The runway show for Valentino's 2017 ready to wear collection for the fall was one of my favorites this year. Pierpaolo Piccioli is credited for this successful showing. He's led the creative direction of Valentino for eight years. The latest collection merges “Victoriana” and the “Memphis Group” stylistic elements together.
Piccioli stays away from “protesting” with this latest fashion move for Valentino. Eschewing the statement tee of Dior (“We Should All Be Feminists”) that's been so popular this season. Piccioli is oddly out of sync with long time collaborator Maria Grazia Chiuri who's fully embracing the PROTEST climate of 2017.
Victoriana is romantic and high waisted collars and the Memphis design movement from the 80s offered to the collection what Vogue referred to as “ice cream colors”. Piccioli recycled the old and made it FASHION again. It was for all intensive purposes a runaway success.
My personal favorite this season was one from Dolce & Gabana. Vogue described it as a “short scarlet tunic with gold braiding instantly summoning echoes of the Napoleonic Wars.” I was too American to see anything other then the “British are coming!” but that's not a way of saying I wouldn't wear it.
A particular note of interest on the military coats is that they do not adhere to this year's trend towards over sized. They tend to be form fitting and at the very least tailored. Where our pant legs are over bloomed 70s regality, our military jackets keep our body heat close to us.
This list is a review of all of the albums I've bought this year. They are all rated on a scale of 1 to 5 bubbles. My favorite song is listed along with the album. This is determined solely based on how many times I've listened to it individually.
Music comes in so many different forms and textures that it's hard to say definitively what album is “better” then another. I never did buy Adam Lambert's The Original High, but from what I've listened to it's a stellar return to form. The same goes for Selena Gomez's Revival. When I heard Justin Bieber's new album Purpose I found it to be acceptable plodding mid tempo fair. However that said, I know quite a few people who really enjoy his new musical direction. Ellie Goulding's Delirium is not in my taste, but if you're a fan of her earlier work her new seventeen track epoch should satisfy
The most important news in music this year is the continuing lawsuit between Kesha and Dr. Luke. She is asking to be released from her contract after revelations of physical and mental abuse on the part of her record producer Dr. Luke. Sony Music has refused to let her out of her contract and is siding with Dr. Luke. A growing protest has started, creating the trending hashtags #FreedomForKesha and #SonyMusicSupportsRape.
Sign the petition to release Kesha from her contract here.
Broke With Expensive Taste: Azealia Banks
2 ½ Bubbles
The album originally dropped too little digital fanfare in 2014 finally saw it's physical release in 2015. Azealia Banks is the beleaguered rap artist more known for her trans-phobic discourse and public melt downs. Her first album, although full of solid moments tends to drag and concepts run into one another. And, nothing on the album quite replicates the viral sensation of “212”. The best cuts off the album tend to be the singles.
Most Played Song: Tie between “Heavy Metal and Reflective” and “BBD”
Buy Broke With Expensive Taste
The Eephus: Wondaland
3 ½ Bubbles
A joint EP released by Janelle Monae's recording mates on Wondaland none of the songs on the EP live up to the fun of singles “Classic Man” and “Yoga”. The bonus remix of “Classic Man” featuring Kendrick Lamar does little to liven up the final two songs off the EP, which are both slow burns.
Most Played Song: “Yoga” featuring Jidenna.
Buy The Eephus
Emotion: Carly Rae Jepsen
The much lauded album by Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen it features “Really Like You” a song that intended to return her to the top of the charts with a cameo studded music video. The album is a glossy, easy breezy, down your throat listen, even at 17 tracks long. An accomplishment that goes much further then any of the album's singles did.
Most Played Song: “Your Type”
The Fool: Ryn Weaver
2 ½ Bubbles
This album hinges on an experimental electronic influence that is well captured on buoyant songs “Pierre” and “Octahate”. Ryn Weaver never quite matches the magic that made her contemporary, Halsey's debut so fascinating. It's a listenable if unremarkable debut. The Fool also features one of the most pretentious songs of 2015 finalized with the spoken word outro on “Traveling Song” that consists of talking about “turtle soup”
Most Played Song: “Octahate”
Buy The Fool
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful: Florence and The Machine
The first release from the indie rock band in four years it finds Florence Welch deepening her outlook on themes explored on their other two studio albums. The album is bolstered by her voice and big strings. Some songs falter in their length and remarkability, but the album is focused none the less and features some of the most anthmetic and personal work of her career.
Most Played Song: “What Kind Of Man”
Peace is the Mission: Major Lazer
3 ½ Bubbles
Another Diplo helmed DJ set, his production as Major Lazer is decidedly reggae themed. Featuring global smash “Lean On” the album powers through some of the most fun dance music produced this year. The album features guest vocals from superstars Ellie Goulding and Ariana Grande.
Most Played Song: “All My Love (Remix)” featuring Ariana Grande and Machel Montano.
Buy Peace Is The Mission
Pitch Perfect 2: Soundtrack
The album fares just as well as the movie did. The more you liked the movie, the more you'll appreciate the accompanying soundtrack. As so often is the case the sequel proves to be not as good as the original. Besides the movies chronicled performance it also features new music from Ester Dean and Jessie J.
Most Played Song: “Crazy Youngsters” by Ester Dean
Buy Pitch Perfect 2
Reflection: Fifth Harmony
An initial glance at this album would show it to be one of the glossiest releases of the year. The first five opening songs are exemplary of what processed pop is supposed to sound like. It's the final six tracks that sink into the nineties influenced R&B that Ariana Grande does so well, except on Fifth Harmony they play like throwaway B-Sides. The album although promising doesn't show the full potential of the group.
Most Played Song: “Top Down”
Sremm Life: Rae Sremmurd
Rap's latest and greatest duo, Rae Sremmurd dazzle with the ridiculous jangling of “No Flex Zone” and “Unlock The Swag”. The album benefits from guest appearances by Nicki Minaj and Big Sean. A thoroughly fun ride and the antithesis of what Kendrick Lamar is trying to do with the genre.
Most Played Song: “No Flex Zone”
Buy Sremm Life
Favorite Album of The Year: Breathe In. Breathe Out by Hilary Duff
Favorite Song of the Year: "Breathe In. Breathe Out" by Hilary Duff
Usually I'm fine being the shorter one. It doesn't bother me, but for eight years I was taller and he wants to be taller then me. Fuck him.
I do my research. I'll need at least three inches. And, I decided I wanted them to be wedges. Not heels. Of course wedges are still heels, but I was set in stone on this point. I order them, because I'm too lazy to go out in public.
Get them in. Assume I will fall face down on my face and surprise my self by stomping around for a few hours without a misstep. The only trouble is the stairs and with practice, I don't need to clutch the bannister anymore.
However, the real secret when you get out in public is just to pretend your Naomi Campbell. You've practiced. You know what you're doing. Believe in yourself. And, if you do fall down, you'll look fierce doing it. Don't be afraid to wear heels if you want to.
Obviously they are not something you should have on for eighteen hours a day, but I love them. They make me feel confident and attractive. Exactly what fashion is supposed to do. Be hell on heels if you want to be.
When it comes to fashion, find what makes you feel good, and fuck anyone who tries to make you feel inferior. If you think you look good. You do.
It was only recently that I listened to one of his songs. As exciting as single releases like “Long Hard Road Out of Hell” and “Arma-goddamn-fucking-geddon” sound. I wasn't going to listen to them. I was perfectly fine sitting on the bleachers being like kill Marilyn Manson. KILL. Loving his love with Dita Von Teese.
Because, yes he was married to the most famous burlesque dance there has ever been. She is probably the reason I like him as much as I do. And, they divorced a good seven years ago. But, in my mind they're love was everything. Tumultuous, sexy, and ultimately destructive.
Surprisingly, it was RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Adore Delano that made me look into Marilyn Manson's new single. He was all like listen to “Deep Six”. And, I was like. Okay. Adore Delano is also a singer and of course I've heard his album Til Death Do Us Party. So, I took a shot and assumed I could trust her.
I do listen to some hard rock. But, that comes way of The Pretty Reckless and Pat Benatar. Marilyn Manson has historically superseded them. “Deep Six” did not suggest an album full of screamo and crunching guitars that I couldn't handle. But, I'm so afraid.
