Sep 13, 2009

MTV VMAs: Red Carpet (Pre-Judgements)

As the whole family is sitting watching the VMAs and rolling our eyes at Lady Gaga's Jean Paul Ghautier designed Phantom of the Opera homage- I'm not sure I can ever look at Kermit the Frog the same way again- my sis and I noticed that Shakira is looking rather bloated, in the face (her body however was looking quite stellar in her tight sequined Balmain mini), botox gone awry perhaps? Three minutes later Pink makes her grand entrance in the exact same dress! On a daily basis that's not really a big deal, but at an awards event (even one hosted by MTV) and being separated by mere minutes, some personal assistant or stylist somewhere is being canned.

Speaking of being canned, Ashley Greene as their Fashion Correspondent. Why? Who made this happen and what inspired this? Have you not been taking note of her many poor fashion choices as of late? Someone needs to tell her she is no Chloe Sevigny, so she needs to steer clear of the Beverly Hills 90210 floral flashbacks! But I digress...

As many know I am a big fan of both Cinderella and Taylor Swift, so having the two combined with her pumpkin carriage entrance in a beautiful ice gown that a fairy godmother would have blessed you with brought much joy to my little black heart.

There's so much more that I have to say about the Red Carpet, but the show has started and Kanye West has just overshadowed the Micheal Jackson Tribute!! Douche!

Sep 9, 2009

Spine to Spine: Life of Pi & The Te of Piglet

My original reading goal was to finish one book a month, no problem right? Apparently I was wrong. With the onset of summer I completely abandoned my Spine to Spine personal quota. I finished Benjamin Hoff's Te of Piglet as my May read (although I never took to TMP to rave about it, just as The Tao of Pooh, it was great, and worth multiple reads throughout life). After completing Te of Piglet, I picked up Yann Martel's Life of Pi for my June read, still in search of inspiring uplifting novels, such as Te and The Alchemist, something to help me figure out my life. So I admit I judged this book by its cover,

I saw the tiger, the waves, the font, the colours and thought "This looks like it'll be philosophical, and uplifting." Not to say it wasn't inspiring or possessing philosophical symbolism throughout, it was, but what I was expecting was not at all what I got.

The first half of the story, depicting young Piscine's (Pi) life in Pondicherry, India, the son of a Zoo proprietor with an insatiable appetite for religions, Muslim, Christian and Hindu was interesting, but slow. The pace changed from the first sentence of the second part, once his father had decided to sell the zoo and its animals and move his family to Winnipeg. Their cargo ship sunk and a young Pi was stranded on a lifeboat with a hyena, orangutan, zebra and a tiger named Richard Parker (Edgar Allen Poe reference, I'm sure). It's a captivating tale that even with such extraordinary circumstances is told in such a plausible way... yes I was duped and believed this was a true tale. If only everyone else who starts this book could be as a lucky

Sep 2, 2009

Remembering DJ AM

After hearing about DJ AM's death this past Friday, August 28th, I can't help but wonder how it's affected people who were actually a part of his life. Media society has a tendency to sensationalize celebrity deaths to the point that they begin to feel as though it were a tragic plot in a movie, but the truth is these recently deceased celebrities were real people with friends and family, all of whom were left in the wake. I admit to checking Nicole Richie's Twitter page randomly to see if she's made any updates of her feelings, understandably, she hasn't. According to sources she's been under medical care since she found out, claiming that she felt as if her heart had stopped upon hearing the news. That's real, and heartbreaking.

Travis Barker, AM's friend and survival companion, did take to Twitter to express his feelings on the tragedy, "My brother is gone. I love u and miss u, I'll never forget all the good times we had. Rest in peace, my brother. This really fucks me up." Imagine experiencing a plane crash, suffering second and third-degree burns after a Learjet you're on catches fire, people die, but you and you're friend are lucky to survive, and less than one year later, that friend is found faced down on the floor, surrounded by pain pills? Pain pills that he no-doubt, starting taking due to said plane crash, which appeared to have led the former addict back into a drug abusing state. I agree Travis, that would really fuck somebody up.

DJ AM's memorial takes place tomorrow at the Hollywood Palladium, and will resemble an open 12 step meeting according to the invitation. It encourages both his friends from his life in recovery, as well as those from other areas of his life to attend. I suppose this will make up for AM's intervention-style reality show he was working on with MTV, based on his experiences overcoming addiction and being 10 years sober as well as surviving the plane crash, that never came to fruition. "I have another chance...So I have to do something better with my life this time." He said in July, explaining his decision to do the show.

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