Detroit Design Festival 2012 – Runway Detroit

Oh my god.

Okay. Tonight, on the 364th day since I participated in the Detroit Design Festival last year, I did it again. This time? This time I did fashion instead of fine art. And I showcased (without my partner in crime Alyza cause she’s got the flu) our winning collection from the Imagine show in July. And it was kinda of glorious and I had like, real models. Or as real as they get in Detroit.

The carnation dress fit her perfectly.

And it was at Detroit City Airport in the Executive Hangar. There were personal airplanes and jets all over the place, by the runway, behind it, outside of it. It was legit. And there were various hors d’oeuvres – Lushous Cupcakes of Royal Oak (alcoholic cupcakes!), Hard Luck Candy Flavored Vodka, Sander’s Fine Chocolates, Diet Coke, etc. Due to an extreme lack of information as to what was going on with our models/hair&makeup/show order, my friend Tina and I basically hung out backstage and outside. Toward crunch time we were out and about “mingling” and drinking Hard Luck Vodka.

The lemon Hard Luck tastes like limoncello.

Thankfully, one of the other designers, Angela McBride (Peace Love and Spandex) sorted us out like the event coordinators should’ve done weeks ago – last minute. She gave us models and helped us all the way until we walked off the stage after our models. If it hadn’t been for her, god knows what would’ve happened.

I didn’t stay for the afterglow – mostly because Tina had a headache and we were kinda pooped and I also didn’t drive there. However, I did take I-696 to Tina’s and back home which is kinda of ironic because last year on the way back from DDF was  the last time I took the freeway anywhere. And I didn’t die! Again!

So that’s that.

And now, Day 13: 10 celebrity crushes.

1. Tom Felton
2. Hayden Christensen
3. Jake Gyllenhaal
4. Tobey Maguire
5. Robert Downey Jr.
6. Javier Bardem
7. Ben Kowalewicz
8. Jacob Hoggard
9. Pierre Bouvier
10. Jacoby Shaddix

These Ladies Are Superb.

Day 12: 10 favorite actresses

1. Cate Blanchett. Maybe it’s because she’s played the best Elizabeth the First, but she’s just…so amazing. I love her as Galadriel and I love her in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and so much more. She’s beautiful and talented and dynamic.

2. Kate Winslet. Another beautiful and dynamic actress! Titanic is an obvious reference, but she was absolutely wonderful in The Reader. Not to mention, she’s flawlessly gorgeous. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen her naked in nearly every movie I’ve ever watched with her. I approve.

3. Bryce Dallas Howard. I have a thing for redheaded women, as you’ll see, but Bryce Dallas Howard holds a special place. I can watch The Village repeatedly and not get tired of it – I know, I hear people really disliked that movie, but I love it! I can also watch Lady in the Water repeatedly and it’s all because of her. She’s got that beautiful porcelain skin too. Ugh.

4. Miranda Richardson. I love this woman. She’s a super dynamic actress and extremely beautiful and talented and aaah. I mean, Queen Mab, the Lady of the Lake, Queen Rosalind (The Prince and Me), Rita Skeeter, etc etc? She’s spectacular! She’s also a great ginger.

5. Helena Bonhom Carter. This woman is a pure genius. I love everything about her – from her ultry quirky style to her absolutely amazing ability to full get into a role and take it to a whole other level. I mean truly, she’s something else. She deserves all the accolades.

6. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. If you’ve ever watched an Indian movie, you might’ve seen her. She’s a beautiful actress and she played Jodhaa Bai in Jodhaa Akbar – “A sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal emperor, Akbar, and a Rajput princess, Jodha.” If you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s on Netflix instant.

 

7. Hilary Swank. She’s one of those modern “classic” actresses with that old world appeal. She was purely amazing (god I’ve said that word a lot) in Million Dollar Baby and Freedom Writers and I’m pretty sure there’s just more and more good shit that will be coming from her. Plus, according to a The Office episode, she has a perfectly symmetrical face that is apparently highly appealing.

