Thursday, October 28, 2010

"They don't know who they are, everyone's turned into a monster, it's a whole big thing. How are you?"

As I've mentioned before, Halloween is probably my favorite holiday of the year. So when Halloween and television combine, I am one happy camper! Over the past week or so I've been trying to catch up on my favorite Halloween episodes of TV shows past and remembering why Iloved them so much in the first place.

Here's a list of my 5 favorites, thus far:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer - Season 2, "Halloween"
Buffy as a damsel in distress, Xander as a heroic officer and Willow as a scantily clad ghost. What's so great about this episode is that we get to see each of the characters in a completely different way. Because of Giles' arch nemisis Ethan Rayne, the residents of Sunnydale literally become what their halloween costumes are, causing all kinds of mayhem. Who needs vampires and other demons to run a muck when you have trick or treaters becoming their costumes?!

Angel - Season 5, "Life of the Party"
One of my favorite characters on Angel, Lorne, gets the opportunity to shine in this Halloween episode. Tasked with throwing the Wolfram & Hart Halloween party, all hell breaks loose when his power of suggestion becomes a little too powerful (Angel and Eve, Gunn marking his territory, Wesley and Fred getting wasted after a single drink). Plus, it's always fun to see Angel not so wound up and broody for a change!

My So-Called Life - Season 1, "Halloween"
As I said last week, this is one of my all time favorite episodes of TV, not just Halloween episodes. I've probably watched it about 100 times a year since I got the DVDs a few years back and I still love every second of it. Ghosts, attempted seances, bewitched costumes, trick or treating and awkward teenage interaction. What more could you possibly ask for?

90210 - Season 2, "Halloween"
Leave it to the kids at West Beverly to find themselves in all kinds of crazy situations on Halloween. Donna in her classic mermaid costume, unable to move. Kelly in her risque witch costume, almost being date raped. Brandon and Emily Valentine almost losing the kids they're babysitting while trick or treating. Plus, how amazing were Brenda and Dylan's Bonnie and Clyde costumes?!

Felicity - Season 1, "Spooked"
I've always been a Ben Covington fan and this episode is great because it's one of the first times we get to see some great Felicity/Ben interaction. Even though he pulls some pretty a-hole moves throughout the majority of the episode (not showing up at the police station, telling Felicity he'd be Frankenstein to her Bride of Frankenstein at the party, making out with the pink Power Ranger in front of her), he finds a way to redeem himself in the end. How hilarious was is it when Noel tried to talk to Felicity with her make up running down her face, false lashes falling off and then puking in his lap? Good thing he was a Subway employee and had his gloves on!

I'm looking forward to more great Halloween episodes from new shows. I can only imagine how creative some of these costumes will be!

Happy Halloween everyone!!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Cordelia Chase, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"I know you're lonely, but you're not alone."

I wanted to post a quick update to last week's Glee wrap up. Thanks to my dear friend Shawna, I was shown the inspiration of the amazing duet by Lea Michele's Rachel Berry and Chris Colfer's Kurt Hummel.

It is amazing to me how perfectly they were able to recreate this magical moment that took place almost 50 years ago. They can sing Barbara and Judy every week from now on and I'll be happy!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Rachel Berry, "Glee"

"When I was little I, like, worshipped Halloween. And truthfully, part of me still does. 'Cause it's your one chance all year to be someone else."

One of the best holidays has crept up on us quickly this year. Halloween! While I'm usually way ahead of schedule in my Halloween preparations, this year I apparently dropped the ball and I'm just starting to think about it now. The past few years I already knew what I wanted to be next year before that year's Halloween even happened! I guess that's pretty standard for 2010, though. Everything seems to be going by SO quickly.

So due to the fact that up until about noon today I had no clue what I wanted to be for Halloween, I've been doing a lot of research on the subject. As a huge fan of the 90s I have been doing a lot of Google image searches on many of my favorite TV shows and movies from that decade. Since I'm pretty sure I already know what I'm going to be (and no, it's not from the 90s...but the 80s!) I figured I'd go ahead and share my findings. Plus, I've already been a few of these so I can attest to their success!

My So-Called Life
Not only did MSCL have an amazing Halloween episode, which inspired my 2007 vampire/Rayanne Graff costume, Angela and Rayanne had such distinct style that it would be easy to tell the Angela Chase's from a simple grunge costume. So much so that they even had Danielle Chase, her little sister, dress up as her in their Halloween episode.

