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Because We Can: Hot Holiday Dresses

Because what 38 year old mother of two small children doesn't slip into this bad boy to go to the hubby's Christmas party at the local Days Inn?   (Dress from simplydresses.com)

Because what 38 year old mother of two small children doesn’t slip into this bad boy to go to the hubby’s Christmas party at the local Days Inn?
(Dress from simplydresses.com)

I am not in my early twenties anymore. Neither is Em (she’s actually two weeks older than me). So whenever I see segments on television talk shows on holiday dresses or what to wear for the seasonal parties, I totally blank out because I really have no desire to have my boobs hanging out of the top of a strapless dress (quite a feat, considering I’ve had two kids, but still possible, thanks to Wonderbra) or be tugging on the bottom hem constantly because the dress is too short and I’m scared to show some cheek. Everything out there seems tailor made for gals far younger and perkier than I am.

…Sucks. Becauses I like to look pretty, too.

So here’s a list of mom-body friendly dresses appropriate for both work and social circle Christmas parties — according to Ellie. Because I’m opinionated. So I make lists about things that are great.

modcloth -- posh at the party

Channel your inner Betty Draper and slip into this lucious looking frock from Modcloth. The teal is an eye-catching change from the black you wore last year, no? (Dress: Posh at the Party; modcloth.com)

modcloth -- making a cameo - Copy

A figure flattering silhouette is perfectly set off in this red and black retro cameo pattern. Go ahead. Eat the damn cheesecake. (Dress: Making a Cameo; modcloth.com)

modcloth -- genuinely genteel - Copy

Forgiving and feminine in a throwback pink that will make you want to do the Lindy Hop in front of the tree. (Dress: Genuinely Genteel; modcloth.com)

additionelle -- draped dress - Copy

This flirty number drapes your every curve without sticking to you like that sleaze from the marketing department who keeps trying to get you under the miseltoe. This dress will keep you feeling pretty and bright long after he passes out under the punch table. (Dress: draped dress; additionelle.com)

modcloth -- evolution of elegance - Copy

Green, baby, green! You’re bound to get noticed for all the right reasons when you walk in wearing this soft piece and a cute little pair of silver heels. Don’t forget your chablis at the bar. (Dress: Evolution of Elegance; modcloth.com)

Modcloth -- Cascading Cava - Copy

Put some sparkle in your evening when you slip this on. Again, a festive dress with a flattering cut. How can you go wrong? …You can’t. (Dress: Cascading Cava; modcloth.com)

Modcloth -- Bead It - Copy

Another homage to the hot, hot, hot Gatsby style this year. Slip your Spanx (I don’t have a trademark button shortcut, sorry) on and glide out the door in this tricky dress, and you’ll turn heads! If you’re the modest type, though, don’t worry — it comes in different colours, not just the flesh tone. (Dress: Bead It; modcloth.com)

additionelle -- limited edition love and legend sequined dress - Copy

Good things come in classic packages! The cut of this dress is basic, but the dress is anything but. There’s some serious glitter here, so don’t be shy… (Dress: Limited Edition Love & Legend sequined dress; additionelle.com)

A charming sheath dress gets the speak-easy treatment. This dress will surely become your go-to LBD for all occasions Christmas and beyond. You gotta have it. (Dress: Philharmonic in Time; modcloth.com)

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Because We Can: Superheros Who Need A Movie (Or A Reboot)

We all have one — a superhero we adore who we think Hollywood has given the short shrift.  Either their movies sucked ass, or they haven’t rated getting a movie at all.  Now, we’re not comic book types (sorry, fanboys), but we are aware of what’s up with pop culture in general.  Here’s Ellie’s list of superheros that either need a reboot kick in the pants, or even just a movie.  If you know of something already in development, let us know!

 

 

The Punisher.  Both Thomas Jane and Dolph Lundgren have played some version of the malevolent vigilante, and there was also some other guy whose name I don't remember.  None of the performances -- or scripts -- were any good.  This poor fellow needs his due.

The Punisher. Both Thomas Jane and Dolph Lundgren have played some version of the malevolent vigilante, and there was also some other guy whose name I don’t remember. None of the performances — or scripts — were any good. This poor fellow needs his due.

 

Never on the big screen.  Not a single female superhero who can carry her own film has been given the chance.  Wonder Woman is a weird superheroine, too; Hollywood just doesn't know what to do with her.  Get someone who understands her to get her a good treatment.

