Jan 31, 2009

Cocktail Curfew: KiWe, Cheval & Foundation Room (Toronto)

Nightclubbing were nightclubbing/ Were whats happening/ Nightclubbing were nightclubbing/ Were an ice machine/ We see people brand new people/ They're something to see/ When were nightclubbing/ Bright-white clubbing/ Oh isn't it wild? 
In reality this is a little overdue, since the occurrence of this night happened 2 weeks ago, but I've already stated I'm a procrastinator, so let's just leave it at that. Moving on. It was a friday night (January 16th) and my cousins birthday, she decided to start the evening off with a very late dinner at KiWe Kitchen. Due to the time, I decided to have an appetizer; the Spicy Shrimp with Whipped Sweet Yam and Pineapple Chutney, sounded delicious and for $14 I assumed it would be enough to keep me "energized" for a night of dancing. I was wrong. Our food arrived, and I was handed a plate with three, yes THREE, shrimp on a stream of a half-cup of whipped yam. Albeit they were jumbo shrimp, but I expected much more for the cost and was disappointed by the shrimps lack of flavour. Mr. Vegas, not realizing that this plate was the extent of my meal, grabbed one of my shrimp which didnt help. Fortunately he shared his Sterling Silver 10oz striploin with seasoned fries ($28) with me, which was quite tasty and well worth its cost.  The rest of table ordered a variety of appetizer which I nibbled a bit of; Artisan Cheeses preserves and nuts ($14), and a salad that I cannot find on the online menu presently, but I wish I had ordered it myself. I can't imagine I would ever return to KiWe, there was a highlight that I would recommend however, dessert; Crema Catalana ($9), 3 small tubs of crème brûlée, the praline and vanilla were my favourites.

From KiWe we ran across the street to Cheval Bar, in need to dance off that crème brûlée. We had to speak with a couple of bouncers, inquiring about our spot on the guestlist, which seemed excessive and pointless; and at the end of it all ended up paying the $10 regardless, which made the "guestlist" seem a wee bit redundant. The music was your typical dance lounge blend of mostly house and R&B, and the crowd was essentially what you'd expect such a place. Far too many people that act if the paparrazi will be around the corner to catch their next move, any second. Fortunately our group of  6 girls (ranging from 20-33yrs) and Mr Vegas were invited to join a table, where we imbibed a mix of Absolut Vodka with tonic water, water, cranberry juice, or orange (I'm either a vodka water with two limes, or vodka orange-cran, kind of girl). The free alcohol encouraged a few of the girls to sway their hips, but the mood was lukewarm; also there were a few oversized implants that stole their attention (clearly they haven't spent enough time in Vegas).

All was not lost, there was still more fun to be had; one of the girl's received an invite from a friend to join him at the Foundation Room. The seven of us piled into a cab and headed to east to Church and Front.  We were greeted by a blend of old school, new school and hip hop, thanks to Spence Diamonds, and a middle eastern (morrocan) decor. The architecture of the room and interior design was impressive. What a refreshing change! We found the table of the friend we were meeting and quickly told to help ourselves to the Grey Goose. Being a fan of the superior vodka, I had a drink, but just the one, noticing there were few of us sober, I realized I was definitely the driver of the evening, so I jumped back into my former bartender ways and kept the drinks mixing and flowing. The second bottle ordered at ten to two was probably a mistake, but who's gonna argue with the man footing the bill? 

Overall the night was good, started slow, but the company was great, and we ended it on a high note (ignoring the few drunken arguements from the usual suspects).  I'm looking forward to another night at Foundation Room Toronto, maybe we'll end up there again after Maro this coming Friday.

Jan 30, 2009

Getting Fit: Day 19

Somehow I've been far too busy (or negligent?) this week to get out more than one post? I'm relatively disappointed with myself, especially since I have additional SAG dresses to highlight, even some Golden Globe gowns I have yet to comment on, that I thought were worthy of discussion! So to alleviate my negligent guilt, I plan on making up for that with some extra posts today and/or this weekend- I have a resume I've been working on that's been taking up all my thought and typing energy. Speaking of typing, I just discovered I type 60 wpm, thanks to typingtest.com. Which will most definitely get included somewhere on that resume, thanks internets for increasing that speed! Speaking of increased speed and progression:

Week 3 of my new strength routine is going well, Im noticing my belly's flattening out a bit (my problem area), the rest of my body is tightening rather nicely, especially my quads. Also, my endurance or fitness level has increased, I was having trouble completing "plyo plank" sets until two days ago when I actually completed all 12 of the suggested reps. So with this progress I believe I should be able to add an additional circuit set to the two I had been doing up to this point. 

