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:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cheesecake with a Kick: Artist Rich Simmons

This Sunday when I was walking with my friend, this amazing piece caught my eye in the window of the SoHo Contemporary Art Gallery:

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Of course I had to go in and I'm so glad I did.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

My New England Shake-up Haul

I've never really done a haul post before because I tend not to buy a bunch of stuff at once. But when I went to the New England Shake-up about a month ago, I have to say, I did pretty well at the shops, especially at the car show. I thought I'd buy one big thing--probably a pair of Freddie's of Pinewood jeans--but I never found a pair in my size and I ended up with a bunch of small things:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What? Someone Interviewed Me!

As a journalist and general nosy person, I'm used to asking people questions about themselves and not having to talk too much about myself. But a day or two after the New England Shake-up, I got a message from Meghan at Red Rocket Designs, asking me if you could interview me for her blog! We didn't actually meet at the Shake-up but she said she'd seen me and was really curious about me. I was incredibly flattered, and a little confused, because I don't know how interesting I am, but I agreed. I did my best to keep my answers short, but I think I may have been a little long-winded.

Read the interview here and check out Meghan's Etsy store--she also does customer orders!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tartan and Tipples! (Photos)

Last Friday, I threw the site's first ever party, a happy hour in honor of Plaidurday. I found out about the The Worldwide Celebration of Plaid, and thought it would be such a fun thing to build an event around. When I stumbled across The Dressing Room (can't believe I didn't know about this place before) I knew this had to be the place. Boutique, bar and screening room all under one roof! Absolutely gorgeous. A big thanks to Alex and the staff of the Dressing Room for being so accommodating. If you're on the Lower East Side, I highly recommend this spot!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The New England Shake-Up Shook Me Good

At sort of the last minute (three weeks before) I decided I was going to go to the New England Shake-Up. It's only in it's second year but Beck, the woman who organizes it, managed to get together a lot of great bands for her weekender. That's a pretty big deal, since it happens in the middle of nowhere, Massachusetts.

I didn't do a great job documenting my trip, at least not with my real camera. But I Instagrammed a a bunch.