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Olivia Wilde at the Drinking Buddies premiere

If it weren’t for social media I’d have no idea that Drinking Buddies existed. This is one of those times I’d be totally okay with that. This seems to stem mainly from the perceived attractiveness of the lead, Olivia Wilde. Wilde’s a decent actress but I guess she’s just not my type.

I believe the first time I heard about the film was in the fall when a writer on XOJane blogged about how the eating habits of Wilde’s character in the film are completely unrealistic. Ya know, that whole men want women who eat like men but look tiny thing. It was an interesting post but I then forgot about it.

In the following months I’ve seen tweets from various movie reviewers espousing the virtues of the film, including how hot Wilde is and that she gives a great performance. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve watched many a film for the hot actor (or actress) in the starring role, so that’s not an insult, just an observation.

What all of this leads up to is that despite not knowing much about the film I ended up watching it within one day of finding out that it was on Netflix Streaming. I had to know what the fuss was about. Well, for me, not much.

Olive Wilde and Jake Johnson in Drinking Buddies

The movie focuses on a pair of best friends played by Wilde and Jake Johnson. They both work at a beer bottling plant. He has a blue collar job while she seems to be an event planner of sorts. They are the type of friends who hang out incessantly. It even seems to outsiders at times that they are a couple. You yourself will wonder why they aren’t.

Drinking Buddies

Well it turns out that both of them are already dating other (hot) people, Ron Livingston and Anna Kendrick. Neither seems particularly suited for their counterparts, but Livingston in particular. Being that they are so close, Wilde and Johnson arrange a couples’ weekend away. This is when it really becomes evident that things aren’t going smoothly in their relationships.

There are funny moments and sweet moments but they don’t add up to much for me. It’s a good cast. The hugely funny Jason Sudeikis even has a supporting role (though he’s underused in this flick). The cast is not the problem for me. They seem suited to their roles. Anna Kendrick does great at playing a bit of an introspective girl, which is quite a turn around from how I saw her in Rapture-Palooza. She definitely has range.

Anna Kendrick and Ron Livingston in Drinking Buddies

Some things about the film are very real, which I appreciate. Yes, there’s a friend zone element and a “don’t slut shame me” speech (I do appreciate the latter). Oh and there’s a shit ton of drinking. They work in a beer plant, they drink there, they drink at bars, they drink in the woods, they drink at home, basically, they rarely stop drinking. This does seem plausible in their world.

Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson in Drinking Buddies

The fact that the actors seem so real in their roles is what leads me to say you may want to give it one viewing if you are a big fan of any of the leads. Otherwise I’d skip it. It’s meandering and at only an hour and a half, almost boring. I must say that I did enjoy the soundtrack though.

All in all, cast and crew, I am not impressed with your lackadaisical movie.

You can watch Drinking Buddies on Netflix Instant Streaming or rent it from Amazon (this is an affiliate link so if you make a purchase through it a small commission may be generated for this site).

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*Photos are via the Official Drinking Buddies Facebook.

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Now for your enjoyment, check out these songs that I’ve been entertained by in 2013. It’s mostly pop. Even the rock and rap songs are both poppy. Hey, I like to have fun. If you are a Bowie fan listen closely to the last track as the meaning is deeper than it first sounds. Why give you a long winded diatribe on all of them when you can just listen for yourself?

missemmamm’s Top Tracks of 2013 from Emma_moon on 8tracks Radio.

I Love It-Icona Pop
Radioactive-Imagine Dragons
(as heard on True Blood)
Thrift Shop-Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
(my ringtone for much of the year-FYI)
Work Bitch-Britney Spears
Applause-Lady Gaga
Woman’s World-Cher
Boss of Me-David Bowie
G.U.Y.-Lady Gaga
Perfume-Britney Spears
I’d Rather Be High-David Bowie

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2013 music blue collage ed

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I am currently attending a trade school to earn an Associate’s Degree. After many years of applying to and backing out of traditional colleges (social anxiety, stinks) I’m doin it, and doin it and doin it well (Thanks L.L. Cool J.).

photo by Lidyanne Aquino (lethaargic)

photo by Lidyanne Aquino (lethaargic)

Something has been irking me. It’s not a huge thing. However thus far for my handful of classes I’ve only had two instructors. Both have, at times, referred to our attendance as being that of attending college. Ex. “So while you’re in college”. REALLY? REALLY? This is not college, ladies. It’s not even close to college. (To be fair I do believe that they attended actual colleges and make frequent mention of their children who do the same. I do not think this is done in a condescending way.)

