Birds and TV

Apologies for not writing recently, things have been a bit hectic and then my Easter holidays started badly with food poisoning. Yuck. So I had a couple of days in jammies. Obviously, at some point, I was going to play dress-up-dollies on polyvore:

Also had some time to catch up on television/films. I finally got round to watching Precious: Based on... and let me tell you, if you haven't seen it yet, don't even attempt to watch it without a full box of tissues, that film will ravage your emotions until there are none left! If you're not down for that, go for The Blind Side, which is equally captivating but a heckuvalot happier.

On TV, Breaking Bad S3 has just started (excited, yup??); The Pacific, a new WWII drama by the same guys who did Band of Brothers; and How To Make It In America, a new HBO drama set in NY (where else?) about two gents attempting to break the male fashion scene.

The Pacific looks as though it will be just as rewarding a watch as BoB was. Very roughly, it's in the same format, starting and ending with interviews with actual veterans, but centered on the efforts of the Marines against the Japanese army on a small set of Pacific islands. Cue claustrophobic battle scenes, dizzying cuts from soldier to soldier, and lots of scary Japanese dudes. With swords.

How To Make It In America is probably not one for everyone. The obscure references to cult fashion brands certainly fly past me, but it's an interestingly realistic tale of how damn-near-impossible it is to be a success is in these high profile industries. It also randomly stars Kid Cudi of annoying 'Day'n'Nite' fame, but then HBO does always makes the weird work wonderfully.


Cross Stitch

My finished cross-stitch project looked awesome:

I mounted it and gave it to Mum for Mother's Day. My one regret was not using an embroidery frame - I lost a bit of tension in places and the bottom border ended up a bit squint. But I was happy as it was a first attempt.

I also made the stupid mistake of not using a craft knife when creating the card mount. Instead I used a nice pair of blunt scissors that, as I should have known, slipped and cut the top of my thumb open :(   Such a rookie mistake.


Oscar Results and Red Carpet Round-up

Well, well, well. I can reveal that I did in fact predict 9 Oscar winners correctly. And what did Rival Opponent predict? 9 also. So, by rules of the Oscar Prediction Gaming Society, no feet are to be rubbed in the event of such a tie. Gutting.

Picture: The Hurt Locker 
Actor in a Leading Role : Jeff Bridges
Actor in a Supporting Role : Christophe Waltz
Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock
Actress in a Supporting Role: Mo'Nique 
Animated Feature Film: Up
Cinematography: Avatar
Directing: Avatar The Hurt Locker
Documentary: The Cove
Foreign Language Film: A Prophet El Secreto de sus Ojos
Music (Original Score): Avatar Up
Music (Original Song): Nine - Take It All  Crazy Heart - The Weary Kind
Visual Effects: Avatar
Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Up in the Air Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire
Writing (Original Screenplay) : Inglourious Basterds The Hurt Locker

And let me warn you boys to just stop reading now. This is the part where I tear everyone's outfits apart and feel really good about myself for a couple of minutes then feel slightly bad because I'm sure they're all really nice people and they're all really talented and probably thought they were going to be the prettiest girl in the room. Ach:

Givenchy Couture
Did your Grandma ever have one of those knitted dolly things that covered up the spare loo-roll? Saldana's dress looks like Grandma's naughty cat jumped up on the cistern and knocked Miss Loo-Roll into the pan where the dress began to dye at the hands of the purple toilet block.

Giorgio Armani Privé
Bubble wrap! At 3.5 hours, who wouldn't want an interactive dress to bear them through the Oscars? Pop. Pop. Popopop.

Elie Saab Haute Couture
Okay, first real compliment: This dress is pretty gorgeous and super flattering on just about anyone. I'm positive it would have looked divine on someone with much darker skin, but it underwhelms against her near-match complexion. I want to see it in that striking purple she wore to the SAGs.

I LOVE the colour on her. Love it. But I am concerned as it appears a giant sea slug is in the throes of consuming dear Farmiga.

Jenny Packham
Drat. I had been planning really nice things to say about this dress all day, but all the photos I had seen were taken from the side. Then front-on appeared. 

I think the dress itself is stunning. She hits the the lingerie trend spot on, and the colour suits Cyrus' skin tone (take note, Kendrick). But why wear it a size too small? She has to shrug to stop any poppage outage, and even her teeny-weeny waist looks ready to split some seams. 

But seriously, gorgeous dress. 

I'm stuck for what to say other than I personally love this dress, although I know others disagree. I can't think of another dress that would have shown off Bullock's shiny hair as well as this one does. The magpies in Hollywood must be going mad.

Does anyone else have a problem with the colour of Carey's dress? It's matronly, and the cut of the top does nothing to balance out her already huge...shoulders. 

Getting tired? Let's all pause for a moment and admire the gorgeousness of Eli Roth:


Also, have you seen how skinny Suzy Amis is? Sheesh. 

Okay, finally, I have to mention these two dresses. 

Oscar de la Renta
From a distance, Diaz looks spectacular. But take a look up close. And while you're at it, take in Mulligan's (Prada).

It looks to me like Diaz and Mulligan were in some kind of freak accident involving Dad's toolbox and magnetic undergarments. 

Oh my gosh, how awesome would magnetic knickers be? You could keep all your coins safe under your dress thus minimising the amount of clutter in one's clutch! 

How does one apply for a patent?

(Images from Just Jared, IMDB and other random websites. Thanks!)



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This kind of organisational porn makes me seriously sick with jealousy. Look at the shoe rack! And all the space saved! And the pretty storage boxes, oh don't even get me started on those...
Lottery is most definitely being entered into this weekend.