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February 25, 2010

Sexy Does Slouchy... or better yet... it's Hammer time!

I'm really into soft comfortable and sexy pants these days. Thanks to Daniela!

As long as they are still a bit snug a few inches above the knee, these pants really look stylish, but with major comfort. This is what I'm going to be wearing through the end of the year!


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February 24, 2010

Aye, Charisma!

I am loving Julianne Moore, who is 49 btw, as the new face of Bulgari’s Spring Summer 2010 jewelry and watch ad campaign that just launched. They are calling it “Eccentric Charisma”. Huh?

The photos are luscious, and she is just gorgeous.
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What do you think?

February 23, 2010

Massively Chic Rogan Poncho







CANTOR SWEATER : A playful hooded sweater cape with a front pocket knit in rich marine blue netting.
Pick me one up at Rogan Online

February 22, 2010

Monkey's in the Tree



Back from Costa Rica! What a fabulous experience! I have more to share.. but to be honest, being away from home for a week has be all behind! I'll be catching up slowly this week, and doing a few posts. Don't give up hope! Come back and see more.

xxoo

February 12, 2010

This Mammasita is on her Way to Costa Rica!

A fond adieu my friends. I'm off to spend some time relaxing in the sun, hiking in the rainforest, spraying bugs off my legs, and hopefully getting a massage or two.

I will miss Tiki, but she will be lovingly taken care of by Lady Tor and Lord Nick, and their adorable children.

I must say a fond farewell to Alexander McQueen, who so sadly committed suicide yesterday (Thursday) after loosing his mother recently. If the two are related, I don't know. But the loss of such a creative geneious will be felt strongly among his fashion peers and followers.  His innovative designs and theatrical fashion shows.




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for the New York Times in 2003.


"Mr. McQueen’s troubled personal life was often the subject of concern among his colleagues and close friends. He was deeply affected when Isabella Blow, the eccentric stylist who discovered and championed him, committed suicide in 2007, and he was said to be devastated by the death of his mother on Feb. 2."
read more: NewYorkTimes

February 11, 2010

A new do? I think I do!

Wait! Whose inspiring who?!

Tired of blonde, I've moved back to brunette.. so dark it's almost black. But funny, so did some other short haired blondes (i.e. Agnes). I really didn't realize this. I only just discovered it, when trying to fix my self-hair cut, looking for some samples to show my hair cutter. I was looking for photos of iris strubegger, as I remember she had a great new hair cut last summer. But I also stumbled upon, the site fashionising, and was alerted to the new trend: Short Black Hair cuts for 2010. Ha ha. So I guess I'm following trends without even knowing it.. or maybe I inspired someone! Har har.

Here's what I was going for:

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But for now.. this will have to do:

yes, yes, I know.. I posted this yesterday... I'm not that senile. Just wanted to make a point.

xxoo

February 9, 2010

Dreaming of Mojitos as the Storm Approaches...

Well, we will be sitting around grumbling as New York City has decided to close schools, just in case, it's too miserable out tomorrow (Wednesday). I needed a day to myself for my zen project of organizing and packing for two boys, and myself. How Rude!


So while I begrudge the cold and impending storm.. I gaze longlingly at these photos of where I'll be next week; Manuel Antonio National Park.







We are staying just outside Manuel Antonio National Park, at a resort, (yes, I deserve a resort, dammit!) which somehow maintains its commitment to the environment, without sacrificing luxuries and amenities. The rooms are all situated in buildings that were constructed to fit around existing trees. It maintains "the highest level of certified sustainability." Among its many eco efforts, the resort uses solar power to heat water; recycles its waste water for use in irrigation; and employs recycled-plastic roof tiles made from discarded bags used in the banana industry.

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I can't wait to try a guaro mojito, which is prepared with aguardiente (Costa Rican liquor made with sugarcane).

February 8, 2010

Marvelous Monday's DIY Make-over!

Project: Make your Uggs yours!

What you need:
1) An old pair of Uggs... or new. It doesn't matter which!
2) Studs. I got mine online at eleathersupply.com (Pyramid Spots ½ in) aprox 70
3) An Exacto blade
4) Pliers, Needlenose pliers, whichever works

Make a plan. Ok, so I'm still trying to decide if I should go along the front seam that runs along the top of the foot. But I like it the way it is. So better let it go.

