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The Wish List: Gina’s T-Rex Sweater on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

12 Oct

It happened! Gina from Brooklyn Nine-Nine wore one of the Coach T-Rex sweaters and I couldn’t be happier as I’ve been talking about this for over a year now. b99The Coach T-Rex motif first appeared last year at New York Fashion Week for the 2016 Spring/Summer collection and this version of the sweater was suggested here at TV Ate My Wardrobe as the ideal Gina attire.b99-ginaCoach now produces a variety of T-Rex styles including the knitted original in several colors, the varsity sweatshirt (as seen on Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and a crew sweater with a patch logo. I prefer the latter two and on a particularly rainy and blustery day in New York a couple of weeks ago I maybe popped into a Coach store to say hi to this sweater collection and wondered if I could justify spending that much money on one item (sadly I couldn’t). A sale purchase perhaps. img_7912As this is my first post back after my honeymoon it is serendipitous that this item showed up so soon after this trip and on the character I thought it was ideal for. I maybe lost my shit at the B99 cold open. Okay I definitely lost my shit.

The below picture was taken on a far sunnier day than the shop visit and now I have bathroom decor dreams.img_8518Other recent purveyors of this style have included Winona Ryder at the recent Coach NYFW show and Michael B. Jordan during Comic-Con.

Be sure to keep an eye out for other future wearers as I’m sure I will post about them either here or as part of the TV Ate My Wardrobe newsletter (which will be returning very soon).

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

24 Jun

“Out of the Box” is a smorgasbord of outfit YES moments including prints, super cute collars and red lipstick. Plus the platonic ideal of a casual outfit, sunglasses and discussing a new TV character style icon.Parker PoseyI am a big Parker Posey and Coach fan – this leather T-Rex adorned varsity jacket is amazing – so the combination of both at the 2016 Coach And Friends Of The High Line Summer Party is pretty much the best. Part of the Posey charm is that she can pattern clash the shit out of anything and still look this fantastic.Jessica JoffeCoach are embracing prints that would make perfect 1970s carpet/wallpaper/any upholstery and in non-shocking news I am so here for it. Jessica Joffe’s dress hits all the right notes and I’m currently coveting a whole lot from Coach’s RTW collection.Evan Rachel WoodLadysuit, red lips, fantastic collar and silver shoes; Evan Rachel Wood at the Into the Forest premiere wears all of my favorite things.Aubrey PlazaIdeal casual outfit alert from Aubrey Plaza on her way in to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and I will never not love a great sweater paired with jeans and white (Commes des Garcon – you can’t see the heart face in this shot sadly) Cons. And as the Fug Girls say; everyone looks hotter in sunglasses.Kristen SchaalAt the BFG premiere Kristen Schaal did pleats and block color in the best possible way. Schaal’s a big fan of flats and for that I salute her especially when pink Oxfords are her shoe of choice.Ruth NeggaInterview Magazine keeps dishing up excellent editorials and Ruth Negga’s is another to add to the stunning list. Despite it being June I’m having a whole lot of strong coat feelings this week and this Miu Miu one delivers on every level. Negga’s Tulip is the best thing about Preacher and a new TV style icon to adore; she discusses the audition process and that she has worked with Dominic Cooper on a number of occasions prior to this. Plus what she thinks about the tone of Preacher:

I really like that kind of oddness. Everything seems straightforward in Preacher but nothing is; everything is kind of askew. You’re dealing with this hyper unrealness—that’s what comics are—and I like that sort of twist.”

Negga also chats about Cannes and the film Loving which is already getting some very early awards buzz.

The Americans 4.11 “Dinner for Seven” Review: No Control

26 May

An FBI Agent moving in across the street from a pair of deep cover KGB spies posing as Americans was one of the initial setups in The Americans pilot. That FBI Agent went from suspicious to best friend, dinnertime crasher and video provider (well he can’t give them to Nina anymore). Stan is having a sort of crisis at the moment relating to those he has killed (Vlad) and those friends who have been killed by the KGB (Amador, Gaad) or because of the KGB and the FBI combined (Nina). Plus there is the matter of his co-worker who turned out to be a spy and his non-existent personal life.

Everything is spinning out of control for all the major players on The Americans and because events can’t be fully predicted or sketched out there is a lot of doubt seeping through the cracks.The Americans 4.11 Elizabeth and PhilipTake Elizabeth and the Young Hee operation, which ultimately was the Don operation. When Elizabeth started out with Young Hee she commented that it felt different, but she had no idea of the strong emotional impact that would come. It could’ve been Lisa who she bonded with in this way or Elizabeth could have stayed completely neutral on the whole thing. Instead Young Hee has left her mark in a big way. There are several reasons for this including Elizabeth’s state of mind after finding out her mother had died and Young Hee filled a very big hole in Elizabeth’s life. Also Young Hee is several levels of charming and fun so it is hard not to want to be her BFF. I’m going to miss Ruthie Ann Miles, but I am not going to miss those teary phone calls about why Don is behaving so strangely. Every scene post fake hookup has been soul crushing and I can’t bear to see Don’s confused/sad face anymore.