Never on the big screen. At least, not on her own. Wonder Woman is a weird superheroine, too, kind of like a female Thor, who aside from being in “The Avengers”, hasn’t fared as well at the box office as his fellow mightiest heros. She’s almost too powerful with a wacky backstory; Hollywood just doesn’t know what to do with her. Get someone who understands her to get her a good treatment.

 

Going after the evil that lurks in the heart of men is The Shadow's specialty.  His best known alias is Lamont Cranston, a pre-Batman wealthy playboy who disguises himself to fight crime.  His "superpower", so to speak, is the ability to cloud other people's mental faculties.  Low-tech, and would be a fantastic detective story.  At least, Ellie thinks so.

Going after the evil that lurks in the heart of men is The Shadow’s specialty. His best known alias is Lamont Cranston, a pre-Batman 1930s wealthy playboy who disguises himself to fight crime. His “superpower”, so to speak, is the ability to cloud other people’s mental faculties. Low-tech, and would be a fantastic detective story. Perhaps more so than a superhero story. And his film with Alec Baldwin was a horrible flop. Worth another look. At least, Ellie thinks so.

 

Ellie didn't actually mind the movie with Sean Connery, but some of the other casting sucked, and the script was weak.  At least, the ending of that one was left open to bring Alan Quartermaine back to life, perhaps even younger to facilitate a move to a different actor.  This varied cross-over has the ability to be so cool.  Find someone cool to breathe some fresh life into it.

Ellie didn’t actually mind the movie with Sean Connery, but some of the other casting sucked, and the script was weak. At least, the ending of that one was left open to bring Alan Quartermaine back to life, perhaps even younger to facilitate a move to a different actor. This varied cross-over has the ability to be so cool. Find someone cool to breathe some fresh life into it.

 

I don't know if Elektra has been relevant in cinema -- ever.  Barring the very blech film starring Jennifer Garner (I didn't like her in "Daredevil" either), Elektra has been at a standstill in film.  She has a great dynamic with Daredevil, and her ferocity and recklessness puts her at interesting odds with Daredevil, which would make for a better film than the one she got.  Again, the victim of a WTF script and limp acting.  Let her rage properly.

I don’t know if Elektra has been relevant in cinema — ever. Barring the very blech film starring Jennifer Garner (I didn’t like her in “Daredevil” either), Elektra has been at a standstill in film. She has a great dynamic with Daredevil, and her ferocity and recklessness puts her at interesting odds with him, which would make for a better film than the one she got. Again, the victim of a WTF script and limp acting. Let her rage properly.

 

Oh, Doctor Strange.  I don't know too much about him, except that he had a 1970s TV movie with a disco round, and shows up with The Avengers every once in a while.  His name was even dropped in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".  He rules the mystical world, using dark forces to fight for good to balance the universe, no small feat.  Macabre, bizarre -- all of Ellie's favourites.  Give him a creepy, thrilling movie that is well-written and well-acted, and Ellie will be first in line at the theatre.

Oh, Doctor Strange. I don’t know too much about him, except that he had a 1970s TV movie with a disco round, and shows up with The Avengers every once in a while. His name was even dropped in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”. He is part of the mystical world, using dark forces to fight for good to balance the universe, no small feat. Macabre, bizarre — all of Ellie’s favourites. Give him a creepy, thrilling movie that is well-written, with good cinematography and good casting, and Ellie will be first in line at the theatre.

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Because We Can: Retro Kitchens

Retro kitchens have suddenly become trendy.  Go figure.  Grandma’s avocado green appliances and velvet wallpaper aren’t sounding so repulsive any more, apparently.  As a matter of fact, I’m considering buying a 105 year old house that a lot of this retro stuff would really work in (maybe not the burnt orange oven and range, but more stuff would look good than not).   Check it out.  Each picture (except one or two — shudder) has at least one element that is cropping up in modern kitchens, particularly colour.  Is this a decorating style that moves you?

Mint green, aqua, butter yellow, and pink were the hot tamale in the 1950s.  A bright, quirky throwback.  And I love the hidden storage in this kitchen!

Mint green, aqua, butter yellow, and pink were the hot tamale in the 1950s. A bright, quirky throwback. And I love the hidden storage in this kitchen!

The eat-in kitchen was huge in the 1970s, and in older homes, there is no seperate dining room.  Not great for dinner parties, but works for a nuclear family...

The eat-in kitchen was huge in the 1970s, and in older homes, there is no seperate dining room. Not great for dinner parties, but works for a nuclear family…

Not sure how I feel about the green and red combo, but each colour on it's own is neat.  I also like the breakfast bar.  Again, nice for eat-in kitchens.

