Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Meal


On Friday, February 24th at (approximately) 12pm EST/ 11am CST I took this photo for the Art House Co-op project "The Meal." The idea was that thousands of strangers would sit down for a communal meal and capture a shared experience at the exact same time. These snapshots will be exhibited in a store front at the Brooklyn Archives and be available to view online. They also encourage participants and interested viewers to consider supporting Action Against Hunger. You can learn more about this project at the Art House Co-op, and can see more of my artwork on my Art House profile.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Awards Season Fashions- 2012 Academy Awards

Did you catch the 2012 Academy Awards? The good news is that I didn't see any awful, OMG WTF is she wearing gowns (or suits) moments come down the red carpet (with the exception of Sasha Barron Cohen), which made it very difficult to choose my best and worst dressed picks. But alas, I sorted threw many photos to come up with my top and bottom 3.

Best
Jessica Chastain
Ronny Mara
Natalie Portman
Worst
Sherri Shepherd
Is that a bra peeking threw that cleavage?
 
Kate Mara
This dress and attendee seemed to be lacking in confidence.
Virginia Madsen
The dress needed a little extra something and I wasn't a fan of her hair styling. 

Who were your best dressed/ worst dressed picks of Oscar night. Let me now in the comments below.



Note: Photos borrowed from http://www.stylelist.com and instyle.com

Sunday, February 26, 2012

2012 Academy Awards Predictions

My 2012 Academy Awards Picks
The Boy's 2012 Academy Awards Picks

Tonight is the 2012 Academy Awards. Every year when Oscar time approaches I feel the need to hurry on out to the movie theater to try and see as many Oscar nominated films as I can before the ceremony. This year I was able to see 6 of the 9 nominated films for Best Picture ("The Artist","The Descendants", "The Help", "Hugo", "Midnight in Paris", and "Moneyball". I was also able to see several other films with nominations such as "Beginners", "Bridesmaids", "Kung Fu Panda 2", "Puss in Boots", "Rango", "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" and "Rio" and last weekend, the Boy and I attended a screening of the nominated Animated Shorts, Live Action Shorts, and Documentary Shorts.

Here are some highlights of my picks for tonight. Be sure to check back after the awards for my update on who actually won.

Best Picture:
Although I really liked "Midnight in Paris", I think "The Artist" is taking home the win. Winner: The Artist

Leading Actor:
Since the dog wasn't nominated for this category, my pick is Jean Dujardin in "The Artist" for the win. Winner: Jean Dujardin.

Supporting Actor:
Christopher Plummer was awesome in the "Beginners" and deserves the win. Winner: Christopher Plummer

Leading Actress:
All signs point to Viola Davis taking home the Oscar for "The Help". Biggest upset of the night. Winner: Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady

Supporting Actress:
I think "The Help" is going to do a clean sweep of the actress categories and Octavia Spencer will take home this award. Winner: Octavia Spencer

Animated Feature:
For some reason, the critics really loved "Rango", even though I thought it was a snooze.  My pick is for "Puss in Boots" to take home the win. Winner: Rango

Documentary Short:
Many of these shorts were super emotional and compelling and I had a hard time choosing between "The Barber of Birmingham...", "Incident in New Baghdad" and "Saving Face".  The Boy is choosing "Saving Face", but I'm choosing "Incident in New Baghdad" since the soldier is from my hometown. The Boy was right. Winner: Saving Face.

Animated Short: This is a tough choice between "A Morning Stroll", "La Luna" and "The Fantastic Flying Books...". If the award were just based off of technical and visual creativity, I think "A Morning Stroll" would have this in the bag. "La Luna" is by Disney/Pixar, so it's a given that it is cute and good. But, my pick is for "The Fantastic Flying Books..." which was created in the state of Louisiana and I hope to see more from their studio in the future. Winner: The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore.

