Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year




I'll leave you with some words of wisdom for the new year: Be safe out there tonight! Don't do anything we wouldn't do. A watched pot never boils. Children should be seen and not heard (especially if they come in threes). Never wear white after labor day. Beer before liquor, never sicker; liquor before beer, never fear. Don't play with electricity (the advice my mom gave to my sister the night before she left for college????). Do what I say, not what I do (especially Amy, she craaaaaaaaaaazy). Never assume. When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me. Do the humpty dance. Do the humpty hump. Wait an hour after eating to go for a swim.
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And finally, my favorite words of wisdom ever, from Willy Wonka:
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A little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.
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Happy New Year!
Merci!
Shan
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I believe Shan left out two very important pieces of advice: don't run with scissors and always, always dance by the ugly girl at the club.
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Here's to 2010!
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Blah blah!
Ames

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

I Miss You....

Lagunaaaahhhhh, photos courtesy yours truly and Picnik.




And because this song ALWAYS makes me think of California, enjoy...




Merci!
Shan

Stuff We Would Kiss On The Mouf: Ahhhstin, Texas

If any of you know me well at all, and, let’s face it, only like 3 people reading this thing really know me…

Where was I? Okay, if you know me at all you know that I have a borderline inappropriate love for Austin. Texas, not the character from Days of Our Lives. You know that because I may have mentioned 1 or 357 times that I would live in Austin again in a heartbeat and how it’s the coolest city in the country and all other cities wish they were as cool and how the food there is heaven on a plate and the people are cool and funky and laid back and how it’s scenic and like a sweet potato wrapped in a vintage coat stuck in a pair of the most fabulous (yet comfortable) shoes you’ve ever seen. In other words, the trifecta of all things good.

But, if you don’t know me and this is the first you’ve heard of my city stalking, then grab your Snuggie and settle in, because it’s sure to come up again on this blog.

I think my pining is partly because it really is THAT awesome of a city and partly because when I did live there for a few years I was, oh how do we say, occupying more space than I do now. As such, I feel I was robbed of experiencing all it has to offer and can appreciate that now. If any of you have ever been overweight – not like PMS bloat fat or I had a piece of cake last night fat – then you may know that while you can name all the restaurants in town, you may also be able to count on one hand the times you felt fabulous enough to mix with the beautiful people.

But that was 40 pounds ago, so now, as one of the beautiful people (settle down…I’m kidding. I’m more incredibly adorable than beautiful.) I think I deserve to move back and buy one of these houses. Is that asking too much? I mean, 40 pounds is a lot, ya’ll.

I also deserve one of those airplane oxygen mask thingies to fall out the ceiling above my desk right now because I’m about to cold pass out. These houses? In Austin? Just. Stop.

Just. Stop.

Merci!
Ames


photos courtesy of DCA Architects. Or, as I like to call them, "Clever Little Debbil Monkeys."

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Stuff We Would Kiss On the Mouf: Planet Bluuuuue

This is why I am hardly ever on Planet Blue anymore: they have insane clothing that I cannot afford. The end.


Because who DOESN'T need a jacket called the Captain Glam? By LaROK.


Haute Hippie, you had me at Iron Chain Necklace.

A velvet kimono dress by DVF? It's almost as cool as a velvet Elvis.

I personally would switch out the t-strap Mary Janes for something a little more kickass, but sparkly DVF pants? Hells bells yes.

Conditions Apply slouchy sparkle dress? Check. Now if I only knew who made the shoes, this outfit would be perfect. Perfectly unattainable.

Cecilia de Bucourt embroidered jersey belt at $100 a pop? I'll take three.

Blue Life Chiffon Tunic. You can't see the front, but it's solid drapey jersey perfection. Trust me.
Merci!
Shan

Put That In Your

"Non-traditionally hot guys are really, really hot" pipe and smoke it.


I don't even know what that means.


