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It’s Just A Little (Girl) Crush

There is a misconception out there in society that women are somehow always competing with other women. That we’re catty and jealous and we turn green when we’re near other women who are more superior, either in looks or intellect or both. I say this is a misconception because I find it to be a load of bullshit. Women are able to build sincere, genuine friendships with other women and instead of turning green with envy when we see someone who’s more beautiful or smarter or both, we actually genuinely admire them and aspire to be like them.

This kind of admiration and/or aspiration is what I like to call having a “girl-crush”. It’s not a sexual thing, it’s just that “oh my god she’s so cool, she’s amazing” feeling that we get whenever we see a certain woman that we admire, whether for her looks, her talents, her intellects, her sense of style, or all of the above. We don’t want to compete with these women and we don’t necessarily want to be exactly like them, we just want to be their best friend.

In my lifetime I have a lot of girl-crushes, some are my own friends, some are celebrities. But this time around I just want to focus on the latter and count down my Top 10 Girl Crushes of The Moment. Why? Because women are awesome and we need to celebrate us. I know International Women’s Day have come and gone but we need more than just one day to celebrate the amazing, wonderful creatures that we are, right? πŸ™‚

So let’s not waste any moment and get straight to the countdown, shall we?

My Top 10 Girl Crushes of The Moment:

10/ Shannon Woodward

The rising star of Raising Hope may not be a household name just yet, but seeing how she can hold her own against the great Martha Plimpton and Cloris Leachman on a weekly basis, I have a feeling that it’s just a matter of time before she becomes a critics and award shows darling like her longtime boyfriend Andrew Garfield. This gorgeous brunette is absolutely delightful as Sabrina, the quick-witted supermarket clerk that soon stole not only lead character Jimmy’s heart but also yours truly. She’s gorgeous, she’s funny, she’s got an easy coolness about her and she’s dating the new Spiderman. She’s definitely worthy to be in the number ten spot.

9/ Leighton Meester

When Gossip Girl first debuted in the Fall of 2007, producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage clearly thought that Blake Lively’s Serena would be the one character that the show would revolve around. But they didn’t expect how easily and masterfully my number 9 girl-crush stole the show and made Blair Waldorf the character that everyone is obsessed with. Leighton Meester makes the snobby, neurotic and aristocratic Blair Waldorf accessible, funny and endearing and there is no doubt this girl will move on to even greater things after Gossip Girl, which is why she gets to sit pretty right here at number 9.

8/ Olivia Wilde

Just like Leighton Meester, Olivia Wilde got her start thanks to the hit show creating duo Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage when she landed a recurring role in season two of The OC as Seth’s (and a few episodes later, Marissa’s) love interest. Now, her career seems unstoppable, with her starring in the Fox’s hit medical drama House and headlining Jon Favreau’s much anticipated summer blockbuster Cowboys and Aliens. Even though her personal life took a hit recently, this talented beauty is still amazing enough to earn the number 8 spot in this list. Look at her! How can anyone not have a crush on her?

7/ Kristen Bell

The world may only be aware of the beauty and talents of this petite blond after she starred in the blockbuster comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but fans of cult-favorite (and canceled too soon) teen detective show Veronica Mars have known and loved Kristen Bell since she broke into the scene as the titular character that was worshiped by fans everywhere. Now Ms Bell is all grown up and moving to movies, while enjoying a quiet, tabloid-free life with her husband Dax Sheppard. A teen star who grows up to be a functioning adult? You bet yo’ ass she’s girl-crush material!

6/ Emma Stone

We first met her when she starred opposite Jonah Hill in Superbad and subsequently fell in love with her when she totally kicked ass in movies like Zombieland and Easy A. Emma Stone is the girl we all wish we had been when we were younger; beautiful, smart, confident and uber-talented. After nabbing a Golden Globe nomination this year, she’s now busy cozying up to Andrew Garfield’s Spiderman as she takes on the role of his new love interest, Gwen. Do we even need a reason to love this girl more?

5/ Carey Mulligan

She got an Oscar nomination from her breakout role as Jenny in An Education, and she continues to impress critics with her talents to this day. Her recent film Never Let Me Go may have flopped in the box office but critics agree that she gave a tour-de-force performance in the sci-fi drama. Aside from her obvious talent, she’s also quite the style icon, continuing to impress fashion lovers everywhere with her choice of red carpet style. Beautiful, talented and stylish? She’s definitely #5 girl-crush worthy.

4/ Mila Kunis

Another Oscar-nominee in our list, Mila Kunis first became a household name when she starred as the loud and superficial Jackie Burkhart in the hit comedy That 70s Show at the tender age of fifteen. Unlike most of the other cast members whose careers have somewhat stalled after the show was canceled, Kunis went on to bigger and brighter things, from starring opposite our #7 girl-crush in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, to finally landing the role that gave her an Oscar nod in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Macaulay Culkin may have fallen out of love with her but my girl-crush on this gorgeous brunette is definitely still going strong!

3/ Dianna Agron

This beautiful Gleek first grabbed our attention as the girl we all loved to hate, the bitchy blond head cheerleader whose sole mission in life is to torture those less superior from her. But Agron’s true inner beauty was too bright to conceal, and her Glee character Quinn soon followed suit and became more and more lovable. Now that’s a powerful testament to how amazing this girl is. She’s not only gorgeous and has a sweet voice, she’s also a sensitive artist who loves photography, and her Tumblr blog shows how multi-layered and intelligent she really is. Is it any wonder that she’s in my #3 spot?

