Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Super Water

As the title may suggest, infused water is the superhero of drinks. I was looking at recipes on Pinterest and came upon an awesome-looking recipe. Basically super water is just water infused with various fruits and veggies. What I love is that super water is personalized to your specific tastes. For my first try I used grapefruit, lemon juice, basil, mint and grapes. Sort of a weird combo, but pretty good, It was really citrus-y and the grapes sunk (science for dummies), but it tasted good. We kept filling the pitcher up with water but after a week I was tired. For my second try I decided to go with a smaller batch to see how I liked it. I wanted something fresher and cleaner tasting, or what I think of as clean tasting. So heres my recipe for Cucumber-Mint-Lemon Water (yeah sort of a dumb name):

  • 1/4 cucumber
  • A handful of mint leaves- about 1/8 of a cup
  • a teaspoon of lemon juice
First chop up the mint leaves, make sure they're not too small. Then slice the cucumber, again not too thin, if they are slivers they'll turn out soggy. Then fill a glass up with about a cup or two of water and put in the mint, cucumber, and lemon juice. Put the glass in the fridge and let it sit for an hour. You have to let it sit so that the water takes in the flavor of the cucumber and mint. For bigger portions i suggest letting it sit overnight. After an hour i strained out the leaves and pressed out any juice the leaves had soaked up and left the cucumbers in. And now you have delicious Super Water!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Movie Star Monday: Rose Byrne

Bearing in mind that I've only seen two of rose Byrne's movies, I think she is a great actress.  

When I first saw X-men: first Class, I was 
totally blown away. I'd seen one of the previous movies and while I enjoyed the movie, it was in the realm of typical action movies (You know the type: hot girls, evil guy, hero's feel alone, they all come together to defeat people the bad guy). X-men first class was one of those movies that I thought about for day after. Her costuming was delicious, 60's at its best. 

Check out her gorgeous hair!
The milk chocolate hair grazing her shoulders is really perfect for her. The cut is similar to the "lob" of last year, but  more voluminous, and long. *Side note- I had a lob, even though curly hair doesn't exactly do short hair. 

In Bridesmaids she showed off her comedic abilities as Helen, the rich witch we hated just until the end. Helen was the antithesis of Kristen Wiig's Annie. It was almost painful to watch her sabotage Annie and takeover as Maid of Honor. When she finally lets herself crumble, as Annie says "This is the first time I've seen you look ugly, and that makes me happy!
Check out the different hair- Blond with some brown at the top, long waves, total rich second wife. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Fitness Friday: Playlist

I'm in currently in mourning due to the loss of of most of my music, including my workout playlist. To workout I prefer songs with great beats and lots of variation between the songs. Certain songs are for crunches, some for jumping jacks and some for dancing. Trust me, you want different songs for different types of workouts. I always work better with a song I love motivating me. Music is a big part of a lot of exercise classes and it isn't hard to understand why; time passes so much quicker when you're listening to a song.
A magazine I once read said that Sexy and I Know It is the best workout song. Something about the base that comes in right away, and the drop before the chorus. My Zumba instructor has a dance to it thats fun, but it isn't one of my favorites. I much prefer spanish beats and the new belly dancing song we tried last week.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Outfit/Nail post

Yeah it's late and yeah these are late but here you go.

These are two outfit posts and two weeks of nails. The first pic is from last week, I wore my black A line dress with my striped Urban sweater over and gray crochet tights in my Steve Madden motorcycle boots. I looked majorly wack in the picture so I had to crop out my face. By wack I mean weirder than I've ever seen my face :) When I got cold I put on my leather vest, so yeah, a lot of black. Note the neon green watch, I got it this Summer and have been obsessed with it for a long while.

The second look is from when it rained this week. The first image is of the outfit during the day and the second image is of when I had to go outside and realized it was raining. I wore hot pink skinnies and a camel sweater to match my new gold belt. I really love the colors together, especially with my fading tan. When it rained I realized my only defense other than my leather vest was my red leopard scarf. Even though it doesn't totally work with my jeans, I loved wearing it Grace Kelly style. 

