Friday, May 21, 2010

The week that was...

Is it just me or is this year flying by? It's like I blinked after celebrating the New Year and it's already the end of May! My 19th birthday is coming up, the 4th of June, and I have to start planning a celebration of some sort. My house isn't fit to host any sort of party, so I figure I'll just gather some friends and we can club/bar hop the night away. We may even treat ourselves to Sex and the City 2 earlier in the night, considering it's released to cinemas just the day before. I must admit, I've always been a fan of the show, but this new movie just looks...disappointing. Completely over the top and with a plot that they threw together just for the sake of it. Don't get me wrong, I'm excited but needless to say I'm not exactly expecting quality. There is always the chance that I will be proven wrong, though...
Anyway, let us take a closer look at the week that has just come to a close...

"I do think sexuality is intriguing. I mean, I have my own hang-ups and embarrassments and I didn't want to go in a brothel at all. But once I was in there, it kind of appealed to me because it's a very female world, a very female-centric world, not a male-centric world. You think the men are the kings - but not at all. The men are all shy and awkward and drunk. And the women are all-powerful. It's fascinating to spend some time with people whose business it is. [Prostitutes] don't have any of those problems. They don't have any of those conflicts. They accept it. They accept it absolutely for what it is: it is a need, it is a desire, it is a passion and it is a ritual."
~Helen Mirren on her experience visiting a brothel to prepare for her new movie Love Ranch.
Oh, I love how Helen Mirren always has something interesting to say. I must admit, I obviously wouldn't have a proper clue, but I would not have expected this kind of power reversal at a brothel. I wonder if this is universal or just the brothel Ms. Mirren happened to be visiting...?

Wardrobe Envy
Marion Cotillard in Cannes.
While I'm well aware I could never pull of this look, I can't help but be desperately envious of Marion's coloured Ray Ban sunglasses this week! So quirky, so French...if only.

MusicJuly Flame, singer-songwriter Laura Veirs' seventh studio album, has been described as sending 'us on hikes through dreamy landscapes evoked by her uniquely tangy voice, casting minimal instrumentation in glistening arrangements to captivate the melancholy imagination.' Listen to: title track July Flame.

Forbes magazine has released their annual list of top-earning models. Gisele Bundchen once again holds the top spot -- which she's had for at least six years now -- with $25 million in estimated earnings from June 2009 to June 2010. In fact, there hasn't been a lot of movement in the list in the past year -- for 2010, the top ten is exactly the same for the second year in a row, with the exception of Natalia Vodianova moving up from seventh position to tie Alessandra Ambrosio in sixth place.
The full list (with comparison to 2009 position and earnings)...
  1. Gisele Bundchen $25m (1 — $25m)
  2. Heidi Klum $16m (2 — $16m)
  3. Kate Moss $9m (3 — $8.5m)
  4. Adriana Lima $7.5m (4 — $8m)
  5. Doutzen Kroes $6m (5 — $6m)
  6. Alessandra Ambrosio $5.5m (6 — $6m) and Natalia Vodianova $5.5m (7 — $5.5m)
  7. (none, due to tied 6th)
  8. Daria Werbowy $4.5m (8 — $4.5m)
  9. Miranda Kerr $4m (9 — $3)
  10. Carolyn Murphy $3.5m (10 — $3m)

In other news...
The 12-minute film
David Lynch produced for Dior featuring Marion Cotillard, Lady Blue Shanghai, the third segment in the Lady Dior series -- made its debut before a crowd of 500 gathered in Shanghai for Dior's Cruise 2011 show. According to Lynch, the only direction he had from Dior was, "They called me up and said, ‘Would you like to make a short film for the internet? You can do anything you want, you just need to show the handbag, the Pearl Tower and some old Shanghai.’” The outcome is everything you'd expect: an enigmatic, Lynchian take on a love story.

Vintage Beauty
Rita Hayworth
Oh, Rita, Rita, Rita...I can't look at Ms. Hayworth without thinking of the movie the Shawshank Redemption (beautiful movie - see it if you haven't already), and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I can't wait to share Ms. Hayworth's trivia segment with you all in the coming weeks!

...listening to: Baptism, by Crystal Castles.
...watching: Sex and the City to get myself in the mood for the new movie.
...reading: Story of O, by Pauline Reage - really liking it so far!
...eating: what did I put this section here for? Who wants to hear about what I'm eating, anyway?

Tell me all about your week!

Have a beautiful weekend!


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eleanor said...

I love Marion Cottilard! She is so gorgeous and talented.

That is an interesting quote. I saw a great documentary about brothels, these two funny old women were travelling the world going to brothels everywhere and the one they found the most 'agreable' was here in auckland new zealand. interesting...

i love how many different topics you cover in your posts!


