Monday, August 31, 2009

Haute headbands


A few years ago, I went to a horse race in England, and most of the ladies were wearing gorgeous headpieces and hats. I felt a bit jealous that my hair was unadorned. I'm loving these Gossip Girl Blair Waldorf and Kate Middleton-esque (Prince William's lady love) headbands.

Katherine Heigl was sporting a fun, blue flower headband this weekend to host her Grey's Anatomy co-star's, Ellen Pompeo, baby shower. These headbands are perfect for something like a shower or a wedding. It instantly added some flair to her black belted dress and flats. I also like that she wore it with her hair pulled back - how easy is that to do?

I love this 'jeweled feather headband' from J.Crew ($39.95). Inexpensive headbands and clips can be found at Forever 21. One of my faves is the 'zipper trim headband' ($5.95). At their prices you can afford to stock up.

This look can also be achieved with a big flower or bejeweled clip. Depending on your destination, sometimes bigger is better. However, to achieve this look for work, stick to smaller, simpler accessories.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Lust: Valentino Spotlight Sequined Pump


Valentino's 'Spotlight Sequined Pump' are perhaps the most beautiful shoes I've laid eyes on. These gorgeous peep-toe heels have silvery/grey sequins and faux pearl detailing on the toes. They're made in Italy, of course. They have a hidden platform and a tall 4 3/4" covered heel.

I picture them with a beautiful wedding dress or a simple little black dress. They're available at Bergdorf Goodman for $795.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Moon soundtrack cover and song released


Author Stephenie Meyer's site has revealed the New Moon soundtrack cover artwork and one of the songs that will be on the album! Indie group Death Cab for Cutie wrote the song "Meet Me on the Equinox" for the movie. How cool is that? Atlantic Records released this quote from the band...

We are very excited to be a part of this amazing series of novels set in our own backyard. It just seemed a perfect synergy that a band from the Northwest would create a song for a series of novels set in the Northwest. We wrote 'Meet Me On the Equinox' to reflect the celestial themes and motifs that run throughout the Twilight series and we wanted to capture that desperate feeling of endings and beginnings that so strongly affect the main characters. This song marks the first attempt that Death Cab for Cutie has ever made at contributing new, unreleased material for a film and we are proud to be a part of the Twilight legacy.
— Nick Harmer/Death Cab for Cutie
I love Death Cab for Cutie, so I'm sure the song is beautiful. This soundtrack has a lot to live up to after the amazing Twilight soundtrack. I've heard whispers that two of my faves, Bon Iver and Kings of Leon, may appear on the album.

The soundtrack will be released on Oct. 13 and in stores on Oct. 20. Amazon has it up for pre-order right now for $9.99.

All About Steve premiere

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All About Steve premiered in L.A. last night, and stars Bradley Cooper and Sandra Bullock were in attendance. The film is about Mary (Bullock), who is in love with Steve (Cooper). Unfortunately, she thinks they're an item, and he thinks she's a stalker. Hmm, how's this going to end? The film is set to be released September 4.

Cooper was looking gorgeous in his navy three-piece suit. I like that he didn't feel the need to pair it with a tie. Bullock wore a colorful Lanvin dress - love the red sash. I think I would've liked black pumps better with it instead of ankle boots though.

Cooper told USA Today that there may be a sequel to The Hangover. "I think we're going to do it, if everything works out. We're so excited. I'm sure (director) Todd Phillips has something good worked up." Can't wait!

Lust: Nautical Anthroplogie bedding


When I was in Anthropologie the other night, they had this beautiful bedding on their display bed. I have Anthro bedding right now, and I adore it. However, mine is more springy with bright greens and yellows and floral pillows. This grey/blue and white bedding with red accents looked simply divine.

The 'Chatelaine' duvet with buttoned closure is $198-$268 depending on bed size. There are also standard shams ($88-$98), Euro shams ($58) and a matching bedskirt ($98-$128). I think that this would look great with a simple white bedskirt though.

