Lovely in Lavender

2.28.2011

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I confess. I have a complete girl crush on Natalie Portman. I never saw The Black Swan (I'm a little scurred), but from the little I have seen of her, she is just a doll! I was elated to see her win best actress.

I always watch bits and pieces of the red carpet on E!, peak at the actual award show, and then look at reviews of the fashion online the next day. This year, though, I parked it on the couch and sat through the whole thing, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There seemed to more of a buzz about it than in past years. Maybe that's just me getting older and actually appreciating it? Maybe it's just me finding any reason I can to avoid opening my backpack? Or maybe just the fact that I had seen more of the films than in past years making it more intriguing.

So, let's cut to the chase. First things first--fashion. We'll start with the worst and work our way up from there.

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Oh Annie Banannie, you little hostest with the mostest (insert gag). She bugged. That cackle was out of control and I was about ready to go all Meryl Streep on the Devil Wears Prada little diva. She was just so all over the place. Wasn't feelin' it. But, the girl knows how to do a quick outfit/hair transformation.

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Personally, out of her seven gown options (we're gonna exclude the tux get-up for obvious reasons), I wouldn't have chosen the lady in red look she strutted down the red carpet. Several ladies, like Jennifer Hudson, Sandra Bullock, and that random blondie, worked that look and it got a little repititious. I would've gone with the long-sleeve grey gown or the darker wine red dress.

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Now onto you, Nicki. White again? Seriously? There's nothing terribly mistaken about this dress, but there's nothing terribly striking about it either. It's just fabric on hung on her body with some weird origami action. And if she thought the beading made her glamorous, well, it didn't. Blah. Bored.

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Helena. This is Hell-In-A dress. No, just no. Not going to waste any of my time (or any more of yours) by further commenting on this one.

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I'm pretty neutral about her dress (no color pun intended!), but Mandy, what the heck are you doing at the Academy Awards? Last time I checked, you peaked with this music video. And anybody that peaks with a song that sings "Like sugar to my heart, I'm cravin' for you. I'm missin' you like candy" and wears this...should never be at the Academy Awards.

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Okay, I know it was for that Tangled song, but really Tangled? That movie was rough. I may just be biased because I was a little distracted by the fact that I was sitting in the bed of a truck with four other people in 30 degree weather while this definitely-not-aimed-for-teenage-audiences film.

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Slap a slit on this bad boy and maybe a few feathers, and you're practically Dancing with the Stars ready, Penelope. Not your best.

Okay, now that I've nagged and revealed my bitter side, I think it's time to turn my frown upside down and show you who got it right. (And I know I came off a little strong, I'm really not that sassy, but that's what happens when you read too much of this. Hope it was mildly entertaining.)

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Mila! Let me take this opportunity to say thank you! This lavender color looks impeccable with your skin tone. The draping is beautifully done and the lace accents are trés magnifique! Now, if you could give me back my body, I would really appreciate it. At least for Ixtapa anyway. Thanks girlie.

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Now for another purple number that I applaud. This is my pick for best dressed. And it's not a surprise that it goes to style icon Cate Blanchett. She had a perfect balance of elegance without staying too safe, while also being modest. She stood out in the best way possible. The architecture and lines of the dress are so fresh and unlike anything you ever see. Props to Givenchy for actually having a vision with this dress. Although the coloring with the lime and lavender was unorthodox, I thought it was just lovely. And the back! Oh how I love a little surprise in the back!

More praise not on the fashion front:

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Sandra Bullock knows how to do funny. I'd vote her for the host of the 84th Academy Awards. I was dying with every comment she made to the Best Actor nominees. Congrats to Colin and everybody in The King's Speech! I didn't see it but my parents gave it rave reviews. Though I still am a little partial to JT and my boys in The Social Network...

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Is it weird that I'm slightly addicted to the instrumental music from this film? Guess that's why it won best score. "Hand Covers Bruise" is Lex and I's new jam.


A slight detour back to some bitterness:
Iyiyiy to Melissa Leo's foul language during her acceptance speech. Oprah get outta here! When I'm hurting, I go to the hospital or the refrigerator thank you very much. James Franco's cross dressing--too much.

Oh, but on a much much better note...Jude Law, you're still amazing. And I spotted a pic of him and Cameron Diaz gettin' rather chatty and giggly at the Vanity Fair after party. The Holiday come to life?! A girl can dream.

I had no intention of blabbing that much about a silly awards show. I do find it neat how so many people gather around their televisions for an appreciation of the arts. Like my dad said, "no matter how wacky Hollywood is sometimes, I still like watching this."

