Tuesday, September 27, 2011


I've been frantically getting ready for my fast-upcoming trip to New York lately (less than two weeks to go! When did that happen?? How fast did time go by since when I decided to go, let alone booked everything?!). Oh and by 'frantically getting ready' I mean extensively analysing my best options about what phone to take with me/how to make it work in the US and compiling lists of what I want to buy. So. That has kept me preeeetty busy. I'll start packing soon. Maybe. And I will definitely make a trip to my uncle's to borrow his luggage. Soon. I swear.

Until then! A basic summary of things I want to buy. Not that I am limiting myself to what is on this list. Said list is acting as a mere guideline of what I want to look for, but am certainly not limited to buying.

- Cute flats. Am constantly, constantly looking for aesthetically pleasing alternatives to my ever-present ballet flats.
- A Marc Jacobs watch. ALMOST got one for graduation, but went with the Mulberry Alexa bag instead. I know, what was I thinking.
- A mani/pedi from NY's infamous salons.
- CLOTHES. Dresses, jeans, and more dresses are all focal points.
- MAKEUP. Duhhhh. By simply browsing online, I have already pre-emptively allocated $500 simply to NARS. Am not brave enough to even start on Sephora. What a beast. That store will be the end of my life's savings. That's not even an exaggeration. Oh my God.
- A red velvet cupcake. Possibly from Magnolia Street Bakery, but am open to other suggestions. There's probably a heaps cooler cupcake place in NY now. Shit, there's probably a heaps cooler dessert treat in NY now. Cupcakes are so passe. Oh my God I'm not cool enough for this city.
- Also, did I mention a brand spankin' new Benefit store just opened in SoHo?? It's like NY knows I'm coming. Benefit gets at least $300 allocated to it in illuminators alone.
- Presents! I have received so so many wonderful gifts from the delightful people in my life who have had the pleasure of traveling already, that it's time to repay the favour. That is a tonne of beautiful cousins and aunts and uncles.
- Chuck Taylors. I have been holding off on replacing my current almost-entirely-worn-though Converse until I get to America and this trip is not coming a moment too soon. I have a stress-induced panic attack pretty much every day that my shoes will finally wear right through the sole as I'm walking. Scary.
- Cool runners. Going to the gym is an embarrassment every single day wearing the shoes I currently own. I have had them since I was like 13. This stuff is heaps cheaper in the US right? Because the situation is dire.
- Have I mentioned makeup? Benefit High Beam, NARS Orgasm blush, Sephora roller ball perfumes...I am coming for you. Oh, but most importantly NARS Love Devotion lipstick - my current stick that Anthea bought me in Paris has almost run out. It's the perfect coral lippie in EVER and I'm going to get like, three. Seriously.
- Expensive beauty products from Estee Lauder. Advanced Night Repair Serum which retails here for $105...I am coming for you.


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Clear eyes, full hearts, CAN'T LOSE!

So, despite the medium-ness of last night's Emmys I actually have a lot to cover. Mainly of the gushing about 'Friday Night Lights' variety because it is effing amazing and finally got SOME of the recognition it deserved. More on this later. But first, the dresses and funny bits.

There are two types of red-carpet dresses I absolutely loooathe (think: Madonna v. hydrangeas) and they are nude-tonal shimmery blah messes and red dresses the colour of the red carpet. I mean, Jesus, WHY do you want to bleed into the floor? It's outdated, it hardly ever looks modern, it's slightly tacky and it's been done. And last night it got done a lot. Too too much. I was so disappointed/bored I wanted to stab my own eyes out (lucky I didn't though because then I would've missed all the FNL love!!!). Anyway, take a gander at the amount of RED:

Would you look how fucking hard Lea Michelle is posing? Girl needs to relax before she pops something. (Have you seen the video of Sarah Hyland from 'Modern Family' impersonating her? It's amazing: http://socialitelife.com/sarah-hyland-defends-her-impersonation-of-lea-michele-video-09-2011). The other girl above is Nina Dobrev. She is included in this blog because Alana asked me to include her and talk about how amazing she is. I actually can't physically bring myself to do so but because I like Alana I also won't rant about how Try this outfit is, how Old it makes her look, how Tight it is that it stops her being able to move and how it is literally the same colour as the carpet. Also...fishtail gown. I WILL say however that I think she is gorgeous and I want her and Ian Somerhalder to have babies. Anyhoo, more RED:

Kate Winslet obviously gets away with this because she is Kate bloody Winslet. It is a flattering cut, she is stunning, her exuberance as she won her Emmy - all of it worked for her. Fine. Let the red be. Kate can do whatever she wants. ALSO she is now a mere Tony away from completing the full EGOT! Only five other actors have achieved this and I seriously think it is within the realm of possibility that Kate will win a Tony in her lifetime. And I will be ecstatic for her. Because she is great. Sofia Vergara is also fantabulous and while she is technically wearing coral, she fits into the family. But she is Sofia Vergara so I don't care what she wears she is PHENOMENAL. She took a totally average dress to amazing. That is rare. 

