Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Boy Crazy Girls

So Marina is currently obsessed with all things Aaron Paul. Our texting convo the other night had us both blushing from embarrassment at admitting that even though we are no longer in high school, we can still get serious boy crushes.

Monday, May 30, 2016

The Fridge at 21

(clearly I was visiting as is made evident by the Suja Elements drinkie and the coconut milk yogurt. - FYI, those lil' plastic polar bears way in the back of the top shelf hold baking soda and keep this refrigerator fresh and delightful!)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

How to Stop Rape

This is what society should be teaching. Tell males to stop raping, don't tell females how to avoid being attacked. No one tells children to stop being cute and helpless so they aren't a target for kidnapping and molestation. That's because everyone knows that the fault is never, ever placed on the child. Blaming the child would be unthinkable, absurd, and totally backwards, but for young women and adult females, more often the finger is pointed at them; the shame is directed at their actions rather than the attacker. It's despicable. It needs to stop.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bookshelf Heaven

Holy cannoli, I really think I need these in my home!

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Dreamiest of Them All

I don't have a single clue as to who this luscious gentleman is, but he is like a work of art...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The List

Over the years I had torn out pages from magazines that listed the 10, 100, 25, et cetera best movies lists. Best horror, indie, gay, classic, groundbreaking, you name it, I tore that list out and stuffed it in a box. Then in 2008 I was on unemployment (such a beautiful and blissful time...) and decided to write down the films and watch as many as possible. There were 180 films total and I managed to see 164 of them (if my math is correct...). Here's that entire list with an asterisk marking the ones I really, really liked.

The Razor's Edge
Queen Christina
*To Kill A Mockingbird
Spinal Tap
Don't Look Now
*The Fisher King
The Night of the Hunter
The Palm Beach Story
The Great McGinty
Il Conformista

Death in Venice
La Strada
Stella Dallas
Robin Hood
Being There
*The Best Years of Our Lives
Blade Runner
Blow Up
*The Conversation
A Face in the Crowd
*Five Easy Pieces
Gun Crazy (1950)
The Informer
The Innocents
*Lady Eve
McCabe & Mrs. Miller
*Paths of Glory
*The Ox-Bow Incident
Peeping Tom
Shadow of a Doubt
Sherlock, Jr.
*The Searchers
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Strangers on a Train
Sweet Smell of Success
The Third Man
*Trouble in Paradise
Touch of Evil
39 Steps
Unbearable Lightness of Being
Year of Living Dangerously
The Bad and the Beautiful
Gods and Monsters
*Day for Night
The Big Picture
The Draughtsman's Contract
New York Stories
*Mystery of Picasso
The Horse's Mouth
Brief Encounter
Sex, Lies, and Videotape
The Emerald Forest
Jeremiah Johnson
*The Grifters
*Endless Summer
Secret of Roan Inish
Bob Le Flambeur
Cat People
*Un Chien Andalou
Crimes and Misdemeanors
Dead Ringers
Eyes Without a Face
400 Blows
The Gang's All Here
The Girl Can't Help It
The Harder They Come
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Johnny Guitar
Jules et Jim
The Killers
*The Killing
Kiss Me Deadly
*The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Medium Cool
My Brilliant Career
Pandora's Box
*Open City
Ride the High Country
The Rules of the Game
Scarface (1932)
Stranger than Paradise
Swept Away  
*Blood Simple
A Room With a View
Parting Glances
True Love
Thin Blue Line
*Paris Is Burning
Hoop Dreams
*The Remains of the Day
The Hitcher
Near Dark
The Stepfather
Gimme Shelter
*Seven Beauties
The Sweet Hereafter
Gaslight (1940)
*The Fan (1981)
The Quiller Memorandum
Tales of Hoffman
*Passage to India
*Cactus Flower
*The Killing Fields
Day of the Locust
*Seven Samurai
Les Enfants du Paradis
Naked Lunch
*Barton Fink
Roadside Prophets
*Cry Baby
*Garbo Talks
Everytime We Say Goodbye
*Phar Lap
Trouble Bound
*Places in the Heart
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Hard Boiled
Inside Monkey Zetterland
The Bicycle Thief
La Dolce Vita
Raging Bull
*The Grapes of Wrath
To Be or Not to Be
*White Heat
*It's a Gift
*L'Age d'Or
Shop Around the Corner
*Duck Soup
*The Seventh Seal
Bridge on the River Kwai
Henry V
Great Expectations (1946)
*Pickup on South Street
Tokyo Story
*Living in Oblivion 

Here's the ones that were unavailable:

The Magnificent Ambersons
Five Graves to Cairo
Letters from an Unknown Woman (1948)
The Wind
The Soft Skin (1964)
The Crowd 
Devil in Miss Jones
Zero for Conduct
Handle With Care
Dernier Combat
True West
Céline and Julie Go Boating

These were the ones I had no interest in seeing:

In the Company of Men 
She's Gotta Have It
Do the Right Thing

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Big Magic

I loved Elizabeth Gilbert's previous books, Committed, and Eat, Pray, Love so over the next handful of days I'm cracking open my copy of Big Magic. I need a lil' shove in the creativity department and hopefully this will serve as inspiration. Actually, I need to address my fear first, since that is what is forever holding me back from everything. Apparently this book will help with both issue. Result!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Over the weekend I started re-watching season one of Everwood. My parents and I watched it eons ago and it was seriously such a great show. Y'all know how I love some prime-time wholesome family television programming and this one ranks up there, just under Signed, Sealed, Delivered. (Sidenote: I could not get over how young Chris Pratt was in Everwood!! Total craziness.)

