Fashion: Looks I Love

In: Fashion, Redd

I wouldn’t call myself a fashionista at all, but I do know what looks good on me and I can determine exactly what is not working with someone’s outfit choice and what could correct it. I’m not particularly trendy but I do take key trends and put my own spin on them. The trick is to not literally follow a trend but to adapt it to your personal style. Here I will show you 5 looks I like and what key elements I would take from them and how I would interpret them to suit my aesthetic. Which one is your favorite look & why?

Look 1: Monochromatic (tone-on-tone)

This look may not be for everyone but what I love with this is the tone on tone theme where the heather jacket matches in colour but contrasts with the 2 different textures. It’s clean, crisp and fresh paired with white hitops. I tend to usually dress monochromatic and in shades of gray, black & white so I will be trying this look for the Summer in lighter shades of gray.

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What Ever Happened To Jimmy Ray?

In: Music, Patrick

“Are You Jimmy Ray?…Who wants to know, who wants to know about me?!” Ha, well I do apparently. While talking to my BF about what our least favorite songs of all time were, he has said that “Are You Jimmy Ray?” was it for him. Huh. Well, to that I had to confess that once upon a time I had Jimmy Ray’s album (and when I say once upon a time, apparently I still have it). In my defense, the song was catchy AND the album was one of those free ones I selected, on my third or forth round getting 12 free CD’s for re-signing up with Columbia House. Rest assured, I have some other one-hit-wonder full “full albums” in what is now my “vintage” collection. I’ll share those with you in future, What Ever Happened To…? posts.

Jimmy Ray’s influences included Elvis Presley (ahem – the hair), Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran and Tommy Steele. His manager was Simon Fuller, who also managed The Spice Girls and produced the American Idol. After three singles on his self titled album, Jimmy Ray (his real name: James Edwards) kinda just faded away. He had reached #13 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold over 500,000 copies in the U.S. alone. In the spring & summer of ’06, he apparently returned to perform some of his songs live at some small venues in the Southwestern U.S. Most recently, he surfaced in 2009 as a member of the Airplayers, song production team.

An interview he did and a couple tracks, after the jump…

Some vintage footage of one of the stars of Glee, Lea Michele on Sally Jessie Raphael! Back when she was only 9 years old, she was featured on an episode called “I’m A Kid…& Already A Star!” In her segment, she beautifully sings Castle on a Cloud from Les Miserables.

Lea Michele has certainly surpassed the stardom of SJR. This past years, she was nominated for Golden Globe for Best Actress in her role as Rachel Berry in Glee.

An interesting fact. Lea bases her character in the hit show on herself, and from Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl. She explained to the Los Angeles Times, “[Blair] is shady, but you still love her. She’s still vulnerable. That’s what I try to do with Rachel. Rachel will never be popular because her looks aren’t considered beautiful, and when I was in high school it was the same for me. I didn’t get a nose job, and every single girl around me did. Therefore, I was out. I was not cool. What’s so great about Glee is that it shows you how that kind of stuff hurts, but it doesn’t matter: You can still be who you want to be. And in four years, high school will be over and all of that crap won’t matter anyway.”

Check out Lea Michele when she was 9 yrs old, singing on SJR…

She is going to destroy her body (more)! What do you do when it’s the final season of the show that made you famous? Something drastic of course! Well, she’s already accused Adam Divello, the creator of the show, of sexually harassing her, so why not get some more plastic surgery? Revealing the news to Life & Style magazine, Heidi has said that she wants to increase her breast size from from 700 cc’s to 800 cc’s. In last night’s episode, she even joked about wanting to get to size H cup(you know…H for Heidi). She was giving all the other cast members “Surgery Hugs” because her boobs were sore and she was “fragile.”

“She wants to do it within the next two months and film it for the new TV show she and Spencer have been pitching to cable networks E! and Oxygen,” an insider informed the mag. She’s also planning on getting it done in Europe, but a non-certified American-board doctor.

Spencer (likely the instigator of all of this) claims that he has tried to stop her from continuously going back to her plastic surgeon. “She wants her doctor to come over once a week to plump up her lips. I keep telling her that they’re big enough and that she doesn’t need it.” Spencer, you’ve created a monster – and soon she’ll literally look like one.

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Hannah Montana is officially DEAD. While “Can’t Be Tamed” is nothing revolutionary, it’s a far cry from anything the Disney star has provided before. This type of video is pretty much a rite of passage for kid-friendly pop stars wanting to break free from their squeaky clean images. It makes sense, Miley starts the ball rolling by offering a more adult, risque and sexier new image a few months before she turns 18. How better to show this transformation? Simple, have her dress like a low-rent Victoria Secret model, then have her symbolically emerge from her cage and spread her “wings” (I’ll get to this later).