Gabriel gave Elizabeth the chance to ask for another way into Level 4 and while Gabriel could have done this prior to her seducing and drugging Don, it didn’t really matter in the end as the Centre turned down this request. It is important for us to see Elizabeth contemplate her feelings in all of this even if she thinks they don’t matter as it shows her humanity. All goes to plan from Elizabeth telling Don she is pregnant to Philip and Gabriel (with their new asset) gaining access to Don’s office by pretending Patty has killed herself (RIP Patty and all those fabulous clothes) and they need money to pay for her funeral. Here’s the kicker as they don’t find the codes, but they have copied all his floppy disc files so hopefully something will turn up otherwise all of this emotional turmoil and family destruction would be for naught.The Americans 4.11 Pastor Tim*A quick production design note about the above shot because I want to point out once again how much of a family home this is right down to the photographs that are pinned onto the kitchen phone.

Even something as straightforward as planning dinner can meet an unexpected turn. When Alice asks Elizabeth if she makes a big spread like this every night Elizabeth says she tries to but it doesn’t always go according to plan. This is what the grilled cheese and Sloppy Joe nights are for; for when you feel so shit after a mission and you just can’t be bothered to cook. Elizabeth invites Pastor Tim and Alice over for dinner as a way to maintain the position of power they now have over this couple after Alice accused them last week of having something to do with Tim’s disappearance in Ethiopia. As Elizabeth later explains it works to their advantage because both Tim and Alice feel bad about accusing them and making them worry about their safety. Whether the tape exists or not (I suspect that Elizabeth suspects the latter) they’re not going to do anything about it yet because of their new advantage.

The dynamics have shifted in favor of the Jennings, but there is something that Elizabeth can’t quite shift in terms of her current feelings and there is something inviting about Pastor Tim’s counsel even though she does not believe in God. Three separate conversations all with the convenient excuse of picking Paige up has Elizabeth talking to Tim about some deep and meaningful things. You can chalk it up to working an asset and sometimes it is hard to tell what is real and what part is the spy talking, but there is definitely an element of trying to work through Elizabeth’s current crisis. Not a crisis of faith (toward her country) specifically, but a crisis in letting her emotions impact her ability to complete a mission. One of these conversations focuses on this idea of control or the lack of and that faith helps Tim in these moments; what does Elizabeth have as her version of this?The Americans 4.11 Elizabeth, Stan and HenryFamily is probably the nearest thing along with duty to country and in a later discussion she asks what he does when he has something on his mind that he can’t stop thinking about. Tim’s answer is prayer and not one for the Elizabeth Jennings playbook; Tim responds that none of these things matter and it is how we treat each other is all that is important.

Well that’s a whole lot of awkward because Elizabeth has done some very terrible things to a lot of people. Whereas Philip has found EST as a way of walking through his anguish at the very terrible things he has done, Elizabeth has yet to find her outlet, but I think her just talking about it is a big step.The Americans 4.11 Philip and StanBack to the serendipity of having a neighbor who is an FBI Agent and Stan is also feeling adrift much like his KGB pals. Stan tells Philip about Gaad’s murder and how he doesn’t buy the ‘robbery gone wrong’ theory and he suspects it was the Russians who did it. He doesn’t know why they would target him, but he is certain those ‘animals’ played a part. Philip’s face stays impassive throughout as it does at dinner when Stan’s occupation comes up with Henry enthusiastically telling Pastor Tim and Alice what Stan does – Tim questions the happenstance of this and Elizabeth points out that they lived there long before the Beemans – and Stan is at a low ebb. Philip for his part is concerned that by mentioning Gaad’s trip in one of his Stan reports he might have accidentally planted the seed of this operation and this is another example of a lack of control; Philip simply thought of it as a throwaway remark and Gaad wasn’t even supposed to end up dead. It was just bad luck.

Rather than go all in on the Oleg plan as I suspected Stan might he instead calls a meeting to tell him about the original plan to blackmail him using Nina or his brother. Stan has a lot of guilt with what happened to Nina and how he killed Vlad in retaliation to what happened to Chris Amador (another wrong place, wrong time death). This also goes a long way in showing how deep The Americans storytelling well is as names like Gregory, Irina and Chris are all important long after their last appearance on the show. Consequences stretch back and Stan is feeling the weight of the conscience that Gaad warned him about. The Americans 4.11 mail robotThere is what you would call a lucky break at the FBI and the return of Mail Robot both hanging out in the background as if on cue and in one of the Martha reports gives them a new lead. Aderholt notes a curious note as when Mail Robot was being repaired a 911 call was made from that building and a woman was found dead of ‘natural causes.’ Aderholt is rightly suspicious of this cause of death and this is another case of a past event coming back to the forefront.

Stan told Philip that he couldn’t tell him stories because they are classified, but he has far looser lips with his son Matthew who in turn told Paige some things last week. Paige tells Elizabeth about the spy secretary as they are walking back to the car in a notably sketchy and deserted looking neighborhood. In a bit of foreshadowing Elizabeth tells Paige that they will “do anything to keep this family together” and she doesn’t just mean with the Pastor Tim situation. As they approach the parking lot it is clear something is going to happen as very little of the episode remains and no amount of driving lesson talk can subdue the tension. What does happen is Paige gets to see who Elizabeth really is as a spy way beyond the ‘social action and making the world a better place’ party line; she gets front seats at the Elizabeth is a deadly and badass spy up show.The Americans 4.11 Paige and ElizabethYou can see Elizabeth assessing the situation straight away going for tempering with handing her wallet over so they can get away without having to resort to violence. Unfortunately one of the would be muggers makes a would be rapist suggestion and there is no way Elizabeth is letting that happen to her daughter so she pulls out some swift self-defense moves that turn deadly when one of the guys pulls a knife. Big mistake there buddy and the end results are what you would expect, except Paige did not expect this and has wide eyed horror all over her face. Now she’s getting a look at who her mom really is and I’m not sure Philip and Elizabeth will be able to talk their way out of this one. Time for Paige to step up once again and the question of trust will come into play once again. Also this is a good time to point you in the direction of my essay over at Collider where I discuss in detail the teenagers on The Americans and how this is one drama that gets this age demographic right.

