Monday, October 31, 2011

Vintage Victorian

Images courtesy of Vintage Holiday Crafts

Happy Halloween!  Mix in some class with the sass!  

Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's Sassurday!

Since Halloween's mere hours away, we feel the need to share how much we love seeing Fassy play dress up, especially when it's for a gothic period piece like Jane Eyre. Mmm... so dark and twisty! We'll walk down a candlelit hall with you any time, sir! Even if it is accompanied by eerie sounds coming from that lunatic wife of yours that you're hiding in the attic...

Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday We're In Love!

clockwise from top: 1, 234
Halloween is almost here, and boy are we excited! Costumes, candy, and creepy movies are right up our alley, along with a few other festive things...

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Is this Too Much?

I didn't think so.  
I must admit, my pumpkin carving got a little out of hand.  Ah, but there are so many ways to appreciate this face.  I do believe we are trying them all.  This year's Halloween is sure to be Fassy-approved.

proposals gone wrong: the one with the life ruiner

There's nothing more disturbing to me than a woman turning down Richard Armitage. Richard Armitage (who I've affectionately nicknamed Rawrmitage) is my life ruiner. Allow me to share a list of things that really get to me: sultry voices, accents, strong hands, smirks, angry eyes, height differences, jaw lines that could cut diamonds... I could go on. This tall glass of water encompasses all these things and I will, therefore, never be satisfied by another man. Forever alone. Thanks a lot, Rawr. It's his voice in particular. Ugh. Especially after I've got a little red wine in my system, it's just an unfair assault on my senses. And there I am waving a white flag every time. I surrender to you, Rawrmitage! I may or may not have a running list of my favorite voices and his, dear readers, is number one. Hnnnnng! I won't elaborate. 
It was my undying love for Rawrmitage that led me to watch North & South and, oh sweet goodness, my life has never been the same! He's perfectly cast as John Thornton and I can legit say this since I've read the book (10 points to Ravenclaw!) and my copy naturally falls open to the page with his first physical description, which always leaves me urgently reaching for a folding fan. And now that I've mentioned it, I have to share it with you because I'm that crazy (in love)! Taken from Chapter 10:
Now, in Mr. Thornton's face the straight brows fell low over the clear, deep-set earnest eyes, which, without being unpleasantly sharp, seemed intent enough to penetrate into the very heart and core of what he was looking at. The lines in the face were few but firm, as if they were carved in marble, and lay principally about the lips, which were slightly compressed over a set of teeth so faultless and beautiful as to give the effect of sudden sunlight when the rare bright smile, coming in an instant and shining out of the eyes, changed the whole look from the severe and resolved expression of a man ready to do and dare everything, to the keen honest enjoyment of the moment, which is seldom shown so fearlessly and instantaneously except by children. Margaret liked this smile; it was the first thing she had admired in this new friend of her father's; and the opposition of character, shown in all these details of appearance she had just been noticing, seemed to explain the attraction they evidently felt towards each other.
... Congratulations! Now you're all in love too. What's that? Your sky-high standards just raised a little (lot)? You're welcome.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What's Halloween without a little HP?

We all need a little Harry Potter in our lives.  And we love ourselves a healthy dose of Harry, Ron, and Hermione (really, every character).  So it is only appropriate during this throughly bewitching season that we pay homage to our Halloween heroes by showcasing our favorite scenes from the movies.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Mors Vincit Omnia: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

What better place to feature during our week of bewitching posts than Sleepy Hollow, New York. The town which is located in upstate New York, about thirty minutes from New York City, was originally called Tarrytown until the nineties when the residents voted to officially change the name to one made quite famous by a certain Mr. Washington Irving. While the town is also famous for being home to Kykuit, the Rockefeller's home away from home, it is, perhaps, most well known for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and a certain headless horseman.


