CelebrityFavorite Flicks of 2012 – Part 1

Trolls. Time travel. Troubled teens and… Andy Samberg.
These are a few of my favorite things!
At least when it comes to the movies of twenty-twelve.
So, without further ado, my top five flicks from last year!

Perks of Being a Wallflower

Both impeccable casting and brilliant writing make this film adaptation of the popular book a must-see. Logan Lerman is captivating, Emma Watson forever charming, and Ezra Miller is downright hilarious. With real emotion for relevant topics, this movie is a breath of fresh film air.

The Hobbit

Dwarves and trolls and elves, oh my! The long-awaited “Hobbit” was quite the cinematic adventure that definitely leaves you wanting more (So it’s a good thing we’re in for two more sequels!). It’s easy to get lost in Middle-Earth; the story, the characters, the eyes of a couple of dreamy dwarves… Wait, what was I talking about again?

The Hunger Games

If you were as in love with the popular Suzanne Collins trilogy as I was, this movie did not disappoint. Another great book-to-film adaptation, “The Hunger Games,” while heartbreaking and hopeful, told a wonderful story of overcoming all odds, whether ever in your favor or dangerously against you. Katniss Everdeen gave new meaning to the phrase “girl power!”

Looper

JGL is awesome. Bruce Willis is also awesome. JGL as Bruce Willis… Freakin’. Awesome. Prepare to have your mind blown as “Looper” keeps you guessing until the very end. And even when the end comes, you may find yourself wondering… “Was young Bruce Willis really that hot?”

Celeste & Jesse Forever

Celeste and Jesse are an adorable couple, practically perfect, but even they are a bit dysfunctional. Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg create the quirkiest, cutest on-screen couple since Zooey and Joseph, Ross and Rachel, and Corey and Topanga. “Celeste & Jesse” is hilarious and heart-warming. It may not end how you’d expect, but it’s totally worth it.

Didn’t see your favorite movie of 2012 on this list? Well, just wait until next week… I just could not stop at five! Until then, what were some of last year’s top movies for you, fabulous film-goers?

(Images courtesy of soreelthoughts.blogspot.com, filmofilia.com, ifilmguru.com, joblo.com & tiff.net)

MusicLuLu*s Weekend Playlist: Best of 2012 Part One

Let’s be honest, one of the best parts about each year coming to a close is sitting down to recall all of the amazing music from throughout the year. Whether discovering brand new artists or falling more in love with fresh tracks from old favorites, we all find standouts; those songs that will stick with you long after the year is over. I’ve put together a list of songs that I still can’t get enough of… my top five of 2012!

“Five Seconds” – Twin Shadow

This song combines a few of my favorite things: 80′s synth, catchy lyrics, and the urge to dance the night away! You, too? Okay then, get down with your bad self!

 

“Youth Without Youth” – Metric

Hard-hitting and always blatantly honest, Metric hits the jackpot with this stellar track. Emily Haines is a rock ‘n’ roll goddess, and I pretty much want to be her when I grow up. No lie.

 

“Fineshrine” – Purity Ring

Purity Ring is, without a doubt, one of my favorite newcomers from this year. Both dreamy and delightful, this sweet single is one that I’m sure I’ve played one hundred times too many. But who’s really counting?

 

“It’s Time” – Imagine Dragons

An anthem of sorts, for all us misfits, “It’s Time” is sure to give you a heaping helping of the warm fuzzies. Turn it on, turn it up, and take over the world! Figuratively speaking.

 

“Feel So Close” – Calvin Harris

I’m a sucker for a catchy love song, especially when it’s sung by Calvin Harris (Swoon, much?). This song stood out amongst hundreds and it still makes my heart go pitter patter!

And as it turns out, I couldn’t choose just five awesome songs from 2012, so stay tuned for part two…!

Xoxo

CelebrityCrush of the Week: An Unexpected Hottie

Every now and then, when the universe feels like being gracious, a truly beautiful man (er vampire… er dwarf?!) is sprung upon us.
And it’s often when we least expect it!
Case in point: Aidan Turner.

