Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Television hotties

Have you ever watched a television show and thought "wow, I wish I could meet a guy like that!" or perhaps you just wanted to jump into the screen and smother the character with kisses? Er, I mean....give him a friendly hug...ahem, anyway.

I have.

Just out of pure entertainment, and because I know you have spent sleepless nights wondering, I decided to share with you my top five television crushes.

(Warning: These are random. I am not a typical girl.)

Brandon Walsh (Beverly Hills, 90210)

Oh, Brandon, Brandon, Brandon. The nicest boy in Beverly Hills. This Minnesota native is just an honest, wholesome boy-next-door who can make your heart melt with a smile, but also race with a kiss. What girl wouldn't want to gaze into those liquid blue eyes all day? Plus, he just wants to do the right thing, gosh darn it. In Every Freaking Episode. Because all that matters in life is that everything is fair. Sigh.
Bonus: His family is rich.
Drawback: Would you be able to concentrate on Mr. Nice Guy when his hot bad-ass friend Dylan is around?

Jack Tripper (Three's Company)

This adorable chef is so goofy and hilarious. I've seen every single episode of this show (my parents own the DVD collection) and in each one Jack makes me giggle like a 13-year-old school girl. How can someone so handsome and funny be such a sweetheart? Well, it helps that in real life the actor, John Ritter, was said to be pretty comparable to his famous character. So not much acting was required. That makes me love Jack Tripper even more!
Bonus: He's a man who COOKS. Need I say more?
Drawback: He lives with two gorgeous girls.

Mike Delfino (Desperate Housewives)

Forget the gossip. Forget the fact that Gabrielle Solis is my soulmate. Forget the delicious scandals. Mike Delfino is the main reason I want to move to Wisteria Lane. Move over, Susan. He's mine. Well, in my dreams. Haha. But since I can't be on the show, I guess she can have him. But what a lucky, lucky woman she is. I personally don't see what harm there would be in letting him do each episode shirtless. But apparently ABC doesn't agree and they've ignored my petition. Shame on them.
Bonus: He will never cheat on you.
Drawback: He's a plumber.

Jim Halpert (The Office)

Every time this paper salesman gives a wary or amused glance to the camera, our eyes meet and my heart skips a beat. He's the most normal guy at Dunder Mifflin and probably one of the silliest and cutest guys on television these days in general. And puh-lease, don't tell me you haven't spent restless nights fantasizing that it was you, not HER, he was marrying...right? You have done that? Right???
Bonus: Your parents will love him.
Drawback: Pam.

Andy Griffith (The Andy Griffith Show)

Don't laugh. I know he's like a bazillion years old right now, but back in 1962 this guy was quite the catch. Plus, who wouldn't want to cuddle on the porch with a dashing southern gentleman, while he plays the guitar and Aunt Bea brings you a cup of freshly squeezed lemonade?
Bonus: He has an adorable and well-behaved son named Opie. If you're going to be a stepmother, that's the kid you want.
Drawback: Andy's closest companion, Barney, is kind of a nut job.

So what television studs (or female hotties) are YOU crushing on?

Thursday, February 25, 2010

If I were...

A little while ago, my dear friend Barry at Life in Quotations filled out this survey. I adored it so much, I had to fill it out myself...

Here it goes...

If I were a month, I’d be June.
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Friday.
If I were a time of day, I’d be 5 p.m.
If I were a planet, I’d be Saturn.
If I were a sea animal, I’d be a pink dolphin.

If I were a direction, I’d be right.
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a chaise.
If I were a liquid, I’d be champagne.
If I were a gemstone, I’d be a sapphire.
If I were a tree, I’d be a cherry tree.

If I were a tool, I’d be a blade.
If I were a flower, I’d be a cherry blossom.
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be stormy.
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a mandolin.
If I were a color, I’d be fuchsia.

If I were an emotion, I’d be longing.
If I were a fruit, I’d be a cherry.
If I were a sound, I’d be a crashing wave.
If I were an element, I’d be fire.
If I were a car, I’d be a vintage Mercedes Benz.

If I were a food, I’d be a pink cupcake.
If I were a place, I’d be the beach.
If I were a material, I’d be tulle.
If I were a taste, I’d be delicious.
If I were a scent, I’d be jasmine.

If I were an object, I’d be a roller coaster.
If I were a body part, I’d be your lips.
If I were a facial expression, I’d be your smile.
If I were a song, I’d be The Fear by Lily Allen.
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be jeweled sandals.

What would you be?

PS. Today is Barry's birthday. Happy birthday, sweetie!
PPS. Check out my guest post over at Tales of a Wondering Star!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Thank You

I hope you are all having a great week!

Mine has been kind of miserable because for the past week I have been so SICK! I cough all the time and lost my voice. So not cool.

On a happier note, I discovered that my wish post from last week received more than 100 comments. Not sure how that happened, but I like it! Haha.

Anyway, I received a few fabulous blogging awards that I wanted to share.

First up, I received the Haute Mess award from Imogen over at Tia Cherie. Thanks, sweetie!

With this award, I have to list seven of my favorite things and pass it on to seven other fabulous bloggers. favorite things:

1. My blog (yay!)
2. Snuggling with Rian (awwww)
3. Good face days (I know, right?)
4. Diet Dr. Pepper (addicted, really)
5. My sapphire and diamond ring (present to myself two years ago)
6. Hummus (omg)
7. My wicked digital camera (courtesy of Rian and my mom two months ago)

And the bloggers I pass this award along to are:

1. Her Armoire (Betz is adorable!)
2. Twenty Somethings (this blog is such a gem)
3. Fabulous! (pasta not included) (Nikosmommy always makes me smile)
4. Getting Fit and Loving It (Sandy is one of the most inspirational women in my life)
5. Tales of a Wondering Star (one of the coolest blogs EVER)
6. Fashion Court (Love, love, love!!)
7. Melanie's Randomness (Mel is quite possibly my blogging soulmate)

Then, Fashion Court and Imogen gave me the Sunshine Award. Thanks girls! xoxo

I am giving this award to:

1. Life in Quotations (true sunshine in my life)
2. Minute by Minute (please check out this blog, it's amazing)
3. In Bug's Drawers (gorgeous girl and fabulous outfits...need I say more?)
4. Cut and Dry (you'll love it)
5. For the Love of Stilettos (I just discovered this lovely blog!)
6. Leah (one of the most beautiful bloggers I know)
7. As I Wrote One Day (magical, beautiful, inspiring)

And last but not least, Debbie over at GirlWhimsy gave me the following award:

Thanks, Debbie! Make sure you go check out her blog because it's simply stunning.

I am going to pass this award along to all of YOU because I adore each and every one of you. Your blogs and comments always exceed my expectations. :)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Enamor Magazine

There is a new fashion magazine on the block.

You can view the premiere issue here.

I adore Enamor, but I have to admit I am a little biased. I have two articles in it. I am a staff writer for this labor of love.

So in order to help celebrate its launch, I decided to share a little of its history with you and introduce you to the girl behind it, my dear friend Morena. You can see her blog here.

Isn't she a doll? I met this incredibly intelligent 15-year-old more than one year ago. She was my first blogging friend and I always assumed she wasn't that much younger than me. I was amazed to find out she was a decade younger! Despite the age difference, we quickly became close friends.

I was lucky enough to even visit her out in Los Angeles last summer. If things go according to plan, I should be visiting her again this summer. Yay!

(me, Morena, and her friend Avalon)

I recently conducted an interview with Morena regarding Enamor and how it all got started.

Here it is:

1. When did your interest in fashion start? Why?
I grew up seeing my mom sketch her original designs. My mom doesn't work in fashion but she's always had an interest for it. She would always watch episodes of TLC's "What Not to Wear," which is now one of my favorite shows. With my mom's interest, I developed my own passion for the industry. At first I adored the beauty aspect of it all, but as I got older I realized that fashion is much more than that. It's an art that imitates life. As society changes, fashion changes.