What is Halloween without Johnny Depp?  From creepy funny in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to animation in Corpse Bride and crime fighter in Sleepy Hollow to criminal in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, this half of the Burton-Depp super force makes the festival of All Hallows' Eve complete.  I don't think I'm the only one who's excited for Dark Shadows, either.  It takes a real talent to make the odd and quirky not only believable but incredibly charming.  He has our vote for most desirable date to a Halloween party.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Who is your lover?

We'd be lying if we said we weren't already celebrating Halloween with borderline-unnerving enthusiasm. From the clever costumes to sweets and ghost stories, we're unabashedly hooked! So what better way to start our Bewitched series this week than with a spooky theme song?

"Transylvania," by the British quartet McFly, is a not-that-I'm-biased-*cough* masterpiece penned by none other than bassist Dougie Poynter who was (plug your ears, Fassy!) my celebrity husband in college. It's a long story. Anyway, when the music video was first announced for this catchy tune, the description that we would "see all the boys dressed up as girls in a Gothic castle, with nasty villains, damsels in distress, and over the top shenanigans" was a tad overwhelming. But no fan could say they were surprised! The final product was a silent-film inspired look made complete with a story creatively woven together by the boys playing every character from Anne Boleyn to Dracula. And holy giggle fits! Oh, what can I say? I like imaginative people and boy do these cheeky Brits use their imaginations! And Dougie, my sweet prince, I love you on lead vocals in your newsie cap and guyliner! I do! I do!
P.S. The behind the scenes footage for the making of this video is the source of some of our most nonsensical inside jokes. And I highly recommend any acoustic version of this song. Absolute quality!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

C'est Sassurday!

You know that we can find any occasion to celebrate the wonder that is Michael Fassbender; even in the midst of France Appreciation Week.  And, wouldn't you know it, he fits right in.  If you haven't seen it yet, you seriously need to watch X-Men: First Class.  If you have seen it, then you know exactly why we can still post Fassy's face in accordance with our theme.  I am, of course, referring to the delightful (and admittedly frightening) scene at the French bank where Magneto goes to look for news of his creator/nemesis. He didn't have anything nice to say, but we don't care; he said it in French.  Oui, c'est vrai!  And we would be happy to have him "retrouver-nous" at some point in the near future.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday We're In Love!

clockwise from top: 1,2,3,4
Since so much France-asizing is going on this week, we're dedicating this edition of FWIL to all things French! (This would be the part where I should insert some witty French euphemism, but since I'm not nearly as much of a Francophile as Sarah, Sally, and Ali, I'll leave that up to them.)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

proposals gone wrong: the one with sticks & stones

You know what I love? Misunderstandings. I love when two characters have got the majority of it wrong and say wicked things they're going to regret saying. As the viewer you have the benefit of hearing their love theme playing in the background, so you know an epic romance is in the works, but you're also thinking, 'How on earth is going to resolve itself?!?!'  
Falling for a Dancer is a mini-series that I'm guessing most of you aren't familiar with since 100% of the people I talk to about it look at me with same glazed expression often worn by American tourists trying to figure out the Paris metro. But when I first decided to do this series, it was this proposal that I kept watching over and over again. And yet I feel like no matter how many times I watch it, I could never pinpoint just how awful it is. Awful in the so-bad-it's-good way, that is, because sparks are flying! Every single thing that's said or done moves their relationship closer and closer to the "lost cause" category. Searing insults? Check! Looks of disgust? Check! Fights over land and murder? Check! Blackmail? Check! Now, I know you're probably thinking, 'This is a proposal? It sounds more like someone played madlibs with a movie script!' Well, the first proposal doesn't happen till the third episode, so allow me to catch you up on all the juiciness...

Pan Am Has Stolen Our Hearts

This scene just sealed the deal.

Colette: "You smell like whiskey and cigarettes."
                                              Dean: "You smell like Paris."             

Dean, we'll slow dance with you in Paris anytime.  *le sigh*

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bon anniversaire, Victorian Swag!

