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Because Obviously I Wish I Had Zooey Deschanel’s Wardrobe

23 Jan

As you probably know by now, I love the show New Girl. My boyfriend and I watch it together every Tuesday night, although I think we’re watching it for different reasons. I mean, yeah, we both watch it for the laughs, but he (like most dudes) has a little bit of a crush on Zooey D., and I (like most girls) just want to wear all of her outfits.

The coolest thing about her clothes is that they are actually semi-attainable most of the time. I mean, okay, I am not actually going to spend $168 dollars on this dress from Anthropologie, but I did see it up close when I was there last weekend (not buying anything, touching everything and pretending it was mine, thinking about what it would be like if my bedroom was in the giant tent-thing they had set up in the middle of the store). Anyway, if you spend every episode of New Girl whispering, “Ohhhh, I want that dress,” then I have the sites for you!
What Would Zooey Deschanel Wear?
Fashion of New Girl
You’re welcome, ladies. Let’s all buy some clothes we can technically afford but still can’t really afford.

PS- These were shorts the whole time! I really thought this was a skirt!

New Year’s Jams

1 Jan

We all know Christmas songs, but an overlooked genre of music is the New Year’s song. Here are some of my favorites!

New Year’s Day, U2

I can’t listen to this first few seconds of this song without laughing, because Alex sings it a lot. This is one of those songs that probably shouldn’t make me happy, and yet it does.

Same Old Lang Syne, Dan Fogelberg

Okay, you probably hate this song because you are not my mom’s age. Whatever. My best friend and I totally bonded over this song when we first met. Why were 14 year olds listening to Dan Fogelberg? I can’t answer that. Either way, I find this song emotionally affecting, so just shut your trap.

The New Year, Death Cab for Cutie

New Year’s often ends up being disappointing or depressing for a lot of us, and this song really sums up that feeling. It makes me think of high school, when I used to stay up until 2 or 3 in the morning on Saturday so I could watch Subterranean on MTV and watch videos like this one (while the internet technically existed then, it didn’t exist for me).

In The New Year, The Walkmen

Because we all like The Walkmen.

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve, Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I was going to post the Nancy Wilson version, but give me a break. This is what the world’s talking about, and by the world I mostly mean every blog and also me and Christine and Chad last night.

Are there any other great New Year’s jams I forgot? Is U2’s New Year’s Day the best song in the world? Let me know in the comments!

Christmas Jam: I’ll Be Home for Christmas, She & Him

24 Dec

I’ll admit it. I don’t really like a lot of “classic” Christmas songs. Singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer feels, to me, like singing the ABCs. Give me a Last Christmas any day! But I really love I’ll Be Home For Christmas, and it’s made me tear up on more than once occasion (despite never having been away from home on Christmas). Let’s just pretend my extreme emotional outbursts are a charming part of my character.

I hope you’re all having the best Christmas possible and spending time with the people you love. I’m extremely lucky to have spent the past two days seeing lots of my favorite friends (including people I only get to see a few times a year), and now I get to spend a several days with my family. Enjoy all your holiday traditions! For my part, I’ll be watching Christmas sitcoms with Alex tonight and trying to rearrange the letters of my mom’s stocking hangers. Merry Christmas!

A Little Christmas Present

23 Dec

Do you want to hear Zooey Deschanel talk about friendship? Um, do I fall asleep at night wondering why I have a cowlick in my bangs that prevents me from ever having hair like hers? The answer is YES.


16 Nov

I don’t even have television, okay? Like, I seriously don’t need it because I generally like to watch television shows once they’re over and on DVD, that way I can watch them all the way through at my own pace (ahem, Friday Night Lights). But can I just tell you again that New Girl is actually really good? I know you might not believe me. I know you might just think I’m blinded by my adoration of Zooey Deschanel and my weird crush on Jake Johnson, and you might be partially right. It is actually funny, though, I promise, and every episode is getting funnier. Also, I love the sexual tension between Nick and Jess. It’s very Luke and Loralei.

This clip is from last night’s Thanksgiving episode, which got the stamp of approval from two males in my life.

New Girl is the Best Sitcom, or: I Clearly Spent Too Much of My Youth Watching Television

3 Nov

I’ve heard a lot of criticism for Fox’s New Girl. It’s too unbelievable. Zooey D’s too pretty to play anyone even remotely undesirable. How can three men live in such a clean, well-decorated apartment? How do they afford such a place? Why would they put up with her annoying, intrusive behavior?