2. When did you come up with the idea for Enamor Magazine? What inspired you to start the magazine?
Over the summer I really needed to start a project. I had not much to do so I literally just thought one day, why not a magazine? I was actually inspired by Rachel Zoe's hunger for fashion, and her ambition to do something about it. So I did something to satisfy my hunger as well.

3. Describe Enamor Magazine. What is it about?
Enamor Magazine is a fashion magazine. That's what it is in a nutshell. But you know what it really, truly is? It's the passion of three young girls, translated into glossy pages. Do you want to hear a secret? This issue of Enamor was produced with no money at all. We happen to have a great amount of luck, and a handful of people who believe in us. That's what it took to produce this 50 page publication.

4. Starting this project at such a young age is really incredible. How did you even begin the process? What are some challenges you have faced?
I knew I could not go at this alone, so I approached my amazing friend Taylor Becnel. She's Co Editor-at-Large for Enamor. I approached her because I knew she loved fashion as much as I did, not knowing what a huge help she would end up being. She then introduced me to the other Co Editor-at-Large Kara Gonchar. Kara's my whole New York base. She helped shoot two of the four editorials in the Premiere Issue. Honestly, although we got into countless arguments, this issue of Enamor would not exist without Kara and Tay.

5. You once told me you hoped to be the next editor-in-chief of Vogue. Is this still true? What are your future goals?
Of course it's still true! In terms of the short term future, I would like to keep successfully running Enamor. In the more distant, I'd like to attend NYU and Columbia for post-grad. And then of course, I'd like to intern at Vogue. We've all got to start somewhere right?

6. With school, ballet, and modeling, it seems you were already an extremely busy high school student. What was it like starting a magazine on top of all that? How do you juggle everything?
This was probably the most difficult aspect of it all. I recently started pursuing my interests in the dance world. That's all I wanted to do. Seriously. And (it's confession time) this is why Enamor took so long to launch. This issue should have been out months ago but I just didn't have that balance in my life and I procrastinated, to say the least. I think I've got it figured out by now. But I'm pretty sure there's many more lessons to be learned. I like learning though, so I'm not anticipating any negative experiences.

7. A lot of people think fashion is frivolous. What do you have to say about that?
Oh, well it probably is. But there's people that love this industry so much, and there's people that don't understand it. For those who don't understand it, there's still no place for them to judge it. At least people who work in fashion love what they do. You don't have to love the food industry to work at a restaurant. But you have to love fashion to work for Anna Wintour, otherwise you will get stepped on (by 6-inch Louboutin's of course).

8. Why did you choose the name Enamor?
Well "enamor" was actually a vocabulary word that I learned a year ago. I initially wanted to name my magazine "Charm," but it seemed a bit cliche. Then I automatically thought of enamor, which is a synonym for charm. Most people thought I chose this name because if you take the last three letters of enamor and switch them with the first three, it spells Morena. That wasn't intentional, but when it was brought to my attention, it only made the name more clever.

9. What are your goals for Enamor?
I would like Enamor to be inspiring. This first issue is very atypical for a fashion magazine. Taylor was right, I'd like to push myself out of the box a bit more.

10. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would just like to say that I'm well aware of the fact that Enamor is just a compilation of pretty pictures and witty words. What makes us different from other magazines is the fact that we don't give the illusion of perfection. I don't know if you noticed, but there's something very human about our magazine. We're accessible.

If you check out Morena's blog, Too Haute To Handle, you will discover she has a fabulous giveaway to coincide with the premiere of Enamor. Definitely check it out! If you want to order a print copy of the magazine, check out Enamor's website.

What I find amazing is that Morena is still exceeding any expectations. She has also recently launched Telluric Season, a science and nature based magazine that breaches into philosophy.

Now go check out Enamor! :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Everything looks perfect from far away

I wish...

