Movies Made Easy: The Avengers

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Joking aside, The Avengers is such a winner for both guys and girls. I have a soft spot for Iron Man (I mean for a 47 year old, Robert Downey Jr makes you want him) but if you want someone younger, Thor or Captain America will float your boat. The best part is that there’s just enough action, comedy and eye candy to keep you (and your man) happy. For those of us who know little to nothing about Marvel comics, it’s easy enough to follow without having much of a background. Plus, talking superheroes can be such an easy way for ladies to score points with men of all ages. Next up on the Men Decoded series: Understanding Fantasy Football…

Love,
Evani

*Disclaimer: If you are a woman who truly loves Marvel for reasons other than men in spandex, please don’t take an offense to this post. This post is geared towards the women who know nothing about comic books so that they realize how amazing it is! If you’re a true fan, I hope the movie made all your Marvel dreams come true.
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Friday Funday : Fly, DIYs & Hunger Games

Happy Friday everyone!

Spoiler Alert: I will be sharing some of my Hunger Games thoughts at the bottom of the post so feel free to read on until then, but stop at the Hunger Games picture if you don’t want any spoilers!!

I am absolutely addicted to OPI nail polish. I picked up my newest love last week and it’s become one of my new favorite colors! Its OPI’s Fly from the Nicki Minaj collection. Random fact about me #2: Teal is my ABSOLUTE favorite color!

I’ve also been a fan of the nude nail polish look and Samoan Sand is the perfect tan. It takes a few coats to get it to past being opaque but it’s worth it!

You know I love that cheetah print.

Some DIY Inspiration for the weekend

Amazing DIY for tassel earrings! (Kat has even checked out this blog a few times! ūüôā )

This is such a cute hair piece!

Dip dye shirt? Yes please!

This is sheer BRILLIANCE. Cookie cutter = Cuff?

Hunger Games SPOILER ALERT

** If you don’t want to know ANYTHING about the movie, I suggest you stop reading now!

So I went to the midnight showing of the Hunger Games yesterday and here are my thoughts:

Pros:
– The casting was spot on. Unlike Twilight (Kristin Stewart, BARF) Jennifer Lawrence played a dead on Katniss. I was apprehensive about who they chose for Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) but he ended up being perfect. And c’mon, when is Liam Hemsworth ever a mistake? Stanley Tucci also rocked it. Oh and Lenny Kravitz, dead on Cinna.
Р The action scenes in the arena and the political story lines were well represented. Very accurate to the book.
– ¬†Rue’s funeral scene was everything and more.
Р Everything in the arena was fairly accurate to the book, I especially loved the way they projected the images into the sky when tributes died.
– They cut to a visual of Gale at the perfect moments (i.e. when Katniss and Peeta first kiss)

Cons:
– By far, my biggest bone to pick with the movie is that the entire strategy between Haymitch and Katniss in the arena is GONE. In the movie, all the gifts from the sponsors have little notes attached to them instead of Katniss “interpreting” the Haymitch’s intentions behind the gifts. Hence, at the end there’s no blowout on the train with Peeta realizing that the romance was part of an unspoken strategy between Haymitch and Katniss.
– I found that Katniss’ time in the arena was downplayed by that fact that we couldn’t hear any of her inner thoughts (which i know would have been near impossible to do). Unless she was interacting with a tribute, the audience didn’t get any of what Katniss was thinking in the arena.
– Not enough romance!! I mean my favorite line from the Hunger Games is when Peeta says “She has no idea, the effect she can have” and it wasn’t in there at all. Granted there’s one scene in the cave that was so lovely but other than that, I feel like they really downplayed the romance aspect. I mean I didn’t see enough of the struggle Katniss had in loving Peeta.

Overall, novel readers MAY be a little disappointed but overall a good adaptation of the overall story. In terms of a movie, I’d give it an 9/10. Based on its closeness to the book, I’d give it a 7/10.

What did you think? I’m dyyyyying to talk Hunger Games with fellow fans!

Love,
Evani

Simply Obsessing: Hunger Games

So lesson #1 about me: I have an obsessive personality. When I love something, I LOVE it. When it comes to items I love, I want to own 5 of them.  True life examples:

– I “accidentally” go to Disneyland 3-4 times a year. It’s almost like an itch I can’t scratch, I love it there! We’re finally considering a season pass…
– I buy nearly all pairs of shoes in pairs. Not just a pair of shoes, I mean I buy 2 pairs of shoes at a time (sometimes the same pair in different colors).
– Every Harry Potter novel release required that I lock myself in my room with only water and refuse to leave until the novel was finished (bathroom breaks were allowed, food was not).

Speaking of Harry Potter, the ending of the series was hard on me. Wearing those 3D Harry Potter glasses for the final movie was among my highlights of 2011 (Sad? Maybe. Haha) ¬†Stumbling upon the Hunger Games was the perfect way to rebound from that relationship. Fast forward to today and my sweet boyfriend used our Christmas movie vouchers to pre-order our Hunger Games midnight tickets. Sure, I have work in the morning but I can sleep when I’m dead. I can’t wait!

Below is the outfit I imagine Katniss wore into the arena (I threw in some amazing Alexander Wang sunglasses, they clearly left out of the novel) and approved Hunger Games memorabilia.

 1. American Apparel/ 2. CafePress/ 3. Etsy/4. Asos/ 5. Zappos/ 6. Asos

And for even more overzealous fans, here’s a great link to a blog that teaches us how to do the Katniss braid.

If you haven’t read the Hunger Games, I recommend that you do! It’s got enough action for the men but enough romance for the women. ūüôā

I’m so excited! Leave me a comment just for fun!

Love,
Evani