urbane sophisticate

A Woman's Personality

(Check your Venus Sign)

The Urban Sophisticate: LEO, SAGITTARIUS

Her strengths: This woman is funny, hot, and spontaneous. When you walk into a room with her, everyone stares at you in envy. Neil Strauss, the author of the best-selling dating memoir The Game, puts it simply, “This is the kind of girl everyone wants, and it makes you feel awesome when you’re the one who has her.“ 

Her weaknesses: "You need enormous confidence to date a woman like this,” Strauss says. “She gets off on attention, but you can’t get jealous.” If you’re independent, you’ll dig her ambition, but make sure she wants you–and not just the ego boost you provide. 

The Arty Hipster: PISCES, GEMINI

Her strengths: She knows where all the dive bars are and all the art shows with free wine. She’s exciting and stylish, but not as untouchable as the urban sophisticate. “She actually likes nerds and intellectuals,” says Ian Coburn, author of God Is a Woman: Dating Disasters. And she actually cares about culture. “She can be great for a guy who wants to learn more about art and music,” says Ian Kerner, Ph.D., a relationship therapist and the author of She Comes First. 

Her weaknesses: Do you keep going after her because you hope her cool will rub off on you? If your interests don’t match, don’t expect to just coast along on her taste. “Girls like this have opinions,” Kerner says. “And they want you to know the difference between Jonathan Adler and Jonathan Richman.”

The Vegan Yoga Gal: AQUARIUS, LIBRA

Her strengths: She’s got great skin and a long neck, and she gives you long back rubs with wacky oils. All that deep breathing means she rarely flies off the handle, and you value this perhaps even more than you value her amazing, high, tight rear, which is saying a lot. Strauss says, “This is a woman who really wants to make a deep connection with life, and a man who wants the same could be really into her.” Fisher says that independent, analytical, or creative guys could find her alternative view fascinating. 

Her weaknesses: Remember, Strauss notes, “These women are almost exclusively interested in men who are into the same stuff they are.” Love her, love her lifestyle.  

The Alpha Female: VIRGO, ARIES

Her strengths: She graduated from college in 3 years and went right to law school without taking a vacation. She’s hard to keep up with. Ironically, it’s not the alpha dog who should try dating her. “A scientist, artist, or teacher will do well with this woman,” says April Masini, author of Date Out of Your League. “If you’re not interested in power plays, she won’t fight you." 

Her weaknesses: She has a lot in common with alpha males, but these relationships are too intense. "They can’t make time for each other,” Fisher says. Coburn cautions that pushover types are often attracted to such women, and some alpha females – the sadistic ones – are attracted right back. “Obviously, if this is your dynamic, it isn’t good.”  

The Intimacy Junkie: CAPRICORN, SCORPIO

Her strengths: She goes to yoga, too, but it’s the easy kind that’s more about “connection to the self” than sculpting a smoking bod. So what if she’s a little in your face. The sex is amazing. Strauss likes women like this. “She is the best kisser in the world. Very intense, very into connecting.” Fisher says independent men will love such a deeply verbal gal, and Kerner thinks all men should date someone like this. “Most men need help learning to communicate, and she will help them." 

Her weaknesses: The intimacy junkie makes you feel great at first. She’s so into you and your feelings. Analytical men will find themselves easily ensnared in her macramé web. "He will be super into her at first, but there’s going to be a lot of talk about the ‘meaning’ of the relationship, which might cause it to implode,” Fisher says. 

The Happy Homemaker: CANCER, TAURUS

Her strengths: She’s no gold digger – all she wants is a Volvo wagon and a nice, cozy three-bedroom. She wants to have your kids, take care of them, and take care of you. “Some guys draw a great deal of ego satisfaction from providing for a family, and there is nothing wrong with that,” says Masini. A man who grew up in a very traditional household will love her, and, conversely, a guy who grew up with domestic chaos craves this woman for the stable home she provides. 

Her weaknesses: Remember that when she says she’s not going to work, she means it. Career-minded men could be happy with an arrangement that allows them to focus on their work while she manages his domestic life. But if the financial stress builds, you may not be able to convince her to get a job. 

