4.18.2010

Strike a Pose!

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I guess some things never change....

Nothing Lasts Forever

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Most women of a certain age (mainly mine) have long since abandoned the uber trendy, popcorn styling’s of Forever 21. Don’t get me wrong, most of us held on as long as we could. After being sold the promise of being Forever 21, it was only natural to think we could actually dress as if we were. As reality (and old age) set in, most stylish thirty-somethings successfully transitioned to more quasi-sophisticated spots like BCBG, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, etc. A plethora of fashionistas looking for more quality threads, promptly pledged their allegiance to swanky department retailers like Nordstrom and Saks. While most recessionistas opted for their equally as fabulous partners in (prevention of fashion) crime - Nordstrom Rack and Off 5TH. Yet in still, Forever 21 offers something even an off-price outlet cannot. The right price. Of course, the old adage you get what you pay for immediately comes to mind. In this economy, you have to make your dollar s t r e t c h. Buying a cheap piece you can squeeze 1-3 wears out of no longer measures up to purchasing a pricier garment that lasts much longer. So the question is, what’s a girl --er woman to do? And in walks the answer. Looking affordably fabulous!

Although I previously dubbed H & M as the grown woman’s Forever 21, the LA fashion retailer has something else in mind for those of us who’ve realized nothing lasts Forever. Enter Twelve by Twelve. The line has been around for years, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s new to you. Chances are, you haven’t stepped foot in the store in…well…forever, but you may want to think again. Although it’s branded as Forever 21’s “womens couture line“, don‘t hold your breath. You won’t find any couture within their walls any time soon, but it is a nice departure from the Forever 21 of your youth. You may be pleasantly surprised. But don’t take my word for it. Take your Forever 21 31 derri√®re to the store to see for yourself!

4.11.2010

Dixie Carter Dies

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Actress Dixie Carter has died at age 70.  Although there aren't many details surrounding the cause of death,  Carter's husband and Designing Women co-star, Hal Holbrook issued the following statement, "this has been a terrible blow to our family. We would appreciate everyone understanding that this is a private family tragedy."
 
As a longtime fan of Designing Women (particularly the Sugarbaker sisters played by Dixie & Delta), I had to post one of my all time favorite Julia Sugarbaker scenes. Dixie Carter played this character brilliantly. She always nailed the perfect mix between straight shooter and southern belle!  
 
Rest in Peace Dixie.

April Showers Bring May Fanatics

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SATC the movie was literally everything a true fan of the HBO series could hope for. If the devil really lies in the details, he was alive and kicking in this one. It was the little things incorporated from the series that made the movie flow so organically. From Carrie yelling out Big’s real name (John!) to seeing her model the famous tutu, it seemed they thought of everything. Well, almost everything. One big - or shall I say significant - part of Carrie’s life was missing from the film. Aidan Shaw. I realize the movie didn’t really call for an actual glimpse of Aidan, but I was appreciative of the fact that there was mention of him in the first 2 minutes of the film. Still….as much as we love to love Big, every girl has a special place in her heart for the good guy who finished…well, second in Carrie’s.  We saw Steve, Harry, Stanford, Anthony, Magda (heck even Monolo Blahnik got an appearance even though the girls were rocking red bottoms most of the movie)…but no Aidan. Which is why I almost fainted when I laid eyes on the newest trailer from SATC 2. He’s back! And from the looks of things…looking better than ever. Now, you know I abso-fuckin-lutley love Big…but I can’t wait to see what happens when Carrie runs into Aidan.

As a devotee of the series and the box-office extravaganza that was Sex and The City the movie, I wasn’t very happy to hear they were making a sequel. I thought…why chance it? The show was a phenomenon that captivated the hearts of single girls everywhere. And of course, the movie was simply the series on steroids. But a second film? Who needs it? Well, apparently 5 million fans worldwide. Guys don’t expect a date, phone call, or even text from your female friends, girlfriends or wives this May 28th. They are sure to be one place…and one place only. At the theater with 100 of their closest girlfriends…playing catch up with Carrie and hers!