When I Grow Up

My Wee One asked me a funny question earlier today…she said, “Mama, what do you want me to be when I grow up?” Without missing a beat, my answer was, “Happy!” I truly meant that — of course I want her to be successful, fulfilled and engaged in an occupation that she feels passionate about. I want her to be able to support herself, to never need anyone, to be financially secure and not endure the struggles I’ve had in my life. I want her to put herself out to the world and make it a better place, to leave things better than the way she found them, and to feel good about herself. I don’t care if she becomes a doctor, a lawyer, or an Indian chief (that would be quite cool, actually….she loves feathers) as long as she is happy. When she asked her Dad this question, he said “An engineer” – she misunderstood and thought he wanted her to drive Thomas the Tank Engine. She’s so funny – I think she liked my answer better. :)

Interestingly, I’m still trying to work out what I want to be when I grow up. Have you figured it out yet? :)

Xxx

Oscar Red Carpet

The Academy Awards were last night – and I LOOOOOOVED so much of what I saw on the red carpet, although I do have to admit that I kind of miss the real stinkers of the past like Björk and her swan dress. Anyway – what did you think of last night’s fashion? Here’s a recap (pictures from the lovelies at Jezebel):

Milla Jovovich’s Elie Saab was exquisite! Her entire look was perfection…she really REALLY took my breath away! :) Divine!!!! :)

The lovely Berenice Bejo also wore a pale green Elie Saab – that woman is so beautiful! There is just something (a certain Je ne sais quoi, perhaps) about the beauty and allure of a French woman….probably why I’ve spent my life trying to become a French woman. Hmm. Food for thought (and another post, perhaps).

 

I nearly fell off my couch in delight at the sight of Jessica Chastain in Alexander McQueen – love love LOVE this frock!  LOVE IT!!! :)  Soooo gorgeous! :)  Ellie Kemper’s Armani Privé is nice (good color), and Shailene Woodley’s Valentine Couture is okay, also….but check out that McQueen. Le sigh.

 

Melissa McCarthy’s Marina Rinaldi is very pretty (a bit jewel-y, though, don’t you think?), but very flattering on her. Maya Rudolph looks great in eggplant (seen here in a Johanna Johnson) – but hubba hubba Viola Davis in this green Vera Wang! Wowza!!  The color is breathtaking!!!! :)

 

Stacy Keibler looks like an Oscar in this gold Marchesa - as tall as she is…wow! Stunning!  Missi Pyle is wearing Valentina Delfino - LOVE the color!  Michelle Williams is in Louis Vuitton – her dress is pretty (nice color), but I feel that this is a look we see from her ALL the time. I guess if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, but…I wish she’d mix it up a bit. But that’s just me. :)

 

Rooney Mara wore this white Givenchy – I love it from behind, but something seems weird to me in the boob area. What do you think?

 

I am alternating between loving Emma Stone in Giambattisa Valli and hating it – I think I love it. There. I said it. Great color on her, eh? :)  Meryl Streep looks gorgeous in Lanvin – mind you, she’s so damn radiant that woman could wear a potato sack and be stunning. Seriously. Tina Fey is wearing Carolina Herrera – nice, but seems a bit boring, non?

 

Jennifer Lopez is stunning in this Zuhair Murad. Simple as that. (I don’t know why it pains me to write that)

 

Perfection in Tom Ford. PERFECTION. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!

 

I am DYING for the color of Penelop Cruz’s Armani Prive – this gown is GORGEOUS!!!!! :)

 

I don’t know why I hate acknowledging it, but I do….anyway, here goes: Angelina Jolie was simply AMAZING to look at last night. AMAZING!  I could have done without that stupid scarecrow pose of hers (and will somebody PLEASE feed that woman…PLEASE??!), but wowza is she ever gorgeous. Wow. Her dress was Atelier Versace, by the way.

 

I want to put this man in a bowl, and eat him with a spoon. Yummy – delicious! :)

 

Anyway – that’s a quick recap for you – tell me…what did you think of last night?

