So I've got THE SHOES.
Last week I asked for your help in choosing shoes to go with my new party dress courtesy of Shabby Apple (oh how I love that store) and you came through. You gave me the direction I needed in my moment of crisis. You know, I think if President Bush had had advisers as smart as you fine people there wouldn't be any talk of economic crisis or recession or stupid stuff like that.
The votes have spoken and burgundy won with an overwhelming 51% of the vote. Obama himself would love to be able to boast such popularity. Then peep toes made a strong showing with 37%.
The only anomaly was the height. Seems a majority of kind commentators left words of encouragement, telling me to wear the shoes tall and be proud of it yet oddly enough mid heels nudged out very high heels when the votes were counted.
So I can only assume that that means there are a lot of you out there afraid to tell a six foot woman that she needs to be realistic and forget waving to the crowd from the tree line. I can take a hint. But that doesn't mean I'm going to go with it . . .
I bought the burgundy Via Spigas and held them close to my heart for a good ten minutes in a rapture only Imelda Marcos understands but then when I tried them on I found them rather uncomfortable. Okay pretty uncomfortable. They're just so darn high that the balls of my feet didn't go five minutes without letting me know that they didn't appreciate the treatment they were receiving.
So to put this excruciatingly long story to bed, I still have those shoes but I went back and ordered two other pairs of slightly shorter heels that I'll try out before making the decision. Love that free shipping! I could actually keep both pairs of shoes, return the first and still save a bucketload of money. Go figure.
Anyway, on to the subject of this week's list.
The point is that I'm getting ready for Hollywood next week (I never thought I'd ever say that) and if you missed why it's because Suave is hosting this year's Glamour Reel Moments film festival where women actors can pick from Glamour Magazine's readers' stories and make their favorite into a short film.
Suave is sponsoring this year's event and is bringing a group of bloggers down for the occasion. I have to say that I've thought their new campaign showing how Moms can reclaim themselves and be beautiful while blowing noses is a great one--it speaks to me.
So thanks to Suave I'm going to the film festival and party afterward and according to the information I received Demi Moore and Courtney Cox are making their directorial debuts. Besides them and past alums such as Kirsten Dunst, Bryce Dallas-Howard, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson their casts will be there too--last year with people like Chevy Chase, Dakota Fanning, Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn to name a few.
Which leads me to ask: "Which celebrities would YOU want to most meet?" Here's my list.
1. Clint Eastwood. Because he's, you know, CLINT EASTWOOD. I actually haven't seen that many of his movies but the ones I have seen are pretty amazing in the way they're crafted. Andrew and I went to see Nights in Rodanthe last weekend and they had a trailer for Eastwood's latest movie, Changeling, with Angelina Jolie (actually there were several trailers there that looked pretty good, I love it when a movie has great previews before it starts--it's like giving me a tasty appetizer before a meal. I never miss the previews.) Anyway, Changeling looked good and Eastwood has such an interesting off-camera life that I'd love to sit down with him in his vineyard and chat. What do you say? Can I come over for dinner?
2. Will Smith. Not sure why but this goofy-looking guy is so fun to watch on screen but I wouldn't mind hanging out with him and his family for the afternoon over a game of Scrabble. Wouldn't mind at all. I love his movies and have been a fan since he was doing rap as the Fresh Prince (yes I'm ancient, just ask my kids). Then the real clincher is that several years ago I read that he was a English grammar freak who loved correct usage and loved studying it as a kid which really just sealed the deal for me. My new best friend. Of course, someone also told me recently that he's really into Scientology which though it might seem like that would turn me off instead just peaks my interest. I've never met a Scientologist before so why not Will Smith?
3. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. Not heard of these guys? Well they form a duo called Flight of the Conchords which is a Grammy-winning comedy team from New Zealand (haven't I said before that anything from New Zealand is cool? These guys just back me up). They call themselves "Formerly New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo" and they're a hoot. Actually they're pretty great musicians as well but they're fun-ny.
4. Brian Williams. Yup, you read that right. Brian Williams as in NBC's Brian Williams, news anchor. This might seem an odd choice but I wanted to have a journalist on the list and he's not only my favorite but he too is very funny. I've seen interviews with him when he's not doing his job and he's got such a quick, dry wit that I long ago decided he was my favorite news guy. Not that that means I have a list of favorite news guys--that would be rather odd don't you think? I guess I'd want to meet him at State dinner.