I DO know however that it's high time I mentioned my complete adoration for Giovanni RABisi. And, high time I spelled it like that just for Shannan's amusement. And by "amusement" I mean "being a douche."

Seriously though, I could mention a bejillion reasons and roles for to because to love Giovanni but, I'm sorry, I can't help but sum it up in three words, "The Other Sister." What? It can't all be Indie Spirit awards and IFC around here.


If you found yourself watching that once upon a time and he didn't make you cry a little then you have no soul. No soul, I say.



That is all,
Ames
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Ames,
I never saw The Other Sister, but I DID think one of the funniest scenes on Friends was when Giovanni RABIES ran into the room yelling "My sister is pregnant with my baby! My sister is pregnant with my baby!" and if you haven't seen that episode of Friends and think I am some hillbilly from Dogpatch who is promoting inbreeding, well then, you have no sense of humor. No soul AND no sense of humor. And we feel sorry for you.
HMMMMMPFH!
Shannan

Monday, December 28, 2009

Ear Candy

I was just at the gym listening to a lil JT, which made me think I hadn't heard this version in a while. Loves it.



Merci!
Shan

And Some To Grow On...

In addition to some of my faves that Shan posted, I'm gonna add a few more here instead of in her already done post because Blogger isn't very friendly. Yeah, I said it.

For the record, of Shan's, I'd have the following on my list (in no particular order):

Taraji
Drew (bof of dem)
Anne
Eva

And now, without further adieu, a few more I must mention:

Christina's Emmanuel Ungaro. I love her. I think she's just completely adorable and funny and this dress is KILLER. The color...guh.

Marisa's Atelier Versace is a piece of art. Origami at its finest.
Shan here: I ALMOST put this one on my list. LOVED it...

Cat's always in our Top of Everything list. This dress is no exception.

Katie's Jil Sander really stood out at the SAG Awards. So simple. So chic. She truly is stunning when she cleans up. And, I still love her because of Dawson's Creek. Not quite as much as I love Keri Russel for Felicity (Ben...Scott Speedman...yum) but still. Love.


And, Portia's Zac Posen is just a cotton candy dream come to life. (Yeah, that was 2008. I'm sorry, their wedding video gets me all teary-eyed every time. EVERY time.)

Um, YUM.


In keeping with my "let's eat and drink everything in sight this holiday," I made this yesterday. Enjoy.
Merci!
Shan

Stuff We Would Kiss On the Mouf: Best Dresses of 2009

For as much as I bitch about Project Runway designers only using black, white, and nude to make their garments, I sure did pick a helluva lot of white dresses as my Favey Crocketts this year. Here are my top ten red carpet looks.

Merci!
Shan

10. Ginnifer Goodwin, Yves St. Lauren at the 2009 Emmys



Shan: Loved this color, and the neckline that perfectly showcased her jewelry. She just gets better and better on the red carpet.

9. Cat Deeley in vintage dress and Manolo Blahniks on stage at SYTYCD





Shan: Come on - you KNEW I had to put Cat on the list somewhere, didn't you? Her vast array of vintage wear made it hard to choose just ONE favorite look, but I'm a sucka for shiny or sparkly. I LOVE that she makes vintage work for her, and isn't afraid to alter it to suit herself. Go on witcho bad self, mama.

8. Drew Barrymore in Andrew GN at the Grey Garden's premiere at Mann Chinese Theater


Shan: Like Christina Ricci, Drew MUST be working with a stylist lately, because she has been SHUTTING IT DOWN on the red carpet. It is alllll about the accessories here, and that collar and ginormous turquoise cuff and ring? Buh-nanas. Seriously, I am almost out of Rachel Zoe-isms, and I'm only on number 8? I'm in trouble.

7. Anne Hathaway in Armani Prive at the 2009 Academy Awards

Shan: She is soooo old Hollywood glam goddess here. Such a simple, sleek silhouette but she knocked it outta the park.