2/ Rashida Jones

Our #2 girl seems destined to be in showbiz, after all she’s the daughter of legendary producer Quincy Jones and model Poppy Lipton, and she’s drop dead gorgeous. But unlike most kids with famous parents, she opted to pursue a Harvard education instead of pretending to be famous in Hollywood right after high school. She only became a household name when she joined the cast of The Office in season three as Karen Fillipelli, and after her stint at The Office was over, moved over to the charming and underrated Parks and Recreation, where she plays sensible nurse Ann Perkins. A drop dead gorgeous Harvard graduate with a good head on her shoulders, the lovely miss Jones truly deserves to be the runner up in this countdown.

1/ Zooey Deschanel

For those of you who have been following this blog from the very beginning, the number one girl in this list should come as no surprise. I have mentioned my love of this quirky indie actress/musician many times and let’s just say my girl-crush on her is not something I’ll get over any time soon. How can I? She’s adorable, super stylish, fabulously down-to-earth, funny and sweetly approachable. She’s everything I want to (but could never) be. And the fact that she’s married to the frontman of my favorite band (Ben Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie) just makes me love her more. And that is why, my friends, she’s my number one girl-crush of (probably) all time.

So there you have it, ten amazing women I absolutely admire. Who’s your girl-crush?

Xoxo

Binky Bee

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Golden Globes Red Carpet Report: The Bold, The Beautiful and The Bizarre (Oh, and The Boys!)

Now that you’ve all seen The Golden Globes and read the highlights, it’s time for us to focus on what really matters: the red carpet fashion. This is what award season is all about, people, indulging on our favorite pastime of drinking wine and judging people. And by people, I mean unsuspecting celebrities walking the red carpet and hoping against all hopes that Joan Rivers will not tear them a new one the next day.

Since the Golden Globes is where movie and TV stars collide, there were a LOT of looks and red carpet photos to sort through before I could make my choices on Best and Worst Dressed of the night. I’m bound to miss a few amazing or atrocious looks, so please understand that I’m doing the best I can. πŸ™‚ With that in mind, let’s get straight to the celebs, shall we?

The Beautiful:

Hailee Steinfeld

She’s only fourteen but my god, she’s stunning! I don’t really know who she was wearing, but I have to give her stylist props for remembering that she is fourteen. That beautiful white halter dress is very age-appropriate, and her minimal make up is fresh and youthful.

Dianna Agron in J. Mendel and Cathy Waterman Jewelries

This Glee star gets it right all the time. She wowed us all with her Carolina Herrera gown at the Emmys, and now in this blush J.Mendel she just looks so ethereal and beautiful. The Cathy Waterman necklace around her neck adds a touch of old Hollywood glamor, and overall she just looks like a breathtaking porcelain doll.

Natalie Portman in Viktor & Rolf

I think this woman is probably the most beautiful woman on the face of the earth. She’s pregnant right now but looks as slim as she did in Black Swan. I hate her. πŸ™‚ The pink Viktor & Rolf dress looks perfect, and I love the rose accents and strawberry-colored clutch.

Heather Morris in Lorena Sarbu

When I saw her walking down the red carpet, I was blown away by little miss Brittany S. Pierce. Wow, she looks amazing. Love that sparkly, champagne-colored dress, love her hair and make up and most of all, love her attitude. Work it, girl!

Mila Kunis in Vera Wang

Somewhere in Los Angeles, Macaulay Culkin is weeping. His former lady love looks absolutely stunning in this emerald Vera Wang gown, bringing just enough drama and class to turn everyone’s heads. Hell, even the guy behind her is checking her out.

Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang

Wearing this year’s IT color “honeysuckle pink”, this Modern Family star looks absolutely muy caliente on the red carpet, prompting Kelly Osbourne to gush as she watches her from E’s Glam Cam 360. She may lost the Globes to Jane Lynch, but she’s a big winner on the carpet for sure.

Nicole Kidman in Prada

New York’s Magazine Fug Girls may think this cream Prada gown is boring, but in my opinion Nicole Kidman looks fantastic. She definitely has the body to carry off such a sleek, beautiful dress, and even though she towers over her husband Keith Urban, she still looks incredible as she poses for the cameras.

Best Dressed of The Night:

Olivia Wilde in Marchesa

My pick for Best Dressed Celeb of 2010, Olivia Wilde is definitely on her way to becoming the best dressed celeb of 2011 in this dramatic and fabulous Marchesa gown. I usually don’t like elaborate dresses, but man, she can carry it off. She even jokes that she can eat a cheeseburger in that thing. Too bad she doesn’t eat meat, though.

The Bold (Okay, Mostly Bad):

Lea Michele in Oscar de la Renta and Lorraine Schwartz jewelries

InStyle Magazine loves this look a lot, but for some reason this Glee star reminds me of a cupcake in that giant ruffly Oscar De La Renta gown. It’s just a little too much. Sorry, Lea.

