Thursday, February 13, 2014

Romeo and Juliet Broadway Production Channels The Big Screen

Hello Lovelies!! Would you believe that I'm snowed in for the day? BOOOOOOO!!! Gotta love that New England weather. I must admit I have had enough of the cold frigid air. I guess one good thing about this weather is that it's the perfect temperature to drink hot chocolate and cuddle with my HoneyBunny. Speaking of cuddling with the one you love, do you have plans for Valentine's Day?

One of my favorite things to do with my Huby is dinner and a movie. Now I'm not much for "Chic Flicks", but I love a good classic film--particularly of two star crossed lovers. So you could imagine how excited I was to hear that the Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet was going to be in theaters this weekend. YAY!!! Just in time for Valentine's Day. I remembered hearing about the production on Broadway and that one of my favorite actors (and heartthrobs) was starring in it as the love-strucked Romeo, but was so bummed I didn't make it to see it live. So hearing that I can see it now on the big screen closer to home just made my Valentine's Day plans much sweeter!! For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo!

Below you can find information about the screening as well as where and when it is showing in your area. I for one will be watching it with my true love and I hope you check it out to. Let me know if you go and cheers to a sweet and very romantic Valentine's Day!!

romeo and juliet

If you missed Broadway's hottest couple, Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad, in their limited engagement of Romeo and Juliet on Broadway, now is your chance to see it on BroadwayHD.

Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of the Rings) and two-time Tony Award® nominee Condola Rashad (Smash, Sex and the City 2) turned up the heat this fall as Broadway’s rule-breaking, heart-aching couple, Romeo and Juliet. Jealousy. Prejudice. Betrayal. And the chance that true love could actually conquer all. It could only be the greatest love story of all time, and, for the first time in over 36 years, it played live on Broadway in a stunningly modern production from fi­ve-time Tony® nominee David Leveaux. The acclaimed cast of 25 included Tony Award® winners Brent Carver (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Sleepy Hollow), Chuck Cooper (Law & Order, American Gangster), two-time Tony® nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Follies) and Christian Camargo (The Hurt Locker, Dexter).

It has received acclaimed-reviews, including this from the New York Times: “Mr Bloom in a first-rate Broadway debut and the gifted Rashad exude a too fine for this world purity that makes their characters’ love feel sacred.” In addition to Bloom and Rashad, the cast includes Christian Camargo (The Hurt LockerDexter), Justin Guarini (American Idol, American Idiot), Tony Award winners Brent Carver (Kiss of the Spider Woman, Sleepy Hollow), Chuck Cooper (Law & Order, American Gangster), and two-time nominee Jayne Houdyshell (Follies). Romeo and Juliet was captured for cinema on November 27 at New York’s Richard Rodgers Theatre by the multiple, Emmy award-winning Don Roy King (Saturday Night Live).

Dates: In theatres February 13-19
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bruno Mars My Way

Hello Lovelies and Happy Friday!! Did you see the Superbowl Game last Sunday? Crazy wasn't it? I mean I've never seen a Superbowl game go like that. Between the Bronco's Defense making mistakes and the Seahawk's Offense charging down the field, it was surprisingly quite the disappointment to watch. Let's be honest though, most of us weren't really watching the Superbowl just because we like football--or the fact that it was the last game of the season, right? Of course not! It was all about the Halftime Show baby and man what a show it was! Pepsi out did themselves once again this year and had one of the best performers rocking the stage. Who was it? None other than the fabulous Bruno Mars himself!! Not to mention the Red Hot Chili Peppers joining him on stage. Yeah, I'd say the show was pretty much a success all around. Especially Bruno Mars and his band's ensemble. Did you see that chic blazer he was wearing? Allow me to refresh your memory.

Photo Credit: AP Images

Word on the street says it was the latest gold metallic blazer from the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Would you believe this bad boy goes for as much as $3,000?!  The cheapest I found it for women sizing is a whopping $737.00!! Um...yeah that is way out of my budget. Don't get me wrong, I LOVED Bruno Mars' get up and if I had the money I would be on that blazer like white on rice. No pun intended, but while my wallet is not as gold laden as say some, the look is not impossible to replicate. At least I'd like to say I could put my own spin on it.

Here is a bit of inspiration on how I would accomplish the Bruno Mars look for my feminine side. This blazer is a great find at Loft. The black lapels and gold sheen give it a similar feel to the Saint Laurent look for a fraction of the price. It is also a bit more wearable for those days when you just want to have a little shine at the office. BLING, BLING!! Bruno Mars always has at least one statement ring with his outfits so this gold cocktail ring from Forever 21 is the perfect accessory to your dainty fingers. A skinny tie on a crisp white collared shirt, some sleek slacks and your choice of heels or flats ties up the two snap joint!

