A fun end of the week post – The Domaine de Boisbuchet, a country estate from the 15th century in Charente in southwestern France, takes yard art (it’s actually a museum) to a whole new level. ox
Aside from the The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Anchorman 2, I’m so excited to see American Hustle. I swear though, I’ve heard more about the hair than the actors. Here is an interesting interview with interviewed the film’s makeup-department head, Evelyne Noraz, and hair-department head, Katherine Gordon.
Let’s say you have a day to yourself between cooking, cleaning, shopping, entertaining, working, and if you are so lucky – outdoor sports. Let’s say you live in Maine, where on a sunny day with temps in the low 30s you can be outside in non ski wear for about an hour without worrying about frostbite and then you want to be inside for a while. Let’s say there is no football on. Folks, it’s movie marathon time.
Snack time – this is my new favorite combination!! Sesame sticks, salted peanuts, wasabi peas, goji berries, Japanese rice crackers. Great with wine, eggnog, beer, Dr. Pepper (please don’t judge). It’s a nice alternative to popcorn.
Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love fall, suspense films, pumpkins (eating, decorating with), Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, bobbing for apples, jack-o-lanterns, scary stories, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” and that it’s the start of the holiday season. To celebrate all things that go gently bump in the night, following are a few fun Halloween items.
“It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown” will air on ABC on October 31 at 8:00 PM.
Design Sponge put together this brilliant post based on Tim Burton’s (excellent) film “Sleepy Hollow” for their Living In series. p.s. have you caught the FOX series, it’s actually really fun. Oh, and I visited Sleepy Hollow – highly recommend touring the cemetery if you are in the area say to go to Stone Barns.
Halloween-oriented film marathon recommendations: (in no particular order, although I strongly recommend all Alfred Hitchcock films immediately make their way to the top) – The Birds, North by Northwest, Psycho, Rear Window, The Exorcist (scary!!), The Shining, The Blob or Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Halloween (I can’t watch it alone anymore), Silence of the Lambs, The Witches of Eastwick, and if you can find them: animated short for Legend of Sleepy Hollow and classic B&W Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein.
Movie snacks/Halloween party food (my favorites anyway): Popcorn w/ parmesan cheese and kale. Candy corn (or homemade cupcakes – vanilla w/ chocolate frosting and Halloween decor on top). Apples. Salted pumpkin seeds. Butternut Squash Soup or Pumpkin Soup. Drinks: Apple cider, beer, seltzer water. – What can I say, I’m a simple gal.
Know what you are dressing up as? Star Wars fans have you seen this Verizon ad with the family in get ups that would make Obi-Wan Kenobi proud? On the other end of the spectrum.. sexy costumes as inspired by The Selvedge Yard. Best costume I ever had was when I dressed up as Ms. Scarlet from Clue. I rented this ridiculous scarlet colored velvet dress, did my hair, put on make-up, and wore fake jewelry. Hey, I’ll say this for Halloween and sexy costume results – the super hot lacrosse player who I met at a Halloween party that year and went out with for a little while liked it.
In case I don’t get back here before Halloween have a super fun, safe, spooky one.
The two films I’m most excited to see are Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” (October 18) and Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” (October 25). Both star Michael Fassbender and feature Brad Pitt, two consistently excellent actors who let’s face it aren’t so tough to look at for a couple hours. Actually though, it’s the directors whose work I admire (McQueen’s “Hunger” is tough, but excellent and Scott, well there’s a marathon..”Alien” “Gladiator” “American Gangster” “Prometheus”). Fingers crossed great start to the Oscar season.
Basquiat is my favorite artist. At one point I based travel plans on where there was an exhibit of his work. I worked on a short documentary on him a million years ago during my film days. I learned so much about him from people who knew him, collected his work, and a lot of written material. He was a beautiful and tragic figure who created some seriously deep graffiti art. Have you seen Julian Schnabel’s film “Basquiat” starring Jeffrey Wright, Dennis Hopper, and Benicio Del Toro? It’s really good, though not entirely true to the artist’s life.
Anyhow, I recently learned about this blog and just came across this post. How cool!
I’m a bit of a tomboy when it comes to style. I love my jeans, t-shirts, boots, and sneakers. Where I can get girly – red or pink finger nails and jackets. I love fall, love winter, and love love jackets. Every so often I allow myself a new one…here’s the style I’m eyeing this year. Hoping to find it when I go to NYC in a few weeks. What’s your fall must have? (p.s. have you seen the 2012 British mini TV series “Hunted” – it’s soooo good. What a show about espionage should be.)
A few things I think are really cool.
Iron and Resin posts
Peter Bradley Adams‘ voice & lyrics are soulful. And, he was signed by Robbie Robertson (yes, of The Band).
This documentary on the Sunset Strip with tattoo artist Mark Mahoney. I had one of mine done nearby at Sunset Strip Tattoo. There’s something very right about having work done at the same place as Motley Crue and Billy Bob Thornton. It’s as much about the experience as knowing a true artist is creating a permanent mark on your body.
The audio book version of Beautiful Ruins. I spend a lot of time on the road.
Miss Moss: Man’s Best Friend post
Seriously, check this out!! My friends Linda & John have a new line of the best smelling most creative candles. They’ve been working their butts off coming up with delicious scents and testing retesting retesting the restests to make sure folks experience the journey they were trying to capture. You can find the line here. ox