September 25, 2016

Theatre Review: Oh, Hello

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I first fell in love with George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon on Nick Kroll's Comedy Central sketch show "Kroll Show" where they hilariously pranked local New Yorkers and big time celebs with Too Much Tuna! They are best friends who have been living together on the Upper West Side for 40 years. They love the theatre and now they're on the biggest stage - Broadway. Oh, Hello is their love letter to not only to the city but also live theater.

I had the pleasure of attending opening night this Friday. Looking across the crowd, pretentious hipsters sat among frat bros sprinkled in were some older folks who perhaps wandered off the street not sure where they were. George and Gil hit the stage to a thunderous applause. They introduced themselves to the audience, even though most of us were there for them, and gave some back story. Then the curtain rises much to the audience's delight and hearing our joy George acknowledges the oddity that an audience would be surprised there's a stage at a Broadway show. They then explain the miscellaneous set pieces - the beauty parlor from the Beaches remake, the Cosby stoop which they were given for FREE! They spend a few moments pointing out the tropes of shows such as the one-way phone call. After pointing these out they ask the audience if they're able to perform their masterpiece George has worked so many years to write. We applaud and they explain that it is based on their friendship.

They take us from their childhood through the several decades in their friendship with back 'n forth monologues in only a few moments. Eventually getting to the moment where they meet in the quad at college and have lived together ever since. George is a working screenwriter and Gil is a struggling actor who almost hit it big as the voice of CBS. George had three wives mysteriously die in a similar way (nothing like his friend Robert Durst!) and Gil struggles with his love of raccoons. It all comes to ahead when fame enters their life. Fame almost ends their friendship! Too Much Tuna moves off public access television to NY1 (inside joke for New Yorkers) where they're able to get big guests like Will Forte! Gil almost sells out and George has to remind him of the authentic art of theater and their friendship in the tough love way a Marine father would.

As I tweeted, "it was everything I wanted and some things I didn't know I did." I had not enjoyed myself like that in quite awhile. There were so many inside New York jokes as well as cranky old man habits that I adore (especially George). It was opening night and they came out strong. However, the show hinges on their dynamic so I'd be curious to go back towards the end of their 15 week run to see how the flow has shifted. I could go every week quite frankly because I love George and Gil so much. I hope this is not the last we'll see of them. <End Scene>

September 20, 2016

My September Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was Fresh Fun. "Now that fall is around the corner, we're jumping into multitasking mode - and celebrating the versatile, time-saving products that help us juggle everything on our to-do lists. 'Cause at the end of the day, beauty should make our lives easier (and add a dash of fun)." Here's what I received:

September 18, 2016

Leanne Marshall Spring 2017 Runway Show

Leanne Marshall is Season 5's Project Runway winner who has a robust bridal business and has been building her Ready-to-Wear line for the last few seasons dressing celebrities on the red carpet. For Spring 2017, the designer seems to have hit her stride this season with a mix of wearable and editorial pieces coming down the runway. She also included an aspect of "See Now, Shop Now" with a few pieces featured on the runway were ready for purchase on her exclusive site.

Katie Gallagher Spring 2017 Presentation

Last week Katie Gallagher showcased her Spring/Summer 2017 collection titled "Eclipse." It was her third all black collection which is an interesting route for Spring since you typically see bright, floral colors. It had a very "Black Swan" vibe to me with a lot of ballet inspired clothing choices from the shoes to the bodysuits.

September 12, 2016

Weekend Recap: Two Worlds I Don't Know

This weekend I watched two things that centered around worlds I have no idea about. But that is the beauty of art, exposing you to things you may not understand and opening your eyes. Atlanta on FX stars the very talented Donald Glover.

September 5, 2016

My August Beauty Product Favorites

Finally getting around to wrapping up my favorite August beauty product favorites. My birthday was this month so I got a few beauty presents as I unwrapped on Snapchat. August had some of the hottest days all summer so it was all about controlling the oiliness. Only favorites this month!

September 4, 2016

Weekend Recap: Strange Things

I was looking forward to a long weekend of unwinding and relaxing. I caught up on the new Netflix craze, Stranger Things. Amazing performances especially from "Eleven" aka Milly Bobby Brown. Glad it got renewed for Season 2 but I'm ready for it! I wish it was a little less scary so my nephews could watch it because it has the vibes of many coming of age '80s movies. It is not what I expected. It had a lot of weird layers but was very enjoyable.

August 16, 2016

My August Birchbox

This month's Birchbox theme was Cool Down. "It's time to eke out every last bit of summer - and for that you'll need product that don't slow you down. Since there's nothing like uncooperative hair to suck up time and energy, we're doing our part to help." Here's what I received:

August 11, 2016

My August Julep Maven Box

This month's Julep Maven box theme was Endless Summer. "This month, we're keeping summer vibes strong by turning up the sparkle and the saturation with brand new holographic nail colors. With such a sunny lineup, who could blame us if we never want the summer to end?" I selected the Beach Essentials upgraded box because I didn't feel a lip gloss + sunscreen was valuable enough. Spoiler alert: Not a very exciting both this month as the sunscreen is backordered:

August 9, 2016

Currently Craving: Unfinished Hems

Currently Craving: Unfinished Hems
WM3 Crop Fringe Stella $295 || Blanknyc Distressed Crop Jeans via Nordstrom (sale $57.90) || Vigoss Destroyed Crop Skinny Jeans via Nordstrom $68 || Dark Wash Frayed Hem Distressed Skinny Jeans via Wet Seal $39.95

Denim has been around so long that it's hard to think how the fashion world will try to make them trendy each season.
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