I wish I had long legs.

I wish I could go to the beach.

I wish I had more confidence.

I wish I was a little more glamorous.

I wish I had money to burn.

I wish I had a sister.

I wish I took more risks.

I wish I was a little more wild.

I wish I had a maid.

I wish I could eat junk food all day and never gain a pound.

I wish I could travel around the world with my best friend.

I wish I could fly away.

But most of all I wish I didn't wish for any of these things. Because then my life would be perfect.

Friday, February 12, 2010

One Year Anniversary

"Here I am with another blog. I'm not sure if it's an outlet into my soul or another vain attempt to show everyone my fabulously warped little world."-Jennifer Fabulous, Feb. 12, 2009

Today is my blog's one year anniversary.

It's so strange to think how fast time has gone. Sometimes it seems just like yesterday, sometimes it feels like ten years ago. So much has happened and yet so little has changed.

When I wrote my first blog post, I never dreamed that a year later not only would I still have my blog, but I would have more than 100 followers. I think that's kind of cool. It has become my creative outlet, my journal, and my portal for making friends. A place for me to vent, a place for me to cry, and a place for me to laugh.

Here are some of my favorite posts from the past year (is this narcissistic? Eh, I don't care):

-That time I wanted to be Greta Garbo.
-Introducing the world to the other Jenny Benny.
-My Bollywood obsession
-My church's Pastor McDreamy
-After facing a shameful lie, I found myself the mother of two newborn rabbits.
-I confess a serious addiction.
-The day I had Angelina Jolie lips.
-My Betsey Johnson shopping spree!
-Three words: Sour Cream Lady.

Since I don't have enough money for a fancy giveaway, I decided to give you something else instead. I made you a video of myself. I figure its as personal as I can get over the internet. This is my first video I have made for the internet, so I'm sorry its not very good. Haha.

Thank you for being one of the main reasons I have smiled over the past year.

And I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! xoxo

Thursday, February 11, 2010

RIP Alexander McQueen

Very few people take risks in this world. Especially when it comes to a career that can either make you a star or make you a world-famous joke.

Alexander was one of those people who put his creativity on the line and turned it into something magical, something so surreal and beautiful, we couldn't help but ogle at his genius.

Unfortunately, we lost him today. He was way too young to die, just being 40 years old.

This is a significant loss for the fashion world.

He helped change the world, in his own glamorous way. He inspired other fashion designers, he inspired future fashion designers, and he helped inspire fashion icon Lady Gaga.

I can only hope that his dedication and success he obtained by putting his heart and soul into his work will inspire others to do the same.

We need more people like Alexander McQueen in this world.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

I'd like to thank the Academy...

I hope all of you had a terrific weekend! Mine was fun. I went bar-hopping with my friend Will on Friday night, made some extra cash helping my dad out with his job all day Saturday, and then stuffed myself silly with junk food at a Super Bowl party on Sunday.

Now it's back to spying on neighbors and taking more showers this week, I suppose. Haha.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a few things with you.

I recently received some awards! Yay!

From my super awesome amazingly talented friend Melanie, I received...

The Gorgeous Ladies of Blogging award! Thanks, Mel!

I am going to pass this award on to the following ten blogs:

1. Dreaming Spires and Old Car Tyres
2. English Rose
3. HiFashion
4. Magpie Girl
5. Pop Champagne
6. Savvy Mode
7. Social Climbers
8. Audrey Allure
9. Little Violet Dress
10. We Were Damsels

The next award was bestowed upon me by Style Artisan, one of the most beautiful and classiest women in the online fashion world.

I am going to give this award to the following ten blogs:

1. Lulu Letty
2. Tales of a Wondering Star
3. Tia Cherie
4. The Fashion Fusion
5. Creative Fashion
6. Take Me Out to the Runway
7. The Bargain Hunter Extraordinaire
8. Extra Dressing on. the. Side
9. Dina's Days
10. My Glittering Creation

Last, but not least, I wanted to let you know about a guest post I did recently for Life in Quotations. It is a reflection on my recent job loss. You can read it here.

