Friday Night Fashion and a Movie: Angela's Ashes


 Today was an awesome day and I've been so busy, this post almost slipped my mind. But, it's still Friday, so here we are! Today, I went to an estate sale and several thrift stores with my new vintage gal pal, Amanda (pics to follow) and we shopped till we dropped! Sadly, even though I'm all shopped out, I still have to go out and do some grocery shopping tonight unless I want to make pancakes for dinner (which I don't!).

What a wonderful story. Angela's Ashes is the true life story of Frank McCourt's childhood in Ireland in the 1930's and 40's. I read the book, also titled "Angela's Ashes" years ago and it was truly fantastic! The movie really does stay true to the memoir. Frank McCourt and his brothers grew up in the wet, cold and grimy city of Limerick. His father was an alcoholic and could never keep a job so the boys were left with little food, clothes or fuel for a fire. Despite the circumstances, Frank's life wasn't without joy or occasional sinful adventures. Like many of my all time favorite movies, it will make you laugh and cry!

While the film is completely lacking in anything glamorous, it is an excellent study of typical clothing of the lower classes and children of the time. Consolata Boyle designed costumes for Angela's Ashes as well as The Queen and The Secret of Roan Inish (one of my childhood favorites!). If you happen to read the Pulitzer Prize winning book, I highly suggest also reading " 'Tis " another Frank McCourt Memoir detailing his later life in America. You can read more about Frank McCourt at the Academy of Achievement website

Please tune in for next week's Fashion and Film Friday: Pleasantville (I promise!!)
Have a good evening, my lovelies!


  1. Dear Brittany, thank you for a great post. 'Angelas Ashes' is one of my favourite books of all time, and 'Tis' is just as good, perhaps even better in some ways. I have to say I didn't like the movie of Angela's Ashes though, captured the sadness but not all of the great humour in the book. My hubby is Irish so he will tell you NONE of it is exaggerated (some people criticised Frank McCourt on that basis). Your blog is wonderful! Maria

  2. Both books are fantastic. Ive read them both several times and Im always sad when Im done with them.

  3. I've always wanted to see this movie and read the book, as I've heard nothing but good things about both! Pleasantville is awesome too. Can't wait for your take!

  4. Vintage suburbia- you are right that it didn't capture the humor of the book as well as it could have! I can't tell you how many times I laughed out loud and had to put the book down while reading it. It amazes me how someone in such a terrible situation could still have found such joy and humor in his life, and how wonderful it is that he did! Sad as the story is, the book was absolutely hilarious! Still, I've never seen a movie that stuck as closely to the book as this one did. I am not at all suprised by your husbands statement that it was not an exaggeration! Shame on people who said otherwise- they had no idea how life was for all of those poor families. Thank you for the blog compliments!:) xoxo

  5. I've also watched the movie recently..for maybe the 2nd or 3rd time? The book it my all time fav and I agree with you and vintagesuburbia on the humor thing. I didn't understand it when I read the book (was 14 back then) but I've got it now that I'm in Ireland. I love the clothes from the 40's, pure elegance. And even though Angela had to wear that ripped red coat she still looked elegant, I mean there was something kind of wow about the clothes!

    Love, Diana


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