Coming Soon - Unbroken (2014) - Release Date - Christmas, December 25, 2014 - Jack O'Connell

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by author Laura Hillenbrand, is based on the true story of Louis Zamperini, 97, born on January 26, 1917.  This mesmerizing tale is about an incorrigible youth who channeled defiance into running and became a track star in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, Germany.  A month later as a B-24 bombardier in WWII, Zamperini finds himself in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a raft without food for 47 days with sharks circling only then to become a prisoner of war (POW) in a Tokyo, Japan and thus the saga unfolds.  

Unbroken, has sold over 2.7 million copies since it was published in November 2010. I am now reading the story and it is riveting.  Hillenbrand is also the author of Seabiscuit. The movie Unbroken is based on Zamperini experiences and will be released on Christmas Day, December 25, 2014.  It is an inspirational story about never giving up nor giving in but rather to fight for your beliefs and ultimately to survive.  Directed by Angelina Jolie with the script written by the Ethan & Joel Coen.  This is Louis Zamperini's astonishing story....

Director - Angelina Jolie & Louis Zamperini


Text from Laura Hillenbrand's Website 


Unbroken - Release Date - December 25, 2014

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand - #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER hailed by TIME magazine as the best nonfiction book of the year. Unbroken has spent more than 125 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, fourteen at number one, and counting. Only five nonfiction books in history have been on the list longer. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book of the Year Award for Nonfiction.
“STAGGERING … MESMERIZING … Any one of the threads in Hillenbrand’s monumental new book could be a page-turner all its own… Hillenbrand’s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don’t dare take your eyes off the page.”–People
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.  Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane’s bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard.  So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.

The lieutenant’s name was Louis Zamperini.  In boyhood, he’d been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails.  As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile.  But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.

Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater.  Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

In her long-awaited new book, seven years in the making, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in her blockbuster bestseller, Seabiscuit.  Telling an unforgettable story of a man’s journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.

Text from Preface - Unbroken

All he could see, in every direction, was water.  It was late June 1943. Somewhere on the endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean, Army Air Forces bombardier and Olympic runner Louie Zamperini lay across a small raft, drifting westward.  Slumped alongside him was a sergeant, one of his plane's gunners.  On a separate raft, tethered to the first, lay another crewman, a gash zigzagging across his forehead.  Their bodies, burned by the sun and stained yellow from the raft dye, had withered down to skeletons.  Sharks glided in lazy loops around them, dragging their backs along the rafts, waiting.......

Unbroken - Release Date - December 25, 2014


Unbroken - The Trailer

"Perseverance is important to everybody."
"Don't give up."
"Don't give in."
"There is always an answer to everything."

Louis Zamperini


Kim Hardwick - Cinema Report

Nordstrom - Spring & Summer 2014 - The Top Ten

Audrey Hepburn (1929 - 1993) British Actress & Humanitarian

Louis Vuitton Advertisements 2013 Remain in Vogue 2014
Downton Abbey - Masterpiece Theatre
Mad Men - AMC  
Madonna, Vogue - August 2005
Cameron -  In  Fuschia
The Duchess of Cambridge

The Forever Chic Style Collection

Spring & Summer 2014


Downton Abbey - Masterpiece Theatre

Mad Men - 7th Season - Part 1 - April 13, 2014 - AMC

 US Vogue August 2005
Pretty in Pink - Cameron Diaz

Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge
Catherine, The Duchess of Cambridge

Spring and Summer 2014 is besotted and soaked in a rainbow of color ranging from the palest baby blues and prettiest pinks to bursts of lively oranges, ravaging reds and lemon peel yellows.  The symphony of hues offers a palette to compliment fashionable and ladylike mavens from muted cool to fiery hot.  For cool tones, think Downton Abbey (Masterpiece Theatre) at tea time, garden parties, and for wild hot vibrant tones envision the 60's Madmen (AMC 2014 - Part 1 of Season finale - April 13,2014) sassy flair.  Mix it all up for a springtime 2014 and recognize that either pastels or fire tones are "it" this coming season.

Manners and etiquette combined with color, pointy pumps and flats, black and white, queenly attire, head scarfs, vintage sun wear, glittering jewelry make a show stopping statement. Step back, assess existing wardrobe and decide to begin anew with a proven and powerful ladylike point of view.   The 20 something is at the forefront of reaching for a feminine piece or two and willing to standout in a crowd!  Are you also ready to take the plunge? Forever Chic Style fashionistas embrace and exude Countess Cora, Lady Mary, Lady Edith, Joan, Betty, Megan, Peggy or Cameron Diaz in pink or Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in apparel with aplomb!

