23 October 2009

Paris Je T'aime - Tour Eiffel

I saw Paris je t'aime in theatres with Pete a long time ago. It's really good, although I'm happy I own it so that I can skip over the scenes I don't really care for as much.

However - there are some really, really great scenes. Like this one. It's so cute - especially at the end, so hang in there for the 5 minutes!

The movie is a collaboration of 21 mini-films, all by different directors and with different actors. Some of the actors are French (Juliette Binoche), others are American (Steve Buscemi, Natalie Portman, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Willem Dafoe, Nick Nolte, Elijah Wood). The 21 films are representative of the 21 arrondissements (neighborhoods) of Paris.

In other news, there is another one of these movies coming out - called New York I Love You.

21 October 2009

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Favorite Movie Moments

This one is hard.

1. Almost Famous - when Russell shows up at William's house for an interview.
2. Amelie - when the guy (I forget his name) shows up at Amelie's place
3. Ever After - when Leonardo da Vinci gives Drew Barrymore those gorgeous gauzy wings
4. Garden State - the yelling scene.
5. Mary Poppins - when Mary Poppins sings "Stay Awake"
6. Dead Poets Society - all of it, but especially the scene where Robin Williams is pushing Ethan Hawke's character to create a story in front of the class
7. I Heart Huckabees - the scene where Jason Schwartzman sees Jude Law in his photograph and it all comes together
8. Life Aquatic - when they are all in the submarine at the end of the movie. Also, the end of the movie.
9. Roman Holiday - the entire day that Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn are together
10. Lost in Translation - all the time that Scarlett Johanssen spends at the Japanese Buddhist garden

And there are so many more.

Chick Flicks

Okay, ladies - let's hear them.

I want to know your favorite chick flicks. I want you to comment in the comment section and tell me what they are, because next week, I will be without Pete. He's going on a retreat and he's super stoked about it, which is great. However, it's going to be weird not seeing him everyday. So he suggested that I put a bunch of movies I want on Netflix, and am doing so now.

So, because I want YOUR recommendations, I'll exchange you - here are my favorite chick flicks. Also, these are in NO particular order. I don't discriminate about chick flicks.

1. Serendipity
2. Pretty in Pink
3. Sleepless in Seattle
4. When Harry Met Sally
5. 13 Going on 30
6. Roman Holiday
7. Ever After
8. My Big Fat Greek Wedding
9. Now and Then
10. Love Actually

Okay, now tell me yours!

20 October 2009

Love Letter Murals

Came across these and was instantly smitten. They make me want to grab a couple of gallons of paint and go all kinds of crazy. However, mine wouldn't be as good.

Wedding Dress.

Well, I got one. AMAZING!

I don't have pictures yet. And when I do, I won't be posting them here (Pete isn't going to see it until I walk down the aisle).

But I'm having a mini-fashion show tonight for my dad, who wasn't there when I bought it, and the bridesmaids that live in St. Louis. Luckily, my little sister, Emme, was with me when I bought it, so she's seen in. That just leaves the Maid of Honor - Megan - who lives in Philadelphia.

So, if you want to see, let me know! I love showing it off - and I've only worn it once. Leave your email address in the comments. I feel like we're all such good friends and I want you to see it, but I feel weird telling you that you have to tell me FIRST if you want to see it.

Yikes. That was a mouthful.

IMAGE: this is not it. this is a pretty dress i found on flickr.

14 October 2009

Cupcake Tub

How adorable is this little bathtub? I want it. You think I could fit into it? Probably not.

13 October 2009

Learn Something New

Last post for the day.

A twitter friend, Sanita (I would feel bad saying we're friends in real life, because I rarely talk to her/see her) tweeted this link and I just spent the last 30 minutes reading through all these facts.

Vintage Underwater Photography

How cool are these pictures? I've always wanted an underwater camera. I may have to do that next time I know I'll be in a pool...

Far Foods

This is genius. Did I see it on kirtsy? Maybe. Regardless, you need to check it out.

The receipt shows the products you've bought, where they are from, and how many miles they have been shipped. Kind of puts things into perspective, huh?

Rooftop Cinema

Okay, how much fun does this sound? My roof (my home roof, not my apartment roof) is perfect for it. Somehow I'll have to figure out how to get a sheet hanging up...to project the movie on...but really, it's perfect.

Also, To Sir With Love is one of the best movies/books ever.

They serve made-to-order crepes and cocktails, recline in comfy beach chairs, and watch movies.

Um, I'm doing this next summer.

Kate Spade

So yummy.

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I love the stripes. I want to do that to my whole apartment. But for some reason, I feel like the landlord wouldn't love it... I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the stripes come out onto the sidewalk! How awesome is that?!

And speaking of Kate Spade - I think I may get a pair of her shoes for my wedding shoes. Like I've mentioned before, I want a short wedding dress (also, thank you all for your input and advice on this post!!!), so shoes are vital. As in - they will actually be seen. So they gotta be cute.

And while I am miserable at walking in heels, I would totally make an effort to practice walking. With them on.

Anyway - here are some of my favorite Kate Spade shoes, as of now. PS: If you see something you like, there's a coupon on her site for 20% off any full-priced item in her store, until sometime in January! Yay!

