February 28, 2011

Dupont Circle in the Daytime

I love waking up to the sight of beautiful things so when a friend invited me to sleep at her house in DC over the weekend I jumped at the chance. I'd hardly ever seen DC in the daylight so I marveled at almost everything I saw. My favorite part of the day was when we walked over to Dupont for brunch and I saw a side of it I'd never seen before - quaint, colorful, mismatched little buildings, quiet passersby walking up and down the street, parking spaces that were actually vacant. I felt like I was watching America in the 60's. I took my time to take it all in.

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February 27, 2011

All images taken at Sabrina Cafe, Philadelphia, PA.

If you could be on one TV show which one would it be?

This is really hard coz I'm a huge TV fan... Maybe Worst Cooks in America would be my choice for reality tv show and maybe CSI, How I Met Your Mother or Supernatural for actual tv shows. See I can't pick just one!

Ask me anything

February 26, 2011

Anthropologie

Being in Anthropologie reminds me of the times I spent watching a show called Shabby Chic as a child. In the show, Rachel Ashwell, with her glorious english accent, would visit garage sales to salvage old picture frames, figurines, mirrors, pillows and whatever else she could find. She would then clean them up, piece them together, and give them a nice vintage appeal. I never did recreate any of her projects but from time to time I still catch her show on (very old) reruns and remember my childhood all over again.

I wonder if anyone really buys any furniture items from Anthropologie but their wall displays are some of the cutest I've ever seen and their scented candles smell amazing! I wanted to get one that smelled like lavender but it was a bit over my budget.



Their plates, bowls, kitchen aprons and oven mitts were also similarly shabbily chic in appeal. If I ever muster up the cash to buy any of them, I doubt I would put them to use anyway. They are just too pretty.


All images taken at Anthropologie, M St NW, Washington DC.
All images (c)brandmarie at http://thecopyrightofbrandmarie.blogspot.com

February 25, 2011

Fil-Am Designers Show on Red Carpet

I'm so excited for the Fil-Am designers who are gonna be showcasing their work at the Oscars this Sunday!

Here's a list of designers to look out for:

Sources: 

February 24, 2011

Some humans look like dolls

china dolls

Fiction

FIFTEEN MINUTES TO FIFTEEN YEARS

It was the last time in a long time that the girls and I would see each other again. Diana was leaving the city, I was leaving the country, Yvonne was getting married and Hanna was staying right where she was. It was the last of what seemed like a thousand trips we’d taken together – from the fifteen-minute walks we took from school to the mall back in high school, to the several hour long drives to the hot springs and the mountains, to the endless plane rides we’d taken to the beach and back. It was amazing how at that point, what seemed to us like an eternity of friendship could be summarized in just a few sentences, some bits of random memories, and the ‘thousand’ trips we’d taken together. Fifteen minutes to fifteen years. It all went by so fast. As we reveled in the silence that surrounded us in the place we’d chosen to spend our last few hours together, we wondered if anything would ever fill the void left by the trips we would no longer take with each other.


Photo taken in Caleruega, Philippines.

February 17, 2011

Group Think

I visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in DC last Saturday and the emotion in that place was so overwhelming. Psychology classes often use the example of WWII to illustrate the concept of "group think". My professor mentioned that things happened the way they did because at that time nobody knew what to think. At least now I hope we know better.

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February 15, 2011

Fiction

I'm a huge fan of short stories and I also wrote some years ago. Now, because of a recent collaboration I have begun to write again. :)

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HERO


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I had my dream date with Mary Jane tonight. She was so beautiful in her pastel dress, her red hair flowing in the wind. We talked for hours about life, plans, dreams and love. Our hands touched over shared stories, dessert and coffee. My heart pounded when she asked me to spend the night. I found myself drawing closer to her as I said yes, even though I was certain I would be needed elsewhere. We both fell into a dreamless sleep, until I woke up, spidey sense tingling, not knowing where to go or what to do. I stared at her face, with my eyes half open, and I decided – the city could do without it's hero for tonight.

February 14, 2011

Tiffany & Valentine's Day

Saw this really cute, valentine's day themed window display at Tiffany & Co. today!



I love it because it is a nice play on a the marriage proposal scene in the movie Stepmom where Ed Harris ties a piece of string around Julia Robert's finger and let's the ring slide down the string and onto her finger, while talking about how he will not "let the thread break this time".

I am clearly a sap for all things romantic. Happy Valentine's Day everyone! :)

February 10, 2011

Scents that boost your health

I came across this article this morning on how smelling a grapefruit can help you lose weight. Caught your attention didn't it?

The article goes on to mention other scents that help you curb your appetite, keep yourself awake, and achieve a nice, restful sleep. One scent that keeps you awake is peppermint



Now this caught my attention because I've been having trouble sleeping for weeks now. Call it an exaggeration but now I think it may be because of this Thai air freshener thing that's been hanging on my bookshelf. I have no idea what it says but it smells like mint leaves and it makes my bedroom smell like my very own spa. :)  I love it but I think I may have to replace it with some lavender so I can sleep better.

February 9, 2011

Beautiful Day!

Snapped a picture of the sky as I was driving to the city this afternoon. My only regret is not being able to save a copy of the original shot. Today was just gorgeous!

February 8, 2011

Do what you love, love what you do

"What you do may seem uninteresting to one person but extraordinary to another. Never be ashamed of what you love doing."
I came across this article today on MSN called 25 People Who Do What They Love.  It's amazing. How many people can say they get paid for what they truly love doing. I only know one person who is that lucky. The rest of us usually just get sucked into a corporate vacuum and make do with "working to live".

