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Dressed to be First Lady

After the world became aware of the amount of money Sarah Palin had been spending on her campaign wardrobe, the Obamas had to think smart.  A few days later Michelle Obama appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno is a non-designer outfit. She simply stated that she was wearing a “JCrew ensemble”.

And now for the goods from JCrew:

PEMBRIDGE-DOT PENCIL SKIRT – in ivory – $148

ITALIAN DECO TANK – originally $148 – NOW $99

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CRYSTAL-BUTTON COLORBLOCK CARDIGAN – WAS $89 [SOLD OUT]

I have always been a fan of the Crew. But knowing our upcoming First Lady has been online shopping there too, makes me feel a little more sophisticated walking around in my cute sweater.

For more info, check out : Michelle Obama in JCrew.

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Olympinsomnia

We all are losing sleep watching the Beijing 2008 Olympics. With coverage all night long, who can shut their eyes during an exciting team table tennis match? And of course we all watched Michael Phelps break every world record and win 8 gold medals, becoming the best Olympian EVER.

And why would you miss the women’s all-around gymnastic finals, wondering if Nastia Liukin or Shawn Johnson was going to get the gold?

America is a group of insomniacs lately. Dr. Nancy Snyderman has some tips for fellow Olympaholics:

1. Stay hydrated.

2. Tell yourself you only need four hours of sleep – really.

3. Wear sunglasses to hide red eyes.

4. Crank up your iPod and listen to anything Michael Phelps does.

5. Skip work (you’re never going to see an Olympics like this again anyway.)

But remember. If you do fall asleep, you may dream about the beautiful male swimmers. Aaron Peirsol may join me in dreamland any time.

Until tomorrow, signing off.

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Reality Check

Well, the first sign you know it’s summer is when the only thing to watch on TV is Reality shows. Not that that’s a bad thing.

The three shows I am watching right now are The Bachelorette (ABC), Legally Blonde the Musical: The Search for the Next Elle Woods (MTV), and So You Think You Can Dance (FOX).

Let’s start with The Bachelorette. First off, I think this season has been way more entertaining than previous. I have no idea why they haven’t had a bachelorette in such a long time. Well, I do know the reason. I guess the network thinks that if they put one guy with twenty-five hot girls, men will want to watch as well. But let’s get real. These shows are for women. And women want two things: to be entertained and to watch hot men. For those of you who don’t watch the show, I’ll give you a mini recap:

Deanna Pappas, the Bachelorette, was the last women standing on The Bachelor a year ago. And she and the other woman in the final two were ditched at the last moment. I didn’t personally watch that season. I stopped after they had the doctor from Fort Collins who was so boring I’d rather watch paint dry, and then the Prince Borgesi, who ended up ditching the girl he picked and dating the bitchy one we all hated.

This season has been great watching all the men fight for the girl. There has been lots of testosterone in the air and a couple of bachelor moments that were hilarious to watch. But now it all boils down to the final two. Last week, Jeremy was sent home, which I can’t even begin to express how happy that made me. He was so possessive, walking around like he owned her and falling so head over heels that when he was booted he got super emotional. He was too perfect, and honestly, I think he even might be gay. Anyone who spends that much time in a gym is questionable to me. When he stopped the car on his drive away from the Bahama resort where the rose ceremony took place, I thought he was going to kill himself. But rest assured. He was on the Bachelorette reunion where the men tell all. And he was looking glum, oh well. That’s the game.

Now Deanna is down to her final two. Jesse is a snowboarder who is a chill guy. He would be the kind of guy I would love to hang out with. And there is a lot of chemistry between them, but I’m not sure if it is more of a friendship with infatuation, or a romance. But Jesse is awesome. I feel like she has more chemistry and romance with Jason, the single father. He has been adorable and crushing on her from day one. And they look great together and can just be, which is so important. All I do know, is that Deanna said she is happy, in love, and engaged. If I had to place money on it, I’d say she will choose Jason. But who knows?

The Search for the Next Elle Woods

Now on to a more serious show. Many years ago, Broadway producers decided to start turning popular movies into Broadway musicals. This yielded award winning and/or nominated shows such as Hairspray, Xanadu, Cry Baby, Bride of Frankenstein, The Producers, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels — just to name a few. With the success of The Producers winning numerous awards, especially Best Musical in 2001, and with Hairspray taking home the same Tony for Best Musical two years later, it’s no wonder this trend is in the now.

