Saturday, March 14, 2009

Starlooks Boutique Giveaway

Bubble Tea Poncho by Starlooks BoutiqueI reviewed Starlooks Boutique last year but even if you caught that post you'll want to check out their store again. They've remodeled their site to look even better and have beautiful spring dresses ready for Easter along with the other great stuff I previously mentioned which I'm sharing again . . .

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You remember Little Red Riding hood—where a little girl’s grandmother makes her a red cloak and hood that she wears everywhere? (Of course you do, why did I even ask?) Well Starlooks Boutique is where Red’s grandma would have gone if she lived today.

Starlooks Boutique specializes in children’s clothing and accessories and they have a special line of cloaks called Peri Ponchos that are like Little Red Riding Hood revisited—a hooded poncho that is hipper than ever. The Peri Ponchos come in more than a dozen different colors and patterns and they’re a great thing for evenings when it’s a little chilly or a drizzly day.

It's hard to choose but I really like the Retro Circles and Tangerine Twirl-- you see the Bubble Tea pattern pictured above.

Apple Green Taffeta from Starlooks BoutiqueIn addition to the Peri Ponchos Starlooks also has toys, jewelry, accessories, high chair and car seat covers, diaper bags, skin and bath products and clothing for babies and children (I'm particularly taken with the Miko dresses in all their various patterns and shades). Basically, if a child can use it, they have it. There is so much in their store you'd have to go and look for yourself, I couldn't possibly list all the links here in this post. Lots of fun window shopping ahead!

This week’s giveaway winner will get a $50 gift certificate from Starlooks Boutique, good for anything in their wonderful online store.

Here's how to win:

Before 12 am Monday morning click here to reach the giveaway entry form then enter your name and email. I will pick one of the names at random, contact the winner via their email and publish the winner's first name and home town in next Tuesday's post. See the bottom of the entry form for more details.

This giveaway is open to all readers so good luck!

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TakenAnd shifting gears from cute little clothes to the darker side of life . . .

Andrew decided to play hooky and take a couple days off of work while the kids were out for spring break. The two of us sneaked away Thursday afternoon and caught a matinee for Taken which we both thought was well worth it.

I thought it would be like the Mel Gibson movie, Ransom, where a man's child is kidnapped and things progress from there but while the plots are similar this movie is much better. Trust me.

I like Liam Neeson better than Mel Gibson--Neeson has the bulk, the quiet solidity, the haggard world-worn look yet the tenderness to properly play the part of an ex-CIA special ops guy who is out to rescue his teen daughter from bad guys who make Osama bin Laden look like Mother Theresa. I liked Neeson in Les Miserables and he has the same stuff here that appealed to me in Jean Valjean.

The previews I saw set up the movie without giving too much away and while you can kind of guess the general gist of things there was still enough left to discover after the plot was set in motion that I was on the edge of my seat. In fact I had a very hard time sitting still--first I'd lean back then I'd get tense and lean to the side, then to the other side, then I'd put my elbows on my knees and rest my head on my hands to soften the tension. I'm sure Andrew was sick of my tightening my grip on his arm and ducking with every punch that was thrown.

I warn you: it's a violent movie. It's a film that gives you the impression that there is a world outside of my own little safe bubble that is dark and seedy and horrifying and of which I know nothing and of which I want to know nothing. Just when you think that Hollywood can't give you anything new to shudder at this one does--which you'll feel acutely as a mother or father.

I'm probably making it sound more objectionable than I mean to, as I said it's violent but it's not gory or nasty. The body count piles up with every passing minute but honestly? Andrew and I both came out of the theater saying that with all the real life ranting and raving about CIA tactics and interrogation techniques I have a hard time criticizing anyone whose job it is to jump into that dark side of life in order to protect the rest of us.

This is a movie where the bad guys are so vile, so scum-of-the-earth that you don't really care what Neeson has to do to make things right. Yes I know it's only a movie and I know the difference between reality and fiction but a lot of bad things out there aren't just fiction and can happen in real life and I'm glad there are brave guys with gadgets and guns who stand between us and the evil stuff out there. Am I being to dramatic?

