Breakfast at my place

Happy Tuesday, y’all! I’m excited because it’s time for another “Literary Stylings” style challenge over at Fashion for Giants. (And if you aren’t a daily reader of Gracey’s blog, then you are missing out! Gracey is both super-creative and hiLARious. 😀 ) Inspired by the Fug Girls — another daily read of mine! — the “Literary Stylings” challenge is to wear outfits inspired by a book you’ve recently read or are currently reading.

Last month, I was inspired by Anne of Green Gables. This month, I’ve been reading several biographies of Audrey Hepburn, including:

  • Audrey Hepburn, an Elegant Spirit by her son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer (sooooo beautiful, and teary in a good way);
  • Just Being Audrey by Margaret Cardillo (rereading this children’s book always brings a smile to my face — thanks, Mom, for sending this to me!); and
  • Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m.:  Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the Dawn of the Modern Woman by Sam Wasson, seen below. This last title was like a film biography, a fascinating look at the different players and just how difficult it was to get this landmark film made.

Librarian for Life + Style | Breakfast at Tiffany's collage

I have also read the original novella by Truman Capote, so I understand why they did have to change some things to make a film adaptation, especially in the early ’60s. And after humming “Moon River” for days on end, I rewatched the film itself. So this month is inspired by both the Sam Wasson book about Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the film itself.

The LBDs Audrey wears in the film are deservedly iconic, but I was also struck by how great her casual wear is. She wears as many casual outfits as she does fancy outfits! And I love that last casual combo as they walk around New York, as seen above, where she’s wearing the boat-neck top with the skinny ankle pants and flats, and her hair in a mini-bouffant and pigtails. So that’s what I took as my inspiration, for a casual movie night with friends:

Librarian for Life + Style | Breakfast at my place

Librarian for Life + Style | Breakfast at my place

Details:  Black & white striped top:  Charter Club, resale shop last month  /  Tan ankle pants:  Macy’s, gift-carded in winter  /  Flats:  Payless, last summer  /  Pearl studs:  Parting gift from colleagues in Abu Dhabi, 2011

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn-inspired hairstyle

I had fun with recreating Audrey’s hairstyle. Although I don’t have baby bangs — and my mini-bouffant is definitely not as bouffant-y as Audrey’s — I was quite pleased with the final effect. It’s a playful hairstyle just right for a casual day.

I sectioned off the front part of my hair into two rows and backcombed the back section. I then smoothed the front section over that, and secured the top with a barrette, as seen below. I then divided the loose ends  and pulled each side into a ponytail, securing each with a thin elastic band. Also, here’s an online tutorial for a beehive updo.

Librarian for Life + Style | Audrey Hepburn-inspired hairstyle

Librarian for Life + Style | Breakfast at my place

Link ups:  Literary Stylings Linkup  /  Style Sessions  /  Real Girl Style  /  Thrifters Anonymous  /  Verizon Voices Fashionista Style Hop

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