I (who am normally a proud brunette) have only ever dreamed of going blond once and it was because of The Virgin Suicides, a movie I desperately dreamed of living in 10 years ago when I first saw it. Minus the whole, tormented and lonely misery part. The Lisbon sisters awoke a little part of me that dreamed of being mysterious, feminine and shy with a whole gaggle of cute boys following my every move. Well, high school didn’t exactly pan out as such for me, but that doesn’t mean that this back to school season I won’t be incorporating some groovy 70’s teenager in my grownup life.
Directed by the champion of artsy girls, Sophia Coppola’s 1999 The Virgin Suicides is rife with dreamy, soft focus shots of doodles in notebooks, floral nighties, Heart albums, bike baskets, high waisted jeans and Trip Fontaine. Oh Trip Fontaine. I’ll forgive your bad 70s hair because you are a timeless dreamboat/jerk combination that girls throughout the ages will always fall for.
[image above, clockwise from top left: macramé planter $48, iron canopy bed $179+, crazy daisy fabric $15/yard, portable turntable $140, princess phone $49, leather butterfly chair $248, charm bracelet $178, alarm clock $58, knit pillow $34, pillow $228+ for set]
I’m years and years out of school, but I still get a kick out of the September rush to sharpen your pencils and get a new haircut. This fall I’m switching to scribbling my daily lists and other important adult notes from scrap paper into a trusty 70s composition notebook instead. But more likely, I’ll end up just writing my name over and over again, testing out various boy’s last names. You can take a girl out of high school, but try as you might, you can’t take the high school out of the girl. – : amy m.
[image above, clockwise from top left: lockers $524,bestie necklace $13, school clock $33, whale ashtray $16, composition notebook $1.20, leather backpack $170, perfume bottles $24+, lipstick pen $5, paper fans $1]