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30 Jun 2018

Netflix Made Us Fall in Love with “Set It Up”

“Set It Up” has been out for two weeks and I have watched it twice in that span of time. By now, you likely have too because all I see are social media comments on how Netflix is bringing back romantic comedies. Growing up, there was no shortage. I had “13 Going on 30,” “She’s All That,” “How to Lose a Guy in 10 days,” and basically “Sex and the City” as an entire series. As of late though, I couldn’t have told you the last rom-com I saw. Things like “50 Shades of Grey” are in a whole ‘nother genre of its own.

I must have heard about “Set It Up” about a week before it premiered. There was a preview of the trailer on Netflix – the very same one you see above. I made a mental note that this was debuting June 15th and because I happened to be out that evening, ended up watching it the following day. The trailer was cheeky, sure. The film, itself though, elevated rom-coms to a new level. I know what you’re thinking. You’re going to tell me that rom-coms are all the same. They have the same premise, the same hook and plot lines, and yes, you do see those. Why is this one any different? It’s not just about love. It’s about two dysfunctional 20-somethings actually figuring out themselves professionally and owning that they are not okay in the world before they find love with each other! Because THAT is how love should actually be discovered – not the other way around. It’s really just an honest take on what you already know.

Zoey Deutch is your quirky modern day manic pixie dream girl without the annoying qualities. She’s, at times, unstable and says the wrong things, but she’s quick on her feet and in the end, you find her incredibly lovable. Glen Powell reminds you of your favorite bros and your least favorite bros in one. He continues to make the wrong decisions – one after the other and you start to wonder if maybe he will ever pull himself out of this. Spoiler alert: he does. 2nd spoiler alert: they do get together, but the moment they realize it is the part that I won’t ruin for you.

The film is littered with cliches and you don’t end up hating it. There’s an airport scene. The film takes place in New York City. They share a dance together. There is a kiss cam! I’m not spoiling that for you; that’s actually in the trailer above. Romantic comedies naturally get a bad rap for being a cliche. In “Friends with Benefits,” Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake even poke fun at it. In “Set It Up,” I find that the cliches go a little bit unnoticed.

Maybe I just love romantic comedies. Maybe I love this movie because one of my good friends is an executive assistant and this movie reminds me of her life and could be a look into her future if she found her male counter part. Whatever the case, I wouldn’t be surprised if I found myself watching this a third time this weekend. I’ve heard that Netflix is continuing on with their rom-com track and if any of their future films are as enjoyable as “Set It Up,” then I am looking forward to it!

27 May 2018

Wedding Mondays

I thought that I was going to be done with my wedding season when I reached the end of March. I had a record of 2 in one month – a first time for me – but I was prepared for my wedding season to end just as it was beginning. Lo and behold, a month went by and I found myself being invited to one more. The first guy in my close group of guys friends is getting married in August and all of us could not be more excited for the big day. Wedding Mondays is a series that is hard for me to keep regular these days for a couple of reasons. 1) They require finding the perfect video 2) It’s not like a normal post where you can just toss in a video and send it off into the interwebs. Each video is special and it requires me to do a little bit of commentary every now and then.

I know this is a little controversial, but I am obsessed with black bridesmaids dresses. I’ve been thinking about these for the last year and am almost sure that I’ll end up making that same decision for myself in the future. The details in this wedding are just exquisite. The florals, the embroidered denim jackets… and can I just mentioned that I love the fact that the bride and groom did their first dance to “Alabama Shakes – I Found You?” It’s the perfect modern day song for a first dance at a wedding. This post doesn’t do this wedding any justice so please, please, please head on over to their feature over at [Green Wedding Shoes]

19 May 2018

The Royal Wedding: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

For one evening, I sacrificed a full night of sleep just to view the Royal Wedding and it was incredible. When Prince William and Kate Middleton married, I didn’t feel connected enough to the two of them to want to stay awake for the wedding. I barely even caught the highlights of it back then. That just wasn’t the case with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I’ve been a longtime fan of Meghan’s since her very first episode on Suits. She is a bi-racial woman who played a strong-willed character on a show in a field that was known to be dominated by men. She was an actress, sure, but she continued to use her presence for good through charity work and speaking out firmly with her opinions on the world. Even without Prince Harry in the picture, she would have gone on to become a role model for many young women.

My adoration for Prince Harry would have come later, but it’s true what he said in an interview after they were engaged: The two of them make a great team. This morning’s wedding was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Is it a stretch to even say that it was the best wedding video of 2018? Probably not. For the last week, I’ve been watching Prince Harry and Meghan Markle specials about their relationship, Harry’s upbringing without his mother, and even highlights on the late Princess Diana. Each time, I felt a little bit overcome with emotion (except for the Lifetime movie) and reflected that even though I never knew Princess Diana, that her sons really did grow up to be outstanding men who found the best partners in life for themselves and believe that’s likely what she would’ve thought too.

This morning, Meghan made her entrance into Windsor Castle’s St. Georges Chapel in a perfect white gown custom designed for her by British Designer Clare Waight Keller through Givenchy. It was a simple gown, but a look elevated by her five-meter long veil, hand-embroidered with silk threaded and organza flowers. Sitting beneath her veil, a beautiful tiara belonging to Queen Mary loaned to her by The Queen.

While Meghan’s first dress for the ceremony seemed quite modest to some, the second dress she changed into for the reception did not disappoint. This Bespoke Stella McCartney dress was fit for a modern princess and was everything we had ever hoped for!

