Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kickin' It

Madewell has teamed up with a true American classic - Keds. It's a summer miracle!
Growing up, a pair of spotless white Keds were the ultimate first day of school accessory. Before I "grew up" and transitioned to Vans, Keds were the only acceptable shoe to pair with the two pairs of scrunched socks in coordinating colors to match our uniform plaid. Every now and again, my mom would get tired of constantly replacing my Keds and make me buy the Mervyn's off brand - Pacific Express. It was social and fashion suicide.
Now that I am all grown up and buying my own kicks, I can splurge for not only the beloved brand, but for one of the 4 adorable Madewell collaboration prints. At $62.00, I might even get 2, for when one pair gets a stain - gasp! 
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Keds for MadewellKeds for Madewell

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tunesday With George: Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie Prince Billy

Dawn McCarthy & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy -- What The Brothers Sang
The impossibly cool oddball Will Oldham, aka Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, has teamed up with Dawn McCarthy (Faun Fables) for a duets album. And not just any duets, What The Brothers Sang is a collection of Everly Brothers' covers!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Bachelor Recap: Let's Spend the Night Gabbing Like Besties

For this episode, ABC decided to add live tweets to the bottom of the screen from "The Bachelor Nation". It was an incredible touch to see firsthand the freaks that take this show seriously. 
Tonight on The Bachelor, it is the Fantasy Suite Dates in the gorgeous South of Thailand. We know from the Virgin Bachelor issue of US Weekly there will be no fantasy for these ladies, no matter how hard army brat Lindsey turns the hussy on. 
The show opens with sweeping shots of Thailand and Sean king-of-the-worlding it solo on the edge of the ship. He's then hanging in shades and a tank top, while he recaps his blossoming relationships with all the girls. 
To be honest, I had to fast forward. All these moments were hard enough to watch the first time. Thankfully, I stopped my fast forward in time to get ABC's obligated shirtless Sean time. 
Lindsey is the first date. They hop in the worlds largest side car for a day of Thai adventure. 
First stop, the market where they play with humanely dyed birds and buy lame trinkets. Lindsey tries to pretend that she would rather walk through the market than fly in a helicopter. Because he is an asshole, Sean asks Lindsey to do the one thing she said she wouldn't do - eat a bug. And, because this is a competition for his heart, and on national television you show someone you love them by doing really ridiculous challenges, Lindsey eats said bug - but for the record it was with much hesitation. You know AshLee would have gobbled that puppy down to surrender herself to love and trust in Sean and vulnerability. Lindsey looks like she is going to puke, but that is what love does to you.
Lindsey & Sean sit on the beach and talk about how they are best friends after 5 dates. Sean wills Lindsey to say "I love you", because all the other girls are doing it. She chickens out, so instead they then feed monkeys on the beach in their bathing suits. 
For the boozy romantic part of the date, they head to some Thai carnival garden thing, because on this date Sean was aiming for showing Lindsey what a real life date would be like. 
They discuss Lindsey moving to Dallas and starting "their" life together. Lindsey still hasn't said "I love you". Sean prompts another deep conversation to get Lindsey to say those 3 little words, and Lindsey is saved by the sitar as Thai dancers come out and preform for them. 
The fantasy suite date card arrives - it however leaves out that they will not be sleeping over, only spending extra time with The Virgin Bachelor. Back at the fantasy suite, the cameras stick around for the most awkward "I love you" ever. Lindsey finally croaks it out and seemed happier to be eating a bug than telling Sean she loves him. To break the tension, they make out.  
Sean picks up AshLee and takes her on a boat cruise while AshLee does a voice over talking about... vulnerability. I am so surprised.  
Her melodramatic talk really ruined the stunning views of Thailand for me. Sean wants to test AshLee's OCD, so he takes her to a cave where they have to go in the dark or something. AshLee obviously talks about trust, being abandoned and being a foster child for a good 3 minutes. AshLee compares falling in love to going down a dark alleyway or swimming through a dark cave, because in AshLeeLand everything is a metaphor for love overcoming abandonment. I think her first step to finding a man should be to stop thinking of love as scary. 
To their amazement, AshLee and Sean find "the light at the end of the tunnel" (Sean's words, not AshLee's). AshLee says that the date was life changing and represents her completely letting go. I know the foster kid has a lot of baggage, but I think she has supposedly "completely let go" in every episode. To mark her 6th opportunity to let go, they make out in a lagoon. 
They head off to dinner on the beach where they start talking about why they are still single at their ripe old ages of nearly 30 and just over 30. Sean makes a comment about how he was focused on work and dated the wrong people, and then AshLee says she was the same way, and is glad she "waited" for love. Oooooh weee, AshLee. This isn't entirely true seeing that you got married at 17. 
AshLee takes a page from Sean's book, and says she can't morally put herself out there and stay the night with Sean in the fantasy Suite if he is with other girls. Sean says he just wants to stay up all night and talk with AshLee. I wonder if they will rent Troop Beverly Hills, because this is how most of my nights started when I stayed up all night long talking at a fifth grade sleepover. Because the romance is flowing, AshLee tells Sean she likes a "cushion cut ring with diamonds all around" along with her ring size. In any other situation, a man would have run for the hills of Thailand. 
After staying up all night gabbing with AshLee, Sean meets Catherine and they too go boating. It's now Catherine's turn to "queen of the world". 

