dressed up like a lady: Do your worst, Mr. Hughes.

Aug 27, 2013

Do your worst, Mr. Hughes.

 Blouse: Banana Republic, thrifted 
High waisted corduroy shorts: Victoria's Secret
Shoes: Exchange by Charles David
Frame bag: vintage 80's Ann Taylor
Sunnies: Giant Vintage

Since I've been letting my hair go wavy, I realized I inadvertently ended up with Cate Blanchett's 30's Katharine Hepburn hair from The Aviator.

She also appears to have my sunglasses.
Not that I'm complaining.

Incidentally, the reason the real life Katharine Hepburn had short hair when she met Howard Hughes in 1936 is because she was filming Sylvia Scarlett, in which she dresses in drag. 

It's not just wavy hair, a nice pair of sunglasses and a sporty frame that helps make Cammila a good match for Kate Hepburn. Both are also undeniable optimists. Totally irrepressible iconoclasts who never let a moment go by without savoring it -- good or bad. And as Kate is portrayed in The Aviator, her optimistic view of living is something she can't help trying to sprinkle on the world and all the glum pessimists around her.
As she says to a reticent Howard Hughes, embarrassed at being hard of hearing in the movie: "Well, if you're deaf, you must own up to it! Get a hearing aid. Or see my father. He's a urologist, but it's all tied up inside the body, don't you find? Me, I keep healthy. I take seven showers a day to keep clean. Also, because I'm what's so vulgarly referred to as 'outdoorsy.' Well, I'm not outdoorsy -- I'm athletic! I sweat! There it is. Now we both know the sordid truth. I sweat, and you're deaf. Aren't we a fine pair of misfits?"
She's calling him out on trying to hide an inequity, rather than owning it. Confidence makes you sexy, so just be yourself. Now, I'm no Howard Hughes. I'm not a maverick aviator/industrialist/filmmaker. But in the film of my life, Cammila is my Kate Hepburn, my irrepressible glamour tomboy who never lets me get myself down. She's always right there by my side to take the wheel. I hope she knows that I'm right there by her too. And for what its worth, I love the smell of her sweat. -MC 


  1. Love the shorts. Are those cords? -goes to check- THEY ARE CORDS. I would give my left pinkie finger to find a really flattering pair of mustard yellow cord pants for fall. Sigh.

    Katharine Hepburn has to be my single favorite female celebrity of all time. I love a woman who stares propriety in the face and wears trousers anyway.

    1. I was going to recommend Old Navy's Rockstar cords to you, but I just checked and they don't have mustard yellow (or any yellow). Their Rockstar jeans fit terribly on me (and I think a lot of people, actually), but I love their Rockstar cords.

  2. This outfit is cute and I loveee the shoes. I tried stalking the shoes but realized I have too many heels anyway (considering I rarely wear heels).

    That first photo of Cate reminds me of Tilda Swinton. That said, I think the only thing you have in common with Tilda is similar hair and light skin.

  3. I am hereby indoctrinating mustard yellow into the summer wardrobe palette of women the world over. This colour so often only sees worthwhile action when the leaves come tumbling down, but it shines - radiates, one might even say - when the sun is blazing, the two mirroring each other so well, as your terrific outfit her absolutely highlights.

    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* Your comment on my interview post with Rochelle yesterday made my day and then some. Thank you very much!

  4. i want your shirt sooo much!
    you look gorgeous as always!



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