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January 30, 2012 § Leave a comment

This teaser for the VW’s commercial for Super Bowl XLVI is great in so many ways.

Client: Volkswagen

Agency: Deutsch

I’ll be watching the game (rare occurrence) not only to see the Giants win, but obviously also for the ads. Hopefully there will be pigs in blankets too…

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Wear Neon Now Without Looking Like You’re On Your Way to See Avicii

January 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Not that there is anything wrong with Avicii but come on.

Neon colors were all over many runway looks of Spring ’12, including Rag & Bone, Nanette Lepore, and Chanel, to name a few of my favorites (see below).

Rag & Bone Spring ’12 RTW

Nanette Lepore, Spring ’12 RTW

Chanel, Spring ’12 RTW

And I love it. But it’s difficult to play off of these looks in the winter without looking highlighteresque. Doesn’t mean you have to wait til spring to incorporate some of this brilliance into your outfits. Here are some tips/great pieces to wear now!

1. Start with a Sweater

(Neon Sweater, T by Alexander Wang, $195, farfetch.com)

I love this color, and I think this sweater would look great either by itself or worn with a white button-down underneath (fitted, or not). This is a great piece to have in your closet because the color is subtle enough to pass as either a pastel or a neon. You can also find some great neon-colored sweaters at Topshop and J Crew.

2. Accessory Accent Piece

(Pyramid Stretch Bracelet, Asos, $14, asos.com)

This bracelet is both inexpensive and easy to wear with solid or neutral colors– from black to white to tan.

(PS1, Proenza Schouler, $1595, barneys.com)

In love with this color. It’s an investment but it sure is a beautiful one. Yes, it is a bright color for the winter but I think it could be played off well with black (I’m envisioning a pea coat and black scarf), or even a white top in the evening.

I’m seeing this MUCH less expensive version from Old Navy all over right now. And there’s also Cambridge Satchel, who recently started making a metallic version which is pretty cool.

3. If you’re daring/going somewhere warm…

(Neon Legging, Rag & Bone, $187, rag-bone.com)

It’d be pretty tough to get away with these now in the chilly temperatures of the east coast. But if you’re somewhere warm, go for it. You won’t catch me wearing these for a few months, but I love them too much to not include them in this post.

(Vintage Striped Washed-Silk Shirt, Equipment, $250, net-a-porter.com)

I think this is a great shirt to slowly transition your wardrobe into spring mode because it isn’t full-on NEON IN YOUR FACE. There’s also a similar pink and orange version of it sold at Intermix, which is probably better for spring.

So don’t be scared of neon. I would advise to keep the rest of your outfit simple though, until it gets warmer. In the spring, you can go ahead and turn yourself into a tye-dye Lisa Frank highlighter zebra and adorn yourself with glowsticks. Just kidding please don’t.

Why I’m Bad At Watching TV

January 22, 2012 § 1 Comment

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So I don’t really watch that much TV. It’s not that I don’t like TV. TV is great. I get really excited when I have nothing to do and get to sit on the couch and watch TV. It’s just that I can’t seem to find shows that can hold my interest. And I also suck at committing to watching a show every single week at the same time. I’m not sure what it is because I’m pretty good at remembering appointments and dates and responsibilities and stuff like that. I just can’t commit 30-60 minutes on the same day each week to my television.

I’ve tried watching Jersey Shore. It’s really funny and entertaining but I guess it didn’t hold my interest enough for me to return to it every Thursday night (see, I remember when it’s on). I’ve tried Entourage, many of the Real Housewives, Teen Mom, Real World, Gossip Girl, all of The Kardashian Krap, Cake Boss, Weeds, Modern Family, Glee, and many, many more. I watch a few others but I don’t want to say anything bad about them because I really like them and it’s not their fault I just can’t commit!

The following is a list of reasons why I think I am bad at watching TV.

1. You have to watch EVERY single episode, unlike the Rugrats.

Ok, the Rugrats was my favorite show ever when I was little. I think adventures are so awesome and I would have loved to go on those adventures. And I didn’t have to remember what happened in the last episode in order to watch the next one. I could watch them as I pleased. The characters were easy to like, the plot was pretty simple and it wasn’t overly dramatic. I’m finding in a lot of the TV shows that are on now, if you miss an episode, all of a sudden BAM your favorite character has a drug problem. It’s like WHOA when did that happen?!?! Oh, it must have happened that night I went to the gym instead of watching last week’s episode.

