My Favorite Things in February

March 8, 2011 · 22 comments

in Arts & Culture



If you missed my first favorite things post, this is just a little series I’ve decided to reestablish on this blog where I’ll share a few of the things – old and new – that made my past month a little more beautiful. February was an amazing month for me as a blogger. I’ve made so many new connections and met so many amazing bloggers. I couldn’t list them all if I tried, but for starters there’s Kristy Elena, Brooke @ Center Sage, Arash Mazinani, Marissa @ The Well-Appointed Catwalk, Mrs. Bossa Does the Do, Kristin Marie, Franca @ Oranges and Apples and Fabienne @ The House in the Clouds just to name a few. And of course I got to meet the lovely Tara Maya and write my very first official book review. There was LLWAT and there was FBFF. I had a VG Moment and felt the love.

In short? February rocked. You have some big shoes to fill, March.


01. The Chorus (Les Choristes)watch the trailer

The cinematic highlight of my February. I love films that are genuine experiences to watch and this was one of them. Directed by Christophe Barratier, Les Choristes follows Clément Mathieu (played with aplomb by Gérard Jugnot), a failed musician who in the late 1940s takes up a teaching job at a boarding school filled with unruly boys. In an attempt to organize the chaos Mathieu shapes them into a choir. The music of the film was performed by Les Petits Chanteurs de Saint-Marc, and if it doesn’t move you nothing will. It’s the sort of film where you’re sometimes waiting for something to happen, as if it feels a little too peaceful in a way, but mostly the biggest things happen in the quietest scenes. If you haven’t sen it yet, please do!

(Another film I quite enjoyed in February was Blue Valentine; Ryan Gosling is one of my favorite young actors in the industry and Michelle Williams was very powerful. It was a heart-wrenching experience, but a thorough and electric experience nontheless.)


02. Bridgeman Art on Demand

Bridgeman Art on Deman is an art enthusiast’s dream. I just stumbled upon this site randomly and made several return visits in February. You can buy prints or you can simply browse the galleries, but the way the site is organized was my favorite part. You can search by keyword or color, browse galleries based on the movement, subject, artist, medium or style. I lingered mostly in the Pre-Raphaelite movement, but the collage and fashion mediums were fun too. It’s a great way to educate yourself a bit on art, if you’ve ever wondered about different movements in art or maybe if you want to see more work from one particular artist.


03. Evolving InfluenceIndependent Fashion Bloggers

Although I wasn’t able to attend the Evolving Influence convention at NYFW I had as much fun at home watching the livestreams and tweeting with others who were both at the event and watching from home. Fangirling over Supermoderator Vahni with B was such a blast. It was so cool to feel genuinely connected to the event, which in itself was a wealth of information and inspiration. All of the panelists were so insightful, the discussions fascinating. I felt genuinely curious and excited after each group talked about the intricacies of successful blogging. If it was that much fun from home I can only imagine what it was like to be there!


04. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, New Yorkofficial site

And of course, there was Fashion Week. I get into Fashion Week like I used to get into awards season red carpets. It’s an event, ladies and gentlemen. It’s a real situation at my house. Meals are worked around livestreaming shows, sleep is irrelevant. Style.com is perpetually open in my browser. I love that we get this kind of look into the collections as they’re being shown. As to my favorites, I did a post on SHE about some of them. The long and short of it is simply that I’m very excited for Autumn/Winer 2011.


05. Hope & Socialofficial site

This little Leeds-based band is an absolute treasure. I wish I could write of a serendipitous discovery in which their music knocked me over with sheer powerful love. Unfortunately, I can’t remember where I first heard about them. It was a while ago. But something made me look them up on Youtube on a whim one night and I found this, the recording of their track “Eurospin”. It has a little back story, which you can read a detailed version of on their blog, but here’s my version: the band transformed their studio into a French cafe, invited seventy people to have dinner and then recorded “Eurospin” live with all seventy folks playing makeshift instruments and, in the most amazing moment that will truly touch your heart, singing along to this gem of a song. I can’t tel you how many times I watched the video that night, but it was all my head contained as I went to sleep. I showed it to as many people as I could think of. It just made me so happy, so exquisitely happy, and I wanted to somehow send it to everyone in the world so they could feel what I was feeling. So here it is, with all its exquisite happiness, ready for you to experience it. I’ll leave you all with that. Enjoy!

