Monday, January 24, 2011

there's something in the water :: palm springs weekend

there's a movie from the '60s that i'm dying to see called palm springs weekend (trailer here). college kids descend on palm springs for a wild spring break much to the chagrin of the chief of police, but not to his daughter (if you're picking up what i'm putting down). 

but maybe you're more of a '90s fan, in which case we can't forget the classic television event saved by the bell: palm springs weekend (watch it here), which i definitely watched tonight, since i own it on dvd. obviously. this was the two-episode arc where jessie's dad marries the aerobics instructor at his palm desert hotel, and jessie tries to sabotage the wedding. 

or maybe you liked your '90s television a little saucier, and you remember the beverly hills, 90210 episode, also called palm springs weekend (watch it here). that was the one where brenda and dylan plan to take it to the next level and donna rocks a classic betsey johnson daisy dress. obviously.  

:: now onto my palm springs weekend with beth & jenn ::


:: view past palm springs trip photo blogs: #1 / #2 / #3 ::

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

golden globes fashion smashion

if the oscars are prom, the golden globes are winter formal and the independent spirit awards are the sexy pool party at jeff's house while his parents are out of town. each event has its own personality and stylists and stars best be on their game.

here are a few trends i picked up on at sunday's show: sparkly numbers awash with sequins, rhinestones, crystals and paillettes, all shades of emerald and a sea of pink from blush to magenta. other trends on the red carpet this year were long sleeves, shoulder pads and backless dresses. the men were looking fine in classic tuxes that often incorporated navy and textured elements. in the words of my friend katrina, "navy is a great alternative for the golden globes. black is more oscar." i agree!

we don't change much from when we were babies - we're always going to be attracted to shiny things. these lovely ladies were no exception in a trend that's been kicking around all fall and winter. clockwise from top left: anne hathaway in armani privé, scarlett johansson in elie saab, olivia wilde in marchesa, carey underwood in badgley mischka and sandra bullock in jenny packham.

i remember coming home one time in university with a new kelly green handbag. my roommate asked me: "do you need it?" and i replied: "yes, i don't have a purse in this colour." want...need...they're subjective. needless to say, i loved seeing this colour on the red carpet. left to right: mila kunis in vera wang, angelina jolie in atelier versace, elisabeth moss in donna karan and catherine zeta-jones in monique lhuillier.

pantone's colour of 2011 is honeysuckle, and it's already showing up on the red carpet. this will inevitably be a popular colour, like turquoise and bright yellow before it. do you remember this scene from the devil wears prada? well... cerulean was pantone's colour of the year in 2000. left to right: lea michele in oscar de la renta, emma stone in calvin klein collection, natalie portman in viktor & rolf and claire danes in calvin klein collection.

while most ladies adorned themselves in van cleef & arpels and lorraine schwartz, these ladies stuck out. i love how julianne moore's bulgari necklace and lanvin dress came together like they were made for each other, while kyra sedgwick's jewelry was a breath of fresh air and the perfect complement to her emilio pucci dress.

if i were in charge of award show invitations, i'd always invite these actresses - one a little daring and the other a lot kooky. january jones, the new face of versace, wears a swishy number she special ordered in red; helena bonham carter is all mismatched in vivienne westwood - a name you don't normally see on the red carpet. check out the shoes!

we can't leave out the boys - especially when they spent 45 minutes getting ready. note the lack of shaving on many of them. i guess you've got to kick it up a notch somehow for the oscars and the emmys. clockwise from top left: jake gyllenhaal in classic burberry, matthew bomer in tom ford, joseph gordon-levitt in slim cut gucci, robert pattinson in navy gucci, robert downey jr in grey and red prada, harry shum in age-appropriate anto and kill city and ryan gosling in velvet ferragamo and lanvin.

  who did you love? 
 what were your favourite trends?  
 here are my picks for best dressed: #1 / #2 / #3 
 i also loved eva longoria and heidi klum (but i wouldn't have chosen it for the red carpet) 

(all photos via justjared)

Monday, January 3, 2011

music monday #9

the first song i listened to in 2011 was auld lang syne by mariah carey. yup ... startin' things off with a bang. have you seen the music video? it's somethin' - especially when it kicks into high gear. i highly recommend it for a laugh. "happy new year, baby." [if you can't shake that image, see here for my favourite mariah song. from way back when mariah was on fi-ya.]

here are a few artists i've had on repeat over the past few weeks amongst a steady diet of christmas music. i've included some free downloads, since free is always good, especially after gift-giving and sale season!

new discovery from australia. she was on australian idol, but don't let that deter you...
free downloads: coin laundry / neopolitan dreams 
[coin laundry single available on itunes]

i've had their album for 10 years & recently started listening to it again. so good...
[album available on itunes]

lovin' their new album & the video for tighten up. watch for them on SNL this weekend...
music video: tighten up 
free downloads: tighten up (april 2010) / the go getter / never gonna give you up (#103)
[album available on itunes]

ps. did you see my iphone video of the little drummer boy from christmas eve? yes, i videod in church. and i wasn't the only one. he got a standing ovation. i hope it didn't go to his little four-year-old head...

[top sparkler photos via weheartit]