Ally: Another day I’ll talk at length about my endless devotion to Sarah Polley. Today I’m just going to focus on the movie she directed starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogan, Take This Waltz
Something you should know about my husband, known around these parts as “El Jeffe”. El Jeffe does not do the independent movies, unless his wife is eight months pregnant and crying into a bowl of Haagan Daaz while icing her ass. No, really. That’s not a fictional story. That actually happened. So, we watched this lovely film with even lovelier fashion. Throughout the movie I frequently commented, “Oh, I love that on her” or “That’s a dress I absolutely need”.
In addition to making me want to chop off all my hair (which we’ve already discussed is not an option right now), Michelle also moved me to want to purchase this delightful blue romper:
Here’s a better image of the romper Michelle wears in the film:
Michelle’s character, Margot, also had an affinity for adorable-yet-age-appropriate sundresses. Some that I even think L-A would consider wearing.
I have to thank the website InspiredGround.com for having these images on their site. She also obtained a pic of the other sundress I loved in the film:
And I loved the red patterned dress above that Margot wore during her sister-in-law’s sober anniversary booze-up (much inappropriate, but the dress was on point).
I believe a couple of weeks ago (or last week? Who knows?) I was talking about the awful state of cut-off shorts that “the kids” are wearing these days. Ladies, take note:
Who knew Seth Rogan had such delightful ham stocks?
I love how she paired the shorts below with the gingham shirt knotted at the bottom. Bonus points for the ked-like sneakers.
So that’s pretty much my fashion wrap-up. It’s a fictional wardrobe I would love to steal. As for the movie itself, it was great. It ended on a slightly confusing note, but El Jeffe seemed to grasp the message. My confusion may have had something to do with not sleeping for the past two months. It’s a definite must-see.
L-A: Remember that week when I couldn’t remember what day of the month it was? Well, this week I topped that. I started writing this post in a panic so I’d have it ready for Friday morning because I was determined not to abandon you for a week.
I stayed up late to write. I was getting shit done.
And then I remembered: tomorrow is Thursday.
You guys, I’m a mess.
Maybe not a Reese Witherspoon apology level mess, but a mess. Trying to have a life while planning a move to another province blows.
Okay, so favourites:
1. Got my hair did.
Totally went Carey Mulligan short. Now if only I was allowed to day drink sidecars all day long at work and had giant Tiffany’s diamonds, then my Gatsby dreams would all come true.
I didn’t take a picture, but I was on Global Morning News yesterday to talk Crafters, so you can probably see my hair there.
2. I bought these shoes for $3.85
Are you kidding me? I walk into Old Navy because it was there and I was there (since I had to make the terrible slog to Bayers Lake in search of craft fair supplies I couldn’t find downtown). I had no plans to buy anything, but these were the first thing I see. In my size. For $5.99. Deal! I was already committed to purchasing them for an absurdly low price and then boom! 30% off that. I feel like I stole them. Best part? They’re frigging adorable and I love them like I paid full price for them.
(On that note, I do feel some guilt, considering recent events in Bangladesh and the idea of fast fashion. It’s clearly a mixed and shallow guilt, as I still went into Old Navy in the first place and I still bought the shoes).
3. The Shameless Self Promotion: Craft Show this weekend
Yay! Come visit!
4. WTF of the Week: Spotted at the Bookstore
I headed in to find the Sheryl Sandberg book and spotted this:
I’m skeptical about taking life advice from what is mostly likely bargain-GOOP. Also, I love the title of the book next to it.
5. How I’m feeling these days about blogging
Before I wish you an awesome weekend, I’m going to apologize for the crappy job we’ve been doing of writing posts. No, we’re not slowly quitting. But on my end, work + craft show + move + farewell tour of friends = no time/energy left for writing. Even when I have awesome ideas (which I do), I suck at the follow through. On Ally’s part, birthing babies appears to be hard work (she doesn’t complain much, but it still sounds hard). It’s not much longer before Baby G2 is born, and that means no sleep for her.
We’ll post as often as we can this month, but the move (and everything surrounding it) will probably get in the way. Once I settle into my new place and buy a desk, things will get back to the norm. Thanks for your patience and for putting up with us in all our sturm und drang.
Ally: I second L-A’s emotions. I’m wrapping up work before becoming a mother of two in a few weeks, so that’s taken the priority. This doesn’t mean that I haven’t been noticing awesome stuff, like…
Nicole Richie’s latest hair style
It’s not for me (did you hear that, husband? I SAID IT IS NOT FOR ME), but it looks spectacular on her. It’s actually not the best photo, but I’m rushing to post something before heading to physio to deal with what my physiotherapist describes as “Angry Ass”. I know what you’re thinking and I have no idea why we’re asked to go on TV to talk about important things either.
I’m also beyond gleeful over the news that Nicole will have a web series called…
“I am here in regards to my tramp stamp”
My love is so deep for her.
On to Beyonce and Feminism
Lastly, if you need a good read this week that will reconfirm your belief in feminism, this would be your best bet.