This little blog turned one month old today and we hope you're enjoying it as much as we are. Personally, we think that Monsieur Fassbender would celebrate this great occasion by whisking us off to Paris to get lost holding hands in the cobblestone streets of the Latin Quarter, kiss at the top of la Tour Eiffel, and feast on pastel macaroons in the Tuileries gardens. And let's not forget how he'd take us out for some late night dancing to live music by the Seine. We'd probably each take a turn making fools of ourselves as we accidentally stepped on his toes, but he'd be a gentleman and smile, "C'est pas grave." Oh la la... Ahem... For more daydreaming material, please refer to this birthday mixtape, parlez-vous franglais, or even buy it here
Now tell me you wouldn't want to walk around Paris with Fassy lookin' like THAT!
1. Last Tango In Paris (Suite, Pt. 2) ... Gato Barbieri
2. C'est si bon ... Eartha Kitt
3. Azure-Te (Paris Blues) ... Frank Sinatra
4. April in Paris ... Ella Fitzgerald
5. Sous le ciel de Paris ... Juliette Gréco
6. Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher ... Eileen
7. Le toi du moi ... Carla Bruni
8. Je n'aime que toi ... Alex Beaupain & Clotilde Hesme
9. French Navy ... Camera Obscura 
10. The Poor People of Paris (Jean's Song) ... Bing Crosby
11. Milord ... Edith Piaf
12. Un jour comme un autre ... Brigitte Bardot
13. En t'attendant ... Mélanie Laurent
14. Ne me quitte pas ... Jacques Brel
15. Comptine d'un autre été - L'après-midi ... Yann Tiersen
16. La même histoire ... Feist
17. Francis ... Coeur de pirate
18. Verlaine ... Charles Trenet
19. I Love Paris ... Ella Fitzgerald
20. La vie en rose ... Louis Armstrong

Scenes to be Seen

Left to Right: 1, 2, 3,
France, France, France;  we love movies set in France! (*sung to no particular tune*)   With so many different films and really, whole genres to choose from, we can't possibly describe every amazing scene from every fabulous film, but we can highlight a few.  With all of the choices, we have a wide array of examples that deserve a look.  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Paris is always a good idea."

To quote Sally, if Fassy is our king, then Audrey Hepburn is our queen. And a week full of posts about France and all its splendor simply wouldn't be complete without mention of all the fabulous Audrey movie moments that occur there. So, put on your best ballet flats and skinny jeans, because it's time to pay tribute to the queen of gamine, French style!

Félicitations On Your Visage: Gaspard Ulliel


I have been a fan of Gaspard Ulliel since first seeing his incredible performance in A Very Long Engagement.  He is an amazing actor, and, to be shallow, one of the most gorgeous men ever to grace the silver screen.  The latest thing I have seen him in is the recently released (in the US anyway) The Princess of Montpensier.  Ulliel plays Henri de Guise, a completely self-absorbed rake from the sixteenth century.  Is it any wonder I find him attractive?  Since it's a French movie based on actual events, it's not exactly uplifting.  Nevertheless, it is a beautiful film, and I recommend it.

His latest film, The Art of Love, is coming out November 23, and I really hope it's not a super limited release.  It looks absolutely adorable and very much like a French version of Love Actually.  If you can't wait until then, you can see go to the nearest Chanel counter and stare at his face on any Bleu de Chanel ad.

Monday, October 17, 2011

I am jealous of Marie Antoinette

Say what you will about her, Marie Antoinette knew how to live the life.  Just for a moment, let's forget what she did to the coffers of the French people and appreciate her taste in leisure activities and whimsical architecture. France in general begs to be written about in fairy-tale form and Marie seemed eager to create her own fairytale worlds.  Nowhere is this more evident than at la Domaine de la Reine (the Queen's Domain) on the grounds of the Palace at Versailles.  The Domain includes the Petit Trianon, the Temple of Love, le Petit Theatre (a tiny, decadent theater where Marie would put on her favorite plays in front of close friends) and  Le Hameau de la Reine (the queen's hamlet), a home away from home for the young queen who preferred the "simple" (if comfortable and refined) life to the rigors of court. 

