Wednesday, January 9, 2013

2012 in review: trends, books, music, TV and more

Warning: Mega post ahead!

Now that we're in 2013 and I've gained a little clarity over the year that was, I thought it'd be fun to look back and see what inspired me (or maybe inspired me by driving me utterly crazy). What are books, music, TV and movies doing in a fashion blog? Everything! I often find myself referencing these inspirations when I get dressed, or saying "I'm in a Freaks & Geeks kind of mood" and dressing accordingly. Inspiration, it's everywhere.  

So are you ready for this? Clickity!


Thank goodness for Goodreads for helping me keep track of what I've read over the year. (Are you on Goodreads too? Add me up!)

Best books: 2012 began with a marathon read of George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. I also thoroughly enjoyed my old-timey aristocrats phase with The House of Mirth and Brideshead Revisited.

Most interesting book: I won "The Sacred Book of the Werewolf" in a contest and wasn't inclined to read it for its Twilight-esque cover. Dead wrong! It's one of the most inventive things I've read in a while.

Biggest disappointment: Coming from a fan of Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot was a letdown.

Bang for Buck: Michael AR Co's The God Equation. It's a short Kindle ebook but it'll leave you wanting to read more.

Worst book: Yes, I did read Fifty Shades of Grey. In the interest of fairness, you know. And oh my God I hated it. It is the worst. I made it 70% through before I had to put it down. HATE HATE HATE HELLFIRE HATE. Please don't tell me you liked it because I will just shout HATE HATE HATE HELLFIRE HATE LALAALALALA while plugging my ears.


I'm not very culturally "in-the-know" so a lot of these are songs that are quite old but I only discovered this year AND COULD NOT STOP LISTENING TO. Listen to my favorite songs of 2012!

Rufus Wainwright's Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk; 

Everything it seems I like's a little bit stronger, a little bit thicker, a little bit harmful for me

Fleet Foxes' White Winter Hymnal; 

And turn the white snow red as strawberries in the summertime...

Stars' Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It; 

Take the weakest thing in you and beat the bastards with it

Leonard Cohen's Chelsea Hotel; 

We are ugly but we have the music

Anna Calvi's Desire, 

It's the fire, the fire, it's heavenly heavenly!

Mumford & Sons' I Will Wait; 

*guitar strumming like cray cray*

Of Montreal's Grondlanc Edit; 

And forgeet, forgeeet, forgeeeeet, forgeeeeet forget...

Foster the People's Pumped Up Kicks (my summer jam) 

Better run, better run, outrun my gun

and and and Benny Bennassi vs. Iggy Pop: Electro Sixteen

Because sometimes when the going gets tough you just need to DANCE

TV and Movies (Visual media)

As someone who loves movies and TV but doesn't get to watch as often as I'd like (who've thought that were possible?!), these were the movies and shows that rocked my world and cause me to sleep less in 2012:
Movies: It all started with me saying to my hubs, "Hey, let's watch Thor." A crush on Mr. Hiddleston was born, which lead to the truly wonderful films Midnight and Paris and Unrelated. As for the fan favorites, The Avengers and Cabin in the Woods was everything everyone said it would be, and more! For the little-seens, I urge you too look for/download (and then buy legally!) the brilliant Hanna (starring Saoirse Ronan and directed by Pride & Prejudice's Joe Wright); the Spanish horror movie El Orfanato and the PBS Great Presentations filming of Rupert Goold's MacBeth (starring Patrick Stewart). It's for anyone who thinks Shakespeare is boring.

2012 was the year when I finally gave in and started watching (and then getting hooked on) 30 Rock and Mad Men. But by far the best TV show I saw this year, almost 20 years too late, is Freaks and Geeks. It's touching, funny, smart, sad, everything! My sister and I are scheming to get DVDs of this from Amazon for the memories.

Style blogs

 For undeniable fashion inspiration, these style blogs are my discoveries of best of 2012:
- Girls of a Certain Age , ran by Kim France (formerly of seminal magazines Sassy and Lucky)

- Copenhagen Cycle Chic, documenting Denmark's fashionable bike scene!

- Hauptstadtmutti (Capital Moms), capturing Berlin's stylin' moms (and the inspiration for Mommstyle!)

- Just Like Sushi, featuring the tomboy-chic looks of Dutch blogger Joy.

The Trends

 2012 was a good year for trends and being more adventurous with my style. Last year I tried (clockwise from top left), colored trousers; tangerine, the color of 2012; mullet dresses; sheer skirts; ikat; and Ombre hair (paired with blood red lips, naturally). Not bad!

AAAND that's it! That's my inspiration round up of 2012. Thank you for making it to the end of this ginormous post. What do you think? What were your favorites? What do you super disagree with? Let me know!!


Jason said...

Thanks for the recommendations! Happy New Year! :-)

Katrina said...

Happy New Year J!

Moe aka @biggirlblue said...

I had no desire to read 50 and now I have even less. When so many people say it is the best read ever I always have my doubts.

Hope you have a lovely 2013.

Katrina said...

Oh man. I thought people were being sniffy about the fanfic origins of 50 shades; turns out it is well and truly terrible.

Thanks Moe! Happy new year to you too!

impossible girl said...

I'm in the last 30 or so pages of The House of Mirth and I'm so emotionally invested! I want Lily to magically be good in her millinery apprenticeship. And, Lily forget scruples just use the letters to blackmail Bertha and most of all, I want to punch Selden. Ha!

Loving your music choices too. I'm hooked on Mumford and Sons "I Will Wait for You". It's so very lower deck of the Titanic sort of music. LOL!

Katrina said...

Jen!!! House of Mirth is experience. Have you finished it? It'll be stuck in your head for daaays.

Oh and I love the lower deck of the Titanic music peg!!

impossible girl said...

Yeah, finished it last weekend and I wrote and rambling review on Goodreads because I was just so emotional.

I also discovered that there's a Gillian Anderson adaptation. Acting was bad and the story was condensed and oversimplified, but what the hell it's Scully playing Lily Bart!? The whole movie is on You Tube. :)

Katrina said...

Waaaah!!! I must see this. That's with Eric Stoltz as Selden right? Not a Stoltz fan but Gillian is yay!

impossible girl said...

Yeah, Eric Stoltz played Selden which added to my Selden "ugh-grow-some-balls factor"!


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