August 29, 2012

Celebrity Couple Crush
Kristen Bell + Dax Shepard

Terri and I went to see Hit & Run this past weekend. If there's one thing I enjoy, it's walking into a theater not knowing what to expect and coming out pleasantly surprised. I really loved this movie. The cast is great. The story is fun. It's one I can see myself watching again and again. It's full of hilarious one-liners.

The stars of the film, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, are a real-life couple. I already liked them, together and separately, but I seriously love them now. Watching this movie is probably what it would be like to watch them at home. They are just too cute for words.

See. Aren't they precious?

If you haven't seen this video of Kristen reacting to a present Dax gave her, you haven't fully lived.

Watch it. Right now.

August 22, 2012

Open Letter to Everyone Regarding
Robsten + Breaking Dawn Part 2

With the release of the final Twilight film looming, there's been a lot of speculation as to whether Rob and Kristen will appear at certain events, albeit separately or together. It was recently announced that Rob, Kristen and Taylor will not be at the last four major conventions. I bet Rob and Kristen's PR people told Taylor not to come, so it won't look as obvious that the other two are avoiding each other. Hello, Twilight execs, we aren't stupid. I see a lot of events being reworked, cancelled or extremely awkward at the very least. We don't have to dwell on it though.

Even though I'm a huge Twilight fan, I don't care what happens in the personal lives of the cast. I know they are real people with real problems. Rob and Kristen are a girl and a guy who met, fell in love and broke up. With that being said, I think the media needs to back off. The fans who have loved this franchise from day one don't want to see it shrouded in a cloak of heartache, cheating and lies. There's no reason to talk this scandal to death.

Stop talking about how sad Rob must be. Stop talking about how quiet Kristen is. Stop talking about how their perfect relationship went wrong. Stop calling her a homewreckin' whore. Stop talking about how he does or doesn't want her back. Instead, you should focus on the important things -- the books, the movies and the fans.

I would like to enjoy the last film in the same manner as all the others -- at a midnight showing with my best girls in our matching shirts. I want to take it all in when the lights go out and the squeals begin.

If anyone ruins this tradition for me, I'm going to cut a bitch.

That is all. Good day.

August 21, 2012

How to properly use self-tanner

I've said it before, but I'll say it again in case you weren't listening. I'm naturally a very pale girl. So, the improvement of self-tanners over the last few years has made me very happy. Granted, self-tanners aren't for everyone. It all depends on your natural skin tone. How do you know if self-tanner is right for you? You have to give it a try and hope for the best. So, here are some of my tips for being an expert self-tanner.

1. Buy several brands and types of self-tanners. Yes, I know this can be an expensive habit, but you won't know what's right for you until you've tried several kinds. I've tried both cheap and expensive self-tanners. I've also tried aerosol sprays, gels and lotions. {Suggestion -- Buy a couple self-tanners. Have a friend do the same. Swap.}

2. Always shower, shave and exfoliate before applying self-tanner. Don't put on lotion first. Your skin should be toweled off and free of any product or chemical. If you use lotion first, know that it will dilute the self-tanner.

3. If you're a newbie, I suggest following the instructions on the product. Don't wing it until you know what you're doing.

4. I wouldn't try self-tanner for the first time when you have somewhere important to go. Using it for the first time, two days before your wedding, is not a good idea.

5. I strongly suggest doing a patch test first. Put self-tanner on one or both of your legs, so you can compare the fake tan to your original skin tone.

6. The best advice I can give you when applying self-tanner is to go slow. You can take your time applying, but do not take your time rubbing it in once you've applied it. {Make sense?} I apply self-tanner in sections. {lower legs, upper legs, chest, stomach, arms, butt, back} It doesn't matter what order you do it in though. Do what works for you.

7. Be cautious when applying on elbows, knees, hands, and feet. Always go lighter on and around these areas.

8. Depending on the kind of self-tanner you use, you might need to stay undressed for up to 30 minutes. Most of the new self-tanners out there dry quickly. I'm usually back in my clothes in less than 15 minutes.

My current favorite self-tanner is L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Luminous Bronzer Self-Tanning Lotion. This bottle retails around $10. I love this self-tanner because you see immediate results. You can see some color right away. It gradually gets darker over the next few hours, eventually reaching its darkest color within 24 hours. The color fades every time you shower, but the more you apply the longer the color stays. I usually reapply once every two to three days.

