• jack,  politics,  Reality tv,  SNL,  the amazing race,  videos

    Yep, She did it again

    What’s Jack up to? That Jack has kept us on our toes this weekend. Why he still insists on running around the block like a nut when he sees fit is beyond me. I swear that dog has no home training. Whose dog is that?

    Happy Monday!

    So we finally had our first presidential debate. Too bad after all the build up and hype I was exhausted and ready to fall asleep by the time the thing finally started. (I blame the Prosecco and Megan’s post for that:) I will say was glad McCain showed up. Seems like all his practicing paid off. Guess all that talk about suspending his campaigning was just talk. But too me and most of the polls out there Barack did what he had to do by stopping him is his tracks when he was spouting his agenda instead of actually answering the questions at hand. And parties aside, let’s admit, Barack just seemed more presidential.

    But, I’d have like them both to have stayed little more on point. Too bad I couldn’t have been in charge. I’d have been all, “hey you didn’t specifically answer my question!” There would have been none of that, “speak to him stuff.”

    But I’m sure Thursday will be a whole different ball of wax. Bring on Thursday. Biden/Palin all the way. I can’t wait to see SNL reacreate that thing.

    To that… Oops she did it again. That Tina Fey is so it.

    Reality Sidebar: The coolest reality gameshow ev-ah started again last night. The Amazing Race is back. Yay!! Anybody else watching?


  • jack,  lipstick jungle,  Reality tv,  survivor,  The Daily Show,  videos


    What’s Jack up to? It’s raining buckets today and a small stream is running down our street so poor Jack is looking longingly out the window. Sorry, Jack no long walks today.

    Just too much premiered on tv this week. Thank goodness for old things programed into the dvr. Lipstick Jungle was taped. Whew. I think Nico’s hubby got off too easy (spoiler alert!!!) by dying. At least they know how to dress for it. Those ladies are so chic.

    Also Survivor premiered last night. Can someone tell me why these people show up dressed so inappropriately for the jungle. Suits? Dresses? What up with that? I mean if it was me, I’d look like a page from an old Banana Republic catalog. BTW, I already love that sad little Ken, the video gamer who is looking for love on Survivor and she’s already voted off. Poor thing.

    I think after the week we’ve all had we could do with a Friday funny. I laughed my butt off at this last night and again this morning. I just love Jon Stewart.

    Honestly I feel completely screwed over by this whole mess. I’ll be watching the debates or the Barack show tonight depending on if John shows up or not. What about you?


  • america's next top model,  jack,  Project Runway,  Reality tv

    Project You’ve Got to be Kidding Me

    What’s Jack up to? Jack is chilling this morning. Eerily quiet which can only spell trouble or maybe he’s just trying to figure out what’s got me so in a snit with all my blog posts. I’ve been at the computer a lot. Scroll down further to read my other rants. Must go back to MJB, eh, Jack.

    America’s Next Top Model
    gave up double eliminations for our hour this week. It started with a Runway challenge which taught future models to learn to walk at home. First the models met Ms. J at a bowling alley to learn to walk. It was clear from the start that Hannah had the most to overcome.

    Then there was a runway show where they had to do the show blindfolded. And the worse model that not would be eliminated and not even get to do a photo shoot. It was poor Hannah who could not overcome years of that bad walk in one night. Buh-Bye.

    Then the models were woken up early in the morning my Mr. J for which was all about the eyes and getting wet with Nigel. It was an interesting shoot but Isis struggled. She was too concerned with one of her three bottoms coming off and her bits falling out and shocking the crew. Well it showed in the eyes and you know Tyra is all about the eyes so Isis was out.

