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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Jane Jane Bo Bane

Banana Fana

Fo Fane

Me Mi Mo Mane


Happy 20th birthday

to smart, beautiful, 
and oh-so-favorite sister!

Love you so much.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

DKNY 1, Express 0

I was flipping through Marie-Claire's Marie Claire magazine yesterday — I know, right? — and I came across an ad I liked so much that I just kind of sat and stared at it for a minute.

"That's what I want," I actually said out loud as I held up the page for my friends.

The ad reminded me, however, of another perfume ad I saw recently — one I hated so much that I actually snapped a cell phone photo to remind myself to blog about it later. 

The kicker for me is that the Express perfume is called "Love."
Not "Trashy Romance Novel" or "Visit from the Chippendales" or "Debauchery in a Bottle." No. Love.

And since four years of studying communications has made it nearly impossible for me to look at an advertisement without analyzing it, I began to wonder what each ad's planners were thinking as they came up with these ideas.

Both ads connect their product with the idea of love, but they present it in two very different fashions.

The first ad connotes comfort, intimacy, fidelity, even vulnerability.
The second connotes vanity, infidelity, selfishness, and power.

Making an appeal to humans' innate need for love is a classic advertising move, but if advertisers expect it to continue to work in the future, they need to get their definition of love right.

My applause goes to DKNY. Express, not so much.

Friday, January 14, 2011


L.L. means more than Lindsay Lohan. It means more than L.L. Bean.

It means Linnea Luzzo. And Light of my Life, which Linnea is.
Happy birthday, sweet girl! I love and miss you!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Is it technology or is it magic?

This little gadget has blown my mind.
Click the boxes to have your own mind blown.

The more boxes you click, the better it gets.
(You can also click and drag to select multiple boxes at once.)

p.s. Make sure your volume is on!
(And, no, it's not one of those it-mesmerizes-you-and-then-a-creepy-face-pops-out things.)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

In want of Mr. Darcy

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single girl in possession of her right mind must be in want of Mr. Darcy." 

Oh, my goodness. I finished reading Pride and Prejudice today for the first time, and I am in love.

I've seen the 2005 movie several times, so I knew the general plot and ending, but I still could not put the book down! 

In the book, Wickham is more detestable, Jane more endearing, Elizabeth more relatable, Collins more ridiculous, Darcy more desirable, etc.

The whole time I was reading, I was hoping Mr. Darcy would pop up again. Elizabeth's interactions with Darcy punctuated the whole book for me. 

My fave scene in the movie! Love when she sees him walking towards her in the field!

I've repeatedly been told to watch the 1995 BBC version, so I'm beginning that one tonight! Can't wait to fall in love with Mr. Darcy all over again. (Though I may have trouble hating him at the beginning as I'm supposed to...)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

There's so much drama on this couch right now.

The Bachelor (a.k.a. the best part of spring semester) starts tomorrow.
I'm practically counting down the hours.
Let the ridiculousness begin.

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