Not everyone has the luxury of choosing a job that showcases the “brilliance of their brain”. Some of us will settle for a job which showcases the brilliance of our ability to put food in the fridge, even if it means “undressing” to do so. Some women need to use their bodies to get ahead. Some women want to. This doesn’t make them less than, and their choices are not incompatible with brilliance.
I’ve struggled recently with my reaction when I see celebrities appearing on the cover of a magazine wearing little to no clothing and belly chains.
My gut reaction is, “what is this telling the young ladies of tomorrow!”. This article made me rethink that. Maybe it’s telling the young ladies of tomorrow, “See me? I’m a billionaire who has made my money off of my art and I still enjoy wearing uncomfortable booty shorts”. Power to that, right? Although I cannot get behind belly chains. I cannot.
When talking about this on my Facebook page, someone accurately pointed out that it was time for Solange to get shown more love for what she is doing to empower women.
Have a great weekend, and we’ll potentially see you on Monday depending how much sleep I get over the weekend.
Amazing Video of the Week
When I’m down in the dumps, nothing makes me happier than Dolly Parton (except wine, but that’s now allowed for the next month at least). So I give to you Dolly on Letterman in 2010.
L-A: So last week I thought it might be the 25th. Apparently not. Partly because the 25th is a Thursday. Moving on.
1. My saddle shoes are seeing the light of day again!
Sure I can wear them indoors at the office, but it’s so much nicer to wear them outside on the streets and not live in fear of salt killing them. I still have a bit more of the rainy season to go, but we’ll get there.
As always, it’s a delight to have an evening of smart lady gossip talk. So big ups to the folks at VitaminWater and FRED for the event. I may have embarrassed myself around the cupcakes. (There’s an unflattering photo of me on Facebook. I blame the torrential downpours for the flatness of my hair that day).
3. Tastes of summer
Not berries or fresh fruit or any of that. No, my first taste of summer for the year are these guys:
The best. It’s not long now until they’re garnish in one of my favourite summertime drinks (lemonade + gin + mint).
4. I’m still listening to the Smiths
It’ll end eventually. Possibly when I get more sunny days. Until then.
I thought you might hate my Smiths phase less if I included some Joseph Gordon Levitt. In hindsight, that fan video made me hate my Smiths phase more. (But not enough to stop listening to them).
5. I will watch the weirdest things when left alone with wine and Netflix
If I were a film reviewer, which I’m not (in spite of my in depth thoughts on Magic Mike), I’d say it was a Netflix find with potential. Potential dashed by clichés, too many characters and unnecessary subplots. FPQT Figure Skater Judge Score is 2.5/5. I should try watching better movies though. But I think anything that engages my brain will have to wait until after the following….
6. Halifax Crafters (Shamelessly Self Promoted)
It’s a well known fact that I can’t craft or prepare crafts while watching anything of substance. It is 95% the reason I own She’s the Man. (Okay, fine, 75%. I totally enjoy She’s the Man, but I bought it for late night crafting so it’s weighted heavily towards Crafters as being the reason I own it).
Anyways, stop by and say hey if you’re in town. You can see what it looks like when someone embroiders quotes from The Wire and googles things like “what kind of gun does Omar use?” Correct answer: many. (I decided to go with the .45 ACP semi-automatic. This decision was based solely on the fact that I thought a shotgun would be too hard to learn to draw).
Ally: Yessssssssssss, L-A started a post. Such happiness. Remember on Monday I was all, “Hey, guys! I’ll have a post for you mid-week!” Totally lied to your face. Sorry about that. Both L-A and I have some Random Style Icon posts coming your way in the next couple of weeks. This much is true.
I don’t so much have favourites this week as I have “What the F**ks?”. Is this ok? I’m an artist, I need to follow my creative juices.
WTF See-Through Clothing?
I expect this from Z-List reality stars, but Paltrow? Unacceptable.
We understand and accept that you have the posterior of a night-time lady dancer. We’re good with that. Jealous even. I may be writing this while wearing Zellers yoga pants and a white maternity t-shirt with ketchup on it, but that does not make me any less of an expert on what is Klassy or not.
WTF is going on with your cut-off shorts?
I don’t even know.
It’s not the shredding at the bottom. I’m down with that. It’s the weird…cut. Granted, I’m not a supermodel like Alessandra Ambrosia who would probably wear a diaper and everyone would be all jumpy claps.
To be clear, this is more a concern about Miley’s shoes than her shorts. The combination is frightening.
It’s fair to say that if I had been commenting on these shorts a year ago I may have actually endorsed them. However, I’m a cranky bitch on no sleep so today I hate.
Unexplainable Music Video of the Week
I truly can’t explain this choice, other than I’m sitting here bawling at my desk wishing I could wear lucite heels and crappy cut-off jean shorts. Yay, hormones!
P.S. I really wish I could see L-A’s face as she reads through my half of this post. This might have been a good day to just hit “publish” on her Fave Friday items. Too late!
Crappy Pop Music Video of the Week
Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.