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Whiplash (2014): J.K. Simmons, Miles Teller, Paul Reiser

 

Explosive! Extraordinary! Unforgettable!

 
 

"There are no two words in the English language more harmful than "good job".

- Terrace Fletcher





Whiplash is a headstrong film that literally entrances the audience from start to finish.  The film theme surrounds a young man, Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller), an ambitious jazz drummer student at the prestigious New York conservatory of music with an extraordinary musical gift who becomes entrenched in a personal war with Terrence Fletcher (J.K.Simmons) a hardcore and often sadistic teacher. The struggle of egos between the two is downright mesmerizing as Fletcher's goal is to find someone to play the drums at the highest level possible (Charlie Parker-like) in the music industry. The task is almost impossible and the rigors inflicted on the students and especially Neiman are brutal and cringe worthy.   It reminds the audience that being the finest of anything in life requires absolute dedication, perfectionism and complete devotion to the end goal - being outstanding above fellow competitors. This often means subjecting the human spirit and body to rigorous and unimaginable feats in order to achieve the goal.  Anyone who loves sports, loves to win and loves victory will eat the film up like a piece of cake.

J.K. Simmons (Best Supporting Actor 2015) is brilliant as a tyrant with an eye for excellence. The startling performance is unnerving, disturbing and gut wrenching.  And, Miles Teller nails it as student on a relentless mission to succeed no matter the cost. 

"Were you rushing or were you dragging?"  - Terrance Fletcher



The film is completely unforgettable, moving and an absolute ride on the frailties and strength of the human condition.  To be first rate at anything requires extreme measures and the cream does indeed rise to the top. Not for the faint of heart for this film makes the audience think over and over again - to achieve, to rise to the crest of achievement - the work must be done, the studying must be completed, the sacrifices must be made and in this case the physical body coordination and mental focus like all sports, music geniuses or anything else in life must obtained with pinpoint obsession and focus.  Must see!








Spring 2015 Fashion - Blushing Pink

 

Sophisticated, Royal and So Delicately Stylish


 
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, arrive for the Commonwealth Observance service at Westminster Abbey in London March 9, 2015.
 
Lana Del Rey - H&M


 Pink, Light Pink, Palest Pink....Pink Everywhere....

Blush pink is everywhere in Spring 2015.  Magazines online or in hard copy are seductively captivating readers with the palest of pinks capturing the essence of the feminine and beautiful woman.  The subtle hue can be worn with almost any color while casting a glorious glow.  Why even Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on March 9, 2015 stepped out in an Alexander McQueen coat creating a sensation in luminous pink.   Let's examine the palest pink pieces in delightful and whimsical floral demand.
 
 
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 Forever Chic Style - Pale Pink Blush Picks - Spring 2015

 

   "I believe in Pink" - Audrey Hepburn

 
 
 
 
 I.  The Pretty in Pale Pink Frock - Simple, classic and polished for any occasion. 
 

 
 Tahari Note: Stretchy material - runs large - order one size down.  Zipper down back.
 






 

Lauren Ralph Lauren Sleeveless Sweater Dress - $169

 
 
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The Fairy Tale Sweater

 

 "Pink isn't just a color, it's an attitude!"  - Miley Cyrus

 

Nicole Kidman - Bewitched (2005)
 
II. Pink, Feminine & Eternally Elegant:  A blush toned sweater frames the face and creates a beautiful radiance.  Fresh, young and breathtaking.
 
 
 
 
 

INC International Concepts High-Low Sweater - $49.50 Now -$38.99 thru 3/22/15

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The Only Shoe in Town

"Cinderella is proof that a pair of shoes can change your life"

 
 
 
 
 
III. Palest Pink Shoes:  The palest pink evokes vintage charm and causes a ripple of envy among the cast of players.  Ivanka Trump shoes are comfortable, well made and do not break the bank.
 
 
 
 
Ivanka Trump - 'Boni' Pointy Toe Pump (Women) - $109.95
 


 
 
Ivanka Trump - 'Drita' Laser Cut Sandal -  $134.95
 
 
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The Sophisticated  Woman


"I want my handbags and my shoes to be stylish but I want to make sure that they're versatile. I travel and I have to make sure the pieces I put into my bag can go with a dress or with shorts or jeans." - Maria Sharapova

 
Jessica Alba - Pink Louis Vuitton Bag
 
 
 
 IV. Of Course,  A Pink Handbag:  Must own in Spring 2015.  Lux, grand and magical for a fashionista this season.  The light pinkish tone adds exquisite beauty to any outfit.
 
