Archive for the ‘Holidays’ Category
Happy Halloween everyone! I hope your day is filled with candy and friends and ghoulish gin buckets. I will be wearing a giant dice costume for the second time this week/weekend–I put in too much effort to toss it after one wear. And now for something orange and delicious-a Barefoot Contessa Mac & Cheese recipe. I’d love to try this recipe soon….maybe I’ll half it in order to justify making it.
Feeling inspired by The Coveteur and Vogue collaboration featuring snapshots of Vogue’s favorite fashion players’ weekend travel bags, I created my own version of my summer essentials. In addition to the latest magazine, my book of the moment, and a big iced coffee in hand, I would pack…
1. Charles and Charles Rose for the host; 2. J. Crew leather capri sandals (in black or neon); 3. Old Navy wedges (the most comfortable and inexpensive shoe ever); 4. J. Crew bikini in warm cedar (or if I had a paying job, this Tibi bikini); 5. J. Crew Timex watch (maybe with a coral strap); 6. Giles and Brother hex nut jewelry (or homemade hex nut jewelry); 7. Sunblock, Essie Geranium, and some music!
I have officially completed my first year of graduate school and am finally ready to enjoy the summer. The only problem is I seem to have forgotten how to do that. Therefore, to get myself back into the summer fun zone, I am making a short checklist. The first item on my list is to make sure I enjoy some wholesome, less-expensive-than-drinking-and-eating-out fun. Enter: Summer Movies 2011. Editor’s note: my movie fixation is actually not that wholesome because I entered a summer movie pool and so it’s still competitive, but that’s neither here nor there.
At the beginning of May, one of my good girlfriends forwarded me an invitation to participate in a summer movie pool. To enter I had to pick the top six grossing films, the two lowest grossing films, and my prediction for the box office amount of the highest grossing film this summer. I rounded up my savviest movie-going friends, grabbed some gummy candy and Coronas, and started watching previews. The movies that made my top six:
My number one draft and pick for top grossing film of the summer is the final installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II. Harry Potter, baby, don’t steer me wrong, and show me $300,000,000 in U.S. theaters. As Vanity Fair says: “The eighth and final chapter of the Potter saga will undoubtedly draw crowds that make the royal wedding look like a North Dakota tea party…”
The preview for Kung Fu Panda 2 has over 8 million views even though half of the preview is a staring contest. ??? How will it not be a huge hit for the kids? Sidenote: I watched the first Kung Fu Panda on TV this Memorial Day Weekend and thought it was so adorable and uplifting.
I honestly have not seen many previews for Super 8, but it’s gotten a lot of buzz and it’s produced by Steven Spielberg. I’m hoping for word of mouth with this one.
Transformers 3: 30 million views on YouTube. Teenagers these days.
Rated R movies tend to underperform when it comes to pulling in blockbuster movie figures, but I’m hoping The Hangover 2 will prove me wrong.
Say what you will, people, but my roommate is convinced Cowboys & Aliens is going to be the hit of the summer. Also, isn’t Daniel Craig the most graceful action hero ever?
I’ve already seen Something Borrowed (skip it) and Bridesmaids (loved it). Other movies that I am eager to see include: Midnight in Paris (the NYTimes gave it a glowing review), The Help, X-Men, and 30 Minutes or Less (I’m addicted to Aziz Ansari).
Master the art of cooking, cleaning, and gardening. Today in my yoga class, my instructor read us a short story written by one of her yoga teachers about her teacher’s search for enlightenment. A few years back, this teacher had approached a yogi and asked him if he could advise her on the steps to achieve enlightenment. He responded, to her dismay, “you must master the art of cooking, cleaning, and gardening.” This answer was neither what the teacher had expected nor had wanted to hear from the yogi. Eventually, however, she realized the truth in the yogi’s statement; once she could find happiness and peace in performing the everyday tasks, like keeping a clean and organized living space, and in caring for and nurturing a plant, then enlightenment would become more accessible. At this point in the practice I began to shift my body a lot as I remembered my probably-once-green fern, Otis, that I had left without water, to die over this vacation. Sadface. So here’s to cultivating my cooking, cleaning, and gardening skills in 2011 (and always). May another Otis never die within my care. And may my cooking space look as clean and neat as in these photos below.