|Rachel McAdams (Ally) and Ryan Gosling (Noah)|
(Don't ask me why he is wearing a Newsboy hat on the beach, but her 1940's two-piece swimsuit is adorable)
The film takes place before, during, and after World War 2.
There are three kinds of people in the world:
1. Those who have seen "The Notebook," cried their eyes out and think it's amazing.
2. Those who have seen it and thought it was the cheeseball of cheesy romance films.
3. Those who refuse to see it because they assume it IS the cheeseball of cheesy romance films.
I am the first kind of person amongst these stereotypes. While I am a very sensitive person, I am also very cynical. This movie however, robbed me of my cynicism and replaced it with a box of Kleenex. Yeah it's a movie based on a book- so it "isn't real," but I think the story could actually happen...or maybe it is the amazing 1940's costumes designed by Karyn Wagner, that are getting to my head!!!
Just letting you know...I am going to discuss the entire movie, so if you haven't seen it....Mr./Ms. third type of person....go Rent it!!! Stop reading and go rent it!
Today is the last day of June, a month of loss for me and many of my closest friends and of course, family. It seems the month is not only populated with deaths, but also with Goodbyes. I am dedicating this post to my best friend who, like me, chose to part with a man she loves, knowing in her heart, they were not right for each other. I chose "The Notebook" as a posting today because in it Ally is faced with having to choose between two men she loves, one from her past, Noah, and one from her present, Lon Hammond. As young women in our 20's, we must choose the path that is right for us, even though the choice itself may be difficult, it is necessary. Sometimes that involves leaving behind a man you love, but know is the wrong man. Ally is faced with that choice and stylishly (this is a fashion blog after all) makes that that decision. Scroll/Read through the steps/elements to finding true love... hollywood style.
|2. TAKE A RISK|
On their first date, Noah dances with Ally in the middle of the street and gets her to lay down under the traffic light, something wealthy Southern girl Ally, would never do!
Almost getting killed on your first date= priceless!
I think I have a dress just like in my closet- a little, red, handkerchief print dress
Everyone knows, enjoying each other's company is essential!
Ally and Noah were great at arguing. He told her "when she was being a pain in the ass" and she told him when he was being "a smug son of a bitch." The ability to have an argument, speak your mind, and still love each other is crucial.
|This is just a cute romper she has on. love it.|
|5. MEETING THE FAMILY|
While Ally's family was not accepting of Noah- they believed he was not the right man for her, Noah's father was very accepting of Ally and made pancakes for dinner.
|7. THE OTHER MAN|
After over a year of not hearing from Noah, Ally meets Lon Hammond while she is working as a nurse during WW2- a man who fits her parent's ideal, meaning: a rich, dashing Southerner. (played by James Marsden)
|8. A PROPOSAL|
Ally fell in love with Lon quickly as I am sure he charmed the pants off her, well, not literally. He proposed to her, of course, with her parents approval.
Ally accepted Lon's proposal, but saw Noah's face in her head when she said Yes.
|13. THE TRUTH|
Ally believed that Noah had wanted to break up with her that summer, but finds out, as he rows her along the lake near his home in Seabrook, that that was not the case.
|Ally's pale blue button up dress|
Noah wrote Ally a letter once a day for an entire year, but never got a response. She says she never got one letter from him. Their anger results in a passionate affair under a rainstorm. How very cliche, but at the same time, metaphoric.
|15. ALL IS UNCOVERED|
Ally's mother shows up to Noah's place and gives Ally the letters he sent. Her mother kept them from her, thinking she was protecting her daughter from pain and a mistaken love.
|18. TRUE LOVE|
Ally makes her decision....did you think I'd really spoil it?