Thursday, January 23, 2014

What Are You Reading?

A new year is here and the reading challenge has begun.  If you're on Goodreads, you can challenge yourself to read a certain number of books this year.  Last year I read 22, but wanted to read 24.  There are some like my friend Tara of Fabulous But Evil who read 100 last year!!!  She's definitely my hero.  Right now I'm on a John Grisham kick and am re-reading The Testament.  If you're on Goodreads, come check me out, and tell me what you're reading!

Friday, January 3, 2014

2014 Book Challenge

Ok, I know it's been a while since my last post (over a year to be exact), but I've been focusing more on my other blog, Blonde Episodes and haven't been here lately.  So, begins a new year.  I'm pledging to read 25 books this year.  How about you?  What will you read and will you join the challenge via Goodreads?

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What's on My Shelf?

I'm always fascinated by what people would choose as literature that has inspired them.  Take a look at these choices by a few well known people in the fashion industry.

(Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte)

(Kim Gordon)

(Junot Diaz)

(Sophie Buhai and Lisa Maycock of Vena Cava)

(Miranda July)

All photos courtesy of Little, Brown, and Company for Vogue Magazine

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Titanic-Inspired Reading

It's been a while since my last blog post!  I've been so busy this year and we only have 12 school days left. I can't believe it.  Where does the time go?  I'm finally working on book #2, so I hope you'll check out my first novel, Murder on the Boulevard if you haven't had a chance yet.  The Kindle version is only $.99 and if you want to purchase for your iPad, you just download the Amazon app and you'll have it!  The second book will be a continuation of the first, so summer is the perfect time to get caught up!  

Even though I'm trying to do some writing, I never stop reading.  Katherine Howe, who wrote The Physick Book Of Deliverance Dane has a new story out.  It's called The House of Velvet and Glass, and the best part?  It's Titanic-inspired.  What could be better?  I'm loving it so far, and it got me looking for Titanic-inspired fashions.  Look what I found on Pinterest:

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Vanity Fair Chosen Ones

Have you seen the cover of Vanity Fair for March?  Every year actresses are featured as the "up and coming" or "ones to watch."  I love the photo and the fact that it's always very vintage looking.  What do you think?  

Friday, January 6, 2012

Hollywood Inspired Photos

Have a great weekend friends!  Check out these gorgeous photos from a Vanity Fair shoot from about 3 years ago.  So inspiring!  The first image isn't part of the shoot, but loved it anyway!  What do you think?

Monday, January 2, 2012

Have You Heard?

My novel, Murder On The Boulevard is available for just .99 through Amazon for the month of January!  Go grab yourself a copy and get started!  Happy New Year!  

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas All!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!  Have a blessed holiday.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ravishing Red

Every time I spend time writing book number 2 of my series, I envision gorgeous women with fabulous red lips.  Thus, I'm obviously inspired by them.  Look at these lovelies.  Do you wear red lipstick?  If so, any tips for avoiding a mess?

All images courtesy of Pinterest

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Madonna's Film "W.E."

Madonna has a film coming out on Wallis Simpson.  W Magazine caught her in action.  Look at these gorgeous photos.  I can't wait to see it, just for the costuming!

All photos courtesy of W Magazine

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Shining

Ok here is my top pick to be scared to death on Halloween.  The Shining.  Have you seen it?  I've seen it a million times and it still gives me the creeps.  "Redrum, redrum."  Here's some fun trivia for you:

--During the making of the movie, Stanley Kubrick would occasionally call Stephen King at 3:00 a.m. and ask him questions like "Do you believe in God?" 

--The Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in Oregon was used for the front exterior, but all the interiors as well as the back of the hotel were specially built at Elstree Studios in London, England. The management of the Timberline requested that Stanley Kubrick not use 217 for a room number (as specified in the book), fearing that nobody would want to stay in that room ever again. Kubrick changed the script to use the nonexistent room number 237. 

--Stanley Kubrick decided that having the hedge animals come alive (as they do in the book) was unworkable due to restrictions in special effects, so he opted for a hedge maze instead. 

--The scrapbook that Jack finds in the novel makes a brief appearance next to his typewriter in the scene when Jack tells Wendy never to bother him while he's working. 

--Every time Jack talks to a "ghost", there's a mirror in the scene, except in the food locker scene. This is because in the food locker scene he only talks to Grady through the door. We never see Grady in this scene.

--There was no air conditioning on the sets, meaning it would often become very hot. The hedge maze set was stifling; actors and crew would often strip off as much of the heavy clothing they were wearing as quickly as they could once a shot was finished. 

--The scene towards the end of the film, where Wendy is running up the stairway carrying a knife, was shot 35 times; the equivalent of running up the Empire State Building.

All trivia by IMBD, all photos by Pinterest