Signs As Woman’s Personality

The Urban Sophisticate: LEO, SAGITTARIUS

Her strengths: This woman is funny, hot, and spontaneous. When you walk into a room with her, everyone stares at you in envy. Neil Strauss, the author of the best-selling dating memoir The Game, puts it simply, “This is the kind of girl everyone wants, and it makes you feel awesome when you’re the one who has her.“

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A/N: So. I’ve decided to make a Tom Holland/Spiderman fanzine, and if anyone is interested to contribute (and tell me how the heckie to go about doing it ), please PLEASE send me a message and we can work this out!! I actually want to send the fanzine to Tom Holland himself, but I also have no idea how to send it to him so PLEASE SEND HELP. 

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the signs as settings

the empty lawn after a popular, outdoor concert, littered with confetti and a few lingering fans that are trying to savor the energy of the night by dancing carelessly in the field that is still lit by the bright stage lights. they continue even as the lights shut off and the stars gently illuminate the surroundings in replacement. in this moment, it’s as if everything but their heartbeats seems to freeze in time.
a sumptuous hotel located on the outskirts of a quaint town that is too small to be noted on any maps, but its desolation gives it a certain charm. the inn only occasionally books guests– travelers of many different backgrounds who all need a place to relax and refresh their mind; oddly they all feel a sense of familiarity rush over them just as they enter the lobby, almost like they’ve come home.
a prominent outdoor plaza that serves as the main attraction in an anomalous boomtown. the blue sky that hangs above always accompanies fluffy, white clouds. an abundance of fashion shops and ice cream parlors cover the area, surrounding an inventive fountain that citizens often throw pennies into, silently making their wishes. even still, the hectic complex fills with sounds of the chatter of lively visitors enjoying the active scene.
the exquisite pier that stands at the edge of a small, placid beach town where everyone knows each other by name and collectively works together to maintain their hospitable reputation. tourists who stumble across this town fall in love with the tranquil environment and convivial residents. before departing, they carve their initials into the lofty beams of the pier as a promise to return to the lovely community again someday.
the polished deck of a luxury cruise line where young guests congregate to prepare for a sleepless night as they watch the sun set behind the horizon of the surrounding ocean, radiating explosive shades of red. after the red sky fades to a deep blue, loud music erupts from the speakers and an unforgettable party begins. all worries disappeared with the sun and the night is strictly one of untroubled memories.
a narrow, hidden street alley that connects a sophisticated, urban town to a thriving orchard which is a world of its own. the alley turns into a beaten down path that leads to concourses of apple trees that the city children climb for a taste of the succulent fruit, as they look out and gaze upon the perfectly aligned rows of trees that stretch for miles in an unfamiliar direction they never knew they could wander. 
a simple and gorgeous lake house in a neighborhood of pleasantly colorful homes which all surround a quiet, turquoise lake that reflects unique, breathtaking sunset colors every evening. this is a place where summer seems to never end and cordial, lakeside barbecues are a daily tradition, complete with parents’ laughter and young romance.
the open rooftop of a tall skyscraper in a constantly evolving city, simultaneously in the middle of everything yet so far away from it all, scattered with strings of dimmed fairy lights. the only sound to be heard from the building is the distant whisper of traffic and rushed commotion on the streets, which seems to be silenced as two lovers share their first kiss stories above.
a wide meadow of overgrown grass that sways fiercely even at the touch of a soft breeze. bold adventurers excitably prepare their enormous hot air balloons for daring expeditions they’ve only dreamt about their entire life. the vibrant spheres rise out of the field’s heavy morning fog and into the liberating air, loaded with eager drifters who graciously let the wind determine their destination.
a minimally decorated, but enchanting ballroom located in the dull part of a developing metropolis. the room is lit by a singular, luminescent chandelier and is full of strangers masquerading their troubles away, even just for a moment, and becoming completely immersed in the charming music and somewhat special company of people they may never see again.
a retro diner located off of a dark and winding road that wraps deep into the heart of a seasonal forest, operated by a family of carefree misfits whose minds can be compared to the neon “open twenty-four hours” sign that flickers on and off throughout the night, almost synchronized with the thousands of fireflies that populate the enthralling woodland that encompasses the dazzling restaurant.
an intricate, wooden gazebo concealed by a large forest of giant willow trees. the surrounding trees all carry several tire swings dangling off the branches like delicate ornaments beneath the birds who reside in the layer above, belting their melodies. the timeless location is only to be discovered by a few lost souls who will return time and time again to this secret, mystical getaway.

