January 31, 2014

The Talk of Tinseltown
Doritos Dust + Disguises

Jennifer Lawrence ate some Doritos on the set of American Hustle. The loveable actress ended up with orange dust all over her curve-hugging white dress. Thankfully, the costume designer had a few extras. I can feel her pain. I've never been able to wear white without getting something on myself. And really, who doesn't love Doritos?

I'm sure you've all seen the news about Justin Bieber's recent arrest and legal woes. Over 100,000 people signed a petition asking the President to deport Bieber from the US. {He's from Canada.} The White House and President actually have to respond to any petition with over 100,000 signatures. Yes, he broke the law. Yes, he should be held accountable for his actions. Is this something we should be bothering our government with? No. No. No.

Speaking of Bieber, Miley Cyrus has some advice for him. She said, "You've got a lot of money. Pay people to make sure you don't get in trouble and party at your house." The girl makes a good point. If you're going to remain sober, drive your rich ass all over God's green earth. Otherwise, get a damn chauffeur.

When Lorde performed and accepted her Grammys the other night, people started ranting on Twitter. Some said she was weird and awkward. Others thought she couldn't possibly be 17. So a company paid for a copy of her birth certificate in order to prove that Lorde is indeed a teenager. Why can't people stop worrying about stuff like this? You either like her music or you don't. There's no need to tear her down simply because you aren't a fan.

Happy birthday to Justin Timberlake! He's 33 today.

The guys from Full House reunited this week on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The skit was as hilarious and awesome as you'd expect it to be. You can watch it here.

Like Lorde, Daft Punk was also a big topic of discussion on Grammy night. Why are they wearing helmets? They're just so weird. So, let's clear this up. The guys in Daft Punk are electronic musicicans. They do not sing. They don't even perform in the typical sense. They have worn helmets and/or disguises of some sort for years. It's their thing.

Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, both 39, are French. Bangalter has said they don't believe in the "star system". They don't want to get recognized. He said their music is the most personal gift they can give. It's what matters most to them, and people think the robots are exciting and fun.

I have to agree. I think the helmets are cool. I appreciate their right to express themselves. How is this any different than Miley sticking her tongue out all the time? Maybe she should wear a helmet! Again, you're either a fan of their music or you're not. Don't hate on something just because it's different.

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January 28, 2014

Survey Says...

Thank you for taking the time to fill out my blog demographic survey. I thought I knew my readers pretty well. After seeing your answers, I realize I wasn't far off at all. In total, I received seventy-six responses. Even though this is only a small portion of my blog followers, I'm pleased with the results.

So, let's see who is actually reading Handbags + Handguns.
*All answers were anonymous.

Female (76)
Male (0)

I've had a few male readers over the years. I only know of one who currently reads. If there are any guys out there, the survey is still up. I'd love to hear from you.

15-20 (2)
21-25 (13)
26-30 (22)
31-35 (19)
36-40 (15)
41-45 (3)
45+ (1)

For the most part, these numbers don't surprise me. I didn't realize I had two readers under the age of 21 though. Hello, young friends!

Have them (42)
Don't have them (34)

I figured about half of my readers didn't have kids. This blog has never been predominately about family and never will be. So, I'm guessing the occasional post about my offspring won't bother anyone.

My non-US readers reside in Canada, Europe, Spain, Singapore, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Do you blog?
Yes (48)
No (19)
Want to (9)

To the nine of you that want to: DO IT!

How often do you visit my blog?
No one answer won out, but most of you visit at least once a week.

How long have you been reading?
Less than a year (37)
1-2 years (23)
3-5 years (16)

I guess it's time to do another About Me post.

Should I continue with The Talk of Tinseltown?
Yes (63)
No (2)
No idea what it is (10)
Didn't answer (1)

I'm glad most of you would like The Talk of Tinseltown to continue. It's definitely my favorite feature. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, The Talk of Tinseltown is a weekly round-up of celebrity gossip. It's like a condensed version of US Weekly. Expect this feature to be returning soon!

The majority of you prefer my celebrity/entertainment posts, but don't mind seeing random life updates and pictures of my kids. Good to know!