Live Action Short Film:
I liked all of the Live Action Short films, but my favorite was "Tuba Atlantic" because I like crotchety old men. Winner: The Shore


What are your Oscar picks? Did you see many Oscar nominated films this year? Do you agree with my picks or the Oscar winners/losers? Let me know in the comments below.
To see more of the Oscar winners, be sure to visit oscar.go.com

Saturday, February 25, 2012

What I'm Listening To: Lana Del Rey- Video Games

You may or may not have already heard of the controversial pop artist Lana Del Rey whom critics recently criticized after her debut performance on SNL. I recently picked up her album on my recent trip to my old college town to give it a listen and I kind of like it.


What do you think of Lana Del Rey? Do you love her or loathe her? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Previoulsy on Project Runway All Stars: Episode 7

Episode 7 aka. Project Runway goes Broadway

Previously on Project Runway All Stars, the designers went to Broadway where they were asked to create a look for a rich, ostentatious character who enjoys showing off her wealth for the revival of Godspell. Now, I must admit that I have never seen the play Godspell so I wasn't sure what the judges were looking for, but I expected to see the designers think out of the box and show me some wild costumes, but the designers looks were more subdued than I expected. Where's Chris March when you need him!? Lets take a look at their looks:


Safe
Jerell
Jerell was the only designer to end up safe this week. I liked Jerell's look and certainly thought his look was appropriate for the stage, if the actress was a woman of a certain (older) age.

Top Three
Austin
Austin's outfit was also ready for the stage, and would be perfectly appropriate if the actress was of a younger (think junior) age.
Michael
I thought Michael's look was the most fun look on the runway, although the most costume part of the look was in the hair. The judges agreed and kept Micheal safe.
Mondo
Mondo deservedly took the win this week with a look that's both fashionable, costumey and age appropriate. Perhaps Mondo should stick to looks that scream for big hair on the runway because that seems to be working for him.

Bottom Three
Kenley
I think Kenley was on the right track with her look, but needed to push the design further. I also enjoyed her choice of fabrics, but worried that it may be too much pattern if used on the stage. Kenley needed someone to pop her over inflated ego this week, and I'm hoping that being in the bottom three will help her be a better designer in the future. Ultimately, Kenley was saved this week.
Mila
This was not Mila's challenge this week. Originally Mila was going to pair this look with a graphic maxi skirt, but Joanna convinced her to try a pencil skirt instead. But, Mila's the wrap pencil skirt looks sloppy- like she just wrapped some fabric around her poor model's waist. Mila ended up in the bottom 2 this week, but the judges kept her safe for another week.
Kara
I wasn't expecting Kara to be sent home after Isaac commented that this was Kara's best look so far, but low-and-behold, Kara was out. I thought this look was alright, although it would have been better without the giant silver bow, but I felt Kara had been under-performing lately.

What did you think of this week's challenge. Do you think the right people won/lost? Let me know in the comments below.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Happy Presidents Day!

George Washington and Zombies

The Boy and I recently stumbled upon some awesome Presidential prints by sharpwriter aka Jason Heuser at The Epic Store on etsy.com and I had to share a few of my faves. If you want to purchase a print of your own, it will set you back $20-$80 USD. Happy President's Day!

Abe Lincoln Riding a Grizzly Bear
The Abe Lincoln poster reminds me a bit of the Man on a Buffalo meme and of the Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter movie that's coming out this summer. 
Teddy Roosevelt vs. Bigfoot.

Previously On Project Runway All Stars: Episodes 4, 5 & 6

Episode 4 aka I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for...Gellatto.

Previously on Project Runway All Stars, the designers were asked to create a look inspired by a designer selected gellato flavor. To make the challenge even more exciting, the designers were only given six hours to complete the challenge (and a mini-Mood was set up in the studio to safe on time), and their final looks were to be judged by none other than Diane Von Furstenberg- No pressure! On the runway, the designers got another surprise, when they learned that the final looks would also be judged by Miranda Kerr (aka Mrs. Orlando Bloom).

