Saturday, June 30, 2012

It's Sassurday!

Well bonjour, Monsieur Fassbender!  I know we have already mentioned that Fassy was in the June issue of GQ France.  But when I ran across this particular picture, I couldn't help reminding you.  Because, I am sorry, but this vest is probably my favorite thing.  Oh Fassy, you can wear tweed vests and a pensive brow any day.  Joyeux Sassurday, tout le monde!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Spindle's End: A Book Review

It's pretty much a given that if you hand me some sort of fantasy book I'm going to love it. Maybe I'm just wired that way? Or could it be my propensity to daydream? I mean, if you skim back over our blog, a majority of the posts are about one of us riding off into the sunset with (insert the name of handsome leading man here). And I know that many of you lovely readers feel the same way us Victorian Swag ladies feel when it comes to dashing male leads, especially when they are the unconventional sort. So, what does one get when one combines fantasy novels and unconventional, swoon-worthy leading men? Why, none other than a Robin McKinley novel! Without further ado, I give you: Spindle's End.

Friday We're In Love!

1, 2, 3, 4
Sarah's pick:  The ladies at the office have taken a break from wondering who will be cast as Christian Grey and have instead focused on the upcoming Magic Mike.  It's not at all classy and will probably be really really stupid, but I just don't care.  I mean, how can you say no to beautiful men with well-sculpted abs?  It's impossible, so judge me for my weakness but don't deny that you are secretly jealous. 

Ali's Pick: My absolute favorite thing this week?  My sister is here to visit me!  She flew all the way from St. Louis to Hilton Head Island to spend a weekend with me at the beach.  I am SOOOOO HAPPY! 

Sally's Pick: This week I ventured into the dark side with the arrival of my Kindle Keyboard. Long have I, the collector of mismatched books, scoffed at the idea of eReaders; but when one was offered to me on a silver platter as a belated birthday gift, all I could hear was the devil on my shoulder whispering, "Think of all the free classics you'll read!" I'm still approaching it with a ten-foot pole, but I've got to admit there's something magnificently addictive about scrolling through all those pages of free books and the idea of my Kindle being a bit like Hermione's Undetectable Extension Charm in action! 

Mariah's Pick: Etsy is basically my kryptonite; I can't venture onto the site without finding at least fifty million different things that I need. There are, of course, lots of lovely little shops, but recently I've found myself trying very hard not to spend all of my money on Kaylee's (Retro Circus) magical Disney creations. Because a Flynn Rider necklace pretty much goes with every outfit. Don't you think?

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

So adorable!
I was fortunate enough to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and I was so excited since it was a limited release!  I can't tell you the last time I've seen such a charming, moving, well-cast film.  It's about appreciating the love you have, being open to finding love in unexpected places, finding things you thought you lost, and learning to love things you once feared.

Oh, What's in a (Victorian) Name?

(Victorian authors Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning enjoyed popular Victorian names and influenced name popularity with some of their characters.)
Stemming from my recent stint of Victorian history related posts, I have been doing some research on said era and have run across dozens of stories, hundreds of facts, and thousands of names that have caught my fancy.  Names have always fascinated me.  They tell one so much about a character or a person and are able to evoke memories and judgments as easily as a Proustian madeleine.  Shakespeare’s Juliet famously posits, “that which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.”  I’m not entirely convinced that this is true.  I may put a lot of stock in names but I do not believe Romeo and Juliet would be the characters we know and understand today had their names been Joe and Rhonda.  In literary characters and even historical figures, names are essential components of personality and significance.
While I could really begin to wax philosophical (I’ll spare you), I just needed a segue into a post about historical celebrity baby names and popular Victorian era and Turn of the Century America and Britain.  Some of these names have endured but I am quite pleased to say that some have not.  You can be the judge on most but let me simply say that I am happy most royals were traditionalists and pleased that authors have traditionally been unafraid to use their imaginations when it comes to naming their characters. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Proposals Gone Right: In Review

Don't be sad, dear readers! Proposals Gone Right may be over, but that doesn't mean we can't look back and swoon over them to our hearts' content. I hope you've enjoyed living vicariously through these heroines as much as I have... ZOMG *GRABBY HANDS*! Now for the awards!

