Wednesday, December 17, 2008

a resolution to keep?

it's no secret that i am fairly susceptible to flattery. so after a friend suggested that i grow out my bangs in the new year ("i mean, bangs look good on you. but they look good on everyone"), she sent me this:

"you know, i really think you look like her" she said, "and i can totally see you wearing that."

and.. just like that, my 2k9 hairstyle has been determined. now i just need to save up for some balmain & gucci, and ms. alt and i will be indistinguishable.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

all i want for christmas (part one)

i don't even care what it smells like, this christmas i must own a bottle of miss dior chérie.

call me a hopeless romantic, an unabashed francophile or another casualty of aspirational advertising, but this will be my signature scent of 2009.

special thanks to sophia coppola for, once again, filling my (day)dreams with balloons, bikes and cupcakes, all wrapped up in a delicious haze of sunlight and cotton candy pink.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

oh, the places you'll go!

i always knew this day was coming, i just thought i'd be more prepared when it did. i know that growing up and moving on is inevitable. that even though your playpen grew bigger, it was still too small to hold you in forever. i'm just not ready to let you go yet... but, i have no choice.

i will miss how, no matter how bad my day was, i could peek in on what you were doing and feel happy. i worry about who will play with you once you're not all together. i worry about how you will sleep when you're not piled on top of each other.

from the moment i saw the crate, i knew the end was coming. i knew no matter how much i worried, no matter how much i cared, no matter how much you meant to me, that you were going to leave not only me, but each other as well.

i will cherish the time we had together. i will try not to begrudge the slideshow that will now play on for eternity. and, most importantly, i hope that your new (webcam-free) homes will love you as much as i loved you. though i'm sure others will try, no one can re-create the magic of your puppycam.

just as my mother sent me off to university, so i send you off - with dr. seuss:
so... be your name autumn or aki or amyui
or amaya or ando or akoni
you're off to great places!
today is your day!
your mountain is waiting
so... get on your way!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

you all saw this one coming

after seeing Twilight (which is vastly superior to the novel) this week, bella swan was neck-and-neck with sookie stackhouse in the "i wish i was her" race. despite sookie's enviable telepathic abilities, bella's beau is one dreamy immortal i wouldn't think twice about opening up my veins for.

the race ended this afternoon, when a considerate pal sent me the below photo. bella swan partaking in the ganja? out in broad daylight?? now this is a literary heroine i can get behind! (and also explains all of bella's unending paranoia about edward leaving her. i'm onto you, stephanie "the mormon" meyer.)

oh, and yes. i really really like vampires.

and how was your morning?

bad: getting to the office at 6 a.m. to read & compile latest film's reviews.

badder: when multiple reviews contain the words "appalling", "bomb", and "crapedy" (which isn't even really a word).

baddest: emailing out the report and forgetting to include the company's president on the distribution list.

and THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is why i should never get up before 11 a.m.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

baby it's (getting) cold outside

at the last minute my date decided to cancel on me, freeing up my evening for, well, anything at all. since a free evening on the brink of the holiday season is rare, i decided to take advantage of it in the best way possible - by devoting it to myself.

a japanese-italian fusion dinner*, a glass** of chilean malbec, a french classic by one of my favourite spanish expatriates and a quick flip through the newest american vogue*** rounds out my perfect multicultural, pre-winter evening. i'm not hibernating yet, but a little warm up**** never hurt anyone.

*sushi pizza, yumyumyum.

**or two. fine, three.

***i swear that i read other magazines, but it just arrived in the mail today (and what did angelina do that was "very uncool"?? i needed to knooooow!!)

****pun intended.

Monday, November 24, 2008

loco for coco

i can remember the very first vogue i ever bought: it was november 1999 and the cusp of the new millennium. to commemorate, vogue presented a retrospective cover of the most influential models of the century. the 3-page fold out cover featured "modern muses" new and old, black and white, and thrust me headfirst into an obsession with these long-legged, beautiful creatures.

a decade later, those who were considered "new" have become "super" (gisele)and a few of the "old" have become parodies of themselves (ahem, paulina porizkova). while my fascination with models remains, the players have changed. now there is a new crop of faces, but none (old, new or in between) have charmed me like coco rocha.

aside from the obvious (her face, her walk, her canadian roots), it is coco's effervescent personality that distinguishes her. from the moment she irish jigged down jean paul gaultier's catwalk i was smitten. apparently agrees with me (as evidenced by their multiple behind-the-scenes videos with her). below is my most recent fave: