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An It Girl's Must-Have: Color Me Swoon

Monday, September 2, 2013
As much as I appreciate adult activities like scheduling my own bedtime, enjoying adult beverages as I please and spending hard-earned cash on designer crushes, there's something great about child-like indulgences. Coloring books were one of my favorite activities as a kid, and I see no reason why, as adults, we can't whip out crayons every now and then.

Artist, author and downright talented chick Mel Elliott gets it. After developing Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling (which I obviously own a copy of), she is set to release Color Me Swoon (Perigee) tomorrow. Think the ultimate coloring and activity book featuring all of Hollywood's heartthrobs.

I had a blast going through the book, giggling at the activities and, well, swooning. I have yet to color in it, because my art skills aren't yet up to par and I would hate to make a mess of David Beckham's face.

I've provided a sneak preview of what you can expect in the book, as well as my idea of how a date would look with each of these dreamboats. My intention is not to make these fan fic-esque, though it may have veered that way...


George Clooney

Swoon Factor: 8. As Carrie Bradshaw once said, "Clooney is like a Chanel suit, he'll never go out of style." (Although, I do prefer The Clooney beardless.)
Book Activity: A crossword puzzle, in which Clooney-ettes (that can be a thing, right?) fill in the answers to random facts/trivia.
Real Life "Swoon": Georgie is very old Hollywood. Think a movie (romantic dramedy, natch) followed by a candlelit dinner at an Italian establishment. Afterward, George will walk you home, and give a goodnight kiss — but no funny business!

James Franco

Swoon Factor: 8.5. Aaron may want to fight me on this one (don't worry, boo, he's yours), but anyone who can pull off James Dean is automatically a hottie in my book. It should be noted I was even swooning over him in This Is The End, which was a movie that was not at all swoon-worthy.
Book Activity: A crossword puzzle with words which describe James in various adjectives, including "bad boy," "brilliant" and "who?" (lol)
Real Life "Swoon": James would be all about those wine and painting classes. He'll whisper sweet nothings in your ear in between brush strokes.

Pharrell Williams

Swoon Factor: 9.5. I've been on the Skateboard P train since the In Search Of... days, and we all know the man ages like fine wine. Collaborating with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke made Pharrell ubiquitous this year — and I am not complaining.
Book Activity: A fill-in-the-blanks scenario, which could also double as a really awesome mad libs game.
Real Life "Swoon": Pharrell is an artist in every sense of the word, so he'd want to experience the Christopher Wool exhibit at the Guggenheim with you. Then, you'd enjoy a walk through Central Park and, amidst the chatting, he'd begin singing "The Closer I Get to You."

Adam Driver
Swoon Factor: 7.5. Whether you love him or hate him, Adam provides consistent eye candy on Girls. His  recent Gap campaign cemented him as one of the "It" Boys to watch.
Book Activity: Okay, so Adam doesn't get his own activity, but he is featured on the "Quirky Hot Team" along with Michael Cera, Andrew Garfield, Chris O'Dowd and Jason Segel. Sign me up for the Quirkies!
Real Life "Swoon": Adam doesn't dig big crowds, so you'd get to know each other at a quiet coffee shop. As you're leaving, he'd begin dancing (think club, not slow) in the street and invite you to join him. 

Ryan Gosling

Swoon Factor: 10482595.
Book Activity: Poem writing. Fitting, considering he is poetry to the world.
Real Life "Swoon": Does it matter? He could take me to Wendy's and I'd be like...

Color Me Swoon is available September 3, 2013; Mel Elliott can be found at

I received Color Me Swoon for promotional purposes. I was not compensated for this post, but am totally obsessed with the book anyway.
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