Get it, girrrrrrrl!!!! I mean... Ahem... When Mr. Tilney popped the question in Northanger Abbey, Catherine pushed him right into the shrubbery for a kiss. Safe to say that would have been my reaction to a T.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


The scruff, y'all
I love British men in riding gear, but I will go weak in the knees for an as-American-as-apple-pie guy dressed like a 1800s mountain man.  Example: Matt Barr in Hatfields & McCoys.  I've only just started the series, and I'm in love.  Of course, I fell in love with Mr. Barr during Harper's Island, which scared the bejeebles out of me, and House Bunny, which is a very classy movie.  But honestly, how can you resist the scruff, the mountains, and the good, old-fashioned American ruggedness?  You can't, I tell you, you just can't.

Monday, June 25, 2012

certain shades of limelight

"There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl's complexion."
A toast to sultry summer nights by the water's edge and champagne before breakfast.
  1. Never Forget You ... Noisettes
  2. It Happened in Monterey ... Frank Sinatra
  3. Along Comes Mary ... The Association
  4. See You In September ... The Happenings
  5. Mama Said ... The Shirelles
  6. Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter ... Herman's Hermits
  7. April in Paris ... Ella Fitzgerald
  8. A Bushel and a Peck ... Doris Day
  9. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) ... The Byrds
  10. Bookends ... Simon & Garfunkel
  11. Sur les quais du vieux Paris ... Juliette Gréco
  12. Strange ... Patsy Cline
  13. Monday, Monday ... The Mamas & The Papas
  14. It Ain't Me Babe ... The Turtles
  15. Dancing in the Street ... Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
  16. All Day and All of the Night ... The Kinks
  17. Downtown ... Petula Clark
  18. Kiss That Grrrl ... Kate Nash
  19. Honey In the Sun ... Camera Obscura
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Saturday, June 23, 2012

It's Sassurday!

For some reason, when I was looking for pictures to go with today's post celebrating our beloved Fassy, "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Mis was going through my mind. And while on first thought, the song may seem to have nothing to do the Fassbender, I started thinking that maybe if we look a little deeper... Because I don't know about y'all, but if we were to get all fancy and say: Fassy is to life as the dream I dreamed is to my future husband, then I would have to say that Michael has, indeed, killed the dream I dreamed. Because how can any other guy every measure up? Oh dear. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Friday We're In Love!

1, 2, 3, 4
Mariah's pick: I would just like to say that I'm really not sure why the critics were so hateful towards John Carter, because I, for one, thought it was pretty freaking fantastic. Of course, I'm a girl, and this could be largely due to Taylor Kitsch's shirtlessness, but I choose to believe it was the Star Warsesque storyline and Lynn Collins' kick-ass Dejah Thoris that drew me in. So, if you've been on the line about whether or not this film is worth your time, I take your disbelief and raise you a shirtless Taylor Kitsch.

Sarah's pick: I saw Rock of Ages this week, and let me just say...EPIC!!! Normally, I really don't like Tom Cruise, but he blew my mind! Also, Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin should continue to do movies together until the end of time. Now, if you don't like 80s music then 1. what the hell is wrong with you? and 2. you will not like this movie. Of course, if you don't like 80s music, then you have bigger problems than the possibility of not enjoying this movie.

Ali's pick: Sometimes life requires a little bit of retail therapy and that has definitely been the case for me, lately. I finally had a day off last Sunday so I took advantage and purchased a brand new pair of TOMS to keep my feet happy this summer. They don't make a better pair of shoes than these; I might just go back and snag another pair to add to my collection this weekend. 

Sally's pick: On Father's Day I was dragged to participated in my first race ever, Dash4Dad. Running has never been something I've been particularly enthusiastic about, but the feeling of accomplishment I had when I crossed the finish line with my sister was unbeatable if not addictive. Besides, now that I know I can run 4 miles in good time, I'm really looking forward to The Color Run 5k this fall! Whoa... who am I?!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Proposals Gone Right: The One That's Heart-Shocking