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And now...

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Notice there is no more of that pesky little label.
Try it!

February 5, 2010

A Tragic and Romantic Letter...

Last night we were watching Ken Burns Documentary, The Civil War. Told from imagery using photographs, maps and illustrations... accompandied by music, speech, and historical context, narrated by a cast of famous actors: Julie Harris, Charlie McDowell, Arthur Miller, Jason Robards, Sam Waterston as Lincoln, and many others....

In those days people wrote… diaries, letters, and journals. There are letters, not unbiased, from the leaders of the time; the politicians and generals. And most touching, the letters from the wives and sweethearts of the soldiers, the nurses and doctors, newspaper editors and farmers.

And most of all ( and here is the heartbreaker ) there are the words of the soldiers. It is in the lives of the average people caught up in these events, that they believe in, above all. To risk their lives for the cause of the union, or the cause of their way of life.

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Are you ready? Sit down, take a sip your coffee... and read this letter through. I implore you. As it was being narrated, I wasn't truly paying attention in the beginning.. but then the words started to seep through my distraction, and I felt such a tremendous sorrow, rooted to my seat, frightened with emotion.

This letter is from Sullivan Ballou, a major in the United States Army in the Union Army, to his 24-year-old wife:

July the 14th, 1861

Washington D.C.

My very dear Sarah:

The indications are very strong that we shall move in a few days—perhaps tomorrow. Lest I should not be able to write you again, I feel impelled to write lines that may fall under your eye when I shall be no more.

Our movement may be one of a few days duration and full of pleasure—and it may be one of severe conflict and death to me. Not my will, but thine O God, be done. If it is necessary that I should fall on the battlefield for my country, I am ready. I have no misgivings about, or lack of confidence in, the cause in which I am engaged, and my courage does not halt or falter. I know how strongly American Civilization now leans upon the triumph of the Government, and how great a debt we owe to those who went before us through the blood and suffering of the Revolution. And I am willing—perfectly willing—to lay down all my joys in this life, to help maintain this Government, and to pay that debt.

But, my dear wife, when I know that with my own joys I lay down nearly all of yours, and replace them in this life with cares and sorrows—when, after having eaten for long years the bitter fruit of orphanage myself, I must offer it as their only sustenance to my dear little children—is it weak or dishonorable, while the banner of my purpose floats calmly and proudly in the breeze, that my unbounded love for you, my darling wife and children, should struggle in fierce, though useless, contest with my love of country?

I cannot describe to you my feelings on this calm summer night, when two thousand men are sleeping around me, many of them enjoying the last, perhaps, before that of death—and I, suspicious that Death is creeping behind me with his fatal dart, am communing with God, my country, and thee.

I have sought most closely and diligently, and often in my breast, for a wrong motive in thus hazarding the happiness of those I loved and I could not find one. A pure love of my country and of the principles have often advocated before the people and "the name of honor that I love more than I fear death" have called upon me, and I have obeyed.

Sarah, my love for you is deathless, it seems to bind me to you with mighty cables that nothing but Omnipotence could break; and yet my love of Country comes over me like a strong wind and bears me irresistibly on with all these chains to the battlefield.

The memories of the blissful moments I have spent with you come creeping over me, and I feel most gratified to God and to you that I have enjoyed them so long. And hard it is for me to give them up and burn to ashes the hopes of future years, when God willing, we might still have lived and loved together and seen our sons grow up to honorable manhood around us. I have, I know, but few and small claims upon Divine Providence, but something whispers to me—perhaps it is the wafted prayer of my little Edgar—that I shall return to my loved ones unharmed. If I do not, my dear Sarah, never forget how much I love you, and when my last breath escapes me on the battlefield, it will whisper your name.

Forgive my many faults, and the many pains I have caused you. How thoughtless and foolish I have often been! How gladly would I wash out with my tears every little spot upon your happiness, and struggle with all the misfortune of this world, to shield you and my children from harm. But I cannot. I must watch you from the spirit land and hover near you, while you buffet the storms with your precious little freight, and wait with sad patience till we meet to part no more.