I hope everyone has a fantastic week. Take care, sweeties!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Cabin Fever

A lot of you have been asking how I am lately. It makes me smile to know I have such wonderful blogging buddies.

The truth is, I am okay. I am not happy but I am also not bawling my eyes out every five minutes like before.

I am getting used to being unemployed and doing absolutely nothing except sitting in my apartment, applying for jobs online and waiting for Rian to get home.

It has been a strange experience.

In fact, being at home all day and all night has been a bit like Rear Window.

Stuff I have done since being unemployed:

1. I accidentally called the police on my apartment building's groundskeeper. How was I to know the man walking around the building three times a day was a legitimate employee?!

2. I discovered the little Mexican boy who lives across from me apparently thinks I'm a serial killer. Every time I come upstairs after taking out the trash, he opens his door to look at me. When we make eye contact, he screams and slams the door shut.

3. The person who lives in the apartment next to me NEVER comes out. But I know the person is still alive because I hear their shower go off every single day at around 4 p.m.

4. I am almost fairly certain that the attractive 30-something-year-old blonde woman who lives diagonal to me is having an affair. Because every week day, her husband leaves for work and one or two hours later, a rough looking Italian man drops by and leaves right before her husband gets back.

5. Oh, and the 20-something-year-old pot head who lives beneath me is a complete loser and yet is completely irresistible to women somehow. He plays video games all day. And yet three times I have seen three different girls sitting outside his apartment door, crying, begging to be let inside. "I love you," a pretty brunette sobbed on Monday afternoon. "Oh my god I want to DIE! I LOVE YOU!" What. The. Fuck.

6. Living with a male canary is like living with a screaming baby, if not worse. They don't sing, they scream very high-pitched. I had to put my canary, Moses, in a closet for an hour just so I could gather my thoughts. (Note: I would not do that to a baby).

7. When I get really bored, I take a shower. Last Wednesday, I took five showers in one day.

8. I discovered five items of expensive clothing in my closet that I totally forgot about and never wore.

9. Thanks to Facebook and two hours of boredom, I now know everything I need to know about my ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend. Tiffany LOVES purely decadent coconut milk vanilla bean ice cream and "listening to some Fergilicious with my gal pals!!!". Bitch.

10. I think Miss Fine from The Nanny might be my soul mate.

Don't worry, the past couple weeks haven't been TOO miserable for me! My bff Jonny came to visit me this weekend from Dallas! He always keeps it real. He's never afraid to tell me when I need to get my brows plucked or if its time to drop a few pounds. Haha.

On Friday, I approached Jonny outside my apartment complex, wearing my pink satin pajamas and vintage fur coat and over sized sunglasses. He looked genuinely appalled.

"This is all very Ab Fab," he said, waving his finger at my ensemble. "But this has GOT to stop. Like, right now."

Hahaha! Don't you love him?

Did I stop? No, of course not! I'm wearing the damn coat with pajamas as I type this blog!

Here is a cute photo of us:

Thanks for reading my blog! I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! xoxo

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I'm a Monster

Silicone. Saline. Poison. Inject me, baby. I'm a free bitch.

"I hope you don't mind that I put down in words, how wonderful life is, with Gaga in this world"
-Elton John

Ten Life Lessons I Learned from Lady Gaga
10. The stranger a shoe looks, wear it. Even if it is uncomfortable. Fabulousness knows no pain.

9. Barbies are not just for little girls.

8. There is no wrong way to wear your hair.

7. Being brunette is just as much fun as being blonde.

6. Never forget who your friends are, no matter where life takes you.

5. Practice makes perfect.

4. There is always time to enjoy a good cup of tea.

3. It's okay to be messy in public.

2.We are all equal in this world, regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

1. Sometimes being ugly is the most beautiful thing in the world.

Footage of Lady Gaga before she was famous. Enjoy!