Sigh…ANOTHER canceled show

Just when it was getting gooooood again ABC pulls the plug on my (not) guilty pleasure, Ugly Betty. Wahhh! I’m sad the show is canceled but I hope to HOPE to see each cast member in something soon because they are all so talented. If this is the last time I see Ana Ortiz, Becki Newton, or Michael Urie (Which I doubt but you never know how this “Hollywood” thing works. I just don’t want to have to wait eons and I don’t think they do either. Their roles were getting really interesting on Betty too!), ESPECIALLY, well, that’s just sad sad sad.

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A List Of Things You Probably Don't Care About

It’s already 2010 so a list of things that I loved from 2009 is very outdated. Whatever. This is my buh-log. Plus, I haven’t updated in a long time.

Lists always pop up around the end of the year and I hardly agree with them. I understand Twilight was (still is) a huge hit but that doesn’t mean Taylor Lautner is going to be on my list of ’09 Hotties. That’s just not happening. Sorry Tay Tay!

That said, here is my list of 2009 Favorites and Bests!

1. Bobbi Brown lipstick in Pink – I’m really into lipsticks right now and fell in love with Bobbi Brown’s creamy semi-matte lipstick in Pink sometime during the fall. I’m not usually a bold lipstick wearer so it was quite a shock when I put it on. I thought it was too much but my friend, Bianca, insisted I buy it because it “gave me life.” I hesitated before handing over my debit card. I later texted her THANK YOU after I gave myself time to get used to the color. She was right. I no longer looked corpse-y. This particular pink color is so ridiculously ON it can make anyone look like a cute, fresh, 50s pinup. Especially good for girls who are on their way to transitioning to luscious bold red lips comme la lippy goddess Angelina Jolie. $22, Nordstrom.

2. ‘My Love‘ by The-Dream featuring Mariah Carey

Just about everything The-Dream touches is gold. Absolute gold. I mean, he is the reason Jesse McCartney’s ‘Leavin‘” is good. I actually perk up when I hear that song. Ok, I love that song. DON’T JUDGE. And this one. The moment I heard ‘My Love’ I could not stop replaying it. The-Dream has been out for some time now but he really blew up this year, which is why I will consider him ‘new’ for purposes of asking this question: Don’t you miss getting excited over a new artist? I do. That’s why I love The-Dream. He’s taking R&B to a whole other level while still maintaining that familiar classic R&B groove we know and love.

3. Thakoon for Target line

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Fun, fun, fun! I snatched two pieces from this line and they are holding up so well.  I still wear them.

4. Jeremy Renner’s performance in The Hurt Locker

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5. Mo’nique’s performance in Precious.

GOOD GOD SHE IS GOOD.

6. Robin Thicke’s falsettos in ‘Sex Therapy.’

7. Robin Thicke dancing at the :44 mark. Nicki Minaj’s voice (Not her best performance and say what you will about her being a wannabe Foxy Brown/Lil Kim I still don’t think she’s bad!)

8. The first 10 minutes of Up

9. Manohla Dargis interview on Jezebel.com.

Let’s acknowledge that the Oscars are bullshit and we hate them. But they are important commercially… I’ve learned to never underestimate the academy’s bad taste. Crash as best picture? What the fuck.

What a bitch. I love her.

10. Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody music video

11. Snooki

12. Keel’s Simple Diary by TASCHEN

I was reluctant to try this diary out at first but writing in it now has become one of the little things I look forward to on a daily basis. It is a day per page diary that is structured with a brief questionnaire and statement to get you thinking. The purpose of Simple Diary is to “help us look inside even when we are overloaded outside. The book offers structure for those who don’t have time to wonder, making it easy to record life’s moments. It gives the pleasure of a quick response and the sense that no matter what’s wrong, more is right.” Cheesy, yes, but it makes me feel like some of kind of significant public figure filling out Vanity Fair’s Proust questionnaire (Sample Simple Diary questions: What you don’t miss about the past; Your day was (only choose one): ( ) someone else’s, ( ) like two days, ( ) nowadays…Explain why; A character flaw that you cover up with a white lie). In other words, that I have something important to say underneath all my word vomit.

Too bad there is only one volume of this diary. Volume Two coming…??? Good for people who avoid writing in diaries because they feel they have nothing to write. Also good for people who want to feel like a character in a Nancy Meyers film seeking enlightenment, a brain tickle, or a chuckle. Not good for people who diary for pages and pages and pages on (un)lined paper. All jokes aside, like any diary, this will be a hilarious and insightful read ten years from now. Can run anywhere from $10 to $20 depending on where you buy. I bought mine from Barnes & Noble online for about $13. Check Amazon.com. Google is your friend!

13. Glee – I love the hell out of this show. Haters to the left.

14. The phrase, ‘Haters to the left.’

15. This gif.

16. And this one.

17. Jersey Shore

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THE SITUATION, SNOOKI, AND PAULY D WITH BEN MOTHERFUCKING SAVAGE.

Oh, I love this show.

18. This was not in 2009 but I caught up with Ugly Betty this year and died when I saw this.

19. Lollicup milk tea boba

I moved back home in late ’08 and have grown up in California all my life so it’s not like boba is a big ’09 discovery. Since moving home, however, I’ve been downing boba as much as I can before I move to who-knows-where. Look, I’m taking advantage of my location. This stuff was so hard to find in D.C. They sold it at my university but they called it ‘bubble tea’ and there were only two flavors that I can remember, taro and milk. Bor-ing! I’ve tried several boba places here in the L.A. area but Lollicup stands out for me. The milk tea is silky and creamy, perfectly sweet, and very well mixed. I don’t feel like I’m chugging milk tea powder mix residue. That’s gross. Oh, and the tapioca balls are black pearls of gooey goodness. That’s not gross.

