GeneralCalling All Country Fans: Country Strong Will Knock Your Socks Off

Calling all country music fans!
 
Saturday night was cold and chilly, so in efforts to stay indoors where it was warm I went out with my friends for a girls’ movie night. After buying eighty pounds of candy at CVS, we headed over to the theater to watch Country Strong.
 
 In case you haven’t heard of the movie or seen any trailers, here’s a little info blurb from IMDB: “A drama centered on a rising country-music songwriter (Hedlund) who sparks with a fallen star (Paltrow). Together, they mount his ascent and her comeback, which leads to romantic complications involving her husband/manager (McGraw) and a beauty queen-turned-singer (Meester).”
 
Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Leighton Meester, Garrett Hedlund, and Tim McGraw, this film actually really surprised me for its dark, realistic plot and incredible music. It’s a great cast with a great soundtrack, so even if you aren’t a big country fan, I’d definitely still recommend this movie.
 
Leighton Meester surprised me the most on this film, because while I’ve heard a couple of her songs on the radio or online, I wasn’t overly impressed. Given free reign to belt it out without the hindrance of electronic manipulation, however, she was amazing! and every part the gorgeous and talented country star (love the huge curls!).
 
 
 
Here’s a video of her song “Words I Couldn’t Say”:
 
 

 
Gwyneth  Paltrow played probably the deepest role of the movie, as recovering alcoholic and country superstar Kelly Canter.
 
 
As this song below clearly indicates, she is definitely not just a pretty face or a talented actor. I’d buy her album!
 

 
You  might already know Garrett Hedlund as Sam Flynn from Tron:  Legacy or as Patroclus in Troy. You might not have known, however, that he is also a mcyummy cowboy who can sing like nobody’s business.
 
 
 Here’s one of the songs he sang on the movie, “Chances Are.”
 

 
And then, just because they are so cute, I couldn’t resist posting a clip of the duet between Meester and Hedlund.
 
 
Here is their song “Give Into Me.” 
 

 
As you can tell, I loved this movie, and it’s already been nominated for a Golden Globe. So are you ready to be wowed? Will you go see it?

FashionIntentional Genius: Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist

A lover of fashion by nature, Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, created his blog around a few simple ideas that have become second nature in the blogger infested world of the last few years. As one of the founding fathers of “blogger” style street photography Schumann’s eye is impeccable and his hand unshakable. 

 Almost as if to quiet our incessant questions about how, where, when, and why he takes the photos he does, a short documentary has been released which answers exactly all of those questions. I hope that you watch, listen, and appreciate the intention behind the work and words of Scott Schuman in this short film as much as I did.

 FYI The Sartorialist means: 

sartorial [sɑːˈtɔːrɪəl]

adj

1. of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring

Schuman himself studied tailoring in college which lead to his deep respect and fascination for the art of tailoring and clothing construction. This has also, probably, tailored his eye for details which is integral to the success of his photos.

I love this photo of the work man’s boots. This is an art/fashion instance where function triumphed form in the creation but not in the ultimate appreciation of the object. Schuman has an eye for the subtle and intricate details of every day life that some of us forget to look for. Keep an eye on Schuman’s work by following The Sartorialist! 

FashionTaylor Swift Rocks It on the Red Carpet at the People’s Choice Awards!

My best dressed choice from the People’s Choice Awards is, the lovely, Taylor Swift, in a J. Mendel creation. 

Although it is the same dress that Natalie Portman is wearing for the cover of Vogue US for January 2011 (see below), Miss Swift brings her own classic beauty to it on the red carpet. Adding a bit of red lipstick took this ensemble to the next level. Also, if you didn’t know Taylor Swift won Favorite Country Artist!

This beautiful peachy dress hits that sweet spot in every girl and will most likely be created into a million different and much more affordable look-a-likes soon. So keep your eyes out for dresses similar to this one on LuLu*s!

CelebrityTaylor Momsen: Glam Goddess to Goth Rocker

Anybody remember this little girl?
 
 
Better known now as Gossip Girl‘s scheming and stylish Jenny Humphrey, Taylor Momsen has come a long way from her days as Cindy Lou Who.
 
 Over the years, her look has evolved from innocent and sweet to a sultry siren in a statement that is more and more a reflection of her own edgier personality.
 
  
 
 
This goth-rocker personality has been evolving right along with her career:  in addition to acting, Momsen is also lead singer for her band The Pretty Reckless. 
 
 
While I’m not sure how I feel about her raccoon eyes and dark lipstick, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the songs she’s putting out. For such a tiny girl, she has an incredibly rich voice that just blew me away. Think a soulful, blonde Evanescence-style group. Did I mention she’s only 17?
 
Here’s my favorite song so far: “Just Tonight”
 

 
Here is the video she did as the face of John Galliano’s new perfume Parlez-Moi d’Amour. The video is set to her own song “You.”
 

 
So what do you think? Does she have a chance in the music world or should she stick with acting?

FashionBlack Swan Star Natalie Portman Graces Vogue US for January 2011!

2010 ended by unleashing an actress onto us in the most unforgettable kind of way. I would even be so bold as to call it the year of Natalie Portman. Not only did Portman stun our senses with her epic performance in Black Swan but she graced the magazine stands and won over our softer senses with ease and poise as well. I will never forget the image of her “flapping” wings and back muscles straining while she danced wearing a Rodarte tutu or this Vogue US spread of her for January 2011 by Peter Lindbergh.

Director of the Black Swan, Aronofsky, said this of Portman:

“The only way to be perfect,is to allow chaos and madness into your life. Natalie has very few opportunities to express the dangerous side of her, and there’s a lot of colors there. She teases; she’s playful and sexy and so beautiful it hurts.”

Not only is her new physical prowess apparent in her every movement but also a sense that she has, like Nina in the Black Swan, finally found and conquered her “black swan”. 

Watch this behind the scenes video to see Portman’s articulation and enthusiasm for her art in real life.