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July 29, 2010

Just in case anyone still stops by here, I just wanted to say that I have been considering and pondering and all manner of other thoughtful processes. Over what? Why blogging, of course. I would like to continue but I am feeling a need to focus and move. But don’t worry, when I ultimately get it sorted out, I’ll let you know!


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In which we get a little geeky…

May 25, 2010

Hello! This is just a quick spot because I haven’t posted in a bit. I have a few post ideas, but mostly I am (as ever) reconceptualizing what I’d like to accomplish with this space. I just can’t seem to focus on one or two areas! But that’s not the issue at hand. The issue at hand: anime!

The fella and I have been watching Last Exile and I’m impressed thus far. We’re just about 10 episodes in and it’s just getting better an better. The art is gorgeous, and, like everything that seems to be up and coming, it’s Steampunk. When we finish, I’ll try to remember to give it a more complete review, but for now, be assured that it’s lovely! I’m going to pass on the advice given to me, though: the first three episodes are slow so if you’re unsure, give it at least four!

A brief break for movie style: The Brother’s Bloom

May 13, 2010

One of my favorite bloggers regularly posts on movie style. He chooses a movie that has great style (my favorite choice of his has to be 2046 because I love the movie and it really is a stylish film) and examines the look. I really love the idea and wanted to do it myself. Please forgive my lack of expertise  (this definitely isn’t going to be polished) because I am not an expert – or even knowledgeable- on fashion. In the classic layman’s way, I just know what I like! Here’s my attempt (please note I absolutely owe the format and idea to this guy):

Film: The Brother’s Bloom
Rian Johnson
Costume Director:
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor (what a great name!)

Style: Nonchalant/careless elegance. Loose ties, mussed hair, and classic beautiful lines. A  melding of  style elements from a variety of decades (I’d range it from the 1930’s to the 1990’s): bowler hats, Jackie O coats, clunky boots, Chuck Taylor’s, tailored suits, pinstripes, fur, tweed… Women in  men’s clothing: suits, ties. Occupation wear: aviation. Gloves.

Feels like: I don’t know enough about fashion to fill this part in. What do you think?



What I’m Loving:

I’ve reached the point in life where friends start getting married, which means finding appropriate wedding attire. There are a lot of rules and it can be frustrating to find something that is appropriate and that you feel great in. That’s why I’m loving these items. The dress is just right – one that can be dressed up or down, depending on the formality of the wedding. It is a nice color that isn’t too dark for Spring/Summer weddings, or too light for Fall/Winter weddings. You won’t steal the bride’s thunder, but, importantly, you’ll feel pretty yourself. Perfection. I want to wear it with lilac tights, but haven’t had luck finding them so I chose these as a nice stand-in.

In which we give credit where credit is due…

May 11, 2010

Maybe it’s because I have immunity to maturity, or maybe I’m just feeling nostalgic, either way I’ve really wanted to do a post about some Disney films that I consider seriously underrated.  I mean I love the Princess movies, Dumbo still makes me weep like a baby, and Pixar can do no wrong (actually they can: cars); but there are some real gems that are non-princess, non-CG, non-classic which shouldn’t be ignored.

It ended up being much harder to make my list than I had anticipated, because while going through my options, I just kept adding more and more titles – it started as “underrated animated Disney films”, then it became “underrated Disney films” because for goodness sakes I really really loved The Journey of Natty Gann, Newsies, and Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken. In the end though, I decided to stick with animated Disney films though, and maybe save the others for individual posts later (seriously, I love Natty Gann & Wild Hearts… and I don’t even get me started on Escape to Witch Mountain). But here, after much hee-ing and haw-ing, and without further adieu – the most underrated animated Disney films:

Fantasia (1940) & Fantasia 2000 (1999) – combining two of life’s greatest things since 1940: music and animation!

Say what you will, but both of these films are beautiful and exciting. Initially I wouldn’t qualify Fantasia as being underrated, but when I realized there are a ton of children who have never seen it because it’s been locked in the Disney vault for so long, I had to add it (can you imagine it on BluRay?!). As a little girl, it took me a long time to lose my first baby tooth. A very long time. An entire year longer than all of my classmates. When it finally happened the tooth fairy brought me a VHS copy (I mean copy… as in home recorded and fabulous) of Fantasia to commemorate this momentous occasion. To this day it is an enormous favorite of mine. Fantasia 2000 revisited the particular magic of fantasia very tastefully, although I could have done without the sorcerer’s apprentice. That has always been my least favorite part. Give me goldfish, fairies, and fawns over stupid Mickey in wizard hat or give me death – to take it to the Paine level.