January Jones in Versace

She is the face of Versace this year, so I get that she has to wear a Versace gown, but I’m so not sure about this “bondage” dress. Her boobs just look tortured, and not in a good way (is there a good way for boobs to look tortured?). Oh Miss Jones. First there was that polarizing cone bra mullet dress at last year’s Emmy. Now this. I’m thinking you and Versace don’t get along as well as you think you do.

Emma Stone in Calvin Klein and Van Cleef & Arpels and Bvlgari jewelries

Nylon Magazine LOVES this look and thinks that Emma Stone is the best dressed of the night, but I beg to differ. Anybody else thinks she looks like a piece of fruit in that sherbet-colored Calvin Klein dress? She does have the body for it but man, that color with her newly blond hair just don’t work. She has to stay blond for Spider-Man, but I’m thinking she can chuck the dress and swear never to go down that path again. I still love her though.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore’s dress is so wacky, even InStyle doesn’t want to admit she was ever on that red carpet. So far I haven’t gotten a clue as to who actually designed that pink insanity, but when I have more info I’ll definitely update this post. But I mean, really, do we need to explain further why this dress is atrocious? Gotta love Moore though, she really knows how to bring the crazy.

Heidi Klum

Yes, Heidi, we get that the 70s is making a comeback, but are you kidding me, woman? That dress, the bow thing in the middle, the stack of bangles (best jewelries, InStyle? Really?), the thigh-high slit… I’m sorry, but no. Just no.

Jennifer Lopez in Zuhair Murad and Harry Winston Jewelries

I’m going to let New York Magazine’s Fug Girls to describe this dress to you: “J. Lo appears to be wearing a cape made of a bridal veil” and my favorite: “She is wearing a glittery, see-through poncho, you guys. A PONCHO. It is crazy unflattering and also just plain old crazy.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. (Actually, I tweeted: blech, J-Lo’s dress, so I know I didn’t say it better).

Tilda Swinton

If some other actress wore this to the red carpet, I’d probably be absolutely hating it. But it’s Tilda Swinton and this is actually right up her alley. It kind of what makes me love her. I’m still not sure if that’s an oxford shirt tucked in a skirt or an actual dress, or really who made the whole thing for her but it’s all so very Tilda, and you gotta love her for always bringing the crazy and unexpected.

Christina Hendricks in Romona Keveza and Chopard jewelries

Oh Joan. You know I love you and hate doing this to you, but seriously, girl, you need to tone it down a little when on the red carpet. The red dress, the giant flower right by your face, along with your boobs and voluminous red hair… well it’s just all a little bit too much. Sorry, darling.

Jane Fonda in George Hobeika

I know shoulder pads are totally in right now, but this dress just looks so Star Trek-y to me that I don’t think it suits Ms Fonda very well. I’m pretty sure it doesn’t suit anyone very well, unless it’s Zoe Saldana, as she walks the carpet in character as Uhura, Spock’s girlfriend. Is George Hobeika just an alias for George Takei?

Worst Dressed of The Night:

Halle Berry in Nina Ricci and Harry Winston Jewelries

New York Magazine’s Fug Girls once again nailed it on the head when they described Ms Berry’s look as: “From the neck up, she looks amazing. From the neck down, she looks like the rest of her dress got mauled off by a bear.” Amen to that. Halle Berry, what were you thinking? This is worse than when you showed up on the red carpet wearing a bikini top. I mean, people were whistling at you on the red carpet, and we fear it might have been sarcastic. No, darling. You are way too beautiful and elegant to show up at an event like this in your underwear. Please don’t do this to us.

The Bizarre:

Helena Bonham Carter in Vivienne Westwood

There were plenty of crazies on the Globes red carpet, but Helena Bonham Carter is definitely the reigning queen of whack last night. Where to begin? Everything about her look was purposely wacky, from the crazy hair to those two different shoes. God bless her. She makes the red carpet so much fun to watch. No wonder Tim Burton is “the father of her bastards” (her words, not mine), she definitely looks like a character in his movies (which, incidentally, she always is).

The Boys:

Armie Hammer

Could this man be any more gorgeous? I mean, my god, WOW. Hello, lover.

Kevin McHale

We love a guy who is not afraid to wear studded tuxedo. You go, Artie!

Matthew Bomer

I know people are still speculating about his sexuality, but I hope he’s straight. I want to have a chance with him.

Andrew Garfield

Oh, Andrew Garfield. I wish you were my very own friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. I want to step into your web.

Harry Shum, Jr.

The Glee Guys were totally bringing it at the Globes. We already know what great abs Other Asian aka Harry Shum, Jr has underneath that fabulous checked shirt…

Corey Monteith

No wonder Ryan Murphy said the cast of Glee has a lot of sex. I mean, really. Just look at the sheer adorable-ness of one Corey Monteith. Love.

So there you have it, the Golden Globes red carpet redux. Hope you’ve enjoyed this post and I’ll see you at the Oscars!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My 12 Days of Christmas Countdown: Twelfth Day

…And I’m back! We are finally at the very last post of my 12 Days of Christmas Countdown series, where we take a look at 2010 and make lists on all the highlights (and lowlights) of pop culture; from TV, movies to celebrity style. Now it’s 2011, time for us to plan ahead and make resolutions, goals, targets that we hope to achieve by the end of it. I don’t know what your resolutions are, but to start things off right in the new year, I thought I’d share My Top 10 New Year Resolutions with you. I’m probably not going to actually achieve all ten, but let’s just hope that at least one or two can be crossed off the list before 2012.

