Monday, August 9, 2010

Hello Kitty McDonald's

This collaboration between McDonald's and Hello Kitty is very Taiwanese and I think it's rather cute - I haven't had Mcdo in quite some time - but I totally wish I knew where this one was when I visited Taipei back in June!

Images: BryanBoy

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Takashi Murakami at Versailles

Preview of the exhibit

There are a million reason I would want to go to Paris, especially since I found out that on September 12, Japanese provocateur Takashi Murakami (most known for his Louis Vuitton collaborations) unleashes his ebullient paintings and large-scale sculptures on Chateau de Versailles. Murakami will be the third contemporary artist to do a retrospective exhibit after Jeff Koons and Xavier Veilhan.

Wish List... Moschino Dress

 I love the print of this Moschino Dress ... if only I had 798 clams to spare...

today's motto

In my head, I hear 엄마 (Omma) saying, "Try! Just try!"...

I love...hello kitty

How awesome is this bouquet?

Yes, I may be 2(3) - but I still have a hello kitty shaped spot in my heart for (most) things hello kitty...a recent obsession is the hello kitty airplane:

my life would be incomplete without flying on the hello kitty airplane! 
....just kidding
....not really.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

cairo time

After seeing the trailer for this film I knew I wanted to watch it. 'Cairo Time' (2009) is a Canadian gem that has a lot of things I like most in films: a beautiful setting (egypt), great acting, and -of course -romance. Imdb describes it as such:

"In Cairo on her own as she waits for her husband, Juliette finds herself caught in a whirlwind romance with his friend Tareq, a retired cop. As Tareq escorts Juliette around the city, they find themselves in the middle of a brief affair that catches them both unawares."

My opinion is that this is an enjoyable albiet slow paced journey. Credit for the charm is due to the lead actors  Patricia Clarkson (who was great in films like 'Vicky Christina Barcelona') and Alexander Siddig who take their sweet time and share some real on screen chemistry - not the sizzling kind, but rather they were able to show two people sharing a genuine connection. Cairo itself is the other main star, this movie is part travelogue as well as audiences are treated to different views of the city and we get to see the juxtaposition of the new (highways, modern skylines) and the old (souks and majestic pyramids). 

Although the film is not terribly original and some parts seemed to stereotype Egyptians (i.e. men always starring at Juliette when she ventures out alone with a very exposed décolletage in an conservative Islamic society) or the main plot line of a married woman who travels to a foreign exotic country and finds her 'soul mate' but is torn about staying with her spouse who is completely in the dark/not present (which bears similarity to movies such as 'Bridges of Madison County' where our heroine chooses to remain faithful but we see her inner turmoil played out with a facial close up in a car) and the random wedding celebration for marginal characters for the sake of having a wedding celebration which over emphasizes the marriage/commitment dilema - there are still more positives than negatives. What saves the film are the stunning visuals and great acting. My favorite scenes included one of the couple sharing the experience of an amazing sunset at the ancient pyramids and the other scene was a good night scene where the characters accidentally share a kiss and Juliette says 'oh my!' . This movie is for anyone who enjoys traveling and solid acting.


Monday, August 2, 2010

Oyster dress

"Oyster" dress by Alexander McQueen, British, from his spring 2003 collection. This dress is simply magnifique, it "seems to be poetic rendering of a disaster at sea," the "sand-colored organza recalls the mille-feuille ridging on the surface of a shell" and  it is a pearl encased in a "deconstructing oyster." To me, this is fashion as poetry, fashion as beauty and nature, that is all.