Thursday, December 18, 2014

7 Best Christmas Albums

Just a week until Christmas, which means my epic Christmas playlist, weighing in a mammoth 7 hours and 50 minutes, is just about all the music I'm playing. So I thought I would share my top 7 Christmas albums, and it's no surprise that most of them are skew toward the old.

Which Christmas albums did I miss?

Christmas with the Puppini Sisters
I downloaded this album three years ago and it makes me so happy to listen to it every year. A close harmony group from the UK, the Puppini Sisters add something fun and expected to holiday classics you thought would never be new again.
Favorite track: This incredible New Orleans jazz rendition of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas".

Friday, December 12, 2014

Retrofit: Cashmere and Mink on the Highline

A couple weeks ago, when it wasn't too brutally cold, I took a nice long walk along the High Line. The High Line, for my readers outside of New York, is a park built on an old section of elevated train tracks on the west side of Manhattan from about 14th Street up to 34th Street. You get gorgeous views of New Jersey and all the neighborhoods below.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Pop-o-matic Deluxe Guide to a Vintage Christmas in New York

Those who know me know that I am nuts about Christmas. Christmas is my Super Bowl and my Olympics. It's a time of baking, cooking, cocktailing, crafting and whatever else and I love it. I just haven't grown out of the magic that makes this a time worth celebrating. And Christmas in New York City is truly special. But after you've seen the department store windows, there are still so many vintage-inspired, kitschy, fun and naked ways to celebrate the season. Here are my picks.

Friday, December 5, 2014

"Viva Las Vegas" 50th Anniversary Screening

After I got back from Viva, I set up a Google alert for "Viva Las Vegas" so I could see everyone's photos and blog posts. But as I kept opening these emails, I kept seeing all these things about the movie starring Elvis and Ann-Margaret. Turns out, 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the movie.

So what do you do with this kind of milestone? You throw a screening!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

The Femme Fatale Guide to Style

I'm so sorry to have been away for so long. But you know what they say--time flies when your life is going to hell. Anywho, on the very last day of Noirvember, I'm squeezing in one last post.

So much ink has been spilled about the wardrobe choices of our favorite femme fatales and rightfully so. Their dress can be a weapon or a means of disguise. And even though they tend to leave a destruction in their paths, they're so fabulous, you can sort of forgive them.They have so much to teach us, so I'm compiling it here. Take note, ladies!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Reading the Movies, #Noirvember Edition: "Strangers on a Train"

My life has gotten crazy lately, what with working long hours and social engagement. But I am getting serious about updating because it's Noirvember again and I'm excited. Noirvember, in case the punny name doesn't make it obvious, is the month-long celebration of film noir, started by some of the most active members in the TCM Party community.

I'm especially excited I get to combine my Noirvember posts with another feature I started a little while ago on the blog called "Reading the Movies". The film noir canon is full of movies based on pulp novels.

I was actually really surprised to find a copy of "Strangers on a Train" on a stoop sale table last month. I had no idea this Hitchcock gem was originally a book! Written in 1950 by author Patricia Highsmith, who also wrote "The Talented Mr. Ripley", "Strangers" was adapted for film almost as soon as the book was published. The premise of both the novel and the film is two men meet on a train and one of them says hey, we both have people in our lives we hate! If we "trade" our murders, they'll never find out because there won't be an obvious motive! The murders would be Guy's greedy, cheating wife Miriam who refuses to give him the divorce that would let him marry his gorgeous society fiancee and Bruno's allegedly abusive father. This obviously unravels pretty quickly.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Best OId Hollywood Costume I've Ever Seen

Last Friday, as I was preparing for my own Halloween celebration with Los Straitjackets (I got to dance on stage, you guys!), I saw the saddest Marilyn Monroe costume. The girl's flattened wig was knocked askew, her dress was far too long, and for God's sake, she was wearing flats. It was sad.

Here's something not sad at all: my amazing friend Kirin dressed as Buster Keaton. She put together the look for shits and giggles on her Tumblr a while back: