Best Trend at the 2013 Oscars: Black & Sparkly

It was so obvious at the 85th Academy Awards that black and sparkly was the most prevalent trend. And here are the ladies who did it impeccably:

Best Trend at the 2013 Oscars: Black & SparklyThe super hot Stacy Keibler in Naeem Khan.

Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman in a L’Wren Scott gold and black sequin gown that her husband, Keith Urban, helped to pick out.

Kelly OsbourneKelly Osbourne did very well in this Tony Ward number (Kristin Chenoweth wore the same designer). The asymmetrical straps give her shoulders definition.

85th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsHalle Berry in a shoulder-padded, plunging Versace column gown. She’s such a rockstar/Bond girl.

85th Annual Academy Awards - ArrivalsMy male best-dressed is none other than Chris Pine in Ermenegildo Zegna double-breasted tux. Isn’t he classically beautiful?

Amanda SeyfriedMy final favorite is Amanda Seyfried in this lacey gold and lavender halter gown by Alexander McQueen.

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Bitch Stole My Look: Tina Cohen-Chang vs. Madonna

Tina Cohen Chang vs Madonna

In the Diva episode of Glee season 4, Tina Cohen-Chang bravely stepped out of her comfort zone to re-enact Madonna’s 2005-single Hung Up. Tina’s rendition of the pop hit was good and she got rewarded – being crowned the winner of Diva week. But the outfit choice, though brave, isn’t as rewarding for her figure.

Her body is heavier on top, short and pudgy. It’s not that I am a fan of seeing Madonna’s buttocks under the leotard either, but her body is more cut out for it. Glee didn’t need to duplicated the look completely. (Rachel & Brittany as Britney Spears was much more visually successful.) Fashion faux-pas!

2012 Summer Playlist

I formally recognize the passing of summer and coming of autumn today as I feel too chilled in my shorts and sheer blouse. This list consists of songs that have captured and highlighted my moods through out this past summer.

1. Boyfriend/As Long As You Love Me – Justin Bieber
– I enjoy Justin Bieber’s new album, which has been playing constantly on my Pandora. In Boyfriend, he does this sexy, deep-voice rap and a seductive falsetto, which is reminiscent of the other Jusin (Timberlake).
2. Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen
– This collaboration is a pop orgasm, combining the most catchy male and female artists on the radio.
3. Rack City – Tyga
– A typical dirty hip hop song with killer beat for getting down in the club.
4. Want You Back – Cher Lloyd
– Funky British girl with a song full of mischief and attitude. She is sort of Jessie J meets Nicki Minaj, a pop version of Lady Sovereign.
5. Wild Ones – Flo Rida feat Sia
– This is 2012 version of Gordon Wynter’s Dirty Talk to me. It combines the seductive breathy melody with great hip hop beat.

6. Wide Awake – Katy Perry
– My favorite recent Katy Perry song, besides Part of Me. She’s really utilizing her great voice and delving into the more mature, emotional territory (like Teenage Dream, Thinking Of You, The One That Got Away), moving away from the poppy, party-girl music (i.e. California Girl, I Kissed A Girl, T.G.I.F.).
7. Give Your Heart A Break – Demi Lovato
– Love her powerful voice and the emotions in this song.
8. Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
– Takes me to a mysterious, intimate place. This is really music that can transcend you…
9. Payphone – Maroon 5
– Very poppy and catchy rock, exactly what we all love about Adam Levine and his band.
10. Glad You Came – The Wanted
– Boy bands are the unoriginal but absolutely necessary part of the show business. With this catchy track, followed by Chasing The Sun, The Wanted definitely won me from One Direction (also they’re slightly more mature).

A few runner-ups that were close but didn’t make the list: We Run The Night – Havana Brown ft Pitbull, Back In Time – Pitbull (a shame because he dominated the list in in the last few years), Titanium – David Guetta ft Sia, Lights – Ellie Goulding.

Looking for a guilty pleasure read? ’50 Shades of Grey’ is the latest hot pick for you

The Fifty Shades trilogy (“Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Fifty Shades Freed” and “Fifty Shades Darker”), aka ‘Twilight’ fan fiction, is written by E. L. James, a female British author and former TV executive. According to People, the books is about a virginal 21-year-old college student Anastasia Steele and a charming, 27-year-old millionaire Christian Grey. The catch is that Christian is a sexual deviant who only engages in dominant-submissive relationships with women. Despite her inexperience, Ana agrees to enter the unconventional relationship and falls for him in the process.

