Thursday, December 31, 2009

Kiss the Noughties Goodbye!

In the blink of an eye, another year has flown by... and so has the past decade, I'm afraid. It's funny to think of where I was at this moment ten years ago - at some crazy "Y2K" New's Eve bash, head-banging to some bad local band and laughing my head off. I was a teenager in the early 2000s, and let me tell you, it was a great time to be a teen (but, then, let's face it-- anytime is great to be a teen). Now I'm a twentysomething, trying to "make it" as a writer and artiste. At this point in life, I'm full of hope for the future and faith that anything is possible.

As we bid the Noughties adieu, let's vow to make 2010 an awesome year! Hat's off to the new decade. :)

Happy New Year from Ip & Audrey!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Remembering Brittany Murphy

Back in 1994, a precocious teenager auditioned for her first movie role. She had prepared two scenes, had the required accent down pat, but was told "Thank you" after completing the first scene and dismissed.

"Wait," she cried. "I'd like a chance to do the other scene for you."

The casting agent laughed. "Relax!" he said. "We're going to call you back."

Sure enough, she got a callback. Then, after her screen tests, she officially landed the role.

Brittany Murphy delivered a standout performance in 1995's teen classic Clueless. Her adorable, spunky character Tai underwent a transformation, and in real life the actress followed suit. Brittany went from being a curvy, curly-haired brunette to a lithe blonde, like her co-star Alicia Silverstone. Not only did Brittany waltz off with Alicia's hair color and trim figure-- she also got her career.The roles that followed for Brittany included edgy performances in Girl, Interrupted and Don't Say a Word, as well as sugary-sweet roles in Uptown Girls and Just Married. Perhaps she was best at playing the on-screen version of herself: bright, bubbly, goofy, a little neurotic, but all-around lovable. I loved her best in films like Love and Other Disasters and The Ramen Girl, where that troubled-but-sweet spunk and personality shone through.Brittany was a bright talent and delightful to watch. I was always rooting for her. Like Heath Ledger and other stars whose lights burn out too soon, she had a promising future ahead and an already-great career behind her. The best was yet to come.

We'll be seeing you, Brittany. Hope it's not sporadically.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Marshmallow world

Tomorrow is the first official day of Winter. What a way to kiss Autumn goodbye...

Ok. So who wants to go for sushi? ;)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Magazine cover queens

As the Noughties draw to a close (already!), it's entertaining to look back on this decade's fashion (I foresee many a January blog post on this subject). I've always loved saving my old magazines (I try to keep one from each year, but lately I've saved so many that I practically have my own archives!), and can't help but notice that certain starlets tend to land certain covers. Glamour loves to use Jessica Simpson, Marie Claire goes for Drew Barrymore, Vogue adores Keira Knightley, and the list goes on.

Jezebel.com has gone so far as to rank the top 15 most popular "ladymag" cover "models" (hint: none of them are actually models). The winner may surprise you; it's not who I expected. Check the article out for a bit of Noughties fashion mag nostalgia. I'm going to get back to my January 2010 Marie Claire (She may not be on the list, but Natalie Portman is my favorite covergirl!).

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Back at the core

Marit Larsen, pixie-like songbird from Norway (I'm a devoted fan), has re-released her 2006 single "Under the Surface" with a stunning new music video. The presentation is dark and ethereal, much moodier than the video's first treatment in 2006, which brimmed with quirkiness and surrealism. Marit's new take is less avant-garde, more fairytale-esque.

Plus, her hair is much cooler now. Just saying.

The scenery is lush and Marit - in her demure, shimmering blue dress and retro sixties bangs - is simply sparkling. Lush and sparkling... two words that exactly describe her music. Watch Marit take a little fall down the rabbit hole...

Friday, December 4, 2009

Boston's Daily Candy goes bust


I loved you like a sister
I loved you like a friend
But Comcast's pulled the plug
And soon I won't see you again

You've always kept me up
On all the trends and freshest finds
Introduced little-known shops
For fashion-savvy minds

But seven sites were dealt the axe
And Boston's one to go
Just why the Hub is being snubbed
I guess we'll never know

It seems we're not special enough
For our own Daily Candy
Neither is Atlanta, Dallas, Miami
Seattle, Philly or D.C.

But Beantown gals, don't you fear--
We'll get generic newsletters next year
Called "Daily Candy Everywhere"
About everywhere but, well, here

We'll read about boutiques and restaurant openings
We may never physically see
Or we could just live vicariously
Through Daily Candy NYC...