Age: 29
Born: June 19, 1983 in South Dublin, Ireland
Where you may know him: Currently starring as Kíli, a delectable dwarf in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
Also played a vampiric babe with a taste for blood in the original British version of Being Human.
Upcoming: Aidan will star as Luke Garroway in the film adaptation of the popular young adult series The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.

Why We’re Crushin’: Aside from the obvious curly locks, pouty lips, and those eyes (Oh, those eyes!), this handsome Irishman has some serious acting chops. Whether he’s playing a tortured, brooding vampire or a cheerful resident of Middle-earth, he is both captivating, convincing, and utterly dreamy. We are more than thrilled that he is signed on for not one but two sequels to The Hobbit, because the big screen does Aidan Turner gooooood.

Images courtesy of randomnies.blogspot.comcollider.com.

MusicLuLu*s Weekend Playlist: Home for the Holidays Part 2!

It’s been a while, weary traveler, but we’re on the road again! Presents are in the truck, and there’s a big glass of eggnog awaiting your arrival. Let’s keep your spirits high with another playlist of too-good tunes, hand-picked just for you! Ready, set, here we gooo!

1. Hittin’ the Road: Walk the Moon – “Jenny”

I’ve got a total crush on Walk the Moon, and this song definitely isn’t helping. Time to set an awesome tone for the drive. Hit the gas and swoon away!

2. Cruise Control: Lykke Li & Drake – “Little Bit”

How about a double-dose of dreamy to really get you in the groove? Lykke Li and Drake are here to serenade you, soulful and sweet. Bob your head and take those turns carefully!

3. Pit Stop: Lovedrug – “Pink Champagne”

Halfway home? Time for some fuel! What better pick-me-up than a group of studly rockers singing just for you? Uh, the correct answer is nothing. So go on, listen to this love song of sorts and maybe even do a little steering wheel drumming. I won’t tell, promise!

4. Second Wind: Elbow – “Grounds for Divorce”

Hard-hitting and gritty, this song is a must for all long drives. Crack the windows, hot stuff, those dance moves are too hot to handle and you’re foggin’ it up in here.

5. Final Stretch – The Divine Fits – “Would That Not Be Nice”

That killer base line is all you need to drive it right on home. It’s smooth sailing for the last few miles! So smooth that I’m pretty sure you just passed your house. But alas, you’ve arrived, safe and totally sound!

Don’t forget to listen carefully, cadillac cuties, and obey the rules of rock!
Hey, maybe next time we can carpool?

Xoxo

MusicLuLu*s Weekend Playlist: Beat Those Rainy Day Blues!

Winter weather got you down? I’ve got five little ditties to turn that gloomy day frown upside down! It may be raining cats and dogs, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a party animal!

 

The Black Keys – “Lonely Boy”

This video alone should be enough to get you out of that recliner and dancing on your coffee table. It’s okay, no one has to know about your pink robe. Shake your money-maker, hot stuff! But don’t knock over your fancy Rodarte mug.

Robyn – “Dancing On My Own”

Fact: This song is a LuLu*s favorite and was recently played loud (on repeat) at the birthday party of our fabulous Web Operations Manager! And guess what? Even the boys of Lulus.com got in on that action (and they know all the words).

Electric Guest – “This Head I Hold”

Piano riff. Drum roll. Annnnd commence groove mode. Rain rain, go away!

Walk the Moon – “Anna Sun”

This lyric: “We got no money, but we got hu-heeeaaart. We’re gonna rattle this ghost town!” makes me want to change the world. Or at least change out of my sweats. They just make it so easy to get jiggy with it! Am I right?!

Neon Trees – “Everybody Talks”

If you can sit still while watching/listening to Tyler Glenn, well, you have more self control than I do. Put on a little Neon Trees and it’s insta-sunshine! You’re more than welcome to sing this one at the top of your lungs. It’s more fun that way!

There you have it! Beat the rainy day blues in just five songs, and get your groove back!

XoXo