Jan 26, 2009

SAG Awards Fashion

Awards season continues on, as does awards season's fashions, where designer get to showcase their latest overpriced gowns on attendees and nominees. You'd think that the SAG awards would perhaps be filled with more interesting and daring gowns than say the Golden Globs or Oscars, since this is the ceremony that's supposed to be for the actors from the actors, so why not showcase your true spirit. But that didn't seem to be the case last night, basically everyone looked "nice." There was very little gowns that I saw that were spectacular, and very few that were outrageous. How very disappointing. The gown itself may not be worthy of discussion, but sometimes the actress is. Angelina Jolie, for example:

Such a stunning woman. While I enjoy this colour on Angelina, her Max Azria dress however, wasn't really anything to get excited about. Why she's been wearing dresses that fold over, and even comes across looking like a senior citizen from afar, boggles my mind.

Brad Pitt's face is the best part of this picture, such pride and adoration, I love it.

Evan Rachel Wood, has actually excited me! She's not in all black, she's no longer channeling Dita Von Teese, her makeup is [slightly] more age appropriate and doesn't look like it belongs on Cher, 

and I absolutely love her shoes! The more I look at this picture, the more appreciative I am of Evan Rachel Woods. The contrast of her Monique Lhuillier gown and hair colour is sublime, not your usual Marcia Cross/forest green combo that's often seen. Not that there's anything wrong with that, perhaps I have a soft spot for redheads.

Let's thank the gods that Christina Hendricks has finally decided NOT to wear satin! Let's face sometimes painful truths, curves and satin are rarely friendly, which means they're rarely flattering.  This Carolina Herrera georgette gown hugs and flattens in all the right areas. I could do without some of the ruffling, but I'll take what I'm given.

Amy Adams, Amy Adams! Why are you obsessed with giant bows that look like infections? 

Also, that stark hair and lip colour! You're fabulous, I enjoy you tremendously (enough to have finally watched Enchanted, twice in a row). You've looked better, I can't recall when, but I know that you have.

Holly Hunter decided the SAG awards should be a themed ceremony:

Behold her portrayal (in Reem Acra) of an 80's Prom.

Teri Hatcher wore a white Monique Lhuillier gown, nothing against her, but she doesn't have the power, frame, or attitude to pull it off;

On her, I dislike it, granted I dislike Teri Hatcher in general, but this dramatic gown overwhelms her diminutive persona. But on a real star, a true fashionista, a slight diva- I 100% believe I'd love it; if Marcia Cross would ever wear white, she'd be more successful in this. Throw it on Gwyneth Paltrow, she can pull off a ball gown, and has been wearing a lot of white lately. Or perhaps even Amy Adams could pull it off, I suggest a switch.

Jan 25, 2009

Living the Dream: Reality TV

Feeling pretty uninspired lately, it's quite obvious I need something new in my life. A new job or career path is at the top of that list. I've had no idea what is that I want to do however, besides being an anesthesiologist (a salary that starts at over 200k sounds great to me! And you get to be a Doctor? Pretty great, right?); I want to act, above all I really want to be an actress, but unfortunately I've had it instilled in me since I was young that I needed to have a backup. So, naturally I went to university, got a degree, then discovered it does very little for you (besides cause you financial stress). I've always had interest in journalism- not real journalism of course, that barely exists these days anyway, my journalistic interest revolves around pop-culture, fashion, and fitness. There's also the dream of getting into music, an A&R rep, something? All I know is that I want in the entertainment business somehow. I have not figured out how, until now: reality tv!

Think about it, you get on a reality show, and all of sudden any of your dreams can come true, thanks to the amount of doors that magically open for you. Look at the the girls of The Hills, they're all considered "celebrities" of some sort, thus can actually get paid for club appearances, along with the other perks of being a person on display. Lauren Conrad, not only got an oppurtunity interning at Teen Vogue, followed by a gig at People's Revolution, but she has her own clothing line- that hasn't just been started in her parent's basement! Audrina recently got new surgery (and has made acting dream claims- we'll see what becomes of that); and Whitney not only gets an awesome position working for Diane Von Furstenburg, but she's also been blessed with her own show! These girls are seriously living the dream- my [new] dream! 

