The Weekender: 6 December



Hello, October…


It has been one of those weeks where it feels as though I can’t get anything accomplished. Fortunately to outsiders it looks like I have my shit together even when I don’t. I guess I just have that particular skill. But it’s a new month which means kind of a fresh start! These are things I’m looking forward to this month.

  • Where We Are concert film: Next weekend for two days only One Direction are taking over cinemas worldwide for a live concert film event. I can’t wait to relive WWA Tour despite it feeling like it wasn’t all that too long ago…Watch the trailer, buy tickets and find out more here.
  • Cozy Nights In: I love chilly nights in. Comfy clothes, bad television, and tea? Even cuddles? Sign me up. Right now I’m loving this knit jumper and these Topshop joggers for nights in.
  • New She & Him?: While browsing to see which albums are set for release this month I noticed She & Him’s album Classics listed. I hope this is true. I can’t wait to here that album. I mean just look at the teaser
  • Holiday Suja Juices: I mentioned in a previous post Suja’s holiday juices. Finally the flavors have been revealed and the Wassail to You sounds so so delicious. And a portion of the purchase goes to charity. I went and checked my local Whole Foods and they didn’t have them yet, but hopefully soon. (Links to buy: Call Me Pumpkin and Wassail to You)
  • AMC Fearfest: One of my favorite times of the year is AMC’s Feafest which features the Halloween marathon.
  • Halloween: Halloween is on a Friday this year which means time to live it up. Maybe this should be my costume?
  • Bob’s Burgers: Ah, one of the best shows on television returns this Sunday, 5 October with a musical extravaganza.

Hello, July


Far too often I find myself saying, “I can’t believe it’s already _____!” It’s July and I seriously wonder where half of this year already went. I feel like I’m living in that one scene in Garden State. You know the one where Zach Braff is sitting on the couch and everything around him is moving but he’s sitting still? Yeah, like that. Except you know without the drug use and the subsequent orgy, but more feeling like I’m standing on the sidelines while everyone else lives the miraculous, fabulous lives. But with a new month brings the prospect of new and exciting to things to look forward to. These are a few of mine.

Books: According to Entertainment Weekly, Friendship is a great novel for fans of the television series, Girls. It centers around a friendship similar to that of Hannah and Marnie’s except with far more pent up anger and resentment. Now I normally don’t listen to say, the likes of Entertainment Weekly, when it comes to what books I pick up, but I’m willing to give this one a shot.

Television: There’s one thing I love about summer: Big Brother. Both the US and the UK versions. The UK version is my current favorite (#teammark). They are wacky and crazy and love backstabbing each other. I can’t wait to catch up with them (and the latest on Mark’s eyebrows) on the daily.

Fourth of July: Ah, that time of the year where we, as Americans, celebrate our independence from the British. Not entirely sure when it began that we celebrate this with fireworks, BBQs, and a Will Smith movie, but I’ll roll with it. There’s nothing I love more than a cold beer and a viewing of Independence Day to celebrate America. Still not entirely sure what aliens have to do with independence but okay.

Films: I am most excited for Wish I Was Here. It’s been ten years (holy cow) since Garden State, and I’m anxious to see Zach Braff’s follow up about a actor/father trying to find his purpose in life at 35. While it is has similar parallels to Garden State and is meeting mixed reviews, I can’t stop watching the trailer like a wide eyed kid at Disneyland. Not to mention those new songs by the Shins and Bon Iver…

Music: Speaking of music, there’s going to be some new tunes out this month in addition to the (brilliant) Wish I Was Here soundtrack. First up: 5 Seconds of Summer. Hear me out! There was a time where pop punk (whatever you want to call it) reigned supreme. I guess it still kind of does. I don’t run in that circle so I’m not entirely sure. Around this time I was in high school and I loved it, so listening to, what one reviewer called, “frenzied pop punk that tries to dry hump you,” takes me back. I just can’t get enough of it, and if you pre-order on iTunes you’ll receive quite a few tracks now! My favorite so far is Amnesia.  Next up: Jenny Lewis. I love Jenny Lewis. Troop Beverly Hills Jenny. Rilo Kiley Jenny. But especially solo Jenny. I cannot wait to hear The Voyager.

New hair color: If you can’t tell yet, I have a bit of a thing for bright colored hair. I haven’t had the guts to dye my entire head yet. The upkeep just feels so daunting to me, but now Bleach London has a new product I can’t wait to try: hair crayons. They have quite a few products in their new range I want to try, but for now I’ll stick to my soon-to-be rosé locks.

