You are welcome in advance for this movie review. I am about to save you $30 (at least) and about 2 hours of your life!
So, my husband and I saw the first John Wick. We are not who you would call big ol' Keanu fans but we ARE, as you know, big ol' fans of movies and it was the only one playing at the time. It was surprisingly good! Mostly because (1) we figured the movie was going to be horrible so our expectations were very low and (2) there was a lot of Russian language in the movie! So, all in all, not a bad movie date. Think one of the later Fast and Furiouses but without Vin Diesel or the Rock.
Now, fast forward a couple of years and enter John Wick 2. This movie is awful. The storyline is so nonsensical that it would probably be nominated for an Oscar if someone other than Keanu Reeves starred in it. The writers introduced this completely different world than what was featured in the first movie, throw Keanu Reeves into and give him a backstory to make you think he had been in it all along, and then toss in a bunch of criminals from different countries so you can hear Keanu "speak" Russian, Spanish, and Italian without the slightest attempt to use an accent. At all. One of my biggest pet peeves in movies (looking at you Tom Cruise in Valkyrie.)
In short, do not see this movie. Stay home and rent The Drop instead. You're welcome in advance.
And...we're back, darlings! Sorry for being MIA for about 6 months. I got this new AWESOME job which has required changing my schedule A LOT. But, things have calmed down a bit (I know, famous last words right?) and I'm back! So of course my first post in half a year is going to be about a movie everyone should see: The Finest Hours. Seriously. If you haven't seen this movie, rent it. Right. Now.
The movie: The film is about the greatest Coast Guard rescue in history. In the 1950s, a crazy snowstorm battered the east cost and the Coast Guard in Chatham, Massachusetts (think the Cape Cod area) embarked on an impossible mission to save those stuck at sea.
The cast: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Eric Bana are the ones you will know and the others you will learn to love.
The reason for the high recommendation: This movie is awesome. It is hands down the very best acting performance Chris Pine has ever given - and arguably one of the best performances that the silver screen has witnessed in a very long time. Yes, it will be overlooked for all of the awards because the story isn't sexy enough but Chris Pine is absolutely understatedly electric in this movie. He creates a completely different character than any other he has portrayed in his career to date - and it is a fantastic creation. Believable, endearing, consistent - you name it, he did it.
Saving the best for last, I need to give a slow-clap standing ovation for Casey Affleck. I must be honest here - I've never really be a fan of Mr. Affleck. He always seemed to play crazy-eyed and screw-loose characters and just never appealed to me. His role in this movie is the polar opposite of what he has portrayed in the past and he is excellent in it. Totes on the Casey Affleck train now (and apparently the Academy is too).
Why are you still reading this and not watching The Finest Hours? Go! And come back to leave your comments on the amazingness of this movie. Enjoy!
Golly, is there anything better than de-cluttering your house or apartment? The answer of course is YES but still, I get so much joy out of throwing away or donating bags and bags of books, pictures, knick knacks, and clothes that I haven't actually used in years.
You've probably heard about the KonMari method of clearing out your living space. But this article here offers some alternatives to that method including don't buy cute organizational things (which I am very guilty of) and asking yourself, "Would this item make someone else happier than it makes me?" which I think is an amazing approach to de-cluttering.
Be sure to provide your own tips in the comments below!
It's likely that you will be attending bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, and weddings galore over the summer - especially if you are in the wedding party.
Being a bridesmaid or maid of honor is a tremendous honor. But, let's be honest, it's also a lot of work since weddings just seem to be getting bigger and bigger. I personally am not a naysayer in this regard - I say, let's do this thing. Because I will never turn down an opportunity to party plan and drink.
One of my favorite wedding-related events is a lingerie shower. I've been to a few and my maid of honor (who was the most amazing maid of honor ever) hosted one for me. They are insanely fun and very easy to put together. Here are some tips on planning your favorite bride's lingerie shower:
1. Consider hosting the shower as part of the bachelorette party. This is how my maid of honor organized things and it worked perfectly. I first had a regular bridal shower that my mother and mother-in-law could attend (because who wants your mom to see your lingerie). And to make it easier on my guests (so they didn't feel compelled to go to a zillion wedding events) my maid of honor had my lingerie shower be the daytime activity of my bachelorette weekend. It worked out perfectly (and the lingerie shower activities were an excellent transition into bachelorette night fun).
