Friday, October 26, 2012

It's Ridiculous.....But What Do You Think?

Cocaine Princess here.

As most of you know I love fashion. I live and breathe it. There are those who read and watch sports well I love reading and watching anything related to fashion. What can I say, I have a Passion for Fashion, so when I came across this bit of news it caught my attention.

Back in May 2012, the fashion house Chanel announced their first ever male spokesmodel for the luxury fashion house’s perfume, Brad Pitt. I first thought, “ is this going to work?
Commercially, the brands of the House of Chanel have been personified by fashion models and actresses. The actor was hand picked by designer Karl Lagerfield himself and given that Chanel’s annual revue is €1.809 billion euros I figured the company must know what they’re doing by hiring a male to promote not just any woman’s perfume but one of the world’s most iconic perfumes, Chanel N°5.

The commercial was released 2 weeks ago. Us Weekly's Zach Johnson called the video "sensual," while Vanity Fair's Amy Fine Collins said the choice to cast Pitt as spokesperson showed the French fashion house "subtly circling back to its gender-twisting origins."

My opinion? Well, the first thing to come out of my mouth was, "Poor Coco Chanel, she must be rolling in her grave" followed by "Good Grief!" It's so ridiculous that it’s funny! The ad was directed and shot in black and white by Director Joe Wright - whose previous works include two Keira Knightley movies Atonement and Anna Karenina. The ad features the Hollywood actor standing in an empty room looking to the left, to the right an then up and then down while stating the following: “It's not a journey. Every journey ends, but we go on. The world turns, and we turn with it. Plans disappear, dreams take over. But wherever I go, there you are, my luck, my fate, my fortune. Chanel No.5, inevitable.”  

The world turns, and we turn with it.

Brad, what the hell are you talking about? It’s nothing but gibberish and way too serious for a perfume ad. I love Chanel and always will but the company really missed the mark on this one. Oh by the way, the video is part of a $10 million dollar advertising campaign for which Pitt was paid $7 million. Check it out for yourselves:

Seriously, Brad Pitt received $7 million for this ridiculous ad? Aye-yi-yi. So, what are your thoughts, my lovelies?  

PS: The ad was spoofed on a recent episode of SNL by Taran Killam. Click here to see that. It's hilarious!

It’s been one hell of another week for me in terms of not sleeping. I think I may have gotten about 2hours of sleep this week each night. It's so damn frustrating that I don't know whether to laugh, cry or scream. My endless pleas to the Sandman for a restful night's sleep have fallen on deaf ears. So, instead of staring at the ceiling or watching the clock and seeing the minutes go by I've been doing a lot of late night channel surfing, thank God for AMC's Fear Feast! When I wasn't watching TV I would be listening to music in hopes that sweet music would lull me to sleep. No such luck! While on youtube I felt like listening to a power ballad I hadn’t heard in awhile, Send Me An Angel by The Scorpions. It's a beautiful song that gives me goosebumps each time I hear it because of my emotional connection to it. The lyrics are incredible as is the song itself. Little did I know there was an acoustic version of it that was released in 2001 from their "Live in Lisbon" DVD/CD.  This version is so breathtaking and Mathias Jab is absolutely brilliant on the guitar.


My loyal and dear readers, it's finally Friday.

Whatever your plans are have a phenomenal weekend. ~x

Cocaine Princess


Miss Stormy Marples said...

It must be an awful feeling not to be able to sleep. I have a detective that has insomnia. I feel sorry for him when I see dark circles under his eyes. He does the same thing u do watch movies.

Two deaths have touched my life this week One a homicide of a friend's sister. I did not realize it because we met many years ago at lunch and never really got to talk about her sister's name. Imagine my shock when she showed up in my office to give a statement.

Another friend 29-years old had a heart attack yesterday and they pulled plug this morning.

I just keep thinking life is short and unpredictable.

We had a visiting lecturer, Father McKnight. I was really hoping I was going to get a profound lesson from him in our class this evening. He did not disappointment. As well, his lesson guided me to a place I need to study for my life.