Happy Monday, friends! :)

xxx

I Believe That…

This week, I’ve been banging my head against a wall trying to teach freshmen how to write Persuasive Research Essays. I gave them a list of 101 topics designed to stimulate conversation, spark strong feelings, and stir up controversy…yet apparently, these people could care less. Statements that I figured were so inflammatory I’d be running around trying to prevent the outbreak of World War 3 have left them shrugging their shoulders, rolling their eyes, and muttering “Whateva…”. Their indifference kills me. I’ve tried to explain what it means to take a position on a topic and to state that position in the form of an “I believe…” statement – again, nothing. Nada. Rien. Zilcheroo. It’s pitiful. So…I’ve decided to start constructing my own “I believe…” statements, sharing the things that matter to me, the ideas that I hold dear to my heart, the things that I would fight to the death for…here we go! :)

I believe…

  • that the width of my arse is not your business, and therefore is not to be commented on
  • that what I do with my body is nobody’s business but mine
  • that becoming a mommy is the absolute best thing I’ve ever done, that my magical little child is heaven-sent and that I still can’t believe she’s mine
  • that we all need to treat each other better than we do now
  • that hot pants and micro miniskirts should not be made in any size larger than a 10
  • that cheese is a food of the Gods and will make most things better
  • that it’s never too early for cocktail hour
  • that sitting outside and just listening will restore peace to even the most chaotic of days
  • that sometimes love just ain’t enough
  • that kisses on boo-boos really do make them feel better
  • that writing poems and limericks is a fun thing and should be done often
  • that the people who brag all the damn time about their great freakin’ lives are right full of shit
  • that swimming with dolphins is something every person must try at least once – it’s magical :)
  • that judging people based on their wrapping paper is wrong
  • that sushi makes me happier than most people and things
  • that the barbecue sauce from Rudy’s Texas BBQ is beyond delish and should be consumed a lot (ditto for their creamed corn)
  • that no matter how hard I try, I’m afraid I will never be good enough
  • that all my dreams aren’t going to come true but learning to be okay with that and thankful for the ones that do will be the key to happiness
  • that regardless of how hard I try, I’ll never be much of a housekeeper
  • that watching mindless TV can be time well spent
  • that…speaking of TV, the original Beverly Hills, 90210 and Saved By The Bell ought to be national treasures
  • regardless of how much I want it, I’ll never be taken out on a proper date or have someone make a grand romantic gesture in my direction, I’ll never be considered pretty and I’ll never be able to knit a scarf
  • that I will never learn to read or speak Chinese….although I’d like to
  • that dancing is therapeutic for the soul
  • that sheep are amongst the cutest things that God (or evolution) ever made :)
  • that all of my good deeds may never be rewarded or acknowledged, that others will rarely be as kind to me as I try to be to them, and that even though I may end up feeling disappointed…I will need to work through that
  • and finally…that there is no better meal than moules et frites (mussels and fries) – yum yum YUM!!! :)

 

I think that’s a pretty good start to my I Believe statement….don’t you? Tell me – what do you believe?

Happy Friday, friends :)

 

xxx

Shake It Out

I’m mad for Florence and the Machine as I believe I’ve mentioned before…and today, I can’t seem to get Shake It Out from my head. The lyrics of this song are nutty crazy good — and Florence’s voice takes me out of my body. Sigh. It’s magic.

Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play
And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues drawn
It’s always darkest before the dawn

And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I’m always dragging that horse around
And our love is pastured such a mournful sound
Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues drawn
But it’s always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaaah
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
Cause I like to keep my issues drawn
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back so shake him off

And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It’s a fine romance but its left me so undone
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Oh woah, oh woah…

And I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
So here’s to drinks in the dark at the end of my road
And I’m ready to suffer and I’m ready to hope
It’s a shot in the dark and right at my throat
Cause looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Well what the hell I’m gonna let it happen to me

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

 

Enjoy – and happy Saturday :)

Xxx

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Best. Idea. Ever.

Have you heard about the Walk of Shame Shuttle yet? The Huffington Post did a story on this idea and I looooooooooove it!!!! Here’s a link to the story: Walk of Shame Shuttle
Be sure to watch the ad – I so wish I’d thought of this…I’ve driven many a person home early in the morning smelling of tequila and shame (yes I’ve been that person, too…don’t judge me) and I always did it for free. Stupid me. I need to be more enterprising .

