That’s a Wrap!


It is going to be a big movie weekend, and I am appreciative for the time off to visit the theater. I finally saw a movie last week and it really made me realize how much I miss the theater-going experience. In addition to movies, I intend to re-watch the entire 3 seasons of Arrested Development, probably with dim sum leftovers within reach. Have a wonderful weekend!

* This really is how I get sucked into an SVU marathon.

* I am officially obsessed with Arrested Development, and May 26 (the start of Season 4) cannot get here soon enough.

* Lavender lemonade: a perfect summer drink.

* Met Gala 2013 – I wasn’t very impressed with the theme and most of the dresses. My favorites: Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Alba, and Anne Hathaway.

* Indulged in one of the best chocolate lava cakes [photo above].

* Stoked to see The Great Gatsby and Iron Man 3 this weekend!

* A great place for Mother’s Day brunch. Here are some other ideas!

* Saw Mud last weekend, and it was visually stunning and a great slice-of-life film.

{Photo by Lauren}


That’s a Wrap!


Happy February! February is the month of footballs, purple and green beads, red and pink hearts, birthday cakes, and the celebration of a new year (Chinese New Year!). There are many great things to look forward to this month, and each event is so different that the days will fly by. Bring it on, February, we’re ready for all that you have to offer.

In the meantime, wrapping up the week with a recap

* After reading The Night Circus, I am loving all things circus-related, including these Vintage Circus Napkins.

* Prepare for the Super Bowl this weekend with some New Orleans-inspired snacks!

* I love this golden banana bowl.

* For when you 1) don’t have time to make a whole back of chocolate chip cookies and 2) only want a quick snack and 3) are feeling selfish and don’t want to share.

* If you are in New York City or Los Angeles, go see Girls Against Boys! It’s a limited release, for now.

* I am having a crepe moment (photo above).

* Such a great article re: the Oscars. I can’t wait to see Seth MacFarlane’s opening monologue…

* The Anne Hathaway parody of ‘I Dreamed a Dream.’

* Oh, high school…these celebrities’ high school yearbook photos are hilarious.

* Cute Valentine’s Day DIY.

Have a great (Super Bowl) weekend!

{Photo by Lauren}

Eat & Watch: Devil’s Food Cake and The Devil Wears Prada

Devil’s Food Cake / The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

[Eat devil’s food cake in Prada] When I first saw The Devil Wears Prada, I became intrigued with the fashion industry. I was mesmerized by the beautiful clothes, fast-paced lifestyle, and New York City. After having seen firsthand (I interned at Seventeen Magazine for a summer) how much work goes into putting together a magazine, I now, more than ever, appreciate the magazines I read. The Devil Wears Prada was one of many inspirations to find out more about this world. Pair this movie with devil’s food cake and you’re in for one wickedly good evening.

Now A Major Motion Picture: The Devil Wears Prada

For a long time I was obsessed with the writer, Lauren Weisberger, author of the brilliant book The Devil Wears Prada. I had always been interested in the magazine industry, so this book was like candy to me. I clung onto each word and detail of the behind-the-scenes. And then came the movie, with none other than Anne Hathaway. While the book slightly differs from the movie, both are such good fun. The great thing about reading the book is feeling like you are in her shoes struggling, but the better thing about the movie is being able to actually see the gorgeous clothes. The movie was a well-done and successful interpretation of the book (unlike this book to movie), and I am a fan of both.

Photo credit: 1, 2

Working Hard or Hardly Working

When I am swamped with work, sometimes I need a little pick-me-up in the shape and form of a movie. There are many women — both real and fictional — to look up to, but when I compile my quick list of movies with standout stars, this is what I come up with. These are light-hearted movies (and TV show), and 4 of the 5 women are writers/producers/journalists, something I feel I can relate to. The 5th woman (Mandy Moore in Because I Said So) is a food caterer. No matter what their profession, these women gain strength from their mistakes, learn to adapt, and embrace who they are and what they want to become.

Photos courtesy of Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros, HBO

If You Like That, You Might Like This

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There is something about a “makeover” movie that feels very empowering. While I do think beauty comes from within, I think a little improvement on the outside can help bring out or accentuate more of what is on the inside. There have been countless movies made where the man or woman is shown slovenly and disheveled in the beginning, face an obstacle, get a makeover, and conquer the world as the “new” him or her. These movies are so much fun to watch for this very reason.

In the Princess Diaries, Anne Hathaway is an unkempt teen who is transformed into a stunning “prin-cess.” If you like this movie, you might enjoy the classic film, Sabrina, starring Audrey Hepburn. I adore this movie, and was actually so inspired by it that I wrote a make-believe story about the main character when I was in second grade. Initially, Audrey Hepburn, as Sabrina, is just a chauffeur’s daughter, but becomes an adored, cultured woman chased by the wealthy men. As a viewer, I root for the underdogs, and want these beautiful women to succeed — frumpy or not. It’s fun to see an outstanding transformation, as it makes you believe anything is possible and that even you, yes you, can conquer the world.

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Fall in Love with Love and Other Drugs

Last year, I had the privilege of writing web stories for One of the stories I submitted was a review of the movie, Love and Other Drugs, starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. I really enjoyed the movie when I saw it in theaters, but I am holding off on buying the DVD for now. This is not because I didn’t like the movie enough, but because it is one of those movies that stays with you a while after you first see it.

The story of Hathaway’s character, Maggie, dealing with an early onset of Parkinson’s is an important message to send to crowds around the world. It is sometimes harder to watch movies with meaningful messages that have such a profound and lasting effect for the second time. At least within the same year.

You can read my full review here.