Wednesday, July 22, 2009

What a Drag!

These draglicious divas (from the ab-fab movie Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert) were lip-syncing for their lives way before RuPaul's Drag Race came onto the scene and drove away with my heart. If you don't find this fabulous in every which way, we cannot be friends.

P.S. - Speaking of fabulous, how exciting is it that they're starting up Vh1 Divas again?! To quote 90s diva CeCe Peniston, FINALLY!

P.P.S. - I'm starting to wonder if I was a gay man in a previous life.

Mood Music: "Finally" by CeCe Peniston

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Reese's (deliciously summerlicious) pieces = too cute for words!

I am not a fashionista by any stretchy jeans of the imagination but I have to admit, I am totally gaga for Reese Witherspoon's summerlicious printed skirt-tank-gladiators-over-sized bag combo.

The girl (actually, I should say, lady cause she looks so damn classy) usually looks gorgeous but this is one the cutest (and simplest) looks she's rocked in a while. I know I will never be a fashion sasspot but I hope that one day I can at least pull something as effortlessly chic. I am dying for one of those flattering high-waisted printed skirts but I have yet to find one that doesn't make me look like I have the hips of a non-surgically enhanced Octomom. I don't care what anyone says, hourglass is NOT the perfect shape.

Mood Music: "Love With Anything Else" by Old Springs Pike

Friday, July 17, 2009

Emmy takes on the Emmy's..

When the Emmy nominations were announced on Thursday, I was one unhappy Emmy. Once again, the awards show neglected to fulfill my always burning desire to see seriously underappeciated TV get recognition (although, really the award show's name would suggest otherwise). Pushing Daisies was nearly neglected (thank god for a Kristen Cheno nod!). NPH was denied (although he is hosting the show). The United States of Tara barely made the cut (at least they recognized Toni Collete's brilliance). And worst of all, True Blood was completely shut out (how much does that one suck!)! If this Emmy had any actual input, things would be mighty different.

But even in this haze of terrible misrepresentative judgements, I managed to find some solace in the fact that the truly awesome Jemaine Clement (a.k.a. the better half of Flight of the Conchords) got some Emmy love. And no, I'm not just talking about the overwhelming fangirly sentiments he gets from me on a regular basis - although those are at an all-time high at this moment in time.

In honor of my anger at those other Emmy peeps out there, I present Bret's angry dance montage (frustrated dance-outs are always the answer(!) - just ask my homeboy, Ren McCormack) from Flight of the Conchords. And in honor of Mr. Clement's nom, enjoy this autre fantastique samplemoose of le genius that is Jemaine and Bret.

Mood Music: "I'm Not Crying" by Flight of the Conchords

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Anthropologie's really got a hold on me...

Yesterday, I went to the new Anthropologie store at the Shops at Don Mills and fell in loverly about 140 times over.

I have been to the store several times in the States before, but I never fell as hard for the quirky looks of this upscale Urban Outfitters as I did last night. The moment I walked in, I was hooked. As I walked around the store, I was absolutely positive about three things. First, the dresses were ridiculously adorable vintage-inspired masterpieces of bohemian sass (and I'm putting that lightly). Second, that the funky styles were straight off the backs (not literally, but you know what I mean) of my favourite quirky girly style icons - Zooey Deschanel, Kate Nash and Charlotte Charles - complete with the flattering hourglass silhouettes and whimsically colorful patterns. And third, that I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with them (Bonus points if you catch that reference!)

If the price tags had been $100 less, I would have bought at least 5 of the summery frocks. But they were mighty expensive, leaving me with no choice but to admire them from afar (and briefly from underneath the extremely flattering lights of the change rooms). For now, I guess I'll have to settle for working some make-shift Zooey bangs (Vi showed me how to get em' goin'!), rockin' the occasional Kate-ish Forever 21 frock and eating amazing amounts of amusingly alliterative pie.

P.S. - Speaking of Zooey, is anyone else super-pumped for 500 Days of Summer?

Mood Music: "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" by She & Him

Summer cheese makes me feel fine..

Here's a beautifully dreamy song for a beautiful and dreamy summer day.

I know, I know. Sorry for the super-cheesy post but I am feelin' the summer love today and this song is hitting the spot. I would like to personally thank Van Morrison (cause, you know, he totally reads my blog) for this deliciously feel-good song. And Moonlight Mile for making it even more delectable and nostalgic.

Haven't seen Moonlight Mile? Get off the couch and go rent it now. Or at least watch the trailer after you go for that bike ride I know you're jonesin' for right now (the summer breeze is calling me too).

P.S. - Pardon the fangirl sidenote, but is it just me or does RPattz sound like Van on "Let Me Sign"? Perhaps my rational thoughts are being taken over by my weakness for men who sound like they're singing gibberish but I think it's kind of eerie.

Mood Music: "Summer Breeze" by Seals & Crofts

Monday, July 6, 2009

Peachy keen..

This week I took a bite of a delicious teen novel by the name of Peaches and let me tell you friends, I am still salivating.

The scrumptous slice of loverly-ness is a like a Southern Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (or teen Ya-Ya Sisterhood) minus the supernatural pantalones. The Jodi Lynn Anderson novel follows the lives of three teenage girls, who, in the immortal words of the Lyte Funky Ones,"come from Georgia where the peaches grow, drink lemonade and speak real slow". Their names are Birdie (the shy but sweet one), Murphy (the wild but smart one) and Leeda (the rich but sad one) and at the beginning of the novel, they seem worlds apart. But after spending a summer together working at a failing peach orchard, they grow to discover that, like the peaches they've been picking everyday, although they seem to be completely unique from one another, on the inside, they are extremely similar.