Recently, I've been applying my self-tanner a little differently. Self-tanners can sometimes be a little sticky. They also tend to have that annoying self-tanner smell. To side step both of these negative factors, I started mixing my self-tanner with lotion. I put 1/3 lotion and 2/3 self-tanner in the palm of my hand, mix and apply.

Just to give you an idea, the amount shown in the picture below is what I would use on one arm. Legs require a little more. Smaller areas like stomach and chest require a little less.

1. The lotion dilutes the self-tanner a little bit, so I don't have to worry about over-applying. I usually apply two coats to give myself more color anyway.
2. It eliminates the stickiness, which means I can get dressed faster.
3. Since I use a lotion that smells good, it totally masks the annoying self-tanner smell.
4. When applying, the one thing I can't stress enough is RUB IT ALL IN. You want to make sure you rub the self-tanner into your skin until you can't see it anymore. You want to rub it in evenly, so you aren't left with streaks. If it's your first time, you'll mess up. That's just how it is, but practice makes perfect. You'll quickly notice your trouble spots, so you can fix them going forward.

If I can help one person make a smooth transition from pale to tan, my work here is done.

August 20, 2012

The Talk of Tinseltown
Jason Statham is hot

Taylor Swift, 22, is dating Robert Kennedy's 18-year-old grandson, Conor. I dated a younger guy when I was in college. If she thought Joe Jonas and John Mayer were bad boyfriends, dating this kid is probably not going to be any better. I don't care how good he looks with his shirt off, he's still only eighteen.

Claire Danes and husband Hugh Dancy are expecting their first child together. They actually announced this a month ago, but I missed it. I'm seriously off my game, y'all.

Ryan Lochte, Olympic swimmer and gold medalist, will be guest starring on the upcoming season of 90210. Ryan admits he flubbed his lines the first few times, but eventually pulled it together after the cast helped him. Is anyone else hoping this is a shirtless scene?

The Expendables 2 took the #1 spot at the box office this weekend. This news simply gave me an excuse to post a picture of sexy Mr. Statham.

NBC recently let go of approximately twenty employees. Jay Leno reportedly took a huge pay cut to save as many jobs as he could. Way to take one for the team, Jay.

The Talk of Tinseltown is brought to you today by...

Piper Perabo

August 18, 2012

What I'm Loving, This Very Minute

Just this new thing I came up with for the blog...


Matched by Ally Condie

hi-low dresses

this quote

♫ The Civil Wars ♫

Mike Boogie + Frank from Big Brother

Gnome Sweet Gnome's Sunday family pics

Olivia is one of my fave bloggers. She takes a family picture every Sunday in front of this bookcase. The pics always make me smile. How cute are they?

August 16, 2012

The History of the Ponytail

As temperatures rise, so does my desire to pull my hair into a ponytail. For decades, women have been relying on this classic, simple updo. Many hairstyles come and go, but the ponytail stands the test of time.

Sandra Dee, 1960s

Audrey Hepburn, 1950s

Cher, 1970s

Madonna, 1980s

Sarah Jessica Parker, 1990s

Jennifer Lopez, 2004

Gwen Stefani, 2005

Blake Lively, 2009

Drew Barrymore, 2009

Lady Gaga, 2011

images via Harper's Bazaar

August 15, 2012

2012 Project 52
Watching Movies Like a Boss

6. Watch 15 movies from my Netflix list. 16/15
I wanted to watch fifteen movies from my Netflix list this year. Since I've watched fifteen plus one, this item is officially complete. Go, Misty.. It's your birthday.

Previously watched:
Horrible Bosses
Crazy Stupid Love
Water for Elephants
The Help
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
The Ides of March
Just Go With It
Jack and Jill
Bad Teacher
American Psycho

Watched since my last update:
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
21 Jump Street
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I equally enjoyed all four of these. Cheers for good movies!

7. See 8 movies in the theater. 8/8
By July, I'd already met my goal of seeing eight movies in the theater. This doesn't include seeing The Avengers twice and The Hunger Games three separate times. Surprisingly enough, I've only seen The Dark Knight Rises once. I'll be seeing it again with Little Man soon enough.

