Saturday, February 17, 2018

VHS Haul

Hello, all!

My roommates and I have a VHS/DVD combo player and one of my favorite things to do on a weekend is dig around thrift stores to see what kind of VHS gems I can find. We're (and by "we're" I really just mean me) always trying to find more classics that we can add to our collection. Here are just a few that I recently found and was super excited about.

Party time, excellent! I once tried to woo a guy by quoting this movie and that's why I'm terrible at flirting, but whatever it's just so good.

At any given point, you can find me and my one roommate screaming/dancing along to this entire soundtrack, so picking this up was just a given.

John Travolta playing Nic Cage playing John Travolta and Nic Cage playing John Travolta playing Nic Cage.  This movie is a cinematic masterpiece. Also, whenever my brother and I want to annoy the other we just do the face waterfall thing they do in this.

You can't just leave this movie behind. This'll go great with the Dennis Nedry/Dilophosaurus Funko Pop set I pre-ordered. Now, if only I can find the shirtless Ian Malcom Pop, I'd be golden.

This was another one I just couldn't leave without. I watched this recently for the first time in ages, and I forgot how much I absolutely love it. And 90s Ethan Embry is just so adorable. Damn the man, Save the Empire!

If anyone has any VHS tapes they're trying to get rid of, holla atcha girl! I'll pretty much take any and everything. Hope everyone's having a great weekend!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Top 5: Book Club Members

Hello, all!

I've never been a part of a book club, but they seem like they would be so fun. I love the idea of getting together with a group of friends and discussing a current read, so I thought I'd dedicate this Top 5 to fictional characters I'd want in my book club. So let's get to it!

1. Matilda Wormwood: Much like Matilda, I turned to books at a young age as a means of escaping reality, so I feel like we'd have a lot in common. And after we talk about books, we can dance around the living room to Rusted Root and she can telepathically bring us some snacks.

2. Daria Morgendorffer: If I had to choose one character to describe myself, I would always pick Daria. Not only do we look alike, but her preference for reading over going out and being social is one I know very well.

3. Jess Mariano: I know when you think "Gilmore Girls" and "books", you immediately think Rory, but I'd pick Jess over her any day. Jess wrote a novel, he's in publishing, and he writes in the margins. Plus, he is just so dreamy.

4. Hermione Granger: As if I could have a book club without Hermione. She always knew the power books held, and used her cleverness as a weapon and I would just really like to hang around the Hogwarts library with her.

5. John Keating: O Captain, My Captain. My love for English and literature stemmed from Dead Poets Society. Keating was so energetic about his love of the written word and teaching his students to look at everything from a different perspective. He urges them to think for themselves and helps them to understand the beauty in words and the world around them.

Who would you want in your book club? Lemme know!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Let's Talk: Current Favorites

Hello, all!

I figured today I'd give you guys a little peek into what I've been loving lately. I've only ever done one of these which I think is pretty silly because I love watching YouTube videos of what people are loving lately, so I may make this a recurring thing. So let's get into it!

First up is the Hot Cocoa and Cream candle from Bath and Body Works. Ho-lee cow, does this smell exactly like a cup of hot chocolate. I've gone through about 2 so far and even have a few more squirreled away so that way I won't run out of it.

I'm not a coffee drinker, so anytime I go to Starbucks I usually get tea or a hot chocolate, and my favorite is the Snickerdoodle hot chocolate they have around Christmas time and I always get bummed when they take it away-- but not anymore! A friend of mine works there and recently told me that it was just a white hot chocolate with some cinnamon dolce syrup, so now I can have it all year round!

Now, I'm a huge spazz when it comes to make up. It seems like some people are just naturally blessed with the knowledge of contour and highlight and blending eyeshadow, but I am not one of them. My usual make up routine is: throw on some foundation and concealer to not look so dead and head out the door. I always have a problem picking out foundation because I'm really (and I mean reeeeeeally) pale, so even the lightest shades are always a bit too dark for me. I'd heard really good things about the Fenty beauty line that Rihanna came out with, so I figured I'd see how I fared with that one and I actually found my shade. I got color matched at Sephora and it turns out I'm between the 100 and 110 shades, I went with the 110 and I'm diggin' it so far. It's a matte foundation so it does get slightly patchy in my dry spots, but nothing too noticeable.

The other littler one is a whipped foundation by The Balm called Even Steven in the shade Lighter that Light, and that one is also a near perfect match for my skin tone and it also feels super light. So ya girl's face is pretty happy lately.

I got this Q & A a day book for Christmas and I've actually kept up with it and it's something so small and silly but I look forward to filling it out everyday. It's all sorts of questions ranging from What's your mission? to What'd you eat today? so it's a good mix of serious and fun. I also really like how it's a 5 year journal so you can see how your answers vary over the years.