Before I went to class I took Buttons for a walk in Harbor Town. He enjoys the simple things and is a constant reminder to me. Currently, he is sleeping in my bed. His head is laying on the pillow and somehow he has managed to as well have the cover laying on top of him. He truly looks like a child sleeping

Headed to Chicago soon. Never been. Looking forward to a trip. Buttons will be traveling with us as well.

So many things to share but alas I need to go to sleep.

I wish I had ur flair for fashion. I am changing a few things. I am big into brooches, pearls, etc I do get compliments on my hair, lipstick and eyes. I am looking into changing a few things about my wardrobe.

Take care. Until next Thursday evening. Sorry u r not sleeping.

Nite nite from Memphis

Cocaine Princess said...

Miss Stormy Maples at 12:39,

I'm so terribly sorry about the loss you've encountered. Hugs. You're so right, life is so short and that's why we need to live, enjoy and savor every moment of it.

Chicago sounds exciting. I look forward to reading all about it in your entries.

As always thank you for your comment.

Miss Stormy Marples said...

We are shocked about our friend that had the heart attack. His family seems to have a bad history of strokes and whatnot plus their father died at 40. He has two other siblings in their 30's and they recently had to go on medical disability. It's crazy. Genes. U either have good or bad genes.

I did not know the other woman (the one murdered) personally. I had never met her. I just know that she is the sister of a friend that I met years ago and ate lunch with because we met at a restaurant downtown and struck up a friendship over lunches for several years. But I do feel for her. Plus their are two kids involved and it's unfortunate that they have lost their mother through death and their father will be going to prison. He was charged with her homicide.

This morning I have to laugh at myself. It is raining in Memphis. And, of course, in carrying all one's stuff to work plus an umbrella and purse my shoes got slippery on a yellow parking line in the employee parking lot and I hit the ground because on top of all of this I was attempting to hold both pants legs up so they wouldn't get wet. I did what I consider some backwards splits. I have always been flexible so did not hurt myself. Of course, everyone comes running over to help by the time they got there I had bounced up. I told one of my detectives "See I told u I was flexible." He and I are always joking. But my bum is wet and when I got to office I had noticed I had a gash on my knee. It bleed profusely and is throbbing terribly. I think I must have landed on a rock or a piece of glass with my knee. We are talking about a dirty parking lot in downtown Memphis. Ugh!!! Thank goodness I had on fall black slacks that had a lining. As the lining is "bloody" and took the most of the soaking up of the blood. Ugh. They had to help me get the blood to stop gushing. They are saying I should go get a few stitches. No no no no. I do not like stitches. I am going to try to see if the bleeding will stop on it's own since it is now bandaged and will put a butterfly bandaid on it to hold it together. I know u can't go to long before it is stitched up because they refuse to stitch it up at a certain point. Infection. I believe. So I have to make a decision in an hour or so as to Urgent Care or not. Blah!!! Thank goodness for black pants is all I have to say. I will go home and change at lunch. I don't feel like going out in the rain again right this moment. I am hidden behind my desk with my pants legs up. And thank goodness for shaved legs.

Oh Cocaine Princess--I think I need to start this day over again. However, other than a throbbing knee and a wet bum I feel good tonight.

However, I said something to harsh yesterday to someone. I should feel terrible but I think it needed to be said. I'm afraid the communication has ended forever. He never would warm up to me nor did he trust me. Why? I do not understand and never will. He never would allow me to get close to him. It was just not meant to be. He would never put an effort in getting to know me. U can't have a friendship if only one is going to open up. Needless, to say, this was not how I wanted it to end.

Well, it is Friday. Thank goodness.

Headed to Chicago soon with a friend whom has to handle his late father's estate. I will only have one day in the city by myself. The other will be traveling days.

Have a blessed day and week.

"StormyDawn" and Buttons

Bathwater said...

I was wonder if Brad was going to shave for the ad. He looks better shaved.

I can't believe that most of the cost goes toward paying him!!!!

Cocaine Princess said...

Miss Stormy Marples at 9:20,
"See I told u I was flexible"
-reading that made me laugh however you really should get that knee checked out.

Bathwater at 9:38,
Brad must have one awesome agent to have worked out that deal. I agree- he looks better shaved.

Bruce Johnson said...

