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Busy Philipps is My Friend: The Instagram Story Impact

28 Sep

The reason I started watching Instagram Stories was because of Busy Philipps. The reason I started doing my own Instagram Stories was because of Busy Philipps. And now Busy is getting the New Yorker ‘Persons of Interest’ treatment. Yes, I found out about this on Instagram.

Social media allows you to carefully curate what you want the world to see; there are aspirational influencer elements of brand building and giving a sneak peek into the lives of the rich and the famous mixed in with seeing a friend’s walk to work. Up to 15-second clips that last only 24-hours and can tell you absolutely nothing about what is really going on. And the amount of time you can spend watching and skipping through these videos/photos and Boomerangs (which I mostly despise, despite doing some on the odd occasion) can feel infinite. Just don’t hit the ‘Watch All’ option.

Snapchat did it first, but I found it mostly impenetrable and this is the first time an app has made me feel old. I downloaded and deleted in the space of a day.

The above photo was chosen after I came across this tweet, which is definitely on brand.

I was also always going to be susceptible to certain celebs using this format and while January Jones is still queen of Insta comments and captions, Busy had my heart in an instant with her almost daily updates. There’s the “Hey guys” greeting that adds an extra level of familiarity and because of where they take place there is a certain level of intimacy; in her bedroom, car, kitchen, while walking down the street, working out, in a restaurant.

The “Just Like Us” vibe isn’t restricted to location and the way Busy talks about her anxiety, frustrations, her skin—I too am a picker—and career ups and downs, the shit that is going on in the world and eating habits is also #highlyrelatable. See also the way she talks about the TV she watches including old reruns of Friends.

But the joy of Busy’s Stories also comes from getting access to places we are not so likely to experience; the bathroom at an award show, working on a movie set or making a music video. When else am I going to hear Michelle Williams jokingly swear after losing out on the Oscar to Viola Davis? The familiar is tangled up in the glamorous and while I have never been to the Golden Globes, I have been locked out of my house in the rain after a night out.

Busy is incredibly popular on Instagram for a lot of the reasons and if this is the 15-second equivalent to a sitcom then there is one regular guest star who I am always thrilled to see. This connection goes back almost twenty years—yeah now I really feel old—and the occasional appearance by Busy’s bestie, Michelle Williams, is an instant nostalgia trip that also points to how some relationships in Hollywood are forever.

I’ve written at length about hair influences and how much I heart this power couple and the pair couldn’t be more different when it comes to their social media habits. For starters, Michelle Williams doesn’t partake and even before personal tragedy, Williams came across as guarded. These appearances lack any kind of pretense; whether during award season or hanging out at a very Dawson’s Creek location, as they reminisce about the actors Williams kissed on the show. Sometimes actors get a little precious about where they got their start and thankfully there is no such BS here. Instead it is tales of smooching.

Between Busy at Lekfit and Gina Rodriguez’s pull up bar—another Stories fave—there is also a better living kind of motivation. Not that I have started either, but I have bought some workout clothes so edging ever so closer to this. I am nothing if not prepared when it comes to having the right outfit.

Plus there are these kind of top notch observations that you can expect as TV costuming intersects with my Insta viewing habits.

And while experiencing my own existential and career related woes there is something comforting and motivating about Busy’s own musings on these subjects. Also seeing her procrastinating when it comes to writing is perhaps the most relatable. She says while picking up her phone to see what is going on elsewhere.

You know, Kim Kelly is my friend and so is Busy.* And now I’m going to go rewatch some Freaks and Geeks and contemplate the pros and cons of buying a mini-trampoline.

*This sounds far creepier than intended

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The Wish List: Mindy’s Star Jumpsuit

11 Aug

The Mindy Project isn’t back yet, but it does have a premiere date! Making the move from Fox to Hulu and season 4 returns September 15; it is a busy month for Mindy Kaling as her book comes out September 29.

On Instagram Kaling has been posting plenty of behind the scenes photos which means we get an early look at the many incredible costumes she will be wearing this year from fabulous maternity attire to Sliding Doors inspired alt-world party dresses. Kaling is excellent at mentioning where the clothes are from pointing out when they are custom made by Mindy costume designer Salvador Perez or which brand they are; making the Wish List hunt all the easier (if not all that affordable).

A baby is coming and Kaling posted a photo of Mindy’s bringing home baby look with super cute braided pigtails, a Vivienne Westwood Anglomania star print jumpsuit and Isabel Marant sneakers.

My bringing home baby outfit. vivienne Westwood jumpsuit and Isabel Marant sneaks #themindyproject

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This jumpsuit ticks many boxes reminding me that this was the year I said I would try this garment. Well I tried one on in a store which was an instant no, but I should really attempt it again. Star print is a fave and not just for sweaters. Plus as you can see from the model photo below it also has the all important pocket factor.