These two accent pillows are fabulous. The 'sailing ship pillow' and 'waterloo pillow zigzag' are both $98. This stuff is a bit pricey, so alas, I must watch for it to go on sale.

Kate Moss's TopShop fall/winter collection launches today


Kate Moss's Autumn/Winter 09 collection for TopShop launched today. According to TopShop's site, her collection "exudes high-voltage glamour" with a hint of "flamboyant 80s." She also uses a lot of bold prints like butterflies, and of course, there's a hint of rock 'n roll. Her evening wear designs are vintage-inspired.

A few of my favorite pieces from the collection are the 'military-style cardigan' ($90), 'double-layer dress' ($250), 'rainbow-hemmed dress' ($160) and the 'jacquard bandeau dress' ($160). She also included some trendy black leather pieces including a dress ($310) and long leather coat ($600).

Check out Miss Moss's entire collection here. Visit TopShop's store in Manhattan, or order online where there's no sales tax and $15 flat-rate shipping.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tiffany & Co., In Style honor Maria Sharapova and Frank Gehry

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Maria Sharapova, Gossip Girl's Blake Lively and Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz were out in NYC last night at an In Style and Tiffany & Co. party honoring Sharapova and Frank Gehry. World-renowned architect, Gehry, has been collaborating with Tiffanys for a jewelry collection since 2007. It also happened to be Lively's 22nd birthday.

Tennis star Sharapova wore a leopard-print Chloé frock from the Resort 2010 collection. I'm a big fan of leopard, and in my opinion it never goes out of style. She completed the look with black Cole Haan ankle boots. Her Tiffany earrings were custom-made for her. She'll be wearing them out on the courts too!

Lively wore a Kate Moss for TopShop dress with black strappy heels. It's always refreshing to see celebs wearing a piece of clothing that is affordable!

Ortiz, a new mom, wore a simple white top with her black skirt and Christian Louboutin pumps. She gave her look some punch with red lipstick and a red clutch.

Lust: 3.1 Phillip Lim Beaded Flapper Mini Skirt


The 'Beaded Flapper Mini Skirt' by 3.1 Phillip Lim from his Fall 2009 collection is on my wish list. I love the dusty rose color with the purple and silver beaded scalloped hem. It's an expensive piece at $595. I don't think that it'd ever really go out of style though. It's pictured with the 'Ruffled Tux Blouse' ($450).

This skirt looks perfect with black opaque tights. The pure silk skirt has a black waistband, which makes it great for tucked-in tops. I think that it could easily be dressed down a notch with a black leather jacket and tights. It could, of course, be worn to a cocktail party without tights and beautiful heels.

Mr. Lim also created a gorgeous 1920s-inspired 'Beaded Flapper Dress' ($975). A girl can dream...

Fabulous Cityscape shower curtain

I've always loved black, white and yellow together. Even if you live in the country, this 'Cityscape' shower curtain from CB2 would add pizazz to any bathroom. It's so fun, plus it's an affordable $39.95. The matching fluffy yellow 'Cirrus' rug is $19.95.

The curtain is made of off-white canvas and comes equipped with power grommets in rustproof brass. It's also machine washable, which is crucial.

I think this would look great with other colors too, like red or brown. Check out the entire 'Manhattan View' collection (top picture) here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

True Blood's Anna Paquin covers Nylon

[Just Jared]

True Blood's Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer stepped out last night for the Nylon Magazine party in L.A. celebrating Paquin's September cover issue. The engaged couple were looking quite vampiric in their black ensembles. Now, where was the gorgeous birthday boy Alexander Skargard, aka Eric Northman, last night? He turns 33 today.

In the Nylon interview, she says about her blonde Sookie Stackhouse persona: "I don’t look like a Barbie doll, and probably never will. People are incredibly literal in how they view you. You have dark hair and pale skin? You must be brooding. The second you dye your hair blonde and get a spray tan, people treat you as if you’re a bit stupider and happier. Suddenly, it’s like you’re hot and sexy.”