Thanks for sticking with me for the whole twelve days of countdown. I’ll be taking some time off to write another book, so I probably won’t be blogging too often, but I’ll be sure to check in every now and then. Plus, the award season is starting, you know I’ll be around for that. πŸ™‚ Now without further delay:

My Top 10 New Year Resolutions:

1/ Write Another Book.

Ever since I decided to be a novelist, I have made a promise to myself to write one book a year. It sounds a little ambitious, I know, but for me it’s a good exercise to keep me writing. If I take too long to finish writing a novel, I usually don’t end up finishing it at all. Not all are going to be good, but if I don’t keep writing, “writing a masterpiece” will be just one of those things I’d say I do but never achieve. I’m not Proust, I can’t take 20 years to labor over one masterpiece. I don’t have the patience and let’s face it, Proust didn’t have the internet at his fingertips back then. In this attention-deficit era, the only way any author can stay productive is just to suck it up, get behind their laptop and write. And that’s what I’m going to do, first and foremost, this year: write, write, and write.

2/ Get An Education.

I don’t really have any major regrets in my life, because I believe that even the mistakes I’ve made have been valuable in helping me grow and mature as a person. But sometimes, I do wish that I had paid more attention to my education when I was younger. I didn’t know what I wanted to do or be when I was in High School so college was a blur for me. Now that I’m older and somewhat wiser, I kinda want a do-over. I’m not going back to school but I’m going to take online classes from Harvard University to catch up on all the things I wish I had learned in college. I won’t get a prestigious degree from the University, but who cares? I don’t need it to get a job and I don’t need it for status. I just really want to properly learn something for once, and increase my knowledge on various subjects while I’m at it.

3/ Eat Less Crap.

Or just eat less in general. πŸ™‚ I used to be super skinny, back when I was younger and way crazier, but now that I’m somewhat sane and happy, I’ve gained a bit of weight. I’m still in my ideal weight so I’m not looking to lose weight or obsess about losing weight, I just want to eat less crap so I’ll be healthier this year. The thing is, I’m a very picky eater so it’s not like I eat everything I can get my hands on, it’s just the foods I actually like are not always good for me. I could do with eating less pork, dim sum and various kinds of noodles, for example. You know, starting tomorrow.

4/ Be More Patient.

I am a very, very impatient person. It doesn’t help that I do everything really fast. I can’t stand waiting, I don’t suffer fools gladly, and traffic jams drive me nuts. Which is a problem because I currently live in a city infamous for its insane traffic jams, and the general tardiness of its inhabitants. No one can show up on time in this city, while I’m always chronically early. So I’m always in a bad mood every time I have to go out and meet people, and when I’m in a bad mood, I scare everyone away. So far, my only solution is to be a hermit and avoid people but apparently that’s not so healthy. I guess the only thing I can do is to be more patient and not apply the same standard that I’ve been using on myself on other people. Though I still won’t suffer fools gladly, no way.

5/ Stop Trying To Control Everything (And Everyone).

By now you’re probably guessing that I’m some Type A, neurotic control freak, and you’d probably be right. Another reason why I prefer to be a hermit is that I am in an environment I can control. I hate not being in control. Being Bipolar means that there were days, months and even years when I couldn’t control my moods and I’d go from mania to depression in a matter of seconds, and it kinda sucks. So now that I’ve got that under control, I am starting to love being in control a little too much. πŸ™‚ But that kinda makes me insufferable sometimes, for good reason, so I should learn to let some things flow and not try to control everything. I think.

6/ Stop Being Emotionally Attached To Fictional Relationships.

One thing that reminds the character Abed in Community of myself is the fact that he tends to be more obsessed with his pop culture life than real life. I’m kinda the same way. I think I invest more of myself in fictional relationships of my favorite TV shows than in my real-life relationships. And then the writers do the unimaginable thing, ruin my favorite couple, as in the case of Barney and Robin in How I Met Your Mother or Chuck and Blair in Gossip Girl. Realizing it’s ridiculous to mourn over the unraveling of fictional couples, I decided the best thing to do is to not be emotionally attached to these fictional relationships, and maybe invest more in my real-life ones.

7/ Complain Less.

Okay, I just realized that all these resolutions are making me sound like a Type A, neurotic, slightly deranged, and unpleasant control freak, in other words, a total bitch. πŸ™‚ But I just can’t help myself sometimes. There are so many things that I find wrong about this world that I just can’t stop myself from complaining. However, I’ve come to the conclusion that no amount of complaining can actually “change the world” or whatever, so I best be reserving a spot to the haven known as “shut it”.

8/ Socialize With Real, Live, 3-D People More. Okay, Once A Month.

I know by now you are certain I’m no social butterfly. In fact, I suspect you think I’m one of those weird, geeky people who don’t really have a social life and am only comfortable with people when there are computers and internet involved. Your suspicions are not that unfounded. I am a hermit, and even though I’m not a creepy geek lurking around the net, I still feel more comfortable socializing online than in person. It’s not like I subscribe to online dating sites and regularly chats with creepy perverts or anything (ew!), but I’m nicer and friendlier online because I express myself better through writing than verbally. However, I know it’s important to have real, live, 3-D friends and to maintain some sort of relationship with them, so this year I vow to socialize more with what little friends I have offline. Well, maybe once a month. Or maybe once every two months.