20. Yogurtland

Again, this is another taking advantage of my location type thing. The place is self-serve with a dozen delicious staple flavors like plain (tart) and dutch chocolate and rotating other ones like mango and strawberry sherbet, and the most random topping selections (mochi, yogurt chips, brownie bites, coconut shavings) all at 39 cents/pound. Never mind the crowds of loud teenagers who either bring out the crabby old lady in you or bring back high school memories of busting through the local hangout like you owned the place. Sure beats Pinkberry any day. I love it!

Here’s to 2010.

Trends: Pen Necklaces

Do any of my growing-up-in-the-90s friends remember this PBS show called Ghostwriter? It’s about a group of Brooklyn teens who solve mysteries with the help of a dot of light and two apostrophes, or Ghostwriter.

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That's Ghostwriter sneaking inside the "O" of his name.

Aptly named Ghostwriter because “he’s a ghost and he writes to us,” Ghostwriter communicates with the kids by forming words and sentences with letters and text he can find nearby. This show was my show. I wanted to move to Brooklyn, have a posse of best friends, and be a part of a secret mystery fighting society where initiation ended by anointing the new member with a pen necklace. The pen necklace was meant for convenience so that any time Ghostwriter began “talking” to them, the kids would be ready to respond.

I thought the pen necklace was the coolest thing ever. Like friendship bracelet, making your own lanyard keychain cool. Meaning, REALLY COOL. It overtook my love of bringing a black and white marbled notebook everywhere I went a la Harriet the Spy. I don’t know why it had that effect on me. But I guess even as a nine-year-old, there was something satisfying about whipping out a pen at a moment’s notice, and from a loop of string dangling around my neck no less! Come on, that’s smart right?

Fast forward some years later to Mad Men. Boom. Boom. Boom. That sound is Joan Holloway pounding through the office in her hottest outfit wearing a motherfucking gold pen necklace. Gold pen necklace. GOLD PEN NECKLACE.

Don't mess.

Don't mess.

I didn’t know pen necklaces dated back to the sixties. I didn’t know they could be so elegant. But they can and they are mean and people need to start wearing this along with caftans. Seriously, guys, the thought of stepping outside from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in this southern California valley heat makes me wince.

When I was in Monterey I hit up this fancy schmancy pen/stationary shop in the hope of finding a pen necklace but nothing. By the way, some of these pens are insane. Like, insanely out of my budget. A Cartier pen for $300. For real? I mean, I understand it’s all about craftmanship and it will last you forever ladeedah but $300? Dang. That is a world I will never understand but kind of want to experience. You know, for 15 minutes because I imagine cushy living like that is easy to get accustomed to and 15 minutes is enough to let the guilt start settling in.

But back to the topic at hand. I Googled “pen necklaces” and guess what guys and dolls, you can get your own vintage-inspired Joan Holloway gold pen necklace from 1928 Jewelry!

1960s Vintage Inspired Gold Tone Pen Necklace, 1928 Jewelry

1960s Vintage Inspired Gold Tone Pen Necklace, 1928 Jewelry

The one Christina Hendricks wears on the show was actually found at the famous Pasadena flea market at the Rose Bowl so I’m sure if you wanted the real thing you could hit up a flea market near you. But at $20 a pop and without the relentless thrift hunting, I’m willing to take inspired to the real thing. All my Joan Holloways, writers, practical but stylish folks, or anyone who wants to look fly as hell as you sign off your checks and balances, you all need to buckle on this pen necklace train and work it. I know I will.

Gold tone pen necklace for $20. Also comes in emerald and gold and ruby and gold hue tones for $28. Buy here!

"I Just Don't Know Why My Dad This to Me."

MTV will debut a new show in the fall called Exiled. It follows some of those girls you may remember from a little show called My Super Sweet 16. I know. Another show with those idiots? Hear me out. Fed up with their children’s behavior (Uh, ya think?!), the parents of these teenage terrors bitch slap their daughters with a dose of “reality” by transplanting them from their luxurious life in all-American Suburbanville to Remote Area, Third World Country. All I gotta say is, Thank You MTV!

In closing, thoughts on My Super Sweet 16 from British comedy writer/journalist Charlie Brooker. Love him. 

I Have a Confession: I Laguna Beach A Lot

I just read this post on Jezebel.

THIRTY-SIX STRAIGHT HOURS OF SEX AND THE CITY. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?

Props to you Emily Gould. Then again, I did that spring semester of my senior year. I told Rebecca, my roommate, that I had never seen it and she looked at me like I had been living under a rock. I mean, I was. If I was a “normal” girl, I would’ve been on that SATC shit in 2003 or something. Dude, I remember sitting in my first media class of college. We were in Weschler and the proffie was talking about all the moments that shifted the face of the media as we know it (blah blah blah) and one of them was the show, SATC. A girl and guy were behind me and the guy said, “Sex and the City…?” And the girl screamed, “Oh, my God!!!!! You don’t know Sex and the City?” The guy said, “No…?” The girl said, “Jimmy Choos!!” I thought to myself, Wow, this girl probably watches episodes of Sex and the City, screaming at the t.v.: “THAT’S ME!” That’s right, 19-year-old girl, you keep telling yourself that. I know, I know. I sound like such an old lady but I find it hard to believe that fresh-out-of-high-school-girls relate to Carrie/Miranda/Charlotte/Samantha. Come on. Really. REALLY? Continue reading