It's late, but good thing we have a noon late arrival! Alas, I have to get up even earlier than most days to go to the DPS with Lexi. Bundles of joy. At least I'll have a friend by my side.

Stay Extraordinary

2.27.2011

I haven't had nearly enough time to compile all of my thoughts on the Oscar fashion yet, but something that I did take note of during tonight's 83rd annual Academy Awards was the sponsor--Diet Coke.


I gave up cokes a long time ago, and this ad didn't convince me to revert back to bad habits. Not really sure why, but it just struck a chord with me. Maybe it was just the glamorous feather dress featured or the Temper Trap tune in the background. But really, I think it's just the simple two-word slogan to "stay extraordinary." Don't stick to your comfort zone; reach beyond your limits; go for it all.

Oh Oh Oh It's Magic

2.26.2011

Tonight, I saddled up in my cowboy boots and went to the cook-off for the opening weekend of the rodeo. After that and driving down Memorial this Friday alongside hundreds of horses and rodeo clowns, my heart will always belong in Tejas.

Still, I can't wait to one day live among this magic:
NYC Photographer Jamie Beck

Several of my friends were first-timers to New York on their recent school trip and claimed that they "loved it, but would never live there." Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this, my dears, takes my breath away.

Go Girl, It's Your Birthday

2.24.2011

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Just when you thought all my birthday bashes were behind me, there was one final celebration to top it all off. My friends and I had planned on going to Taco Milagro for some salsa dancing on the Sunday evening of my birthday, but when we were all yawning throughout the bus ride home from FYL and envisioning our unopened backpacks, we gave that a second thought and decided to reschedule for this past Saturday.


So, it was eleven of my closest friends dining and dancing at our favorite (okay and only) salsa spot. A lot of us were repeat dancers, but there were some newbies to the bunch which made it more fun. Everyone came looking their best even some with sunburns and slicked backed hair...


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Me, Liz, Caroline, and Lexi {cheerleaders!}


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My girls


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Caro and Brad bein' presh as always


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Nat Lex and Brent


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Please take note of Tyler's greased back hair


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Marsh teaching Liz his smooth moves. When ordering drinks, the manager said we could get whatever we want because we were with the "famous dancer" referring to Marshall. They remembered him from our past two visits not only for his quick feet but also his ability to dance with three girls at once. Playa playa.


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NYC girls!


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Up close and personal.


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Shluv ya


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I made a friend..


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And since there were just way too many good pictures to choose from, I decided to add to my usual picture/caption post and post a slideshow. It even features some Shakira in honor of the Latin jams we danced the night away to. Excuse the poor quality, I tried a hundred different things and this is as good as it gets, folks.




Happy Friday!



Inspiration Station

2.23.2011

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I collect images on my computer that, like this one, make me look twice and. Whether it be a neat photograph, an inspirational quote, someone expressing fresh fashion sense, or innovative graphic design, I have a folder designated for all my inspiration. It's nice to have something to sort through at the end of a long day, in the midst of a melt down, or just in one of those instants where you need something to turn to that you know will remind you that you have a passion and a purpose. Anyway, I'm going to start sharing more of these images because I figure I shouldn't be hoarding all this for myself!

Oh! And take a look at some of my friends that were in the background of today's Today Show. They were visiting NYC for an Academy of Finance trip and now they think they're celebs or something...divas! Ha...take a look here.

When Your Crown Begins to Slip

2.22.2011

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My current music obsession is Erik Hassle's "The Thanks I Get" which was featured at the end of Monday's Gossip Girl (obsessed with Dan and Blair together B T dubs). My equal obsession is Hyper Crush's "Kick Us Out" which to say the least is completely different from the former, but that's the thing about music--it can cater to all moods, all emotions, and all people.

Here's a few more favorites of mine right now if you're wanting more....
"Loving You Tonight" Andrew Allen
"Love Sleeps" Emily Howard
"Sun of A Gun" Oh Land
"We Turn It Up" Oh Land
"U + Me =" Dan Black
"Wires" Matt & Kim
"Put It In The Air" Papa Reu feat. Rick Ross & Z-Ro (courtesy of Natalie)
"Back Seat" New Boyz feat. Dev
"Young Blood" The Naked and Famous
"Words I Never Said" Lupe Fiasco
"Smoke & Mirrors" Paloma Faith

Speak Beautifully

2.21.2011

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That's all for tonight. Happy Presidents' Day! {Just spent mine on Lake Livingston only to find out it isn't quite water skiing weather yet!}

Eighteen Candles

2.17.2011

I'm an adult now. As an 18-year-old, I can now do a lot more things than I could as a 17-year-old. It's one of those milestone birthdays. I also just think it's one of those that makes you step back and realize that you're getting older. I know my parents and older siblings are probably laughing. But really, I don't feel like I should be 18. That's two years away from 20. What! Regardless, it is what it is and I can't wait to see what is in store for me as an eighteen-year-old.

