Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Tuesdays with Nora- When Harry Met Sally

Well here we are for the first installment of Tuesdays with Nora. Now if I was actually counting down my fave Nora movies, this would probably be at the top of my list, as it is my very favorite movie of all time. Ms. Ephron wrote this movie herself, and also produced it. Because there's a few other movies that deserve some love in February, we're starting with When Harry Met Sally- which I wrote about for the first time in October.

Noticeably absent in my love letter to a romantic comedy I adore? Style! Do you know why I ignored it? Because Sally's clothes are HORRIBLE. The 80's was a great decade to be born in, if I do say so myself, but the fashion- atrocious! So big and overpowering and not at all flattering. The fact that Meg Ryan manages to look cute in this

and this

and this
just shows us that she is perhaps the most adorable actress of all time. Sally wears a lot of Annie Hall, menswear inspired looks and while I've never been a big fan of masculine dressing (not surprised?) I figured I'd try out a few looks in honor of Sally Albright.

Boyfriend cardigan

Blazer and cuffed trouser

Blazers, button-downs, and lace-up oxfords

One of the most unique (and most memorable) parts of When Harry Met Sally are all of the "how we met" vignettes featuring older couples reflecting on their relationship. I'm going to tell you something that's probably going to break your heart, but those are actors. They're not real people. Ugh, its hard to type. However, there is a silver lining! When Nora Ephron would get writer's block, she would interview people who worked for the production company. She liked some of their stories about meeting their spouse so much that she worked them into the screenplay and re-shot the scenes with actors.

Today was not my favorite day. I spent most of the afternoon in stress vortex over grad school and when I sat down to write this I thought about saying "Sally wore blazers and so did I. The end." But I just watched these sweet stories and now I feel wonderful. I love "how we met" stories because every couple has one. They might not be particularly funny or dramatic or romantic, but falling in love means at some point there was a look or a conversation or a moment that changed the rest of your life. If you don't know the story of how your parents or your grandparents or your neighbors met- ask them. Nora did and look what happened! She applied the rules of real life- to a romantic comedy.


  1. I love your post, mind you I'm a sucker for those old Meg Ryan movies.
    Norah, Meg, Billy Crystal and Rob Reiner were a magical combination.

    1. I know! Meg Ryan in the late 80's to late 90's was pure magic!