Inspirational Movie Style: God Help the Girl!

We have all lost many a precious hour watching pure drivel on Netflix, but the beauty of the site is that sometimes you can stumble across a little known gem. That happened to me on a recent duvet day when I decided to watch God Help The Girl (2014). It turned out to be one of my better decisions of late! I have since forced everyone who works in Carousel to watch it too.

God Help The Girl is an utterly charming musical. It’s a touching and thought-provoking film with a fantastic soundtrack. It was written by Stuart Murdoch of ‘Belle and Sebastian’ fame and stars Olly Alexander (of Years and Years), Emily Browning, and Hannah Murray. Pierre Boulanger who (ironically) plays Anton the Swiss German deserves a special shout-out, if only for his beautifully French name.

The costumes in the film are pretty spot on, and maybe I’m biased, but I thought they really reflected the Carousel aesthetic. Cassie and Eve wear vintage inspired clothes throughout the film, similar to some of our favorites from Circus and Lavande. I set about trying to recreate with dresses available at Carousel below!

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1. Pretty Vacant Pixie Dress available here 2. Straw boater hat here 3. Grace Kelly glasses here 4. Circus Floral Lana dress here

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5. Lavand floral dress here 6. Straw Cloche hat here 7. ’40’s Cat Eye Sunglasses here 8. Circus Striped Brigitte dress here

The clothes in God Help the Girl look great, but the outfits are not very difficult to put together. A cute vintage-style dress and a some inspired accessorising will do the trick!

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I’d love to know if anyone else has seen God Help the Girl. If so, what did you think? If you haven’t seen it, watch it right away, it’s marvelous. Great costumes, brilliant acting, catchy soundtrack, what’s not to love? I really think this one is set to become a cult classic!

Isabelle x

Vintage Valentines Style Inspiration: The Notebook

Valentines day is just around the corner and it got us thinking about our favourite romantic films. Classics like Dirty Dancing, Casablanca and Roman Holiday all made the list! All of these movies have given us some serious Valentines style inspiration as well!

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The Notebook has to be one of the most romantic films of all time. Part of the appeal (apart from Ryan Gosling of course!) is the amazing 1930s and 40s outfits Rachel McAdam’s character Allie wears throughout the film. The blue dress from the poster is probably the most famous outfit from the movie, but some of the other outfits are equally gorgeous. Many of the dresses remind us of our own Ava (See them all here) and Ingrid dress (here) from Circus. They both have that easy to wear, everyday glamour that was so prevalent in 1940’s style.  What do you think? Perfect for a Valentines date!

Summer Movie Style Inspiration – Look 3: Dirty Dancing

And now, for the last of our series of Summer Movie Style Inspiration, we look at the ultimate girly movie, Dirty Dancing.

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It’s the summer of 1963. The sweet girl-next-door ,Frances ”Baby” Houseman, joins her family at a holiday resort run by a patient of her father’s. Baby plans to attend college that Autumn and then join the Peace Corps…that is until she meets the ridiculously handsome Johnny and all plans fall by the wayside as she falls head over heels for him (literally!)

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When we first see Baby she wears embroidered white tops and denim shorts…the picture of simplicity and innocence. As the story progresses and Baby starts to dance with Johnny we are treated to some sumptuous dresses that are all fit and flare. These dresses embody the passionate romance of the movie…and they are all about the femininity.

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We went away and put  together our own Dirty Dancing inspired look for you. This fit and flare dress has all the femininity of Baby’s finale dress but is more wearable for daytime. Throw this beautifully soft cardigan around your shoulders and you’re ready to dance the mamba!

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Summer Movie Style Inspiration – Look 2: 500 Days of Summer

Now, we know that “500 Days of Summer” is not technically set only in summertime, but it’s still one of our favorite movies to watch in the summer! This is a love story with a twist that we love – for once the guy doesn’t necessarily get the girl! It reminds us of summer love, and the ups and downs that can bring, and how they inevitably end when Autumn comes (or your holiday is over!). It’s a perfect movie to stay in and watch on rainy summer days.

500 days summer movie style deschanelJust like protagonist Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) fell in love with Summer (Zooey Deschanel), we fell in love with the movies wardrobe! We have long admired Zooey’s off beat and vintage inspired look, and this character seems to be a reflection of Deschanel’s own style. Queue fit and flare dresses, cute vintage dresses, adorable knitwear, and charming separates galore – and they all make up our dream laid back and unique summertime wardrobe.

500-days-of-summer-style-2We put together two outfits we think Summer would be a fan of. This delightful heart print swing dress from Circus looks similar to the dress worn by Summer in the record shop (pictured above) and we can’t get enough of it’s vintage vibes. Add a matching cardigan for those chillier summer evenings, and these retro inspired sunglasses for when the sun’s shining. The second outfit mixes 1950’s and 60’s style with some stand out separates. This collared top definitely has some 60’s influences, while this full skirt reminds us of prim 1950’s style, but updated with that popping pink colour. We’d wear both outfits with a retro beehive and head band to complete the look!

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Summer Movie Style Inspiration – Look One: Grease!

It’s the height of summer, and on those days when it’s just too warm to go outside, or you’ve already been out and about in the sun all day, we like to cool down by watching some of our favorite (and most stylish!) summer movies. Over the next few days, we will be revisiting our top 3 summer movies, and creating outfits inspired by each one! So first up is the colourful and rambunctious musical “Grease”!

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A classic story about a good girl and bad boy falling in love, this movie is what we wish our summers in high school were like! Even though made in 1978, this movie still looked back to the 1950’s for it’s setting and style, and the outfits are to die for! With lots of retro fit and flare dresses, poodle skirts, cute little sweaters, bobby socks, and bad ass jackets, this movie is a treat for any vintage loving stylista.

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Getting the Grease look for yourself isn’t too difficult. We really love lead character Sandy’s style throughout the movie. She has that classic prim 1950’s style – all big full circle skirts, petticoats and cardigans. To pay homage to the movies girl gang “The Pink Ladies” we’ve paired this cute pink polka dot shirt with this gorgeous anchor print full skirt. Just tie your hair into a prim ponytail, add a cardigan (worn on your shoulders only of course!) and a pristine pair of white bobby socks, and you have the Sandy look! If you want to represent Sandy’s “bad” (but oh so good!) side that emerges in the movie, you could pop the collar of your shirt and add these sassy vintage inspired cat eye sunglasses. 

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