9/ Wear More Colors.

I LOVE fashion. I love getting dressed up and looking good. I pay attention to style and I make sure I look fabulous every time I go out. But even though I know I have style, Nina Garcia or Anna Wintour probably won’t be so impressed by me. Hell, Joan Rivers would probably call me “boring, boring, boring” thanks to the fact that 3/4 of my wardrobe is filled with black, white and gray items. I’m the monochromatic queen, and the irony is I live in the tropics so by all accounts I should be bursting in vibrant colors all year long. But for some reason, I keep buying and wearing black, white and gray items. I know, they’re timeless and chic but they’re also quite predictable. So this year I will try my best to wear more colors, starting with this pair of fuchsia jelly oxfords from Alexandre Herchcovitch for Mellisa Shoes. Aren’t they just darling?

10/ Be Less Cynical.

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, but the value of nothing.” And I think it’s the right, and best, description of a cynic. I’m quite a cynic, which is weird because my mom, who is my best friend, is an eternal optimist. You’d think I’d inherit some of those optimistic genes, but no. I have to be the woman “who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing”. I’ve been a cynic all my life though, so it’s not like I can change overnight, but I am going to give positive thinking a try this year. Have a little faith and all that. Who knows, maybe it’d do me some good. Though it probably will bite me in the ass. πŸ™‚

Well, that’s my Top 10 New Year Resolutions. Nothing grand or too major there, but if I can at least achieve one or two of them, it’d make for a fabulous 2011. And with that, I conclude “My 12 Days Of Christmas Countdowns” series. Thanks for sticking with me for the whole twelve days, it’s been fun.

Now I bid you adieu, see you at the Golden Globes!

xoxo

Binky Bee

Gone Sleeping

I know I said I’d do my last two days of the “12 Days Of Christmas Countdown” series today (Sunday, Jan 2) but as it turns out, I’m still exhausted from the New Year’s. What can I say, I’m getting older and I just don’t have the stamina of a 20-year-old anymore. πŸ™‚

So I’ll resume my blogging duties tomorrow (Monday, Jan 3) but for now, I’m hitting the sheets and powering down. See you tomorrow!

xoxo

Binky Bee

What A Man, What A Man, What A Man…

How much do I love The Groff? Let us count the ways…

(Oh, that’s Jonathan Groff for those of you who for some reason do not watch Glee)

1. He kinda looks like The Man, who will probably always remain “the love of my life”. That fabulous curls, the glint in his eyes, the smile… but of course, The Groff is the more fabulous version of The Man because he dances, sings and can say things like, “You tell me when you’re ready and I’ll make sure I’m fastidiously groomed.” and making it sound sexy and not at all nausea-inducing. Not many guys can pull that off, not even The Man himself. (Sorry, love)

In this picture, he really is The Man’s doppelganger. A slightly skinnier, better looking gay version, that is.

2. Let’s face it, Glee fans (or Gleeks as they like to call themselves) are intense and before The Groff came along, the Gleeks have already divided into two ferocious teams: Team Fichel (Finn & Rachel) and Team Puckleberry (Puck & Rachel) who frequently debate and diss each other on the many websites and/or blogs, message boards, twitter, etc. Introducing a new love interest for Rachel Berry could’ve been disastrous if it were any other actor. But this guy came along and won everyone’s hearts so much so that members of the two teams abandoned their “ship” to form a new team: Team St. Berry (Jesse St. James – The Groff’s character – & Rachel Berry). Can I just say how jealous I am of Lea Michele that she gets to make out with those three guys in the span of 22 episodes?

BTW, I thought it was GENIUS when Brittany asked, “Mr. Schue, is he your son?” when Schue announced to the New Directions that Jesse was joining the club. And the look on their faces: priceless.

3. That voice, that magnificent voice! Those of you Broadway lovers are probably already familiar with him long before everyone in this entire universe does, because The Groff got his start on Broadway and he was beyond awesome as Melchior in Spring Awakening (where he starred opposite Lea Michele, again, I really am so jealous of that broad). And I don’t care what that stupid article in Newsweek said, The Groff CAN play straight – I mean, we all believe his rampant, raging sexuality when he was banging Lea Michele every night in Spring Awakening. I don’t like calling someone a hater for their opinions, but Ramin Setoodeh is clearly a hater and since he’s gay as well, he’s a self-loathing loser. Sorry, but that article just rubbed me the wrong way (and I wasn’t the only one!).

For those who have never seen Spring Awakening on Broadway, there are a lot of good clips on Youtube for your viewing pleasure. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

4. He looks good shirtless. I mean, really good. As if those dreamy eyes aren’t intoxicating enough, he has to have the body to go with that handsome face. Why can’t I be a gay man? πŸ™‚

Quoting Tina Fey in 30 Rock: “I want to go to there.”