They make out and talk about how they both love Catherine's weirdness. This seems strange to me, because out of this crew, Catherine by far feels the most normal. AshLee "surrendering" herself at every turn is way crazier than anything Catherine has done. Sean asks Catherine if she would move to Dallas, and she says yes, but we all know she is lying. Who leaves Seattle for Dallas? No one. They go snorkeling and then kiss in the rain, because ABC is blowing the budget on this date. Replicating The Notebook is every girl's fantasy. 
It's time for their dinner date - and a live tweeter calls Catherine "the cat's meow". This live tweet thing should happen every episode.
Pretty sure the producers pumped the girls to dis the fantasy suite, so Sean could look like he isn't The Virgin Bachelor studly. In no other season did a person have a problem with sleeping over with the Bachelor - and if any of these girls wouldn't have an issue, it's Catherine, the "vegan who likes the beef". Catherine accepts Sean's fantasy card invitation to stay up all night chit chatting. 
At the fantasy suite, they talk about how Catherine was picked on growing up. Her low self esteem makes me sad, because she is by far the cutest girl on this show, and the only one I would ever share a glass of red with - even if she was lame enough to go on The Bachelor, and let's be honest say "I'm vegan but I still like the beef". 
The camera cuts from hot tub cuddle time to a strange Chris Harrison hosted plug for OZ: The Great & Powerful, and we are reminded that Disney owns everything. 
Sean and Chris sit down to talk about who will be going home. 
Sean says he knows who it is going to be, but it will be tough. At this point, my money is on Catherine, because she hasn't said "I LUV U".
Sean gingerly picks up each woman's framed photo that have made the long trek from LA to Thailand. 
Even though he has already made up his mind, Sean watches the videos each woman has made for him. These videos are always gloriously awkward. Catherine may have won the award this time when she tells Sean that thinking about him "gives her the wiggles". I'm starting to believe all this big dork talk. However, not to be outdone, AshLee could barely get through her video without melodramatically faking tears of joy as she recited love cliches such as: "together we are whole" and "I am no longer broken". 
Based on Sean's reaction, something tells me AshLee may be going home...  Cue to ankle to butt shot of Sean in tight grey slacks. 
Sean picks up the rose and Lindsey audibly curses in anticipation.
 First rose goes to Lindsey. Guess a sailor mouth is okay, but spending the night isn't. Sean is wishing AshLee had that blindfold on now, because her eyes are throwing fire breathing daggers at him. 
And in The Longest Pause In Bachelor History, the final rose goes to Catherine. And my suspicions about the foster kid getting left behind once again are confirmed. 
The look in her eyes is terrifying! Someone should get that man a body guard. AshLee won't even talk to Sean as she leave. 
He begs her to hear him out and she gives him the death stare, and says not a word - but her silence speaks volumes.  
In her exit interview, AshLee basically calls out the other girls for having a sense of humor, saying "this wasn't about laughter and fun for me". We're aware AshLee. The Bachelor was the best free therapy your baggage ever got. Sean pouts by the Thai fountains of fire & ice. Ash is way more composed than I expected her to be. Please don't tell me AshLee is the next Bachelorette. I can't handle a season of trust games and visiting orphanages.  

