Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Magical Transformation.

In sixth grade (I think? Fifth or sixth), my dad went on a business trip to London and brought me home a copy of a book that was yet to be sold in America, which the concierge at The Dorchester told him he had to buy for me. As soon as I picked up the book, I could not put it down - I devoured this book in like, days. The book? Oh, just a little something called Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which was changed to the "Sorcerer's Stone" when it hit the U.S. market months later. (My dad literally just told me that when he still travels to London and heads to The Dorchester, the same concierge is still there, and they still talk about how he introduced my dad to Harry Potter!).


Ever since then, I've been Harry Potter hooked (which my friends at school never stopped making fun of me for). While I don't dress up like my favorite character to go see the movies (or go at midnight to the opening showings - I'm like, a grandma now and can't stay up that late on a Thursday night when I have work the next morning), I have read each book multiple times, and seen all the movies.

Being a Harry Potter fan has also helped me connect with one of the most difficult students I have. This boy used to NEVER give me the time of day, look my way - nothing. I would seriously ask him a question (something super difficult like, "How was your day?"), and he would look at me like I forgot to wear clothes or something. Anyway, he found out that I love, love, love Harry Potter, which he has just started reading, and now we are the two best friends that anyone could have (we literally played Spit for two hours today, and when he won first place as the fastest second grade boy, he came over to give me a big hug and ask if I was proud of him - so cute!).

While I can't remember exactly due to my very old age (I probably would know perfectly well the exact date when I was only a young 21), I'm pretty sure the first Harry Potter movie came out when I was in eighth grade. I anxiously bought my popcorn, and sat with my friend in the theater (I will never forget this, because almost exactly when the movie ended my friend got insanely sick ALL over and I was humiliated/felt like I was that boy in the Goonies who pretends to get sick in the theater and starts a chain reaction - it was that awful).

Let me tell you something - watching awkward Emma Watson as Hermione, I would never have thought that this girl would become one of my favorite, favorite fashion icons ever. (Though I did have a little crush on D. Radcliffe which has not gone away). While she was always a very pretty girl, her style definitely has gone up since she first arrived on the scene.


Talk about a transformation...


Over the years, Emma has transformed so much into such a style icon. She always looks chic, experiments with clothing styles, her hair (I am obsessed with her gorgeous pixie cut), and yet whenever I read interviews with her, she seems so absolutely down to earth, that it makes me love her all the more. (Fun fact - her parents had her on a $75/week allowance and for a long time she had absolutely no idea that she was so rich!).

I promise I'm not posting these pictures to be awful - I'm just showing the evolution of personal style!

(P.S. I can't hate on the kimono too much because no joke, when I was thirteen, on a family trip to San Francisco I seriously wore a lilac colored kimono out to dinner, which turned out to be ridiculously embarrassing when my parents decided to go to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. I still cringe thinking about it).


As the years progressed, her style just got more and more beautiful (and so timeless).

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Even though this was years ago, I still love this Chanel LBD!




Loved her Burberry ads!


And with the gorge pixie cut:


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Are you an Emma Watson fan too? (Or a Harry Potter fan? Am I the only nerd?). Who is someone you always think of when you picture a ridiculous style transformation?

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Currently: Curled up with Coop, equipped with a stack of Vogue, W, and People to catch up on, and On the Road, which I am re-reading for probably the tenth time. Hope you all had beautiful weekends, xo!


Lindsay said...
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Lindsay said...

You know I adore Emma and Harry Potter! What a fab post. I could never get sick of looking at pictures of her. ..

I know most people don't agree, but I LOVE her pixie cut. But she can do no wrong in my book!

ps entered the giveaway : )

Aren said...

Harry Potter is a staple of my childhood and will always be something that I will keep in my heart. I still remember wanting to sprout red hair and for the Weasley's to take me in as one of their own.

Emma Watson is smashing, her style "betters with age". I dig her gender bender haircut.

Jenni said...

WOW!! I didn't even know Emma Watson was this old already, but GEEZ!! Has she grown up!! And she's GORGEOUS!! I adore that haircut, too... NOT many girls could pull this off so flawlessly!!

Dear Girl said...

I love how they grew up, esp Emma, myy she's so gorgeous an I will absolutely adore her! (came across Seven Style Notes and liked your comment)=)

HiFashion said...

I love Harry Potter so much as well. I've read the books and seen the movies countleess times. I actually have a crush on Rupert Grint.
I love seeing Emma Watson's style transformation as well. She is definitely such a style icon these days.

Couture Carrie said...

I love Emma too!
Gorgeous post!


Croatian_Latina said...

that is so cool that you were able to connect with your student. Here is my confession: I have never read any of the books! Not sure why? but I really like you tied in the the book to fashion. I love Emma's strong eyebrows and with the pixie cut and darker hair she looks older and sophisticated. she is gorgeous indeed.

Halle B. comes to to mind as another person who can pull off a great pixie cut.

hope you had a wonderful weekend.

(ps. I haven't even began to pack and I fly out next week.yikes!)

MizzJ said...

Omg I can't remember how old I was when the movies came out!! I loove all the books and always reread the current film adaptation. Have you seen part 1 of the final movie yet??

Yes, Emma Watson is such a role model for young women out there. She seems very real, and gorgeous in an approachable way. Thank gawd some child stars actually turn out ok!

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Pammy said...

LOVE this post!!!! And LOVE all things Harry Potter!!! Great blog you have here!!! :)

yiqin; said...

i wont be exagerrating if i say harry potter is my entire childhood.

la petite fashionista said...

awe,i loved the story of how you got your first book; how amazing! I've always been a huge harry potter fan too (in fact I made my dad go with me to see the latest movie when I was home for Thanksgiving break).

Emma Watson has had an incredible style transformation; though I can't imagine my awkward teenage years having to be documented like that!

▲my• said...

Harry Potter is amazing.
I really think we are the Harry Potter generation. We being anyone who got to read the books as they came out, go to midnight book releases etc.

To this day I wear my Gryffindor robes to the films, even if it's not midnight.

Emma is gorgeous.

Kristin said...

It's crazy what a chic little style icon she grew up to be no?

Kelly @ The Startup Wife said...

Oh em gee, I can't handle how YOUNG they look in that first picture!!!!!!!!!!!!! It makes me feel about a million years old. Man.

Also, I have this awful habit where if I read something that really resonates, I keep it unread because I want to write some great comment, and then I put it off and put it off and put it off ... and that's totally what happened with your post about the Elie Wiesel book. But I did love that post and read it several times and all this time have been hoping I came up with something profound to say!

Lady Lipstick said...

I have already seen the movie twice!!! I love it!!!
Emma is so cute and fashionable!! I love her


Tracy-Girl @ Then I Got To Thinking said...

You are totally not nerdy for loving HP, but I have never been able to get into it! That is so cool your dad got the first book while in London before it was even in the US! I love Emma Watson, I think she is adorable!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I'm not a fan of the bob but it looks beautiful on her! And her style is great. I need to see Harry Potter, haven't seen any of them :S

Jenna said...

CAN'T BELIEVE I MISSED THIS POST!!! I adore Emma Watson! She seems so cool and down to earth! And HP too. Love the movies. One day, I fully plan to read the novels... :)