5. He really is a good actor. Most actors that started off on Broadway are usually better at the craft than those who started off as models, for example, since theater acting is a lot harder – it’s live, you don’t get a do-over and you really can’t fuck up and forget your lines. The audience isn’t as forgiving as the director most of the time. And he’s shown he can play a range of characters: a teenager discovering the inner and outer tumult of sexuality in Spring Awakening to the ambitious and self-absorbed (but utterly adorable) Jesse St. James in Glee. Don’t even get me started about his role in Taking Woodstock!

Just come out so we can talk… or sing about it.” – Jesse St. James to Rachel Berry, who has locked herself in the bathroom after having doubts about losing her virginity to him.

And finally, my last point:

He is a true triple-threat. He acts, he sings, he dances – and he looks so damn good doing it. Don’t believe me? Check out his Bohemian Rhapsody performance from Glee’s season 1 finale:

Sure, some die-hard Queen fans will always say that he failed that performance but I think it was pretty epic. All in all, The Groff is awesome. And I’m a little sad that his arc in Glee has ended but Ryan Murphy has promised that he’ll make an appearance in season two, so I’m crossing my fingers he’ll return.

So yeah, he may be gay, but this girl still dreams of him at night.

Take that, Ramin Setoodeh.

Everybody’s Perfect

It’s DONE!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen of the blogosphere, the reason why I’ve been super distracted and absent from the wonderful world of wordpress is finally over: my third novel is DONE. Finished. Finito. You get the idea.

Now, it’s no longer an idea in ether, waiting to be written down – it’s actually a book. Yes, it’s a book you can read and everything.

I finished writing (after a few agonizing months of writer’s block, procrastination, discarded drafts, and more procrastination) about two weeks or so ago and my two angels, The Beautiful Russian and The Lovely Jen, pored over the pages and edited the novel so it’s ready to be published.

And it is finally published.

Before you get any ideas, it’s basically self-published. I’m still a struggling writer πŸ™‚ And as any struggling writer will tell you, getting published by a major company is not that easy to do, so I did the next best thing to get the novel out there. I found this great self-publishing website, Lulu – it’s also the same company who published my first two novels – that not only prints out my books but also distributes them to retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. They even offer to get my books into major Book Fairs such as Book Expo America (for a price, of course. It’s a business, not charity).

I know it’s not going to make me a New York Times Best Selling Author but it’s a good way to get my work out there in the world and who knows, maybe if it sells really well, a real publisher will finally take notice. It’s better than sitting on my ass and hoping that one day Random House discovers me.

What’s this third novel about?

Well, Kurt Vonnegut once taught me (from one of his books, of course) that you have to write what you know. The story can be fiction but the message has to be honest so you can connect with your readers. Keeping that in mind, I scraped all ideas that are not “honest” and write about the things I do know: friendship, love and growing up.

The title of the novel is Everybody’s Perfect, and it tells the story of six friends in New York City (Danielle, Connor, Kieran, Ryan, Todd and Joey), all in their late twenties and early thirties, who “spend their nights hanging out and drinking in Connor’s underachieving West Village bar, playing poker and discussing what kind of job would a vampire have or what type of beer Bin Laden would be drinking in his spare time in the cave”. They all have one thing in common: they hate change and they refuse to grow up. Okay, so those are two things, but you get the idea.

But then, life happens. Dani and Ryan fall in love, Kieran’s absent mother returns bearing bad news, Connor’s bar building is being turned into a boutique hotel by his father and Joey loses his Wall Street job from the recession – and their perfect little world starts to unravel… and their only choice is to finally grow up, take charge of their lives and become adults – hopefully without losing who they really are in the process.

I would say the novel falls into the category of “Pop Fiction”, it is peppered with pop culture references and zany dialogues reminiscent of the works of Douglas Coupland and Chuck Klosterman. And I think the theme of growing up is something I’ve been struggling with ever since I turned 30 so writing the novel was also my way of dealing with becoming a “real” adult.

And speaking of being a “real” adult, tomorrow (April 9th), I turn 31 and to celebrate this birthday, I am launching my book in Lulu!

For now, you can only get the book through Lulu website but in about a month, it’ll be distributed to Amazon worldwide (.com, ca, uk, etc) and Barnes & Noble. The novel is available in paperback (US$ 27.99) and download (US$ 6.49) and it’ll be shipped to your address should you decide to purchase it πŸ™‚

Now that I’m done writing, and the novel is finally launched – I can finally do what I haven’t been able to do in the last few months…

CHILL.

And yes, I’m going to be blogging regularly again, as well as checking out your blogs. Now that I don’t have my novel to worry about, I can focus on everyone else’s writing!

Hopefully the novel sells well and becomes a cult internet hit… but honestly, I’m happy that it’s out there. One of the characters in the novel, Joey, had this to say about success: “Sometimes success is measured by the courage you have to put yourself out there and fail.” So whether or not anyone buy and read my book, I know I have succeeded. Because I had the courage to put myself out there and fail.

So any aspiring writers out there, I hope you all have the courage to put yourself out there – just do it. You’ve got nothing to lose, and possibly everything to gain.

And if you’re wondering what the book looks like, here’s a look at the cover:

The cover photograph is actually a mosaic of my collages that I made using the Mozodojo program. And I have to thank you wonderful people who visited my blog for that idea. Someone suggested the program when they saw the collages I posted in “I Turn My Camera On”. When I had to come up with a cover art, I decided to just make a mosaic of the Chrysler Building using my collages. And it came out pretty cool, so THANK YOU.