We end Proposals Gone Right with my absolute favorite. I know what you're thinking... You're thinking all these proposals were so unfathomably good that it would be impossible for me to actually choose between them. And while I do love each and every one of them, there is one that trumps the rest. Now before you go thinking I've saved Pride and Prejudice for last, let me go ahead and clear the air before the outcry... I consider that second declaration much more of a proposal gone implied (*braces self for a slew of rotten tomatoes*) and that is just going to have to be a series for another day! Anyway, here it is, the big one! Drumroll please...
Behold! The face of the luckiest girl on the planet!
It's from Falling for a Dancer. Sound familiar? You may remember it for having one of the worst proposals gone wrong known to mankind both on and off the page. So how can a guy who tried to let his cousin propose for him (as was custom, but still a romantic faux pas), who was then subjected to every foul name under the sun, redeem himself to the point of landing the most swoon worthy proposal gone right in the end? Well. After being in love with Elizabeth from afar some eight years, after screwing up his first proposal so royally, after more trials and tribulations- scandals! murders! runaway carriages! oh my!- than someone should have to handle in a lifetime, Mossie finally acquired something called perfect timing. Perfect being the key word. PER-FECT.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Queens and their Jubilees

(The Queens at Coronation: Elizabeth II and Victoria)
When I heard that Queen Elizabeth II was celebrating her Diamond Jubilee this month, I have to admit that I wasn't quite sure exactly what a jubilee entailed.  Given that I secretly love the royals (even though I constantly find that I know very little about them), I decided I should find out what this shindig is all about and inform you, dear readers.  Just in case, you know, you are a bunch of fairy tale-believing, queen admiring, anglophiles like me.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012



Imagine my surprise in finding, during a casual perusal of all the Congrats we've done so far, that we have yet to mention Chris Hemsworth. WHAT IS WRONG WITH US???? I shall have to remedy this immediately, because I don't know if y'all have noticed, but HELLO, GORGEOUS CHRIS HEMSWORTH IS GORGEOUS. When he's not on-screen fighting with one of our other favorite fictional boyfriends, he's looking rather manly saving the somewhat annoying girl that I refuse to name on this blog. Perhaps it's the way he talks, you know, that swoon-inducing way that words just seem to rumble out of his perfect mouth. Or maybe it's the hair, because I've always had a thing for guys with longer hair. MMMmmmm. OR it could be the way he wields what would be, for a lesser man, a regular household tool. I'm thinking it's a combination of all these things. But whatever it is, KEEP ON DOING IT CHRIS, DARLING. Because we like the way our hearts beat a little faster when you're on screen.

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Magic of Books

There is something indescribably magical about books.  I mean, I don't know anyone who hasn't dreamed of this library:

If you have not fantasized about this library, or if you don't know what movie this is from, then you may stop reading now and go elsewhere.  

Saturday, June 16, 2012

It's Sassurday!

can't even...
Y'all, do you see the bed head? the effortless sexiness of the casual shirt and blazer?  And it's a photo from his GQ France shoot.  France and Fassy?  It doesn't get any better.  Well, except maybe his interview with John Stewart.  Two of my favorite men in one place?  Seriously.  By the way, has anyone seen Prometheus yet?  I still can't decide if I should suck it up and be scared for two hours, so please leave your suggestions in the comments!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday We're In Love!

1, 2, 3, 4
Mariah's pick: Today is brought to you by the letter "P." "P" for peanut butter cookies, with which I am totally having a love affair right now (and if the amount of baking I've been doing is any indication, so is my family...) This recipe is totally knock-your-socks-off scrumptiously amazing, so I say get to baking and your tummies can thank me later. 

Sally's pick: Over the weekend I was reunited with my kindred spirit and former roommate in Scotland (back when we were babies), Anna, and it was the best. thing.EVER! After four years of e-mails and letters, we picked up right where we left off and made some hi-larious memories. I seriously can't remember the last time I laughed that hard- much less for three days straight- and I'm dying to reunite with her again for her big day in California this fall! Miss you, Anna!!! 

Sarah's pick: Our dog had her puppies last night, so my parents have been sending me pictures all day.  I discovered today that I will be one of those obnoxious grandparents that goes around showing anyone who slows down pictures of their grandbabies cause I was totally doing that all day today.  There is no joy like listening to puppy grunts! 