8. Marion Cotillard. If I could spend a day with someone to just stare it, I might choose Marion. She’s an effortlessly beautiful lady with a beautiful accent and just ugh. She’s so pretty and so good at what she does.

9. Christina Hendricks. I love Mad Men. One of my favorite things about Mad Men is Christina Hendricks as Joan. She’s just kinda the epitome of beautiful: curvacious, ginger, and sassy. I love it!

10. Glenn Close. Truly, this woman is an amazing actress. I’ve always loved her in everything she’s done. She’s superb at her craft. Interesting fact: She’s been nominated 6 times for an Oscar and not won once.

These Guys Are Sizzling Hot

Day 11: 10 favorite actors

1. Jonathon Rhys Meyers. That. Man. I remember falling in love with him when I watched Bend It Like Beckham for the first time with his sweet ass accent. And then I died and went to heaven when I watched him in the The Tudors.

2. Henry Cavill. I love me them Tudors actors. I held a special little place for Henry Cavill right from the very first episode. He is a sexy, sexy man. I might even go and see Superman in theaters…

3. Leonardo DiCaprio. I mean, obviously. How many times have I mentioned him already? He’s SUCH A GOOD ACTOR. I just can’t get over how damn good he was in Blood Diamond. And I really wish him and Kate Winslet would’ve gotten married in real life. Also, The Man in the Iron Mask is one of my favorite movies from when he was younger.

4. Tom Hulce. Here’s the thing about Tom Hulce. After playing Mozart in Amadeus, he’s never played any other big recognizable role. But he portrayed Mozart so beautifully and so well that he will always be one of my favorite actors because that movie is so good. Although, he totally played Frankenstein’s best friend alongside Kenneth Branagh in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. THE MORE YOU KNOW.

5. Heath Ledger. I know he’s dead and all, and honestly it’s quite a shame because I think he was just peeking into major stardom. But I love him. I’ll always love him. He was phenomenal as the joker, but also did an amazing job in Brokeback Mountain, Casanova, and A Knight’s Tale to name a few.

6. Brad Pitt. Alright, I’ll admit it. I think Brad Pitt is a good actor. I finally watched Fight Club this past April when I was in Philly and I actually really liked it. I think he’s a highly dynamic actor. I love him in Troy and I beyond love him in Inglourious Basterds. The man knows how to act.

7. Paul Bettany. I used to have the biggest lady boner for this man. I first saw him in The Da Vinci Code as Silas, and then watched A Knight’s Tale and I must say he is also a very dynamic actor. Not to mention, he’s kind of gorgeous.

8. Ralph Fiennes. I’ve mentioned before that I find actors who play Nazis to be really hot. Ralph Fiennes was my first “crush” in that category. I’ve always really liked him and I appreciate this ability to morph into different kinds of characters. He is damn good at those negative roles – I mean, Voldemort.

9. Johnny Depp. I feel like this is an obvious one, but Johnny Depp is such a dynamic actor that I can’t see how anyone wouldn’t have him on their list. My favorite role of his will always be Captain Jack Sparrow. No one else could ever play that role as well as him.

10. Patrick Stewart. I don’t like any other Star Trek series aside from The Next Generation and I don’t think any other starship captain was better than Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard (except for maybe that lady captain). Also, Patrick Stewart is an amazing Shakespearian actor. A-mazing.

11. BONUS! Kenneth Branagh. When I found out Kenneth Branagh was both Gilderoy Lockhart in HP&Chamber of Secrets and Iago in Othello, my mind exploded. And then I watched him in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and I was like oh my god. Seriously you guys, this man is such an amazing and dynamic actor and he is also an excellent Shakespearian actor. He’s played in like ALL the Shakespeare plays pretty much.

Extra Eye Candy:

Eddie Redmayne

Wentworth Miller is pretty much the hottest prison inmate ever.

