Life Imitates Art…Imitates Life
At social gatherings or cocktail parties, friends of friends have approached me by saying, “So I hear you’ve started a blog. That’s so Julie & Julia of you. I bet your blog becomes a book, then a movie.” “Ha-ha-ha,” I laughed it off. Intrigued by these statements, I thought I would rent the movie at my mom’s house (I don’t own a television) and see what all the fuss is about. I thought to myself, ‘I worship Meryl Streep and she’s nominated for an Oscar for her performance, so why not?’
Expertly adapted for the screen by Nora Ephron, Julie & Julia is the semi-autobiographical story of Julie Powell who nearing her 30th birthday decided to start a blog cooking her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 524 recipes in 365 days in her tiny New York apartment. I enjoyed the film because it paralleled Julie’s struggle to find passion again in her writing while contrasting with Julia’s own determination as an American taking on French cuisine and finally succeeding in publishing her own cookbook.
Have you ever noticed that Oscar contenders are always based on a true story? Well, the best stories are grounded in truth. What better subject matter to draw from than our own experiences?
Here are some of my take-aways from the film:
- Heart shaped Valentines – OMG, this is sooooooo cute! In a scene, Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci entertain guests at a Valentines dinner while pinned with giant red heart brooches! I am totally DIY (do-it-yourself) making these and handing them out to friends.
- Talk the Talk – I thought it was really cute when Julia would greet Parisians en francais. So when you meet strangers and they tell you, it’s a pleasure to meet you, you respond, “Enchante!” (exuberantly, of course).
- Domestic Goddess Fashion – I am a foodie, but not one that really knows how to cook roasts or special sauces. Being a vegetarian, has limitations you see. I didn’t even realize that I had a gas stove until real chefs came over commenting on ‘how lucky I am.’ That said, I have been learning how to become a domestic goddess. I believe a real fashionistah domestic goddess wears adorable, fashion forward aprons like the ones found at Anthropologie or at a local indie store. I am definitely DIY creating these with ruffles, pom-poms, bright trims and contrasting prints.