Ali's pick: Nothing compares to seeing an old friend after a long absence. Last Sunday, I drove up to Isle of Palms to spend some extremely short but very much needed quality time with a good friend of mine who currently lives too far away for my liking. It was a fabulous day and it definitely got me through a tough week.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Proposals Gone Right: The One That Nearly Backfired

Whether you saw or read Jane Eyre for the first time, chances are you didn't realize Rochester was on the cusp of proposing when the scene began. He's cryptically talking about the end of their friendship, his mysterious face offering no hint as to what's going on underneath the surface. Poor Jane is on the verge of tears at the thought of being separated from him and after fully revealing the heart on her sleeve, she is blindsided by his profession and, thus, completely unbelieving. To me, this is one of the greatest scenes ever created on the page. I love the language, the imagery of the chord snapping between them, and the simple fact that after seeing the innermost workings of this quiet girl's heart, affirmed in the belief that she cares for him as he cares for her, Rochester takes what might have been an awful moment and transforms it into the best kind possible. There are dozens of Jane Eyre renditions, but today we're going to look at my two favorites from 2006 and 2011.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

May I Have the Next Dance?

Eeeeeee!!!! Ahem, you can fill up my entire dance card any time, Mr. Crawford. (x)
On Monday I fulfilled a lifelong dream and learned how to salsa dance. Well, I say learned, but really there was a lot more stepping on strangers' toes, laughing, "Wait! Stop! Oh, I'm sorry!" etc. Still, it was so much fun and I am already a bit of a salsa junkie. Just like my favorite period pieces, ladies must wait for a gentleman to politely ask you to dance. So naturally, with all this dancing and ballroom etiquette, I can't help looking back at ten of my favorite dances from period pieces. Because dances back then were one of the few times where it was appropriate to make physical contact. Not to be a total sap, but... how romantic! *swoon* Naturally, these scenes are full of heart-melting goodness that you just can't get enough of. Shall we take a look at all the PROXIMITY and delicious tension?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Because this is how we all look when we look at him... *le sigh* (x)
Are words beyond "Colin Firth" really necessary? No. And while I can't really get (in)appropriately poetic about God's gift to women, I can't help blabbering incoherently about him. Because whenever you're feeling a bit down about love, about life, or whatever, all you have to do is think of Mr. Colin Firth and you'll have stars in your eyes and rainbow mush where your heart used to be. He first stole our hearts and ruined our lives with his definition-of-Victorian-swag exit from the lake in Pride & Prejudice, and, as this past weekend's re-watching overwhelmingly proved, his Darcy still has our silly-puddy hearts in palm of his hand. I'm sorry, I can't give you my number, I'm madly in love with Colin Firth! He just gives me ALL THE FEELINGS!!!!!! Whether he's in a reindeer jumper in Bridget Jones's Diary, learning Portuguese in Love Actually, stuttering in The King's Speech, or looking suspicious in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, one thing is clear: just like fine wine and our love for him, his looks and talent only improve with age. Oh, Darcy Colin! *heart-clutch*/*le sighhh*

Monday, June 11, 2012

On Literary Loves: A Study in FEELINGS, etc.

So I have to be completely honest when I say the inspiration for this blog post came to me in a moment of utter panic. A moment where I'm sitting at my laptop frantically trying to think of something that gives me lots of FEELINGS and is, above all, Victorian Swag worthy... when it came to me. And I swear it was one of those angels singing, clouds parting, light shining down moments, and I would totally mean that literally if it wasn't for the fact that it's been raining cats and dogs here for the past month. You'd think I'd moved to London or something. But I digress. What I'm trying to get around to saying is that I was sitting here and all of a sudden I found myself thinking, "Mariah, what could possibly have more ALL CAPS FEELINGS involved than childhood?" And then I started daydreaming about all the fabulously amazing books that got me through my formative years and all the swoon-worthy male characters that had me blushing furiously from such a young age. And darn it, I think they deserve just as much attention as Darcy and Rochester, because they're the characters who started my need to consume every novel in sight. So, without further ado, I give you my list of early literary loves, those guys that stole my heart a long time ago and have refused to give it back (but, hey, I'm not complaining.)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

It's Sassurday!

