Sunday, July 31, 2011

Of Heartbeak and Men: Shakespeare Had It Right

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,

Men were deceivers ever;
One foot in sea, and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blith and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey nonny, nonny.

Sing no more ditties, sing no mo
Of dumps so dull and heavy;
The fraud of men was ever so,
Since summer first was leavy.
Then sigh not so,
But let them go,
And be you blith and bonny,
Converting all your sounds of woe
Into Hey nonny, nonny.

(William Shakespeare)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

New Makeup and the Holy Grail of Red Lipstick

Got some new loot from Sephora and I’m happy to announce that I’ve FINALLY found the perfect red lip and foundation. Double rainbow winning! Hi-ya!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


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I'll Take You To The Candy Shop...

Happy Wednesday. Here's a little sugar to get you over the hump.

Taken at seaside market in Nice, France. Yeah...I'm jealous of me too. June July me is nowhere near as fabulous as May me. May was definitely as high point in my life. :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

True Blood Ep 5: "That’s Some Catchy Shit for Your Headstone"

True Blood Season 4, Episode 5 Recap

"The Devil And Me"

Blogging while I watch. And a little Comic-Con Action

Okay... The show opens up with Tommy, who was tricked by his mom into thinking she’d ended things with her abusive husband Jolie. It was all just a trap to get the young shifter back in the dog fighting ring. Must resist urge to make Michael Vick joke. Resist, I say!

Monday, July 25, 2011

How To Throw A Proper English Tea Party

You were obsessed with William and Kate’s wedding, you watch Masterpiece Theater, and you have to resist the urge to work “quite” and “nary” into casual conversation. Admit it, you secretly wish you were English, don’t you? Join the club. I’m a cardholding member. 

This Saturday I decided to throw a Tea Party. An English tea party though, nary a Republican in sight. Mad hats, fancy frocks, and scones abound and a drawing room flowing with classical music and conversation.

Traditional Afternoon tea, or “low tea,” is held around 2-5 in the afternoon. I decided to invite a few friends to dress up and indulge in my delusions of grandeur and it was actually easier than I thought. I don’t why I haven’t done this before. I think I was secretly intimidated by the idea but, surprisingly, planning and hosting a traditional English Tea Party is MUCH easier than it sounds.

Assemble your finest china. I've had this dainty little set in the family for years collecting dust—but, if you don’t have a tea set of your own, fear not; you can find a similar set like this in almost any thrift store.

It's all in the details. Little pieces like this crystal, cream and sugar set (top) add a touch of elegance to the table.

Don’t be afraid to break tradition. My friend brought over this gorgeous Chinese tea set. He brewed his own loose leaf tea while I made a more traditional British tea with cream and sugar.

Get to know traditional tea etiquette and decide whether you want to go by the book or switch up some of the recipes and times. Whatever you do, don’t make tea time a brunch.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Favourite Things: Cream Scones and Devonshire(Clotted) Cream

Had a glorious English Tea Party today. Decided to share a traditional British recipe and some prep pics. I used the recipes for Cream Scones and Clotted (Devonshire) Cream here, and they turned out fabulous. Everyone was raving about the cream—and the smell baking these scones filled my house with—heaven! My house smells distinctly like shortbread cookies, vanilla, and butter. The clotted cream with scones are definitely the most indulgently fattening things I've ever made in my life and for the taste, it's worth it. The cool clotted cream complemented the scones and jam deliciously. You’ll want to glob it onto everything.  Enjoy the pictures.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

ComicCon: Twilight Breaking Dawn Live Stream

It's currently 10:32 in San Diego. This starts in about 45 minutes.

Live broadcasting by Ustream

New Kanye

Otis feat. Otis Redding by watchthethrone

I admit it: I love Kanye West more than a swag-less orchestra dork should. I don’t know what it is. Kanye’s always been in my musical periphery, but it wasn’t until his album, 808s & Heartbreaks, that I really ever paused to appreciate his fast and loose flow and his amazing production abilities. The man is a genius and I love him. I love him more than a whole plate of fish sticks in my mouth.

Anyway, here’s his first single, "Otis", from his upcoming collaborative album with Jay-Z: Watch the Throne. I like it; it’s smooth, it’s “summuh”, and it makes me want to throw on a pair of aviators and start sliding and jiving across the floor like the smooth villain from Charlie’s Angels.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Summer Days: Owling vs Planking

On a sunny Tuesday in suburban South Florida, we bourgeoisie like to congregate, en masse, in lofty little plazas where a Starbucks sign seems almost vulgar among the other stores.