Bienvenue to France Appreciation Week!

Thanks to last week's France-asizing post, we have all spent the weekend reminiscing/dreaming about our favorite French movies, music and locales.  (Thanks, Sarah).  So we got to thinking, France deserves a little more attention than it has thus far been paid on Victorian Swag.  So, we would like to welcome you to France Appreciation Week on Victorian Swag. For the next few days you can look forward to posts about French people, places and icons of note.  Amusez-vous bien!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

It's Sassurday!

Black on black on black at this week's BFI London Film Festival? Then the news that you're re-teaming with your life-changing director, Steve McQueen, for a third time to make a period piece called Twelve Years a Slave? And then you had to polish the whole week off with the release of the trailer for Shame in which you have an award winning performance? Are you trying to kill us?!?! Because we like it.

Look What Came In The Mail

I just wanted to share before Sassy Fassy comes on the scene:

Heaven help me!

Friday, October 14, 2011


For the past several weeks (ok, two years), I have been France-asizing.  I was a French major in college, studied abroad in Versailles, and taught English in Metz for seven months after college.  While my teaching experience left some things to be desired, I have nevertheless been fantasizing, or France-asizing, about the day I will return to my home away from home.  I say that I will be returning with confidence because it's going to happen y'all.  Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but it's going to.  I have been fortunate enough in my travels around France to see a bit of everything - some things are better than others, let me tell you.  And while I would love to wake up to a view like this every day:


or this:


or this:


there's nothing like Paris!

Friday We're In Love!

It's Friday again and what a lovely day it is.  Here are a few of our favorite things from this week.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Left to Right: 1,2,3,

Mariah's Pick: The Son of Neptune:  I think mythology is the bee’s knees. In fact, my favorite part of high school Latin was learning all about the gods and goddesses and their different feuds. So it's really not surprising that I'm completely and irrevocably in love with Percy Jackson. The second book in Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus series about the demigod and his continuing adventures is just as good as the original Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and it was recently released. Which means you should go pick up a copy and fall in love with the adorably heroic Percy and all his friends.

Sally's Pick: My knight in shining armor, Bradley James, turned 28 this week and you should know up front that I will take up any and every opportunity to either watch gifs of him all day or brand this blog with his face. Confession: I was embarrassingly struck speechless when I saw him in person on the set of Merlin last year (blame the chain-mail) and failed miserably in using those precious moments in such close proximity to gush about how we're, you know, destined for each other. I'm dying in a very damsel-in-distress way to see him resume his role as Prince Arthur in season 4 next January... save me, Bradley, save me!!!

Sarah's Pick: If it is not evident, I LOVE movies.  I mean, love movies.  Romantic comedies, comedies that aren't as classy as they should be, suspense/thrillers, action movies - you name it, I love it.  Like Crazy looks like it fits in the beautiful-love-story-that-has-too-much-reality-mixed-in-it-so-I-know-I'm-going-to-cry-but-I-can't-help-wanting-to-see-it category.  On top of that, how can you resist a love story that's partly based in London?  Watch the trailer here.  It will be coming out on October 28, so get those tissues ready!

Ali's Pick: As cliché as it may sound, Claude Monet has always beenmy favorite impressionist.  His life gushes romance.  The man loved Paris, constructed one of the world's most inspiring home gardens, all the while capturing the most innocent of life's moments as masterpieces on canvas.  You can imagine my excitement when I discovered that his Water Lilies Triptych is on display at the St. Louis Art Museum from October 2 until January 22.  It will be the first time in 30 years that the paintings will be exhibited as they were intended: as one continuous piece.  I can't wait to go see them this weekend!  

