Focus Movie Review

Focus Movie Review

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Zoya Natural Satins - Yes, yes, yes to satin polishes! The satin is a hybrid between matte and glossy, so polish it on your nails without a top coat to keep the look smooth. These natural satins are the perfect colors to introduce spring this month. The shades are: Ana, Brittany, Leah, Rowan, Sage and Tove and cost $9 each.

Loafers - Have you seen the Chanel ankle strap cut-out loafers yet? They were in the Spring/Summer 2015 collection. I want them or a very similar version of them, stat. The Astrid by Alexander Wang was the closest bet, but those are sold out. For now, maybe I'll see if I can DIY some ankle straps onto my Shoe Cult cut-out loafers and make it work a la Tim Gunn.

'90s R&B - Yes, the 1990s are calling and they want their stonewash jeans and dodo braids back. But I've actually really been feeling the music of the '90s lately -- particularly, I Wanna Be Down by Brandy. Sigh, R&B music was the shit. Not sure about the crap that's on the radio these days. (Do I sound like an old fart? Well, get off my lawn!). Seriously, go to your Spotify right now and add this Brandy song -- then check back on the Muse next week for a '90s R&B Music Playlist.

Tulips - Judging by my blog posts and Instagram, it's pretty clear that tulips are a current obsession. Since it's tulip season, its become super easy to find bundles in all kinds of colors, and it's making me want to go back to The Netherlands for the tulip festival next month.

Empire - Keeping the music theme going, I've been tuning into Empire every Wednesday night since the show premiered. If you're a fan of good music (produced by Timbaland), Taraji P. Henson and great acting then start watching it now before the March 18 season finale. Terrence Howard might have been a little weird at the Oscars (OK!), but he rocks on Empire.

And click here to see what song was #1 when you were born. For me it was I Wanna Dance With Somebody  by Whitney Houston.

Asymmetrical Hemlines - I'm not the biggest wearer of dresses and skirts, but I'm a bit love struck for asymmetric hemlines right now. I know a lot of you loved this dress, so I'm thinking about adding more irregular hemline dresses or skirts to the collection this spring. You can find these skirts on Net-A-Porter.

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Let me first start by saying that the movie Focus is not a film where a guy has to save a girl, which might be what some people might think based on the trailer. Granted, the previews are a bit confusing, but the focus of the movie is a bit more complicated than that.

It's a heist movie about a guy named Nicky (Will Smith) -- a seasoned conman -- who introduces a girl named Jess (Margot Robbie) -- a rookie thief -- to the bigger game. During this time, the two become romantically involved. But the biggest thing to take from this movie is that it's full of twists and turns. Nicky and Jess find themselves caught up in a con that has them in over their heads -- or does it?

One of the coolest aspects about Focus is that you never really know who is being conned, which speaks true to older, traditional caper movies. Although some might say that women aren't properly portrayed in this movie -- and to an extent, I would agree (if we're going to make it a point to talk about Margot Robbie's menstrual cycle and her physical appearance, then we should certainly do the same to Will Smith) -- the character of Jess plays a prominent role and isn't just another wide-eyed damsel in distress; certainly a step up from her role in The Wolf of Wall Street.

She's no Angelina Jolie or Uma Thurman (the only two women I can currently think of who have successfully acted in traditional male roles -- a la Kill Bill, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Salt, etc.) but it's a start. As a black woman, I like seeing female actors in strong roles and black actors in roles that aren't inherently related to race.

The plot is deeper than it might appear on the surface so be sure to pay attention. But with any heist movie, it does make you ask yourself, "but why jump through all those hoops for that one score?" In that regard, it's no Ocean's 11, but it's still quite a bit of fun.

Rating: ♥

Next up...Chappie!

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Not sure if you can tell, but I was tremendously unhappy when I took these photos. Just a few hours earlier my dog chewed up my passport. That's right -- my passport. I was at the gym releasing endorphins and came home to see my face all torn up on the carpet. No amount of endorphins could make me feel better. But I still had plans to take these photos, so I had to grin and bear it. And since this lovely dress by Fevrie is called the Audrey, I decided to put on my funny face, like Ms. Hepburn, herself.

But the hubs did make me feel a bit better with a milkshake. Carbs tend to do the trick. What is your pick-me-up when something terrible, awful happens? Is it coffee? Chocolate? Wine? A run? Music? A good cry?

On the Muse: | Audrey dress c/o Fevrie | Buckle Cut-Out Booties c/o ShopLately | Forever 21 leather moto jacket | H&M wool hat |

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