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DESIGN FILMS

Every once in awhile, I fall into a creative rut and rather than just waiting for inspiration to magically appear, you have to be be proactive about it! Watching movies is a great source of inspiration for creators – whether you’re looking for visual artistry, a brilliant color palette, technique, and/or captivating storyline. The following are a few films that I’ve found myself watching from time to time whenever I need to get my creative juices flowing!

Amelie

This is a movie that has stuck with me for for years, especially since it was introduced to me by my first Design professor at University following my decision to switch to a creative career path. This is untraditional French Romantic Comedy follows a shy girl named Amelie on a secret quest to do good by those around her while finding her own happiness. Overall, it’s a charmingly nostalgic film with a complementary color palette (it seriously looks like the entire film was made through one filter) and quirky characters.

Wes Anderson Films

I would pretty much recommend anything by Wes Anderson because of his crazy attention to detail, saturated color palettes, carefully curated soundtrack, hand crafted typography, whimsical outfits, and use of symmetry across all his films. All of these characteristics make his films instantly recognizable and sets him apart from the rest. A few of my favorites of his are Moonrise Kingdom (two pre-adolescents who feel like outcasts fall in love and run away together), Grand Budapest Hotel (a thrilling recount between a legendary concierge and his lobby boy), and The Royal Tenenbaums (a complex family is brought together as the father’s dying wish).

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

The film centers around Joel, a man who undergoes a procedure to erase the memories of his ex-girlfriend (played by Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet). Throughout the entire film, the use of color and lighting contribute heavily to the narrative going on in Joel’s mind vs reality.

Her

This is an incredibly unique film by Spike Jonze that is set in the future and is essentially a love story about modern intimacy. It follows Theodore, a heartbroken man who forms a strong bond with Samantha, a new advanced operating system. I think what sets this apart from the rest is the fact that it’s not like your typical dystopian film. The stunning aesthetics, warm color scheme, and serene soundtrack were all captivating.

The Great Gatsby

If you’re anything like me, this is probably one of the few required readings that you actually did in high school. This 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel follows a young man named Nick Carraway, who visits his cousin in Long Island for the summer. During his stay, he gets swept into the bizarre world of his mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby who throws extravagant parties every weekend. Seriously, the detail that went into creating the lavish Art Deco inspired set design just blew me away! Even if you’re not a Leo fan (UH… WHY AREN’T YOU?!), I would watch it for this fact alone.

What films do you watch for design inspiration? Share them below!

xo, Donna Belle

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GILMORE GIRLS MOVIE NIGHT

I’ll be real – I have never watched a single Gilmore Girls episode until just recently. It wasn’t a show that I would have watched when I was younger but with all this talk about the reunion, I was convinced to finally give it a shot. Let’s just say, I was instantly hooked and within a week, I was able to breeze through all seven seasons. The show is packed with smart witty humor, the unbreakable bond between Rory and Lorelei is #goals, and beneath the surface, it does an amazing job at incorporating concepts of feminism. Also, what better way to binge watch old episodes and the reunion season on Netflix than to indulge in the perfect Gilmore Girl’s diet – equipped with junk food and copious amounts of coffee (Rory and Lorelei would approve).

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I also put together an inspired playlist of movies that were either pop culture references in the show, coming-of-age films, and/or based on a mother-daughter relationship.

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Have you seen Gilmore Girls? What’s your favorite episode or character?

xo, Donna Belle

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BINGE WORTHY SHOWS

When I’m not creating content for my blog and social media platforms, I admittedly spend an unhealthy amount of time on Netflix. After spending last night blazing through the entire first season of Stranger Things, I was inspired to put together a list of shows on Netflix that I consider binge-worthy:

  • Stranger Things: This sci-fi Netflix series centers around a small town’s quest to uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of a missing boy, secret government experiments, and an unusual visitor with supernatural powers. From first glance, you’d think this show was based off an actual children’s book from the past (I mean, look at that Stephen King inspired title treatment). The show just does a great job depicting the eighties through it’s nod to classic horror and suspense serials of the past. I was also surprised by how short the series was (there’s only 8 episodes!) and I’m already waiting for Season 2 to come out!
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: This sitcom follows the experiences of an Indiana woman, Kimmy after her 15 year captivity in an underground bunker as she explores New York with delight and curiosity. Despite the show’s heavy themes, it’s light-hearted, fun, and hilarious (which is obviously no surprise since it is co-written by Tina Fey).
  • Orange Is The New Black: Whenever a new season is released on Netflix, I’m torn between feeling excited or sad. On one hand, I finally get to watch back to back episodes following the previous season’s cliffhanger but on the other, I have to wait yet another year for the next one. The greatest strength of this show is definitely each character and their unique stories. This is a definite must watch!
  • Master of None: In addition to being funny, this is show is incredibly smart. It touches upon important topics like sexism, racism, privilege, and even sheds light on immigrant experiences (something that I very much related with).

Happy watching!

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YOUTUBE ANNOUNCEMENT

First off, I wanted to announce the (re)launch of my Youtube channel! I’m saying “relaunch” because I’ve created videos in the past where I performed acoustic covers of songs but for awhile, I’ve been wanting to incorporate more lifestyle content into my channel. I’ve also always loved creating videos and it’s just an another platform where I can express my creativity even further! For my first video, I filmed and edited a little short of how I get ready in the mornings (fyi: this involves a lot of snooze buttons and coffee). I was really inspired by the authenticity of of Free People’s videos while creating this and wanted to create a similar natural feel. Click here to view the video

Anyway, I’ve slowly been trying to nail down a consistent morning routine and to be honest, it’s been difficult to commit to waking up early in the mornings. Awhile ago, a friend of mine suggested that I check out a website called “My Morning Routine,” which highlights successful entrepreneurs and details how they spend each of their mornings. The main point of this is to show how important it is to make time for yourself in the morning rather than waking up immediately and going straight into panic mode trying to get things done.

In the spirit of this video, here are three things that I want to start doing in my mornings:

  1. Waking up early by getting atleast 8 hours of sleep the night before
  2. Start by writing a list of things I’m thankful for to gain a good perspective on life
  3. Began integrating meditation into my routine to combat stress + anxiety

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90s Teen Films

movies-exampleIn honor of #tbt, here is a roundup of some of my favorite teen films from the 90s. Having grown up in this decade, these movies bring back such a nostalgic feeling and I could probably never get tired of watching any of them!

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