Maypole dancers surround the maypole with coloured ribbons on May Day, which is the first day of the month.
While some of you might be celebrating the beginning of May dancing to N’Sync’s “It’s Gonne Be Me” and if you don’t know why perhaps this will give you some sort of clue. Others around the world will be dancing to traditional folk music in celebration of May Day, a traditional European spring festival. So in honour of this lovely spring holiday, I’ll be giving you tips on rocking the floral trend that you can take with you well into the summer. And yeah I know what you’re thinking, florals for spring? How groundbreaking! But yes florals are actually a trend for 2013 for both women and men, so check it out!
Lana Del Rey, the Queen of the floral crown.
So if you missed out on Coachella, don’t fret because May Day is the perfect (and probably the most legitimate) reason for anyone to be wearing a floral crown. Floral crowns were spotted on the runways and magazine but hit the mainstream thanks to sultry singer Lana Del Rey. They became quite the phenomenon at Coachella and rightly overtook the Native American headdress (this should have never been a trend in the first place) as the hair accessory of choice for concertgoers. Don’t be surprised to see floral crowns at various music festivals this summer.
These poor girls were victims of a Jimmy Kimmel prank at this year’s Coachella.
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It was Halloween yesterday on The Carrie Diaries. The episode centered around the goings-on of three halloween parties; the first being in New York, the second being Sebastian’s, and the third being Carrie’s house. Carrie brings Walt with her to the city causing her to play nanny for Larissa, leaving Walt in an uncomfortable situation with a particularly cute guy. Back home, Mouse and Maggie decide to got to Sebastian’s party to “make sure they can tell Carrie what happened.” The moral of this episode seems to be that while being free and independent seems exciting, it’s not, and you’re better off having a support system. Here are the highlights of last night’s episode.
1) Carrie and Sebastian avoid one another
After the events of the last episode, Carrie doesn’t really want to see Sebastian because of the obvious awkwardness. Carrie doesn’t want to see him, or speak to him, after having her heart broken.
2) Larissa’s party
Carrie and Walt hop on a train to go out to a Halloween party Larissa invited them too. As we all know, with Larissa comes shenanigans. She gets so hyped up on drugs; ecstacy (which was apparently legal then) and LSD. Of course she washed that all down with champagne. With no one else to care for Larissa, Carrie found herself looking after Larissa like how she looks after her friends back home. This is the most vulnerable we see Larissa. Her monologue explaining how freedom and being fabulous is just as exhausting as having rules to abide by. It was quite a turning point in the episode, and for Carrie.
3) Sebastian’s party
Drugs, booze, and forbidden friendships, oh my. Mouse gets dragged by Maggie to Sebastian’s party against her wishes. She badly wants to hate Sebastian, as she keeps telling herself what an awful person he is. Cut to Mouse recognizing that Sebastian is actually a good guy and the two having an adorable heart to heart about parents and life. Is this hinting at a Mouse/Sebastian romance? Interesting…
4) Party at the Bradshaw’s
Dorit is home for halloween after her father interrupts her plans to vanadalize a house with toilet paper. She proves to be demon teenage daughter; too much make up, eating the candy, and not wanting anything to do with her father. By the end of the episode Dorit smartens up, and asks her father to hang out for a big – the scary movie she watched really spooked her. Not so tough Dorit? We all knew you were a softie. Cute father/daughter bonding ensued.
5) Dorit’s top
Normally Carrie’s outfits are the event, but Dorit looked ADORABLE in this skull sweater and I don’t like skulls. Well done Wardrobe. Good choice. Can I have this please?
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Yesterdays episode of The Carrie Diaries definitely advanced the plot and developed Carrie’s character more than last week’s. The episode was packed with kisses and misses. It’s nice to see that, like Sex and the City, the show likes to tell the stories of not only Carrie, but her friends too. My favourite inevitable storyline will be Walt’s coming out, or at least him confiding in someone. I assume it will be Carrie. In the books he actually has a love interest. Do you want to see that or are you more interested in Maggie and the sexy police officer she’s keeping on the side? Nevertheless, here are the main things you missed from last nights episode.
Due to missing curfew and the shenanigans that took place last episode, Carrie is grounded for what seems like the entirety of her teenagehood. This means she can’t go out with friends and most importantly, Sebastian.
Green Blazer and Gray Peplum Skirt
My two favourite clothing items worn by Carrie in this episode should be considered a major event in the episode. First, Carrie wore a green blazer with black cuffs and gold buttons. Amazing. She later wore a stunning charcoal gray peplum skirt. I want this girl’s wardrobe. I can’t even talk about the Dior scarf. It’s just not fair.
Sibling bonding time
Due to both being grounded, Dorit and Carrie have had the opppourtunity for serious sisterly bonding time. There was a really cute scene where the two are washing the car and have a soap fight. Of course, things are too good to be true and Carrie puts her relationship with her sister on the line for some time with Sebastian.