I really like the black-and-gold Diesel vest and checkered Dolce & Gabbana skirt Paquin is wearing in the above photo from the shoot.

Julie & Julia: Better than the book!

[Columbia Pictures]

I recently read the novel Julie & Julia by Julie Powell. I think this may be the first (and last) time I'll say this, but the movie was actually better than the book. This delightful film, directed by Nora Ephron, intertwines the lives of NYC temp Julie Powell (Amy Adams) and famous self-made chef Julia Child (Meryl Streep).

Streep is fantastic in this film, of course. She nailed Julia's voice and mannerisms to a tee. It doesn't hurt that Julia was apparently so adorable either. The relationship between her and her husband, Paul Child (Stanley Tucci), is so sweet. As a newlywed middle-aged couple, they've moved to Paris for Paul's government job. Not having much to do, Julia decides to learn how to cook French food.

Meanwhile in 2002, Julie Powell's life seems to be unraveling. She has condescending friends and is yelled at on the phone by customers daily. One thing she has going for her is a handsome, loving husband, Eric (Chris Messina). In a spur of the moment decision, Julie decides to start a blog about her adventures in cooking the 500+ recipes in Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook (OMG, how are the French so thin after eating this stuff?).

Julia has started to work on a French cookbook for Americans with her new friends Simone Beck (Linda Edmond) and Louisette Bertholle (Helen Carey). Julie's blog gains a lot of followers, and she continues to cook recipes for her husband and friends every night and gradually turn her life around. She gets book offers after an article on her runs in the New York Times.

In the end, Julie and Eric visit Child's kitchen at the Smithsonian in D.C. I was happy that they chose not to have Julia die at the end like Powell does in her novel. When I left the theater, my mom and I couldn't help but to repeat "bon appetit" and "boeuf bourguignon" in our finest French accents.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Inglourious Basterds

Director Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction) won the box office war this weekend with his World War II film, Inglourious Basterds. The purposefully misspelled film takes place in Nazi-occupied France in the 1940s. There's a lot of uncomfortable violence and gore, but overall, the acting is great - particularly Austrian actor, Christoph Waltz.

Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent), a French Jew, has narrowly escaped death after witnessing her family's murders by Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Waltz). Landa has earned the unflattering nickname, "Jew Hunter."

Meanwhile, a group of rogue soldiers consisting of mostly Jewish-American soldiers called "the Basterds," are being led by Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) to fight the Nazis. Tennessean Raine is a bit of a ruthless redneck who speaks with a thick accent. The Basterds have a gained reputation among the Nazi community because they scalp their victims. A soldier known as the "Bear Jew" (Eli Roth) gruesomely treats Nazi heads as baseballs. Raine also has a signature move of carving a swastika symbol on the foreheads of his Nazi survivors. Yikes.

Shosanna has taken a new name and is running a cinema that was left to her by her aunt. A young German soldier named Frederick Zoller (Daniel Bruhl) becomes interested in her, and he happens to be starring in a film based on his own heroic war efforts called "Nation's Pride." As luck would have it, he wants his film to premiere at Shosanna's cinema. This means that all of the German leaders, including Hitler, will attend the big event.

The Basterds develop a plan to kill the ranking officers at the cinema with the help of some Brits and a famous German actress and spy Bridget von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger). Shosanna has also developed a revenge plan of on her own. She plans to lock the doors with everyone inside and set the theater on fire by igniting the highly flammable film. Tarantino's film rewrites history, which he can do since it's his movie after all. Designers sketch Twilight Bella's wedding dress!


In Style asked some of their favorite designers to sketch Bella Swan's wedding dress for the upcoming film Eclipse. As all good Twilight fans know, Edward Cullen and Bella get engaged (after much reluctance on Bella's part) in the third novel. Alice Cullen picks out her dress for a classic 1918 wedding to match the antique engagement ring that belonged to Edward's mother. Author Stephenie Meyer describes her dress as looking like Anne of Green Gables.