It started off with a bang as I got to ring in my birthday at midnight on the FYL Retreat. We had a crazy "dancing through the ages" dance party right up until midnight. At 11:50 Lexi, Caroline and Tyler took me to the dock to wait for the big day! It was the perfect start--nice and peaceful after the exhausting dance, we could see all the stars, and the weather was ideal as was the company. After that, the four of us headed inside to find a few others cleaning up so we decided to capture the moment of me officially entering adulthood...

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Then, we headed back to our cabins and all the girls greeted me with cheery "happy birthdays!" Lexi had brought me 18 small gifts that were all individually wrapped. I loved every minute of uncovering each one.


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{lexi's gift collection included everything from burnt orange accessories (she's a fellow longhorn lady too now!), car air fresheners (long story), a leopard print contact case (a staple for any girl right?), keychains, sweet notes, and my mom's favorite--the mini emergency kit}


And then, of course, we stayed up practically all night chit chatting on the bunk beds. The next morning Caroline gave me a tiara and beads to wear in honor of it being my day. As embarrassing as it was, I loved her for it!

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After a sleepy bus ride home, I got home to have my parents greeting me with hugs and cupcakes. So much for my Mexico bod diet!

And it didn't end there. After going to church, I joined my bestest girlfriends for a dinner at Ra. Nothing like a girl's night out on a school night (until you come home and completely crash without doing any of your homework!). On Sunday nights, Ra has happy hour from 8-11 where all their sushi is half price. Such a good deal and so so very delicious.

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And yes, after that, my day was finally complete. Midnight on the dock had felt like years ago by that point, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. I got to see practically all of my closest friends at some point in the 24 hour period and heard from all my family. I even got a precious cyber card by my gifted and talented graphic designer sis:

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And now it's finally Friday! And a three-day-weekend is on its way that's jam packed with activity from start to finish. But, that's just the way I like it.

Get Puffed Up

2.16.2011

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Junior Bash is an annual fundraiser at Memorial that raises money for the junior class's senior prom. There's three big events that take place during the week in February that it's held: a powder puff game, chili cook-off, and Mr. Legs contest. Today, the featured event was the Powder Puff game. It's the one day of the year out of all 365 that you can find Memorial girls abandon their high maintenance attitudes and exchange them for get rough and tough game faces. Ha, not really, but it is a day that you'll find more girls walking through the halls in t-shirts and tennis shoes than ever before.

The game is a battle between the girls of the senior class (SKA) and the juniors (UGH...sorry Mace). We have practices in advance, and the football boys coach us. To say they get into it is an understatement. Let's just say that at the first practice we were busy drafting our t-shirt design while the boys were drafting plays. And of course, we whipped out our cameras to capture the moments.

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Lax Bro and His Gov't Girls. Julianne, Brad, and I definitely get the award for most talkative in our government class. Mr. Daileda even came to our room yesterday cursing Mrs. Gensler for how loud the laughing was. Whoops.

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Head Coach Brad and Photographer Marshall examining the situation.

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QB Aubs making her way through the scaredy-cat juniors. Amateurs.

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And me and Shanz workin our D. I always thought I should be a linebacker in my next life. Recall this?

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The victorious team!

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Coach Tyler with his favorite fellow football females. We weren't quite ready for this pic, but I thought it depicted us perfectly anyway.

The outcome? Well, it was a tie. But the game was cut short right when we were at the 1-yard line. Such a cop-out. But, the victory was made ours since we supposedly had more penetration. Sorry Macy...still love you though birthday girl! Speaking of...HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO LANA AND MACY! Two of my favorite friends inside and out of yearbook. I'm so glad I have the both of you. Can't wait for UT these next four years, Lana! Freshman year at UT should be a lot like freshman year at Memo...the good ole days of our friendship :). And Macy, you, of course have an open invitation to come up whenever you so please!

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So the senior year festivities continue! And my grades continue to fall as I read more blogs than books. C'est la vie! Congrats to the senior ladies once again!