Movie Review: The Skeleton Twins

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I watched The Skeleton Twins recently and would really recommend it. It stars Kristin Wiig and Bill Heder, who each did a wonderful job with their characters. The movie touches on a subject that I feel we are still not open about (at least here in the US), mental illness and particularly, depression. There is a certain sense of shame and guilt that comes with this subject which I hope will change in the future.

If you didn’t know, Bill and Kristin are Saturday Night Live alums, so there are definitely moments of uproarious laughter. However, the subject matter is very serious and the actors play their roles with much depth and compassion. Because of this, it is easy to empathize with them.

There are many plots throughout (ranging from extra-marital affairs, unrequited love, sexual orientation and a dog named Marley ;)) and the payoffs come at the end. Bill and Kristin’s characters evolve and change throughout the movie. They realize that, after being apart for 10 years, they really do need each other and learn to face their problems outside of trying to end their lives. Their relationship is strengthened by helping each other through their weaknesses. It was a very touching movie with great performances.

Have you seen The Skeleton Twins? What did you think of it? Are you from a different country? If so, is there a stigma where you come from when it comes to mental illness or is it openly discussed?

*Photo via IMDB*

22 Inspiration Ideas for Floral Home Decor

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{I adore the big bold floral wallpaper in Emily’s powder room makeover}

I love flowers, especially fresh ones, but have always been torn between keeping them in their place on earth to continue to grow and flourish until their time has come; or, to use them as décor, where they will inevitably (and shortly) live for the few days that time will allow.

As much as I love having fresh flowers around, there are other less high-maintenance ways to decorate that have a much longer shelf life (save for some cleanings / dustings here and there). You can add florals to your home with pillows, wallpaper, rugs, bedding, window treatments, accessories, lighting and just about any other creative way you can think of. Here are a few of my favorite ways to bring some blooms into your home. While some of these ideas are not necessarily my taste, they provide me with much inspiration to create my own space and style.

Do you like to decorate with florals? What are some creative ways you’ve found to use florals in your home décor?

{Floral wallpaper in the hallway / mudroom}

{Bright floral rug in the entryway}

{Floral rug in the living room}

{Floral pillows in the living room}

{Floral backsplash in the kitchen}

{Floral wallpaper and rug in the kitchen (I would probably not do this in my home, but I’m still drawn to it nonetheless)}

{Oh Joy’s “Petal Pushers” wallpaper in the dining room}

{Floral ceiling artwork in the dining room}

{Floral decor throughout in this dining / living room combo}

{Floral window shade in home office}

{Abstract floral wallpaper in the study / home office}

{Big bold floral wallpaper in the craft room}

{I like the subtle floral details on the bedding}

{Floral details throughout including the curtains and ceiling light}

{Floral headboard and pillow in guest bedroom}

{Floral wallpaper for kid’s room}

{Floral rug and bedding in kid’s room}

{Teepee for the nursery / kid’s room}

{Floral shower curtain and towel in the bathroom}

{Bold floral wallpaper in the bathroom}

{A very regal wallpaper background in the bathroom}

*All photos from Houzz.com*

Tuesday Treasures: Heart of Gold {Necklaces}

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{Yellow gold heart locket}

My taste in jewelry is quite broad and can range from the teeniest simple gold post earrings to the absurdly large statement necklaces/earrings/bracelets/cocktail rings. I am a walking contradiction of sorts when it comes to my life and my style. Some days, I will keep things simple with maybe just earrings and my wedding jewelry (an engagement ring and wedding band) and some days I will break out the cocktail rings and layered statement pieces.

My wedding jewelry is a contradiction in itself. My husband picked out a diamond engagement ring for me so I decided to go minimalist with my wedding ring and chose a simple yellow gold band (I tried to go as small as possible, but the jeweler insisted I not go any smaller than his recommendation). My rings are classic pieces, so I can pair them with anything. Today, I wanted to showcase heart necklaces because this is one of those pieces that I like to wear by itself or layered. Here are some of my favorites pieces.

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{Heart initial pendant with diamonds}

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{Mini double heart necklace}

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{Minimalist heart initial pendant}

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{Mother of Pearl heart necklace}

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{Heart and key necklace}

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{Open heart necklace}

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{Abstract hearts necklace}

Do you wear jewelry? Do you have a particular jewelry style? What are your favorite pieces to wear?

Fashion: How to Add Some Flower Power to Your Wardrobe

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{Chanel Spring 2009 Collection – That background is jaw-droppingingly gorgeous and still inspires me today}

You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers. I love flowers, from simple tulips to the ubiquitous wedding flowers, peonies. When it comes to my wardrobe, I am very particular about the floral designs. I typically like florals on my clothes when there is an element of black (such as in most of the designs here) or soft, feminine pieces. I don’t feel like they have to be reserved for warmer weather, and I love that they are trending for fall and winter as we’ve seen on many runways from the most recent F/W 2015 collections. Since it’s spring (in some parts of the world) and the ’70s vibe is trending, you will find plenty of floral pieces in shops. Here are some of my current favorite floral fashion pieces.

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I love the soft feminine colors of this maxi dress, the Spell Boho Blossom. I think the dress speaks for itself, so I would style it differently and wear it with my brown Sam Edelman Gigi sandals (a warm-weather staple) and some delicate jewelry.

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I love the bold red color color of this blouse. It looks great with the denim shorts as a more casual outfit, but you could easily pair it with a black pencil skirt to dress it up for a date night or to wear to the office. Since the color and print are so bold, you don’t need to wear it with jewelry, but it would do well with some delicate gold or silver pieces.