But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the garish day and in the darkest night—amidst your happiest scenes and gloomiest hours—always, always; and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath; or the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by.

Sarah, do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again.

As for my little boys, they will grow as I have done, and never know a father's love and care. Little Willie is too young to remember me long, and my blue-eyed Edgar will keep my frolics with him among the dimmest memories of his childhood. Sarah, I have unlimited confidence in your maternal care and your development of their characters. Tell my two mothers his and hers I call God's blessing upon them.

O Sarah, I wait for you there! Come to me, and lead thither my children.

Sullivan


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Ballou was killed alongside his Rhode Island Volunteers in the First Battle of Bull Run.

February 4, 2010

I'm just a little obsessed with Marina and the Diamonds!



From Marina's forthcoming debut album 'The Family Jewels', here's the official video for 'Hollywood' directed by Kinga Burza | Hollywood is released through 679/Atlantic on 1st February 2010. 'The Family Jewels' is released on 22nd February 2010
http://www.marinaandthediamonds.com


more on her youtube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Marinaandthediamonds#p/u/5/np3QLrHJmRA

February 3, 2010

Annie Rocks Studs and Sparkles

I love spending my time looking around at some of my favorite bloggers to get inspiration. And today, I Annie Spandex' blog "DIY Thumb Tack Studded Shoe", is loaded with my kind of inspiration!
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Please go read, to find out more. Such a great idea!!!


I've been obessesing with rivets and studs these days. I found this great belt at shopbop.com, I've yet to wear:
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And I just ordered these punk ballet slippers from Bona Drag I can't wait to slip on.
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So now that I've bought the products, I want to make some of my own! I kept thinking about my old leather biker jacket that I bought at a Harley place back in the mid '80's down in South Carolina.. then stupidly sold to my girlfriend somewhere in the mid 90's. Dumb move. She has no intention of selling it back.

Well, when I had it, I had lovingly applied diamond rivets to the colar, and along the edge of the zipper. I also used bic lighter tops for the sleve. I'll try to find a picture of it, to post, but so far I can't find one. But don't hold your breath.

But I had an idea....So yesterday I ordered online from eleather supply Company, a whole bunch of rivets. I plan on doing this cheap but cute leather jacket I got at Target last year. And... a pair of UGG boots. I'm embarrassed to say I got a pair. I don't know why.. I just felt I needed warm throw me ons... but their just so UGG. I need to punk them out. A bit like these boots:



So check back.. and I'll give you the scoop on how it went. Before and After's and all that.
2 Projects... Jacket and boots.

February 2, 2010

The Vampire Diaries is Truly Blood worthy

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Ok, so I'm a little late to stumble upon CW's "The Vampire Diaries". I've clearly embraced the Vampire genre early on. I was one of the first to read Anne Rice's Vampire books (Interview with a Vampire) in the early 80's. She even autographed it for me. And thankfully it survived the drop in the bath. However, after going through her whole set of vampire and witch novels, long and on an on... somewhere in the early 90's, I retired from Vampire lore.

But 1, maybe 2 years ago when Someone recommended Stephanie Meyer's books, I thought, why not? So I curled up, awakened those vampire sensitivities and read through them all at lightening speed. Oh sure they are flawed, and what not. But entertaining and romantic... yes they are. And yes, I have a soft spot for the movies... even with their flaws. Um, Edward is so... serious. And Jake is so... (blush). Oh, and jailbait.

But as I'm not a high school girl, I wanted a bit more punch, a bit more action, and yes... some sex. So I did some research, and found a few other Authors I liked, that weren't to tawdry, and some very well written. I especially like Jennifer Rardin's series, "Once bitten, Twice Shy"; Karen Chance's series "Touch the Dark", and Jeaniene Frost's "One Foot in the Grave". Laurel K. Hamilton is pretty damn good too.. but she's been taking some aphrodisiacs lately so her novels have so much sex, you forget she's writing about monsters sometimes.

