Monday, July 8, 2013

Inspiration from: Mamma Mia!

I have a confession.

I'm totally obsessed with Mamma Mia.

Yes, that Mamma Mia.

The one with Meryl Streep & Colin Firth & Amanda Seyfried & Greece & um... Pierce Brosnan.

All singing ABBA songs.

I just can't help myself guys. I love it.

Here are a few reasons...

#1 Decor

I read somewhere that you should watch this movie on mute & then you'll love it. It's just so pretty! And kind of makes me want to move to a Greek island.

Here's what I love about the decor in Mamma Mia:

blue & white
water, fountains, the sea
candles & twinkle lights
patterns - on towels, bedding & curtains

I even love all the sparkly scenes & suddenly feel that I really need a little more glitter in my life.

#2 Female relationships

I love how totally open the women in this movie are - with themselves & others. Yes, I know this movie is based on songs by ABBA, so they are obviously portraying extremes. But I can always use the encouragement to be a little more open.

These women scream when they're excited, cry & run away when they're sad, & tell each other exactly how they're feeling, even when it's not always nice. They are super close & supportive & they know how to have fun together, which brings me to point #3...

#3 Fun

Seriously. Meryl Streep does a toe touch in this film. They dance, sing, laugh, & wear some insane clothes.

Because as Dr. Seuss would say, "These things are fun, & fun is good."

#4 Style

Don't even get me started.

lots of blue & white again
wavy hair & barrettes
dresses & skirts

Deceptively simple outfits
They wear lots of jewelry & patterns, but in a very simple - just walk out of the house - way.

They don't always wear things that look perfect on them. No offense, Amanda Seyfried, but the swimsuit/white skirt combination is weird. She even spends an entire montage wandering around the island in a one-piece swimsuit. But she looks awesome in it. Confidence goes pretty far.

So you've got the simple, "I grew up on this Greek Island" clothes & then the "my mom was a hippie/ABBA singer" clothes.

Come on, guys, those scenes are awesome.

And really, you never know when a feather boa might come in handy.

#5 Lightening up

Yes, I know Pierce Brosnan sings in this movie & I agree, it's a travesty. It shouldn't have happened.

But as my friend says,

"Anyone who doesn't like Mamma Mia is just taking themselves too seriously."

I concur. Let's lighten up.

#6 Meryl Streep

Can we all just contemplate for a moment how awesome Meryl Streep is? She can basically play anyone, & I love that she chose this film.

She dances, sings, & wears overalls & a cowboy hat.

The woman can do no wrong.

#7 That scene with the scarf

Okay. Even if you hate this movie, you still have to give me this one: the scene where Meryl Streep sings The Winner Takes It All is just. so. amazing.

#7 Dancing Queen

Who doesn't love some ABBA? And 2+ hours of ABBA songs with Meryl on a Greek Island sounds like a good time to me.

Adapted from Life on Canvas.
Mamma Mia images via: Harpers Bazaar, Design Sponge, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, & 15.


  1. I have never seen this movie. I must remedy that this summer, for sure.



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