Besides merely envying the oppurtunities their guilty pleasure of a "show" has offered them, the money they make per episode is enough for me to sign away my anonymity. Lauren pulls in $75,000 per episode, while the ennuyant team of Heidi & Spencer receive $65k each, which I can not understand, their antics bore me.  Former party friend Audrina is rewarded $35k; even the "sideline" friends, Brody, Lo and Stephanie make $8-10k an episode!

So now all I need to do is figure out how I am going to get my own reality TV show- either that or move to L.A. and become friends with "LC." Where am I supposed to send in my resume for that gig? 

Jan 22, 2009

Getting Fit: Day 11

I've been feeling really stressed out lately, and surprisingly not because of a surgery a loved one went through on Tue- the reason I was absent yesterday. I really do deal with stress horribly, and I'm not quite sure what actions I can take to deal with it, besides the occassional yoga that I already do, along with a regular exercise regime-- Both help, but only temporarily. 

Moving on, today was strength day, which I completed the first circuit within 12min! Which means soon I'll be able to finish 3 sets within approximately 30min- perhaps then I'll cut out the extra cardio I do on strength days, so that I can narrow down my focus. I've also experienced progress with one of the moves; the routine calls for 12 reps of Plyo Planks, and up until today I was only capable of completing 6 reps, but I've added 3 more. Thankfully I felt much more energized and upbeat once I finished-- but like I said, that only lasted temporarily. I should probably try to get my workout on earlier in the day, and maybe I'd feel the benefits longer.

Tomorrow is an off day, which I'm happy about- I've been feeling a wee bit wiped, but again that probably goes back to my heightened stress level. I think I should perhaps start recording my measurements and go find a scale so I can track my progress beyond the fitness improvement I've been writing about thus far.

Jan 20, 2009

Jay-Z - My President is Black (DC Mix)

Keeping with today's theme of Obiemania, I decided to link on over to 2dopeboyz one more time. I've already linked to a video of Jay-Z performing My President is Black rmx live, and now Mr. Vegas has made the explicit version available for download in mp3 format. Visit the Dope Boy here

Inauguration Day! Barack Obama's Speech & Video

Being the original girl that I am, I spent my morning (that I am thankful Mr. Vegas woke me up for) watching the 44th President being sworn into office. And although I am not a United States citizen or even a resident anymore, I was truly moved by the emotions that President Barack Obama inspires in most of his listeners. While listening to his words, I finally felt that our generation is about to witness a change, whatever that change may be- an important part of history is being made, starting today. The following are a few chosen excerpts from President Obama's inauguration speech made today, along with a video of Obama taking the oath and his full address:

"That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.

"Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

"These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land - a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.

"We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

"Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions - who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short.

"For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

I sent Mr. Vegas the full speech, which can be read at his site, 2DopeBoyz.com. At this point, I'm not sure it really matters what Obie does next, I think what the U.S. really needed was someone to encourage hope instead of induce fear, to remind them of the choices they make and that they are responsible for their present and their future. I wonder if the "Terror-Meter" will be renamed to "Meter of Hope."  Here's hoping (see what I did there?)

I could continue to attempt an articulation of my emotions, but I'll let Jay-Z speak for me: 
My president is black/in fact he's half white/So even in a racist mind he's half right/So if you got a racist mind its alright/ My president is black but his house is all white/
Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther can walk/Martin Luther walked so Barrack Obama can run/Barrack Obama ran so all the children can fly/so imma spread my wings YOU CAN MEET ME IN THE SKY/I already got my own clothes/I already got my own shoes/ I was hot before Barrack/Imagine what im gon do/
Hello Mrs.America/ Hey pretty lady/red white and blue flag/Wave for me baby/Never thought i say this shit baby im good/you can keep your puss/I dont want no more bush/No more war/No more iraq/no more white lies/My president is black!!!
Again, visit 2DB to see the live video of Jigga, Nas, and Young Jeezy perform My President is Black (rmx)

Jan 19, 2009

Painfully Sleepless

Insomnia sucks.  It's 5:30am, and sleep hasn't even come close to saving me. I've browsed Facebook more than one girl can handle, watched an episode of Jem & the Holograms, finished watching 27 Dresses (much better than I expected), watched the opening montage and "makeover" montage in The Devil Wears Prada, and listened to MGMT's entire album. I've now stripped down to nothing, since my clothing felt stiffling- and no this is not exactly Penthouse Forum material, although the present frustration I feel could definitely be compared to that of an unsatisfied woman (oh the burdens we bear), and I simply CAN NOT get comfortable! I only have two options left. Get up and do something... yoga perhaps? Or even move to another location..couch? Another bed? Or I can pick up my book. My new year's resolution of reading one book a month would benefit from the latter option, however the lamp next to my bed is mysteriously missing its bulb, besides when I was finally tired from reading I'd have to get up to turn the lamp off, since it's so tall, thus making that elusive knob beyond my reach.

