Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Warm and Fuzzy

It's time to get a bit mushy on the great dane.  Today is the seventh anniversary for my wonderful fiance and I.

This has been an amazing seven years, babe, and I can't wait to see what the future will bring us.  I love you so much, and I cannot wait to marry you!


Friday, February 22, 2013

2013 Oscars

I love award shows, but the Oscars are my favorite.  Those who know me know that I am a huge movie fanatic.  I make it a personal goal to see all of the major films nominated for Academy Awards every year.  This year's round up has been nothing short of amazing!  This Sunday, when she show is on, you can bet that I will be parked on the couch for the entirety of it.

I have yet to see all of the films, unfortunately, but based on what I've seen so far, here are my predictions for who will win, and my thoughts on who should win the major categories of the evening.  

Best Picture:
Who will probably win: Argo
Who should win: Zero Dark Thirty

Ok, I'll admit, I haven't seen Argo yet, so my mind may change, but I really think Zero Dark Thirty should take home the gold.  Sitting in the movie theater seeing this movie....I was actually nervous for the characters, even though I knew how it ended!  That, my friends, is what makes a good movie.  

Best Actor:
Who will probably win: Daniel Day-Lewis
Who should win:  Daniel Day-Lewis, although Bradley Cooper gets an honorable mention

Daniel Day-Lewis played such an amazing Lincoln.  He definitely deserves recognition for this role.  However, Bradley Cooper's character in Silver Lining's playbook was fantastic as well.  His character really brought the stigma that surrounds mental illness in society today to light.  A job well done to both, this one will be a tough call.

Best Actress:
Who will probably win: Jessica Chastain
Who should win: Quvenzhané Wallis

Words cannot express how much I love the movie Zero Dark Thirty, and if Jessica wins this category it will be well deserved.  However, I think it's amazing that Quvenzhane Wallis is nominated at such a young age.  Beasts of the Southern Wild is not the typical movie that tends to dominate the Oscars.  Just think how great it would be for this little peanut to get the recognition that she (and the movie) deserves!

Best Supporting Actor:
Who will probably win: Robert DeNiro or Tommy Lee Jones
Who should win: Christoph Waltz

To be honest, I really would love for any of these guys to win.  However, Christoph Waltz is such an amazing actor, and he rarely gets the recognition he deserves.  Tarantino found a good one with him!  His character in Django was perfect, so I really hope he wins.

Best Supporting Actress:
Who will probably win: Anne Hathaway
Who should win:  Jackie Weaver

I'm not super pumped about any of the actresses in this category.  I do, however, think Jackie Weaver played an outstanding, overbearing mother in Silver Lining's playbook.  

Who do you think will win/should win these awards on Sunday?  



Saturday, February 16, 2013

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, real or fictional, who would it be, and why?

I'm not sure about anyone else, but this is one of my favorite questions to get asked!  However, I also think it's one of the hardest questions to answer!  Seriously though, the options are endless, and how could anyone pick just one person?

I narrowed it down to my top five:

 1. Mr. Feeny: Growing up in the 90's, I never missed an episode of Boy Meets World.  In fact, finding out that it is on ABC Family every weekday morning makes getting up early for work a little bit easier.  I remember always wishing that I had a Mr. Feeny character in my life.  Seriously, this man gave the best advice to Corey and the gang, even when they didn't ask for it.  I would love to pick his brain about, well, everything.  

 2. Abby Lee Miller: I won't lie, this woman completely intimidates me.  However, that's one of the reasons I really respect her.  She has made such an impact in the show business world.  Even before Dance Moms was on tv, she was a well known name.  She pushes her students hard and may come off a bit harsh, but she does it because she wants to see them dancing professionally someday.  I love that as long as her students show her they are willing to work hard, she will do anything and everything that she possibly can to turn them into stars.  

