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4.05.2017

Trend Alert - The Cold Shoulder

Remember at the Golden Globes earlier this year when I talked about all the dropped shoulder gowns that came out of nowhere (see here)? Well, that trend has officially hit the masses, and officially has a name too - The Cold Shoulder. I'm seeing it in both top and dress form all over the place, and I can't decide whether or not to give it a try. 

A lot of them are very feminine and flowy - giving off a Bohemian vibe that doesn't feel very me. I don't particularly like clothes that are needlessly frilly.
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4 | 5 | 6

However, I've started to see some that are a bit more structured that have me thinking of giving it a go. I could see myself trying numbers 1 or 6 below.
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4 | 5 | 6

I think a great way to test the waters with this trend (and where I may start myself) are the t-shirt versions out there. I'm actually really liking number 6 below.
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4 | 5 | 6

What do you guys think of this trend? Yes? No? Maybe, so? I'm willing to give it a try, if for no other reason than curiosity to see if I could pull it off or not.

4.03.2017

Let's Go To The Movies - Get Out

Some girlfriends and I went to check out the new horror flick, Get Out over the weekend.

Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) and his white girlfriend, Rose Armitage (Allison Williams), are headed out-of-town for the weekend to meet her family for the first time at her parents' (Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener) secluded country estate. Welcomed warmly by her family, Chris soon begins to feel uneasy about the goings on at the estate. He tolerates the subtle racist overtones of the Armitage's family friends, but it's the strange behavior of the black servants and guest that has Chris ready to high-tail it out of there. The only question is, will he be able to get out in time?

It's been ages since I went out to the theater to see a horror film. I used to love them, but as I've gotten older I don't care so much for all the gore. I actually didn't even know Get Out was a horror film until a few hours before I saw it. I still wanted to go though. I had heard nothing but rave reviews, and it had a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes which is practically unheard of.

Needless to say, I was highly impressed with Get Out. It was just so creepy! There is a little bit of gore at the end, but it definitely was going for a different kind of scare and thoroughly succeeded. It's highly topical, and presents an interesting commentary on race and racism.

I think what I liked most though, was that there was so obviously something wrong happening at the estate, but nothing gets revealed to the audience until it is finally revealed to Chris. The whole film I was on the edge of my seat just wanting to know what was going on. It had a great suspense, a tremendous build, and one heck of a satisfyingly climatic ending. The horror genre has just been reinvented, my friends. I highly recommend checking out Get Out.

3.31.2017

Patio Progress

We finally pulled the trigger on some new patio furniture! We had been using a cheap metal set from Target for the last few years. It worked okay for a bit, but the cushions sort of fell apart on us, and, well, it was black...and metal...in Phoenix, so you know, not the best combination.
I had seen this fun Mid-Century set from World Market last year, but missed out on it. When I saw they had restocked it again, I was so excited! It's the Marina Del Ray collection, and we picked up the couch and two chairs.

It's a nice grey wicker with acacia wood legs. I thought it had just a little more style than your average outdoor wicker furniture set. Plus, I'm pretty much a sucker for anything Mid-Century.
We decided against the matching coffee table, and went with this Wood Praiano Storage Coffee Table instead. It breaks up all the wicker, plus it has storage. It's also acacia wood.
I'm a little worried how the fabric is going to hold up. The summer sun here is harsh. Everything we keep outdoors ends up faded from the sun. I was hoping the cushions were covered with Sunbrella fabric, but no go. I'm planning on getting covers for them shortly, as once summer gets here we actually won't be outside much - other the pool.
I'm also playing around with the configuration a bit too. The chairs will probably end up on the other side of the coffee table facing the couch to make a nice little conversation area. I just thought this way worked better for photos.
Now that we have some decent furniture, I hope to enjoy the backyard more. So far, so good.

Do you have outdoor furniture? How do you store/protect it in the off-season?

P.S. This Dune set from Crate & Barrel is my dream outdoor furniture set. It's a nice alternative to wicker and is super clean and modern too. A friend of mine has it, and it looks great in person too. They seem to carry it every year, so maybe someday. Sigh.

3.29.2017

Glasses Upgrade

For the last few years I have been sporting these glasses. I really only need glasses to see far away, so primarily just wear them when I drive or go to the movies. These little coppery upside-down frames have served me well, but I was looking to change things up a bit.
I've noticed I'm starting to need them beyond just my car or the movie theater though. So, I wanted to get a pair that were more modern and chunky, but that still felt classic.

Enter Ms. Kate... 
Hello Pretty! 
I ended up going with the Kate Spade Sharla Eyeglasses in the Tortoise Pink Fade. They were actually the first pair I tried on, and I just kept coming back to them.
I tried on a variety of chunkier frames in all different colors. The black "hipster" frames were too much, like I was trying too hard. The colored frames were fun, but felt too specific. I even tried on some cool chunky clear/acrylic styles that I wanted to like, but just sort of got lost on my face. The Kate Spade Sharla's were the perfection combination. They're chunky, but since the dark tortoiseshell doesn't go all the way around they're not as stark as the all black frames. Tortoiseshell also goes with everything, as does, surprisingly, the pink. It's a light, clear pink that acts like a neutral and blends well into my face. It's obvious I'm wearing glasses, but the fade to pink keeps them looking light.

