One recent weekend, I had a completely blissful weekend full of nothing but binging on Amazon’s original series – “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel“. Created by the same creators of The Gilmore Girls, it’ss a story set in the 1950’s of a perfect stepford wife whose husband end up leaving and she goes through a time of self-discovery by becoming a stand-up comedian. With a similar sort of wit as the beloved Gilmore Girls series as well as the heartfelt storytelling, I was immediately feeling a sort of nostalgia that made me just snuggle on the couch and watch characters that felt so familiar, yet refreshing.
But enough about the story itself. What I wanted to talk about is the main character – Midge Maisel. She is a spritely woman of 26, living in the Upper East Side of New York, who speaks, as per the usual characters of Amy Sherman-Palladino, a hundred miles an hour. She’s smart, funny, charming, and she’s become someone I find myself aspiring to become.
I admit, this is going a bit too far, almost even in the realm of deception since your significant other doesn’t get a chance to see the real you. But you have to commend her for always being presentable.
2. A SIGNIFICANT OTHER IS NOT THE SOLUTION: the first season is about Midge discovering how to manage her adult life without the support of her husband. Back in the 50’s, this was unconventional, and she had a hard time at first on how to do so. Her parents freaked out, and schemed ways to get her husband back. But independence is important, in more ways than one.
You are the star of your own show. A significant other can help make you happy, but he/she can’t define you.
3. THERE IS ALWAYS A WAY: Time and time again, Midge had to be resourceful to get what she wanted. She wanted a certain performance time slot at the càfe? Make brisket and sweet talk the person in charge. Of course, sometimes to get what we want, we have to be willing to accept the help of others.
SHOP THE LOOK
The best part about her, though? Midge’s fashion sense! In every scene, Midge looks exceptionally put together in her outfits, whether it’s her signature full length pink coat that tapers out, or her all black ensemble of sleeveless turtleneck top and cropped trousers, topped with a colorful headpiece.
After binging on the series, I have to admit I went into 50’s mode. Painted my nails coral red, donned a coral red lipstick, and kept my hair curled. I was completely inspired.
Although I don’t think I’ll be able to keep the 50’s look sustainable, the idea of always looking put-together is on my 2018 list of resolutions, and I hope it continues!
Have you ever seen the show? What are your thoughts?