Friday, June 29, 2012

To Rome With Love

I had a bad couple of days at work and needed something to cheer me up tonight, especially since most of my friends are out of town for the holiday weekend.

I took myself out to a movie and saw Woody Allen's To Rome with Love, a movie that was sold out at my favorite Upper West Side theater when my friend and I attempted to see it last weekend. The movie received tepid reviews on Rotten Tomatoes so I was not certain what to expect but I was ready to lose myself in a fictional world for a couple of hours and I succeeded in laughing throughout the entire experience along with the rest of the theater, most of whom also applauded the film at the end. So whatever Rotten Tomatoes concluded about To Rome with Love, the Upper West Side still loves Woody Allen and so do I.

Penelope Cruz as a Prostitute Playing the Role of a Wife

Woody Allen as a Reluctant Retiree/Opera Enthusiast/Father-of-the-Bride-to-be

The Bride-to-be and Her Fiance (he with the opera singing father)

A Temperamental Actress & a Budding Architect Flirt with Romance

Best Jokes are About:

Singing in the Shower (specifically Woody referencing that he sounds like Eartha Kitt in the shower)
Father-of-the-bride fears about the Groom to be
Woody Allen's take on plane turbulence, retiring & morticians
Penelope Cruz as the Fake Wife
Alec Baldwin's interpretations of Ellen Page's female machinations

Is it Midnight in Paris? No but there is still a lot of fun to be had in Woody Allen's romp through Roma. 

Game, Set, Match

Wimbledon is now officially under way and in a few short months we will have both the summer Olympics and the U.S. Open. Tennis spectators are part of a dying breed of sports fan that still dresses up in the stands. In fact, among celebrity fans, dressing up for tennis matches is almost as competitive as the match itself. At the start of a summer of tennis tournaments, we look back at some tennis fashion of the past and some potential outfits we will see alongside center court this summer.

Tennis Togs of the Past:

Duchess of Cambridge in Temperly London at Wimbledon 2011

Anne Hathaway at Wimbledon 2011 in Cateye Sunglasses and Ruffled Polka Dots

Anna Wintour Wears Prada Stripes at Wimbledon

Rose Byrne in Stripes & January Jones in Shearling While Watching Tennis

Brooklyn Decker Watches Husband Andy Roddick  
Belted Tunic, Denim Shorts, Aviators

Tennis Togs Inspiration (inspired by the players):
Ralph Lauren Tennis Ad

Judy Garland in an Early 1900s Tennis Costume in Meet Me in St. Louis 

1920s Tennis

Vogue Tennis 1927

Tennis Furs in the 1920s

Robert Redford as Jay Gatsby
(Admission: this picture is primarily gratuitous)

 Tennis Fashions in Good Housekeeping 1930

McCall 1940s Tennis Dress Pattern

Ginger Rogers Plays Tennis

Katharine Hepburn Plays Tennis

1950s Tennis Fashions

Betty Draper in Tennis Whites

1960s Tennis Clothes

Marilyn Monroe: Tennis in Heels

1970s Tennis Clothes


Richie Tenenbaum

Margot Tenenbaum

Tennis Togs of the Future (for the Spectator):

Pair Shorts w/:

Pair Skirt with:

J. Crew Striped Silk Top: $120

Pair striped shirt & Pleated Skirt with more stripes for a cheerful summery look that is also very pulled together:

 Tennis Togs Need Accessorizing:

As always, I leave you with one final image:

From the Movie Wimbledon
A love story between a rising star tennis player & a washed up tennis star that is so incredibly bad and yet so incredibly good at the same time