Hey movie apples, I have been patiently waiting (alright, I got a little impatient) for Friday so I could tell you how great my flick pick is for this week: 21 Jump Street. This movie is hilarious. I mean laugh out loud from start to finish funny. And I'm a tough sell at a comedy movie too. I mean things make me laugh, but I want to laugh so hard the people in front of you turn around and give you a look. Oh yeah, that's happened to me. But seriously, I don't think I've laughed this hard at a movie since The Hangover. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum played off each other brilliantly. You wouldn't think Channing could be "the funny one" but he held his own against Jonah. It takes your typical best friend/buddy cop kind of movie to a whole new level.
If you aren't up on the plot of the movie, it's based off an 80's sitcom of two cops who go undercover as high school students to bring down a drug ring. This movie takes it one set further, and sets Jonah and Channing as former classmates that were once total opposites in the popularity hierarchy who become friends through the police academy. Hilarity ensues. So if you're still not ready to face the massive crowds at The Hunger Games movie (I'm giving it another week for the popularity to die down) go see 21 Jump Street instead. Your funny bone will thank you for it.
|clockwise: 7 For All Mankind, Delias, Anthropologie, Madewell|
But I can't share the story of my new car without telling you about an old friend who lives in my cars: A.L.F.
Yes, I am a grown woman with a suction cup A.L.F. doll that lives on the window of my car. A friend of mine gave him to me when I was 12 years old and I thought he was the coolest thing ever. I vowed he would be put in my very first car. He lived on my bathroom mirror until I was given the keys to my very first car, a 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera, and true to my word A.L.F. made his way onto the window. With every new vehicle he has made the transfer from window to window. You can tell from the pictures that he is very well loved, and has absorbed his fair share of UV rays. His fur is sun bleached and the material around his nose is brittle and cracked but I couldn't NOT put him in his deserving spot in the new car. He brings a certain quirky uniqueness to your everyday boring automobile.
But it's been almost 2 months since I've been at Arhaus, and I seriously love it there. I didn't mean to keep it from you guys, but I wanted to make sure it was going to be a good fit before I shared it with the world. I'm only there 3 days a week but every day is totally different than the next and the day is over before I know it. Some days I'm painting, other days unloading new products, or rearranging things in the store when something has sold, or my newly found favorite task: creating floral arrangements! Last week my regional manager took me to a wholesale flower shop in Lexington and we spent the whole day creating floral statements for the whole store. I learned so many little floral tricks...I can't wait for next month when I get to do it all over again!
Using my Instagram app, I snapped a few pics of the arrangements I created for the store.
Forget about movies, we've got something else far more important to think about this week: Mad Men. Finally, after it's year plus hiatus AMC's most brilliant show (sorry Walking Dead fans) returns to Sunday nights. And it's 2 hours! Don, Joan, Pete, Peggy, Rodger, and Betty are dressed to the nines and ready to bring the 60's back. My favorite character are Don and Joan. Don for his twisted past, his impulses, and his dry snappy humor. And the man can wear a suit. Joan gets me with her curves, the hair, and her signature pen necklace. Not to mention her impeccable work ethic and determination. Her "delicate" story line was one of many left up in the air at the end of last season, and I'll be interested to see if they pick up the story lines like it was regular break between seasons, or if they'll jump the story ahead farther in time. Either way I'll be glued to the TV at 9pm ready to start the madness all over again. Who else will be joining me?
|top and skirt: Anthropologie, shoes: Forever 21|
Three years ago, to the day, I made my very first post on little yellow apple. I started, and why I continue to write, this blog is because I love the world of blogging. Forget yoga or bubble baths, my "me" time is catching up on my Google Reader. I love clicking through all the blogs I follow. To read every one's different points of view, images, shops, outfits, design, movies, beauty how-to, and almost any other topic you can think of on a daily basis. To me there is nothing cooler than to have a place to call my very own on the web; to talk about what I love and what inspires me. Over time my blog has slowly evolved into what I want it to be. Finding recurring weekly posts to keep, learning how to take better self portraits of myself for outfitting posts, and honing the skills of how to write in my voice. Everyday I take time to write a post or take pictures for a post it makes me extremely happy. I love being here, and I hope you guys do too.
Happy 3rd Birthday LYA, I'm finding a piece of cake in your honor today!
|shirt and flats: Old Navy, skirt: Anthropologie, belt: Forever21, earrings: AE|
Hello my little movie apples! I know it's been weeks since my last Flick Picks post but after the Oscars there seems to be a terrible period of time where nothing good comes out. I'm hoping to get out and see 21 Jump Street and Wanderlust. So while I've been waiting for good movies to come out, my Netflix's subscription has been getting a good work out. It's been mostly TV shows, but I did catch this:
So stinking cute! I am a sucker for a good documentary and if can bring a tear to my eye too then I'm in love. Sesame Street practically raised me weekday afternoons as a little kid. Grover, Big Bird, Bert and Ernie taught me every thing I needed to know about letters, numbers, and manners. As a kid I don't think I grasped the concept that people actually controlled the characters, I just thought they were magically brought to life and living inside my television. But it was so cool to see the love, passion, and hard work that Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Elmo, has for his work. With his type of dedication I can easily see how a child like myself feels like the puppets have really come to life. As a kid himself he had the dream of becoming a puppeteer like the great Jim Henson, and then to end up working alongside him was so heartwarming. It was a great "dreams really do come true" kind of story that really got to me. If you have Netflix I highly suggest watching it.