LinksFriendship by Emily Gould /  Wish I Was Here trailer /  5 Seconds of Summer (Available now outside of the US) iTunes pre-order: hereThe Voyager by Jenny Lewis / Hair crayons available for purchase from Bleach London Worldwide

The Weekender: 28 June


Ah, Saturday mornings are slowly becoming my favorite time of the week. It’s quiet and there’s rarely anyone out on the road which makes commuting that much easier to bare. And I dumped way too many coffee grounds into the coffee maker this morning so there’s that. I definitely thought there was less in the bag than their actually was. My bad. Now with quite possibly the strongest cup of coffee the world has ever known (yes, I still drank it), here’s the Weekender.

Image via The Dapper Project

The Weekender: January 18

It’s cliché, but I’m so excited it’s the weekend. Even if I don’t get to take a break from working extra hard. My baby brother had a birthday yesterday. If only he could stop aging because I remember when he was a tiny child who wore Granimals and would put cake all over his face because it made people laugh. Kids are strange. I have a bit of a cold which is par for the course going into spring semester. It happens every year without fail. I saw the film Her and I loved it. I loved it so much I go on and on about it to nearly everyone I speak to until I get so flustered they don’t understand how great it is and I stop talking. Typically I just get the response “yeah but that’s creepy,” but the film is so beautiful and exquisitely filmed and combined with the score ugh just ugh. On the other end of the spectrum I’m obsessed with Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother. I’m starting to gather the UK has some pretty zany shows, but I can’t seem to look away from this one! Team Luisa!

But since it’s a weekender, we might as well just get to the links, right?

Have a great weekend and go see Her.

The Weekender: January 10

The first full week of 2014 has gone by so quickly. Actually, that’s a lie. It was fairly slow, and I spent a majority of my vacation catching up on television shows I had missed. Why waste any more time, here’s some of my favorite things on the internet this week.

  • Some of us are still quite bitter our parents would never buy us an American Girl doll (it’s a long story), but for those who had one of the originals how much is your American Girl Doll worth now?
  • Del Taco is introducing turkey tacos.
  • I’ll just leave this here: 16 Modern Day Signs of a True Friend
  • The Atlantic shares the 21 Films to Look Forward to in 2014 and I’m not sure about some of these.
  • Parks and Rec celebrated it’s 100th episode last night. Don’t know this wonderful show I’m speaking of? Check out the BEST episodes of Parks and Rec
  • How NOT to throw a dinner party with lessons learned from Downton Abbey
  • The Selfie Olympics: BEST OF. Seriously….this is a thing.
  • Shameless self plug: New Girl is back and you can read my thoughts on this week’s episode here

Have a great weekend! Catch you on the flip side.

Things I Love: July


1. There’s an official Catching Fire Trailer, and it causes way too many feels. Most of the time I have to remind myself I’m an adult.
2. Nutella infused ice creams including Nutella Espresso from Cake Bar and Nutella Swirl from A Beautiful Mess.
3. This print featuring a quote from Ira Glass about creativity.
4. Summer storms! Finally Phoenix has gotten some summer storms so I took the day to relax and do absolutely nothing but eat soup. Photo from my Instagram.

Words to Live By


Starting something new here on the good ol’ blog: movie quotes. It’s true, I’m an avid watcher of movies. I don’t use the word cinephile. That’s just weird. I am movie editor at TVEA. It’s just kind of my life. I’d love to make a movie, but I just don’t think I’d be that great at it. Anyway, the point here is today I’m sharing one of my favorite quotes from a forthcoming movie: The Spectacular Now. 

Sure, it’s just in the trailer and I have yet to see the actual movie, but I’m very excited about it. Everyone following me on social media knows I’m very excited about it. Sorry, everyone.

I look forward to doing more of these. Maybe just expand it to other sources of quotes. Who knows. The possibilities are endless. 

5 Things: Tom Hanks Movies

A cartoon cowboy, an astronaut, an FBI agent chasing a criminal, a widowed dad looking for love, coach of a women’s baseball team, a fully grown child, a U.S. congressman, a train conductor, and (soon) Walt Disney. These are just some of the roles played by Tom Hanks. I’ve said it before: Tom Hanks is a national treasure. I’d even go as far as to say he’s one of my favorite actors, and I never choose favorite actors. I’d list the reasons why, but I’m sure people have better things to do today like head to a BBQ. Instead, to honor my favorite national treasure on Independence Day, I present my 5 favorite Tom Hanks roles. Trust me, this was a hard one.

