We’re In LOVE! Dance Again…Jennifer Lopez Ft. Pitbull

Have you been watching Jennifer Lopez on American Idol??? Are you one of those haters who criticizes her for not being tough enough or only saving her favorites??? Who cares…the bitch looks absolutely incredible.  Obviously…dating someone younger does the body good!

We are so in love with Jennifer Lopez right now…especially her new single Dance Again Ft. Pitbull.  She’s all grown up now…but for us, she’ll forever be Jenny From the Block!

Be Yourself.  Be Fearless.  Be Your Own Unexpected Luxury. 

 

Glee…500 Tears to Graduation…Dance With Somebody

42 days left until graduation…

If you’re like us, the kids of Glee have become part of your family, and just like Kurt’s dad, we don’t want to see them leave either.  Tonight’s episode, Dance With Somebody, marked the beginning of the end as the kids began to realize how numbered their days are at McKinley High.  And for us…well…life will go on.

So here’s what happened.  The kids grieved the loss of Whitney Houston and the week was a tribute in her honor.  Will tried to tie this into a learning experience, stating that the kids were grieving Whitney because they couldn’t deal with the pain of their of their own goodbyes from high school.  Some of the songs were amazing(Kurt’s rendition of I Have Nothing was reminiscent of Whitney herself in The Bodyguard and Blaine’s It’s Not Right But It’s Ok was ahhhh-mazing!) The rest of the songs were alright…but that’s ok. Blaine hasn’t been paying much attention to Kurt or giving him any compliments, and apparently they lack any kind of passion(if they can’t find it does it leave much hope for the rest of us? Seriously…does it surprise anyone else they’re not having sex but Brittany and Santana already have a sex tape???), so Kurt begins flirting via text with another gay teen he meets at the music shop.  Ok…we could have sworn the actor playing Chandler was actually YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley…but after much Google-ing found this to be false.  (But wouldn’t that have been great if it had been…he’s probably one of their biggest fans!) After Blaine finds the texts by snooping through Kurt’s phone,(bad boy Blaine)he accuses Kurt of cheating on him.  Kurt doesn’t understand how this is cheating…blah, blah, blah…they end up in Emma’s office and Blaine breaks down and tells Kurt he feels like he’s leaving him behind.  That part was actually pretty endearing and probably one of the best scenes in the show.  Ok, lets see what else…Oh, yeah. Kurt’s dad tells him he’s going to miss him a bunch too(another great scene) and then Puck hands out all these shot glasses to the guys so they remember all of the “broments” they had together.  And finally…Will wants to move the date of the wedding from December to May because he wants to make sure the Glee kids will be able to attend and perform, when in reality, we find that Will is the one who is having the most difficult time with the kids nearing graduation.

Did anyone else find it interesting that the wedding was originally set in December and Will wants to move it to May?  Have you ever heard of a May-December romance defined as someone being in the spring of their life while the other is in the winter of their life? How many people watching Glee are teenagers and how many are adults, because had we watched it when we were much younger, it would have had a different impact.  At one point in the show, Kurt’s dad makes the comment that things change “once you go out that door” and nothing is the same.  How true that is. All those things our parents and teachers told us about life changing, friends going their separate ways and life moving forward…are true.  The people you know today will most likely not be the people you know 5-10 years from now.

Does that mean we become bitter and jaded and live our lives without any meaning or significance because time beats on and nobody really matters? Hell no.  Life does matter.  Every little second…and Glee is a reminder of that fact.  And as we count down those 42 days, let’s all remember what’s important and treat the people in our life today as if we’re on borrowed time…because like Whitney…they could be gone tomorrow!

Be Yourself.  Be Fearless.  Be Your Own Unexpected Luxury.

 

*Photo Credits: Fox Entertainment

Who Won RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4??? Spoilers and More Spoilers!