Legally Blonde opened on Broadway in April 2007 starring Laura Bell Bundy as Elle Woods. After over a year of workshop-ing the show, previews, and performances, Bundy is leaving the show, probably to work on a something new that will hit Broadway in the next year or so. After the success of having an “American Idol” type show to pick the Danny and Sandy to star in the revival of Grease, MTV jumped on the band wagon to find the next Elle Woods on Broadway. They held auditions all over the country and narrowed it down to the final ten. From the get go, there were some I loved, some I hated, and some that just aren’t Elle. But the one I am rooting for the most is Natalie Lander. Natalie and I went to middle school together and were in a group of five girls that hung out constantly. We went to different high schools and began drifting when we went off to different colleges in different states, but she is one of those people that whenever I see her we pick up where we left off. She is extremely talented and adorable (only being 5 feet tall! 9 inches shorter than myself…).

Two weeks ago I went with another friend to watch the show at her parents house with a group of forty or so Natalie fans! It was a blast! We booed, laughed and applauded as she sung and danced and was passed through to the next round. Last week they finally voted off Cassie S. who is a stupid jappy (jewish american princess) diva from Los Angeles. She really just was not talented and had an awful additude. They also did a surprise double elimination getting rid of Celina, the rocker chick. Celina is very talented, but just not right for that particular role. This week they eliminated Emma, who looks a bit like Reese Witherspoon, but came off as an ice queen. I’m sure she isn’t actually a bitch, but that’s what the competition brought out of her. Also, how can someone who wants to be a Broadway star be a smoker? It’s absurd to me.

Now there are five girls left:

Lauren

Lauren is the youngest of the bunch. She is 18 years old and boy can she belt out a tune. She is extremely talented, but I think she may need a bit more expererience and just worldly wisdom that comes with age before jumping into a Broadway show as the lead.

Next we have Amber, a high energy bubbly girl who has a lot of talent. Her acting is very natural and she has a great voice. She has been one of my favorites for a while now, and even though she has been in the bottom for the past two weeks, I feel she can bounce back and maybe win this thing. I also think that she would look awesome as a blonde.

BaileyAlso in the running to be Elle Woods is Bailey. Bailey is a southern belle who can get rid of her accent pretty easily when performing the scenes they give her. But Bailey has the “Disney Princess” thing going on which gets boring after a few minutes. I prefer characters to be multi-sided which makes them more human and therefor more interesting to watch. However, Elle Woods would not talk shit about other girls no matter how much she wanted to, and in the confession segments, Bailey is caught putting down her competition quite often.

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Rhiannon was not one of my favorites when I first saw the elimination from the 15 to the top 10. But over the course of the show, she’s grown on me. However, she is pretty goofy and comes off as ditsy. Also he performances have never had the wow factor. I doubt she will win the role, but she seems like a sweet person and she is talented, so she will get roles elsewhere once she isn’t so green.

And last, but not least, is my lady Natalie. I am really hoping she wins this. Hands down, she was the best last week for the “Shake Your Junk” dance. And knowing her off the stage, I can only say positive things about her as a person and as an actress. Unfortunately, I can’t give you any information that you don’t already know. She can’t give her friends and family any spoilers of who goes, who stays, and ultimately who will be the new Elle Woods on Broadway. Kuddos to Natalie for making it this far, and here’s hoping she takes it all.

If I had to pick who I would have win, it would be Natalie or Amber. They are the most convincing as the fun, spirited, bubbly girl as well as a Harvard grad student, which are both key components to Elle’s character. Also, being the oldest two of the bunch, they have the maturity and probably more stamina than the others to carry off eight shows a week as a lead in a high-energy show. Bottom line: I hope Natalie wins so I can go watch my friend perform as the LEAD in a Broadway show!

The next show that I can’t shut up about is So You Think You Can Dance. The talent this season is extremely good, and the choreography is great! My one gripe is that everyone has weird names and if your name is normal, or semi-normal, it is spelled strangely. Think about it. There is a Kourtni, Katee, Kherington, Thayne, and Chelsie. The bizarre names from the top 20 are Rayven, Comfort, Twitch, Gev and Marquis. Either they think they are cool by picking strange names or strangely spelled names, or they’re parents were just cruel. But enough about what they are called, onto the dancing!