 3. Vincent Van Gogh: I can remember Van Gogh being my first "favorite artist."  The painting Starry Night has always been one of my favorite paintings.  The rest of Van Gogh's work is just as painfully beautiful.  He saw the world in the most stunning way, and I would love to take a look at things through his eyes.  

 4. Tina Fey: I love Tina Fey, and I want to be best friends with her.  I love that she is gorgeous and successful, and yet she doesn't take herself seriously like the rest of Hollywood seems to.  Her confidence is contagious, and I can really get behind her message of female empowerment to young women.  

5. Quentin Tarantino: Tarantino is probably one of the most brilliant directors in Hollywood today.  I love that although we live in such a politically correct world, he's not afraid to push the limits and turn his movies into anything but politically correct.  He doesn't care who he offends with his movies.  I have no doubt that this man will continue to do great things in the future.  

There are, of course, many others I could add to this list, but for now, these are what I have it narrowed down to.  

So, readers, if you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, real or fictional, who would it be, and why?


Friday, February 15, 2013

my favorite handmade jewelry

It's no secret that I love jewelry.  The more sparkle, the better.  Also, I can't help but love any pieces that are handmade!  You can just see the extra love that goes in to a handmade piece of jewelry, and who wouldn't love supporting a small business? 

Here are three sites where I get my favorite handmade jewelry from: 

1. Spike the Punch : Oh man.  Words cannot even begin to express how much I love Spike the Punch.  I can remember when I first fell in love with Spike the Punch back on etsy.  The hand-painted crystal Rainey necklaces were absolutely love at first sight!  It's obvious that I wasn't the only one swooning from the beginning though, because these necklaces sell out within minutes of them being listed!  The rest of the jewelry is to die for as well.  Also, Elizabeth, the owner of Spike the punch, is an absolute sweetheart!  She offers some of the best customer service around!  Check out her site, and I promise you won't be sorry!  Ps-I'm currently lusting after the Fiore Beauty necklace.  How gorgeous is that purple?  

2. Glitter and Gloss : Much like the lovely Elizabeth of Spike the Punch, Heather over at Glitter and Gloss is a doll!  She won my heart with the absolute cutest arm candy, and has since moved on to other jewelery and accessories.  Her new spring 2013 line is nothing short of amazing.  I pretty much want everything, not gonna lie, but my favorite has to be the Stephanie bracelet, this cute little arrow cuff I've posted above.  How cute is that?  I can see myself channeling my inner Katniss Everdeen while wearing it! 


3. Derng:Derng may be one of my more recent finds, but it has become a quick obsession!  This site has some of the most unique jewelry I've seen in awhile!  The most recent pretty additions to the site are a collection of gorgeous, rhinestone bib necklaces.  The princess necklace, the one pictured above, is the newest member of my derng collection, and I am in love!  

What are your favorite sites to buy jewelry? 


Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Every year, I make a New Year's resolution to start (and then keep up with!) a blog.  To be honest, it never ends up happening.  I get busy, and I ultimately completely forget about it.  However, I decided 2013 will be the year I do it!  I started over at tumblr, but I feel like it's just not enough space for the great dane.  So here I am! 

So let me tell you a little bit about the great dane....

-My name is Dana
-I'm 24 years old
-I'm from Pittsburgh PA
-I'm engaged to the most amazing guy
-I went to school for art history.  I'd love to work in a museum, but I have a (not so) secret childhood dream of becoming a CIA agent
-I'm a fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo
-I love reading.  Every year, I set a reading goal for myself.  Follow my progress for 2013 on goodreads!
-I'm a huge movie buff
-I watch entirely too much tv.  My DVR gets filled up very quickly every week
-I am a shopaholic.  Seriously.  This blog may just end up being filled with things I bought/want to buy
-I love to travel.  My favorite city in the world is Paris.  I've only been once, but I absolutely swoon over anything and everything that has an Eiffel Tower on it. 

That's the basics on me!  I hope to write about a little bit of everything on this blog, but if you have anything you'd like to see here, please let me know!

Thanks for reading!  I hope you'll stick around!