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Quick Chick Flick: “Confessions Of A Shopaholic”

21 May

I recently read Confessions of a Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella and really, really liked it. I had seen the movie years ago not knowing it was a series of books. But when my best friend suggested I add it to my to-read list on Goodreads, naturally I took her advice. After finishing the book obviously I wanted to watch the movie again to compare. This won’t be a “Book Vs. Movie” post since the two were SO different, but rather just a review of the movie (definitely read the book, though!).

Confessions of a Shopaholic Poster

Isla Fisher stars as Rebecca Bloomwood, a girl with a serious problem. And I mean serious. She has a shopping addiction so severe that she comes up with the most outrageous (and hilarious) stories in her head to justify her spending problem. She’ll do anything to make it to a designer sale, and her problem has gotten her over $9,000 in debt. Living with her rich best friend, Suze, (played by the adorably quirky Krysten Ritter) Becky finds herself out of work as a journalist and constantly dodging pesky debt collector Derek Smeath.

Rebecca Bloomwood at a designer sale

Rebecca Bloomwood at a designer sale

Rebecca Bloomwood: Shopaholic

Desperate for money, she creates a very elaborate if not completely false resume and goes for an interview at her dream job – a top fashion magazine – only to find that the position has been filled. However, she finds out there is an opening at another magazine within the publication family – a financial advice digest. Thinking she can work her way to an “in” with the fashion mag, she goes on the interview at the financial digest and meets handsome editor Luke Brandon, played by charmer Hugh Dancy.

Hugh Dancy as Luke Brandon

Hugh Dancy as Luke Brandon

Following a very entertaining interview, Becky lands the job after Luke reads an article she writes for the fashion magazine that accidentally ended up in his hands instead. Seeing journalistic potential in Becky, he takes her to press conference where she shines with her tough, relevant questions about corporate raises after customer fund cuts. She writes a piece on it and becomes an overnight sensation in the financial advice world. The public love her. But what they don’t know is that Becky Bloomwood is the last person anyone should be taking financial advice from. Several hilarious plot twists later – including Becky telling Luke the debt collector is her ex-boyfriend turned stalker; getting into a pickle by being forced to speak Finnish (which she said she was fluent in on her resume); and her misadventures at a Shopaholic’s Anonymous group – Becky and Luke find themselves attracted to each other after spending more time together.

Becky and Luke Confessions of a Shopaholic

That is where things start to get interesting. Can Becky continue lying to Luke about her financial troubles and shopping addiction? Will her problem come between her and her best friend? The truth comes out in the end in a very shocking and embarrassing way for Becky, and she must finally confront her problem head on instead of running away from it. I won’t ruin the ending for you if you haven’t seen it, but I will say that everything works out in a way that none of the characters could have ever imagined.

Confessions of a Shopaholic is such a fun, absurdly amusing chick flick that I think anyone would enjoy. Be sure to check out the books, too! Sophie Kinsella created a character with Becky Bloomwood that girls everywhere will adore. She makes us laugh out loud, gasp at her ridiculousness, and find ourselves routing fiercely for her in the end, so proud to see her succeed that we may even shed a few tears (sniff). I’m currently reading Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, the second book in the series, and so far Becky still has a knack for getting herself into hilarious sticky situations.

What did you think of the movie and/or book? 

Forget It, Black Friday – Shopping From Home

24 Nov

Yesterday was Black Friday, and I was foolish enough to get out amongst the crazies (does that make me a crazy, too??) and hunt for those amazing deals that stores promised us. It’s kind of a family tradition, where no matter how much I don’t want to, I just have to go to at least one store the day after Thanksgiving. Victoria’s Secret, Express, Toys R Us, and Kohls were blowing up my inbox all week telling me to get my bottom to their store and take advantage of all the free stuff they’re going to give me. Well, I ended up getting out late yesterday afternoon – I refuse to be one of those people who stands in line until midnight and then ferociously make a mad dash for the electronics section – and hit up a couple of department and non-chain stores in search of a few unique gifts. While I didn’t make it to any of those mass merchandisers, I did take advantage of their sales early yesterday morning from the comfort of my couch. Which brings me to the topic of this post – the joy of online shopping.

Unless you live in an area where internet coverage is not offered or are in a coma in the hospital, there is absolutely no excuse for you not to shop via the internet this holiday season. I got all the offers and discounts that I was promised in store this Black Friday, plus free shipping, and didn’t even have to get out of my pajamas.  I didn’t wait in line anywhere, I didn’t have to deal with the attitudes of sales clerks who had been working since 11:00 the night before, giving everyone the stink eye, and I certainly didn’t have to drive around a parking lot for twenty minutes waiting for someone to leave so I could park. I shopped at my own pace, taking my time browsing the sites. Doesn’t this sound like a pleasant shopping experience?