Mia Michaels, as always, blows me away with each dance she creates. It is truly mind blowing to watch her pieces. They provoke your emotions and dazzle your eyes. This week, she choreographed two dances, one for Kherington and Twitch and the other for Katee and Joshua. Both incredible. My top three couples are Chelsie and Mark, Kherington and Twitch, and Katee and Joshua. I think my most favorite are Chelsie and Mark. They are just awesome in every dance they do no matter what style it is. And they have excellent chemistry, which is crucial to being successful. I also love Kherington and Twitch. They are beautiful apart and together. And they continue to improve each week even though they were awesome to begin with. Katee and Joshua are also in my top three couples. Will is amazing. But his partner Jessica is so blah. Hopefully soon they will get voted into the bottom three couples so that they can give her the heave ho and put him with someone who can match his awesome-ness.

I also am not thrilled but Thayne or Comfort. They are good, but they others are better. So unless they dance amazingly they are going to keep getting thrown into the bottom couples and then will eventually go home. And I won’t care. Just like I don’t care that Kourtni and Matt went home. After being in the bottom three for many weeks, she proved to be a clod and he was just there. Good dancers but not great. However, the other Courtney, Courtney G, and Gev are not the best of the dancers, but they have amazing chemistry because he is ga-ga for her. They are just great to watch, especially last weeks sexy salsa or whatever that was. The ass grab was hot.

The show gets better and better each week, and I was super excited that each pair did two dances this week. More dancing and less commercials is always a plus. Who will win? No clue. As in last season’s finale, Sabra was the underdog to Lacey whose brother, Benji, had won the season before. And she was up against the jumpers Michael and Neil. All four were excellent and any one of them could have won. If the top six is who I want it to be, I have no idea who will win. Will could win it all. But it’s too early to tell. What is obvious though, is that if you dance a Mia Michaels routine, Mary will scream. And I will be happy.

For more info the the shows, check out:

ABC: The Bachelorette

MTV: Legally Blonde: Search for the Next Elle Woods

FOX: So You Think You Can Dance

You can also go to IAmOnMTV.com and become Natalie’s fan!

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Sexy McDonalds

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In today’s world, advertisers know one thing is constant — sex sells. In fact, this idea isn’t cocacola ad new. Old Coca-cola ads showed beautiful, sexy women, in their bathing suits, drinking coke at the beach. This advertising got the point across: sexy people drink coke.

Today, the advertising industry is a multi-billion dollar corporation. If you want people to buy your products, you don’t ask them to, you TELL them to. And the advertising isn’t just on the extra pages of ads in a magazine or during the commercials of your favorite show. Magazine photo shoots and articles are always pushing a products or outfit or gadget. And television shows and even movies, are dropping label names, brand name and places to be like rain falls in Seattle. One of the most popular corporations is no stranger to pushing their product.

McDonald’s has had numerous advertising campaigns throughout the years with a series of catchy slogans. The slogans below are some of the most popular over the past two decades:

1992: What you want is what you get.

1993: Do you believe in magic?

1995: Have you had your break today?

1997: Did somebody say McDonalds?

1990: McDonald’s – It can happen.

2000: We love to see/make you smile. -and – Put a smile on.

And 2003-present: I’m lovin’ it.

While the United States thinks they are liberal with their advertising, everyone who has been to Europe or Asia knows differently. I remember the first time I was in Europe. I was on a trip with 3 of my girlfriends to London. I was shocked when we turned on the television in the middle of the afternoon and saw nudity in commercials and a sexed up version of Goldilocks.

In 2006, China McDonald’s used the slogan “Beef is sexy.” I supposed these ads were meant to show how sexy McDonald’s hamburgers are. But lets get real. When have you gone out to eat and said to yourself “Eating this hamburger makes me feel sexy.”? Yeah, that’s what I thought. While the taste of beef is delicious, ordering a fillet mignon makes me feel sexier than eating a greasy burger.

