Saturday, August 30, 2014

Film Fashion: Benny & Joon

I think the first time I saw Benny & Joon, I was a freshman in high school. My brother and his girlfriend had rented it and watched it and left it at our house. I remember popping it in the DVD player, knowing nothing about it. I loved it from the opening credits (A big shout out to The Proclaimers on that one).

Years later I remember my mom saying, "I don't know why you guys like this one so much. It's so sad!" While parts of it are sad, I can think of two reasons right off the bat that a teenage girl would like this move: Johnny Depp & Aidan Quinn. I'm only half kidding.

One of the main reasons I loved this movie was the style. Are you shocked yet? It's a little difficult to pin-point exactly when this film takes place. There are so many vintage & classic elements throughout the film, lending a genuine timelessness to the story. If you haven't seen Benny & Joon before, I strongly encourage you to add it to your to-see list.

Two characters to watch for their style are Joon & Sam. Here is my interpretation of wearable Joon & Sam style. Enjoy!!

Film Fashion: Benny & Joon

Friday, August 29, 2014

Favorite Friday Favorites

1. You Can Take the Girl Out of Band-

But you can't take band out of the girl. #brassnerdporvida


2. New Music -

Honestly, this might be the only way I like to hear a Niki Minaj song.

3. Great Books I Read This Week

I know everyone & their dog has been talking about this book (and movie), so I read it to see what all the hub-bub was about. There's good reason for hub-bub. Even if you're not a teenager, I think you should probably still read this book.

I can't remember where I heard about this book, but I recently requested it from my local library & it came in yesterday. Today, while getting an allergy injection, I plowed through this graphic novel/short story anthology. This is good. Damn good.

I may have also read everything on Emily Carroll's website & every single blog she's written.  If you are a fan of horror, fairy tales, amazing art or just good writing, check Emily Carroll out. 

This book is beautiful. The art is beautiful and the story, while hard to read at times, is beautiful as well. If you're looking for something real & straight forward, check out This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki & Mariko Tamaki.

4. Abigail Halpin-

I know that I've posted about Abigail Halpin before (here & here), but I just loved this little illustration (inspired by a Shakey Graves tune) she posted on her blog this week. Perfection. 


5. More of This, Please-

Happy Friday, Friends!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Who You Gonna Call?

In case you didn't know (and I would be surprised if you did), today is National Ghostbusters Day! In honor of the 30th anniversary of the 1984 film,  this year has been filled with Proton Pack goodness! For example, Ghostbusters is getting a limited re-release in theaters beginning on August 29th & a 30th Anniversary edition comes out on DVD & Blu-ray on September 16th.

Earlier this year, Gallery 1988 did a traveling art show, showcasing some of these super-cool pieces! Oh, how I wish I would have know about this earlier!



Now, I was born in 1985, so I didn't get to see this awesome film in the theater, but if you're anything like my brother & I, Ghostbusters had an immense  impact on your young life. I remember playing with Ghostbuster action figures (I always tried to bring my Barbies into the game), we played make-believe Ghostbusters & my brother & cousin always made me be Janine (typical).

I truly hope you'll join me today in celebrating this classic film. Slip into your tan jumpsuit, put on your goggles strap on your proton pack and get ready to bust some ghosts!

Or just watch the movie on Netflix like me. While eating marshmallows. Pro Tip: Netflix also has Ghostbusters 2. Your welcome.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Color Crush: Fall Into Fall 2014

Although I haven't quite admitted it to myself that summer is drawing to a close, I can admit that the fall color pallet really is the Kimberly color pallet. I personally think that I look best in greens, berries, browns, oranges and mustard.

Thank goodness the Fall 2014 color pallet agrees with me. Please enjoy a small selection of some of my favorite fall items. What are you most looking forward to this fall?

Color Crush: Fall Into Fall 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Submitted for the Approval of the Midnight Society.....

I call this blog post The Tale of my Top 10 Favorite Episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark.