    Project Runway
    starts and Korto says she is not about to go home. I hear ya girl. But Suede knows he has to step up to his game. Well, step it up Suede.
    They head to the Runway to do the model trade off. Jerell keeps his model but Kenly dumps her girl, crushing her and take a new model. Jeanne follows suit steals Suede’s model. These girls are mean.
    Then they find out the challenge is to design for each other. What? And it must rep a specific music genre
    Suede for Jerell- Rock and Roll
    Kenley for Leanne- Hip Hop
    Korto for Suede- Punk
    Jerell for Kenley-Pop
    Leanne for Korto-Country

    I don’t know why they had to do they model pick. I guess they didn’t want to pay the extra girls to hang around another week.
    It’s going to be crazy seeing the designers walk down the runway this week. I’m excited.
    Over at mood and Kenley is picking out a bright print. Hmm. No hip-hop there. Tim tries to tell her about it, but like a teenager she doesn’t listen. But she’s trying pants, albeit, very high waisted pants. Hey it’s not a hip-hop 50’s dress.
    Jerell had Kenley all vixened up and it’s a little scary to see her that way. And yes there is head gear. But no feathers.
    Leanne may be too subtle
    Korto needs to go further. It’s too basic.
    Suede silenced Tim. It was not amped up enough.

    Now to Kenley…Tim had the nerve ask shouldn’t hip-hip be oversized and she went ga-ga. Well, Tim had to school her behind and tell her, “simmer down now” and cut the crap. It’s his workroom and he’s the King. She’s not listening. Oh well. Can we eliminate her right now before the runway show? Leanne doesn’t want to wear that outfit anyway.

    So its runway day and the designers are all confidant. Especially Kenley. Why? Doesn’t she think Heidi swathe dailies from yesterday?
    They all squeeze into their outfits and go to get made up. It’s so much fun to see them done up. Although I do feel for poor Korto. Really, County and that blouse is not her color. It’s not anybody’s color. Leanne should have known that.
    Time for the show and yay, LL is there.

    Leanne- ok for the skirt. Don’t like the belt or the scarf around the neck. Agree with LL looks Theme Parky.

    Jerell- ok. More rock than pop to me but cute.

    Kenley- ok but not hip hop and shut up with blaming the model for your design. Bad sewing too.
    Korto- Yes! She went there. Very good. Suede looked better than normal. Pasty make up agrees with him. Suede-Yes. I can’t believe I like it. Judges think it was boring.

    Could this be Kenley’s week? Please. Now crossing toes.
    The winner is… Korto. See what happens when you listen to Tim?Yes! Told ya she made Suede look good.

    And Aufed this week is… Ken- What! Suede!!! No way. I actually liked that outfit more than Kenley’s bad attitude and high waisted pants. I can’t take this mess. Sniff. Bye Suede. I may even miss the 3rd person speak. I know I’ll miss it more than Kenley’s bad attitude. Lord I’d trade Blayne for her.


    PS- Scroll down to chime in on politics. come on you know you want to.

  • DWTS,  fashion,  jack,  race,  Reality tv,  Vogue

    The More things Change II

    What’s Jack up to? Jackster is being a sly one. Constantly sneaking off lately and getting into things that he’s not supposed to. Oh that Jack what am I going to do with you?
    Dancing with the Stars started last night and for me the only reasons to watch were Susan Lucci and Toni (un-break my heart) Braxton. That body of Toni’s is amazing after two babies. Man. Another reason to watch is to see Chef Rocco DiSpirito try and dance. Most of you know my hate/ hate relationship with him from Top chief. I want to see Karina give him a run for his money. Bruno actually brought up the word cattle prod when referring to him. Hmm…

    I have a small rant today. You can read about my old rant on this subject in The More Things Change here. After perusing the big honking 798 page September Fall fashion issue of Vogue I noticed the slim editorial section didn’t have not one black model. NOT 1. And after they waxed so poetic on the subject the month before. And sadly this month even in the way too many pages of advertising there were very few Black models or models of any diversity.

    Kudos to Harper’s Bazaar for their September Tyra cover, Michelle Obama inspired spread and and their Benneton inspired spread which looked back to the 8o’s to move forward. Refreshing. Now why don’t I subscribe to Bazaar. I really should.

  • america's next top model,  jack,  Project Runway,  Reality tv

    Project Mama’s Girl

    What’s Jack up to? Jack is full of energy as I type this. Jumping and running trying to get someone to play with him and his toys. It’s Reality Night night Jack. So it will not be me, Hon.