The beard, the pocket square...
I have not seen Prometheus yet, and if we're going to be totally honest here, I'm not sure I want to.  I'm not a super huge fan of movies that I will have to watch through my fingers while I sit in fetal position.  However, I have heard the Fassy did an amazing job in the movie (but are we really surprised by that?), so I may have to reconsider.  This picture of him at the Prometheus world premiere in all his ginger-bearded glory doesn't hurt either.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Friday We're In Love!

1, 2, 3, 4
Sally's pick: I came home from France only to seriously wish myself back again with the much anticipated arrival of the first teaser for Les Mis. Those smarty pants went straight for my CREYES having the only voice over be the epic "I Dreamed A Dream," the first of many songs in this musical that make me bawl. my. eyes. out. Our charming Prince Eddie Redmayne, the remarkable Samantha Barks, the flawless Anne Hathaway, the incredible Hugh Jackman, and apparently the sassy Helena Bonham Carter... J'ATTENDS AVEC IMPATIENCE!!!!! 

Sarah's pick: I bought Season 2 of Sherlock this week, and I must say: best. purchase. ever. Seriously, how can you say no to the power to watch such the Cumberpatch-Martin genius any time you want?  You can't, I tell you!  I dare you to walk past it in the store without picking it up 

Mariah's pick: I've recently started reading Anne McCaffrey's BEYOND AMAZING series on the planet Pern and its brave dragon riders (yes, I realize this is probably the dorkiest sentence I have ever typed). All I can say is, I don't know why I waited so long to give it a go because it's got everything: a handsome and majorly cocky hero, a girl who starts with nothing and goes on to save her people, courageous and funny dragons, and a fantastical, fully-realized fantasy world. So if all those things sound like the bees knees, then I would say go pick up a copy of Dragonflight immediately and be prepared to swoon over F'lar and want to go kick butt with Lessa. 

Ali's pick: My favorite thing this week isn't a band, a new book or a fan flail; it is my new writing desk.  After many an evening spent writing/typing on the couch, on the floor, here there and anywhere, I am only too happy to have a real writing desk at which to sit and create.  The fact that it doubles as craft table and sewing station is just a bonus. 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Proposals Gone Right: The One With Bated Breath

This year we got to witness one of the best proposals gone right I've ever seen. It's easy to think you can never again be impressed by a proposal on screen these days, but Downton Abbey proved it's not a hit show for nothin'. Because not only are you a little unsure whether or not your wildest dreams are actually about to be realized, but it's also such a splendid display of character development (which is one of my favorite things after PROXIMITY, which rules the land of favorites). And get this: you know how last year I had a breakdown when I realized none of my favorite proposals gone wrong involved the man on bended knee (something I have always been very particular about when envisioning my own i.e. "I will say no if he doesn't get down on one knee!")? Well it turns out that this proposal is the only one of my favorites (gone wrong or right) where the gent actually did this. What does this mean? I'm having an existential crisis!!!!!!! Maybe I don't care whether Richard Armitage my man kneels before me anymore? If you witnessed my initial reaction to this proposal and, thus, lost all sense of hearing, I AM OBVIOUSLY LYING.

Ahem... Anyway, Mary and Matthew have been in love for aaaages (in short: ten we-blissfully-look-just-as-gorgeous-as-the-day-we-met years). Their relationship started off in a most cringe-worthy way, but the love-hate relationship quickly turned to true love. It was all very romantic until Mary ruined everything, allowing Matthew to slip through her lacy fingers. We all watched this happen with unadulterated wine-induced fury as we ripped apart Dove Promises wrappers before inevitably scrolling down pages of cats up for adoption through veils of tears with the Dawson's Creek soundtrack blaring in the background. In the second season they both got engaged to other people, but once Matthew's fiancée conveniently died of Influenza, he was free to step right in and beat the shizz out of Mary's vile Richard. And then propose to her the next day! THIS IS A STORYBOOK ROMANCE!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Book Review: The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

Some of you might remember that I recently reviewed Sarah's Key (also by Tatiana de Rosnay) for the blog.  It was one huge, awesome, life-changing, sobfest that should be read by all who love history and Paris.  When I saw that de Rosnay had published yet another piece of historical fiction set in Paris I couldn't resist having a read.  The House I Loved is not nearly the intense emotional roller coaster that was Sarah's Key.  It is, however, a deeply touching and uniquely told love story about a man, a woman, and the house that came to represent their connection.  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