Another gripe I have with this advertising is how un-creative it is. Micky D’s, you are NOT the first people to make the connection between beef and sex. The 1980’s ad campaign for red meat already did that with the slogan “Where’s the beef?” which did not leave me feeling turned on in the slightest. Even certain members of the male population have equated their, um, male member with this favorite of all red meats.

However, in recent events, Japan has taken sexy beef mcdonaldsto a WHOLE NEW LEVEL.

At the end of April, a porn film crew was arrested at a McDonald’s in Saitama Prefecture. The story is that the director and three “actors” just strolled in and just started filming in the restaurant. A suspicious customer followed them to their corner and then called the cops. The cops arrested the foursome for indecent exposure and obstruction of business.

David Letterman came out with a hilarious Top Ten to comment on the, er, event.

TOP TEN QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE HAVING SEX IN A McDONALD’S

10 Should I take her some place more romantic like Applebee’s?

9 Am I going to get “The McClap?”

8 Should we just stay in the car and have sex in the drive-thru?

7 The rats won’t mind, will they?

6 Would she rather have had a ‘Whopper’?

5 Is this what my dad meant when he said, “Go get a job at McDonald’s”?

4 Should I add fries and a soda for an extra 99 cents?

3 Can I tell my wife I was just getting a ‘Happy Meal’?

2 Should i see a psychiatrist?

1 Is this going to hurt my wife’s presidential campaign?

Well, all I can say is that sex still sells. Writing this blog has made me want a Quarter Pounder with cheese and some fries. Despite a health hazard, any news is good news for McDonald’s. I’d say that any management team deserves praise for giving the people what they want.

Especially when it’s sex.

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Crosby wins!

I don’t know who of you have been watching MTV’s show Rock the Cradle. I normally wouldn’t pay attention to the barely talented kids of has-been rockstars. But when I got an email from Crosby Loggins, who I lived in the dorms with my freshman year of college, I was intrigued. He is the person who introduced me to the music of John Mayer through the song “Neon”. Even before hearing Crosby’s own music, I knew he had good ears. I have followed his career for years and have always been curious why a talent like his has gone unnoticed. While he was tentative to enter this show, due to his desire to be his own person and step out of his dad’s (Kenny Loggins) shadow, he signed on. It was clear from the beginning that his musicianship was the best among the group of rockstars children.

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I watched the finale in anticipation. The finale three included Crosby, Jesse Blaze Snyder (Dee Synder’s son) and Chloe Lattanzi (daughter of Olivia Newton-John). The winner was clear to me, but had America gotten it right? Chloe was first to be eliminated, which I was expecting. Honestly, I am surprised she made it this far. After her tone-deaf performance the first week, I expected her to be toast. Now it’s down to the boys. I knew it would be between them from the beginning, Jesse being a crowd favorite because of his crazy performance behaviors, and Crosby being the best musician of the bunch.

And the the winner is…CROSBY!

CROSBY ROCKED THE CRADLE! I am so happy for him. If you haven’t seen the show yet, watch for him. He is a force to be reckoned with.

Way to go, Crosby!!

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Another Gay One

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I knew from the moment I saw the two soldiers together that something wasn’t military “kosher”. Sure enough, the patient and his platoon buddy on tonight’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy were indeed gay lovers. Uncle Sam must be shocked!

I was surprised that the show would approach the topic again, and twice in a row. But since what happened last season with Isaiah Washington’s gay slur towards T.R. Knight which led to Washington getting canned, the writers are obviously embracing their actors and whatever lifestyles they choose to lead. I applaud their dignified actions and their guts.

mark and callie

Also I am always amused when it is scripted to outright call a male character a “whore” as character Mark “McSteamy” Sloan was in tonight’s episode. Hehe.

I have to admit that before the writers’ strike, I was beginning to get turned off to the show due to the outlandish plot lines and the lack of chemistry between the previous sexified characters. Remember, sex sells, and no one was having it. However, I guess the break did the writers some good. They have developed new situations to stir things up at Seattle Grace, while all the while leaving the audience at home wondering when “McDreamy” will get back together with his favorite intern, or whatever Meredith Grey’s current job title is.

While the sight of two men kissing doesn’t turn me on, I do love the gays I know. So bravo Grey’s Anatomy for having the balls to say “Screw you, Isaiah Washington. We like our gays on this show.” Amen.

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