I like Lela Rose's and Erin Fetherston's designs the best. The creamy ivory color of Rose's design (top) and the lace on the high-neck and train are gorgeous. Fetherston also went with a high neck. The strong shoulders are what I would envision being in style in 1918. The embellished two-tiers are also lovely.

I can't wait to see what they pick, and if they will actually choose to show the gown in Eclipse as they do in the book. Perhaps they'll decide to wait until their actual wedding in Breaking Dawn to unveil it?

Check out the rest of the designs here including Max Azria, Zac Posen, Christian Siriano and more.

Marc Jacobs Lola perfume


I am a total perfume girl, and I never leave home without a spritz. I'm loving Marc Jacob's new fragrance, Lola. It smells divine, and how could you not love these beautiful bottles? Jacob's newest perfume comes two years after the release of his popular scent, Daisy.

The most prominent notes include pink peppercorn, ruby red grapefruit and pear d’anjou. There are also hints of rose, geranium, fuchsia peony, vanilla, tonka bean and creamy musk. The hint of musk makes it the perfect scent to wear for a night out, but it's subtle enough that I'd wear it to work too.

Jacobs told WWD a few months ago, "Where Daisy is more innocent and sweet, Lola is more sensual—the name conjures up a flirtatious, warm spirit."

Right now, it's available exclusively at Bloomingdale's (before a wider release). The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $65 and the 3.4 oz for $85.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lust: Tory Burch leather studded bowling bag


I'm in love with this Tory Burch leather studded bowling bag. Yes, it's a bit pricey at $595, but it's not horribly unattainable. It's the perfect fall bag for work or play. Gold is the metal of the moment, and the studs make it edgy without going overboard. I picture this with a plaid dress, black tights and ankle boots, or, for a really edgy look, topped with a black leather bomber jacket.

The bag is the perfect size at 12"x10"x8". I also like that you can use the handle or the longer, adjustable strap. Tory Burch also has a smaller leather studded bag for $395.

Payless purple booties

Purple is one of my favorite fall colors - it's so rich and luxurious looking - which is why royals wore it (because they were the only ones who could afford the expensive dye!).

Payless ShoeSource is having their BOGO (buy one, get one half off) sale right now, and there happen to be two pairs of great-looking purple booties. One pair (first pictured) is by designer Lela Rose. I love the tassel laces. They'd be fabulous with tights and a dress. The other pair by Fioni (also available in black) would be great with leggings or skinnies. Both are an affordable $34.99.

Plus, get an extra 20% off online in addition to the BOGO sale with the code 28228. Shipping is a flat rate of $5.95, or you can always ship for free to your local store.

Taylor Swift's English rose dress

[Pacific Coast News]

Taylor Swift is in England, and she happily posed for fans at the GMTV studios in this adorable floral dress. Swift is across the pond to perform at the V Festival this weekend in Hylands Park along with The Killers, Lily Allen and Razorlight.

Florals like Swift's frock are huge for fall. This dress would easily transition to fall with a simple cardi or boyfriend blazer and black tights or leggings. I love the contrast of the black-and-white ribbon straps with the blue, pink and yellow floral print.

Yeah, dude looks like ladaaaay

[Daily Mail]

I love me some Aerosmith and Steven Tyler, but I'm a bit frightened by this photo of the rocker. He's looks so fragile and like an old woman! The 61-year-old Tyler fell on stage in early August at a show in South Dakota and suffered head, neck and shoulder injuries. Aerosmith had to postpone their tour until their frontman is better. Get well soon, Steven!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Woohoo! Rodarte for Target


Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy are bringing their line Rodarte to Target's GO International collection on December 22. The duo recently won the coveted 2009 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award.

A Target spokesperson told WWD that the line will be "very feminine, yet very modern." We would expect nothing less! Prices of the 55-piece collection will range from $9.99 to a $79.99 leopard print jacket.

