If you’re a girl who grew up in the 80s and haven’t seen this movie, you’ve been slighted in one of the worse possible ways. Girls Just Want To Have Fun (starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Hunt and Shannen Doherty, among others) captivated me at the age of 9. The first time I saw it I was hooked. It was like the cleaned up, non-abortion Dirty Dancing for pre-teens. To this day, I watch it every time it comes on TV and I’m pretty sure the DVD is lurking somewhere in my house.
I remember watching it one night and being filled with a sense of melancholy. I walked out in the our back yard in Austin, Texas, sitting down on the folding lawn chair and crying. A few minutes later my mom was out there trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I told her I was sad because nothing that cool was ever going to happen to me in my entire life.
Twenty-two years later, I think I am destined for something even better. I’m just still waiting to see what that’s going to be.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Trailer
I’m fortunate to have experienced a few great loves in my short life. Some are inanimate and some are even intangible. One of these loves manages to fall under both categories. I love books. I love the way that stories can sweep me up and, for as much time as I can spare that day, I can go somewhere else and I am completely lost. One of my favorites is “The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. When I first read of Nick Carraway’s time on Long Island Sound, I was adrift in the 1920s. Fitzgerald’s florid writing style allowed my imagination to run wild envisioning the extravagant parties that were so commonplace at the time. I always imagined myself in attendance wearing a simple dress, hairpin curls with an embellished headband and a strand of pearls that hung down to my waist. The perfect clutch would have completed my ensemble and I would have fit right in.
The perfect clutch, like my other accessories, should project relevance and sophistication, rather than flash and trends. I don’t take myself too seriously, but that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate great works and fantastic authors. That is why I am in love with Kate Spade‘s Book of the Month clutch. This clutch (it also comes in an adorable tote) is perfect for me and makes a definitive statement about my personality. Until it finds itself resting peacefully in my closet, it will rest peacefully on my wish list.