I have a love/hate relationship with Miss Miley. Sometimes during her interviews she comes off pompous, entitled and an overall snotty brat. Then she releases songs that reluctantly I can’t get out of my head and end up loving. I’m not ashamed to admit I love “See You Again” and “Party in the USA“. Most probably with the right remix, “Cant’ Be Tamed” will join that list quick enough.

So how does the video for “Can’t Be Tamed” rate? Honestly, it’s pretty good. It’s very Britney Spears pre-crazy and Adam Lambert “For Your Entertainment“-lite. Normally the too-obvious symbolism about her being a museum exhibit and wanting to break free would drive me nuts. BUT, the WINGS are fierce and that ANTM-inspired nest is so AWESOME, it would make Tyra jealous.

check out the video after the jump

TV Flashback: Top Five MADtv Characters

In: Patrick, TV Shows, Videos

MADtv first aired October 14, 1995, airing on Saturday nights on Fox – perfectly complementing SNL for a night full of sketch comedy. After 14 seasons, it was canceled. There are several characters that were total hits, and had several sketches written for them as a result. There were also some others that I found were totally hilarious, that maybe didn’t get enough play time.

I’d say one of the differences between MADtv and SNL was that MADtv could be a little more vulgar, and they weren’t afraid to push the limits a bit more. Some examples of that were when they made fun of the Madonna & Britney Me Against The Music music video, with Madonna as a perverted creepy old lady trying to hang out with Britney and stalking her throughout the video. Another example was where they made fun of the fact that The Hills has absolutely no Black representation in the show – on it’s 6th season, I’ve yet to see ONE Black person! Or also way back in the day, where they made fun of the fact that that Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams insignificant in the group that was Destiny’s Child. There was only one child: Beyonce.

Aside from these one offs, as mentioned there were several breakout characters in this show. Check out my top characters, and watch some of my favorite segments with them. (Hint: Cast member Rich is impersonating one of these five characters above in his Halloween costume from a couple years back).

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Another great episode, if you ask me – although, I could have used a little more Lo. At least the episode started out with her. So as we step into this week in Drama Land, after Audrina and Kristin talk about the drug rumors, Stephanie and Lo are driving in the car, when Lo reads out something her friend texted her. Essentially, it sound like she’s reading a “Perez” post stating rumors about Kristin doing drugs and partying super late in Miami, and now heading to rehab. Yup, definitely sounds like Perez. “She is so fucked!” says Lo. Then, they talk about how Kristin is mad at them, accusing them of starting the rumors. “Well, the party should be interesting,” says Steph. Sound great to me!

Meanwhile, Heidi & Spencer are at lunch. Heidi talks about how she hasn’t seen any of the girls yet…since inflating her breasts and altering her body had become a full time job. Then Spencer complains about how he’s not sure how to be around Stephanie, as he hasn’t talked to her since the DUI. Heidi seems desperate for some family & friend contact – anything to get away from the monster she married.

Into the evening, Kristin Coke-allari stops by The Dime where Stacie’s still a bartender, even though she’s now making tons of money on The Hills. Kristin vents to Stacie about the fact that she thinks Stephanie started the rumors, adding her own fuel to the fire. Stacie doesn’t help any either, adding “You need to kick her ass.”

The rest of the recap and the PARODY VIDEO after the jump…

American Idol 9: Top 5 Performances Ranked

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Boo. I had such high hopes for this week. After last week’s surprisingly excellent Shania Twain week. Couple that with being a pseudo “Standards Week”, I had huge expectations. Traditionally, whenever the contestants take on big band week, everyone does really well. In a season of disappointments, the contestants cumulatively once again provided little to cheer about.

In their defense this week, Harry Connick Jr. was partially to blame. Considering this genre is his expertise, I found his music arrangements to be on the dull side and quite boring actually. Perhaps he sabotaged them on purpose, so that it’ll make what he does on his albums, that much more impressive.

5. Casey James

Performance: Blue Skies by Casey James
Way to pick a perfect time to choke. None of the judges nor I were particularly impressed with him this week. Kara even referred to him sounding like a lamb whenever he utilized his vibrato. With last week’s surprising placement in the bottom two, despite a superb performance, Casey is in serious trouble this week. It’s a shame though, out of all the guys… when he’s on, he’s my favorite.

who was the best this week. check after the jump

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