Bruno Mars My Way
Blazer: Loft // White Collared Shirt: H&M // Skinny Tie: H&M // Cocktail Ring: Forever 21 // 
Black Slacks: H&M // Heels: JustFab // Black Flats: Call It Spring

Of course if you wanted to "feminize" the look even more, I'd say twist it around and wear a hip hugging skirt with attached suspenders. Top it with this gold jacket from NastyGal and throw on some black pumps for a hot vixen meets the office look. I'd like to think Bruno Mars would appreciate this get up on his lady friend. (WINK, WINK)

Gold Blazer w/ Attitude
Blazer: NastyGal // White Fitted Shirt: Gap // Skinny Tie: Marc Jacobs // Cocktail Ring: Topshop // Black Suspender Skirt: H&M // Heels: Macy's 

So there you have it, my take on the Bruno Mars Superbowl Halftime look. If you ask me, that was the best part of the game. I'd say he made a touchdown with his golden member.....A-hem, I mean golden look. ZOW-WEE!!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

DIY: Jewelry Display Board

Hello Lovelies!! It's the weekend and I am glad for it! So yes I am back and boy do I have something fun for you! What is it you ask? Well a fun DIY of course! Yes I am all about doing things yourself, especially crafts. A while back I posted this simple do-it-yourselfer on Instagram. I was so happy to have a great way to display some of my favorite necklaces, but let's be honest, it's starting to look a little blah. The time has come to spruce it up. So here is my little DIY to step up--and possibly simplify--your jewelry displaying game. 

Here are the things you would need to create an easy and chic Jewelry Display Board:

Okay, so I know what you're probably thinking right now. What's the nail polish for? Well you see those vibrant colored push pins over there? Um....yeah, not the look I'm going for with my fabric. Speaking of fabric, isn't it cute? I found this lovely print at my local Joann Fabric store on sale for $1.99 per yard. I only purchased one yard, but at $1.99 for the chevron look I definitely could have bought more. Maybe I could add the chevron look on more things in my home....Hmmmm, that gives me another idea. I'll just have to put that one away for later. One tip when shopping for fabric is to hit the store up during a sale. Even the clearance section is a great way to find some fun fabric at a fraction of the cost. Remember to bring along some coupons too!

Alright back to my bright push pin situation. While rummaging through my nail polish collection, I knew I wanted a color that was a bit neutral but still had a little pop. So I went with a copper/pink metallic glitter. This "Disco Lights" polish by Milani was a great way to add some sparkle to the pins, but I knew I needed a solid base under it. Can't have any of the original pin color peeking through, that's not cute. 

After a little more rummaging I came across this metallic beauty I received in a BirchBox swag bag from a prior bloggers conference. The pink/brown/silver combo of the Color Club polish was a perfect match to the sparkly Milani. I'll have to paint my nails to show you just how pretty it is. Even then the camera just doesn't do it justice. Just trust me when I say it's gorgeous, GORGEOUS!!

I didn't realize it at first, but the Color Club polish is named "Put a Pin In It". How ironic, I guess it was meant to be for this project. :) All right, now that you have your nail polish selections it's time to paint your pins. It was easier for me to stick the painted pins into the cork board lined with a paper towel to dry. You want to keep them upright as to not smear the polish. Do overs are such a drag if you know what I mean. Below you can see just what a difference a few coats of polish can make to ordinary pins.

After painting the entire pin with the Color Club polish, I decided to just paint the top of the pin with the glitter Milani polish. You could overlay the entire pin with the glitter sparkle if you'd like, but I wanted to be able to see the base color too. Depending on the density of the base polish you may need to add a few coats. Same goes for the glitter one.

Now that our pins are dry, it's time to pull out that staple gun and your fun fabric of choice. My husband looked at me like I was crazy when I reached for the staple gun in his tool box. Sure I could buy my own, but for now his will do. Sharing is caring right? You can buy one at your local Joann Fabric, Michael's, or Walmart in the Home Decor section. They have all kinds of varieties depending on your project. Just search around and find one that works for you and your budget. I'm hoping to find one in pink, but for now his will do. 

Taking your fabric, place the side you want displayed down so the back is facing you. Next, place the cork board on top of the fabric. Depending on the size of the board you are using, you may need to cut the fabric down to size before stapling. Make sure to staple the fabric onto the wood frame of the cork board and not directly into the cork. You want to ensure the fabric and staple have a good hold on the board. Also when stapling the fabric down, pull the fabric slightly as you go around. By pulling it around the frame and then stapling it down, you will get a smooth finish in the front, preventing the sagging print look.

Once you have the fabric stapled all around the frame, cut off any remaining fabric around the back to relieve bulk. If you have any staples that were just too stubborn to lay flat in the frame, just smooth them out with a hammer. That'll teach those staples who's boss!! Now that your board is covered and your pins are primed, it's time for the final and most rewarding step. Hanging up your favorite jewelry pieces.

TA-DA!!! What do you think? I love the way it came out!! The necklaces pop against the fun chevron and it's a great way to add some color/texture to a rather blank wall. I'm happy with how the push pins turned out as well. The nail polish was just enough to add a bit of chic to the pins without taking away from the fabric or my favorite necklaces.

So what do you think? Are you going to give the good ol' jewelry display board a try? If you do choose to make one, share your great creation with me! I'd love to see how you styled your chic masterpiece! Here's to all the DIYers out there and having a little fun revamping your looks!