Thursday, October 13, 2011

proposals gone wrong: the one where I die inside

Consider this post to be the ceremonial ripping off of the band-aid as we transition into those most memorable proposals gone wrong i.e. the ones where it's not mutual now, but will be later. I should preface these last four proposals with this side note: I know these stories wouldn't be the same without that first rejected proposal and I love them for that. But that doesn't mean you won't still find me sitting there completely shell-shocked in the battle field of broken hearts, shattered dreams, sorrow snot tissues (again: you're welcome), and empty boxes of chocolate, otherwise known as my bed, every time I watch them.
And now... *deep breath*... let us look to the cause of my first heartbreak. I am, of course, referring to the spirited Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe in Anne of Green Gables (technically the sequel since we're talkin' movies). If you had seen me re-watching (read: screaming over) this proposal in my kitchen last night, you'd understand that even though I've been watching this series for over half my life (I feel old), I'm still not over it. They say you never forget your first love and mine, dear readers, was Gilbert Blythe. Fictional boyfriend numero uno. Gilbert has been in love with Anne ever since that first day of school when she smashed a slate over his head for calling her "Carrots." While all the girls in Avonlea were fawning over him, his thoughts were always with the one who'd bury her head in her hands if she was forced to sit next to him in class; the one he actually had to fight for. She's brimming with life and imagination and FEELINGS (hmm... this sounds vaguely familiar), not to mention she's his intellectual equal. Over time their competitive relationship melts into a friendship full of encouragement and challenging the other to be better. But he keeps his mouth shut about being completely smitten with her, knowing it will scare her off. Anne is feisty, independent, ambitious, and stiff-arming adulthood with every ounce of energy she has. Gilbert supports her in everything she does, never suggesting that she change her ways, because he doesn't want her to change. He loves her exactly as she is, temper tantrums and all. And while she's off chasing escaped cows in muddy cabbage patches, he's waiting on the sidelines, falling more in love with her with each and every mishap. Finally it reaches the point where he's literally bursting with affection for her and can't hold it in any longer. Unfortunately for him, this happens a moment too soon for her.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Magic and Mouse Ears

Clockwise from top: Entrance to Disney Parks & Resorts, Pineapple Dole Whip Float, Cinderella's Castle, Dinner with Mickey

Let's face it, there's only one proper, cliche word to use when talking about all things Disney: magical. And the only thing more magical than watching one of their animated classics is a trip to the "most magical place on earth" itself, Walt Disney World. Because Orlando is only a few hours from home, I've been lucky enough to visit Disney quite a few times over the years, but that doesn't mean it ever gets any less exciting.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bring on the Super Heroes

The Avengers trailer debuted today and I could not be more excited.  Victorian Swag loves a man in uniform and we don’t just mean Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine.  We also accept armor, capes, and high-tech, yet-to-be-discovered textiles. 
All I can say is that they better not mess this up.  The combination of Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Robert Downey Jr. alone should be enough to carry this film.  Add in the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Samuel L. Jackson and sprinkle with a hefty dose of explosions, crafty villains and heart-pounding tracks, and you should have a winner. 
Watch the trailer HERE.


Joseph Gordon-Levitt deserves congratulations, there’s not doubt about it.  We fell in love with him as the adorably sincere greeting-card author in (500) Days of Summer.  Well, if I am being honest, I first noted his potential as the desperate Cameron James in 10 Things I Hate About You, but 500 Days really solidified things.  How can you not love his smile and enthusiasm for life?  I mean the kid did a song and dance number to celebrate a first kiss.  A-MAZING.

And let’s not forget the perfectly cool right-hand-man persona he embodied as Arthur in Inception.  He rocked the suit and the perfectly coiffed look right side up and upside down, and his suits remained as sharp as his jaw line.  He has been known to wash up on the shores of my subconscious on occasion. 

And now he is showing more depth with roles like Adam Lerner in 50/50.  While the movie isn’t something I’d normally post about on Victorian Swag (Seth Rogen does NOT make my list), JGL’s performance was endearing and incredibly believable.  His on-screen chemistry with co-star Anna Kendrick was a highlight and I found myself rooting for their relationship almost as much as I did for his character’s survival.  Needless to say, JGL brings charm and attraction to every role and I can’t wait to see what he does next.  

