July 31, 2011

Word of the Day: "Ailurophile"

Today's word is appropriately "ailurophile".  It means "cat lover", or "cat fancier".  I, however, am not a fancier of cats, kittens, or things that meow. I don't necessarily have anything against the cat, but I am highly allergic to them. I chose this word for today because I vacuumed lots of cat hair up at work.  At my job in the mornings I sit at a desk in which Feather the cat love to sit upon.  Feather enjoys walking across the keyboard, standing right in front of the computer screen, or sitting atop the printer as I try to retrieve a document.  Feather also enjoys trying to attack my hand with her paw as I move the mouse at my desk. Maybe you are a cat lover, and that is swell, but they make me sneeze and itch.  I feel as though they are extremely high maintenance.  Now I sound like a cat hater, which I am not, they are simply not the pet for me. I hope you've enjoyed another word from the list of "100 most beautiful words in the English language."

July 27, 2011

A Lovely Thing: A Scene

There is a fantastic little movie called "Away We Go" directed by Sam Mendes that I adore.  It's just an incredible journey of a couple who is about to have a baby and where they should go with their lives.  I don't feel like revealing more than that because you should just watch the movie.  However, there is an amazing scene in the middle of the movie of the couple and two of their friends they meet up with.  It takes place in a restaurant over a plate of pancakes.  The character Milo gives a noteworthy monologue that is all based around metaphors.  He builds upon a pile of pancakes which represent the foundation of a house.  Next, the toothpicks represent the people in the house, then sugar cubes are the roof over the house, and lastly the maple syrup embodies the underlying love of the household.  The basic message of his whole monologue is, "Love is the glue that holds it all together."  It may not sound epic or as endearing as I felt it to be in writing, but the way Sam Mendes captures the moment is absolutely heartfelt and thoughtful. I could not find a clip of this particular moment, but many claimed it would be a Oscar-worthy scene.  Go watch now!!!  For your pleasure, here is trailer clip of the movie.
P.S. The whole movie's soundtrack is done by Alexi Murdoch. Also a favorite of mine. 

July 14, 2011

SYTYCD: This Weeks Picks

This week had some incredible dances, however it was easier for me to pick my top three this week for some reason. This first one is absolutely beyond beautiful and tells such a powerful and heartbreaking story revolving around a lightbulb.  It's amazing to me how such emotion and storytelling can be portrayed through movement and dance. I wish I could do this with a partner. Any takers? 

1.  Skin & Bones

2. Piece of My Heart

3.  That's Life
Isn't this just so true? Start saying that about the things that happen in life and see if you become a more positive, uplifting individual. We're only here for a little while. Make the best of it. 
That's life. 

July 9, 2011

Darling Dolls: Pattern Play

Patterns are just so much fun and make any outfit look unique.  I'm seeing lots of African and Indian-ish prints that I loveeee. Of course, everyone who knows me knows that I'm a sucker for florals too. I won't show you my closet... Anyway, here are some patterns on fabrics that I can't get enough of! Man, working in retail with awesome pieces isn't making me any less of a clothes-lover, or helping my bank account. 
 I like the little pattern on the edges of her sweater. 
 Show me a good scarf and I'm in!
 This dress is magical!
 I'll admit, I really just like how this guy dresses casually, but it had a pattern on it, so I couldn't resist sticking it in here. 
 Yay patterned leggings! (We have floral pants coming into the store for fall... I might die.)
More fun leggings! And paired with a fun geometric top!

Patterns make me more excited for fall!!! 

July 7, 2011

A Lovely Thing: Silhouettes

This is just so beautiful and really interesting.  I'm curious how long it took the choreographer to figure everything out! Very cool.

July 6, 2011

Embracing Who Everyone Thinks I Am: The Dik Dik

Upon going to the zoo with some friends, I discovered what animal I am.  We decided that while we were there, we would all find exactly what animal we each embody.  Mine just so happened to be the dik dik. Yes, you heard me correctly.  The dik dik is almost like a small deer. I think they felt I resemble this creature because of my huge, brown eyes.  Take a look! Do you think this is my animal? :)
This one likes to sing. Laaaaa.

July 5, 2011

A Lovely Thing: Harry Potter

Oh my goodness, I am beyond excited about the last Harry Potter movie coming out in just a few short days!!! It will be epic!! I would like to put one of my favorite scenes from the last movie (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1) on here.  The music is "O, Children" by Nick Cave. It is a beautiful and perfect song.  I hear that David Yates spent a lot of time finding the absolute best fit of a song for this dance.  I'd like to think I have amazing friends that would do this for me if I were in that situation. It's such an amazing moment in time. Anyway, please enjoy this moment by going here.  I can't embed it on here because of copyright stuff, and I didn't want to put a low quality video of it on here.  Go watch!! It'll make your heart happy!

July 2, 2011

A Lovely Thing: My Yellow Dress

So, I told you all awhile ago that I got to visit Elsie at Red Velvet, and I couldn't leave without having a lovely vintage piece from her shop!  I got this adorable yellow 60s dress that I'm absolutely adore! At first I thought it was a dress, but it's actually shorts!! So fun! These are really terrible pictures, but I just wanted you to see the dress! :) I paired it with a lovely little brightly colored scarf on my head. Someone told me I looked like Twiggy that day. I really need a tripod so my phone isn't in these...