Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Fruit Salad!

It is SO beautiful out today! Everything is so fresh and green and sunny! Besides the fact that I'm inside studying, I'm loving it like a giant fruit salad! I am just so happy right now...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Fashion Police: Costume Institute Gala

Last night was the Costume Institute Gala at the Met in NYC. Here's the lowdown on the fashion choices. And just to warn you, some of it was pretty scary!
The Dressed

Sarah Michelle Gellar looks very pretty in this safe and boring black strapless.

Ziyi Zhang, in Armani Prive Couture, looks stunning!

I'm normally a fan of Scarlett Johansson's dress choices but this one seems a little dull. It washes her out and seems more appropriate for a tea party or something.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in Peter Som.

Emily Rossum in Phi-not super exciting and a little prom-ish.

Kate Mara in Zac Posen. I love the colour, but the dress has a little too much fabric for her small frame.

Iman in Dolce and Gabbana. This is a beautiful colour for her!
Julia Roberts in Armani Prive, stunning as usual.

I love the Beckhams, but Victoria's dress choice just wasn't that exciting. I was hoping for something a little more extreme from her.

Gisesle in Versace. She could wear ANYTHING and look hot!

Jessica Stam opted for a short Proenza Schouler. The (Canadian) cutie always looks awesome, but she really didn't need so much makeup.

Hillary Duff sporting an Elie Saab super bling dress.

I love Amber Valetta and if anyone can pull off this Versace, it's her!

You'd never know J-Lo just popped out twins! Although I don't think it's the greatest colour on her, the dress looks beautiful.

The BEST Dressed

Molly Sims is always a stunner and this night was no exception! The colour is beautiful on her and her hair is glam yet casual.

I LOVE Christina Ricci's outfit! Givenchy meets Wonder Woman! It's daring and fun, and the colour looks so good on her. (I wish I could find a pic, but the red belt has a star on the back!)

Eva Longoria looks amazing in this eggplant Marchesa gown. Even though she's tiny, she still wears the dress instead of drowning in it.

Blake Lively looks beautiful, but what makes her outfit a winner for me are the awesome gloves she's wearing!

Camilla Belle is just stunning in this Armani Prive (and we've see a lot of Armani!) with simple hair and makeup, she makes it look easy!

Diane Kruger opted for a short Alberta Ferretti which suits her perfectly. I love that she did it with the pink shoes! She's always on top of it when it comes to red carpets.

The Hot Messes!

(I'm not sure why, but I feel like there were way more fashion disasters than one would usually find on the red carpet. I just feel that it's strange that these women have the choice of ANY dress they want and somehow they pick these...)

What was Amanda Peet thinking? The length is awkward and the whole thing just looks a little frumpy.

Thandie Newton (far left) is on my best dressed list. Her little black dress is perfect and she's the only one who took the superhero theme to a new level by wearing a cape! The other two, not so good! Although, I do like the colour of Eva Mendes' dress.

Katie Holmes wore vintage Armani. What on earth made her think it was a good idea to wear those shoes?!

Mischa Barton's Missoni dress was a little too bag-like for me.

Kimora just looks scary in this Kevan Hall Dress. It is just weird.

Michelle Trachtenberg looks about 40 years older in this get up. Her nipple covers match her skiry too. She's gorgeous but I think I want to throw up on that gold lame.

Kristin Davis also dressed a little old. And all those pleats make this tiny lady look BIG!

I think Fergie just missed it with this one. It's just a bit tacky.

I actually love Ivanka Trumps dress but her head gear just totally threw me off. It just cancels out all the god here. How sad.

Are we going to grandma's for a luncheon? Jennifer Connelly's choice of Balenciaga was not really suitable for the occasion. Plus, her hair is not good either.

Did someone forget to tell the Olsen's they had a gala, because they obviously didn't shower or do much hair brushing. I actually do like Ashley's black keyhole dress, but Mary- Kate's Diane von Furstenberg was way too mature for her, not to mention didn't fit! It's weird because these dresses are custom made for them. Was she planning on gaining 50lbs that night? Or possibly sneaking out with some of the dinnerware?

