Thursday, December 20, 2012

Days of Holiday Style- Day 20

Who: Gwen Stefani, shopping in Hollywood
What: Leather leggings, color block blazer, festive sunnies
To Wear Where: Anyone doing last minute shopping? I am and I love the Christmas rush!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

25 Days of Holiday Style- Day 19

Who: Yours truly

What: sparkly furry jacket, peplum dress

Inspired by: Pippa on a book tour

Where'd I wear it?  Christmas party (and taking selfies in my mirror)

25 Days of Holiday Style-Days 17 and 18

Who: Selena Gomez, December 2012 of Glamour magazine
What: gorgeous gown with old hollywood glamour

Who: Hayden Panettiere
What: sexy shimmery blouse, bandage skirt

To Wear Where:  These champagne colored cover girl looks would be great for sipping bubbly- at home or out on the town!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

25 Days of Holiday Style -Day 16

Who: Emma Stone, New York Fashion Week
What: Emerald green jumpsuit
To Where Wear: Stand out like a chic little elf at your next holiday party!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

25 Days of Holiday Style- Day 13,14 and 15

Who: Maude Apatow, This is 40 premiere
What: White taffeta party dress

Who: Taylor Swift, VMAs red carpet
What: Sleek white suit

Who: Anne Hathaway, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
What: White dress, amazing red satin peep toe pumps

To Wear Where:  Whenever you're dreaming of a White Christmas

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

25 Days of Holiday Style- Day 12

Who: Nicole Richie, hittin up the gym
What: leggings, sneaks, cute leather jacket
To Wear Where: To the gym, to burn off all those Christmas cookies, and look cute while you're at it.

25 Days of Holiday Style- Day 11

Who: Hilaria Baldwin, Kennedy Center Honors
What: Cranberry peplum gown
To Wear Where: Are you a gorgeous yoga instructor with a charming, sexy, funny husband who is 26 years your senior? No? Well, its a nice idea.

Monday, December 10, 2012

25 Days of Holiday Style- Day 8, 9, and 10

Last December, I tried to do 25 days of running, where I would run at least a mile every day. It didn't go well. This year I attempted 25 days of holiday style, where I would post a celebrity look every day. It's not going well.  Next year I'm doing 25 days of eating chocolate and wearing slippers because I've been doing those things regularly with very little effort. Anyways . . .  

Who: Marnie Alison Williams, anniversary gala
What: Sparkly beaded dress

Who: Emma Stone, CFDA and Vogue Awards
What: Navy satin peplum, green sequin skirt

Who:Kate Winslet, Revolutionary Road premiere (yes, this was 4 years ago and it remains one of my very favorite red carpet looks!!)
What: Black one shoulder cocktail dress, platform peep toe Loubs

To Wear Where: Ring in New Years Eve with lots and lots of sparkle!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Fantasy BFFs

Two pictures emerged this week that made me say, in the words of Liz Lemon,

" I want to go to there."

Meryl and Hilary taking a selfie?

Reese and Mindy as ladies who lunch?

What's next Jennifer Aniston and Kelly Ripa on a run/yoga/spin/triathalon date?

Yes, please!

25 Days of Holiday Style- Days 5,6, and 7

Who: Carrie Underwood, CMT Artist of the Year awards
What:  Black jumpsuit, red heels

Who: Lauren Conrad, book signing
What:  Black leather dress, cute ponytail

Who: Reese Witherspoon, philanthropy awards program
What: Black lace dress, poppy red lipstick

To Wear Where: You don't have to wear red, just because its Christmas.  These ladies in black look lovely- and fun accessories up the festive factor.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

25 Days of Holiday Style- Day 4

Who: Emily VanCamp, gala in Beverly Hills
What:  Color block dress and blazer
To Wear Where: Office Christmas Party- conservative with a pop of festive color

Monday, December 3, 2012

25 Days of Holiday Style- Day 3

Who: Taylor Swift arriving at LAX
What:  Red plaid shirt, skinny jeans, retro shades
To Wear Where: Starting out/finishing up your Christmas shopping, depending on how ambitious you are

Sunday, December 2, 2012

25 Days of Holiday Style- Day 2

Who: Jennifer Aniston at the 26th American Cinematheque Awards Gala
What:  Classy black and white number
To Wear Where:  Black-tie winter wedding, fancy shmancy New Year's Eve

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Lincoln Review

So I spend a good portion of my job telling high school students how to write their college admission essay.   "You don't need to tell me your entire life story for me to learn about who you are," I say.  "Tell me about one experience, one moments, one conversation- and what says about who you are."