The gellato flavor options were:
  • grapefruit
  • milk and sour cherries
  • cantaloupe
  • green tea
  • blueberries
  • chocolate with cayenne pepper
  • passion fruit 
  • kiwi
  • Madagascar vanilla
  • fruits in the forest
What kind of gellato company did they shop at!? Where's the plain chocolate, peanut butter, and tiermissu!? Anyways, let's take a look at their looks:

Safe

Rami (kiwi)
This was not my favorite Rami look at all. There were too many shades of green and fabric textures that didn't go well together. I thought for sure this look would earn Rami a slap on the wrist and a place in the bottom three, but the judges kept him safe.
Austin (Madagascar vanilla)

Although I thought Austin's look was pretty, I thought Austin's look was too white and overworked and didn't capture the feel of Madagascar (or at least my interpretation of Madagascar based off of the Dreamworks animated movies).
Jerell (fruits in the forest)
What the hell, Jerell!? I liked the way the dress moved and thought the cut was interesting, but I felt that the various printed fabrics made the dress look "Holly Hobby". I thought this look would get Jerell sent home, but the judges decided to keep Jerell safe.
Kenley (passionfruit)

Even though the dress has a simple silhouette, I really liked Kenley's dress. It reminded me of a look I could find in Betsey Johnson's RTW collection and I thought that her choice of fabrics made it unique. Keneley was deservedly safe this week.

Top
Mondo (cantaloupe)
Mondo was my choice for the win. Even thought I'm not a fan of cantaloupe, I thought that Mondo's fabric choice and design captured the look and feel of the cantaloupe without being too literal. However, some of he other designers and judges grumbled that Mondo had "only created a caftan", but his caftan was freakin' fabulous.

Mila (milk and sour cherries)
Mila managed to create a very graphic, Mila look; However I was a bit concerned that Mila's dress was too literal an interpretation of her gellato and I thought the fabric was too shear to be wearable. I thought this look would be safe at best, and was very surprised to see her in the top 3.

Michael (grapefruit)
I will admit that Micheal created a beautiful garment, but I still would have given the win to Mondo. I have the feeling that I've seen Michaels design elsewhere on the runways and I felt that Michael got a bit cocky during this challenge when he finished the dress in less than the six hours allotted.

Bottom
Kara (chocolate and cayenne pepper)
I liked Kara's idea of interpreting the chocolate and cayenne peppers as layers of flavor, but I felt that Kara's designed turned out amateurish, ragged, and too literal. I think she was rightly on the bottom, and the judges kept her safe.
Anthony (green tea)
I liked Anthony's concept of depicting the melted gelatto and I thought the result was creative and unique, but slightly overworked. I could clearly see Anthony's inspiration and I would have kept Anthony safe.

April
Gasp! April chose a color, which was her biggest achievement. April continued to attempt to channel various characters from Alice in Wonderland, but her dress came out too short and poorly constructed. In the end, the judges chose to sent April home. Since she'd been in the bottom before, I felt it was her time to go home.

So, in the end, I felt that Mondo got robbed of the top prize and that Jerell, Kara and April should have been in the bottom 3 with April going home.
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 Episode 5 aka. Street Muse

In this episode of Project Runway, the designers were taken to Central Park where they were asked to collect articles of clothing off of the backs of park visitors to use as fabric for 50% of their looks. The designers were also asked to find a park visitor to be their muse for their looks.  While looking for fabric and muses, Anthony encountered a hunky shirtless man in jean cut-offs and convinced the guy to get down to his skivvies for the challenge. Awkward! Let's take a look at their looks:

Safe
Kara
I thought Kara's look was okay. She kept the "hip-mom" feel in her model and the street fabric was predominately featured in her look; however, her look lacked a wow-factor.
Kenley
I originally thought that Kenley's dress looked more like a Mila dress with it's bold use of graphic prints and predominate black/white combination. I liked the stripes/graphic prints on this dress and it's probably the only look that I would immediately wear off of the runway.
Mila
 Mila's look was just okay. She had some good ideas (namely, the pants), but the rest of the outfit seemed too generic-like something you could buy in a store.


Top
 Rami
Initially, I thought the judges might give Rami the top spot from the way they discussed his look. I thought Rami used his found materials well, and made a very wearable look. My only criticism was that Rami's outfit seemed to target an older audience than others, and his look didn't much resemble his "muse". The judges decided that they also weren't huge fans of his hat, which I didn't understand because hats are awesome!
 Austin
So this is Austin's idea of punk rock!? I liked the way Austin was able to merge his soft, girly side with his muse's punk rock vibe, but I doubt any real punk rocker ladies would be caught in an outfit quite so girly.

