Four Romantic Comedies that Got it Completely Wrong

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Which film genre can have you laughing, crying, gushing, and screaming at the screen in frustration all within opening and closing credits?  Romantic Comedies, of course!  You know, the classic boy meets girl, boy and girl face complicated circumstances in the form of plot twists, and ultimately boy and girl fall in love and live happily ever after.  Granted, within every film category there are always the good, the bad, and the plain ugly. The good rom-coms sweep us off our feet, and solidify the notion that true love does, in fact, exist.  The bad is usually predictable, over-the-top, or just plain unbelievable.  And finally, the ugly romantic comedies are the ones that completely miss the mark and leave you completely dumbfounded.

We could have made a list of our most cherished romantic comedies that we will forever reach for when we are in the mood for love, but that wouldn’t be as fun.  Rather, check out which romantic comedies we think got it all wrong in the love department.

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You would think that two attractive A-listers in an exotic beach setting would make for a very interesting story line.  Unfortunately, the 2008 film Fools Gold did not dazzle audiences.  The movie starred Kate Hudson and Mathew McConaughey (the same pair that co-starred in the cult classic How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) and was about a divorced couple who rekindle their relationship while searching for treasure in the Bahamas.  Though the story line was action packed, critics claimed that chemistry between the two co-stars was almost none existent.  This film forgot the most important rule of romantic comedies: make sure the romance is believable.

She’s All That

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She’s All That, starring Rachel Leigh Cook as a geeky artist, Laney Dobbs, and the dreamy Freddie Prinze Jr as Zack the popular school jock, became the rom-com cliché that launched more copycats than should be allowed in one category.  It seemed as if the movie was trying to convince us that if a girl only took down her pony-tail, got contacts, and a bought a new wardrobe, she just might be totally drop-dead gorgeous.  While we all know the average high school boy is not exactly known for being overly observant, how Laney could have been overlooked as anything but total catch before Zack’s unnecessary makeover is beyond us.  We give this movie a low rating for the sole fact that you should never let a boy change who you are, even if it is the charming Freddie Prinze Jr!

The Wedding Planner

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Mathew McConaughey makes it back on our list, this time as Steve, a married man who falls in love with his wedding planner, Mary, played by Jennifer Lopez.  Granted, Steve’s long-term girlfriend and wife-to-be was not the easiest person to deal with, but this film raises a lot of questions about fidelity.  If it is one thing this film proved is that getting involved with those already spoken for is an extremely sticky situation.

The Bachelor

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What happens when a bachelor sets out to find a bride in only one day or he will lose his grandfather’s massive inheritance? A crowd teeming with want-to-be-brides show up to try and win the bachelor’s heart and become the rich wives they’ve always dreamed of being, of course.  While there are many reasons to dislike this film, the most gag-worthy is the way women are represented in this film, as money-hungry, status seekers.  The only time women should claw over each other in pursuit of a man is never.

 

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Announcing the New 2014 Spring Linen Collection

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With every new season comes trends, color and an opportunity to refresh your space and wardrobe. At OCM, our main goal is to provide families with all of the dorm livin’ essentials they need to make their home away from home as comfortable as possible. With that being said, we’re keen on staying in-trend, bringing onboard only the finest of prints, colors and fabrics to turn your residence hall into your canvas. From floor to walls, we’re always working on keeping your space as modern and cozy as possible. You saw last year’s roundup of bright neons, a wide selection of wall canvases and art, the coziest of carpets to keep things comfortable and your favorite Value Paks in a multitude of colors and prints. Now, we’re pleased (and super excited) to bring you this year’s preview of the 2014 lineup. Inspired by your feedback from previous years and a lot of stalking of celebrity style, we’re confident you’ll fall in love with this year’s new line just as fast as we did.

1) First up to bat, the perfect print for someone who loves to match patterns and really make a statement: Blue Lennox (even the name sounds awesome, amiright?)

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Blue Lennox – OCM.com

Take it from Halle Berry… blue chevron looks amazing both in your closet and on your bed. The mix and match of patterns in this set creates depth and personality while the vibrant blue hues cool your space and add a vibe of freshness. Pair it with your favorite navy accessories and don’t be afraid to accessorize with beachy decor.

