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If I were a rich girl... Jaeger Peony shorts 04/30/2011
This is my ultimate spring / summer dream buy. If I'm honest I can't picture my summer wardrobe without them.
THE DAMAGE -
Carol Ann Duffy
for both to say
I might have raised your hand to the sky
to give you the ring surrounding the moon
or looked to twin the rings of your eyes
or added a ring to the rings of a tree
by forming a handheld circle with you, thee,
or walked with you
where a ring of church-bells,
looped the fields,
or kissed a lipstick ring on your cheek,
a pressed flower,
or met with you
in the ring of an hour,
and another hour . . .
have opened your palm to the weather, turned, turned,
till your fingers were ringed in rain
or held you close,
they were playing our song,
in the ring of a slow dance
or carved our names
in the rough ring of a heart
or heard the ring of an owl's hoot
as we headed home in the dark
or the ring, first thing,
of chorussing birds
waking the house
or given the ring of a boat, rowing the lake,
or the ring of swans, monogamous, two,
or the watery rings made by the fish
as they leaped and splashed
or the ring of the sun's reflection there . . .
I might have tied
a blade of grass,
a green ring for your finger,
or told you the ring of a sonnet by heart
or brought you a lichen ring,
found on a warm wall,
or given a ring of ice in winter
or in the snow
sung with you the five gold rings of a carol
or stolen a ring of your hair
or whispered the word in your ear
that brought us here,
where nothing and no one is wrong,
and therefore I give you this ring.
This particular number that I am currently coveting is particularly sinful as it came to my attention when my friend bought it... time to either 'borrow' it or buy my own.
SIN FACTOR -
2 days to go... 04/27/2011
Am I the only one who is super duper psyched for the wedding?! Seriously, what is it with all these haters?! If you 'don't agree' with the royal fam then stop complaining and go back to work you misery guts! In the meantime I'll be enjoying a tipple or two to toast the lovely couple - and the dress! (McQueen is still where my money lies - how about yours?) There will def be photos up of my 'rule Britannia' outfit on the day so be sure to check it out. What are your plans for the big day?
Oh and my ultimate wedding souvenir? This keyring fo' sho' - Wills has never ever looked so hot... and un-bald!
Daily temptation: ASOS shorts 04/26/2011
The whole shebang is fabulous, don't get me wrong, but what I really really want are these shorts, the scalloped edges teamed with the look-at-me colour blocking is oh so now.
SIN FACTOR -
Macbeth - theatre review 04/25/2011
Michael Boyd's Macbeth is the first performance to be staged in the Royal Shakespeare Company's recently renovated main theatre, now fit with a thrust stage to rival the best of them - namely the RSC's own Swan and Courtyard theatres. As such, opening night must have been fraught with even more pressures than usual; this christening production has to set the bar for the RSC's future, forging ahead, proving it still has what it takes to 'bring Shakespeare alive', but without forgetting where it has come from, particularly during the company's fiftieth birthday season.
The 'cursed' Scottish play is a brave choice for such an occasion. But then Boyd's Macbeth is a brave production.
For a start, there are no witches; their parts are developed into the ghosts of Macduff's children. In this way Boyd not only cranks the haunting quality of the play up to a whole new level, but also masterly emphasizes the theme of fate (we cannot forget the witches' close kinship to the three fates of Ancient Greek mythology). This forces an urgent and crescendoing tempo on the action - a pace which barely lets up, although the Malcolm/Macduff scene in Act IV is an obvious low-point.
Fate and the ensuing madness of Macbeth are expertly portrayed by Jonathan Slinger: no stranger to the demands of a thrust stage nor to playing a king set to self-destruct, after his performance of Richard III in Boyd's 2006 History Cycle at the Courtyard. Indeed the similarities between that Cycle and this new production are more than a few; this is the 'not forgetting where you come from'. The 'forging ahead' is the ideas; fate is explored hand in hand with religion through Tom Piper's striking set and Craig Armstrong's discordant bagpipe-like cellos are inspired. Aesthetically new and old are brought together with Jean Kalman's lighting: the industrial strip lights are particularly effective, burdening the tragedy with an inescapable sense of reality.
The ensemble also do Boyd's direction proud and Slinger's performance is not the only impressive one: Aislin McGuckin's Lady Macbeth is just enough, Aidan Kelly's reaction as Macduff to the murder of his family is one of the most poignant moments in the play, whilst Steve Toussaint, Scott Handy and Jamie Beamish put in sound performances as Banquo, Ross and Seyton, respectively. Despite this, delivery and cues were surprisingly sloppy - but no doubt will be smoothed by the end of the preview period.
Macbeth may have been a bold choice, but it has worked. The production is visually, aurally, intellectually exciting, leaving you wanting more at curtain call. If this is what the future of the RSC is like I'll be booking tickets for the next fifty years.
If I were a rich girl... Acne Willow brogues 04/24/2011
I'm a sucker for the shiny shoes...
THE DAMAGE -
'je suis fille, je suis amoureuse'