Movie Review – The Ides of March

It’s movie review day here at Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos! This weekend you get a double feature review. Reel Steel and The Ides of March. Two completely different movies, but both ones I wanted to see.

The Ides of March features Ryan Gosling, who we love here at Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos, and who we practically cried over giving him such a horrible review for his movie, Drive. It also has George Clooney in it. George is running for President, and I’m just saying, if George wants to run for real, I’d fully campaign for him. (Piper, maybe you can get him on your ticket somehow.). He’d look damn good on a dollar bill or something. I think if George’s face was on the dollar bill, it would totally revive our economy, and we’d be kicking the Euro’s ass.

Okay. So here’s the trailer.

The Verdict: I saw this movie right after seeing Reel Steel. I found myself easily being sucked into the story. Into the drama. This wasn’t a preachy political film. It was basically about the journey of a man, who really believed in what he was doing. Watching Ryan’s character go from an idealogical man to becoming the kind of man he would hate is subtle and he nails the role. Everything about him, the way he moved, the way he spoke, the emotions you could read all over his face. This is a role that could define his career. If those Academy Award voters are reading my blog, vote for Ryan on this one. He deserves a nomination for this role.

That being said, I really enjoyed this movie. Until the ending. The very last scene. I think we all know how I love a story to end happily. I want to know what happened in the end. Like, for sure. The way this movie ended, you weren’t completely sure what path he chose. Based on what he went through, I’m pretty sure I know what he did, but I’m not positive. It could have gone either way. And I don’t think this is a sequel kind of movie. So hello, director George Clooney, TELL ME HOW IT ENDED!!! I NEED TO KNOW!!

Because of that, I’m going to have to give it four stars, instead of five. Unless I write my own happy ending in my mind. If it would have ended the way I wanted it to, I totally would have given it a five star rating. Even with the ending, it’s worth seeing Ryan’s performance. And for those inquiring minds that want to know, he does get shirtless in the movie, so we are Stalking him.

Just a reminder of how we rank movies here at Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos:

One Star = Walk of shame. I was in last night’s dress, carrying my shoes as I rushed off. I can’t believe I wasted my time on him and pray no one I know sees me.

Two Stars = Bad date. He didn’t really do anything wrong, we just didn’t have any chemistry. Maybe he just wasn’t my type. I probably won’t answer if he calls.

Three Stars =Hookup. We had a great night together. Don’t know if it will be more than that, but it was sure fun while it lasted.

Four Stars = Stalking him. What a night! We danced, we kissed. Now if I could just get him to call me.

Five Stars = Happily ever after. I love him! I want to marry him, have his babies, and live happily ever after.

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Last week I died and went to Shabby Chic Heaven.

I was going to post this blog last week, but I had to let it soak in a bit more.

Last week, I got to go meet THE Rachel Ashwell, 35 amazing bloggers, have a yummy lunch from Royer’s Round Top Cafe, tour Rachel’s new B&B, The Prairie, learn more about Dwell with Dignity, shop at her Shabby Chic Couture store, and then drive through Antique Week in Round Top, TX.

It seems like whenever I go to an Antique place all I find is junky stuff. Not in Round Top. Well, there’s junky stuff there, but it’s like WAY cool junk. I was shocked. I didn’t nearly have enough time to spend there. I called my mom this morning and said, Put it on your calendar. We’re taking a girl’s trip down there this spring. Rachel told us that she shops almost exclusively here for the furniture pieces for her stores. I mean if it’s good enough for her, that ought to tell you something! If you don’t believe it, check out the cool things that Kelley from the The Hidden List found.

Let’s talk about Rachel’s place, The Prairie. Seriously, it’s like you’ve died and gone to Shabby Chic heaven. The property is amazing.

I so want to take hubby back there with me. I can picture days of doing nothing but laying in those comfy beds. I still have no idea how she makes her beds so fluffy. I even looked. Pillow top mattresses and the fluffiest down comforters you have ever seen.

If you are looking for a getaway, this is the place to go. Wander down to the shed for breakfast. Eat at Royers. If y’all haven’t ever heard of Royers Round Top Cafe, you’re missing out. The food is incredible, the pie is seriously to die for, and even better is Bud. When you walk into Royers, whether it’s your first time or you hundrenth, you feel like an old friend. Royers is also a big believer in giving back. He sends his amazing pies to troops through his Operation: Desert Pie and also supports Dwell with Dignity. You can read my blog about Dwell with Dignity here.

