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1. It didn't actually occur to me how incredibly Flight of the Conchords this was until somebody commented it on my Instagram photo, but last night the New Zealand government hosted a special screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug for Kiwis in New York. Truth be told the first film left me more than a bit cold, but the sequel blew my expectations way out of the water. It was so exciting! I don't wanna give too much away, but here are a couple of non-spoiler spoilers: The first person you see in the movie is Peter Jackson himself, who does a split second Hitchcock-esque cameo; Orlando Bloom's surfing on non-surfboard, non-wave objects is back, and better than ever; and Smaug is scary, but not nearly as scary as the giant spiders who jump out of the screen at you in 3D. Good times! GO THE KIWIS!
2. 'Tis the season of scarves, and yesterday my mate Olivia Fleming was wearing one by everybody's favourite Belgian-owned, Scottish-made knitwear company Howlin', and I am obsessed. Check their stuff out here — holy crap it's good.
3. In baller menswear news, there's a conflict in the scheduling between London Collections: Men (aka London Fashion Week) and Pitti Uomo where both the Burberry show in London and the Diesel Black Gold show in Florence have been scheduled on the same day, some six hours apart. So what did Pitti Uomo decide to do? Oh you know, charter a private jet to get the editors across to Italy the moment the Burberry show wraps. If that's not gangster, I don't know what is.
4. If you're one of those people who lives and breathes fashion news and can't wait to log onto your laptop as soon as you wake up to hear what's happened in the industry in the six hours since you last checked, you probably won't be surprised to hear that the people who write the articles that you read so voraciously don't have the easiest jobs in the world. The thing is, fashion companies are notoriously sensitive about their brands being represented in any other way than sparkly and devastatingly successful, and often attempt to cajole, convince, or just plain strong-arm journalists and bloggers into either writing solely positive things or editing wholly accurate articles that are already online. Imran Amed of The Business of Fashion recently wrote an opinion column about this very issue which was spot on. Check it out, here.
5. Speaking of fashion writing, I'm doing the full Fashion Week circuit in January and I would love to hear what you, the reader, would like to see from me on this blog while I'm over in Europe. I'm doing freelance coverage for a particularly exciting outlet (that I'll be able to namedrop as soon as the agreement is finalized), but I wanna know what you want to see on the blog. Let me know in the comments below!
6. Did you see the amazing piece of television that was David Letterman interviewing Jennifer Lawrence during her Hunger Games press tour? Anybody who goes on international television and talks about literally crapping their pants is a hero in my books. That girl is a champion and a star and I really want to be friends with her.
7. The other day I wrote a blog post about how to nail corporate casual at the office with a cardigan, and referenced a dude I'd met at a bar two days earlier named Dave. Well Dave commented and it turns out his name is, in fact, James, and it never blows my mind how small the world is. In other news, the cardigan I loved so much is currently on sale for 30% off. Do it.
8. Dear world: Asking a Victoria's Secret Angel how she got that body is like asking a Rothschild how they got that money. They were born with it. Next question.
9. YouTube sensations Ylvis of What Does The Fox Say fame released an illustrated children's book just in time for Christmas that's going to make them enough cash to never have to work again. I totally fell for it and bought it for my four year old niece. WAPAPAPAPAPAPAPOW!
10. Just in case there's any uncertainty, I want it to be known that I LOVE JAMES LOWE AND HE IS MY BROTHER, NOT TO MENTION AN INSANELY NICE GUY AND A GENTLEMAN AND A KING AMONG MEN. That is all.
I LIKE YOU!