Now, I understand that there are some Black Friday and holiday deals that are only offered in store. This is when you have to ask yourself, “Is this item really going to make or break Christmas for the recipient, and is it worth going through all of the shopping madness for?” If the answer is yes, then bless your heart. When you are forced to venture out to the stores for gifts, please follow my simple rules of Christmas Shopping Etiquette, some of which include shopping with a plan, leaving little ones at home, and getting well if you are sick before doing your shopping.

In summary, try to enjoy the Christmas season and don’t make it all about presents. It’s easy to get caught up in the commercialism of Christmas, especially with stores constantly in our faces with ads for the latest and greatest gadgets. Only buy (or better yet, make!) gifts that are from your heart to the recipient. And please, stay in and do your shopping from the comfort of your home whenever possible!

Happy Holidays! 

Alright Breaking Dawn, Let’s Get This Over With

9 Nov

Five years ago I read a book that had been getting a lot of attention and sounded right up my alley: an introverted teenage girl falls for a God-like, mysterious young man only to find out he and his whole family are vampires, and that he is absolutely in love with her and would do anything to keep her alive. Forbidden love, supernatural elements, suspense and did I mention the God-like vampire? What’s not to like? Thus began my love affair with the Twilight books. And a year later the movie came out which was just ok, but I let that slide because it was so exciting to see one of my favorite books come to life on the big screen. Now, four years later we will finally see this movie butchering franchise come to an end with Breaking Dawn Part 2, which comes out next Friday.

I loved all of the books (Breaking Dawn wasn’t my fave), and have been giddy like a school girl going to see each Twilight movie on opening day. Heck, I even had an Eclipse pre-party at my house when the movie came out, complete with “blood” punch and Twilight trivia and prizes. Aren’t we cute?

Yes, I actually have a shirt that says “I’d rather be in Forks”.

But I’m about to get real honest here…I’m ready for all the Twilight hype to come to an end. Yes, the movies are exciting and for some reason keep me coming back for more, but it seems like I end up criticizing each movie more and more.  Maybe it’s just that I loved the books so much and don’t feel like the films live up to them, or maybe it’s that the media focus has been more on Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart’s off-screen romance than on the actual movies. This is just my opinion and I realize this is an extremely sore subject with a lot of girls (please don’t hate me, Twi-hards!), but here are a few of my biggest pet peeves with the Twilight films.

The Acting

The only thing that has kept me hanging on in each movie is Taylor Lautner’s portrayal of Jacob (Team Jacob!) and I feel like he’s the only one with real talent amongst the cast. Everyone else just seems so hokey to me and do NOT get me started on Kristen Stewart’s acting skills. Her go-to moves include a lot of blinking, shaking her head, sighing and stuttering. See example below:

And Jackson Rathbone as Jasper is pretty much the master of what I like to call “Face Acting”. If there was an award for looking intense/suspicious/confused all the time, this guy would win it.

What is his face?

The Make-Up

In her novels Stephenie Meyer describes the Cullens as perfect creatures, fantasy-like and absolutely beautiful. The idea is, once you become a vampire your features are enhanced to the utmost beauty, making you irresistible to any living person. The Cullens live among regular humans in Forks, WA and while everyone is drawn to their stunning beauty, no one seems to suspect them of being “undead”. In the movies however, the makeup department went a little overboard with the white face paint and the contacts. I guess their goal was to make it clear to the audience which ones are actual people are which are vampires? I’m sorry but if I saw people who looked like this in real life I would be more than a little suspicious.

I do think that all of the actors in the Twilight movies are beautiful people. I do not think, however, that their makeup is very believable.

The Media Hype

At first it was ok. I was glued to my television watching all the specials that came on when the first Twilight movie was released in 2008, and was chomping at the bit to go see the movie. But now it’s gotten a little bit out of control.  And by out of control I mean I fear for those poor people’s lives at every premiere they go to. I mean, the actors went from being nobodies (Robert Pattinson will always be Cedric Diggory to me, though) to superstars overnight and are hunted down everywhere they go by crazed fans who practically foam at the mouth at the chance to ask them to please “bite them”.

Having said all that, I do plan on going to see Breaking Dawn Part 2 next weekend with my BFF and I am absolutely certain we will squeal like five year olds in the theater and I seriously can’t wait. I guess everyone has a guilty pleasure.

Are you ready for the Twilight Saga to be over? Take my poll below!

Five Tips For A Happy Marriage

4 May

I recently came across this video on the internet and was captivated by the sweetness of the little elderly couple in the video. I found myself nodding in agreement, laughing out loud, and even crying a little bit. They have been married for 72 years and made this video as a wedding toast to someone they know. In the video, they give the newlyweds some good advice that they claim has helped their marriage last so long, and it’s clear they are still very much in love. Here are their “5 tips to a long and healthy marriage”.