                  The shoes are my rubber leopard loafers. You like?

You can't really see my nails but I hope you get the gist- It was supposed to be like flowers on the water. Its OPI Russian Navy under a silvery OPI color with a rainbow of flowers done with a pointed Q-tip. The other pic is from this week, I did purple with two cloud layers in green and dark brown. Below the clouds are silver dots.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Movie Star Monday: James Marsden

As well as being hot James Marsden is an incredible actor. He has great comedic timing and is a very versatile actor.
 He was in the underrated and under appreciated film Sugar&Spice, which I recommend everyone to see. The story is about a pregnant cheerleader and her friends who rob a bank to pay for her bills, James is sort of a side role as the main character's boyfriend and baby daddy, loveably well-meaning, and dumb as a rock. In The Notebook he played Ally's fiance Lon Hammond who gives Ally the choice that made me love him. Prince Edward in Enchanted. He's always in really enjoyable films, and he's incredibly funny, I loved him in Death at a Funeral. Right now he's Liz's boyfriend on 30 Rock. 

In Hairspray he proved his singing chops as Corny Collins, the host of The Corny Collins Show. I love the whole 60's look and feel of his numbers, they're so stiff in their perfection (Like hairspray hint hint hint) and the suits from that era are probably my favorite style to date.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Impracticality is:

Two watches...

...Neither of which works.

Fitness Friday: Workout Clothes

I've found that what I wear really affects how I work out. It's sort of shallow but don't you want to work out harder when you look great? There's also the function aspect of really good workout clothes, sometimes people forget what a difference that makes. 

Right now I'm alternating between two pairs of Gap fold-over shorts that aren't sold anymore. Below is a link to a similar pair.


On top I wear a sports bra and a tank or a tee.
I used to wear old school stuff from way back when but it was so drab and unflattering. Bright colors, fun patterns, flattering designs; they all make for a great workout wardrobe.

So, do you go classic? Funky? Sexy? Minimal?
What do you wear?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

My Obsessions

  • Ezra Miller 
  • My leather vest (I cut off the sleeves myself!)
  • Storm of Swords
  • Carrot Juice
  • Cups (You're Gonna Miss me)
  • Ezra Miller 
  • Gluten-free chicken patties
  • The Walking Dead
  • Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Muffins
  • 30 Rock
  • Neil Patrick Harris

Monday, October 15, 2012

Movie Star Monday: Emma Stone

             I was just watching Easy A last night so I decided this week's MovieStar Monday would focus on Emma Stone. At 15 she persuaded her parents to let her drop out of her all-girls Catholic School and move to LA with a powerpoint presentation, impressive right?!?
            Her breakout film was Superbad, which was when she dyed her hair red. She's best known as a comedic actress, and for good reason, she's got impeccable timing and a natural understanding of what makes a character funny, without letting the character's whole identity become the jokes. Easy A stars Emma as a girl who agrees to pretend to have sex with a guy so that people will stop bullying him for being gay and gains a reputation as she begins helping others (for giftcards of course). The movie is hilarious and hosts a great cast, Patricia Clarkson and Stanley Tucci as her parents are standouts to me; the scenes o the family at home had me laughing out loud. I also really loved Crazy, Stupid, Love, definitely a movie worth seeing.
A movie that got a lot of attention during last year's awards season was The Help which emma Stone starred in, I haven't seen the movie but I've heard great things :)

One of the things that really shocked people with her, and by people of course I mean me, was when she dyed her her hair blonde. She is a natural blonde but I really think she's a great redhead. It was done for a movie (The Amazing Spiderman-excellent movie by the way) and I was eventually won over by the blonde, which is not to say that I wasn't glad when she went back to red.

