mama mia, here I go again

today was a bit of a lazy day. unintentionally, which is not really a good thing, but I enjoyed it anyways.

I spent some time after work browsing the bookstore, specifically the travel section. now that there's another trip to look forward to I'm getting a little stir-crazy! I got an awesome Lonely Planet guide to Berlin (how was I not using these before??) and have been daydreaming pretty much all evening.

and of course one of the first modes of dream-vacation planning is wardrobe. so I put together a few dream outfits that I'd love to be wearing when I visit each of these lovely European destinations. I'm using them as inspiration for what I'll actually pack.

1. a Monet-inspired spring dress- modcloth
2. a light coat fit for Marie Antoinette- modcloth
3. purple velvet brogues- modcloth
4. cream herringbone fishnet tights- american apparel
5. charming skeleton key earrings- Black Star

Paris photo via google, for sale on Etsy

1. a cute + practical romper- modcloth
2. a versatile denim jacket- topshop
3. a neutral-coloured hoodie for cozy layers- new look
4. I love some pretty brogues!- new look
5. matching tights- american apparel

Berlin photo via google, found here

1. a sunny, vintage dress- Size is Just a Number
2. classic floppy straw hat- asos
3. a quirky statement necklace- topshop
4. a light cardi, just in case- new look
5. mix-and-match patterned flats- modcloth

Rome photo via google, wallpaper site

1. I love a white eyelet dress these days!- Salvage Life
2. a silk scarf to wear in my hair- Good Bones Vintage Co.
3. a wicker case as handbag- Vintageholic Frog
4. jewelry inspired by Athena- Black Star
5. flats in Grecian blue- aldo

Athens photo via google

and of course I picked all flat shoes because, let's be realistic- I'm not wearing heels walking on cobblestone streets for ten hours a day. darn Europe and it's many, many cobblestones. 

to me, it seems like each city has it's own certain sartorial feel about it. like there's a distinctly there outfit that stands out in my head for each one. do you feel like you dress differently when travelling to different places? 

I'm sure by the time may rolls around I'll have whole new ideas.

playing: against the wind- Bob Seger

remember spring swaps snow for leaves

I find it very surprising that spring seems to be arriving in Aberdeen already. there are sweet little flowers poking their heads out everywhere. they add some cheery warmth to the otherwise colourless days. no daffodils yet, but I can see them about to bloom!

I'm fully prepared for the next few months to be cold and wintery again, but for now I'll enjoy the pretty flowers and the pleasantly mild weather.

Brandon and I found several of these little flower patches in the park yesterday. it's was fairly warm out, so I didn't even look ridiculous without my jacket on! we strolled around for a bit and took some photos (obviously...), but as we wandered off it started to get chilly again. good things can only last so long, I guess, especially weather. 

dress- gift (fr. h&m) // cardigan + tights- aa // boots- gift // earrings- gift // belt- primark

I know this has nothing to do with anything, but... have you guys seen I'm Elmo and I Know It? it's probably the funniest thing I've ever seen. it never fails to cheer me up. KIDS LOOK AT THESE CRAYONS. 

another thing that never fails to put a smile on my face; holiday planning! my best pal is coming all the way from Canada in may and we're going to do some travel together. I'm pretty broke right now, but easyjet was having a seat sale and flights were much cheaper than anticipated, so I get a nice little two-week vacation around Europe! I'm beyond excited. we're going to Paris, Berlin, Rome, and Athens. two new country stamps on my passport. :)

I can't even type about it without wanting to run to a bookstore and buy hundreds of travel guides. 

I tell ya, spring might be my season. 
(yeah, I say that every season...whut up.)

with love & wanderlust, 

playing: winter winds- mumford & sons

the best of you

well, if any of you have read my last-minute Oscars post, you may have noticed my predictions did not fare well. I got 50% on the biggies, and overall did probably the worst I've ever done on my ballot! but, it was all in good fun, and I was very surprised by the way the awards went.

I'm not going to do a summary on who won or who should have, because I'm sure that's all over the internet already and is kind of old news. I will, as I'm sure many others have, share my (very brief) personal best dressed list with you!

1. Michelle Williams

I love everything this girl wears. but this Louis Vuitton dress kinda takes the cake. I love the fabric, love the texture, love the peplum, love the structured bodice. just love. she looked so demure and classic and simply beautiful, like an old Hollywood starlet. and I like that she chose a pretty, fresh colour in coral (it's not quite as red as it looks in photos).