Every woman I met there was friendly. They are all blogging about different things. Some fell into the design category, others had bed and breakfasts. I met a woman that makes beautiful jewerly out of old junk like keys and metal. Such a creative bunch of women. I was honored to be in their presence. I’m listing all their blogs again, so check them out and see what this amazing group of people is up to.

Rachel Ashwell is as unassuming and laid back as her decor. Once again, meeting her was like meeting an old friend. I’m not sure what I expected from the design icon, but she was so sweet, welcoming, and friendly, you couldn’t help but feel comfortable. I’ve always loved her shabby chic style, but after meeting her and experiencing her place, I realized shabby chic is so much more than a design style. It’s a way of life. An approach to life. Make old things look beautiful again by appreciating their age. The way the paint is worn. Add some cute floral shades to the wagon wheel light fixture you hate. She said that symbolizes acceptance. And that’s how Shabby Chic makes you feel. Accepted. Loved. With all your flaws. What a wonderful way to make your home feel.

Here’s a few photos that I took, but they don’t do it justice. Go to The Prairie website and look around. It’s gorgeous. I love how she combined Shabby Chic with Texas style.

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Movie Review – Reel Steel

It’s movie review day here at Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos. Today we’re going to see the movie, Reel Steel! This movie looks like a great family movie. I’m excited to see it!

 

The Verdict: I really enjoyed this movie. It’s a feel good movie. It’s sorta Rocky with robots, but yet it’s so much more. The reason I loved this movie is it’s not just about fighting robots. It’s the story of a man coming to love the son he never knew. And really, is there anything sexier than a hot man and their adorable son learning to love each other? No. Especially when the dad is Hugh Jackman.  The ending of the movie was so adorable, I’m like in love with it. And it’s a movie that you can take the whole family to. (It has a PG-13 rating, but mostly it is for mild swearing.)

So even though he was kinda down on his luck when I met him, he was super sexy. When he took his shirt off (supposedly to change shirts, not just to make me drool), I didn’t care how much money he had. But then he took me to meet his adorable little boy. Even though he was kinda a jerk to the kid at first, I could tell he didn’t mean it. He was afraid to be a failure. The little boy was as stubborn as he is. All I know is this. I wanna move to the country with him and have like ten more adorable kids with him. And I don’t really like kids that much. Go see the movie. It’s adorable and you’ll leave feeling all warm and fuzzy. Rating: Happily Ever After.

Just a reminder of how we rank movies here at Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos:

One Star = Walk of shame. I was in last night’s dress, carrying my shoes as I rushed off. I can’t believe I wasted my time on him and pray no one I know sees me.

Two Stars = Bad date. He didn’t really do anything wrong, we just didn’t have any chemistry. Maybe he just wasn’t my type. I probably won’t answer if he calls.

Three Stars =Hookup. We had a great night together. Don’t know if it will be more than that, but it was sure fun while it lasted.

Four Stars = Stalking him. What a night! We danced, we kissed. Now if I could just get him to call me.

Five Stars = Happily ever after. I love him! I want to marry him, have his babies, and live happily ever after.

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That Boy Blog Tour Announcement!!

There’s excitement in the air here at Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos!!! We’re going on tour. Phillip, Danny, Jadyn, and I are packing up the tour bus with lots of alcohol, yummy snacks, and great music!! It’s like we’re a rock band or something!! It’s AMAZING!!

If you haven’t heard about That Boy, you can click here to download the first few chapters for free. You can also check out how people rated the book at Goodreads. Be sure to follow these blogs and comment on them. Each one of them was given a free ebook copy to give away to their readers!! I will also be doing an interview tomorrow at Jennifer Randolph’s blog. So be sure to check that out as well. Also be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and see how much money That Boy book sales raised for charity this month!

Tour Schedule

October 17th:     Jadyn will be at Paperback Treasures.

October 18th:     That Boy book review at The Readiacs.

October 19th:     Danny will be at Just Another Book Addict.

October 20th:    That Boy book review at A Tale of Many Reviews.

October 21st:      Jillian will be at Lost for Words.

October 24th:     Phillip will be at Late Bloomer Online.

October 25th:     That Boy book review at Paperback Treasures.

October 26th:     Jadyn will be at What’s on the Bookshelf.

October 27th      That Boy book review at Bookmarked.

October 28th:    Jillian will be at Patricia’s Peculiarity.

October 31st:     Special Halloween interview with Danny at A Tale of Many Reviews.

