That Thing You Do
Crushes are amazing things. They’re quite strange feelings really. Particularly when directed at the opposite sex, in a non sexual way. I remember my very first girl crush was on Liv Tyler in That Thing You Do. She played the character Faye (the name of my future best friend) and her lips were supple and she glowed. I was in grade seven at the time, and even though I was still in my Spice Girls fan phase, this was the first girl I didn’t just like, but I admired. It was stronger than my affinity for Posh Spice. It wasn’t just clothes and a catch phrase. Faye was mesmerizing, faultless and intriguing. Something about her made me nervous, like I could never be as beautiful as her. But I didn’t care. Because she was perfect and I felt like I was alone in my discovery. Which made it even more special. I wanted to be her.
Plenty more girl crushes have stemmed from then on. Whimsical and mysterious souls like Penny Lane, Annie Hall, Stevie Nicks, Gwen Stefani, Drew Barrymore, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Susan in ‘Desperately Seeking Susan,’ Michelle Jank, Patti Boyd, Iris Apfel …the list goes on.
Another crush I must confess to is the amazing Suzanne Carafano, owner and inspiration behind Spanish Moss Vintage and American Gold. I’d always loved the store, and then I saw her video on Style Like U (one of the most inspiring sites on the internet) and I just couldn’t fault her.
The more I see of her and her work, the more I can’t help but crush. Her store really connects with me too. There’s just something about it. The styling, the vintage, the designers. It’s genuine and more me than I care to know. To my fan girl glee Suzanne has just re-launched her blog along with another shoot that I’m having trouble admitting to myself just HOW much I love it. I suspect we may just be kindred spirits – Anne of Green Gables style.
The last shot of the All That Remains kimono just kills me. Mark my words that kimono will be mine. I’ve already started saving.