On Beauty Q&A: Shells, Bra Purses, and The Next New 'Do

@breccia Liked for the Ann Perkins reference.

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Shells, Bra Purses, and The Next New 'Do

In Barcelona (and pretty much anywhere else, I guess), just hold on to your zipped under-arm bag in crowds and you'll be fine. Also, avoid the Barrio Gotico around 6-7am.

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 4:03 pm 0

On Beauty Q&A: Shells, Bra Purses, and The Next New 'Do

@Alli525 I think I had that very same color! It was also the 90s and the dye was straight from the box, but somehow the purple worked very well on my (lightish) brown hair. Some people (including my GRANDMA) still tell me how pretty it was and that I should do it again, but I have no idea how to recreate it.

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm 0

On Help for a Costume Wedding

Morticia & Gomez or Wednesday & Pugsley.
Frankenstein & his bride
Beetlejuice & Lydia in the red wedding dress
Cleopatra & Mark Antony
Bonnie & Clyde
Margot & Richie Tenenbaum

Miss Piggy can be extremely elegant as well, if you don't mind the pig ears and the snout.

You can also do an easy group costume where everyone wears tuxedos and tosses a football around and you're the cast of The Room. Or skip the jackets, add the pink bowties and you're the cast of Party Down.

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 8:31 am 2

On Adele, "Skyfall"

@dale Awesome! I like how he pretty much says "Yeah, this song is was better than the movie" almost every time.

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm 0

On Adele, "Skyfall"

Top 5 Bond themes time:

1. Nobody Does It Better (Carly Simon)
2. Diamonds Are Forever (Shirley Bassey)
3. Goldfinger (Bassey again - is she the coolest or what?)
4. The World is Not Enough (Garbage)
5. Licence To Kill (Gladys Knight)

I don't even care about the movies, but man, the songs are sooo awesome 95% of the time (I'm looking at you, Madge).

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm 0

On Where (My) Girls At?

Also, I realize how priviledged I am in that I get to see ladies like myself on screen. I don't think an all-white cast would be much of a problem in the world where the executives and advertisers didn't think that everyone loves to watch white poeple on tv, but only minorities like to watch themselves. That is a load of bullshit if I ever saw one and a seriously backwards way of thinking. (Also, we had some extremely succesful shows with no major white characters in the 80s and 90s and pretty much everyone watched them. Did the people in power forget that?)
I'm pretty sure we would all love to watch shows by and about people of different backgrounds - isn't that what tv should be about-immersing ourselves in the lives of other interesting people? - so mainstream media should really get on that before it's too late and everyone stops watching.

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 6:34 am 1

On Where (My) Girls At?

Are any of you guys still reading this? I watched the first episode again and have some more thoughts if anyone cares.
--minor spoilers for episode 1--
First of all, if this was advertised as The Show For All Us Ladies, the ladies that don't see themselves in it have a right to be angry because that clearly was some false advertising on Hbo's part and we all know a white lady shouldn't stand for Everylady, although it clearly does in some parts and that's sad.
I didn't see any adverts except for the trailer (I live in Europe) and after seeing the first episode I thought the pushing of the whole "voice of my generation" thing was pretty stupid, considering that a)Dunham's character is stoned out of her mind and begging her parents for money when she says it and b)it's clearly meant to be ridiculous and we're expected to laugh at her for it.
The uber-whiteness of it all seems weird when you know it's supposed to be Brooklyn, but we only see a close group of her friends in the first episode and they stay inside for 95% of it so I'm willing to let it slide this time. But I'm glad people are talking about it and if the whole season stays whitewashed like that we should give her crap for it and she should be able to learn from that and do better next time, if she gets a "next time".
Now for the whole "she writes what she knows" part. If you saw Tiny Furniture (I did and I didn't really care that much for it), you know that that's what she does (her family plays themselves there and so on) and that that clearly is what she was hired to do here. I'm not saying every 20-something should write about themselves and we should all care, but that kinda is her trademark now and that's what Hbo pays her for.
Apart from that, I though it was very well written (much, much better than TF for example) and very well directed and I think people should check it out (if you don't care to watch white 20-somethings that's cool; but if you can stand it, it's probably the best of its sort on the air right now).
I do think she is shaping up to be a good writer and it would be a shame if cluelessness or self-absorbtion (or even racism? - I hope not) of the creator prevented Girls from becoming a truly great show because I really think it has a potential of beeing something like My So-Called Life or Freaks And Geeks (then again - lots of white people in those shows as well, right?).
What I'm saying is, don't judge it before you see it if you have any interest in it at all - see it, then judge it, then let's watch the whole season and talk about it and maybe complain to Hbo if they continue to think a couple of loser-ish white ladies is all they need if they want to be called "edgy" or "progressive" or "inclusive" or whatever.

Posted on April 17, 2012 at 5:07 am 0

On Where's Jane?

Dawn did it better!

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 1:41 pm 1

On Where (My) Girls At?

@deepomega I agree that it's overused as an excuse, but at 25 you probably aren't experienced enough as a writer to not write what you know, I think we should at least give her that.
Writing only "what you know" 20 years into your career is a different problem though, and we should all give her crap if she keeps doing the same thing till 2030, like we do with other people who build their careers doing the same thing over and over again (then again, Woody Allen just got an oscar, so...).
Of course it's perfectly ok, as @atipofthehat says, to not care about what some poeple know, but I think it's more important to demand more power for people who know different things and let them all tell their stories.

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm 2