Empire Records
This movie really was the epitome of 90s style. Each character had such distinctive fashion choices and anyone who has seen the movie, or the poster for that matter, would know immediately who you were being. Again, my 2008 costume was inspired by Renee Zellweger's daring Music Town "uniform".

Dazed and Confused
Now, I realize that Dazed and Confused is supposed to take place in the 70s, but it was MADE in the 90s so it counts! This movie introduced me to something I've wanted to be since I was in high school, and tried to make happen my senior year of high school, and maybe will have an opportunity to be one day. I mean, let's be honest. What girl doesn't want to be in the in-crowd, hazing the younger girls into their group? Plus, even the guys in this movie had great style. They would totally fit in now, based on what we saw during fashion month.

Baywatch was one of the most quintessential shows of the 90s, and probably one of the easiest to make a costume out of. Whether you're a man or a woman, throw on a red swimsuit and jacket and you're ready for Halloween. Ladies, maybe throw some balloons in there just to make it a bit more authentic.

Wayne's World
A simple costume choice for the guys out there, and one a few friends pulled off quite well Halloween 2008: Wayne and Garth. Most guys probably have all the elements for these costumes already. May just mean a trip to a silkscreen shop to get the Wayne's World hat made.

Spice Girls
Another costume I've wanted to be since high school is any of the Spice Girls, ideally Posh. Talk about a fun, colorful costume for a group of girlfriends! Plus, any reason to listen to Spice Girls all night is a reason for me. Yes, I'm admitting I'm a Spice Girls fan. Yes, I was there at Staples Center rocking out and singing every song during their reunion tour in 2007.

Pulp Fiction
Ladies. Do you have black pants and a white button up? Guys. Do you have a black suit? Then you can easily be Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace. Yet again, another costume I've always wanted to be, and hopefully someday will. My dear friend Mandy does keep hinting at a Tarantino themed party, so maybe I'll have my chance. And, how cute is Uma's banged bob?

Britney Spears
The one and only Miss Britney Spears has been a joke costume over the past few years, but back in the 90s, let's call this pre-K Fed, she had a little video that changed the easy Halloween costume for everyone. I'm going to be bold and say the Baby One More Time video brought the slutty schoolgirl costume to the masses, and I have to admit, won me over Halloween 2002. But not only that outfit, but every other in that same video ALMOST inspired my costume for this year, but alas, that may have to wait.

I could go on and on and on about pop culture Halloween costumes, but I'll leave it at that. I can't wait to see what people come up with this year. I'm sure there will be a lot of Jersey Shore, maybe some Glee, maybe some Gaga...guess I'll just have to wait.

As Britney would say, Have a Happy Halloween, y'all!!

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Angela Chase, "My So-Called Life"

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"I think you and I are more similar than you think." "That's a terrible thing to say."

Glee this week had me a little confused. I get what they were trying to accomplish...bringing back the Finn/Kurt homophobia issue, showing us that Santana and Brittany are indeed more than just good girlfriends, giving Quinn a new love interest, etc. but there was something about this episode that I just didn't like as much as I usually LOVE the episodes. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate that they're continuing to bring more depth to the show and some of the duets were incredible, but like I said, it just left me a little confused.

Regardless, there were still 2 songs that have been in heavy rotation on my iPod since Tuesday night, so I wanted to share.

Rachel and Kurt's duet/mash-up gave me goosebumps! Lea Michele and Chris Colfer are ridiculously talented and watching this made me wish I had 1% of the amount of talent they have.

Divas Santana and Mercedes had me dancing on my couch with their fantastic, fun performance. I totally would have voted for them if I were a member of New Directions.

I know I've said this about 100 times now, but I am so freaking excited about the Rocky Horror episode in 2 weeks. I only wish it was coming sooner!!

Rachel and Finn as Janet and Brad, Kurt as Riff Raff and my new crush Sam Evans as Rocky. I wonder who's playing Dr. Frank-N-Furter. I'm shivering from the antici........pation.

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Rachel Berry and Kurt Hummel, "Glee"

"Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate."

This weekend brings with it one of my favorite musical days of every year: the Treasure Island Music Festival! After last year's AMAZING Saturday show (Girl Talk, Brazilian Girls, MSTRKRFT, MGMT to name a few) I've been anxiously awaiting this year's Saturday lineup.

I'll admit. I'm not familiar with most of the bands performing BUT I almost prefer it that way. What better way to expand my musical horizons than seeing new bands live? Also, as a HUGE fan of Miike Snow I figured there was no way I'd miss seeing them perform live. Especially since I've heard only great things about their live shows. And now that I'm becoming a big fan of both LCD Soundsystem and Deadmau5 I am even more excited about my day on Treasure Island.