Not sure how I feel about the green and red combo, but each colour on it’s own is neat. I also like the breakfast bar. Again, nice for eat-in kitchens.

This kitchen is almost exactly like the kitchen my parents had in their first place -- a mobile home in a trashy little trailer park on the outskirts of town.  Quick note on moden craftsmanship: the refrigerator is still running, 35 years later.  Nowadays, you're lucky to get 8 years from an appliance.

This kitchen is almost exactly like the kitchen my parents had in their first place — a mobile home in a trashy little trailer park on the outskirts of town.   Even the colour scheme is the same.  Quick note on modern craftsmanship: the refrigerator is still running, 35 years later. Nowadays, you’re lucky to get 8 years from an appliance.

Loving the brick!  1970s kitchens were full of dark wood (or genuine artificial veneered wood products) and brick (or brick wallpaper or brick board).  Regardless, the real deal still piques my interest.  I like the cupboards, too, actually...

Loving the brick! 1970s kitchens were full of dark wood (or genuine artificial veneered wood products) and brick (or brick wallpaper or brick board). Regardless, the real deal still piques my interest. I like the cupboards, too, actually…

...I have no response to this one.  WTF??

…I have no response to this one. WTF??

Avocado green!  Still a great colour.  You know you like it.

Avocado green! Still a great colour. You know you like it.  And the double wall oven is still a fantastic convenience.

This one gives me a headache, not to mention the fact that it looks suspiciously like there's carpet on the floor.  Gross.  And the floating desk -- while an interesting idea -- just looks weird.

This one gives me a headache, not to mention the fact that it looks suspiciously like there’s carpet on the floor. Gross. And the floating desk — while an interesting idea — just looks weird.  The washing machine in the background, though, is intriguing.  It’s more popular in Europe than North America, but I like it.

Love it.  Airy and welcoming.  Guess I'm a sucker for the '50s over the '70s.  Although I'd be willing to give wallpaper in the kitchen a try.  Because I'm an idiot, I suppose.

Love it. Airy and welcoming. Guess I’m a sucker for the ’50s over the ’70s. Although I’d be willing to give wallpaper in the kitchen a try. Because I’m an idiot, I suppose.

The floor definitely grabs your attention, doesn't it?  Very minimalist, in a way, but it seems to lack storage.  That would suck, especially if you have lots of gadgets or two sets of dishes.

The floor definitely grabs your attention, doesn’t it? Very minimalist, in a way, but it seems to lack storage. That would suck, especially if you have lots of gadgets or two sets of dishes.

A, uh, modern take on the retro kitchen.  Sweet Jesus.  Don't.  Just... don't.

A, uh, modern take on the retro kitchen. Sweet Jesus. Don’t. Just… don’t.

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Because We Can: Men In Suits

Nothing — and we mean nothing — is sexier than a man in a suit.  And because we have such generous natures, here’s a Top 10 Gallery Ellie slapped together to prove it.  Enjoy.

Daniel Craig.  They said he'd never make a good Bond.  They were wrong.  They said bow ties would never be hot -- they were wrong about that, too.

Daniel Craig. They said he’d never make a good Bond. They were wrong. They said bow ties would never be hot — they were wrong about that, too.

Paul Newman.  I'd have eaten boatloads of salad dressing just to get close...

Paul Newman. I’d have eaten boatloads of salad dressing just to get close…

Ryan Gosling is Canadian.  And that alone makes him blog-worthy, dontcha think?

Ryan Gosling is Canadian. And that alone makes him blog-worthy, dontcha think?

Sean Connery.  The original Bond.  And what a suit!

Sean Connery. The original Bond. And what a suit!

A class act in a classy suit.  Ladies, Mr. Denzel Washington.

A class act in a classy suit. Ladies, Mr. Denzel Washington.

Chris Evans.  'Nuff said.

Chris Evans. ‘Nuff said.

I've loved Robert Downey Jr. since his "St. Elmo's Fire" days.  He's gotten better with age.

I’ve loved Robert Downey Jr. since his “Weird Science” days. He’s gotten better with age.

Say what you like about Ben Affleck -- the man can wear a suit.

Say what you like about Ben Affleck — the man can wear a suit.

If I had to choose my favourite womanizing, self-absorbed borderline alcoholic, I'd pick Jon Hamm's Don Draper, all the way.

If I had to choose my favourite womanizing, self-absorbed borderline alcoholic, I’d pick Jon Hamm’s Don Draper, all the way.

Oh, come on.  You knew he was going to make the short list.

Oh, come on. You knew he was going to make the short list.