    On America’s Next Top Model it’s the makeover episode and Tyra is stretching her acting chops? She’s doing this strange Glenda the Good Witch thing which I just can’t understand but whateves. Only Elina is afraid and cried her cold little heart out when she saw her red hair. Samantha cried, but was happy, but I have to say I love Sultan the makeup artist’s makeover with his short new do the best! The drama was low for a makeover show.
    Then there was a Wal-Mart challenge where the girls went unscripted. The winner was little Hannah.
    Back at the house Elina shared that she hates her mom. Ouch. I don’t even want to touch that. Living with my dear teens at the moment.
    There was a swimsuit shoot and Mister J lets the girls fly solo. Most of the girls did well. Isis struggled with convincing the photographer with this one. Will she convince the judges? She did.
    Going home this week was Brittney. I’m not sure I agree with this. I think she has more potential. Bad decision judges.

    Now for Project Runway. It’s getting lean and mean with 2 designers gone last week. The show opens with Kenley still delusional.
    And some women some out and the designer quickly insult them all and call them old ladies and pull horrid faces with sad music to match. Nice Bravo.
    But the twist is they are not designing for them they’re designing for their daughters and giving them new looks.
    Kenly is doing a 40’s or 50’s look for her girl
    Korto is doing a wrap dress
    Jerell has an awkward girl and has to be flirty and awkward too
    Leanne has a teacher to design for with a push mom to boot.
    Suede has a photographer who wants pants
    Joe is doing a pants suit for his client to interview in.
    Korto has taken Stella post as the new queen of Lea-tha. Fun. Back at the studio the designers are happy to spread out. Seems nobody is missing Blayne and Terri. So sad.

    Clients come in with the moms for a fitting. Joe’s client not happy with the fabric.
    Leanne’s client complaining like crazy. Poor Leanne. And Suede needs to change and make some pants. Suede is not happy. But a new day dawns and everything changes. The clients are much happier without their mother and a lot more manageable. Fancy that.
    Tim is walking though.
    Problem with Suede’s pockets.
    Joe’s looks is not graphic designer. Joe’s not concerned. Kiss of death.
    Jerell. Is ok but must clean up. Tim likie.
    Kenley won’t listen to Tim. What else is new?
    Runway day! And Kenley is confident she will be in the top 3. Sure. We’ll be the judge of that.
    Guest judge this week is Cynthia Rowley.

    Now for the show…
    Joe- no-no-no

    Leanne-cute teacher
    Jerell-really nice. But what was Jerell wearing on his head? A nest?

    Korto-ok- like jacket- don’t like the print
    Suede-hottie pole dancer with funny jacket? No.

    Kenley-ok but don’t like the print.

    Ugh. Why is Kenly still laughing a people in the runway? She is so mean. Heidi, send her home for meanness. Ugh again.
    The winner is Jerell! Good for him again. His look will be in Elle I’m so glad Kenley didn’t win.

    Now for the loser. This week it’s Joe. Proving once again that not listening to Tim really is the kiss of death.
    Next week LL Cool J is on and Kenley is called on her attitude. I’ll be tuning in. Make her cry Nina!

  • bad dog,  diets,  jack,  politics,  Reality tv,  weight watchers,  yorkies

    Bad Dog!

    What’s Jack up to? That Jack, well he’s all clean, but he’s his usual devilish self. I’m calling him and he’s ignoring me so I go to investigate why and I see he’s under my bed busy munching on my freebie Weight Watcher fruit and nut bar that I got at my last meeting. Bummer, I was so looking forward to trying that too. I could have sworn I had it put up. Who knows how Jack got too it. Darn Jack!

    Off to write. Novel idea eh? Sorry.
    Not much to talk about today. Oh, I know, anyone have thoughts on a Governor having a tanning bed in the mansion? Any real reason to need it besides that healthy orange glow? Lack of sunlight perhaps? Depression? Come on people help me out here. I’m trying to make this alright and not always be so cynical, but she’s the gift that just keeps on giving. And we (ok, me) were laughing at Shayne Lamas for tanning on The Bachelor. Who knew she was just building up her resume. Probably getting ready for her up coming cabinet position. Hush up, Kwana! Ok.