2. Jessica Chastain

I love this woman. it is so sad that she didn't get an award this season, because she seriously had a breakthrough year with several great performances. but her Alexander McQueen dress was definitely a winner. it was so unique and intricate and the yellow diamond (wowza!) embroidery complimented her tone perfectly. she looked regal.

3. Emma Stone

people either loved or hated this Giambattista Valli dress, and at first I was torn. but I settled on love once I saw her on stage with that gorgeous flowing skirt and nipped-in waist. it's similar to a past Nicole Kidman Oscar gown, which some people thought was too copy-catish, but I like this one better and I think she looks fabulous. 

there you have it! did you watch the Oscars? how many guesses did you get right?

I swear we're in the movies

I didn't achieve my goal of having an Oscar-themed week on this blog. I've had a pretty interesting few days, and didn't exactly get everything done that I wanted to do. but I am making time, much in the Simon Cowell fashion, for an Oscar predictions post.

this may not be very interesting to you (in which case you are free and welcome to stop reading now) but I am a little Oscar obsessed. movie-obsessed in general, actually. for a few years now I've been watching as many of the Academy Award nominated films as I can in time for the big day, and making informed decisions on who to select on my official imdb printout ballot. :)

usually Oscar night entails a party and ordering pizza and a little friendly competition for who gets the most  winners right, but I am unfortunately in Scotland and without television. thus, this year Oscar night has been downgraded to online streaming at 2am and skyping with the party people on the other side of the ocean.

which is why I am now subjecting you to this irritating little display of Oscar-mania.

first up, my prediction for best actor in a supporting role:

Christopher Plummer 

many people base their Oscar vote on who won the Golden Globe; well, Plummer won in this category, but my main reason for choosing him is that I think he deserves it more than anyone else.

I've seen three of the five nominated performances (and one of the unseen ones I'm pretty sure is not going to win), and Plummer played hands down one of my favourite supporting characters of the year. in Beginners he plays a 75-year-old man who almost simultaneously comes out as a homosexual and is diagnosed with terminal cancer. he is loveable and philosophical and so wonderfully human. a beautiful, subtle film and a beautiful, subtle performance.

but, if Jonah Hill were to win, I wouldn't be too upset either.

on to best actress in a supporting role:

Berenice Bejo

this was the hardest circle to fill in on my ballot. I find there's a constant battle between voting for who I want to win, and who I think will win. well, I compromised on this one. I kinda want Jessica Chastain to win because she's one of the only tolerable characters in The Help, and is downright adorable. I think Octavia Spencer will win because people tend to like that type of role and seem to encourage it in Hollywood. but Berenice Bejo did an amazing job in The Artist and frankly I think it's kind of an insult that she isn't in the leading role category. I thought she starred in that film as much as her male (and "leading role") counterpart and was positively enchanting.

if I can't choose between my head and my heart, I'd be happy with Berenice. and she totes deserves it.

let's take a break from the acting categories for a minute and go to the best original screenplay award:

Midnight in Paris

now here's a case where I kinda just went with my heart. I absolutely love this movie; it's one of my new favourites, and the concept is imaginative, captivating, and meaningful. it's nominated in this category with The Artist, and some might say when in doubt, always pick the critically-acclaimed heavy hitter for every category it's in. but I think Midnight in Paris should get it, and I think it has a chance.

for best adapted screenplay the choice was equally as unclear:

The Descendants

it was between this one or Moneyball, and I have to admit I'm going with the Globe winner. Moneyball's a solid choice, and Alan Sorkin has Academy Award experince (The Social Network). but The Descendants was incredibly well-received. I enjoyed the film, mostly for it's good performances and quirky-sweet portrayal of family values. I was a little surprised at its best picture nod, but hey, George Clooney is kinda the man. that's really my only reasoning.

and now, back to the acting awards with my pick for best actress in a leading role:

Michelle Williams

this was another toughie. anytime Meryl Streep is nominated (which is basically every time) I find it really hard to judge if she should/will win or not. usually, she could easily take home the Oscar and I would be pleased. Meryl Streep is a goddess. but sometimes there's another role that I found a little more interesting and a little more outstanding.

here's the thing; I haven't seen My Week With Marilyn. I tried. several times. but every download attempt after missing it in the short stay in cinema went awry, and I had to give up. but from what I've seen and what I know of Michelle Williams, it's probably her time to win.

the other problem with this choice for me is that I honest-to-God want Rooney Mara to win so bad. I think she's incredible in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. incredible and startling and deep and unrecognizable. which is what I want from a leading actress. but unfortunately I don't think she'll win. I sincerely hope I am wrong about that.

