Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Home is Where the Heart Is

The blog has been a bit MIA for the past couple of months.  Some things have come up and priorities/interests have shifted.  One of the most recent and major changes is that my husband and I bought a house.  Granted, it's been about 7 months since that happened, BUT I haven't really had a chance to write about it.

It has been a very exciting and sometimes daunting new journey in our lives.  Going from apartment living to owning a house is a big leap.  You now have to furnish that larger space, decorate, mow, garden, clean (about an hour longer than the apartment took), and pay a mortgage.  We are now responsible for this big chunk of property.  But at the end of the day, I can look at it and think, "wow, that's ours" and that's a damn good feeling.  

Through the process of decorating and furnishing a home, you quickly learn the difference in how men and women view owning a house.  My husband is constantly asking me questions like "why are we buying a dining room table that we're never going to eat at? why are you buying a $15 bouquet to put in a vase that's just going to die in a week? why do we have to have candles for every room?"  While I'm quickly learning that I can't furnish the entire house in a week, I do feel a sense of accomplishment in finding the perfect throw pillows for the couch upstairs...or the set of pictures that coordinates perfectly with those throw pillows.  But now, I'm to the point of wanting to hire a decorator because I'm tired of trying to make things cute and coordinated.  Any volunteers?      

Oh, and I'm pretty sure I've helped Target stay in business throughout this whole process.  So, you're welcome for that Target!

Here are some items I've purchased for the house (most are pre-decorated and instagrammed so not the best quality) and where I got them:

Target: Threshold Avington 5-shelf bookcase in Espresso

Target: All candles purchased from Target.  The sweet sangria on the bottom right is very fragrant and fills up the entire room with the smell. 

Target: Threshold Grid Shower Curtain in Blue

Target: Threshold Windham Accent Cabinet in red (comes in several other colors as well).  This is one of my most treasured pieces.  Adds a great pop of color to any room.  

Ashley Furniture: Counter height dining table.  Dark wood and has a place for wine storage underneath 

Bed, Bath, and Beyond: I think that is where I got this vase centerpiece.  It has a wrought iron base surrounded by 6 votive sized candle holders.

As you can see, Target is my go-to for decorating ideas.  Do you have any staple pieces in your home or apartment that you would recommend?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Oscar Fashion Run Down

I'm not going to talk about the actual show, because let's face it, it was a POS.  It was not at all funny and went about 6 hours too long.  BUT, I will talk about the dresses.

Let's just face it, fashion is very subjective.  We all have those particular aspects that we either love or hate.

Example #1 I LOATHE gold detailing on dresses. I have no idea why, but it just ruins the whole dress for me.

Example #2 Dresses you love but makes a particular friend's skin crawl every time she sees it.

With that being said, we like what we like.  There's no need in making apologies for it.  So, let's breakdown the dresses from last night.

Naomi Watts: 

Wearing: Armani Prive
 Undoubtedly one of the best looks like night in my opinion.  Her dress stood out among the other Oscar nominees.

Stacy Keibler:

Wearing: Naeem Khan
One of my absolute favorite Naeem Khan dresses. The detailing, metallic tone, and fit of this dress=NAILED IT

Zoe Saldana:

Wearing: Alexis Mabille Couture
One of the more unique and stand out dresses of the night.  Visually stunning.  And that sheer black and grey lining underneath really made the dress pop.

Amy Adams: 

Wearing: Oscar de la Renta
Many people thought this was too much dress for her, but I thought she looked like a freaking princess.

Jessica Chastain: 

Wearing: Armani Prive 
At first, I was a bit underwhelmed by this dress.  I thought she should have went bolder since she was a nominee.  But the detailing and fit and her perfect red hair made up for it.  This looked absolutely stunning on her. 

Nina Dobrev:

Wearing: Naeem Khan
Okay, so she wasn't technically on the red carpet but she was at an Oscar party.  This dress is GORGEOUS.  Her hair and makeup are flawless.  She pretty much always nails it with her style choices.