Catch Me If You Can, 2002, FBI agent Carl Hanratty

Catch Me If You Can is the autobiographical story of Frank Abagnale played by Leonardo DiCaprio. He commits a serious of frauds, and is being chased by FBI fraud agent, Carl Hanratty. The film has an all star cast including Hanks, DiCaprio, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams, Martin Sheen, and James Brolin. It’s an exciting film to watch, and it’s pretty fascinating since it’s a true story. Carl is ridiculed by others in the FBI because they don’t consider check fraud to be all that important. Hanratty is outsmarted by Abagnale multiple times, but Hanratty is persistent and eventually gets the man. Leo, you’ll get your Oscar eventually. Keep the faith. 

Toy Story (1, 2, & 3), 1995-2010, Sheriff Woody

This one doesn’t feature Tom, but his voice, so it still counts. When I was younger, Disney movies were a huge deal. My family loved them, and we always got to see them in the theaters sometimes even multiple times. Toy Story was no exception. Toy Story was Pixar’s coming out party and they were ready to take animation by storm. Toy Story is about a group of toys who belong to a boy named Andy. They come to life when humans aren’t around, and I really don’t need to explain the plot. I’ll be honest, Toy Story is one of those series of films that can completely wreck a child. I don’t even want to bring up Toy Story 3. It can wreck my entire day. These movies are great, and the audience doesn’t even need to be a child to enjoy them. One thing I found completely terrifying at age 8 is my toys coming to life. Thinking my toys could be alive when my sister & I left the room was scary and yet completely unrealistic. It made me feel terrible about the time my sister slammed my Ken doll’s head in the door and it fell off.

That Thing You Do!, 1999, Mr. White

Not only did Tom Hanks have a role in this movie, he wrote and directed it. I saw this one in the theaters, and instantly I was obsessed. Tom Hanks isn’t even my favorite part of this movie, but he’s still great as Mr. White. Mr. White manages a one-hit wonder band whose hit “That Thing You Do” is climbing the Billboard Top 100. The Wonders begin as talent show contest winners, become an opening act, and suddenly a feature attraction. They even get to be in a major motion picture: Weekend at Party Pier where they play Cap’n Geech & The Shrimp Shack Shooters. Mr. White does everything to make them famous and successful until eventually they emplode on themselves. Lenny is hands down the star of this movie. His lines are the best and most quotable. It’s very hard not to say Cap’n Geech & The Shrimp Shack Shooters when someone asks me what my favorite band is. There’s nothing I hate about this movie. I could watch it forever and ever, but for now I’ll be in my room writing my hit song, “Alone in My Principles.”

Forrest Gump, 1994, Forrest Gump

When I was younger I owned Forrest Gump on VHS. It was a two tape VHS, and it took 9 hours to watch. Okay, maybe not 9 hours, but Forrest Gump is a long movie. Forrest is endearing and lovable. Forrest Gump is a true classic. The music tells the story almost as much as the movie itself. I absolutely love the soundtrack. Another thing I love is Forrest interacting with old historical film reels as if he was really there. He just was a magnet for historical events. One of my favorite scenes, is when Forrest brings Lieutenant Dan ice cream. It’s hard not to say it when eating ice cream. I find myself quoting Forrest Gump more frequently than I should, and not just life is like a box of chocolates. Don’t take me anywhere shrimp is served or I’m going to become Bubba and name types of shrimp. This movie is quite emotional. At the risk of sounding like a total loser, it brings me to tears every time. Without fail, when little Forrest Jr. boards the bus to school, tears start flowing like a baby. Tom won an Oscar for this role, and it was well deserved.

You’ve Got Mail, 1998, Joe Fox

What? How could any movie be better than Forrest Gump? Let me explain. You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorite movies of all time. I watch this movie all the time so naturally I’m biased. I never get sick of it. Joe Fox owns the Costco of booksellers. He’s building a superstore around the corner from a little shop owned by Kathleen Kelly. She leads a crusade against Joe Fox and his store meanwhile chatting with him through e-mail the entire time. Everything seems to magically work out, and I love it. It also has an amazing placement of AOL. Watching it now even brings back the memories of logging on and waiting patiently for the man to say you’ve got mail. Unless, of course, someone picked up the phone and kicked you offline. I’m looking at you, everyone in my family in 1998. 

There it is. My favorite Tom Hanks roles. He’s made so many great ones it’s always hard to choose which I love the most. It’s constantly changing.

Have a great 4th of July, fellow Americans. Non-Americans, have a great Thursday.