Who won RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4??? (We’ll tell you our secrets at the end!) If you watched tonight’s supposed Grand Finale, you know that the secret will be kept for another week.  All over the internet, threads and blogs are blowing up about people’s distaste for RuPaul’s possible pick of Phi Phi O’Hara as the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 4.  This…is about the only part of Drag Race that is similar to an authentic drag pageant; pissed off fans bitching that their girl didn’t win.  “It was rigged” or “It’s so unfair” or “She had a snaggletooth”…which is by far the best comment.  So what Phi Phi O’Hara has a snaggletooth(who even uses that word).  Does that make her any less deserving to win.

The reality is that there are thousands of talented queens in the United States and all over the world who’s art would warrant them a spot on the show.  These three, Chad Michaels, Sharon Needles and Phi Phi O’Hara, have risen to the top.  Why? Who knows, but all three are there for a very specific reason.

So here’s what we heard…Wikipedia leaked on their webpage that Phi Phi had won.  Then Sharon.  Supposedly Phi Phi also Tweeted something about winning, but we can’t find it.  Most threads are saying Sharon doesn’t win because the Absolut sponsor doesn’t like her.  Almost all of the comments on the threads and almost all of the Facebook and Twitter feeds are overwhelmingly in favor of Sharon Needles winning…and so are we!

Don’t get us wrong, we love Phi Phi and Chad and believe that they deserve to be in the top three, but Sharon is just our personal favorite…and that’s what it’s all about. Personal favorites.

Chad is so refined and professional.  We love his story about living with his mother and his long term relationship with his boyfriend.  He’d be an amazing role model…maybe almost too amazing. We’re not even sure Chad belongs on this show.  He is the embodiment of female impersonation, dating back to the art of celebrity female illusion.  He is Cher.  Is it possible that Chad is too good…even for RuPaul’s Drag Race?

Phi Phi O’Hara is pretty but if we’re going to rate her on pretty, what about Kenya Michaels??? Gorgeous! Phi Phi’s story about his father is endearing and painful, but not enough to win a show.  The whole season she was referred to as a pageant queen.  Could someone please inform us in what national pageant system Phi Phi holds a title? Nonetheless, she improved throughout the entire show and always came to the runway looking Phierce!

For us, Sharon is perfect because she embodies everything we already feel about ourselves.  And…she’s so damn stylish! Literally, Sharon is not just a drag queen…she is an artist.  Her greatest scene the entire season was the look on her face after Phi Phi told her to go back to Party City.  Sharon looked deeply hurt.  It grabbed us.  We felt it.  We related.  And we fell in love.(We also love all of the merchandise she has on sale at her online store Tacky Overpriced Crap; especially the Sharon Needles tattoos for $6.66)

We related because that’s how we felt as kids growing up gay.  Teased.  Mocked.  Jabbed. Hurt.  Why are fans all over the country, mostly gay fans, doing the same thing to these queens, who are part of our community, by calling them weird, snaggletoothed or old? Why can’t we all join together…at least in our love of drag…a fun form of entertainment?  Wasn’t that how Stonewall began? So back the fuck up…be nice…and remember we’re all in this thing together! Races, pageants and contests have winners…and they have losers.  Get over it! Maybe Sharon won…or maybe she’s just the next Jennifer Hudson.  Who knows…

By the way…for all you people out there that like to speculate without doing research…here’s some real clues.  Phi Phi and Sharon have the same PR representative, which is different from Chad Michaels.  Also…Sharon has many more tour dates than either Chad or Phi Phi and hers include Absolut Tour Dates…just sayin!

Be Yourself.  Be Fearless.  Be Your Own Unexpected Luxury!

Legalized Marriage Equality or a Resolution to the US National Debt???

We have a Democrat in the Presidential office…yet we still do not have national marriage equality.  At the time we are writing this, the US national debt is $15,630,722,222,420.64 increasing at $3.97 Billion a day since September 28, 2007.  Each citizen’s share is approximately $50,000.  So…as gays and lesbians…how do we vote? Do we vote for our party? Do we vote per issue? Do we vote for the person we think is most appropriate? Do we not vote at all???

The Presidential election is 6 months away, but what if we had to decide today.  If you could only pick one…which would you choose?

Would You Rather: Round 7

As of today, one of the following happens…would you rather have legalized, national marriage equality OR a resolution to the US national debt??? You can only pick one! 