Well, it turns out Steven Spielberg took my advice. Lincoln is not a comprehensive biography of Honest Abe's 56 years, but a detailed account of the last four months of his life.  The movie focuses specifically on Lincoln's efforts to pass an amendment abolishing slavery.

Lincoln is a really great film, full of history and politics and fantastic performances from the entire cast. Daniel Day Lewis portrays the president as thoughtful and brilliant and somehow familiar.  I kept thinking "That's just like him!" Although of course, none of know what Lincoln was really like.  Just as I would recommend, the movie captures one experience that tells us everything we need to know.

Lincoln, rated "PG-13," drama, starring Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Fields, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon Levitt "A-" 

25 Days of Holiday Style- Day 1

Who: Jessica Biel Timberlake on Conan
What:  Flirty red dress
To Wear Where:  For a nice dinner out, dreamboat husband included

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Home for the Holidays- Planes,Trains, and Automobiles

The first movie in my Home for the Holidays Christmas countdown isn't actually Christmas movie . . . and isn't actually about a house.  But it's about finding your way home in time for  Thanksgiving- no matter how many modes of transportation stand in your way.
I remember watching bits of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles on tv when I was younger, but a few weeks ago we rented it and watched from start to finish.  After 6 years of traveling for work- I could certainly relate!  What is most frustrating about delayed flights and cancelled rental cars and disgusting hotel rooms is that you feel completely out of control.  You were looking forward to a trip to Florida and all of a sudden you realize you'll be spending the next 8 hours in the Atlanta airport getting territorial about dirty corner of carpet and an outlet to charge your phone.

Or you think you'll be in Chicago with your family by sundown and you end up in a crappy motel in Wichita, being spooned by John Candy.
With travel complications, its easy to get annoyed with anyone.  Especially someone who spills beer on the bed, smokes cigars in the motel room and leaves his dirty underwear in the sink.  That's why I love this scene when Neal  (Steve Martin) totally goes off on poor Del.

I mean, I've been annoyed with people before, but usually roll my eyes and silently fume until I can complain behind their back. Neal says everything you've ever wanted to say to someone who is driving you crazy!  You're practically cheering out loud watching this part.  Or at least I was.  I'm probably a horrible person.
That's why my very favorite party of the movie is when Del states very simply "I'm an easy target. Yeah, you're right, I talk too much. I also listen too much. I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you... but I don't like to hurt people's feelings. Well, you think what you want about me; I'm not changing. I like... I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me. 'Cause I'm the real article. What you see is what you get."

Yep, I'm a horrible person.  Now of course Neal will go on to many more angry tirades and Del will continue to be well- meaning and accident prone.  But is the end, Neal invites Del home.  And isn't that what the holidays are all about?

So whether your trampled a little old lady as you sprinted into Target on Black Friday, or considered punching the airline representative who told you your flight was delayed once again, try to remember that it's the holidays and getting home is important to everyone.  And maybe we could all be a little more like Del.

Unless of course,  the rental car company left you in the middle of "f***ing nowhere with f***ing keys to a f***ing car that isn't f***ing there!"  That's unacceptable.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Home for the Holidays

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the concept of home.  I was born in Florida, but I've lived in South Carolina for 10 years.  My parents sold the house I grew up in and now live 20 minutes away.  I live in a one bedroom apartment but I'll move to my fiance's house after we get married.

I didn't really think about all of this until suddenly Christmas music was playing on the radio and there more leaves on the ground than on the tree outside my bedroom window.  It's time to decorate for the holidays, time to go home for the holidays- but where is that?

I know I'm so fortunate to have friends and family that make me feel at home no matter where I am.  But I'm looking forward to sharing a house with someone next year.  And in the meantime, I thought we'd count down my favorite Christmas movies that feature homes and hearts- wherever they are.