Mondo
 The judges chose Mondo as the winner this week for his ability to manipulate the street fabric into a hip look worthy of his muse. Did I think that Mondo deserved the win? Yes. Do I think that Mondo can do better than this? Yes.

Bottom
Jerell
I said it for the previous outfit, and I'll say it again. What the hell, Jerell!? I thought this look was aweful! It was like a bad belly dancer costume, or bad Gwen Steffani stage outfit. I really thought that Jerell was going home this week, but the judges kept him safe.
Michael
I think that Michael forgot that he was creating street wear, not street walker wear. I liked Michael's fabric choices and initially thought his look had a lot of potential, but his final look was more suited for the beach than anywhere else. I expected the final scene to be a showdown between Jerell and Michael, but the judges thought otherwise and kept Michael safe.
Anthony
 I liked Anthony's look (even thought it reminds me of Carmen Verandah), but the judges didn't think that Anthony used enough of the fabric he got on the streets. Although I agree with the judges that Anthony should have used more street fabric to create more than just a handbag, I still thought his look was better than Jerell and Michael's atrocities.

How did you feel about this week's challenge? Did you agree with the winner/loser, or do you also feel that Anthony got robbed!
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Episode 5 aka. Fashion Seasons Face-off

On this episode of Project Runway, the designers were asked to randomly select a handbag. Each handbag contained a tag indicating which season the bag represented. The two designers with the same season would be in direct competition with the designer of the same team. Here's how they were paired:

Spring: Austin vs. Kara
Summer: Kenley vs. Mondo
Winter: Jerell vs. Michael
Fall: Mila vs. Rami

As soon as the designer's were paired off, I thought I'd had the episode pegged and that wins would go to Austin, Mondo, Michael, and Rami based off of past performance, BUT I WAS COMPLETELY WRONG. Check it out:

Spring:

 Austin and Kara went head to head on creating Spring looks. Austin created an impeccably sewn pair of high waist capris, but went a little overboard with the floral and ruffles on top, making his look appear a bit granny-like. Kara, on the other hand, created a spring lounge wear look that looked like anything you could find at Old Navy, JC Penny's or Dress Barn. The judges decided that Austin's granny top was unforgivable and gave Kara top billing, but in the end both designers were safe.

Kara

Austin
Summer:

Kenley and Mondo faced-off for summer.  The day of the challenge was also Mondo's mother's birthday, so Mondo dedicated his design to her. I thought Kenley's romper was cute, but could not imagine anyone actually wearing it over the age of 18. Mondo's look was more my taste, but the judges said that they thought Mondo's look was too junior and was "too all over the place". Therefore, the judges put Kenley at the top, but in the end both designers were safe.


Kenley
Mondo
Fall: 

Mila and Rami had a fall face-off. Mila's look reminded me of an outfit that I had my eye on at Asos last season (minus the awkward ankle zip pants). I thought Rami made an interesting move when he decided to pair chartreuse with royal blue and I thought he'd nailed the challenge with the coat. But, Rami really tortured and overworked the chartreuse shirt underneath and in the end, Rami was sent home.
Mila
Rami
Winter: 

Jerell and Michael had an epic battle over winter coats when Jerell accused Michael of copying his coat design. The designers settled with a "may the best designer win". Although I've disliked Jerell's previous 2 designs, I sided with Jerell on this challenge and thought his coat, cardigan, skirt had a hip, young feel and could easily be seen in Anthropologie. The judges agreed with me too, stating that Michael's model looked like she could be Jerell's models mother. The judges awarded Jerell with the win and placed Michael in the bottom two, but by now you know that Micheal was saved. 