NOTE:  Highlighting expensive clothing below. However, a savvy Forever Chic Style shopper will be on the look out for similar attire at half the cost. Or purchase only one expensive piece that will last the test of time.  It can be done.  Do not spend a lot on Spring and Summer fashion.  Always, save extra dollars for the colder months when heavy wool coats, turtlenecks and boots are required.  In other words, be a smart shopper.  Do not buy into funky trends.  If you are reading this blog - then you know that I believe in quality over quantity.

Palette of Pastels - Buttery Yellows, Minty Greens and...


I.   Rhapsody in Blues:  Capture the essence of the moment in soft shades of blue creating a memorable and feminine image.  For instance, a fitted pastel blue cardigan is fresh and stylish for a sun infused day.  Of course, blouses, coats, sheath dresses, jeans, glasses and even freshly painted nails in sky blue flatters the wearer.  Add a rope of pearls or combine defining baby blues with white and evoke an image of the ocean blue, a glacier lake or blue sky with clouds.   "Lets sing the blues this season with ultra feminine enchantment."

 Baby Blue Cardigan
Tory Burch - 'Simone' Mako Cotton Cardigan  - Nordstrom - $225

Center Stage Sun Wear
Quimby - Aurora - Warby Parker - $95 w/o prescription & $145 w prescription

Pretty in Pink

II.  Prettiest in Pink:  A variety of pinks are making a ladylike statement setting the stage for a spot of tea, a grass lawn affair, a tie the knot celebration or any elegant soiree.  Louis Vuitton captured the parade of pastels in the Spring 2013 advertising campaign with pink commanding attention.  Pinks in a variety of hues are especially breathtaking against the skin creating an image of an English rose. Snap up statement necklaces, handbags or chandelier earrings and spice up any ensemble with Chanel pink-like sophistication. "Embrace cotton candy pinks spreading happiness across the land."

Spring Tea Time

Adrianna Papell Floral Print Sheath Dress - Nordstrom - $118

Perfection Bracelet - Right Price
Lee by Lee Angel - Nordstrom -$38

Breathtaking Hot House Flowers with Butterflies


III.  Ladylike Infusion of  Vivid Floral:  In contrast to the lovely and delicate pastels, bright colors remain gloriously popular  in confident oranges, sunshine yellows, emerald greens, riveting reds and passionate purples. Think paintings by Monet with a profusion of blooms and escape into the magic of adding a spark of solid color or a bouquet of flowers to an ensemble.  Remember to tone down a striking shade with white or black and never arrive in all floral.  Instead pick up a floral pair of pumps, blouse, shorts or basically only one item drenched in flowers.  "Color madness from butterflies and roses, pansies, tulips signal radiance and self worth."

Daring in Spicy Red

Trina Turk - Double Breasted Trench Coat - Nordstrom - $398

Ooh La La......

kate spade new York 'talley' Colorblock Sweater - Nordstrom - $248

A Little Floral

Ivanka Trump 'Indico' Pump - Nordstrom - $99


A Roman Affair

Elizabeth Taylor - Cleopatra - 1963
IV. Royalty & Roman Holiday:   The royalty inspired attire from Fall 2013 continues to parade forth in Spring and Summer 2014.  Glittering gold and silver jewelry and geometric patterns transport the vacationer in style.  Embrace gladiator sandals, pleated skirts, lace tops and layered bracelets for strong and memorable impression. With the movie Maleficent releasing in theatre on May 30, 2014, take note of Angelina Jolie, as Maleficent, and cast a spell with a patterned top or full black lace skirt, white tee shirt, chunky necklace and live a little on the dark side. After all, all sweet and sugar sometimes needs a breath of wickedness.   "Well, well!"  Maleficent from the film Maleficent.

The Gladiator
Louise et Cie 'Apolla" Leather Gladiator - Nordstrom - $118

Cleopatra Gold
Argento Vivo - Nordstrom - Check out this Brand

Celebrities Making the Scene with Layered Bracelets

The Zebra Effect

V.  Zebra - The Black and White Effect:  Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly are the supreme role models for "classic" black and white pairings.  Slip on black capris, a white shirt or blouse, add sandals and a pop of color cardigan plus jewelry to make an entrance.  Or gravitate towards a zebra print and reflect animal magnetism.  Bottom line, the combination of black and white always is the talk of the town.  "To be or not to be classically attired, that is the question?" 