Chanel really screwed up, I would have done that perfume ad for 2.5 million!

Miss Stormy Marples said...

How u have touched my life Cocaine Princess...

I just got a chance to watch the Brad Pitt video and the song video. I could not play it last night on my i phone.

My heart is sad at the loss of a potential friendship. And, although, Brad Pitt's ad did not do justice to perfume add it does have some important words in it. His message did say something to me plus ur song. I usually read a lot into spoken and words sung.

I believe sometimes messages are sent by others (friends) and at times although we don't know why we write such things they make a difference in someone else's life. Ur videos sent a message to me even though u had a totally different meaning behind ur blog. Words so very important what they say. I love words. I have a book of quotes and add to it when I come across such proverbial sayings. I am a dreamer. I am hopeful. Always hopeful.

Headed to Urgent Care. Teary-eyed I'm afraid because I do not like being stitched up. I have a fear of needles especially those kinds of needles.

Brad Pitt is a beautiful man. I wish truthfully he would have been able to stay with Jennifer Aniston. A love lost. I've always felt sad for her. Maybe her new man will bring her happiness.

Last comment. Have a good day.

Hahaha I just noticed the word verification through ur comment moderation is esempit "pit" "Pitt"

Cocaine Princess said...

Miss Stormy Marples at 10:44,
That's the beauty of music which is a lot like art-- we all interpret it in our own way.

Miss Stormy Marples said...

I like what u said in ur last comment to me.

I interpret things a lot differently than a lot of people. Sometimes, I am "challenged" on it. However, it is what it means to me or whomever is listening or reading it.

Thank u for writing what u wrote.

Five stitches. Ugly black plastic type stitches. And I cried like a baby. Silent tears mind u. The nurses there are so sweet. One let me lay my head on their shoulder (she looks like a grandma) so I didn't have to watch and rubbed my back. Blah-- Back at work. We have a lot of transcribing to do. It's been a busy week.

Urgent Care said "U are becoming quite the client." I find it strange as I never have to go to the doctor other than checkups. Spider bite on bum in summer. Pneunomia two weeks ago. And stitches today. They said "Let us just open an account for u. And u tell us to just charge it." They are very kind and sweet. I have been very impressed with them. And they are very quick too. Each time I have gotten in and out quickly except for when they required me to stay with them for a few hours to watch over me for adverse reactions.

Music, art and words. I love them all. I have been a writer since a child.

We are having our office "Thanksgiving" party on November 14th. So I am baking some pies. I love pies so I will bake them with love for my guys. Yummy. I thought of u though. Ur dress was so pretty (the pink one) for y'all Harvest holiday. I love when u talk about Canada's holidays. It educates me as to what is going on up there. Well, all ur clothes are beautiful. I might go buy something new and festive for this party. U know I'm not a shopper but I think something new and pretty will brighten that day and make it memorable. No?

Thank u for not giving me a hard time about my "epic novel long" comments.

"Stormy"Dawn and Buttons

Cocaine Princess said...

Miss Stormy Marples at 1:52,

I always buy a new outfit when a special occasion arises & yes it does make it memorable. Each time I look at the outfit/pic it'll remind me of the day I wore it.

No worries about your comments- after all you do take the time to read my entries. Feel better & have a speedy recovery.

Miss Stormy Marples said...

Would u do a post on like ur favorite fall fashions? With some pics. Like things u would wear. I am really going to try very hard to work on my wardrobe. U r in the know on these things.

Can u believe I got hit in the head tonight with a frozen heavy duty screw driver? A worker was working on the freezer and left some tools on top of our packages if lemon loafs which I was pulling down cuz they were over my head by 2 1/2 feet. I was so mad at the carelessness. It could have damaged my eye. I have a huge knot on my head. I am just now getting my temper under control. I just want to go home and crawl in bed. I want this day to end.

I need to stop talking about this mess. It is bad karma today. Very bad karma. I think I will just go home and have a good cry and just get it out of my system.

Please think about doing a fashion fall thing for stuff we can wear. U know I hate to shop.

Cocaine Princess said...

