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'The To Do List.'
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The To Do List hit me right in the feels for a lot of different reasons. I realized my intense love for Donald Glover after watching him dance in yellow overalls. I had a sudden desire to throw away all my purses and just carry a Trapper Keeper to my next party. And yeah, for the first time ever, I found myself thinking, "Hmm, maybe I should buy a pair of skorts."

Aside from the A+ incredible cast (Aubrey Plaza, you just may have redeemed yourself from that whole MTV Movie Awards Will Ferrell stage-crash thing) and cringe-worthy sex jokes, the real star of The To Do List is the throwback '90s fashion. The characters aren't just wearing crop tops and cut-offs; they're using those crop tops and cut-offs to tell a story. A story about just how embarrassing high school is. Deep, right? My favorite '90s staples are used here to make me simultaneously yearn for the bodacious decade AND praise Alanis that I made it out of there alive. So, here are the 5 most awkward '90s style staples, as told by The To Do List (also, real life).


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Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never" style: then and now.
Photo: Getty Images/Paramount Pictures

Set your alarms, Beliebers! "Bieber O'Clock" strikes this Saturday, August 3 at 8 p.m. EST on MTV. Haven't heard of "Bieber O'Clock"? Welp, it's when MTV will start airing extra special, exclusive content from THE Justin Bieber himself leading up to the TV premiere of his throwback (OK, not that throwback; it was 2011) documentary, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. The film itself airs this Sunday at 8 p.m., but in preparation, we took a look back at the international pop superstar's steez from the movie and placed it side-by-side against looks from the past year to see how much (if anything) has changed since then. (Spoiler alert: a lot has *cough*tattoo sleeve*cough* but surprisingly, much as stayed the same.)


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Shaun Ross and Lana Del Rey in 'Tropico'.
Photo: Via @LanaDelRey's Twitter

It feels like we haven't seen Lana Del Rey in forever, but just this week the self-proclaimed "angel headed hipster" released some huge news on her Twitter feed--she's starring in a short film! She posted the simple tweet "TROPICO" along with an image featuring her and model Shaun Ross standing side by side in a dark forest. We don't know much (OK, fine, anything) about the movie, but judging by their outfits, we have a feeling it's going to be pretty amazing. Lana sported a bikini made entirely of roses and leaves, which kind of looks like two flower crowns... for your body? We don't know how exactly to describe the floraly nature of her ensemble, but let's just say someone did some serious work to keep those bad boys in place. *bows down*


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Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch), Stacy Peralta (John Robinson) and Rony Alva (Victor Rasuk) in 'Lords of Dogtown.'
Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Pictures

In case you haven't noticed, it's summer outside. Specifically, that so-hot-my-face-is-melting scenario when you're dreaming about running sans swimsuit through an arctic tundra. We've been searching for relief in various ways (ice cubes down tube socks, hand-held fan misters propped up on desks) but can't think of anything better than a box full of popsicles and the ultimate summer movie—Lords of Dogtown. If there's any film that epitomizes "locals only" LA living—from breezy interludes and super cute surfer dudes to seriously gnarly skate style—it's this one. Did we mention it's directed by Catherine Hardwicke (she of Twilight part uno) and stars Emile Hirsch and Heath Ledger? And it's based on the true story of the birth of skateboarding? Nikki Reed dances in moccasins all over it, too. But besides all of that goodness, it's a seriously fantastic film with the sweetest of SoCal style.

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The crew hangs out at the Zephyr Skate Shop in 'Lords of Dogtown.'
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Lords of Dogtown arose out of the documentary, Dogtown and Z-Boys, which was directed by former pro-surfer and skateboarder Stacy Peralta. Not only did Peralta write the semi-autobiographical Lords, he put himself in it—albeit the younger version of himself played by John Robinson. The film follows three very different surfers, Peralta and his sometime-pals Jay Adams (Emile Hirsch) and Tony Alva (Victor Rasuk). All from different backgrounds, they skate and surf the aforementioned "Locals Only" area of the Santa Monica Pier during the early 1970s. (And when they say locals, they mean it, lest you get your noggin' bashed in.) Amidst their lazy days spent carousing amongst the palm trees looking ridiculously cute in striped tees, slouchy jeans, and faded Vans, the trio hang out at the Zephyr Skate Shop, which is owned by surf/skate board designer Skip Engblom (Heath Ledger).


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Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars, y'all.
Photo: Via VeronicaMarsMovie's YouTube

Guys, we just can't get enough of the new Veronica Mars movie. On Friday, we watched the cast troll Comic-Con with their "Team Piz" and "Team Logan" tees, and before that, we broke down every single outfit Ms. Mars (Kristen Bell) has worn so far on set and got ALL the deets on the return of her infamous studded bag. But then, we were hit with the motherlode this weekend—the first look at ACTUAL, LIVING BREATHING FOOTAGE from the upcoming film! In it, we get to peep even MORE VM outfits, and (in-between totally spazzing out at this movie actually being a real thing) we noticed a serious theme happening in all her clothing: leather.


