Sunday, January 30, 2011

Laura: if wishes were horses...

My "Gallop with Glamor" dress arrived!!! And there was no way I was waiting until Spring to wear it, so I decided to debut it with tights, and a sweater.
unfortunatly when all your family is either sleeping or renovating you can't get them to take pictures and I end up blurry or beheaded.

I'm sure you'll be seeing this dress a LOT more once warm weather (*sigh*) returns!

Dress- Modcloth Sweater- Hollister Tights - Modcloth Earrings- Forever21

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Laura: news!

So I'm afriad I don't have any exciting outfit pictures to share, however, I do have some exciting news!! You may have noticed it over in the sidebar, but if not, I have a tumblr!! I'm basically WAY too excited about this. It's super addicting.

Here's a couple of pictures from it to encourage you all to go over there and follow me ;)

You know you want to! Oh, and do you have a tumblr? Please do include the link in the comments for me to check out! :D

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Christy: deep freeze

Brrrr it's -21 without the wind chill today. I have a pair of black micro-fiber long underwear which kind of look like leggings so I'm wearing those today along with over the knee socks.
Very cozy, but not quite cozy enough to stop the icy wind.
but instead of posting those pictures I'm going to post these which are from a day when it was at least warm enough that I could stand on our porch without dying.
Last night I went skating with my roommate and some international students and it was so so cold. I was wearing two pairs of gloves and my hands were still freezing. It reminded me of how much I love skating. I just need to drag my butt out of my apartment to go more often.
Do any of you skate? I can go really fast and kind of skate backwards but I can't do any fancy tricks.
Hope you are all staying warm!
Here's a song I've been enjoying lately. It's a bit strange but I find it kind of beautiful.

outfit details: sweater-Zara, shirt-thrifted, jeans- forever 21, boots-gift

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Laura: The Big Bang Theory...

Yup...everyone is doing it and I just couldn't resist. You should know I thought of many awkward puns to go with this post that were just too juvenile for me to actually post XD (be very glad about that)
I always loooved the look of bangs but never really thought I should do it because of a few rather scarring experiences when I was younger (age 5-9, full thick bangs...age 16...bangs that were supposed to be "Sweeping" bangs but I kept making thicker until it looked gross and weird).
Last night after going thru several lovely tumblrs, all full of girls with beautiful bangs, I realized that if I don't do it now I'm never going to do it. Several minutes and one pair of scissors later I was left with a huge chunk of hair in the bathroom sink and my mother wailing "Nooooooo!"
I have to say I'm pretty happy with them. Even though I cut them myself and they're probably a little too thick and short. It's just hair, it'll grow out. :P What say you?
Also, any funny hair-cut stories involving bangs? I would love to hear! :D

Monday, January 17, 2011

Laura: Golden Globes

Alrighty, so last night was The Golden Globes! Not many of the people and movies I wanted to win won, although a few made me pretty happy (The Kids Are Alright, Colin Firth, Jim Parsons)...but I was more interested in the dresses, anyway ;)

Here are my favorite gowns of the evening!

Hailee Steinfield is perfectly stunning. She somehow manages to keep her age in tact (14!) while remaining more poised then I have or ever will be in my life...]
It was nice to see Angelina in a color, and this green is marvelous! Hehe, just reminded me of "The Lady of the Green Kirtle" a la The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis...

I feel like January's dress might be the dividing sort--you either love it or you hate it. And I love it. I feel like I would hate it on anyone else but her. She manages to make very little clothing un-slutty. And the color!

This is maybe not the *most* stunning dress of the evening, but I wanted to include it because I think it's Christina Hendrick's best red carpet gown so far of the career. THIS is how curves are done!
Anne always looks classy and sparkly. This is no exception. Love!!
Probably one of the most controversial choices of the evening. Yeah, it's pretty frumpy. But hey, it's TILDA SWINTON! She can pull anything off.
I seriously think it impossible for Helen Mirren to ever NOT be on the Best Dressed list.
I think this dress is a bit ill-fitting around the middle, but otherwise, I love it. Elizabeth Moss looks fantastic and the color is perfect on her. Another of the "maybe not the best, but compared to her other choices..." Plus I can't ignore anyone from Mad Men ! XD
Love anything beaded, anything 30's. And Jayma's dress hits the spot!!
Natalie Portman shows us all how dressing for pregnancy is done...
Not unlike Tilda, Helena Bonham Carter is one of the very few celebs who can wear practicly anything and I will love it. Case in point re: her footwear!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Christy: And the sky spat out the snow

Right now I am super not in the mood for blogging but I am forcing myself to write this post. Look at me being all "good bloggerly". I don't even know why I don't feel like blogging. I probably shouldn't over analyze it. I can attest to the fact that over-analyzing things very very rarely leads to anything good.