I looked at the track list. The opening song is “Killing Strangers”. Then you have beautiful tracks like “The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles” (I can't imagine how that chorus goes), “The Devil Beneath My Feet” and “Birds of Hell Awaiting”. Does this not frighten you just knowing Marilyn Manson's track record. It makes me squeal and not in the good way. I am a stereotypical white girl who knows every word to Taylor Swift and bops back and forth to Katy Perry.
I am not a death metal kind of person. I just don't know. Let's also not ignore the fact that it's lead single “Deep Six” is about being buried. I have not analyzed it's true contents. But, this could include being buried alive or maybe just death in general. I don't know. I'm just not sure if I can handle a Marilyn Manson full length.
That said I am living for this album cover. And, I am enjoying the fact that his record label is called Hell Etc. That's funny.
I might just end up getting the CD single. Because, yes “Deep Six” was released on CD exclusively at Best Buy. The song is getting good reviews by the way. This isn't just me spouting. It's also do well on Mainstream Rock Radio. I didn't know there was such a thing.
Buy "Deep Six"
The question of whether I like Marilyn Manson is still up in the air. I'll have to psych myself into buying this album.
I had no intentions of writing this article. It was not part of my weekend. And, then I went out with Rosencrantz. We once again went on the game plan of let's just go out and do something. We ended up at a shopping mall. Where we looked rather then shopped.
We had one goal to find a candle that represented the fall season. We found none. We went in two different shops and each time could not find what Rosencrantz wanted. After this the movie Gone Girl just happens to come up. Now I had planned on going to see it with my mother. I have decided to set myself on a budget as I have been spending rather recklessly as of late. And, there's nothing better then having your mother pay for it.
Before we actually saw the movie. We stopped at Target, where I was stopped. I was recognized. They said are you one of Miss Sara Bellum and the Mayor's friends. I said of course. They knew me from me being all over their instagram account. It may just be local stardom, but stardom I do have.
After I actually got home. My mother wants to go out. And she decides we are going to go see No Good Deed. I saw two movies in under five hours. It was rather insane.
I suppose his penis had a nice shape. We're just going to have to buy the movie and freeze frame for a better angle if we're really that curious. I don't really know what to tell you about this movie. It is a thriller. I just don't want to give anything away. The basic premise is that Ben Affleck's wife has disappeared, and it is up to you decide whether or not he actually killed her.
You have to remember that this review is coming from someone who read the book. That I knew the screenplay was written by the author. I had very specific expectations for this film and they were not met. The author said the film would differ from the book. It did not. There were deviations, but nothing jaw dropping. Some of the same uncomfortable dialogue from the book found its way into the movie. Thank you Gillian Flynn.
I did enjoy the movie. You should see it. There are some graphic scenes, sexually, physically, and verbally, so beware of that. This movie is not Academy Award material. If you don't see it. You are not missing anything. I would give it 3 ½ Bubbles personally.
Now, I asked Rosencrantz -someone who had not read the book- to give me her opinion of the movie, and her rating was slightly better. It was 4 Bubbles. I definitely think if you read the book you should see the movie.
With my mother I got around to seeing No Good Deed. I love this movie. It stars Idris Elba as deranged psychopath killer and Taraji P. Henson as docile housewife. I am truly terrified of Idris Elba now. If I saw him walking down the street, I would be like bye bitch.
He does a great job. This movie is horrifying. I do not get freaked out by a lot of horror movies, because I can seperate them from my life. But, a man in distress comes knocking on your door and proceeds to terrorize your family. That I can relate to. It makes me not want to answer my door.
So, I have read that this movie did not receive good reviews. I'm not sure why. I love it. It is one of those movies I will never want to see again (Think Fatal Attraction), but I think its fantastic. Maybe I was just in the mood for this kind of movie, but I am obsessed. I like it. Taraji P. Henson slayed and that little narrative twist at the end. Yes. That is some Agatha Christie shit.
Make a point of seeing it. I gave it 4 Bubbles. I did not ask my mother her opinion, because she does not know that I blog. So, whenever she does find out about this. That should be interesting.
End point. Go see a movie.
What's the point of dating if they don't go with your outfit?