Of course all of these are valid questions, but they’re entirely beside the point. We’re living in Sitcom World now; your rules don’t apply here.

The fact that an attractive woman lives with three attractive men who can barely hide their contempt for her isn’t really that outlandish, all sitcoms considered. I mean, television also asked us to believe that Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari could successfully pass as women just to live in a cheap apartment.

(Be careful Google image searching Bosom Buddies, she said from a place of experience.)

Sitcoms exist in their own world with their own rules. “Forget it, internet. It’s Sitcom-Town.”- me, being really clever. New Girl isn’t realistic or “deep” or complicated, but it’s the best at what it does because it follows all the rules.

Necessities For A Successful Sitcom:

– Roommates who begrudgingly move in together, but eventually learn to love one another.

-One character accidentally sees another character naked:

-A great theme song.

-A scene at the end where everyone comes together and shares what they’ve learned. This happens in EVERY EPISODE of Perfect Strangers. Usually Cousin Larry actually says something like, “Well, Balki, we’ve learned a lot today.” I love it.

-Everything must be wrapped up in 30 (okay, 22) minutes. Sometimes there can be a two-parter, but if there are stories that routinely stretch throughout a season, it’s not sitcommy enough. I LOVE Parks and Rec, and I like the Office and Community, but I feel it’s dishonest to refer to them as sitcoms. They’re half an hour, and they’re comedies, but they’re no Perfect Strangers, you know?

-Characters with very clearly defined characteristics.
I forget which book/piece this was in, but Chuck Klosterman once wrote about how, by the end of Friends, the humor came not from actual dialogue or jokes, but from our knowledge of the characters. It’s like how the audience laughs just seeing Kramer enter Jerry’s apartment on Seinfeld. New Girl already has this down. Jess is a weirdo! Schmidt has sex a lot! Nick is pathetic! Winston plays basketball! This sounds like a bad thing, but it isn’t. Not in a sitcom.
Listen, if I wanted to deal with complex characters, I’d watch a drama. Should I watch The Wire finally? I don’t know. But a sitcom’s not the place for that. A sitcom is escapism. A sitcom is a clearly defined character who does the right thing after 23 minutes of fumbling around and running into things. A sitcom is a guarantee that, no matter how confusing or shitty or stressful your own problems might be, for a half an hour, you’re going to watch a character stumble into a problem, clumsily mess it up, and then solve it. Every. Damn. Time.

And maybe if you’re lucky, everyone will hug at the end.

Lady Inspiration: Zooey Deschanel

6 Oct

Why do I need to be defined aesthetically by someone else’s perceptions of what makes me seem like someone who should be taken seriously? I’m going to wear whatever I want to wear, because I’m expressing myself, and I deserve that right. And I like the way that looks. You’re not demeaning yourself by acting girlie. I think the fact that people are associating being girlie with weakness, that needs to be examined. – Zooey Deschanel

I Am Not Zooey Deschanel (And Neither Are You)

20 Sep

Zooey Deschanel’s fun sitcom New Girl premieres on the teevee tonight, but it’s been available online for a couple of weeks. Anyone who’s interested (and I myself am part of that group) has already seen it. And as it turns out, the majority of the people who’ve seen it are twenty-something white girls who are currently flooding my Facebook feed with status updates like, “The New Girl is me!” or “I am the New Girl!” or “New Girl New Girl MEMEME!” and all I can say is NOPE.

Not you.

Listen, I get it. Really, I do. This show is painting a real pretty picture, one in which a “weird” girl’s quirks and eccentricities make her endearing instead of annoying. We all want to live in that world! Oh, do we ever.

Guys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses…unless they look like this..

Clearly, the point of this character is to make us, as twenty-something ladies, relate to her. We can think, “Oh, I sing to myself all the time, too!” or “Hey, I’ve had my share of crying jags during Dirty Dancing!” And that’s why this is a television show. Because this is a fun, not-at-all-real-life fantasy. And you’re talkin’ to a girl who knows from fantasy; there’s nothing I love more than a decidedly not real romcom. But ladies, we are not Zooey Deschanel, and here’s why.

In real life, singing to yourself all the time isn’t cute or fun. In real life, sometimes you’ll be typing away on your laptop while your boyfriend watches football, and then you’ll realize he’s paused the TV and is staring at you. And you’ll look at him and say, “What?” And he’ll just look at you. And then you’ll say, “Was I…doing it again?” And he’ll start the TV again and you’ll realize you’ve been whisper-humming Madonna’s Borderline (“Feels like I’m gooooing to lose my miiiiind!”) for the past ten minutes. And guess what? No one thinks it’s cute.