See what I mean!? They are precious! I got to wondering after watching this what it must be like to be married to someone for 72 years. I mean, 72 years, y’all. That’s longer than some people even live. My husband and I have only been married for five years (take a stroll down memory lane with some of our wedding photos, here) so we still have a long way to go to get to 72 years. We have had our ups and downs along the way (mostly ups!), and have learned a lot so far. The way I see it, a happy marriage is something you constantly have to work at; it’s not something that people just have, like in the movies. So, for what it’s worth, here are my 5 tips to a long and healthy marriage – based on my whopping 5 years of experience!

  1. Make your spouse your best friend. I can honestly say that my husband is my best friend. I can tell him anything, can be myself completely with him and can even laugh so hard I shoot food out of my nose in his presence and not get embarrassed. Now that is true love!
  2. Communication is key. I have found that even when I’m so mad I could spit fire at my husband, it is always better to yell talk it out with him. The only way to find out how to settle an argument is to find out what it stemmed from, how it can be resolved and how to prevent it from happening again in the future.
  3. Make time for a date night. I have had some people sort of make fun of the fact that my husband and I still have “date nights” and I just don’t get it. We honestly enjoy being in each other’s company and I think it’s important to slow down and make time for  a little fun in the midst of all the stresses of everyday life.
  4. Do nice things for each other. Remember when you just started dating and you did nice things for each other like brought her flowers, or baked him cookies – just because?? Well, it’s not just for dating! Show the love by leaving little notes, cooking a favorite meal or simply picking up a special treat in the grocery store for your spouse.
  5. Share a kiss more often than once every 25 years! (This one I learned from Kenny & Selma.)

It will be interesting to look back on this blog post several years from now when we (hopefully) have children and things are much more complex than they are for us right now!  I can’t wait to see what is in store for us and hope to make a video similar to Kenny and Selma’s one day.

What advice do you have for a happy marriage?

Remember When… Family TV Shows

21 Apr

The other day my best friend and I were having a conversation about some of the television shows we watch (which are primarily teen shows even though neither of us have been teens for over a decade), and how there are no “family” sitcoms anymore. Eventually we sounded like two old ladies complaining about “kids these days” and how we never would have seen some of the things that we see on television now when we were that age. Can you just imagine Zach, Kelly and Screech hanging around after school at a bar instead of at The Max, sipping martinis and discussing all of their teenage problems like 40 year olds? I don’t think so.

When you watch a primetime TV show directed at teens during the week don’t be surprised if the episode is about who slept with who, who’s pregnant, who got bit by a vampire or werewolf (who also happens to be their boyfriend), or who is going to rehab for an alcohol or drug addiction. Am I the only one who thinks that these are not things that young people should be concerned with on a day-to-day basis? (Minus the vampire/werewolf thing – that is pretty entertaining, I must say.) I find it sad that the innocence of youth is gone so quickly these days, and miss how simple things were when I was growing up.

Let’s all take a stroll down memory lane and reminisce about how wholesome television used to be, shall we? Here are ten family sitcoms that I miss dearly.

We’ll always have the reruns.

What shows do you miss from your childhood?

Office Etiquette 101: Ten Basic Rules For The Workplace

4 Apr

If you are like me and millions of others, you are a working professional. You spend the better part of your day in an office environment; usually a cubicle-filled area with the occasional water bottle station, print room or break area. You also are forced to spend your day with co-workers. There are all types of personalities found in the workplace: the gossipers eager to spread the latest workplace rumor, the brown-nosers who will do anything (and I mean anything) to bask in appraisal from their manager, those creepy old men whose eyes you can feel undressing you every time you are forced to engage in a conversation with them, and that one weird guy who smells funny and brings a container of liquefied food for lunch each day. (No? I’m the only one who works with that guy? Drat.)

Since we already put up with enough crap in the workplace, let’s try to make the daily experience a little bit easier on each other, shall we? Here are a few things I have encountered that I would like you all to be aware of in your day-to-day work activities.

