There’s not very many things that I love more than Old Hollywood. I grew up on Elvis Presley films and every time I would walk in my Mawmaw’s house, she would have TCM on. As I’ve gotten older, I have such an appreciation for classic films. Maybe that appreciation was inherited, or perhaps it was instilled at a young age. Most likely, it was a combination of the two plus my marriage to an actor that really made me understand what a good film is.
Last year, Matt & I decided to set a goal to watch every movie on the AFI Top 100 Movies list. I’d say we’re about halfway through the list now. This has been so fun to not only see different films throughout filmmaking history but to do it together. We love spending our evenings snuggling on the sofa wrapped up in a great black and white classic. A couple of my favorite movies I’ve discovered (not necessarily on the AFI list) are: Laura (my mom was named after this movie!), Casablanca (MUST SEE!), I’ll Be Seeing You (Mawmaw’s favorite & her wedding song), A Raisin in the Sun, The Hustler, High Society (remake of A Philadelphia Story), Move Over Darling and A Place in the Sun (Liz Taylor and Montgomery Clift are two of my faves). Matt loved Sunset Blvd, Lolita & Double Indemnity. These are just a few of the ones we’ve really enjoyed. I have watched almost all of Marilyn Monroe’s work and plan to do the same with Liz Taylor.
I love getting lost in a different time period. As I drive around LA, I often think about what this town looked like in the 1940s. There’s very few places that have been left untouched in this town, which makes me so sad. I love walking into a building and feeling it’s age and character. The Beverly Hills Hotel is one of my favorite LA spots for this reason. If you are ever in LA, be sure to visit the hotel and go down to the Fountain Coffee Room. Talk about Old Hollywood! I just sit there and daydream about all the starlets who have dined at that bar in the past.
One of my favorite things about classic films is the fashion. I love paying close attention to the costumes and detail. If you want to see some fabulous women’s fashion, watch just about any Grace Kelly movie. The dress I’m wearing in this post feels like it was pulled straight out of 1950, which is why I love it. I love the full skirt, button detail and off shoulder design. It feels like something Audrey Hepburn would have worn in Roman Holiday!
Leave a comment with your favorite old movie. I love talking Old Hollywood and learning about movies I haven’t seen yet!
ASOS Off Shoulder Button Through Midi Sundress // Ted Baker Scarf (similar) // Valentino Rockstud T-Strap Heels // Sorial Clutch (sold out); similar here // Quay Cat Eye Sunnies // similar ear jackets here and similar here // Henri Bendel Uptown Channel Bracelet // Baublebar Gemini Ring
Photography by Jana Williams.