Link Love Wednesday: David Beckham and Old Hollywood

026-ginger-rogers-and-fred-astaire-theredlistGood evening and happy Friday to all of my lovely readers! I hope everyone is having a wonderful month of November and getting excited for Thanksgiving next week. 🙂 I’m fighting a sinus infection, but I’ve still had my share of adventures lately — some community service projects, a local jazz festival, and even a couple of items crossed off of my bucket list! What have you been up to?

As always, enjoy this week’s roundup of link love, and share your own favorites in the comments below!

Things I’m Loving Lately

What links are you loving lately? Share your favorites in the comments section below!

The Weekend Five: Artists Not To Mess With

Breaking up is hard to do. We know this, not only because it has probably been true in each of our lives at one point or another, but also because we learned it from a song. It stands to reason, then, that breaking up with (or simply letting down) a tortured artist is even harder than breaking up with your average Joe/Jane. Therefore, if any of you are strongly considering temporarily dating a famous artist/musician, keep in mind that some of them will handle the end of the relationship better than others.

The Friday Five: Artists Not To Mess With

1. Taylor Swift.
A word to the wise: If she has an unrequited crush on you, she will write a song about it. If she has a happy relationship with you, she will write a song about it. If you break up with her during a 27-second phone call, she will certainly tell Ellen Degeneres about it on her show, but there will be a song describing the situation as well. Whether you’re John Mayer, Joe Jonas or a nameless non-celebrity boyfriend she briefly fell for, you will become infamous to all who read the tabloids and listen to the radio sometimes, and little girls everywhere will hate you (at least temporarily). Taylor Swift comes across as sweet as apple pie, but when it’s time to write new songs, the claws will come out.

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2. Carly Simon.
Everyone knows that You’re So Vain is about Warren Beatty. (Even people who don’t know who Warren Beatty is know that the song is about him!) If I were Warren, I’m not sure what I would be more upset about: the fact that people everywhere might have less respect for me because of how vain I am rumored to be, or the fact that the world would now know that I indeed own a “scarf that is apricot.”

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3. Vincent van Gogh.
Unless you want to find an ear in your mailbox, I suggest you don’t even bother with this one. Just admire Starry Night from afar.

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4. Adele.
Rumor has it (ha, Adele pun!) that Adele’s entire sophomore album was inspired by one ex-boyfriend in particular. I have yet to hear a my-life-is-a-perfect-fairy-tale-and-my-boyfriend-is-Prince-Charming love song performed by Adele, but her powerful breakup ballads are pure gold. Having said that, I’m willing to bet that there’s a certain ex-boyfriend of hers out there who furrows his brow in frustration (because seriously, what else can he do?) every time one of her songs wins another award for its ingenuity. If you date Adele, don’t expect a feel-good song about your relationship to make it onto her next album. However, if you simply want to contribute to the greater good of the music industry for the love of art, then end the relationship badly and her talent will only continue to grow.

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5. Bruno Mars.
For one thing, Bruno Mars loves you unconditionally. He thinks you are perfect in every single way and will do anything you ever ask him to do, even at his own expense. And yes, he may have his legal issues, but he won’t judge you for yours, so who are you to judge him for his? If you ever have to end things with Bruno Mars, please be gentle with him. One of his recent songs, It Will Rain, demonstrates that he definitely can’t handle a breakup right now. My sister and I discuss poor Bruno all the time in relation to this song, and we feel that he must be crying out for help here. Ladies, be nice to him… guys like Bruno Mars don’t just pop up in nature… and if he loses you, there will be neither sunlight nor clear skies, so an imminent breakup would not only be difficult for him, but it would also take a drastic toll on the state of our weather.

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What are your thoughts? Which artist do you want to steer clear of?

What’s Hot/What’s Not: December 2010

With the temperatures dropping lower and covers of Wham! playing in every storefront, we recognize that December and the holiday season are here. Digging our coats out of the back of our closets, we run out to do our last-minute shopping, keeping in mind all of the many ups and downs of the past month. Let’s take a look at December’s edition of What’s Hot/What’s Not!

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What’s HOT
The fun winter fashions we get to try out now that it isn’t 90 degrees out every day.

What’s NOT
The weather itself. (Ha! I couldn’t resist.)

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What’s HOT
Getting in the holiday spirit with festive decorations and celebrations.

What’s NOT
The shunning of Santa Claus in favor of a certain Internet meme that has already started to grow old.

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What’s HOT
Cosmo‘s list of the Hottest Male Celebrities of 2010. (You’re welcome.)

What’s NOT
The many celebrity fashion faux pas that came with 2010 as well.

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What’s HOT
The recent lunar eclipse that took place earlier this week.

What’s NOT
Finding less desirable fortunes in the stars for you.

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What’s HOT
The unfolding of the season-long mystery in the December finale of Gossip Girl.

What’s NOT
The allegedly “pathetic diva” behavior that may have led to Taylor Momsen’s indefinite departure from her role as Jenny ‘Little J’ Humphrey.

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What’s HOT
The now applicable release of Taylor Swift’s Back to December, since we are now in the middle of December. 🙂

What’s NOT
The heartbreaking lyrics behind the song, catchy as they may be.

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What’s HOT
The prevalence of social media in the world around us.

What’s NOT
Social media games taken to the extreme.

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What’s HOT
Getting your New Year’s resolutions in order for 2011.

What’s NOT
Breaking the bank in order to achieve those resolutions.

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What’s HOT
The idea of unconditional love that appears quite frequently in Bruno Mars songs.

What’s NOT
Receiving unwarranted love advice from John Mayer.

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This December, what was hot/not for you?