a non-comprehensive compilation of edgy shit Akutagawa Ryunosuke wrote in his autobiographical works and short stories
  • Oh come on, killing a man is not as big a thing as people like you seem to think.
  • I don’t know whose sin is greater, yours or mine.
  • I felt especially miserable when I heard someone behind me say, “The end is near.”
  • I am living now in the unhappiest happiness imaginable.
  • Life is not worth a single line of Baudelaire.
  • He often wondered, in that suburban second story, if people who loved each other had to cause each other pain.
  • The wind tore at the men’s song and at his own emotions.
  • “You know, we’re running out of cadavers these days.”
  • He left his cigarette unlit and felt a pain close to joy.
  • “You fellows still have a strong will to live, I suppose?”
  • He looked away from her in silence, but in his heart he wanted to strangle her.
  • Evils? I thought you recognized no difference between good and evil. How do you make a living, then?
  • It is unfortunate for the gods that, unlike us, they cannot commit suicide.
  • “It would be a Platonic suicide, I suppose. A Platonic double suicide.”
  • She did once give him a bottle of cyanide with the remark, “As long as we have this, it will give us both strength.”
  • Too bad we didn’t all die.
  • I may wear the skin of an urban sophisticate, but in this manuscript I invite you to strip it off and laugh at my own stupidity.
  • “You can’t use my room for anonymous sex. I’m kind of a neat freak that way.”
  • “My shrink told me I was crazy! Well, who’s the narcissist with severe attachment disorder now?”
  • “Whenever I’m sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story.”
  • “The best I can give you is a fake smile and dead eyes.”
  • “You’re like God. There’s no one hotter than God.”
  • “If I catch you even so much as breathing the same air as her I will take those peanuts you’re trying to pass off as testicles and I will squeeze them so hard that your eyes pop out and then I’ll feed them to you like grapes.”
  • “Not awkward, guys. Not awkward if we don’t let it be awkward.”
  • “If I can talk a stripper into paying me for a lap dance, I can talk my way out of a speeding ticket.”
  • “When will you learn that the only difference between my life and a porno is my life has better lighting?”
  • “Ugh! You are worse than my shrink. ‘We have to talk about your father,’ or ‘I’m not going to teach you how to hypnotize people, you’ll only use it for evil,’ or ‘I’m not going to conduct a couples session between you and this woman, she’s obviously a prostitute.’ I don’t need this!”
  • “I’m sorry, I don’t speak ‘I never get laid’.”
  • “I feel like I’ve done so much good I have a soul boner.”
  • “It is a lifestyle blog for the upscale, sophisticated urban gentleman, and it’s never gonna take off if I can’t post today’s boner joke.”
  • “The first time I rode in a limo I was five. I was on the way to my grandfather’s funeral. I suppose, in a way, I still am.”
  • “Your ego’s writing checks your body can’t cash.”

anonymous asked:

Cait has two looks. Urban Sophisticate and Toddlers and Tiaras. I much prefer the former over the latter.

Well Anon, it’s Friday so let’s spice things up around here.  As I type this I know that I will cause angst among some, but, here goes.  I hate most of clothing pieces she choses to wear. I do.  I can’t stand the tiered ones. She looks like all she is missing is her staff and sheep.  The tiered sundress she wore for the W shoot: put a floppy hat on her and she looks like Rachel Zoe.  Now, I said I hate most of the pieces not all.  I have loved some of her evening gown choices. The purple dress, the black and silver Cannes gown, and the blue & orange Golden Globes gown were fabulous.  I guess I would rather she her dress a little more Duchess of Cambridge than Carrie from Sex and the City.


I’m a very physical actor. I use everything - toes, teeth, ears, everything. I don’t simply mean physical in the sense of movement and vigour. I find myself remembering the shape of a scene by how I’m standing, what I’m doing.

