May 5, 2011

Going to the Movies: Something Borrowed

Last Wednesday I was lucky enough to catch a pre-screening of the romantic-comedy, based on the Emily Griffin bestseller, Something Borrowed, playing in theatres this Friday May 6th. Featuring Ginnifer Goodwin (He's Just Not That Into You) and Kate Hudson (Bride Wars) as Rachel and Darcy, best friends from childhood with two very different personalities, both vying for the love of the same man, Colin Egglesfield's (Melrose Place) Dex.

The plot centers around "good girl" Rachel who is often shadowed by her self-centered best friend since childhood; "The good girl" crosses the line of friendship and after a night of drinking sleeps with her best friend's fiance, and ends up falling in love with.

I realize this sounds like a drama and yet it ran like a comedy filled with romance as Rachel rediscovers herself, re-evaluates her friendship and her views on love. What I found incredible was how every woman in the audience sat there watching the screen, feeling touched by the love expressed on screen, finding it sweet or poignant and yet not finding Ginny's character despicable to betray her oldest, closest friend. It made me question if that meant that each of us, if we fell in love with the "wrong" person, would do the same.

Who doesn't love a movie that keeps you entertained, gets you laughing, yet has you pondering your own morals and ethics? I recommend catching this flick this weekend, but perhaps you may want to go with someone other than your best friend, especially if you've ever crossed that line, even if it was only in high school. Watch the trailer below:

May 4, 2011

Royal Wedding Fashion

I've already expressed my love of Pippa Middleton's Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, satin cap sleeved gown which featured the same lace trim and button details as Kate's gown, (which some may find familiar, due to Cameron Diaz wearing a red version to the 2010 Golden Globes), shown here flower girls with Grace van Cutsem and Eliza Lopes; But Pippa wasn't the only person to stand out at the Royal ceremony.

One of the biggest stars of the night, besides Kate and her gown, were the hats! There was not one woman sitting inside Westminster Abbey that was not sporting a topper, whether large or small. Most of these essential British accessories were designed by milliner Philip Treacy, who's designs have often been the final touch of many man SJP's looks. Above we see Princess Beatrice (in Valentino) and Princess Eugenie (in Vivienne Westwood) of York sporting some of his show-stopping work.

This is not Philip Treacy's first encounter with the Royal family, he's also designed for Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, shown entering Westminster Abbey with her husband Prince Charles.

I love Queen Elizabeth II's fashion sense, she's incredibly posh and proper. A great mix of Coco Chanel and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Here she is leaving with her husband Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, and son Prince Charles of Wales.

Speaking of Posh... The Beckham's were in attendance, and it's rumoured that after the newlyweds visit Canada, they'll be heading to LA and may be staying with the Beckham's. What an interesting friendship. Could you imagine having any of the Royals as house guests? That would be incredibly nerve-racking!

Victoria Beckham wasn't the only "singer" present at the ceremony, normally barefooted free-spirit, Joss Stone looked incredible in this classic red satin sheath dress with matching cropped jacket and complimentary peep-toes. I love this look, even with that cell phone pressed against her ear.

British socialite Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, rocked a head-to-toe cobalt look with a Deborah Milner dress, Nicholas Kirkwood pumps and of course a Philip Treacy hat. Which, although this is my favourite colour and I do actually think it looks good, it would have been interesting to see her throw in something unexpected.

The ladies weren't the only one's to bring their A-game with their fashion choices, Australian Olympic medalist Ian Thorpe was an excellent example of how dapper a man can look in a a great tux!

To close out, the Bride's mother Carole Middleton looked elegant and fit right in with the Royal Family. That is one proud mum!

May 1, 2011

The Royal Wedding

This past Friday, April 29th 2011, history was made, all because of the union between Prince William and his long time girlfriend Kate Middleton, in a ceremony broadcast worldwide. Here in Toronto bars were allowed to open and serve alcohol (and perhaps tea and crumpets?) before 11am, since the wedding took place at 6am E.T. It was a big deal for many people and has much as I love a wedding, I had no interest in waking up early to watch it on TV, nor in a pub or at a party. That is, until my friend (who decided it was worth waking up early to witness a part of history), casually told me who designed the dress.

The moment I heard the name "Alexander McQueen," my normally tired, zombie self shot up and out of bed and sauntered over to the couch for my first glance at McQueen Creative Director Sarah Burton's Royal design. Kate worked closely with Burton to create the ivory silk and lace, long-sleeved, V-necked gown which featured a mere 8 foot train (nothing compared to her now-husband's deceased mother, Princess Diana's 25 foot train), her veil featured layers of soft, ivory silk tulle trimmed with hand-embroidered flowers.

The gown was a beautifully modern take on a traditionally elegant style, and was very reminiscent of Grace Kelly's historic, Helen Rose designed wedding gown; there were even elements of Queen Elizabeth's 1947 Norman Hartnell gown. The former assistant to the late Alexander McQueen, said "McQueen's designs are all about bringing contrasts together to create startling and beautiful clothes and I hope that by marrying traditional fabrics and lacework, with a modern structure and design we have created a beautiful dress for Catherine on her wedding day." And a beautiful dress they have! Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen also designed Kate's sister, Pippa's ivory, cowl-neck capped sleeve gown which I absolutely loved! Although it looked like a wedding gown itself, and reminded me of Courtney Cox-Arquette's wedding gown.

Congratulations to the happy couple, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Her Royal Highness Princess William Arthur Philip Louis, Duchess of Cambridge, Countess of Strathearn, Baroness Carrickfergus. Yes that is her full title... Oh to dream! Finally a princess little girls can look up to!
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