I'm really excited to see her in Gangster Squad next January! What are your thoughts on the lovely Emma?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Fitness Friday: Spin vs Biking

I've been a longtime fan of biking, I guess it was unavoidable considering how much my dad loves it. I love how fast it gets you to the places you want to go. I used to bike down along the hudson so that I could eat lunch downtown and shop. Biking is tailored to your level of proficiency, which is why it's an easy sport to pick up. If you want to go all Lance Armstrong you can participate in races and long distance cycing, but if like me you want to cruise sometimes and work other times, its easy to just adjust your settings and pick another path.
Spin is a type of indoor biking  which provides an intense workout and is tons of fun. All of my gym classes are spin classes, so I've had some experience by now. It is tons of fun and forces you to push yourself. With music on time passes super fast, I love spinning to old school hip hop, nothing like Usher, JZ, and Missy Eliott to make you work hard. 
All in all, bies rock, spinning is the workout of a lifetime.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Costume Breakdown-Mirror, Mirror

 I loved the costumes in this movie! Each one was beautiful and inspired and if you can they would make beautiful halloween costumes.
 I'm going to start with Snow's outfits, the first being her blue wedding dress. The dress is light blue over puffy medium blue and orange sleeves. It has a wide, white neckline and a floral base on the light blue skirt. It also includes a sheer baby blue petticoat that you see when the dress is pulled up. The back features an oversized bright orange bow (the same orange as the sleeves). Its one of the awesomest wedding dresses I've ever seen, one of two in the movie. Here it is in action:

As you can see, it appears less shiny on screen, and the folds of the sleeves look great in motion. The dress is paired with a tiara, and the light blue low 17th century France style heels from the picture above.

Her first dress in the movie is the pink and yellow floral dress to the right, with green sleeves, yet again puffy. Where the pink top meets the skirt the pink breaks into wide fringe pieces. The skirt is SUPER wide like most of the skirts in the movie and continues the floral pattern from the top. 
On screen it appears bluer, and personally I prefer it on screen, it takes away some of the sugary sweetness of the dress in person. 

At the queens costume ball she wears the white swan dress, with the wings, gloves and memorable swan hat. It's hard to see the detail of the dress but its beautifully white on white embroidery. The skirt has a layer of intricate lace and the top combines beading and lace with a scalloped neckline. The gloves are sheer and the wings are delicate wire and fabric. Also- don't you love Armie Hammer's (the Prince) hat!

Here she is in the dress after being spared in the forest by the queen's henchman. 

It's great for fighting too :)

When she joins the dwarves and learns to fight she puts on her kick-ass fighting outfit. Here it is full length, you can see the blue off-shoulder blouse under the black and gold vest. (Wow it took me a while to remember the word vest) She wears the blouse with a black, floor-length a-line skirt. It's one of the only seperates look featured in the movie, and way more practical for fighting than her other looks. Okay-its not super practical but I like to imagine she's wearing leggings underneath, so if she needs to she pull off the skirt and really get to work. 
I love the ponytail she pairs it with I think it really shows off her beautiful face (uh oh major girl crush forming:)) I've always been a major fan of teal and I think this teal is especially lovely, I think it's called peacock blue.

Onto the Queen, whose costumes perfectly reflect her over the top personality. They're large and bright and over-accentuate all the parts of the body. It's pink but on screen its rose gold. The top arrows down past to the hips and starts the gold and white embroidery that the skirt continues in different sizes. The shoulders are sculpted and the sleeves are fringed with gold.      

The picture of the back shows the poufy hips more, like a bustle except not on the butt. They're like slightly deflated balloons.

At her ball the Queen wears a red dress featuring peacock embellishment and actual peacock feathers. The gown's all red and white palette add to the drama of the wide skirt and angled sleeves. Instead of shoulder pads at her shoulders are sculpted cut outs meant to echo the shape of the peacock embroidery on her dress. The neckline is lined with white "feathers" sharper than her temper! (sorry-had to make the cheesy joke) she wore the magnificent peacock feather back during the ball which added to the dramatization of the human shape and height needed to emphasize the grandeur of her personality and fancies.

