A close friend of mine has a serious addiction to Love Actually. In times of stress or sadness, she curls up with her favorite afghan, a warm cup of green tea, a large bag of popcorn, and escapes into the topsy-turvy, yet terrific world of eight couples living and working in modern day London.
I’m not entirely sure what she likes best about the film. Perhaps it’s the imagery of London during the holiday season. The layer of crisp white snow on cobblestone city streets makes everything seem all the more charming. Or maybe she’s really into the serendipitous love stories that generate that “feel good” vibe you can always detect in today’s romantic comedies. Or, perhaps she’s just really into Hugh Grant.
Whatever the reason, I can’t help but agree with my friend on one thing: Love Actually is a terrific movie to watch during this time of year. As I previously mentioned, the film portrays not one, but eight (!!!) enchanting love stories – more than enough to bring joy into anyone’s holiday heart. Personally, I have always been drawn to the character of Natalie. She’s got a great job, a handsome boss (the British Prime Minister, who just so happens to be smitten with her), and an enviable sense of style. As a member of the Prime Minister’s personal staff, Natalie’s work dress code is simultaneously professional and adorable. She dresses up the traditional skirt and button-up combo with chic cardigans, sparkling jewelry, and a dash of pastel coloring. Her flawless, trendy ensembles are enhanced by her bubbly and cheerful personality, making Natalie a true style inspiration.
For the working girl who is hoping to add a bit of pizazz to her wardrobe, take a cue from Natalie’s savvy style! Try adding the Woodward Cardigan, the Countess of Pembroke Capelet, or the Rare Delicacy Capelet over a blouse and skirt ensemble, then accessorize with the What a Pearl Wants Necklace!