(photo kidnapped from moviepostershop)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Chanticleer Ruins

I kinda figured that the ruins at Chanticleer would be fake, and they are, but regardless, I think they're pretty cool.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Trio

Hooray!! Today I get to see these three fabulous kids and then hang out all day with Miss Ashlee. Just the two of us, since Sean wants some one on one time with his daughter. Ashlee and I can't wait to have some alone time with zero distractions.

(sadly these plans were dashed once i got in an accident and totaled my car...)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Office Fridges

The first one is my wee lil' personal fridge. I should have snapped the photo in the AM when it was filled with a Lentil and Spinach Burrito (Moshe's are the best!), two cans of La Croix (I'm addicted to them), a Suja Elements Mighty Greens juice, and my So Delicious chocolate coconut milk box. Oh well...
The second pic is of the actual office floor's fridge, which I was stunned at how much stuff was in it.  Guess people don't take things home at the end of the day.


Friday, May 20, 2016

Lady Dynamite!

Oh how I do so love Ms. Maria Bamford... In my down time at work today I managed to catch an episode or two of her new Netflix series, Lady Dynamite. It's zany and odd, original and awkwardly bizarre, but most of all it is goofy and fun. Can't wait til I get the chance to kick back and see every gloriously hilarious ep!

(photo kidnapped from indiewire)

Thursday, May 19, 2016


I saw these adorable Golden Girls inspired lip balms over on etsy and as soon as I blow through my current stash of lip glosses, I am so ordering them!

(photo kidnapped from etsy)

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Good to know!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Iron Fist Collection

I am bonkers for Iron Fist shoes!! So far this is my wee lil' collection. The flats are unique and crazy and silly and zany and so me. I love this company. Oh, and they are all vegan. Booyah!


Monday, May 16, 2016


On Saturday morning Anne arrived at my doorstep promptly at 9:30. We then hopped in Duke and arrived to Chanticleer in a mere 45 minutes. I love the Main Line, which is just outside the city limits of Philadelphia and had never heard of Chanticleer until Mum mentioned it a few weeks back. It's a charming garden that Anne and I just adored. We've been to Longwood Gardens, Morris Arboretum, Winterthur, and were most impressed by Chanticleer.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

Italian Kitty

Snapped this on my way back down to Casa Giovanna from Viale Pasitea. I'm not one for cats, but this fella sure was sweet.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Redwoods

If I ever get the chance to return to San Francisco, I am definitely going back to Muir Woods and taking that walk up to the tippie top to look out above the trees. They are magnificent.


Friday, May 13, 2016


Sometimes I forget just how incredible and authentic Brendan Sexton is, how he can take a small, seemingly insignificant role and make it memorable, that is, until I re-watch something like The Killing. Brendan has the quiet ability to be real and effortless in his acting so that he blends in and moves the story closer towards perfection. Even in films that I wasn't super crazy about, Brendan is always able to shine like no one ever has or will.

(groovy photo kidnapped from someduesomedont)

Thursday, May 12, 2016


Etta James - The Man I Love
Annie Lennox - Money Can't Buy It
Finley Quaye - Dice
Ani DiFranco - Both Hands (live in Austin)
The June Spirit - Prologue
Nina Simone - Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair
The Faint - Conductor
Mildred Bailey - Lazybones
Ben Vaughn - Psycho Beach Party
Sylvester - You Make Me Feel
The Smiths - I Don't Owe You Anything
New Order - True Faith
Lady Sovereign - Random
Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg - Carnival of Venice
Shivaree - Goodnight Moon
Michael Bublé - Save the Last Dance for Me
Madeleine Peyroux - I'll Look Around
Ana D. - Me Quedo Contigo 
Deirdre Flint - The Bridesmaid Dress Song

-21 May 2007

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Grace and Frankie

I am so impressed with this series. I love that it showcases a different age group. I mean, I like twenty-somethings and parents, but geez Louise, it seems like that's all that's available on TV. It's seriously refreshing to see these two fab ladies in such a wonderful and well written show. Oh, and I do love those guest stars, like Sam Elliott and Marsha Mason - Marsha Mason!!! - and Ms. Swoosie Kurtz, who I adore. I've got a few more episodes left of season two and I kinda don't want it to end...

(photo kidnapped from tvline)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Best Garage Sale Find

Like a Virgin on vinyl. Unopened. I picked this up at a garage sale in Jersey back in '92 and it only cost twenty-five cents. What a steal!