What frames are you sporting these days? 


3.27.2017

Easter Window Shopping

I was going to share how I decorated the house for Easter, but I realized it's pretty much exactly like it was last time I shared back in 2015 (see here). It's definitely been too long since I added to my Easter decor.

This year, I randomly picked up two new bunnies from the grocery store, but that's it!
They're super cute and have a surprising amount of heft to them. The only bad thing is that the "grass" sheds a bit, but as long as I don't handle them too much they're fine. 

That's probably all I'll be adding to the collection this year, but it hasn't stopped me from doing a lot of online window shopping. Here's a few decorations for the season that have caught my eye.

Hallmark's Easter Heritage Collection includes a very dapper Mr. and Mrs. bunny and a cute framed picture. They have a fun vintage vibe to them, without being too cutesy (although they're probably right on the cusp).

William Sonoma always has my favorite alabaster eggs. I already have a little 6-pack, but someday I'll finally pull the trigger on a 24-pack. They look so simple and chic displayed in a pretty bowl.

I thought this Garden Bunny Cloche, from Pottery Barn, was sweet and understated. If I were to spring for anything else this year, it would probably be this.

Lenox, a favorite company of mine, has this fun little Bunny Quartet that appeals to the music lover in me.  They also have these pretty ornament tree and ornaments for each holiday that I've been meaning to pick up for ages.

All pretty and fun stuff that if I had some money to blow I'd be all over. As it is, I'll probably check them all out right after Easter to see if I can snag any on clearance.

Oh, and if you're looking for something quick and easy to brighten up your home for Easter, nothing beats fresh tulips or lilies.

Happy decorating!!

P.S. Target still has my white ceramic bunny candy dish and cookie jar from the old post (see here). I'm only seeing them in store though. 

3.24.2017

Book Report - Matilda

I mentioned here that Madeleine and I read Roald Dahl's, Matilda, together before seeing the live musical to familiarize ourselves with the story before the show.
Matilda Wormwood is a special young girl of extraordinary intellect, but her family just finds her odd. When Matilda starts school she excels under the tutelage of the gentle and kind Miss Honey. However, the horrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, has other ideas of how children ought to be taught at school. As Matilda and Miss Honey's friendship grows, it becomes clear Matilda is going to have to take matters into her own hands to rid the school of the awful Miss Trunchbull.

What a lovely little book!

Seriously, how did I miss this one as a child. I know I read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach, but I still somehow missed out on this Roald Dahl classic. Matilda is a fantastic little heroine, especially for the 10 and under set (boy or girl). She was so much fun, and I loved that she loves books! A girl after my own heart. The list of actual books Matilda reads at four years old is quite an extensive and grown up list. I hadn't even read them all! I had fun telling Madeleine which of them were my favorites though.

Mostly though, I loved the message of the book. Just because you're small doesn't mean you have no control over your situation in life. When you see injustices in your world, it's okay to use whatever skills you have to try and make things right. When you're small, that sometimes means being a little mischievous and occasionally breaking the rules. Life is what you make it, no matter your age.

Here's what Madeleine had to say about Matilda.

1.  Matilda is smart. She can do stuff with her eyes. 
2.  I liked the part where she mixes her dad's stuff into her mom's stuff and then his hair turns green
(It actually turns platinum blonde in the book. It was the stage musical where they had it turn bright green)
3.  I also like that she likes books. My mommy also likes books.

True dat, baby girl. True dat.

What are you reading with your kids? Madeleine and I just finished up Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone recently. That took us months to get through. She was probably a tad too young for it yet, but she still really liked it. Bill has been reading The Encyclopedia Brown series with her. It was a big favorite of his growing up. I'm thinking The Little House on the Prairie books are probably next up for her and I.

3.22.2017

Coming Soon - Wilson

I have another movie review for you today. I saw a sneak peak of the new Woody Harrelson movie, Wilson. It opens worldwide this Friday, March 24th.

Wilson (Woody Harrelson) is an overly friendly kind of man with no real filter for his words or actions. He just can't seem to help his extremely strong feelings about life. Feeling lonely though, he tracks down his ex-wife, Pippy (Laura Dern) and discovers he is the father a teenage daughter that Pippy gave up for adoption after she left him. Excited at the idea of being a dad, Wilson finds his daughter and awkwardly attempts to bond with her.

So, um...this was interesting.

I'm usually all for a good quirky comedy, but Wilson was a maybe a little beyond quirky and more just weird? It was almost a bit too over the top and so incredibly awkward to watch. Woody Harrelson actually did great as the title character. He really loses himself in this role, and I genuinely forgot I was watching him. Considering he's usually the type of actor who just "plays himself", I think this film is a real testament to his skills as an actor.

I didn't not like it though. It's just...different. More amusing than funny, and again, just so, so awkward and weird.  Wilson is a film that is only going to appeal to a very specific niche audience. If you're a fan of the graphic novel by the same name or a fan of Woody Harrelson or a fan of small independent films, then go out and see this in the theater to support small little films like this. They need you. If your tastes run more mainstream, you're probably going to want to just skip this one.