2) Guys, this next one has you written all over it. Robert Pattinson rocks the grey and black color palette that adds just the perfect pinch of suave sophistication to your room. The Black Easton Stripe print sets the tone for laid back style. Available in separate pieces or in a Value Pak bundle, this set is ready to order and ship to your new man-cave on campus.

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The best part about this set is you can pair it with any color you want or mix and match with your wall art and canvases. A black rhino trunk goes with just about every room and is 100% a college student’s rite of passage. Use it as a storage unit, bedside table, extra seat and more; it’s up to you. Girls, you can even rock this print too – just pair it with a bright neon colored sheet set and your favorite accessories. It’s your canvas, get creative!

3) Grape Melange: right in season and always on trend.

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Angie Harmon looks adorable in this radiant purple peplum dress. The Y shape stitching and detailing on this dress adds the perfect touch of style without overdoing it. The Grape Melange room reciprocates this, adding comfort and on-trend style to your room, apartment or residence hall. Radiant orchid hues are going to be making a big splash this summer on the red carpet and in home decorating – get above the curve!

4) Black white and chic: Black Lennox

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We don’t even need to get into how perfect Selena Gomez always looks. She kills the black, white and red look in this shoot for Glamour magazine and we love her dress made from clashing patterns! The Black Lennox print is stylish, timeless and overall glamorous when tied together with the perfect red accents. Pair it with one of our red Majestic Home Goods seating solutions to add style and functionality all at once! Just like the Blue Lennox print, this mix and match of chevron and diamond patterns gives you a little taste of everything all in one adorable solution. Guys, this one’s not just for girls! Pair it with your favorite City Prints wall decor and add a grey, black or red rhino trunk to tie it all together.

5) Maison Leaf Print:

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Blake Lively shows us that even the most floral of accents can look amazing when paired with the right accessories. Her blue floral bodycon dress is perfect with her subtle makeup and pop of a bright pink lip. Not to mention, the simplicity of her hair and jewelry puts the focal point right on her outfit. Love her look? Steal it with the Maison Leaf print available for the 2014 season. The simplicity of the complimentary toned leaves add a dainty and floraly feel without overwhelming the room. The cool blue hues pair perfectly with a dark floor covering or white shaggy carpet. Pair this one with your favorite beachy wall canvases and any rustic wood compliments you have laying around (like the owl touches shown here). And of course, don’t forget to add a trunk to store all of your valuables when not in use. Love this print? So do we!

6) Victorian Damask and Kiwi:

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Not an oldie, but still a goodie. Kate Beckinsale steps out in a lime green pinch-waist dress that accentuates her accessories with the contrast of the bright neon hue. Steal her style and make your space exciting and inviting with the Victorian Damask set and a pop of your favorite color sheet. Play it up for the Spring and Summer with a bright blue, purple or green sheet set and tone it down in the winter by changing the sheets out for a dark red, purple or deep pink. Don’t forget to switch up your accessories to keep things fun and interesting! And if you’re wondering, yes that white shag rug is glorious on your feet stumbling out of bed for 8 am classes!

Looking for more fabulous looks and new items added to OCM for Spring 2014? Head here and browse for everything you need (or want) for back to school season!

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Selena Gomez, Kate Beckinsale, Blake Lively, Rob. Pattinson, Halle Berry, Angie Harmon.

 

Black and White + A Splash of Color

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They may be at opposite ends of the light spectrum, but there is no doubt that, when bold blacks and whites are brought together, they are a force to be reckoned with. Recently, the fashion world has revitalized this timeless color duo by using them as a backdrop to bring other more vibrant colors to life. Black and white with a pop of color is a modern trend that is both simplistic and edgy. Unlike more subdued tints of gray or brown, these pigments have the ability to awaken normally passive hues like pastels or cooler colors like blue or green.

For your dorm, consider having the major pieces, like your bed comforter, dressers, and chairs to be black and white. Ununiformed prints like this zebra comforter or rug will be particularly engaging to the eyes and add a contemporary edge to the environment. Plus, everyone knows the masterful impact black-and-white photography has on viewers; browse our many college wall canvases to find topnotch shots of New York City, sandy beaches and more.

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Colorful accent pieces will really pop when contrasted against the neutral tones, so make sure the decor details you’re emphasizing are purposeful and attractive. For inspiration, check out our college room decor supplies and college frames. Be mindful that the eye will naturally be drawn to these colorful bursts of life, so make sure items like the trash can or laundry caddy aren’t the items that will stand out.

While you are not restricted to utilizing a single bright hue, limit yourself to no more than three or four pops of color in order to maintain a clean, chic aesthetic.

 

What’s Trending: Color Palettes for 2014

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With much of the country’s cold weather subsiding to make way for sunshine, many of us have shopping on our minds. We’re excitedly looking ahead to upcoming seasons, which leave us to wonder about what styles and hues we can excitedly anticipate for 2014. Below is a breakdown of four fashion trends that are destined to make a strong presence in the upcoming seasons, and ways to incorporate them into your dorm and wardrobe.

Metallic

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Want to stand out amongst the crowd? For a textile that can aptly reflect your bold personality unlike any others, look to metallic. Adding accents of this shimmery material to your wardrobe can make any daytime outfit pop. Whether it’s with scarves, shoes, headbands, belts or a bedazzled cuff bracelet, try mixing this dynamic pattern with springy pastels to create a fresh, sunny ensemble. For nighttime, contrast the metallic with darker, richer hues like oxblood, black, plum or jade. Go for larger pieces like a skirt, bolero jacket or dress to make sure you make a statement that really stands out!

Of course, metallic detailing can jazz up your dorm room as well. Stylish items like decorative pillows, wall hangings and candle holders can create a modern, voguish atmosphere. If you are looking to add pops of metallic into your wardrobe, don’t be afraid to take risks and, if you dare, challenge yourself to a DIY project involving some silver or gold spray paint and a stencil.

Radiant Orchid

orchidIf you are really looking to champion the season’s most celebrated color trend, look no further than Radiant Orchid. This tint of purple is the perfect balance between sophistication and adventure, always adding a sense of vivacity when paired with other colors. Incorporate a touch of radiant orchid into your dorm room this season, and say bye to the drab blues of winter with bright and exciting orchid hues. Need somewhere to start? This floral wall art purple print poster from our extensive art collection is the perfect option!

To incorporate it into your wardrobe, consider adding radiant orchid touches with your choice in manicure, clutch purse or shoes. Plus, ladies with brown or green eyes can make their peepers truly dazzle by featuring this trendy color with their eye shadow.

Pastels

pastelsWhen the weather begins to finally transition from cold to warm, it is time to ditch the dark, drab colors and start introducing brighter colors into your life. And nothing says, “Bye-bye, black” better than pastels. Light, almost powdery shades of blue, pink, green, and yellow have made a splash in the fashion scene, and don’t show any signs of slowing down for the spring. These colors are versatile in that they can be used as a neutral color to springboard other vibrant color off of, or as statement colors balanced out with white or black. Pastels are playful, classy, and perfect both fashion and decor style. To add some soft tints to your attire, why not rock a feminine but professional light blue, mint or peach blazer? Blazers have been hitting the fashion scene since the 80’s, and yes, even the shoulder pads are making a come back. You can find stylish blazers for great prices from anywhere like amazon.com to lookbookstore.com.

Pastel dorm items are the perfect way to welcome sunniness into your room; for example, this aqua area rug brightens the space while adding some extra lush comfort beneath your flip flop feet!

Black and White

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Two of the most contradictory colors in the spectrum have always had a history of being the perfect partners in crime. Recently, black and white has made a strong re-appearance in the fashion scene, both in personal style and home decor. You can use just these two colors to make a bold statement, or use them as a color-neutral backdrop for other brighter hues. Whether you sport the combination with a pants suit, checkered dress, striped tee or polka dotted jeans, this unapologetic color scheme will look modern, classy and streamlined.

We at OCM love the black and white trend, just look at our Room and Decor selection and you’ll see why! Check out the little black dress jewelry organizer and our black and white frames wall decals for some fun inspiration!

Maintaining a firm grasp on the seasons’ trends shouldn’t be stressful. With the right color palette at your fingertips, you can transform your closet and room decor into a forward-thinking, stylish delight!