We ? Beijing

Our 50th boutique opened in Beijing at Shin Kong Place today! Above, an invitation with our special wax seal to celebrate our launch in Greater China. ?

Source: http://blog.toryburch.com/2011/05/we-%e2%99%a5-beijing/

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Our attempt for a drama free wedding?SURPRISE!

Around 8 months ago, my fiance and i became engaged. I was estatic! I had almost everything planned for the perfect Christmas wedding this year. The only problem, was everyone else’s (aka our parents)  opinions. At first, I smiled and pretended to take the opinions into consideration. Finally, my breaking point came when his mother informed me […]

Source: http://www.getmarried.com/wedding-blog/2011/06/08/our-attempt-for-a-drama-free-wedding-surprise/

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Movie Review – X-Men: First Class (**** out of 5)

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X-Men: First Class.  138 mins.  PG-13.  Directed by Matthew Vaughn.  Written by Ashley Miller & Zach Stentz and Jane Goldman & Matthew Vaughn.

The new X-Men movie, First Class, does what every questionable reboot of a fading franchise needs to do in order to shut up its detractors: it’s good.  Really good.  I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by the quality on screen.  After punishing audiences with The Last Stand (which I actively disliked) and Wolverine (which I downright hated), Fox has wisely brought Bryan Singer back into the fold, and, even better, handed the directing reins to Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass).  The result is a smart, confident, and briskly paced action movie that truly delivers the goods.
Taking a page from the Star Trek playbook, X-Men: First Class takes many of the characters we know and love, and shows us their origin.  The 2009 reboot of Star Trek is a great comparison – First Class gets many of the same things right as that film.  Though it stays faithful to the X-Men movies that preceded it, First Class definitely signals a break and a new direction.  Set in 1962, amidst the Cuban Missile Crisis, the movie focuses on the early development of the X-Men and the combustible friendship between Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Professor X (James McAvoy).
The smartest move First Class made was casting those two actors.  Fassbender and McAvoy rule the screen – you can’t take your eyes off either one.  Their scenes together, as they bond and bicker over the nature of humanity and mutation, are just dynamite.  It is so wonderful to see two excellent actors treat comic book material so seriously and just elevate it with their performances.  
Fassbender is particularly mesmerizing.  After memorable roles in Inlgourious Basterds and Jane Eyre, and many more coming soon, Fassbender is poised to break out in a big way.  I, for one, can’t wait to see more of him.  My favorite scene in the movie features Magneto at a bar in Argentina, laying waste to three former Nazis in seriously efficient, no-nonsense manner.
The rest of the cast is stuck playing second fiddle to those guys, which is good because nobody else is quite as compelling.  Kevin Bacon does a nice job as the main baddie, Sebastian Shaw, who aims to start up World War III.  Jennifer Lawrence plays a young Mystique, and she’s pretty far from her Academy Award-nominated performance in Winter’s Bone.  Here’s hoping she proves more impressive in The Hunger Games films.  
The big weak spot is January Jones as Emma Frost.  Ms. Jones is beautiful, yes, and I don’t doubt the filmmakers’ reasoning in casting her as the ice queen who sometimes resembles a crystal robot. Her dead-eyed, monotone delivery doesn’t do the movie any favors though.  Her outfits, on the other hand, do.
Vaughn is on a roll now.  Now that the mediocre Stardust is safely behind him, between this and Kick-Ass, he has officially become one of the most exciting filmmakers working today.  He adds real style and charm to the movie.  The pacing is better than any of the other X-Men films.  Each scene moves along at a clip, never boring the audience, always moving on to something new and interesting.  There are several montages devoted to training and gathering up the mutants, and all of them ramp up and pay off in big ways, including an awesome cameo featuring one of the most judicious uses of the f-bomb in a PG-13 rated film in recent memory.
The ’60s setting offers a unique visual style to the movie that sets it apart from other comic book films.  It gives the movie a mod feel, what with all the early CIA dealings, horn-rimmed glasses, Dr. Strangelove-type war rooms, and black-and-white televisions with JFK on them.  Mad Men fans will certainly enjoy it.  So will fans of the Sean Connery-as-James Bond years.  Very shagadelic, baby.
Other than Ms. Jones’ performance, my issues with First Class are few and far between.  The mutant characters switch allegiances often and a little too easily for my taste, and the film sets up the inevitable sequels a little too patly.  I would have preferred to see Professor X and Magneto’s friendship develop a bit more in another sequel before they settle into their established roles, as they do by the end here.
Still, all things considered, this is the best X-Men movie yet, taking over the mantle previously held by X2.  And it will likely be one of the more satisfying moviegoing experiences we’ll have this Summer.  I recommend signing up for this Class.

