Posts tagged ‘Sister’

March 19, 2013

Glass Slippers Are So Back

Growing up, my sister and I were all about Disney. Like most little girls, we spun around the house in princess gowns (a Jasmine two-piece pajama set, in my case) dreaming of one day being swept off our feet by a handsome prince to live happily and royally ever after. It’s no wonder everyone drools over William and Kate! We have long been imprinted to believe in the whole fairytale baloney…ugh, the communication sciences major in me digresses. Anywho, on Saturday, Kru and my mom came into the city to relive those previously described childhood fantasies with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Sorry, Disney but this version of the most infamous rags-to-riches story took things up a notch. No longer is the soon-to-be princess painted as a pushover, unaware of her self-worth needing a prince to save her. This gal, Ella, is confident and empowering, ultimately teaching the prince a thing or two about standing up for his beliefs in order to be a powerful, successful leader. He needs her to introduce democracy to the kingdom and spread kindness among the people. You go, girl! Now that’s a message I hope all the cutie patooties in the audience takeaway. 

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With that being said, my only criticism would be that the whole musical harped a bit too much on this notion. Like, I get that they were targeting the tiara-wearing audience members so they had to be overly obvious about things but after a while, it was excessive and borderline obnoxious–especially in the song lyrics, which were, dare I say it, amateur and lame. So yes, I just contradicted myself a bit. I liked the empowerment message but I wish they toned it down a bit, particularly in the music. Get it? Don’t get me wrong, the show as a whole was whimsical, surprisingly funny and spectacularly entertaining. The set design? Spot on with regal architecture and an enchanting wooded forest. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the costumes. Woah. I’m STILL trying to figure out how Cinderella’s dress magically upgraded from tatters to gown mid-spin…twice! Mind. Boggled. I may no longer prance around in “gowns” and faux diamond-encrusted accessories from the mall’s Disney Store, but sitting beside my mom and sister during our matinee the other day brought me back. Watching the wide-eyed kidlings around me made me realize how grateful I am to have been raised to believe in myself, in my future so that I can “be whatever I want to be,” as the cast belted out–with or without some handsome prince. Lucky for me, I’ve got one of those, too.
Who was your favorite princess growing up?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

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June 5, 2011

Saturday Summary

Yesterday was pretty fabulous. My alarm went off at 6 a.m. and after a full night of rest, I popped out of bed, had a light breakfast (a protein ball and banana) before heading down to the beach for a morning jog. Come to find out, my iPod Nano was dead, total bummer, so I resorted to using my iPhone for some jams and tried out the Nike+ GPS app in the process. Two thumbs up! The app utilizes GPS to track your distance and pace, notifies you at each mile marker, has a “cheering” option (gotta love me some positive reinforcement) anddddd allows you to select playlists/songs from your iTunes. Downside = I hate having to hold my new cellular device while getting sweaty, especially when my armband for my Nano is so convenient. Regardless, iPhone users, get this app. Forgot to mention: it’s FREE! Anyway, back to recapping my Saturday. After working my tail off all morning at work (a local, healthy breakfast/lunch place in town) I was able to swiftly shift gears after a shower and some sprucing up for my little sister’s senior prom! Kru’s new camera conveniently refused to turn on so she consequently had to borrow mine, leaving me to document every move of the gorgeous gal via my phone.

It is tradition for senior prom-ers to head to the town green for photos so my friend, Katie, and I walked around, playing paparazzi, feeling incredibly old. More of that “nostalgia” from last post, amplified by the fact that we knew next to no one there besides my sister, her closest friends and a few prom goer siblings, like me, who we went to school with *back in the day.* My sister looked stunning, as usual, and the senior class could not have asked for a more beautiful day. How elegant was her TSwift-inspired hair!?
What makes for your perfect Saturday?

Sprinkled with Love,
Lauren

May 25, 2011

Kru’s Day of Birth

Happy 18th birthday to my little sister, Kristen (aka Kru)! We celebrated by going out to a nice, casual dinner at a local pizza joint…I, of course, opted for a huge side salad with chicken instead of a slice of pie. Teehee.

Happy birthday, sis! I am so proud of you and have no doubt in my mind that you will excel to extraordinary heights next year pursuing your dreams at the University of New Hampshire

Xoxo,
Lauren