Are you Afraid of the Dark, a 30 minute Canadian horror-themed anthology series (think Twilight Zone for kids), ran from 1992-2000 in the U.S and was one of Nickelodeon's most popular programs, being part of SNICK (short for Saturday Night Nickelodeon).

The premise of Are You Afraid of the Dark was simple; A group of middle school & high schoolers get together every Saturday night, meeting around a campfire in the woods, and tell one other stories of their own creation. The stories ranged from the fantastic to horrifying depending on the week. Each storyteller had their own story-telling style, and often used recurring characters in their tales. Are You Afraid of the Dark ran for 7 seasons, though admittedly, I am most familiar with the first five seasons and I would personally say that seasons 2 & 3 were when they really hit their stride.

As a kid, I remember watching Are You Afraid of the Dark every Saturday night with my family, and again after school, when the show went into syndication. While the genre of horror was very common place in my house (mama loved horror novels and scary movies & my dad loved the Universal Monsters), this was one of my first experiences with horror geared specifically toward children. Are You Afraid of the Dark really paved the way for shows like Eerie Indiana & the Goosebumps book series. One thing I specifically liked about Are You Afraid of the Dark was that writers didn't pull any punches. Many of the episodes still hold up as very creepy, even today, and many don't have happy endings. Even as a kid, I appreciated not being infantilized by the show creators, even if I didn't want to walk down the dark hallway to my room, after the show was over & the TV was off. Even today, I can attribute my love of horror, in part, to my early exposure to shows like Are You Afraid of the Dark. 

Though I don't know if I could have articulated it at the time, the structure of the show had a huge impact on my overall view of the oral-storytelling tradition and my understanding of children within that tradition. There is nothing on TV today like Are You Afraid of the Dark and folks are missing out!

I have curated a top ten list of my favorite episodes:

10. The Tale of the Dangerous Soup- Dr. Vink (a recurring character) owns a restaurant called The Wild Boar. His restaurant is world renowned for it's delicious soup. But the soup has a mysterious, secret ingredient and it sure isn't love! A young Neve Campbell stars in this episode.

9. The Tale of the Dark Dragon- A boy, who struggles with self-confidence, buys a potion at the local magic shop that helps him feel & look better than he really is. The magic shop is owned by Sardo, a mysterious, yet bumbling man who knows more about his products than he let's on.

8. The Tale of the Ghastly Grinner-A boy, who wants to be a comic artist, can't catch a break. He gets a invitation to a new comic book store in town, where he buys a comic entitled The Ghastly Grinner. But this comic is more than it seems.

7. The Tale of the Dollmaker- Melissa goes to the country to visit her aunt, uncle and good friend, Susan. When she arrives she finds out that Susan's family has moved away and that Susan has gone missing. Can Melissa solve the mystery of where Susan has gone & what does an old doll house have to do with it?

6. The Tale of the Hungry Hounds- Amy goes to visit her cousin, Pam. While going through the family heirlooms in the attic, Pam & Amy find a late aunt's clothes in an old trunk. but this game of dress-up has dire consequences.

5. The Tale of the Midnight Madness- An old movie theater that is on the brink of closure needs a miracle. Dr Vink makes a deal with the manager that if they screen his other films, he will give them a copy of F. W. Murnau's 1922 film, Nosferatu. When the manager goes back on his word, things get really weird.

4. The Tale of the Quicksilver- This episode starred Tatyana Ali (of Fresh Prince fame). Two brothers move into a new house to find strange things happening. One of the brother's comes down with a fever, while the other brother begins having visions of a girl that strangely looks like one of his classmates. Can they work together to cure his brother and rid the house of an evil presence.

3. The Tale of Watcher's Woods- Two unlikely friends get lost in the woods while at summer camp and they have to figure out a 50 year old mystery to find their way back home. This episode stars Jewel Staite, of Firefly fame.

2. The Tale of Tale of the Prom Queen-In the 50's, a high school girl was the victim of a hit-&-run while waiting for her boyfriend to pick her up for the prom. Many years later, three high schoolers get roped into researching the victim's death. But like so many AYAOTD episodes, not everything is as it seems.