2. GAMES! A few of my favorite games were match-or-mojito (the guests bring lingerie that is somehow relevant* to their relationship with the bride and she has to match the gift to the guest - if she gets it wrong, she drinks!); and the groom's choice (the bride tries the lingerie on over top of her clothes and the maid of honor texts pictures of each outfit to the groom and whoever purchased the groom's favorite wins a prize).
*My maid of honor gave me unicorn-themed lingerie. I mean, how amazing is that?
3. Little touches. Go to pinterest or etsy for ideas on invitations and decorations. The food can be similar to bachelorette party fare (ladies, we all know what that means).
But here are two my favorite little touches. First, ask the groom to write the thank you notes for the gifts. My husband did this. It was hysterical, he wrote things like, "Dear Jessica - that's what's up" or "Dear Anastasia - way to be a team player." My friends thought it was both hilarious and also super cute.
Second, ask the groom if he wants to secretly send a lingerie gift for the shower. He can get something that he wants the bride to wear on their honeymoon or wedding night, and it can be the last present she opens. I attended a shower where the groom did this and it was so sweet and the bride was so happy and surprised.
Have your own tips? Be sure to comment below!
Hope everyone had a great weekend! Since the Memorial Day holiday is coming up, and since there is no end in sight to all of the rain the East Coast is having, I'm sure you guys could use another one of my awesome TV show recommendations.
This one is the Netflix original series, The Ranch. The show itself is pretty simple. Former high school/college football star Ashton Kutcher comes home after bombing in the pros in order to help out on his family's ranch. Nothing groundbreaking there.
But what makes the show is the writing (which is both clever and funny) as well as the cast: Sam Elliott plays Ashton Kutcher's father/owner of said ranch in a role that was obviously created specifically for him; Debra Winger plays the mother (and owner of local watering hole); and Kutcher's brother is played by Danny Masterson (Hyde from That 70s show. I know, adorable right?)
The storyline follows Kutcher reintegrating himself into his hometown, complete with running into his ex-girlfriend (played by Elisha Cuthbert from The Girl Next Door). The show is reminiscent of programs from the early 90s such as Home Improvement and Roseanne. Give it a try, and be sure to comment on your thoughts below!
Because the Art of Manliness is right - sometimes we could all use a little reminder. Click here for the full reminder.
"You probably know how mastering the art of conversation is an invaluable tool in building your charisma and networking with others, whether it comes to business or pleasure. But it’s also a vital part of fulfilling a deep human need we have as social animals.
Have you ever had a night out with friends, maybe you met up at a new restaurant, had a few beers, and ended up talking and laughing the night away? As you walked to your car, I bet your brain felt positively aglow with a warm sensation of deep satisfaction and pleasure. That’s the effect a great conversation can have on you. Absorbing conversations truly add happiness and richness to our lives.
But the enjoyment of a good conversation is becoming more of a rarity these days. In our time of cell phones, text messaging, and emails, we’re having less face-to-face interactions, and thus when we do meet up with people in the flesh, our social skills can be a bit rusty. So we can all use some brushing up on the art of conversation and how to make great conversations a more frequent occurrence in our lives.
As I mentioned last week, two of my favorite people in the world got engaged.
Normally, I'm a big card gal - it's the Southerner in me. I love handwritten letters and cards, and so as soon as I got off the phone with the gorgeous bride-to-be, I hopped on over to the store to get the couple a congratulatory card. But for these two, I could do better than that.
(The groom is my husband's cousin and he was kind enough to be one of our groomsmen - and he and his fiancee' caught the garter and bouquet at our wedding. I mean, how cute is that right?)
Since we had plans to go to NY to celebrate my brother-in-law's birthday that weekend, I made a Groom Survival Kit and a Bride Bag to take to the happy couple. The best part about these little gifts is that they are completely customizable. The Groom Survival Kit contains airline bottles of the alcohol coupled with the appropriate mixer (for this one I used rum and coke). The Bride Bag had wedding magazines, a white silk robe that had Bride embroidered on the back, and a bottle of pink champagne. You can easily pop in some nail polish, jewelry, makeup, etc. Have fun with it!
Just in time for Mother's Day, here is a list of 27 products for every unicorn lover in your life. You're welcome in advance.