foot candy (steve madden L-wedge to be specific)

January 25th, 2012

LEOPARD foot candy! Delicious.

Every so often, a fashion piece comes along that truly rocks your world.  These shoes rock my world.  Height while still maintaining comfort? Yes please! (It’s almost unheard of in the shoe universe).  They do rub on the ankle a smidgen, but I’m not going to let that rain on my fancy feet parade.  I’m a big fan of instant statement pieces.  It’s almost fool proof to keep the outfit simple and then pick the right mind blowing accessory.  The beauty of these beauties is that they can be paired with another interesting pattern and it’s not too much (if you have the balls to mix patterns …I do).  You can effortlessly pair these with MOST things and it’s a chic result.

My fella seems to hate animal print.  That’s his loss.  For a while it was mine.  I’m ashamed to say, but for some time I refrained from buying animal print pieces because I wanted to wear things he thought I looked nice in.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look nice for someone you love.  But then I remembered something: I should wear what I like.  I have pretty great taste if I do say so myself.  Sometimes it isn’t executed properly and I look back with a little cringe -but that all comes with taking textile risks.  I’d rather risk being on a “don’t” list (and like what I’m wearing anyway) than be boring.  I picked up a cute cropped fake leopard print coat *complete* with hot pink lining when I was selecting pieces for my Edie Sedgwick (basically my style hero) Halloween costume a couple of years ago ….and the closet became liberated from there.

Anyway, I like to share things that excite me.  These excite me in that trivial materialistic way I quasi hate myself for indulging in …but to covet is human, right?  It’s a give and take balance (donate or sell older things to make room for the new …or simply new to me in most cases).

***HAPPY DANCE …tall and snazzy happy dance!***

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fresh white lilies = best thing in the whole world

January 25th, 2012

Mine are in a more personally preferable receptacle …but the point is …flowers are pretty, get you some!

I mentioned this ages ago when I was excited about peony season, but, it never hurts to repeat:

Everyone ought to indulge themselves with fresh flowers in their space.  If you are one of the poor souls who is so allergic you can’t have them around, I’m a jerk just rubbing it in and never mind this.  If you’re just straight up poor, pick some flowers and put them in a Coke bottle (or any other cool bottle you washed out …there are so many out there …Mexican beer bottles are another suggestion).  In the right season, I enjoy picking a handful of wild flowers on my hikes with the dog.  It’s free and brightens up the room.

My absolute favorite is to treat myself to fresh cut white lilies.  I adore everything about them.  Their smell is up there with gardenias and peonies for me (those are more season specific, so casablanca lilies are my favorite go-to).  They look just as cool closed as open.  I’m not a big fan of bouquets.  Stems alone are perfect, and as they die (the part that makes me sad every time, despite the inevitable living being factor) you simply put them in smaller container and move it to wherever its new size makes sense in the room.  The ol’ vase-to-jar-to bottle change-up.

I’ve been keeping fresh flowers in one form or another for as long as I’ve had my own space to keep them and to this day I look over at them and feel good.  If I had to pick between flowers for the week or a new bottle of nail polish for the year, I’d still pick the flowers (assuming I still have my little drawer of pre-existing bottles stashed away …hey, my toes need the extra help).

I keep mine on the end table where I sit on the couch so I can see/smell them as much as possible.  Even when I’m just walking by, I almost always stop and smell the …lilies.  Roses don’t get all the fun.  It’s good to have something that makes you want to stop for a minute and enjoy the simple things.  Bowser is too good at that job.  I find myself constantly stopping to have a love fest.  Flowers take less time and keep you out of trouble because they won’t make you late for things.

If I have to sell you on the idea, your loss.  I just think people consider it an elective.  Consider this, my fella has admitted on more than one occasion that having cut flowers in the room makes a big difference to the environment.  I don’t think they delight him in quite as extreme a way, but he likes having them around.  It’s not something he’d have done for himself (I doubt most straight guys out there would think to) but hey, better late than never.  Then again, he didn’t use trash liners in his garbage can before I met him…

Sigh.  Just go treat yourself will ya?

OH!  Before I forget, I was looking up “fresh cut lilies” on an image search and experienced shock and awe when this came up in the results (no …no I couldn’t just keep to myself, now you have to have it burned in your retinas too):

raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens …well, we all have our own set of favorite things…I guess…

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kenneth branagh: record setting diverse trophy guy!

January 25th, 2012

I’m aaaaaawesome at eeeeeeverything! rar.

Kenneth Branagh has yet to take home an Oscar, but, he has the bragging right of being nominated five times in his career …in five different categories!  The guy is a cinematic renaissance man.  Before he was just known as simply being really, really good at adapting Shakespeare …and Harry Potter greatness …and screwing over Emma Thompson (but for the sake of today’s point, that will be over looked as not being on topic).