Woe is me. Did I mention my back hurts from laying here for so long. I want to sleep. I want to wake up from a good night's sleep. Honestly, I'd be happy if I were waking up now, or within the next 4 hours (let's be honest here), but at this rate I'll be lucky if I'm awake by sunset. Clearly I have a lot on my mind, and am desperately missing my former nighttime ritual- Mr. Vegas is out on the town with his friends, in Vegas, and totally unavailable to talk to me until I fall asleep. If only I can recall what I depended on during that time he had made himself completely unavailable. 

I'm beginning to sound rather cryptic, aren't I? I'm sure delirium is not too far...

Jan 18, 2009

Getting Fit: Day 7

I've spent a good portion of this day doing an excessive amount of procrastinating. I'm a wee bit depressed (due to the absence of my loved ones), plus it being the international "do nothing" day (Sunday) hasn't really added much to my cause. So instead of starting the day off right with a energizing workout, I slept till 2, watched the mockingly-fake romance flick The Wedding Date, the same episodes of Sex & the City that I watched last night on CosmoTV, and Sicko- which has inspired a desire to move to France! Watch and you'll understand.

I finally got up off my ass at 7:50pm to get my workout on and finish my first week of this new exercise routine. I decided to do both the strength routine I skipped out on yesterday and a full aerobics routine. I'm still only capable of squeezing out 2 sets of the circuit, which took 33 min today, hopefully by the end of this week I can complete 3 full circuit sets. Normally when I do the strength circuit I only aim for 20-30min of cardio, which I believe I will eliminate once I'm able to do 3 -4 sets of the circuit, but since today was initially intended for cardio, I did a full 45 min of a cardio dance dvd. I feel pretty good, although my left hamstring is really sore- I think I may have pulled something back there!

Tomorrow should be reserved as an off day, but I'm going to do yoga in the a.m.- hoping it will help with my left hamstring, cardio and abs. If all goes well maybe I'll be 5lbs lighter by Valentine's Day.

Jan 17, 2009

Spending the Evening Alone

Today was one of those days that would have been better if left avoided, one of those days that really emphasize the downfalls of a long distance relationship. Mr. Vegas flew back to, you guessed it, Vegas. And not only did I have to watch my man fly away from me for an indefinite amount of time, but he also took my child (or our dog, Bear) 3, 623km (or 2,251 miles) away from me! Such a sad, sad day [although he doesn't seem as distraught as I am]. Hopefully his second flight with WestJet (not Air Canada) was better than his [delayed] first. I've only had one experience with them, but I've been enthusiastically promoting them since.

So as I sit here watching Sex & the City, waiting for my man to text me that he and the Baby have landed, I continue to contemplate whether or not I should work out. Truth is, it's almost 1am, and I'm just not up to it; I'm tired, both from the late night we had for my cousin's bday (more on that later), and the stress of the day. I really wish I had managed to squeeze it in somehow, however. Today would have been day 3 of attempting my new strength routine, and tomorrow is supposed to be a cardio only day, plus I've put a little too much crap in my body these past two days. So I have two options, normally there would be but one- to workout, no matter how late- today, however is no normal day; so 1) do both cardio and strength tomorrow and still follow the 3 days on, 1 day off format- thus taking Monday off or 2) do strength tomorrow, cardio Monday and wait until Friday for my next off day.....? Hmmm.. I suppose I could always mash up the two options. Oh the mental chatter that occurs at 1 am when you're slowing coming to grips with the fact that you're sleeping alone tonight.

Jan 15, 2009

Going to the Movies: Bride Wars

Having only 3 days left with Mr. Vegas before he flies back to, well Vegas, we decided to get out of the house and go see a movie. I was given the rare chance to see a girlie-flick, normally Mr. V would never approve or attend a film that wasn't on his existing "to see" list, so although even I was hesitant to see this in theatres, I took adventage of this rare opportunity. Bride Wars it is (Gran Torino, with Clint Eastwood was also at the top of the list).