for best actor in a leading role I chose:

George Clooney

again, because The Descendants is apparently a big deal. I really did love Clooney in this movie, though, and definitely do not feel he's cheating anyone out of the award (except maybe Ryan Gosling, but we'll get to that another time...). he was endearing and believable as an oblivious and absentee father, and he brought real life and charm to an otherwise mellow film.

if Brad Pitt happens to win, I might be pleasantly surprised. I haven't really decided yet.

on to the biggies. for best director:

Martin Scorsese for Hugo

yes, he won the Golden Globe, but yes, he really should have. Hugo was a welcome and lovely surprise for me, an unbeliever in Scorsese's ability to make a genuinely heartwarming film. but I was delighted to be proven wrong because Hugo was exactly that and more. it's a magical, captivating, and beautifully complex little fairy tale for adults and kids alike, which also happens to be a love-letter to the filmmaking business itself. love the medium, love the message, love Scorsese and his melty-heart ways.

and finally, my prediction for the Oscar winner for best picture:

The Artist

I didn't give it best screenplay but I am definitely rooting for it here.

this year's best picture nominees were a little sad in some aspects, and great in others. sad because, well... there were only nine. it's like the Academy's way of saying "it's not that there were ten amazing films that were better than most of you, but only nine were even good enough to be considered". and I'd agree that it was a pretty crappy year for movies. there are a couple films nominated that I really, really don't think would be normally, even though they are arguably respectable in their own right.

but the good side is, there are a few films that I love and never expected to be nominated that are; namely Midnight in Paris and Hugo. I love that several happy, artsy, and just lovely films are given recognition, and of course one of those is The Artist. I went to see it in theatres because it was generating Oscar buzz and I was not disappointed by the hype. I think it's original, poetic, nostalgic and modern at the same time. it's unique and funny and has a happy ending, all of which movies need more of these days. it is also skillfully filmed and brilliantly acted. so I believe The Artist deserves best picture of the year.

so those are my predictions for the biggies! I'm so excited for tonight. the red carpet is already streaming here, so I'm off to indulge. enjoy your Oscar night, movie lovers!


the simple kinda life

I had this post all ready to go last night when our internet randomly stopped working. eventually I quit waiting and gave up, but my internet is working today, so here we go!

yesterday I had the day off, so I decided to do a photo-an-hour. mostly to motivate myself to not sit in my apartment all day doing nothing. I didn't have anything to do, but I just spent the day walking around and doing ordinary day things.

blog surfing :)

looks like a good day to wander, for once...

homemade butternut squash soup + grilled cheese with jalapenos 

Saint Marks church

a little thrifting... unsuccessful, but nice anyways!

I like seeing pretty flowers with chalkboard signs. 

fitting room fun

I looove this Topshop dress. 

Union Street

I made cream cheese enchiladas for supper and forgot to take a photo before devouring them all...

don't go to Cardiff, that's where the rift is.

Brando needed a little nap time.

emergency trip to the grocery store for milk (but pickles and chutney are much prettier)

a little late-night stroll.

really can't complain about a day like that. enchiladas, Doctor Who, & pretty things. sounds like a party to me!

...try not to judge me based on my criteria for what constitutes a party. 


playing: the frug- rilo kiley

breaking all the rules

I have this weird thing for blue eyeshadow. I think I'm probably supposed to hate it. half the people who know anything about makeup say it's never okay, and the other half say it's not good if you have blue eyes. well, here I am, standing up as an eyeshadow outcast, because I think blue eyeshadow is cool.

there, I said it.

(oh and you're also not technically supposed to wear eye makeup that matches your clothes. but you also "shouldn't" wear socks with sandals or white after labour day or summer dresses in the winter, etc., etc. I think we all know people don't really follow the laws of fashion anymore.)

dress- dorothy perkins // cardigan + tights- new look // gloves- american apparel // boots- aldo // scarf- modcloth 

on a different note, Aberdeen finally got some snow the other day. of course the measly little bit that stayed on the ground was gone by the end of the next day, but it was nice to have some different weather for a change. I hate winter without snow. seems so empty and pointless. 

with my winter spirit renewed, I decided to go for a "bundled up" look as my outfit. if it weren't so cold I'd just wear the dress and tights; perfect, simple outfit. but since I had to add layers I went all out with the cozy accessories. I think it's a pretty okay way to wear springtime florals in colder months.

playing: heavy in your arms- florence + the machine