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 3. I love Drag Race (imagine the little clapping emoji in between each word for extra emphasis) and I get super into all the queens and I'm so pumped to see how this season turns out. There's only been two episodes so far, but already I've been clutching my pearls at everything. I love it.

My last favorite is super random but it's going to the library. I've loved the library ever since I was young, but then I started to just buy all my books and I've pretty much run out of space and money, so now me and the library are BFFs again. We have a lovely relationship where I go there weekly and they help feed my addiction. It's great.

What're you loving lately? Lemme know!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Rules of Magic Review

Hello, all!

It's no surprise that I love to read. Every year I set a reading goal for myself, and I love to read anything from sci-fi and YA to historical fiction and graphic novels. One that I just recently finished was The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman and from the first chapter I was hooked.

If you're familiar with the 1998 film Practical Magic starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, than you already sort of know the characters in this story. Whereas Practical Magic dealt with the lives of Sally and Gillian Owens, The Rules of Magic is all about their aunts, Franny and Jet Owens.

It's New York City in the 1960s, and Francis (Franny), Bridget (Jet) and their younger brother Vincent are no strangers to the fact that they're a bit different from the rest of their peers. Franny with her blood red hair and milky white skin has the ability to call birds to her with just the lift of her hand; Jet, who is as shy and beautiful as they come, can read people's thoughts; and brash Vincent has been using his charm to woo people into things since he was a baby. From the beginning, their mother Susanna has put down some very firm rules: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no crows, no cats, no candles and no books about magic. And the most important rule of them all, never, ever fall in love. All that changes when the three siblings visit their mysterious Aunt Isabelle who lives in a small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for every misfortune and they begin to discover who they really are.

During their time with their aunt, they learn all about themselves and the powers they possess, but they also discover the curse that's been on their family for generations. Their ancestor, Maria Owens, was charged with witchcraft for loving the wrong man, and ever since disaster has befallen any man who dares fall in love with an Owens.

The Owens siblings cannot escape from love no matter how hard they may try, and each try to side step the curse for as long as they can, but it all catches up to them eventually. Along with magical elements, Hoffman ties in real world elements such as the Vietnam War, the Stonewall riots and San Francisco's Summer of Love to make a lovely mix of fairy tale and real life. The Owens's can't change who they are, they can't escape the pains of love and affairs of the heart, but they can figure out how to use their powers for good and how to make the best out of it.

I loved the movie Practical Magic and now knowing the whole backstory of the Aunts (and how they had a brother!) and how they came to be, and the things that they had to go through just makes me love it even more. The Rules of Magic is delightful and dreamy and a must read even if you aren't a fan of its predecessor.

Has anyone read anything good lately? Lemme know!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Top 5: Cozy Movies

Hello, all and Happy New Year!

I figured what better way to ring in the new year than with my favorite thing: lists. And with all the snow that's hit the North East lately, I thought that it should be dedicated to those movies that just make you want to curl up under a blanket and get comfy.

1. Pride and Prejudice: I don't really know what it is about the snow, but whenever it starts coming down, I automatically want to get the biggest blanket I can find, make a cuppa tea and watch this movie. I know everyone loves Mr. Darcy, and don't get me wrong I do love me some Darcy, but I just can't help but love everything about how adorably awkward Mr. Bingley is.

2. You've Got Mail: Oh, Tom Tom Tommy Hanks, how I love thee. This is one of those movies that whenever it's on TV, no matter what I'm doing, I have to stop and watch it.

3. The Holiday: Now, there are some points to this movie that annoy me. Namely, the time frame. Like, you hear Kate Winslet say that her and Cameron Diaz are swapping houses for two weeks, yet how is it possible for her to befriend and get Arthur into shape for his Screenwriters' Guild celebration in that short of a time frame?! I can never get over that, but boy, do I love this movie regardless.

4. Great British Bake Off: Ok, so I'm cheating a tad with this one since it's a TV program, but I just love it so much! I've been baking since I was young and it's one of my favorite things to do, and I'm obsessed with baking shows. I'm also in love with most British things, so when you put the two together it's just the best. Plus, Mel and Sue just have the best puns and you know how I love me some puns.

5. Harry Potter Series: As if I was gonna have a list of cozy movies without adding Harry Potter. You can throw on any of these movies and I would be the happiest. Even Goblet of Fire which isn't my favorite cause I just can't with Harry and Ron's hair. Everything about Harry Potter is just instantly calming and comforting to me, so really just any excuse for me to put one on is good enough for me.

Do you have any specific movies you like to watch? Lemme know!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Owl Crate December Review

Hello, all!

I hope everyone's getting ready for their Christmas holiday. All I have left to do is wrap gifts, but since I'm completely horrid at wrapping, I keep putting it off so I thought it was the perfect time to review this months Owl Crate.

The theme this month was "Seize the Day", so let's get right into it!

