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Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Valley Girl ’80s Style Is Back

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I caught myself watching one of my favorite movies from my youth this weekend, 1983′s classic Valley Girl, and it was still like as totally bitchin’ as it was when I first saw it at age 11. It is all this movie’s fault that I sound stupid by saying “like” all the time. The fashions that once seemed so completely dated and ridiculous, now THIRTY YEARS OLD, were  looking pretty fly to me again.

Royal blue is enjoying a resurgence right now, in fashion and home design. We’re digging the punch of electric blue on the powder coated base of the Eastvold Elko Credenza:

And in the Brooklyn style of the Build Your Block Contemporary Building Pillow:

You know that line about “before you leave the house, remove one thing” (I think Coco Chanel or Diana Vreeland said it). Anyway, the Vals did the opposite, they were very into accessories and would look in the mirror before leaving the house and then add five more things, including a bandana:

Today, we can take that Valley Girl love of accessories and boil it down to a more modern look, with one colorful statement ring like this one from fruitsuper:

Instead of ’80s heart-shaped sunglasses, go for a fun heart-shaped necklace (also available in “HIS”):

Finally, you can shop at the mall like a Valley Girl, but those plastic bags are grody to the max! Find something that’s way better for the environment and your outfit, like Flowie’s Market Totes:

We also love remembering boom boxes. The Analog Nights Pillow from Aimee Wilder brings me back to the ’80s but has an updated and fresh retro look:

Gratuitous pre-dinosaur egg purchasing Nicolas Cage shot:

Valley Girl Bonus: Moon Unit Zappa’s hit song interpreted by the Solid Gold Dancers.

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Thursday, August 12th, 2010

In Honor of The 25th Anniversery of St. Elmo’s Fire…

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…May I present Demi Moore’s hilarious, glamorous at the time Georgetown apartment:

JULES: So, what do you think?

KEVIN: Very, uh, subtle…and very pink.

It was decorated by her neighbor Ron:

What’s funny is that it has some touches that remind me of Kelly Wearstler’s current Bravura Modern phase. Very Eighties Miami Vice (what is that thing hanging from the cabinet?!?!):

The piece de resistance is the huge Billy Idol face on the wall, complete with neon light earring. Unfortunately, I could not get a clear shot of this, but you get the idea:

What was most baffling was this clown that remained after Jules’ creditors came an cleaned her out. Apparently the repo men were scared of clowns:

Going back to the beginning of the movie, I can see this thing SAT ON HER BED! Really? Look closely at this bad picture from my tv:

It’s funny, this was really the only set that seemed ridiculously dated. The rest of them are as ageless as Rob Lowe’s face. I’ll share them with you in another post, as this one is getting to be way too long!

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

A Flash from the Past

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What was your room like when you were a kid? I had floral wallpaper and two antique brass beds, a huge shelving unit, an aquarium (all the fish died of some disease appropriately called “Ick”) and a rolltop desk. In Junior High, I covered the wallpaper with Duran Duran and Police posters, and eventually my mom let me make over my room. My pride and joy was my new white “Scandanavian” desk from Bova, primary colors, the blue file cabinet I covered in paint pen squiggles, and the pièce de résistance, the Boynton wallpaper border. Remember Boyton? I had buttons and stickers and notepaper before I worked my way up to wallpaper border. Yesterday I found a piece of the wallpaper inside of the rolltop. Here’s a little 80′s nostalgia for you…

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