Here it is, our Summer Issue! We’re excited because it’s a good one!
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Happy Friday! And this particular Friday is a triple treat — not only is it Friday (a gift in and of itself), but it’s Audrey‘s weekly TGIFree Friday, and it’s the start of a long Memorial Day weekend! Ahhhh, it doesn’t get any better than this.
So to kick off the official start to summer, as well as the premiere of our Summer 2010 Issue (it’s out now!!), I’ve got something that will so get you in the mood.
In our Summer issue, we highlight Laksmi Bali, a line of resort wear created by New York-based designer Indah Handoko. The designer hails from Indonesia, so she knows all about easy, tropical style.
And now we’re offering Laksmi Bali’s “Belinda” dress in black for this week’s Thank Goodness It’s Free Friday giveaway! With pretty, handcrafted crochet, an elastic waistband for serious comfort, and breathable, luxe fabrication — this dress will get you in the summer vacation mood, no matter where you are.
We’ve got four Laksmi Bali “Belinda” dresses for our readers — two in small, one medium, one large. So start commenting below! Tell us your size and what your summer plans are!
You have until June 2, 11:59 p.m. to comment, and remember, you must have a U.S. mailing address to win.
It’s finally Memorial Day weekend — the official kick-off to summer. It certainly took its time getting here, but now that it’s here, I’m so ready for that summer haze to settle over me and impart a relaxed, easygoing sheen to everything.
The makeup gets a little lighter. Freckles show through. Suddenly a tank and shorts constitute a complete outfit. And you let your hair take on its natural form, freeing it from its usual pin-straight perfection.
That’s when you rely on a pretty, easy headband to hold those strays back. Your hair could be a frizz ball and this Emily Elizabeth headband, with its six perfectly perched, 14-kt gold plated butterflies, instantly conveys coif couture.
We attended Audrey Magazine and KoreAm Journal‘s free screening of Sex and the City 2 at the Americana in Glendale, Calif., last night. With a theater full of enthusiastic SATC fans — many of whom were dressed very Carrie-appropriate — needless to say, it was a fabulous time.
And the long-awaited sequel didn’t disappoint. Sure, plot points weren’t exactly razor sharp, but with that much eye candy (the eye-popping clothes, the stunning locales, Carrie’s mesmerizingly smoky eye, and all the wealth and excess one can conjure up in the Middle East), frankly you don’t have much time to ponder over it.
Adding to the glut of eye candy is Raza Jaffrey, who plays Carrie’s personal hotel butler Guarau. Critics who were otherwise lukewarm about the movie are hailing him and his storyline (Guarau works in Abu Dhabi to make enough money to visit his wife back in India every three months) as the one bright spot in the film.
Of Indian-British descent, Jaffrey is an English actor best known for his roles in the BBC series Spooks and Mistresses. He’s also starred in the BBC mini-series Sharpe’s Peril with Sean Bean, and was in the film Eastern Promises (Viggo Mortensen, Naomi Watts).
The 35-year-old, who once aspired to be a pilot, started his acting career in theater, most notably as the original star of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production of A.R. Rahman’s (of Slumdog Millionaire fame) musical Bombay Dreams. Jaffrey is also the creator of the dance-musical spectacular, Red, which performs around the world. The show incorporates dozens of styles of dance from flamenco to hip-hop, from Indian kathakali to ballet, all backed by the music and spectacle of Bollywood.
Other Asian faces you’ll see in SATC2 include Charlotte’s adorable daughter Lily (played by twins Alexandra and Parker Fong), and Minglie Chen, who plays the Bergdorf’s saleswoman. For tickets and showtimes, check out the official website.
Well, it’s official. The new Bollywood film Kites (we blogged about its release last weekend), is a record breaker. Hrithik Roshan’s new action-romance adventure is the first Bollywood film to debut in the North American top 10 on opening weekend. And it’s not just the U.S. In India, the Rakesh Roshan-produced film soared to the second biggest opening day gross in history, and in the UK, the film opened at number five.
Released by Reliance Big Pictures, Kites has received praise and the most number of mainstream reviews ever for a Bollywood film on opening day. And this Friday, May 28, a new version of the film presented by director Brett Ratner, Kites – The Remix, will open in select theaters. Kites – The Remix ups the ante on the action and runs 90 minutes in length.
If you haven’t seen it yet, don’t miss this romp of a film, starring Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan and Japanese-Uruguayan-Mexican actress Barbara Mori. To find a theater near you, click here.
How cute is this bag? I mean seriously, it is daaaaaarling! I can go on and on about what makes it so great, but really, just look at it. It is sooo cute!
I can totally picture it accompanying me to a business meeting, but it’s still fashionable enough for drinks afterwards. The ruching, the goldtone accents, the must-have neutral hue. I think I’m in love.
But what I can’t get over is the price. I mean, it looks so much more expensive than it is. And now, we have it for you at an even bigger discount! If this isn’t a steal, I don’t know what is.