  • america's next top model,  jack,  Project Runway,  Reality tv,  Top Design

    Project- Licous

    What’s Jack up to? Lately Jack has taken to taking me for walks just for the fun of it. I think he’s trying to get me to exercise more. Can’t really fault him for that, can I? Good dog.
    America’s Next Top Model is on and thanks to a friend I’m watching. I almost forgot. So much reality and too much stress in my life to watch.
    Top model is top crazy with a bunch of silly girls let lose for the first time in the big city with a way too hot hot tub. It’s bound to spell hormones and trouble. Poor Hannah let her ignorance show by pushing Isis then is ambushed. Sheena’s hooch kept coming out and Clark’s closet lesbianism leaked a bit too. All’s fair in Tyra’s world. Now can we please get to the show?
    Bring on Bennie Ninja I want a pose off! Hey he’s wearing a jaunty hat. The girls are modeling accessories. Poor Nikeysha. She is a hot mess. Sheena places the bag right in the wrong spot, between her legs. Yowza! Elina win the challenge.
    Elimination challenge this week is a photo shoot from a ladder hanging from a hot air balloon. Uh-oh. But that have to fake it due to high winds and fear of law suits.
    The first models come out and are bringing it. Then the girls start to fall flat. Really flat.
    Quick wrap up- Nekeysha is out this week. You just knew it was coming. The poor girl was in way over her head.

    It’s in the stars on Project Runway it starts and out comes the ousted designers and they are teamed with the in designers and told to go crazy with their signs.
    Keith and Terri- Leo
    Blayne and Stella- Libra – Holla at ya boy.
    Leanne and Emily- Scorpio
    Kenley and Wesley- Aquarius
    Suede and Jerry- Libra
    Joe and Daniel choose Aries
    Korto and Kelli- Aquarius
    Jerell and Stella- Sagittarius School marm.
    Keith and Terri and are volatile mix and Keith is feeling fragile. Awww. Kenley is in love with herself and her design and annoying everyone. She disses Tim a sure kiss of death.
    The next day the designers are greeted with a note that says be ready to party with the looks early and oh, 2 designers will be eliminated. Ouch. HAMMER TIME!

    Then Grim Tim comes in with news that they have 1 hour to get party ready and there will no longer be immunity for any of the challenges. Thanks Tim!
    The designers with their pinned together designs head to the Planetarium for a party and meet the PR all stars including: Carmen, Daniel V, Jay and Christian who will be judging their designs up close and personal.
    Then after the party they head back and get to work on the garments a bit more before the next day’s runway show.
    Terri and Keith are still not working well and Keith takes a nap. Nice. Tim even has to wake him for the show.

    Hey Nina’s back. Sunshine has entered the building. Here we go…
    Blayne – No. what is that?

    Kenley- ok but nothing to do with Aquarius

    Terri- Just ok I don’t like the fabric.

    Korto- Yes. Nice

    Joe- Ok

    Jerell- Yes. Very good.
    Leanne- yes.

    Suede- No
    Ha! Is Suede actually talking in 3rd person on the runway? Yes, he is. Thanks Suede you are so nutty.
    Now to the judging. The winner this week is: Jerell! Good for him. Tough sign and he did well with it. I’m glad to see him get a win with his catty self.

    Out this week is – Blayne. Buh-bye ‘licous’! So sad. Holla.

    And Terri- I think it was time for her to go. Things were getting tired.

    No time to blog about it but for a fun change of pace check out Top Design. Interesting characters and great designs ideas plus perky Todd Oldham. I like this show. And it’s Bravo, you can always catch it on some off time. This week the designers decorated bunkers and made them so chic. If the designers could do that, surely I could do something with my space. A fun and inspirational show. Totally makes you want to buy a can of paint and get to work. This was a grey bunker at the start of the show.

    pics thanks to CW and Bravo


  • america's next top model,  ANTM,  jack,  Reality tv,  writing

    Monday Musings

    What’s Jack up to? Jack’s chilling after a busy Sunday in the neighborhood full of fun at our annual block party. Hopefully it will be a quiet Monday for him.

    It’s going to be a work Monday for me. Time to get back to my WIP after stepping away for quite a while. Now that the kids are back in school it’s time for me to really get real and as Tim Gunn says, “Make It Work.” If not now, I don’t know when.

