Still swooning over your favorite then and now hotties? Well, the feast ain’t over yet!
Give it up for your favorite Crushes of Then and Now – Ladies Edition!
The Shake Senora Crush
Everyone’s favorite ghoulish girlcrush! The Beetlejuice star who became the 90’s It Girl with films like Edward Scissorhands, Reality Bites, and The Crucible! All I can say is, “I saw Goody Ryder with the Devil…and she looked gooood.”
The Fresh Princess of Bel-Air Crush
Will Smith’s younger, adorable cousin, Ashley Banks, on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Ashley was the naive, well-behaved youngest Banks child. She looked up to her street smart, fun-loving cousin, Will, and the dynamic made us all fall in love.
The Full House Crush
Ah, DJ Tanner from Full House – the slightly bossy, but incredibly smart eldest Tanner daughter. Your wholesome, girl next door crush, that is if you can deal with her obnoxious best friend, Kimmy Gibler!
The Immaculate Crush-action
If you can handle this Material Girl, then life could be a Holiday. Remember to Express Yourself and she’ll Cherish you forever!
The Holy Hot Jackson Sister Crush
Watch the music video for her hit Again and tell me you’re not in love.
The Mannequin in the City Crush
If you could make your dream girl out of a Mannequin, would you?
The I’d Let You Know All My Secrets Crush
The Sweet Sixteen Crush
The Will You Go Steady With Me? Crush
The Saved by the Bell homegirl, Kelly Kapowski. What would you have done to get your locker next to hers?
The Dreamweaver Crush
Camera One. Camera Two. Camera One. Camera Two. Doesn’t matter how we look, Tia, you’re gorgeous! Blame it on a Ballroom Blitz! Schwing!
The Summer Lovin’ Crush
Which song would you pick to be your song? A.) “Let’s get PHYSICAL! PHYSICAL!” or B.) “I got chills! They’re multiplying!” Olivia Newton John is electrifying!
The Animated Crush
That girlish figure. That grovelly voice. Need I say anymore?
The Barbarella Crush
Barbarella is a “5-star, double rated, astro-navigatrix earth girl whose specialty is LOVE!”
That was a quote from the movie trailer. When I finish interpreting it, I’ll tell you why Jane Fonda is your favorite foxy crush!
See Barbarella “do her thing.”
Did your crush make the cut? Share your hotties (and notties) of then and now!
I had a fabulous time watching the Academy Awards last night! How many of you did the same? I loved popping in on Facebook and Twitter to see what everyone was thinking.
There was some ranting going ON!
But today it’s all about who stole the show with their looks, what wins were most shocking, and at my place, the FOOD! 😀
Let’s Start the Show!
First things first, Guests, please load up your plates with this year’s Oscar treats! Food included:
- Chilled Green Beans with Lemon and Sea Salt
- Bacon and Blue Cheese Bruschetta
- Crab Nachos
- Stuffed Mushrooms
- Sunflower Crackers with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Spinach Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
- Potatoes with Lavender
- Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce
- Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders with Mustard and Poppyseed
- Aloo Mater with Rice
AND SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT!
There’s still our annual “Oscar-served” pudding parfaits with strawberries, and Lemon Curd Cake with Raspberry Sauce!
Time to Talk Wardrobe!
What were some of your favorite looks this year? I do wish there had been more color on the Red Carpet this year, but everyone truly looked STUNNING! There wasn’t a single dress I disliked. The ladies who really nailed it though, I think are:
Best Actress Winner, Jennifer Lawrence
She looked amazing and was so charming on the Red Carpet! She looked young, but glamorous and very natural with her make up! I’m thrilled for her! 22 years old, her second nomination, and her first win! She’s also been a phenomenal spokesperson for people with mental illnesses since her shooting of Silver Linings Playbook.
Possibly my favorite dress of them all, I thought Nicole Kidman looked killer! Presenting this year, I thought she had the whole package – a well fitted, gorgeous gown, romantic updo, minimal jewelry but all around great look!!!
I said I loved color, and Kerry Washington’s dress was so elegant and beautiful for spring on the Red Carpet! Her jeweled bodice looked great on her, and I loved the soft, smooth skirt and train of her dress in that bubblegum pink!
Best Actress Nominee, Jessica Chastain
I caught Jessica’s pre-show interview and she picked this dress because it reminded her of Old Hollywood – Marilyn Monroe, and I couldn’t agree more. Critics raved for her look and how the flesh tone dress is stunning on her pale skin with the pops of red from her hair and lips. You know this redhead was a fan! Plus, she took her grandmother as her date, y’all! So cute!
Presenting with Dustin Hoffman, Ms. Theron looked amazing in her chic white gown and I loved the short hair with it! And did you guys catch her dance number with Channing Tatum??!! She reminded me of Julie Andrews in Sound of Music!
And the Oscar Goes To…
Were you pleased with the Oscar wins this year? Here’s a recap of the big ones:
Best Picture: Argo
Best Director: Ang Lee, Life of Pi
Best Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
Best Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
Best Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
I was overall VERY pleased with the variety of films recognized this year. I had expected a sweep of either Les Mis or Lincoln, and it wasn’t the case at all! Almost all of the 9 nominated films for Best Picture won in some of the categories. Amour won Best Foreign Film, Zero Dark Thirty won Best Sound Editing; the only film not to receive an Oscar but was nominated for many was Beasts of the Southern Wild. I had high hopes it would take the Best Adapted Screenplay award, but that went to Argo. I’m sure we’ll hear more from the cast and crew of this film in the years to come!
