we heart weekly – 3.4.11

As always, 100% Charlie Sheen Free!

Ahhh – happy weekend wht readers! My brain has had a bit of information overload this week (of both the work and pop culture variety), so when I saw the latest Disney Dream Portraits – an ongoing series from famed photographer Annie Leibovitz – had been released this week I knew one of the lovely images would be our Photo of the Week.

Meshing Leibovitz’s signature, sweeping storytelling style with classic Disney fairy tale characters portrayed by a Who’s Who of Hollywood stars (that’s Penelope Cruz as Bella and Jeff Bridges as the Prince) these images are always a treat for the eyes and a bit of an escape for the mind.

Here are a few more links that were able to tear me away from my To Do List and sitcom star meltdowns this week:

Attn: Vintage Clothes Lovers: the answer to that eternal question “Why are all the vintage clothes I love so damn tiny?” has been answered! According to a fascinating post from the Couture Allure Vintage Fashion blog it boils down to two issues: 1) the “standard” bust to waist ratio at the time was a 10 inch difference (not how most woman are shaped today) and 2) to fit into this “standard” shape the women of the 50s wore much different foundation garments (Spanx and similar shapewear is loose and flowing compared to girdles and corsets). Read the whole post here: Why can’t I find a 50s dress that will fit me?

• And a huge shout out to one of my daily reads Jezebel for leading me to the Couture Allure blog and the answer to that burning question! Check out their wrap up of the original article and make sure to scroll through the comments for more insightful information and tips for making vintage work for your body: Why 50s Vintage Clothes Never Fit

• While we are talking vintage clothes – have you seen the trailer for the soon to be released movie version of Water for Elephants? We only get a tease of the clothes, but I can’t wait to feast my eyes on the 20′s and 30′s era, glam costumes as worn by the novel’s heroine, Marlena (Reese Witherspoon):

• By the way, Water for Elephants is just one of a number of great books being turned into a film this year. My most favorite TWOP recapper ever, Miss Allie aka Linda Holmes now writing over at NPR blog, Monkey See has rounded up a list of what we can expect to make the leap from page to screen this year: Your 2011 Books-Into-Films Lineup, From ‘Eyre’ To ‘Water’ To ‘Desert’

Readers, what’s getting you relaxed and revived this weekend?

Tyna, co-founder and co-editor of wht, worries about becoming a crazy cat lady, reads at least a book a week, checks in at a Flyers fan forum every morning and is forever (some say obsessively) organizing her closets and drawers.

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Written by Tyna Werner

15 Comments

  1. Sam

    I didn’t know that book was a love story! I always thought it was about an old guy for some reason, lol. I’m going to go out and buy it now! The movie looks fabulous. I love Reese Witherspoon, and Robert Pattison looks sexy again! He just looked “off” to me in the Twilight movies, but he was a cutie in Harry Potter.

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    Erin

    I just saw the Water For Elephants trailer this week and I can’t wait! I loved the book and I think it was very well cast….although I will say when I heard Sean Penn was in talks to play the trainer I was so excited because that’s exactly who I pictured while readin it. But, if they couldn’t get him I know Christoph Waltz will be amazing too.

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    lipglossandspandex

    I’m probably going to go for a short run today, take a nap, and watch some TV. Maybe even paint a little! Yesterday, I went to the Children’s Museum and watched the Adjustment Bureau. It’s been fun :)

    I loooove those Disney Dream Portraits! (Is it bad that I wish I could be in one?)

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    corinneburns

    I sort of begrudgingly read Water for Elephants on the nudging of a friend – and was completely enraptured with in pages. Can not wait for the movie!

    And those links explaining “the problem with vintage” a turn my retro loving friends and I a lot. And I love the idea of sewing your own new clothes with reproductions of vintage patterns as opposed to trying to squeeze into the teeny clothes. Oh how I wish I could sew.

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    Krista

    I am absolutely loving Queen Latifah as Ursula!!! Olivia Wilde as the Evil Queen from Snow White is also awesome–love that they used Alec Baldwin as the magic mirror. The Beauty & the Beast photo is great, but give me a Disney Villain anytime.
    Thanks for posting about the fit of vintage clothing. I’d always been told it was because people were just smaller. I still imagine it would take an elaborate system of weights and pulleys to make most tiny vintage dresses work on me :( That and a whole lot more fabric :(
    Fun fact about Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson: he played her son in a movie she made in 2004 called “Vanity Fair”. WEIRD…

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    tiffany

    I’m late reading this because I spent the weekend painting my entire downstairs. I’m exhausted, but so glad it’s finally finished. LOVE the Disney portraits…absolutely beautiful! I think I’m one of the only people out there that did not read Water for Elephants. All my friends raved about it. Sounds like it’s one I should hurry up and read before the movie comes out.

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