What does always lead to good things is wearing cool sweaters.
My friend Charlotte's comment on this outfit: "Christy are you crazy?? You're wearing shorts in January! You're going to freeze!"
I won't deny I was a bit chilly but I didn't find it unbearably cold. I'm pretty sure this is because my legs are immune to cold from my high school years of wearing a kilt throughout the coldest months of the year.

Here's a little peek into what our kitchen looks like. There's my mac book where I do all my blogging.
ya it's a bit cluttered....
Hope you guys are all keeping warm!

Outfit details: sweater-thrifted, shorts-forever 21, tights-sears, necklace-gift

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Christy: un-even hems

Today is an incredibly grey day and I'm finding it hard to stay cheerful. For me, if I wake up to the sun coming through my window then everything is instantly better.
I have a bit of a back-log of outfit pictures so this outfit is from a few days ago.
I love having winter boots that I can wear under skirts without feeling ridiculous.
This is a dress that I found at a tiny thrift store in BC. It was the kind of thrift store where everything is 2$ instead of the horribly inflated prices of 7$ or 10$.
It was a long dress which looked a bit like a nightgown before I altered it and my friends with me were laughing at me a bit for wanting it but I realized it would be really cute short. I feel like a lot of thrift shopping is just seeing the possibilities in strange pieces of clothing.

Outfit details: Necklace-gift,dress-thrifted, black tights, boots-rockport

Monday, January 10, 2011

Laura: green shoes, were my delight

These are my new love...however impractical they may be, they are BEAUTIFUL!
Yes, I am standing in front of the washing machine, and behind the cat's litter box...

They're super velvety and soft and plush and bright. I feel like a cross between the Wizard of Oz, and Marie Antoinette.


Friday, January 7, 2011

Christy: Day at the Museum

My roommate is away for the weekend so the apartment is a bit lonely. However It's also kind of nice to have my own space for a little bit. We'll see how soon "I have my own space!" becomes "I am alllll aloonnneee! what do i dooooo?!"
Before Christmas I went to the Montreal fine arts Museum with my friend Tim. We had a wonderful time poking around the exhibits and he took some pictures to document our adventure.
I wanted to share them because I think they really capture how rich and magical Art Museums can be.
I love how you can just get lost in a painting and forget everything else. In this photo I was enthralled by a painting of swimming polar bears that was hanging over the doorway.
This is one of my favorite paintings in the permanent collection. I want to be lying on my stomach on that roof top terrace, staring over the city to the distant sea.

The afternoon at the museum was thoroughly enjoyable as you can see from Tim's lovely pictures.

Exciting events of today: Went to work and looked at Look Book between taking calls. Helped my aunt buy make-up. Went to a free student dinner and climbed the stairs up Mount Royal and enjoyed the illuminated sky line. Went to Broadway cheese cake and borrowed my friend's money to buy a small white chocolate raspberry cheese cake. Yum yum yum
Successful day? I think so!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Laura: Best Films of 2010

Bear with me as I don't know how to do cuts, so this is going to be a rather long post.
I've seen a LOT of movies throughout 2010, and wanted to make a list of some of my very favorites here for you. These aren't just ones that came out last year, but ones that were new to me.

In no particular order...

You Can't Take it With You
(starring Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur)
A lovely film that you want to live in. Jimmy Stewart falls in love with a girl from a very eccentric, poor family, that his parents certainly won't approve of. A hilarious scene that had my mom and I in stitches was when Jimmy gets the date of the girl's dinner party wrong, and he and his stuck-up parents end up at the house admist a painting session, dance lesson, and general confusion. Watch it!

It Happened One Night
(starring Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable)

Watch this for the travel, watch this for the darling little striped suit that Claudette wears, watch this for the chemistry between runaway heiress Claudette and undercover reporter, Clark.

Shutter Island
(starring: Mark Ruffalo, Leonardo DiCapri, Michelle Williams)

Leo plays, as imdb says, a "U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane." The longer he is on the island, however, the more mysteries he unearths. Nothing is as it seems. If you like thrillers, mysteries, and trying to work out the ending before you get there, you'll enjoy this.

(starring: Cher, Winona Ryder, a young Christina Ricci)
A coming of age story set in the 60's. Completely charming with a witty script, as evidenced by Winona's character's quotes: "Please God don't let me fall in love and want to do disgusting things... Dear God, I love the way he throws."

Keeping Mum
(starring: Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas)
A british comedy with murder & mayhem.