Since I'm such a fan of lists, I figured I'd make a mini YouTube "list" of some of the songs I'm most looking forward to seeing live on Saturday. Enjoy!

Here's hoping for good weather, fun times with friends, amazing music and dancing while the sun sets over the San Francisco skyline.

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Jack Sparrow, "Pirates of the Caribbean"

Friday, October 8, 2010

"We'd all look good in some Italian fashions."

Another season of fashion has come to a close. After New York there was London, then Milan and finally Paris. What better city than Paris to finish up an incredible month of fashion?

While I was blown away by so many of the shows at each of the respective European fashion weeks, I figure that rather than going on and on and on, writing a novel more or less, I'd just do a top 2 for each city, starting with London.

Burberry Prorsum
I don't think I've ever been disappointed when seeing pictures from a Burberry show. Christopher Bailey has such an amazing way of keeping the Burberry tradition while making it modern and desirable. Seeing the trench shrunken down in leather, studded or over a sexy cocktail dress makes me wish I was in London going to a star-studded event at a fabulous night club.

To see the entire collection click HERE.

Matthew Williamson
A new favorite of mine, pretty much ever since I've been following Cat Deeley's style choices, Matthew Williamson always creates beautiful clothes that any girl would be lucky to wear. And feel amazing while doing so. He not only uses his signature bold prints, but also extremely interesting textures. Most fashionistas would easily be able to incorporate any of these looks into their wardrobe, whether she's going out to a party or headed to a lunch date.

To see the entire collection click HERE.

Always an industry favorite, Frida Gianni created a stunning show full of impeccably tailored suits and dresses in an array of bold colors and textures. Just like many of the shows in NY, it seems like the 70s trend is still going full speed ahead into Spring, and the clothes at Gucci were some of the best of that particular bunch.

To see the entire collection, click HERE.

A few years ago while flipping through fashion magazines I discovered a line of dreamy fabrics and prints. Ever since then, I've been a huge fan of Blumarine. Anna Molinari must have a window into my fashion wishlist, because her collection had so much of what I'm dying for included in it. Leopard print in a variety of colors made up most of it...she must know I desperately need a leopard scarf to complete my wardrobe.

To see the entire collection click HERE.

Paul & Joe
While this collection isn't the most fantastical or avant guard of all the shows at any of the fashion weeks, it is probably my absolute favorite. From the absolute wearabilty to the beautiful color palate to the flawless styling, Sophie Albou created clothes that would make anyone lucky enough to wear them feel beautiful and happy. I liked it so much I couldn't pick a favorite picture to include, so I'm going to put two!

To see the entire collection click HERE.

Pretty much the exact opposite, style-wise, as Paul & Joe, Christophe Decarin created a collection of separates (skinnies and minis and blazers, oh my!) that would make any girl feel like a rock star. And let's be honest, who doesn't want to feel like a rock star every once in a while.

To see the entire collection click HERE.

I guess we'll have to wait and see what makes it onto the red carpet over the next few months from the millions of beautiful looks we've seen over the past month. I guess January is only a few short months away and we'll be treated to all the Fall collections.

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Clark Griswold, "European Vacation"

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

"When I pulled the sandwich out, I saw the face of God. Literally."

While I usually reserve my Tuesday night emotion-fest for my 45 minutes with the drama filled One Tree Hill crew, this week Glee threw me a curve ball with its extremely emotional episode, Grilled Cheesus. This is what I love about Glee. They can do something completely hilarious and not-so-deep, albeit super fun, one week with Britney and nitrous oxide fantasies, and then go completely the other direction by having an episode devoted to spirituality and God. I really believe Chris Colfer proved to everyone this week why he was nominated for an Emmy. Everything about his performance was gut-wrenching, heart-breaking and every other compound word relating to emotion.

We were treated to some chill-inducing performances by both Rachel and Mercedes this week. What I wouldn't give to have a voice like either of theirs. On the comedy side, we had some hilarious moments from Finn, who found Jesus in his grilled cheese. Apparently when that happens, you get three wishes, like a genie, in which Finn used to his advantage.

Songs of the week: Rachel's (doing Ms. Streisand once again) Papa Can You Hear Me and Kurt's I Want To Hold Your Hand.

Next week looks to be another fun filled episode, with the return of new hottie Sam Evans. Did I see a spark between him and Quinn in the preview??

Until next time... xo

Title quote: Finn Hudson, "Glee"