Celebs galore are fans of Rodarte. Natalie Portman recently wore this flowing gown to the Oscars. Kirsten Dunst, Emma Watson, Dita Von Teese and Kate Bosworth have all worn the pieces from the line. Rodarte is carried at the best-of-the-best stores including Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Bergdorfs and Harvey Nichols (in London).

Rodarte's designs are gorgeous, and I can't wait to see this collection in stores. Thank you, Target!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Diane Kruger's classic Chanel LBD


Actress Diane Kruger is one of the best-dressed celebs. She always looks chic, and this black Chanel dress that she wore yesterday to promote her film Inglorious Basterds on David Letterman is no exception. It's a classic LBD with lovely sheer sleeves and pearl embellishment along the waist and shoulders. I also like the simple, pointy-toed black maryjanes.

Kruger definitely has a wardrobe to be envied. Perhaps it's because she's close friends with Chanel's creative director, Karl Lagerfeld?

Michelle Obama's shorts drama

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First Lady Michelle Obama is an American fashion icon. However, she caused quite the stir when she deviated from her usual dress/cardi standard and wore chino shorts on a family vacation to the Grand Canyon. She was photographed wearing sneakers, a plaid shirt over a white tank, a fun purple watch and a baseball hat with her blue shorts.

People have been asking if it was appropriate for her to wear these shorts. Give me a break! It was 100+ degrees outside. I was wondering how President Obama could stand to wear pants in that heat!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Miley Cyrus & Max Azria for Walmart


Miley Cyrus has teamed up with designer Max Azria for a juniors line at Walmart. I actually think this stuff is pretty cute, and of course it's dirt cheap! Max Azria is behind the lines BCBGMAXAZRIA and celeb-fave Hervé Léger. The line includes tops, leggings, denim and skirts.

My favorites in the collection include the chiffon ruffled blouse (pictured, $12) in red, purple, black and white; the woven buffalo plaid tunic (pictured, $12) in red, yellow and blue; and the black leggings for $6. There are also some cute London graphic tees for $7, tie-dye v-neck tees for $8 and colorful and distressed skinny jeans for $20.

If your local store doesn't carry these items, shipping is only $0.97 at

Monday, August 17, 2009

Hollywood Intuition at Target


Jaye Hersh, owner of celeb-favorite Hollywood boutique Intuition, has lent her keen fashion eye to Target for an array of fabulous accessories.

I am loving this purple Hollywood Intuition tote at Target. It's the perfect roomy bag for fall, and it's so affordable at $29.99. It's also available in green and black. I'd get one in all three colors! I also love the large black satchel for $26.99.

The line also includes jewelry (like fun, layered necklaces), bracelets, scarfs and even clear fashion tape to avoid wardrobe mishaps ($9.99).

Visit Target to see the other accessories, or check out Hersh's store online

Robsten out of the closet at a Kings of Leon show?


Uh oh, Summit is going to have a conniption. Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart were spotted at a Kings of Leon show in Canada getting cozy. They were also possibly photographed kissing. Pattinson and Stewart have been mum on their relationship. Rob recently even went so far as to say that he's single to OK! Magazine. C'mon, the jig is up!

The rest of the Eclipse cast was also at the show. What good taste in music they have! My question is, why aren't they up dancing? Who can sit still at a KOL show?

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

I grew up playing with dolls instead of G.I. Joes, so I didn't know the back story before seeing G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but I'm not so sure that that mattered much anyway. This movie, directed by Stephen Sommers, wasn't great. At times I even laughed out loud over the bad acting.

Arms dealer James McCullen (Christopher Eccleston) owns the company MARS. They've created a nanotechnology weapon that was purchased by the United States. The army must deliver these warheads. Soldiers Duke (Channing Tatum) and Ripcord (Marlon Wayons) are delivering the weapons when they're attacked by the Baroness (Sienna Miller). Duke realizes that she's his ex-fiancee Ana Lewis - it's a long story. The G.I. Joes, led by General Hawk (Dennis Quaid at his worst), bail the boys out. Duke and Ripcord decide that they want to be a part of the supercool Joes.