Monday, February 25, 2013

Oscar the Blah

Nearly 50 minutes into E!'s Live From the Red Carpet coverage, we were still listening to Kelly Purple Hair talk to that guy with a girl's voice about dress predictions. Not sure if everyone was fashionably late or if E! wanted to rob an hour of my dvr memory. The first actual star to arrive is Jessica Chastain. Phew! I was getting nervous it would be 4 hours of Seacrest trying out the mani-cam
Overall I was a little let down with the red carpet this year. Where was the excitement and the risk taking? There was a massive lack of color and gorgeous jewels on the carpet. C'mon stars, give us something to look at!

Jessica Chastain wore Armani Prive, and the girl FINALLY got it right! I have just accepted that she dresses like a woman 30 years her senior and Jessica Rabbit hair is her thing. This picture does not do the dress justice. The color worked really well with her alabaster skin and had gorgeous details. The red lips make the look.
85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
Every time Amy Adams walks a red carpet, it makes me sad. This Oscar De La Renta is no different. Yes, it is pretty. On anyone else, I may have loved it, and I must give her props for not mucking it up with terrible jewelry or bad hair (like she usually does). With that said, I feel like we've seen this dress so many, many times before - only better. I'm looking at you Penelope Cruz
I know I will probably be crucified for this next statement, because everyone just looooves Reese, but... Reese Witherspoon is taking her time losing the baby weight. Even if she is back in fighting shape, this satin Louis Vuitton royal blue number is doing sister Nashville no favors, especially from the side. I imagine she had several fittings for this gown seeing that she was a presenter. Couldn't they have fitted this a little better? Her boobs look like a pre-teen who can't fill out a top and the fabric gapes at her belly. However, her hair is very pretty. I will give you that. 
Octavia Spencer looked pretty and predictable in (predictably) Tadashi Sohji. Love the dress though. The pearls on the bodice were very pretty. Melissa McCarthy, this is how you do plus sized. 
Octavia Spencer a
Bradley Cooper pulled the young heartthrob's favorite move, bringing his mom, Gloria, as his date. While Bradley got all dressed up with shellacked hair (the male equivalent of an up-do), his mom opted to wear a Fredrick's of Hollywood feather robe and black Airwalks. Being troll-sized, I think some heels could have done a body good. 
I really can't decide if I like Zoe Saldana's dress or not. I know I hate the giant white AIDS ribbon on her hip, but the rest of it is interesting and fashion forward. It's also hard for Zoe Saldana to make anything look unattractive. 
Zoe Saldana Oscars
Amanda Seyfried, we get it, you're in a serious movie. Now that you aren't a minion in Mean Girls or the lead in a Nicholas Sparks movie, you can come out as some young fashion icon who has custom McQueens made for you. But in the future, try to remember you are still in your 20's and not Sigourney Weaver.
Amanda Seyfried
Lots of hype surrounded what Jennifer Lawrence would wear. In the end she chose a MASSIVE Dior Haute Couture gown. This is not something I would normally be into, but sister pulls it off, and manages to not make it look like a wedding dress Carrie tries on in Sex & The City: The Movie. Her backwards necklace, though, is very Carrie Bradshaw. I like that it keeps the look young, but this isn't a trend I want to see again. 
Sally Field is one word: Adorable. Love it. 
Sally Field