I have read the first book of the Sookie Stackhouse series, "True Blood", but wasn't loving it. SO I finally rented True Blood on DVD, and I am now up to my 5th episode. It's not bad. Not great.. but I'm enjoying it. And I guess I'll pick up the books again as well.
A note on True Blood. The way they do their "bad guy", "bad vamp" special effects is a little hokey. It looks cheap.

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So the other night, I, as I said stumbled upon "the Vampire Diaries". Again, way behind, and just starting from the beginning. It's kind of like, Dawson's Creek meets True Blood... It's for the high school crowd. But you know what. So far I like it better than True Blood. The two lead guys, Ian Somerhalder (from Lost) and Paul Wesley (from the land of hunksville) are terribly dreamy. And very good actors. "yeah they are!" The special effects are good, and subtle. And that's how I like it.

I just like it. I can't wait to see more.

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... And I want to be young and sexy. And have a vampire for a boyfriend. Although, I like wolf boys too.



and btw, purple and black is a great vampire color.

February 1, 2010

Movies for a mad, mad world

A mix of movie reviews from last weeks screening, in mommydrinks brooklyn hideaway. Um, except Avatar which was viewed big screen in the theater, with special glasses.

TEMPEST (1982)
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An American comedy-drama directed by Paul Mazursky. It's a loose adaptation of the William Shakespeare play, The Tempest. Staring John Cassavetes, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon and Molly Ringwald in her debut feature film.

It's fun to see Molly when she was cute and young. Susan is sexy as ever. Raul Julia has a small and creepy role. But I never quite feel any kind of sympathy for Philip (played by John Cassavetes). I don't get his "enlightenment". But the island of Kalibanos is gorgeous, and I'm aching for some sun

Vincent Canby (The New York Times),gave it an all out scathing review, which I don't argue with too severely… "Tempest is an overblown, farcified freak of a film. Experiencing it is like watching a 10-ton canary as it attempts to become airborne. It lumbers up and down the runway tirelessly, but never once succeeds in getting both feet off the ground at the same time. The spectacle is amusing in isolated moments but, finally, exhausting."

my rating: ** (2 stars)



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A science fiction epic written and directed by James Cameron and starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Stephen Lang.

Wow, and incredible piece of work. SO real. So beautiful. And in 3D! Quite imaginative, and absorbing.

Avatar's has so many social and political themes running through it. Villainous American characters representing militarism, capitalism... The "profound show of resistance to capitalism and the struggle for the defense of nature" [ Evo Morales ]. "If you can get a theater full of people in Kentucky to stand and applaud the defeat of their country in war, then you've got some amazing special effects." [ Russell D. Moore ]

I mean really, there you are rooting for the "opposite" side. But really, it's not about "Americans", or "our kind" against them. It's about corruption, power hungry corporations against nature. Evil vs. Good. It's about global warming, and machine vs. nature.

Enough said. I loved it. I even shed a tear. Do not laugh.

My rating: **** (4 stars)


DISTRICT 9, (2009)
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Ok, I thought my husband was crazy for bringing this home. First 15 minutes I was grossed out, and disgusted. Who are these nasty bug like aliens? I asked myself, and glared at him. Yuk! But then something happened... My feelings suddenly, quite suddenly changed. I was struck with how I went from one moment not be able to empathize with them, to completely empathizing with them.. rooting for them, and disgusted with the nature of "our kind".

District 9 is a science fiction thriller film directed by Neill Blomkamp, written by Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell; and produced by Peter Jackson. The film stars Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope and David James. Copley plays the role of Wikus Van De Merwe, an Afrikaner bureaucrat assigned to relocate a race of extraterrestrial creatures, derogatorily referred to as "prawns", from District 9, a military-guarded slum in Johannesburg, South Africa, to an internment camp outside the city.

District 9 is was inspired by historical events that took place in South Africa during the apartheid era, with the film's title particularly referencing District Six. District Six, an inner-city residential area in Cape Town, was declared a "whites only" area by the government in 1966, with 60,000 people forcibly removed and relocated to Cape Flats, 15 miles away.

Heart Wrenching and absolutely devastating. And yet, entertaining. Brilliant.


My rating: **** (4 stars)