I figured that I'd probably enjoy it, even though I had that sense of hesitation looming over the final decision; I enjoy Kate Hudson, and was a fan of the Devil Wears Prada, so it can't be that bad... right...Right?


Mr. V and I walked out of the theatre feeling like we had just watched an extended trailer. There was nothing new to the story line that the trailer hadn't already covered; no covet-worthy ensembles or fashion montage a la DWP; the characters weren't very interesting, and the giggle-inspiring moments were few. I expected more from you Kate and Anne!

Sure I was suddenly feeling the urge to plan a wedding, and even perused "Bridal To-Do Checklists" in the bookstore we visited afterwards, and Kate Hudson's body highlighted how much I need to focus on my fitness and health goals, she also sparked a yearning for my formerly blonde hair, but overall I was left feeling robbed of great fashion moment possibilities and disappointed with the story in general (and the damn weddings!)

In short, it was a waste of feeling bloated and guilty from fatty, movie theatre popcorn indulgence. Here's hoping that my next two girlie movie viewing desires will be better, or at least I avoid the popcorn.

Jan 14, 2009

On My Way to Lean, Day 3

My second attempt at Shape's Feb. '09 circuit workout now complete, and I'm feeling much better than I did after Monday's attempt. I managed to complete one whole circuit within in 14 minutes, thus shaving 4 minutes from my first attempt, and I made it through the second circuit much more easily. It would have been much more pleasant if my inner thighs, hamstrings and ass weren't so tight and sore. Thanks to the 3 days on 1 day off format tomorrow is an off day, followed by a day of cardio. So I get to squeeze in some recovery yoga tomorrow, and another day of aerobics or something of that nature before I even have to take a third stab at this trying routine.  

My goal from all this is to lose 5 lbs, I've learned that it's much easier, or less daunting to break down your goals in smaller attainable pieces rather than chunks. I'm not trying to complain as if I have a large chunk too lose, but 5 lbs sounds so much nicer than 15 or even 10.

Jan 13, 2009

New Workout Circuit

So in my ongoing pursuit of the perfect body (whatever that may be), I decided yesterday to change my workout and start logging in my calories once again. To log in my calories I went back to the trusty site Spark People, which I've depended on many times to help me get back on track with my eating. You can track your calorie, carbs, fat, & protein intake as well as adding on any additional trackers, mine is fiber,  I'm always aiming to get at least 25g of fiber a day to help me feel more satiated; it also has counters for water and fruits & vegetables, with the water aim being at 8 glasses daily naturally. I'm aiming for 3-5 servings of fruits & veggies daily, mostly choosing from those that are low on the glycemic index

SparkPeople.com also offers weight routines and a calorie output (via exercise) tracker, I prefer to come up with my own routines but using the calorie burned tracker is definitely motivating- My new workout choice came from the February 2009 issue of Shape Magazine, featuring Ashley Tisdale on the cover, and let me tell you.. it kicked my ass! 

The routine created by RoadFit founder, Eric Von Frohlich is supposed to burn more than 400 calories in only 30 minutes. The suggested plan pushes for 3 to 4 sets of an 8 move circuit... well I was ready to quit after 18 min of ONE SET! I have absolutely no idea how anyone would be able to finish 3 sets in 30 min, let alone 4. I pushed through and tried my best to finish a second circuit, altho I didn't complete all reps for each exercise, and may have even modified some of the moves for my (lowered?) fitness level, but I did it.

The routine follows a three days on, one day off schedule, which is why I chose it as my new routine. Today is a cardio only day, Ill probably add an extra 10min of abs, and tomorrow will be my second attempt at this strength routine, hopefully I won't feel as defeated as I did the first time around.

66th Golden Globes Fashion

I didn't even realize the Golden Globes were on Sunday, till Mr Vegas and I walked in to it playing on TV after a day spent in Downtown Toronto- filled with canceled video shoots, leaving the Eaton Center empty handed, debating BCBG boots, 2 hour parking adventures, walking in the cold etc. We did end it on a plus meeting up with Toronto emcee JD Era and his girl later on for drinks. Both very good people, I was pleasantly relieved that his girl turned out to be easy going. Coming home to the Golden Globes was a nice little bonus. 

