Once More, With Feeling

Now that Halloween-crazy-town is over (my busiest season of the year), and the last-minute Vampire Ball, and the (I don’t think I’ve discussed this) RAWards (I made it into the final 3 designers of the year for RAW New Orleans!) are over, and Thanksgiving traveling has ceased (ending with my getting sick), I can try to focus back here again.

Once I’m feeling up to snuff I’ll tell you all about the RAWards, and show you my designs.  But, for now, I’m going to play it safe and play the “post some pretty pictures of someone pretty” game.  Today’s offering is Christina Ricci, a favorite of mine for years.  Maybe a hold-over from my grunge-independent-dark years, but I feel like she’s made a rather successful transition to fashionista these last few years.  Enjoy:














Because she’s pretty much how I’d dress all the time, were I to be able to afford Vivien Westwood….and to be slightly further off my rocker.


Because I love her work and her look.


She’s kind of like a fairytale, really.  “All the ancient classic fairy tales have always been scary and dark”  Yes.


“Usually I’m frustrated when I look at my films and I don’t believe that I’ve made a real transformation beyond my usual sets of gestures and expressions. I still have this nagging feeling that it’s me, that I didn’t create a unique character.”


“I hate this image of me as a prim Edwardian. I want to shock everyone.”


“You become very angry and depressed that you keep getting offered only these exceedingly demure and repressed roles. They’re so not me. That’s why films like Fight Club were so important to me because I think I confounded certain stereotypes and limited perceptions of what I could do as an actress”


“People have lots of misconceptions about me. My mum, who is half French and half Spanish, gets outraged when I’m called quintessentially English. I owe my looks to my mum-which was 90 percent of getting my first job. And, some people would argue, 90 percent of my entire career.”

“Journalists are always calling my features Edwardian or Victorian, whatever that means. I am small, and people were smaller in those times. I’m pale and sickly-looking. I look fragile-like a doll. But sometimes I just wish I had less of a particular look, one that was more versatile.”helena8

” I have to struggle to change people’s perceptions of me. I grew very frustrated with the perception that I’m this shy, retiring, inhibited aristocratic creature when I’m absolutely not like that at all. I think I’m much more outgoing and exuberant than my image.”helena9

“I drink booze, I smoke, and I’m hooked on caffeine. I actually have been known to swear at times and belch and even raise my voice when provoked.”




I know, obvious, right?


But, sometimes you just need to state it.


We all know she got kind of a bum rap.


She got labeled the bombshell (and, let’s be fair–she played the role) and, when she wanted to bust out of it, she really couldn’t.


I always just want to give her a big hug when I see her on screen.


Just a big hug and a whisper in her ear to run in the opposite direction that she was headed in.

American Masters: Marilyn Monroe

I wish her stage work was available to see. Is it?  Am I missing something?


Ohhhh, how wonderful it would be to see that.


Everything I’ve read and heard points to the fact that she gave her best performances on stage, in classes.


Regardless, she’s beautiful.  I always prefer the un-made-up Marilyn.  The fresh faced Marilyn.  The Marilyn that wasn’t being Marilyn.  The peek at Norma.



I have a confession.


I haven’t actually watched a lot of Elizabeth Taylor’s movies.  I’ve seen “National Velvet”, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (amazing performance), “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof”, “Father of the Bride” and “Father’s Little Dividend”, and the 1943 “Jane Eyre” where she plays Helen.  That’s not a lot of her films, when you consider her life’s work.


However, Elizabeth Taylor was always known to me.  How, I’m not sure.  Maybe it was being a child of the 80s–she was always seen in pictures with those childhood favorites of mine (Michael Jackson, Madonna, etc).  She was just always there.


And I could never take my eyes off of her.


Love her, hate her, think she’s a genius, or a crazy person, you can’t deny–she has your attention when she’s on screen.


It’s not just that she is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen.  It’s not just those eyes (those eyes!).


She has that certain something.  That something you can’t put into words, you can’t put your finger on.  You just know it when you see it.


She always seemed like a good soul to me.  She seemed to truly love and care for those around her, and to truly want to make a difference.

“Big girls need big diamonds.”


“I don’t like my voice. I don’t like the way I look. I don’t like the way I
move. I don’t like the way I act. I mean, period. So, you know, I don’t like


“I’ve been through it all, baby, I’m mother courage.”