The man’s most recent nomination for Best Supporting Actor in My Week With Marilyn puts in him in the record books as one of the most diversely celebrated actors in cinema history.  Don’t get me started over the drool worthy parallels of Branagh portraying Sir Lawrence Olivier …because I can geek out on that for longer than you’d care to hear about.  ANYWAY, his previous nominations (in chronological order) are:

1992 – Swan Song – Best Live Action Short Film

1989 – Henry V - Best Director AND Best Actor

1996 – Hamlet – Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

2012 – My Week With Marilyn – Best Supporting Actor

Good luck this time around at the Oscars against Jonah Hill (now there’s something I never thought I’d say …though I wouldn’t be too concerned about that)

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speaking of Oscar nominations I’m not at all surprised about…

January 24th, 2012

Take that all you Dawson’s Creek hating nay-sayers

On a less surprising note, Michelle Williams has been nominated for Actress in a Leading Role for her part as Marilyn Monroe in My Week With Marilyn.  This pleases me.  The movie itself was …well, I want to call it “so-so” but that’s not fair on the grid of movies out there.  It’s better than average, but it wasn’t great. There was lovely cinematography, costumes, the cast was out of this world good BUT the story itself was (to put it eloquently) BLAH.

It was off to a disadvantage from the start.  It’s based off of some guy’s “memoir” so mediocre writing and seldom factual information is what the film makers had to work with from the beginning.  There was so much wrong information wise with the story.  The dialogue wasn’t strong.  It’s such a shame.  It could have been a fantastic movie given they were telling a story about a very interesting figure during a very interesting time for her.  They should have not based the film off that book and done a better film.  It’s that simple.  But they didn’t and we got what we got.  It’s absolutely worth a viewing and I’m quite certain I will end up owning it because I am a bit of a Marilyn buff and I’m a great fan of Williams.  Which brings me to my main point:  Michelle Williams is reason enough to watch this movie.

Though I think she could have been a little more subdued with her “Marilyn laying low and not being ‘on’” portrayal, that’s not to say she wasn’t brilliant.  I appreciate greatly what a daunting undertaking it would be to portray one of the most famous people in the world.  Marilyn was an icon, and many have played that breathy icon …but Williams played the human being.  Given all the folklore (including the book the film was based on) and taking into account her mental health/drinking and drug abuse …nobody really knows who she was.  Those closest to her with a large intellectual capacity (ie; Arthur Miller) couldn’t begin to understand her.  Take all the issues she came with along with being astronomically famous …unless you’re Elvis or one of the remaining Beatles …we can’t begin to imagine what it felt like to be in that unique and invasive position.

With all of that said, I was left incredibly impressed with Williams’ portrayal.  I didn’t feel like I was watching some cartoon of her, which is always how I’ve been left feeling in the past.  Anyone can do a caricature.  Williams fleshed her out as well as I think anyone could of such a well known, but not known woman.  I would compare watching her to last year’s Natalie Portman in Black Swan.  Do it for nothing but to see the lead performance.  In this case, the supporting cast was up to snuff as well.  Bonus.

I’ve always been a fan of Michelle Williams.  I’ll say it, I watched Dawson’s Creek in high school (and into college…cough…) I watched the shit out of it.  Alright, so her earlier work isn’t necessarily what to go off of.  But I’ve always liked her and enjoyed her personal contribution to projects.  Shutter IslandBlue Valentine.  Need I say more?  (We won’t mention Dick because we’ve already established the earlier years are take what you can get).

Hell, some people only know her as some tragic figure who was Heath Ledger‘s great love who was left to raise their baby after he died way before he should have.  It’s nice to see that she is finally being recognized on her own accord and not “former fiance of …who’s also an actress, you might remember her from Dawson’s Creek.”  I wouldn’t necessarily bank on a win since she took home the Golden Globe in the “comedy/musical” category.  I thought that to be a very odd choice.  It hardly resembled either.  Now she’s getting thrown in the big kid pool of “acting!” against the seasoned likes of Meryl Streep and Glenn Close.  I’m rooting for Michelle.  Those other dames have had more than their share of award recognition.  Regardless, I’m just glad this vehicle has given her the legs to do whatever she chooses.  Opportunities ahoy!

Oh!  And just a suggestion from a movie nerd:  Michelle Williams was in a little known film called The Baxter (another great cast).  I consider it a little gem.  Some might not enjoy the comedic pacing of it, but you can’t please ‘em all.  I think it’s a charming twist of a romantic comedy.


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melissa mccarthy: oscar nominated

January 24th, 2012

THESPIAN.

AS SHE SHOULD BE!!!!  Color me surprised when I took a gander at the Oscar nominations and Melissa McCarthy got recognized for Best Supporting actress for her role in (easily) one of my very favorite movies of 2011 Bridesmaids.  While being surrounded by a strong flawless cast of comediennes, she was hands down the show stopper of the film.  The Academy Awards usually take themselves so seriously, it’s nice to see them recognize this performance.  I firmly believe, when done WELL, comedy is harder than drama.  However, I also noticed two women from The Help were nominated in that category as well.  It was a good enough movie, but Oscar nominations, really?  So really, there’s no accounting for taste.  I stand by my opinion on that event being good for nothing but a fashion show and has nothing to do with films since it’s all industry paid for anyway …but that doesn’t take away from my excitement for McCarthy -yay!  I’m happy she was nominated.  If she actually manages to take home the win I’ll be surprised, but it’ll be a really happy surprise.  I’d love to see that, but I’m guessing someone from one of the more traditional Oscar picks will take it (“The Artist” anyone?)

McCarthy has already promised to refrain from swearing or saying anything inappropriate at Glenn Close when she attends the generally stuffy ceremony.  Oh I don’t know, I think Glenn would be amused.

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