And the Worst Dressed Goes To: Melissa McCarthy. Holy moly. Where to begin? Let's start with how she borrowed Jessica Chastain's hair dresser to achieve this super-flattering wind blown look. I guess the one good thing about hair that bad is that it takes a minute for your eye to move down to the toga of a dress. Granted, she is a large woman, but at least make a tiny effort with some Spanx and a little ruching.  Her stylist should be shot. 
Melissa McCarthy
I don't think Jane Fonda's face is able to blink or move anymore, but she looks darn good in this dress. I'm going to need to sign up for some yoga classes. 
Jane Fonda
Jennifer Hudson very publicly lost weight for Weight Watchers. You'd think she would hide some Spanx under her Cavalli. WW is going to be pissed to see that gut hanging out on national television. J. Huds, you may want to cut back on those midnight pizzas. 
Helen Hunt wore H&M made from green fabrics or some sort. Her wrinkles are case in point why you should splurge for a big event and why green living should stay far, far away from fashion. 
Helen Hunt
Anne Hathaway is having a Gwynie moment in pink, only done so as found on the racks of David's Bridal. She should have put on some low beams, because my eye was nearly poked out by her darted nipples. Apparently, there was some Valentino drama behind the scenes, and Anne decided to wear this Prada at the last minute. I wish we could see this Valentino, because this can't be the dress that necklace was paired with. It totally competes with the mother of the bride neckline. However.. did you see her Armani performance dress? That number was a winner. 
Anne Hathaway
Best Dressed Goes To: Naomi Watts in Armani Prive. This is what a dress made to fit you looks like. Gorg. Love it all.
Naomi Watts
Charlize Theron wore the less sparkly version of Anne Hathaway's Golden Globes dress, complete with cropped 'do. She looks stunning, because she could be wearing an airbrush bikini t-shirt and look fabulous.
Anne Hathaway
Nicole Kidman's body looks banging, but that is where my compliments end. If you took away some material, this could be a Cher costume from the late 80's. The swirls at the bottom are as atrocious as the mini WWF belt at her waist. 
Nicole Kidman Oscars worst dressed
Sandra Bullock looked predictable, but very pretty in Elie Saab. 
Sandra Bullock
Selma Hayek finally put the girls away in favor of a black velvet ice skater costume.
Salma Hayek
Kelly Rowland - There are no words for what is happening here from 9" of bang to the shoes. 
Kelly Rowland
I had to double check that this was in fact Brandi Glanville. Who invited her to the Oscars? And which RHOBH enemy did she allow to dress her? The girl is one F-bomb away from a purposeful nip slip. 
Does Nancy O'Dell employ MarySue Louise Sparkle Sunshine of MarySue Louise Sparkle Sunshine's Shining Pageant Dress Designs when Miss America is off air? There is no other explanation for her parade of pageant dresses on every red carpet.
Nancy O'Dell
I blame Jack Pavelka for this:
Kristin Chenoweth
Olivia Munn plays the role of an aging Geisha so well. 
Olivia Munn
Norah Jones looks like the former nerd who had a lot to prove at her 30 year high school reunion, so she put on the evening gown she wore to her son's wedding and had the ladies at the Hair Barn give her an updo. 
Norah Jones
Not sure what is more shocking, that I like Stacy Keibler's dress so much or that she is attending her second Oscars on George's arm.
George Clooney and Stacy Keibler 2013 Oscars
I am so happy Christoph Waltz won. I thought he was insanely good in Django Unchained, and I just love him. How adorable is his blue suit and his elegant wife? Well, done, Christoph
85th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
Jennifer Garner. All was looking okay until you get to the too short hem, the matchy stripper shoes and the.... Panty Hoes??
Jennifer Garner
Kristen Stewart, it would be such a shame if you washed your hair for once. 
And to close out the red carpet, Mark Ruffalo's wife wore this... 
Sunrise Coigney