P.S.  Last year I counted down my favorite rom-com's of Christmas.  Add them to your Netflix queue!

The 5 Rom-Coms of Christmas
1. It's A Wonderful Life
2. Love Actually
3. Meet Me in St. Louis
4. The Holiday
5. Miracle on 34th Street

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Skyfall Review

First of all, in the middle of all of the "James Bond turns 50" and "who is the best Bond ever" hoopla, I have to tell you that the only Bond I've ever known is Daniel Craig.

And that's fine by me!  I half-heartedly started watching Casino Royale on tv one night  and the next thing I knew I was sobbing over Vesper Lynd and announcing "there are dinner jackets and then there are dinner jackets!" every time my boyfriend put on a suit.

I found Quantum of Solace to be sort of like Sex and the City 2.  Lacking the romance and style of the first film, we had some fun until the plot dragged on and everyone was ready to get out of the desert.

Anyways, I was really excited about Skyfall and even went to see it on opening night!  I haven't done that since . . . come to think of it . . .Sex and the City 2.

Anyways, it seems the new trend with our action heroes is to bring them down to a more human level.  Remember when I wrote about waiting for Batman to finally rise in "The Dark Rises?"  We spend a good part of Skyfall watching a fallen Bond.  Broken, both physically and mentally, poor James wonders if he's still capable of fulfilling his 007 duties.  Delving into Bond's psyche, including a tragic childhood, is interesting enough, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't relieved to see him start to take down the bad guys.

Those bad guys include Javier Bardem as the delightfully flamboyant and creepy villain, Silva.

We also have some beautiful but boring Bond girls, Ralph Fines as the chairman of the British Intelligence and Security Commission, and of course Dame Judi Dench as M.

Although so much of the action in Quantum of Solace was fueled by revenge over Vesper's death, I was hoping Skyfall would introduce  a new lady into Bond's life.  And I know the Bond franchise doesn't really deal with feelings, but this is CFC- what do you expect?  So while Vesper left big shoes (and gorgeous gowns) to fill, I think we realize that the love his life is really M.  And that's the story at the heart of Skyfall- Bond being Bond, but with the criticism, support, and respect of his most favorite boss.

And as Daniel Craig is still signed on for more turns as the sexy secret agent, I do hope he finds the one.  But until he does, perhaps Bond can reflect on his friendship with M and on the words of Charlotte York- "Maybe we can be each other's soulmates."

Skyfall, rated "PG-13," action, starring Daniel Crag, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Judi Dench "B"

Monday, November 12, 2012

MTAD- Gangster Squad

Emma Stone looks ravishing! Ryan Gosling is hoping to take us to bed! They have a cute bulldog!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Happy Weekend- Say Yes to the Dress

Happy Weekend!  I hope you have something fun planned!  I'm going wedding dress shopping tomorrow which is wonderful and surreal all at the same time!

Weekly Run Down:
Story of the Week:
 Kristen Stewart is still a pain

Once again, why issue a public apology if you're going to act like this when you're asked about your relationship on national tv?

Look of the Week:
Cameron Diaz at the Gambit premiere
I love this look for a holiday party, especially the dainty cuff and pretty ivory skirt.  Speaking of holidays, looks like Cameron might have gotten two early Christmas presents this year.  You know what I mean.

Rental of the Week:
Plains, Trains and Automobiles
There's not a lot of holiday movies that take place in November.  But this hilarious John Hughes comedy is all about trying to get home for Thanksgiving.  Funny and sentimental and Steve Martin + John Candy= comedy genius.

Movie Ticket of the Week:
We saw the new Bond movie last night and it was stylish and sexy and tons of fun!  I can't remember the last time I saw a movie in theaters and I felt like part of myself was missing.  But Bond is back and so is CFC!  Movie review coming soon . . .

Funny YouTube video of the week:
The Pitch
My friend Scott used to be my student assistant way back in the day.  Now he's on to bigger and better things- like writing and starring in this new series of digital shorts! (Featuring Joan Cusack- seriously!)

Happy Weekend!