The Emperor’s New Groove- (2000) “Beware of the groove”

With the voice talents of David Spade, John Goodman, and Eartha Kit, why is this movie not more popular?! It really very funny. Sadly, and this will come up again on this list, I really think it’s the adult appeal that caused this movie to slip through the cracks.  Disney put too much grown-up punch and not enough kid punch in this one – the kids didn’t understand it enough to force their parents to take them to see it. Same goes for the next on our list

Hercules – (1997) “I’m a damsel, I’m in distress, I can handle this. Have a nice day.”

The swirly Greek-influence of this design did not appeal to many viewers, but as a movie, Hercules goes the distance. Ha! Get it! There’s a song, and it says that, ha, funny right? No?… Oh… Ok, awful joking aside, the movie is great and if you look closely, in only the way a Disney film can, it pokes fun at other Disney greats (hint: look at what Hercules wears while being painted on the Greek Urn). Yes it takes unaccountable liberties with myth (after all, this is Disney we’re talking about), but it also adds a lot of intelligent myth based humor! Plus, the music is sassy and bold, and the Muses and Meg are fem forces to be reckoned with. Also, James Woods is the voice of Hades. Nothing more to say there.

Lilo & Stitch-(2002) “My friends need to be punished”

This movie is adorable, made even more so by the fact that it’s so realistic. Realistic. Alien monsters… realistic? Well not that part. But Lilo and her sister are incredibly realistic,  human and, in Lilo’s case,  strange. Not strange in the Ralph Wigam, “my cat’s breath smells like cat food,” way,  but in the “I’m different and nobody plays with me,” touching and true-to-life way. Nothing makes me smiles as much as Lilo’s peanut butter eating fish, or her “blue period”. She is sweet and bad at the same time- just like all the real children I’ve met (except for the ant killer. He wasn’t sweet at all).

In which we set some goals…

May 4, 2010

So, because I’m me and can’t seem to just do things without commenting on them, nor can I just be normal and enjoy my time off even if it happens to be my favorite time of year I’ve come up with a summertime resolution/project. This summer I decided to set the goal of  finishing my teen novel. I started it ages and ages ago, and just got out of the habit of working on it (like the ten million other projects I have “waiting to be finished”).

When I started I was inspired by the Once Upon a Time is Timeless series that Simon & Schuster puts out. They aren’t by any means great works of literature, but I love them (some more than others admittedly).  They are all re-tellings of fairy tales which just about sends me into palpitations every time I think about it. I have loved fairy tales, myths, legends, folk tales, etc. since I was a little girl and that fascination has, if anything, only increased as I’ve grown. I love how different authors can flesh out different aspects of stories that have been told for hundreds of years. Some of my favorite novels are beautiful, deep, spanning, and even spic re-tellings of fairy tales.

In this vein my books is a very teen-y retelling of the Greek myth of Atalanta. It’s nothing fabulous, but I definitely think it isn’t the worst thing I’ve ever read. And with that sparkling recommendation I will leave it. Hopefully setting it down in this public space, I will feel more determined to complete it.

What unfinished projects are you dying to revisit  “when you have the time…”?



What I’m Loving:

Today I am loving teen authors. Hmmm, that could be easily misconstrued. I am loving authors of girly teen books. That’s better!

Cameron Dokey. She writes my favorites of the Once Upon a Time… series (including the one picture above). They are, for the most part, light and lovely. Easy to read but refreshing- like honeydew on a summer day.

Kara Dalkey. Sadly, especially because her books are  so darn interesting and different (kind of like this one), many of Kara Dalkey’s books are out of print or hard to find. This and this are two of my very favorites and I truly think she has gift for telling an old story with a new twist.

In which we dine on romance…

April 29, 2010

courtesy of Postcard from Provence

Lately it seems that I am food obsessed, but this popped into my head (ok I can’t try and pretend like I wasn’t reading a romance novel and sighing away at this image)! Rustic bread, cheese, wine, and fruit has got to be the most romantic food combination ever. Also the most scholarly. Pretty much any image you want, this menu fits the bill. That got me thinking about other occasion foods.

I love to eat cous cous with pita, avocado, cheese, and grapes with Ethan. Sushi is a romance food for us too. On the other side, peas are anathema for meal harmony between the two of us.

What about you? What are the most romantic (or least) foods/food combos?