How to Marry a Millionaire
(starring: Lauren Becall, Betty Grable, Marilyn Monroe)
This is my favorite Marilyn film, the character she plays is completely sweet, and so self-concious about having to wear glasses, she doesn't wear them in front of people no matter that she's blind as a bat without them. This has been called the sex and the city of the 50's...three single girls, looking for men, living together, dirt poor. I thoroughly enjoyed this and hope you do too!

The Virgin Suicides
(starring: Kirsten Dunst)
Basically I think seeing this movie has turned into some kind of prerequsite for being a fashion blogger :P If by some strange chance you HAVEN'T seen it...I'm telling you, you have to :P It's very sad...but utterly perfect at the same time.

(starring: Joan Fontaine, Laurence Oliver)
This 1940 Hitchcock adaption of the book of the same name opens with some of the most beautifully poignent lines ever written...
"Last night, I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter for the way was barred to me..."

The Lady Vanishes
An early Hitchcock film, this is utterly charming while still managing to be mysterious and Hitchcocky. Although, it's more charming them mysterious like his later works. I feel like this is an unusual film especially for the period that it was made in...the heroine is not helpless, the hero is not necessarily dashing, but is rather quirky and funny. The romance isn't big and bold but is understated and sweet.
The Mystery: The heroine sits across from an old lady on a train. When she wakes up, the old lady is gone and nobody on the train has seen her, or remembers seeing her...dun dun dun!

Casino Royale
(starring: Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Eva Green)
High stakes poker + hot women + bad guys + cool weapons = James Bond. End of story. :P,2.jpg

An Education
(starring: Carey Mulligan, Rosamund Pike)
Another one of those...if you're a style blogger, chances are you have seen this. If not, then rush out and do so immediatly! It's a coming of age story in early 60's England. Young girls falls in love with older, wiser, fellow...

Inglorious Bastards
(starring: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Melanie Laurent, among others)
Sort of a "what if" during WWII. Kind of quirky, not your typical war movie. Stunning sets, and music!

Never Let Me Go
(Starring: Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan)
Another one of those utterly beautiful, too perfect for words films/books. I really can't put into words how much I loved this movie. So there you have it. :P You're going to have to check it out simply because it is the BEST movie ever, and I'm getting sick of writing reviews here XD

Marie Antoinette
(starring: Kirsten Dunst)
I'm pretty sure I was the last person on earth to see this :P I saw it in June of last year which sparked a still on-going fascination with Marie Antoinette. Now that I've read a few books on her, I feel like I'm in a pretty good position to say that the movie is accurate besides just being beautiful, and it covered all the important bits of her life, although I felt like it was very "snap-shot-y".

Glorious 39
(Starring: Romola Garai, Juno Temple, Bill Nighy, among others...)
In some ways, I'm not sure this movie deserves to be on my top 2010 list, because it didn't "speak to me" or invoke something deep inside me. It didn't have great characterisation, and I didn't feel it really had any HUGE earth-shattering end twists. However it really is a goregous movie to watch. The colors and costumes and sets are very well chosen. The acting is decent, but I didn't feel the characters were especially special. The whole thing has a VERY Hitchcocky vibe to it which along with the beautiful sets made it watchable. I would reccomend this movie all the same.

(starring: Eva Green, Juno Temple, among others)
Now, THIS movie was a good movie. However I read the book first, and was highly disapointed in how they changed the ending. To me, the ending of the book, however brutally hard to read, was much more pyschologically interesting and made a much stronger point. The ending of the movie completely went in a different, less interesting direction, possibly to keep the rating of the movie down, which I can understand. I loved the movie, in every way it's completely like it should be, and it's veryveryvery beautiful...but I wish they hadn't done that to the end of it.

Pirate Radio (other title: The Boat That Rocked)
(starring: Tom Sturridge, Bill Nighy, Phillup Seymour Hoffman, Talluah Riley, Gemma Arterton, January Jones, Nick Frost, and more...)
Possibly one of the most upbeat, happy, and simply BRIGHT movies I've seen. Watching it makes me instantly feel better. It's stuffed chock full of amazing 60's music, since of course it is about a "pirate" rock and roll radio station that is broadcasted from a boat in the middle of the ocean. Totally British, totally 60's, and totally quirky. :)

The Constant Gardener
(starring: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz)
This is a slightly sad, slightly melancholy, possibly thriller-ish movie. Which seems a bit contrary, but there you have it. As the movie ends it's possible you'll be crying, but most of the film is pretty fast-paced.


(starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell)
A holocaust story. A story of three brothers who end up saving the lives of hundreds, if not thousands of jews, by hiding in the forest, creating a village for themselves. Wonderfully done, superb acting, and a true story to boot.

And there you have it! I'll be making a post about my favorite and most memorable books read in 2010 as well. Hope you enjoyed this. What are your opinions on some of the films I mentioned? What was your favorite movie you saw last year? Let me know!