Here are some of my favorites from the article:
"I'm co-owner and photographer at Bark Pet Photography, a Los Angeles-based pet photography business. I get paid to play with animals." -- Kim Rodgers
"I am a travel writer and photographer who focuses on adventure. When I'm not zigzagging around the planet -- swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands or roaming the remote jungles of India -- I'm writing about my adventures, the environment, fitness, health and wellness, extraordinary people and social injustice issues." -- Sarah Sekula, freelance writer 
"I'm a reality casting director. It's my job to find fascinating individuals, who have amazing life stories and get to tell their stories to millions of viewers worldwide. From raging seniors ("Sunset Daze") to single millionaires ("The Millionaire Matchmaker"), my job never gets old. I don't just create icons ... I create the shows that distract people from their day-to-day lives and also create a common social thread." -- Vinnie Potestivo, Entertainment, Inc.
"I'm a food writer and recipe developer, which means I get paid to create delicious things to eat! I write cookbooks, but also work for magazines (I created the recipes for 'Bon Appetit' magazine's December Christmas Dinner Spectacular) and for corporate clients. Ever wonder who makes up the recipes that appear on the back of food packages? For some products, that's me!" -- Jill Silverman Hough
"I get to come up with and create new candy ideas for my company, http://www.niftycandy.com/. Some of my ideas include candy necklaces and giant gummy letters. I work with my dad, David Klein, who is also a candy inventor. He invented Jelly Belly's and Sour Licorice." -- Roxy Klein, Can You Imagine That! Inc.

"I am a boudoir photographer. I have women come to me for beautiful, tasteful images for their honey. What is most interesting (and gratifying) to me is when they leave, they realize that it is more for them than for the one they came in to give a gift to." -- Jill Thibodeau
"I own a lifestyle photographer business. I basically focus on families and children. When I'm not photographing families, I meet mommies out at parks or at their house and basically play with the kids while I take their photos. A happy child in their own element makes for great images. My job is to make them laugh and play, while I capture them carefree and enjoying life." -- Gwendolyn Allen
"I run an adventure travel company for women. As part of that, I guide trips to absolutely amazing places such as Italy, Bhutan, Nepal and Kilimanjaro. I definitely can't believe I get to make a living doing it!"-- Marian Marbury, Adventures in Good Company
"I love every aspect and every minute of being a personal chef. In fact, there are many times in the middle of a cooking day, or a client's dinner party, or while teaching a cooking class that I actually think to myself, 'I'm getting paid to do something I love!' How many hard-working people out there can say that? I love the freedom, the responsibility and the daily challenges that this line of work offers me." -- Ellen McCreight Grant, Everyday Personal Chef Service
"I'm a celebrity makeup artist. I've had the pleasure of traveling to cities like Buenos Aires, Melbourne and Marseilles, to name a few, with Rachael Ray. I couldn't believe that they actually paid me to rub baby oil on Chad Ochocinco's awesome body for a GQ photo shoot. I've had President Bill Clinton ask me if I thought his hair looked alright. I honestly get paid to do what I would be happy to do for free." -- Kim White
"As a professional rum drinker, I visit distilleries, taste great rum and consult with some of the best people in the industry." -- Edward Hamilton, founder, Ministry of Rum 

"I'm a mystery shopper. I get paid to visit restaurants, theme parks, hotels, casinos, grocery stores, upscale retail stores and more by visiting the venues and reporting back on service and timings. I make my own hours and work for as many or few companies as I choose." -- Pam "PamInCA," president, Myster Shopper's Coalition

"Every day I get up and my day involves chocolate from start to finish, whether it's production, teaching classes, hosting corporate and charity events or traveling around the world. Sometime I have to pinch myself to make sure it's real. I truly love what I do, and I can hardly believe it's real. I'm in the process of starting a little internet-TV show ... the fun never ends!" -- Julie Petch, author "The Chocolate Therapist: A User's Guide to the Extraordinary Health Benefits of Chocolate."

Superbowl Sunday

For me Superbowl Sunday wasn't about the game - it was about the commercials. Every year marketers spend millions of dollars in developing and unveiling supposedly the best and most hard-hitting TV ads for the year.

Here's a take on the best and worst commercials seen during the 2011 Superbowl.

Of course there was that amazing Superbowl Halftime Show (which was a show in itself) by the Black Eyed Peas, Slash and Usher.



And being a certified Gleek myself, I enjoyed the Chevrolet Ad done by the Glee Cast.

If you're not interested in any of these, here's an old beer commercial I love that's sure to "cheer" you up. :)

February 4, 2011

Where do you stand?

Nothing controversial is meant by this post. Just thought the image was nice to play with.

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Charlize Theron before she was Charlize Theron

Was browsing through MSN and came across this article, which contained this picture.

Caption in article: We always thought the "nerdy teen girl who takes off her glasses and is instantly the hottest chick in school" thing only happened in movies. Looks like Charlize was the inspiration.

I completely agree! She's gorgeous!

The Burning Plain Monster Aeon Flux (Special Collector's Edition)  North CountryThe Devil's Advocate (Widescreen Edition) [VHS]

Quote for the Day

http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandmarie/5414524626/
I am not a fan of Oscar Wilde, but if you are, you can buy a book of his quotations on Amazon. Click on the image to lead you to the link. Enjoy!
Oscar Wilde's Wit and Wisdom: A Book of Quotations (Dover Thrift Editions)