Judging from the setup of the novel, you may also guess that it involves a lot of BDSM erotica. It is surprising to many people that it has become a big hit among American women, so popular that it has been dubbed “mommy porn” or “S&M for Dummies.” Frank Santo, who reviewed the book for the Daily News, tries to explain why women don’t find Ana’s submission offensive and off-putting:

 Just as the majority of men who watch pornography do not actually think of their significant others as lascivious, orange-skinned, clearly-faking-it sexual acrobats, I seriously doubt that most women would prefer their men like Christian Grey: domineering, stalking, devoid of any humor or personality whatsoever. They are all kind of silly, these fantasies of ours, and were they to come true, we’d just want something else. Pornography is fundamentally absurd, but will endure regardless.

He also admitted:

For me, being a straight, white male of rather vanilla sexual inclinations, the experience of reading E. L. James’ “50 Shades of Grey” on the subway was enough to make me feel like a complete psychopath.

Published by a small independent press in Australia and an “obscure” author (New York Times), Fifty Shades of Grey enjoys most of its success in digital release. According to the NY Times, e-book downloads propelled “Fifty Shades of Grey” to No. 1 on the New York Times e-book fiction best-seller list (March 3, 2012) and No. 3 position on Amazon’s best-seller list. This is a great illustration of how tremendously the erotica genre has benefited from e-readers, devices that give people freedom to read discreetly.

Because the novel has become such a hit, the logical next step is to make it into a movie. Universal Studios and Focus Features have reportedly won the bid (EW), and E. L. James must be smiling wide at her big fat $5 million check. The concern is that, considering how hard-core the porn is, it would be difficult to make the book into an R-rated movie. Fifty Shades has also been compared to the Millennium trilogy in this aspect.

I don’t know if I will have time to try read Fifty Shades, but I’m naturally intrigued by it. Will you ever read this? Do you think this novel is worth all the buzz around it?

Why ‘In Time’ is worth your while

My boyfriend and I finally got to see the movie this past Friday, a week after the release. I didn’t expect much from this action flick prior to going. In fact, I told myself I would at least get to see Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried on screen if all else fails. But “In Time” exceeds my expectations. Here’s why:

– The concept that time is the currency really makes you think of life in different terms. Everything you do to live (spending money on food, lending, sleeping, and just being) brings you closer to death. People from the ghetto do everything faster than the upper class for fear of running out of time.

– In a world where no one ages past 25, everyone looks young and hot (albeit sometimes tired due to working too hard or being too ancient like Twilight’s vampires). The great cast includes antagonist Cillian Murphy (Batman Begins, Red Eye) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men). It was a pleasant surprise to see hot Olivia Wilde (House, Tron: Legacy) and the angelic Matt Bomer (White Collar) even in brief supporting roles.

– The movie is politically relevant to the Occupy Wall Street movement. The idea of being the 99% and fighting your survival is always uneasy. Although the conspiracy is more spelled out and extreme in fiction, it may not be too far off from reality.

– There are really impactful moments at the beginning, mostly the deaths of three people surrounding the protagonist. Also, there’re romantic sparks between Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried even though there is no explicit sexuality. It’s rated PG 13 for violence, some sexuality and partial nudity, and strong language.

Check out New York Times summary and full review from Huffington Post.

Inspired by Sabi in You Make Me Feel (Cobra Starship)

I haven’t done this for a while, since Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream. But Sabi’s outfit in this fun, flirty video just speaks to me so much that I can’t help but admire it. I also end up creating this set to help everyone pull off the look.

Sabi in You Make Me Feel

Unsurprisingly enough, you start off the look by throwing on very basic pieces: a fitted white tee and light denim shorts. What makes this ensemble so fun is the techniques of layering and accessorizing.

Lace plays a big role in making the outfit sexy. You can layer lace shorts underneath the jeans or replace them with lace tights. Adding lacey fingerless gloves amps up the toughness and sex appeal.

It’s intuitive to throw on a chunky gold chain necklace and a pair of hoop earrings. Black booties are fierce, sturdy enough for dancing and thus, perfect footwear for this outfit.

Sabi - You make me feel
Inspired by Sabi in You Make Me Feel.

Oversized blazer, $88
Forever21 denim shorts, $19
Rachel gold earrings, $10
Forever21 beading necklace, $6.80
ASOS chain glove, $10
Fitted white tee, $29
Volatile Mai Tai, $40

Last but not least, the exquisite cropped blazer with silk lining gives the ensemble class and personality.