Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Soup de moi - 10/03/14

So like the Soup on E!Online, I'll start to concatenate in one post the best of what I saw during the current week. Hopefully it's something that will go on and not like a one hit wonder.

I'll start with the episode 16 of this Criminal Minds season, called Mosley Lane...
In the past I had some friends question my love for this show, as they felt it could turn me insensible to the true horror of what was happening during some episodes.
I agree with them, but some episodes just put you right in your place.
Like this one.
It dealt with children's abductions. They had this theme before, but this one was just... It's like when you read in the papers that some missing child has been found after xx years. I felt for the parents, cause not everyone saw their child come back at the end. It was so sad!!

Continuing with the law enforcement theme, I caught up with some CSI I had missed. This one dealt with the death of a weather woman (Dee Dee), found dressed up like she's was working the streets.

Basically just because there is a woman in the car doesn't mean it safe to go in! OMG!!!! SO SCARY!

Anyway not everything was about depressing and scary stuff!

Now you see me, now you don't

The triangle formation just don't work in a choreography with 6 persons.  
It's not the same.
The song is still okay though.
2PM - Follow your soul mv

U-Kiss Vampire Ep. 6 - Date at the amusement park

So the guys continue on their dates at the amusement park
Recap after the jump

Friday, March 12, 2010

2NE1 - Try to follow me

What the f*ck did I just watch?? (part.2)
Actually I wanted to talk about this mv like ages ago, but I got sidetracked by the mess that was Lady Gaga's new videoclip over here.
Lady Gaga , you can learn one or two tricks from this one:
2NE1== Extreme fierceness!

Fashion wise
The girls of 2NE1 are just out there!!! While Lady Gaga and Rihanna wears a lot of creative stuff, most of it is custom made or just haute couture and I can only dream about it.
I think Park Bom  might be wearing an Alexander McQueen dress here but most of the time the girls from 2NE1  wear affordable clothes. Even if the probability that the item's sold out is very high, I still have my eyes set on the Star Wars cap that Sandara Park is wearing below
I now leave you with my favorites moments (images heavy, watch out!)

Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce - Telephone

Seriously what the f*ck did I just watch?
Hmm... I hope not.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hero Jaejoong to be featured in japanese magazine An An?

Today the news dropped.
Jaejoong might be featured in japanese magazine An An...
Ok so far nothing really jaw dropping, you tell me, except that An An is known for displaying male celebs in their simplest apparel and/or in rather compromising positions with female models...
So now it's Hero Jaejoong's turn? The fandom simply exploded. While fans in korea were lining up online to pre-oder the magazine, people on omona and popseoul were debating whether the photoshoot would be saucy or safe.
After all, I saw some pictures of some previous male celebs featured, and, oh boy!, some are very r-rated.

SHINee - Get Down feat. f(x) Luna

From left to right Onew (leader-vocals), Taemin (dance), Key (versatile), Jonghyun (main vocal), Minho (rap). Onew looks bothered on this pic lol.

I got first introduced to SHINee when they came to visit 2PM on Idol Show Season 3... At that time I thought they looked very young, with this very preppy-cute boy band image.
That was almost one year ago...
They have since released a mini-album : 2009, Year of us and with Get Down, I think the boys nailed their transition into what they've been hoping to turn to, that is a "man's" band - opposed to a boy band.
With a vibe that reminds me of old school hip-hop and the guys going hard on it, I couldn't believe I was listening to SHINee!! I didn't recognize them!!!
We're far from the romantic ballad Replay - Noona is pretty from one year ago!
Hopefully they'll continue in this direction [and Taemin will grow up]
SHINee - Get Down

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Alexander McQueen final collection in Paris

Alexander McQueen's teams presented his last collection, yesterday. Composed of 16 looks, it was heavily inspired by the middle ages and the renaissance, with luxurious fabrics, religious themes and heavy patterns.
I think we can expect to see a lot of it, as people will rush to try and pay homage, and with only 16 looks, I hope that we'll soon see those dresses at some events.
I feel the whole coat paired to the high collar is a little too heavy, but a modified strapless gown would be a delight. Too bad it came after the Oscars.

Really simple but cute, I can see someone like Natalie Portman or Meryl Streep wear this.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Oscars 2010 - The looks at the after parties

Everyone showed up... From some A-Lister missing from the main event to some serious D-Listers ...

Some looks I liked
For once Kate Beckinsale is not wearing a A-line/mermaid dress so I knew I had to feature her!

Some looks I didn't like
Can someone tell me what the hell is she doing here?

Monday, March 08, 2010

Oscars 2010

As usual nobody tried something exciting except Zoe Saldana and Diane Kruger but I feel their effort didn't produce anything breathtaking.

In the case of Zoe Saldana I feel there is too much going on... I don't really like the tie-dye effect on dress, especially on occasions others than going to the beach. Just add the glittery bust and, wow it's just an overall mess.

I don't like the divisions on Diane Kruger's Chanel Couture dress... Plus the ruffles in the middle give an overall look of french cancan, not very appropriate for the Oscars...