In real life, if you are making cookies while improvising a song about the experience that you’re tentatively titling “Cookie Time” (it’s a working title, okay?) and the only lyrics are the words “Cookie Time” repeated over and over, no one is going to be like, “Oh, did you just make up a theme song?” like this is some novel, charming thing you did. Instead they are going to pat you on the arm and say, “You need to stop doing that.”

In real life, if you can’t walk in heels, it doesn’t make you charmingly inept; it just makes you inept.

Or maybe, in real life, you have a movie you watch on repeat, too. Instead of Dirty Dancing, let’s just say it’s, like, Pretty In Pink (or something). In real life, people will tolerate you doing this, but they are most certainly NOT going to reenact the scene in which Duckie slides into the room and does an outta-this-world dance to Try a Little Tenderness. “This is a very good tune, my mother used to sing this to me. Otis, I love Otis.”

In real life, if you cry a lot in front of guys, they are absolutely not even going to deal with it.

Unless, of course, you look like Zooey Deschanel. And maybe you do! But I certainly don’t, and let me tell you, my weird behavior is charming no one. Unless you have cerulean eyes the size of koi ponds and black hair that cascades down your back like you’re in a shampoo ad and you look like a Rimmel spokesmodel because you literally are a Rimmel spokesmodel, then you are not the character Jess as played by Zooey Deschanel in the New Girl.

Dudes aren’t putting up with this for anyone who isn’t hot.

I do love this show though. For real! It makes my heart flutter the same way a romantic comedy does, and, like I mentioned, I have a lifelong fantasy that I’m surrounded by men who adore me and protect me in a totally non-sexual way. Hey, remember that time I said I grew up around all men? Do you guys think that is showing, or….? Either way, Zooey Deschanel (who I adore!) is so cute and charming in this role.

Also, I’ve mentioned this before, too, but Jake Johnson. Be still my beating heart.

Dream guy. How long do you guys think it will take before he and Zooey hook up? And how long do you think it will take before I share the fanfic I’m writing about that hookup?

Hey Girl…

6 Sep

…did you know you can watch the pilot episode of The New Girl on iTunes right now? It’s pretty pilot-y, but it clearly has the potential to become a show that could give me warm fuzzies on the regular. It’s about that fantasy all of us ladies have: we move in with three guys who are initially annoyed by our constant singing and crying while watching dance movies, but then we win them over with our effusive charm and joie de vivre and eventually they become our greatest protectors.

Just me, then? Either way, one of the show’s main fellas is Jake Johnson, who I initially developed a crush on when I saw him in Paper Heart. Watch it!

Our Idiot Brother

31 Aug

Over the weekend, I saw Our Idiot Brother, a movie that was far sweeter and funnier than anything I’ve seen this summer (and I saw the Werner Herzog cave painting documentary!). I love family comedies more than just about anything. You know, like The Corrections. That was a comedy, right? Don’t even tell me it wasn’t, because what was that scene with the talking turd if not comedy? Either way, Our Idiot Brother surprised me by including very few crude jokes. Yes, we did see the back of Steve Coogan’s balls, crude as they may be, but other than that, it was really quite pleasant. No one had semen in their hair, or got hit in the face with a condom, or whatever sort of thing the kids think is funny these days. I appreciate a dirty joke as much as the next gal, but it was nice to see a movie where all of the characters (EXCEPT STEVE COOGAN) were clothed most of the time.

Paul Rudd’s character was a real rarity in film: an optimistic character who isn’t mocked. Most of the comedy hinged on his free-spirited, relaxed behavior around people who are more uptight or motivated or mean, but the film never mocked him. The movie opens with him selling pot to a uniformed cop, but at no point did I think, “Get a load of this dummy!” In a lot of ways, Our Idiot Brother reminded me of an 80’s comedy, maybe something like What About Bob. Actually, exactly like What About Bob. Let’s all rewatch What About Bob this week, everybody!

This movie had something else I always love in a film: sisters! I love watching movies with sisters (or nuns, or houses for unwed mothers, or all-girls boarding schools) because that’s an experience I never had and it all seems so wonderful and mystical. Does it involve less farting? I bet it does. I bet nobody farts at the dinner table when you have sisters! Probably your sister does not say, “Wait a second, did you hear that?” and then fart as soon as you start listening intently.

Watch this movie. Think about what it would be like to have sisters. Look at Steve Coogan’s balls. You’ll love it.