Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dont Judge Me: The Royal Wedding!

Confession: I LOVED IT!  And yes, this counts as world news- they are now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, for goodness sake!  My observations:

1) The Archbishop of Canterbury- awesome!  Not only does he have incredible eyebrows (!) but I actually really enjoyed his mini sermon during the ceremony.  Nothing wishy-washy there.  I admire England for being true to their roots by keeping Anglicanism an integral part of the monarchy.  It is interesting that they have made no concessions regarding their faith, even in modern times when the going trend is to separate church and state as far as they can go.  And although religion has a tendency to muddle politics when done to an extreme (think Taliban-run Islamist societies), I find it amazing that England has been able to strike this balance by having a completely secular Parliament, while allowing the monarchy (which, admittedly, doesnt actually do THAT much politically) to operate based on its religious ideology in a way that does not oppress the non-religious in any way.

2) Prince Harry...true to his name, apparently did not find it necessary to comb his hair for the big day...

3) Prince William- I admit, I had a HUGE crush on him growing up!  But that in no way inhibited my ability to enjoy the wedding anyway :)  No jealousies least none that I can't deal with.  One British news commentator characterized Prince William as an "incredible hunk in uniform"- haha, loved that!  The commentator went on to talk about how William having Diana's good looks was "a boon to the royal line" which I think was her polite way of saying that since Prince Charles is so ugly, England is thrilled that William turned out alright.

4) On the balcony of Buckingham Palace, it occurred to me that the young couple could have used some "scooping the peach" instruction to allow for more graceful waving.  But they did kiss a record number of twice, so I guess I'll cut them a break.

5) And of course, the DRESS!  Loved it.  It was perfect.  Perfect for the occasion and the venue.  I talked to some strangers in a store about it afterwards and one commented that she heard (she hadnt actually seen it) that the dress was boring.  By boring, she probably meant not sexy enough.  But I told her that was WRONG!  That if you are getting married in the Westminster Abbey, or any church for that matter, you ought to be dressed appropriately and not look like a floozy.  Here is what one blogger said about it:
"While almost every bride in America beelines to the strapless numbers during her Kleinfeld appointment, Kate’s dress was quintessentially royal, with long lace sleeves and a modern, narrow v-neckline. The fullness of the bottom perfectly flattered her tiny frame (could we be more jealous?), and the train was appropriate for the venue without overpowering the entire look."

I agree 100%.  It was appropriate, regal, dramatic, and SO not frumpy.  Many people have been commenting on the monarchy's recently demonstrated ability to maintain their dignified and classy ways, while becoming tastefully more modern.  I think this dress is an example.  It had sleeves, but not puffy sleeves.  It didnt show cleavage, but it had a dramatic neckline.  It think it was gorgeous and truly fit for a Queen (or Duchess).

Another impressive thing about this couple, showcasing their modern-mindedness, was their request for charitable donations in lieu of wedding gifts.  Here is a couple with high-powered, deep-pocketed connections, and they selflessly led them to various nonprofit organizations in a time of universal financial need.  Yet again, LOVE it!

Overall, I was very impressed.  Classy and traditional without being over-the-top or wasteful.  When I saw the royal procession, I even teared up.  I think I'm a Loyalist at heart :)

And hooray for another way to give fascinators more publicity in the US!  I feel in love with these in Australia, and they NEED to catch on out here!!

PS- how much do you LOVE the Queen!  Adoreable!

And watch out Alyce's Bridal in Provo- dresses like this will surely be ALL OVER the place in no time!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Oh, Barry...

 I don't think that sports counts as news.  But I've been in court a lot lately, so just in case that wasn't enough judicial fun, I decided to read up on Barry Bonds' trial.

And hey, I've actually seen the guy outside of a baseball game (it was at Disneyland), so he's pretty much like a buddy of mine that I feel compelled to keep tabs on :)

My boy Barry was charged with 4 separate counts, only one of which the jury was able to reach a decision on, which was that he IS guilty of obstruction of justice.  Somehow, the jury was unable to even decide whether or not Barry knowingly used steroids in his career.

For me, the evidence is clear. 

1) He has a big fat head and a tiny little girly voice...therefore, he uses (or at least used) steroids.

2) Barry denies that he knew that the shots his trainer injected him with were steroids.  So he is honestly saying that a grown man who's entire career relies on his physical health didn't stop and figure out what he was being shot up with?  He just let that little fact slide for years?!  If someone was trying to stick needles in most people, they would want to know why, what, etc.  Especially if one's body has earned them millions and has the potential to earn them millions more if they treat it right.  But no, of course not, Barry just closed his eyes and didn't care what was being shot into his veins while meanwhile his muscles get huge, his head gets fat, and his voice reverts to pre-puberty levels.  Yeah, he had no idea.