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Veronica Mars Comic Con

Jason Dohring, Kristen Bell and Chris Lowell.
Photo: via @tracybrennan007's Twitter

I’ve got 99 problems, and the fact that I was not able to personally attend the Veronica Mars movie panel at Comic-Con covers all of them. My poor little fan girl heart needs some rest after all of this Marshmallowy goodness. Not only did we spaz out when we heard creator Rob Thomas sobbed while watching Logan and Veronica’s first kiss (he’s one of us!!), but the VMars dudes clearly had something special planned and decided to engage in a little fan trolling. Jason Dohring wore a "Team Piz" shirt (I wonder how Logan Echolls would feel about that) while Chris Lowell rocked a "Team Logan" shirt. Chris went on to explain that "I wore this shirt today just so I wouldn't be shot on stage." When Kristen Bell was asked who taught Jason his killer smolder, though, she replied simply with, "The heavens?" Dang, LoVe is in the air, y'all.

Veronica Mars Comic Con

Jason Dohring and Chris Lowell.
Photo: via @sassafrassj's Instagram


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Costume designer Mona May's sketch of Cher and Dionne's outfits in 'Clueless.'
Photo: Courtesy of Mona May

The 1990s may be known as the grunge era, but in 1995, something cataclysmic happened in the world of cinema to change all that. Um, hello? We're totally talking about Clueless, aka one of the best teen movies of ALL TIME. It became a fashion phenomenon and catapulted star Alicia Silverstone, who plays Beverly Hills high schooler Cher, into superstar status. She singlehandedly stomped all over bland flannel and baggy jeans with super feminine, thigh-high, plaid mini-skirted abandon along with her best friend Dionne. Together, they wore matching outfits that were fresh off the runways and tailored to fit their personalities—such as Cher's to-DIE white Calvin Klein dress that is still relevant today—and spread their sartorial prowess to Tai (played by the forever-missed Brittany Murphy, RIP), the grunge-y new girl who gets a hilariously killer makeover.


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Effie Trinket and the dress from Alexander McQueen's spring/summer 2011 collection.
Photo: Via 'The Hunger Games' Facebook/Getty Images

We've been drooling over The Hunger Games: Catching Fire portraits since last spring, but we were seriously itching to see some new ensembles from the film and—GASP—our prayers have been answered! Yahoo released a photo of Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Effie (Elizabeth Banks) and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) doing the District 11 salute onstage, and—while we love Peeta and Katniss' simply chic ensembles—we CANNOT tear our eyes away from Effie's frock. The oh-so-fashionable Capitol lady is know for her stylish ensembles, and this one happens to be a GORGEOUS Alexander McQueen spring/summer 2011 number straight from the runway.


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Kristen Bell on set of the 'Veronica Mars Movie'.
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Marshmallows, we hope you're sitting down because we've got some serious Veronica Mars fashion info up our sleeves. In case you missed it (LOL, you didn't), we peeped the first-ever images straight from the set a couple weeks ago and obsessed over Veronica's style evolution from a baby-tee wearin' teen to edgy college student to a casual-cool lawyer (let’s not go down the wormhole of why she’s holding hands with Piz, OK?) in what we assume is New York with her Mackage trench coat and sensible workwear get-up. But thanks to photos that debuted on EW last week from a shoot day at the Santa Monica Pier (as pictured above), we got a peek at scenes with Ken Marino and Kristen Bell. Seeing Vinnie automatically made us channel his version of Hall and Oates' "Private Eyes", but we couldn't keep our eyes off--GASP--the return of her signature studded bag?!


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Kristen Bell on the set of the upcoming 'Veronica Mars' movie.
Photo: Splash News/WENN

I had to write like seven intros to this piece because I was so overcome with emotion that this thing is finally happening. Like, I knew that the Veronica Mars movie had been successfully kickstarted, surpassing their $2 million goal by $3.7 million, and that filming began for an early 2014 release, but now that I have to organize my thoughts to write a post about K. Bell's outfit I'm just...

I basically feel like Kristen Bell when she found out that sloth was coming to her birthday party.

So during the show's run first on UPN and then on the CW, we watched V Mars evolve from outcast high schooler to super sleuth in college and now we have the extraordinary privilege of watching her work as an adult. While the plot details of the feature-length are still under wraps, what we can gauge from these shots on-set is that Veronica is all about her business.

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I love these two as a couple. What a festive way to celebrate two important events in their life. Mariah looks like a dream.

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