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The floral details in this romper are reminiscent of a tropical island, but the style of the romper makes it so that you can wear it on a night out on any town. I would probably add a blazer, some jewelry and black heels if I were going that route. Otherwise, keep it casual with flat sandals.

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I love the way this jacquard floral skirt is styled here. The cut is great and I love the peek-a-boo black material to break up the bold floral design.

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This is pretty sleeveless top can be worn alone or paired with a denim jacket and white denim jeans or a black blazer for a dressier look. I love the abstract and water-color effect of the design.

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Obviously, I love florals made of chiffon material and the high neck of this dress gives it an elevated look. I would pair it with different boots (I don’t mind the high boot look, but not this style). You could also wear it with tights and black platform heels.

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This bra is so pretty, you could wear it with a sheer white v-neck t-shirt (if you so dare) or just wear it underneath a very basic uniform outfit and know you have a pretty secret hiding beneath.

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I just purchased this pajama pant at a steal ($4.48!!) and I am loving it. I thought it was on sale for $7.50 until I got to the register and it rang up for less (bonus!!!).

Do you like florals? What kind of floral items are in your wardrobe? Do you wear them year-round or reserve them for warm-weather wear or maybe just as vacation pieces?

Designer Spotlight: Loeffler Randall

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I’ve always been interested in fashion and style from a very early age. I’ve experimented a lot with my own style and I still do (and fully expect to for the rest of my life). While I love to try new things, there are certain styles and designers that I will always revert to for their sense of timelessness and ease of design. Loeffler Randall, while being a relatively newer brand (est. 2005), is one of those designers that come to mind.

I love her minimalist and straightforward designs on bags and shoes. The pieces can easily be paired with anything in your wardrobe because she sticks to neutral colors and patterns (sometimes with a hint of surprise). Here are some of my favorite pieces from the current collection.

What are some of your favorite styles? Who are some of your favorite designers? 

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* All photos from here *

Movie Review: Cinderella 2015

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I watched the new Cinderella film last weekend and can I just say that I have a totally new girl crush on Lily James? I’ve never seen Downton Abby, so I had not seen her in anything else. She was absolutely charming in the movie.

I just want to say first and foremost that movies or any other forms of entertainment are just that to me, entertainment. I do not look to them to teach me any lessons and when I have kids, I would not want them to learn their life lessons from media that is meant to entertain.  When I judge a movie, I judge it solely on whether or not it did it’s job: entertain me. Ok. I think I’ve got my point across.

My expectations for the film were simple: would it flow well and would I enjoy the actors in their roles? Yes and yes. I knew Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter would be exceptional because they are Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, two of my favorite actresses. However, I did not know any of the others and I felt they all did a really great job. I loved the costumes and scenery and all the other magical and mystical fairy dust scattered throughout the movie.

We all know the fairytale, right? Ideal family who goes through hard times when girl loses her mother and father and has to live with her evil step-mother and step-sisters. She is relegated to being their housemaid and treated unfairly until her fairy godmother comes to her rescue. She goes to a ball, the prince is smitten with her and she has to leave in a rush before the magic goes away. In the interim, she loses a shoe, the prince searches the entire town to find the girl who fits the shoe. He finds her and they live happily ever after.

This movie is a bit different in that the prince first met Cinderella while she was in her housemaid element, dirty dress and unkempt hair. They have a few words and he is smitten with her. They meet again at the ball and he falls even deeper for her as she does for him.

His desperate attempt to find her is both comical and absurd. Let’s face it, even in their small village, surely there was more than one woman who would have fit the shoe. Yet, there was only one woman who looked like her and instead of searching for the woman, they were searching for the woman who fit the shoe. But, then again, this is Disney and this is a fairytale so it’s not meant to resemble real life.

In the end, Cinderella and the prince meet again and before Cinderella tries on the shoe (which, at this point was kind of moot), she tells the prince she is who she is. Of course, we all know what happens next.

What do you think of fairy tales?

*** Another note, while I consider movies a form of entertainment, I do enjoy watching movies that are “think pieces” like Birdman and have a fun time dissecting them.***

10 Questions to Get to Know Me Better Tag

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There have been so many great tags I’ve been reading lately and thought it might be fun to do one myself. This is something I decided to create myself, so you can get to know me a little more:) Hope you enjoy reading and please feel free to do it yourself! I would love to read your answers!

1) What are 3 of your favorite shows on TV or YouTube or both?

Gosh! This is hard! I love to watch really interesting shows about things like watching paint dry, people staring at walls all day and ants crawling around.

2) What are 3 qualities you like in a best friend?

I usually look for friends who like to make me feel bad about myself, who are really mean to people and who are very negative towards life.

3) If you have the choice to pick your own name, what will it be?

I wish my parents would have named me Purple People Eater.

4) What is your fantasy dream?

To live in a world of chaos.

5) Do you wear makeup?

No. I don’t like makeup. I prefer to use clay as foundation, crayons as lipstick and chalk as blush. Sometimes, if I’m feeling festive, I will use tar (if I’m lucky to find some fresh on the ground) as eyeliner.

6) If you could write a book, what would the title be and what would it be about?

Like my TV preference, I am really drawn to fun and interesting books. I would write about water dripping from a faucet and call it “Water Dripping from a Faucet.”

7) What makes you happy?

I love freezing cold weather (the kind where my fingers are frost bitten), days when nothing goes my way and I’m especially happy when I am being taken advantage of and people are rude to me.

8) What are your 3 favorites snacks?

I LOVE to snack on onions, garlic and liver.

9) Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I was Time magazine’s 2006 “Person of the Year”.

10) What is your favorite holiday?

Maybe it’s not my absolute favorite, but April Fool’s Day is always fun:)

Just in case anyone thought I was being serious :)

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