VW jumpsuitIn terms of being a bit practical as a coming home with baby outfit the buttons will also help with any breastfeeding needs.

The Mindy Project is a Wish List staple so expect plenty more costume chat and where to buy them from in the coming months.

 

Girls Season 4 Premiere Red Carpet

6 Jan

Girls is back this Sunday for season 4 and this year’s big premiere went all out at the Natural History Museum in New York City. The show has also been renewed before this season has even aired and Lena Dunham covers the Women in TV issue of Elle (here’s the leaked cover shot); 2015 is starting well for the creator and star of Girls.

Girls S4 premiereOne thing I love about these ladies is that even though I might not always be a fan of their style choices they aren’t afraid to go with what they like; there isn’t four versions of the same thing. So Allison Williams has gone for a very Allison Williams super pretty princess Monique Lhuillier gown, with Jemima Kirke sticking to satin as she did for the last premiere red carpet. Zosia Mamet’s doing the red leather Alexander McQueen thing and while I’m not feeling this new hair color, Mamet does get bonus red lipstick points. Going for the whole 70s revival, which I am very into at the moment is Lena Dunham and this Creatures of the Wind dress looks wonderful on her.

Gillian Jacobs GirlsWhile I’m not sure about the sleeve cut outs – on this occasion they complicate a dress that doesn’t need complicating – I am very excited about Gillian Jacobs appearing this season. Plus her shoes are very cute.

Abbi and Ilana Girls premiereAbbi and Ilana! The Broad City duo are both doing the ‘casual cool but still premiere appropriate when it isn’t your show’ approach and my only concern is for Abbi’s bare legs in the New York winter. I want Abbi’s skirt and Ilana’s sweater tee in my life. And season 2 of Broad City (which is also back next week!).

Natasha Lyonne and Jenna LyonsAt the after party Natasha Lyonne and Jenna Lyons are working the amazing coats slung over their shoulders approach with some major layering going on for the J. Crew creative director (and Girls guest star). A handy winter tactic.

And here’s a bonus shot Lena Dunham posted on Instagram showing off some of the museum as she poses in a rather sweet photo with her mother Laurie Simmons.

Girls returns to HBO Sunday, January 11 and you can watch promos for the new season here and here. I am very much looking forward to what new music it will introduce me to this year.

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

2 Oct

Welcome to Behind the Insta-Scenes! A new feature offering a roundup of the best behind the scenes photos posted on Instagram from a variety of TV show and personal accounts from the people who are on them. This includes sneak peeks from future episodes, what’s airing this week and flashing back to the past. It’s a comedy heavy first edition including The Mindy ProjectParks and Recreation, The Daily Show and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Starting with the woman whose Instagram we have been pouring over all summer for a multitude of reasons – amazing outfits both on screen and off, plus so much Chris Messina – and the one we refer to as the gift that keeps on giving; Mindy Kaling.

 

Episode 308: Diary Of A Mad Indian Woman

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First up a shot from episode 8 including its title “Diary of a Mad Indian Woman” and that phone call must be important considering what is also going on in the shot and is being ignored.

Strawberries and shorts at our night shoot on New York Street #themindyproject

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A super cute outfit including a strawberry print top, Chanel purse and red booties (coveting these so hard).

And they waited . . .

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Parks and Recreation is currently shooting its final season so expect plenty of photos from this set. This one is courtesy of Retta and gives me a much needed April Ludgate costuming fix.

Shooting Parks with @unforettable. This episode is a fun one.

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More from the Parks and Rec set and Aziz Ansari gifts us this fun looking super swish moment with Retta – the return of Treat Yo’ Self Day?

Lena Dunham is doing the big Not that Kind of Girl book tour at the moment and this includes stopping by The Daily Show and hanging out with former Girls guest star Jessica Williams.

Season 1 was fun tonight (Pls see pic w @stephbeatz) we journey into 2. 8:30 FOX

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To celebrate the return of Brooklyn Nine-Nine Chelsea Peretti shared this heart filled shot with co-star Stephanie Beatriz. More booties (and slippers) to add to my wish list.

 

 

 

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

26 Sep

A busy week for the new Fall TV season and yet relatively light on the red carpet front for “Out of the Box” offerings. Fox and NBC have had their celebrations and now it is time for ABC to launch their new TGIT night, plus talk show appearances, the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala and forthcoming costuming delights.

