2 posts categorized "Trains"

Call Me Shallow

We've all heard the expensive news that "The Tourist" starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp was a box office bomb.  I confess, I have not donated my $10.00 to the coffer yet, so I'm partially responsible, I suppose.  But why haven't I seen it?  I asked myself this question as I was reading an interview with Ms. Jolie in the December issue of US Vogue. 

"...the knowingly high-Hitchcock look has Jolie wearing fabulous clothes (costume designer Colleen Atwood used an original Charles James day dress some people I know would kill for)."  Vicki Woods

Charles James?  CHALRES JAMES???? 
(This was when I asked myself said question.)

Angelina Jolie Charles James dress for The Tourist 

There are no words...absolute perfection, perhaps?  (Find a similar vintage dress pattern here.)

Red velvet sofas covered in white satin gowns... 

The Tourist train scene 
Meeting handsome strangers on speeding trains...

 Angelina steps off the boat The Tourist

Antique wooden boats and cashmere stoles with Venice as a backdrop...

Robert Procop antique diamond choker The Tourist 
Antique diamond chokers and dancing with a man in a tuxedo...

Angelina Jolie in black suit The Tourist

Pearls, pumps and the iconic little black suit...

Call me shallow but this is EXACTLY why I will go see this film.  So she's not unearthing some long lost priceless treasure.  So he doesn't have green eye shadow on (which is a relief, personally.)
We go to the movies to be entertained and, hopefully, inspired.  If the only inspiration that comes from The Tourist is to wear something fabulous, well, I think that is a fabulous thing.  Whatever it takes to stop the general public from wearing their pajamas out of the house, I'm all for it.  And for those of you who hate her because she's beautiful, you're just jealous.  Get over it and get out of your pajamas.


xx ~ Michelle


I wonder if I'm alone in feeling a bit let down by American "Glossies" as of late. . .I flip through them while waiting in the check out line and sort of feel, well, nothing.  I used to have all sorts of subscriptions and looked forward to them with great anticipation.  But one by one, I let them expire and now I just treat myself to one now and then when I find something that catches my eye.  It seems that a lot of the fashions have become so modernly outlandish that I just can't relate to them or feel inspired by them.  Where am I going to wear a shredded mini dress made out of a trash can liner that's been dipped in gold paint and covered with feathers & safety pins?  I live in a typical suburban town where getting dressed up to go out usually means a clean pair of khakis & a crisp white shirt with flats.  Even if I lived in SoHo or 5th Avenue, I don't think I would choose the shredded mini~~it's just not me. 

So I have been rather delighted to have found two magazines within the past two months that I actually felt the desire to splurge on~~and they were both issues of Vanity Fair.  As I'm quite sure you know, the September issue had an amazing spread based on Mad Men's Don & Betty Draper and the photographs were stunning.  I guess I have to admit that my adoration for "Vintage Fashion"  leaves me a bit "closed~minded" about some of what is considered "Modern Fashion".  So when a modern magazine features or achieves the look & feel of an issue that dates back 50 years~~my little heart goes pitter~patter!  This was one of those times!


 Being quite content with that glossy~fix, I had no intention of splurging on another magazine.  Until I walked into CVS and  saw my fashion icon JBKO on the cover of the October issue and, of course, had to have that issue as well.  This is one of my favorite photographs of her, and I believe it was JFK's favorite of her, as well.

So, two months in a row, Vanity Fair has delivered.  One of my favorite sections in the magazine is "FAN FARE" and the October issue has a great tribute to

Rovos Rail


"We have re~discovered the train.  We abandoned her for the convenience and speed
of the airplane and vowed never to look back.  But there's something relaxing about the
familiar, rhythmic sounds of the rails and looking out the window as the landscape whistles past you. 
The great train journey to somewhere special is about enjoying the trip as much as it is about arriving
at the destination."

~~DAISY FINER~Vanity Fair~October 2009

If, like me, you are a fan of old~world train travel, then treat yourself to this issue and enjoy!



xx ~ Michelle