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Book Thief

Before I begin you should know that I cannot now or ever do this book justice. Now, the bare bones of the plot...

The Book Thief is named for the lead character, Liesel, who earns this title for herself when she first encounters the narrator, Death. On a train whisking her away to a new life somewhere else in Nazi Germany, her little brother dies suddenly and must be buried by the snowy tracks in a hurry. "Somewhere in all the snow, she could see her broken heart, in two pieces. Each half was glowing, and beating under all that white." It is here that she snatches up a mislaid copy of The Grave Digger's Handbook, which marks both the traumatic moment and sets the stage for what will be an illustrious career in thievery. Not only does she lose a brother at this age, but her mother has sent her off to live with foster parents as she has Communist ties and living with her is no longer safe.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Happy Sassurday!

Happy Sassurday everyone!  Let me share my recipe for a great start to the day.  In the photo above, simply replace the figure of A Dangerous Method director David Cronenberg with yourself, melt and enjoy.  You're welcome.

Friday, October 7, 2011

"First Love is Such Sweet Despair"

I'm not sure about you, but the ladies of Victorian Swag are incredibly excited about the new trailer that just debuted for My Week with Marilyn.  While everyone loves a good Marilyn Monroe biopic, we must admit that the real reason we are so excited is because this film features one Eddie Redmayne in the role of Colin Clark, a young film assistant who spends a week with Ms. Monroe while she films in London.  This film beckons with a star-studded cast (Eddie Redmayne), amazing wardrobes (ahem, Eddie Redmayne), and of course historical accuracy (oh, and hey, did we mention EDDIE REDMAYNE??).  This beautiful man will not only grace the big screen bedecked in 1950's British menswear goodness, he will also be speaking to us (and wooing us with) his refined and perfectly inflected voice.  Let's just hope he gets the screen time he deserves (or there WILL be a Victorian Swag outcry).  Let's also hope (although I think this one might be in vain judging by the title of this post taken straight from a foreboding line from the movie) that our hero's heart is not crushed into oblivion AGAIN.  Goodness knows Sally doesn't need any more material for her Proposals Gone Wrong series.  Take a look and just try to deny your feelings. 

Friday We're In Love!

We just LOVE Fridays, don't you? And what better way to celebrate the weekend than with a roundup of some of the things that made our sometimes dreary weekdays, I'm talking to you, Monday, seem just a little bit brighter.

Clockwise from top: 1,2,3,4

Ocean's Kingdom


I should probably preface this entire post by saying I FREAKING LOVE PAUL MCCARTNEY. There. Now that's out of the way, we can continue on in an orderly fashion. First, the facts: Ocean's Kingdom is Sir Paul's sixth classical album, yes, you read correctly, sixth. What started as a little bit of musical rambling soon turned into a full-length ballet when the New York City Ballet's Peter Martins (if you aren't a ballet geek like me, then you might like to know he's the artistic director and sometimes choreographer for the NYCB) contacted him saying that he'd love to work together. And there you have it, Ocean's Kingdom, a ballet in four parts, was born.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

proposals gone wrong: the one where it's... mutual?

Do you ever have those days that are just going so atrociously wrong and you try to comfort yourself by thinking, "It can't possibly get any worse," and then it does? Yeah. Well, I follow these days up by muttering something about how I feel like I'm a character in a Thomas Hardy novel. If any author had absolutely no heart for what he was putting his characters (and me) through, it was Thomas Hardy. Case in point: Tess of the d'Urbervilles. It's one of my favorite classics, but I cried over it for a week. It's cute how you think I'm joking. Honestly, I literally cried for a week. And not the elegant tears flowing down my flushed cheeks kind of crying either. The 2008 mini series was so spectacular that I watched it all in one go, finishing with racking sobs and tissues full of sorrow snot (you're welcome) at three in the morning. When I woke up the next day, I remembered what had happened and laid in bed bawling, slipping back into an emotional coma. Two days later, the book arrived on my doorstep (yes, I realize I approached this story backwards) in the middle of nowhere France and just looking at it... Yep, you guessed it, cue the waterworks. So please believe me (and be warned if you decide to read or watch it, which you really should because OMGeezies!!!) when I say, I cried for an entire week. 