And if you are interested in getting the novel, you can just click the button below and it’ll take you straight to the Lulu website. And from now until May 1, 2010 – you can enter the code: ‘FREEMAIL 305’ at checkout and get $3.99 off your final shipping cost. That means, “free shipping” by mail for US residents. Pretty good offer, don’t you think? πŸ™‚

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Thanks for all your support!

xoxo

Binky Bee

Top 15 Dream Jobs of A Girl Who Dreams A Lot

I know I haven’t blogged in a while. Over two months, if I’m not mistaken, and I’m sorry about that. I moved to my new house two months ago and the internet connection here is a little sketchy – so I was too impatient to do any blogging. Not to mention, I’m still writing my new novel.

But I do need a break, so I figured I’d give this blogging thing another try. And since my internet connection is still giving my troubles, I thought I’d blog about something totally menial, so that if this doesn’t get posted for some absurd reason, I wouldn’t be too pissed. πŸ™‚

I love making lists, as you can probably tell from my previous posts, and this week I thought I’m going to make a list of truly unimportant things, like a list of my dream jobs. Why? Because I can… and because I’m bored πŸ™‚ So here are my list of the “Top 15 Dream Jobs of A Girl Who DreamsΒ  A Lot”, who knows maybe it’ll inspire you (though most probably it will not).

TOP 15 DREAM JOBS OF A GIRL WHO DREAMS A LOT

1. Robin Hood-type thief, who cons the rich and corrupted out of their money and gives them back to the people they robbed it from in the first place.

I know what will make you feel better. We should steal something.” – Parker in Leverage.

Job Requirements: Ability to move like a cat, break in and out undetected, break into the most sophisticated vault/safe, lift wallets/credit cards/cell phones from just by bumping into the person, and can kick ass when need be. Oh, a heart of gold is definitely a plus.

Salary: It depends on the job, really. Most of the time you get nothing but the satisfaction of making the bad guys pay.

Benefit: Clear conscience, and that warm, gooey feeling you get after you know you’ve helped someone.

2. Ex-IRA badass chick, or, as Michael Westen puts it: a spy’s “trigger-happy ex-girlfriend.”

Michael, you’re not going to believe the deal I got today! I am better at buying guns than I am buying shoes, and I’m really good at buying shoes.” – Fiona Glenanne, Burn Notice.

Job Requirements: Love of all things firearms, ability to build a bomb from household materials, ability to build and plant a homemade bug, ability to blow things up, must be skilled in the art of getaway driving and tailing suspects, ability to steal a car and/or blow it into the everglades, and of course ability to run, kick, punch and shoot in high heels and short skirt.

Salary: Again, it depends on the job. If you’re just helping people (or helping your on-again-off-again boyfriend), salary is very little to none at all. If you’re running guns and catching bail jumpers, however, it may earn you somewhere from $5,000 – $50,000.

Benefit: A life of excitement and the knowledge that you have a spy who loves you and will literally kill for you.

3. Female Sniper for a SWAT team in a metropolitan city.

You don’t see lady snipers too often. That’s kind of sexy.” – Sam Braddock, Flashpoint.

Job Requirements: Must be able to perform duties such as: hostage rescue, crime suppression, riot control, perimeter security against snipers for visiting dignitaries, providing superior assault firepower in certain situations, climb up and down tall buildings, and many more, look good doing it and most importantly, know how to take out the bad guys with just one shot.

Salary: How much does a cop make a year? Not that much, but you get to be a hero on a daily basis.

Benefit: Health, dental plan and the satisfaction of putting the bad guys where they really belong.

4. Criminal Profiler, a member of FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, with eidetic memory and very high IQ.

I don’t believe that intelligence can be accurately quantified, but I do have an IQ of 187, an eidetic memory, can read 20,000 words per minute. Yes, I’m a genius.” – Spencer Reid, Criminal Minds.

Job Requirements: Ability to get inside the minds of serial killers, anticipate their next move and come up with a profile without losing your mind in the process.

Salary: Public servant salary, but you get to enjoy traveling around the country on a private (FBI) jet.

Benefit: Health, dental, psychotherapy, and the satisfaction of being able to stare at evil in the face and live through it.

5. A spy with MacGyver-like ability/a spy with a super computer in your head that allows you to master everything from tango dancing to martial arts.

Uh, well then I think my country might have the wrong number. ‘Cause I’m just Chuck Bartowski, not a hero.” – Chuck Bartowski, Chuck.

Job Requirements: A one-of-a-kind brain that can handle being imprinted with government secrets and all sorts of cool things, or an ability to do everything from building a homemade explosive to escaping prison in Tajikistan.

Salary: It depends. If you’re still active, you get to have a cover job working a menial job in an electronics store, low pay but loads of benefits. After you’ve been burned, however, you’re going to have to get by getting odd jobs here and there, and relying on your mother.

Benefit: You’re a spy, being “an international man of mystery” is a benefit in and of itself.

6. A Vampire.

Humans… honestly Bill, I don’t know what you see in them.” – Eric Northman, True Blood.

Job Requirements: Ability to sleep all day and work all night, must be blood-thirsty (literally), and depending on the world you live in, respect for authority is a must.

