Coldplay + Rihanna = Seriously?

Coldplay is letting people stream one song per day off of their new album, Mylo Xyloto, until it comes out next Tuesday.  This morning the featured track is a song called “Princess of China”, which features…Rihanna.  Seriously.  Go here to listen for yourself.

The sound of the song is much like Coldplay’s new single “Paradise”, with a heavier beat than they’ve featured on previous albums.  I really like this new direction for Coldplay, even though they are lightyears away from the sound of their first few albums, which were much slower and very piano-heavy.  That being said, I feel like, on the surface, Rihanna and Coldplay go together like Lindsay Lohan and moderation.  They are such an odd combo, and yet, it kind of works in this case.  Probably because the melody is classic Coldplay/Chris Martin, and Rihanna doesn’t riff on it at all.  Good call, girlfriend.

I’m assuming that the decision to feature Rihanna on this track was based on Chris Martin’s bromance with Jay Z, who also happens to be Rihanna’s mentor.  I guess it was a good call.  I also wonder if Beyonce and/or Gwyneth are jealous that they weren’t picked?  At the very least, it got a lot of people, including yours truly, to wonder, Rihanna and Coldplay? Seriously?  But I’m on board with this.  As long as there isn’t a remix album.

My only concern is that such a pop-heavy collaboration will alienate other faithful Coldplay fans.  I’m fine with it, but I certainly don’t speak for the masses.  We’ll have to wait and see.

Here are a few stills from the shooting of the video for Coldplay’s “Paradise” which should be out in a couple of days.  I am SO EXCITED to see the final cut.  Coldplay dressed as elephants.  Lurve it.  (Click on each photo to enlarge.  It’s worth it.)

Are You Sure I Have Thin Hair?

If fine, thin, flat hair has a poster child, I am it.  I’m like the Gerber Baby of the follically challenged.  In case you are wondering, as most hairstylists do:

  • Yes, it’s always been this way.
  • No, I’m not on some weird medication that made my hair like this.
  • Yes, all of my sisters have lustrous heads of hair.
  • No, you can’t call all of the other stylists over to feel my head.
  • Yes, I’ve tried Nioxin and it made my hair smell like a haystack.
  • No, I will not tie it up in a silk scarf while I sleep to prevent further thinning; my anti-grinding mouthguard is enough of a turnoff to my husband as it is.

That’s really me with my older sister, circa 1986, probably.

Thus, I am constantly on the lookout for products that can beef up my mane.  I’ve tried pretty much ever mousse available at major retailers, I’ve splurged on the fancy stuff from my hair salon, and I’ve tried three different root lifting foams, but they all fail me in some way, whether by making my hair crunchy and stiff or by being discontinued completely (happens a lot).

Recently I had two different friends preach the benefits of one volumizing product in particular: Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray.  One of said friends had a spare bottle and gave it to me to try, and I have to say, so far I love it.  It gives me volume and keeps my hair soft and light without making it crunchy or weird!  It’s definitely more amped up volume-wise.  Another plus: you don’t have to get your hands all gunked up like you do when applying mousse.  Just spray it in and blow dry and you’re done.  As far as I can tell, there is no trace of it when I run my fingers through my hair.  It is awesome.  So far.  Sometimes these love affairs are fleeting.

At $26 per bottle, it sure ain’t cheap, but French people spend something like $100,000 on beauty products in their lifetime, so I figure one little bottle of this stuff every once in a while still won’t put me in that ballpark.  I’ll indulge in this one splurge, and continue to cut corners on things like wine and oil changes.  10,000 miles is the new 3,000 miles, am I right?

My Love Affair With Pad Thai

I stopped at Tin Drum to grab some takeout at lunch today, because it’s Friday and I wanted to have a mini-celebration at my desk, alone.  While waiting for my food, I looked into the dining room and saw this:

Fancy metal chairs!  Just one of the many reasons that Tin Drum rocks my world.

Another reason: To skip the line, you can submit your order on an iPad (what?) that sits next to the register.  Fancy enough, except also!  You can select the healthy menu, pick your concern (calories, carbs, protein, balance) and then pick your calories range.  I chose 400-500 calories (I was feelin’ frisky) and low and behold, Chicken Pad Thai popped up as an option.  HOLD THE PHONE.

Tin Drum Chicken Pad Thai is my favorite takeout food of all time.  The love affair started when I was in college and would eat it on a regular basis, but once I was out of school and a real, food-conscious adult, I figured that the Pad Thai was probably extremely unhealthy, and I should eat it sparingly throughout the rest of my life.  But apparently we have a future after all.  Although, that 400-500 is probably calories per serving, meaning I’m only supposed to eat 1/3 of my plate, or something…we’ll see how that goes.

Special shout out also goes to the inimitable crap Crab N Cheese Spring Roll.  Hubba hubba.