My favorite looks

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Gourmet Asian Fusion - 4050 Saint-Denis

How we ended up there
My cousin absolutely wanted to go to a bring your own wine restaurant not too far from Mont-Royal's station. She felt like italian at first but because my last time at l'Academie left me with a bad impression overall, I pressed her to choose something else. Turns out one of her friends had been to Gourmet Asia Fusion, an all you can eat asian restaurant,  just across the street from l'Academie so she set her choice on this one.

My sister is not fond of chinese food so she decided to bail out but I insisted on the fact that it was a fusion restaurant and than amongst all the chinese dishes, we might find some thai and who knows? Maybe some sushi or some indian as well!!!

Just before leaving to the restaurant we had a quick look at the menu. It looked so good on paper! We couldn't wait.... I was a little anxious because I was wondering if I would have enough space to taste a little of everything.

The setting
When we arrived, the restaurant was packed... People were waiting in line. The restaurant is quite small and it's difficult to navigate between the tables, especially if there are big reservations. I think they were at least 3 birthdays parties this night, taking up to at least 60% of the capacity of the restaurant.
We sat down and because I love to do that, I asked the waitress for more info regarding the meals and how it would work out.
Turns out that whatever you order, they bring for the whole table. If you have some left-over, they make you pay. So if you feel like eating some soup, you have to make sure everyone will want the soup or  that you can eat whatever's left . What a big surprise!! Nobody knew about this "rule" around the table, and they were already starting to select their meals. Despite the "warning", at the end,  the order sheet was almost full.
People started to panic but when the food arrived, we were all relieved!! They only give you one small plate, with food for maximum two persons on it. We were 11, and I think we ordered around 9 different meals, so we were okay... The only thing they bring in high quantity is the rice/noodles (of course).

The food
For 27 $ after the tip and taxes, the food was definitely not worth it. There were some good meals, like the General Tao Chicken (almost never a miss) and the Sea Salt Shrimps but all the rest was watered down. Literally.
The spring rolls and the soup were missing their shrimps and the dumplings were more like won-ton that real gyoza dumplings.
I think it's a good all you can eat restaurant but don't expect quality meals.

Friday, March 05, 2010

安室 奈美恵 (Namie Amuro) - Past < Future

Style : Hip-Pop (she's the queen of the genre)

Meiko is probably saying to herself " Finally, a post not related to kpop" !
My bad, I haven't listened to jpop in a long time but because of this mysterious cover and the artist featured on it, I decided it was time to give it another try.
I now present you the latest of Namie Amuro who, at 32 and with almost 20 years of music history behind her, is still fresh as ever... She found her style and is doing a good job at it.
Namie Amuro - Past < Future (2009)
  4. Bad Habit
  5. Steal my Night
  7. WILD
  8. Dr.
  9. Shut Up
  10. MY LOVE
  11. The Meaning Of Us
  12. Defend Love

Now don't ask me about the over use of CAPS in the titles, maybe she felt inspired by Kanye West, I  don't know.
I just want to take those last few lines and talk about FIRST TIMER.
Even if Dr. was one of the first track that really caught my attention, FIRST TIMER recently surpassed this track in the  playcount on my player.
The fast /scat beat is really out there and Namie Amuro clearly got outshined by the collective DOBERMAN INC. Like Bjork on her album Volta with Antony and the Johnsons, Namie Amuro made me discover a new artist I'll definitely check out and not that only!! I think I'll start paying attention to the latest jpop releases. It's time!

    Thursday, March 04, 2010

    Goodbye leadja ... The aftermath, one week after

    So this is it... Park Jaebum will not be returning to 2PM. In fact, JYPE ended his contract exactly one week before, the 25th of February...
    I remember, just before this day, my sister, talking to me about how excited she was about the conference happening the 27th, because you know, Jaebum might come back!!!But then, on the 25th, you should have seen her face... All day long she kept mumbling about this, she just couldn't believe it.
    And on the 27th...
    After the conference....
    Everything changed...

    I think this image I found on the 2PM's soompi thread perfectly resumes what is happening right now

    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    When editorials go wrong - After School for InStyle Korea

    After School - in Burberry SS2010 - for InStyle March 2010
    Overload of cuteness doesn't mean it is going to look good...

    It's funny because the models during the fashion shows are, for me, the ones doing the worst job as ambassadors for the clothes.
    It may be due to the fact that I'm not seated at the front row and the details don't translate well in the pictures or that the models could as well be replaced by cardboards and we would not see the difference, I don't know....

    I usually have to wait till I see the collection on a real person ( ie. with a real body) or in a editorial to appreciate the clothes and see the collection from another perspective.

    Unfortunately here, I feel the stylist did a bad job, because after seeing this editorial, I don't feel like seeing more of the collection .

    I remember about how I gushed over the collection back in September and how I dreamed about owning the glitter trench after seeing Kate Hudson and Lee Da Hae's editorials ...
    Now I kinda wish this editorial would just disappear. It ruined it for me.

