An example of classic glamour: Gone with the Wind

I remember my mom was a fan of vintage Hollywood movies.  I watched all of them with her when I was a child.  Whenever they came on TV, she would tune in, and together we would watch them from beginning to end.  While I assume other children watched Disney films, I however, got to watch the original Bond movies, The Sound of Music, Hitchcock thrillers, and Gone with the Wind.  What did all these old classics have in common?  Incredibly beautiful iconic female characters, great fashion and romance and drama done in the most legendary way.  This post I will be focusing on the lush adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s 1937 novel Gone with the Wind.

Made in 1939, and so epic in its nearly 4 hour long story-telling, this movie was the big one. It had in it so many love stories and triangles that there was never a dull moment.  And the colours and costumes in this film were fantastically grand, beautiful and perfect.  Taking place in the Civil War era in the United States’ history, it showcased a very strong female character, Scarlett O’hara, played by the actress Vivienne Leigh.  My mother told me so many women loved her character portrayal so much that the most popular westernized name in Hong Kong given to baby girls at a time was “Vivien”.  (If that was the case, how did I end up with my modest name Emmie?)  Well, anyways, back onto track, Vivien Leigh played Scarlett, a “southern belle” who full of determination, pride and guts, was a victim of unrequited love, even with all of her beauty.  While watching the film, we don’t know weather to pity or admire her, for her dire circumstances; with not getting the beau of her dreams and for having to survive war, famine, and poverty during the worst of the civil war.  As we all know, the South loses, but Scarlet never lets that affect her.

One of the many marriages a siren like Scarlett would get. Look at her elegant gown, and oh so perfect hair and make-up. Classic.
One of the many marriages a siren like Scarlett would get. Look at her elegant gown, and oh so perfect hair and make-up. Classic.
In the most girly red piped top, perfect hair, and a the gorgeous ball gown skirt that most "southern bells" don.
In the most girly red piped top, perfect hair, and a the gorgeous ball gown skirt that most “southern bells” don.

 

look at her perfect hair and make-up. Even when she is being haughty, she is beautiful.
look at her perfect hair and make-up. Even when she is being haughty, she is beautiful.

One of my favourite things about Scarlett was that she was not ashamed of her attractiveness and was not afraid to use it to get ahead or for survival reasons.  She wasn’t able to land her love obsession Ashley Wilkes, a southern gentleman with honor, but she was sure able to beguile playboy, womanizer Brett Butler.  A skill that is not to be taken lightly.  He fell for her hard.

After she marries into weath with the famous Rhett Butler, Scarlett visits her family plantation in style.
After she marries into wealth with the famous Rhett Butler, Scarlett visits her family plantation in style.
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What woman looks this good after giving birth? Apparently Scarlett does, with her gorgeous sleep cape and hair so romantically curled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favourite outfits in the film. A green velvet house coat with gold embellishments. When I lounge around my place, I don't look like this!!
One of my favourite outfits in the film. A green velvet house coat with gold embellishments. When I lounge around my place, I don’t look like this!!
The perfect family, with tons of scandalous secrets, thanks of Scarlett, or course! Look at her striped dress. It is still current with today's fashion...
The perfect family, with tons of scandalous secrets, thanks of Scarlett, of course! Look at her striped dress. It is still current with today’s fashion…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only some women can pull off this amount of glamour. Scarlett does this admist gossip of her indiscretions.
Only some women can pull off this amount of glamour. Scarlett does this admist gossip of her indiscretions.
This is her famous red dress that gets her in trouble with Rhett. A bit Christmassy for me, but still loving it with the loose flowing hair curls.
This is her famous red dress that gets her in trouble with Rhett. A bit Christmassy for me, but still loving it with the loose flowing hair curls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think?  Can contemporary Hollywood actresses compete with Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett?  Or is even trying to out do this gal a hopeless venture?  I for one think this is a tall feat.  What do today’s Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, or Emilia Clarke have on Scarlett O’Hara?  Apparently nothing, if you’ve been able to catch this classic gem of a film.

Bold lipstick colours are fashionable but also kinda gross…

There is something that is not often talked about in the make-up world, or actually should I say, over looked: and that is the sad fact that almost all bold lip colours are made up of heavy toxic chemicals and metals, some trace, and some not so trace.  The bottom line though, is that it’s in there, and that wearing a fashionable shade of red, or the current trend of fushia, is probably loaded with not so great stuff.

the classic bold red lip.
the classic bold red lip.
Lorde made fashion waves with her bold dark lips recently...
Lorde made fashion waves with her bold dark lips recently…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I was younger, say ten years ago, I would always wear lipstick.  After using the restroom, I would wash my hands and reapply that creamy stick, covering up my natural lip colour.  It looked good, so I did it, ignoring the fact that lipstick gets everywhere, on clothes, on coffee cups, on ciggy butts.  But the place that it was probably getting into the most was my stomach when I inadvertently ate it.  There are statistics out there about the staggering amount of lipstick a woman ingests over a year, and over her lifetime and it’s gross.  But we don’t need statistics to use our common sense and know that we are eating it.  Anything on our lips eventually makes its way to our stomachs.  It’s on our mouths after all.  Which is why these fashionable bold lip colours are kind of scary to wear if you want to think about it.  You don’t ever want to eat lead, or mercury, or cadmium, but it’s in almost all lipsticks.  Just do the foil test to see this in your favourite lipstick shade.

My suggestion is is that if you’re not going to a red carpet event, do we really need bold lips on a day to day basis?  Probably not.  Why not wear a tinted lipbalm?  Sure, it’s usually very sheer, and less noticable, and less fashionable, but it’s healthier for your lips.  Since I stopped wearing lipsticks, my lips have naturally turned more pink, meaning I don’t actually need thick lipsticks to put colour into my lips.  Also, I barely need chapstick because my lips stay so moist, even in the winter!  I’m a bit of a crafter, so I made my own tinted lipbalm made with coconut oil, cocoa butter and beeswax, coloured it with a bit of fushia mica, and what I got was this:

Lot's of colour in tinted lipbalms, without all that gunk...
Lot’s of colour in tinted lipbalms, without all that gunk…

So pretty, no?

Am I going back to toxic lipsticks and stains? Yes, it is fashionable, and unavoidable, but for day to day, I got this moisturizing tinted lip balm to carry me through!

 

Reverse Hombre Hair

I am glad that I didn’t fall into what everybody else is doing these days, which is those hombre highlights. When I walk down the street this summer, at least 20 girls that pass me are wearing that new hair trend of having the hair shaft get lighter midway, all the way to the tips.  I admit is kind of pretty and frames the face well, but once too many people start doing it, it ruins the beauty of it. 

So what I decided to do with my hair colour this summer is perhaps less noticeable, but it’s not following the herd, so I actually like it a lot more.  I did it in reverse.  I’ve been lightening and colouring my hair for the last year with an ashy blonde colour from Wella. When the colouring is added to my dark hair with 40 volume peroxide, my hair colour neutralizes to a strawberry brunette colour.  After a year of that, I decided one tone colour was boring, so  this summer I did my mid-shaft to tips dark brown, but left the crown of my hair the lighter colour.  And voila, you get the “reverse hombre”.  So far, it’s been pretty subtle, and I haven’t gotten any compliments on it.  😦  But I like it a lot, and I feel it’s very natural, and helps my colour processed hair look healthier!

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Also, I don’t feel like the latest fashion zombie, sporting half lightened hair, like most of the brunettes in Toronto.  (No offense to those reading that have hombre highlights–they are pretty too!)