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Arash Mazinani March 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

ha ha thanks for the mention. Again it’s funny you posted up a band from the city I live in that I’ve never even heard of before. How strange is that! Seriously though I watched the video and it was an awesome concept. Keep the good music coming I say!

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Casee Marie March 9, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Oh, awesome! I’m glad I could introduce you to them, even from all the way over here. They also say on their website that they play concerts in peoples’ living rooms. All around they seem like they take a very original approach to the music biz!

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Marissa March 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Oh my gosh – How did I miss that you were attending IFB? I was there and even volunteered.. I must have seen you at some point during the day! How sad we didn’t get to formally meet :( Next time!

XXXO
M

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Casee Marie March 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Oh, I didn’t get to go this year! I just watched online and participated a bit via Twitter. Hopefully next time I’ll get to be there! It would be such a delight to meet you!

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Britta March 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Hope and Social sounds lovely!

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Casee Marie March 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Don’t they? They also give their CD away on their website and let you pay whatever you think it’s worth, and they play concerts in peoples’ living rooms. Pretty awesome!

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Rich Huxley July 21, 2011 at 8:01 am

Thanks for picking up on the Hope and Social stuff. Have you played out at any of our events yet?

Nice to meet you.
;)
xR

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Kristin March 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

February did indeed rock! Can’t wait to see what March is gonna throw at us!

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GRIT & GLAMOUR March 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Great recap of Feb, Casee! Thanks for the shouts and reciprocal love. I appreciate it!

I’m excited for A/W 2011…but first…SPRING 2011! Yay!

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http://www.gritandglamour.com
@gritandglamour

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Casee Marie March 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Thank you for making February so memorable for me! I’m so excited for Spring 2011 too – it’s just an all-around great time in fashion! (Except for that whole Galliano thing, of course.)

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suzy March 8, 2011 at 9:09 pm

that VIDEO is MAGIC. i grinned like a fantastic idiot while watching.

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Casee Marie March 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Aw, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. That was definitely my reaction, too!

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Reyna March 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm

How interesting! Great post!

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sweet March 9, 2011 at 11:09 am

congratulations on all the feature babe…and on top of that…you deserve to know these great bloggers because you are one of them…I love how you stay grounded and humble despite everything…

OMG I hope March would be more awesome than February hahahaha…we still have 10 more months to finish this year??? positive vibes love…

Kisses
Sweet
PensandLens
@mistytewest

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Casee Marie March 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Aww, thank you so much! I’m so fortunate to know so many amazing people through blogging and to gain from all the inspiration you all give me. (: Here’s to a wonderful March and an amazing 2011!!

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Anika ByAnika March 9, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I love this post darling, such a great recap! I agree, March better bring it! I hope this month will be as lovely for you :) Wonderful links, the band is fab too, and I have been wanting to see the Michelle Williams film, so now I will. Thank you so much for sharing!

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Casee Marie March 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Thanks, love! I don’t know how March will measure up, but I’m certainly happy to have had such a nice February! Do let me know what you think of Blue Valentine when you see it. It was definitely moving and I was glad to know Michelle Williams had an Oscar nomination for it. (:

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Marissa March 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Aww… I can’t believe you mentioned me. I feel so special! It’s been wonderful getting to know you over the past month or so through your blog. That video just put the biggest, goofiest grin on my face. I can’t even tell you how happy it made me. I’m also a sucker for cute, boyish looking singers. :)

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Casee Marie March 10, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Aw, of course! It’s be a delight to get to know you as well! And I’m so glad you liked the band/video, I can’t get enough of them. Cute singers are definitely a plus and Simon has such a darling smile. (I especially love his reaction to the audience singing along – precious!)

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Marissa March 9, 2011 at 10:58 pm

And… I just downloaded the Hope and Social album.

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Jen March 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm

February WAS a big month for you wasn’t it? I think that’s just so exciting. Congrats again on all your accomplishments. <3

The Bridgeman Art on Demand website sounds really neat, I'll have to check it out!

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Casee Marie March 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Aww, thanks! It was such a fun month, which I kind of needed because I was feeling in a bit of a blogging funk, you know? I’m much more inspired and motivated now!

Enjoy the site! I love looking at art from different periods, it’s so interesting. (:

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