Previously watched:
The Hunger Games
The Avengers
Dark Shadows
Snow White and the Huntsman
That's My Boy

Watched since my last update:
Magic Mike
The Dark Knight Rises

The Hero and I took the kids to see Brave. It was such a great family movie. We all really enjoyed it. If you missed my fantastic review of Magic Mike, you can find it here. And, after two years of waiting, I finally saw The Dark Knight Rises. A full review is coming soon.

August 14, 2012

Some things are meant
to be saved & shared

Sometimes, when I'm in a blogging funk, I have to search for inspiration. Even though I have several posts lined up, I felt like I was missing something. What's something I haven't blogged about before? What will get my readers talking? Over the last two weeks, I've neglected my favorite blogs because of the Olympic games. Tonight, I started to catch up and found just the inspiration I needed. Beth from Shenanigans of a Southern Redhead recently cleaned out her childhood closet and found some great things to share with her blog followers.

What a perfect idea! Even though I didn't need to clean out my closet, I knew I had to share some of the items from my white box. You see, I have this old white cardboard box that holds several mementos from my younger days. There's newspapers from high school, ribbons, awards, pictures, movie and concert stubs, and various other items.

Here are just a few of the random things I kept.

A Zima bottle cap
Why on earth would I save this? Let me tell you. This bottle cap is from the first high school party I attended. This guy, we'll call him JC, threw a party because his parents were out of town. I rode with two of my girlfriends to the party after telling my mom we were going to play miniature golf. (My mom knows the truth now.) I drank for the first time at this party. I was 16, so it didn't take much before I was feeling a little tipsy. I had 2 Zimas and 1 beer. The party was pretty eventful. There was strip poker, dancing, puking, and a fight in the front yard. I also met a boy. You had to know there was a boy, right? One of my guy friends brought his older college friend to the party. He got my number before I left and we ended up dating for three years. ♥♥♥ presh ♥♥♥

A blue toy car & a TN driver handbook
The juniors gave each of the seniors a gag gift at senior prom. Since I'd recently wrecked my blue 1975 Chevy Nova, the youngsters thought it appropriate to give me a new car and handbook to freshen up on my driving skills. I never could bring myself to throw either away.

A homemade game day pin
I was a cheerleader in high school. This thing you see here is something I pinned to my shirt on game day. We made similar ones every week. I don't know why we thought this was cool or cute. Looking back on it now, all I can do is laugh and shake my head in shame. I'm thankful I only saved the one.

Jason's phone #
I actually saved several pieces of paper with guy's phone's numbers on them. Is that strange? Anyway, this was Jason's phone number. He also wrote his football jersey number on there with an arrow through it, which seriously makes me giggle. We dated right after I graduated high school. I was a freshman in college. He was still in high school. Ultimately, this is why the relationship was over before it even started. Even though Jason was smokin' hot, he was still a kid.

A Hershey's candy bar wrapper
I'm only sharing this with you because I can't remember why I saved it. It's going to bug me until the end of time.

Cassette tape holders for Quad City DJ's C'Mon N' Ride It (The Train) & Los Del Rio's Macarena
These are hilariously self-explanatory.
1. These are from cassette tapes NOT CDs. Yes, I'm that old.
2. They are both one hit wonders.
3. The Train was my jam. I recently asked a dear friend to make sure this is played at my funeral. She's then to lead everyone in a train around my casket. I'm not kidding. Not even a little bit.
4. Now that I think about it, I may ask her to play the Macarena too.
5. And, in case you're wondering, I still know all the moves.

They all want me, they can't have me
So they all come and dance beside me
Move with me, chant with me
And if you're good I'll take you home with me

A Mid-South Fair rodeo ticket from 1995
I saw Kenny Chesney in concert before Kenny Chesney was even cool. Suck on that.

A Happy Gilmore movie stub
I saw Happy Gilmore in the theater on February 18, 1996. I went with the boy I met at the party up above. We had been dating for a year at this point. On this day, the boy sucked on my face and lip a little too hard leaving bruises. He panicked because he knew my step-dad would murder him if he found out. Most of the bruises faded quickly and were easy to cover up, however, there was one that stood out. So, we came up with a great story about how this man had rudely elbowed me at the movie theater. My parents bought it. Since my mom reads my blog from time to time, it's safe to say the secret's out.

So, what's in your closet?