It’s learning, it’s an approved learning institute. I appreciate it. It works. It seems much better for someone such as myself than a traditional college (including a community college). It also seems like a great place to start out if you need to earn a longer degree and can transfer your credits later.

THIS IS NOT COLLEGE THOUGH. College is (often) an option of the following: dorms, groups (not just Greek but various clubs), activities to bring the students closer together and well so many other things that I can’t quite recall at this moment.

College is also (often) a huge sprawling (possibly, especially for me, difficult to navigate campus). An abundance of young people who are up for anything (which is awesome, I get that) but who also have no idea how to do many things and will spend an inordinate amount of time on “worries” like laundry and not knowing how to feed themselves properly. As my older sister so in-eloquently put it years back, “If you wait another year to go to college you will be a non traditional student”, like she was.

Wow, that scared the fuck out of me. I could have stuck out like a sore thumb or overly compensated by partying and not getting my work done.

PLUSES: My school (the buildings) are relatively small. I now know where to find most things. There aren’t too many students milling about, most of the time. I am in small classes and am able to get one on one time with teachers without difficulty. I am learning information that is very useful for my major (if I can call it that, since this is not college).

So yeah, it’s trade school, or tech school or business school, or what have you. This is not college. And that’s okay.

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Since many of you are fashion mavens I had to share this fab New Year’s Eve deal from Rent the Runway. Rent the Runway is a very cool service that lets you rent designer dresses/gowns from them for your special events for a fraction of the retail price. For instance, say you love a dress that retails for $400 but you could never just shell that out, well you could rent it for $50 for your birthday.

Right now they are doing an incredible sale. They have dresses at the super low price point of $20.14 per rental for New Year’s Eve (get it, it’s turning from 2013 to 2014, oh my!). They also have special $30.14 and $40.14 deals, which is super low for these styles.

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Okay, included in this post are my favorites. When it comes to designers you have the likes of Nicole Miller, Lela Rose, Kate Spade New York, Lilly Pulitzer, Badgley Mischka and Anna Sui. When it comes to fit you have body hugging or flowy and forgiving. Style wise you can be sexy or sweet. Some picks are more classic than daring, if that’s your bag. I’m a bit partial to the sparkly dresses myself.

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(photos are clickable for a somewhat larger view)

Please be aware that other styles are available these are just my top picks for someone with my style preferences who wears my size dress (10-12). Make sure to browse the whole selection, especially if none of these pop out at you.

To sign up for Rent the Runway, feel free to use my referral link, here. When you do so you will get a $20 rental credit applied to your account (as will I, FYI).

For the best price I’d recommend signing up for their PRO membership first. ($29.99 per year, includes free insurance & shipping on all orders, plus a free birthday dress!). If you are not a PRO member you will still have to pay insurance and shipping on your super sweet $20.14 dress.

Now on to delivery times (for those of us outside of Manhattan). For standard shipping you need to order by 3PM ET Christmas, Wednesday, December 25, 2013. If you are okay with rush shipping fees you can wait until Thursday, December 26th. This is to get an extended rental. You choose 12/27 as your delivery date and 1/2 as your return date. If you are more of a last minute dame you can plan to receive your dress on 12/30 by ordering it by 3PM ET on 12/27 and choosing standard shipping.

Do you already have your NYE outfit picked out? If not, which of these would you go with?

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Frankly, you can never have enough Marilyn Monroe. Or at least I can’t. Recently I’ve been coming across so many photos of Marilyn that are new to me that I just can’t let them disappear.

“I didn’t think of my body as having anything to do with sex. It was more like a friend who had mysteriously appeared in my life, a sort of magic friend.”Marilyn on becoming a siren in school after being unpopular from My Story

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“There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of becoming a movie star. But I’m not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.”Marilyn Monroe from My Story

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“She was terrified of meeting people and being judged”Robert Mitchum on Marilyn in The Discovery of Marilyn

marilyn towel

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marilyn orange

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Photos are via: My Beautiful Marilyn Monroe, Lost Pinup, Our Marilyn Monroe, All About Marilyn Monroe, Suicide Blonde, The Nifty Fifties, cyndaquart, Kitty Munster

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