Everything keeps on spinning and with just two more episodes left of this season there is a chance that some of this will come crashing down; in good news it was announced yesterday that The Americans has been renewed for two more seasons with the 10-episode sixth season as its last. While I am sad that my favorite show has an end date, I am also happy my favorite show has an end date and 23 more episodes to complete the story after this year. This means the writers can carefully plot the conclusion and there is nothing better than a show that can control its own destiny.

Shot(s) of the Week

The Americans 4.11 Elizabeth, Alice, Tim and PaigeStarting with one that made me laugh for a number of reasons; first of all because Stan made a very terrible ‘roast in the oven joke’ which everyone is politely reacting in good humor to. Second because of the biggest salad bowl in the world as an IRL pregnancy bump cover up, when Alice is holding a tiny bowl over the actresses’ fake but very large bump. There’s several references to pregnancy throughout with Patty pretending she is pregnant and it all gets a bit meta as we know Keri Russell is really pregnant. For those who listen to the Slate Americans podcast I am assuming this episode is the one they referenced a few weeks ago when pointing out that Keri Russell was still doing stunts this late in the game.The Americans 4.11 Philip and ElizabethAnd to the heartbreaking as Philip tells Elizabeth they didn’t find the Level 4 codes in Don’s office and she asks him whether he thinks Don will tell Patty. He doesn’t think so, but it is hard to really know. The Jennings bathroom mirror has been put to good use this season and this is another great shot of the pair.

Disguise of the Week The Americans 4.11 Philip and GabrielThis is a disguise we first saw way back in season 1:

 The slightly rough around the edges blonde hair/glasses dude is making a reappearance as Patty’s brother. Also along for the ride is Gabriel as Patty’s father and new recruit Kathy Geiss (she doesn’t have a character name yet so I’m going with her 30 Rock name).

The Elizabeth Jennings Coat Parade The Americans 4.11 Elizabeth coat 1It’s winter so it makes sense that Elizabeth is wearing a lot of coats and there is a secondary reason for this garment particularly in the second half of the season to cover up Keri Russell’s bump and like myself Elizabeth is a woman of many coats. All of which I would probably wear in 2016.The Americans 4.11 PattyThe saddest coat of them all and this Patty stuff is such a heartbreaker that I’m gonna leave it there.The Americans 4.11 Elizabth purple coatThis purple number is one Elizabeth has worn for quite a few seasons now and I am always fond of a bit of wardrobe repeating.The Americans 4.11 Coach coatAnd to the coat of the season and the tan Coach trench which I am coveting hardest of all.

The Americans 4.05 “Clark’s Place” Review: People of Action

14 Apr

There is a reason The Americans didn’t go with “Heroes” as their David Bowie closing music choice, opting instead for the apt “Under Pressure” collaboration with Queen. There are no heroes on The Americans and this is the kind of war where both sides do some very bad things and people definitely get hurt no matter how much either team wants to spin their tales of horror. It is relentless and by this point it a battle that has been simmering for nearly 40 years and while we know the end is in sight; there is no sign of it letting up for the people in the midst of it all. The wheels keep on spinning and the problems keep on coming.The Americans 4.05 Elizabeth and PhilipLast week’s quarantine getaway might not have been the vacation Philip and Elizabeth need, but it did give them the briefest respite from the many challenges they’ve got going on at work and home. There is no taking a break now and the things that stacked up during the ‘maybe you’ve got glanders’ 48 hour period have to be addressed. Bowling was fun and all, but there are other wives, daughters and Pastors who have a lot of questions.

Paige wants to know where they have been and her late night chat with her mother (Philip is at Clark’s) doesn’t give her any answers as Elizabeth stonewalls her. Firstly it is the middle of the night and Paige fully startled Elizabeth out of her slumber and even though it isn’t surprising to see her react in this way with all that is going on, it is surprising to see Elizabeth this twitchy. I guess she did just think she might die so her vulnerability levels are high.

Paige’s quest for answers is also not a shocking turn of events as finding out your parents are spies is not an everyday kinda problem. They are vague when it comes to describing what they do and the only thing they keep stressing is how dangerous it is for someone else to know their secret and how much trouble they would get in if they were caught. While Martha spins the story in the exact way Philip tells her to with this notion that she is having an affair with a married man, Paige comes straight out and tells Pastor Tim what her parents wanted her to say to him. Paige is wrestling with her confusion with honesty, whereas Martha’s is a much deeper predicament because if she fucks up she will be going to jail to and her loyalty to Clark is incredibly complicated. The Americans 4.05 Philip and ElizabethWith Pastor Tim and Alice the solution to get them on side is to spin a religious angle because Pastor Tim believes that the Soviets have a very dim and oppressive take on those who believe. That’s why Philip and Elizabeth take their very good friend Father Rivas with them to explain all the good work they do and the lives they have saved. This definitely has a positive impact on Pastor Tim and also gives Philip and Elizabeth the chance to double down on this idea that both sides do good and bad. And of course they do good and this whole bit is well orchestrated. It also leads to one of the funniest moments this week when after dropping Rivas off Philip ponders whether he is even a priest. Regardless, part 1 of getting Pastor Tim on side is successful and it is Paige they might need to work on.

