November 14, 2013
Los Angeles, CA
So far the highlight of my week, and quite possibly my year, has definitely been the Q&A session I was able to attend on Monday night with Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Juliet Luis, Chris Cooper, & Dermot Mulroney. It was after a screening of August: Osage County, a truly phenomenal film, adapted from the play (which I never saw) but it’s honestly been a while since I’ve felt so truly excited about a movie. It’s the definition of a dark comedy and I loved every second of it. Perhaps it’s inevitably phenomenal because Meryl Streep is once again brilliant as is my girl Julia and the rest of the Oscar-deserving cast.
Hearing them all talk about their days of shooting together so candidly afterwards, just a few feet away, was just another reminder of why I love living in Los Angeles and it’s times like those that I feel so grateful for my time here. Although it was certainly exciting to see the studly George Clooney, I nearly had a mini-heart attack when I heard Julia Roberts speak for the first time. I grew up idolizing her and in many ways decided to pursue acting because of her. Whether you think that’s corny or not, it’s truth and I adored hearing her speak, it was an absolute treat!
The screening took place back in my old college town of Westwood, where they still have many of the old beautiful theaters intact. These gorgeous theaters are able to house thousands of people for screenings and premiers similar to the one I attended this week. It’s been a while since I walked around what was my “college town” and it was great to be back. It brought back a ton of wonderful memories and actually inspired today’s outfit!
Usually, I’m wearing outfits that are comprised of articles that are current and new. However, in honor of my return back to UCLA’s stomping grounds, I started looking through some old college photos, and my closet this week and realized that reinventing old classics can actually be more fun than wearing new pieces all the time. And let’s be honest, it is simply unrealistic and not cost effective to be buying new clothes all the time.
While some items undoubtedly go out of style over the years, there are some articles worth hanging on to. The other thing to keep in mind is that fashion is never perfect. This outfit I put together today is made up of garments that are all at least 3 years old (besides the purse) and hey, maybe you think it looks silly, but I definitely had fun reminiscing and putting the outfit together. Check out this picture from my junior year at UCLA wearing this H&M top ha! (I hung onto the shirt, and my pal Arthur, who's still one of my best friends, for six years! I'm telling ya, when you find the good ones, you have to keep them around.)
I realize that this look is a bit summery for this time of year, but it’s well into the 80’s today in Los Angeles so you could do something similar with tights and a jacket if you live in a colder part of the country but like the look.
I hope this outfit (and my back-in-the-day go to pose) inspires you to dig through your closet and get a little creative on this throwback Thursday!
Photos taken by: Jennifer Biswas