Kristen Stewart: 

Wearing: Reem Acra Bridal Couture 2009 Collection
So many mixed feelings about this look.  She came out on crutches because of a foot injury.  I felt for her because when I'm in pain, I don't want to do anything or be near anyone.  So kudos to her for being such a trouper.  
I have an issue with how the dress fitted in the waist area.  It gave her no shape.  From a straight on angle, I don't like it very much.  But when she moves, it was beautiful.  MUCH better in motion.  And it was so gorgeous from the back.  Wasn't a huge fan of the pink eyeshadow...I thought it made her look tired and a little washed out.  Also, still sitting here waiting for someone to do something different with her hair.  That being said, she was just a presenter, so I do understand to an extent the understated look.  Kind of.....

Jennifer Lawrence: 

Wearing: Dior Haute Couture
LOVE.EVERYTHING.ABOUT.THIS.  The hair, the makeup, the jewelry.  This was a winner's dress.  She pulled out all the stops.  It was her night to shine, and this dress was the right pick for that moment. 

Also, this happened and it was the greatest thing ever.

Now that we all seemed to have survived the mess of a show last night, what were some of your favorite looks?

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Movie Moments that Give You Chills

Do you remember those moments....those moments when you were in a dimly lit theater with 100 other people or in the comfort of your own home curled up with a cup of coffee staring at the screen in front of you  and you remember...remember that feeling you had when something amazing happened?

Movies, just like books, have the ability to evoke the most powerful emotions inside us. We've all experienced those moments of absolute rage, chills that make your hair stand on end, smiling so hard you feel like your face is going to crack, or crying so hysterically that you start hiccuping or making other really strange inhuman noises. <---don't lie, you've been that person too.

There is something incredibly extraordinary about seeing a story unfold and come to life on screen. Some will tell you that movies allow them to escape. And in a way they do. They transport you into another world, even if it's just for a mere 2 hours. But something unexpected and amazing happens in those 2 hours. There is a moment that sticks. Whether it was a moment that made you cry, laugh, gave you chills , or made you go OH SHIT! you remember it.

So, here are those moments for me........

The Notebook:

THE kiss that sparked one of best MTV Movie Awards "Best Kiss" acceptances EVER


Jurassic Park:

right before this, the sister is staring at her brother with a spoon of jello shaking in her hand. true story-my brother and I used to reenact this scene at the dinner table ALL THE TIME


Dirty Dancing:

pretty sure we've all tried to do this move once or twice since seeing the movie


And we all screamed "NOOOOO...WAKE UPPPPPPPP!'''' and then collectively wanted to murder Rose for not making room on the door because LBR, he could have fit...I don't care what Myth Busters said.

Pearl Harbor:

The friendship they still possessed even after falling in love with the same girl. Watching this scene feels like someone is continually driving a knife through your chest.


I sob....EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.  "Daddy no."  This was one of those hysterically sobbing moments where you make the weird hiccuping noises.

Breaking Dawn Part 2: 

I feel like I should preface this by saying, there was a LOT of hype surrounding what the big twist in this movie would be. Even though many fans had their own idea of what it was, I don't think we were at all prepared for what actually happened. SPOILER ALERT: Carlisle's head gets ripped off, Jasper dies, some wolves die, BUT OH WAIT, IT WAS ALL A DREAM. But before you found that out, it was one of the most intense, edge of your seat moments ever. 

My best friend always accompanies me to these movies. She isn't a die hard fan, but likes them well enough. I wish I could have recorded her face in the moment where you saw Aro holding Carlisle's head. Pretty priceless. 

Unfortunately, since the movie isn't on DVD yet, it is hard to accompany this part with LEGAL gifs. Sooooooo, I will try my best to improvise.  

first this happened

and then this song started playing and everyone just started running without a word being spoken. CRAZINESS. It was a pretty epic scene.

There is also a montage at the very end of the movie where Bella shows Edward her memories of them together.  As the credits start to roll, Bill Condon did this amazing tribute to all the major cast members. The very last shot is the last page of Breaking Dawn that fades to black on the word "Forever."  And then a massive amount of tears were shed by all. It was a pretty epic farewell to this crazy saga. 

Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves: 

I was obsessed with Kevin Costner when I was younger. And this was one of my favorite movies growing up. This is, hands down, one of my all time favorite movie moments. That slow mo shot paired with the sound of the arrow whistling through the air lsakdjflskjfd.

What are some of your major movie moments? I know there is a handful more I could have picked, but these stood out the most when I was writing this.