Yes, we admit it. We’re excited about Sex and the City 2. As a matter of fact, we’re going to a free screening tonight at the Americana in Glendale, Calif. (For those Audrey readers who managed to get tickets in our free giveaway — they went fast! — we’ll see you there tonight!)
And while I realize that much of what happens in the show is pure fantasy (Manolos on a writer’s salary? A shoe closet that size in the middle of Manhattan? A never-ending stream of fabulously wealthy boy toys?), it’s still fun to watch. Besides, the relationships among Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda are what’s so real and so relatable.
Or are they?
It’s a topic I expect Indian American actor and producer Reena Dutt will broach, along with her castmates on the popular web series The Real Girl’s Guide to Everything Else, when they chat with Tony Cox, guest host on National Public Radio‘s “Tell Me More,” tomorrow May 27.
The Real Girl’s Guide features a multi-ethnic cast of four close but different girlfriends. Conceived as an alternative to the Sex and the City world of wealthy, white, straight fashionistas — the opening track is a jazzier version of the famous SATC melody, the first episode has plenty of references to the movie, and there’s even a reference to “Sex and the City for brown girls” — The Real Girl’s Guide follows Rasha (played by award-winning actress Robin Dalea), a lesbian political journalist of Lebanese descent, who is convinced by her friends to go “undercover” as a Cosmo-drinking, glitter-wearing, straight “girlie-girl” in order to finance her dream project.
Indian American actress and producer Dutt stars as the brash, in-your-face Sydney in the series. Raised in North Carolina and Arizona, Dutt caught the acting bug in high school when she joined the speech and debate team. She trained in New York City with Terry Knickerbocker at William Esper Studio (Meisner Technique). She has worked on several stage, film, television and web projects in Los Angeles, New York City and Arizona. She co-founded Off-Chance Productions in 2007, with the goal of “creating work that breaks the bones of stereotypes, and creates a sense of normalized diversity in media and theatre-based storytelling, through universal ideas,” according to her website.
Dutt recently wrapped on the feature film, Troublemaker, written and directed by Geeta Malik, and has appeared on Criminal Minds (CBS), Medium (CBS) and Out of Practice (ABC). She is currently in the LAWeekly and Ovation recommended theatre production, Holy Ghost by John Tuttle.
Listen to Dutt and the other “Real Girls” talking about their series as a reaction to the genre of chick-lit and chick flicks, and the need for alternative narratives for female audiences. It’s on tomorrow on NPR. Check for local broadcast times or listen in at “Tell Me More” at NPR.org.
Watch the first season of The Real Girl’s Guide to Everything Else here.
Think about your go-to absolute favorite, instantly hot-tifying piece in your wardrobe. Picturing it?
Perhaps it’s that LBD. Maybe it’s that statement shoe you’ve been saving up for. Or the always-make-me-look-skinny jeans that go with everything.
Now, think about the one or two pieces you actually wear, like, all the time.
If you’re anything like me, they’re two totally different things. Yes, I love my jacket with the super structured shoulder, my floral mini with the angular pockets, my skinny-fying jodhpur cargos.
But I live in these cheap men’s tank tops my mom brings by the dozen from Asia every year. They’re a wardrobe essential.
This Transparent Systems tee is destined to become a wardrobe essential. The perfect length for leggings, an easy slouch, and a just-interesting-enough graphic to be a little rock n’ roll, a little retro. Throw on a jacket and you’re ready for dinner. Pair it cut-offs and flat boots for an I’m-with-the-band vibe. At this price, you might as well get two … or three.
I am telling you. There is something going on with Asian Americans and dancing.
Everywhere we turn, there is an Asian American making a name for him- or herself in dance.
Need further proof? Filipina-Hawaiian-Russian American Nicole Scherzinger just won the 10th season of Dancing With the Stars.
She follows in the footsteps of fellow DWTS winners Kristi Yamaguchi and Apolo Anton Ohno. And of course who can forget the Jabbawockeez, Kaba Modern and all the other Asian American winners and finalists in MTV’s hit America’s Best Dance Crew.
Hear what some of the top Asian American dancers have to say about this growing phenomenon in our feature story “The New Rhythm Nation” by Teena Apeles in our upcoming Summer issue, out next week!
Congratulations to Audrey reader Sasha, who won Tina Tang’s sterling silver “Crescent” necklace from our Thank Goodness It’s Free Friday Giveaway! Isn’t she adorable?
“I have just received the Tina Tang ‘Crescent’ necklace in the mail today! Somehow, I love it even more in person. It happens to be just the right length on me as well! It is, in a word, stellar. Wow, really didn’t mean to end on a pun like that . . .”
Thanks Sasha for being a loyal reader! And if you haven’t won anything yet, don’t lose heart. We have a lot more goodies to give away every Friday, so keep checking back!
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