If you're one of those girls who dream to travel but yet not old enough to do it alone, here's a feast for that dream of yours.. Chandler O'Leary has just recently launched her blog (drawntheroadagain.com) which documents her travels in a way that is just purely amazing. Taking her watercolor paint set and her moleskine journal, she records her trips by drawing each of her travelling destinations in her journal. She is allowing us to see those places in a whole new perspective, her perspective. She surely has inspired me to do a very different, much better, and a lot prettier way to record my travels.
Movies can be too amazing, that sometimes lead you to another high expectations. I just spent my free time cleaning, and re-decorating my room with a little bit of help from my favorite movies. Below are my top five bedrooms from movies that inspired me how to re-do my bedroom.
1. The Virgin Suicides
The concept from the Lisbon's bedroom was that they mostly spend their days on their bedroom due to their protective parents who caged them in their own house. So the theme would probably be a daydream vibe room, since they mostly daydreamed about what life looked like outside their house other than being locked up all day by their parents. Room in the movie is a mess, which led to unorganized jewelry, candies, make-up, stickers, junks, underwears, and books. If you're a perfectionist, don't worry. Just put everything out of your drawers but organize them properly, so your eyes won't flinch much. Soft and warm lighting will perfectly fit the theme. A rug for your Lisbon theme room will be a perfect match, since the Lisbon's girls used to lay down on their rug whether they're sleeping, daydreaming, or even reading the catalog.
You will find a lot of crosses and virgin Mary statues on their rooms, if you don't want it, you can put like unicorn figures, flower pots, nail polish, candle sticks, and stacks of your homemade bracelets and books. Try to make your very own shrine and wall collages on your room too! A little suggestion from me, stick your favorite country postcards (Exotic places of where you wanted to be in the next 10 years) and stamps on your door, stickers will do too. Use floral/lace/or even pastel colored curtains for your window, and stick whatever you're drawing or prints to your wall to maximize the Lisbon atmosphere. Telephone, vinyl player, and white pastel dresses or sleeping gowns help too.
Frenchy's room is all about pink and portrait photos of hunks and Rydell, it's all about the slumber party vibe like thick floral blankets, hair treatments, manicures, diaries, bed lamps, books, and a vinyl player to lighten up the mood. Try to play some Elvis songs for a change, bet you have no idea that this scene in Frenchy's bedroom while rizzo is singing the line about Elvis was actually filmed the same day that Elvis Presley died. Creepy but cool. Don't forget the "Pink Ladies" jacket, you can make your very own Pink Ladies coat or jacket, if you have no idea where you can make your own jacket with words attached to the back, do ask your mom about it or simply try digital screen print shop. If you got yourself a Pink Ladies coat, you can hang it by the door or even frame it to the wall.
3. Princess Diaries
Mia has a fabulous grandma who’s surprisingly is a queen to a country called Genovia. Queen’s bedroom are always fabulous, but who says Mia’s previous normal bedroom wasn't the bomb? Mia’s bedroom concept was more into a playful dreamy and adventurous room, looking from the spot that she made on top and the stairs in her room. If it's somehow not possible for you to have an attic stairs on your room to access the private spot like Mia did, try your window rooftop or your balcony. I always wanted a private spot where you can just sit there and think. Mia puts a playful lights and stickers around the staircase to make it look funky, you can copy it by adding a Christmas strings light (Yellow normal one or even the colorful will do) and twist it on your bed head. Oh, and a cat like Fat Louie would be a wonderful additional for a teen room. If you have a cat, try building a house and decorate it with your drawings or stickers.
4. Pretty in Pink
It's pretty in pink, alright. I've always wanted Andie's bedroom ever since I watched Pretty in Pink. Andie's room is a perfect example of what we now consider "shabby chic". Starting from laces, curtains, and pillowcases, colored telephone, a side chair by the window, a make-up table with your favorite junkies hanging on the side, two Mondrian posters adorned her wall, and a journal for her writings and sketches. Andie likes to dress up as a quirky pink themed girl, so a mannequin in the room would be perfect for her daily Q-test outfit. It's all about the coziness of the room, try to put some framed vintage posters and portraits on your wall. You should definitely put every little pieces of your jewelry and D.I.Ys outside your drawer and leave it hanging by the bed, by the make-up table, or even by the door to show people how creative you are. Andie has a side chair by her window, if you surprisingly have one, put your favorite books by the side of your comfort spot. Make your very own mood board on the wall and decorate it with pictures and stickers. It can be a little crowded, but at least you have a cute and cozy room like Andie.
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Perks is an example of a tender look at the life of a teen misfits living in Pittsburgh in the 90’s. Now, if you’re a hardcore fan of music and bands do try to copy Sam’s bedroom. I love the fact that they use mix tapes in the movies, who doesn't love getting mix tapes from their very first boyfriends and girlfriends. If you have lots of mix tapes, try to organize them by the desk shelf next to your favorite novels. A real vintage stuff wouldn't be that necessary if you already got yourself a type writer, a vinyl record, and a stereo, a perfect vintage match for any desks. If you don’t have one, try asking your grandpa about it, grandpa always keeps the best stuff hidden on their house, or simply try eBay.
It wouldn't be perfect for a teen angst bedroom without string lights hanging in your room to create a warm atmosphere. And don’t forget framed posters of your favorite band. Perks story line contains lots of great bands such as The Beatles, The Smiths, Pink Floyd, Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, U2, and Simon & Garfunkel.
- Trista Anjani
Being known as the most magical place on earth, of course the Disneyland would make such myths and legends to the real life. Disneyland-circa 1959 had actual mermaids who swam around the lagoon during the Submarine Voyage's attraction opening. Then the mermaids returned from the summer of 1965 to the summer of 1967. I was very much mesmerized and was in awe when I read a testimony of one of the girls who was actually one of the mermaids who worked throughout those 2 years (You can read the testimony here), and I've been growing this.. uncanny obsession and adoration towards the mermaids. They were breathtakingly beautiful. As a child growing up watching Disney films and cartoons, witnessing and watching an actual mermaid swim would be an absolute dream come true to me! Through this attraction I can honestly say that Walt Disney was yet-again-successful in building dreams and making dreams into reality.
But unfortunately the Submarine Voyage attraction, which featured these beautiful real-life mermaids, was closed in 1998. I can only wish that someday they would somehow bring this "voyage" back.
- Anjani Larasati
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