“Shaken, not stirred”. Yes please! A big congratulations to Ian Fleming for creating such an amazing fictional in this British Secret Service agent. While the character was developed over the course of 12 novels and two short-stories I believe his real notoriety and place on the top of my list is due to the many attractive actors who have brought 007 to life over the course of twenty-three films. Mr. Bond, James Bond you may come rescue me at any time and if you brought me a martini at the same time I would not be sad.
When I first read the description of the story of the girl with the glass slipper as a folk tale embodying a myth-element of unjust oppression/triumphant reward I wanted to simply cross it out. No, this is a story about a girl who meets her prince charming, falls in love, and lives happily ever after, however, I do understand the social relevance. While the story dates back to the first century B.C. for me, and for most American’s, I associate Cinderella with the 1950 Walt Disney film. I do have two favorite adaptations though – Rodgers and Hammerstein Cinderella musical starring Brandy and Drew Barrymore’s Ever After.
This legendary British leader of the late 5th and early 6th centuries may have led the defense of Britain against Saxon invaders but to me he is just the little boy who managed to pull the sword, Excalibur, from the stone. Growing up, especially having a younger brother, the tales of Arthur, his knights around the round table, and his adventures in Camelot were legendary.
The 16-year-old protagonist of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye has become an icon for teenage rebellion since the book’s publication in 1951 and it only makes sense that as one of the most important characters of 20th-century American literature that he make the list. The novel still ranks in my favorite books and I whole heartedly agree with TIME, he belongs on this list.
When I first watched Rocky I assumed the movie was based on a true story and as it is such a heartwarming tale I still wish it was true, but alas, Rocky is a fictional character. His role as the everyday man who started out with hard work and determination which led him to overcoming obstacles and developing a career as a professional boxer is one version of the American Dream. The story is amazing but there is nothing quite as good as that feel good moment when he reaches the top of the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You go, Rocky!
Happy Friday! This weekend is always bitter sweet to me because, while I love the extra day off, it means the unofficial end to summer and I am never ready for it! I will be joining the hundred of thousands of New Yorkers making an exodus out of the concrete jungle for the weekend and it seems everyone I talk to is going somewhere near the water, weather the ocean or a lake. This prompted a discussion with one friend about boat shoes and how, “only Sperry makes them…”.
Well, I beg to differ. Sperry Top-Siders do have quite a large presence in this market but many other companies do make boat shoes. That being said, last Spring one of my best friends got married on the beach in San Diego and she and her groom both wore Top Siders, how adorable are they?
I wish I could take photo credit but, alas, I can not. These photos were taken by Eliza J. Photography. For those of you who may not be familiar with the term, boat shoes are typically made from canvas or leather with non-marking rubber soles designed for use on a boat. In the photo above my friend is wearing a pair of metallic Sperry’s but I think that Minnetonka, Lacoste, Crocs (gasp), and Frye also have cute options:
Let me be perfectly honest, I am was so startled the number of emails I got as a result of my April post listing my biggest pet peeves. The biggest email was a mis-understanding of what a pet peeve was so before I go any further let me define the term, a pet peeve is a minor annoyance that an individual identifies as particularly annoying to them, to a greater degree than others may find it. So today, I give you ten from me and ten from my friends, these are mine:
- When unsubscribing from an online mailing list has more than three steps
- Nail polish chips on day two
- When people write long numbers with out punctuation ex: 91751363473
- When that one piece of sushi touches the wisabi and becomes inedible
- Putting others down to make yourself feel better
- When the person next you at the gym forgot deodorant
- When the masseuse tells you you should really come once a week
- Not Washing Hands After Using the Restroom
- When people put their wet umbrella on the seat next to them on the subway
- Movie theater talkers and texters
- My #1 pet peeve is people with bad grammar- there IS a difference between “your” and “you’re!
– Rachel from Life Unsweetened
- Mine is when couples sit on the same side of the boot in the restaurant. Like what? Don’t you want to face each other so you can talk? You really have to sit this close at all times? Get a room.
– Helene from Helene In Between
– Susannah from Simple Moments Stick
- When people are barefoot in public.
– Misty from Handbags and Handguns
- People who don’t change the toilet paper roll.
– Kelly at Messy Dirty Hair
- People who are always late – ugh so annoying ;)!!!
– Jules from Jules Fashion Week
- When people block intersections.
– Michael from Crazy Tragic Almost Magic
- Loud chewing or constant tapping.
– Katie from For Lauren and Lauren
- Spelling, especially in this digital age of spellcheck and autocorrection I can’t handle it when someone misspells something, uses a word in the wrong context or doesn’t edit what they’ve typed!
– Sonia at Daring Coco
- Lack of manners. Maybe it’s that good ole Southern Hospitality I’ve grown up with, but smile at strangers, hold the door, and for Heaven’s sake ALWAYS say “thank you!”
– Lauren from Fizz and Frosting
- One of my biggest pet peeves is when people practically stand on my backside while on line. It doesn’t make the line go any faster.