Miss Stormy Marples,

I recently bought several peplum style dresses & tops for the fall and a leopard printed jacket and the color burgundy for lips and nails is a hot and huge fall trend.

If you're interested in knowing what's big for Spring~Summer 2013 that's already been posted in my Fashion Week entries posted from Fri. Sept. 21 ~ Wed. Oct. 3rd. Hope it helps.

Miss Stormy Marples said...

I have read those. I need to go back and take notes. I am such a simple dresser but need to expand my fashion a bit. I wear black slacks always except for casual wear. I dress them up with purple, gray and red. My lips always painted. Lately it has been MAC Diva which I can carry off well for a fair skinned woman. My coworker noted a few days ago that my blush did not show really well. I think I am going to have to add a creamy base rouge instead of a powder one. My nails r short and professional and always painted professionally at least once a week. What stores do u shop? I like the professional look with a touch of feminine. But tailored. If I could carry off baby doll dresses I would. I actually am thinking of getting my seamstress friend to design and see some Jane Austen type dresses. High busted line with free falling skirt. I can pull that look off. I love sweaters and scares. But cute sweaters. Girlie ones.

I have starting reading ur older blogs too. Ur stories interest me

Heading to Chicago after Coffeehouse tonight and a shower. I am looking forward to getting out of town for a few days.

Miss Stormy Marples said...

What is it about older intelligent men that r so appealing. Tonight for three hours in an very old expensive luxury mansion I was surrounded by four older men ranging from 60-years to 85-years plus one woman that was 70. They r clearly in a different social class than myself but I held my own.

Where one door closes, God opens a window. There was a semi-reunion that I was unable to attend with my Greenwood, MS family. However, I commented to my cousin when she put pics up on Facebook. These cousins live in Greenwood, MS roughly 2 and 1/2 miles from me. One of the men whom I actually thought was a distant cousin bantered back and forth with me. We have/had a lot in common. And he is so handsome and in shape. Then I found out that he is not related to me and that he lives ten miles from me. He just goes back to visit his family in Greenwood. He grew up in Greenwood but had moved to a little town just outside of Memphis.

Well, I was definitely pleased with those new facts. A very nice little surprise. The most important thing to me is that he is a man of God. He seems to be rooted in his faith. Several of his friends friended me on Facebook. There was quite a conversation going this morning for about four hours. I feel revived as they appear to be a tight group of friends. And they seem to be open to me joining in. Looking at their pics, they r from Greenwood, Greenville, Cleveland, Clarksdale and Southaven area. A stretch of about 2 to 3 hours and within my family's homes either way u travel from Memphis to Greenwood. And they come to Memphis a lot. They r my age and they seem to have loads of fun. I am so looking forward to getting to know them. They appear to be open to getting to know people but definitely have a bond. This could not have come at a better time for me in my life as I have been searching for my group of friends.

We postponed Chicago trip because of weather uncertainty. It gives me more time to plan my day of fun in Chicago.

Miss Stormy Marples said...

P.S. Had a truly exciting day at work. Things got INTENSE. They were definitely boarding on the potential of out-of-control and heated. It involved a child being hurt. I had to hug my detective afterwards. He kept himself under control but it was just INTENSE. My secretary in the back called and asked me "What is going on? Do u hear that?". I had a front a front row seat. Justice. I get so tired of innocent people victimized.

There was a domestic violence situation two hours away from here. A young woman was trying to leave her abusive boyfriend is the story being told. She was running down the highway from her home. The boyfriend hit her with his vehicle and the impact threw her into two oncoming cars. Her body was mutilated so bad that a paramedic whom knew her since she was two did not even recognize her. My cousins live close by and where upset and sending me the articles. It was horrible. Horrible.

Cocaine Princess said...

Miss Stormy Marples at 12:37,
Sometimes the very thing we're looking for is right in front of our eyes. Hope all goes well for you and this new guy.

Miss Caught Up said...

That Ad was.. weird and funny at the same time. I also saw the SNL skits, did you watch all three of them? It was sooo funny!

PS: Yeah.. not sure what Chanel was doing there...

Cocaine Princess said...

Miss Caught Up at 12:39,
Yes I did see all three of them-- they were hilarious especially the Taco Bell one!!