Monday, October 24, 2011

Standing the Test of Time - Part 4

Believe it or not, I not only enjoy watching copious amounts of TV targeted at teenage girls, but I also love to read. Who knew, right? It's true...I even have my Kindle charged and ready to go in my purse at all times. I used to hate to read back in high school when we were tasked to read and report on the classics. I'm not really sure why I hated it so much, but getting through a book we were assigned was like pulling teeth. It wasn't until I went to college that I really began to enjoy reading for pleasure. And, I have to admit, the book that really sucked me in and got me excited about literature was Harry Potter! Since then I've even reread a lot of books from high school and have realized just how great they really are. I guess there's a reason they are taught in high schools across the country.

For part 4 of my time capsule series, I have decided that I would share with you all my favorite books. Here we go:

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

Harry Potter and... (all 7 books!) by J.K. Rowling

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I realize I didn't include the Twilight books, which was a tough decision for me, especially since I have read the entire series multiple times. Don't get me wrong. I love the series, but I don't know that it should be included here. Sorry Twilight fans! There are a million (yes, that's an exact number) other books that I love that were left out too, so if you want to know what they are, just ask me! Do you all have any favorites that everyone should read at some point in their lives?

Until next time... xo

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tumbling like a Tumbleweed

One of my favorite things to do in my down time is peruse fashion/style Tumblrs. Not only do they supply me with endless beautiful pictures, but also styling ideas for myself. Since I'm feeling awfully share-y this morning, I figured I'd share some of my favorites with you!

That's all...just wanted to share :) See, I learned something in kindergarten!

Until next time... xo

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Team Andrea!

For those of us masochists who indulge in the weekly horror-fest known as the Walking Dead, this post is for you! But if you haven't seen the second season premiere yet, avert your eyes (aka SPOILER ALERT!).

Since the first season provided me with ample amounts of nightmares, I decided that this season I would try my hardest to keep that from happening. I don't mean I would stop watching the show. Don't be ridiculous! I just made a new rule...I'm only allowed to watch it with plenty of time before bedtime, and I must watch something fun and frivolous before trying to go to bed to end the night on a happy note instead of a gory, horrifying one. At this point you're probably asking yourself, why the heck would Erin subject herself to something that so obviously is affecting her in a negative way. I asked myself this often, as well, but the answer remains that the show really is THAT good. For those of you who caught this week's episode and watched a heartbreaking monologue in the abandoned church by Andrew Lincoln, you would agree.

Let's get on with the recap, shall we?

The episode pretty much started where we left off last season with the survivors on the road again after the CDC explosion. They eventually encounter a massive pile up on the highway, which is good because they are able to restock supplies, but bad because here comes a massive zombie herd! The manage to hide fairly successfully, with the only exception being Andrea's attack in the RV. Oh, and then little Sophia is almost grabbed and runs into the forest, only to be chased by 2 hungry zombies. Luckily for her, Rick has no problem running after her and smashing the 2 zombies heads in with a massive rock. But unlucky for Rick, she leaves her hiding spot against his request and gets lost in the woods. A search ensues and pretty much the rest of the episode focuses on that...with a few zombie kills here and there. Sophia's mom, Carol, is mad at Rick for letting her daughter get lost in the woods. Shane is mad at Lori for accusing him of raping her in the last episode. Carl is mad that he's being treated like a kid and Shane is icing him out. Andrea is mad at Dale for forcing her to leave the CDC to save his life. So pretty much everyone is pissed off for one reason or another. Oh, and Andrea finds out about Shane and Lori's affair and blackmails Shane to let her go with him when he leaves the group. All of a sudden we hear church bells and hope that Sophia is alive and signalling the group of her whereabouts, but of course that's not the case. Members of the group pray for help, and the moment you think things may be turning around, BAM, Carl is shot while approaching a peaceful deer. Who needs zombies when humans are entirely capable of killing each other? I guess we'll find out next week whether or not Carl will live or die and who the mystery shooter is.

Now, I have to explain my "Team Andrea" title. For those of you who follow me on Twitter you would have seen my question earlier this week. Would you rather run from zombies or just become one? I've asked myself this question when I first started watching the show last year, and I pose it again, with an addendum. Would you rather run from them, become one OR take your own life? This question sparked a flight or fight debate between my boyfriend and me last night. I completely agree with Andrea's reasoning in this case. Why the heck would you want to spend your life running from and continually being attacked/almost eaten by zombies?! I realize there is a chance that the running could eventually end and that humans could win the war against zombies eventually, but come on! How much could you actually take? Rick even said in the season premiere: humans tire out, "walkers" never do! I, like Andrea, would have rather just stayed at the CDC while it self-destructed in the season finale. At least then it would be over quickly and you wouldn't have to worry about a long agonizing death as a snack for some zombies. Anyway, maybe that makes me a quitter. I call it realistic!