    Speaking of making it work, did anyone see the season premier of America’s Next Top Model last week? I swear it’s Tyra’s world and we’re just living in it. I enjoyed it though. As silly as it was with the whole futuristic thing for the first hour with Tyrabot, Alpha J, and Beta J. I don’t know what they were smoking?
    Sidebar: For all you writers with piles of rejection letters look of Joclyn who tried out for Top Model 30 times before making it on the show. Don’t ask me how she did it with it being only cycle 11 or 12, but she did. So don’t give up. Keep writing and keep submitting.

    There were some interesting moments in between the show with Whitney’s My Life As A CoverGirl spots which I really liked and also the new what are the models up to spots. This week featuring Tocarra.
    This season to spice thing up there’s a transgender model named Isis and it’s causing all sorts of controversy just like the producers hoped it would. But Isis does take some fierce pictures and will prove to be a tough opponent.

    My pick for some girls to watch are: Joclyn, Elina, Isis, Brittnay and Marjorie

    Photos thanks to CW and top from Connie Briscoe’s blog


  • jack,  motherhood,  politics,  Project Runway,  Reality tv

    Project Glamor Girl

    What’s Jack up to? Jack is trying hard to get into the back to school swing. Just when he got used to the nuttiness of summer, poof, everyone was gone. I’ll try and rouse him a bit today. The poor thing spent all day on the couch yesterday just waiting for the Dear Twins to come home.

    Man, was my house wild last night. In the early evening I had the pleasure of visiting with my dear buddy PVE. Shout out to JJ who is looking mighty fine! I got to finally meet her lovely and talented sister Liz. If she lived in NY I’d enjoy talking her ears off just like I do Patricia’s. Then it was back home for taco night to celebrate the first day for school and hear all the back to school drama. Fun.
    Then it was school supply mania as the twins worked on getting their many binders organized. Why is it that now every teacher wants their own notebook. What’s up with that? Remember back in the day when you were fine with one notebook and if you were really lucky or “rich” you had a Trapper Keeper? Those twins needed 5 binders each. That’s a bit much I think. What about the families with 3, 4 or dare I say 5 kids? I think you know who I’m talking about. It’s expensive and a back breaker.
    While all this is going on I come to find out it’s the season premiere of America’s Next Top Model. What?! Quick get me to the DVR! We’ll have to deal with that later. I’m trying to get ready for Project Runway and the fact that I’ve got to watch the RNC and The Sara Palin speech. Then I find out the the new Top Design Show is Premiering. It’s overload. Yikes! I’ll handle what I can. It was Project Runway while blogging notes then the DH and I watched the convention while multi-tasking kids, lunch, school and yelling “what tha blank did she just say!” through the house.
    Now for the fun of Project Runway.
    Project Runway is on with no Shaggy Keith, but some tired designers. Tim comes to the designers on the Runway with Heidi and tells them they are designing for a fashion legend. He takes them immediately to meet the legend. They are walking and walking. For some reason Blayne wants it to be Mary Kate Olson. Why? He is a strange bird.
    They arrive at Diane von Furstenberg’s showroom and Kenley in ready to burst into tears. Sweet. Someone tase her. They have to design an outfit inspired by the 1948 movie A Foreign Affair with Marlene Dietrich. This sounds like a really fun challenge. And the winning look will be sold to American Express card members and some proceeds going to the CFDA Fund. The designers even get to rummage in Diane’s fabric closet. Yummy!
    Back in the work room and Suede launches into 3rd person. He’s back to normal which is so not.
    Blayne is doing Flashdance in his own look with this crazy headband but I’m taken by his sketching ability. Fierce.
    Joe is ragging on Terri. Why? Kenley is doing a dress and very worried about it. Stella is taking the spy theme quite far and being a secretive. Cool. Plus she pulled out this low brimmed hat to design in so no one can see her eyes. I’m suspicious.
    Grim Tim comes in for this walk though.
    Suede. Tim doesn’t get it.
    Leanne-Jacket needs work. Think about it.
    Joe- Shanghai ambitious.
    Korto-design is growing on Tim
    Stella-Doesn’t know where the inspiration woman is from. I see a problem here.
    Kenley- Tim sees Shanghai. He likes it.
    Runway day, Hooray! But I’m afraid lots of the designs still look a hot mess. Joe? Stella?
    But let’s get to the Runway. Here we go…

    Joe- No. No. No.