Audrey Hepburn - Classically Attired - Black Pants and Black & White Striped Top

Diane Von Furstenberg - 'New Jeanne 2' Silk Wrap Dress - Nordstrom - $365

White Shirt Takes Command

VI.  The Power of the White Blouse:   The white button down shirt is the absolute one apparel piece destined for a Forever Chic Style wardrobe.  Sharon Stone rocked the infamous Gap white shirt and Vera Wang evening skirt at the 1998 Oscars, while fashion designer Carolina Herrera is often seen with a white blouse and skirt.  Hands down, the most important piece to own.  Distant cousins is the hot white dress shirt.    If inspiring to be seen as successful - combine a snow white top and pair with color or black for stop the press effect.  "All the world is a stage, and we are mere bit players."  Shakespeare

White Shirt Makes a Strong Statement
Sharon Stone - Oscars 1998 - Gap Shirt and Vera Wang Skirt

Theory - 'Larissa 2' Shirt - Nordstrom -$215

The Accessory Finish

VII. Everyday Charmers - Accessories - Enchanting accessories complete and finish any movie set or scene or for that matter any apparel ensemble.  Imagine Downton Abbey or the film The Great Gatsby (2013) without stunning gowns absent of pearls, tiaras and jewels?  How dull, how sad and how colorless.  Thus, sun wear, beaded head wraps or scarves, layered bracelets and bedecked chandelier earrings scream ageless fashion appeal. "Diamonds, jewels either real or fake, bracelets, sunglasses, scarves and headbands are a girls best friend!"

Flirty Fun

Michelle Williams - Daisy - The Great Gatsby - 2013

Cara Monochrome Floral Head Wrap  - Nordstrom - $26

Warby Parker - Eye Wear and Sun Wear - Spring 2014

Pointed Toed Ladies 

VIII. Spot on Point - Pumps and Flats: Once again, pointed toed pumps and flats overshadow their rounded toe sisters.  Dainty pointed toes make a classic statement.  There are numerous styles to choose ranging from the kitten heeled pump to the three inch and higher va va voom number.   For everyday, a kitten heel is sophisticated and frankly elegant with leggings, capris, suit or jeans. Of course, comfortable too.  The look is fresh and very feminine.  Think of Anne Hathaway as Andy Sachs in the movie The Devil Wears Prada (2006) running errands for the diva Vogue-like Magazine Editor,  Miranda Priestly, Meryl Streep, with pointed toed boots and pumps.   Or celebrities in the pointed toe pump during the day or for evening soiree events.   Every outfit is Audreyesq complete with "point on" pumps sending a message of confidence and style.  Pick out a black and nude pair. "I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls."  Audrey Hepburn

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes -Pointy Toed Trend

Ivanka Trump - 'Carmen' Flat - Nordstrom - $129.95

"It" Travel Bags

IX. Practical Hands Free - Hand Bags:  Top of mind handbags hitting the everyday runway are the crossbody, the shoulder and the timeless quilted classic Chanel-like (first introduced by Chanel in February 1955) purses.  Of course, structured top handle affairs always top the charts yet sometimes a fashionista requires a secure hands free piece for travelling abroad or outings either casual or elegant. These numbers fit the bill and can be obtained in a variety of colors and have a feminine twist.  There is always black, which will stand the test of time too.  "I don't do fashion, I am fashion." Coco Chanel

The Crossbody

Longchamp - Crossbody - 'Roseau' Crossbody Bag - Nordstrom - $380

As Seen on a Savvy Shopper

kate spade new york - 'cobble hill - mini carson' crossbody bag - Nordstrom $198

Oh - So Chanel Like
Rebecca Minkoff - 'Mini Affair' Convertible Crossbody Bag - Nordstrom - $195

Puffy Pink Pouts

X. Forever French Pink Lips: Pink lips are the perfect finish to a fashion ensemble  this season.  Of course, the shade of pretty in pink can vary from soft and petulant to bold and noticeable.  It all depends on the temperament of the day, the apparel and venue.  Pink is soothing, loving and yet can be a torrid fiery affair so close to the passion of red. Either way, pink lips from the palest tones to the brightest hues demand attention, signal refinement and establish elegance.

Some Favorite Brands.....
Tom Ford Lip Color - Nordstrom - $49

This Chanel Brand Stays on All Day!

Audrey Hepburn - The Pink Lip

Forever Chic Style Tips

  • Stay away from trendy apparel.  Fringes, too much geometric designs are indeed show stopping.  However, the eye gravitates towards the design or embellishment instead of you.
  • Show off a thin or curvy body. Think of Nicole Kidman or Sophia Vegara.   Don't hide a great figure - flaunt it.
  • Seek out balance with apparel.  When wearing a loose top combine with cigarette jeans or stove pipe pants.  Conversely, when wearing trouser jeans or pants that are wide add a slim fitting top. 
  • Embrace stripes and sailor attire.  Summer boating and sailing - blue, red and white. Always in fashion.
  • Give into Flower Power.  Wear a flower infused blouse with white capris or a pencil skirt and pointy toed flats or pumps.

“Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.”
Coco Chanel

Springtime Flowers - Michelle Williams - The Great Gatsby (2013)
86th Academy Awards Winner  -  Best Costume Design

Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Style




86th Annual Academy Awards - Oscar Winners (2014)

Lights, Camera and Action! 

List of winners from the 86th Annual Academy Awards held on March 2, 2014!

"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
      "12 Years a Slave"
"The Wolf of Wall Street"

Top Five Oscars - "And the Oscar goes too".....


Best Actor: Mathew McConaughey,

"Dallas Buyers Club"

"Dallas Buyers Club" (2013)

Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine"

"Blue Jasmine" (2013)

Best Supporting Actor:  Jared Leto

"Dallas Buyers Club"

"Dallas Buyers Club" (2013)

Best Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong'o, 

"12 Years a Slave" 

"12 Years a Slave" 2013

Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity"

"Gravity" 2013


Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave" 2013

Brad Pitt - Producer "12 Years a Slave" - Acceptance Speech

Complete List of Oscars Winners 2014

Best Picture:
"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"12 Years a Slave" WINNER
"The Wolf of Wall Street"
Best Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi, "Captain Phillips"
Bradley Cooper, "American Hustle"
Jonah Hill, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Michael Fassbender, "12 Years a Slave"
Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyers Club" WINNER
Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Hawkins, "Blue Jasmine"
Jennifer Lawrence, "American Hustle"
Lupita Nyong'o, "12 Years a Slave" WINNER
Julia Roberts, "August: Osage County"
June Squibb, "Nebraska"
Best Director:
David O. Russell, "American Hustle"
Alfonso Cuaron, "Gravity" WINNER
Alexander Payne, "Nebraska"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Best Actor:
Christian Bale, "American Hustle"
Bruce Dern, "Nebraska"
Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyer's Club" WINNER
Best Actress:
Amy Adams, "American Hustle"
Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" WINNER
Sandra Bullock, "Gravity"
Judi Dench, "Philomena"
Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County"
Best Original Screenplay:
"American Hustle"
"Blue Jasmine"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
Best Adapted Screenplay:
"Before Midnight"
"Captain Phillips"
"12 Years a Slave" WINNER
"The Wolf Of Wall Street"
Best Animated Feature:
"The Croods"
"Despicable Me 2"
"Ernest & Celestine"
"Frozen" WINNER
"The Wind Rises"
Best Foreign Feature:
"The Broken Circle Breakdown," Belgium
"The Great Beauty," Italy WINNER
"The Hunt," Denmark
"The Missing Picture," Cambodia
"Omar," Palestine
Best Visual Effects:
"Gravity" WINNER
"The Hobbit: The Desolation"
"Iron Man 3"
"The Lone Ranger"
"Star Trek Into Darkness"
Best Cinematography:
"The Grandmaster"
"Gravity" WINNER
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
Best Costume Design:
"American Hustle"
"The Grandmaster"
"The Great Gatsby" WINNER
"The Invisible Woman"
"12 Years a Slave"
Best Documentary Feature:
"The Act of Killing"
"Cutie and the Boxer"
"Dirty Wars"
"The Square"
"20 Feet from Stardom" WINNER
Best Documentary Short:
"Facing Fear"
"Karama Has No Walls"
"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life" WINNER
"Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall"
Best Film Editing:
"American Hustle"
"Captain Phillips"
"Dallas Buyers Club"
"Gravity" WINNER
"12 Years a Slave"
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
"Dallas Buyers Club" WINNER
"Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa"
"The Lone Ranger"
Best Original Score
"The Book Thief"
"Gravity" WINNER
"Saving Mr. Banks"
Best Music (Original Song):
"Alone Yet Not Alone" from "Alone Yet Not Alone"
"Happy" from "Despicable Me"
"Let It Go" from "Frozen" WINNER
"The Moon Song" from "Her"
"Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
Best Production Design:
"American Hustle"
"The Great Gatsby" WINNER
"12 Years a Slave"
Best Short Film, Animated:
"Get a Horse!"
"Mr. Hublot" WINNER
"Room on the Broom"
Best Short Film, Live Action:
"Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn't Me)"
"Avant Que De Tout Perdre" (Just Before Losing Everything)
"Helium" WINNER
" Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?" (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
"The Voorman Problem"
Best Sound Editing:
"All Is Lost"
"Captain Phillips"
"Gravity" WINNER
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"The Lone Survivor"
Best Sound Mixing:
"Captain Phillips"
"Gravity" WINNER
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"
"Inside Llewyn Davis"
"Lone Survivor"

Another incredible year of film.  Hats off to the Oscar winners.  Until next year!


Kim Hardwick - Forever Chic Cinema