I never thought I'd see the day Colin Farrell got an award that wasn't of the MTV genre! A best actor nod at that for In Bruges a film I really know nothing about, but I'm now intrigued to see this hot little Irish lad act well *cough* Miami Vice, Daredevil *cough.*

Presenting the award was Sandra Bullock looking great in Dior,

I thought she looked great (along with most of the other white-wearers of the night), I formerly found Sandra Bullock to be overrated and incredibly boring with her clothing choices, but in recent years she's even made some rather daring fashion moves,

Especially with her turquoise clutch and those bracelets! I love them! (and have some very similar), apparently marrying a biker beefs up your fashion I.Q.

Eva Mendes was also clad in Dior

I do love the concept of this dress, and would probably appreciate it a lot more on someone else; It's old school glamour, and for the most part flattering on Ms Mendes, and although Eva has been dressing rather magnificently lately she still has a little more time to go before I believe she can pull this off. Her Van Cleef & Arpels turquoise and diamond necklace, however,

Looked fabulous on her. Both Sandra and Eva demonstrate how well turquoise compliments white.

I noticed that it was the night of both whites and champagne- or should I say nudes not to confuse a fashion choice with Moët, although I'm a fan of either! Chelsea Handler-looking Elizabeth Banks in J. Mendel,

Miley Cyrus in Marchesa,

looking her age again, wearing a style I once considered as the cut of my future wedding dress. 

And the "poor man's Angelina," 

Megan Fox looking possibly the least trashy Ive ever seen her in her Ralph Lauren gown. The photos of her do not do the dress justice, I thought it looked much better on screen. Sidenote: She looked notably pissed off when presenting with Terrance Howard, I wonder why, hopefully he didn't refer to her the same way I did.

Jan 9, 2009

People's Choice Fashions Continues

I seem to be suffering from some sleeping disorder, which was at its worst last night- Both Mr. Vegas and I weren't able to fall asleep until almost 5am, then for some reason I woke up at 8:30,  only to come back to a bed that the baby (our yorkie Bear) had vomitted all over. *Sigh* Clean up the vomit, wake up Mr. V (since he had rolled in it and didnt notice), change the sheets, find more vomit while looking for new sheets, and finally back to sleep! Naturally I didn't wake up again until 2pm, I hate that. Which explains (somewhat) why I haven't attempted much of a PCA continuation until now. 

The following are not all bad, but they're not all great either; for the most part they generate a hearty "meh" feeling. Starting with Robin "I used to have a bald head"  Tunney.

Yes the dress is cute, very Guess Spring 2001 Wailea collection, the clutch is great with it- and here it comes.. But. Do I approve of this being worn, in January, to an awards show? Not at all- perhaps if Ms Tunney had her bald head back it would add a little extra drama.

I have no idea who this girl is, or why I came across a picture of her, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't have an opinion on her clothes.

The pic is labelled Taryn Southern [Thanks to Celebrity Latest Photos for most of the images in this post], pretty girl, but that name rings zero bells, so I`ll be sure to google her later on. As for her dress, it`s fine, I probably picked up the same one while browsing the racks at Forever 21. Who can resist a $24.99 party dress you`ll wear only once or twice?

Jessica Stroup chose a fabulous dress, by a fabulous label:

It's rare you can ever go wrong with a Max Azria creation, whether it be BCBG or Hervé Léger as Jessica chose above, unless of course your body resembles Miss Stroup's. Hervé Léger is meant to be worn to hug and embrace curves, not bones! She is far too thin for this; 20 extra pounds and she'd look phenomenal, shit even her weight in Prom Night would be an improvement, as it is, she's wasting a great dress.

Uncle Jessie's former flame, Laurie Laughlin made a poor choice herself, 

Let's ignore that her lower legs are significantly "darker" (read: orange) than the rest of her, and how she should really lay off the spray tan or invest in some lemon juice to scrub some of it off-I can not ignore that her dress was made from grandma's (or my case, my mother's) throw pillow. Which could be really complimentary with Carrie Underwood's Naeem Khan dress.

Keeping in the theme of the "Nouveau" 90210, from the original cast Jennie Garth,

I was originally going to say some snarky remark like "Note to Jennie: You're not Grace Kelly!" Until I saw the close up:

And while no, she is not Princess Gracie, she does look rather cute, and has done old school glamour rather well. So brava!