Source: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/hammervision/2011/06/movie-review—x-men-first-class-out-of-5.html

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Floral Perfection

I absolutely love this floral arrangement by Kristen Caissie recently featured on Style Me Pretty.  I wasn’t surprised to find out that the wine tasting bachelorette party where these flowers dressed the table, was put on my friend and event planner Camille. Check out the rest of the gorgeous details from the event on Style Me Pretty.
Images by Michael Bullock

Source: http://www.mimiandmegblog.com/2011/06/floral-perfection.html

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Scotty McCreery & Laura Alaina: City of Hope Softball Stars

Spending the weekend in Music City, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina showed off their athletic skills at Greer Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday (June 11). The “American Idol” winner and his runner-up gal pal joined fellow stars such as Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Chuck Wicks and Jack Owen in partaking in the annual City of Hope Charity Softball Challenge. Excited about the event – which raises funds to help find cures and better treatments for cancer and a host of other devastating diseases – McCreery tweeted prior to taking the field, “Gettin ready for the softball game today! #TeamOpry” The softball efforts followed a big night for Scotty and Lauren – as the duo took turns making the stage debuts at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday. During the Opry gig, Lauren took the stage first while singing “Blue” by LeAnn Rimes along with her single “Like My Mother Does” while Scotty treated the audience to his debut single “I Love You This Big” and George Strait’s classic “Check Yes or No”.

Source: http://www.hoozie.com/scotty-mccreery-laura-alaina-city-of-hope-softball-stars/

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Our attempt for a drama free wedding?SURPRISE!

Around 8 months ago, my fiance and i became engaged. I was estatic! I had almost everything planned for the perfect Christmas wedding this year. The only problem, was everyone else’s (aka our parents)  opinions. At first, I smiled and pretended to take the opinions into consideration. Finally, my breaking point came when his mother informed me […]

Source: http://www.getmarried.com/wedding-blog/2011/06/08/our-attempt-for-a-drama-free-wedding-surprise/

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Movie Review – The Hangover Part II (*1/2)

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THE HANGOVER PART II.  102 mins.  R.  Directed by Todd Phillips.  Written by Craig Mazin & Scot Armstrong & Todd Phillips.

How’s that line go?  “Second verse, same as the first.”  Welcome to The Hangover Part II, folks.  Just last week, in my Pirates 4 review, I discussed one of my least favorite types of sequels: the kind that don’t raise the bar.  While those are problematic, sure, they pale in comparison to the grave mistake made by The Hangover Part II (following in the footsteps of similarly flawed sequels like Home Alone 2): it’s the same damn movie!  Part II is utterly worthless as a movie, as a sequel, and as summer entertainment.  It is the epitome of lazy screenwriting, amounting to nothing more than a scene-by-scene redo of the original with only minor tweaks.  

Don’t believe me?  Let’s break it down.  Part II trades Vegas for Bangkok.  A baby for a monkey.  A missing tooth for a face tattoo.  Stu’s (Ed Helms) bitchy, disapproving girlfriend for Stu’s bastard, disapproving father-in-law.  Alan (Zach Galifianakis) spiking Jagermeister with Alan spiking marshmallows.  Missing Doug for missing Stu’s brother-in-law.  Chow jumping naked out of a trunk for Chow jumping naked out of a freezer.  I could go on and on.  The story elements are familiar, but so is the structure.  It begins with Phil (Bradley Cooper) saying they f**ked up again.  There’s a wedding.  It ends with everybody gathering around a camera to see photos of what happened the night before.  
There may be the occasional funny moment or line – how could there not be given the comedic talents of the three main actors – but it’s only about half as funny as the first.  This overfamiliarity causes problems elsewhere too.  Part of the reason the first Hangover worked so well is that even when it wasn’t laugh-out-loud funny, it still worked as a mystery.  What did happen to the guys last night?  Because Part II tells the same story, we know exactly what happened to them last night.  So, when the characters are confused, shocked, and wonder “what the f**k?”, it’s not as funny as it once was.  The best parts of the movie are the first 20 minutes, where we’re allowed to catch up with the characters and see where they are now.  The movie coasts by on audience goodwill for another 45 minutes or so, but then flatlines around the one-hour mark.
The blame here has to lie with co-writer/director Todd Phillips.  Though I like him as a comedy director – he’s got a dark, playful visual style and he uses music well – he really let fans down with this one.  I don’t know if the production was rushed, but they had two years in between movies to come up with a better concept.  Also, by using Part II in the title, it implies that this is a continuation.  You don’t even need another hangover plot device because the hangover from the first movie still applies.  Phillips could have reunited this cast and done almost anything else with them and it would have been funny.  But the fact that he so cheaply cribbed from the original and didn’t really come up with any new ideas speaks volumes: not only about the filmmakers’ motivation for the sequel (money! money! money!) but for their contempt for the audience.
The Hangover Part II is going to make mad money this weekend.  I was eagerly anticipating it, and I know others are as well.  People loved the first Hangover.  If done well, they would have lined up for any number of sequels.  Not anymore.  Part II sucks on its own, but it also cheapens the laughs of the original.  Enjoy the money now, guys.  Congrats.  You’ve just tanked the franchise.

Source: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/hammervision/2011/05/movie-review—the-hangover-part-ii-12.html

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