Spotlight: Lupita Nyong’o

       The native Kenyan actress has been lighting up the red carpet lately with her bold style. Not to mention all the critical acclaim she’s received from her role in the Steve McQueen directed film 12 Years a Slave, for which she’s garnered a Best Supporting Actress nod for the Golden Globes, SAGs (she won), and the upcoming Oscars. Nyong’o has been topping all the best dressed lists with her colorful ensembles that contrast so beautifully with her chocolatey skin. Here’s a few of her more recent looks on the red carpet, and one of the reasons why I’m rooting for her at the Oscars to beat Jennifer Lawrence. Can’t wait to see what she dons on her big night at the Academy Awards next month.

Here at the premiere of her movie 12 Years a slave in a rouge Elie Saab number

Here at the premiere of her movie 12 Years a Slave in a rouge Elie Saab number

Looking gorgeous in a pale gold and peach accented Elie Saab dress at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

Looking gorgeous in a pale gold and peach accented Elie Saab dress at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

The Oscar nominee in a bronze Valentino Couture dress at the AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards Gala

The Oscar nominee in a bronze Valentino Couture dress at the AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards Gala

The actress rocked this custom Calvin Klein dress at the Critics Choice Awards

The actress rocked this custom Calvin Klein dress at the Critics Choice Awards

Lupita at the SAG Awards in a bright turquoise Gucci gown with floral accents

Lupita at the SAG Awards in a bright turquoise Gucci gown with floral accents

Nyong'o stuns in a bright red Ralph Lauren caped gown at the Golden Globes

Nyong’o stuns in a bright red Ralph Lauren caped gown at the Golden Globes

Bangerz Review

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          It’s been three years since Miley Cyrus’ last studio album, and in less than one week her much anticipated album Bangerz will be released. I personally, have always liked Miley Cyrus. Yeah she’s a shit actor, and I think she’s realized that which is why she’s sticking to her music from now on, but you have to admit she is entertaining, and really fascinating to watch as she continues to push boundaries. She’s worked hard to break out of her cutesy Disney Hannah Montana image. I mean, who would wanna be remembered as the lispy, wig-wearing, forever awkward, glitter-emblazed 14 year old for the rest of their life anyway? Yeah me neither… So yeah she sort of sprung out of nowhere with her slutty phase, and onto her button-pushing, controversial outfits and performances. But she’s got some talent, on Bangerz Cyrus shows she’s got some range. Most of the songs like Wrecking Ball, Drive, and FU, (to name a few) are pretty obviously a hit at her now ex-fiance, little Thor. But the album is addictive to say the least, with its catchy beats and cameos like Britney Spears in one of my favorite tracks SMS (bangerz). It is very rare that I find an album where I like pretty much every song. The last couple albums that did it for me were Korn’s See You on the Other Side in 2005. and DIe Antwoord’s Ten$ion in 2012. So I’m happy to say Bangerz gets a 4 out 4 for me.

Check it out yourself, stream the whole album for free on Itunes by clicking here.

‘The Bling Ring’ Review

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    So today I decided to tag along with my sister to see Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. It’s based on the Hollywood burglaries from a few years ago so I was like why not. But I cannot say how terrible this movie was enough. First off, it has the worst acting I have ever seen. Emma Watson has proved she cannot play anything else other than a stuffy British twat. All she did was prance around with shitty extensions, speak in a vapid tone, and bounce her head incessantly. The entire movie was made up of  in-cohesive, plotless shots of girls taking pictures of themselves, doing coke, and singing along to songs in the car. I was ready to walk out within the first ten minutes. This movie was absolutely horrendous and gave me a painful migraine, which I have to now suffer through as a souvenir of a wasted ninety minutes. Don’t go see it.

California Adventures

          I have been in California the past week, mainly to enjoy the company of my boyfriend and my friends and bask in some sunshine. Unfortunately it seems as though I have brought the dreary Portland weather with me here because there has not been enough 80 degree weather here in the Bay Area, just foggy, windy, and only partially sunny days. However, I refuse to wear pants so that I can get take advantage of any sun that touches me as I frolic around outside. Now I have an awkward shorts tan. Anyway, the main event of my visit was to celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday, so last week we dressed up all classy and hot and went to a lovely dinner with his family to the famed Buckeye Roadhouse. It was a lovely night filled with luscious rare steaks and mouth-watering risotto. Here’s a look at our dinner and some of our other culinary achievements from the past week…Try not to drool.

My red pepper risotto topped with seared scallops, micro arugula and tangerines. Simply delectable.

My red pepper risotto topped with seared scallops, micro arugula and tangerines. Simply delectable.

Ben's rare flank steak and french fries. Perfectly executed.

Ben’s rare flank steak and french fries. Perfectly executed.

Me and Ben

Me and Ben

The Birthday Boy sippin on his drank

The Birthday Boy sippin on his drank

Ben's delicious smoothie that he made us filled with blackberries, raspberries, bananas, orange juice, and milk. Healthy and filling. That was my cleanse day.

Ben’s delicious smoothie that he made us filled with blackberries, raspberries, bananas, orange juice, and milk. Healthy and filling. That was my cleanse day.

Ben's plate of tonight's burgers, grilled by Ben. (This picture was taken after he'd already eaten one of the burgers.) Hungry man.

Ben’s plate of tonight’s burgers, grilled by Ben. (This picture was taken after he’d already eaten one of the burgers.) Hungry man.

Laurelhurst Who?

              So I visited the “acclaimed” Laurelhurst Market restaurant a couple weeks ago with my sister, because my mother and her could not stop raving about how amazing their mac n cheese is. And being such a MnC enthusiast I finally caved in and went. I ordered the Steak Frites and a side order of their mac n cheese crusted with Tom’s potato chips. I was excited when the food came, I’m not a huge steak person but Laurelhurst’s menu is extremely limited to fairly boring steaks, I was more excited to taste the mac n cheese. As soon as I dug in my first thought was, what the fuck is with this gravy all over my steak? I felt like I was eating at a diner in the midwest with my super rare steak slathered in this unappetizing brown goo-like substance. The mac n cheese was extremely disappointing. As soon as I took a bite I asked myself, what exactly is good about this? It was not cheesy at all, very burnt on the top, and oddly oily. My mac n cheese kicks the shit out of this, well, shit. I do not recommend Laurelhurst Market unless you are a  hipster who enjoys eating over priced mediocre food and receiving their cheque on a slab of wood…You can do better PDX.

 

My Steak Frites slathered in unappetizing gravy.

My Steak Frites slathered in unappetizing gravy.

You call this mac n cheese?

You call this mac n cheese?

The elegant cheque

The elegant cheque

The butcher shop section.

The butcher shop section…gross.