Category Archives: pop culture

disneyland

Apparently you’re never too old to visit the Magic Kingdom – the happiest place on earth!


Yes, I’m deathly afraid of heights, but yes I did indeed take a ride on California Screamin’. This is no ordinary roller coaster. It goes from 0 to 55 mph in 4 seconds at the ride’s inception and includes one complete inversion about halfway through. I truly felt the limits of my fear and amazingly enough came out the other side.


My brother and mom – the true fans of Disneyland!


strollers strollers everywhere – they even get priority parking spaces near all the rides!


Wheeee!

the thrill of victory… the agony of defeat

Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sport… the thrill of victory… and the agony of defeat… the human drama of athletic competition… This is ABC’s Wide World of Sports!

I don’t know about you, but these words still touch a deep emotional cord. I was reminded of that show after Queen Latifah who is in Vancouver supporting Team USA, said, “I wish I could see every event. Ever since I was a little kid, since I watched Wide World of Sports on ABC, I always wanted to see the ski jump. I want to see someone fly down that hill, go up in the air and then land and nail it.”

Like her, I began my love affair with sports watching Jim McKay “span the globe” to bring celebrations of the human spirit into my home. It’s no wonder that I am glued to the competitions of the Olympic games, Wimbledon and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships (just to name a few) since these were all featured on that groundbreaking program. In fact, Wide World of Sports was the first to cover Wimbledon and March Madness.

So here’s to Queen Latifah and all the fans (like my friends Nate and Molly) who are in Vancouver to support our athletes. The Queen said it best, “It’s international. It’s us. It’s America. It’s the world. It’s Canada doing a great job representing their country, and giving us a great show, and welcoming us.” I’m right there with you in spirit.

opening ceremonies

I may not have been able to see them live (even though they took place in my own timezone – NBC you’ve got some ‘splainin’ to do) or in person… but here’s my take on the highlights and lowlights of the opening ceremonies.


Best scarf – Canada

Most French – Great Britain

Most fashionable – Italy

Best knits – Andorra followed by United States (hat)

Best hat – Cayman Islands and Iceland

Most innovative use of the recent paisley fashion trend – Azerbaijan

Preppiest – Bermuda followed by Monaco

Most tragic use of prints – Finland  followed by Czech Republic

Best jackets – Peru

Biggest flashback to the 80s – Germany and Poland followed (with love) by Bryan Adams

Best use of trendy colors (yellow and turquoise) – Sweden

Best sweater and belt combination – United States

Best mittens – Canada

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Best performance – Beat Poet Shane Koyczan

Most mesmerizing – Orcas swimming through the ocean

Best song – Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now followed by k.d. lang’s Hallelujah

Coolest graphics – Native American motifs

Most surprising – Donald Sutherland is Canadian

Least surprising but biggest no-brainer – Wayne Gretzky lighting the torch


images: courtesy msnbc.com

one more fashion detour

Before we resume our regular programming let’s take a moment to admire the candy colored treasures that have me yearning even more for spring. JPK Paris is an especially wonderful new find.

JPK Paris
Dooney & Bourke
JPK Paris

McQueen is dead, long live McQueen

I don’t follow fashion as much as I used to. It’s been years since my pre-teen bedroom was plastered in Vogue magazine “wallpaper”, but I still follow the rag trade as a source of inspiration. Design is design, no matter what medium you choose to use, and we all influence each other. Architecture can inspire haute couture, sculpture can serve as a painters muse, music influences dance, and as a photographer I find inspriation in all of these places.

So I was sad to hear that British designer Alexander McQueen died today. He was only 40 years old, but significantly impacted the fashion world during his short career. He brought integrity and social awareness to haute couture, but in doing so did not sacrifice the quality of his designs. They were impeccably tailored, beautifully textured and scaled, richly colored (even his neutrals) and (perhaps surprisingly) wearable. I added a little more plaid to my wardrobe and was inspired to wear more red after seeing his dresses on Sarah Jessica Parker. So long live the influence of Alexander McQueen.



photo credits (when available): stuart ramson, francois guillot, style.com