This just doesn't work for me. By far not the best Armani if the night. I don't think her hair goes either.

I had to revisit this one. Wow...

Monday, May 5, 2008

Look Out Below!

Today I was walking across campus with Louisa, when all of a sudden we heard a strange popping noise in front of us. Something had fallen out of the sky. We looked at it for a second then looked at each other. It was a small bird! It just fell out of the sky and died, right there in front of us! If this has never happened to you, it is a very traumatic experience. There were so many unanswered questions. Did it have a special health condition? Where was it going when this happened? Was there a significant other? I immediately thought about my dead bird collection. If only I was back home, I could add this little one. I guess I shouldn't say collection. It was more of a special bird cemetary. So I picked up the bird and put it in my bag.
(Aside: I just went to the kitchen and found a dead mouse in the cupboard. Something was in the process of eating its body. Sick. I think I've had enough for one day. I did want to photograph it and post a picture, but my grandma reads this and I don't think she'd approve!)
No, just kidding. I wasn't going to risk smuggling its body across the border. But, I'm definitely going to be a little weary walking outside from now on.

12 Main Ingredients

When I go out to eat, I always scan the menu to find the dish with the most ingredients. I just like lots of different flavours! About half the time this will be a salad, which is fun because I enjoy them! I'm all about food presentation, but there's something I find more fun about foods that look like vomit or a kindergarten art project! I finished classes today and only have finals left. Discovery Channel was here to film the car, which was pretty fun! It's always cool to see what goes on behind the scenes to get the final product. Back to the salads...I made a really good after school snack one...and here it is! You too can make one at home!
cabbage (purple and white)
sunflower seeds
grape tomatoes
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
kosher salt
lemon pepper
lots o' looove!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Under the Bed

The other day, our room was smelling like dirty socks. Bad. And it was getting progressively worse. I had just done laundry and couldn't figure out what it was. Finally, it was almost unbearable. I started searching for whatever it was. It smelled like a family of mice (a very large one) had died in some corner and begun to rot.
We eat breakfast in bed everyday (a fun way to start the day!) and sometimes Joe puts his cereal bowl just under the bed. So, recalling this fact, I thought I better check there. I was really hoping I wouldn't find anything. Not so lucky. Somehow, a (very old) bowl, half full of (what used to be) milk had gotten pushed waaay under the bed. I saw it and my heart sank. I was going to have to touch it. I pulled it out and almost threw up. The milk was slightly orange and bubbling as though it was alive. I wanted to keep it in a glass box to show visitors, but the stench was unbearable. I was laughing pretty hard at the whole situation. It was so disgusting that I was very happy when Ben came in so that I could share this find with someone. I am very much one of those people who have to share gross things. I also appreciate other people who feel the need to share their gross finds! Ben found it pretty disturbing and I would have taken it out to the garage to show Joe, but at that point, I was about to throw up and my vision was getting blurry so I poured the bubbling goo into a jar, sealed it and threw it away.

Designer of the Week: Abaete Spring/Summer 2008

Rachel Bilson, at the Awake premiere in NYC, looks so pretty in this dress with Christian Louboutin heels.

Here are some more looks from the collection. There's lots of colour-blocking and many fresh colours that make me want to be out in the sun!

Counterfeit Chic?

Is this fair? The design on the left is by Jonathan Saunders and retails for $1635. The one on the right you can get at Forever 21 for $22.80. Forever 21 is always being accused of copying one designers work or another. The thing is, in North America, there are no copyright laws that protect designs from being copied. Now in Europe, doing this can result in some serious lawsuits. On one hand, I feel that Forever 21 caters to a clientele that can't afford designer clothes, so they aren't really taking away from the upscale designer market. But, on the other hand, does that make it right? Not really.

Here are a few more Forever 21 "steals":

Anna Sui tried to sue for this one. The top sold at forever 21 for less than $20. The Anna Sui sold for hundreds.

Catherine Holstein's dress on the left sold for $420. The Forever 21 copy sold for $27.80.

Diane von Furstenberg, hundreds. Forever 21, $32.80

Left: Kate Moss for Topshop, approx. $125 Right: Forever 21, $24.90


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