You'd be hard pressed to find a more gorgeous on-screen vampire than Alexander Skarsgård. (Okay, we might have to call it a tie between him and Ian....) He's just so tall and handsome and look at those blue eyes! Plus he's Swedish! Hello! You know I have a thing for foreign guys. A lethal combination! I think, though, it's his turn as the viking vampire Eric Northman that ultimately wins one over. Because when it comes to vampires, Eric is ancient, and he's pretty lethal. So Alex has somehow done the near impossible, and when you look into his eyes, on-screen, you can see that he's been around for millennia and he's done and seen things that most beings couldn't make it through. That's why we congratulate him today, because not only is he a beautiful face, but a damn good actor who has managed to take one of my favorite literary vampires and do him justice! Give me tall, blond, and sexy over sparkly any day. 

Monday, June 4, 2012

Summer Mixtape 2012: Sunscreen and Slushies

The perfect summer mix tape can be a very finicky thing. It requires a perfect blend of catchy, uptempo tunes for those long days spent biking down oak and moss shaded lanes, with a few slow jams thrown in to balance out the hot, sticky summer nights that make you long for rolled-down windows and drives to no-where. It needs to have a few classics thrown in for good measure, and some lesser known songs so that new summer memories can be made. This is my attempt. Happy summering, y'all! (Give it a listen here.)

1) Howlin' for You- The Black Keys
2) Hold the Line- Toto
3) Let the Good Times Roll- Ben Rector
4) Give a Little- Hanson
5) Postcards from Italy- Beirut
6) Second Hand News- Fleetwood Mac
7) The Kids Were Wrong- Memoryhouse
8) It's Time- Imagine Dragons
9) 48 to Go- The Fray
10) Atlantic, - Sleeping At Last
11) Feeling Oblivion- Kate Walsh
12) Speak For Me- John Mayer
13) Teach Me How Love Goes- Kris Allen
14) Don't Fade Away- David Choi
15) Come Back Home- Matthew Mayfield
16) Eighteen- Robert Francis
17) Good Vibrations- The Beach Boys
18) Pull My Heart Away- Jack Peñate
19) Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)- Regina Spektor
20) Hey Now- Dave Barnes
21) Band on the Run- Paul McCartney & Wings
22) Go Outside- Cults

Saturday, June 2, 2012

It's Sassurday!

Our lovely, scruffy Fassy is making the rounds at the Prometheus premieres around the world. Which means we can only sit in silent anticipation of the day the film hits our theaters since that means we'll be able to stare at his lovely face for a couple of hours. YES! Now if only he could make the sequel happen as he's been hinting at what a good idea it would be. We agree, Fassy, we agree.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Friday We're in Love!

(1, 2, 3, 4)
Mariah's Pick: I am highly susceptible to slightly cheesy TV shows, which is why I have to tell you all that you must IMMEDIATELY start watching Dance Academy (on YouTube or Netflix). The world of the students at the Australian National Academy of Dance is full of angsty, sometimes awkward, and heartbreaking teenage moments, plus a couple of pretty hot male dancers (I don't care, they're over 18!). So don't blame me when you spend all weekend making your way through seasons one and two, blame it all on FYA, they started it. 

Ali's Pick: My favorite thing this week has definitely been my MINI Cooper.  While Lois Lane might be "old news," I never get tired of cruising around the island with my sunglasses on and the windows rolled down.  She has proven herself to be the perfect beach car.  

Sally's Pick: Now I'm in Nice! I love the South of France with all its pastis, turquoise water, and laid back atmosphere. I bet you anything that, at this very moment, I am either sighing at Chagall's colorful paintings or frantically looking up flirtatious lingo as I hunt down a devilishly good looking waiter from past visits... guilty! 

Sarah's Pick: So, I felt like a bit of a celebrity this week.  I went to my first movie screening on Tuesday!  It was for Snow White and the Huntsman, which I was skeptical about because of my inexplicable dislike of Kristen Stewart, but I thought, "What the hey, it's free."  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised, though there were some definite womp womp moments.  I can look over those moments though, because Charlize Theron is amazing and Chris Hemsworth and Sam Claflin are just...well, you know what they are.