Last but not least, I asked if you had any comments or suggestions. Several of you stated I should keep doing what I'm doing. Two of you asked for recipes. Oh, this made me laugh. My cooking involves throwing food in the oven for 20 minutes or using the microwave. One reader thinks my red carpet recaps are too long. Eh, they probably are. I just can't help myself. And one of you lovely ladies thinks I should start doing outfit posts because I have such great style. You're too sweet. Maybe one of these days I'll get in front of the camera again...

To sump up:

You're all awesome.

Here's to blogging another 5 years!

January 27, 2014

2014 Grammy Awards Fashion
Up All Night To Get Lucky

The dress isn't horrible.
She could have used a brighter lip and some bling though.

I'm not a fan of her or the dress.

The color and cut of the dress look great on her.
Why a top knot, Colbie?

For Cyndi, I guess this is ok.

The jacket is just too much.

nice tux

Just cut your hair already.

I adore him.

He's so cute.

I'm not sure why he wore this hat, but it definitely had everyone talking.

I bet he braids his own hair.

Why white?
Why the facial hair?

Love them.
Don't love their suits.

Say what you will about the robot heads, but their tuxes are nice.
And how about those awesome boots!

I love what she's wearing.
So cute!

Her hair, makeup and dress are just too matchy.

I love them, but they need some fashion help.

2014 Grammy Awards Fashion
Make Me Your Aphrodite

The Grammys were last night. I always enjoy the show because I love music. Do you want to know what bugs me? People who don't understand music bug me. If you only listen to one genre, maybe the Grammys aren't your thing. Don't tweet and Facebook your hate for artists who win simply because you don't know anything about them. A lot of people were talking bad about Daft Punk. If you can talk to me about their album and then say you don't like them them, that's fine. Otherwise, shut your piehole.

The dress is hideous.
The shoes and clutch aren't great either.

I love her hair and makeup.
I don't love the dress and shoes.

Is it green?
Is it gold?
Either way, I don't like it.

It's not my favorite, but she looks great.
And it's better than what she normally wears.

She looks like a piece of candy.

The hair..
The dress..

Even though she's showing skin, I'm bored.

The high neck and that hair...

This dress looked really pretty on tv.
It was a safe choice though.

She's so pretty, and I like her.

This is how you do glam maternity.
She looks gorgeous.

I love Pink, but this dress doesn't suit her.

Great dress. Great color.

I don't care that she's wearing a suit.
It could have been a lot worse.

Next time, skip the tights and choose better shoes.

This is a great color for her.
And her makeup looks perfect.

This is a great color too.
It's not a great shape though.

One more post coming right up...

January 26, 2014

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January 24, 2014

Roses are red. Violets are blue.
Is it my birthday yet?

I don't think I've ever blogged about my disdain for Valentine's Day before.
It's not the actual holiday I hate.
It's the stupid, lame gifts that get shoved down our throat every year.

If I see this tagline one more time:
This Valentine's Day, give her what she really wants.

You want to know who came up with that?
A perverted man, that's who.

If you need an advertisement to tell you what your woman wants, you're already failing Relationship 101.

Let me tell you what most women don't want.

• Red roses
• Teddy bears
• Heart pendants

I hate red roses.
But red roses are so pretty!
No, really, they're not.
Red roses are EVERYWHERE.
Why not take a little extra time and pick different flowers?
I personally like bright and colorful gerbera daisies.
Or maybe spend your money on something that doesn't die in a week.

What the hell am I going to do with a teddy bear?
I'm either going to give it to my kids, or one of the dogs is going to end up ingesting it.
And no one wants to clean up fuzzy poop.

The heart pendants have to be the worst though.
Heart pendants under $99!
Heart pendants under $79!
Heart pendants under $49!
Heart pendants ONLY $29!
The closer it gets to V-Day, the cheaper they get.
All she wants for Valentine's Day is for her neck not to turn green.

I found several non-annoying Valentine's Day gifts at Personal Creations.
They have a great selection of personalized gifts for the whole family.

What says I love you more than booze, chevron + monograms?

doormat | wine glasses

valet | flask

mailbox | buckets

With a little time + effort, you too can find your loved one a great Valentine's Day gift.

And you don't have to break the bank to do it.

All of these items are less than $40!