Let us know in the comments below…and visit our other Would You Rather games in our Would You Rather section!

 

 

Spring 2012 Men’s Style For Your Soul Quick Picks!

Each year, fashion becomes a little more personal, a little more individualized and a little more, should we say, overwritten.  These days, everyone has an opinion about fashion and everyone seems to think they’re right.  But the wonderful thing about fashion and style is the ability to discover yourself through what makes you feel good about yourself and what seems to express your inner soul.  Years ago, long before Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen stole the market on homeless chic, we knew a girl who wore fifty bracelets on her arms with a gold Rolex…Vintage Blondie and The Smiths tees over long, Tibetan skirts…with Chuck Taylors cut off at the top.  Her hair, which always had some kind of feather or braid assemblage, fell in natural, blonde curls with pieces underneath highlighted with black and brown.  She…was…gorgeous.  Her sense of comfortable style which allowed herself to be free only released her soul and allowed others to see on the outside what she felt on the inside.  Happiness.

The fact that she could throw on a white silk blouse, black suit and pull all that wild hair back in a classy chignon made her all the more appealing and desirable.

In the past, women had better outlets than men to express their style…but today, men have options too! We’ve picked just a few of our favorite Spring items this year.

Above: Creative Recreation’s DEFEO Hunter Calico Wingtip…$75. Available at Creative Recreation.

Toddland’s Tennessee Wallet…Available at Toddland.(If you haven’t visited their site, you gotta go see all of their tees, sweatshirts, underpants and more! They also sell magic rocks and latch hook kits!

ANY of House of Holland’s underwear…All available online at House of Holland UK. (They have great women’s underwear too!)

Camouflage sport coats…available at J. Crew and Macy’s.

And floral shorts on men…lots of floral on men.  Get ready…this summer, men’s street fashion is going to look like Lana Del Rey ate men up and spit them out in cut off jean shorts, PBR tees and floral shirts crowned with longer, greasy, messy hair…we can’t wait! Lana…is the next huge style icon! Period.

Be Yourself.  Be Fearless.  Be Your Own Unexpected Luxury!

 

Would You Rather: Facebook? Twitter? Tumblr? YouTube? Instagam?

The world is consumed with social media.  Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, Match.com,, Grindr, LInkedIn…the list goes on and on and on.  Most people have accounts on either one or all of the social websites out on the webosphere.  We may even think there is something wrong with the random person who braggs, “I don’t have a Facebook account.” No Facebook account? How dare you? How will we ever find you? Oh well…tag us!

Would You Rather: Round 6

If you could only have 2 social media accounts, which 2, out of all of them out there, would you rather have? Please let us know in the comments below.  You don’t have to sign in to play, just post your comment and go!

Be Yourself.  Be Fearless.  Be Your Own Unexpected Luxury!

Revenge Returns…”Doubt”…Raannt Rewind 4-18-12

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the beach…Revenge returned to ABC tonight, bringing along with it a picnic basket of surprises.  While this isn’t a spoiler alert, if you haven’t watched the show yet, don’t read our post until afterwards.  We wouldn’t want to ruin any of the surprises that were lacking from tonight’s episode.

As HUGE fans of Revenge, we love every second, but maybe we’ve become immune to the constant craziness that occurs on one small strip of the Hamptons.  We’ve waited 6 weeks to find out the conclusion of what happened after Daniel’s arrest.  While we’re not attorney’s we’re pretty sure, from our steep education of law via film and television, that most murderers are not granted a bond.  So…leave it to Victoria to have a master plan to get Daniel out of jail.  We seriously need this bitch on our side! If we hired them as our campaign managers we could secure the White House overnight!

And what about old Victoria…or Vicki, as we found out tonight she used to be called in her past, past life. How many past lives does she have, seriously? Madeleine Stowe is 53.  In real time, that means she had Charlotte(except that the actress Christa B. Allen is really 20) at 36 and Daniel at 29.  Meaning…Vicki had a lot of years before to have several past lives.  We can only imagine what else we’ll find out besides an affair with a starving, unsuccessful artist who just happens to be as good looking as actor Gerard Butler and live in a million dollar apartment.  And is he as shady as Victoria? He did scroll through her phone and take her number. Such a stalker.