Yeah, I know, sounds completely cheestastic, right? Sometimes it is. But more than often, it's just as sweet as can be (that was not me be trying to sound like Sookie Stackhouse or anything). I am totally biased, because I have a sweet tooth for anything Southern-fried (see: my life-long love for Fried Green Tomatoes) but I honestly think that if you're looking for a genuinely light and feel-good book, this will hit the spot. If you're anything like me, you'll spend two lovely days getting sunburned in a hammock and drinking gallons of lemonade while falling in love these characters. Especially Birdie, who both friend my Candis and I agree is pretty much my literary counterpart. Plus, it's the first in a series of three books (the others being, The Secrets of Peaches and Love & Peaches), so it'll give you a nice juicy series to sink your teeth into this summer.

All foodie puns aside, I genuinely think you should give this little book a chance. And if you hate it, well, just take it down to the Handy Book Exchange (a.k.a. my new favourite Avenue Rd. indoorsy girl hotspot) and get yourself something more your style. Cause seriously, nothing is more summery and dreamy than getting lost in a good book. Except maybe actually getting outside. But that's it.

Mood Music: "Paranoid" by the Jonas Brothers (I AM TWELVE)

Friday, July 3, 2009

I miss the 90s like crazy (even more than words can say)!

Today I was attempting to go through some of the mess that is my room and I stumbled upon two of the most important albums of my tween years: Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Album and an autographed copy of The Moffatts' Chapter I: A New Beginning (because so much had begun for those frosted-tips teen Canadian rockers before that landmark album). Needless to say, what happened next was a ridiculous nostalgia-filled dance party in my room.

I'm not sure if you were into either of these albums, but I'm sure you have your fair share of CDs that remind you of the good ol' days when YTV still played awesome shows (Breaker High. Clueless. Student Bodies. Are You Afraid of the Dark? Goosebumps. Ready or Not. The list goes on and on..), Lance Bass was still claiming to be into the ladies (remember his fling with Topanga!!?), everyone's favourite guilty-pleasure brother band still consisted of my homeboys Zac, Taylor and Isaac, ABC still believed that we really should be thankful for our Friday nights at home (The best TGIF line-up ever: Boy Meets World, Sabrina, You Wish & Teen Angel), Millionaire was still popular and Regis-filled, butterfly clips were still anything but kitschy, Pogs still were legit, Melissa Joan Hart was still the coolest girl around (Drive Me Crazy was my TOTALLY my life in Grade 5), Mary-Kate and Ashley still had vacation bfs somewhat close to their age, the hottest vampire boyfriend was still Angel, Archie was still single and free from his mismatched wifey (sorry, Betty always beats Veronica in my heart of hearts!), The Hit List was still the one and only source for all pop culture info (suck it Perez!), and Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. were still the prom queen and prom king of our little tweenage wannabee hearts!

Okay, maybe your retro-licious records don't remind you of those specific things but you know what I mean. As much as we try to resist our ridic childhood favs, we know in our hearts we still love them just as much as we did then because they remind us of a time when people weren't so pretenious and judgemental (case in point: no one said no to the boy band phenom, we simply chose a side (in case your wondering, I am forever an *Nsync girl)) and you weren't afraid to love semi-terrible things (sadly, I am still in this state of mind).

Pardon the overly sentimental list of awesomeness. I am just suffering from some serious late-90s cravings right now. Especially because of The Moffatts. Just looking at my autographed (!) CD takes me back to the day I saw the Canadian boys rock out at Playdium and I experienced my first genuine moment of Mom-barassment. As we approached Scott, Cliff, Bob and Dave at the meet n' greet booth, Mama Gagne looked at my crushes and said, "I hope you boys are wearing sunscreen because it's a scorcher out there today!". I literally hid behind my Britney Spears bucket hat and prayed that I would never have to attend an event at Playdium again. But that didn't happen because S Club 7 came there shortly after, and you know I couldn't miss out on that.

Before I go and most likely indulge in some more 90s worship via a viewing of vintage Dawson's Creek eps (I'm watching season 1 right now), let me just give you this drool-worthy wet dream of a list of pop tracks on the Sabrina soundtrack. All it's missing is Hanson (who totally made a cameo on the show!).

1. Walk of Life - Spice Girls
2. Abracadabra - Sugar Ray
3. Hey Mr. D.J. (Keep Playin' This Song) - Backstreet Boys
4. One Way or Another - MELISSA JOAN HART!
5. Kate - Ben Folds Five
6. Show Me Love - Robyn
7. Giddy Up - *Nsync
8. Slam Dunk (Da Funk) - Five (a.k.a. life)
9. Magnet & Steel - Matthew Sweet
10. So I Fall Again - Phantom Planet
11. I Know What Boys Like - Pure Sugar
12. Smash - The Murmurs
13. Doctor Jones - Aqua
14. Soda Pop - Britney Spears
15. Amnesia - Chumbawamba
16. Blah, Blah, Blah - The Cranberries

P.S. - The Sabrina soundtrack has "Kate" by Ben Folds Five on it! Even pre-teen me knew Mr. Folds had a serious jonesin' for Mr. Folds! I LOVE IT!

Mood Music: "Doctor Jones" by Aqua