Salary: It varies. Some don’t even have to work and somehow always have money to buy fabulous clothes. Some must manage a local hangout spot for vampires and their minions. Some may even go into politics, so it really depends.

Benefit: Immortality, and plus you get to sleep all day.

7. FBI Agent handling mind-bending cases with special abilities of your own, plus a charming sidekick and a mad scientist at your disposal.

With all due respect, Agent Harris, I have done my due diligence. I just got off the phone with my contact at the CDC. And they have seen nothing like it. But you tell me, does this look like a flu you’ve heard of? Where people’s brains come out of their ears?” – Olivia Dunham, Fringe.

Job Requirements: Must be tough as nails, not easily surprised, willing to do and believe the seemingly impossible, and have a special brain that allows you to go back and forth in two different universes.

Salary: Public servant salary, and the hours are tough.

Benefit: Well, aside from the traveling to a different universe… not that many, really.

8. Brilliant diagnostician without bedside manner.

I tried to cure a guy with cancer by using malaria to win a $50 bet. You really wanna be more like me?” – Dr. Gregory House, House.

Job Requirements: A brilliant mind, ability to crack the toughest medical puzzle and save patients from death at the nick of time, and most importantly: possess quick wit and sharp tongue.

Salary: Pretty good, since people from all over the world want to be your patients.

Benefit: You get to torment everyone around you: your best friend, boss, subordinates, and patients.

9. Agent/analyst for CTU (Counter-Terrorist Agency), and Jack Bauer’s most trusted person/right hand woman.

Edgar, I appreciate your concern. I really do. It’s just that when I shot that guy I thought I’d go all fetal position, but the truth is I didn’t feel anything, at all. I hope I’m not some kind of a psychopath.” – Chloe O’Brien, 24.

Job Requirements: Must be good with the computer. Scratch that, must be REALLY good with the computer, must be able to provide tactical assistance for your boss aka Jack Bauer and most importantly, must be able to work 24-hours a day, sitting in the same cubicle, wearing the same clothes, no eating or sleeping or taking a smoke break and with limited bathroom breaks.

Salary: Public servant salary, but you’ll make a ton on overtime.

Benefit: You get to save the world from various terrorist attacks in just 24 hours.

10. Member of the McKinley High Glee Club.

Aside from nudity and the exploitation of animals, I’ll pretty much do anything to break into the business.” – Rachel Berry, Glee.

Job Requirements: You have to have an amazing voice, ability to sing and dance at the same time – and big ambition to be a star.

Salary: None, but you get to take home a big trophy after your club wins sectional/regional competition.

Benefit: You get to cozy up to the hot but sensitive quarterback, who is also a member of the Glee Club and your duet partner, and of course bragging rights when your club wins big.

11. 60s Advertising Executive or as they were called back then ‘Mad Men’.

I never saw myself working in a place like this.” – Don Draper, Mad Men.

Job Requirements: You have to be smart, creative, manipulative, ambitious and most importantly, a heavy smoker and drinker.

Salary: Pretty good, but everything was cheaper in the 60s.

Benefit: You get to drink, smoke and have illicit affairs, all during office hours.

12. Human lie detector.

Yeah. In my experience, self-castrating pedophiles generally tell the truth.” – Cal Lightman, Lie To Me.

Job Requirements: Intelligence, intuition, ability to read between the line, attention to details and micro-expressions, and a love for the truth.

Salary: If you’re Cal Lightman, you own your own business, so it’s pretty good – until you decide to buy your ex-wife’s share of the company… then you’ll be a little strapped for cash.

Benefit: Aside from health and dental plan, you also can not be fooled by anyone. And that’s a pretty good deal.

13. Pot-dealing suburban mom and housewife.

If you come anywhere near my children, I’ll kill you myself.” – Nancy Botwin, Weeds.

Job Requirements: You have to be resourceful, have friends in low places and know how to weasel y our way out of any trouble.

Salary: You’re basically a businesswoman, so you make good money.

Benefit: Aside from the money and all that free pot, there really isn’t that many benefits to this job. And plus, your life will always be in some kind of danger.

14. TV Writer/Showrunner.

Hey, nerds! Who’s got two thumbs, speaks limited French, and hasn’t cried once today? This moi.” – Liz Lemon, 30 Rock.

Job Requirements: Must be smart, funny, and able to manage a team of weirdo, misfits and crazies.

Salary: Pretty good, after all, you’re a Head Writer/show-runner.

Benefit: Health, dental and even a book deal and your own show once you’ve somehow managed to come up with a catchphrase.

15. High-powered executive with no moral center.

Saddle up, Linda! And say goodbye to common sense.” – Veronica Palmer, Better Off Ted.

Job Requirements: Must be smart, ambitious, ruthless and able to intimidate everyone with your hair always in place.

Salary: Pretty great, after all, you’re a Department Head.

Benefit: Health, dental, weaponized pumpkins, to name a few.

What’s your dream job? Is it in the list? πŸ™‚

DISCLAIMER: The above post is for entertainment purposes only and should not be taken seriously. Author is in no way advising anyone who happens to read this to try a life of crime and/or vampirism. Author is also not endorsing various (fictional) companies and government agencies depicted in the post.