Anyway, if you like thrillers and edge-of-your-seat action complete with chase scenes, gun fights and extreme bad v. good guys then this is your movie. It's intense and it's bleak but it's sure worth the price of admission--though leave the kids home for this one. I'd let Grace (age 15) see it (she's to the age that she can pretty much see anything we see and if it's not appropriate for her then it's probably not appropriate for me) but I wouldn't let the boys see it yet. It would keep them up at night.

25 comments:

Meredith said...

What a lovely dress!
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Serena said...

Wow, I went from very relaxed and inspired to tense and agitated in this post! Both are great reviews! And I think I want to see the movie now. Maybe. At home, with the lights on. And my husband, dad, and brothers there, with their guns.

chelle said...

Oo sounds like a great movie!

Cute dresses!

Peruby said...

My daughter and I have been wanting to see this one. If it is still playing, I'm going to try to get her to go today.

And, I know what you mean about "the seedier side of life". Sometimes we are so sheltered and then a movie like this smacks us in the face and we pull our children close to us.

One Mom said...

My husband is a great fan of "the action movie" and the triumph of good over evil. Harder to take if there are children involved but I'm a big fan of Liam so we'll put this one on our Blockbuster list.

Going over to enter the giveaway...have granddaughter birthdays coming up :)

branda50 said...

I do love an "edge of the seat movie" but not so much on the bloody part..I agree with One Mom it's harder to take when children are involved...I will add this one to our Netflix list..(for my husband)

Lori said...

We loved this movie. My husband, as a kid, loved Arnold Schwartzenegger movies, and this seemed like a Commando for the era. (His parents didn't believe in censoring and let him watch Scarface at seven, so he's always dug violent even at an early age.)

Oh, and the poncho is so fun!

deedleweedle said...

Sounds like a good movie and my husbands style.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I really want one of those ponchos!!!

Steph

Flea said...

I'm going to pass on Taken, as much as I love Neeson, but I know my Hunny would love it. Thanks for the recommendation. :)

Alison Kelley said...

My niece would look so cute in the Cocoa Berry Poncho, it's so pretty!

I loved the movie Taken, it was thrilling in a way that was so righteous. This is going in my list of favorite movies. I'm no girly girl when it comes to movies, and this movie was right up my alley. Great review!

Amber M. said...

We really liked Taken, too. I love that there is really no "fluff"...just a good story and a lot of GREAT action!!

Janet said...

I love Liam Neeson. I saw the Gibson movie, which was a remake of a 50s movie of the same name, but I forget who was in it. Now I have to go look it up.
OK, it was Glenn Ford and Donna Reed as the parents (1956). The Sean Connery movie called Ransom in 1974 was a different plot about a hijacked plane. (There you go, FAR more information than you wanted to know.)

Randy, Ally, and Wes said...

My husband and I have been wanting to see that movie . . . but I think we'll have to wait until it comes out on Redbox and then have our date night when the munchkin is in bed!

mmentor said...

good win

Headless Mom said...

I loved the movie but had a really hard time with the fact that it was PG-13. The violence didn't bother me because of the subject matter but with some much more innocent movies getting the PG-13 how is a parent to know? My husband had suggested taking the kids with us and I put my foot down, knowing the subject matter. I just don't think a 7&9yo. should be seeing that, and I'm so glad I did. After the movie he agreed with me! I'm afraid that other parents might not have been so diligent, as I saw some very young children in the theater that night.

Gabriel J. said...

Great movie, make me a winner!

Multi-Monitor said...

That's a cool poster though.

Natural Mommie said...

Gorgeous dresses!

danosor said...

I'd love to win one of those poncho's

Ally said...

I don't normally like "thriller" type movies but my whole family saw this movie and said I had to go. I was not disappointed, or too grossed out. It was the best movie I have seen in a really long time.

littlelatina said...

I can't believe you have a garden gnome shirt. I love them oddly. I'd love to have one for my son in size 6

Mae B said...

I like the child and adult matching aprons

mogrill said...

Awesome movie! Thanks for the chance!!
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Patois said...

I adore Liam, but I can't deal with the suspense/violence. It's just some weird thing in me. But I so want to see the movie.