royal newsflash

Imagine what a fairy tale prince would look like in real life. I'm twisting your arm here, I know. Do you have a picture of him in your mind? Me too. And what a hunk! I should clarify. Whenever I do this fun little exercise (and no, I won't admit just how often that is), I always envision Armie Hammer. I mean... really. He legit looks like a Disney prince! So imagine my delight when I heard he'd be playing the prince in an untitled Snow White film with Julia Roberts and Lily Collins due out March 16th. Finally, the Hollywood gods have taken one of my aha moments to heart (and really should think about offering me a casting job)! Today EW gave us our first sneak peek at my long-dreamed-of Prince Charming. I'm giddy like a school girl and all I can say is: someone find me a poisoned apple, STAT!
(check out other pictures from the film here)
P.S. There are two Snow-White-with-a-twist movies coming out next year, the other being Snow White and the Huntsman. Which one are you most anticipating? Or rather, which prince are you most looking forward to seeing? I do like you, Sam Claflin, but... obviously I'm going with Armie Hammer! Bias? What bias? It's not like I've written short stories inspired by his beautiful face or any-... oh wait... yep, I did that. But can you blame me? This quote from a recent article in Details magazine says it all: "After asking the bartender for her cocktail recipes, Hammer reaches for his wife’s hand and helps her up from the table. It’s a gentleman’s move. For all of his swagger, Hammer, the proto-Prince Charming, is aware he exists in the story only for the sake of a girl—and maybe for the waitstaff of the restaurant we’ve been keeping open with our drinking. On the way out, Hammer flip-flops around the place as the floors are being mopped, thanking every last person who made our cocktails, brought our food, cleared our plates. This is a man with old-school manners...” See? Princes do exist! You're welcome.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

backyard time travel

Some days, when you're too exhausted to function and the sky looks all foreboding and unpleasant, the last thing you want to do is go out exploring. But you know you really should go out and live a little, so you go. That's what happened this past Sunday when one of my roommates suggested that we go climb up the Pagoda. While these tiered towers are usually of the Asian variety, the one in Baltimore's Patterson Park is the product of Victorian sensibilities. So how could I refuse?!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Merits of Mazes

There was a time when garden labyrinths and hedge mazes were staples in every family garden.  Well, every large family estate, that is.  No matter.  I would just like to know what happened to these whimsical backyard attractions and why we don’t see more of them today. I understand that some of us do not have the real estate required to support such an installation.  And while I say that this is no excuse, I suppose we’ll just have to enjoy the ones that remain for now and promise to plant our own when we buy our sprawling Northeastern estates.



For the record, we think Matt Smith is just as cool as bow ties. (That's a Doctor Who reference, for those of you not in the know.) Admittedly, we're weren't quite sure about him at first because a certain number Ten had stolen our hearts, but we have now seen the light. Honestly, how could you not love that hair? And those cheekbones! And his delicious accent! And just in case you still weren't convinced, before he became a 'mad man with a box,' he had aspirations to be a pro footballer. You've got to appreciate his versatility. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

We're Off to See the Wizard!

Summer is over, and fall is upon us which means more comfortable weather for outdoor activities!  One of my favorites being outdoor movies.  Luckily, my lovely city has outdoor movies by the river, and the last one of the season was The Wizard of Oz.

The lawn was packed, as it should have been, and I was over the rainbow (forgive me) about seeing one of the most famous movies of all time on the big screen.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

It's Sassurday!

Intense stare, leather jacket with a turtleneck, and Sassy Fassy in X-Men First Class. You're welcome and sweet dreams.