The Pitches Are Back in Pitch Perfect 2

We're Back Pitches - Pitch Perfect 2 feature

We're Back Pitches - Pitch Perfect 2 poster

I’m a lover of teen angst/bitchy girl movies (Mean GirlsThe Heathers, etc), musicals, Rebel Wilson, and Elizabeth Banks, so Pitch Perfect is right up my alley. I’ve been rocking out to the soundtrack and trying to rap in the shower all week (not pretty). Wednesday night, my Mom, Suzi, Scarlett and I saw Pitch Perfect 2 and it was aca-awesome! Even better than the first! I won’t talk about all of my favorite moments because I don’t want to ruin the magic. BUT I can share with you some exclusive behind-the-scenes content, courtesy of PP2 sponsor Schick®:

If you haven’t seen the movie yet, do it! I’m seeing it again with Stan this weekend as part of my usual week-long birthday celebration. ;)

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Friday Faves: 14 Swoon-Worthy Romantic Movies

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I doubt this will come as a surprise to you, but I am a huge, HUGE sap. So in honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share with you my top 14 favorite romantic movies.

Moulin Rouge!

1. Moulin Rouge! (2001). My all-time favorite romantic movie is Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! I’m a sucker for his films, and musicals in general. The songs, the costumes, the whole Ewan McGregor/Nicole Kidman dynamic… it’s all simply magical.


2. Love, Actually. Here’s one I can actually get Stan to watch. ;) The all-British cast is amazing — Hugh Grant (I’ll watch pretty much anything he’s in), Alan Rickman, Kiera Knightly, Emma Thompson… well, you know. There’s so much to love about this movie, but my favorite dynamic is between Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Daniel (Liam Neeson).

Say Anything

3. Say Anything. A classic, of course! Who could forget the infamous Lloyd Dobler “In Your Eyes” boombox scene that has been referenced and imitated throughout pop culture since 1989? Also, young John Cusack totally reminds me of Stan.

10 Things I Hate About You

4. 10 Things I Hate About You. I’m also a sucker for retellings of Shakespeare plays, and 10 Things I Hate About You falls right into that category (it’s a modern-day Taming of the Shrew). Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles form the primary couple in this rom-com, but let’s not forget it helped put a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt on the map. (And thank goodness it did!)


5. Elizabethtown. Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom are just so friggin’ cute in this movie.

One Day

6. One Day. I just watched this for the first time over the weekend while Stan was visiting friends in New Hampshire. I couldn’t even handle it. It’s one of those movies I wish I had seen with him – or at least when he was around. I won’t say anything more because I don’t want to ruin it, but if you haven’t seen it, do!

Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day_sm

7. Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day. Lee Pace makes me swoon. I loved him in Pushing Daisies, and I’m so sad it was canceled because he was so dreamy in it. (Writing this is turning me into a pre-teen all over again). And Amy Adams, as usual, is spectacular.


8. The Great Gatsby (2013). I love the 1920s. (Remember my murder mystery birthday party?) This might seem like blasphemy to some of you, but I like the 2013 Great Gatsby better than the 1974 original. I think Leonardo DiCaprio makes a better Gatsby. He’s more human, emotional, nervous, and likable. And I really do love Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top fantastical party scenes and modern music. I think many of us fell in love with Lana Del Ray’s voice in this movie. If you stop 20 minutes before the end of the movie, you can imagine a happier ending.


9. Titanic. Speaking of Leo, how could I not include Titanic? It was probably the first romantic film I saw in theaters. I remember seeing it with my first “boyfriend,” his mom, and his best friend. (I was in 5th grade. Pretty sure we just held hands and that was considered dating.) I maintained for a very long time that Rose could’ve moved her ass over to fit Jack on the door she floated on, but Reddit disproved this assumption with physics. So we can all stop thinking that now, and move on.

A Knight's Tale

10. A Knight’s Tale. I’m also a big fan of Renaissance-era film and TV (which is why Stan and I frequent the renaissance faires), so of course A Knight’s Tale is on my list. It’s quirky and fun, and I miss Heath Ledger. :(

Shakespeare In Love

11. Shakespeare in Love. While we’re in the Renaissance period, let’s talk about Shakespeare in Love. It’s purposefully inaccurate, which of course is part of its charm. Joseph Fiennes is dreamy (oh there I go again) as William Shakespeare, suffering from severe (and hilarious) writer’s block and Gwyneth Paltrow plays a fantastically strong female lead opposite him. It’s a kind of happier version of Romeo and Juliet.