And I have to announce the winner of my Red Carpet Giveaway is…
Memory Making Moments
There were a few call out performances at the Oscars this year, including its theme of Music in the Movies! There were stellar performances from Barbara Streisand during the In Memoriam portion, as well as the ENTIRE cast of Les Miserable joining together on stage for a Les Mis medley!
My favorites were of course – Adele! Taking home the Oscar for Best Original Song, Skyfall, from the James Bond film, Skyfall, she was awesome! And it seemed so fitting with the Academy also recognizing 50 years of Bond movies!
I also loved the performance of my favorite Bond song, Goldfinger, by Dame Shirley Bassey! This video shows the awesome montage of Bond films they made followed by Bassey’s performance. Sing it, sista!
By the by, Joe took a shot of me pre-party start when I wasn’t expecting it, and now we’re calling it my Bond girl shot. What do you think? I believe my Bond girl name would be…Cinema! But who will my James Bond be?!
Just For Fun
What would your Oscar face look like if you just found out you won?
(My friend, Cat, and I – AKA the Sequin Sisters – share some examples!)
Well, you win all the pudding parfait you can eat!
Happy Oscars Everyone!
There’s only one more week until awards night. The countdown has officially begun. How many of the nine nominated films for Best Picture have you seen? I’ve managed to catch five of the nominees!
And now it’s time to cast your ballots, Ladies and Gentlemen! We’re having an Oscar Party here on The Happiness Project!
And you’re invited!
The Schwag: The commenter with the most correct Oscar picks from the below categories wins
- Copies of all the delectable Oscar Party appetizers featured on next week’s blog.
- AFandago Gift Card to be used at the Cinema of your choice!
- A schwag bag fit for the stars filled with extra goodies!
And the Nominees Are:
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Django Unchained
- Les Miserables
- Life of Pi
- Lincoln – *Who I think the Academy will pick
- Silver Linings Playbook – *Jess’s pick
- Zero Dark Thirty
- Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) – *Academy Darling
- Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook) – *Jess’s pick
- Emmanuelle Riva (Amour)
- Qvenzhane’ Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)
- Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
- Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) – *Jess’s pick
- Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) – *Who I think the Oscar will go to
- Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables)
- Joaquin Phoenix (The Master)
Denzel Washington (The Flight) – *I’d be totally happy with him winning – impressive flick!
Best Supporting Actress
- Amy Adams (The Master)
- Sally Field (Lincoln)
Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) -*Let’s face it, she’s most likely to take home the Oscar.
Helen Hunt (The Sessions) – Would be very happy for Helen to win!
- Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) – *Jess’s pick
Best Supporting Actor
- Alan Arkin (Argo) – *Who I think the Academy will choose…maybe. I’m most torn on this category.
- Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook)
- Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master)
- Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln)
- Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) – *Jess’s pick
Best Original Writing
- Michael Haneke (Amour)
- Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained) – *Jess’s pick
- John Gatins (Flight) – *And the Oscar goes to…
- Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola (Moonrise Kingdom)
- Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty)
To see trailers, the full ballot list, and more Oscar buzz, go to ABCnews.com!
It’s totally fine if you haven’t seen the nominated films, just guess! Cast your votes below in the comments section! And just for fun, let’s all gush about what we’d wear to the red carpet!
Welcome to the 83rd Academy Awards! If you missed the second most watched television event of the year, here are the highlights!
The day went by very quickly, as did my whole weekend. Amidst the rushed grocery shopping, dish cleaning, counter wiping, gift assembling, and cooking *whew* I was able to completely restart my story, beginning the book in a totally different place and adding more dialogue. Woohoo! I read the first page to my mom and best friend and asked for feedback on whether or not it hooked them. Generally, they both really liked it, but did give me one place I could embellish the relationship between characters more intensely and that was appreciated. So that gives me exactly one hour after work tonight to madly edit the first page, print it out, and mail it in to the writing contest at the Writers Institute conference I’ll be attending in April. Nothing like a little deadline madness to tell your procrastination pixies to buzz off! If they’re flying around your work space, please take time to check out Kristen Lamb’s Blog, she has helped me immensely with realistic goal setting, hooking your reader, and gives FREE advice on what to watch for in your story that may make an editor pass on your project.
Since I’m still in a celebrating mood from my Oscar party, “Cheers to Writing Weekends!” that also involve your BFF making asparagus soup, squash risotto with gorgonzola, and chocolate peanut butter cupcakes and your BF helping chop blocks of cheese and doing the dishes! Yay!
I actually had some time to get back into reading blogs by you wonderful fellow writers! Here are my favorites from the past week!
Jillian sparked up a great debate on the mash-up of classic literature with sci-fi themes. What do you think about this new wave of publications? Check out her post, Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Slayer Seriously?
Discovered through Freshly Pressed, C C Lester, had a great post on the times she argued over whether she was a writer, or an author, or neither at all. In the end, it was having a loyal reader that meant the most to her, but she’s certainly struck a chord with many of us so check out her post, So am I an Author Yet?
Wendy Matheson just kicked off Women’s History Month for me in her entertaining post, Strength, Thy Name is Woman! It details many inventions that are often accredited to men, but were actually made by women.
For your laughing pleasure, The Hack Novelist writes a letter to the guy holding a conference call in a crowded Starbucks cafe’. I think he eloquently pens what we would all be thinking. 8 Pages and the Conference Call
I’ve also been following the very funny Mark, from Mark My Words as he battles the unemployment offices, takes on the world of freelance writing, and has to fire his maid and buy clothes at a second hand store. Well… you’ll see. Champagne Wishes on a Sparkling Water Budget
Happy writing and reading, friends! Tell me about your weekends! What writing goals did you accomplish? If you found some great blogs this week, what are they? I’d love to cheer you on and check out the posts you love!