As I was browsing through the yahoo news feed this morning, I ran across this article:
Most people marry those whose political views align with their own, according to a study from Rice University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The study, published recently in the Journal of Politics, examined the physical, personality and behavioral traits of more than 5,000 married couples in the United States. The various qualities - including body shape, height, weight, impulsivity, religion and ideology - were scored on a scale of zero to one, with one being a perfect match. The researchers found that spouses appeared to instinctively select partners with similar social and political views. In fact, political attitudes were among the strongest shared traits - even taking precedence over personality or looks. The only attribute that scored slightly higher than political views was the frequency of church attendance. "It turns out that people place more emphasis on finding a mate who is a kindred spirit with regard to politics, religion and social activity than they do on finding someone of like physique or personality. It suggests that, perhaps, if you're looking for a long-term romantic relationship, skip 'What's your sign?' and go straight to 'Palin or Obama?' And if you get the wrong answer, just walk away," added Alford.
Over spring break, I saw the movie The Adjustment Bureau. It has Matt Damon and Emily Blunt in it, and it's nice political/action sort of movie with a romantic twist. I highly recommend it. Anyway, this all got me to thinking, what really is important in a relationship? What is it, exactly, that makes us compatible?
The recent separation between Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver probably could have been spotted from a hundred miles away. In my opinion, she's about 15 years too late in doing what Willie Nelson's wife did, and that's sewing him up in the bed sheets and hitting him with a broom handle! But in this day and age where everyone is finding some reason or another to leave each other, I'm questioning our motives for matching up in the first place. Everything changes at college. As women, we are husband searchers. Even if we don't know it, we are. We can try to seperate the emotions and the feelings from the guys we are meeting, but even my friend Mallory, who I thought had it all together, confessed that she was a little jealous upon finding out that Barret had moved on. I gave this year my best shot, and I've gained a lot of widom from it. Even the best of boys can be jerks at times, and it's best to not chase any of them. Some of them look good on the outside, but aren't on the inside. And usually the ones you glance over first, turn out to be the ones who will stick it out in the long run. Honesty is uaually the best policy, but for everything else there's tea and 'Say Yes to the Dress'. And perhaps Erin isn't too far off with her idea of posting relationship applications on Facebook...
In lieu of my recent state of unemployment, I've been fillilng in at a law office this week. As always, I greatly enjoy the quite office, small amounts of paperwork and answering the few phone calls that come through. It has also given me ample opportunity to dress up, and I'm rocking it! Breaking out all my pencil skirts and sassy heels has always been a pastime I enjoy, and living in a small town hasn't provided enough occasions to get those items out of the closet. The MBT shoe company recently did a study that showed that current teenagers are 50% more likely to have hip trouble than their mothers, and 1/3 of the women in the study had reported falling at least once while wearing high heels! But what are we to do with fashion icons such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Sarah Jessica Parker rocking them down the runway?! Is it a price we're willing to pay? Remind me of this in my old age, but I am more than willing to risk it! I have more shoes than I know what to do with, but every single one of them is special. I adore them all, from my BCBG 30s pink open toed shoes to my black Madden Girl pumps.
I am loving my latest purchase! I got them at the Mall of America this past weekend for a steal! I think they are going to be just perfect for relaxed summer looks. I'm also loving Diane Kruger lately. She's been tearing up the red carpet, and her style is always changing. I admire the risks she's been taking.
I recently watched this cute little film called The Romantics. It was origionally a book written by Galt Niederhoffer, who also went on to write and direct the movie!
Katie Holmes hasn't made an appearance in quite some time, and I thought she played her character Laura extremly well! The whole movie takes place in two days, and is set around a group of college friends who (post-graduation) are finding the awkward middle ground before adulthood to be a difficult adjustment. Despite this confusing time, they are smart. A quality that isn't portrayed often enough these days. Over all, the music was magnificent, the wardrobe was wonderful, and the cast was creative (who doesn't love Josh Duhamel, Malin Akerman and Adam Brody?!)
I especially loved how they all modeled the Fall 2010 J. Crew line in the film: