We saw ladylike lace all over the Spring runways, from designers like Miu Miu, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Nanette Lepore — and whether in traditional black and white or brighter hues like red, lime green, and blue, we caught the urge to jump on the bandwagon. It's one of those materials that can instantly go from sweet to sexy, depending on your choice of shoes and accessories, and looks pretty and feminine no matter what. Today we're looking to get the trend for under $100 — and it just so happens there are some amazing finds that come in under budget. Click through to shop!
Happy Feb. 29! Since this date only comes around once every four years, might we propose a special moment for it? Take a second to flip through some of our favorite recipes of all time, and take a stab at trying a few of them this year. 29 recipes to leap for right this minute, when you keep reading.
Happy Leap Day! If you watched that Amy Adams movie a couple of years ago, you know that according to tradition, on Feb. 29 a woman can propose to a man. But this practice dates back before romantic comedies. According to legend, in the 5th century, Ireland's St. Bridget complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait too long for a proposal. St. Patrick apparently decided he could compromise and let women propose on Leap Day. After all, it only comes around every four years.
Another story attributes the practice to Queen Margaret of Scotland in 1288, who is said to have imposed fines for men who turned down a woman's proposal. Note that Queen Margaret would have been 5 and living in Norway at the time. The fine ranged from a kiss to a silk gown. In Denmark, the longstanding tradition states that a man must give a woman 12 gloves if he refuses marriage on Leap Day, and in Finland the fine is a fabric for a skirt.
Whether St. Patrick or Queen Margaret actually granted women permission to propose, it didn't become popular until the 19th century. Obviously this tradition seems quaint if not sexist, since a woman shouldn't be obligated to wait passively for a proposal, except on one day every four years. Still, I'm curious: regardless of the day, would you propose to your guy?
In honor of Leap Day, Brittany Schwaigert of Grey Grey Designs hosted an afternoon party for her kids. "Because I am a mom to boys who love slimy and gross things, I thought a frog party would be right up their alley," Schwaigert said.
Shades of green — from chartreuse to lime to Kelly — comprised the color scheme of the soiree, and texture played a major role in everything from the food to the glittered accents. Read on to see more of this "toad-ally" great time, plus Brittany's explanation of each component of the celebration.
Romantic comedies are the refreshing confections of the movie world — light, airy, and fun (and sometimes just a little bit cheesy). Whether you love them or loathe them, Hollywood cranked out more sweet stories of love with a touch of laughs this year, some a bit better than others. What 2010 romantic comedy is your favorite?
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Before the Summer blockbusters come storming in, there's still time to catch up on the big movies you missed in the theater. Today I've got one Oscar nominee, one rom-com, and one for the whole family.
In the latest musical-turned-movie from director Rob Marshall, Daniel Day-Lewis plays Guido Contini, a famous Italian filmmaker suffering a midlife crisis. As he struggles to find inspiration for his ninth film, he reflects on his relationships with the many ladies who have affected him over the years — which includes a wide array of talented ladies like Kate Hudson, Fergie, and Judi Dench. Though the film didn't live up to the hype for the critics or at the box office, I thought it was pretty, fun, and full of entertaining song-and-dance numbers. Penelope Cruz and Marion Cotillard turn in solid performances as Contini's mistress and neglected wife, and Cruz scored an Oscar nod for the role.
DVD extras include director commentary, featurettes, music videos, and a Screen Actors Guild Q&A.
In Leap Year, Anna (Amy Adams) decides to take matters into her own hands when her boyfriend drags his feet on asking for her hand in marriage. She heads to Ireland for Leap Day, the one day where women can propose to men instead of the other way around. She encounters a few bumps along the way, one in the form of a handsome stranger named Declan (Matthew Goode). There's nothing new here as far as romantic comedies go, but the irresistible chemistry between Adams and Goode makes this the perfect rental for a Saturday night in.
DVD extras include deleted scenes.
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In this scene from Leap Year, Anna shows us her dressier side as she enjoys a cocktail with her boyfriend. She looks sexy and sophisticated in a purple satin cocktail dress and a sleek updo — a far departure from her more casual ensemble while trekking through the countryside! Shop similar items now.
Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures
If you were able to catch Leap Year in theaters, you know it's all about the romance that happens between Amy Adams and Matthew Goode's characters along the way — to Dublin, where Adams's character plans to propose to her boyfriend. But it wasn't just the sparks flying that I noticed; there was plenty of chic, understated décor spattered throughout the film, too. Come see how you can get the look of Leap Year in your home.
Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures