Rave: The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins’ best-selling, dystopian YA novel, made its silver screen debut on March 23 after much anticipation. We were lucky enough to catch the flick a few days early thanks to our friends at Alliance Films. Held at the Scotiabank Theatre, the Canadian premiere was something you had to see to believe – an orange red carpet lined with creepy-looking Peacekeepers, hundreds of eager fans queued up for a sneak peek and, most excitingly, Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Cato (Alexander Ludwig) in town to introduce the film (see below).  

Holy babe alert!

We aren’t surprised that The Hunger Games has taken top honours at the box office two weekends in a row, with no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re team Peeta or team Gale – which, by the way, is the new Edward vs. Jacob – there’s no disputing the fact that Jennifer Lawrence is SO badass as Katniss Everdeen. She’s inspired us to wear side braids daily and look into some summertime archery classes.

We won’t get too much into the plot, as we don’t want to give away any spoilers to the 4 readers who may not have seen it yet, but wanted to share some of our thoughts on the film:

  • Woody Harrelson was a pitch perfect Haymitch. Though far more sober than portrayed in the book, Harrelson really pulled off Haymitch’s off-beat persona. We’re looking forward to seeing how his character develops.
  • How cool did all the citizens of the Capitol look? I mean, sure, they like to watch children murder each other on TV, but damn, they have some crazy style going on. We keep lurking on this killer Tumblr for more Capitol fashion insight.   
  • When Katniss volunteers as tribute on behalf of Prim? GOOSEBUMPS. Even thinking about it now, we get chills.
  • When Lenny Kravitz was cast as Cinna we were a little skeptical (and no, not because he’s black). However, we’re happy to say we were wrong! Kravitz’s Cinna was more understated than we’d anticipated… and that’s a good thing. We always like being surprised by casting.
Cinna, Haymitch and Peeta bro down.

Overall, the film did a wonderful job of adapting our beloved book. We’re already counting down till Catching Fire comes to theatres, but until then “May the odds be ever in your favour.

Fashion-able: Spring beauty collections we can’t wait for

Being the beauty junkies that we are, it’s rare that a new nail polish or lip shade escapes a morning debrief on the fourth floor. Since Wiarton Willie just predicted an early spring, we’re looking forward to electric neons, over-the-top lashes, modern cat eyes, a golden glow, statement lips, power brows, metallic accents and these looks and collections:

Rosy Glow 

We’re loving the look of pretty feminine cheeks seen on the runways at Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs – rosy cheeks that were just the right mix of flirty and flushed. A piece from Bobbi Brown’s Rose Gold collection, particularly a beautiful shimmer brick compact in Rose Gold or Wild Rose ($49), is the perfect addition to our spring makeup bag to achieve this look.

A pretty and delicate look for Spring from Bobbi Brown.

Garden Pastels 

We don’t know if Lancôme and Dior are conspiring to host the ultimate garden party this year, but add us to the guest list. Dior’s Spring 2012 collection is inspired by a rose garden planted and lovingly cultivated by Mr. Dior himself. We’re swooning over the limited edition Dior Garden Clutch ($75) and new eyeshadow palettes with soft greens, delicate violets and subtle pinks. 

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and Dior is always appropriate. Hint, hint!

Similarly, Lancôme invites us to a Roseraie des Delices this spring – a rose garden of delights. We’ll wait to see who is bold enough to rock the new Color Fever Gloss in Green Petal ($31). We bet we’ll spot it on a few fashionable pairs of lips at World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto.

Pistachio? Mint-chip green? Either way, this pale green is lovely for spring.

Coloured Liner 

If a minty-green pout is a little too much, we like some bold colour around the eyes. Estée Lauder’s 2012 collection, with the Kajal Eye Crayon in Dramatic Teal ($23), presents a strong colourful look for spring. It’s especially pretty when it’s drawn all the way into the inner corners of the eyes – talk about eye popping. 

MAC is one of the masters of bright and vibrant colour, and we can always count on them to bring something intense to each new collection. These Pearlglide Intense Eye Liners ($18) from the Vera collection lead us to believe they’re also down with the fully lined colour trend.


Nail trends be damned, all we can think about is the upcoming polish collection from China Glaze in honour of the Hunger Games which premieres Friday, March 23 (countdown is on!). While the timing doesn’t feel quite right for some of the dark shades, soft and pretty doesn’t exactly suit the nation of Panem. We’ll give the final verdict when we see it in stores, but we’re pretty pumped about some of the richer, Katniss-inspired shades.

New polishes inspired by each of the districts.

Fave 5: Books to read over the holidays

One thing most PRs have in common is a love of the written word. We’re voracious readers and suckers for a smart, engaging story. We’re also speed-readers (you’d be too, if you had to scan four major dailies and two commuters each morning for client mentions, plus blogs and websites galore). For that reason, we’ve chosen our top five novels to curl up with and devour this winter. We promise you won’t be able to put them down.

The first novel from writer Jessica Grant, Come, Thou Tortoise is a story about family, loyalty, love and courage. Set in Oregon City, Oregon, St. John’s, Newfoundland and everywhere in-between, the novel jumps locations and narrators – from the perspective of Audrey (the protagonist) to her pet tortoise, Winnifred. Full of word play and perfectly engaging, it’s no small wonder this novel won critical acclaim for Grant. 
If you like this, read: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon.

As far as classic novels go, Little Women is at the top of our list. It’s a story that’s been around since our childhood and never gets old. We felt proud of Jo for refusing to conform, happy when Meg figures out gold-digging isn’t pretty, furious with Amy for hooking up with Laurie, and devastated about Beth. Reading Little Women is like visiting with friends.

If you like this, read: Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen.

Short stories are like a great sandwich – quick and delicious. David Sedaris’ collection of holiday-themed stories are perfect. Nobody’s family is as dysfunctional as Sedaris’. A perfect precursor read in anticipation of those epic holiday blow-ups.
If you like this, read: I Drink for a Reason, David Cross.

This ‘book’ is actually a trilogy but we promise you’ll read all three novels back-to-back, because the suspense is just too much! The captivating series by Suzanne Collins follows heroine Katniss as she fights for her District in The Hunger Games: a kill-or-be-killed challenge for survival. Twilight, who?
If you like this, read: The Long Walk, Richard Bachman (Steven King’s pseudonym).

If you’ve read this novel by Markus Zusak, you already know how incredible it is. With Death as the narrator and set in Nazi Germany, you’d think this book would be nothing but a downer, when it’s really quite the opposite. Your heart will stop, and you’ll cry, but you will also be filled with love for humanity and left in awe of the courageous heroine, Liesel. Put this book on your must-read list, we’re not kidding.
If you like this, read: Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay.

What’s on your must read list right now? Tweet us @rockitpromo or #favebook.