The first thing I pulled out was this cute wooden ornament from Juniper & Ivy Designs based off the book Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. This was so detailed and pretty, I automatically rushed to put it on my tree where everyone could see it.

I love a candle. It's so weird, I never used to like them, but now I have stacks of candles that I change throughout the year depending on scents. This one by Novelly Yours is definitely going to get heavy rotation. It has such a lovely apple scent which is one of my favorites. It said this candle was inspired by The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, and I've never read that but based on the candle alone, I feel like I need to.

Just like a candle, I love myself a bookmark. I feel like they're one of those things you just can't have enough of, and this double sided one by Little Inklings Designs is perfect to add to my collection. One side of the bookmark has a quote from The Serpent King (another I've never read, but which is going onto my Reading list) and the opposite is from The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I've mentioned my love of the Percy Jackson series/Greek mythology before, so getting this magnet inspired by that same series was perfect. It was created by Ink & Wonder Designs and it's so pretty. I mean, just look at all those colors!

Now, to my favorite item in this box-- a Harry Potter tote! This tote, designed exclusively for Owl Crate by Bookworm Boutique, is so perfect. Not only does it have the cutest deign and quote, but it has extra long handles and a decent size which makes it the best trip-to-the-book-store bag.

I kept saying that I wanted to be one of those people who had planners and were super organized, and now I can finally make it happen! This lovely 2018 planner/reading journal was a partner design between Owl Crate and Blue Star Press, and features quotes from previous Owl Crate book picks, spaces to fill in your favorite books, and even a rating system to keep track of all that you've read so far. I'm excited to use this, I usually keep track of books I've read on little scraps of paper, so it'll be nice to have them all in one place now.

The book for this month is called Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. When Claudia is caught eavesdropping on a conversation that was only meant for two people, she gains an enemy in Iris, one of the meanest girls in her school. If that wasn't worse enough, the two of them are then forced to participate in the school's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The whole story revolves around first loves, finding friends in unlikely places, and learning to step out of ones comfort zone. It all sounds a bit Sarah Dessen-ish to me, and she's one of my favorites, so I feel like this will be right up my alley. It also came with a little patch, and we all know I do love a patch.

I hope everyone has a lovely holiday!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Top 5: Christmas Horror Movies

Hello, all!

So Christmas is rapidly approaching, and when everyone else is curling up on the couch watching Freeform's 25 Days of Christmas, here are a few *ahem* less family friendly films to get you through the festive season.

1. Silent Night, Deadly Night: After witnessing a man in a Santa suit kill his parents on the side of the road when he was 5, Billy isn't the biggest fan of Christmas/Santa in general. Now a young man, Billy is asked to stand in as Santa at the little toy store he works at, things go awry and something snaps in Billy, leading him to go on a killing spree, including impaling a lady on a set of deer antlers hanging on a wall, decapitating a sledder and shouting "Naughty!" at everyone before he dispenses his Yuletide justice.

2. Jack Frost: No, I'm not talkin' about the weird family movie where Michael Keaton dies and then comes back as a snowman to have another chance at being a good dad. I mean, it's sorta the same, someone does come back to life as a snowman, but it's a serial killer (aptly named, Jack Frost) who crashes into a truck full of "genetics material" on his way to his execution. What ensues next is what B-movie dreams are made of: a killer snowman terrorizing the quiet town of Snowmonton.

3. Rare Exports: Ok, I have to admit, I had no idea what was going on throughout this entire movie, but I do know it was cuh-reepy. It's a Finnish movie and even with the subtitles, I really couldn't understand much, but the gist is that a research group was drilling on top of what ended up being an ancient burial chamber which a young boy thinks is Santa's, who in this story is a horned being who beats naughty kids and boils them in his cauldron. Then there's some slaughtered reindeer and a bunch of naked Elves running in the woods, and plans to blow up Santa before he can do anymore damage. This one left me with no words except for, "HUH?"

4. A Christmas Horror Story: Unlike the others on this list, this is more of an anthology movie, and the thread that holds all four storylines together is William Shatner as a radio DJ who pretty much just talks throughout the entire thing. Since it's a bunch of different stories together, there's a creep factor for almost everyone: you got your ghost possession, evil clones, Krampus and zombie elves...and a partridge in a pear tree.

5. Gremlins: This is my favorite Christmas horror/but not really horror movie. It's definitely the most family friendly on this list, but it's still got some scare elements to it. Like, I dunno what's worse finding out the smell coming from your chimney wasn't a dead animal or listening to a bunch of bat-eared leathery green reptile thing-a-majigs screech out some Christmas carols on your front porch. There's also a ton of comedy in the movie as well, the entire scene of the Gremlins in the movie theater watching Snow White kills me as well as Corey Feldman just delivering Christmas trees while dressed as a tree.