Meanwhile, the corrupt McCullen is using his technology, along with the help of the creepy Doctor (an unrecognizable Joseph Gordon-Levitt), to build an indestructible army. Massive fights between the two sides ensue, and Paris is almost destroyed by the nano-warheads.

The action in this movie jumped from being on ice to land to air to underwater and not in a good way. It was all over the place. I'd skip this film, or wait and catch it on DVD.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Hard Candy nail polish a la Walmart?

Begging my mom for $12 Hard Candy nail polish in the seventh grade was a hard sell. But, alas, she gave in, and I became the proud owner of a yellow and baby blue bottle of polish. They also came with cute jelly rings, which made them even cooler.

According to WWD, 3,000 Walmart stores are set to sell Hard Candy at lower prices. The line will include eyeshadow, mascara, lip gloss and more in fun colors with names like "Kal-eye-descope." The average price will be around $7.

The brand was founded by Dina Mohajer in 1995 and was wildly popular. Sephora sold the brand for years. I also recently saw some at my local Marshall's.

This seems like a smart move to me. Everyone is looking for a bargain these days. I can't wait to check out the line!

District 9

District 9 is pretty awesome. I'm about as girly as you can get, so I was nervous about the aliens. This film has great special effects and is actually really interesting.

Producer PeterJackson (director of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) was originally supposed to have 29-year-old Director Neill Blomkamp work on a film based on the Halo video games. When that fell through, he hired him to make a full-length film on based on Alive in Joburg, a short film Blomkamp had worked on.

Aliens have settled in Johannesburg, South Africa after their mothership has hovered above the city due to technical difficulties. The aliens, or "prawns" as humans call them, have settled in District 9, which essentially became a slum. They are unable to leave because of something that fell out of the ship making it inoperable. Crime and corruption is rampant due to the Nigerians.

The film is shot alternating between documentary-type interviews among scientists and scholars and real-time action shots. Wikus van der Merwe (Sharlto Copley, who reminded me of a South African Colin Farrell) has just been promoted in the private company Multi-National United (MNU) to help move the aliens to a new location out of the slums. It turns out that he's married to the boss's daughter, and the boss is a big sleezeball.

The aliens have advanced weaponry that can only be activated by them through their DNA, so MNU is trying to find out how to get access to these weapons. Poor Wikus is oblivious to this fact. He encounters an alien named Christopher who has a tube of black liquid that has taken him and his son 20 years on Earth to gather. He confiscates the liquid and some of it sprays on his face. It eventually starts to turn him into an alien. MNU wants to get his organs so that they can have them to harvest the power to access the alien weaponry. Wikus escapes and is on the run for his life.

It seems to me that the film was symbolic of something - intolerance, hatred, greed, the Apartheid? Blomkamp said in an interview with The Globe and Mail, "What it is meant to be is a whole bunch of topics that had an effect on me when I was living there. Topics I became more interested in once I left." Well, either way it's intriguing and the special effects are fantastic.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Get your dance on

I'm obsessed with the electronic song "Infinity 2008" by English musician Guru Josh. Americans never really get into this kind of dance music, so I hadn't heard it until recently. I heard it during the chest track in Body Pump (release 70).

I feel like I'm at a club in Europe when I hear it. It's such a fun song, and it'll be great to run to too! I'm digging the Klaas remix too. There aren't words, but who needs them when you've got a good beat!

Gap 1969 Premium Jeans sale


Gap is having a $20 off sale on their 1969 jeans. The jeans are already priced very reasonably at $59.95 to $69.95, so this is a great deal.

My favorite pair are the 'always skinny deconstructed jeans (medium wash),' which the model is wearing. These would be perfect for a night out with pumps. I also love the 'white boyfriend jean' for a casual Saturday.

