Brooklyn: Moving to America has never looked so good

Brooklyn-US-Poster-Saoirse-Ronan (1)Finally made it to the theater this week to see Brooklyn. I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming tale and beautiful love story. Saoirse Ronan (pronounced Ser-sha, like inertia, thank you Ryan Gosling) shines as a young Irish immigrant striking out on her own to find opportunities in America. It’s not hard to see why she was nominated for her second Oscar for playing this role. Add in two dreamy leading men, played by Emory Cohen and Domhnall Gleeson, and you are in for a good time.

Here is the official synopsis and trailer:

BROOKLYN tells the profoundly moving story of Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Bonus Factor: Great supporting cast

The talented Jim Broadbent plays Father Flood, Eilis’ mentor while she is in America. Comedy relief is provided by Julie Walters, as the boardinghouse matron, and the “giddy” girls who live there with Eilis. Loved seeing my favorite character from Arrow, Emily Bett Rickards, on the big screen.

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But lets get to the good stuff, the fashion! I adored the 1950s costumes in this movie. I pretty much wanted to take home everything Eilis wore.

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Seriously, that green bathing suit is my dream. And how fun does Coney Island look?

Have you seen Brooklyn yet? Let us know what you thought in the comments.

Mercy, Mercy Me

Well butter my biscuits, there’s a new period drama coming to PBS.

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The official synopsis reads: “‘Mercy Street’ follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War — New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green. The Green family’s luxury hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, has been transformed into Mansion House, a Union Army hospital tending to the war’s wounded. Inspired by memoirs and letters from real doctors and nurse volunteers at Mansion House Hospital, this new drama reveals the stories of those struggling to save lives while managing their own hardships.”

Mercy Street premiers Sunday, January 17th after Downton Abbey.

Here’s why I am looking forward to trying this show out.

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One, it’s a rarity these days to find a period drama set in America; especially one set before the 1900s. I find Civil War history both fascinating and heartbreaking. I imagine we will get plenty of both in this part medical drama and part family drama.

Haaaave you met Ted?

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Second, one of the first things that jumped out at me when I watched the trailer was Josh Radnor (aka Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother) sporting a full beard and looking quite troubled.

In addition I will enjoy seeing Broadway alums Norbert Leo Butz and Donna Murphy on the small screen.

Bonus: Executive producer Ridley Scott. Enough said.

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Third, I have always had a special place in my heart for Southern Belles, and their fashion, courtesy of Miss Scarlett O’Hara. Here’s hoping for some great costumes complete with giant hoop skirts.

Who will be watching this Sunday? Any Civil War buffs out there?

Fixer Upper tackles Mid-century Mod

Confession time. I am addicted to watching HGTV design shows. Yes, I know, I don’t even own a home to decorate, nor could I likely afford most of the items they feature. But for entertaining eye candy and fueling my house of dreams I love it.

One of my favorite shows right now is Fixer Upper. Chip and Joanna Gaines are totally lovable and of course immensely talented. Who doesn’t want to hang out at their farm with their four beautiful kids and the parade of animals Chip is always bringing home?

Now in their third season, this past week, Chip and Joanna showed off some behind the scenes clips and reminisced about their favorite projects. Joanna picked an episode from season 2 where they remodeled a mid-century modern home, which regular viewers of the show will know, is a big departure from the farmhouse chic ascetic that Joanna is known for. Surprisingly one of the episodes I hadn’t seen before, it immediately caught my attention as I love a good mid-century design. I had to go find the full episode to check it out.

Take a look at the amazing transformation. If you want to see for yourself it’s episode 9 of season 2, available on Amazon.

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Want some mid-century flair in your home?

I am digging these pieces from Joybird Furniture.

The Hughes Sofa – $1,849

I mean, come on, this is so cool. Bonus: You can customize in 90 colors and three wood stains.

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Or this cool glass and solid wood dining  table. Hesse -$1,999

 

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What do you think? Would you go for a mid-century modern look in your home?