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When aspiring NYC writer Andy Sachs snags the prestigious job as second assistant to the feared and ruthless Miranda Priestley, editor in chief of the top-notch fashion publication Runway Magazine, she's blind-sided by the opportunity of a lifetime -- one that she never expected, and isn't so sure she ever wanted. In the cautionary confection, The Devil Wears Prada, Andy is forced to compromise her values to survive in a dame-eat-dame world where breakfast is skipped in favor of fitting into a size zero, and a stiletto clad heel will gladly impale you for a promotion. Meryl Streep is wickedly sharp-tongued as the merciless fashion executive, and we can't help but cringe when watching Andy clumsily clamor her way into her boss's good graces. The film boasts an all-star supporting cast, including Emily Blunt who shines as Priestley's snobby senior assistant,shamelessy vocalizing her distaste for Andy, and Stanley Tucci as the flamboyant Nigel, long-time Runway employee and loyal servant to Priestley, who takes sympathy on the newcomer and acts as her personal mentor. The film takes an unexpected turn when the once naive Andy realizes she may be crossing over to the "dark side" of the fashion realm, and although masked by the glare of Priestley's Prada shades, we adore this film because underneath it all it shoots straight to the heart of a girl discovering her strength while facing the obstacles of the big city.
We love watching Hathaway and Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, as much for their acting chops and catty characters as we do their creative ensembles. We caught this film just in time for our annual back to school shopping spree, and decided what better way to kick-off the new school year than with a fun film inspired tour of local flea markets and vintage shops. We began our day early at the weekly Sunday flea market, where you won't pay more than a $1 entry fee for access to the endless array of cool vintage concert tees, retro print dresses, and perfectly worn in, slouchy cowboy boots. As we cruised through aisle after aisle of unique garb, trying on funky fedoras and charm necklaces, we picked out the perfect first day of school outfit complete with prada-esque sandals and a new pair of $5 sunglasses--worth every penny! The flea market has something for everyone, from antique mirrors (for the decorator in us) to vintage movie posters, to baseball cards and bicycles. And when shopping wears you out, grab a cheap hotdog or falafel to give you that much needed energy boost. We scored big time at the swap meet, but decided to continue our journey by stopping at neighbor thrift stores, where we found an awesome selection of second-hand designer brands and discounted vintage digs. Our day of pampering proved to be no big expense, and really, who can put a price tag on that kind of quality time?
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Age Recommendation: 11 and up
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