Monday, July 18, 2011

True Blood Ep 4: R.I.P. Pam's Swag

True Blood Season 4, Episode 4 Recap

True Blood Ep 4: I’m Alive and I’m on Fire

Blogging while watching

Fairy blood makes vampires tipsy. Eric is feeling quite unrepentant about drinking Sookie’s fairy. He’s drunk, he’s in a cheeky mood, and he’s not going back to his cubby! Instead, he wants to pinch Sookie’s butt and party till the break of dawn. Sunrise be damned!

HP7 Party, 70's style, and the Look for Less

Harry Potter is finally over. Toodle-loo!! I hate to see you go but how I loved watching you leave. Anyway...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Going Hamlet

Planking is passé, “Owling” is for the chromosomally impaired, and going HAM is too bourgeois. This summer, go HAMLET or go home!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CelebBoutique, True Blood, and Pam's One Shoulder Red Dress

True Blood Fashion Post

I've been mesmerized by this dress ever since Vampire Pam showcased it in True Blood Episode 2. It's an 80's power club dress and I'm in love with it! Other celebs have been spotted wearing this Brian Lichtenberg creation, but Pam takes the cake, hands down. The hair, the matte red lips, and the deathly scowl = FIYA! I want to snatch the whole ensemble right off the screen! Actually, if I had screen snatching powers, her boss, Eric Northman, would be in my living room right now—but that's neither here nor there.

Planking Aint Easy

Happy Humpday :) Enjoy this sad attempt I'm making at planking

Monday, July 11, 2011

True Blood: Season 4 Ep. 3: "You Just Killed My Fairy Godmother"

True Blood Season 4, Episode 3 Recap
Episode 3: If you Love Me, Why am I Dying?

“I know I’m a vampire Snookie.” –“It’s Sookie!” 

Already the best line of the episode. Not even two minutes and Eric already tries to kill Sookie. She punches him in the nose and tells him she’s not putting up with his cheek tonight.

True Blood Ep2: You Smell Like Dinner

True Blood Season 4, Episode 2 Recap

Blogging while I watch...late. Yeah I know...

The episode opens up with Jason Stackhouse in a sweaty heap, writhing against the constraints of the rope tying his arms and legs to a stranger’s bed. Pretty much business as usual for Jason but, oh look, the inbred kids from Hotshot are there and one of them, Timbo, is licking his head wound. How nice…

Monday, July 4, 2011

Be Yourself. Happy Independence Day!

Today’s the day for barbeque and fireworks. But while you’re out in the sun or schmoozing at a poolside with cocktails, be yourself; don’t eat watermelon like a poser. Follow THIS guy’s hilarious and possibly offensive advice, readers. Happy 4th of July.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Manhattan in Mourning

NYC, what can I say that hasn’t already been written about, sung about? I could hyperbole myself to death just attempting to convey just one grain of this wily pastiche of grit, dirt, glass, and brick, rich and poor. So I’ll just break into song: “NYC, what is it about you? You’re big. You’re tough. You’re rough!”

Last weekend I discovered that my aunt, who I’ve never actually met but if I had, would have loved inexplicably, had died of cancer. There I was, feet still died with grapes from the vineyard, learning that I was to fly to New York, post haste.

I’ve been over it and around it, but I’ve never actually been to Manhattan. But now was my chance to finally go! I was in mourning but… really how long can someone stay in mourning when they’re surrounded by the city lights, sipping coffee at Bryant Park, and eating Pizza on Broadway?

Friday, July 1, 2011

My Summah Jam

Say it with me guys; Summah. Summer, or as my favorite comedian Howard Kremer would call it, summah, is here. "You've gotta douse yourself in it. You've gotta get lousy with summah." Kremer says the most important thing you need to have a summah is a summah gum. I've chosen Extra mint chocolate chip as my summah gum, and now I have my summah jam: Nadia Oh’s, M.I.A.-esq, ode to Kate Middleton. Listen to “Taking Over the Dance Floor” above, chew your summah gum, and immerse yourself fully in summah.

Nadia Oh is one GLORIOUS robot

You think I know better than to love Nadia Oh? I play violin, drink red wine, and croon out show tunes in the shower. Should I know better?

I first discovered Nadia Oh, Space Cowboy’s android, on So You Think You Can Dance, like everyone else. Her song, “Hot like Wow” was playing and I couldn’t pay attention to any of the dancers. I’ve never heard anything like it. The most stereotypical Arabic beats were going fast and hard while this mechanical voice droned over the track.