Paige is resistant to all of this and the gentle prodding/manipulation; she tells Pastor Tim that it seems like there is a grownup conspiracy going on where they are telling her how to feel and then they do whatever they want. That’s what adults do, Paige. Such a teen. Paige does admit that they at least told her the truth when she asked even if in retrospect they probably shouldn’t have. That scores them points and Elizabeth will be glad to know that Paige does know they love her. Later on they pop in on Paige while she is in bed and she tells them they were right about how Pastor Tim cares about her; while this should be comforting Paige still looks like sleep will be evading her and the weight of the world is on her mind.

Sleep or lack of is a problem this week for Martha and the Valium she has been prescribed for her panic attacks is not helping all that much. Out of everyone she is truly on her own right now; she couldn’t reach Clark before her dinner date with Agent Aderholt and even though she has a new emergency number to reach Philip on this doesn’t make him any more available to her really. “Clark’s Place” opens with their only face to face interaction and here she tells him about the copy machine query and the possibility they are on to her. When Philip gives her the number to memorize he tells her he needs that bit of paper back in the morning and her response is heartbreaking – “Why would I expect to keep anything?” Even their wedding photo is gone when she comes back to the apartment.The Americans 4.05 MarthaPhilip puts Hans on Martha full time and he thinks he spots someone tailing her and while Hans isn’t sure, we know that his hunch is correct and they are getting closer to figuring out that something is up with Martha that goes beyond an affair with a married man. What this does is isolate Martha even further and the call later where Philip tells her he loves her is not much of a consolation prize. Another week with another knockout performance from Alison Wright and this entire cast is crushing it this season. Is it too much to hope the Emmy voters are paying attention?

The phone call Philip makes is all under the watchful eye of his other wife and Elizabeth’s concern here is part mission related with a big dollop of jealousy. Martha is an important asset and one they must protect at all costs, but as Gabriel points out they are good at what they do because they care about the people they work with. Part of this is Gabriel buttering them up, but Elizabeth also knows that Philip does have some feelings for Martha, which is maybe why she asserts her role as wife with some super steamy moves at the end of the episode. All while Martha is across town; alone in bed and with a pair of FBI agents sitting outside her apartment.The Americans 4.05 ElizabethIn season 2 Martha told Elizabeth (while dressed as Jennifer) that Clark was a wild animal in bed. This was a point of contention that led to a very upsetting physical moment between Philip and Elizabeth; this time however Elizabeth definitely has the upper hand in the wife stakes. And she always does really. Considering how much shit is going on and that they just faced a near-death adjacent experience it isn’t surprising that sex is on the cards as it is both the perfect distraction and way to work out all this nervous energy. They are people of action after all. Let’s just hope Paige is also out as she has been through enough as it is to have to hear that as well. 

This moment comes after they have put it together that Agent Aderholt is the guy Elizabeth took out in the season 3 premiere and he’s also the guy who took Martha out; none of this is good news. The friendly face they have in the FBI is friendly once again as Philip and Stan have finally made up. Philip apologizes and then uses his chat with Sandra a few weeks ago to tell Stan that Sandra feels bad about things too; all the ways to get him back on side and Sad Stan re-earns that nickname by revealing that he doesn’t have many friends. Henry doesn’t count and his relationship with Oleg is goes back to being cordial this week, but that is all it is.The Americans 4.05 OlegAh yes Oleg and Stan and the news of Nina’s death reaches all the people who care about her this week. Oleg is angry that his father could do nothing to stop it even though he knows he knows he shouldn’t expect anything and the death of his brother is wrapped up in this overwhelming grief. Oleg’s father Igor is angry that even though his son died fighting for his country there will be no military honors at his funeral; he was a hero, but in this Cold War there are no heroes and everything related to it must be erased from history.

Similarly the details surrounding Nina’s death are incredibly vague and they don’t even have the information regarding what she did other than she “interfered.” To her country Nina was a traitor even though she got valuable intel when she was working as a double agent. It doesn’t matter and Arkady swings between anger at Nina and anger at the system with what happened to her. When Oleg tells Stan he doesn’t dance around her death coming straight out and telling him. Stan is speechless and Oleg shares the story about his brother’s funeral and how there are no heroes in this war. It all seems so futile.

The word hero gets used as a suggestion from Gabriel about how they should push William; he has been in the US for 25 years and has achieved barely anything. Now is the time for him to step up. But even if he does come through and help swing the balance of power the only time he will be getting called a hero is in a secret meeting in a car park. He probably should not expect a statue or portrait to be put up in every office.

Shot(s) of the WeekThe Americans 4.05 Paige and ElizabethThis week’s episode was directed by none other than Stan Beeman himself, Noah Emmerich and there are lot of wonderful moments to choose from; particularly in the Jennings house. This one between Elizabeth and Paige in the middle of the night does a good job of showing how this huge spy reveal has opened things up, but there is also a gulf between them. Also experiencing a lot of long hair envy. The Americans 4.05 Paige and PhilipLater on Elizabeth comes home to find a very normal affair; Henry on the computer while Philip and Paige watch TV. Ronald Reagan is between them and Reagan is the elephant in the room or rather the clown in the room as Elizabeth can’t stifle her laughter at what his red cheeks makes him look like. A new lighter Elizabeth is always welcome and Young Hee is having a good effect on her. This is a very different level of emotions than the last time Regan was on TV.The Americans 4.05 Paige in bedAnd to complete the Paige and her parents circle here they are checking in while she is in bed, not asleep.