Walt and Maggie trouble in paradise
Maggie and Walt seem to lack intimacy, and weirdly enough it’s because of Walt. We all remember the strong implications from last week that Walt is not interested in women, so it’s almost painful to watch Maggie feel completely undesirable as Walt repeatedly refuses any kind of intimacy.
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TREND: Over the Top Curls
If you’ve been following Beyoncé on Instagram as obsessively as I am, you’ll notice how Bey went from straight and sleek to bodacious curls in her latest #WIWT (what I wore today) shots.
The over the top and full of volume style must be an inspiration (and a relief) for those who are have natural curly hair. No longer do we need to fuss over straighteners and hair clips—we can just stick to our favourite moisturizing conditioners to get the look we want. Just don’t use the brush too often and find a good gel/mousse/cream (or whatever concoction you find works best! To each their own) to keep those beautiful curls intact. And for those who have naturally straight hair, don’t forget to use a heat protectant when curling your tresses—you don’t want to fry your hair in the process!
TREND: Geometric Prints
Thanks to the creative mind of Marc Jacobs, I can’t help but love all the geometric prints over at Louis Vuitton. It’s like he moved from the Mad Men conservative style of fifties to the swinging sixties, more specifically swinging London. I also love how chic AnnaSophia Robb also looks in a Marc Jacobs geometric print sweater in the newest Teen Vogue. I can’t wait to pick up some great monochromatic pieces in the future!
WTF?: Condom wedding dress
A restaurant called “Cabbages and Condoms” was developed in Bangkok, Thailand as part of a plan to raise awareness of safe sex, HIV/AIDS and family planning. Not only are prophylactics a part of the name, they’re also integral to the restaurant’s décor as condoms from around the world add some, um, interesting points of interests. No, they aren’t used to make balloon animals but instead costumes such as a wedding dress. Yes, a wedding dress.
I wonder if the creator was trying to debunk the whole “you ain’t getting any” saying that surrounds marriage. Or is the happy couple supposed to use all of the condoms whilst on their honeymoon? How cheeky! I’d advised against it though because of the general wear and tear it would go through during the ceremony and reception, not to mention they’re probably expired. Safe sex, y’all!
What she’s wearing: Roberts stepped out in a Nanette Lepore black printed suit at the CFDA & Vogue Eyewear launch for the “Emma” by Nanette Lepore sunglasses.
Why we love it: One of the perks of being celebrity is inspiring fashion designers to name accessories after you. Not only are the “Emma” sunglasses a cool twist on the cat-eye sunglasses but they contribute to the very stylized look that Roberts is showcasing. Menswear-inspired clothing has been emerging as a popular choice for stars to don on the red carpet and this Nanette Lepore suit has a cool geometric print that makes it stand out from all the rest. The white blouse has a cool sheer panel insets to smartly play off of the striped shirts that men usually pair with suits. Roberts then tops it off with a cool pop of orange colour with her clutch.
Takeaway: Suits can be an awesome addition to your wardrobe even if you don’t have that many occasions to wear it. Think of it as buying a bundle of separates. Because at the end of the day you can mix and match different parts of a suit with other items in your closet so as to get better mileage out of the different suit pieces, instead of them collecting dust in your closet.
What she’s wearing: Robb wore a sleeveless black and gold lamé peplum dress by Emilio Puccito the premiere of her new TV show The Carrie Diaries at the New York Television Festival.
Why we love it: Robb is showing promising signs as a budding fashionista, which is a must since she has large shoes (Manolo Blahniks to be exact!) to fill as the new Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. While the dress is pretty minimalistic, the gold lamé top calls upon the metallic trend to make it a standout. Here’s hoping her new show becomes a hit so we can see Robb transform into the red carpet fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker has become since originating the role of Carrie Bradshaw.
Takeaway: Metallics are coming back and the best way to incorporate them into an outfit is to keep things simple. Metallics by nature are flashy so minimize its effects by pairing it with neutrals or wearing them in simple silhouettes so as to not look like you’re ready to go out to the disco.
What she’s wearing: Swift promoted her new album Red on Good Morning America by performing in plaid pants, a cable knit cardigan, and black lace-up oxfords.
Why we love it: Fall is sweater weather and Swift looks nothing but warm and comfy in this look while still being stylish. Her cable knit cardigan features awesome leather buckle details and while the cardigan chunky, it isn’t too big, boxy, or heavy. Plaid pants can be hit or miss sometimes but in this case they work by offering a nice graphic detail to balance out her solid cardigan. Plus a pop of colour of red lightens up the very navy ensemble while being appropriate for her album promotion tour.
Takeaway: Chunky sweaters are everybody’s favourite clothing item once the air begins to chill and the leaves start to change colours. Sometimes the best chunky sweaters (which I like to refer to as Grandpa sweaters) or cardigans can be found in the men’s section, so don’t be afraid to explore the men’s side of the store and snatch up a couple for your own before the guys do.