November 1st:   A list of Ten Things you didn’t learn in the book, That Boy. Phillip, Jadyn,                               Danny, and Jillian are at The Readiacs.

November 2nd:   Phillip is at Me, My Shelf and I.

November 3rd:    That Boy book review at Late Bloomer Online.

November 4th:    Jillian rounds out the tour at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile.

A Special Thanks to Kari, Kelsey, Corrine, Jessica, and Bailey at The Teen Book Scene for setting up this tour!! I am really super appreciative and so excited to share more of the characters with everyone!!

A portion of the proceeds of That Boy are being donated to The Make-A-Wish Foundation and the University of Nebraska Foundation.

 $225 will be donated to each charity for the month of September.

Thanks to everyone who purchased That Boy this month!

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Is Bigger Really Better?

You came to this blog post today with your mind in the gutter, didn’t you? You thought we were gonna talk about some sexy boy parts, didn’t you? Shame on you! Haha!! We’ll maybe save that for another day.

The leaves are starting to turn. The weather’s getting cooler. It’s football season. And that means Homecoming. We currently live in Texas, and they have a homecoming tradition unlike anything I have ever seen before. And that tradition is the homecoming mum.

Originally, a boy gave his homecoming date a chrysanthemum flower to wear to the homecoming football game. It was similar to giving your date a flower to wear to the prom, only they wore it to the game, rather than the dance. You’ve heard the saying everything is bigger in Texas. This is one case in point. (Here’s an article you can read for futher information on the homecoming mum.)

My daughter's junior year mum.

The mums now are full of ribbons, trinkets, feathers, you name it! When you’re a freshman, you get a single mum. Sophomore year you get a double mum. Juniors get a triple (heart shaped) mum. Seniors get a quadruple (diamond) shaped mum. Senior mums are also traditionally all white. The boys wear a garter version of the mum. Below is a slideshow, so you can see what they look like!

So what do you think of this tradition? Do you wish you had one? Did you have a different tradition or a fun homecoming story to share with us?

(A special thanks to Kenzie, Allie and Lanette, and Karlene for letting me share their mum photos!!)

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Movie Review – What’s Your Number?

It’s movie review day here at Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos. Today we’re seeing the adorable Anna Faris and the hottie Chris Evans in What’s Your Number? I’m really looking forward to seeing this movie. It looks adorable.

 

The Verdict: This movie was AH-DORABLE and laugh out loud funny. It’s definitely a chick flick, but one of the best chick flicks I’ve seen in a long time. I think guys would get a kick out of it too since it’s really quite funny. There’s a lot of funny – classic in the making – lines. And Chris is not only shirtless for a good part of the movie, he’s nearly naked in many scenes, only covering his man parts with a newspaper or dish towel. That alone would make it worth the price of admission.

This is the kind of movie you need to gather up your girlfriends, eat some cheesecake, drink some wine, then go enjoy the movie. You’ll love it!!

I had a great time with him. He was funny, sexy, and smart. He’s one of those guys you thought at first glance was just a hot body, but then you realized he was so much more. He’s the kind of guy that’s worth way more than just a hookup, although you REALLY wanna hook up with him. But you wait, like at least past the first date, and because you do, he starts stalking you in a very sexy way. But then, you know, you kinda screw it up because you didn’t realize he was more than just a man whore. Well, actually, you did know, but you wouldn’t admit it to yourself. So you stupidly dumped him and went out with the perfect guy. The guy who is perfect on paper, but who doesn’t get your heart racing and your panties smoking. Thank goodness you realize he’s the guy for you before it’s too late. And you marry him and live HAPPILY EVER AFTER. 

Just a reminder of how we rank movies here at Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos:

One Star = Walk of shame. I was in last night’s dress, carrying my shoes as I rushed off. I can’t believe I wasted my time on him and pray no one I know sees me.

Two Stars = Bad date. He didn’t really do anything wrong, we just didn’t have any chemistry. Maybe he just wasn’t my type. I probably won’t answer if he calls.

Three Stars =Hookup. We had a great night together. Don’t know if it will be more than that, but it was sure fun while it lasted.

Four Stars = Stalking him. What a night! We danced, we kissed. Now if I could just get him to call me.

Five Stars = Happily ever after. I love him! I want to marry him, have his babies, and live happily ever after.

Also there is a new hottie on our radar here at Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos. The guy who plays the sister’s fiancee. OOOOHHHH MY!! Is he a cutie…..

24 yr old British Actor- Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Sadly we couldn’t find any photos of him shirtless!!

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