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07 May 2018

2018 Met Gala Red Carpet

Amal Clooney in Richard Quinn with George by her side

Before I left the office tonight, my friend and coworker, Courtney, remarked that tonight’s Met Gala was the equivalent of a Super Bowl to anyone else. She wasn’t wrong! I put in the extra hours of work this weekend so that I could free up my Monday evening to work on crafting this post. Before I came home, I also went out for a glass of wine with a friend so that I could a) appreciate every look for the piece of art that is and b) to let my true opinions for every outfit shine through! Throughout the day in all my meetings, I was closely watching the coverage seeing bits and pieces here and there, but never spoiling it all for myself until I was able to digest it when I got home. I can’t imagine a better photograph to kick start this post.

This year’s 2018 exhibition was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.”

Anna Wintour in custom Chanel

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29 Apr 2018

Wedding Mondays

Geneva | Jeremy from Grimace Films on Vimeo.

Since we haven’t done a Wedding Mondays in weeks, I thought I could do a solid by giving it to you one day early. I’ve been holding on to this special video for a whole month! The team behind this piece was the same group that did [Mandi and Eric’s] wedding video so they’ve really just become my favorites. Every time I see a wedding video from Grimace Films, I know that I won’t be disappointed. They do such an incredible job of capturing timeless and iconic moments throughout. For this one, it’s shots of her detailed headpiece, her beautiful beige dress, and that walk back down the aisle with just the two of them. Also, how fun did that after party look? Geneva and Jeremy seem like the most fun couple and we’re sure no guest of theirs could possibly have a bad time at that wedding.

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31 Mar 2018

A Collection Part 50

On average, the process of putting together one of these posts takes about three months. To find images, I have about 10 Tumblrs that I circulate through. Each post roughly has about 50 images, but today, this one has less. I’m posting this one now though because I’m close to 50 and there won’t be any other Tumblrs that I’ll be viewing within the next couple of months. It has also been three months since I posted A Collection Part 49. I’m telling you all of this because that is the only structure I have when it comes to making these. There are no themes. I don’t spend any time re-arranging them in a certain order. The differences in size of images would normally bother me anywhere else, but not here. There are no patterns for colors. I can’t explain to you why I selected this image over that one and I don’t want to. I look at these photos so quickly and I save them in an instant the same way a normal human being would fill out one of those personality tests that you’re not supposed to think too much about it. That’s it! Since the migration, every other post before this has been skewed to the left. Starting now and with post #50, we’re going to center it. It just looks better!

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25 Mar 2018

Wedding Mondays

It was only recently that I became a real fan of wedding speeches. When I was younger, I always thought, “meh, could do without it!” But the more I watch them, the more I listen to them, the more I see myself not getting enough of them. Ashley’s wedding from just a few weeks ago had me in more tears than laughter, but that’s what I love about these. You really never know what kind of emotion you’re going to have come out of you. This week’s Wedding Monday’s video is this Best Man speech that I saw posted from Doobybrain. It’s quite a long one and yes, I’m surprised I sat through the entire thing, but it had all of the feels. Hope you enjoy!

26 Feb 2018

Wedding Mondays

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Since we migrated the blog, I’ve been taking a break not only from Wedding Mondays, but posting entirely. Knowing that I would have to go back and change the formatting of some posts or re-learn how to use WordPress was extremely intimidating to me. Right now, I would say I’m on training wheels, but as the days go on, I’m starting to get more and more comfortable with the platform. Even though we’re close to Tuesday, I really wanted to post a Wedding Mondays video this evening. I’m about to head into my month of weddings with two of them in March – including the one for my best friend. I’ve never quite seen a video like this one and it was so soothing and relaxing to watch right before bed. Having just returned from Palm Springs and spending some time there in the last couple of years, I’m a huge fan of the desert weddings. Since the setting is so beautiful, there’s not much more that you need to add to it or DIY. It speaks so strongly on its own and is effortlessly gorgeous. I love everything about this wedding. Watch the video and then head on over to Green Wedding Shoes for their wedding feature.

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23 Feb 2018

Emily Ratajkowski is Married!

 

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It’s official! Our favorite cool girl Emily Ratajkowski is officially married! If you’re wondering if this felt like it came from out of nowhere, it’s because it kind of did. In true Emily fashion and not giving af, Emily married her boyfriend of just a few weeks, actor Sebastian Bear-McClard. The two got married today at New York’s City Hall and the bride didn’t even wear white! She wore a chic yellow suit with a wide brimmed hat.

She’s off the market, everyone. We love everything about how these two got married even despite the very minimal details we have.

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29 Jan 2018

Wedding Mondays

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I don’t have a Style Me Pretty or Green Wedding Shoes page to direct you to after watching this video today because I randomly stumbled upon it! While perusing different wedding video vendors, I came across this wedding video from Jesse and Glenn’s special day and it moved me to near tears. It’s not a surprise at all that it’s our Wedding Video for Monday and I hope you all fall in love with it as much as I did! The happy couple were married at Casa Loma in Toronto, Canada.

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  • Unintentional power pose 💁🏻‍♀️
  • Not your average rainbow roll! Every piece of fish is seared and topped with different flavors of masago
  • Takin’ it easy
  • I spy a little face 😐
  • Double Carbs! Chinese donuts wrapped in thick rice noodles with soy sauce drizzled over the top 🙌🏽
  • Living in my summer vacation ☀️
  • My favorite go-to-snack these days - a fresh log of spam musubi! 😋
  • OK these first two days at home have been lovely, but where should I escape to out of the city for a day?
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