One of my favourite things at this time of year is the VS Fashion Show. It’s always so fun and festive and inspiring. Here are the highlights:
British Invasion: A bit of punk rock to start the show. Performance by Fall Out Boy & Taylor Swift. And the unveiling of the Royal Fantasy Bra (STUNNING!)
Shipwrecked: Gorgeous pastel palette. Lots of floating fabrics. Performance by A Great Big World.
Parisian Nights: Sultry, sparkly, and very burlesque-esque. Hot, hot, HOT.
Birds Of Paradise: This was my fave segment. The feathers! The shoes! Another performance by Fall Out Boy.
Pink Network: The Pink segment, for VS’s younger audience, is never as good in terms of fashion, but always a lot of fun. The emoticon theme was a little juvenile, but Neon Jungle were excellent.
Snow Angels: The angels and TSwift glistened for the finale. Talk about a winter wonderland. I don’t know why Taylor copped any flack for this, her performance was great and she looked positively radiant. I want her dress. So bad.
You can shop for the runway looks on Victoria’s Secret here.
I haven’t added to this series in so long! It indeed took an amazing model and photographer to revive the SM collection. Sasha Pivovarova and Tim Walker’s Vogue UK 2010 ‘White China’ shoot was nothing short of stunning.
S: Over and Over – Smallpools It’s a bit late, but I’m just getting into Smallpools EP. It’s not too shabby at all! Actually, it’s really great. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the band. Lovin’ this track.
E: Angels We Have Heard On High – The Piano Guys
Christmas is just around the corner! If you haven’t seen/heard these guys before, you are in for a real treat.
S: Hmmm hmmm hmmmm still not sure what I think. It’s been a solid few hours since I finished watching ‘Surrender’ and I’ve got little to no real feelings about anything that happened. Maybe if I re-hash it a bit it’ll arouse some emotion within me. The Emily-Daniel-Sara (-Aiden?) storyline was pretty underwhelming. What’s the point of having Sara & Daniel’s affair if we already know that the big wedding is going to take place anyway (thank you series opener)? Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing Daniel with someone who genuinely loves him, but I feel nothing towards Sara. Even during their ‘heart to heart’ breakup scene, I wasn’t really that moved. I wonder if many people actually shipped Danara? Maybe after Emily ‘dies’ Dan can get some proper loving from his true love. I do feel pretty bad for the guy, his heart is going to be so effing crushed if/when he finds out the truth. Then on the other side of things, there was the weird/romantic, sake fuelled, candle and battle-speech proposal by Aiden. It was pretty sweet and defs caught me a little off guard, in a good way. I’m glad Emily’s got something true going on, even if there’s not much hope for a happy ending. Especially not with Victoria calling ‘bullshit’ on every single move Em makes. Again, we all know Victoria will show up at the wedding because we’ve seen her shoot Emily, so there’s another not so cliffhangery end scene. What did create a bit of an ‘ahh what’s going to happen?’ was Lydia’s photo discovery Pt II. What’s she going to do with the NYE picture this time around I wonder? She might have to play it a bit smarter than last time. Then there’s the blossoming love between the journalist and the townie barman. They’re pretty darn adorable ATM. I don’t want to muck about with their storyline too much, because I think Margy is actually quite good for, and with, Jacko. Not sure how long the writers will keep Jack happy though. If history is anything to go by, he’ll be weeping by the next episode.
Each Grayson has their own go-to whinging spot, HA! Charlotte: “This family is so predictable. When threatened each Grayson has their own retreat, like a turtle’s shell. Dan and his den, you and this cupola.”
Victoria: “Daniel and his running trail. Where’s yours Charlotte? Please don’t tell me it’s that bar.”
Nolan is walking Em down the aisle
Margaux: “There will be other stories, but there is only one Jack Porter.”
Daniel: “The moment I saw you in the bakery, all the feelings I once had came rushing back and I fell in love with you again.”
Lydia: “I’d be dead if it weren’t for your wife’s momentary lapse of evil.”
Victoria: “No good ever comes from dredging up the past, especially ours.”
Emily: “When facing your enemy, no amount of training can trump nature. It separates the strong from the weak, and sometimes it tells us that surrender is the strongest move of all.”
Aiden: “What do you think she wants this time?” Nolan: “What every pretty blonde who comes to the Hamptons wants–Revenge.”
The Vampire Diaries: Fifty Shade Of Grayson
E: Dammit. Dammit, dammit, DAMMIT that was really good and now I’m all invested again right as it comes to the holiday break. Seriously, FML. And damn you TVD, where was this all season?! Don’t get me wrong, there are still teething problems: leaving Wes alive was a VERY stupid move, Elena worked out Enzo is the Augustine vampire but what that actually means still isn’t clear to me, and don’t even get me started on that breakup… DAFUQ?! But aside from all that, this was an extremely entertaining ep. Stefan and Damon united once more (it’s been too long boys) to terrorise Aaron and get Wes to give Elena back. When he didn’t, Damon had to deal with a very angry Enzo filled with poison while Stefan tried to work out where Elena was so he could save the day. The good news? Turns out Aaron’s got balls. I like this kid! After finding Wes alive, he told him to fuck off out of his life for using him as a bargaining chip. Way to go A! Enzo was an absolute delight throughout the episode (well, except for when he was trying to kill Damon) so I’m glad Damon managed to save him. I just hope they can be friends together in future. Perhaps wreaking havoc and destruction since the writers have decided to completely abandon all of Damon’s character development, absolutely nailing his coffin with him forcing Elena away from him because he thinks she’s too good for him. Hello, Damon? Elena’s the worst character on this show right now, you’re the one who can do better! Which leaves us with Katherine’s apparent heart attack at episode’s end, and crap I just don’t know how I’m going to get through the break not knowing whether she lives or dies! Apparently the next ep is the show’s 100th and something about her wake? BUT NO. I REFUSE TO ACCEPT THAT THIS IS THE END. Just kill me now….
Katherine’s blanket sneak out.
Katherine: “What the hell happened to you?”
Damon: “I’m gonna barf.”
Katherine: “Great, then my work here is done.”
Damon: “Pop quiz: so your girlfriend is taken by a mad scientist, do you a) get a new girlfriend, b) call the police or c) kill someone close to that mad scientist?”
Stefan: “What do you mean test subject?”
Damon: “Meaning I donated my body to science, except I was alive and it was against my will.”
Katherine: “Can I ask you something, absentee mother to mildly abusive daughter?”
Enzo (after hurling chairs across the room): “Where were we? Oh right. I was telling my story and you were all politely listening.”
Elena: “I don’t follow. You kicked me out of bio, remember?”
Damon: “A hundred pages of horrific torture and you find the one happy passage.”
Ktherine: “What does someone have to go through to get a little redemption around here?”
Look what’s coming back to TV. Our local Community college, with all the manic and crazy characters we all (still?) love, is due back 02/01/13. I know a lot of people dropped the show pretty hard and fast around season 3/4 (like me) but I have a feeling this season might be a throw back to the glory days, back to the freshman freshness (now that Dan Harmon is back). Here’s a trailer for the final season, see what you think.
Earlier this week PANTONE announced 2014′s Colour of the Year… Radiant Orchid.
“Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”
E: Poet – Bastille
So turns out the cheeky buggers recently released a deluxe version of their album Bad Blood, with literally twice as many songs. The only thing better than Bastille is more Bastille. Can’t wait to see these guys live next year!!
S: Next Episode – Dr Dre The West Coast Classics radio station on GTA V is where it’s at. ‘It’ being one of the greatest collection of hip hop and rap tunes, so obviously it features this epic track. Can’t really help but get all Westside on this shit.