2. A lot of them are REALLY awkward to watch when you live with your parents.

I’m living at home right now and say I’m watching Shameless (one show I am enjoying right now, there is a chance I will continuously watch this but I can’t promise anything so don’t ask me if I watched last week’s episode). All of a sudden, there’s BOOBS/SEX. And then all of a sudden my dad comes upstairs (his office is in our basement). Awkward…

3. Something comes up.

Lots of the time I REALLY do mean to sit down on the couch every week and watch “my show” (that’s what all the cool people call it when they watch a show every week right?). But what if you had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a bath, do your nails, and play with your dog. Wouldn’t you take it? UM, yeah? (Well this doesn’t make me sound like a huge weirdo…)

4. All of the biddies start tweeting about it.

I’m not sure if this is a BU-coined term, but if you don’t know, a biddy is basically one of “those girls” (I guess the definition would go something like this (at least 4 of these criteria): always poses with hand on hip, can’t go to the bathroom without taking a friend or 4 with her, wears cropped tops, is artificially tanned, is in a sorority, regularly reads “Betches Love This Site”, etc.). (Sorry if I just described you.) (No offense.) ANYWAY. When you enjoy a show, and all of a sudden you go on twitter, and the girls that you follow to be nice (since they are following you, you follow them back) are tweeting up a freaking storm about it, it just becomes a less desirable show to watch (#JUSTBEINHONEST). You miss an episode but go on twitter and then the whole episode is just ruined for you because they won’t stop tweeting about it. I guess if you are a true fan, you wouldn’t let something as minute as this force you to stop watching. Hence, why this blogpost is called “Why I’m Bad At Watching TV.”

5. It just gets really bad.

So, I have been a big fan of shows before, watching regularly as much as I possibly could. And then all of a sudden, as I said earlier, your favorite character is a drug addict. Or she sleeps with someone that her best friend slept with. Or she gets in a fight and spills a drink on someone who happens to be her mother. Or she spends way too much on a marriage that lasts 70 days. Something to that effect. It’s just stupid. It’s really unrealistic and stupid and overly dramatic and I don’t want to watch anymore.

I’m not saying any of the shows that I used to watch and stopped watching were bad! Because they probably weren’t if they even held my interest for the slightest amount of time. But I just decided to stop watching them. So let’s see if this happens with “my” current show, Shameless. I’ll keep you updated.

Golden Globes 2012: My Favorite Looks

January 16, 2012 § 3 Comments

Last night, after my dad was done screaming and watching the Giants game (ending with a happy scream), I sat on the couch and ogled over the fashion and beauty looks on the red carpet. In case you didn’t get to see, or even if you did, here’s a list of my favorites.

Reese Witherspoon in Zac Posen
She looks like a beautiful, blonde, curvy-petite goddess/mermaid.
Rooney Mara in Nina Ricci
What a step up from Lisbeth Salander. The gown is beautiful on her and shows off her gorgeous slender figure. And I love how she pulls off the short hair.

Charlize Theron in Dior 

She looks absolutely stunning. I love the details in the dress and the hint of sexy leg. She also has a great makeup look– very natural looking and her eyes are accentuated by that beautiful Cartier diamond hairpiece.

Zooey Deschanel in Prada

She’s so freaking cute and the dress looks beautiful on her. Plus– have you see the adorable tuxedo nails?

Jessica Alba in Gucci

The lilac complements her glowing skin tone wonderfully. She also just had two kids. Wow.

Other notable mentions include: George Clooney, Tilda Swanton, Chris Colfer, and Piper Perabo

I didn’t like Angelina Jolie’s look and I never will. #hadtosayit

As for the beauty looks, I loved the natural look (pink-nude lips combined with a long eyelash and a slight glow) as displayed on Charlize, Jessica Biel. I also though Helen Mirren and Rooney Mara had great looks.

Can’t wait to see more stunning red carpet looks this award show season!

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