straw hat
$17 – kohls.com

Flower hair accessory
£2.40 – debenhams.com

Kate Somerville face moisturizer
$48 – sephora.com

Neutrogena sun care
$8.79 – amazon.com

Supergoop beauty product
$5 – sephora.com

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