Happy Friday Eve, friends…call me if you need a ride home :)

Xxx

I Love Giorgio :)

Have you seen this guy’s video on YouTube yet?  Someone sent me this link today, and I ended up showing it to my classes….it’s so damn cute :)

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All of my kids loved watching him today – we ended up looking him up on YouTube and found this link to his recent appearance on Ellen:

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He’s great! :)  I am going to start hoping like crazy that some day Giorgio wanders up to me and starts crooning…that would TOTALLY make my day! :)

Hope you’re having a good day – Happy Valentine’s Day! :)  Love you! :)
xxx

All I Need is Love

I hope you all had a day full of love yesterday, that you felt an extra bit of kindness & affection towards humanity – & that all of the good will you put out to the universe yesterday is returned to you tenfold :)

There’s been a lot going on this week that I’ve yet to talk about – the Grammy’s Red Carpet, New York Fashion Week, Love & Valentine’s Day …Lots to cover (I’ll get to all of it, I promise)!! For this post, thought, I want to talk about the Betsey Johnson show on Monday night. Did you see it? It was absolutely EXQUISITE – - – and one of her best collections in years. Betsey is going to be 70 years old this year (how the hell is that even possible?), and her work has never been finer. Here’s some images from the show:

 Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear
 Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear
 Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear (best plaid EVER!!!!)
 Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear
 Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear (I am MAD about this look!!!!)
 Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear (I die!!!!)
 Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear
 Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear
 Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear (A bubble dress!! YESS!!!  I worship at the temple of bubble dresses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
 Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear (So pretty!!!!)
 Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear (Yes, that’s Betsey….doing the splits at the end of the show. I beg God every day to let me be half as fabulous as she is at her age. WOW!!!!)
 
There were tons of other pieces from that collection that I could have featured (it was THAT good – seriously)…and I don’t know about you, but I found it to be highly wearable for a regular girl. What did you think?
 
 

Appearances vs Reality

I rarely have anything good to say about my appearance…I’ve always tried to compensate for my physical imperfections and shortcomings by working on my personality and sense of humor and hoping that would be enough. Today, I saw a picture of Lindsay Lohan from the AmFar Gala last night – here it is:

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Now…I think she looks like a right hot mess. The interesting thing is her face – girlfriend is looking OLD!! I am closing in on my 38th birthday in a couple of months (2 months from tomorrow, actually) — & I don’t think I look that old!!! Her body is amazing…the only way I’ll ever have a figure like that will be via drastic plastic surgery or becoming a speed addict , but just look at how rough her face looks. It’s kind of sad, actually. She’s 25 years old…& clearly those 25 years have been hard. Poor thing. After the day I’ve had today (the urinator came back to school :( ), I needed something to cheer me. And yes, I know how awful it is for me to take delight in someone else’s poor situation – & I’m not enjoying the hard life she’s had (although I do think 99% of her troubles are her own damn fault), I am feeling slightly better about my old, unattractive self today. Petty? Yep. But I need a little something to make me smile :)

Go ahead….judge me. It’s okay. :)

Happy Friday Eve, friends :)

Xxx

This World Was Never Meant For One As Beautiful As You

Do you know the song “Vincent” by Don McLean? It is one of the most beautiful things ever written, and I often find myself reflecting on the words of this song in times of difficulty. This morning, I had occasion to share these words with a student – let me tell you about it.

Here’s a video of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings with the song playing in the background – enjoy the exquisite beauty of Vincent’s work, and listen carefully to the song. NOTE: There are few things in this world as gorgeous as the work Vincent created – I have such a strong connection with this man that it’s like we’re related or that we used to date or something…if you care to learn more about him, read the Irving Stone book “Lust for Life” – it touched me deeply.