#TGIT Premiere Event Hosted by TwitterIt was the first #TGIT this week with three shows from Shondaland (Grey’s AnatomyScandal and How to Get Away with Murder) and Scandal’s Darby Stanchfield is our best dressed from the ABC event to celebrate this new drama block. The nude shoes are a letdown, but not enough to detract from this super sparkly Jasper Conran frock.

Has this one been released yet? It has now. 😝#TGIT

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This is a fun group shot from this party (courtesy of Darby Stanchfield’s Instagram) featuring women from all three shows and a range of pretty great party frocks. Not so sure about Ellen Pompeo’s Op Art looking jumpsuit, but this is my standard wrinkled nose reaction to most jumpsuits. Viola Davis’ multicolor delights win the best shoes of the night and I’m glad to see such a strong variety of styles from this group of women (from l-r Camilla Luddington, Bellamy Young, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, Ellen Pompeo, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes, Jerrika Hinton).

Kerry WsahingtonKerry Washington has been on the talk show trail this week to promote the return of Scandal and the Scandal inspired line at The Limited. This is our favorite look of Washington’s this week and as it includes polka dots the answer could easily be because, of course. Polka dots are part of the reason, however there is an overall playful quality to this Preen ‘Liberty’ dress and Washington manages to stay the right side of matchy matchy with her accessorizing. Adore.

Amy RyanAre you sensing a theme? Amy Ryan’s vintage Victor Costa gown is a polka dot dream and she looks stunning at the Metropolitan Opera’s Opening Night Gala. A strong red lip color could really set it off and yet I really like the minimalist hair/makeup/jewelry approach to this look.

Patricia ClarksonPatricia Clarkson is one of those actresses I am always thrilled to see and this applies to both the red carpet and on screen. Clarkson is the picture of sophisticated elegance while also pulling off the lace cutouts. Added bold lipstick bonus points.

The gift that keeps on giving is Mindy Kaling’s Instagram and here is what I’m sure will be one of my favorite Mindy Project looks covering bold color (yellow!) and a fun pattern.

Orange is the New Black Cast Celebrate Pride in New York, San Francisco and at the White House

1 Jul

The Orange is the New Black cast were out in full force on Sunday with floats at Pride parades in New York City and San Francisco. Laverne Cox was one of three grand marshals (Looking’s Jonathan Groff and Rea Carney were the other two) and she rode alongside Delores Nettles (her daughter Islan Nettles, a transgender woman was beaten to death last year).

Cox also visited the White House yesterday for their Pride reception and Michelle Obama is a big fan of the show as Cox revealed on Instagram “At the White House Pride luncheon earlier today. I met the President and First Lady. She hugged me and is a fan of @oitnb #oitnb #starstruck and #inspired.”

OITNB PrideEscaping from Litchfield and riding the New York float in the incredible sunshine are Dascha Polanco, Danielle Brooks, Samira Wiley, Matt McGorry, Yael Stone and Barbara Rosenblat.

OITNB NYC OITNB cast OITNB Samira Wiley, Matt McGorry and Dascha PolancoYael Stone worked the rainbow false eyelashes and here’s a closer look courtesy of her Instagram:

Seriously ready for Pride. Hair/Face pride nailed by @marishten #prideparade2014

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Representing the West Coast contingent is Big Boo herself, Lea DeLaria riding a float at the San Francisco parade with all the bubbles.

Lea DeLaria prideAnd here is Laverne Cox as one of the New York City grand marshals.

Laverne Cox PrideFollowed by a trip to the White House yesterday (here is a transcript of President Obama’s remarks at this event including a reference to Cox’s Time cover) and Laverne Cox’s dress game is on top form as she looks stunning in this photo she posted on Instagram:

 

 

A Very Cool Behind the Scenes Mad Men Photo of January Jones (from 2009)

25 Jun

January Jones’ Instagram is a treasure trove of Mad Men related antics, party shots, old modeling jobs, throwback Thursday childhood photos and everyday pictures (well as everyday as the life of an actress can get). Jones is also a hashtag maestro with the likes of #comeonbettysaycheese, #bitchesbebossesnow and #poemstohelpmefindBetty (following a Sylvia Plath quote). I was maybe a bit lukewarm to Jones prior to following her on Instagram and this is one case of social media changing my mind about someone for the better (so often with celebrities, especially on Twitter it is the other way around).

This recent photo comes courtesy of Lisa Guerriero, a photographer who has taken some Mad Men behind the scenes shots and she specializes in street photography. This shot comes from 2009 and Jones offers up more hashtag wisdom with #ladiesalwayssitsidesaddle.

Guerriero also recently posted this shot from the season 3 episode “Seven Twenty Three” of Kiernan Shipka (who looks SO young) and Abigail Spencer.

Mad Men Season 3 – solar eclipse scene @kiernanshipka

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