    Leanne –Yes! Lovely dress. Love the back.


    Jerell-Yes, but lose the hats already.
    Korto-yes. Pretty yellow.

    Blayne-yes jacket- no to the pantlets.
    Suede-ok? No not really?

    Stella-No. What’s with the cape.

    Kenley-yes. Lovely dress. Perfect fit.

    The winner is Leanne. It’s her second. Win is a row. Wow. Leanne goes from under the radar to a formidable competitor. Nice.

    And out this week is Stella. I’m shocked. I would have sworn it would be have been Joe with that wackiness he did this week. But Stella seemes like shes ready to go. The woman is taking her pleather cape, black eyeliner and she is out. Tim is like Buh-bye! Strange night.

    We’ll talk more reality once I catch up. Later!

  • fashion,  jack,  Project Runway,  Reality tv,  yorkies

    Project Lube Job

    What’s Jack up to? Not too much mischief today. Of course sneaking upstairs to the kids rooms when he can. There’s always fun trouble to get into up there so how can you blame him for trying, but all in all he’s being pretty quiet. I should stay on the lookout. I’m sure he’s up to something.

    Project Runway starts out this week and Keith is doubting himself. Uh oh. Poor Keith.
    The designers are sent to a garage and shown a bunch of Saturn cars, some old school shopping carts and told to have at it it’s Supermarket Sweeps! They have 4 minutes to grab all the car trash they can to come up with enough stuff to create an innovative outfit. And this time it had better be innovative because Grim Tim has pulled his glasses down his nose and said they fell way short of the mark the last time he told them to be innovative. Ouchy Tim.

    Back it Parsons. Joe is so happy to have immunity. I hear ya Joe.
    Blayne is working in seat belts. I like the idea. Let’s see what he does with it.
    Leanne is doing a bondage cocktail dress and I see lots of headlights. Not those headlights, silly. Real headlights. Suddenly I have Thierry Mugler flashbacks. The designers should be so lucky.

    Kenley has lost her model. Bummer and now has to add extra filters or whatever the heck that is she’s working with in order to make her outfit fit her new model.
    Tim comes in for his walk through and Blayne called him Timlicious. Ok. It’s officially one licious too many.
    Jerell got a beautiful.
    Korto got a go, go, go!
    Stella for some reason does not want to work in leather for a car challenge and I’m confused.
    Leanne got a wow. Good for her.
    Keith is all down on himself and is just sitting in front of fabric with nothing much to show Tim but talk. Poor Keith. I’m starting to see a trend.
    Terri starts clowning on Korto and Jerell loves it in the diary room. He needs a talk show.

    Sidebar: Hey we find out Stella’s boyfriend’s name is William aka ‘Ratbones’. Why am I not surprised?

    Elimination day and Keith’s model had the nerve to sit down and she ripped the skirt. Like she couldn’t stand for an hour. Come on! I won’t bring up that his stitching couldn’t take a little sitting. Did he double stick it together? All together now… Poor Keith.

    Past contestant Laura Bennett was filling in for Nina this week. I wonder if she had any more kids or built any more companies since we’ve last seen her. What a dynamo she is.
    Rachel Zoe guest Judge of The Rachael Zoe Project is the guest judge.

    Jerell – Me Likie.

    Keith-No. Boring.
    Korto-Like. Geat shape

    Blayne-Like, but bad arm fit.
    Stella-just ok. She should have gone with leather.

    Oh boy Keith has a mini-meltdown and brings back the last challenge. Way to not let go Keith. That will not go over well with the judges. Poor Keith.

    Now for the results: The winner is Leanne. Good for her. I thought Jerell had it but Leanne stepped it up.

    Out this week is…Big surprise, Poor Keith. There is no crying is baseball and no whining is fashion. Sorry Keith. And please move out of Utah if you’re not happy there. Go to a bigger fashion capital and be a happy boy!


    P.S. Congrats to the winner of Sheer Genius. I don’t want to spoil it for those who didn’t watch. We’ll chat later. Also big night at the DNC tonight! Must see TV for me.