I mean, as long as you're dreaming you might as well dream big, right? A State dinner is about as big as you can get and if Mr. Williams proves to be boring then you always have the First Lady's dress to check out.
5. Tina Fey. I'd like to meet her for several reasons: because she's the "it" girl right now, because she's beautiful without it only being about her face, because she's been able to make a career out of her talents as a comedian, actress and writer (rather unusual don't you think?) There just aren't too many women in Hollywood who've been able to keep one foot in writing and one foot in acting, she may be the most successful woman at it ever. Anyone know someone else who has been able to do what she's done? I'm not a huge SNL fan, haven't watched it since my college days (which is, whew! EONS ago) but I think I would like to meet Ms. Fey--and I'd want to meet her in her office.
6. Ellen Degeneres. She makes me laugh, what can I say? I do get the feeling, however, that she's as crazy as the next Hollywood whacko though I haven't got any data to back that up, it's just a gut feeling I've got. Anyone seen her hanging out with Tom Cruise lately? You might meet her coming out of your therapist's office. I could see that happening.
7. Queen Latifah. Her real name? Dana Elaine Owens and I don't know what it is about this woman but I love watching her on screen. She's got this something that is fascinating. It could be because she's beautiful but I don't think that's it because there are others who are more beautiful than she is that don't have "it" and I don't think it's because of her music because I've never heard any of it. It couldn't be her personal life because that's been a bit more dramatic than the average Joe's life so I'm lost. I don't know why I like her but I do. Maybe it's because she's a hoot as Gwen Eiffel. She'd be fun meeting at a mall shopping for shoes, though I suspect her idea of shoes and my idea of shoes are about $400 different.
8. Ladianian Tomlinson. Yes, running back for the Chargers (and do you have any idea how long it's taken me to accumulate that piece of knowledge?) No, I'm not a football fan but if I ever was to meet this man I would automatically be exalted to "Supreme Mom of the Universe" in the eyes of my boys, they would think I was the coolest thing ever, no questions asked. Well actually they'd ask a lot of questions so I probably should study up before I actually meet the man because if I ever did I wouldn't have a clue about what to ask him or say. Because football? I know nothing. I know enough to get an autograph from him for David and Spencer though--at least I know that much. Don't know where I'd want to meet him but I hope I'd have a pen handy--I'd also better bring Spencer's prized football card because otherwise I'd have no idea what the guy looks like even if I did meet him.
9. Sandra Bullock. Maybe this rests solely on my love for While You Were Sleeping but I wouldn't mind meeting Ms. Bullock, especially if accompanied by her motorcycle-lovin' husband Jesse James. That just seems such an odd match but it just goes to show you never know a person from their screen presence--though I have heard rumors that she has a "colorful" vocabulary. Somehow that doesn't mesh with her sadly-sweet-yet-tragic persona she plays over and over again in The Lake House, While You Were Sleeping and Practical Magic (to name a few). Kind of the same role over and over but it's fun and I would like to catch lunch with her at a fabulous Mexican restaurant near her home in Texas.
10. Gwyneth Paltrow. This one I actually might have a shot at because Ms. Paltrow is a former Glamour Reel Moments participant and the info I received made it sound as if she might be there next week. Who knows? I think she's appealing because she's got that thing reminiscent of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn--kind of a mix of both. Skinny and willowy like Audrey but her face and coloring are like Grace's. If I had to pick two actresses that I'd most want to be compared with those two would be it--they're pretty much the epitome of style, glamor and grace. Besides, I pretty much feel like we're connected already--Spencer pounds out Cold Play songs constantly on the piano. CONSTANTLY. I think I'd like to meet her over a gourmet hot chocolate in a breakfast-at-Tiffany's setting.
11. Brian Regan. I don't need to say much about why I'd love to meet him, this clip explains it all:
Part two of this skit can be found here. He's the kind of guy you'd like to find yourself seated next to on an airplane--plenty of entertainment and conversation the whole way.
12. Adam Levine. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist for Maroon 5. And actually I don't know that I'd really want to meet him, just maybe see him but on the sly without all the gawking--like seeing him at the next table at a restaurant. There's just something about his voice--I wonder if it would have the same effect if you met him in person. My mom always had a thing for Steve Perry's voice (tell me you remember Journey?) and I guess Adam Levine's voice does the same thing for me.
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