Disguise of the WeekThe Americans 4.05 PattyA light disguise week with one appearance by Patty, Clark and Hans. Patty wins because just look at her and I love that purple is her dominant costume color. Young Hee is fascinating and even though we still don’t know why Elizabeth is interested in her, I don’t care as she is super charming and it is nice to see Elizabeth with a friend. Yes Henry, your mom has friends (even if they are work related).

Outfit I Would Wear in 2016The Americans 4.05 Elizabeth trenchIt always comes back to the Coach trench and this week Elizabeth switches it up by alternating between her tan and black version. This is also the one Holly Taylor wore to a recent FX event. It is a classic for a reason.

Behind the Insta-Scenes: Photos from the Set

30 Mar

If this week’s Instagram collection could be summed up in one emoji it would be heart eyes as there are plenty of co-stars hanging out treats on offer with a strong dose of cute.

 

Kicking off this week with a big scoop of adorable and Rami Malek hanging with co-star Portia Doubleday’s dog Logan.

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Da fuck?

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Keeping on the Mr Robot train and on set selfies from the new season that don’t reveal anything new, but I heart regardless. Heavy Darlene eyeliner is always welcome.

 

Everything about this photo is charming as hell and now I want this coupling to be a very real thing.

 

Girls is on a hot streak this season and this week’s Marnie-centric episode was as triumphant as Allison Williams looks in this photo.

 

Flashing back to simpler times and pre whatever happened that caused Christopher Abbott to leave Girls under a cloud. But he did return and boy did we get a much more beardy Charlie in the process and this episode really is top tier Girls. It was good to see him again even if it was tinged with the tragedy of what has since become of Charlie. I miss that awesome bed he made.

 

Praise is justifiably heaped on Jane the Virgin from so many different angles and visually it continues to be striking in fresh and new ways. Everyone here looks spectacular.

 

They also kill it in motion.

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In exactly 12 weeks… #OITNBS4 #84days #comethru

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The OITNB countdown has begun and I cannot wait to spend more time with these ladies.

 

One thing I spend more time thinking about than is maybe necessary is whether actors end up falling asleep during sleeping scenes or in this case in a pile of laundry after fake taking a lot of drugs. And the answer looks like yes.

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Happy Easter. Love, #NewGirl #SingerSongwriters

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Album cover ready.

 

Basketball being played on set between takes gives me instant ER vibes and I’m also enjoying how these poses both resemble a superhero stance and shooting hoops.

 

This is very cute and I am happy Elementary has been renewed for season 5.

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28 weeks ago(according to Instagram) @roomthemovie premiered at the #telluridefilmfestival. After the screening @jacobtremblay and I toasted. He had chocolate milk and I had red wine. I remember feeling so vulnerable after sharing this movie with the world for the first time; unsure of what was to come. Last night marked what may be our final toast to this film . He had a soda and I had sake. We are in Japan. Together we have traveled the globe, spent almost two years hanging out, playfully arguing about things like who can hold their breath longer and talking at length about Room. At its core, every step of the way has been taken with love. We were generous and patient with each other. We laughed a lot, especially when it was hard. We picked each other up, answered for the other when one was tired and always kept silliness alive. Thank you Room for bringing us together. Thank you Room for uniting us with the rest of the world. Thank you to everyone who shared this journey with us. I will never ever forget it.

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Keeping on the cute theme and sadly my request to keep this going for forever has been denied and the Room promo tour is officially over.

 

It’s not an Anthora coffee cup, but regardless I’m getting Bob Benson flashbacks.

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Love my sweater ! Thank you @coach 🐅

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Diane Kruger models this Coach sweater that I would like to see in my closet and also on TV Ate My Wardrobe sweater queen Chelsea Peretti.

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Happy birthday to a most loving and devoted lady @amysedaris Xxx

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Instagram is a platform used for many things including celebrities wishing each other happy birthday in picture form. Sarah Jessica Parker took this opportunity to post not one, but a whopping nine pictures celebrating the incredible Amy Sedaris and it only made me love SJP even more.

 

Justin Theroux went with a more sedate two, but this one is also fabulous.

 

It’s like Aya Cash reached into my brain with this picture/caption. The world needs more Melanie Laurent.

 

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

18 Sep

The September event avalanche continues and this week we have a pretty even split between New York Fashion Week and the Toronto Film Festival with a dash of magazine cover beauties to end things on.

Samira Wiley Milly showMalin Akerman, Samira Wiley and Solange are pretty in pink at the Milly by Michelle Smith runway show with bold colors taking this front row by storm. Last week Wiley’s stunning Christian Siriano campaign was unveiled and the OITNB ladies have been celebrating NYFW on and off their set.

Christina Hendricks Naeem KhanIt looks like Kat Graham is contemplating resting her head on the shoulder of Christina Hendricks and I don’t blame her. This is a whole lot of splendid pattern wearing at Naeem Khan with Ashley Greene’s silver stripe pants giving off a David Bowie vibe and I am so here for that. Bonus red lipstick points for Christina Hendricks for a fantastic crimson shade.