12. Amélie. The French film Amélie revolves mainly around do-gooder Amélie Poulain helping out friends, family, and strangers… even if they don’t think they need her help. Audrey Tautou is adorable in it, and in the end, she finds a little happiness of her own.

Pirates of the Caribbean

13. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. You might be surprised to find this on my list of romantic films. But I do love the romance between Kiera Knightly and Orlando Bloom, and Johnny Depp looks hot even as a dirty scoundrel.


14. Stardust. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, Stardust follows a hopeless romantic named Tristan as he chases after a fallen star (played by Claire Danes) to prove his love to a woman in his village. It’s a sweet, fantastical movie, made even better by Robert De Niro’s portrayal of a cross-dressing pirate.

What’s on your list of most romantic movies?


Road Trip Update 3: Music & Movies

Before I talk about days 5 and 6 (and a movie reference), let’s talk about music, shall we? As I was going over my road trip route with family, Suzi kept suggesting songs to listen to while I was driving through certain parts of the country. I laughed at first, but she’s been sending me daily songs and it’s become something I look forward to each morning, and keeps me connected to home. Here are a few:

Road Trip Music - Iowa via @poorandpretty

So far, I’ve liked the Iowa songs best: The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines by Joni Mitchell, and Iowa by Dar Williams.

Road Trip Music - Colorado via @poorandpretty

You have to listen to John Denver’s Rocky Mountain High when driving through the Rockies! I also liked the funky indie tune Colorado by The Rentals.

Road Trip Music - Utah via @poorandpretty

The Beach Boys are always fun, and their Salt Lake City song is no exception. Similarly upbeat and retro is Utah by The Osmonds.

On to the movie reference: On Day 5, I left my hotel in Moab and set out for Dead Horse Point, not far from Arches National Park. A beautiful natural landmark in its own right, it’s especially famous for its role in the film Thelma & Louise.

Thelma and Louise end

In the movie, we’re lead to believe the feisty ladies drive off a cliff into the Grand Canyon. Not so, friends!

Road Trip Day 5 - Dead Horse Point Utah

Ridley Scott actually filmed this key scene at Dead Horse Point. Looks familiar, right?

Road Trip Day 5 - Dead Horse Point Utah 2

It does look pretty Grand Canyon-y, although I haven’t seen that yet. But I’ll post photos when I do next week!

Oh, and Day 6 was uneventful except that I made it to California!!! Off to see San Francisco today!

Want more frequent updates? Follow @poorandpretty on Instagram. I’ll be tagging my road trip photos with #samiontheroad and #gosamijo ♥

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Inspired by love: 3 printable romantic quotes for Valentine’s Day

There is so much snow outside today! All I want to do is cuddle with Stan on the couch and watch romantic movies all day. But I can’t do that, so instead I designed some printable quotes from three of my favorites: A Knight’s Tale, Love Actually, and Moulin Rouge!. Please note that these are high-res files and may take a few minutes to download, depending on your Internet connection speed.


Jocelyn says this to William. ♥ Download the 11 x 8.5 print here.


Mark has written this on one of his sheets poster board, which he shows to Juliet. Download the 8.5 x 11 print here.


This is said, sung, and shouted a few times during the film, by Toulouse and Christian. The quote is originally attributed to George Alexander Aberle or “eden ahbez” in his song, “Nature Boy,” which is covered by David Bowie and Massive Attack on the soundtrack. Download the 8.5 x 11 print here.


Friday Flashback: U + Me = Us


Do you remember 2GE+HER? It was an MTV movie mockumentary about a parody boy band of the same name that aired in February 2000. Even though the fictional boy band was created just for the movie (and a spin-off TV series), they released two albums that year, and I bought them both. You have to understand, I was in middle school and still listening to ‘NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, too. My friends and I were picking out our favorite boys (mine was Chad, the “shy one,” who later developed a meth addiction… go figure!) and attaching their last names to ours, as girls will do in middle school. We sang their hit song “U + Me = Us (Calculus)” like it was our theme song. You have to watch the music video:

A few months later, for my 13th birthday, I received my very first camera. Immediately after opening it, my friends took photos of me staging the moves from “U + Me = Us.” I have taken these embarrassing photos, cropped them (but did not edit them in, so I still have horrifying red eyes), and turned them into an animated GIF for you. I should also note that a few weeks prior to these photos, I thought it would be a great idea to shave my eyebrows. It wasn’t.


I’m not sure which is the best part: the baby crib (not sure whose; Scarlett wasn’t born yet), vacuum, and kitty litter box in the background, or my choppy eyebrows, facial expressions, or demonic red eyes. Or my fantastic outfit:

u+me=us outfit

I was totally cool at 13. Happy Friday! ;)