  1.  When composing an email, try to refrain from using all caps. This could give the reader the impression you are yelling at them. Also, contrary to what you may think, putting twelve exclamation points at the end of a sentence does not get your point across more effectively.
  2. Men: when speaking with a woman in the workplace, your gaze should be fixed on her eyes. It should not wander south of her general face area throughout the conversation. Believe it or not, we can see you looking at our boobs. We really can.
  3. Do not cough up loogies and then spit them in your trash can. It demonstrates poor hygiene and I am pretty sure the cleaning lady does not appreciate it.
  4. Try to avoid the use of foul language as it can be offensive and really doesn’t make you seem “cool”, despite what you have been telling yourself since you were 13. (Click here for a list of creative alternatives to curse words.)  Refrain from cursing in meetings, on conference calls, when speaking to co-workers/managers, or simply talking to yourself.
  5.  Avoid talking to yourself. It’s pretty creepy.
  6. When having a personal phone conversation, try to be discreet. It is not polite to yell and curse (see #4) on the phone at your significant other about a personal matter. Your cubical walls are not made of lead and your co-workers can hear every word you say (and probably wish they hadn’t).
  7. Fight the urge to sleep at your desk. Even if you are sitting up in your seat, people can tell you are asleep because your eyes have been closed for more than a minute and your head starts to nod. You aren’t fooling anyone.
  8.  Do not go to the bathroom and sleep on the toilet. People can hear you snoring from the bathroom stall. Again, you aren’t fooling anyone.
  9. Avoid office gossip. Sure, talking about other people is fun and we all do it, but it’s really not appropriate in the workplace. You can almost guarantee that whatever you say about someone else at work will get back to them.
  10. Don’t become Facebook friends with your co-workers. Especially not your boss. Personal life should stay separate from work life, and your manager doesn’t need to see your weekend check-in’s at the bar. And certainly not the pictures that go along with it.  Do you really want him/her bringing that up and then telling you what their favorite body shots are on Monday morning? I didn’t think so.

The message is pretty simple: just use some common sense, people. And in case you’re wondering… yes, I have observed all of these behaviors (and then some) at my various places of work throughout the years.

What are some of your basic rules for office etiquette?

Five Times It’s Okay To Cry

25 Feb

As a woman, I have been blessed with a wonderful little thing called estrogen. Men have it too, but women really get the mother-load when it comes to estrogen. Our bodies need it to be able to do all the things that our girl bodies do, and sometimes it can cause us to behave a little oddly.  Many men have noticed this odd behavior when their lady proceeds to bawl uncontrollably while watching Folgers coffee commercials (you know the ones when the son comes home for the holidays from the war), or when she unexpectedly begins to cry while listening to Elton John’s Candle in the Wind.

These are things that are just part of being a girl, and I’m here to tell you that it’s okay. We shouldn’t feel embarrassed or have to explain ourselves for shedding a few tears. Just let it all out, ladies. And just so we’re clear on when it’s okay to cry, here is a quick list of 5 instances when you shouldn’t feel ashamed to let those tears flow.

  1. When browsing cards in Hallmark. When my mother’s birthday rolls around and I browse the cards in Hallmark, searching for the one to sum up exactly how I feel about her, I always bring tissues with me. I can’t help but get misty right there in the store, reading the heartfelt sentiments, blinking back tears and trying to read the words through water-filled eyes. And don’t even get me started on what the cards do to my mother. We haven’t had a birthday or Mother’s Day in the past 10 years where she hasn’t sobbed while trying to read her cards. There is a reason Hallmark cards are the best. It’s because they are the only ones written well enough to make us cry. Thanks, Hallmark.Hallmark logo
  2. When reading sappy chain emails. We all get chain emails from friends or family members. Most of the time we delete them after scrolling past all of the other email addresses that show how many people before them forwarded it and we see that the content doesn’t interest us. But sometimes we get sucked in to the ones that tell life lessons in the  form of the sweet old couple who never had much money but are rich because they always had each others love; or little Tommy befriending the school outcast and 20 years later getting a letter from that same kid telling him that he wants to thank Tommy for saving his life.  You know the ones. Don’t be afraid to let those emails get the best of you, girls!
  3. When you are sick. No one likes to be sick. When you feel awful, are so tired that all you want to do is curl up in your bed and have your mama bring you some soup, it’s okay to have a good cry. Sure you may think it’s something only a big baby would do, but you can’t help it. You’re sick! Tell your man he’s just going to have to deal with it and wait on you hand and foot, just like you do for him when he’s sick.
  4. When you leave home. Whether it’s for college, moving into your first apartment or when you get married, leaving the comfort of your parents home is really hard. Going into the world on your own is an exciting rite of passage for every girl, but it can also be scary. Most of us can’t wait to be on our own, but when we are driving away and look back in the rear-view window at our family waving goodbye, the harsh reality hits us and we cry like a child getting their favorite toy taken from them.
  5. When watching Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  I seriously don’t think I’ve sat through one episode without crying. Not one. Ty Pennington and his gang really know how to lay it on thick. Seeing the joy on families faces as they look at their new home that they would have never been able to give their children on their own moves me to tears. Even though the show doesn’t come on anymore, I still catch repeats of it during the day and always watch with my box of tissue ready.

There are so many occasions when it’s okay to cry as a woman other than just these that I mention above, but I couldn’t possibly list them all! Do you have any others to add to this list?

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