Poor Mason Treadwell…For being the modern day, Truman Capote of New York, he is undeniably simple.  Throw him a good computer, a room in the West Wing and a couple of wine coolers and the old chap is putty in their hands.  By far one of the best scenes of the night is when he is manipulated into writing the blog The Treadwell Report while Victoria, Emily and Ashley coerce him with an already designed website.  Again…could we please get this bitch on our side to hire someone to design, set up and run our website? And of course, his first post goes viral…overnight…all thanks to Eric van der Woodsen.  Oh wait! We mean, poor boy Declan Porter.  We just can’t get past the similarity between Declan and Serena’s gay brother on Gossip Girl, except for his often fading Jersey accent…(can he please be the next murder to happen in the Hamptons…or at least a haircut.) Maybe his next role is on The Pauly D Project! Let’s hope!

And who is smarter…Victoria or Emily? As tonight proved, their are literally mirror images of each other’s souls.  We’re routing for the possibility of some parental unity.  Could Emily be the daughter Victoria gave up to have the riches of the Hamptons.  Did Victoria and Emily’s father live in a flophouse in the city until they both got rich and got out, unable to display their love for each other? Probably not, but anything’s possibly in Revenge.  Who the hell would think to have their own son beat senseless in jail? Smart move gal, even though we were hoping for a longer shower scene with Daniel, but then again, this isn’t Oz.  And where do you all find these ranshakety bars on the edge of town where sketchy dudes sit around drinking beer all day waiting to be called by mother’s in the Hampton’s to have their son assaulted in prison.

And that is why we love this show so very much….because it is absolutely unreal.  How the hell could Emily take that guy down in the ally.  And what did she mean whispering, “This is for Jack” and then “This is for Daniel”.  Pick a man, girl! Always one step ahead, we were again super impressed with her strategically placing Mason Treadwell in a position to secure her safety.

And what were the rest of our thoughts about the show? Hmmm…are they losing money in their budget because the fashions seemed much less island chic and much more Kohl’s off the rack…especially Emily’s sling-backs…oh my! And what is Charlotte going to do when those 10 pain pills she’s been abusing for over 6 weeks run out?  She’s got about as much gumption as a leap frog.  Oh wait! She’ll run into the city to that bar and buy some pills from that guy Emily beat up…wearing her wig!

Til next time…watch your back!

See all of our TV reviews in our section Raannt Rewind!

 

 

Would You Rather: Glee Fans…Lea and Cory OR Chris and Darren???

Yesterday we ran an article about pictures of Lea Michele and Cory Montieth questioning the authenticity of their off-screen romance.  It seems people either believe it is real or think it is a complete PR stunt.  We tend to want to believe the rumors.  But…to all our Glee fans out there, including us, it leaves an interesting question!

 

Would You Rather: Round 5

If you had to pick one of these onscreen Glee couples, Darren Criss and Chris Colfer OR Lea Michele and Cory Montieth, to have a real-life, non PR, lasting romance…which would you pick?

Leave your comments and answers below! And stay-tuned for another round of Would You Rather tomorrow plus our review of this week’s episode of Glee!

To see the pictures we posted of Lea and Cory, click HERE!

Love ya guys!

Be Yourself.  Be Unafraid.  Be Your Own Unexpected Luxury!

 

 

Gossip Girl-THE Rewind…”Salon of the Dead” 4-16-12

The story gets more in depth, maybe even somewhat cheesy at times, but we love these characters so damn much because they seem like our best friends who we catch up with once a week.  Why do we watch?  Duh…Because we have to

So…here’s what we thought about tonight’s show!