- Peter O'Toole

He looked like a beautiful, emaciated secretary bird… his voice had a crack like a whip… most important of all you couldn’t take your eyes off him… Acting is usually regarded as a craft and I claim it to be nothing more except in the hands of the odd few men and women who, once or twice in a lifetime, elevate it into something odd and mystical and deeply disturbing. I believe Peter O'Toole to have this strange quality

- Richard Burton

I’ve always thought of O'Toole as a complex, tripartite character invented by JM Barrie. He’s capable of seducing with the irresistible, innocent charm of Peter Pan. He can produce a nonchalant, urbane sophistication worthy of Mr Darling, before intentionally self-sabotaging with Captain Hook-like flashes of dangerous, deranged derring-do. You never quite know which personality to expect.

- Sarah Standing

The ‘hellraiser’ you hear about in the press was Peter’s past. I would know – I used to have to carry him home after our drinking sessions in The Old White Bear pub. He was a smiling drunk – always laughing and joking. But I will mainly remember him as a very kind and very loving man. When he walked into a room he had such an aura about him – even those who didn’t know who he was would comment on it. -

- Keith Hunt

I can’t stand light. I hate weather. My idea of heaven is moving from one smoke-filled room to another.

- Peter O'Toole

RIP Peter O'Toole (2 August 1932 - 14 December 2013)


Located in the Haute-Marne district about 250 km from Paris, the Chateau de Cirey was marked by the presence of Voltaire who lived there for 15 years from 1734 to 1749.

Voltaire was the guest of Gabrielle Emilie de Breteuil, Marquise du Chatelet, another great intellect of the 18th century.Voltaire was forced to flee Paris and take refuge at Cirey in 1734 after the publication of “Philosophic Letters” also know as “The English Letters”. The “Letters” strongly criticized existing French institutions. The French parliament, angered by the letters, ordered that Voltaire be imprisoned. Having already served two previous sentences in the Bastille, Voltaire preferred to flee.

The Marquise du Chatelet, a friend whom Voltaire had met the year before, offered him asylum at her Cirey property. The chateau was located near the border with Lorraine which was an independent province at the time. It was an ideal refuge for Voltaire who could cross the border if he was pursued by the authorities. After he left Cirey, Voltaire continued this habit of living near borders. However, this didn’t keep him from regular visits to Paris.Voltaire considered staying at Cirey until the arrest warrant was renounced allowing him to return to the capital.

When he arrived at Cirey, he found the chateau in a dilapidated state with cold winds blowing through various openings. The chateau consisted of the right wing with its high roofs which dominated the canal. This wing of brick and stone, style Louis XIII, was built by Louis Jules du Chatelet in 1634. It was constructed upon existing ruins of an 11th century fortress. Surprisingly, Voltaire fell in love with the region, changed his plans, and decided to stay definitively at Cirey. First of all, he had to make it habitable. With the approval of the Marquis du Chatelet, Voltaire undertook major restoration of the chateau. Finding the chateau too small for his many guests, he enlarged it creating a long gallery overlooked by a terrace.

On the grand entry door of the gallery, Voltaire expressed his philosophical convictions and his love of the arts and sciences. The sculpted stone door frame depicts a marine theme composed of seashells and the two faces of Neptune, awake and sleeping. Voltaire believed in Maupertuis’ theories of evolution which portrayed the sea as the source of life. He symbolized this with the marine theme.

Other attributes of the arts and sciences portrayed on the entrance door include:

  • a world map for astronomy
  • the compass, the ruler, and the T-square for geometry
  • the pen and its holder for literature
  • again, astronomy
  • a palette for painting
  • a mallet for sculpture
  • a bagpipe for music

Among the inscriptions are these lines written by Voltaire reflecting the serenity he enjoyed at the chateau (lower left under the pen):

‘Refuge of the arts,

Solitude where my heart rests in profound peace,

It is you who bestows the happiness

That the world promised in vain.’

Voltaire had another purpose in restoring the chateau - to attract Mme. du Chatelet. Preferring the urbane, sophisticated life at court in Paris to the austere life of Cirey, Mme. du Chatelet delayed returning to Cirey. Emilie gave up her life in Paris for Votaire and joined him at Cirey. Thus began one of the greatest intellectual and romantic relationships of the 18th century between these two exceptional people.