Monday, February 28, 2011

Best Dressed

Ahh the Oscars.  This is the one red carpet where you seriously need to bring it.  And it was definitely brought.  Here are some of my faves.

Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa
Totally age appropriate, fun and fresh, the perfect color, and since I love all things tea length and 1950s-esque, I love it!
Penelope Cruz (with hottie hubby Javier Bardem)
As always, Penelope is smokin'.  And she just had a baby.  I really like the dress, but I also love the simplicity of her hair and make-up.
Mila Kunis in Elie Saab. I mean, how beautiful is Mila?  And in this soft lavender? Ooh la la.
Gwyneth Paltrow in Calvin Klein.  Love her. She looks stunning.
Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Couture. Different but a gorgeous color, and she looks so glamorous.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Weekly Gratitude

This week was a long one, to say the least. However, I am glad that I have 'weekly gratitude' to remind me that there is so much in life for me to be grateful for.
  • Thank you for my dad, who is incredibly patient with me, gives me great advice, and still edits my papers.
  • Thank you to my mom, who makes me laugh, gives me great advice, and always comforts me no matter what.
  • Thank you that I have a job. Even though it is at times stressful, I am blessed to be learning and doing what I have wanted to do since age 13.
  • Thank you that I get a full day off tomorrow!
  • Thank you for shellac gel manicures.  Mine has yet to chip and looks oh-so-pretty!
  • Thank you for the Justin Beiber radio station on Pandora.  Dancing around to ridiculous hits made my Friday that much more fun. :)
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!!
Mostar, Bosnia 


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blind Your Ponies

I just finished Blind Your Ponies, a wonderful, wonderful book.  I haven't read a truly outstanding book lately, and it was so nice to finally have something that I could not put down.

Set in the small town of Willow Creek, Montana (which just happens to be about 40 miles from my house), this novel follows the losing and almost non-existent basketball team of Willow Creek High School.  While the story revolves around the team and their tortured coach, Sam Pickett, there are many other story lines about the townspeople of this tiny town, all who so desperately want and need a win.

An ultimate underdog story, the writing of this novel was truly a treat.  When reading about basketball games, you felt as if you were in the bleachers, cheering on the Willow Creek broncs.  The description of Montana in the winter was completely accurate, and the author paints the setting so perfectly, that you can totally imagine every event.  The character development was definitely the best part of Blind Your Ponies, as so much changes so many people in just one short basketball season.

Living in Montana, I definitely take the beauty for granted.  But this book helped me stop, and actually see the mountains, and the sky, and realize again that the valley that I live in really is one of the most gorgeous places on earth.  I really want to take a trip to go see all the tiny, blink-and-you'll-miss-'em towns that are mentioned and play such an important part in the book.
The actual town of Willow Creek.  The school is the large brick building at the top on the right of Main Street.
Blind Your Ponies is a definite must read for 2011, and as soon as you are done, no matter where you are from, you will want to take a little trip to Willow Creek, MT.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Colder Weather

New Song.  That I love.  The harmonies, the lyrics, love it.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Happy 100th Birthday

To Mr. Ronald Reagan.

"I know in my heart that man is good. That what is right will always eventually triumph. And there's purpose and worth to each and every life."