Many pairs come in pairs come in petite and tall sizes. As always, you get free shipping with your BR Luxe or GAP Silver card, or $7 flat-rate shipping.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Kate Spade Madeleine Mona coat


The August weather is sweltering, and it has me dreaming about cool, crisp fall days. I stumbled upon Kate Spade's fabulous Madeleine Mona coat. It's definitely pricey at $745. But, think how much use you would get out of it in the chilly fall and winter months. The black-and-cream pattern will go with any color, and you can dress it up or down. See how the model was paired with an orange skirt and red tights, and it looks so chic.

This precious swing coat is made of Italian tweed and is lined in hot pink acetate. The removable shawl collar can also be turned into a bow. Plus, as always Kate Spade offers free ground shipping on all orders. Perhaps it'll go on sale?


I saw Adam last night starring Hugh Dancy, and I absolutely loved it. The film is not your average romantic comedy, and the couple is anything but average. Adam is touching, realistic and often funny. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last winter and won an award.

British actor Dancy (Confessions of a Shopoholic) plays Adam Raki, a smart, handsome man with Asperger's Sydrome, a form of autism. Adam is severly socially awkward and lives in his own little world in NYC as a toy engineer. His father has just passed away, and he is living his strictly routine life consisting of work and macaroni-and-cheese dinners. He loves outer space and passionately talks about it to anyone who will listen.

A young woman named Beth Buchwald (Rose Byrne of Troy and Knowing) moves into his building. They are immediately seem smitten with each other after an awkward encounter while doing laundry. Beth is an aspiring childrens' books author who is currently working as a teacher. One night Beth invites Adam to hang out with her and some friends, Adam is physically incapable of going when she knocks on his door. When she returns for the night, Adam is waiting to show her the planetarium in his living room.

Beth decides to research Adam's condition, and they begin dating. They begin to understand each other more. Adam tries to understand her feelings and how he is supposed to react to them, while Beth helps him in social interactions. When he loses his job, she helps him practice for interviews. Adam and Beth's relationship helped them both grow for the better.

Dancy was fantastic in this film. I've never known anyone with Asperger's, but Dancy's protrayal of Adam was both touching and at times uncomfortable, which I imagine is exactly what Director Max Mayer wanted us to feel.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Streetcar Named Desire with Cate Blanchett

Tickets for Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire at The Kennedy Center starring Cate Blanchett went on sale today. The Sydney Theater Company's production of the play is arriving in Washington, D.C. on October 29 through November 21 in the Eisenhower Theater.

The Pulitzer-prize winning play is directed by Liv Ullmann. One of my favorite actresses, Blanchett (of Elizabeth and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), stars as southern belle Blanche DuBois.

Tickets range from $25 to $90. I got my Orchestra section tickets this morning! There are also a few $25 tickets available at the box office, which is an amazing deal for good balcony seats. You can order tickets online, or call (202) 467-4600. Good luck because I have a feeling that good seats will sell quickly!

Urban Outfitters fall essentials sale


Urban Outfitters is having a great sale on fall essentials. I'm crazy about this Silence & Noise Ruffle Bottom Tank in peach combo with leggings. It's on sale for $29 from $58. I also love these Kimchi Blue Bow Button Skimmer in red, black and pewter. They're on sale for $19 from $38.

BDG denim and cords and some Levis denim are on sale for $39. I love BDG's black and blue skinny jeans. Select cardis, tees, dresses, handbags, shoes and accessories are also on sale. Build your fall wardrobe while you can! Plus, many of the sale items can be worn now.

New Moon calendar at Borders

I got my New Moon 2010 calendar from Borders. It sells for $16.99. Get it before it sells out (like the Twilight calendar did last year)! This 12" x 12" wall calendar features 13 shots of Edward, Bella and the rest of the cast. Unlike the Twilight calendar, these photos are more like head shots rather than scenes from the film.

Borders is also selling a 12"x 6" vertical calendar for $14.99. Now through Saturday, August 16, at, if you buy two calendars with your Borders Rewards Card, you get one free. So buy one for your fellow Twihard friends.