Scene It: Side Effects

It’s totally movie season right now with the Golden Globes just ending (how fab did Tina Fey look??) and the Oscars right around the corner, that I’ve been on a total movie kick.  I just got a sneak peek of Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, which I’ve been super excited to see and which also comes out on February 8th.  I am a total Soderbergh fan (Traffic is my fave), adore Rooney Mara (not only is she a super talented actor, I love her fashion sense), and was excited to see Jude Law back in action (we’ve miss you Jude). For those of you who haven’t seen it, check out the trailer to get a little taste…



I love thrillers and suspense films, which is shocking because hearing creaks in my apartment totally freak me out, and Side Effects totally kept me on edge.  The movie delves deep in the world of psychiatry and pharmaceuticals (anti-depressants, specifically), which becomes a character in its own rite along with Law, Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Channing Tatum.  (This isn’t Magic Mike gals, however Channing rocks a suit like nobody’s business.)

Jude Law plays a psychiatrist who treats his patient (Rooney Mara) with the fictional drug Ablixa, whose commercial rivals any of the ones that we’ve seen over and over again with a long list of varying side effects.  (Those commercials always worry me because the side effects seem worse than what the pill is actually treating!)  She deals with her own sadness and depression after Tatum (who plays her husband) gets released from jail because of an insider trading mishap, and then the twists and turns and car crashes ensue.

I pat myself on the back when I can guess what happens before it actually does, so as much as I thought I was on point, I was totally off.  That’s the fun of this movie.

Also, I couldn’t help but focus on some of the wardrobe – I always find myself wanting to wear some of the costumes that the actors don!  Does that ever happen to you?  In this instance, I loved this piece Rooney wore - it was a white, sleeveless blouse with gold buttons.

New Dress A Day - Side Effects - Barry Wetcher Open Road Films

While watching the film, I knew I wanted to DIY this piece and had just the right vintage blouse to start off with.

New Dress A Day - Side Effects DIY

I began my project by removing the sleeves with a seam ripper.

New Dress A Day - Side Effects DIY

Once my sleeves were removed...

New Dress A Day - Side Effects DIY

...I pinned down the raw edges.

New Dress A Day - Side Effects DIY

Next, I stitched the arm holes down to really mimic the structure of Rooney's piece.

New Dress A Day - Side Effects DIY

The white buttons were fabric covered, so instead of replacing them with gold ones (which is an alternative method), I painted over each one with Krylon’s Pale Gold Leafing Pen...

New Dress A Day - Side Effects DIY give the same golden look.

New Dress A Day - Side Effects DIY

After three steps, I have a shirt that’s a DIY version of Rooney’s Side Effects one!!

New Dress A Day - Side Effects DIY

I paired my new top with jeans, however Rooney wears a white skirt along with.

New Dress A Day - Side Effects DIY

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And, if I were wearing this piece during the film, this is how I would have looked from all the twists and turns!!

New Dress A Day - Side Effects DIY

I was totally entertained by the film and if you're a fan of psychological thrillers then you're going to enjoy watching everything unravel.  When I saw the trailer, I was so intrigued and couldn't wait for the movie -  I wanted to see who's bloody footprints were on the floor, what the pills were being used for, and why Jude Law screams, "I want my life back", and when everything unfolded, I was thoroughly satisfied.  Not to mention, I was definitely doing a little nervous, nail-biting action from the edge of my seat.  

Side Effects comes out on February 8th, and it might just be what the doctor ordered.  (Yep, had to get that pun in there.)

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