Kiernan Shipka and Christina RicciAt the Highline Coach show Kiernan Shipka wears a cute floral blouse showing once again that this brand is perfect for her and Christina Ricci’s sheepskin vest from the Fall 15 collection is something I would very much like in my wardrobe for when it finally gets a bit colder.Danielle PanabakerOn Instagram Danielle Panabaker said she was “feeling very Sex and the City” in this Monse ensemble at the Monse presentation and it looks like a whole lot of Carrie in the skirt with some Charlotte on top.

Dianna AgronMarc Jacobs closed out NYFW with a decadent affair at the Ziegfeld Theater with concessions, a special Playbill and plenty of fabulous clothes. Dianna Agron went with this theme in the form of her Olympia Le-Tan Red Shoes clutch and while her floral frock is really pretty; it is this clutch that I can’t stop looking at.

Diane Kruger TIFFSwitching out Venice for Toronto and in a sea of amazing Diane Kruger looks this sparkly Chanel Couture dress might be my current favorite. Pairing it with red satin Giuseppe Zanotti sandals gives a strong pop of color and this is an all round delight from a TV Ate My Wardrobe style queen.

Diane and Pacey TIFFThe second Diane Kruger ensemble doesn’t quite pack the same punch but I’m here for the sparkles, strappy sandals and her oh so handsome date. And Kruger’s hangover confession on Instagram has me both chuckling and wishing I could pull something like this together after a heavy night.

Elisabeth MossThis shade of green is fantastic on Elisabeth Moss and she has been killing it on the red carpet at TIFF. The extra oomph from the blue pumps rather than going for safe beige makes me so happy.

Alicia VikanderAt the HFPA/InStyle TIFF party Alicia Vikander wore all Louis Vuitton (she is one of the new faces of the brand after all) and does a good job of showing why in a studded tweed frock. Vikander is probably going to be gracing a lot of red carpets and award shows; something I am beyond fine with because she is both a very fine actress and her sartorial risk taking means we shouldn’t get bored of her by the time the Oscars roll around.

Clemence PoseyClémence Poésy looking cool as fuck in an outfit that is pure relaxed chic.

Empire THREmpire won’t be winning Best Drama at the Emmys this weekend after a somewhat surprising nomination snub, but they are slaying the cover of The Hollywood Reporter and Taraji P. Henson has a strong chance of getting a Cookie win. Somehow Jussie Smollet is pulling off the very shiny suit he has been given and this is such a fun colorful image with Taraji rightly drawing focus.

Lupita VogueGet ready for so much Lupita Nyong’o in the coming months and December is going to be such a good red carpet month with the Star Wars press tour and all the pre-awards posturing. This Vogue cover is so striking and I’m so glad they’ve gone with such a plain background because Lupita really shines. The gold Valentino Haute Couture gown is spectacular as is the rest of the photo shoot.

NYFW Fantasy Costuming: Sweaters from Coach for Gina on Brooklyn Nine-Nine

17 Sep

Coach is set to have a big 2016 as it is their 75th anniversary and this 2016 Spring/Summer collection is their first major runway show at New York Fashion Week. Coach is a brand I am particularly fond of* and the journey from bags to clothing has included some very fun pieces such as this much coveted rocket sweater. Keeping with this theme and the current TV Ate My Wardrobe sweater queen is Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Gina (played by Chelsea Peretti) taking the crown from April Ludgate when Parks and Recreation ended. It is perhaps fitting that last year’s NYFW Coach picks were for April and my flashback sweater sweetheart Felicity Porter.

*The only Coach item I currently own is one of my favorite vintage store finds and it is a leather document holder from the 1960s which I use as an iPad case because it is the perfect size. Everything old is new again and all that.

Brief Intermission Announcement – The NYFW Fantasy Costuming pieces have been a bit light on the ground this year and I am very aware that today is the last day with London Fashion Week kicking off tomorrow. This has been due to other work commitments as I have been travelling at lot more than usual and I hope to get a few more of these done in the coming weeks as fall TV returns – End of Brief Intermission Announcement.

Back to Gina and the Coach runway show which includes a whole lot of floaty floral boho delights, leather minis, mosaic patterns and the all important knitwear.

Coach dinosaurIt might not be the creature Gina loves most (wolfies of course) but I can definitely see Gina wearing this T-Rex sweater and mosaic mini in whatever office her new job with Captain Holt takes her to on Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

CoachPurple zebra print, a classic Coach saddle bag and silver cut down cowboy boots is very Gina and as you will see in the gallery below there are several other sweaters which fit her signature style. Plus a tee/mini skirt winning combination and a couple of leather jackets which build on her previous garments of this kind. And the floral detail will definitely set her apart from Rosa as the other leather jacket wearer on this show.

Also keep an eye out for another Gina related treat in the coming weeks.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine returns for season 3 Sunday, September 27.

Out of the Box: Look of the Week

26 Jun

Considering it is summer there is a whole lot of grey going on in this week’s relatively quiet “Out of the Box.” Not to say there aren’t some stunning looks, but there’s not a whole lot of events going on right now. Colorful bold prints including all the florals has been a big trend of late and while pattern is still on display, the tones are slightly darker and still just as striking. Plus an incredible magazine cover and a fashion campaign to make you swoon.

Taraji P Henson WSuper sexy henleys are not just for the guys on The CW and Taraji P. Henson is serving up super hot vibes in J Brand jeans and a short sleeve Theory henley (by pure coincidence as I write this I am wearing a very similar top – mine is Uniqlo – and that is where our similarity ends). This cover is stunning as are the rest of the Diane Ross inspired photos. Bonus shot and I don’t think I need to explain why.

Taraji P Henson W shoot

Speaking about why her Empire character has been a huge hit with audiences Henson explains “They see her heart. They see her intentions. And they love her style—her style is 17 years behind the fashion curve, which makes the clothes a character on the show. As Cookie grows, you’ll see her fashion grow. And people love that—she’s a work in progress. The only thing that never changes is her spirit: To me, Cookie is living, breathing, walking truth.”

Matt BomerOh, hello. Matt Bomer in the new Armani campaign and Channing Tatum accurately describes what it is like to look in Matt Bomer’s eyes on his Reddit AMA “no matter if you’re a man, woman, cat, hamster, you will get lost in matt bomer’s eyes. I don’t know what they are made of outside of dreams and rainbows and amazingness but it truly doesn’t matter. And when he sings. It’s like god gave with both hands and then grew a third hand and graced him with more. he’s crazy talented.”

Lizzy CaplanLizzy Caplan’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! was brilliant for a number of reasons including schooling both Jimmy and Jon Hamm on her greatness and also because this Lela Rose black and white gingham dress is everything. On the show Caplan wore black pumps and yet I am leaning in favor of the super comfortable sandals, because my feet are attuned to picking comfy cool. Gingham has been big on the runway this year and Caplan is delivering the ideal version of this look.

Kiernan Shipka CoachAt the 5th annual Coach and Friends of the High Line Summer Party Kiernan Shipka is decked out head to toe in well, Coach including a patterned bandana. This shouldn’t work with the patchwork nature of the frock and it might be Shipka fashion blindness but she is working all these pieces and looks charming in the process. The chunky ‘Harla’ wedges with the flash of red nail color gives this fall collection ensemble a much needed dose of summer.

New York Fashion Week 2014: Day 1 and 2 Fantasy Costuming Round-up

8 Feb

It’s day 3 of New York Fashion Week and there’s already been runway shows galore. We thought we’d share some of our favorite looks so far from the fall 2014 collections and as the weather is still pretty terrible there’s a lot of knitwear and coats that look pretty enticing. What we’re going to do is some quick fire fantasy costuming from 10 different runway shows.

Kate SpadeJess wears a lot of Kate Spade on New Girl and the bow detail on this plaid coat is perfect for Ms. Day. As is the sparkly dress that is peaking out below it.

Kate Spade NYFWMindy doesn’t wear a lot of pants on The Mindy Project, but she does have an extensive collection of coats and this beautiful one from Kate Spade is very much in her bold color wheelhouse.

Kate Spade 2014It’s not 1950s vintage, but Kate Spade’s three-quarter length sleeve coat is very Virginia Johnson from Masters of Sex. The purse and gloves are heaven as are the brogues. The hat is super cute but maybe not for the Johnson look.

Charlotte Ronson 2014For Elizabeth Jennings when she is on some spy recon that might require a slight flash of leg on The Americans or this Charlotte Ronson skirt and sweater would probably be Britta’s idea of what a psychologist should wear on Community.

Creatures of Comfort 2014April from Parks and Recreation is all about the plaid and while I’m not sure if she’d be all that into the neckerchief, this Creatures of Comfort outfit is pretty April to me.

Nonoo 2014Scandal’s Abby has the best hair on TV (ok joint with Connie Britton) and her raven locks would look great with this dress from Nonoo and it is Scandal office appropriate.

NonooWhile I’m not loving the shiny Nonoo pants, this layered looking sweater is fantastic and is very Annie Edison on Community.

Tanya TaylorThis dress by Tanya Taylor screams Marnie from Girls – PS I hope she hooks up with Ray again on this week’s episode. I don’t know why I ship this couple but I do.

Rebecca MinkoffKate from Trophy Wife would look fantastic in this Rebecca Minkoff leather mini. The coat and blouse add a hint of office wear sophistication while still looking pretty cool. Alternatively this could be another Abby from Scandal outfit.

Rag & BoneRag & Bone are taking their cues from the ’90s and while this is very My So-Called Life I’m going to give this hooded sweater to Ilana on Broad City. I would switch the skirt for some short shorts.

Coach 2014Another April Ludgate outfit, this time from Coach.

CoachFlashback fantasy costuming with Coach and this would be ideal for Felicity Porter for her sophomore fall semester and we can pretend she doesn’t chop all her hair off on Felicity.

Peter Som 2014Olivia Pope loves a belted coat and this patterned Peter Som piece represents the chaos that surrounds her life on Scandal at the moment.

Peter SomAlana Bloom tends to wear a lot of pattern on Hannibal and this visually arresting Peter Som dress would look fantastic on her. The blurred floral imagery could mirror how uncertain things are going to get for this season as she works to prove that Will is innocent.

Tadashi ShojiMoving onto beautiful dresses with Tadashi Shoji and Mellie on Scandal always looks stunning in primary colors; it’s a strong contrast to the Olivia Pope neutral palette and this royal blue gown would look killer at a White House function.

Tadashi Shoji NYFWRed is one of Alicia Florrick’s power play costume colors and as we saw at the fancy soiree in season 4, Julianna Margulies looks as stunning in scarlet formal wear as she does in the courtroom on The Good Wife. This Tadashi Shoji dress would be a great addition to her closet.

Tadashi Shoji 2014One show that loves grand parties no matter what the theme or body count is The Vampire Diaries and the final of the three Tadashi Shoji beautiful gowns is so Elena (or Katherine). Basically Nina Dobrev should wear this.

