With the arrival of football season and everything spiced with pumpkin, I had it in my mind that summer was over and fall was ushering itself in.
However, the temperatures in Charlotte this weekend have suggested otherwise, so I was excited to have an excuse to pull out this lace-paneled maxi dress I picked up from Urban Outfitters during a spectacular online sale.
I took a wild chance on this one, as the online photos looked as though the jersey fabric and draped fit might end up making the dress look like a bedtime chemise instead of a dress fit for a Greek goddess.
I was pleasantly surprised with the structured look the lace paneling and blouse-fit top helped to create. Even better, I couldn’t have asked for a more comfortable feel than that of the rayon jersey fabric. To complement the gray lace detailing, I stuck with shoes and accessories in shades of silver.
Dress: Pins and Needles (Urban Outfitters)
Bracelets: Not sure (received as a gift)
Shoes: Impo (Macy’s)
With the weather being so downright beautiful, I decided to wear the dress when Chris and I went out for a special date night this weekend. We utilized one of his birthday gift cards (thanks to Aunt Jennifer!) to see The Spectacular Now, a Sundance Film Festival favorite from the writers of 500 Days of Summer.
The film follows high school senior Sutter Keely, “the life of the party” who everyone at his school seems to love, as he (against his will) falls for Aimee Fineky, an adorable but quirky girl in his grade who no one else seems to notice. All the while, his inability to deal with life’s struggles without a drink in his hand becomes a more growing personal problem for Sutter, who doesn’t seem to notice the fact that he is quickly becoming an alcoholic.
I did have a few issues with this movie, like the lack of realism in one climactic scene near the end of the film (I’m sure you’ll pick up on it if you see it, but I want to avoid spoilers by going into too much detail!), but the subtle ways in which the writers developed both lead characters and their on-screen chemistry are what makes this movie so irresistible.
I saw the high school version of myself in Aimee Fineky and appreciated how the writers portrayed her as a girl outside of the high school popularity spectrum due to an introverted nature and responsibilities she held at home. While every high school has its version of Mary Katherine Gallagher in Superstar, many of the girls who go through high school with few knowing their names are anything but geeks, making Aimee Fineky a truthful depiction of what life is like for many girls at this age.
Similarly, I could think of several people I know who were just like Sutter Keely back in the day, charming and hilarious externally, but deeply plagued by demons internally. Despite their differences, the way that Sutter and Aimee’s characters play off each other throughout the entire film is captivating and brilliantly realistic.
While its plot is relatively basic, there is also a beauty in the simplicity of The Spectacular Now to which any viewer who remembers what it was like to be eighteen should be able to relate.