Harper -$275 (at 20% off = $220)

Carly - $375 (at 20% off = $300)

Guest - $325 (at 20% off = $260)

Genny - $325 (at 20% off = $260)

09 October 2009

Strawberry Swing

I'm sure many other people have seen this, but I do love me some Coldplay and this chalk video? Amazing. I think my mouth was hanging open the entire time...

Thanks, snippet & ink!

06 October 2009

Ten on Tuesday: 10 Things that Make Me Feel Old

Bridgett, I'm using this idea from you. What blog/site do you get the prompts off of?

1. Um, well, I'm getting married. At the ripe old age of 22. And this is something I'm actually really, really excited about - some people think it's too young. But I didn't want to wait any longer :)

2. Some of the kids at the school I work at were born in 2006. THAT WAS THREE YEARS AGO.

3. Some of Pete's students don't remember September 11. They were young, only five or six years old.

4. My grandpa died last year. I know a lot of people my age are losing their grandparents or already have. But he was the first family member to go. When we were in high school, Katherine and I always talked about how lucky we were to have not lost anyone in our family. We were scared that once one person died, everyone else would, too. That hasn't happened but it's still weird to think about.

5. I get excited about weird, mom-type stuff. Like aprons. Or buying a certain kind of flour. Or looking at used coffee tables on craigslist. However, I like this. I think I'm just an old lady inside.

6. I just turned 21 in April, and by no universal means does that age equal being old. But a couple weeks ago, Pete, me, and a couple of friends went to see Sufjan Stevens in Champaign. We sat at the bar for the whole show and I had a couple of beers. And I wasn't carded. And it just felt right, but it was weird, nonetheless.

7. Getting my own pictures developed. My dad is a photographer on the side of his real job and when I was younger, we (Dad and I) would load up my tiny little "100% Me" backpack from The Body Shop with all of the little canisters of film to be developed. There was this great place on Forest Park Boulevard that developed black & white film - the only kind he shot with - that always reeked of toner and chemicals. I LOVED it. I felt drunk with the smell. It made me lightheaded. But now that place is gone and I go all the way out to Schillers, on Manchester, to get my black & white film developed. Going there myself, in my car, on a highway, to develop my black & white film that I bought and took pictures with makes me feel old and way too independent.

8. Talking about Legends of the Hidden Temple with the kids at my school. One of them said the other day, "oh that's on some high channel on our TV and it sucks." THAT SHOW WAS MY LIFE. Me and my next door neighbor Doug were determined to go on that show and kick tail. We knew that the combination of us was best because Emme (my little sister) was too wimpy and his older sister, Lauren, wouldn't care and would just sit around and paint her toenails. Again, innocence.

9. Looking at Where's Waldo? books and knowing EXACTLY where he is on each page of the book I had growing up. I totally impressed someone with that skill today.

10. Working at school today, a woman came to pick up her four-year old boy. She asked where I go to school, I told her, she said she graduated from SLU in 2007. She's three years younger than me and she has a kid. A kid who talks and walks and stays in school all day and eats solid food. Not a newborn child. Not that I want a kid right now but I could totally have one if I wanted to. Weird!

Weird weird weird. Sorry like half of those are about kids at school. They definitely put me in my place...

My Interior Design Style

Seen on Lovely Happenings...

My result: Vintage Modern

Flea Market anyone? You know you are drawn to modern furniture and interiors, and yet you really don't like a space that feels cold and sterile. And who could blame you? And that's why Vintage Modern is so appealing to you. Though the backdrop of the room, the walls and windows, are many times white or monochromatic, the furniture and accessories have the color, shape and texture to bring the warmth into the space. The great thing about Vintage Modern is ease of mixing different styles in the one space. You can have a new modular sofa mixed with a great pair of chairs that your grandmother purchased in the late 1950's and the new and old work appear as though they were destined for each other. What's great is that even if you don't have time for swap meets and garage sales, so many of the pieces from the mid-century were so great that they have been remade and mimicked year after year.

It's a fun game to play. You should click here to see what YOUR style is.

Deserted Island Discs

I saw this on I Don't Think Prada is the Answer They're Looking For... and immediately knew that I HAD HAD HAD to do it. Karen is kind of a genius and always, always knows about good stuff (whether it be about something cool on the Internet or a good TV Show). I love this game.

Also, these are in no particular order. I can't choose favorites among my favorites.

Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans - oh man. I have listened to this album so many times, and I look forward to hearing it many more times in my life. Every song...every song! They all get me. I highly recommend it.

Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days - this is one of those high school albums, one of which when I listened to the songs, I romanticized the relationships I wanted to be in. Later on I listened to it when I was in my first relationship and understood what Sam Bean (the singer) meant. That relationship fell through, but my love for the album still shines.

The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs - I chose this album (it's three discs) because I like some of the songs, but if I was stuck on a deserted island I wouldn't mind listening to ALL of them, learning about all sides and facets of love.