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Although I haven’t read any of The Carries Diaries, I’ve read and watched Sex and the City in it’s entirety. I know, groan right? Deal with it. Anyway, I’ve secretly been looking forward to CW’s new series The Carries Diaries, based on Candace Bushnell’s prequel to original book. Based on the trailer though, I can’t say I’m thrilled at Carrie before sex, the city and Mr. Big.
I like AnnaSophia Robb as Carrie and the fashion (even sans Patricia Field) looks drool-worthy. But the plot seems uber stereotypical. Carrie accepts an internship at a prestigious law firm. Upon meeting a stylish magazine editor she’s immersed in the world of urban culture and clubs.
It’s all, Carrie goes to Manhattan, meets a wicked-cool fashionista, gets sent a free high couture gown, goes to a high profile event. I’m sure hilarious hijinks ensue but this would never happen in real life.
Why not try reality: Carrie goes to Manhattan, scrapes by in a tiny house which shares with a bunch of other interns, does coffee runs ALL DAY, and scrapes together a few bucks for a non-alcoholic Cosmo (she’s way underage). I think that’s a much more interesting storyline anyway rather than the excessive glitz. All I can say is, I think HBO’s version would have been a little different.
Watch it here:
We finally have the first official shots of the
luckiest young girl in Hollywood AnnaSophia Robb who is playing Carrie Bradshaw in the Sex and the City prequel.
I’m a huge fan of the TV show and first movie (not the second) and they managed to make young Carrie look fresh while still channeling the 80s. The costume designer Eric Daman also managed to stay consistent with Patricia Field’s original styling though I hope to see more of the thrift-store look Carrie had in the first two seasons of the show.
The Carrie Diaries will air on the CW. Are you excited for the show?
We know you’ve been waiting with bated breath. The CW finally announced AnnaSophia Robb, best known as Violet in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will play Carrie Bradshaw in the pilot for Carrie Diaries.
Robb will take on Sarah Jessica Parker’s role, 20 years previous to her sex column. The show is based on Candace Bushnell’s book of the same name, and chronicle’s Carrie’s high school life in the 80s.
The whole concept is still strange to me. I’m a huge Sex and the City fan (minus the movies) but the show barely mentions Bradshaw’s family life. I never read the book so I’m just trying to imagine Carrie with a younger sister named Dorrit.
Soul Surfer is based on the gruesome story of young surfer Bethany Hamilton’s encounter with a 14-foot tiger shark during which she lost her arm to the beast, but continued through the odds to get into the water and surf.
Jaws, a fictional film about a menacing great white shark, caused many audiences to avoid the ocean, but Soul Surfer, a true story and inspirational film of human triumph serves to lessen those fears of the creatures that lurk in the depths and replace them with faith in the human capacity to overcome grave obstacles
The film opens with an aerial establishing shot of the beautiful pristine waters that encircle the Hawaiian Islands. We are soon introduced to Bethany (AnnaSophia Robb) through a nostalgic voice over reflecting on her love for surfing. She proclaims, “we spent more time wet than we did dry.” Clearly this is a young girl who was meant to be a mermaid. Bethany’s parents, played by Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid who have a natural chemistry, are very supportive of her dreams to be a pro-surfer as they cheer her on in competitions and help her train for the sport. Even when Bethany disobeys them and goes surfing at night, it is obvious that her family unit is one that embodies positivism and compassion. Bethany’s family values are underlined with a firm belief in Christianity exemplified by their churchgoing habits, and Bethany’s Sunday school education. Carrie Underwood makes her film debut as Bethany’s bible study leader.
Bethany is at the top of her game. She is placing in the top ranks of every competition and has just obtained sponsorship from Rip Curl, a popular surf brand. The sun shines and the tide is high as Bethany goes out to a deserted beach with her best friend and her friend’s father to practice for their next competition. In order to get out to the swells, the surfers have to avoid a reef. As they are swimming, the camera begins to dive below to show belly shots of the water, and suddenly an imminent sense of doom falls upon the film. Something is looming.
The shark attack happens so fast that it is hard to register. Due to the PG rating and family orientation of the film, a drawn out scene of gore and misery, as seen in 27 Hours, would have been inappropriate. However, the attack is still too rapid that even the Discovery Channel reenactments are more effective.
As the film unfolds it is obvious that this is not a story about a near death experience, but rather, an encouraging fable for conquering the unexpected grievous events that life throws at you.
After the accident Bethany has difficulty adjusting to her handicap and can’t understand why “God would want this for her”. Through the motivational speeches of her parents, her bible teacher, and an eye-opening trip to Thailand post-tsunami devastation in 2004, she gets back on her board and becomes a role model for those who are impaired.
The cinematography of the film boasts a wealth of stunning scenes of the immaculate land of Hawaii. The sun and surf provide a suitable backdrop for Bethany’s reemergence as a strong young woman. Though the film rests on it’s inspirational Christian themed clichés, it is hard to argue with the performances of AnnaSophia Robb, Helen Hunt, and Dennis Quaid. Overall, the adaptation of Bethany’s memoir is believable and uplifting.