There is one more red lady to come, but she goes in another category. Stay tuned.

Average - Good
I don't HATE any of these. But I don't love them either.

I know Katie Holmes' dress is pretty blah. I appreciate that she didn't try and out-do everybody by wearing a crazy couture gown though - she knew this night wasn't about her. Would you look at the close-up her face though?! Crazy gorgeous right? Her skin is glowingggg. Her makeup is perfection. The messy bun is a little too messy for me but eh, can't win em all. My beloved Kristen Wiig I think looks rather fetching in Zac Posen, but I'm still unsure about brown gowns. I dunno. I'm not sure whether that should be done or not. Leaning towards not. Now Amy Poehler! I think Amy looks GREAT. I think she's had a baby, I think she's a normal person and I think that's a fab dress. So. Yes. Mega points to her also for orchestrating the other best bit of the Emmys (all other best bits obviously all FNL related):

Pictures speak louder than words...

Gwyneth's dress leads us to believe she apparently has an unfortunate gut none of us knew about; Heidi once again wears scary makeup, slicked back hair with dark roots, and has something living growing out of her dress; Zooey Deschanel is showing us how kooky she is with this fug-tastic creation. I'm ashamed of her.

I know one is red, but I don't care. At least it's not the same colour of the carpet.

Martha Plimpton is still totally rocking. Would you look at that amazing body? I love the cut of the dress, I don't MIND the colour, and I love her. And that movie '200 Cigarettes' - has anybody else on the planet seen this? And oh, la, Evan Rachel Wood I have looong admired you and you are so becoming the beautiful lady I thought you would (despite a little stray into Marilyn Manson territory). Such a standout in a sea of 'meh'. Love.

Honourable Mentions
It wasn't necessarily these people's outfits that blew my socks off...

LOOK AT THAT. THE ONLY FUCKING PHOTO I COULD FIND OF TIMOTHY OLYPHANT. Granted, I conducted my search mere hours after the broadcast, but whatever. HE WAS NOMINATED. There should be more, everywhere, all the time, of this hot babe. Look what he looks like:

Rawr. Anyway, Christina Hendricks was babin', Jon Hamm always looks amazing (but Jennifer Westfeldt REALLY needs to ease up on the facial stuff - she sort of freaks me out), Peter Dinklage is the best. The end. But not of the blog - keep reading!

 Last night, 'Friday Night Lights' FIIIINALLY got some of the recognition it deserved. One of the greatest shows in ever won 2 of the 4 awards it was nominated for last night and I swear, you could feel the love in the room. Jon Hamm even loves it. He has a boy crush on Kyle Chandler. Speaking of Kyle - he truly is The Man. As Coach Eric Taylor, he is the perfect husband/coach/dad/man that I would want in my life. Oh my God. Seeing him win last night was incredible. My heart swelled up inside my chest and stomach felt like it was in my ass. But in a good way. I was excited. 

When his name was announced during the reading of the nominees, you could hear the crowd couldn't you? There were a lot of FNL fans in that audience. I also thought it was so perfect that Minka Kelly got to present his award to him - they're family down there in Dillon so I personally felt the moment was especially sweet. It's clear how they all idolise him. All the Panthers were madly tweeting after he won, so so excited for their Coach. It was beautiful. And in case you didn't see it (why didn't you see it?!) here's the video:

As you can see, at the end, Coach tries to run back to the mic to thanks Mrs. Coach who he forgot in his speech. I'm not sure how, because, duh, but he did. My heart ached for her because that was her moment too. She did not win her own category (fucking Juliana Marguiles are you kidding me? Two years in a row?? This was not her time. She will have other times. This was it for Connie Britton and FNL) and it reminded me of last year's Oscars. Michelle Williams was nominated as Best Actress for 'Blue Valentine' and Ryan Gosling was not nominated for Best Actor. If you've seen the admittedly amazing film, you know she didn't pull that performance out on her own. It was very much a partnership. Similarly, Coach and Mrs. Coach Taylor made the show through their representation of their relationship - a lot of it was improvised and you can tell because it feels so real. (Duana over at LaineyGossip articulates her feelings on this also and I heartily agree - I had pangs http://laineygossip.com/Connie_Britton_at_the_Emmy_Awards_2011_19sept11.aspx?CatID=0&CelID=0).

Anyway. Life is not perfect. Us FNL fans will take what we can get. CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS, CAN'T LOSE!!!!!! If you haven't yet - Watch. This. Show. Below are pics of Connie Britton, Minka Kelly, Aimee Teegarden and Kyle Motherfucking Chandler:

BUT WHERE THE HELL WAS RIGGINS???????????? Do you know how badly I wanted to see THIS in a suit:

Alas...perhaps next year.