Guster - Keep it Together - this is another high school album. I've mentioned Guster before and how much the band means to me. It means some of the closest friendships I've ever had, and playing in the snow and speeding around on Sea Doo's in Katherine's grandparents' lake and screaming when I saw a snapping turtle and running (once my feet hit the bottom of the lake) to shore. It reminds me of plaid skirts at Rosati and being so excited for school to end to go to SLUH to hang out with Kevin and Sam and watch football games. So innocent. So perfect. God, I miss it so much.

Love Songs by PRW - this isn't an official CD by any means, but it is the second mix CD that Pete made for me. One night we were bored and decided to each make a "love mix" for each other - a CD with all of our favorite love songs. I still listen to this album and it reminds me of those first few months that we knew each other, exploring each other, getting to know each other - testing each other. It sounds like fall break and cold winds and sitting near the clock tower on SLU's campus and snuggling in bed together and watching each other's favorite movies and butterflies. Oh, the butterflies...

The Decemberists - Castaways & Cutouts - it's hard to decide, but I think that this is my favorite Decemberists album. It has some of my favorite Decemberists songs ("Clementine", "Leslie Anne Levine", "Grace Cathedral Hill", and "California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade") and it just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling when I listen to it.

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground - easily, my favorite VU album. It probably makes sense that this was the first one I listened to, thanks to the advice and counsel of my friend Rob. I fell in love with the eerie vocals and weird, repetitive melodies and drum solos and guitar riffs. So good.

The Arcade Fire - Neon Bible - I easily prefer this over Funeral, much to the chagrin of Pete and (probably) most other hipsters everywhere. Maybe I just fell in love with Neon Bible as it came out, and that's why I prefer it. Whatever the reason - I love all the songs (with the exception of one) and seeing them in concert a few summers ago - I cried. I actually wept, really. Because it was THAT powerful. But if we were counting concerts I cried during...well, that's a post for another time.

The Polyphonic Spree - The Fragile Army - seriously, if you haven't listened to the Spree, get yourself to the library or open iTunes and download it, because it's AMAZING. The biggest pick-me-up ever, really - the lyrics are uplifting and life-affirming and just wonderful.

The Amelie Soundtrack - I love the movie. It's my favorite movie, I think. And the music totally contributes to that. It's whimsical when it needs to be, it's beautiful when it needs to be, it's eerie and ghost-like when it needs to be. And it's great driving music.

05 October 2009

Ha. Ha Ha Ha.

This is almost perfect for me and Pete. I say "almost" perfect because come on, my hair NEVER looks that good.

[image from freshly picked]

Ira Glass

I imagine that many of the readers of this blog at least have heard of Ira Glass. If not, well, prepare to be enlightened!

Have you heard of This American Life? It's a show on NPR that really just puts me in my place every time I listen to it. From the TAL website: "There's a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There's lots more to the show, but, like we said, it's sort of hard to describe."

I first heard about This American Life when Jordan linked to a episode on her blog that she really, really liked. I listened to it and thought, wow, I should really listen to a lot more of these. And for awhile I did, but then I forgot. I tend to listen to lots of music or watch TV when I'm on my laptop and I just...completely forgot about it.

Until recently. Steve and Mary mentioned it and were telling Pete and I about an episode and I was like, "Oh yeah!" So from then I got the podcast going on my iTunes. When Pete and I went to Chicago this past weekend (more on that later) we burned a couple of the podcasts and listened to them on the way up and down Illinois. It was nice.

Anyways. The reason I decided to write this post was because I saw this video on Freshly Picked. It's a blog that's new to me, but the first three or four posts are just...perfect.

This is a video of Ira Glass talking about the creative process. It was just incredibly inspiring for me, especially today. So I hope that you enjoy it too, and I hope that you're inspired. I feel like his advice applies towards ANY career - whether it's in a creative field, or not.

01 October 2009

Wedding Dress...again

I'm sorry. This is about a wedding-related thing.

So. I've been making lots of calls to places all over St. Louis, Chicago, AND Kansas City. And there are, like, NO short dresses. It's driving me crazy.

So I had this scathingly brilliant idea the other night. There's this great place by my apartment called The Future Antique. It's basically a wonderland - all kinds of great stuff from the 1950s, 1960s, etc. I like looking at all the clothes there.

Last time I was there, I noticed an entire shelf of vintage patterns for pants, shirts, dresses, skirts...all different types of clothing.

So I think my next step is going to be to find a dress pattern, buy a ton of fabric, and try to find someone who wants to make me the dress! I would do it myself but I have no clue how to use a sewing machine.

Here are some patterns I've found online and love, so far:

Love the short dress on the right - without those weird, puffy sleeves.

Bateau neckline? Yes please!

I like this one both with and without the sleeves.

I think this one is my favorite.

So, if anyone knows of a dressmaker/seamstress that wants to make a dress out of a pattern...I would love to hear from you :)

Cupcakes are Cool.

I mean, the title is obvious.

I follow Naomi, of rockstar diaries fame, on twitter and she tweeted "check out our new tshirts!" so I went to the site. The ones that she and her husband had on were adorable...but she said something about a cupcake shirt from the same etsy shop.

I am in LOVE. It's adorable! I want it.

Once it gets restocked on the etsy site, I'm totally going to buy it.