Archive | November, 2009

How the Grinch Stole Xmas Musical Review

30 Nov

How the Grinch stole Christmas Musical at the Pantages Theater is a great show for all to enjoy, kids and adults alike.  The 90 minute musical with no intermission is perfectly timed.  It is not too short nor too long (keeping in mind the attention span of 10 year olds in the audience).

The cast is as diverse in age as the audience and features a 5 time Emmy Award winner, John Larroquette, as Old Max, the narrator of the show.  Issadora Tulalian who plays little Cindy Lou Who, will steal your heart with her charismatic character and make you wonder how that strong voice is coming from such a tiny young girl.  The Grinch is wonderfully portrayed by Stefan Karl —  you’ll hate him for his devious thoughts from his heart “that’s 2 sizes too small”, understand his anger from his loneliness, and grow to love him, all within an hour and 30 minutes.

The amazing orchestra, conducted by Ron Colvard sets the tone throughout the whole show.  The songs however, though appropriate for the story, are not as memorable as most musicals with the exception of two:  Cindy Lou Who’s ballad, which is a tear-jerker for most, and the infamous Mr. Grinch song that encourages crowd participation, which is surely a treat for all.  The whimsical set with its fun colorful atmosphere really places you in the pages of the original Dr. Seuss book, along with its vivid hues and vibrant outlandish costumes.  All in all, the musical truly brings the classic book to life.

Though geared towards a young audience, it will still capture adults that are young at heart and set the mood for the holiday season.  This heart warming adaptation will have you leave the theater (as said by Dr. Seuss himself) with your heart “3 sizes larger” than before.

Show Sidenote — If you are planning to bring a child who gets frightened easily, I advice you not to sit in the first 2 rows as I did, for the Grinch’s grinchiness might frighten a young one.  Nonetheless, I prefer sitting close since I like being able to see the facial expressions of the actors and actresses.

XOXO, Chic Chick

What to wear during the Winter season?

10 Nov

Winter is just around the corner but no need to put your spring dresses and skirts away!  Mix it up with a few winter essentials, and you can turn your favorite spring dress into a fashionable Winter outfit.
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You must be thinking, “Umm, it’s a little cold to wear a skirt during December.”  And I do agree with that thought, which is why the #1 basic winter accessory that I love right now is… leggings!  black, gray, purple, plaid, or solid, you can pick which ever you like as long as you wear it right.  All you have to do is pair your favorite spring dress or skirt with some leggings, and you’ll be ready for Winter.

If your skirt is plain, spruce it up with fun leggings such as a textured one or stocking like with patterns.   If your skirt is already bold enough with tiers and lace or a bright spring color, simply wear a solid dark pair of leggings to tone it down for the Winter, like black or gunmetal gray.  You’ll still have the flowy look that you love while avoiding the leg goosebumps.

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Only have tube and spaghetti strap dresses in your closet?  It’s hard to believe, but you can still bring this look into the Winter Season without freezing your shoulders off by wearing a blazer, which is our #2 Winter must have.  Not only do blazers look great with any kind of pants from skinny jeans to trousers, they also look adorable with a dress or skirt.  Match a basic black blazer with your dress to switch your look from Spring to Winter in 2 seconds.

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You now have your legs and shoulders covered, but we all know what makes an outfit… the shoes!  You can’t go through Winter without having the perfect boots.  And lately, boots have just gotten cuter and more fashionable.  With so many different styles to choose from, you can easily find something to complete your Spring to Winter look.  If you’re going for a more casual outfit, you can finish your look with some flats or a short heeled boot.

If you want to make more of a bold statement, you can go with stiletto heeled boots with studs and/or chains, which are very popular at the moment.  And the most sought out boots of the season are the ‘too cute to boot’ booties!  No, I’m not talking about your derriere, booties are boots that cut-off at the ankles which look perfect with leggings.  There are different kinds of booties from lace up and slip ons to caged and even peep-toed.

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After you’ve paired your Spring dress or skirt with your leggings, blazer, and boots, I’d bet no one would even realize that it’s the same dress you wore to the park a few months ago with your wedged sandals and straw hat during Spring break.  Thanks to these 3 Winter essentials, not only will you save by not having to get an entire new wardrobe for the Winter, but you’ll also look cozy and fashionable in your old but new getup.

XOXO, Chic Chick

How to wear a scarf?

1 Nov

Fall is here, which means scarf season.  Here is a look at one of our Fashion Fall Must Haves – The Scarf.

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A scarf is not only cozy, but it’s an accessory that will go with anything from a sweater, blazer, or even t-shirt.  Scarves come in a variety of colors, shapes, and styles.  From frayed edges, one colored soft linen, to plaid, and thick knitted, don’t be scared to have fun with your scarf.  Here are a few ways to wear your must have accessory this Fall:
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FRAYED SCARF

With a frayed look.  Fold your squared scarf into a triangle.  Hang the tip in the middle of your chest, then tie a knot at the back of your neck and bring the edges to the front of your shoulders or tuck it in.  This will enable you to show off the fringe on the edges of your scarf to hang over your shirt or sweater.

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WRAP A ROUND SCARF

The most common and easiest way to wear a scarf is to simply wrap it around your neck as little or as much as you want, and let the excess hang over your shoulder.  You can have both ends in the front, you can leave the other part hanging in the back, or you can even wrap it enough to wear there is no excess that hangs over.

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SCARF LOOP

A cute variation is the scarf loop.  You can get this look by simply folding your scarf in half.  Put the folded scarf around your shoulder, then take one end and put it through the loop where you folded the scarf and pull.  You can keep it lose or tight around your neck for various looks.

Hope these fashion tips helped with your scarf crisis this Fall.

XOXO, Chic Chick