 
 
 
Rebecca Minkoff - 'Medium MAB' Tote - $265
 

Tignanello Lady Q Chain Leather Status Satchel - $159 - Now $118.99 thru 3/22/15

 
 
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The Flash of Pink Light


"Every day is a fashion show and the world is the runway" - Coco Chanel


Cate Blanchett - Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

 
 V.  Add Pink Glitter:  A little sparkle of pale pink adds a fresh touch to any ensemble.  Perhaps not a fan but a ring, necklace of bracelet will suffice.


A Royal Necklace....


 
 
 
 

 Matching Earrings


kate spade new york - 'garden bed gems' stud earrings - $78

 
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"There is no such thing as too many pairs of sunglasses"  - Samantha August

 
 

The Cat Eye

 
Nicole Kidman - Grace of Monoco (2014)
 
 
VI.  Essential Pink Shades:  Pink cat-eye sunglasses for the style maven ready to make an entrance in a garden of flowers under the sun.  Warby Parker is the best deal on eyewear and sunglasses.  BEST kept secret - quality, beauty at the right price.
 






 
 
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"Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together." Elizabeth Taylor

 
 

 The Palest Pink Lip

 

Jessica Chastain
 
 
 
 
 
VII.  The Finishing Pink Touch:  The dress, the shoe, the sweater, the handbag, the jewels, the sunglasses need one more item to complete the pink ensemble - pink lipstick!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

"Fashion has always been a repetition of ideas, but what makes it new is the way you put it together."

- Carolina Herrera

 
 
 

Happy Spring 2015

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick

 

 

How to Cure Dry Winter Lips! - Forever Chic Style




Angelina Jolie - The Tourist (2010)


Lips, Lips, Lips

 
 

Dr. Zhivago (1965)


The blast of winter has crippled the east coast and Midwest in 2015 with a crushing blow of snow.  Snow, wind, and cold have shaped the landscape into a winter wonderland sometimes pretty and after awhile a place of tremendous bone chilling temperatures with mountains of white.  To keep warm, ladies and gents are bundled up in coats, scarves, hats, boots and gloves.  Yet, what about the face and the ever so lush lips that are not protected from the fierce storms?  The face is left viewing the frozen land while marching forth with a head down towards a warm destination.



Amanda Seyfried - Red Lips



"I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and... I believe in miracles."
- Audrey Hepburn

 

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How to keep lips soft, luscious and ever lasting?

3 Steps



I.  Indulge in a Sugary Lip Scrub:  Favorite lip scrub by sara happ in Brown Sugar - tastes yummy too!  Gently rub on lips at night before going to bed, apply moisturizer afterwards.  Can be used in the a.m. too.   Amazon - $18.52



sara happ - The Lip Scrub - Brown Sugar

 
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Scarlett Johansson - Red Lips




II.   Slather on "The Bomb":  The only moisturizer that counts.  Rich, smooth and keeps lips soft and moist.  Must have and worth every penny! Perfect at night before bed.

From Nordstrom Online: Crème de Rose is an essential nourishing and smoothing lip balm with a delicate rose fragrance that is simply addictive! It is enriched with a rare and precious Damask Rose essential oil extract, an anti-aging complex, energizing vitamins A and E, and shea butter for a long-lasting regenerating and smoothing anti-wrinkle effect. It leaves the lips optimally soothed, moisturized and nourished. Soft and beautifully plump, the lips are more radiant than ever!





Dior 'Crème de Rose' Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm SPF 10 - $28

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Claire Forlani - Lush Lips


III.  The Lip Balm All Day Usage:  The ultimate lip balm that is divine on the lips.  To be used during the day at anytime.   Now also in a springtime coral hue that enhances the natural lip. Wear without or with lipstick. Keeps the lips soft and protected from the elements. 




Dior 'Addict Lip Glow' Color Reviver Balm - $33


 
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Angelina Jolie - Golden Globes 2012
 
 
 

The Final Touch

Add Color to Lips



 
Finish with a favorite lip stick that stays during the icy months and moves blissfully into the bloom of spring and the heated days of summer!
 
 
 
 
Chanel - CHANEL RÊVERIE PARISIENNE ROUGE DOUBLE INTENSITÉUltra Wear Lip Color - $36


 
 
Audrey Hepburn Sporting the Red Lip
 
 

"Our eyes reflect light. Better that the lips are more like a rose petal."

- Olivier Theyskens (Fashion Designer - Theory)

 

Forever Chic Style - Kim Hardwick

 
 

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