I mean, seriously, does it get any cuter than this? Have a great weekend guys!
Try to look at these illustrations and not laugh or smile. Impossible I say! Totally by accident I stumbled upon the artist behind these, Matte Stephens, on Pinterest. I am totally in love with Alfred, the scuba diver sporting the awesome mustache, pipe, and trident. You can bet that print is already in my cart over on etsy. Matte is a painter living out Portland, Oregon and has illustrated and created images for some big name company's as well as illustrating children's books. Everything from subject matter to color palette feels like I'm looking at vintage prints from the 60's. Find his prints on his etsy shop and check out more of his work on his site too.
Images: Matte Stephens
clockwise: bfrend bracelet at Made By Girl, braided leather bracelet at Something Monumental, Pyramid double wrap bracelet at Stella and Dot, Luna wrap bracelet at Stella and Dot, Cara couture leather wrap at Nordstorm
|top: Urban Outfitters, skirt: Anthropologie, shoes: Seychelles|
My bed is in need of some serious TLC. In my small bedroom there really isn't any room for a traditional headboard. But that doesn't mean this little apple needs to be sleeping under a blank wall. I've been collecting some ideas to try out that won't add any length to it's existing space or hurt my wallet. So until I have the room and the money for my dream headboard, three words: upholstered, velvet, grey, I think one of these looks is a great substitution. What is your favorite non-traditional headboard look?
|Everyone's favorite painting trend: chalkboard! Either in the shape of a headboard or a simple rectangle shape|
|Buying a large canvas and covering it with fabric|
|Creating a grouping of tissue pom poms above the bed|
via Blue Eyed Yonder
|A variation on the bunting theme. I could use vintage images or colorful paper to fit my bedroom's color scheme|
|Or going the fabric banner route with patterned and solid colors.|
via The Lovely Cupboard
|Finding flea/goodwill/thrift frames, painting them all one color and layering onto of each other for an eclectic look|
So it's been a few weeks since I posted my 30 for 30 list, and I'm proud to say I can cross one of the goals off my list! The hardest part was picking which one to start with. To me, this seemed like the easiest one to tackle. I already had the supplies, and my hands needed something to do while I watched TV. I have to give credit to this youtube video for teaching me though. I had tried several times before to follow written and illustrated directions but could never get the petal fold down. (Which is a very tricky origami folding technique that I am now aware of since watching this video). I folded one along with the video, and then tried folding the other two without any peeking back at the directions. And they turned out great! They stand up on their own and everything. I even made another one last night to see if my brain had retained the directions from 3 days ago and viola! another folded crane.
This small accomplishment has motivated to find my next "30" task to cross off. Follow along with my goals here.
Being 5'9" I'm already pretty tall. Being in flats or sandals gives me a chance to be close to eye level with my petite friends. When I was younger I felt so awkward walking around in high heels, towering above most of the other girls. I feel like Godzilla attacking the shorter people around me. But, as I got older and became more confident and comfortable in myself I was proud to show off my height no matter what footwear I sported.
But recently I've been wondering how tall is too tall? There are some shoes I have been coveting; but between the platform and the wedge height, they'll add about 5 inches to my height. That's putting me at 6'2"! And for the record I'm not moonlighting as a model, so my day to day life doesn't involve a runway to strut down.What do you guys think? Am I reverting back to my self-conscious self or should I embrace my gentle giant facade and rock the highest heels I can?
|clockwise: Lauren Conrad, Seychelles, Shoe Mint, Target|
So last week we wrapped up the best movies of 2011 with the Oscars. I have to say I enjoyed the show very much. They kept it on time, a good mix of actor moments and montages, and it was good to see Billy back in the hosting spot light again. My ballot didn't turn out too bad either; 19 out of 24. Which is the most I have ever gotten right on award night, but it still only put me at 79% right. If I was in film school I would have been laughed off of campus! And with the close of one season, we inevitably have the start of a new one. And it is never pretty. There is the crappiest, stupidest assortment of slapped together movies you ever saw come out around this time. It's much too early for Oscar movies as well as fun summer blockbusters. But despite the drought of good movie selection, here are at least three movies I'm looking forward to in March and April.
|release dates L to R: Mar 16, Mar 23, Apr. 25|
(Oh and don't think I won't be seeing Titanic 3D when it opens on April 4th, but technically I didn't think it counted as a new movie)