To end on a happier note, Pretty Little Liars comes back tonight with a special Halloween prequel episode to tide us over until the new season premieres in January. Can't wait!

Until next time... xo

Monday, October 17, 2011

Standing the Test of Time - Part 3

I'm not really sure why, being the big entertainment buff that I am, but I've never really been THAT into movies. I haven't even seen classics such as Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, Godfather, Star Wars, Bridesmaids. Ok, ok. So Bridesmaids isn't quite up there with Godfather or Casablanca, but I think it's proving the point that I don't see movies that often, since everyone I know has seen that movie. Don't get me wrong, I love movies! I guess I just have a hard time to committing to something that's longer than an hour and a half (even though I can get wrapped up for hours in TV show marathons...).

For part 3 of my time capsule, I am focusing on my 5 (I'm counting all 7 Harry Potters as one's my blog, I make the rules!) favorite movies. My list hasn't changed much over the years, so don't judge me too much! Shall we begin?

Harry Potter - Sorcerer's Stone through Deathly Hallows, part 2

Great Expectations

Interview With The Vampire

Singin' in the Rain

Meet Me in St. Louis

And a bonus one, that is really just for fun:

Now, I realize my list is pretty random. I am more than happy to take suggestions for more must-see movies.

For part 4, I'm going to get all academic on you all and talk books. Sound good? I hope so!

Until next time... xo

Friday, October 14, 2011

Standing the Test of Time - Part 2

It's been great getting back into the swig of things over here at Until Next Time. I forgot how much fun sharing my incredibly interesting (I know you all think so!!) thoughts with the world can be!

To continue with the series of "time capsule" shows I started earlier this week, today I will focus on the best guilty pleasure TV shows EVER! You know, the shows you love, whether it be in secret or out in the open, that tend to get you weird looks for loving them. Now, as I'm sure I've said before on this blog, I am pretty much a teenager stuck in a 20-something's body, so this list shouldn't be very surprising.

Here we go - my not-so-guilty/guilty pleasure TV shows:

Pretty Little Liars - maybe in 17 years we'll FINALLY know who A was.

The OC - Gosh, I miss Seth and Summer!

One Tree Hill - I wish Brooke Davis was a real person and we were friends.

90210 - the original, obviously. The new one cannot even come close to comparing!

Buffy/Angel - I know this is appearance #2 of Buffy on this series, but the Buffy/Angel universe is just too good to leave out!

There you have it, folks. Feel free to judge away! Or do yourselves a favor and Netflix these immediately.

What shall we discuss in Part 3? I'm thinking movies! Stay tuned...

Until next time... xo

Thursday, October 13, 2011

New Season, New Wardrobe...

With every new season, a new wardrobe comes along. I've said it many times, and I'll say it again, but fall is my absolute favorite season. I've always been much happier and more comfortable in cozy sweaters than slinky tanks, so getting to move over into that part of my closet always makes me smile.

Here is what I can almost guarantee will be my uniform, paired with some skinnies, for the coming months, inspired by some of my favorite bloggers:

Oversize/Super Soft Sweaters -via This Time Tomorrow

Crisp Blouses - via Sterling Style

Cape Coats - via 9to5Chic

Statement Necklaces - via Cheetah is the New Black

Leopard Loafers - via Atlantic-Pacific

Now if only it didn't cost me an arm and a leg to go out and get all new versions of these! Maybe I need to get better at shopping at H&M, Forever 21 and Zara (and why isn't there a Topshop in SF!?!)...

Until next time... xo

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Standing the Test of Time - Part 1

So the time has come for me to finally get back into blogging regularly. It has always been such an amazing creative outlet for me and I'm quite angry with myself for letting myself get away with not posting since JULY!!

Today's post was inspired by my dear friend Rebecca's wonderful idea for her daughter's first birthday party, coming up this weekend. Along with the invitation to the party, she sent us a card that we're supposed to write her daughter a note on, and which she will then open on her 18th birthday. I, being as obsessed with entertainment as I am, decided that it would be fun to give her a few lists of shows, movies, books, etc from my generation that she HAS to see.

Rather than include my entire list in one sitting, I'm going to create a series of posts breaking my list down by categories. Today, let's focus on fantastic TV shows that I think every teenage girl/young woman should watch to learn the importance of love, strength, friends and family, shall we?

Gilmore Girls


My So-Called Life

Friday Night Lights

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I wonder what medium kids will be watching these on 17 years from now? Streaming? DVDs? I guess we shall see...

Part 2 will focus on TV shows that are the most entertaining semi-guilty pleasures!

Until next time... xo