    Wednesday, February 17, 2010

    손담비 (Son Dam Bi) - 미쳤어 (Crazy)

    Son Dam Bi is not your typical k-pop idol.
    She became popular after someone uploaded a video of her dancing on the web and was quickly dubbed the female Rain of Korea.

    I think what I like most about this song is the fact that it is produced by Brave Sounds, who are also  behind some of U-Kiss songs, but also her trademark dance move in the video,the head wave (by Daesung in the gif below), is simply just too addictive.
    Son Dam Bi - Crazy

    2PM for Coca Cola Photos

    Rest of the photoshoot
    Behind the citation [NSFW]

    Monday, February 15, 2010

    G-Dragon in BCBG Max Azria FW2010

    It's been a long time since my last fashion set but as soon as I saw this top, I had a feeling it would fit Mr. Fashionita number 1 aka G-Dragon so well, I just knew I had to open Photoshop and suffer to make a "fake" collage of a fashion set...
    The BCBG Max Azria show took place on the second day of New York's Fashion week, so Friday, but I've been away this week-end so I could only work on it today. I hope you'll like it :)

    Preppy look
    • PANTS : General Idea
    • SHOES : Adidas Y-3
    Rock look
    • JACKET: Balmain FW2010
    • NECKLACE : Lady Grey
    • PANTS :  Rad by Rad Hourani
    • SHOES :  Jeffrey Campbell

    Thursday, February 11, 2010

    R.I.P. Alexander McQueen

    I couldn't believe it when I read this morning that Alexander McQueen commited suicide.
    The Daily Mail is reporting that Alexander McQueen committed suicide. A source at McQueen's office confirmed the suicide, saying, "It is a tragic loss. We are not making a comment at this time out of respect for the McQueen family." Details of his death have not been released yet. [...]
    @The Cut 

    I think I'm still in shock... When I think I was just browsing  his spring 2010 collection not so long ago after I saw Anna Paquin at the S.A.G.
    To one of the most creative designer of the last decade... Rest in peace.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    Animal Collective - Sung Tongs

    Style : Animal Collective (they have a special category only for them :p)

    It's always hard to review Animal Collective's albums. I can only say that everybody has to try at least once, some songs you'll like, some maybe not, but overall you have to say that they're really a band aside.

    Animal Collective - Sung Tongs (2004)
    1. Leaf House
    2. Who Could Win a Rabbit
    3. The Softest Voice
    4. Winters Love
    5. Kids on Holiday
    6. Sweet Road
    7. Visiting Friends
    8. College
    9. We Tigers
    10. Mouth Wooed Her
    11. Good Lovin Outside
    12. Whaddit I Done

    Tuesday, February 09, 2010

    Anne Hathaway @ the L.A. premiere of Valentine's Day

    Anne Hathaway in Marchesa
    I completely had forgotten about this movie.. This year's He's not that into you... Let's see...

    Monday, February 08, 2010

    Saturday, February 06, 2010

    The Knife In Collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock - Colouring of Pigeons

    I've recently talked about the Knife, well... Excuse me, I should say half of the Knife or Fever Ray, when I reviewed top 40 of the year, last December. I read some weeks ago that the band were working on an opera based off Charles Darwin's life and work... I was really intrigued and because I told myself that I would try more of them, I decided to give it a listen...

    The Knife In Collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock - Colouring of Pigeons
    I wouldn't be able to tell if it really fits the theme but the music and the voice of the main singer are quite enchanting and succeed in making you forgetting the track is 11mn after all.
    I've been meaning to publish the song but I forgot until I saw yesterday that the Knife released digitally the whole opera on their website - we will have to wait till next month for a audio release.
    That just means that if you're - like me -willing to try more of it, you know where to go! I'll be sure to give a listen to the album as I was really looking forward to the final project.

    Update: I listened to it and I believe that opera is really not my cup of tea... I didn't enjoy this album so far... I'll give it another try for sure.

    Tuesday, February 02, 2010

    Katy Perry @ the Grammys 2010

    Katy Perry in Zac Posen
    Katy Perry gets her own post to highlight the fact that she really should have chosen a better support for her twins, and a better dress overall... When I think I featured her as someone to look forward to last year... It pains me.

    Grammys 2010 - Yawn Yawn Yawn boring.

    My parents were browsing through the channels for something to watch when they realized the Grammys were on. They decided to have a quick preview; the Black Eyed Peas were performing at this moment. After less than two minutes, they already had changed the channel to some a show talking about fishermen or what not... Anyway, something really boring.. The fisherman life seemed more interesting to them that the Grammys!

    I was somewhat excited about the Grammys because singers have been known to take more fashion risks/ play more with fashion that their actors counterpart... This theory has been proved wrong at the Grammys where everybody showed up in long red carpet dresses. Even Rihanna!
    I was saying in the post below that I couldn't wait to see if she would been able to top Lady Gaga in her Armani Prive custom dress and there she is, wearing this long feathery white gown.
    Rihanna in Elie Saab Couture
    It's a gorgeous gown but, don't forget, it's the Grammys we're talking about! Not the Oscars...