Blan…or Blair and Dan(ok, we were going to pick DLair or Blain, but since flan is a sweet custard and bland is defined as uninteresting, we thought Blan was a perfect fit!)… are finally starting to find their relationship rhythm and are ready to finally make their public debut.  (You have to admit, we could all take some socialite pointers from Queen B herself.  Schedule red carpet photo ops(or oops). Check!)  Of course, the likes of good vs. Brooklyn won’t mesh so smoothly.  The pair find themselves dancing the choppy tango, trying to decide which move will be best for their coming out relationship…so a Salon party it is – invite only!

It wouldn’t be the upper east side if the golden, parental, social couple wasn’t having trouble and this time it seems serious.  Our prediction is that we’ll see a divorce by the middle of next season.  Sorry Rufus, but its a little too late to try to make Brooklyn fit into the upper east side shoes. And while we’re at it, who fixes computer desk chairs?  We know times are hard, but really?! And the little father and son moment, sweet…but sooo Season 1 & 2.

Lily dear, we love your subtlety.  Especially your description of the Upper East Side – “clean sidewalks, Bergdorf Goodman, and people who’s job is to open doors”.  The Rufus part we can deal with out. Nobody needs a super, moral, sound board around when you have that much money, really!

And now…on to Serena.  After a couple of weeks as Gossip Girl, Serena seems to really be enjoying the GG powers.  But careful S, you keep giving away personal details and the fire of Lola will burn when you least expect it.  Lola’s on to you(which we kind of like!) and you don’t want to lose all that power…even though we want Ivy back.  She was hot and her voice was sexy.

And what else happens?  One of Diana’s secrets is finally revealed…GG style, disrupting the salon party.  Lola confirms her suspicions on who GG is and the best  public blow out between Diana and Chuck… Making it “more of a soap opera than salon” coming out party. We don’t want to ruin everything for you if you haven’t already seen it so we’ll leave it with our rating…

xoxoxoxo

4/5 xo’s…Not bad, considering…

Til next week when we find out how many desk chairs Rufus will have to fix since he’s been cut off! And if you have any suggestions on the mixed name for Blair and Dan…other than Blan…by all mean, please comment!

Are GLEE’s Lea Michele and Cory Montieth a REAL Couple??? Gleemance Photos!

If you haven’t heard, Glee’s onscreen couple, Lea Michele and Cory Montieth, attended the Coachella music festival together this weekend.  This might not be much of a surprise to most Glee fans, who have been reading reports for weeks of an off-screen romance.  Come on! Who wouldn’t love for Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson to fall in love in real life.  When we first heard these stories, we didn’t believe it.  We’re addicted to Glee but this was just too good to be true.  What next? Darren Criss and Chris Colfer? God…we wish! No…we were just as skeptical as the rest.

In fact, after we Tweeted last night from our Boys of Raannt account, We have unseen pics of couple @msleamichele and @CoryMontieth weeks ago in NYC to be posted tomorrow at http://raannt.com #glee our account blew up and we started having Glee fans from all over sending us direct messages and tweets.  One fan, like many others, even questioned the authenticity of their relationship Tweeting @theboysofraannt omg!! Cant believe theres still naive people that thinks they are a real couple PR staged pics @GLEETV.

We thought the same thing…until 3 weeks ago.  One of our very close friends happened to be in NYC for the weekend.  Before flying home on Sunday, March 25th, she and some friends were having brunch at The Jane(hotel). Halfway through her brunch, she looks up to notice Lea Michele and Cory Montieth walking in together and being seated, alone, in the restaurant.  When asked if they looked like a couple, she replied, “They looked very cozy.  They were obviously a couple and not trying to hide it.” And although the pictures aren’t amazing, taken on her iPhone between the elbows and arms of the other brunchers, we were happy enough to see the couple, looking like the rest of us on any Sunday.  Tired and hungry.

So…A real, life Hollywood couple or a PR stunt?  We hope they’re really in love.  It would make for a perfect ending, right?

What do you think? Fake…or real on Gleemance?

Stay tuned for more celeb pics from our friend’s iPhones, you’ll never guess who, and if you have any you’d like us to post please send them to raannt@raannt.com.  We’ll give you full credit and even interview you about seeing them!

Be Yourself. Be Unafraid.  Be Your Own Unexpected Luxury!