James Mcavoy is a SEXY BEAST (literally!) in Narnia.

Jake Gyllenhaal for far more reasons than his obvious sex appeal.

Okay, I’m done….for now.

More Books!

Day 10: 10 favorite novels.

Well, seeing as yesterday I mentioned that I don’t really have more than one favorite book series and I named off novels, I was planning on changing today’s to something different. But I think I might just stick to it and name some more great novels I’ve read in the past. Here goes!

1. Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn by Sarah Miller. This book is slightly confusing at first, as it literally takes place inside the mind of Gideon Rayburn (what a fantastic name!) through the viewpoint of a mysterious girl that we don’t find out the identity of until the very end of the story. But I remember reading it and thinking “I KNEW IT” when I found out.

2. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I mean, obviously. If you haven’t read this book, you need to. That’s all I have to say.

3. Snakes and Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara. I judge books by their cover, as I mentioned yesterday. I also peruse the bargain priced section at Barnes & Noble and I often times find great books (like this one and Inside the Mind of Gideon Rayburn!) there. This is a tale of a Japanese girl full of weird raunchy shit, tattoos, and snaked tongues. I really liked it, and it’s a short read.

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green. This is his phenomenal debut book. That’s all I’ll say. You all need to read it if you haven’t, and reread if you have.

5. Feed by M.T. Anderson. HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN THIS ONE YESTERDAY!? This is one of my absolute favorite novels ever. It takes place in the future and it’s about a generation of humans with a “feed” (device) installed into their brains that automatically delivers everything the internet does today right to their brains and eyes, like some futuristic holographic type thing. More specifically, it’s about a girl who had her feed implanted later in life and it causes her problems. It’s an amazing story.

6. 1984 by George Orwell. Hello, classic. I was reluctant to read it after I bought, but I forced myself and ended up really liking it. Just like I didn’t want to read Animal Farm in high school, but I ended up loving it.

7. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Following the negative utopia reel, I read this book during one of my high school summers as part of my reading list and I really liked it. It’s the same idea as 1984 – oppressive society segmented into harsh classes, dumbed down language (though it is expertly written, trust me) etc. It’s kind of an underrated modern classic, in my opinion. This book is also a movie, but I have yet to see it. I really want to!

8. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. I don’t know what prompted me to buy this book, but I did and it was a great choice. It starts off kind of slow mostly due to the language. It’s about a mentally retarded patient who starts taking experiment drugs and ends up being a super genius far surpassing expectations. It was a really good book.

9. Witch Child by Celia Rees. In middle school, I was really into books that took place in the “olden days”. This particular one took me a while to read only because I was so busy with classwork, but it was a pretty phenomenal read. It takes place in 1659 and it’s about this girl whose grandma is hanged in public as a witch and she then faces the same speculations. One thing I always remember when I think of this book was a part where she talks about sewing I think money into her clothes or bed sheets or something like that.

10. Queen’s Own Fool by Jane Yolen and Robert Harris. As I’ve mentioned, I adore period novels, mostly set in the Renaissance and involving the British monarchy. This one involves Elizabeth I’s cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots. It’s a fictional novel depicting the life of her court fool, Nicola. I remember being so inspired by this book that I started writing basically a fanfiction.

I Used to Be a Bigger Bookworm

Day 9: 10 favorite book series

Okay, I’m pretty sure I don’t have TEN favorite book series. In fact, I’m pretty sure I only have one, so I’m just gonna name off my favorite SINGLE books alongside. Jesus.

1. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. I mean, obviously. I don’t even need to explain this.

2. 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I’ve reread this book a few times because it’s so good. I really think it needs to be made into a movie. It’s about this girl who kills herself and there are 13 reasons why – all of them are people. It’s SO GOOD.

3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. This is probably my favorite John Green book for several reasons: A.) It’s his first book from the viewpoint of a female! B.) It’s really wittily written. C.) It’s so fucking good I not only laughed out loud, but I cried profusely. D.) I want my own Augustus Waters goddamnit.

4. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. Back when Borders was still in business, I was passing by some random section and picked this book up because I liked the cover art. I started reading a some random page and noticed a Romanian word and then I found out it took place in Romania. So I bought it. Probably one of my best purchases of all time. There’s a sequel that takes place in Istanbul and its equally as spectacular. This was one of those books that I was absolutely glued to and couldn’t put it down it so good. I was so inspired by this book, in fact, that I even did some fan art.

5. Burned by Ellen Hopkins. This was the second book I ever read by Ellen Hopkins (after Crank) and it is easily my absolute favorite. It’s about a girl who moves to Arizona to live with her aunt cause her dad’s an alcoholic or something (I haven’t read it in a while) and she falls in love with this guy there and it’s amazing and sad and beautiful and I bawled my eyes out for a hefty chunk of time after I finished it. I need to re-read it.

6. The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. I read this book in middle school and it became an instant favorite. It takes place in merchant Holland during the Renaissance is about Vermeer’s famous Girl with a Pearl Earring painting. It’s a also an excellent movie starring Scarlett Johansson and Colin Firth.

7. Mary, Blood Mary by Carolyn Meyer. I’ve owned this book for many years and have reread many times. It was one of my absolute favorites growing up. I’m deeply interested in the Renaissance era in England, particularly the Henry VIII through Elizabeth the First era. This book is the first in a little series that is followed by Beware, Princess Elizabeth (also a fav) and Doomed Queen Anne. It’s about Elizabeth’s older half-sister Mary, known as Bloody Mary throughout history for her slaughter of Protestants, and her trials and tribulations in her early years under the reign of her father Henry VIII. It’s really good.

8. Candide by Voltaire. The summer before my freshman year of high school, I bruised my ankle bone and couldn’t walk for like a week. So I decided out of boredom to peruse my mom’s leather-bound books and read all of Voltaire’s Candide. I found to be not only extremely easy to read, but absolutely hilarious and wonderful and I told her that she needed to read it ASAP because she hadn’t read it yet. I had to read it for AP English my senior year and analyze the life out of it, but I still find it an excellent read.

9. Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky. I’m a sucker for cool covers and romantic young adult novels. This book has both of those things. It chronicles the coming-of-sexual-age story of Dominique and her newly found boyfriend Wes. It’s a really cute story that has a bit of a surprising twist. Apparently the sex scenes in it caused some controversy, but whatever.

10. Sweethearts by Sara Zarr. I nearly forgot about this book, but again it falls under the “cool cover, romantic young adult novel” category. This book is actually a little bit more than just another romance story. In fact, there’s barely any romance in it. It’s kind of a tragic little tale that left me yearning and crying at the end. BUT IT WAS SO DAMN GOOD.

The Sims is Addicting

I’ve legit just become to distracted and engrossed in playing Sims on Facebook, that I nearly forgot I have to blog tonight.

Day 8: 10 favorite desserts

1. Lemon bars, hands down.

My lemon bars again.

2. Cherry pie.

3. Nutella

 

4. Tiramisu!

My first tiramisu I made.

5. Ice cream, hello.

6. Pumpkin pie.

7. RUM CAKE.

Tortuga rum cake is the boss ass rum cake on this planet.

8. Cheesecake. Pretty much any flavor.

9. Chocolate.

10. Baklava.

Drinks!

Day 7: 10 favorite drinks

1. Elder tea. Not elderberry. Elder flower tea.

2. Mango lemonade. SO GOOD.

3. Seagram’s Escapes. Don’t judge me.

4. Manischewitz cherry wine.

5. Pink moscato.

6. Gin and tonic. Like an old man. Maria taught me that one.

7. Grapefruit juice. I would order it at every opportunity during my cruise in 2009.

8. LIMONCELLO.

This is the good shit.

9. On the rare occasion I drink pop, Sunkist.

10. Naked Juice Green Machine.