6. Leslie Mann in Pamela Rolland at the 2009 Academy Awards

Shan: Here we go again with the shiny sparkly dressies. Love the 1940s cut of this. Tres chic.


5. Taraji P. Henson in Roberto Cavalli at the 2009 Academy Awards


Shan: Mz. Taraji was the most gorgeous woman I had never heard of at the Oscar's this year. The dress? The necklace? The hair? Guh.

4. Christina Ricci in Marc Jacobs at the 3rd Annua amFAR Cinema Against AIDS in Dubai

Shan: Like Drew B., Miz Christina rocked red carpet after red carpet this year. She has never looked better, in my humble opinion. The heavy bangs she started sporting took her from pretty girl to fabulous ingenue in one swift cut. Her skin is luminous, eyes are amazing, and she rocketed to the top of my girl crush list along with Cat Deeley.

3. Jennifer Carpenter in Zuhair Murad at the 2009 Emmys.


Shan: Despite the fact that I harbor insane jealously over Mz. Carpenter's marriage to Michael C. Hall, I can overook that for this dress. I DO think she needs to eat a sangwich or two, but there is no denying, that dress is fab-u-less.

2. Drew Barrymore in Alexander McQueen at the 2009 Toronto Film Fest


Shan: As I was looking back at all the dresses I loved this past year, I was surprised at how MUCH I loved this one when I saw it again. Yes, it's unconventional, and no, I don't like her hair with it, but the color, and that lace overlay that looks like a cross between a spider web and a tattoo is amazing, and no one but Drew could pull it off quite like this. Well played.

1. Eva Mendes in Dior at the 2009 Golden Globes

Shan: Guh. No. Words. for the fabulosity of this...she just killed it. She just killed an entire family of five in this dress. So perfect it is beyond perfect. Of course, the Van Cleef & Arpels collar necklace just throws it into another stratosphere. The milky way of fashion perfection. A galaxy unto herself. Going where no man has gone before.

May the force be with you.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Fashion Never Takes a Holiday

Badazz. Courtesy of Stockholm Street Style.

Merci!
Shan

Friday, December 25, 2009

Fashion Recap: Zac Posen Spring 2010

I am totally copying and pasting my original post in the comments of Project Rungay on this one, my favey crockett of all the collections.

When I first started scrolling through these pics, I thought it was a cross between Star Trek and Braniff Airlines circa 1975, but the further I got, the more I liked the collection. Love the color palette in general. He has some really great halter dresses, and the long, nude slinky dress, the sheer black floralicious gown, and the pink swoony dress at the end are gorgemous.



Hello, welcome to Braniff Airlines.

Captain Kirk a la Studio 54? Works for me!

I could do wivout the wee twee hand up top, but love the rest.

I LOVE the woven halter, but hate the diaperiffic pants (brought to you by Depends!) that it is paired with.

Loverly watercolor painterly pattern.

On first glance I THINK I love this dress (as long as it really IS a dress and is not another diaper confection – it’s hard to tell).

Girls with bewbies cannot wear dresses like this. Still, meluvs.

I know, I know - I said in an earlier post I'm not a big fan of the neutral/nude dresses in general, but I make an exception for this slinky number.

Don't want to get caught in a high wind in this one!

Bananas, but could someone please take this girl to Quiznos for a sammich?

Merci!
Shan

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Fashion Recap: Versace Pre-Fall 2010

I have never been a huge fan of navy, but I LOVE the palette of this collection. TRES tres chic.


Guh. The kooky asymmetric hem, that flash of orange, tights, boots, necklace? I loves it all.



If I can't have this blue patent trench, I will just DIE.



Asian print tunic + shiny black leggings = Eh-heh-xcellent.



Ditto above.

Oh, this old thing? I just got it at The Matrix R-Us.

Wonder-Woman Caught In A Rainstorm? I love you most of all.

Merci!
Shan