Look out for more coverage of New York Fashion Week from TV Ate My Wardrobe.

New Girl 3.07 Review: Time to Grow Up

6 Nov

Coach is back and after a three year absence things have changed for all of the characters on New Girl. For starters they are no longer in their 20s – they very barely in their 20s when we first met them – and their priorities have changed. When you catch up with an old friend it can be easy to slip into an old routine and even though Coach only appeared in the pilot none of these scenes feel forced; this even applies to Winston who has never shared a scene with Coach.

NG_307-3_0365The return of Coach gives these characters an opportunity to join him in that big house of denial. Schmidt moved out and into the apartment across the hall in the last episode, but he’s still dropping by whenever he wants to steal toothpaste and so it doesn’t feel like he has gone at all. His decision to move out was a reactionary move to all the shit that has happened and unsurprisingly he’s still not happy. Coach provides a distraction so Schmidt doesn’t have to think about that stuff, nor does Schmidt have to spend the night in his apartment alone as he can ask Coach to crash with him – maybe he will take a room here?

With Nick it isn’t that he is unhappy, quite the opposite but he’s still having manchild reactions to relationship discussions. Jess isn’t all that comfortable with Nick going to the strip club, a point that she raises in a rational and adult way. What follows is Nick and his ability to dig himself a giant hole as he claims they haven’t had the relationship status talk. This is ridiculous as it’s clear this is more than just a friends with benefits situation and Nick knows that everything that is coming out of his mouth is crazy talk – choice example “I’m just telling her what kind of cake to bake me, son” – but he can’t stop himself because Coach is there and he wants to hang out with his old friend.

Sitcoms love a good misunderstanding and situations that get out of hand fast; the guys at a strip club with Jess going out with an embittered Cece is the perfect formula for this kind of scenario. Cece is understandably cynical about relationships at the moment and she plays the role of mischief maker as she calls Artie (the ridiculously handsome Taye Diggs) to the bar to get his flirt on with Jess. As the Temple Grandin’s (a drink that makes Jess friendly and compassionate) flow and Nick doesn’t know which part of the phone is the microphone the stakes are raised, these are alcohol fueled stakes so anything could happen. Cece realizes that Jess and Nick’s situation is very different from her own and she’s been projecting her own Schmidt related anger onto Jess.

Nick’s main crime is that he couldn’t call Jess his girlfriend in front of Coach, which even by Nick standards of not being able to acknowledge feelings is high on the list of dumb things he has done. The other aspects like his inability to have a day/life plan and leaving himself “Put on pants?” notes (A+ delivery on this line from Zooey Deschanel) just add to Jess’ frustration. Jess is also playing the getting wasted on a Tuesday game (it’s ok the kids are going to watch a movie at school tomorrow) and so it’s not just the guys who are making bad life choices. The list of terrible things that Nick does quickly turns into a Nick is a really, really great kisser list (an excellent reason to link to this) and the revenge plan of really hot conversation time gets thrown out of the window.

Not so fast as Taye Diggs is naked in Jess’ bed and even throws imaginary water at her, as the only sober one in this episode that move is pretty cringe. It also leads to the best Cece delivery of the night with “Men are such dicks.” Even though they’ve been able to say dick on network TV for a couple of years now, it still surprises me when they do.

It’s already occurred to Nick by this point that he needs to go home as they’re all too old for these kinds of shenanigans. This all started because Coach wanted to celebrate being single but he’s actually miserable and brokenhearted; he’s using the strippers and guys night to fill this void. The talk of growing up comes in the middle of a very halfhearted slap fight and there’s a lot of truth spoken among all the nonsense – this being Schmidt’s very terrible interpretation of Raiders of the Lost Ark, or what he believes to be a Nazi propaganda movie – deep and meaningful drunk conversations always contain the fuzziest of logic.

The Nick/Jess relationship hasn’t taken the steps of a usual rom-com relationship even if it has followed the classic “will they/won’t they” and New Girl has been playing with this convention. The big factor here is that they already live together so having the “terminology” talk is already an odd one to broach. So when Nick casually throws in the word girlfriend it’s an organic moment, but it also really means something to Jess. Yes this is a guy who leaves himself a note questioning whether to wear pants (confession sometimes I add “shower” on my ‘to do’ list just to have something extra to tick off) but he also gives Jess the opportunity to explain why there is a naked hot guy in her bed.

Like many, Friends is the sitcom I grew up with and so I have a tendency to think of something like New Girl in relation to this show and with the “will they/won’t they” Ross and Rachel are my prime example. One of the things that made Ross and Rachel hard to root for at times was Ross’ jealousy and the whole Mark of it all; this was meant to be a sitcomy obstacle instead it made Ross insufferable. What I’m trying to say is that Nick and Jess do end up dealing with this head on and even though Nick’s right hook to Artie is pretty much fueled by jealousy, Nick and Jess are on the same side and this is what Friends lacked at times with Ross and Rachel.

Coming back to Coach and while it’s unclear whether New Girl will pull a Mindy Project and make him a regular; it feels like he is part of this friendship group even if things have changed since they last hung out. There is some banter with Winston with the not so kind nickname of “Shrimp Forks” that Winston pulls him up on later. There’s a competitive edge with all of the guys as they’re all trying to prove that they’ve still got it and Winston ends up suffering the most financially thanks to misunderstanding the rules of Bunny Money, but hey that’s enough for takeout and clothing funds at the V Rab (yeah I won’t call it that again) for a good month.

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