Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wicked in Manila!!!

 Last night, we were able to watch the highly acclaimed theater production, Wicked, at CCP. And although I have little exposure to broadway theater, I really, really, really enjoyed watching Wicked. From the stage design, to the costumes, to the special effects, to the actors - everything was hands down amazing!!!! I was in awe the whole time! I was so giddy hearing all the songs live. Anyway, this is the outfit I wore during the show. Forgive the low quality, we forgot to bring an SLR so these are all just iPhone photos. It was a little disappointing how some people don't dress up as much for occasions like this anymore. My first theater experience was Miss Saigon also at CCP and I remember how everyone was all so dressed up and lovely that time! Personally, glamming up for occasions like this are so much fun! 

Dress used as top - Mango | Skirt - XOXO | Pumps - Charles and Keith | Chandelier earrings - Accessorize 

 Here are some photos from last night:
Set design! The flying dragon!
 The map to Emerald City.

I read in an article that this show, down to its tiniest detail, was exactly like the one in broadway in London. It's great that more and more broadway shows are coming to Manila! I'm hoping that in the following years Lion King, Sweeney Todd, Cats, The Producers, The Little Mermaid and other broadway shows just keep coming and coming and coming! Like most plays, pictures were not allowed during the show but I was able to find official pictures on the internet:

 Glinda was so adorable! The audience was cracking up because of her! She was just so entertaining!
 This scene showed the most how Wicked is connected to The Wizard of Oz.
 My favorite musical number was  no doubt Defying Gravity but the Popular number comes close!
 Jemma Rix, the actress who plays Elphaba, has the most beautiful voice!!!
Even the costumes of all the dancers are so detailed!

*pictures taken from blog, Philstar & Inquirer*

I hope I get to watch more shows like this in the future!!! I really loved and enjoyed it! I heard Wicked is extended until March so go watch it, it truly is worth it!

Love, Paola 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Fictional Soul Sister: New Girl's Jess Day

We've all had that one character we thought was written for us and based on us. I've definitely had that many times before from the characters in books I've read or movies I've seen but it's not until New Girl aired last 2011 that I found my soul sister. I've been a fan of the show from the very beginning but school work got in the way right after Season1 ended. But now that I did a marathon for two days, I am reminded by how much Jess and I are alike. As much I'd like to be Blair Waldorf, I don't think I have what it takes to be in Gossip Girl. Carrie Bradshaw is living my dream life but we have very few similarities. I'm so not Jena in Awkward or the 2 Broke Girls, Max and Caroline or even Elena in TVD. I'm definitely a Jessica Day. Here are some screen caps proofs of our similarities: 

Embarrassing things about herself that she's not embarrassed about:

Her undeniable love for music:

And an even stronger love for food:

Her PMS moments (which girls all over the world can understand): 

Her view on passion:

Even her self doubts:

Her tendency to exaggerate things:

And her tendency to be completely clueless:

 Those emotional, ridiculous and repetitive 1am conversation with friends about love and being alone:

Her obsessiveness about grammar (this is so me!!!!):

Her self confidence despite all her quirks and flaws:

And the most important similarity between Jess and me? This is EXACTLY how I'd end a bad day too:

I think we even share the same wardrobe:

Her bright colored sundresses and cozy cardigans? Yes please!

Now where's my Nick Miller?!

Who's your fictional soul sister? :)

Love, Paola 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards

January is awards season and awards season is red carpet season! Yaaaay!!! I actually look forward more to the red carpet looks than the actual awards itself. I love seeing who's wearing who and who's wearing what, who's made the best and worst dressed list or who's had any wardrobe mishap on the carpet or on the stage. This year's Golden Globe was hosted by crazy girls Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and here are some of my favorite red carpet looks:

Amy Adams in Valentino & Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren
Red is a dangerous color for the red carpet (for obvious reasons) but looking at this two dresses, I guess all it takes to make it work is to have the right dress shape and cut! 
Julia Roberts in Dolce and Gabbana & Emma Thompson in Lanvin
These two are classics. I saw Wetpaint criticized Julia Robert's look but I think she's so in her element in this outfit and Emma Thompson accepted her award with her heels in one hand and a drink in another so I gotta give it to her!
Mila Kunis in Emilio Pucci & Michelle Dockery in Oscar de la Renta
A trend in this year's red carpet are embellished and beaded dress and this is two of my faves in that category especially Michelle Dockery's high-low ball gown!
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior & Taylor Swift in Carolina Herrera
I think this is one of JLaw's not so remarkable outfit, but this girl is flawless so nevermind. And I'm so happy for Taylor!!!!!! She's not wearing any glitters or anything sparkly on her! She's finally over that phase!
Kate Beckinsale in J. Mendel & Drew Barrymore in Monique Lhullier
Kate Beckinsale is not aging, it's crazy! She look's so gorgeous in this outfit - dress, hair, make up and all! Not a big fan of Drew's dress but her hair and make up is beautiful and she's glowing too. Pregnancy is doing her good. 
Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen & Sarah Hyland in Georges Hobieka Couture
My Modern Family girls! In all the red carpet review posts I've done, Sofia Vergara always makes my list. She's a staple. She's always gonna be here. 
Uma Thurman in Versace & Lily Rabe in George Hobeika
A Shiny, sparkly black dress is timeless!
Sandra Bullock in Prabal Gurung & Julie Bowen in Carolina Herrera
Color blocking is still alive!!! I love the combination of colors and style in these dresses.
Tina Fey in Carolina Herrera Kaley Cuoco in Rani Zakhem Couture 
Printed dress are so rarely done in the red carpet only because they're hard to pull off and are almost always criticized but I've always loved prints, and it takes a lot of confidence to wear it! 
Caitlin Fitzgerald in Emilia Wickstead & Maria Menounos in BCBG Max Azria
These two are my favorite!!! I love the solid pastel colors of the dresses - it's so fresh and easy to look at! I want Caitlin Fitzgerald's dress as my graduation dress! haha
Emma Watson in Dior
But the top of this list goes to Emma Watson for being simple, classy, innovative and just plain perfect! A red dress with a sexy back over black skinny pants and blue shoes? I'm sure no one imagined that would work!  

All pictures and information taken from Huffington Post.

Love, Paola