Now to the other wedding dress in the film. For the Queen's marriage to the prince she dons an immense white gown. Like seriously, it's huge. The silk (I believe) is cut to resemble leaves or feathers. The top boasts the smaller leaves which trickle down to the skirt in vines. The sleeves are off shoulder-like most of the dresses in the movie-and droopy ending in tight white cuffs that arrow down to the middle finger.The queen also wears a long white veil held on her head by a small white crown (and probably a thousand bobby pins).
Check out the Queen's undergarments, it takes hard work to wear dresses that good!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Movie Monday: Lily Collins (with a bit of a movie review)

Now she's not quite a bona fide movie star but I think that her career has been impressive enough to join the list. She started as a columnist for teen magazines and a correspondent for Nickelodeon. She's been a few movies including The Blind Side, Abduction, and Mirror, Mirror. 

The Blind Side is one of my favorite movies and her character was touching. 

I recently watched Mirror, Mirror and loved it. It's of course a little childish but I've always loved the disney princess movies. Mirror, mirror was funny and I loved that it let Snow White become the heroine and see that the prince could be a bit of a a**hole (cuz truthfully, the prince is always a bit of a jerk). The visuals were amazing; the bright colors, and landscapes. The costumes were just right for the movie; bright and intricate and bigger than sets. 

There will be a costume breakdown later in the week.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Fitness Friday: Motivation

This post is a short one, but I find there are lots of different reasons for different people. Some people work out to get healthier, some to get stronger and some to look better. I have friends who workout so that they can get faster in track and field. Personally, I want to get stronger and slimmer. I have a wicked sweet tooth and working out keeps me from ballooning :) Also, after a while I get into a groove; now I look forward to my bike rides and intervals. a really good system is  to set short term goals. When setting goals make them specific and not based on the scale, because a scale doesn't represent how healthy you are, its just the force on you due to its gravity (thanks Wikipedia). Right now I'm working towards a belly-baring costume for Halloween. 
                                                           So what motivates you?

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Straight Up: Love is Louder

            My school started a campaign last year called Let's Make it Better, encouraging straight men to support their gay peers, who are often the source of the most violence against gays if not homophobia itself. It was picked up by The Jed Foundation, a foundation to support students emotional health. Today Brittany Snow spoke at our school to speak about Love is Louder and her own experiences with bullying. She was nervous, which was adorable, and  I thought very interesting. I encourage people to get involved, change starts with one.

                                            Please be respectful in the comments.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Movie Monday: Rachel McAdams

               Rachel McAdams breakout role catapulted her to the top of everyone's list. You'd be hard pressed to find a kid who doesn't know who Regina George is. Mean Girls is a brilliant and funny movie that features a lot of GREAT actresses (Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Lindsey Lohan before she went crazy), and Rachel McAdams started her her path towards their ranks in this movie. Regina George is a perfect villain, she's mean, super smart, selfish, and she knows it. This is the point Janis makes, when Cady goes all Prima Plastic, what makes Cady so annoying is that she doesn't realize how horrible she is, unlike Regina. Regina commands respect, along with all the hate. 
                Her next film you probably already know, it's a big one, women everywhere cry at the mere mention of it. Yes folks, you guessed it, it's The Notebook. Now I have to say I jumped on this bandwagon pretty late, I guess I really just didn't get around to it until last Spring. It's a great movie (even though it didn't make me cry like it was supposed to). 
               She's been in several tearjerkers since (The Vow, The Time Traveller's Wife-to a degree) and a mystery (Sherlock Holmes). Overall she's picked pretty great movies to be in and always brings something to her characters which make them so real and likable, the sort of people you really want to have a conversation with. She was also in the Family Stone, a Christmas movie thats a little cliched but I liked it in a hokey way.
Now this girl has gone between super blonde and chocolate brown a thousand times but I've always preferred her with light brown hair. Now I know that there are people with other opinions on this but dark brown can seem harsh on pale people. Her as a blonde with lowlights is a close runner up for me. In Mean Girls the blonde she sports is a wig, but as far as wigs go its pretty great.