Katherine Heigl put as much effort into her look with a Dolce & Gabbana pant suit as I put....

...But I do love the shoes!

Jan 8, 2009

People's Choice Awards

Miserable from my first attempt at shoveling an icy sidewalk (shocking huh? Considering Ive lived all but 2 years of my life in Canada); it seems like a good time to take a crack at my second post. What better time to critique the fashion's of people I have yet to meet, n'est ce pas?

Starting with those that make me wonder why people even hire stylists in the first place, (is it really THAT hard to dress yourself? And you actually PAID someone to put you in this? Really? Really?), bring on Carrie Underwood!

I admit I often like what Ms. Underwood wears, but last night was not one of those times (well that's not entirely true, I liked one of her outfits, but that will come later), first up is her Naeem Khan floral gown:

I haven't the faintest idea why she would chose to wear a gown that resembles Nanna's couch. You know the one in the "living room" that no one is allowed to go in, unless of course it's Christmas, in which case you're not allowed to sit on it- So unless she was trying her best to fear people away from coming near her, this was not necessarily the best choice. It's also very reminiscent of Sarah Larson's (Clooney's ex, you know the Palm's Casino serving, fear factor contestant, who gained one or two modeling gigs from the romances publicity) 2008 Oscar gown, as pointed out by Fug Girl, Heather.

For her stage performance, of a song I don't remember, nor enjoyed, Underwood chose a lime green concoction, which reminds me of something Blanche Devereaux would have worn if she were ever invited to the Oscar's in the 70s.

Why a 20-something-year-old girl would chose to wear not one, but two outfits inspired by Nanna, is beyond me. Again I must admit that I very much enjoy the waistline of that green "vintage" piece- But why the need for the extra skirted bit? Your young, your legs are good, you have no varicose veins to hide, so please rip off that lower half and prance around in your youthful glory!

Moving on to another blonde raiding the closet of a woman significantly older, Kate Hudson's blue Gucci gown did little for me either:

Yes, it definitely looks like something Kate might wear, it also looks a little like a garment Goldie would put on- and that is rarely a good thing. Also, those shoes! The black ankle strap, the tapered platform, it's far too striperella for my approval. It's not all bad however, I'm loving the Brigitte Bardot inspired hairstyle, but it ends there.

Remember when every sized 2 actress on Ally McBeal suddenly suffered from size-00 envy and all started resembling lolly-pops with their regular sized heads, but teeny-tiny bodies, Mrs. Ellen DeGeneres (aka Portia de Rossi) included? Well that's who Jennifer Morrison reminds me of,

a shockingly tiny, Ally McBeal employed, Portia de Rossi. I heart her, I think she's lovely, but her size worries me, and I sort of fear her metamorphosis into looking like every other L.A. starlet or starlet-wannabe, with that faux-tan and extensioned, wavy, blonde locks. As for her dress,

While I love the gold detail and lower half of Morrison's Gianfranco Ferré dress, doesn't the bodice look like she's ready to go to battle..in the 13th Century, alongside Sir Lancelot?

One more up to bat, the winner of "You Are Not Jennifer Aniston, Stop Wearing All Black-It's Boring" Award, Reese Witherspoon.

It's not horrible, and I'm sure I have something similar that I'd throw on when I couldn't figure out what else to wear, or was in need of some of black's slimming nature, I would not wear this to an awards show. I've seen her wear colour, it looked good, this is just dull and uninspired.

Jan 7, 2009

Too Much Pretty is Ugly

Driving along the 401 (aka the only road in Canada; ironically that link can not be accessed by Canadians), on our way from Toronto to Montreal for NYE, I kept encouraging my Las Vegan "mister" to take pictures of all the snow and pretty Canadian scenery as some form of white winter memento. Upon hearing my repetitive suggestion, our driver (hailing from St. Lucia, and holding a greater label than merely "our driver") looked back and asked if this was all the scenery was going to be for the six hour drive, snow banks, trees, frozen lakes and snowy nothingness. Of course it is, what else would it be? Welcome to Canada, we've got a lot of land, most of which is inhabitable-- but it's really pretty.

While looking out the Buick Le Sabre window (mesmerized by Canada's scenic glory, I'm sure) Mr. Las Vegas muttered, "too much pretty is ugly." Ahhh, spoken like a true american.

And that is how I finally came up with the title of the blog I've been encouraged to start for over a year.
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