Little Bear Stories said...

that's an interesting quote from Helen Mirren, I have heard that this is the case. I used to do voluntary work with women working on the streets and in brothels, some were very much victims, others more in charge of their situations.


yes, i do adore marian's ray bans :) and oh, i was quite surprised to find miranda kerr on the list. . . ! have a lovely weekend ♥

LyddieGal said...

My week isn't quite at the was portion yet (9 more hours until 5pm!) but... So far it's just been long. I'm looking foward to an evening of doctor who catch up (which, was good and not at all devastating as I'd feared.)

my thoughts on SATCTM2 are the same, I really loved the way the show ended and I hate how the first movie messed that up. Now if Carrie cheats on Big with Aidian, I'd never forgive anyone. But I'm still going to see it.

I have to remember to get the July flame album, I heard the single ages ago and liked it.

Happy early birthday!


E said...

That Helen Mirren quotation is fantastic! I didn't realize she had such a raunchy sense of humor until after I saw The Queen and it kind of took me by surprise!

michelle_ said...

great post !
love marion's sunnies !
surprised that doutzen kroes made it to the list even though i rarely she her these days.. maybe its becasue of her loreal contract ?

Anonymous said...

funky glasses! my week's been about work and work... but also seeing my best friend :)

Anna Jane said...

Yes, this year is FLYING by. I guess it just means I'm getting older...

I've been on the road all week, so I'm excited to just hang out this weekend.

Anna Jane

Josie said...

Marion Cotillard is so beautiful. She looks absolutely amazing. Hope you have a fab weekend!
xxoo Josie

Ruta, Look Ugly in a Photograph said...

The year is flying by. The older I get, the faster time goes. It's so sad. I miss being a little girl.

I envy those glasses. I need them

emily viveur said...

marion cotillard is so gorgeous...i'd couldn't pull off those ray bans either. and i loved the short film!

April said...

Love that quote, and most of everything else in this post!

Dusk said...

I have to come back to this one my sweet. Unfortunately it has pushed my freakin' "oh why bother with a comment when an essay will do" button!!!!

I love your posts!!

Sunaina said...

I'm seeing commercials for those Ray Bans everywhere! I like them ^^
Models earn so much money! Proud of our own Doutzen Kroes:D She is soo pretty. My week was all about studying, exams start june 3rd so I won't be around often, happy bday in advance! Hope you'll have a splendid day/night and hopefully SATC2 will be fun!

eleanor said...

nigella is fabulous isn't she! i have her christmas episodes on dvd, i love watching her and the way she talks about the food. i find it so funny that they call her the queen of 'food porn', haha!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for tha comment darling, loving your blog:)

meg said...

Helen M. is always surprising. Oh, I didn't know about Laura's stuff. I like her.

Yeah, we are planning a sex in the city night out, too..sometime. I wasn't near the fan my friends just gets too materialistic for me after a while.

I hope you have a delightful 19th with your friends and family. Just getting muggy here..which means..not wanting to wear much..thus, hard to find my bra when I need it.

knk said...

lovely post i like it i like those outfits
my week is boring rains started fully busy

hope next week will be good

nice post
take care see you soon

Margaux. said...

I hopeful for the new movie.

Winnie said...

Oh I love Marion Cotillard's shades!

A dissertation is like a thesis? Mine is going to be a 12,000 word research paper! Scary!

Aimee said...

Loving Marion's sunglasses!

Adele said...

Such a great post! You are right about the year going by so fast! I am nearly done with my academic year! Thanks for posting about the best earning models... stuff like that interests me haha and Marion Cotillard is just amazing isn't she!

- Adele

Cafe Fashionista said...

Personally, I think you should ring in your 19th birthday by grabbing a bunch of your girlfriends, getting all dressed up, and seeing Sex and the City 2 while dressed to the nines - then off to a cute cafe or cupcake shop for dessert! :)

Berlin said...

Well, I wish you an early HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! =D

The years do seem to go by quickly lately, I feel that time went slowly when I was a kid.

And those Ray Ban sunglasses are sweet!

Thanks for the comment =) Hopefully I will get something out of the competition.

Crossing the streets,

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Phuong said...

nice pictures! I hope you will have a great bday party very soon ;)

coolboy said...

looks so sweet nice outfitd

Juliet said...

Gorgeous beuties in this post must say! I live in a town / city of about 120 000 habitants, 7th biggest in Finland -yes, a small country. To me big city means something like Helsinki, Stockholm, London, Paris. And here in Finland our capital is the only one who makes the cut.

juliet xxx

Audrey Allure said...

Can't wait until the SATC movie!

And in response to your question, my signature is an image I created & just uploaded into my post :)

L e D. said...

Giseeeeeele ♥
always beautiful!

MizzJ said...

I'm actually surprised that Kate Moss is so far down that list! Who would've thought Giselle was paid so much!

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

oh how i love Marion! shes so beautiful. Like, all the time!

Must go watch that Lynch Dior ad RIGHT NOW! very excited.

Catita said...

i love Marion;s ray ban!! and anyway she is so gorgeous everythung is nice in her!