Monthly Archives: February 2011

Oscar’s best dressed ladies…by a

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Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa

Everyone was gushing about how “age appropriate” this look was, but I thought it was gorgeous regardless how old she is.

Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott

I love love love the colour, and with the hair, she looks amazing.

Halle Berry in Marchesa

This might seem like a generic pick, because of the old “Halle Berry is always stunning” kiss ass attitude of most critics, but I’m loving the tulle and the champagne colour.

Honorable Mention…

Helena Bonham Carter in Colleen Atwood (costume designer for Alice in Wonderland)

I just have to say, this woman is amazing on the red carpet. She has her own style and is always interesting to watch. I think the media needs to give up on the ridiculous criticisms of her award show fashions-do people really expect her to wear something like Calvin Klein or anything not crazy? That would be no.

Oscar Pics, by j

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Well, here are my three favourite looks from tonight that gathered my attention…

Number 3:

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem

She just had a baby and hasn’t lost the pregnancy weight (or as I would call it, a normal weight).  And I like the red flames. Muy caliente.

Number 2:

Electronica artist "Moby" doing an impression of our uncle

Number 1:

Eli Wallach with wife of 63 years, Anne

Eli was given an honourary Academy Award for his acheivement in film.  One role is that of Arthur in the  film “The Holiday” (Kate Winslet and Jack Black? Ok!).  Best part?  They now give the boring honourary Oscar at another event, instead of making us watch it.

Lovely.

P.S. Did anyone understand a word that Kirk Douglas said?  Maybe not the best choice.  Although I did enjoy the f-bomb.

my top three oscar dresses, by m

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Okay, sisters!

I’m looking forward to hearing your top three choices.

Here are mine, starting with third place:

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Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein

First, I must say that this is a huge improvement from her SAG effort (see below).  When you go with Calvin Klein, you have to be confident that minimalism is going to work for you, and it definitely does here.  She kept it simple, and it proved that it’s always better when a woman wears the dress, and the dress doesn’t wear the woman.

Jennifer Lawrence in Oscar de la Renta, SAG awards, 2011

2.

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

Apparently my mother is spreading rumors that Cate Blanchett looks like an upholstered dining room chair, but I think that this is STUNNING.  It’s different, it fits her perfectly, and she took a risk. Bravo!

1.

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab

I’m speechless. Beautiful!!

[Please note that an honourable mention WOULD have gone out to Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein had she not worn the stupid little belt, and were she not so obnoxious*]

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein

Spring Fling, by m

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An organization known as the Stand Firm Central Network organized a “Spring Fling” last week.  I was able to attend the event, which was designed to connect potential volunteers with arts organizations.

I’ve been hoping to find some volunteer work to do with a theatre that will give me some valuable experience, so this event was perfect for me!

It was set up like speed dating: it took place in a bar, and each arts organization was seated at a different table. We, the potential volunteers, went from table to table to meet potential matches.

I learned about several different arts organizations that I didn’t even know existed (there were about ten different tables).  I felt like it was a great way to meet people in the industry and practice my “elevator speech”/pitch.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted when I’ve found an arts organization that’s a perfect match!

Artist Educators in Communities and Schools

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On Saturday, I had the chance to attend the Artist Educators in Communities and Schools Exchange Conference at the Canadian Stage Company.  I was able to meet artists from around the city who want to teach children through the arts.

It was a perfect fit, because I want to help these people do just that!  I’d love to get involved with a theatre, bringing students in for workshops or to see plays.  I’d also love to bring more theatre into schools.  I think I could offer teachers lesson plans, in French and in English, that would help them teach their students.

I was able to attend three sessions in the morning.  I chose one on how to give a thirty second “elevator speech”, should I ever be in a small, enclosed space with a potential employer, haha.

The second session was about working with children with mental illnesses.  This session was basically info for artists who are concerned about the needs of kids, and how to deal with that.  It was facilitated by a fellow Londoner, and she did a great job.

My third session was about teaching theatre in a language that is not your own.

In the afternoon, the keynote speaker, Jennifer Kolari, discussed working with children in a really lighthearted, insightful way.

The best part of the day was that the conference culminated in AERO (artist educator reference online…or something like that) which is a social network for artists and educators!  It’s run through castingworkbook.com, which is basically facebook for actors.  So, while it’s not up and running yet, I’m looking forward to being a part of it!

Linky Love, part deux

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So since J has given some of her fav links, I wanted to share one that I have added to my monumental procrastination tools list:

thehockeyjunkies.blogspot.com

Being a newbie hockey fan, this site gives me all the deets I need to know about the current happenings in the NHL, accompanied by witty humour and-because it’s a blog for girls- the occasional gratuitous pics of attractive players.

It’s smart, fun, and the women who write it know their stuff. Plus, they have no problem hiding their bias toward Pittsburgh.

Ch-ch-check it out!

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