sweet beautiful anne


gemma, pippa, felicity, & ann as greek goddesses

lady hope as athena (goddess of wisdom, courage, & inspiration) 
lady beauty as persephone (goddess of spring & queen of the underworld)
lady strength as artemis (goddess of hunting, wilderness, & wild animals)
lady song as a naiad (water nymph of bodies of fresh water & streams)

endless list of favourite books
↳ gemma doyle trilogy by libba bray

No one asks how or what I am doing. They could not care less. We’re all looking glasses, we girls, existing only to reflect their images back to them as they’d like to be seen. Hollow vessels of girls to be rinsed of our own ambitions, wants, and opinions, just waiting to be filled with the cool, tepid water of gracious compliance.
A fissure forms in the vessel. I’m cracking open.


gemma doyle trilogy aesthetic

like the stars chase the sun
over the glowing hill, i will conquer
blood is running deep
some things never sleep

queen of peace by florence & the machine

TV 201: History of Female Friendships on TV

Uteruses before duderuses. Ovaries before brovaries.As of late, TV has been having a golden age, being touted by some as superior to what we are currently seeing in movie theatres.  Well, add passing the Bechdel test to the list of ways TV is “beating” movies right now.   TV seems to get that their female characters need their ladies, and they need them for more than just talking about boys.  Get on board, Film.

TV has a long history of strong female friendships and OF COURSE IT DOES.  If you are going to accurately portray women in their daily lives, you have to give them their ride-or-die.  Each of these friendships has a lot to teach the film industry about accurate representation of women, so I thought I would highlight 10 of them to exhibit how it’s done.  

Lucy and Ethel on I Love Lucy

Originally posted by elzabethtaylor

What can we learn: For every gal who has tendency to get herself into some crazy situations is a friend who is trying to talk her out of it, but that same friend will also stand by her when she does it any way. 

Mary and Rhoda on The Mary Tyler Moore Show

What can we learn: This show was groundbreaking in its day for this portrayal of single, working girls in the city.  Rhoda’s brassy street-wise sensibility is the perfect match for Mary’s Midwestern girl trying to make it in the city.  The two dated around a bit and Rhoda eventually moves away for love (and a spin-off), but their friendship was always about more then venting about boys. 

Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia on The Golden Girls

Originally posted by champagnemanagement

What can we learn: Forget T-Swift, THIS is the real squad goals.  These brawds teach us that a group of friends is often made up of some varied ladies, but that’s why the crew is ultimately successful.  Just like these retirees, friends may snipe at each other, but at the end of the day they thank you for being a friend.

Monica and Rachel on Friends

Originally posted by thefriendsfanatic

What can we learn: While the pair has much love for Phoebe, I think we can all agree that the bond between these two was the strongest. The strongest lesson from the Monica and Rachel is that a true friendship lasts time and distance.  When Rachel shows up in a wedding dress at the beginning of the series, Monica takes her under wing and helps her navigate life in the city as a single, working girl. 

Daria and Jane on Daria

Originally posted by lifedeathandlovefromstankonia

What can we learn: Not all female friendships are ladies brunching or besties meeting up to gab over cosmos.  Some are made up of like-minded despondent, cynical, girls who can bond over snark.  Daria and Jane are not going to be found wearing BFF charm necklaces, but the bond between them is still apparent.  

Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha on Sex and the City

Originally posted by the-sex-and-the-city-blog

What can we learn:  Do women get together and talk about men and sex? Yes.  Yes, they do.  But is that the crux of their friendship?  No, as is exhibited with these ladies.  As the title might infer, a lot of this show WAS about their romantic relationships, but the show at it’s core is about their friendship and having each other through the ups and downs of said romantic relationships.  

Meredith and Christina on Grey’s Anatomy

Originally posted by lifesafjoke

What can we learn: Life can be dramatic, so it is important to have your “person”.  Meredith and Christina show that friendship is not always perfect.  Friends argue, they know each other’s failings, but they help each other through the hard times.  And this being a Shonda Rhimes show, these ladies have more than their fair share of hard times to get through. 

Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins on Parks and Recreation

Originally posted by andjburke

What can we learn:  This friendship literally began in a pit, but this friendship is as a sweet and beautiful as Ann Perkins herself.  These two are hard-working ladies but they also work hard to see each other’s career goals, romantic desires, and waffle cravings realized.  If a friendship can survive a night of Snake Juice and a move to Ann Arbor, then you know it’s the real deal. 

Abbi and Ilana on Broad City

Originally posted by andjburke

What can we learn: Imperfect women can make a perfect friendship.  Abbi and Ilana see each other through some true tests of friendship, but us girls know that you’ll do anything for your best friend.  Even if that means covertly getting her poop out of the bathroom during a power outage so that her crush doesn’t see it.  Forget bromances, that is true friendship.  

 Emma and Maggie on Playing House

Originally posted by brian-forte

What can we learn: The very premise of this show is what female friendships are all about.  When pregnant Maggie finds her husband cheating on her, Emma moves back to their hometown to move in with her and help raise her baby.  The chemistry and banter between real life best friends Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham is off the charts and so true to the kind of conversations you get out of real women with their friends. 

Leslie Knope Compliments

“Oh, Ann, you’re so sweet and innocent and pretty.”

“Oh, Ann, I always forget because you’re so pretty, you’re not used to rejection.”

“Ann’s my doctor and she’s the most beautiful nurse in the world.”

“Sweet and beautiful Ann has never been dumped before.”

“Ann, you beautiful tropical fish. You’re smart as a whip and you’re cool under pressure.”

“You’ve resuscitated a human heart in your bare hands.“

“Oh, Ann, you beautiful spinster. I will find you love.”

"Oh, Ann, you beautiful, rule-breaking moth.”

“I’ve said this to you before and I know it makes you uncomfortable, but you’re thoughtful, and you’re brilliant, and your ambiguous ethnic blend perfectly represents the dream of the American melting pot.”

“He’ll never lasso another heifer as fine as you, Annie Oakley.”

“Ann, you are such a good friend, you’re a beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful musk-ox. Thank you, ox.”

“Ann, you know that I fully support any woman’s decision, especially a beautiful unicorn nurse like yourself, in creating the family that she wants. But you are so brilliant and kind and stupid hot, you’re definitely going to find a wonderful guy who loves you and respects you and fills your home with multiethnic genius babies.”

“You’re Ann Perkins! Sperm that is worthy of your perfect eggs does not grow on trees.”

On her wedding dress: “It is the most beautiful object I’ve ever seen. It is like the Ann Perkins of dresses. It is amazing.”

“Ann, you cunning, pliable, chestnut-haired sunfish.”

“Nobody can fill your shoes, Ann, with those tiny little doll feet.”

“Ann, you’re a genius! Your brain is almost as perfect as your face.”

After Ann gives birth: “He’s so beautiful! And you’re so beautiful. I mean, you’re always beautiful, but right now you’re the most beautiful, glowing, sun goddess ever.”

“Oh, Ann. You beautiful, naïve, sophisticated newborn baby.”

“Ann, you poetic, noble land-mermaid.”