1.The Tale of the Bookish Babysitter-This is my all-time favorite episode! A young man, obsessed with T.V & video games, thinks he's too old for a babysitter. His mom has a different opinion. After booking the most recommended babysitter in town, the boy's mom leaves him in the care of Belinda. Belinda has a reputation for instilling the love of reading in children, but Belinda doesn't use the regular methods. She can really bring literature to life!

Honorable Mention: The Tale of the Dream Girl- Johnny thinks he's seeing his dream girl when he puts on a ring that he can't take off. But finding his dream girl might be harder than Johnny thinks.

All of these episodes, along with almost all of the other episodes of the show, can be viewed for free on various channels on You Tube. If you, like me, were a fan of this amazing show, go back and check out a few of my favorites or find your own! If you never saw the show,  please enjoy a piece of 90's nostalgia while enjoying an incredibly well-written show.

I now declare this meeting of The Midnight Society closed.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Munchy Monday- Pecan Oatmeal Cookie topped Peach Cobbler & Gourmet Supper Club (May & August 2014)

Rick & I have been a part of a floating gourmet supper club for the past year. The members have shifted a little in that time, but the goal of the group is to cook delicious food, drink fantastic drink & enjoy the company of engaging companions.

We have pretty much stuck to a theme of country-specific food including Brazilian, German & Irish, just to name a few.

In May we had a lovely Moroccan meal on the patio of our good friends, Roger & Margaret. They really out did themselves, setting the mood with a lovely table, set under a canopy of trumpet vine.

The lovely table
Peaceful water feature

The coolest outdoor fireplace
Washing our hand before the meal.
B'stella- an appetizer, traditionally made with pigeon. 
  Couscous & steamed vegetables
Braised lamb
Carrot, garlic & raisin palate refresher.
Game hen with almonds, olives & honey.
Roger, the chef. 

Traditional mint tea
Delish dessert!

Skipping June & July (due to travel & busyness) August's supper club's theme was Southern BBQ. Our hosts prepared pulled pork sandwiches, traditional cole slaw & smoked ribs. The other couple in the group prepared a Cobb potato salad as a side. We were tasked with making a dessert and I knew that I wanted to make something with peaches. While searching through Pinterest, I stumbled upon this delicious looking cobbler.

Using Colorado grown peaches & eggs from our neighbor's chickens that we watched this weekend, I think I put together something pretty fantastic!  To make the recipe my own, I added about a cup of pecans to the topping dough, a couple dashes of cinnamon & a splash of whiskey (unfortunately I didn't have any bourbon on hand),  just for good measure.

The cobbler
Appetizers & the bar including peach bourbon iced tea and blackberry iced tea. 

The lovely, outdoor table. 

Bourbon Peach Iced Tea

Cotton, the Incredible Snake Dog! 


My handsome date & I. Any chance to wear a costume....
Dinner is served! I can not even explain to you how good this all was!
To end the evening, Nicole provided wonderful dessert entertainment. She played Debussy's Clair de Lune & it was an enchanting end to a lovely evening! 

This little club is truly one of the highlights of our month. It's so wonderful to try such wide variety of food and I love the challenge of preparing food I would never I have the chance to. We are next in the rotation and we're still trying to decide what we want to make for our friends. Needless to say, we have A LOT to live up to!! 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Night Circus: Wearable Circus Fashion

I recently read Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and I haven't really been able to think about anything else since finishing.

Morgenstern has an amazing descriptive power that completely immerses the reading into the world of The Night Circus. While reading, I was able to visualize the costumes & characters so clearly that the visual aspect became almost as important as the plot.

Now, if you've been around here for long, you know that I love costumes that can masquerade as every day clothes. Thankfully, The Night Circus lends itself very well to this type of neurosis. Even I would have some trouble wearing full circus attire, but if we use a black, white & red color palette, we can achieve a festive, yet appropriate aesthetic.

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” 

The Night Circus Fashion

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