Thursday, May 22, 2014

Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson: on "The Graduate," folk music & the open road

Katharine Ross, star of The Graduate. Photo Source:

This evening, I'll board a bus bound for Boston armed with cat eye sunglasses and an attitude. When traveling alone, I like to create a story in my mind of who I am and where I'm going, and for some reason (perhaps it's the gray, water-colored sky that always makes me a bit nostalgic; perhaps it's that buses are ubiquitous in the film), today I am channeling Elaine Robinson played by Katharine Ross in the 1967 film The Graduate. Ross' makeup in this film embodies why I love 1960's glamour. There's something about a bold eye paired with nude face & lips that's so clean yet dramatic, and just feels right.

I would love to do a look inspired by Elaine's character when I get back to New York. I think her style mirrors mine in many ways: simple, down-to-earth clothes kicked up a few notches by glamorous makeup and voluminous hair. It strikes me what a statement those mod eyes make in contrast to Elaine's clothes and hair, which to me strike a more conservative early 60's note. In that sense, her makeup becomes a symbol for something rebellious brewing just below the surface of her character.

Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock with Katharine Ross as Elaine Robinson in The Graduate. Photo Source:

This post marks a first for me: my first non-original content post. I can't say I'm thrilled about that; I prefer to create my own images for you all. But with all I have to do before hitting the road, creating a look of my own to share is kind of logistically impossible today. Let me know what you think of this format, being more of a mood-board post than anything else.  

Lastly, Simon & Garfunkel music, aside from being a pivotal part of The Graduate, is also road-trip music, so I hope you'll enjoy some of their other classics below! Their sound is so emotional for me not only because of their poetic lyrics but also because they were a constant in car trips with my family as a young girl. Their songs evoke the open road, questionable rest-stops and Americana. What better way to start the summer?

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