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Isn’t it just the loveliest?  Here are the lyrics:

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand

Now I understand what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left inside
On that starry, starry night
You took your life as lovers often do
But I could have told you, Vincent
This world was never meant
For one as beautiful as you

Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frameless heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget
Like the strangers that you’ve met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
A silver thorn, a bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they’re not listening still
Perhaps they never will

Isn’t it beautiful? I’ve had more than one person tell me, when I have felt sad and disillusioned by the world around me (which happens far more often than I’d care to admit) that this world was never meant for one as beautiful as me. Sadly, they aren’t calling me a physically beautiful person (I don’t have any blind friends), but they are referring to my soul…and that is deep. And sweet. And touching. And something I think about a lot.

This morning, a student came into my classroom and was in a funk. I asked what was up, and he told me that he was just sick of all the jackasses around the school: the people who don’t care and talk through class, disrupting his learning; the ones who vandalize and tag every surface of real estate around this place, with no regard for who has to clean up their messes…just all of it. Needless to say, I understood where he was coming from – I’m feeling pretty over it all as well. I asked him if he’d ever heard the song “Vincent”, and when he said he hadn’t (not much of a surprise – the kid is 17 years old), I played it to him and recited my favorite line from the song. He listened in a state of reverence, and when he heard those beautiful words, I swear his eyes misted over a bit, and he told me, “Hey, Miss – they’re playing our song”. In that moment, I think he managed to restore the tiniest bit of faith within me – who knew?

I’m not feeling quite as disappointed today as I did yesterday. Thanks, K. :)

xxx

Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday, and I’m trying not to be a negative Nelly about the whole thing. I have made a date with my Wee One – we’re going to get a heart-shaped pizza from Papa Murphy’s, watch iCarly together, and be each other’s Valentines/Best Friend :)

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day and feeling all lovey-dovey, I want to share a few gift ideas, music suggestions and other Valentine’s/love-related things to brighten your day (and also to combat that whoppingly negative blog post I did earlier – sorry about that…just needed to get my rant on). Here we go! :)

1) I love a cheesey romantic song as much as the next girl, and “My Dream Come True” by Frozen Ghost is ONE OF THE BEST OF ALL TIME!!! The video is ridiculously 80s cheeseball, but the song is pretty awesome! Check it out! :)

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2) I don’t know the proper name for these rings, but I have always loved them – here’s a picture:

Two Hearts Ring, Sterling Silver Ring with Pink Tourmaline & Diamond

They don’t meet, they aren’t complete circles, they remind me of horseshoes but aren’t…I don’t know what they’re called. I wish I did (if you happen to know, drop me a comment, please!). I love these rings! I think they are so pretty – they make me smile :)

 

3) While I’m talking jewelry, I want to mention my undying LOVE for LeVian…some of their things are kind of out there for a simple girl like me, but some of their pieces make me want to weep in admiration of their sheer beauty. Here’s a couple of my favorites that are currently on sale:

 Currently $540.00 at Overstock

10k Rose Gold Morganite, Sapphire and 1/10ct TDW Diamond Ring (I-J, I1-I2) This ring isn’t a LeVian, but it is STUNNING! It’s on sale at Overstock for $416!
 <em>Le Vian</em> 14k Rose Gold Ring, Chocolate and White Diamond Circle 38 ct.One of my favorites from LeVian…I try it on ALL THE TIME at Macy’s (where’s it’s currently on sale for $994!)
4) Punch Boxes! I am in love with this idea – here’s the picture: 
Here’s an explanation of how they work: Back in the 1920’s people played parlor games. One such game was called a “Punch Box.” These playful objects had tiny compartments that contained paper scrolls with messages hidden inside. Leafcutter Studios has created an updated version — you can use some of their 12 standard messages or create your own for Valentine’s Day.Price: Starts at $20  
I think these are absolutely adorable and I WANT ONE!!  Love this!!!! :)
5) And finally, what romantic day would be complete without some champagne? :)  I’m planning to whip up some of this Pomegranate Champagne Punch (thanks for the recipe, Martha Stewart!) for myself :)
pomegranate champagne punch
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup(s) pear nectar
  • 1/4 cup(s) orange-flavored liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
  • 1 bottle(s) (750-milliliter) Champagne

Directions

  1. In a large pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, pear nectar, and orange-flavored liqueur. Slowly add Champagne. Serve over ice.

I’ll be back in a couple of days with more ideas for Valentine’s Day :)  Hope love is in your air! :)

xxx