Jerell
Michael
What did you think of the face-off episode? Where you as shocked with the designs/winners as I was? Do you think the right people won/lost? Let me know in the comments below.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

What's Making Me Laugh: Guy on a Buffalo

2 weekend's ago, my friend's husband showed me this video and I've been giggling over it ever since. I kind of makes me wish that I had a buffalo of my own to ride to work everyday. I bet my clients would listen to me more if I were on a buffalo. Also, If you like this video check out episodes 2, 3, and 4.


Sunday, February 12, 2012

2012 Grammy Picks

Tonight is the 2012 Grammy Awards. In honor of tonight's Grammy Awards, Paste Magazine posted a handy dandy chart of their picks and predictions. I've been trying really hard to keep up with what the kids are listening to, so I thought I'd post my own predictions as well.


OhSarahO's Predictions and Proclamation: I think this is going to be Adele's year.
  • Record of the Year- Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" Winner- Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"
  • Album of the Year- Adele, 21. Who should win: PJ Harvey "Let England Shake" Winner- Adele, 21
  • Song of the Year- Adele, "Rolling in the Deep". Winner- Adele, "Rolling in the Deep"
  • Best New Artist- Bon Iver Winner- Bon Iver
  • Best Solo Pop Performance- Adele, "Someone Like You" Winner- Adele, "Someone Like You"
  • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance- Foster the People, "Pumped up Kicks" Winner- Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse "Body and Soul"
  • Best Pop Vocal Album- Adele, 21"Winner- Adele, 21
  • Best Dance Recording- Duck Sauce, "Barbra Streisand". Who should win: M83, "Midnight City". Winner- Skrillex, "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites"
  • Best Dance/Electronica Album- Skrillex, "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" Winner- Skrillex, "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites"
  • Best Rock Performance- The Decemberists, "Down by the Water" Winner- Foo Fighters, "Walk"
  • Best Rock/Metal Performance- Mastodon, "Curl of the Burl" Winner- Foo Fighters, "White Limo"
  • Best Rock Album- Wilco, The Whole Love. Do people still listen to the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Winner- Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
  • Best Alternative Music Album- Bon Iver, Bon Iver. Does Alternative music still exist? What defines Alternative Music these days? Winner- Bon Iver, Bon Iver.
So I got 8 out of 13 and Paste got 11 out of 13 correct predictions. Maybe Paste magazine should buy a lottery ticket. This seemed to be a big year for Adele, the Foo Fighters, and Bon Iver. Congrats to the winners!



Who are your Grammy picks? Who do you think got the shaft this year? Let me know in the comments below.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

What I'm Listening To: Die Antwoord

I previously mentioned that last weekend, I traveled up to my former college town to have a "Girl's Night." Well, that weekend my friend showed me some music videos from a South African band called Die Antwoord. And since then I've had visions of men in Pink Floyd boxer shorts dancing around in my head :-P The first video is from the bands debut release and the second is the band's latest single. Check it out!

Die Antwoord- Zef Side

When I first watched Zef Side I thought that the video was so wild that I hardly thought this was a real, legit band.

Die Antwoord- I Fink U Freaky

The second video is so freaky that I couldn't turn away.

What do you think? Have you listened to Die Antwoord before? Do you own their album? Let me know in the comments below.



Thursday, February 9, 2012

Like an Animal

Hey everyone! Sorry for my absence. This weekend I traveled up to my former college town to have a "Girls Weekend" (and I met up with my guy friend too).


On Saturday my lady friend and I met up with friends at Henry T's in Lawrence, KS to watch the KU vs. Mizzou basketball game. The place was packed and the score bounced back and forth with KU in the lead for most of the second half. But, at 9:59, KU got a couple of bad ref calls and in less than a minute Mizzou took the lead and won the game. *sad face*

Over the weekend I also got to walk up and down Massachusetts Street and do a little shopping and eat some good eats. Unfortunatly, I didn't take any photos of my loot, the shops, or my friends, but I did take some Really cute cat photos.

Cat in a Box

Raven Bookstore Kitty

 



Anyways, if you are a follower of Fab Finds Under $50, you're likely to have seen that today's outfit inspiration is from moi and my eShakti dress (blogged here). So, if you're new to my blog or just passing through, I'd like to say hello and thank you for stopping by. *wave*


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